Snow Day! (2/2/15)

The library is open! Thanks to our staff and student workers who have made it in, the library will be open until 4pm today. The Library Cafe is closed today.

Stop by to get a little work done, or to pick up something fun to read or watch while you stay warm inside! Don’t forget, we have the new Graphic Novels collection, currently across from the main desk. DVD’s and Leisure Reading are up on the 3rd floor.polar bear

Family Story Month

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As discussed in a previous blog, there are a lot of ways to start talking with family   members and to begin sharing and recording family stories. Here are a few other suggestions:

Family Scrapbook – this one can be done very easily if everyone takes a special family memory and creates a page for the book. The next time the family will all be together, bring in a bunch of supplies and request everyone to bring photos or mementos of their favorite family memory. If you have family who won’t be able to make it, send them supplies and have them participate from afar! The completed pages can all be added to a book (a binder works well with page protector sleeves) and kept at someone’s house or passed from family to family to add to it.

What if your family is more active? Try taking trips to visit sites and places that are important to your family. Perhaps the school that all of the aunts and uncles attended, or maybe the farm where great-grandma grew up. Perhaps there is a camping spot where the family went every year growing up? Visit these sites to prompt old memories, and to create new ones.

The most important thing is to make connections and to keep those family memories alive. There are many resources out there that can help you to come up with projects or organization methods. Some of my suggestions are:

Remember, there are many free resources out there to use. Other resources may be subscription based, but check out your local library to see if they provide access for their patrons to use them for free! To listen to oral stories, check out the Library of Congress’ website, Story Corps, which records interviews and has a great list of questions you can ask.

Good luck, and keep those stories alive!

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!

Celebrate your freedom to read!

Celebrate your freedom to read with Banned Books Week at the Resnick Library!

Have you ever read anything that a friend didn’t like, or that a parent didn’t approve of? What if you had been told that because of their disapproval, that book was going to be removed from the library and access to it would be denied for everyone.

This is what Banned Books Week is about. The American Library Association states that: “A challenge is an attempt to remove or restrict materials, based upon the objections of a person or group. A banning is the removal of those materials. Challenges do not simply involve a person expressing a point of view; rather, they are an attempt to remove material from the curriculum or library, thereby restricting the access of others. As such, they are a threat to freedom of speech and choice.” (

Every year the American Library Association publishes a list of the ten most challenged books in the United States, and gives the most cited reasons for those challenges. We here at the library have chosen a selection of several books off of these lists to display across from the library’s desk. Can you guess some of the books on this year’s Top 10 list? Check it out here. All of the books on display are available for you to check out and read!


Agricultural Photo Exhibit at the Library

The Resnick Library @ SUNY Delhi will be hosting an exhibit of black and white photographs that document a slice of agricultural life in the Catskills.  The exhibit will run through the month of September 2014.

The 24 photographs on display were taken by Benjamin Halpern as part of a larger, collaborative project with the New York State Folklore Society, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Delaware County, Delaware County Historical Association and the Pine Hill Community.  The exhibit was arranged through Abby Brannen Wilson, adjunct instructor at SUNY Delhi and co-owner of Maple Shade Farm, a family-run farm just outside of Delhi.  

The photographs are available for viewing whenever the library is open:  Monday-Thursday, 7:30am-10pm, Friday, 7:30am-8pm, Saturday 12noon-5pm and Sunday 12noon-10pm.


Resnick Library Offers Free Journals Through March 13, 2009

Your Resnick Library is pleased to make withdrawn Journals available to faculty and staff. Distribution will be on a first come, “as is” basis. These items will be available for pickup between 9:00am – 4:00pm through Friday, March 13. Located in Bush Hall 3rd Floor Library Staff Workroom, items will be on carts clearly marked as “Free”. See a staff member prior to leaving the workroom. A list of available titles is available below:

Advertising Age

AKC Gazette – Missing December

American Journal of Nursing

American Journal of Nursing- Missing January 2003

American Nurseryman- Missing January 1, 2003

American Woodworker

Architectural Digest

ASHRAE Journal- Missing December

Athletic Management


Backpacker- Missing January, July, October, November, December

Belted Kingfisher

Builder- Missing November

Business Week- Missing Dec.4th & Dec.11th

Camping Magazine

Car and Driver



Choice- routing slip for librarians- Missing July

Civil Engineering- Missing November & December


Compendium: Continuing Education for Veterinarians

Computer Graphics World- Missing Jan., May, Dec.

