May Programs & Events

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May 2: Toy Library Brings STEM

From 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm, the Finger Lakes Toy Library will host an evening of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM). The centerpiece activity will be creating mazes for robotic Hexbugs with Duplos, Magna-Tiles, and paper towel rolls, and there will be many other toys available to teach and entertain curious children.

May 3: Classics Reading Group

At 6:00 pm, the Classics Reading Group will meet to discuss A Passage to India by E. M. Forster. Britain’s 300-year relationship with the Indian subcontinent produced much fiction of interest but only one indisputable masterpiece: E. M. Forster’s A Passage to India, published in 1924, at the height of the Indian independence movement. Centering on an ambiguous incident between a young Englishwoman of uncertain stability and an Indian doctor eager to know his conquerors better, the author explores both the historical chasm between races and the eternal one between individuals struggling to ease their isolation and make sense of their humanity.

May 4: Montour Falls Farmers Market

The Village of Montour Falls is pleased to announce the 2017 season of the farmers market in the village, to benefit our community. It is an agriculture-based market, providing our community with healthy, fresh, local, and affordable food. It will take place at 300 West Main Street in Montour Falls, on Thursdays from 4 to 7 p.m., May 4 through October 5. Local farmers will offer vegetables, fruits, meats, and cheeses. Food trucks will provide hot meals and treats. Entertainment including live music and story time for the children will be scheduled. https://montourfallsfarmersmarket.com/

May 5: First Friday Concert: Hardin Burns

At 6:00 pm, join us for an evening of blues and country. What sets Hardin Burns apart from the crowd is their ability to combine traditional musical styles such as blues and country with visionary, modern lyrical ideas. Their sound brings to mind such acts as Raising Sand or CivilWars. Influences include Johnny Cash, Howlin’ Wolf, Lucinda Williams, Warren Zevon, Al Green, the Rolling Stones, and George Harrison. We ask a $10 donation to support the library and the musicians.

May 7: Local Authors Series

At 1:00 pm, local author Fred Wilcox will be reading from his books and answering questions. Waiting for an Army to Die is about the tragedy of Agent Orange, and it broke the story of chemical warfare in Vietnam.

May 9: Environmental Literature Reading Group

At 6:00 pm, the Environmental Literature Reading Group will meet to discuss Half-Earth by E. O. Wilson. In order to stave off the mass extinction of species, including our own, we must move swiftly to preserve the biodiversity of our planet. Wilson argues that the situation facing us is too large to be solved piecemeal and proposes that we dedicate fully half the surface of the Earth to nature. If we are to undertake such an ambitious endeavor, we first must understand just what the biosphere is, why it’s essential to our survival, and the manifold threats now facing it.

May 10: Havana Book Club

At 6:00 pm, the Havana Book Club will meet to discuss Jimmy Bluefeather by Kim Heacox. Old Keb Wisting, the last living canoe carver in the village of Jinkaat, Alaska, is in constant pain and thinks he wants to die. When his grandson, a promising basketball player, ruins his leg in a logging accident and tells his grandpa that he has nothing left to live for, Old Keb comes alive and finishes his last canoe, with help from his grandson. Together they embark on a great canoe journey, and suddenly all of Old Keb’s senses come into play, so clever and wise in how he reads the currents, tides, and storms.

May 12: 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.

May 16: Sci-Fi and Fantasy Book Club

At 6:00 pm, the Sci-Fi and Fantasy Book Club will meet to discuss Children of Earth and Sky by Guy Gavriel Kay. A young woman sets out to find vengeance; a young artist travels to the dangerous east to paint the grand khalif; and a fiercely intelligent, angry woman, posing as a doctor’s wife, is a spy. The son of a merchant family is ambivalent about the life he’s been born to live; and a boy trains to become a soldier in the elite infantry of the khalif. As these lives entwine, their fates–and those of many others–will hang in the balance, when the khalif sends out a massive army to take the great fortress that is the gateway to the western world.

May 17: The Futurists: Next Generation Readers

At 5:00 pm, our young adult book group will meet to discuss Fig by Sarah Schantz. Love and sacrifice intertwine in this brilliant debut of rare beauty about a girl dealing with her mother’s schizophrenia and her own mental illness. Fig’s world lies somewhere between reality and fantasy. But as she watches Mama slowly come undone, it becomes hard to tell what is real and what is not, what is fun and what is frightening. This is an acutely honest and often painful portrayal of life with mental illness and the lengths to which a young woman must go to handle the ordeals–real or imaginary–thrown her way.

May 20: Walk Through History

At 9:00 am, meet on the library steps and walk through historic Havana along the Chemung Canal with historian Gary Emerson.

May 23: Library Board Meeting

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

May 27: Essential Oils

At 10:00, learn about essential oils from local educator Keri Greenberger. Essential oils, volatile liquids and aromatic compounds that are distilled or pressed from plants, have been used for thousands of years for cosmetic purposes, as well as for their spiritual and emotionally uplifting properties. Every fourth Saturday at 10:00.

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.