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December 2013 Newsletter

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


December 24 - All branches close at 1:00PM

December 25
- All branches are closed

December 31
- All branches close at 1:00PM

January 1 - All branches are closed

Happy Hogmanay

While New Year's Eve is celebrated around the world, the Scots have a long rich heritage associated with this event - and have their own name for it, Hogmanay.

HogmanayThere is the superstition to clear all your debts before "the bells" at midnight. Perhaps the most traditional part of the celebration is "First footing". It originated in the belief that the first person who came through the house in the first few minutes of the new year as the bells ring at midnight would bring good luck. To ensure good luck for the house, the visitor would bring symbolic coal, a bottle of whiskey, and some type of food.

In the spirit of the season, the Chemung County Library District would like to say “Happy Hogmanay” to all our patrons. To help out with the clearing of your debts, and “first footing,” the library is offering an amnesty on fines, not fees for lost materials, from Dec. 24th through Dec. 31st. All fines, up to $20.00 will be waived for Chemung County Library District materials only. Bring a non-perishable food item for each $5.00 in fines to our Community Missions bin and return your overdue books, CDs and videos fine-free.

Share Your Talents

The library district relies on the generosity of volunteers to provide craft, entertainment and enrichment programs to the community. Please consider sharing your time and talent with us.

No formal presentation skills are required. Past programs have included hand-made cards, fresh flower decorating, knitting, origami, and showing movies.

If interested, please contact your local CCLD branch.

Big Flats

Despicable Me 2December brings the end of story times for the year, but we have two great programs this month.

Look for a special Christmas family story time on December 3 @6:00pm for all ages.

We continue our traditional Popcorn & Movie Night with the new release showing of Despicable Me 2 on December 10 @6:00pm.  Movie night is always a hit with our theater sound system and fresh popcorn.

Wednesday, December 4th and 11th will be the last Toddler Story times for the year. Come join Miss Melanie for a cozy good time in our colorful children’s department.

The staff of the Big Flats Library would like to wish all our devoted patrons Happy Holidays!


The bookmobile has a new stop at Diven school on Grand Central every other Tuesday 11:15-12:15 for the community.  From 1:15-2:45 we have partnered with the Diven school and their 2nd grade students come out and get a book to enjoy until our next visit. The Bookmobile will be off the road from December 24th until January 6th for the holiday break. Happy Holidays from the Bookmobile!

Central (Steele Memorial)

Adult & Teen Services

New Book Club for Adults

Book ClubInterested in joining the new Central Library (Steele Memorial) book club? Want to meet others that love reading as much as you do? Want to get more into reading?

If you answered yes to at least one of these questions, join us December 2, 2013 @ 4pm in the Auditorium for our organizational meeting. Light refreshments will be provided.

Teen Cookie Celebration

Did you know the first week of December is National Cookie Cutter week? (No, really; it is!) On Tuesday, December 3, we will be making no bake chocolate oatmeal cookies at Teen night (6-8pm). Have fun and help teen librarian Doris Jean NOT set fire to the library kitchen! ;)

Stop by the auditorium of the Central Library (Steele Memorial) every Tuesday evening for music, food, wii games, teen program brainstorming, art, and more! Bring your friends, eat, hangout, have fun! Bring your laptops, tablets, ipods or smartphones to connect to the Wi-Fi. Come and go as you please from 6-8pm.

Winter Concert - The Cantata Singers

On Thursday, December 5th at 7:00PM, join us for a wonderful winter concert from the talented Cantata Singers of Elmira!  Come in from the cold and enjoy some seasonal music! Refreshments will be served.

So Bad, It's Good Movie Night

Santa Claus Conquers the MartiansJoin us on Thursday, December 12th at 6:30PM for a special holiday edition of our "So bad, it's good" movie night for a viewing of the "classic" Santa Claus Conquers the Martians!

Regularly listed in Internet Movie Database's "Bottom 100", this is a movie you have to see to believe. 

Free popcorn!  Heckling encouraged! Registration is not required for this event.

Youth Services

Let's Explore...Holidays!
Continues with Miss Emma through Wednesday, December 11 at 3:45. Registration is not necessary for this drop in craft event, suitable for ages 5 and up.

Saturday, December 7 at 2:00, we will show the movie, The Polar Express, complete with hot chocolate and cookies! We will also have a drawing for an electric train set at the conclusion of the movie.

Sunday, December 8 from 1:00-4:00, CCLD storytellers will be at the National Soaring Museum in Big Flats, telling holiday tales, helping kids decorate cookies, writing letters to Santa and making a holiday craft. Drop in and join the fun. There is no entrance fee, but a donation is always welcome.

Mrs. Claus will be visiting Central Library on Saturday, December 21 at 2:00. Join her and an elf, as they tell holiday stories, sing songs, and decorate cookies; fun for the whole family! Registration is not required.


Horseheads Library is having a Holiday Craft program for kids, recommended for children ages 5 and up on Monday, December 9th, from 6:30-7:30. Join us for some holiday fun!

Wine & DesignOn December 10, we are having for the first time, Wine & Design! Wine & Design offers the unique opportunity to create a "wall worthy" painting of your choosing while being guided by a talented local artist. This program will be limited to 15 adults.  Call 739-4581 to register. Group registration will not be accepted; each participant must register individually. This is an alcohol-free event.

On December 11, we will offer a kid's version of Wine & Design! This program will be limited to 15 children ages 5 and up (only two children per family may register). Call 739-4581 to register.

Children's tablets are now available for circulation from the Horseheads Branch. There are 2 Leapfrog Leappads, 2 V-tech Innotabs, and 2 Vincii tablets available; ask at the desk to check one out.

Van Etten

Oil PaintingOil Painting for Beginners!
Sat.,Dec. 7, 2013 @ 1pm-3pm
Want to get started oil painting? Join local artist Faye Crance at Van Etten Library’s Be Creative open studio for instruction and inspiration. Some supplies will be on hand, but bring your own brushes and oil paints if you have them!  Registration required. Call or email the library: 589-4755 ext. 3; metzgerd@stls.org.  Be Creative is funded in part by a grant from !nspire, the S-VE Community group, and meets every Saturday from 1pm-3pm at Van Etten Library.

Affordable Care Act sign up help & info
Sat., Dec. 7 @ 11am-2pm
Want to know more about how the Affordable Care Act will affect you?  Need help choosing a plan & signing up? Stop in at Van Etten Library on Sat., Dec. 7 from 11am-2pm. A certified health navigator will be available to help you navigate the NY Health Plan Marketplace. Appointments are necessary:  call  1-888-962-8244.

West Elmira 

Join us at West Elmira Branch for a "Nifty, Gifty Holiday Food Craft" program on Tuesday, December 10th from 3:30 to 4:30.  This program is open to those 6 and up.  All materials will be provided and registration is appreciated by calling the library.

Downton AbbeyCalling all Downton Abbey fans!  You are invited to Tea Time and a viewing of the last episode of Season 3, in anticipation of the release of Season 4.  This will be held on Thursday, December 12th at 11:30 AM.  Please RSVP by calling the West Elmira Library.

Holiday parties will be celebrated at PJ Story Time on Monday, Dec. 9th at 6 PM and at Toddler/Preschool Story Time on Thursday, Dec. 12th at 10:30 AM. There will be a short break from Story Times until the new year.

The staff at West Elmira Branch want to wish you a very happy holiday season!

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

In This Issue


Happy Hogmanay

Share Your Talents

This month at...

Big Flats


Central (Steele)
-Adult & Teen



Van Etten

West Elmira

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