Monday, August 31, 2009

Free Resume Preparation Workshop

Are you looking for a job?
Do you need to write a resume?
Are you baffled by electronic resumes?

Then this is the workshop you have been waiting for!

Representatives from Broome Tioga Workforce New York will lead this workshop, which will give you guidance about how to set up your resume so that it will catch an employer's eye.

Space is limited, so registration is necessary. For more information, or to register, please call 607-778-6451.

October 19, 2009, 2:00pm-4:00pm
Held at the Broome County Public Library's Ahearn Business Center

Friday, August 28, 2009

Library Services for Teachers

Teachers, let us help you this school year!
The Broome County Public Library's Youth Services Department offers teachers the following services:

  • Curriculum/Assignment Reserves - Let us know your subject(s) or topic(s), and we'll hold books for you in the Youth Services Department.
  • Class Storytimes and Tours - We will hold a storytime and/or library tour for your class.
  • Classroom Visits - Unable to come to the library? We will come to you! Schedule a librarian to visit your classroom or group.

For a printable brochure detailing these services, please click here.

For more information, please contact our Youth Services Department at 607-778-6456 or

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

In Memoriam: Ted Kennedy

Last night Senator Edward M. (Ted) Kennedy passed away of complications related to a malignant tumor in his brain. He was 77 years old.

Kennedy had served in the US Senate since 1962. He was known for his strong liberal convictions, but also for his willingness to make partnerships with his conservative colleagues.

"Kennedy was passionate about his beliefs, a tireless worker for his causes, and he loved fighting the good fight."

If you are interested in learning more, the Broome County Public Library has a number of books by and about Senator Kennedy:

Additionally, the materials below are available at other libraries in the Four County Library System.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Vote for the Teens' Top Ten!

YALSA (the Young Adult Library Services Association) announces that the voting for the 2009 Teens' Top Ten is now open!

From the YALSA website:
"Teens' Top Ten is a 'teen choice' list, where teens nominate and choose their favorite books of the previous year! Nominators are members of teen book groups in fifteen school and public libraries around the country. Nominations are posted on Support Teen Literature Day during National Library Week, and teens across the country vote on their favorite titles each year. Readers ages twelve to eighteen can vote online, anytime between Aug. 24 and Sept. 18; the winners will be announced in a webcast featuring WWE Superstars and Divas during Teen Read Week."

The nominated titles are listed below. To vote, click the "Voice Your Choice!" box at the top of this blog post.

Graceling by Kristin Cashore
Untamed by P.C. and Kristin Cast
City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Truancy by Isamu Fukui
Truancy: Origins by Isamu Fukui
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
Paper Towns by John Green
Runemarks by Joanne Harris
Identical by Ellen Hopkins
Eternal by Cynthia Leitich-Smith
The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart
Daughter of the Flames by Zoe Marriott
Wake by Lisa McMann
Breaking Dawn by Stephanie Meyer
Bloodline by Katy Moran
The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
Evermore by Alyson Noel
Geek Charming by Robin Palmer
Melting Stones by Tamora Pierce
Living Dead Girl by Elizabeth Scott
Flygirl by Sherri Smith
Wherever Nina Lies by Lynn Weingarten
Impossible by Nancy Werlin
Absolutely Maybe by Lisa Yee

Monday, August 24, 2009

Fall Programs for Kids

The Broome County Public Library's fall schedule for children's programming begins on September 21, and we sure have an action-packed autumn this year!

Our Lapsit Storytime, for children birth through three years old, will now be held every weekday morning at 10:00am. This popular storytime has stories and songs, along with some playtime for parents and children to have a chance to connect.

The Pre-School Storytime will be held on Mondays and Tuesdays at 3:00pm and on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 11:00am. Siblings are also welcome at these storytimes, which feature stories, crafts and surprises!

Our canine friends will be joining us every other Saturday, 10:00am-12:00pm for the Bark-9 program. Come read to a dog - they won't bite if you make a mistake!

This fall we're introducing a new set of programs for children ages 8 to 12:
- Books & Bunches of Fun! - Wednesdays at 4:00pm - Celebrate authors' birthdays, listen to their wonderful stories, and discover something wonderful!
- Board Game Night - Wednesdays at 6:30pm - Beat the mid-week blahs with a fun night of board games!
- Art Night - Thursdays at 6:30pm - Join us in doing some creative art in the library!
- Saturday Stories - Saturdays at 1:00pm
- Saturday Swaps! - All day on Saturdays - A different swap each Saturday of the month.

And we also have a new program for all ages: TYIF (Thank you, it's Friday!) - Board games at 3:00pm on Friday afternoons.

These programs will occur on a weekly basis from September 21 through November 21, with no programs being held on October 5, October 24, and November 11. If you have any questions, please call Youth Services at 607-778-6456. You can also visit our website for more information and to download a flyer about the fall programs.

We are looking forward to seeing you at the library this fall!

Friday, August 21, 2009

All About the Ahearn Business Resource Center

Whether you are a businessperson, student or job seeker, the J. Donald Ahearn Business Center in room 138 at the Broome County Public Library can help you move forward in your life. There, you will find materials specifically tailored to your needs, such as legal forms for starting and running small businesses, small business websites made easy, “how to…” books for understanding and starting up your own business. In addition, the Ahearn Business Center has resources which will help you with every aspect of your business life from accounting to managing staff. Are you looking for a job? Many people have found jobs using our computers and resources. Are you interested in grants for non-profits or individuals? Come on in! The Ahearn Business Center has both on-line and print sources to do the most up-to-date research to get grants. The Ahearn Business Center also runs workshops all year ‘round! Well, what are you waiting for? Please contact us at 607-778-6451 or at See you in the Business Center!

