Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Ebooks & Ebook readers

People sometimes have questions about the increasing number of ebooks we have, the devices they can be read on and related questions. A lot of great information about this topic can be found in our library guide to ebooks! Pictured here is one of the early ebook readers, the "Rocket," from 1998.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Boyd Parker Torture Tree

As part of a summer day trip in the area one could head down to the Leicester area, near Geneseo, to visit the Boyd-Parker Memorial Park. This small roadside park off Route 20A is the location where two captured soldiers of the Sullivan-Clinton Campaign against the Seneca in 1779 were tortured and killed by Little Beard's Seneca warriors. The oak tree to which they were tied during their torture is still there, as shown in the photograph.

We have many books in our catalog about this campaign, and the Seneca. America: History & Life would be the starting place for journal articles. This website has a good description of the site, its history, including that of the fate of Boyd and Parker's remains, and directions to the park.

Monday, July 07, 2014

Happy Birthday to the refrigerator!

One of the technologies we take most for granted perhaps is that of refrigeration. A house may not have central air conditioning, but it will have a refrigerator, providing ice for drinks and a cool and safe way to store foods. Homes didn't always have one of course, and some of us will remember parents or grandparents talking about "ice boxes" and ice deliveries. The refrigerator is a century old now, as this article relates, and we can all be glad for it on a warm summer day when we reach into one for a cool drink!

The book the article refers to has just been put on order for the library, but we have other books on hand about the history of technology, daily living and so forth in our catalog. America: History & Life is a great place to look for articles, as would be Business Source Complete. Pictured here is a restored vintage ice box.

Thursday, July 03, 2014


We get lots of questions here in the library. It's always great to get a chance to help someone! If you have a question, just ask, and if we don't have the answer we'll find someone who does. Here are a few of the questions we have fielded recently.

  • An alumni wondering about being able to check out books.
  • A geology student needing specific titles and information on NYS geology.
  • How do I print with a laptop.
  • Do you have a pen I can borrow?
  • I need help with APA citations.
  • What is the procedure for impeaching a governor of NY?
  • When will my ILL book be in?

Friday, June 27, 2014

"Essential" historical fiction

For another reading suggestion for this summer (this is a library blog after all, so why not promote reading,) here is a great page featuring their take on the "50 Essential Historical Novels." If AbeBooks "Weird Room" was a little too, well, weird, this might be an alternative for reading suggestions.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Visit the "Weird Room"

Slow summer? Bored with the usual reading fare? Visit AbeBooks "Weird Room" for some, well, weird titles to enliven your summer reading program!

Monday, June 16, 2014

More ideas for summer reading

The NY Times book site is a good place to learn about authors and books of all sorts, as is the NPR site. Another site from "across the pond" as they say is that of the Guardian newspaper. Among other book news you can go there to learn about J. K. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter books, and her donation of a million pounds to the campaign against independence for Scotland!