Welcome to the Chemung County Library District

August 2021 Newsletter

Check out our Events Calendar to see a list of library events that you can access from home, take and make crafts, and more.

CCLD Makerspace

Tinker Lab

Makerspace classes are now available by request. Visit ccldmakerspace.org/classes for a list of available classes and a link to the registration page. All classes will be held at Steele Memorial Library.

CCLD Makerspace is open by appointment. Use our booking form ccldmakerspace.youcanbook.me to reserve a time. Requests for 3D printing may be made online at ccldmakerspace.org/3d-printing-request.

Activities for Kids

This month we are offering a combination of "take and make" kits, virtual programs, and some in-person activities.

Click the links for more program details:

Virtual Events

Wednesdays, 3:30pm - Children's Book Club (pre-recorded) via Facebook with Miss Kelly

Thursday, August 5, 10:30am - Family Storytime (pre-recorded) via Facebook with Miss Kelly (last one for the summer)

Friday, August 6, 10:30am - Live Stream Storytime (live) via Facebook with Mr. Jeff (last one for the summer)

Big Flats Library

Stop by the Big Flats Library in August for the children’s authors scavenger hunt. Toddler Storytime with Miss Melanie will resume Wednesday mornings in September!

Wind Chime

Summer Reading Club week 6 - August 2-6
Take and make Wind Chime!
Call the Big Flats Library, 562-3300, to reserve your kit or stop in and pick one up!

Summer Reading Club week 6 - August 2-6
Take and make Origami Animal!
Call the Big Flats Library, 562-3300, to reserve your kit or stop in and pick one up!

Horseheads Free Library

Summer Reading Club wraps up on August 6. Make sure to log all of your minutes before then to be entered into the grand prize drawing…a trip to Animal Adventure Park (500 minute minimum to qualify). There will also be other prize drawings. Also don’t forget to use your points to purchase prizes in the prize store! Happy Reading!

Steele Memorial Library

Canva Classroom

Just a reminder that Summer Reading Club ends on August 6th and that the Prize Store will be open from August 7th through August 21st.

August 3, 6:30pm - Stories with Music presenting by the Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes - Registration required

August 6, 3pm - Chalk Walk at Steele

August 11, 2pm - End of Summer Field Day - Registration required

Snow OwlVan Etten Library

August 2-6: SRC - Take & Make- Noah's Workshop Snow Owl

We have leftover Take & Make Kits from our Summer Reading Club program! If you were not able to participate or just looking for a fun craft to do, drop by the Van Etten Library to pick up a kit or two! While supplies last.

Some of the kits we have left over are: Make Your Own Animal & Tracks and Pine Cone Bird Feeder.

West Elmira Library

Weekly in August - Take & Make crafts; a new one each week!


August 2-13 - Hare and Tortoise by Alison Murray

August 16-27 - Big Dance by Aoife Greenham

Tails and Tales Family Summer Reading Club

August 2 - All Day Event - Scavenger Hunt

August 9 - All Day Event - Bubbles

August 16 - All Day Event - Ice Cream

Activities for Teens at Steele


Click the links for more program details:

August 2 & 3, 4pm - Dungeons and Dragons

August 4, 3pm - Teen BFF necklace and bracelet making

August 4, 5pm - Create and 3D print D&D characters

August 10 & 24, 3pm - Teen Anime Club

Wednesdays in August, 5:30pm - Teen SafeZones (No Group on 8/4)

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

August 16, 4pm - Dungeon Master Training Class

August 24, 4pm - Teen Advisory Group

August 25, 2pm - Jewelry Making Workshop

August 31, 2pm - What’s in Your Head?

Activities for Adults

Clay CreaturesAugust 6 is the last day to enter minutes for adult summer reading club and be eligible for prize drawings.

The Big Flats Library Adult "Take & Make" Kit for August is a Three Herb Starter Kit. Each starter kit will include: 3 planting pots, drainage rocks, bag of soil, basil seeds, chive seeds & oregano seeds. Please call Big Flats to reserve your kit. 562-3300.

Sign up for Zoom art classes with Wynn Yarrow this month hosted by West Elmira and Steele Memorial Library!

For the month of August at Horseheads Library, adults can create poetry with our Poetry Magnets. Create your own poem or add to what is already there. For the week of August 16-20, come in to pick up a Painted Garden Stone craft kit take-a-way. Add a little color to your garden. Limit of 25, first come first serve. The winner of the summer reading club prize drawing will be announced August 9th.

Art classes made possible in part by the QuickARTS grant program and with public funds from NYSCA’s Decentralization Program, administered by The ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes and funded by the Community Foundation of the Elmira-Corning and the Finger Lakes, Inc.

Click on the link for program details:

August 1, 11am - The Code of Handsome Lake: The Seneca Prophet Who Saved a Nation (YouTube)

August 6, 1pm - Big Flats Zoom Book Club Meeting (Zoom)

August 11, 1pm - Lit Lovers Book club (call 739-4581 for more information)

August 12, 6:30pm - Art Class with Wynn Yarrow - Steele (Zoom)

August 16, 6pm - Folk Art Papercutting with Wynn Yarrow - West Elmira (Zoom)

August 19, 1pm - Using ancestry.com (Genealogy) (Zoom)

August 23 - Wine & Design Make & Take - West Elmira

August 25, 7pm - Scaling the 1870 Brick Wall in African American Research (Genealogy) (Zoom)

August 30, 6pm - Clay Creatures with Wynn Yarrow - West Elmira (Zoom)

Library Services at Home

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 December! 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.

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