Welcome to the Chemung County Library District

February 2017 Newsletter

Closings - All CCLD locations except Steele are closed for Presidents Day on February 20th. Steele will be open from 10am-6pm.

Patron Appreciation Week - We Love our Library Users!

Patron Appreciation WeekBecause we appreciate our loyal patrons, we are setting aside a special time during the week of February 13-17, 2017 to thank you.  One lucky library user will win a Library Lovers Basket at each CCLD location.  Visit your favorite library or all of them for a chance to win!

Monday, February 13  - West Elmira Branch - Snacks will be available throughout the day with a sit down pizza dinner & a show from 5:00-7:00pm.  There will be special door prizes and an extra entry in to the Book Lovers Basket for those who attend.

Tuesday, February 14 - Big Flats Branch - refreshments served all day from 12:00-8:00pm.

Tuesday, February 14 - Steele Memorial Library - 2:00-4:00 refreshments, music, button making and coloring activities. Come and tell us why you love your library!

Wednesday, February 15 - Horseheads Library  - music by John Manfredi, from 2:00- 5:00pm with light refreshments.  

Wednesday, February 15 - Van Etten Branch - enjoy coffee, tea, hot chocolate & sweet treats from 2:00-6:00pm.    

In order for the Bookmobile to reach all their patrons, Kim will hold Patron Appreciation from February 6-17.  Visiting school children will play the M&M game & receive stickers. Cookies will be served at the stops on Thursday, February 16.

Library Lover Baskets will be on display all week. The drawings will be held on Friday, February 17 at 5:00pm.

Save the Date for Twin Tiers Mini Maker Faire

Twin Tiers Mini Maker Faire

Our 4th annual "making" event will be held at the Arnot Mall on March 25th, 10am-3pm. This year we are excited to announce that we are an official Mini Maker Faire and have a new event partner, SUNY Corning Community College. If you are interested in participating in the Faire as an exhibitor or speaker, please visit our new Maker Faire website and complete the Call for Makers application. http://twintiers.makerfaire.com/

Technology Training at CCLD Libraries

Tech Training Lab

All classes are free and registration is required for most. To register for Steele classes call 733-9175; for Horseheads classes call 739-4581; for Van Etten classes call 589-4755 x3. Registration is not required for the West Elmira classes. All Steele classes take place in the Technology Training Lab.

Click the links below, for full event descriptions:

February 7, 1pm - Tablet Talk (Steele)

February 9, 2pm - Tablet Talk (West Elmira)

February 9, 6pm - Hour of Code (Steele)

February 13, 6pm - Video Game Design (Steele)

February 15, 6pm - Intro to 3D Printing (Steele)

February 21, 6pm - Basic Video Editing (Steele)

February 23, 6pm - Basic Audio Editing (Steele)

February 27, 1pm - Beginning Internet (Steele)

February 27, 3:00pm - Tablet Talk (Van Etten)

February 28, 1pm - Tablet Talk (Steele)

February 28, 2pm - Tablet Talk (Horseheads)

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.

Makerspace Certification Classes

To schedule a training session for one of our certification classes (see below), please call 607-733-6809 during the Tinker Lab's open hours, or E-mail us at: labcentral@stls.org.

Digital Media Lab Certification at Steele

Become certified to use the Digital Media Lab. 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.

3D Printer Certification at Steele

Become certified in the use of the 3D printers at the Steele Memorial Library MakerSpace. Completion of the certification process will allow you to use the 3D printers independently. Anyone under the age of 16 will be supervised in the use of the 3D printer.

3D Printer

Tinker Lab @ Steele

Stop by the Tinker Lab to take a class or use the lab equipment independently anytime the lab is open

*Power Tool Drag Race Workshops are starting in March!
We will be having two workshops to help interested makers build a power tool racer for the Twin Tiers Maker Faire on March 25th. The Workshops will be held:

  • Wednesday, March 8th from 6:00pm - 8:00pm
  • Saturday, March 11th from 11:00am - 1:00pm

*Button making now available in the Tinker Lab!
Patrons can now make custom buttons at the Tinker Lab. The cost per button will be $0.15.

*Weekly crafts are available!
Each week the Tinker Lab will be offering a new craft for patrons to stop in and make. Materials and instructions will be set out on the tables for anyone interested.

