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November 2015 Newsletter


Nov 11 - Steele Memorial is open 10-6 (other libraries closed)
Nov 20 - All libraries closed
Nov 26 - All libraries closed
Nov 27 - Steele Memorial is open 9-5 (other libraries closed)

2016 CCLD Budget Vote

On November 3rd, citizens of Chemung County will vote on the 2016 library budget.

In 2014 the District once again broke records for library use. An all-time high of 591,244 items were checked out in 2014. In fact, between 2010 and 2014, circulation of library materials has increased each year. More than 78,500 sessions were logged on library computer resources, and librarians answered 51,969 reference questions. Our staff conducted 2,101 programs ranging from story times to computer classes and had a record attendance of 49,806 patrons.

The complete proposed budget can be found at:

Worlds AIDS Day

CCLD, together with the Chemung County AIDS Task Force, will recognize World AIDS Day on Tuesday, December 1st. The community event will begin at Wisner Park with a candlelight vigil followed by a walk to the library for a reception. Light refreshments will be served. The event is open and free to the public. The Aids Memorial Quilt will be on display at the Steele Memorial Library from November 30th through December 5th.

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.

Beginning Computer

Come in for a step-by-step lesson on computer use for beginners. Learn the vocabulary, mouse use, and so much more!

Steele - November 4th, 1:00-3:00pm

Genealogy Tech Sessions

Come in and use genealogy databases. Staff will be on hand to assist with research and tech questions.

Steele - November 10th, 9:00-11:00am
Steele - November 19th, 1:00-3:00pm

Tablet Talk

TabletsLearn 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 - November 10th, 1:00-3:00pm
Horseheads - November 17th, 2:00-4:00pm

Facebook for Beginners

Learn how to create a Facebook page, add friends, photos, and more. An email address is required to take this class

Steele - November 17th, 1:00-3:00pm

Beginning Internet

Lost on the world wide web? Curious about "the cloud"? Come in for some direction through the internet!

Steele - November 18th, 1:00-3:00pm

Tech Tutoring

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

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

Tinker Lab

Fall Tinker Lab Hours at Steele Memorial Library

Monday - Thursday: 2:00pm - 8:00pm
Friday: 10:00am - 4:00pm
Saturday: 10:00am - 3:00pm

Lab Closed: Sat., Nov. 7; Wed., Nov. 11; Thurs., Nov. 26; and Fri., Nov. 27.

Cricut PumpkinNovember Cricut Craft Class: 11/4, 5:00 - 7:00

Make paper pumpkins for your Holiday centerpiece! Limit of 12 participants - sign up early before classes fill up. Ages 14 and up. 733-9173

Introduction to Sewing: 11/9, 6:30 - 8:00

Learning sewing basics - how to thread the machine, wind a bobbin and basic sewing instructions. Class limit is 6. Sign up today! 733-9173

Introduction to 3D Printing: 11/17, 6:00 - 7:00

3D Printing basics - Learn how to operate a 3D printer and learn what you can make with a 3D printer! Class limit of 8. Ages 14 and up. 733-9173

November 3D Print of the Month

Napkin Holder

Turkey Napkin holder with place card. Come in and get yours today! FREE (one per person - additional napkin holders available for $0.25)!

Digital Media Lab Opens November 12th!

There will be Digital Media Lab certification classes on Nov. 10, 19 and 24, 6:30PM-7:30PM. You must be certified in order to reserve the media lab. Call 733-9175 to sign up for a class.

Steele Memorial

All Ages - International Games Day @ Your Library

International Games DaySteele Memorial Library will join over a thousand libraries around the world on November 21st, for the eighth annual celebration of gaming in libraries. Join us from 11-4pm; all ages are welcome. Rainy Toad Gaming, Elmira based video gaming entertainment party and tournament service, will be here with Minecraft! Members of the Chemung Valley Chess Club will be in attendance! There will also be Wii, board games, giant Jenga, snacks, prizes, and more! Note: Due to the elevator construction currently underway at Steele, the library will need to close on a Saturday this month. The date has not been finalized yet, but if it is 11/21, Games Day at Steele will be cancelled. Stay tuned to our website and social media for announcements.

Adult Events (teens welcome)

Adult Writing Group

Adult writing group with award-winning playwright David Fielding:  Tuesday nights, 7:30pm at Steele in the small conference room.  Call 733-9173 to register.  No group on 11/10.

Nanowrimo @ Your Library

Write your novel at the Steele Memorial Library.  Tuesday, 11/3, 9am-12pm; Tuesday, 11/17, 9am-11:30am; Monday, 11/30, 1pm-3pm.

