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New Non-Fiction Books at Steele August 3, 2016

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reclaiming“Reclaiming Conversation: The Power of Talk in a Digital Age,” by Sherry Turkle was technically published in October, 2015, but is a well reviewed book that I feel is worth mentioning.   This author proclaims that while we are constantly communicating by digital means and always plugged into our technical devices, our personal face- to-face communication is being neglected. Even our personal moments of solitude have been invaded. And it is this personal kind of communication and self-reflection that helps humanize our society, the traits that help us in our personal lives as well as our business lives. This book is a great reminder to help us balance technology in our everyday lives.

grunt-cover“Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War,” by Mary Roach explores how our soldiers combat the behind the scenes obstacles such as heat exhaustion, panic, noise and introduces the reader to the scientists who seek to conquer them. In her unique style, the author approaches this subject with scientific facts and humor. Library Journal and Booklist gave this book Starred reviews and Amazon ranked it Best Book of June 2016. This book should not be missed!

“Witness to the Revolution: Radicals, Resisters, Vets, Hippies, and the Year America Lost Its Mind and Found Its Soul,” by Clara Bingham is a captivating oral history recording the turbulent events of 1969-1970. As the ’60s drew to a close, America was dealing with social and political upheaval, and this book weaves together the voices and stories from this era. It is admittedly a long book, but one that is both thought provoking and discussion worthy.

Connie Ogilvie, Librarian
Chemung County Library District

New AV at Steele – July 2016 August 2, 2016

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  • batmanvsupermanRace
  • Triple 9
  • Back In The Day
  • Guys and Girls Can’t Be Friends
  • Belly of The Beast
  • Transformers Rescue Bots
  • Allegiant-The Divergent Series
  • Batman vs. Superman
  • Sesame Street Elmo’s Favorite Stories
  • Peg + Cat Out of This World
  • Fastball
  • Precious Cargo
  • Whiskey Tango Foxtrout
  • Kung Fu Panda 3
  • Hail, Caesar!
  • I, Anna
  • June, Adrift
  • Six Gun Savior
  • Mothers and Daughters
  • Ticket Out
  • The Steps
  • Midnight Special
  • Extract
  • Wild Card
  • girlinthecornfieldThe Girl In The Cornfield
  • Mama
  • A Place Called Elmira
  • Boys Don’t Cry
  • Street
  • Raise Your Voice
  • The Reckoning
  • Adventures In Babysitting
  • Janis: Little Girl Blue
  • Submerged
  • Murder, She Baked
  • Joseph & Mary
  • 600 Miles
  • The Family Fang
  • Blood Sombrero
  • The Program
  • Bloodline
  • 400 Days
  • Monte Carlo
  • 4 Film Favorites-Eddie Murphy Family
  • She’s The Man
  • The Choice
  • The Taking of Deborah Logan
  • gothamcityLego Justice League:Gotham City Breakout
  • Antboy 3
  • The Young Messiah
  • W.A.T.
  • Untouchables
  • The Green Mile
  • Aeonflux
  • Signs
  • War
  • A Man Apart
  • Braveheart
  • Fight Club
  • Clash of The Titans
  • Hero
  • The Bank Job
  • Romeo Must Die
  • Reign of Fire
  • Ray
  • The Skeleton Key
  • Alfred Hitchcock 4 Spine Tingling Films
  • The Dark Horse
  • The Green Room
  • Miracles From Heaven
  • The Young Messiah
  • milesahead.jpgMiles Ahead
  • London Has Fallen
  • The Perfect Match
  • The Preppie Connection
  • Chaos
  • Underworld:Evolution
  • Knockaround Guys
  • U-571
  • Oz The Great and Powerful
  • The Witches of Eastwick
  • Final Fantasy
  • Blade Trinity
  • Lady In The Water
  • Port Protection
  • 13 Hours
  • Gridlocked
  • Abandoned
  • My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2
  • The Dresser
  • Meet My Valentine
  • Elvis & Nixon
  • No Men Beyond This Point
  • Signed, Sealed, Delivered
  • Catch Hell
  • blacknovemberBlack November
  • Black Swarm
  • The First Time
  • Kill Your Friends
  • Everything Will Be Fine
  • Shocking Crimes
  • The Confirmation
  • The Legend of Wolf Mountain
  • Time of The Wolf
  • Interview With The Vampire
  • The Swarm
  • Help I’ve Shrunk The Family
  • Stand Clear of The Closing Doors
  • Casual Encounters
  • A Stand Up Guy
  • What’s The Worst That Could Happen?
  • The X Files – The Event Series
  • Littlest Pet Shop – Making Friends.
  • Mack & Moxy – The Great Helpee Heroes
  • Doozers – Catch A Ride
  • Curious George – Garden Discoveries
  • My Little Pony – Friendship Is Magic
  • Mickey’s Sport-Y-Thon
  • Lego Scooby-Doo -Haunted Hollywood
  • dinodigsAlpha and Omega Dino Digs
  • Shark Week Jawsome Encounters
  • Criminal
  • Sing Street
  • Within The Whirlwind
  • Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors
  • Sniper-Special Ops


