Welcome to the Chemung County Library District

June 2023 Newsletter

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

Library Closings

June 9 - All CCLD libraries will be closed for staff training.

June 19 - All CCLD libraries will be closed for Juneteenth.

Summer Reading Club

All Together Now

Summer Reading Club is the perfect time for all ages to see what their local library has to offer! The 2023 summer reading slogan is "All Together Now" ​and we are planning many fun programs and events around this theme. There will be special events, reading challenges, fun activities, and more throughout the summer months from June 26 through August 4. Call or stop by your local library for specific program details. Online registration is available June 1; start logging minutes June 26.

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

Make a Mason Bee House

Support your local ecosystem and encourage the population growth of native pollinating bees by building a bee house. Using wood and some cardboard tubes, you can create an ideal habitat for these docile, super pollinators.

Workshops will be held on:
June 13, 3:00pm
June 21, 3:00pm
June 29, 3:00pm

To register for a workshop, please call 607-733-8609.
Supplies are limited.

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

Virtual Activities

Mondays, June 5, 12, 19, 26, 9am - Radio Hour with Mike Keene-Talking Hart Island

June 8, 1pm - Big Flats In-Person & Zoom Book Club

June 22, 6pm - Horseheads Zoom Book Club

Steele Memorial Library

Borrow Seeds from the 2nd Floor Reference Desk!

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!

Blood Pressure Cuffs are Now Available for Checkout!

CCLD is pleased to be part of The American Heart Association initiative to lend patrons blood pressure monitoring kits. Stop by Steele to check out a blood pressure kit from the 2nd floor desk.

For more information on blood pressure health:

Activities for Adults

digital camera

Get the most out of your digital camera! Have you ever wondered what all the buttons, dials, and settings on your digital camera do? Would you like to learn new tricks and techniques to take your photography to the next level? Photographer Joe Edkin leads this class every second and fourth Monday of the month at Steele, 6:30pm-8:00pm, starting June 12th.

June 2, 2:15pm - "Some Like It Hot" Friday Afternoon Film

June 6, 6:30pm - Clay Leaves (part 2) with Wynn Yarrow

June 7, 10am - Enjoy healthy food that tastes great!

June 12 - Spice of the Month Kit: Black Salt! First come, first serve. Available until gone. Pick up a kit with some spice & recipes from library cookbooks.

June 12 & 26, 6:30pm - Getting the Most Out of Your Digital Camera

June 15, 1:30-2:30pm - GENEALOGY LAB (Steele PC Lab)

June 16, 2:30pm - "Fatherhood" Friday Afternoon Film

June 21, 6pm - Folk Art Inspired Floral Paintings with Filomena

June 22, 1pm - Understanding Alzheimer's & Dementia

June 27, 10am - Painted Bookmarks

June 29, 6pm - Bringing Community Together Potluck #1

June 30, 2:30pm - "To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar" Friday Afternoon Film

June 30, 6-7:30pm - After-Hours Drag Queen Bingo Night with Miss Viola! Open to ages 18+. Join us for an epic night of bingo hosted by Miss Viola. Prizes for bingo winners! Ticket required for entry. ***Please note, we will only be open for this after-hours adult program, the library itself will not be open.***

Activities for Teens

Teens can celebrate Pride Month with an after-hours dance at Steele Library on June 2 (7th-12 graders only), thanks to partnerships with Wegmans, & the Chemung County Youth Bureau’s Safe Zones and SPOT programs! Summer Reading starts June 26! Sign up & read for prizes!

June 2, 6:30pm - Teen Pride Dance

June 14, 5:30pm - Color War

June 14-June 21, 4pm - Study, Snacks & Hangout

June 21, 4pm - Hoop Happy with Filomena Jack

June 26, 3pm - Decorate a book bag tote

Mondays in June, 5:30pm - Teen D&D with Daniel or Aiden

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

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

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

Activities for Youth

Booker's Bookworms are reading books about Africa this month. In honor of Disney's 100th Anniversary we are showing The Lion King, The Lion King 2, and the live-action version of The Lion King.

Summer Reading Club returns on June 26th! Sign up at the Steele Memorial Library Children's Department or register online via the CCLD website or READsquared App.

