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January 2020 Newsletter

Closings & Holiday Hours

January 1 - Closed
January 20 - Steele will be open 10am-6pm; other CCLD libraries are closed.

Food for Fines: Last day is January 2

Happy Hogmanay

In the spirit of the Scottish tradition of Hogmanay, the Chemung County Library District will be accepting food for fines until 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:

January 6, 2-4pm - Tablet Talk (Van Etten)

January 7, 1-3pm - Tablet Talk (Steele)

January 21, 2-4pm - Tablet Talk (Horseheads)

January 22, 6pm - Glass Engraving Workshop (Steele)

January 23, 6pm - Blender Basics (3D graphics software) (Steele)

January 27, 5pm - Lego Robotics (Steele)

January 30, 6pm - Introduction to 3D Printing (Steele)

Tech Tutoring

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

Tinker Lab @ Steele

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 January 2 but will be open 4:00pm to 7:30pm.

Tinker Lab Closings
The Tinker Lab will be closed January 1, 3, 4, and 20.

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

CrochetWe are happy to announce that we have received a Community Arts Grant for 2020 to fund a series of art workshops each month with local artists Wynn Yarrow and Filomena Jack. Call the library now to sign up for any of this year's classes: (607) 733-9175. This month we are offering an air-dried clay class with Wynn (1/9, 6:30pm) and a crocheting class with Filomena (1/4, 2pm).

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.

Click the links below for full event descriptions:

January 4, 2pm - Crocheting 101 with Filomena

January 7, 1-3pm - Tablet Talk (Steele)

January 7, 5pm - Elmira Ukulele Society (all ages)

January 9, 6:30pm - "Behind the Mask" (part 1) - Art Workshop with Wynn Yarrow

January 14, 6pm - Terra Cotta Pot Painting with MaryRose

Thursdays, Jan 16 - Feb 27, 5:30pm - Learn to Knit a Scarf

January 17, 2pm - "His Girl Friday" - Friday Afternoon Film

January 18, 1pm - Voices of the Stars (before they were dubbed)

January 23, 6pm - "Joker" (Rated R) - Thursday Night Movie (ages 17+ can pick up tickets from the circulation desk)

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)

Dungeons & Dragons

Click the links below for full event descriptions:

Mondays in January, 6pm - Dungeons & Dragons

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

January 7, 5pm - Elmira Ukulele Society (all ages)

January 9 & 23, 5pm - Teen Art club

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

January 13, 5:30pm - Teen MEGA (Most Excellent Gaming Adventures)

January 14 & 28, 5pm - Teen Advisory Group

January 16, 6:30pm - "Thinking About Thinking" Mindfulness workshop for teens

January 18, 2pm - Study, Snacks & Stress relief

January 24, 7pm - Snowball Winter Dance for LGBTQ teens & allies

January 27, 6:30pm - Teen Manga/Anime club

January 28, 6pm - VR Beat Saber Gaming with Rainy Toad Gaming

Youth Events @ Steele

Learn about China

This January we are starting a year-long passport program. Each month we will be featuring a different country in the Children's Department. We welcome families to come in and learn a little bit about a new country every month. Participate in programs to earn stamps for your passport and complete special tasks!  First stop, CHINA!

Click the links below for full event descriptions:

January 2, 4pm - BINGO

January 3, 5:30pm - After hours showing of Maleficent

January 7, 5pm - Elmira Ukulele Society (all ages)

January 8, 3:30pm - Lego Club

January 14, 6pm - Family Movie Night

January 16, 3:30pm - Game Day for Kids

January 25, 3pm - Chinese New Year Stories and Craft

January 28, 6pm - Family Movie Night

January 29, all day - Puzzle Day!

Weekly Groups
Monthly Scavenger Hunt - All month long, no set time
Storytime Returns January 17th

AbominableBig Flats

It's time for another movie and popcorn night! This month's fun feature is  "Abominable"! A teen and her friends must outwit some evil villains in order to take a lost Yeti home, in this animated family comedy. Enjoy this fun family movie as you snuggle up with your blankets & pillows! As always, popcorn will be served. The best movies and the best popcorn are at the Big Flats Library.

Click the links below, for full event descriptions:

January 3, 1pm - Book Club

January 14, 6pm - Movie and Popcorn Night

Wednesdays (starting Jan 15), 10:30pm - Toddler Story Time


Our book club meets the 2nd Friday of the month at the Bulkhead stop in Southport at 1:30pm. For the month of December we read "Where the crawdads Sing" by Delia Owens to discuss on January 10th. This month we will read "Tell No One" by Harlan Coben to discuss on February 14th.

Click the links below, for full event descriptions:

January 10, 1:30pm - Book Club

February 14, 1:30pm - Book Club


Adult Events @ Horseheads

Wynn Yarrow Art ClassIn January at Horseheads, we begin our next year-long series of art classes, "The Colors of Our World", led by Wynn Yarrow. Participants can take as many or as few classes as they like. No experience necessary, try it and have fun! All supplies are provided. Also, bring in the family and friends, relax, and work on some puzzles on National Puzzle day! And don't forget to register for our monthly tablet talk to learn all about your tablet or phone! Join our fascinating book clubs!

Registration is required. Space is limited! Call 739-4581 to register.

Click the links below, for full event descriptions:

Wednesday, January 8, 1-3pm - Lit Lover's Book Club

Wednesday, January 8, 5:30-7pm - Art class: January Understanding Color

Tuesday, January 21, 2-4pm - Tablet Talk

Monday, January 27, 6-7pm - Evening Book Club

Wednesday, January 29, 1-7:30pm - National Puzzle Day

Youth Events @ Horseheads

Hang out at the library to stay out of the cold!  Join us to learn about DNA in a fun and interactive way.  We will also celebrate National Puzzle Day.  Drop in anytime to work on one of our many puzzles.  Puzzles for all ages will be available.

Click the links below, for full event descriptions:

January 15, 3:30pm - Early Reader's Book Club

January 21, 6:30pm - DNA

January 29, 1:00 - 7:30pm - National Puzzle Day

Thursdays, 10:30am - Family Storytime (Restarts on 1/16)

Thursdays, 1:00pm & 2:00pm - Homeschool Program (call to register)

Van Etten

Book Club at Van Etten Library

Join the Book Club at the Van Etten Library! This book discussion group is a forum where readers can come together and talk about books and the reading experience.

Click the links below, for full event descriptions:

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

January 15, 3:30-4:30pm - LEGO Club Challenge

January 29, 5pm - Family Movie Night - Rise of the Guardians: Rated PG

January 31, 12:15pm - Book Club meeting

January, Mondays & Wednesdays, 10-11am - Bone Builders (No classes 1/1 & 1/20)

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, January 14th, 2:30pm - Rainy Toad Gaming - VR Day

Wednesdays, 10:30am - Homeschool Group - Starting January 15th

Thursdays, 10:30am - Storytime - Starting January 16th

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


Food for Fines

Technology Training

Tinker Lab

This month at...

Steele Memorial

Big Flats



Van Etten

West Elmira

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