With the semester approaching its end, transitions abound, deadlines near, and tensions can rise. Prepare for those inevitable tough moments by building strategies to manage stress in your daily life.  Our stress awareness book display offers a variety of techniques to try on for size.

Yoga and Meditation

Relaxing the body and mind, bringing your attention to one thing at a time, and putting aside external stimulants for just a few moments a day are widely recognized ways to greatly reduce stress and improve overall health.  Explore these topics further:










The Stress Survival Kit for College Students is packed with affirmations that you can practice, such as:

I am confident

I expect only the best outcomes

I am healthy, happy and balanced

Every day in every way I become more successful

Humor and Laughter

Learn how good humor and a hearty belly laugh can reduce stress and rejuvenate the spirit.  Or skip to the punch line and pick up one of these entertaining reads from our book display.









How do you de-stress?

Up next we will highlight books being featured in the popular media. If you hear an interview on the radio, see an author visiting morning television, or read a book review for a title that would make a useful or interesting addition to the library’s collections, please let us know!

This March, celebrate Women’s History Month through the Library’s vibrant book displays. Art, literature, workplace culture, our society as a whole – each of these and much more has been influenced and shaped by the talents and struggles of women throughout history. You can find a selection of sample books below – stop by today to learn something new!

In addition to our book displays, you can also get a taste for the amazing women in history on our sibling blog, The Chameleon. There you can explore some of the amazing women in our science, military, political and sports history! This year we’re featuring Rosalind Franklin (who contributed to the discovery of DNA structure), Mary Edwards Walker (surgeon during the Civil War and abolitionist), and Gertrude Bell (author, architect, adventurer, and spy).

It’s an unfortunate truth that for a long time, men wrote the history books and left the accomplishments of the world’s women. This month is a month to celebrate those successes!

A rich and diverse display exploring women’s impact on the world of art, music, and literature. Here is a sample of what you’ll find.

By Hillary L. Shute

Format: print

Take the Hillary Shute Quiz

Hillary Shute’s Faculty Profile at University of Chicago

Publisher Description
Some of the most acclaimed books of the twenty-first century are autobiographical comics by women…Hillary L. Chute explores their verbal and visual techniques, which have transformed autobiographical narrative and contemporary comics. Read more…

By Edna O’Brien

Format: print

Seeking the Ardent Life, Finding It and Sharing It (from the New York Times)

“Country Girl” Edna O’Brien On A Lifetime Of Lit, Loneliness And Love (from National Public Radio)

Publisher Description
When Edna O’Brien’s first novel, The Country Girls, was published in 1960, it so scandalized the O’Briens’ local parish that the book was burned by its priest. O’Brien was undeterred and has since created a body of work that bears comparison with the best writing of the twentieth century. Read more…

By Susan Hamilton

Format: print

Author’s Website

Author’s Description
Hit Woman is the story of Susan Hamilton’s wildly improbable life: from early days as a child prodigy and actor, through heady success on the concert stage, in the boardrooms of Madison Ave. and over the talkback microphones of recording studios all over the world. This personal and most intimate tale is spun in a voice that is fresh, funnier than hell, and always unflinchingly candid — even in the face of heartbreaking tragedy and more than one wrenching life/love setback… Read more…