The Fault in Our Stars – Book vs. Movie October 1, 2014Posted by CCLD in West Elmira.
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Last July at West Elmira Library our staff member, Ahnece, and two of our patrons, Mary Ann and Claire, wrote a review article about the book The Fault in Our Stars. This summer Ahnece, Mary Ann, and Claire all went to see the popular new movie based on the book they all loved so much. Was the movie as good as the book? Let’s find out… (warning: may contain spoilers)
Ahnece- “The vast difference between reading the book and watching the movie was quite enlightening. I have always surmised that movies rarely do justice to a book however, after viewing A Fault in Our Stars, there is no question in my mind that this is true.
My review of reading the book was completely uplifting, positive, and enjoyable. However, when I was at the movie, my heart was wrenched and spent most of my time there in tears. I experienced two entirely different emotions between reading the book and watching the movie. I feel that even a bad rendition of the movie could have still been possible and I now understand why an author can refuse the movie rights to their books.”
Mary Ann- “John Green’s novel The Fault in Our Stars is a gem which conveys so much sadness yet is never maudlin. Can the movie touch us with the same empathy and sense of futility?
First of all, we must realize what books do well. They probe the inner being of the characters and reveal those qualities of heart and mind that place them in our universe. Movies also do this, but heighten and amplify the author’s setting where the characters play out the drama of their lived. A skillful director can enhance setting with camera angles and use of lighting. Brilliant actors can convey the inner character through expression and gesture. They can capture emotion.
The movie The Fault in Our Stars captures the futility, grace, grandeur and depth of the lives of Hazel and Gus. The director augments their skill with the use of music and electronics, especially their iPhones which allow them to be connected even when they are apart. They also enable them to become acquainted.
Through music we can experience tenderness, guarded optimism, their anticipation and delight about their trip to Amsterdam, the romance and fleeting pleasure of their dinner with Classical violin music. When Hazel struggles to climb the stairs to Anne Frank’s attic, the music and Anne’s voice-over add to our admiration and certain hopelessness. When Gus is dying, music replaces dialogue. Their love is connected- a look transmits all feeling. We know that Peter Van Houten’s book stops mid-sentence with no resolution. Gus’s life ends the same way.
Music helps to convey that “the world is not a wish-making factory” their dreams futile but beautiful.
Claire- Comparing books and movies are like comparing pears and peaches. In my opinion, the book is always better than the movie, however, The Fault in Our Stars came very close. I enjoyed how the movie used much of the same dialogue and wording as the book, especially the popular quotes. “There were several characters and parts that were left out of the film, however, the theme rang true”, said my friend Katie Ronsivalle. My favorite parts of the movie were the Easter eggs hidden throughout. For example, Hazel and Augustus both had “The Hectic Glow” posters in their room, and Requiem for Mayhem could be seen on Hazel’s nightstand. Overall, the movie mimicked the book almost perfectly, but no matter how you look at it, the book was better.
Stop in and let us know what you thought of the movie! Also, check out our new YA book club or ask us what the Adult book club selection is reading this month.
Out of School Learning Experience April 21, 2014Posted by patchettd in Community, Programs, West Elmira.
Tags: kumquats, learning, Libraries, programs, Wegmans, West Elmira
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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!
West Elmira Library
Downton Abbey – Loved By Many December 9, 2013Posted by patchettd in West Elmira.
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I recently realized that the copies of Downton Abbey owned by the West Elmira Library have a combined circulation of nearly 250. And although season 1 has been available since February, 2012, all three seasons are still being checked out. So we asked patrons what it is, specifically, about Downton Abbey that has them eagerly waiting for season 4. These are some of the responses we received:
Anna-“It is so well written and I love the development of the personalities.”
John-“The multiple characters and their challenges captivated my interest. Each episode ended with me wanting to know what will happen.”
Kathleen-“Historical fiction helps us understand the past and appreciate our current lives.”
Nancy-“The attention to detail and the intelligent dialogue-it is a delight to become wrapped up in the characters and events.”
Dianne-“Excellent acting! Many times you can tell what the characters are thinking and feeling by the look on their face. No laugh machines needed here.”
