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Virtual Stressbusters!

In the midst of this incredibly difficult year, the UCLA Library wants to remind you that we're here to support your research AND your de-stressing!

Join us for live, de-stress events!

Virtual Drop-In Meditation

  • Hosted by UCLA MARC
  • May 31st, Monday of Week 10
  • 12:30-1pm
  • Zoom Link

Teaching Kitchen: Around the World

  • Hosted by UCLA Rec
  • June 1st, Tuesday of Week 10
  • 12-1pm
  • Register here

Wellness Wednesday

  • Hosted by UCLA RISE
  • June 2nd, Wednesday of Week 10
  • 11-11:30am
  • Link

Teaching Kitchen: The Plant Based Life

  • Hosted by UCLA Rec
  • June 2nd, Wednesday of Week 10
  • 12-1pm
  • Register here

Virtual Drop-In Meditation

  • Hosted by UCLA Marc
  • June 3rd, Thursday of Week 10
  • 12:30-1pm
  • Zoom Link

Teaching Kitchen: Culinary Bootcamp

  • Hosted by UCLA Rec
  • June 3rd, Thursday of Week 10
  • 12-1pm
  • Register here

Day of Mindfulness: Energy, Calm, Ease, and Well-Being with Marvin G. Belzer, PhD

  • Hosted by UCLA MARC
  • June 5th, Saturday of Week 10
  • 10am-4pm
  • Register here

Virtual Drop-In Meditation

  • Hosted by UCLA MARC
  • June 7th, Monday of Finals Week
  • 12:30pm-1pm
  • Zoom Link

Black Bruin Healing Space

  • Hosted by UCLA RISE
  • June 7th, Monday of Finals Week
  • 10:30-11am
  • Register here

Virtual Drop-In Meditation

  • Hosted by UCLA MARC
  • June 10th, Thursday of Finals Week
  • 12:30-1pm
  • Zoom Link

Spring has Sprung!

  • What Plants Talk About: J.C. Cahill takes us on a journey into the "secret world of plants," revealing an astonishing landscape where plants eavesdrop on each other, talk to their allies, call in insect mercenaries and nurture their young.
  • The Pollinators: A cinematic journey around the United States following migratory beekeepers and their truckloads of honey bees as they pollinate the flowers that become the fruits, nuts and vegetables we all eat.
  • Secrets of Flower Power: Flowering plants arrived relatively late in geological time. But once here, they evolved quickly and often displaced many other types of plants. In fact, in terms of species, flowering plants are the dominant plant form on Earth today with more than 300,000 types.
  • How We Grow: A coming of age story of a community re-learning how to work together and growing stronger in the process.
  • Insects, Plants, and the Rise of Flower Power: We owe a lot to the angiosperms. Not only do their flowers create a world of beauty, but their fruits helped drive human civilization. But did flowers first appear in water or on land? And what is the history and origin of the wonderful partnership between insects and flowering plants?
  • This Beautiful Fantastic: A contemporary fairy tale revolving around the unlikely of friendship between a reclusive young woman with dreams of being a children's book author and a cantankerous widower, set against the backdrop of a beautiful garden in the heart of London.

Feel Good Films

  • Paddington 2: Paddington Bear tries to buy an antique book for his aunt's 100th birthday, but his quest brings him into conflict with an unscrupulous actor who also wants the tome.
  • The Lego Movie: An average Lego figure is mistaken for a legendary adventurer, and joins a league of superheroes in order to defeat a ruthless tyrant.
  • The High Note: The personal assistant to a star singer seizes the opportunity to revitalize her boss' career.
  • School of Rock: A playful, high-energy comedy about a teacher who turns his pupils into a rock band.
  • The Orchestra: Imagine a world where a band of tiny musicians follow you and play a soundtrack for your life - communicating your emotions, fears and hopes.
  • Dog Tales: Dogs have been our companions for thousands of years. Do they really love us, or are they just in it for the food?
  • Cat Tales: Worshipped as a goddess, condemned as satanic, and spun into a stunning array of breeds, cats have long fascinated humans. But did we ever really domesticate them?

Maybe you prefer to dance the stress out?

The UCLA Music Library has created playlists...

to help you dance, energize, reflect, relax, and exercise during finals! We've also created a playlist for children (and everyone else)

Or maybe you're looking for some relaxing spring rain sounds?

Are you down to the wire on an assignment and looking for support?

Plus our newest STEM-oriented resources!

UCLA staff and faculty believe in you and they left you some words of encouragement and advice.

Screenshot of the digital notepad with positive affirmations

Color me!

Biomedical Library Special Collections Coloring Pages

Maywill Dudley illustrated several books of fairy tales for Whitman Publishing (Racine, Wisconsin) in the 1930s, as well as two activity books: Let's Read and Paint (1934) and The Toy Shop: a Cut-out Book (1935).

Milton Bradley Company (Springfield, Massachusetts), the longtime publisher of board games and activity books, used a dozen of her illustrations in Health Posters to Color and Study.

Image of two health posters. The one on the left is the cover of the coloring book featuring a cartoon girl brushing a cartoon boy's hair with the words "Health Posters to color and Study, Maxwell Dudley". The poster on the right features two girls, one with a tissue and says "Cover Your Mouth If You Cough - Sneeze"

The Clark Coloring Book

The William Andrews Clark Memorial Library is one of UCLA's major libraries for rare books and manuscripts. Its particular strengths include English literature and history from the Tudor period through the long eighteenth century. Sometimes weird, always wonderful, we hope you enjoy coloring our collection images as much as we enjoyed finding them!

