Tom Mank and Sera Smolen

Folk, Blues, and Improvisation

Guitarist and singer-songwriter Tom Mank and improvising cellist Sera Smolen
will perform original modern folk, blues, and improvisation.
They will be joined by singer-songwriter Jeannie Burns,
singer-songwriter Julie Last, and improvising violinist Eric Aceto.
Listen!

May 6th at 6:00

at the Montour Falls Library.

First Friday Concert Series

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

Philadelphia Museum Mile
Bus Trip, May 15

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Independence Hall
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Franklin Institute
Philadelphia Zoo
Barnes Foundation
National Constitution Center
Rodin Museum
Jewish American Museum
African American Museum
Academy of Natural Sciences
Philadelphia History Museum
Shofuso Japanese House and Garden
Eastern State Penitentiary
Please Touch Museum
US Mint
Ben Franklin Museum
Polish American Museum
Fireman’s Hall Museum
and much, much more!

The Philly Phlash Center City Shuttle
costs $5 for a day pass (seniors and children under 4 are free)
and takes you to many great museums; others are a short walk
from the shuttle route. Maps are available.

The bus will leave the Montour Falls Library at 6:00 AM
and drop off everyone at the National Constitution Center.
The return trip will leave the Constitution Center at 5:30 PM.

The trip is $75 per person.
Contact the library soon to reserve a spot.
(607) 535-7489
www.montourfallslibrary.org

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May Programs & Events

May 3: Environmental Literature Reading Group

At 6:00 pm, the Environmental Literature Book Club will meet to discuss The Owl Who Liked Sitting on Caesar by Martin Windrow. Adorable and the size of a corncob, but with knife-sharp talons, Mumble the owl became Windrow’s closest, if at times unpredictable, companion, first in a South London flat and later in the more owl-friendly Sussex countryside. Windrow recalls with wry humor their finer moments as well as the reactions of incredulous neighbors, the awkwardness of buying unskinned rabbit at Harrods Food Hall, and the grievous sense of loss when Mumble nearly escapes.

May 4: Classics Reading Group

At 6:00 pm, the Classics Reading Group will meet to discuss Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad. Marlow, a seaman and wanderer, recounts his physical and psychological journey in search of the infamous ivory trader Kurtz. Traveling upriver into the heart of the African continent, he gradually becomes obsessed by this enigmatic, wraith-like figure. Marlow’s discovery of how Kurtz has gained his position of power over the local people involves him in a radical questioning, not only of his own nature and values, but of those that underpin Western civilization itself.

May 6: First Friday Concert: Tom Mank and Sera Smolen

At 6:00 pm, guitarist and singer-songwriter Tom Mank and improvising cellist Sera Smolen will perform original modern folk, blues, and improvisation. They will be joined by singer-songwriter Jeannie Burns, singer-songwriter Julie Last, and improvising violinist Eric Aceto. We ask a $10 donation to support the library and the musicians.

May 10: 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 Elements.’

May 11: Havana Book Club

At 6:00 pm, the Havana Book Club will meet to discuss A Land More Kind than Home by Wiley Cash. The voices that bear witness to the events in Cash’s moving novel are haunting in their telling of a tale of innocent mistakes and evil incarnate in a small North Carolina mountain community. A charismatic preacher has a parish in his thrall. Mysterious goings on, both inside and outside of the shrouded little church, lead to tragedy for young Jess and his mute older brother, Stump.

May 13: 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.

May 15: Philadelphia Museum Mile Bus Trip

Join the library for a bus trip to Philadelphia. The bus drops off on the route of the Philly Phlash Shuttle, which, for $5 or less, takes you to many museums, all day long. The bus trip is $75 per person. Contact the library soon to reserve a spot.

May 17: Sci-Fi and Fantasy Book Club

At 6:00 pm, the Sci-Fi and Fantasy Book Club will meet to discuss The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress by Robert Heinlein. It is a tale of the rebellion of the Lunar penal colony against the Lunar Authority that controls it from Earth. It is the tale of the disparate people–a computer technician, a vigorous young female agitator, and an elderly academic–who become the rebel movement’s leaders. And it is the story of Mike, the supercomputer whose sentience is known only to this inner circle.

