Welcome to the Chemung County Library District

February 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 have changed for 2024. Steele is 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

February 19 - Steele will be open 10-6pm; other branches will be closed.

Patron Appreciation Week - We Love our Library Users!

red heart-shaped balloons in the skyBecause we appreciate our loyal patrons, we are setting aside a special time during the week of February 12-17, 2024 to thank you. One lucky library user will win a Library Lovers Prize at each CCLD location. Visit your favorite library, or all of them, for a chance to win!

Friends Books Sandwiched In - Winter 2024

Books Sandwiched In will take place: March 1, 8, 15, 22, 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.

Technology Training at CCLD Libraries

Five hands holding a smartphone, each. Faces are drawn on them and they get progressively happier; the last phone shows a heart.

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 Hoseheads Free Library (607-739-4581) to schedule an appointment with one of our librarians.

Volunteer Tech Help is now available on Fridays at 1:15pm. Call to make an appointment with volunteer Steven, for help with your device! Steven is also able to help with assistive tech for the visually impaired (can recommend apps and services). Call 607-733-9173 (option 4) to reserve a spot.

Tablet Talk is back at Horseheads and Steele libraries! Learn to use your tablet or smartphone, in a small group setting.

Steele: February 6, 1pm - Tablet Talk (register: 607-733-9173 option 4)

Horseheads: February 20, 2pm - Tablet Talk (register: 607-739-4581)

CCLD Makerspace

Adjustment to Tinker Lab Hours

Until further notice, the Tinker Lab will be closed on Saturdays. Regular operating hours throughout the rest of the week will remain unchanged.

Tinker Lab Hours:

Monday - Thursday: 12:00pm - 7:00pm

Friday: 1:00pm - 4:00pm

Virtual Activities

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

February 10, 10am - Genealogy Club (Zoom)

February 22, 6pm - Evening Zoom Book Club

Steele Memorial Library

Activities for Adults

four people singing karaoke

Join us for free food and Karaoke with Biggie Entertainment, after-hours on Friday, February 23, 5:30pm-7:30pm. This event is for ages 18+ and requires a free ticket (pick up at Steele Memorial Library).

Saturdays, 1-4pm - Chess Club

February 1, 6:15pm - Digital Photography Group: Composition & Creativity

February 6, 1pm - Tablet Talk (Tech Lab)

February 8, 1:30- 2:30pm - Researching your Home: Finding its History

February 10, 1pm - D&D One-Shot with Tim Collins

February 12 - Spice of the Month: Chia Seeds & recipes. Pick up at checkout. (first come, first served)

February 12, 5pm - Stained Glass Stars with Unterwoman (waiting list only)

February 15, 6:15pm - Digital Photography Group: Shutter Speed and Freezing Time

February 17, 1pm - D&D One-Shot with Tim Collins

February 22, 1:30pm - Genealogy Lab

February 23, 5:30-7:30pm - After-Hours Karaoke (pick up tickets at Steele - ages 18+)

Steele Adult Movie Showings:

Movies take place in the large meeting room. Snacks will be provided!

February 9, 12:30pm - "Malcolm X"

February 12, 1:00pm - "Harriet"

February 16, 2:15pm - "Broken Hearts Gallery"

February 19, 2:30pm - "The Hunger Games: Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes."

February 26, 1:30pm - "Selma"

February 29, 6:00pm - "Next Goal Wins"

March 1, 2:00pm - "Just Mercy"

Activities for Teens

TALE: (Teen Acting Lab of Elmira): "Try acting and/or playwriting sessions" starting Feb 6, 2024 with Tim Collins, actor & writer. Snow Ball: After hours dance for LGBTQ teens & allies at Steele Library with Safe Zones & Chemung County Youth Bureau. Black History Month & Teens: DIY Black Inventor Trading Cards: make your own throughout February using library resources & teen space craft supplies. Get a small prize or candy when you make a card.

