“So comes snow after fire, and even dragons have their endings.”
― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit, or There and Back Again
Here be dragons
The only thing between you and the end of the semester is finals. Here be dragons– or a metaphor for unexplained territory. The library is here to help you through these uncharted waters with our Virtual Finals Fest, Spring 2021! This semester we have complimentary coffee to make you tense, ASMRs to help you relax, a group study room, fantasy study spaces, and more. Remember that once finals are done, you’ve slayed a dragon…so to speak.
We have some complimentary coffee for you. Since we can’t serve you real coffee, we have a recipe for the perfect cup of joe for you to make at home. Btw- we have a very important poll- how do you take your
coffee; I mean caffeine? Do you prefer a cup of coffee, tea, pop, or an energy drink?
Last Finals Fest we had ASMRs with a fireplace to provide you with some cozy background noise and warmth. Now that it is spring, we wanted something more appropriate for the season. Here is an ASMR that you can use to block out noise and provide quiet. Isn’t This a Lovely Day (To Be Caught in the Rain)? Enjoy the sounds of rain from the comfort of someplace with a roof.
Virtual Study Rooms
We have a virtual study rooms available for you during the week of finals. We have one study room that is open to all and the rest are dedicated spaces for different departments. Study rooms are open on a first-come, first served basis and will not be monitored. You and your study buddies can access them through these links:
Biology Virtual Study Room
Meeting ID: meet.google.com/wtg-wnss-zvy
Phone Numbers(US): +1 617-675-4444 PIN: 748 483 318 2514#
Chemistry Virtual Study Room
Meeting ID: meet.google.com/uea-pkts-gzw
Phone Numbers(US): +1 617-675-4444 PIN: 952 619 761 4660#
Dental Hygiene Virtual Study Room
Meeting ID: meet.google.com/rao-epcb-nfp
Phone Numbers(US):+1 617-675-4444 PIN: 842 601 927 1144#
Math Virtual Study Room
Meeting ID: meet.google.com/ytp-grox-wjd
Phone Numbers(US): +1 617-675-4444 PIN: 419 853 779 6861#
Nursing Virtual Study Room
Meeting ID: meet.google.com/ayf-hhbr-yra
Phone Numbers(US): +1 617-675-4444 PIN: 539 777 046 6887#
Virtual Study Room
Meeting ID: meet.google.com/qap-dntj-sis
Phone Numbers(US): +1 617-675-4444 PIN: 887 537 381 4716#
Do you need help with your English class, or writing help? Please contact the Writing Center. Need help with math tutoring? Please contact Hala Elashmawi or Maysoon Alissa to make a tutoring appointment.
Help us put together this puzzle. Here is the full picture to help you:
Or this one. We won’t share the image here. You’ll need to complete it to read an encouraging message from the Student Government Association.
Mind Full, or Mindful
There’s an old saying that you should strive to spend 30 minutes daily in nature, except when you are busy; then it should be an hour. The same is true of mindfulness. When you think you don’t have the time is when you need to practice it the most.
This video is here whenever you need it and you can return again and again. We also have a handout to guide you through the exercise in that will be in the video.
To Help You Procrastinate
Sometimes you need a break to de-stress. We don’t have any puppies this year, but we have some live cams of animals. While we can’t promise each there will be something cute every time (they are live after all), you’ll just have to keep coming back. Enjoy these sea otters at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Here is a live cam of fish at the Shedd Aquarium or just hours of hypnotic and calming fish. These ducklings at Botany Pond at the University of Chicago are always fuzzy and cute.
Which is your dream library?
We wish we were in the library now too. Since we can’t be together, we might as well imagine that we can study anywhere in the world. Here are some 360° pictures of libraries known for their beauty. Take a look and give a thumbs up or down.
New York Public Library, New York, New York
The Stephen A. Schwarzman Building is the New York Public Library’s main branch location. You probably know the lions on the outside of the building even if you’ve never been inside. This is the main reading room.
Trinity College Dublin’s Long Room Library, Dublin, Ireland
If this one looks familiar, it is because it is the same library as in the puzzle above. This is the Long Room at Trinity College Dublin. This room dates from the 18th-Century and contains the oldest books in the collection.
Royal Portuguese Reading Room, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Want to read the largest collection of Portuguese texts outside of Portugal? The Royal Portuguese Reading Room in Rio De Janeiro has 350,000 texts and is stunning to boot.
Tianjin Binhai Library, Tianjin, China
Libraries aren’t just repositories for old things, they also serve as modern meeting spaces. This modern library was just built in 2017 to serve as part of the cultural center in the city of Tianjin. Spoiler though, most of those books on the shelves are only images and the actual books are elsewhere.
The Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Alexandrina, Egypt
The Great Library of Alexandria, Egypt contained one of the most important collections of the ancient world, until it burned. The modern Bibliotheca Alexandrina was built close to the original site. You can view it here.
YOU could be a winner:
Thanks for attending Virtual Finals Fest, Spring 2021. The raffle has now ended and the winners notified. Don’t worry though, this page will be here for you to revisit.