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Highlights of the Libraries’ Finals by Alden 2023

Mimi Calhoun
December 14, 2023

Ohio University Libraries held its “Finals by Alden” event from December 4 to December 15 with a variety of activities to help students alleviate some stress and prepare for the end of the semester. Some of the usual entertainment such as the 4H Pet Pals, button making and finals survival kits occurred, as well as a surprise treat of cookies and refreshments from the President’s Office as an extra boost of motivation for students.

There were many opportunities to unwind with University Libraries, so take a look and view some of the moments from the Athens campus below:

Three students browse a table covered with magazines
Julian Earley, a junior, and Nathan Shields, a senior studying music education, peruse through magazines during the button making event on the fourth floor of Alden Library. Students were able to get crafty and create their own personalized buttons.


Paper bags labelled "Finals by Alden Survival Kit" sit on a table next to two students
University Libraries' staff passes out survival kits to students on the first day of finals week. Things such as coloring pages, fidget toys and snacks were a couple of the items given out.


An open floor area filled with wooden tables and chairs densely populated by students
Students gather to work and study on the third floor of Alden. Many came to the Alden Library to prepare for finals week and utilize the variety of study spots that University Libraries’ offers.


A woman offers milk and cookies from a cart to two students seated at a table
Janet Hulm, interim dean for University Libraries, and Chad Boeninger, interim assistant dean for Research and Education Services, pass out milk and cookies during the first day of finals week. The sweet treats were gifts from the President’s Office to help give students extra motivation as the semester comes to a close


A young woman hands a packaged cookie to a student seated at a table in a crowded study area
Lyn Redington, vice president for Student Affairs, and Zoe Foerster (far right), hand Tithi Patel, a junior studying nursing, a cookie on the second floor of Alden. Student workers from culinary helped pass out the little pick me ups to fellow students in the Library.


A young man looks at a table covered with button-making supplies
Aliz Gunzelman, a freshman studying English, makes a button at the button making station at the Music and Dance Library at Glidden Hall. The Athens campus Finals by Alden events occurred at both Alden Library as well as the Music and Dance Library.


Three young women pet a small dog
Anya Ramey, a sophomore, Chole Hayes, a sophomore studying biology and Sarah Babbitt, a sophomore studying psychology, pet a dog during the 4H Pet Pals event. The 4H program brought a variety of animals to help students decompress before finals week.


Three young women pet a golden retriever
Emma Hudnall, a sophomore studying French and classical civilization, gives pets to Buddy the dog. The 4H Pet Pals event is a popular end of semester event for students to get an extra boost of serotonin from some furry friends.


Photos by Charlie Nick / Ohio University Libraries