 

May 18: The Futurists: Next Generation Readers

At 5:00 pm, our young adult book group will meet to discuss Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi. In America’s Gulf Coast region, grounded oil tankers are being broken down for parts by crews of young people. Nailer, a teenage boy, discovers an exquisite clipper ship beached during a recent hurricane, and he faces the most important decision of his life: Strip the ship for all it’s worth or rescue its lone survivor, a beautiful and wealthy girl who could lead him to a better life.

May 25: Library Board Meeting

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

May 27: Song and Dance

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

May 27: Young Dragonettes’ Book Club

At 3:30 pm, the middle school reading group will meet to discuss Nightbird by Alice Hoffman. Only true friendship can break an ancient curse. Twig lives in Sidwell, where people whisper that fairy tales are real. After all, her town is rumored to hide a monster. And two hundred years ago, a witch placed a curse on Twig’s family that was meant to last forever. But this summer, everything will change when the red moon rises. It’s time to break the spell.

 

 

Ongoing:

Mondays:

The library is closed on Mondays.

Tuesdays:

10:30 is “Toddler Time” at the Montour Falls Library. We welcome all to come and share stories and songs.

Thursdays:

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.

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.

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April Programs & Events

April 1: First Friday Concert: Lisa Fenwick and Melissa Collins: Enchantment

At 6:00 pm, Lisa Fenwick and Melissa Collins, both long-time teachers and professional musicians, will present an evening of Celtic music. Together, as the duo Enchantment, they will perform harp duets and flute, harp, and voice. We ask a $10 donation to support the library and the musicians.

April 3: Lincoln and the Civil War

From 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm, join historian Gary Emerson for the last in a four-part discussion of freedom, civic duty, slavery, and the Constitution through Lincoln’s own words. With its thematic focus, this reading and discussion program offers an unusual twist on the standard book group format by making time for thinking deeply about one idea, over time, from a variety of perspectives.

April 5: Environmental Literature Reading Group

At 6:00 pm, the Environmental Literature Book Club will meet to discuss Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver. A hymn to wildness that celebrates the prodigal spirit of human nature, and of nature itself. It weaves together three stories of human love within a larger tapestry of lives amid the mountains and farms of southern Appalachia. Over the course of one humid summer, this novel’s intriguing protagonists face disparate predicaments but find connections to one another and to the flora and fauna with which they necessarily share a place.

April 6: Classics Reading Group

At 6:00 pm, the Classics Reading Group will meet to discuss The Dollmaker by Harriette Arnow. When Gertie Nevels, a strong and self-reliant matriarch, follows her husband to Detroit from their countryside home in Kentucky, she learns she will have to fight desperately to keep her family together and to preserve their deep-rooted values amidst the turmoil of war and industrialization.

April 8: Song and Story

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

April 12: Storytelling Circle

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

April 13: Havana Book Club

At 6:00 pm, the Havana Book Club will meet to discuss Tilted World by Tom Franklin and Beth Ann Fennelly. The authors weave together the stories of two endearing characters — an orphan who grows up to be a decorated World War I hero turned Prohibition revenuer and a bootlegging firecracker of a woman who yearns for her lost child. Add the setting of a town on the brink of destruction by deluge and some unsavory characters looking to profit from calamity, and the reader will be swept away by their story.

 

April 19: Sci-Fi and Fantasy Book Club

At 6:00 pm, the Sci-Fi and Fantasy Book Club will meet to discuss Among Others by Jo Walton. At once the compelling story of a young woman struggling to escape a troubled childhood, a brilliant diary of first encounters with the great novels of modern fantasy and SF, and a spellbinding tale of escape from ancient enchantment. Raised by a half-mad mother who dabbled in magic, Morwenna Phelps found refuge in two worlds. As a child growing up in Wales, she played among the spirits who made their homes in industrial ruins. But her mind found freedom and promise in the science fiction novels that were her closest companions. Then her mother tried to bend the spirits to dark ends, and Mori was forced to confront her in a magical battle.

April 20: The Futurists: Next Generation Readers

At 5:00 pm, our young adult book group will meet to discuss Faerie Wars by Herbie Brennan. Henry Atherton thinks his life is spinning out of control, but nothing prepares him for the invisible portal in old man Fogarty’s backyard… and the unexpected stranger who comes through it, Pyrgus Malvae, crown prince of the Faerie realm. Henry and Pyrgus come from very different worlds, but it may be up to Henry to save all of Faerie from being conquered by the Nightside, even if it means crossing over to a magical realm where nothing is ever what it seems… and no one can be trusted.

