E.T., your book has come in
| 09 September 2004
It’s somehow fitting that a crew of aliens has made a home away from home at the campus’s Interlibrary Borrowing Service, where welcoming things from afar is a raison d’etre.
The creatures made their debut there in early 2000, when a pair of staffers bought an inflatable extraterrestrial on eBay for $4 and gave him the unusual name Alien G. Then came Princess Aliana (large and screaming green), the more diminutive Zaphod, and a “sullen teen” afflicted with purple skin. So did a stash of blow-up props — parrot, pineapple, guitar, baseball bats, jumbo hammer, happy-face Santa — used in ever-changing scenes near the front reception desk.
“Patrons love it,” says staffer Elissa Mondschein, one of the aliens’ biggest boosters. “For a while we were on the campus tour; the guides would tell people to check out the display.”