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Special Events in the Library

Briggs Library is proud to offer special programming and events throughout the year. Some of our regular offerings include:

Asking the Big Questions

A campus/community discussion group that meets twice a semester to talk about the big issues and perplexing questions that affect us all. Past topics have included climate change, feminism, gun violence, spirituality and Minnesota culture/history. This semester's theme will deal with life in the digital age. Everyone is welcome. Gatherings take place in the library McGinnis Room at 7 p.m.

Fall Semester Asking the Big Questions Schedule

October 16

  • Big Brother is Watching: Government Surveillance in the Digital Age
  • 7:30 p.m., Briggs Library McGinnis Room
  • Guest Speaker: Associate Political Science Professor Roger Rose

November 13

  • Facebook is Forever
  • 7:30 p.m., Briggs Library McGinnis Room
  • Guest Speaker Kristin Lamberty, Associate Professor of Computer Science

Banned Books Reading

Each fall Briggs Library partners with Sigma Tau Delta to offer an evening of readings from banned and challenged books coinciding with the American Library Association’s Banned Books Week. Come celebrate the freedom to read as students, staff and faculty read excerpts from banned and challenged books. This year’s event took place on Monday, September 23rd at 7 p.m. in the Briggs Library McGinnis Room.


Each spring Briggs Library and Into the World celebrate a world of wonderful reading at a book party called Bookapalooza. Participants can share their love for a special book by reading a short excerpt (no more than 5 minutes long). 

Book Club

Once a month campus and community members are invited to read a common book and then discuss it. Meetings are held in Briggs Library. For more information contact Kristina Smith

Constitution Day Observance

Each year on September 17th Briggs Library co-sponsors a Constitution Day observance as mandated by federal law celebrating the U.S. Constitution. It was on that day in 1787 that the U.S. Constitutional Convention signed the Constitution. This year's event will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the Briggs Library McGinnis Room. Presentations will be given by faculty members in various disciplines. This event is sponsored by Pi Sigma Alpha, the History & Political Science Disciplines, and Rodney A. Briggs Library.

Game Night

Come have some fun. Come have some fun. One Friday evening a month from 6–11 p.m. the library throws a Game Night party featuring a wide assortment of board games and card games including Munchkin, Magic the Gathering, Cards Against Humanity and Quelf. Role players are welcome. Artemis and League of Legends players are welcome as well. If you have a game of your own feel free to bring it! Librarians are on hand and the circulation desk is always open throughout the evening.

Fall Semester Game Night Schedule

Game Night: October 11

Description: Board games and card games galore. Artemis and League of Legends playing. Vintage Magic the Gathering Tournament starts at 7:00pm. Registration at 6:30 p.m., No cost. Prizes will be awarded. Sponsored by Magic the Gathering club, John’s Total Entertainment and Briggs Library.

Game Night: November 8

Game Night: December 13

Prairie Gate Literary Festival

Each spring Briggs Library and other campus locations host the the Prairie Gate Literary Festival. The mission of the festival is to provide the University of Minnesota, Morris and Lake Region of Minnesota unique opportunities to learn from and interact with published writers and other professionals in the field of literary arts.


Briggs Library offers a variety of end-of-semester relaxation opportunities for students including free 5-minute massages, Relaxation 101 drop-in sessions as well as aromatic oils and Buddha Boards.

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