  • Miles Davis Everything’s Beautiful
  • Charlie Daniels Band Epic Trilogy vol.1
  • Charlie Daniels Band Epic Trilogy vol.2
  • Bob Dylan Fallen Angels
  • Aesop Rock The Impossible Kid
  • Stone Temple Pilots Core
  • 10 Years From Birth To Burial
  • 10 Years Feeding The Wolves
  • Harley Davidson Country Road Songs
  • Asking Alexandria The Black
  • Eric Clapton I Still Do
  • Wow Hits 36 Top Christian Artists
  • Pat Metheny The Unity Sessions
  • charliefarleyCharley Farley All I’ve Been Through
  • Feel Good! 40 Years of Life Changing Music
  • 1GN Unite
  • Snarky Puppy Culcha Vulcha
  • Jan Volger Tchaikovsky
  • Prince 1999
  • Drake Views
  • Chris Standring Ten
  • Brahms String Quartet, Op.51
  • Goo Goo Dolls Boxes
  • Weekend Trilogy
  • Lacuna Coil Delirium
  • Zedd True Colors
  • Fetty Wap 300
  • Snoop Dogg Coolaid
  • Red Hot Chili Peppers I’m With You
  • Red Hot Chili Peppers The Getaway
  • Sturgill Simpson A Sailor’s Guide To The Earth
  • Cyndi Lauper Detour
  • Pat Metheny Cuong Vu Trio Meets
  • glennmiller.jpgGlen Miller The Golden Years
  • Volbeat Seal The Deal & Let’s Boogie
  • Once Jamison See You Again
  • Boosie Badazz Penitentiary Chances
  • Charlie Daniels 16 Biggest Hits
  • Zakk Wylde Book of Shadows
  • Angry Birds Movie Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
  • Jon Pardi California Sunrise
  • Lonely Heartstring Band Deep Waters
  • Mudcrutch 2
  • Ziggy Marley Ziggy Marley
  • Radiohead A Moon Shaped Pool
  • Locash The Fighters
  • Bruce Hornsby Rehab Reunion
  • Craig Morgan A Whole Lot More To Me
  • Bach Concertos Pour Clavecin Et Cordes
  • Nicolas Altstaedt Cello Concertos
  • Xiayin Wang Piano Conertos
  • Candlebox Disappearing In Airports
  • Twenty88 Twenty88


