Welcome to the Chemung County Library District

December 2019 Newsletter

Closings & Holiday Hours

December 24 - Libraries close at 1pm
December 25 - Closed
December 31 - Libraries close at 1pm
January 1 - Closed

Food for Fines: December 20 - January 2

Happy Hogmanay

In the spirit of the Scottish tradition of Hogmanay, the Chemung County Library District will be accepting food for fines from December 20, 2019 to January 2, 2020. Overdue fees up to $20 will be forgiven ($5 per non-perishable food item). Lost or damaged items and collection fees are excluded.

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:

December 02, 5pm - Lego Robotics (Steele)
December 09, 5pm - Lego Robotics (Steele)
December 10, 1pm - Tablet Talk (Steele)
December 12, 6pm - Introduction to 3D Printing (Steele)
December 16, 5pm - Lego Robotics (Steele)
December 17, 2-4pm - Tablet Talk (Horseheads)
January 6, 2-4pm - Tablet Talk (Van Etten)

Tech Tutoring

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

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 Holiday Hours
The Tinker Lab will be closed from 12:00pm to 4:00pm on December 23, 26, 30, and January 2. The Tinker Lab will be open during its normal 4:00pm to 7:30pm hours on these days.

Tinker Lab Closings
The Tinker Lab will be closed December 20, 24, 25, 27, 28, 31 and January 1, 3, and 4.

Upcoming Sewing Workshop
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.

Laser Certifications
Certification for use of CCLD Makerspace's laser cutter and engraver is now available.

Appointments for certification can be made using the online reservation calendar at:


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

Steele Memorial

Adult Events @ Steele

Winter Reading Club

Winter Reading Club will run from December 2nd - January 4th. Sign up and log minutes via our website for a chance to win prizes: http://ccld.ny01.readsquared.com/

Click the links below for full event descriptions:

December 3, 5-6pm - Elmira Ukulele Society (all ages)

December 5, 6-8pm - Fan Infinity, Adult Fandom Club

December 10, 1-3pm - Tablet Talk (learn your device)

December 10, 6-7:30pm - Gourd Bird House Painting

December 12, 6:30-8pm - Art Class - "Turning a Leaf"

December 16, 6-8pm - Painted Holiday Trees on Wood

December 17, 1-3pm - Free Holiday Gift Making for Adults

December 19, 1-2pm - Genealogy: Intro to ancestry.com

December 19, 2:30-3:30pm - Genealogy: Brick Wall Busting

December 20, 1:45-4pm - "The Holiday" Friday Film

December 26, 1-6pm - Red Cross Blood Drive

December 27, 2-4pm - "The Year Without a Santa Claus" & "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" Friday Films

Weekly Programs

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

Teen Events @ Steele (12-18 yrs)

Hot Chocolate

Winter Reading Club for teens starts December 2 and runs through January 4! All 7-12 graders can sign up in person at Steele Library or on our library home page: ccld.lib.ny.us. Log the amount of time you spend reading for prizes. (Read anything you want; school reading and homework counts as reading time, too!). Prizes include hot chocolate vouchers, Lights Bakery cookie coupons, lip balm and more!

Click the links below for full event descriptions:

Mondays in December, 6pm - Dungeons & Dragons

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

December 3, 5-6pm - Elmira Ukulele Society (all ages)

December 4, 6pm - Teen Movie: "Elf"

December 9, 5:30pm - Teen MEGA (Most Excellent Gaming Adventures)

December 10, 5pm - Teen Advisory Group

December 12, 5pm - Teen Art club: open studio & paper tree making

December 17, 6:30pm - DIY Holiday Gifts, teen edition

December 27, 2pm - Teen Movie: "Tyler Perry's A Medea Christmas" & hot chocolate bar

December 30, 2pm - Teen Movie: "Let It Snow" & hot chocolate bar

December 30, 6:30pm - Teen Manga/Anime club

January 2, 2pm - New Year DIY: "What's Your Word?"

Youth Events @ Steele


This December the Grinch is taking over the library. Join us for a special story time and craft at 10am. The Grinch will stop by to read Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas.  Make sure to bring your camera, the Grinch will be available for pictures after the story.

Click the links below for full event descriptions:

December 3, 5-6pm - Elmira Ukulele Society (all ages)

December 5, 3:30pm - Party in your Bathtub Day

December 6, 10:30am - Family Storytime

December 7, 2:30pm - Saturday Afternoon Movie: How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1966)

December 10, 6pm - Toon Tuesday

December 11, 3:30pm - Lego Club

December 12, 4pm - BINGO!

