January Programs & Events

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January 4: Classics Reading Group

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

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

At 6:00 pm, join us for an evening of the American Folk Tradition. Phil Shapiro, folksinger, guitarist, and longtime host of Bound for Glory, and Carrie Shore, fiddle player and singer, offer an unusual and delightful program of American folk music, old and new. They choose fascinating, energetic songs from the last couple of hundred years of American traditional folk song, and add newer songs written squarely in the folk tradition. We ask a $10 donation to support the library and the musicians.

January 10: Environmental Literature Reading Group

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

January 11: Havana Book Club

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

January 17: Sci-Fi and Fantasy Book Club

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

January 18: The Futurists: Next Generation Readers

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

January 24: Library Board Meeting

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

January 25: Young Dragonettes’ Book Club

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

January 25: Storytelling Circle

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

January 27: Song and Dance

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

January 31: Storytime with the Corning Science Center

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

Ongoing:

Mondays:

The library is closed on Mondays.

Tuesdays:

8:00 is Yoga for Health. Anyone can practice and benefit from Yoga. One hour of instruction in yoga poses, breathing, and meditation. Care will be taken to provide safe practice for those who may have physical limitations. Please bring a mat and a small blanket to class. A donation to Selah Yoga and Music is needed to attend these classes.   sue@selahyogaandmusic.com. (607) 703-0010. Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8:00 AM at the Montour Falls Library.

10:30 is Toddler Story Time. We welcome all ages to come share in storytelling.

Wednesdays:

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

Thursdays:

8:00 is Yoga for Health. Anyone can practice and benefit from Yoga. One hour of instruction in yoga poses, breathing, and meditation. Care will be taken to provide safe practice for those who may have physical limitations. Please bring a mat and a small blanket to class. A donation to Selah Yoga and Music is needed to attend these classes.   sue@selahyogaandmusic.com. (607) 703-0010. Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8:00 AM at the Montour Falls Library.

9:00 is Baby Cafe at the Montour Falls Library. Baby Café is a free resource for pregnant and breastfeeding mothers to get support from specifically-trained staff and to share experiences with other moms.

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

1:00 is Brain Games. Play games, be clever, be thoughtful, have fun. Laugh and wrap your brain around amusing, convoluted puzzles. Word games, board games, card games, logic games, and more. Meet at St. Paul’s Parish House, 108 Genesee Street.

Fridays:

10:30 is “Preschool Story Time” at the Montour Falls Library. This program is open to all. We encourage older and younger siblings to choose books to have read to them, and to read to each other.

Saturdays:

10:00 is the Upcycle Society. Reinvent books, bags, clothing, and other materials to make unique creations from discarded household items. Appropriate for ages 8 and up. Upcycle: To process used goods or scrap material in order to produce something that is often better than the original. Meet at St. Paul’s Parish House, 108 Genesee Street.