A look back on the fall programming season, plus a spring preview

Did you know that the Libraries host a free public programming series that is open to everyone each semester? Offerings include readings, concerts, workshops, our beloved Charles L. Blockson Afro-American Collection series, and more. Whether you’re an undergraduate or graduate student, researcher, local Philadelphian, faculty or staff member, you’re invited to join us!

Viewing the Special Collections Research Center Exhibit, photo by Heidi Roland Photography

Last fall, our Beyond the Page programming series offered several programs that complemented our celebration of the Philadelphia Jewish Archives Collection, including a kickoff program with Murray Dubin and an exhibit in the Charles Library first floor exhibit space. The exhibit, “Our Greater Philadelphia Mishpachah: 50 Years of Documenting the Jewish Community,” remains on view until March 6. Stop in to view it before it’s gone! We also held a Midday Arts event with poet and writer Elaine Goldstein Terranova, CLA ‘61, which was paired with a pop-up exhibit in October in the Albert M. Greenfield Special Collections Research Center Reading Room featuring papers Terranova donated to the SCRC. 

Beyond the Notes performance at Charles Library, photo by Heidi Roland Photography

Our Beyond the Notes concerts returned in person last semester. The November concert remembered the 84th anniversary of the Kristallnacht (“Night of Broken Glass”) pogroms with stories of Austrian Jewish composers and librettists, performed by Boyer College of Music faculty member Daniel Neer and friends. It was such a pleasure to hear beautiful music in the Charles Library event space once again! 

Carmen Maria Machado signs books after reading, photo by Heidi Roland Photography

The Libraries and Press also collaborated with the Intellectual Heritage Program, the College of Liberal Arts, and the Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies Program on an event as part of Temple’s universitywide Hispanic Heritage Month celebrations. Our event brought Philadelphia-based author Carmen Maria Machado to Charles Library for a conversation with Temple Professor Liz Moore. Both the event space and an overflow room filled up with audience members, and we also livestreamed the event.  

The Charles L. Blockson Afro-American Collection continued to offer an exceptional semester of programming that included a Rev. Dr. Leon H. Sullivan centennial celebration and a conversation with Molefi K. Asante and Haki R. Madhubuti about Third World Press Foundation, the largest independent black-owned press in the United States that just celebrated 55 years. 

Interested in viewing a program recording from the fall? You can! Our website features program recordings going back many years. 

What’s coming up this spring 

We invite you to join us this spring in person and online as our series continues. At Charles Library, our programs will explore the experience of making a home in a new place. We’ll look at the stories of immigrants, refugees, and others who have left one home for another, and consider what it means to belong—and to be welcomed into new spaces.   

There is going to be a full lineup of Beyond the Notes concerts. Check the Performing Arts News blog for performance announcements. 

The Blockson Collection will present another installment of the Ione D. Vargus with special guest State Senator Vincent Hughes. They will also host a variety of author talks with Anneliese Bruner, Casarae Abdul-Ghani, Judy Juanita, Diane Turner, Suzanne Cloud and others. And of course, in April, the Bootsie Barnes Jazz Series is back and this year the guest is Gerald Veasley. The African Americans of the Twentieth Century in the Philadelphia Region: Known and Unknown exhibit will be available for viewing through June. The exhibit highlights known and unknown African American Philadelphians in the twentieth century, with an emphasis on the fourteen individuals profiled in BLAM! Black Lives Always Mattered! 

Looking for a book club this spring? We have those too! Join us for lunchtime book discussions of Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant by Roz Chast, Such A Fun Age by Kiley Reid, and this year’s One Book, One Philadelphia selection. 

Stay in touch 

There’s so much more! Be sure to bookmark our events page to see our full spring lineup and sign up for our mailing list

Resources to Help You Conquer Crunch Time

It seems as if the semester just began and now, we’re nearing the end—when research papers are due, exams are taken, and you need to hunker down and finish up your work. We are here to remind you that the Libraries have the resources you need to help you finish the semester strong.

