According to Eleanor Roosevelt, “A person is like a tea bag, you never know how strong it is until it gets in hot water.” Suddenly feeling submerged in hot water as second semester starts to kick in? Maybe it’s time to sit down for a minute, take a breath and pour a good old-fashioned cup of tea! Luckily there is a tea celebration inside of Reinert.

Web services and reference librians Chris Carmichael and Lynn Schneider have organized their second annual tea extravaganza in the library for all Creighton students to enjoy every Friday this month from 2 to 5 p.m. Why tea?

“There’s just something relaxing about the process. You have to boil the water, you get to choose your tea, you have to let it steep. It’s a time to just pause,” Chris Carmichael said.

Students who ask Mr. Carmichael and Ms. Schneider about any subject will be helped by the library’s research assistants. The subject of tea is no exception.

One avaliable tea was the authentic Indian Taipur Estate tea which possess a rich history and culture.

Grown primarily in the jungle regions of India and China, the Camellia sinensis is a species of plant from which all types of tea originate. White tea, green tea and black tea differ only in the amount of time the leaves from this plant were allotted to oxidize, according to Schneider.

Last week’s event featured teas from India, all of which were shipped from the Assam jungles straight to a local tea shop called The Tea Smith which blends and packages the fresh leaves.

This Friday’s featured tea is something students don’t want to miss. Straight from the Cederdale region of South Africa, the Rooibos herbal plant will be making an appearance in the form of Vanilla Rooibos tea. Many students all need a little pick me up on a Friday afternoon, so come out to your favorite library and warm up with a cozy cup of African tea! 

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