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February Programs & Events

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Longwood Gardens Orchid Extravaganza

Bus Trip

Join us for a bus trip to Longwood Gardens in Pennsylvania,
during their Orchid Extravaganza;
spend the day exploring their world-famous 4-acre conservatory.

The trip is $75 per person.
Make checks payable to Montour Falls Library.

The bus will leave the Montour Falls Library on March 11 at 6:00 AM.
The return trip will leave the Gardens from the main entrance at 5:30 PM.

Contact the library soon to reserve a seat.

March 11


Fine-Free Library

The Montour Falls Library will no longer be 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.


Fourth Friday Concert

Piperventilators

A Traditional Irish Session

In the great tradition of Irish Music, a session is a gathering of musicians
who come together weekly and spontaneously share tunes.
Each musician brings favorite tunes and
if you know the tune you jump in and play your heart out.

It’s spontaneous, it’s fun, and your toes will tap all night.

Nick Whitmer on Uilleann Pipes/Whistles; Susan Murphy on Uilleann Pipes/Whistles;
Jeff Werner on Fiddle; David Sibley on Guitar (and maybe others!)
These players will entertain you with reels, jigs, airs, and slip jigs.

It’s dance music that you’ll be tapping your feet to! 

MAKE A JOYFUL NOISE!

December 26
6:00 PM
at the Montour Falls Library

We ask for a $10 donation to support the musicians and the library.


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


 

February 1: Game Night

From 4:00 to 6:00, join us for a night of games for everyone. Play modern games, traditional games, easy games, and challenging games. There are games for families, games for rookies, games for the experienced, games for the goofy, games for the serious, and games for the curious. Learn to win or lose with gracious dignity. First and third Thursday from 4:00 to 6:00.

February 2: Anime Movie Night: The Red Turtle

At 4:00 pm, kick off the weekend with a free movie and snacks. No reservations required; just show up. In The Red Turtle, a man is shipwrecked on a deserted island and encounters a red turtle, which changes his life.

February 3: 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.

February 6: Local History Talk: The Sullivan-Clinton Campaign of 1779

At 7:00 pm, join local historian Gary Emerson for a discussion of local history. It was one of the biggest military operations of the American Revolution, yet today it is often forgotten about. The Sullivan-Clinton Campaign marched through our area in 1779 to punish Iroquois tribes for supporting the British in the Revolution, and for their attacks made on American frontier settlements. This talk will present how the campaign was organized, how it was conducted, and why it is often overlooked by historians today.

February 7: Meditation

At 8:00 am, before the library opens, join certified yoga instructor Sue Silhan, R.N., for an hour of meditation. Meditation is an individual practice but also has an effervescent quality when done in a group. We will have time together each month to explore meditation practices and share with one another our own experiences with this ancient practice. We suggest a donation of $10 to support the instructor and the library. Please bring a small blanket to class. This group will meet on the first Wednesday of every month.

February 7: Open Art

From 3:30 to 5:00, come for an afternoon of open art. We will have a table full of art supplies and instruction books for your 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.

February 7: Classics Reading Group

At 6:00 pm, the Classics Reading Group will meet to discuss Losing Battles by Eudora Welty. Three generations of Granny Vaughn’s descendants gather at her Mississippi home to celebrate her 90th birthday. Possessed of the true storyteller’s gift, the members of this clan cannot resist the temptation to swap tales.  Granny’s mind sometimes slips, and well through this memorable day she’s asking for her presents; they’re all around her–a prayer plant or a new apron or a soda box full of sage. Part innocence, part forgiveness, part comedy, an ever-flowing affection for all that walks and crawls and creeps, and in conjunction with the homemade pleasures, the more mysterious penultimates. They’re all here.

February 9: Song and Story

At 10:00, join us for a new season of songs and stories. Lisa Fernandez, local musician and founder of Compost Theatre, will be bringing her blue ukulele for an hour of silly songs with rhymes and reading. All ages are welcome to attend. Free and open to the public. Every second Friday at 10:00.

February 9: Teen Movie Madness: Beetlejuice

At 4:00 pm, kick off the weekend with a free movie and snacks. No reservations required; just show up. In Beetlejuice, when a recently-deceased ghost couple find their now-vacant home invaded by an obnoxious family, they hire a sleazy ghost who gets rid of humans to help them.

February 10: Paper Crafts

At 10:00, join local artist Martha Gibbs for an hour of paper crafts.

February 13: Environmental Literature Reading Group

At 6:00 pm, the Environmental Literature Reading Group will meet to discuss Underground Ranger by Doug Thompson. For six exciting years Doug Thompson worked as a park ranger at Carlsbad Caverns National Park. In Underground Ranger he passes along the essence of what he learned on this unusual job and in his related adventures exploring the surrounding Chihuahuan Desert. He overcame his fear of tight spaces and heights, learned to climb rope, and went on to explore many of the deep vertical caves in the Guadalupe Mountains of western Texas and southeastern New Mexico including Lechuguilla Cave, one of the most spectacular underground wonders of the world. He even became a member of the park’s technical rescue team and made a fifty-story rappel into one of the deepest underground pits in the United States. In visceral detail, Thompson shares the physical and mythical stories of caves and shows what it’s like to experience the extravagant beauty of nature’s underground realm.

February 14: Havana Book Club

At 6:00 pm, the Havana Book Club will meet to discuss Leopard at the Door by Jennifer McVeigh. This is a beautifully layered coming-of-age novel set in a Kenya still under the yoke of colonial British rule. Rachel, whose beloved mother died when she was 12, returns to the country she loves after six years in England. She struggles against the expectations of her father and his new partner, Sarah, whom Rachel has a difficult time accepting. Fine writing weaves Rachel’s story with the essence of Kenya, the treatment of its people, and the uprising of the Mau Mau who seek independence.

February 15: Game Night

From 4:00 to 6:00, join us for a night of games for everyone. Play modern games, traditional games, easy games, and challenging games. There are games for families, games for rookies, games for the experienced, games for the goofy, games for the serious, and games for the curious. Learn to win or lose with gracious dignity. First and third Thursday from 4:00 to 6:00.

February 17: Success with Seeds: Planning the Garden

At 9:00 am, join gardening experts for the first of a three-part series on gardening. Library director and horticulturalist Roxanne Leyes and Deb Ball of Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Teaching Garden will discuss planning the garden and choosing seeds. We will have a large selection of books on seeds and gardening for you to check out. Take home packets of seeds from our free seed library. Bring questions!

February 17: Photo Fun

At 10:00 pm, take photos in a creative scavenger hunt.

February 20: Tanglewood Nature Center

At 10:00 am, Tanglewood Nature Center will give a presentation on Lizards, Snakes, and Frogs. Join us for stories, live animals, and a discussion of science and nature. Open to all ages.

February 20: Sci-Fi and Fantasy Book Club

At 6:00 pm, the Sci-Fi and Fantasy Book Club will meet to discuss The Golden Apples of the Sun by Ray Bradbury. Ray Bradbury is a modern cultural treasure. His disarming simplicity of style underlies a towering body of work unmatched in metaphorical power by any other American storyteller. And here are thirty-two of his most famous tales–prime examples of the poignant and mysterious poetry which Bradbury uniquely uncovers in the depths of the human soul, the otherwordly portraits of outre fascination which spring from the canvas of one of the century’s great men of imagination. From a lonely coastal lighthouse to a sixty-million-year-old safary, from the pouring rain of Venus to the ominous silence of a murder scene, Ray Bradbury is our sure-handed guide not only to surprising and outrageous manifestations of the future, but also to the wonders of the present that we could never have imagined on our own.

February 21: The Futurists: Next Generation Readers

At 5:00 pm, our young adult book group will meet to discuss Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi. In America’s flooded Gulf Coast region, oil is scarce, but loyalty is scarcer. Grounded oil tankers are being broken down for parts by crews of young people. Nailer, a teenage boy, works the light crew, scavenging for copper wiring just to make quota–and hopefully live to see another day. But when, by luck or by chance, he discovers an exquisite clipper ship beached during a recent hurricane, Nailer faces the most important decision of his life: Strip the ship for all it’s worth or rescue its lone survivor, a beautiful and wealthy girl who could lead him to a better life.

February 23: Fourth Friday Concert: Phil Shapiro and Carrie Shore: The American Folk Tradition

At 6:00 pm, join the library for our monthly concert. Phil Shapiro, folksinger, guitarist, and longtime host of Bound for Glory, and Carrie Shore, fiddle player and singer, offer an unusual and delightful program of American folk music, old and new. They choose fascinating, energetic songs from the last couple of hundred years of American traditional folk song, and add newer songs written squarely in the folk tradition. We ask for a $10 donation to support the musicians and the library.

