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On this date 100 years ago: Elmira’s Crystal Eastman lobbies for Women’s Suffrage in Washington D.C. May 18, 2015

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I was glad to see good news on the front of the Star Gazette today: thousands of people showing up in downtown Elmira to support cancer survivors and the Komen Foundation, and the news that the Elmira YWCA received $19,000 in donations to help them after they unexpectedly had to close this winter. I wonder if 100 years ago today, Mrs. Crystal Eastman Benedict, from Elmira NY, knew that she was to be a part of an ultimately successful campaign to secure voting rights for women.

On May 18, 1915, the Elmira telegram reported that Mrs. Crystal Eastman Benedict was in Washington DC before the Commission on Industrial Relations to fight for women’s suffrage. She didn’t ask them to please, maybe, consider it. She “declared the commission should immediately report to President Wilson advocating a Federal constitutional amendment for nationwide women suffrage.”

Crystal Eastman was the daughter of Samuel Elijah Eastman and Annis Bertha Ford. Annis was one of the first female Protestant ministers in the US. Samuel and Annis worked as pastors at the Independent Congregational Church (now known as Park Church) under Thomas K. Beecher.

The Valparisio University Law Review writes of Crystal’s early years in Elmira: she was “raised in the feminist, humanistic, intellectual, fun-loving and progressive environment of the Park Church in Elmira, NY.” (Valparaiso University Law Review, Vol. 28, No. 4 [1994], Art. 6, p. 1306).

Crystal Eastman was a 1903 graduate of Vassar College and earned an M.A. in sociology from Columbia University in 1904. She received her law degree from New York University Law School in 1907, graduating second in her class. In 1909, she was appointed by the governor of New York State to be the first woman on the Employer’s Liability Commission and drafted New York State’s first Worker’s Compensation Law.  In 1920, she was a founding member of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).

In 2000 Eastman was inducted in the (American) National Women’s Hall of Fame in Seneca Falls, New York.

Thank you, Crystal Eastman, for all the work you did from which we still benefit.  What work could we do today that would benefit people alive on May 18, 2115?

Works Consulted:

Valparaiso University Law Review, Vol. 28, No. 4 [1994], Art. 6, p. 1306. http://scholar.valpo.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1919&context=vulr (Retrieved 18 May 2015).

Vassar encyclopedia: Distinguished Alumnae.  https://vcencyclopedia.vassar.edu/alumni/crystal-eastman.html (Retrieved 18 May 2015).

Crystal Eastman, National Women’s History Museum.  http://www.nwhm.org/education-resources/biography/biographies/crystal-eastman/ (Retrieved 18 May 2015).


Beneficial Bits n’ Bytes – Free Online File Conversion May 2, 2015

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zamzarA lot of people visit the public library because they need to print a document. Most Windows computers come with a word processing program called Microsoft Works installed and many people use it to create documents. What a lot of people do not realize is that Microsoft Works files are not compatible with Microsoft Word, the paid product from Microsoft used for word processing (the program installed on the library’s computers). If you’ve created your file using Microsoft Works and get to the library, ready to print, only to discover that your file will not open, there is a solution!   There is a free online file conversion site, zamzar.com, that allows you to upload a file, choose the file type you’d like to convert it to, enter your email, and have the finished converted file emailed to you for download. The great thing about this site is that it does not require you to install any software to convert the file, since many public libraries restrict users from installing software for security reasons. Not only does this site convert WPS files to DOC files for the scenario described above, it also converts a number of other document, music, and image file types.

Jennie Lewis
Virtual Services Librarian
Chemung County Library District

Bookmobile Book Club April 24, 2015

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home frontStarting in May, Bookmobile is going to host an adult book club. Each month we will choose a book and the first Friday of the following month we will meet at the Bulkhead stop at 1:30pm to have a discussion about it. Don’t worry if you cannot make it, just tell Ms. Kim your thoughts and she will share them with the group for you. Each month someone new will choose a book. For the month of May, the Book will be Home Front by Kristin Hannah. Let Ms. Kim know if you need a copy so you can join in!

Stop by to browse new non-fiction at Steele April 24, 2015

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sparepartsNew non-fiction books are always fun to browse, and this month is no exception.

Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania by Erik Larson is an incredibly detailed narrative of a well known event of World War I, the German attack on and the sinking of the Lusitania.

100 Years of Brodies With Hal Roach: the Jaunty Journeys of a Hollywood Motion Picture and Television Pioneer by Craig Calman is a book featuring the illustrious film career of the legendary film producer Hal Roach, famous for Laurel and Hardy , Our Gang Comedies, Topper, Of Mice and Men, and television series such as My Little Margie and the Gale Storm Show: Oh Susanna!.

