Here are the library events planned for April. We now have four different book clubs a month, so don’t be shy to join one that sounds interesting – we always love to see new faces! We also have a special Civil War anniversary celebration this month, featuring the storyteller Vicie Rolling. See below for more details.
April 1 – 4, April 9 – 11
The Montour Falls Library will host its spring book sale at St. Paul’s Parish House, 108 Genesee Street between 9:00 and 2:00 each day. There will be a large selection of children’s books, general fiction and nonfiction.
At 6:00, the Classics Reading Group will meet to discuss Death Comes for the Archbishop, a novel written by Willa Cather in 1927. The primary character is a bishop, Jean Marie Latour, who travels with his friend and vicar Joseph Vaillant from Sandusky, Ohio to New Mexico, which has only just become a territory of the United States. At the time of his departure, Cincinnati is the end of the railway line west, so Latour must travel by riverboat to the Gulf of Mexico, and thence overland to New Mexico, a journey which takes an entire year.
April 3: First Friday Music Series Presents Richie and Rosie
Richie Stearns and Rosie Newton are a dynamic duo performing music rooted in the Americana tradition. Over the past four years, they have collaborated in various projects and formed the duo after hours of jamming in Stearns’ kitchen, experimenting with traditional and original songs. Stearns is a legendary banjo player and singer, and has led bands including the Horse Flies, and Donna the Buffalo. He has also played with countless others, and tours with Natalie Merchant. He is steeped in the traditions of American old-time music, Appalachian folk, blues, African, rock, and country music.
Rosie Newton is a talented fiddler and singer at the beginning of her music career. She recently graduated from Ithaca College with a degree in viola performance, and has become an integral part of the Ithaca old-time music community. She has performed in various bands including her own project called the Pearly Snaps, and Ferintosh, an internationally touring Celtic music band. Richie Stearns and Rosie Newton take the fiddle, banjo combination to new levels as they continue to expand the boundaries of this tradition. Visit their website to hear clips of their music.
The donation is $10.
The library will host the homeschooling parents meeting at 9:00. Check out the Homeschooling in Schuyler County Facebook page for information and networking. Direct any questions to the library at 607-535-7489.
The Havana Book Club will meet at 6:00 to discuss Amitav Ghosh’s The Hungry Tide. The Hungry Tide is the sixth novel by Indian-born author Amitav Ghosh. It tells a story of adventure and unlikely love, identity and history, set in one of the most fascinating regions on the earth: off the easternmost coast of India, in the Bay of Bengal, lies the immense labyrinth of tiny islands known as the Sundarbans. For the settlers, life is extremely precarious. Attacks by deadly tigers are common. Unrest and eviction are constant threats. Without warning, at any time, tidal floods rise and surge over the land, leaving devastation in their wake.
April 9: “Lear Green Speaks: Unpacking the Underground Railroad”
On Thursday, April 9th, Confederate General Lee surrendered Appomattox, and this date is widely celebrated as the end of the Civil War. On April 9th of 2015, the Montour Falls Library will celebrate this anniversary by hosting Vicie Rolling, a performance artist who will deliver a half-hour storytelling entitled “Lear Green Speaks: Unpacking the Underground Railroad.” She will explore the life of Lear Green, one of Mark Twain’s servants. The event will be hosted at the Old Havana Courthouse Theatre at 7:00, with a reception immediately following at the library.
You can see some of Rolling’s past performances on YouTube.
This event is made possible by the QuickARTS grant program administered by The ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes and funded by the Community Foundation of Elmira-Corning and the Finger Lakes, Inc.
The newly formed Young Readers Group will host an informational meeting at 3:30. Please bring book ideas to discuss. Contact the library with questions at 535-7489.
The library will host the storytelling circle at 6:00.
The Science Fiction and Fantasy Book Club will meet and discuss Stranger In A Strange Land by American author Robert A. Heinlein. It tells the story of Valentine Michael Smith, a human who comes to Earth in early adulthood after being born on Mars and raised by Martians. He is ordered by the Martians to return to Earth, much against his will. His arrival on Earth prompts a political power struggle that puts his life in danger. Eventually Smith develops a Martian-influenced “Church of All Worlds,” where members learn the Martian language and acquire psychokinetic abilities.
The Montour Falls Library Board of Trustees will meet for the monthly board meeting at 6:00.
Preschool Stories will host Song and Dance with Sarra Solomon at 10:30.
The library is closed.
10:30 is “Toddler Time” at the Montour Falls Library. We welcome all to come and share stories and songs.
“Open Sketch” at the Montour Falls Library will be hosted by John Hunt, a local self -taught artist. This is open to all ages and levels and starts at 3:00 every week. Please bring your own supplies and drop by. For more information call 546-2338
“Infant Lap Time” at the Montour Falls Library at 10:30. This is a program designed for newborns to preschoolers and includes music, stories, and sharing of information and resources for parents. Fridays:
“Preschool Story Time” at the Montour Falls Library at 10:30. This program is open to all. We encourage older and younger siblings to choose books to have read to them, and to read to each other.