Southeast Steuben County Library

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Corning, NY 14830

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  Clock Tower, Corning, NY

 The Hornby Museum & Hornby Historical Society

Campbell Central School

Chief Montour Monument in Painted Post, NY

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March 31, 2006

April mix: Libraries and poets

April is an important month for libraries and poets across the nation, and April 3 is important for many young writers in Southeast Steuben County.


April is National Poetry Month, a time when poets and their friends wax poetic about - you guessed it - poetry. All of us can celebrate together by reading a poem-a-day during National Poetry Month. Click on this link to sign up. The Academy of American Poets will send you a poem-a-day every day in April.

Even better: Why not drop by the library to check out a volume of poems?


The week of April 2-8 is National Library Week, sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country. It's a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation’s libraries, librarians and library workers.

Here at Southeast Steuben County Library, we plan two special programs:

Middle school student Ben Seiderman will present a demonstration & instruction in Origami, the art of paper-folding, on Tuesday, April 4 at 4 pm. Free.

There will be a special Native American Assembly on Friday, April 7 at 5 pm. This children's program, led by Joseph and Sandra Windwalker, includes interactive drumming, storytelling, games and a traveling museum display, all highlighting Native American culture. Free.

Young Writers

The Friends of the Library will host the Short Story Contest Writers' Tea and Award Ceremony on Monday, April 3 at 7 pm in the Laura Beer Community Room. All Short Story Contest entrants (grades 5,6,7,8), their parents and teachers are invited to attend. Professional writers and poets will deliver readings of some of the stories at the event.

Comments & Questions email: [email protected]

March 29, 2006

Lost & Found: It's a mystery

Marcia Stewart has worked at the Library long enough to have handled almost every type of problem imaginable, and then some. But there is one Library mystery that makes her stand back and wonder. It has to do with our Lost & Found collection.

"What amazes me is when winter coats are left here during the winter," Stewart said, displaying some of the unclaimed items on hand (above.) They included prescription glasses, hats, gloves, small toys, personal books ... even a pair of shoes, black, size 11½.

"The keys (left here) are what amaze me," said Principal Library Clerk Linda Reimer. "How do you get back inside your car or into your house without your keys?"

Reimer speculated, "Eyeglasses, keys, winter coats... Hmmm. They can't see. They are freezing cold. They don't have the keys to get inside. Wait. It's not the things that are missing. It's a missing library patron!"

Stewart explained that library staff members attempt to contact owners of unclaimed items, if the owners can be identified. If not, valuable items that remain unclaimed for a month are donated to the Salvation Army.

To claim your lost item (or items!), please visit the Circulation Desk or call (607) 936-3713. To report a missing person, please call the police.

Comments & Questions email: [email protected]

March 28, 2006

Computer Recycling Day, soon

Here's a great way to free-up space in your home while helping to save the planet:

April 22 is Earth Day, and in celebration of that, Corning Inc. has teamed up with Steuben County to hold a one-day home computer and electronics equipment recycling event.

"At no charge, Steuben County residents and Corning Incorporated employees can drop off the following items for recycling: home computers, monitors, terminals, televisions, laptops, printers/scanners, keyboards, network equipment, circuit boards, wiring and cabling, copiers, typewriters, fax machines, PDA's, IPOD's, cell phones, VCR/stereo equipment and microwaves."

Take your items to the Erwin Transfer Station, located south of Gang Mills on State Route 417 on Saturday, April 22. Hours are 9 am to 2 pm. Last year, more than 500 county residents participated in the event, and more than 440 monitors/television-sets and 13,854 pounds of equipment were collected and recycled.

Watch the Solar Eclipse

You can watch a webcast of tomorrow morning's total solar eclipse, provided by NASA, at this link. Podcasts are available at this link. Totality is viewable at 5:55 am EST in South America, Africa and Asia. You can see it in Southeast Steuben County, NY, or elsewhere, if you use these links.

