Wednesday April 27, 2016

'On a break' from finals: Smelly cat craft

By Maureen Schlangen, E-scholarship and communications manager

During finals week, University of Dayton Libraries offer lots of special programs and activities to relieve stress, among which is the opportunity to color or make something during a study break. This year, the theme for finals week is the 1990s TV show Friends, a show I did not watch. My only assignment was to write instructions for making a “smelly cat” bookmark. This frustrated me for two reasons:

1. Smelly cat? What does this mean? (The students get it. But it’s not because they were watching Friends instead of Sesame Street in the ’90s when the show was running; Friends has been one of the top shows on Netflix among their age group since it became available on Jan. 1, 2015.)

2. I hate crafts.

After three drafts (!) and some much appreciated assistance from our information desk student employees and Jeni Gerard, a colleague with a sharp eye for details, a high craft aptitude and significantly better pop culture awareness than I have, you too can make a smelly cat bookmark using our online instructions

Happy finals week!

- Maureen Schlangen, E-scholarship and communications manager

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