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I Dream In Color March 28, 2011

Posted by macethedog in Mace, Programs, Steele, Youth Services.
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Mace Under the Circulation DeskHi!

It’s been a while since I have been able to write.  Mom has been keeping me busy and away from the computer.  I think she is afraid that I will drool on the keys.  I finished my Doggy Tales program at Horseheads and am missing all of those kids reading to me, but on Thursday April 7th, you can come to the Steele Memorial Library at 3:30 and read to me.  I can’t wait!!! Please!! Please come and read to me!  I love to have little kids pet me and lay on me.  Let’s face it, spying in the library isn’t a very busy life.  I really just do a lot of sleeping in the library, but you can wake me up and ask if you can pet me. When I’m at the circulation desk, no one knows that I’m under the desk sleeping until they look into the hole where the cords go and see me under there. Usually they are surprised to see a dog in the library. But I’m a special dog!!!  Mom likes to fool the kids by saying “How do you think he got down that small hole?”. 

Come see me on the 7th!!


Dreamdark – Blackbringer, by Laini Taylor March 17, 2011

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DreamdarkAs a Youth Services staff member, I have been whittling down the list of must-reads recommended by both book review periodicals and fellow Juvenile and YA readers. I have been mired in teen angst, hurled through recycled adventures, and generally worn-out by stories that just don’t wow.

This book, Dreamdark, was recommended to me by a staff member. It sounded like another rehashing of fairy-tale ingredients, but because it had earned such praise, I forged ahead.

A world was crafted through the unlikely perspective of a clan of crows and their adopted faery, named Magpie. Never have I read a book so freshly inspired, with language so beautifully wrought, including the author’s own cleverly invented words. Her use of a story’s flow kept me reading, not able to put it down.

Taylor’s vision of her world is whole and three-dimensional, with colors and textures easily imagined. The story is unexpected, dark, thrilling. Characters are fully realized, believable, relatable, and amusing, including odd little creatures that endear or repulse, and some truly frightening antagonists. I would never limit this to a juvenile read. Any book lover who enjoys a gorgeously articulated story will savor this one.

This book can be described in one word – delicious.

Caroline Poppendeck, Librarian
Head of Youth Services
Steele Memorial Library

Yearbook Donations Requested March 16, 2011

Posted by roganp in Community, Genealogy / Local History, Steele.
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The Steele Memorial Library has been collecting High School Yearbooks from the five area high schools since 1909.  They have been very popular with genealogists and others ever since.  Unfortunately, there are several years that we do not have.  Since they can no longer be purchased, we have to rely on donations of existing copies.  Below you will find a list of the years we do not have.  If you have a copy of any of these years that you are willing to donate, we would be very grateful.  Please contact Phyllis Rogan or Sherry Nichols at 733-9175 or 733-8603.

Elmira Free Academy:

1910, 1913, 1925, 1926, 1953, 1972, 1977, 1981-1983, 1994.

Southside High School:

1939, 1942, 1946, 1947, 1958, 1960, 1963, 1971, 1972, 1979-1982, 1984-1995.

Thomas A. Edison:

1945, 1958, 1973, 1979, 1980, 1982, 1986, 1987, 1989-1992.

Horseheads High School:

1920-1956, 1960, 1963, 1967, 1970, 1971, 1975, 1976,1979,1980, 1981,1983,1984,1992-1994, 2001, 2004

Notre Dame:

1959, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005 (Catholic High 1937-1956)

Phyllis Rogan, Reference Librarian
Steele Memorial Library

Student Artwork Displayed at Steele and West March 9, 2011

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The ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes (The ARTS), sponsor of National Youth Art Month in Chemung, Schuyler and Steuben counties, announced Monday that 29 classrooms and 26 businesses, libraries and art venues have joined together to display area student artwork throughout the three-county region. The student artwork will be on view for the rest of the month.

National Youth Art Month emphasizes the value of art education for all children and encourages support for quality art programs. The ARTS and the local businesses and organizations listed below are honored to provide a forum for acknowledging the skills that are fostered by visual arts programs in our schools.

A reception for students, parents and teachers will be held at The Gallery @ The ARTS, 32 West Market Street, Corning, on Saturday, March 19, from 12 noon – 2pm.

The reception will feature a Teacher Exhibition in The Spotlight Gallery @ The ARTS with artwork by:

  • Christine Adams, Northside Blodgett Middle School
  • Shawn Farwell, Northside Blodgett Middle School
  • Lisa Gillis, Corning Christian Academy
  • Cynthia Harrington, Horseheads High School
  • Susan Pabody, Elmira Free Academy
  • Gina Pfleegor, Hammondsport Junior/Senior High School
  • Emily Solometo, Broadway Elementary
  • Julie Thurber, Notre Dame High School
  • Dale Witkowski, Ernie Davis Middle School
  • Birgitt Wolf-King, Corning-Painted Post West High School

Business locations, schools and teacher names follow:

Chemung County


Cappy’s, 205 West Clinton Street: Elmira Free Academy, Allison Newkirk

Clemens Center, 207 Clemens Center Parkway: Ernie Davis Middle School, Dale Witkowski and Michelle Priniciotto

Kingsbury’s Cyclery, 228 West Water Street: T.K. Beecher Elementary, Megan Hugg

Steele Memorial Library, 101 East Church Street: Broadway Elementary, Emily Solometo

Steele Memorial Library, West Elmira Branch, 1231 West Water Street: Elmira Free Academy, Susan Pabody; Hendy Elementary, Jessica Brown

