Someone to Ride the River With: May’s First Friday performers

Someone To Ride The River With

Someone to Ride the River With are a Winchester, VA/Ithaca, NY-based folk group.

The rhythmic sounds of clawhammer banjo, the melodic sweetness of guitar, and the lush string arrangements set the background for beautiful vocal harmonies in this intimate group. Performing a combination of original tunes and beloved folk songs, Someone to Ride the River With is sure to present a marriage of nostalgic and unique sounds. Someone to Ride the River With is Jamie Blum on banjo/vocals, Joe D’Esposito on fiddle, Terence Marciano on guitar/vocals, and Andrew Ryan on bass.

Join us May 1st at 6:00
A small donation of $10.00 supports the library and the musicians.

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April 2015

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.

April 1

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.

April 8

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.

April 15

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.

April 16

The library will host the storytelling circle at 6:00.

April 21

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.

April 22

The Montour Falls Library Board of Trustees will meet for the monthly board meeting at 6:00.

April 24

Preschool Stories will host Song and Dance with Sarra Solomon at 10:30.

Ongoing

Mondays:

The library is closed.

Tuesdays:

10:30 is “Toddler Time” at the Montour Falls Library. We welcome all to come and share stories and songs.

Tuesdays:

“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

Thursdays:

“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.

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March Calendar 2015

March means spring is close! While we eagerly await the warmer weather, we have a busy month full of events to enjoy – most notably, our trip to Longwood Gardens on the 28th (see the post above this for the information). We hope to see you soon!

March 4

The Montour Falls Library will have a meeting for homeschooling parents to share information and ideas at 9:00.

The Montour Falls Library is forming a new reading group focusing on Classical Literature.  We have chosen to discuss Go Down Moses by William Faulkner. Go Down Moses is a collection of short stories, considered one of Faulkner’s masterpieces. The novel tells the story of the McCaslin family, beginning with the family patriarch and his many descendants, both black and white. It is a noteworthy exploration of race, particularly as it is compounded with miscegenation, and is concerned also with the vanishing wilderness. The classics group is just forming and all input and ideas are welcome. We will meet on the first Wednesday of each month at 6:00.

March 6

The library will be hosting the Science and Discovery Center for Preschool Story Time, starting at 10:30. The topic is worms. Walk (or wiggle) your way to this fun presentation!

lynn wiles angie
The library is pleased to welcome the Lynn Wiles and Angie Beeler duo as our First Friday performers. Wiles and Beeler present the excitement and romance of Bossa Nova, as well as great tunes from The American Songbook. This duo brings to the listener the celebrated harmonies, rhythm, and lyrical melodies of the great standards like How Insensitive, Girl From Impanema, and Agua De Beber.

March 11

The Havana Book Club will meet at 6:00 at the library to discuss the author Marilynne Robinson. Robinson has written four novels: Housekeeping (1980), Gilead (2004), Home (2008), and Lila (2014), and has many works of nonfiction, including The Death of Adam: Essays on Modern Thought (1998) and Absence of Mind: The Dispelling of Inwardness from the Modern Myth of the Self (2010). For a complete list of her works, click here. We look forward to the discussion!

 

March 17

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Book Club will meet at 6 pm at the Montour Falls Library to discuss Anne Rice. Check out her website dedicated to all her literature here. Our collection has many of her novels available: Prince Lestat, The Wolves of Midwinter, The Vampire Chronicles, The Wolf Gift: A Novel, Of Love and Evil, The Songs of the Seraphim, Angel Time, Merrick , Vittorio the vampire, The Vampire Armand, Pandora: New Tales of the Vampires, Taltos, Lives of the Mayfair Witches, and Lasher. StarCat also has an extensive collection of Rice’s works available for hold.

March 18

The newly formed Young Readers Group will hold an informational meeting at 3:30. Please bring book ideas to discuss!

And 2 make 3 storytellers
Eliud and Meredith

March 19

At 6 pm, the Montour Falls Library will host a Storytelling Circle featuring story tellers Eliud and Meredith Nieves of And Two Make Three storytellers. Bring a personal memory and create a story. All are welcome.

March 25

The March Montour Falls Library board meeting will be held at 6 pm.

March 26

The Montour Falls Library’s Local History talk will feature Village Historian Al Sweet at 7:00.  Mr. Sweet will discuss the industry in the village from 1829 forward, focusing on the west hill of the village where many factories sprung up to support the needs of the Chemung Canal, and the building expansion taking place here.

March 27

Preschool story time will feature Dance and Song with Sarra Solomon at 10:30. Children of all ages are welcome!

longwood

March 28

Winter is anything but cold, dreary, and snowy in our Gardens.

Step inside our warm 4-acre Conservatory. Breathe in fresh air and see how our horticulture expertise shines during Orchid Extravaganza. Discover nearly 5,000 vibrant orchids crafted into exquisite arrangements and forms, including our largest-ever orchid baskets, an oncidium waterfall display, and— back by popular demand—the return of our orchid meadow.

The Montour Falls Memorial Library is sponsoring a bus trip to Longwood Gardens in Philadelphia, PA. Registration is $115 per person, due to the library by March 17th. The fee includes the ticket price into the gardens at the group discount rate.

The bus will be leaving the library at 6 am, arriving at the gardens at approximately 10:30 am. The bus will leave the gardens at 5:30 pm to head back home.  Email any questions to roxanne@montourfallslibrary.org or call the library at 535-7489.

Help support the library and welcome back spring!

