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October 2018 Newsletter

Holiday Hours - October 8: Steele Memorial Library will be open from 10am-6pm; all other CCLD libraries will be closed.

Borrow Board Games

Ticket to RideBoard Games are now available for checkout from the Steele Memorial Library Reference Desk (2nd floor). Games can be checked out by anyone 13 or older with a library card in good standing. The loan period is two weeks with an option to renew for another two weeks. Games must be returned to the 2nd floor desk (not placed in the book drop).

There are currently seven games in the collection: Carcassonne, Forbidden Island, Pandemic, Settlers of Catan, Splendor, The Resistance, and Ticket to Ride. Call (607)733-9175 if you have any questions.

Voting Locations for CCLD Board of Trustees

On Election Day, November 6th, 2018, please visit the Steele Memorial Library (101 E. Church St., Elmira) or the Horseheads Free Library (405 S. Main St., Horseheads) to vote for candidates running in your district for open seats on the Board of Trustees.

Open Seat Districts Are:
2nd Big Flats
7th Town of Elmira
11th City of Elmira
12th Southport
15th Ashland, Wellsburg

Polling Hours are 12 pm to 7 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 below, for full event descriptions:

October 3, 6pm - Preparing Images for Laser Engraving (Steele)

October 11, 6pm - Introduction to Laser Engraving (Steele)

October 15, 1pm - Beginning Computer (Steele)

October 16, 1pm - Tablet Talk (Steele)

October 22, 1:30pm - Tablet Talk (Van Etten)

October 23, 2pm - Tablet Talk (Horseheads)

October 29, 1pm - Beginning Internet (Steele)

October 30, 6pm - Basic Video Editing (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 607-733-6809 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 - Learn how to record a video, edit the video and use a green screen to add background effects. 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. Learn how to change filament in the printers, navigate the display menus, and utilize the slicer software for optimizing your 3D prints. 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.

Tinker 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 - Thursday: 12:00PM - 7:30PM
Friday & Saturday: 12:00PM - 4:00PM

Tinker Lab Classes & Workshops

October 16, 6pm - Workshop: Laser Engraved Keychains
October 23, 6pm - Workshop: Halloween Lanterns

Steele Memorial

Call for Library Volunteers

VolunteerVolunteers have always played an important role at Chemung County Library District, assisting the library staff in keeping the library in good order, processing books, and helping to free up the staff to do public programming.

We are looking for volunteers to help out at the Steele Memorial Library, to share your time, skills, and energy, and become part of our library family. Volunteer opportunities include:

  • Adopt a Shelf - which includes keeping books in the correct order in a particular assigned section of the library.
  • Genealogy Indexing
  • Assisting with special programs
  • Assisting in the Tinker Lab

Tell us what your special skills or interests are, if you would like to use your skills to help us out with special programs at the library! We would love to have you join our group of volunteers! If you're interested, fill out a library volunteer application today and return it to Steele or email it to edesk@stls.org.

Adult Events @ Steele

On October 15th at 6:30pm, learn budgeting strategies that can help prepare for a secure financial future. This seminar will be led by Laura Bennett from Chemung Canal Trust Company and is open to adults and teens. Call 733-9175 to register.

We have a variety of other activities this month including four art classes! See below for further details.

Click the links below for full event descriptions:

October 1, 15, 22, & 29, 4:30pm - Tai Chi

October 2, 6pm - Tabletop Gaming for Adults

October 4, 6:30pm - "Down by the River" (Pattern and Collage art workshop)
October 11, 6pm - Skyscraper - Thursday Night Movie (PG-13)

October 13, 1pm - English & Welsh Census Pre-1841 and 1841-1911

October 15, 6:30pm - Learn Budgeting Basics

October 17, 6pm - Fan Infinity (Adult Fandom Club)

October 17, 6:30pm - Putting Your Garden to Bed - Workshop from Chemung CCE

October 18, 5:30pm - Paint & "Sip" (Punch) - Fall Design with Emma

October 19, 2pm - Nightmare Before Christmas (PG) - Friday Afternoon Film

October 22, 1pm - Brick Wall Busting: Genealogy research free-for-all

October 22, 6:30pm - "Animals Among Us" (Pattern and Collage art workshop)

October 22, 7pm - Book Club - "Exit West" by Mohsin Hamid

October 23, 1-6pm - Red Cross Blood Drive

October 27, 2pm - Ghoulish Acrylic Painting with Filomena

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)

Creepy CarnivalTwo very special events are this month! The annual Teen Halloween Dance is here. Teens selected "Creepy Carnival" as our theme.  The event is free to all teens in our area. Enjoy food, music, a costume contest, creepy fun house/photo booth, and make a wax replica of your hand!  The event will take place Friday, October 26th at 7pm. Second: During Teen Read Week, teens can pick out a free book to keep when they come to an event or check out any books, DVDs, music, etc. Teen Read Week is Oct. 8-13.

Click the links below for full event descriptions:

October 2, 16, & 30, 6:30pm - Teen Game Night

Tuesdays in October, 5:00pm - Teen Advisory Group meeting (all teens welcome)

October 9, 6:30pm - Make a Skull T-shirt (bring your own Tee)

October 11, 6:00pm - Movie: Skyscraper (Teens & Adults)

October 11 & 25, 6:30pm - Elmira’s High End Fashion Club

October 15, 6:30pm - Budgeting Basics (Teen & Adult)

October 17, 6:30pm - "Write Your Story Workshop" with Tim Collins. Safe Zones (LGBTQ teens & allies) meets every Wednesday.

