Welcome to the Chemung County Library District

November 2021 Newsletter

**All patrons and employees MUST wear a mask while in the library.**

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

November 11 - Steele is open 10-6pm; other branches are closed.

November 25 & 26 - All CCLD libraries are closed.

Don't Forget - Seed Harvest!


We here at the Steele Seed Lending Library hope your gardens flourished, and your growing bounty was great!

We are putting out this friendly reminder that seed sharing is always welcome here. We will be happy to add your contributed seeds to the collection. Bring your windfall to the reference desk with the identity of your seed - flowers, herbs, vegetables; they're all good!

Thank you in advance from the Seed Lending Library!

CCLD Makerspace

Tinker Lab

CCLD Makerspace is now open on Saturdays from 12:00pm - 4:00pm.

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. Reserve a time using our booking form at ccldmakerspace.youcanbook.me. Requests for 3D printing can be made online at ccldmakerspace.org/3d-printing-request.

Activities for Kids

Click the links for more program details:

Virtual Activities

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

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

Thursdays, 10:30am - Family Storytime (pre-recorded) via Facebook with Miss Kelly (no story 11/11 or 11/25)

Fridays, 10:30am - Live Stream Storytime (live) via Facebook with Mr. Jeff (no story 11/26)

Takeaway & In-Person Activities

Big Flats Library

DIY Craft Pom Pom Monster Pets

Stop by the Big Flats Library any time to complete this DIY craft: Pom Pom Monster Pets.   ALL ages welcome! Limited to groups of up to 6.  Face coverings are required.

Stop by the Big Flats Library and complete the Fall Scavenger Hunt to earn a token for the prize machine!

Big Flats Library's Kids Maker Club craft this month is a Fall Sand Art kit. Take & Make this craft at home! Please call to reserve your kit, 562-3300.

Horseheads Library

Gobble, gobble, gobble.  This month's take n make is a handprint turkey craft. The kits will be available all month long.

Steele Memorial Library

Interactive StoriesBeginning this November you can check out an Interactive Story!  Call the Steele Children's Department at 607-733-9174 to place a hold on an interactive story kit, while supplies last!

Each kit includes a library book for you to borrow and all of the supplies you need to follow along with the story or lesson plan! You can keep everything in the box, but you must RETURN THE LIBRARY BOOK.

Once the interactive story box is checked out you will have 7 days to enjoy the story, then simply return the library book to the library.

Christmas family read-together: A Boy Called Christmas by Matt Haig, enjoy this chapter book as a fun family read-together and collect Christmas Ornament Crafts that follow the story.  Then watch the new Netflix movie premiering on November 24th!

Van Etten Library

All Month Long - Leaf Lanterns Take & Make Kits - All Ages

November 1-19 - Turkey Decorating Contest

November 5 & 19, 4pm - Sit and Stitch Club - All Ages

West Elmira Library

Weekly in November- Fall Themed Take & Makes; a new adult and youth one available each week!

Thursdays at 10:30am - IN-PERSON Storytime - registration required and limited to 10 families. Registration available Mon-Wed during the week of the storytime. Masks required for everyone ages 2 and up.

Activities for Teens at Steele


Click the links for more program details:

Mondays in November, 6pm - Dungeons & Dragons

Tuesdays in November, 5:15pm - Libraries R Lit Nights with TC Commons clubhouse

Wednesdays in November, 5:30pm - Teen Actorvists Theater/Improv

November 9, 5:15pm - Library Night: Rad Ramen Recipes

November 3 & 17, 6:30pm - Creative Writing Group with Tim Collins

November 10 & 24, 6:30pm - Teen SafeZones

November 8 & 27, 4pm - Anime Club

November 9 & 23, 4pm - Teen Advisory Group Meeting

November 30, 5:15pm - Life Skills Library Night: Do Your Laundry!

Activities for Adults

Tai Chi

Click on the link for program details:

Virtual Activities

November 4, 6:30pm - Art Class with Wynn Yarrow (Zoom)

November 8, 15, 22, 4pm - Tai Chi Classes (Zoom)
(Tai Chi continues December 6, 13, 20)

November 9, 4pm - Bookmobile Book Club (in person and Zoom)

November 16, 7pm - Finding Living People on the Internet (Zoom)

November 17, 6:30pm - Art Class with Filomena (Zoom)

November 18, 6:30pm - Art Class with Wynn Yarrow (Zoom)

November 19, 1pm - Big Flats Book Club (Zoom)

December 2, 6pm - Horseheads Evening Book Club (Zoom)

Takeaway & In-Person Activities

Big Flats Library

Stop by Big Flats Library for this month's Adult Take & Make Craft: Vaccination Card Protector. Pick up supplies to personalize a vaccination card holder. Kit includes vinyl card holder, decals & lanyard. Call to reserve your kit. 562-3300.


Our book club meets the 2nd Tuesday of the month at the Chapel Park in Southport at 4pm. We will continue to offer the Zoom options for anyone unable to join us or if there is inclement weather. For the month of October we read "The Four Winds" by Kristin Hannah; the book discussion will be November 9th at 4:00pm. This month we are reading, "I am Malala" by Malala Yousafzai, to discuss on December 14.

Horseheads Free Library

Adult Craft crowd favorite at Horseheads Free Library, the Gourd Birdhouse craft kits are back! Customize an extra-large Gourd, using imagination and paints, into a beautiful birdhouse. Register for your kit by calling 739-4581 or emailing zella@stls.org. Limit of 20.

New bi-weekly plant video series called Easily Distracted by Plants. If you enjoy our plant blog, this video series shows tips and behind the scenes plant maintenance. Watch our purple haired plant lady give plant information on Youtube every other Friday starting November 5. Check out other CCLD programming on our Youtube page.

Rag WreathSteele Memorial Library

All Take & Make kits are first come, first serve (no reservations).

Farmhouse Rag Wreath Take & Make - Monday, 11/8 until gone. Create a fun farmhouse-esque wreath to hang in your home.

Scarecrow/Snowman Two-Sided Seasonal Decoration Take & Make - Monday, 11/15 until gone. Paint a double-sided board to decorate your home for fall and winter. One side sports a scarecrow, one side a snowman. You will need paint brushes and a hot glue gun.

Spice of the Month - Chili Powder Take & Make - Monday, 11/22 until gone. Grab a kit with chili powder and 4 different recipes from Steele's cookbooks to try it out with!

Pumpkin Carving Contest - Please submit photos of your carved pumpkins to howarde@stls.org until Wednesday, 11/10 for your chance to win am awesome prize. Photos will be posted to the Library's Facebook page.

Van Etten Library

All Month Long - Leaf Lanterns Take & Make Kits - All Ages

November 5 & 19, 4pm - Sit and Stitch Club - All Ages

West Elmira Library

Weekly in November- Fall Themed Take & Makes; a new adult and youth one available each week!

Monday, November 8th, 6pm - Local Author K.P. Delaney Book Talk. Registration required and limited to 15.

Library Services at Home

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.

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.

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

In This Issue

Seed Harvest

CCLD Makerspace

Activities for...




Library Services at Home

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