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Krayon Kiosk at Big Flats Library August 26, 2015

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Krayon KioskTechnology is forever changing, tablets get smaller and phones are getting bigger again, but the thing is technology is everywhere. Almost everyone has a smart phone, a tablet or a laptop that you can take with you to access the internet wherever you are and libraries are no different. In fact, we are offering technology to very young patrons who seem to grasp the idea very eagerly.

Last April, the Big Flats Library was lucky enough to be able to purchase a Krayon Kiosk that houses 4 iPads for elementary aged children. Each tablet is pre-loaded with 52 educational apps geared for children 2-9 years old. These apps teach math, science, art, etc., all with the goal of having our young patrons learn as they have fun. This kiosk has proved very popular and the children who come in, run to sit on one of the bright chairs and settle in for a morning or afternoon of fun. While the young ones are playing on the tablet, mom has a chance to choose the books they will be taking home with no interruptions.

We are finding that children know how to use these devices since most have them in their home and are used to navigating the screens to get to the game. No instruction at all is needed to get them started. Yes, technology is here to stay, and this is just one more way your public library is staying on track with the latest innovations.

We invite you to come to the Big Flats Library and see for yourself how much fun our kiosk is. Come early, it fills up fast with our young patrons.

Glenice Peel
Big Flats Library
Chemung County Library District

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

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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

September is National Library Card Sign-up Month! September 1, 2012

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When you go out to dine you might use a credit card to pay for your food. When you get gas for your vehicle you may use a debit card. But did you know that, when you want to pick up some brain food or fuel your imagination, you can use your library card? In fact, you can use your library card to go everywhere, meet everyone and do everything. There are no limits to the usefulness of a library card.

The Chemung County Library District is joining libraries nationwide in celebrating September as National Library Card Sign-up Month. Chemung County residents are invited to stop by their local branch and, if they don’t have a card, and get one. After all, they’re free to citizens of Chemung County.

As part of the activities for the month, patrons will have the opportunity to enter a drawing for an iPad, Kindle Fire or Kindle Touch. Entries can be made in any of three ways- get a new card, update your current information, or sign up for our electronic newsletter.

New York State residents, ages 5 and older, who come to the library qualify to receive a free library card. In order to get a library card, applicants are required to complete and sign an application signifying their agreement to adhere to CCLD policies. Children age 5 – 15 years must have their application co-signed by their parent or guardian.

Applicants must present identification before being issued a library card. Parents or guardians of children age 5 – 15 years must present proof of address on their behalf. The most appropriate form of identification is a New York State driver’s license. Also accepted will be a NYS auto registration, a personal checkbook with printed current address, a letter postmarked to one’s current address, or another official document with one’s current name and address.

Your library card allows you to partake of all the services CCLD has to offer—online database usage, eBooks, free entertainment and educational programs, homework and business help, and, of course, DVDs, CDs, print and audio books.

Another added benefit is that your library card may be used at any CCLD branch- the Central Library (Steele Memorial), Big Flats, Horseheads, West Elmira, Van Etten, and The Bookmobile. Your library card also allows you to access materials at all Southern Tier Library System Libraries throughout Alleghany, Schuyler, Steuben, and Yates counties.

Call or visit your local branch for information about programs scheduled in celebration of National Library Card Sign-up Month! To find your local branch, visit http://ccld.lib.ny.us./index.htm. Stop by your local branch during the month of September and get a library card—then you can stop by every month for the rest of your life to use it!

Big Flats Library – Fall 2011 October 24, 2011

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Graphic NovelsBack in May we focused on Pop-Up books in the library collection.  This entry, among other things, will focus on the Graphic Novel collection at the Big Flats Library.  With both Young Adult and Juvenile graphic novel titles, Big Flats library is a little known hot spot for great graphic books.

A 28 day loan period and no limit, check out some of these popular titles…

Young Adult:Graphic Novels

  • Locke & Key
  • Naruto
  • Hellsing
  • Walking Dead


  • Amelia Rules (series)
  • Big Nate (series)
  • Jellaby
  • Electric Girl (series)
  • Marvel Comic Book Characters

Plus many, many more!

If this is your thing, come to the Big Flats library and take a look.

New window paintings at Big Flats.   Local resident Justin Gregory and staff member Cassie Wright were painting again.  Great job as always!

skeletonsWinnie the PoohScarecrow

Lake Minier (aka: Big Flats Library parking lot) is gone.  A “tragedy” to local fisherman,  A “miracle” for library patrons.

Brian Harris
Principal Library Clerk/Branch Manager
Big Flats Library

Come take a look, at Big Flats Library! May 12, 2011

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The Big Flats Library, without a doubt, has the most interesting and colorful windows in the community. This is because of two very artistic Big Flats teens, Maddessen Wright and Justin Gregory. Maddessen is the daughter of library clerk, Cassie Wright, and occasionally unleashes her talent on our library windows. Justin is probably what you would call our “full time” window designer. If you have not already checked out our windows, it is a must see. New designs will be coming in mid-June to promote our Summer Reading Club.

Pop-up Books“Pop-Up-Book-Mania” at the Big Flats Library

We have over 100 titles of fantastic pop-up books now available for the public to see. Due to the fragile nature of these books, our pop-ups are “in-library use only” and cannot be taken out. The artistic detail in some of these books is absolutely unbelievable.

Some titles available are:

  • Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
  • Star Wars: A pop-up guide to the galaxy
  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar pop-up Book
  • How Does your Garden Grow
  • The Wild West

Plus many, many more.

Come take a look, I guarantee you will be amazed!

Brian Harris
Principal Library Clerk/Branch Manager
Big Flats Library

Teen artist adds color to the Big Flats Library November 17, 2010

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Justin Gregory has never been a fan of a blank wall. Now the Horseheads Middle School student has brought color and life to the windows at the Big Flats Branch of the Chemung County Library District.

Justin painted the windows at the library after pitching the idea to and gaining approval from Library District officials. According to District Director Ronald Shaw, “The Board and staff were very receptive to the idea. The staff and patrons look forward to seeing what he’s going to do next.”

The window painting project gave Justin the opportunity to use a variety of themes, from Dr. Seuss to the Beatles, in ways that appeal to audiences of all ages.

“The inspiration for the windows has come from my desire to learn more about art in general, and drawing in particular” said Justin, “I read art books, how to draw books, and study anatomy. I guess you could say that my mind is a melting pot of my own and others’ ideas with my own style added. The windows themselves are painted in reverse and take about 3-5 hours to complete.”

Library Board member Judy Sell noted that “Justin enjoys painting the windows. His work shows how much he enjoys it and we hope others will enjoy it as well. The ultimate goal is to pull in readers.”

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