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Friday, July 3rd – All Libraries Closed

Summer Reading Club Begins

POW!!Summer Reading Club has begun!  The club theme this year is superheroes, with Every Hero Has a Story for the youth club; UNMASK! for the teen club; and Escape the Ordinary 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.  Reading club registration is available online via the CCLD website by age group and library: http://ccld.lib.ny.us/src.htm. For more information, contact your local library.

Friends Summer Concert Series

Our annual CCLD Friends Summer Concert Series gets underway in July on the Elmira Promenade, outside the Steele Memorial Library – RAIN or SHINE.  Concerts will begin at 7:00pm and are free and open to all ages.

Featured performers are:
*July 7 – The Rightful Kings – rock & roll
*July 14 – Big Foot – easy listening rock
*July 21 – Three Finger Leroy – soft rock
*July 28 – The Hepcats  - big band
*August 4 – Kilrush Celtic Band - Irish

Bring your family, friends, and comfortable chairs.  If it rains, concerts will be held in the library.

These free programs are made possible through a generous contribution from the Friends of the Chemung County Library District.

New Free Services Available with Your CCLD Card


We are pleased to announce four new services that CCLD patrons will have access to this month with their library cards:  Zinio, IndieFlix, Transparent Language, and lynda.com. 

Zinio, will allow library patrons to access up to 90 popular magazine titles, electronically.  The service is accessible via Web browser or mobile app. Zinio is also available to STLS member library cardholders.  http://tinyurl.com/ccld-zinio

IndieFlix is a streaming movie service which provides unlimited access to award-winning shorts, feature films, and documentaries, viewable on any Internet-enabled computer, smartphone, or tablet with a Web browser! Also available on Roku, XBox, and Apple TV via Apple devices.

Transparent Language gives users access to language learning tools for over 95 different languages.  It also includes English learning for speakers of 25+ languages. It is accessible via Web browser or mobile app.

By mid-July, patrons will also have access to lynda.com, a leading online learning tool that helps anyone learn business, software, technology and creative skills to achieve personal and professional goals.

FamilySearch Microfilm for your Genealogy Research

Steele Memorial Library is a new FamilySearch Affiliate Library, enabling us to work directly with the largest genealogy library in the world, to receive microfilm here and for our patrons to view.  There is a nominal fee of $7.50 to order a microfilm.  Once the film arrives, patrons use the microfilm readers at Steele to peruse it.  Patrons can also search the Family History Library catalog online at FamilySearch.org to see what films FamilySearch has available to order through the library.  Need help?  Call (607)733-9175 or stop by the library.

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.

Hour of Code

Learn to write code in this one hour fun workshop for beginning coders of any age.

Steele - July 7th, 3:00pm-4:00pm & July 30th, 4:00pm-5:00pm

YouTubeYouTubing 101

Join us for a primer on using CCLD's Digital Media Lab to build your own YouTube channel. Must be at least 11 years old.

Steele - July 20th, 3:30pm-4:30pm

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 - July 14th, 2:00pm-4:00pm
Van Etten - July 15th, 2:00pm-5:00pm

Tech Tutoring

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

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

Tinker Lab Activities @ Steele


On July 8th, 3pm-5pm, Armburster Armories will be leading 2 hours of creating and decorating steampunk items for decoration or cosplay. Ages 12 and older - please register by calling 733-9173.

Basics of Sewing

On July 13th, 6:30pm-8:30pm, join us for electric sewing machine basics. No experience required! For ages 13 and older - please register by calling 733-9173.

Steele Memorial

Adult Events (teens welcome)

Adult Summer Reading Club

Escape the Ordinary

Escape the Ordinary this summer by joining our Adult Summer Reading Club (with weekly prize drawings) and attending any of the following events!

Back to Business: 60 Ways to Grow Your Email List

Back to BusinessIn this session you will leave with ideas and strategies to capture new contacts, grow your list and take action to help move your business forward and upward. The workshop will take place on July 8th at 12pm. Please register online or call 733-9173.

Heroes Among Us (WWII Narrative)

Heroes Among UsJoin us in the large meeting room at Steele on July 9th at 7pm for Heroes Among Us. This program for adults is a first person narrative of Private Carl Carpenter’s Second World War experience as an eighteen year old foot soldier in the Philippines and subsequent reintegration into civilian life.  Filled with period music and historic detail this important story remembers the soldiers and families of World War II and their heroic service. Generously funded by the Friends of CCLD!

