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The CCLD Blog Has a New Home May 6, 2017

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We’ve recently completed a website overhaul and have integrated our blog into the new site.  You can now find all of our blog entries, old and new, here: http://ccld.lib.ny.us/blog/

We thank you for your continued support!

New to the Genealogy and Local History Section March 29, 2017

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New books in Genealogy and Local History Reference Section:

Historical and Genealogical Atlas and Guide to Barnstable County, Massachussetts (Cape Cod) by Marjorie Hubbell Gibson

Boldt Castle: Heart Island — Alexandria Bay NY and the Thousand Islands

Tulpehocken Settlement Historical Society, Womelsdorf PA: Hoodbeats through the Tulpehocken and St. Daniels, the Lutheran Congregation of Heidleberg dated 12/28/1887.

Marriages 1793-1810 Dauphin County, PA

Dauphin County Marriages, 1744-1854. Dauphin County PA.

The Chenango Canal by Barry K. Beyer

1848 History of Dauphin County PA

The Early Churches of Lebanon County, PA

Two Hundred years and More of the First Reformed Church, Lancaster, PA

Sesqui-Centennial of the First Reformed Church, Lancaster, PA (July 4, 1926)

Birthplaces of 1400 early residents of Schuykill County PA

the P.P. Bliss Museum of Rome PA

1843 History of Lycoming County PA

1843 History of Bradford County PA

1843 History of Schuykill County PA

1883 List of Pensioners of Bradford County PA (Mostly from Civil War).

Elmira College: Still ahead of its Time by Hank Walshak



What Kind of Mystery Do You Like? December 14, 2016

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There are numerous kinds of mystery stories available to read and enjoy. Many concepts have developed since Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Agatha Christie penned their famous tomes, that broaden the appeal and hook more mystery fans.

The following list is courtesy of the Seattle Mystery Bookshop. This list of types has expanded to include about a dozen styles of mysteries, with many crossover hybrids added for spice.

The Caper Novel

This is one of the newer forms, centered on the commission of some type of crime or scam, usually outrageous and frequently humorous. Will it succeed, and will the scoundrels get away with it? Gives us an opportunity to root for characters we might not root for in real life.

The Classic Mystery Novel

A work of fiction which should meet all the requirements of any novel, and is additionally expected to include four essential elements:

~Crime (usually, but not necessarily, murder)

~Detective(s), whether professional (police or private) or amateur

~An investigative process and

~The identification of the culprit(s)

The Crime Novel

“Mysteries” and more; less dependence on the four essential elements. Often in a crime novel, the “good guys” and the “bad guys” share equal time – you know whodunit – but you don’t know how the story will be resolved.

The Whodunit

Although basically a synonym for mystery, the term whodunit is generally used to describe works such as many of the “traditional” or “classic” mysteries of the 1920’s and 30’s, which contain significant elements of a puzzle.

The Pastische

Is a technique where an author imitates another author’s style (and/or characters), in a respectful way. The Italian Secretary by Caleb Carr is a pastische; he is imitation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s style and character, Sherlock Holmes.

The Urban Fantasy

Is a genre defined by geography; it is a mystery which has supernatural or fantasy elements (read vampires, werewolves, ghosts, and possessions for example), but it must take place in an urban (i.e. city, generally speaking the larger the better) environment somewhere on earth (usually). It can be set during any time period, however a good portion are set in the present or future time periods.

The Steampunk

Takes an alternate view of history; what would the world look like today if steam power had never been replaced? Often features anachronistic technologies or innovations which could only have been dreamed of during the early 19th century. The fashions, culture, architecture and style are most often modeled after Victorian Britain.

The Cozy

Think Agatha Christie. Think cats. Think culinary. The cozy is a mystery in which a murder, perhaps violent, is committed offstage. In her entertaining 1977 book, Murder Ink, Dilys Winn described the cozy as “a small village setting, a hero[ine] with faintly aristocratic family connections, a plethora of red herrings, and a tendency to commit homicide with sterling silver letter openers and poisons imported from Paraguay.”

The Agatha Award nominees and winners are either cozies or on the cozier side.

The Hard-Boiled/Noir

Murder taken out of the drawing room and into the streets; read realism. Chandler wrote about authors who “gave murder back to the kind of people that commit it for reason, not just to provide a corpse.” Generally, but not always, featuring a private detective; usually, but not always, pervaded by pessimism. The humor, if any, will be dark. Lawrence Block’s Matt Scudder novels are excellent examples. This style has been made into movies for decades (The Big Sleep, The Maltese Falcon, Out of the Past) and can also be characterized by the same term, noir. Like crime novels, hardboiled stories tend to be urban.

The Soft-Boiled

The realism of the hard-boiled but tempered with optimism, and humor that is light. Lawrence Block’s Bernie Rhodenbarr (“Burglar”) novels exemplify this type, and provide a clear contrast to the hard-boiled Scudder.