Gateway to Freedom: The Hidden History of the Underground Railroad by Eric Foner brings to life the story of the Underground Railroad .

The Handy Investing Answer Book by Paul A. Tucci is a question and answer guide to investing. This book explains the differences in various investment instruments, clarifies concepts and definitions, and introduces investment strategies.

Spare Parts: Four Undocumented Teenagers, One Ugly Robot, and the Battle for the American Dream by Joshua Davis is a story about four Mexican American students who come together and build a robot out of scavenged parts, and win the “Marine Advanced Technology Education Robotics Competition at the University of California, Santa Barbara (2004). But the story also involves tails of immigration laws and the triumphs and tribulations for these four boys before and after the competition.

New AV at Steele – April 2015 April 23, 2015

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  • HobbitNight At The Museum Secret of The Tomb
  • Unbroken
  • The Hobbit Battle of the Five Armies
  • Interstellar
  • Exodus: Gods and Kings
  • Annie
  • Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible…..
  • Into The Woods
  • Imitation Game
  • Wild
  • Bubble Guppies
  • Bubble Guppies On the Job
  • Southland   seasons 1-5
  • Chicago P.D.   season 1
  • Curse of Oak Island   season 1
  • Earth A New Wild
  • The World Mad Straight
  • Altar
  • V/H/S:Viral
  • Jumanji: The Animated Series
  • Blaze of Glory: A Mini Movie
  • Born of War
  • The Perfect Wave
  • Sci-Fi Triple Feature
  • Enter The Dominion
  • Men, Women & Children
  • Force MajeureInterstellar
  • Retro TV Toons – Starcom
  • 90210 Shark Attack
  • The Last House On Cemetery Lane
  • A Girl’s Best Friend
  • Power Rangers – The Silver Warrior
  • Addicted
  • The Intruders
  • Hunger Games: Mocking Jay
  • Nightcrawler
  • Food Chains
  • Zombieworld
  • American Justice
  • Dying Of The Light
  • Lego DC Super Heroes
  • Pokemon Lucario
  • All Saints Eve
  • Silent Rage
  • It’s A Zoo In Here
  • Not Cool
  • Vanish
  • Allies
  • My Dog Skip
  • Top Five
  • Penguins of Madagascar
  • Song of The Sea
  • Eli Stone   seasons 1-2
  • Thomas & Friends Dinos
  • Race For Your Life Charlie Brownmockingjay
  • The Captive
  • Goodnight Darling
  • Born To Race
  • Fast Track Born To Race
  • Crossing Lines season 1
  • Imprisoned By Love
  • Jonah From Tonga
  • Frankenstein vs The Mummy
  • Victor and The Secrets Of Crocodile Mansion
  • West Wing seasons 1-7
  • The Ranger
  • Igby Goes Down
  • In Good Company
  • Austin City Limits 40 years
  • Veggie Tales Noah’s Ark
  • The Game
  • Extraction Day
  • The Betrayed
  • Hector and the Search For Happiness
  • Curse of Chucky
  • Desperate Housewives seasons 1-8
  • Dragonheart 3
  • The Physician
  • Ocean’s Thirteen
  • Song One
  • Halo-Nightfall
  • Gosford Park
  • Benji 4 movie collectionpenguins
  • State of Affairs season 1
  • Passengers
  • The Hangover I, II, III
  • Play Better Pool
  • Royal Rumble 2015
  • Horse Camp
  • Eggy
  • Royal Pony Wedding
  • Prince In His Own Words
  • Dive Olly Dive
  • Subspiral
  • Gene Autry Collection
  • Rabid Grannies
  • Vice
  • Tom and Jerry Double Feature


  • Gretchen Wilson Here For The Party
  • Bob Dylan Shadows In The Night
  • Now That’s What I Call Country vol.7
  • Feelin’ Groovy ’60s Rock
  • Greg Howe Introspection
  • The Monkees I’m A Believer
  • Home Free Crazy Life
  • Rob Zombie Spookshow International Live
  • Steve Holy Best of…
  • Red Of Beauty and Rage
  • Furious 7 Motion Picture Soundtrack
  • Pat Travers Retro Rocket
  • Luke Bryan Spring Break…Checkin’ Outgretchenwilson
  • Scorpions Return To Forever
  • Madonna Rebel Heart
  • Psychostick Sandwich
  • Psychostick Space Vampires vs
  • Three Days Grace One X
  • Arena Rock The Big ’80s
  • Power Ballads
  • Five Horse Johnson The Mystery Spot
  • Five Horse Johnson The No.6 Dance
  • ’70s Radio Hits 1&2
  • Tommy James Hits
  • Yngwie Malmsteen Trilogy


