Join Us For Our Crystal City Creators Series!

Throughout 2016 the library will be co-hosting the 2016 Crystal City Creators series. The series consists of free art programs for adults held on select Saturdays.

In April & May we’ve got two great programs on deck – read on for details!

If you’re interested in learning how to make alterations to your clothing or learning how to use perspective to draw then we have two great programs for you!

Alterations with Tat, a program that will show you the ropes of altering your clothing so it fits you to the proverbial T, is scheduled for this Saturday, April 23 and Basic Rules of Perspective with Laura Charles, a program focusing on using perspective to draw, will be held on May 21.

Both programs will run from noon to 3:00 p.m.

Registration is required. To register please call the library at: 607-936-3713

Registration is required for these free programs. To register call the library at: 607-936-3713.

Click on the photos to see a larger view!

Crystal City Creators- April 23

Crystal City Creators- May 21

Crystal City Creators List- April to August

The 2016 Crystal City Creator programs are  made possible, in part, with public funds from NYSCA’s Decentralization Program, administered regionally by  the ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes.

Library programs are made possible by the Friends of the Library.

Technology Sessions @ Corning Senior Center – April 21 & April 28

Just a reminder tomorrow, Thursday, April 21, is the first of our two April technology sessions for seniors at the Corning Senior Center.

We’ll have tablets and e-readers on hand that you can try out, or, you can bring your own tablet, e-reader or smartphone and ask us any questions have!

To register for this program call the Corning Senior Center at 607-962-8000

Here is the summary for the programs:

Tablet & Technology Basics @ Corning Senior Center: We’ve launched a twice monthly series of tablet and personal technology basics programs at the Corning Senior Center. Bring your tablet and your technology questions or try out one of our tablets. Questions are welcomed!  This series is co-hosted by SSCL Digital Literacy Staff and the Corning Senior Center and is free! To register for this class call the Senior Center at: 607-962-8000.

And the dates and times of both sessions are as follows:

Thursday, April 21, 2016 from 11:00 a.m. to noon


Thursday, April 28, 2016 from 11:00 a.m. to noon

Join us!

Linda, SSCL

Adult Services, Digital Literacy & Creation Station Events Week of July 20, 2015

Tuesday, July 21, 2015:

Creation Station, The Southeast Steuben County Library’s Makerspace, will be open from 1- 4 p.m.

Pop Artist Michael Albert: Adult & Young Adult Program: Join author and artist Michael Albert for a presentation about his modern pop art and then create your family’s own ‘cerealism’ piece of artwork. Space is limited, so please sign up by calling or stopping by the Children’s Dept. 936-3713 ext. 503.

Time: 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Pop Artist Michael Albert: Family Program: Join author and artist Michael Albert for a presentation about his modern pop art and then create your family’s own ‘cerealism’ piece of artwork. Space is limited, so please sign up by calling or stopping by the Children’s Dept. 936-3713 ext. 503.

Time: 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Freegal Music, OverDrive & Zinio: This program walks you through the steps of how to access digital library content. We’ll focus on how you checkout and enjoy E-Books, Digital Audiobooks, Streaming Video, Digital Music & Digital Magazines – all for free!

A library card is required to access digital library materials and if you don’t have one – we’ll sign you up for one during the program.

Time: 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Creation Station, The Southeast Steuben County Library’s Makerspace, will be open from 5-8 p.m.

Corning Area Writer’s Group: Inject some socialization into your solo writing time by join the library’s Adult Creative Writers Group for conversation, inspiration and feedback on writing projects. No sign up is required. This group meets every Thursday from 6-8 pm. On the third Thursday of the month the group meets in the library. On the other Thursdays the group meets at Soul Full Cup CoffeeHouse.

For more information, please call Adult Services Director Michelle Wells at (607) 936-3713 ext. 209 or email

Time: 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Saturday, July 25, 2015:

Firefly Screening and Cosplay: Firefly was a great example of the antiheroes we still love. Join us for a screening of the TWO different pilot episodes that were made and talk about what you loved best about the show.

Come in costume as one of the characters and win a prize!

Start Time: 4:00 p.m.

Available During Each Week:

One-On-One Personal Technology Sessions are available by appointment during the week! You can make an appointment with a member of our Digital Literacy Services staff to learn how to use a new computer, Mac, e-reader, tablet, smartphone or a variety of software including the Microsoft Office Suite and more; at a variety of times throughout each week.

