Need a place to work on creative projects? Imagine this!!

Welcome to the Imaginarium!!

We are Megan and Emily, second year students in the Childhood and Special Education program at SUNY Geneseo. We are your Imaginarium curators for the Spring 2017 semester and are always willing to help with your creative needs when it comes to projects! Here in the Imaginarium, there are lots of resources for your use. We have over 100 die cut stencils, three die-cut machines, a paper cutter and LOTS of space for project creations. The Imaginarium has limited resources this semester, but you’re welcome to use what we have to offer!

Everyone can use this space!

The Teacher Education Resource Center (TERC) space and the Imaginarium is available for everyone’s use. Located in Milne Library on the lower level, the TERC area and the Imaginarium have lots of resources to offer. TERC includes fiction and nonfiction books for all grade levels, puppets, videos, and other materials for teachers’ lessons. We encourage that students take advantage of these materials.

Our office hours are:

Monday 2:30-3:45
Wednesday 6:30-7:45

BOTH the TERC and Imaginarium are open during all library hours. If you have any question, concerns, or suggestions you can email the Imaginarium curators at [email protected] or [email protected].

Take the Kindness Pledge Today

In celebration of National Random Acts of Kindness Week, please join us in taking a Kindness Pledge.

“I resolve to speak, think and act kindly towards others and to avoid speaking, thinking and acting unkindly. I pledge to participate in the movement to spread kindness to my campus community and beyond.”

Are you up for the challenge?

 

Alan Witt, Milne’s New Business Librarian

Milne Library is delighted to welcome our new Business Librarian, Alan Witt, who comes to us from Rivier University, New Hampshire. Alan has B.A.s in Archeology & Medieval Studies from Wesleyan University in Connecticut, & an M.A. in History (Medieval Studies) & a Master’s in Library & Information Studies from the University of Rhode Island.

As you might expect from his educational background, Alan has a wide & eclectic group of interests & activities, including playing board games & gaming in general; acapella music ranging from medieval madrigals to modern pop, aikido (a martial art), baking breads & cookies, & reading, particularly fantasy & sci-fi (e.g., George RR Martin & Jim Butcher). And like many of Milne’s librarians, he is owned by a cat, Alaric.

Since arriving here in Geneseo in November Alan has been working with the faculty of the School of Business to expand the library’s business-related research classes & is looking forward to working with students on their business assignments. You can find Alan on the main floor of Milne Library in the Instruction Librarian “fishbowl,” or reach him at [email protected]. Welcome, Alan…we’re really glad you’re here!

Valentine’s Day Themed Story Time Celebration

On Friday, February 10, Milne Library will host a Valentine’s Day Themed Story Time Celebration for children and their caregivers. This event is sponsored by the Young Children’s Council* and students from the School of Education. Any age is welcome, though these stories are geared toward the under-10 age group (appropriate for preschoolers).
Story Time (performed by members of the Young Children’s Council) will last from 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm (a change from past events), with stories, crafts, and snacks. The event will take place in the Teacher Education Resource Center, located on the lower-level of Milne Library.  

For more information or to RSVP (walk-ins are welcome!) send an email to Megan Kopp – [email protected] or Michelle Costello – [email protected]

*The Young Children’s Council is sponsored by the Student Association

LEGO® Event – Back by Popular Demand!

2016-10oct-legoeventDo you or someone you know love LEGO®? Then this event is for you!

Join SUNY Geneseo students and members of the Rochester Lego Users Group in exploring and creating with Lego® bricks. This event is FREE and open to anyone interested in Lego® creation and NO experience required!

Saturday, October 22, 2016
11:00am – 1:00pm

Registration from 10:30-11:00

TERC area (Lower Level of Milne Library), SUNY Geneseo

Members of the Rochester Lego Users Group will introduce basic concepts in Lego® design and showcase some of their creations.  Attendees will get a chance to build their own creations, and explore physical and digital Lego® design.  SUNY Geneseo students will be lending a hand to help younger enthusiasts in designing and creating their projects.

This is the latest in several planned joint SUNY Geneseo and Community events involving LEGO® designed to bridge the gaps of fun and learning with students and families!

