6th Annual Helen C. House Party!

August 28, 2014

College Library will host the sixth annual Helen C. House Party from 8pm to midnight on Thursday, Sept. 11. Stop by and see the first two floors of the library transformed into a carnival full of excitement. Come for the free pizza, stay for the awesome games!

Insert yourself into this awesome image at the Retro Photo Booth. Thanks to UW Archives & DesignLab for their support.

Traditionally, the house party features carnival games and prizes, balloon art, team trivia, face painting, video games (including special guests from Games+Learning+Society), arts & crafts & hacks, a retro photo booth, and live entertainment. One of the more popular events, Human Foosball, converts the Ethnic Studies Reading Room into a netted court where a team of players, anchored to PVC pipe, can only move side to side in their effort to score a goal on the opposing team. Members of Sector 67 will be on hand to demonstrate soldering, catapult-making, and their 3D printer, while staff from The Bubbler will showcase animation stations.

A new event this year is a performance by Madison band The Gomers who will offer students the opportunity to perform in front of a live band with “Rockstar Gomeroke” from 8:30 to 9:20 p.m.  Check out the massive songlist on their website and start practicing now.

Make your own ninja stress ball at the House Party

The Arts & Crafts section of the House Party brings back old favorites like “Design-Your-Own-Tote-Bag” and the library’s button maker, but includes new crafts including duct tape wristlets, Washi-tape creations, and sand-filled Ninja stress balls.

College Library is humbled by support for this event from both the campus and community. This event would not be possible without subsidies from the Center for the First-Year Experience and the Gaus Fund. We appreciate food donations from Pizza Hut, Pepsi, Canteen Vending, Ian’s Pizza, Glass Nickel Pizza, Milio’s, Potbelly Sandwich Shop, and Domino’s. Thanks also to Qdoba who is donating 100 coupons for a free entree – available as a carnival prize.

As an official Welcome Week event, the Helen C. House Party encourages students to get acquainted with College Library and each other. Last year nearly 2,000 students attended and we hope even more stop by for all or part of the evening’s festivities. To receive all of the latest updates, follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Hope to see you there!

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