 

April 21, 22, 23, 29, 30: Library Book Sale

From 9:00 am to 2:00 pm at St. Paul’s Parish House, 108 Genesee Street, there will be a library book sale with more than a thousand books, DVDs, audiobooks, and more. Come and browse! Find that exciting book that you have always wanted or discover a new favorite. Support the library and bring home books for your family.

April 22: Corning Science Center presents ‘The Life Cycle of the Butterfly’

At 10:30 am, Preschool Story Time will feature a presentation by the Corning Science Center on ‘The Life Cycle of the Butterfly.’ All ages are welcome!

April 22: Young Dragonettes’ Book Club

At 3:30 pm, the middle school reading group will meet to discuss Gregor the Overlander by Suzanne Collins. When Gregor falls through a grate in the laundry room of his apartment building, he hurtles into the dark Underland, where spiders, rats, and cockroaches coexist uneasily with humans. A prophecy foretells that Gregor has a role to play in the Underland’s uncertain future. Gregor wants no part of it — until he realizes it’s the only way to solve the mystery of his father’s disappearance.

 

April 26: Local History Night: Gary Emerson on Governor David Hill

At 7:00 pm, local historian Gary Emerson will discuss Governor David Hill, labor champion and reformer.

April 27: Library Board Meeting

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

 

Ongoing:

Mondays:

The library is closed on Mondays.

Tuesdays:

10:30 is “Toddler Time” at the Montour Falls Library. We welcome all to come and share stories and songs.

Thursdays:

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.

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.

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March Programs & Events

March 1: Environmental Literature Reading Group

At 6:00 pm, the Environmental Literature Book Club will meet to discuss Cathedral of the Wild by Boyd Varty. The author grew up on Londolozi Game Reserve in South Africa, a place where man and nature strive for balance, where perils exist alongside wonders. Founded more than eighty years ago as a hunting ground, Londolozi was transformed into a nature reserve beginning in 1973 by Varty’s father and uncle, visionaries of the restoration movement. But it wasn’t just a sanctuary for the animals; it was also a place for a ravaged land to flourish again and for the human spirit to be restored. When Nelson Mandela was released after twenty-seven years of imprisonment, he came to the reserve to recover.

March 2: Classics Reading Group

At 6:00 pm, the Classics Reading Group will meet to discuss A Journey to the Center of the Earth by Jules Verne. A pioneer in the genre of science fiction writing, Jules Verne possessed an uncanny ability to imagine — often with startling accuracy — the future possibilities of science. In this classic novel, first published in 1864, the author introduces readers to Otto Lidenbrock, a professor of geology who ventures into a fantastical world within an extinct Icelandic volcano.

 

March 4: First Friday Concert: Marc Berger and Rich DePaolo: RIDE

At 6:00 pm, Marc Berger and Rich DePaolo will perform RIDE, a cinematic Western song cycle. We ask a $10 donation to support the library and the musicians.

March 6: Lincoln and the Civil War

From 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm, join historian Gary Emerson for the first in a four-part discussion of freedom, civic duty, slavery, and the Constitution through Lincoln’s own words. With its thematic focus, this reading and discussion program offers an unusual twist on the standard book group format by making time for thinking deeply about one idea, over time, from a variety of perspectives.

 

March 9: Havana Book Club

At 6:00 pm, the Havana Book Club will meet to discuss The Paris Architect by Charles Belfoure. In 1942, the city of Paris was overrun by German soldiers looking for Jews. There were some Parisians who wanted to hide the Jews, and some who wanted to turn them in. In the middle was Lucien Bernard, one of the few men capable of assisting either side if he so chose. Lucien was an architect who built secret hiding spaces for Jews in old homes. When something went terribly wrong, Lucien was forced to rethink his dedication and come up with a way to make amends in this powerful and gripping story.

March 11: 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.

March 13: Lincoln and the Civil War

From 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm, join historian Gary Emerson for the second in a four-part discussion of freedom, civic duty, slavery, and the Constitution through Lincoln’s own words. With its thematic focus, this reading and discussion program offers an unusual twist on the standard book group format by making time for thinking deeply about one idea, over time, from a variety of perspectives.

