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Central Branch begins uploading High School Yearbooks February 25, 2013

Posted by frankosu in Genealogy / Local History.
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The Central Branch of the Chemung County Library District is pleased to announce a new digital collection has been added to the New York Heritage Digital Collection titled High School Yearbooks from Chemung County.  This collection consists of High School Yearbooks from the Central library’s collection which initially will include Elmira Free Academy and Elmira Southside High School. As the collection grows, we will begin to include Thomas Edison, Horseheads, and Notre Dame. To protect privacy of the students and faculty, the Chemung County Library District will not upload a yearbook until 75 years after its publication.

To browse this new digital collection go to: http://www.ccld.lib.ny.us/yearbooks.htm

1909 E.F.A Library1909 E.F.A Library

1927-28 Southside Girls Basketball Team1927-28 Southside Girls Basketball Team

1919 E.F.A. Football Team1919 E.F.A. Football Team

Southside Senior Play 1933Southside Senior Play 1933

Owen Frank, Librarian
Head of Adult Services
CCLD, Central Library

Dealing with the Winter Doldrums February 18, 2013

Posted by poppendeckc in Uncategorized.
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Midwinter is difficult for most folks; we are too far into the season to remember summer clearly, but not close enough to spring to witness any glimmer of its return. We tire of the dark days and harsh elements causing us to hurry inside, or stay inside when we’d rather be out. The warm, balmy breezes seem so far away, and getting there is sooo slooow.

Take heart; to ride out the elements is part of human existence. Winter has been endured by countless humans for millennia. Perhaps this is how art and culture formed. Musical instruments may have been discovered or developed during the harsh winter months, when the hunter/gatherers could only hunt briefly, and gathering had to wait until spring or later. Singing, dancing and other cultural developments may have evolved during this time as well. It’s possible to believe this to be true when the long days of winter tick by with exasperating slowness.

Stories were, no doubt, told around the meeting place to fill empty hours, entertain children, and generally keep lagging spirits up. I wonder if Homer was busy storytelling to the weather-weary during the winter months?

Mankind has had to deal with the doldrums of the off-season forever, but we are very lucky to have many more boredom-busters at hand than our ancestors had.

We have a multitude of options to keep us entertained; from games of all kinds – board, card, electronic, and assorted indoor types; to word games, and so much more. We can cook, bake, have a movie marathon, pursue hobbies, read, or meditate. The list is endless, incorporating old methods and new.

However we choose to spend the long cold winter months, spring is approaching, one infinitesimal moment at a time.

Caroline Poppendeck, Librarian
Head of Youth Services
CCLD, Central Library

February is Black History Month February 4, 2013

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Elizabeth and Hazel:  Two Women of Little RockFebruary is Black History Month and every year we get many books on the subject such as the African American Almanac: 400 Years of Triumph, Courage and Excellence by Lean’tin Bracks or Discovering Black America: from the Age of Exploration to the Twenty-First Century by Linda Tarrant-Reid. As I like to understand history through the people who lived it, here are some biographies that will give you a taste of what was going on in the time period they lived.

The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal and the Real Count of Monte Cristo by Tom Reiss describes the life of Thomas-Alexandre Dumas, 1762 -1806, who lived in France,  and whose swashbuckling exploits were portrayed in the book and movie The Three Musketeers.

Medgar Evers: Mississippi Martyr 1925-1963 by Michael Vinson Williams tells the story of the civil rights movement in the deep south.

Elizabeth and Hazel: Two Women of Little Rock by David Margolick tells the story of two young women, those pictured in the famous image from September 1957 that captured the racial tension and hatred that occurred after desegregation, and follows them through their lives.

Desert Rose: the Life and Legacy of Coretta Scott King by Edythe Scott Bagley is the biography of the wife of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Quiet Strength: the Faith, the Hope and the Heart of a Woman is an autobiography by Rosa Parks, who started the bus boycott in 1955 and was a hero of the civil rights movement.

And for a few pages on each of several heroes, try the book, Heroes for my Son by Brad Meltzer. When Brad Meltzer welcomed his first child into the world, he started keeping a list of heroes whose virtues and talents he wanted his son to emulate; the short vignettes include Barack Obama, Muhammad Ali, Frederick Douglass, Rosa Parks, Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King, Jr., Jesse Owens, Jackie Robinson, and Harriet Tubman. If they whet your appetite, you can find longer biographies of each of these people in our catalog.

Phyllis Rogan, Reference Librarian
Chemung County Library District

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