Welcome to the Chemung County Library District

May 2015 Newsletter


May 8th - All CCLD libraries will be closed for staff training day.

May 23rd & 25th - All CCLD libraries will be closed for Memorial Day.

CCLD Chess Challenge

ChessCCLD’s 4th Annual Chess Challenge is only days away!  Although no registration is required, players should be ready to challenge an opponent early on Saturday, May 16th.  Games will begin at 8:30am and continue throughout the day. The last game will begin at 3:30. Prizes will be awarded at 4:30.  The tournament is free and open to all ages and abilities with prizes being awarded at all levels.  It is sponsored by CCLD and Chemung Canal Trust Company.

CCLD Maker Expo

Maker ExpoThe CCLD Maker Expo will be held this year on May 30, 2015. The event will run from 11:00AM – 3:00PM, rain or shine and will be held downtown at the Steele Memorial Library. The Expo is a free event where local artists, professors, craftspeople, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, tech clubs, engineers, and local businesses come to show what they make.

This is CCLD's second expo, last year approximately a thousand people showed up to see over 30 exhibitions, presentations and demonstrations. Nothing is bought or sold at the Maker Expo. Folks are invited to share what they have learned while practicing the disciplines they are passionate about.

Come see what others are making and be inspired!

Follow our CCLD Maker Expo event page on Facebook for updates and be sure to share it with your friends.

What will you make?

This event is sponsored by the Friends of CCLD.

Technology Training at CCLD Libraries

Tech Training Lab

All classes are free and registration is required. To register for Steele classes call 733-9175; for Horseheads classes call 739-4581; for Van Etten classes call 589-4755 ext 3.

Tablet Talk

Learn how to use your tablet in a casual setting, talk to other tablet users, share woes, get advice, ask questions, and more. Bring your tablet or smartphone and your questions!

Van Etten - May 11th, 2:00-5:00pm
(Apple devices 2:00-3:30pm, Android 3:30-5:00pm)
Steele - May 12th, 1:00pm-3:00pm
Horseheads - May 12th, 2:00pm-4:00pm

Beginning Computer

Steele - May 13th, 1:00pm-3:00pm

iPadIntroduction to iPad & iPhone

Learn how to use your iPad or iPhone! Bring your fully charged iPad or iPhone and make sure you know your Apple ID and password.

Steele - May 19th, 1:00pm-3:00pm

Beginning Internet

Steele - May 20th, 1:00pm-3:00pm

Tech Tutoring

Steele - Some Mondays in May, 1:00pm, by appointment, limited to 2 students per session. Get basic computer help from one of our volunteers.

Horseheads - Tuesdays in May, 7:00-7:45pm - designed to be informal question and answer sessions limited to 2 students per session.

Steele Memorial

Adult Events (teens welcome)

Robot Monster"So bad, it's good!" Movie Night

Join us on Tuesday, May 5th, 6:30pm at the Steele Memorial Library for another installment of "So bad, it's good!" Movie Night! This month we are showing Robot Monster. As always, heckling is encouraged! Free snacks!

Sharing Recovery Stories Dinner

On Monday, May 11th, 4:30-6:30pm, members of the community will gather at the Steele Memorial Library to share dinner and stories of personal recovery. This Mental Health Month event will celebrate what is possible in the midst of adversity. Dinner is free and open to anyone; however, registration is a MUST for meal planning. The dinner is a collaborative effort between CCLD, the Elmira Psychiatric Center, and the Social Connection. Call 733-9173 to register.

Understanding Alzheimer's Disease

Alzheimer's Association

Join us on May 13th, 6-8pm, at Steele and explore what distinguishes Alzheimer's disease from normal aging, how Alzheimer's is diagnosed and what community resources are available.

The Lost Bird Project

The Lost Bird ProjectJoin us at Steele on May 15th (Endangered Species Day) for a showing of The Lost Bird Project, a documentary that includes the Labrador Duck, last seen in Elmira, NY in 1878.  Refreshments will be served at 3:00pm and the film will begin at 3:30pm.

Expressive Drawing Workshop

In this hands-on workshop by artist Wynn Yarrow, participants will discover an intuitive process of drawing, leading to self-discovery and confidence. The focus will be on the creative process. Materials are provided. This workshop for adults is free and open to the public; it will take place on May 18th from 6:30-8pm. Teens are welcome. Registration is required: (607)733-9173.

Smoothies & the Movie Everyone is Talking About

Forks Over KnivesOn Wednesday, May 20th, come help make smoothies and then enjoy drinking them!  Afterwards there will be a showing of Forks Over Knives.  Join the conversation that's changing the way America eats. Registration is required:  733-9173.  Smoothie making will start at 6pm, the movie will start at 7pm (all are welcome to attend the movie, but registration is limited for smoothie making).

