@ Your Library 3.17.22

by Beverly Ewart

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!


A Wish for a Friend

Wishing you a rainbow

For sunlight after showers—

Miles and miles of Irish smiles

For golden happy hours—

Shamrocks at your doorway

For luck and laughter too,

And a host of friends that never ends

Each day your whole life through

~ taken from https://www.irishcentral.com/roots/irish-prayers-blessings.

“May your home be too small to hold all your friends…” is a beautiful Irish saying. However, if your house is too small to hold all the books you’d wish for, consider the library an extension! Check out novels, non-fiction, and movies that have an Irish theme – you can find them right here, at CFL!

  • The Princes of Ireland: The Dublin Saga by Edward Rutherfurd.  A sweeping panorama steeped in the tragedy and glory that is Ireland, epitomizes the power and richness of Rutherford’s storytelling magic. The saga begins in tribal, pre-Christian Ireland during the reign of the fierce and mighty High kings at Tara, with the fate of two lovers, the princely Conall and the ravishing Deirdre, whose travails cleverly echo the ancient Celtic legend of Cuchulainn. Publisher.
  • The Irish Princess by Elizabeth Chadwick. Ireland, 1160. Aoife MacMurchada is just 14 years old when her father Diarmit, King of Leinster, is brutally deposed, and her family is forced to flee Southern Ireland into English exile. Diarmit seeks help from King Henry II, an alliance that leads him to the charismatic Richard de Clare, lord of Striguil, a man dissatisfied with his lot and open to new horizons. Diarmit promises Richard wealth, lands, and Aoife’s hand in marriage in return for his aid, but Aoife,has her own thoughts on the matter. She may be a prize, but she is not a pawn and she will play the game to her own advantage. Publisher description.
  • Celtic Empire by Clive Cussler, and Dirk Cussler.  The murder of a team of U.N. scientists while investigating mysterious deaths in El Salvador; a deadly collision in the waterways off Detroit; an attack from tomb raiders on an archaeological site along the Nile — is there a link between these violent events? The answer may lie with the tale of an Egyptian princess forced to flee the armies of her father three thousand years ago. Only Dirk Pitt can unravel the secrets of an ancient enigma that could change the very future of mankind.  Publisher.
  • The Yellow House: A Novel by Patricia Falvey.  The story of a fiery young woman fighting to reunite her family and reclaim their ancestral home during the war for Irish Independence. Provided by publisher.
  • The Pirate Queen by Emily Arnold McCully. Born to a seafaring family, Grania O’Malley had the mark of a sailor from the day she was born, with “the light of the sea in her eye.” And as she grew so did her courage, along with tales of her heroic deeds. Publisher.
  • Jamie O’Rourke and the Big Potato: An Irish Folktale retold and illustrated by Tomie dePaola. The laziest man in all of Ireland catches a leprechaun, who offers a potato seed instead of a pot of gold for his freedom.
  • Waking Ned Devine [DVD] Tomboy Films in association with The Gruber Brothers. When Ned Devine dies from shock after winning the lottery, two longtime friends, Michael and Jackie, discover the body and agree Ned would want them to benefit from his good luck. They embark upon an outrageous scheme to claim the ticket — but first they have to get all the townsfolk to go along with their plan.

State and Federal Tax Forms are available at CFL.  Ask for them at the front desk, or give us a call.


CHILDREN’S PROGRAMS:  Virtual Preschool Storytime happens Wednesdays at 10:30am.  Join us!

We also invite you to check out the archive on our website to view one of the many virtual story times posted since April 2020. Scroll down the webpage for older content.

There are now new Preschool Take & Make Crafts available each week.  Pick one (per child) up in the Children’s Room, or request them via curbside.

If you are finding yourself short on time, or you aren’t yet comfortable visiting the library with your little ones in person, please remember that curbside service is still very much an option!  Just give us a call or send an email, and we will pack up your books, check them out, and hand them to you from the front door of CFL.  Hope to see you there!


PARDON OUR DUST:  Our handicap-access ramp is still closed to the public for renovation until further notice (but we are GETTING THERE!).  We apologize for the inconvenience, but we think you will appreciate the improvements!


MORLEY BRANCH is open on Tuesday 1pm-3pm; Wednesday 4pm-6pm; Thursday 10am-12pm.  Masks are required. There is a computer available for your use, but it’s a good idea to call first to check on availability. Scheduled appointments are encouraged, but not required.  Call for more details: 315-379-0066.


RENSSELAER FALLS BRANCH is open onTuesdays from 11am – 5pm. Masks are required, and those who are under age 12 must be with an adult. Call the library (315-344-4155) for additional information. 

Rensselaer Falls Branch WILL BE CLOSED FOR THE DAY ON TUESDAY, MARCH 22, 2022

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 ncls.org; you may also renew via email at canlib@ncls.org, or by calling (315) 386-3712 (choose option 1, “For curbside service” on the menu – we continue to offer curbside service for your convenience).

