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De-Stress Fest at University Park April 30-May 2

promotional graphic for De-Stress Fest April 30-May at the University Park Library locations.Fun and relaxing activities during “De-Stress Fest” at the University Park campus will help students reduce stress as they study for finals and complete papers and projects. From 3 to 8 p.m. Sunday-Tuesday, April 30-May 2, students can stop in the Mann Assembly Room, 103 Paterno Library, and enjoy free coffee and snacks or stretch their minds with a quick game and mental break.

The first-floor lobbies of Pattee Library and Paterno Library will have bean-bag toss boards, Wii games and puzzles available for students all day throughout finals week. During the De-Stress Fest hours from 3-8 p.m. in the Mann Assembly Room, art therapy and classic games allow students to relieve stress during this busy week. In addition to those study break activities, HealthWorks will offer a De-Stress Zone with brain massage music, biofeedback programs and stress management workbooks from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. each day.

Branch library locations at University Park also will offer snacks and relaxing activities for students. The Architecture and Landscape Architecture Library will provide origami projects and puzzles all day Tuesday-Thursday, April 25-27, with snacks and drinks offered from 7-9 p.m. The Fletcher L. Byrom Earth and Mineral Sciences Library will offer puzzles and other study-break activities as well as apples and snacks, while supplies last, each day Sunday, April 30, through Thursday, May 4.

Bring your own cup and enjoy snacks and drinks from 6-7 p.m. at the Engineering Library Sunday-Wednesday, April 30-May 3, and from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday-Wednesday, May 1-3. With newly configured group workspaces, the Physical and Mathematical Sciences Library will have snacks and drinks available all day, while supplies last, Monday-Thursday, May 1-4, with puzzles and other activities for study breaks.

An 8.5×11 downloadable PDF for this event is available to print or share with colleagues and organizations.

View the full schedule for De-Stress Fest activities at all University Park library locations:

Architecture and Landscape Architecture Library
(First floor, Stuckeman Family Building)
Tuesday-Thursday, April 25-27

Pattee Library and Paterno Library
3-8 p.m. Sunday-Tuesday, April 30-May 2
Mann Assembly Room, 103 Paterno Library

  • Free coffee and snacks
  • Art therapy

4-6 p.m. Sunday-Tuesday, April 30-May 2
HealthWorks De-Stress Zone

  • Brain massage music, biofeedback programs and stress management workbooks

Paterno Library Lobby

  • Puzzles (all day)

Pattee Library Lobby, Central

  • Wii games and bean bag toss (all day)

Fletcher L. Byrom Earth and Mineral Sciences Library
(first floor, Deike Building)

Sunday-Thursday, April 30-May 4

Engineering Library (third floor, Hammond Building)
Sunday-Wednesday, April 30-May 3 — (all day)

  • Puzzles, coloring, origami and other activities

Sunday, April 30 — 6-7 p.m.

  • Snacks and drinks (please bring your own cup)

Monday-Wednesday, May 1-3 — 10-11 a.m. and 6-7 p.m.

  • Snacks and drinks (please bring your own cup)

Physical and Mathematical Sciences Library (second floor, Davey Lab)
Monday-Thursday, May 1-4

  • Apples and snacks (all day, while supplies last)
  • Puzzles and other activities

For more information about De-Stress Fest or for questions about accommodations for this event, contact Megan Gilpin at 814-867-0069 or mcg13@psu.edu.

Winners selected in five categories in first-ever Edible Book Festival

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Thank you to everyone who helped out with judging the People’s Choice Award for the first-ever Edible Book Contest on Monday, March 20. “A Wrinkle in Time” by Preeya Kuray, a student in the Materials Science and Engineering graduate program, was selected as the winner! Other winners include:

  • Most Creative: Ashley Hoover with Animal Cracker Farm
  • Best Depiction of a Classic: Preeya Kuray with A Wrinkle in Time
  • Funniest/Punniest: Ali Zawoski with Twinkie Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  • Most Appetizing: Lourdes Bobbio with Quidditch World Cup

Images of all the submissions and their titles are in the gallery.

Thanks to Rebecca Miller, Joe Salem, Linda Struble and Ann Thompson for their judging talents, and Jose Guerrero for his creative edible book project.

– submitted by Hailley Fargo, Knowledge Commons

Hazleton Library engages students with “15 Movies in 15 Weeks” series

While movie stars walk down the red carpet for the Academy Awards®, students at the Hazleton Campus Library can experience their own film festival when they borrow a DVD from the “15 Movies in 15 Weeks” series. The library staff promotes the popular series and weekly selections to students on campus through print flyers and social media during both the fall and spring semesters.

The Penn State Hazleton Faculty Senate Library and Information Committee select many of the titles for the “15 Movies in 15 Weeks” list, now in its sixth year. The committee recommended movies that have social and/or political implications with the potential to impact students’ worldviews.

Three-time Academy Award®-winning film Pan’s Labyrinth (2006) is available to students the week of Feb. 27; the film the week before was Amores Perros (2000), also from Mexico, and also nominated for an Oscar® for Best Foreign Language Film. Como Agua por Chocolate (1992), was the pick for the week of Valentine’s Day.

In more recent years, movies that expand the theme of the Penn State Reads book were chosen for inclusion. During the 2015 fall semester, Gasland (2010), Gasland Part II (2013), FrackNation (2013), Promised Land (2012), Breaking Free: The Shale Rock Revolution (2015), and Split Estate (2009) were among the selections offered in conjunction with the Penn State Reads book entitled, The Boom: How Fracking Ignited the American Energy Revolution and Changed the World.

Wrapped books ready for reading ‘dates’ with students

promotional graphic for Blind Date with a Book event Feb. 6 through Feb. 17Three more themed activities this semester promote fun and learning for Penn State students in the University Libraries. Beginning on Monday, Feb. 6, the shelves in the Franklin Atrium of the Pattee Library on Penn State’s University Park campus will be filled with both fiction and non-fiction books available for students to take on a reading date.

This “Blind Date with a Book” provides just a few clues and keywords in describing the wrapped books with hundreds of titles available. Books may not be unwrapped until after they are checked out at the lending services desk.

For more information about “Blind Date with a Book” and upcoming student engagement events, read the Penn State News article.