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New AV at Steele – July 2015 July 24, 2015

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  • Sons of LibertySons of Liberty
  • American Hercules Babe Ruth
  • Children of Heaven
  • The Longest Ride
  • Seventh Son
  • Paul Blart Mall Cop 2
  • Hot Tub Time Machine 2
  • The Fathers Love
  • Strange Magic
  • Extremities
  • Raiders Of The Lost Shark
  • Smokey and The Hotwire Gang
  • Daddy’s Home
  • Zombeavers
  • Before I Disappear
  • The Curse of The Witching Tree
  • It: The Terror From Space
  • Cybeline
  • My Dad’s A Soccer Mom
  • Joan of Arc
  • The Pirate
  • Octonauts, Crocodiles & Crabs
  • Maya The Bee Movie
  • Infected
  • Secondhand Lions
  • Badlands
  • Hayride 2
  • Bulletproof: Tough Guys In Action
  • The Dog Who Saved Summer
  • New Worlds
  • Focus
  • SpongebobSponge Bob Movie
  • The Duff
  • Ready To Rumble
  • Route 66: The Ultimate Road Trip
  • The Tone Every Zone Walk
  • The Legend of Longwood
  • The Taking of Tiger Mountain
  • Cops: Wildest Chases
  • There’s A Girl In My Soup
  • Blindsided
  • Camp X-Ray
  • Deadly Sanctuary
  • Dora Saves Fairytale Land (juvenile)
  • Captain Sabertooth
  • Mad Love
  • 10 Year Plan
  • Dora’s Explorer Girls First Concert (juvenile)
  • Beetle Bailey Complete Cartoon Collection
  • When Cowboys Were Kings
  • Once Upon A Time In Shanghai
  • Kings of Pastry
  • Project Almanac
  • While We’re Young
  • Chappie
  • Unfinished Business
  • Rescue From Gilligan’s Island
  • Ghost Ship
  • Selma
  • Darkness
  • Ray
  • Maggie
  • Woman in GoldWoman In Gold
  • Mallrats
  • Outrageous Comedy 4 Pack
  • Last Knights
  • Just Visiting
  • Beyond The Reach
  • Deep Impact
  • Waiting For Guffman
  • Alone In The Dark
  • Frog Kingdom
  • Gangland Undercover
  • Zack and Miri
  • Before You Know It
  • Best of Country Music Hits
  • Quills
  • The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
  • Independence Daysaster
  • The Forger
  • We Were Soldiers
  • Car Lot
  • The Man
  • Curious George 3
  • Comeback Dad
  • Survivor
  • The Squeeze
  • Debug


  • Montgomery Gentry Folks Like Us
  • Indigo Girls One Last Day
  • 3 Doors Down Greatest Hits
  • Stevie Wonder Innervisions
  • Home Soundtrack
  • Willie Nelson Django and Jimmie
  • Patti Smith Horses
  • Def Leppard X
  • Sonny LandrethBarenaked Ladies Silverball
  • Jamie Foxx Hollywood
  • Sonny Landreth Bound By The Blues
  • Black Oak Arkansas Complete Raunch ‘N’ Roll
  • The Ultimate Smooth Jazz #1s
  • Billy Currington Summer Forever
  • Snoop Dogg Bush
  • Jason Derulo Everything Is 4
  • Ramones Ramones
  • Eagles Hotel California
  • Pitch Perfect 2 Motion Picture Soundtrack
  • Trixter Human Era
  • Hilary Duff Breathe In Breathe Out
  • Gloriana Three
  • Miguel Wildheart
  • Breaking Benjamin Dark Before Dawn
  • Lifehouse Out Of The Wasteland
  • Muse Drones
  • The Tenors Under One Sky
  • Adam Lambert The Original High
  • MMXXL Motion Picture Soundtrack
  • Tori Kelly Unbreakable Smile
  • Easton Corbin About To Get Real


  • Ace Atkins Robert B Parker’s Kickback
  • Judy Blume In The Unlikely Event
  • Christine Carbo The Wild Inside
  • Mary Higgins Clark Death Wears A Beauty Mask
  • Richard A. Clarke Pinnacle Event
  • Michael Connelly The Overlook
  • Douglas Corleone Robert Ludlum’s The Janson Equation
  • Clive Cussler Piranha
  • SolitudeJeffery Deaver Solitude Creek
  • Jeffery Deaver The Starling Project
  • Nelson DeMille Radiant Angel
  • Joseph Finder The Fixer
  • Dorothea Benton Frank All The Single Ladies
  • Conn Iggulden Wars Of The Roses
  • Kent Haruf Our Souls At Night
  • Iris Johansen Your Next Breath
  • Emma Kavanagh After The Fall
  • Stephen King Druken Fireworks
  • Stephen King Finders Keepers
  • Louis L’Amour The Diamond of Jeru
  • Johanna Lindsey Wildfire In His Arms
  • Steve Martini The Enemy Inside
  • Michael Palmer Trauma
  • Leslie Parry Church of Marvels
  • James Patterson Maximum Ride Forever
  • David Shafer Whiskey Tango Foxtrot
  • Jude Watson A King’s Ransom
  • Don Winslow The Cartel

Learn Some Cool Facts About River Ice January 13, 2012

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Ice Harvesting

Hand saws and cold fingers were the norm when ice was cut from frozen rivers

You can crack the cool science of ice and learn how people harvested and used river ice before refrigerators were available at a free presentation from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Jan. 19 at the Steele Memorial Library at 101 E. Church St. in downtown Elmira.

