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May 31, 2006

Surf faster: Try Opera 8.5

If you are looking for a faster, more elegant Web surfing experience with advanced features including a full-blown RSS reader, tabbed browsing and keyboard functionality that lets you browse without a mouse, consider downloading the free Opera 8.54 Web browser.

Globally, less than 1 percent of Web surfers use the open-source Opera browser, a product developed by Opera Software in Oslo, Norway, but that may be due largely to bundling of Internet Explorer or Safari with the dominant PC or Mac operating systems.

Those who do download Opera 8.5 are rewarded with faster application start-ups, faster page-loads and a host of features not available on Internet Explorer 6. Even the advanced Firefox 1.5 browser lacks the speed and wide array of features available to Opera users.

Opera includes a complete RSS reader, absent from the current version of Internet Explorer (but soon available on Internet Explorer 7, now available in a test version). Firefox 1.5 has a limited RSS reader. Opera also includes page-zooming features not available elsewhere. Images are enlarged along with the text, for example.

Opera has advanced security features and ad-blocking options not available on Internet Explorer, plus email, chat and integrated search capabilities.

On the downside, some websites are not compatible with Opera. Also, sometimes the browser stalls before it finishes downloading pages. Refreshing the page usually remedies this problem.

If you'd like to read more about Opera, click here for a comprehensive Wikipedia article. To download Opera, click here. (Then click on the "Mac" tab, if applicable.)

The Southeast Steuben County Library is not responsible for problems associated with this software. Download and use it at your own risk.

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May 30, 2006

Free films on Fridays start at 7

Free films at the Library now start half-an-hour earlier, at 7 pm every other Friday during the summer. Our high-quality sound & projection system transforms the Laura Beer Community Room into a comfortable theater.

With free popcorn to go along with some of the best movies in town, the only thing missing is the admission price!

Our schedule of free films in June appears in the "Coming Events" listings in the column at right. Click on the underlined movie links for details and reviews from, the Internet Movie Database.

The Southeast Steuben County Library has acquired a site license that ensures copyright compliance when showing feature films.

Home front news celebrated

Volunteers and friends of the Painted Post-Erwin Museum at the Depot, a division of the Corning-Painted Post Historical Society, celebrated the formal release of The Indian Speaks Again Saturday at the museum.

During World War II, "a small committee of citizens decided to publish a monthly newsletter with hometown news and mail it to those who were serving their country. Its title was The Indian Speaks," wrote Audrey Phelps (above, at left) in the forward to The Indian Speaks Again. The 180-page book compiles the historic newsletter into a single volume.

The Indian Speaks Again, compiled and edited by David W. Anderson (above, at right) is in the collection of the Southeast Steuben County Library. You may purchase a copy at the Benjamin Patterson Inn, Corning or at Painted Post Village Hall.

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May 26, 2006

Library is closed Memorial Day

In observance of Memorial Day, the Southeast Steuben County Library will be closed on Monday, May 29.

The Circulator will feature a new article in this spot on Tuesday, May 30.

Enjoy the long holiday weekend!

Children's Story Time on break

Children's story hours have ended for the spring season and will return in the fall. New, weekly Baby Bookworm interactive lap-sit sessions begin on July 11 at 10:30 am. Please click on the underlined link in this paragraph for details.

See the May 25 article, immediately below, for our "Books: A Treasure" Summer Reading Program events schedule, and please join us!

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May 25, 2006

Summer Reading Program 2006:

Events, music, reading fun for all!

Every autumn, children return to school having lost ground in reading. That's a problem.

Here at the Library, we want to be part of the solution. We want to help children discover the treasure in reading. That's why we selected "Books: A Treasure" as the theme for this year's Summer Reading Program. Our program encourages reading in summer and includes music, dance, puppetry, comedy and theatrical performances. There is no admission charge.

Weekly events for children and families will be held on Thursdays, from July 6 through August 10, at the Nasser Civic Center skating rink. Here is the lineup:

July 6, 1 pm - 2: Tom Sieling, with music and audience participation fun.

