Storytelling in Milne on Nov. 29, 2011

On Tuesday, November 29th, Milne Library will host a Storytelling Event for children and their caregivers! This event is open to SUNY Geneseo faculty, staff and students as well as the Geneseo community.

Come listen to stories about chipmunks, Native Americans and the Oregon Trail performed by School of Education students — and be entertained by songs and read-alouds performed by members of the Young Children’s Council.

Storytelling will last from 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm, with refreshments provided. The event will take place in the Teacher Education Resource Center, located on the lower-level of Milne Library.

Take time to read, and discuss, a good book

Dear student, is your overworked brain screaming for a break?  Do you miss reading just for yourself, just for pleasure?  Maybe you have a list a mile long of all the great books you’re going to read when you “get the chance”?  Well, now’s your chance! Geneseo’s Book Club invites you to a discussion of their first book of the semester, Walter Moers’s The City of Dreaming Books, on Sunday evenings at 7 p.m. beginning this Sunday (Oct. 23) in Milne 104.  A copy or two may still be available in the stacks at PT2673.O293 S73 2008.

Publisher’s Weekly calls The City of Dreaming Books “a delightfully imaginative melange of Shel Silverstein zaniness and oddball anthropomorphism a la Terry Pratchett’s Discworld … a wonderfully whimsical story that will appeal to readers of all ages.”

City of Dreaming Books

Geneseo's Book Club's first pick of the semester

Student organizer Chelsea Pullano and Milne Library have partnered to sponsor the book club, intended to give students the opportunity to round out their lives a bit with regular, lively discussions of good books in a friendly and relaxed setting.  The Club plans to spend a few weeks on Moers’s book, and then decide on what to read next.  Milne Library will purchase copies of the books to loan, but it’s first come, first served – so join the group this Sunday and claim your spot around the table!  Refreshments will be provided.  Contact Chelsea at for more information.

2011 Peace Poetry Contest

Peace. Photo courtesy of Flickr user Samantha Celera

On May 12th of this year, the winners of the 2011 Genesee Valley Peace Poetry Contest shared their poems at SUNY Geneseo’s Alice Austin Theater. Nearly 900 poems were submitted by children in public and private schools of the Genesee valley in grades K- 8.

Check out the original post with video on the Geneseo English Department News blog!

Make a Paper Crane, Help Japanese Victims

The Japanese Culture Club and friends are raising money to help victims of the  earthquake and tsunami in Japan. Stop by the Milne Library this Tuesday through Friday (March 29 – April 1) between 4:30 – 8 p.m., donate $1, and learn how to make a paper crane.  The JCC has teamed up with an organization that will donate $2 for every crane made. It’s a great way to help people who have been affected by these tragic events.

Count yourself in. It’s important!

Do you know that it’s very important that you be counted here at SUNY Geneseo? It’s true! Even if you’ve been included in the census at home with your parents, it’s extremely important that you ALSO fill out the census forms here at school.

Why is it so important to participate in the census? Because Geneseo students reside in Geneseo, Livingston County, NY the majority of the year, like all other residents of Geneseo they utilize Livingston County resources. Accurate census data allow local, state, and federal government agencies to plan budgets and make allocations to serve everyone who lives in a particular area. Residence Life has a whole page explaining the details here and there’s a Facebook page for you to get all the latest updates!

If you’re looking for more information, the “Census Bureau Supplies Numbers America Needs” video explains how communities benefit from Census Bureau data collection efforts. Testimonials describe the importance of a complete count and why the 2010 Census will be the most important count in our nation’s history. So make sure you stand up and get counted!

Writing Learning Center to Open January 31

The Writing Learning Centers will open for the Spring 2010 semester on Sunday, January 31.

There are two centers to serve students on campus:

Milne 222 (to the right of main entrance)
Walk-ins only (no appointments)
Sundays 3pm – 9pm
Monday – Thursday 8pm – 11pm

Welles 217
By appointment only
Monday-Thursday 1pm-5pm

To make an appointment, students should email the Writing Learning Center or call 245-5273.

