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September 2016 Newsletter

National Library Card Sign-Up Month

Library Card Sign-up Month

The Chemung County Library District is joining libraries nationwide in celebrating September as National Library Card Sign-up Month. Chemung County residents who don't have a library card are invited to stop by their local branch to get one. After all, cards are free to residents of New York State with proof of current address.

As part of the activities for the month, special instant winner prizes will be given away each day. Patrons will also have the opportunity to enter drawings for a gift basket and a grand prize Samsung Galaxy Tablet. Entries can be made in three ways:  get a new card, replace a lost card, or confirm your current information with us. Entries will be accepted until Friday, September 30th. The drawings will be held on October 1st. 

Stop by your local branch during the month of September and get a library card--then you can stop by every month for the rest of your life to use it!

Friends of CCLD: Soiree at The Steele

WineJoin the Friends of CCLD in celebration of the Chemung County Library District! The Soiree will take place on Friday, September 23rd, 7:00pm - 9:00pm at Steele Memorial Library. The event will include live music by Lori Lynn Barrett, hors d'oeuvres by McClelland Catering, and tastings by Atwater Vineyards and Grist Iron Brewing Company.

Your check is your reservation--mail a check made payable to "Friends of CCLD" to Friends of CCLD, Steele Memorial Library, 101 E. Church Street, Elmira, NY, 14901. The cost is $20/single, $35/couple.

For more information, email: friendsofccld@gmail.com

Friends of the Horseheads Free Library Book Sale

The Friends of the Horseheads Free Library are pleased to announce that the 2015 Book Sale will be held at the Town and Country Fire Hall (130 Gardner Rd) from September 13 - September 17th. The hours are:

Tues, September 13 - Thurs, September 15, 10 am - 7 pm
Fri, September 16, 10 am - 5 pm
Sat, September 17, 10 am - 1 pm

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 for descriptions (signup required):

September 13, 1pm - Tablet Talk (Steele)

September 13, 6pm - Intro to 3D Printing (Steele)

September 14, 1pm - Beginning Computer (Steele)

September 22, 6pm - Intro to Audio Editing (Steele)

September 26, 2pm - Tablet Talk (Van Etten)

September 27, 2pm - Tablet Talk (Horseheads)

September 28, 1pm - Beginning Internet (Steele)

Hour of Code classes are returning!
Watch for classes to start back up in October.

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. You must have a parent present if you are under 16. Once you have completed the certification class, you can use the Digital Media Lab at Steele independently.

Wednesday, 9/7, 6:00PM - 7:00PM
Monday, 9/12, 6:00PM - 7:00PM
Friday, 9/16, 1:00PM - 2:00PM
Tuesday, 9/20, 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

Fall Tinker Lab Hours start on September 17th

Monday - Thursday: 3:30PM - 7:30PM
Friday: 12:00AM - 4:00PM
Saturday: 10:00AM - 2:00PM

Stop by the Tinker Lab to take a class or use the lab equipment independently anytime the lab is open.

New Digital Media Lab Equipment!

The Digital Media Lab has added a shotgun microphone and audio recording interface to its inventory.

New iMacs in the Tinker Lab and Digital Media Lab

iMacs are now available for use in the Tinker Lab and Digital Media Lab. Both computers are equipped with GarageBand and Final Cut Pro X for your audio and video editing needs.

September Print of the Month

3D Print of the Month: Cat Bookmark
One free per patron, $0.25 for each additional print

Tinker Lab Classes

Click the links for description (requires signup):

September 8th, 6:30 - 8pm - Introduction to Sewing

Steele Memorial

Adult Events @ Steele (teens welcome)

Tree of My LifeSpecial art workshop this month: The Tree of My Life on September 22, 6:30pm. Trees are the inspiration for our work in drawing. We will consider trees from many aspects, such as folklore, science and memory. This workshop is intended for adults and teens. Registration is required: 733-9175.

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.

