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Teens ARE reading, and Authors are like Rock Stars May 31, 2015

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teenbookfestI just got back from the 10th annual Teen Book Festival in Rochester, NY. What. A. Blast! Teens crammed the halls, classrooms, and auditoriums of Nazareth College, clamoring for their favorite writers like they were rock stars. (Because they ARE.)  Bestseller list YA authors (Ellen Hopkins, Sarah Dessen, Gayle Forman, Cinda Williams Chima, Matt De La Pena) and up and coming writers (Jason Reynolds, Jennifer Niven, Heather Brewer, and many more) ran hour long Q&A sessions, autographed books, and alternated between joking with teens, and inspiring or encouraging them.

I couldn’t stop smiling: at the excited teens calling out questions, authors hugging their fans, the long lines of young adults waiting to buy books, waiting for autographs and pictures. I overheard animated conversations about which actors should play what book characters, what series they had finished and what they were reading next. “I stayed up until 4am to finish it.” “Me, too!” “I saw Ellen, Mom. ELLEN! (Ellen Hopkins). Star struck excitement got me, too. I saw author Jennifer Niven go into the bathroom and I caught myself thinking “She goes to the bathroom just like the rest of us!” and then I laughed at myself.

If you like to read, write, or know a teen who does, this event is Not To Be Missed!

Rochester Teen Book Fest is free, held every May on the Nazareth College campus, and founded and directed by awesome teen librarian Stephanie Squicciarini.






For even more authors that were at the Book Fest:



Doris Jean Metzger, MLIS
CCLD Teen Services

New AV at Steele – May 2015 May 29, 2015

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On this date 100 years ago: Elmira’s Crystal Eastman lobbies for Women’s Suffrage in Washington D.C. May 18, 2015

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I was glad to see good news on the front of the Star Gazette today: thousands of people showing up in downtown Elmira to support cancer survivors and the Komen Foundation, and the news that the Elmira YWCA received $19,000 in donations to help them after they unexpectedly had to close this winter. I wonder if 100 years ago today, Mrs. Crystal Eastman Benedict, from Elmira NY, knew that she was to be a part of an ultimately successful campaign to secure voting rights for women.

On May 18, 1915, the Elmira telegram reported that Mrs. Crystal Eastman Benedict was in Washington DC before the Commission on Industrial Relations to fight for women’s suffrage. She didn’t ask them to please, maybe, consider it. She “declared the commission should immediately report to President Wilson advocating a Federal constitutional amendment for nationwide women suffrage.”

Crystal Eastman was the daughter of Samuel Elijah Eastman and Annis Bertha Ford. Annis was one of the first female Protestant ministers in the US. Samuel and Annis worked as pastors at the Independent Congregational Church (now known as Park Church) under Thomas K. Beecher.

The Valparisio University Law Review writes of Crystal’s early years in Elmira: she was “raised in the feminist, humanistic, intellectual, fun-loving and progressive environment of the Park Church in Elmira, NY.” (Valparaiso University Law Review, Vol. 28, No. 4 [1994], Art. 6, p. 1306).

Crystal Eastman was a 1903 graduate of Vassar College and earned an M.A. in sociology from Columbia University in 1904. She received her law degree from New York University Law School in 1907, graduating second in her class. In 1909, she was appointed by the governor of New York State to be the first woman on the Employer’s Liability Commission and drafted New York State’s first Worker’s Compensation Law.  In 1920, she was a founding member of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).

In 2000 Eastman was inducted in the (American) National Women’s Hall of Fame in Seneca Falls, New York.

Thank you, Crystal Eastman, for all the work you did from which we still benefit.  What work could we do today that would benefit people alive on May 18, 2115?

Works Consulted:

Valparaiso University Law Review, Vol. 28, No. 4 [1994], Art. 6, p. 1306. http://scholar.valpo.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1919&context=vulr (Retrieved 18 May 2015).

Vassar encyclopedia: Distinguished Alumnae.  https://vcencyclopedia.vassar.edu/alumni/crystal-eastman.html (Retrieved 18 May 2015).

Crystal Eastman, National Women’s History Museum.  http://www.nwhm.org/education-resources/biography/biographies/crystal-eastman/ (Retrieved 18 May 2015).


Beneficial Bits n’ Bytes – Free Online File Conversion May 2, 2015

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zamzarA lot of people visit the public library because they need to print a document. Most Windows computers come with a word processing program called Microsoft Works installed and many people use it to create documents. What a lot of people do not realize is that Microsoft Works files are not compatible with Microsoft Word, the paid product from Microsoft used for word processing (the program installed on the library’s computers). If you’ve created your file using Microsoft Works and get to the library, ready to print, only to discover that your file will not open, there is a solution!   There is a free online file conversion site, zamzar.com, that allows you to upload a file, choose the file type you’d like to convert it to, enter your email, and have the finished converted file emailed to you for download. The great thing about this site is that it does not require you to install any software to convert the file, since many public libraries restrict users from installing software for security reasons. Not only does this site convert WPS files to DOC files for the scenario described above, it also converts a number of other document, music, and image file types.

Jennie Lewis
Virtual Services Librarian
Chemung County Library District

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