Welcome to the Chemung County Library District

January 2024 Newsletter

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

Library hours at Steele Memorial Library and Horseheads Free Library will be changing in 2024. Steele will be open M-Th 9-8pm, F 9-5pm, Sa 1-5pm; Horseheads will be open M-W 9-8pm, Th 9-6pm, F 9-5pm, Sa 1-5pm. These hours will be the same, year-round.

Holiday Hours & Closings

January 1 - Closed
January 15 - Steele open 10-6pm; other branches 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

CCLD Makerspace Classes Available

Learn new skills this year at CCLD Makerspace. Classes are available by request covering a variety of topics including 3D printing, laser engraving, video editing and more.

A list of available classes with descriptions can be found on our website: https://ccldmakerspace.org/classes/

To sign up for a class, please use our online scheduling calendar: https://ccldclasses.youcanbook.me/

Virtual Activities

January 11, 1pm - Big Flats Book Club (In-Person & Zoom)

January 13, 10am - Genealogy Club (Zoom)

January 25, 6pm - Horseheads Virtual Book Club (Zoom)

Steele Memorial Library

a cup of tea, cookies, and a book

The Steele Seed Lending Library is on winter hiatus. Is there nothing to take its place? Yes! Starting in January, try out our new Tea Library! We will provide unexpired, unopened, individually wrapped tea bags, with ingredients clearly listed for you to try at home. Stop by the 2nd floor desk at Steele!

The Library of Things at Steele has acquired several tools to help with home fixes. We have a rubber mallet, vice grips, tape measure, straight edge, stud finder, and a level. Each can be borrowed for two weeks with one renewal. Keep us in mind when doing small home improvements!

Activities for Adults

January 4, 6:15pm - The Basics of Photography

January 5, 2:15pm - "The Marsh King's Daughter" Friday Afternoon Film. Rated R, 2023.

January 10, 6pm - Acrylic Painting (Cakes on Stands), with Filomena

January 16, 6pm - "So bad, it's good!" Movie Night: Plan 9 from Outer Space

January 18, 6:15pm - Digital Camera Operations

January 22, Available until gone (First come, first served) - Spice of the Month: Ranch Seasoning Powder. Pick up at checkout.

January 29, Available until gone (First come, first served) - Friendship Bracelet Kits. Pick up at checkout.

January 31, 6:30pm - Improv with Tim Collins

Activities for Teens

7th-12th graders can hang out any time the library is open, in the teen space at Steele Library. Read, draw, do crafts, have snacks, play video games, board games, watch TV, or just chill with friends. Don't have a library card? No problem. We can get you one. You don't need a card to hang out in the space. You just have to be in 7th-12th grade.

January 9 & 23, 5pm - Teen Advisory Group meeting

Tuesdays, January 9-30, 5:30pm - Teen Knitting 101

January 10 & 24, 6:00pm - Teen Safe Zones

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

January 11, 18, 25, 4:30pm - Teen Anime Club

January 11, 5:30pm - Blue Beetle Movie

January 17, 24 & 31, 5:30pm - Teen Creative Writing

January 20, 2pm - Blue Beetle Movie, second showing

January 22 & 29, 5:30pm - Teen D&D with Tim Collins

Activities for Youth

cartoon penguin wearing a striped scarf

All Month - Scavenger Hunt (Penguins)

All Month - Activity & Coloring Sheets

All Month - Color a giant puzzle piece to add to our wall puzzle for National Puzzle Month!

January 5 - February 16, 10am - Toddler Playtime: Hour of toddler-oriented free play & socialization

January 3, 2:45pm - "Ice Age" Movie in Kid's Area. Rated PG, 2002.

January 8, Available until gone - Snowman Craft Take & Make Kit (Activity Table)

January 9, 3:45pm - "Ice Age" Movie in Kid's Area. Rated PG, 2002

January 9, 6pm - Snowman Windsock Craft. Ages up to 12. Please register: (607) 733-9173 ext. 2306

January 16, 3:45pm - "Happy Feet" Movie in Kid's Area. Rated PG, 2006.

January 17, 3pm & 3:45pm - Paper Snow Globe Craft. Ages up to 12.

January 23, 6pm - Cocoa Magnet Craft. Ages up to 12.

January 26, 10am - Cocoa Magnet Craft. Ages up to 12.