  • Joe Abercrombie Half The World
  • Sarah Addison Allen First Frost
  • Jussi Adler-Olsen The Alphabet House
  • Elisa Albert After Birth
  • Jefferey Archer Mightier Than The Sword
  • C. Beaton The Blood of An Englishman
  • Glenn Beck Agenda 21
  • Alex Berenson Twelve Days
  • Juliet Blackwell A Vision In Velvet
  • J. Box Endangered
  • Harry Brandt The Whites
  • Ian Caldwell The Fifth Gospel
  • mrsgrantmadamejuleJennifer Chiaverini Mrs Grant and Madame Jule
  • Harlan Coben The Stranger
  • Susan Crawford The Pocket Wife
  • Brooke Davis Lost & Found
  • Judith Flanders A Murder of Magpies
  • Ken Follett The Pillars of The Earth
  • Brian Freeman Season of Fear
  • Rene Gutteridge Old Fashioned
  • Chelsea Handler Uganda Be Kidding Me
  • Jim Harrison The Big Seven
  • Tami Hoag Cold Cold Heart
  • Nicholas Irving The Reaper
  • A. Jance Cold Betrayel
  • Rachel Joyce The Love of Miss Queenie
  • Michael Kardos Before He Finds Her
  • Jonathan Kellerman Motive
  • Erik Larson Dead Wake
  • Dennis Lehane World Gone By
  • Greer MacAllister The Magicians Lie
  • Debbie Macomber Last One Home
  • Adrian McKinity Gun Street Girl
  • Jill Mansell The Unexpected Consequences of Love
  • Walter Mosley Inside A Silver Box
  • Stewart O’Nan West of Sunset
  • Mallory Ortberg Texts From Jane Eyre
  • James Patterson NYPD Red 3
  • Catherine Price Vitamaniainsideasilverbox
  • Bryan Reardon Finding Jake
  • Joel C Rosenberg The Third Target
  • Daniel Silva The Unlikely Spy
  • Erica Spindler The First Wife
  • Wendy Corsi Staub The Blackwidow
  • Danielle Steel Prodigal Son
  • Cynthia Swanson The Bookseller
  • David Treuer Prudence
  • Anne Tyler A Spool of Blue Thread
  • Lisa Unger Crazy Love You
  • John Vaillant The Jaguars Children
  • Susan Wilson The Dog Who Saved Me

Free Genealogy help sites of local interest April 22, 2015

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Here are a few free sites with helpful information of local research interest available online.  Do you have any favorites you don’t see here?  Let us know!

1. Fultonhistory.com:

Search over 29,140,000 Historical Newspaper Pages from the USA & Canada. Click on FAQ_HELP_INDEX at the top of the page to orient yourself to the site, and for a link to a browsable index of papers.


2. NYS Historic Newspapers

The NYS Historic Newspapers project provides free online access to a wide range of newspapers chosen to reflect New York’s unique history.


3. New York State Military Museum & Veterans Research Center

The mission of the museum and research center is to preserve, interpret and disseminate the story, history and records of New York State’s military forces and veterans.


4. The Pennsylvania State Archives

 PA archives has this military info online:

  • PA National Guard Veteran’s Card File, 1867-1921
  • Civil War Veterans’ Card File
  • Revolutionary War Military Abstract Card File
  • World War I Service Medal Application Cards
  • Spanish American War Veterans’ Card File of United States Volunteers
  • Mexican Border Campaign Veterans’ Card File
  • Militia Officers’ Index Cards, 1775-1800


View genealogical records from all over the world right in downtown Elmira. April 13, 2015

