Children’s Programs | 2.22.24

📌Check out any of the fantastic titles pictured at the Children’s Desk!

📌 Pardon Our Dust! Our public restrooms are currently under renovation.

Unfortunately, even children will be unable to use the restrooms. However, our temporary Porta John is still available for use outside and to the left of the library.

Groups won’t be able to use our meeting room while work is underway, and some or all programs may need to be canceled.

More information will be posted on our website as the project moves forward. Thank you for your patience while we complete this important work! 


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. 

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 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, STEM, 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 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!

Take a walk or a roll and check it out!!! 

The following programs are also happening:     

  • Teens: Anime Club for grades 8-12. Gather on Thursdays from 5-7pm to share your interest in anime with friends.  No registration is necessary.  Contact Zach Woodley-White for more information.    
  • Game Club: Join us on Thursdays from 2-4 for board games, card games, and video games. Contact Zach Woodley-White with questions. 
  • 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. This year, Canton’s team the Flaming Phoenixes took home the 2023 regional trophy at the North Country Battle on May 20th! You’ll see the trophy on display at Little River School and CFL until it’s time for next year’s battle.  
  • 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