Welcome to the Chemung County Library District

March 2015 Newsletter

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.

Introduction to iPad & iPhone

Learn how to use your iPad or iPhone! Bring your fully charged iPad or iPhone and make sure you know your Apple ID and password.

Steele - March 10th, 1:00-3:00pm

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 - March 11th & 25th, 2:00-4:00pm
Van Etten - March 30th, 2:00-5:00pm
(Apple devices 2:00-3:30pm, Android 3:30-5:00pm)

Beginning Computer

Steele - March 18th, 1:00-3:00pm


Learn how to get the most out of your Genealogy research using Ancestry.com.

Steele - March 19th, 1:00-2:00pm

Facebook for Beginners

Steele - March 24th, 1:00-3:00pm

Beginning Internet

Steele - March 25th, 1:00-3:00pm

Tech Tutoring

Steele - Some Mondays in March, 1:00pm, by appointment, limited to 2 students per session. Get basic computer help from one of our volunteers.

Horseheads - Tuesdays in March, 7:00-7:45pm - designed to be informal question and answer sessions limited to 2 students per session.

Steele Memorial

Adult Events (teens welcome)

Knit and Crochet Club

Knit and Crochet Club

Steele Library has a Knit and Crochet Club that meets every Wednesday from 12:30-2:00pm in the small meeting room. Any adult is welcome to join the group. If you don’t know how to knit or crochet, the members are willing to teach you.  Click here to read more about the group here and find out how you can help those in need by donating crocheted/knitted squares.

Evening Knitting Classes

If you are not free during the day to stop by the Knit and Crochet Club meetings, Steele has two evening beginning knitting classes this month: March 5th and March 11th from 5-6pm in the small meeting room. Registration is required: 733-9173. Participants must bring their own yarn and knitting needles (size 6-10 recommended).

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: (607)733-9173.

Sat, Mar 7, 11-12pm - Kickboxing

Wed, Mar 11, 7-8:30pm - More Than an Apple a Day

Thu, Mar 12, 6-8pm - Belly Dance Workshop

Sat, Mar 14, 11-12pm - TurboKick

Thu, Mar 26, 6-8pm - Belly Dance Workshop

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

Troll 2Join us on Friday, March 13th, 6:30pm for our 3rd semi-annual showing of Troll 2. As always, heckling is encouraged! The library closes at 5pm but doors reopen at 6pm for moviegoers. Free popcorn! Adults and teens welcome -- not intended for children.

Knitting and Crocheting with Roving Fiber and Fabric

Join us on Saturday, March 28th, 1:00-3:00 PM, for a creative workshop "Knitting or Crocheting With Fiber or Cloth," taught by the Chemung Valley Fiber Arts Guild.  Learn some different knitting and crocheting techniques with roving fiber and fabric.  Participants must have basic knitting or crocheting skills. You can bring your own tools, but fiber and fabric will be provided. Registration required, 607-733-9173.

Spirit Patterns Art Workshop

Spirit PatternsMarch 31 at 6:30pm - You can create beautiful, intricate patterned designs more easily than may be imagined! This is a hands-on workshop for adults and teens (12 and up), offered free to registered participants, and materials are included. Registration is required: (607)733-9173.

Teen Events

"Is Graffiti Art?" Teen Philosopher's Group

Are you curious? Love art?  Love to exchange ideas?  Join like minded teens to discuss "Is Graffiti Art?" on Wed. March 4 @ 6:30pm at Steele.  New topics or questions  are picked each month by the group. Led by Corey McCall, of Elmira College.

Teen Hang Out night: Robotics & more!

teen tech week

Celebrate Teen Tech Week on Tues. March 10 @ 6pm with snacks, Lego Robotics demos, Wii, board games, and more!

Library Teen LARP

We will be LARPing at Steele Library on Friday, March 20, 6pm-8pm. Note the special "after library hours" time. The library will be open for LARP event participants ONLY at that time. We will have foam "swords" for you to use. LARPers: Follow clues & be the first to find the magical book that will save the world of "Chilleax."  Ages 12-18.   REGISTRATION REQUIRED, only 20 slots available. Call:  733-9173.