February 24: Freecyle

At 10:00 am, join us for an hour of free-range creativity.

February 24: Backbone Ridge Oral History Discussion

At 11:00 am, please join the Backbone Ridge History Group for a social hour and oral history discussion. Come learn and chat about the history of the Backbone Ridge and our group’s programs. Learn about how you can participate. Do you have interesting stories to tell? Do you know a friend, neighbor, or family member who knows about life on the Backbone Ridge? Bring them too! Folklorist Maria Kennedy will be on hand with a tape recorder to capture stories or take notes. We are always looking for first-hand knowledge, tall tales, family legends, and local history. 

February 27: Library Board Meeting

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

February 28: Storytelling Circle

At 6:00 pm, the Storytelling Circle will meet, led by And Two Makes Three storytellers. Bring a story to share with others, and listen to what they have to share!

 

 

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:

From 8:00 to 12:00, every Sunday, local musician Gary Kline will be offering free music lessons in a variety of string instruments and tin whistle. You’re welcome to bring in your own instruments, as well. Gary has 40 years of experience in folk music. Lessons are free and open to all ages and skill levels.

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 Toddler Story Time at the Montour Falls Library. Join us for an hour of stories and play for curious young minds. Make friends and learn something new. Open to all ages.

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.

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 the Upcycle Society at the Montour Falls Library. Reinvent books, bags, clothing, and other materials to make unique creations from discarded household items. There will also be a discussion of the books that you’re reading. 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.

January Programs & Events

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Fine-Free Library

The Montour Falls Library will no longer be 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.


Fourth Friday Concert

Piperventilators

A Traditional Irish Session

In the great tradition of Irish Music, a session is a gathering of musicians
who come together weekly and spontaneously share tunes.
Each musician brings favorite tunes and
if you know the tune you jump in and play your heart out.

It’s spontaneous, it’s fun, and your toes will tap all night.

Nick Whitmer on Uilleann Pipes/Whistles; Susan Murphy on Uilleann Pipes/Whistles;
Jeff Werner on Fiddle; David Sibley on Guitar (and maybe others!)
These players will entertain you with reels, jigs, airs, and slip jigs.

It’s dance music that you’ll be tapping your feet to! 

MAKE A JOYFUL NOISE!

December 26
6:00 PM
at the Montour Falls Library

We ask for a $10 donation to support the musicians and the library.


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


 

January 2: Local History Talk: Queen Catharine Montour and Catharinestown

At 7:00 pm, join local historian Gary Emerson for a discussion of local history. Queen Catharine Montour is remembered today through the many place names that bear her name.  Yet, Queen Catharine is an enigma, as there are few written records from her time, leaving us with some facts, but more myths about Queen Catharine.  This program will discuss both the facts and the myths about Catharine Montour and the village known as Catharinestown.

January 3: Meditation

At 8:00 am, before the library opens, join certified yoga instructor Sue Silhan, R.N., for an hour of meditation. Meditation is an individual practice but also has an effervescent quality when done in a group. We will have time together each month to explore meditation practices and share with one another our own experiences with this ancient practice. We suggest a donation of $10 to support the instructor and the library. Please bring a small blanket to class. This group will meet on the first Wednesday of every month.

January 3: Open Art

From 3:30 to 5:00, come for our first day of open art. We will have a table full of art supplies and instruction books for your 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.

January 3: Classics Reading Group

At 6:00 pm, the Classics Reading Group will meet to discuss The Autobiography of Malcolm X as told to Alex Haley. In the searing pages of this classic autobiography, originally published in 1964, Malcolm X, the Muslim leader, firebrand, and anti-integrationist, tells the extraordinary story of his life and the growth of the Black Muslim movement. His fascinating perspective on the lies and limitations of the American Dream, and the inherent racism in a society that denies its nonwhite citizens the opportunity to dream, gives extraordinary insight into the most urgent issues of our own time.

January 4: Game Night

From 4:00 to 6:00, join us for a night of games for everyone. Play modern games, traditional games, easy games, and challenging games. There are games for families, games for rookies, games for the experienced, games for the goofy, games for the serious, and games for the curious. Learn to win or lose with gracious dignity. First and third Thursday from 4:00 to 6:00.

January 9: Environmental Literature Reading Group

At 6:00 pm, the Environmental Literature Reading Group will meet to discuss A Sand County Almanac by Aldo Leopold. These astonishing portraits of the natural world explore the breathtaking diversity of the unspoiled American landscape–the mountains and the prairies, the deserts and the coastlines. Conjuring up one extraordinary vision after another, Aldo Leopold takes readers with him on the road and through the seasons on a fantastic tour of our priceless natural resources, explaining the destructive effects humankind has had on the land and issuing a bold challenge to protect the world we love.

January 10: Havana Book Club

At 6:00 pm, the Havana Book Club will meet to discuss My Absolute Darling by Gabriel Tallent. 14-year-old Turtle Alveston roams the woods along the northern California coast. After the death of her mother, she is in the thrall of her tortured and charismatic father. Her social existence is confined to school (where she fends off the interest of anyone, student or teacher, who might penetrate her shell) and to her life with her father. Then Turtle meets Jacob, a high-school boy who looks at Turtle as if she is the sunrise. And for the first time, the larger world begins to come into focus. With Turtle’s escalating acts of physical and emotional courage, the reader watches, heart in throat, as this teenage girl struggles to become her own hero–and in the process, becomes ours as well.

January 12: Teen Movie Madness: Napoleon Dynamite

At 4:00 pm, kick off the weekend with a free movie and snacks. Every second Friday at 4:00, join us for teen movie madness and see anime, adventure, fantasy, and more. We are eager for your suggestions. Talk to Karin Thomas if you have any questions. No reservations required; just show up. In Napoleon Dynamite, a listless and alienated teenager decides to help his new friend win the class presidency in their small western high school, while he must deal with his bizarre family life back home.

January 16: Sci-Fi and Fantasy Book Club

At 6:00 pm, the Sci-Fi and Fantasy Book Club will meet to discuss The Waking Land by Callie Bates. In a debut as fresh as it is creative, we’re welcomed into the land of Eren, where a firm but kind king holds sway over the life of the kidnapped daughter of a rebel bent on installing a new and different man to the throne. It is a land where magick has been outlawed, and where Elanna is a joke to the other young folk at the palace, largely due to her love of gardening and of the plant life of this lush country. Even though King Antoine dotes on her, nothing can be done to help her when he is struck down, a victim of poison. When all eyes turn toward her and her tutor, Elanna is forced to defend herself in the only way she can. But is it too late?

January 17: The Futurists: Next Generation Readers

At 5:00 pm, our young adult book group will meet to discuss All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater. Here is a thing everyone wants: A miracle. Here is a thing everyone fears: What it takes to get one. Any visitor to Bicho Raro, Colorado, is likely to find a landscape of dark saints, forbidden love, scientific dreams, miracle-mad owls, estranged affections, one or two orphans, and a sky full of watchful desert stars. At the heart of this place you will find the Soria family, who all have the ability to perform unusual miracles. They are all looking for a miracle. But the miracles of Bicho Raro are never quite what you expect.

January 18: Game Night

From 4:00 to 6:00, join us for a night of games for everyone. Play modern games, traditional games, easy games, and challenging games. There are games for families, games for rookies, games for the experienced, games for the goofy, games for the serious, and games for the curious. Learn to win or lose with gracious dignity. First and third Thursday from 4:00 to 6:00.

January 23: Library Board Meeting

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

January 24: Storytelling Circle

At 6:00 pm, the Storytelling Circle will meet, led by And Two Makes Three storytellers. Bring a story to share with others, and listen to what they have to share! The topic will be ‘Happiness.’

January 26: Finger Lakes Toy Library

At 10:00 am, the join us as the Finger Lakes Toy Library brings a large assortment of toys for an hour of play. The mission of Finger Lakes Toy Library is to improve quality of life by increasing access to toys, supporting play, and encouraging a culture of reuse and sharing. All ages are welcome to attend. Free and open to the publichttp://www.fingerlakestoylibrary.org/home

January 26: Fourth Friday Concert: Piperventilators

At 6:00 pm, join the library for our monthly concert. The Irish music session group Piperventilators will perform a traditional Irish session. In the great tradition of Irish Music, a session is a gathering of musicians who come together weekly and spontaneously share tunes. Each musician brings favorite tunes and if you know the tune you jump in and play your heart out. It’s spontaneous, it’s fun, and your toes will tap all night. Nick Whitmer on Uilleann Pipes/Whistles; Susan Murphy on Uilleann Pipes/Whistles; Jeff Werner on Fiddle; David Sibley on Guitar (and maybe others!) These players will entertain you with reels, jigs, airs, and slip jigs. It’s dance music that you’ll be tapping your feet to! MAKE A JOYFUL NOISE! We ask for a $10 donation to support the musicians and the library.

