@ Your Library 1.6.23

By Beverly Ewart

1.6.23

Happy New Year!

We’ve almost had a full week of 2023 already!  Right on the heels of the gift-giving season, a new year IS a gift. My hope is that you’ll have as much joy and anticipation in unwrapping your new year as you experienced when you unwrapped your most hoped-for gift last year!

In honor of the New Year, I am highlighting some of our newest titles for our younger neighbors:

  • Little Owl’s Love by Divya Srinivasan. “What do I love?” Little Owl thought. There were so many things. Gliding along on a quiet night, Little Owl looks for the things that make him happy–shimmering stars, winking fireflies, listening to the cricket song, and most of all, spending time with his good friends. Lyrical and deeply heartfelt, Little Owl’s Love is a love letter to the natural world on a child’s level. ~ Publisher
  • Stacey’s Remarkable Books by Stacey Abrams; illustrated by Kitt Thomas. Stacey’s favorite day of the week is Thursday, when the whole class goes to the library and she gets to lose herself in her beloved books. On one of these special days, Stacey discovers that a new student named Julie has trouble reading in English, so they begin sharing books and stories to practice. Soon, more students start to join them. Books take the group on magical adventures and reveal other worlds and cultures–but best of all, they bring them together as friends. This is another inspiring tale, based on a true story from Stacey Abrams’s childhood, about the life-changing power of books. ~ Provided by publisher.
  • Tomorrow Is New Year’s Day: Seollal, a Korean Celebration of the Lunar New Year  by Aram Kim. Seollal, the Korean Lunar New Year, is Mina’s favorite day of the year. Mina can’t wait to share the customs of Seollal with all of her friends at school. She will show her classmates her colorful hanbok, demonstrate how to do sebae, and then everyone will make tasty teokguk in the cooking room. Yum! Her little brother may even join in on the fun… if he can find a way out of his bad mood. ~ Publisher.
  • Wings of Fire: The Graphic Novel: Book Six – Moon Rising by Tui T. Sutherland.  Peace has come to Pyrrhia… for now. The war between the tribes is finally over, and now the dragonets of the prophecy have a plan for lasting peace: Jade Mountain Academy, a school that will gather dragonets from all the tribes and teach them to live together, perhaps even as friends. Moonwatcher isn’t sure how she feels about school, however. Hidden in the rainforest for most of her life, the young NightWing has an awful secret. She can read minds, and even see the future. Living in a cave with dozens of other dragons is noisy, exhausting–and dangerous. In just a few days, Moon finds herself overwhelmed by her secret powers and bombarded by strange thoughts, including those of a mysterious dragon who might be a terrible enemy.  And when someone starts attacking dragons within the academy, Moon has a choice to make: Stay hidden and safe? Or risk everything to save her new friends? ~ Provided by publisher.

What titles would YOU like to see in 2023?  Please know that we like to receive requests from our patrons, and will do our best to accommodate! 


CHILDREN’S PROGRAMS: 

Programming at the Canton Free Library (CFL) plays an important role in providing literary  opportunities for St. Lawrence County children and their families. All events are free, though some require registration.

Ongoing Programs:                                                  

0-17 months: Baby Storytime is for our youngest library babies and a caregiver and meets from 10:00-10:45 each Tuesday morning. We’ll share books, bounce rhymes, songs, finger plays, and close with social/play time. No registration.

18-35 months: Toddler Storytime for children and caregivers meets on Monday mornings from 10:30-11:00.  We’ll read stories, make music, do flannel board tales, finger plays, and movement activities. No registration necessary during the school year.

3-5 years: Preschool Storytime is offered each week on Wednesdays from 10:30-11:15am, and is intended for children and caregivers. This 45-minute program involves stories, songs, movement, and art activities. No registration during the school year.

Grades K-2: Our program for elementary age children is called Books and Beyond.  Each third Thursday afternoon from 3-4 pm, we’ll explore a theme with books, activities, games, and art. Registration for each month is required by the Monday before.

