Montour Falls Memorial Library I 406 W. Main Street Montour Falls, NY 14865 I (607) 535-7489

Meet the Author & Book Signing Thursday, October 13 at 7pm • Local author and former Montour Falls Library Board President, Maija DeRoche joins us to discuss and sign her book, “Forever Chrysalis.” Books will be available to purchase and light refreshments will be provided.

Re-Thinking Thanksgiving Saturday, November 12 • 6pm Learn accurate and culturally appropriate information about the English settlers at Plymouth and the Wampanoag, the Native people who inhabited that area. Perry will discuss the events of 1621 in Plymouth, the relationship between the English settlers and the Wampanoag and how this story became the holiday we know today. The concept of thanksgiving held by many Native Americans will be emphasized throughout the program. This program is free and registration is not required. This program will be held at the Odessa Fire Hall 300 Main St Odessa, NY 14869

Bring your whole self and your mat to join us for yoga in the Library with Michelle on Tuesday mornings. Michelle is certified 500RYT yoga instructor and reiki practitioner and owner of Dragonfly Soul Craft in Montour Falls.
All abilities are encouraged; recommended for adults.


Come play Magic the Gathering! Every Monday at 4pm. It is $10 per person for the Draft and you can keep your cards after. Please call or email to register (607) 535-7489 casey@montourfallslibrary.org
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Dungeons & Dragons Game Day! Every other Saturday at 10am. Registration required. Geared toward ages 15+ Join our Discord!

History TalksWednesday, October 19 •6pm The Chemung Canal From 1833 to 1878, the Chemung Canal passed through Havana (now Montour Falls) and ended in Seneca Lake. The canal was once a gateway to the world and it began the job of modernizing the area; a job the railroads would complete. It left us with place names and stories and left its mark on the landscape that can still be seen today.

In coordination with the New York State Schools Mask Mandate, Schuyler County Libraries and school districts, we no longer require masks. Masks and hand sanitizer are available inside. If you are experiencing any COVID-19/cold/flu symptoms we do still require that you wear a mask. Please refer to the CDC for a full list of symptoms.

If our community has an increase in positive COVID-19 cases, a mask mandate may be put into effect. Thank you for your cooperation and patience as we continue to support a healthy environment for our community and staff. The library has a limited supply of N-95 Masks and COVID-19 Antigen Tests available to the public on a first-come, first-served basis.

Montour Falls Library Welcomes New Director

Emily Smith accepted the position of Library Director last month after a more than a decade working in the public health field. A long-time resident of Schuyler County, Smith joins the Montour Falls Library with a breadth of knowledge and passion for serving the community. Most recently, Smith was involved with the NYS COVID-19 Contact Tracing Initiative in a leadership role, onboarding new contact tracers and providing linkage to care for the folks most impacted by the pandemic.

After nearly two years with the initiative, Smith decided to shift gears and look for a career opportunity that offered something different.

“My oldest teenager came to me with the job posting, urging me to apply. She said, you love libraries and its so close to home. I read over the job description and put in my application the same day”, Smith explained. “Libraries are amazing institutions. They offer access to resources and materials; they inspire learning and curiosity; libraries provide free programs and services; and they are a safe space for our underserved and most vulnerable neighbors”.

As a life-long library user, Smith knows first-hand how important libraries can be to patrons. Now more than ever, communities are calling on libraries to provide physical space for gatherings as well as assistance with the tech advances brought on by the pandemic.

“The pandemic changed us. It changed how we communicate, how we show community, how we access the things we enjoy. Some changes are positive, we now have systems in place that allow for greater access to things outside of our geographical locations. But I think there is still that need for social gathering and human connection. We look forward to bringing a hybrid approach to what we do including a new host of book clubs, adult and youth programs, music, arts, and cultural learning.

Visiting us

The Montour Falls Library has been a centerpiece of the community since its foundation in 1872 when the local Literary Society began to fundraise for the establishment of the library and book collection.

The Montour Falls Library has been a centerpiece of the community since its foundation in 1872 when the members of a Literary Society hosted a performance at neighboring Langley Hall to purchase a collection for a library. The library had 630 books to start, but as it grew in size the library operated out of Langley Hall. Over time, support for the library fluctuated, and its location changed several times.

In 1892, the Village Improvement Society was formed and one of its missions was to formalize the library. More books were purchased and a location for the library was established in a building known as the Raymond Building at the corner of Main and Owego Streets. A provisional charter for the library was granted by the Regents of the State University, and a permanent charter was awarded in 1901.

Today, the Montour Falls Library continues to serve the residents of Schuyler and its surrounding counties with the same community focused spirit.

Today, the Montour Falls Library continues to serve Schuyler County and surrounding counties with the same community focused spirit. Our fee-free programs and services offer community members, visitors, and history enthusiasts the opportunity to participate in an active children’s program, access local history and interests, and engage in educational programs, lectures, and events.

If you plan to use our library space you may need to know where to find us, when we open, and what services we offer. This kind of information can be found here in the ‘Using the Library’ page.

Thank you for your generous support as our community partners and sustainers.