Welcome to the Chemung County Library District

August 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.

Board of Trustee open seats for 2023

The public will have the opportunity to elect library district trustees from five districts in the November 2022 election. Petitions from interested candidates from these five districts are now solicited: 3rd, 4th, 8th, 9th, and 13th. Interested parties can download or request a petition from the CCLD Business Office (607-733-8607 or CCLDBusOff@stls.org). Completed petitions must be submitted to the Business Office, at the Steele Memorial Library by Monday, September 12th, 2022 at 3pm for inclusion on the election ballot.

Summer Reading Club

Summer Reading Club is the perfect time for all ages to see what their local library has to offer! The 2022 summer reading slogan is "Oceans of Possibilities" and runs through August 5th. Call or stop by your local library for specific program details.

Now's the time to think - seeds!

Now is the perfect time to think about planting. Our Seed Lending Library is ready to browse any time we are open, so check it out!

Borrowing seeds is easy: visit our seed collection at Steele Memorial Library on the 2nd floor, check out the seeds that interest you, and bring back seeds you harvest in the fall!

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

Media Conversion: Digitize Your Memories

Preserve the memories stored on your slides, 8mm & Super-8 films, and VHS tapes by using CCLD Makerspace's media converters to create digital copies. This class offers instruction on the converter(s) of your choice, so that you are able to use them independently.

A valid library card is required in order to use the converters.

To sign up, use our online calendar to schedule a time.

Find information about our other classes on our website.

Activities for Kids

Takeaway & In-Person Activities

Big Flats Library

August 2, 6pm - The Great & Powerful Dave!  Ahoy, mateys!  Help Cap'n Dave find his misplaced library card in this fun adventure!  Presented by Dave Moreland.

August 17, 10:30am - In-Person Storytime craft:  Join Miss Melanie for an Ocean of Possibilities story time with music, stories of ocean creatures and a Paper Plate Turtle craft!  Please call 607-562-3300 to register.

Thursdays, 3:30pm - Kids & Teen LEGO Club.  Join the fun and build your own spectacular LEGO creation!

All Month - Scavenger Hunt:  Seashells!  Search the library for hidden pictures of seashells! Find them all and earn a token for the prize machine!

All month - Craft Table:  Paper cup lobster craft. Stop by any day, any time and make your lobster craft.


Come see the Bookmobile at Strong Kids Safe Kids on August 27th from 11-2 for special prizes and games. Mask are recommended, while on the bus.

Horseheads Library

Summer Reading Club is ending soon! Make sure that you are logging your minutes to earn prizes. This year's grand prize is a family trip to Cascades Indoor Waterpark at Greek Peak. This month's take n make is a clownfish craft. The kits will be available all month long. This month's selection for book club is Nora's Chicks by Patricia MacLachlan. Booker's Clubhouse is back with story and activity time for kids ages 0-5.

Thursdays, 10:30am - Booker's Clubhouse (ends August 18)

Tuesday, August 2, 3:00pm - Great & Powerful Dave

Wednesday, August 17, 3:30pm - Children's Book Club

Tuesday, August 30, 6:00pm - Kindergarten Boot Camp

Steele Memorial Library

Summer Reading Club ends on August 5th. Sign-up for the Reading Club online or stop by the library to pick up a reading log.

Join us on August 4th at 1pm for Didgeridoo Down Under. Take a musical journey to Australia and beyond, as the performer plays an assortment of didgeridoos and percussion instruments. Following the performance, there will be a Didgeridoo Aussie Funk Jam Workshop at 2:15pm. Tween (ages 8+) registrants learn how to play the didgeridoo creating simple rhythms and more. Registration is required: (607)733-9174

Monday, August 1, 10:30am - Storytime
August 4, 1pm - Didgeridoo Down Under
August 4, 2:15pm - Didgeridoo Aussie Funk Jam Workshop

Van Etten Library

Come in to stuff and take home your own Sea Turtle friend from 3-5 on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, the week of August 1st. *While supplies last.*

Week of August 1, 3-5pm - Noah's Ark Sea Turtle
Saturday, August 6, 1pm - Didgeridoo Down Under
All Month, 3-4pm - Tie Dye Tote Bags!

West Elmira Library

Monthly Scavenger Hunt - Sharks!  Find all of the different kinds of sharks around the children's section to win a prize.

Family Summer Reading Club
August 1, 4pm - Survivor
August 8, 4pm - Final Party

Children's programs
Wednesday, August 10, 4:30pm - Stories with Music presented by the OSFL
Wednesday, August 24, 4pm - Lego Club
Friday, August 26, 3:30pm - Bingo for Kids
Tuesdays in August, 11am - Kids Yoga

Wednesday, Aug 31, 4:30pm - Campfire Storytime -  Celebrate the end of summer at this special family storytime by a campfire! Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy this special, outdoor program before you head back to school.  Enjoy a ukulele sing-a-long, stories, and roasting marshmallows for s'mores. Rain date: September 1st at 4:30pm.

Activities for Teens

Takeaway & In-Person Activities

Big Flats Library

Thursdays, 3:30pm - Kids & Teen LEGO Club.  Join the fun and build your own spectacular LEGO creation!

Horseheads Free Library

August 15, 22, 29 - Tween/teen Group (ages 11-18): Join us for an assortment of activities, socialize and unwind in a great environment. We will be doing the activities outdoors (weather permitting). Registration required: 607-739-4581

Steele Memorial Library

Mondays in August, 3pm - TC Commons clubhouse visit
August 1, 5:30pm - Teen Pathfinder Pirates D&D
August 2, 3:30pm - Teen Recycled Crafts
August 5, 2:30pm - Teen Pathfinder Pirates D&D
August 8 & 22, 3pm - Anime Club
August 9 & 23, 5pm - Teen Advisory Group
August 15, 3pm - Teen Improv Games
August 4 & 18, 3pm - Teen Art Club
September 1, 3pm - Teen Art Club

Van Etten Library

Come in to stuff and take home your own Sea Turtle friend from 3-5 on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, the week of August 1st. *While supplies last.*

Week of August 1, 3-5pm - Noah's Ark Sea Turtle
Saturday, August 6, 1pm - Didgeridoo Down Under
All Month, 3-4pm - Tie Dye Tote Bags!

Activities for Adults

Virtual Activities

August 9, 6:30pm - Wynn Yarrow Art Class (Zoom)

August 12, 1pm - Big Flats Zoom Book Club - This month's book selection is Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer.

August 16, 6:30pm - Wire Wrapped Bracelets (Zoom or in-person)

August 17, 6pm - Art Class with Filomena (Zoom)

August 25, 1pm - Beginning Genealogy (Zoom)

August 25, 6pm - Horseheads Evening Book Club (Zoom)

September 6, 7pm - Introduction to Ukrainian Genealogy (Zoom)

Takeaway & In-Person Activities

Big Flats Library

On August 9, 6pm, local author Sherinda Ryter will be discussing her new book, "White Squirrel: Lenape Brave", a book about Sam & Mack- a boy and his dog. The talk will include how she got her ideas for the book, how long it took to write the book, and the publishing process. Interested participants should call 562-3300 to register for this event. Light refreshments will be served.

August 9, 6pm - Local Author Book Talk (all ages)

August 23, 1:30pm - Roadrunner: a film about Anthony Bourdain: Call the Big Flats Library at 607-562-3300 to register. Light refreshments will be served.


Our book club normally meets the 2nd Tuesday of the month at the Chapel Park in Southport at 4pm. This month only, the Book discussion will be Friday, August 19th at 4:00pm. For the month of July we read "Tara Road" by Maeve Binchy. We will continue to offer the Zoom options for anyone unable to join us or if there is inclement weather.

We will read "The Lake" by Natasha Preston this month, to discuss at the September meeting.

Horseheads Free Library

Stop by the library, August 1 - 12, for our Sweet Summertime Basket Quiz: Complete a Summertime quiz for entry to win a beautiful basket of sweet summertime goodies. This basket is a prize in itself, even without all the goodies inside. Quizzes must be entered by August 12. Winner will be chosen on August 15.

August 16, 10:30am -  Feldenkrais with Joanie Collin: This program emphasizes changing the quality of your body's movement and your brain's involvement in that movement. (register by calling or emailing zella@stls.org)

August 17, 1pm-3pm - Horseheads Free Library Lit Lovers Book Club (call 607-739-4581 for details)

August 24, 5:30-6:30pm - Canvas Embroidery craft class - Ages 16+ (register by calling or emailing zella@stls.org)

Steele Memorial Library

Spice of the Month Kit - Galangal Root Powder! Begins Monday, August 22. First come, first serve. Available until gone. Pick up some galangal root powder (cousin of ginger) and some recipes from library cookbooks to try it out with!

We have two in-person art classes this month (wire wrapped bracelets and sustainable pennants), made possible by the QuickARTS grant program administered by The ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes and funded by the Community Foundation of Elmira-Corning and the Finger Lakes, Inc.

August 1 - Taste The Ocean, Part 2 Take & Taste Kit

August 16, 6:30pm - Wire Wrapped Bracelets (virtual or in-person)

August 23, 6pm - DIY Sustainable Pennants / Banners

Van Etten Library

Come in to stuff and take home your own Sea Turtle friend from 3-5 on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, the week of August 1st. *While supplies last.*

Week of August 1, 3-5pm - Noah's Ark Sea Turtle

Saturday, August 6, 1pm - Didgeridoo Down Under

All Month, 3-4pm - Tie Dye Tote Bags!

Friday, August 26, 1pm - Book Club

West Elmira Library

Monday, August 1, 6pm - Art with Susan Keough
Monday, August 8, 6:30pm - Art with Wynn Yarrow
Monday, August 15, 22, & 29, 6pm - Bob Ross Painting Program

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. Call (607)733-9175 (Steele) or (607)733-0541 (West) to reserve a hotspot. *You need to be in an area with T-Mobile cell phone reception, in order for the hotspot to work.*

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

In This Issue

Open Board Seats

Summer Reading Club

Seed Lending Library

Technology Training

CCLD Makerspace

Activities for...




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