Category Archives: Events

‘Gram while you cram

Get ready for the Nielsen Library’s first ever Instagram contest: ‘Gram while you cram!

We know you’re hard at work cramming for finals. Snap a study selfie and send it to us for the chance to win the exclusive right to reserve study room 215 during finals week.

Here’s how it works:

  • Follow @nielsenlibrary on Instagram
  • insta squareSnap a selfie – wherever you study, however you study. It doesn’t have to be in the library.
  • Upload it to Instagram and tag it #studyselfie and @nielsenlibrary
  • We’ll draw one random winner from all the selfies uploaded before 11:59 p.m. on May 9.
  • The winner will get the exclusive right to reserve group study room 215 (normally non-reservable) during finals week.
  • We’ll also pay to have a large pizza delivered to the room at a time of your choosing.

Tunes@2 April 3, 2015

nolan smithIt’s that time again! Put down whatever you’re working on this Friday at 2:00pm and head over to the second floor of the Nielsen Library for Tunes@2.

This month’s event features music student Nolan Smith. He will be performing mostly acoustic, all original songs that will be featured on his upcoming EP this June. Nolan’s music is greatly influenced by jazz. He hopes you enjoy what you hear and encourages everyone to like his Facebook page  to keep up with his activities.

Tunes@2 happens every first Friday near the library coffee cart. Start your weekend off right –with good music, good coffee, and good company.

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Cesar Chavez Week

The Adams State University Cultural Awareness and Student Achievement Center (CASA) is hosting a variety of events this week in honor of Cesar Chavez week.

Don’t miss Cesar Chavez Movie Night, with David Guerrero, this Friday, April 3 at 5 p.m. on the second floor of the library.

Other events include: Cesar Chavez Poster 2015

A Pool Tournament will be from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. Tuesday, March 31, in the Loft, located on the second floor of the Student Union Building. Winners will be awarded prizes from the ASU Bookstore.

The Noche de Familia Horno Cookout Fundraiser will be held from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. Wednesday, April 1, in the ASU CASA Center, 101 Faculty Drive. Guest speakers will include Arnold Salazar, Freddy Jaquez, and Kiko Martinez. Call 719-587 7880 for more information or to purchase tickets.

The Lifeway’s Lecture Series continues with Pasion Sobre Agua, by Sarah Parmar, at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 2, in McDaniel Hall room 201.

Earth, Water, and Sky Lecture Series

Earth Water Sky2Join the Nielsen Library and Adams State Adventure Program (ASAP) for an exciting spring lecture series! Learn about our endlessly fascinating world. This series offers something for everyone: from fishing and hiking, to bat management and unidentified flying objects.

Our diverse group of guest speakers include Adams State students and staff, the United States Forest Service, and independent writers and researchers.

Each talk is free and open to the public and will take place from 6:00-7:30 pm in the second floor library lounge. Light refreshments will be provided. Bring your curiosity and a friend or two!
Full schedule as follows:

1. Wed, Mar 4: Curt Howell: Earth, Water, and Sky: A Call and Response

2. Tues, Mar 10: Deacon Aspinwall: Fly Fishing Around the San Luis Valley: the Zen,
Aesthetics, and Conservation of Chasing Trout

3. Wed, Mar 18: Jake Moberly: Walking the Camino de Santiago

4. Thur, Mar 19: Kristi and Andrew Yates: A Thru Hike: Finding Peace, Love, and
Adventure on the Appalachian Trail

5. Thur, Apr 9: Marilyn Loser: The Challenge and Joy of Gardening in the San Luis

6. Thur, Apr 23: Randy Ghormley / USFS: Ecology and Management of Bats in the
San Luis Valley

7. Thur, Apr 30: Sandra Wagner: Early Aquaculture on the Upper Rio Grande

8. Tues, May 5: Chris O’Brien: The Mysterious San Luis Valley

Seed to Seed

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The Nielsen Library’s new Seed to Seed Library provides the Adams State University campus and the greater San Luis Valley community with FREE, organic, non-GMO vegetable and flower seeds. The Seed to Seed Library also provides information, resources, and workshops to help gardeners of all skill levels grow healthy, locally adapted food.

how it worksHow does it work?

