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August 2013 Newsletter

Summer Reading Club

I am ZeldaThe 2013 Adult Summer Reading Club is well under way, and we have had some wonderful weekly programs at each of the branches.  Summer Reading Club continues through August 9th, 2013 and it's not too late to sign up. Signing up and logging books that you read makes you eligible for the final prize drawing; a Kindle Fire will be awarded at each branch!

August 12th, 2013 is the Adult Summer Reading Club finale!  The program will be held at 7:00 PM at Chemung County Library District's Central Library.   This is a District-wide public event and all are welcome!  Our program “I am Zelda” is a one-woman play presented by Rita Parisi, that portrays the flapper, Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald, the wife of F. Scott Fitzgerald, who authored “The Great Gatsby.”  Zelda Fitzgerald, is said to be a misunderstood woman, a woman who was a mother, an accomplished dancer, an exhibited artist and a published writer in her own right. This event is being funded by the Friends of CCLD.

Participants of the 2013 Youth Summer Reading Club will be rewarded with a special District-wide party to be held at Eldridge Park. Talk to your branch library staff for details. The last day to sign up and record minutes to your reading club log is August 9th.

Big Flats

Darrin RaceLas Vegas magic comes to the Big Flats Library on August 20, 2013 @6:00pm. Magician Darrin Race has been a professional Magician and ETA (Elvis Tribute Artist) for over 30 years. Come watch this family friendly show and learn the history of magic and magicians such as Houdini, Blackstone and more! You will be amazed at Darrin’s live magic performance of mystery, fun, and audience participation.  Darrin will also teach how to do amazing magic tricks that you can fool your family and friends with.

A guaranteed fun and learning experience!


The bookmobile has a very busy August with plans to attend several events.  August 10th from 12:00-3:00 will be the bookmobile’s first time attending  Eldridge Park’s Family Fun Day.  We will be at Strong Kids Safe Kids on August 17th from 10-3. August 22nd is the Heritage Park Hot dog Social; bookmobile will be there from 5:00-7:00.  Finally, August 24th from 10:00-1:00 will be our first time attending Wellsburg Community Days. Feel free to come and see the CCLD bookmobile at any of these fun family events. There will be prizes, games, balloons, tattoos, and more.  Kim, Sue and Dave look forward to seeing everyone.  Any new visitors to the bookmobile get a treat, just bring this coupon to any of our August events and receive a prize.

Central (Elmira)

Adult Serivces

Summer Concerts

The final Friends’ Summer Concert will be held on Tuesday, August 6th at 7:00pm. If you’ve not attended any of the concerts this year, come out and enjoy the classic rock and roll sounds of Still Kickin’ under the Elmira Promenade. We thank the Friends of CCLD for funding the concerts again this summer.

Technology Training

Computer classes continue at Central Library with basic Excel on August 12th at 6pm and PowerPoint on August 26th at 6pm. Registration is requred. (607)733-9175

Teen Services

Street Painting Festival
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Teens from the Central (Steele) Library participated in the Elmira Street Painting Festival on July 13 & 14, 2013. Our street painting was done in tempera paint and chalk.  Teen Isadora Morgan created the characters in our design, and came up with a lively version of our CCLD logo.  Alex Chichester, Isadora Morgan, Sarah Bogdan, and Teen Services coordinator Doris Jean Metzger painted the design onto the street.  The characters names are: “the Patron Saint of Ginger Tea” (blue, grinning monster), and “Gas Mask George” (green and orange character in the lower right).

Interested in participating in community events like these and getting to know other teens from the area? Join us for "Teen Hangout Time" in the auditorium of the Central Branch (Steele Memorial Library) for music, food, wii games, teen program brainstorming, art, and more! Bring your friends, eat, hangout, have fun!  Bring your laptops and other devices, to connect to our Wi-Fi. Come and go as you please from 6pm to 7:30pm.  No adults allowed without a teen escort, except teen librarian, Doris Jean! :)

Youth Services

Tom SielingCentral Library keeps the fun Summer Reading Club specials coming in August…remember that the club ends August 9, so there is still time to read and enjoy weekly prizes.  Programs include Howl at the Moon with Tom Sieling on August 1 and an Elephant and Piggie party on August 8, both at 3:30. Participants also will get an invitation to a fun ending party at Eldridge Park on August 14.

Weekly story times at Wisner Park continue every Thursday at 11:00am through August.

The last week of August, beat the heat and enjoy the last days before returning to school. Wednesday August 28 at 2:00pm a free family movie, Oz the Great and Powerful will be shown in the auditorium with popcorn and on Friday August 30 local author Maureen Wright will lead a story time and a craft, featuring her books. This is especially suited for ages 3-8, no registration is required.


Horseheads Library is wrapping up the summer with a story time for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers on August 1, from 10:30-11am.

One more Tuesday film will be offered on August 6 at noon, called A Musical Tour of Germany.

On August 7, children can enjoy various activities related to the books of Mo Willems. Special appearance by Elephant & Piggie!  All ages, no registration required.

Van Etten

Writing WorkshopDo you have a favorite or significant memory or life experience you'd like to capture or express? Do you like to write or want to get started writing? Join writer and teacher Mary Gilliland at the Van Etten Library for a free, two-part workshop. All ages (elementary school, teens, adults & seniors!) and levels of ability are welcome! Part 1 will be Monday August 5 at 4:00pm, with part 2 on Wednesday August 7 at 4pm.

We will write, give feedback, and share our work (if you wish).  Writing group participants and writer Mary Gilliland will read their work. Family and friends are invited to attend!

Bring your own writing materials!

Registration is encouraged. Email or contact the library: metzgerd@stls.org; 607-589-4755 ext. 3.

This event is funded in part by Poets & Writers, Inc. with public funds from the NY State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo & the NY State Legislature.

West Elmira

Pizza GardenThe final program for the West Elmira Library SRC will take place on Tuesday at 3PM; we will "Dig Into a Mystery" that day. Can you guess who lived where the West Elmira Library now stands? You will have until August 9th to record your minutes so keep reading and we'll see you at the Eldridge Park party!

The Pizza Garden has done well and staff will be treating the summer Jr. Volunteers and those who helped plant to a pizza party using the ingredients from the garden.

The photos for the Teen Summer Reading Club were amazing! Voting has ended and winners will be announced on August 5th. Patrons will be able to see the photos on display through the month of August.

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

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