New Children’s Book Space Opens in O’Neill for CSOM Students
O’NEILL LIBRARY — Boston College Libraries introduced a new space for students in the Carroll School of Management in which they can peruse children’s books on days when they don’t have homework, which is most days.
The new room on the fifth floor of the library, called the Profit Playhouse, is replete with outer-space decorations hanging from the ceiling and blandly inspirational posters of cats. There are also cubbies in which students can put their backpacks and shoes.
Every Thursday afternoon, CSOM faculty members will organize story time in which management students will sit down together to read books like The Little Engine That Could Use Big Data, Junie B. Jones and the Stupid, Smelly Socialist, and The Magic Treehouse: Blockchain Before Breakfast.
The Profit Playhouse is part of a larger strategy to attract CSOM students to campus libraries.
“Our goal is to be a resource for all Boston College students,” said Linda Tomes, a research librarian. “Unfortunately, students in the Carroll School really don’t need to do any research, or reading, or writing, so we had to figure out something else for them to do.”
The move seems to have paid off, with students’ reactions overwhelmingly positive.
“I like to, I like to come here when I don’t have school,” said David Longley (CSOM ’23). “Sometimes they have fruit snacks. But sometimes they don’t.”
At press time, a student could be seen playing Icy Tower on the computer instead of doing their one chapter of reading from a textbook.