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February 2015 Newsletter


February 16th - Steele Memorial Library will be open from 10-6pm; all other CCLD locations will be closed for President's Day.

Save the Date

CCLD Maker Faire 2015 will be on May 30th!

Patron Appreciation

Thank YouPatron Appreciation Week will be February 17th-20th.  Each of our libraries will have a special day of thanks in appreciation of all of our wonderful patrons.  Patrons can look forward to musicians, refreshments, and giveaways, to name a few. Contact your local CCLD library for more information about special programs that week.

Tinker Lab Hours Update

The Lab Central Tinker Lab at Steele Memorial Library is now open Wednesdays and Thursdays from 3-7pm and Saturdays 10-2pm.

Technology Training at CCLD Libraries

Tech Training Lab

All classes are free and registration is required. To register for Steele classes call 733-9175; for Horseheads classes call 739-4581; for Van Etten classes call 589-4755 ext 3.

Tablet Talk

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!

Horseheads - February 10th 2:00-4:00pm
Van Etten - February 23rd, 2:00-5:00pm
(Apple devices 2:00-3:30pm, Android 3:30-5:00pm)
Steele - February 24th, 1:00-3:00pm

Tech Tutoring

Horseheads - Tuesdays in February, 7:00-7:45pm - designed to be informal question and answer sessions limited to 2 students per session.
Steele - Some Mondays in February, 1:00pm, by appointment, limited to 2 students per session. Get basic computer help from one of our volunteers.

Beginning Internet

Steele - February 11th, 1:00-3:00pm

Facebook for Beginners

Steele - February 17th, 1:00-3:00pm

Beginning Computer

Horseheads - February 24th, 2:00-4:00pm
Steele - February 25th, 1:00-3:00pm

Genealogy/Local History Patron Needs Assessment

Do you research local history or your genealogy through the Steele Memorial Library? Please let us know how we are doing by taking this short survey, to help us better serve our researchers. https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/LXZ33SY

Steele Memorial

Adult & Teen Services

Patron Appreciation Day

Stop by Steele Memorial Library from February 17th-20th to enter our Patron Appreciation Week gift basket drawing. We will have a special Patron Appreciation Day reception on Friday, February 20th featuring music by John Manfredi from 3-4:30pm. Light refreshments will be served.

Health & Fitness Programs Continue

Our "New Year, New You" series continues at Steele! Click on the links below for details about each program. Registration is required for all but the Nutrition Facts class. (607)733-9173

Arm Weaving

On Saturday, February 7th, 11-12:30pm, learn how to make scarves with arm weaving, the relaxing and therapeutic activity of weaving yarn with no tools other than your hands and arms. Join Jason and Victoria in the Tinker Lab, to let your creativity soar! Bring your own yarn (size: bulky, 6). Registration is required: 733-9173.

Creative Card Making


Join us on February 9th at 6:30PM for Card Tricks, a creative card making workshop. Artist Wynn Yarrow will show tricks for paper cuts, stencils, pop-up, and 3-dimensional cards.  Intended for adults and teens 12 and up.  Registration is required:  733-9173.

Learn to Knit

Join us for basic knitting classes on Wednesday, February 11th and Thursday, February 19th from 5-6pm (in the small meeting room) and learn how to knit a scarf.  Attendees must bring their own yarn and knitting needles. Registration is required:  (607)733-9173.

Superman IV"So bad, it's good!" Movie Night

Join us on February 13th, 6:30pm for another installment of "So bad, it's good!" Movie Night! This month we are showing Superman IV:  The Quest for Peace. As always, heckling is encouraged! The library closes at 5pm but the doors will be open to moviegoers at 6pm. Free popcorn! This program is intended for adults and teens.

TWEEN/TEEN Video Gaming

Teens & Tweens ages 9-18: play a variety of video games with Rainy Toad Gaming!  Steele Library large meeting room: February 19th, 1-4pm. Registration is appreciated.

Teen Maker Night: LARP foam weapons

Foam SwordsTeen Maker Night is Thursday, Feb 26. We will be making foam weapons for live action roll playing (LARPing) at the library in the near future! Supplies are limitied; registration is required: 733-9173.

Teen Mic Night: music, cameras and more!

Teens! On Friday, Feb 27 (special "after hours" event) at 6pm, learn how to do interviews as a reporter--either on camera or off--with entertainment journalist Tim O'Shea. Interview singer-songwriters Francesca Harvey and Leah Santiago, who recently released their debut CD, "Edge of the Spotlight." Some of your interviews will be featured on LiveStarringYou.com, a website that features interviews by teens. The musicians will perform and Tim will talk about his writing. Tim has written 60 books for teens and is currently at work on a novel about a teen pop star.  Registration is required: 733-9173.