Winter Tinker Lab Hours

Monday - Thursday: 3:30PM - 7:30PM
Friday: 12:00AM - 4:00PM
Saturday: 10:00AM - 2:00PM

Soap Mold

3D Print of the Month: Heart Shaped Soap Mold
One free per patron, $0.25 for each additional print

Tinker Lab Classes
February 24th, 1:00PM - 3:00PM - Introduction to Sewing

Steele Memorial

Adult Events @ Steele (teens welcome)

Art Journey 2017: Workshops in the fine arts for the armchair adventurer, with Wynn Yarrow continues at Steele Memorial Library.

Road Map

This month's class, Road Map: Creative Mapmaking will take place on February 22nd at 6:30pm. Please register by calling (607)733-9175. This class is open to adults and teens and focuses on visualization, drawing, and writing.

This project is made possible, in part, with public funds from NYSCA's Decentralization Program, administered regionally by The ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes.

Our Needlepoint series will begin on February 14th at 2pm in the tech lab at Steele Memorial Library. There is a $15 fee for this 9 week series, due to the high cost of materials.

Click the links below, for full event descriptions:

February 2 & 23, 4:30pm - Tai Chi Class

February 8 & 22, 5:30pm - Knitting Class

February 13, 1pm -  Brick wall busting: Genealogy Research Free-for-All

February 14, 2pm - Intro to Needlepoint (series intro)

February 14, 6pm - Alzheimer's Association - Effective Communication Strategies

February 15, 6pm - Fan Infinity (Fandom Club)

February 17, 6:30pm - "So bad, it's good!" Movie Night

February 21, 2pm - The Discoverers (program designed for adults with developmental disabilities)

February 22, 6pm - Introduction to Biochar (gardening)

February 22, 6:30pm - Road Map: Creative Mapmaking

February 24, 2pm - Friday Afternoon Film

February 28, 10am - Railways to the Southern Tier

Weekly Programs

Tuesdays, 7:30-8:30pm - Adult Writing Group
Wednesdays, 9-4pm - Chess Club
Wednesdays, 12:30-2pm - Knit & Crochet Club
Thursdays, 1-3pm - Mahjong Club

Teen Events @ Steele (12-18 yrs)


Blind Date with a Book:  Check out (literally!) our Blind Date with a Book display for all lovers of YA literature. Don't open your dates until after you check them out and get them home. Our Teen Life workshop series begins with a College cost cutting workshop, and later on in the month, a Relationships 101 Jeopardy experience led by Trinity of Chemung County.

Click the links below, for full event descriptions:

February 7 & 21, 6pm - Teen Game Night

February 13, 6:30pm - Cutting Your College Costs

February 14, 6pm - Anti-Valentine's Day Smackdown

February 28, 6pm - Relationships 101 Jeopardy

Doggy TalesYouth Events @ Steele

February will be full of fun in the Kids Dept. Highlights include a visit from Tanglewood, reading to our Library Dog, a Mardi Gras party, Library BINGO and a special scavenger hunt developed by the Elmira City School District...come join the fun!

Click the links below, for full event descriptions:

February 4, 11am - Tanglewood's Amazing Animal Show

Mondays, Feb 6 - Mar 20, 6:30pm - Doggy Tales!

February 8, 3:30pm - Lego Club

February 9, 3pm - Kids Creation Station (Valentine's Craft)

Monday Feb. 20-Saturday Feb. 25 - Special Scavenger Hunt for School Break Week

February 22, 3pm - Library BINGO

February 23, 2:00pm - Family Movie, Finding Dory

February 27, 4:00pm - Mardi Gras Party!


Tuesdays beginning Feb. 7 at 10:30 a.m. - Read, Rhyme and Romp Time for ages 2 and under

Fridays beginning Feb. 10 at 10:30 a.m. - Preschool Storytime for ages 2 and over

Big Flats

StorksMovie and popcorn night returns on February 21, 6pm! This month's feature is STORKS. This movie is rated PG and as always popcorn will be served. The best movies and the best popcorn are at the Big Flats Library.

On February 28, 6pm, join the Big Flats staff as we venture into the world of card making. Using stamps, gel pens, colored pencils and more to create just the card you want to give a friend or a loved one. You must register for this class due to space. Stop in, call 562-3300 or email peelg@stls.org and we will sign you up. Class runs from 6:00 - 7:00 P.M.

