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4th Annual CCLD Chess Challenge June 10, 2015

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chessOur 4th Annual CCLD Chess Challenge was held at the Steele Memorial Library on Saturday, May 16, 2015.   Approximately 76 people attended, 47 of which were players. Participants ranged in age from 5 to 76 years.   With generous contributions from Vincenzo’s Pizzeria and Chemung Canal Trust Co., we were able to provide pizza for lunch and purchase trophies, medals & pins of participation.

Winners were: 1st place Walter Buehl, 2nd place Michael Kane, and 3rd place Sam VanDyke.

We continue to find ways of improving the event each year and appreciate the support for this unique intergenerational event in our community.

The Chemung Valley Chess Club meets every Wednesday at the Steele Library to play games between 10:00am and 4:00pm. Chess is a game that commands the enthusiasm of persons of all ages and abilities, male or female. It challenges the mind and develops critical thinking skills.   Anyone is welcome to join. For more information, call Michael at 607-857-8479.

left: 1st place, Walter Buehl; right: 3rd Sam VanDyke

left: 1st place, Walter Buehl; right: 3rd Sam VanDyke

2nd place winner, Michael Kane

2nd place winner, Michael Kane

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Van Etten Garden Club Plans Super Foods Community Garden June 1, 2015

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Summer is here, hard to believe after another long, cold and snowy winter. Where does the time go? The start of the Summer Reading Club will be here before we know it as well.

The Van Etten library will be creating a Super Foods Community Garden to correlate with the 2015 Summer Reading Club theme, “Every Hero Has a Story”. We have formed a Garden Club where participants will help plan and create a gardening space. We will learn about proper soil combinations and proper planting of seeds and plants. One thing we have already learned…for example, did you know that cucumbers grow very well when planted near beans, lettuce and radishes, but they really don’t like it when they are planted near potatoes? (It’s a lucky thing that I planted them on opposite sides of my garden at home, because I did not know that when I planted them!!)

The garden club will meet on Wednesday mornings to weed, water and maintain the garden. Our goals are to maintain a successful garden with optimal harvesting of produce, share our produce with the community and look into the possibility of recycling seeds for next year’s garden. All produce not consumed by club members or library patrons will be donated to the local farmers market on behalf of Ms. Teri Carling (local gardener, nursery owner and farmers market participant). Teri has helped the Van Etten library immensely in planning our garden. From all of us at VE, thank you Teri!

The planted seeds…..

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Our seedlings at 18 days old….

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The Super Foods Community Garden is funded in great part by a generous grant received from Inspire of Spencer-Van Etten. Inspire is a non-profit public charity supported by donations from individuals and organizations and grants from foundations. Thank you Inspire.

It is our hope that the Super Foods Community Garden will provide adults and children with the knowledge and skills to create their own gardens and grow healthy food. This project will also provide lifelong learning skills, and encourage and enhance overall health.   Gardening knowledge promotes the economic advantages of growing foods at home and harvesting and recycling seeds for future gardening seasons offers a money saving technique.

There are numerous at home gardeners and nursery owners in the Van Etten area, and many are willing to share their knowledge.  The Garden Club members are all filled with great anticipation to see if our “green thumbs” will be green this year. Wish us luck!

Michelle Erickson
Van Etten Library
Chemung County Library District

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.

The Kinderbook Campaign March 10, 2015

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BookerWe are gearing up in our Youth Department for our annual Kindergarten visits.  Chemung County Library District offers all county kindergarten students an opportunity to receive a free library card during these visits, and we are grateful for the Friends of CCLD’s Kinderbook Committee for sponsoring these visits.

In our partnership with this Committee and the area schools, we are able to reach children and their parents and make them aware of our library services for kids and families. Our goal, to promote the joy of reading, is highlighted at these visits by acting out favorite stories for the kids and giving them a tour of our Children’s area and all that it offers: tons of books, computers, audio books, music CDs and movies.  The children then receive their library cards as well as a bookmark.

The Kinderbook committee generously pays for the buses that bring the students, as well as incentives to bring the children and their families back to Friends of CCLDtheir local library. In observance of the 30th year of this initiative, we are offering a basket full of literacy goodies, the name will be drawn at each CCLD library at the end of the summer…entering is easy, any child who has come for a Kindergarten visit, and then returns with their family, to their local library will be allowed to enter their name in for this drawing.

