April 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
Lisa Fenwick
Treasures of the Celtic Harp

Lisa Craig Fenwick will present a concert of treasures of the Celtic harp
as well as traditional American Folk Songs
and other calming, reflective, and tranquil harp music.
She will perform at the library on the Celtic lever harp.

April 27
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.


 

April 1: Library Closed

The library will be closed on Sunday, April 1.

April 3: Local History Talk: The Civilian Conservation Corps in Schuyler County

At 7:00 pm, join local historian Gary Emerson for a discussion of local history. During the Great Depression, Schuyler County hosted four CCC camps that provided work to young men doing forestry and conservation work. This program will discuss the various camps and what work they did in the county. Photographs and maps will enhance the stories of the CCC camps, which left a legacy still visible in Schuyler County.

April 4: 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.

April 4: 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.

April 4: Classics Reading Group

Our Town CoverAt 6:00 pm, the Classics Reading Group will meet to discuss Our Town by Thornton Wilder. This Pulitzer Prize-winning play explores the relationship between two young Grover’s Corners neighbors, George Gibbs and Emily Webb, whose childhood friendship blossoms into romance, and then culminates in marriage. When Emily loses her life in childbirth, the circle of life portrayed in each of the three acts of Our Town–growing up, adulthood, and death–is fully realized.

April 5: Want to Join a New Book Group?

At 11:00 am, we are asking readers for ideas and suggestions for a day-time book club to begin this spring. Join us for a meet-and-greet with light refreshments.

April 5: 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.

April 6: Anime Movie Night: The Secret of Kells

At 4:00 pm, kick off the weekend with a free movie and snacks. No reservations required; just show up. In The Secret of Kells, young Brendan lives in the Abbey of Kells, a remote medieval outpost under siege from raiding barbarians. One day a celebrated master illuminator arrives from foreign lands carrying an ancient but unfinished book, brimming with secret wisdom and powers. To help complete the magical book, Brendan has to overcome his deepest fears on a dangerous quest that takes him into the enchanted forest, where mythical creatures hide.

April 7: 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.

April 7: 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.

April 10: Environmental Literature Reading Group

At 6:00 pm, the Environmental Literature Reading Group will meet to discuss Climate of Hope by Michael Bloomberg and Carl Pope. The authors offer an optimistic look at the challenge of climate change, the solutions they believe hold the greatest promise, and the practical steps that are necessary to achieve them. Writing from their own experiences, and sharing their own stories from government, business, and advocacy, Bloomberg and Pope provide a road map for tackling the most complicated challenge the world has ever faced. Along the way, they turn the usual way of thinking about climate change on its head: from top down to bottom up, from partisan to pragmatic, from costs to benefits, from tomorrow to today, and from fear to hope.

April 11: Havana Book Club

At 6:00 pm, the Havana Book Club will meet to discuss What We Lose by Zinzi Clemmons. Raised in Pennsylvania, Thandi views the world of her mother’s childhood in Johannesburg as both impossibly distant and ever present. She is an outsider wherever she goes, caught between being black and white, American and not. She tries to connect these dislocated pieces of her life, and as her mother succumbs to cancer, Thandi searches for an anchor–someone, or something, to love.

April 13: 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.

April 13: Egg-Hatching Party

At 11:00, join us to see chickens hatch! We have an incubator with fertilized eggs from several different breeds of chickens. We will have many different egg- and hatching-themed activities.

April 13: Teen Movie Madness: Wonder

At 4:00 pm, kick off the weekend with a free movie and snacks. No reservations required; just show up. Wonder, based on the New York Times bestseller by R. J. Palacio, tells the incredibly inspiring and heartwarming story of August Pullman. Born with facial differences that, up until now, have prevented him from going to a mainstream school, Auggie becomes the most unlikely of heroes when he enters the local fifth grade. As his family, his new classmates, and the larger community all struggle to discover their compassion and acceptance, Auggie’s extraordinary journey will unite them all and prove you can’t blend in when you were born to stand out. The book inspired the Choose Kind movement.

April 14: Paper Crafts

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

April 17: Sci-Fi and Fantasy Book Club

At 6:00 pm, the Sci-Fi and Fantasy Book Club will meet to discuss The Stars Are Legion by Kameron Hurley. Zan wakes with no memory, prisoner of a people who say there are her family. She is told she is their salvation, the only person capable of boarding the Mokshi, a world-ship with the power to leave the Legion. But Zan’s new family is not the only one desperate to gain control of the prized ship. Zan finds that she must choose sides in a genocidal campaign that will take her from the edges of the Legion’s gravity well to the very belly of the world.

April 18: The Futurists: Next Generation Readers

At 5:00 pm, our young adult book group will meet to discuss Feral Youth by Shaun David Hutchinson, et. al. At Zeppelin Bend, an outdoor-education program designed to teach troubled youth the value of hard work, cooperation, and compassion, ten teens are left alone in the wild. Inspired by The Canterbury Tales, the characters in Feral Youth, each complex and damaged in their own ways, are enticed to tell a story with the promise of a cash prize. The stories range from noir-inspired revenge tales to mythological stories of fierce heroines and angry gods. And while few of the stories are claimed to be based in truth, they ultimately reveal more about the teller than the truth ever could.

April 19: 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.

April 21: Success with Seeds: When to Plant

At 9:00 am, join gardening experts for the third 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!

April 21: Photo Fun

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

April 24: Library Board Meeting

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

April 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! The topic will be ‘Humor.’

April 27: Tanglewood Nature Center: Birds of Prey

At 10:00 am, Tanglewood Nature Center will give a presentation on birds of prey. They will bring live animals and tell stories. Free and open to all ages.

April 27: Fourth Friday Concert: Lisa Fenwick: Treasures of the Celtic Harp

At 6:00 pm, join the library for our monthly concert. Lisa Craig Fenwick will present a concert of treasures of the Celtic harp as well as traditional American Folk Songs and other calming, reflective, and tranquil harp music. She will perform at the library on the Celtic lever harp. We ask for a $10 donation to support the musicians and the library.

April 28: Freecyle

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

April 28: 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.

 

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.