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December 2017 Newsletter


December 8 - All libraries except Van Etten are closed for staff training.
December 22 - All libraries will close at 1pm
December 23-25 - Closed
December 29 - All libraries will close at 1pm
December 30-January 1 - Closed

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 event descriptions:

December 6, 6pm - Intro to 3D Printing (Steele)
December 12, 1pm - Tablet Talk (Steele)
December 13, 6pm - Basic Video Editing (Steele)
December 21, 6pm - Hour of Code (Steele)

Tech Tutoring

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

Makerspace Certification Classes

3D Printer

To schedule a training session for one of our certification classes (see below), please call 607-733-8609 during the Tinker Lab's open hours, or E-mail us at: labcentral@stls.org.

Digital Media Lab Certification at Steele

Become certified to use the Digital Media Lab. 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.

3D Printer Certification at Steele

Become certified in the use of the 3D printers at the Steele Memorial Library MakerSpace. Completion of the certification process will allow you to use the 3D printers independently. Anyone under the age of 16 will be supervised in the use of the 3D printer.

Print of the MonthTinker Lab @ Steele

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

Tinker Lab Hours

Monday: 2:30PM - 7:30PM

Tuesday - Thursday: 12:30PM - 7:30PM

Friday & Saturday: 11:00AM - 4:00PM

3D Print of the Month: Christmas tree ornament
One free per patron, $0.25 for each additional print

Tinker Lab Classes

December 11, 6:30PM - 8:00PM - Introduction to Sewing

Steele Memorial

Adult Events @ Steele

Recipe BookJoin us for our final Art Journey 2017 class with Wynn Yarrow on Thursday, December 7th at 6:30pm. We will be making a hand bound recipe book with recipes from the group. This class is open to adults and teens. Registration is required: 733-9175. Please pick up a recipe sheet on the 2nd floor and return it to the library by 12/4, to have your recipe included in the finished product.

On Monday, December 11th at 6:30pm we will be having our Art Journey 2017 Art Reception, to display artwork created by our patrons during art classes with Wynn Yarrow this year. There will be a class slide show, music by Stuart Finch, and complimentary snacks. Please come and bring your friends and family.

If you choose to display your original art (and we hope that you do!) please bring one example from Art Journey classes with Wynn Yarrow to Steele Library (2nd floor desk) no later than Thursday, December 7. These will be included in the glass library cases. On December 11, you may bring any and every art you created for Art Journey, to display at the event.

This project is made possible, in part, with public funds from NYSCA’s Decentralization Program, administered regionally by The ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes.

Click the links below, for full event descriptions:

December 1, 2pm - Friday Afternoon Film - Gentleman's Agreement

December 1, 6:30pm - "So bad, it's good!" Movie Night - Trail of the Screaming Forehead

December 5, 6pm - Tabletop Gaming

December 7, 6:30pm - "All Night Diner" - Hand Bind a Recipe Book (Art Workshop)

December 9, 2pm - Acrylic Painting Class - Winter Trees

December 11, 1pm - Brick Wall Busting (Genealogy)

December 11, 6:30pm - Art Journey 2017 Art Reception

December 13, 6:30pm - Parents Safe Zone group

December 20, 6pm - Fan Infinity

December 28, 1pm-6pm - Red Cross Blood Drive

Weekly Programs

Tuesdays, 7:00-8:30pm - Adult Writing Group
Wednesdays, 9-4pm - Chess Club
Wednesdays, 12:30-2pm - Knit & Crochet Club

Teen Events @ Steele (12-18 yrs)

New in December: "Talking Talking Through WallsThrough Walls", a teen requested and teen led program where teens can discuss controversial topics, current events, or other subjects weighing on their minds. This will be a safe space to hear other teens’ views, demonstrate respect, and cultivate an open mind. Possible Initial topics for discussion: gun control, kneeling for the flag, etc. Snacks will be available.

Click the links below, for full event descriptions:

December 1, 6:30pm - Bad Movie Night - Trail of the Screaming Forehead

December 5, 6:30pm - Teen Game Night

December 6 & 20, 2:30pm - Teen/Tween Homeschool Group (ages 11-18)

December 11, 6:30pm - Monday Manga/Anime Club (Tech Lab)

December 12, 5pm - Teen Advisory Group meetings

December 12, 6:30pm - Make & Take Holiday Gifts - Laser cutting! Lip scrubs! Morse code bracelets! Register: 733-9175

December 14, 4:30-5:30pm - Talking Through Walls

December 19, 6:30pm - DIY Snow globes, Glass Ornaments & more! Register: 733-9175

Recurring Programs

Wednesdays, 6:30pm - Teen Safe Zones for LGBTQ teens & their allies, Steele Library. Support, and fun activities each week.

2nd & 4th Thursdays, 5:30pm - Teen Writers Group (Dec. 14 & 28)

Youth Events @ Steele

Ugly SweaterThis month at Steele we invite kids of all ages to celebrate Christmahanukwanzakah and the winter season. We will offer winter themed crafts on Monday nights. On Wednesday December 20th join us for an Ugly Sweater Party.   Bring your own sweater or use one of ours (while supplies last) to craft a sweater, the uglier the better!

