May Programs & Events

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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: Freecycle

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

 

 


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.


All Early Literacy Program story times
will now take place at 10:00 AM
to better accommodate children’s schedules.


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 11:00, 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.

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.

March 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
Matrix Duo
Michele Gordon and Dennis Winge

The Matrix Duo is a flute and guitar duo whose specialty is jazz standards.
They are versatile with all styles of music, including classical and pop,
and they perform in and beyond the Southern Tier.

March 23
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.


 

March 1: 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.

March 2: 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.

March 3: 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.

March 3: 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.

March 6: Local History Talk: Steamboats of Seneca Lake

At 7:00 pm, join local historian Gary Emerson for a discussion of local history. Seneca Lake steamboats once provided much needed connections for railroads and canals in the 19th Century. Come learn about the elegant boats that once plied Seneca Lake carrying passengers and cargo, and even towing canal boats. The steamboats kept the wheels of commerce turning and helped our area develop in the 19th Century.

March 7: 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.

March 7: 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.

March 7: Classics Reading Group

At 6:00 pm, the Classics Reading Group will meet to discuss Travels with Charley in Search of America by John Steinbeck. In September 1960, John Steinbeck embarked on a journey across America. He felt that he might have lost touch with the country, with its speech, the smell of its grass and trees, its color and quality of light, the pulse of its people. To reassure himself, he set out on a voyage of rediscovery of the American identity, accompanied by a distinguished French poodle named Charley; and riding in a three-quarter-ton pickup truck named Rocinante.

March 9: 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.

March 9: Teen Movie Madness: Mean Girls

At 4:00 pm, kick off the weekend with a free movie and snacks. No reservations required; just show up. In Mean Girls, we follow Cady, a 15-year-old girl who has spent most of her life in Africa, where she was home-schooled by her zoologist parents. When her family relocates to the United States, Cady finds herself attending a high school in suburban Illinois, where she gets a crash course in the various sub-strata of the student body: the jocks, the cheerleaders, the stoners, the “cool” kids, and so on.

March 10: Paper Crafts

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

March 11: Longwood Gardens Bus Trip CANCELLED

This event has been cancelled. We apologize for any inconvenience.

March 13: Environmental Literature Reading Group

At 6:00 pm, the Environmental Literature Reading Group will meet to discuss Wild Horse Country by David Philipps. The author traces the rich history of wild horses in America and investigates the shocking dilemma they face in our own time. He explores how wild horses became so central to America’s sense of itself, and he delves into the hold that wild horses have had on the American imagination from the early explorers to the best-selling novels of Zane Grey to Hollywood Westerns. Traveling through remote parts of the American West, Philipps also reveals the wild horse’s current crisis, with tens of thousands of horses being held in captivity by the federal government, and free horses caught between the clashing ideals of ranchers, animal rights activists, scientists, and government officials.

March 14: Havana Book Club

At 6:00 pm, the Havana Book Club will meet to discuss Days Without End by Sebastian Barry. Thomas McNulty, aged barely seventeen and having fled the Great Famine in Ireland, signs up for the U.S. Army in the 1850s. With his brother in arms, John Cole, Thomas goes on to fight in the Indian Wars–against the Sioux and the Yurok–and, ultimately, the Civil War. Orphans of terrible hardships themselves, the men find these days to be vivid and alive, despite the horrors they see and are complicit in. Moving from the plains of Wyoming to Tennessee, this work is a masterpiece of atmosphere and language. An intensely poignant story of two men and the makeshift family they create with a young Sioux girl, Winona, Days Without End is a fresh and haunting portrait of the most fateful years in American history and is a novel never to be forgotten.

March 15: Game Night

From 4:00 to 6:00, join us for Flavor Tripping. All ages are welcome to take the Miracle Berry Challenge. Explore the wonders of the sense of taste. Free and open to all.

