Welcome to the Chemung County Library District

August 2023 Newsletter

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

Books Sandwiched In - Fall 2023

Save the dates for the Friends of CCLD Fall Books Sandwiched In: September 29, October 6, 13, & 20. All talks take place at 12pm. Visit ccld.lib.ny.us/friends-of-ccld, to learn more about Friends of CCLD.

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.

CCLD Makerspace

Summer Maker Series: Tuesdays & Thursdays, until August 17

Join CCLD Makerspace this summer for a series of free, STEAM-related activities!

Activities will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays until 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, 3:00pm - 4:00pm (Ages 10 - 13)

Thursdays, 6:00pm - 7:00pm (Ages 6 - 9)

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

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

Virtual Activities

Email Maggie at youngm@stls.org to get the link to the 40 podcasts episodes exploring the lore and legacy of Hart Island, NYC's public cemetery of over 1 million individuals!

Mondays - Radio Hour with Mike Keene: Talking Hart Island

August 8, 1:30pm - Creative Calligraphy Initial with Wynn Yarrow (in-person or virtual)

August 10, 1pm - Big Flats In-Person & Zoom Book Club

Steele Memorial Library

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

Take & Make Kit - Starting August 28 - Friendship Bracelet Kit (all ages)

August 3, 10, 18, 1pm - New Adult Meet-up (ages 18-25ish)

August 3, 6pm - Bringing Community Together Potluck #3

August 4, 2:30pm - Rock Painting & a Movie with "The Rock" - Bring your own rocks to paint (we will have paint & brushes)

August 8, 1:30pm - Creative Calligraphy Initial with Wynn Yarrow (in-person or virtual)

August 14 - Spice of the Month Kit: Nutritional Yeast! (first come, first served)

August 15, 6:30pm - "So bad, it's good!" Movie Night

August 17, 1:30pm - Introduction to Online Newspapers

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

Activities for Teens

August 1, 3:30pm - Teen Spread the Love

August 4, 6pm - Teen Lasertag in the Library

August 9, 3:30pm - Retro Cartoons & Cereal Afternoon

August 17, 4pm - Teen Video Game Tournament

August 22, 3pm - Button Making for teens

August 24, 4pm - Fun Modern Hooping Moves

Weekly Events

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

Thursdays in August, 4pm - Library night with AIR youth clubhouse

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

Activities for Youth

This month Booker's Bookworms are reading Bambi: A Life in the Woods by Felix Salten. In honor of Disney's 100th Anniversary we are showing the 1942 classic animated film Bambi.

Summer Reading Club ends on August 4th, log your reading 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.

August 3, 3:30pm - Craft: Terra Cotta Turtles

August 10, 3:30pm - Activity: The Floor is Lava

August 16, 4pm - Movie: Bambi

August 17, 3:30pm - Craft: Skunk Sculptures

August 24, 3:30pm - Craft: Deer Masks

Take and Make Craft - Beginning Monday August 28, while supplies last

Big Flats Library

Stories with Music - Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes

August 3, 2pm - Big Flats Library welcomes Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes! Stories with Music, "Alice in Wonderland", a string duo, harp & cello. (follow the link above, for a list of event sponsors)

August 29, 6pm - FREE Concert: Dean Goble Band - Classic Country, Southern Rock & Western Swing! Free ice cream from Kool Treats Ice Cream!  50/50 Raffle & popcorn! Music sponsored by the Big Flats Library Advocates. Ice cream sponsored by the Friends of CCLD.

Activities for Adults

August 10, 1pm - Big Flats In-Person & Zoom Book Club

August 24, 2pm - Big Flats Movie:  Agatha Christie's Murder on the Orient Express. Register: 607-562-3300

Activities for Youth

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!!

August Big Flats Library Craft Table -   Pony Beads & Pipe Cleaner Creations! Things you can make:  snake, flower, butterfly, bracelet with an animal charm, or create your own design! Stop by anytime!

