Welcome to the Chemung County Library District

July 2023 Newsletter

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

Library Closings

July 4 - All Libraries Closed

Meet the New Director

Join us on Monday, July 10, 4-6pm to meet the new CCLD director, Paul Chapman. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend, share ideas, and express any concerns. Light refreshments will be served.

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 through August 4. Call or stop by your local library for specific program details.

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

Summer Maker Series

Join CCLD Makerspace this summer for a series of STEAM-related activities! Projects include making soap, slime, paracord bracelets, and more!

Activities will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays starting July 11th and ending August 17th. Each day's activity will run for its scheduled time or until supplies run out. Stop by each week to see what the craft will be.

Tuesdays, 3-4pm (Ages 10 - 13)

Thursdays, 6-7pm (Ages 6 - 9)

Children attending must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. All activities will be held at Steele Memorial Library.

July 21st is National Pin Back Button Day!

Visit the Tinker Lab at Steele Memorial Library on Friday, July 21st between 12pm and 4pm to make a free button.

Supplies are limited.

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

Virtual Activities

Mondays - Radio Hour with Mike Keene: Talking Hart Island

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

August 8, 1:30pm - Creative Calligraphy Initial with Wynn Yarrow (Deadline to register for virtual kit is July 31)

Steele Memorial Library

Borrow Seeds from the 2nd Floor Reference Desk!

Borrow up to 3 packs of seeds per day (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! Follow our blog on our website, for gardening tips.

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.

Activities for Adults

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Sign up for Summer Reading Club and log reading minutes each week, to be eligible for prize drawings! Steele adult Summer Reading Club activities made possible by Friends of CCLD and Community Foundation of Elmira-Corning and the Finger Lakes, Inc.

2nd & 4th Monday each month, 6:30pm - Digital Photography (room varies)

2nd & 4th Wednesday each month, 4:30pm - Drumtastic & Gentle Chair Fitness with Jessica Janowsky

July 5, 9:30-12:30pm - Adopt a Plant Baby!

July 6, 1:30-2:30pm - Introduction to Genealogy

July 6, 6pm - Bringing Community Together Potluck

July 6, 6-7:30pm - Adopt a Plant Baby!

July 7, 2:30pm - Rock Painting & Movie with The Rock

July 12, 10:30am - Understanding Alzheimer's & Dementia

July 14 & 28, 3pm - Friendship Bracelets

July 17, 6pm - Stained Glass Animals

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

August 8, 1:30pm - Creative Calligraphy Initial with Wynn Yarrow

Activities for Teens

Teen Summer Reading!  7-12th graders: Sign up & read for prizes! Come to teen events and get scratch off tickets for instant small prizes or free books.

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

Tuesday & Wednesday afternoons in July - Teen Paint Together

Wednesday, July 5, 3pm - Teens Make Popsicles

Thursday, July 6, 5:15pm - Teen Improv Night

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

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

Monday, July 10, 17 & 24, 3pm - Teen Sewing Plushies Part 1, 2, 3

Wednesday, July 12, 3pm - Make a Field Guide to your Life

Tuesday, July 18, 5:30pm - Self Care Bath Bombs

Thursday, July 27, 5:15 - Teen Collaborative Games

Friday, August 4, 6pm - Lasertag in the Library

Activities for Youth

July's Theme is Alice in Wonderland

This month Booker's Bookworms are reading The Adventures of Alice in Wonderland. In honor of Disney's 100th Anniversary, we are showing the 1951 classic animated film Alice in Wonderland, as well as the 2010 live-action version.

Log your Summer Reading Club minutes at the Steele Memorial Library Children's Department, online, or using the READsquared App. Every minute read will turn into a Booker Buck at the end of the summer. Booker Bucks can be spent in the prize store which opens on August 5th.

Thursday, July 13, 3:30pm - Craft: Queen of Hearts Croquet

Monday, July 17, 4pm - Movie: Alice in Wonderland (1951 animated version)

Thursday, June 20, 3:30pm - Craft: Paper Flowers with Wynn Yarrow

Wednesday, July 26, 4pm - Movie: Alice in Wonderland (2010 live-action version)

Thursday, July 27, 3:30pm - Craft and Activity: Cheshire cat mask and Photo Op

Weekly Programs

Tuesday & Friday mornings, 10:30am - Catch episodes of Disney's Mickey Mouse Funhouse.

Tuesday evenings, 6pm - Family Storytimes

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

Alice in Wonderland Scavenger Hunt, solve riddle and search for clues - Beginning Monday July 10 through July 14.

Big Flats Library

Activities for Adults

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

July 20, 2pm - Big Flats Movie:  Agatha Christie's Death on the Nile (2022).  Call the Big Flats Library 607-562-3300 to register.

Adult Take & Make Kit:  Herb Garden Pots, Part 3 - This month's herbs are rosemary & basil. Please call 607-562-3300 to reserve yours. While supplies last.

Activities for Youth

Stories with Music - Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes

Wednesday, July 12 & Wednesday, July 26, 10:30am - Special "All Together Now" Storytimes!

