Welcome to the Chemung County Library District

May 2014 Newsletter

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


May 16 - All libraries closed for staff Continuing Education Day

May 26 - All libraries closed for Memorial Day

Chess Challenge

On Saturday, May 17th from 8:30am-4pm we will hold our annual Chess Challenge. Those who wish to participate may enter anytime between 8:30am-3:30pm. This tournament is free and open to all ages and abilities with prizes being awarded at all levels. This program is being offered to you through the generosity of the Friends of the Chemung County Library District and Chemung Canal Trust Company.

Technology Training at the Central Library

Tech Training Lab

The Central Library will continue to offer technology training this month. Here is the upcoming class schedule:

Facebook for Beginners - May 6th & 20th at 1pm

Learn how to create a Facebook page, add friends, photos, and more.  Basic computer skills and an email address are required to take this class (make sure you know your password and can access the account).

Tablet Talk - May 13th & 27th at 1pm

Learn how to use your tablet in a casual setting, talk to other tablet users, share woes, get advice, ask questions, and more. Bring your tablet or smartphone and your questions!

Food and Fitness Tracking - May 15th at 6pm

Learn how to get in shape for the summer using online food and activity tracking.

Excel - Part 1: May 20th & Part 2: May 27th at 6pm

Learn how to use Microsoft Excel in the first two parts of this four part series (parts 3 & 4 will be offered in June). There is a $10 fee per session, to be paid at time of registration. Basic computer skills are required. You must have taken part 1 or have a basic understanding of Excel to sign up for part 2.

Roadtripping - May 21st at 6pm

Learn to plan, organize and discover great places to visit this summer using roadtrippers.com and more.

**Space is limited for these classes so registration will be required. Please call 733-9175 to sign up. Some of these classes will be offered again in the coming months.**

Big Flats

After a busy April at the Big Flats Library, things will start to slow down a little this month.  Join us for a Mother/Daughter Tea on the evening of Tuesday,  May 6th  at 6pm.   Later this month we will be offering a class on how to download eBooks to eReaders.  The date for this class has not been set yet; please contact the Big Flats Library for more information. Look for us in the Horseheads Memorial Day Parade on Monday,  May 26th.  We will be handing out information about this year's Summer Reading Club, which will kick off July 1st with a special program at the library.


The Chemung County Bookmobile will be appearing at the Head Start Carnival on Saturday, May 3rd from 10am - 1pm. We will also be appearing in the Elmira and Horseheads Memorial Day Parades on May 26th.

Central (Steele Memorial)

Adult & Teen Services

Learn How to Get Healthy & Lose Weight

This month we will be showing two wellness webinars, presented by the South Central Regional Library Council.  The first will be "The 5 Minute Fitness Solution" on May 1st. "Show Me the Plants" will be on May 8th; come learn the 3 rules of satiety and other secrets to lasting weight loss.  Both of these webinars will be at 12pm in the Central Library large meeting room (auditorium).

Don't forget to check out our food and fitness tracking class on Thursday, May 15th at 6pm; call 733-9175 to sign up.

Teen Manga Club

CosplayOn Tuesday, May 6 from 3-4pm, our Central Library Teen Manga Club will be engaging in cosplay! Come in costume as your favorite manga or anime character! Enjoy Japanese snacks; geek out on manga art and anime; and discuss, argue, or agree about your favorite series and characters!

Sharing Recovery Stories Dinner

On Thursday, May 8th, 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.

Guy's Teen Night

NerfTeen guys, join us for a special "Guy's Night" edition of Teen Hang Out Time on Tuesday, May 13th from 6-8pm! (Girls can still come, too!)  Bring your game system, play the Wii, eat pizza, make and shoot Steampunk Nerf guns and more!  No adults allowed without a teen escort except teen librarian, Doris Jean!

Save your loved ones: How to Prevent Suicide w/ QPR

This program will take place on Wednesday, May 14th from 6:30-7:30pm in the Central Library large meeting room.

