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Who said picking up textbooks for the school year has to be boring?
The staff at the Robert S. Swanson Library and Learning Center will be doing its best to make sure that's not the case Tuesday and Wednesday, Sept. 3-4, when several thousand students are expected to pick up their books. Classes begin Thursday, Sept. 5.
Prior to classes beginning each fall, a long, slow-moving line usually forms near the textbook rental area.
This year, students in line will be able to play four holes of minigolf on the library's second floor, scratch off a prize ticket, try zombie face-painting and check out staff members, who will be dressed like zombies. The top scratch-off prize will be valet textbook pickup by a staff member while the student waits in line; there will be 20 top prizes.
"We don't want students to be standing in line bored their very first time in the library," said Linette Greske, circulation supervisor, who is coordinating the activities. "We want them to know the library is a great place to be."
The library also plans to have lawn games in front of the building and a zombie book, movie and video game display in the lobby.
Tuesday, Sept. 3, also is Stout Spirit Day, with students, faculty and staff encouraged to wear their UW-Stout gear or school colors.
For updates on the activities, connect with the library's social media outlets on the website.