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Rutgers–New Brunswick Libraries and Undergraduate Academic Affairs Are Supporting Students with Children; One Rutgers-Themed Coloring Book at a Time

January 31, 2019
Rutgers coloring books

The coloring books, now available at all Rutgers–New Brunswick libraries, focus on age groups ranging from preschool to pre-teen.

In support of Rutgers students with children, the Rutgers–New Brunswick Libraries and Undergraduate Academic Affairs partnered to create a Rutgers-themed coloring book available at all libraries on the New Brunswick campus.

Megan Lotts, Rutgers Art Librarian, worked with a team of fellow librarians to complete the project using imaging software to take iconic Rutgers pictures from Special Collections and University Archives and make them into coloring pages for children. Some of the images were also hand drawn and range from locations on campus to famous alumni, such as Paul Robeson.

“My own research looks at the intersection of libraries and play, and how providing students hands-on learning opportunities helps foster their creativity, collaboration, and critical thinking skills,” said Lotts. “Our goal with this project was to provide a fun and educational experience for children of all ages while celebrating the history of Rutgers.”

Parents with children studying at the library can request a “busy bag” for their children to use and take home. The coloring and activity books focus on age groups pre-school to pre-teen.

“Undergraduate Academic Affairs was recently part of a cross-divisional task force dedicated to finding positive solutions to assist Rutgers students with children,” said Ben Sifuentes-Jáuregui, Vice Chancellor for Undergraduate Academic Affairs (UAA). “When we address the diverse needs of our students, then they are free to focus on their academics. Partnering with the libraries on this and many other projects to support our students’ academic success is at the heart of our mission.”

The Rutgers–New Brunswick Libraries complete a number of special projects each year to support Rutgers students in their academic pursuits, from participating in the university’s Open and Affordable Textbooks Program, to providing training on key information literacy skills, to hosting therapy dogs that help students manage their stress during finals.

“The Rutgers–New Brunswick Libraries are always working on innovative ways to assist our students,” said Dee Magnoni, Assistant Vice President for Information Services and Director of New Brunswick Libraries. “It’s important that we create a library environment that is open and inclusive, where all Rutgers students receive the support they need to focus on their academic careers.”