Youth Services

Take Your Child to the Library Day

Saturday, Feb 7 is Take Your Child to the Library Day, and we are hosting Tanglewood and their Amazing Animal Ambassador show at 2:00. This family friendly, free show will feature lots of fun animal info and some live animals.

Valentine's CraftValentine's Craft

Friday, Feb 13 at 3:30, kids ages 4 and up can register to come and make a special craft for Valentine's Day; make something special to give to your loved ones. Please register by calling 733-9173 or stopping by the Youth Desk.

Movie Day

School’s Out Movie Day will be on Wednesday, Feb 18 at 2:00, and we’ll be showing the PG movie, The Box Trolls. Snack included.


Storytimes are held on Thursdays for Ages 2 and under, and Fridays for ages over 2, both at 10:30.

Lego Club & Middle Maker Club

Lego Club is held the second Wednesday of every month, and Middle Maker Club on the first Wednesday; please call to register for these 2 programs.

Big Flats

Join us for Terrific Tuesdays at Big Flats this month!

Paint a Piggy Bank

Painting Piggy Banks has been rescheduled for Tuesday, February 3.  Registration is required: 562-3300.

Popcorn & Movie Night

We have two Popcorn and Movie nights this month. Join us on February 10 for a showing of the Book of Life and again on February 24 for Big Hero 6. As always popcorn will be provided. 

Special Program - Vicie Rolling as Lear Green

Vicie RollingOn February 17, we will hold a special program, in honor of Black History Month and Patron Appreciation Day.  The Big Flats Library proudly presents Vicie Rolling as Lear Green, a slave who mailed herself to freedom.  Watch history come alive as Ms. Rolling brings Lear to life.  This program is free to the public and we hope you will attend.  Refreshments will be served and be sure to sign up for the gift basket raffle.

Storyhour & Homeschool Program

Miss Melanie will host Toddler/Preschool Storyhour on Wednesday mornings at 10:30 and Miss Becky hosts the Homeschool Program on Thursday afternoons from 2:00-3:00 p.m.


BookmarkIt is Patron Appreciation week, Feb 17th-20th, so stop by the Bookmobile; we will have M&M's for the kids and chocolates for the adults.  Make sure to enter our drawing for a Library Lovers Gift Basket!  Feb 6th, from 3:00-4:00, we will have a Valentine craft at the Southside Community Center. March 7th, from 10-2, the Bookmobile will be at Book Fest with scratch off bookmarks, tattoos, and prizes. Stop by Book Fest and tell Ms. Kim that you read about it in our newsletter and receive a prize!


Take Your Child to the Library Day

Saturday, February 7th throughout the day Stop by and celebrate "Take Your Child to the Library Day".  This program is going on continuously throughout the day with no set time.

Kids Craft

Monday, February 9th at 6:15 - Valentine's Day themed crafts for kids.

Second Saturday Movie Matinee

Saturday, Feb 14th, 2:30pm: Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.

Patron Appreciation Day

Patron Appreciation Day at Horseheads will be on Wednesday, February 18. John Manfredi will be playing music from 2-5PM, light refreshments will be served, and there will be a drawing for a gift basket.

Kitty Lit Reading Program

Kitty LitOn February 17, 3:30-4:30pm, join the Chemung County SPCA and some of their cats and read your favorite stories to them! Practice your reading and make the kitties very happy! Bring your own book or choose a book from the collection. Open to grades 1-6. Registration is required, call 739-4581. Space is limited.

Winter Break Blockbuster

Boxtrolls movie showing and craft on Friday, Feb 20th at 2:30pm.

Garden Workshop: Pruning Basics

Join us on Tuesday, February 24 from 6:30-7:30pm, as we cover the basics of pruning, presented by Master Gardener Jabe Warren! Learn how the cuts you make or don't make influence flowering, fruit set, and plant diseases. Ornamental and fruiting plants will be covered. Space is limited. Call 739-4581 to register.


Preschool Storytime is Tuesday at 10:30 and Toddler Storytime is Thursday at 10:30.

Crazy 8s After School Math Club

All month long there are sign-ups for our Crazy 8s After school math club.  Grades K-2nd meet Mondays March 2 through April 20 at 3:15; 3rd-5th grades meet Mondays March 2 through April 20 at 4:15.

Van Etten

triviaCelebrate Groundhog Day with us on Monday, February 2nd from 3-4PM with trivia, crafts, and treats!!

Fidelis Care will be here on Wednesday, February 4th, 3PM to 7 PM to help eligible residents apply for healthcare enrollment.

There will be a Valentine craft on Wednesday, February 11, from 5:15-6:15PM.  Please register:  (607) 589-4755 ext 3.

Open Art Studio will be February 4th and 18th from 1pm-3pm.