The AvengersThe Avengers (Movie)

On July 10th at 2pm, join us in the large meeting room at Steele for a showing of Marvel's The Avengers (2012), written and directed by Joss Whedon. All ages are welcome to attend but, parents, be advised that the movie is rated PG-13.

Alzheimer's and Caregiving Booktalk with Author

The Sea is WideOn Friday, July 17th, 3pm at Steele, local author Rundy Purdy will discuss Alzheimer's caregiving, his book (The Sea is Wide) and experience, as well as how to support caregivers you know.  Books will be available for purchase and author signing.

Home Fruit Growing / Lawn Care

Steele is hosting a series of gardening workshops with Horticulture Educator Jabe Warren, starting wtih Home Fruit Growing on July 29th at 6:30pm and Lawn Care on August 5th at 6:30pm. Registration is required: (607)733-9173.

Steele Library WRITE-IN

Do you have a story that just has to come out?  Do you keep meaning to find a time to write, but just haven’t found it?  Do you wish there was a place for writers to get together to write?  Let’s write together on Friday, July 31st, from 3:00-4:30 at the Steele Library’s first-ever WRITE-IN. Click here for a full description! Coffee and Light refreshments provided. Registration is required: (607) 733-9173.

Teen Events

Summer Reading Club


Sign up for Teen Summer Reading: June 29th - August 8th. Read ANYTHING YOU WANT, report the minutes you spend reading throughout the summer, attend teen library events,  win prizes! Grand prize drawing is a Nook Tablet, funded by the Friends of CCLD!

Comic Book Swap & Cosplay

On Wednesday, July 1st at 5pm-6pm, bring comics, "regular" books, games, music, DVDs, in GOOD CONDITION to trade! Costumes encouraged! Prizes! (ages 12-18).

Teen Philosopher's Guild

Meets Monday, July 6th at 6:30pm. We are discussing Social Media: pros, cons, and how do you portray yourself online? Come and discuss!  Light snacks!

Youth Events

Summer Reading Club Kickoff

Every Hero Has a Story

Our Summer Reading Club sign ups have started and the kickoff event is Thursday, July 2nd at 3:00pm. Become a Super Hero by visiting our many stations, and then try some super hero training exercises!

Harry is our Hero

Thursday, July 9th, at 3:00pm, come celebrate everything Harry Potter by visiting our mini Hogwarts, crafts, games and more!

Community Hero Day

On Thursday, July 16th, come and meet local heroes! Visit all stations with your BINGO card and get treats in the auditorium when you’re done!

A juggling, magic, comedy show with Nels Ross!

On Monday, July 20th at 3:00pm, we host Juggling funny man, Nels Cremean, a hilarious, interactive crowd pleaser!

Super Hero Poster Collage

Families can come and make a super hero poster collage with artist Michael Albert on Tuesday, July 28th from 1:00-3:00pm.

Theatre Camp

Theatre Camp for ages 8-12, will run on Monday nights from July 6th - August 10th from 6:30-8:00pm.  Learn theatre basics and then put on a show for the finale. Registration is required: (607)733-9173.

Big Flats

There are a lot of fun things happening at the Big Flats Library in July.  The Summer Reading Club is in full swing  so don't forget to register and record your minutes online, or stop at the library and the staff will be more than happy to help you.

John ReidComedy/Magic of John Reid

On Tuesday, July 7th, Comedian and Magician John Reid will be here from 6-7:00 p.m.  John comes to us from near NYC and had never performed in this area before.  Come and enjoy his magic and be prepared for a special surprise.  This program is co-sponsored by the Friends of the CCLD.  No registration required.

Comic Drawing with Emily Swan

Tuesday, July 14th, create your own comic book with Emily Swan.  The program is from 6-7:00 p.m. and space is limited, so please call and reserve your seat today.  All supplies will be provided.

Seed Saving with Jabe Warren

Thursday, July 16th, Master Gardener Jabe Warren is back and will be demonstrating how to save seeds.  If you signed out seeds from the Big Flats or the Horseheads Library, you will want to give back so that the seeds will be plentiful next year to plant.  Jabe will show you how.  The program is from 3-4:00 p.m.  No registration required.

MorelandMoreland the Magician

Tuesday, July 21st - it's the zany magic of Moreland the Magician from 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.  Magician David Moreland is back with more great surprises and a fun program for the whole family. Registration is not required.