Teen Events

Teen Philosopher's Guild

The group meets the first Wednesday of each month at 6:30pm. May's topic: War. Is it inevitable, or ever justified?  Discuss and snack.

American Red Cross Babysitting Certification

The training will take place Saturday, May 2nd, 9am-4pm, for ages 11-15 (bring your own lunch). There is a $70 fee, payable on day of class. Make checks out to “American Red Cross”. Registration is required: 733-9173.

Teen National Clean Your Room Day Contest

Messy RoomMay 10th is National Clean Your Room Day. By May 7th, bring in Before/After pictures of your messy room, locker, etc, to Steele Teen Librarian Doris Jean (or email metzgerd@stls.org, post with #steeleteen to tumblr and tag ccldteens, or to Instagram and tag chemung_county_libraries) for our display. Send us your name and contact info to get gag gifts. We will post the pictures anonymously and vote on the most improved, messiest, neatest, etc.

For more teen events (Sherlock movie night, teen makers) see our online events calendar.

Youth Events

Children’s Book Week

May 4-9, we are celebrating Mamas and Llamas with 2 fun events, both events are free and registration is not required.

Monday, May 4th at 3:30, kids can come and plant a flower to give to Mom and make a flower craft.

Tuesday, May 5th at 3:30, our favorite llama in red pajamas visits, Llama Llama from the books by Anna Dewdney will be here with stories, a craft and lots of fun...bring your camera!

Special Saturday Storytime

Join us for sign language, music and Big Hero 6fingerplays on Saturday, May 9th at 11:30 for ages 1-5.

School’s Out Movie Day

On May 22nd at 2:00 we will be showing Big Hero 6, with snacks!

Changes in Regular Programs

Regular storytimes end the week of May 11th, and May is the last month of Art club, Middle Makers Club and Lego Club while we gear up for our Superhero Summer Reading Club!

Big Flats

LlamaChildren's Book Week

The Big Flats Library is celebrating Children's Book Week with a visit from the Llama from Llama, Llama Red Pajama on May 5th from 6-7 p.m.  He will be here with songs, games, and lots of fun.  We hope to see you here too.

Planter Craft

We will be painting planters that are in the shape of teapots and teacups on May 12th at 6 p.m.  Now that planting season has started, get a cute planter for your house, and take a pack of seeds while you are at it.  Registration is required, class size is limited.  Call 562-3300 or stop in and register with a staff member.

Pumpkin Planting With Kids

Jabe Warren is back with pumpkin planting with kids on May 26th from 6-7pm.  Register your child for the class with Master Gardener Jabe Warren as he plants pumpkins and explains how to care for the plants.  Space is limited, call for your spot today.


Memorial Day Parades

On May 25th, the Bookmobile will be in the Elmira and Horseheads Memorial Day parades.  We hope you come out to see us.

Bookmobile Book Club

Home FrontStarting in May, Bookmobile is going to host an adult book club. Each month we will choose a book and the first Friday of the following month we will meet at the Bulkhead stop at 1:30pm to have a discussion about it.  Don’t worry if you cannot make it, just tell Ms. Kim your thoughts and she will share them with the group for you. Each month someone new will choose a book. For the month of May, the Book will be Home Front by Kristin Hannah. Let Ms. Kim know if you need a copy so you can join in!


Adult Events

Container Gardening

Join us for an informative session on container gardening, presented by Master Gardener Jabe Warren, Tuesday, May 12th, 6:30-7:30PM.  Registration is required – space is strictly limited.  *NOTE* - at this time, the container gardening program is full – however, we are taking names for the waiting list, so people are encouraged to still register.

Dream Study Workshop

DreamDreams are the language of the soul! Join us on May 20th, 6-7:45pm, for a fascinating program designed to help you listen to your soul’s inner guidance! Learn skills to remember and interpret your own dreams, and how to work with your dream symbol mandala! Registration is required – call 739-4581 to register. Adults and Teens.  

Youth Events

Celebrate Children’s Book Week (May 4-9)

Children can participate in a Mother’s Day craft all week long and earn an entry slip for a mother’s day gift basket.  Drawing will be held Saturday morning May 9th.

May the Fourth Be With You

Star WarsOn Monday, May 4th, there will Star Wars crafts all day and a movie at 6:00pm.  Star Wars-loving friends can get together and celebrate the franchise.  This program is geared for children in Kindergarten and up but Star Wars fans of any age can participate. Dress as your favorite Star Wars characters, enjoy snacks fit for star warriors and watch Star Wars Rebels: Spark of Rebellion Episode 1.


