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A Busy Summer Coming Up for the CCLD Bookmobile July 11, 2016

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There’s a lot happening this summer with the CCLD Bookmobile.  We are so excited to announce 3 new stops beginning soon.

  • Fairport Terrace, Wygant Road, Horseheads, every other Thursday 4:00-4:30pm beginning July 7th.
  • Hickory Grove Apartments, Horseheads, every other Monday 3:45-4:30pm beginning July 18th.
  • Wesleyan Church, Beavers Dams, every other Wednesday 1:00-2:00pm starting on September 7th.

Besides new stops, CCLD Bookmobile will once again be visiting all the Summer Cohesion Sites, Big Flats Parks, and the Southport Parks.  We actually see 700-800 children per week! The children will select books to read during the week and then return the following week to choose more. Each summer, Bookmobile staff looks forward to seeing familiar faces and meeting new children too.

On July 26th the Bookmobile will be hosting a special performer. Jim Cruise, The Spoon Man, will showcase his spoon playing talent in an interactive comedy routine.

  • Families can come to one or all performances at the parks in Elmira’s Southside – Goodwin Park  9:15am, Chapel Park  9:45am and Draxler Park 10:15am. These are 20 minute performances.
  • At 3:00pm, a full hour show will be held at the Southside Community Center.

You’ll have more opportunities to visit the CCLD Bookmobile in 2016 at special community events.

  • July 16th: Horseheads Family Days at Thorne St Park, 12:00-3:00pm
  • August 20th: Strong Kids Safe Kids at the Chemung Co Fair Grounds, 11:00am-3:00pm
  • August 27th: Wellsburg Community Days where there will be venders all day and a parade at 2pm.
  • October 8th: October Fest in Elmira Heights, 10:00am-4:00pm
  • October 22nd: Pumpkin Express in Horseheads at the Sullivan Park, 1:00-5:00pm

bookmobileIf you see the Bookmobile stopped or parked, don’t be shy, come aboard and see what we have to offer. It’s not just for children. In fact, an Adult Book Discussion Club meets the 1st Friday of every month at the Bulkhead Hardware parking lot.  The book title is announced the previous month and is posted on the CCLD website’s Calendar of Events.  If you can’t join the group, call  Kim Jones, the bookmobile driver, and let her know how you liked the book. She and her staff are always eager to answer any questions you may have or to assist with book, audio book, and DVD selections.  Don’t hesitate to call 738-2476.  See you soon!


Bookmobile Book Club April 24, 2015

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home frontStarting in May, Bookmobile is going to host an adult book club. Each month we will choose a book and the first Friday of the following month we will meet at the Bulkhead stop at 1:30pm to have a discussion about it. Don’t worry if you cannot make it, just tell Ms. Kim your thoughts and she will share them with the group for you. Each month someone new will choose a book. For the month of May, the Book will be Home Front by Kristin Hannah. Let Ms. Kim know if you need a copy so you can join in!

Bookmobile is still seeking entries for cookbook! March 30, 2015

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Submit Your Recipe

The deadline for submissions to the Bookmobile cookbook has been extended to April 17, 2015. Please bring us your favorite recipes and we will include them in the cookbook. Be sure to include your name and city so we can give credit. Drop recipes off at the Bookmobile or any CCLD library. Let’s see what delicious reading we can create.

Your Chemung County Bookmobile January 28, 2014

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The staff of the Chemung County Library District’s Bookmobile serving Chemung County since 1949 is proud to be 1 of 11 Bookmobiles operating  in New York State. This year we have added 5 new stops to our  schedule:  Chapel Park, Diven School Community, Diven School, Oakridge Park, and Elmira Christian Center.  We invite everyone to visit one of our stops throughout Chemung County.  Click here to find a stop near you!

Your Chemung County Library District’s Bookmobile won first place in a website contest held by Laurie Cass. Laurie Cass is the author of the mystery titled: Lending a Paw. A bookmobile as well as a cat are featured prominently in this cozy mystery.  Ms. Cass wanted pictures of real bookmobiles on the website as part of the promotion for her book. We submitted this photo and wouldn’t you know it? We won!  Bookmobile

Our prize was 2 copies of her book Lending a Paw.  According to Library Journal, “it’s hard to resist a cozy debut featuring a spunky librarian with an impeccable service attitude and her slightly magical cat who rides shotgun on her bookmobile. Well researched, with low-key humor and an intriguing mystery–don’t miss this one.” When these lines were typed both copies were checked out however, you can place a hold from the STARCat catalog. Click here to place a hold for this purrfect [sic]  mystery today.

Finally, once the snow melts and the polar vortex returns to the Arctic, join your Chemung County Library District Bookmobile in celebrating National Bookmobile Day on April 16, 2014. There will be more details in the Library District’s April 2014 Newsletter.

The CCLD Bookmobile October 21, 2013

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BookmobileCCLD’s biggest marketing tool is its Mobile Branch, otherwise known as the Big Blue Bus or the Bookmobile. Its exterior is covered with colorful graphic drawings of happy children reading on a rocket ship, in a tower, a tree, a plane, and on the Chemung River. These smart illustrations were custom designed by nationally known, local children’s author, Tedd Arnold.

Even if you’ve never used any of our County libraries, you can’t NOT notice this huge book filled vehicle traveling around the streets. It’s a reminder to everyone that our Chemung Libraries exist and are accessible at many locations. Currently, our Bookmobile maintains 47 different stops within a 2 week rotating schedule. Stops vary from neighborhood parks to elderly apartments to community centers and daycares and schools. The Mobile Branch team consists of driver Kim Jones, storytelling clerk Sue Schoeffler, and substitute driver Dave Swartwood. School classes are treated to stories during their visit and most are permitted to browse and check out a book to keep until the next time the Bookmobile returns.  Elderly individuals look forward to the Bookmobile’s visit to keep them stocked up with their favorite author’s books.

