February 3: The Futurists: Next Generation Readers
At 5:00 pm, our new young adult book group will meet to discuss Alex Crow by Andrew Smith. Skillfully blending multiple story strands that transcend time and place, the author chronicles the story of Ariel, a refugee who is the sole survivor of an attack on his small village. Ariel’s story is juxtaposed against those of a schizophrenic bomber and the diaries of a failed arctic expedition from the late nineteenth century… and a depressed, bionic reincarnated crow.
February 3: Classics Reading Group
At 6:00 pm, the Classics Reading Group will meet to discuss The House of Seven Gables by Nathaniel Hawthorne. Greedy, piratical Colonel Pyncheon builds his mansion on ill-gotten ground, setting the stage for generations of suffering. Years later, a country cousin and an enigmatic young boarder attempt to reverse the tide of misfortunes surrounding the house in Hawthorne’s evocative blend of mystery and romance, of “lives caught in the common fire of history.”
February 5: First Friday Concert: Rockwood Ferry
At 6:00 pm, Tenzin Chopak, Eric Aceto, and Rich DePaolo of Rockwood Ferry will be playing guitar, bass, and violin. Their music has been described as progressive chamber folk. Eric is known as a virtuoso gypsy jazz violinist, Rich is prominent in genres as diverse as art rock, folk, blues, and a cappella, and Tenzin has rapidly gained recognition for his songwriting, his singing, and his presence and joyful abandon in live performance. We ask a $10 donation to support the library and the musicians.
February 9: 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.’
February 10: Havana Book Club
At 6:00 pm, the Havana Book Club will meet to discuss Euphoria by Lily King. Loosely based on Margaret Mead’s time in Papua New Guinea, this engaging, insightful novel is about cutting-edge research and revolutionary ideas, but inevitably it is also about the complications within the scholars’ relationships when societal norms are stripped away, and love, greed, jealousy, and control are left unfettered. Artfully narrated, King’s novel offers a unique view into these rich and complicated characters.
February 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. All ages are welcome to attend.
February 16: Sci-Fi and Fantasy Book Club
At 6:00 pm, the Sci-Fi and Fantasy Book Club will meet to discuss The Martian by Andy Weir. Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he’s sure he’ll be the first person to die there. His mental and physical struggles to survive are a crash course in botany, mechanics, and the will to endure. This taut, cerebral debut thriller introduces readers to the only kind of alien we have yet to encounter: ourselves.
February 17: Environmental Literature Reading Group
At 6:00 pm, the Environmental Literature Book Club will meet to discuss Walden by Henry David Thoreau. By virtue of its casual, off-handedly brilliant wisdom and the easy splendor of its nature writing, Thoreau’s account of his adventure in self-reliance on the shores of a pond in Massachusetts is one of the signposts by which the modern mind has located itself in an increasingly bewildering world. Deeply sane, invigorating in its awareness of humanity’s place in the moral and natural order, Walden represents the progressive spirit of nineteenth-century America at its eloquent best.
February 23: Local History Night: The Great Benefactor: Charles Cook and Havana
At 7:00 pm, local historian Gary Emerson will give a presentation on Charles Cook, who arrived in Havana (Montour Falls) in 1829 and soon envisioned making it a thriving village. Cook did much to develop the economic fortunes of Havana, as he dreamed of making it the county seat. In his wake, he left a legacy that marks the town to this day. This presentation will discuss the life of Charles Cook and how he built Schuyler County, along with his adopted village of Havana.
February 24: Library Board Meeting
At 6:00 pm, the library trustees will be at the library for their monthly board meeting.
February 26: Young Dragonettes’ Book Club
At 3:30 pm, the middle school reading group will meet to discuss The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman. Lyra Belacqua is content to run wild among the scholars of Jodan College, with her daemon familiar always by her side. But the arrival of her fearsome uncle, Lord Asriel, draws her to the heart of a terrible struggle born of Gobblers and stolen children, witch clans and armored bears. And as she hurtles toward danger in the cold far North, Lyra never suspects the shocking truth: she alone is destined to win, or to lose, this more-than-mortal battle.
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.