Welcome to the Chemung County Library District

April 2022 Newsletter

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

National Library Week

National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association and libraries of all types across the country each April. April 3-9, 2022 is National Library Week; this year's National Library Week is, "Connect with Your Library."

Check something out at your local CCLD branch, from April 3-9, for your chance to be the lucky winner of an iPad, 3D Printer, or a $250 gift card of your choice. Bonus entries awarded for inquiring about our digital services, attending a program, or checking out an item from any of our "special" collections. For more information, call or stop by your neighborhood library.

Virtual Friends Books Sandwiched In

This year's Virtual Friends Books Sandwiched In talks will be presented via Zoom meeting on April 1, 8, 22, and 29, at 12pm. The presentations will be recorded and posted online at a later date. Visit the following website for talk details and to register: https://ccld.lib.ny.us/bsizoom/.

Now's the time to think - seeds!

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 back seeds you harvest in the fall!

Come visit the Reference Desk on the second floor at the Steele Library for more information and, to check out some seeds!

Technology Training at CCLD Libraries

One-on-one basic computer/device instruction is available in the evenings. Let us know what you'd like to learn! Contact Steele Memorial Library (607-733-9175) or Horseheads Free Library (607-739-4581) to schedule an appointment with one of our librarians. Horseheads appointments are available on Mondays at 6:30pm; appointment days and times at Steele will vary by instructor.

CCLD Makerspace

The Tinker Lab is resuming drop-in visits. Appointments are no longer required, but are still recommended in order to guarantee the use of specific equipment. Classes will still require registration. Making an appointment or scheduling a class may be done using our online calendars.

New resources are available for use in CCLD Makerspace's Digital Media Lab at Steele Memorial Library. Equipment includes:

  • Telehealth and teleconferencing laptop for private video conferencing, such as remote medical appointments, job applications, and interviews.
  • Audio equipment including a multi-channel recorder, microphones, and headphone monitor for podcasting, storytelling, and music production.

Patrons will be required to attend a free training session on the equipment that they would like to use.

  • For training on the telehealth and teleconferencing laptop, contact the Reference Desk at 607-733-9175.
  • For training on the audio recording equipment, contact CCLD Makerspace at 607-733-8609.

Visit the Digital Media Lab page on our website for more information.

Activities for Kids

Virtual Activities

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

Thursdays, 10:30am through 4/14 - Family Storytime (pre-recorded) via Facebook with Miss Kelly

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

Takeaway & In-Person Activities

Big Flats Library

Kids, Read to Earn Tokens! Pick up your reading log sheet at the Big Flats Library! For every 10 books read, earn one token for the prize machine! This month's Take & Make for kids is "3D Pom Pom Flowers". Call the Big Flats Library and reserve your kit (562-3300) or stop in and pick one up, while supplies last.

Wednesdays, 10:30am - In-person Toddler Storytime with Miss Melanie (fun stories, songs and more!)

Thursdays, 3:30pm - In-person LEGO Club

All Month - Hand Print Bunnies Craft (all ages)

All month - Spring Flowers Scavenger Hunt

Horseheads Library

Spring has sprung at the Horseheads Library! This month's take n make is a Butterfly. The kits will be available all month long. This month's book club selection is "A Splash of Red" by Jennifer Bryant. We will continue working through the alphabet with letters J, X, and U in storytime and an Easter-themed virtual storytime on April 14.

Thursdays, 10:30am, starting 4/21 - In-person Story Time

Steele Memorial Library

Programs are returning to the library! Join us LIVE and IN-PERSON at the library for Family Storytime every Tuesday at 10:30am, starting April 12th. Enjoy a storytime with your child that includes early literacy fun with books, songs, fingerplays and body movement.

April 21st, join us as we celebrate Arbor Day with the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation. Families can pick up seedling trees to plant (while supplies last). Planting and caring for tree seedlings can help children learn about ecosystems and the valuable role trees play. Every child that takes home a seedling can enter for a chance to win a gardening gift basket. Drawing will be held on Arbor Day, April 29th.

April 14, 6pm - Musical BINGO
April 21 - Arbor Day, Seedling Planting
Tuesdays, 10:30am - Family Storytime (in-person)
While supplies last - Interactive Story Kits

Van Etten Library

Wednesdays in April, 3 - 6pm - Egg Carton Wreath Craft

West Elmira Library

All Month - Scavenger Hunt - April is National Poetry Month! Find all of the pictures of famous poets and win a prize.

