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August 2019 Newsletter

Summer Reading Club

Summer Reading Club finishes up this month. If you participated in the club, contact your library for more information about end of Summer Reading Club celebrations and prize drawings.

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 below, for full event descriptions:

August 12, 2-4pm - Tablet Talk (Van Etten)
August 13, 1-3pm - Tablet Talk (Steele)
August 14, 6-7pm - Introduction to Inkscape (Steele)
August 19, 6-7pm - Blender Basics (3D Design) (Steele)
August 20, 2-4pm - Tablet Talk (Horseheads)
August 20, 6-7pm - Basic Video Editing (Steele)

Tech Tutoring

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

Tinker Lab @ Steele

Maker Camp

Makerspace News

Tinker Lab closed (8/5 - 8/9)
The Tinker Lab will be closed the week of August 5 - 9 for our annual Summer Maker Camp. Regular Tinker Lab hours will resume Monday, August 12.

Reserve the Laser Engraver

Use of the Tinker Lab's laser engraver may now be reserved online: https://ccldmakerspace.youcanbook.me/

Drop in appointments are still accepted.

Tinker Lab Hours

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

Monday - Thursday: 12:00PM - 3:00PM, 4:00PM - 7:30PM
Friday: 12:00PM - 4:00PM

Steele Memorial


We have several art classes for adults this month at Steele! On August 1, join Emma for a Galaxy Dipped Drinking Mug craft. Artist Filomena Jack will be here on August 2 to teach an acrylic painting class! We have two Community Arts Grant funded art workshops with artist Wynn Yarrow as well, on August 8th and 22nd! Finally, on August 27th we have a Henna class with artist Jennifer Sekella. All of these classes require registration. See below for more details.

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.

Adult Events @ Steele

Click the links below for full event descriptions:

August 1, 1:30 - 3pm - Galaxy Dipped Drinking Mugs (please register)

August 1, 6-8pm - Fan Infinity Adult Fandom Club

August 2, 2-4pm - Silly Octopus Acrylic Painting with Filomena

August 6, 5-6pm - Elmira Ukulele Society (all ages)

August 8, 6:30-8:30pm - Art Class with Wynn Yarrow - "From the Sea"

August 12, 4:30-5:45pm - Tai Chi (currently a waiting list)

August 15, 1-2pm - Genealogy: Intro to ancestry.com

August 15, 2:30-3:30pm - Brick Wall Busting: genealogy research free-for-all

August 15, 5:15-8:16pm - Thursday Movie - Avengers: End Game

August 16, 2-4:15pm - Friday Film - Green Book

August 22, 6:30-8:30pm - Art Class with Wynn Yarrow - "Imaginary Clouds"

August 27, 6-7:30pm - Henna Class with Jennifer Sekella

Weekly Programs

Tuesdays, 7:00-8:30pm - Adult Writing Group
Wednesdays, 9-4pm - Chess Club
Wednesdays, 12:30-2pm - Knit & Crochet Club

Teen Events @ Steele (12-18 yrs)


Click the links below for full event descriptions:

August 1, 9:00pm - Stargazing & S'mores at TANGLEWOOD Nature Center

August 2, 2-4pm - Silly Octopus Acrylic Painting with Filomena

August 6, 5-6pm - Elmira Ukulele Society (all ages)

Wednesdays in August, 6:30pm - Safe Zones (for LGBTQ teens, allies, everyone)

August 8 & 22, 5pm - Teen Art Club: Sketch outdoors

August 12, 5:30pm - Teen MEGA (Most Excellent Gaming Adventures)

August 13 & 27, 5:00pm - Teen Advisory Group meeting (all teens welcome)

August 20, 6pm - Teen Tote bag laser engraving

August 20, 6-7pm - Basic Video Editing

August 26, 6:30pm - Teen Monday Manga/Anime Club

August 27, 6pm - Teen Virtual Reality game night with Rainy Toad Gaming

August 27, 6pm - Henna Tattooing (for Teens AND Adults)

Youth Events @ Steele

Telling Stories with Music

Summer Reading Club wraps up Friday August 9th; make sure to add your minutes by 9:00pm and stop by your library to find out about the party at Eldridge Park to celebrate another summer of amazing reading!

Click the links below for full event descriptions:

August 1, 2pm - Thursday afternoon movie: Space Camp
August 6, 5-6pm - Elmira Ukulele Society (all ages)
August 12, 3:30pm - Sip and Dip
August 13, 6pm - Toon Tuesday: Brave
August 27, 6pm - Toon Tuesday: Wreck-It Ralph
August 28, 6:30pm - Orchestra of the Finger Lakes presents Telling Stories with Music: the Frog Prince

Weekly Groups
Scavenger Hunt - All month long, no set time.
Last Summer Family Storytime on Friday August 2nd, Storytime will return in the fall!

Big Flats

Oliver KitteridgeBig Flats is starting a book club! Stop in on August 1st for your free copy of the book Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout. Read the book during the month of August and be prepared to meet on September 13 at 1:00 p.m. to discuss. The book club moderator is from Ithaca College.

