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September Programs & Events

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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 23: 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.

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.

April Programs & Events

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April 2: Local Authors Series

At 1:00 pm, local author Alexi Zentner will be reading from his books and answering questions. The Lobster Kings, inspired by Shakespeare’s King Lear, is the story of Cordelia’s struggle to maintain her island’s way of life in the face of danger from offshore.

April 5: Classics Reading Group

At 6:00 pm, the Classics Reading Group will meet to discuss Nickel Mountain by John Gardner. The beauty of this novel is the gradual revelation of the bond that develops as an unlikely couple experiences courtship and marriage, the birth of a son, isolation, forgiveness, work, and death in a small Catskill community in the 1950s. The plot turns on tragic events–they might be accidents or they might be acts of will–involving a cast of rural eccentrics that includes a lonely amputee veteran, a religious hysteric (thought by some to be the devil himself) and an itinerant “Goat Lady.” Questions of guilt, innocence, and even murder are eclipsed by deeds of compassion, humility, and redemption, and ultimately by Henry Soames’ quiet discovery of grace.

April 7: First Friday Concert: Cornell University Middle Eastern Music Ensemble

At 6:00 pm, join us for an evening of middle eastern music. CUMEME performs traditional Arabic, Persian, Turkish, Greek, and other music from the Middle East (aka Near East). Instruments played include oud, saz, qanun, nay, violin, viola, cello, bass, keman, mandolin, guitar, voice, many percussion instruments such as tabla, riq, darbouka, djembe, and duf, as well as Arabic accordion, saxophone, and clarinet. We ask a $10 donation to support the library and the musicians.

April 7: Gift Raffle Drawing

At 6:00 pm, we will hold the drawing for the winners of our fundraising gift baskets. These baskets are full of gifts and gift certificates donated by local businesses. Buy your tickets before the drawing for a chance to take home some special items.

April 8: Bus trip to Philadelphia

At 6:00 am, hop on the bus to Philadelphia and spend the day exploring the city. There are dozens of museums of science, history, and culture, and you can visit them all. The city has the great Philly Phlash Center City Shuttle, which costs $5 for a day pass (seniors and children under 4 are free) and takes you right to many great museums. Call the library soon to reserve your spot. The bus costs $75 per person. Bring the whole family!

April 9: Community Walk

At 12:00, meet on the library steps for the first community walk of the season. Join your neighbors and walk along the beautiful, historic Catharine Valley Trail. We will be walking every second Sunday at noon.

April 14: Environmental Literature Reading Group

At 6:00 pm, the Environmental Literature Reading Group will meet to discuss Coyote America by Dan Flores. Legends don’t come close to capturing the incredible story of the coyote. In the face of centuries of campaigns of annihilation employing gases, helicopters, and engineered epidemics, coyotes didn’t just survive, they thrived, expanding across the continent from Alaska to New York. In the war between humans and coyotes, coyotes have won, hands-down. Coyote America is the illuminating five-million-year biography of this extraordinary animal, from its origins to its apotheosis. It is one of the great epics of our time.

April 12: Havana Book Club

At 6:00 pm, the Havana Book Club will meet to discuss The Theoretical Foot by M. F. K. Fisher. This novel tells of a late-summer idyll at the Swiss farmhouse of Tim and Sara, where guests have gathered at ease on the terrace next to the burbling fountain in which baby lettuces are being washed, there to enjoy the food and wine served them by this stylish American couple. But all around these seemingly fortunate people, the forces of darkness are gathering: The year is 1939; World War Two approaches. And the paradise Tim and Sara have made is being besieged from within as Tim — closely based on Parrish — is about to suffer the first of the circulatory attacks that will cause him to lose his leg to amputation.

April 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. Children of all ages are welcome.