  • richandprettyAlam, Rumaan Rich and Pretty
  • Alan, Isabella Murder, Handcrafted
  • Armentrout, Jennifer The Problem With Forever
  • Bachman, Fredrik Britt-Marie Was Here
  • Berry, Flynn Under The Harrow
  • Billingham, Mark Die of Shame
  • Brown, Eleanor The Light of Paris
  • Brown, Rita Mae Tall Tail
  • Chamberlain, Diane Necessary Lies
  • Close, Jennifer The Hopefuls
  • Day, Maddie Grilled For Murder
  • D’Souza, Dinesh Hillary’s America
  • Dugoni, Robert In The Clearing
  • Fesperman, Dan The Letter Writer
  • Finder, Joseph Guilty Minds
  • Fisher, David Bill O’Reilly’s Legends and Lies
  • Green, Jane Falling
  • Grisham, John Theodore Boone The Fugitive (juv.)
  • Grisham, John Theodore Boone The Scandal (juv.)
  • Harris, Charlaine Night Shift
  • Hechtman, Betty Dead Men Don’t Crochet
  • Hill, Joe The Fireman
  • Howard, Linda Troublemaker
  • Johnson, Craig The Highwayman
  • winterborneKleypas, Lisa Marrying Winterborne
  • Landler, Mark Alter Egos
  • Lee, Tosca Progeny
  • Levine, Laura Death By Tiara
  • Meir, Leslie Father’s Day Murder
  • Norman, Philip Paul McCartney The Life
  • Patterson, James The Games
  • Pearson, Ridley White Bone
  • Roach, Mary Grunt
  • Senft, Adina The Wounded Heart
  • Showalter, Gena The Darkest Torment
  • Steel, Danielle Magic
  • Ware, Ruth The Woman In Cabin 10
  • Weisberger, Lauren The Singles Game
  • Wendig, Chuck Star Wars:Aftermath-Life Debut
  • Wohlsdorf, Gina Security
  • Wright, Kim Last Ride To Graceland
  • Zane Vengeance

Find Time to Color! August 1, 2016

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adultcoloringSuddenly, everywhere you turn, you see coloring books, coloring pages, and coloring sheets for adults. You can find them at book stores, drug stores, and every discount store. What’s all this about?

We live in stressful times, no mistake. Technology adds to our stress. We are the first generation who must cope with these kinds of stresses. Constantly thinking on our feet, our stress is not so much adrenaline-driven, but underlying, constant, like erosion or a slow leak. Now we must deal with whether our device is going to run out of charge before we get our message sent, or a computer crash, or do we have enough bars?, not to mention driving, having to be someplace at a certain time, meeting deadlines, and so much more which, over time, can muck up our well-being.

Having said this, it makes much more sense that a low-tech, creative outlet like coloring can recharge us in an unexpected way. IDEAS.TED.com article, Why Grown-Ups Love Coloring Books Too, by Tom Roston covers our need to release some of the stress through a “meditative mental drift” which he describes as an activity “requiring minimal thought and bestows a clear sense of progress,” like mowing the lawn or weeding. This “drift” method of self-care is restorative. It allows us to dial down the buzzing in our lives, and allow us calmness though a soothing activity. Coloring is low-impact, low-cost, and creative.

He mentions that coloring may not be for everyone. Those of us who find color selection and getting the shades just right too consuming can cause its own level of stress and defeat the purpose. Art therapist Marygrace Berberian suggests something more tactile, like playing with clay, which is pretty goof-proof.

The Steele Library has free coloring sheets at the ready anytime you would like a little tranquility. Pages are located at the Steele library on a table on the second floor, right across from the elevator. We have all kinds of coloring sheets for your own state of meditative drift.

You can also check out colored pencils for use on the premises!

Caroline Poppendeck, Librarian
Steele Memorial Library

Chemung County Library District: Giving Young Children the Tools to Become Successful Readers July 16, 2016

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1000books1000 Books Before Kindergarten is an ongoing program based upon evidence that the more children (ages 0 – 5) hear books read to them, the more prepared they will be to learn and enjoy reading upon reaching Kindergarten.

The Benefits of Reading to Your Child: Research shows that children with larger vocabularies are better readers. Knowing many words helps children recognize written words and understand what they mean.