A good place to start is our website, where you can use Library Search for all your questions. You can also see our hours (including extended hour offerings) for all library locations. Or you can go directly to our undergraduate and graduate user guides containing details of library resources tailored for you!

Chat with us 24/7

Studying late into the night? We’re here 24/7 via chat to answer your questions.

Find study space

Both Charles Library and Ginsburg Library have rooms that you can book to work alone or in a group. At Charles Library, you choose what kind of studying environment you like best—whether that’s a quiet place to study, a view of our green roof on the fourth floor, or you prefer to plop down in a comfy bean bag chair, we have you covered. 

Take a break 

We are hosting a few opportunities for you to take a break from the busyness of this time of year that we hope you’ll take advantage of!  

On Friday, December 2 at 2pm, stop by the Makerspace for our Holiday Décor Workshop. Make gifts and décor for the holidays with help from staff on the laser cutter and 3D printers. Some possible ideas include: 3D printed trinkets, custom greeting cards, 3D printed cookie cutters, laser cut ornaments, and more. 

On Tuesday, December 6 between 11am and 2pm, join us to Get Crafty in the Charles Library event space! We’ll have a variety of activities to keep your hands busy and your mind quiet. There will also be snacks. 

On Wednesday, December 7 at 12:15pm, check out the Annual TachyChordia Winter Concert in person at Ginsburg Library room 160 or tune in on Zoom. TachyChordia is the Lewis Katz School of Medicine’s student a cappella singing group. They will perform holiday favorites and popular songs during this hybrid event.  

And on Friday, December 9 at 11am, it’s time to stretch and child’s pose your way to the end of finals. Join us for this free hour-long yoga class in the Charles Library event space. 

The end is near 

We know this time of year can be difficult. We hope this roundup of library assistance gives you some relief. And if not, just know that soon you’ll be heading into your well-deserved winter break. Even then, the Libraries will be here for you during break and when we return for the spring. You got this! 

Elaine Goldstein Terranova and Patrick Lawler participate in virtual Midday Arts Series

Our Midday Arts Series debuted in fall 2016 as a collaboration with the Intellectual Heritage department in order to celebrate the Temple creative writing community and connect directly with coursework in the College of Liberal Arts. Over the years, the series has welcomed Temple faculty, alumni, and friends, including Liz Moore, Andrea Clearfield, Tom McAllister, Ryan Eckes, Meg Lemieur, David Jackson Ambrose, Pattie McCarthy, Darla Himeles, Kai Davis, Herman Beavers, and more!

This fall, we welcomed two guests as part of the series.  

In September, Elaine Goldstein Terranova, CLA ‘61, read from her memoir The Diamond Cutter’s Daughter. Following the reading, Terranova was interviewed by Rebecca Alpert, professor emerita of religion at Temple University. The two discussed what it was like growing up in a Jewish family in Philadelphia. The reading and discussion was recorded and can be viewed on library.temple.edu/watchpastprograms

Terranova donated her papers to the Libraries’ Special Collections Research Center. They document her career as a poet, writer, editor, and teacher. To accompany the reading, we featured Terranova’s papers in a special pop-up exhibit during the month of October in the Albert M. Greenfield Special Collections Research Center Reading Room and held a book club discussion of the memoir. 

Pop-up exhibit photo by Kristen Rice

In October, Patrick Lawler presented Poemformances (poetry as performance) focused on a number of urgent issues: the environment, homelessness, gender issues, violence, race, and identity. 

Patrick Lawler

After his reading, Caroline Burkholder, sustainability manager, interviewed Patrick on his writing process, using humor to present series issues, and his inspiration. Catch the readings and conversation, now available on library.temple.edu/watchpastprograms

Jeff Lee, spring 2019, photo by Brae Howard

This series would not be possible without the support of the Intellectual Heritage department, and the collaboration of Professor Jeffrey Lee. We’re excited to see who will participate in the series over the coming semesters. Stay tuned! 

