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March 2023 Newsletter

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

Friends Books Sandwiched In

The Friends of CCLD Spring 2023 Books Sandwiched In series will take place on April 14, 21, 28, and May 5 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.

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

Flying Crafts

This month CCLD Makerspace is featuring two quick and easy crafts that can be made with two accessible materials: straws and paper. Stop by the CCLD Makerspace Activity Area located outside the Tinker Lab to participate. Crafts include: simple helicopters and straw airplanes.

Participants are encouraged to make modifications and try their own designs using the building materials. Additional craft materials will be provided for decoration. Supplies are limited.

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

Virtual Activities

March 4, 10am - Genealogy Club (Zoom)

March 9, 1pm - Big Flats In-Person & Zoom Book Club

March 14, 6:30pm - Pop-up Books & Birds with Wynn Yarrow (in-person or Zoom)

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

March 25, 10am - Genealogy Club (Zoom)

Steele Memorial Library

New Seeds for the Seed Lending Library!

We have new seeds at the Steele Memorial Library for this growing season. If you are interested in borrowing seeds, you will need a library card. Come by and borrow up to 3 packs of seeds per day. There are no overdue fines, we just ask that you bring back some seeds. The basic idea is that you plant the seeds, let some go to seed, then return some of these next generation seeds for others to borrow. If you are unable to get viable seeds from your plant, you can bring back a pack of seeds (only open-pollinated or heirloom – no hybrid). Happy planting!

Activities for Adults

Spice of the Month Kit - Fenugreek Seeds - Pick up a kit with some fenugreek seeds and recipes to try them with. First come, first serve. Available until gone.

Shamrock Magnet Take & Make Kit - Make a shamrock design out of paper and turn it into a festive refrigerator decoration. Most supplies included, you will need a hot glue gun, a regular glue stick, scissors, and optional paint. First come, first serve. Available until gone.

Wednesdays in March, 4:30-5pm - Gentle Chair Fitness

Special Double Feature Saturday on March 4th!

March 4, 10:30am - "Whitney Houston: I Wanna Dance With Somebody"

March 4, 2:30pm - "Summer of Soul (...or, when the revolution could not be televised)"

March 4, 18, 25, 1-3:30pm - D&D (for adults)

March 9, 1:30pm - Introduction to Genealogy (PC Lab)

March 9, 6pm - Thursday Night Movie - "Women Talking"

March 10, 2:15pm - Friday Afternoon Film - "Selma"

March 14, 6:30pm - Pop-up Books & Birds with Wynn Yarrow (in-person or Zoom)

March 16, 1-6pm - Red Cross Blood Drive

March 21, 6:30pm - "So bad, it's good!" Movie Night - The Incredible Melting Man (1977)

March 23, 1pm - Understanding and Responding to Dementia Related Behaviors

March 24, 2:15pm - Friday Afternoon Film - "On the Basis of Sex"

Activities for Teens

Saturday March 4, 2pm - Teen Sewing: Plushies

March 7, 14 & 21, 5:30pm - Teen Mock Trials

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

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

Wednesdays in March, 6:30pm - Teen Safezone

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

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

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

March 13 & 27, 4pm - Teen Anime Club

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

March 23, 5:15pm - Teen Improv Night

March 14 & 28, 5pm - Teen Advisory Group

March 25, 2:30pm - Teen Choice Movie

Activities for Youth

Chocolate Covered Marshmallow Snowmen

This month Booker’s Bookworms will be reading A Day with Wilbur Robinson by William Joyce, stop by the Steele Memorial Library Children’s Department to pick up your book club book or sign up for the book club.

Punxsutawney Phil may have seen his shadow last month, but Spring officially begins on March 20th! We are celebrating at the Steele Memorial Library Children’s Department by taking the last of this year's "snow balls" and crafting chocolate covered marshmallow snowmen!

Monday, March 13, 6:30pm - Movie: Meet the Robinsons

Thursday, March 16, 3:30pm - Craft: Chocolate Covered Marshmallow Snowmen

Monday, March 20, 6:30pm - Tweens: Craft cinnamon rolls in a mug

Thursday, March 23, 3:30pm - Craft: Family Trees

Weekly Activities

Tuesdays, 6:00pm - Family Story Time - Ends March 28th

Take and Make Craft - Beginning Monday, March 6, while supplies last

Leprechaun Search - Beginning Monday, March 13, Check the day for the specific times.

