Sep 252019

Get ready for an exciting lineup of photography classes from J.W. Johnston and Kevin Q. Gray this fall!

Learn composition, the elements and principles of design all on your iPhone (or compact camera) with J.W. Johnston. Join him for a three (3) part workshop meeting October 5, 12 and 19 at 1:00pm-3:00pm.

On Thursday October 17th at 6:00pm join Kevin Q. Gray for a talk and demonstration of 19th Century Wet Plate Photography. This process was used to create glass plate negatives, ambrotypes, and tintypes, and was the main photographic technique used during the American Civil War. It will be a very interesting talk indeed!

Our third class will be Saturday November 9th, 1:00pm-3:00pm with Kevin Q. Gray again. This time he will teach us how to use a camera as simple as the one on our smart phones to create high quality portraits using natural light and simple photographic techniques. Bring the camera you feel most comfortable with for this class.

For more information check out our Facebook events or register on Eventbrite!

Composition, Composition, Composition Register
19th Century Wet Plate Photography Register
Portrait Photography Register

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.