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

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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.

 

September 16: 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.

 


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 23

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

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, hosted by John Hunt, a local self -taught artist. This is open to all ages and levels. Please bring your own supplies and drop by. For more information, call 546-2338.

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.

And don’t forget about our upcoming special event…

MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY
BUS TRIP
NEW YORK CITY

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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

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MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY
BUS TRIP
NEW YORK CITY

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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

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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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June Programs & Events

First, and most importantly: Welcome back summer! How we missed you! Please join us as we enjoy the weather and sunshine.

June 2

Toddler Time, which is held every Tuesday at 10:30, will meet at Havana Glen Park for the month of June. In case of inclement weather, the group will relocate to the library. Any questions, please call the library at 535-7489.

June 3

bcaecafd74bc1101210b17cd3c641366The Classics Reading group will meet at 6:00 to discuss Return of the Native by T. Hardy. The novel takes place entirely in the environs of Egdon Heath, and, with the exception of the epilogue, Aftercourses, covers exactly a year and a day. The narrative begins on the evening of Guy Fawkes Night as Diggory Venn drives slowly across the heath, carrying a hidden passenger in the back of his horse-drawn caravan. When darkness falls, the country folk light bonfires on the surrounding hills, emphasizing—not for the last time—the pagan spirit of the heath and its denizens.


 June 6: First Friday with Lisa Craig

 

Lisa -- HarpistThe Montour Falls Library will be hosting Lisa Craig as June’s 1st Friday Music series performer. The music begins at 6:00 at the Montour Falls Library. We are suggesting a donation of $10.00 at the door to benefit both the musician and the library.

Lisa Craig is a harpist, who plays a wide variety of Celtic, classical and popular music. She performs on both pedal and Celtic lever harp. Originally trained as a flutist, Lisa began to study Celtic harp after college followed by intensive study of the pedal harp. She performs in recitals and for and private parties throughout the Fingerlakes. Lisa teaches private harp lessons to students of all ages. Visit Lisa’s website for more information.


June 10

51GA7UU-c9L._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_The Havana book club will meet at 6:00 to discuss June’s author, Sherman Alexie. Sherman Alexie is a poet, writer, and filmmaker. Much of his writing draws on his experiences as a Native American with ancestry of several tribes, growing up on the Spokane Indian Reservation. Some of his best known works are The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven (1993), a book of short stories, and Smoke Signals (1998), a film of his screenplay based on that collection.

 


 June 13: Metropolitan Bus Trip 

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The Montour Falls Memorial Library has planned a bus trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. The bus will leave from the Montour Falls Library Saturday, June 13th, and requires a $100 registration and payment per person.

Bus departure & arrival times:

5:30 AM    Boarding at the library
10:30 AM Arriving at the Met
5:30 PM – Boarding at the Met
10:00 PM    Arriving at the library

Checks for registration may be made out to Montour Falls Library and mailed to: P.O. Box 486, Montour Falls, NY 14865. Once we receive payment (you can drop off checks or cash whenever we are open as well), your name will be on the registrant list.

For more information or questions, contact the library at 607-535-7489.


June 16

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The Sci Fi & Fantasy Book Club will meet at 6:00 to discuss Ubik by Philip Dick. Ubik is a 1969 science fiction novel by American writer Philip K. Dick. It is one of Dick’s most acclaimed novels. It was chosen by Time magazine as one of the 100 greatest novels since 1923. The novel takes place in the “North American Confederation” of 1992, where civilians regularly travel to the Moon are common. The novel’s protagonist is a debt-ridden technician for Glen Runciter’s “prudence organization”, which employs people with the ability to block psychic powers to help enforce privacy.

June 17

The Young Readers’ Workshop will meet at 3:30 to discuss the author Neil Gaiman, the author of several well-known novels such as Coraline and Stardust. Readers of all ages and reading levels are welcome to join.

June 18

At 6:00, the Storytelling Circle will meet. The theme of the month is courage and fear. Bring a story to share!

June 24

The library will meet for its monthly board meeting at 6:00, which is held the last Wednesday of every month at the library.

June 26

Preschool Stories will feature Ms. Sarra for an hour of song & dance, starting at 10:30.

Ongoing

Mondays:

The library is closed.

