Welcome to the Chemung County Library District

January 2016 Newsletter


January 1 - All CCLD locations closed
January 18 - Steele open 10am-6pm (branches closed)

Happy Hogmanay

HogmanayWhile New Year's Eve is celebrated around the world, the Scots have a long rich heritage associated with this event - and have their own name for it, Hogmanay. With the celebration, there is the superstition to clear all your debts before "the bells" at midnight.

In the spirit of the season, the Chemung County Library District would like to say “Happy Hogmanay” to all our patrons. To help out with the clearing of your debts, the library is offering an amnesty on fines, not fees for lost materials, through January 9th. All fines, up to $20.00 will be waived for Chemung County Library District materials only. Bring a non-perishable food item for each $5.00 in fines to our Community Missions bin and return your overdue books, CDs and videos fine-free.

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.

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 - January 5th, 1:00-3:00pm
Horseheads - January 26th, 2:00-4:00pm
Steele - January 26th, 1:00-3:00pm

Beginning Microsoft Word

Perplexed and want to learn to make documents in Microsoft Word? We'll get you started with a simple breakdown of Word 2013 to get you going!

Steele - January 6th, 1:00-3:00pm

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 - January 13th, 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 - January 20th, 1:00-3:00pm

AncestryGenealogy Tech Sessions

Do genealogy research and explore online resources. Staff is on hand to assist and answer any questions.

Steele - January 21st, 1:00-3:00pm

Tech Tutoring

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

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

Lab Central Makerspaces @ Steele

Winter Tinker Lab Hours

Monday - Thursday: 2:00PM - 8:00PM
Friday: 10:00AM - 4:00PM
Saturday: 10:00AM - 3:00PM

Drop in and make something!
Cricut Crafts
January Cricut Crafts

Learn to use the Cricut by signing up for one of our classes, or drop in and use it independently.

Thursday, January 7th, 5:00PM - 7:00PM - Make a refrigerator or dishwasher "Clean/Dirty" magnet.

Thursday, January 21st, 5:00PM - 7:00PM - Make a paper craft snowman that you can keep year-round.

Registration is required for all sessions. Call 733-9173 to sign up. For ages 13 and up. Takes place in the Tinker Lab.

Digital Media Lab Certification Classes

Become certified to use the Digital Media Lab - Learn how to record a video, edit the video and use a green screen to add background effects. If you need a different class time, let us know.

Friday, January 8th, 12:00PM - 1:00PM
Tuesday, January 12th, 6:00PM - 7:00PM
Friday, January 22nd, 1:00PM - 2:00PM
Tuesday, January 26th, 6:00PM - 7:00PM

Registration is required for all sessions. Call 733-9175 to sign up. For ages 16 and up (under 16 with a parent attending). Takes place in the Tech Training Lab.

The Digital Media Lab is now open and available to use, by appointment! In order to use the lab, you must first take one of our certification classes (above). For more information, or to reserve the lab, call 733-9175 or stop by Steele Memorial Library's 2nd floor desk.

Introduction to Sewing

Sewing MachineThursday, January 14th, 6:30PM - 8:00PM - Learn how to thread the machine, wind a bobbin and basic sewing instructions.

Registration is required for all sessions. Call 733-9173 to sign up. For ages 13 and up. Takes place in the Tinker Lab.

Introduction to 3D Printing

Learn about the materials used in 3D printing, the process of 3D printing and what you can make with a 3D printer.

Wednesday, January 13th, 6:00PM – 7:00PM
Saturday, January 16th, 1:00PM - 2:00PM

Registration is required for all sessions. Call 733-9175 to sign up. For ages 13 and up. Takes place in the Tech Training Lab.

Introduction to 3D Modeling

Wednesday, January 20th, 5:30PM – 6:30PM – Learn the basics of Computer Aided Design and the tools you’ll need to create your own original 3D prints.

Registration is required for all sessions. Call 733-9175 to sign up. For ages 13 and up. Takes place in the Tech Training Lab.

Hour of Code Class

Saturday, January 30th, 1:00PM - 2:00PM – Interested in programming? Sign up for the Hour of Code to start learning how to write your own programs.

Registration is required for all sessions. Call 733-9175 to sign up. For ages 12 and up. Takes place in the Tech Training Lab.

