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Campus "celebrities" featured in library posters

In connection with National Library Week—and partly just because they’re fun—staff at Dordt’s library have created three READ posters. The posters are based on similar posters put out by the American Library Association (ALA), which depict various celebrities holding books with the caption “READ.” The campus “celebrities” on Dordt’s posters are Sam Guiterrez, campus ministries assistant; Dr. Carl Zylstra, college president; and Dr. Sherri Lantinga, a professor of psychology and dean of the social sciences division.

Sheryl Taylor, the director of library services at Dordt, got the idea for the posters not just from the ALA but from another college whose faculty had taken the READ poster concept and made it their own, using their own campus celebrities. “I decided it would be a great thing to try here,” she says. The response to the three posters, which hang along one of the library’s staircases, has been favorable, and Taylor hopes they are accomplishing the goals she has for them. “Just like the ALA, I hope the posters promote libraries, literacy, and reading in general, and specifically promote Dordt’s library as we work to provide resources, services, and spaces to enhance student learning.” The posters’ purpose isn’t all business, though. “I’d like the campus community to see that we can have fun at the library,” Taylor concludes. That’s something these three posters—particularly, perhaps, Dr. Zylstra’s, in which he poses with Dr. Seuss’s Go Dog Go—definitely do.