Vocabulary is learned from books more than from normal conversations with adults or other children or from the TV. Children will gain Narrative & Story Telling skills that will help children better understand what they are reading. Being able to rhyme and sing will give your child a Phonological Awareness that will help them as they begin to sound out words when learning to read.

By helping your child gain Letter Awareness, knowing the names and sounds of letters, children learn how to sound out words themselves. And most importantly, Children who enjoy shared reading time, and see others around them enjoying reading will want to learn how to read.

Any child from birth until he or she enters kindergarten can participate in the program. Listening to stories during Story Time counts towards books read, asks staff members for our Story Time hours or visit our Calendar of Events (http://ccld.lib.ny.us/). Studies have shown that families who start reading aloud to their children at birth help to strengthen their language skills and build their vocabulary – two important tools for beginning to learn to read when they enter kindergarten.

  • Register – At the Horseheads Free Library, the Big Flats Library or the Steele Memorial Library and take home your first reading log.
  • Track Your Reading – Each time you read a book with your child, fill in a circle on the reading log.
  • Show us Your Reading Logs – When you reach 100 books, bring in your reading log, and at each 100-books mark, you get a “100 books!” sticker.
  • Read More Books! When you get all the way to 1000, you’ll receive a lunch box for Kindergarten!

 For more information or to download our convenient reading logs (or use our iPhone or Android App) and our recommended reading list visit 1000booksbeforekindergarten.org.

 Horseheads Free Library is hosting their annual 1000 Books Before Kindergarten kickoff Storytime on Tuesday August 30th at 10:30.

Register for the program and receive your introductory bag and

first reading log, listen to stories, rhymes and make a craft.

Celebrate kids who have reached the 1000 book goal!

 How To Pick A Book Your Child Will LOVE:

Books for Infants 0-12 months:

  • Books with simple, large pictures or designs with bright colors. Images should be of familiar objects, or other babies.
  • Small, stiff Cardboard, Board Books made for small hands.
  • Washable cloth books to cuddle and mouth & Plastic/Vinyl books for bath time.

 Books for Young Toddlers 12-24 months:

  • Sturdy books they can handle and carry.
  • Books with photos of children doing familiar things like sleeping, eating or playing.
  • Books with only a few words on each page, with simple rhymes and predictable text.

Books for Toddlers 2-3 years:

  • Books that tell simple stories.
  • Books with rhymes, rhythms, and repetitions they can learn by heart.
  • Food, Animals, Vehicles and Bedtime books are favorite subjects.
  • Books about saying Hello and Goodbye.

Books for Toddlers 2-3 years:

  • Books that tell stories.
  • Books about kids who look and live like them, as well as books about kids living in different places.
  • Books about counting, ABCs, shapes or sizes.
  • Books about making friends and going to school

This program is graciously funded by the Friends of the Horseheads Free Library.

Amanda Farley
Head of Youth Services, Horseheads Free Library, CCLD

Take a Computer Class! July 15, 2016

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computerConfounded by computers? Intimidated by technology, but afraid to ask questions?

You are not alone! Many, many adults have had to teach themselves how to use a computer and explore the web. Some have sailed through the process, while others need more help.

To all of us who “don’t get it”, don’t be discouraged! Start by taking a free computer class at the Steele Memorial Library! We have several courses: Beginning Computer class, which explains the parts of the computer, the way it works, how to operate a mouse, etc. Beginning Internet, which explains how to navigate the internet, determine safe sites, protect yourself from hackers, and stay one step ahead of them with strong passwords.

We also have Tablet Talk classes – a class on how to use your device at Steele and at the Horseheads branch! All types of devices are welcome – just bring your device in fully charged, and any passwords you need, and our staff will help you tackle the broad strokes and the fine points!

Check our monthly calendar of events for the next class! You can take as many classes as you like!

You CAN do this!

