The Undergraduateand the Residence Halls Libraries are putting together a book club this semester!
With the inability to hang out in-person because of the current environment, we wanted to provide an opportunity for members of the University of Illinois to connect via books and other forms of media such as movies and video games. We hope to provide this program throughout the semester. There will be prizes for individuals who can attend (or participate by writing a blurb, if they cannot make the scheduled meeting).
You might be asking yourself, why a book club?
Book clubs are great because they provide an opportunity for socialization! Additionally, a book club is a chance to explore and discover new things, particularly while we are limited in our ability to travel and socialize like usual. For instance, campus book clubs held this summer were a great way to get to meet new people over Zoom while everything was shut down. It was also a wonderful way to build reading lists as each attendee shared some great new recommendations. Additionally, these groups provided suggestions of shows and movies, like Great Teacher Onizuka.
Most importantly, reading books, watching television, or playing games is fun! And by extension, so are book clubs. Perhaps the strongest reason to join this book club is that you will meet fellow media and book enthusiasts who are as invested in learning about your likes as we are about you. Maybe we can bond over a show like Lovecraft Country?
Our first meeting is Wednesday, September 23rd at 6 p.m. RSVP at this sign-up form. We can’t wait to see you there!
Fall break is arguably one of the best weeks of the year: you get absolutely stuffed with a delicious Thanksgiving meal, you finally get some sleep, and when you’re not eating or sleeping, there’s usually a chance to see hometown friends!
However, fall break is but a cruel tease. Just when you’ve gotten comfortable with waking up at noon, your dreams are shattered by the impending return to campus after a far too brief hiatus.
Returning from fall break is worse than all other breaks because the end of the semester is so close. And we all know what that means… finals.
Finals week comes with stress, long nights, gallons of coffee, and inevitable tears.
But never fear, the UGL is here to help relieve finals anxiety with Destress Fest! Our amazing reading day event!
Come to the UGL to study any time between 12:00 pm and 10:00 pm on Reading Day, Thursday, December 12th, and you’ll have the opportunity to take part in lots of fun and relaxing activities during your study breaks!
Here’s the full schedule:
Schedule of Destress Fest 2019 hosted by the UGL
Looking forward to seeing you during Destress Fest 2019!!
So you’re done eating pounds of turkey and wondering ‘well, what do I do now with all this time on my hands.’ The Undergrad’s got you covered with our extensive video game collection! Take some time to relax and play some games before coming back to studying. Here’s just some of the games that we have available right before the break.
Rock Out with Elite Beat Agents
The Elite Beat Agents
If you like the idea of being a secret agent and a rock star in one package, Elite Beat Agents is the game for you. In this music rhythm game, play through nineteen songs ranging from “Material Girl” by Madonna and “You’re the Inspiration” by Chicago. This is perfect for on the go play.
Prove yourself with Titanfall 2
System: Xbox One
Take a friend or annoying sibling and remind them you’re still the best when it comes to FPS. Choose between playing in your Titan or playing as just a tech heavy human in the Game Critics Award multiplayer game of the year for 2016.
Stop Egg Thieves in the Angry Birds Trilogy
Angry Birds Trilogy
System: Xbox 360
Play all three Angry Birds games in one with this console version of the addictive phone app. Show your friends you learned something about projectile physics all while taking on those nefarious pigs who are probably planning to steal your eggs.
Explore the World in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
One of the current nominees for game of the year, 2017 is available for the upcoming break! The weather is starting to be chilly, the leaves aren’t so colorful anymore, but the beautiful world of Breath of the Wild can be seen while you’re drinking hot coffee and snuggling with a blanket indoors.
All of these and more are available at the Undergraduate Library right now, downstairs in the media collection space. Happy gaming!