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TBT: On Christmas day, 100 years ago in Elmira December 25, 2014

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“Ameta: Famous French Mirror and Fire Dancer” headlined Elmira’s Majestic Theatre’s Christmas program. According the Elmira Star Gazette article from Dec. 24, 1914,  Ameta was a “…world famous mirror and fire dancer…a French woman, she had been appearing in Berlin when the war broke out and it was with difficulty that she escaped from German soil and came to this country, where she graced our local stage with her “10 large mirrors which reflect her every pose and give the effect of ten ballerinas dancing at once and …a wealth of filmy robes which are given beautiful tints under the multicolored lights in which she dances….”


And now, we can experience a moment of that long-ago Christmas show in Elmira, via video clip, courtesy of the Library of Congress.  Check out Ameta performing here:


The Majestic Theatre was located at 102-104 W. Market St in Elmira.  Using he city directories, it looks like it was founded circa 1910-1911 and went out of business circa 1929.  A picture of the theatre sign appears below.

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“Majestic Theatre” picture via http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/18332

Photo courtesy of Mike Paul.

More New AV at Steele – December 2014 December 17, 2014

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  • Hot in ClevelandImpractical Jokers seasons 1-2
  • Pushing Daises seasons 1-2
  • In The Name of The King
  • The Adventures of Merlin seasons 1-5
  • Free Fall
  • Hot In Cleveland seasons 1-5
  • Good Burger
  • Birdemic 2
  • The Scribbler
  • Lois & Clark seasons 1-4
  • Into The Storm
  • Lifeforce (blu-ray & dvd)
  • Nightmare On Elm Street Collection


  • Joe Walsh So What
  • Ten Years After Essential
  • Machine Head Throuhg the Ashes of Empires
  • Machine Head Bloodstone & Diamonds
  • Danity Kane DK3
  • Billy Idol – Kings & Queens of The Underground
  • The Flamin’ Groovies Replay: Groovies Greatest
  • Mocking Jay part 1 Motion Picture SoundtrackMockingjay
  • David Guetta Listen
  • Slipknot .5: The Gray Chapter
  • Thomas Rhett It Goes Like This
  • The Band Perry The Band Perry
  • Keith Urban Greatest Hits
  • Brandy Clark 12 Stories
  • Vince Gill Guitar Slinger
  • Sam Bush Circles Around Me
  • Melvins Hold It In
  • Alt-J This Is All Yours
  • Matty Mullins Matty Mullins
  • The Cars The Cars
  • Dazed and Confused Soundtrack
  • Radiators Zig-Zaggin’ Through Ghostland
  • U2 The Unforgettable Fire
  • Dream Theater Dream Theater
  • Wings At The Speed Of Sound
  • Devon Allman Turquoise
  • Keith Richards Main Offender
  • Caution HorsesCowboy Junkies The Caution Horses
  • Passenger Whispers
  • Lethal Weapon 3 Motion Picture Soundtrack
  • Vance Joy Dream Your Life Away
  • Kiss Dressed To Kill
  • AC/DC Rock or Bust
  • Neil Young Storytone
  • Neil Young Are You Passionate?
  • Pitbull Globalization
  • Ziggy Marley Jahmekya
  • Freddy vs Jason Motion Picture Soundtrack
  • Lynyrd Skynyrd – 1991
  • Tony Hawk American Wasteland


  • David Baldacci The Escape
  • Preston & Child Blue Labyrinth

From pop culture to historical oddities, our new non-fiction books have some interesting subjects to appeal to all! December 12, 2014

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glamourgidgets“Glamour, Gidgets, and the Girl Next Door: Television’s Iconic Women from the ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s” by Herbie J. Pilato. This book is a celebration of the wonderful women of television that many of us grew up with. A fact filled book that tells these women’s stories, and praises their talents; as well as a resource book for those interested in Television Industry history.

“Yeah! Yeah! Yeah! The Story of Pop Music from Bill Haley to Beyoncé” by Bob Stanley. This book is an entertaining summary of pop music traced through familiar songs and musicians. It is an informative and humorous telling of the history of this music genre.

