Spring 2023 Exam Slam: April 30 from 7pm-Midnight

Exam Slam will be held Sunday, April 30 from 7pm to midnight at LSSU Library.

LSSU Library, the Academic Success Center and Laker Success are teaming up to to offer Exam Slam, held from 7am to midnight at LSSU Library on Sunday, April 30, for all LSSU students.

This end-of-semester event features free snacks and drinks, tutors, librarians, and Academic Success and Laker Success staff offering support to help students finish their final prep for Finals Week.    Attendees will also have the chance to win hourly prize giveaways.  So stop in, and get ready to SLAM your EXAMs!

2nd Annual 2×2 Tiny Art Show

The LSSU Library is hosting the 2nd Annual Tiny Art Show in February!    

Entries are due by 5pm on February 20, 2023; the Tiny Art Show will go on display on February 22, 2023.

To participate, stop in to the library to pick up a free 2×2 canvas (limit of 1 per person please, while supplies last) and an entry form (or download a form). Participants are also welcome to use their own materials; 2D and 3D works are permitted, so long as they don’t exceed 2″ x 2″ or 2″ x 2″ x 2″ in size.  We welcome the LSSU community and the public to submit their tiny masterpieces for display!

In conjunction with the Tiny Art Show, the Library is hosting a free Tiny Art Workshop Tuesday, January 31, 2023 from 6-8pm in the Library Learning Commons; 2×2 canvases, paint and brushes will be supplied.  The workshop is free and open to the public.

Changing Perceptions…Exceeding Expectations

Join us at 1 PM on Monday, October 31, 2022, when the LSSU Library will be hosting Jessica Ann Rickert, DDS, in the Library Learning Commons.  Her talk, “Changing Perceptions…Exceeding Expectations”  will chronicle her journey to becoming the first female Native American dentist.

Tuesday, Oct. 25 @ 5pm: 2022-23 Campus Read Author Will Allen


Will Allen will speak in the LSSU Library at 5pm on Tuesday, October 25, 2022

Will Allen, the author of the 2022-23 LSSU Campus Read The Good Food Revolution is visiting campus on Tuesday, October 25, 2022, and will present a talk on his work in the Library Learning Commons at 5pm.
A pioneering urban farmer and MacArthur Genius Award-winner, Mr. Allen will share the story of his grassroots movement to change the way our nation eats.

LSSU Sustainability Series – Planetary Boundaries: Limits to Growth and Possible Solutions

Thursday, March 24th, 2022 at 2pm Library Learning Commons

 Presenting Prof. Barbara Evans
Head Shot of Professor Barbara Evans. She has long straight hair down, wearing a grey t-shirt.
Biology Professor Barbara Evans here at Lake Superior State University

The concept of planetary boundaries addresses the resource limits of the planet.
In particular, limited freshwater and nutrients for agriculture are a concern, especially as demand increases due to expectations for common standards of living, as well as a growing human population. Climate change is making crop yields less predictable.  At the same time, conventional agriculture is wasteful of these resources and puts more pressure on limited freshwater resources. Aquaponics is being considered as an approach to food security that may provide resilience in the face of these potential encroachments on planetary boundaries. These systems can be placed locally to reduce the need for transportation of food; they conserve water and nutrients and so may allow us to increase food yields without exceeding the limits to growth. However, as a relatively new agricultural concept, much needs to be done to create an educated workforce and develop business models that ensure success.”

This event is free and open to the public

LSSU Library Scholar Series Presents ” A Doctor (Of Philosophy) Diagnoses Anxiety”.

Announcement of LSSU Library Outreach Series. Dr. Jason Swedene will present "A Doctor (Of Philosophy) Diagnoses Anxiety" on Tuesday, November 9th at noon in the Library Learning Commons.
LSSU Library Scholar Series Presents ” A Doctor (Of Philosophy) Diagnoses Anxiety”. Tuesday, November 9th, 2021 @ noon.

Join us for our very first Conversation Café: “Living Versus Thriving in the EUP” Wednesday, – October 6 @ 7pm – Library Learning Commons


LSSU Library will host its first Conversation Café with the topic of “Living Versus Thriving in the EUP”; we invite you to join us for an engaging evening of conversation in a format that  that allows even strangers to quickly get into deep, compassionate discussion.


Creating Hope Through Action – September 10th, 7 PM – LSSU Library QPR Talk & Cycle the Globe

Dr. Kristin Larsen, PhD, LMSW, ACSW, will share information about QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) Suicide Prevention Training. Following Dr. Larsen’s presentation, attendees will meet at Pleger Commons for a candlelight vigil in remembrance of lost love ones and for the survivors of suicide. Afterwards we will kick off the Cycle the Globe Campaign to raise awareness for suicide prevention efforts around the world.


Pi Day 2021 Piaku Contest

Pi pie for Pi DayTo celebrate Pi Day this year, LSSU Library is holding a Piaku Contest.

What is a Piaku?
A Piaku is a form of poetry similar to Haiku, but instead of the 5-7-5 syllabic form, the number of syllables per line corresponds to the digits of pi.  And, given the nature of pi, there is no limit to the length of a Piaku!

An example Piaku, created by Marc Boucher:

The Textbook

(3) Why oh Why
(1) Do
(4) Students fail to
(1) Read
(5) Before going to
(9) Class when they know the teacher will ask
(2) Questions
(6) They will not raise their hands
(5) For they do not know
(3) The answers

To submit your Piaku for our contest, email it to [email protected] by 3:14pm on March 12, 2021.

And please join us in the Library Learning Commons by the giant whiteboard on Thursday, March 11 @ 2pm for a Piaku workshop to craft your winning piaku.  All submitted piakus will be shared to our Facebook page and displayed on the library’s lobby monitors.

What does the winner get?
We will include the winning piaku in the April 2021 Communique, and the winning poet gets a pie!

LSSU Library Scholar Series welcomes Dr. Jason Garvon as he presents “We Only Pay Attention When Something Happens” on Tuesday, Oct 6, 2020 @ 4pm in the Library Learning Commons

LSSU Library Scholar Series: Dr. Jason Garvon, "We Only Pay Attention When Something Happens"

Dr. Garvon will explore some of the current subtle changes that may have a profound impact on our treasured wildlife and recreation activities of the north woods. Tuesday, Oct 6, 2020 @ 4pm in the LSSU Library Learning Commons.