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Study break activities

Pop-Up Playground

An assortment of phenakistiscopes, a series of images on circular pieces of paper

Treat yourself to a study break! On December 13, 14, and 15, from 10am to 4pm, stop by the learning porch and the collaborative classroom (both on the first floor of the Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center) for the Pop-Up Playground. Participate in a variety of scheduled and drop-in activities to help you relax and experiment with technology.

Events are hosted by the Penn Libraries' Education Commons, Weigle Information Commons, and Research Data and Digital Scholarship team.

Ongoing Activities 

Learning Porch

Mood/Regulation Advice Board – This interactive board (outside of the Collaborative Classroom) will be divided into four areas/zones that encompass some emotions that one may experience during finals and beyond. The board will be a location to give and offer advice through words and visuals.

Collaborative Classroom

Practice breathing with visualizations for improving cognitive skills like attention, memory, and concentration or just to clear your mind! 

 

Scheduled Activities 

Scheduled activities will start on the hour. 

Monday, December 13

10:00am: Optical Toys and Animation with Christine

Do you love animation and are you curious to learn more about early forms of optical toys? If so, stop by and enjoy the fun of viewing a variety of phenakistiscopes and learn how to make your own take away thaumatrope. 

Location: Collaborative Classroom 

 

11:00am: Optical Toys and Animation with Christine

Location: Collaborative Classroom 

 

1:00pm: Virtual Reality Mindfulness with Amanda

Did you know that visuo-acoustic stimulation can help you relax? Come play games that will give your brain a break! You can meditate in immersive reality or walk through Walden Pond with a game controller and leave refreshed and ready to start the next study session.   

Location: Learning Porch 

 

1:00pm: Story Hour with Steve

Meet outside of the Collaborative Classroom to take a moment to relax as you are read some picture books from the Library’s collection.  

Location: Learning Porch 

 

2:00pm: Virtual Reality Mindfulness with Amanda

Location: Learning Porch 

 

2:00pm: Embroidery and E-textiles with Cassandra

Join us for a fun drop-in session of embroidery and e-textiles! Learn how you can use conductive thread, a battery, LED lights, and switches to sew your own high-tech plushie, interactive artwork, wearable technology garment, and more.  

Location: Collaborative classroom 

 

3:00pm: Embroidery and E-textiles with Cassandra

Location:  Collaborative Classroom 

 

3:00pm: Story Hour with Steve

Location: Learning Porch 

 

Tuesday, December 14

 

11:00am: Story Hour with Steve

Location: Learning Porch 

 

1:00pm: Embroidery and E-textiles with Cassandra

Location: Collaborative Classroom 

 

1:00pm: Story Hour with Steve

Location: Learning Porch 

 

2:00pm: Optical Toys and Animation with Christine

Location: Collaborative Classroom 

 

2:00pm: Embroidery and E-textiles with Cassandra

Location: Collaborative Classroom 

 

3:00pm: Optical Toys and Animation with Christine

Location: Collaborative Classroom 

 

3:00pm: Story Hour with Steve

Location: Learning Porch 

 

Wednesday, December 15

10:00am: Virtual Reality Mindfulness with Amanda

Location: Learning Porch 

 

11:00am: Story Hour with Steve

Location: Learning Porch 

 

1:00pm: Story Hour with Steve

Location: Learning Porch 

 

3:00pm: Meditative Writing with Emily

Put down your essays and pick up a prompt! Slow down with a personal meditative journaling session to better organize your thoughts for your next study session. Or flex your creative skills with fiction prompts or solo role-playing games to bring a new perspective to your finals week! 

Location: Collaborative Classroom 

 

Additional ongoing and drop-in activities will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Stop by if you need a break or want to explore. 

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