Welcome to the Chemung County Library District

July 2024 Newsletter

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

July Closings

July 1 - Van Etten Library closed

July 4 - All CCLD libraries closed

Summer Reading Club

two kids in a hot air balloon with text: adventure begins at your library

Summer Reading Club is the perfect time for all ages to see what their local library has to offer! The 2024 summer reading slogan is "Adventure Begins at Your Library" ​and we are planning many fun programs and events around this theme. There will be special events, reading challenges, fun activities, and more throughout the summer months from July 1 through August 9. Call or stop by your local library for specific program details.

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: July 2, 1pm - Tablet Talk (register: 607-733-9173 option 4)

Horseheads: July 16, 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

July 18, 1pm - Big Flats Book Club (In-Person & Zoom)

July 27, 10:00-10:45am - Genealogy Club (Zoom)

Steele Memorial Library

Activities for Adults

Summer Reading Club for all ages begins this month! At Steele, we will have weekly prize drawings for any adults who have logged at least some reading time that week. All CCLD adult reading club participants will be entered to win the grand prize: Dinner for 4 on Captain Bill's Seneca Cruise. Our end of SRC party for adults will be a Silent Reading Party with live harp music and snacks, on Friday, August 9, 5:30-7:30pm. Summer Reading Club activities are made possible by the Friends of CCLD.

Some programs require registration; follow the links for details. Call (607)733-9173 x4 to sign up.

July 8, available until gone - Spice of the Month: Mace! Pick up at checkout.

July 10 & 24, 2pm - Garden Brick Painting

July 11, 1:30-2:30pm - Introduction to Genealogy

July 17, 5pm - Moon Mirrors with Unterwoman

July 18, 6:15pm - Steele Photography Group

July 20, 1pm - D&D One-Shot with Tim Collins

July 20, 1:30pm - Foraging (Mushrooms & Edible Plants)

July 23, 2-4pm - Job Fair with Department of Labor

July 23, 6-7pm - Bohemia on the Chemung

July 24, 6:30pm - Improv with Tim Collins

July 25, 1:30-2:30pm - Genealogy Lab

July 27, 1:30pm - Alzheimer's Association Caregiver Support Group

July 29, 1-5:30pm - Red Cross Blood Drive

August 9, 5:30-7:30pm - Silent Reading Part with Live Harp Music (end of Summer Reading Club celebration for adults)

Steele Adult Movie Showings:

July 16, 6pm - "So bad, it's good!" Movie Night

July 18, 1:30pm - "Mandela" (2013)

July 19 - Barbenheimer - "Oppenheimer" (2023) @ 1:45 pm and "Barbie" (2023) @ 5:30

July 22, 5pm - "First Man" (2018)

July 30, 2:30pm - "Meet the Fockers" (2004)

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.

July 1, 9am - Summer reading Begins

July 1, 3pm - Teen D&D Hero Forge (register)

July 2, 3pm - Ice cream Social & Audiobooks (registration encouraged)

July 2, July 23, July 30, 6pm - T.A.L.E (Teen Acting Lab)

July 8, 5pm - Teen Glow in the dark paint-a-long

Mondays in July, 4:30pm-6pm -  Teen led cosplay workshop

Tuesdays, July 9 - July 30, 3pm - Adventures In sewing & art

July 9, 3pm - Jewelry & Potion crafting

July 10, 1pm - Adventures in Hooping

July 10 & July 24, 5pm - TAG (Teen Advisory Group)

July 16, 3pm - Delicious in Dungeon bake off

July 23, 3pm - Make Mini Weapons of Mayhem

Thursdays, 4:30pm (ALL SUMMER) - Teen Anime Club

Activities for Youth

Join us July 3, 3pm for the Kid's (Ages 0-12) Summer Reading Club Kick-off Event. Sign up for summer reading, reach reading goals, enter for a chance at great prizes, & get an invite to the end party! Weekly prizes drawn at special Thursday programs. Grand prizes are awarded in mid-August.

Stop by all month for: Scavenger Hunt, Look & Find Cabinet, Activity & Coloring Sheets. Check out our Monday Take & Make Kits (July 1-Aug. 5) - Pick up a kit to make different weekly crafts at home. First come, first served. (Children's Area activity Table)

To register for programs, call (607) 733-9173, opt. 5 or stop by the Children's Desk!

