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Study snacks with the Santa Maria, California, library branch

Pre-assessment week can get pretty stressful at A.T. Still University’s College for Healthy Communities campus, so the library brought in the coffee machine and stocked the snack table with coffee and tea, with both caffeinated and decaffeinated options. A variety of snacks were provided, including apples and the popular “Cutie” oranges. Breaks have been shown to help reduce stress and improve performance, memory, and functioning (Kim 2017.) Tea, coffee, and snacks help fuel the body and brain, improve performance, and boost well-being.

The Kirksville library traditionally hosts coffee and tea for finals weeks. Assessment weeks are the PA program version of finals, so the Library Director Hal Bright, MLIS, and Assistant Librarian Dot Winslow, MFA, decided to try it out on the California campus. The students enjoyed the perk-up snack station and fueled their studies for a successful assessment week.


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