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September 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.

September 5 - All CCLD Libraries are CLOSED for Labor Day.

Saturday hours at Steele Memorial Library and Horseheads Free Library begin on September 17th.

Long-Time Library Director Retired

Ronald Shaw, the director of the Chemung County Library District, retired after 12 years with the library on August 31, 2022. The CCLD Board wishes him well and will be conducting a nation-wide search for his replacement in the coming months. In the meantime, Owen Frank, long-time district employee and branch supervisor, will serve as interim director.

Library Card Sign-up Month

September is Library Card Sign-up Month, a time when Chemung County Library District joins the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries nationwide to remind parents, caregivers, and students that signing up for a library card is the first step on the path to academic achievement and lifelong learning.

Starting Tuesday, September 6th, visit any CCLD branch during the month of September and spin the prize wheel once a day when you check out. Sign up for a new card to earn a second chance to spin! Prizes will include a variety of things from CCLD goodies, coupons to the CCLD Makerspace, candy, collectible library cards, gift certificates to local businesses, and more!

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.

Friends of Horseheads Free Library Book Sale

The Friends of HFL invites you to the 2022 Book Sale at the Town and Country Fire Hall (130 Gardner Road Horseheads, NY) from September 13-17 (Tuesday - Friday, 10am-7pm; Saturday, 10am-1pm). Cash or checks payable to the Friends of the Horseheads Free Library.

We will be having our bag sale on Friday, September 16th and Saturday September 17th. Bring a bag and fill with books, CDs, or DVDs for $5.00!

Friends Books Sandwiched In

The Friends of CCLD Fall 2022 Books Sandwiched In series will take place on September 16th, 23rd, October 14th, and 21st from 12-1pm at Steele Memorial Library. For more information, download the full schedule. No lunches will be for sale or food allowed during the talks.

Fall Call for Seeds!

Hope you had a great growing season this summer! If you find that you had surplus seeds, bring them to the library! Just bag them up and mark what they are; we will get them ready for borrowing in the spring. And thank you!

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

Water Bottle Engraving - Turn a plain looking water bottle into something that is uniquely yours using CCLD Makerspace’s laser engraver.

Water bottles must be coated metal (powder coated/painted steel or anodized aluminum). Bottles without curves or handles are easier to engrave. Use of the laser costs $0.05 per minute. Engraving times vary based on the size of the design (usually between 5 - 30 minutes).

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

Find information about other activities available at our Makerspace on our website.

Activities for Kids

Takeaway & In-Person Activities

Big Flats Library

Stop by this month for our Back to School scavenger hunt! Search the library for hidden pictures. Find them all and earn a token for the prize machine!

September 20, 6pm - Popcorn & Movie Night: Vivo (PG)

All Month - Big Flats Library Craft Table:  Duct Tape Projects

All Month - Take & Make Kit: Sea Turtle Craft (while supplies; stop by or call to reserve a kit: 607-562-3300)

Wednesdays, 10:30am - In-Person Storytime (begins September 14; call 607-562-3300 to register)

Thursdays, 3:30pm - Kids & Teen LEGO Club

Horseheads Library

Fall is in the air. Make Horseheads Free Library part of your routine this school year! This month’s take n make is a pencil paper bag puppet craft. The kits will be available all month long. This month’s selection for book club is "Bear Has a Story to Tell" by Philip C. Stead. Family Storytime returns on September 8 with story and activity time for kids ages 0-5.

Thursdays, 10:30am - Family Story Time (begins September 8)

Wednesday, September 21, 3:30pm - Children’s Book Club

Steele Memorial Library

September is Hispanic Heritage Month. September 15 to October 15 we recognize the contributions and influence of Hispanic Americans to the history, culture, and achievements of the United States. Come to the Steele Memorial Library to watch movies that celebrate the Latino culture!

Tuesdays, 10:30am - Family Story Time (begins September 13th).

September 7, 6:30pm - Spiderman: into the Spider-verse Movie

September 19, 6:30pm - Vivo Movie

September 21, 6:30pm - Encanto Movie

September 22, 3:30pm - Maraca Painting

September 26, 6:30pm - Coco Movie

Van Etten Library

All Month Long - Paper Bookmark Craft - Come in to make your very own bookmark pal, just in time to go Back to School!