July 8, 1:30pm - National Freezer Pop Day Craft & Treat (Ages 3-12) (Registration Required)

July 11, 3pm - Science Heroes: "Adventure of the Lost Treasure"

July 18, 6:30pm - Nels Ross! Juggling, clean comedy, & more!

July 25, 6pm - Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes!

August 1, 2pm - National S'mores Day Craft & Treat (Registration Required)

August 1, 6pm - Didgeridoo Down Under!

August 6, 3pm - National Root Beer Float Day Craft, & Treat (Registration Required)

August 6, 6pm - T(w)een Paint Night (Loch Ness Monster!) with Miss Mikayla (Ages 8-12)(Registration Required)

August 8, 3pm - Tanglewood Nature Center presents "Animal Adventures"!

Recurring Programs

Mondays, 2:30pm - T(w)een Anime Club (Ages 8-12)

Slime & Play-Doh Making Days - Tuesdays: July 2 & 9, 6pm; July 16 & 23, 3:30pm; July 30 & Aug. 6, 1:30pm. (Ages 3-12) (Registration Required)

Wednesdays, July 3 & 17, Aug 7 & 21, 3:30-4:30pm - LEGO Club (K-6)

Wednesdays, July 17, 31, & Aug. 7, 3:30-4:30pm - T(w)een One-Day Theater Program with Tim Collins (Ages 8-12) (Registration Required)

Thursdays, July 11 - Aug 8, 10am - Preschool Playtime

Fridays, July 5 - Aug 2, 10am - Friday Morning Storytimes

Fridays, 3pm (July 5-Aug 2) - Cryptid Crafts with Miss Mikayla (Ages 2-12) (Registration Required)

Big Flats Library

Stories with Music - Orchestera of the Southern Finger Lakes

For all ages, on July 25 @ 3:00pm, the Big Flats Library welcomes the Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes String Duo, Harp & Cello performance "Scottish Fairy Tales, Myths & Legends".  (This program is made possible with funds from the Statewide Community Regrant Program and administered by the Arts Council of the Southern Finger Lakes).

Activities for Adults

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

Needle Felting will be on break for the months of July & August. Please check our online calendar in early September for dates & times.

July 9, 1pm - Afternoon Movie: Cyrano (registration required)

July 18, 1pm - Big Flats Book Club (In-Person & Zoom)

July 30, 4pm - Erie Canal Program: Creating the Empire State Through the Mire

Activities for Teens

Join the Big Flats Teen D&D Group & Dungeon Master Tim Collins on July 18 & August 1, 4pm, for an exciting role-playing game experience. Create your character and join your friends and peers in an epic exploration of a fantasy realm. These game sessions are ideal for those new to D&D as well.

July 10, 3pm-5pm - Teen Game Night...The Wii. Teens…let's play Wii!!

July 16, 6pm - Teen Popcorn Movie Night: The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes - Popcorn & beverages will be served! (This program is intended for ages 13 and up)

July 18, 4pm-6pm - Teen Dungeons & Dragons with Tim Collins (registration required)

August 1, 4pm-5:30pm - Teen Dungeons & Dragons with Tim Collins (registration required)

Activities for Youth

July 2, 3:30pm - Summer Reading Kick-Off Registration Party!

July 9, 3:30pm - Safari Stuffed Animal Adventure (Registration is required, limited spots available)

July 10, 10:30 - Summer Reading Club Storytime

July 16, 3:30pm - Lily Silly Puppet Theater "Wanda & The Three Magic Potions" Puppet Show

July 17, 3pm - Kids Popcorn Movie Afternoon: Kung Fu Panda 4 (PG)

July 23, 3:30pm - Magic Tim's Magic Show & Balloon Sculptures

July 24, 10:30am - Summer Reading Club Storytime

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

All month - Scavenger Hunt: Book Characters! Search the library shelves for hidden book characters and earn a prize!

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


Bookmobile will be busy this July, with summer activities: Summer Reading Club, Summer Cohesion, Big Flats Taffy program, and Southport parks program.

Our book club meets the 2nd Friday of the month at Bulkhead Hardware in Southport at 1:30pm. For the month of June we read "When Crickets Cry" by Charles Martin, to discuss on July 12 at 1:30pm. We will read, "The Time Between" by Karen White, to discuss in August.