"QPR" stands for Question, Persuade, Refer,  and is taught in 1 hour. Learn 3 simple steps that anyone can do to help save a life from suicide. Just as people trained in CPR and the Heimlich maneuver help save thousands of lives each year, people trained in QPR learn how to recognize the warning signs of suicide and how to "question, persuade, and refer" someone to help. Each year thousands of Americans are saying "Yes" to saving the life of a friend, colleague, sibling, or neighbor. This workshop will be led by Shannon Oakes, Chemung County's  Suicide Prevention Coordinator.  (www.walkamile.net)

So Bad, It's Good Movie Night

Howard the DuckJoin us for "So bad, it's good" movie night at 6:30pm on Friday, May 23rd. This month we are showing the 1986 "classic" Howard the Duck.  A scientific experiment beams a humanoid, cigar smoking duck named Howard from another world to Earth.  He and some new human friends team up to stop the Dark Overlord of the Universe.  As always, heckling is encouraged!  The library closes at 5pm but the doors will be open to moviegoers at 6pm. Free popcorn!

Youth Services

Book Character Scavenger Hunt

Throughout the month of May, kids 12 and under, can do a book character scavenger hunt in the Children's area. Pick up the list at the Youth desk, and when the characters are found, turn the list in for a small prize.

princessPrincess Boot Camp

Princess Boot Camp will be offered Wednesdays in May at 3:00 for anyone ages 5 and up who wants to learn the ways of being a proper princess, through games, crafts and more. Registration is required.

Mother's Day Craft

On May 6 at 7pm, children ages 5-10 can stop in and make a craft especially for Mom, Grandma or anyone that you like! This event is free and all materials are included, no registration is required.

Children's Book Week

Celebrate Children's Book Week with a Glow in the Dark story time! Monday, May 12 at 6:30, kids ages 4 and up can listen to stories in a darkened room, enjoy glowing Jell-O and more glowing fun!

Learn and Play

May 23 at at 3pm, kids ages 2-5 can explore in our new learn and play area with special hands-on learning activities.

Family Movie

School's Out movie day is on Tuesday, May 27 at 2:00.


Lit Lovers Book Club

Thursday, May 8th, 1-3pm - Join our Lit Lovers to talk about books, both old and new.

Paintbrush Dreamer Book Event

Paintbrush DreamerSaturday, May 10th, 2pm - Become a Paintbrush Dreamer with local author and wildlife artist Wende Essrow.  Wende will be sharing her love of painting and teaching an art class on painting wildlife with watercolors for ages 4-8. This class is pre-register only.

Live Music

Wednesday, May 14th, 2-5pm - Join us for our monthly live music program with John Manfredi!

Folktown Marionette Show

Saturday, May 17th, 2pm– We welcome Janice Koski and her marionette story telling of Mermaid of the North Sea.

Make a Bird Feeder

Monday, May 19th, 5:30pm - Use recyclable materials to make a backyard bird feeder! Materials will be provided. Registration is required.

Van Etten

Stop by Van Etten Library for sign up help or to just get info on the Affordable Care Act and New York State's health marketplace from 11am-2pm on the first Saturday of each month. Appointments are necessary. Call AIM: 1-888-962-8244 for an appointment at VE Library, or to find out about other sign up help locations and times.

West Elmira

Story Times Parties & Home School Group Break

Story times will end  the week of May 4th with a party at both the PJ story time on Monday, May 5th at 6:00 PM and the Thursday morning story time on the 8th at 10:30AM.  The Home School group will continue through the month of May and then take a break for the summer.

Kids Flip Flop Craft
Flip FlopKids craft this month will be a "Knot" so Hard Flip Flop Craft on Wednesday, May 14th from 3-4. Participants will have the opportunity to remake their flip flops to express their personality. Registration is appreciated and open to ages 8 and up. Please bring your own pair of flip flops.

Despicable Me 2

We will be showing the movie "Despicable Me 2" on Wednesday, May 28th at 3PM. This event is free and open to the public; popcorn will be served during the movie.

Bird Walk

Join West Elmira staff for a bird walk at Tanglewood on Saturday, May 31st at 8:30AM with a member of the Chemung Valley Audubon Society.  This event is open to all ages and registration is appreciated by calling West Elmira Library.

Friends Poetry Event

Friends of CCLD Presents Poetry of Witness featuring Jerry Mirskin and Lafayette Wattles on Wednesday, May 21 at 7pm at CCLD's Central Library.  This event is free and open to the public.

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 3th, 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.

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

In This Issue


Chess Challenge

Technology Training

This month at...

Big Flats


Central (Steele)
-Adult & Teen



Van Etten

West Elmira

And more...

Friends Poetry Event

Free Comic Book Day

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