Raving About Libraries

Barbara Vey -- December 18th, 2009

I love libraries.  I support them, I use them, I’m even planning a library event for next month at the Franklin Library with local authors.  But I never thought of using the library for this:

From TMJ4:  To celebrate the last day of final exams, hundreds of Marquette University students descended on the Raynor Memorial Libraries for an impromptu dance party Wednesday night.

"The campus is abuzz about it today," said University spokesman Chris Stolarski.

During what’s being called the "Raynor Rave," students filed into the library and danced to several songs played over the building’s intercom system, including Miley Cyrus’ popular "Party in the U.S.A." 

"We had about 700 people come in," estimated the event’s organizer, spohomore Chris Mason.  "Me and my friend Ryan Glazer came up with the idea.  We saw videos of this at the University of North Carolina and we wanted to bring it to Marquette."

"We set up a group for it on Facebook and used that to invite a bunch of people and then just kept talking about it.  Word of mouth is really something!"

Of course, there’s a video of it on YouTube.  So, how do you feel about the library being used for a rave?  Ok, because it’s there for the students?  Sacrilegious because a library is a sacred place that should only be used for knowledge?

And don’t forget that it’s still Your Turn Friday.  Post what you’re reading and share the joy.

Bottom Line:  Ok, when I was in college, we still had to whisper in the library.

17 thoughts on “Raving About Libraries

  1. Dianna Love

    What a hoot. I have never heard of this. We had to whisper, too, which made the library somewhat of an intimidating place for a kid to enter. How bad can this idea be if the students end up with fond memories of the library beyond just having to work so hard there? Everyone (students and faculty) seemed to be enjoying themselves so I think it’s wonderful.

  2. Nomad

    The days of the college/university library as a quiet place of intensive study are long gone. I worked in an academic library for 14 years from late 1993 to early 2008 and the changes have been profound. Public libraries are also focusing more on less traditional roles and ideas. The library where I work now, for example, hosts gaming nights for the teens complete with even the newer Guitar Hero games. While I do think that there need to be quiet areas in libraries for those who need to focus, I fully support activities that will get people in the doors. That way, they can see all we have to offer…which is so much more than they realize. Kudos to the library staff for getting involved. Welcome to the madness!

  3. jody

    There are a number of schools now ( you can find them on youtube) that plan such events in their libraries, usually because they are wide open spaces, for all kinds of end of the semester events as stress relievers. There was one that was a huge flash mob (dancing) that was so cool. As most Universities ( ie UWM for one) have quite a few quiet niches for extra curricular activities (not that I have tried it) , one can usually find a quiet place to study even if such an event was going on elsewhere. Looks like fun.

  4. Alana Abbott

    One of my favorite days at our library is the day of our Halloween celebration. We have tiny children all dressed up (and some parents, too!) and traveling from desk to desk asking for trick or treats — bookmarks, crafts they can take home, that sort of thing. It’s usually quite noisy, but seeing all the kids dressed up is hilarious! We also have dances, cocktail parties, and other private events in our building — usually fundraisers — on a semi-regular basis. I don’t know that we have a good space for a *rave*, per se, but one of our summer events was Books, BBQ, and Blues, which was partially in the building and partially on the lawn, and we had many many folks come for food, music, and fun! Hurrah for libraries expanding what we do!

  5. Sarah

    I love this idea and I think it will leave those students with a fond memory of the library, which is always a good thing. I’m in a public library now and we host after hours teen nights, gaming events, and I’m planning a masquerade ball for my teens in May.

  6. Kris

    Thanks Barbara for the nod to libraries! I think that this is great. The library can be a home away from home, so to speak, when you are a college student. The public library that I work in now hosts all kinds of programs for the community including game nights and after hours teen and adult events. Today, the library is more than just a place to study!

  7. Edie

    It’s great to have libraries associated with fun. I like it. I read A Year of Cats and Dogs by Margaret Hawkins, Chosen by Desire by Kate Perry, and Last Bite: A Novel of Culinary Romance by Nancy Verde Barr. All excellent books!

  8. Karin Kallmaker

    Anything that makes reading cool is okay by me! Libraries represent the commitment of a community’s citizens to the free exchange of knowledge. Even so, sometimes — and there’s even biblical precedence for it — you gotta dance. Reading “Yours for the Asking” by Kenna White.

  9. Charlotte McClain

    I love my local library. It’s been voted a 5 star library by the national association and it is fantastic. A rave at the library wouldn’t bother me as long as it was a limited occurrence. Anything to get people to realize was a treasure the local library is.

  10. Bryan Miguel

    Hi Barbara, I along with 3 other friends: Chris Mason, Ryan Glazier, and Matt Teske arranged this party in the library. When we learned of all the great press we’ve been trying to get in contact with each news source to thank them – It’s not very often kids our age make it to the news for good things. So we really appreciate and value you as a source of information. Thanks, Bryan Miguel (Marquette ’12)

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