Sarah-“It makes Britain in the time period seem less stuffy and more interesting.”
Walt-“Excellent acting and effects work to transport you to another time and period to experience the drama.”
Mary-“I love the setting and the go between the staff and family.”
Doreen-“The scenery is spectacular and the costumes are amazing!”
Amanda-“I enjoy that time period and the changes taking place in the world. “
So there you have it! Downton Abbey- loved by many. To prepare for the release of season 4, West Elmira Library is having a tea. We will be showing the last episode of Season 3 while enjoying a light lunch with tea on Thursday, December 12th from 11:30 to 1:30. We are asking that you let us know if you plan to attend. Period dress encouraged!
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The Fault in Our Stars July 10, 2013Posted by patchettd in Recommendations, West Elmira.
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There are so many advantages to visiting your local library. One thing we see over and over at the West Elmira Branch is impromptu book sharing. A patron comes in and mentions a great book they have read. Another patron hears and asks to have the book reserved for them. Recently, we found a book that holds appeal to readers across many age groups.
Ahnece, a staff member in the 25-35 age range, read The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. She could not say enough about the book and mentioned it to several patrons. This is what she says about the book: “John Green weaves, throughout this story, the most human of experiences-fear, joy, faith-emotional twists and turns that kept me wondering what could happen next. Under the shadow of inevitable death, Hazel, Gus, and Isaac experience sorrow, pity, laughter, injustice, love and ultimately, forgiveness. The ways in which the characters deal with their mortality, in exceedingly positive ways, motivates me to aspire to the same maturity in my own life.
The title is Shakespearean (from Julius Caesar, Act 1, Scene 2); so incredible is Green’s writing that some of his lines seem almost Shakespearean in quality as well. Although devastating in theme, The Fault in Our Stars is ultimately the most uplifting of Stories. As Green writes: ‘Grief does not change you, Hazel. It reveals you.’”
Ahnece recommended the book to a patron, Mary Ann, who also felt it was one of the best she has read. Mary Ann is in the senior age group and this is what she has to say about the book: “I like novels that speak to me-that reveal verities, those enduring truths that are truer than true. In The Fault in Our Stars, John Green speaks to me in poignant, understated language.
The main characters, Hazel Grace and Augustus, ages 16 and 17, meet in a support group for cancer patients. John Green skillfully reveals their coming to know each other. He does this with the subtle, but so effective use of young banter and observations of their world.
Early in the novel, when Hazel first meets Gus, she observes, ‘He smiles with half his mouth’. Later, when talking with him on the phone, she says, ‘I could hear his crooked smile’.
At this first encounter, Gus is talking about his friend Isaac. Hazel says, ‘I liked Augustus Waters. I really, really, really liked him. I liked the way his story ended with someone else’.
Later, she achingly wants to extend the day, ‘The sun was a toddler, insistently refusing to go to bed’.
With the same longing, she says, ‘I felt like Anna in the book, that feeling of excitement and gratitude about just being able to marvel at all’.
Gus’s character has a similar depth with a knack for saying something wise and dear. He and Hazel are composing an ad to sell a swing set. He remarks to her, ‘That’s why I like you…you are so busy being you that you have no idea how unprecedented you are’.
He also says that people might not realize how difficult keeping a promise can be, but they must keep it anyway.
Hazel Grace, who tells the story, speaks to my heart. She is never maudlin or boastful; she is always true.”
Clarie, another patron, has recently begun to volunteer at the library. When she heard this discussion she jumped right in with her thoughts: “The Fault in Our Stars is an indescribably amazing book. Its combination of humor, tragedy, and love draws you in and helps you connect with the characters in your own personal way. In this book, two young people suffering from cancer meet, bond, and fall in love, unobstructed by their illness. It is a must-read for teens as well as adults. There will be a movie coming out with Ansel Elgort as Gus and Shailene Woodley as Hazel. The author, John Green, said on YouTube that he watched the auditions and had a bit of say in the casting. I doubt the movie will be as good as the book, however, I will definitely watch the movie. I only reread my favorite books, and The Fault in Our Stars is certainly one of them.” Claire is a teenager.