Fall 2022 Events and Exhibits

We are ready to welcome you back to the Libraries this fall for a full lineup of Beyond the Page programs. Read on for a preview of what you’ll see during our season. And as always, our programs are free and open to everyone.

At Charles Library

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Philadelphia Jewish Archives Center (PJAC), which donated its collections to the Libraries’ Special Collections Research Center in 2009. Stay tuned for programming this fall that celebrates this special anniversary along with our Philadelphia Jewish Archives Collections.

From the Special Collections Research Center: Kosher Wines, 4th and Monroe, South Philadelphia, circa 1934, Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia Records, Philadelphia Jewish Archives Collection

Speakers joining us as part of this series include Murray Dubin and Elaine Terranova. We’ll also be reading Terranova’s memoir, The Diamond Cutter’s Daughter, as part of the Libraries’ book club this season.

Programs will accompany the exhibit, Our Greater Philadelphia Mishpachah: 50 Years of Documenting the Jewish Community, which highlights stories from the collections, including the records of cultural, educational, religious, social service, and fraternal organizations and the personal papers of community leaders. 

At the Charles L. Blockson Afro-American Collection 

Photo by Joseph V. Labolito

In October, we are partnering with the Leon H. Sullivan Charitable Trust and the City of Philadelphia to recognize and celebrate Rev. Dr. Leon H. Sullivan’s 100th birthday with events and activities. In honor of Veterans Day, we’ll hear reflections on military life during the 1940s by Montford Point Marines and Tuskegee Airmen. There will also be a variety of other programs, including author talks and musical performances, as well as our fall exhibit African Americans of the Twentieth Century in the Philadelphia Region: Known and Unknown

At the Health Sciences Libraries 

This fall, the Health Sciences Libraries will continue to host timely events and workshops, including a series aimed at helping faculty and researchers navigate the new changes to NIH’s recommendations for data management and sharing in grant applications.      

Beyond the Notes returns! 

Photo by Heidi Roland Photography

Our award-winning Beyond the Notes concerts are back! Take a lunchtime break to enjoy the musical stylings of Boyer faculty, students, and alumni. This semester, we’ll have an opera performance from ENAensemble, hear protest music written for piano performed by Charles Abramovic and his students, and remember Kristallnacht with stories of Austrian Jewish composers and librettists, performed by Daniel Neer and friends.

And more…

Other events to watch out for include a campus plant walk and tour led by Kathleen Salisbury of Ambler Arboretum, a virtual visit from writer Patrick Lawler, and two Chat in the Stacks led by the Faculty Senate Committee on the Status of Faculty of Color.

Specialized workshops

We are offering a full lineup of workshops on everything from CV writing to graphic design for visual abstracts to 3D printing. Visit library.temple.edu/workshops to learn more. Most workshop sessions will be offered via Zoom.

Catch up with program recordings

Most of our programs are recorded and posted on the library website for viewing: library.temple.edu/watchpastprograms.

We hope to see you in person or online for one of our events or workshops this fall! For the full listing, visit our events page at library.temple.edu/events. More offerings are being added daily.

On view now—Chicken Bone Beach: The Photography of John W. Mosley and the African-American Experience in Atlantic City

The Charles L. Blockson Afro-American Collection at Temple University Libraries is proud to present a new exhibition, Chicken Bone Beach: The Photography of John W. Mosley and the African-American Experience in Atlantic City. Now through August 30, 2022, the exhibit is on view in the Charles Library first floor exhibit space on Temple University’s Main Campus.  

Four women at Chicken Bone Beach, c. 1960s; John W. Mosley Photograph Collection, Charles L. Blockson Afro-American Collection 

One of the Charles L. Blockson Afro-American Collection’s prominent regional collections is the John W. Mosley Photograph Collection, which documents mid-20th century African American life in and around Philadelphia. John W. Mosley’s photography embraces both photojournalism and storytelling. Through history and imagination, Mosley allows the viewer to envision a scene playing out and a glimpse into the lives of Black people outside of work and with their families, as seen in his Chicken Bone Beach photographs. 