West Elmira Library

Monthly Scavenger Hunt - Celebrate Bear Necessities Month by finding all of the bear pictures hidden in the library and win a prize!

Wednesdays (starting 9/14),10:30am - Homeschool Group

Thursdays (starting 9/15),10:30am - Family Storytime

First & Third Tuesdays, 3:30pm - Creative Coloring Club

Third Thursdays, 3pm - Tween Maker Hour

Fourth Wednesdays, 4pm - LEGO Club

Activities for Teens

Takeaway & In-Person Activities

Big Flats Library

Thursdays, 3:30pm - Kids & Teen LEGO Club

Horseheads Free Library

Teen/tween group with fun activities and games, giving them a chance to branch out and kick back!

Mondays, 2pm - Teen/tween group

Steele Memorial Library

September 1, 3pm - Save Your Sanity @School DIY kits

September 12 & 26, 4pm - Anime Club

September 13 & 27, 5pm - Teen Advisory Group meetings

September 20, 5:30pm - Stranger Things Party Night

September 22 & 29, 5:15pm - Library night with TC Commons

September 26, 5pm - Teen Dungeons & Dragons

September 27, 5:30pm - Teen Creative Writing

Van Etten Library

All Month Long - Paper Bookmark Craft - Come in to make your very own bookmark pal, just in time to go Back to School!

Friday, September 9th, 2pm - "In a Jar!" Club - Fall Candle Holders - Registration is required to join the club.

Activities for Adults

Virtual Activities

September 6, 7pm - Introduction to Ukrainian Genealogy

September 8, 1pm - Big Flats Zoom Book Club

September 13, 6:30pm - Art Class with Wynn Yarrow

September 17, 10-10:45 am - Genealogy Club (Saturday)

September 20, 6pm - Oil Pastel Art Class with Filomena

September 22, 6pm - Horseheads Zoom Book Club

Takeaway & In-Person Activities

Big Flats Library

"Paper & Glue" is a feature-length documentary that follows acclaimed French artist JR around the globe as he builds some of his most monumental projects, challenging perspectives and uniting communities through his thought-provoking work.

September 27, 6pm - "Paper & Glue" Documentary Showing


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 August we read "The Lake" by Natahsa Preston to discuss on September 13th at 4:00pm.

We will read "Educated" by Tara Westover to discuss in October.

Horseheads Free Library

Tai Chi with Julie Spicer is back! Tuesdays at 4:30pm from September 6-October 18. This will be held outdoors at the new pavilion behind the Horseheads Library. In case of poor weather class will be held at St. Mathews community room.

September 6, 4:30pm - Tai Chi Tuesdays with Julie Spicer

September 13-17 - Friends of the Library Book Sale

September 13, 5:30pm - Autumn Painting with Jane - This will be held at the St. Mathew's Community room for more space to create. Limit of 20 call 607-739-4581 or email zella@stls.org to register.

September 21, 1pm - Lit Lovers Book Club

September 29, 2:30-4pm - Puzzle Afternoons

Steele Memorial Library

Stop by the customer service desk to vote for your favorite Banned Book.

Friday Afternoon Films are back! This month we are showing "Stand and Deliver" on September 30, 2:15pm. In honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month enjoy this film with Lou Diamond Phillips and Edward James Olmos from 1988. Rated PG. No food allowed in library, drinks with lids are okay.

September 12 - Spice of the Month Kit: Ground Cardamom

September 15, 1:30-3:30pm - Beginning Genealogy

September 26, 6:30pm - Natural Dyes and Techniques Class

September 29, 1:30-3:30pm - Exploring Online Newspapers

September 30, 2:15pm - Friday Afternoon Film

Van Etten Library

September 9, 2pm - "In a Jar!" Club - Fall Candle Holders - Registration is required to join the club.

September 30, 1pm - VE Book Club

West Elmira Library

Second & Fourth Tuesdays, 2pm - Knit and Crochet Club

September 19, 6pm - Candle Making, registration required

September 26, 6:30pm - INK and WATERCOLOR with Wynn Yarrow, registration required

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

Director Retirement

Library Card Sign-up Month

Open Board Seats

Friends of HFL Book Sale

Friends Books Sandwiched In

Seed Saving

Technology Training

CCLD Makerspace

Activities for...




Library Services at Home

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