Senior Tech Day, Wednesday, April 3, 2019
All Senior Citizens and near Senior Citizens if you want to learn more about what you can do with your new electronic devices, or you want to learn new computer skills, come to Senior Tech Day at the Benedek Memorial Library. Jeannette Cabibi from Steuben Senior Services Fund will be at the library from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. She will be doing a class during the first hour for all to lean about computers and electronic devices, then she will be available to answer questions until 3:00 pm. If you have questions about new technology or want to make your electronic devices more useful than a paper weight, come to the library and show that you are never too old to learn new things.
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: http://savonafreelibrary.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Annual-report-final.pdf
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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