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Qi Gong Friday December 7th, 11AM

Get ready for the stress of finals by learning a basic Qi Gong routine on Friday December 7th from 11a.m. until noon on the 4th floor of the Cofrin Library.  Qi Gong is a Chinese practice of rhythmic breathing combined with slow fluid methods to develop a calm mind and renewed energy. Qi Gong can be practiced by individuals no matter what their current fitness level may be. The session will be led by Debra Strelka, who holds a 5th degree black belt in karate and has practiced Qi Gong for 15 years.  Please wear comfortable clothing.

360º of Books

As UWGB embarks on 360° of Learning, Cofrin Library begins 360° of Books!

We have a simple question: What’s your favorite book?

Our goal is to get 360 UWGB students, faculty, staff, and alumni to tell us their favorites. It could be something from your childhood, your most influential book, or something you’re reading now. We’ll share the results and see which books come out on top!

To tell us your favorite book:

Library Pumpkin Contest – Winners

UPDATE: Here is a list of winners in the Library’s Pumpkin Contest:

Best in Show: Entry #10: Joe Hardenbrook

Scariest: Entry #16: Rachel C. & Alison H.

Ugliest: Entry #17: Kaylee McGhee

Cutest: Entry #20: Brooke Ferdon

Best Group Entry: Entry #6: Sarah Larson’s group

A full collection of pumpkins is available on Cofrin Library’s Flickr account.


Calling all pumpkin carvers & decorators: Cofrin Library is hosting a pumpkin contest on Wednesday, October 31! We invite individuals and groups to submit an entry for our pumpkin contest. It’s open to the entire campus and community. Entries can be carved, painted, or decorated. You can also stop in and vote for your favorite pumpkins!

We will be awarding prizes in the following categories:

  • Best in Show
  • Scariest
  • Ugliest
  • Cutest
  • Best Group Entry

To enter, just drop your pumpkin off at the Library’s 3rd floor desk on Wednesday, October 31 from 8am to 11am. Voting will take place from 11am to 2pm.

Check out our Flickr set of library pumpkins from last year.

If you have any questions, contact librarian Joe Hardenbrook at or 920.465.2666.

Library Pumpkin Contest

Cofrin Library invites you to Book Salespalooza

It’s all treats and no tricks at the Cofrin Library this October.  The Library will be holding a Book Salespalooza from Friday (Oct. 12) to Wednesday (Oct. 17).   They are cleaning out their back room and offering everyone a great selection of new and used books. There will be paperbacks, non-fiction, children’s books, textbooks, and much more… and the best part is everything is only $1 per book. Sale carts will be located on the Plaza Level of the Cofrin Library. “Shop early and often for the best selection!  Even if you can’t make it until half-way through, you’re bound to find a gem!” For more information, contact Leah Liebergen at

Bash in the Stacks 3 – September 13

Bash in the Stacks 3The  3rd annual Bash in the Stacks will be held September 13 from 7-11pm in the Cofrin Library! Stop by for an evening of fun, food, and games.

Worried you’ll miss the Packers/Bears game? Don’t be! You can enjoy the game at the Library while participating in the festivities. We’ll have Nerf Tag in the Library stacks as well as tricycle races and sumo suits! Feeling a little artsy? We’ll have crafts too!

For more information check out our Facebook event:!/events/472056352812363/.

This event is sponsored by the Cofrin Library, FOCUS, and Student Life. Refreshments compliments of the Chancellor’s Office.

Library Open House for Faculty & Staff

Lots of changes at Cofrin Library in the past year – new equipment, new resources, new staff – it’s hard to keep up! With that in mind, we’re having a party! All faculty and staff are invited to a Library Open House – An Afternoon of Desserts and Snacks at the Library – on Wednesday, August 29 from Noon-1pm on the 4th floor of Cofrin Library.

Whether it’s popular reading or research materials, new databases, or equipment like iPads and digital cameras, come learn more about the vast services, resources, and spaces for faculty, staff, and students.

You will have the opportunity to meet with staff from around the Library as we show you how each department contributes to making research easier for you as well as your students. Besides research, we also have exciting spaces to accommodate a variety of faculty, staff, and student needs.

Need further incentive? Besides desserts and snacks, all faculty and staff who attend will be entered to win door prizes! In addition, faculty members will have the opportunity to apply for a research fellowship: The Council of UW Libraries has established The University of Wisconsin Research Network, an annual program that offers access to UW-Madison’s electronic collections for selected faculty across the UW System. Cofrin Library will select 8 faculty members who attend this event to participate in the research program. Recipients will be given access to the vast electronic resources available through UW Madison for the period of one academic year.

Finals Week: Float Your Worries Away

Starting Monday May 7th the Cofrin Library will offer the following finals week stress reducing activities:

Soar your cares away with personal bubbles.

Color your tension away with coloring pages.

Munch your anxiety away with free bubble gum.

Pop your stress away with bubble wrap.

Good luck on final exams!

Edible Book Photos

Thanks to all who entered Cofrin Library’s Edible Book Festival. Visit our Flickr set for a full gallery of photos.

Best of Show – Joan Robb, Notes from Underground
Best Individual Entry – Renee Ettinger, The Color Purple
Best Group Entry – “M-n-M alumni,” Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
Most Likely to be Eaten – Paula Ganyard, Dying for Chocolate
“Punniest” – Bret Lemoine, The Girl with the Spaghetti Ragu

The Library is turning 40!

Help the Cofrin Library celebrate 40 years of service with our very first Edible Book Festival!  On Monday February 27th from 12-2 PM we will host a very unusual book display on the library’s 3rd floor- all of the books will be completely edible.  You can participate by entering your own book creation or by stopping by the library to fill out a ballot and taste the books.  For more information or to register check out

Finals Week

Cofrin Library Finals Week 2011

The Cofrin Library is offering the following stress-busting activities
to get you through finals week:

Packerland Kennel Club Therapy Dogs
Thursday December 15th, 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM, 4th floor Cofrin Library
Before finals get too ruff, take a break from studying and have fun with one of our doggie “therapists.” All furry friends are specially trained to interact with the public and will be accompanied by a human handler.

Bead Crafts & Friendship Bracelets
Friday December 16th, 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM, 4th floor Cofrin Library

Grab a friend and head to the library’s 4th floor craft table.  Our craftiest librarian will be on hand to help you make a beaded bookmark or bracelet.  No prior crafting experience needed.

Book Ripping
Monday December 19th, 11:00 AM, 3:00PM, and 6:00PM, 3rd floor Cofrin Library
Need a stress reliever? Don’t rip your hair out. Rip out book pages instead! Shhh…we won’t tell.  Stop by Cofrin Library 3rd floor on Monday December 19th, you’ll get one minute to go crazy. See how many pages you can rip out!  Note: No actual library books will be harmed.

Crayon Therapy
Thursday December 15th to Wednesday December 21st, 3rd floor Cofrin Library

Geometric coloring pages will be available all week- grab a coloring sheet and a pack of crayons.  Art can be taken home to hang on the refrigerator or posted on the ‘wall of relaxation’ on the 3rd floor of the library.