A series of Saturday morning classes will take place from September 17th - October 15th from 11:30am-12:30pm where participants will learn how they can improve the health of their feet with The Feldenkrais Method®.

Click the links for descriptions (some require signup):

September 6, 6pm - Tabletop Gaming (every 1st Tuesday)

September 8, 6-7pm - Save a Life: Suicide Prevention

September 14, 6:30-8:30pm - Adult Coloring Club

September 14, 7pm - Adventures on Foot with author Michael Keane

September 15, 1pm - Brick Wall Busting (Genealogy)

Saturdays, Sept 17 - Oct 15, 11:30am-12:30pm - Improve the health of your feet with the The Feldenkrais Method®

September 21, 6pm - Fan Infinity Adult Fandom (The '80s II)

September 22, 6:30pm - The Tree of My Life (Art Workshop)

September 23, 2pm - Friday Afternoon Film

September 30, 6:30pm - "So bad, it's good!" Movie Night

Weekly Programs

Tuesdays, 7:30-8:30pm - Adult Writing Group
Wednesdays, 9-4pm - Chess Club
Wednesdays, 12:30-2pm - Knit & Crochet Club
Thursdays, 1-3pm - Mahjong Club (No Meeting 9/1, 9/8)

Teen Events @ Steele (12-18 yrs)

A new adventure begins: Teen/Tween Code Club starts Thursday Sept. 29 at 3:30-5pm, for ages 10-18. All ability levels welcome: beginners to experts! This club will meet weekly in the Steele Library Tech Lab. Everyone works on their own project, at their own pace, via Scratch, Hour of Code, and other free online resources. We will help each other and share our knowledge. Build skills and code your own video game, phone app, and more! The project and pace of learning is up to you!  REGISTER, space is limited to 13 slots: 733-9175.

Click the links for descriptions (some require signup):

September 1, 6pm - Teen Back to School DIY

September 8, 6pm - Suicide prevention:  QPR: Save a Life

September 13, 6pm - Teen Night Returns

September 27, 6pm - Teen Night: Silent Library Game

September 12 & 26, 6:30pm - Teen Writer's Group

Youth Events @ Steele

PirateAhoy Mateys... We're going to celebrate all things Pirate related this month in honor of International Talk Like a Pirate Day on Sept. 19. Come meet Cap'n Bookaneer that day and become a "bookaneer" yourself with a treasure hunt and a pirate craft and stories. Drop in Pirate crafts on other days, and a find the pirate in our stacks scavenger hunt all month! It's also Library Card Sign Up Month and all kids who are age 5 and entering Kindergarten can stop in to apply for their own card and get a prize courtesy of the Friends of CCLD!

Click the links for descriptions (some require signup):

September 1, 2pm - Free Family Movie..."Zootopia!"

September 2, 10:30pm - Summer Storytime

September 8, 3-5pm - Creation Station (Drop in make and take pirate crafts!)

September 19, 4pm - Talk Like a Pirate Day! (for ages 4 and up)

September 22, 3-5pm - Creation Station (Drop in make and take pirate crafts!)

Weekly Events

Beginning September 23rd at 10:30am - Preschool Storytime for Ages 2 and up

Storytime for ages 2 and under will be coming in October!

Big Flats

Summer is over once again and it's time for the fall lineup to start at Big Flats. On September 13, 6pm, it's Ladies (and Gentleman) Night. If you have had a favorite Christmas craft that we have worked on and would like to brush up on your skills, it's a night of repeats. Painted Snowman, Minion, Santa, glitter ornament, pin quilted, or a festive plate, they are all available. Try your hand, or if you missed a class, come and get that ornament you missed. Registration is required due to limited room space: (607) 562-3300.

Click the links for descriptions (some require signup):

September 13, 6pm - Ladies (and Gentleman) Night Craft

Wednesdays, 10:30am (begins 9/21) -  Toddler Story Time

Thursdays, 2pm (begins 9/22) - Homeschool Fun


Still AliceThis month the Bookmobile is welcoming all the children back and getting them back into the routine for story times and checking books out to enjoy until our next stop every other week. Our Stops include daycares, Head Starts, primary schools, elderly apartments and community stops.

