Fun Distraction: Noodles

Images of making noodles and noodle dishes

Do you like noodles? Whether you just want to eat delicious noodles or become a Noodle Master and make noodles for everyone to enjoy, this video from Tasty shows The Art Of Making Noodles By Hand. Check it out to see how to make hand pulled noodles, knife cut noodles, and Soba noodles from two Noodle Masters.

WARNING: This video will make you hungry.

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Grant Supports Mobile Archive to Document Diversity

A new grant will allow SUNY Cortland Memorial Library’s Archives and Special Collections and the Cortland County Historical Society to partner in documenting the local community.

The goal is to remember the histories of people from marginalized and underserved populations on the campus and throughout greater Cortland.

The $7,000 grant, from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), will fund a project called “The People’s Record: Using a mobile archive to document and preserve Cortland’s diverse stories.”

Memorial Library’s Archives and Special Collections and the Cortland County Historical Society will host a series of pop-up archive sites on and off campus to begin documenting and recording the memories of people from these populations. Community members will have the opportunity to bring in materials for donation or to have those materials scanned into the digital archives and retain ownership of the originals. Materials may include photographs, family histories, scrapbooks or any other type of document.

Pop-up archive events will begin on Tuesday, Feb. 15 in Memorial Library and are scheduled once per month through the spring semester. Individuals may also schedule alternate virtual or private sessions.

Pop-up events for Spring 2022 include:
Tuesday, Feb. 15: Memorial Library, tables near Bookmark Café, 2 to 6 p.m.
Tuesday, March 15: Cortland Free Library, 32 Church St., Cortland, 3 to 7 p.m.
Tuesday, April 19: BRU 64, 64 Main St., Cortland, private room, 3 to 7 p.m.

Organizers intend the project to be an inclusive opportunity for all participants to record meaningful conversations, preserve memories and give the community a public voice in the historical record. Stories may relate to family history, occupations, social justice, education or COVID-19, among many possible topics.

The project will be led by Jeremy Pekarek, SUNY Cortland’s archivist and instructional services librarian, and Tabitha Scoville, director of the Cortland County Historical Society. SUNY Cortland history majors MacKenzie Guernsey and Caleb Blaise are working as interns and will receive assistance on interview planning and implementation from Associate Professor Evan Faulkenbury.

Pekarek shared a quote from historian Howard Zinn, which appeared in the Midwestern Archivist in 1977, on the importance of documenting history from marginalized and underserved communities.

“We learn most about the rich, not the poor,” Zinn wrote. “The successful, not the failures; the old, not the young; the politically active, not the politically alienated; men, not women; white, not black; free people rather than prisoners; civilians rather than soldiers; officers, rather than enlisted men.”

Scanned materials and interviews will be preserved through SUNY Cortland’s Digital Commons and New York Heritage, an online portal for learning about the people, places and events that made New York state.

The project is sponsored by the Cortland County Historical Society, SUNY Cortland Memorial Library, South Central Regional Library Council and the university’s Cultural and Intellectual Climate Committee (CICC).

For more information, contact Pekarek or Scoville.

Participants are reminded to follow all COVID-19 safety policies on the SUNY Cortland campus, including wearing face coverings at all times while indoors. Details are available on the COVID-19 Safety Information page.

This article appeared in the Bulletin Online Newsletter on 02/08/2022

Women’s Suffrage Exhibit on Display in Library

Image of the Women's Suffrage Exhibit

An exhibit on “Recognizing Women’s Right to Vote” will be displayed in SUNY Cortland’s Memorial Library through the month of February.

On loan from the South Central Regional Library Council, the exhibit may be viewed on the first floor between the Advisement and Transition Office and Bookmark Café.

It celebrates the right of women to vote and covers an era of American, and particularly, New York, history from pre-revolutionary times to the passage of the 19th amendment in 1920.

“This is an important exhibit demonstrating the movers and shakers of the women’s suffrage movement in New York,” said Archivist and Instructional Services Librarian Jeremy Pekarek. “This exhibit is typically in high demand around our region. We could not reserve it for Women’s History Month but decided to display it during the month of February.

“We have local activists who took part in the national movement such as Amelia Jenks Bloomer,” Pekarek said.

The famed early women’s rights advocate was born in Homer in 1818 and fought for women’s suffrage, national dress reform and founded The Lily newspaper, providing a voice for women during that era, he said.

“Lydia Strowbridge, who came to live in Cortland, was a pioneer of medicine who advocated for abolition and women’s suffrage.”

Pekarek noted several local pioneers in women’s rights issues who are not featured in the exhibit but deserve recognition, including:

Helen E.A. Timko ’38 was elected as the first female student council president at the Cortland Normal School in 1937.
In 1941, Susan West became the first woman elected to the County Board of Supervisors for Cortland County.
Margaret Dexter was elected as a Cortland City Council alderperson in the 1950s, the first woman to hold this title.
Mary Ruth Boone Jacobus ‘65 created the first Cortland chapter for the League of Women Voters and participated in numerous events, especially regarding the 26th Amendment debate on raising the voting age.

For more information on this exhibit, contact Pekarek at 607-753-2759. Visitors are expected to follow SUNY Cortland’s COVID-19 safety policies, which include wearing a face covering at all times while in indoor spaces.

Learn more about the exhibit from New York Heritage’s digital collections website.

This article appeared in the Bulletin Online Newsletter on 02/08/2022

Fun Distraction: Wordle

Image advertising the Library's FUN Distractions series post about WORDLE

If you have never tried WORDLE, it really is worth checking out. This simple, daily word game is a FUN Distraction, addictive, and can get a bit competitive when you share your successes with your friends and family.


Visit the link each day to solve the puzzle. Enter any 5 letter word to start and work from there to guess the word of the day in 6 tries. WORDLE will tell you if a letter is correct, correct but in the wrong place, or not included in the daily word.

Learn more about WORDLE:

Learn about how WORDLE is moving to the New York Times Games: