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April 2021 Newsletter

Check out our Online Events Calendar to see a list of library events that you can access from home.

Starting April 5th, CCLD will return to our pre-pandemic M-F hours. Visit our website or call your library for more information.

All CCLD libraries are currently open for "grab and go" visits, including the Bookmobile! Be sure to return all materials to the drop box (please, do not hand them to staff). Bookmobile will place a box for returns outside of the bus. Masks covering your nose and mouth are required to enter our libraries. Curbside service is still available by request. If you are visiting the Bookmobile and do not want to enter the bus, Mrs. Kim will hand your items out the door for you.

New at Steele Memorial Library, we now have a small selection of PS2, PS4, Switch, XBOX One, and XBOX 360 games available to be checked out.

April is National Card and Letter Writing Month. In celebration, CCLD brings you artist Wynn Yarrow’s  project: More Than Words Can Say. For each of 4 weeks in April, 2021, each CCLD library will distribute  a new illustrated letter by Wynn. This project is made possible, in part, by public funds from NYSCA’s  Decentralization Program, administered regionally by The ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes.

National Library Week

National Library Week

National Library Week (April 4-10, 2021) is a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation's libraries and library workers and to promote library use and support. The theme for 2021 National Library Week is "Welcome to Your Library" and Natalie Portman, Academy Award-winning actress, director, producer, author and activist, will lend her star power to shine a spotlight on our nation’s libraries as the honorary chair of National Library Week..

Check with your local branch for special giveaways happening at your library during National Library Week.

Now's the time to think - seeds!


The Steele Library is currently open for patron browsing, and now is the perfect time to think about spring planting. Our Seed Lending Library is ready to browse any time we are open, so check it out! Seed Lending is easy; visit our seed collection, check out the seeds that interest you, and bring in any seeds you harvest in the fall! Come visit the Reference Desk on the second floor at the Steele Library for more information and, to sign out some seeds!

Friends Books Sandwiched In

This year's Friends Books Sandwiched In talks will be presented via Zoom meeting. The first talk is April 16th, with reviewer James Hare. The second talk will be on April 23rd, with reviewer George Farr. Both talks will start at 12 PM. Register online to receive the meeting link. The presentations will also be recorded and posted online at a later date. Visit the website to register: https://ccld.lib.ny.us/bsizoom/

CCLD Makerspace

CCLD Makerspace is open by appointment. Beginning April 5th, one-hour sessions will be available:

Monday - Thursday: 12:00 - 7:00pm
Friday: 12:00 - 4:00pm

Learn more and reserve a time using our booking form at ccldmakerspace.youcanbook.me. Sessions are currently limited to two people per appointment.

Requests for 3D printing should be submitted online. All requests will be processed in the order that they are received. To request a 3D print, please fill out the following form: ccldmakerspace.org/3d-printing-request

Activities for Kids

April Showers CraftThe Big Flats Library Kid’s Maker Club kit for April is an Earth Day Planter! Earth Day is April 22. Celebrate Earth Day! Please call the Big Flats Library to reserve your Maker Club Kit; 562-3300. Also, stop by the Big Flats Library for an Animal Cracker scavenger Hunt! Fun for all ages!

The Horseheads Free Library is so happy that spring is here! We can’t have a traditional egg hunt this year but we can hand out bags with Easter eggs and crafts. These will be available April 1 - April 5. Our Easter scavenger hunt is back. Find all of the pictures in the children’s department to receive your prize. Stop by to pick up an April Showers Take n’ Make Craft Kit. All the supplies to make the craft will be included.

Van Etten Library is holding an Easter Bunny scavenger hunt, all month long. Find the bunny and get a prize!

Click the links for more program details:

April 1 - April 5 - HFL Easter Egg and Craft Bags

April 1 - April 9 - HFL Easter Scavenger Hunt

April 12 - April 30 - HFL April Showers Take n’ Make Craft Kits

April 14, 3:30pm - National Autism Awareness Month Program

April 26, 3:30pm - National Pretzel Day

All month - BF Animal Cracker Scavenger Hunt

All month - BF Maker Club Kit

All month - VE Easter Bunny Scavenger Hunt

Weekly Events

Mondays, 7pm - PJ Storytime (pre-recorded) via Facebook with Ms. Ahnece.

Wednesdays, 10:30am - Toddler Storytime (pre-recorded) via Facebook with Miss Melanie

Wednesdays, 3:30pm - Children's Book Club (for all ages)

Thursdays, 10:30am - Family Storytime (pre-recorded) via Facebook with Miss Kelly

Fridays, 10:30am - Live Stream Storytime (live) via Facebook with Mr. Jeff

Activities for Teens

Teen RX Box

Encourage your teens to follow us on our teen specific library social media (Instagram & Snapchat) for giveaways, event reminders, live stream book talks, and more! Instagram: "Chemung_County_Libraries";  Snapchat: "ChemungLibs".  Contact the teen space for the zoom links to our teen online events. 737-5080 or email: metzgerd@stls.org

Click the links for more program details:

Mondays, Tuesdays, & Thursdays, 3:30pm - D&D on Zoom

April 8 & 22, 3:30pm - Teen Art Journaling (Zoom)

Wednesdays, 5:30pm - Safe Zones (for LGBTQ teens & allies)

All of April - Teen "De-Stress & Read" Subscription Boxes

All of April - Take & Make: DIY Birdfeeders

April 13 & 27, 4pm - Teen Advisory Group Get Together

April 29, 4:30pm - Teen Slam Poetry Share & Snacks in the park

Activities for Adults

Terracotta Pot

The Big Flats Library Adult "Take & Make" Kit this month is a Terracotta Planter Paint Kit. Please call 562-3300 to reserve your kit. Each kit contains 1 pot, soil, seeds, paint & paint brushes! Be creative!

This month at Van Etten Library, to celebrate Earth Day (April 22nd), you can take home a kit to paint your very own flower pot! This program is for all ages! Call 607-589-4435 ext. 3 to reserve a kit. Supplies are limited.

National Bubble Tea Day is Friday, April 30! Register for a Take & Make kit from Steele Memorial Library by calling 733-9173 or emailing howarde@stls.org for a limited supply Bubble Tea kit! Pick up your kit at Steele Customer Service Desk beginning Monday, April 26. Open to ages 12+, 1 kit per person. You will need a stove to make tea.

The Lourdes Mobile Mammography Van will be parked in Steele Memorial Library's back parking lot on Monday, April 19th, 9AM to 3PM. Call 607-798-5723 to schedule an appointment. Your results can be sent to the health care provider of your choice.

Click on the link for program details:

April 1, 11am - The Psychic Highway: How The Erie Canal Changed America

April 5, 12, 19, 4pm - Tai Chi via Zoom

April 8, 6:30pm - Art Class with Wynn Yarrow

April 9, 1pm - Big Flats Book Club Meeting

April 14, 1pm - Lit Lovers Book Club

Thursdays at 7pm (starting 4/15) - Adult Virtual Cooking Lessons with Ms Ahnece

April 21, 6:30pm - Art Class with Filomena Jack

April 22, 6pm - Horseheads Evening Book Club

April 26-30 - Steele Bubble Tea Take & Make Kit

All Month - VE Take and Make Kit

Library Services at Home

hoopla - tap into discovery. Instantly read, listen, and watch with your library card.

CCLD cardholders now have access to hoopla! Borrow movies, music, audiobooks, ebooks, comics, and TV shows to enjoy on your computer, tablet, or phone - and even your TV! With no waiting, titles can be streamed immediately, or downloaded to phones or tablets for offline enjoyment later. CCLD cardholders can borrow 4 titles each month. Go to hoopladigital.com to create an account and start borrowing.

Mobile Wi-Fi Hotspots are available to check out from Steele Memorial Library for those in need of internet access at home. Call 733-9175 to reserve a hotspot. *You need to live in an area with cell phone reception in order for the hotspot to work at your house.*

Remote Genealogy ResearchDue to COVID constraints, the Genealogy department at Steele Memorial Library has temporarily waived its remote research fees. Email edesk@stls.org with your contact information and genealogy question. You can access Ancestry Library Edition from home, through June! Discover your family history and start your family tree. Access billions of genealogy records including Census, SSDI & Military records.

Enjoy ebooks, audiobooks, magazines, 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.

In This Issue

National Library Week

Seed Lending Library

Friends Books Sandwiched In

CCLD Makerspace

Activities for...




Library Services at Home

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