Have you had a stressful day? Would watching the movie The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants evoke happy memories of vacations? Would the film Hot Fuzz make you laugh out loud? Maybe a visit to the Delmar T. Oviatt Library’s Music and Media department is what you’re looking for.
CSUN kinesiology professor Steven Loy said taking a break from work and participating in an activity like watching a movie helps “recharge” an employee’s “battery.”
“You have to establish yourself as a priority. By taking that break you will become more efficient,” Loy said. “That renewed energy is critical and adding on a brisk 5-10 minute walk before and after the movie makes it guilt-free!”
Dean Arnold, the Oviatt Library’s music and media supervisor, said the library has more than 12,000 movie titles. Faculty and staff can view movies using one of the 20 VHS and DVD carrels equipped with monitors and dual headphones. For those who are looking to catch-up on their favorite television programs, the department offers new releases, like the first three seasons of “Mad Men” and the hit HBO series “True Blood.” The catalog is not limited to cable shows. Visitors can also watch prime-time programs like “The Big Bang Theory.” “Faculty and staff can browse on the library catalog or browse the shelves,” Arnold said. “We have a large collection of theatrical films along with documentaries.”
Self-help titles are also available such as “Now is our time: Healthy living for women 40–55” and fitness videos like “Portion Size Me: A Study of Healthy Fast-Food Choices.”
Lunch Break is an occasional series offering tips to faculty and staff about activities on campus to do during a one-hour timeframe to improve health and wellness.