New AV at Steele – June 2016 July 13, 2016

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  • ppzGods of Egypt
  • Story of KISS
  • Magma-Volcanic Disaster
  • Eddie The Eagle
  • Hello My Name Is Doris
  • Creative Control
  • How To Be Single
  • Dixieland
  • Pride & Prejudice & Zombies
  • The Hoarder
  • Zootopia
  • The Boy
  • 13 Hours
  • Anomalisa
  • The Other Side of The Door
  • Skyline
  • The Hallow
  • Home Fires
  • Stained – Live From Mohegan Sun
  • 3 Doors Down – Live From Houston, TX
  • Fleetwood Mac The Dance
  • Chicago In Chicago
  • Van Halen –Live Without A Net
  • Bad Co. –Live At Wembley
  • REO Speedwagon –Live In The Heartland
  • Steve Miller Band –The Moody Theater
  • Monster High- Great Scarrier Reef
  • Abandoned
  • Justice League vs Tee Titans
  • It Happened One Night
  • Creep
  • Stolen Child
  • stealingcarsStealing Cars
  • What Lola Wants
  • Huey Lewis and the News-Live at 25
  • Centennial
  • Guns For Hire
  • The Sin Seer
  • From Justin To Kelly
  • In The Name of The King 2
  • In The Name of The King 3
  • River World
  • War & Peace: mini series
  • Hostile Border
  • Deadpool
  • Needful Things
  • Southbound
  • Against The Wild II
  • The Last Man On The Moon
  • Trouble makers-The Story of Land Art
  • SNL The Best of Dana Carvey
  • SNL The Best of Chris Rock
  • In The Hive
  • Chet Atkins Rare Performances 1976-1995
  • Chet Atkins Rare Performances 1955-1975
  • 10 Cloverfield Lane
  • The Brothers Grimsby
  • 45 Years
  • Larger Than Life
  • Hyena Road


  • princeWeezer Weezer
  • Prince Controversy
  • Cheap Trick Bang Zoom Crazy Hello
  • Cecilia String Quartet Mendelssohn op.44 nos 1,2
  • Grieg Trio Haydn Piano Trios
  • Silk Quiet Storm
  • Aristocrats Tres Caballeros
  • Aristocrats Culture Clash
  • Phil Collins Testify
  • Keb’ Mo’ Live-That Hot Pink Blues
  • Ace Frehley Origins Vol. 1
  • Sonny Rollins Holding The Stage
  • Lita Ford Time Capsule
  • The Defiants Defiants
  • Prince Purple Rain
  • Prince HitnRun Phase One
  • Black Stone Cherry Between The Devil….
  • Robin Trower Where You Are Going
  • Martina McBride Reckless
  • Sixx: A.M. Prayers For The Damned
  • Meghan Trainor Thank You
  • Iron Maiden Book of Souls
  • Tremonti Dust
  • Metal Church XI
  • Fallujah Dreamless
  • Ghoul We Came For The Dead
  • Jungle Book Original Music
  • Lucian Ban Songs From Afar
  • Train Does Led Zeppelin II
  • Jeff Healey Heal My Soul
  • zoeticRocket Summer Zoetic
  • Jayhawks Paging Mr Proust
  • Christie Michele Milestone
  • Wilson Right To Rise
  • Dierks Bentley Black
  • Steele Panther Live From Lexxi’s Mom’s Garage
  • Firth Harmony 7/27
  • Shenandoah Good News Travels Fast
  • Machine Gun Kelly General Admission
  • Catfish and the Bott The Ride
  • Jennifer Nettles Playing With Fire
  • Now That’s What I Call Music 58
  • Beyonce Lemonade
  • Barenaked Ladies BNL Red Rocks
  • Cole Swindell You Should Be Here
  • Keith Urban Ripcord