Feb 5, 12, 26, 5:30pm - Teen D&D with Tim Collins

Tuesdays & Thursdays, starting Feb 6, 6pm - T.A.L.E. Teen acting & playwriting series with Tim Collins

Tuesdays, Feb 6 & 14, 5:30pm - Teen Knitting 101 series

Feb 7, 14, & 28, 5:30pm - Teen Creative Writing

Feb 13 & 27, 5pm - Teen Advisory Group meeting & anti-val day button making

Feb 14 & 28, 6:00pm - Teen Safe Zones

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

Thursdays in Feb, 4:30pm - Teen Anime Club

Feb 16, 6:30pm - Snow Ball (dance for LGBTQ teens & allies)

Activities for Youth


LEGO Club returns to Steele Memorial! Beginning Wednesday, February 7, 3:30-4:30pm! Large Meeting Room. For grades K-6. First & Third Wednesdays of the Month. (Feb. 7 & 21). Join Mr. Cameron in the large room to create together! LEGO builds will be on display in the children’s section until the next meeting. Please do not bring LEGO from home.

To register for programs, call (607)733-9173 x 2306. Some programs have age restrictions. Please click on the link to read the full program description.

All Month - Scavenger Hunt (Black Historical Figures)

All Month - Activity & Coloring Sheets

February 2 - February 16, 10:00am - Friday Preschool Playtime (with snack!)

February 5, Available until gone - Painting with "Snowballs" Take & Make Kit (Activity Table)

February 7, 3:30pm - LEGO Club

February 8 - May 9 (No March 14) - Thursday Preschool Playtime (with snack!)

February 8, 3:00pm (Session #1) - Make "Cheesy" Valentines (registration required)

February 8, 3:45pm (Session #2) - Make "Cheesy" Valentines (registration required)

February 13, 6pm - Mardi Gras Party & Craft! Kid’s Area (registration required)

February 14, 3:30pm - Valentine’s Day Party! (registration required)

February 20, 10:00am - "No More Bullying" Presented by Guest Speaker/Solo Performer Tim Collins!

February 20, 6pm - Evening Storytime returns!

February 21, 10:00am - Build Your Own Owl Stuffie! (Session #1) (registration required)

February 21, 2:30pm - Build Your Own Owl Stuffie! (Session #2) (registration required)

February 22, 1:30pm - Parachute Day!

February 23, 10:00am - Morning Storytime returns!

February 23, 2:30pm - Make Dog Treats for International Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day! (registration required)

February 29, 3:30pm - Leap Year Day!

Steele Youth Movie Showings:

Dreamworks Trolls Band Together

Movies take place in the in Children's Department and are rated PG. Snacks are provided. All welcome, if accompanied by a child.

February 1, 6:00pm - "Trolls Band Together"

February 5, 6:00pm - "Trolls Band Together"

February 6, 3:45pm - "Trolls Band Together"

February 15, 6:00pm - "Abominable"

February 20, 3:00pm - "Abominable"

February 22, 6:00pm - "Abominable"

February 26, 6:00pm - "Smallfoot"

February 28, 3:45pm - "Smallfoot"

February 29, 6:00pm - "Smallfoot"

Big Flats Library

pink book with center pages folded to look like a heart

Patron Appreciation Week - Big Flats Library will be celebrating our patrons the week of February 12-16. Two of our lucky library users will win a Library Lovers Prize, a $25 gift card of their choice! We will also be providing various goodies throughout the entire week. So stop in and celebrate yourselves!

Activities for Adults

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

February 6, 3pm - Craft: DIY Heart Shaped Doily & Origami Bunting (registration required)

February 8 & 29, 3:30pm - Needle Felting (registration required; funded by the Big Flat's Women's Club)

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

February 20, 2pm - Afternoon Movie: Agatha Christie's: A Haunting in Venice (PG-13 - registration required)

Activities for Youth

Leap Year: Three frogs leaping

Join us at the Big Flats Library February 27 at 6pm or 29 at 4pm to celebrate Leap Year! We will be having a fun Leap Day program with games, crafts, activities & cookie decorating. Please call to register, 607-562-3300.

February 13, 6pm - Popcorn Movie Night: Trolls Band Together (2023) (registration is required)

February 27, 6pm - Leap Day Program! In person (registration is required)

Wednesdays, 10:30am - Storytimes with Miss Melanie

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

Kid's Take & Make - Kids Popsicle Stick Cardinal. Call 607-562-3300 to reserve your kit. Supplies are limited.