July 13, 1 pm - 2: Bush Mango. High energy African drums and dance. Don't miss it!

July 20, 1 pm - 2: Merry Mischief's Piratical Treasures and Trinkets! Toe-tapping songs, pirate poetry and comedy.

July 27, 1:30 pm - 2:30: Mad Cap Puppets present "Cinderella". Features large-scale puppets and actors that are sure to please.

August 3, 1 pm - 2: Doc Possum. Entertaining, musical fun for the whole family.

August 10, 1 pm - 2: Pirate Party! This is our gala end-of-Summer-Reading-Program party. Summer readers join us for "high seas" adventure, games, prizes, food, fun... even buried treasure!

Children may sign up for the free Southeast Steuben County Library Summer Reading Program 2006 anytime between June 26 and August 7. Visit us in the Children's Department! For more information, call (607) 936-3713 ext 503.

This program is made possible by the Friends of the Library, SSC. Without their assistance, we couldn't do it!

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May 24, 2006

Authors and their books:

Online resources for students

Whether you are a student with an English Literature paper to write or a reader interested in a biography of a favorite author, Thomson-Gale's Literature Resource Center and the Twayne Authors Series are in-depth online databases made for you.

The Literature Resource Center includes literary criticism, biographies, bibliographies, work overviews and explications, Web sites, periodical articles, full-text author's works, and reading lists. Search by author name, book title, key words and other criteria. For example, a quick search on "Brown, Dan" pulled up two author biographies (each with a bibliography) plus 16 literary criticism articles. There is also a general research guide for the site and a Literary-Historical Timeline.

The Twayne Authors Series is alphabetically indexed by author and searchable by keyword or custom criteria including genre, gender, time-period, and author nationality. The Authors Series provides comprehensive articles about writers of literary note throughout world history. There is no current entry for Dan Brown or many other contemporary popular novelists.

You can access these full text databases from any internet-enabled computer with your library card by visiting the Southeast Steuben County Library home page at this link. Once there, click on the Twayne Authors Series or Literature Resource Center links under the "Online Resources" heading.

If your Southern Tier Library System library card isn't handy, you may access the Twayne Author Series with your New York driver's license or DMV ID through the NOVEL set of reference databases. Click here; then scroll down the database list. Please note: The Literature Resource Center is not available through this link.

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May 23, 2006

Audacity sound mixer is free

Thanks to a community of volunteer software developers, anyone with an internet connection and a computer can download a free, open-source audio editor and recorder.

Audacity, developed by Dominic Mazzoni and others, is multipurpose sound-mixing software. It lets users record live audio; convert tapes and records into digital recordings or CDs;
edit files in many audio formats; cut, copy, splice, and mix sounds together; change the speed, tempo or pitch of a recording and much more. With a separate open-source plug-in, you can even record your own MP3s.

Audacity is reasonably easy to install and use and works with Windows, Mac and Linux operating systems. The software is fully documented and includes a user's manual and tutorials.

If you'd like to listen to an audio (MP3) version of this article made with Audacity, click here.

To read articles in The Circulator about other free, open-source software, click on these links:

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The Southeast Steuben County Library is not responsible for problems associated with this software. Download and use it at your own risk.

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May 22, 2006

Interactive lap-sit starts July 11

Here at the Library, we want to spark everyone's interest in books, especially the very young. That's why the Children's Department will offer an interactive lap-sit program for babies 6 weeks to 18 months and their caregivers.

The "Baby Book-Worm" interactive lap-sit will be held at the Southeast Steuben County Library every Tuesday morning from 10:30 to 11, starting July 11, 2006. We hope that you and your baby will join us!

No registration is required. Call (607) 936-3713 ext 503 for additional information.

The Southeast Steuben County Library is located at 300 Nasser Civic Center Plaza, Corning, NY. Click here for a map and driving directions. Or, for bus routes and schedules, click here.

