Fun Distraction: Interior Design

Image showing Pirate themed room from House8 Media & HGTV’s show Spaced Out

Ever consider a career in Interior Design? It can be lucrative profession. $$$ Check out this Pirate themed room from House8 Media & HGTV’s show Spaced Out. It comes complete with a sea floor, brig, gangway, pirate ship, crows nest and a super luge that takes you down to a rock climbing wall and game room!

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Fun Distraction: Lava Lamps

Image advertising the Library’s FUN Distractions series post about how lava lamps are made

Ever wonder how Lava Lamps are made? It is an interesting lesson in glass blowing and chemistry! Watch this video from Business Insider to find out how these groovy lamps are made.

“Since their invention in 1963, millions of lava lamps have been sold across the globe.” -Business Insider


Fun Distraction: Fractals

Image advertising the Library’s FUN Distractions series post on the Art & Math or John Edmark

“John Edmark’s sculptures are both mesmerizing and mathematical. Using meticulously crafted platforms, patterns, and layers, Edmark’s art explores the seemingly magical properties that are present in spiral geometries. In his most recent body of work, Edmark creates a series of animating “blooms” that endlessly unfold and animate as they spin beneath a strobe light.” – SciFri

Check out SciFri ARTS’ video of John Edmark’s memsmorizing spirals and never ending blooms …


Dragon Discovery

Image advertising the Library’s Dragon Discovery Treasure Hunt: 9/14-9:16. Win a 3D printed dragon

𝔻𝕣𝕒𝕘𝕠𝕟 𝔻𝕚𝕤𝕔𝕠𝕧𝕖𝕣𝕪 🏴‍☠️
Tuesday, 9/14 through Thursday, 9/16, 2021 stop by the Library, scan our QR code to get your 🗺 Treasure Map, then embark on the “Dragon Discovery Treasure Hunt” and uncover the Hidden Treasures at the Memorial Library.

💎 Complete your treasure map to find the Dragon’s Horde and you will go home with some pirate booty of your own: a 3D printed Dragon keychain! 😀

🅧 Marks the spot


Gratitude Tree

Gratitude Tree in Lobby of Memorial Library

Memorial Library is continuing its efforts to showcase campus voices in unique ways. A new “Gratitude Tree” has been installed in the main lobby that will build on the reflections left by students, faculty and staff through the graffiti board project this past spring.

Read more here.

Book Discussion: How the Word is Passed

Book Cover of Clint Smith, "How the Word is Passed: A Reckoning with the History of Slavery Across America"

This 2021-2022 academic year at SUNY Cortland, all faculty, staff, students, and alumni are invited to participate in a book discussion of Clint Smith’s new title How the Word is Passed: A Reckoning with the History of Slavery Across America. This book fits into this year’s theme of “Memory,” sponsored by the Cultural and Intellectual Climate Committee (CICC) at SUNY Cortland. Co-sponsors for this event (in addition to the CICC) are the Anti-Racism Task Force, Memorial Library, and the History Department. Led by Evan Faulkenbury (history department) and Jeremy Pekarek (archivist and instructional services librarian), the book discussion will be a space for us to share ideas and insights about what we’re learning as we consider this important history.

If you’re interested, please fill out this form. If you would like to participate, you will need to purchase or borrow the book for yourself. The book discussion will meet in person (socially distant and with a max allotment of 15 people for safety amid COVID-19), but anyone may join us live virtually. We’ll be meeting in a classroom designed for remote learning, so anyone joining us online may participate.

Our first meeting (discussing the prologue and first chapter on Monticello) will be on Friday, September 24 from 1-2 PM in Sperry 309. Our second meeting (discussing the second chapter on the Whitney plantation) will be on Friday, October 29 from 1-2 PM in Sperry 309. Our third meeting (discussing the chapter on Angola Prison) will be on Friday, November 19 from 1-2 PM in Sperry 309. For those who will join us virtually, we will email you the log-in information. We will plan out and continue our discussion during the spring semester.

If you have any questions, please email us at and