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Fall Storytimes & 1000 Books Before Kindergarten September 2, 2015

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1000booksFall Storytimes at CCLD libraries are just around the corner, beginning the week of September 14 at all branches; check our website for dates and times. We offer storytimes for babies, toddlers and preschoolers and all are drop in, no registration is required. Storytimes are a wonderful way to introduce your child to the joys of reading and increase their vocabulary, as well as help them to learn social skills. Our storytimes are full of fun too…interactive songs, flannel stories, rhymes and props that enhance the experience and make it pleasurable for caregivers as well as kids…and while you’re at the library, sign up for our latest early literacy program: 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten. (Currently available at Steele, Horseheads and Big Flats Libraries and funded by the Friends of the Horseheads Library.) This free, self-paced program challenges parents and caregivers to read at least 1,000 books before the child enters school. Research has shown that reading to children helps them be better prepared for school as it builds their vocabulary and stimulates language and cognitive skills. Reading together is great for bonding too, and stories read in storytime or at daycare can count as well. Ask us about this exciting new offering and we’ll see you soon at Storytime!

Happy Reading!

Janet Ackerman
Head of Youth Services
Steele Memorial Library, CCLD

Youth Book Recommendations for Holiday Gifts December 10, 2014

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As I look through Amazon, Barnes and Nobles, Kirkus Review and the American Library Association’s picks for best children’s books of 2014, ready to order what’s missing from our library collection, I realize that the books from these lists can be great for Holiday gift giving. When my kids were growing up, above all else, a new book was always ready for them to open on Christmas morning, and I love the idea from Amy Dickinson, now adopted by the Family Reading Partnership, of a book on every bed on Christmas morning. What a great holiday tradition to start, the idea being that a book will be the first thing opened up by a child on Christmas morning, with adventures and stories waiting to be discovered! So, taking from these great list compilations, I recommend the following books, all available at a CCLD library:

For younger readers:

A Big Guy Took My Ball by Mo Willems

Here Comes Destructosaurus by Aaron Reynolds

Baby Bear by Kadir Nelson

The Dark by Lemony Snicket

Locomotive by Brian Floca

Little Santa by Jon Agee

Gravity by Jason Chin

For middle readers:

The Year of Billy Miller by Kevin Henkes

The Animal Book by Steve Jenkins

Doll Bones by Holly Black

Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures by Kate DiCamillo

Counting by 7’s by Holly Goldberg Sloan

Tuesday Tucks Me In: The Loyal Bond between a Soldier and his Service Dog by Luis Carlos Montalvan

The Right Word: Roget and his Thesaurus by Jen Bryant

Happy Holiday Reading Everyone!

Janet Ackerman
Head of Youth Services
Steele Memorial Library, CCLD

Endangered Books October 9, 2013

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Sailors' Journey Into WarI have been weeding the non-fiction collection, using a computer program that can generate a report of books that have not gone out recently. When we used to go to the shelves to weed the worn out, dirty out-of-date books, I enjoyed it. But now I keep finding books that I think would be so useful if someone just knew they were here! For example, one of the biographies on my weeding list is about a navy seaman’s experiences in WWII. The Title is A Sailors’ Journey into War by Robert A. Maher. It looked like a brand new book and wasn’t very old, as the author was remembering his past. I brought it home to my husband who had been on a destroyer in the navy (not in WWII – we’re old but not THAT old) and he read and loved it. He brought it to our daughter’s neighbor who was also in the navy and said it was the best book he ever read; really described what it was like to be on a destroyer in a hurricane. Do I weed it from the collection because it is not being checked out? How do I get these books into the hands of people who would enjoy them? How do I get people to come to the library and browse among the stacks, to find just that book that speaks to them?  Or get them to ask a librarian for suggestions as to what they would like to read about? It’s called Reader’s Advisory and one of the most fun parts of our job.  I would have thought books such as Everything you need to know about birth control or Understanding Weight Loss Programs would be helpful to many people but they don’t go out. Do they get used in the library? I don’t know. If you have any ideas, let me know.

Phyllis Rogan, Reference Librarian
Chemung County Library District

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

ZOMBIES!!! October 7, 2011

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Zombie BooksDo you love zombies?  Are you planning to attend this year’s zombie-themed haunted library program at Steele Memorial Library on October 28th?  Are you getting ready for Season 2 of AMC’s The Walking Dead (Oct 16th)?  Excited about Brad Pitt’s upcoming zombie flick World War Z (2012)?  If so, you might be interested in this month’s 2nd floor display at the Steele Memorial Library; it’s all about zombies!  Read The Walking Dead graphic novels, to experience the original story the television show is based on (and check out season 1 on DVD).  World War Z is based on a book by the same name (by Max Brooks).  We have these and many more zombie-related titles at the library.