Tuesday Evening Storytimes will return on February 20, 6pm

Friday Morning Storytimes will return on February 23, 10am

Big Flats Library

Activities for Adults

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

January 9, 2pm - Afternoon Movie: Brian and Charles: Some Friendships Are Worth Building (2022 PG)

January 11 & 18, 3:30pm - Needle Felting (registration required; funded by the Big Flat's Women's Club)

January 24, 3pm - Snowflake Ornaments with Glass Gems Craft (registration required)

January 11, 1pm - Big Flats Book Club (In-Person & Zoom)

Activities for Youth

cartoon polar bear on an ice berg

Join us at the Big Flats Library in January to celebrate Polar Bears! January events include Norm of the North Popcorn & Movie Nights, craft table Polar Bear Art Work, Polar Bear Scavenger Hunt, and a Polar Bear Canvas painting program!

January 2, 6pm - Popcorn Movie Night: Norm of the North (PG)

January 9, 6pm - Polar Bear Canvas Painting! In person (registration is required)

January 11, 4pm - Polar Bear Canvas Painting! In person (registration is required)

January 16, 6pm - Popcorn Movie Night: Norm of the North: Keys to the Kingdom (PG)

January 30, 6pm - Popcorn Movie Night: Norm of the North: Family Vacation (PG)

Wednesdays, 10:30am - Storytimes with Miss Melanie (no storytimes on 1/3 & 1/10)

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

Kid's Take & Make - Cotton Ball Penguin Canvas. Call 607-562-3300 to reserve your kit. Supplies are limited.

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

All month - Kids Craft Table (all ages): Polar Bear Art Work!

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!


Book club will return in February. Keep an eye on the calendar to find out what book will be discussed.

Horseheads Free Library

The Friends of Horseheads Free Library would like to invite our younger patrons to receive a free children's book when they check out a library book. This book giveaway will start in the beginning of January, while supplies last.

Activities for Adults

typewriter with page that says "write something"

Are you an aspiring writer? Join our Adult Writer's group, as we gather to discuss and delve into our shared passion for writing and all things literary. The group will meet on January 29, 6pm. Come be a part of inspiring conversations and explore diverse literary topics together! RSVP by emailing zella@stls.org.

Gentle Movements with Tammy Wilcox is back for 2024, thanks to a generous donation from the Horseheads Friends Group. Join us this month on Tuesdays (starting January 9) at 10:30am. Wear comfortable clothing and bring a mat if you have one.

Tuesdays (January 9-30), 10:30am - Gentle Movements with Tammy Wilcox

January 16, 2pm - Tablet Talk (call 607-739-4581 to register)

January 17, 1pm - Horseheads Lit Lovers Book Club (call 607-739-4981 for more information)

January 29, 1pm - Dollhouse Mondays Social Club

January 29, 6pm - Adult Writer's group

Activities for Teens

The Horseheads Tween/Teen Dungeons & Dragons group is leveling up! If you have a new adventurer who would like to join, please email zella@stls.org.

January 20, 1pm - Tween/Teen Dungeons & Dragons Group

Activities for Youth

Warm up at the Horseheads Free Library. Don't forget to check out the craft cart! This month's take n make is a Yeti 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 K, L, M and N.

Wednesdays, 2:30pm - Homeschool Huddle

Thursdays, 10:30am - Family Story Time

Tuesday, January 9, 6pm - Bingo

Monday, January 22, 3:30pm - Lego Club

Van Etten Library

Activities for Adults

Meditation Mondays: sit with us every Monday at 2pm for a smi-guided meditation. Start the week mindfully.

January 22 & 29, 2pm - Meditation Mondays: short, secular meditations in a small group atmosphere. Beginners welcome

January 26, 12 pm - Van Etten Book Club meets

Activities for Teens

All month - Origami of the month: BIRD

Activities for Youth

All month - Children's Craft: Winter Cardinal take and make craft kits

Fridays, 10am - Family Story Time with Emily (all ages + caregivers welcome)

West Elmira Library

Activities for Adults

Diamond Painting Adult Art Program: January 8th, 5:00PM West Elmira Library

January 8, 5pm - Diamond Painting (register)

January 22, 5pm - Handmade Mugs with Unterwoman (register)

January 29, 6:30pm - Cookbook Book Club

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

Activities for Youth

Monthly Scavenger Hunt - Planets - Find all of the planets in our solar system hidden around the library and win a prize!

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

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

Holiday 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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