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:

From 8:00 to 12:00, every Sunday, local musician Gary Kline will be offering free music lessons in a variety of string instruments and tin whistle. You’re welcome to bring in your own instruments, as well. Gary has 40 years of experience in folk music. Lessons are free and open to all ages and skill levels.

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 Toddler Story Time at the Montour Falls Library. Join us for an hour of stories and play for curious young minds. Make friends and learn something new. Open to all ages.

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.

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 the Upcycle Society at the Montour Falls Library. Reinvent books, bags, clothing, and other materials to make unique creations from discarded household items. There will also be a discussion of the books that you’re reading. 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.

December Programs & Events

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Gift Raffle

Support the library and win an overflowing basket.
Over 50 local businesses donated more than $1,000 worth of gifts.
Stop by the library today to buy tickets.

DRAWING ON DECEMBER 22.


Fourth Friday Concert

Lynn Wiles and Tom McClure

Classic Jazz and Then Some

Join the library for a new concert series
on the fourth Friday of every month.

Lynn and Tom will present a mix of classic jazz, with a few pop tunes thrown in.

Tom, with his sax and flute, explores the American Songbook with melodies and improvisation. Lynn accompanies with guitar. Expect tunes from Bach to the Beatles.

December 22
6:00 PM
at the Montour Falls Library

We ask for a $10 donation to support the musicians and the library.


 

December 6: Classics Reading Group

At 6:00 pm, the Classics Reading Group will meet to discuss The Power and the Glory by Graham Greene. Mexico, the late 1930s: A paramilitary group has outlawed the Catholic Church and has been executing its clergy. Now the last priest is on the run, fleeing not just an unshakable police lieutenant but also his own wavering morals. As he scraps his way toward salvation, haunted by an affair from his past, the nameless “whiskey priest” is pulled between the bottle and the Bible, tempted to renounce his religion yet unable to ignore the higher calling he’s chosen. Timeless and unforgettable, The Power and the Glory is a stunning portrait of both physical and spiritual survival by a master dramatist of the human soul.

 

December 7: Game Night

From 4:00 to 6:00, join us for our new series of game nights for everyone. Play modern games, traditional games, easy games, and challenging games. There are games for families, games for rookies, games for the experienced, games for the goofy, games for the serious, and games for the curious. Learn to win or lose with gracious dignity. First and third Thursday from 4:00 to 6:00.

December 8: Song and Story

At 10:30 am, join us for a new season of songs and stories. Lisa Fernandez, local musician and founder of Compost Theatre, will be bringing her blue ukulele for an hour of silly songs with rhymes and reading. All ages are welcome to attend. Free and open to the public. Every second Friday at 10:30.

December 13: Book Groups Holiday Gathering

At 6:00 pm, all members of all of our book clubs will come together for a roundup of the year’s books. Discuss your favorites, recommend new discoveries, and look forward to a new year of books. Refreshments will be served.

December 19: Library Board Meeting

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

December 21: Game Night

From 4:00 to 6:00, join us for a new game series for everyone. Play modern games, traditional games, easy games, and challenging games. There are games for families, games for rookies, games for the experienced, games for the goofy, games for the serious, and games for the curious. Learn to win or lose with gracious dignity. First and third Thursday from 4:00 to 6:00.

December 22: Fourth Friday Concert: Lynn Wiles and Tom McClure

At 6:00 pm, join the library for our monthly concert. Lynn and Tom will present a mix of classic jazz, with a few pop tunes thrown in. Tom, with his sax and flute, explores the American Songbook with melodies and improvisation. Lynn accompanies with guitar. Expect tunes from Bach to the Beatles. We ask for a $10 donation to support the musicians and the library.

December 24, 25, 26: Closed for the holidays

The Montour Falls Library will be closed on December 24, 25, and 26; and on December 31 and January 1.

 

 

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:

From 8:00 to 12:00, every Sunday, local musician Gary Kline will be offering free music lessons in a variety of string instruments and tin whistle. You’re welcome to bring in your own instruments, as well. Gary has 40 years of experience in folk music. Lessons are free and open to all ages and skill levels.

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.

10:30 is Toddler Story Time at the Montour Falls Library. Join us for an hour of stories and play for curious young minds. Make friends and learn something new. Open to all ages.

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.

10:30 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.

Fridays:

Image result for children painting10:30 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.

3:30 is What Are You Reading? at the Montour Falls Library. All ages are welcome to meet and discuss what you are reading. Share a favorite book, recommend a new author, discover another story.

Saturdays:

10:00 is the Upcycle Society at the Montour Falls Library. Reinvent books, bags, clothing, and other materials to make unique creations from discarded household items. There will also be a discussion of the books that you’re reading. 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.

November Programs & Events

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Fourth Friday Concert

Cornell University Middle Eastern Music Ensemble

Join the library for a new concert series
on the fourth Friday of every month.

CUMEME was formed to study and perform the popular,
classical, and folkloric music of the Middle East,
a region that includes over 30 countries, over 20 languages, and dozens of religions.

This semester’s music revolves around the experiences of outlaws, criminals, rebels, and prisoners, subjects universally considered taboo in the Middle East. Repertoire ranges from Kurdish women’s military music banned in the last decade to a 1000-year-old Bulgarian folksong that was sent into space on the Voyager probes.

Listen.

November 24
6:00 PM
at the Montour Falls Library

We ask for a $10 donation to support the musicians and the library.


 

 

November 1: Classics Reading Group

At 6:00 pm, the Classics Reading Group will meet to discuss In the Skin of a Lion by Michael Ondaatje. Bristling with intelligence and shimmering with romance, this novel tests the boundary between history and myth. Patrick Lewis arrives in Toronto in the 1920s and earns his living searching for a vanished millionaire and tunneling beneath Lake Ontario. In the course of his adventures, Patrick’s life intersects with those of characters who reappear in Ondaatje’s Booker Prize-winning The English Patient. Patrick tells the stories of his life to a young girl as he drives north to rendezvous with an old mistress, one of the two great passions of his life. He tells of the desperate hardships and terrible exploitation of the workingmen, which led to injuries, deaths, desperation, and anarchism.

November 2: Game Night

From 5:00 to 6:30, join us for our new series of game nights for everyone. Play modern games, traditional games, easy games, and challenging games. There are games for families, games for rookies, games for the experienced, games for the goofy, games for the serious, and games for the curious. Learn to win or lose with gracious dignity. First and third Thursday from 5:00 to 6:30.

November 8: Havana Book Club

At 6:00 pm, the Havana Book Club will meet to discuss Autumn by Ali Smith. Autumn. Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness. That’s what it felt like for Keats in 1819. How about Autumn 2016? Daniel is a century old. Elisabeth, born in 1984, has her eye on the future. The United Kingdom is in pieces, divided by a historic, once-in-a-generation summer. Love is won, love is lost. Hope is hand-in-hand with hopelessness. The seasons roll round, as ever. Ali Smith’s new novel is a meditation on a world growing ever more bordered and exclusive, on what richness and worth are, on what harvest means. It is the first installment of her Seasonal quartet–four stand-alone books, separate yet interconnected and cyclical (as the seasons are)–and it casts an eye over our own time. The centuries cast their eyes over our own history making.

November 10: Song and Story

At 10:30 am, join us for a new season of songs and stories. Lisa Fernandez, local musician and founder of Compost Theatre, will be bringing her blue ukulele for an hour of silly songs with rhymes and reading. All ages are welcome to attend. Free and open to the public. Every second Friday at 10:30.

November 14: Environmental Literature Reading Group

At 6:00 pm, the Environmental Literature Reading Group will meet to discuss Lab Girl by Hope Jahren. Geobiologist Hope Jahren has spent her life studying trees, flowers, seeds, and soil. Lab Girl is her revelatory treatise on plant life–but it is also a celebration of the lifelong curiosity, humility, and passion that drive every scientist. In these pages, Hope takes us back to her Minnesota childhood, where she spent hours in unfettered play in her father’s college laboratory. She tells us how she found a sanctuary in science, learning to perform lab work “with both the heart and the hands.” She introduces us to Bill, her brilliant, eccentric lab manager. And she extends the mantle of scientist to each one of her readers, inviting us to join her in observing and protecting our environment. Warm, luminous, compulsively readable, Lab Girl vividly demonstrates the mountains that we can move when love and work come together.

