Mardi Gras is BIG deal in Louisiana. We even got a week break over the holiday! As a northerner, the culture surrounding Mardi Gras was fascinating. I knew I had to incorporate the holiday into the library in some way, and in the end, we came up with Book Character Dress Up day. Parades and costumes play a large role in Mardi Gras festivities, so dressing up in costume made complete sense, we just added a literary spin to the proceedings. On the Friday before Mardi Gras break, students (and staff) dressed up like their favorite book character. My first year I dressed up as Luna Lovegood from Harry Potter, and in my second year, I dressed up as Alice from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Seeing the kids embrace their favorite characters was so much fun! Of course, there were a ton of Katniss, Harry Potter, and Superhero costumes, but it was really fun to see the range of characters the kids chose. The White Witch from the Chronicles of Narnia, Pinocchio and Horrid Henry come to mind as some of the more unique costumes seen.