Tuesdays:

10:30 is “Toddler Time” at Havana Glen Park. We welcome all to come and share stories and songs.

Tuesdays:

“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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May Programs & Events

May 1

 

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 The First Friday Concert Series Will Host Someone To Ride The River With,
A Winchester, VA/Ithaca, NY Based Folk Group.

“The rhythmic sounds of clawhammer banjo, the melodic sweetness of guitar, and the lush string arrangements set the background for beautiful vocal harmonies in this intimate group. Performing a combination of original tunes and beloved folk songs, Someone to Ride the River With is sure to present a marriage of nostalgic and unique sounds. Someone to Ride the River With is Jamie Blum on banjo/vocals, Joe D’Esposito on fiddle, Terence Marciano on guitar/vocals, and Andrew Ryan on bass.”
Visit their website to sample their music

JOIN US MAY 1ST AT 6:00 AT THE MONTOUR FALLS LIBRARY

A SMALL DONATION OF $10.00 SUPPORTS THE LIBRARY AND THE MUSICIANS.

May 6

the-optimists-daughter-one-sheetAt 6:00, the Classics reading group will meet to discuss Eudora Welty’s novel, The Optimists Daughter. The book begins with the main character, Laurel Hand, who travels to New Orleans to assist her aging father (the Judge). Laurel’s father remains in the hospital for several months after an eye surgery. During this time, Laurel gets to know her stepmother (Fay), and she begins to show her true colors as her husband’s condition worsens. While on his deathbed, Fay throws a violently emotional fit and confesses to cheating and her interest in her husband’s money.

 

May 13

dillard-the-living-1ts-edAt 6:00, the Havana Book Club will meet to discuss the works of Annie Dillard. Dillard is an American author who has written essays, poetry, and both fiction and non-fiction narratives. Dillard’s works have been compared to those by Virginia Woolf, Gerard Manley Hopkins, Emily Dickinson, William Blake, and John Donne. She cites Henry James, Thomas Hardy, and Ernest Hemingway as a few of her all-time favorite authors. We have a number of her works available, including her autobiography An American Childhood, her essay Living by Fiction, a non-fiction narrative titled Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, and two novels, The Maytrees and The Living.

 

May 16

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.  All walks are on the third Saturday of the month, except in June, and they begin at the Montour Falls Memorial Library on Main Street in Montour Falls at 9 a.m.  Transportation back to the library will be provided.

May 19

download (1)At 6:00, the Science Fiction and Fantasy book club will meet to discuss Annihilation by American author Jeff VanderMeer. Annihilation is the first in a series of three books in the Southern Reach Trilogy. The book describes a team of four (a biologist, an anthropologist, a psychologist, and a surveyor) who set out into an area known as Area X. The area is abandoned and cut off from the rest of civilization. They are the 12th expedition – other expeditions have been fraught with disappearances, suicides, aggressive cancers, and mental trauma.

 

May 20

At 3:30, the Young Readers Workshop will meet at the library to discuss their book of the month: Children’s Homer: The Adventures of Odysseus & the Tale of Troy. All ages and reading levels welcome! For more information or questions, contact the library at 535-7489.

May 21

At 6:00, the Montour Falls Library will host a Storytelling Circle featuring story tellers Eliud and Meredith Nieves of And Two Make Three storytellers. Bring a personal memory and create a story. All are welcome.

May 22

Preschool stories will feature Tanglewood. Please join us for “Breaking Out of Their Shells!”

May 27

The Board of Trustees will meet for their monthly meeting at 6:00 at the Montour Falls Library.

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At 6:00, we will host a Thank You reception for sponsors of the library, past and present, who have supported us throughout the years. The reception will be held at the library.

May 29

Preschool stories will feature Song and Dance with Sarra Solomon at 10:30. All are welcome!

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.

Tuesdays:

“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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April Programs & Events

Here are the library events planned for April. We now have four different book clubs a month, so don’t be shy to join one that sounds interesting – we always love to see new faces! We also have a special Civil War anniversary celebration this month, featuring the storyteller Vicie Rolling.  See below for more details.

April 1 – 4, April 9 – 11

The Montour Falls Library will host its spring book sale at St. Paul’s Parish House, 108 Genesee Street between 9:00 and 2:00 each day.  There will be a large selection of children’s books, general fiction and nonfiction.

