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October 2019 Newsletter

Steele Memorial Library will be open from 10am-6pm on October 14th. All other branches will be closed that day.

Friends of CCLD Books Sandwiched In

Click here to download the full schedule of book talks. All reviews are held Fridays from 12-1pm at Steele Memorial Library. A light sandwich lunch may be purchased for $4 or you may bring your own. If schools are closed due to inclement weather, the book review will be rescheduled. Contact friendsofccld@gmail.com for more information.

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:

October 15, 1pm - Tablet Talk (Steele)

October 15, 2pm - Tablet Talk (Horseheads)

October 21, 1:30pm - Tablet Talk (Van Etten)

October 22, 6pm - Introduction to Designing with Inkscape (Steele)

October 29, 6pm - Blender Basics (Steele)

Tech Tutoring

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

Makerspace News

Laser Certifications

Certification for use of the CCLD Makerspace's laser cutter and engraver will be available starting Monday, October 21. Appointments for certification can be made using the online reservation calendar at:


Please place "Certification" in the Project Summary field on the reservation form.

Tinker Lab @ Steele

Sewing Classes

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

Tinker Lab Hours
Monday - Thursday: 12:00PM - 3:00PM, 4:00PM - 7:30PM
Friday & Saturday: 12:00PM - 4:00PM

Tinker Lab Closings
The Tinker Lab will be closed October 4, 11, and 14.

Upcoming Sewing Workshops
CCLD Makerspace will be hosting a series of sewing classes taught over the course of two multi-week sessions by guest instructor Jeannette Burnett.

3-week session:
November 12, 19, & 26
6:00pm - 8:00pm
A registration fee of $15.00 will cover the cost of materials and all 3 classes. To register, please visit the Steele Memorial Library reference desk. Financial assistance is available upon request.

6-week session:
January 7, 14, 21, 28
February 4 & 11
6:00pm - 8:00pm
A registration fee of $30.00 will cover the cost of materials and all 6 classes. To register, please visit the Steele Memorial Library reference desk. Financial assistance is available upon request.

Steele Memorial

Adult Events @ Steele

The Great Give Back

The Great Give Back is a day when public libraries in New York State offer opportunities for their patrons to participate in community service activities. Steele Library is hosting a catnip cat toy making session; the cat toys will be donated to the Elmira Animal Shelter. Call 733-9175 to reserve a time between 10am-12pm on Saturday, October 19th to make one or more cat toys to donate. Staff will be on hand and available to help. Materials are provided.

This day ONLY also, we will be giving $5 late fee forgiveness coupons to patrons that bring one or more items to donate to the shelter. Cat food and cat litter are particularly needed. We will only be collecting this day, and only one coupon per patron.

Click the links below for full event descriptions:

Tuesdays, September 24 - October 15, 4pm - Money as You Grow Bookshelf (4 week program for children and caregivers)

October 1, 5pm - Elmira Ukulele Society (all ages)

October 3, 6-8pm (sign up for a 30-minute slot) - Bottle of Boos Craft

October 3, 6pm - Fan Infinity

October 7, 4:30pm - Tai Chi Classes

October 10, 1pm - Genealogy: intro to ancestry.com Library edition

October 10, 6pm - Glow in the Dark Pumpkin Decorating

October 12, 2pm - "Jack Strong" - Polish Heritage Month movie from The Polish Arts Club of Elmira

October 15, 6:30pm - T-shirt Tote Bags Craft

October 17, 6pm - "Clue" (1985): Thursday Night Movie

October 18, 2:15pm - "Practical Magic" - Friday Afternoon Film

October 19, 10-12pm (sign up for a 30-minute slot) - The Great Give Back - Make Cat Toys for Animal Shelter / Pet Supplies Drive

October 19, 2pm - "The Zookeeper's Wife" - Polish Heritage Month movie-Polish Arts Club of Elmira

October 21, 6:30pm - Hex Signs (Pennsylvania Dutch Folk Art Workshop)

