Ugly Sweater Party

What happens when ALA and YACS get together for the holidays?  Donations, mustaches, and some really ugly sweaters…

ALA ugly sweater party invite


This December, ALA and Yacs joined forces to host an ugly sweater party as a way to relieve stress before finals and celebrate the upcoming holidays. Students attended wearing their favorite ugly sweaters and enjoyed baked goods and a hot chocolate bar complete with peppermint schnapps and marshmallows. There was also a book and canned food drive—those who brought a children’s book or canned food to donate to Toys for Tots were entered into a raffle. Overall, a merry time was had by all, and all a good night!


Featured in this photo are (left to right): Rebecca Russell, Alexa Romero, Sarah Jones, and Emily Meehan.




November Picture Book Month



November was Picture Book Month and YACS celebrated by showcasing your favorite picture books in the IS Commons. GSEIS students, faculty, and staff were asked to fill out a form with their favorite picture book and a short description of why they chose that book by November 14, 2015.


“This book is ‘meta.’ It parodies familiar stories and makes them more interesting. It was my first book that played on other books I had read.” -Whitney, The Stinky Cheese Man by Jon Scieszka



“This book tells a simple story in a hilarious way. I am a 24 year old graduate student and this book makes me laugh every time I read it.”Marisa (Co-President), Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Willems

While all of us submitting children’s books, its worth noting that some would consider Graphic Novels to be a picture book as well. What do you think? What is your favorite picture book?