January Programs & Events

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Fine-Free Library

The Montour Falls Library will no longer be charging fines
for overdue items checked out at our library.

Please try to return items by their due dates so that others can enjoy them.

The library is here for your use and
there should be nothing in the way of that.


Fourth Friday Concert

Piperventilators

A Traditional Irish Session

In the great tradition of Irish Music, a session is a gathering of musicians
who come together weekly and spontaneously share tunes.
Each musician brings favorite tunes and
if you know the tune you jump in and play your heart out.

It’s spontaneous, it’s fun, and your toes will tap all night.

Nick Whitmer on Uilleann Pipes/Whistles; Susan Murphy on Uilleann Pipes/Whistles;
Jeff Werner on Fiddle; David Sibley on Guitar (and maybe others!)
These players will entertain you with reels, jigs, airs, and slip jigs.

It’s dance music that you’ll be tapping your feet to! 

MAKE A JOYFUL NOISE!

December 26
6:00 PM
at the Montour Falls Library

We ask for a $10 donation to support the musicians and the library.


All Early Literacy Program story times
will now take place at 10:00 AM
to better accommodate children’s schedules.


 

January 2: Local History Talk: Queen Catharine Montour and Catharinestown

At 7:00 pm, join local historian Gary Emerson for a discussion of local history. Queen Catharine Montour is remembered today through the many place names that bear her name.  Yet, Queen Catharine is an enigma, as there are few written records from her time, leaving us with some facts, but more myths about Queen Catharine.  This program will discuss both the facts and the myths about Catharine Montour and the village known as Catharinestown.

January 3: Meditation

At 8:00 am, before the library opens, join certified yoga instructor Sue Silhan, R.N., for an hour of meditation. Meditation is an individual practice but also has an effervescent quality when done in a group. We will have time together each month to explore meditation practices and share with one another our own experiences with this ancient practice. We suggest a donation of $10 to support the instructor and the library. Please bring a small blanket to class. This group will meet on the first Wednesday of every month.

January 3: Open Art

From 3:30 to 5:00, come for our first day of open art. We will have a table full of art supplies and instruction books for your use. Draw, paint, fold, sketch, and imagine. Practice your skills and explore new techniques. Join us every Wednesday for a drop-in time of art and creativity. Free and open to all.

January 3: Classics Reading Group

At 6:00 pm, the Classics Reading Group will meet to discuss The Autobiography of Malcolm X as told to Alex Haley. In the searing pages of this classic autobiography, originally published in 1964, Malcolm X, the Muslim leader, firebrand, and anti-integrationist, tells the extraordinary story of his life and the growth of the Black Muslim movement. His fascinating perspective on the lies and limitations of the American Dream, and the inherent racism in a society that denies its nonwhite citizens the opportunity to dream, gives extraordinary insight into the most urgent issues of our own time.

January 4: Game Night

From 4:00 to 6:00, join us for a night of games for everyone. Play modern games, traditional games, easy games, and challenging games. There are games for families, games for rookies, games for the experienced, games for the goofy, games for the serious, and games for the curious. Learn to win or lose with gracious dignity. First and third Thursday from 4:00 to 6:00.

January 9: Environmental Literature Reading Group

At 6:00 pm, the Environmental Literature Reading Group will meet to discuss A Sand County Almanac by Aldo Leopold. These astonishing portraits of the natural world explore the breathtaking diversity of the unspoiled American landscape–the mountains and the prairies, the deserts and the coastlines. Conjuring up one extraordinary vision after another, Aldo Leopold takes readers with him on the road and through the seasons on a fantastic tour of our priceless natural resources, explaining the destructive effects humankind has had on the land and issuing a bold challenge to protect the world we love.

January 10: Havana Book Club

At 6:00 pm, the Havana Book Club will meet to discuss My Absolute Darling by Gabriel Tallent. 14-year-old Turtle Alveston roams the woods along the northern California coast. After the death of her mother, she is in the thrall of her tortured and charismatic father. Her social existence is confined to school (where she fends off the interest of anyone, student or teacher, who might penetrate her shell) and to her life with her father. Then Turtle meets Jacob, a high-school boy who looks at Turtle as if she is the sunrise. And for the first time, the larger world begins to come into focus. With Turtle’s escalating acts of physical and emotional courage, the reader watches, heart in throat, as this teenage girl struggles to become her own hero–and in the process, becomes ours as well.

