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Corning, NY 14830

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December 31, 2005

Club makes a child's book special

Helping to cultivate the joy of reading in a child is a joy in itself. You can do that, and more besides, by giving a child in your life membership in the library's Birthday Book Club.

When you enroll a child in the Birthday Book Club, you make a donation that covers the addition of a children's book to our collection. We take a photograph of the birthday boy or girl with the book they help our staff select and display it on the "Birthday Club Wall of Fame" in the Children's Department. We also affix a bookplate with the child's name inside the book. Twice each year the Children's Department invites Birthday Book Club members to an appreciation party featuring The Mad Hatter Storytelling Troupe. Juice and cupcakes are served and a group photograph is taken.

To enroll a child in the club, visit the Southeast Steuben County Library Children's Department and pick up a Birthday Book Club membership form.

Membership is a great way to strengthen the connection between the library, great books and your child. It also helps introduce children to the joy of giving.

Celebrate the birth of 2006 with a gift that helps build our children's collection and your child's connection to the library.

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December 26, 2005

We're open, mostly

The library is closed today (Monday), but we are open regular hours from Tuesday, Dec. 27 through Saturday, Dec. 31. We will be closed Sunday, Jan. 1, 2006 and Monday, Jan 2. The Circulator will be "on vacation" Tuesday, Dec. 27 through Friday, Dec. 30. Why not take this time to visit The Circulator Archives to see what you've missed?

Winter Reading Club starts Feb. 6

The Southeast Steuben County Library and Santa (shown above) invite children of all ages to participate in the 2006 Winter Reading Club. Reading and fitness will be highlighted as the club celebrates healthy bodies and healthy minds. The program runs through March 17. We plan to announce program details soon.

Meanwhile, enjoy the season, and have a Happy New Year!

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December 23, 2005

Some gifts give back

Five years ago there was no Southeast Steuben County Library. Today, thanks to the generous financial support of the City of Corning and the towns of Erwin, Corning, Caton, Lindley, Hornby and Campbell, and thanks to many contributions from many people, businesses and corporations in the community, that grim period seems hard to imagine. With our Circulation Desk bustling with activity, engaged youngsters listening to stories in the Children’s Department - and, yes, reading, too - and with students and adults working in our 27 public computer stations, our library is once again a busy place where good things happen.

Libraries are about providing public access to good books, but here at the Southeast Steuben County Library we also do a lot more. From regular adult-education classes to youth programs, music & story-time for kids, free movies for everyone on Fridays, videos and DVDs to take home any day, books on tape, free meeting rooms, special databases accessible with a library card and much more, your community library has become an invaluable, multifaceted resource.

You can help us strengthen our children’s and adult programs, add to our collection of books, periodicals, movies & CDs, and better serve our member-communities with your generous contribution to our Annual Campaign.

Last year we raised more than $14,000 in the Campaign. That meant more books, expanded programs and services for you. This year we hope to raise $20,000. With your gift, we can meet that goal.

Here at the Southeast Steuben County Library, our mission is to provide “awesome service” to everyone. Awesome service means more than just friendly service. It means going the extra mile for all our patrons. Your tax-deductible gift will help us do just that.

Please click on this underlined link and print out the easy-to-fill-out contribution form. Or simply mail your check, marked “Annual Campaign” to:

Southeast Steuben County Library
Annual Campaign
300 Nasser Civic Center Plaza; Suite 101
Corning, NY 14830

You may also call the library at (607) 936-3713 to contribute by credit card.

When you give to the Southeast Steuben County Library, you give back to your community in a way that strengthens us all. Thank you for your involvement and your support.

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December 22, 2005

Our volunteers: Hipolito Cortes

Not very long after Hipolito Cortes moved from Ohio to Corning in 2004, he expressed interest in volunteering at the Southeast Steuben County Library. Starting out earlier this year in the stacks, straightening books, his positive work ethic, speed and manual dexterity made him a prime candidate for our Technical Services team. Today, Mr. Cortes devotes two mornings a week – before his regular job at Garcia’s Mexican Restaurant on Ferris Street at the Days Inn – to covering books in our collection.