November 15: The Futurists: Next Generation Readers

At 5:00 pm, our young adult book group will meet to discuss The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater. Blue has grown up in a house full of women psychics who have foretold certain death for her first love. She unwillingly becomes friends with a gaggle of boys, the Raven Boys, from the very expensive private school in town. They’re on the search for a mythical king who is said to grant a wish to whoever finds him. Will Blue’s ability to intensify the magic around them help on their quest or put them in danger? For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She doesn’t believe in true love, and never thought this would be a problem. But as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.

November 16: Game Night

From 5:00 to 6:30, join us for a new game series for everyone. Play modern games, traditional games, easy games, and challenging games. There are games for families, games for rookies, games for the experienced, games for the goofy, games for the serious, and games for the curious. Learn to win or lose with gracious dignity. First and third Thursday from 5:00 to 6:30.

November 21: Sci-Fi and Fantasy Book Club

At 6:00 pm, the Sci-Fi and Fantasy Book Club will meet to discuss Provenance by Ann Leckie. Award-winning author Ann Leckie returns with an enthralling new novel of power, theft, privilege and birthright. A power-driven young woman has just one chance to secure the status she craves and regain priceless lost artifacts prized by her people. She must free their thief from a prison planet from which no one has ever returned. Ingray and her charge will return to her home world to find their planet in political turmoil, at the heart of an escalating interstellar conflict. Together, they must make a new plan to salvage Ingray’s future, her family, and her world, before they are lost to her for good.

November 22, 23, 24: Closed for the holiday

The Montour Falls Library will be closed on November 22, 23, and 24.

November 24: Fourth Friday Concert: CUMEME

At 6:00 pm, join the library for our monthly concert. The Cornell University Middle Eastern Music Ensemble was formed to study and perform the popular, classical, and folkloric music of the Middle East, a region that includes over 30 countries, over 20 languages, and dozens of religions. This semester’s music revolves around the experiences of outlaws, criminals, rebels, and prisoners, subjects universally considered taboo in the Middle East. Repertoire ranges from Kurdish women’s military music banned in the last decade to a 1000-year-old Bulgarian folksong that was sent into space on the Voyager probes. We ask for a $10 donation to support the musicians and the library.

November 25: Essential Oils

At 10:00 am, learn about essential oils from local educator Keri Greenberger. Essential oils, volatile liquids and aromatic compounds that are distilled or pressed from plants, have been used for thousands of years for cosmetic purposes, as well as for their spiritual and emotionally uplifting properties. Every fourth Saturday at 10:00.

November 28: Library Board Meeting

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

Ongoing:

 

Student Volunteer Program

Related imageDo 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.

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.

10:30 is Toddler Story Time at the Montour Falls Library. Join us for an hour of stories and play for curious young minds. Make friends and learn something new. Open to all ages.

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.

10:30 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.

Fridays:

Image result for children painting10:30 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.

3:30 is What Are You Reading? at the Montour Falls Library. All ages are welcome to meet and discuss what you are reading. Share a favorite book, recommend a new author, discover another story.

Saturdays:

10:00 is the Upcycle Society at the Montour Falls Library. 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.

October Events & Programs

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October 4: Classics Reading Group

At 6:00 pm, the Classics Reading Group will meet to discuss The Bridge of San Luis Rey by Thornton Wilder. The first sentence plunges the reader into the heart of the book as surely as its characters are plunged into the gorge beneath the bridge: Immediately you are there; you see the little bodies hurtling ant-like to their deaths. As yet you know nothing at all about them. But you want to know: who were these unfortunate five, and why did this appalling thing happen to them? Brother Juniper, who happens to witness the accident, determines to establish some correlation between the five deaths and the nature of the five lives that led up to them. Believing as he does in a good and sovereign God, he convinces himself that, given sufficient examination and analysis, the righteous purposes of that God must emerge from what would seem to be simply a haphazard event. 

October 5: Game Night

From 5:00 to 6:30, join us for the first session of our new series of game nights for everyone. Play modern games, traditional games, easy games, and challenging games. There are games for families, games for rookies, games for the experienced, games for the goofy, games for the serious, and games for the curious. Learn to win or lose with gracious dignity. First and third Thursday from 5:00 to 6:30.

October 5: Farmers Market

4:00-7:00 is the last day of the season for the Montour Falls Farmers Market at 300 West Main Street, which runs from May through October. It is an agriculture-based market, providing our community with healthy, fresh, local, and affordable food. Local farmers will offer vegetables, fruits, meats, cheeses, and more. All eligible vendors accept SNAP/EBT, and the market gives out $2 Fresh Connect Checks. Entertainment including live music and story time for the children will be scheduled. Food trucks will provide hot meals and treats.   https://montourfallsfarmersmarket.com/ The market will return in May 2018.

October 7: Falls Harvest Festival

From 12:00 to 7:00, enjoy a free, family friendly, day-long celebration of the harvest in the Finger Lakes. Join the village at the Montour Falls Carnival Grounds for activities that include a Kids Zone, the annual Historic Ghost Walk, Fire Truck rides, and live, local music. Show off your creative side by competing in the annual Scarecrow Contest and the Pumpkin Carving Contest. Even if you don’t compete, there will be plenty on display to entertain and delight you. The celebration culminates with a fireworks display at 7:00 pm over Shequaga Falls.

October 10: Environmental Literature Reading Group

At 6:00 pm, the Environmental Literature Reading Group will meet to discuss The Songs of Trees by David George Haskell. We have much to learn from trees, says Haskell; they show us how to thrive and participate in nature’s networks. Roots communicate with neighboring fungi and bacteria, sending chemical messages through the soil. Twigs have memories of light, gravity, heat and minerals. Plant cells in leaves use airborne odors to attract caterpillar-eating insects. Haskell pays particular attention to the sounds that emerge from or surround trees; behind each sound are fascinating stories of how tree lives are joined to other lives. With its deep understanding of the complexity of trees and the way they shape their ecosystems, Haskell’s book will make you look at trees in an entirely new way.

October 11: Havana Book Club

At 6:00 pm, the Havana Book Club will meet to discuss The Natural Way of Things by Charlotte Wood. Drugged, dressed in old-fashioned rags, and fiending for a cigarette, Yolanda wakes up in a barren room. Verla, a young woman who seems vaguely familiar, sits nearby. Down a hallway echoing loudly with the voices of mysterious men, in a stark compound deep in the Australian outback, other captive women are just coming to. Starved, sedated, the girls can’t be sure of anything–except the painful episodes in their pasts that link them. Drawing strength from the animal instincts they’re forced to rely on, the women go from hunted to hunters, along the way becoming unforgettable and boldly original literary heroines that readers will both relate to and root for.

 

October 13: Song and Story

At 10:30 am, join us for a new season of songs and stories. Lisa Fernandez, local musician and founder of Compost Theatre, will be bringing her blue ukulele for an hour of silly songs with rhymes and reading. All ages are welcome to attend. Free and open to the public. Every second Friday at 10:30.

October 14: Walk through History

At 9:00 am, meet on the library steps and walk through historic Havana along the Chemung Canal with historian Gary Emerson. This will be the last history walk of the season.

October 17: Sci-Fi and Fantasy Book Club

At 6:00 pm, the Sci-Fi and Fantasy Book Club will meet to discuss The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins. Carolyn was a normal American herself once. That was a long time ago, of course. Before her parents died. Before she and the others were taken in by the man they called Father. In the years since then, Carolyn hasn’t had a chance to get out much. Instead, she and her adopted siblings have been raised according to Father’s ancient customs. They’ve studied the books in his Library and learned some of the secrets of his power. And sometimes, they’ve wondered if their cruel tutor might secretly be God. Now, Father is missing–perhaps even dead–and the Library that holds his secrets stands unguarded. And with it, control over all of creation. As Carolyn gathers the tools she needs for the battle to come, fierce competitors for this prize align against her, all of them with powers that far exceed her own.