January 12: Teen Movie Madness: Napoleon Dynamite

At 4:00 pm, kick off the weekend with a free movie and snacks. Every second Friday at 4:00, join us for teen movie madness and see anime, adventure, fantasy, and more. We are eager for your suggestions. Talk to Karin Thomas if you have any questions. No reservations required; just show up. In Napoleon Dynamite, a listless and alienated teenager decides to help his new friend win the class presidency in their small western high school, while he must deal with his bizarre family life back home.

January 16: Sci-Fi and Fantasy Book Club

At 6:00 pm, the Sci-Fi and Fantasy Book Club will meet to discuss The Waking Land by Callie Bates. In a debut as fresh as it is creative, we’re welcomed into the land of Eren, where a firm but kind king holds sway over the life of the kidnapped daughter of a rebel bent on installing a new and different man to the throne. It is a land where magick has been outlawed, and where Elanna is a joke to the other young folk at the palace, largely due to her love of gardening and of the plant life of this lush country. Even though King Antoine dotes on her, nothing can be done to help her when he is struck down, a victim of poison. When all eyes turn toward her and her tutor, Elanna is forced to defend herself in the only way she can. But is it too late?

January 17: The Futurists: Next Generation Readers

At 5:00 pm, our young adult book group will meet to discuss All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater. Here is a thing everyone wants: A miracle. Here is a thing everyone fears: What it takes to get one. Any visitor to Bicho Raro, Colorado, is likely to find a landscape of dark saints, forbidden love, scientific dreams, miracle-mad owls, estranged affections, one or two orphans, and a sky full of watchful desert stars. At the heart of this place you will find the Soria family, who all have the ability to perform unusual miracles. They are all looking for a miracle. But the miracles of Bicho Raro are never quite what you expect.

January 18: Game Night

From 4:00 to 6:00, join us for a night of games for everyone. Play modern games, traditional games, easy games, and challenging games. There are games for families, games for rookies, games for the experienced, games for the goofy, games for the serious, and games for the curious. Learn to win or lose with gracious dignity. First and third Thursday from 4:00 to 6:00.

January 23: Library Board Meeting

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

January 24: 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 ‘Happiness.’

January 26: Finger Lakes Toy Library

At 10:00 am, the join us as the Finger Lakes Toy Library brings a large assortment of toys for an hour of play. The mission of Finger Lakes Toy Library is to improve quality of life by increasing access to toys, supporting play, and encouraging a culture of reuse and sharing. All ages are welcome to attend. Free and open to the publichttp://www.fingerlakestoylibrary.org/home

January 26: Fourth Friday Concert: Piperventilators

At 6:00 pm, join the library for our monthly concert. The Irish music session group Piperventilators will perform a traditional Irish session. In the great tradition of Irish Music, a session is a gathering of musicians who come together weekly and spontaneously share tunes. Each musician brings favorite tunes and if you know the tune you jump in and play your heart out. It’s spontaneous, it’s fun, and your toes will tap all night. Nick Whitmer on Uilleann Pipes/Whistles; Susan Murphy on Uilleann Pipes/Whistles; Jeff Werner on Fiddle; David Sibley on Guitar (and maybe others!) These players will entertain you with reels, jigs, airs, and slip jigs. It’s dance music that you’ll be tapping your feet to! MAKE A JOYFUL NOISE! We ask for a $10 donation to support the musicians and the library.

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:

From 8:00 to 12:00, every Sunday, local musician Gary Kline will be offering free music lessons in a variety of string instruments and tin whistle. You’re welcome to bring in your own instruments, as well. Gary has 40 years of experience in folk music. Lessons are free and open to all ages and skill levels.

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.

10:00 is Toddler Story Time at the Montour Falls Library. Join us for an hour of stories and play for curious young minds. Make friends and learn something new. Open to all ages.

Wednesdays:

From 3:30 to 5:00, we will have a table full of art supplies and instruction books for you to use. Draw, paint, fold, sketch, and imagine. Practice your skills and explore new techniques. Join us every Wednesday for a drop-in time of art and creativity. Free and open to all.

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.

10:00 is Infant Lap Time at the Montour Falls Library. We sing, dance, and read with newborns and siblings and share information and resources for parents. All ages welcome.

Fridays:

Image result for children painting10:00 is Preschool Story Time at the Montour Falls Library. We will bring our stories to life with puppets, go ABC fishing, create art, and more! This program is open to all.

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. There will also be a discussion of the books that you’re reading. 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.