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February 2016 Newsletter


February 15th - All CCLD locations (except Steele) are closed for Presidents Day. Steele Memorial Library is open 10am-6pm.

Love Your LibraryWe Love our Library Users!

Because CCLD appreciates you, our loyal library patrons, we are setting aside special days during the week of February 15th to thank you! Each location will have a special celebration day. Patrons can look forward to musicians and/or refreshments.

  • Tuesday, Feb 16 - Big Flats Branch will serve cookies all day.
  • Wednesday, Feb 17- Have lunch with the West Elmira Branch staff. Pizza and other snacks will be served from 12:00pm-5:00pm. Jon Manfredi will entertain patrons at Horseheads Library from 2:00-5:00pm and will serve light refreshments. Light snacks and chocolate coffee will be served to Van Etten Branch patrons from 2:00-6:00pm.
  • Thursday, Feb 18 - Bookmobile will extend their appreciation days to cover their entire 2 week schedule from February 8 - 19. Donut holes will be served on Feb 18th.
  • Friday, Feb 19 - Steele Library will offer cookies and music from John Manfredi 3:00-4:00pm as well as a special Tinker Lab activity from 3:00-4:30pm.

Every library will be giving away a library lover's gift basket. Winners will be drawn on Friday, Feb 19th. Just come in and say hello to get an entry form.

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 x3. All Steele classes take place in the Technology Training Lab.

Click the links below, for full class descriptions:

February 9, 1-3pm: Tablet Talk (Steele)

February 10, 1-3pm: Beginning Computer (Steele)

February 10, 6-7pm: Intro to 3D Printing (Steele)

February 17, 1-3pm: Beginning Internet (Steele)

February 17, 5:30-6:30pm: Intro to 3D Modeling (Steele)

February 20, 1-2pm: Hour of Code (Steele)

February 22, 2-5pm: Tablet Talk (Van Etten)

February 23, 1-3pm: Intro to Google Mail (Steele)

February 23, 2-4pm: Tablet Talk (Horseheads)

February 24, 6-7pm: Intro to Audio Editing (Steele)

Digital Media Lab Certification Classes at Steele

Become certified to use the Digital Media Lab - Learn how to record a video, edit the video and use a green screen to add background effects. If you need a different class time, let us know. Once you have completed the certification class, you can use the Digital Media Lab at Steele independently.

Friday, 2/5, 12:00PM - 1:00PM
Tuesday, 2/9, 6:00PM - 7:00PM
Friday, 2/19, 1:00PM - 2:00PM
Tuesday, 2/23, 6:00PM - 7:00PM

Tech Tutoring

Steele - Mondays, by appointment, limited to 2 students per session.

Horseheads - Tuesdays, 7:00-7:45pm - Informal Q&A sessions, limited to 2 students per session.

Tinker Lab @ Steele

Winter Tinker Lab Hours at Steele Memorial Library

Monday - Thursday: 2:00PM - 8:00PM
Friday: 10:00AM - 4:00PM
Saturday: 10:00AM - 3:00PM

February Cricut Crafts

MasksLearn to use the Cricut by signing up for one of our classes or drop in and use it independently.

This month, decorate your own Mardi Gras mask! Thursday, 2/4, 5:00PM - 7:00PM & Thursday, 2/18, 5:00PM - 7:00PM. Registration is required: 733-9175 (must be at least 13 years old).

Card Craft - Cut and decorate your own Valentine’s Day card anytime the lab is open from February 1st - 13th.

Introduction to Sewing

Thursday, 2/25, 6:30PM - 8:00PM - Learn how to thread the machine, wind a bobbin and basic sewing instructions. Registration is required: 733-9175. Must be at least 13 years old.

Hex Bit HandleFebruary 3D Print of the Month

This month's free print is an Interchangeable hex bit handle! Stop by the Tinker Lab to pick up your free print. *One free per person (additional are $0.25 each)*

Drop in and make something!

Steele Memorial

Adult Events @ Steele (teens welcome)

Creative Ink DrawingThis month at Steele we have a variety of activities for adults including a special Creative Ink Drawing art workshop with artist Wynn Yarrow on 2/29, 6:30pm. This activity is made possible in part by the QuickARTS grant program administered by The ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes and funded by the Community Foundation of Elmira-Corning and the Finger Lakes, Inc. Call (607)733-9173 to register.

