Welcome to the Chemung County Library District

September 2013 Newsletter

Reminder: All CCLD libraries will be closed Monday, September 2nd, for Labor Day. Fall hours begin at all branches on September 9th.

National Library Card Sign-up Month

CCLD CardsThe Chemung County Library District is joining libraries nationwide in celebrating September as National Library Card Sign-up Month. Chemung County residents who don't have a library card are invited to stop by their local branch to get one. After all, cards are free to citizens of Chemung County with proof of current address.

As part of the activities for the month, patrons will have the opportunity to enter a drawing for a gift basket and a Nexus 7 tablet. Entries can be made in any of three ways- get a new card, update your current information, or refer a friend that doesn't currently have a card with us. Entries will be accepted until Saturday, September 28th. The drawing will be held on Monday, September 30th.

Call or visit your local branch for information about programs scheduled in celebration of National Library Card Sign-up Month! To find your local branch, visit http://ccld.lib.ny.us. Stop by your local branch during the month of September and get a library card—then you can stop by every month for the rest of your life to use it!

Geek the Library Week

IGeekElmiraThe Chemung County Library District is kicking off Geek the Library Week (September 15-21) with a breakfast reception at 8:30am on September 16th at CCLD’s Central Library (Steele Memorial).  Special guest Mayor Susan Skidmore will present the library with an official Geek the Library Week proclamation.  September is National Library Card Sign-up Month so what better time to celebrate libraries?  Join us on the 16th and make sure to check out the other special programs that are going on during “Geek Week”.

Geek Your Library Video Contest

CCLD is pleased to announce the Geek Your Library, Public Service Announcement (PSA) Video Contest.  Community members of all ages are encouraged to create a commercial between 5 and 120 seconds long, promoting some aspect of the library. The contest winner’s PSA Video will be shown on the CCLD website during Geek Week (between September18-21) and may even be featured on the local news. All participants must fill out an entry form (includes contest rules and regulations), available at all of the CCLD branches; all entries must be received by 5:00pm on Friday September 13th. Prize to be announced.

CCLD at Community Events...

iMatter Festival

iMatterCCLD will be in the Resource Tent at the iMatter Festival on September 7th from 11:30am-5pm at Eldridge Park. This annual music festival is free and promotes a positive and life affirming message for all teens and young adults. This is a drug & alcohol free event, with scream music and metal bands playing into the night. Visit our library table in the Resource Tent and find out about music, comic books, eBooks, job hunting & GED help with our JobNow resource, teen programs, Geek the Library, literacy, educational opportunities, and more!  For more information about iMatter, visit their website: http://imatterfest.org/.

Van Etten Festival

Van Etten FestivalOn Saturday, September 14th from 10am-6pm, visit the CCLD table and the Bookmobile at the Van Etten Community Festival for library card sign-ups, stories, book basket giveaways, prizes, and more! Come out for a day of country fair & community fun!  Music, food, rides, crafts & more at the festival!

Hero Bot Con

Hero Bot ConFor the 3rd year in a row, CCLD will be at Hero Bot Con, the largest pop culture and comic convention in the Twin Tiers. This year the convention will be held at the Wings of Eagles Discovery Center, located at 339 Daniel Zenker Drive, in Horseheads, from 11am-6pm on September 21. The 2013 guest of honor is Khoi Pham, an artist best known for completing recent popular runs on Marvel Comics' Scarlet Spider series and Image Comics' Cyber Force.

The CCLD Bookmobile will be there, along with a selection of graphic novels from our collection, so make sure to bring your library card or driver’s license so you can check something out! Don't have a card? Sign up for one at the event (or update your information with us) and you'll be entered into our National Library Card Sign-up Month drawing (see article above for details).

The convention is free to children 12 and under (accompanied by an adult). Adult admission is $7. Bookmobile services will be available on-site for ticket holders and non-ticket holders alike. Hope to see you there!

Big Flats

Clay & WynnOur Summer Reading Club was a great success with 15,227 minutes read; great job kids!

Clay and Wynn Curtis are the winners of the Teen Film Festival with their entry “Mind Blown”.

Sincere appreciation once again to Charles and Muriel Friend for the hard work and devotion to the flowers at the library. Summer is almost over so be sure and stop in to see the “bank of color” along the entrance to our parking lot.

Stay tuned to our website for upcoming story times and programs.


The Bookmobile will be representing the Library District at 2 Outreach events in September.  On Saturday, the 14th , Kim and Sue be at the Van Etten Festival. On the 21st, Dave and Sue be at Hero Bot Con at the Wings of Eagles Discovery Center. For more information about these events, see the articles above.

Central (Elmira)

Adult Services

Computer Classes

Computer classes will continue to be offered by JobLink at the Central Library on Monday nights from 6-7:30pm, in the technology training lab. Check the calendar for classes and dates.

Genealogy Workshop

There will be a Beginning Genealogy Workshop at the Central Branch on Tuesday September 17, 2013 from 1:00-3:00pm. Genealogy is the third most popular U. S. hobby today and the second most searched topic online. We will show you how to begin researching your family and introduce you to material available at our library, including databases, recommended websites, microfilm, including the NYS Vital Statistics Index, and where to find books you may take home on the subject. Registration is encouraged. Please call the library reference desk at 733-9175 or email edesk@stls.org.