April 18: Sci-Fi and Fantasy Book Club

At 6:00 pm, the Sci-Fi and Fantasy Book Club will meet to discuss Consider Phlebas by Iain M. Banks. The war raged across the galaxy. Billions had died, billions more were doomed. Moons, planets, the very stars themselves, faced destruction, cold-blooded, brutal, and worse, random. The Idirans fought for their Faith; the Culture for its moral right to exist. Principles were at stake. There could be no surrender. Within the cosmic conflict, an individual crusade. Deep within a fabled labyrinth on a barren world, a Planet of the Dead proscribed to mortals, lay a fugitive Mind. Both the Culture and the Idirans sought it. It was the fate of Horza, the Changer, and his motley crew of unpredictable mercenaries, human and machine, actually to find it, and with it their own destruction.

April 19: The Futurists: Next Generation Readers

At 5:00 pm, our young adult book group will meet to discuss I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson. At first, Jude and her twin brother are NoahandJude; inseparable. Noah draws constantly and is falling in love with the charismatic boy next door, while daredevil Jude wears red-red lipstick, cliff-dives, and does all the talking for both of them. Years later, they are barely speaking. Something has happened to change the twins in different yet equally devastating ways… but then Jude meets an intriguing, irresistible boy and a mysterious new mentor.

April 21: Storytime with Corning Science and Discovery Center

At 10:30 am, the Corning Science and Discovery Center will present an hour of science and stories. The topic will be a mathematical one, Identifying Shapes. All ages are welcome.

April 25: Library Board Meeting

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

April 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! The topic will be your choice of ‘Joy’ or ‘Forgiveness.’

April 29: Young Dragonettes’ Book Club

At 10:00 am, the middle school reading group will meet to discuss Hoot by Carl Hiaasen. This Newbery Honor-winning, New York Times bestselling, hilarious Floridian adventure involves new kids, bullies, alligators, eco-warriors, pancakes, pint-sized owls, and more.  Everybody loves Mother Paula’s pancakes. Everybody, that is, except the colony of cute but endangered owls that live on the building site of the new restaurant. Can the awkward new kid and his feral friend prank the pancake people out of town? Or is the owls’ fate cemented in pancake batter?

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.

March Programs & Events

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March 1: Classics Reading Group

At 6:00 pm, the Classics Reading Group will meet to discuss Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert. Emma Bovary is the original desperate housewife. Beautiful but bored, she spends lavishly on clothes and on her home and embarks on two disappointing affairs in an effort to make her life everything she believes it should be. Soon heartbroken and crippled by debts, she takes drastic action, with tragic consequences for her husband and daughter.

March 2: Brain Games

At 1:00, join us for a meeting of the Brain Games group. 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. Meet at the library, every Thursday at 1:00.

March 3: First Friday Concert: Hiroya Tsukamoto: Cinematic Guitar Poetry

At 6:00 pm, join us for an evening of cinematic guitar poetry. Eclectic, immersive and mesmerizing. Internationally acclaimed guitarist and songwriter Hiroya Tsukamoto takes us on an innovative, impressionistic journey filled with earthy, organic soundscapes that impart a mood of peace and tranquility. We ask a $10 donation to support the library and the musicians.

March 8: Havana Book Club

At 6:00 pm, the Havana Book Club will meet to discuss Etta and Otto and Russell and James by Emma Hooper. Eighty-three-year-old Etta Vogel quietly sets out one day to walk 3,200 kilometers to the coast of Canada for her first view of the ocean. As Etta travels, author Hooper gently and poignantly reveals a lifetime of morally charged events that shaped Etta as well as her husband, Otto, and her lifelong friend, Russell. This is a beautiful and sometimes hauntingly stark portrait of three WWII-generation lives, sprinkled with the wise counsel of a loyal coyote named James.

March 10: 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.

March 14: Environmental Literature Reading Group

At 6:00 pm, the Environmental Literature Reading Group will meet to discuss The Soul of an Octopus by Sy Montgomery. From New England aquarium tanks to the reefs of French Polynesia and the Gulf of Mexico, the author has befriended octopuses with strikingly different personalities–gentle Athena, assertive Octavia, curious Kali, and joyful Karma. Each creature shows her cleverness in myriad ways: escaping enclosures like an orangutan; jetting water to bounce balls; and endlessly tricking companions with multiple “sleights of hand” to get food.