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The Steele Memorial Library is excited to announce that we are now a FamilySearch Affiliate Library. The new designation means library patrons will have greater and more convenient access to the wealth of genealogical resources available through FamilySearch.
Family Search is the world’s largest repository of free genealogical records and manages the famous Family History library in Salt Lake City, Utah. It has amassed billions of birth, marriage, death, census, land and court records of genealogical significance from over 130 countries.
FamilySearch is extending access to its collections by circulating microfilms of the historic records though select public libraries. The Steele Memorial Library is now one of these libraries. It is a priceless treasure for local residents interested in discovering their family tree.
“Less than 5% of the world’s genealogical records are available online, and most family history researchers cannot afford to travel to an archive nationally or worldwide to find historic records they are seeking,” said Paul Nauta, FamilySearch Public Affairs manager. “If FamilySearch has filmed the records they need, then as far as they will need to travel to view them is the Steele Memorial Library.”
FamilySearch has over 200 camera teams filming historic records in 45 countries on any given day. These records are then circulated to public patrons through FamilySearch centers worldwide, like the Steele Memorial Library. For example, FamilySearch has filmed over 60% of the Civil Registration (birth, marriage and death records) of Italy. If you have Italian ancestry, chances are you will be able to extend your Italian research by conveniently using the FamilySearch films through the Steele Memorial Library.
There is a nominal fee of $7.50 to order a microfilm. Once the film arrives, patrons use the microfilm readers at the Steele Memorial Library to peruse it. The library staff can help patrons see what films are available, lead them through the process of placing orders, and answer research questions. Patrons can also search the Family History Library catalog online at FamilySearch.org to see what records Family Search has available to order through the library.

Patrons must have their own, free, FamilySearch account to place a microfilm order.  Following please find two simple tutorials to introduce the process of searching, finding, and ordering microfilm through the Family History Library.  Librarians at the Steele Memorial Library are on hand to assist you with any questions you may have.

No Sound Tutorial: http://www.screencast.com/t/UcC07hPRlLN

Tutorial with Sound: http://www.screencast.com/t/y4aM1Vln3

We are very excited about this new partnership with FamilySearch.  We hope you find it valuable to your research needs.

All the Best,

Maggie Young

Genealogy Librarian

April Events for Adults at Steele Memorial Library April 9, 2015

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An Evening at 221B Baker StreetThere is plenty to do at Steele Memorial Library this month for adults!

Three more fitness classes will be hosted at the library in the coming weeks. Instructors from Ultimate Fit Chick in Elmira will teach Dance Party on April 11th, Yoga on April 18th, and Piloxing on April 25th. All classes are on Saturdays from 9:30-10:30am; call 733-9173 to register.

Join us during National Library Week on April 14th for an informative presentation on The Challenge of Alzheimer’s Disease in our Aging Society, presented by Dr. Mark Mapstone via videoconference at Steele Memorial Library from 5:30-6:30pm.  At 6:30pm on the 14th we are happy to present An Evening at 221B Baker Street, a lively mix of stories and facts on detection fiction’s most beloved literary character, Sherlock Holmes. On April 17th at 6:30pm, join us after hours for “So bad, it’s good!” Movie Night. This month we are showing MST3K’s The Pumaman (heckling encouraged!). Also during National Library Week, make sure to check something out at any of the CCLD libraries between Monday, April 13th and Saturday, April 18th, and you will be entered into a drawing to win a Kindle Fire.

Later this month, we will be offering several computer classes in our Technology Training Lab: Introduction to iPad & iPhone (4/21 at 1pm), Beginning Internet (4/22 at 1pm), and Ancestry.com (4/28 at 6pm); call 733-9175 to register.

We hope to see you at the library! For more information about these and other programs going on at CCLD libraries this month, check out our online events calendar: http://ccld.lib.ny.us/calendar.htm.

Bookmobile is still seeking entries for cookbook! March 30, 2015

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Submit Your Recipe

The deadline for submissions to the Bookmobile cookbook has been extended to April 17, 2015. Please bring us your favorite recipes and we will include them in the cookbook. Be sure to include your name and city so we can give credit. Drop recipes off at the Bookmobile or any CCLD library. Let’s see what delicious reading we can create.

New AV at Steele – March 2015 March 21, 2015

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  • Big Hero 6Big Hero 6
  • The Judge [blu-ray & dvd]
  • Vincent
  • Falcon Rising
  • 17 Again
  • 16 Blocks
  • The Dukes of Hazzard
  • My Old Lady
  • Annabelle
  • The Best of Me
  • The BoxTrolls
  • The Hollow Crown
  • 101 Dalmations
  • Stir Crazy
  • Chocolate
  • Shakespeare Uncovered
  • Interludes
  • The Thing That Couldn’t Die
  • Untamed Youth
  • Hercules and The Captive Women
  • Navy Seals: Their Untold Story
  • The Interview
  • Bugs Bunny’s Easter funnies
  • Ouija
  • Trace Adkins Live Country
  • The Drop
  • Nightcrawler
  • Birdman
  • Predestination
  • Scooby-Doo Moon Monster Madness
  • Super Why Super Readers
  • Get On Up
  • The Homesman
  • Skating To New York
  • Dumb & Dumber ToDumb and Dumber To
  • Rosewater
  • The Aviators
  • The Song
  • Coffee Town
  • Young Ones
  • Watchmen
  • The Guest
  • The Road Warrior
  • Open Windows
  • Man Of The House
  • Laggies
  • Alien Rising
  • The Shift
  • John Wick
  • Curious George Zoo Night
  • The Color of Time
  • Exists
  • WWE Survivor Series ’14
  • Dear White People
  • My Little Pony
  • 12 Monkeys
  • Miss Meadows
  • The Remaining
  • The Book of Life
  • Big Driver
  • Whiplash
  • Crank
  • Crank 2
  • NeverbeastTinkerbell and the Legend of the Neverbeast
  • Beyond the Lights
  • Foxcatcher
  • Survivor
  • Zoey To The Max
  • Gladiators of Rome
  • Animal
  • Battle Apocalypse