From the early 1900s through the 1960s, African Americans vacationing in Atlantic City, New Jersey were relegated to the beach at Missouri Avenue. The popular fare for the summer was fried chicken, which earned the section the nickname of “Chicken Bone Beach.” Ironically, before 1900, Blacks and Whites in Atlantic City lived side-by-side and African Americans used the beaches without restriction. Chicken Bone Beach became the destination for Civil Rights activists such as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., athletes such as Joe Louis, entertainers such as Sammy Davis, Jr., and other celebrities along with casual vacationers to unwind during the summers of the Civil Rights era.  

The artistry of Mosley’s work at play on Chicken Bone Beach was not only about Black joy and deconstructing stereotypes, but also about segregation. He captured a moment in history when people of African descent were kept out of what would be under normal circumstances open spaces. In Atlantic City, Blacks had to find their own recreational space at the foot of Missouri Avenue, and despite this, they turned it into something beautiful. It was about creating a space in a society where they were systematically excluded from having a voice. 

When the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was passed, beaches including Atlantic City could no longer be segregated. To protect this endangered African American heritage site, the Atlantic City Council passed an ordinance in 1997, declaring Chicken Bone Beach (also known as the Missouri Avenue Beach) an historical landmark. 

Photo by Jospeh V. Labolito, Temple University

The exhibition was curated by Leslie Willis-Lowry, archivist of the Blockson Collection, the Heston Collection at the Atlantic City Free Public Library, and the private collection of Atlantic City historian Vicki Gold Levi.  

Besides the distinguished Mosley photographs of Chicken Bone Beach, the exhibition includes a rare collection of original portraits from photography studios that dotted the Boardwalk and the avenue, the 1964 National Democratic Convention, Club Harlem, Paradise Club, Shriners, Madame Sara Spencer Washington and Apex products, parades, and civic events.   

Charles Library is free and open to all. Check the website for hours: library.temple.edu.

Take the bite out of crunch time

It is that time of year again: the buds are sprouting, the city is coming alive with farmers markets and concerts, and finals are the last thing keeping you from summer. Temple University Libraries wants to help make this time of year as breezy as the spring wind outside.

Plan your study time

Reserve a breakout room early as they fill up quickly. Both Charles Library and Ginsburg Library have rooms that you can check out to work alone or in a group. While you are studying in Charles Library look out for free snacks on 4/26 and 4/28!

Also in Charles, instruction rooms 202 and 401 will be available for study space during the study day and finals.  

Manage your citations

Citations for research papers can get unwieldy, and our librarians are experts at helping you organize the chaos. View our guide for citing sources. Check out citation managers Mendeley, EndNote, and Zotero. Or view this short tutorial for an overview on citations.

Working on a paper? Consider this dictionary

Girl reading the Oxford English Dictionary

The Oxford English Dictionary (OED) isn’t your typical dictionary. Yes, it provides definitions for words from across the English-speaking world, but the OED also gives useful information about the history of each word and the evolution of word meanings. The OED highlights where each word came from, who has used it where and when, along with whether the meaning and/or word itself has become obsolete. Examples of the word used in past and present texts help to provide greater context.

While the OED has its own colorful past (as detailed in books by Peter Gilliver in 2016 and Simon Winchester in 1998), it remains an invaluable research tool for literary scholars because it can help them unlock deeper meaning in the literary texts studied. Check out this series of videos for more information on how to use the Oxford English Dictionary.

Meet with a librarian

Schedule a one-on-one meeting with your subject area liaison for whichever course you need assistance with. Or chat with us 24/7 for help finding resources. The Libraries are here to support you, so reach out in the way best suited to your needs. 