March 15: The Futurists: Next Generation Readers

At 5:00 pm, our young adult book group will meet to discuss How to Hang a Witch by Adriana Mather. Sam discovers that she is at the center of a centuries-old curse affecting anyone with ties to the Salem Witch Trials. Sam must come to terms with a ghost and find a way to work with the Descendants to stop a deadly cycle that has been going on since the first accused witch was hanged. If any town should have learned its lesson, it’s Salem. But history may be about to repeat itself.

March 21: Sci-Fi and Fantasy Book Club

At 6:00 pm, the Sci-Fi and Fantasy Book Club will meet to discuss Troubled Waters by Sharon Shinn. Zoe has been chosen to become the king’s fifth wife. Forced to go to the royal city, she manages to slip away and hide on the shores of the mighty river, where she realizes she is a coru prime ruled by the elemental sign of water. She must return to the palace, not as an unwilling bride for the king, but as a woman with power in her own right. But as Zoe unlocks more of the mysteries of her blood and the secrets of the royal family she must decide how to use her great power to rise above the deceptions and intrigue of the royal court.

March 22: Young Dragonettes’ Book Club

At 3:30 pm, the middle school reading group will meet to discuss Runny Babbit by Shel Silverstein. Welcome to the world of Runny Babbit and his friends Toe Jurtle, Skertie Gunk, Rirty Dat, Dungry Hog, Snerry Jake, and many others who speak a topsy-turvy language all their own. “Runny Babbit lent to wunch/And heard the saitress way, ‘We have some lovely stabbit rew — Our Special for today.’ So if you say, ‘Let’s bead a rook That’s billy as can se,’ You’re talkin’ Runny Babbit talk, Just like mim and he.”

March 22: 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 ‘The Power of Song.’

March 25: Essential Oils

At 10:00, learn about essential oils from local educator Keri Greenberger.

March 28: Library Board Meeting

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

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.

February Programs & Events

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February 1: Classics Reading Group

At 6:00 pm, the Classics Reading Group will meet to discuss The Ox-Bow Incident by Walter van Tilburg Clark. Set in 1885, this novel focuses on the lynching of three potentially innocent men and the tragedy that can ensue if law and order are abandoned. The result is an emotionally powerful, vivid, and universal story about good and evil, individuals and community, justice, and human nature. Clark’s theme was civilization, and he recorded, indelibly, its first steps in a new country. A society might be built on justice, but justice stands upon those who hope and anger and wonder, and they can be turned by a word, an unintended meaning, or a question.

February 2: Brain Games

At 1:00, join us for the first meeting of the Brain Games group. 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. Meet at St. Paul’s Parish House, 108 Genesee Street.

February 3: First Friday Concert: Neal Massa Jazz Trio

At 6:00 pm, join us for an evening of jazz. The Neal Massa Trio features Neal on piano, Ted Overstreet on guitar, and John Lavin on drums. The trio plays original and jazz standards, and can be found at Berta’s Cafe in Burdett on Sunday mornings. We as a $10 donation to support the library and the musicians.

February 8: Havana Book Club

At 6:00 pm, the Havana Book Club will meet to discuss When the Moon is Down by Nadia Hashimi. Forced to flee Kabul with her three children, Fereiba has one hope to survive: she must find a way to cross Europe and reach her sister’s family in England. With forged papers and help from kind strangers they meet along the way, Fereiba and her family make impossible choices as they struggle across the continent, ultimately hoping to find a place where they can begin to reconstruct their lives.

February 10: 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.

February 14: Environmental Literature Reading Group

At 6:00 pm, the Environmental Literature Reading Group will meet to discuss The Golden Spruce by John Vaillant. When a shattered kayak and camping gear are found on an uninhabited island, they reignite a mystery surrounding a shocking act of protest. Five months earlier, logger-turned-activist Grant Hadwin had plunged naked into a river in British Columbia’s Queen Charlotte Islands, towing a chainsaw. When his night’s work was done, a unique Sitka spruce, 165 feet tall and covered with luminous golden needles, teetered on its stump. Two days later it fell.

February 15: The Futurists: Next Generation Readers

At 5:00 pm, our young adult book group will meet to discuss Dreamhunter by Elizabeth Knox. 15-year-old Laura’s world is next to the Place, an unfathomable land that fosters dreams of every kind and is inaccessible to all but a select few, the Dreamhunters. But within the Place lies a horrific secret kept hidden by corrupt members of the government. When Laura’s father, the man who discovered the Place, disappears, she realizes that this secret has the power to destroy everyone she loves. In the midst of a fascinating landscape, Laura’s dreamy childhood is ending and a nightmare is beginning.

February 21: Sci-Fi and Fantasy Book Club

At 6:00 pm, the Sci-Fi and Fantasy Book Club will meet to discuss Red Rising by Pierce Brown. Darrow is a Red, a member of the lowest caste in the color-coded society of the future. Like his fellow Reds, he works all day, believing that he and his people are making the surface of Mars livable for future generations. But Darrow and his kind have been betrayed. Soon he discovers that humanity reached the surface generations ago; Darrow and Reds like him are nothing more than slaves to a decadent ruling class. Inspired by a longing for justice, Darrow will stop at nothing to bring down his enemies… even if it means he has to become one of them to do so.

February 24: Song and Dance

At 10:30, Ms. Sarra will lead children of all ages in Song and Dance.

February 25: Young Dragonettes’ Book Club

At 10:00 am at St. Paul’s Parish House, the middle school reading group will meet to discuss The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket. Are you made fainthearted by death? Does fire unnerve you? Is a villain something that might crop up in future nightmares of yours? Are you thrilled by nefarious plots? Is cold porridge upsetting to you? Vicious threats? Hooks? Uncomfortable clothing? It is likely that your answers will reveal A Series of Unfortunate Events to be ill-suited for your personal use. A librarian, bookseller, or acquaintance should be able to suggest books more appropriate for your fragile temperament. But to the rarest of readers we say, “Proceed, but cautiously.”

February 28: Library Board Meeting

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

Ongoing:

Mondays:

The library is closed on Mondays.

Tuesdays:

8:00 is Yoga for Health. 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. We welcome all ages to come share in storytelling.

Wednesdays:

1:00 is the Handcrafters Circle. Bring your needlecrafts, beading, carving, coloring, sketching, or any other library-friendly handcrafts. Share ideas and techniques with other community crafters. Meet at St. Paul’s Parish House, 108 Genesee Street.

Thursdays:

8:00 is Yoga for Health. 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. 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. Meet at St. Paul’s Parish House, 108 Genesee Street.

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. 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. Meet at St. Paul’s Parish House, 108 Genesee Street.

January Programs & Events

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January 4: Classics Reading Group

At 6:00 pm, the Classics Reading Group will meet to discuss One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. The novel tells the story of the rise and fall of the mythical town of Macondo through the history of the Buendia family. It is a rich and brilliant chronicle of life and death, and the tragicomedy of humankind. In the noble, ridiculous, beautiful, and tawdry story of the Buendia family, one sees all of humanity, just as in the history, myths, growth, and decay of Macondo, one sees all of Latin America. Translated into dozens of languages, this stunning work is no less than an accounting of the history of the human race.

January 6: First Friday Concert: Phil Shapiro and Carrie Shore

At 6:00 pm, join us for an evening of the American Folk Tradition. 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 a $10 donation to support the library and the musicians.