Garden Tour

Sunday, July 26th, the Big Flats Library Advocates will sponsor a garden tour of beautiful gardens in our area.  The tour will be 12:30-4:00 p.m.  Ticket and maps will be available at the Big Flats Library and all proceeds from the event will benefit the Big Flats Library.  We hope that you will join us for a fun afternoon.

Poster Art with Michael Albert

Tuesday, July 28th - create a SUPER poster with Pop Artist Michael Albert.  This program has a special time of 5-7:00 p.m. and is co-sponsored by the Friends of CCLD.  Space is limited, so please call and register today.  All supplies will be provided.  Stop and see some of Michael's poster art at the Big Flats Library.


Summer Reading Club Kicks Off

Bookmobile will be kicking off our Summer Reading Club for kids and adults this month and visiting the parks programs in Southport, Big Flats, and the summer cohesion sites.  We hope you sign up and read for a chance to win some prizes. 

Angela's AshesBookmobile Book Club

The book club will meet the first Friday of every month at our Bulkhead Stop at 1:30pm. This month's meeting will be on July 10th, because we are closed on July 3rd; we will be discussing Memory Man, by David Baldacci. For July, we are reading Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt for next month's discussion on August 7th. We hope to see you there!

Family Days

We will be at Horseheads Family Days with games and prizes on July 11th, 12:00-3:00pm.

Moreland the Magician

On July 21st, Bookmobile and Moreland the Magician will be at the Southport Parks program with short 20min shows at each of the following parks:  Goodwin park 9:15am; Chapel park 9:45am; and Draxler park 10:15am.  Later Moreland The Magician will be at the Southside Community Center for a full show from 3pm-4pm.  Please join us at one of the locations for some great fun while Moreland does his Super Hero show.


Adult Events

Basic Composting

CompostingPresented by Master Gardener Jabe Warren, learn how to produce rich compost to make your garden plants thrive on July 14th at 6:30pm! Registration is required (space is strictly limited) 739-4581.

Youth Events

Every Hero Has a StorySummer Reading Club Kick-off

Join us for a Summer Reading Club Kick-off Event on Wednesday, July 1st. Brush up on your superhero powers and gear up for a super summer of reading. There will be crafts and games.

Summer Story Time

Join us at the Horseheads Free Library at 10:30am on the following Tuesdays: July 7th, July 14th, and July 21st.

Heroes of Agriculture

Wednesday, July 8th at 4:00pm, join us for a celebration of local Agricultural Heroes. Children are encouraged to come and learn about local farms and farmers.

Grimm Fairy Tales

Grimm Fairy TalesOn Wednesday, July 15th, join us for Grimm Fairy Tales with Storyteller Charles Kiernan. Mr. Kiernan loves to tell the Brothers Grimm and other fairy tales. But, be warned, he does tell them in their original spirit, under the belief that the "grimness" of Grimm serves a purpose, and should not be removed. His storytelling technique is moving and enthralling.

Celebrate Everyday Heroes

On Wednesday, July 22nd at 4:00pm, join us to celebrate local heroes. Local Fire, Police, EMT, Army, and Postal Services will be at the library. Children can come and meet local heroes.

Madcap Puppets

Madcap PuppetsWednesday, July 29th, Madcap Puppets will be performing Once Upon a Clock, 4:00pm at Teal Park. Dare to enter a world of enchanting stories with Alvis and Sydney, two kids attempting to unlock the secrets of their uncle's mysterious clock shop. Each time they climb through his magical grandfather clock, they are swept away to a land of exciting stories - each more heart-pounding than the last. But these adventures may trap them in the clock forever! In order to escape, they will need help from the audience! This program is being funded by donations from the Friends of the Horseheads Free Library.

Van Etten

Every Hero Has a StoryFidelis Care Super Hero Fun Fair

Join us on Wednesday, July 8th, 3pm-5pm for fun activities, games, crafts, prizes, and snacks! This event is sponsored by Fidelis Care, providing quality health insurance coverage for NY State residents.

“Bee a Hero” Marionette Show

Join Janice Koski on Saturday, July 18th at 2:00pm for the show and stay for a painted "Rock Bug" craft afterward.

Hero Stories

On Wednesday, July 22nd at 3:30pm, join Judy Stock for Rhythm and Rhyme Hero Stories and kazoo craft.