  • Arroyo, Raymond The Relic of Perilous Falls
  • Atherton, Nancy Aunt Dimity & the Buried Treasure
  • Backman, Fredrik My Grandmother Asked Me…
  • Berry Julie The Passion of Dolssa (juv.)
  • Binchy, Maeve A Few of The Girls
  • Bolling, Eric Wake Up America
  • Bradford, Barbara The Cavendon Luck
  • Bryson, Bill The Road to Little Dribbling
  • Buxbaum, Julie Tell Me Three Things (YA)
  • Carman, Patrick Omega Rising (juv.)
  • whatwefindCarr, Robyn What We Find
  • Chevalier, Tracy At The Edge of The Orchard
  • Clancy, Tom Duty and Honor
  • Columbus, Chris Clash Of The Worlds (juv.)
  • Coonts, Stephen Liberty’s Last Stand
  • Cussler, Clive The Emperor’s Revenge
  • Daheim, Mary Here Comes The Bribe
  • Danler, Stephanie Sweetbitter
  • Dickey, Eric Jerome The Blackbirds
  • Disclafani, Anton The After Party
  • Doiron, Paul Widowmaker
  • Duhigg, Charles Smarter Faster Better
  • Ellison, J.T. No One Knows
  • Evanovich, Janet The Pursuit
  • Flanagan, John The Ghostfaces (juv.)
  • Fox, Janet The Charmed Children of Rooksville Castle
  • Frank, Dorothea All Summer Long
  • Furst, Alan A Hero Of France
  • Gardner, Mark Lee Rough Riders
  • Gates, Riobert M. A Passion For Leadership
  • Grabwenstein, Chris Lemoncello’s Library Olympics (juv.)
  • Graham, Heather Flawless
  • Grant, Adam Originals
  • Gray, Shelley A Daughter’s Dream
  • Grisham, John Theodore Boone Kid Lawyer (Juv.)
  • Grisham, John Theodore Boone The Abduction
  • Grisham, John Theodore Boone The Accused
  • Hannah, Sophie A Game For All The Family
  • Harris, Robert Dictator
  • Haigh, Jennifer Heat & Light
  • Hilderbrand, Elin Here’s to Us
  • Jeter, Derek Change Up (Juv.)
  • Johansen, Iris Hide Away
  • King, Stephen End of Watch
  • Kadrey, Richard The Everything Box
  • Kellerman, Jonathan Breakdown
  • Kope, Spencer Collecting The Dead
  • Lahiri, Jhumpa In Other Words
  • Lansdale, Joe R Honky Tonk Samurai
  • Laurens, Stephanie A Buccaneer At Heart
  • Lee, Janice Y.K. The Expatriates
  • Magoon, Kekla Infinity Riders (juv.)
  • everythingbox.jpgMacKintosh, Clare I Let You Go
  • McBride, James Kill ‘Em and Leave
  • McMillan, Terry I Almost Forgot About You
  • Marvels Captain America: Civil War (juv.)
  • Meltzer, Brad The House of Secrets
  • Millet, Lydia Sweet Lamb of Heaven
  • Monroe, Mary Alice A Lowcountry Wedding
  • Mosley, Walter Charcoal Joe
  • Pepper, Angela Death of A Modern King
  • Purmort, Nora It’s Okay to Laugh
  • Quick, Amanda ‘Til Death Do Us Part
  • Riordan, Rick The Trials of Apollo (Juv.)
  • Russo, Richard Everybody’s Fool
  • Savit, Gavriel Anna and the Swallow Man (juv.)
  • Schine, Cathleen They May Not Mean To….
  • Sepetys, Ruta Salt To The Sea
  • Simonson, Helen The Summer Before The War
  • Straub, Emma Modern Lovers
  • Thayer, Nancy The Island House
  • Thor, Brad Foreign Agent
  • Timmer, Julie Untethered
  • Tyler, Anne Vinegar Girl
  • Unger, Lisa Ink and Bone
  • Van Dyke, Dick Keep Moving
  • Woods, Stuart Dishonorable Intentions
  • Yancey, Rick The 5th Wave (YA)
  • Yancey, Rick The Infinite Sea (YA)
  • Wood, Levison Walking The Himalayas
  • Woods, Stuart Scandalous Behavior
  • Zenter, Jeff The Serpent King (YA)

Beneficial Bits ‘n Bytes: Free Digital Magazines July 12, 2016

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zinioZinio for Libraries offers our library members access to over 180 popular magazine titles, and many back issues as well. Browse or search the collection and view magazines in full-color. There are no holds, no loan period, and no limits to the number of magazines you can check out.