Grades 3-6: Tween Time offers a mix of cool crafts and art exploration, games, STEAM, and booktalks of popular and classic literature, and meets each fourth Thursday afternoon from 3-4 pm.  Registration for each month required by the Monday before.

Lego Club: For Kindergarten-6th grade. Meets the last Monday of the month from 3:30-4:30pm, (December’s program will meet on the 19th and is already full.) and a different challenge or theme will be given each meeting. Creations will be displayed in the Children’s Room until the next meeting. Legos will be supplied; please don’t bring any from home. Space is limited and the program fills fast!  Registration required by the Friday before, but don’t wait that long!                                                     

Young Writers Group: A theme or seed of an idea is given, and kids brainstorm, write, and maybe even illustrate their creative stories. They may then share their work with the group if they wish. Ages 8-12 years. Meets every 2nd Wednesday of the month from 3:30-4:50 pm. No registration needed.      

Teens:  Anime Club for grades 8-12 . Gather together on Thursdays from 5-7pm to share your interest in anime with friends.  No registration is necessary.  Contact Zach Woodley-White for more information. zwoodleywhite@ncls.org   

Outreach: Each month during the school year, Ms. Val visits schools and daycare centers to read to children and share songs, fingerplays, and movement.  In the spring, all local first and second grades are invited to take a class trip to hear stories and tour the library.  

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  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. The top team from the CFL goes on to compete in a regional competition.                        

Summer Library Program (SLP): This is a month-long celebration of reading fun      during July 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 required 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                         

vwhite@ncls.org


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 Tuesdays from 11am – 5pm. Children under age 10 must be with an adult. Call the library (315-344-4155) for additional 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).

Be renewed @ your library!

@ Your Library 7.29.22

@ Your Library 7.29.22

By Beverly Ewart

Some of my earliest literary memories include a hardworking hedgehog named Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle.  Some of yours may include a hedgehog named, provocatively, Hedgie, who loves to read and excels at foiling egg-thefts.

Or maybe you remember an adventurous Redwall Hedgehog by the name of Durry Quill?

These characters have won affection for hedgehogs in general (who doesn’t love hedgehogs?!?), but the hedgehog who, perhaps, has done the most to catapult his kin into fame must be Sonic!

Sonic made his debut video-game appearance in 1991 with Sega, and has been on a roll ever since.  He’s one of the best-known video game characters in the world, whose fame has launched several live-action movies, graphic novels, and other games and print media.

Roll on in to Canton Free Library and check out Sonic!  Or introduce a young friend to legendary hedgehogs like Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle, Hedgie, or Durry Quill.

  • The Tale of Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle by Beatrix Potter. Lucie visits the laundry of Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle, a hedgehog, and finds her lost handkerchiefs.
  • Hedgie’s Surprise by Jan Brett. Hedgie, the hedgehog, helps Henny, the speckled hen, trick the Tomten who has been eating all of Henny’s eggs for breakfast.
  • Mariel of Redwall by Brian Jacques ; illustrated by Gary Chalk. When the mouse-ship carrying Joseph the Bellmaker and his daughter Mariel runs afoul of a pirate rat king, they are mercilessly tossed overboard. Washed ashore and certain that her father is dead, Mariel vows revenge.
  • Sonic [DVD]:The Hedgehog by Paramount Home Entertainment. The film follows the (mis)adventures of Sonic as he navigates the complexities of life on Earth with his newfound, human, best friend Tom Wachowski. Sonic and Tom join forces to try and stop the villainous Dr. Robotnik from capturing Sonic and using his immense powers for world domination.
  • Sonic the Hedgehog Volume 1: Fallout! Story by Ian Flynn.  The evil genius Dr. Eggman has been foiled–but the work of Sonic the Hedgehog isn’t over yet. In the aftermath of the latest epic battle, rogue robots continue to attack small villages around the world.  In order to defeat them, Sonic will need the help of his friends Tails, Knuckles, and Amy, along with some new and surprising allies. ~ Publisher

Upgrade to Libby.

