May Programs & Events

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The Montour Falls Library is no longer 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
Sé Leigheas
An Irish Evening

Join us for a lively evening
of jigs, reels, marches, and airs
from the Emerald Isle and other Celtic Nations.

Listen to the rousing sounds of fiddle, guitar, concertina, and mandolin.

May 25
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.


May 2: 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.

May 2: Classics Reading Group

At 6:00 pm, the Classics Reading Group will meet to discuss The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway. A poignant look at the disillusionment and angst of the post-World War I generation, the novel introduces two of Hemingway’s most unforgettable characters, Jake Barnes and Lady Brett Ashley. The story follows the flamboyant Brett and the hapless Jake as they journey from the wild nightlife of 1920s Paris to the brutal bullfighting rings of Spain with a motley group of expatriates. 

May 3: Montour Falls Farmers Market

From 4:00 to 7:00 at the pavilion at 300 West Main Street will be the opening day of the Montour Falls Farmers Market. Local farmers will offer healthy, fresh, local, affordable vegetables, fruits, meats, cheeses, and more. All eligible vendors accept SNAP, 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. Thursdays, 4:00 to 7:00, May through October.   montourfallsfarmersmarket.com 

May 4: First Friday Movie Night

At 4:00 pm, kick off the weekend with a free movie and snacks. No reservations required; just show up. We will be watching Star Wars: The Last Jedi. May the Fourth be with you. We will be showing new movies every first Friday.

May 5: Morning on the Catharine Valley Trail

At 8:00 am, meet at the library steps for a walk on the Catharine Valley Trail. We will meet every first Saturday of every month to walk, talk, and be outside.

May 5: 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.

May 8: Environmental Literature Reading Group

At 6:00 pm, the Environmental Literature Reading Group will meet to discuss Raising Wild by Michael P. Branch. The author “earned his whiskers” in the Great Basin Desert of northwestern Nevada, in the wild and extreme landscape where he lives off the grid with his wife and two curious little girls. Combining natural history, humor, and personal narrative, Raising Wild is an intimate exploration of Nevada’s Great Basin Desert, the wild and extreme land of high desert caliche and juniper, of pronghorn antelope and mountain lions, where wildfires and snowstorms threaten in equal measure.

May 9: Havana Book Club

At 6:00 pm, the Havana Book Club will meet to discuss The Hidden Light of Northern Fires by Daren Wang. A town on the Underground Railroad secedes from the Union after it becomes fractured by the politics of the American Civil War. Mary Willis has always been an outcast, an abolitionist in a town of bounty hunters and anti-Union farmers. After college, she dreams of exploring the country, but is obligated to take over the household duties and management of her family’s farm, while her brother Leander avoids his own responsibilities. Helping runaways is the only thing that makes her life in Town Line bearable.

May 11: Song and Story

At 10:00 am, 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.

May 12: History Walk

At 9:00 am, walk with county historian and local author Gary Emerson along the Chemung Canal towpath and learn about this history of the canal.

May 12: Photo Fun

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

May 15: Sci-Fi and Fantasy Book Club

At 6:00 pm, the Sci-Fi and Fantasy Book Club will meet to discuss Deer Life by Ron Sexsmith. Deryn Hedlight was not having a very good day and it was about to get much worse. He’d read stories of witches as a boy, but never believed for a second they were true. That is, until an unfortunate hunting accident turns his world upside down. What seemed like an honest mistake leads to an altogether unexpected transformation. But poor Deryn wasn’t the only wronged character tied up in these gloomy circumstances and sinister forces.

May 16: The Futurists: Next Generation Readers

At 5:00 pm, our young adult book group will meet to discuss Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu. Vivian Carter is fed up. Fed up with an administration at her high school that thinks the football team can do no wrong. Fed up with sexist dress codes, hallway harassment, and gross comments from guys during class. But most of all, Viv Carter is fed up with always following the rules. Viv’s mom was a tough-as-nails, punk rock Riot Grrrl in the ’90s, and now Viv takes a page from her mother’s past and creates a feminist zine that she distributes anonymously to her classmates. She’s just blowing off steam, but other girls respond. As Viv forges friendships with other young women across the divides of cliques and popularity rankings, she realizes that what she has started is nothing short of a girl revolution.

May 19: Library Garden

At 10:00 am, join us as we begin a new season in the library’s garden. Start seeds and help the garden grow.

May 22: Library Board Meeting

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

May 23: 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!

May 24: Ribs and Riesling Early Literacy Fundraiser

At 5:00 at Seneca Lodge, the Watkins-Montour Rotary Club will hold a fundraiser for the Montour Falls Library Early Literacy Program. Wine, dine, and socialize, and support your local community. Call 535-4300 to reserve a seat.

May 25: Corning Science and Discovery Center

At 10:00 am, the Corning Science and Discovery Center presents a program on weather and the seasons.

 

May 25: Fourth Friday Concert: Sé Leigheas: An Irish Evening

At 6:00 pm, join the library for our monthly concert. Join us for a lively evening of jigs, reels, marches, and airs from the Emerald Isle and other Celtic Nations. Listen to the rousing sounds of fiddle, guitar, concertina, and mandolin. We ask for a $10 donation to support the musicians and the library.

May 26: Freecyle

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

 

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.