Click on the Zinio box that is displayed on your library’s home page and that will lead you to our digital magazines. You can create an account by clicking on the link in the upper right hand corner of the page or you can begin browsing the collection immediately and once you click on a selection, you will be prompted to set up your account. When you have your account set up, and you are logged in, you will see a My Collection link where you will manage the magazines you have checked out to your account.

Magazines can be read online in the browser with a Windows or Mac computer. Download checked-out magazines to apps for iPad, iPhone, Android and Kindle Fire/HD/HDX which enables you to read the content offline.

Zinio for Libraries is easily accessed and has an incredible selection of magazines to choose from!

Connie Ogilvie, Librarian
Chemung County Library District

A Busy Summer Coming Up for the CCLD Bookmobile July 11, 2016

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There’s a lot happening this summer with the CCLD Bookmobile.  We are so excited to announce 3 new stops beginning soon.

  • Fairport Terrace, Wygant Road, Horseheads, every other Thursday 4:00-4:30pm beginning July 7th.
  • Hickory Grove Apartments, Horseheads, every other Monday 3:45-4:30pm beginning July 18th.
  • Wesleyan Church, Beavers Dams, every other Wednesday 1:00-2:00pm starting on September 7th.

Besides new stops, CCLD Bookmobile will once again be visiting all the Summer Cohesion Sites, Big Flats Parks, and the Southport Parks.  We actually see 700-800 children per week! The children will select books to read during the week and then return the following week to choose more. Each summer, Bookmobile staff looks forward to seeing familiar faces and meeting new children too.

On July 26th the Bookmobile will be hosting a special performer. Jim Cruise, The Spoon Man, will showcase his spoon playing talent in an interactive comedy routine.

  • Families can come to one or all performances at the parks in Elmira’s Southside – Goodwin Park  9:15am, Chapel Park  9:45am and Draxler Park 10:15am. These are 20 minute performances.
  • At 3:00pm, a full hour show will be held at the Southside Community Center.

You’ll have more opportunities to visit the CCLD Bookmobile in 2016 at special community events.

  • July 16th: Horseheads Family Days at Thorne St Park, 12:00-3:00pm
  • August 20th: Strong Kids Safe Kids at the Chemung Co Fair Grounds, 11:00am-3:00pm
  • August 27th: Wellsburg Community Days where there will be venders all day and a parade at 2pm.
  • October 8th: October Fest in Elmira Heights, 10:00am-4:00pm
  • October 22nd: Pumpkin Express in Horseheads at the Sullivan Park, 1:00-5:00pm

bookmobileIf you see the Bookmobile stopped or parked, don’t be shy, come aboard and see what we have to offer. It’s not just for children. In fact, an Adult Book Discussion Club meets the 1st Friday of every month at the Bulkhead Hardware parking lot.  The book title is announced the previous month and is posted on the CCLD website’s Calendar of Events.  If you can’t join the group, call  Kim Jones, the bookmobile driver, and let her know how you liked the book. She and her staff are always eager to answer any questions you may have or to assist with book, audio book, and DVD selections.  Don’t hesitate to call 738-2476.  See you soon!


Summer Reading Club Kicks Off June 27th June 8, 2016

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On Your Mark_EL purple01The Summer Reading Club for kids will kick off the week of June 27th with the theme, “On Your Mark, Get Set…READ!”.  Activities for kids at our local CCLD branches, include:  Puppet, Magic and Outdoor Game Days, as well as CCC’s Planetarium, Science Tellers and a performance of “The Tortoise and the Hare” by the Merry-Go-Round Theatre. There’s so much more, and best of all…completely FREE! Signups start June 27th, either online at www.ccld.lib.ny.us or stop in at your local branch. Once you sign up and start reading, remember to stop in weekly at your local branch for prizes and the club event of the week. All readers who enter and report their progress online or let us know, will be invited to an ending party at Eldridge Park, sponsored by the Friends of CCLD. Parents, remember this is a great way to get your child to keep reading over the summer months, and avoiding the “summer slump” or loss of reading skills. For the tweens (8-13 years) out there, we will be offering a Theatre Camp and a Maker Camp, stay tuned to our website for more details on these!