Youth Events

National Youth Art Month

Throughout the month of March, the Steele Children's area will proudly host a display of student artwork from a local school for National Youth Art Month. Stop in and take a look!

Dr. Seuss Birthday Celebration

Dr. SeussA Dr. Seuss Birthday Celebration will be held Monday, March 2 at 3:30, with Seussical games, an edible hat, stories and more! All are welcome and registration is not necessary.

Movie Day

School's Out Movie Day will be March 13 at 2:00 with a free showing of Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. Snacks included!

Easter Show

Saturday, March 21 at 1:00, we will host an Easter show with the Easter Bunny, live chicks, an egg hunt and a magic show. There is a LIMIT of 50 kids (must be between the ages of 3-7). Register by calling 733-9174. This show is generously funded by the Friends of CCLD.


Special Saturday storytime for ages 1-5, Saturday, March 28 at 11:30, featuring songs, sign language and stories!

Elmira Jackals

Players from the Elmira Jackals will be here to read to children, ages 3 and up, on Tuesday, March 31 at 3:30. They will talk about the benefits of reading  and will be available for autographs and questions. Children will have the opportunity to win prizes including tickets to a Jackals game!

Big Flats

Eggs, Magic, Petting Zoo, & More!


Outside of our regular storyhour  and homeschool programs, March is the time of our big EASTER EGGS-travaganza.  On March 27 at 3:00 p.m., join the Big Flats staff as we host a big egg hunt, a great comedy/magic show, a LIVE PETTING ZOO with bunnies and chicks, and photos with the Easter Bunny. To ensure that we have enough supplies on hand, we ask that you register for this program.

Wine & DesignWine & Design

A fun program for adults will come your way on March 17 at 6pm when Wine and Design of Corning comes back for a visit.  Kylene will be here with another great painting and a great time will be had by all. Register for this program by calling 562-3300 and remember seating is limited, so please call today.

Movie Night

Popcorn and movie night comes back with Into the Woods on March 24th. The best movies and the best popcorn are at the Big Flats Library.


Book It, Cook It, Read it

The Bookmobile would like your help making a cook book. Submit your favorite recipe(s)! Be sure to include your name and city so we can give you credit. Drop recipes off at the Bookmobile or at any CCLD Branch by March 31. The cook book will be completed in April. Let's see what delicious reading we can create.


Adult Events

Beginning Knitting Class

yarn and knitting needlesHave you always wanted to learn how to knit? Join us for a 4 week series on the art of knitting for beginners! Class is limited to 10 participants. Call 739-4581 to register. Tuesdays – March 3, March 10, March 17, and March 24. 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM.

Jewelry-Making workshop – earrings

Wednesday, March 11, 6:30-7:30PM - Join us for a special workshop on an introduction to jewelry construction: earrings! Learn how to "see" a design and bring it to life! Supplies will be provided. Space is limited to 12 participants. Call 739-4581 to register. Open to adults and teens.

Seed Starting Indoors

Seed Starting IndoorsJoin us for an informative presentation by Jabe Warren, Master Gardener, on the art of seed starting! Learn how to give your seedlings a successful start! Class is strictly limited to 30. Call 739-4581 to register. Wednesday, March 18, 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM.

Youth Events

Tanglewood Nature Center visit

Stop by the Horseheads Free Library on Tuesday, March 10th at 4:30 for a special visit from “Lucy” the barn owl, a turtle, chinchilla, snake, and a tarantula!

Kitty Lit Reading Program - Read to the Cats!

Kitty LitOn March 17, from 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.

Crazy 8s Afterschool Math Club

Crazy 8s is a recreational after-school club that helps kids appreciate the math that’s all around them. It’s nothing like your usual math club. The club will meet every Monday, March 2nd through April 20th. K - 2nd grade will be meeting at 3:15, 3rd-5th grades will be meeting at 4:15. Registration required.


Preschool storytimes continue every Tuesday at 10:30.

