Fun Distraction: Fry Day

Several images of a variety of french fries

Happy National French Fry Day!!! How do you like to eat your French Fries? Here is a video from Insider Food about how fries are eaten around the world.

July 13th is National French Fry Day. Check with your local chain restaurants, many are offering free fries today and some even tomorrow, since in 2023 July 14th is a “Fry-day”.


Pizza and Papers on 11/29

Pizza and Papers Tuesday November 29, 2000 6-8 PM

It’s crunch time. Start, continue, or finish your writing project with support (and pizza) from the Writing Center and the library. Whether you’ve procrastinated or you’re inches from the finish line, we will help you get closer to done.

Pizza and Papers
Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2022
6 – 8 p.m

Click here to register.

(Registration by Nov. 28th Required)

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

Library’s Virtual Stress Relief LibGuide

📚 Don’t stress over finals! …

Visit the Library’s “Virtual Stress Relief” guide 👀 for a momentary diversion or an hour long distraction. 😁

We have cute pet photos galleries 🐕🐈🦜, exercise & meditation 🧘🖍, guilty pleasures 🍰🍿, virtual entertainment 🎞🌄, online games 🎮🧩, and more!

Photo of dog studying with text: Are you tired of studying? Do you need a break? Visit the Library's Virtual Stress Relief Guide!

Are you tired of studying? Do you need a break? Visit the Library’s Virtual Stress Relief Guide!

Featured Database: Britannica Academic

Looking for good background source?

Britannica Academic delivers fast and easy access to high-quality, comprehensive information. The rich combination of the venerable Encyclopædia Britannica plus Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, magazines and periodicals, and many other research tools provides the variety of reliable sources that students need to consult when conducting thorough research—all from one resource.

Written by Nobel laureates, historians, curators, professors, and other notable experts, Britannica Academic’s articles provide trusted information with balanced, global perspectives and insights that users will not find anywhere else.

Featured Database: Women and Social Movements in the United States, 1600-2000

Women and Social Movements in the United States 1600 to 2000 brings together primary
documents, books, images, essays, book reviews, Web site reviews, teaching tools, and more. The database chronicles the multiplicity of women’s activism in American public life from Colonial times to the present. The database contains tens of thousands pages of books, pamphlets, and related materials—for example, The History of Woman Suffrage (six volumes, 1881-1922); the proceedings of the national conventions of women’s anti-slavery societies in the 1830s; the proceedings of woman’s rights conventions, 1848-1869; the proceedings of the annual conventions of the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union, 1874-1898; and publications of the League of Women Voters, 1920-2000.

You can find this database in the database by title box on the library tab in myRedDragon. Also check out the History Research Guide and the Women’s Studies Research Guide for additional resources on this topic!



Memorial Library Presents the film “THE OTHER CITY”

SUNY Cortland’s Memorial Library will present a screening of the film “The Other City” on Tuesday, January 28th at 7:00 PM in Sperry 105.

In every city, there’s another city that visitors rarely see. But this other city isn’t just anywhere—it’s in Washington, D.C. The very city that is home to the capitol of the most powerful country in the world has an HIV/AIDS rate that is not only the nation’s highest, but rivals some African countries.

“The Other City” introduces us to the people who live in the shadow of the Capitol but remain almost invisible to the lawmakers and lobbyists who live there. It’s about politics and ideology, corruption and bureaucracy, and an epidemic that grew out of control while few people paid attention or cared.

The screening is a joint effort of Memorial Library and the Cultural and Intellectual Climate Committee (CICC). The CICC is an all-campus committee of faculty and staff appointed by the Provost. Each year members of the Committee choose a theme to frame a year-long series of lectures, discussions, film screenings, and art exhibits. This theme is meant to promote cultural life on campus and help the campus and Cortland community engage in discussions connected to issues relevant to today’s world. This year’s theme is Inter/Action.

HIV/AIDS is a world-wide health issue that affects not only our nation’s capitol  but every community.

Please consider attending.

Library CLOSED Friday March 15th

Due to an electrical power shut down on various parts of campus, the library will be closed Friday March 15th .
If you have any library related questions please use our chat box on the librarytab in myRedDragon during the hours of 9-4 and librarians will respond! Any other time, you can use our AskUs 24/7 chat reference, a nationwide collaborative service, by clicking here: