Goodbye Summer Learning Program “A Universe of Stories”

The Summer Learning Program “A Universe of Stories” has ended at the library, but the need to continue reading for not only work or education, but for pleasure goes on. In our heavy information based world we are bombarded by information. After a while reading feels like a chore. All of us, young, old, women, men, and even babies need time to read just for the pleasure of reading a story or about some subject we are pursuing for the pleasure of doing. The summer may be over, but the library is still open to help you find the next great story, or a book on the subject you want to learn more about. If the book what you want is not physically at the library we can order it from any of the other 48 libraries in the Southern Tier Library System. The book or item will be delivered to us at the Benedek Memorial Library and we will notify you to pick it up. We hope to hear or better yet see you at the library.

We would like to thank all the area businesses, organizations, and individuals who have helped and supported us during the Summer Learning Program. Please check out our event calendar for upcoming events, such as the movie night September 6 at 7:00 pm showing MIB International, or the Family Bingo night September 13 at 6:30. There are still many great things going on at your local library, the Benedek Memorial Library.

Summer Learning Program “A Universe of Stories” Winners

The Summer Learning Program “A Universe of Stories” has ended on Saturday with our Make-Your-Own-Sundae party. Many came and had fun with ice cream and trivia. Our own Mayor Brian Scott pulled all the winners for the raffles. We have been working to get a hold of all of our winners, but still have not heard from a couple. Here is a list of the winners who gave us permission to post their names.

Drawing of July 20th:

Renaissance Festival passes from Sterling Renaissance Festival won by Anonymous

Sylvan Beach Amusement Park ride wrist bands won by N. Puffer

Genesee Country Village and Museum passes from GCV&M won by H. Stephens

Museum of the Earth passes won by Anonymous, L. Cordes and Anonymous

Cayuga Nature Center passes won by L. Stephens and C. Cordes

Seabreeze Amusement Park passes from Seabreeze Amusement Park won by Anonymous

Drawings of August 10th:

Picnic Tote and Blanket donated from Community Bank won by Z. Puffer

Sciencenter 1 yr. Explorer Membership donated from the Sciencenter won by J. Ingles

Tops Gift Card donated by Tops won by Anonymous

A large pizza donated by Pizza Hut in Bath won by E. Stevens

A medium pizza donated by Pizza Hut in Bath won by Anonymous

Butterfly house donated by Tractor Supply won by Anonymous

Bat Box donated by Tractor Supply won by K. Austin

Mini Tool Set donated by Bath Building Supply won by Z. Puffer

Dunkin Basket donated by Dunkin in Bath won by H. Stephens

Torque Wrench donated by Bath Billiards Club in Savona won by Anonymous

2 Medium Pizzas donated by Rico’s Pizza in Bath won by K. Negley

Theater Passes donated by Spotlight Cinemas won by N. Puffer

3 Dozen Donuts donated by Betty Kay Bakery in Bath one dozen each won by M. Puffer, L. Stephens, and Anonymous

Now for the top prizes:

Samsung Galaxy Kids Tablet donated from Mom’s Savona Diner won by E. Ingles

Samsung Galaxy Tablet donated from Mom’s Savona Diner won by D. Basket

Congratulations to all of our winners of the raffles and all who participated in our Reading Challenge. Reading is a skill and to keep a skill you need to practice that skill every day, even if you are on vacation from school or work. All who read for pleasure are winners. Thank you to all area businesses and private donners who help to make our community great! A special thank you to Tyrtle Beach and the Janet Foster Fund from the Village of Savona for helping to fund our Summer Learning Program “A Universe of Stories” and a special thank you to Mom’s Savona Diner.

Last Week of the Summer Learning Program “A Universe of Stories!”

Week five of the Summer Learning Program “A Universe of Stories” is ending. There was great fun had by all ages. We ended with a tie-dye party. Many shirts have been dyed. All ages attended bringing their own shirts. Thank you to all who volunteered to help out.

Monday will start the last week of the program. Please come and log in your minutes this week, if you want to get in on the raffles. On Saturday, at 1:00 pm we will have our Make Your Own Sundae ending party. We will be pulling all of the raffles during the party. Our very own Mayor Brian Scott will be pulling the raffle tickets. All reading logs must be verified before 12 pm on Saturday to get in on the raffles. The best is to get your reading log verified during the week, or by close on Friday.

During the week we have a Story Hour on Thursday at 10 am, and a movie matinee on Friday at 3 pm. We will be showing The Last Starfighter, rated PG. Friday night at 6 pm we will be making Reto Lava Jars. Please call and register for the Lava Jar event. So come to your library for fun and to see all you can do.

Teen Murder Mystery Canceled!

Unfortunately, the Teen Murder Mystery has to be canceled due to lack of participants. If people are still interested in doing a teen murder mystery please email us at and let us know if there is a better time to reschedule. Thank you for your support of the Benedek Memorial Library.

Teen Murder Mystery on Saturday at 5:30 pm, needs three more participants!

