Welcome to the Chemung County Library District

June 2014 Newsletter

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

Robot with BooksSummer Reading Club

Summer Reading Club starts for kids, teens, and adults on June 30th!  The club theme this year is science, with Fizz, Boom, Read for the youth club; Spark a Reaction for the teen club; and Literary Elements for the adult club.  As in previous years, each branch will host a variety of activities in the months of July and August and weekly prizes will be awarded.  Starting June 30th, reading club registration will be available online via the CCLD website by branch and age group.  For more information, contact your local branch.

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; click on the link for class details and requirements:

Facebook for Beginners - June 3rd & 17th at 1pm

Basic Computer - June 4th at 1pm

Tablet Talk - June 10th & 24th at 1pm

Basic Internet - June 18th at 1pm

Excel - Part 3: June 10th & Part 4: June 17th at 6pm
There is a $10 fee per Excel session ($15 for both parts), to be paid at time of registration.

Email - June 25th at 1pm

Photography for Genealogists - June 30th at 1pm

**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

Container Gardening

Things continue to stay busy at the Big Flats Library and there is more to come.  On June 3rd at 6pm, Master Gardener Jabe Warren will be here to present a program on container gardening.   If you have always wanted a beautiful garden or to grow your own delicious vegetables but had no room, this class is for you.

Story Times

Summer story times start at Big Flats on Wednesday, June 4th at 10:30.  They  will be at the Big Flats Branch June 11th and June 18th before moving to the Horseheads Branch on Tuesdays at 10:30 for 3 weeks.  Call us at 562-3300 for more story hour information.

Lego Movie

On June 17th at 6pm, we will be watching the Lego Movie. The best movies and the best popcorn are at the Big Flats Branch Library!  Hope to see you this month!


The bookmobile is gearing down for the end of the school year and preparing to say goodbye to the very delightful children at our school and head start stops. We hope to see some of their faces as we start the summer parks program and the summer cohesion stops during the months of July and August. We hope all our children have a fun summer and remind them to join us for some summer fun.

Central (Steele Memorial)

Adult & Teen Services

Civil War Program - Hijinks and Home

Civil War CampAuthor, singer, entertainer Judy Cook will be performing her Civil War program "Hijinks and Home" at the Central Library on Monday, June 16th at 6:30pm.  Join us as Judy reads letters written by her own great-great-grandparents to introduce songs that will make you laugh, cry, and understand.  "Hijinks and Home" focuses on camp life, and the home front.  The songs and tunes include both well-known favorites and unfamiliar gems. The themes are timeless: joy and sorrow, humor, courage and love. Letters, images, and music combine to provide fascinating insight into camp and home life in Middle America of the 1860's.  The stories are told in the words of the people of the day: the writers of the songs and letters. We sing together, as folks did then. The audience is transported to the time of the Civil War in a very personal, eye-witness experience.  There will be an intermission during the program; refreshments will be provided.

Open Mic Teen Night

Open MicTeens, stop by the large conference room on Tuesday, June 10th at 6pm!  Take a break from studying for finals and join us for a special OPEN MIC edition of Teen Night. Bring your instruments, poetry, singing voice, or comedy routine/dramatic reading, and share your talents with us. Iced coffee and iced chai lattes will be served! Bring your friends!

Steampunk Teen night

On Tuesday, June 24th at 6pm in the large conference room, bring any object you want to steampunk, (flash drives, goggles, cell phone covers, skateboards etc,) OR steampunk the squirt guns provided. Feel free to dress up, Steampunk style!

FIERCE TEEN READS & Fierce prizes

Teens! Check out any book from our Fierce Reads display and you will be entered into a drawing to win a B&N gift card! Just fill out the Fierce Reads bookmark that is in the book and hand it in at the circulation desk during check out. The prize drawing will be held at end of June.

So Bad, It's Good Movie Night

Mac and MeJoin us for "So bad, it's good" movie night at 6:30pm on Friday, June 27th.  This month we are showing Mac and Me, the 1988 ET rip-off/ McDonald's and Coca-Cola commercial.  A "mysterious alien creature" (Mac) is befriended by a boy in a wheelchair who tries to reunite the alien with his family.  As always, heckling is encouraged!  The library closes at 5pm but the doors will be open to moviegoers at 6pm. Free popcorn!

