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May 2016 Newsletter


May 13 - All CCLD libraries closed for staff training

May 21 - Horseheads Library closed

May 28-30 - All CCLD libraries closed for Memorial Weekend

2016 CCLD Maker Expo

Maker Expo

Come enjoy a day of fun and inspiration at our 3rd annual CCLD Maker Expo on Saturday, May 21, 11am-3pm! There will be many interactive activities and demonstrations, including a Power Tool Drag Race (sponsored by Lowes) from 12-2pm during the event. For rules and entry details, visit our website. Our Maker Expo has something for all ages! It is an event that "celebrates arts, crafts, engineering, technology, science projects and the Do-It-Yourself (DIY) mindset". It is a celebration of creativity.  It is a free event where local artists, professors, craftspeople, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, tech clubs, engineers, students, and businesses come to show what they make.  For more information and a list of exhibitors, visit our website.

The Maker Expo 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.

The Maker Expo is sponsored in part by the Friends of Chemung County Library District.

CCLD's 5th Annual Chess Challenge

This year's Chess Challenge is Saturday, May 7th, 8:30-4:30 at Steele Memorial Library. Youth are welcome!

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 x3. All Steele classes take place in the Technology Training Lab.

Click the links for descriptions (some require signup):

May 3rd, 1-3pm - Tablet Talk (Steele)

May 11th, 1-3pm - Beginning Computer (Steele)

May 18th, 1-3pm - Beginning Internet (Steele)

May 23rd, 2-5pm - Tablet Talk (Van Etten)

May 24th, 2-4pm - Tablet Talk (Horseheads)

Digital Media Lab Certification Classes at Steele

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. You must have a parent present if you are under 16. Once you have completed the certification class, you can use the Digital Media Lab at Steele independently.

Thursday, 5/5, 6:00PM - 7:00PM
Tuesday, 5/24, 6:00PM - 7:00PM

Tech Tutoring

Steele - Mondays, by appointment, limited to 2 students per session.

Horseheads - Tuesdays, 7:00-7:45pm - Informal Q&A sessions, limited to 2 students per session.

Print of the MonthTinker Lab @ Steele

Tinker Lab Spring Hours

Mon - Thu: 3:30pm - 7:30pm
Fri & Sat: 12:00pm - 4:00pm

Stop by the Tinker Lab to take a class or use the lab equipment independently anytime the lab is open. The 3D Print of the Month is a Star Wars Rebel Emblem (only on May 4th). One free per patron, $0.25 for each additional print.

Click the links for descriptions (some require signup):

May 19th, 6:30 - Introduction to Sewing

May 14th, 1:00PM - Power Tool Drag Race Workshop

Power Tool Drag Race

Additional drop-in Power Tool Drag Race Workshop sessions are encouraged during open lab hours. (No sessions will be held May 19th due to the sewing class).

Steele Memorial

Adult Events @ Steele (teens welcome)

Color MixingThere is a special Color Mixing Art Workshop with artist Wynn Yarrow on May 11th, 6:30pm. 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. Call (607)733-9175 to register.

Click the links for descriptions (some require signup):

May 2nd, 1pm - Introduction to FamilySearch

May 4th, 6pm - "Fan Infinity" Adult Fandom Club

May 5th, 4:30pm - Recovery Stories Dinner

May 6th, 6:30pm - "So bad, it's good!" Movie Night

May 7th, 8:30am-4:30pm - Chess Challenge

May 9th, 6:30pm - Color Mixing (art workshop)

May 11th, 6:30pm - Adult Coloring Club

May 12th, 19th, 26th, June 9th, 16th, 6:30pm - Seed to Supper: Vegetable Gardening on a Budget

May 18th & June 1st, 6:00pm - Tabletop Gaming

May 19th, 1pm - Brick Wall Busting (Genealogy)

May 27th, 3:30pm - Artist's Way Support Group

May 31st, 6pm - Fan Infinity - The Force Awakens

June 2nd, 6:30pm - Book Talk with Jeanne Mackin

Weekly Groups

Tuesdays, 7:30-8:30pm - Adult Writing Group
Wednesdays, 9-4pm - Chess Club
Wednesdays, 12:30-2pm - Knit & Crochet Club
Thursdays, 9-11am - Craft Club

Teen Events @ Steele (12-18 yrs)

Nail Polish CraftTeen DIY night: Craptastic Crafts will be on May 10th, 6pm!  Make craptastic crafts, flubber, button making, no-sew altered T-shirts, & more!  BRING AN OLD T-SHIRT! REGISTRATION REQUIRED! Call 733-9173. Optional craft: dip a cup in nail polish for an awesome gift for yourself or a loved one!

The Teen Writers' Group Zine Release Party will be on May 23rd at 6:30pm. Our teen writers' group is releasing a booklet of their best work from this year! Get your copy autographed and ask questions of our panel of teen writers! Light refreshments provided. Friends, family, and fans are welcome! REGISTER or we'll run out of snacks! Call 733-9173.

Click the links for descriptions (some require signup):

May 9th, 6:30pm - Teen Writers' Group

May 10th, 6:00pm - Teen DIY Night: Craptastic Crafts!

May 23th, 6:30pm - Release Party for Teen Writers' Group

May 24th, 6:00pm - Video Game Night

Youth Events @ Steele

Stuffed Animal SleepoverCelebrate Star Wars and Children's Book Week by picking up a scavenger hunt sheet in our Children's Dept., May 2-7 and then see if you can spy with your Jedi Eye the characters that are hiding; turn in the sheet for a cool prize! The rest of May the Children's staff will be busy hosting area Kindergarten classes. Kindergartners can apply for a library card and when you do, enter your name for a chance to win a Kids Kindle Fire, courtesy of the Friends of CCLD (drawing to be held in August)!