This is a free service the library offers!

To make an appointment call the library at: 607-936-3713

Or send an email to us at: DIGLIT@STLS.ORG

Digital Literarcy Services Logo

SSCL Dig Lit Summer Reading Program Season Raffle Week 3

Our Digital Literacy Services department is raffling off two prizes each week in honor of it being the Summer Reading Season, and, in celebration of the opening of the library’s new Makerspace — Creation Station!

You can fill out a raffle ticket, at the Reference Desk, by simply asking a staff member about Creation Station, by attending a Dig Lit program or a One-On-One session.

And if you’re interested in creating items — and that can be anything from crafts, to novels to 3 D printed projects — stop by our Creation Station Tuesdays between 1-4 p.m. and/or Thursdays between 5-8 p.m.

And if you have questions about Creation Station just ask us!

Have a great day!
Linda, SSCL

Dig Lit Summer Reading Raffle Poster Week 3 July 20, 2015

Free Personal Technology Program Schedule May 2014

Hi everyone, here’s a link to a PDF that lists all the free personal technology programs being held at the library in May!

SSCL Digital Literacy Services Programs May 2014

Feel free to print off the list and/or forward the information to anyone you think might be interested.

And if you have any questions about the upcoming programs please free free to post them on this blog or send an email inquiry to: DIGLIT@STLS.ORG

And of course you can also call the library if you have questions —  our telephone number is: 607-936-3713

Have a great day!

Linda R.

March Teen Tech Program – This Friday, March 21 – LEGO bots!

 Join us this Friday, March 21, 2014 for our March Teen Tech Friday program!

This month’s tech topic is LEGO Mindstorms – which includes some hand on experience in building LEGO bots!

The program runs from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m.

Registration is required just so we know how many people to set up for!

To register please call us at 936-3713 ext. 503 or stop by the combo Children’s & Young Adult’s desk.

And if you’re wondering what LEGO Mindstorms is – click on the following link which will take you to the Mindstorms  section of the LEGO website where you can see and read more about the Mindstorms kit and Lego bots!

Have a great day!

Linda R.

What Kind Of Tech Programs Would You Like To See @ The Library?

As you may know, and if you don’t just FYI! The library offers a number of free tech programs and even free One-On-One sessions by appointment.

One-On-One Tech Sessions: Now of course the One-On-One sessions are made by appointment with a member of our tech staff, namely Jenn Gaylor or I, and these sessions offer people* an opportunity to come in with the new iPad, tablet, e-reader or PC they’ve just acquired and sit down with a person who is knowledgeable in the language of personal technology and just go over any questions they might have or listen to an overview of how their new device works. You can make a One-On-One tech appointment during any weekday/weekday evening hours the library is open so the appointment fits in with your schedule.

Tech Programs: Right now we are hosting a variety of tech programs on Wednesday afternoons and select evenings. Our current tech program offerings include programs on how to use the iPad, how to use Windows 8, how to do photo editing, how to use Excel, E-Fitness Resources (including a brief Wii workout) and how to use a Mac.

So my goal in creating this posting is to ask all library patrons reading this posting two simple questions regarding tech programs at the library:

  1. What tech topics would you like to see us create programs for in the future?


  1. What time would you find convenient to attend tech program at the library? In the morning, in the afternoon or in the evening?

And please feel free to make any additional comments regarding tech programs and services the library offers and/or ones you’d like to see the library offer.

Have a great day!
Linda R.

*One-On-One sessions may be made by individuals or small groups so if you’d like to come in yourself and learn how to use your new iPad or PC etc. you can do so and if instead you’d like to come in with your spouse, or a sibling or friend or two to learn how to use your new iPad, PC, e-reader or other gadget  — you can do that too! Just stop in the library or give us a call! You can make a tech appointment by calling 607-684-0361 or 607-936-3713 ext. 212.

Tech Programs of the Week & How To Work At A Computer All Day And Reap The Benefits Of Not Sitting All Day!

Tech Program of the Week: Hi everyone, we have three tech programs scheduled for this week: Dream & Create with Pinterest which is tonight, an iPad basics workshop tomorrow and a tech Try It Before You Buy It on Thursday.