Click the links below, for full event descriptions:

February 3rd, 6pm - "Fan Infinity" Adult Fandom Club

February 5th, 6pm - "So bad, it's good!" Movie Night

February 10th, 5:30pm - Knitting Class

February 10th, 6:30pm - Save Your Heart (Club Veg)

February 12th, 2pm - Friday Film (Singin' in the Rain)

February 17th, 5:30pm - Knitting Class

February 22nd, 1pm - Brick Wall Busters (Genealogy)

February 24th, 5:30pm - Knitting Class

February 27th, 10am - Piloxing with Ultimate Fit Chick

February 29th, 6:30pm - Creative Ink Drawing

March 5th, 10am - Yoga with Ultimate Fit Chick

"Prince Among Slaves" - Black History Month presentation by the Islamic Association of the Finger Lakes. Check the calendar of events next week for more information (date TBD).

Weekly Groups

Tuesdays, 7:30-8:30pm - Adult Writing Group
Wednesdays, 9-4pm - Chess Club
Wednesdays, 12:30-2pm - Knit & Crochet Club
Thursdays, 9-11am - Craft Club

Teen Events @ Steele (12-18 yrs)

Teen Night: Valentine Smackdown

Floor piñatas, board & Wii games, snacks, and anti-Valentine card making on Tues. Feb. 9 @ 6-7:30pm in  Steele Library's large meeting room. Register 733-9173.

Teen Writers Group

Supportive & informal, for all levels of ability and writing interests. Mondays, Feb 8th and Feb 22nd @ 6:30pm in Steele Library's small meeting room. Led by Dawn Fewkes of Elmira College.

Adventure TimeTeen Fandom Night: Adventure Time

Fans and wanna-be fans! Dress up as a character if you wish. Decorate Finn cakes, eat bacon pancakes, trivia, video clips & more! Tuesday, Feb 23rd @ 6pm-7pm in the large meeting room. Register 733-9173.

Lego Robotics: SumoBot Wrestling

Build EV3 bots, learn programming tricks, and wrestle! Tues. March 1st @ 6pm-8pm. MUST REGISTER, ONLY 10 spots: 733-9173.

Youth Events @ Steele

Scavenger Hunt

Stop in the Youth Dept. throughout the month and complete our Black History Month Scavenger Hunt...for a prize!

Reading Challenge

Also, starting February 1st pick up an Iditaread Winter Reading Challenge Card at the Youth Desk, fill it out and turn it in by March 21st for a prize!

IditareadTake Your Child to the Library Day

Saturday, February 6th is Take Your Child to the Library Day and we have the sled dogs from Smokey Hill visiting at 11:00. Come and find out what sled dogs do, hear a story about them, and even hop on a sled!

Valentine Craft

Kids ages 4 and up can stop in from 3:30-4:30 on Thurs. Feb. 11th to make and take a Valentine Craft, registration is not required.

Mid-Winter Party

We'll host a Mid-Winter Party for ages 4 and up on Wed. Feb. 17th at 3:00, join us for Winter games, crafts and fun!

Regular Programming Continues

Check the online calendar for Storytimes, Maker and Lego Club listings!

GroundhogBig Flats

Groundhog Day

Celebrate Groundhog Day at Big Flats with a visit from Tanglewood Nature Center. Tanglewood will be on hand with real animals and we will learn if we are in for 6 more weeks of winter. Tuesday, Feb. 2 from 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.

PJs & a Movie

Pajamas and a Movie is back on February 9th when we will show Goosebumps. This movie is rated PG. Wear your pajamas, and get ready to be scared silly. You have read all the books, now watch as they come to life. The movie will start at 6:00 sharp and as always popcorn will be served. Remember, the best movies and the best popcorn are at the Big Flats Library.

Wii Bowling

The last Tuesday of every month is Wii Bowling. Come and enjoy a fun night of bowling without all the cost. Come as a family, a team, or just by yourself for fun and exercise. The fun starts at 6:00 p.m.


The Glass CastleBook Club

Our book club meets the first Friday of the month at our Bulkhead location at 1:30pm. This month we're discussing Me Before You by JoJo Moyes on February 5th. We're reading The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls to be discussed at next month's meeting.

Valentine Craft

Join us for a Valentine craft at the Southside Community Center on Feb 5th at 3:00pm.

Community Events

Bookmobile will be at BookFest on March 5th, 10-2pm and at Horseheads St.Patrick's Day Parade on March 12th, 2pm.


Adult Events @ Horseheads

Creative Coloring Club for Adults

ColoringAdults! Join us for our first meeting of the Creative Coloring Club! Bring your coloring books and your favorite medium! Some materials will be provided. First Meeting: Tuesday, February 2 - 6:00 PM - 7:45 PM. (Club will meet the first Tuesday of Feb., March, April & May from 6:00 PM - 7:45 PM. No registration required. Note: This is an ADULT program.

