GRCC counselor, Emily Nisley, is facilitating Mindfulness Meditation Monday sessions this semester. The sessions will be held in the Library’s Meditation & Prayer Room from 12 noon – 12:30 on Mondays. All GRCC students, faculty, & staff are welcome to learn how to meditate or build on previous meditation experience. Practice will be secular, with no particular religious or spiritual beliefs required. Chairs and floor seating are available; you’re welcome to bring a mat, cushion, towel, and/or blanket for more comfortable floor seating if desired.
What is Mindfulness? The Concise Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology and Behavioral Science defines it as “a state in which environmental cues are consciously manipulated, and the individual is engaged in actively constructing his or her environment.”
Take a look at some of the mindfulness resources in your GRCC Library!
New Library & Learning Commons (LLC) Fall 2017 hours are:
- Mon: 7:30 a.m. – 9:45 p.m.
- Tue: 7:30 a.m. – 9:45 p.m.
- Wed: 7:30 a.m. – 9:45 p.m.
- Thu: 7:30 a.m. – 9:45 p.m.
- Fri: 7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
- Sat: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
- Sun: CLOSED
Watch the LLC website for holiday and event (Exam Cram) hour changes. The LLC is closed on Sundays, so please plan ahead for your library needs.
Collections include: 74,000 print books; 150,000 e-books; millions of electronic articles from over 25,000 e-journals; thousands of full-length streaming videos; and, our new campus-wide license to the New York Times Online. We are your source for access to: 60+ new desktop computers; laptops to checkou t; Course Reserves including many textbooks; study / group seating options; a Quiet Study room; a Meditation / Prayer room; whiteboards; charging stations; and much more.
Remember – librarians and staff want to help you with your library and research needs. Have a great semester!
Reminder: Exam Cram starts today and runs through Sunday, April 23rd. Take advantage of our quiet study and group work spaces to prepare for exams and complete those final projects. And, while you’re here enjoy free refreshments and a variety of stress relief activities!
Extended hours will once again be offered on Saturday and Sunday, April 22nd and 23rd, with the library being open from 10am until 10pm both days. Expanded tutoring services will also be available during these extended hours on the weekend.
New this semester, you will also be able to have library fines waived from your account during the week of Exam Cram. To take advantage of this limited time offer, or to learn more about this option, stop by our Circulation Desk located just inside the entrance, on the 1st floor of the library.
Also, check out our “Relaxation Stations” that are located throughout the Library. These tables include coloring pages, Kids Food Basket lunch sack decorating supplies, magnet making supplies, mindfulness materials, and simple yoga instructions. Turn in your works of art to be displayed at the Library or take them home to give as a gift!
By: Brian J. Beecher
Director of Library & Learning Commons
The new Meditation & Prayer Room is located in the southeast, first-floor section of the library. This project was a collaborative effort by the Library faculty & staff, Office of Student Life and Conduct, and students from many faith- and non-faith backgrounds.
The room can comfortably accommodate 6-8 people, but can hold a maximum of 15 people. The Meditation and Prayer Room is intended to be a quiet, welcoming and inclusive environment respecting the beliefs, traditions and cultures of everyone. The room is meant for individual calm meditation, reflection and prayer.
The Meditation & Prayer Room is available on the first floor of the Library.
General oversight of the room is provided by the Office of Student Life and Conduct with monitoring of the space by the Library & Learning Commons. The room is not available for reserve and minimal seating is provided. The space can be used whenever the Library is open.
Additional information is available at: http://www.grcc.edu/studentlife/servicesandprograms/meditationandprayerroom