3D Print of the MonthJanuary 3D "Print of the Month"

This month's free print is a CCLD Bookmark! Stop by the Tinker Lab to pick up your free print.

*One free per person (additional are $0.25 each)*

Steele Memorial

Adult Events (teens welcome)

Weekly Groups

Adult Writing Group - Led by award-winning playwright David Fielding:  Tuesday nights, 7:30pm at Steele in the small conference room.  Call 733-9173 to register.

Chess Club - The Chemung Valley Chess Club meets Wednesdays from 9am-4pm at Steele Memorial Library. For more information, contact Michael at 857-8479.

Knit & Crochet Club - Meets Wednesday afternoons at 12:30pm in the small conference room. Beginners or experienced members are welcome to bring their projects to share.

Craft Club - Facilitated by ARC, this group meets Thursday mornings from 9-11am in the large meeting room. Bring your own supplies or craft to work on or share with others.

Faces & Vases (art workshop)

Faces & VasesOn January 11th at 6:30pm, interpret a real or imaginary face in air dried clay. Participants may wish to bring a small box for transporting their vase. Registration is required:  733-9173.

This activity is made possible in part by the QuickARTS grant program administered by The ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes and funded by the Community Foundation of Elmira-Corning and the Finger Lakes, Inc.

Knitting Classes

Learn to knit on Wednesday, January 13th, 20th, and 27th from 5:30-6:30pm (in the small meeting room at Steele). Attendees must bring their own yarn and knitting needles. Registration is required: (607)733-9173.

"Fan Infinity" Adult Fandom Club

Fan InfinityJanuary 13th at 6pm, we will hold the first meeting of our new fandom club, Fan Infinity. Fan Infinity is a social club for adults to come and geek out over a variety of shows, movies, books, games, and more. The topic of the first meeting will be "2015 Year In Review" and will span a number of fandom topics. We will also have a mini trivia contest (the winner gets a prize)! Snacks will be provided.

The Power of the Inbox (lunch-n-learn marketing seminar)

Learn about e-mail marketing for your small business or non-profit on Thursday, January 14th, 12:00-1:00pm. From revealing why regular email doesn't work, to insider tips and techniques like automated list building tools and the design elements that work (and those that don't!). Feel free to bring your lunch. Register: http://bit.ly/STLSa-Inbox

Glen or Glenda?"So bad, it's good!" Movie Night

This month we are showing Ed Wood's Glen or Glenda on Friday, January 15th at 6:30pm. 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 January 22nd at 2:00pm we will show Alfred Hitchcock's Rear Window, starring James Stewart. Free popcorn!

Teen Events

Teen Writers' Group

Mondays, January 11th & 25th, 6:30pm in the Steele Library small conference room - Fun writing prompts, share your work in a friendly relaxed atmosphere. All types of writing and ability levels welcome: poetry, fan fiction, and more! Led by Elmira College's Dawn Fewkes.Teen Hangout

Teen Hang Out & Mittens Craft

Tuesday, January 12th, 6:00pm - Bring an old wool sweater to recycle and make mittens and more with only a bit of sewing; we'll show you how! Registration required if you wish to do mittens: 733-9173. Also, hang out and play board games, Wii, and eat snacks too!

Teen Fandom Night:
Sherlock & Welcome to Night Vale

Tuesday, January 26th, 6:00pm - Drink fandom blend Sherlock tea, come in costume, listen to Night Vale podcasts, win Sherlock books and bobble heads, or a copy of the Night Vale book! (Maybe even eat green cotton candy: the glowing cloud of Night Vale!)

Youth Events

Maker & LEGO Clubs

Lego ClubTween Maker Club for Ages 8-12 will be held January 6th at 4:00pm, registration is required. Lego Club is now a drop in event, the second Wednesday of each month beginning January 13th at 3:30pm for ages 5-12...come have fun with building!

Winter Storytimes

Storytime for Ages 2 and under begins the Winter/Spring session on Tuesday, January 19th at 10:30am and for Ages 2 and up on Friday Jan. 22 at 10:30. Registration is not required.

National Puzzle Day

Help us celebrate National Puzzle Day on Wednesday, January 27th at 3:00, for ages 4 and up. Join us for lots of puzzle fun including a puzzle scavenger hunt, a giant floor puzzle and more! Registration is not required.

