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March 2013 Newsletter

Message from the Director

Chemung MapI wanted to take a moment and thank all our patrons and friends for their support through the last 7 years as we continue to improve our library district.

As a reminder, in November of 2005, Chemung County residents approved the creation of a public library district that covers all of Chemung County. Upon the granting of its charter by the board of regents, title to all library properties and funds that were held by the Steele Memorial Library and the Horseheads Free Library were transferred to the CCLD and their employees became employees of the library district. Coming from a background where I worked in both a school district library and a Town/Village library, I realize how critical this merger was for the continued success of libraries in Chemung County.

As a Librarian and someone with a Masters in History, I believe very strongly that we must respect the past, but we cannot make it our jailer.  It is such a great moment of liberation when we let go and walk out onto a new path of promise and possibility.  I want to reiterate the progress we have made and I look forward to future cooperation between all of our supporters. Only by working together can we succeed.

Big Flats

Wreck It RalphEvery month at Big Flats we host a Popcorn & Movie night and in March we are showing a good one. “Wreck It Ralph” is a fun movie for all ages and with our great sound system, it’s a guaranteed fun time. Just like in the movie theatre, only it’s FREE!

Please be aware there is no toddler story time on March 13, due to library staff attending a workshop. Story times will resume on March 20 @10:30am with a special Spring program.

Hope to see you soon!


After undergoing repairs in February, the Bookmobile is finally on the road again! Thank you, Bookmobile patrons, for your patience during our absence. Belated Patron Appreciation Days will be celebrated from March 4 – 15th. Prizes will be given away daily to children and one lucky adult patron will win a book gift card. The drawing for the gift card will be held at the end of the day on March 15th. Check our schedule and visit the Bookmobile to be eligible to win.

Also, look for the Bookmobile at the Family Reading Partnership Book Fest, scheduled for Saturday, March 9th from 10:00-2:00 at the Ernie Davis Community Center.

Central - Adult

Festival of Women in the Arts

Festival of Women in the ArtsChemung County Library District, Central Library, in conjunction with the Festival of Women in the Arts, presents art displays and workshops for the month of March. 

Come view our display cases “Out of our Gourds and Member Awards” by the Chemung Valley Fiber Arts Guild and “Art on Display...Hand Built Pottery” by Rita Rhodes.  These displays will be available for viewing from March 1st – March 31st. 

On Wednesday, March 13th there will be a workshop 6:00-8:00 PM “Learning to Cross Stitch” with the Chemung Valley Chapter of the Embroiderers Guild of America.  Please Register by Calling 607-733-9173.  This program is for adults and children over 12.  On Saturday, March 23rd, there will be a workshop “Create Your Own Silk Scarf”. This program is being held at two different times on Saturday, 1:00 and 2:00 PM.  Please reserve a spot by calling 607-733-9173.

Chemung County Yearbook Digitization Project

YearbooksThe Central Branch of the Chemung County Library District is pleased to announce a new digital collection has been added to the New York Heritage Digital Collection titled High School Yearbooks from Chemung County. This collection consists of High School Yearbooks from the Central library's collection which initially will include Elmira Free Academy and Elmira Southside High School. As the collection grows, we will begin to include Thomas Edison, Horseheads, and Notre Dame.

To protect privacy of the students and faculty, the Chemung County Library District will not upload a yearbook until 75 years after its publication. To browse this new digital collection go to: http://www.ccld.lib.ny.us/yearbooks.htm

Central - Youth

Messy MunchiesThe Children's Department has a few return events to look forward to!

The ever-popular Messy Munchies with Miss Maddy will be held on March 27 from 3:30-4:30pm. For ages 3 and up. Registration is required.

Poetry Club continues rocking in March on Thursday evenings with Miss Pam. This is a closed program, so if you are a registered participant, keep developing your poems! There will be a Poetry Reading and Reception Coffeehouse Performance on March 14 from 6:30-8pm. All are invited to this fun event.


CCLD, Horseheads will offer the following programs in March, please call 739-4581 or stop in at 405 S. Main St. Horseheads  to register for any of these events.

Beginning Computer Classes will be offered at no charge through JobLinks, Tuesdays throughout March from 1:30-3:00. The first two sessions, March 5 and 12 will focus on basic computer skills, March 19 will cover Internet basics and March 26 will be devoted to email accounts. Sat. April 6 at 10:00 a class on iPads will be offered and on April 20, how to download free library eBooks on to your tablet or eReader device.

A children’s Spring/Easter craft event will be held on Sat. March 16 from 3:00-4:00 for kids ages 3 and up. Registration is limited.

Van Etten

Body ArtTeens & Tweens Temporary Tattoo party! Join us, Saturday March 16, 2013 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM, for a temporary tattoo party! Bring your own temporary tattoos or try out the kits provided by the library. Try body art patterns from Celtic and Middle Eastern cultures with non-toxic Henna dye. Decorate your arms and hands with library "Read!" water based sticker tattoos, henna pens, and other fun items. All are non-toxic, and will wear off after a few washings. Come join the fun! Wear old clothes in case we get messy!  Registration is required. Call or email: metzgerd@stls.org; 607-589-4755 ext. 3.

West Elmira

DragonOn Saturday March 9th there will be an art instruction class with artist, Gaile Beizavi. The class will be working on an imaginative project together from 10 AM to 2 PM.  Materials will be supplied by the artist and it is suggested that each participant bring a lunch (drinks and dessert will be provided).  The class size is limited so please call the library to register. 

The Lego club has begun!  The club is designed for boys and girls ages 8 to 14 and will be meeting every Saturday in March from 11 AM to noon.  Besides designing their own creations, the participants will be building parts of "LEGO CITY" for this year's Summer Reading Club. The only Saturday that the club will not meet is March 9th so that everyone can attend this year's Book Fest (CCLD staff will be in attendance).

You will not want to miss PJ story time on Monday, March 11th at 6 PM. Tanglewood will be there to present "Turtles, Lizards & Snakes, Oh My!" This is your chance to get up close and personal with some fascinating creatures. This story time is for all ages. Feel free to come in your PJs.

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

In This Issue

Message from the Director

This month at...

Big Flats


Central (Elmira)



Van Etten

West Elmira

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