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Resources for Parents – New Non-fiction at the Central Library April 30, 2014

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Jo Frost's Toddler RulesParenting a child is incredibly rewarding, yet can also be frustrating at times. Children have physical and emotional needs and a parent is on 24/7. Children need nourishment, love, understanding, structure, discipline, and the list goes on. We open our hearts to our children and we try to do what we think is best for them. Ultimately, when it comes to parenting, I think following your instincts and your knowledge of your child is what has worked for me. But along the way we all seek books and magazine articles for advice, knowledge, inspiration, and encouragement.

Chemung County Library District has parenting books on many topics including raising your children, behavioral issues, children with special needs, bullying, or even estrangement from an older child. The library can provide information on so many parenting issues.

These are some of the new non-fiction books at the Central Library on parenting where you can find information on your child from birth through the teen years.

Bumpology the Myth-Busting Pregnancy Book for Curious Parents-To-Be by Linda Geddes. This book discusses the latest research on various topics of concern from pregnancy through the baby’s first year.

Calm Mama Happy Baby the Simple Intuitive way to Tame Tears Improve Sleep and help Your Family Thrive by Derek O’Neil, CHP & Jennifer Waldburger, MSW. This book gives Moms practical tools for choosing calm over stress no matter what is happening that day.

Mindful Parenting: Simple and Powerful Solutions for Raising Creative Engaged Happy Kids in Today’s Hectic World by Kristen Race. A thoughtful science-based plan that helps parents and kids use simple techniques to deal with the stresses of our modern day lives.

Jo Frost’s Toddler Rules Your 5-Step Guide to Shaping Proper Behavior by Jo Frost. Jo Frost, the supernanny, presents a simple but effective 5-step program that guides parents to tame tantrums, prevent bad behavior and create stability in the home environment.

Got Teens? The Doctor Mom’s guide to Sexuality, Social Media and Other Adolescent Realities by Logan Levkoff, PhD & Jennifer Wider, MD. This book gives parents the confidence to answer their children’s tough questions that come up in today’s world and decode what their children really want to know.

Connie Ogilvie, Reference Librarian
Chemung County Library District

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ARE YOU A ROCK-N-ROLLER? April 29, 2014

Posted by harrisb1 in District News, Steele.
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If you enjoy good ol’ classic rock music, then you need to check out the Audio-Video department at CCLD-Central library. We are compiling a fantastic selection of classic rock music for both old and young fans of a great era in music.

Some of the artists we are now housing include:
• Eric Clapton
• Lynyrd Skynyrd
• David Bowie
• Dire Straits
• Guess Who
• Deep Purple
• Grand Funk Railroad
• Blue Oyster Cult
• And many more classic rock artists

We are also adding rock concerts on DVD. So, come on down to the Central library Audio-Video department and “bang your head”.

ROCK ON!!!

Brian Harris
Principal Library Clerk
CCLD-Audio Video Dept.

Out of School Learning Experience April 21, 2014

Posted by patchettd in Community, Programs, West Elmira.
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I ate my first Kumquat the other day. At least, as far as I can remember, I had never eaten a kumquat before. I did not know that it is necessary to roll the kumquat gently in my hands for a few seconds before eating, as that makes the skin sweeter. I would not have known to eat the skin with the fruit (the sweetness of the skin balances the tartness of the fruit). I would not have known that I like kumquats if I had not been at the library.

I heard a phrase the other day: “Out of school learning experience”. The more I have thought about that phrase, the more I see the value of programs at our public libraries. These programs reach across all age groups, genders, and interest areas. The day the kumquats came to the library, a chief from Wegmans (we appreciate our community partners!) came to teach a home school group about some fruits that are a little out of the ordinary. He brought several, including star fruit and pomegranates, and gave each child the opportunity to taste, comment, and ask questions. Many of the parents and caregivers joined in, as did the volunteers who were helping with the program. Other patrons who visited the library that day asked that we hold another session for adults.

We are very fortunate that there are many places families can take children for an out of school learning experience in our community, especially now that the weather is improving. Did you know you can rent snowshoes and kites at Tanglewood? Did you know that Letchworth State Park sends their calendar to our libraries, listing their interpretive programs? Did you know that the theme of this summer’s Summer Reading Club is science based? The Chemung County Library District staff is now busy planning programs and projects for the summer that will engage your child in fun, active learning experiences. Though many of you already know this, there are still some local residents who need to discover what is going on at our libraries. You may find that you too like kumquats!

Dianne Patchett
Branch Manager
West Elmira Library

Did you know that your public library is a vacation planner’s paradise? April 14, 2014

Posted by cclddirector in Community, Director's Comments, District News, Recommendations, Reference, Technology.
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About a year ago my daughters and I were in the process of planning for their first trip to Europe. Seeing that all three of us were recent college graduates we balked at the thought of signing up for a group tour package. Deciding to set our own itinerary meant we would have a whole lot of work ahead of us.

