Trick or Treat!


It’s that time of year again. Scary movies on TV and candy everywhere. The inevitable question, what are you going to be for Halloween?

But, what is Halloween, where did the idea come from? Today, it is the 2nd most commercial holiday in the United States, with only Christmas surpassing it. Children dress up and go trick-or-treating house to house, parties are held for all ages, and spooky movies are blockbuster hits. Do you know how trick-or-treating started, or what the original meaning of Halloween was?

The origins of the holiday we now call Halloween go all the way back to pagan times, when the ancient Celtic people would celebrate Samhain (pronounced Sah-ween), to mark the end of the harvest season and the beginning of winter; the belief at this time was also that the transition of seasons created a bridge between the living and the dead. The Celts made huge community bonfires, and wore costumes created from animal heads and skin.

In the 8th century, Pope Gregory III declared Nov. 1st as All Saints Day, to honor the saints and martyrs of the Catholic religion, and borrowed some of the traditions of Samhain. In 1000 A.D. the church made Nov. 2nd All Souls Day, a church sanctioned day to honor the dead. Similarly to Samhain, All Souls Day included bonfires and dressing up in costume as angels, devils, and saints. This celebration was also known as All-hallows or All-hallowmas, and the evening before which was the tradition night of Celtic Samhain was called All-hallows Eve, which was eventually turned into Halloween.

Pumpkin carving comes from the Irish immigrants who came to the United States in such high numbers from the Irish Potato Famine in the mid 1800’s. They brought the tradition of carving large turnips and potatoes into goblins and imps (Jack-O-Lanterns) and placing candles within to frighten away “Stingy Jack” (a folk tale about a man whose soul wanders the earth after tricking the devil) and other spirits. In coming to America, pumpkins were discovered to make great jack-o-lanterns.

Trick-or-Treating has its origins in the past as well, through something called “souling”. On All Soul’s Day the poor would go from home to home and receive soul cakes in return for praying for the household’s deceased. Eventually the children in the neighborhoods participated in the tradition and would go from home to home and receive cakes, ale, and money.

To learn about the origins of the holiday we celebrate today, and the many different customs and traditions, check out the following:

 Be safe and have a Happy Halloween!


Free Books! On Library Upper Level through Thanksgiving Break

Once again, Resnick Library is pleased to make withdrawn items available to faculty, students and staff.  Distribution will be on a first-come “as is” basis until Thanksgiving Break.

Located on the third floor, items are on book trucks and are clearly marked “Free Books.”  You do not need to take the books to the Front Desk before leaving the building. New items may be added periodically, so be sure to check frequently.

Questions? Please call the library at x4635 or email

Extended Hours Start October 4th!

Starting Monday, October 4th, Resnick Library will be open until midnight during the week, and 10pm on Sundays.   Specific hours follow:

Monday, October 4 through Friday, December 10:
Monday-Thursday 7:30am-12midnight
Friday 7:30am-5pm
Saturday 12n-5pm
Sunday 1pm-10pm

Saturday, December 11-Friday, December 17:
Monday-Thursday 7:30am-10pm
Friday 7:30am-5pm

Reminder we are closed during the upcoming Columbus Day and Thanksgiving breaks:

Closed Saturday 10/9-Tuesday 10/12
Closed Tuesday 11/23 at 5pm through Sunday 11/28.

Let us know if you have any questions.

-Pam Peters

New Database Password for Fall Semester

Please log into VanckoHall to find out the new password for accessing library resources from off-campus.   This includes Ebsco databases, WorldCat, Lexis/Nexis, OED and others.

The password is posted in the Announcements section of the VH home page.

The summer password will work for one more week before it is taken down.

Remember, your college ID should grant you access to any library resource, the password is only for emergency purposes.

Have a great semester!
Resnick Library Staff

Human Sexuality Education Project

An Honors 250 Human Sexuality class project on Sexuality Education and Awareness (Dr. Amber Tatnall, Faculty) is currently displayed in Resnick Library.

Intended to bring knowledge and awareness to issues in sexuality as identified through class research, 3 teams took turns arranging/rearranging/adding/deleting items and topics.

The exhibit is offered in conjunction with the class hosted “Sex Fair” May 12, 3-6PM in the Agora.

Student Research Displayed

Extended Library Hours for Finals & Summer Hours

Finals are approaching, and the library is offering extended library hours.  Summer hours will start after the end of finals.

Finals hours will be the following:

Sunday, May 9-Wednesday, May 19

Monday-Thursday     7:30am-12am
Friday     7:30am-5pm
Saturday     12pm-5pm
Sunday     1pm-10pm

Thursday, May 20     7:30am-10pm
Friday, May 21     7:30am-5pm

Summer Hours

Monday-Friday     7:30am-3:30pm
Saturday-Sunday     CLOSED

CLOSED During Holidays
Monday, May 31
Monday, July 5-Friday, July 9

The Hours of Operation are also accessible on the Library’s Webpage.

Spring 2010 Library Hours

Working with You is Killing Me…

is just one of the many new books recently received at your
Resnick Library.  Other good reads include: 

Working for you Isn’t Working for Me (HF 5548.83.C77 2009)
The Bridge: The Life and Rise of Barack Obama (E 908.R46 2010)
The Face on Your Plate: The Truth about Food (TX 371.M37 2009)
SUNY at Sixty (LD 3829.S86 2010)
Working with You is Killing Me (HF 5548.8 C953 2006)

All are on the New Book Shelf located just inside the library entrance.

Library Hours for Spring Break

April 10-18, 2010
The Resnick Library is closed during spring break.  Library online databases and reference assistance are available as always 24×7 from the library web site.

Faculty and staff who need access to the building during the week should call ahead to be sure someone can let them in.  A staff member will be here most days 9am-5pm.

Have a great week off!

SUNY DELHI Women Faculty Poets to Read April 20

Four published SUNY Delhi faculty poets will read from their books Tuesday, April 20, 7-8 pm at the Resnick Learning Center.

LA&S faculty Dr. Kathryn DeZur, Dr. Lynn Domina, Sharon Ruetenik and  Bus&Hosp adjunct Jill Carey (whose colorful poster advertising the event can be seen around campus and town) are being sponsored by B&N Campus Bookstore and Resnick Library and Learning Center.

Some of these poets’ books are available for checkout through your Resnick Library, and can also be purchased at B&N Campus Bookstore or at the event.