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September 2015 Newsletter

Closings & Fall Hours

Monday, September 7th - All CCLD locations are closed for Labor Day.

Fall hours begin September 8th. Steele and Horseheads will have Saturday hours, starting September 12th. The complete listing of CCLD library hours is available on our website: http://ccld.lib.ny.us/our_libraries.htm.

New Elevator Installation at Steele Delayed

The elevator installation at Steele Memorial Library has been delayed. Installation will likely begin this month but please check our website and Facebook page for updates.

National Library Card Sign-up Month

Library Card Sign-up MonthThe Chemung County Library District is joining libraries nationwide in celebrating September as National Library Card Sign-up Month. Chemung County residents who don't have a library card are invited to stop by their local branch to get one. After all, cards are free to citizens of Chemung County with proof of current address.

As part of the activities for the month, patrons will have the opportunity to enter drawings for a gift basket and a Samsung Galaxy Tablet. Entries can be made in three ways:  get a new card, replace a lost card, or update/verify your current information with us. Entries will be accepted until Wednesday, September 30th. The drawing will be held on Thursday, October 1st.

Stop by your local branch during the month of September and get a library card—then you can stop by every month for the rest of your life to use it!

Friends of the Horseheads Free Library Book Sale

The Friends of the Horseheads Free Library are pleased to announce that the 2015 Book Sale will be held at the Town and Country Fire Hall (130 Gardner Rd) from September 15 - September 19th. The hours are:

Tuesday, September 15 - Friday, September 18: 10 am - 7 pm

Saturday, September 19: 10 am - 1 pm

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!

Steele - Sept. 15th, 1:00-3:00pm
Horseheads - Sept. 15th & Sept. 29th, 2:00-4:00pm

Beginning Computer

Steele - Sept. 16th, 1:00-3:00pm

Beginning Internet

Steele - Sept. 23rd, 1:00-3:00pm

Tech Tutoring

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

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

Tinker Lab

3D PrinterWe are almost done building the first of our two new 3D printers (pictured). We can't wait to see what they can do. One is the Folger Tech Kossel 2020 3D printer and the other is the MakerFront All-Steel i3Pro 3D Printer. Unlike our older Makerbot Replicator 2 (which we still love), both of these printers can print from various materials such as, PLA, ABS, Nylon, HIPS and PETT and both come with heated build plates. Come by and check them out!

Steele Memorial

Adult Events (teens welcome)

Social Media Time Savers

Social Media Time Savers

Do you know that 43% of Small Businesses dedicate six or more hours per week to Social Media?  This session will help you save time at get back to what you love to do – running your business or organization. Join us on September 8th at 1:30pm and learn the latest time savers and best practices.  Online registration is appreciated: http://bit.ly/SM-Time.


Join Horticulture Educator Jabe Warren in the large meeting room at Steele on September 9th at 6:30pm to learn about composting.  Most gardeners aren't satisfied with the quality of the compost they produce.  Learn to troubleshoot your own pile and start making the nutrient rich compost that will make your plants thrive.  Registration is required:  (607)733-9173.

Arsenic and Old LaceFriday Afternoon Film

On Friday, September 18th at 2pm, stop by Steele Memorial Library for a showing of the classic 1944 film, Arsenic and Old Lace, starring Cary Grant.

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

"So bad, it's good!" Movie Night is Friday, September 18th, 6:30pm at the Steele Memorial Library! This month we are showing the '80s cult favorite sword-and-sorcery fantasy, The Beastmaster. As always, heckling is encouraged! The library closes at 5pm but doors reopen at 6pm for moviegoers. Free popcorn! Adults and teens welcome -- not intended for children.

Bad Art Night

Bad ArtJoin us Wednesday, September 23rd from 6-8pm for Bad Art Night: an intergenerational art-making night.  The only requirement is your art can’t be good!

Come have some fun and be creative without all the pressure.  Bring your own art supplies and some to share.

Writer's Group

Writer’s Group: A drop-in group for people to write.  From 3-4pm, in the small conference room at the Steele Memorial : Friday, Sept. 25th; Friday, Oct. 30th; Friday, Nov. 27th; and Friday, Dec. 18th.

