The Last Week of 2022 Oceans of Possibilities Summer Read Plus is Upon Us!

Please don’t let it end!

Starting Monday August 8 the last week of the Summer Read Plus program begins. Some events of note for this last week:

  1. If you have not submitted your coloring sheet for the Coloring Contest, please drop them off Monday August 8 as early as possible. We will be posting the coloring sheets on Monday and voting will begin on Monday afternoon. So you have until Monday early afternoon to submit your entry.
  2. August 11, at 10 am Story Time with Rose. All are welcome to listen to stories, play games, and sing with us! Please let us know if you are going to attend, so we can have enough supplies for any crafts on hand for everyone.
  3. August 12 at 7:00 pm Movie Night: Sonic the Hedgehog 2. Rated PG.
  4. August 13 at 1:00 pm, Make Your Own Sundae Ending Party. Make your own sundae and see who wins the raffles. Raffle drawing will be pulled and awarded (you do not have to be present to win, but you can get your prize that day). If you know you are going to attend please give us a call, so we can have enough ice cream on hand for everyone.

Those are the events for the end of the Summer Read Plus, but there are more events in August:

  1. August 19, at 6:30 pm, Bingo Night at the Library
  2. August 20, 1:00 pm, Drone club for 14 yr. olds and up (adults can join).
  3. August 25, at 10:00 am Story Hour with Candy
  4. August 25, at 4:30 Lego Club, come create something with us.

Please remember the Benedek Memorial Library is always here for you. Keep on reading throughout the year!

Senior Coffee Hour!

There will be a senior coffee hour on Wednesday, August 10 and August 24 at 10:00 am. Join us at the library for an hour of free coffee, tea, and donuts. Enjoy socializing with friends and neighbors at the Benedek Memorial Library. Look for books, movies, play card games or just take some time to talk and enjoy being in the moment.

2022 Oceans of Possibilities: Summer Read Plus Last Two Weeks!

We are now in the fifth week of 2022 Oceans of Possibilities: Summer Read Plus Program. Events of note the last two weeks are:

Coloring Contest: all ages can stop at the library for an age appropriate coloring page to color and enter into the contest. All entries need to be submitted by 7:00 pm Friday August 6. Voting will begin the next Monday.

Aug. 4 at 5:30 pm Soft Robotics. Learn about using air to make machine work (hydraulics).

Aug. 5 at 5:30 pm K-cup Ball Catcher Craft. Stop in and make a fun toy from a recycled material. If you are coming please give us a call to make sure we have enough supplies on hand for all. Thank you.

Last week of Summer Read Plus

Aug. 11 at 10:00 am, Story Hour. Have fun listening to stories, play games, and sing.

Aug. 12 at 7:00 pm, Movie night Sonic the Hedgehog 2, Rated PG.

Aug. 13 at 1:00 pm, End of Summer Read Plus Party! Help us celebrate a great Summer Read Plus Program with make your own sundaes and the pulling of the raffles. If you want to be in the raffles you will need to come to the library and submit your reading logs to get your raffle tickets in by 7:00 pm on Friday. Please come as early as you can to get your raffle tickets in. There will be no more raffle tickets awarded after Friday. Do Not wait until the ending party. All raffle tickets must be in by the end of library hours on Friday. We want to make sure everyone gets a good chance at the raffle(s) they wish to be in. Thank you.  

We hope to see you. Keep reading and remember to stop in before August 12 at 7:00 pm to submit you reading log to get your raffle tickets into the contests you wish to try for.

2022 Ocean of Possibilities Summer Read Plus Winners!

Today at 12:00 pm the July 23rd Drawings for Roseland Water Park, Seabreeze, Sylvan Beach Amusement Park, Sterling Renaissance Festival, and Six Flags Darien Lake passes were pulled. The winners are as follows:

Roseland Water Park                                      Whitney C.

Seabreeze Amusement Park                       Emma A.

Sylvan Beach Amusement Park                  Cortney K.

Sterling Renaissance Festival                       Emma S.

Six Flags Darien Lake                                       Christin Y.

These were the first of many drawings still to come.

The winners of the Sea Creatures Quiz were Virginia Rose B. for the 6-12 years old, and Russel H. for the 13-17 years old.

