The Holidays are coming and so are the Holiday Decorating Contests!

The Holidays are coming! Time to get out the decorations and start spreading the holiday spirit. The Benedek Memorial Library will be hosting the annual Home Decorating Contest for the Community Committee. The contest is open to all residents in the Campbell-Savona Central School District. There will be three prizes, 1st prize $75 Home Depot gift card, 2nd prize $50.00 Home Depot gift card, and 3rd prize $25 Home Depot gift card. To enter please send a .jpeg. or two, of the outside of the decorated house to savona@stls.org with your name, residence address, and phone number, with the subject line Christmas Magic Outdoor Home Decorating Contest. Entries will be accepted from November 23, 2020 to December 12, 2020 and will be placed on display on our website, Facebook page, and at the library. On-line voting starts December 13 to December 19, 2020. There will be in-person voting at the library during the time above. Winners will be announced on December 21, 2020. Since 2020 has been a year of changes there is going to be a change to our decorating contest, instead of one contest there will be two contests.

Since we cannot have the usual Christmas Magic festivities this year, we wanted to get the younger people in our community in the holiday spirit, by having a second Holiday Decorating Contest the Young People’s Handcrafted Holiday Room Decorating Contest. The second contest is for young people in the community to pick a room in their home to decorate for the holidays by making the decorations. There will be four categories young people can enter in. If the young person wants to enter as an individual they would enter in one of three age categories, 4-7 yrs., 8-12 yrs., and 13-17 yrs. old. If a family has more then one young person in the family the siblings can team up in our sibling team category. Each category will be awarded a first place and second place winner. Send a .jpeg or a couple, to savona@stls.org during the same time periods previously stated. Put “Young People’s Handcrafted Holiday Room Decorating Contest. With the name(s) of the young people entering, the category they are entering in and the name of the parent or guardian giving permission for the use of the .jpeg file. The picture will be displayed on our website, Facebook page, and at the library with a number for the entry. An email reply with the entry number will be sent back to the entrants. With the two contests all in the family can enter! See below for full rules to the contests. Get out the decorations and crafting supplies and let everyone see how creative the community can be. (Austin can’t wait to see the holiday decorations!)

Christmas Magic Outdoor Home Decorating Contest Rules 2020

  1. Must be a resident of the Campbell-Savona Central School District. Residential properties only, cannot accept business displays. Outside of apartments is accepted.
  2. Must supply a jpeg of the outside home decorations along with Name, address, phone number and email address, in an email to: savona@stls.org.
  3. All entries will be made public as they are received.
  4. Winning entries will be displayed on the Benedek Memorial Library website, https://benedekmemoriallibrary.org.
  5. All Entries may be used for publicity in future years.
  6. Assigned numbers will display all entries on the Benedek Memorial Library website. Entrants will be notified of their number by email.
  7. All entries will be accepted from November 23, 2020 through December 12, 2020.
  8. Voting will start December 13-19, 2020 by email.
  9. Please one vote per person. Thank you.
  10. Prizes: First place: $75.00 Home Depot gift card, Second place $50.00 Home Depot gift card, and Third place: $25.00 Home Depot gift card.
  11. Winners will be announced December 21, 2020 on the Benedek Memorial Library website.

Here is an article on how to take photos of light displays:

https://www.nyip.edu/photo-articles/photography-tutorials/how-to-take-great-photos-of-holiday-lights