Computerworld: Newspaper for IT Leaders

Concrete Construction

Construction Specifier – Missing October

Consumer Reports

Cornell Hospitality Quarterly-Missing Vol.42 No.1, 2 & 6, Vol.47 No.1 & 4

Custom Home


Economic Review


Empire State Report Magazine- Missing Jan. & Sep.

Engineering Design Graphics Journal


Environmental Health Perspectives

Fine Homebuilding (Taunton’s)- Missing December

Hoard’s Dairymen

IPM Practitioner- Missing July & August

Journal of Basic Writing

Journal of Developmental Education

Journal of Light Construction

Journal of Travel Research

Journal of Wildlife Management

Lab Animal- Annual Buyers Guide

Laboratory Animals- Missing January & December

Ladies Home Journal- Missing May

Landscape Architecture – Missing January & February

Landscape Management- Missing February & December

Magazine of History

Masonry Construction

Microbe- Missing Vol.1 No.1, 2, 3 & 10

Minority Engineer

Monthly Labor Review

Mother Earth News

New England Review

Occupation Outlook Quarterly

Office Solutions

Outdoor Life- Missing January

Parks & Recreation

PC Magazine

Population Bulletin

Psychology Today

Restaurant Business

Restaurant Hospitality- Missing Feb 2002 & Oct. 2002


Rolling Stone

Skiing- Missing May, June, July & August

Strategic Finance- Missing December

Survey of Current Businesses

Teaching English in a Two-Year College-TYC

The Economist

Travel & Leisure- Missing June 2003

Vital Speeches of the day

Woman Engineer

Woodworker’s Journal


Workforce Management- Missing January, February, March, April, May, June


Wine Display @ Resnick Library

Satisfy Your Taste for More Wine Information!

Visit the Resnick Library Wine Exhibit, courtesy of the Hospitality Department and Generous Contributors.

When asked, “what kind of wine do you prefer?” do you:

a. wish you were 21
b. respond, “depends on who’s buying”
c. name a color (red, white, pink)
d. say, “I really don’t know”
e. ask, “what food is being served?”
f. other (bet there’s some good ones too)

Today’s consumers are becoming more knowledgeable and versatile in selecting wine for purchase. No longer is it proper wine etiquette to drink specific wines with given foods. Wine lovers and novices alike should drink the variety of wine they enjoy, when and with what they like. Educating one’s palette should be an enjoyable and lifelong pursuit.

Thanks to Instructor Don Reynolds, student George Udovich, Alumni Coordinator Aliza Rutledge, and supportive contributors Resnick Library is hosting an informative wine exhibit through March.

Those interested in pursuing more information are invited to search the Resnick Library catalog for the many informative books, articles, and DVDs on the subject. Additionally, the following course is offered on campus Fall Semester 2009:

HOSP 250 – Wine, Life and Society
3 credit hours
Aug 31,2009 – Dec 18,2009
Tues/Thurs: 11:00 am – 12:15 pm
Sanford Hall 116
Instructor: Gennaro Pellegrino

COURSE DESCRIPTION: We will be discussing wine styles, wines paired with food, and the relationships to beer, sake’ spirits, tea, coffee & water. Students will prepare papers on wine styles and how to create food pairings with all the beverages covered in the course. Periodic tasting will be part of the course. We will discuss procurement, protocols and glassware.

PRE-REQUISITES: None, but you must be 18 years old.

The Resnick Library and Hospitality Department hope to see you there!

Ask Us 24/7 is here for you!

The Resnick Library’s Home Page and Vancko Hall Page now both contain links to the Ask Us 24/7 service. This is a nation-wide service where librarians have come together to provide reference help to you at any time. When you click on the link, you’ll be asked to either remain anonymous or provide your email address (a transcript of the chat can be sent to you if you opt to provide this), and then you’ll be able to ask your question to a librarian! You may be chatting with a librarian in California, or from one of your favorite Delhi librarians. The librarians can push pages to you, and provide personalized information about the library you’re chatting from. So if its 3 a.m. on a Saturday, and you need help finding the answer to Life, the Universe, and Everything, someone will be there for you!
During normal Resnick Library hours, the Delhi librarians will still be providing instant chat services through the chat box (AIM buddy name: resnicklibrary), but when we’re off-desk (or any time), take advantage of this great service!