Fun Distraction: Japanese Cafe with Cats & Model Trains

Images of cats and model trains

During the Pandemic a struggling café in Osaka, Japan adopted a stray kitten and ended up becoming a famous place people love to visit. When the kitten’s entire cat family followed to the café, the owners couldn’t turn them away. The cats love roaming on the model trains that are part of the café’s decor. Costumers flock to see the cat family’s Godzilla like antics with the trains. Check out the action with videos from Inside Edition and That Good News Girl, as well as the café’s Instagram account.

Inside Edition
That Good News Girl


Chill Out with PAWS for Stress Relief

Chill Out with PAWS for Stress Relief, Monday, Dec. 11 & 
Tuesday, Dec. 12, Noon – 4 p.m. at the
Student Life Center 3-Court Gym

Chill Out with PAWS for Stress Relief 

Monday, Dec. 11 & Tuesday, Dec. 12
Noon – 4 p.m.
Student Life Center 3-Court Gym

Pet Some Dogs, Chair Massages, Chair Reiki, Arts and Crafts, Healthy Snacks

Brought to you by the PAWS Committee and sponsored by the Conley Counseling and Wellness Services, Cortland Auxiliary Services, Disability Resources, and Student Affairs Office.

EAP will collect pet supplies for donation.

Check out – – for online de-stressing ideas during finals.


Fun Distraction: The Dogist

Images of dogs

Do you like dogs? Then you will love “The Dogist!”

Visit The Dogist’s various social media accounts to see “The story of dogs.” The dogs are photographed by Elias Weiss Friedman. Enjoy!

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Instagram –
TikTok –
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Library Hours Nov 20- Jan 21

Memorial Library Hours from November 20, 2023 through January 21, 2024

Thanksgiving Break (Nov. 21 – Nov. 26)

Tuesday Nov. 21 – Open 7:45 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday Nov. 22 – Open 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Thursday Nov. 23 – Saturday Nov. 25 – CLOSED
Sunday Nov. 26 – Open 6:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m.

Extended Hours (Dec. 4 – Dec. 15)

Monday Dec. 4 – Thursday Dec. 7 – Open 7:45 a.m. to 2:00 a.m.
Friday Dec. 8 – Open 7:45 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Saturday Dec. 9 – Open 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Sunday Dec. 10 – Open 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m.
Monday Dec. 11 – Thursday Dec. 14 – Open 7:45 a.m. to 2:00 a.m.
Friday Dec. 15 – Open 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Winter Hours (Dec. 16 – Jan. 21)

Monday – Friday – Open 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Saturday – Closed
Sunday – Closed

* Saturday Dec. 23 – Monday January 1 2024 – CLOSED
* Monday January 15, 2024 (MLK Day) – CLOSED

Get Writing/Research Done and Eat Pizza at the 4th Annual Pizza and Papers

Get Writing/Research Done and Eat Pizza at the 4th Annual Pizza and Papers

Pizza and Papers
Nov. 28, 2023 (Tuesday)
6 – 8 p.m.
Memorial Library

At this semesterly event, you can make progress on a writing project with one-on-one support from the Writing Center and the library. We’ll give you the time, space, and support for research and writing, and there will be pizza. Whether you’ve procrastinated or you’re inches from the finish line, we will help you get your writing closer to done.

Registration is required

For more information, contact Michael Turner at

Two-Sentence Horror Story Contest Winners

Image of two jack-o-lanterns and their reflections, created by David Menidrey on Unsplash

Memorial Library and The Writing Center hosted a two-sentence horror story contest to celebrate Halloween.  All SUNY Cortland students were welcome to participate.  Entries needed to be submitted online by Sunday, 10/22 and story submissions had to be original and two sentences long.

Here are our winners:

1st place
Jasmilka Pena

As I gazed into the mirror, my reflection’s eyes blinked out of sync with mine, and a chilling smile spread across its face. I heard a door slam and turned away to a whisper that said, “You have to escape.”

2nd place
Fatoumata Jawara

I always thought my baby sister hated me because she cried every time she looked at me. Until i realized that she was looking behind me.

3rd place
Joel Robinson

After a global pandemic, World War III, Civil War 2, numerous riots, rebellions and society eating itself; I was able to finally close my eyes after a long life and give into death’s embrace.
Three words entered my vision: “Tutorial Stage Complete.”


Fun Distractions: Carving Foam Pumpkins

Image of carved foam pumpkins

Ever wonder how to make a Jack-O-Lantern from a foam pumpkin? When you carve a real pumpkin, you can only enjoy your handy work for a few weeks. Check out this video from SKS Props to see how you can make a Halloween decoration that will last for years! Follow the links below for 2 different designs.

Monster Eyes Pumpkin –
Mimic Pumpkin –