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May 16: Library Game Nights continue through summer

The Metropolitan State University Library and Learning Center on Saint Paul campus will continue Game Nights through summer.

Game Night features classic and modern video game consoles and games, board games, food and music. The event is free and open to students, staff, faculty, and the public. Snacks are provided.

Game nights are from 4 to 7 p.m., each third Tuesday of the month  at the first-floor lounge of the library.

March 23: “Student Salon 2017” moves into Gordon Parks Gallery

Metropolitan State University Gordon Parks Gallery presents Student Salon 2017, featuring multi-media works produced by Metropolitan State students, enrolled in undergraduate programs.

From cast metal sculptures to black and white photography, this exhibit surveys the diverse form and content explored in class and beyond. This year’s exhibition features work produced by three Studio Arts majors: Hannah Gray, Saint Paul; Kimber Starnes, Saint Paul; and Bryan Starry, Minneapolis.

“Some of the work was created in the classroom as part standard assignments. Other pieces were executed beyond the university as part of the students’ individual interests,” said Erica Rasmussen, gallery director. “Whatever the inspiration, it’s a pleasure for me to share the culmination of their artistic pursuits with the university community.”

The exhibit opens with a reception from 5 to 7:30 p.m., Thursday, March 23 and continues through April 14. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday to Thursday, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday. The gallery is located in the Library and Learning Center, 645 East Seventh Street, at the university’s Saint Paul Campus.

For more information about the exhibit, contact Erica Rasmussen, gallery director, at 651-793-1631 or e-mail her at erica.rasmussen@metrostate.edu.

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Feb. 21: Bears vs Babies Party

The Saint Paul Public Library, Dayton’s Bluff Branch

Bears Vs. Babies
Bears Vs. Babies

will host a “playtest party” of a soon-to-be released card game, called “Bears vs Babies,” from 4 to 9 pm. Tuesday, Feb. 21 at the library, 645 East 7th Street.

Bears vs Babies is the new game by Matthew Inman (The Oatmeal) and Elan Lee, the amazing duo behind the game “Exploding Kittens!”

The Saint Paul Library will be the only location in Minnesota to playtest this new game before it becomes available to the public.

Sign up online to reserve a spot, or just come for the party for snacks, fun activities and other games to play. The event is open to the public and is family friendly. Visit the library’s Facebook event for information.

Why I March: Librarians trip to Washington, D.C.

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Last week my library colleague, Chris Gevara, and I, hopped on a bus full of (mostly) women, and headed to Washington DC for the Women’s March on January 21st. Our former colleague and emerita library staffer Sage Holben was on a different bus in our same group. A number of our library colleagues and their families marched at the Minnesota State Capitol for the “sister march” held the same day. By now you’ve heard the stories of the march and seen the pictures, and have likely read that the March may have been the largest demonstration in US history. It was truly inspiring, an experience that I will never forget, and that still gives me chills to think about. It felt good, and positive, and safe, in spite of my apprehension around crowds. And I think it is no accident that I know so many librarians who marched.

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Resolutions and Rememberence

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January is traditionally the month to make resolutions, and to remember the past year.  In Roman mythology there was a god named Janus who represented beginnings and endings.  The month of January was named for him.  He is depicted as having two faces.  One face is to look to the future and the other is to gaze upon the past.  As we start this new year, we are going to remember some of the people we lost in 2016 along with giving some suggestions for resolutions for 2017.

janus1 A statue depicting Janus

2016 was a tough year in terms of losses.  In January alone we lost over 20 notable individuals including David Bowie and Alan Rickman.  February saw the passing of literary legend Harper Lee.  I personally remember reading To Kill a Mockingbird in the 9th grade.  Former first lady Nancy Reagan passed away at age 94.  Country fans mourned…

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Dec. 10: Fantastic Beasts of Harry Potter’s World

The Library and Learning Center will be hosting Fantastic Beasts of Harry Potter’s World from 2-4 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 10, at the Metropolitan State University Library and Learning Center, Saint Paul Campus.

