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May 2024 Newsletter

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

All CCLD libraries will be closed Saturday, May 25 & Monday, May 27 for Memorial Day Weekend. Horseheads Library will be closed on May 18 so staff can assist with Steele Pop Expo at Steele Memorial Library.

Steele Pop Expo - May 18, 11AM - 4PM

Steele Pop Expo

Our 2nd annual Steele Pop Expo will take place on May 18, 11am-4pm at Steele Memorial Library.

Steele Pop Expo is a free celebration of comics, art, games, and pop culture, for all ages! Get a free limited edition Archie comic, with exclusive event cover art, signed by artist Reilly Brown (Marvel & DC Comics artist/writer)! Other activities include: a cosplay contest, vendors, food trucks, free crafts, face painting, workshops, Pokémon tournament, & more! Steele Pop Expo offers fun for the whole family! Visit our website for more details about the event, including the cosplay contest!

Sponsored, in part, by the Community Foundation of Elmira-Corning and the Finger Lakes, Inc. Special thanks to Heroes Comic Shop in Elmira Heights!

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 at Steele. 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: May 7, 1pm - Tablet Talk (register: 607-733-9173 option 4)

Horseheads: May 21, 2pm - Tablet Talk (register: 607-739-4581)

CCLD Makerspace

Comic Costume DIY

Get ready for the Steele Pop Expo (May 18th) by attending one of our costume craft workshops. Attendees will be provided with instructions on how to make a cape, mask, or anime-inspired headband.

This program is open to all ages. Registration is not required, however, availability will be limited by time and materials.

May 9, 5:30pm - Costume Craft Workshop

May 16, 5:30pm - Costume Craft Workshop

Tinker Lab Hours:

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

Friday: 1:00pm - 4:00pm

Online Activities

May 4, 10am - Genealogy Club (Zoom)

May 10, 1pm - Big Flats Book Club (In-Person & Zoom)

May 23, 6pm - Virtual Evening Book Club (Zoom)

Steele Memorial Library

Activities for Adults

May 13, Available until gone (First come, first served) - Spice of the Month: Ramen powder & recipes. Pick up at checkout.

May 2, 6:15pm - Steele Photography Group

May 8, 6pm - Acrylic Painting with Filomena (pets/animals)

May 11, 1pm - D&D one-shot with Tim

May 16, 1:30pm - Exploring Naturalization Records

May 16, 6:15pm - Steele Photography Group (Tech Lab)

May 20, 5pm - Stained Glass Sunflowers with Unterwoman

May 22 & 29, 6:30pm - Improv with Tim Collins

May 30, 1:30pm - Cemetery Research

Steele Adult Movie Showings:

May 3, 1:30pm - "Paranormal Activity"

May 9, 5:15pm - "The Shape of Water"

May 10, 1:30pm - "The Namesake"

May 16, 11:30am - "Philadelphia Story"

May 16, 2:00pm - "Singin' in the Rain"

May 17, 2:15pm - "Lady in the Water"

May 21, 6pm - "So bad, it's good!" Movie Night: Mitchell

May 23, 5:30pm - "Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings"

May 24, 1pm - "Mermaids"

Activities for Teens

D&D character sheets, dice, pencil, mini figures

Teens, family, & friends, come to the chapbook release party on Wed. May 29 at 6pm & and celebrate the teens' D&D themed artwork and writing created over the last several months in Steele Library's Teen space.  Enjoy D&D themed snacks, too! Thanks to a grant from the Community Foundation of Corning-Elmira & the Southern Fingerlakes.

Mondays in May, 5:30pm - Teen Dungeons and Dragons w/Tim Collins

Tuesdays & Thursdays in May, 6pm - T.A.L.E (Teen Acting Lab of Elmira) with Tim Collins

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

Thursdays in May, 5:30pm - Teen D&D w/ Deegan

Wednesdays in May, 5:30pm - Teen Creative Writing with Tim Collins

Wednesdays in May, 4:30pm - Art of D&D with Tim Collins

May 1 and May 15, 6pm - Teen Safe Zones

May 4, 2-4:30pm - Rdy 2 Rumble Teen Co-op Gaming Club

Tuesday, May 7, Wednesdays: May 15, May 22, May 29, 5pm - Art & sewing w/ Artist Filomena Jack

