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Music, poetry performers to fill library's garden area

Sept. 17, 2003

By Kimberly O'Donnell, reporter

Baylor students will be able to show off their musical, poetic and acting talents starting Sept. 24 at Moody Memorial Library's Harvey Garden. Performances will be open on Wednesdays and Fridays around noon.

'It's open to faculty, staff and students who would like to put on a program,' Sherry Cook, coordinator of facilities services, said. 'I think it's going to be a good venue for students, faculty and staff to meet together and share something.'

Since opening last spring, Harvey Garden has become a popular hangout. Many students now meet in the garden to study and enjoy the calm surroundings.

About 100 people can sit in the garden. An 8 foot by 8 foot stage has been arranged in the east corner of the garden, and a new sound system and CD player are available.

'I thought it would be a very fun atmosphere.' John Wilson, director of library advancement and special projects, said. 'We thought it would be a great place to study and for students to have entertainment.'

Renovations on the garden began on Dec. 18, with the help of a grant from the Schumacher Foundation of Dover, Mass. Aramark, the university food provider, also helped in the new development by installing Java City, a coffee and snack shop. Java City is located in the garden level of the Moody Memorial Library.

Students will be able to enjoy coffee and snacks from Java City during the performances as well.

'Whenever the library is open, the garden is open,' said Wilson.

'I think it would be great for students to perform here,' Victoria Saied, a Houston freshman, said. 'I think more people could get involved on campus.'

Saied said she didn't know the garden was in the library until a friend told her. She now enjoys the garden's peacefulness for studying.

Harvey Garden's first performers, the School of Music and the Center for Jewish and American Studies, will collaborate a series of concerts titled 'Music Speaks: War, Resistance, Reconciliation, and Hope.'

'We are trying to make the library more open to the campus aside from studying,' Cook said. 'This will give them [the students] a place to perform so other students will be aware of them.'

Cook commented that the library is still formalizing the guidelines for this new event. She also mentioned that there will be no amplified performances held a week before and during midterms or finals in order for the students to concentrate on studies.

According to Cook, people at Moody Memorial Library welcome the public to participate in watching the performances. Those interested in performing should call in advance to set up a performance time.

'This may be good for people in the area to participate with the students,' said Cook.

For more information or to set up a performance time, call Sherry Cook at 710-6734.