May 5th - Preschool storytime, Tuesday at 10:30

May 12th - Preschool storytime featuring Kindermusic at 10:30

May 7th and 14th - Toddler storytimes, Thursday at 10:30

Superhero Training

SuperheroWednesday, May 6th, 14th, 20th and 27th at 4:00pm - We are looking for recruits: Join our Super Hero Training Camp!

- Brush up on your hero skills
- Build your own costume
- Prepare to save the day

Just in time for this year’s Super Hero Themed Summer Reading Club!  Registration is required.

Kitty Lit Reading Program

Kitty LitJoin the Chemung County SPCA and some of their cats  on Tuesday, May 26th, 3:30-4:30PM, and read your favorite stories to them! Practice your reading and make the kitties very happy! Bring your own book or choose a book from the collection.  Open to students in grade 1 through grade 6. Call 739-4581 to register. Space is limited.

Van Etten

Join our Garden Club

Children and adults, all ages are welcome.  The next Meeting is Saturday, May 23rd 10:00am-12:00pm. The topic will be:  Filling the Garden With Soil. Call for details 589-4755.

Open Art Studio

The group meets Wednesdays, 1:00pm-3:00pm. Please call for details, 589-4755 ext. 3

Children’s Book Week

Pete the Cat

Join us in celebrating  Children’s Book Week, Wednesday, May 6th 3:45pm. We will be honoring the Van Etten Library’s favorite cat character, Pete the Cat.  We will have stories, songs, crafts, and a book giveaway!  Please Register, space is limited.

No School Day Movie

We will be showing Strange Magic on Friday, May 22nd at 2:00pm.

Stories, Rhymes, & Songs

Family Storytime is on the 1st & 3rd Fridays of the month at 11:00am.

West Elmira

Home School Group

The West Elmira Homeschool Group will meet Wednesdays at 10:30am (geared for ages 5-11). 

Pajama Story Time

Llama, LlamaJoin us Mondays at 6pm! Put your "jammies" on and bring Mom and Dad for stories, music and fun!  Special appearance by Llama, Llama during our May 4th storytime.

Thursday Morning Story Time

Join us Thursdays at 10:30am for a fun time of stories, music, and movement! Ages 18 mos to 5 years. Special appearance by Llama, Llama during our May 7th storytime.

Kids Craft

There will be a craft for kids on May 20th at 3:30pm (registration required).

Book Clubs

Adult Book Club meets on May 21st at 3pm. Registration is appreciated! Please call for this month’s book title.

Bridge Club

Join us at the West Elmira Library every Monday and Friday from 1pm-3pm for all types of bridge. Registration is required. Call 733-0541.

Children’s Book Week (May 4- May 8)

Nan HoffmanThursday, May 7 at 3:30pm - Nan Hoffman presents - Sing a Song- Read a Story, using folk and acoustic music and a variety of songs and instruments, Nan offers presentations that are fun and informative, and encourages audience participation. Nan incorporates songs that have been made into books (books that sing), songs made from books, songs based on folk tales and stories, and songs that celebrate reading.

Local Culinary Happenings

Join us as local eateries showcase some of their unique cuisine.  Registration is required and limited.

Thursday, March 12 at 4pm- Soups on Café

And more...

Friends Student Poetry Deadline Extended

Friends of CCLD is extending the student submission deadline for Poetry Abounds! until June 1st, 2015.

Calling all student poets!  View the submission guidelines here or ask for a guidelines sheet at the Steele Memorial Library.  Poetry Gallery artwork images must inspire poems.  Students in grades 1-12 are eligible.

‘Free Comic Book Day’ at Elmira Heights Comic Shop

Free Comic Book DayHeroes Comic Shop, located at 130 West 14th street in Elmira Heights, NY will participate in Free Comic Book Day on Saturday, May 2nd, an international event hosted by thousands of comic book stores worldwide. There is no purchase needed to receive the free comic books.

Heroes Comic Shop will host The Stuff of Legend author Mike Raicht. Also Zero Comics author Bill Giancoli and artist Chris Bell will talk to attendees about creating comics.

All ages are welcome to participate in Free Comic Book Day.  Heroes will give out about twenty different titles including: All New Avengers, Secret Wars #0, Teen Titans Go, Pokemon, Attack on Titan, Simpsons, Sonic the Hedgehog, and more.

Free Comic Book Day starts at 10:30 am on Saturday, May 2nd and will end at 5pm.  Everyone is welcome to this fun, free community event.

For more information about these and other events, visit the CCLD Events Calendar: http://ccld.lib.ny.us/calendar.htm

In This Issue


Chess Challenge

CCLD Maker Expo

Technology Training

This month at...

Steele Memorial

Big Flats



Van Etten

West Elmira

And more...

Friends Poetry Abounds! Submission Deadline Extended

Free Comic Book Day

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