First Friday Concert Series
Rockwood Ferry

Tenzin Chopak, Eric Aceto, and Rich DePaolo

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.

Join us February 5th at 6:00 pm

at the Montour Falls Library.

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

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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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August Programs & Events

August 5: Classics Book Club

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The Classics Book Club will meet at 6:00 at the library to discuss Dubliners by James Joyce. Dubliners is a collection of fifteen short stories by James Joyce, first published in 1914. They form a naturalistic depiction of Irish middle class life in and around Dublin in the early years of the 20th century. The stories were written when Irish nationalism was at its peak, and a search for a national identity and purpose was jolted by various converging ideas and influences. The initial stories in the collection are narrated by child protagonists, and as the stories continue, they deal with the lives and concerns of progressively older people.

August 12: Havana Book Club

51T6Bt5d0CL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_At 6:00, the Havana Book Club will meet to discuss authors W. Michael and Kathleen O’Neil Gear. Kathleen has over one hundred non-fiction publications in the fields of archaeology, history, writing, and buffalo conservation. She has authored nine novels under her own name, and co-authored thirty-four international bestsellers with her husband, W. Michael Gear. Michael has published twelve novels under his own name. His work runs the gamut from historical, to prehistorical, to science fiction, to modern thrillers. Some of their novels include The Broken Land, People of the Longhouse, and most recently People of the Morning Star.


August 15: 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.


August 18: Sci-Fi and Fantasy Book Club 

827At 6:00, the Sci-Fi and Fantasy Book Club will meet to discuss The Diamond Age. The Diamond Age is a novel by Neal Stephenson. It is a science fiction coming-of-age story, focused on a young girl named Nell, and set in a future world in which nanotechnology affects all aspects of life. The book contains descriptions of various exotic technologies, such as the chevaline (a mechanical horse that can fold up and is light enough to be carried one-handed), and forecasts the use of technologies that are in development today, such as smart paper that can show personalized news headlines.


Book Sale

August 20 – 23rd   &   28 – 30th
9 am    –    2 pm
at St. Paul’s Parish House

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A large selection of used fiction and nonfiction books
Books-by-the-box sale starts the last Saturday afternoon
& all day Sunday

Donations benefit the library


August 20

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

August 26: Young Dragonette’s Book Club

51RdSrRifiL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_At 3:30, the Young Dragonette’s Book Club will meet at the library to discuss West of the Moon. In West of the Moon, award-winning and New York Times bestselling author Margi Preus expertly weaves original fiction with myth and folktale to tell the story of Astri, a young Norwegian girl desperate to join her father in America. After being separated from her sister and sold to a cruel goat farmer, Astri makes a daring escape. She quickly retrieves her little sister, and, armed with a troll treasure, a book of spells and curses, and a possibly magic hairbrush, they set off for America.

 

Ongoing:

Mondays:

The library is closed.

Tuesdays:

10:30 is “Blankets and Books” at Havana Glen Park. We welcome all ages to come share in storytelling. (In case of inclement weather, the group will meet in the library instead).

“Open Sketch” at the Montour Falls Library will be hosted by John Hunt, a local self -taught artist. This is open to all ages and levels and starts at 3:00 every week. Please bring your own supplies and drop by. For more information, call 546-2338.

Thursdays:

“Infant Lap Time” at the Montour Falls Library at 10:30. This is a program designed for newborns to preschoolers and includes music, stories, and sharing of information and resources for parents.

Fridays:

“Preschool Story Time” at the Montour Falls Library at 10:30. 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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July Programs & Events

Below are our programs and events for July. We are excited to offer four different book clubs, which meet monthly, as well as children’s programs for every age and reading level. Stop in just to say hello or to stay awhile and join us!

July 1

cvr9780743487573_9780743487573_hrAt 6:00, the Classics reading group will discuss The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain. Commonly named among the Great American Novels, the work is among the first in major American literature to be written throughout in vernacular English, characterized by local color regionalism. It is a direct sequel to The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. The book is noted for its colorful description of people and places along the Mississippi River. Set in a Southern antebellum society, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is an often scathing satire on entrenched attitudes, particularly racism.

July 4

The library will be closed to celebrate the holiday – have a safe and fun day!

July 8

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At 6:00, the Havana book club will meet to discuss July’s author, Karen Russell. She is an American novelist and short story writer. Swamplandia!, her debut novel, is the story a family of alligator wrestlers who live on Swamplandia!, an alligator-wrestling theme park, and was a finalist for the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. She won the Bard Fiction Prize in 2011 for her book of short stories, St. Lucy’s Home for Girls Raised by Wolves. We have both available for circulation, as well as her latest collection of short stories, titled Vampires in the Lemon Grove.


July 18, 9 – 11 a.m.

Historical 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.


July 21

Ann_Leckie_-_Ancillary_JusticeAt 6:00, the Sci-Fi and Fantasy book club will meet to discuss Ancillary Justice by Anne Leckie. Ancillary Justice is set thousands of years in the future, where the primary galactic power is the Radch empire, which uses artificial intelligence to control human bodies (“ancillaries”) to use as soldiers. The Radchaai do not distinguish people by gender, and Leckie conveys this by using female personal pronouns for everybody. The novel follows Breq, the sole survivor of a star ship destroyed by treachery, as she attempts to revenge herself on the ruler of her civilization.

July 22

Nightbird-cvr-thumbAt 3:30, the Dragonette book club will meet to discuss Nightbird by Alice Hoffman. Twig, the main character, lives in Sidwell, where people whisper that fairy tales are real. 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 everything will change when the red moon rises. It’s time to break the spell. The dragonette book club is open to all young readers, regardless of their reading level.

July 29

The monthly board meeting for library trustees will meet at 6:00 at the Montour Falls Library.

Ongoing:

Please note: Open Sketch, usually held every Tuesday of the month, will be suspended for the summer and will resume in the fall. First Friday concerts will also resume in the fall.

Mondays:

The library is closed.

Tuesdays:

10:30 is “Blankets and Books” at Havana Glen Park. We welcome all ages to come share in storytelling. (In case of inclement weather, the group will meet in the library instead).

Thursdays:

“Infant Lap Time” at the Montour Falls Library at 10:30. This is a program designed for newborns to preschoolers and includes music, stories, and sharing of information and resources for parents.

Fridays:

“Preschool Story Time” at the Montour Falls Library at 10:30. 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.

Sundays:

The library’s new intern, Jacob, will host an open music program starting at 12 pm at the library. Whatever your instrument or experience level is, drop in to meet and jam with other local musicians.


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Historical Trail Walks
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.

Walk dates:

Saturday, July 18th – 9 to 11 am

 Saturday, August 15th – 9 to 11 am

 Saturday, Sept. 19th – 9 to 11 am

 Saturday, Oct. 17th – 9 to 11 am

All walks begin at the Montour Falls Library.
Walks begin 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.

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