We hope this inspires you to try this much loved book before the movie is released. We also hope this inspires you to join a reading discussion group, the CCLD Summer Reading Club, or the Online Book Club. You never know what gem you will discover.
West Elmira Library
September is National Library Card Sign-up Month! September 1, 2012Posted by cclddirector in Big Flats, Bookmobile, Community, Director's Comments, District News, Horseheads, Programs, Steele, Van Etten, West Elmira.
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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!
Wintertime Fun at West Elmira March 26, 2012Posted by woodardr1 in West Elmira.
Tags: Craft, Home School, Joe Pasquarelli, West Elmira
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The Home-schoolers group meets every Wednesday morning from 11 to 11:30 AM. We have a group of around 15 lovely kids from 3 – 12 years of age who enjoy the sessions every week. The subjects for these sessions range from entertaining to educational – including literature, Science/Math and social topics like organic farming. Our Valentine’s day special was a great hit with stories, games and stickers (Thanks to one of our parents who sweetened the session with their homemade Valentine’s day cupcakes!). The following week our group had a unique experience meeting and interacting with Elmira’s own Mark Twain! – Mr. Jim Ketcham who does an excellent Mark Twain impersonation made this possible and enabled the kids to learn about the great American author’s life and stories.
On March 7th we introduced our Homeschooler group to organic farming, teaching them about healthy eating and having them learn about different vegetables and fruits that can be included in their everyday diet. The children also had a lot of fun doing some “hands-on” gardening by planting a seed. Getting their hands dirty and planting their own personal seed which they could take home and care for was a great teaching moment. Weather-man special at West Elmira – Mr. Joe Pasquarelli from WETM news 18 conducted a 30 min session for the home-schoolers. It was a lively and an interactive session with kids actively participating and asking question to learn all about weather – rain, hail, snow and everything in between.
For more information on the upcoming session please call Ms. Ahnece at West Elmira library at 607-733-0541 or visit us at http://www.ccld.lib.ny.us/elmira_west.htm.
Storytime – Toddlers, Pre-schoolers and the Whole Family
Toddler Storytime (Tuesdays 10:30 – 11AM) and Pre-schoolers Storytime (Thursday 10:30 – 11 AM) at West Elmira library is fun time for kids! Recently we had a puppet show – “Mrs. McPuppet” which was a roaring success. Lady bug visited the Storytime kids as well as students at Hendy Creek Elementary school to teach them about self-empowerment. We have a lot more planned for Spring. Stop in for lots of fun, games, scarves and stickers. And we have a special Monday night story time for the whole family. At the end of each story time session we conduct a “Silly dance contest” and winners get prizes. So make sure to stop by next Monday to win some goodies!!
Giving Back to the Community – Blankets and Bunting by West Craft Group
The members of West Craft group made beautiful bereavement buntings and blankets for Arnot’s neonatal/perinatal care. Their work was so well appreciated that they now have a fresh request for smaller and shorter blankets! Anyone interested in participating in the making of these blankets can contact Mrs. Mary Louise Fisher at West Elmira library for more details.
Upcoming events @ West Elmira Library
- Spring basket making workshop for adults – March 24, 9 AM – 12 PM
- Furry friends program – April 2nd, 6:15-6:45 PM, for all ages. Local SPCA will be at the West Elmira library with a furry friend or two and gives us tips on how to care for and love these special creatures.
- Children’s book week – May 7th – 12th. Button bookmark and bracelet craft for kids on Monday, May 7. Kids have a choice of gifting either the bracelet or the bookmark they made during the craft session for their mom at Tea party to be held on May 12.
Only at West Elmira
Classic literature on CD’s – Only at West Elmira Library. Stop by to pick some for your next road trip!
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Summer Reading Club Event – Faustwork Mask Theater June 20, 2011Posted by CCLD in Horseheads, Programs, Steele, West Elmira, Youth Services.
Tags: faustwork, masks, summer reading club, theater, youth services
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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)
West Elmira – Check Your E-Mail & Check Out This Book! June 14, 2011Posted by woodardr1 in Recommendations, West Elmira, Youth Services.
