Welcome to the Chemung County Library District

November 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.


November 11 - Steele open 9-5 (other libraries closed)

November 24 & 25 - Closed

Board of Trustees Election & Library Budget Proposition

VOTEThe Chemung County Library District would like to remind all Chemung County voters in each of these five districts (3rd, 4th, 8th, 9th, and 13th) to please vote at the Steele Memorial Library or the Horseheads Free Library on Election Day (Tuesday, November 8th, 2022) for candidates running for open seats on the Board of Trustees. For your convenience, Absentee Ballots are also available; please inquire at your local CCLD library. Polls are open from 12 pm to 7 pm.

Also, please remember to vote for the library budget proposition located on the back of your ballot at your normal polling place as in previous elections.

Fall Call for Seeds!

Hope you had a great growing season! 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

Personalize your holiday gifts at CCLD Makerspace

The holidays are nearly here! Add a laser engraved, personal touch to your gifts this year at CCLD Makerspace. Need some ideas? Turn a regular cutting board into something special by adding an engraved message or image. Etch their name or a design onto a tumbler, glass, or water bottle to make it uniquely theirs. Create one-of-a-kind gift tags for some added style.

See some examples of gifts others have made on our Instagram @ccldmakerspace.

Scheduling an appointment to use the laser is recommended.

Activities for Kids

Takeaway & In-Person Activities

Big Flats Library

This month's Kids Take & Make Kit is a Popsicle Stick Turkey. While supplies last, stop in and grab a kit, or call and reserve your kit to pick up. 562-3300. Stop by the Big Flats Library Craft Table anytime this month to make Leaf Sun Catchers. Our Scavenger Hunt this month is Fall Leaves! Search the library for hidden pictures! Find them all and earn a token for the prize machine!

Wednesdays, 10:30am - Storytimes with Miss Melanie (stories, songs, puzzles & more!)

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

November 8, 6pm & November 10, 4pm - Maker Club is BACK! Make Turkey Leaf Luminary (call 607-562-3300 to sign up)

November 17, 2:30pm - Movie: The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (2008). Based on the novel of the same name by John Boyne.


On November 25th, look for us in the Elmira Downtown Holiday parade (day after Thanksgiving).

Horseheads Library

Are you staying in town for Thanksgiving and need something to do with the kids? Come by the Tuesday before Thanksgiving for Family Game Night. Games will be available for patron's to use.  This is a drop-in event so you can come and go as you please.

This month's take n make is a pumpkin turkey craft.The kits will be available all month long. This month's selection for book club is A Visit to William Blake's Inn by Nancy Willard. BINGO is back again this month. There will be prizes for the winners.

Thursdays, 10:30am - Family Storytime (no storytime on 11/24)

Tuesday, November 8, 6:00pm - BINGO (for ages 12 and under)

Wednesday, November 16, 3:30pm - Children's Book Club

Tuesday, November 22, 5:00pm - 7:30pm - Family Game Night

Steele Memorial Library

Fall storytime will be continue every Tuesday at 10:30am. Storytime will conclude on November 22nd and will pick up again in the winter of 2023.

Tuesdays, 10:30am - Family Story Time

Van Etten Library

All Month Long, 3-4:30pm - Paper Leaves Craft

November 4, 3pm - "The Wacky Science Show" by Cris Johnson

West Elmira Library

Monthly Scavenger Hunt - Aviation History Month - Celebrate Aviation History Month by finding all of the aircrafts hidden around the library to win a prize!

Wednesday, November 16, 3pm - Youth - National Button Day Craft

Wednesdays,10:30am - Homeschool Group

Thursdays,10:30am - Family Storytime  (no storytime on 11/24)

First and Third Tuesday of every month, 3:30pm - Creative Coloring Club

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

Fourth Wednesday of every month, 4pm - LEGO Club

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!

Steele Memorial Library

International Games Month

Happy Games Month!  7th-12th graders can get a prize from the Teen Space prize box when they play one of the teen space board or card games that they haven't played before!  (While prizes last and when the space is staffed: from late mornings through early evenings Mon-Fri).

November 12, 1pm - Special D&D make up game with pizza

Mondays in November, 5:30pm - Teen Dungeons & Dragons (starts on 11/7)

Wednesdays in November, 5:30pm - Teen Creative Writing (no group on 11/2)

Wednesdays in November, 6:30pm - Teen Safezones

November 15, 5pm - Make Microwave Mug Cakes

November 15 & 29,  6:30pm - Board Games Open play

Thursdays in November, 5:15pm - Library night with TC Commons

Thursday, November 17, 5:15pm - Improv Theater Games

November 8 & 22, 5pm - Teen Advisory Group meetings

November 8 & 22, 5:30pm - Teen Mock Trials

November 14 & 28, 4pm - Teen Anime Club

West Elmira Library

First and Third Tuesday of every month, 3:30pm - Creative Coloring Club

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

Activities for Adults

Virtual Activities

November 1, 7pm - Genealogy: Correlating Indirect Evidence to Identify Enslaved Parents (Zoom)