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!!

Big Flats Library Summer Reading! Please register to attend programs. Call 607-562-3300

July 3 & July 5-7 (closed 7/4 for Independence Day) - The Big Flats Library Craft table will have supplies to make an assortment of fun crafts!  Stop in anytime this week and make yours!

July 11, 6pm - Pajama Movie Night (Disney's Strange World): Popcorn, pajamas, movie & FUN!  Wear your PJs, bring your pillow & blanket!

July 18, 3:30pm - Tanglewood Nature Center Visit at Big Flats.  Join us for a fun animal visit & learn about caring for animals, animal food & shelter.

July 25, 6:00pm - Big Flats Library: Magic Tim's Magic Show & Balloon Creations!

August 1, 3:30pm - Big Flats Library: Tie-Dye Day: Registration is required to attend. Please call to sign up 607-562-3300.

August 3, 2pm - Big Flats Library:  Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes:   Stories with Music,  “Alice in Wonderland", a string duo, harp & cello


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 June we read "In Five Years" by Rebecca Serle to discuss on July 14th at 1:30pm. We will read "Seven Days of Us" by Francesca Hornak, to discuss in August.

July 16, 4-7pm - Literacy Night (camp theme) at 360 Aurora Elmira Heights. Stop by the Bookmobile for a fun game /prize.

Horseheads Free Library

Activities for Adults

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Sign up for Summer Reading Club online. Adults get prizes too! Grand prize at Horseheads library is Dinner for 4 on Captain Bill's Seneca Cruise, made possible by the Friends of Horseheads Free Library.

July 10, July 17, July 31, 10am - Meal Plan Mondays with Cornell Cooperative Extension

July 11 & 18, 10:30am - Gentle Movements with Tammy Wilcox

July 12, 5:30pm - Paint like Pollock. Get messy with paints outside under our newly built pavilion. (Registration required)

July 19, 1-3pm - Lit Lovers Book Club - Call the 607-739-4581 for more information

July 19, 6-7:30pm - Tree of Life with Wynn Yarrow (Registration required)

July 25, 10am - Woodwind trio concert - All ages welcome! Come enjoy this beautiful music outside at our newly built pavilion behind the library! Bring a chair for maximum comfort.

Activities for Youth

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Summer Reading Club is in full swing at the Horseheads Free Library. This month's take 'n make is a Handprint Campfire craft. The kits will be available all month long. Story time returns as Booker's Clubhouse. We will read books and have some fun activities for kids ages 5 and under. Don't forget to track your minutes to earn points. Use your points to buy prizes!

Mondays in July, 2pm - Jay Leeming presents Tales From Asgard (Teen program; starts July 10)

Thursdays, 10:30am - Booker's Clubhouse (starts July 13)

Thursdays, 2-4pm - Read with Dogs (starts July 20)

Fridays, 2-4:30pm - Friendship Fridays (starts July 14)

Tuesday, July 11, 3pm - Tanglewood Presents...All Together Now

Tuesday, July 18, 3pm - Stone Soup with The Robert Rogers Puppet Company

Friday, July 21, 10am - Alice in Wonderland presented by OSFL String Duo

Wednesday, July 26, 3pm - The Great and Powerful Dave

Van Etten Library

Summer Reading Club (All Ages)

Weekly Crafts every Monday, Wednesday and Friday 2-4:30pm *while supplies last*

July 3-7: Russian Faberge Eggs

July 10-14: Paper Plate Fans

July 17-21: Morpho Butterflies

July 24-28: Rainsticks

July 31-August 4: Venetian Masks

Performer Schedule

Improv at Van Etten Library

Friday, July 7, 3pm - Cris Johnson's "Yes I Can!" Magic Show

Wednesday, July 12, 1pm - Illusionist Zach Alexander's "Deviant Deception Show"

Friday, July 21, 2pm - Family Improv Class by Tim Collins *Registration is encouraged*

Friday, July 28, 10:30am - "A Tromp Through the Swamp" by Tom Seiling

Friday, August 4, 2pm - A Dinosaur Expedition Adventure

Regularly Scheduled Events

Friday, July 14, 2pm - "In a Jar!" Club - Candle, Registration is required once to join the club (Teens and Adults)

Friday, July 28, 12pm - Van Etten Book Club (Adults)

West Elmira Library

Summer Reading Club is here! Sign-up and start logging minutes online now, 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. Family programs will be Mondays at 4pm from 6/26-8/07.

July 3: SPCA
July 10: Red Cross
July 17: Catholic Charities
July 24: Arnot/ Nursing Facility
July 31: Meals On Wheel
August 7: Final Party

In preparation for the summer programs, until July 17th, 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

Monday, July 31, 6:30pm - Adult - Cookbook Book Club

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

Activities for Youth

Monthly Scavenger Hunt - The Little Mermaid! Find all of the pictures from under the sea hidden around the library to win a prize!

Thursdays in July, 10:30am - Summer Storytime

Thursdays in July, 3pm - Teen Summer Programs

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

Meet the Director

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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