Steve Seaberg State Farm Insurance, Langdon Plaza, 303 North Main Street:

Elmira Free Academy, June Gordon; Notre Dame High School, Julie Thurber

Tough Pups & Pampered Princesses, 220 West Water Street: Parley Coburn Elementary, Korey French


On-A-Roll Sandwich Shop, 8 Hanover Square: Horseheads High School (2D work), Cynthia Harrington

Silverbird Espresso, 119 West Franklin Street: Horseheads High School (3D work), Cynthia Harrington


Schuyler County

Watkins Glen

HSBC Bank, 712 North Franklin Street: Watkins Glen Middle School, Karen Hansen

Watkins Glen Public Library, 610 South Decatur Street: Watkins Glen High School, Elaine Wojtus

Montour Falls

Montour Coffee House, 401 West Main Street: Watkins Glen High School (paintings on stretched canvas), Elaine Wojtus

The Harvest Cafe, 224 West Main Street: Watkins Glen Elementary School, Susan Comstock


Steuben County


171 Cedar Arts Center, 171 Cedar Street:  Jasper-Troupsburg Central School, Darryl Mallanda

Berger’s Ski Shop, 72 West Market Street: Corning-Painted Post West High School, Birgitt Wolf-King

Connors Mercantile, 16 East Market Street: Jasper-Troupsburg Junior-Senior High, Wendi Wagner

Glassworld, 1 West Market Street, Suite 8: Corning Christian Academy, Lisa Gillis

Imagine That!, 86 West Market Street: William Severn Elementary, Catherine Miller, and Calvin U. Smith Elementary, Marie Herow

Market Street Coffee and Tea, 61 East Market Street: Hugh Gregg Elementary, Megan Wukovitz

Poppleton’s Pastries, 23 West Market Street: Corning-Painted Post West High School, Joni Kehoe

Pure Design, 39 East Market Street: Corning-Painted Post East High School, Lisa Rossi-Sullivan, and Northside Blodgett Middle School, Megan Wukovitz

YMCA, 127 Center Way: Corning-Painted Post West High School, Erin O’Leary


Five Star Bank, 25 Shethar Street: Hammondsport Junior/Senior High School, Gina Pfleegor

Painted Post

Heavenly Cup Coffee Roasters, 323 South Hamilton Street: Northside Blodgett Middle School, Christine Adams and Shawn Farwell

Jelly Beans Restaurant, 319 South Hamilton Street: Corning Free Academy (Names and Birds), Shari Holland

Treu Office Supply, 106 Victory Highway: Corning Free Academy (Self-Portraits and Butterflies), Shari Holland

For information on NYAM installations in the Hornell area, please contact the Hornell Area Arts Council.


Contact: Emily Marino
607-962-5871 x226

The ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes is the region’s arts services organization, serving artists, arts/cultural organizations, schools and the public in Chemung, Schuyler and Steuben counties of New York State. For more information, please visit www.eARTS.org.

Read to Me! March 6, 2011

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Van Etten LibraryVan Etten Library extends a heartfelt thank you to Ralph Moore and the Family Reading Partnership of Chemung Valley for the new “Read to Me!” banner now gracing the library exterior wall.  The banner features artwork by Elmira children’s book author Tedd Arnold.

Van Etten LibraryVan Etten library patrons and staff love the new look!  The banner improves the aesthetics of the library exterior and conveys the presence and location of the library to the community.

March – Irish-American Heritage March 5, 2011

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Minding FrankieMarch is Irish-American Heritage Month, by Presidential Proclamation! So it was no surprise that Maeve Binchy’s (my favorite Irish writer) latest book, Minding Frankie arrived at the library on March 1.  I took it home and read it in one evening.  Margaret Flanagan, writing a review in Booklist, a reviewing magazine for librarians, said, “Reading a Maeve Binchy novel is like settling in for a cozy visit with an old friend.  In vintage Binchy style, a cast of colorfully eccentric characters living in a snug Dublin neighborhood seamlessly weave in and out of each others’ lives, united by family, faith, friendship, and community.”  I certainly could not have said it as well and concur heartily with Ms. Flanagan’s assessment.

Murphy's LawI’m also reading a historical mystery series by Rhys Bowen called the Molly Murphy Mysteries. The first book in the series is Murphy’s Law whose main character Molly escapes troubles in Ireland to come to New York City via Ellis Island in 1901 (where she continues to attract trouble). The series is lots of fun for those with Irish heritage and for genealogists.

And you won’t want to miss: The Matchmaker of Kenmare: a novel of Ireland by Frank Delaney.

If you are lucky enough to be able to go to Ireland to trace your roots or to just enjoy the sights this year, we have lots of travel books and DVDs to plan your trip (or even to travel vicariously) such as Rick Steves’ Ireland.  You can find this book he Dewey call number 914.15. Enjoy!

Phyllis Rogan, Reference Librarian
Steele Memorial Library

Register to WIN AN MP3 PLAYER! March 1, 2011

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Win an MP3 PlayerThe Chemung County Library District will be holding a drawing to give away an MP3 player on Tuesday April 12, 2011.

To register for this drawing, contestants are asked to complete a short 11 question survey between March 1st – March 31st about the Chemung County Library District’s website. The survey is available at: http://www.ccld.lib.ny.us/websurvey.htm

CCLD employees and board members are not eligible. Winner need not be present.

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