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August 1: Classics Reading Group

At 6:00 pm, the Classics Reading Group will meet to discuss A Lady’s Life in the Rocky Mountains by Isabella L. Bird. In 1872, Isabella Bird, daughter of a clergyman, set off alone to the Antipodes “in search of health” and found she had embarked on a life of adventurous travel. In 1873, wearing Hawaiian riding dress, she rode her horse through the American Wild West, a terrain only newly opened to pioneer settlement. The letters that make up this volume were first published in 1879. They tell of magnificent, unspoiled landscapes and abundant wildlife, of encounters with rattlesnakes, wolves, pumas and grizzly bears, and her reactions to the volatile passions of the miners and pioneer settlers. A classic account of a truly astounding journey.

August 2: Day Book Club

At 11:30 am, the Day Book Club will meet to discuss The Girl Next Door by Ruth Rendell. In the waning months of the second World War, a group of children discover an earthen tunnel in their neighborhood outside London. Throughout the summer of 1944–until one father forbids it–the subterranean space becomes their “secret garden,” where the friends play games and tell stories. Decades later, construction workers uncover a tin box containing two skeletal hands, one male and one female. As the discovery makes national news, the friends come together once again, to recall their days in the tunnel for the detective investigating the case. Is the truth buried among these aging friends and their memories? This impromptu reunion causes long-simmering feelings to bubble to the surface.

August 2: Montour Falls Farmers Market

From 4:00 to 7:00 at the pavilion at 300 West Main Street will be the Montour Falls Farmers Market. Local farmers will offer healthy, fresh, local, affordable vegetables, fruits, meats, cheeses, and more. All eligible vendors accept SNAP, and the market gives out $2 Fresh Connect Checks. There will be live music, story time for the children, and Storytelling Circle open to all. Food trucks will provide hot meals and treats. Thursdays, 4:00 to 7:00, May through October.   montourfallsfarmersmarket.com

August 3: First Friday Movie Night

At 4:00 pm, kick off the weekend with a free movie and snacks. No reservations required; just show up. We will be watching Ready Player One. We will be showing new movies every first Friday.

August 4: Morning on the Catharine Valley Trail

At 8:00 am, meet at the library steps for a walk on the Catharine Valley Trail. We will meet every first Saturday of every month to walk, talk, and be outside.

August 4: Upcycle Society

At 10:00 am, join the Upcycle Society to reinvent books, bags, clothing, and other materials to make unique creations from discarded household items. Appropriate for ages 8 and up. Upcycle: To process used goods or scrap material in order to produce something that is often better than the original.

August 7: Blankets and Books

At 10:00 am, join us at Havana Glen Park for our Blankets and Books outdoor storytime series, which will meet at Havana Glen Park every Tuesday morning in June, July, and August. Hear stories, learn about nature, and play outside. At 9:00, just before storytime, the Schuyler County Family Play and Resource Center will take a Stroll in the Park at Havana Glen Park with strollers and riding toys. Parking is free at the park for these events.

August 7: The Futurists: Next Generation Readers

At 6:00 pm, our young adult book group will meet to discuss Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith. A rollicking tale that is simultaneously creepy and hilarious. In the small town of Ealing, Iowa, Austin and his best friend, Robby, have accidentally unleashed an unstoppable army. An army of horny, hungry, six-foot-tall praying mantises that only want to do two things. The propulsive plot would be delightful enough on its own, but Smith’s ability to blend teenage drama into a bug invasion is a literary joy to behold. The author brilliantly weaves together everything from testicle-dissolving genetically modified corn to the struggles of recession-era, small-town America in this groundbreaking coming-of-age stunner.

August 8: Havana Book Club

At 6:00 pm, the Havana Book Club will meet to discuss Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng. In Shaker Heights, a placid, progressive suburb of Cleveland, everything is planned – from the layout of the winding roads, to the colors of the houses, to the successful lives its residents will go on to lead. And no one embodies this spirit more than Elena Richardson, whose guiding principle is playing by the rules.Enter Mia Warren – an enigmatic artist and single mother – who arrives in this idyllic bubble with her teenaged daughter Pearl, and rents a house from the Richardsons. Soon Mia and Pearl become more than tenants: all four Richardson children are drawn to the mother-daughter pair. But Mia carries with her a mysterious past and a disregard for the status quo that threatens to upend this carefully ordered community.

August 11: Photo Fun

At 10:00 am, take photos in a creative exploration.

August 14: Environmental Literature Reading Group

At 6:00 pm, the Environmental Literature Reading Group will meet to discuss The Green Book by Elizabeth Rogers and Thomas Kostigen. With wit and authority, the authors provide hundreds of solutions for all areas of your life, pinpointing the smallest changes that have the biggest impact on the health of our precious planet. Ellen DeGeneres, Robert Redford, Will Ferrell, Jennifer Aniston, Faith Hill, Tim McGraw, Martha Stewart, Tyra Banks, Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Tiki Barber, Owen Wilson, and Justin Timberlake tell you how they make a difference to the environment. Our energy and resources footprint on this earth is huge, but there are many things we can do to reduce, reuse, and recycle.

August 18: Walk through History

At 9:00 am, walk with county historian and local author Gary Emerson along the Chemung Canal towpath and learn about this history of the canal.

August 18: Library Garden

At 10:00 am, join us as we begin a new season in the library’s garden. Start seeds and help the garden grow.

August 21: Technology for Seniors

At 2:00, join us for the first in a monthly series of discussions on today’s technology. Today’s topic will be Creating & Navigating an Email Account. We will be learning how to create a Gmail account, how to compose and send an email, and steps to organize your email folders. The focus is on Gmail but feel free to ask about other email services. Please see your librarian after the program to schedule individual appointments for additional questions or specific help.

