Fall 2011 Newsletter
The Haunted Library
The End is Here!
Can You Survive a Night With the Undead?
Join us October 28th from 6:30 - 8:30 PM at the Steele Memorial Library.
94 Rock will be live on location.
Not Suitable for Young Children. No Strollers Please.
Those interested in volunteering can come to the meeting in the Steele Memorial Library auditorium on September 23rd at 5:30pm. Ages 13 and up only.
Horseheads Friends of the Library Book Sale
The Friends of the Horseheads Library have set their book sale dates for September 13 - 17, 2011. Sale hours will be Tuesday - Friday from 10 AM - 7 PM, and Saturday from 10 AM - 4 PM (bag sale day). The sale will be held at the Town & Country Fire Hall - (130 Gardner Road in Horseheads).
Additionally, a date for the next Horseheads Wine, Beer, and Roses event has been chosen. Mark your calendars for March 24, 2012.
Van Etten Community Festival
Van Etten Library & CCLD’s Bookmobile will be at the Van Etten Community Festival, Sat. Sept 10th, 2011.
Enjoy music, food, fun, craft and business vendors at the Van Etten Festival. Families will enjoy rides for the kids, giveaways at every booth, and stories and prizes at the library table and bookmobile! Bring your library card to check out books from the bookmobile, too!
Festival booths and events will be located at the S-VE Elementary School (Main St. lawn) at 7 Langford St., Van Etten, NY 14889. Festival time: 10 AM - 6 PM.
Montigue "Monty" T. Moose
“Monty” was conceived as a way to connect to other libraries, share an experience with them, and bring the experience and good will to our patrons. He is one of our story time puppets, traveling via parcel post, to libraries that have volunteered to host him via the public library listserv.
Monty is doing a great job as the CCLD Goodwill Ambassador. His first stop was New York City, and the famous library there. He posed with Fortitude, one of the library lions. He also attended a storytelling festival! Afterwards, he traveled to Eau Claire, Wisconsin, West Palm Beach, Florida (where he met up with “relatives”, Uncle Malcolm and Cousin Marc) and was a huge hit there, as the guest of honor at a story time tea.
He continues to travel the U.S. and Canada (where he is helping with the grand opening celebration of a new library!) until May of 2012. Watch his Facebook page, which you can find a link to on the CCLD’s Facebook front page, or directly at http://www.facebook.com/montytmoose.
Summer Reading Club Success
We are delighted to share our success of the Summer Reading Club with our readers! Our patrons came out in droves to all library branches to participate in programs with the central theme of “One World, Many Stories”. The theme gave our Youth Services staff a treasure trove of event possibilities, from featuring world cultures, to the prehistoric world, animal world, and even an event out of this world, featuring Corning’s portable planetarium! Each branch hosted one themed event per week, along with tracking reading records and awarding prizes for goals met. Combined attendance for all branches was over 2000!
The big news on the Youth Services front is the first combined end-of-the-Summer-Reading-Club party named One Party, Many Libraries. Held at Eldridge Park, our participants enjoyed games, balloons, face-painting, and tattoos. Entertainment was provided by Judy Stock. Hot dogs and ice cream were available, and rides on the Eldridge Park carousel were the highlight of the event. CCLD T-shirts were handed out to children who met their reading goal.
Fall Youth Programs
The fun doesn't stop, just because Summer is over! Here are some of the youth events we have coming up.
9/20/11 at 6:00 PM - Big Flats Library will host Fall Family Fun Fest with Bobby K Entertainment.
9/26/11 at 3:00 PM - West Elmira will host an interactive educational program for kids about Lyme disease.
9/29/11 at 3:30 PM - Steele Memorial Library Scarecrow Spectacular. Come to the library for scarecrow stories and decorating.
