April 22, 2024

Hodges library invites students, faculty to 30th anniversary celebration

The John C. Hodges library celebrated its 30th anniversary this week.

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The John C. Hodges Library invited students and faculty to celebrate its 30th anniversary on Monday, Oct. 23.

To help celebrate, many organizations including like One Stop, Vol Dining and the Writing Center were represented by tables at the event. Cupcakes and punch were also provided.

Hodges Library celebrated its 30th anniversary this week. // Samantha Neal

Students could take pictures and post them to Instagram, Twitter or Snapchat with the hashtag #Hodges30 to live print their pictures at the station set up there in the library. WUTK 90.3 The Rock, the university radio station, was also set up for a broadcast at the celebration.

At many of the informational tables, attendees could attempt to answer trivia questions to win prizes. In addition to trivia games, there was a Whale Encounter, Google Earth virtual reality stations and classic arcade games to play.

Lucy, a UT student who did not want her last name shared, said she happened to go to the library while the event was taken place and decided to participate. She said she was worried she may not do well in the trivia games, but said it was all in good fun.

Other tables set up centered around the library’s anniversary. Books from 1987, the year the new library opened, were set up on stands for students to see. The Office of Information Technology was set up with a lot of old electronics that students could see and learn more about.

The technology provided an insight to how much the library and the services they provide have changed over the years. The new, renovated library was built surrounding the original building and opened in September of 1987. The library nearly tripled in square footage. For pictures of the old and new library, you can visit their website. 

Students could receive tickets for a drawing of virtual reality cardboards and other prizes.

A reception was also held immediately following the celebration.


To learn more about Hodges Library and the services it offers, visit their website.


Featured image by Zereshk

Edited by Kaitlin Flippo

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