October 22, 5:30pm - Teen Writers’ Group

October 22, 6:30pm - Teen Monday Manga/Anime Club

October 26, 6:30pm - Teen Halloween Dance (free)

October 27, 2:00pm - Paint Frankenstein's Monster portraits with Filomena Jack (Adult & Teen)

Youth Events @ Steele

October is here and it is time to run amuck, amuck, amuck!  We are celebrating the 25th anniversary of Hocus Pocus all month long. Monday Mania will have spooky tales and witchy crafts.  Spooky Stacks offers indoor trick-or-treating, a Halloween party and games for kids, and an opportunity to walk through our new Haunted House.

Click the links below for full event descriptions:

October 9, 6:00pm - Toon Tuesday; Oliver and Company

October 10, 3:30pm - Lego Club

October 15, 6:30pm - Monday Night Mania - Halloween stories and witchy crafts

October 22, 6:30pm - Monday Night Mania - Halloween stories and witchy crafts

October 23, 6:00pm - Toon Tuesday; The Land Before Time

October 25, 6:30pm - Spooky Stacks Halloween Party

October 29, 6:00pm - Hocus Pocus Movie and Pizza Party

Weekly Groups
Hocus Pocus Scavenger Hunt - All month long, no set time. Fridays, 10:30am - Family Story Time

Big Flats

October is hopping at the Big Flats Library! On October 9th, the gift of the month continues with another great gift idea that is inexpensive and fun. We will be making a wooden photo block. You will need to bring two 2-inch square pictures and four 4x2-inch pictures.  All other materials will be supplied. Class is limited to 20 adults and will start at 6:00 p.m. You can see the example at the Big Flats Library.

GourdOn October 16th at 6:00 p.m., we will host another adult craft night.  Karen Curren will be here teaching a Gourd Bird House Paint Party.  This program is limited to 15 participants and all items are supplied.  We hope that you will join us as we create a dazzling ornament that you can hang outside for your feathered friends.

On October 23rd at 6:00, we will celebrate Halloween at the library.  Come in your costume and enjoy the Spooky Magic of Cris Johnson.  A Halloween parade will follow with treats for the children.  So that we have enough treats, please call and tell us how many children you plan to bring for the festivities.

Click the links below for full event descriptions:

October 9, 6pm - Wooden Photo Block

October 16, 6pm - Gourd Birdhouse Craft

October 23, 6pm - Spooky Magic with Cris Johnson

Wednesdays, 10:30am - Storyhour with Miss Melanie


October 13th we will be at OctoberFest - 14th St Elmira Heights 10-4pm. We will have a fun game with prizes.

October 20th we will be at Pumpkin Express - Sullivan Railroad 61 Old Ithaca Road Horseheads 12-4pm. We will have a fall craft and prizes.

Story of Arthur TruluvOur book club meets the 2nd Friday of the month at the Bulkhead stop in Southport at 1:30pm.

For the month of September we read "Flight of the Sparrow" by Amy Brown to discuss on October 12th. This month we will read "The story of Arthur Truluv" by Elizabeth Berg to discuss next month.

Click the links below, for full event descriptions:

October 12, 1:30pm - Book Club

October 13, 10am-4pm - Octoberfest

October 20, 12-4pm - Pumpkin Express


Adult Events @ Horseheads

In October at Horseheads, we welcome Paul Dudley Bishop, wild bird artist, for a fascinating presentation on a life with birds! Also, sign up to learn all about your tablet or smartphone!
Registration is required. Call 739-4581 to register.

Click the links below, for full event descriptions:

Wednesday, October 17, 6pm - A Life with Birds
Tuesday, October 23, 2pm - Tablet Talk

Youth Events @ Horseheads

Things are getting spooky this month at the Horseheads Free Library. Magician Ron Cain will bring his Monsterology workshop. He will teach us about the lore and legends of different monsters and you will get to make your own monster puppet.

Click the links below for full event descriptions:

Thursdays, 10:30am - Family Storytime
October 9, 3:30pm - Kitty Lit
October 16, 5:45pm - Hocus Pocus Interactive Movie
October 24, 3:30pm - Lego Club
October 29, 6:30pm - Monsterology with Ron Cain

Van Etten

Halloween is just around the corner and the Van Etten Library will be offering both children's and adult crafts during the month of October. So stop by and make some awesome Halloween take-home crafts. Happy Halloween!!

Click the links below for full event descriptions:

October 12, 3:45 - Friday Afternoon Movie - "Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation"

October 17 & 24, 3:30-6:30pm - Kids: Glow in the dark Halloween Mason jar craft.

October 20, 1:00-3:00pm - Adults: Halloween Bottle of "BOOS" craft.

October 22, 1:30-3:30pm - Tablet Talk: Have tablet or cell phone questions? Bring your device and get some answers!

October 26, 12:15pm - Book Club meeting

Can CraftWest Elmira

Raining Toad is back again this month! Join us on Tuesday, October 9th at 2:30pm for arcade games.

Tweens can make a Halloween/Fall decoration by upcycling tin cans on October 17th at 3pm. Open to ages 8 and up. Register: (607) 733-0541.

Click the links below for full event descriptions:

Tuesday, October 9, 2:30pm - Arcade Experience with Rainy Toad Gaming

Mondays, October 15th - October 29th, 6pm - Family Scary Movie Night

Wednesdays, 10:30am - Homeschool Group
Thursdays, 10:30am - Storytime
Mondays & Fridays, 1pm - Bridge Club
Tuesdays, 11am - Gentle Yoga with Karen

Fourth Monday of every month, 6:30p - Cookbook Book Club

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

Third Wednesday of every month, 3:30pm - Tween Maker Hour - Tin Can Halloween

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

In This Issue

Borrow Board Games

Voting Locations for Board of Trustees Election

Technology Training

Tinker Lab

This month at...

Steele Memorial

Big Flats



Van Etten

West Elmira

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