“ConGraduations” to the Graduates!

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“ConGraduations!” to the Class of 2017!  We wish you all the best, and send you forth with these inspiring words from author/humorist Tom Bodett:

“In school, you’re taught a lesson and then given a test. In life, you’re given a test that teaches you a lesson.”Graduation

Congrats, graduates!

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All your hard work has finally paid off, and you’re almost officially Bryant alumni now! Make sure you drop in and see the library one more time before you leave campus.

We’ve got some photos from past commencement ceremonies in our Digital Commons you can look to get ready for the ceremony—check out these pictures from 1945 and 1968:

Everyone at the library wishes you good luck in your future endeavors, and we hope you come back to visit us!

Finals Week

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Happy almost summer!

The library wants to make your life a little bit easier, so we’ve got a few things going on this week. We’ll opening earlier and staying open later for finals, and you can check here for a complete list of our hours. The snack cart will be making some afternoon appearances this week, so keep an eye out for it! We also have coloring pages out if you need to take a break from studying and just color for awhile.

Let us know if you need any research help (or moral support). Have a great vacation, Bryant!

Book Your Study Rooms NOW for Finals!

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Final exams are coming up  – please do not wait to book your study rooms for the Library or the AIC ! Some days and time-slots are filling fast, so the longer you wait the less chance you have of reserving the day /time you need.

Reserving is easy for either building –  click on the link on the right column of the Library homepage. Just remember – you need a minimum of 3 people, and you can reserve up to 3 hours per week / per student. We have supplies to lend out if you need them, and food & beverages are permitted…we just ask that you clean up after yourselves before the next study group arrives.  Questions? Call us at 232-6125. 

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Check This Out! – Tetris: The Games People Play

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If you’ve been alive at any point in the last 30 years, you’ve probably played Tetris at least once.  Maybe you’ve played long enough that you still see the shapes falling after you’ve stopped playing or even in your dreams (this is a documented psychological phenomenon called “the Tetris effect”).  What you may not know is that the story of arguably the most ubiquitous video game ever involves all manner of tech industry wheeling and dealing, political manipulation, questions of ownership, and one Russian computer scientist who wanted to make a simple puzzle game to amuse himself and his co-workers.  Writer/artist Box Brown covers it all in this graphic novel, along with a quick history of the video game industry and a rumination of what it is about gaming that drives us all, whether we know it or not.  It’s a fun, informative read… you’ll probably enjoy it, and you’ll definitely want to play Tetris for an hour or six when you’re done.

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Tips for Avoiding Spring Fever

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It’s finally spring! The warm weather may make us want to push aside homework and go hang out outside, but it’s important to finish the semester off strong. Here are some tips for dealing with spring fever:

  • Make a timeline of when your big tests, papers, and projects are due and plan when to start working on or studying for each. This will help you stay focused on the work you have coming up, keep you from getting overwhelmed, and make sure your work is done on time.
  • Talk to a librarian or make an appointment at ACE to get help starting your final projects early.
  • If it’s nice out and you’re craving some sun, bring your work outside!
  • Team up with a friend and keep each other accountable. Work together, or send each other texts to make sure you’re both on task.
  • Schedule time to work when you’re most productive (after a shower, first thing in the morning, or right after class) and where you’re most productive (alone in your room, in the Silent Zone, with your group members in a study room, etc).

As always, feel free to ask the library if you have any questions about resources or research!