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May 18, 2006

Human service opportunity:

Local AmeriCorps wants you!

The AmeriCorps Kids First Initiative is now recruiting for full-time, one-year positions which entail working directly with youth and families in our region. Local AmeriCorps service members gain professional job experience, unique training, awareness of critical issues facing youth and families in Steuben, Chemung and Allegany counties, and the personal satisfaction of helping others.

AmeriCorps Kids First recruits receive a living allowance of $10,900 during the year, as well as an education award of $4,725 upon completion of their service. Additional benefits include health care, childcare benefits, and student loan forbearance. Applicants must be at least 18 (no upper age limit); high school graduates or equivalent, with some college experience helpful; have some related coursework or experience in community or youth service and possess a strong desire to improve the lives of young people and families.

Regionally, AmeriCorps Kids First is a program of the Institute for Human Services Inc. (IHS) in Bath, New York. IHS is a collaborative of organizations that focuses on providing mentoring and tutoring to young people; emergency (short-term) assistance to families; domestic violence shelter support; after-school program and youth center activities; pre-K and Head Start child development; support and guidance for youth in Group Homes, and literacy work.

"This is a wonderful opportunity for individuals who'd like to gain experience in the human services field while also getting money to further their education or pay off student loans," said Michael Mann, the program director. "Many members get a chance to explore an area of human services not otherwise possible. This collaborative effort has had a tremendous influence at youth centers, schools, and many other human service agencies serving families and youth in this region."

Those interested in this opportunity should call (607) 776-9467 ext. 216, or e-mail for further information, or visit the IHS website at (click on AmeriCorps link on left side of web page). The program is now accepting applications for a start date of October, 2006.

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May 17, 2006

Reference resources:

Real estate values on the Web

Owning a home is still considered one of the key elements of living the "American Dream." On the other hand, buying or selling a house can be a nightmare, especially if you enter the Real estate market without doing your homework first.

Fortunately, there are many resources to assist homeowners, prospective homeowners and others who want to become familiar with local and regional markets including assessed values, market values, community resources, local Real property tax rates, and more.

The New York State Office of Real Property Services (ORPS) website is a must-see resource for anyone interested in learning about New York home values, assessments and local Real property taxes. From equalization rates to legal issues (and primers) to property tax exemptions, the ORPS website is an online service that collects statewide and local information into one place for easy reference. Its MuniPro index, for example, provides contact information for local assessors and municipal officials, local STAR tax exemption amounts, median Real estate sales figures, school district information, local equalization rates and municipal profiles. (Please note: The ORPS website may experience service interruptions on May 18, 2006 due to upgrades, according to ORPS.)

The searchable Elmira-Corning Multiple Listings Service compiles Realtor listings for the local area and offers many details about residential and non-residential property currently for sale, including exterior and interior photos of individual properties.

A new web service,, provides free instant valuations and other data for more than 65 million homes across the nation. (now in beta version) has partnered with Microsoft Virtual Earth in a mashup that allows users to search for home valuations and other details using map and aerial view interfaces. You can see many of the residential property valuations on your block at a glance and then zero in for more detailed information on specific homes. (To use this service, your computer must be equipped with Flash Player and the Internet Explorer or Firefox browser.)

It is a good idea to become familiar with the marketplace and its taxation and legal environment before you enter it. These resources can help.

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May 16, 2006 2.0 is free

If you seek an alternative to Microsoft's popular MS Office packages including word-processing, database and spreadsheet capabilities, 2.0 may be the office suite to fill your needs without emptying your bank account.

" 2.0 is a multiplatform and multilingual office suite and an open-source project. Compatible with all other major office suites, the product is free to download, use, and distribute," according to Sun Microsystems and the community of developers and programmers who support the project. 2.0, released in October 2005, also includes a presentation manager, Impress, and a drawing tool, Draw, which offer much of the functionality of products like MS PowerPoint and commercial graphics programs.

The suite runs on Windows, Macintosh and Linux operating systems.