To get ready for our Summer of Fun, Fitness and Games, check out some of these titles:

Amelia Bedelia Shapes Up by Herman Parish

Strong Man: The Story of Charles Atlas by Meghan McCarthy

The Busy Body Book by Lizzy Rockwell

Diary of a Sixth Grade Ninja Series by Marcus Emerson

Extreme Babymouse by Jennifer Holm

Rising Above: How 11 Athletes Overcame Challenges in their Youth to Become Stars by Gregory Zuckerman

Watch Me Throw the Ball by Mo Willems

Janet Ackerman
Head of Youth Services, Steele Library, CCLD

Recommended Adult Fiction Summer Reads June 6, 2016

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With summer almost upon us, the following is a list (in no particular order) of books that caught the attention of those in the know as strong contenders for your reading time. All are or will be available shortly within the library system. Have a great summer!

mirrorthief.jpgThe Mirror Thief, by Martin Seay – part supernatural mystery, part ominous modern thriller, and a true delight.

Zero K, by Don DeLillo – DeLillo packs death, information, mannequins into one of his finest books.

I Almost Forgot About You, by Terry McMillan -There’s no better creator than McMillan of female characters who refuse to give up on dreaming, or on looking back to find the way forward in their noisy, messy, joyous lives.

Marrow Island, by Alexis M. Smith – Smith suffuses her setting with dread and menace, raising the question: What is really happening on Marrow Island?

The Heavenly Table, by Donald Ray Pollock – a psychotic terror ride through an early 20th century hillbilly hellscape that puts the family of a swindled, good-hearted farmer on a collision course with three brothers on a crime spree.

Sweetbitter: A novel, by Stephanie Danler – A lush novel of the senses—of taste and hunger, seeing and understanding, love and desire.

Heat and Light: A Novel, by Jennifer Haigh – To drill or not to drill? Prison guard Rich Devlin leases his mineral rights to finance his dream of farming. He doesn’t count on the truck traffic and nonstop noise or the disruption of his family’s life.

We Could Be Beautiful: A Novel by Swan Huntley – a glittering, seductive, utterly surprising story of love, money, greed, and family.

Trail of Echoes Rachel Howzell Hall – Detective Lou Norton investigates crimes against exceptional African American girls who belong to the same school district.

The Sport of Kings, by C E Morgan – Hellsmouth, an indomitable Thoroughbred with the blood of Triple Crown winners in her veins, runs for the glory of the Forge family, one of Kentucky s oldest and most powerful dynasties. spiraling tale of wealth and poverty, racism and rage, “The Sport of Kings” is an unflinching portrait of lives cast in shadow by the enduring legacy of slavery.

Ladivine, by Marie N Diaye, translated by Jordan Stump – A trio of women create, discover, and keep disappearing on each other in this melancholy modern fable.

Imagine Me Gone, by Adam Haslett – This touching chronicle of love and pain traces half a century in a family of five from the parents’ engagement in 1963 through a father’s and son’s psychological torments and a final crisis.

Sweet Lamb of Heaven, by Lydia Millet – Blending domestic thriller and psychological horror, this compelling page-turner follows a mother fleeing her estranged husband.

The Adventurist, by J Bradford – A brilliant, introspective, socially awkward software engineer navigates corporate and personal challenges. The writing is just about perfect: incisive, eloquent, philosophical, and witty by turns, a top-notch talent.

Caroline Poppendeck, Librarian
Steele Memorial Library


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