Stress-less Week at the Library

Four Rectangle Panels, with silouhettes of a dog & cat, rocks stacked, yoga pose, coffee mug
December 3, 2017

Unwind with Stress-Less Week in the library!

Picture it… the week before finals… fifteen weeks of deadlines, cram sessions, responsibilities, and projects have brewed a perfect storm of emotion and stress. Stop and take a moment to recuperate! Welcome to Stress-less Week Fall 2017, December 3-8! The Kathryn A. Martin Library and a host of campus partners are banding together this semester to offer programs and activities designed to reduce and alleviate the burdens of the semester.  

Stress-less Kickoff

Library Atrium, Sunday, December 3, 3:30-8 p.m.

Stay fueled and energized with free snacks, coffee, and wellness exercises as you enter the library. Pick up a stress-ball, take a moment to color a picture, build a Lego structure, or just relax by watching a monitor of cute animal videos. You can enter your name into a drawing for door prizes and enter our ever popular “Guess the Number of Coffee Beans Contest” for a shot at a $25 gift certificate to the Coffee Cart! A massage therapist will be on-site from 4-6 p.m.; sign up on the 2nd floor by the research desk.

Free Coffee and Hot Cocoa

Library Entrance, Monday through Friday, December 4-8, 8 a.m. until we run out of coffee.

Come and grab some warm beverages to begin your week off right. Library staff and Academic Advisors from CEHSP, LSBE, SCSE, CLA, & SFA will be offering free coffee and hot cocoa on Monday through Friday at 8 a.m.! Don’t care for coffee?  We have a lot of hot cocoa to give away, too! Get it while it’s hot because once we run out, it’s gone!  


Library Entrance, Monday, December 4, 11 a.m until we’ve blended everything!!

Get a shot of fruit, greens, and energy! Re-energize and focus with vegan and dairy smoothies from UMD Health Services. Made fresh while you wait! Supplies are limited, so get here early!


2nd Floor Learning Commons, Monday, December 4, 1-3 p.m.

Each semester for Stress-less week, we bring in Nancy Schwerdt from RSOP to provide quick massages. It’s instant relief! She'll be set up on the 2nd floor of the library, providing five-minute massages and stretches. Space is limited, and sign-up will be available at 1 p.m. that day. Mark your calendars!

CALM Stress Reduction Techniques

Library 119, Monday, December 4, 2-3 p.m.

Mindfulness, breath work, meditation, and guided imagery sessions for those seeking calm and peace.

Button Making

Library Atrium, Tuesday, December 5, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Library staff are bringing our button makers out and getting them ready for action! Bring your own images, use our templates, or create your own button on the fly! Library staffers will be on hand to help and advise any and all participants.


Library Atrium, Tuesday, December 5, 1-3 p.m.

Some of the zoo's smallest and cutest animals will provide a welcome distraction from studying. The Lake Superior Zoo staff will visit UMD with a tortoise, chinchilla, bunny, hedgehog, and other tiny animals. Ask questions, get answers, and pet something!

Bulldog Yoga Club

Spin Room, Sports & Health Center, Tuesday, December 5, 5 p.m.

Take a yoga break with the UMD Yoga Club and enter a raffle to win a free yoga mat! No previous yoga experience necessary, mats provided. Located in the Spin Room of the Sports Center, this is a great way to develop strength and resolve!

Knit Wits

Kirby Student Center 268, Tuesday, December 5, 7 p.m.

Join the Knit Wits, UMD’s own student knitting group, for a little knitting, stitching, and materials. No experience necessary; attendees will be entered in a prize drawing for free materials and tools!

Pet Away Worry and Stress (PAWS)

Kirby Student Center, Wednesday, December 6, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Stop by and stress less with some lovable canines and cuddly cats! Representatives from Humane Educators and Animal Allies will be on campus with animals to play with, hold, and pet! Sponsored by Animal Allies, Kathryn A. Martin Library, UMD Employee Wellness, and Health Services. Volunteer support provided by SERVE.

CALM Stress Reduction Techniques

Library 119, Wednesday, December 6,  12:15-12:45 p.m.

A repeat of our mindfulness, breath work, meditation, and guided imagery sessions for those seeking calm and peace.

Stress-Ball Make or Take

Library Atrium, Thursday, December 7, 11 a.m. -1 p.m.

Make, decorate, or take a stress-ball! Everyone will get a chance to build their own stress management tool (or just take a prefab one).

CALM Stress Reduction Techniques

Library 119, Thursday, December 7, 3-4 p.m.

A continuation of practicing techniques on coping and handling stress through  mindfulness, breath work, meditation, and guided imagery sessions for those seeking calm and peace.

Events Occurring All Week!

  • Coffee + Cocoa + Candy will be available at 8 a.m. Monday to Friday until gone.

  • Activity table in the atrium! Take a break with our bucket of Legos, coloring pages, origami, and board games.

  • Stress-balls can be found at the 1st floor service desk for pickup; special thanks to Greek Life for dedicating volunteer hours to making so many!

  • We’ve set up a looping Cute Animal video feed as you enter the library. This is the perfect venue for perspective building, relaxation, and a quick laugh.

Thanks to Our Sponsors:

Stress-less Week is made possible by the generous donations of time, funding, and materials from: UMD Student Service Fee Committee, UMD Health Services, Greek Life (who made 300 stress-balls!!), PAWS, Applied Human Sciences Lab, Dining Services, Bulldog Yoga Club, UMD Stores, RSOP, Lake Superior Zoo, and the Advising offices of the College of Liberal Arts, College of Education Health Services Professions, Labovitz School of Business & Economics, and Swenson College of Science & Engineering. Oh, and we can’t forget support from Animal Allies Duluth, You Matter UMD, Disability Resources, and Kirby Program Board for providing cocoa and coffee urns! Big thanks Kathryn A. Martin Library staff volunteers who set up, staff, and keep the venue clean and ready for the week!

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