Stress Less Week has come just in time to help ease the pain of finals! We’ll be celebrating by providing coloring pages and origami paper at the Library Service Desk all week–everything you need for an easy study break.
You can also join us at 3pm on Wednesday, 4/25, down at the Desk for Afternoon Tea. We’ll have a variety of teas and treats, so take a break and commiserate with your colleagues or grab a quick cup to bring back to your carrel!
Student Wellness Advising is also hosting a number of relaxing events, so be sure to check them out as well:
Friday 4/20, 3-4:30pm: Ice Cream and Furry Friends, Jaharis Courtyard (rain location: SK 507)
Monday 4/23, 12pm: Lunchtime Walk, Meet in front of 145 Harrison Ave
Tuesday 4/24, 3-4pm: Zumba, SK216A
Can’t make it to any events? Visit the Student Wellness Advising Resources page for some tips on how to mitigate your stress.
Pumpkin flavored everything is here, the leaves have changed color, the air is cooler – it’s hard not to love October in New England. With Halloween fast approaching, we thought you might want to take a look at some things you can do to get yourself in the mood.
- Friday October 20th-31st @ 7pm: WholeTone Opera’s The WereWolf — tickets start at $18
- Friday October 20th-31st @ 7pm: Cirque of the Dead — tickets start at $30
- Friday October 20th @ 11:59pm: Rawhead Rex — $12.5
- Wednesday October 25th @ 6pm: Weird and Worrisome tour of JP — $10
- Saturday October 28th @ 9am: Boston Costume Dash — $25
- Saturday October 28th @ 12pm: Holiday Pet Parade — FREE
- Tuesday October 31st @ 12pm: The Big Book of Rogues and Villians — $10
New events are still being added, check out the Boston Calendar or the Boston Discovery Guide for more city happenings. If you’re willing to drive a little and want to go pumpkin picking, check out this of Massachusetts pumpkin patches. Happy October!
Need a break from studying? Looking for something for you and some friends to do during some free time? Stop by the 4th floor service desk and borrow a board game. We have Jenga, Uno, Operation, puzzles, decks of cards and more!
Is it just us or have a lot of books been making appearances on the big screen lately? Rolling Stone just released their 2017 Summer Movie Preview and we couldn’t help but notice that one of Stephen King’s books made the list. On August 4, 2017, The Dark Tower, the first installment of an adaptation of King’s Dark Tower series will hit theaters (Check out the trailer on Youtube). The film is technically a continuation of the novels, but will draw on elements from the The Gunslinger, the first book in the series. Borrow a copy from us and read the book first!
Interested in other movies that were books written by Stephen King? Check out his website for a complete movie list from A to Z.
With the 4th falling on a Monday (yay 3-day weekends!) and a beautiful weather forecast, all the elements are in place for a great Independence Day! Here are our suggestions for how to enjoy a happy and healthy holiday weekend:
The quintessential Boston 4th of July celebration is the Boston Pops performance and fireworks show on the Esplanade. Visit the official event website for a rundown of the schedule and more event details. CBS Boston has also put together a handy guide with viewing location suggestions and other useful tips.
For fun throughout the weekend, head down to Boston Harborfest . Dedicated to celebrating Boston’s harbor and history, it’s the largest 4th of July festival in the country and features tons of activities, some free and some paid. Here’s the full schedule. Don’t miss the fireworks over the Inner Harbor on Saturday night!
Don’t want to fight the crowds for Boston fireworks on the 2nd or the 4th? Here’s a list of all the fireworks displays planned for this summer in MA. Of particularly local note, Somerville will be having a display on Thursday 6/30 at 9:15pm and Newton and Waltham will also have fireworks displays on Monday 7/4.
Hosting a barbeque? Check out our post from last year about quick summer desserts.
Since lots of sun is in the forecast, don’t forget the American Cancer Society‘s mnemonic device for protecting yourself:
Slip! Slap! Slop!® and Wrap
Slip on a shirt. Slop on sunscreen. Slap on a hat
Wrap on sunglasses to protect your eyes and sensitive skin around them
Have a Happy 4th of July!
You’re hard at work preparing for finals, but that doesn’t mean you have to miss out on holiday cheer! Take a break, stretch your legs, and head down to the library service desk on Thursday or Friday afternoon. We’ll have the supplies for graham cracker gingerbread houses, coffee-filter snowflakes, and more!
Stuck in the city for the summer but wish you could travel? Be transported for an afternoon with a book from our collection!
Here are eleven, arranged by location from nearest to farthest:
Martha’s Vineyard by Ray G. Ellis and Ralph Graves — This one has a lot of pictures; perfect for flipping through on one of the couches by the leisure reading.
Vintage Nantucket by A.B.C. Whipple — Poetic history and lore of one of New England’s most popular vacation spots.
A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering American on the Appalachian Trail by Bill Bryson — A journey through American wilderness with prolific travel writer Bill Bryson.
McCarthy’s Bar by Pete McCarthy — Rambles through Ireland.
Wild by Cheryl Strayed — An emotional trek down the Pacific Crest Trail.
Oaxaca Journal by Oliver Sacks — Narrative of a trip into Oaxaca by famed physician and writer Oliver Sacks.
My Life in France by Julia Child — Classic memoir of a culinary great.
A Year in Provence by Peter Mayle — A columnist and his wife uproot their life and move into a 200-year old farmhouse in France.
Holy Cow: An Indian Adventure by Sarah MacDonald — A sometimes irreverent, sometimes thoughtful chronicle of two years living in India.
The Island of the Colorblind by Oliver Sacks — An Amazon reviewerdescribes this as “a mini-vacation for the scientifically curious.”
We’ll have them out on display on top of the Leisure Reading shelves on the 4th floor so you can find them easily. Enjoy and Bon Voyage!
We always hope our crafts help you relax and have a bit of fun, but in honor of National Stress Awareness Month, we chose the ones this week with stress reduction specifically in mind.
We’ll have glass stones you can decorate to motivate you, make you smile, or give you a bit of luck on your work! We’ll also have some coloring pages so you can engage in meditative coloring…or just make a sweet dinosaur to stick on the wall of your study carrel. And, as always, we’ll have a bunch of construction paper, pipe cleaners, and googly eyes so you can let your creativity run wild!
So stop by the 4th floor desk starting at 2pm and unwind!
Need a study break? Drop by the Circulation Desk every Tuesday between 2-8pm and get competitive with a board game (we have Operation!) or relax with a puzzle–the choice is yours! We’ll have a selection of entertaining diversions out for you to enjoy on the 4th floor.
Want to play a game on a different day of the week? No problem! Just ask at the desk–we’d be happy to hand one over.
Keep your eyes peeled on St. Patrick’s Day for the Battle of the Health Sciences Library Bands! We’ll be posting a video of a group of HHSL librarians playing and singing the Irish tune Rare Old Mountain Dew in competition with three other health sciences libraries:
- the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library from the University of Virginia
- the William H. Welch Library from Johns Hopkins
- the Lamar Soutter Library from UMass Worcester
Be sure to like our music video posted on our Facebook page on Monday, March 17th, to help Hirsh’s band – Jumbo Go Bragh – win!
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