Welcome to the Chemung County Library District
May 2013 Newsletter

Summer's on the way @ Your Library!

Our staff has spent quite a bit of time recently getting ready for the best time of year- summer! Besides the sun and the opportunities for swimming, boating and camping, summer is a great time to read. Whether you are traveling and reading while you are on a plane, or listening to one of our audiobooks while you drive, there is always time for a good book.

Even better, summer provides a great opportunity for programs. From our annual Summer Reading Club to our fun programs, kids won’t be the only ones having fun at the library this summer. Our Adult Summer Reading Club and our new online book discussion group provide opportunities for reading challenges and discussions with other local book lovers. Adults will also be able to enjoy a wide variety of programs including our summer concert series on the Promenade.

We don’t want to give away all the surprises so we hope you will check back next newsletter and our calendar in the next month or so. We are very excited about the upcoming events and we hope you will enjoy participating as much as we have planning them.

Job Opportunities at CCLD

CCLD is thrilled to announce new staff openings within our team! We are currently accepting applications for part-time Library Page positions available at our Central (Elmira) Library and Horseheads Branch. We will begin interviewing interested candidates this month. Visit our website for details on how to apply: http://ccld.lib.ny.us/partimeopp.htm.

Free Comic Book Day

Free Comic Book DayWe, at the library, encourage reading of all kinds and love having the opportunity to celebrate books with the community.  With that in mind, we would like to remind you that Saturday, May 4th, is Free Comic Book Day. Stop by our local comic book store, Heroes Your Mom Threw Out in Elmira Heights, for some free comics. Afterwards, make sure to stop by the library and peruse our, always free, collection of graphic novels and other materials for checkout. Not going to be in town that day? Don't miss out on Free Comic Book Day! Use this locator to find the nearest participating store.

Big Flats

DanglehornIn celebration of Children’s Book Week, on May 14, 2013 @6:00pm, we are welcoming author Paul Juser from Binghamton, NY.  Paul will be reading from his book Danglehorn, a story about an elephant named Ka and a rhinoceros named Ra. This is sure to be a fun-filled and audience participating program for all ages.

A reminder: story times will be ending mid-May.  Big Flats flowers are blooming. If you have not seen our bank of flowers, it’s a must for your “to-do” list. See you soon!!!


The Bookmobile will on hand again this year at the EOP Head Start Carnival (650 Baldwin St, Elmira) on Saturday,  May 18th 10am – 1pm   The staff will provide activities to go with the day’s theme of Diversity, Celebrate Me!

The Bookmobile schedule for the month of May has changed. Please check the online calendar for updated stops and times or call 738-2476 to find out about the changes.

Central (Elmira) - Adult

ChessCCLD’s Free Chess Challenge is only 3 days away!  Although no registration is required, players should be ready to challenge an opponent early on Saturday, May 4th.  Games will begin at 8:30am and continue throughout the day until 4:30.  This annual event is sponsored by the Friends of CCLD and Chemung Canal Trust Company.  Participants of all ages and abilities are welcome.  Prizes and trophies will be awarded after the last game and lunch will be provided. Bring a chess set if possible.

On Wednesday, May 15th, 4:30-6:30pm, members of the community will come together at the Central Library to share dinner and stories of personal recovery.  This Mental Health Month event will celebrate what is possible in the midst of adversity.  Dinner is free and open to anyone; however, registration is a MUST for meal planning.  The dinner is a collaborative effort between CCLD, the Elmira Psychiatric Center, and the Social Connection.   Call 733-9173 to register.

Adult & Reference Services Department provides a Green Alternative to Photocopies

Book ScannerThe Central Branch’s Adult & Reference Services Department is pleased to announce we now have a public scanner that gives library patrons the ability to scan pages from books, magazines, printed documents, or photos up to 12 inches by 17 inches then save those scans to a USB flash drive. Patrons have several image format options such as JPEG, TIFF, PDF, and even the ability to have the scanned document converted to a Word or an Excel file by the use of OCR software. This paperless duplication option contributes to the fulfillment of the 2013-2018 CCLD Strategic Plan "to support current green initiatives."