March 15: Sci-Fi and Fantasy Book Club

At 6:00 pm, the Sci-Fi and Fantasy Book Club will meet to discuss Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell. Mitchell takes six completely different storylines, written in six distinct genre styles — from pulp mystery novel to pidgin English-laden sci-fi — set in six completely different time periods ranging from the 1800s South Pacific to far into a post-apocalyptic future, and chops them up and blends them to form one seamless, intricate, awe-inspiring saga of humanity.

March 16: The Futurists: Next Generation Readers

At 5:00 pm, our young adult book group will meet to discuss I Crawl through It by A. S. King. Four teenagers are on the verge of exploding. The anxieties they face at every turn have nearly pushed them to the point of surrender: senseless high-stakes testing, the lingering damage of past trauma, the buried grief and guilt of tragic loss. They are desperate to cope, but no one is listening. So they will lie. They will split in two. They will turn inside out. They will even build an invisible helicopter to fly themselves far away… but nothing releases the pressure. Because, as they discover, the only way to truly escape their world is to fly right into it.

March 19: Bus Trip to Longwood Gardens in PA

It’s their Orchid Extravaganza; spend the day exploring their world-famous 4-acre conservatory. It’s just right for a cold winter day! Bus tickets cost $100; the bus leaves from the Montour Falls Library at 6:00 AM.

March 20: Lincoln and the Civil War

From 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm, join historian Gary Emerson for the third in a four-part discussion of freedom, civic duty, slavery, and the Constitution through Lincoln’s own words. With its thematic focus, this reading and discussion program offers an unusual twist on the standard book group format by making time for thinking deeply about one idea, over time, from a variety of perspectives.

March 22: Local History Night: Frank Steber on painter James Hope

At 7:00 pm, longtime local teacher and author Frank Steber will discuss Civil War era painter and Watkins Glen resident James Hope.

March 23: Library Board Meeting

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

 

March 25: Young Dragonettes’ Book Club

At 3:30 pm, the middle school reading group will meet to discuss Holes by Louis Sachar. Stanley Yelnats has been unjustly sent to a boys’ detention center, Camp Green Lake, where the boys build character by spending every day digging holes. It doesn’t take long for Stanley to realize the boys are digging holes because the warden is looking for something. But what could be buried under a dried-up lake? Stanley tries to dig up the truth in this inventive and darkly humorous tale of crime and punishment and redemption.

Ongoing:

Mondays:

The library is closed on Mondays.

Tuesdays:

10:30 is “Toddler Time” at the Montour Falls Library. We welcome all to come and share stories and songs.

Thursdays:

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.

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.

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February Programs & Events

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.

 

Ongoing:

Mondays:

The library is closed on Mondays.

Tuesdays:

10:30 is “Toddler Time” at the Montour Falls Library. We welcome all to come and share stories and songs.

Thursdays:

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.

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.

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January Programs & Events

January 1: Library Closed

The Montour Falls Library will be closed on this day. There will be no First Friday Concert this month, but in February we have Rockwood Ferry coming. Have a happy new year!

January 6: The Futurists: Next Generation Readers

At 5:00 pm, there will be a meeting to discuss our new young adult book club, which will take place on the first Wednesday of every month at 5:00 pm. This book club will be led by local author Samantha Boyette

January 6: Classics Reading Group

At 6:00 pm, the Classics Reading Group will meet to discuss “Out of Africa” by Isak Dinesen, a true account of the author’s life on her plantation in Kenya. She tells with classic simplicity of the ways of the country and the natives; of the beauty of the Ngong Hills and coffee trees in blossom; of her guests, from the Prince of Wales to Knudsen, the old charcoal burner; of primitive festivals; of big game that were her near neighbors–lions, rhinos, elephants, zebras, buffaloes–and of Lulu, the little gazelle who came to live with her, unbelievably ladylike and beautiful.

January 12: Storytelling Circle

At 6:00 pm, the Storytelling Circle will meet. Bring a story to share with others, and listen to what they have to share! The topic will be ‘New Beginnings.’

