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.

Aug 052019

Help us celebrate the end of our Summer Reading Program! Come for a petting zoo, free ice cream donated by Stewarts,and receive an award for participating in our Summer Reading Challenge. We will also be announcing the number of books read this summer, and the Lego Challenge, Guessing Jar, and Coloring Contest winners. Everyone gets a raffle ticket at the door! Will YOU be the winner of a $15.00 Golden Guernsey gift card?

For All Ages.

Registration preferred on Eventbrite, but not required.