For more information or to RSVP (not required! It just helps us plan), please email Michelle Costello ([email protected]).

The Imaginarium: A Great Place to Work on Projects

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Do you need a place to work on your bulletin boards or crafty projects?

I’m Caroll, a senior in Secondary Education here at SUNY Geneseo and Curator for Milne Library’s Imaginarium and I’m here to tell you that it’s a great place for you to work on those projects and meet with your group terc-imaginarium-200members. In the Imaginarium you will find: die-cut machine, die-cut shapes/forms, a guillotine paper cutter, as well as a table for creating lesson plans or working on projects. There are also materials for creating a project during the curator’s office hours:

Mondays 5-6 pm   –   Tuesdays 6-7 pm    –   Thursdays 6-7 pm

All are welcome!

The Imaginarium is open not only to education students, but also other members of the community. Both the Teacher Education Resource Center (TERC) and the Imaginarium are located across from each other in Milne’s lower level. The TERC area has fiction and non-fiction books for all grade levels. It also offers materials for lessons and other projects, such as videos, textbooks, manipulatives, puppets, among many other resources. We encourage that students take advantage of these two areas.

Both the TERC and Imaginarium are open during library hours. If you have any suggestions, questions, or concerns, you can e-mail the Imaginarium curator at [email protected].

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How to Get Registered; Do It By Oct. 14th!

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Unless you have been living under a rock, you probably have heard the political attacks going back and forth between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. Yes, it’s that magical time that arrives every four years – the general election! The general election is held on November 8, 2016. In this election, United States Citizens vote for more than just the President of the United States, they also vote for senators, seats in the U.S. House of Representatives, and more. Regardless of your opinion of the candidates or political orientation, voting is a civic responsibility and the outcome has a great impact on our society.

Who Can Vote?

If you are a legal U.S. citizen who will be 18 years of age by November 8, 2016, then you can register to vote.  However, you must be registered by October 14, 2016. You may print and mail in your voter registration or may register to vote online.

Residency Consideration

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Suffrage parade in New York, May 6, 1912. United States Library of Congress’s Prints and Photographs division. Public domain.

Students may establish voting residency in the place they consider their principal home, whether that be their current school address or at another address (such as a guardian’s address) they consider their primary residence (Brennan Center, 2016). If you have not declared Geneseo as your primary residence on your voter registration, then you need to apply for an absentee voting ballot.

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Image by Tony Webster from Portland, Oregon, United States. CC Attribution.

Absentee Voting

“Voters in New York must have an accepted reason to vote absentee, including the inability to vote in person due to physical disability or absence from the county in which one is registered (if a resident of New York City, then absence from the city), among others. Voters may submit their application for an absentee ballot by mail (postmarked) seven days before Election Day (2016: November 1) or in person by the end of the day before Election Day (2016: November 7). Completed ballots may be submitted in person by the close of polls on Election Day or by mail such that the ballot is postmarked by the day before the election (2016: November 7) and received within seven days of the election” (Brennan Center, 2016).

New York Board of Elections Absentee Ballot

Have Questions or Need Help?

Stop by the Milne Library Research Help Desk and a reference librarian will be happy to assist you.

References: 

Brennan Center for Justice. (2016). Student voting guide 2016. Retrieved from
http://www.brennancenter.org/how-vote-2016 

Written by Brandon West.

 

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Igniting a passion for STEM with rich and engaging resources

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Are you interested in learning more about STEM activities and resources. Would you like to explore ways to incorporate STEM across the curriculum with the goal of building student understanding?

Connecting hands-on STEM activities with books, games or manipulatives can be a great way to strengthen understanding and literacy skills while inspiring inquiry and creativity.

Milne Library has recently acquired a collection of STEM books, games, and manipulatives. These high quality resources illustrate activities that encourage scientific and artistic creativity and help increase student learning.