Take care of yourself

Scrabble pieces spelling out Self Care

It is inherently stressful to have your classes end at the same time and have to juggle exams, papers, and projects for them all. Managing this stress is ever-so-important for self care. Learn some tips from the Wellness Resource Center and/or tune into an upcoming event:

  • Tuesday, 4/26/22, 12:00–12:30pm — Staying Present: Using mindfulness to manage stress
  • Wednesday, 4/27/22, 1:00–3:00pm — Painting with Pups, hosted by the Wellness Resource Center and Student Activities in Student Center 217AB
  • Friday, 4/29/22, 1:00–1:30pm — Journaling for Stress Management

Follow @BeWellTU for more tips, resources, and motivation during finals season!

Tests after tests

Does your field require certifications or exams after graduation? We will support you through those as well! Check out our test prep guide for resources for your particular discipline and certifications.

Regardless of how your final exams and papers go, the Libraries will be here for you on the other side. We remain open and offer resources and support all summer long. For those of you returning next year, keep us in mind this fall as you jumpstart your semester research to minimize the crunch of future finals. And if you’re graduating, remember that alumni have lifelong benefits at the Libraries!

Meet our longest running program series: Chat in the Stacks

For 14 years now, we’ve teamed up with the Faculty Senate Committee on the Status of Faculty of Color to co-host Chat in the Stacks, an engaging series of panels on timely topics, featuring faculty from across the university. We are proud to offer this series, which wouldn’t be possible without our faculty friends like Kimmika Williams-Witherspoon, Karen Turner, David Brown, and others who have contributed to these programs over the years. 

Every semester, we offer two Chat in the Stacks programs. Over the years, we’ve covered topics from race in politics to policing to women in the academy. Read on for a look back at just a few of these moments and a preview of what’s coming up this spring.

Man dressed in military uniform

Photo by Brae Howard

Back in November 2016, one program focused on the military in America and its effects on American culture.

Female panelist speaking into mic

Photo by Brae Howard

During our September 2017 Chat in the Stacks, a panel discussion centered on the experiences and observations of women—particularly women of color—in academia.

Sharif Street speaking into mic

In November 2018, we hosted State Representative Malcolm Kenyatta and State Senator Sharif Street, who spoke to us about race and politics in the wake of the midterm elections.

Chat in the Stacks President Wingard slide

Most recently, in November 2021, we got the inside scoop from Temple’s new President, Dr. Jason Wingard. We also got to hear from Dr. Molefi Asante and Dr. Timothy Welbeck, who discussed Temple’s forthcoming Center for Anti-Racism

Ready to catch up?

View more past Chat in the Stacks conversations on our watch past programs page.

screenshot of past chat in the stacks video recordings

Coming up this spring

Coming up this spring as part of our series, we’re hosting a conversation between Philadelphia’s District Attorney Larry Krasner and Assistant Professor Tara N. Tripp, who is a member of the Faculty Senate Committee, on Thursday, February 24. Our second of the spring will take place on Thursday, April 14, and will recognize Temple faculty who engage in compelling research and exemplary leadership. Check back for details on the honorees.

Kimmika Williams-Witherspoon at the podium

Photo by Brae Howard

We look forward to continuing this partnership with the Faculty Senate Committee on the Status of Faculty of Color for many years to come. Please consider joining us for a future Chat in the Stacks!

Beyond the Page: What Comes Next

How do we imagine and shape the future? Join us this spring as we explore What Comes Next. Whether it be new horizons for academia and our university, research trends in specific disciplines, or the ongoing fight against COVID-19, we’ll come together to look toward the future in our spring Beyond the Page public programming series.

What Comes Next graphic

Coming up this spring

  • A conversation about period poverty and menstrual inequity on campus and in Philadelphia
  • Love Data Week workshops and programs celebrating all things data
  • Panel discussion about the future of local and national journalism
  • Staff picks from our Special Collections Research Center exhibited in Charles Library 
  • Author talks hosted by the Charles L. Blockson Afro-American Collection featuring Allen Ballard, Stephany Coakley, and Gabrielle David
  • A commemoration of Harriet Tubman’s 200th birthday, including a continuation of the exhibit The Quest for Freedom and Dignity: Celebrating William Still and Harriet Tubman through June 2022 at the Blockson Collection
  • A symposium about the intersection of digital humanities and Afrofuturism, where we’ll speculate about the future of cultural heritage preservation
  • Lunchtime book club discussions
  • And more!