“He’s fast, and that’s why we’ve got so many of them for him,” remarked veteran Technical Services volunteer Grace Russell, speaking of Cortes and the new acquisitions he covers.

Trimming the protective transparent book covers with scissors at lightning speed and affixing them precisely with glass filament tape, Cortes indicated he first frequented the library to check out movies and books. Volunteering here was his next step. “I wanted to develop (English) language skills,” he said, adding that he aspires to become a Spanish language teacher to English-speaking students.

“It’s a good idea to become a volunteer. You have the opportunity to help people.”

Cortes said he plans to celebrate the holiday season with his “many very good friends in Corning.” Here at the library, we know he can count us among them.

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December 21, 2005

It's Write at Your Library

Songwriting, that is.

Local songwriters with international reputations, Len Vogler and Mary Lu Walker will conduct a two-day songwriting workshop here on Monday, January 9 and on the following Monday, January 16. The workshops begin at 7 p.m. in the Laura Beer Community Room.

Hosted by the Friends of the Library as part of the "It's Write at Your Library" series, the workshops are made possible in part by the New York State Council on the Arts and Arts of the Southern Finger Lakes.

"Even though there have been many 'how-to' books written about songwriting, there are no hard and fast rules on the subject," said Mary Lu Walker, who has cut eight albums of original music for children and adults and performed around the globe. She explained, "A workshop is a way to learn something about the way some songs are written as well as an opportunity to share your ideas with others."

Music producer/engineer, publisher, performer Len Vogler has written 22 educational music books and worked with some of top performers in the music world. His solo release, Breakin' the Sound has just been followed-up by his new CD, Broken Face.

There is no charge for the workshops. Registration is required; call (607) 936-4801. Bring your instrument. No previous musical experience needed.

The workshops will herald in a concert here on Sunday, January 22 at 2 p.m. featuring Vogler, Walker and two other locally-based songwriters, Phil Smock and David Smith. The concert is free and open to the public.

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December 21, 2005

In focus: Japan architecture

The Corning-Kakegawa Committee of the Sister Cities Association will host a lecture and slide presentation on “Traditional Japanese Architecture” on Sunday, January 8 in the library. Art Historian Lara Blanchard of Hobart & William Smith Colleges will talk about traditional Japanese architectural styles and history with a focus on castles, palaces, and gardens.

The event begins at 2 p.m. in the Laura Beer Community Room. It is free to the public and green tea and snacks will be provided.

Professor Blanchard holds a PhD in Art History from The University of Michigan. She has lectured on East Asian Art, The Arts of China, Japanese Art and Culture, Buddhist Art and Architecture, Narrative in Asian Art, Arts of the Landscape and Garden in China and Japan, and conducted a senior seminar at Hobart & William Smith entitled, Gender & Painting in China.

Please RSVP by contacting David Decker at (607) 359-3398 or Gwynne Decker at

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December 20, 2005

Free film, crafts on Friday

Are you looking to do something fun and entertaining with your children this Friday? Come to the library at 10:30 am, Dec. 23 for a free craft-making session in our Children's Department, all materials supplied. Participants will each make a Jingle Bell Necklace during the half-hour class, and have it ready just in time to ring it during the Children's Department showing of the popular holiday season movie, The Polar Express, which follows in the Laura Beer Community Room starting at 11 am.

"We like to provide seasonal programs that let children take something home with them," explained Children's Librarian Miss Pauline. "They can either keep the necklace or give it as a gift," she said.

Miss Sue added that a similar Jingle Bell Necklace is featured prominently in The Polar Express. "In the movie, you can only hear the jingle bells ring if you believe in Santa Claus," she said.

Like the crafts session, the movie screening is free of charge. Adults must accompany young children.

While you are at the library, visit our seasonal holiday display, shown above.

