July Programs & Events

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July 3: Blankets and Books

At 10:00 am, join us at Havana Glen Park for our Blankets and Books outdoor storytime series, which will meet at Havana Glen Park every Tuesday morning in June, July, and August. Hear stories, learn about nature, and play outside. At 9:00, just before storytime, the Schuyler County Family Play and Resource Center will take a Stroll in the Park at Havana Glen Park with strollers and riding toys. Parking is free at the park for these events.

July 3: The Futurists: Next Generation Readers

At 6:00 pm, our young adult book group will meet to discuss Deep Sea by Annika Thor. Three years ago, Stephie and her younger sister, Nellie, escaped the Nazis in Vienna and fled to an island in Sweden, where they were taken in by different families. Now sixteen-year-old Stephie is going to school on the mainland. Stephie enjoys her studies, and rooming with her school friend, May. But life is only getting more complicated as she gets older. Stephie might lose the grant money that is funding her education. Her old friend Verra is growing up too fast. And back on the island, Nellie wants to be adopted by her foster family. Stephie, on the other hand, can’t stop thinking about her parents, who are in a Nazi camp in Austria. If only the war would end.

July 4: Library Closed

Image result for fourth of july norman rockwellThe library will be closed on July 4. Happy Independence Day!

July 4: Classics Reading Group

At 6:00 pm, the Classics Reading Group will meet to discuss The Diaries of Adam and Eve by Mark Twain. Adam has a lot to learn about Eve, and even more from her, as she names the animals, discovers fire, and introduces all manner of innovations to their garden home. Mark Twain’s “translation” of the diaries of the first man and woman offers a humorous “he said/she said” narrative of biblical events. The great American storyteller found comfort and inspiration in the company of women, and his irreverent look at conventional religion is also a thoughtful — and humorous — argument for gender equality.

July 5: Day Book Club

At 11:30 am, the Day Book Club will meet to discuss The Postmistress by Sarah Blake. On the eve of the United States’s entrance into World War II in 1940, Iris James, the postmistress of Franklin, a small town on Cape Cod, does the unthinkable: She doesn’t deliver a letter. In London, American radio gal Frankie Bard is working with Edward R. Murrow, reporting on the Blitz. One night in a bomb shelter, she meets a doctor from Cape Cod with a letter in his pocket, a letter Frankie vows to deliver when she returns from Germany and France, where she is to record the stories of war refugees desperately trying to escape. The residents of Franklin think the war can’t touch them–but as Frankie’s radio broadcasts air, some know that the war is indeed coming. And when Frankie arrives at their doorstep, the two stories collide in a way no one could have foreseen.

July 5: Montour Falls Farmers Market

From 4:00 to 7:00 at the pavilion at 300 West Main Street will be 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

July 6: 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 A Wrinkle in Time. We will be showing new movies every first Friday.

July 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.

July 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.

July 10: Environmental Literature Reading Group

At 6:00 pm, the Environmental Literature Reading Group will meet to discuss Four Fish by Paul Greenberg. A life-long fisherman examines the four fish that dominate our menus: salmon, sea bass, cod, and tuna. Our relationship with the ocean is undergoing a profound transformation. Whereas just three decades ago nearly everything we ate from the sea was wild, rampant overfishing combined with an unprecedented bio-tech revolution has brought us to a point where wild and farmed fish occupy equal parts of a complex and confusing marketplace. Fish, Greenberg reveals, are the last truly wild food–for now. By examining the forces that get fish to our dinner tables, he shows how we can start to heal the oceans and fight for a world where healthy, sustainable seafood is the rule rather than the exception.

July 11: Havana Book Club

At 6:00 pm, the Havana Book Club will meet to discuss Wintering by Peter Geye. The author magically conveys the starkness, beauty, and despair of the northern Minnesota borderlands in prose that deserves to be savored. He gives us characters with deep, complex interior lives, who struggle with secrets, love, and damaged relationships. Elderly, demented Harry Eide escapes his sickbed and vanishes into the forbidding, northernmost wilderness that surrounds the town of Gunflint, Minnesota–instantly changing the Eide family, and many other lives, forever. He’d done this once before, more than thirty years earlier, in 1963, fleeing a crumbling marriage and bringing along Gustav, his eighteen-year-old son. Now–with his father pronounced dead–Gus relates their adventure in vivid detail.

July 14: Walk through History

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.

July 14: Photo Fun

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

July 17: Technology for Seniors

At 2:00, join us for the first in a monthly series of discussions on today’s technology. The first topic will be Computer Basics. Want to use a computer but don’t know where to start? Learn the general components that make up a computer, how to use a keyboard, locating files, folders, and documents, and accessing your Internet browser. Please see your librarian after the program to schedule individual appointments for additional questions or specific help.