Wondering if an event is designed for you? Our programs are geared toward a general audience and are open to all, including Temple students, faculty, staff, alumni, neighbors, and friends. Registration is encouraged.

View the schedule of upcoming events on our events page, and view recordings from the fall and previous semesters at library.temple.edu/watchpastprograms.

Spring Blooms

Photo by Ryan S. Brandenberg for Temple University

There’s more… specialized workshops

In addition to our event series, the Libraries host specialized workshops on everything from organizing your digital photos to writing a data management plan. Workshop presenters have expertise in the areas they cover, and sessions range from a half hour long to a few hours depending on the topics covered. All skill levels are welcome to participate in our workshop sessions. Registration is required. See the full lineup at library.temple.edu/workshops.

Charles Library at night

Photo by Betsy Manning for Temple University

Keep in touch

Have ideas for future programs? Let us know!

Connect with us @TempleLibraries on Twitter and Facebook and @tulibraries on Instagram

We hope to see you this spring!

 – the Libraries programming team

That’s a Wrap on Made in North Philly

aerial photo of center city from North Philadelphia

Photo by Ryan S. Brandenberg, Temple University

This fall, the Libraries wrapped up our year-long tribute to North Philadelphia with a diverse range of events and experiences. We’re proud to report that our fall Beyond the Page programming reached an audience locally and beyond of more than 700, not including anyone who couldn’t make it live and watched our recordings instead! Catch up on any programs you missed at library.temple.edu/watchpastprograms.

What made this past season of programming particularly special was that for the first time since March 2020, we were able to hold a few events in person again. 

One popular event was a continuation of the Unedited Philadelphia series. As part of this series, Archivist John Pettit shares unedited footage from local news stations such as WPVI and CBS3/KYW, whose archives are housed in our Special Collections Research Center. For this year’s screening, a live audience gathered in the Temple Performing Arts Center to view clips John chose showcasing North Broad Street. It was unique because we were watching clips from a location right on Broad Street, and a few of the clips even showcased the Temple Performing Arts Center! We also offered a concurrent livestream so that audience members could tune in from anywhere. 

Photo of tour of inside Church of the Advocate

Photo of mural in Church of the AdvocateAnother program that brought people together in person was a series of tours of Church of the Advocate, located at Diamond and 18th Street near Main Campus. In partnership with Temple’s Office of Community Affairs, this program offered audience members an opportunity to learn more about this North Philadelphia landmark. Guests heard about the history and architecture of the church, the artwork on the walls, and even got a peek at behind-the-scenes areas including an upstairs office where the Black Panthers used to meet and the basement crypt.

Inside view of Church of the Advocate

Photos by Joseph V. Labolito, Temple University

On Zoom, we heard from Representative Malcolm Kenyatta about his memories growing up in North Philadelphia while Karen Warrington recalled the importance of the Ile Ife Black Humanitarian Center as part of the Charles L. Blockson Afro-American Collection’s “We Remember and We Recall: North Philadelphia Oral History Project.” The Blockson Collection also screened a series of films from Scribe Video Center’s Community History Project, showcasing North Philly staples such as William Penn High School, Norris Homes, and Freedom Theater. 

Other Zoom highlights included programs about the Uptown Theater and the Urban Creators.

Photo of Neighbors of North Philly exhibit

Photo by Heidi Roland Photography

We also offered collaborative exhibits connected to our Made in North Philly theme, including Neighbors of North Philly, from Narrative Medicine program students at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine, and Explore Eastern North Philadelphia: Students and Community Engagement, by Professor Lynn Mandarano and students along with the SCRC.

We are grateful to our program partners, speakers, organizers, and audience who made our fall programming a success! Stay tuned for spring announcements.


