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Newly acquired and forthcoming nonfiction titles at the Horseheads Free Library January 5, 2017

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Here is a list of newly added or soon to be added nonfiction titles from the CCLD-Horseheads Free Library. You can search STARCat, use our Bookmyne App, or give your home branch a call to place a hold on any of these titles.

Owen Frank, Branch Supervisor

No Quarter: The Three Lives of Jimmy Page by Martin Power

Mind Over Money: The Psychology of Money and How to Use It Better by Claudia Hammond

Leaving the OCD Circus: Your Big Ticket Out of Having to Control Every Little Thing by Kirsten Pagacz

Being a dog : following the dog into a world of smell by Alexandra Horowitz

I’m Your Biggest Fan: Awkward Encounters and Assorted Misadventures in Celebrity Journalism
by Kate Coyne

Forthcoming Titles

Coming Soon!
Ray and Joan: The Man Who Made the McDonald’s Fortune and the Woman Who Gave It All Away by Lisa Napoli

Coming Soon!
Cat Castles: 20 Cardboard Habitats You Can Build Yourself by Carin Oliver


Gardening season is just around the corner! February 20, 2016

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Gardening season is just around the corner! Did you know you can check out seeds at the Horseheads Free Library? We are a Seed Lending Library, which means you can borrow seeds, grow your plants, save some seeds from those plants at harvest, and then return those next generation seeds to the library for others to borrow. The seeds you save and return are a gift to your community.

Coming in March, we are adding more seeds to our collection. Come on in and select some tomato seeds, such as the delicious and succulent Black Prince Tomato, or the fun bright yellow Taxi Tomato! Get adventurous and try out some hot pepper seeds, such as the Hot Paper Lantern, or the fiery Red Rocket! For the flower lover, we will have a variety of sunflowers to try, which are especially nice for children to try their hand at growing! All our seeds are non-GMO and are mostly organic, with some heirloom seeds as well.

Interested in learning more about gardening? We have it covered! Sign up for our Garden Series classes! The classes we are offering this year are:

Grafting How-To:  Wednesday, March 16, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

Producing Healthy Transplants:  Wednesday, April 13, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

Garden layout and Design:  Wednesday, May 11, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

Pollinators of the Home Garden:  Wednesday, May 18, 6:00 PM-7:30 PM

Seed Saving Bee/workshop #1:  Wednesday, August 31, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

Seed Saving Bee/workshop #2:  Wednesday, September 14, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

All classes are presented by Jabe Warren, Horticultural Educator. The seed saving workshops will be a practical hands-on practice of how to save seeds, so you will be able to save your own seeds and return them to the library! Registration is required for all classes. Call 739-4581 to register. Our Garden Series is generously funded by the friends of the Horseheads Free Library.

Pamela Lee
Horseheads Free Library

The Creepy and the Ghoulish February 24, 2014

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Ghost HuntersWe at Horseheads Library recently added some ghost hunting series DVDs to our collection. For those of us who enjoy a spooky, spine-tingling adventure, we now have Ghost Hunters, with Jason Hawes and Grant Wilson. This show currently has the most episodes for borrowing, so you can really immerse yourself in the chain-rattling thrills. We also have the spinoff show, Ghost Hunters International. Visit ruined castles and experience hauntings from around the world!

The Cream of the Creepy Award has to go to Syfy Channel’s Paranormal State, with Ryan Buell, an amazing cast of paranormal researchers, and great psychics, including the astounding Chip Coffey, who is right from Elmira, NY! I personally hang on every word and every gesture from Chip. His input in any case is fascinating.

Also featured here at Horseheads Library is The Discovery Channel’s A Haunting. This series has fewer episodes, but are worthy of your time. They are re-enactments of eyewitness accounts of the paranormal. These have the entertainment quality of a good ghost story. You can watch the haunting as it unfolds by actors, with interviews from the eyewitnesses.

It doesn’t have to be Halloween to have a scare-a-thon. Try one this weekend!

Caroline Poppendeck, Librarian
CCLD, Horseheads

‘Twas a few weeks before Christmas at Horseheads Library December 10, 2012

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‘Twas a few weeks before Christmas, and all through Horseheads Library
were heard sounds from staff, patrons and volunteers (mostly merry!)