April 1

At 6:00, the Classics Reading Group will meet to discuss Death Comes for the Archbishop, a novel written by Willa Cather in 1927. The primary character is a bishop, Jean Marie Latour, who travels with his friend and vicar Joseph Vaillant from Sandusky, Ohio to New Mexico, which has only just become a territory of the United States. At the time of his departure, Cincinnati is the end of the railway line west, so Latour must travel by riverboat to the Gulf of Mexico, and thence overland to New Mexico, a journey which takes an entire year.

April 3: First Friday Music Series Presents Richie and Rosie

Richie Stearns and Rosie Newton are a dynamic duo performing music rooted in the Americana tradition. Over the past four years, they have collaborated in various projects and formed the duo after hours of jamming in Stearns’ kitchen, experimenting with traditional and original songs. Stearns is a legendary banjo player and singer, and has led bands including the Horse Flies, and Donna the Buffalo. He has also played with countless others, and tours with Natalie Merchant. He is steeped in the traditions of American old-time music, Appalachian folk, blues, African, rock, and country music.

Rosie Newton is a talented fiddler and singer at the beginning of her music career. She recently graduated from Ithaca College with a degree in viola performance, and has become an integral part of the Ithaca old-time music community. She has performed in various bands including her own project called the Pearly Snaps, and Ferintosh, an internationally touring Celtic music band. Richie Stearns and Rosie Newton take the fiddle, banjo combination to new levels as they continue to expand the boundaries of this tradition. Visit their website to hear clips of their music.

The donation is $10.

April 8

The library will host the homeschooling parents meeting at 9:00. Check out the Homeschooling in Schuyler County Facebook page for information and networking. Direct any questions to the library at 607-535-7489.

 

The Havana Book Club will meet at 6:00 to discuss Amitav Ghosh’s The Hungry Tide. The Hungry Tide is the sixth novel by Indian-born author Amitav Ghosh. It tells a story of adventure and unlikely love, identity and history, set in one of the most fascinating regions on the earth: off the easternmost coast of India, in the Bay of Bengal, lies the immense labyrinth of tiny islands known as the Sundarbans. For the settlers, life is extremely precarious. Attacks by deadly tigers are common. Unrest and eviction are constant threats. Without warning, at any time, tidal floods rise and surge over the land, leaving devastation in their wake. 

April 9: “Lear Green Speaks: Unpacking the Underground Railroad”

On Thursday, April 9th, Confederate General Lee surrendered Appomattox, and this date is widely celebrated as the end of the Civil War. On April 9th of 2015, the Montour Falls  Library will celebrate this anniversary by hosting Vicie Rolling, a performance artist who will deliver a half-hour storytelling entitled “Lear Green Speaks: Unpacking the Underground Railroad.” She will explore the life of Lear Green, one of Mark Twain’s servants. The event will be hosted at the Old Havana Courthouse Theatre at 7:00, with a reception immediately following at the library.

You can see some of Rolling’s past performances on YouTube.

This event is made possible by the QuickARTS grant program administered by The ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes and funded by the Community Foundation of Elmira-Corning and the Finger Lakes, Inc.

April 15

The newly formed Young Readers Group will host an informational meeting at 3:30. Please bring book ideas to discuss. Contact the library with questions at 535-7489.

April 16

The library will host the storytelling circle at 6:00.

April 21

 

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Book Club will meet and discuss Stranger In A Strange Land by American author Robert A. Heinlein. It tells the story of Valentine Michael Smith, a human who comes to Earth in early adulthood after being born on Mars and raised by Martians. He is ordered by the Martians to return to Earth, much against his will. His arrival on Earth prompts a political power struggle that puts his life in danger. Eventually Smith develops a Martian-influenced “Church of All Worlds,” where members learn the Martian language and acquire psychokinetic abilities.

April 22

The Montour Falls Library Board of Trustees will meet for the monthly board meeting at 6:00.

April 24

Preschool Stories will host Song and Dance with Sarra Solomon at 10:30.

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.

Tuesdays:

“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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March Programs & Events

March means spring is close! While we eagerly await the warmer weather, we have a busy month full of events to enjoy – most notably, our trip to Longwood Gardens on the 28th (see the post above this for the information). We hope to see you soon!