Image of a drawing of a turtle from The Clark Coloring Book: Illustrations from the Collections at the Clark Library

Feeling artistically invigorated? Submit your own original library inspired art to the Powell Portfolio in order to be featured on UCLA Library social media

Library staff want to share their cute pets with you!

Pets of Powell

Look at these cute cuties and let their cuteness melt away your stress!

Photo of a tabby cat with a pillow on its head
Photo of black and white Powell Cat with a yellow flower on his head
Photo of two cats playing inside cardboard boxes, sunshine coming from the window
Photo of two cats peeking into the window
Photo of two kittens inside a box
Photo of a tabby cat lying next to a banana toy, paw sticking out
Photo of a black cat sleeping on a table in front of a computer with a Zoom meeting on it
Photo of black and white Powell Cat with his toys
A black and white dog with a flower cookie and a flower necklace
Photo of a gray cat with a fish plushie and gray blanket
Photo of two cats starring at a salad bowl

Escape from Powell Library!

Find your way out of this virtual escape room!

It's the night before the beginning of Finals Week in Powell Library. Even though you're on your third cup of Stressbusters coffee, you can't stop yawning. You're about to break out the Yerba Mate and maybe take a scooter back to the Hill, but your eyelids keep getting heavier and heavier. You figure a nap can't hurt, so you curl up in the nearest chair...

When you wake up, you're alone and the library is dark. Apparently, even the echo of the midnight yell couldn't wake you. Your cell phone and laptop are both dead, and no one is present at the CLICC desk to loan you a charger. You try the doors, but they're locked! The only light in the entire library is the blue glow from the screen of the computer behind the checkout desk.

Get lost (and then find yourself) in a good book!

Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro

Klara, an Artificial Friend with outstanding observational qualities, from her place in the store, watches carefully the behavior of those who come in to browse, and of those who pass on the street outside. She remains hopeful that a customer will soon choose her.

Sansei and Sensibility by Karen Tei Yamashita

In a California of the sixties and seventies, characters examine the contents of deceased relatives' freezers, tape-record high school locker-room chatter, or collect a community's gossip while cleaning the teeth of its inhabitants. Mr. Darcy is the captain of the football team, Mansfield Park materializes in a suburb of L.A., bake sales replace ballroom dances, and station wagons, not horse-drawn carriages, are the preferred mode of transit.

Memoirs of a Space Traveler: Further Reminiscences of Ijon Tichy by Stanislaw Lem 

Memoirs of a Space Traveler follows the adventures of Ijon Tichy, a Gulliver of the space age, who leads readers through strange experiments involving, among other puzzling phenomena, faulty time machines and intelligent washing machines

Happy Like This by Ashley Wurzbacher

The ten shimmering stories in Happy Like This offer lyrical, deeply felt, often humorous meditations on the complexity of choice. Two identical twins watch their bodies and lives diverge as one of them takes up competitive bodybuilding. A part-time mermaid struggles with her fluid sexuality and turbulent romantic past when she finds herself working at her ex-girlfriend's child's birthday party.

Make Way for Her and Other Stories by Katie Cortese

A girl afflicted with pyrokinesis tries to control her fire-starting long enough to go to a dance with a boy she likes. A woman trapped in a stalled marriage is excited by an alluring ex-con who enrolls in her YMCA cooking class. Featuring female narrators that range in age from five to forty, the narratives in Make Way for Her speak to the many challenges and often bittersweet rewards of offering, receiving, and returning love as imperfect human beings.

The Importance of Being Wilde at Heart by R Zamora Linmark

With the help of his two best friends, and surreal appearances by Oscar Wilde himself, teenager Ken Z. navigates his first foray into love

The Surprising Place by Melinda McCollum

In this debut collection from prizewinning short story writer Malinda McCollum, people adrift in the American Midwest struggle to find their way in the world. 

Bee a Good Human: A Pollinator's Guide to a Better Life by Ali Beckman

Beckman's witty comics, which use actual insects in everyday situations, illustrate the importance of pollinators as well as body positivity and mental health awareness. Using creatures that are donated, purchased, or found dead to create amusing cartoons, Bee a Good Human highlights the integral role of insects in our environment while also demonstrating we all have a part to play in this world.

How about a game night?

Try out some of our favorite free online games! (Including a game created by our very own librarians!)

Looking for something puzzling? (Besides your homework)

Powell Puzzle Corner

We all miss doing puzzles in the Powell Rotunda, so we've brought you virtual puzzles of some our favorite spots at UCLA to destress!

Or some cool art resources to spark your creativity?

Art Resources Recommended by UCLA Arts Library

Spotlight - Artists on One Work

Turn your brain off with these videos!

Did you know you have access to a FREE meditation app?

Download the free UCLA Mindful App!

Practice mindfulness meditation anywhere with the UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center! Manage stress, reduce anxiety, and cultivate positivity and well being! You can also check out the RISE Holistic Healing Library to access resources without having to download an app.

Ok, Bruins! You've GOT THIS! Go forth, knock out those finals, and do some SERIOUS de-stressing!