July Programs & Events

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July 4: Library Closed

The library will be closed on Independence Day.

July 5: Stories on the Porch

At 2:00, every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday in July and August, join us on our side porch for stories for all ages. We will read picture books and chapter books and poetry and more. Listen, imagine, and be transported, all on a summer afternoon.

July 5: Classics Reading Group

At 6:00 pm, the Classics Reading Group will meet to discuss The Alchemist by Paolo Coelho. This is the magical story of Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy who yearns to travel in search of a worldly treasure as extravagant as any ever found. From his home in Spain he journeys to the markets of Tangiers and across the Egyptian desert to a fateful encounter with the alchemist. The story of the treasures Santiago finds along the way teaches us about the essential wisdom of listening to our hearts, learning to read the omens strewn along life’s path, and, above all, following our dreams.

July 11: Environmental Literature Reading Group

At 6:00 pm, the Environmental Literature Reading Group will meet to discuss Desert Solitaire by Edward Abbey. The author vividly captures the essence of his life during three seasons as a park ranger in southeastern Utah. This is a rare view of a quest to experience nature in its purest form–the silence, the struggle, the overwhelming beauty. But this is also the gripping, anguished cry of a man of character who challenges the growing exploitation of the wilderness by oil and mining interests, as well as by the tourist industry. Abbey’s observations and challenges remain as relevant now as the day he wrote them.

July 12: Havana Book Club

At 6:00 pm, the Havana Book Club will meet to discuss The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead. This novel is much more than the story of a runaway slave, Cora, who fights her way to the North; it is also a phantasmagorical look at race in America. In this instance the railroad is literal–a train roaring through tunnels constructed like a subway, leading Cora to several unlikely destinations. Like the travels of Gulliver, each of Cora’s stops on the railroad is a different version of America, displaying the varied ways in which Americans view race and manifest destiny.

July 18: Sci-Fi and Fantasy Book Club

At 6:00 pm, the Sci-Fi and Fantasy Book Club will meet to discuss The High Mountains of Portugal by Yann Martel. In Lisbon in 1904, a young man named Tomas discovers an old journal. It hints at the existence of an extraordinary artifact that if he can find it would redefine history. Traveling in one of Europe’s earliest automobiles, he sets out in search of this strange treasure. 35 years later, a Portuguese pathologist devoted to the murder mysteries of Agatha Christie finds himself at the center of a mystery of his own and drawn into the consequences of Tomas’s quest. 50 years on, a Canadian senator takes refuge in his ancestral village in northern Portugal, grieving the loss of his beloved wife. But he arrives with an unusual companion: a chimpanzee. And there the century-old quest will come to an unexpected conclusion.

July 19: The Futurists: Next Generation Readers

At 5:00 pm, our young adult book group will meet to discuss Dime by E. R. Frank. Dime is 14, loves books, and turns tricks. After her foster mother kicked her out, living with Daddy is like something out of a dream. When Daddy needs Dime to make some money, she starts having sex for coin. The arrival of a new girl, Lollipop, just 11, makes Dime realize she doesn’t love Daddy anymore–and she doesn’t want this life. It’s only when they realize Lollipop is pregnant that Dime knows what she’ll do. If she writes a note that explains everything, people will take care of Lollipop’s baby. But what she’ll do to protect Lollipop and her baby can only end one way for Dime herself–and it’s a sacrifice she’s ready to make.

July 22: 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.

July 22: 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.

July 25: Library Board Meeting

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

July 26: 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:

Sundays:

The library will be closed on Sundays during June, July, August, and September.

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 Blankets and Books at Havana Glen Park, in June, July, and August. We welcome all ages to come share in storytelling, nature, and play.

Wednesdays:

Wednesday at 3:30pm we invite you to Open Art. Draw, color, sketch, paint, and more with supplies provided by us. We have a variety of coloring books to choose from and we are happy to make a copy on card stock for you to enjoy here or take home with you. Stay tuned to Facebook and Instagram for announcements on featured special materials. Our art supplies are available upon request during all library hours and any staff member can assist you. 

 

 

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. 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. We now accept SNAP (food stamps) for eligible products at participating vendors. Food trucks will provide hot meals and treats. Entertainment including live music and story time for the children will be scheduled.  https://montourfallsfarmersmarket.com/

Fridays:

10:00 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.

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.