December 13, 10:30am - Family Storytime (last one for the Fall Season)

December 14, 10am - Storytime and Craft with the Grinch

December 16, 4pm - Special Holiday Storytime (Hanukkah and Christmas)

December 21, 2:30pm - Saturday Afternoon Movie: How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)

December 23, 3:30pm - Princess Tea Party Registration Required (Princes are welcome)

December 27, 2pm - Gaming Days: Winter Break Afternoon Games

December 30, 2pm - Gaming Days: Winter Break Afternoon Games

Weekly Groups
Monthly Scavenger Hunt - All month long, no set time
Special Holiday Scavenger Hunt - December 16 through December 21
Winter Storytime will return Friday January 17

Big Flats

On Friday, December 20th from 2-4pm, stop and in and wish Glenny well on her last day before retirement. There will be light refreshments and possibly some tears, but Glenny would love to see you and thank you for being such a great patrons to Big Flats Library.

Click the links below, for full event descriptions:

December 4 & 11, 10:30am - Toddler Story Time (Story Time will return in January)

December 6, 1pm - Book Club

December 13 & 20, 12:30pm - Diamond Painting Club

Where the Crawdads SingBookmobile

Our book club meets the 2nd Friday of the month at the Bulkhead stop in Southport at 1:30pm. For the month of November we read "The friends We Keep" by Jane Green to discuss on December 13th.

This month we will read "Where the Crawdads Sing" by Delia Owens to discuss in January.


Adult Events @ Horseheads

In December at Horseheads, we are having another Gourd birdhouse painting class with Karen Curran, owner of Karen May's Creations! (If you don't get a spot in this class, we will be having more classes next year. Stay tuned)! Enjoy our final art class of the year with Wynn Yarrow; also, come and enjoy our book club meetings!

Registration is required. Call 739-4581 to register.

Click the links below, for full event descriptions:

December 4, 5:30-7:30pm - Art Class - Finding Home
December 9, 5-7pm - Gourd Birdhouse Painting Class
December 11, 1-3pm - Lit Lover's Book Club
December 17, 2-4pm - Tablet Talk
December 23, 6-7pm - Evening Book Club

Youth Events @ Horseheads

GingerbreadCelebrate "Gingerbread Season" with us on Tuesday, December 3. We will read the book Gingerbread Friends by Jan Brett. Each child will be able to make a winter friend (choice of moose or reindeer) to take home as well as their own copy of the book.  Registration is required!

Click the links below, for full event descriptions:

December 3, 6:30pm - Winter Wonderland Workshop
December 10, 3:30pm - Kitty Lit
December 16, 6:00pm - Polar Express Movie
December 18, 3:30pm - Early Reader's Book Club

Thursdays, 10:30am - Family Storytime (NOT on Dec. 26)
Thursdays, 1:00pm & 2:00pm - Homeschool Program (call to register)

Van Etten

Stuffed Animals

Join us at the Van Etten Library on Friday, December 13 at 6:00pm for a very special Stuffed Animal Storytime!  Bring your favorite stuffed pal (or toy), wear your PJs and join us for funny stories, holiday cookie decorating & a showing of the "Pixar Short" films collection.

Click the links below, for full event descriptions:

December 13, 6-7:30pm - Stuffed Animal Storytime! Bring your stuffed toy, wear your pajamas too!! All ages welcome.

December 14, 12:30-2pm - Adult Holiday Craft: Glass Block Decoration. Ages 12 & up. Must call to sign up for this program (supplies limited). 589-4755, please leave a message.

December 18, 3:30-4:30pm - LEGO Club Challenge: Winter Theme

December 27, 12:15pm - Book Club meeting

December 27, 2-4pm - Afternoon movie: Abominable; Rated PG

December, Mondays & Wednesdays, 10am-11am - Bone Builders (No classes 12/23 &12/25)

January 6, 2-4pm - Tablet Talk: Have questions? Get answers! Call to register, 589-4755

West Elmira

Board Games

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, December 10, 2:30pm - Rainy Toad Gaming - SMASH Tuesday

Thursday, December 12, 3pm - Tween Maker Hour - Tea Light Snowman Ornament

Monday, December 16, 5:30pm - Carrie Hooper "My Life in My Words" - Poetry reading and book signing

Monday, December 16, 6:30pm - Beauty and the Beast Storytellers

Friday, December 20, 3:30pm - Noah's Ark Animal Workshop - Holiday Workshop

Wednesdays, 10:30am - Homeschool Group - Ending December 11th

Thursdays, 10:30am - Storytime - Ending December 12th

Mondays & Fridays, 1pm - Bridge Club

Tuesdays, 11am - Gentle Yoga with Karen

Second Wednesday of the month, 4pm - LEGO Club

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

In This Issue


Food for Fines

Technology Training

Tinker Lab

This month at...

Steele Memorial

Big Flats



Van Etten

West Elmira

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