Welcome to the Chemung County Library District

April 2023 Newsletter

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

National Library Week

April 23-29, 2023 is National Library Week. The theme this year is, "There's More to the Story".

Check out anytime this week at your local CCLD branch for your chance to be the lucky winner of an iPad, 3D Printer, or a $250 gift card of your choice. Bonus entries awarded for inquiring about our digital services, attending a program, or checking out an item from any of our "special" collections. For more information, call or stop by your neighborhood library.

Steele Pop Expo - April 22, 11 AM - 4 PM

Join us at Steele Memorial Library on Saturday, April 22, 11 AM - 4 PM for a FREE event! Steele Pop Expo is a celebration of comics, art, games, and pop culture!

The event will feature: Cosplay Contests, a Pokémon tournament, Live Play D&D, presentations, artists, face painting, vendors, food trucks, crafts, and more!

Thanks to our sponsors: The Friends of CCLD, Target, Wegmans, and Chemung Canal Trust Company!

Visit our website for more information (Cosplay Contests & Pokémon Tournament require registration):

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

Custom Engraved Pet ID Tags

Celebrate Every Day is Tag Day throughout the month of April with CCLD Makerspace by engraving identification tags for your pets. Pet owners are encouraged to take this opportunity to make sure that their pets’ tags have the most up-to-date information and are replaced if they have become scratched or difficult to read.

One tag is free per household, additional tags may be purchased for $1.00 per tag.

Supplies are limited.

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

Virtual Activities

April 11, 1:30pm - Clay Owls with Wynn Yarrow (in-person or Zoom)

April 13, 1pm - Big Flats In-Person & Zoom Book Club

April 27, 6pm - Horseheads Evening Zoom Book Club

Steele Memorial Library

Now’s the time to think - seeds!

Now is the perfect time to think about spring planting. Our Seed Lending Library is ready to browse any time we are open, so check it out! Seed Lending is easy; visit our seed collection, check out the seeds that interest you, and bring back seeds you harvest in the fall! Come visit the Reference Desk on the second floor at the Steele Library for more information and, to check out some seeds!

Activities for Adults

Join us for our Filipino Food Month Potluck program on Thursday, April 27, 6:30-7:30pm, in the Steele large meeting room. Celebrate Filipino Food Month and only cook one dish! Please register for this program by coming to the long Customer Service desk downstairs at Steele Memorial. After registering, choose a Filipino recipe from what we will have available (copied from library cookbooks). Bring your dish and a serving spoon on 4/27 and we will talk about the recipes and enjoy international cuisine. This program is intended for adults, but open to those 12 years and older.

April 1, 15, 29 - Dungeons & Dragons (for adults)

April 6, 1:30pm - Introduction to ancestry.com library edition

April 7, 2:30pm - "Strange Brew" Friday Afternoon Film & Raffle

April 11, 1:30pm - Clay Owls with Wynn Yarrow (in-person or Zoom)

April 12, 6pm - Embroidered pet/animal portraits with Filomena

April 14, 2:30pm - "Easter Sunday" Friday Afternoon Film

April 15, 2:15pm - "Brigadoon" Saturday Afternoon Film

April 17 - Spice of the Month Kit - Za'atar (while supplies last)

April 18, 6:30pm - "So bad, it's good!" Movie Night

April 19 & 26, May 3 & 10, 4:30pm - Gentle Fitness with Jessica

April 20, 1:30pm - Introduction to online newspapers

April 27, 1pm - Dementia Conversations (Alzheimer's Association)

April 27, 6:30pm - Filipino Food Month Potluck

April 29, 1pm - Willow Basket Weaving with Unterwoman

Saturdays in April (except 4/22), 11am - Learn to Knit

Activities for Teens

rainbow of fruits and vegetables

A Teen Self Care Retreat will be in the teen space during Spring Break. See below, and our events calendar, for details. Love comics and pop culture? Bring the whole family to our FREE event: Steele Pop Expo for Pokemon, cosplay contests, Live D&D, gaming, vendors, food trucks and more! Details are linked below.

April 3,5,& 7, 12-2pm - Teen Self Care Retreat

Mondays in April, 5:30pm - Teen D&D with Tim

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

April 4 & 18, 5:30pm - Teen Mock Trials

Wednesdays in April, 4:30pm - Teen D&D with Daniel or Aiden

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

Wednesdays in April, 6:30pm - Teen Safezone

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

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

April 20, 5:15pm - Teen Improv Night

April 22, 11am-4pm - Steele Pop Expo

Activities for Youth

This month we are celebrating Goofy. Stop by the Children’s Department throughout the month to watch a Goofy movie or catch episodes of Goof Troop.  We have a Goofy Take and Make craft starting Monday April 3rd, or join our Thursday afternoon craft sessions to make fishing rods and binoculars inspired by Goofy’s love of camping. Thursday April 27th celebrate Arbor Day with Edible Tree Landscapes!

