Welcome to the Chemung County Library District

November 2023 Newsletter

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

Vote for CCLD's Budget & Board of Trustees Candidates

Tuesday, November 7 - Don't forget to vote for the library's budget on election day (back of the ballot). Also, on Election Day from 12-7pm, stop at Steele Memorial Library or Horseheads Library to vote for library board of trustees candidates from districts 1, 5, 6, 10, and 14.

November Closings

Friday, November 10 - Steele open 9-5; other branches closed.
Saturday, November 11 - Closed
Friday, November 17 - Closed (staff training)
Thursday & Friday, November 23-24 - Closed

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

Personalize your holiday gifts at CCLD Makerspace

engrave cups with reindeer, trees, and snowflakesThe holidays are nearly here! Add a laser engraved, personal touch to your gifts this year at CCLD Makerspace. Need some ideas? Turn a regular cutting board into something special by adding an engraved message or image. Etch their name or a design onto a tumbler, glass, or water bottle to make it uniquely theirs. Create one-of-a-kind gift tags for some added style.

See some examples of gifts others have made on our Instagram @ccldmakerspace.

Scheduling an appointment to use the laser is recommended.

Virtual Activities

November 9, 1pm - Big Flats Book Club (In-Person & Zoom)

November 15, 7pm - African American Genealogy (Zoom)

November 28, 10am - Ancestor Hunt (Facebook Live)

Steele Memorial Library

Activities for Adults

"Talking Turtle Stories" with Perry Ground

November 2, 6:15pm - Improv FUNshop

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

November 9, 1:30pm - Introduction to Genealogy

November 9, 6pm - "Practical Magic" movie night

November 13 - Spice of the Month: Amchur! First come, first served. Available until gone at the customer service desk.

November 14, 1:30pm - Embroidery on Felt with Wynn Yarrow

November 15, 3pm - "Life in a Longhouse Village" from Native American Storyteller, Perry Ground (Onondaga). (adults & kids ages 8+)

November 15, 6pm - "Re-Thinking Thanksgiving" from Native American Storyteller, Perry Ground (Onondaga). (adults & kids ages 8+)

November 16, 1:30pm - Genealogy Lab

November 16, 6:30pm - Potluck (Theme is Turnips & Pears)

November 22, 10am - Flint Corn Craft (all ages)

Tuesdays in November, 6pm - Board Game Nights

Wednesdays, 5pm - Dungeons & Dragons

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

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

Activities for Teens

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

Tuesdays in November, 6pm - Play Unusual Board Games (ages 11+)

November 14 & 28, 5pm - Teen Advisory Group meeting

November 14, 5:30pm - Teens Mug Cakes & Movies

Wednesdays in November, 5:30pm - Teen Creative Writing

November 8 & 22, 6:30pm - Teen Safe Zones

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

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

November 21, 28, Dec 5 & 12, 5:30pm - Teen Eat, Chat & Crochet

Activities for Youth

November 1, 2:30pm - "Coco" After-school Movie

November 8, 2:30pm - "The Land Before Time" After-school Movie

November 15, 10am - Turkey Craft with Miss Glenny! (ages 1+)

November 15, 3pm - "Life in a Longhouse Village" from Native American Storyteller, Perry Ground (Onondaga) (ages 8+)

November 15, 6pm - "Re-Thinking Thanksgiving" from Native American Storyteller, Perry Ground (Onondaga) (ages 8+)

November 22, 10am - Flint Corn Craft with Miss Emma! (ages 3+)

November 22, 3:30pm - Leaf Painting with Miss Mikayla! (ages 12 and under)

November 29, 2:30pm - "Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron" After-school Movie

November 3 & 10, 10:30am - Friday Morning Storytime with Miss Emma (ages 2+)

November 7, 14, 21, 28, 6pm - Tuesday Evening Storytime with Miss Glenny (ages 2+)

Big Flats Library

Activities for Adults

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

November 9, 1pm - Big Flats Book Club (In-Person & Zoom)

November 9 & 16, 3:30pm - Needle Felting for Beginners Part 2 (registration required; funded by the Big Flat's Women's Club)

November 14, 2pm - Big Flats Movie: Barbie (registration required)

November 15, 3pm - Paper Poinsettia Flower Craft (registration required)

Activities for Youth

Join us at the Big Flats Library on November 14 for our Popcorn & Movie Night. We will be showing the movie BABE: A Little Pig Goes a Long Way (rated G). Registration is required for this event. Please call 607-562-3300.

