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De-Stress with the Library, Even During Finals

As the seasons cycle toward summer, so does the semester cycle towards finals. Although the lazy days of summer are on the horizon, the stress of final projects, grading, and studying abound these last few weeks of school. Just at the library can help with studying and research, we can also help with de-stressing during this time.  

We still have puzzles and games for your much needed, and deserved, breaks and enjoyment. 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. We also have two corn hole boards now along with beanbags for check out. All of our sports equipment is available at the information desk.

Our DVD collection has grown a lot since last semester. We have added numerous Oscar nominated films, along with other mainstream titles that will get you laughing and relaxing. Didn’t catch Spy or Ride Along, we have those available now. If you’re into more serious affairs and need to catch up with the Crawley family, we have the last season of Downton Abbey. We also have the Oscar films Creed, Carol, The Big Short, Brooklyn, Room, and Spotlight for your viewing pleasure (we also have the books available for Carol and The Big Short. The books for Room and Brooklyn are on order). 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.

If you don’t have time for a movie, we have other ways to give your eyes and mind a grading and study break. We now have image collections from Bridgeman Art Library. If you want to create your own work of art, you can check out a digital recorder or camera from Media Services. WGSN, while covering street style and catwalks around the world, also have design resources to help inspire you.  If you need to listen to some tunes, we have Naxos Music Streaming which focuses on classical music, but also has some jazz, blues, and folk recordings too. You can also stream music documentaries from Films on Demand if you want to get the stories behind the music.

The library will also offer the service of being open for 24 hours starting on Sunday, April 24 through 10 p.m. Saturday the 30.  The library will reopen at 8 a.m. on Sunday, May 1 and resume a 24 hour schedule until Thursday, May 5 when we close at 6 p.m.. If you feel like studying until 4 a.m. or taking advantage of our beanbag chairs for a nap, you will have ample opportunities during the days or until the wee hours of the mornings.  Also on Reading Day, April 28, we will be offering 10 minute massages for our students. They will need to sign up here and come to the Harris Room, on the second floor of the library, a few minutes before their appointment. All of us at the library hope you have a wonderful end of the semester!

—Submitted by Amanda Sullivan, research and instruction librarian

Melyssa Allen

News Director
316 Johnson Hall
(919) 760-8087
Fax: (919) 760-8330

allenme@meredith.edu