Annual Friends of the Benedek Memorial Library Chicken BBQ

May 25, 2020 Take out only!

Please order by close of King’s Market on Friday May 22, 2020!

Pick up will be in the Benedek Memorial Library parking lot starting at 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm

The Friends of the Benedek Memorial Library and King’s Market/Catering will have a take-out chicken barbeque. The dinners are pre-paid only, at $9.00 per meal. The meal will include 1\2 chicken, salt potato, coleslaw roll and butter. Pick up will be in the Benedek Memorial Library parking lot. To purchase a meal or more, go online to:, or stop in King’s Market 25 E Lamoka Ave, Savona, NY. Please place orders by Friday May 22, 2020 before close of King’s Market. Proceeds will go to help fund the Benedek Memorial Library.

Hi! How are you doing? We are still here and working to serve the community!

Get digital books and magazines!

It has been a while since last update. Rose, Marilyn and I (Candy) have been working to keep the library clean and ready to for when we get the okay to open again. Please wear masks and practice social distancing to keep the infections down so we can open sooner. But now we are not physically open.  Our online library is open 24/7, with Overdrive, and RB Digital. If you want to explore the online library, but don’t know your library account number or pin send us an email at, with your name address, phone number, and we will call you back to verify your account and help you to get onto the system. You can also leave a phone message at (6047)583-4426 and will call you back. (Please speak clearly.) If you don’t have a library account, we will soon be able to set up an account for use online only.  Our library system is working on the ability to open online accounts. Keep checking back for more updates.

New virtual programming!

Other things we have been working on are virtual programs. On Thursday, May 7, we will be releasing our first story time online. If you or a child would like to enjoy a picture book and craft with us, please send us an email with the request. We will send you the link to be able to view the story time and craft. The first story time is going to be Common Critters part 1 with Mrs. Rose and Frankie. It will be a two-part book. The second part will be posted in one week. We would love to hear feedback on the program.

The next virtual program is going to be for adults and seniors. We will be doing the Scam Prevention seminar on June 12 at 1:00 pm. If you or a loved one is interested send us an email at to register with your name(s), phone numbers and preferred email address. We will send you the link for the seminar. We would love to see you in person, but for the time being we hope to see everyone virtually.

Welcome to the Benedek Memorial Library, we are open online!

This is Candy, director of the Benedek Memorial Library. I’m taking a little time to be able to let you know the library maybe physically closed, but we are still active. We do have a digital library through Overdrive, digital magazines through RB Digital, and databases available for all who have a library card. Don’t think you have one, or you have a question about our digital libraries, give us a call (607)583-4426 or email us with your name, address, and phone number. We can check remotely to see if you may have a card, but don’t remember. We will give you a call back with information on how to use the digital libraries, or what we can do to help you.  We are working on other programs that can be done in the virtual world. My staff and I are working on the idea of doing a story hour, maybe crafting. Keep your eye on our website: or our Facebook page: for more information. Please stay home and stay safe. When this shutdown is over we want to be able to see everyone come and enjoy all the library has to offer.

2019 Annual Report to the Community

The 2019 Annual Report to the Community is now available for all to view. If you would like to see what happened at the Benedek Memorial Library please click here.

Census Day! April 1, 2020

These are tough times for all of us. Help your community receive the federal funding it needs for the next 10 years by taking 10 minutes to complete your 2020 Census. Hospitals, schools, roads,
transportation and more all receive the federal funding based on Census data. Complete your 2020 Census. We’re counting on you!

Please, if you have not filled out the 2020 Census, do so now!


The Benedek Memorial Library is closed to the public due to Executive Order 202.6 – 100% Workforce Reduction.

The Benedek Memorial Library is closed due to the Governor’s Executive order 202.60 – 100% Work Force Reduction. We hope to be able to reopen as soon as the Executive order is lifted. In the meantime, our digital library is available for your use. You will need your library card number and pin number. If you do not know either of these items, please call us at (607) 583-4426 or email us at and leave a message with full name, phone number and problem, someone will be in touch with you soon. Thank you.

