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The Fault in Our Stars – Book vs. Movie October 1, 2014

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The Fault in Our StarsLast July at West Elmira Library our staff member, Ahnece, and two of our patrons, Mary Ann and Claire, wrote a review article about the book The Fault in Our Stars. This summer Ahnece, Mary Ann, and Claire all went to see the popular new movie based on the book they all loved so much. Was the movie as good as the book? Let’s find out…  (warning:  may contain spoilers)

Ahnece- “The vast difference between reading the book and watching the movie was quite enlightening. I have always surmised that movies rarely do justice to a book however, after viewing A Fault in Our Stars, there is no question in my mind that this is true.

My review of reading the book was completely uplifting, positive, and enjoyable. However, when I was at the movie, my heart was wrenched and spent most of my time there in tears. I experienced two entirely different emotions between reading the book and watching the movie. I feel that even a bad rendition of the movie could have still been possible and I now understand why an author can refuse the movie rights to their books.”

Mary Ann- “John Green’s novel The Fault in Our Stars is a gem which conveys so much sadness yet is never maudlin. Can the movie touch us with the same empathy and sense of futility?

First of all, we must realize what books do well. They probe the inner being of the characters and reveal those qualities of heart and mind that place them in our universe. Movies also do this, but heighten and amplify the author’s setting where the characters play out the drama of their lived. A skillful director can enhance setting with camera angles and use of lighting. Brilliant actors can convey the inner character through expression and gesture. They can capture emotion.

The movie The Fault in Our Stars captures the futility, grace, grandeur and depth of the lives of Hazel and Gus. The director augments their skill with the use of music and electronics, especially their iPhones which allow them to be connected even when they are apart. They also enable them to become acquainted.

Through music we can experience tenderness, guarded optimism, their anticipation and delight about their trip to Amsterdam, the romance and fleeting pleasure of their dinner with Classical violin music. When Hazel struggles to climb the stairs to Anne Frank’s attic, the music and Anne’s voice-over add to our admiration and certain hopelessness. When Gus is dying, music replaces dialogue. Their love is connected- a look transmits all feeling. We know that Peter Van Houten’s book stops mid-sentence with no resolution. Gus’s life ends the same way.

Music helps to convey that “the world is not a wish-making factory” their dreams futile but beautiful.

Claire- Comparing books and movies are like comparing pears and peaches. In my opinion, the book is always better than the movie, however, The Fault in Our Stars came very close. I enjoyed how the movie used much of the same dialogue and wording as the book, especially the popular quotes. “There were several characters and parts that were left out of the film, however, the theme rang true”, said my friend Katie Ronsivalle. My favorite parts of the movie were the Easter eggs hidden throughout. For example, Hazel and Augustus both had “The Hectic Glow” posters in their room, and Requiem for Mayhem could be seen on Hazel’s nightstand. Overall, the movie mimicked the book almost perfectly, but no matter how you look at it, the book was better.

Stop in and let us know what you thought of the movie! Also, check out our new YA book club or ask us what the Adult book club selection is reading this month.

More New AV at Steele – September 2014 September 30, 2014

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  • Swamp People Season 4Swamp People Seasons 1, 2, 3, 4
  • Hawaii Five-O Seasons 1, 2, 3
  • Counting Cars Seasons 1, 2
  • Top Gear Seasons 1, 2, 3
  • Scooby-Doo Frankencreepy
  • Rover


  • Weird Al Yankovic Mandatory Fun
  • Gaslight Anthem Get Hurt
  • Brian Setzer Rockbilly Riot
  • Heart High Times & Other Delights
  • The Byrds Straight For The Sun
  • Brad Paisley Moonshine In The Trunk
  • Randy Travis Influence
  • Gretchen Wilson Snapshot
  • Accept Blind Rage
  • John Ske-Dat-De-Dat
  • Nashville Outlaws A Tribute To Motley Crue
  • Johnny Cash Look Again To The Wind
  • Kem Promise To Love
  • Chris Brown X
  • Lee Brice I Don’t Dance
  • Tim McGrawTim McGraw Sundown Heaven Town
  • Barbara Streisand Partners
  • Smokey Robinson Smokey & Friends
  • Ace Frehley Space Invader
  • Mud Morganfield & Kim Wilson For Pops A tribute to Muddy Waters
  • Grateful Dead Wake Up To Find Out
  • Rise Against The Black Market
  • Robert Plant Lullaby and the Ceaseless Roar
  • Jason Mraz Yes