Feed by Mira GrantA recent zombie favorite of mine is the Newsflesh series by Mira Grant.  The first book in the series, Feed, takes place in 2039, 25 years after “the rising”, and is told from the perspective of sister and brother bloggers Georgia and Shaun Mason, as they follow the presidential campaign trail of Senator Peter Ryman, the first presidential candidate to come of age in the post-rising world.  While this series follows many of the traditional zombie rules, it is an original story amongst the slew of zombie books that have been published in recent years.  Readers are introduced to the world, already a generation after the zombie plague has occurred; order has already been restored, the government is functioning, bloggers are respected journalists, zombies are a fact of life, society has adapted.  Georgia and Shaun Mason stumble upon a dangerous conspiracy, along the campaign trail, that could end up costing them their lives.  As they fight to uncover the truth and get the story out, there is plenty of zombie action along the way, to keep readers entertained.  Book 2, Deadline, picks up where Feed leaves off.  Book 3, Blackout, is scheduled to be released in May, 2012.

If you’re a fan of zombies, check out our display or use our online catalog to place a hold on a title and have it delivered to your local library.  Also, don’t forget to stop by the zombie haunted library on October 28th from 6:30pm-8:30pm (not suitable for young children; no strollers, please).

Jennie Mathews, Librarian
Steele Memorial Library

Dreamdark – Blackbringer, by Laini Taylor March 17, 2011

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DreamdarkAs a Youth Services staff member, I have been whittling down the list of must-reads recommended by both book review periodicals and fellow Juvenile and YA readers. I have been mired in teen angst, hurled through recycled adventures, and generally worn-out by stories that just don’t wow.

This book, Dreamdark, was recommended to me by a staff member. It sounded like another rehashing of fairy-tale ingredients, but because it had earned such praise, I forged ahead.

A world was crafted through the unlikely perspective of a clan of crows and their adopted faery, named Magpie. Never have I read a book so freshly inspired, with language so beautifully wrought, including the author’s own cleverly invented words. Her use of a story’s flow kept me reading, not able to put it down.

Taylor’s vision of her world is whole and three-dimensional, with colors and textures easily imagined. The story is unexpected, dark, thrilling. Characters are fully realized, believable, relatable, and amusing, including odd little creatures that endear or repulse, and some truly frightening antagonists. I would never limit this to a juvenile read. Any book lover who enjoys a gorgeously articulated story will savor this one.

This book can be described in one word – delicious.

Caroline Poppendeck, Librarian
Head of Youth Services
Steele Memorial Library

Annual Book Sale Returns to the Arnot Mall (Feb 10-19) January 19, 2011

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Elmira, N.Y. — Calling all book lovers! The Arnot Mall will host a massive book sale over two weekends in February: Feb. 10-13 and Feb. 17-19, 2011. The annual sale, a favorite community tradition for nearly 40 years, is sponsored by the Friends of the Steele Memorial Library. All proceeds from the sale will go toward library materials and programs, as well as community literacy initiatives.

Dates and times of the sale are:


Thursday, Feb. 10: 10 a.m.- 9 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 11 10 a.m.- 9;30 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 12: 10 a.m.- 9;30 p.m.

Sunday, Feb. 13: 11 a.m.- 6 p.m.


Thursday, Feb. 17: 10 a.m.- 9 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 18: 10 a.m.- 9;30 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 19: 10 a.m.- 9;30 p.m.

Thousands of hardcover and paperback books, CDs, DVDs, VHS tapes, LPs, and audiobooks — all donated by members of the community — will be offered for sale. Items will be available in a huge range of categories including fiction, biography, cooking, children’s, home repair, sports, antiques, poetry, religion, self-improvement, and much, much more.

The best part is that everything will be sold for $3 or less! Saturday, Feb. 19, will close out the sale with a special “bag sale”, where $3 buys all that you can fit into a shopping bag. Cash and checks will be accepted as payment on all days of the sale.

The full schedule and more information may be found at:


Donations of used books may be dropped off at the Steele Memorial Library, located at 101 East Church Street in downtown Elmira. Please note: books should be in good condition; textbooks, magazines, Reader’s Digest condensed books, and encyclopedias will NOT be accepted.

The Friends of the Steele Memorial Library have hosted an annual book sale for nearly 40 years. Though it came from humble beginnings — books were once stored in volunteers’ garages between sales — the sale now has its own dedicated storage area and books are transported by the tractor-trailer load.

The Friends of the Steele Memorial Library is a group of over 350 committed local volunteers who help stimulate public support and use of the Steele Memorial Library and its branches. In addition to the annual book sales, the Friends also sponsor a variety of activities — including read-aloud programs, book review events, and the Kinderbook program — and host an annual poetry festival.

The Arnot Mall is located at 3300 Chambers Road South between Horseheads and Big Flats. Visitors can take I-86/Route 17 to exit 51A. For a map of the mall, please visit http://www.arnotmall.com.

For more information on the book sale, the public may contact the Steele Memorial Library business office at 607-733-8607 or visit the library’s website at http://www.ccld.lib.ny.us.

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