During the week before finals (May 16-20, 2016), Skyline College Library hosted daily programs to help Skyline College faculty, staff, and students de-stress during the last week of the semester including crafting, games, mindfulness, and therapy dogs. The Library also offered week-long drop-in activities such as board games, bookmark coloring, and jigsaw puzzles. The Skyline View created a video of the De-Stress for Success Activities and a summary of the events is below:
Monday, May 16: Cupcake Decorating
Students decorated 150 cupcakes in various abstract and themed patterns. Several students selected blue and yellow frostings to show support of their favorite basketball team, the Golden State Warriors.
Tuesday, May 17: Board Games
Students came out and played board games in the Library. Checkers, Battleship, and Connect 4 were the popular selections. All board game titles are now available to be checked out using a PLS library card at the Check-Out desk.
Wednesday, May 18: Button Making
Students made their own personal pins or magnets. An 1-inch press was used to design custom buttons of kittens, roses, popular memes, and more. A student commented, “With finals, you think about the scale of exams, with this you just focus on being creative.”
Thursday, May 19: Mindfulness
The Library hosted a Mindfulness workshop with Psychology Professor, Jennifer Merrill. 18 students came to take a break out from their stressful workloads, learn about the benefits of mindfulness, and participated in a mindfulness sitting. Students shared that focusing on breathing made them feel more relaxed.
Friday, May 20: Therapy Dogs
Lastly, the Library hosted Therapy Dogs in the Quad in partnership with the Associated Students of Skyline College (ASSC) and the Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA. Approximately 350 students, faculty, and staff came out to meet four furry friends: Canine Good Citizen certified therapy dogs, Hunter, Carlie, Casey, and Doc Martin. Students enjoyed petting the therapy dogs, interacting with the volunteer owners – some suggested that we have therapy dogs every day!
During Finals Week (May 23-27), the Library had healthy snacks and coffee available to studying students. We would like to thank the Associated Students of Skyline College (ASSC) for providing funding for healthy snacks and to Kevin Chak, Skyline College Bookstore for donating coffee.
The Skyline College Library will be closed Saturday, May 28, 2016, through Sunday, June 12, 2016. We will reopen to the public for the summer semester, Monday, June 13, 2016, with the updated hours of Monday – Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. For non-immediate assistance regarding your library account, please call the Library at (650) 738-4311, or visit a PLS public library during the closure.
Article by Kristen Lee, Photos by Dr. Pearl Ly, Kristen Lee, and Ricardo Buzo