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June 2024 Newsletter

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

June Closings

June 10-15: Steele Memorial Library will be closed for construction.

June 14: All CCLD libraries will be closed for staff Continuing Education Day

June 19: All CCLD libraries closed for Juneteenth

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.

Volunteer Tech Help is 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: June 4, 1pm - Tablet Talk (register: 607-733-9173 option 4)

Horseheads: June 18, 2pm - Tablet Talk (register: 607-739-4581)

CCLD Makerspace

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

June 1 & 29, 10am - Genealogy Club (Zoom)

June 20, 1pm - Big Flats Book Club (In-Person & Zoom)

June 27, 6pm - Evening Book Club (Zoom)

Steele Memorial Library

Stop by at the second floor reference desk and borrow some seeds (up to 3 packs of non GMO seeds; plants will produce nice seeds for saving)! When you harvest your vegetables, herbs or flowers, save some seeds to bring back to the library for the next season! We are featuring easy-to-grow items that will yield impressive produce and seeds! Follow our blog on our website! And, Happy Planting!

Activities for Adults

Drag Queen Bingo

Join us for Drag Queen Bingo with Vanessa LeDiva on June 21, 5:30-7:30pm. A (free) ticket is required to attend and you must be 18+ years old. To get your free ticket, stop by Steele Memorial Library in-person and show ID. Registration begins June 3! This is an after-hours event; doors will open at 5:30pm for refreshments. Bingo will run from 6-7:30pm. Prizes awarded (1 max per person)! Note: regular library services will not be available during the event.

June 3, Available until gone (First come, first served) - Spice of the Month: Fennel! Pick up at checkout.

June 4, 1pm - Tablet Talk (smartphone and tablet help)

June 6 & 20, 6:15pm - Steele Photography Group

June 21, 5:30pm - Drag Queen Bingo with Vanessa LeDiva!

June 22, 1:30pm - Alzheimer's Association Caregiver Support Group

June 22, 3-4pm - Pokémon GO group (first meeting)

June 27, 1:30pm - Genealogy Lab

Steele Adult Movie Showings:

June 7, 2:30pm - "One Love" (2024)

June 18, 2:30pm - "The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman" (1974)

June 18, 6pm - "So Bad, It’s Good" Movie Night

June 21, 2:30pm - "The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert" (1994)

June 28, 2:30pm - "But I’m a Cheerleader" (1999)

Activities for Teens

Dog wearing black glasses and a necktie looking at a stack of books

Hey Teens, during Regents exam time,  come to the Steele teen space to study & de-stress with a service dog in training at the "DE stress w/ a dog" event; Come dance your worries away at the Steele Teen Pride Dance; early sign up for teen summer reading is 6/03. https://ccldny01.readsquared.com/

Saturday, June 1, 2-4:30pm - RDY 2 Rumble Gaming club

Mondays, 4:30-6:30pm - Teen led cosplay Workshop

Mondays, 5:30pm - Teen Dungeons and Dragons w/ Tim, or teens Aiden and Daniel

Mondays, June 3, July 15, 22, 29, August 5, 5:30pm - Teen D&D w/ Tim Collins

Tues & Thurs, June 4, 6, July 2, 6pm - T.A.L.E Teen Acting Lab of Elmira

Wed. June 5, 5pm - T.A.G (Teen Advisory Group)

Wed. June 5, July 3, 17, 24, 31, August 7, 14, 5pm - Teen Creative Writing w/ Tim Collins

Wed. June 26, 6pm - Teen Safe Zones

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

Thursdays, 4:30pm - Teen Anime Club

Fri. June 7, 6:30 - 8:30pm - Steele Teen Pride Dance

Week of June 17 (except 6/19) 3-5pm - De-stress w/ a dog

Wed June 26, 5:30pm - Teen Color War

Mon July 1, 3pm - Design & 3D print D&D characters

Tues. July 2, 3pm - Ice cream social & audiobooks

Activities for Youth

Child's hands, building with LEGO

All Month - Scavenger Hunt, Look & Find Cabinet, Activity & Coloring Sheets

Returning in July: Friday Morning & Tuesday Evening Storytimes, Preschool Playtime, & Tween Theater with Tim

Wednesday, June 5, 3:30-4:30pm - LEGO Club (K-6th grade)

June 3, 9am - Paper Fan Take & Make Kit (activity table)

July 3, 3pm - Kid’s (Ages 0-12) Summer Reading Club Kick-off Event

Steele Youth Movie Showings:

All movies will be shown in the Children's area (must be accompanied by a child, to attend).

June 3, 6pm - "Zootopia"

June 6, 6pm - "Zootopia"

June 17, 6pm - "The Princess and the Frog"

June 20, 6pm - "The Princess and the Frog"

June 24, 6pm - "Cool Runnings"

June 29, 2pm - "Cool Runnings"

Big Flats Library

Big Flats Summer Reading Registration Kick-Off will be on Tuesday, July 2 @ 3:30! Kids & Teens can grab their SRC bag, which includes log sheets, bookmarks & pencils, some goodies included! Big Flats will be doing games, crafts & prizes too!

