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Happy Hogmanay! December 27, 2011

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While New Year’s Eve is celebrated around the world, the Scots have a long rich heritage associated with this event – and have their own name for it, Hogmanay.

During the Protestant Reformation Christmas was considered a Catholic feast and was not celebrated as a festival. Many Scots had to work over Christmas and their winter solstice holiday was therefore at New Year when family and friends gathered for a party and to exchange presents, especially for the children, which came to be called Hogmanay.

There are traditions before midnight such as cleaning the house on December 31st (including taking out the ashes from the fire in the days when coal fires were common). There is also the superstition to clear all your debts before “the bells” at midnight.

Perhaps the most traditional part of the celebration is “First footing” (that is, the “first foot” in the house after midnight). It originated in the belief that the first person who came through the house in the first few minutes of the new year as the bells ring at midnight would bring good luck. To ensure good luck for the house, the visitor would bring symbolic coal, a bottle of whiskey, and some type of food. Depending upon the region, this could be oatcakes, black bun, or shortbread.

In the spirit of the season, the Chemung County Library District would like to say “Happy Hogmanay” to all our patrons. To help out with the clearing of your debts, and “first footing,” the library is offering an amnesty on fines, not fees for lost materials, from Dec. 27 through Dec. 30. All fines, up to $20.00 will be waived for Chemung County Library District materials only. Bring a non-perishable food item for each $5.00 in fines to our Community Missions bin and return your overdue books, tapes, CDs and videos fine-free.

Are you looking for that perfect holiday gift? December 19, 2011

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CCLD CardGive your child a gift that never needs batteries, doesn’t need assembly, doesn’t need to be fed or taken for a walk. Our gift idea lasts forever, never wears out, and is constantly exciting. And to make it even more special, it gives greater joy the more it’s used. And to make it really, really special (especially for the giver), it doesn’t cost a lot.

It’s the perfect gift, suitable for everyone on your list. It can take you places you’ve only dreamed of- far off lands, distant planets, ancient times, or even the to the future. It can help you become a better golfer, better parent, or a better person. It can provide you access to everything you’ve ever dreamed of. You can you use it whenever you want, exchange what you get with it, and is a gift your someone special will never grow tired of. And to make it really, really, really special- you can even give it to yourself.

By now you’re probably wondering “Where can I get one of these?” Well, it’s very simple. First, come down to the library and fill out a library card application and we’ll give you a library card. I’ve even got a great way for you to give it to someone. Check out three of four books and wrap the card and the books and set them under the tree. Save this very special package for last. When your special someone opens it up you can tell them the library card will get them presents all year long.

It doesn’t matter if you get the card for yourself, or get it for your kids (we require that they at least be able to print their name to get their own). And we offer a guarantee, if you aren’t fully satisfied with your library card after a lifetime of use, we’ll refund your money. Now I know I’m not going out on a limb here, seeing a library card is free and at that price, who would complain? Besides, I know it will be the best gift you will ever give and the best card you will ever receive.

Bookmobile News & Updates December 16, 2011

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The CCLD Bookmobile enjoyed being part of the Elmira Holiday Parade the day after Thanksgiving. It was a beautiful day for November and the turnout was good. It was also the first time that the bookmobile participated in the holiday parade with finished graphics. Last year it looked like a big blue bus. But this year the wonderful graphics that Tedd Arnold designed for us were completed.

Bookmobile staff are also looking forward to hosting author, Maureen Wright at the Southside Community Center in December. Maureen lives in Athens, PA and donates her time to read her books to children. She has written 3 books: Sleep, Big Bear, Sleep, Sneeze, Big Bear, Sneeze and Sneezy the Snowman.

Just a reminder that the Bookmobile will be off the road from Thursday December 22nd to Monday January 2nd for the holidays. We look forward to seeing you on Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012 as we resume our regular schedule.

Dianne Patchett, Bookmobile Clerk
CCLD Bookmobile

Is It Just Me?: Or is it nuts out there? December 6, 2011

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Is it Just Me?:  Or is it Nuts Out There?The article in the Star Gazette titled Black Friday Increasingly Frenzied really made me worry about our society with its talk about pepper sprayed customers, smash and grab looters and bloody scenes in the the shopping aisles. Has the whole meaning of Christmas changed when I wasn’t looking? Is it truly all about greed, selfishness, and THINGS! Whatever happened to peace and good will to men? Whatever happened to love thy neighbor as thyself? Wish Andy Rooney was still around to comment on this with just the right words so people would laugh and pay attention. But we do have the comedian/actress Whoopi Goldberg who wrote Is It Just Me?: Or is it nuts out there?, taking on the idea that the loss of civility is affecting the quality of life for all of us.  I’ve noticed a lot of books written about civility lately but will the uncivil read them? Maybe if we change the atmosphere, the culture will change. So here are a few more recent books extolling civility.

Saving Civility: 52 Ways to Tame Rude, Crude & Attitude for a Polite Planet by Sara Hacala

The Civility Solution: What to Do When People Are Rude by P. M. Forni

Civility: Manners, Morals and the Etiquette of Democracy by Stephen Carter

Miss Manners Rescues Civilization: from Sexual Harrassment, Frivolous Lawsuits, Dissing and Other Lapses in Civility by Judith Martin

A World Waiting to be born: Civility Rediscovered by M. Scott Peck

Phyllis Rogan, Reference Librarian
Steele Memorial Library

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