Welcome to the Chemung County Library District

October 2023 Newsletter

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

Steele will be open 10am-6pm on October 9th; all other branches will be closed.

Friends of CCLD Books Sandwiched In - Fall 2023

Crowd listening to book talk

Books Sandwiched In will take place: October 6, 13, & 20, 12pm at Steele Memorial Library. Visit ccld.lib.ny.us/friends-of-ccld, to learn more about Friends of CCLD and view the speaker schedule.

Fall Call for Seeds!

Hope you had a great growing season this summer! If you find that you had a surplus seeds, please share them with the Steele Memorial Library! Just bag them up and mark what type they are and their name, such as "beans, Kentucky"; we will get them ready for borrowing in the spring. And thank you!

Sciencenter passes available to check out!

Sciencenter (Ithaca, NY) passes are now available to be checked out from CCLD libraries! Each pass provides free admission to the Sciencenter for up to two adults and all children in their company. Visitors will be asked to show their own library card and photo ID, as well as the borrowed pass, in order to receive the free admission. Call or stop by your local branch, to learn more. Thank you to the Sciencenter for providing these passes!

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 (607-733-9173) or Horseheads Free Library (607-739-4581) to schedule an appointment with one of our librarians.

CCLD Makerspace

Papercraft Pumpkin Boxes

Create pumpkin-themed boxes in the Tinker Lab activity area at Steele Memorial Library. Fill them with candy to hand out to trick-or-treaters or place an LED candle inside for a mini jack o' lantern decoration.

This activity will be available all month long or until supplies run out. Limit of 10 per person. To make more than 10, please bring your own cardstock. Candy, battery, and LED candle are not included.

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

Virtual Activities

October 5, 1pm - Big Flats Book Club (In-Person & Zoom)

October 10, 10am-10:30am - Ancestor Hunt (Facebook live)

October 18, 7-8pm - Is Great-Grandmother Really Native American? An Introduction to Native American Genealogical Research (Zoom)

October 21, 10am-10:45am - Genealogy Club (Zoom)

October 26, 6pm - Horseheads Evening Book Club (Zoom)

Steele Memorial Library

Blood Pressure Cuffs 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

Join us for Improv FUNshops for adults (and teens 16+). Similar to TV's Whose Line is It Anyway. It will be fun! No experience necessary. Thursdays: 10/5, 11/2, 12/7, 6:15 PM - 8:00 PM; Attend one, or all three! Register: (607)733-9173.

Individual Genealogy Appointments are available on Thursdays, 1:30-2:30pm. Please email Maggie at youngm@stls.org to make a reservation.

Wednesdays, 5pm - Dungeons & Dragons (register)

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

October 5, 6:15pm - Improv FUNshop (additional dates: Nov 2 & Dec 7) (register)

October 10, 6:30pm - "So bad, it's good!" Movie Night

October 11, 6pm - Crochet 101 + Beyond, with Filomena (register)

October 13, 2:30pm - Movie: Friday the 13th

October 14, 11:45am - Solar Eclipse Viewing Party, All Ages (register)

October 16, 9:00am until gone - Spice of the Month Take & Make: Ajwain!

October 19, 1-6pm - Red Cross Blood Drive

October 20, 2:30pm - Movie: Ghostbusters (1984)

October 20, 5:30pm - Halloween Drag Queen Bingo (tickets)

October 21, 10:30am & 3:00pm - Pumpkin Painting (2 sessions), All ages (register)

October 22, 1-4pm - Witness to Injustice: The KAIROS Blanket Project (register)

October 23, 2:30pm - Make Cat Shelters (register)

October 23, 6:30pm - Digital Photography

October 24, 3pm - Life of a Monarch Butterfly (Tanglewood)

October 26, 1:30-2:30pm - Genealogy Lab (in Tech Lab)

October 26, 6:30pm - Monthly Potluck: Cabbage & Cranberries theme

November 3, 2pm - First in Flight (one-man show)

Activities for Teens

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

October 3, 10, 17 & 24, 5pm - Teen Advisory Group meeting

October 4, 11, & 18,  5:30pm - Teen Creative Writing

October 11 & 25, 6:30pm - Teen Safe Zones returns

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

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

October 10, 5pm - Teens Make Props for Halloween Dance

October 12, 5pm - Teens Laser Engrave a Mirror

October 22, 1pm - Witness to Injustice: The KAIROS Blanket Project

October 27, 7pm - Teen Halloween Dance

Activities for Youth

October 3, 3:15pm - "Ruby Gillman, Teenage Kraken" Movie Afternoon

October 4, 3pm - Tanglewood Visit

October 5, 6pm - "Hocus Pocus" movie night

October 12, 6pm -  "Elemental" Movie Night

Tuesdays, 6pm - Evening Storytime

Fridays, 10:30am (Starting October 20) - Friday Storytime

Big Flats Library

Activities for Adults

Call 607-562-3300, to register for programs.