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December 19, 2005

Non-profit series starts Jan. 3

If you work for a charitable or non-profit organization, you may benefit from attending our Non-Profit Training Series. The series, which is co-sponsored by the Southeast Steuben County Library and the Community Foundation of the Elmira-Corning Area, kicks off on January 3 with a workshop/primer on the basics of proposal writing.

Where do you find elusive grant dollars to support your program? Why do foundations ask for seemingly insignificant pieces of information? Randi Hewit, program officer for the Community Foundation will fill you in on some of the tricks of the trade, including finding foundations in your area, ensuring that your proposal will be read, when to ask for help, handling denials and more. This is your chance to hear about what foundations are looking for, their pet projects and their pet peeves.

Foundation Basics: The Dos and Don'ts of Proposal writing will be held on Tuesday, January 3, from 1 pm to 4 pm at the Three Rivers Development Corp. Conference Room; 114 Pine Street, 2nd floor; Corning, NY. To register for the workshop, stop by the Reference Desk at the Library; 300 Nasser Civic Center Plaza in Corning, or call (607) 936-3713 ext. 502 to reserve your seat.

You may also register by emailing

The workshop is free of charge.

Workshop instructor Randi Hewit is responsible for a $500,000+ grantmaking and scholarship program serving the Southern Tier of New York. She also created the Community Foundation Youth Center Coalition, a three-county effort that links after-school programs and coordinates Rose’s Youth Philanthropists, a teen grantmaking committee. Previously, Hewit served as Vice President for Community Affairs at Planned Parenthood of the Southern Tier where she was responsible for community education, fund development, and public affairs. Hewit currently serves on the Boards of Directors for Corning Children’s Center and Dayspring.

The next in the series, Beyond Basics: Proposal Writing & Peer Review will be presented in two parts beginning February 7 at the Library.

Finally, grant writers take note: The Southeast Steuben County Library has an extensive online database of grants and foundations. It is available only at the library and is the best most up-to-date reference resource on foundations, community foundations and corporate giving. A printed directory is also available at the library.

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December 16, 2005

What’s new? More snow & DVDs

Another five-to-six inches of snow and ice fell on Corning and Southeast Steuben County yesterday, refreshing the existing ground cover and transforming Market Street into something of a winter wonderland. The library closed early yesterday and opened late this morning, giving our staff the opportunity to travel home safely and shovel out driveways and walks this morning.

For those of us not overly busy with holiday shopping, office parties and other pleasant seasonal obligations, it is a fine time to watch a good movie. To that end, we have an excellent collection of DVDs and videos available to anyone with a library card.

Here is a list of some of our DVD acquisitions in December, 2005:

War & Peace (1967) (431 minutes on 4 discs and 1 bonus disc). Starring Vyacheslav Tikhonov, Ludmila Savelyeva & Anastasia Vertinskaya. (In Russian with English subtitles.) This film won an Academy Award in 1969 for Best Foreign Language Film.

Unfaithfully Yours (1948/2005) Starring Rex Harrison, Linda Darnell, Rudy Vallee & Barbara Lawrence. A world-famous symphony conductor, consumed with the suspicion that his wife is having an affair. This film is a true classic from a grand master of screen comedy.

The Wizard Of Oz (1939/2005) Two Disc Special Edition. Starring Judy Garland, Frank Morgan, Ray Bolger, Bert Lahr, Jack Haley, Billie Burke, Margaret Hamilton. This special DVD edition includes the ultra-resolution restored 1939 movie plus many extras including Harold Arlen's home movies, outtakes and deleted scenes and special effects sequences.

Berga: Soldiers Of Another War (2002) In December 1944, thousands of American prisoners were transported to Stalag 9B. The Nazi guards asked all the Jews to identify themselves. When no one responded they chose soldiers that "looked Jewish" or had "Jewish-sounding" names, and shipped them off to Berga, a satellite camp to the infamous Buchenwald.