July 17: Sci-Fi and Fantasy Book Club

At 6:00 pm, the Sci-Fi and Fantasy Book Club will meet to discuss Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neivel. Physicist Rose Franklin and her top-secret team are on the edge of unraveling history’s most perplexing discovery–and figuring out what it portends for humanity. But once the pieces of the puzzle are in place, will the result prove to be an instrument of lasting peace or a weapon of mass destruction? Seventeen years after a giant metal hand, glowing with intricate carvings, was discovered underground, the mystery of the bizarre artifact remains unsolved–its origins, architects, and purpose unknown. Its carbon dating defies belief; military reports are redacted; theories are floated, then rejected. But some can never stop searching for answers.

July 21: Walk through Historic Montour

At 9:00 am, walk with county historian and local author Gary Emerson along Main Street and learn about the history of Montour Falls.

July 21: 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.

July 24: Library Board Meeting

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

July 26: Storytelling Circle

At 5:00 pm, the Storytelling Circle, led by And Two Makes Three storytellers, will meet at the Montour Falls Farmers Market. Bring a story to share with others, and listen to what they have to share!

July 28: Outdoor Adventure

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


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 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 Blankets and Books at Havana Glen Park in June, July, and August. Join the library for a summer of stories. Hear stories, learn about nature, and play outside. Open to all ages. Meet at the library in case of rain. At 9:00, just before storytime, the Schuyler County Family Play and Resource Center will take a Stroll in the Park at Havana Glen Park with strollers and riding toys. Parking is free at the park for these events.

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.

 

4:00-7:00 is the Montour Falls Farmers Market at the pavilion at 300 West Main Street will be 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

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 a rotating series of crafts and activities at the Montour Falls Library. Upcycle Society, Photo Fun, Library Garden, and Outdoor Adventure. Reinvent books, bags, clothing, and other materials to make unique creations from discarded household items; take photos in a creative exploration; start seeds and help the garden grow; and enjoy free-range creativity outside. There will also be a discussion of the books that you’re reading. Appropriate for ages 8 and up.

June Programs & Events

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June 1: 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 Black Panther. We will be showing new movies every first Friday.

June 2: 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.

June 2: Walk through Historic Montour

At 9:00 am, walk with county historian and local author Gary Emerson along Main Street and learn about the history of Montour Falls.

June 2: 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.

June 2: Aquatic Invasive Species

At 12:30, Hilary Mosher and Patricia Wakefield-Brown of the Finger Lakes Institute will present a workshop on aquatic invasive species. Topics covered will include identification and control tips for hydrilla, starry stonewort, and others. A light lunch will be served. Sponsored by the Schuyler County Water Quality Coordinating Committee in cooperation with the Finger Lakes Institute and the Montour Falls Library. Free and open to all who are interested in preventing invasive aquatic species.

June 5: Blankets and Books

At 10:00 am, join us at Havana Glen Park as the Tanglewood Nature Center brings live animals and gives an exciting presentation on Amazing Animals. This will be the first day of our summer Blankets and Books outdoor storytime series, which will meet at Havana Glen Park every Tuesday morning in June, July, and August. Hear stories, learn about nature, and play outside.

June 5: The Futurists: Next Generation Readers

At 6:00 pm, our young adult book group will meet to discuss Turtles All the Way Down by John Green. Sixteen-year-old Aza never intended to pursue the mystery of fugitive billionaire Russell Pickett, but there’s a hundred-thousand-dollar reward at stake and her Best and Most Fearless Friend, Daisy, is eager to investigate. So together, they navigate the short distance and broad divides that separate them from Russell Pickett’s son, Davis. Aza is trying. She is trying to be a good daughter, a good friend, a good student, and maybe even a good detective, while also living within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts.

June 6: 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.

June 6: Classics Reading Group

At 6:00 pm, the Classics Reading Group will meet to discuss Cat on a Hot Tin Roof by Tennessee Williams. Cat on a Hot Tin Roof first heated up Broadway in 1955 with its gothic American story of brothers vying for their dying father’s inheritance amid a whirlwind of sexuality, untethered in the person of Maggie the Cat. The play also daringly showcased the burden of sexuality repressed in the agony of her husband, Brick Pollitt. In spite of the public controversy Cat stirred up, it was awarded the Pulitzer Prize and the Drama Critics Circle Award for that year. Williams, as he so often did with his plays, rewrote Cat on a Hot Tin Roof for many years–the present version was originally produced at the American Shakespeare Festival in 1974 with all the changes that made Williams finally declare the text to be definitive.