March 17: Success with Seeds: Getting Started in the Garden

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

March 17: Photo Fun

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

March 20 – 24: Library Book Sale

From 9:00 to 3:00 at St. Paul’s Parish House, 108 Genesee Street in Montour Falls, we will have books, DVDs, and more for sale (by donation). Support the library, find a perfect gift, discover a new author, find a long-lost favorite. Ask us about volunteer opportunities.

March 20: Sci-Fi and Fantasy Book Club

At 6:00 pm, the Sci-Fi and Fantasy Book Club will meet to discuss Startide Rising by David Brin. The Terran exploration vessel Streaker, crewed by 150 uplifted dolphins, 7 humans, and one uplifted chimpanzee, discovers a derelict fleet of spaceships–each the size of a small moon. They appear to belong to the Progenitors, the fabled First Race who seeded wisdom throughout the stars. Bearing one of the most important discoveries in galactic history, Streaker crashes on the uncharted world of Kithrup. Above, in space, armadas of alien races desperate to possess the knowledge of the Progenitors clash in a titanic struggle to claim the right to capture the prize. Below, Streaker’s crew battles armed rebellion and a hostile planet to safeguard her secret–the fate of the Progenitors.

March 21: The Futurists: Next Generation Readers

At 5:00 pm, our young adult book group will meet to discuss Jane, Unlimited by Kristin Cashore. Jane has lived an ordinary life, raised by her aunt Magnolia–an adjunct professor and deep sea photographer. Jane counted on Magnolia to make the world feel expansive and to turn life into an adventure. But Aunt Magnolia was lost a few months ago in Antarctica on one of her expeditions. Now, with no direction, a year out of high school, and obsessed with making umbrellas that look like her own dreams (but mostly just mourning her aunt), she is easily swept away by Kiran Thrash–a glamorous, capricious acquaintance who shows up and asks Jane to accompany her to a gala at her family’s island mansion called Tu Reviens. Jane remembers her aunt telling her: “If anyone ever invites to you to Tu Reviens, promise me that you’ll go.” With nothing but a trunkful of umbrella parts to her name, Jane ventures out to the Thrash estate. Then her story takes a turn, or rather, five turns. What Jane doesn’t know is that Tu Reviens will offer her choices that can ultimately determine the course of her untethered life. But at Tu Reviens, every choice comes with a reward, or a price.

March 23: Fourth Friday Concert: Michele Gordon and Dennis Winge: Matrix Duo

At 6:00 pm, join the library for our monthly concert. The Matrix Duo is a flute and guitar duo whose specialty is jazz standards. They are versatile with all styles of music, including classical and pop, and they perform in and beyond the Southern Tier. We ask for a $10 donation to support the musicians and the library.

March 24: Freecyle

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

March 27: Library Board Meeting

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

March 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! The topic will be ‘Humor.’

March 30: Corning Science and Discovery Center

At 10:00 am, Corning Science and Discovery Center will give a presentation on Exploring Shapes. Learn science and hear stories. Open to all ages.

 

 

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.

February Programs & Events

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 Longwood Gardens Orchid Extravaganza Bus Trip

Join us for a bus trip to Longwood Gardens in Pennsylvania,
during their Orchid Extravaganza;
spend the day exploring their world-famous 4-acre conservatory.

The trip is $75 per person.
Make checks payable to Montour Falls Library.

The bus will leave the Montour Falls Library on March 11 at 6:00 AM.
The return trip will leave the Gardens from the main entrance at 5:30 PM.

Contact the library soon to reserve a seat.

March 11


The Montour Falls Library will no longer be 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
Phil Shapiro and Carrie Shore
The American Folk Tradition

Phil Shapiro, folksinger, guitarist, and longtime host of Bound for Glory,
and Carrie Shore, fiddle player and singer, offer an unusual and delightful program of
American folk music, old and new. They choose fascinating, energetic songs
from the last couple of hundred years of American traditional folk song,
and add newer songs written squarely in the folk tradition.

February 23
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


 

February 1: 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.

