Sep 202019

Want to know a little? Ask someone who knows a lot. Get basic questions answered by “checking out” a living, breathing computer whiz, nutritionist, fitness trainer, or homesteader/sustainability enthusiast on September 30th from 6:30pm-7:30pm. Sign up for a 15 minute slot with the person you’d like to talk to and be sure to bring your questions!

Meet our “Books”:

Crysta Lawyer received her Bachelor’s degree in Community and Human Services in 2017. Since then she has attained her Personal Trainer Certification as well as YMCA Foundations of Group Exercise certification both through the American Council on Exercise. She now works for the Capital District YMCA where she is a Certified Personal Trainer, Group Exercise Instructor and Wellness Coach. Crysta can help you with various components of fitness such as exercise prescriptions/instruction as well as goal setting as it relates to fitness.

Allison Baldo has a Bachelor’s in Dietetics where she minored in Health and Wellness from SUNY Oneonta. She is currently employed at Delaware Opportunities, a non-for-profit agency that provides services for low-income families as a Nutritionist for the WIC Program. She specializes in prenatal, Postpartum/Breastfeeding, Child and Infant nutrition. She can help discuss nutrition across the lifespan and different ways to make healthier food choices and become more active as well.

Steve Hillis is a graduate of the Earthship Biotecture Academy out of Taos, New Mexico and SUNY Cobleskill Horticulture program as well as a US Army Veteran. He is currently in the beginning stages of taking his family out of conventional housing and looking to simplify life. Living closer to their food sources and using more renewable sources of energy while reusing and upcycling everything he possibly can.

Nathanial Roberts has worked in IT for over 15 years as a self-employed IT guy as well as employed by multiple service agencies as a subcontractor and Grey Global Group as a Network Administrator. He is a certified PC and Mac technician and can answer any of your questions about Windows (PC), Mac, anything Chrome or Firefox (internet) related as well as smartphones and tablet devices.

Aug 262019

The Huntington Memorial Library is very excited to announce that we will be hosting an Afternoon Tea on Saturday September 14th at 1:30pm in preparation for the upcoming release of the Downton Abbey movie in theaters September 20th. There will be several fun activities at the tea including a short talk about the history of Afternoon Teas and etiquette and watch the series finale so we are all caught up on where Downton left off before the movie comes out all while enjoying a full tea served with sweet and savory delights AND a photo booth so come dressed up in your 20s apperal. Don’t have anything to wear? No problem! Props will be donated from the Underground Attic to set the scene. We didn’t stop there! The library will also be raffling off a teapot and two tickets to see the movie when it comes out!

Tickets are FREE and available now through Eventbrite (click here for the link). Be sure to reserve your seat before this event sells out!

We’ve been expecting you.

Aug 222019

The summer is over, and another successful Minecraft Camp is in the books! The kids worked on one large project, called a museum of constellations for most of the Saturdays we were together. This project was inspired by Molcraft, a project created by students and faculty at the University of Hull in the UK to create an immersive chemistry learning experience. In Molcraft, you can tour huge models of proteins and common chemicals, learning facts from signs and from Minecraft Villagers who seem to talk to you and searching for hidden prizes among the models. In HML’s constellation museum, we did something similar by building models of constellations, sprinkling facts around the area, building our own “talking” villagers with a redstone machine, and hiding prizes for museum guests.

To complete all this, kids started by picking out a constellation and doing some research about it in books and online. Then, on some printed out star maps, they measured the distances between stars as they appear in the night sky and made a scale model of their constellation. Some of our Minecrafters learned an important lesson about how the scale you choose matters when their constellation models ended up positively gigantic, while their friends had a much more manageable size, all because they decided that every millimeter on the page represented two blocks in Minecraft instead of one. Finally, they finished by sharing their research through signs, books, and a redstone machine that creates the illusion of someone (or something) talking to you through the in-game chat.

We’re proud of everything the kids created in our constellation museum, from one kid’s very avant garde take on the project to another’s precise recreation of Ursa Minor. And yet… there’s not enough kids in Minecraft Camp to create every constellation, so our museum has lots of room left to fill! If you want to add your own constellation model, or if you just want to tour what we did, you can download our Minecraft world by downloading this folder. If you don’t know how to download a Minecraft world and play in it, you can follow instructions here. If you do add on to our museum, send it back and we’ll include your contribution!

Aug 062019

SUNY Oneonta’s Common Read advances diversity by encouraging students and the community to examine and better understand topics such as equity, inclusion, and personal history through many lenses.

For its 2019 Common Read, the college has chosen Disgraced by Ayad Akhtar. The story of a successful Pakistani-American lawyer whose dinner party spins out of control amid a heated discussion of identity and religion, Disgraced won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the Jeff Equity Award for Best New Play in 2012.

There will be two dates available for group discussions at the library:
Thursday September 12th at 7:00 pm
Tuesday September 17th at 7:00 pm

Please Register for the event through Eventbrite or stop by the circulation desk. Make sure to sign up by Thursday, August 22nd to get your FREE copy which can be picked up Friday, August 23rd.

Akhtar was born in New York City and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He is a graduate of Brown and Columbia Universities with degrees in theater and film directing. His work focuses on Muslim American culture.

Akhtar will deliver the 2019 Mills Distinguished Lecture on Sept. 23, 2019 at 7 p.m. The event will take place in the Dewar Arena at the Alumni Field House.