Click the links for descriptions (some require signup):

May 4th, 4:00 - Maker Club Fun as eggs get dropped in our Parking Lot by an Elmira City Fire Truck!

May 5th, 6:30 - Stuffed Animal Sleepover!

May 11th, 3:30 - Lego Club!

May 12th, 3:30 - Book and Cookie Club!

Weekly Storytimes

*Spring session ends the week of May 16-20*

Tuesdays, 10:30 am - Read, Rhyme and Romp Time for Ages 2 and under

Fridays, 10:30 am - Preschool Story Time for Ages 2+

Big Flats

OrnamentAs our programming season winds down, and summer is waiting in the wings, the Big Flats staff would like to thank you for all of your support of our winter/spring programs.  We are looking forward to a fun and busy summer.

Ladies Night Out will held on May 10th, 6pm and we will be making a quilted Christmas ornament. We started the ornament series last month with the Mod Podge  fabric ornament and will continue in May with another ornament style. There is a registration for this program, because space is limited, so call 562-3300 and sign up today.

On May 24th, 6pm, join us for a night of Alvin and the Chipmunks on the big screen as we enjoy The Road Chip. Popcorn will be served and fun will be had by all.


Little WomenOur book club meets the first Friday of the month at our Bulkhead stop at 1:30. This  month's meeting will be May 6th; we will be discussing Room by Emma Donoghue. For next month's discussion on June 3rd, we will be reading Little Women by Louisa May Alcott.

The Bookmobile will be at the Head Start Carnival May 7th, 10am-1pm as well as the Elmira and Horseheads  Memorial Day Parades.

Does the Bookmobile come to your neighborhood? Does the Bookmobile meet your needs? The Bookmobile serves all of Chemung County and we want to hear from you. Please call us at 738-2476.


GardenAdult Events @ Horseheads

In May at Horseheads, we have a variety of Adult Programs! We are excited to host two garden programs this month! Also, our coloring club meets for the last time before taking a summer break! Don't forget to sign up for Tablet Talk on May 24th, 2-4pm to learn all about your tablet or smartphone!

Click the links for descriptions (some require signup):

May 3rd, 6:00pm - Creative Coloring Club for adults

May 11th, 6:00pm - Garden Layout & Design

May 18th, 6:00pm - Pollinators of the Home Garden

June 4th, 1:00pm - Aromatherapy: Healing Salve-making

Youth Events @ Horseheads

Star Wars DayThe first week of May join the Horseheads Free Library as we celebrate Mother's Day. Come to the library at any time from May 2nd through May 7th and craft a Mother's Day card. Return to the circulation desk to pick up an envelope and a ballot to win a Mother's Day Gift Basket. Gift Basket Drawing will be held on Saturday, May 7th.

Click the links for descriptions (some require signup):

May 2nd, 6:00pm - Mother's Day Craft

May 3rd, 3:00pm - Lego Club

May 4th, 3:30pm - Jedi Training and Craft

May 5th, 3:30pm - Cookies and Storm Trooper Craft

May 11th, 3:30pm - Kitty Lit

May 17th, 3:00pm - Lego Club

Weekly Groups

Tuesdays, 10:30am - Preschool Story Time
Thursdays, 10:30am - Toddler Story Time
Saturdays, 10:30am - Family Story Time

Wind ChimeVan Etten

Wednesday, May 4th at 4:00pm: Celebrate Children's Book Week at the Pajama/Book Character Costume Party!!  Join us as we play the Name that Book Character game and favorite book characters trivia.  Also, help create a funny Book Character Mad-Lib library story!!  There will be a book giveaway and other prizes.

Click the links for descriptions (some require signup):

May 4th, 4pm - Children's Book Week PJ Party

May 16th, 1pm - Medicare 101

May 18th, 3:30pm - Beaded Wind Chime Craft

May 27th, 11am (Last Friday of the Month) - Book Club

1st & 3rd Fridays, 11:00am - Family Story Time

West Elmira

TotoroThis month we are watching My Neighbor Totoro and making origami for our family fun nights. Tween makers will be making CD case photo albums and May Flowers, and Adult makers will be making glass cleaner and spray freshener. Stop by and check out our Adult Coloring group on the last Monday of each month. 

Click the links for descriptions (some require signup):

May 9th, 6:30pm - Adult Maker

May 9th, 6:30pm - Family Fun Night Movie

May 16th, 6:30pm - Family Fun Night Craft

May 16th, 7pm - Young Adult Bookclub

May 19th, 3pm - May Flowers Papercraft

Regularly Scheduled Programs

Wednesdays, 10:30am - Homeschool Group
Thursdays, 10:30am - Storytime
Fridays, 1pm - Bridge Club

*May 23rd*, 5pm-8pm - Adult Coloring (closed May 30th)
3rd Wednesday of the month, 3:30pm - Tween Maker Hour
3rd Thursday of the month, 3pm - Adult Book Club

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.

May 2
- 9:30am-4:30pm (bring a bag lunch)

Free Comic Book Day

Celebrate Free Comic Book Day on Saturday, May 7th! Local comic book shop, Heroes Your Mom Threw Out (located at 130 W 14th St, Elmira Heights, NY), will be hosting a celebration from 10:30 AM - 5 PM. Guests include master costume builder Jeff Magnussen, author Mike Raicht, Bill Giancoli and Chris Bell of Zero Comics, and more! Stop by to get your free books and join in the celebration.

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

In This Issue

Maker Expo

Chess Challenge

Technology Training

Tinker Lab

This month at...

Steele Memorial

Big Flats




Van Etten

West Elmira

And more...

AARP Smart Driver Courses

Free Comic Book Day

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