What is your opinion?

StacksCCLD Central wants to know whether our patrons prefer browsing our books by genre, such as Mystery, Western, and Science Fiction, as they are currently organized, or whether you would prefer us to interfile them all alphabetically by author, leaving the genre stickers on the back (all books by one author would be together). Any change would require a lot of work by staff and volunteers so we would really like you to let us know which you prefer, before any action is taken. Answer our one question survey to let us know what you think.

Youth Services

Summer Reading Club Starts Soon

We are busy in the Children's Department getting ready for the Summer Reading Club; the theme this year is Fizz! Boom! Read! and we're planning a lot of fun science related activities for all ages.  The kick off here at Central is July 3. In the meantime, join us for the following fun in June...

Father's Day Craft

Stop in the Children's Area any time before Father's Day (June 15) and make Dad a special gift! (FREE!)

Early Literacy Program

Lego MovieFriday, June 13 at 10:30, kids ages 2-5 can join us for music, stories and playtime with some of our new Early Literacy toys.  Registration is not necessary.

Lego Movie

Celebrate the last day of school with a free showing of the Lego Movie on Thursday June 26 at 2:00...a snack is also provided!


Seed LibraryWednesday, June 11, 6:30-7:30 - Stop by for the Grand Opening reception of our new CCLD Seed Lending Library! See our website for more information!

Thursday, June 12, 1pm-3pm - Join our Lit Lovers Book Club to talk about books, both old and new.

Friday, June 13, 3:30 - Kids! Join us for a Father's Day Picnic!

Wednesday, June 18, 6:30-7:30pm - Join us as we welcome Peter Meybaum, local beekeeper! See a Craftlive (enclosed) hive! Try some home-grown honey!

Monday, June 23, 6-7pm - Celebrate Eric Carle's Birthday with a craft!

Monday, June 30, 3:30-4:30 - Join us for some Science Fun at our Summer Reading Club Kick-off event!  There will be activities, snacks and information about all of the summer programs. This event is free and open to all ages.

Van Etten

Be Creative Group

Join our weekly group every Saturday from 1-3pm for creative, crafty adults and teens! Bring your creative project and work alongside your friends; share tips, art, and have fun! All ability levels are welcome. Knitters, artists, origami, jewelry making, and more! This program is sponsored in part by a grant from !nspire.

West Elmira

Blacktop Carnival

Look for staff from West Elmira Library at the Hendy Blacktop Carnival on June 4th.  We will be handing out bags with information on Summer Reading Club.  Random bags will have a ticket entitling the recipient to a prize.

Calling all Lego fans!  

Lego Club will be held Wednesday,  June 4th and June 11th.  Help us build science themed creations for our display case between 2:30 and 4:30.  Contact the library to register.  On Wednesday, June 18th at 3, we will view The Lego Movie together, popcorn provided.

150th Celebration

Polly HendyWe will be celebrating Elmira’s 150 years with a three part series on Thursdays in June.  June 5th Julia Lavarnway will be impersonating Polly Hendy, one of West Elmira’s first settlers.  June 12th John Tice will be doing a presentation on the upcoming plan to reconstruct a building from the Civil War Prison Camp.  And, on June 19th Diane Janowski and Allen Smith will be talking about the History of the Chemung Valley.  All programs are free and registration is not necessary.

Summer Reading Club

Summer Reading Club will kick off on Tuesday, July 1st at 2 PM with a visit to a Library Science Fair.  This will be the time to register and find out about all the fun things planned for all ages this summer.

And more...

Friends of CCLD Annual Meeting & Dinner

The Friends annual meeting and dinner will be held on June 12th, 6pm, at the Elmira Country Club. For more information:

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

In This Issue

Summer Reading Club

Technology Training

This month at...

Big Flats


Central (Steele)
-Adult & Teen



Van Etten

West Elmira

And more...

Friends Annual Meeting and Dinner

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