Benedek Memorial Library Closed, Thursday, January 31, 2019

Benedek Memorial Library will be closed Thursday, January 31, 2019 due to bad weather. Please keep safe and warm during this time of severe cold weather. We will resume regular hours on Friday, February 1, 2019. Thank you.

Congratulations To All and To the Winners!

The Winners of the Christmas Magic Light Decorating contest are as follows:

Third Place: It’s All Fun and Games Until You Get the Electric Bill

Second Place: Santa’s Wonderland

First Place: Set to Music! We Wish You A Merry Christmas

Congratulations to all who entered. Your displays were great and many in our community have been looking to see your displays. Thank you for sharing your creativity with everyone!

Christmas Magic Light Decorating Contest

Set to music!  We Wish You A Merry Christmas
Santa"s Wonderland


Saves Christmas!

Our Piece of Wonderland
Our Winter Wonderland
Entry 006
Farmhouse Christmas
It's All Fun and Games Until You Get The Electric Bill
  1. To vote go to: Click Here!

The Christmas Magic Light Decorating Contest is open. All entries from properties in the Campbell-Savona School District are welcome. You do not have to own the property; if you are a renter you can enter. All entries will be accepted until Midnight December 6, 2018. Voting on the Internet will begin December 1, 2018. There will be voting available at the Christmas Magic Event in the Campbell-Savona Elementary School on December 8, 2018 from 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm. Winners  will be announced at the end of Christmas Magic.

To enter send a photo as a .jpg file to along with name, address, email, phone number and a title for the entry to be known by. Once the entry has been accepted you will get a confirming email back. The photo will be put on the Library’s Facebook page for voters to view, along with a link to be able to vote on the best light display. The earlier you send the entry the earlier the voters will be able to cast votes.

Prizes for the Christmas Magic Light Decorating Contest will be Home Depot gift cards. The prizes will be:

1st Place: $100.00 Gift Certificate to Home Depot

2nd Place: $75.00 Gift Certificate to Home Depot

3rd Place: $50.00 Gift Certificate to Home Depot

Christmas Magic Light Decorating Contest Rules

  1. Entries can be emailed to with name, address, email, phone number and a photo of the display attached as a .jpg file, with a title for the entry to be identified by.
  2. When the entry is put up on the Internet it will be identified by the title given, or a number if there is not title specified.
  3. If you don’t have an email address or access to the Internet you can bring a flash drive or memory stick with the .jpg file to the Benedek Memorial Library, corner of Main St. and McCoy St, Savona. We can have the photo uploaded and you can give your information for the entry.
  4. Must be a resident of the Campbell-Savona Central School District. Residential properties only, cannot accept business displays. Outside of apartments is accepted.
  5. Only one entry per residential address (except for apartments, must have apartment number designated).
  6. Once the entry is received you are giving us permission to put the photo on the Internet for the community to vote on. No names or property addresses will be used during the contest. All Entries may be used for publicity in future years.
  7. All entries will be voted on the Internet, and at the Christmas Magic Event in person. To vote go to: Click Here!
  8. Please one vote per person.

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

May the best light display win!


Christmas Magic in Savona is Almost Here!

Austin is getting ready for Christmas Magic, by helping with the decorating! Christmas Magic will be held on December 8, 2018 at the Campbell-Savona Elementary School gym from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM, with a parade at 6:30 to the Benedek Memorial Library for the village tree lighting ceremony. Christmas Magic is an annual event for all in the Campbell-Savona School District and surrounding communities.

Christmas Magic will have crafts, horse drawn carriage rides, Christmas music, hot dogs, hot cocoa, cookies, popcorn, face painting, 25 cents raffles, coloring contest, and the village tree lighting ceremony. A Holiday Light Decorating Contest for Campbell-Savona Residents, just emails a jpg file of your decorations to with name, address, email, and phone number. There is one other thing…oh yes, Santa will be there also! Children can have their picture taken with Santa! Come and share in the magic of the season at the Christmas Magic in Savona!


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.

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