We thank the Kinderbook committee for all of their hard work and their commitment to getting library cards into the hands of each kindergarten student. As a result of these campaigns, 80-85% of all Kindergarten children in Chemung County will become library card holders! We also couldn’t offer this without the cooperation from the Elmira, Elmira Heights, and the Horseheads School Districts Kindergarten teachers. We are fortunate to live in an area that values literacy and realizes the importance of public libraries in promoting literacy to our youngest patrons.

Janet Ackerman
Head of Youth Services
Steele Memorial Library, CCLD

CCLD Knit & Crochet Club helps Chemung County stay warm, with help from community members February 11, 2015

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Steele Library has a Knit and Crochet Club that began in 2012. They meet every Wednesday from 12:30-2:00pm in the small meeting room to share their projects, good conversation, and to learn from one another. Any adult is welcome to join the group. If you don’t know how to knit or crochet, the members are willing to teach you.

Since 2013, they’ve been sharing their talents with the community by making and collecting knitted and crocheted pieces for use in creating afghans and lap robes. They’ve been able to put together over a dozen afghans and lap robes so far which have been donated to Second Place East and the VA Hospital in Bath. Their next project will be sent to the Safehouse. After that, they will work on pet rugs for the animal shelter.

If you are a yarn crafter and would like to make pieces to donate, they would greatly appreciate it. They can be any color or design but they have to be 7 X 9 inches in size. There is a box at the library’s checkout desk to collect the pieces.

Club members would like to publicly thank Ann O’Brien who has donated many lap robes and others who are dropping off pieces, especially the unknown woman who donates on a weekly basis. They’ve all been used. Thanks to the CCLD Knit and Crochet Club, others in Chemung County are staying warm this winter. For more information about the club and their projects, call Lucy at 733-3677.

CCLD Knit and Crochet Club

Left to right:   Lucy Morrow, Jean Horigan, Carmen Coppola, Margot Magnusen, Ron Shaw-CCLD Director, Christy Cornacchio and Susie Fritz of Second Place East, and Lee Kiesling   (Judy Everle- not pictured)

 

 

Portraits of Elmira January 15, 2015

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Here’s the first “Portraits of Elmira” post done by Estefania Trujillo, AmeriCorps volunteer with Cornell Cooperative Extension.  It’s an interview in the library with one of our patrons:

https://portraitsofelmira.wordpress.com/2014/12/31/elmirans-talk-back-ed-patten/

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.

Out of School Learning Experience April 21, 2014

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I ate my first Kumquat the other day. At least, as far as I can remember, I had never eaten a kumquat before. I did not know that it is necessary to roll the kumquat gently in my hands for a few seconds before eating, as that makes the skin sweeter. I would not have known to eat the skin with the fruit (the sweetness of the skin balances the tartness of the fruit). I would not have known that I like kumquats if I had not been at the library.

I heard a phrase the other day: “Out of school learning experience”. The more I have thought about that phrase, the more I see the value of programs at our public libraries. These programs reach across all age groups, genders, and interest areas. The day the kumquats came to the library, a chief from Wegmans (we appreciate our community partners!) came to teach a home school group about some fruits that are a little out of the ordinary. He brought several, including star fruit and pomegranates, and gave each child the opportunity to taste, comment, and ask questions. Many of the parents and caregivers joined in, as did the volunteers who were helping with the program. Other patrons who visited the library that day asked that we hold another session for adults.

We are very fortunate that there are many places families can take children for an out of school learning experience in our community, especially now that the weather is improving. Did you know you can rent snowshoes and kites at Tanglewood? Did you know that Letchworth State Park sends their calendar to our libraries, listing their interpretive programs? Did you know that the theme of this summer’s Summer Reading Club is science based? The Chemung County Library District staff is now busy planning programs and projects for the summer that will engage your child in fun, active learning experiences. Though many of you already know this, there are still some local residents who need to discover what is going on at our libraries. You may find that you too like kumquats!

Dianne Patchett
Branch Manager
West Elmira Library

Did you know that your public library is a vacation planner’s paradise? April 14, 2014

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About a year ago my daughters and I were in the process of planning for their first trip to Europe. Seeing that all three of us were recent college graduates we balked at the thought of signing up for a group tour package. Deciding to set our own itinerary meant we would have a whole lot of work ahead of us.

Fortunately my daughters figured that since dad was paying for the trip they wouldn’t complain at where he wanted to go (amazing how that works out). We decided to use library materials as our “travel agent” to give us tips on where to go and what to see. So for a few months prior to our departure I checked out travel guides, books and DVDs to learn more about Europe. And borrowing from the library helped us save money. After all who can’t use extra cash when they are going on vacation?