January 13: Havana Book Club

At 6:00 pm, the Havana Book Club will meet to discuss “The Water Knife” by Paolo Bacigalupi. Imagine an America so scraped away by ecological disasters and the brutal struggle to control the water supply that results in a refugee crisis in the Southwest rivaling those that have devastated third world nations. This book moves like a high-octane thriller but includes a wealth of warnings about where America and the world at large may be headed: a dark future where the brutal reality of everyday survival makes people, corporations, and governments do terrible things.

January 19: Sci-Fi and Fantasy Book Club

At 6:00 pm, the Sci-Fi and Fantasy Book Club will meet to discuss “The Fifth Wave” by Rick Yancey. After the first  wave, only darkness remains. After the second, only the lucky escape. And after the third, only the unlucky survive. After the fourth wave, only one rule applies: trust no one. Now, it’s the dawn of the fifth wave, and on a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs from beings who only look human. To stay alone is to stay alive, Cassie believes, until she meets Evan Walker. Beguiling and mysterious, Evan Walker may be Cassie’s only hope, but Cassie must choose: between trust and despair, between defiance and surrender, between life and death. To give up or to get up.

January 20: Environmental Literature Reading Group

At 6:00 pm, the Environmental Literature Book Club will meet to discuss “H is for Hawk” by Helen Macdonald. This is a superbly crafted memoir, incredibly original in its depth and visceral impact. The author swings back and forth between her own desire to train a goshawk and her research of that same need documented by T.H. White. Self-deprecating humor vies with wonder and grief as Macdonald manages to make the reader see, hear, and feel every aspect of this incredible journey. A marvelous read.

January 22: Preschool Story Time, featuring the Corning Science Center

At 10:30 am, children of all ages will come together for a presentation on Magnets by the Corning Science Center. The children love it, the adults love it, we have a great space for it in our bright children’s room, and you should all come and enjoy it!

January 27: Young Dragonettes’ Book Club

At 3:30 pm, the middle school reading group will meet to discuss “The Thief Lord” by Cornelia Funke. Two orphaned brothers, Prosper and Bo, have run away to Venice, where crumbling canals and misty alleyways shelter a secret community of street urchins. Leader of this motley crew of lost children is a clever, charming boy with a dark history of his own: He calls himself the Thief Lord. Prosper and Bo relish their new “family” and life of petty crime. But their cruel aunt and a bumbling detective are on their trail. And posing an even greater threat to the boys’ freedom is something from a forgotten past: a beautiful magical treasure with the power to spin time itself.

January 27: Library Board Meeting

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

January 28: Local History with Jack Rossen

At 7:00 pm, local author, professor, and archeologist Jack Rossen will give a presentation on Chasing the Ghosts of the Old Time New York Archaeologists. Join us this evening for a fascinating talk about the Levanna site, which was excavated by Arthur C. Parker and Harrison C. Follett during the 1920s and 30s, and about the epic controversy and conflicts surrounding the sensational discovery and public display of giant animal effigies there. This was investigated through archives and recent re-excavation of the site.  It is an old-time mystery involving larger-than-life characters who both created and destroyed New York archaeology.

Ongoing:

Mondays:

The library is closed on Mondays.

Tuesdays:

10:30 is “Toddler Time” at the Montour Falls Library. We welcome all to come and share stories and songs.

Thursdays:

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.

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.

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December Programs & Events

December 4: First Friday Concert Series: Michael Ludgate and Kristina Mackey: Finnish Fiddle Tunes

Michael Ludgate and Katrina Mackey both come from musical families and they play music from all around the world, including contra and Celtic dance tunes. Between them, they play mandolin, flute, piano, banjo, and fiddle. Join them at 6:00 pm as they perform a set of lively Finnish folk tunes. We ask a $10 donation to support the library and the musicians.

December 8: Storytelling Circle

At 6:00, the Storytelling Circle will meet. Bring a story to share with others, and listen to what they have to share! The topic will be ‘Serendipity.’

December 14: Library Board Meeting

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

December 15: Sci-Fi and Fantasy Book Club

At 6:00 pm, the Sci-Fi and Fantasy Book Club will meet to discuss “Greenglass House” by Kate Milford. This creaky smuggler’s inn is always quiet during the winter, but on the first icy night of vacation, out of nowhere, the guest bell rings. Then rings again! Untangle a web of deepening mysteries about the odd, secretive guests, each one bearing a strange story that is somehow connected to this rambling old house. Exciting for children, exciting for adults.

