November 1: Environmental Literature Reading Group
At 6:00 pm, the Environmental Literature Reading Group will meet to discuss The Hungry Tide by Amitav Ghosh. Off the easternmost coast of India, in the Bay of Bengal, lies the immense labyrinth of tiny islands known as the Sundarbans. In this place of vengeful beauty, the lives of three people from different worlds collide. As the three of them launch into the elaborate backwaters, they are drawn unawares into the hidden undercurrents of this isolated world, where political turmoil exacts a personal toll that is every bit as powerful as the ravaging tide.
November 2: Handcrafters Circle
At 1:00, join us for the first meeting of the Handcrafters Circle. Every Wednesday, bring your needlecrafts, beading, carving, coloring, sketching, or any other library-friendly handcrafts. Share ideas and techniques with other community crafters.
November 2: Classics Reading Group
At 6:00 pm, the Classics Reading Group will meet to discuss The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers. At its center is the deaf-mute John Singer, who becomes the confidant for various types of misfits in a Georgia mill town during the 1930s. Each one yearns for escape from small town life. When Singer’s mute companion goes insane, Singer moves into the Kelly house, where Mick Kelly, the book’s heroine, finds solace in her music. Wonderfully attuned to the spiritual isolation that underlies the human condition, and with a deft sense for racial tensions in the South, McCullers spins a haunting, unforgettable story that gives voice to the rejected, the forgotten, and the mistreated — and, through Mick Kelly, gives voice to the quiet, intensely personal search for beauty.
November 4: Corning Science Center: Weather and Seasons
At 10:30, join our story time group for a special presentation from the Corning Science and Discovery Center on weather and the seasons. Learn some science, hear some stories. All ages are welcome.
November 4: First Friday Concert: Maplewood Jazz Team
At 6:00 pm, join us for an evening with the Maplewood Jazz Team, with John Bailey on arch top guitar, Jon Conrad on nylon string acoustic guitar, and Lisa Fernandez on snare drum, with everyone lending their voices. This trio has played jazz standards and bossa novas together for over 10 years, which shows with their melded musicianship. We ask a $10 donation to support the library and the musicians.
November 5: The Upcycle Society
At 10:00, join us for the first meeting of the Upcycle Society. Every Saturday morning, 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.
November 6: Local Authors
At 1:00, local author Annie Campbell will read from her book The Whore Next Door, discuss it, and answer questions. Join us for the first in a new monthly local author series.
November 8: 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 ‘TBA.’
November 9: Havana Book Club
At 6:00 pm, the Havana Book Club will meet to discuss Frog Music by Emma Donoghue. Summer of 1876: San Francisco is in the fierce grip of a record-breaking heat wave and a smallpox epidemic. Through the window of a railroad saloon, a young woman named Jenny Bonnet is shot dead. Her friend Blanche is a French burlesque dancer, and over the next three days, she will risk everything to bring Jenny’s murderer to justice–if he doesn’t track her down first. The story Blanche struggles to piece together is one of free-love bohemians, desperate paupers, and arrogant millionaires; of jealous men, icy women, and damaged children. It’s the secret life of Jenny herself, a notorious character who breaks the law every morning by getting dressed: a charmer as slippery as the frogs she hunts.
November 10: Library Book Sale
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. 9:00 – 2:00, November 10, 11, 12, 18, 19 at St. Paul’s Parish House, 108 Genesee Street, Montour Falls.
November 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.
November 13: Community Walk
Join your neighbors for a walk along the Catharine Valley Trail. Walk, talk, visit, and watch the seasons change. Bring the whole family. Meet on the library steps at 12:00.
November 15: Yoga for Health
Sue Silhan is an RN and Certified Yoga instructor who believes anyone can practice and benefit from Yoga. Movement of the body with attention to the breath and proper alignment lead to an awareness essential to good health. Classes will be one hour in length and include instruction in yoga poses, breathing, and a time of meditation. Care will be taken to provide safe practice for those who may have physical limitations. Please let Sue know in advance of any physical/medical issues so that she may adapt the practice for you. Please bring a mat and a small blanket to class. A donation to Selah Yoga and Music is needed to attend these classes. email@example.com. (607) 703-0010. Tuesdays at 8:00 AM, starting 11/15, at the Montour Falls Library.
November 15: Sci-Fi and Fantasy Book Club
At 6:00 pm, the Sci-Fi and Fantasy Book Club will meet to discuss The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. LeGuin. When the human ambassador Genly Ai is sent to the planet, he thinks that his mission will be a standard one of making peace between warring factions. Instead the ambassador finds himself wildly unprepared. For Gethen is inhabited by a society with a rich, ancient culture full of strange beauty and deadly intrigue, a society of people who are both male and female in one, and neither. This lack of fixed gender, and the resulting lack of gender-based discrimination, is the very cornerstone of Gethen life. Unless Genly can overcome his ingrained prejudices about the significance of “male” and “female,” he may destroy both his mission and himself.
November 16: The Futurists: Next Generation Readers
At 5:00 pm, our young adult book group will meet to discuss Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver. Dara and Nick used to be inseparable, but that was before the accident that left Dara’s beautiful face scarred and the two sisters totally estranged. When Dara vanishes on her birthday, Nick thinks Dara is just playing around. But another girl, nine-year-old Madeline Snow, has vanished, too, and Nick becomes increasingly convinced that the two disappearances are linked. Now Nick has to find her sister, before it’s too late. In this edgy and compelling novel, Lauren Oliver creates a world of intrigue, loss, and suspicion as two sisters search to find themselves, and each other.
November 18: Young Dragonettes’ Book Club
At 3:30 pm, the middle school reading group will meet to discuss Sabriel by Garth Nix. Since childhood, Sabriel has lived outside the walls of the Old Kingdom, away from the power of Free Magic, and away from the Dead who refuse to stay dead. But now her father, the Abhorson, is missing, and Sabriel must cross into that world to find him. With Mogget, whose feline form hides a powerful, perhaps malevolent spirit, and Touchstone, a young Charter Mage, Sabriel travels deep into the Old Kingdom. There she confronts an evil that threatens much more than her life and comes face-to-face with her own hidden destiny.
November 22: Library Board Meeting
At 6:00 pm, the library trustees will be at the library for their monthly board meeting.
The library will be closed on November 23, 24, and 25.
The library is closed on Mondays.
10:30 is “Toddler Story Time.” We welcome all ages to come share in storytelling.
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.
9:00 is “Baby Cafe” at the Montour Falls Library. Baby Café is a free resource for pregnant and breastfeeding mothers to get support from specifically-trained staff and to share experiences with other moms.
10:30 is “Infant Lap Time” at the Montour Falls Library. This is a program designed for newborns to preschoolers and includes music, stories, and sharing of information and resources for parents.
10:30 is “Preschool Story Time” at the Montour Falls Library. This program is open to all. We encourage older and younger siblings to choose books to have read to them, and to read to each other.
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.