Writing prompts are selected at random followed by a period of writing.  People may share what they’ve written if they want to.  Just for fun and inspiration.  Open to teens and adults.  No previous experience necessary.  Let’s just get together and write! No registration required.

Collage and Mixed Media Art Workshop

Collage and Mixed MediaThis hands-on workshop by artist Wynn Yarrow introduces techniques for combining fine art media and attaching paper and images to art.  Demonstrations will be made of materials and methods, including adhesive alternatives.  Materials are provided, although participants may wish to bring copies of images of personal significance.  This adult workshop is free and open to the public and will take place on Tuesday, September 29th at 6:30pm.  Teens are welcome.  Registration is required:  (607)733-9173.

Teen Events

Teen Philosopher's Guild

Love new ideas and friendly informal discussions? On Wednesday, September 2nd at 6:30pm, we will continue discussing the changes during the 1960s and how they affect us today.

Teen NightTeen Hang Out Night Returns

Tuesday, September 8th, bring friends to hang out at the library with snacks, board and Wii games! Ages 12-18. Or bring your own board games or music!  Do art. Make stuff!

NEW: Teen Fandom night: Agents of Shield

By request, we are starting a monthly Teen Fandom night. Celebrate a new fandom each month, trivia, themed snacks, games and more! September 22nd, 6:00pm: "Agents of Shield." REGISTER: 733-9173.

NEW: Teen Writing Group

Mondays, 9/14 & 9/28 at 6:30pm, teens ages 12-18: love to write?  Join us for writing fan fiction, poetry, fun writing prompts and share your work in a friendly, supportive atmosphere. Group led by Elmira College English lecturer and poet, Dawn Fewkes. REGISTER: 733-9173.

Youth Events

We strongly believe at CCLD libraries that Early Literacy matters. To encourage this effort we offer the following:

Reading1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

Parents of preschoolers (Birth-age 5) can stop in and sign their children up for our new offering, sponsored by the Friends of the Horseheads Library: 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten.  Special incentives along the way! Stop in for more info.

Read, Rhyme and Romp

Read, Rhyme and Romp Time for Ages 0-2 will be offered Tuesday mornings at 10:30, beginning Sept. 15 with rhymes, music, and a playtime at the end with age appropriate toys.


Toddler/Preschool Storytime for Ages 2-5 will be on Friday mornings at 10:30 beginning Sept. 18 with stories, songs, fingerplays and lots of fun.

Preschool Explorers

A monthly Preschool Explorers Program for kids ages 2-5 will begin Monday, Sept. 21 at 10:30; kids engage in fun science and art activities!

LEGO ClubLego Club

Lego Club is back, and will run the second Wednesday of each month beginning Sept. 9. There will be 2 sessions beginning at 3:30, but registration is required. Please phone 733-9174.

Big Flats


First, thank you for a GREAT Summer Reading Club.  We had 77 children sign up and they read for 40,936 minutes; 2 teens signed up and they read for 310 minutes;  and 8 adults signed up and read 40 books.  There were 11 programs offered for all age ranges, and the attendance was record breaking.  The Reading Club party on August 12th at Eldridge Park was well attended and ended a summer of great reading success at the Big Flats Branch Library.

Story Hour

On September 16th, Miss Melanie will be back on Wednesday mornings at 10:30 a.m. for toddler/preschool story hour.  Join her for a fun time of stories and music.

Home School Fun

Starting September 17th, Miss Becky is returning for another year of home school fun.  On Thursday afternoons at 2:00 p.m.  the learning never stops and we have an awesome time too.  We hope that you will come and join in.  No registration is necessary.

More to come...

Watch our calendar of events for even more programs coming your way at the Big Flats Library.


Leaving TimeBook Club

Our book club meets the first Friday of the month at our Bulkhead location at 1:30pm; this month's meeting is on September 4th. Please join us and be part of the book discussion. The book we are reading this month is Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult and we will have the discussion for it on October 2nd.

