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Wintertime Fun at West Elmira March 26, 2012

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Home-Schoolers Session

GardeningThe Home-schoolers group meets every Wednesday morning from 11 to 11:30 AM.  We have a group of around 15 lovely kids from 3 – 12 years of age who enjoy the sessions every week. The subjects for these sessions range from entertaining to educational – including literature, Science/Math and social topics like organic farming.  Our Valentine’s day special was a great hit with stories, games and stickers (Thanks to one of our parents who sweetened the session with their homemade Valentine’s day cupcakes!).  The following week our group had a unique experience meeting and interacting with Elmira’s own Mark Twain! – Mr. Jim Ketcham who does an excellent Mark Twain impersonation made this possible and enabled the kids to learn about the great American author’s life and stories.

Joe Pascarelli at WestOn March 7th we introduced our Homeschooler group to organic farming, teaching them about healthy eating and having them learn about different vegetables and fruits that can be included in their everyday diet. The children also had a lot of fun doing some “hands-on” gardening by planting a seed. Getting their hands dirty and planting their own personal seed which they could take home and care for was a great teaching moment. Weather-man special at West Elmira – Mr. Joe Pasquarelli from WETM news 18 conducted a 30 min session for the home-schoolers. It was a lively and an interactive session with kids actively participating and asking question to learn all about weather – rain, hail, snow and everything in between.

For more information on the upcoming session please call Ms. Ahnece at West Elmira library at 607-733-0541 or visit us at http://www.ccld.lib.ny.us/elmira_west.htm.

Storytime – Toddlers, Pre-schoolers and the Whole Family

Lady BugToddler Storytime (Tuesdays 10:30 – 11AM) and Pre-schoolers Storytime (Thursday 10:30 – 11 AM) at West Elmira library is fun time for kids! Recently we had a puppet show – “Mrs. McPuppet” which was a roaring success. Lady bug visited the Storytime kids as well as students at Hendy Creek Elementary school to teach them about self-empowerment. We have a lot more planned for Spring. Stop in for lots of fun, games, scarves and stickers. And we have a special Monday night story time for the whole family. At the end of each story time session we conduct a “Silly dance contest” and winners get prizes. So make sure to stop by next Monday to win some goodies!!

Giving Back to the Community – Blankets and Bunting by West Craft Group

The members of West Craft group made beautiful bereavement buntings and blankets for Arnot’s neonatal/perinatal care. Their work was so well appreciated that they now have a fresh request for smaller and shorter blankets! Anyone interested in participating in the making of these blankets can contact Mrs. Mary Louise Fisher at West Elmira library for more details.

Upcoming events @ West Elmira Library

  • Spring basket making workshop for adults – March 24, 9 AM – 12 PM
  • Furry friends program – April 2nd, 6:15-6:45 PM, for all ages. Local SPCA will be at the West Elmira library with a furry friend or two and gives us tips on how to care for and love these special creatures.
  • Children’s book week – May 7th – 12th. Button bookmark and bracelet craft for kids on Monday, May 7. Kids have a choice of gifting either the bracelet or the bookmark they made during the craft session for their mom at Tea party to be held on May 12.

Only at West Elmira

Classic literature on CD’s – Only at West Elmira Library. Stop by to pick some for your next road trip!

Rajee Mani
Volunteer for West Elmira Library

The British are coming! March 5, 2012

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Downton AbbeyPublisher’s Weekly had an article recently saying that the whole world is watching Downton Abbey, the Public Broadcasting series about a family of the aristocracy and their servants in Great Britain before the First World War. Steele Memorial Library has the first season of the series on DVD; so if you missed it or a part of it and want to catch up, come to the library and check out one of the DVDs. Downton Abbey reminds a lot of people of the similar television series from Great Britain called Upstairs, Downstairs, about another family and their servants in Great Britain (we have that on DVD also). If you like those two, you might also want to check out Gosford Park, a mystery set in the 1932 country estate of Sir William McCordell.

If you are familiar with these and like to soak up the atmosphere with a book, Deborah Mitford Cavendish the Duchess of Devonshire, age ninety, has written a memoir called Wait for Me. She is the youngest of the scandalous Mitford sisters, members of the British aristocracy. You can find it in the new book section under call number BD5111. Another recent book about the British aristocracy is That Woman: the Life of Wallis Simpson, Duchess of Windsor, call number BW 7661s. We also have Below Stairs: the classic kitchen maid’s memoir that inspired Upstairs, Downstairs by Margaret Powell (call number for that is BP 885). There are lots of biographies of the nobility in Great Britain in the biography section of the library. Stop at the reference desk for suggestions or just type in nobility AND Great Britain and click on “everything” in the online catalog.

American HeiressA fiction book that has won awards this year and is the story of an American who goes to England to find a husband among the nobility of Great Britain (as did the wife of the Duke in Downton Abbey) at the turn of the twentieth century is titled American Heiress by Daisy Goodwin. Those who love history will remember that the great robber barons of Newport’s daughters often did the grand tour in hopes of gaining a title. Jennie Churchill, the mother of Winston Churchill comes to mind and one of the books about her is called: Lady Randolph Churchill; the story of Jennie Jerome by Anita Leslie.

Phyllis Rogan
, Reference Librarian
Steele Memorial Library

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