10/6/11 at 6:30 PM - The Friends of the Library are sponsoring a visit from Children's author Helen Ketteman, author of Goodnight Little Monster, The Three Little Gators, Luck with Potatoes, and Bubba the Cowboy Prince. (Steele)
10/13/11 at 3:30 PM - Popcorn and Pumpkin Day! Hear some pumpkin and popcorn tales. Recommended for ages over 4 and registration is required for this event. (Steele)
11/18/11 at 3:30 PM - Where's Waldo in the Library? Join us for a Waldo scavenger hunt in the library, Waldo and Wenda will be here and we will enjoy activities based on the Where's Waldo books. No registration is necessary and recommended for ages 4 and up. (Steele)
More fall events at West Elmira - Stay tuned for an October Nature craft! November will bring a visit from the SPCA, and in December we will have a special performance and some storytelling from CCLD’s very own Story Stew!
Weekly Events and Storytimes include...
Monday - Preschool Storytime at 10:30 AM for Ages 3-5 (Steele)
Monday - Pajama Storytime at 6:15 PM (West Elmira)
Tuesday - Mother Goose on the Loose at 10:30 AM for Ages Birth -18 mos. (Steele)
Tuesday - Toddler Storytime at 10:30 AM (West Elmira)
Wednesday - Get-Together for Homeschoolers Ages 7-12 at 10:30 AM. (West Elmira)
Thursday - Pre-School Storytime at 10:30 AM. (West Elmira)
Friday - Toddler Storytime at 10:30 AM for Ages 18 mos. to 3 years. (Steele)
All story times will start the week of September 18th!
Check our calendar for more events at your local library.
Fall Adult Programs
Computer Classes Presented by JobLink
A variety of computer training classes (at different CCLD branches) including: Internet, Microsoft Word, Excel, and more. For a complete class schedule visit our calendar or STLS's JobLink website.
Movie Night at Van Etten Library
September 23rd - 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Movie Night returns to Van Etten Library with the wonderful classic film, "Charade" starring Audrey Hepburn & Carey Grant.
October 28th - 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
What horrors await you at the Van Etten Library? A classic Frankenstein movie? An Alfred Hitchcock thriller? You decide! Submit your suggestions to Doris Jean at the Van Etten Library by October 10th.
Genealogy for Beginners Workshop
October 24th - 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Interested in researching your family tree? Join Steele staffers Phyllis Rogan & Sherry Nichols as they present a workshop of Steele’s genealogical and local history resources, how to search Heritage Quest Online, Ancestry.com, and the New York State Vital Statistics Index. Registration required: call 733-9175.
Paranormal Activity at
the Gettysburg Battlefield
October 27th - 7:00 PM - 8:45 PM
Paranormal Activity at
the Gettysburg Battlefield will be presented by John Trice and Pat Karas at the Steele Memorial Library.
Piecemakers' Quilt Exhibit Show
November 2011 - The quilts are coming...
Check our calendar for more events at your local library.
New & Upcoming Titles
We are excited about a few upcoming titles: this fall, we’ll be rockin’ in Pete the Cat’s new school shoes! Pete The Cat – Rocking in My School Shoes, by Eric Litwin (art by James Dean), is our pick for school visits this year! Amazon says, “Pete the Cat is back—and this time he’s rocking in his school shoes. Pete discovers the library, the lunchroom, the playground, and lots of other cool places at school. And no matter where he goes, Pete never stops moving and grooving and singing his song . . . because it’s all good.” (Be sure to check out Litwin’s previous title, Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes, a particular favorite at West Elmira)!
For young adults, check out Delirium: the Special Edition by Lauren Oliver, a dystopian novel about a controlled society in which love is considered to be a disease that must be eradicated by the government. Read on to find out what happens when teenager Lena falls in love and must face the truth about her world. Also, we love This Dark Endeavor: the Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein by Kenneth Oppel. This modern gothic thriller is a prequel to Mary Shelley’s classic! Adults, remember: Young Adult literature is a “point of view,” not a reading level. Check out your young adult section in your library, you will surely find some gems! One particular gem we can’t say enough good things about: Mark Zusak’s The Book Thief. This novel is an unforgettable story about the ability of books to feed the soul.
For adults, we are excited about upcoming titles soon to be released: The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, The Leftovers by Tom Perrotta, and Flash and Bones by Kathy Reichs.
See you at the Library!