A few items found in the collection include:

Books
Getting the most out of makerspaces to create with 3-D printers by Nicki Peter Petrikowski
High-tech DIY projects with 3D printing by Maggie Murphy
Lego awesome ideas by Daniel Lipkowitz
STEM to story: enthralling and effective lesson plans for grades 5-8 by Jennifer Traig

Manipulatives
Hands-on soft geometric solids
Molymod organic teacher set
Lego Education. Duplo: Animal bingo kit
STEM: simple machines STEM activity set

Games
Ion: a compound building game by John J. Coveyou
Prime climb: the beautiful, colorful, mathematical game
Pandemic by Matt Leacock

To learn more about STEM resources contact the Education Librarian, Michelle Costello ([email protected]).

In addition, read the following Education Update article by ASCD, “Teaching and Learning Resources for STEM Education.”

Pajama Party!

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On Friday, April 8th, Milne Library will host a Pajama Party Story Time Celebration for children and their caregivers! This event is sponsored by the Young Children’s Council* and students from the School of Education. Any age is welcome, though these stories are geared toward the under-10 age group (appropriate for preschoolers).

Story Time (performed by members of the Young Children’s Council) will last from 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm (a change from past events), with refreshments, songs and crafts. Children are encouraged to wear their favorite pajamas! The event will take place in the Teacher Education Resource Center, located on the lower-level of Milne Library.

For more information or to RSVP (walk-ins are welcome!) send an email to Kylie Sitar – [email protected] or Michelle Costello – [email protected]

*The Young Children’s Council is sponsored by the Student Association


Sonja Livingston, “Queen of the Fall”: Author Visit & Book Discussion

SliderVisitMilne Library and the Geneseo Literary Forum are proud to support the 2016 “If All of Rochester Reads the Same Book…” Queen of the Fall: A Memoir of Girls & Goddesses by Sonja Livingston. Livingston will be in Geneseo on Monday, March 7th at 6pm in the College Union Ballroom. Ms. Livingston will read from her work and sign books after the presentation. The author will also visit various classes throughout the day. Join us for an engaging reading and refreshments!

In addition, Milne Library & TLC are hosting a book discussion which will take place on Tuesday, March 1st from 4-5:30pm in Milne 208.  Coffee, tea, and snacks will be provided. To participate, simply follow the link and sign up. Once you’ve submitted your registration, stop into Milne 214 (Director’s office) to pick up your copy of the book.  Please contact Chris Shute at (585) 245-5591 if you have questions.

For more information on the “If All of Rochester Reads the Same Book…” program, please visit Writers & Books at http://wab.org

BookArtAbout the book: Whether pulled from the folds of memory, channeled through the icons of Greek mythology and Roman Catholicism, or filtered through the lens of pop culture, Sonja Livingston’s Queen of the Fall: A Memoir of Girls & Goddesses considers the lives of women. Exploring the legacies of those she has crossed paths with in life and in the larger culture, Livingston weaves together strands of memory with richly imagined vignettes to explore becoming a woman in late 1980s and early 1990s America.

Along the way, the award-winning memoirist brings us face-to-face with herself as an inner-city girl—trying to imagine a horizon beyond poverty, fearful of her fertility and the limiting arc of teenage pregnancy. Livingston looks at the lives of those she’s known: friends who’ve gotten themselves into “trouble,” girls who tell their school counselor small lies out of necessity and pain and a mother whose fruitfulness seems, at times, biblical. Livingston interacts with icons such as Susan B. Anthony, the Virgin Mary, and Ally McBeal to mine the terrain of her own femininity, fertility, and longing.Queen of the Fall is a dazzling meditation on loss, possibility, and, ultimately, what it means to be human.

About the Author: Sonja Livingston’s first book, the memoir Ghostbread, won an AWP Book Prize for Nonfiction and has been adopted for use by classrooms around the nation. Her writing has been honored with a NYFA Fellowship, an Iowa Review Award, and an Arts & Letters Essay Prize, as well as grants from Vermont Studio Center and the Deming Fund for Women.

Her work has appeared in many literary journals including the Iowa Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, Southeast Review, Brevity, and AGNI online, and is anthologized in several texts on writing, including Short Takes, The Truth of the Matter, The Curious Writer, and Brief Encounters. An assistant professor in the MFA Program at the University of Memphis, Sonja is married to the artist Jim Mott and divides her time between Tennessee and New York State.

 For more information, visit http://sonjalivingston.com

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