“Behind the Curtain: An Insider’s View of Jay Leno’s Tonight Show” by Dave Berg. This book was written by Jay Leno’s “Tonight Show” co-producer of 18 years. It is an entertaining and insightful account of Jay Leno and the making of the “Tonight Show.” It tells the story of the antics, humor and strategies behind the scenes of America’s leading late night TV show.

“Dreamers and Deceivers: True Stories of the Heroes and Villains Who Made America” by Glenn Beck. This book tells the untold story of familiar characters from history, including entrepreneurs, frauds, and charlatans. Once again Glenn Beck peaks our interest in this new series on history.

Connie Ogilvie, Reference Librarian
Chemung County Library District

Youth Book Recommendations for Holiday Gifts December 10, 2014

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As I look through Amazon, Barnes and Nobles, Kirkus Review and the American Library Association’s picks for best children’s books of 2014, ready to order what’s missing from our library collection, I realize that the books from these lists can be great for Holiday gift giving. When my kids were growing up, above all else, a new book was always ready for them to open on Christmas morning, and I love the idea from Amy Dickinson, now adopted by the Family Reading Partnership, of a book on every bed on Christmas morning. What a great holiday tradition to start, the idea being that a book will be the first thing opened up by a child on Christmas morning, with adventures and stories waiting to be discovered! So, taking from these great list compilations, I recommend the following books, all available at a CCLD library:

For younger readers:

A Big Guy Took My Ball by Mo Willems

Here Comes Destructosaurus by Aaron Reynolds

Baby Bear by Kadir Nelson

The Dark by Lemony Snicket

Locomotive by Brian Floca

Little Santa by Jon Agee

Gravity by Jason Chin

For middle readers:

The Year of Billy Miller by Kevin Henkes

The Animal Book by Steve Jenkins

Doll Bones by Holly Black

Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures by Kate DiCamillo

Counting by 7’s by Holly Goldberg Sloan

Tuesday Tucks Me In: The Loyal Bond between a Soldier and his Service Dog by Luis Carlos Montalvan

The Right Word: Roget and his Thesaurus by Jen Bryant

Happy Holiday Reading Everyone!

Janet Ackerman
Head of Youth Services
Steele Memorial Library, CCLD

New AV at Steele – December 2014 December 9, 2014

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  • TammyTammy
  • Let’s Be Cops
  • Maleficent
  • How To Your Dragon 2
  • The Christmas Ornament
  • Radio Free Albemuth
  • Jersey Boys
  • Hercules
  • Step Up – All In
  • Planes: Fire and Rescue [blu-ray & dvd]
  • Misfire
  • Sex Tape
  • Ninjago and Friends
  • A Most Wanted Man
  • Wrong Turn 6
  • Earth To Echo
  • Tasting Menu
  • Defiance season 1
  • Modern Family season 5
  • Robert B Parker’s Jesse Stone series
  • Frozen Sing-Along Edition
  • Care Bears Belly Badge Rock
  • America Imagine The World Without Her
  • Harold & Kumar Triple Feature
  • Behaving Badly
  • Avenging The Throne
  • Adventure Planet
  • 22 Jump Street22 Jump Street
  • Gabrielle
  • If I Stay
  • Sin City A Dame To Kill For
  • Planet Of The Vampires
  • Mad Men final season part 1
  • Merlin season 1
  • The Killing season 1 & 2
  • Mortal Kombat Legacy 1 & 2
  • Season Of The Witch
  • Veggies Tales Beauty and the Beet
  • And So It Goes
  • The Purge Anarchy
  • Dark rising
  • Agency of Vengeance: Dark Rising
  • Good People
  • Blood Valley
  • The Wind Rises
  • See No Evil 2
  • Roborex
  • Tyler Perry’s A Madea Christmas
  • Wish I Was Here
  • The Giver
  • Big Bang Theory-Holiday Episodes
  • The Big Bang Theory   season 7
  • Edge of Tomorrow
  • Word World Castles In The Sea
  • •	Tyler Perry's A Madea ChristmasThe Vanishing (foreign)
  • Dragon Day
  • Plastic
  • Reckoning
  • The Bridge season 1
  • The Jewel of The Nile
  • Nash Bridges seasons 1-3
  • The Glades seasons 1-4
  • The November Man
  • Suits seasons 1-3
  • Graceland seasons 1-2
  • Thomas & Friends The Christmas Engine
  • Sofia The First
  • Gator Boys seasons 1-3