Peer tutors are not available for proofreading or writing your assignments. However, they can provide advice on writing assignments in any academic course and at any stage of the writing process. The goal
is to assist students with finding their own solutions.

For more information please visit The Writing Learning Center webpage or Milne Library resources for Writing Help

Does the library own my course texts?

For a few semesters now, Milne Library’s staff has updated students on the availability and access options of their required course readings through blog posts. This semester, a new guide has been created to help students navigate the different methods of acquiring course texts, either freely at Milne Library or through IDS requests or for a reduced cost through a long list of commercial entities.

To find out if Milne Library can access your required readings for free, see Milne Library’s guide to textbooks.

Study tips: apps, tools and tricks to help you prepare for finals

Once you have a comfortable seat and a cup of coffee from Books ‘n’ Bytes, it’s time to settle in to study. Here are some apps, tools and tricks to keep you focused and help you succeed on you final exams.

  1. Flashcard Machine – a free website (registration required) that allows you to create flashcards in any topic, including images. You can also browse the flashcard sets uploaded by other users (e.g. Mineral formulas or 19th century art). Flashcards can be printed or viewed online.
  2. gFlash+ Flashcards & Tests – a free iPhone app for flashcards. Use a Google Docs Spreadsheet to enter the flash card information then sync it with your iPhone.
  3. Schedule in study breaks: Take a walk, have a nap or read a novel. Brief breaks can help you focus better when you return to your studies.
  4. Create your works cited section – See our guide for information about citation styles, and download the Zotero add on for Firefox to help you keep track of your items and format your bibliography
  5. Get enough sleep! From the Zen College Life blog: “I cannot believe how many people walk around like zombies during finals week. It’s an epidemic, due to non-planning and all nighters, neither of which I advocate. Do yourself a favor. If you don’t function well on 3 hours of sleep, don’t try to. If you need your 8 hours regardless, factor that in and don’t push it. If your brain can’t take the lack of rest, your study time will be wasted anyways, make good plans for sleep as well as study.”
  6. Make a study to-do list. Lots of options exist for web based lists (Gmail tasks, Ta-Da lists), iPhone lists, and there are always old-fashioned paper lists.

Of course, this list could go on forever.

What tips and tools do you use to help you get through finals week?

Know your options before buying course texts

With a new campus textbook vendor and many different choices for accessing required course materials, students may be left struggling with the best (and cheapest) way to access their course readings.

In an effort to provide options before students buy their books, please see the enumerated list below:

1) Follett Higher Education Group, MacVittie Student Union

2) Text Book on Reserve Pilot Program, Milne Library – A limited number of textbooks have been donated by SUNY Geneseo professors while others have been purchased for us by Follett/CAS, allowing students in certain courses to borrow textbooks for 4 hours at a time.

3) Information Delivery Services, Milne Library – While it is not encouraged that students request textbooks through IDS, they are free to order other readings that have been assigned in a course. For example, novels, personal narratives and non-fiction materials may be sent from other libraries if Milne Library does not currently maintain an available copy.

4) Online Options – MSNBC spotlights an article providing suggestions on ways in which college students can save money on their required textbooks. This article only shares a few of the numerous online resources for college students. Following are many more links that could be of interest:


Textbook Rental

Textbook Swap

Comparison Shop

Textbook Resale

Congratulations to our 2009 PowerPoint Contest Winners

Congratulations Yolanda Gonzales and Stephanie Aquilina.

Their MS PowerPoint presentation on Building A Community Supported Market was chosen as this year’s winner of Milne Library’s 2009 Student PowerPoint Presentation Contest.

This presentation highlights their Summer 2008 WWOOF (World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms) experience, Geneseo’s Community Supported Market, and the many reasons for foodsharing and eating locally.

Congratulations! These students will share a $50 prize.