Click the links below, for full event descriptions:

December 5, 7:00pm - Tween Writing Group

December 6, 2:30pm - Tween/Teen Homeschool Group (ages 11-18)

December 13, 3:30pm - Lego Club

December 20, 3:30pm - Ugly Sweater Holiday Party

December 20, 2:30pm - Tween/Teen Hangout

December 21, 6:30pm - Family Movie Night: Arthur Christmas

December 27, 2:00pm - Winter Break Movie - Despicable Me 3

Weekly Groups
Tuesdays, 11:00am - Signing Story Time
Fridays, 10:30am - Family Story Time
Mondays at 6:30pm - December Youth Craft Nights

Big Flats

The Big Flats Library has a few fun happenings for the month of December.  We reach for the stars and hug polar bears.  If that sounds like a great time to you, finish reading below.

AstronomyTuesday, December 5, we will host an astronomy program where you will learn about the night sky, how to find constellations, and more.  Deborah Dann from Corning Community College will be on hand to talk about the stars and answer your questions.  This program is being held in conjunction with the Soaring Museum and Corning Community College.  This is the first part of a three part series.  The talk will start at 6:00 p.m.

On Tuesday, December 12, from 6-7:00 p.m. the library will host a Christmas storytime and at the end of the program, we will make a stuffed polar bear. Pre-Registration is required due to space limitations.  Call 562-3300 to get added to the list now!


Leaving Blythe RiverOur book club usually meets the 2nd Friday of the month at the Bulkhead stop in Southport at 1:30pm.  This month’s discussion will take place on December 1 (the libraries are closed on December 8 for staff training).  We will be discussing "Leaving Blythe River" by Catherine Ryan Hyde.  For December, we will read "Good as Gone" by Amy Gentry to discuss in January.

Click the links below, for full event descriptions:

December 1, 1:30pm - Book Club


Adult Events @ Horseheads

Cookie ExchangeIn December at Horseheads, we are hosting our first holiday cookie exchange! Sign up in person at the circulation desk to get a copy of our guidelines. Also, enjoy a lecture on the famous opening sentences of novels, by Anthony Carrozza.
Registration is required. Call 739-4581 to register.

Click the link below, for a full event description:

December 12 - 6:30pm - Famous Opening Sentences

December 19 - 12:00pm-2:00pm - Holiday Cookie Exchange

Youth Events @ Horseheads

Welcome the animals of Tanglewood Nature Center who will teach us all about hibernation! Also, Kitty lit - Come and read to the cats, open to grades 1 - 6. Registration is required. Call 739-4581 for details.

Click the links below, for full event descriptions:

December 12 - 3:30pm - 4:30pm - Kitty Lit

December 7 - 2:00pm - 3:00pm - Homeschool  Program

December 13 - 4:00pm - 5:00pm - Tanglewood - what do animals do in winter?

December  14 - 2:00pm - 3:00pm - Homeschool  Program

Teen Events @ Horseheads

Ugly SweaterJoin us for our First Annual Ugly Sweater Party!  There will be a contest for the ugliest sweater, a craft, pizza, and a hot chocolate bar! TEENS ONLY, ages 13 - 18! Registration is required. Call 739-4581 to register.

Click the links below, for full event descriptions:

December 11 - 6:00PM - 7:30PM - Ugly Sweater Party

Van Etten

Wednesdays in December: Holiday crafts for the whole family. Stop by any Wednesday in December and make a holiday craft to take home or give to someone special as a holiday gift!

Click the links below, for full event descriptions:

Despicable Me 3December 1, 12:15 - Book Club Meeting

December 6, 3:30-5:00- Movie - Despicable Me 3 (Rated PG)

December 8, 2:30-4:30 - Christmas Origami; learn to design an origami ornament. This program is intended for ages 12 & up.

December 6, 13 & 20 - Holiday Crafts for the whole family

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

(Lego Builders Club to resume on January 17th)

West Elmira

SoapMake a bar of handmade soap - a great gift for a loved one (or yourself!). All materials provided.

This program is for adults (teens welcome). Please call (607) 733-0541 to register, or with any questions.

Click the links below for full event descriptions:

Monday, December 11, 6pm - Handmade Holiday: Soapmaking (Adults)

Tuesday, December 12, 2:30pm - MINECRAFT gaming with Rainy Toad Gaming

Wednesdays, 10:30am - Homeschool Group
Thursdays, 10:30am - Storytime
Fridays, 1pm - Bridge Club

Fourth Monday of every month, 6:30pm - (12/18 this month) Cookbook Book Club - Betty Crocker’s Best Christmas Cookbook

Second and Fourth Wednesday of every month, 4pm - LEGO Club

Third Wednesday of every month, 3:30pm - Tween Maker Hour - Ugly Sweater Ornaments

Third Thursday of every month, 3pm - Adult Book Club - LaRose by Louise Erdrich

For more information about these and other events, visit the CCLD Events Calendar: http://tinyurl.com/ccldevents

In This Issue


Technology Training

Tinker Lab

This month at...

Steele Memorial

Big Flats



Van Etten

West Elmira

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