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Summer Reading Club Update July 26, 2011

Posted by poppendeckc in Youth Services.
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FaustworkThe Summer Reading Club is getting wonderful attendance from our patrons! We have had great programs, and all are being met with enthusiastic response.

Our Faustwork Mask program launched the SRC here at Steele and at West Elmira and Horseheads libraries. It was a one-man show, with lots of masks that tickled young and old funny bones.

Next we enjoyed a mini Epcot program, with representatives from countries around the world. There was food, dancing, and learning about world cultures. This program was so popular, we have been asked to repeat it next year!

Multicultural DayWe had a visit from Corning Community College’s portable planetarium. It looked like a big silver balloon, and inside the children were introduced to the summer constellations. Outside the planetarium, the children made crafts, envisioned what it is like to be an astronaut, and even sampled astronaut ice cream!

The latest event was a visit from the Binghamton’s Zoomobile, where the audience enjoyed visits from an owl and a ferret, among others. Audience members were invited to touch the ferret and the corn snake. Trivia quZoomobileestions were asked and prizes given.

Two more events are up and coming. Please check our schedule for dates and times. It is not too late to sign up for the Summer Reading Club, which keeps the kids in your life connected to their reading skills and is a very enjoyable way to spend some time!

Caroline Poppendeck, Librarian
Head of Youth Services
Steele Memorial Library

Busy Summer for the Bookmobile July 19, 2011

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Bookmobile ShelvesThe CCLD Bookmobile has had a busy summer visiting Summer Cohesion sites, Big Flats Parks and Southside Parks.  Summer Cohesion has about 700 children registered and the Bookmobile visits all of them each week.  Picture #1 shows what our shelves look like after the last class visits on Friday AM!  Bookmobile Kids

There is a quiet reading time daily at the sites, so each child chooses a book to read for the week.  When time allows we give out tattoos or play guessing games.  But most of our time is spent recommending books or helping them find what they are looking for.  This program makes it possible to take pictures like #2 and #3.  Bookmobile Kid

The Bookmobile also made an appearance at Horseheads Family Days on Saturday July 16th.  It will be at Strong Kids Safe Kids on August 20th.  See you then!  Click here to view our summer schedule.

Dianne Patchett, Bookmobile Clerk
CCLD Bookmobile

Librarian Recommendations July 2011 July 1, 2011

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Operation Dark HeartDo the words – thriller, espionage, spy, CIA, fast paced suspense, international intrique -have you reaching for that book? Or do you read everything by fiction authors like Daniel Silva, David Poyer, Jack Higgins, Micael Connelly, Joseph Finder, Dean Ing, Vince Flynn or David Baldacci? Well then I have a few nonfiction books that you might love.

Operation Dark Heart : Spycraft and Special Ops on the Frontlines of Afghanistan– and the Path to Victory by Anthony Shaffer
The Spy Within : Larry Chin and China’s penetration of the CIA by Tod Hoffman
Agent Zigzag : a true story of Nazi espionage, love, and betrayal by Ben Macintyre
Spy Wars : moles, mysteries, and deadly games by T.H. Bagley
Agent 146 : the true story of a Nazi spy in America by Erich Gimpel
Enter the Past Tense: My Secret Life as a CIA Assassin by Roland W. Haas

All of the above are true stories about spies and spying. And we have lots more in the 327.12 section of the stacks.

Phyllis Rogan, Reference Librarian
Steele Memorial Library

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