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@ Your Library 6.21.24

By Beverly Ewart 

Night Flyer: Harriet Tubman and the Faith Dreams of a Free People by Tiya Miles 

Don’t discount the power of dreams, the power of faith, or the power of a person committed to justice! If you are intrigued by or in awe of Harriet Tubman, or are newly curious about her story, check out this recent biography about her, written by Tiya Miles: 

Night Flyer: Harriet Tubman and the Faith Dreams of a Free People by Tiya Miles.  “Harriet Tubman is among the most famous Americans ever born and soon to be the face of the twenty-dollar bill.  Yet often she’s a figure more out of myth than history, almost a comic-book superhero.  Despite being barely five feet tall, unable to read, and suffering from a brain injury, she managed to escape from her own enslavement, return again and again to lead others north to freedom without loss of life, speak out powerfully against slavery, and then become the first American woman in history to lead a military raid, freeing some seven hundred people.  You could almost say she’s America’s Robin Hood, a miraculous vision, often rightly celebrated but seldom understood. 

Tiya Miles’s extraordinary Night Flyer changes all that.  With her characteristic tenderness and imaginative genius, Miles explores beyond the stock historical grid to weave Tubman’s life into the fabric of her world.  …”  From the Publisher 


Registration is still open for our 2024 children’s Summer Library Program. The registration deadline is TODAY, June 21st! 

Our Summer Library Program is a month-long celebration of reading fun during July (and some of August) for ages birth-12 years.  Specific age-group programs happen weekly, and we offer family programs such as science shows, magicians, clowns, storytellers and musicians, as well as Books at the Beach and the annual Pet Show!  Please be sure to register kids 18 months through 12 years for these programs – look to our website or pick up a paper calendar in the library to find the schedule and registration info! 

The schedule for programs will be: 
• Newborn-17 months with a caregiver meet Tuesdays at 10:30am 
• 18-35 months with a caregiver meet at 10:30 am on Thursdays 
• 3-4 year olds with a caregiver meet on Wednesdays at 10:30 am 
• 5-6 year olds meet on Tuesdays at 1 pm 
• 7-8 year olds meet on Tuesdays at 3 pm 
• 9-12 year olds meet on Wednesdays at 2:00 pm 

There will be special all-ages events on Thursdays at 2:00 pm: 

• The Science of Energy show with Jeff Boyer on July 11th at the First  
Presbyterian Church 
• Books at the Beach on July 25th at Taylor Park 
• The Annual Summer Library Pet Show on August 1st at the First Presbyterian  
Church. Requires registration.  

Registration for ALL age group sessions, with the exception of the birth-17 month  
old program, is required because our space is limited. Please go to https://cantonfreelibrary.org/summer-reading-program/ , or visit the Children’s  
Room at the library to pick up a calendar. 


The Friends of the Canton Free Library are a volunteer group committed to active support and enrichment of library services on behalf of everyone in the Canton community and beyond. Check us out!  We’d love to have new members! 


Chess @ CFL! 

We welcome chess players of all ages and levels to partake in our weekly get-togethers! 
Chess Club – Saturdays | 12-3 PM 
Join us Saturdays from 12-3 pm in the downstairs Paige Room for Chess Club! All levels are welcome to join the Chess Club. Unlike Chess Free Play on Tuesdays, Chess Club offers instruction to those interested. 

Chess Free Play – Tuesdays | 4-6 PM 

Join us on Tuesdays from 4-6 pm for open chess! All levels are welcome for free play. 

For more details, contact Ryan at 315.854.6123. 

CHILDREN’S PROGRAMS: Programming at the Canton Free Library (CFL) plays a significant role in providing literary opportunities for St. Lawrence County children and their families. All events are free. Some require registration. 

CHILDREN’S PROGRAMMING WILL TAKE A BREAK IN JUNE! Programs will resume in July as part of our annual Summer Library Program! Grab a calendar and register by June 21st, either online at cantonfreelibrary.org/register, in  

person in the Children’s Room, by calling 386-3712 ext. 4, or by emailing vwhite@ncls.org! 

Questions? Email Ms. Val at vwhite@ncls.org or call 315-386-3712 ext. 4 

The following programs are also happening:     

Teens: Anime Club meets on Thursdays from 5 to 7. Join us to watch anime, both classic and contemporary. Ages 12-19, no registration required.  Contact Zach Woodley-White for more information. zwoodleywhite@ncls.org    

Programs are sponsored by the Friends of the Canton Free Library and the St.  Lawrence County Youth Bureau.                                  

Questions? Need to register for a program?                                             

Contact Youth Services Specialist     

Valerie White (Ms. Val)  

(315) 386-3712 ext. 4                           


Curbside Service: If you are short on time, consider curbside service! Give us a call at 315-386-3712 (choose option 1 “Front Desk”) or send an email to canlib@ncls.org, and we will pack up your books, check them out, and hand them to you from the front door of CFL. If you’re not sure what you’re in the mood to read, we can even choose some titles for you!  

MORLEY BRANCH is open on Tuesday 1pm-3pm; Wednesday 4pm-6pm; Thursday 10am-12pm. There is a computer available for your use, but it’s a good idea to call first to check on availability. Call for more details: 315-379-0066. 

RENSSELAER FALLS BRANCH is open on Tuesdays from 11am – 5pm. Children under age 10 must be with an adult. Call the library (315-344-4155) for more information.  

A great way to find out what’s happening at our Morley and Rensselaer Falls Branches is to check out their Facebook pages: 

Morley: https://www.facebook.com/MorleyBranchLibrary 

Rensselaer Falls: https://www.facebook.com/RensselaerFallsLibrary 

Canton Free Library’s Hours: 9am-6pm Monday – Friday; 10am-3pm Saturday. For more CFL news, stay tuned on Facebook, Instagram, or our website. Find new additions to our collection on our website: cantonfreelibrary.org. To renew your current checkouts, login to catalog.ncls.org; you may also renew via email at canlib@ncls.org, or by calling (315) 386-3712 (choose option 1, “Front Desk,” on the menu).