August 21: Sci-Fi and Fantasy Book Club

At 6:00 pm, the Sci-Fi and Fantasy Book Club will meet to discuss Galápagos by Kurt Vonnegut. Galápagos takes the reader back one million years, to A.D. 1986. A simple vacation cruise suddenly becomes an evolutionary journey. Thanks to an apocalypse, a small group of survivors stranded on the Galápagos Islands are about to become the progenitors of a brave, new, and totally different human race. In this inimitable novel, America’s master satirist looks at our world and shows us all that is sadly, madly awry–and all that is worth saving.

August 23: Storytelling Circle

At 5:00 pm, the Storytelling Circle, led by And Two Makes Three storytellers, will meet at the Montour Falls Farmers Market. Bring a story to share with others, and listen to what they have to share!

August 25: Outdoor Adventure and Pimp Your Notebook

Image result for decorate your book coverAt 10:00 am, join us for an hour of free-range creativity outside. Get a free notebook and decorate it in your own style.

August 28: Library Board Meeting

At 6:00 pm, the library trustees will be at the library for their monthly board meeting.

 


The Montour Falls Library is no longer charging fines
for overdue items checked out at our library.
Please try to return items by their due dates so that others can enjoy them.
The library is here for your use and there should be nothing in the way of that.


All Early Literacy Program story times
will now take place at 10:00 AM
to accommodate children’s schedules


Ongoing:

Student Volunteer Program

Do you love libraries and books? Do you want to learn new skills? Would you like to volunteer at your local public library? This job requires a responsible and respectful attitude and a willingness to learn. Volunteer hours are available Tuesday through Friday from 3:00 to 6:00. Contact Karin Thomas at the library for more information.

Digital Resources

Borrow eBooks, digital magazines, and music with your library card.

www.montourfallslibrary.org/services/digital

New York Times Online at Montour Falls Library

Read any number of articles on your device or ours while at the Montour Falls Library. We have three computers available to the public. You will have free, unlimited access while at the library.

Seed Library

Take free packets of seeds and start a garden at home. Grow your own food; you don’t need acres. Anyone can come and take seeds. Limit of 15 packets per family.

 

Sundays:

We are open 8am to 12pm on Sundays. Use our space to read, relax, or prepare for the week ahead. Free Wi-Fi, art supplies, access to The New York Times, games, and more are always available. Check out books or a DVD. Remember- if we don’t have what your looking for on our shelves we can look for it in our system of 48 libraries, place a hold, and call you when it’s ready to be picked up. Ask about how to borrow digital audio and ebooks and how you can download free music.

Mondays:

The library is closed on Mondays.

Tuesdays:

8:00 is Yoga for Health at the Montour Falls Library. Anyone can practice and benefit from Yoga. One hour of instruction in yoga poses, breathing, and meditation. Care will be taken to provide safe practice for those who may have physical limitations. Please bring a mat and a small blanket to class. A donation to Selah Yoga and Music is needed to attend these classes. sue@selahyogaandmusic.com. (607) 703-0010. Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8:00 AM at the Montour Falls Library.

10:00 is Blankets and Books at Havana Glen Park in June, July, and August. Join the library for a summer of stories. Hear stories, learn about nature, and play outside. Open to all ages. Meet at the library in case of rain. At 9:00, just before storytime, the Schuyler County Family Play and Resource Center will take a Stroll in the Park at Havana Glen Park with strollers and riding toys. Parking is free at the park for these events.

Wednesdays:

From 3:30 to 5:00, we will have a table full of art supplies and instruction books for you to use. Draw, paint, fold, sketch, and imagine. Practice your skills and explore new techniques. Join us every Wednesday for a drop-in time of art and creativity. Free and open to all.

Thursdays:

8:00 is Yoga for Health at the Montour Falls Library. Anyone can practice and benefit from Yoga. One hour of instruction in yoga poses, breathing, and meditation. Care will be taken to provide safe practice for those who may have physical limitations. Please bring a mat and a small blanket to class. A donation to Selah Yoga and Music is needed to attend these classes. sue@selahyogaandmusic.com. (607) 703-0010. Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8:00 AM at the Montour Falls Library.

10:00 is Infant Lap Time at the Montour Falls Library. We sing, dance, and read with newborns and siblings and share information and resources for parents. All ages welcome.

 

4:00-7:00 is the Montour Falls Farmers Market at the pavilion at 300 West Main Street will be the Montour Falls Farmers Market. Local farmers will offer healthy, fresh, local, affordable vegetables, fruits, meats, cheeses, and more. All eligible vendors accept SNAP, and the market gives out $2 Fresh Connect Checks. There will be live music, story time for the children, and Storytelling Circle open to all. Food trucks will provide hot meals and treats. Thursdays, 4:00 to 7:00, May through October.   montourfallsfarmersmarket.com

Fridays:

Image result for children painting10:00 is Preschool Story Time at the Montour Falls Library. We will bring our stories to life with puppets, go ABC fishing, create art, and more! This program is open to all.

 

Saturdays:

10:00 is a rotating series of crafts and activities at the Montour Falls Library. Upcycle Society, Photo Fun, Library Garden, and Outdoor Adventure. Reinvent books, bags, clothing, and other materials to make unique creations from discarded household items; take photos in a creative exploration; start seeds and help the garden grow; and enjoy free-range creativity outside. There will also be a discussion of the books that you’re reading. Appropriate for ages 8 and up.