Affordable Care Act Workshop

The Southern Tier Library System with the Small Business Assistance Program is offering educational workshops on the Affordable Care Act at libraries throughout the Southern Tier.  Small business owners can attend a workshop at the Central Library on Monday, September 23, 2013 at 6:00pm in the auditorium.

Troll 2 Movie Night

Troll 2Join us on Thursday, September 26th for our 2nd annual Troll 2 Movie Night!  If you've never seen it, you might not know that Troll 2 is the BEST worst movie ever made (so bad there's a documentary about it)!  It is NOT a sequel and there are no trolls in it!  The movie will start at 6:30PM in the Central Library (Steele Memorial) Auditorium. Refreshments will be served at 6:15PM. The movie is rated PG-13 and this event is not recommended for children. Registration is appreciated--you can RSVP via Facebook or give us a call (607)733-9173. Hope to see you there!

Teen Services

Interested in getting to know other teens from the area? Join us for "Teen Hangout Time" in the auditorium of the Central Branch (Steele Memorial Library) for music, food, Wii games, teen program brainstorming, art, and more! Bring your friends, eat, hangout, have fun!  Bring your laptops and other devices, to connect to our Wi-Fi. Come and go as you please from 6pm to 7:30pm.  No adults allowed without a teen escort, except teen librarian, Doris Jean! :)

Youth Services

BookerVisit Central (Steele) Library in September for the return of Fall story times.  Preschool story time for ages 3 and up will be on Mondays at 10:30am, starting September 16. Toddlers (ages 1-2) will meet on Fridays at 10:30am starting September 20, and we will offer a baby lapsit Wednesdays at 10:30am starting September 18. All will offer songs, fingerplays, stories and lots of fun! No registration is required.

On Tuesday, September 17, Central Library Geeks Mascots.  Families are encouraged to come to the Central Children's Department from 6:30-7:30pm to meet local mascots such as Booker (The CCLD Owl), Blade (the Jackal's mascot), Andy the Armadillo (the Texas Roadhouse mascot), and more!

For kids ages 4 and up, we will celebrate Talk Like a Pirate Day, with a special pirate party. Come and take part in a treasure hunt, do a craft, get your pirate name and learn some pirate slang. No registration is required. Thursday September 19 at 4:00pm.


Book SaleThe Friends of the Horseheads Library Book Sale will be held from Tuesday, September 17 until Saturday, September 21 at the Town and Country Fire Hall 130 Gardner Rd., Horseheads.

Sale Schedule:

September 17th - 10am-7pm
September 18th - 10am-7pm
September 19th - 10am-7pm
September 20th - 10am-9pm
September 21st - 10am-2pm

Story times start September 17th and will be held on Tuesdays for preschoolers and Thursdays for toddlers. Both story times start at 10:30am.

Thursday, September 19 @ 3:30- We Geek Talk Like a Pirate Day.  Children ages 5 and up, join us for some pirate themed fun!  Registration required.

Wednesday, September 25 @ 6- Banned Book Night at the Library. Tweens and Teens, celebrate your freedom to read with some Banned Book activities.  Registration Required.

Van Etten

Join us at Van Etten Library for free computer classes on Saturday, September 21st from 12pm-1:30pm and Saturday, September 28th from 12pm-1:30pm.

Basic Microsoft Excel
Participants will learn the basics of using Microsoft Excel 2010 – the different features, menu (ribbon), formula bar, spreadsheets, etc. This is an introductory class for beginners who are not familiar with the program.  **Must have basic computer skills (familiar with using a keyboard and mouse).**

Microsoft Excel, Part 2
Participants will learn how to use the program – creating spreadsheets, using formulas, etc. This class is a follow-up to the first excel class so participants should have a basic understanding of Excel 2010 or could take it as a refresher if they haven’t used the program in a while.

Classes are provided by JobLink, a grant funded service of the Southern Tier Library System.

West Elmira

Homeschool GroupStory times will begin at West Elmira Library the week of September 16th.  Join us Monday evening for PJ story time.  This story time begins at 6PM and is open to all ages.  Feel free to come in your PJs and enjoy an evening of stories, songs and crafts. West Elmira will again host homeschoolers on Wednesday mornings at 10:30 AM.  This group is open to ages 5 to 12 and will be studying some fun subjects this Fall.  Morning story time will be held Thursdays at 10:30AM and will be open to ages 18 months to 4 years. 

There will be an educational workshop on the Affordable Care Act and Small Business Assistance Program on Monday Sept. 16th at 6 PM.  This workshop is designed to help small businesses understand the Affordable Care Act and learn about the available options when choosing health insurance.  Call the library for more information.  Registration is appreciated.

Six to twelve year olds are invited to West Elmira for Geek the Library Week, September 16 to 20. Special activities will take place after school starting around 4 PM on Monday Sept. 16th and Thursday Sept. 19th.  Registration is requested by calling the library.

Calling all Letterboxers! If you like a good mystery, check out the clues on Atlasquest.com and find the new letterbox placed at the West Elmira Library.

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

In This Issue

National Library Card Sign-up Month

Geek the Library Week

Community Events...
iMatter Festival

Van Etten Festival (9/14)

Hero Bot Con (9/21)

This month at...

Big Flats


Central (Elmira)



Van Etten

West Elmira

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