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Kickstart the school year with University Libraries’ annual Camp Alden

Mimi Calhoun
August 1, 2023
Illustration of nature scene with book set up as a tent with details as described below
Graphic design by Alex Graham/Ohio University Libraries

Ohio University Libraries’ annual Welcome Week event, Camp Alden, will be occurring once more on Thursday, Aug. 31 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Activities will be free of charge and held outside Alden Library's fourth floor at Wolfe Garden as well as through all seven floors with the traditional scavenger hunt.

A button making station, s’mores, cornhole, mini golf, Dug the therapy dog and the Athens County Public Library book mobile will be just a few of the various activities that will be present. Prizes such as a backpack flashlight reflector and paracord bracelets attached to a compass and whistle will be given out to those who complete the ever-popular scavenger hunt.

Picture of a student showing off her buttons made at Camp Alden
Kezia Nanda, a Ph.D. student studying journalism, shows off the buttons she made at the button making station outside of Alden Library’s fourth floor at the 2022 Camp Alden.

This year will be Jen Harvey’s, the Libraries’ events coordinator, fourth Camp Alden since it began in 2019. The event is Harvey’s favorite one that the University Libraries holds.

“I'm really excited about it [Camp Alden],” Harvey said. “I love seeing our first-year students come in and learn about the [Alden] Library, and every year we will have a few seniors who come in and learn something new … which I also love. Everybody has a good time.”

In the chance of inclement weather, the event will take place on the fourth floor of Alden Library in the Class of 1951 Lounge.

Mark your calendars for University Libraries’ annual Camp Alden event on Thurs., August 31, 2023, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., outside of Alden Library’s fourth floor. Check out all the other fun and exciting Welcome Week events going on as well.

For more information, or to request accessibility accommodations for this event, please contact Jen Harvey.

Photos by Charlie Nick/Ohio University Libraries