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The Great Goat Escape!

Kidder has escaped! She made so many friends, and went on so many adventures in the Library, she must have wondered what the wider Image of a stuffed animal, a small goat with horns and a white, fluffy beardworld might have to offer. Luckily, eagle-eyed community members have been capturing and reporting photographic evidence of her whereabouts weekly.

Do you recognize where Kidder was last spotted? Share your best guess with folks at the Info Desk in the Library - if you're right, a limited edition prize will be yours! Take a photo of yourself at the correct location, post your photo to Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter, and tag it with #ValleyLibGOAT to be entered to win a special weekly prize!

Week of Spring term Location clue Location Answer
Week 1 Built in 1918, this building was named for the University's first librarian. Kidder
Week 2 This open, grassy area featured tennis courts into the 1930s. MU Quad
Week 3 Once a men's dormitory, this building is now the heart of Innovation Nation. Weatherford
Week 4 This building's namesake coached for 35 seasons, and was later named Beaver Athletic Director. Gill Coliseum
Week 5 The kinetic sculpture in front of this building was created by Portland artist Pete Beeman. Tebeau Hall
Week 6 Housed in Champinefu Lodge, this Center offers students use of free laundry facilities, and runs a textbook lending program and food pantry. Basic Needs Center
Week 7 Still the home of speech and communication, this building once also housed radio and televison studios. Shepard Hall
Week 8 Designed as a physical education facility for women, this building is considered by many to be the masterpiece of campus architect John Bennes. Women's Building
Week 9 Built in 1932, this building was expanded in 1965 and 1990; by 1996, 53,000 active users were taking advantage of its many services. Corvallis-Benton County Public Library
Week 10 Established in the old Philomath College building in 1951, construction on this new building was completed in 2021.  
Finals Week    

Find Finley's Friends!

Image of a stuffed animal, a small goat with horns and a white, fluffy beard

Finley and their friend Kidder are hidden in the Valley Library. Take a picture of Kidder and show the Info Desk for a prize! Post your photo to Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter and tag it with #ValleyLibGOAT to be entered to win a weekly prize of goat-friendly snacks!

Week of Winter term Location clue
Week 1 Kidder, no! Those are not vending machines for paper!
Week 2 Want to be the GOAT of research? Find a spot where you can study quietly or even go to library workshops!
Week 3 Kidder's on the (real) first floor checking out books about other goats in her family.
Week 4 Kidder is "helping" SCARC show off their Favorite Things exhibit.
Week 5 Chemistry is hard! Kidder is hanging out on the 3rd floor for some tutoring.
Week 6 This week Kidder is Reading about joy in a Room.
Week 7 Kidder wants some quiet research time with a view. Find her on the 4th floor in the round room.
Week 8 Kidder has challenged her herd to a game of Twister. Where can Kidder find a game for herd game night?
Week 9 Follow the herd, grab a coffee.
Week 10 Kidder is checking out rooms named for two of her friends, Benny and Bernice, at the highest point in the Library (goats love to climb!).
Finals Week

Kidder is busy with finals this week, but wanted us to thank all of you for visiting her throughout the library this term. Were you able to find Kidder each week and collect all 10 buttons? If so, email a photo of all 10 buttons to Rachel Lilley by Friday, March 24 to be entered into the Grand Prize drawing! A winner will be selected and notified the first week of spring term.


Why Goats?

Like goats, the Valley Library is great. Many of us would even say it's the Greatest of All Time (we may be biased).

We hope this guide will inspire in you the spirit of curiosity, to look deeper into our collections, and find the fun in research. Research is all about posing questions, and those questions are up to you. As you wander through this guide, ask yourself some questions:

  • What do you know about goats?
  • What are the ethics of keeping goats?
  • Why do U.S. presidents love goats so much?

Hopefully, Finley and their friends inspire you to answer these questions, and ask others!



Why is our goat named Finley?

Hint: Look for clues on the "Goat Resources in the Valley Library" page.