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Immigration News: Citizenship Corner in the Steele Memorial Library May 5, 2017

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Check out our Citizenship Corner (next to the health and education reference center by the Digital Media Lab) on the 2nd floor of the Steele Memorial Library)!

It includes citizenship test preparation materials along with information about the naturalization process.

Naturalization is an important milestone in the path toward U.S. citizenship. The decision to apply for citizenship is a very personal one. To help you prepare, USCIS has developed a variety of educational resources. To get started, explore the links below.

Should I Consider U.S. Citizenship?
Learn about the reasons to consider U.S. citizenship.

Lean About Naturalization
Understand the process of becoming a U.S. citizen.

Apply for Citizenship
Identify the steps needed to apply for citizenship.

Study for the Test
Prepare for the naturalization interview and test.

Find Help in Your Community
Find an English and/or citizenship class, legal assistance, and USCIS-funded programs in your area.

Free Information Sessions
Find a free naturalization information session in your area.

Find a Citizenship Class
Use your zip code to find a citizenship program.

Citizenship Rights and Responsibilities
Learn about citizenship rights and responsibilities.

Naturalization Resources in Spanish (Recursos para la naturalización)
Find a list of USCIS resources in Spanish about the naturalization process.

See More Immigration News!

Also stop by this reference area to pick up a voter registration form, and health and educational brochures! If you are not registered to vote and you are eligible to vote, register today!

New Titles in Genealogy and Local History February 6, 2017

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Here are just a few of the titles we recently added to our genealogy and local history research collection:

Onondaga Iroquois Prehistory: A Study in Settlement Archaeology by James A. Tuck

Landmarks of the Revolution in New York State: A guide to the Historic Sites open to the Public by David C. Thurheimer

Population History of New York City by Ira Rosenwaike

Our Past Revisited: Ashland Township, Lowman and Wellsburg: Photos 1883-1982

Reforming family: The Hunts and McClintocks of Waterloo, New York

Erie Canal Days, a Pictorial Essay (Albany to Buffalo)

We’ve also just added the Eric Lindsay Memorial Postcard Collection of local images. This collection was made possible by the Friends of the CCLD.  It is upstairs in ready reference. Ask for it at the desk.  Here are some postcard images from that collectionold-mountain-house_elmiraview-from-mountaintop_near-elmiraview-from-fort-hill_elmiralooking-towards-elmira-ny-from-sullivan-mountainchemung-valley-from-waverly-hill-towards-elmira







Beneficial Bits ‘n Bytes: Our amazing world and universe. October 12, 2016

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Hi everybody, Maggie here with the latest installment of free websites to improve your life.

Recently with so many affected by Hurricane Matthew, I was looking for worldwide and up to the minute weather views.  I stumbled upon Ventusky.com, the site below, and I’ve included some other sites to expand our minds and understanding of where we live on a global scale.  I hope you enjoy and learn something new.  Here we go!

Real-time current weather patterns worldwide.  https://www.ventusky.com/ventusky


Also real-time world weather with highly customizable views.  https://earth.nullschool.net/untitled


Had enough of this world? Explore google sky. https://www.google.com/sky/


Or get the free google earth download <https://www.google.com/earth/> to visit and explore the earth, stars, moon, AND Mars!


Can you think of any other sites that help you understand the earth and beyond? Share in the comments.


Beneficial Bits n’ Bytes – Reference Sites March 12, 2016

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Listed below are a small sampling of freely accessible reference sites that provide information about very popular topics. As you scroll to the bottom of the page, you will find important links that can assist you on which presidential candidate you wish to vote for in the New York State primary and November general election.

USDA’s Local Food Directory

Looking find locally grown produce with this site, you can find the nearest farmer’s market, farmers who sell locally grown produce to consumers? The USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Services Local Foods Directory is fantastic Free resources.


Ever wondered what the all those counter-intuitive abbreviations people type in text messages such as ROFLOL? Net Lingo is a concise dictionary that will solve the seemingly unsolvable.

Smithsonian Onlinehttp://sova.si.edu/

A digital collection of 7,171 items from the renowned Smithsonian Institution.


A site dedicated to investigating rumors propagated by fake news sites or urban legends. This site created by David Mikkelson, who has over 20 years’ experience as a professional researcher and writer.


As we march towards electing a new president, members of congress and other elected officials, Project vote smart aspires to, “to provide free, factual, unbiased information on candidates and elected officials to ALL Americans.”


Ever wonder if claims from presidential candidates that seem unbelievable are true or not? This site may satisfy your curiosity. FactCheck.org is a nonpartisan, nonprofit “consumer advocate” for voters that aims to reduce the level of deception and confusion in U.S. politics. We monitor the factual accuracy of what is said by major U.S. political players in the form of TV ads, debates, speeches, interviews and news releases.


Open Secrets provides details of financial contributions to political campaigns and the net worth of office holders and candidates. This site enables all who visit to, “follow the money.”

Owen Frank, Branch Supervisor
Chemung County Library District

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

St. Peter and Paul’s Cemetery Records April 11, 2014

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The Genealogy Department is proud and happy to announce that our staff and volunteers have completed a spreadsheet containing the names from St. Peter and Paul’s Cemetery Records from their Ledger Book encompassing the years 1890 -1947.  We now have over 32,000 names recorded from the cemetery. As the cemetery can no longer assist genealogists, except to tell people who have a name and date of death the place of burial at the cemetery, we are providing a much needed service, providing access to all the information the cemetery has about the deceased. As this ledger book was handwritten with letters formed in old script, it was necessary to research obituaries, city directories, the NYS Vital Statistics Index and other records to determine as reliably as possible the person buried. To see the index of our cemetery records, please come to CCLD Central Library (Steele Memorial) and ask at the adult services desk for genealogy assistance.