October 5, 1pm - Big Flats Book Club (In-Person & Zoom)

October 12, 3pm - Needle Felting for Beginners Part 1 (registration required; funded by the Big Flat's Women's Club)

October 18, 3pm - Artificial Pumpkin Painting (registration required)

October 31, 2pm - Big Flats Movie: The Fabelmans (registration required)

Activities for Youth

Join us on Halloween for Big Flats Library Trick or Treat! Fun for All Ages! There will be Halloween Cookie Decorating, a Spider Web Craft, a Halloween Magnet Craft, a Trick or Treat Scavenger Hunt, and a short movie at 6:30pm (Toy Story of TERROR! Rated G). Wear your costumes! Registration is required for this event! Please call 607-562-3300.

The Big Flats Library Halloween Scavenger Hunt will run all month! Search the library for the hidden Jack-o'-lantern, spider, ghost, witch, creepy zombie and other spooky things!

Call 607-562-3300, to register for programs.

Wednesdays, 10:30am - Storytimes with Miss Melanie

Thursdays, 3:30pm - Kids & Teen LEGO Club

October 17, 6pm - Popcorn & Movie Night: Happiness Is a Warm Blanket, Charlie Brown (2023, Rated G) Bring your Blankets! (registration required)

October 24, 3pm - After School Storytime: Hear the story of Owl Babies and make a craft to take home! (registration is required)

October 31, 6pm-7:30pm - Big Flats Library Trick or Treat! (registration required)

All Month - Big Flats Library Craft Table: Got Germs? Make LEGO hand sanitizer!

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!


October 27, 5-7pm - Pioneers trick or treat at Dunn Field; stop by and grab your Halloween treat.

October 28, 12-4pm - Pumpkin Express Horseheads; stop by the Bookmobile to spin the wheel for a prize (behind The Diner in Horseheads, next to the American Legion on Old Ithaca Rd).

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 September we read "The Reckoning" by John Grisham to discuss on October 13, 1:30pm. We will read "The Crazy Ladies of Pearl Street" by Trevanian, to discuss next month.

Horseheads Free Library

Activities for Adults

assorted paint brushes

October 11, 5:30pm-7pm - Adult Acrylic Painting Class (register)

October 16, 6pm-7pm - Adult Writer's group (register)

October 17, 2pm-4pm - Tablet Talk (register)

October 18, 1pm-3pm - Lit Lovers Book Club (call for more info)

October 23, 5:45pm-7pm - Tarot Time for teens and adults (register; bring your own cards and books)

October 31, November 7, 14, 21, 10:30am - Gentle Movement Series continues (**November 7th's class will be held at the St. Mathew's church**)

Activities for Teens

assorted dice

Are you interested in Dungeons & Dragons but don't know how to start? Let the library help! Sign up to play with our Game Master Daniel. This is for beginning players to teenagers who have played before. Register to play soon, space is limited. Email zella@stls.org with more questions and to register for your spot in the adventure!

October 7, 11am-1pm - Teen Dungeons & Dragon group (register)

October 23, 5:45pm-7pm - Tarot Time for teens and adults (register; bring your own cards and books)

Activities for Youth

bear in a jack o lantern costume

Celebrate Halloween with the Horseheads Free Library! This month’s take n make is a Mickey Mouse Pumpkin craft. The kits will be available all month long. Family Story Time is working its way through the alphabet. This month we will be reading stories covering the letters D, E, and F. The make your own bear program is back with a Halloween theme. Space is limited and registration is required for this program.

Wednesdays, 2:30pm - Homeschool Huddle

Thursdays, 10:30am - Family Story Time

Monday, October 2, 3:30pm - Play Dough Construction

Monday, October 16, 10:30am - Toddler Toy Time

Tuesday, October 17, 6:30pm - Make Your Own Halloween Bear

Monday, October 23, 3:30pm - Lego Club

Monday, October 30, 10:30am - Halloween Story Time

Van Etten Library

sweater covered hands clasp a mug of hot cider in front of a book with fall leaves scattered on top

The weather is getting cooler and the leaves are beginning to drop but the library is always nice and cozy! Come visit the Van Etten Library and say Hello to Emily, the new clerk. While you’re here, join us for our October Programs and events!

Van Etten Library has new hours:
Monday,1-5pm; Wednesday, 9-5pm (closed 1-2pm for lunch); Friday, 9-5pm (closed 1-2pm for lunch)

All Month - Owl Craft Kit (pick one up during our open hours)

October 20, 3:30-5pm - Family Halloween Party

October 27, 12-1pm - Van Etten Book Club

West Elmira Library

Activities for Adults

Embroidery Halloween cards: cat, bat, ghost

Monday, October 16, 5:30pm - Embroidery Halloween Cards (registration required)

Monday, October 30, 6:30pm - Cookbook Book Club

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

Activities for Youth

Monthly Scavenger Hunt - Fall - Celebrate the season by finding all of the pictures hidden around the library and win a prize!

Monday, October 23, 6pm - Halloween Party (registration required)

Wednesdays,10:30am - Homeschool Group

Thursdays,10:30am - Family Storytime

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

Second & Fourth Tuesdays each month, 3pm - Unplug Board Gaming

Third Thursdays each month, 3pm - Tween Maker Hour

Fourth Wednesdays each 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 Books Sandwiched In

Fall Call for Seeds

Sciencenter passes

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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