April 1: First Friday Concert: Lisa Fenwick and Melissa Collins: Enchantment
At 6:00 pm, Lisa Fenwick and Melissa Collins, both long-time teachers and professional musicians, will present an evening of Celtic music. Together, as the duo Enchantment, they will perform harp duets and flute, harp, and voice. We ask a $10 donation to support the library and the musicians.
April 3: Lincoln and the Civil War
From 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm, join historian Gary Emerson for the last in a four-part discussion of freedom, civic duty, slavery, and the Constitution through Lincoln’s own words. With its thematic focus, this reading and discussion program offers an unusual twist on the standard book group format by making time for thinking deeply about one idea, over time, from a variety of perspectives.
April 5: Environmental Literature Reading Group
At 6:00 pm, the Environmental Literature Book Club will meet to discuss Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver. A hymn to wildness that celebrates the prodigal spirit of human nature, and of nature itself. It weaves together three stories of human love within a larger tapestry of lives amid the mountains and farms of southern Appalachia. Over the course of one humid summer, this novel’s intriguing protagonists face disparate predicaments but find connections to one another and to the flora and fauna with which they necessarily share a place.
April 6: Classics Reading Group
At 6:00 pm, the Classics Reading Group will meet to discuss The Dollmaker by Harriette Arnow. When Gertie Nevels, a strong and self-reliant matriarch, follows her husband to Detroit from their countryside home in Kentucky, she learns she will have to fight desperately to keep her family together and to preserve their deep-rooted values amidst the turmoil of war and industrialization.
April 8: 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. All ages are welcome to attend.
April 12: 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 ‘New Beginnings.’
April 13: Havana Book Club
At 6:00 pm, the Havana Book Club will meet to discuss Tilted World by Tom Franklin and Beth Ann Fennelly. The authors weave together the stories of two endearing characters — an orphan who grows up to be a decorated World War I hero turned Prohibition revenuer and a bootlegging firecracker of a woman who yearns for her lost child. Add the setting of a town on the brink of destruction by deluge and some unsavory characters looking to profit from calamity, and the reader will be swept away by their story.
April 19: Sci-Fi and Fantasy Book Club
At 6:00 pm, the Sci-Fi and Fantasy Book Club will meet to discuss Among Others by Jo Walton. At once the compelling story of a young woman struggling to escape a troubled childhood, a brilliant diary of first encounters with the great novels of modern fantasy and SF, and a spellbinding tale of escape from ancient enchantment. Raised by a half-mad mother who dabbled in magic, Morwenna Phelps found refuge in two worlds. As a child growing up in Wales, she played among the spirits who made their homes in industrial ruins. But her mind found freedom and promise in the science fiction novels that were her closest companions. Then her mother tried to bend the spirits to dark ends, and Mori was forced to confront her in a magical battle.
April 20: The Futurists: Next Generation Readers
At 5:00 pm, our young adult book group will meet to discuss Faerie Wars by Herbie Brennan. Henry Atherton thinks his life is spinning out of control, but nothing prepares him for the invisible portal in old man Fogarty’s backyard… and the unexpected stranger who comes through it, Pyrgus Malvae, crown prince of the Faerie realm. Henry and Pyrgus come from very different worlds, but it may be up to Henry to save all of Faerie from being conquered by the Nightside, even if it means crossing over to a magical realm where nothing is ever what it seems… and no one can be trusted.
April 21, 22, 23, 29, 30: Library Book Sale
From 9:00 am to 2:00 pm at St. Paul’s Parish House, 108 Genesee Street, there will be a library book sale with more than a thousand books, DVDs, audiobooks, and more. Come and browse! Find that exciting book that you have always wanted or discover a new favorite. Support the library and bring home books for your family.
April 22: Corning Science Center presents ‘The Life Cycle of the Butterfly’
At 10:30 am, Preschool Story Time will feature a presentation by the Corning Science Center on ‘The Life Cycle of the Butterfly.’ All ages are welcome!
April 22: Young Dragonettes’ Book Club
At 3:30 pm, the middle school reading group will meet to discuss Gregor the Overlander by Suzanne Collins. When Gregor falls through a grate in the laundry room of his apartment building, he hurtles into the dark Underland, where spiders, rats, and cockroaches coexist uneasily with humans. A prophecy foretells that Gregor has a role to play in the Underland’s uncertain future. Gregor wants no part of it — until he realizes it’s the only way to solve the mystery of his father’s disappearance.
April 26: Local History Night: Gary Emerson on Governor David Hill
At 7:00 pm, local historian Gary Emerson will discuss Governor David Hill, labor champion and reformer.
April 27: Library Board Meeting
At 6:00 pm, the library trustees will be at the library for their monthly board meeting.
The library is closed on Mondays.
10:30 is “Toddler Time” at the Montour Falls Library. We welcome all to come and share stories and songs.
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.
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.