In early 2023, the OverDrive app will be discontinued. We encourage you to make the switch to Libby, our newer reading app. Libby is made by the same people, with the same goal of connecting you to your library and to your favorite books, audiobooks, and magazines.

Download Libby or visit libbyapp.com to get started.

Why is this happening now?

North Country Library System launched the Libby app in 2017, with the goal of creating a simple and intuitive library app that builds on the core experience from the OverDrive app. They closely reviewed what was working with the OverDrive app and what could be improved. During this time, they didn’t want to interrupt the experience for users, so the two apps have both been available.

Thanks to feedback from librarians and readers like you, Libby is now a great app for everyone and there’s no longer a reason to have two apps that do the same thing. If you’ve enjoyed using the OverDrive app, we really hope you’ll love Libby.


Anime Club happens on Thursdays, 5pm-7pm.  Contact Zach for more information at zwoodleywhite@ncls.org.


CHILDREN’S PROGRAMS: Our 2022 children’s Summer Library Program has come to a close in terms of programs and Storywalks, but keep recording time spent reading until September 1st on your reading records (available in the children’s room) and then return them to the Children’s Room for a prize!   Thanks to all who attended our first Storytimes in over 2 years! It was SO GOOD to have you back! Look for details in the next few weeks about our fall children’s programming, which will start up after school begins. 

Thanks to all who used the QR code and did the quick 3-question survey after doing the Storywalks at the Partridge Trail. It’s so interesting and helpful to see how many people view the installations!

We’re so excited! Our 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten celebration board is just waiting for your child’s name! Come in once they’ve read 100 books to get them on the board and moving through those milestones! Register here https://cantonfreelibrary.org/1000books/


If you are short on time, consider curbside service!  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.



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 Tuesdays from 11am – 5pm. Children under age 10 must be with an adult. Call the library (315-344-4155) for additional 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 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.

Stuck on hedgehogs @ your library! 

@ Your Library 7.22.22

@ Your Library 7.22.22

By Beverly Ewart

An interview with Jennifer Henry – Public Services Librarian at Canton Free Library:

Beverly: Jennifer, I have the privilege of sharing office space with you, so I have a good idea of how you invest your time and talents in fitting CFL resources to the needs of our community; I am wondering if you would help readers understand – in your own words – what you do as our Public Services Librarian?

Jen: I’d have to say that the largest portion of my job is devoted to managing our collection in the library. This means the ordering of new materials, keeping track of patron and staff requests for materials and tracking the processing of those materials. Our staff is always fabulous about letting me know what’s on patron wishlists. Ordering new materials is fabulous fun, and I love to watch them make their way to patrons’ hands once they’ve arrived. Unfortunately the library will quickly run out of space unless we also review statistics and regularly weed the collection, so I’m also challenged with making some really tough decisions about what books to keep. When I’m not working with our collection one of the other portions of my job involves working with outside agencies and individuals. I manage volunteers for the library, work with our Outreach program and manage the reservations of the Paige Room. Now that we’re beginning to offer in-person programming again I’ll coordinate the scheduling and create the promotional materials for our adult programs. I can be found working at the upstairs circ desk on Monday afternoons, but you may have seen or read posts from me without even realizing it as I also serve as the webmaster for our webpage and work on a lot of news and publicity pieces that are part of our CFL online presence. I love that the job has me moving all around the building working on many different projects!

Beverly: How long have you been a member of the staff team at CFL, and what brought you to us?

Jen: I began working at CFL in May of 2018. I started working solely with adult programming but then took on the role of Public Services Librarian in December of 2021. I’ve worked in libraries since I was in college, my work study jobs were always in the campus libraries and I ended up becoming a school librarian and working in the education field for roughly 15 years. Just before starting at CFL I had been working at SLC Arts as their Program Coordinator, a job that involved a lot of work with community agencies and a lot of work on public relations and event promotion which was a great opportunity and really helped me transition to the community focus of a public library setting. 