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

Lost Skeleton of CadavraOn Friday, November 6th at 6:30pm we are showing B movie spoof, The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra. 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.

Friday Afternoon Film Series

On Friday, November 13th at 2pm, stop by Steele Memorial Library for a showing of the classic 1940 film, The Philadelphia Story, starring Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant, and James Stewart. On Friday, December 4th at 2pm, we will be showing It's a Wonderful Life (1946), starring James Stewart.

Bad ArtBad Art Night

Join us December 3rd from 6-8pm for Bad Art Night at Steele Memorial Library! Leave your talent at the door and be creative in a judgment-free zone. No art skills required! Some materials will be provided but feel free to bring your own. Registration is not required. All ages are welcome.

Creative Card Making

On Wednesday, December 9th at 6:30pm, artist Wynn Yarrow will show tricks for paper cuts, stencils, pop-up, and 3-dimensional cards. Registration required: 733-9173.

Teen Events

Books Sandwiched In: Teen Reads!

Friends of CCLDHave a light lunch with the Friends of Chemung County Library District and local teens! Teens will present their favorite books in a late celebration of Teen Read Week. Support the library district with your purchase of sandwiches and find out why YA (young adult or Teen) fiction is fabulous! Friday, Nov. 6 @ 11:30-1pm, Steele Library large conference room.

Teen Hang Out Night is on Tues. Nov 10 @ 6pm

Make a Map Tote bag, create art, light snacks, play board games, bring friends!

Teen Fandom Night: Tues Nov. 24 @ 6pm: HUNGER GAMES!

Celebrate Mockingjay part 2 release! Compete in our mock tribute trials, enjoy themed snacks (Nightlock blueberries, anyone?), prizes, more!

After Hours Library LARP for teens!


Back by popular demand on Friday, Nov. 13 @ 6pm-7:30pm. Role playing and costumes! Work together to outwit an enemy! Foam weapons! Does it get better than this? Thanks to Elmira College LARP group for their help! More details coming so watch our events calendar at ccld.lib.ny.us. REGISTRATION REQUIRED; space limited.

Teen Writers Group

A fun, informal writing session for Teen writers of all abilities and writing interests. Led by Elmira College lecturer & poet, Dawn Fewkes, MFA. Mondays Nov. 9 & 23 @ 6:30pm-7:30pm in the Steele Library small conference room.

Youth Events

Cinderella in the Wild West Puppet Show

Enjoy a family friendly free puppet show on Sat. Nov. 7 at 2:00 as Robert Rogers Puppets present a brand new show, Cinderella in the Wild West, an all American version of the famous fairy tale. Kids will be entranced by these entertaining life size puppets!

Preschool Explorers

This drop in monthly kid maker time for ages 2-5 will be Nov. 9 at 10:30.

Fancy NancyFancy Nancy Soiree

Ooh-La-La! The Fancy Nancy book series turns 10 this year and to celebrate we will host a fancy soiree on Monday Nov. 23 at 4:00 with treats, a craft and a French lesson. Come in your finest frocks for this fancy event for kids ages 4 and up.

Movie Day - Inside Out

School’s Out Movie Day on Wed. Nov. 25 at 2:00 is the Pixar hit, Inside Out. Snacks are provided.

Maker & LEGO Clubs

Maker Club for tweens continues on Wed. Nov. 4 and the Lego Club will meet on Nov. 18 this month, both require registration.


Storytimes continue, Tuesdays at 10:30 for ages up to 2 and Fridays at 10:30 for ages 2 and up. No storytime on Nov. 20 or Nov. 27.

Big Flats

Movie & Popcorn Nights

Inside OutNovember is here and the Big Flats Library has 2 movie and popcorn nights all ready to go. Tuesday, November 10th we will enjoy the movie Inside Out and on Tuesday, November 17th, we will be relaxing to the movie PIXELS. Wear your pajamas, get ready for movie fun and as always, popcorn will be served. The best movies and the best popcorn are at the Big Flats Library.


Holiday Parade

Look for the Bookmobile to be part of the Downtown Holiday Parade on Nov 27th at 10am. We look forward to seeing and waving to all the familiar faces in the crowd.

Book Club

The Walk SeriesOur book club meets the first Friday of the month at our Bulkhead location at 1:30pm; this month's meeting is on Nov 6th. Please join us and be a part of the book discussion for Evergreen by Belva Plain. This month we're reading The Walk series by Richard Paul Evans, to be discussed on December 4th.


