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December 2015 Newsletter


December 24 - All CCLD locations close at 1pm
December 25 - All CCLD locations closed
December 31 - All CCLD locations close at 1pm
January 1 - All CCLD locations closed

Worlds AIDS Day

CCLD, together with the Chemung County AIDS Task Force, will recognize World AIDS Day on Tuesday, December 1st. The community event will begin at 5pm in Wisner Park with a candlelight vigil followed by a walk to the library for a reception. Light refreshments will be served. The event is open and free to the public. The Aids Memorial Quilt will be on display at the Steele Memorial Library from November 30th through December 5th.

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.

Genealogy Tech Sessions

Come in and use genealogy databases. Staff will be on hand to assist with research and tech questions.

Steele - December 10th, 9:00-11:00am
Steele - December 22nd, 1:00-3:00pm

Tablet Talk

TabletsLearn 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!

Steele - December 8th, 1:00-3:00pm
Horseheads - December 8th, 2:00-4:00pm

Beginning Computer

Come in for a step-by-step lesson on computer use for beginners. Learn the vocabulary, mouse use, and so much more!

Steele - December 9th, 1:00-3:00pm

Beginning Internet

Lost on the world wide web? Curious about "the cloud"? Come in for some direction through the internet!

Steele - December 16th, 1:00-3:00pm

Tech Tutoring

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

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

Tinker Lab

Fall Tinker Lab Hours at Steele Memorial Library

Monday - Thursday: 2:00pm - 8:00pm
Cricut CraftsFriday: 10:00am - 4:00pm
Saturday: 10:00am - 3:00pm

December Cricut Crafts

Learn how to use the Cricut this month by signing up for one of our 4 classes.

Make a paper star decoration on Thursday, 12/3, 5-7pm or Saturday, 12/12, 1-3pm.

On Monday, 12/7, 6-7pm or Thursday, 12/17, 6-7pm, make a glitter bulb ornament. Registration is required for all sessions. Call 733-9173 to sign up.

Digital Media Lab Certification Classes

Become certified to use the Digital Media Lab - Learn about recording footage, video editing, and using a green screen to add background effects. Registration is required. Call 733-9175 to sign up.

Tuesday, 12/8, 6:30PM - 7:30PM
Friday, 12/18, 12:00PM - 1:00PM
Monday, 12/21, 6:30PM - 7:30PM

Introduction to Sewing

Thursday, 12/10, 6:30PM - 8:00PM - Learn how to thread the machine, wind a bobbin, and basic sewing instructions. Registration is required. Call 733-9173 to sign up.

Introduction to 3D Printing Class

Wednesday, 12/16, 6:00PM - 7:00PM - Learn about the materials used in 3D printing, the process of 3D printing, and what you can make with a 3D printer. Registration is required. Call 733-9175 to sign up.

December 3D Print of the Month: Snowflake Ornament

*One free per person (additional ornaments are $0.25 each)*

Snowflake Ornament

Drop in and make something!

Steele Memorial

Adult Events (teens welcome)

Adult Writing Group

Adult writing group with award-winning playwright David Fielding:  Tuesday nights, 7:30pm at Steele in the small conference room.  Call 733-9173 to register.  No group on 12/8.

Lunch-N-Learn: Harnessing the Power of Mobile

Thursday, December 3rd - 12:00-1:00pm
Register:  http://bit.ly/STLSa-Mobile

Mobile internet usage is growing fast - more people are receiving messages with their smartphones. Join us for this free seminar and learn how to make mobile a part of your small business or non-profit. Feel free to bring your lunch. This program is part of the Southern Tier Library System's Lunch -n- Learn series.

Bad Art CatBad Art Night

Join us December 3rd from 6-8pm for Bad Art Night at Steele Memorial Library! Leave your talent at the door and be creative in a judgment-free zone. No art skills required! Some materials will be provided but feel free to bring your own. Registration is not required. All ages are welcome.

Friday Afternoon Film Series

On Friday, December 4th at 2pm, we will be showing It's a Wonderful Life (1946), starring James Stewart.

Card MakingCreative Card Making

On Wednesday, December 9th at 6:30pm, artist Wynn Yarrow will show tricks for paper cuts, stencils, pop-up, and 3-dimensional cards. Registration required: 733-9173.

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

We are showing '80s cult classic "Night of the Comet" on Friday, December 11th at 6:30pm. As always, heckling is encouraged! The library closes at 5pm but doors reopen at 6pm for moviegoers. Free popcorn! Not intended for children.

Teen Events

Teen Maker Night & Hang Out

Make a Book Safe, or hang out, play board games & wii. Light snacks provided. Tuesday, December 8th @ 6-7:30pm in Steele Library's large meeting room. REGISTER, supplies limited: 733-9173. Ages 12-18.

Teen Fandom Night: Star Wars

Star WarsTeens! Celebrate the best holiday gift ever: the new Star Wars movie! Our Fandom night is Tuesday, December 22nd @ 6-7pm. Come in costume,  enjoy trivia, games, themed snacks & win prizes!  SNEAK PEAK: In January, we celebrate BBC's Sherlock & Welcome to Night Vale!

Teen Writers Group

All teens ages 12-18, with all writing interests and levels of ability are welcome! Meet Mondays: December 7th and December 21st @ 6:30pm in Steele Library's small meeting room.  Poetry, fun writing prompts and more in a fun, informal group! Led by Dawn Fewkes, Elmira College lecturer.

Youth Events

Celebrate Grinchmas

Tuesday, December 15th at 4:00pm, meet the Grinch, enjoy Grinch snacks, crafts and a Grinchy performance. For all ages, registration is not required.

