February Programs & Events

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February 1: Classics Reading Group

At 6:00 pm, the Classics Reading Group will meet to discuss The Ox-Bow Incident by Walter van Tilburg Clark. Set in 1885, this novel focuses on the lynching of three potentially innocent men and the tragedy that can ensue if law and order are abandoned. The result is an emotionally powerful, vivid, and universal story about good and evil, individuals and community, justice, and human nature. Clark’s theme was civilization, and he recorded, indelibly, its first steps in a new country. A society might be built on justice, but justice stands upon those who hope and anger and wonder, and they can be turned by a word, an unintended meaning, or a question.

February 2: Brain Games

At 1:00, join us for the first meeting of the Brain Games group. 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.

February 3: First Friday Concert: Neal Massa Jazz Trio

At 6:00 pm, join us for an evening of jazz. The Neal Massa Trio features Neal on piano, Ted Overstreet on guitar, and John Lavin on drums. The trio plays original and jazz standards, and can be found at Berta’s Cafe in Burdett on Sunday mornings. We as a $10 donation to support the library and the musicians.

February 8: Havana Book Club

At 6:00 pm, the Havana Book Club will meet to discuss When the Moon is Down by Nadia Hashimi. Forced to flee Kabul with her three children, Fereiba has one hope to survive: she must find a way to cross Europe and reach her sister’s family in England. With forged papers and help from kind strangers they meet along the way, Fereiba and her family make impossible choices as they struggle across the continent, ultimately hoping to find a place where they can begin to reconstruct their lives.

February 10: 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. Children of all ages are welcome.

February 14: Environmental Literature Reading Group

At 6:00 pm, the Environmental Literature Reading Group will meet to discuss The Golden Spruce by John Vaillant. When a shattered kayak and camping gear are found on an uninhabited island, they reignite a mystery surrounding a shocking act of protest. Five months earlier, logger-turned-activist Grant Hadwin had plunged naked into a river in British Columbia’s Queen Charlotte Islands, towing a chainsaw. When his night’s work was done, a unique Sitka spruce, 165 feet tall and covered with luminous golden needles, teetered on its stump. Two days later it fell.

February 15: The Futurists: Next Generation Readers

At 5:00 pm, our young adult book group will meet to discuss Dreamhunter by Elizabeth Knox. 15-year-old Laura’s world is next to the Place, an unfathomable land that fosters dreams of every kind and is inaccessible to all but a select few, the Dreamhunters. But within the Place lies a horrific secret kept hidden by corrupt members of the government. When Laura’s father, the man who discovered the Place, disappears, she realizes that this secret has the power to destroy everyone she loves. In the midst of a fascinating landscape, Laura’s dreamy childhood is ending and a nightmare is beginning.

February 21: Sci-Fi and Fantasy Book Club

At 6:00 pm, the Sci-Fi and Fantasy Book Club will meet to discuss Red Rising by Pierce Brown. Darrow is a Red, a member of the lowest caste in the color-coded society of the future. Like his fellow Reds, he works all day, believing that he and his people are making the surface of Mars livable for future generations. But Darrow and his kind have been betrayed. Soon he discovers that humanity reached the surface generations ago; Darrow and Reds like him are nothing more than slaves to a decadent ruling class. Inspired by a longing for justice, Darrow will stop at nothing to bring down his enemies… even if it means he has to become one of them to do so.

February 24: Song and Dance

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

February 25: Young Dragonettes’ Book Club

At 10:00 am at St. Paul’s Parish House, the middle school reading group will meet to discuss The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket. Are you made fainthearted by death? Does fire unnerve you? Is a villain something that might crop up in future nightmares of yours? Are you thrilled by nefarious plots? Is cold porridge upsetting to you? Vicious threats? Hooks? Uncomfortable clothing? It is likely that your answers will reveal A Series of Unfortunate Events to be ill-suited for your personal use. A librarian, bookseller, or acquaintance should be able to suggest books more appropriate for your fragile temperament. But to the rarest of readers we say, “Proceed, but cautiously.”

February 28: Library Board Meeting

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

Ongoing:

Mondays:

The library is closed on Mondays.

Tuesdays:

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 the 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.