The Teen Murder Mystery “The League of Good Guys Murder” needs at least three more participants, or we will have to cancel the event. The Mystery dinner will start at 5:30 pm on Saturday August 3 with a pizza dinner and a who done it mystery. You will get to be an independent super hero with your superhero friends, only one of you or your friends has decided to become the villain. Who is the villain? If you want to participate, or know of a teen who would like to participate (ages 12 and up), please give the library a call (607)583-4426 by the close (7:00 pm) of today, Thursday, August 1, 2019 to register. We need at least three more participants to keep the event going. If we don’t have at least six people registered by close tonight we will have to cancel the event. Please call us if you want to have a great night of entertainment and free pizza!

The Summer Learning Program “A Universe of Stories” is over half way done! Still more events to come!

It is the end of our Fourth week of the Summer Learning Program “A Universe of Stories.” Unfortunately we had to cancel the Adult Murder Mystery due to lack of participants. Don’t lose hope for the murder mystery, we are looking at rescheduling the event this fall. Many other events during last week were very successful, drop-in crafts, Minecraft and movies. Thank you for all who came to participate.

Now on to next week! On Saturday August 3, there will be two big events. The first is at 10:00 am with a tie-dye party. Bring your own shirt or other fabric item you would like to tie-dye. We will supply the rubber bands, dyes, and gloves. The other event is a Teen and Tween Murder Mystery dinner. We need at least six participants. If you are a teen or tween, or know of one, who would like to participate, give the library a call at (607)583-4426 to register for the event. If you register before Thursday August 1, we will give you a call to pick out a character, and email the details to you. If you would like to participate call us to register today!

Don’t forget to stop in the library and log in your reading times to get your raffle tickets for the raffles. All raffle tickets need to be submitted by the close of Friday, August 9, 2019 If you come to any of our events you can get a raffle ticket for participating. Have a great week. We hope to see you at the Benedek Memorial Library!


Death by Chocolate Murder Mystery Dinner has been canceled. If you were interested in the murder mystery dinner, but the timing was wrong please email the library at with your interest and if there is a better time to have the mystery dinner. We might be able to reschedule the dinner for the fall. We just need to know what would be a better time. Thank you.

Register Today! For the Death by Chocolate Murder Mystery Game!

On Saturday, July 27, at 5:30 pm the Benedek Memorial Library will be hosting an Adult Murder Mystery titled: Death by Chocolate Murder. There will be a dinner served along with playing the Mystery game. How do you play? If you register by Thursday July 25, you will be sent an email with a character to play. Read through the background and you get to role play the character at the dinner along with other players. It is easy to do, even if you have never acted or role played before. You can even come in costume for your character. But you must register by calling the Benedek Memorial Library at (607)583-4426 before 3:00 pm. We need at least six people to register to be able to play. If we don’t get enough registrations we will have to cancel the event. So call today and reserve your spot, for a fun and entertaining dinner. (Inexpensive date night!)

It is going to be a hot weekend! Come and get cool at the Benedek Memorial Library!

Friday, July 19th:

3:00 pm Movie Matinee: Bark Ranger (PG)

6:00 pm Senior Tech Night (Open to all ages)

Saturday, July 20th:

10 am – 12 pm Drop-in Craft – Straw Rockets

5 pm – Mel Brooks Double Feature – two classic movies (call the Library for titles) we will supply popcorn, soda, and have pizza available – we encourage participants to bring snacks to share.

As usual the library has free wi-fi access, along with air conditioning (during open hours) to keep you cool.

Special Upcoming events:

July 27th:

530 pm – Adult Murder Mystery – Death by Chocolate Murder Mystery – A free Dinner will be served – Please call the library to register, limited seating.

August 3rd:

10 am – Tie-Dye event – bring your own white shirt to dye.

5:30 pm – Tween and Teen Murder Mystery – The League of Good Guys Murder Mystery– free pizza dinner – Please call the library to register, Limited seating.

Raffle Alert!

On July 20th during the Reto Movie Night showing the double feature of classic Mel Brooks Movies (call the Benedek Memorial Library for titles) we will be pulling the winners of the following raffles:

Sterling, NY Renaissance Festival

Museum of the Earth

Sylvan Beach Amusement Park

Genesee Country Village and Museum

Cayuga Nature Center

Seabreeze Amusement Park

The raffles will be pulled at 7 pm between the two movies. If you want to be in on these raffles you will need to get your tickets in before the start of the Reto Movie Night.  Remember to get your raffle tickets for your reading logs and for attending events at the Benedek Memorial Library.

We are in our third week of the SLP “A Universe of Stories!”

Last Saturday tweens and teens came together to solve “Raiders of the Lost Locker” Escape room. After a fun and sometimes frustrating hour and a half the group was able to solve the puzzles and open the eight different locks to find out who owned the locker. Who owned it? You will have to ask one of the participants. Congratulations to the participants for solving all of the puzzles. There was more fun last week with making marshmallow and pretzel constellations, a movie matinee, and making space floam. There is still more fun to come during the Summer Learning Program “A Universe of Stories.”