June 7: Day Book Club

At 11:30 am, the Day Book Club will meet to discuss In Cold Blood by Truman Capote. On November 15, 1959, in the small town of Holcomb, Kansas, four members of the Clutter family were savagely murdered by blasts from a shotgun held a few inches from their faces. There was no apparent motive for the crime, and there were almost no clues. As Truman Capote reconstructs the murder and the investigation that led to the capture, trial, and execution of the killers, he generates both mesmerizing suspense and astonishing empathy. In Cold Blood is a work that transcends its moment, yielding poignant insights into the nature of American violence.

June 7: Montour Falls Farmers Market

From 4:00 to 7:00 at the pavilion at 300 West Main Street will be 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

June 9: Photo Fun

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

 

June 9: Library Float with the Montour Falls Firemen’s Parade

At 11:00 am, join us to decorate our float for the Montour Falls Firemen’s Parade. Line up for the parade at 4:00. Dress as a literary or historical figure and help pass out free books. Contact Karin at the library for more information. 535-7489.

June 12: Environmental Literature Reading Group

At 6:00 pm, the Environmental Literature Reading Group will meet to discuss The Peregrine Returns by Mary Hennen. The author gives wings to this extraordinary conservation success story. Drawing on the beautiful watercolors of Field Museum artist-in-residence Peggy Macnamara and photos by Field Museum research assistant Stephanie Ware, as well as her own decades of work with peregrines, Hennen uses a program in Chicago as a case study for the peregrines’ journey from their devastating decline to the discovery of its cause (a thinning of eggshells caused by a by-product of DDT), through to recovery, revealing how the urban landscape has played an essential role in enabling falcons to return to the wild–and how people are now learning to live in close proximity to these captivating raptors.

June 13: Havana Book Club

At 6:00 pm, the Havana Book Club will meet to discuss Quiet Until the Thaw by Alexandra Fuller. Lakota Oglala Sioux Nation, South Dakota. Two Native American cousins, Rick Overlooking Horse and You Choose Watson, are pitted against each other as their tribe is torn apart by infighting. Rick chooses the path of peace and stays; You Choose, violent and unpredictable, strikes out on his own. When he returns, after three decades behind bars, he disrupts the fragile peace and threatens the lives of the entire reservation.

June 16: Walk through History

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.

June 16: 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.

June 18: Library Board Meeting

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

June 19: Sci-Fi and Fantasy Book Club

At 6:00 pm, the Sci-Fi and Fantasy Book Club will meet to discuss Wild Seed by Octavia E. Butler. Doro is an entity who changes bodies like clothes, killing his hosts by reflex–or design. He fears no one–until he meets Anyanwu. Anyanwu has also died many times. She can absorb bullets and make medicine with a kiss, give birth to tribes, nurture and heal, and savage anyone who threatens those she loves. She fears no one–until she meets Doro. From African jungles to the colonies of America, Doro and Anyanwu weave together a pattern of destiny that not even immortals can imagine.

June 22: Fourth Friday Concert: Dara Anissi: Oud Music

At 6:00 pm, join the library for our monthly concert. The music of Dara Anissi was written for the ancient Middle Eastern instrument the oud and for the Dumbek, a Middle eastern drum. The songs are original and were influenced by Arabic, Turkish, Persian, Celtic, and elements of Jazz and Classical music. The songs have structured melodies with areas of improvisiation for both instruments. The inspiration for these songs came from current world events, poems, history, and nature. Dara Anissi and Nikolai Ruskin will be performing songs from their current CD “Cages.” We ask for a $10 donation to support the musicians and the library.

June 23: Outdoor Adventure

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

June 27: 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 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 : Dara Anissi ~ Oud Music

The music of Dara Anissi was written for the ancient Middle Eastern instrument the oud
and for the Dumbek, a Middle eastern drum.


The songs are original and were influenced by Arabic, Turkish, Persian, Celtic,
and elements of Jazz and Classical music.


The songs have structured melodies with areas of improvisiation for both instruments.
The inspiration for these songs came from current world events, poems, history, and nature.
Dara Anissi and Nikolai Ruskin will be performing songs from their current CD “Cages.”

June 22
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


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 Blankets and Books at Havana Glen Park in June, July, and August. Join the library for a summer of stories. Hear stories, learn about nature, and play outside. Open to all ages. Meet at the library in case of rain. At 9:00, just before storytime, the Schuyler County Family Play and Resource Center will take a Stroll in the Park at Havana Glen Park with strollers and riding toys. Parking is free at the park for these events.

 

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.

4:00-7:00 is the Montour Falls Farmers Market at the pavilion at 300 West Main Street will be 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

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 a rotating series of crafts and activities at the Montour Falls Library. Upcycle Society, Photo Fun, Library Garden, and Outdoor Adventure. Reinvent books, bags, clothing, and other materials to make unique creations from discarded household items; take photos in a creative exploration; start seeds and help the garden grow; and enjoy free-range creativity outside. There will also be a discussion of the books that you’re reading. Appropriate for ages 8 and up.