  • Eric Clapton Live At Montreux
  • Boston The Meadowlands 1979
  • Molly Hatchet Live At Rockpalast 1996
  • Molly Hatchet Flirtin’ With Disaster Live
  • Styx Live
  • Eric Clapton & Steve Winwood Live From Madison Square Garden


  • Renee Fleming Christmas In New York
  • Faster Pussycat Greatest Hits
  • MC Hammer Greatest Hits
  • The Cars Greatest Hits
  • Rodney Carrington Greatest Hits
  • Run-Dmc Greatest Hits
  • MegadethMegadeth Super Collider
  • The Ultimate Classical Christmas
  • Now That’s What I Call Motown
  • UFO Lights Out
  • John Cougar Mellencamp Big Daddy
  • Living Colour Everything Is Possible
  • Van Morrison His Band and The Street Choir
  • Son Volt Trace
  • Steve Earle El Corazon
  • Steve Earle Definitive Collection
  • The Very Best of Winger
  • The Best of Poison
  • Love and Death Love and Death
  • Ultimate Classical Chill Out 1-5
  • Sammy Hagar Lite Roast
  • Jerry Lee Lewis Rock & Roll Time
  • G-Eazy These Things Happen
  • Foo Fighters Sonic Highways
  • Marty Stuart Saturday Night/Sunday Morning
  • Grateful Dead Go To Heaven
  • Grateful Dead Trouble Ahead/Trouble Behind
  • Led Zeppelin Presence
  • Muddy Waters Woodstock Album
  • Jethro Tull Original Masters
  • Blues Traveler Blues Traveler
  • Steve Earle Guitar Town
  • John Cougar Mellencamp Uh-Huh
  • John Cougar Mellencamp Lonesome Jubilee
  • Bruce Hornsby Hot House
  • Earth Wind & Fire HolidayThe Best of Talking Heads
  • War The Hits
  • Status Quo Rocking All Over Years
  • Classical Relaxation 1-5
  • The Smoker You Drink, the Player You Get
  • Judas Priest Essential
  • Best of The J. Geils Band
  • Bush Man On The Run
  • Big & Rich Greatest Hits
  • Aretha Franklin Sings The Great Diva Classics
  • Ice-T Greatest Hits
  • Spinal Tap This Is Spinal Tap
  • Confederate Railroad Greatest Hits
  • No Bragging Rights The Concrete Flower
  • Earth Wind & Fire Holiday
  • Best of Soul Asylum
  • Steve Earle Copperhead Road
  • Megadeth Greatest Hits
  • Vince Gill Ballads
  • Vince Gill & Paul Franklin Bakersfield
  • Chris Durante Group Lucky 13
  • Dan & Shay Where It All Began
  • Swon Brothers Swon Brothers
  • Gordon Lightfoot Gord’s Gold 1&2
  • Eli Young Band 10,000 Towns
  • Brett Eldredge Bring You Back
  • Thompson Square Just Feels Good
  • Royal Southern Brotherhood Royal Southern Brotherhood
  • Ultimate Bach discs 1-5
  • Garth Brooks Man Against MachineUltimate Beethoven discs 1-5
  • Ultimate Chopin discs 1-5
  • Nickelback No Fixed Address
  • Garth Brooks Man Against Machine
  • Eli Young Band Life At Best


  • Siobhan Adcock The Barter
  • Tilly Bagshawe Sidney Sheldon’s Chasing Tomorrow
  • Malcolm Brooks Painted Horse
  • Chris Ewan Dead Line
  • William Forstchen Day of Wrath
  • Elin Hilderbrand Winter Street
  • Adrian McKinty The Sun Is God
  • Anne Perry A New York Christmas
  • Jill Shalvis He’s So Fine
  • Jill Shalvis It’s In His Kiss
  • Alexander McCall Smith The Handsome Man’s De Luxe Cafe
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