Thursday, August 20, 2009

New Teen Program!

Here's some information for teens. If you're not a teen, please pass this on to any teens you might know!

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Are you between the ages of 13 and 18?
Would you like to make suggestions
about what books the library should get for teens?
Do you have ideas about teen programs you'd like?

If so, you belong at the Teen Advisory Group!

The Teen Advisory Group will be a group of teens who'll get together regularly to talk with each other and the teen librarian about ideas of programs and materials they'd like to see at the library. Join us at the first meeting, and share what you're thinking!

We're anxious to hear what you have to say!

The first meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 15, at 6:00pm
in the library's Kresge Room (in the Youth Services area).
For more information, or to sign up, please contact Sarah
at 607-778-3564 or

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Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Vote for the Rod Serling Bus!

Have you seen the Rod Serling bus around town yet? Did you know that it's part of a competition sponsored by BUSRide Magazine and Oracal USA to find the "most attractive, compelling buswraps in the business"?

The Southern Tier succeeded in voting Owego as America's Coolest Small Town, so we can surely make sure that the bus picturing Rod Serling is at the top of the heap, too!

Here's how to vote:
- Visit BUSRide Magazine's website.
- Click on the box that says "2009 BUSRide/Oracal US MotorVision Competition." (It's a blue box with a bright green bus.)
- Under the heading "Transit Wrap Category," click the "VOTE NOW" button.
- Vote for the Rod Serling BC Transit bus. (The site will ask you for a little bit of information the first time you vote.)
- Vote as many times as you want!

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Roberto Clemente's 75th Birthday

Today is the birthday of Roberto Clemente, a National League baseball player who was born in Puerto Rico and was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1954. His incredible talent and his passion for humanitarian concerns made him a well-loved figure both in the continental United States and in his birthplace.

Clemente was killed in a plane crash in 1972, while on a trip to deliver aid and supplies to victims of an earthquake in Nicaragua. If he were still alive today, today would be his 75th birthday.

We have a couple of biographies of Roberto Clemente:

Clemente: The Passion and Grace of Baseball's Last Hero by David Maraniss (2006)

Roberto Clemente: The Great One by Bruce Markusen (1998)

Also, if you visit the National Baseball Hall of Fame's website, you'll find some photos and articles about Clemente, along with statistics for his career in Major League Baseball.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

New fee for holding library books

Broome County Public Library patrons who want to put library materials on hold will pay a 25-cent fee for each held item starting September 1, 2009.

The charge is being added to keep the library in the same fee structure as the other Broome County-area libraries and to alleviate some of the costs of the library’s current reserve system.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Rod Serling Stamp

As you may have heard, the US Postal Service has unveiled its new "Early TV Memories" stamp sheet, and Binghamton native son Rod Serling is included!

This is especially appropriate, considering the 50th anniversary of the first Twilight Zone episode is coming up this October. Binghamton has many events planned to celebrate the occasion, so if you're a fan, be sure to keep your eyes open for those!

The library has LOTS of materials related to Rod Serling and The Twilight Zone. To find them, visit our catalog and search for "Rod Serling" or "Twilight Zone."

Monday, August 10, 2009

Invite the Library to Your Event!

Would you like library representation at your event? Broome County Library staff is available to publicize library services to the community.

Here's what you'll need to know:
As scheduling permits, Broome County Public Library will provide staff to community events for the purpose of promoting the library. Staff will bring newsletters, bookmarks, and other handouts promoting library services and programs. We will also offer library card registration forms. Requests for appearances must be submitted at least one week in advance.

For more information, please contact Maria Trinca at or 607.778.6456. If you are able, please provide the following information:
- Your organization's name
- Type of organization (business, school, childcare, nonprofit organization, etc.)
- Contact person's name, email address, and phone number
- Does your venue have wireless internet access?
- Title of the event
- Date of the event, including starting and ending time
- Event location, including street address
- Will the event take place indoor or outdoors?
- Will you provide a table and chairs?
- Will an electrical outlet be available?
- Age or grade level of the event’s primary audience
- Number of adults and children expected to attend

Friday, August 7, 2009

Books Made Into Movies

With today's release of the movie Julie & Julia, I got thinking about other upcoming movies that are based on books, and I did some investigating. I happened upon a website,, that has an excellent section called "Books Into Movies," and I found out that there are several movies coming out this summer and fall that are based on books.

Take a look...

Julie & Julia (release date - August 7 - today!) - based on the 2005 book by Julie Powell

G.I. Joe (release date August 7 - today!) - based on the graphic novel series by Larry Hama

The Time Traveler's Wife (release date August 14) - based on the 2003 book by Audrey Niffenegger

Taking Woodstock (release date August 28) - based on the 2007 book by Elliot Tiber

The Informant (release date September 18) - based on the 2000 book by Kurt Eichenwald

Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs (release date September 18) - based on the 1978 by Judi Barrett

Shutter Island (release date October 2) - based on the 2003 book by Dennis Lehane

Where the Wild Things Are (release date October 16) - based on the 1963 book by Maurice Sendak

Astro Boy (release date October 23) - based on the graphic novel series by Osamu Tezuka

Youth in Revolt (release date October 30) - based on the 1995 book by C. D. Payne