Comments & Questions email: [email protected]

March 27, 2006

NOVEL virtual library expands

The New York State Library's online resource center is growing, and now it is even easier to use. Your Library card gives you instant access to the State Library's NOVEL set of searchable databases, including a Business Resource Center, Custom Newspapers, a General Science Collection, a Health & Wellness Resource Center with medical dictionaries, encyclopedias & interactive tutorials, and much more. NOVEL databases let you read archived and current articles from popular magazines, newspapers and journals (from AARP, The Magazine to Scientific American to the New York Times full text to Yankee, Yoga Journal and hundreds more). There is also a searchable image archive.

Click on the Southeast Steuben County Library home page where you will find links to many of the NOVEL resources under the heading, Online Resources - Articles & Documents.

Now, you may also access the same database set with your driver's license or New York State Non-Driver Photo Identification Card. Just click here. Remember to add to your favorites list (or bookmarks), because you cannot use your driver's license or photo ID to access NOVEL from the Library home page.

If you do use your driver's license or NYS Photo ID to access NOVEL, you may notice that its "gateway" (the portal from which you access individual NOVEL resources) has a different format.

The Southeast Steuben County Library home page links to NOVEL resources maintain their appearance and content. Please bookmark our home page for NOVEL resources and much more.

The NOVEL database set at has been enhanced with four new virtual reference titles. They are: Americans at War; Encyclopedia of the Modern Middle East and North Africa; Fashion, Costume and Culture; and Europe 1450 to 1789:Encyclopedia of the Early Modern World.

Comments & Questions email: [email protected]

March 25, 2006

Who was that man?

Remember our local history question from last week? (Click here to review the March 17 question and photo.)

The answer is: Pharmacist Edgar Tillman, owner of Tillman's drug store in Painted Post. True, his face is partially obscured by the brim of a hat. It made the question that much harder to solve.

Ed Tillman was active in the effort to create the Chief Montour Monument that stands today. According to his daughter, former Painted Post resident Marian MacNeill, Tillman "was given the Headdress to wear (there was only one)."  Marian recalls him walking to work in his headdress and smart business suit. "He was a Dapper Dan!"

Our thanks to Mrs. MacNeill and her husband, Gilmore MacNeill. They emailed us from Buchanan, Michigan after taking a look at the photo.

If you can identify any of the other people in the photo, we'd like to hear from you. Use the link directly below to email [email protected]

Comments & Questions email: [email protected]

March 24, 2006

Friends Book Sale starts 4/22

Get ready for the book sale event of the season.

The Friends of the Library Spring 2006 Book Sale starts Saturday, April 22 and runs through Saturday, April 29 at the East Corning Fire Hall. Most items are priced from 75 cents to $3, including thousands of hard cover books, paperbacks, CDs, videos, puzzles, records, books-on-tape, games and more. Prices are discounted drastically as the sale days go by. On April 29, the final sale day, books are sold by the bag or box.

If you wish to donate books to the sale, please bring them to the library book donation slot at the library's garage, off Pearl Street. For larger donations, please call 562-3781.

Here's the schedule:

On Saturday, April 22, the sale is for Friends of the Library, S.S.C. members only. If you just can't wait, you don't have to sneak in. You can become a member at the door.

All are welcome starting Monday, April 24, when books are sold at the marked price. On Tuesday, books are 20 percent off; Wednesday, 40% off; Thursday, 60% off; Friday, 80% off. Bring your bags or boxes on Saturday, April 29.

The East Corning Fire Hall is located on Route 352 (East Corning Road) between exits 47 & 48 of I-86, near Corning Animal Hospital.

Comments & Questions email: [email protected]

March 23, 2006

Photo feature:

World War Memorial Library

Recently, the public has turned its attention to the Library's former home, the Corning World War Memorial Library building on Pine Street. A proposal by Steuben Churchpeople Against Poverty to convert the historic building into eight apartments for low-income seniors was approved by city officials and now awaits funding. Meanwhile, Three Rivers Development Corporation, which currently owns the building, has pledged to complete improvements to its weathered exterior by October 31, 2007.

It is an appropriate time to look back-in-time through photos taken after the building was dedicated as the World War Memorial Library in 1930, while it served as both our library and a living tribute to the soldiers of World War I. The library moved to Nasser Civic Center Plaza in 1975.