April 1-29  - Poetry Contest - Open to ages 8-12. Write a poem between 5-20 lines long for a chance to win a prize!

Tuesdays, 3pm - Weekly Perler Bead Program - Stop in to the library afterschool every Tuesday and make a Perler creation of your own design!

Wednesdays, 10:30am - IN-PERSON Homeschool Group

Thursdays, 10:30am - IN-PERSON Storytime

Third Thursday of every month, 3pm - Tween Maker Hour

Activities for Teens at Steele

Schedule changes: Teen Safe Zones will meet at the Southside Community Center on the first Wednesday of each month.  The program will be at Steele Library teen space on all other Wednesdays. There will be no D&D, Improv or Creative Writing during the week of April 11.

Mondays in April, 5:30pm - Teen Dungeons & Dragons

Tuesdays in April, 5:30pm - Teen Improv Comedy Games

Wednesdays in April, 5:30pm - Teen Creative Writing

Wednesdays in April, 6:30pm - Teen Safe Zones

April 11 & 25, 4pm - Anime Club

April 12, 5:30pm - Kandi Kuff Bracelet making

April 13, 5:30pm - DIY Fairy Gardens

April 12 & 26, 5pm - Teen Advisory Group meeting

Activities for Adults

Virtual Activities

April 1, 1pm - Big Flats Zoom Book Club

April 2 & 23, 10am - Genealogy Club

April 4, 5pm - Cooking with Mr. Jeff via Facebook Live - Celebrate International Carrot Day by baking the perfect Carrot Cake with Mr. Jeff.

April 5, 12, 19, and 26, 4pm - Zoom Gentle Chair Fitness with Jessica Janowsky

April 5, 12, 19, 26, 4:30pm - Zoom Tai Chi with Julie Spicer

April 7, 2pm - Introduction to Heritage Quest

April 12, 6:30pm - Pop-up Art Series (part 4) with Wynn Yarrow

April 19, 6:30pm - "So bad, it's good!" Movie Night via Zoom

April 20, 6pm - Oil Pastels with Filomena (no more kits available)

April 28, 6pm - Horseheads Library Evening Book Club

Takeaway & In-Person Activities

Big Flats Library

This month's Adult Take & Make is a Hand Crafted "Welcome" Sign. Call the Big Flats Library and reserve your kit, 562-3300. 1 kit per person.


Our book club meets the 2nd Tuesday of the month at Chapel Park in Southport at 4pm. We will continue to offer Zoom as an option for anyone unable to join us, or if there is inclement weather. For the month of March we read "The Deep End of the Ocean" by Jacquelyn Mitchard to discuss on April 12th at 4:00pm. For April, we will read "This Tender Land" by William Kruger to discuss in May.

Horseheads Free Library

Guess how many Jellybeans are in the Jar to win a $50 gift card to your choice of location.

April 12 - Mongo Quilling take-a-way kit by Wynn Yarrow (register: 607-739-4581 or zella@stls.org)

April 20, 1-3pm - Lit Lovers Book Club (group currently meets in-person at a member's house)

April 21, 2:30pm - Purple Garden Club (first meeting) - Plant lovers unite at the St. Mathew's Church community room!

Steele Memorial Library

All kits and giveaways are first come, first serve, while supplies last:

Starting April 4 - Adult Take & Make Kit - Wood Block Bunny Craft (similar to the Wood Block Pumpkin back in October).

Starting April 18 - Adult Spice of the Month Kit - Curry!

Starting April 21 - Tree Seedling Giveaway

In-person class:

April 28, 6pm - DIY Chalkboards with artist Susan Keough

Van Etten Library

The following programs are open to adults and teens.

Fridays in April, 2:30-4:30pm - Book Bag Craft

April 11, 2pm - "In a Jar!" Club - Sand Art Brownie Mix

April 29, 1pm - Book Club

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 and West Elmira Library for those in need of internet access at home. Call (607)733-9175 (Steele) or (607)733-0541 (West) 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.*

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

In This Issue

National Library Week

Friends Books Sandwiched In

Seed Lending Library

Technology Training

CCLD Makerspace

Activities for...




Library Services at Home

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