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Spend a Day at the Colorado School of Mines

The Colorado School of Mines has been a state institution in Golden since the 1870s. While it’s not uncommon to see Orediggers out and about in town, you might not know that there are several places on campus that are open to the public.

If you’d like to spend a day on the Mines campus, here are some places you’ll definitely want to check out.

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Start your day with a cup of coffee from Book & Brew, a full-service coffee bar that uses locally roasted beans from Pangea and Allegro. Buy a Book & Brew mug for monthly specials. (October’s is a free espresso shot.) Blaster’s Brew in Brown Hall serves Starbucks and other high-quality whole bean coffees, along with freshly-brewed, Italian style espresso beverages, Teavana teas, and a variety of pastries, Simply to Go sandwiches, salads, and parfaits.

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Arthur Lakes Library is open to the public and select resources are available for the public to use as well. Visit their website for details and to find out how to become a member: https://library.mines.edu/services/public

Arthur Lakes Library also has programs that are open to public. The next installment of the Golden Town & Gown at Noon is Tuesday, November 12th. They’ll be discussing The Happiness Advantage by Shawn Achor, which is the Common Read for the 2019 Mines Freshman Class. The thesis of the book is that success does not bring happiness; instead happiness causes success, and the book suggests how it does. Find more details and registration information here: https://mines.libcal.com/event/5820624

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When you’re ready for lunch head over to the Mines Marketto choose from seven different dining stations or the Ben Parker Student Center to choose from Elements(the campus convenience store complete with its own sushi station), Habaneros(fresh house made burritos, burrito bowls, tacos, quesadillas, salads, nachos and more), or WOW Café (an American grill and wingery serving fresh wholesome flavors with an award winning menu and signature sauces).

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End your day with a visit to the Mines Museum in the General Research Lab building on Maple Street. Admission is free, and once inside, you’ll discover more than 2,500 rocks, minerals, fossils and other fascinating Earth Science-related objects, including one of Colorado’s two Goodwill moon rocks collected during the Apollo 17 mission.

For more information about the Colorado School of Mines, visit www.mines.edu.

(All photos are Colorado School of Mines photos.)

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