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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 we will have two discussions. The first topic will focus on the nature of beauty. Philosophy professor Mark Collier will lead a multi-disciplinary faculty discussion on Tuesday, October 6 at 7:00pm that probes the question: Is Beauty in the Eye of the Beholder? Everyone is welcome. Gatherings take place in the library McGinnis Room.

Spring Semester Asking the Big Questions Schedule

  • February 23  7:00pm  McGinnis Room  "Social Movements & College Protests"
  • March 21  7:00pm  McGinnis Room  "The Sixth Extinction"

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 takes place on Wednesday, September 30th at 7 p.m. in the Briggs Library McGinnis Room. To be put on the reading list contact Brittany Grady.

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 contactKristina Smith

Celebration of Scholarly Accomplishments

The celebration of Scholarly Accomplishments highlights the research and artistic work of faculty and staff.

A sampling of individuals and their work participating in the celebration are displayed annually in the Science Tunnel and the Lower library. This year's reception takes place on Tuesday, Nov. 10 at 4:30pm in Oyate Hall.

The event is sponsored by the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Dean, the Office of the Chancellor, Rodney A. Briggs Library, and the Grants Development Office.

Constitution Day Observance

Each year onSeptember 17thBriggs 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 past year's event was held on Sept. 17 at 7:00 the Briggs Library McGinnis Room. Presentations were given by faculty members in various disciplines. This event is sponsored by Pi Sigma Alpha, the History, CMR & Political Science Disciplines, and Rodney A. Briggs Library.

End of Semester Activities

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 Buddha Boards, coloring and games.

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, Ticket to Ride, Dixit, Cards Against Humanity, Quelf, and many others. 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.

Spring Semester 2016 Game Night Schedule

  • January 22
  • February 26
  • April 1
  • May 6

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. This year's festival takes place Oct. 23-Oct. 24.