February 2: Anime Movie Night: The Red Turtle

At 4:00 pm, kick off the weekend with a free movie and snacks. No reservations required; just show up. In The Red Turtle, a man is shipwrecked on a deserted island and encounters a red turtle, which changes his life.

February 3: 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.

February 6: Local History Talk: The Sullivan-Clinton Campaign of 1779

At 7:00 pm, join local historian Gary Emerson for a discussion of local history. It was one of the biggest military operations of the American Revolution, yet today it is often forgotten about. The Sullivan-Clinton Campaign marched through our area in 1779 to punish Iroquois tribes for supporting the British in the Revolution, and for their attacks made on American frontier settlements. This talk will present how the campaign was organized, how it was conducted, and why it is often overlooked by historians today.

February 7: 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.

February 7: 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.

February 7: Classics Reading Group

At 6:00 pm, the Classics Reading Group will meet to discuss Losing Battles by Eudora Welty. Three generations of Granny Vaughn’s descendants gather at her Mississippi home to celebrate her 90th birthday. Possessed of the true storyteller’s gift, the members of this clan cannot resist the temptation to swap tales.  Granny’s mind sometimes slips, and well through this memorable day she’s asking for her presents; they’re all around her–a prayer plant or a new apron or a soda box full of sage. Part innocence, part forgiveness, part comedy, an ever-flowing affection for all that walks and crawls and creeps, and in conjunction with the homemade pleasures, the more mysterious penultimates. They’re all here.

February 9: 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.

February 9: Teen Movie Madness: Beetlejuice

At 4:00 pm, kick off the weekend with a free movie and snacks. No reservations required; just show up. In Beetlejuice, when a recently-deceased ghost couple find their now-vacant home invaded by an obnoxious family, they hire a sleazy ghost who gets rid of humans to help them.

February 10: Paper Crafts

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

February 13: Environmental Literature Reading Group

At 6:00 pm, the Environmental Literature Reading Group will meet to discuss Underground Ranger by Doug Thompson. For six exciting years Doug Thompson worked as a park ranger at Carlsbad Caverns National Park. In Underground Ranger he passes along the essence of what he learned on this unusual job and in his related adventures exploring the surrounding Chihuahuan Desert. He overcame his fear of tight spaces and heights, learned to climb rope, and went on to explore many of the deep vertical caves in the Guadalupe Mountains of western Texas and southeastern New Mexico including Lechuguilla Cave, one of the most spectacular underground wonders of the world. He even became a member of the park’s technical rescue team and made a fifty-story rappel into one of the deepest underground pits in the United States. In visceral detail, Thompson shares the physical and mythical stories of caves and shows what it’s like to experience the extravagant beauty of nature’s underground realm.

February 14: Havana Book Club

At 6:00 pm, the Havana Book Club will meet to discuss Leopard at the Door by Jennifer McVeigh. This is a beautifully layered coming-of-age novel set in a Kenya still under the yoke of colonial British rule. Rachel, whose beloved mother died when she was 12, returns to the country she loves after six years in England. She struggles against the expectations of her father and his new partner, Sarah, whom Rachel has a difficult time accepting. Fine writing weaves Rachel’s story with the essence of Kenya, the treatment of its people, and the uprising of the Mau Mau who seek independence.

February 15: 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.

February 17: Success with Seeds: Planning the Garden

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

February 17: Photo Fun

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

February 20: Tanglewood Nature Center

At 10:00 am, Tanglewood Nature Center will give a presentation on Lizards, Snakes, and Frogs. Join us for stories, live animals, and a discussion of science and nature. Open to all ages.