October 18: The Futurists: Next Generation Readers

At 5:00 pm, our young adult book group will meet to discuss Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys. In 1945, World War II is drawing to a close in East Prussia and thousands of refugees are on a desperate trek toward freedom, almost all of them with something to hide. Among them are Joana, Emilia, and Florian, whose paths converge en route to the ship that promises salvation, the Wilhelm Gustloff. Forced by circumstance to unite, the three find their strength, courage, and trust in each other tested with each step closer toward safety. Just when it seems freedom is within their grasp, tragedy strikes. Not country, nor culture, nor status matter as all ten thousand people aboard must fight for the same thing: survival. A tribute to the people of Lithuania, Poland, and East Prussia, the author unearths a shockingly little-known casualty of a gruesome war, and proves that humanity can prevail, even in the darkest of hours.

October 19: Game Night

From 5:00 to 6:30, join us for a new game series for everyone. Play modern games, traditional games, easy games, and challenging games. There are games for families, games for rookies, games for the experienced, games for the goofy, games for the serious, and games for the curious. Learn to win or lose with gracious dignity. First and third Thursday from 5:00 to 6:30.

October 20: Miss Judy’s Musical Adventure

At 10:30, Judy Stock will use the banjo, guitar, spoons, and more. Children are active participants as they sing and move with the music. New and familiar songs are sung as Judy keeps pulling surprises out of her music bag! All ages are welcome to attend. Free and open to the public. Here’s a preview.

October 24: Library Board Meeting

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

October 25: Storytelling Circle

At 6:00 pm, the Storytelling Circle will meet, led by And Two Makes Three storytellers. Bring a story to share with others, and listen to what they have to share!

October 27: CANCELLED. Fourth Friday Concert: Doolin O’Dey

At 6:00 pm, join the library for our monthly concert. Doolin O’Dey presents an exciting mix of traditional and original Celtic-inspired music. Instrumentation of violin, guitar, celtic whistles, octave mandolin, uilleann pipes, and keyboard combine to make your listening experience unforgettable. Jig, aire, reel, or waltz, and you’ll be drawn into the captivating arrangements of this band. Listen to Doolin O’Dey here. We ask for a $10 donation to support the musicians and the library.

October 28: Essential Oils

At 10:00 am, learn about essential oils from local educator Keri Greenberger. Essential oils, volatile liquids and aromatic compounds that are distilled or pressed from plants, have been used for thousands of years for cosmetic purposes, as well as for their spiritual and emotionally uplifting properties. Every fourth Saturday at 10:00.

Ongoing:

 

Student Volunteer Program

Related imageDo 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.

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.

Image result for children painting10:30 is Toddler Story Time at the Montour Falls Library. Join us for an hour of stories and play for curious young minds. Make friends and learn something new. Open to all ages.

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.

10:30 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.

Fridays:

10:30 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.

3:30 is What Are You Reading? at the Montour Falls Library. All ages are welcome to meet and discuss what you are reading. Share a favorite book, recommend a new author, discover another story.

Saturdays:

10:00 is the Upcycle Society at the Montour Falls Library. 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.

September Programs & Events

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September 24: Bus Trip to New York City

Join us for a trip to New York City.
Spend the day in the city, visiting museums and seeing the sights.
There are more than 90 museums in the city; that should be enough for one day!


The bus costs $75 per person.
Contact the library soon to reserve a seat.
This is the last trip of the season.


Leave from the Montour Falls Library at 6:00 AM.
The bus picks up at Jubilee in Horseheads at 5:30 AM.

 

September 6: Classics Reading Group

At 6:00 pm, the Classics Reading Group will meet to discuss Sapphira and the Slave Girl by Willa Cather. In Virginia just before the Civil War, Sapphira is a slave owner who feels she has come down in the world and channels her resentments into jealousy of her beautiful mulatto slave, Nancy. Sapphira’s daughter Rachel, an abolitionist, opposes her mother’s increasingly shocking attempts to persecute Nancy. The struggles of these three strong-willed women provide rich material for Cather’s narrative art and psychological insight. The novel draws on family and local history and the escalating conflicts of the last years of slavery–conflicts in which Cather’s family members were deeply involved, both as slave owners and as opponents of slavery. Tapping her earliest memories, Cather powerfully and sparely renders a Virginia world that is simultaneously beautiful and, as she said, “terrible.”

September 12: Environmental Literature Reading Group

At 6:00 pm, the Environmental Literature Reading Group will meet to discuss The World Without Us by Alan Weisman. The author offers an utterly original approach to questions of humanity’s impact on the planet: he asks us to envision our Earth, without us. In this far-reaching narrative, Weisman explains how our massive infrastructure would collapse and finally vanish without human presence; which everyday items may become immortalized as fossils; how copper pipes and wiring would be crushed into mere seams of reddish rock; why some of our earliest buildings might be the last architecture left; and how plastic, bronze sculpture, radio waves, and some man-made molecules may be our most lasting gifts to the universe.

September 13: Havana Book Club

At 6:00 pm, the Havana Book Club will meet to discuss The Painter by Peter Heller. Jim Stegner has seen his share of violence and loss. Years ago he shot a man in a bar. His marriage disintegrated. He grieved the one thing he loved. In the wake of tragedy, Jim, a well-known expressionist painter, abandoned the art scene of Santa Fe to start fresh in the valleys of rural Colorado. Now he spends his days painting and fly-fishing, trying to find a way to live with the dark impulses that sometimes overtake him. He works with a lovely model. His paintings fetch excellent prices. But one afternoon, on a dirt road, Jim comes across a man beating a small horse, and a brutal encounter rips his quiet life wide open. Fleeing Colorado, chased by men set on retribution, Jim returns to New Mexico, tormented by his own relentless conscience. 

September 16: Walk through History

At 9:00 am, meet on the library steps and walk through historic Havana along the Chemung Canal with historian Gary Emerson.

September 19: Sci-Fi and Fantasy Book Club

At 6:00 pm, the Sci-Fi and Fantasy Book Club will meet to discuss Of Sand and Malice Made by Bradley Beaulieu. Ceda is the youngest pit fighter in the history of Sharakhai. She’s made her name in the arena as the fearsome White Wolf. None but her closest friends and allies know her true identity. But this all changes when she crosses the path of Rumayesh, an ehrekh, a sadistic creature forged aeons ago by the god of chaos. The ehrekh are desert dwellers, but for centuries Rumayesh has lurked in the dark corners of Sharakhai, combing the populace for human “jewels” that might interest her. Some she chooses to stand by her side, until she tires of them and discards them. Others she abducts to examine more closely, leaving them ruined, worn-out husks. Ceda flees the ehrekh’s attentions, but that only makes Rumayesh covet her more. Rumayesh grows violent, threatening to unmask Ceda as the White Wolf–but the danger grows infinitely worse when she turns her attention to Ceda’s friends. As Ceda fights to protect the people dearest to her, Rumayesh comes closer to attaining her prize, and the struggle becomes a battle for Ceda’s very soul.

September 20: The Futurists: Next Generation Readers

At 5:00 pm, our young adult book group will meet to discuss The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge. Faith Sunderly leads a double life. To most people, she is reliable, dull, trustworthy–a proper young lady who knows her place as inferior to men–but inside, Faith is full of questions and curiosity, and she cannot resist a mystery: an unattended envelope, an unlocked door. She also knows secrets no one suspects her of knowing. For one, she knows that her family moved to the close-knit island of Vane because her famous scientist father was fleeing a reputation-destroying scandal. And when her father is discovered dead shortly thereafter, she knows that he was murdered. In pursuit of justice and revenge, Faith hunts through her father’s possessions and discovers a strange tree. The tree bears fruit only when she whispers a lie to it, and when that fruit is eaten, it delivers a hidden truth. But while the tree might hold the key to her father’s murder, it could also lure his murderer directly to Faith.

September 22: Fourth Friday Concert: Tenzin Chopak

At 6:00 pm, join the library for the start of a new concert series on the fourth Friday of every month. Tenzin Chopak composes and performs music across the genres of roots and progressive chamber folk, world beat influenced rock, and experimental and improvisational music with instruments such as cello, piano, double bass, acoustic/electric guitars and voice. Listen to Tenzin here. We ask for a $10 donation to support the musicians and the library.

 

September 24: Bus Trip to New York City

Join us for a trip to New York City. Spend the day in the city, visiting museums and seeing the sights. There are more than 90 museums in the city; that should be enough for one day! The bus costs $75 per person. Contact the library soon to reserve a seat. This is the last trip of the season. Leave from the Montour Falls Library at 6:00 AM. The bus picks up at Jubilee in Horseheads at 5:30 AM.