October 22, 1-6pm - Red Cross Blood Drive

October 30, 2pm - Mini Pumpkins on Wood Painting Class With Filomena

October 31, 6:30pm - Clay Art Class with Wynn Yarrow - "Bird Brain"

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)

Glow in the dark Pumpkins

TeenTober is here! We are gearing up for our annual Teen "Haunted Library" Halloween Dance on the last Friday evening in October. Get in the Halloween mood with our teen selected Halloween movie series, or paint pumpkins and play creepy board games when school is out for Columbus Day. Hone your acting and improvisation skills with performer Tim Collins! Never a dull moment for teens in the Teen Space upstairs at Steele Library! All events are for ages 12 to 18 only.

Click the links below for full event descriptions:

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

Every Tuesday in October at 5pm - Teen Advisory Group

October 1, 5pm - Elmira Ukulele Society (all ages)

October 1, 6pm - Teen Halloween Movie: Coraline

October 7, 6pm - Teen Halloween Movie: Corpse Bride

October 8, 6pm - Teen Improv Theater workshop

October 10, 5pm - Teen Art club Acrylic Pour Painting

October 14, 3pm - Glow in the Dark Pumpkin Painting

October 14, 3pm - Teen MEGA (Most Excellent Gaming Adventures)

October 15, 6:30pm - T-shirt Tote Bag Making

Oct 21, 6pm - Dungeons & Dragons

October 22, 6pm - Teen Halloween Movie: Hocus Pocus

October 23, 5pm - Safe Zones at Community Arts of Elmira

October 24, 5:30pm - Teen Art club: Finish props for dance

October 25, 7pm - Teen Halloween Dance

October 28, 6:30pm - Manga Anime club: Cosplay Night

October 29, 6pm - Teen Halloween Movie: Beetlejuice

Youth Events @ Steele

The WitchesAll month long we are celebrating Roald Dahl's The Witches. Join us for a family movie night on Wednesday, October 30, 2019 at 6pm to watch the movie The Witches. Join Mr. Jeff, Ms. Britt, and Ms. Amanda as they read through Roald Dahl's classic, The Witches, every Saturday this month. Our annual Spooky Stacks Halloween party and Haunted house will be held on Thursday, October 24th from 6:30-7:30pm.

Click the links below for full event descriptions:

October 1, 5pm - Elmira Ukulele Society (all ages)
October 3, 4pm - BINGO!
October 8, 6pm - Toon Tuesday
October 22, 6pm - Toon Tuesday
October 24, 6:30pm - Spooky Stacks
October 30, 6pm - Witches
October 31, Trick or Treating! (all day while supplies last)

Weekly Groups

Scavenger Hunt - All month long, no set time.
Tuesdays, 4:00pm - Money As You Grow Bookshelf (Registration required!)
Fridays, 10:30am - Family Story Time
Saturdays, 2:30pm - Roald Dahl's The Witches Read-a-loud

SquidBig Flats

Our book for October Book Club, The Alice Network by Kate Quinn, is now available at the Big Flats Library. Stop in and check out your copy of the book. Read through the month of October and plan to meet at 1pm on Friday, November 1. Light refreshments served. Stop by this month for Movie & Popcorn night, a Noah's Ark (build-an-animal) Workshop, and trick-or-treating!

Click the links below, for full event descriptions:

October 8, 6pm - Movie and Popcorn Night (Toy Story 4)

October 15, 6pm - Noah's Ark Animal Workshop & Story Hour Registration is required: 562-3300

October 31, 10-6pm - Trick-or-Treat - Stop in and get a treat (or will it be a trick?) anytime on Thursday, October 31! Extra treat if you are in costume...


Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar ChildrenThe Bookmobile will be at several events this month including: Shine the Light on Domestic Violence at Wisner Park (make a teddy bear button with Bookmobile staff), Oktoberfest in Elmira Heights (make a fall button), and Pumpkin Express at Sullivan Railroad in Horseheads (make a fall craft).

