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February 2023 Newsletter

Check out our Events Calendar to see a full list of library events!

Holiday Hours & Closings

February 20 - Steele open 10-6pm, other branches closed.

Patron Appreciation Week - We Love our Library Users!

Because we appreciate our loyal patrons, we are setting aside a special time for Patron Appreciation Week during the week of February 13-17, 2023 to thank you. Visit your favorite library, or all of them, and check out materials for a chance to win a prize.

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.

Tinker Lab @ Steele

Laser engrave your own custom rubber stamps

Create your own stamps using the laser engraver at CCLD Makerspace. Make fun stamps to decorate with or promote your business or non-profit with a stamp of your logo.

Price per stamp depends on size. Supplies are limited.

For stamps larger than 2" in diameter, or for large quantities of stamps, please consider purchasing your own material. Contact the makerspace staff with questions about what material to buy at labcentral@stls.org.

Schedule a time to use the laser with our online calendar.

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

Virtual Activities

Documenting African American Families from Enslavement to the 20th Century with Genealogist Denyce Peyton Tuesday, February 7, 2023 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM Online via ZOOM!

February 7, 7pm - Documenting African American Families from Enslavement to the 20th Century (online via Zoom)

February 8, 6pm - Crepe Paper Roses with Filomena (in-person or Zoom)

February 9, 1pm - Big Flats Zoom Book Club - The Big Flats Library Book Club will be meeting via Zoom.

February 14, 6:30pm - Printed Patterns with Wynn Yarrow (in-person or Zoom)

February 21, 7pm - Antebellum Migration of Free Persons of Color (online via Zoom)

February 23, 6pm - Horseheads Evening Zoom Book Club (Zoom)

Steele Memorial Library

We love our library patrons! Check out materials during Patron Appreciation Week (February 13-17) to be entered into our gift basket drawing!

Activities for Adults

Join us for a reception and exhibit at Steele Memorial Library on Saturday, February 4, 1-4pm, celebrating The Lady of Radium, The Life of Maria Sklodowska-Curie, sponsored by the Polish Arts Club. Refreshments (coffee, tea, and cookies) will be served. The exhibit was prepared by the Embassy of the Republic of Poland and will be available to be viewed at the library until Saturday, February 11. The reception will take place in the large meeting room on the 1st floor.

In honor of Black History Month, Steele Memorial Library and the John W. Jones Museum are partnering to bring you 3 showings of the film "Till" with an introduction by Debra Todd, Museum Trustee & Talima Aaron, Museum President, and a short Q&A immediately following the movie. Dates and times listed below.

Saturdays in February, 11am - Learn to Knit

February 1, 8, 15, 4:30pm - Gentle Chair Fitness

February 4, 1-4pm - Polish Arts Club Reception

February 8, 6pm - Crepe Paper Roses with Filomena (in-person or Zoom)

February 10, 2:15pm - "Cyrano" (2022) - Friday Afternoon Film

February 13 - Spice of the Month Kit - Mustard Powder!

February 14, 6:30pm - Printed Patterns with Wynn Yarrow (in-person or Zoom)

February 16, 5:45pm; February 21, 11am; February 23, 5:45pm - Movie: "Till" (2022) - Presented with intro and Q&A by John W. Jones Museum

February 17, 2:15pm - "10 Things I Hate About You" (1999) - Friday Afternoon Film

February 18 & 25, 12:30-3:30pm - Dungeons & Dragons

February 21, 6:30pm - "So bad, it's good!" Movie Night

February 23, 1:30pm - Genealogy Lab (Steele PC Lab)

February 24, 2:15pm - "Imitation of Life" (1934) - Friday Afternoon Film

February 25, 1pm - Alzheimer's & Dementia - Effective Communication Strategies

February 27 - Paper Heart Craft Take & Make Kit

Activities for Teens

Wednesdays in February, 4:30pm - Teen D&D

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

Wednesdays in February, 6:30pm - Teen Safezone

Thursdays in February, 5:15pm - Library night with AIR youth clubhouse

Thursdays in February, 5:30pm - Teen D&D with Deegan

Mondays in February, 5:30pm - Teen D&D

February 13 & 27, 4pm - Teen Anime Club

Tuesdays in February, 5:30pm - Teen Art with Filomena Jack

February 9, 5:15pm - Teen Anti-Valentine's Day party

February 11, 2:30pm - Teen Choice Saturday movie

February 14 & 28, 5pm - Teen Advisory Group

February 24, 7pm - Teen After-hours party

February 28, 5:30pm - Teen LOLTR club

Activities for Youth

Did you know that the tale of Cinderella has been around for thousands of years?

The earliest version of the story was found in Greece's The Story of Rhodopis, from 7 BC. It wasn't until 1697 that the French author Charles Perrault wrote "Cinderella or the Little Glass Slipper," the version of the tale that we are most familiar with.  Perrault added the glass slipper, fairy godmother, and magic!  The Steele Memorial Library Children's Department is celebrating the tales of Cinderella all month.