In addition, the suggested itineraries helped us focus our sightseeing on the places we really wanted to visit while making sure we didn’t overextend ourselves. We also had copies of important phrases from different guide books so we could at least say “please” and “thank you” in the language of where we were (a hint- the good guide books will have an index of common foreign language phrases).  I had also checked out a French CD to brush up on my skills as well as used our Mango Languages program to make sure the phrases we were trying to use sounded reasonably close. If you are not familiar with Mango Languages, it is an online language-learning system, teaching conversation skills for over 30 languages including English. Mango uses real-life situations and actual conversations to more effectively teach a new language. Once again, this is a free database available at CCLD.  All you need is your library card and PIN to access Mango Languages.

We used the library computers to research the State Department website to make sure where we were going was safe, checked on flights and trains, and researched tricks to help save money on airfare and hotels. Fortunately, we had also downloaded a few library eBooks prior to departure which gave us something to read during the long flights and delays we encountered.

So the next time you are going on vacation come on in and give us a try. You will find a variety of resources to help make your trip more enjoyable.  Also, make sure to sign up for our vacation planning class next month at the Central Library:  Roadtripping – May 21 at 6pm.  Learn to plan, organize, and discover great places to visit this summer using roadtrippers.com and more. The Tech Lab Class is limited to 12 participants. Call today to register 733-9175.

Ronald W. Shaw
Director, CCLD

Colgan Air Flight 3407 February 12, 2014

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Five years ago today, Flight 3407 crashed Clarence Center, NY. As names were released to the public, there appeared, “John G. Roberts, III.” I felt a chill as I had served with someone by that name in the army. He was the Battalion Adjutant and I was assigned as the Assistant Adjutant. John was one of the finest officers I served with in my 29 years in the military.

Many years ago, we were in Germany and somehow John ended up in the Reichel building in Rheinberg (with heat, showers and hot food). I ended up in a tent in the middle of a field, (in January and in the snow), eating MREs and suffering from a lack of hygienic opportunities.

We were in the field for a couple of weeks when he drove out to drop off some material. When he saw us I think our appearance caused him to find a way to get us out of there and, on his own, he got us redeployed to Rheinberg and we were able to feel human again.

He also arranged a day trip for us to go to Cologne where we would have about 8 hours to see some sights. It was a great day for me as I got to tour the Cologne Cathedral. I spent the time wandering around the cathedral and the streets out front, just taking in the atmosphere and I bought a poster of the cathedral for my mother as I thought she would like it.

Back at the barracks later that evening, about 2 a.m., I heard a rustling as someone was looking for “Robert Shaw.” Even though the name was wrong I knew it was me they were looking for- but I didn’t get up. Somehow I knew the phone call was about my mother, and I knew it wasn’t going to be a good one. Eventually they rousted John out of his bunk and he came over to me. I was staring at the ceiling and I think he could tell by the look on my face that I knew what to expect when I got to the phone.

We went downstairs where I received the news my mother had died suddenly and I was needed back home. I don’t remember much of the next few hours except John taking care of all the arrangements to get me on the next flight out. He had me pack up my gear and I remember going from office to office with him as he tried to get me released. No one seemed able to help which only served to focus him even more. He cut through every bit of red tape that was thrown his way and secured the proper clearance from our unit back in the States, the unit we were attached to in Germany, and the airlines to get me home.

Because it took so long, the only flight I could get that day left in 3 hours. The only problem was the airport was over two hours away and you had to be there at least two hours prior due to security issues. Let’s just say that John set a land speed record of some sort. I remember him parking illegally out front and going with me to the counter. He waited as the agent took care of the ticketing and security went through their tasks. Finally he wished me well and I prepared to board my flight. I turned to say thank you but he stopped me in mid-sentence. We had worked together long enough to know there was no need to say anything.

When my wife realized my concern over seeing the name in the paper, she asked me what it was about John. I then told her about him and how he helped me. She told me that I had never talked about what happened that day. She also told me she finally understood why I had an old, framed poster of the Cologne Cathedral hanging in the hallway. Every day when I enter my house, I look at it. Instead of making me sad, it reminds me of someone who knew the right thing to do, when to do it, and didn’t expect to be thanked for doing what needed to be done.

To say that he will be missed is an understatement.

Ronald W. Shaw
Director, CCLD

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