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Quiet Battling in a Library June 26, 2014

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Last month, on the Elmira Central Library’s last Saturday, the Chemung Valley Chess Club hosted their annual chess challenge, graciously sponsored by the Friends of the Library, and the Chemung Canal Trust Company.  Forty-four players of every age and ability battled with their wits to attain the throne room atop the CCLD “Castle.” Contestants banqueted royally in the Great Hall.

Continuing his long reign, Dr. Walter Beuhl, one of the oldest participants, defeated all pretenders to the throne. Mark Mathews came closest to dethroning our King Lear (or Papa Doc). Michael Kane was forced to fight his way out of a four-way tie to claim the third place trophy, only after dispatching with difficulty the winner of the under-12 prize, Andrew He.

All contenders intend to return next spring, but earlier rematches may emerge at the Steuben County Library in Corning this October. It’s your move! Come try the ancient game that trains young minds to think maturely, analytically, and keeps mature minds young and quick. The Chemung Valley Chess Club meets every Wednesday in Elmira’s Central Library and elsewhere. Call 607-857-8479.

More New AV at Central (Steele) – June 2014 June 24, 2014

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  • Pompeii/blu-ray & dvd
  • 3 Days to Kill/blu-ray & dvd
  • The Garbage Pail Kids
  • Radio
  • Vampire Academy
  • Big Bad Wolves
  • McCanick
  • Garage Sale Mystery
  • Shark Attack Pack
  • The Revengers

Music CDs:

  • Billy Squire – Essential
  • That’s What I call Country Ballads 2
  • Kiss – 40
  • Loverboy – Classics
  • AC/DC – High Voltage
  • remNazareth – Hair of the Dog
  • The Runaways – Best of
  • REM – Unplugged 1991-2001
  • Iggy Azalea – The New Classic
  • Future – Honest
  • The Afghan Whigs – Do To The Beast
  • Garth Brooks – Classic Rock
  • Garth Brooks – Blue-eyed Soul
  • Garth Brooks – Country Classics
  • Garth Brooks – Melting Pot
  • Blackfoot – Rattlesnake Rock n Roll
  • April Wine – The Nature of the Beast

DVD Music:

  • Dio: Live In London

Beneficial Bits n’ Bytes – Opposing Viewpoints in Context June 17, 2014

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Opposing Viewpoints in Context is an online database covering today’s political and social issues in depth and from different perspectives. It is a great resource for students conducting research on a topic or for someone who wants an overview of a current issue in the news. This database is easy to navigate and rich in information.  Opposing Viewpoints in Context is provided by the New York State Library.

Opposing Viewpoints in Context

  • On the top center of the page there are five highlighted issues, each depicted by a photograph and a caption noting the subject. If you click on view more it will lead you to that topic’s information page.
  • Underneath these pictures are issues listed in categories, view more expands these listings. If you click on the Browse Issues tab at the top of the page, there is a complete alphabetical index of topics included in the database.
  • To the left of the homepage is Featured Video and Featured News clips. Many articles may be viewed by clicking on the featured newspaper title.
  • There is a Basic search and Advanced search for searching a topic of interest or even a specific name, title of an article, or publication date.
  • If you click on the tab marked Maps, using the picture index at the top of the page, you can select an issue by clicking on one of the thumbnail images . This section gives you statistical information, pinpointing various areas by scrolling over the map.
  • Once you click on a subject, it will lead you to an informational page which provides you with a summary of that issue and a variety of resources pertaining to that topic including pro and con viewpoints, articles from varied sources, statistical data, audio and video clips and suggested websites.

Connie Ogilvie
Central Library Reference Department
Chemung County Library District


New AV at Central (Steele) – June 2014 June 12, 2014

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  • Styx – Crystal Ball
  • Molly Hatchet – Deed is Done
  • Enrique Iglesias – Sex and Love
  • The Black Keys – Turn Blue
  • Tribute to Jackson Brown – Looking Into You
  • Ronnie Milsap – Summer Number Seventeen
  • Brantley Gilbert – Just As I Am
  • Sweet – Greatest Hits
  • Mahogany Rush – Dragonfly: Best of
  • Sarah McLachlan – Shine On
  • Michael Jackson – Xscape
  • Nazareth – Rock n Roll Telephone
  • Naughty Boy – Hotel Cabana
  • Jo Dee Messina – Me
  • Ted Nugent – Cat Scratch Fever
  • Popa Chubby – Back To New York City
  • Phillip Phillips – Behind the Light
  • Lee Brice – Hard 2 Love
  • Jason Aldean – Night Train
  • Maria Carey – Me. I Am Mariah