February 2, 3:30pm - Celebrate Black History Month with potato chip tasting

February 6, 6:30pm - Roger and Hammerstein's Cinderella (Movie)

February 9, 3:30pm - Valentine's String Pasta Jewelry (Pre-K - 2nd Grade Craft)

February 13, 6:30pm - Valentine's String Art (Tween Craft)

February 14, 6:30pm - A Cinderella Story (Movie)

February 16, 3:30pm - Glass Slipper Boxes Craft (Kids of All Ages)

February 22, 6:30pm - Disney's Cinderella Cartoon (Movie)

February 25, 12:30pm - Disney's Cinderella Live Action (Movie)

Weekly Activities

Tuesdays, 6:00pm - Family Story Time - begins on February 7th

February 21 - Take and Make Craft (while supplies last)

Big Flats Library

Patron Appreciation Week - We Love our Library Users! Big Flats Library will be celebrating our patrons the week of February 13-17. Two of our lucky library users will win a Library Lovers Prize, a $25 gift card of their choice!  We will also be providing various goodies throughout the entire week. So stop in and celebrate yourselves!

Activities for Adults

Adult Take & Make Kit:   Homemade Soup in a Jar!  While supplies last, please call and reserve your kit to pick up.  562-3300

February 9, 1pm - Big Flats Zoom Book Club (online via Zoom)

February 14, 6pm & February 15, 3pm - Bird House Ornament Craft. Call to register, 562-3300.  Adults and children ages 10 and up!

Activities for Youth

Wednesdays, 10:30am - Storytime with Miss Melanie

All February - Big Flats Library Craft Table: Valentine Kids Craft Ornament

Kids Take & Make Kit: Clay Pot Love Bug! While supplies last, stop in and grab a kit, or call and reserve your kit to pick up. 562-3300.

Kids, read to earn tokens! Don't forget to pick up your reading log sheet at the Big Flats Library!


For patron appreciation week (February 13-17), Bookmobile will be doing one drawing for a $50 gift certificate of the winner's choice. Earn one entry for each time you check out any materials.

Our book club meets the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 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 January we read "One True thing" by Anna Quindlen to discuss on February 14th at 4:00pm. This month, we will read "Those who save us" by Jenna Blum, to discuss in March.

Horseheads Free Library

Activities for Adults

Library Lover's Basket giveaway: Enter to win basket with every checkout from February 1-16. Winner will be drawn on February 16 at our Library Lover's Party from 2-4pm. Come join us for light refreshments and live music with John Manfredi from 2-4pm!

Empire Passes are available for checkout at the Horseheads Library, which allows users to borrow free admission passes to New York State Parks.

Call (607)739-4581 to register for activities:

February 7 & February 14, 10am - Tammy Wilcox's Gentle Movement class

February 7 & February 14, 4:30pm - Jessica Janowsky's Gentle movement class

February 8, 5:30pm - Watercolor Bookshelf

February 14, 5:30pm - Felted Mushrooms with Shannah Warwick (St. Mathews community room)

February 15, 1-3pm - Lit Lovers Book Club

February 16, 2-4pm - Library Lover's Appreciation Party (light refreshments and LIVE MUSIC by John Manfredi)

Activities for Youth

Family Game Night

This month's take 'n make is a Panda Bear craft. The kits will be available all month long. This month's book club pick is A Long Road on a Short Day by Gary D. Schmidt & Elizabeth Stickney. BINGO is back again this month. There will be prizes for the winners. Bring your family and play some board games at the Horseheads Free Library! Family Game Night is back during your winter break.

Thursdays, 10:30am - Family Storytime

Tuesday, February 14, 6pm - BINGO (for ages 12 and under)

Wednesday, February 15, 3:30pm - Children's Book Club

Tuesday, February 21, 5pm - 7:30pm - Family Game Night

Van Etten Library

Stop by during patron appreciation week (February 13-17) to be entered into a drawing for a $50 gift certificate (winner's choice).

Activities for Adults

Friday, February 10, 2pm - "In a Jar!" Club - Bird Feeders - *Registration is required*

Friday, February 24, 1pm - Van Etten Book Club

All Month Long, 3-4:30pm - Sock Snowmen Craft

Activities for Youth

Wednesday, February 15, 3pm - Kids Origami Club

Friday, February 24, 3:30pm - After School Movie - Tom & Jerry

West Elmira Library

Patron Appreciation Week - Every checkout during the week of 2/13-2/17 earns you an entry for a chance to win our gift basket!

Activities for Adults

Knit & Crochet Club West Elmira 2nd and 4th Wednesday Every month! 3:30-5:30pm

Second and Fourth Wednesday of every month, 3:30pm - Knit and Crochet Club

Last Monday of every month, 6pm - Cookbook Book Club

Activities for Youth

Monthly Scavenger Hunt - Celebrate Black History Month by finding all of the pictures hidden around the library and win a prize!

Thursday, February 9, 3pm - Heart Sun Catcher Craft

Tuesday, February 14, 3pm - Valentine's Day Craft

Wednesdays, 10:30am - Homeschool Group

Thursdays, 10:30am - Family Storytime

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

Fourth Wednesday of every month, 4pm - LEGO Club

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

Holiday Hours

Patron Appreciation Week

Technology Training

Tinker Lab

Virtual Activities

In-Person & Takeaway Activities at...

Steele Memorial

Big Flats



Van Etten

West Elmira

Library Services at Home

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