  • Stephanie Perkins – Isla and the Happily Ever After
  • Oliver North – Counterfeit Lies
  • Linda Fairstein – Terminal City
  • Lee Child – Personal
  • Jan Karon – Somewhere Safe With Somebody Good

New AV at Steele – September 2014 September 13, 2014

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  • Spider-Man 2The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (dvd, blu-ray & blu-ray 3d)
  • Hercules Reborn
  • The Legend of Sarila
  • WWE Payback
  • Runaway Nightmare
  • Best of McMillan & Wife
  • Monster High – Clawesome Double Feature (Juvenile)
  • Sabotage [blu-ray & dvd]
  • What Would You Do For Love?
  • Barney – A Super Dee Duper Day! [juvenile]
  • Primates of the Seven Seas [juvenile]
  • Toxin
  • Road to Paloma
  • Make Your Move
  • Fast As Hell — 3 Movie Collection
  • Nickelodeon – Let’s Rock (juvenile)
  • Interludes
  • Seven Deadly Wonders
  • Afflicted
  • Down On The Farm
  • 4 Action-Adventure Movie Marathon
  • The Backpacker
  • Dear Viola
  • Major League/Major League II
  • Sanctuary 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th season
  • Haven 1st, 2nd, 3rd season
  • Act of Heroes
  • Alice In Wonderland (blu-ray)
  • Layer Cake
  • Pool Boys
  • Perfect Age of Rock ‘N’ Roll
  • Blitz (blu-ray)
  • Rockford Files Movie Collection
  • Sesame Street Learning Rocks (juvenile)
  • Revolver
  • The Berenstain Bears Teddy Bear Picnic (juvenile)
  • Where on Earth is Carmen Sandiego (juvenile)
  • 24 Redemption
  • Treme 1st, 2nd season
  • Breathe In
  • Human Race
  • Rampart   (blu-ray)
  • Trespass (blu-ray)
  • Bitten - Season 1Bitten 1st season
  • Resurrection
  • Switchback
  • Swelter
  • Snatch
  • Filth
  • Power Rangers Megaforce (juvenile)
  • Blacklist 1st season
  • The Lost Future
  • Ace Wonder
  • A Haunted House 2Dark
  • Dark Space
  • Frankie & Alice
  • Oculus
  • Need For Speed
  • Batman Assault on Arkham
  • Grace
  • Toy Story of Terror
  • The Railway Man


  • Linda Ronstadt Blue Bayou- Live 1977
  • Elton John- The Million Dollar Piano
  • Guns N’ Roses- Appetite For Democracy
  • ZZ Top- Live At Montreux 2013
  • Live At Wacken 2013


  • Barenaked Ladies- Stunt
  • Barenaked Ladies- Born On A Pirate Ship
  • Allman Brothers- Band Millenium Collection
  • Radiohead- Kid A
  • Radiohead- Amnesiac
  • magic!Magic!- Don’t Kill The Magic
  • Ozzy Osbourne- Down To Earth
  • Ozzy Osbourne- Black Rain
  • Savatage Streets- A Rock Opera
  • Trey Songz- Trigga
  • Godsmack- 1000hp
  • Body Count- Manslaughter
  • Colt Ford- Thanks For Listening
  • Seether- Isolate and Medicate
  • Sinead O’Connor- I’m Not Bossy, I’m The Boss
  • Krush Groove- Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
  • Bleachers- Strange Desire
  • Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers- Hypnotic Eye
  • Puss N Boots- No Fools, No Fun


  • Wendy Corsi Staub- The Perfect Stranger
  • Assorted Authors- Thriller 2.1
  • Susan Wiggs- Beekeepers Ball
  • Ridley Pearson- The Red Room
  • Eric Van Lustbader- Robert Ludlum’s The Bourne Ascendancy
  • P. Cooley- Ice Shear
  • Chris Bohjalian- Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands
  • Jude Deveraux- For All Time
  • Ruth Reichl- Delicious
  • Sofia Kelly- Curiosity Thrilled The Cat
  • Matthew Quirk- The Directive
  • Sue Miller- The Arsonist
  • Jenny Milchman- Ruin Falls
  • Emma Healey- Elizabeth Is Missing
  • Taylor Stevens- The Catch
  • Willaim Kent Krueger- Windigo Island
  • Smith Henderson- Fourth of July Creek
  • Alexander McCall Smith- Sunshine On Scotland Street
  • Spencer Quinn- Paw and Order
  • Linwood Barclay- No Safe House

