On Saturday, April 26, The East Asia and Gordon W. Prange Collections welcomed over 300 visitors to the 4th floor of Hornbake Library North for East Asian Crafts and a Chinese Calligraphy/Brush Painting Demonstration for the 16th annual Maryland Day. Maryland Day is an open campus event, and there are over 470 activities offered across the campus. UMD President Wallace D. Loh announced that they recorded approximately 80,000 visitors throughout the campus.
We hosted the activity tables for three levels of Origami, Calligraphy and Gonggi (a Korean game), and each table was packed with many visitors. A Chinese Calligraphy and Brush Painting Demonstration by a local artist, Mr. Bertrand Mao, was also a great hit.
This year, the entire Hornbake Library worked together to offer one more fun activity for Maryland Day: a Scavenger Hunt! Visitors collected stamps at each activity table throughout the building, and as a prize, received an origami doll bookmark that Prange Collection staff created. On the other floors of Hornbake Library, the following activities were available: “C is for Crayon (coloring Sesame Street characters),” “Stump the Curator (Informal appraisal for rare books),” or “Video Game Expo.”