Benedek Memorial Library Budget Passed!!!!! Thank You!!!

Budget vote results for the library budget: 135 yes votes to 88 no votes. The Budget has passed for this year. Thank you to all who went out to vote on the school and library budget votes. Thank you to the efforts of the Board of Trustees, the staff of the library, and all of the Friends and patrons who helped to get the word out to go vote. Without your support the Benedek Memorial Library would not be what it is today. Thank you.
Candy Wilson
Director of the Benedek Memorial Library
P.S. a special thank you to our unofficial mascot Austin for helping us.

Budget vote resolution:

Shall the annual sum of money to be raised by taxation from the residents of the Campbell-Savona School District for the Dr. Sandor and Berthe Benedek Memorial Library be increased by $2,900 to an annual amount of $55,200?

Who can vote?

Anyone can vote who is:

  1. A resident within the Campbell-Savona Central School District (CSCSD) for a period of thirty (30) days preceding the vote
  2. 18 years of age or older
  3. A US citizen

“Anyone” includes any resident who rents or owns a home in the CSCSD.  You do not need to reside in the Town of Campbell or the Village of Savona to vote but you must reside in the CSCSD.

Why should I vote?

The Funds raised from the Budget Vote will help the Library:

  1. Buy new books, audio books, DVDs, music CDs, E-Books, digital audio books, streaming videos through Overdrive, digital magazines through RB digital, and for streaming music and free music downloads patrons get to keep through Freegal.
  1. Fund programming for all ages, like Story Hour, Movie Nights, Bingo Nights, Summer Learning programs, and many more.
  1. Keep staff available to help with finding information, assist with new technology, place popular items on hold and more.
  1. Maintain current operating hours, and fees for copying, printing, and faxing services.
  1. Fund public high speed Wi-Fi connections and public computers for your private and business needs.

How will the increase change the property taxes?

Your 2019 Library tax bill would go up by $0.90 for the year based on the current tax rates, if the actual (not the assessed) value of your home is $90K.

Benedek Memorial Library and CSCSD Budget vote:

May 21, 2019   12:00 pm – 8:00 pm

At the Campbell-Savona Jr./Sr. High School.

Please remember to vote!


Making Catapults at the Twin Tier Mini Maker Faire

Once again the Benedek Memorial Library’s Teen Advisory Committee participated in the Twin Tier Mini Maker Faire held at Corning Community College on Saturday, April 27, 2019. The Young Adults and our Director Candy Wilson packed up supplies and trekked up to Corning Community College to man a Maker Station helping all ages learn about how catapults worked. The catapults were made out of craft sticks, rubber bands and spoons. Once the catapult was built all participants were invited to try out their creations at the firing range, set up next to our station. There were a verity of projectiles to try, pompoms, star shaped beads, stale marshmallows, and ping pong balls. All ages had fun making and experimenting with the different projectiles.

All ages were able to participate, and many families had competitions to see which catapult was the most accurate. Several participants experimented with different designs of catapults. Even the Corning Community College Mascot, the Red Barron, got in on the fun. For all who came and participated in the Twin Tiers Maker Faire we hope you had a great time. If you were unable to come we hope you can come and see us next year.

Any Young Adult who would like to be a part of the Teen Advisory Committee (ages 13 and up) come to our next meeting May 28, 2019 at 4:00 pm. If you would like to help us out with decorating and being on the Memorial Day Parade float give the Benedek Memorial Library a call (607)583-4426 and talk to our Director Candy Wilson. Thank you to all our young adults on the Teen Advisory Committee.

The Red Barron trying out a catapult.

For more of the Twin Tier Maker Faire go to their website:

2018 Annual Report for the Community is Available!

The 2018 Annual Report for the Community is now available for all to read. If you are interested in what happened in 2018 at the Benedek Memorial Library, (spoiler alert!) formally the Savona Free Library, click here:

Renaming Celebration of the Benedek Memorial Library!