June 1, 3:30pm - Craft: Celebrate PRIDE by crafting your own rainbow mini cake

June 5, 4:00pm - Movie: The Lion King

June 8, 3:30pm - Craft: Lion Masks

June 15, 3:30pm - Craft: Celebrate Juneteenth by crafting Confetti Canons

June 16, 3pm - Craft: Father's Day Gifts

June 22, 3pm - Movie: The Lion King, live-action film

June 29, 3:30pm - Puppet Show: Robert Roger's Stone Soup

Weekly Programs

All month - Strange Names for Groups of Animals: guess the animal group names

Tuesdays, June 6-25, 6pm - Storytime Tuesdays

Wednesdays, 4pm - 16-Bit Video Gaming

Big Flats Library

keychain craft

Big Flats Library's all-ages Summer Reading Program Kickoff is June 27, 3:30pm. To attend the kickoff, please register for Summer Reading Club (all ages) and call 607-562-3300 to reserve your spot at the event

All month in June at the Big Flats Library Craft Table: Stone Chip Keychains! Stop in any time and make yours (all ages)!

Activities for Adults

June 8, 1pm - Big Flats In-Person & Zoom Book Club

June 15, 2pm - Thursday Afternoon Movie: Jerry & Marge Go Large (2022). Call the Big Flats Library at 607-562-3300 to register.

Adult Take & Make Kit:  Herb Garden Pots, Part 2 - This month's herbs are oregano & basil. Please call 607-562-3300 to reserve yours. While supplies last.

Activities for Youth

Wednesday, June 28, 10:30am - Special "All Together Now" Storytime!

All Together Now Scavenger Hunts, all summer!  Stop by the Big Flats Library to complete your scavenger hunt and earn a token for the prize machine!!


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 May we read "The Maid" by Nita Prose to discuss on June 16. We will read "In Five Years" by Rebecca Serle, to discuss in July.

Horseheads Free Library

Activities for Adults

June 14, 1pm-2:30pm - Ring of Friends Heart Craft

June 6, 20, 27, 10:30am - Gentle movements with Tammy Wilcox (This may be held outside, wear comfortable clothing and shoes)

June 20, 2pm - Tablet Talk

June 21, 1pm - Lit Lovers Book Club (call 607-739-4581 for more information)

June 26-August 4 - Summer Reading Club starts! All Together Now!

June 26, 10am-11am - Meal plan Mondays with Cornell Cooperative Extension (No registration required)

June 28, 1:30pm - Endless Landscapes with Wynn Yarrow

Activities for Youth


Celebrate the start of summer with the Horseheads Free Library. Paint a suncatcher to hang in your window. This month's take 'n make is an Octopus Paper Bag Puppet craft. The kits will be available all month long. Don't forget to sign up for Summer Reading Club on June 26! Track your minutes to earn points.  Use your points to buy prizes.

Thursdays, 10:30am - Family Storytime

Tuesday, June 13, 6:30pm - Suncatcher Painting

Van Etten Library

Activities for Adults

Friday, June 2, 2pm - "In a Jar!" Club - Candles - Due to the library being closed on our usual second Friday, we will move our meeting up to the first Friday this month.

Friday, June 30, 1pm - Book Club

Monday, June 26, 2pm - Summer Reading Club Kick Off Party! (Registration is encouraged)

Activities for Youth

Monthly Craft (every M, W, and F), 3pm-4pm - Turtles (Please check online calendar for days the library is closed).

Friday, June 16, 3:30pm - End of School Movie Day - Super Pets

Monday, June 26, 2pm - Summer Reading Club Kickoff Party - Registration is encouraged

West Elmira Library

Summer Reading Club is coming! Sign up online now and start logging minutes on June 26, to earn weekly prizes. This year's theme is "All Together Now". Each week we will be highlighting some of the great local organizations that help bring the community together. Programs will be Mondays at 4pm from 6/26-8/07.

Monday, June 26, 4pm - Summer Reading Club Kick-off

In preparation for the summer, we will be collecting the following donations to be used as crafts or other activities that will be donated back to those in need: socks; t-shirts; kids body wash; shampoo/ conditioner 2 in 1; kids toothbrush cover; applesauce pouches; fruit cups; crackers; granola/ trail mix bars; napkins; paper plates; plastic cutlery; gallon Ziploc bags; travel size toiletries

Activities for Adults


Mondays, June 5 & June 12, 5pm - Oil Landscapes Program

Monday, June 26, 6:30pm - Cookbook Book Club

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

Activities for Youth

Monthly Scavenger Hunt - June is Fresh Fruit and Vegetables Month!  Find all of the produce hidden around the library to win a prize!

Thursday, June 8, 3pm - Rainbow Sun Catchers

Tuesday, June 13, 3pm - Pride Perler Beads

Wednesdays, 10:30am - Homeschool Group (last one 6/14)

Thursdays, 10:30am - Family Storytime

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

Third Thursday 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

Library Closings

Summer Reading Club

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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