The number of bicycles secured in front of the East Wing of Cecil H. Green Library during finals is a sight to behold. All campus libraries have a distinctive buzz about them leading up to finals, seats are filled with weary, anxious students dedicating themselves to inching closer to the end of the academic year finish line.
This year, Stanford Libraries partnered with Jasper Ridge Farm, Stanford Federal Credit Union and Rick's Rather Rich Ice Cream for the 2018 De-Stress Fest to offer students a bit of levity and joy as they made their way to the Libraries to hunker down for the late-night study sessions. Miniature therapy horses and sheep greeted library visitors, while the ice cream sundae bar offered a sweet treat before hitting the books. Pizza was provided by the Stanford Federal Credit Union, and anyone wishing to use art as an outlet for their stress were invited to paint 'kindness rocks' with an encouraging statement to help them or others power through finals. Library student workers and staff painted rocks that were hid throughout Green Library, Terman Engineering Library, Miller Marine Biology Library, and Robert Li and Melissa Ma Science Library for unsuspecting passersby to discover and hopefully smile! Finders were encouraged to take photos and post to social media tagged with #RockonStanford. It is estimated that over 400 visitors enjoyed this year's De-Stress Fest.
As the campus gears up for Commencement we send our best to those last few taking finals, and we wish the very best to the Class of 2018!
If you are interested in partnering with the Libraries to continue the De-Stress Fest tradition of student outreach and support, please contact Sonia Lee in the Libraries' Development Office.