September Programs & Events

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September 24: Bus Trip to New York City

Join us for a trip to New York City.
Spend the day in the city, visiting museums and seeing the sights.
There are more than 90 museums in the city; that should be enough for one day!


The bus costs $75 per person.
Contact the library soon to reserve a seat.
This is the last trip of the season.


Leave from the Montour Falls Library at 6:00 AM.
The bus picks up at Jubilee in Horseheads at 5:30 AM.

 

September 6: Classics Reading Group

At 6:00 pm, the Classics Reading Group will meet to discuss Sapphira and the Slave Girl by Willa Cather. In Virginia just before the Civil War, Sapphira is a slave owner who feels she has come down in the world and channels her resentments into jealousy of her beautiful mulatto slave, Nancy. Sapphira’s daughter Rachel, an abolitionist, opposes her mother’s increasingly shocking attempts to persecute Nancy. The struggles of these three strong-willed women provide rich material for Cather’s narrative art and psychological insight. The novel draws on family and local history and the escalating conflicts of the last years of slavery–conflicts in which Cather’s family members were deeply involved, both as slave owners and as opponents of slavery. Tapping her earliest memories, Cather powerfully and sparely renders a Virginia world that is simultaneously beautiful and, as she said, “terrible.”

September 12: Environmental Literature Reading Group

At 6:00 pm, the Environmental Literature Reading Group will meet to discuss The World Without Us by Alan Weisman. The author offers an utterly original approach to questions of humanity’s impact on the planet: he asks us to envision our Earth, without us. In this far-reaching narrative, Weisman explains how our massive infrastructure would collapse and finally vanish without human presence; which everyday items may become immortalized as fossils; how copper pipes and wiring would be crushed into mere seams of reddish rock; why some of our earliest buildings might be the last architecture left; and how plastic, bronze sculpture, radio waves, and some man-made molecules may be our most lasting gifts to the universe.

September 13: Havana Book Club

At 6:00 pm, the Havana Book Club will meet to discuss The Painter by Peter Heller. Jim Stegner has seen his share of violence and loss. Years ago he shot a man in a bar. His marriage disintegrated. He grieved the one thing he loved. In the wake of tragedy, Jim, a well-known expressionist painter, abandoned the art scene of Santa Fe to start fresh in the valleys of rural Colorado. Now he spends his days painting and fly-fishing, trying to find a way to live with the dark impulses that sometimes overtake him. He works with a lovely model. His paintings fetch excellent prices. But one afternoon, on a dirt road, Jim comes across a man beating a small horse, and a brutal encounter rips his quiet life wide open. Fleeing Colorado, chased by men set on retribution, Jim returns to New Mexico, tormented by his own relentless conscience. 

September 16: 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.

September 19: Sci-Fi and Fantasy Book Club

At 6:00 pm, the Sci-Fi and Fantasy Book Club will meet to discuss Of Sand and Malice Made by Bradley Beaulieu. Ceda is the youngest pit fighter in the history of Sharakhai. She’s made her name in the arena as the fearsome White Wolf. None but her closest friends and allies know her true identity. But this all changes when she crosses the path of Rumayesh, an ehrekh, a sadistic creature forged aeons ago by the god of chaos. The ehrekh are desert dwellers, but for centuries Rumayesh has lurked in the dark corners of Sharakhai, combing the populace for human “jewels” that might interest her. Some she chooses to stand by her side, until she tires of them and discards them. Others she abducts to examine more closely, leaving them ruined, worn-out husks. Ceda flees the ehrekh’s attentions, but that only makes Rumayesh covet her more. Rumayesh grows violent, threatening to unmask Ceda as the White Wolf–but the danger grows infinitely worse when she turns her attention to Ceda’s friends. As Ceda fights to protect the people dearest to her, Rumayesh comes closer to attaining her prize, and the struggle becomes a battle for Ceda’s very soul.

September 20: The Futurists: Next Generation Readers

At 5:00 pm, our young adult book group will meet to discuss The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge. Faith Sunderly leads a double life. To most people, she is reliable, dull, trustworthy–a proper young lady who knows her place as inferior to men–but inside, Faith is full of questions and curiosity, and she cannot resist a mystery: an unattended envelope, an unlocked door. She also knows secrets no one suspects her of knowing. For one, she knows that her family moved to the close-knit island of Vane because her famous scientist father was fleeing a reputation-destroying scandal. And when her father is discovered dead shortly thereafter, she knows that he was murdered. In pursuit of justice and revenge, Faith hunts through her father’s possessions and discovers a strange tree. The tree bears fruit only when she whispers a lie to it, and when that fruit is eaten, it delivers a hidden truth. But while the tree might hold the key to her father’s murder, it could also lure his murderer directly to Faith.

September 22: Fourth Friday Concert: Tenzin Chopak

At 6:00 pm, join the library for the start of a new concert series on the fourth Friday of every month. Tenzin Chopak composes and performs music across the genres of roots and progressive chamber folk, world beat influenced rock, and experimental and improvisational music with instruments such as cello, piano, double bass, acoustic/electric guitars and voice. Listen to Tenzin here. We ask for a $10 donation to support the musicians and the library.

 

September 24: Bus Trip to New York City

Join us for a trip to New York City. Spend the day in the city, visiting museums and seeing the sights. There are more than 90 museums in the city; that should be enough for one day! The bus costs $75 per person. Contact the library soon to reserve a seat. This is the last trip of the season. Leave from the Montour Falls Library at 6:00 AM. The bus picks up at Jubilee in Horseheads at 5:30 AM.

 September 26: Library Board Meeting

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

September 27: 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!

Ongoing:

 

Student Volunteer Program

Do you love libraries and books? Do you want to learn new skills? Would you like to volunteer at your local public library? This job requires a responsible and respectful attitude and a willingness to learn. Volunteer hours are available Tuesday through Friday from 3:00 to 6:00. Contact Karin Thomas at the library for more information.

Digital Resources

Borrow eBooks, digital magazines, and music with your library card. www.montourfallslibrary.org/services/digital

New York Times Online at Montour Falls Library

Read any number of articles on your device or ours while at the Montour Falls Library. We have three computers available to the public. You will have free, unlimited access while at the library.

Seed Library

Take free packets of seeds and start a garden at home. Grow your own food; you don’t need acres. Anyone can come and take seeds. Limit of 15 packets per family.

Sundays:

The library is closed on Sundays.

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.

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.

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.

4:00-7:00 is the Montour Falls Farmers Market at 300 West Main Street, May through October. It is an agriculture-based market, providing our community with healthy, fresh, local, and affordable food. Local farmers will offer vegetables, fruits, meats, cheeses, and more. All eligible vendors accept SNAP/EBT, and the market gives out $2 Fresh Connect Checks. Entertainment including live music and story time for the children will be scheduled. Food trucks will provide hot meals and treats.   https://montourfallsfarmersmarket.com/

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.

3:30 is What Are You Reading? at the Montour Falls Library. All ages are welcome to meet and discuss what you are reading. Share a favorite book, recommend a new author, discover another story.

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.