October 1: Montour Falls Harvest Festival
From 12:00 to 7:00, celebrate the bountiful harvest of the Finger Lakes region. Main Street will be packed with enough local food and craft vendors to keep you busy all day. Support the library and amaze your friends with family portraits by local photographer Cheli Secord. Hear children’s stories read by our talented librarians. Finger Lakes Fruit Heritage Project will hold a Documentation Day at the library. Bring stories, photos, and more about fruit, canning, cider, and farming. http://www.watkinsglen.com/promotions/harvest/visitors.htm
October 2: Local Authors
At 1:00, local author Peter Mantius will read from his book Shell Game, discuss it, and answer questions. Join us for the first in a new monthly local author series.
October 4: Yoga for Health
Sue Silhan is an RN and Certified Yoga instructor who believes anyone can practice and benefit from Yoga. Movement of the body with attention to the breath and proper alignment lead to an awareness essential to good health. Classes will be one hour in length and include instruction in yoga poses, breathing, and a time of meditation. Care will be taken to provide safe practice for those who may have physical limitations. Please let Sue know in advance of any physical/medical issues so that she may adapt the practice for you. Please bring a mat and a small blanket to class. A donation to Selah Yoga and Music is needed to attend these classes. firstname.lastname@example.org. (607) 703-0010. Tuesdays at 8:00 AM: 9/13; 9/20; 9/27; 10/4; 10/11 at the Montour Falls Library.
October 4: Environmental Literature Reading Group
At 6:00 pm, the Environmental Literature Reading Group will meet to discuss The Forest Unseen by David Haskell. A grand tour of nature in all its profundity, written with remarkable grace and empathy. A biologist uses a one-square-meter patch of old-growth Tennessee forest as a window onto the entire natural world. Visiting it almost daily for one year to trace nature’s path through the seasons, he brings the forest and its inhabitants to vivid life. Beginning with simple observations–a salamander scuttling across the leaf litter, the first blossom of spring wildflowers–Haskell spins a brilliant web of biology, ecology, and poetry, explaining the science binding together ecosystems that have cycled for thousands sometimes millions of years.
October 5: Classics Reading Group
At 6:00 pm, the Classics Reading Group will meet to discuss Zorba the Greek by Nikos Kazantzakis. The story of two men, their incredible friendship, and the importance of living life to the fullest. Zorba, a Greek working man, is a larger-than-life character, energetic and unpredictable. He accompanies the unnamed narrator to Crete to work in the narrator’s lignite mine, and the pair develops a singular relationship. The two men couldn’t be further apart: The narrator is cerebral, modest, and reserved; Zorba is unfettered, spirited, and beyond the reins of civility. Over the course of their journey, he becomes the narrator’s greatest friend and inspiration and helps him to appreciate the joy of living. He responds to all that life offers him with passion, whether he’s supervising laborers at a mine, confronting mad monks in a mountain monastery, embellishing the tales of his past adventures, or making love.
October 7: First Friday Concert: Doolin O’Dey: A Celtic Dance Night
At 6:00 pm, 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. We ask a $10 donation to support the library and the musicians.
October 8: Walk through History
At 9:00 am, meet on the library steps and walk through historic Havana along the Chemung Canal with local historian Gary Emerson.
October 9: Community Walk
Join your neighbors for a walk along the Catharine Valley Trail. Walk, talk, visit, and watch the seasons change. Bring the whole family. Meet on the library steps at 12:00.
October 9: Making Sense of the Civil War
Join local historian Gary Emerson for a 6-part discussion of the Civil War. Space is limited, so sign up soon. Sundays at 1:00 at the Montour Falls Library: September 11: Part 1 of 6; September 18: Part 2 of 6; September 25: Part 3 of 6; October 9: Part 4 of 6; October 30: Part 5 of 6; November 13: Part 6 of 6.
October 11: 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 ‘Change.’
