This sloppy, snowy morning we welcomed two groups of Ag PTech students with their instructor, Patrick Clear. Also accompanying the groups were staff members Angeline Conte, Alaina Campolieta and Abigail Jacobs. The students had a very specific purpose for their visit; to see our mineral collection. Apparently New York State minerals play a role on an upcoming science Regents.
Our collection is primarily the work of three collectors; Robert M. Hartley, Lewis Smith and Alice Edmunds. Both Mr. Smith and Mrs. Edmunds were long time members of the library board and avid collectors. A couple of years ago a topographical New York State map was added to the display that helps to pinpoint the various mineral deposits throughout the state. Current trustee Mat Rapacz facilitated their visit.
The kids were polite, boisterous and seemed to be enthusiastic with the trip. It was a great experience to have them here. On the way out, one young man spotted some anime books in front of the desk. Anime is a style of hand-drawn and computer animation art originating in Japan. The books he was looking at were given to us several years ago and are part of an uncatalogued collection. They’ve been dormant for a while and I asked him if he would like to take them. You thought I’d given him gold. He filled up a couple of plastic bags and happily went out the door. I know he will give them a good home.
On this day, life is indeed good in Libraryland!