Libraries’ ‘De-Stress Fest’ provides study break activities and snacks

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The University Libraries’ will offer fun and relaxing activities during “De-Stress Fest” at the University Park campus to 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.

The schedule for De-Stress Fest activities at all University Park library locations is below:

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

An 8.5x11 downloadable PDF for this event is available to print or share with colleagues and organizations. 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.

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Last Updated April 12, 2017