Central (Elmira) - Youth

Bloody JackJoin our Bloody Jack Book Club for ages 10-13, which runs April 30-May 21, Tuesday evenings from 7:00-8:00. Sign up for this 4 week club and get a free copy of the book, about an 18th century orphan’s adventures upon the high seas. Sign up by calling 733-9174.

Saturday May 11 at 11:00, kids ages 5 and up can sign up for a Mother’s Day craft program. Come create a special gift to give to Mom. Space is limited so register by phoning 733-9174.

Celebrate Children’s Book Week with these 2 drop in programs:

Tues. May 14 at 3:30, come meet local author Paul Juser as he reads from his book Danglehorn. Become part of the story in this interactive presentation intended for kids ages 5-10.

Kindermusik with Miss Sue on Wed. May 15 at 10:30 a.m. Toddlers and preschoolers will love this program full of stories, songs and fun!


Girl Scout Troup #40598 will do a special story time for families with children of all ages on Saturday, May 4 from 11-11:45am. Names will be drawn throughout the program and winners will receive a box of cookies!! There is no registration for this program.

Barnyard FunChildren's Book Week will be celebrated with visits from two children's authors.  Maureen Wright will visit on May 14, from 3:30-4:30 for a special story time for families with children of all ages (no registration is required). Then, on May 16, from 3:30-4:30, local author Paul Juser will read from his new book Danglehorn and take us through the process of how a children’s book is made.  This program is for all ages with no registration required.
Our weekly film series on Tuesdays at noon continues this month featuring: Scenic Musical Journeys: Spain; Eine Kleine Käserei; The Ganges, the Divine River; and America's National Parks--New Orleans Jazz & Acadian Culture. No registration is required--just come and enjoy popcorn, cookies, tea and a movie!

Van Etten

Jean AlveTurn Envelopes Inside Out!
Sat. May 4, 2013 @ 1:00pm

Make your own note cards or wall hangings with local craftsperson Jean Alve! Jean uses the colorful insides of envelopes to create unique designs reminiscent of quilting patterns. Follow her design patterns or create your own. Materials will be provided. The workshop is free.
REGISTRATION REQUIRED as class size is limited. Call or email the library: metzgerd@stls.org; or 607-589-4755 ext. 3.

Coping and Caring: Alzheimer’s Disease
Sat. May 4, 2013 @ 3:30pm

Are you or a loved one dealing with Alzheimer's disease? Do you work with folks who have Alzheimer's?  Just want to be better informed?  Join Marleah Denkenberger, Southern Tier program coordinator for the Rochester/Fingerlakes chapter of the Alzheimer's Association, for a presentation & Q&A session on Alzheimer's disease.  Find out about local resources, support, coping, advocacy, and latest research.

West Elmira

Beneath the SurfaceChildren's Book Week will be celebrated at West Elmira Library May 13th to 17th with parties at all story times. This will also be the final week of story times until summer. The summer story time schedule and Summer Reading Club programs will be announced soon!

Calling all teen photographers!  West Elmira Library will be having a photography contest beginning May 20th. The theme of the contest will be the same as this year's Summer Reading Club theme for teens: "Beneath the Surface”. This contest will target those going into grades 6 through 12 and prizes will be awarded in various categories. We will be displaying the photos during Summer Reading Club.  Stop in at West Elmira Library beginning May 20th for a registration form and list of qualifications.

For more information about these and other events, visit the CCLD Events Calendar: http://ccld.lib.ny.us/calendar.htm

In This Issue

Summer @ Your Library

Job Opportunities

Free Comic Book Day

This month at...

Big Flats


Central (Elmira)



Van Etten

West Elmira

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