June Programs & Events

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June 2: What Are Your Reading?

At 3:30, every Friday, all ages are welcome to meet and discuss what you are reading. Share a favorite book, recommend a new author, discover another story.

June 3: Bicycle through History

At 9:00 am, meet at the Tops in Watkins Glen and bicycle along the Catharine Valley Trail with historian Gary Emerson, from Watkins Glen to Pine Valley and back.

June 6: Blankets and Books with Tanglewood Nature Center

At 10:30 am, meet at Havana Glen Park for the first Blankets and Books story hour of the season. Tanglewood Nature Center will give a special presentation on What To Wear and How To Get There, about how animals move in the wild, and why animals are covered with so many different kinds of “outfits.”

June 7: Classics Reading Group

At 6:00 pm, the Classics Reading Group will meet to discuss Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf. This brilliant novel explores the hidden springs of thought and action in one day of a woman’s life. Direct and vivid in her account of the details of Clarissa Dalloway’s preparations for a party she is to give that evening, Woolf ultimately managed to reveal much more; for it is the feeling behind these daily events that gives Mrs. Dalloway its texture and richness and makes it so memorable.

June 13: Blankets and Books

At 10:30 am, meet at Havana Glen Park for an hour of stories, nature, and play. Every Tuesday in June, July, and August.

June 13: Environmental Literature Reading Group

At 6:00 pm, the Environmental Literature Reading Group will meet to discuss The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating by Elisabeth Bailey. The author watches a wild snail that has taken up residence on her nightstand, and she discovers the solace and sense of wonder that this mysterious creature brings and comes to a greater understanding of her own place in the world. Intrigued by the snail’s molluscan anatomy, cryptic defenses, clear decision making, hydraulic locomotion, and courtship activities, Bailey becomes an astute and amused observer, offering a candid and engaging look into the curious life of this underappreciated small animal.

June 14: Havana Book Club

At 6:00 pm, the Havana Book Club will meet to discuss In the Shadow of the Banyan by Vaddey Ratner. Ratner’s remarkable debut novel transforms her childhood experiences living through the horrors of the Khmer Rouge regime in Cambodia into the finest of literary fiction. The story is narrated by the precocious Raami, whose privileged life is shattered when soldiers ravage Phnom Penh and send her aristocratic family to work camps in the countryside. The powerful writing sweeps you along like the broad Mekong River through the years of heartbreaking loss, hard labor, and starvation, and yet somehow, like Raami, you emerge from the book sobered, but with spirit unbroken. A powerful testament to the tenacity of love and family in the face of unspeakable inhumanity.

June 20: Sci-Fi and Fantasy Book Club

At 6:00 pm, the Sci-Fi and Fantasy Book Club will meet to discuss Shadow and Claw by Gene Wolfe. Young Severian, an apprentice in the Guild of Torturers on the world called Urth, is exiled for committing the ultimate sin of his profession–showing mercy toward his victim. Later, Severian, banished from his home, undertakes a mythic quest to discover the awesome power of an ancient relic, and learn the truth about his hidden destiny.

June 21: The Futurists: Next Generation Readers

At 5:00 pm, our young adult book group will meet to discuss Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future by A. S. King. Glory O’Brien graduates from high school and then begins to experience an astonishing new power to see a person’s infinite past and future. From ancient ancestors to many generations forward, Glory is bombarded with visions–and what she sees ahead of her is terrifying: A tyrannical new leader raises an army; women’s rights disappear; a violent second civil war breaks out; and young girls vanish daily, sold off or interned in camps. Glory makes it her mission to record everything she sees, hoping her notes will somehow make a difference. She may not see a future for herself, but she’ll do anything to make sure this one doesn’t come to pass.

June 24: 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.

June 27: Library Board Meeting

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

June 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:

Sundays:

The library will be closed on Sundays during June, July, August, and September.

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 Blankets and Books at Havana Glen Park, in June, July, and August. We welcome all ages to come share in storytelling, nature, and play.

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.

9:00 is Baby Cafe at the Montour Falls Library. Baby Café is a free resource for pregnant and breastfeeding mothers to get support from specifically-trained staff and to share experiences with other moms.

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.

1:00 is the Brain Games at the Montour Falls Library. Play games, be clever, be thoughtful, have fun. Laugh and wrap your brain around amusing, convoluted puzzles. Word games, board games, card games, logic games, and more.

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.