Beverly: I often (in jest) complain that you purchase too many good books!  How do you choose titles for the library?

Jen: I had received some wonderful advice from longtime CFL Assistant Director Carole Berard before she retired. She told me how important it was to pay attention to the media I saw everywhere I went, whether it was the checkout line at the supermarket, the television in the doctor’s office waiting room, or the latest movies appearing on Netflix. This is so true! Now I can’t help but notice books everywhere I go! I constantly check to see if there’s a coordinating book to go with whatever the streaming services are offering. Our staff is great about getting recommendations from patrons, and those always factor into our orders. I research reviews of new books not yet published and I regularly follow blogs and news articles about upcoming titles by popular authors. There are also a lot of podcasts I listen to, although they aren’t specifically about books they often feature interviews with authors of nonfiction titles and I’ll write down those suggestions as ones that would be good for our collection. I also am an avid reader of both fiction and nonfiction and I track my own reading habits using Goodreads so I’m always seeing recommendations and reading lists. I pretty much immerse myself in books! 

Beverly: Last but not least, Jen, do you have a book recommendation to leave with us?

Jen: I just finished Ancestor Trouble by Maud Newton. It was a memoir, a book about genealogy and the for-profit entity that it has become as well as a book about family storytelling and social justice and psychology. The more the author looked into her family roots the more dirt she uncovered through fantastical stories that made her realize that quirks and eccentricities may very well be generations deep. 

Beverly: Jen – THANK YOU!  For everything you do and who you are and how you add value to all we do here at CFL!


Upgrade to Libby.

In early 2023, the OverDrive app will be discontinued. We encourage you to make the switch to Libby, our newer reading app. Libby is made by the same people, with the same goal of connecting you to your library and to your favorite books, audiobooks, and magazines.

Download Libby or visit libbyapp.com to get started.

Why is this happening now?

North Country Library System launched the Libby app in 2017, with the goal of creating a simple and intuitive library app that builds on the core experience from the OverDrive app. They closely reviewed what was working with the OverDrive app and what could be improved. During this time, they didn’t want to interrupt the experience for users, so the two apps have both been available.

Thanks to feedback from librarians and readers like you, Libby is now a great app for everyone and there’s no longer a reason to have two apps that do the same thing. If you’ve enjoyed using the OverDrive app, we really hope you’ll love Libby.


Anime Club happens on Thursdays, 5pm-7pm.  Contact Zach for more information at zwoodleywhite@ncls.org.


CHILDREN’S PROGRAMS:  Storywalks® will change this Friday at the trail at the Partridge Run Golf Course. The next book will be A Small Blue Whale by Beth Ferry, and every Friday in July, the story will change.  Take a walk and read a story! Please be sure to scan the QR code at the end and answer the quick survey question so we can track how many people are enjoying the Storywalks®! 

We are enjoying the return of in-person children’s programming with the 2022 Summer Library Program: Oceans of Possibility!  Registration deadline was June 10th for the age-specific programs, but there are events that don’t require registration! https://cantonfreelibrary.org/summer-reading-program/ 

The annual Pet Show returns, and will be the closing event of this year’s Summer Library Program! Start thinking about registering children ages 12 and under who’d like to bring a pet to the Pet Show. Register by July 21st for the July 28th event. Children will tell us ahead of time “My favorite thing about my pet is_______.” and that will be announced at the show when the child and pet are introduced. Plush pets are also welcome and each pet will receive a ribbon sticker and each child will get a prize. 

Check out the archive to view one of the many virtual storytimes posted since April 2020. Scroll down the webpage for older content.

We’re so excited! Our 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten celebration board is just waiting for your child’s name! Come in once they’ve read 100 books to get them on the board and moving through those milestones! Register here https://cantonfreelibrary.org/1000books/


If you are short on time, consider curbside service!  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!



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 onTuesdays from 11am – 5pm. Children under age 10 must be with an adult. Call the library (315-344-4155) for additional 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 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.

Meet Jen @ your library!