April Programs & Events

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April 2: Local Authors Series

At 1:00 pm, local author Alexi Zentner will be reading from his books and answering questions. The Lobster Kings, inspired by Shakespeare’s King Lear, is the story of Cordelia’s struggle to maintain her island’s way of life in the face of danger from offshore.

April 5: Classics Reading Group

At 6:00 pm, the Classics Reading Group will meet to discuss Nickel Mountain by John Gardner. The beauty of this novel is the gradual revelation of the bond that develops as an unlikely couple experiences courtship and marriage, the birth of a son, isolation, forgiveness, work, and death in a small Catskill community in the 1950s. The plot turns on tragic events–they might be accidents or they might be acts of will–involving a cast of rural eccentrics that includes a lonely amputee veteran, a religious hysteric (thought by some to be the devil himself) and an itinerant “Goat Lady.” Questions of guilt, innocence, and even murder are eclipsed by deeds of compassion, humility, and redemption, and ultimately by Henry Soames’ quiet discovery of grace.

April 7: First Friday Concert: Cornell University Middle Eastern Music Ensemble

At 6:00 pm, join us for an evening of middle eastern music. CUMEME performs traditional Arabic, Persian, Turkish, Greek, and other music from the Middle East (aka Near East). Instruments played include oud, saz, qanun, nay, violin, viola, cello, bass, keman, mandolin, guitar, voice, many percussion instruments such as tabla, riq, darbouka, djembe, and duf, as well as Arabic accordion, saxophone, and clarinet. We ask a $10 donation to support the library and the musicians.

April 7: Gift Raffle Drawing

At 6:00 pm, we will hold the drawing for the winners of our fundraising gift baskets. These baskets are full of gifts and gift certificates donated by local businesses. Buy your tickets before the drawing for a chance to take home some special items.

April 8: Bus trip to Philadelphia

At 6:00 am, hop on the bus to Philadelphia and spend the day exploring the city. There are dozens of museums of science, history, and culture, and you can visit them all. The city has the great Philly Phlash Center City Shuttle, which costs $5 for a day pass (seniors and children under 4 are free) and takes you right to many great museums. Call the library soon to reserve your spot. The bus costs $75 per person. Bring the whole family!

April 9: Community Walk

At 12:00, meet on the library steps for the first community walk of the season. Join your neighbors and walk along the beautiful, historic Catharine Valley Trail. We will be walking every second Sunday at noon.

April 14: Environmental Literature Reading Group

At 6:00 pm, the Environmental Literature Reading Group will meet to discuss Coyote America by Dan Flores. Legends don’t come close to capturing the incredible story of the coyote. In the face of centuries of campaigns of annihilation employing gases, helicopters, and engineered epidemics, coyotes didn’t just survive, they thrived, expanding across the continent from Alaska to New York. In the war between humans and coyotes, coyotes have won, hands-down. Coyote America is the illuminating five-million-year biography of this extraordinary animal, from its origins to its apotheosis. It is one of the great epics of our time.

April 12: Havana Book Club

At 6:00 pm, the Havana Book Club will meet to discuss The Theoretical Foot by M. F. K. Fisher. This novel tells of a late-summer idyll at the Swiss farmhouse of Tim and Sara, where guests have gathered at ease on the terrace next to the burbling fountain in which baby lettuces are being washed, there to enjoy the food and wine served them by this stylish American couple. But all around these seemingly fortunate people, the forces of darkness are gathering: The year is 1939; World War Two approaches. And the paradise Tim and Sara have made is being besieged from within as Tim — closely based on Parrish — is about to suffer the first of the circulatory attacks that will cause him to lose his leg to amputation.

April 14: 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.

April 18: Sci-Fi and Fantasy Book Club

At 6:00 pm, the Sci-Fi and Fantasy Book Club will meet to discuss Consider Phlebas by Iain M. Banks. The war raged across the galaxy. Billions had died, billions more were doomed. Moons, planets, the very stars themselves, faced destruction, cold-blooded, brutal, and worse, random. The Idirans fought for their Faith; the Culture for its moral right to exist. Principles were at stake. There could be no surrender. Within the cosmic conflict, an individual crusade. Deep within a fabled labyrinth on a barren world, a Planet of the Dead proscribed to mortals, lay a fugitive Mind. Both the Culture and the Idirans sought it. It was the fate of Horza, the Changer, and his motley crew of unpredictable mercenaries, human and machine, actually to find it, and with it their own destruction.

April 19: The Futurists: Next Generation Readers

At 5:00 pm, our young adult book group will meet to discuss I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson. At first, Jude and her twin brother are NoahandJude; inseparable. Noah draws constantly and is falling in love with the charismatic boy next door, while daredevil Jude wears red-red lipstick, cliff-dives, and does all the talking for both of them. Years later, they are barely speaking. Something has happened to change the twins in different yet equally devastating ways… but then Jude meets an intriguing, irresistible boy and a mysterious new mentor.

April 21: Storytime with Corning Science and Discovery Center

At 10:30 am, the Corning Science and Discovery Center will present an hour of science and stories. The topic will be a mathematical one, Identifying Shapes. All ages are welcome.

April 25: Library Board Meeting

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

April 26: 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 your choice of ‘Joy’ or ‘Forgiveness.’

April 29: Young Dragonettes’ Book Club

At 10:00 am, the middle school reading group will meet to discuss Hoot by Carl Hiaasen. This Newbery Honor-winning, New York Times bestselling, hilarious Floridian adventure involves new kids, bullies, alligators, eco-warriors, pancakes, pint-sized owls, and more.  Everybody loves Mother Paula’s pancakes. Everybody, that is, except the colony of cute but endangered owls that live on the building site of the new restaurant. Can the awkward new kid and his feral friend prank the pancake people out of town? Or is the owls’ fate cemented in pancake batter?

Ongoing:

Mondays:

The library is closed on Mondays.

Tuesdays:

8:00 is Yoga for Health at the Montour Falls Library. 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 at the Montour Falls Library. We welcome all ages to come share in storytelling.

Wednesdays:

1:00 is the Handcrafters Circle at the Montour Falls Library. Bring your needlecrafts, beading, carving, coloring, sketching, or any other library-friendly handcrafts. Share ideas and techniques with other community crafters.

Thursdays:

8:00 is Yoga for Health at the Montour Falls Library. 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 at the Montour Falls Library. 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.

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 at the Montour Falls Library. 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.