Welcome to the Chemung County Library District

March 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.

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 Horseheads 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: March 5, 1pm - Tablet Talk (register: 607-733-9173 option 4)

Horseheads: March 19, 2pm - Tablet Talk (call 607-739-4581 to register)

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

Online Activities

March 9, 10am - Genealogy Club (Zoom)

March 15, 1pm - Big Flats Book Club (In-Person & Zoom)

March 20, 6pm - Using Pennsylvania Land Records to Solve Tough Genealogical Cases (Zoom)

March 28, 6pm - Evening Zoom Book Club

Steele Memorial Library

Activities for Adults

Oil Pastel Balloon Bouquets with Filomena - March 13, 6pm Steele Memorial Library; Register: (607)733-9173 option 4 - reference; Learn and refine oil pastel techniques with artist Filomena Jack! This project is made possible with funds from the Statewide Community Regrant program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature and administered by The ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes.

Saturdays, March 2, 9, 16, 23, 1pm - Winter Knitting Group (in small room, except March 23 is in large room)

March 7, 1:30pm - Exploring Online newspapers

March 7, 6:15pm - Photography: Manipulating Light & File Format

March 9, 1:30pm - Creative Writing Workshop

March 11, available until gone (First come, first served) - Spice of the Month: Juniper Berries & recipes. Pick up at checkout.

March 13, 6pm - Oil Pastels with Filomena

March 14, 1-6pm - Red Cross Blood Drive

March 19, 1:30pm - Drawing for Painters with Wynn

March 21, 6:15pm - Photography: Lenses and Focus

March 27, 6:30pm - Improv with Tim Collins

March 28, 1:30pm - Genealogy Lab

March 30, 1-3:30pm - D&D One-Shot (adults)

Steele Adult Movie Showings:

March 1, 2pm - "Just Mercy"

March 4, 2pm - "Coal Miner’s Daughter"

March 8, 2:15pm - "Calendar Girls"

March 11, 1:15pm - "Yentl"

March 15, 2:15pm - "Promising Young Woman"

March 18, 1pm - 2023’s "The Color Purple" in partnership with the John W. Jones Museum

March 19, 6pm - "So bad, it's good!" Movie Night ("Night of the Lepus")

March 22, 2:15pm - "Norma Rae"

March 25, 1:15pm - "Respect" in partnership with the John W. Jones Museum

March 29, 1:30pm - 2023’s "The Color Purple" in partnership with the John W. Jones Museum

Activities for Teens

Mondays in March, 4pm - Teen Manga/Comics Cafe

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

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

Wednesdays in March, 4:30pm - Art of D&D

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

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

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

March 9, 2pm - Rdy 2 Rumble Teen Co-op video gaming

March 12, 5pm - Steele TEEN: TAG (teen advisory group) meeting

March 13 & 27, 6pm - Steele TEEN Safe Zones

March 18, 4pm - Make Dragon’s beard candy

March 22, 7pm to 9pm - Nerf Battle & Video Gaming

Activities for Youth

During our March 8, 10am storytime we’ll have a special guest from the Chemung County Health Department’s Childhood Lead Poisoning Primary Prevention Program. Every child will receive a "Leo the Lion Gets Ahead of Lead" story book, a coloring book, and a Leo stuffed animal!

All Month - Scavenger Hunt (Women’s History Month)

All Month - Activity & Coloring Sheets

March 1, 8, 15, 22 (no 3/29 for special program), 10am - Friday Morning Storytimes

March 5, 12, 19, & 26, 6pm - Tuesday Evening Storytimes

March 6 & 20, 3:30-4:30pm - LEGO Club (For grades K-6) First & Third Wednesdays of the Month through June

March 7, 21, & 28 (no 3/14), 10-11am - Preschool Playtime (with snack!) Large Meeting Room

March 4, 3pm - Dr. Seuss Day Crafts! Best for ages 4-12. Children’s Area.

March 11, available until gone - Snowy Owl Splat Painting Take & Make Kit (Activity Table)

March 14, 3pm - Spring Pasta Mosaics. Ages 4-12 (register: 607-733-9173 x 2306)

March 21, 3pm - Spring Equinox Craft: Daffodils & Seed Bombs. Ages 4-12. (register: 607-733-9173 x 2306)

March 29, 10am - Tanglewood visit: "Animals That Hatch," & Easter Bunny visit after for pictures! Ages up to 12.

Steele Youth Movie Showings:

March 7 & 11, 6pm - "Brave"

March 12, 3:45pm - "Brave"

March 14 & 18, 6pm - "Wish"

March 19, 3:45pm - "Wish"

March 21, 6pm - "Mulan"

March 28, 6pm - "Matilda"

Big Flats Library

Activities for Adults

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

March 7, 3:30pm - Needle Felting (registration required; funded by the Big Flat's Women's Club)

March 12, 2pm - Afternoon Movie: Brian and Charles (PG-13 - registration required)

March 15, 1pm - Big Flats Book Club (In-Person & Zoom)

March 26, 3pm - Moss Decorated Flower Pot (registration required)

March 28, 3:30pm - Needle Felting (registration required; funded by the Big Flat's Women's Club)

Activities for Youth

three painted terra cotta planter pots with white flowers and green leaves planted

Join us at the Big Flats Library to celebrate the arrival of SPRING! Thursday, March 21 at 4:00pm we will be making Painted Terra Cotta Flower Pots! Please call to register, 607-562-3300.

