Children’s Programs | 6.6.24

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Not only are our bathrooms newly rennovated – while we were at it, we added a lactation room.  The lactation room is quiet, out of the way, and equipped with a comfy chair and a working sink.   

The contractors are still working on our lift, but soon it will be ready to help make Canton Free Library accessible to all. 


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

Current state of our Children’s Programs:  

Early literacy programs are meeting as usual. This includes Baby, Toddler, and Pre-School Storytimes! 

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 or call 315-386-3712 ext. 4 

Take a StoryWalk ®!  

Our newest story is Eat Pete! by Michael Rex: “From the creator of Goodnight Goon, a laugh-out-loud friendship story that perfectly captures the high and low moments of a typical playdate!

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.    
  • 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:                        

  • Tourney of the Books: This tournament for youths in grades 4-6 involves children forming teams, reading a list of 16 books over 8 months and then jousting against other local teams in an exciting quiz-tourney. In 2023, Canton’s prestigious team, the Flaming Phoenixes from Little River Community School, victoriously won – with much fanfare – the regional trophy at the North Country Tournament on May 20th! You’ll survey the trophy when you make your pilgrimage to Little River School and CFL.  
  • Summer Library Program (SLP): This is a month-long celebration of reading 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!  (Dragons must be leashed.) Registration is needed for most programs and the SLP is heralded at the front end of April each year.  Register kids 18 months-12 years by June 21st online at, by emailing, calling 315-386-3712 ext 4, or in person in the Children’s Room at the Library.

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