Rita Issa holding coffeeForensics student Rita Issa picked up a free coffee and cookie courtesy of the Leddy Library staff as she studied for exams Thursday.

Library patrons enjoy gesture of appreciation

Receiving a free coffee and cookie Thursday in the Leddy Library helped Alyssa Calamita wake up for her pending exam.

“It’s a nice pick-me-up first thing in the morning,” said the fourth-year languages student as she entered the library’s lobby.

Leddy staff distributed hundreds of servings to patrons Wednesday and Thursday, hoping to alleviate the stress of final examinations and assignments. Proceeds of the library’s used book sale offset the expense of the Student Appreciation Day freebies.

First-year forensic sciences major Rita Issa said she was grateful for the gesture.

“I think it’s kind. They know what we’re going through,” she said as she selected a chocolate chip cookie — her favourite. “I appreciate what they do for us all the time.”

The display also featured a variety of binders free for the taking.

“We’re just passing them along for any student who might need one,” said Yvonne Arnowitz, executive assistant to the university librarian. “They’re perfectly good, but when we re-organized some offices, found them surplus to our needs. If students can use them, all the better.”