 September 26: Library Board Meeting

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

September 27: Storytelling Circle

At 6:00 pm, the Storytelling Circle will meet, led by And Two Makes Three storytellers. Bring a story to share with others, and listen to what they have to share!

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:

The library is closed on Sundays.

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.

Wednesdays:

1:00 is the Handcrafters Circle at the Montour Falls Library. Bring your needlecrafts, beading, carving, coloring, sketching, or any other library-friendly handcrafts. Share ideas and techniques with other community crafters.

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.

10:30 is Infant Lap Time at the Montour Falls Library. This is a program designed for newborns to preschoolers and includes music, stories, and sharing of information and resources for parents.

4:00-7:00 is the Montour Falls Farmers Market at 300 West Main Street, May through October. It is an agriculture-based market, providing our community with healthy, fresh, local, and affordable food. Local farmers will offer vegetables, fruits, meats, cheeses, and more. All eligible vendors accept SNAP/EBT, and the market gives out $2 Fresh Connect Checks. Entertainment including live music and story time for the children will be scheduled. Food trucks will provide hot meals and treats.   https://montourfallsfarmersmarket.com/

Fridays:

10:30 is Preschool Story Time at the Montour Falls Library. 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.

3:30 is What Are You Reading? at the Montour Falls Library. All ages are welcome to meet and discuss what you are reading. Share a favorite book, recommend a new author, discover another story.

Saturdays:

10:00 is the Upcycle Society at the Montour Falls Library. 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 Programs & Events

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August 1: Stories on the Porch

At 2:00, every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday in July and August, join us on our side porch for stories for all ages. We will read picture books and chapter books and poetry and more. Listen, imagine, and be transported, all on a summer afternoon.

August 2: Classics Reading Group

At 6:00 pm, the Classics Reading Group will meet to discuss The Time Machine by H. G. Wells. When a Victorian scientist propels himself into the year 802,701, he is initially delighted to find that suffering has been replaced by beauty, contentment, and peace. Entranced at first by the Eloi, an elfin species descended from man, he soon realizes that these beautiful people are simply remnants of a once-great culture–now weak and childishly afraid of the dark. They have every reason to be afraid: in deep tunnels beneath their paradise lurks another race descended from humanity–the sinister Morlocks. And when the scientist’s time machine vanishes, it becomes clear he must search these tunnels if he is ever to return to his own era.

August 4: Beauty and the Beast Storytellers

At 10:30 am, join our early literacy program for Stories from Many Times, Many Lands, told by Beauty and the Beast Storytellers. Mitch and Martha bring to life traditional folktales from around the world, works by contemporary authors, stories from their own experiences, and tales based on historical people and events. Free and open to the public.

August 8: Environmental Literature Reading Group

At 6:00 pm, the Environmental Literature Reading Group will meet to discuss Gifts of the Crow by John Marzluff and Tony Angell. Playful, social, and passionate, crows have brains that are huge for their body size, which allows them to think, plan, and reconsider their actions. They also exhibit an avian kind of eloquence, mate for life, and associate with relatives and neighbors for years. And to people who care for them and feed them, they often give oddly touching gifts in return. The ongoing connection between humans and crows–a cultural coevolution–has shaped both species for millions of years.

August 9: Havana Book Club

At 6:00 pm, the Havana Book Club will meet to discuss Breaking Wild by Diane Les Becquets. When Amy Raye, mother of two, doesn’t return to camp, ranger Pru Hathaway and her dog respond to the missing person call. After an unexpected snowfall and few leads, the operation turns into a search and recovery. Pru, though, is not resigned to that. The more she learns about the woman for whom she is searching, and about Amy Raye’s past, the more she suspects that Amy Raye might yet be alive. Pru’s own search becomes an obsession for a woman whose life is just as mysterious as the clues she has left behind.

August 15: Sci-Fi and Fantasy Book Club

At 6:00 pm, the Sci-Fi and Fantasy Book Club will meet to discuss Borne by Jeff VanderMeer. In a ruined, nameless city of the future, a woman named Rachel, who makes her living as a scavenger, finds a small green lump of a creature she names “Borne” entangled in the fur of Mord, a gigantic, despotic bear. Mord once prowled the corridors of the biotech organization known as the Company, which lies at the outskirts of the city, until he was experimented on, grew large, learned to fly and broke free. Driven insane by his torture at the hands of the Company, Mord terrorizes the city. Borne somehow reminds Rachel of the island nation of her birth, now long lost to rising seas.

August 16: The Futurists: Next Generation Readers

At 5:00 pm, our young adult book group will meet to discuss Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher. Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a strange package with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers several cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker–his classmate and crush–who committed suicide two weeks earlier. Hannah’s voice tells him that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he’ll find out why. Clay spends the night crisscrossing his town with Hannah as his guide. He becomes a firsthand witness to Hannah’s pain, and as he follows Hannah’s recorded words throughout his town, what he discovers changes his life forever.

August 19: Walk through History

At 9:00 am, meet on the library steps and walk through historic Havana along the Chemung Canal with historian Gary Emerson.

August 22: Tanglewood Nature Center presents Animal Builders

At 10:30 am at Havana Glen Park, join our early literacy program for a presentation from Tanglewood Nature Center on Animal Builders: Birds, Bees, and Burrows. How do the animals that live around us interact with the natural world and the man-made world? While humans alter their environment, see how these animals live with their environment by building their own homes. Learn about the animals that keep our environment alive and diverse and also how they live and how we can protect their habitats. With live animals and hands-on materials. For all ages. Free and open to the public.

August 22: Library Board Meeting

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

August 23: Storytelling Circle

At 6:00 pm, the Storytelling Circle will meet, led by And Two Makes Three storytellers. Bring a story to share with others, and listen to what they have to share!

August 26: Essential Oils

At 10:00 am, learn about essential oils from local educator Keri Greenberger. Essential oils, volatile liquids and aromatic compounds that are distilled or pressed from plants, have been used for thousands of years for cosmetic purposes, as well as for their spiritual and emotionally uplifting properties. Every fourth Saturday at 10:00.

Ongoing:

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.

Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays:

At 2:00, every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday in July and August, join us on our side porch for stories for all ages. We will read picture books and chapter books and poetry and more. Listen, imagine, and be transported, all on a summer afternoon.

Sundays:

The library will be closed on Sundays during June, July, August, and September.

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.

10:30 is Blankets and Books at Havana Glen Park, in June, July, and August. We welcome all ages to come share in storytelling, nature, and play.

Wednesdays:

1:00 is the Handcrafters Circle at the Montour Falls Library. Bring your needlecrafts, beading, carving, coloring, sketching, or any other library-friendly handcrafts. Share ideas and techniques with other community crafters.

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.

9:00 is Baby Cafe at the Montour Falls Library. Baby Café is a free resource for pregnant and breastfeeding mothers to get support from specifically-trained staff and to share experiences with other moms.

10:30 is Infant Lap Time at the Montour Falls Library. This is a program designed for newborns to preschoolers and includes music, stories, and sharing of information and resources for parents.

1:00 is the Brain Games at the Montour Falls Library. Play games, be clever, be thoughtful, have fun. Laugh and wrap your brain around amusing, convoluted puzzles. Word games, board games, card games, logic games, and more.

4:00-7:00 is the Montour Falls Farmers Market at 300 West Main Street, May through October. It is an agriculture-based market, providing our community with healthy, fresh, local, and affordable food. Local farmers will offer vegetables, fruits, meats, cheeses, and more. All eligible vendors accept SNAP/EBT, and the market gives out $2 Fresh Connect Checks. Entertainment including live music and story time for the children will be scheduled. Food trucks will provide hot meals and treats.   https://montourfallsfarmersmarket.com/

Fridays:

10:30 is Preschool Story Time at the Montour Falls Library. 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.

3:30 is What Are You Reading? at the Montour Falls Library. All ages are welcome to meet and discuss what you are reading. Share a favorite book, recommend a new author, discover another story.

Saturdays:

10:00 is the Upcycle Society at the Montour Falls Library. 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.

July Programs & Events

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July 4: Library Closed

The library will be closed on Independence Day.

July 5: Stories on the Porch

At 2:00, every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday in July and August, join us on our side porch for stories for all ages. We will read picture books and chapter books and poetry and more. Listen, imagine, and be transported, all on a summer afternoon.

July 5: Classics Reading Group

At 6:00 pm, the Classics Reading Group will meet to discuss The Alchemist by Paolo Coelho. This is the magical story of Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy who yearns to travel in search of a worldly treasure as extravagant as any ever found. From his home in Spain he journeys to the markets of Tangiers and across the Egyptian desert to a fateful encounter with the alchemist. The story of the treasures Santiago finds along the way teaches us about the essential wisdom of listening to our hearts, learning to read the omens strewn along life’s path, and, above all, following our dreams.