Tags: E-Mail, Loss, recommendations, West Elmira, youth services
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West Elmira Library has been successfully set up to email notices. We now send notification of patron holds to their email. Also, we are sending courtesy notices to notify a patron that they have something coming due in three days. Don’t forget to check your email!
How often are we looking for a meaningful way to explain death to our young children?
I believe I have found a wonderful resource:
Water Bugs and Dragonflies: Explaining Death to Young Children by Doris Stickney
It begins with a colony of water bugs. Every once in a while one seems to lose interest and clings to a pond lily, gradually moving out of sight and is seen no more. Her friends wait, but she never returns.
The group would say “That’s funny! Wasn’t she happy here? Where do you suppose she went?” No one had the answer.
The leader in the colony suggests that the next one who climbs up the lily stalk must promise to come back and tell everyone where he/she went and why. Everyone agrees.
The group leader then finds himself climbing up the lily stalk – and his body changes; he loves his new form for he is now able to fly, and yet still be close to his friends, for he is right above them! However, he finds he is unable to keep the promise of coming back. His new form will not allow him to go underwater. He knows now that his friends will have to see for themselves what happens, and he will greet them at that time – and he flies away, filled with lightness and happiness!
This book is a beautiful gift for those experiencing loss.
Rose Woodard & Pamela Lee
West Elmira Library
Libraries Still Have Good Information! April 6, 2011Posted by roganp in Community, Recommendations, West Elmira.
Tags: health, recommendations
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We’ve been doing a lot of talking at the Library about the unpleasant (to me) fact that nonfiction books are not circulating as much as they used to. Some of us comment that people are using the internet and videos more and books less. Newspapers are going out of business and social networking is the new “in-thing”. The new census stats show that our county is losing population and we all see the empty houses for sale and don’t see as many people who used to come and talk about books at the reference desk any more. We miss them!
I worry that people don’t realize that libraries still have good information – facts about health, current issues, latest information on science and technology, car repair – and that we don’t seem to be very successful at getting that information out to the people in the county who could make use of it. In the midst of all this talk of gloom and doom, I was heartened by a woman in the West Elmira Library who checked out their copy of: THE NEW HEALTH CARE SYSTEM: Everything you need to know by David Nather. She spoke to the head of that library who told me:
“She was pleased with the information in this book. She said it is so different than what we are hearing on television. The fact that it is unbiased was important to her.” Yes! Somebody gets it. Somebody has discovered that libraries are here to provide good information. You have no idea how happy that comment made me.
So in case there are others out there who are interested in some new health books, see below:
Healing Our Autistic Children by Julie Buckley MD
A Patient’s Guide to Heart Rhythm Problems by Todd Cohen
The Language of Life by Francis Collins
From Zero to Mastectomy by Jackie Fox
Treat Me, Not my Age by Mark Lachs
The Emperor of All Maladies by Mukherjee
Designer Genes by Steven Potter
Reiki for Life by Penelope Quest
What’s Up Down There? by Lissa Rankin
Clinical Trials by Lorna Speid
And my favorite, that I wish every doctor, dentist and health administrator at every hospital would read: The Checklist Manifesto by Atul Gawande.
Phyllis Rogan, Reference Librarian
Steele Memorial Library
Student Artwork Displayed at Steele and West March 9, 2011Posted by CCLD in Community, Steele, West Elmira.
Tags: art, Community, student
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The ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes (The ARTS), sponsor of National Youth Art Month in Chemung, Schuyler and Steuben counties, announced Monday that 29 classrooms and 26 businesses, libraries and art venues have joined together to display area student artwork throughout the three-county region. The student artwork will be on view for the rest of the month.
National Youth Art Month emphasizes the value of art education for all children and encourages support for quality art programs. The ARTS and the local businesses and organizations listed below are honored to provide a forum for acknowledging the skills that are fostered by visual arts programs in our schools.
A reception for students, parents and teachers will be held at The Gallery @ The ARTS, 32 West Market Street, Corning, on Saturday, March 19, from 12 noon – 2pm.