Toddler storytimes continue every Thursday at 10:30.

Monday, March 2nd, 6:30pm Celebrate Dr. Seuss’s Birthday with a special storytime and craft.

Big Hero 6Monday, March 9th at 6:30pm is Pajama Storytime.

Movie Matinee

Saturday, March 14th at 2:30pm is Second Saturday Movie Matinee with a showing of Big Hero 6.

Crafts for Kids

Tuesday, March 17th – throughout the day, no set time: Stop by and create a St. Patrick's Day hat. You can also participate in our Leprechaun scavenger hunt and win a "pot of gold!"

Monday, March 30th – come "dye" Easter eggs, we will have the makings to create a small basket for each child.  Registration is required.

Scavenger Hunt

Spring Break, March 30th – April 4th, participate in an Easter Scavenge, learn interesting Easter facts, and win a prize.  You can also guess how many chocolate Easter Eggs are in the jar at the circulation desk; the winner gets to keep the jar!

Van Etten

Open Art Studio

Wednesday, March 11th and 25th from 1pm-3pm.

Family Story Time

Friday, March 6th & Friday, March 20th at 11:00am - Stories, music, and rhymes!

Dr. SeussDr. Seuss Birthday Party

We will have stories, trivia and birthday cake! Let's celebrate Dr. Seuss!! See you there on Monday, March 2nd at 3:30. Registration is required, please call ahead.

No School Day: St. Patrick's Treasure Hunt

Friday, March 13th at 2:00pm-5:00pm - Search for hidden treasures at the Van Etten Library!

Tinker BellFamily Movie Night

Wednesday, March 18th at 4:45pm: Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast.

Arts & Crafts

We have Easter Crafts on Wednesday, April 1st at 5:30. Registration is required.

March is National Youth Art Month. Stop by the Van Etten library and view the artwork created by the Spencer-Van Etten Elementary School students!

West Elmira

Home School Group

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

Story TimePajama 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.

Kids Craft

There will be a mug decorating craft for kids on March 18th at 3:30pm (registration required).

Adult Craft

Decorate a Wine Glass on March 5th at 4pm (registration required).

Book Clubs

Adult Book Club meets on March 19th at 3:00 pm. Registration is appreciated! This month we are reading Great House by Nicole Krauss.

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar ChildrenYoung Adult Book Club meets on March 23rd at 7:00 pm. Registration is appreciated! This month we are reading Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs.

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.

Local Culinary Happenings

Join us as local eateries showcase some of their unique cuisine.  Registration is required and limited.

Thursday, March 12 at 4pm- Soups on Café
Thursday, April 9 at 4pm- D-s’ Pierogi Place
Thursday, May 14 at 4pm- Turtle Leaf Cafe

And more...

Charles Griffes: The Quest for Identity

Azusa UenoThursday, March 12th at 7:00 pm
Mandeville Hall - Clemens Center
207 Clemens Center Parkway
Elmira, NY

A Lecture and Recital by Azusa Ueno, Award-Winning Pianist.  Azusa Ueno will present a musical, historical, and psychological look at Charles Tomlinson Griffes, one of America's pioneering composers in the early 20th century. Through masterpieces such as the White Peacock, Sonata, and Three Preludes, Elmira native Griffes found a unique musical voice that is both captivating and intriguing.

This program is free and open to the public. 
For more information call 607-734-4167 x205 or
email educator@chemungvalleymuseum.org
Chemung County Historical Society, 415 E. Water Street, Elmira

Friends of CCLD Soirée at SteeleFriends of CCLD

Friends of the Chemung County Library District, cordially invites you to Friends Soirée at the Steele Memorial Library.

Friday, May 8, 2015, 7pm

Featuring Live Music, Hors d'oeuvres & Desserts and Tastings by Finger Lakes Wineries

$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).

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

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

In This Issue

Technology Training

This month at...

Steele Memorial

Big Flats



Van Etten

West Elmira

And more...

Charles Griffes: The Quest for Identity

Save the date for the Friends Soirée - May 8

AARP Smart Driver Courses

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