Seeds are available at the Nielsen Library’s first floor circulation desk and can be checked out just like books, but without the due dates or overdue fines. You don’t have to be faculty, staff, or a student of Adams State University in order to use the library. Any member of the community has borrowing privileges – just bring in a photo ID and we’ll issue you a library card.

After harvesting your plants, we encourage you to collect some seed and return it to the library for future gardeners to enjoy. Over time, the entire community will be helping to develop locally adapted seed for our challenging San Luis Valley growing climate

To learn more about how the seed library works, visit

Join us for our Seed Library Kickoff Event!seeds of time

The Seed to Seed Library will be debuted on Friday, February 20th at the Nielsen Library. Join us from 5:00pm – 8:00pm for a ribbon cutting ceremony, a short talk about seed saving, a community seed exchange, a showing of the documentary Seeds of Time, and a film discussion.

Yummy locally grown food will be served. Hope to see you there!

Learn more about gardening and seed saving in the San Luis Valley.

To improve your gardening skills, we also encourage you to attend one of the many 2015 workshops and events being led by our program co-sponsors and community partners.

Blind Date With A Book

blind date copyThe Nielsen Library is introducing Blind Date With a Book. Library staff have chosen some of their favorite books, wrapped them up in paper, and labeled each one with a “dating profile” to help you find your perfect match.

IMG_6799Stop by the second floor of the library (across from the reference desk) and “swipe right” on what could be your new favorite book!

Once you find a book you’re interested in, take it to the circulation desk to check it out. Then remove the wrapping to see what you ended up with.

Tunes@2: a New Nielsen Library Music Series. Starts Friday, February 6, 2:00pm

DSC04575 (2) Kick off your weekend in a great way with Tunes@2, a new performance series that takes place every first Friday (February 6; March 6; April 3; May 1) near the library’s K2 Coffee Lounge, second floor.  This series is co-sponsored by the Nielsen Library and the Music Department.

ASU student Sky Choice, who is majoring in music with an emphasis in performance and music busienss, will kick off the series on Friday, February 6, 2:00pm. Come join us for great music, superb coffee (available for purchase), and fine end-of-week camaraderie.

Tunes at 2 Poster 2Are you a student interested in performing in a casual atmosphere? We’re open to music, comedy, theater, dance…you name it! Contact Joseph Armetta ( or Carol Smith ( if you’d like to perform at a future Tunes@2 event.


Finals Week at Nielsen Library


Whether you’re cramming hard or need a break, here’s what’s going on at the Nielsen Library during Finals Week:

Extended Hours:
Open until 2am
Sunday, Dec. 14 – Thursday Dec. 18

Therapy Dogs:
Monday, Dec. 15 6pm-7pm
Tuesday, Dec. 16 1pm-2pm
First floor lobby

Coloring and Crafts:
All week long in the first floor lobby

The K2 Coffee Lounge will be open until 2am, serving up coffee, tea, and more!
Come to the reference desk and get a voucher for a free hot beverage while supplies last.

Quiet Zones:
1st floor = Collaborative Zone, 2nd floor = Quiet Zone, 3rd floor = Silent Zone
Create your own Silent Zone with earplugs

ASU Alumni Literature Showcase

Come to the Nielsen Library this Friday, November 7 at 5pm for the ASU Alumni Literature Showcase.

Alumni Literature Night Poster

Frankie Colton ‘79, CEO of Alacrity House Publishing LLC, will speak with her husband, Dr. Terry Colton, about the challenges of running a small publishing house in the San Luis Valley.

Phil Ray Jack ‘88, adjunct ASU English instructor and Valley Courier columnist, will speak on his books The Spirit of the Horse and Other Works, Soar High.

Ruth Koenig ‘92, will speak about her book, Sunflower and Tequila, a work of fiction about the rodeo.

Refreshments will be served.