Garden Workshop: Proper Fruit Tree Pruning

Learn all the ins and outs of fruit tree pruning! Presented by Jabe Warren, Horticultural Educator. Registration is required! Space is limited! Call 739-4581. Wednesday, February 17, 6:00 - 7:30 PM. This program generously funded by The Friends of the Horseheads Free Library.

Aromatherapy 101

AromatherapySaturday, February 27th, 1:00 - 4:00 PM - Are you interested in learning about Aromatherapy? Take a class with Kash Iraggi-Wiggins, certified Aromatherapist and owner and operator of Balance Aromatherapy! Learn the why and how of basic Essential Oil use. We will make two spritzers to take home. All supplies will be provided. Registration is required! Space is strictly limited! Call 739-4581 to register.

Youth Events @ Horseheads

Groundhog Day Library Scavenger Hunt

Available until February 2nd - Ask for the list, complete the challenge, earn a prize and enter a drawing for a Lego Gift Basket.


Every 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month from 3:00-4:00pm, please register. February 2 & 16, March 1 & 15, April 5 & 19, May 3 & 17.

Happy Chinese New Year!

Celebrate with crafts, Chinese refreshments, and a dragon parade to ring in the Year of the Monkey! Monday, February 8th at 6:00pm.

Kitty Lit Reading Program

Kitty LitJoin the Chemung County SPCA and some of their cats on February 10th, 3:30-4:30PM, 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 students in grade 1 through grade 6. Call 739-4581 to register.

Valentine's Day Card

Saturday, February 13th - Create a Valentine for someone special! Stop by the library any time on the 13th to color a valentine for someone special and get a sweet treat.

Van Etten

Family Story Time!

Friday, February 5th & 19th @ 11:00am.  Stories, songs & fun!

Candle MakingCandle Making

Friday, February 12th, 2:00pm-5:00pm - Stop in between 2-5pm and make a Valentine inspired candle! Registration is required; please call 589-4755, ext. 3.

TEEN Movie Night: Jem and the Holograms

Wed, February 17th @ 5:15 (Rated PG)

Happy Valentine's DayKids Valentine Party 

Wednesday, February 10th, 3:30-5:00pm. Join us for a Valentine Craft and snack!

Leap Year Day

Monday, February 29th, 3:30 - 4:30pm, let's have some leaping fun! Create a fun origami frog that hops and enter the frog hopping race!

West Elmira

Home School Group

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

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.

Tween Maker Hour

There will be a frame decorating craft for tweens on February 17th at 3:30pm (registration required).  

Family Fun Night

Two Mondays every month we will have a special Family Movie and Family Maker night. Starts at 6:30pm and registration is required for the craft.


February- 2/08- Goosebumps (PG)
2/22- Make your own slime! (registration required)

March- 3/14- The Peanuts Movie (G)
3/21- Crafting with comics! (registration required)

Book Clubs

Adult Book Club meets on February 18th at 3pm. Registration is appreciated! Call for this month's title.

Young Adult Book Club meets on February 22nd at 7pm. Registration is appreciated! Call for this month's title.

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!

*New Program*- Adult Coloring Group

Art therapy at the library the last Monday of each month from 5p-8p. Adults and older teens can come in anytime during the evening to relax and color their stress away.

Adult Maker Series

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

Going Green02/08- Make your own anti-bacterial spray & all purpose cleaner
03/07- Make your own pot scrubbers
04/04- Make your own Vapo-rub
05/09- Make your own glass cleaner
06/06- Make your own bug spray

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...

Friends of CCLD Annual Book Sale

This year's sale will take place from February 4th-13th at the Arnot Mall, in a store adjacent to Bon Ton (use the Ruby Tuesday entrance). Sale hours are 10am-8pm except Sunday, February 7th, 10am-5pm. Bag sale day is Saturday, February 13th. For updates, visit the Friends of CCLD Facebook page.

2016 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.

February 8 - 9:30am-4:30pm (bring a bag lunch)
March 14 & 15
- 1pm-4pm
April 4 & 5
- 1pm-4pm
May 2
- 9:30am-4:30pm (bring a bag lunch)

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

In This Issue


We Love our Library Users!

Technology Training

This month at...

Steele Memorial

Big Flats




Van Etten

West Elmira

And more...

Friends of CCLD Annual Book Sale

AARP Smart Driver Courses

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