Please click on this link to view photos of the World War Memorial Library from our Local History collection.

Comments & Questions email: [email protected]

March 22, 2006

From Gale: Free resources

If you use our online services, you know that Thomson-Gale produces many of the NOVEL full-text databases and other resources available for use with your library card. In addition to these, Thomson-Gale has several free resource databases, of which, one takes on special importance this month.

March is Women's History Month, when we honor women who have made important contributions to our society and its history. Gale's Women's History resource center lets us explore the past and present with biographies of "significant women throughout time,"  a quiz based on women and their achievements, a women's history timeline and related activities suitable for classroom use.

Gale also offers free resource centers in Poetry, Hispanic Heritage and Black History.

Since April is National Poetry Month, it is also a good time to explore Gale's biographies of poets, its poetry timeline, poetry quiz, poems online and activities for educators.

Similar resource sets are found in the other categories mentioned. To access Thomson-Gale resources of particular interest to librarians, follow this link.

Comments & Questions email: [email protected]

March 21, 2006

In the home:

Planning keeps kids safe

Each year in the US there are "about 30 children younger than 5 years old who die from unintentional poisonings. Most of these poisonings are from products commonly found in the home. About 85,000 young children visited ... hospital emergency rooms due to unintentional poisonings in 2004."

That, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). The commission has joined with other organizations to promote National Poison Prevention Week, March 19 - March 25, 2006.

To learn out how you can make your home poison-safe for your children, follow this link to a resource bank where you will find what you need to know about poison prevention. Scroll down to the bottom of that Web page and you will find a link to a downloadable educational game for children.

Or, better yet, come to the Library's Children's Department where, during Poison Prevention Week, we have free educational brochures, pamphlets and stickers with emergency numbers.

Comments & Questions email: [email protected]

March 20, 2005

Spring for new DVDs

Congratulations! We’ve made it through yet another winter. At 1:26 pm EST today, the Sun was positioned directly above the Earth’s equator. It was the moment known as the Vernal Equinox. Today, day and night are of equal duration, everywhere on Earth. For those in the Northern Hemisphere, today is the first day of spring.

If you live in New York’s Southern Tier and have a library card, you are doubly fortunate. You can celebrate the spring with one of the new DVDs in our collection:

The Long Good Friday (1979): Bob Hoskins, Helen Mirren. British comedy thriller about a racketeer who attempts to transform the London dockyards into a potential Olympics site. Rated R. 114 minutes.

Agronomist (2002): A profile of Haitian radio journalist and human rights activist Jean Dominique, who was assassinated on April 3, 2000. Rated PG. 91 minutes.

Balzac And The Little Chinese Seamstress (2002/2005): Chinese dialogue w. English subtitles. Set in the early 1970s during the later stages of China's Cultural Revolution, two city-bred teenage best friends are sent to a backward mountainous region for Maoist re-education. 111 minutes.

Lackawanna Blues (2005): Rhythm and Blues and a boy growing up in a boarding house. 95 minutes.

An Angel at My Table (1990/2005): The true-life story of Janet Frame, New Zealand's most distinguished author. The film follows Frame along her inspiring journey, from a poverty-stricken childhood to a misdiagnosis of schizophrenia and electroshock therapy to, finally, literary fame. Rated R. 158 minutes.

George Washington (2000): Set in a small town in North Carolina, this is the story of a tight-knit multi-racial group of working-class kids caught in a tragic lie. Not rated. 91 minutes.

The Aristocrats (2005): Performers are Chris Albrecht, Jason Alexander, Hank Azaria, Billy the Mime, Shelley Berman, Lewis Black, David Brenner, Mario Cantone, Drew Carey, George Carlin. Not rated. 90 minutes.

Broken Flowers (2005/2006): Bill Murray. A confirmed bachelor confronts his past. Rated R. 106 minutes.

Elephant (2003/2004): Depicts students at a Portland, Oregon high school before and during a tragic school shooting. Rated R. 81 minutes

Bushisms (2004): Brian Unger, Al Franken, Jacob Weisberg. Film clips and anti-Bush political satire. 61 minutes.