Booker's Bookworms can pick up this month’s book club book: Who was Walt Disney!

Monday, April 3, 6:30pm - Movie: A Goofy Movie

April 12, 6:30pm - Movie: An Extremely Goofy Movie

April 13, 6:30pm - Craft: DIY Fishing Rod Game

April 20, 3:30pm - Craft: Binoculars

April 27, 3:30pm - Craft: Edible Tree Landscape

Weekly Programs:

Take and Make Craft - Beginning Monday April 3rd, while supplies last

Goof Troop TV show - Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings from 6:00-7:30pm

Big Flats Library

Activities for Adults

April 11, 2pm - Movie: A Man Called Otto. Call the Big Flats Library at 607-562-3300 to register.

April 13, 1pm - Big Flats In-Person & Zoom Book Club

April 25, 6pm & April 26, 3pm - Colorful Hanging Garland Craft. Please call to Register, 607-562-3300

Adult Take & Make Kit: Magnetic Pen Holder Kit. Please call 607-562-3300 to reserve yours. While supplies last.

Activities for Youth

Wednesdays, 10:30am - Storytime with Miss Melanie

April 18, 6pm & April 19, 4pm - Big Flats Kids Maker Club: If You Plant a Seed Earth Day program! Join us for a read along and paint your own flower pot for planting seeds! Please register in person or call 607-562-3300 to save your spot!

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

All month in April at the Big Flats Library Craft Table: Salt Dough Spring Eggs! Stop in any time and make yours!

Kids Take & Make Kit: Paper Plate Chick Sewing Craft! While supplies last, call to 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. "Those Who Saved Us", by Jenna Blum book discussion will be April 11, 4pm. April book will be, "Love Walked In" by Marisa De Los Santos.

Horseheads Free Library

Activities for Adults

April 23-29 is National Library Week! From 4/23-4/29 with every checkout spin the wheel of Prizes!

April 11, 18, 25, and May 2 - 10am - Gentle Movement Class with Tammy Wilcox. Wear comfortable clothes and bring a mat or towel for extra comfort. No registration required.

April 12, 6pm - Wynn Yarrow Wooden Flowers craft. Learn to soften, shape and dye wooden flowers and attach leaves and stems. Each participant will be able to complete more than one flower, and choose which to keep and which to contribute to a kindness and unity arrangement, a symbol of togetherness. Limit of 10. Registration required. Call or email zella@stls.org to register.

April 18, 1pm-2pm - Roth Elder Law presents 5 Critical Planning documents for Estate Planning. Discover 5 critical estate planning documents that should be a part of every estate plan. Come, sit, listen and Learn! No registration needed.

April 19, 1-3 pm - Lit Lovers Book Club

April 26, 5:30pm-7:15pm - Movie night Lyle Lyle Crocodile. Light refreshments provided. All ages welcome. Movie is 1 hour 46 minutes.

Activities for Youth

Spring is here. Celebrate Easter with us at the Horseheads Free Library. The Easter Bunny will be here and we will have an Easter Egg Hunt in the stacks. This month's take 'n make is a Bee Paper Bag Puppet craft. The kits will be available all month long. BINGO is back again this month. 

Thursdays, 10:30am - Family Storytime

Friday, April 7, 3pm - Meet the Easter Bunny & Easter Egg Hunt

Tuesday, April 11, 6:00pm - BINGO (for ages 12 and under)

Van Etten Library

Activities for Teens and Adults:

Friday, April 14, 2pm - "In a Jar!" Club - Trail Mix

Friday, April 28, 1pm - Book Club

Activities for Youth:

All Month Long, 3pm-4pm - Pinwheel Craft

Friday, April 21, 3pm - Kid's Origami Club - Frog

West Elmira Library

Activities for Adults

Monday, April 3, 6pm - Scrabble Family Tree

Monday, April 17, 6:30pm - Cookbook Book Club

Monday, April 24, 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.

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

Activities for Youth

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

April 1 - 28th - Children's Poetry Contest

Wednesdays,10:30am - Homeschool Group

Thursdays,10:30am - Family Storytime

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

Third Thursdays, 3pm - Tween Maker Hour

Fourth Wednesdays, 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

National Library Week

Steele Pop Expo

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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