October 12: Havana Book Club
At 6:00 pm, the Havana Book Club will meet to discuss California by Edan Lepucki. The world Cal and Frida have always known is gone, and they’ve left the crumbling city of Los Angeles far behind them. They now live in a shack in the wilderness, working side-by-side to make their days tolerable in the face of hardship and isolation. Mourning a past they can’t reclaim, they seek solace in each other. But the tentative existence they’ve built for themselves is thrown into doubt when Frida finds out she’s pregnant. Terrified of the unknown and unsure of their ability to raise a child alone, they set out for the nearest settlement, a guarded and paranoid community with dark secrets. These people can offer them security, but Cal and Frida soon realize this community poses dangers of its own.
October 14: Qigong for Breast Wellness
At 9:00 am, join instructor Shawn Tubridy, owner of Bee Well and longtime community herbalist, to practice seven simple moves and learn about Traditional Chinese Medicine as a way of supporting breast health and healing. The class focuses on increasing energy flow through the breast area by gently stretching the meridians, which are commonly the sites of tumors. These seven movements are easy to learn and can be done by almost anyone. Where there is flow disease cannot grow. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
October 14: 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.
October 18: Sci-Fi and Fantasy Book Club
At 6:00 pm, the Sci-Fi and Fantasy Book Club will meet to discuss Aurora by Kim Stanley Robinson. A major new novel from one of science fiction’s most powerful voices, Aurora tells the incredible story of our first voyage beyond the solar system. Brilliantly imagined and beautifully told, it is the work of a writer at the height of his powers. Our voyage from Earth began generations ago. Now, we approach our new home: AURORA.
October 19: The Futurists: Next Generation Readers
At 5:00 pm, our young adult book group will meet to discuss The Swap by Megan Shull. With one random wish, Jack and Ellie are living life in each other’s shoes. He’s her. And she’s him. Ellie assumed popular guys didn’t worry about body image, being perfect, or talking to girls, but acting like you’re cool with everything is tougher than it looks. Jack thought girls had it easy—no fights with bullies, no demanding dads, no power play— but facing mean girls at sleepovers and getting grilled about your period is way harder than taking a hit to the face at sports practice. Now they’re dealing with each other’s middle school dramas locker room teasing, cliques, video game battles, bra shopping, and a slew of hilariously awkward moments until they hopefully switch back.
October 26: Library Board Meeting
At 6:00 pm, the library trustees will be at the library for their monthly board meeting.
October 28: Song and Dance
At 10:30 am, Ms. Sarra will lead children of all ages in Song and Dance.
October 28: Young Dragonettes’ Book Club
At 3:30 pm, the middle school reading group will meet to discuss Ranger’s Apprentice: The Ruins of Gorlan by John Flanagan. They have always scared him in the past: The Rangers, with their dark cloaks and shadowy ways. The villagers believe the Rangers practice magic that makes them invisible to ordinary people. And now 15-year-old Will, always small for his age, has been chosen as a Ranger’s apprentice. What he doesn’t yet realize is that the Rangers are the protectors of the kingdom. Highly trained in the skills of battle and surveillance, they fight the battles before the battles reach the people. And as Will is about to learn, there is a large battle brewing. The exiled Morgarath, Lord of the Mountains of Rain and Night, is gathering his forces for an attack on the kingdom. This time, he will not be denied.
October 29: New York City Bus Trip
Join the library for a bus trip to New York City. Land in the middle of the city and explore the museums of art and culture. The Met has many new exhibits. Meet at the library at 6:00 AM. The bus trip is $75 per person. Contact the library soon to reserve a spot.
The library is closed on Mondays.
10:30 is “Toddler Story Time.” We welcome all ages to come share in storytelling.
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.
Every Thursday from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm, there will be a farmers market on the green at 300 West Main Street in Montour Falls. It will be an agriculture-based market, providing our community with healthy, fresh, local, and affordable food. 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. www.montourfallsfarmersmarket.com
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.