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Fourth Friday Concert

Cornell University Middle Eastern Music Ensemble

Join the library for a new concert series
on the fourth Friday of every month.

CUMEME was formed to study and perform the popular,
classical, and folkloric music of the Middle East,
a region that includes over 30 countries, over 20 languages, and dozens of religions.

This semester’s music revolves around the experiences of outlaws, criminals, rebels, and prisoners, subjects universally considered taboo in the Middle East. Repertoire ranges from Kurdish women’s military music banned in the last decade to a 1000-year-old Bulgarian folksong that was sent into space on the Voyager probes.

Listen.

November 24
6:00 PM
at the Montour Falls Library

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


 

 

November 1: Classics Reading Group

At 6:00 pm, the Classics Reading Group will meet to discuss In the Skin of a Lion by Michael Ondaatje. Bristling with intelligence and shimmering with romance, this novel tests the boundary between history and myth. Patrick Lewis arrives in Toronto in the 1920s and earns his living searching for a vanished millionaire and tunneling beneath Lake Ontario. In the course of his adventures, Patrick’s life intersects with those of characters who reappear in Ondaatje’s Booker Prize-winning The English Patient. Patrick tells the stories of his life to a young girl as he drives north to rendezvous with an old mistress, one of the two great passions of his life. He tells of the desperate hardships and terrible exploitation of the workingmen, which led to injuries, deaths, desperation, and anarchism.

November 2: Game Night

From 5:00 to 6:30, join us for our new series of game nights 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 5:00 to 6:30.

November 8: Havana Book Club

At 6:00 pm, the Havana Book Club will meet to discuss Autumn by Ali Smith. Autumn. Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness. That’s what it felt like for Keats in 1819. How about Autumn 2016? Daniel is a century old. Elisabeth, born in 1984, has her eye on the future. The United Kingdom is in pieces, divided by a historic, once-in-a-generation summer. Love is won, love is lost. Hope is hand-in-hand with hopelessness. The seasons roll round, as ever. Ali Smith’s new novel is a meditation on a world growing ever more bordered and exclusive, on what richness and worth are, on what harvest means. It is the first installment of her Seasonal quartet–four stand-alone books, separate yet interconnected and cyclical (as the seasons are)–and it casts an eye over our own time. The centuries cast their eyes over our own history making.

November 10: Song and Story

At 10:30 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 10:30.

November 14: Environmental Literature Reading Group

At 6:00 pm, the Environmental Literature Reading Group will meet to discuss Lab Girl by Hope Jahren. Geobiologist Hope Jahren has spent her life studying trees, flowers, seeds, and soil. Lab Girl is her revelatory treatise on plant life–but it is also a celebration of the lifelong curiosity, humility, and passion that drive every scientist. In these pages, Hope takes us back to her Minnesota childhood, where she spent hours in unfettered play in her father’s college laboratory. She tells us how she found a sanctuary in science, learning to perform lab work “with both the heart and the hands.” She introduces us to Bill, her brilliant, eccentric lab manager. And she extends the mantle of scientist to each one of her readers, inviting us to join her in observing and protecting our environment. Warm, luminous, compulsively readable, Lab Girl vividly demonstrates the mountains that we can move when love and work come together.

November 15: The Futurists: Next Generation Readers

At 5:00 pm, our young adult book group will meet to discuss The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater. Blue has grown up in a house full of women psychics who have foretold certain death for her first love. She unwillingly becomes friends with a gaggle of boys, the Raven Boys, from the very expensive private school in town. They’re on the search for a mythical king who is said to grant a wish to whoever finds him. Will Blue’s ability to intensify the magic around them help on their quest or put them in danger? For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She doesn’t believe in true love, and never thought this would be a problem. But as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.

November 16: Game Night

From 5:00 to 6:30, join us for a new game series 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 5:00 to 6:30.