Citizen Kane (1941/1996) Re-mastered picture & sound edition. Starring Orson Welles, Joseph Cotton, Dorothy Comingore, Agnes Moorehead, Everett Sloane. With movie documentary narrated by David McCullough.

My Architect: A Sons Journey (2003) A documentary that truly creates a narrative journey, My Architect is filmmaker Nathaniel Kahn's engrossing search for his father, Louis Kahn. One of the most celebrated architects of the 20th century, Kahn died in 1974 and left behind a highly compartmentalized life, including two children born out of wedlock to two mistresses.

Nobody Knows (2004) Rated PG-13 for mature thematic elements and some sexual references. Japanese dialogue, English subtitles; closed-captioned. Starring Yagira Yuya, Kitaura Ayu, Kimura Hiei, Shimizu Momoko & Kan Hanae, this is a critically-acclaimed, heartfelt story about four children who are forced to rely on one another after they are abandoned by their mother.

Tae Guk Gi (2004) Rated R for strong graphic sequences of war violence. Korean dialogue with English subtitles. Starring Jang Dong-Gun, Won Bin & Lee Eun-Joo. A Korean War drama.

The Upside Of Anger (2005) Rated R for language, sexual situations, brief comic violence and some drug use. Starring Kevin Costner, Joan Allen, Erika Christensen, Evan Rachel Wood, Keri Russell, Alicia Witt & Mike Binder.

Visit the catalog link at the library home page, to place a hold on any of these DVDs. Have your library card handy.

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December 14, 2005

Solace is in the skies

Outside temperatures have been running well below normal this month, according to the National Weather Service in Binghamton, but astronomers and National Aeronautics & Space Administration (NASA) officials know that longer days are just ahead. In Earth's northern hemisphere, Winter Solstice, the shortest day of the year, occurs at 1:35 p.m. EST on December 21, 2005. From that point on, until the Summer Solstice in June, 2006, our days get longer. The bad news is that outside temperatures generally lag behind astronomical seasons, and so we shouldn't look for spring warmth until "meteorological spring," which begins in March.

It may be best then, to look to the skies for solace in the days and nights ahead. Fortunately, there are many truly amazing space and "space weather" resources on the internet, and we can all watch the winter skies from the comfort of home, if we so choose.

For the latest real-time images from the sun in a variety of spectral ranges, visit the Solar Data Analysis Center (SDAC) at Goddard Space Flight Center. SDAC's image bank provides links to the best near real-time solar imagery available. (Click on the underlined links.)

If you are interested in great astronomy images, visit NASA's Astronomy Picture of the Day. This website is archived by date, back to 1995. Or, visit GRIN, Great Images in NASA, where you can browse images by subject, space center or keyword.

If other worlds are your thing, visit NASA's Welcome to the Planets pages. Or, if Earth viewed from outer space catches your fancy, try Visible Earth.

Did you know that "weather" happens in space, just like it does on Earth's surface? Visit the National Weather Service Space Environment Center for the latest details and links to real-time scientific data from satellites and ground-based sources, aurora information and more.

Finally, if you've been blaming your woes on Cosmic Rays, check out the Gamma-ray Burst Real-time Sky Map from Sonoma (California) State University. With this tool, you'll know when to duck-and-cover.

These links merely scratch the surface of what is out there in cyberspace for those curious about real space and space weather. Most of these sites also act as launching pads for exploration of other space resources.

Of course, if space entertainment is on the agenda, why not check out the library's complete collection of Star Trek, The Next Generation videos? One or two at a time, please.

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December 13, 2005

Get them while they're hot

It is 16 degrees F. outside, and in Southeast Steuben County, NY our "white Christmas" came early this year... on Thanksgiving. But here at the library there are plenty of hot titles in our New Books collection, just waiting to be read. Here is a small sample of what we've got:


The House of the Spirits, by Isabel Allende (Everyman's Library). Originally published in 1986.

Here is Where We Meet, by John Berger (Pantheon Books).

Life Sentences, by Alice Blanchard (Warner Books), a thriller.