Young People’s Handcrafted Holiday Room Decorating Contest

  1. Need to decorate one room in the house with handcrafted decorations.
  2. Send a picture as a .jpeg file to savona@stls.org (parent can take a picture on a smart phone and send it, or bring a thumb drive with the file on it) to savona@stls.org or bring to the library. The picture will be placed on our Facebook page, website and printed to be displayed at the library for people to view.
  3. Parents, please send a picture (or a couple pictures) of the decorated room without your child in it. These pictures will be displayed for the public. If you wish you can send a second picture with the child in the shot, and if your child wins one of the first or second prizes we will place the second picture with your child in it as a winner. (Note: you do not have to send a picture with your child in it, to enter or win.)
  4. Four categories: young child 4-7 yrs, tween 8-12 yrs, teen 13-17 yrs, or sibling teams.
  5. Each child must enter in as either independent or as part of a sibling team. Young people can only enter one category.
  6. All entries will be made public as they are received.
  7. Winning entries will be displayed on the Benedek Memorial Library website, https://benedekmemoriallibrary.org.
  8. All Entries may be used for publicity in future years.
  9. Assigned numbers will display all entries on the Benedek Memorial Library website. Entrants will be notified of their number by email.
  10. All entries will be accepted from November 23, 2020 through December 12, 2020.
  11. Voting will start December 13-19, 2020 by email or Google Forms, please check with our website or Facebook page closer to voting, for updated information.
  12. Please one vote per person. Thank you.
  13. Winners will be announced December 21, 2020 on the Benedek Memorial Library website and Facebook page.
  14. Prizes: each child will get a prize for entering, and a first and second prize for each category will be awarded. Prizes will be available for pick up after the winners are announced.

THANK YOU!!!!

On the behalf of Austin, the Board of Trustees, and staff of the Benedek Memorial Library I would like to thank everyone, who donated, helped get the word out and have supported us to make the FLX Gives a very successful fundraiser. With everyone’s help, we were able to raise a total of $2020.00. Many other non-profits did very well with the one day of giving. FLX Gives shows that when we work together we are stronger and better equipped to take on the challenges of our times. Thank you!

 

New Crafting with the Benedek Memorial Library!

Here is a craft for everyone. This craft uses autumn leaves, take some time to go out with the family to pick fresh leaves.

 

 

 

Benedek Memorial Library will be opening June 29, 2020!

A word from our Director:

Please click here: https://youtu.be/taUZ6XCy-UY

At the time of writing this post the Benedek Memorial Library will be opening with curbside service, pick up only on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from the hours of 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm, and on Saturdays 9:00 am to 1:00 pm.

  1. Patrons can place holds online through StarCat  here  on items from the Benedek Memorial Library only. Or…

  2. Patrons can call (607)583-4426 during open hours to place holds (for placing holds only: M,W,Thur. 11 am – 1 pm and for placing or pick up times: 2 pm-7pm, F. 2 pm- 7pm, Sat 9 am – 1 pm). If a patron calls during closed hours, we encourage the patron to leave a message with a daytime phone number to call them back, verify account and what items they wish to hold.
    1. Patrons will only be able to get the items owned by Benedek Memorial Library. There will be no deliveries for items from other libraries when we reopen. Deliveries will resume in the future. When calling to put items on hold we will need phone number to reach the patron when the hold is filled.
    2. There will be a limit on the number of items taken out. Patrons will be able to take out up to a total of 10 items. Of the 10 items up to 5 maybe DVDS/CDS or audio books.
  3. We will call the patron back once the items are ready for pick up and will give further instructions.
  4. All items to be returned will need to be placed in outside drop box. When items are returned the covers will be sanitized and placed in quarantine for 72 hours. After the quarantine period is over the items will be checked in for the date they were returned (items will appear on patron’s accounts for three days after return and when checked in no fines will be put on account for those three days).
  5. Currently the public computers are not available.

These policies are subject to change. Please keep an eye on our website for changes.

Please stay safe during this time of crisis. For more information on the COVID-19 or Novel Coronavirus please check out these websites:

https://www.steubencony.org/pages.asp?PID=13959 – Steuben County Department of Health

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/casesupdates/summary.html?CDC_AA_refVal=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cdc.gov%2Fcoronavirus%2F2019- ncov%2Fsummary.html – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

https://www.health.ny.gov/diseases/communicable/coronavirus/ – NYS Dept. of Health.

Attention Freegal Users:

It’s time to say goodbye. In order to better serve our patrons, we are shifting our focus to high demand services such as ebook and audiobook lending. Funds previously allocated to this service have been redirected to help bring you even more titles in OverDrive. As a result, our subscription to Freegal Music will end on Tuesday, June 30th. Downloaded videos and songs will remain on your devices.
 
Need help getting started with OverDrive? Please contact your local library or send us a message. We are here to help!

 

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.

 

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

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.

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