Penn State Libraries Offer De-Stress Fest During Finals Week

During finals week, several Penn State libraries will offer stress-reducing games and activities to help students relax as they prepare for finals and end-of-semester projects.

De-Stress Fest will take place at five branch libraries across University Park, offering free snacks, games, activities, art therapy, and other stress-management options.

The libraries will offer snacks, coffee hours, and other various activities to students while they study. Below is the full schedule for De-Stress Fest activities.

Pattee & Paterno Libraries

At Pattee and Paterno Library, students can visit the Leisure Reading Room between 3 and 8 p.m. on Sunday, April 28, through Tuesday, April 30, for free coffee, snacks, and crafts.

Architecture & Landscape Architecture Library

For those looking to get a jumpstart on their studying, the Architecture and Landscape Architecture Library, located on the first floor of the Stuckeman Family Building, will host its own De-Stress Fest from Tuesday, April 23, to Thursday, April 25.

From 5 to 9 p.m. each day, the library will have puzzles, crafts, and snacks available.

Engineering Library (Hammond Building)

In the Engineering Library located at 325 Hammond Building, students can check out coloring books, puzzles, a button machine, and crafts. These activities, along with snacks and beverages, will be available from Monday, April 29, through Thursday, May 2, while supplies last.

Earth & Mineral Sciences Library (Deike Building)

Coloring books, jigsaw puzzles, and snacks will be available each day from Monday, April 29, through Thursday, May 2, in the Earth and Mineral Sciences Library in the Deike Building. This library also boasts plenty of study space, group study rooms, a One Button Studio, a Virtual Reality Center, and a Cub Pantry, a branch of the Lion’s Pantry.

Physical & Mathematical Science Library (Davey Lab)

From Monday, April 29, through Thursday, May 2, students can find coloring books, puzzles, wellness boxes, and origami in 201 Davey Lab. There will also be snacks and drinks provided each day from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. or while supplies last.

Students may also find the Library Guide on Personal Health and Mental Wellness useful, which includes informational resources on topics ranging from sleep and nutrition to digital well-being and exercise leading up to finals. The guide also includes links for getting help through Penn State services.

Some students with sensory impairments or who need quiet comfort can find sensory spaces in the Pattee Library. Information about space accommodations and reservations is available at campus locations.

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