All month - Scavenger Hunt: Celebrate Groundhogs day - ALL month! Find the hidden Groundhogs and earn a token for the prize machine.

All month - Kids Craft Table (all ages): Valentine Foam Animals!

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!


Stop in the Bookmobile between Feb 5-Feb 17, 2024 to enter for a chance at a $50 gift card (winner's choice) to celebrate Patron Appreciation Week.

Our book club meets the 2nd Friday of the month at Bulkhead Hardware in Southport at 1:30pm. For the month of January we read "That Kind of Mother" by Rumaan Alam to discuss on February 9th at 1:30pm. We will read "Silent Patient" by Alex Michaelide to discuss in March.

Horseheads Free Library

open book with paper hearts on it

February 1-13 All Ages! With every checkout, fill out an entry to win the Library Lovers prize. For an extra entry, take our library trivia quiz! Hand in a completed quiz and you will be given another entry to our library lover prize. Prize will be announced February 15, no need to be present to win.

Activities for Adults

February 2-9 (passive program) Bill Murray scavenger hunt. Search through the adult and AV section for pictures of Bill Murray movies. Find them all and get a custom pin or sticker.

February 3, 2-3:30pm - Winter Seed Sowing program with Master Gardner Melanie Beach (all ages)

February 6, 13, 20, 27, 10:30am - Gentle Movements with Tammy Wilcox (sponsored by Horseheads Friends group)

February 12, 5:30-7pm - Reverse Watercolor (register: 607-739-4581 or email zella@stls.org)

February 16, 2:30-4pm - Card Making Beginners (register: 6077394581 or email zella@stls.org)

February 20, 2pm - Tablet Talk (call 607-739-4581 to register)

February 21, 1pm - Horseheads Lit Lovers Book Club (call 607-739-4981 for more information)

February 26, 1-3pm - Dollhouse Miniature Mondays Adult Social Club

February 26, 6-7:30pm - Writing Support Group (RSVP by emailing zella@stls.org)

Activities for Teens

February 10, 1-4pm - DnD Tween/Teen group (RSVP: zella@stls.org)

paper hippo holding a paper heartActivities 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 Hippo 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 O, P, and Q as well as groundhog day, valentine’s day, and lunar new year.

Wednesdays, 2:30pm - Homeschool Huddle

Thursdays, 10:30am - Family Story Time

Monday, February 5, 3:30pm - Play Dough Construction

Tuesday, February 13, 6pm - Bingo

Monday, February 26, 3:30pm - Lego Club

Van Etten Library

Activities for Adults

paper wrapped book - blind date with a book

All Month, Blind Date With A Book, take a mysteriously wrapped book home to see if you fall in love…or Not! Read the book, complete a very short survey and return for a chance to win a prize!

Mondays, 2pm - Meditation Monday: brief, small group, nondenominational meditation utilizing HeadSpace mediation app

February 23, 12pm - Van Etten Book Club: This month’s discussion will be about Ernest Hemingway’s For Whom The Bell Tolls.

Activities for Teens

All Month, Origami Heart Bookmark, supplies and directions available to pick up.

Activities for Youth

All Month, Blind Date With A Book, take a mysteriously wrapped book home to see if you fall in love…or Not! Read the book, complete a very short survey and return for a chance to win a prize!

All Month, any time during open library hours February - kids take-and-make craft kits available

Fridays, 10am - Family Story time with Emily, immediately followed by craft time

February 21st any time during open hours, Scavenger Hunt in the library for a small prize

West Elmira Library

Yellow book surrounded by paper hearts

Patron Appreciation Week - Every checkout during the week of 2/12-2/16 earns you an entry for a chance to win our gift basket!

Activities for Adults

Monday, February 5, 6pm - Acrylic Painting - Floral Bouquets with Filomena - registration required

Monday, February 12, 5pm - Heart Wreath Craft - registration required

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

Last Monday of every month, 6pm - Cookbook Book Club

Activities for Youth

Monthly Scavenger Hunt - Celebrate Black History Month by finding all of the pictures hidden around the library and win a prize!

Thursday, February 8, 3pm - Heart Sun Catcher Craft

Wednesdays, 10:30am - Homeschool Group

Thursdays,10:30am - Family Storytime

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

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

Holiday Hours

Patron Appreciation Week

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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