December 16: Environmental Literature Reading Group Organizational Meeting

At 6:00 pm, there will be a meeting about our new Environmental Literature Book Club. Join us to discuss this new group, which will meet on the third Wednesday of each month. Call the library at 535-7489 for more information.

December 24, December 25, December 26, and December 31: Library Closed

The library will be closed on these four days. Have happy holidays!

Ongoing:

Mondays:

The library is closed.

Tuesdays:

10:30 is “Toddler Time” at the Montour Falls Library. We welcome all to come and share stories and songs.

Thursdays:

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.

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.

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November Programs & Events

November 4: Classics Reading Group

images (2)At 6:00, the Classics Reading Group will meet to discuss The Way We Live Now. Inspired by the financial scandals of the early 1870s, author Anthony Trollope had just returned to England from abroad and was appalled by the greed and dishonesty those scandals exposed. The Way We Live Now dramatizes how that greed and dishonesty pervaded the commercial, political, moral, and intellectual life of the era. The main character, Augustus Melmotte, is a financier with a mysterious past, and is rumored to be connected to some failed businesses in Vienna. When he moves his business and his family to London, the city’s upper crust begins buzzing with rumours about him — and a host of characters ultimately find their lives changed because of him.


First Friday Concert Series Presents
The American Folk Tradition
with Phil Shapiro and Carrie Shore

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Phil Shapiro’s a folksinger and guitarist, and Carrie Shore’s a
fiddle player, and a fine singer and harmonizer as well.  Together
they 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.

Join us November 6th at 6:00 pm

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


November 10

At 6:00, the Storytelling Circle will meet. Bring a story to share with others, and listen to what they have to share!

November 11: Havana Book Club

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At 6:00, the Havana Book Club will meet to discuss November’s Havana Book Club author Annie Proulx, an American journalist and author. Her second novel, The Shipping News (1993), won both the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the U.S. National Book Award for Fiction and was adapted as a 2001 film of the same name. Her short story “Brokeback Mountain” was adapted as an Academy Award, BAFTA and Golden Globe Award-winning major motion picture released in 2005. She won the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction for her first novel, Postcards.

 

November 17: Sci-Fi and Fantasy Book Club

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At 6:00, the Sci-Fi and Fantasy Book Club will meet to discuss The Magicians by Lev Grossman. The book follows Quentin Coldwater, a high-school student from Brooklyn with above-average intelligence and below-average social skills, as he is accepted to Brakebills Academy, an exclusive (and secret) college for magicians. There, he must deal with his own sullenness and anti-social behavior. Quentin and his crush, Alice, are eventually recruited for The Physical Kids, a group of student magicians whose magical discipline involves manipulation of physical forces. They are tasked with fighting The Beast, a strange, otherworldly horror that feeds on Brakebills students. Magic, it turns out, is boring and tedious to learn.

November 18: Young Dragonette’s Book Club

51Ggudje63L._SX329_BO1,204,203,200_At 3:30, the Young Dragonette’s Book Club will meet to discuss Gaia Girls: Enter the Earth, a novel by local author Lee Welles and soon-to-be major motion picture. The story follows Elizabeth Angier, who was happy to be at the end of the school year. She thought her summer on the family farm would be full of work and play with her best friend, Rachel, and her other best friend, her dog, Maizey. However, Elizabeth didn’t anticipate the Harmony Farms Corporation moving to her town. Her world starts to crumble as her best friend moves away and her parents whisper of farmers selling their land and the effects this factory farm operation could have on them.

At 6:00, we will host an informational meeting to discuss a new Environmental Literature book club. Anyone interested is welcome to join and share book ideas for future meetings.

November 20

At 10:30, Preschool Stories will feature the Science Center for a presentation on “Animals in Winter.” This is open to children of all ages, and we’ve got plenty of space in our new children’s room… help us fill it up!

November 25 – November 27

The library will be closed for Thanksgiving. Have a wonderful, safe holiday!

Ongoing

Mondays:

The library is closed.

Tuesdays:

10:30 is “Toddler Time” at the Montour Falls Library. We welcome all to come and share stories and songs.

