Welcome to the Chemung County Library District

September 2023 Newsletter

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

All CCLD libraries will be closed for Labor Day, September 4th.

Friends of Horseheads Free Library Book Sale

People shopping for books.

The Friends of HFL invites you to the 2023 Book Sale at the Town and Country Fire Hall (130 Gardner Road Horseheads, NY) from September 19-23 (Tuesday - Friday, 10am-7pm; Saturday, 10am-1pm). There will be a 2-hour pre-sale on Tuesday, September 19th, 8am - 10am, for those who'd like the opportunity to shop before the sale opens to the general public; there is a $10.00 fee to gain entry during the pre-sale. Cash or checks payable to the Friends of the Horseheads Free Library. We will be having our bag sale on Friday, September 22nd and Saturday September 23rd. Bring a bag and fill with books, CDs, or DVDs for $5.00!

Friends of CCLD 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 at Steele Memorial Library. 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

Three pencils with @ccldmakerspace engraved next to Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram icons.

Laser Engraved Pencils

Personalize your back-to-school pencils using the Tinker Lab's laser engraver.

If you plan on engraving more than five pencils, please schedule a time using the online reservation calendar:


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

Virtual Activities

Mondays (emailed) - Radio Hour with Mike Keene: Talking Hart Island

September 7, 1pm - Big Flats In-Person & Zoom Book Club

September 12, 1:30pm - Watercolors with Wynn Yarrow (attend in-person or virtually)

September 20, 7-8pm - New York in Postcards: Bringing Deltiology to your Genealogy (Online via Zoom)

September 28, 6pm - Horseheads Zoom Book Club

Steele Memorial Library

Activities for Adults

Drumtastic and Gentle Chair Fitness with Jessica Janowsky, continue this month on September 13 & 27, 4:30-5:30pm. Come to either half or stay for both! This program is made possible with funding from the Friends of CCLD and the Junior League of Greater Elmira-Corning.

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

September 12, 1:30pm - Watercolors with Wynn Yarrow (attend in-person or virtually)

September 13, 10:30am - Understanding and Responding to Dementia-Related Behaviors

September 13, 6pm - Cut paper self-portrait collage with Filomena

September 14, 6:30-7:30pm - September Potluck: Apples & Cauliflower! Open to ages 12+. Please call 607-733-9173, if interested.

September 18 - Spice of the Month: Asafetida Powder! - Pick up a kit with some spice and recipes from library cookbooks to try it with. First come, first served.

September 19, 6:30pm - "So bad, it's good!" Movie Night

September 21, 1:30pm - Genealogy Lab (Tech Lab)

September 21, 6pm - Thursday Night Movie: "What's Love Got To Do With It?"

September 28, 6pm - Thursday Night Movie: "Past Lives"

September 29, 2:15pm - Friday Afternoon Film: "Bride & Prejudice"

Activities for Teens

September 11, 5:30pm - Teen D&D with Tim Collins

September 12, 5pm - Teens Make a Locker Mirror

September 12 & 26, 5:30pm - Teen Advisory Group meeting

September 6 & 13, 5:30pm - Teen Creative Writing

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

Thursdays in September, 5:15pm - Air Clubhouse Teens

September 26, 5:30pm - Teen Eclipse Art

September 27, 5pm - Murder Mystery Night

September 29, 7pm - After Hours Event: Teen Lasertag

Activities for Youth

Tweens can Craft an Among us Tabletop Football game

This month Booker’s Bookworms are reading Remember this Titan and Ruby Bridges. In honor of Disney’s 100th Anniversary we are showing the 2000 film Remember the Titans on Wednesday, September 13th and Ruby Bridges on Monday, September 25th.

September 7, 3:30pm - Craft: Tots Football Goal Post Craft

September 13, 4pm - Movie: Remember the Titans

September 14, 3:30pm - Craft: Tailgate Craft Party

September 21, 3:30pm - Craft: Popsicle stick catapult

September 25, 4pm - Movie: Ruby Bridges

September 28, 3:30pm - Craft: Tweens craft an Among Us Table Top Football Game

Weekly Programs:

Take and Make Craft - Beginning Monday September 17th, while supplies last

Big Flats Library

September 12, 6pm (rain date) - 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

September 7, 1pm - Big Flats In-Person & Zoom Book Club

September 20, 3pm - Permanent Marker Tile Art Program. (register: 607-562-3300)

September 28, 2pm - Movie: Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris (2022) (register: 607-562-3300)

Activities for Youth

September 13, 10:30am - Storytime with Miss Melanie

September 19, 5:45pm - Movie & Popcorn Night: The Little Mermaid (2023) (This movie is recommended for ages 10 and up. Run time is 2 hours)

September 26, 3:30pm - After School Storytime with Miss Melanie: Learn how apples turn into apple cider and make a craft to take home! (register: 607-562-3300)

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

All month - Back to School Scavenger Hunt! Stop by to complete your scavenger hunt and earn a token for the prize machine!

All month - Craft Table: Back to School Sport Bead Keychains! Stop by anytime!

"Back to School" Take & Make Book Marks: "Kids Corner Creature Origami Bookmarks”. While supplies last. Limit 1 per person! Registration is required. Please call to reserve your kit. 607-562-3300

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!


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 August we read "Just the Nicest Couple" by Mary Kubica to discuss on September 8, 1:30pm.

Horseheads Free Library

Activities for Adults

old typwriter on a desk

Adult writers in all genres of fiction and creative non-fiction are invited to attend our first Writer's Group monthly meeting on September 18, 6pm. Join other writers in conversation, inspiration and feedback on writing projects. No registration required but if you want to email zella@stls.org to RSVP you can.

Tuesdays in September, 10:30am - Gentle Movement Series

September 11, 6-7pm - Hint of Tint with Wynn Yarrow (registration required)

September 13, 1pm-2:30pm - Meditative Hour of Drawing with Mrs. Kathy Edwards (registration required)

September 18, 6pm-7pm - Writer's Group (registration suggested)

September 19, 2-4pm - Tablet Talk (register: 607-739-4581)

September 20, 1-3pm - Lit Lovers Book Club (more info: 607-739-4581)

September 25, 6pm-7pm - Miniature Mondays Adult Social Club

Activities for Youth

Fall is in the air. Make Horseheads Free Library part of your routine this school year! This month’s take 'n make is a Back to School Gnome craft. The kits will be available all month long. Family Story Time returns on September 7 with story and activity time for kids ages 0-5.

Thursdays, 10:30am - Family Story Time (begins September 7)

Van Etten Library

Check back next month for fun activities happening at Van Etten Library.

West Elmira Library

Activities for Adults

Monday, September 25, 6:30pm - Cookbook Book Club

Second & Fourth Wednesdays, 2pm - Knit and Crochet Club

Activities for Youth

Learn how to make a no-sew, zippered pouch out of any empty chip/candy bag. Open to ages 8 and up (all materials provided). Register: (607) 733-0541

Bear Scavenger Hunt - Celebrate "Bear Necessities Month" by finding the different types of bears hidden around the children's section to win a prize!

Wednesdays (starting 9/13), 10:30am - Homeschool Group

Thursdays, 10:30am (starting 9/14) - Family Storytime - Join Mr. Jeff for stories, songs, finger plays, flannels, and more!

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

Second & Fourth Tuesdays, 3pm - Unplug Board Gaming

Third Thursday of 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

Friends of Horseheads Free Library Book Sale

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

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