Specimen Days, by Michael Cunningham (Thorndike Press). Don't miss this book by the author of The Hours.

The Mad Cook of Pymatuning, by Christopher Lehmann-Haupt, former New York Times book critic (Simon & Schuster). A chilling novel about a 1950s boys’ summer camp gone awry.

Wounded, by Percival Everett (Graywolf Press).

The Persistence of Memory, by Tony Eprile (W.W. Norton & Company). A novel situated in South Africa at the twilight of Apartheid.

The Eternity Artifact, by L.E. Modesitt, Jr. (TOR). New science fiction.

The Holding, by Merilyn Simonds (McClelland & Stewart). A psychological drama about the lives of two women who occupy the same place a century apart.


The Unmistakable Touch of Grace, a new memoir by Cheryl Richardson (Thorndike Press).

Can't Stop, Won't Stop: A History of the Hip-Hop Generation, by Jeff Chang (St. Martin's Press).

Divided Minds, by Pamela Spiro Wagner and Carolyn S. Spiro, M.D. (St. Martin's Press). A personal account of twin sisters, one of whom develops schizophrenia.

The American Cut Glass Industry: T.G. Hawkes and his Competitors, by Jane Shadel Spillman. This illustrated, oversize book won't just sit on your coffee table. It is a well-annotated, fascinating account of the late 19th century and early 20th century cut glass industry in Corning, NY. (1996)

1776, by David McCullough, large print (Thorndike Press). This book will be reviewed at the Southeast Steuben County Library on February 8, 2006 during the Friends of the Library noontime Books Sandwiched In series.

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December 12, 2005

'Podcast' is top new wordd

The editors of the New Oxford American Dictionary have declared 'podcast' as Word of the Year.

Derived from 'iPod,' Apple Computer, Inc.’s popular line of personal listening devices, the noun is defined by the Oxford Dictionary of English as a “recording of a radio broadcast or similar programme, made available on the Internet for downloading to a personal audio player.” The word first appeared in the British OED last summer and is to be included in the online version of the American dictionary early next year.

Many podcasts are home produced.

Journalist Ben Hammersley first coined the term, according to the BBC. Former MTV video jockey Adam Curry is credited with fueling the explosion of podcasting.

“More than 22 million American adults own iPods or MP3 players and 29% of them have downloaded podcasts from the Web so that they could listen to audio files at a time of their choosing,” reported The Pew Internet & American Life Project in April. That means about 6.3 million of us were listening to podcasts last spring.

Words and worries

Another new word appearing in the OED this year is 'wiki,' meaning “a website or database developed collaboratively by a community of users, allowing any user to add and edit content.” Probably the most well known wiki is the online encyclopedia, Wikipedia.

Ironically Adam Curry, the individual credited with development of podcasts, has recently come under fire for changing Wikipedia’s 'podcast' entry anonymously, according to Marketwatch, Cnet News and other sources on Dec. 2.

Wikipedia has recently changed its editorial policy. The open-source encyclopedia now requires users to register as editors before creating new entries.

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December 12, 2005

Lunchtime reviews on tap

"Books Sandwiched In," a popular series of midday book reviews hosted each year by the Friends of the Library, begins on January 11, 2006 and runs each Wednesday through February 15.

On January 11, Tom McGrath and Mike Powers will review The Grail Bird: Hot on the Trail of the Ivory-billed Woodpecker, written by Tim Gallagher.

Garlic and Sapphires: The Secret Life of a Critic in Disguise, written by Ruth Reichl, will be reviewed by Cornelius O'Donnell on January 18.

David Whitehouse will review Kite Runner, written by Khalid Hosseini, on January 25.

On February 1, Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking, by Malcolm Gladwell, will be reviewed by Ristiina Wigg.