Carts of books and videos were put on the shelves with care,
In hopes that our patrons could find what they want there.

The staff was busy planning programs for the New Year,
storytimes, game days and performers that would bring all some cheer.

And I at my desk, gave pause to ponder,
My first year here, and lots of things full of wonder…

eReaders, iPads, a tornado and construction did appear,
but the staff handled it all (and lots more) throughout the year.

With strong support from our Foundation and Friends,
(upon whom we really depend!) soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread…

When what to my wondering eyes did appear,
lots of community volunteers to help out here…

On Interact Club, on Youth Bureau, on Cheerleaders and Able 2!
On Crafters, and Book Club and Conversation Group, to name a few

and lots of others who willingly came,
movie viewers, storytime families and shelvers, too many to name.

To those who help us out, Spring, Summer, Winter and Fall
I want to thank-you, thank-you, thank-you all!

But I want to exclaim, in this season so merry,
Happy Christmas to all from the Horseheads Library!

Janet Ackerman
Supervisor of the Horseheads 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!

Horseheads’ Curious Garden July 9, 2012

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Library GardenIt’s Summer, and here at the Horseheads Library, we are bustling and blooming! Bustling with Summer Reading Club activities for kids and adults and blooming with our library garden. Late in Spring, my co-workers decided to have a children’s gardening program, based on the book “The Curious Garden” by Peter Brown. Kids who came to this program planted a variety of plants, including sunflowers, cucumbers, tomatoes, peppers and even their own chia heads. After a quick successful start in a miniature greenhouse, the plants were soon thriving, and our in-house gardeness extraordinaire (pictured here) got to work, transplanting, weeding and creating an outside garden spot for our bounty. This has attracted a lot of patron attention and appreciation as all want to know what we are growing, and more importantly what we will do with all of these goodies. So, at harvest time, we have decided to host a program where participants can come and sample some recipes using our produce, possible selections will include grilled pizza, a caprese salad, basil smoothies and cucumber soup. The date will be determined as we see how our garden grows, so be watching our website calendar for this and come and sample some of our wonderful garden fare, as our “Curious Garden” turns into an “Epi-curious Garden.” Also, new gardening books to check out include: “Grow, Cook, Eat” by Willi Galloway, Michelle Obama’s “American Grown: The Story of the White House Kitchen Garden and gardens across America”, and don’t forget our gardening magazines such as Horticulture and Birds and Blooms.

Happy Reading and Eating this Summer!

Janet Ackerman, Supervisor of the Horseheads Library

Library Lovers’ Month at Horseheads February 9, 2012

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Library Lover's MonthIt’s Library Lovers’ Month! In deference to Ms. Browning, let us count the ways you can love Horseheads Library during this month…and beyond!

  1. We love our patrons and on Mon. Feb. 13 during our Patron Appreciation Day we’ll show you how…stop in for goodies all day and enter a chance to win a gift basket!
  2. Bring your kids to our fun storytimes, Tuesday and Thursday mornings with Miss Michelle and Miss Amanda….they always have fun things planned.
  3. Attend one of our many adult programs….Tuesday noontime film series, a Lit Lovers group or computer classes.
  4. Pick up tickets for the Horseheads Friends of the Library Wine and Roses Event to be held on March 24….tickets are $25
  5. Join our newly formed Coffee & Conversation Group, in conjunction with the Literacy Volunteers to promote conversational English as a second language.
  6. Stop in and pick up tax forms.
  7. Ask us about downloading Ebooks, and our upcoming devices that will be able to circulate to our patrons, from funds provided by our Library Foundation.
  8. Leap Year Day Special….only comes around every 4 years, fun for kids on Feb. 29!
  9. Check out our Books Plus Kits…great for preschoolers through middle schoolers, a whole lot of info in one big bag that you can check out for two weeks!
  10. And…of course, a great selection of books, videos, and audiobooks to choose from, plus public computer access…all for free, when you have a library card.

Hope to see you soon at the Horseheads Library!

Janet Ackerman
Horseheads Library

The Kite Artistry of Bill Connors September 26, 2011

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From 1988 – 2007, visitors to the Steele Memorial Library were treated to the kite artistry of Bill Connors. Now, Bill’s kites are flying high again in the Horseheads Library.

