Friday, November 20, 2015

Library hours over break

Our hours will be different this coming week with the Thanksgiving break. Follow the link to learn more! Pictured here are child movie star Shirley Temple and her children in the 1959 Macy's parade, from our AP Image site.

Monday, November 16, 2015

You can ask about

You can ask us about all sorts of things, for example:

  • Q: Do you have a Wrinkle in Time? (A: seemed to be misplaced - we suggested another way to get it, through inter-library loan.)
  • Q: Will you make sure my APA is correct? (A: librarian looked it over, made some suggestions.)
  • Q: can you look a book up by the ISBN number? (A: yes, via the classic catalog.)
  • Q: An article in the journal Black Camera? (A: was some mix up over where it was, but librarian sorted it out and made it available.)
  • Q: A librarian from an Italian university, contacting us about our Ask a Librarian service! (A: librarian shared information about how we work our system.)

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

The College & the Civil War

For Veterans Day it seems appropriate to post about one of the more storied infantry regiments in the Civil War, the 140th NY Volunteers. Company A of this regiment was drawn from the Brockport area, and a number of the men were graduates of our predecessor, the Brockport Collegiate Institute. Among other engagements, the regiment served at Gettysburg, playing a key role in the battle. Theodore Whipple, Class of 1859, of Company A, was one of the men to fall there. Pictured here is the memorial stone to the regiment at the Gettysburg battlefield park.

A modern day reenactment group portrays the 140th, and the library has a book about the regiment, The 140th New York Infantry by Bennett.

Sunday, November 08, 2015

Another Sunday

Another Sunday afternoon in Drake Memorial Library...

Colonial Era Project

There's a wonderfully rich new resource available online about Colonial North America, and best of all, it's free! You can read about the scale and significance of the collection in the Harvard Gazette.

Wednesday, November 04, 2015

Race & Ethnicity since 1790

The Census Bureau has an interesting new site up with information about the collecting of race and ethnicity information in the census since its beginning in 1790.

Tuesday, November 03, 2015

Capital punishment

On this day in 1783 John Austin had the unfortunate distinction to be the last person publicly executed London's Tyburn gallows. What if you wanted to look for information on capital punishment, or gun control, or assisted suicide, or some other controversial topic?

A great place to start is on the library web page, by entering a search in that search box in the middle of the screen. This will launch a screen with articles, books and more on your topic. If you need help just ask one of us.

An excellent resource by the way is CQ Researcher. This long time library staple has a new issue each week on some current controversy. Each issue gives careful attention to the background of the topic, the history, statistics, charts, pro and con opinions and much more.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Halloween reading

AbeBooks has a great feature for Halloween, "101 Books with Corpse in the Title!" It doesn't get much scarier than that ;-)