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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

  • Check back for information regarding the exciting 2014-2015 Asking the Big Questions schedule.

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 past year’s event took place on Monday, September 23rd at 7 p.m. in the Briggs Library McGinnis Room.

Bookapalooza

Occassionally 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

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.

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 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 past year's event was held at 7:30 p.m. in the Briggs Library McGinnis Room. Presentations were 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.

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, 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 2014 Game Night Schedule

  • Stay tuned for details.

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.




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