Catch-22 (1970/2001): Cast includes Alan Arkin, Martin Balsam, Richard Benjamin, Art Garfunkel, Jack Gilford, Buck Henry, Bob Newhart, Anthony Perkins, Paula Prentiss, Martin Sheen, Jon Voight and Orson Welles. Classic anti-war comedy. 121 minutes.

Corpse Bride (2005): Animated. Rated PG. 80 minutes

Cries And Whispers (1972): Swedish dialogue with English subtitles. Bergman’s testament to the strength of the soul. 91 minutes.

Jarhead (2005/2006): Rated R. 123 minutes.

Ladies in Lavender (2004/2005): Judi Dench, Maggie Smith. Rated PG-13. 104 minutes.

These are just a few of the titles that are new to our collection. Stop by the library or visit us online to place a hold on one of these films.

Comments & Questions email: [email protected]

March 17, 2006

Erwin history recalled orally

What was it like to "grow up" in the Town of Erwin, including the Village of Painted Post, during the first half of the 20th century? Erwin Town Historian Ellen Regan will present "An Oral History of the Town of Erwin - Telling the Story" on Monday, April 24 at 7 p.m. in the Laura Beer Community Room at the Southeast Steuben County Library.

Nine residents of Erwin have shared their stories in taped interviews, which taken together provide glimpses of what it was like to live and grow up in Erwin and Painted Post during the World War I and World War II eras, including the Great Depression.

In the tradition of oral histories, Ellen Regan's presentation will reveal fascinating stories as told by the individuals who lived them.

Come to the Library on April 24 at 7 pm to hear about the lives of the people who helped make us what we are today. The program is free of charge and open to the public.

For a brief history of the Town of Erwin, including an historical timeline, visit this link.

The photo above, circa 1950, shows citizens of Erwin and the Village of Painted Post preparing to erect the Chief Montour Monument, which stands today on the Village Square. (See recent photo, left-hand column.) This sculpture, by Norman Phelps, art teacher at Painted Post High School, recalls the original "painted post" which once unified all of what is now Southeast Steuben County (including Campbell, Caton, Corning, Erwin, Hornby and Lindley) as "the land of the painted post" and later (1793) as the Town of Painted Post. Eventually, the Town of Painted Post broke off into the existing municipalities.

Quiz for local history buffs: Who is the man at far right in the photo above wearing a light-colored suit and Native American headdress? Please respond to [email protected] or click on the "Comments & Questions" link immediately below. (Look for the answer next week in The Circulator.)

Comments & Questions email: [email protected]

March 16, 2006

Our volunteers: Louise Bush

Our staff does its best to provide awesome service for all library users, and people tell us we succeed. “Awesome service” is part of our charter and mission statement; it’s what we are about. But we couldn’t manage to go the extra mile for our patrons without the many volunteers who contribute personal time and effort to make the Southeast Steuben County Library a vital, multifaceted community resource. Among these volunteers, Louise Bush stands out as someone who practices “awesome service” every day, and in so many ways.

We are fortunate that after more than 27 years working at The Corning Museum of Glass, first as Curator of Education and then as bibliographer in its now world-renowned Rakow Library, Louise devoted herself to the needs of her community-at-large.

A Painted Post resident, Louise is a member of the Board of the Friends of the Library and a Library volunteer. She was one of those who worked to reopen our doors five years ago. Library patrons know Louise for her efficient, friendly service at our Circulation Desk, to which she devotes an afternoon each week. She also volunteers one day a week at the Rakow Library, where she handles special projects.

That is remarkable, especially considering her other major volunteer responsibility. Louise is Director of the Painted Post Churches Food Pantry.

“I’m glad she finds time for us. She is a busy lady,” said Principal Library Clerk Linda Reimer. “She’s great with staff and volunteers and with the customer service aspects of the job,” Reimer said.

“I especially like the interaction with people,” said Louise of her work here, noting it is a welcome complement to her years compiling glass-related bibliographies at the Rakow Library.

