Study Breaks During Finals Week

April 25, 2011

Watch A YouTube Video About  Briggs Library Study Breaks

It’s become a tradition for Briggs Library staff members to host evening study breaks during finals week.  This semester, Briggs Library will hold morning study breaks as well.

 Evening Breaks

 Enjoy coffee, cookies, and lemonade to help keep you going.

 Refreshments will be offered Sunday, Monday, & Tuesday, May 1-3, starting around 7 p.m. in Room 105 of the library.

 Morning Breaks

 Enjoy a morning pick-me-up of coffee or juice on Monday, Tuesday, & Wednesday mornings, May 2-4, starting at 8 a.m. in the library’s lobby.

 Linda Kott
Information Service Librarian

Challenged Books

April 20, 2011

The American Library Association (ALA) recently published its Top Ten List of the Most Frequently Challenged Books of 2010.  The most challenged book of 2010 was And Tango Makes Three, a children’s book about two male penguins raising a chick in the Central Park Zoo.  Reasons for challenging the book included “unsuited for age group,” “religious viewpoint,” and “homosexuality.”    

 Barbara Jones, director of ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom, notes that “While we firmly support the right of every reader to choose or reject a book for themselves or their families, those objecting to a particular book should not be given the power to restrict other readers’ right to access and read that book.”  Jones goes on to say: “As members of a pluralistic and complex society, we must have free access to a diverse range of viewpoints on the human condition in order to foster critical thinking and understanding.  We must protect one of the most precious of our fundamental rights – the freedom to read” (“And Tango Makes Three”…, 2011, para. 4)

 You can exercise your freedom to read by reading challenged books, including the following four books challenged in 2010 and held in our collection.  Check the library catalog to see if the books are checked out or on the shelf.  Ask a librarian for help in using the catalog or any library resource.

  • The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
    Recent Fiction/Main Level PS3551.L35774 A27 2007
  • Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
    Upper Level PR6015.U9 B65
  • Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By In America by Barbara Ehrenreich
    Upper Level HD4918 .E375 2001
  • Twilight by Stephanie Meyer
    Recent Fiction/Main Level PS3613.E979 T84 2005

Linda Kott
Information Services Librarian


“And Tango Makes Three” waddles its way back to number one slot as America’s most frequently challenged book. (2011, April 11). American Libraries. Retrieved from

Thermos Winners

April 19, 2011

During National Library Week Briggs Library users entered daily raffles for a themos.  Congratulation to the winners:

Monday – Yeshitila Belayneh
Tuesday – Kyle Avocato
Wednesday – Cassandra Lukkes
Thursday – Kayla Wieskus
Friday – Alex Hoffman

Linda Kott, Information Services Librarian

Celebrate Your Library

April 14, 2011

Students & Staff Celebrate National Library Week with Ice Cream

Alas!  National Library Week ends on Saturday 16 April.  We don’t have ice cream every week, but you can celebrate your library every week by using its resources and services. 

 For example, remember the library is a great place for studying.  We have extended hours during finals week.  Connect to our Library Hours page for details.  Also, as you work on your last research projects of the semester, remember you can ask librarians questions.  Click on the Ask Us link on the library’s homepage for information about contacting a librarian in person, by phone, or via e-mail or chat.

 Linda Kott
Information Services Librarian

Ice Cream for National Library Week

April 5, 2011

Help us celebrate National Library Week.  Come to the library’s lobby on Wednesday 13 April at 2 p.m. and enjoy SDSU ice cream.  You may also enter a raffle to win one of five thermoses.

Started in 1958, National Library Week celebrates the contributions of libraries and librarians and promotes library use and support. 

Linda Kott, Information Services Librarian