On October 6 the Savona Free Library held a public celebration for the surrounding communities announcing their recent name change to the Dr. Sandor and Berthe Benedek Memorial Library.

The celebration program started with a luncheon catered by King’s Market, followed by speakers, the unveiling of the new Library Sign, a ribbon cutting ceremony and a magic show featuring Moreland the Magician.  Speakers included Savona Mayor Brian Scott, Steuben County Legislator Kelly Fitzpatrick, President of the Board of Trustees of the Benedek Memorial Library Bill Fiske, Executive Director of the Southern Tier Library System Brian Hildreth, and Irma Benedek, library benefactor and daughter of Dr. Sandor and Berthe Benedek.

In commemoration of the event a proclamation was issued from the offices of NYS Senator Thomas O’Mara and NYS Assemblyman Phillip Palmesano.

Dr. Sandor Benedek was born in Hungary in 1910.  Post World War II he came to the US seeking a better life for himself and his family.  In 1957 the family settled in Savona where he set up a private medical practice serving the needs of the citizens of Savona and all the surrounding communities including Campbell, Bradford and Thurston.  He loved this area of Steuben County very much and felt very welcome within the community, so much so that he stayed in practice here for the next 35 years, until his death in 1992.  He was school physician for the Savona, Bradford and Campbell Central Schools from 1957 through 1991.  He served as a Steuben County Coroner for over 20 years.  He gave a lot to the community that he felt so much at home in.

His wife, Berthe, known for her skills in gardening, playing the piano and baking was also an avid reader.  She passed away in 2008.  Dr. and Mrs. Benedek were both strong supporters of education, especially for children.

Upon the death of their parents, their son and daughter, Roland and Irma, respectively, established a memorial fund in their name.

They selected the then-named Savona Free Library as the recipient of these funds.  They felt their parents would have been very proud and honored to be remembered in the community by having the library renamed in their honor.

Board President Bill Fiske acknowledged the planning and execution of the event took many hands. He thanked the many people who worked to get the grounds and library ready for the celebration as well as the volunteers who worked on the day of the event to make it a great success.

Phase 1 of the project was the renovation of the circa 1830’s Federal style building which opened in 2014 as the Mary Helen Joint Meeting House in recognition of generous support provided by Mary Helen Joint.

The revitalized landmark provides space for a variety of library activities, including story hours, family movie nights and special events plus office space and storage for the library.  In 2015 the library received a New York State Historic Preservation Award in recognition of the library’s restorative work.

In 2017 the library moved from the Village Hall into the meeting house using the first floor space as a temporary location for the library’s collection of books, digital media and computers.  There is an ongoing campaign for Phase 2 of the project which will be an addition to the meeting house and serve as the permanent home of the library collection and services.


Welcome to the Benedek Memorial Library!

Welcome to the Savona Free Library website. If you are coming to our website you are looking for information on the library. You can find our hours, events, what is new to our collection, access your account, order items to pick up at the library and many other things about the library. But when you think about a library what is the first thing that comes to mind? If you are like many other Americans it would be physical books. While we do have a collection of books there is so much more to libraries these days than just physical books. We have computers and public WI-FI hot spots available for public use. We also lend out audio books on CD, music CDs, movies and television shows on DVD. Coming soon, there will be Kindle Fire tablets to borrow. All of these items are available at the library, but right now you are in cyber space. Guess what, you can still borrow from the library. Just put your pointer on “E-Library” and click to find out. Remember the library is much more than just a place to find books. We offer many other items for borrowing and many different services to the public, through your Savona Free Library card or any library card in the Southern Tier Library System. Also you can access the library not only during the days the library is open, but even when the library is physically closed. Need a book to help you to fall asleep at 2:00 am? Down load a digital book and start reading. Need to get authoritative information for a research project due real soon, check out our databases for articles from many different sources. Look around, try something new, the Savona Free Library is available for your entertainment and informational needs.

Savona Free Library Dogs