Big Flats Library

Activities for Adults

Folded book corners craft

Adult Take & Make Kit - Folded Corner Bookmarks (While supplies last, call and reserve your kit to pick up: 607-562-3300)

March 9, 1pm - Big Flats In-Person & Zoom Book Club

March 21, 2pm - Film Program: Born to Be Wild - Call the Big Flats Library at 607-562-3300 to register.

March 28, 6pm & March 29, 3pm - In- Person at the Big Flats Library: Mandala Dot Art on Recycled CDs. Please call to register, 562-3300.

Activities for Youth

Wednesdays, 10:30am - In-Person Storytimes: Join Miss Melanie for stories, songs, puzzles & more!

Tuesday, March 14, 6pm & Wednesday, March 15, 3:30pm - Kids March Maker Club - Picture Framed Puzzles! Please sign up ahead to save your spot! 562-3300.

All month in March at the Big Flats Library Craft Table - Painted "Sham-Rocks"!

Kids Take & Make Kit - Pom Pom Caterpillar Magnet (While supplies last, call and reserve your kit to pick up: 607-562-3300). Kids, read to earn tokens! Don’t forget to pick up your reading log sheet at the Big Flats Library!


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 February we read "Olive Kitteridge" by Elizabeth Stout to discuss on March 14th at 4pm. This month we will read "Those Who Save Us" by Jenna Blum to discuss in April.

Horseheads Free Library

Activities for Adults

seeds sprouting

On March 11, 10am-11am, Cornell Cooperative Extension's Melanie Beach will be coming to the Horseheads Library for a Seed Give-a-way. Seeds were obtained in two large donations from Tractor Supply Company and Banfield Baker. The Horseheads Library will also be giving away Pothos plants (supplies are limited).

Call 607-739-4581 to register for programs:

March 6 - Gourd Birdhouse Take away kits (registration required)

March 11, 10-11am - CCE Seed Giveaway

March 14, 1pm - Roth Elder Law presents Estate Planning Guide: Wills vs. Trusts

March 15, 1-3pm - Lit Lovers Book Club (registration required)

March 15, 5:30pm-6:30pm - Water Color Switcheroo (registration required)

March 28, 6pm - Wynn Yarrow, “Well Dressed Book” - held at the St. Mathew's community room to have more space to create. (registration required)

March 29, 5:15pm-7:15pm - Movie Night: Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris

The Horseheads Book of the Month is Paul Gallico's, Mrs. Harris goes to Paris. Check out this book and some of his other books at the library.

Activities for Youth

Battle of the Books is back again! This year we will be pitting 16 Mo Willems titles against each other. Come in each week to vote and see if your favorite book has moved on. This month’s take 'n make is a leprechaun minion craft. The kits will be available all month long. This month’s book club pick is Nora’s Chicks by Patricia MacLauchlan. BINGO is back again this month.  Celebrate Dr. Seuss by making a stuffed elephant complete with a hat and bowtie. Registration is required for this program as space is limited.

Thursdays, 10:30am - Family Storytime

Tuesday, March 14, 6:00pm - BINGO (for ages 12 and under)

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

Tuesday, March 28, 6:00pm - Horton Hears a Who Teddy Bear Workshop (Registration Required)

Van Etten Library

Activities for Adults

Friday, March 10, 2pm - "In a Jar!" Club - Garden Scene- Registration required

Friday, March 31, 1pm - Book Club

Activities for Youth

All Month Long from 3pm-4pm - Spring Chick Craft

Friday, March 17, 3:30pm - Origami Club: Picture Frame

Friday, March 24, 3:30pm - After School Movie: "Lightyear"

West Elmira Library

Activities for Adults

Monday, March 13, 6pm - Diamond Painting

Monday, March 20, 5pm - Oil Landscapes Program
This project is made possible with funds from the Statewide Community Regrant program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature and administered by The ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes.

Monday, April 3, 6pm - Scrabble Family Tree

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

Shamrock Stained Glass Craft - March 14, 3pm West Elmira

Monthly Scavenger Hunt - Find all of the flower pictures hidden around the library and win a prize!

Tuesday, March 14, 3pm - Shamrock Suncatchers

Monday, March 27, 3pm - Scribble Art

Wednesdays,10:30am - Homeschool Group

Thursdays,10:30am - Family Storytime

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

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

Friends Books Sandwiched In

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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