July 11: Environmental Literature Reading Group

At 6:00 pm, the Environmental Literature Reading Group will meet to discuss Desert Solitaire by Edward Abbey. The author vividly captures the essence of his life during three seasons as a park ranger in southeastern Utah. This is a rare view of a quest to experience nature in its purest form–the silence, the struggle, the overwhelming beauty. But this is also the gripping, anguished cry of a man of character who challenges the growing exploitation of the wilderness by oil and mining interests, as well as by the tourist industry. Abbey’s observations and challenges remain as relevant now as the day he wrote them.

July 12: Havana Book Club

At 6:00 pm, the Havana Book Club will meet to discuss The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead. This novel is much more than the story of a runaway slave, Cora, who fights her way to the North; it is also a phantasmagorical look at race in America. In this instance the railroad is literal–a train roaring through tunnels constructed like a subway, leading Cora to several unlikely destinations. Like the travels of Gulliver, each of Cora’s stops on the railroad is a different version of America, displaying the varied ways in which Americans view race and manifest destiny.

July 18: Sci-Fi and Fantasy Book Club

At 6:00 pm, the Sci-Fi and Fantasy Book Club will meet to discuss The High Mountains of Portugal by Yann Martel. In Lisbon in 1904, a young man named Tomas discovers an old journal. It hints at the existence of an extraordinary artifact that if he can find it would redefine history. Traveling in one of Europe’s earliest automobiles, he sets out in search of this strange treasure. 35 years later, a Portuguese pathologist devoted to the murder mysteries of Agatha Christie finds himself at the center of a mystery of his own and drawn into the consequences of Tomas’s quest. 50 years on, a Canadian senator takes refuge in his ancestral village in northern Portugal, grieving the loss of his beloved wife. But he arrives with an unusual companion: a chimpanzee. And there the century-old quest will come to an unexpected conclusion.

July 19: The Futurists: Next Generation Readers

At 5:00 pm, our young adult book group will meet to discuss Dime by E. R. Frank. Dime is 14, loves books, and turns tricks. After her foster mother kicked her out, living with Daddy is like something out of a dream. When Daddy needs Dime to make some money, she starts having sex for coin. The arrival of a new girl, Lollipop, just 11, makes Dime realize she doesn’t love Daddy anymore–and she doesn’t want this life. It’s only when they realize Lollipop is pregnant that Dime knows what she’ll do. If she writes a note that explains everything, people will take care of Lollipop’s baby. But what she’ll do to protect Lollipop and her baby can only end one way for Dime herself–and it’s a sacrifice she’s ready to make.

July 22: Walk through History

At 9:00 am, meet on the library steps and walk through historic Havana along the Chemung Canal with historian Gary Emerson.

July 22: Essential Oils

At 10:00 am, learn about essential oils from local educator Keri Greenberger. Essential oils, volatile liquids and aromatic compounds that are distilled or pressed from plants, have been used for thousands of years for cosmetic purposes, as well as for their spiritual and emotionally uplifting properties. Every fourth Saturday at 10:00.

July 25: Library Board Meeting

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

July 26: Storytelling Circle

At 6:00 pm, the Storytelling Circle will meet, led by And Two Makes Three storytellers. Bring a story to share with others, and listen to what they have to share!

Ongoing:

Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays:

At 2:00, every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday in July and August, join us on our side porch for stories for all ages. We will read picture books and chapter books and poetry and more. Listen, imagine, and be transported, all on a summer afternoon.

Sundays:

The library will be closed on Sundays during June, July, August, and September.

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.

10:30 is Blankets and Books at Havana Glen Park, in June, July, and August. We welcome all ages to come share in storytelling, nature, and play.

Wednesdays:

1:00 is the Handcrafters Circle at the Montour Falls Library. Bring your needlecrafts, beading, carving, coloring, sketching, or any other library-friendly handcrafts. Share ideas and techniques with other community crafters.

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.

9:00 is Baby Cafe at the Montour Falls Library. Baby Café is a free resource for pregnant and breastfeeding mothers to get support from specifically-trained staff and to share experiences with other moms.

10:30 is Infant Lap Time at the Montour Falls Library. This is a program designed for newborns to preschoolers and includes music, stories, and sharing of information and resources for parents.

1:00 is the Brain Games at the Montour Falls Library. Play games, be clever, be thoughtful, have fun. Laugh and wrap your brain around amusing, convoluted puzzles. Word games, board games, card games, logic games, and more.

4:00-7:00 is the Montour Falls Farmers Market at 300 West Main Street, May through October. It is an agriculture-based market, providing our community with healthy, fresh, local, and affordable food. Local farmers will offer vegetables, fruits, meats, cheeses, and more. Food trucks will provide hot meals and treats. Entertainment including live music and story time for the children will be scheduled.  https://montourfallsfarmersmarket.com/

Fridays:

10:30 is Preschool Story Time at the Montour Falls Library. 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.

3:30 is What Are You Reading? at the Montour Falls Library. All ages are welcome to meet and discuss what you are reading. Share a favorite book, recommend a new author, discover another story.

Saturdays:

10:00 is the Upcycle Society at the Montour Falls Library. 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.

June Programs & Events

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June 2: What Are Your Reading?

At 3:30, every Friday, all ages are welcome to meet and discuss what you are reading. Share a favorite book, recommend a new author, discover another story.

June 3: Bicycle through History

At 9:00 am, meet at the Tops in Watkins Glen and bicycle along the Catharine Valley Trail with historian Gary Emerson, from Watkins Glen to Pine Valley and back.

June 6: Blankets and Books with Tanglewood Nature Center

At 10:30 am, meet at Havana Glen Park for the first Blankets and Books story hour of the season. Tanglewood Nature Center will give a special presentation on What To Wear and How To Get There, about how animals move in the wild, and why animals are covered with so many different kinds of “outfits.”

June 7: Classics Reading Group

At 6:00 pm, the Classics Reading Group will meet to discuss Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf. This brilliant novel explores the hidden springs of thought and action in one day of a woman’s life. Direct and vivid in her account of the details of Clarissa Dalloway’s preparations for a party she is to give that evening, Woolf ultimately managed to reveal much more; for it is the feeling behind these daily events that gives Mrs. Dalloway its texture and richness and makes it so memorable.

June 13: Blankets and Books

At 10:30 am, meet at Havana Glen Park for an hour of stories, nature, and play. Every Tuesday in June, July, and August.

June 13: Environmental Literature Reading Group

At 6:00 pm, the Environmental Literature Reading Group will meet to discuss The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating by Elisabeth Bailey. The author watches a wild snail that has taken up residence on her nightstand, and she discovers the solace and sense of wonder that this mysterious creature brings and comes to a greater understanding of her own place in the world. Intrigued by the snail’s molluscan anatomy, cryptic defenses, clear decision making, hydraulic locomotion, and courtship activities, Bailey becomes an astute and amused observer, offering a candid and engaging look into the curious life of this underappreciated small animal.

June 14: Havana Book Club

At 6:00 pm, the Havana Book Club will meet to discuss In the Shadow of the Banyan by Vaddey Ratner. Ratner’s remarkable debut novel transforms her childhood experiences living through the horrors of the Khmer Rouge regime in Cambodia into the finest of literary fiction. The story is narrated by the precocious Raami, whose privileged life is shattered when soldiers ravage Phnom Penh and send her aristocratic family to work camps in the countryside. The powerful writing sweeps you along like the broad Mekong River through the years of heartbreaking loss, hard labor, and starvation, and yet somehow, like Raami, you emerge from the book sobered, but with spirit unbroken. A powerful testament to the tenacity of love and family in the face of unspeakable inhumanity.

June 20: Sci-Fi and Fantasy Book Club

At 6:00 pm, the Sci-Fi and Fantasy Book Club will meet to discuss Shadow and Claw by Gene Wolfe. Young Severian, an apprentice in the Guild of Torturers on the world called Urth, is exiled for committing the ultimate sin of his profession–showing mercy toward his victim. Later, Severian, banished from his home, undertakes a mythic quest to discover the awesome power of an ancient relic, and learn the truth about his hidden destiny.