The Book Club will now meet every 2nd Friday of the month at the Bulkhead stop at 1:30pm. We will not be meeting in September.

Click the links for descriptions:

October 14, 1:30pm - Book Club (Still Alice)

Does the Bookmobile meet the needs of your community? Let us know; give us a call (738-2476), if you have any questions or to inquire about a stop near you.  The Bookmobile supports all of Chemung County.


Adult Events @ Horseheads

In September at Horseheads, we are offering  a second gardening hands-on seed saving workshop. Learn how to save those seeds! Also, we will be holding holding another five week T'ai Chi class, due to popular demand! Also, don't forget to sign up for Tablet talk to learn all about your tablet or smartphone! Registration is required for all programs.

Click the links for descriptions (registration required):

September 14, 6:00PM - Seed Saving Workshop #2

September 15, 9:30AM - T'ai Chi Class

September 22, 9:30 AM - T'ai Chi Class

September 27, 2:00PM - Tablet Talk

October 13, 9:30 AM - T'ai Chi Class

October 20, 9:30 AM - T'ai Chi Class

October 27, 9:30 AM - T'ai Chi Class

Youth Events @ Horseheads

Curious GeorgeGet Curious About Reading on Saturday, September 17th. Horseheads Free Library is celebrating Curious George's 75th birthday. Celebrate Curious George's big day with crafts, chocolate covered bananas, and prizes!

In honor of International Talk Like Pirate Day we are holding a week long scavenger hunt from September 19th - 24th; pick up your treasure map at the circulation desk and search the stacks for gold!

Celebrate Banned Books Week wtih us from September 26th - October 1st! Stop by the library to get a mug shot with your favorite banned book.  Learn about your First Amendment rights.  See one of the Tinker Lab 3D printers in action, learn about 3D printing, or try printing yourself!

Click the links for descriptions (some require signup):

September 12, 6:00pm - Text Book Covering Craft

September 14, 3:30pm - Kitty Lit (read to cats)

September 17, 3:00pm - Curious George's 75th Birthday

September 19, 6:00pm - Talk Like Pirate Day Crafts

September 26th - 6:00pm - DIY an American Girl Accessory

Weekly Events

Tuesdays, 10:30am - Family Story Time (Starts 9/15)

Perler BeadsVan Etten

Stop by the Van Etten Library and check out the new Early Literacy Center, a special space for our youngest patrons to do activities, play games, create, and learn.

Click the links for descriptions (some require signup):

September 14, 3:30 - Make a Hat Day

September 16, 3:00 - Movie:  The Jungle Book (2016)

September 21, 3:00 - Perler Bead Design Day!

September 26, 2:00 - Tablet Talk

September 30, 11:30 - Bookclub Meeting

1st & 3rd Fridays, 11:00 - Family Story time

West Elmira

This month is National Library Card Signup Month!  Stop in and enter for your chance to win our Library Lovers Basket.  We will also start implementing the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program this fall, so make sure to bring your pre-schooler in and find out more about this exciting opportunity.

Click the links for descriptions (some require signup):

Wednesdays, 10:30am - Homeschool Group (Starts 9/21)

Thursdays, 10:30am - Storytime (Starts 9/22)

Fridays, 1pm - Bridge Club

2nd & 3rd Monday of every month, 6pm - Puzzle Club

Last Monday of every month, 6pm - Adult Coloring

3rd Wednesday of every month, 3:30pm - Tween Maker Hour

3rd Thursday of every month, 3pm - Adult Book Club

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

In This Issue

National Library Card Sign-Up Month

Friends of CCLD: Soiree at The Steele

Friends of the Horseheads Free Library Book Sale

Technology Training

Tinker Lab

This month at...

Steele Memorial

Big Flats




Van Etten

West Elmira

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