3:00 is “Open Sketch” at the Montour Falls Library. This is open to all ages and experience levels. Please bring your own supplies and drop by. For more information, call 535-7489.

Thursdays:

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.

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.

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October Programs and Events

First Friday Concert Series
featuring Lynn Wiles and Tom McClure

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Lynn and Tom present a classic jazz concert with a few pop tunes thrown in. Tom, with his sax and flute, explores the Great American Song book with melodies and improvisation; Lynn accompanies with guitar. A donation of $10 is suggested to support the library as well as the musicians.

Join us Oct. 2nd at 6 pm


Museum of Natural History
Bus Trip – NYC

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DARK UNIVERSE EXHIBITION

JOIN US SUNDAY, OCTOBER 4TH
REQUIRES $100 REGISTRATION PER PERSON

Bus departure & arrival times:

    5:30 AM        –       Boarding at the library

                                           10:00 AM        –      Arriving at the Museum                                         

                                                 5:30 PM      –      Boarding at the Museum

                                                10:00 PM     –      Arriving at the Library  

For more information or questions, contact the library at 607-535-7489 or roxanne@montourfallslibrary.org


October 7: Classics Reading Group

roomofownAt 6:00, the Classics Reading Group will meet to discuss A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf. A Room of One’s Own is an extended essay based on a series of lectures Woolf delivered at Newnham College and Girton College, two women’s colleges at Cambridge University in October 1928. The extended essay employs a fictional narrator and narrative to explore women both as writers of and characters in fiction. The essay is generally seen as a feminist text, and is noted in its argument for both a literal and figurative space for women writers within a literary tradition dominated by patriarchy.

October 14: Havana Book Club

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At 6:00, the Havana Book Club will meet to discuss author Kazuo Ishiguro, a British novelist, screenwriter and short story writer. Ishiguro is one of the most celebrated contemporary fiction authors in the English-speaking world, having received four Man Booker Prize nominations, and winning the 1989 award for his novel The Remains of the Day. In 2008, The Times ranked Ishiguro 32nd on their list of “The 50 greatest British writers since 1945.” His novels include A Pale View of Hills, An Artist of the Floating World,The Remains of the Day, The Unconsoled,When We Were Orphans, Never Let Me Go, and, most recently, The Buried Giant.

October 13

At 6:00, the Storytelling Circle will meet. Bring a story to share with others, and listen to what they have to share!

October 17: History Walk with Local Historian Gary Emerson

Take a walk into the past by joining historian Gary Emerson this summer for historic trail walks on the beautiful Catharine Valley Trail.  Learn about the Chemung Canal, Chemung Railroad, Queen Catharine, the Sullivan-Clinton Campaign, and more during the 1.5 mile walk. See and experience where our local history really happened.

The walk begins at 9 a.m. and will conclude at 11 a.m. Transportation back to the library will be provided. Contact the Library at 535-7489 or Gary Emerson at gemerson@stny.rr.com.

October 18

The library will host a meeting with the Finger Lakes Land Trust on Land Easements. The meeting will begin at 1:00 pm.

October 20: Sci-Fi and Fantasy Book Club

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At 6:00, the Sci-Fi and Fantasy book club will meet to discuss The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison. The Goblin Emperor tells the story of Maia, a young man of mixed Elven and Goblin heritage, who unexpectedly becomes Emperor of the Elflands, and has to contend with the court’s Byzantine power structure as well as racial and social tension in his realm. The novel received the Locus Award for Best Fantasy Novel and was nominated for the Nebula, Hugo and World FantasyAwards. It was well received by critics, who noted the strength of the protagonist’s characterization and the work’s warm and understated tone.

October 28: Young Dragonette’s Book Club

download (2)At 3:30, the Young Dragonette’s Book Club will meet to discuss Matilda by author Roald Dahl. Matilda is a young girl of unusual precocity, but often ill-treated by her father or neglected by her mother. In retaliation, she pulls pranks such as gluing her father’s hat to his head, hiding a friend’s parrot in the chimney to simulate a burglar or ghost, and secretly bleaching her father’s hair. At school, Matilda befriends her teacher, Miss Jennifer Honey, who is astonished by Matilda’s intellectual abilities. Matilda quickly develops a particularly strong bond with Miss Honey.