CFL is following CDC guidelines on masking.

May the road rise up to meet you @ your library!

@ Your Library 3.9.22

by Beverly Ewart

Inspired by the Smithsonian’s installation https://www.si.edu/newsdesk/releases/smithsonian-launches-new-womens-futures-month-national-mall-debut-120-statues, this week we are featuring stories and biographies of intelligent, courageous, and curious women who have stepped out into previously uncharted fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics:

Bicycling With Butterflies: My 10,201-Mile Journey Following the Monarch Migration by Sara Dykman. Outdoor educator and field researcher Sara Dykman made history when she became the first person to bicycle alongside monarch butterflies on their storied annual migration–a round-trip adventure that included three countries and more than 10,000 miles. Equally remarkable, she did it solo, on a bike cobbled together from used parts.  Her panniers were recycled buckets. In Bicycling with Butterflies, Dykman recounts her incredible journey and the dramatic ups and downs of the nearly nine-month odyssey. We’re beside her as she navigates unmapped roads in foreign countries, checks roadside milkweed for monarch eggs, and shares her passion with eager schoolchildren, skeptical bar patrons, and unimpressed border officials. We also meet some of the ardent monarch stewards who supported her efforts, from citizen scientists and researchers to farmers and high-rise city dwellers. With both humor and humility, Dykman offers a compelling story, confirming the urgency of saving the threatened monarch migration–and the other threatened systems of nature that affect the survival of us all. ~ Provided by publisher.

The Rose Code: A Novel by Kate Quinn. 1940. As England prepares to fight the Nazis, three very different women answer the call to mysterious country estate Bletchley Park, where the best minds in Britain train to break German military codes. Vivacious debutante Osla is the girl who has everything, but she burns to prove herself as more than a society girl. Imperious self-made Mab, works the legendary code breaking machines as she conceals old wounds. Both Osla and Mab are quick to see the potential in local village spinster Beth, one of the Park’s few female cryptanalysts. But war, loss, and the impossible pressure of secrecy will tear the three apart. 1947.

The Smallest Lights in the Universe by Sara Seager. In this luminous memoir, an MIT astrophysicist must reinvent herself in the wake of tragedy and discovers the power of connection on this planet, even as she searches our galaxy for another Earth. Sara Seager has always been in love with the stars: so many lights in the sky, so much possibility. Now a pioneering planetary scientist, she searches for exoplanets–especially that distant, elusive world that sustains life. But with the unexpected death of Seager’s husband, the purpose of her own life becomes hard for her to see. Suddenly, at forty, she is a widow and the single mother of two young boys. For the first time, she feels alone in the universe. As she struggles to navigate her life after loss, Seager takes solace in the alien beauty of exoplanets and the technical challenges of exploration. At the same time, she discovers earthbound connections that feel every bit as wondrous, when strangers and loved ones alike reach out to her across the space of her grief. Among them are the Widows of Concord, a group of women offering advice on everything from home maintenance to dating, and her beloved sons, Max and Alex. Most unexpected of all, there is another kind of one-in-a-billion match, not in the stars but here at home. Probing and invigoratingly honest, The Smallest Lights in the Universe is its own kind of light in the dark. ~ Provided by publisher.

Ada Twist, Scientist by Andrea Beaty ; illustrated by David Roberts. Ada Twist is a very curious girl who shows perseverance by asking questions and performing experiments to find things out and understand the world.

Girls Who Code: Lights, Music, Code! by Jo Whittemore.  When Maya starts spending a lot of time with Maddie, an old friend, her friends from the coding club worry she won’t finish her part of the project, coding the lights and music for the winter dance.


State and Federal Tax Forms are available at CFL.  Ask for them at the front desk, or give us a call.


CHILDREN’S PROGRAMS:  Virtual Preschool Storytime happens Wednesdays at 10:30am.  Join us!

We also invite you to check out the archive on our website to view one of the many virtual story times posted since April 2020. Scroll down the webpage for older content.

There are now new Preschool Take & Make Crafts available each week.  Pick one (per child) up in the Children’s Room, or request them via curbside.

If you are finding yourself short on time, or you aren’t yet comfortable visiting the library with your little ones in person, please remember that curbside service is still very much an option!  Just give us a call or send an email, and we will pack up your books, check them out, and hand them to you from the front door of CFL.  Hope to see you there!


PARDON OUR DUST:  Our handicap-access ramp is still closed to the public for renovation until further notice (but we are GETTING THERE!).  We apologize for the inconvenience, but we think you will appreciate the improvements!


MORLEY BRANCH is open on Tuesday 1pm-3pm; Wednesday 4pm-6pm; Thursday 10am-12pm.  Masks are required. There is a computer available for your use, but it’s a good idea to call first to check on availability. Scheduled appointments are encouraged, but not required.  Call for more details: 315-379-0066.