The free public event is a family-friendly, all-ages party featuring raptors and reptiles from The Raptor Center and the RAD Zoo. Participants can also add their own fantastic beast to the “Beast Book,” make wands, buttons, bookmarks, and more.

Sponsors include: Metropolitan State University Library and Learning Center, the Student Parent Center, Metropolitan State University Institute for Community Engagement and Scholarship and the Saint Paul Public Library – Dayton’s Bluff Branch.

Contact katherine.gerwig@metrostate.edu with questions.

Just in time for finals week: 5 distracting de-stressors

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Feeling stressed because of Finals? Take a break from studying and try one or more of these distracting de-stressors.

Meditation – It doesn’t have to be the kind practiced by monks or hippies, lots of people meditate these days.  Start small with a minute or two a day and add more time as you get used to it.  If you like it, you can always add to your practice. If the thought of sitting still to meditate doesn’t sound appealing. Get some fresh air and focus your thoughts while walking the labyrinth on the Library’s south side.

Exercise – Take advantage of the warmer November/December weather to go for a brisk walk or run or take the time to squeeze in some jumping jacks or squats and bicep curls before hitting the books.

giphy Tiny figures working out from Giphy.com

Animal time – Therapy dogs are popping up on more…

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Library rolls out new website

Metropolitan State University Library and Information Services  announces the roll-out of its new website, which is now live at metrostate.edu/library.

The new site was designed with easy navigation in mind and and usefulness for classwork. The search box near the top of the page allows users to find books and articles and other resources with one convenient search. The “Ask a librarian” chat widget works the same as before, and users can get research questions answered any time, day or night. The study room reservation button is now on the home page below the search box, along with course reserves. Reserving study rooms and finding your course materials is as easy as pushing a button.

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This is just the beginning; improvements to the site will be continuous.  We welcome your feedback and suggestions. The library thanks the talented colleagues in IT Services for their work on the website and collaboration.

Oct. 17: Changing America – Circle Discussion

The Emancipation Proclamation and the March on Washington were two pivotal events in the advancement of civil rights and were the products of grassroots activism. It has been just over 150 years since the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation and just over 50 years since the March on Washington.

As Metropolitan State University is Minnesota’s sole host of the Changing America: The Emancipation Proclamation, 1863 and the March on Washington, 1963, Smithsonian exhibit that examines  key figures and aspects of life before and after these historical groundbreaking events, a discussion centered on themes from the Changing America exhibit will be facilitated by Professor Raj Sethuraju 6 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 17 at the university Library and Learning Center, 645 7th St E, Saint Paul. The event is open to the public and for all ages.

The Changing America exhibit will run Sept. 21 through Nov. 4 on the first floor of the Metro State Library and Learning Center.

Oct. 22: Cyber Security Month and conference

Cyber Security doesn’t have to be scary. Join Metropolitan State’s Cyber Security and Forensics Student Organization (CSFSO) from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 22, Saint Paul Campus, New Main, room L206.

  • Internet Safety Workshop for Children & Families
  • Workshops on Social Media Security, Mobile Device Security, and how to secure your home network
  • Free security checkup and cleaning of computing and networking devices

RSVP for a free evaluation of your connected devices. Bring your computing (laptop/smartphone, etc.) and networking (WiFi router, etc.) devices along with any installation disks that came with the device. Metropolitan State students will evaluate the device’s security as well  as:

 

  • Virus detection and removal
  • Internet saftety workshops
  • Social media security and privacy settings

This free event is sponsored by the CSFSO, Institute for Community Engagement and Scholarship (ICES), Trio Upward Bound Program, Saint Paul Public Library Dayton’s Bluff Branch, Library and Information Services. Parking is available in the university parking ramp. Refreshments provided.

For more information, view event flyer and the conference agenda.