June 21: The Futurists: Next Generation Readers

At 5:00 pm, our young adult book group will meet to discuss Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future by A. S. King. Glory O’Brien graduates from high school and then begins to experience an astonishing new power to see a person’s infinite past and future. From ancient ancestors to many generations forward, Glory is bombarded with visions–and what she sees ahead of her is terrifying: A tyrannical new leader raises an army; women’s rights disappear; a violent second civil war breaks out; and young girls vanish daily, sold off or interned in camps. Glory makes it her mission to record everything she sees, hoping her notes will somehow make a difference. She may not see a future for herself, but she’ll do anything to make sure this one doesn’t come to pass.

June 24: Essential Oils

At 10:00 am, learn about essential oils from local educator Keri Greenberger. Essential oils, volatile liquids and aromatic compounds that are distilled or pressed from plants, have been used for thousands of years for cosmetic purposes, as well as for their spiritual and emotionally uplifting properties. Every fourth Saturday at 10:00.

June 27: Library Board Meeting

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

June 28: Storytelling Circle

At 6:00 pm, the Storytelling Circle will meet, led by And Two Makes Three storytellers. Bring a story to share with others, and listen to what they have to share!

Ongoing:

Sundays:

The library will be closed on Sundays during June, July, August, and September.

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.

10:30 is Blankets and Books at Havana Glen Park, in June, July, and August. We welcome all ages to come share in storytelling, nature, and play.

Wednesdays:

1:00 is the Handcrafters Circle at the Montour Falls Library. Bring your needlecrafts, beading, carving, coloring, sketching, or any other library-friendly handcrafts. Share ideas and techniques with other community crafters.

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.

9:00 is Baby Cafe at the Montour Falls Library. Baby Café is a free resource for pregnant and breastfeeding mothers to get support from specifically-trained staff and to share experiences with other moms.

10:30 is Infant Lap Time at the Montour Falls Library. This is a program designed for newborns to preschoolers and includes music, stories, and sharing of information and resources for parents.

1:00 is the Brain Games at the Montour Falls Library. Play games, be clever, be thoughtful, have fun. Laugh and wrap your brain around amusing, convoluted puzzles. Word games, board games, card games, logic games, and more.

Fridays:

10:30 is Preschool Story Time at the Montour Falls Library. 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.

3:30 is What Are You Reading? at the Montour Falls Library. All ages are welcome to meet and discuss what you are reading. Share a favorite book, recommend a new author, discover another story.

Saturdays:

10:00 is the Upcycle Society at the Montour Falls Library. 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.

May Programs & Events

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May 2: Toy Library Brings STEM

From 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm, the Finger Lakes Toy Library will host an evening of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM). The centerpiece activity will be creating mazes for robotic Hexbugs with Duplos, Magna-Tiles, and paper towel rolls, and there will be many other toys available to teach and entertain curious children.

May 3: Classics Reading Group

At 6:00 pm, the Classics Reading Group will meet to discuss A Passage to India by E. M. Forster. Britain’s 300-year relationship with the Indian subcontinent produced much fiction of interest but only one indisputable masterpiece: E. M. Forster’s A Passage to India, published in 1924, at the height of the Indian independence movement. Centering on an ambiguous incident between a young Englishwoman of uncertain stability and an Indian doctor eager to know his conquerors better, the author explores both the historical chasm between races and the eternal one between individuals struggling to ease their isolation and make sense of their humanity.

May 4: Montour Falls Farmers Market

The Village of Montour Falls is pleased to announce the 2017 season of the farmers market in the village, to benefit our community. It is an agriculture-based market, providing our community with healthy, fresh, local, and affordable food. It will take place at 300 West Main Street in Montour Falls, on Thursdays from 4 to 7 p.m., May 4 through October 5. Local farmers will offer vegetables, fruits, meats, and cheeses. Food trucks will provide hot meals and treats. Entertainment including live music and story time for the children will be scheduled. https://montourfallsfarmersmarket.com/

May 5: First Friday Concert: Hardin Burns

At 6:00 pm, join us for an evening of blues and country. What sets Hardin Burns apart from the crowd is their ability to combine traditional musical styles such as blues and country with visionary, modern lyrical ideas. Their sound brings to mind such acts as Raising Sand or CivilWars. Influences include Johnny Cash, Howlin’ Wolf, Lucinda Williams, Warren Zevon, Al Green, the Rolling Stones, and George Harrison. We ask a $10 donation to support the library and the musicians.

May 7: Local Authors Series

At 1:00 pm, local author Fred Wilcox will be reading from his books and answering questions. Waiting for an Army to Die is about the tragedy of Agent Orange, and it broke the story of chemical warfare in Vietnam.

May 9: Environmental Literature Reading Group

At 6:00 pm, the Environmental Literature Reading Group will meet to discuss Half-Earth by E. O. Wilson. In order to stave off the mass extinction of species, including our own, we must move swiftly to preserve the biodiversity of our planet. Wilson argues that the situation facing us is too large to be solved piecemeal and proposes that we dedicate fully half the surface of the Earth to nature. If we are to undertake such an ambitious endeavor, we first must understand just what the biosphere is, why it’s essential to our survival, and the manifold threats now facing it.

May 10: Havana Book Club

At 6:00 pm, the Havana Book Club will meet to discuss Jimmy Bluefeather by Kim Heacox. Old Keb Wisting, the last living canoe carver in the village of Jinkaat, Alaska, is in constant pain and thinks he wants to die. When his grandson, a promising basketball player, ruins his leg in a logging accident and tells his grandpa that he has nothing left to live for, Old Keb comes alive and finishes his last canoe, with help from his grandson. Together they embark on a great canoe journey, and suddenly all of Old Keb’s senses come into play, so clever and wise in how he reads the currents, tides, and storms.

May 12: Song and Story

At 10:30 am, Lisa Fernandez, local musician and founder of Compost Theatre, will be bringing her blue ukulele for an hour of silly songs. Children of all ages are welcome.

May 16: Sci-Fi and Fantasy Book Club

At 6:00 pm, the Sci-Fi and Fantasy Book Club will meet to discuss Children of Earth and Sky by Guy Gavriel Kay. A young woman sets out to find vengeance; a young artist travels to the dangerous east to paint the grand khalif; and a fiercely intelligent, angry woman, posing as a doctor’s wife, is a spy. The son of a merchant family is ambivalent about the life he’s been born to live; and a boy trains to become a soldier in the elite infantry of the khalif. As these lives entwine, their fates–and those of many others–will hang in the balance, when the khalif sends out a massive army to take the great fortress that is the gateway to the western world.

May 17: The Futurists: Next Generation Readers

At 5:00 pm, our young adult book group will meet to discuss Fig by Sarah Schantz. Love and sacrifice intertwine in this brilliant debut of rare beauty about a girl dealing with her mother’s schizophrenia and her own mental illness. Fig’s world lies somewhere between reality and fantasy. But as she watches Mama slowly come undone, it becomes hard to tell what is real and what is not, what is fun and what is frightening. This is an acutely honest and often painful portrayal of life with mental illness and the lengths to which a young woman must go to handle the ordeals–real or imaginary–thrown her way.

May 20: Walk Through History

At 9:00 am, meet on the library steps and walk through historic Havana along the Chemung Canal with historian Gary Emerson.

May 23: Library Board Meeting

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

May 27: Essential Oils

At 10:00, learn about essential oils from local educator Keri Greenberger. Essential oils, volatile liquids and aromatic compounds that are distilled or pressed from plants, have been used for thousands of years for cosmetic purposes, as well as for their spiritual and emotionally uplifting properties. Every fourth Saturday at 10:00.

Ongoing:

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.

10:30 is Toddler Story Time at the Montour Falls Library. We welcome all ages to come share in storytelling.

Wednesdays:

1:00 is the Handcrafters Circle at the Montour Falls Library. Bring your needlecrafts, beading, carving, coloring, sketching, or any other library-friendly handcrafts. Share ideas and techniques with other community crafters.

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.

9:00 is Baby Cafe at the Montour Falls Library. Baby Café is a free resource for pregnant and breastfeeding mothers to get support from specifically-trained staff and to share experiences with other moms.

10:30 is Infant Lap Time at the Montour Falls Library. This is a program designed for newborns to preschoolers and includes music, stories, and sharing of information and resources for parents.

1:00 is the Brain Games at the Montour Falls Library. Play games, be clever, be thoughtful, have fun. Laugh and wrap your brain around amusing, convoluted puzzles. Word games, board games, card games, logic games, and more.

Fridays:

10:30 is Preschool Story Time at the Montour Falls Library. 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.

Saturdays:

10:00 is the Upcycle Society at the Montour Falls Library. 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.