Please stay safe during this time of crisis. For more information on the COVID-19 or Novel Coronavirus please check out these websites: – Steuben County Department of Health ncov%2Fsummary.html – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – NYS Dept. of Health.

Board of Trustees Meeting

The Board of Trustees meeting to be held on May 26, 2020 at 12:00 pm will be held online, due to the Executive Order 202.6 – 100% Workforce Reduction. If you would like to attend the meeting, please send an email request to:

Special Notice:

The Benedek Memorial Library will be temporarily closed effective March 17 to April 13, to help safeguard public health due to COVID-19 or Novel Coronavirus.

It was a difficult decision by the Board of Trustees to follow the Campbell-Savona Central School District to temporarily close the library. The Board of Trustees are keeping in touch with State, Local and School District authorities for any changes. We will be re-evaluating if there is a need to continue the closure beyond the date and will post on our website:, our Facebook page:, or our phone message: (607)583-4426 and on posters around the library if there are any changes.

All items currently out will have their due dates changed to when we open. If you want to bring the items back early, you can drop them in our book return outside, near our main entrance (big silver box on the back porch). We will be checking the book return daily.

Just because the physical library is closed to the public, we will have staff in the library working on all the jobs we need to do when the library is closed. You can call us from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm with any questions Monday-Thursday or email us at Our Wi-Fi connection will still be available. You can connect outside of the building from the parking lot, the back porch, or enjoy our court yard on the McCoy Street side.

If you have a tablet, phone, or computer you can still access our digital libraries. You can down load e-books, audio books, and stream movies through Overdrive and Libby. You can take out digital magazines through RB digital.

Please stay safe during this time of crisis. For more information on the COVID-19 or Novel Coronavirus please check out these websites: – Steuben County Department of Health ncov%2Fsummary.html – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – NYS Dept. of Health.

Little Free Libraries are popping up around the area!

If you see an over-sized bird house with children’s hand prints all over it, around the community, check it out. The over-sized bird houses are really Little Free Libraries hosted by the Benedek Memorial Library. Currently there are two in the community with a third coming soon. The first one is at the Campbell-Savona Elementary School, 64 E Lamoka Ave, Savona and a second one is located in the Campbell Town Hall, 8525 Main St., Campbell. The third one will soon be located at the Thurston Town Hall, County Route 333, Campbell, NY. The Little Free Libraries are book exchanges. People can take books for free from the Little Free Libraries and can leave a book or two for other people to take. If you have more than a couple of books to donate, please bring them to the Benedek Memorial Library for donations. We will be going around once a month to check on them and make sure there are books available to take, or change out ones that have been sitting in the Little Free Libraries for a while. Any books donated to the Benedek Memorial Library would be used for the Library collection, annual book sales, or to be place in the Little Free Libraries. Please when making a donation of items make sure they are clean and in good condition. Please no donations of text books or encyclopedias.

The Little Free Libraries project was funded in part by outreach funds awarded by the Southern Tier Library System’s Coordinated Outreach Services Advisory Council. The Benedek Memorial Library would like to give special thanks to the teachers and students of Boces of Painted Post, Campbell Building Supply for donating the building materials, and all of the children, and young adults of our community for lending a helping hand in decorating the Little Free Libraries. Thank you to the Campbell-Savona Elementary, Campbell Town Hall, and Thurston Town Hall for allowing us to set up the Little Free Libraries. Please when you see one check it out and get or leave a book.

New lights at the Library!

Recently the Mary Helen Joint Meeting House, which houses the Benedek Memorial Library, has become brighter. This lighting project was funded in part by a grant from the Foundation for Southern Tier Libraries and from gracious private donations. We were able to have new flood lights installed on the sides of the building for better safety and security. Now at night patrons can use the McCoy St side court yard to use our free public wi-fi, or just use the picnic table. When patrons are leaving after dark, they can see better walking in the parking lot. We wish to express our gratitude to the Foundation of Southern Tier Libraries and our private donners for helping us bring more light to the long dark winter nights and to make the warmer summer nights more enjoyable.

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