Ongoing

Mondays:

The library is closed.

Tuesdays:

10:30 is “Toddler Time” at the Montour Falls Library. We welcome all to come and share stories and songs.

Tuesdays:

“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

Thursdays:

“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.


Did you know…

Members of the Southern Tier Library System get three free music downloads each week! It’s easy: click here and log in to redeem your downloads (the same username & password you use for StarCat). Enjoy!

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March bus trip annoucement: Longwood Gardens

“Winter is anything but cold, dreary, and snowy in our Gardens.”

longwood orchid

Step inside our warm 4-acre Conservatory. Breathe in fresh air and see how our horticulture expertise shines during Orchid Extravaganza. Discover nearly 5,000 vibrant orchids crafted into exquisite arrangements and forms, including our largest-ever orchid baskets, an oncidium waterfall display, and— back by popular demand—the return of our orchid meadow.

The Montour Falls Memorial Library is sponsoring a bus trip to Longwood Gardens in Philadelphia, PA. Registration is $115 per person, due to the library by March 17th. The registration cost includes admission  into the gardens at the group discount rate.

The bus will be leaving the library at 6 am on Saturday, March 28th, arriving at the gardens at approximately 10:30 am. The bus will leave the gardens at 5:30 pm to head back home.  Email any questions to roxanne@montourfallslibrary.org or call the library at 535-7489.

Help support the library and welcome back spring!

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January and February 2015

Happy 2015 everyone! Below are the Library events planned for this month and next.

January 7:

The Solar Schuyler group will meet at the Montour Falls Library at 6:00. For more information, please call 607-342-2664.         Due to weather conditions, this meeting has been cancelled. The next meeting is February 5 at 6:00.

January 14:

The Havana Book Club will meet at 6:00 at the Montour Falls Library. The author of the
month is Isabel Allende, who authored the following books: The House of the Spirits, Eva Luna, Paula, Portrait in Sepia, Ines of my Soul and, most recently, Maya’s Notebook. Feel free to read any book by the author (there are plenty more) and please join us for the discussion!

January 15:

The Montour Falls Library will host a Storytelling Circle at 6 pm. Pick whatever topic that interests you. We look forward to your presentations!

January 21:

The Science Fiction book club will meet at 6:00 at the Montour Falls Library. The book discussion will be on Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi. Bacigalupi’s writings explore the effects of bioengineering and the struggles of energy, food and fossil fuel depletion. He has written many short stories, and Windup Girl was his debut novel. Please bring a list of other books for future discussion.

February 4:

A new book club focused on Classical Literature will meet at 5:00 for an informational meeting. Please bring any ideas with you for which books you’d like to read and discuss.

The Montour Falls Library will host Steve Gabriel at 7:00 to talk about his new book, co-authored with Ken Mudge, ” Farming in the Woods”.  The book is filled with information on mushrooms,sugaring, ginseng, fruit and nut trees, forest farming, in a changing climate, and more.  A book signing will follow.

February 6:

We are pleased to announce the performers for our First Friday music series are Lynn Wiles and Ted Robinette.

Lynn and Ted blend their guitars and voices together with many familiar and not so familiar songs. You might hear anything from Miles Davis to Joni Mitchell, and just about anything in between. Not to be missed! A small donation of $5.00 is asked to support the Library and the musicians. The concert will start at 6 pm. Please call the library at 607-535-7489 with any questions.

February 10:

The Homeschooling Focus group will meet at 5:00. Please call the library at 607-535-7489 with any questions.

February 11:

The Havana Book Club will meet at 6:00 to discuss Michael Ondaatje, the author of the month. Ondaatje’s career spans fiction, poetry and film. He is well known for his novel, The English Patient, which was adapted into a movie and won the Academy Award for Best Picture. Other novels include Divisadero, Anil’s Ghost, and The Cat’s Table.  He also has an extensive poetry collection including 13 books of poetry. Please choose a title to discuss, and we look forward to seeing you!

February 18:

 

 

At 6 the Montour Falls Library the Science Fiction and Fantasy Book Club will meet. This month’s book , “The Night Circus” by Erin Morgenstern will be discussed.  All are welcome. Please bring a list of books you would like to suggest.

 

February 19:

The Storytelling Circle group will meet at 6 at the library.

February 20:

Song and Story will be hosted by Sara Solomon at 10:30. This is open to all ages, so please come join us!

February 25:
The library Board of Trustees will hold their monthly board meeting at 6:30 at the Montour Falls Memorial Library.

Ongoing:

Mondays:

The library is closed.

Tuesdays:

10:30 is “Toddler Time” at the Montour Falls Library. We welcome all to come and share stories and songs.

Tuesdays:

“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.

Thursdays:

“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.

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FRIDAY January 2nd @ 6:00 pm

Old Havana Courthouse Theatre

A NEW YEAR’S GIFT (First Friday Music Series)

Sponsored by The Montour Falls Memorial Library – Meet the artists at a reception following the concert at the Library next door

Inspired by the ancient custom of gift-giving to mark the new year, Duo Mignarda will present a special program of music of the British Isles from circa 1580 – 1680. With the music of John Dowland as the centerpiece, the program will feature forward-looking English songs and lute music from historical sources, probing the perfect marriage of poetry and music – with texts both light and dark – from the Golden Age of English lute songs. Duo Mignarda will perform music by John Dowland, John Danyel, Thomas Campion, Thomas Morley, Robert Jones and others, with early Scottish music and a smattering of traditional ballads and dance tunes.

Donation $15.00

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