Spring is in the Air!

Images of the items available in the Imaginarium. Tables, Cricut, chairs.

Images of the items available in the Imaginarium. Tables, Cricut, chairs. Are you an education major looking for materials to use on a project, lesson plan, or in the classroom? If your answer is yes, then the Imaginarium is the place for you! Here, we have a variety of materials such as a di-cut machine with many different di-cut stencils, a paper cutter, and construction paper. You can also use this space to work on group projects, plan lessons, and study for your education classes!

This semester, Carmen Fisher-Olvera and Alison Gleason will be the people to go to should you need assistance with a lesson plan or a project. Alison will be holding her office hours in the Imaginarium on Mondays from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm. Carmen’s office hours will be Tuesdays from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm.

The Imaginarium is open all hours that the library is open. Stop by during our office hours should you need assistance with anything!

Best of luck this semester,

Alison and Carmen

Lesson Plans: Engage Students and Enhance Learning!

PBS LearningMedia

It can be difficult and time consuming to find reliable resources for creating and implementing lesson plans, specifically those that point to interactive and engaging material.  Here are three that display high-quality content & align with learning standards: PBS LearningMedia, Illuminations and Library of Congress.

These resources are helpful to use while creating lesson plans for your classes and for use with students in the classroom. In addition to containing subject and topic specific videos, they are also rich in lesson planning and activity ideas, many aligned to learning standards.

PBS LearningMedia provides access to thousands of classroom-ready, curriculum-targeted digital resources. Resources are aligned to national standards and include videos and interactives, as well as audio, documents, and in-depth lesson plans. You can browse by standards, grade level, subject area, and special collections. To take full advantage of this resource, you will need to sign up for a free account.

Illuminations is designed to provide Standards-based resources that improve the teaching and learning of mathematics. Lessons and interactives are searchable by NCTM’s Principles and Standards and by the Common Core State Standards.

The Library of Congress offers classroom materials and professional development to help teachers effectively use primary sources from the Library’s vast digital collections in their teaching. You will find lesson plans that meet Common Core standards, state content standards, and the standards of national organizations.

In addition to providing access to online resources, Milne Library houses a large collection of teaching strategy guides. These guides, from all major subject areas, display a variety of teaching topics with summaries of best practices on teaching these topics.

A few titles include:

  • The writing strategies book: Your everything guide to developing skilled writers with 300 strategies by Jennifer Serravallo – call # curr 372.6 SER 2017
  • Differentiation in middle & high school: Strategies to engage all learners by Kristina J. Doubet, & Jessica A. Hockett – call # curr 371.9 DOU 2015
  • Problem-based learning in the earth and space science classroom, K-12 by Tom J. McConnell, Joyce Parker, & Janet Eberhardt – call # curr 550 MCC 2017
  • Teaching STEM outdoors: Activities for young children by Patty Born Selly – call# curr 372.3 SEL 2017
  • Developing fractions knowledge by Amy J. Hackenberg, Anderson Norton, & Robert J. Wright – call # curr 372.7 HAC 2016
  • Social studies & exceptional learners by Darren Minarik & Timothy Lintner – call #  curr 372.83 MIN 2016

For more resource ideas, visit the Education Lesson Planning guide, or contact the Education Librarian, Michelle Costello, directly at [email protected]

How to Get Registered; Do It By Oct. 13th!

registeredRegister to Vote in the General Election by Oct. 13th!

No matter your opinion of the candidates or political orientation, voting is a civic responsibility and the outcome has a great impact on our society. The off-year election will be held on November 7, 2017. While this does not including big races for President nor Senate or House of Representatives (elections for these offices are only held during odd-numbered years if accommodating a special election—usually either due to incumbents resigning or dying while in office), there are several State, County, and Town elections for which to prepare. The following offices are on the ballot for Geneseo: Continue reading “How to Get Registered; Do It By Oct. 13th!”

Bill McKibben | 2017 Walter Harding Lecture

The English Department has announced this year’s Walter Harding Lecture speaker: Bill McKibben.


4:00 pm
September 30, 2017
Wadsworth Auditorium


McKibben is the founder of 350.org, an environmental advocacy group that uses grassroots organizing and mass mobilization to oppose new coal, oil, and gas projects; limit climate-warming emissions; support sustainable energy solutions at the community level; and educate governmental leaders and the general public.

Storytime ZOO!

On Friday, April 28, Milne Library will host a zoo 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 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm, with stories, crafts, and snacks. The event will take place in the Teacher Education Resource Center, located on the lower-level of Milne Library.  

Attached is a flyer, please distribute and/or display.

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

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].