February Programs & Events

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Longwood Gardens Orchid Extravaganza

Bus Trip

Join us for a bus trip to Longwood Gardens in Pennsylvania,
during their Orchid Extravaganza;
spend the day exploring their world-famous 4-acre conservatory.

The trip is $75 per person.
Make checks payable to Montour Falls Library.

The bus will leave the Montour Falls Library on March 11 at 6:00 AM.
The return trip will leave the Gardens from the main entrance at 5:30 PM.

Contact the library soon to reserve a seat.

March 11


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.


 

February 1: 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.

February 2: Anime Movie Night: The Red Turtle

At 4:00 pm, kick off the weekend with a free movie and snacks. No reservations required; just show up. In The Red Turtle, a man is shipwrecked on a deserted island and encounters a red turtle, which changes his life.

February 3: Upcycle Society

At 10:00 am, join the Upcycle Society to 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.

February 6: Local History Talk: The Sullivan-Clinton Campaign of 1779

At 7:00 pm, join local historian Gary Emerson for a discussion of local history. It was one of the biggest military operations of the American Revolution, yet today it is often forgotten about. The Sullivan-Clinton Campaign marched through our area in 1779 to punish Iroquois tribes for supporting the British in the Revolution, and for their attacks made on American frontier settlements. This talk will present how the campaign was organized, how it was conducted, and why it is often overlooked by historians today.

February 7: 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.

February 7: Open Art

From 3:30 to 5:00, come for an afternoon 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.

February 7: Classics Reading Group

At 6:00 pm, the Classics Reading Group will meet to discuss Losing Battles by Eudora Welty. Three generations of Granny Vaughn’s descendants gather at her Mississippi home to celebrate her 90th birthday. Possessed of the true storyteller’s gift, the members of this clan cannot resist the temptation to swap tales.  Granny’s mind sometimes slips, and well through this memorable day she’s asking for her presents; they’re all around her–a prayer plant or a new apron or a soda box full of sage. Part innocence, part forgiveness, part comedy, an ever-flowing affection for all that walks and crawls and creeps, and in conjunction with the homemade pleasures, the more mysterious penultimates. They’re all here.

February 9: Song and Story

At 10:00, join us for a new season of songs and stories. Lisa Fernandez, local musician and founder of Compost Theatre, will be bringing her blue ukulele for an hour of silly songs with rhymes and reading. All ages are welcome to attend. Free and open to the public. Every second Friday at 10:00.

February 9: Teen Movie Madness: Beetlejuice

At 4:00 pm, kick off the weekend with a free movie and snacks. No reservations required; just show up. In Beetlejuice, when a recently-deceased ghost couple find their now-vacant home invaded by an obnoxious family, they hire a sleazy ghost who gets rid of humans to help them.

February 10: Paper Crafts

At 10:00, join local artist Martha Gibbs for an hour of paper crafts.

February 13: Environmental Literature Reading Group

At 6:00 pm, the Environmental Literature Reading Group will meet to discuss Underground Ranger by Doug Thompson. For six exciting years Doug Thompson worked as a park ranger at Carlsbad Caverns National Park. In Underground Ranger he passes along the essence of what he learned on this unusual job and in his related adventures exploring the surrounding Chihuahuan Desert. He overcame his fear of tight spaces and heights, learned to climb rope, and went on to explore many of the deep vertical caves in the Guadalupe Mountains of western Texas and southeastern New Mexico including Lechuguilla Cave, one of the most spectacular underground wonders of the world. He even became a member of the park’s technical rescue team and made a fifty-story rappel into one of the deepest underground pits in the United States. In visceral detail, Thompson shares the physical and mythical stories of caves and shows what it’s like to experience the extravagant beauty of nature’s underground realm.

February 14: Havana Book Club

At 6:00 pm, the Havana Book Club will meet to discuss Leopard at the Door by Jennifer McVeigh. This is a beautifully layered coming-of-age novel set in a Kenya still under the yoke of colonial British rule. Rachel, whose beloved mother died when she was 12, returns to the country she loves after six years in England. She struggles against the expectations of her father and his new partner, Sarah, whom Rachel has a difficult time accepting. Fine writing weaves Rachel’s story with the essence of Kenya, the treatment of its people, and the uprising of the Mau Mau who seek independence.

February 15: 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.

February 17: Success with Seeds: Planning the Garden

At 9:00 am, join gardening experts for the first of a three-part series on gardening. Library director and horticulturalist Roxanne Leyes and Deb Ball of Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Teaching Garden will discuss planning the garden and choosing seeds. We will have a large selection of books on seeds and gardening for you to check out. Take home packets of seeds from our free seed library. Bring questions!

February 17: Photo Fun

At 10:00 pm, take photos in a creative scavenger hunt.

February 20: Tanglewood Nature Center

At 10:00 am, Tanglewood Nature Center will give a presentation on Lizards, Snakes, and Frogs. Join us for stories, live animals, and a discussion of science and nature. Open to all ages.

February 20: Sci-Fi and Fantasy Book Club

At 6:00 pm, the Sci-Fi and Fantasy Book Club will meet to discuss The Golden Apples of the Sun by Ray Bradbury. Ray Bradbury is a modern cultural treasure. His disarming simplicity of style underlies a towering body of work unmatched in metaphorical power by any other American storyteller. And here are thirty-two of his most famous tales–prime examples of the poignant and mysterious poetry which Bradbury uniquely uncovers in the depths of the human soul, the otherwordly portraits of outre fascination which spring from the canvas of one of the century’s great men of imagination. From a lonely coastal lighthouse to a sixty-million-year-old safary, from the pouring rain of Venus to the ominous silence of a murder scene, Ray Bradbury is our sure-handed guide not only to surprising and outrageous manifestations of the future, but also to the wonders of the present that we could never have imagined on our own.

February 21: The Futurists: Next Generation Readers

At 5:00 pm, our young adult book group will meet to discuss Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi. In America’s flooded Gulf Coast region, oil is scarce, but loyalty is scarcer. Grounded oil tankers are being broken down for parts by crews of young people. Nailer, a teenage boy, works the light crew, scavenging for copper wiring just to make quota–and hopefully live to see another day. But when, by luck or by chance, he discovers an exquisite clipper ship beached during a recent hurricane, Nailer faces the most important decision of his life: Strip the ship for all it’s worth or rescue its lone survivor, a beautiful and wealthy girl who could lead him to a better life.

February 23: Fourth Friday Concert: Phil Shapiro and Carrie Shore: The American Folk Tradition

At 6:00 pm, join the library for our monthly concert. Phil Shapiro, folksinger, guitarist, and longtime host of Bound for Glory, and Carrie Shore, fiddle player and singer, offer an unusual and delightful program of American folk music, old and new. They choose fascinating, energetic songs from the last couple of hundred years of American traditional folk song, and add newer songs written squarely in the folk tradition. We ask for a $10 donation to support the musicians and the library.

February 24: Freecyle

At 10:00 am, join us for an hour of free-range creativity.

February 24: Backbone Ridge Oral History Discussion

At 11:00 am, please join the Backbone Ridge History Group for a social hour and oral history discussion. Come learn and chat about the history of the Backbone Ridge and our group’s programs. Learn about how you can participate. Do you have interesting stories to tell? Do you know a friend, neighbor, or family member who knows about life on the Backbone Ridge? Bring them too! Folklorist Maria Kennedy will be on hand with a tape recorder to capture stories or take notes. We are always looking for first-hand knowledge, tall tales, family legends, and local history. 

February 27: Library Board Meeting

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

February 28: 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:

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.