Get Ready for Crunch Time

It’s finals szn, and the Libraries are here to help alleviate some of the stress that often accompanies this time of year. Below are some tips and resources for a calm and confident exam period.

Time for you

Studying on the first floor of Charles Library

When things get busy it can seem like there is no time for YOU. Avoid this by scheduling “me time.”

  • Are movies your thing? You can check out a DVD or video as well as the equipment to watch them with from the BookBot in Charles Library.
  • Gaming connoisseur? The Duckworth Scholars Studio hosts a gaming hour every Tuesday at 10:00 am EST. Join them on December 7 for King of Tokyo or December 14 for Meeple Party. Both days will also feature other options like Jenga and Bananagrams. You can also look into borrowing gaming equipment, including controllers, board games, and cards from the Libraries at your convenience.
  • Like to escape into a fun book? Leisure reading books including graphic novels, YA, fantasy, mystery, science fiction, and memoirs are kept on the first floor of Charles Library in the short stacks, and just past the main floor service desk inside the Ginsburg Library.

Bake your stress away

Basked of breadYour body needs food, especially to fuel you through studying, so take a break to cook or bake something delicious. It just might be therapeutic! Check out some recipes from our collections including the Blockson Collection and Special Collections Research Center as well as from the DPLA’s Pennsylvania-based cookbooks.

Writing—but make it fun

Journaling can be a nice way to vent some of the stress. Check out these journaling tips from Hayley, a peer educator at the Wellness Resource Center. 

Dogs–need we say more? 

Petting dog in Charles Library

We are hosting dogs for petting or viewing on Wednesday, December 8 from 1:00–3:00 pm EST. 

Guided Wellness

We are lucky to have the Wellness Resource Center to help us help ourselves. Attend a workshop for a guided practice in stress management.

Staying Present: Using Mindfulness to Manage Stress

Wednesday, December 8, 3:30–4:00 pm

Learn how mindfulness and related skills can help manage stress and invite calm. Guided activities will be offered as an opportunity to practice these skills. This program is offered monthly and consists of an overview of mindfulness principles followed by a new skill or practice to make each session unique. Zoom link

Owl About Stress

Monday, December 13, 2:00–2:30 pm

Stress isn’t all bad and this program will help folks explore ways to find balance for optimal performance without burning out. Students will learn about self-care and create their own self-care plan to feel more supported during those especially stressful times of the semester. Zoom link

Music makes me [keep] control

DYK that you can listen to music for free through our databases?! Want some classical music to be the background sound for studying? Try Mozart piano sonatas from Naxos Music Library.

Perhaps the likes of Miles Davis and John Coltrane soothe your soul? Naxos Jazz is great for that. Have something else in mind? Check out Music Online for a variety of music genres from all over the world.

5th Annual Winter concert promo

Join us virtually for a live concert by the TachyChordia a capella group on Dec. 15 at noon.

Get your hands dirty

Charles Library green roof

While gardens may already have been put to bed for the winter, indoor plants often need repotting or other TLC. The tactile experience of digging through dirt can be a peaceful activity, not to mention the feeling of productivity that results from seeing your plant thriving in a whole new pot. Our Ambler Library specializes in agriculture resources. You can get started with these gardening ebooks

Animals alleviating angst

Have to miss Destress with Dogs? Fear not, you can always check out the videos of animals at the Philadelphia Zoo for some comfort (especially this baby sloth!). Or get lost in the vast array of creature cams on explore.org!

Whatever works for you, it is important to practice self-care during this final exam period. Our 24/7 space is open to suit your study habits. The event space on the first floor will also be available as a quiet study zone during limited times between 12/7–12/15; check for the daily schedule posted outside of the room. Our library chat is available 24/7 or you can call, email, or text us during regular hours.

Follow the Wellness Resource Center for more self-care tips or reach out to Temple Libraries for more assistance. Feeling more than finals stress? Tuttleman Counseling Services is available to provide mental health support.

Good luck!