Most students and faculty are giving themselves that final push towards finals as the semester comes to end and everyone is gearing up for the holidays. Usually with the extra studying, researching, writing, and grading, comes a lot of stress. Most people on campus know that the library has study rooms and a second floor designated as a quiet study area to help you concentrate on all of your tasks. And, yes, we have resources in the library and online to help you ace what you are working, but did you also know that the library has items to help you de-stress in the midst of all of your hard work?
The library has puzzles and games for your much needed, and deserved, breaks and enjoyment. The puzzles are located upstairs on the second floor by the folios. You can get lost putting together Van Gogh’s Starry Night, constructing a European castle, or creating a beautiful beach scene. The board games we have span the classic variety, like Scrabble, Monopoly, Clue and Uno along with some newer ones that have appeared on the scene, like Cranium. We also have sports equipment to check out if you need to get outside and relieve some stress playing a game of badminton, riding a bike, or if you simply want to relax and nap in a hammock. All of our sports equipment are available for check out at the information desk. And last but not least, don’t forget about our DVD collection! The library has popular TV shows like Game of Thrones and Downton Abbey along with classic and newer released movies. The library gets in new DVDs all the time and you can keep up with the new arrivals from the library’s Pinterest New DVDs page.
The library will also offer the service of being open for 24 hours starting on November 30 through Friday, December 4. On Saturday, Dec. 5 the library will close at 10 p.m., but when we reopen on Sunday at 8 a.m., the 24 hour schedule will resume until 6 p.m. on December 10. If students feel like studying until 4 a.m. or taking advantage of our beanbag chairs for a nap, there will be ample opportunities during the days or until the wee hours of the mornings.
Starting after the Thanksgiving break, the library is doing a project we hope will encourage students as they work to complete their finals. The project will run through the end of the semester and is called Post-Its Positivity. This is a project started in the University of Rochester Libraries and the librarians at CCL can’t wait to try it on our campus. Around the library, and the second floor of Cate Center, will be star post-its and Sharpies for students, faculty, and staff to write down encouraging, inspirational, or funny sayings. We want everyone to let our students know they can make it through this semester triumphantly!
--Submitted by Amanda Sullivan, research and instruction librarian