1776, written by David McCullough, will be reviewed by Whit Smith on February 8. [NOTE: ACTUAL REVIEW OCCURRED ON FEBRUARY 15]

The series will close on February 15 with The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic and Madness at the Fair, by Erik Larson, reviewed by Virginia Wright. [NOTE: ACTUAL REVIEW OCCURRED ON FEBRUARY 8]

All programs start at noon at the Southeast Steuben County Library. Why not stop by? Books Sandwiched In reviews are a great way to begin the 2006 reading year.

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December 8, 2005

< >John Lennon

Oct. 9, 1940 - Dec. 8, 1980



Imagine there's no Heaven
It's easy if you try
No hell below us
Above us only sky
Imagine all the people
Living for today

Imagine there's no countries
It isn't hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion too
Imagine all the people
Living life in peace

You may say I'm a dreamer
But I'm not the only one
I hope someday you'll join us
And the world will be as one

Imagine no possessions
I wonder if you can
No need for greed or hunger
A brotherhood of man
Imagine all the people
Sharing all the world

You may say I'm a dreamer
But I'm not the only one
I hope someday you'll join us
And the world will live as one



There will be a screening of the biographical film, Imagine, at 6:30 p.m. in the library today, Thursday, December 8, hosted by the Steuben Green Party.

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December 7, 2005

Cards come with free book

Sign up for a library card at the Southeast Steuben County Library and we will give you a free book to keep. Thanks to grants from the Target Foundation, the TI-GER Foundation and The Community Foundation of the Elmira-Corning Area, we now offer anyone who signs up for a library card for the first time a brand new book, while they last.

The offer applies to library patrons of all ages, although children must be able to write their first and last names to qualify.

Library cards are provided free of charge for residents of the Southern Tier Library System (STLS) service area. The service area encompasses Steuben, Schuyler, Allegany, Chemung and Yates counties. Anyone residing outside of the STLS service area must pay an annual fee of $25 to obtain a library card. Out-of-area residents who are employed in the library charter area are exempted from this fee.

To get a card, you must present a form of identification listing your name and current address. Acceptable types of identification include a valid driver’s license, school identification, a piece of mail stamped with a postmark, or any type of a receipt.

A child’s parent or guardian with appropriate identification must accompany those age 13 and younger at the time of signup. The parent or guardian must fill out the parental consent portion of the form.

That’s all there is to it! Encourage your children to sign up and they will take home a free book. If you don’t have a card, sign up and we’ll give you a free book.

There are always plenty of good reasons to have a library card. During our free book promotion, there is one more.

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December 6, 2005

From the reference desk:

History is good medicine

There are many lessons to be learned from history, and some of them are medical. Doctors and other health care professionals know that many diseases - including cancer, diabetes and heart disease - run in families, and so it has been a longstanding practice for doctors to enquire about the family history of their patients. But as various pressures limit the amount of time doctors now typically spend with patients, it “has become increasingly difficult to gather enough information to make useful predictions,” according to U.S. Surgeon General Richard Carmona.

To remedy that, the Surgeon General’s office now offers on its website a free tool individuals can use to compile their own “Family Health Portrait.” Just visit and fill in the information as requested by the program. To protect privacy, the information you supply is not retained in any government files or databases. When you are done, simply print out your personal Family Health Portrait and take it to your doctor or other health care professional. A file is stored on your personal computer so that you can revisit the website to add new information as it becomes available. You do not need to know the complete medical history of your family to complete the process.

Unlike a previous version of this service, users no longer need to download a program onto their personal computers to use it and the service is compatible with all the major web browsers and computer operating systems.


If you are researching health-related topics, the library is a good place to start. At the Southeast Steuben County Library, we can help you find health and medical references and also help guide your search for additional resources available online. Ask at the Reference Desk.

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December 5, 2005

Now, searches are 'clustered'

Reference librarians throughout the nation keep up-to-date on the latest trends in internet search technology and currently many are paying attention to a new meta-search engine by Vivísimo named Clusty. Clusty is called a meta-search engine because it collects the results of various search engines and presents them all in one place. But Clusty goes one step further… it automatically compiles its results into categories.