Our book club meets the 2nd Friday of the month at the Bulkhead stop in Southport at 1:30pm. For the month of Sept we read "438 days" by Jonathan Franklin to discuss on October 11th. This month we will read "Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children" by Ransom Riggs to discuss in November.

Click the links below, for full event descriptions:

October 5, 5:30-7pm - Shine the Light on Domestic Violence
October 11, 1:30pm - Book Club
October 12, 10-4pm - Make Fall Buttons at Oktoberfest
October 19, 11-3pm - Pumpkin Express at Sullivan Railroad


Adult Events @ Horseheads

Clay Art Class

In October at Horseheads, join us for our monthly art class to work in air-dried clay! Come and relax and enjoy our book clubs! Also, sign up to learn all about your tablet or smartphone! Registration is required. Call 739-4581 to register.

Click the links below, for full event descriptions:

Wed, October 9, 1-3pm - Lit Lovers Book Club
Tue, October 15, 2-4pm - Tablet Talk
Mon, October 21, 5:30-7pm - Art Class: What We Hold Dear
Mon, October 28, 6-7pm - Evening Book Club

Youth Events @ Horseheads

Explore DNA with us!  We will read books that will introduce DNA. Then, there will be two crafts: Incredible, Edible DNA and DNA Sequence Wristbands. Registration is required for some programs: 739-4581.

Click the links below, for full event descriptions:

October 1, 6:30pm - DNA Program
October 16, 3:30pm - Early Reader's Book Club
October 8 & 22, 3:30pm - Kitty Lit

Thursdays, 10:30am - Family Storytime
Thursdays, 2pm - Homeschool Program

Van Etten

The Van Etten Library is MOVING to 6 Gee St. in Van Etten, across from the Dandy Mart (the former Village Hall building). The Van Etten Library, currently located at 83 Main St., will be closed the week of Monday, 9/30-Friday, 10/4 to prepare for the move.  The Library will reopen in the new location at 6 Gee St. on Monday, October 7 at 1:00pm. Please stop by the new location and check out our new Library!

ExerciseIntroducing a new program at the Van Etten Library:  Bone Builders - Strength Training, an exercise program for men and women (free and open to the public). Maintain and build bone mass and muscle, improve strength, balance, flexibility, and more! This group meets twice weekly on Monday and Wednesday mornings from 10:00am-11:30am. No registration required.  Please call with questions (607)589-4755.

Also, the LEGO Challenge Club returns, Wednesday, October 16 at 3:30pm.  Are you up to the challenge? Which Challenge is next? Join us for club night and test your LEGO building skills!!  ALL AGES welcome!

Click the links below, for full event descriptions:

October, Mondays & Wednesdays, 10-11:30am - Bone Builders

October 16, 3:30-4:30pm - LEGO Challenge Club

October 21, 1:30-3:30pm - Tablet Talk: Bring your device and your questions

October 25, 12:15pm - Book Club meeting

October 25, 6-7pm - Halloween Party! Scavenger Hunt, crafts, snacks, games. Wear your costume for our costume contest!

West Elmira

Have old card or board games at home? Donate them to the West Elmira Library board game exchange! Drop off your old ones and maybe pick up a new game you've never played before.

Click the links below for full event descriptions:

Tuesday, October 8th, 2:30pm - Rainy Toad Gaming - Creeper Hunting

Monday, October 21st, 3:30pm - Outsmart the Scammers

Friday, October 25th, 3:30pm - Noah's Ark Animal Workshop - Halloween Workshop

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

Fourth Monday of every month, 6:30pm - Cookbook Book Club

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

Third Thursday of every month, 3:30pm - Tween Maker Hour

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

In This Issue

Friends Book Talks

Technology Training

Tinker Lab

This month at...

Steele Memorial

Big Flats



Van Etten

West Elmira

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