Take Your Child to the Library Day
Saturday, February 6th is Take Your Child to the Library Day and to celebrate we will have The Sled Dogs of Smokey Hill visit the library at 11:00! Learn about dog sledding, grab an Idita-Read Challenge card, and when complete, come in for a dog tag and other prizes!

Big Flats

Welcome to 2016!  Big Flats Library is happy to start the new year off with a BANG (or maybe that was just leftover fireworks from New Year's Eve).

Movie & Popcorn Night

Hotel TransylvaniaOn January 12th at 6pm, movie and popcorn nights return to Big Flats. We are so excited to be showing Hotel Transylvania 2. We hope that you will come with your comfy pajamas  and pillow and enjoy the newest antics of Drac and the crew.

Toddler/Preschool Storyhour

Miss Melanie is back on Wednesday, January 20th with Toddler/Preschool Storyhour. Storyhour starts at 10:30 a.m., so come and have fun with stories, song and dancing!


Miss Becky's Homeschool Program is starting the Winter/Spring session on January 21st.  What fun things are planned for Thursday afternoons?  Come and find out starting at 2:00.

Check out the Big Flats Event calendar on the CCLD website (www.ccld.lib.ny.us) to see everything that is happening every month.


Book Club

Me Before YouOur book club meets the first Friday of the month at our Bulkhead location at 1:30pm; this month's meeting is on January 8th. Please join us and be a part of the book discussion for The Nightingale by: Kristen Hannah.

This month we're reading Me Before You by JoJo Moyes and will have our discussion on February 5th.

Cook Book

Our cook book BOOK IT, READ IT, COOK IT is done. You can check it out at the Bookmobile or Steele Memorial library and make some of the delicious recipes. Thank you to all who contributed to it.


Citizen Preparedness Corps Training

Citizen Preparedness

Are you prepared for an emergency? Come and learn how to take simple steps to protect yourself and your loved ones in times of unexpected disaster! Presented by Master Sergeant Brian Bennett for the New York State Citizen Preparedness Corps. Wednesday, January 12th, 6:30-7:30pm. Registration is required; space is limited, call 739-4581 to sign up.

Kitty Lit Reading Program

Kitty LitJoin the Chemung County SPCA and some of their cats  on January 13th, 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.

Van Etten

Celebrate International Puzzle Day
On Friday, January 29th, 3:00-5:00pm, create your own puzzle!! With Puzzle-It Blank Puzzles. Draw a picture, paint a picture, and create an awesome puzzle!!

Family Movie Night

Wednesday, January 20th @ 5:30 there will be a showing of PAN!

Celebrate Polar Bears

Arctic TaleWednesday, January 13th starting at 4:30pm!! Enjoy the heartwarming film “Arctic Tale”. While watching, make a cute polar bear decoration and enjoy a polar bear snack!!

Family Story Time

Friday January 8th & 22nd @ 11:00am. Stories, songs & fun!!!

West Elmira

Home School Group

The West Elmira Homeschool Group will meet Wednesdays starting January 20 at 10:30am (geared for ages 5-11). 

Thursday Morning Story Time

Join us Thursdays starting January 21 at 10:30am for a fun time of stories, music, and movement! Ages 18 mos to 5 years.

Tween Maker Hour

There will be a Hula Hoop Rug craft for tweens on January 20th at 3:30pm (registration required).  We are accepting donations of clean, old t-shirts for this project.

FrozenFamily 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.

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

Book Clubs

Adult Book Club meets on January 21st at 3pm. Registration is appreciated! Call for this month’s title.

Young Adult Book Club meets on January 25th at 7pm. Registration is appreciated! Call for this month’s title.

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.

Going Green

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 1pm-3pm for all types of bridge. Registration is required. Call 733-0541.

And more...

2016 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.

January 11 & 12 - 1pm-4pm
February 8
- 9:30am-4:30pm (bring a bag lunch)
March 14 & 15
- 1pm-4pm
April 4 & 5
- 1pm-4pm
May 2
- 9:30am-4:30pm (bring a bag lunch)

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

In This Issue


Happy Hogmanay

Technology Training

Lab Central Makerspaces

This month at...

Steele Memorial

Big Flats



Van Etten

West Elmira

And more...

AARP Smart Driver Courses

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