May 8 & May 22, 5pm - Teen Advisory Group meeting

May 11, 2pm - Teen Movie: Dungeons & Dragons Honor Among Thieves

May 13, 4:30pm - Teen: Draw your D&D character w/Emily Swan

May 18, 11am-4pm - Steele Pop Expo

May 20, 4pm - Teens Make Candy Sushi

May 22, 4:30pm - Teen: Make your own D&D comic w/Emily Swan

May 29, 6pm - D&D chapbook release party

Activities for Youth

child's hands assembling lego blocks

To register for youth programs, call 607-733-9173 x2306 (or option 5 from the menu).

All Month - Scavenger Hunt

All Month - Activity & Coloring Sheets

May 3 & 10, 10am - Friday Morning Storytimes (returning in July)

May 7, 6pm - Tuesday Evening Storytimes (returning in July)

May 1 & 15, 3:30-4:30pm - LEGO Club (1st & 3rd Wednesdays through June for K-6)

May 2 & 9, 10-11am - Preschool Playtime with snack (Returning in July)

May 3, 6pm - KID PROM: Under the Sea! Ages 0-12 with a grown-up. (registration required)

May 6, 9am - Seashell Keychains Take & Make Kit (while supplies last) - Children's Area (Activity Table)

May 8 & 22, 3:30pm - T(w)een Theater Day with Tim Collins! Ages 8-12. (registration required)

May 14, 3:00pm - Sand Art Craft for Mer-MAY! (register)

May 16, 3:00pm - Magic Reading Wand Craft! (register)

May 23, 3:00pm - May Flowers Wreath Craft (register)

Big Flats Library

Activities for Adults

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

May 9, 3:30pm - Needle Felting (registration required; funded by the Big Flat's Women's Club)

May 10, 1pm - Big Flats Book Club (In-Person & Zoom)

May 14, 3pm - Lavender Flower Painting. Make an 8" x 8" canvas painting of lavender flowers (registration required)

May 21, 2pm - Getting Your Vegetable Garden Started: Join Cornell Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners for a Workshop on planting and caring for your vegetable garden. (Cornell Garden Based Learning, Master Gardener, and United Way sponsored)

May 23, 3:30pm - Needle Felting (registration required; funded by the Big Flat's Women's Club)

May 28, 2pm - Afternoon Movie: Respect (The story of performer Aretha Franklin) (PG -13, registration required)

Activities for Teens

mariokart wii

Nostalgia...The Wii. Teens....Lets go back in time... and play Wii games on May 21, 5:30-7:30pm! The Nintendo Wii console was first launched in the United States on November 19, 2006, for $249.99. Stop by the Big Flats Library and play on the big screen! Snacks & Beverages will be provided. Games will include, Mario Galaxy, MarioKart, Wii Sports, Raving Rabbids, Wipeout, Carnival Games, and others!

May 7, 6pm - Teen Popcorn Movie Night: Mean Girls (2024; PG-13). Popcorn & beverages will be served! (This program is intended for ages 13 and up)

May 21, 5:30-7:30pm - Big Flats Teens Game Night (Wii)

Activities for Youth

Make a Mother's Day Ornament for your Mom! On Wednesday, May 8, stop by the Big Flats Library to make a special gift for Mom. This program runs from 3:30-5:00. Please call to register, 607-562-3300.

May 3, 3:30-5pm - Big Flats: Star Wars Day Crafts and Games! Make a pencil lightsaber, a Baby Yoda book mark, play Star Wars Bingo & search the library for hidden Star Wars characters! Snacks will be provided!

May 8, 3:30-5pm - Mother's Day Ornaments! (registration is required)

May 14, 3:45 - Tanglewood Nature Center Visit! Tanglewood Naturalists will be bringing some very special animals for a visit. Join us in welcoming a Turtle, an Owl, a Ferret & a Quail to Big Flats Library!

May 22, 3:30 - Wild Flower Seed Bombs (Part 2) (registration is required)

Wednesdays, 10:30am - Storytimes with Miss Melanie

Kid's Take & Make - Paper Plate Frog. Call 607-562-3300 to reserve your kit. Supplies are limited.