Congratulations to all of our winners. Thank you to all of our business sponsors, private donners, Tyrtle Beach Youth Fund, and the Jeanette Foster Fund (Village of Savona) for their donations and support of our programs. The next and last set of drawings will be on August 13 at 1:00 pm. during our Summer Read Plus Ending Party, which will be a Make-Your-Own-Sundae party.

Oceans of Possibilities Summer Read Plus program is off to a great start!

It is the second week of the 2022 Oceans of Possibilities Summer Read Plus program. So far we have had over 30 kids and teens sign up, and many more adults and seniors also. People are already earning raffle tickets for the many raffle prizes available. Remember you can earn tickets for coming to our events. This week we had a successful Senior Coffee Hour, this morning Wednesday July 13. Here are some more events this week!

Thursday, July 14

10 am. – Story Hour

5:30 pm. – Make a Light up Sea Monster


5:30 pm. – 3D Ocean Craft


1:00 pm. – Drone Club (ages 14+)


4:00 pm. – Savona Community Events Committee presents: A Free Afternoon of Music with the Sam Pallet Band. (On the Library lawn. Bring your own lawn chair) Refreshments available for purchase.

Summer is here! Time to take a reading voyage with the Oceans of Possibilities Summer Read Plus 2022! Sign up for the Reading Voyage Challenge starting July 2. The challenge will last for six weeks ending August 13. During your voyage you can explore any books, audio books, and magazines in print or digital. You can explore for free at the Benedek Memorial Library.  Reading and joining any or all of the events planned during the challenge can earn you tickets for the many raffles available at the library. The possibilities for enjoyment and learning this summer are endless. The challenge is not endless, so sign up as soon as you can and start reading.

Senior Coffee Hour

August 10 and 24, at 10 am the Benedek Memorial Library will open early for the first Senior Coffee Hour. We welcome all ages to come and enjoy beverages and doughnuts. Meet friends old and new, enjoy cards, look at books, and Candy the director will be there to help with any tech questions you may have. We will have Senior Coffee Hour every two weeks during July and August. See our events calendar for dates. Enjoy a quiet morning with friends and books at the Library.

Looking for a few Young Adults (14+) interested in Drones!

A new Drone Club is starting at the Benedek Memorial Library on July 16, at 1:00 pm. The Benedek Memorial Library is starting a drone club for ages 14+. Want to try your hand at flying a drone, learn more about the laws governing drones, and maybe design a course to see who can get a drone through successfully. We have two drones for young adults to share flying time and to learn on. The first meeting will be a get to know each other and the drones. Due to limited seating registration is required. You can register by email, phone (607)583-4426, or just stop in at the Library. This project is supported by outreach funds awarded by the Southern Tier Library System’s Coordinated Outreach Services Advisory Council.

Special Note: 5/21/22 – Rapid Covid Tests and KN-95 Masks are available!

The Benedek Memorial Library has Covid-19 Antigen Rapid Test kits from the Steuben County Health Department. Remember test kits do have expiration dates. Please check your current tests. We still have KN-95 masks available. Pick up some extra masks to keep on hand. The supply is limited. Each household can get up to 3 tests and 10 masks. At this time we do not know if more shipments will be coming. The items are available only during library operating hours. Thank you.

If you are looking to get at home Covid Test kits you can order at: to get 4 test kits per household from the federal government.

We are Fine Free!

The Benedek Memorial Library has gone fine free! Do you hate when you thought you brought an item back to the library, and you find it is still in your home? You know it is late, but you are afraid of the late fines that may have incurred. Relax; all of us have made mistakes. Bring the item back and do not worry about late fines. We no longer have late fines. If you feel that you should make amends for keeping the items too long, you can make a donation (small or large) to the library. Any donations made helps us to be able to add programming and new items to our collection. Enjoy our collection; take items out without worry of late fines. Just do not keep the items too long. After an item goes four weeks beyond the due date, your account will be billed for the item. If you get billed, your account will be blocked from use by all the libraries in the Southern Tier Library System. To get unblocked bring the items back to the library or you can arrange to take care of the funds due. If you pay the bills, the library will be able to replace the items. Don’t stress out, come to the Benedek Memorial Library and enjoy the collections.

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.

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