Welcome to the Chemung County Library District

May 2023 Newsletter

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

Friends Books Sandwiched In

The last Friends of CCLD Spring 2023 Books Sandwiched In presentation will take place on May 5 from 12-1pm at Steele Memorial Library. 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. 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.

Tinker Lab @ Steele

New class available - CorelDraw for Laser Engraving

Create custom designs and layouts for personalized gifts, merchandise, marketing materials, and more using the graphics software CorelDraw and CCLD Makerspace’s laser engraver.

Topics discussed include navigating the user interface, commonly used tools, preparing your designs for laser engraving, and core concepts that can be carried over to other vector design software, such as Inkscape.

Due to a limited number of software licenses, only two people will be able to attend this class at a time.

All CCLD Makerspace classes are available by request. Please use our online calendar to schedule a date and time.

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

Virtual Activities

May 3, 7-8pm - Google My Maps: Using maps to track your family story (Zoom)

May 6, 10-10:45am - Genealogy Club (Zoom)

May 9, 6:30pm - Clay Leaves Part 1, with Wynn Yarrow (Zoom or in-person)

May 11, 1pm - Big Flats In-Person & Zoom Book Club

May 18, 6pm - Horseheads Zoom Book Club

May 31, 7-8pm - Telling Your Family's Story with Google Earth (Zoom)

Steele Memorial Library

Activities for Adults

Stop by at the second floor reference desk and borrow some seeds!

Come by and borrow up to 3 packs of seeds (non GMO, so the plants will produce nice seeds for saving), and when you harvest your vegetables, herbs or flowers, save some seeds to bring back to the library for the next season! We are featuring easy-to-grow items that will yield impressive produce and seeds! Follow our blog on our website! And, Happy Planting!

Spice of the Month Kit - Paprika! Begins Monday, May 8. Pick up a kit with some spice and recipes from library cookbooks to try it in at the Customer Service or Checkout desks. First come, first serve. Available until gone.

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

May 6, 1:30-3:30pm - D&D for adults

May 9, 1pm - Name that Scam!

May 9, 6:30pm - Clay Leaves Part 1, with Wynn Yarrow (Zoom or in-person)

May 13 & 20, 3:30-4:30pm - Dungeon Master Class (parts 1 & 2)

May 16, 6:30pm - "So bad, it's good!" Movie Night

May 20, 11:30-3:30pm - D&D for adults (double session)

May 25, 1:30-2:30pm - Genealogy Lab (PC Lab)

Asian & Pacific Islander Heritage Month Movie Series:

May 5, 2:30pm - "Yesterday"

May 12, 2:30pm - "Yellow Rose"

May 19, 2:30pm - "Bend It Like Beckham"

May 26, 2:30pm - "Umma"

Activities for Teens

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

May 2, 9, & 16, 5:30pm - Teen Art with Filomena Jack

May 3 & 31, 6:30pm - Teen Safezone

May 6, 1:30pm - Teen Afternoon Movie

May 10, 4:30pm - Make Cosplay and D&D accessories

May 13 & 20, 3:30-4:30pm - Dungeon Master Class (parts 1 & 2)

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

May 3, 10 & 17, 5:30pm - Teen Creative Writing

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

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

May 4, 5:15pm - Teen Improv Night

May 24, 6pm - Teen Art & Creative Writing Showcase

Activities for Youth

The Little Mermaid, All month at the Steele Memorial Library Children's Department

This May, come be a part of our world with books crafts and movies inspired by The Little Mermaid. Booker's Bookworms are reading Hans Christian Anderson's The Little Mermaid this month, or stop by for showings of the original Disney cartoons The Little Mermaid, Finding Nemo, and Finding Dory.

One lucky coloring contest winner will also receive 4 tickets to the new live-action Little Mermaid Movie. Stop by the Steele Memorial Library Children's Department to pick up your entry form starting Wednesday, May 18th. All entries must be received by 3:30pm on Thursday, May 25th.