November 4, 2pm - Rescheduled - Oil Pastel Owls with Filomena (hybrid - virtual/in-person)

November 8, 6:30pm - "Book of Secrets" with Wynn Yarrow (Zoom)

November 10, 1pm - Big Flats Book Club (in-person and Zoom)

November 16, 6pm - Oil Pastel Stained Glass with Filomena (hybrid - virtual/in-person)

November 17, 7pm - Madhouse: The Hidden History of Insane Asylums in 19th Century New York (Zoom)

November 29, 7pm - Irish Genealogy: "Who? Where? How? Intro to Irish records & Depositories" (Zoom)

December 1, 6pm - Horseheads Zoom Book Club

December 1, 7pm - Question of Sanity: The Untold Story of Female Serial Killers in 19th Century NY (Zoom)

Takeaway & In-Person Activities

Big Flats Library

Adult Take & Make Kit:   Cinnamon Stick Candles.  While supplies last, stop in and grab a kit, or call and reserve your kit to pick up.  562-3300.

The Big Flats Library Book Club is now meeting in person. Zoom attendance is also still available using the link on the Big Flats Library event calendar. This month's Book discussion is on "The Afterlife of Billy Fingers" by Annie Kagan.

November 10, 1pm - Big Flats In-Person Book Club


On November 25th, look for us in the Elmira Downtown Holiday parade (day after Thanksgiving).

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. This month, we will discuss "Silent Sister" by Diane Chamberlain, on November 8, 4pm. We will read "My Sister's Keeper" by Jodi Picoult, to discuss in December.

Horseheads Free Library

Join us for art and craft programs this month! Wynn Yarrow will be teaching a clay acorns and pinecones class on Saturday, November 5th. We will use air-dried clay to sculpt faux acorns and pinecones that can be hung from a window, wired to a wreath or placed in a bowl. On November 9, join us for Zentangle Relaxation hour. On November 16 we will have a folded book art class; learn to make a hedgehog or evergreen tree (or both). Take your crafted tree home and decorate it more for a contest starting in December. Winner will win a $20 gift card of their choice. More information will be given in class.

To register for programs, call 607-739-4581 or email zella@stls.org to register.

November 5, 1pm - Clay Acorns & Pinecones with Wynn Yarrow (register)

November 9, 5:30pm - Zentangle Relaxation Hour (register)

November 16, 1pm - Lit Lovers Book Club (register)

November 16, 5:30pm - Folded Book Art Class (register)

November 23, 6pm - Library Movie Night: Muppet Christmas Carol

Steele Memorial Library

Celebrate International Games Month with us this November! We will have two tabletop game nights for adults and teens on Tuesdays, November 15 & 29 at 6:30pm on the 2nd floor (outside of the teen space). Join us for Dungeons & Dragons in the small meeting room on Saturday, November 19, 12:30pm (call 607-733-9175 to sign up) and get a free dice set. We will also have puzzle/game sheets out this month and game-related prize drawings.

The Tradition Bearers, a series of more than 30 photographic portraits by Chris Walters, will be on exhibit at Steele Memorial Library (2nd floor) until December 31.

November 3, 6pm - Movie Night - "Top Gun: Maverick"

November 4, 2pm - Rescheduled - Filomena Oil Pastel Owls (hybrid - virtual/in-person)

November 7 - Spice of the Month Kit: Anise Powder

November 10, 1:30pm - Beginning Genealogy - searching for your family tree (Steele Library PC Lab)

November 10, 6pm - Movie Night - "Thor: Love & Thunder"

November 11, 2:10pm - Friday Film - "Midway"

November 15 & 29, 6:30pm - Tabletop Game Nights

November 16, 6pm - Oil Pastel Stained Glass with Filomena (hybrid - virtual/in-person)

November 18, 2:15pm - Friday Film - "Uncle Buck"

November 19, 12:30pm - Dungeons & Dragons

November 22, 6:30pm - Bad Movie Night - "Starcrash"

Every 3rd Saturday (beginning 11/19) - Saturday Afternoon Movie Series

Van Etten Library

November 18, 2pm - "In a Jar!" Club - "It's Fall Ya'll!" Cookie Mix - Must sign up ahead of time: (607)589-4435 ext. 3.

West Elmira Library

November 14, 6pm - Adult - National Button Day Art

Second and Fourth Wednesdays, 3:30pm - Knit and Crochet 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. 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


Board of Trustees Election & Library Budget Proposition

Fall Call for Seeds

Technology Training

CCLD Makerspace

Activities for...




Library Services at Home

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