The Police Procedural

A novel which attempts to describe all the activities the police undertake in solving a crime. These novels often have several seemingly unrelated crimes under investigation in one novel. They often employ forensics, autopsies, search warrants, interrogations and interviews to gather the evidence needed for an arrest. The perpetrator of the crime may or may not be known at the beginning of the book.

The Suspense

Similar to thrillers, the danger is more likely to be psychological than physical, based more on expectation or fear of harm than on frankly hazardous situations. In this type of story, the main character is normally an innocent caught up in danger – think of North by Northwest. This is an area that may get blended with a touch or horror, which comes under the term “Gothic”.

The Thrillers

Plenty of action, accent on plot. Tension. Emphasis on placing the protagonist in dangerous circumstances – usually physically dangerous. James Bond. Lawyers/defendants in the courtroom. Spies everywhere. Derring-do anywhere. Rather than solving a crime, the object may be to prevent one from happening to our hero or heroine. In this type of book, the main character is active, a professional.

The True Crime

This is a type of novel which deals with a real crime, with or without a murder, examining the motives of real people and events. These novels can run the gambit of from being highly speculative in nature to sticking the basic facts of the case, ultimately allowing the reader to draw their own conclusions. The crimes which are written about can be pulled from current headlines or examine cases from the past, such as; JFK’s assassination, the Ripper murders, Marilyn Monroe’s death or the Gardner heist.

All these types of fiction can be found on our shelves or on Overdrive’s ebook selections.

Caroline Poppendeck, Librarian
Steele Memorial Library


Beneficial Bits ‘n Bytes – Printing a new Barcode for your Library Card September 9, 2016

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Is the barcode on your library card or library card key tag so faded that our barcode scanner cannot read it? I have recently discovered an easy way to print and tape a barcode to a library card or key tag. Here are the directions.

  1. Go to http://www.barcode-generator.org/
  2. On the upper left side of the screen select Code 128 from the dropdown menu
  3. Type your 13 digit library card number then click create barcode


  1. On the right side of your screen you will see the new barcode, download, print, then tape to your library card


NOTE: you may need to resize the barcode image to fit on your card or key tag. I find it easy to do by inserting the image in Microsoft Word and resizing it to fit on the key tag or library card.

Owen Frank, Branch Supervisor
Chemung County Library District

Beneficial Bits ‘n Bytes: Free Digital Magazines July 12, 2016

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zinioZinio for Libraries offers our library members access to over 180 popular magazine titles, and many back issues as well. Browse or search the collection and view magazines in full-color. There are no holds, no loan period, and no limits to the number of magazines you can check out.

Click on the Zinio box that is displayed on your library’s home page and that will lead you to our digital magazines. You can create an account by clicking on the link in the upper right hand corner of the page or you can begin browsing the collection immediately and once you click on a selection, you will be prompted to set up your account. When you have your account set up, and you are logged in, you will see a My Collection link where you will manage the magazines you have checked out to your account.

Magazines can be read online in the browser with a Windows or Mac computer. Download checked-out magazines to apps for iPad, iPhone, Android and Kindle Fire/HD/HDX which enables you to read the content offline.

Zinio for Libraries is easily accessed and has an incredible selection of magazines to choose from!

Connie Ogilvie, Librarian
Chemung County Library District

Due to inclement weather, all CCLD locations will close at 5pm today. 1/2/2014 January 2, 2014

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Due to inclement weather, all CCLD locations will close at 5pm today. 1/2/2014

Music October 16, 2013

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Among friends, I have been accused as having very “interesting” taste in music (aka –weird). My taste runs from classic rock, Middle Eastern and Turkish dance music, chants, Baroque music, anything Mozart, and some New Age stuff.

Maybe eclectic is a better word, because the music that draws me is the music that satisfies a need in us, and that attraction can take myriad forms. We need different music for different reasons. We all have favorite music we turn to at different times – music to soothe, inspire, or motivate us.

Some of us have very specific preferences. For example, my family made sure I grew up listening to Big Band music and not much else until high school, so for years I was a Big Band trivia expert. This music represented a distinct era that flavored my parents’ past, and defined music for them; something that didn’t change much in their lives.

Some people like anything country, or hip hop, or jazz for probably the same reasons. The artists who give us our favorite music can seem as friends – our enjoyment of their style of expression validates this, making us their fans. Life is just better with our personal musical soundtrack.

Back to my “interesting” label; in order to affirm I do not have weird taste, I drew up a playlist. If I could listen to anything at all, what would it be? It has taken weeks, and I think I actually did very well. It is still a work in progress, but in looking it over, I don’t think anyone could accuse me of bad taste.

Now let me ask you, what is your personal musical soundtrack?

Caroline Poppendeck, Librarian
CCLD, Horseheads

Natural Phenomena October 3, 2013

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I love the Aurora Borealis. I saw a lovely photo online today. This thought led me to think about what other phenomena exist that we are scarcely aware of, so I did a little research.