November 21: Sci-Fi and Fantasy Book Club

At 6:00 pm, the Sci-Fi and Fantasy Book Club will meet to discuss Provenance by Ann Leckie. Award-winning author Ann Leckie returns with an enthralling new novel of power, theft, privilege and birthright. A power-driven young woman has just one chance to secure the status she craves and regain priceless lost artifacts prized by her people. She must free their thief from a prison planet from which no one has ever returned. Ingray and her charge will return to her home world to find their planet in political turmoil, at the heart of an escalating interstellar conflict. Together, they must make a new plan to salvage Ingray’s future, her family, and her world, before they are lost to her for good.

November 22, 23, 24: Closed for the holiday

The Montour Falls Library will be closed on November 22, 23, and 24.

November 24: Fourth Friday Concert: CUMEME

At 6:00 pm, join the library for our monthly concert. The Cornell University Middle Eastern Music Ensemble was formed to study and perform the popular, classical, and folkloric music of the Middle East, a region that includes over 30 countries, over 20 languages, and dozens of religions. This semester’s music revolves around the experiences of outlaws, criminals, rebels, and prisoners, subjects universally considered taboo in the Middle East. Repertoire ranges from Kurdish women’s military music banned in the last decade to a 1000-year-old Bulgarian folksong that was sent into space on the Voyager probes. We ask for a $10 donation to support the musicians and the library.

November 25: Essential Oils

At 10:00 am, 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.

November 28: Library Board Meeting

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

Ongoing:

 

Student Volunteer Program

Related imageDo 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.

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. Join us for an hour of stories and play for curious young minds. Make friends and learn something new. Open to all ages.

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. We sing, dance, and read with newborns and siblings and share information and resources for parents. All ages welcome.

Fridays:

Image result for children painting10:30 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.

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.

October Events & Programs

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October 4: Classics Reading Group

At 6:00 pm, the Classics Reading Group will meet to discuss The Bridge of San Luis Rey by Thornton Wilder. The first sentence plunges the reader into the heart of the book as surely as its characters are plunged into the gorge beneath the bridge: Immediately you are there; you see the little bodies hurtling ant-like to their deaths. As yet you know nothing at all about them. But you want to know: who were these unfortunate five, and why did this appalling thing happen to them? Brother Juniper, who happens to witness the accident, determines to establish some correlation between the five deaths and the nature of the five lives that led up to them. Believing as he does in a good and sovereign God, he convinces himself that, given sufficient examination and analysis, the righteous purposes of that God must emerge from what would seem to be simply a haphazard event. 

October 5: Game Night

From 5:00 to 6:30, join us for the first session of our new series of game nights 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 5:00 to 6:30.

October 5: Farmers Market

4:00-7:00 is the last day of the season for the Montour Falls Farmers Market at 300 West Main Street, which runs from 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/ The market will return in May 2018.

October 7: Falls Harvest Festival

From 12:00 to 7:00, enjoy a free, family friendly, day-long celebration of the harvest in the Finger Lakes. Join the village at the Montour Falls Carnival Grounds for activities that include a Kids Zone, the annual Historic Ghost Walk, Fire Truck rides, and live, local music. Show off your creative side by competing in the annual Scarecrow Contest and the Pumpkin Carving Contest. Even if you don’t compete, there will be plenty on display to entertain and delight you. The celebration culminates with a fireworks display at 7:00 pm over Shequaga Falls.

October 10: Environmental Literature Reading Group

At 6:00 pm, the Environmental Literature Reading Group will meet to discuss The Songs of Trees by David George Haskell. We have much to learn from trees, says Haskell; they show us how to thrive and participate in nature’s networks. Roots communicate with neighboring fungi and bacteria, sending chemical messages through the soil. Twigs have memories of light, gravity, heat and minerals. Plant cells in leaves use airborne odors to attract caterpillar-eating insects. Haskell pays particular attention to the sounds that emerge from or surround trees; behind each sound are fascinating stories of how tree lives are joined to other lives. With its deep understanding of the complexity of trees and the way they shape their ecosystems, Haskell’s book will make you look at trees in an entirely new way.