Adult Events

Holiday Card-Making Program

Join us for our popular card-making program! Make a variety of holiday assortment cards. Registration is required! Space is strictly limited to 12. Tuesday, November 10th from 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM and 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM.

Youth Events

Story Times

Preschool story times - Tuesdays at 10:30am and continue every Tuesday at 10:30 through December 15th.

Toddler story times - Thursdays at 10:30am and continue every Thursday at 10:30 through December 17th.

Ninja NightNinja Night

November 9th at 6:00pm is Ninja Night. Channel your inner ninja through stories and activities and games.

Happy Birthday Mickey Mouse

November 16th at 6:00pm Celebrate Mickey Mouse’s 87th birthday with crafts, cake and a movie.

Kitty Lit Reading Program

Kitty LitCats love company! Come to the library and read stories to the kitties on Wednesday, November 18th, 3:30-4:30! Practice your reading and make the kitties happy! Open to students in grade 1 through 6. Registration is required! Space is limited! Call 739-4581 to register.

International Games Day

November 21st - Meet your friends and family at the library for quality time as you play games. We have a “life-sized” Jenga, Exploding Kittens, Treasure Hunt, Trophy Buck and many more games for you to play throughout the day.

ThanksgivingThanksgiving Crafts

On Monday, November 23rd at 6:00pm, join us for a “Feast” of Crafts at our Thanksgiving themed craft night.

Van Etten

Family Storytime

Friday, November 6th at 11:00am. Join us every first and third Friday for Family Story Time (closed 11/20)!

Thankful TreesKid's Craft: Tin Can Thankful Trees

How many things are you grateful for? Find out by making a Thankful Tree on Monday, November 16th @ 3:30pm. Take your tree home and continue to add leaves for all the things you are thankful for.

Family Movie Night

Wednesday, November 18th at 5:30pm we will be showing Inside Out.

Open Art Studio

Will meet on Wednesday, November 25th from 1:00pm-3:00pm.

West Elmira

Home School Group

The West Elmira Homeschool Group will meet Wednesdays at 10:30am (geared for ages 5-11). NO PROGRAM 11/11 or 11/25

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. NO PROGRAM 11/26

Earbud CraftTween Maker Hour

There will be a Perler Bead Earbud Holder craft for tweens on November 18th at 3:30pm (registration required).

Family Fun Night

Join us for two Mondays every month for a special Family Movie and Family Maker night. Starts at 6:30pm and registration is required for the craft.

November- 11/16- Inside Out (PG)
11/23- Sensory Bottle craft (registration required)

December- 12/14- Minions (PG)
12/21- Minion Ornament craft (registration required)

January- 1/11- Frozen (PG)
1/18- Make Ice Cream! (registration required)

Book Clubs

Adult Book Club meets on November 19th at 3pm. Registration is appreciated! This month we are reading The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins.

Young Adult Book Club meets on November 23rd at 7pm. Registration is appreciated! This month we are reading Every Day by David Levithan.

In the Margins Bookclub - Pick any book you’d like from our bookclub bookshelf and as you are reading it, feel free to jot down any notes or thoughts you may have in the margin. Underline your favorite lines, circle your favorite pages, and write a note for the next reader! After you are finished, bring the book back and choose your next bookclub book!

Adult Maker Series

Join us one Monday each month at 6:30pm for our special “Going Green” craft series for adults. Registration is required.

11/09- Make your own reusable dryer sheets!
12/07- Make your own hand soap!
01/04- Make your own mouthwash!
02/08- Make your own anti-bacterial spray!
03/07- Make your own pot scrubbers!
04/04- Make your own Vapo-rub!

Bridge Club

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

And more...

Friends of CCLD - Books Sandwiched In

The Friends of CCLD will hold two book reviews this month. On November 6th, Teen Reading Challenge featuring local teen panelists; on November 13th, Crossing Antarctica, reviewed by Dr. Frank Gudas.

For more information, visit the Friends of CCLD page on our website: http://ccld.lib.ny.us/friends.htm. All reviews are held Fridays from 12:00 - 1:00 PM.

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.

November 16 & 17 - 1:00-4:00pm
December 14 & 15 - 1:00-4:00pm

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

In This Issue


2016 Budget Vote

World AIDS Day

Technology Training

Tinker Lab

This month at...

Steele Memorial

Big Flats



Van Etten

West Elmira

And more...

Friends of CCLD Books Sandwiched In

AARP Smart Driver Courses

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