Jim Pfiffer, executive director of the Friends of the Chemung River Watershed, will make the presentation about the history of river ice harvesting and the marvels of ice.

You will discover how ice cakes were cut from the frozen river and transported to home ice houses and how the cakes were kept from melting during the hottest summers. You will learn why ice floats, why it’s slippery and why it is unlike any other substance on Earth.

After the ice presentation, Pfiffer will lead a walk under the new railroad promenade, which runs from Second Street south to the Water Street near the river. During the walk Pfiffer will present a brief history of the newly refurbished railroad viaduct next to the library, which leads to Mark Twain Riverfront Park overlooking the river.

For more information, contact the Friends of the Chemung River Watershed at 607-846-2242 or riverfriends@stny.rr.com.

E-Mail Notification Service September 20, 2011

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E-Mail NotificationsSteele Memorial Library is ready to launch our email notice service.  After all, the main library has to keep up with the branch libraries of the Chemung County Library District.   Would you like to receive a notice as soon as your reserved item is available?  Or, to help you return your library items on time and not have to pay overdue fines, we will be sending out courtesy notices to remind you of upcoming due dates.

This service is designed to provide our patrons with current information as well as save the Chemung County Library District on costs for printing notices and postage.

Also in the near future all CCLD libraries will be able to send overdue notices by email.  This means that you would be receiving your overdue notice 14 days after the item(s) are due and not having to wait for mail delivery.

If you would like to sign up for this service, please give your email address to a staff member at the circulation desk or call us at 733-9173.

New Green Roof Pictures June 27, 2011

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A cropped version of image published in the Elmira Star Gazette June 27, 2011The Elmira Star Gazette has posted new photos of the Steele Memorial Library’s green roof. There are some interesting pictures of the different types of  plant material currently growing on the roof. See: http://tinyurl.com/sg-greenroof.

Tips to get started in genealogy! May 24, 2011

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Did you know that the Steele Memorial Library has a genealogy collection? Have you ever wanted to research your family’s history? Below are some tips to get started in genealogy. If you are interested in beginning or continuing genealogical research, visit the Steele Memorial Library and check out our collection. You can also access some of our resources online via our website: http://ccld.lib.ny.us/genealogy.htm

    1. Talk to your parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, friends of the family,  etc
      1. Find out their birthdates, where they were born
      2. Find out marriage dates and details (who was the witness)
      3. Ask for death dates of deceased relatives and where they are buried
    2.  Talk to your oldest relatives ( Have a tape recorder ready)
      1. Ask if any family members have done any genealogy
      2. Ask questions about any stories family members may have
    3. Try to get copies of any birth, marriage or death certificates
    4.  Ask to see any family Bibles and make copies of family pages. Look at the hand writing and ink see if it looks like just one person filled in the info.
    5. Gather pictures of older relatives and deceased relatives and label them (Very Important)
    6. Fill out a family tree sheet with all the info you have collected to see where you need to start.
    7. Visit your local library to see what research aids they have available to help you.
      1. Ask what genealogy databases they have—Ancestry & Heritage Quest
      2. What census records they have on microfilm (1790-1880) (1790-1930 NY & PA)1940 released in 2012
      3. Local newspapers for birth, marriage or death records -abt 1835-2010 (many indexed)
      4. Cemetery records
      5. Family histories
      6. Local history books
      7. Check out How-To-Do- Genealogy books
      8. City directories
      9. Poorhouse records (Allegany, Chemung, Steuben, Tioga, Yates)(parts of Albany, Chautauqua, Chenango, Kingston, Seneca, Suffolk, Sullivan, Tompkins, Wyoming)
    8. Visit cemeteries and take pictures of gravestones and record info found on the stones. Talk to whoever is in charge of the cemetery and look at their records. (flowers with name tags)     
      1. Funeral Homes
      2. Church Records
    9.  Visit the courthouse & county clerks office
      1. Real estate records ( will tell you where they lived, moved & possible relatives)
      2. Marriage records (1906-1936)—Chemung county courthouse
      3. Naturalization records
      4. State census records
      5. Probate records ( are at surrogate court not at county court)
      6. Miscellaneous records—Civil and criminal cases
    10.   Find out what relatives have served in the military and try to get their service records (pension records) 
    11.  Document everything and keep records of every search to keep from repeating searches
    12.  Learn how to do research on the internet—Don’t believe everything you find, use it as a place to start looking and to verify
      1. Join online groups to put out query’s on your family
    13.  Be considerate of others and their privacy and treat them with respect
    14.  Be willing to share information and volunteer to help others with their research
    15.  Join local Genealogy or Historical Society’s ( talk to the historian for the town)
    16.  Save the information you have gathered in a way to preserve it. ( On the computer with a program like Family Tree)
    17.  Have fun with it and don’t be discouraged and give up. Genealogy is a great way to meet new relatives and make new friends.

Click here to download a printable, PDF version of “Tips to get started in genealogy”.

Click here to download a list of free genealogy internet resources.

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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