Join the Kids Book Club at the Big Flats Library! Kids, read to earn tokens! Don’t forget to pick up your reading log sheet at the Big Flats Library!

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


August 26, 11-2pm - Strong Kids Safe Kids at Chemung County Fairgrounds: Stop by the Bookmobile for a fun game /prize and a drawing.

Our book club meets the 2nd Friday of the month at Bulkhead Hardware in Southport at 1:30pm. We will continue to offer a Zoom option for anyone unable to join us, or if there is inclement weather. For the month of July we read "Seven Days of Us" by Francesca Hornak to discuss on August 11, 1:30pm. This month we will reading "Just the Nicest Couple" by Mary Kubica, to discuss in September.

Horseheads Free Library

Activities for Adults

Do you love miniatures? Or Dollhouses? Do you want to meet other miniature enthusiasts? Come to our first club meeting on August 28, 6pm! At the club we will discuss all things miniature and plan further miniature events. Once you see what the world of miniatures can be, you will be hooked! Light refreshments will be provided. No registration required, but if you want to RSVP you can call 607-739-4581 or email zella@stls.org.

Tuesdays, August 1, 8, 15, 22, 10:30am - Gentle Movement Series

August 14, 5:15pm - Monday Night Movie: Super Mario Bros (all ages)

August 15, 2pm - Tablet Talk (register: 607-739-4581)

August 16, 1pm - Horseheads Lit Lovers Book Club (call 607-739-4981 for more information)

August 23, 2pm - Meditative Hour of Drawing

August 28, 6pm - Miniature Mondays Adult Social Club

Activities for Youth

Summer Reading Club is coming to an end at the Horseheads Free Library. Don’t forget to track your minutes to earn points.  Use your points to buy prizes! This month’s take 'n make is an ice cream craft. The kits will be available all month long.

Thursdays, 10:30am - Booker’s Clubhouse (ends August 17)

Thursdays, 2-4pm - Pages with Paws (ends August 10)

August 1, 2:00pm - The Tortoise and the Hare presented by OSFL Brass Quintet

August 3, 1:00pm - Dinosaur Expedition Adventure

August 4, 1:30pm - Alice in Wonderland presented by OSFL String Duo

August 16, 12:00pm - Breman Town Musicians presented by OSFL Woodwind Quintet

August 29, 6:00pm - Kindergarten Bootcamp

Van Etten Library

Monthly Craft - Summer Reading Club Leftovers

Friday, August 4, 2pm - Dinosaur Expedition Show

Friday, August 11, 2pm - "In a Jar!" Club: Soup

Wednesday, August 16, 1pm-7pm - National Tell a Joke Day - Take a Joke, Leave a Joke

Friday, August 25, 2pm - Van Etten Book Club

West Elmira Library

Campfire Storytime at the West Elmira Library

The Monthly Scavenger Hunt is "Wonders of the Ocean".

Tuesdays in August, 10am - Family Yoga

August 2, 2pm - Orchestra Southern Finger Lakes Storytime with music

August 7, 4pm - Summer Reading Club Final Party

August 10, 5pm - Adult Pour Canvas Program

August 14, 6pm - Wooden Flowers with Wynn Yarrow

August 24, 4pm - Back To School Storytime

August 28, 6:30pm - Adult Cookbook Book Club

August 30, 4pm - Campfire Storytime

August 31, 5pm - Adult Crayon Canvas Program

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

CCLD Makerspace

Virtual Activities

In-Person & Takeaway Activities at...

Steele Memorial

Big Flats



Van Etten

West Elmira

Library Services at Home

Related News

Library staff closes the book on missing money mystery after patron leaves $1,200 in novel she returned

What are the books Ken checks out of the library in Barbie? They’re book.

The 1970s librarians who revolutionised the challenge of search

What It's Like to Be a Librarian in the Age of Book Bans

Want more CCLD?





Friends of CCLD