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Summer Reading Club Launch Event June 19, 2013

Posted by ackermanj in Youth Services.
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Dig Into ReadingCentral (Steele) Library has been selected to be one of the official NY state launch sites for this year’s Summer Reading Club, in conjunction with S. Tier Library System and the NY State Library. We are thrilled to be hosting this special event, on Tuesday June 25 from 6:00-8:00, and the evening will include fun “stations” for the kids to explore around the theme of “Dig Into Reading.”Stations will include face painting and tattoos, a dinosaur excavation site, a special craft, a visit from Booker, refreshments and a 7:00 performance by the Bubbleman. State dignitaries will be on hand to deliver short speeches about the importance of summer reading, and some will also read to the kids. Staff will also be on hand to let kids know how and when to register at their CCLD branch for the club. Studies have shown the importance of reading over the summer months, as it allows students to maintain educational advances. Our weekly programs which will run for 6 weeks, will engage the children with entertaining and educational programs…all for free! For more information about the importance of summer reading, please visit http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/libdev/summer/research.htm.

Janet Ackerman
Head of Youth Services
Central Library, Elmira (CCLD)

You ask…What’s happening at the Big Flats Library? June 14, 2013

Posted by harrisb1 in Big Flats.
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Book Sale Well, let me tell you a few things….

Flowers are blooming.  Muriel and Charles Friend deserve a huge round of applause in recognition for the great job they do with planting and maintaining the flowers around the Big Flats Branch Library.  Every year, without my asking, they come and fill our planters and stuff our grounds with a wide assortment of beautiful flowers.

We are now hosting a mini book sale shelf from the Friends of CCLD.  Hard covers are $2.00 and soft covers are $1.00.  What a bargain!  All proceeds from this sale benefit the Big Flats Branch Library.

Display Case A new display case has generously been donated by the Big Flats Library Advocates.  Pat Silvernail does a great job with organizing the monthly displays and recruiting volunteers to fill the case.

An advance thanks to the Town of Big Flats Highway Department.  They are bringing over some heavy equipment and donating a pile of sand for a Tuesday night Summer Reading Club program in July.  It is always a pleasure to work with the Town of Big Flats and hope to do more in the future.

Every Spring the Big Flats Women’s Club donates a Spring basket for raffle.  This year the basket raised $195 for the library.  Thank you all BFWC members.

Come see the newly re-modeled Big Flats Library.  You will be amazed!

Brian Harris
Principal Library Clerk/Branch Manager
Big Flats Library

Beneficial Bits n’ Bytes – New York State Vital Records June 12, 2013

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The Central Branch (Steele Memorial Library) of the Chemung County Library District is very proud of our agreement with the New York State Health Department to house the New York State Vital Statistics Index on microfiche at our library.  The indexes are from 1880 to 1937 for births and 1880 to 1962 for marriages and deaths.  Genealogists must come to the library to use the microfiche (see www.ccld.lib.ny.us/vitalstats.htm for more about the vital statistics).

There has been lots of talk on genealogist listservs about whether the index will be put online and now a part of it has been put online. We have put a link to it on our genealogy links page:  http://ccld.lib.ny.us/genealogy_links.htm.  Scroll down  and you will see Upstate New York Death Records 1957-1963.  Click the link and have fun with the test run of the NYS Vital statistics Index online!


Phyllis Rogan
CCLD – Central Library Reference Department

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