Celebrate National Haiku Poetry Day for a chance to a $25 gift certificate to the University Co-op!

From Flickr user eyewashdesign: A. Golden

UPDATE 4/22: Congratulations to our winner Ryan Sanchez (@RESanchez33 on Twitter)!

Thanks to all of the poets who submitted entries through Twitter and the haiku table at the Libraries Fair!  It was an incredibly difficult decision and we wish we had prizes for all of you.

Here’s Ryan’s winning entry, submitted via Twitter:

Stacks of books abound

hours of time spent studying

research aids success



So many great library contests this week in honor of National Library Week and Research Week!

April 17 is National Haiku Poetry Day! Compose a haiku that celebrates libraries and/or research for a chance to win a $25 gift certificate to the University Co-op.

Three ways to share your haiku with us and enter the contest:

1) Post it to our wall on Facebook

2) Post it to Twitter (either the whole poem if it fits or a link to it elsewhere) with the hashtag #utlibhaiku

3) Stop by the Libraries Fair on the PCL Plaza from 11:30-1:30 on Wednesday, April 17 and write it down at the haiku table along with your email address.

A winner will be chosen and notified on Monday, April 22.  By entering, you give us permission to share your entry on this blog and via Facebook and Twitter.

Need some help getting started?  To quote HaikuMaker.com, haiku is “an unrhymed verse form of Japanese origin having three lines containing usually 5, 7, and 5 syllables respectively.”

Here are some library-themed examples, composed by our Science Instruction Librarian, Roxanne Bogucka:

What excites desire
more than the Recent Books shelf
in a library?

Tempting New Books shelf—
destroyer of self-restraint,
wreck my willpower!

Scholarly shamus
and research findings flatfoot—
I, Librarian.

Good luck!

Win prizes and bragging rights as the Mayor of PCL on Foursquare!

UPDATE: Congratulations to our winner, Shannon W.!

Your mission should you choose to accept it: become the Mayor of PCL on Foursquare by 11:59pm on Sunday May 5.  You’ll win a Mayor t-shirt and other great prizes from Foursquare, the location-based social networking site.  





The next time you’re at PCL, check in on Foursquare.  The person with the most check-ins during the last 60 days will ascend to Mayor of the location and will be our winner.  

Only one check-in per day counts towards becoming Mayor, so there’s already competition for the title.  We watch the Mayor of PCL change frequently.  Start checking in ASAP!

Details on claiming the mayorship of a location can be reviewed here.

Not familiar with Foursquare? Check out this short video explaining how to use it.

Questions? Let us know in the comments.  

Good luck!

Spring Plant Sale on the PCL Plaza, Thursday, 4/4, 8-1pm

Don’t forget to bring some cash for the Spring Plant Sale happening this Thursday from 8:00AM to 1:00PM on the PCL Plaza.  All sale proceeds will be donated to Meals on Wheels.

We’ll have houseplants, vegetable starts and a great selection of drought tolerant landscape plants!

Plants for sale include:

Spider plants
Aloe Vera
Small Cactus and Succulents
Bromeliads (snake plant, mother-in-laws tongue)
Lamb’s Ear
Sword Fern (can take the heat in the shade)

Vegetable and herbs for the garden

Landscape Plants
Agave (three varieties)
Native Aster
Gregg’s Mistflower (butterfly magnet)
Red Bud seedling
Ornamental grasses (two varieties)
Wandering Jews
Cactus (various varieties)

And many more!

Check out just a small selection of the awesome plants donated (and grown) by Dr. Fred Heath, Vice Provost and Director of the Libraries.

plants grown by Dr. Heath