Minions Movie

Kick off the Winter School Break with Minions (PG) the movie - Wednesday, December 23rd at 3:00pm; snacks provided!

Gingerbread Creations

GingerbreadKids ages 4 and up - make your own Gingerbread creation on Tuesday, December 29th at 3:00pm. Everything will be provided to decorate your yummy candy house. Call 733-9174 to register.


The last baby storytime for this session will be Tuesday, December 15th and the last Preschool storytime will be Friday, December 18th, both at 10:30am. The Winter session will begin the week of January 18th.

Maker & LEGO Clubs

Tween Maker Club will be held Wednesday, December 2nd at 4:00pm and LEGO Club will be held Wednesday, December 9th, at 3:30pm and 4:15pm.

Big Flats

Movie & Popcorn Night

MinionsThe Minion movie will be shown on Tuesday, December 8th from 6-8 p.m.  Watch Kevin, Stuart and Bob as they star in their own movie.  Popcorn will be served.  Remember, the best movies and the best popcorn are at the Big Flats Library.

Visit from the Grinch

The Grinch will slink into Big Flats on Tuesday, December 15th at 6:00 p.m.  There will be a fun program, a craft, and refreshments.  Photos with the Grinch will happen too!  Will his heart grow 3 sizes?  You will have to come and see for yourself...


Book Club

The NightingaleOur book club meets the first Friday of the month at our Bulkhead location at 1:30pm; this month's meeting is on December 4th. Please join us and be a part of the book discussion for The Walk series by Richard Paul Evans. This month we're reading The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah, to be discussed on January 8th.


Story Times

Preschool story times - Tuesdays at 10:30am and continue every Tuesday at 10:30 through December 15th.

Toddler story times - Thursdays at 10:30am and continue every Thursday at 10:30 through December 17th.

MinionsMinions Movie & Craft

Monday, December 7th at 5:00pm join us for a craft + pizza + bananas in honor of the Minions movie.  Crafting will begin at 5:00 followed by the movie at 5:30.

Kitty Lit Reading Program

Join the Chemung County SPCA and some of their cats  on Wednesday, December 9th, 3:30-4:30PM, and read your favorite stories to them! Practice your reading and make the kitties happy! Open to students in grade 1 through grade 6. Call 739-4581 to register. Space is limited.

Christmahanukwanzikah Party


Monday,  December 14th @ 6:00pm celebrate all of the winter season's holidays at one time.  We will have pizza, games and prizes.

Grinchmas Celebration

Monday, December 21st @ 6:00pm, celebrate the Christmas holiday with the Dr. Seuss' story, How the Grinch Stole Christmas.  Have cookies and take your picture with the Grinch, and make Grinchmas crafts.

Van Etten

MinionsFamily Movie Night

Minions!! Meet Stuart, Kevin, and Bob (Need I say more?). Wednesday, December 30th @ 6:00pm

Family Storytime

1st & 3rd Fridays @ 11:00am. Stories, Rhymes & Songs!!!!

Holiday Crafts for kids

Wednesday, December 16th from 3:30pm-6:30pm. Stop in and create a holiday gift for someone special!!

Adult holiday craft:  Glass Block Decoration

Glass Block DecorationThere will be a Holiday Craft on Friday, December 18th from 2:00pm-5:00pm. This program is intended for  ages 12 and up. 

Registration is required and space is limited!! Please call 607-589-4755, ext. 3 to reserve your spot.

West Elmira

Home School Group

The West Elmira Homeschool Group will meet Wednesdays 12/2, 12/9, & 12/16 at 10:30am (geared for ages 5-11).

Thursday Morning Story Time

Stop by Thursdays 12/3, 12/10, 12/17 at 10:30am for a fun time of stories, music, and movement! Ages 18 mos to 5 years.

I Spy BottlesTween Maker Hour

There will be an I SPY Jars craft for tweens on December 16th at 3:30pm (registration required). Jars will be donated to Community Organizations.

Family Fun Night

Join us two Mondays every month for a special Family Movie and Family Maker night.  Starts at 6:30pm and registration is required for the craft.

December- 12/14- Minions (PG)
12/21- Minion Ornament craft (registration required)

January- 1/11- Frozen (PG)
1/18- Make Ice Cream! (registration required)

Book Clubs

Adult Book Club meets on December 17th at 3pm. Registration is appreciated! This month we are reading The Invention of Wings by Susan Monk Kidd.

Young Adult Book Club meets on December 28th at 7pm. Registration is appreciated! This month we are reading The DUFF by Kody Keplinger.

In the Margins Bookclub - Pick any book you’d like from our bookclub bookshelf and as you are reading it, feel free to jot down any notes or thoughts you may have in the margin.  Underline your favorite lines, circle your favorite pages, and write a note for the next reader!  After you are finished, bring the book back and choose your next bookclub book!

Adult Maker Series

Join us one Monday each month at 6:30pm for our special “Going Green” craft series for adults.  Registration is required.

Going Green

12/07- Make your own hand soap!
01/04- Make your own mouthwash!
02/08- Make your own anti-bacterial spray!
03/07- Make your own pot scrubbers!
04/04- Make your own Vapo-rub!

Bridge Club

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

And more...

2015 AARP Smart Driver Courses

The following course takes place at Steele Memorial Library. Call 733-2788 to register ($20 for AARP members; $25 for non-members). Please bring your driver's license.

December 14 & 15 - 1:00-4:00pm

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

In This Issue


World AIDS Day

Technology Training

Tinker Lab

This month at...

Steele Memorial

Big Flats



Van Etten

West Elmira

And more...

AARP Smart Driver Courses

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