 

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

Ongoing

Mondays:

The library is closed.

Tuesdays:

10:30 is “Toddler Time” at the Montour Falls Library. We welcome all to come and share stories and songs.

3:00 is “Open Sketch” at the Montour Falls Library. This is open to all ages and experience levels. Please bring your own supplies and drop by. For more information, call 535-7489.

Thursdays:

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.

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.

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September Programs & Events

September 2: Classics Book Club: East of Eden

download (3)At 6:00, the Classics Book Club will meet to discuss East of Eden by John Steinbeck. East of Eden is a novel by Nobel Prize winner John Steinbeck, published in September 1952. Often described as Steinbeck’s most ambitious novel, East of Eden brings to life the intricate details of two families, the Trasks and the Hamiltons, and their interwoven stories. The novel was originally addressed to Steinbeck’s young sons, Thom and John (then 6½ and 4½ years old, respectively). Steinbeck wanted to describe the Salinas Valley for them in detail: the sights, sounds, smells, and colors.

September 4: Amazing Animals!

At 10:30, Tanglewood will give a special presentation on “Amazing Animals” during Preschool Story Time. Children of any and all ages are welcome to join the fun!

September 9: Havana Book Club

51zrvyCRghL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_At 6:00, the Havana Book Club will meet to discuss author Claire Messud. Messud’s debut novel, When The World Was Steady, was nominated for the PEN/Faulkner Award. In 1999, she published her second book, The Last Life, about three generations of a French-Algerian family. Her 2001 work, The Hunters, consists of two novellas. The Emperor’s Children, which Messud wrote while a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study in 2004–2005, was critically praised and became a New York Times bestseller, as well as being long-listed for the 2006 Man Booker Prize. In April 2013, Messud published her sixth novel, The Woman Upstairs. 

September 15: Sci-Fi and Fantasy Book Club

2vkhkpcAt 6:00, the Science Fiction and Fantasy Book Club will meet to discuss Wool by Hugh Howey. The story of Wool takes place on a post-apocalyptic Earth. Humanity clings to survival in the Silo, a subterranean city extending one hundred and forty-four stories beneath the surface. The series initially follows the character of Holston, the sheriff of the Silo, with subsequent volumes focusing on the characters of Juliette, Jahns, and Marnes.

 

 


SEPT. 19TH: HISTORIC TRAIL WALK
WITH LOCAL HISTORIAN GARY EMERSON

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Take a walk into the past by joining historian Gary Emerson this summer for historic trail walks on the beautiful Catharine Valley Trail.  Learn about the Chemung Canal, Chemung Railroad, Queen Catharine, the Sullivan-Clinton Campaign, and more during the 1.5 mile walk. See and experience where our local history really happened.

The walk begins at 9 a.m. and will conclude at 11 a.m.
Transportation back to the library will be provided.

Contact the Library at 535-7489 or Gary Emerson at gemerson@stny.rr.com with any questions.


September 22

At 6:00, the library will host its monthly board meeting.

September 23: Young Dragonette’s Book Club 

51hQz6IK3KL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_At 3:30, the Young Dragonette’s Book Club will meet to discuss Circle of Secrets by Kimberly Griffiths Little. Circle of Secrets is a haunting story of friendship and family and the power of faith, set against the lush backdrop of the Louisiana bayou. After her mother walked out on Shelby Jayne and her dad, Shelby thought she’d never speak to her mamma again. But with her dad leaving the country for work, it turns out she doesn’t have a choice: Shelby has to move back into her mamma’s house, deep in the heart of the Louisiana bayou.

September 25

At 10:30, Preschool Stories will feature Song and Dance with Ms. Sarra.

September 26

From 10-2, the library will be featuring a professional photographer to take family portraits in our new children’s room. To reserve a spot, please call 607-535-7489 or email roxanne@montourfallslibrary.org. Please stop by anytime to celebrate the opening of the new children’s room with us! The library will be open 8-4.

Ongoing

Mondays:

The library is closed.

Tuesdays:

10:30 is “Toddler Time” at the Montour Falls Library. We welcome all to come and share stories and songs.

3:00 is “Open Sketch” at the Montour Falls Library. This is open to all ages and experience levels. Please bring your own supplies and drop by. For more information, call 535-7489.

Thursdays:

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.

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.

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