March 4

The Montour Falls Library will have a meeting for homeschooling parents to share information and ideas at 9:00.

The Montour Falls Library is forming a new reading group focusing on Classical Literature.  We have chosen to discuss Go Down Moses by William Faulkner. Go Down Moses is a collection of short stories, considered one of Faulkner’s masterpieces. The novel tells the story of the McCaslin family, beginning with the family patriarch and his many descendants, both black and white. It is a noteworthy exploration of race, particularly as it is compounded with miscegenation, and is concerned also with the vanishing wilderness. The classics group is just forming and all input and ideas are welcome. We will meet on the first Wednesday of each month at 6:00.

March 6

The library will be hosting the Science and Discovery Center for Preschool Story Time, starting at 10:30. The topic is worms. Walk (or wiggle) your way to this fun presentation!
The library is pleased to welcome the Lynn Wiles and Angie Beeler duo as our First Friday performers. Wiles and Beeler present the excitement and romance of Bossa Nova, as well as great tunes from The American Songbook. This duo brings to the listener the celebrated harmonies, rhythm, and lyrical melodies of the great standards like How Insensitive, Girl From Impanema, and Agua De Beber.

March 11

 

The Havana Book Club will meet at 6:00 at the library to discuss the author Marilynne Robinson. Robinson has written four novels: Housekeeping (1980), Gilead (2004), Home (2008), and Lila (2014), and has many works of nonfiction, including The Death of Adam: Essays on Modern Thought (1998) and Absence of Mind: The Dispelling of Inwardness from the Modern Myth of the Self (2010). For a complete list of her works, click here. We look forward to the discussion!

 

March 17

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Book Club will meet at 6 pm at the Montour Falls Library to discuss Anne Rice. Check out her website dedicated to all her literature here. Our collection has many of her novels available: Prince Lestat, The Wolves of Midwinter, The Vampire Chronicles, The Wolf Gift: A Novel, Of Love and Evil, The Songs of the Seraphim, Angel Time, Merrick , Vittorio the vampire, The Vampire Armand, Pandora: New Tales of the Vampires, Taltos, Lives of the Mayfair Witches, and Lasher. StarCat also has an extensive collection of Rice’s works available for hold.

March 18

The newly formed Young Readers Group will hold an informational meeting at 3:30. Please bring book ideas to discuss!

March 19

At 6 pm, the Montour Falls Library will host a Storytelling Circle featuring story tellers Eliud and Meredith Nieves of And Two Make Three storytellers. Bring a personal memory and create a story. All are welcome.

March 25

The March Montour Falls Library board meeting will be held at 6 pm.

March 26

The Montour Falls Library’s Local History talk will feature Village Historian Al Sweet at 7:00.  Mr. Sweet will discuss the industry in the village from 1829 forward, focusing on the west hill of the village where many factories sprung up to support the needs of the Chemung Canal, and the building expansion taking place here.

March 27

Preschool story time will feature Dance and Song with Sarra Solomon at 10:30. Children of all ages are welcome!

 

March 28

Winter is anything but cold, dreary, and snowy in our Gardens.

Step inside our warm 4-acre Conservatory. Breathe in fresh air and see how our horticulture expertise shines during Orchid Extravaganza. Discover nearly 5,000 vibrant orchids crafted into exquisite arrangements and forms, including our largest-ever orchid baskets, an oncidium waterfall display, and— back by popular demand—the return of our orchid meadow.

The Montour Falls Memorial Library is sponsoring a bus trip to Longwood Gardens in Philadelphia, PA. Registration is $115 per person, due to the library by March 17th. The fee includes the ticket price into the gardens at the group discount rate.

The bus will be leaving the library at 6 am, arriving at the gardens at approximately 10:30 am. The bus will leave the gardens at 5:30 pm to head back home.  Email any questions to roxanne@montourfallslibrary.org or call the library at 535-7489.

Help support the library and welcome back spring!

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.

Tuesdays:

“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.


Did you know…

Members of the Southern Tier Library System get three free music downloads each week! It’s easy: click here and log in to redeem your downloads (the same username & password you use for StarCat). Enjoy!

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