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Top Art Books of the Year December 3, 2012

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Out of the ShadowsBooklist magazine, the reviewing source from the American Library Association, listed the Top 10 Art Books of the year in the November 1, 2012 issue. Steele Library owns many of them and I have ordered the rest so they will be available shortly. If you want to consider buying one of these for an art lover on your holiday shopping list, call 733-8603 and ask to speak to me; I’ll give you the entire list. The ones that are available to browse at the library, right now are:

Vivian Maier: Out of the Shadows by Richard Cahan and Michael Williams

This is the story of an unknown nanny who took over 100,000 snapshots of street life in NYC and Chicago documenting urban America in the last half of the twentieth century. After her death, the negatives which were the contents of her storage locker came to light and a star was born!

How Music Works by David Byrne

This book affirms the power of all types of music, including birdsong, whale calls, the recording industry and the work of author, painter, photographer and producer Byrne.

Marilyn: The passion and the paradox by Lois Banner

Could it truly be fifty years since Marilyn died? Feminist Historian Banner celebrates the star’s genius and elucidates her suffering.

I’m Your Man: the Life of Leonard Cohen by Sylvie Simmons

This is the biography of singer-songwriter, poet and novelist Cohen.

Phyllis Rogan, Reference Librarian
Steele Memorial Library

Big Flats Library – Fall 2011 October 24, 2011

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Graphic NovelsBack in May we focused on Pop-Up books in the library collection.  This entry, among other things, will focus on the Graphic Novel collection at the Big Flats Library.  With both Young Adult and Juvenile graphic novel titles, Big Flats library is a little known hot spot for great graphic books.

A 28 day loan period and no limit, check out some of these popular titles…

Young Adult:Graphic Novels

  • Locke & Key
  • Naruto
  • Hellsing
  • Walking Dead


  • Amelia Rules (series)
  • Big Nate (series)
  • Jellaby
  • Electric Girl (series)
  • Marvel Comic Book Characters

Plus many, many more!

If this is your thing, come to the Big Flats library and take a look.

New window paintings at Big Flats.   Local resident Justin Gregory and staff member Cassie Wright were painting again.  Great job as always!

skeletonsWinnie the PoohScarecrow

Lake Minier (aka: Big Flats Library parking lot) is gone.  A “tragedy” to local fisherman,  A “miracle” for library patrons.

Brian Harris
Principal Library Clerk/Branch Manager
Big Flats 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

Student Artwork Displayed at Steele and West March 9, 2011

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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:

Chemung County


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


Schuyler County

Watkins Glen

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 Falls

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


Steuben County


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

Painted Post

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
607-962-5871 x226

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.

Teen artist adds color to the Big Flats Library November 17, 2010

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Justin Gregory has never been a fan of a blank wall. Now the Horseheads Middle School student has brought color and life to the windows at the Big Flats Branch of the Chemung County Library District.

Justin painted the windows at the library after pitching the idea to and gaining approval from Library District officials. According to District Director Ronald Shaw, “The Board and staff were very receptive to the idea. The staff and patrons look forward to seeing what he’s going to do next.”

The window painting project gave Justin the opportunity to use a variety of themes, from Dr. Seuss to the Beatles, in ways that appeal to audiences of all ages.

“The inspiration for the windows has come from my desire to learn more about art in general, and drawing in particular” said Justin, “I read art books, how to draw books, and study anatomy. I guess you could say that my mind is a melting pot of my own and others’ ideas with my own style added. The windows themselves are painted in reverse and take about 3-5 hours to complete.”

Library Board member Judy Sell noted that “Justin enjoys painting the windows. His work shows how much he enjoys it and we hope others will enjoy it as well. The ultimate goal is to pull in readers.”

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