We know that the last weeks of the semester are stressful for our students – this year more than most. But the Madden Library is here for you! Our Fall 2020 De-Stress Fest offers students a variety of events and resources to help them get through finals and succeed. Everything from help with papers, chill study sessions, and relaxing events to take a break, we have you covered! Our social media will be offering tips and ideas for keeping it all together, as well!

Running for three weeks from December 1 through finals week, the Madden Library De-Stress Fest offers something for everyone. Check out the schedule of Zoom events, workshops, and social media happenings below!

Library Giveaways

Each week of De-Stress Fest, we will have drawings for gift cards to local Fresno restaurants! To be entered in the drawing, attend a De-Stress Fest event. For every event you attend you have a chance to enter the drawing. 

The following activities are online. Check back here as links and more information become available. You can also follow us on Instagram, Twitter, TikTok, and Facebook to get updates.

Schedule of events

Week 3: December 14 – 17

Monday, December 14 – 1:00 – 1:30pm

#OwnVoices Storytime

Instagram Live

Join us on Instagram Live for a storytime featuring beautiful illustrated picture books from our Arne Nixon Center for Children’s Literature and Teacher Resource Center. The term “Own Voices” describes a book that features diverse characters and perspectives written by an author who shares those identities. Sit criss-cross applesauce as our Henry Madden Library workers read to you!

Tuesday, December 15 – 5:30 – 6:00 pm

Citation Guides Workshop

Eventbrite registration link

Not sure how to cite resources for your paper? Bring your questions and papers, and your Henry Madden librarian will help guide you through the styles for different formats.

Tuesday, December 15 – 6:00 – 7:30pm

Digital Dog Study Breakout

Zoom link: https://bit.ly/studybreak2020 

Do you miss having a sugary coffee and meeting up to study with your fellow bulldogs? Join Madden Library and ASI for a virtual co-study group. Great event if you need some extra motivation to focus, interspersed with fun check-in activities like building a collaborative study playlist and sharing fun gifs. BYOB coffee, and see you there!

Wednesday, December 16 – 5:30 – 6:00pm

Citation Guides Workshop

Eventbrite registration link

Not sure how to cite resources for your paper? Bring your questions and papers, and your Henry Madden librarian will help guide you through the styles for different formats.


Also, engage with us on social media to get more ideas about taking good care of yourself this month: 

HML Instagram | HML Twitter | HML TikTok

Tuesday TikToks
Sharing funny/heartwarming tiktoks on library social media (December 1, 8, 15)

Mindfulness Video Series
Mini videos from FYE librarian about practicing everyday mindfulness. (Throughout the weeks before finals)


Past events:

Week 1: November 30th – December 4

Monday, November 30 

Instagram Takeover: First-Year Student Success Librarian, Ginny Barnes

Ginny will offer all kinds of tips and resources for getting through finals – and anything – with your health and wellness intact. Check our Instagram Feed and Stories for all of her recommendations.

Wednesday, December 2 – 1:00 – 1:30pm

Drop-In Library Research Help

Zoom link: https://fresnostate.zoom.us/j/87996150396

Are you working on a research project, paper, or presentation? Need help finding sources or creating citations? Meet with First Year Experience Librarian, Ginny Barnes, via Zoom to ask questions and get plugged in to resources.

Thursday, December 3 – 4:00 – 6:00pm

Write-In with the Writing Center

Zoom link: https://fresnostate.zoom.us/j/91831029261

Procrastinating on starting your paper? Having trouble finding and using the right sources? Join us for the Fall 2020 virtual Write-In, where students can meet with a librarian or Writing Center tutor via Zoom to get to the next step in the writing process. Drop in to the Writing Center’s virtual office on Zoom anytime between 4-6 P.M.. You will be directed to a waiting room where you can let us know if you’d like to work with a librarian or writing tutor first. You can always meet with both if you need to! This event is free and open to current Fresno State students. For more information, please contact Amanda Dinscore at adinscore@mail.fresnostate.edu.

Week 2: December 7- 11

Monday, December 7 – 1:00 – 1:30pm

Drop-In Library Research Help

Zoom link: https://fresnostate.zoom.us/j/83428716746

Are you working on a research project, paper, or presentation? Need help finding sources or creating citations? Meet with First Year Experience Librarian, Ginny Barnes, via Zoom to ask questions and get plugged in to resources.

Tuesday, December 8 – 1:00 – 1:30pm

#OwnVoices Storytime with Madden Library

Instagram Live 

Join us on Instagram Live for a storytime featuring beautiful illustrated picture books from our Arne Nixon Center for Children’s Literature and Teacher Resource Center. The term “Own Voices” describes a book that features diverse characters and perspectives written by an author who shares those identities. Sit criss-cross applesauce as our Henry Madden Library workers read to you!

Stories will include:

Maybe Something Beautiful: how art transformed a neighborhood by F. Isabel Campoy – Mira lives in a gray and hopeless urban community until a muralist arrives and, along with his paints and brushes, brings color, joy, and togetherness to Mira and her neighbors

Mali Under the Night Sky: A Lao Story of Home by Youme Landowne – The true story of Lao-American artist Malichansouk Kouanchao, who walked with her family from Laos to Thailand when she was five years old.

Alma and How She Got Her Names by Juana Martinez-Neal – When Alma Sofia Esperanza José Pura Candela asks her father why she has so many names, she hears the story of her name and learns about her grandparents.

And more!

Wednesday, December 9 – 12:30 – 1:00pm

Citation Guides Workshop

Eventbrite registration link

Not sure how to cite resources for your paper? Bring your questions and papers, and your Henry Madden librarian will help guide you through the styles for different formats. Link to sign up on Eventbrite.

Wednesday, December 9 – 6:00 – 7:30pm

Digital Dog Study Breakout

Zoom link: https://bit.ly/studybreak2020 

Do you miss having a sugary coffee and meeting up to study with your fellow bulldogs? Join Madden Library and ASI for a virtual co-study group. Great event if you need some extra motivation to focus, interspersed with fun check-in activities like building a collaborative study playlist and sharing fun gifs. BYOB coffee, and see you there!

Thursday, December 10 – 12:30 – 1:00pm

Citation Guides Workshop

Eventbrite registration link

Not sure how to cite resources for your paper? Bring your questions and papers, and your Henry Madden librarian will help guide you through the styles for different formats. Link to sign up on Eventbrite.