  • Sweet & Lynch Only To Rise
  • Van Morrison Blowin’ Your Mind
  • Fall Out Boy American Beauty/American Psycho
  • Now That’s What I Call Movies Soundtracks
  • Ne-Yo Non-Fiction
  • Ozark Mountain Daredevils
  • Lynyrd Skynyrd Nuthin’ Fancy
  • Lynyrd Skynyrd Second Helping
  • Pure Prairie League Best of…
  • Kid Rock First Kiss
  • Fifty Shades of Grey Soundtrack
  • Steve Earle & The Dukes
  • Love and Theft Whiskey On My Breath
  • Toby KeithToby Keith That Don’t Me A Bad Guy
  • Johnny Winter Gangster of Love
  • Travis Tritt Very Best of…
  • Jackson,Strait,Buffett Live
  • Jamie Cullum Interlude
  • Trace Adkins Cowboys Back In Town
  • Walter Trout Go The Distance
  • Gretchen Wilson Under The Covers
  • Pure Disco 1
  • Pure Disco 2
  • Ne-Yo Non-Fiction
  • Craig Morgan Greatest Hits
  • Now That’s What I Call Country vol.6
  • Casey Kasem 1970s
  • Casey Kasem 1980s
  • Casey Kasem 1990s
  • Kenny Wayne Shepherd Trouble is…
  • Trace Adkins Songs About Me
  • Brad Paisley Mud On The Tires
  • 3 Doors Down The Better Life
  • Rusted Root Cruel Sun
  • Bob Dylan The Basement Tapes Raw
  • Aaron Watson The Underdog
  • Elton John Honky Chateau
  • A-Ha Hunting High and Low
  • Darryl Worley Darryl Worley
  • George Harrison Let It Roll
  • TemptationsTemptations Ultimate Collection
  • Armageddon Soundtrack
  • Frankie Valli Very Best of…
  • Kenny Chesney Live
  • 18 Screamers From The 80’s
  • Zac Brown Band The Foundation
  • Mott The Hoople Greatest Hits
  • Mamas and The Papas Greatest Hits
  • Elton John Captain Fantastic
  • Luke Bryan Doin’ My Thing
  • Warrant Cherry Pie
  • AC/DC Black Ice
  • Best of 70s Supergroups
  • 70’s Gold
  • Norman Greenbaum Spirit In The Sky
  • Kenny Wayne Shepherd The Place You’re In
  • Monsters of Rock
  • Nickelback Silver Side Up
  • Nickelback The Long Road
  • Nickelback Dark Horse
  • Nickelback Here and Now
  • Nickelback All The Right Reasons


  • Death of a LiarM.C. Beaton Death of A Liar
  • Glen Beck Agenda 21
  • Alex Berenson Twelve Days
  • Clive Cussler The Assassin
  • Joanne Fluke Double Fudge Brownie Murder
  • Jamie Freveletti Ludlums Geneva Strategy
  • Neil Gaiman Trigger Warning
  • Lisa Gardner Crash & Burn
  • Christopher Golden Sons of Anarchy
  • Seth Grahame-Smith The Last American Vampire
  • Sarah Graves Winter At The Door
  • Kristin Hannah The Nightingale
  • Paula Hawkins The Girl On The Train
  • Nick Hornby Funny Girl
  • Tim Johnston Descent
  • Mike Huckabee God, Guns, Grits and Gravy
  • Miranda July The First Bad Man
  • Phil Klay Redeployment
  • Jen Mann People I Want To Punch In The Throat
  • Becky Masterman Fear The Darkness
  • Eyes OnlyFern Michaels Eyes Only
  • Andie Mitchell It Was Me All Along
  • James Patterson Private Vegas
  • Thomas Perry A String of Beads
  • Philip Roth The Humbling
  • John Waters Carsick

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