We have two days of drop in crafts. Thursday July 18, 11 am to 1 pm, and Saturday July 20, 10 am to 12 pm., we will be making straw rockets. The Friday Matinee on July 19 at 3 pm will be Bark Ranger (PG), and that night starting at 6 pm will be the Senior Tech night. Even if you are not yet a young senior you can still come and ask your questions. The big event of the week will be on Saturday, July 20, starting at 5 pm with the start of a Mel Brooks Classic Movie double feature. The first movie at 5 pm will be rated PG and all are welcome. The second movie will start around 7:15 pm and it is rated R, anyone under 17 will need to have an adult with them. For titles of the films call the Library at (607)583-4426. We will pop popcorn, have soda and a pizza or two on hand for the movies. We encourage participants to bring a snack to share. Hope to see you there!

Don’t forget to stop at the library to log in your reading hours. The first set of raffles will be pulled at the Movie Double Feature. All raffle tickets need to be deposited before the second film starts! Remember you can earn extra raffle tickets by participating in any of our events.

The Summer Learning Program has started!

This week is the first full week of the Summer Learning Program “A Universe of Stories!” We hope everyone has signed up and has started tracking their minutes. Remember the challenge is to read for 20 hours or 1200 minutes over the six weeks of the program. Stop in often to update your time reading and get your rewards. There are a couple of raffles that will be pulled on July 20, 2019, if you want to be in the raffle you need to turn your time reading to get tickets to put into those raffles before July 20th. All other raffles will be done at the ending party on August 10th, all reading time must be turned in by August 9th to get into those raffles.

This week we have a few events scheduled. First, just a reminder that the library will be closed Thursday, July 4, 2019 all day. We will reopen on July 5 for our normal hours. Any returns may be placed in the book drop and will be back dated to July 3rd. On Friday, July 5 at 3 pm we will have our first movie matinee. The movie will be Muppets From Space . The move is for all ages. Come and enjoy a free movie with your kids or by yourself. We will pop popcorn and have water on hand. You are encouraged to bring a snack to share if you like. On Saturday, July 6 from 10 am to 12 pm we will have a drop-in craft available to enjoy. Anyone can stop in and make a candy constellation game.  Anyone participating in the events can earn an extra raffle ticket. Hope to see you there!

The Summer Learning Program “A Universe of Stories” Is Here!

The 2019 Summer Learning Program(SLP) “A Universe of Stories” blasted off on Friday, June 28, 2019 at 5:30 pm, with a free hot dog dinner and time to sign up for the program. At 6:30 pm the animals from Tanglewood Nature Center came for a special story hour and meeting. All were able to learn and see the different animals. This event was free for all ages to enjoy.

Hank the star. Zeus the dragon.

The Twins, Hissing Cockroaches


Tanglewood Nature Center

Summer Learning Program (SLP) “A Universe of Stories”

The SLP is open to all ages for the next six weeks. There will be a reading challenge and events planned for all ages. The reading challenge is to read for a total of 20 hours or 1200 minutes. You can earn up to 5 book and raffle tickets for many raffle prizes. The top prizes this year are two tablets. One tablet is for children with some free learning programs already on the tablet (good for ages 3-8) and another tablet for participants of all ages. The books and raffle tickets are earned at certain intervals of reading times. You can earn up to 5 books and 8 raffle tickets. There are other ways to earn more raffle tickets!

You can earn raffle tickets for every event you come to the library for. We will have different events going on at the library from June 28 to August 10. Every Friday afternoon there will be a movie matinees for the family, starting at 3 pm, along with drop in crafts, and special events for children, tweens, teens and adults. Check out our calendar of events: You can earn your first raffle ticket by coming to the Kick Off Party on June 28 at 5:00 pm. You will also earn your first book for signing up for the reading challenge. Can’t make it to the Kick Off Party? You can sign up for the reading challenge, on the internet, by going to: and setting up an account now. You can start logging in your reading times starting June 28. You will still be able to earn your first book by signing up (you will need to come to the library to claim your book). Continue to read and earn raffle tickets and more books depending on the amount of time you read during the challenge weeks. Come in to the library for our events and turn in your log with the times you have read to get the raffle tickets or books you have earned. Some raffles will be done befor the end of the program so make sure you bring your log to be able to enter for any of the raffles you want before they are drawn. For a listing of all raffle prizes check out our raffle prize page:

The Summer Learning Program “A Universe of Stories” is possible from the generous funding from Tyrtle Beach Youth Fund, the Jeanette Foster Fund from the Village of Savona, and many other private funders. For a full list of funders please go to:

Marvin the Martian has been spotted!

Marvin the Martian from Loony Tunes has been spotted around the Library. He has been plotting destroying the Earth. The Earth ruins the view he likes. Help us find Marvin in the Library and win a prize. One prize per child who finds him, per day. Mavin will be hiding in the library from June 29 – August 9.

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