RENSSELAER FALLS BRANCH is open onTuesdays from 11am – 5pm. Masks are required, and those who are under age 12 must be with an adult. Call the library (315-344-4155) for additional information. 

WE WILL BE CLOSED FOR THE DAY ON TUESDAY, MARCH 22, 2022

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 ncls.org; you may also renew via email at canlib@ncls.org, or by calling (315) 386-3712 (choose option 1, “For curbside service” on the menu – we continue to offer curbside service for your convenience).

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@ Your Library 3.3.22 by Beverly Ewart

She’s a hero.  Check out some fabulous stories and biographies about courageous women who have stepped up when their times have called them to step down.

  • Bound by Sally Gunning. Alice Cole spent her first seven years living in two smoky, crowded rooms in London with her family. But a new home and a better life waited in the colonies, or so her father promised–a bright dream that turned to ashes when her brothers and mother took ill and died during the arduous voyage. Arriving in colonial New England unable to meet the added expenses incurred by their misfortunes at sea, her father bound Alice into servitude to pay his debts. ~ Publisher
  • The Daring Ladies of Lowell by Kate Alcott. Moving to the mill city of Lowell in 1832 to escape farm life, young Alice is disillusioned by the local factory’s harsh working conditions and struggles to advocate on their behalf while recklessly falling in love with the mill owner’s son, a situation that is complicated by a murder and sensational trial. ~ Publisher
  • The Women of Troy: A Novel by Pat Barker. Troy has fallen and the victorious Greeks are eager to return home with the spoils of an endless war–including the women of Troy themselves. They await a fair wind for the Aegean; it does not come, because the gods are offended. The body of King Priam lies unburied and desecrated, and so the victors remain in suspension, camped in the shadows of the city they destroyed as the coalition that held them together begins to unravel. Old feuds resurface and new suspicions and rivalries begin to fester. Largely unnoticed by her captors, the one time Trojan queen Briseis, formerly Achilles’s slave, now belonging to his companion Alcimus, quietly takes in these developments. She forges alliances when she can, with Priam’s aged wife the defiant Hecuba and with the disgraced soothsayer Calchas, all the while shrewdly seeking her path to revenge. ~ Publisher
  • The Personal Librarian by Marie Benedict and Victoria Christopher Murray. In her twenties, Belle da Costa Greene is hired by J. Pierpont Morgan to curate a collection of rare manuscripts, books, and artwork for his newly built Morgan Library. Belle becomes a fixture on the New York society scene and one of the most powerful people in the art and book world, known for her impeccable taste and shrewd negotiating for critical works as she helps build a world-class collection. But Belle has a secret: she was born Belle Marion Greener, daughter of Richard Greener, the first Black graduate of Harvard and well-known advocate for equality. Belle’s alleged Portuguese heritage lets her pass as white, but she will go through great lengths to preserve her carefully crafted identity in a racist world. ~ Publisher
  • I am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up For Education and Was Shot By the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai; with Christina Lamb. When the Taliban took control of the Swat Valley, one girl spoke out. Malala Yousafzai refused to be silenced and fought for her right to an education. On Tuesday October 9, 2012, she almost paid the ultimate price.  ~ Publisher

State and Federal Tax Forms are available at CFL.  Ask for them at the front desk, or give us a call.


CHILDREN’S PROGRAMS:  Virtual Preschool Storytime happens Wednesdays at 10:30am.  Join us!

We also invite you to check out the archive on our website to view one of the many virtual story times posted since April 2020. Scroll down the webpage for older content.

There are now new Preschool Take & Make Crafts available each week.  Pick one (per child) up in the Children’s Room, or request them via curbside.

If you are finding yourself short on time, or you aren’t yet comfortable visiting the library with your little ones in person, please remember that curbside service is still very much an option!  Just give us a call or send an email, and we will pack up your books, check them out, and hand them to you from the front door of CFL.  Hope to see you there!


PARDON OUR DUST:  Our handicap-access ramp is still closed to the public for renovation until further notice (but we are GETTING THERE!).  We apologize for the inconvenience, but we think you will appreciate the improvements!


MORLEY BRANCH is open on Tuesday 1pm-3pm; Wednesday 4pm-6pm; Thursday 10am-12pm.  Masks are required. There is a computer available for your use, but it’s a good idea to call first to check on availability. Scheduled appointments are encouraged, but not required.  Call for more details: 315-379-0066.


RENSSELAER FALLS BRANCH is open onTuesdays from 11am – 5pm. Masks are required, and those who are under age 12 must be with an adult. Call the library (315-344-4155) for additional information. 

RENSSELAER FALLS BRANCH WILL BE CLOSED FOR THE DAY ON TUESDAY, MARCH 22, 2022

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 ncls.org; you may also renew via email at canlib@ncls.org, or by calling (315) 386-3712 (choose option 1, “For curbside service” on the menu – we continue to offer curbside service for your convenience).

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