Magician Mike Stanley

Come see a magic show with local magician Mike Stanley on Wednesday, July 29th at 4:30pm. He will even show us how to perform our own card tricks!

Teen SRC Popcorn & Movie Day

Join us on Friday, July 31st at 2pm for Teen Summer Reading Club Popcorn & Movie Day. We will be showing Divergent. We will show Insurgent on August 7th at 2pm.

Super Hero PartySuper Hero Costume Party

On Wednesday, August 5th at 3pm-5pm, dress up as a SUPER HERO and come to the library for a party with cake and crafts!

Open Art Studio / Garden Club

Garden Club will meet at 11am and Open Art Studio will meet at 1pm on Wednesdays in July. Call 589-4755 ext. 3 for more information.

West Elmira

Family Summer Reading Club - Every Hero Has a Story

Go online and log in your time spent reading each week to win one of our weekly prizes!

Every Hero Has a StoryWeek 2 - Monday, July 6th at 6:30pm- Danna Banana presents Superhero Slippers.  Explore the adventures (and music) of superheroes from Iron Man to Lego Man, as well as humbler episodes. What does Superman like? Or eat? And if Superman can do anything-- can he do dishes? And windows? Relatable tall tales with Danna Banana, making 'music for kids that parents can stand.

Week 3 - Monday, July 13th at 4pm- Hero Training Camp- Wear your workout gear and prepare to go through Hero Bootcamp!

Week 4 - Monday, July 20th at 6:30pm- In Jest - Nels Ross is an acclaimed entertainer and oddball who thrills with a blend of clean comedy, hilarious audience participation, incredible juggling, edge-of-your-seat stunts, and extraordinary yet useless skills.

Draw SuperheroesWeek 5 - Monday, July 27th at 6:30pm - Paul Merklein- See Super Heroes! Be a Super Hero!  Merklein combines cartoons, comedy and audience participation as he draws famous super heroes from comic books, tv and movies. He will also show everyone how to draw super heroes, and how we can all be super heroes.

Week 6 - Monday, August 3rd at 4pm- Local Heroes- Join us as we are visited by many local heroes!

Final Party - At Eldridge Park- Make sure you are actively reading and logging your time online to get an exclusive invite to the party!

T(w)een Reading Program - UNMASK!
Log in your books online each week for a chance to win one of our weekly prizes!

Comic Book Contest

Stop in anytime between June 29-July 31 to pick up a blank comic book and make your own graphic novel and return it before August 3rd. Patrons will vote for their favorite and then a winner will be announced at the Final Summer Reading Club Party at Eldridge Park.

Young Adult Book Club

Meets on July 27th at 7pm. Registration is appreciated! Please call for this month’s book title.

Adult Reading Program - Escape the Ordinary

Escape the OrdinaryLog in your books online each week for a chance to win one of our weekly prizes!

Heroes Among Us

Join us on Thursday, July 9 at 4pm for a special performance by Regi Carpenter, funded by the Friends of CCLD. This storytelling program recalls acts of valor and courage from ordinary individuals during times of war and peace.

Adult Book Club

Meets on July 16th at 3pm. Registration is appreciated! Please call for this month’s book title.

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.

And more...

2015 AARP 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). Please bring your driver's license.

July 13 & 14 - 1:00-4:00pm
September 21 & 22 - 1:00-4:00pm
October 19 & 20 - 1:00-4:00pm
November 16 & 17 - 1:00-4:00pm
December 14 & 15 - 1:00-4:00pm (new time)

AIM Independent Living - Insurance Assistance

AIM Independent Living Center employs certified navigators to help New Yorkers with the state's Health Plan Marketplace. Individuals, families and small businesses can use the marketplace to compare insurance options, calculate costs and select coverage. AIM navigators are available to assist uninsured/underinsured Chemung County residents from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursdays and noon-4 p.m. Fridays at the Big Flats Library, and from 1-4 p.m. the first and third Mondays of the month at the Horseheads Library. Walk-ins are welcomed. Appointments can be made by calling (607)962-8225.

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

Friends Summer Concert Series

New Free Services Available with Your CCLD Card

View FamilySearch Microfilm at Steele for Genealogy

Technology Training

Tinker Lab Activities

This month at...

Steele Memorial

Big Flats



Van Etten

West Elmira

And more...

AARP Smart Driver Courses

AIM Independent Living - Insurance Assistance

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