Again this semester, the staff of College Library organized a series of events during exam period. In conjunction with the Open Book Café, the Wisconsin Union, GUTS, the Office of the Dean of Students, and the Athletic Department, students were able to look forward, every day from May 7 through May 13, to an event designed to ease the stress of finals for our student patrons.
As part of a suite of events designed to help our patrons do their best during the final exam period, College Library offered candy, fortune cookies, stress relievers, and even a coloring day. Other highlights included visits by Bucky Badger, sidewalk chalk, and puzzles. The Open Book Café once again offered free coffee, tea, and hot chocolate from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Friday, May 9. The following day, Saturday, May 10, GUTS sponsored a drop-in study session (complete with coffee and doughnuts). The library also sponsored a free, drop-in, exam prep/study skills session on Wednesday, May 7. Held in conjunction with GUTS (Greater University Tutoring Service), the session was held in the library’s classroom. In addition, a series of affirmations were featured on the library’s large monitor next to the Information Desk. In urging students to “breathe” and “relax,” the messages confirmed the library’s commitment to helping students survive the stress of final exams.
Students responded well to this series of finals events and College Library hopes to continue working with other campus partners to offer similar programming in the future.
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