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.

May Programs & Events

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May 2: Toy Library Brings STEM

From 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm, the Finger Lakes Toy Library will host an evening of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM). The centerpiece activity will be creating mazes for robotic Hexbugs with Duplos, Magna-Tiles, and paper towel rolls, and there will be many other toys available to teach and entertain curious children.

May 3: Classics Reading Group

At 6:00 pm, the Classics Reading Group will meet to discuss A Passage to India by E. M. Forster. Britain’s 300-year relationship with the Indian subcontinent produced much fiction of interest but only one indisputable masterpiece: E. M. Forster’s A Passage to India, published in 1924, at the height of the Indian independence movement. Centering on an ambiguous incident between a young Englishwoman of uncertain stability and an Indian doctor eager to know his conquerors better, the author explores both the historical chasm between races and the eternal one between individuals struggling to ease their isolation and make sense of their humanity.

May 4: Montour Falls Farmers Market

The Village of Montour Falls is pleased to announce the 2017 season of the farmers market in the village, to benefit our community. It is an agriculture-based market, providing our community with healthy, fresh, local, and affordable food. It will take place at 300 West Main Street in Montour Falls, on Thursdays from 4 to 7 p.m., May 4 through October 5. Local farmers will offer vegetables, fruits, meats, and cheeses. Food trucks will provide hot meals and treats. Entertainment including live music and story time for the children will be scheduled. https://montourfallsfarmersmarket.com/

May 5: First Friday Concert: Hardin Burns

At 6:00 pm, join us for an evening of blues and country. What sets Hardin Burns apart from the crowd is their ability to combine traditional musical styles such as blues and country with visionary, modern lyrical ideas. Their sound brings to mind such acts as Raising Sand or CivilWars. Influences include Johnny Cash, Howlin’ Wolf, Lucinda Williams, Warren Zevon, Al Green, the Rolling Stones, and George Harrison. We ask a $10 donation to support the library and the musicians.

May 7: Local Authors Series

At 1:00 pm, local author Fred Wilcox will be reading from his books and answering questions. Waiting for an Army to Die is about the tragedy of Agent Orange, and it broke the story of chemical warfare in Vietnam.

May 9: Environmental Literature Reading Group

At 6:00 pm, the Environmental Literature Reading Group will meet to discuss Half-Earth by E. O. Wilson. In order to stave off the mass extinction of species, including our own, we must move swiftly to preserve the biodiversity of our planet. Wilson argues that the situation facing us is too large to be solved piecemeal and proposes that we dedicate fully half the surface of the Earth to nature. If we are to undertake such an ambitious endeavor, we first must understand just what the biosphere is, why it’s essential to our survival, and the manifold threats now facing it.

May 10: Havana Book Club

At 6:00 pm, the Havana Book Club will meet to discuss Jimmy Bluefeather by Kim Heacox. Old Keb Wisting, the last living canoe carver in the village of Jinkaat, Alaska, is in constant pain and thinks he wants to die. When his grandson, a promising basketball player, ruins his leg in a logging accident and tells his grandpa that he has nothing left to live for, Old Keb comes alive and finishes his last canoe, with help from his grandson. Together they embark on a great canoe journey, and suddenly all of Old Keb’s senses come into play, so clever and wise in how he reads the currents, tides, and storms.

May 12: Song and Story

At 10:30 am, Lisa Fernandez, local musician and founder of Compost Theatre, will be bringing her blue ukulele for an hour of silly songs. Children of all ages are welcome.

May 16: Sci-Fi and Fantasy Book Club

At 6:00 pm, the Sci-Fi and Fantasy Book Club will meet to discuss Children of Earth and Sky by Guy Gavriel Kay. A young woman sets out to find vengeance; a young artist travels to the dangerous east to paint the grand khalif; and a fiercely intelligent, angry woman, posing as a doctor’s wife, is a spy. The son of a merchant family is ambivalent about the life he’s been born to live; and a boy trains to become a soldier in the elite infantry of the khalif. As these lives entwine, their fates–and those of many others–will hang in the balance, when the khalif sends out a massive army to take the great fortress that is the gateway to the western world.

May 17: The Futurists: Next Generation Readers

At 5:00 pm, our young adult book group will meet to discuss Fig by Sarah Schantz. Love and sacrifice intertwine in this brilliant debut of rare beauty about a girl dealing with her mother’s schizophrenia and her own mental illness. Fig’s world lies somewhere between reality and fantasy. But as she watches Mama slowly come undone, it becomes hard to tell what is real and what is not, what is fun and what is frightening. This is an acutely honest and often painful portrayal of life with mental illness and the lengths to which a young woman must go to handle the ordeals–real or imaginary–thrown her way.

May 20: 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.

May 23: Library Board Meeting

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

May 27: Essential Oils

At 10:00, 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:

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. We welcome all ages to come share in storytelling.

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.

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.