January 10: Environmental Literature Reading Group

book cover of The Rites of Autumn At 6:00 pm, the Environmental Literature Reading Group will meet to discuss Rites of Autumn by Dan O’Brien. O’Brien’s reverence for untrammeled spaces and unbounded wildlife is evident in every page of this book, and he has made innumerable personal sacrifices to remain in close proximity to the world of sweeping sky and the roaring stoop of an attacking peregrine falcon. In the course of a reintroduction program following the ban on DDT, a golden eagle abducts two of the three young peregrines, and the survivor is too traumatized to be re-released at a more distant site. The author provides custody and protection to Dolly the falcon as they journey from South Dakota to Montana, then down the Plains through Colorado and Texas, hunting ducks and grouse along the way, to Padre Island, where he hopes to release Dolly among the plentiful shorebirds.

January 11: Havana Book Club

At 6:00 pm, the Havana Book Club will meet to discuss The Strangler Vine by M. J. Carter. India, 1837: William Avery is a young soldier with few prospects except rotting away in campaigns in India; Jeremiah Blake is a secret political agent gone native, a genius at languages and disguises, disenchanted with the whole ethos of British rule, but who cannot resist the challenge of an unresolved mystery. What starts as a wild goose chase for this unlikely pair trying to track down a missing writer who lifts the lid on Calcutta society becomes very much more sinister as Blake and Avery get sucked into the mysterious Thuggee cult and its even more ominous suppression.

January 17: Sci-Fi and Fantasy Book Club

At 6:00 pm, the Sci-Fi and Fantasy Book Club will meet to discuss The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman. Irene is a professional spy for the mysterious Library, a shadowy organization that collects important works of fiction from all of the different realities. Most recently, she and her enigmatic assistant Kai have been sent to an alternative London. Their mission: Retrieve a particularly dangerous book. The problem: By the time they arrive, it’s already been stolen. London’s underground factions are prepared to fight to the death to find the tome before Irene and Kai do, a problem compounded by the fact that this world is chaos-infested the laws of nature bent to allow supernatural creatures and unpredictable magic to run rampant. To make matters worse, Kai is hiding something secrets that could be just as volatile as the chaos-filled world itself.

January 18: The Futurists: Next Generation Readers

At 5:00 pm, our young adult book group will meet to discuss Paper Towns by John Green. Quentin has loved Margo since they were both nine years old. When Margo beckons Quentin in the middle of the night in the spring of their senior year, dressed like a ninja and plotting an ingenious campaign of revenge, he follows her. Margo’s always planned extravagantly, and, until now, she’s always planned solo. After a lifetime of loving Margo from afar, things are finally looking up for Q… until day breaks and she has vanished. Always an enigma, Margo has now become a mystery. But there are clues. And they’re for Q. Both poignant and hysterical, this book is a delightful celebration of smart guys.

January 24: Library Board Meeting

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

January 25: Young Dragonettes’ Book Club

At 3:30 pm, the middle school reading group will meet to discuss The Twits by Roald Dahl. Mr. and Mrs. Twit are the smelliest, nastiest, ugliest people in the world. They hate everything except playing mean jokes on each other, catching innocent birds to put in their Bird Pies, and making their caged monkeys, the Muggle-Wumps, stand on their heads all day. But the Muggle-Wumps have had enough. They don’t just want out, they want revenge.

January 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! The topic will be ‘Evolution.’

January 27: Song and Dance

At 10:30 am, Ms. Sarra will lead children of all ages in Song and Dance.

January 31: Storytime with the Corning Science Center

At 10:30 am, the Corning Science and Discovery Center will present an hour of science and stories. All ages are welcome.

Ongoing:

Mondays:

The library is closed on Mondays.

Tuesdays:

8:00 is Yoga for Health. 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. We welcome all ages to come share in storytelling.

Wednesdays:

1:00 is the Handcrafters Circle. Bring your needlecrafts, beading, carving, coloring, sketching, or any other library-friendly handcrafts. Share ideas and techniques with other community crafters. Meet at St. Paul’s Parish House, 108 Genesee Street.

Thursdays:

8:00 is Yoga for Health. 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 Brain Games. 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. Meet at St. Paul’s Parish House, 108 Genesee Street.

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. 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. Meet at St. Paul’s Parish House, 108 Genesee Street.