Youth Services – Steele Fall Preview September 8, 2014

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Youth programming will resume in full force after taking a short break at the end of our busy Summer Reading Club.  What a great summer, with a record 953 Chemung County kids reading well over 100,00 minutes; well done, everybody!  I am pleased that our Fall line-up will be just as fun filled and jam packed, and that we will offer, at the Steele Library, a program for all youth ages. From our Baby Read, Rhyme and Romp Time that will begin Sept. 18, to Toddlers on Friday mornings and a monthly Little Explorers Club for ages 4-7, to Elementary and Tween programming with a Lego Club and a monthly Maker Club (please bring the family and check out what we will offer at the kickoff Maker Faire on Sept. 20), all the way to wonderful teen programming presented by the great Ms. Metzger, we offer engaging, enjoyable activities for children, no matter their ages. Be sure to stop in and check out all of our Fall offerings, and save the date, October 29 from 6:30-8:00, for visiting our “Spooky Stacks”.  Wear your costume, trick or treat and have fun in our slightly spooky setting for kids ages 2 and up. Happy Fall!

Janet Ackerman
Head of Youth Services
Steele Memorial Library, CCLD

Non-Fiction books for “making” at Steele September 2, 2014

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September is not only back to school month, but it is National Library Card Sign-up month with many activities and programs scheduled in our local libraries. Computer classes are gearing up again, children’s story hours, movie events and adult programs as well. One unique event coming up this Fall, is the Chemung County Library District Maker Faire, being held at Steele Memorial Library on Saturday, September 20th, 2014, 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM. The CCLD Maker Faire will have live demonstrations of our new Maker labs, as well as hands on activities. This event “celebrates arts, crafts, engineering, science projects and the Do-It Yourself (DIY) mindset.”

Our Non-fiction collection at Chemung County Library district has books on so many different subjects, you can explore and get ideas for a familiar project or something you have never tried before.

Arduino Workshop a Hands-on Introduction with 65 Projects by John Boxall 629.895 BOX
An overview of the Arduino system, programming and electronics and hands-on projects applying this knowledge and concepts.

The Maker Movement Manifesto: Rules for Innovation in the New World of Crafters, Hackers, and Tinkerers by Mark Hatch 658.406 HAT. The Maker Movement is about building and creating, this book explores the Maker Movement and what has come out of it.

That being said our Non-fiction collection is the place to go for information regarding any kinds of crafts 745.5, sewing 646.4, knitting 746.4, photography 770, and origami 736.9 and numerous other subjects.

Connie Ogilvie, Reference Librarian
Chemung County Library District

Expect the Unexpected…..@ the Library August 26, 2014

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Teens“I never thought the library would be at an event like THIS!” said one person who stopped by our CCLD teen library table at the recent scream music iMatter Festival in Elmira. We laughed and said that you must “expect the unexpected” from the library, especially with awesome teens involved!

Here are a few of the “unexpected” fun events coming up for teens at Steele Library:

Outdoor Movie in Riverfront Park (West Water Street) – Captain America: The Winter Soldier (for all ages) Fri. Sept 12 – Get settled in at 6:30 (kids craft available), movie starts at 7:30. Sponsored by Friends of CCLD and Outside the Box.

CCLD Maker Faire 2014 (for all ages) Sat. Sept 20. Steele library

Video Game Design (for ages 10-18); Registration required; fee paid at registration; $10 per class or $25 for all 3 sessions. Thursdays: Oct. 2, 9, 16 @ 6pm.

Author Skype Party: with Michelle Knudsen & her new Teen book “Evil Librarian” – Wed, Oct. 15 @ 6:30pm.

Night Circus Halloween Teen Ball: Fri. Oct. 24 @ 7pm. Spectacle, music, food, costume prizes. Theme is from the book: “Night circus” by Erin Morgenstern. Check it out @ the library!  Sponsored by Friends of CCLD!

Check out a full list of events on our events calendar: http://www.ccld.lib.ny.us/

Follow our teen library adventures & tell us yours on our new teen tumblr page: http://ccldteens.tumblr.com/

Unexpected Places:

Stop by, say Hi, & get swag & events flyers from our teen library table at:

Your school’s Open house or Parent Academy (in Sept./Oct.)

Become part of the Unexpected: Join our TAG—teen advisory group! Call, email, or stop in & ask Teen librarian Doris Jean: metzgerd@stls.org; 607-733-8603.