The reception will feature a Teacher Exhibition in The Spotlight Gallery @ The ARTS with artwork by:
- Christine Adams, Northside Blodgett Middle School
- Shawn Farwell, Northside Blodgett Middle School
- Lisa Gillis, Corning Christian Academy
- Cynthia Harrington, Horseheads High School
- Susan Pabody, Elmira Free Academy
- Gina Pfleegor, Hammondsport Junior/Senior High School
- Emily Solometo, Broadway Elementary
- Julie Thurber, Notre Dame High School
- Dale Witkowski, Ernie Davis Middle School
- Birgitt Wolf-King, Corning-Painted Post West High School
Business locations, schools and teacher names follow:
Cappy’s, 205 West Clinton Street: Elmira Free Academy, Allison Newkirk
Clemens Center, 207 Clemens Center Parkway: Ernie Davis Middle School, Dale Witkowski and Michelle Priniciotto
Kingsbury’s Cyclery, 228 West Water Street: T.K. Beecher Elementary, Megan Hugg
Steele Memorial Library, 101 East Church Street: Broadway Elementary, Emily Solometo
Steele Memorial Library, West Elmira Branch, 1231 West Water Street: Elmira Free Academy, Susan Pabody; Hendy Elementary, Jessica Brown
Steve Seaberg State Farm Insurance, Langdon Plaza, 303 North Main Street:
Elmira Free Academy, June Gordon; Notre Dame High School, Julie Thurber
Tough Pups & Pampered Princesses, 220 West Water Street: Parley Coburn Elementary, Korey French
On-A-Roll Sandwich Shop, 8 Hanover Square: Horseheads High School (2D work), Cynthia Harrington
Silverbird Espresso, 119 West Franklin Street: Horseheads High School (3D work), Cynthia Harrington
HSBC Bank, 712 North Franklin Street: Watkins Glen Middle School, Karen Hansen
Watkins Glen Public Library, 610 South Decatur Street: Watkins Glen High School, Elaine Wojtus
Montour Coffee House, 401 West Main Street: Watkins Glen High School (paintings on stretched canvas), Elaine Wojtus
The Harvest Cafe, 224 West Main Street: Watkins Glen Elementary School, Susan Comstock
171 Cedar Arts Center, 171 Cedar Street: Jasper-Troupsburg Central School, Darryl Mallanda
Berger’s Ski Shop, 72 West Market Street: Corning-Painted Post West High School, Birgitt Wolf-King
Connors Mercantile, 16 East Market Street: Jasper-Troupsburg Junior-Senior High, Wendi Wagner
Glassworld, 1 West Market Street, Suite 8: Corning Christian Academy, Lisa Gillis
Imagine That!, 86 West Market Street: William Severn Elementary, Catherine Miller, and Calvin U. Smith Elementary, Marie Herow
Market Street Coffee and Tea, 61 East Market Street: Hugh Gregg Elementary, Megan Wukovitz
Poppleton’s Pastries, 23 West Market Street: Corning-Painted Post West High School, Joni Kehoe
Pure Design, 39 East Market Street: Corning-Painted Post East High School, Lisa Rossi-Sullivan, and Northside Blodgett Middle School, Megan Wukovitz
YMCA, 127 Center Way: Corning-Painted Post West High School, Erin O’Leary
Five Star Bank, 25 Shethar Street: Hammondsport Junior/Senior High School, Gina Pfleegor
Heavenly Cup Coffee Roasters, 323 South Hamilton Street: Northside Blodgett Middle School, Christine Adams and Shawn Farwell
Jelly Beans Restaurant, 319 South Hamilton Street: Corning Free Academy (Names and Birds), Shari Holland
Treu Office Supply, 106 Victory Highway: Corning Free Academy (Self-Portraits and Butterflies), Shari Holland
For information on NYAM installations in the Hornell area, please contact the Hornell Area Arts Council.
Contact: Emily Marino
The ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes is the region’s arts services organization, serving artists, arts/cultural organizations, schools and the public in Chemung, Schuyler and Steuben counties of New York State. For more information, please visit www.eARTS.org.