Welcome to the Chemung County Library District

April 2020 Newsletter

To all of our patrons: Even though our buildings are closed, our staff are working to provide you digital content and services that you can access from home. We plan to continue serving your educational and entertainment needs during these uncertain times. Stay safe and we hope to see you soon.

The due date for all library materials has been extended until we re-open. No late fees should accrue on materials that were originally due during the closure period.

All previously scheduled in-person events for the month are postponed until further notice.


WiFi will remain on at all CCLD branches, daily from 7am-9pm, while we are closed. Patrons can connect to it from outside of the building; no password is required.

Visit the library's website for information about CCLD Operations During Quarantine and check out our Local Resources Survival Guide during the COVID Crisis.

Follow the library on Facebook for links to free online content and streaming library programming.

Get email updates on the evolving COVID-19 situation from New York State: https://now.ny.gov/page/s/coronavirus-updates

Digital Reading Club for all ages!

Reading Club

We are hosting a system wide reading club for all ages from now through May 30th: readers are entered for chances to win Walmart and Amazon gift cards. Libraries with the most participants and most minutes read will each receive a special trophy.

CCLD Makerspace Needs Your Help

Face shield and mask

In an effort to assist our local medical workers, CCLD Makerspace will be making face shields for one of our local hospitals. If you would like to help offset the cost of materials, you may donate using the Donate button at the bottom of the Chemung County Library District website (http://ccld.lib.ny.us/).

Please put "COVID-19 Response" in the special instructions field to make sure your donation goes towards supplies.

Activities for Kids

Story Time Live Streaming

Mr. Jeff will be live streaming storytimes every Friday at 10:30am on the library's Facebook page! Also, join him on Tuesdays at 3:30pm for virtual sing alongs.

Visit the library's Overdrive page for kids or use the Libby app to access special lists of ebooks and audiobooks for kids. New content is being added weekly! Check out the "Storytimes Across the System" list to see titles selected by libraries from across the Southern Tier Library System who are hosting virtual storytimes!

In addition to Overdrive, we also have TumbleBooks! Access books, read alongs, graphic novels, games, and more!

Follow our Facebook page for links to other free, fun, virtual activities! Our staff are busy hunting down cool activities for you to enjoy and will be sharing what we find.

Activities for Teens


Mondays at 6pm: Jackbox games, D&D, anime discussions and more on the CCLD teen space server in the Discord app. Email metzgerd@stls.org to request an invitation link.

Teen Safe Zones is now online,  every Wednesday at 3pm via the Remind app! April 1 is Self Care 4 Teens; April 8 is Drag 101. Join the group via this link remind.com/join/szgsa.

Join us for Online Teen Theater & Creative Writing Workshops with Tim Collins every Monday-Thursday at 2pm on Zoom. Email Kim Stanton for the Zoom link: kstanton@gstcontractors.com.

Teens: get online event reminders from the library to your phone or email, and invitation links to the events, by joining the Steele Memorial Library teen events group on the free Remind app:remind.com/join/teenevent.

Activities for Adults

Universal Class

The Horseheads Free Library's Lit Lovers group will meet via conference call on Wednesday, April 8th, 1pm to discuss books they've been reading during the COVID-19 crisis. Please email franko@stls.org for information on joining the discussion!

The Horseheads Library Evening Book Club will meet via Zoom video conference on Monday, April 27th at 6pm. Email lewisjm@stls.org if you are interested in attending. The group will be discussing "Ordinary Grace" by William Kent Krueger, "The Secrets We Kept" by Lara Prescott, and other books that members have been reading.


You can access Ancestry Library Edition from home while the library is closed! Discover your family history and start your family tree. Access billions of genealogy records including Census, SSDI & Military records.

Keep an eye on the library's Facebook page for free activities to keep you and your family occupied.

Enjoy ebooks, audiobooks, magazines, music, streaming video, online classes, language learning, and more, from the convenience of your home! Check out the library's Featured Services page for a list of digital services that can be accessed remotely with your Chemung County Library District card.

If you need help accessing your account, email our virtual reference desk edesk@stls.org for assistance.


Also, check out this month's Cornell Cooperative Extension Chemung Gardening workshop: Creating a Butterfly Garden, presented by Ken Wida, Chemung County Master Gardener.

The webinar will take place on April 22, 3-4pm. Topics to be covered are: understanding the life cycle of butterflies, selecting a location, best flowers to plant to attract butterflies, host plants for caterpillars, and other tips to help you be successful at creating your own butterfly garden.

Please join us by clicking the link below:

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Digital Reading Club

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