All month - Scavenger Hunt: "Star Wars", Celebrate Star Wars Day all month. Search the library shelves for your favorite Star Wars Characters and earn a prize!

All month - Kids Craft Table (all ages): "Star Wars" Star Wars Crafts! Lightsaber Pencils, Baby Yoda Origami Book Marks!

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.


The Bookmobile will be at Bookfest on May 18, 10am-2pm in Wisner Park (same day as Steele Pop Expo--park once and visit both events!). Stop in to see Miss Kim for a prize.

May 27th, the Elmira Memorial Day Parade starts at 9:30am--look for the Bookmobile!

May 31st is opening night at Dunn Field! Stop by the Bookmobile for a look around before you enter the game.

Our book club meets the 2nd Friday of the month at Bulkhead Hardware in Southport at 1:30pm. For the month of April we read "Apples Never Fall" by Liane Moriarty to discuss on May 10th at 1:30pm. May's book will be, "Book of Lost Friends" by Lisa Wingate to discuss on June 7th.

Horseheads Free Library

The Horseheads Free Library will be closed on Saturday, May 18th so our staff can assist with Steele Pop Expo, taking place from 11am-4pm at Steele Memorial Library that day.

Activities for Adults

May 7, 21, 28, 10:30am - Horseheads Adult Gentle Movements with Tammy Wilcox sponsored by the Friends of Horseheads Free Library

May 10, 2:30-4pm - Casual Card Making (register)

May 4, 1pm-4pm - Adult D&D group

May 13, 1pm-2pm - Name the Scam! presented by Sheila Brewer-Montero from LifeSpan of Rochester

May 13, 5:30pm-7pm - Scrabble tile Family trees (register)

May 14, 5:30pm - HHDS concert Horseheads High School Orchestra Concert

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

May 20, 6-7pm - Horseheads Adult Writer's Support Group

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

Activities for Teens

Create a one of a kind canvas using spray tie dye and your own designs. Use different everyday items in a unique and different way to create a piece of art that is specific to you and your individual style. Call the Horseheads Free Library today to reserve your spot (607) 739-4581.

May 8, 6pm - Spray tie dye canvas

Activities for Youth

Spring has sprung! Make a springtime inspired sun catcher or wind chime. This month's take 'n make is a Dinosaur Mother's Day 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 X, Y, and Z as well as Mother's Day.

Wednesdays, 2:30pm - Homeschool Huddle (not May 29)

Thursdays, 10:30am - Family Story Time (not May 30)

Monday, May 6, 3:30pm - Play Dough Construction

Tuesday, May 21, 6:30pm - Springtime Crafts

Monday, May 20, 10:30am - Toddler Toy Time

Van Etten Library

May 2024 is Get Caught Reading Month!

Activities for Adults

May 6, 13, and 20, 1:30pm - Headspace Meditation. No experience necessary

May 31, 12pm - Van Etten Book Club Meets. This month's book is by John Steinbeck

Activities for Youth

perler bead Pikachu

May 6-12 - Children's Book Week: celebrate by checking out a favorite book!

May 10, 3pm - After School Movie: Paddington 2 Join us for a movie, snacks and coloring

May 22, 3pm - Perler Bead Crafternoon. Express yourself with Perler beads (fusebeads) and templates

May 24, 3pm - After School Movie: Wonka Join us for a movie, snacks, and coloring

Fridays, 10am - Family Story Time with Emily (**there will be no story time on May 17 or May 24**)

West Elmira Library

Activities for Adults

May 13, 5:30pm - Paint Your Pet canvas art. Registration required

May 21, 1:30pm - Watercolor Techniques with Wynn Yarrow. 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

colored pencils

Monthly Scavenger Hunt - Celebrate National Pet month by finding all of the pictures of pets hidden around the library and win a prize!

May 9, 3pm - Mother's Day Craft

Wednesdays,10:30am - Homeschool Group

Thursdays,10:30am - Family Storytime

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

Second and 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

Last Tuesday of every month, 4pm - Kids Book Club, registration required

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

Steele Pop Expo

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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