Celebrate Dr. Seuss' birthday with us on Monday, March 2nd at 3:30pm with stories, Dr. Seuss trivia, games, and snacks!  Registration is required:  (607) 589-4755 ext 3.

Family Story Time begins Friday, February 6th at 11am.  Join us every first and third Friday!  Read books, tell stories, sing songs, and do some dancing! (all ages)

Hot ChocolatePatron Appreciation Day is Friday, February 20th 2pm-5pm. Refreshments  will be served.

Wednesday, February 25th, 3pm-7pm, Mothers  & Babies Perinatal Network will be available to assist with health insurance options under the Affordable Care Act

Family Movie Night: Wednesday, February 25th at 4:45pm. Disney's Big Hero 6 (rated PG).

West Elmira

Home School Group

The West Elmira Homeschool Group meets Wednesdays at 10:30am (geared for ages 5-11).

Pajama Story Time

Join us Mondays at 6pm! Put your "jammies" on and bring Mom and Dad for stories, music and fun!

Thursday Morning Story Time

Join us Thursdays at 10:30am for a fun time of stories, music, and movement! Ages 18 mos to 5 years.

BraceletsKids Craft

There will be a bracelets workshop for kids on February 18th at 3:30pm (registration required).

Book Clubs

Adult Book Club meets on February 19th at 3pm. Registration is appreciated! This month we are reading Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker by Jennifer Chiaverini.

Young Adult Book Club meets on February 23rd at 7pm. Registration is appreciated! This month we are reading Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein.

Bridge Club

Join us at the West Elmira Library every Monday and Friday from 1p-3p for all types of bridge. Registration is required. Call 733-0541.

Patron Appreciation Day

Stop in anytime throughout the day on Thursday, February 19 and enter yourself in for a chance to win a basket!  Music and snacks from 3-6.  Thank you for your patronage!

Have some old LEGOs lying around the house?  Donate them to the library! After many requests from the public, we are hoping to start a LEGO club after the New Year but we need lots of LEGOs to start our collection.  All donors will be publically recognized on our publicity for the program.

And more...

Friends of CCLD Annual Book Sale

The 2015 Friends of CCLD Annual Book Sale begins Thursday, February 5th and ends Saturday, February 14th. The hours are 10am-8pm with hours from 10am-5pm on Sunday, February 8th. The sale will take place at the Arnot Mall in the store adjacent to Bon Ton (use the Ruby Tuesday entrance). If you would like to volunteer to help with the book sale, please contact the Friends of CCLD by January 23rd: friendsofccld@gmail.com. For more information visit the Friends online at:
or http://www.facebook.com/FriendsofCCLD

Save the date for the Friends Soirée - May 8, 2015

Friends of CCLDFriends of CCLD Cordially Invites You to Soirée at the Steele

Friday, May 8, 2015, 7pm

Steele Memorial Library

$20/single; $35/couple

Tickets Available at Your Neighborhood Library April 1 - May 7 and at the door May 8.

(Big Flats, Horseheads, Steele, Van Etten, West Elmira)

Cash/Checks Only

AARP 2015 Smart Driver Courses

The following courses take place at Steele Memorial Library. Call 733-2788 to register ($20 for AARP members; $25 for non-members).

Feb 9-10 - 1-4pm
Mar 9-10 - 1-4pm
Mar 23 & 25 - 5:30-8:30pm
April 20-21 - 1-4pm
May 18-19 - 1-4pm
June 15-16 - 1-4pm

Become a Boost Tutor

BoostATTENTION: Retired teachers and others with teaching experience interested in volunteering to tutor children (pre-school to graduate level) with cancer or other chronic diseases in your geographic area.  BOOST Tutors, affiliated with CURE Childhood Cancer Association, is looking for volunteers in the Chemung County Area to provide tutoring for these children 1 or 2 hours a week. If you are interested, please call Linda with BOOST Tutors at 585-317-7269.  Please note: If you volunteer, you may not have to tutor, but will be asked to provide your email address or telephone number so you can be notified when a child needs tutoring.  If you feel the child is in a location near you and requests tutoring in an area of your expertise, you can notify Linda and she will help you coordinate the tutoring.   We do coordinate with the school and supplement the school’s tutoring.  We do not replace the tutoring provided by the school. For more information about BOOST visit www.boost4kids.com.

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

In This Issue


CCLD Maker Faire 2015

Patron Appreciation

Tinker Lab Hours

Technology Training

Genealogy/Local History Patron Survey

This month at...

Steele Memorial
-Adult / Teen


Big Flats



Van Etten

West Elmira

And more...

Friends Book Sale

Save the date for the Friends Soirée - May 8

AARP Smart Driver Courses

Become a Boost Tutor

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