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Imagination Library Comes to Canton!

The Canton Free Library is thrilled to be partnering with the Diocese of Ogdensburg to bring Dolly Parton’s IMAGINATION LIBRARY to area children!

Come to the library next Monday, May 16th, from 2:30 -5:30pm to receive your first book and register your child to receive FREE books in the mail! Books are provided from birth until age five!!! If you cannot make the registration event, contact Michele Lallier at 315-317-5713 or

Free children's books through the mail from the Dolly Parton Imagination Library. Register Monday May 16th from 2:30 to 5:30 at the Canton Free Library.

What can YOU create with YOUR library card?

Your Canton Free Library card gives you access to more than books. Your card also offers you free creative inspiration 24/7 with access to Creativebug. Featuring online classes, plans, recipes and inspiration, Creativebug brings opportunities for making and creating directly to your home. To create your free Creativebug account simply visit:

You will need a library card number to gain access. Use is limited to patrons of Canton Free Library.

Not sure you have the supplies at home to complete one of these classes? Don’t forget about Canton Free Library’s Tool Library, with items available for loan. We also have a serger, a spinning wheel and a limited number of sewing machines available for loan. We’re also always looking for suggestions of items to add to our Tool Library. For more information visit:

Check out our Creativebug offerings for the month of May!

@ Your Library 5.5.22

by Beverly Ewart

Are you a diarist, making small daily entries about the events of your life?  Or do you process your thoughts and feelings in a private journal? Is there a pile of letters from a lover or a pen pal, tied with a ribbon, tucked away in a dresser drawer somewhere in your home?

In Write for Your Life, Anna Quindlen makes a strong argument for the value of writing (as opposed to texting, calling, or even emailing) to connect with others, ourselves, and future generations.  As a diarist AND a journal-er, I was inspired to persevere, and even to be more intentional about writing letters to the significant others in my life!

  • Write for Your Life by Anna Quindlen.  Write for Your Life is a guide for those who don’t, won’t, or think they can’t write, those Anna Quindlen calls “civilians.” Using examples past, present and future–from Anne Frank to Toni Morrison to members of her own family–Quindlen makes vivid all the ways in which writing connects us to ourselves and to those we cherish. From love letters written after World War II, to journal reflections from nurses and doctors today, and using her personal experiences not just as a writer but as a mother and daughter, Quindlen makes the case that recording our daily lives in an enduring form is more important than ever. All of our histories, of current events and personal challenges, can be understood and passed down through the written word; “to write the present,” Quindlen says, “is to believe in the future.” Write for Your Life is a clarion call to pick up the pen, and find yourself. ~ Provided by publisher.

CHILDREN’S PROGRAMS:  Virtual Preschool Storytime is taking a break to prepare for the return of in-person children’s programming, in July, with the 2022 Summer Library Program: Oceans of Possibility!  Stay tuned for details and registration information. Hope to see you then! 

Past videos will still be available on our website for a while, but will then be taken down to comply with publisher permissions.

Check out the archive on our website to view one of the many virtual story times 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

If you are short on time, curbside service is still very much an option!  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!

PARDON OUR DUST:  Our handicap-access ramp is closed to the public for renovation until further notice.  We apologize for the inconvenience, but we think you will appreciate the improvements!  

In terms of accessibility, we are slightly challenged at the moment; our lift is being belligerent, but we have the means to make it behave!  If you need a lift to reach any of our floors, simply ring for assistance – the lift is safe, and we are glad to help.

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 12 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:


Rensselaer Falls:

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: To renew your current checkouts, login to; you may also renew via email at, 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.

Write now @ your library!

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