Bill, a retired engineer who lives in Horseheads, spent his early retirement years constructing the kites based on traditional East Asian designs. The kites have been exhibited around the world, where they’ve won numerous prizes in competition. Bill gave many of his kites to the library to display so local area residents could enjoy them.

With elegant tails strung across the children’s section, the Song Hong (meaning 2 sections) is reminiscent of early Chinese kites. The idea of mounting a smaller version of the main sail behind it may remind children of a baby bird flying behind its mother.

The 9’X12’ Shirone kite is actually a scaled down version of the giant kites flown in the annual kite battle at Shirone, Japan. Bill’s inspiration for the dancing Indian design came from a copper plate found in Georgia.

“Edo” is the old name of Tokyo. Bill’s Edo-Dako rectangular-shaped kite is one of the traditional Tokyo style kites. He based his design, however, on Michelangelo’s Piazza del Campidoglio in Rome.

Song Hong

Song Hong

Come to the Horseheads Library to see the Song Hong, Shirone, and Edo Dako kites. If you want to know more about kites, you can also check out books such as Kites for Everyone: How to Make and Fly Them by Margaret Greger and The Usborne Book of Kites by Susan Mayes.

Visit our Facebook page, to see more pictures of Bill’s kites.

Chris Corter, Librarian
Horseheads Library

Summer Reading Club Event – Faustwork Mask Theater June 20, 2011

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Faustwork Mask Theater presents The Mask MessengerFaustwork Mask Theater - The Mask Messenger

Monday, June 27 – 2:00pm @ West Elmira Library

Wednesday, June 29 – 6:30pm @ Teal Park (hosted by the Horseheads Free Library)

Thursday, June 30 – 6:30pm @ Steele Memorial Library

The Mask Messenger is a series of vignettes ranging from comic to bizarre to poignant. Body language, psychological insight, and humor are the driving forces that captivate audiences ranging in size from 200 to 1200. The show, available in solo or duo performance variations, illuminates and expands the concept of the mask, exploring its relationship to human psychology, business, fashion, art, dance, and theatre.

The set consists of an impressive collection of masks, created by Mr. Faust and the company, exhibited center stage. After a brief and informative mock-lecture about the myriad uses of masks in cultures throughout the world, the performers begin to demonstrate the power of transformation by removing the masks from the wall, and assuming the emotional state expressed in each face. A variety of characters spring to life, including some who speak dialogue, wearing Commedia Dell’Arte style half-masks. Full masks are worn on top or back of the head, creating distortions that baffle the eye and tickle the funny bone.

The success of The Mask Messenger/s is due to the fact that it offers not only comic exuberance, but also new insights into the artistic, cultural, and historical aspects of the mask. The show has been performed over 2000 times at festivals, corporate events, universities, and in theatres throughout the United States and the world.

(reproduced, with permission, from http://www.faustwork.com)

Paws For Books February 11, 2011

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Mace at HorseheadsHi everyone,

Mace “the spy” here, reporting on what’s happening at the library.  I’m a very busy dog.  Besides “the spy” business, I have my own program and its called Doggy Tales.  I have the cutest kids bring a book and they read to me.  Come visit me at the Horseheads Free Library on Wednesday nights at 6:00 pm and read me a story!  I get lots and lots of petting.  All I have to do is lay there and listen.  They sometimes use me as a pillow.  They sure read me the best stories too.  I heard all about Fly Guy.  Can you imagine having a fly for a pet? I have a cat as a pet—his name is Snickers.  That’s a little strange don’t you think? What kind of pets do you have?  Does anyone have a fly as a pet?  They read me a book called “Green Eggs and Ham”.  OK who has green eggs and would you eat them?  I would because I like to eat.

I found out the Steele Memorial Library has a program called Toddler Story Hour for kids from 18 months old until they are 3 yrs old, on Fridays at 10:00am.  Well I’m 14 months old but I look big for my age so thought I would check it out. That’s what spies do you know, sneak into places. Well, it was a lot of fun.  Miss Janet read us stories and we got up and danced.  OK I’m not a very good dancer but I wiggle a lot and prance around.

The next time you are at the Steele Memorial Library, look for me at the circulation desk.  If you ask you can pet me, I love to be petted.  Sometimes I have my head under the door watching everybody leave with their books so don’t be startled.


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