On August 16th, bring your lawn chairs, your appetite, and settle in for a night of music starting at 6pm. The Diamondback Rattlers will be here for your entertainment! The Big Flats Lions Club will sell hotdogs, chips, and drinks. If it rains we will be indoors.

On August 27th, one of the OSFL's chamber music ensembles, The Edgewood Piano Trio (violin, cello, and piano), will present an educational music program that will entertain and enlighten all ages--children and adults. The storybook theme is The Frog Prince with music by Michael Hopkins. This event is free thanks to the generous support of the Upstate Coalition for a Fairgame.

Click the links below for full event descriptions:

August 13, 6-7:30pm - Movie and Popcorn (Ugly Dolls)
August 16, 6-8pm - Friday Night Concert
August 27, 6-7pm - Telling Stories with Music


Here and GoneAugust 24th we will be at Strong Kids Safe Kids 11am-2pm at the Chemung County Fairgrounds. We will have a fun family activity for the kids to enjoy and also a back to school and reading supply basket giveaway and other prizes. Come aboard and fill out a slip for a chance to win.

Our book club meets the 2nd Friday of the month at the Bulkhead stop in Southport at 1:30pm. For the month of July we read Here and Gone, by Haylen Beck, to discuss on August 9th. This month we will read The Child, by Fiona Barton, to discuss at the September meeting.

Click the links below for full event descriptions:

August 9, 1:30pm - Book Club
August 24, 11am-2pm - Strong Kids Safe Kids


Adult Events @ Horseheads

Wynn Yarrow Art ClassIn August at Horseheads, we continue our series of T'ai Chi classes. We are also holding two art classes this month, both on the theme of book arts! Our afternoon book club selection is The Overstory, by Richard Powers. Also, sign up to learn all about your tablet or smartphone!

Evening Book Club will return Monday, September 23rd at 6:30pm to discuss books from the following summer reading list: I Know This Much Is True, by Wally Lamb; Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, by Gail Honeyman; Mistress of the Ritz, by Melanie Benjamin; Station Eleven, by Emily St. John Mandel; and Educated, by Tara Westover.

Registration is required for all programs. Call 739-4581 to register.

Click the links below, for full event descriptions:

Tuesday,  August  6, 10-11:15am -  T'ai Chi Class
Tuesday,  August  13, 10-11:15am -  T'ai Chi Class
Wednesday, August 14, 1-3pm - Lit Lover's Book Club
Wednesday, August 14, 5:30-7pm - Art Class - In The Flow
Wednesday, August 21, 5:30-7pm - Art Class - Point of View
Tuesday, August 20, 2-4pm - Tablet Talk

Youth Events @ Horseheads

Kindergarten Boot Camp

It's back to school time!  Do you have what it takes to go to Kindergarten?  Fine tune your skills at Kindergarten Bootcamp by working your way through stations.  These stations will focus on skills you will need to be successful in kindergarten. *This program is intended for kids that will be entering Kindergarten in September.

Click the links below, for full event descriptions:

August 19, 6:30pm - Telling Stories with Music with the Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes
August 27, 6:00pm - Kindergarten Bootcamp

Mondays, 5:30pm - Family Film Festival (ends August 5)
Thursdays, 10:30am - Booker's Clubhouse (ends August 8)

Van Etten

Build an animal

The Van Etten Library Summer Reading Club Final Party is on Wednesday, August 14 from 2:30-4:30pm! Join us for our 5th annual Field Day! We will have outdoor water activities, games, prizes and treats. Bring your suit, towel and some comfy shoes & don’t miss out on a fun filled afternoon!! All ages welcome, activities for all ages!

Click the links below for full event descriptions:

August 2, 2-4pm - Friday Movie: Monsters vs. Aliens
August 7, 3:30-4:30pm - Alien Stuffed Animal
August 9, 2-4pm - Friday Movie: Pokemon Detective Pikachu

August 12, 2-4pm - Tablet Talk: Bring your device and your questions! Registration is required for this class.  Please call the library to sign up.  (607)589-4755 (leave a message)

August 14, 3-4:30pm - 5th Annual Field Day & SRC Party
August 30, 12:15pm - Book Club meeting

West Elmira

Click the links below for full event descriptions:

Monday, August 5, 4pm - Explore the Universe

Wednesday, August 21, 3pm - Summer Tween Maker Hour - Galaxy Slime - Registration required and limited to 15

Monday, August 5, 6pm - Teen Summer Movie Night

Mondays & Fridays, 1pm - Bridge Club
Tuesdays, 11am - Gentle Yoga with Karen
Fourth Monday of every month, 6pm - Cookbook Book Club
Second and Fourth Wednesday of every month, 4pm - LEGO Club

For more information about these and other events, visit the CCLD Events Calendar: http://tinyurl.com/ccldevents

In This Issue

Summer Reading Club

Technology Training

Tinker Lab

This month at...

Steele Memorial

Big Flats



Van Etten

West Elmira

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