“We’ve come a long way as far as seeing to the needs of people,” she added, with a nod toward our Library’s 27 public computers and expanded collections of DVDs & videos and our many public service programs. “We are user-friendly to the public, and the Children’s Department is wonderful,” she said.

We like to think Louise is right, that we have come a long way. Because of volunteers like Louise Bush, we have the spirit, drive and ability to do more each year.

Louise is married to Edward Bush, formerly a research chemist at Corning Inc.’s Sullivan Park facility. They have three children.

Comments & Questions email: [email protected]

March 15, 2006

March Madness:

Basketball news archive scores

Sports fans will appreciate this brand new, free internet resource, released just in time for March Madness:

The College Basketball Newspaper Archive, a service of (a commercial website), contains "newspaper articles covering all of the great moments in the history of the college game. From the first NCAA Champion, the University of Oregon, to the 2005 champion University of North Carolina, the archive contains exciting accounts of every NCAA tournament. The archive also includes articles on legendary coaches like John Wooden and Jim Valvano as well as great players such as Bill Walton and Michael Jordan."

The searchable archive includes newspaper full-text articles and select readable images (in PDF format) of newspaper sports pages in the history of NCAA basketball, plus a college basketball timeline with links to relevant articles.

Thanks to Gary Price and his ResourceShelf website for alerting us to this timely offering.

Other March Madness Web resources highlight this season's action. Visit National Public Radio for its feature, "The NCAA Tournament, from A to Z," a synopsis of key players, coaches and teams. Scroll down the center column to link to this feature article.

For articles on team prospects and video clips of some of the top players in action, visit the ESPN website.

Please note: Features on these websites change regularly.

Comments & Questionss email: [email protected]

March 14, 2006

Medical resources? Just click.

If you need to know more about the prescription drugs you are taking, want to read the latest articles on medical conditions of concern to you or your family, or want to educate yourself on nearly any topic related to health, medicine or alternative care, the resources you seek are at your fingertips.

Visit the Southeast Steuben County Library home page and click on the link to our Health & Wellness Resource Center. Then, enter your library card number in the appropriate field and you will gain instant access to the Thompson-Gale database set of full-text articles and other medical resources. These include a medical encyclopedia, a medical dictionary, a directory of health organizations, a drug and herb finder, an alternative health encyclopedia, several online health assessment tools and a bank of links to additional health and medical resources, all screened by professionals for accuracy and reliability. There is also a multi-media library with presentations on selected topics from ADD & ADHD to Workplace Health. These resources are available from your internet-connected computer at the touch of a button with your library card.

Another excellent resource center, MedlinePlus, is provided by the National Institutes of Health at this link. MedlinePlus features more than 165 interactive tutorials - slideshows with sound and pictures - that help inform users about medical conditions and their treatment alternatives. This resource center also features hundreds of articles on health topics, drugs & supplements, its own medical dictionary and much more.

A new addition to MedlinePlus is an interactive tutorial that will help you evaluate the reliability of medical information on the internet.

Here at the library, our reference librarians know this is an important skill to develop. You can learn even more by attending our own workshop, "Health Information on the Web" on Monday, April 24 from 3 pm to 4 at the Southeast Steuben County Library. Sign up for this free class at the Reference Desk or call (607) 936-3713.

Medical resources like those described above are not intended for purposes of self-diagnosis. They supplement, but do not replace your doctor's best advice.

Comments & Questions email: [email protected]

March 13, 2006

Clubs send books via email

The Southeast Steuben County Library and now offer 11 OnLine Book Clubs that allow you to preview books by email. If you have trouble finding books that interest you and don't have time to explore our stacks, our free OnLine Book Clubs may be your ticket to rewarding reading.

Simply select the club that appeals to your area of interest, or join more than one. Once you join, we'll send you a 5-minute portion of a book each day for a week. By the end of the week, you’ll have read 2-3 chapters. If you’d like to finish a book, stop by the library and pick up a copy, or place a hold on the book of your choice online, or purchase a copy.

