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April Events for Adults at Steele Memorial Library April 9, 2015

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An Evening at 221B Baker StreetThere is plenty to do at Steele Memorial Library this month for adults!

Three more fitness classes will be hosted at the library in the coming weeks. Instructors from Ultimate Fit Chick in Elmira will teach Dance Party on April 11th, Yoga on April 18th, and Piloxing on April 25th. All classes are on Saturdays from 9:30-10:30am; call 733-9173 to register.

Join us during National Library Week on April 14th for an informative presentation on The Challenge of Alzheimer’s Disease in our Aging Society, presented by Dr. Mark Mapstone via videoconference at Steele Memorial Library from 5:30-6:30pm.  At 6:30pm on the 14th we are happy to present An Evening at 221B Baker Street, a lively mix of stories and facts on detection fiction’s most beloved literary character, Sherlock Holmes. On April 17th at 6:30pm, join us after hours for “So bad, it’s good!” Movie Night. This month we are showing MST3K’s The Pumaman (heckling encouraged!). Also during National Library Week, make sure to check something out at any of the CCLD libraries between Monday, April 13th and Saturday, April 18th, and you will be entered into a drawing to win a Kindle Fire.

Later this month, we will be offering several computer classes in our Technology Training Lab: Introduction to iPad & iPhone (4/21 at 1pm), Beginning Internet (4/22 at 1pm), and Ancestry.com (4/28 at 6pm); call 733-9175 to register.

We hope to see you at the library! For more information about these and other programs going on at CCLD libraries this month, check out our online events calendar: http://ccld.lib.ny.us/calendar.htm.

Recommendations: Being Esther; Moving Miss Peggy July 8, 2013

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Being EstherThis past month I read two new books I loved; one fiction and one nonfiction about aging women, that I heartily recommend for anyone who is looking forward to their own future or to that of their parents.  It’s not often that I feel characters in fiction to be true, but reading Being Esther by Miriam Karmel, a first time novelist who has been a journalist and magazine writer, was like listening to a friend to whom you can tell anything. In one passage she says that she can no longer close the clasp on her watch so wears her deceased husband’s Timex with an expandable bracelet but, because it is too big, it moves around her wrist. She then says it is just like her husband, reliable but annoying. I became very fond of Esther, a witty, practical eighty-five year old straight shooter who ruminates about her life and relationships. If you search the book’s title in our online catalog (STARCat), you can read reviews and a summary that describes the book much better than I can (click on the title of the book on the results page).

The second book was titled Moving Miss Peggy : A Story of Dementia, Courage, and Consolation by Robert Benson. This is a nonfiction book by a son who describes how his family handled their mother’s aging with Alzheimer’s disease. The writing was lyrical but practical, with advice for others facing similar situations.

Let me know if you like these two books as well as I did.

Phyllis Rogan, Reference Librarian
Chemung County Library District

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