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MLIS students bring Book Treats to Carondelet Village

Carondelet Village’s auditorium was alive with excitement last Monday as Master of Library and Information Science students held Book Treats, an event that's part of LeAnn Suchy’s Readers’ Advisory course. With nearly 40 Carondelet residents in attendance, the evening brought students and residents together over various genres of literature ranging from historical fiction to romance.

Book Treats came about when Suchy, an adjunct professor and St. Kate’s librarian, wanted her students to experience giving a book talk — a short synopsis of a literary work meant to convince the reader to pick up the book.

“Usually a book talk is given on a stage, but with 21 students that just wasn’t going to work,” she explains. Having worked with Carondelet Village previously, Suchy thought the location would provide students with the opportunity to give their book talks in a more casual environment. By the end of the night, the reception was clear.

“A lot of the residents said they want us to do this again,” notes Suchy.

Amanda Greene MLIS ’15 said her favorite part of the event was interacting with the residents. “It was nice talking with people and hearing the stories they’d share,” she mused. “They talk more than we do, rather than it being the other way around.”

For Sheli Telschow MLIS ’16, the entire evening was a highlight. “It was a nice change of pace to get out of the classroom,” she says. “Plus, this makes them so happy. We’d love to do this again.”

Aug. 5, 2014 by Ashley de los Reyes '15

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