It’s Cornell winter break and the campus is settling into some deep winter quiet. Too quiet for you? Wondering how you might be able to fill your time until the start of the spring semester? Please allow us to name you a few ways Mann can help you with that:
Winter hours: Mann will be closed for the holiday between the years, starting 5pm Friday, December 23, but we open again on January 3—with all hands on deck to help you get a start on new projects or wrap up any old ones that may still be on your plate from 2016. Visit Full Hours for Mann’s hours; visit Cornell University Library-wide hours of operation
Winter reading: Everyone knows there’s no better time than cozy winter to catch up on good reading. But did you know that Mann has a fabulous collection of popular literature on topics ranging from beekeeping to black holes? We recommend an in-house browse through our Ellis collection or a virtual browse through the Cornell University Library new book listing for some promising options. And then look for our “Name Your Winter Read” raffle in January! We’ll be asking you to share what you’ve read this winter (any genre) for a chance to win some delicious Manndible hot chocolate.
Winter photography: January in the frosty Finger Lakes can give us nature at some of its most stunningly beautiful. What better time to hone your photography skills?! We have a fabulous suite of camera equipment that we will resume loaning for still and moving photography come January 3rd. As you head out for your next January stroll across the winter-wonderland of Cornell campus, drop by Mann first to pick up a loaner camera and maybe even a new career in the visual arts.
Winter exhibits: Here’s your chance to explore the fascinating intersection of science, history, and art found in our “Exploring a Sea of Glass” exhibits in the Mann Lobby, the Top Shelf Gallery, and the Mann Gallery. Check out the Cornell events calendar for more info, and or take a quick virtual peek at one spotlight we have trained on the story of the Challenger expedition,widely regarded as the first major oceanographic expedition in modern science. Then come see the exhibits for yourself at Mann Library!
Just-in-time-for-winter-break book talk videos: What’s the next best thing to reading a good book? Watching the author talk about one! If you’re still hoping to catch any of the Mann Library book talks you might have missed during the fall semester, they are all viewable on Mann’s Youtube channel:
- Rodney Dietert, The Human Superorganism: How the Microbiome Is Revolutionizing the Pursuit of a Healthy Life (Dutton, 2016)
- Tom Seeley, Following the Wild Bees: The Craft and Science of Bee Hunting (Princeton University Press, 2016) [In connection with this one, you may also be interested in seeing Prof. Seeley’s video “how to” primer on successful wild bee hunting].
- Drew Harvell, A Sea of Glass: Searching for the Blaschkas’ Fragile Legacy in an Ocean at Risk (University of California Press, 2016)
- Corinna Loeckenhoff, Emotion, Aging and Health (American Psychological Association, 2016)
Come chat with us: Itching to start exploring a possible new project? Thinking about stepping into the rapidly evolving world of possibility that makerspaces can offer? January is a great time to schedule a consultation with our experts on any topic or making idea. Give us a shout at Request a Consultation for research help (or email email@example.com about making and 3D printing) to set something up. All of which to say, friends, Mann Library is here for you, in various ways, regardless of the season. We’re looking forward to seeing you in 2017, and in the meantime, we warmly wish you a happy, restful, and refreshing winter break!