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April 2013 Newsletter

Celebrate National Library Week April 14-20

National Library WeekDuring the week of April 14 through 20, the Chemung County Library District joins libraries in schools, campuses and communities nationwide in celebrating National Library Week, a time to highlight the value of libraries, librarians and library workers. First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April.

In honor of this celebration, each CCLD branch will be raffling away a "library lover's" gift basket (drawing to be held on Saturday, April 20th). In addition to the gift basket, patrons will be entered into a district-wide drawing for a Nexus 7 tablet (drawing on Monday, April 22nd). Visit your local CCLD branch during National Library Week to enter. We look forward to seeing you!

CCLD Online Book Club

Do you love reading and discussing books with others? Have you always wanted to join a book club but can't fit the meetings into your schedule? CCLD has a solution for you! We have just launched our first virtual book club. Join Chemung County Library District's Goodreads book group and participate in monthly reading challenges and discussions with other local book lovers. Recommend your favorite books and get suggestions in return from library staff and other group members.

World Book Night

On Tuesday, April 23, 2013, book loving volunteers across America will participate in World Book Night by giving away books to adults in their community who don’t regularly read.  Several CCLD staff and the Friends of CCLD plan to participate in this national event. To find out more about where they will be distributing books, check our Calendar of Events.

Big Flats

Oliver & ComapnyTanglewood Nature Center is bringing their “Tanglewood Wild” program on April 2 @6:00pm.  They will have exotic animals from around the world.

Celebrate National Library Week with “Moreland the Magician” on April 16 @6:00pm

Popcorn and Movie Night in April has a different twist.  We will be showing the Disney Classic “Oliver & Company”, on April 30, 2013 @6:00pm, a great old movie for all ages.  Come see it on our big screen with theatre sound.

As always, we have Toddler Story Time with Miss Melanie on Wednesday mornings @10:30am.


National Bookmobile Day will be celebrated on Wednesday, April 17th. The staff will be visiting their regular stops that day which include Chemung School, Chemung Fire Hall, Lowman Post Office, Wellsburg Village Center, and the Carriage Estates.   Those who come aboard at these stops will be given a special treat and have a chance to win a gift basket. Also, on this special day, the Bookmobile staff will take time out to thank Chemung County Transit who provides service and storage of the Library District vehicle at their Clemens Center Parkway location.

Central (Elmira) - Adult

Upcoming Adult Programs

The Central Library is holding 2 special events for National Library Week.  Dr. Ellen McHugh will present How the Brain Learns to Read: What the Latest Scientific Research Tells Us about Dyslexia on Wednesday, April 17th at 7:00pm. Parents of children having difficulty in school may find this beneficial.  Practical suggestions for addressing this problem will be offered.
On Saturday, April 20th at 2:00pm, local authors will come together to present their recent publications and answer questions. Featured authors in the Local Author Forum will be Robert M. Barnum, author of Reagan: Architect of the End of the Cold War, Dick Farnsworth, author of Tunein’, James Hare, co-author with Archie Kieffer of Images of America Series - Elmira, and Michael Keane, author of Hiking to Hell and Back.   Book sales and signings will follow the presentation.  
Both programs are open and free to the public with no registration required.  Also, if you are a chess player, mark your calendar for May 4th and plan to participate in the 2nd Annual CCLD Chess Tournament.

Technology Training Lab Classes

IconsLast week, classes began in CCLD’s new Technology Training Lab at the Central Library, with more to come this month and in the coming months.  In April we will be offering classes Thursday afternoons at 1pm on a variety of topics including: eReaders, Facebook (2-part course), and Skype.  Microsoft Word will be offered as a 4-part course each week starting with part 1 on Monday, April 29th at 6pm and finishing with part 4 on May 20th.  A 4-part Microsoft Excel course will be offered in June.  If you are interested in signing up for any of these courses (registration is required) give us a call at 733-9175.  You can view a detailed schedule of our courses, including descriptions, on the CCLD Events Calendar.

Genealogical Research Tip

Time MachineHaving trouble finding ancestors in your family tree or trying to make a connection but can't seem to find the name of your great-great-great-great grandmother after countless hours of research? The Genealogy Department on the 2nd floor of the Central Branch may have the tool for you.

As you may know, finding maiden names or Christian names in legal documents from the 19th Century and earlier can be challenging. It is not widely known but, in addition to our traditional print and electronic resources, the Genealogy Department has a fully functioning time machine.  Patrons now have the opportunity to travel time and actually meet and interview their ancestors. However, because we are professionally bound by strict ethical standards not to change history or upset the space-time continuum, we must insist that anyone interested in using our time machine wear authentic apparel from the era they wish to visit.

Stop by today, April Fool’s Day, to try it out.

Central (Elmira) - Youth

Wreck It RalphBored during Spring Break Week? Well, come to Central Library and take part in the fun. Tuesday, April 2 at 6:30 p.m. is a free showing of the PG movie Wreck It Ralph, popcorn and water will be served. Thursday, April 4 at 2:00, kids ages 5 and up can register to come and compete in fun Minute to Win It based games, complete with prizes. Phone 733-9174 to register. April 4 is also the kickoff of the ever popular Art Club with Miss Pam; hurry to register, only a few spots are left! On April 16th at 4:00, to celebrate National Library Week, youth services will hold The Great Worm Race, bring your own worm (or we will supply one) and learn all about these wiggly wonders. Ages 4 and up need to register by calling 733-9174. On April 18 at 6:30, Moreland the Magician will give a free show...interactive fun for the whole family!


The Horseheads Library has a few events this month to keep in mind: The Friends of the Horseheads Library's Beer, Wine and Roses Fundraiser will be held on Saturday April 13, 2013 from 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM at the Horseheads Elks Club, benefitting the Horseheads Library. There will be music, food, and a silent auction. Tickets are $25.00 and can be picked up at the Horseheads Library.

On April 17 we celebrate National Library Week with a magic show! David Moreland will be here from 6 - 7pm presenting a show for all ages.

Van Etten

Barnyard Fun by Maureen WrightThe Van Etten Library will host a Children's Author Storytime and Book Signing on Saturday, April 20th at 3:00pm to celebrate National Library Week. Bring your kids to meet local, (Athens, PA),  Children's author Maureen Wright! She will be reading from her new books "Earth Day Birthday" and "Barnyard Fun on April 1."  There will be crafts and light refreshments. Books will be available for purchase & will be signed by Maureen.

West Elmira

Downton AbbeyCalling all Downton Abbey Fans! Interested in viewing and discussing Season 1 with other enthusiasts? West Elmira will be showing the first season, one episode each week, with discussion to follow. This event will take place Wednesdays from 2:00-3:30 beginning March 20th and ending May 1st. Tea and biscuits will be served.

National Library Week will be celebrated at the West Elmira Library with several fun events...

Moreland the Magician will be performing at PJ story time on Monday, April 15th at 6PM.

There will be a button craft on Wed, April 17th from 3:00-4:00 PM. We will be making bracelets or bookmarks. This craft is for those ages 6-12 and registration is required.

Test Drive an iPad on Friday April 19th from 9:30-11:00. Class size is limited and registration is required.

Saturday, April 20th from 1:00 to 2:30 bring your e-reader to the library. JobLink will be here to help you learn to download eBooks from the library.

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 Week

Online Book Club

World Book Night

This month at...

Big Flats


Central (Elmira)



Van Etten

West Elmira

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