Activities for Adults

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

June 6, 3:30pm - Needle Felting (registration required; funded by the Big Flat's Women's Club)

June 11, 3pm - Hand Painted Candles: Celebrate Summer by painting white pillar candles with floral motifs! (registration required)

June 20, 1pm - Big Flats Book Club (In-Person & Zoom)

June 20, 3:30pm - Needle Felting (registration required; funded by the Big Flat's Women's Club)

June 25, 2pm ­ Afternoon Movie:  Rear Window (registration required)

June 26, 2pm - Tomato Troubles (Cornell Garden Based Learning, Master Gardener sponsored; Registration required, please call 607-562-3300)

Activities for Teens

June 11, 5:30 -7:30pm - Big Flats Teens Game Night Nostalgia...The Wii.  Teens…let’s play Wii!!

June 25, 6pm - Teen Popcorn Movie Night:  Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire (2024; PG-13). Popcorn & beverages will be served! (This program is intended for ages 13 and up)

Activities for Youth

This June the Big Flats Library will have supplies to make Pool Noodle Animals!  Make a pony, a unicorn or a dragon, a tiger...or another animal! Let's get creative!

June 4 & 5, 3:30pm - Pool Noodle Animals!

June 18, 4:00pm - Kids Popcorn Movie Afternoon:  The Mitchells vs the Machines (PG)

All month - Kids Craft Table (all ages):  Salt Dough Painted Animals!

All month - Scavenger Hunt: Backyard Birds!  Search the library shelves for all the hidden birds and earn a prize!

Kid's Take & Make - Kid's Take & Make: Giraffe Portrait Craft. Call 607-562-3300 to reserve your kit.  Supplies are limited.

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 by and visit the Bookmobile on Saturday, June 22, 11-2pm at Elmira Infinite Canvas - Mural Fest 2024.

Our book club meets the 2nd Friday of the month at Bulkhead Hardware in Southport at 1:30pm. For the month of May we read "The Book of Lost Friends" by Lisa Wingate. Note, the book discussion will be on June 7th, 1:30pm (CCLD will be closed for staff Continuing Education Day on June 14th). June's book will be, "When Crickets Cry" by Charles Martin, to discuss on July 12.

Horseheads Free Library

Activities for Adults

Craft Supplies

Do you have craft supplies that are cluttering your craft space? Would you like to find those supplies a good home? Bring up to 3 items to donate to the Crafter’s Summer Swap on June 17-18, and maybe find some items to go home with yourself! This program will be two days for two opportunities to swap. Monday, June 17, 5:30pm-7pm and Tuesday, June 18, 10am-12pm. Come one or both days! RSVP by emailing zella@stls.org.

June 12, 1pm - Lit Lovers Book Club (call 607-739-4981 for more information)

June 18, 2pm -Tablet Talk (register)

June 1 & 8, 1-4pm - Adult D&D (register)

June 4, 11, 25, 10:30am - Gentle Movements with Tammy Wilcox (sponsored by the Horseheads Friends)

June 10, 1-3pm - Wish you were here with Wynn Yarrow (create a folded book with pockets) (register)

June 17, 1pm - Name that SCAM! Fun, Informational program for all ages to learn about what Scams to be on the lookout for.

June 17, 5:30pm-7pm - Crafter’s Summer Swap

June 18, 10am-12pm - Crafter’s Summer Swap

June 24, 6pm-7pm - Writer’s Support Group

Activities for Teens

Join us as we celebrate Asian culture making handmade Kumihimo! Learn the history of the Kumihimo, and how they were used compared to how they are used today to create corded bracelets, lanyards, keychains etc. Then cut and design your own Kumihimo disk, and you'll be able to create your own Kumihimo corded projects.

June 12, 6pm - Handmade Kumihimo disks for corded bracelets, lanyards, keychains

Activities for Youth

Join us for an underwater themed story time and make a seahorse to take home with you. This month’s take 'n make is a Pirate Monkey Craft. The kits will be available all month long.

Monday, June 3, 3:30pm - Play Dough Construction

Monday, June 17, 10:30am - Toddler Toy Time

Tuesday, June 18, 6:30pm - Shimmer Seahorse Workshop

Monday, June 24, 3:30pm - Lego Club

Van Etten Library

Activities for Adults

June 3, 10, 17, & 24, 1:30 pm - Headspace Meditation

June 5, 4pm - Preparing for Medicare program with Q&A session, presented by Jennifer Calkins from FHFCU. *Please call to register for this program (607) 589-4435 ext 3 *

June 26, 9:30am - Healthy Living for Your Brain and Body an Alzheimer’s Association program. Phil Shippers will be here with Coffee and refreshments. *Please call to register for this program (607) 589-4435 ext 3 *

June 28, 12 pm - Van Etten Book Club meets to discuss "James" by Percival Everett

Activities for Youth

June 7 & 21, 10am - Friday All ages Story Time with Emily (no story times on 6/14 and 6/28)

Early Summer Reading Club signups begin in June! Summer Reading Club begins July 1st!

West Elmira Library

Activities for Adults


Monday, June 10, 5:30pm - Abstract Rainbow Art (register)

Tuesday, June 18, 1:30pm - Watercolor Plants with Wynn Yarrow. (register)

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

Last Monday of every month, 6:30pm - Cookbook Book Club

Activities for Youth

Monthly Scavenger Hunt - Celebrate Sharks by finding all of the pictures of sharks hidden around the library and win a prize!

Wednesdays, 10:30am - Homeschool Group (only 6/5 & 6/12)

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

July 2, 4pm - Kids Book Club (register)

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

June Closings

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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