Wednesdays, 10:30am - Storytimes with Miss Melanie (no Storytime on November 22)

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

November 14, 6pm - Popcorn & Movie Night: BABE, A Little Pig Goes a Long Way. Rated G. Bring your Blankets! (registration required)

November 21, 3pm - Afternoon storytime: "Scribble Stones”, make a scribble stone to take home! (registration required)

All month - Scavenger Hunt: Find the hidden turkeys and earn a token for the prize machine.

All month - Kids Craft Table: Diamond Sticker Painting

All month - Toddler Craft Table: Make a Turkey Crown!

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!


November 24, 10am - Downtown Elmira Holiday parade

Our book club usually meets the 2nd Friday of the month at Bulkhead Hardware in Southport at 1:30pm. For the month of October, we read "The crazy ladies of Pearl Street" by Trevanian to discuss on December 1, 1:30pm. This will be the last book club meeting until January 2024. Have a great holiday season!

Horseheads Free Library

Activities for Adults

folded book hedgehogs

Book Origami is a fun way to Up-cycle old or damaged books. Learn to make a Hedgehog or Evergreen Tree or both. Join us on Monday, November 6th at 6pm.

Call 607-739-4581 or email zella@stls.org to register for programs.

November 6, 6pm - Book Folding for All Ages

November 13, 6pm - Adult Writer's group (register)

November 15, 1pm - Horseheads Lit Lovers Book Club (call 607-739-4981 for more information)

November 20, 1pm-3pm - Adult paper craft (register)

November 21, 2pm - Tablet Talk (call 607-739-4581 to register)

November 27, 6pm - Dollhouse Mondays Adult Social Club

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

Activities for Teens

Are you interested in D&D 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.

November 18, 1pm - Teen Dungeons & Dragon group (register)

Activities for Youth

Take and Make - Paper Scarecrow Dog Craft

If you are looking for something to do on a chilly November day stop by the Horseheads Free Library! This month’s take n make is a Scarecrow Dog 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 F and G. The make your own bear program is back with a Christmas theme. Space is limited and registration is required for this program.

Wednesdays, 2:30pm - Homeschool Huddle (not on November 22)

Thursdays, 10:30am - Family Story Time (not on November 23)

November 6, 3:30pm - Play Dough Construction

November 14, 6:00pm - Bingo

November 20, 10:30am - Toddler Toy Time

November 27, 3:30pm - Lego Club

Van Etten Library

Activities for Adults

woman meditating in front of a stream

Mondays in November (6, 13, 20, 27), 2pm - Meditation Mondays - let's just SIT and start the week in a mindful way

November 22, 11am - Book Mending - an introductory session on book components and basic repair, no experience needed. Bring a book to fix, or fix one of mine!

December 1, 12pm - Van Etten Book Club (November book club will be held December 1, to accommodate the Thanksgiving Holiday). We will be reading What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty.

Activities for Youth

All Month - Return of Annual Dress The Turkey Contest; stop in and grab your turkey entry form, dress it up, and return to be displayed in the Van Etten turkey hall of fame! Each turkey submitted will receive one entry for a gift card prize

All Month - Hibernating Bear take-and-make craft kit can be picked up during our open hours

November 1, 3pm - Dia de Muertos MOVIE - Coco - all ages - join us as we snack, color, discuss traditions and of course, watch a movie.

November 3, 10am - Family Storytime - Bears and how they Snore through winter. This storytime is intended for toddlers/preschoolers and their caregivers, but everyone is welcome.

West Elmira Library

Activities for Adults

balloon dog

Monday, November 13, 6:30pm - Balloon Twisting Class

Monday, November 20, 6:30pm - Canvas Chalkboard - Registration required

Monday, November 27, 6:30pm - Cookbook Book Club

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

Activities for Youth

Monthly Scavenger Hunt - Wizard of Oz - Find all of the themed pictures hidden around the library and win a prize!

Thursday, November 9, 3pm - Harvest Wreath Craft

Monday, November 13, 5pm - Harvest Wreath Craft

Wednesdays, 10:30am - Homeschool Group

Thursdays,10:30am - Family Storytime

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

Second & Fourth Tuesday of every month, 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)733-9173 (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 Budget & Trustees Vote

November Closings

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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