Off The Shelf: Activities celebrate National Library Week


Autumn Hall-Tun, Librarian

From April 8-14 the Madison College Libraries will take part in events celebrating National Library Week. The week is organized by the American Library Association each year, and is a way to raise awareness of what libraries do, and why they are important to society.

The library staff has the following activities planned as a way to show appreciation to the Madison College students. We hope you’ll stop by and celebrate with us!

Bookface Contest

You may have seen the pictures online – someone strategically holds up a book in front of their face or body, lining the cover image up for a clever visual effect. It’s been called “Bookface” and we want you to take part.

Submit your own Bookface photo by holding up a book in front of your face and snapping a picture.

Some of the most successful examples of Bookface are done with a friend, who can help you line up the cover image just right.

The library has created an online guide with some examples at

We’ll be giving away an Instax Mini Camera with supplies to the winner! Submit your entry anywhere from April 2-14 via our online guide.

Therapy Dogs Visit

Once again, we’ll host Dogs on Call, a local group that brings therapy animals to schools, hospitals and libraries for stress relief.
We’ve hosted dogs from the group several times in the past, and it’s always a popular event.

Be sure to stop by the Truax Library Tuesday, April 10, between 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. to visit with the dogs.

Pet Supply Drive

All week, participating library locations will be hosting a pet supply drive for our local humane societies. We’ll collect food, treats, and other items from local shelter wish lists.

Pick up a wish list at the library, or check out our guide of suggested items we’ll be collecting.


We’ll be continuing our “Counterculture, Dissected” film series with a showing of “To Be Takei: A Star’s Trek for Life, Liberty and Love” on Wednesday, April 11 at 2:30 p.m. in the Truax Campus Student Achievement Center.

The film takes a look at Star Trek actor George Takei, who has become known as an online advocate and spokesperson for racial justice and marriage equality.

We hope you’ll join us for one or more of our National Library Week Activities!