by Beverly Ewart
Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer
Finishing up my fiction feast by Mardi Gras, I have begun my annual season of reading non-fiction exclusively. Robin Wall Kimmerer’s Braiding Sweetgrass stirs nostalgia for warmer days spent camping and canoeing in the Adirondacks, and rekindles a deep appreciation for the earth and all she offers us.
- Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants by Robin Wall Kimmerer. “As a leading researcher in the field of biology, Robin Wall Kimmerer understands the delicate state of our world. But as an active member of the Potawatomi nation, she senses and relates to the world through a way of knowing far older than any science. In Braiding Sweetgrass, she intertwines these two modes of awareness–the analytic and the emotional, the scientific and the cultural–to ultimately reveal a path toward healing the rift that grows between people and nature. The woven essays that construct this book bring people back into conversation with all that is green and growing; a universe that never stopped speaking to us, even when we forgot how to listen”– Provided by publisher.
Pardon Our Dust
Thank you for your patience while we finish renovating our restrooms – we are almost there!
While we are getting the restrooms squared away, contractors are also working on our lift! This means MORE dust…. However, soon we will not only have lovely, working restrooms, but a working lift that will help make Canton Free Library accessible to all. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
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. A registered 501c3, the Friends of the Canton Free Library are always seeking new members. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
BATTLE OF THE BOOKS! 10 am, Saturday, March 2, 2024, at the First Presbyterian Church on the Park in Canton. Cheer on teams of 4th– 6th graders as they match wits in an exciting literary competition!
Current state of our Children’s Programs:
Early literacy programs are meeting as usual. This includes Baby, Toddler, and Pre-School Storytimes!
School-age programming (Books & Beyond, Tween, and Lego Club) will remain on break until the bathrooms are restored due to safety concerns. Ms. Val will announce when school age programing resumes.
Children’s Programming at the Canton Free Library:
0-17 months: Baby Storytime is for our library babies and their caregivers. We’ll share books, bounce rhymes, songs, finger plays, and lots of smiles, and then close with social/play time. Tuesdays 10:30-11:30 am. No registration needed.
18-35 months (about 3 years): Toddler Storytime is for children and caregivers. We’ll share books, rhymes, music, movement, and lots more early literacy fun! Mondays 10:30-11:00 am. No registration is needed during the school year.
3-5 years: Preschool Storytime is for children and caregivers. Stories, songs, movement, crafts, friends, and lots of fun! Wednesdays 10:30-11:15 am. No registration is needed during the school year.
K-2nd grade: Each month at Books and Beyond, we’ll explore a theme with books, activities, games, and art. Meets each third Thursday afternoon from 3-4 pm. Registration for each month required by the Monday before.
3rd-6th grade: Tween Time offers a mix of cool crafts, art exploration, games, STEAM, and book talks of popular and classic literature. Meets every fourth Thursday afternoon from 3-4 pm.
K-6th grade: Lego Club: a different challenge/theme will be given at the start of each meeting. Lego Club meets the last Monday of the month (unless that’s a holiday, whereupon the date will be announced) from 3:00-4:00pm. Registration is required by the Friday before, but it fills fast! Don’t wait!
Questions? Email Ms. Val at email@example.com or call 315-386-3712 ext. 4
Take a StoryWalk ®!
Our new story is Winter Dance by Marion Dane Bauer and beautifully illustrated by Richard Jones. Check it out on a walk, a run, or even a ski this winter around the Remington Recreation Trail (“Partridge Loop”) on Sullivan Drive in Canton!
The following programs are also happening:
Teens: Anime Club is currently on hold but will return as soon as possible. Sorry for the inconvenience. Contact Zach Woodley-White for more information. firstname.lastname@example.org
1,000 Books Before Kindergarten: Track the books listened to by children from birth to the beginning of kindergarten and move up for every hundred books read on the Celebration Board in the Children’s Room. You can get a folder from Ms. Val to track on paper forms, or do it on the app.
Special Youth Programs:
Battle of the Books: This program for grades 4-6 involves children forming teams, reading a list of 16 books over 8 months and then competing against other local teams in an exciting quiz game about the books. In 2023, Canton’s team, the Flaming Phoenixes from Little River Community School took home the regional trophy at the North Country Battle on May 20th! You’ll see the trophy on display at Little River School and CFL.
Summer Library Program (SLP): This 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 with performers such as magicians, clowns, storytellers or musicians, as well as Books at the Beach and the annual Pet Show! Registration is needed for most programs and the SLP is advertised beginning in April of each year.
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 email@example.com, 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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or by calling (315) 386-3712 (choose option 1, “Front Desk,” on the menu).