To download 2.0, click here. Be sure to read the instructions carefully. You may need to download the free Java Runtime Environment (JRE) to optimize functionality. JRE is packaged with 2.0 and they are available together as a single download.

To learn more about, click here.

The Southeast Steuben County Library has no affiliation with, its associated organizations or its products. Download 2.0 at your own risk.

Grandparents take note:

Don't miss our Grandparents As Parents Workshop on Thursday, May 18 from noon until 2 pm at the Southeast Steuben County Library. This workshop will examine current human & social services available to all relatives acting as parents. A panel of experts will help guide participants through the maze. Call (607) 936-3713 ext 502 to sign up or for additional information.

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May 15, 2006

Deputy's dogs make reading fun

Chemung County Sheriff's Deputy Juli Lathrop and her dogs Junior, Harry Potter and Tater-Tot entertained children in the Laura Beer Community Room on May 11. Lathrop's "Book 'em" reading incentive program makes use of specially-trained therapy dogs.

The program encourages reading by having children read aloud to patient canine listeners. According to Therapy Dogs International, Inc., a volunteer organization that trains therapy dogs, they are a great incentive to kids. The program helps kids get over the fear of reading aloud, which for some is an obstacle to success in the classroom.

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May 12, 2006

United Way honors Dale Wexell

Dale Wexell, Southeast Steuben County Library's Director of Development, was honored this week with the prestigious Errol Shand Award for Volunteer Services. The award, presented annually by United Way of the Southern Tier, is given to "an individual who demonstrates a lifetime of exemplary volunteer service in Steuben or Chemung counties," according to United Way.

Wexell's role in helping to reorganize the Library prior to its reopening five years ago was cited by United Way, along with his longtime service on the Corning-Painted Post school board, his volunteer service for the American Red Cross - for which Wexell received the Spirit of Humanity Award - and his key role in the formation of the Science and Discovery Center in Horseheads. Wexell is also active in his church and has volunteered for United Way.

According to Joe Ferratella, who nominated Wexell for the Shand Award, "Dale does and gives from the heart. What stands out is his underlying commitment to what he believes in, and the commitment that makes it happen."

Here at the Library, Dale helps us raise the funds we need to provide the services and programs we offer. Dale is editor of Between the Pages, the Library's quarterly newsletter. He is known for his shrewd common sense, his compassion and his insightful wit and good humor.

From all of us at the library, "Congratulations, Dale, and three cheers!"

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May 10, 2006

Foster parents are older, too

May is National Foster Care Month (see article below) and May is also Older Americans Month. These two spotlights join together to bring grandparents-acting-as-parents into public focus.

According to the US Census, in the year 2000 there were more than 4.5 million children living in households headed by a grandparent. Many of these grandparents served as primary caregivers.

Grandparents who act as parents face special problems. With health insurance costs and other expenses rising, grandparents bringing up grandchildren are often pushed beyond what they can afford. Many grandparent-as-parent households need daycare assistance, legal assistance and other services. There are human service agencies and programs that can help.

Finding the program or programs to serve your needs can be a challenge. Foster care programs provide health care and other social services for children and financial assistance for caregivers. However, not every grandparent-as-parent household qualifies.

Navigating the maze of agencies and services is difficult unless you know what is out there and who can help. That's why the Southeast Steuben County Library will hold a workshop for Grandparents-as-Parents (and other kin caregivers) on Thursday, May 18 from noon to 2 pm.

Experts will discuss the array of services and other resources available and show you how to find what you need.

If you are a grandparent acting as a parent or a relative acting as a parent, you won't want to miss this free session.

To sign up, call (607) 936-3713 ext 502 or visit the Reference Desk.

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May 9, 2006

May is Foster Care Month

More than half a million children are in foster care in the United States and thousands more are waiting for placement with loving foster parents. Most of these children come from families that are unable to meet their essential needs - families in crisis. Maybe you can help.