February 20: Sci-Fi and Fantasy Book Club

At 6:00 pm, the Sci-Fi and Fantasy Book Club will meet to discuss The Golden Apples of the Sun by Ray Bradbury. Ray Bradbury is a modern cultural treasure. His disarming simplicity of style underlies a towering body of work unmatched in metaphorical power by any other American storyteller. And here are thirty-two of his most famous tales–prime examples of the poignant and mysterious poetry which Bradbury uniquely uncovers in the depths of the human soul, the otherwordly portraits of outre fascination which spring from the canvas of one of the century’s great men of imagination. From a lonely coastal lighthouse to a sixty-million-year-old safary, from the pouring rain of Venus to the ominous silence of a murder scene, Ray Bradbury is our sure-handed guide not only to surprising and outrageous manifestations of the future, but also to the wonders of the present that we could never have imagined on our own.

February 21: The Futurists: Next Generation Readers

At 5:00 pm, our young adult book group will meet to discuss Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi. In America’s flooded Gulf Coast region, oil is scarce, but loyalty is scarcer. Grounded oil tankers are being broken down for parts by crews of young people. Nailer, a teenage boy, works the light crew, scavenging for copper wiring just to make quota–and hopefully live to see another day. But when, by luck or by chance, he discovers an exquisite clipper ship beached during a recent hurricane, Nailer faces the most important decision of his life: Strip the ship for all it’s worth or rescue its lone survivor, a beautiful and wealthy girl who could lead him to a better life.

February 23: Fourth Friday Concert: Phil Shapiro and Carrie Shore: The American Folk Tradition

At 6:00 pm, join the library for our monthly concert. Phil Shapiro, folksinger, guitarist, and longtime host of Bound for Glory, and Carrie Shore, fiddle player and singer, offer an unusual and delightful program of American folk music, old and new. They choose fascinating, energetic songs from the last couple of hundred years of American traditional folk song, and add newer songs written squarely in the folk tradition. We ask for a $10 donation to support the musicians and the library.

February 24: Freecyle

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

February 24: 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. 

February 27: Library Board Meeting

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

February 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:

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.

January Programs & Events

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Fine-Free Library

The Montour Falls Library will no longer be 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

Piperventilators

A Traditional Irish Session

In the great tradition of Irish Music, a session is a gathering of musicians
who come together weekly and spontaneously share tunes.
Each musician brings favorite tunes and
if you know the tune you jump in and play your heart out.

It’s spontaneous, it’s fun, and your toes will tap all night.

Nick Whitmer on Uilleann Pipes/Whistles; Susan Murphy on Uilleann Pipes/Whistles;
Jeff Werner on Fiddle; David Sibley on Guitar (and maybe others!)
These players will entertain you with reels, jigs, airs, and slip jigs.

It’s dance music that you’ll be tapping your feet to! 

MAKE A JOYFUL NOISE!

December 26
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.


 

January 2: Local History Talk: Queen Catharine Montour and Catharinestown

At 7:00 pm, join local historian Gary Emerson for a discussion of local history. Queen Catharine Montour is remembered today through the many place names that bear her name.  Yet, Queen Catharine is an enigma, as there are few written records from her time, leaving us with some facts, but more myths about Queen Catharine.  This program will discuss both the facts and the myths about Catharine Montour and the village known as Catharinestown.

January 3: 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.

January 3: Open Art

From 3:30 to 5:00, come for our first day 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.

January 3: Classics Reading Group

At 6:00 pm, the Classics Reading Group will meet to discuss The Autobiography of Malcolm X as told to Alex Haley. In the searing pages of this classic autobiography, originally published in 1964, Malcolm X, the Muslim leader, firebrand, and anti-integrationist, tells the extraordinary story of his life and the growth of the Black Muslim movement. His fascinating perspective on the lies and limitations of the American Dream, and the inherent racism in a society that denies its nonwhite citizens the opportunity to dream, gives extraordinary insight into the most urgent issues of our own time.

January 4: 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.

January 9: Environmental Literature Reading Group

At 6:00 pm, the Environmental Literature Reading Group will meet to discuss A Sand County Almanac by Aldo Leopold. These astonishing portraits of the natural world explore the breathtaking diversity of the unspoiled American landscape–the mountains and the prairies, the deserts and the coastlines. Conjuring up one extraordinary vision after another, Aldo Leopold takes readers with him on the road and through the seasons on a fantastic tour of our priceless natural resources, explaining the destructive effects humankind has had on the land and issuing a bold challenge to protect the world we love.