March 12, 4pm - Popcorn & Movie Afternoon: Disney Movie - Wish (rated PG) (registration is required)

March 21, 4pm - Terra Cotta Planter Craft for Kids! (registration is required)

March 27, 4pm - DIY Pinecone Bird Feeder (registration is required)

Wednesdays, 10:30am - Storytimes with Miss Melanie

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

Kid's Take & Make - Shamrock Picture Frame. Call 607-562-3300 to reserve your kit. Supplies are limited.

All month - Scavenger Hunt: Leprechauns are hiding in the library! Find them all and earn a token for the prize machine.

All month - Kids Craft Table (all ages): Wet Chalk Easter Egg Art. Stop by anytime to make yours.

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. For the month of February we read "The Silent Patient" by Rumaan Alam to discuss on March 8th at 1:30pm. We will read "Vanishing Act", by Brit Bennett, to discuss in April.

Horseheads Free Library

Activities for Adults


Join our new D&D group, for ages 16+, with Game Master Zach (March 23, 1pm). This campaign will be using the 5th edition, and the table is limited to 6 Adventurers! Register now! Email Zella@stls.org or call the library at 607-739-4581. Before starting this campaign, adventurers will meet for a Session Zero, instructions will be given at registration.

March 11, 5:30-7pm - Casual Crafts for adults: Tiny Art, and DIY tiny books for a tiny bookshelf. (register: email zella@stls.org or call 607-739-4581)

March 14-28 - Solve our Pi-day Scavenger Hunt for cool Library sticker

March 19, 2pm - Tablet Talk (call 607-739-4581 to register)

March 20, 1pm - Horseheads Lit Lovers Book Club (call 607-739-4581 for more information)

March 5, 12, 19, 26, April 2, 10:30am - Gentle Movements with Tammy Wilcox. (made possible by the Friends of Horseheads Free Library)

March 21, 1-3pm - Gourd painting class with Karen Curren
(register: email zella@stls.org or call 607-739-4581)

March 23, 1-4pm - D&D Adult group

March 25, 1-3pm - Dollhouse Social Group

March 25, 6-7:30pm - Writing Support Group

Activities for Teens

Need a place for all your notes and school reminders? Now you can have a place to hang them and a cool piece of art too!! Bring your inner DIY side to the Horseheads Library for corkboard string art. Using tiny nails, a cool hexagon shape corkboard, colorful string and your own design you’ll have a place for all those reminders that will be sure to look great in any space!

March 13, 6pm - Corkboard String Art

March 2, 1-4pm - D&D Tween/Teen group (register: email zella@stls.org)

Activities for Youth

Blue bunny with big eyes, red nose, and pink cheeks (craft)Celebrate the beginning of spring at the Horseheads Free Library. Join us for an Easter Celebration! We will have a story time, an egg hunt, a craft, and a chance to meet the Easter bunny. This month’s take 'n make is an Easter Egg Bunny 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 Q, R, and S as well as Ramadan, spring, and Easter.

Wednesdays, 2:30pm - Homeschool Huddle

Thursdays, 10:30am - Family Story Time

Monday, March 4, 3:30pm - Play Dough Construction

Tuesday, March 12, 6pm - Bingo

Monday, March 18, 10:30am - Toddler Toy Time

Monday, March 25, 3:30pm - Lego Club

Tuesday, March 26, 6:30pm - Eclipse Story Time

Saturday, March 30, 2pm - Easter Celebration

Van Etten Library

Activities for Adults

Mister Rogers putting on a red sweater (Won't You Be My Neighbor?)

Join us March 20th at 3pm to watch Won't You be My Neighbor? (PG-13) with snacks, coloring, and a discussion for all ages, to celebrate Fred Rogers birthday and National Be My Neighbor Day.

Mondays, 3/4, 3/11, 3/18, 3/25, 2pm - Meditation Mondays

March 20, 3pm - Won’t You be My Neighbor? Movie (PG-13)

March 29, 12pm - Van Etten Book Club

Activities for Youth

Thanks to a generous patron donation, we have a supply of lovely Sweet Pea flower seeds. Stop by on March 20th at 3pm to start your own seedlings to take home! Registration encouraged: (607)589-4435 ext. 3.

Fridays, 3/1, 3/8, 3/15, 3/22, 3/29, 10am - Family Storytime with Emily (stay after for coloring, crafts, and playtime)

3/1, 3/8, 3/15, 3/22, 3/29, 2pm - Teen Maker Station Fridays - March program: Alphabet Bead Jewelry (make a bracelet or keychain)

March 6, 3:30pm - Sweet Pea Seed Start Program

March 20, 3pm - Won’t You be My Neighbor? Movie (PG-13)

West Elmira Library

Activities for Adults

Spring Wreath Craft Adult Program - Please Register by calling 607-733-0541; March 11, 5pm West Elmira Library

Monday, March 11, 5pm - Spring Deco Mesh Wreath craft. Registration required

Monday, March 18, 5pm - Polymer Pinch Pot Bowls. 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 - Welcome back Spring by finding all of the flower pictures hidden around the library and win a prize!

Monday, March 18, 3pm - Pine Cone Bird Feeder 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

Friends Books Sandwiched In

Technology Training

CCLD Makerspace

Online Activities

In-Person & Takeaway Activities at...

Steele Memorial

Big Flats



Van Etten

West Elmira

Library Services at Home

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