Finals at the Library
As is tradition, College Library hosted several activities and partnered with other campus departments to provide help and stress-relief for students studying for finals this semester. The effort kicked off with the Writing Center‘s Midnight Madness event on Sunday, December 8. With over 42 slots available until 1 a.m. that evening, multiple consultants assisted students with final papers, résumés, and more.
Even more help was available from GUTS on Study Day, Thursday, December 12, when tutors offered their services from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. In between these two events, the Open Book Café supported students with free coffee, tea, and hot chocolate from 7 p.m. to 12:30 p.m. on the last day of classes. Knowing how much students appreciate it, Dean Christina Olstad and other staff from UW-Madison’s Division of Student Life distributed 640 slices of pizza to students in the library in less than an hour on Study Day. They even had a little help from Bucky Badger!
Therapy canines from Dogs on Call returned to the library on Monday, Dec. 16, from 4 to 6 p.m. One of the most popular events of the semester, nearly a dozen dogs were on hand to help students enjoy a brief respite from their studies. Ranging in size from Bozeman, the 1½-year-old Newfoundland, to the beagle/basset hound mix, Jordy, every dog had their admirers.
On Tuesday, December 17, College Library staff set up a button-making station in 1st Floor Center, giving students the chance to capture some unique aspects of 2019 (e.g., the Rose Bowl and Baby Yoda) in compact button form. In addition to coloring pages, students could also express themselves on a large white board. There were a variety of responses to the prompt, “How are you going to make the most of your winter break?” A majority of them did refer in some way to catching up on sleep.
During the winter break, College Library will have abbreviated hours. It is open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays, except holidays. For the hours of all campus libraries, please see the libraries’ website.