Briggs Library is proud to offer special programming and events throughout the year. Some of our regular offerings include:
Come have some fun. One Friday evening a month from 6 p.m.–midnight the library throws a Game Night party featuring a wide assortment of board games and card games including Munchkin and Magic the Gathering. Role players are welcome. Video gaming is possible by special request. 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 Game Night Schedule
- January 25
- February 15: Magic the Gathering tournament
- March 29: Academic Trivia Contest
- April 19
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, spirituality and Minnesota culture/history. Everyone is welcome. Gatherings take place in the library McGinnis Room at 7 p.m.
Fall Semester Asking the Big Questions Schedule
- September 25 Worst Movies of All Time
- October 30th Political Ads Ad Nauseum (with Political Science professors Roger Rose and Tim Lindberg).
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 October 2nd.
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 on February 21–23, 2013, and will feature Ed Bok Lee (2011 winner for poetry), Brian Malloy (2009 winner for young adult fiction), Adam McOmber (The White Forest), and poet Mary Biddinger as well as memoirist Patti See. Free public readings and panel discussions are available as well as affordable writing workshops.
Come celebrate a world of wonderful reading at the book party called Bookapalooza on Wednesday, April 10th at 7 p.m. in the Briggs Library McGinnis Room. Share your love for a special book by reading a short excerpt (no more than 5 minutes long). If interested in in reading please email Peter Bremer. Refreshments and light snacks will be served. Everyone is invited to attend. This event is co-sponsored by Briggs Library and the Into the World.
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.