Here are the descriptions for the programs:

Dream & Create with Pinterest! (Tuesday, December 4; Time: 5:30 – 7:30 PM): Tonight hostess Jenn Gaylor will be assisting all attendees in creating tomato cage Christmas Trees and making avocado salsa puffs. It should be fun and delicious! Join us!

Wednesday One Hour Tech: iPad Basics (Wednesday, December 5; Time 2:00 – 3:00 PM): Our next iPad workshop will be held this Wednesday, December 5 from 2:00 – 3:00 PMish. The “ish” simply means that the official program is from 2 to 3 and that if anyone has an extra question or two members of our tech staff will be on hand past that time to answer any additional questions. So if you just bought an iPad or an iPad Mini – Join us!

Try It Before You Buy It! (Thursday, December 6; Time: 6:00 – 7:30ish): This is more of a question and answer session than an official sit-down-and-go-over-how-to use-a tech-device program. We’ll have tablets, e-readers, a Windows 8 touchscreen laptop and a MacBook Pro set out on tablets for attendees to come in and try out as a precursor to purchasing a new tablet, e-reader or other tech device during the holiday shopping season. So if you interested in purchasing a new tablet or e-reader feel free to stop in and check out our devices before you buy one!

How To Work At A Computer All Day And Reap The Benefits Of Not Sitting All Day! I found an interesting article on the New York Times site titled Taking A Stand For Office Ergonomics. The article discusses the growing scientific evidence that indicates that people shouldn’t sit for long periods of time and that, of course, this is a big issue today because so many people spend their working lives sitting in front of a computer for hours at a stretch. Basic suggested for improved heath, i.e. reaping the benefits of not sitting all day, include the obvious getting up and moving periodically and utilizing adjustable work stations that allow workers to stand up while working or even to walk on a treadmill while working. It is a cool article that makes the valid point that we shouldn’t simply sit in front of a computer for hours on end we should stand up and move at least periodically!

Here’s the link:

Have a great day!

Linda R.


Lohr, S. (2012, December 1). Taking A Stand For Office Ergonomics. The New York Times.

Fun Pinterest Program Tonight! & Reminder Of Upcoming Library Closings

Fun Pinterest Program Tonight!

Did you know the library hosts several Pinterest programs each month?

We do!

And the next Pinterest program is tonight (11-20) from 5:30 to 7:00 PM.

Feel free to pop in for part of the program tonight; or indeed any time we are hosting a Pinterest event if you can’t quite make the 5:30 start time. Each Pinterest program features the creation of some type of delicious food and the creation of some cool item like homemade coasters or hot plates.

Tonight host Jenn Gaylor will be assisting attendees in creating Special Acorn Treats and DIY Stamped Tea Towels.

Here a link to Pinterest showing the delicious looking Acorn Treats:

And here is a link to Pinterest that shows the cool looking stamped tea towels which would make neat holiday gifts (of course, they look so cool I bet  you’ll want to keep them for yourself and later make a batch to give as holiday gifts!):

And we do ask that if possible you RSVP for any Pinterest event– simply so we know how many treats to plan on making and much in the way of supplies we need to create the special creation item being made!

So please RSVP via phone 607.684.0361 or email – Thanks!

Reminder Of Upcoming Library Closings: This is of course not strictly a tech related item – except of course for the fact that you won’t be able to access any of our onsite tech resources on the days we are closed. However, if you have any Internet connection you can always access e-books, a-audio books, e-videos, e-music titles and databases via our website found at SSCLIBRARY.ORG!

The Library will be closed on Thursday, November 22 in observance of Thanksgiving. We will re-open at our usual opening time of 10 AM on Friday, November 23. We’ll also be open our regular hours of 10 AM to 4 PM on Saturday, November 25.

And then the library will be closed for a week from Sunday, November 25 through Sunday, December 2 so that all the ceiling tiles in the library can be replaced. No physical library materials will be due during the week that we are closed for ceiling tile repair. However, if you wish to return your materials during that week you can place them in the big green book drop located next to the Tioga Avenue entrance to the library.*

Have a great day!

Linda R.

*The exception to this return in the book drop rule includes all our circulating e-readers and laptops – please do not place those in the book drop – instead please either return those items prior to the week we are closed or after we re-open on December 3. Thanks!