Phyllis Rogan, Reference Librarian
CCLD Central Library

Beneficial Bits n’ Bytes: New York State Gannett Newsstand September 18, 2013

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Did you know the NOVELny program now offers library patrons throughout New York State Access to all the Gannett Newspapers which include full-text archive of the Elmira Star Gazette 1999- present, Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin 1999-present, Ithaca Journal 2003-present, Rochester Democrat & Chronicle 2003-present?

Here are directions on how to access newspaper articles. In this example we will demonstrate how to limit a search to a specific newspaper.  Click on the steps below for illustrations.

1. Go to: http://ccld.lib.ny.us/db.htm#Magazine

2.  Enter your library card number

3. Limit to Star Gazette

4. Type Star Gazette then press the search button

5. Conduct your Search

6. Click on the article title

7. Once you open the article you have several options to save the article including email or print.

NOVELny is a program through the New York State Library. NOVELny connects New Yorkers to 21st century information. See: http://novelnewyork.org/


Owen Frank
Central Library Reference Department
Chemung County Library District

Beneficial Bits n’ Bytes – Placing a Hold in Starcat July 17, 2013

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bitsnbytes_julyStarcat, as you know, is our library catalog that gives you access to materials from both your own library, as well as materials from any of the Southern Tier Library System’s 48 member libraries.  When conducting a search for an item, to the right of your search results you will see the “Place Hold” button.  You can also place a hold by using the “Select an Action” menu.  Both of these Hold paths are also available to you after clicking on a particular item for details.  Click on the “Place Hold” button for the item you have chosen, a box appears to enter your library card number and your pin number, which is the last 4 digits of your phone number. Once you have entered this information, another box will appear that reads “Pick Up Library,” which through a drop down menu allows you to choose the library where you want to pick up your material.

Even after the hold is placed you can log into your account, click on the “My Holds” section, and have the option to Cancel Hold, Edit Pickup Location, Suspend Hold which allows you to delay the start of the hold, or Cancel Hold Suspension, which assures the cancellation of the hold suspension.

If an item is not available through our Southern Tier Library System, there is also the Interlibrary Loan System which provides access to library materials from other libraries across the country.  Submit your request through the edesk (edesk@stls.org) or ask a reference librarian for assistance.

Connie Ogilvie
CCLD – Central Library Reference Department

Find your next favorite book with Novelist April 1, 2013

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One of the lovely parts of the traditional librarian’s job was what we call “Readers Advisory”. We would read (not at work but at home) a variety of fiction and nonfiction books so we could suggest books to our patrons. We used to make up lists of books in different genres such as thrillers, cozy mysteries, recent biographies, etc. and have the lists available in the fiction section and at the reference desk. We no longer have the staff to do that and we read reviews at night, instead of books. Technology has taken over every part of our lives and we now have a database called Novelist that we use at the reference desk to find a book for a patron who says they have read everything by a certain author and want a suggestion for a similar book or author to read next.

You can find your next good read by using Novelist too!  It is available, with your library card, from home or wherever you access the Internet.  Start by visiting our website: http://ccld.lib.ny.us.  Near the top of the page, you will see a ribbon that starts with “about us”, “find materials”, and then “online research”.  If you hold your mouse over “online research”, another menu will open.  Click on the first option, “databases”.  From the databases page, under the “literature” heading, you will find Novelist.  Click on the link for Novelist, enter your library card number on the page that appears, and you will be in the database.  To find books or authors similar to others you like, start by typing the name of a book or author into the search box at the top of the page.  From the search results, click on the desired author or title.  On the right hand side of the screen you should see a list of “read-alikes from Novelist”.  For authors, if you read the description Novelist provides of the writer, it even suggests what book to try first.  Under the list of “read-alikes” on the right side, Novelist describes genre, pace, tone, storyline, etc. of the selected author or book and will allow you to search for additional read-alike authors or titles, by selecting the box next to what you like about that author or book and clicking the nearby “search” button.

I use Novelist to find more books for my husband as well as patrons at the reference desk. He thinks it’s because I’m a librarian that I can always find him something good to read. But anyone can now do it by going to Novelist. Try it and let me know what you think.

Phyllis Rogan, Reference Librarian
Chemung County Library District

A Call for Volunteers October 13, 2012

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The Genealogy Department at the Steele Memorial library is sending out a plea to all genealogists and others wishing to volunteer to help with our current project of  typing the names and dates of the newspaper obituaries from 1961 to 1975 into our catalog.

It is not difficult to learn to do this but we need volunteers who are accurate typists, responsible adults, willing to commit to at least two scheduled hours a week to this project, and willing to be trained to use a laptop and microfilm reader.

If you think you might be interested, please contact me, Phyllis Rogan, by email or phone. My email is roganp@stls.org; my phone number is 733-8603. If you call when I’m not available, you may leave a message. Please say you are calling about the newspaper obituary project and leave your name and phone number or email address so I can get back to you. Thank you for considering this volunteer opportunity.

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