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The Kite Artistry of Bill Connors September 26, 2011

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Shirone

Shirone

From 1988 – 2007, visitors to the Steele Memorial Library were treated to the kite artistry of Bill Connors. Now, Bill’s kites are flying high again in the Horseheads Library.

Bill, a retired engineer who lives in Horseheads, spent his early retirement years constructing the kites based on traditional East Asian designs. The kites have been exhibited around the world, where they’ve won numerous prizes in competition. Bill gave many of his kites to the library to display so local area residents could enjoy them.

With elegant tails strung across the children’s section, the Song Hong (meaning 2 sections) is reminiscent of early Chinese kites. The idea of mounting a smaller version of the main sail behind it may remind children of a baby bird flying behind its mother.

The 9’X12’ Shirone kite is actually a scaled down version of the giant kites flown in the annual kite battle at Shirone, Japan. Bill’s inspiration for the dancing Indian design came from a copper plate found in Georgia.

“Edo” is the old name of Tokyo. Bill’s Edo-Dako rectangular-shaped kite is one of the traditional Tokyo style kites. He based his design, however, on Michelangelo’s Piazza del Campidoglio in Rome.

Song Hong

Song Hong

Come to the Horseheads Library to see the Song Hong, Shirone, and Edo Dako kites. If you want to know more about kites, you can also check out books such as Kites for Everyone: How to Make and Fly Them by Margaret Greger and The Usborne Book of Kites by Susan Mayes.

Visit our Facebook page, to see more pictures of Bill’s kites.

Chris Corter, Librarian
Horseheads Library

E-Mail Notification Service September 20, 2011

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E-Mail NotificationsSteele Memorial Library is ready to launch our email notice service.  After all, the main library has to keep up with the branch libraries of the Chemung County Library District.   Would you like to receive a notice as soon as your reserved item is available?  Or, to help you return your library items on time and not have to pay overdue fines, we will be sending out courtesy notices to remind you of upcoming due dates.

This service is designed to provide our patrons with current information as well as save the Chemung County Library District on costs for printing notices and postage.

Also in the near future all CCLD libraries will be able to send overdue notices by email.  This means that you would be receiving your overdue notice 14 days after the item(s) are due and not having to wait for mail delivery.

If you would like to sign up for this service, please give your email address to a staff member at the circulation desk or call us at 733-9173.

Series Fiction Suggestions September 1, 2011

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The Big Short : Inside the Doomsday Machine by Michael LewisI’ve spoken to a couple of patrons recently who were looking for pleasant recreational books for a homebound relative.  So I suggested books I’ve liked – anything by Rhys Bowen who writes light, humorous mysteries where the setting, in her three different series is; Ireland, Wales, and Scotland, respectively. The Irish series starts with Murphy’s Law, another is the  Constable Evans Series and the third is her Royal Spyness series. Another series I like starts with Seneca Falls Inheritance

by Miriam Grace Monfredo and is set in nearby Seneca Falls during the 1800’s. If you like historical family sagas, try Belva Plain’s Evergreen and if you like humorous historical characters, Amelia Peabody can’t be beat. The first book about Amelia by Elizabeth Peters is Crocodile on the Sandbank. Series books don’t have to be read in order but I prefer to read them that way and remember you can always stop at the reference desk and ask us for the order. We like to get to know our patrons and love talking about books.

And don’t forget that we have a database called NOVELIST that you can reach from our database page where you can put in your favorite author and it suggests some read-alikes. We librarians refer to pleasant recreational books as “gentle reads”and you will find a list of those in Novelist also as well as a list of series in order of their publication.

Phyllis Rogan, Reference Librarian
Steele Memorial Library

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