If you would like to learn more about what it takes to be a foster parent, its rewards and responsibilities, and the difference you can make in the life of a child, come to our Foster Care Informational Meeting on Thursday, May 11 at 7 pm.

That's the message Library staff member and foster mother Missy Knowles wanted to share when she created our National Foster Care Month display. She is shown above pointing to the "top five" benefits of foster parenting.

Foster parents:

1) develop meaningful relationships based on trust;

2) share new life experiences, and find personal growth and development;

3) know they have made a difference;

4) as good neighbors, contribute to the healing and reunification of struggling families;

5) enjoy family activities, and enrich family and community ties.

Please visit our display in the lobby as you come in. You'll find brochures, bookmarks, foster care ribbons and other materials designed to help everyone learn about the importance of foster care.

Experts will be available to answer your questions at the Foster Care Informational Meeting; Thursday, May 11; 7 pm in the Laura Beer Community Room. Light refreshments will be served.

The Southeast Steuben County Library is located at 300 Nasser Civic Center Plaza, Corning, NY. Click here for a map and driving directions. Or, for bus routes and schedules, click here.

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May 8, 2006

Circulating here: New DVDs

If you are like many allergy sufferers, each spring you stay indoors more than you'd like were it not for all the pollen in the air. You can still travel to exotic places, meet interesting characters and broaden your horizons from the comfort of home when you view one of the newly-acquired movies in our DVD collection.

Here are some of the new additions:

Hud (1963) Cast: Melvyn Douglas, Patricia Neal, Paul Newman. Not rated. 111 minutes. Drama.

Joan of Arc (1999) Cast: Leelee Sobieski, Chad Willett, Jacqueline Bissett, Powers Boothe, Olympia Dukakis, Neil Patrick Harris, Robert Loggia, Maximilian Schell, Peter Strauss, Shirley MacLaine, Peter O'Toole. Made for television. Not rated. 180 minutes.

Shane (1952) Cast: Alan Ladd, Jean Arthur, Van Heflin, Brandon De Wilde, Walter Jack Palance, Ben Johnson, Edgar
Buchanan. Not rated. 117 minutes. Western.

Will Penny (1968) Cast: Charlton Heston, Joan Hackett, Donald Pleasence, Lee Majors, Bruce Dern, Ben Johnson, Slim Pickens,
Clifton James, Anthony Zerbe. Not rated. 109 minutes. Western.

Aaltra (2004) In French w. English subtitles. Cast: Benoît Delépine, Gustave Kervern, Jan Bucquoy, Pierre Carl. Not rated. 90 minutes. Comedy/Drama.

Enron: The Smartest Guys In The Room (2005) The inside story of one of history's greatest business scandals. Rated R. 110 minutes. Documentary.

Last Holiday (2006) Cast: Queen Latifah, LL Cool J, Timothy Hutton, Giancarlo Esposito, Alicia Witt, Gérard Depardieu, others. Remake of the classic film. PG-13 111 minutes.

Match Point (2006) Directed by Woody Allen. Cast: Brian Cox, Matthew Goode, Scarlett Johansson, Emily Mortimer, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Penelope Wilton. Drama on the tennis court and elsewhere. Rated R. 124 minutes.

David & Goliath (1961/2004) Cast: Orson Welles, Ivo Payer, Edward Hilton. The Biblical story of David and Goliath with Orson Welles as King Saul. Not rated. 92 minutes.

Bleak House by Charles Dickens (2005/2006) The BBC mini-series. Cast: Anna Maxwell Martin, Denis Lawson, Carey Mulligan, Gillian Anderson, Tom Georgeson, Charles Dance. Not rated. 480 minutes, on three discs (two cases).

The Forest For The Trees (2003) German w. English subtitles. Cast: Eva Lobau, Daniela Holtz, Jan Neumann. A young teacher from the countryside, starts her first job at a high school in the city. Not Rated. 81 minutes.

Metropolitan (1990) Cast: Carolyn Farina, Edward Clements, Taylor Nichols, Christopher Eigeman, Allison Rutledge-Parisi. Rated PG-13. 99 minutes. Drama.

