Below are our programs and events for July. We are excited to offer four different book clubs, which meet monthly, as well as children’s programs for every age and reading level. Stop in just to say hello or to stay awhile and join us!
At 6:00, the Classics reading group will discuss The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain. Commonly named among the Great American Novels, the work is among the first in major American literature to be written throughout in vernacular English, characterized by local color regionalism. It is a direct sequel to The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. The book is noted for its colorful description of people and places along the Mississippi River. Set in a Southern antebellum society, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is an often scathing satire on entrenched attitudes, particularly racism.
The library will be closed to celebrate the holiday – have a safe and fun day!
At 6:00, the Havana book club will meet to discuss July’s author, Karen Russell. She is an American novelist and short story writer. Swamplandia!, her debut novel, is the story a family of alligator wrestlers who live on Swamplandia!, an alligator-wrestling theme park, and was a finalist for the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. She won the Bard Fiction Prize in 2011 for her book of short stories, St. Lucy’s Home for Girls Raised by Wolves. We have both available for circulation, as well as her latest collection of short stories, titled Vampires in the Lemon Grove.
July 18, 9 – 11 a.m.
Historical Trail Walk
with local historian Gary Emerson
Take a walk into the past by joining historian Gary Emerson this summer for historic trail walks on the beautiful Catharine Valley Trail. Learn about the Chemung Canal, Chemung Railroad, Queen Catharine, the Sullivan-Clinton Campaign, and more during the 1.5 mile walk. See and experience where our local history really happened.
The walk begin at 9 a.m. and will conclude at 11 a.m.
Transportation back to the library will be provided.
Contact the Library at 535-7489 or Gary Emerson at email@example.com.
At 6:00, the Sci-Fi and Fantasy book club will meet to discuss Ancillary Justice by Anne Leckie. Ancillary Justice is set thousands of years in the future, where the primary galactic power is the Radch empire, which uses artificial intelligence to control human bodies (“ancillaries”) to use as soldiers. The Radchaai do not distinguish people by gender, and Leckie conveys this by using female personal pronouns for everybody. The novel follows Breq, the sole survivor of a star ship destroyed by treachery, as she attempts to revenge herself on the ruler of her civilization.
At 3:30, the Dragonette book club will meet to discuss Nightbird by Alice Hoffman. Twig, the main character, lives in Sidwell, where people whisper that fairy tales are real. Her town is rumored to hide a monster. And two hundred years ago, a witch placed a curse on Twig’s family that was meant to last forever. But everything will change when the red moon rises. It’s time to break the spell. The dragonette book club is open to all young readers, regardless of their reading level.
The monthly board meeting for library trustees will meet at 6:00 at the Montour Falls Library.
Please note: Open Sketch, usually held every Tuesday of the month, will be suspended for the summer and will resume in the fall. First Friday concerts will also resume in the fall.
The library is closed.
10:30 is “Blankets and Books” at Havana Glen Park. We welcome all ages to come share in storytelling. (In case of inclement weather, the group will meet in the library instead).
“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.
“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.
The library’s new intern, Jacob, will host an open music program starting at 12 pm at the library. Whatever your instrument or experience level is, drop in to meet and jam with other local musicians.
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