Rainbows are a common phenomenon, but did you know there is such a thing as moonbows? These occur the same way rainbows do: moisture in the air refracts the light given off by, well, the moon. They can happen anywhere in the world; the conditions just have to be right.

One phenomenon I am sure we have all seen, but probably didn’t think too much about is a fire rainbow, or circumhorizon arc. These appear as a portion of spectral colors in a sunny sky. The term “fire rainbow” came from them typically appearing on a flame-like wispy cloud. I have seen these many times, and never realized I was witnessing a phenomenon.

Then there is lightning: most everybody loves a good lightning storm. There are all kinds of lightning at which to marvel: displays you can see from a plane when there is a storm below, the frightening stuff turfside during a tempest, or the rare dendritic (that’s the superb kind that travels through the clouds, fanning out like fern).

Hang on to your hats – there is also an astonishing lightning that happens during a volcanic eruption. Who knew a spewing volcano could produce something so breathtaking; I thought lava-heaving out of the earth was scary enough. Adding the lightning spectacle is just Nature’s way of showing off!

Bioluminescence. Rhetorically speaking, why should any living thing glow? Wouldn’t that be the greatest asset, to radiate? It turns ordinary bugs, worms, plankton, jellyfish, etc, into magical creatures!

A phenomenon does not have to be marvelous and terrible to be cool. The notion of sea driftwood producing colors when burned has always fascinated me. Minerals from the sea are impregnated into the wood, and when dried and burned, make a bonfire even more delightful.

There are many more phenomena in our world. Some are limited to certain climates, but all are worth investigating!

Caroline Poppendeck, Librarian
CCLD, Horseheads

Unchanging Designs September 30, 2013

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Staplers have been around for a long time. Their purpose is to pierce and clip papers together. The design of the stapler has changed a little, and the staple itself really hasn’t changed at all. It is still a piece of metal that punctures papers, then folds under to secure.

Clocks remain the same. There has been one big change to the clock display – the digital face born last century – but the original idea ultimately remains the same, and continues to endure.

A lot of things maintain their original attributes – cars have largely retained their original design: motor, seating space for passengers, wheels to ride on and a steering device. Home design has withstood the test of time; they still suit our needs best with appointed rooms for different tasks.

Books haven’t changed, either. What?, you say, what about ebooks that you read on a device? Well, think about it, the book is still read, one virtual page at a time, with “turned” pages, and chapter units. The reading device mimics the tangible original in all aspects except physical makeup – one is electronically delivered in an operating system, the other is made of substance, with real paper pages and ink.

These ideas endure because they work. They fit into our lives. They make sense. Things that possess these properties will withstand improvements, modernizations, revisions.

Books are books, no matter how they materialize, and a good read will always prevail regardless of how it is accessed.

Caroline Poppendeck, Librarian
CCLD, Horseheads

Birdcams May 24, 2013

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It started with a children’s program at the Central Library. A bird program for Youth Services in the spring had Children’s staff exploring something called birdcams. Universities, Chambers of Commerce, etc. install cameras in view of a niche or a nest known to be a roosting spot for Peregrine Falcons, Eagles, and wild birds of all kinds. Enthusiasts can watch the eggs hatch, the parents feed the chicks, and even witness them fledge. The birds are no worse for the wear, and humans can marvel at the intimate glimpse into their very private world.

The unknown factor about this spectacle is that it is addictive. Cornell Lab Bird Cams spotlight a Great Blue Heron nest, and a Red-Tailed Hawk nest, and are partnered with a couple of other species located outside the area. Their site have a sign-in feature, so enthusiasts all over the world can chat with each other and exclaim over anything that goes on in the nest. We can witness the parents regurgitating fish to feed the baby herons, listen (yes! even sound!) to the accompanying wildlife calls, and watch the babies interacting with each other. Once we even got to see all five of the baby herons watch an airplane fly across the sky – THAT lit up the chat board!

Cornell’s Hawk Cam is located right on the campus. The downy-white chicks huddle together while the parents take turns feeding them whatever is on the menu that day – snakes, squirrels, rabbits.

SUNY at Buffalo has a Peregrine Falcon Cam, located right on their premises. These are endangered birds. Four tiny chicks sleep huddled together, wait for Mom or Dad to deliver the next meal, flap their little wings as they grow.

You can watch all the wobbly cuteness at http://www.buffalo.edu/falconcam.html

Cornell Hawk cam: http://cams.allaboutbirds.org/channel/16/Red-tailed_Hawks/

And for the herons: http://cams.allaboutbirds.org/channel/8/Great_Blue_Herons/

Be forewarned: after a day of Blue Heron nest-watching, the sounds of the neighboring Canadian geese, bullfrogs and peepers will echo in your head. You may also experience intense emotional involvement in their development. Enjoy!

Caroline Poppendeck, Librarian
CCLD, Horseheads

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