This is a different service than the popular directories offered by Yahoo, Google, and others. These directory services allow you to browse pre-selected subjects. When you use a directory, you are not searching the web directly, you are browsing through a categorized list of web sites. You can find a useful web site only if it happens to be pre-designated by the indexer. Everything must be categorized in advance or you will not get results.

Clusty is also different from search engine services such as Google’s main search product, which lets you search the web based on key words or phrases. Often, Google delivers back thousands of results and it is hard or sometimes impossible to filter out the irrelevant results to get what you want.

Clusty offers an alternative you might find useful. It does not index web sites like a directory, nor does it do a primary search-engine search. Using various language-based techniques, it runs a search on a select group of search engines and directories and then places the results in subject folders for easy viewing. In a sense, it creates an instant mini-directory based on your search terms. Since words (search terms) often have multiple meanings, this clustering feature can be helpful. “Thus a search for ‘pearl’ organizes the top 250-500 results into subject folders such as Jewelry, Pearl Harbor, Pearl Jam, Steinbeck Novel and Daniel Pearl. Clusty allows users to focus on the area of interest without all the chaff,” according to Vivísimo.

‘Engines’ are working hard

Search engine use has risen dramatically in the past year among people who use the internet regularly. According to the Pew Internet & American Life Project, a non-profit research center, “use of search engines on a typical day has risen from 30% to 41% of the internet-using population, which itself has grown in the past year. This means that the number of those using search engines on an average day jumped from roughly 38 million in June 2004 to about 59 million in September 2005 – an increase of about 55%.”

There are dozens of search engines in cyber-space competing with Google, the industry leader. Google facilitates 36.5 percent of web searches, according to comScore Networks, followed by Yahoo with 30.5 percent and MSN with 15.5 percent. Each service offers its own array of search features.

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December 2, 2005

Snow is welcome at F. Pierce

Blowing snow didn't stop Southeast Steuben County Library storytellers from reaching out to Frank Pierce Early Childhood Center's Head Start children today in Painted Post. Miss Sue, shown above, the library's pre-school outreach specialist was joined today by storytelling friend and library staffer, Missy, at right. Both told stories - illustrated by costumes, drawings or snowflake cutouts - that helped prepare their young listeners for the coming winter season.

Miss Sue, who told one story while cutting out a paper snowflake and another while building a cloth 'n such snowman on a felt board, is in her second year bringing the library to the area's day care and head start programs. On Mondays, she visits the Corning Children's Center. On Tuesdays, Great Beginnings Day Care and Christ Church Day Care children enjoy her stories. Other days of the week, she visits Addison Head Start, Corning Community College Day Care, Bradford Central Head Start, Campbell-Savona Head Start and Erwin Child & Family Center. It is a hectic schedule, she admits.

Asked how many stories were in her repertoire, Miss Sue, who is known as "the library lady" to the children, said there were too many to count. "You need to learn five or six new ones every week," she said, "and I love it."

For her part, Missy, our regular "library lady" several years ago, was greated by teachers at Frank Pierce as an old friend. She fascinated the children by drawing pictures and donning funny hats as she told a story about three bears who had a night's sleep disturbed by a gift-bearing Santa.

The library's pre-school outreach program is currently funded by the Triangle Foundation. Both Missy and Miss Sue originally came to do library outreach as AmeriCorps service members.

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December 1, 2005

AIDS Day attracts public eye

A spirited "Celebration of Remembrance and Light" focusing public attention on World AIDS Day drew a large crowd and media to the Southeast Steuben County Library this evening. The Interfaith AIDS Committee of the Corning Vicinity Council of Churches organized the event, which included music by The Princeton Pickers and other performers. Pictured here is a volunteer AIDS education specialist with the Rochester AIDS Center, interviewed by a WENY reporter before a 12-foot by 12-foot section of The AIDS Memorial Quilt (see our story, Nov. 28, 2005). Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) has killed nearly 500,000 persons in the United States.

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