Each club features new books every week. Follow these links to join the club or clubs of your choice:

NonFiction Books

Fiction Books

Business Books

Audio Books

Teen Books

Mystery Books

Good News Books

Romance Books

Horror Books

Science Fiction Books

Pre-Publication Books

To join a club, enter your email address and first name (or nickname) in the form provided. The privacy policy is simple and forthright:

"We respect your privacy and we will not disclose your email address to any other person or business unless required by law. We will only use your email address to deliver our OnLine Book Clubs. You may unsubscribe at any time by clicking on the link at the end of each day’s email."

It's that simple. Book selections are provided with the permission of the authors and publishers. Why not join today and start reading tomorrow!

Comments & Questions email: [email protected]

March 9. 2006

National Library Week:

Special events on April 4 & 7

National Library Week runs from April 2 – 8 this year. It’s a time when people across the US call attention to the many services and benefits that libraries provide, and recognize the hard work of all library staff members. Here at the Southeast Steuben County Library, we have two special events planned:

On Tuesday, April 4 at 4 pm, Ben Seiderman will present a demonstration & instruction in Origami, the art of paper-folding. Ben, 14, taught himself how to make all sorts of artwork from folded rice paper, from frogs to birds to boats and much more. He learned Origami by reading instructional books on the subject, many of which he found on our shelves. The origami workshop is suitable for anyone age 8 or older. Shown at left are two Origami cranes. Come to the library on 4/4 at 4 for this free demonstration and workshop.

On Friday, April 7 at 5 pm, the Children’s Department will host a Native American Assembly and Library program featuring Joseph Windwalker and Sandra Walks-in-Rain Woman of Medicine Owl Studios. The program will include interactive drumming, storytelling, games and a traveling museum display, all highlighting Native American culture. The hour-long assembly promises to be fun and educational for children and their caregivers.

Comments & Questions email: [email protected]

March 8, 2006

In our communities ...

Adult Services Librarian Matt Hogan chats with residents of Green Meadows earlier today during the Southeast Steuben County Library’s monthly book outreach at the assisted living facility in Painted Post. Robert Sharpe, far left, Ronda Stanton, 2nd from right, and Ruth Clarke are among those who use this service frequently.

Comments & Questions email: [email protected]

March 7, 2006

GIMP is free image software

If you are a photo bug and want to improve your digital images but can’t afford professional photo-editing software such as Adobe Photoshop, why not try the GIMP?

GIMP stands for “GNU Image Manipulation Program.” It is freely distributed software for such tasks as photo retouching, photo restoration, adding text to photos and creating photo art. It works on many operating systems including Windows and Mac systems, as well as Linux, the free, open-source operating system for which it was originally designed.

Like all advanced photo manipulation software, GIMP takes some time to learn. Fortunately, GIMP includes “help” features and plenty of support information. Once you download GIMP and its associated help files – the help files require a separate download – you will be limited only by your imagination and artistic vision.

Above is a digital snapshot taken at The Corning Museum of Glass “Fire & Ice” 2300 Degrees event on February 16. Below is the same photo, cropped, sharpened and resized with the GIMP. Visit the GIMP home page at this link to get started. (The Southeast Steuben County Library is not responsible for problems associated with this software. Use it at your own risk.)

An introduction to the GIMP and other photo manipulation software is part of Library’s new “Digital Photofinishing” class series. The current class, which concludes March 20, is full. Please use the “Comments & Questions” email link at the end of this article to express interest in future classes.

Happy photo editing!

Comments & Questions email: [email protected]

March 6, 2006

Women make history

Today, American women are Astronauts, Soldiers and Secretaries-of-State. Women have always played an important and extraordinary role in shaping our history. Even so, “as recently as the 1970's, women's history was virtually an unknown topic in the K-12 curriculum or in general public consciousness,” according to the National Women’s History Project (NWHP). That’s why each March, the NWHP - organizer of Women’s History Month in the US - honors 10 women who have made important contributions to our society and its history.

Of this year’s honorees, seven are alive. They continue to make history. The 2006 National Women’s History Month honorees are:

Juana Gutierrez;

Aileen Hernandez;

Winona LaDuke;

Cindy Marano (1947-2005);

Mary Aloysius Molloy (1880-1954);

Nancy Skinner Nordhoff;

Mary Taylor Previte;

Betty Reid Soskin;

Mary Tsukamato (1915-1998);

Marian Van Landingham.