Welcome Back

Ms. Kim has been busy getting the bus cleaned and books ready in time to welcome our children from Head Start, daycares, and schools back as a new school year begins.  We look forward to story time starting back up and sharing our books with all the locations.  Come aboard and see what we can offer you and your family.


Adult Events

Fall Card-Making Class

On Wednesday, September 2nd, join us for our popular card making program and make a variety of Fall Assortment cards! The first session will take place from 2:00-4:00pm. NOTE: this time slot is fully booked. Call to be placed on a waiting list. The second session will take place from 5:00-7:00pm. Registration is required! Classes are strictly limited to 12. Call 739-4581 to register. Note: This is an adult program!

Pirate NightLocal Author Book-Signing

Join us as we welcome local author Lisa Asenato for a book-signing and Q & A talk on Wednesday, September 16th from 6:30-7:30pm. Books will be available for signing and purchase.

Wine & Design

Join us as Wine & Design comes to the Horseheads Free Library on Saturday, September 26th, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM!  Come and paint your masterpiece! Supplies will be provided. Registration is required!!!  Class is strictly limited to 12. Call 739-4581 to register. *NOTE* - this is an adult program.

This class is generously funded by The Friends of the Horseheads Free Library.

Youth Events

Story Times

1000 Books

Thursday, September 3rd – 10:30a.m.
Special story time event celebrating the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten Program.

Preschool story times begin on Tuesday, September 15th at 10:30am and continue every Tuesday at 10:30 through December 15th.

Toddler story times begin on Thursday, September 17th at 10:30am and continue every Thursday at 10:30 through December 17th.

Go ClubGo Club

Go Club meeting for tweens and teens on Monday, September 21st at 6:00 – PIZZA and soda will be served.

Banned Books Week

Monday,  September 28th – Saturday, October 3rd we are celebrating Banned Books Week.  Take a picture at our photobooth with your favorite banned book.

Princess Party

Princess PartyMonday, September 28th –  Princess Party at 5:30p.m. Dress to impress, we will do a quick craft and then watch the (live action) movie Cinderella at 6:00pm.

Van Etten

Family Storytime

This month's family storytimes will take place on September 4th and 18th at 11am.

GardeningGarden Club

Meets Wednesdays at 11:00am. Please call for details. Adults and children of all ages are welcome!

Van Etten Community Day

The Van Etten Library will be at the Van Etten Community Day on September 12th.  Book sale, games, stories, make a book mark station!

Open Art Studio

Join our talented local Art group on Wednesday, September 16th and 30th. This group is open to the public; beginners welcome! Call for details.

Monkey KingdomFamily Movie Night: Disney Nature: Monkey Kingdom

On September 23rd at 5:15pm we will be showing Mark Linfield's nature documentary, Monkey Kingdom, which follows the struggles of a young monkey mother to care for and raise her new baby in the wilds of southern Asia.  Rated G.

West Elmira

Home School Group

Starting September 16.  The West Elmira Homeschool Group will meet Wednesdays at 10:30am (geared for ages 5-11).

Thursday Morning Story Time

Starting September 17. Join us Thursdays at 10:30am for a fun time of stories, music, and movement! Ages 18 mos to 5 years.

Tween Craft

There will be a craft for tweens on September 23rd at 3:30pm (registration required).

Book Clubs

Adult Book Club meets on September 17th at 3pm. Registration is appreciated! This month we are reading All the Light We Cannot See.

Young Adult Book Club meets on September 28th at 7pm. Registration is appreciated! Please call for this month's 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.

And more...

2015 AARP Smart Driver Courses

The following courses take place at Steele Memorial Library. Call 733-2788 to register ($20 for AARP members; $25 for non-members). Please bring your driver's license.

September 21 & 22 - 1:00-4:00pm
October 19 & 20 - 1:00-4:00pm
November 16 & 17 - 1:00-4:00pm
December 14 & 15 - 1:00-4:00pm (new time)

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

In This Issue

Closings & Fall Hours

Elevator Installation

National Library Card Sign-up Month

HFL Friends Book Sale

Technology Training

Tinker Lab

This month at...

Steele Memorial

Big Flats



Van Etten

West Elmira

And more...

AARP Smart Driver Courses

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