Doris Jean Metzger, MLIS
Teen Services, Steele Memorial Library, CCLD

New AV at Steele – August 2014 August 25, 2014

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  • Brad Taylor Days of Rage
  • Dean Koontz The City
  • Mary Kay Andrews Save The Date
  • Louis L’Amour Crossfire Trail
  • James Patterson Private L.A.
  • Jeff Shaara The Smoke At Dawn
  • Peter Mayle The Corsican Caper
  • Brad Thor Act of War
  • James Rollins The Kill Switch
  • Joseph Finder Suspicion
  • Anne River Siddons The Girls of August
  • Herman Koch Summer House With Swimming Pool
  • Daniel Silva The Heist
  • Joyce Carol Oates High Crime Area
  • David Rosenfelt Without Warning
  • Richard A. Clarke Sting Of The Drone
  • Elin Hilderbrand The Matchmaker
  • Stuart Woods Cut and Thrust
  • Elizabeth Lowell Night Diver
  • Anthony Robbins Awaken The Giant Within
  • Conn Iggulden War of the Roses – Stormbird
  • Deborah Harkness The Book of Life
  • Joe Abercrombie Half A King

Heaven is for RealNEW DVD:

  • Rio 2
  • Ragamuffin
  • In Secret
  • Repentance
  • The Wiggles — Live Hot Potatoes
  • Bad Words
  • Heaven Is For Real
  • Noah
  • The Other Woman
  • The Good Witch’s Gift
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – The Good, The Bad, and Casey Jones
  • Almost Human
  • No Clue
  • Basketball Girlfriend
  • The Machine
  • Wolf Creek 2
  • Power Rangers Megaforce – Ultra Defenders
  • 300 Rise of an Empire300 Rise of An Empire   [blu-ray & dvd]
  • Authors Anonymous
  • Finding Forrester
  • Joy Ride 3
  • Labyrinth [blu-ray]
  • Walk of Shame
  • The Narrow Margin
  • China Beach   season 1, 2, 3
  • Witches of East End   season 1
  • Teen Wolf   season 3
  • Unforgettable   season 2
  • UFC 171
  • Joe
  • Mac and Me
  • Transcendence
  • Isabelle – Dances Into The Spotlight
  • Angriest Man In Brooklyn
  • Justin and the Knights of Valor
  • The Single Moms Club
  • Rock n Rolla

Guardians of the Galaxy SoundtrackNEW MUSIC CD:

  • Eric Clapton Backless
  • Eric Clapton & Friends The Breeze
  • Emerson, Lake & Palmer Brain Salad Surgery
  • Jackson Browne Late For The Sky
  • Duane Allman An Anthology
  • Big Smo Kuntry Livin
  • Linkin Park The Hunting Party
  • J Lo K.A.
  • Rich Robinson The Ceaseless Sight
  • Legends Get It On
  • Legends Crank It up
  • Black Sabbath Master of Reality
  • A Blues Tribute To Creedence Clearwater Revival
  • Green Day Dookie
  • Ted Nugent Shut Up & Jam
  • Nirvana Nevermind
  • Get on UpPlanes Fire & Rescue Soundtrack
  • Papa Roach Infest
  • Jesse James Dupree Rev It Up and Go-Go
  • Oasis (What’s The Story) Morning Glory?
  • Bob Marley and the Wailers Legend
  • Iron Maiden Piece of Mind
  • Guns N’ Roses Chinese Democracy
  • Iron Butterfly In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida
  • Velvet Revolver Contraband
  • Scorpions Blackout
  • E.M. Automatic For The People
  • Guardians of The Galaxy Awesome Mix Vol. 1
  • Get On Up Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
  • Limp Bizkit Significant Other
  • Billy Idol Rebel Yell
  • Nine Inch Nails The Downward Spiral
  • Red Hot Chili Peppers Californication

Beneficial Bits n’ Bytes – Useful Websites August 15, 2014

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 This month, the Steele Memorial Library’s Adult Services Department provides a sample list of websites we have used in answering reference questions. Remember, you can call us at 733-9175 or send us an email message from: http://ccld.lib.ny.us/edeskref.htm

A General Subject Guide:
Internet Public Library

IPL Logo

Hosted by Drexel University’s College of Information Science and Technology, this site provides the visitor with a collection of links based on subject. Visiting this site allows the user to browse hundreds of links on virtually any topic

an credit rep

Federal law requires each of the three nationwide consumer credit reporting companies – Equifax, Experian and TransUnion to give you a free credit report every 12 months if you ask for it. The only true “Free” Credit report site

Charity Reports

Ever wonder if the charity seeking your donation is legitimate? Guidestar.org is an excellent resource to   investigate a non-profit organization’s financial records.

Election information
vote smart

This site provides unbiased information about elected officials and candidates for public office.


A great site to read about medical research as well as information about various health topics.

Internet Movie Database

A fantastic site to find information about movies and television shows old & current. This site includes cast and crew information as well as plot summaries to movies throughout the history of film-making.