January 10: Havana Book Club

At 6:00 pm, the Havana Book Club will meet to discuss My Absolute Darling by Gabriel Tallent. 14-year-old Turtle Alveston roams the woods along the northern California coast. After the death of her mother, she is in the thrall of her tortured and charismatic father. Her social existence is confined to school (where she fends off the interest of anyone, student or teacher, who might penetrate her shell) and to her life with her father. Then Turtle meets Jacob, a high-school boy who looks at Turtle as if she is the sunrise. And for the first time, the larger world begins to come into focus. With Turtle’s escalating acts of physical and emotional courage, the reader watches, heart in throat, as this teenage girl struggles to become her own hero–and in the process, becomes ours as well.

January 12: Teen Movie Madness: Napoleon Dynamite

At 4:00 pm, kick off the weekend with a free movie and snacks. Every second Friday at 4:00, join us for teen movie madness and see anime, adventure, fantasy, and more. We are eager for your suggestions. Talk to Karin Thomas if you have any questions. No reservations required; just show up. In Napoleon Dynamite, a listless and alienated teenager decides to help his new friend win the class presidency in their small western high school, while he must deal with his bizarre family life back home.

January 16: Sci-Fi and Fantasy Book Club

At 6:00 pm, the Sci-Fi and Fantasy Book Club will meet to discuss The Waking Land by Callie Bates. In a debut as fresh as it is creative, we’re welcomed into the land of Eren, where a firm but kind king holds sway over the life of the kidnapped daughter of a rebel bent on installing a new and different man to the throne. It is a land where magick has been outlawed, and where Elanna is a joke to the other young folk at the palace, largely due to her love of gardening and of the plant life of this lush country. Even though King Antoine dotes on her, nothing can be done to help her when he is struck down, a victim of poison. When all eyes turn toward her and her tutor, Elanna is forced to defend herself in the only way she can. But is it too late?

January 17: The Futurists: Next Generation Readers

At 5:00 pm, our young adult book group will meet to discuss All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater. Here is a thing everyone wants: A miracle. Here is a thing everyone fears: What it takes to get one. Any visitor to Bicho Raro, Colorado, is likely to find a landscape of dark saints, forbidden love, scientific dreams, miracle-mad owls, estranged affections, one or two orphans, and a sky full of watchful desert stars. At the heart of this place you will find the Soria family, who all have the ability to perform unusual miracles. They are all looking for a miracle. But the miracles of Bicho Raro are never quite what you expect.

January 18: 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.

January 23: Library Board Meeting

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

January 24: 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 ‘Happiness.’

January 26: Finger Lakes Toy Library

At 10:00 am, the join us as the Finger Lakes Toy Library brings a large assortment of toys for an hour of play. The mission of Finger Lakes Toy Library is to improve quality of life by increasing access to toys, supporting play, and encouraging a culture of reuse and sharing. All ages are welcome to attend. Free and open to the publichttp://www.fingerlakestoylibrary.org/home

January 26: Fourth Friday Concert: Piperventilators

At 6:00 pm, join the library for our monthly concert. The Irish music session group Piperventilators will perform a traditional Irish session. In the great tradition of Irish Music, a session is a gathering of musicians who come together weekly and spontaneously share tunes. Each musician brings favorite tunes and if you know the tune you jump in and play your heart out. It’s spontaneous, it’s fun, and your toes will tap all night. Nick Whitmer on Uilleann Pipes/Whistles; Susan Murphy on Uilleann Pipes/Whistles; Jeff Werner on Fiddle; David Sibley on Guitar (and maybe others!) These players will entertain you with reels, jigs, airs, and slip jigs. It’s dance music that you’ll be tapping your feet to! MAKE A JOYFUL NOISE! We ask for a $10 donation to support the musicians and the library.

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.