  • Her (blu-ray & dvd)
  • The Rocket
  • Veronica Mars
  • Poseidon Rex
  • A Tigers Tale
  • Art Machine
  • Ultimate Avengers
  • Wolverine Weapon X
  • Compound Fracture (horror)
  • Zombinator
  • Doctor Who (1963-1966)
  • Devils Due (horror)
  • Camp Harlow


  • Megastorm Aftermath – Investigating Hurricane Sandy
  • Mark Twain
  • Last Days of Man – Top 10 Doomsday Scenarios
  • Raw to Ready – Transforming Raw Materials Into Magnificent Machines

Broken Circle BreakdownNEW FOREIGN FILMS ON DVDs

  • The Broken Circle Breakdown
  • The Hunt
  • Rocket
  • The Great Beauty
  • The Wall


  • Paw Patrol
  • Chuggington – Explorer Koko
  • Scooby-Doo 13 Spooky Tale


  • Wheel of Fortune (PS3 & XBOX 360)
  • The Amazing Spiderman (PS3 & XBOX 360)

FIZZ, BOOM, READ! June 9, 2014

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It’s almost that time of year again… Summer! Which means that our library Youth departments are busy planning our Summer Reading Club programs. We are very excited about this year’s theme, FIZZ, BOOM, READ! Activities for kids at our local CCLD branches, include: Science Experiments (have you ever made elephant toothpaste?), Exploration of Space, Visits from the Science and Discovery Center, Fun with the 5 senses, Puppet and Dinosaur shows, and so much more.  Best of all, our programs are completely FREE! Sign ups start June 30, either online at www.ccld.lib.ny.us or stop in at your local branch. Once you sign up and start reading, remember to stop in weekly at your local branch for prizes and the club event of the week. All readers who enter the club and report their progress either online or at the library, will be invited to an end of Summer Reading Club party at Eldridge Park, sponsored by the Friends of CCLD. Parents, remember this is a great way to get your child to keep reading over the summer months, and avoid the “summer slump” or loss of reading skills. For the tweens (9-13 years) out there, we will be offering a six week theatre camp, on Wednesday evenings starting July 2 from 6:30-8:00 pm. Registration is required for this program, please call 733-9174 to sign up. There will also be separate reading programs and plenty of events for teens and adults. Here are some great recommendations for science-y reading fun for kids, available through our CCLD libraries:

Boy and Bot by Ame Dyckman and Dan Yaccarino

Citizen Scientist: Be a Part of Scientific Discovery in your own Backyard by Lorie Griffin Burns and Ellen Harasimowicz

Bartholomew and the Oobleck by Dr. Seuss

Crazy Concoctions: A Mad Scientist’s Guide to Messy Mixtures by Jordan D. Brown and Anthony Owlsley

The Secret Science Project that Almost Ate the School by Judy Sierra

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

Fascinating Biographies & Personal Narratives June 2, 2014

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Glitter and GlueEven though I no longer choose nonfiction books for the library, I love to browse the New Nonfiction on the first floor of the Central Library of CCLD. There are so many good books on so many subjects, but I still tend to grab biographies or personal narratives; I grabbed three fascinating ones last month.

The first one was Glitter and Glue by Kelly Corrigan, which on the surface is about a woman who graduates from college and wants life to be an adventure; after she works for a year to save money, she and a friend take off for New Zealand , Thailand, and Australia, where she runs out of money and takes a job as a nanny. She writes really well and this appears to be a light, quick, fun read, but when you get to the end, you realize it is really about relationships, specifically between mothers and daughters and how it changes over time and experience. I so wanted to talk about the ideas in this book; I wished I belonged to a book club so I would be able to talk about it with others who had also read it.

The next one I read was One Doctor: close calls, cold cases and the mysteries of medicine by Brendan Reilly. It always amazes me how well some doctors write! I read anything by doctors Jerome Groopman or Atul Gawande and now I have a third doctor who illuminates life choices we all make. Drawing us in like the best medical shows on TV by describing his patients, he shows us how doctors make life and death decisions every day.

The third one I read was This is the Story of a Happy Marriage by Ann Patchett. The well-known writer of fiction writes not a straight biography but each chapter is an essay formerly written for a magazine or newspaper about some aspect of her life; she writes about her devotion to writing and gives advice to wanna-be-writers, she writes about caring for her dog, her grandmother and a nun who was her teacher in grade school. Her honesty and nuanced essays will make you consider what she says long after you have finished the book.

Although all of these books were about someone’s experiences, only one was in the biographies. Glitter can be found under call #910.4 COR and One Doctor can be found in #610. 69 REI.  Enjoy!

Phyllis Rogan, Reference Librarian
Chemung County Library District

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