The Internet Archive strives to save all digitally born content from the internet. Users have the ability to view earlier versions of websites, videos, music, text documents, scanned historical documents and much more.
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Kelley Blue Book is one of the best resources for researching automobiles, trucks, SUVs, or vans. Not only can you look up the value of the vehicle, you can read reviews, compare similar vehicles, even search for vehicles for sale.

Law: NYS Statutes

A free version of the laws and statutes of New York State. Organized by topic, this site allows the user to quickly find a specific New York State law
Law: US Code
US code
Similar to the NYS Statutes site, the House of Representatives has provided an easy to navigate site containing the U.S. Code.
The Library of Congress American Memory Project provides an impressive collection of historical photos, recordings, texts, and videos. Users can browse or search a wide variety of

Doctor Profile

Visiting a new doctor? The New York State Doctor Profile site can provide information about your doctor such as when he or she received their license, if there have been any disciplinary actions and much more.

Hospital Profile


Are you or someone you love being admitted to the hospital? This site provides impartial data about any New York State hospitals.

NYS School Report Cards

Curious to see how your local school district compares to other districts in the State? A visit to this site provides detailed information about test performance, disciplinary records, and graduation rates.

NYS Traffic, Travel, and Transit Info


A fantastic site to find out about road construction, traffic and weather conditions throughout NYS. A must before any road trip!

Occupational Outlook Handbook
occupational outlook handbook

An electronic version of the classic career research tool. This site provides information about hundreds of occupations. Each article includes education requirements, expected salaries, and long term employment outlooks.

Something For Everyone August 6, 2014

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acquittalNon-Fiction books cover many topics and I find it hard to choose just one area to write about.

With back to school on the horizon….two parenting titles “Redefining Girly: How Parents Can Fight the Stereotyping and Sexualizing of Girlhood, from Birth to Tween” by Melissa Atkins Wardy, has eye opening advice on raising a balanced, self confident girl.

“8 Keys to End Bullying : Strategies for Parents & Schools” by Signe Whitson, provides an excellent set of tools for parents and teachers in dealing with bullies.

For sheer entertainment and items of interest…“Not to be Missed: Fifty-Four Favorites From a Lifetime of Film” by Kenneth Turan, enthusiastic reviews of the author’s favorite movies through the decades.

“Good Talk Dad: The Birds and the Bees..and Other conversations We Forgot to Have”, by Bill Geist and Willie Geist, a humorous book about the shared journey of this father-son relationship.

“Acquittal: An Insider Reveals the Stories and Strategies Behind Today’s Most Infamous Verdicts” by Richard Gabriel, discusses the intricate workings of the justice system, while highlighting some very famous trials and their verdicts.

Connie Ogilvie, Reference Librarian
Chemung County Library District

THE GOOD LORD BIRD by James McBride July 25, 2014

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The Good Lord BirdWith his novel The Good Lord Bird James McBride can stand shoulder to shoulder with the likes of Mark Twain and John Steinbeck. The book is thought provoking, passionate and beautifully written. It is also a great read of the kind that will have you glued to the page and regret leaving McBride’s world when it winds to its end. You come away wishing that McBride had gifted us with, at least, two or three hundred more pages.

The Good Lord Bird takes place in the “Bloody Kansas” of the 1850s where the question of its being a free or slave state was being argued with swords and blood. It is the picaresque story of Henry, a young slave who is – more or less – forced into freedom. To keep his rocky freedom, life and – truth be told – have an easier time of it, he dons a dress and becomes the comely “Onion”. The moniker is bestowed by no less a personage than John Brown. “Onion” finds “herself” pulled into Brown’s orbit and witnessing the God obsessed madman’s career from the Scourge of Kansas to his martyrdom at Harper’s Ferry. Along the way Onion meets the likes of Frederic Douglass and Harriet Tubman as well as having his disguise threatened by young love and lust.

McBride surveys the institution of slavery with a cold, clear eye. One sees the horrors, degradation and twisted values that slavery inculcated. At the same time there are surprising depths of compassion for the slave, the slave owner and those around who find themselves caught up in the historical tide. Violence flares up at the drop of an insult or a madman’s whim. Historical personages we now regard as secular saints are seen to have flaws aplenty that – strangely – add to their stature rather than diminish. The only character to retain her mythic proportions is Harriet Tubman, who comes across as fierce and canny a revolutionary as any born in the 20th century. All of this is brought to us in a rollicking, very funny and truly affecting tall tale. I cannot recommend The Good Lord Bird high enough.

Jack Olcott, Page
Horseheads Branch CCLD


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