Click on the underlined links to read short biographies of the honorees. They are a good place to start research into the lives of women who have made our nation strong.

Comments & Questions email: [email protected]










SNOW SNAGS: Due to the heavy snowfall, the Southeast Steuben County Library closed at 6 p.m. yesterday, March 2, and the the Children's Department postponed its Read Across America/Dr. Seuss birthday celebration. The new date for this event will be announced soon.


At left, a Library patron is pelted with snow before entering our building at 300 Nasser Civic Center Plaza in Corning. Below, workers clear the ice in the skating rink here.


March 3, 2006

Laura Beer Community Room:

Partition is for flexibility

A retractable partition will be installed in the Laura Beer Community Room during the next two weeks. We expect that the sound-proof partition will give our patrons and community members more opportunities to hold meetings and events at the Southeast Steuben County Library.

Currently, the library's two meeting rooms are used, on average, by more than 400 people each month.  The partition will allow more than one group at a time to use the Laura Beer Community Room, when its full seating capacity or area is not required. Often, the community room is too big or the Conference Room too small. The partition, which has a connecting door, allows us to offer more meeting-space alternatives.

Due to construction, the Laura Beer Community Room will be closed from March 6 through March 17. There will be no Friday Film on March 10 and 17. Friday's Free Film @ the Library returns on March 24 at 7:30 p.m. when Good Night, and Good Luck will be shown.


Comments & Questions email: [email protected]

March 3, 2006

NYC bus trip rolls on June 3

The Southeast Steuben County Library announces a low-cost all-day bus trip to New York City scheduled for Saturday, June 3, 2006. Whether you enjoy shopping on Fifth Avenue, or visiting the Big Apple's libraries and museums, leave the driving to the professionals and take advantage of our $48 round-trip price.

The bus leaves from the Wegmans parking lot on Bridge Street in Corning, NY at 6:30 am on June 3 and returns at 1 am. The drop-off point is 46th Street & Avenue of the Americas in Manhattan. Return trip pickup is from the same spot at 9:30 pm.

To sign up, fill out a registration form at the Circulation Desk. Questions? Call 936-3713 ext. 208. Conditions apply.

Comments & Questions email: [email protected]

March 2, 2006

Stormy weather?

Watch it on the Web

The March lion has been roaring in Southeast Steuben County all day, pelting us with snow as if unwilling to undergo the inevitable metamorphosis into lamblike spring. Often, this change takes its time in coming, sometimes delaying until April or even May.

Here in New York's Southern Tier, folks need to know the latest weather information. It can be a matter of survival. So, when you are done shoveling out your walk or driveway and finally free to relax, why not watch the weather right here at your computer monitor?

If you have internet access, you don't need to wait for "the 8s" for the latest detailed weather information and animated graphics. The National Weather Service (NWS) has it all, at the click of a mouse.

NWS has just upgraded its local forecast pages. They are user-friendly and provide links to local, regional and national satellite imagery and animation, current weather conditions, climate data, hourly weather forecast graphs, detailed point forecasts for neighboring communities, watches and warnings and much more.

Here are links to the NWS local forecast pages for our communities:



South Corning

Erwin/Painted Post


Lindley and Caton

A traditional national 12-hour forecast map is found here.

Comments & Questions email: [email protected]

March 1, 2006


Short Story Deadline is Friday

Young writers in grades 5-8 still planning to enter the Friends of the Library, SSC Short Story Contest, 2006 must submit their short stories to the library by Friday, March 3 to be considered. All entrants, their parents and teachers are invited to a Writers' Tea and Award Ceremony at the Southeast Steuben County Library on April 3 at 7 pm.

Last-minute entrants may pick up an entry form at the Circulation Desk with complete submission guidelines, qualifications and writing tips.

First prizes, awarded in two age categories, are $25 worth of books and publication in Our Own Authors, 2006. Second prizes: $20 worth of books and publication; 3rd prizes: $15 and publication.

Good luck to all of our young authors!

Comments & Questions email: [email protected]

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