Oscar Peterson: A Night In Vienna (2004) The Oscar Peterson Quartet recorded at the Musikverein in Vienna, Austria, Nov. 21, 2003. Not rated.

Au Revoir Les Enfants (1987) In French w. English subtitles. A dramatic story of friendship and devastating loss between two boys living in Nazi-occupied France. Rated PG. 101 minutes.

You may place a "Hold" on any these movies from your internet-enabled computer with your library card and PIN. To access the online catalog, visit the Library home page and click on the "Catalog" link.

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Anne Drake

May 5, 2006

Our volunteers: Anne Drake

"Readers Are Leaders" - That's the message Southeast Steuben County Library volunteer Anne Drake sewed into the cloth wall-hanging she made for the Children's Department. It's part of the lesson the former Campbell-Savona elementary school teacher has been delivering to young students for years.

"I've always loved reading, ever since I was a little girl," Drake said earlier this week, while shelving books in the Fiction section. "It was my escape."

Drake soon discovered that reading was also an important way to embrace life. As a K-2 teacher, she has helped hundreds of children learn how to read and enjoy reading. Teaching kids to read was her favorite part of the curriculum, Drake said.

Drake's commitment to literacy education and promotion didn't end when she retired in 1998. Starting out as one of the volunteers who helped the Library re-open, Drake became a storyteller in the Children's Department. She is one of the original members of the widely recognized Mad Hatters storytelling troupe and she regularly visits early childhood education centers in the Library District, telling stories in costume and with wild and wacky visual aides.

"One of the greatest things about the Mad Hatters is that there are still kids out there who think reading is wonderful. The more that kids are exposed to books being read to them, the more they will become readers themselves," Drake said.

Anne Drake does have a few other interests. She plays clarinet in the Corning Area Community Concert Band, paints watercolors with the Savona Art Club, creates memory scrapbooks (which, she explained, combine photos with text narrative) and has recently started sewing.

"Readers Are Leaders" - That's what the wall-hanging says, and Anne Drake is, obviously, both.

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May 4, 2006

Book Sale was the best yet!

The Friends of the Library SSC Book Sale, Spring 2006 was "the best ever," said Nancy Doutt, its coordinator.

The week-long sale raised more than $22,000 (gross), a record for the twice-yearly event, which supports the Southeast Steuben County Library. About 35,000 books were sold out of 40,000 books on display at the East Corning Fire Hall. Hard cover books, paperbacks, CDs, videos, puzzles, records, books-on-tape, games and more were donated to the sale by the community and stored in the Library.

Roughly 150 Friends of the Library SSC volunteers made the sale happen, Doutt said. "Some came every day." Volunteers sorted, processed, transported and displayed the books at the Fire Hall, and manned the sale itself, which ran from April 22 - 29.

Additionally, more than 200 Friends renewed their membership or joined for the first time during the sale.

"It was spectacular," Doutt said.

Southeast Steuben County Library Director Lise Gilliland congratulated the Friends of the Library on their most profitable sale yet, calling the Library and the Friends, "a great partnership."

"The Friends of the Library organization is crucial to the success of the Southeast Steuben County Library. Its financial support makes it possible for us to provide the quality of programs we do every summer. In addition, funds raised from the Book Sale allow us to buy books, computers, copiers and printers, furniture and so much more," Gilliland said.

"I wish that everyone who uses the library - whether it be to check out books, attend programs or use the computers - would become a member of the Friends of the Library," she continued.

"I encourage everyone to get a library card and become a member of the Friends. We thank the Friends for all their hard work in making the Book Sale such a great success."

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May 3, 2006

Digital libraries:

Finding the resources you seek

Navigating the panoply of internet digital library collections in search of full-text documents, images or other resources is a bit tricky. Some of the material in digital libraries is invisible to search engines on the World-Wide Web, even when a given library's resources are freely available to the public.