Fortunately my daughters figured that since dad was paying for the trip they wouldn’t complain at where he wanted to go (amazing how that works out). We decided to use library materials as our “travel agent” to give us tips on where to go and what to see. So for a few months prior to our departure I checked out travel guides, books and DVDs to learn more about Europe. And borrowing from the library helped us save money. After all who can’t use extra cash when they are going on vacation?

In addition, the suggested itineraries helped us focus our sightseeing on the places we really wanted to visit while making sure we didn’t overextend ourselves. We also had copies of important phrases from different guide books so we could at least say “please” and “thank you” in the language of where we were (a hint- the good guide books will have an index of common foreign language phrases).  I had also checked out a French CD to brush up on my skills as well as used our Mango Languages program to make sure the phrases we were trying to use sounded reasonably close. If you are not familiar with Mango Languages, it is an online language-learning system, teaching conversation skills for over 30 languages including English. Mango uses real-life situations and actual conversations to more effectively teach a new language. Once again, this is a free database available at CCLD.  All you need is your library card and PIN to access Mango Languages.

We used the library computers to research the State Department website to make sure where we were going was safe, checked on flights and trains, and researched tricks to help save money on airfare and hotels. Fortunately, we had also downloaded a few library eBooks prior to departure which gave us something to read during the long flights and delays we encountered.

So the next time you are going on vacation come on in and give us a try. You will find a variety of resources to help make your trip more enjoyable.  Also, make sure to sign up for our vacation planning class next month at the Central Library:  Roadtripping – May 21 at 6pm.  Learn to plan, organize, and discover great places to visit this summer using roadtrippers.com and more. The Tech Lab Class is limited to 12 participants. Call today to register 733-9175.

Ronald W. Shaw
Director, CCLD

St. Peter and Paul’s Cemetery Records April 11, 2014

Posted by roganp in Genealogy / Local History, Reference, Steele.
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The Genealogy Department is proud and happy to announce that our staff and volunteers have completed a spreadsheet containing the names from St. Peter and Paul’s Cemetery Records from their Ledger Book encompassing the years 1890 -1947.  We now have over 32,000 names recorded from the cemetery. As the cemetery can no longer assist genealogists, except to tell people who have a name and date of death the place of burial at the cemetery, we are providing a much needed service, providing access to all the information the cemetery has about the deceased. As this ledger book was handwritten with letters formed in old script, it was necessary to research obituaries, city directories, the NYS Vital Statistics Index and other records to determine as reliably as possible the person buried. To see the index of our cemetery records, please come to CCLD Central Library (Steele Memorial) and ask at the adult services desk for genealogy assistance.

Phyllis Rogan, Reference Librarian
CCLD Central Library

New cookbooks at the Central Library April 1, 2014

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stuffedThere is definitely a science to cooking, measuring ingredients, heating at the perfect temperature, blending ingredients to make sauces, and the timing involved in preparing a recipe. But cooking is a lot more than just a science. Cooking is an art form! The fact is, cooking impacts all of our senses. The aromas of the carefully chosen seasonings, the sounds of chopping as we prepare ingredients or that hot sizzling in a pan, and there is the visual presentation of complimentary colors and textures. Then of course is the finale, the wonderful tastes and textures of your creation!

Our library has so many wonderful cookbooks that can take you around the world on any given night or perhaps for a special occasion. There is Italian, Mexican, or Thai cooking; or you can find books on dietary styles such as vegetarian, low-fat, or gluten free. Whatever cuisine you fancy, I’m sure you will find it in our library’s cookbook collection. Even if you’re not a cook, you have to appreciate CCLD Central Library’s beautiful collection of cookbooks! Here are some of our newest titles…..

Cooking for two : more than 130 delicious recipes to enjoy together Edited by Jeff Nowak Healthy – sensible small batch cooking with the nutritional information provided.

Grain Power By Patricia Green and Carolyn Hemming – over 100 easy to make recipes featuring gluten-free ancient grains.

Lidia’s commonsense Italian cooking : 150 delicious and simple recipes everyone can master By Lidia Mattichio Bastianich and Tanya Bastianich Manuali – easy steps to wonderful recipes, plus tips for choosing and preparing ingredients.

New Middle Eastern street food : snacks, comfort food, and mezze from Snackistan By Sally Butcher – a variety of Middle Eastern snack recipes for those who love this exotic cuisine.

Stuffed : the ultimate comfort food cookbook : taking your favorite foods and stuffing them to make new, different and delicious meals By Dan Whalen – some fun and different recipes, taken to the Extreme!

Connie Ogilvie, Reference Librarian
Chemung County Library District

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