Horseheads Free Library

Activities for Adults

July 1- August 9: Adventure Begins at the library! Bingo Cards for adults and brochures of upcoming programs. Prizes for all ages!

We are looking for a volunteer to help at an upcoming program on July 15; please email Zella@stls.org if you are interested.

July 2, 9, 16, 10:30am - Gentle Movements with Tammy Wilcox (sponsored by Horseheads Friends Group)

July 6, 1pm-4pm - Adult D&D

July 8, 1pm-3pm - Letterboxing and Rubber stamp making with Cynthia Cratsley (register)

July 15, 5:30pm-7pm - Paint like Pollock, outside at our pavilion (register)

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

July 22, 5:30pm-7pm - Landscape Infinity with Wynn Yarrow (register: 607-739-4581 or email zella@stls.org)

July 29, 6pm-7pm - Writer's Support Group

Activities for Teens

Want your own action figure that looks like you? Perhaps one designed after a character you've created, or your favorite book character? Well now you can! Using air dry clay, colorful paint, a blank Funko pop and your imagination the possibilities are endless! Space is limited contact the Horseheads Free Library at 607-739-4581, don't wait reserve your spot today.

July 10, 6pm - DIY Funko Pop

Activities for Youth

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to spend the night at the library? Your stuffed friends are invited to do just that on July 17.  When you come to pick your stuffy up the next day you will get pictures of all the activities that went on the night before.  It’s time for Summer Reading Club!  Make sure that you are registered and logging how many minutes you read.  This month’s take 'n make is a Whale Handprint Craft.  There will be events happening every Tuesday and Booker’s Clubhouse on Thursdays.

Tuesday, July 2, 10:30am - Dreaming and Art Adventure with Wynn Yarrow

Wednesday, July 3, 2:00pm - Storied Winds by OSFL

Tuesday, July 9, 6:00pm - Adventure of the Lost Treasure with the Science Heroes

Tuesday, July 16, 3:00pm - Animal Adventures with Tanglewood

Wednesday, July 17, 3:00pm-7:00pm - Stuffed Friends Sleepover Drop Off (Registration Required)

Tuesday, July 23, 6:00pm - Storybook Tales by Bright Star Theatre

Tuesday, July 30, 6:00pm - Digeridoo Down Under

Thursdays, 10:30am - Booker’s Clubhouse (starting July 11)

Van Etten Library


Activities for Adults

July 1st-August 9th ADULT Summer Reading Program. Sign up and log minutes to win prizes all summer long!

July 8, 2:30pm - Headspace Meditation (No experience necessary, just drop in for a quick meditation to start the week)
*NOTE: after this session meditation will be on break until resuming August 12th*

July 26, 12pm - Van Etten Book Club meets to discuss Through The Glass Ceiling To The Stars, by Col. Eileen Collins

Activities for Youth

July 1st-August 9th KIDS Summer Reading Club! Read and come to programs to earn chances to win prizes and attend an end of Summer Reading Club blowout party.

July 5, 11am - Tom Seiling "Take a Tromp Through The Swamp", a fun, musical lineup of songs to get kids dancing. This performance will be held in the pavilion behind the town building. There will be refreshments and opportunities for families to register for summer reading program.

Wednesday, July 10, 2pm - Build a Lemur Stuffie. A Noah’s Ark workshop event.

Friday, July 19, 2pm - Tanglewood Animal Adventures. A wildlife interpreter from Tanglewood Nature Center will be here to tell us a story and introduce us to some animals from the facility.

West Elmira Library

Adventure Begins at Your Library!

Family Summer Reading Club - Mondays at 4pm
July 1 - Summer Reading Club Kick-off
July 8 - Art Adventures
July 15 - Space Adventures
July 22 - Backyard Adventures
July 29 - Olympic Adventures

T(w)een Summer Reading Club - Thursdays at 4pm
July 11 - Make a Memory Board
July 18 - Chocolate Olympic Games
July 25 - Henna Art with Jennifer Sekella

Monthly Scavenger Hunt - Find all of the pictures from the Pixar movie UP hidden around the library and win a prize!

Friday, July 26, 1pm - Stories with Music; Join us as we host a brass quintet from the The Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes!

Thursdays, 10:30am - Family Storytime

Fourth Wednesday of every month, 4pm - LEGO Club

Last Monday of every month, 6pm - Cookbook Book 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

July Closings

Summer Reading Club

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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