Briggs Library is proud to offer special programming and events throughout the year. Some of our regular offerings include:
Asking the Big Questions
A campus/community discussion group that meets twice a semester to talk about the big issues and perplexing questions that affect us all. Past topics have included climate change, feminism, gun violence, spirituality and Minnesota culture/history. This semester we will have two discussions. The first topic will focus on the nature of beauty. Philosophy professor Mark Collier will lead a multi-disciplinary faculty discussion on Tuesday, October 6 at 7:00pm that probes the question: Is Beauty in the Eye of the Beholder? Everyone is welcome. Gatherings take place in the library McGinnis Room.
Fall Semester Asking the Big Questions Schedule
September 13 7:00pm McGinnis Room "What's up with election?: Emerging Questions and Answers"
October 25 7:00pm McGinnis Room "The Occult and Supernatural"
Banned Books Reading
Each fall Briggs Library partners with Sigma Tau Delta to offer an evening of readings from banned and challenged books coinciding with the American Library Association's Banned Books Week. Come celebrate the freedom to read as students, staff and faculty read excerpts from banned and challenged books in the Briggs Library McGinnis Room. Please check back for more information about the 2016 Banned Books Reading.
Once a month campus and community members are invited to read a common book and then discuss it. Meetings are held in Briggs Library. The next meeting is scheduled for August 10th at noon in the McGinnis Room. Book: The Dean's List by Jon Hassler. For more information contact Kristina Smith.
Celebration of Scholarly Accomplishments
The celebration of Scholarly Accomplishments highlights the research and artistic work of faculty and staff.
The annual reception honors faculty and staff who have published or created scholarly works within the previous year. This reception is sponsored by the UMM Chancellor, the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, Rodney A. Briggs Library, and the Grants Development office. Following the reception, posters for the current honorees are displayed in the library windows of the tunnel between the Student Center and the Science building. For more information about the celebration please visit Scholarly Accomplishments.
Faculty and staff members are also encouraged to inform the library director of current scholarship ordering details so that publications may be purchased for the Briggs Library’s Scholarship Collection.
Constitution Day Observance
Each year, Briggs Library partners with various UMM disciplines and organizations to observe Constitution Day on or near the September 17th anniversary of the signing of this historic document. Mandated by the federal government, Constitution Day observances may take different forms each year. Frequently, an event is held in the McGinnis room with various faculty members participating in presentations or discussions relevant to the U.S. Constitution.
End of Semester Activities
Briggs Library offers a variety of end-of-semester relaxation opportunities for students including free 5-minute massages, Stress Less drop-in sessions as well as aromatic oils Buddha Boards, coloring and games.
Come have some fun. Come have some fun. One Friday evening a month from 6–11 p.m. the library throws a Game Night party featuring a wide assortment of board games and card games including Munchkin, Magic the Gathering, Ticket to Ride, Dixit, Cards Against Humanity, Last Night on Earth, Quelf, Guillotine, Ghost Stories, and many others. Role players are welcome. Artemis and League of Legends players are invited as well. If you have a game of your own feel free to bring it! Librarians are on hand and the circulation desk is always open throughout the evening. Those wanting to study are invited to take advantage of the extended hours and refreshments.
Fall Semester 2016 Game Night Schedule
- August 26
- September 23
- October 28
- December 9
Prairie Gate Literary Festival
Each fall Briggs Library and other campus locations host the the Prairie Gate Literary Festival (PGLF). The mission of the festival is to provide the University of Minnesota, Morris and Lake Region of Minnesota unique opportunities to learn from and interact with published writers and other professionals in the field of literary arts.
For additional information please go to Prairie Gate Literary Festival.
The event is funded in part by a grant from the Lake Region Arts Council. The PGLF is sponsored by Briggs Library Associates, the Alumni Association, the office of the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, Friends of the Morris Public Library, the English discipline, the Commission on Women, Briggs Library, CAC Films, and private donations.