Fred and LizBesides, its regular stops, our Bookmobile participates in as many community events as possible. This year, the Bookmobile made a big presence riding in the Horseheads and Elmira Memorial Day parades and will be seen in the Elmira Downtown Holiday Parade. Those who attended the Family Reading Partnership’s Bookfest, Horseheads Family Days, Wellsburg Village Days, the Van Etten Festival or Strong Kids Safe Kids events may remember seeing the Bookmobile. Many times, the staff will set up an outdoor table, distribute information about the Library District, and provide activities for children. They have 2 very loyal and dedicated volunteers, Liz and Fred Southard, who have helped at most of these events. We are most appreciative of the time Liz and Fred give to the Bookmobile!

The Bookmobile staff opens their doors to everyone to come, look around, apply for a library card and check out something to take home. The bus houses DVDs and audiobooks too. They can assist with inquiries about downloading eBooks or recent publications. If they don’t house an item, in most cases, they can borrow it from another library for you.

We are very fortunate to have such a wonderful, visible, and accessible Mobile Library in Chemung County. If you’ve not been inside, take a look at the schedule on our website http://www.ccld.lib.ny.us/bookmobile.htm and visit the Bookmobile soon.

Chris Corter
CCLD Growth and Development Coordinator

Backhoes, Buses, Bulldozers, and Bookmobiles March 13, 2013

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Arnot-Ogden-Daycare-2013To many children, nothing is more exciting than getting to see large vehicles live and up close.  Being able to climb up into one is even more exciting.  That’s part of why children who visit the Chemung County Library District Bookmobile love it.  Kim Jones and Sue Schoeffler, Bookmobile staff, see many wide eyed faces with large smiles stepping up into the vehicle each and every day.  It’s alone the best part of their day.

Kids love the bookmobile which visits approximately 25 schools and daycare centers within a 2 week period.  Staff present stories and songs to classes then allow them time to choose and checkout books of their choice. Teachers enjoy the same enthusiasm. By having their students exposed to the wonderful big book vehicle, they’re opening up the world of libraries to some who are not otherwise given the opportunity.

Arnot-Daycare-Class-2013Besides following the regular 2 week schedule, the Bookmobile participates in many annual community events.  They recently attended the Family Reading Partnership’s Book Fest on March 9th.  Watch for them again this year at the EOP Head Start Carnival, Horseheads Family Days and Strong Kids Safe Kids.

If you’re a parent with children who have not visited the CCLD Bookmobile, come aboard the next time you see it at an event or check the online schedule to see where it will be stopping soon.   It will be the highlight of your day.

History of the Bookmobile October 8, 2012

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First American Bookmobile

First American Bookmobile (1905)

Have you ever wondered where the Bookmobile originated? Bookmobiles have dated back as early as the late 1850s. It was a horse-drawn collection of books in the town of Cumbria, England that started its rounds to the community.

In 1905, Mary Lemist Titcomb, a librarian in Maryland, for whom the first bookmobile in the United States is attributed to, said, “Would not a Library Wagon, the outward and visible signs of the service for which the Library stood, do much more in cementing friendship?” We have definitely benefited from the vision that several people have had for taking books out to the communities around them.

Bookmobiles are also made up of different varieties. In earlier times, a mule-drawn wagon would carry wooden boxes of books to its patrons. In many foreign countries today camels, elephants, and donkeys transport books to their respective villages. An excellent book in our collection for children, Biblioburro: A True Story from Columbia, by Jeanette Winter, portrays the story about Luis, who buys two donkeys and takes books to children in faraway villages.

You may wonder how many bookmobiles are in existence today. All states today have bookmobiles, with the exception of Maine. Kentucky leads the way with 98 bookmobiles; New York State has 11 bookmobiles.

Yes, the service that the bookmobile provides now not only helps to “cement” friendships, but also brings books, audiobooks, DVDs, and periodicals to those who would not normally be able to come to the library. Visits to schools, day care centers, and assisted-living apartments, etc., make up a large part of our services. A variety of programming is available throughout the year along with participation in several community events.

Finally, for more information on the history of bookmobiles please visit the following websites:

Sue Schoeffler

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!

Bookmobile Patron Appreciation February 25, 2012

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The Bookmobile celebrated Patron Appreciation Day on Monday, February 13th, with M&Ms!  An M&M’s dispenser was filled with red, pink and white M&M’s, and a few green.  Each patron had the opportunity to pull the handle once for a handful of candy.  If they got a green M&M in that handful, they also were able to pick a prize.  We had so much fun with this activity that we carried it over to the next day which was Valentine’s Day and then decided to carry it over for the remainder of the week.

Bookmobile News & Updates December 16, 2011

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The CCLD Bookmobile enjoyed being part of the Elmira Holiday Parade the day after Thanksgiving. It was a beautiful day for November and the turnout was good. It was also the first time that the bookmobile participated in the holiday parade with finished graphics. Last year it looked like a big blue bus. But this year the wonderful graphics that Tedd Arnold designed for us were completed.

Bookmobile staff are also looking forward to hosting author, Maureen Wright at the Southside Community Center in December. Maureen lives in Athens, PA and donates her time to read her books to children. She has written 3 books: Sleep, Big Bear, Sleep, Sneeze, Big Bear, Sneeze and Sneezy the Snowman.

Just a reminder that the Bookmobile will be off the road from Thursday December 22nd to Monday January 2nd for the holidays. We look forward to seeing you on Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012 as we resume our regular schedule.

Dianne Patchett, Bookmobile Clerk
CCLD Bookmobile

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