Wake Forest is hosting the Great American Writers’ Camp for grades 5-8 this summer. The participants meet weekday mornings and will be on campus until July 1. On Monday, June 27, I gave a tour to 14 students who are participating in the two-week day camp. The camp is designed to help students develop their writing skills and learn how to express themselves creatively.

During the tour, I showed the students some of our Digital Collections including a picture of Samuel and Sarah Wait, the first issue of the Old Gold and Black, and the Howler Yearbooks. I also showed students a picture of the Tennis Club from 1903. I demonstrated to students how to search the Howler. We have the Howler digitized from 1903-2008. Working in small groups, the students selected different years of the Howler to search. The students got a big kick looking at some of the early baseball, basketball and football teams, pictures of the old campus, and more recent photos of campus. Before we left the reference area, the students had an opportunity to search the online catalog.

The walking tour really impressed our young visitors especially the view of the atrium from the sixth floor. They were amazed at the number of volumes that we have and the size of our stacks. Hopefully, the tour will inspire our young visitors to return to ZSR and explore some of our great resources!