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Teen Writing Workshop with Author Kerry O’Malley Cerra

By Lauren Cassulis on August 17, 2018

Join author Kerry O’Malley Cerra at the Hamilton Public Library for a teen writing workshop on September 26th at 5pm, sponsored by the Colgate Bookstore. The workshop will teach teens on the best way to create a perfect character. This event is free and open to teenagers and adults. Her book, Just a Drop of Water, will be available for purchase and signing at the event.

Just a Drop of Water, a gripping and intensely touching debut middle grade novel, brings the events of September 11, which shook the world, into the lens of a young boy who is desperately trying to understand the ramifications of this life-altering event.

Kerry O’Malley Cerra is the author of the award-winning, middle-grade novel Just a Drop of Water, which won a Florida Book Award, the Crystal Kite Award, and was named to VOYAs Top Shelf Fiction for Middle Readers’ 2014 list. In addition, the book was a finalist for the 2015-2016 Maine Student Book Award, the 2016-2017 Truman Award (Missouri), the 2017-2018 Garden State Teen Book Award (New Jersey), the 2018 Nene Award (Hawaii), and won runner-up for the 2016-2017 Magnolia Award (Mississippi).

Kerry holds a degree in Social Science Education from the University of South Florida and continues to use her teaching skills in author presentations at schools across the country. Though she’ll always consider South Jersey/Philly her home, she currently lives in Florida with her husband, kids, and two poorly behaved rescue dogs.


Colgate Day & Customer Appreciation Day

By Lauren Cassulis on June 6, 2018

We’re combining Colgate Day with our annual Customer Appreciation Day and it’s gonna be epic! The entire store will be 13% off (in-store and online, some exclusions apply). Enjoy FREE ice cream (while supplies last).

Every Friday the 13th is a lucky day for Colgate University. But did you ever wonder just why Colgate Day is so special?

Well, in 1817, 13 men — six clergy and seven laymen — met in the frontier settlement of Hamilton with 13 dollars, 13 prayers, and 13 articles. During that meeting, the men founded the Baptist Education Society of the State of New York, the cornerstone for what would become known as Colgate University.

That’s not our only reason to celebrate the number 13. The university’s address is 13 Oak Drive. Our zip code is 13346. The first two numbers, standing alone, are the number 13, and the sum of the remaining three totals 13.

Even the university’s motto has a connection with 13. There are — no surprise here — 13 letters in “Deo ac Veritati,” a Latin phrase meaning “For God and For Truth.”

So this superstitious number has a very special meaning on our campus. And in honor of this tradition, every Friday the 13th is declared “Colgate Day.” We invite you to join us on July 13, 2018 as we celebrate the history of our great university. Enjoy special savings and deals all day long at the Colgate Bookstore!

The entire store will be 13% off (some exclusions apply). Sale includes S’well, Alex and Ani, and Patagonia.


Harry Potter Costume Competition

By Lauren Cassulis on May 10, 2018

The Colgate Bookstore will hold a costume competition in celebration of the 20th anniversary of the publication of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone on Tuesday, June 26th, at 4:30pm. All you have to do is come to the bookstore dressed as your favorite Harry Potter character, magical creature, or theme from the Harry Potter books, and you might win a prize! Costume judging will begin at 4:45pm, with prizes for adults and children. So get your costumes ready, Harry Potter fans!

In honor of the anniversary Scholastic is releasing stunning new editions of all seven books, with newly designed cover illustrations by Caldecott Medalist Brian Selznick, as well as the beloved original interior decorations by Mary GrandPré. It’s the perfect gift to introduce a new reader to this beloved series, or a gorgeous addition to any fan’s bookshelf. When placed side by side, the seven covers become a long mural.


Rain Forest Animals from the Utica Zoo

By Lauren Cassulis on May 3, 2018

Join us at the Colgate Bookstore on Saturday, June 2nd from 11am – 12pm for the Utica Zoomobile: Rain Forest Animals! Meet rain forest reptiles, insects, and a Sumatran Chicken! Free and open to children of all ages.

Utica Zoo creates unique experiences and promotes public appreciation of wildlife through education, conservation and recreation. Located in Roscoe-Conkling Park, the zoo is part of a recreational complex made possible by the donation of land from Thomas R. Proctor in 1909.The first building, completed in 1920, is currently named the Wildlife Building and houses the administrative offices, auditorium, reptile exhibits and the zoo’ s kitchen.  In 1981, the Animal Care Center was added to the Wildlife Building for the quarantine and veterinary facilities. The first building made exclusively for animal use was completed in 1927 and still houses the primate collection. Other major exhibits include the Lion exhibit and the California sea lion exhibit (finished in 1986).