In order to browse materials from specific digital library collections, you need to visit the digital library's home page, which acts as the primary portal to its resources. Once at a digital library website, you will find an index or searchable database of its resources, sometimes augmented by hyperlinks to resources in other collections.

The trick is to find a digital library with a collection that serves your needs. Fortunately, there are several general indexes of digital libraries, and these can help you locate the collection that has the digitized books, articles or audio-visual content you seek. These indexes have hyperlinks, so the resources they point to are just a click away.

The Internet Public Library (IPL) offers an extensive subject classification of thousands of websites, including but not limited to digital libraries. To find the links to digital libraries, use the search box in the upper right corner of the page and enter "digital library."

Wikipedia offers a more compact list, by subject, of digital library projects.

Google Directory offers its own list of digital libraries.

Yahoo Search Directory has a digital library list, too.

The University of Pittsburgh has a short, but powerful set of  links to websites that are devoted to documentation and access of digital library sites. Click here.

Another great digital library is New York's NOVEL set of full-text databases. You can access the NOVEL Virtual Library with your library card from any internet-enabled computer. Visit the Southeast Steuben County Library home page and look for the "Online Resources" links.

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May 2, 2006

New non-fiction titles beckon

Here are a few of the newly acquired non-fiction titles in our New Books section. The books listed are now available and waiting to be read. Drop by the Library, or place a "Hold" on your choices with your library card from any internet-enabled computer. Visit the Southeast Steuben County Library home page and click on the "Catalog" link to start the process.

Truth and Duty: The Press, The President and the Privilege of Power, by Mary Mapes, an award-winning CBS News producer; St. Martin's Press.

Why Babies Do That: Baffling Baby Behavior Explained, by Jennifer Margulis; Willow Creek Press.

Woman First, Family Always: Real-Life Wisdom from a Mother of Ten, by Kathryn Sansone; Meredith Books.

Town House: Architecture and Material Life in the Early American City 1780 - 1830, by Bernard L. Herman; University of North Carolina Press.

Do As I Say (Not As I Do): Profiles in Liberal Hypocrisy, by Peter Schweizer; Doubleday.

At Canaan's Edge: America in the King Years 1965-68, by Taylor Branch; Simon & Schuster.

What Color is Your Parachute 2006 Edition, by Richard Nelson Bolles; Ten Speed Press.

Pulling Rank: A Top Cop's Expose of the Dark Side of American Policing, by Norm Stamper; Nation Books, Avalon.

Dylan: Visions, Portraits, and Back Pages, a coffee-table book about singer-songwriter Bob Dylan, edited by Mark Blake, illustrated; published by Dorling-Kindersley, Penguin.

Bury My Heart in Cooperstown (Salacious, Sad & Surreal Deaths in the History of Baseball), by Frank Russo and Gene Racz; Triumph Books.

The Girl Who Walked Home Alone, a biography of Bette Davis by Charlotte Chandler; Simon & Schuster.

Our Endangered Values, by Jimmy Carter; Simon & Schuster.

We have several newly acquired non-fiction audio books on cassette, including It Shouldn't Happen to a Vet, by James Herriot, read by Christopher Timothy.

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May 1, 2006

Alternative School helps out

Volunteers from the Alternative School for Math and Science (ASMS) in Corning cleaned children's books in the Southeast Steuben County Library on April 28 as part of that private school's community service program. More than a dozen ASMS middle school students and parent volunteers spent Friday afternoon laying down tarp, cutting rags and cleaning hundreds of books.

"The kids have 40 hours of volunteer time to complete," said Elizabeth Barton, ASMS school secretary and mother of two ASMS students. "As a parent, I appreciate that we are trying to teach students to give back to the community," she said.

ASMS student-parent teams also volunteer at a local food bank, the Red Cross and at Watson Homestead Conference and Retreat Center in Painted Post.

This was the second time ASMS has sent volunteers to the Library. Barton said the school planned to work with the Library's Volunteer Coordinator, Kathleen Richardson, to arrange more community service visits.

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