Wednesday, May 3, 4:00pm - Movie: The Little Mermaid

Thursday, May 4th (While Supplies Last) - Craft: Take and Make Grogu Puppet

Saturday, May 6, 1pm - Craft: Planet Art

Saturday, May 6, 1pm - Movie: Fly Me to the Moon in 3D

Thursday, May 11, 3:30pm - Craft: Mother's Day Gift Crafts

Monday, May 15, 4pm - Movie: Finding Nemo

Thursday, May 18, 3:30pm - Craft: Clay and Shell Necklace

Thursday, May 25, 3:30pm - Craft: Mermaid Lantern

Weekly Programs:

Take and Make Craft - Beginning Monday, May 8th, while supplies last

Coloring Contest - Wednesday May 17th to Wednesday, May 24th - Must be returned by 3:30pm
on Thursday, May 25th.

Big Flats Library

Activities for Adults

May 2,  2pm - Film Program: 80 for Brady (Register: 607-562-3300)

May 17,  3pm - Mandala Dot Art (Register: 607-562-3300)

Adult Take & Make Kit:  Herb Garden Pots.  Please call 607-562-3300 to reserve yours. While supplies last.

Activities for Youth

Wednesdays, 10:30 (no storytime 5/3) - Storytime: Join Miss Melanie for stories, songs, puzzles & more!

May 23, 6pm & May 24, 3:30pm - In Person Craft: Ornamental Bird Houses. Fun for all ages! (Register: 607-562-3300)

All month at our Craft Table - Friendship Bracelets! Stop in any time and make yours!

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

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 Friday of the month at Bulkhead Hardware in Southport at 1:30pm. We will continue to offer the Zoom options for anyone unable to join us or if there is inclement weather. For the month of April we read "Love walked in" by Marisa De Los Santos, to discuss on May 12th at 4:00pm. We will read "The Maid" by Nita Prose, to discuss in June.

May 12, 4pm - Book Club (in-person and virtual)

May 21, 10-2pm - Join us at Book Fest and make your own button!

May 29, 9am - Start your Memorial Day by attending the Elmira Memorial Day Parade; keep an eye out for the Bookmobile!

Horseheads Free Library

Activities for Adults

May 2, 10am - Last day of the current Gentle Movement series with Tammy Wilcox. A new series will begin May 16, 23, 30, and June 6 at 10:30am. Bring a mat, water bottle and wear comfortable clothes. If the weather is nice enough this class maybe held outside at our pavilion behind the library.

May 9, 5:30-7pm - Jane Kim-Pronti presents Cherry Blossoms acrylic painting at St. Mathew's community room (Call or email zella@stls.org to register)

May 17, 1-3pm - Lit Lovers Book Club

May 17, 5:30pm-7pm - Water Color Stained Glass (Call or email to register)

May 30, 1pm - Roth Elder Law presents ElderLaw Survival Guide: Elder Abuse (Call or email to register)

May 31, 5:30pm-7pm - Tin Foil Flower Painting (Call or email zella@stls.org to register)

May 16, 6pm-7pm - Horseheads High School Student Orchestra Concert (All Ages Welcome! No registration required)

Activities for Youth

Mother's Day is coming. Paint a jar and plant a flower seed for Mom. This month's take n make is a Dinosaur Egg craft. The kits will be available all month long. BINGO is back again this month and then will be gone until fall.

Thursdays, 10:30am - Family Storytime

Tuesday, May 2, 6pm - Flowers for Mom

Tuesday, May 9, 6pm - BINGO (for ages 12 and under)

Van Etten Library

Activities for Teens and Adults:

May 12, 2pm - "In a Jar!" Club - Luminary Jars - Must register

May 26, 1pm - Van Etten Book Club

Activities for Youth:

All Month Long 3pm-4pm - Tie Dye Butterfly Craft

West Elmira Library

Activities for Adults

Mondays, May 1-22, 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.

Tuesdays, 3pm - Perler Bead Tuesdays

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

Activities for Youth

Monthly Scavenger Hunt - Celebrate National Pet Month by finding all of the animals hidden around the library!  Learn fun facts about the US's most popular pets and win a prize!

Wednesdays, 10:30am - Homeschool Group

Thursdays, 10:30am - Family Storytime

First & 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

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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