A Narrative of the Life of Mrs. Mary Jemison: Reading & Talk

By Lauren Cassulis on April 25, 2018

Join us at the Colgate Bookstore on Wednesday, June 27th at 6pm for a reading and presentation of “A Narrative of the Life of Mrs. Mary Jemison” by Joanne Shenandoah and Rebekah Presson Mosby. The presentation will include music by Joanne Shenandoah, followed by a question and answer session with light refreshments.

“A Narrative of the Life of Mrs. Mary Jemison” is the compelling story of a colonial girl who was captured by Shawnees in 1755 at the outset of the French and Indian War. Mary Jemison, aged 12 at the time, was adopted by two Seneca women and spent the rest of her long life (she lived to be 90) with the Iroquois. She married two Native men and had eight children with them. When she was 80 her story was taken down by James E. Seaver, a minister and amateur historian.

Jemison’s life was filled with adventure and tribulation. When captured, her parents and siblings were killed, a tragedy that haunted her all her life; nevertheless, she came to love her Seneca family. Years later, when offered chances to return to her former home, she chose to stay with her Native family. She lived during the French and Indian and Revolutionary Wars and had hair-raising stories to tell about war, as well as charming and even funny stories about peace time. She lived to see horrific war time brutality and to see three of her sons murdered, two of them by a brother; to be swindled by land speculators, a man posing as a long-lost white relation, and eventually to become a wealthy woman possessing thousands of acres of land in western New York State.

Jemison was named “Digewamis” by her Seneca family but was known as “The White Woman” by all. Hers is one of the great stories in American history.

Joanne Shenandoah, Wolf Clan Oneida, is a Grammy award-winning and internationally known composer and performer whose ancestor, Chief Shenandoah, would likely have known Mary Jemison. Joanne is a member of the Haudenosaunee (Six Nations Iroquois Confederacy). Shenandoah’s passionate reading conveys the power of Mary Jemison’s story. “Some of the scenes were hard to read,” says Shenandoah, “At the same time I learned a great deal about an era in our history which was both troubling and challenging”.

The book is on 3 CDs and produced and directed by Rebekah Presson Mosby, who provides an introduction. DougGeorge-Kanentiio (Mohawk) is technical advisor and James Wunderlich at Orbital Sound the audio producer.

“A Narrative of the Life of Mrs. Mary Jemison” is available both on CD and as an audio download.


Chuck D’Imperio: Graves of Upstate New York

By Lauren Cassulis on April 16, 2018

Join us at the Colgate Bookstore on Wednesday, May 23rd at 6:30pm for a book signing and presentation by Chuck D’Imperio, an award-winning radio broadcaster and newspaper columnist. Enjoy his lively stories of the region, its people, events and folk tales. Refreshments will be provided.

“Graves of Upstate New York” presents a fascinating look at the lives and deaths of 100 legendary Americans who are laid to rest in Upstate New York. D’Imperio takes readers on a journey across the state, visiting an array of famous New York grave sites, from Mark Twain, Harriet Tubman, and James Fenimore Cooper to Helen Hayes, Lucille Ball, four US presidents, a Kentucky Derby–winning horse, and the most famous one-legged tap dancer in the world. D’Imperio tells the story of each individual, along with photographs and detailed information about the cemetery. From West Point to Lake Placid to Buffalo and all points north, south, east, and west, Graves of Upstate New York offers a cultural tour across the great expanse of Upstate New York in search of its famous residents and their lasting legacies.

“Chuck D’Imperio is an Upstate New York treasure who proves time and again his encyclopedic knowledge of Upstate and all its charms. . . . From ‘Queen of Comedy’ Lucille Ball’s heart-engraved headstone in Jamestown to abolitionist John Brown’s glass-enclosed marker in North Elba to industrialist/philanthropist Andrew Carnegie’s Scottish stone monument in Sleepy Hollow and points in between, this fascinating travel guide will inspire the reader to hit the road and tour these intriguing historic sites and their communities. Highly recommended!” ~ Lori Chien chief librarian, Jervis Public Library


Colgate Day – Friday, April 13, 2018

By Lauren Cassulis on March 15, 2018

Every Friday the 13th is a lucky day for Colgate University. But did you ever wonder just why Colgate Day is so special?

Well, in 1817, 13 men — six clergy and seven laymen — met in the frontier settlement of Hamilton with 13 dollars, 13 prayers, and 13 articles. During that meeting, the men founded the Baptist Education Society of the State of New York, the cornerstone for what would become known as Colgate University.

That’s not our only reason to celebrate the number 13. The university’s address is 13 Oak Drive. Our zip code is 13346. The first two numbers, standing alone, are the number 13, and the sum of the remaining three totals 13.

Even the university’s motto has a connection with 13. There are — no surprise here — 13 letters in “Deo ac Veritati,” a Latin phrase meaning “For God and For Truth.”