Click the links below, for full event descriptions:

February 21, 6pm - Movie & Popcorn Night

February 28, 6pm - Card Making

Wednesdays, 10:30am - Toddler Storytime


Our book club meets the 2nd Friday of the month at the Bulkhead stop in Southport at 1:30pm.

For the month of January we read "The Promise by Beth Wiseman the discussion will be on February 10th. For February we will be reading "Defending Jacob" by William Landay.

Click the links below, for full event descriptions:

February 10, 1:30pm - Book Club


Adult Events @ Horseheads

My PlateIn February at Horseheads, we will continue series of nutrition classes with Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Sarah Ann Hess. We are also excited to begin this year's Garden Series classes with Jabe Warren, Horticultural Expert. Our first of seven classes is Fruit Tree Pruning! Registration is required. Call 739-4581 to register.

Also, Tablet talk is back! Sign up to learn all about your tablet or smartphone! Registration is required for all programs.

Click the links below, for full event descriptions:

February 7, 6:00pm - Information on Sugary Beverages, Low-Fat, and Fat Free Dairy

February 14, 6:00pm - Healthy Holiday and Restaurant Eating

February 21, 6:00pm - Fruit Tree Pruning

February 28, 2:00pm - Tablet Talk

Youth Events @ Horseheads

February 6th at 6:00pm Horseheads Free library is hosting a Princess Party (Knights are welcome too).  Come in your princess finery for crafts, games, and snacks, and one lucky participant will win 4 tickets to the February 23rd performance of Roger and Hammerstein's Cinderella at the Clemens Center.

Click the links below, for full event descriptions:

February 6, 6:00pm - Princess Party

February 7, 3:00pm - LEGO Club

February 14, 3:30 - KittyLit

February 21, 3:00pm - LEGO Mindstorms

Weekly Groups

Thursdays, 10:30am - Family Story Time

Secret Life of PetsVan Etten

Stop by for Valentines crafts and snacks on February 8th from 3-6pm and make your own slumber pet! The family movie this month is "Secret Life of Pets"!

Click the links below, for full event descriptions:

February 8th, 3:00pm - Valentine Crafting

February 10, 3:30pm - Family Movie: "Secret Life of Pets" Rated PG

February 15, 2:00pm-6:00pm - Patron Appreciation Day

February 24, 12:15pm - Book club Meeting

February 27, 3:00pm - Tablet Talk: Learn to use your device

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

West Elmira

Knit Scarf

This month our Family Movie is The Secret Life of Pets, our Miyazaki Movie is The Cat Returns, and for Tween Maker you can learn to knit with straws.  Join us on the fourth Thursday of each month and write a letter to your favorite actor, sports figure, politician, author or anyone else you admire.  Bring your electronic device to the library on 2/9 and learn how to access movies, books, magazine, movies, and more FREE from the library straight to your device.

Click the links below for full event descriptions:

Wednesday the 9th @ 2pm - Tablet Talk

Monday the 13th @ 5pm - Patron Appreciation - Dinner and a Show

Tuesday the 21st @ 2:30pm - Video Gaming with Rainy Toad

Wednesday the 22nd @ 3pm - Tanglewood visit

Tuesdays @ 11am - Gentle Yoga with Karen
Wednesdays @ 10:30am - Homeschool Group
Thursdays @ 10:30am - Storytime
Fridays @ 1pm - Bridge Club

First Monday of every month @ 6:30pm - Family Movie Night (2/6 this month)

Third Monday of every month @ 6:30pm - Miyazaki Movie Night (2/27 this month)

Fourth Monday of every month @ 6pm - Teen Hangout

Second and Fourth Wednesday of every month @4pm - LEGO Club

Third Wednesday of every month @ 3:30pm - Tween Maker Hour

Third Thursday of every month @ 3pm - Adult Book Club

Fourth Tuesday of every month @ 4pm - Letter Writing Club

2017 AARP Smart Driver Courses at Steele

Call (607)733-2788 to register for the following Smart Driver courses at Steele Memorial Library.

February 14 & 15, 1:30-4:30pm
March 22 & 24, 1:30-4:30pm
April 19 & 21, 1:30-4:30pm
May 8 & 9, 1:30-4:30pm

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

In This Issue

Patron Appreciation

Maker Faire

Technology Training

Tinker Lab

This month at...

Steele Memorial

Big Flats




Van Etten

West Elmira

And more...

2017 AARP Smart Driver Courses

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