October 11: Havana Book Club

At 6:00 pm, the Havana Book Club will meet to discuss The Natural Way of Things by Charlotte Wood. Drugged, dressed in old-fashioned rags, and fiending for a cigarette, Yolanda wakes up in a barren room. Verla, a young woman who seems vaguely familiar, sits nearby. Down a hallway echoing loudly with the voices of mysterious men, in a stark compound deep in the Australian outback, other captive women are just coming to. Starved, sedated, the girls can’t be sure of anything–except the painful episodes in their pasts that link them. Drawing strength from the animal instincts they’re forced to rely on, the women go from hunted to hunters, along the way becoming unforgettable and boldly original literary heroines that readers will both relate to and root for.

 

October 13: Song and Story

At 10:30 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 10:30.

October 14: 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. This will be the last history walk of the season.

October 17: Sci-Fi and Fantasy Book Club

At 6:00 pm, the Sci-Fi and Fantasy Book Club will meet to discuss The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins. Carolyn was a normal American herself once. That was a long time ago, of course. Before her parents died. Before she and the others were taken in by the man they called Father. In the years since then, Carolyn hasn’t had a chance to get out much. Instead, she and her adopted siblings have been raised according to Father’s ancient customs. They’ve studied the books in his Library and learned some of the secrets of his power. And sometimes, they’ve wondered if their cruel tutor might secretly be God. Now, Father is missing–perhaps even dead–and the Library that holds his secrets stands unguarded. And with it, control over all of creation. As Carolyn gathers the tools she needs for the battle to come, fierce competitors for this prize align against her, all of them with powers that far exceed her own.

October 18: The Futurists: Next Generation Readers

At 5:00 pm, our young adult book group will meet to discuss Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys. In 1945, World War II is drawing to a close in East Prussia and thousands of refugees are on a desperate trek toward freedom, almost all of them with something to hide. Among them are Joana, Emilia, and Florian, whose paths converge en route to the ship that promises salvation, the Wilhelm Gustloff. Forced by circumstance to unite, the three find their strength, courage, and trust in each other tested with each step closer toward safety. Just when it seems freedom is within their grasp, tragedy strikes. Not country, nor culture, nor status matter as all ten thousand people aboard must fight for the same thing: survival. A tribute to the people of Lithuania, Poland, and East Prussia, the author unearths a shockingly little-known casualty of a gruesome war, and proves that humanity can prevail, even in the darkest of hours.

October 19: Game Night

From 5:00 to 6:30, join us for a new game series 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 5:00 to 6:30.

October 20: Miss Judy’s Musical Adventure

At 10:30, Judy Stock will use the banjo, guitar, spoons, and more. Children are active participants as they sing and move with the music. New and familiar songs are sung as Judy keeps pulling surprises out of her music bag! All ages are welcome to attend. Free and open to the public. Here’s a preview.

October 24: Library Board Meeting

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

October 25: 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!

October 27: CANCELLED. Fourth Friday Concert: Doolin O’Dey

At 6:00 pm, join the library for our monthly concert. Doolin O’Dey presents an exciting mix of traditional and original Celtic-inspired music. Instrumentation of violin, guitar, celtic whistles, octave mandolin, uilleann pipes, and keyboard combine to make your listening experience unforgettable. Jig, aire, reel, or waltz, and you’ll be drawn into the captivating arrangements of this band. Listen to Doolin O’Dey here. We ask for a $10 donation to support the musicians and the library.

October 28: Essential Oils

At 10:00 am, 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:

 

Student Volunteer Program

Related imageDo 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.

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.

Image result for children painting10:30 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.

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. We sing, dance, and read with newborns and siblings and share information and resources for parents. All ages welcome.

Fridays:

10:30 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.

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.