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@ Your Library 4.7.23

by Beverly Ewart

April is POETRY MONTH!

When the poems you had
long buried in Winter’s depths
rise again, it’s Spring!
We have lots of poetry on the shelves - visit CFL for inspiration!  Perhaps you have some recommendations for additions to our poetry collection?  We would love to hear from you!

A few titles to choose from: 

  • Entries: Poems by Wendell Berry.
  • Free at last: A Juneteenth Poem written by Sojourner Kincaid Rolle ; illustrated by Alex Bostic. Deeply emotional, evocative free verse by poet and activist Sojourner Kincaid Rolle traces the solemnity and celebration of Juneteenth from its 1865 origins in Galveston, Texas to contemporary observances all over the United States. This is an ode to the strength of Black Americans and a call to remember and honor a holiday whose importance reverberates far beyond the borders of Texas. ~  Publisher
  • Call Us What We Carry: Poems by Amanda Gorman.  Gorman explores history, language, identity, and erasure through an imaginative and intimate collage. Harnessing the collective grief of a global pandemic, her poems shine a light on a moment of reckoning and reveal that Gorman has become a messenger from the past, our voice for the future. The final poem in the book is The Hill We Climb, which was read at President Joseph Biden’s 2021 inauguration.  ~ Adapted from jacket.
  • Dearly: New Poems by Margaret Atwood.  The internationally acclaimed author presents her first collection of poetry in over a decade that addresses themes such as love, loss, the passage of time, nature, and zombies. ~ Publisher.
  • Can I Touch Your Hair?: Poems of Race, Mistakes, and Friendship by Irene Latham & Charles Waters ; illustrated by Sean Qualls & Selina Alko.  How can Irene and Charles work together on their fifth grade poetry project? They don’t know each other…and they’re not sure they want to. ~ Publisher.

New online catalog coming April 26! 

We’re very excited to announce that North Country library users will have access to a brand new online catalog this spring. On April 26, you will enjoy improved search tools, a clean, modern display, and the ability to easily manage accounts.

Here are just a few of the highlights of the new catalog: 

  • Users can easily manage their account, save searches, and organize lists 
  • Improved record displays provide all of the relevant versions of the same title in one place, including audio and e-books
  • Account information like holds and checked-out items are displayed on the interface at all times

The last day to place holds in the old catalog is Wednesday, April 12 and the last day to use it to access your account is Tuesday, April 18. The new catalog will launch on Wednesday, April 26. 

The library will be offline for about a week during the transition, but you’ll still be able to check out books from all three of our branches! You can also return books and we’ll check them in after the new catalog launches.


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.

Battle of the Books News:

The Battle of the Books is an exciting event which has become a much-anticipated tradition, and the local Battle will take place on April 29th.  The winning team will go on to a regional competition in Gouverneur on May 20th to face winning teams from other North Country Library System libraries.

Call 315-386-3712 x4 or email vwhite@ncls.org for more information.

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 10:30-11:15 am, 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 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  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. 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


OTHER PROGRAMS:

Chess Club: Join Ryan Nolan every Tuesday from 4-6pm in the Paige Community Room downstairs in the library for Chess Club! No registration required. For more information or to inquire about experience levels please contact Ryan directly at 315-854-6123.


FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY NEWS:

Book Sale: The Friends will continue to host their used book sale on the first Saturday of each month, from 10AM-2PM. Donations of used books/DVDs can be brought to the circulation desk of the library Monday-Saturday during open hours. 

About the Friends: 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 contactus@cfl-friends.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).

Find poetic inspiration @ your library!