So this superstitious number has a very special meaning on our campus. And in honor of this tradition, every Friday the 13th is declared “Colgate Day.” We invite you to join us on April 13, 2018 as we celebrate the history of our great university. Enjoy special savings and deals all day long at the Colgate Bookstore!

The entire store will be 13% off (some exclusions apply). Sale includes S’well and Alex and Ani.


Wait Till It Gets Dark: Story Time & Book Signing

By Lauren Cassulis on February 20, 2018

On Saturday, April 14th at 10:30am at the Colgate Bookstore, meet George Steele, an environmental educator and local author! Enjoy a special story time and learn how to expand your senses with a unique activity and craft by Rogers Environmental Education Center.

It’s night. It’s dark. It’s time to go indoors—or is it? The outdoors at night can be a scary place, but Wait Till It Gets Dark will help young readers investigate the mysterious nature of night. Years of teaching children in the outdoors has given the authors, renowned environmental educators Anita Sanchez and George Steele, firsthand experience in introducing students to the joys of nature at night. They have led kids on night walks in a variety of habitats, including urban settings. Based on these experiences, the book describes night-time landscapes and the nocturnal animals that inhabit them, from desert coyotes to the frog chorus in a backyard pond—and a corner of the bathroom at midnight where a spider lurks.

George Steele is an environmental educator working with schools, nature centers and museums throughout the Northeast. The former director of the New York State Dept. of Environmental Conservation’s Education Camp Program, he received the Conservation Educator Award from the NYS Conservation Council, and the NYS Outdoor Education Association’s Gold Award for Lifetime Achievement. He has a degree in Forest Biology from the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry.


Seuss Saturday 2018

By Lauren Cassulis on January 25, 2018

Whether you are a long-time fan of Dr. Seuss stories, or have yet to be introduced to his classic book, “The Lorax”, all are invited to ‘Seuss Saturday’ in Hamilton, NY on Saturday, March 3rd. Join us as we celebrate Seuss stories old and new.

There will be a variety of activities for all ages at different times & locations throughout the village. Come to just one, or come to them all! Admission to the day’s programs and activities is free.

Gear up for Seuss Saturday! February 9th – March 2nd

“Where is The Lorax?” — The Lorax will be visiting different local businesses as he gets ready to celebrate Seuss Saturday. Stop by the Hamilton Public Library each week to look for clues about where he’s been and write down your best guess. If you guess correctly, your name will be entered into a Friday drawing to win a Dr. Seuss book from the Colgate Bookstore! We have four books to give away and you can participate once every week to try to track that elusive Lorax as he makes his way around town!

March 3rd – Seuss Saturday Schedule of Events

10:30 a.m. — Hamilton Public Library [13 Broad Street]
The village of Hamilton Mayor, RuthAnn Loveless, will kick off the celebrations by making a public declaration establishing Seuss Saturday 2018! A special story time will follow the proclamation to celebrate Seuss and share his story of “The Lorax”.

11:30 a.m. – Hamilton Movie Theater [7 Lebanon Street]
Enjoy a free showing of the 2012 comedy “The Lorax” based on the Seuss classic, sponsored by Dr. Devan R. Berry, DDS. Don’t forget to order some Hop on Pop popcorn! Plus, celebrate Rogers Environmental Education Center’s 50th anniversary with special birthday treats! Friends from Rogers will present a brief talk on the importance of being kind to trees.

2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. – Colgate Bookstore [3 Utica Street, 3rd Floor Events Room]
Stop by between 2-3pm to meet the Lorax and make special seed plantings, sponsored by the Friends of Rogers Environmental Education Center. All Dr. Seuss books and toys will be 30% off!

3:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. – Arts at the Palace [19 Utica Street, The Underground]
Enjoy a live-action storytelling of “The Lorax” in the Underground. Local children will act out the story as it is told aloud. Take photos in a Seussical photo booth, design kindness rocks, and enjoy the show!

 

 


Chopped Cooking Competition: For Kids

By Lauren Cassulis on January 9, 2018

Young fans of the popular Food Network TV series Chopped can test their budding culinary skills on Saturday, February 17th at the Colgate Bookstore. They will race against the clock to master the secret ingredients and win prizes! The fun begins at 10:30am in the 3rd floor events room, but contestants are asked to arrive at 10:15am.

6 teams of 3 will present their masterpieces to a panel of judges who will critique them according to creativity and presentation. Three of these teams will advance to the final challenge and the chance to win prizes!

This competition is open to children between the ages of 5 and 12. Children of all ages are invited to cheer on their favorite chef! Contestant slots are limited so please pre-register by emailing lcassulis@colgate.edu or texting 315-228-7480 with the name, age and contact info for the contestant. Those who pre-register will receive a special mystery gift! Depending on pre-registration, some spots may be available at the door on a first come, first serve basis.

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