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@ 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! 

@ Your Library 7.15.22

@ Your Library 7.15.22

By Beverly Ewart

Open!

We have A.C..  We have “Oceans of Possibility!”, our fun summer library program for young people.  We have newspapers and magazines to read in the A.C.; free wifi, and computers to use when you want to stay out of the heat of the day.  We have space available for the needs of your group or event.  Even the staff are cool here, and they will be glad to help you with research, questions, printing, faxing, or suggesting a good book or resource upon your request.

We also have cool FRIENDS, and they would love to have you join them!  Should you be interested in becoming a member of the Friends of the Canton Free Library, stop by and pick up a membership form.  The Friends mission is to promote and support the library’s function, resources and services.  They truly come alongside us by being an encouraging network of people who are willing to volunteer their time to make CFL a welcoming place to be. 

Cool Friends, cool staff, cool air….  Cool library.  Check us out!


CFL is offering  a riveting USA Today bestselling novel for a worldwide digital book club

“The Girl in His Shadow” ebook and audiobook is now available for reading and discussion with a global audience

July 13, 2022 – Dive into a suspenseful USA Today bestselling novel during Big Library Read, the world’s largest digital book club. From July 13-27, readers will join over a hundred thousand others around the globe in enjoying Audrey Blake’s historical fiction The Girl in His Shadow from their public library. Canton Free Library library card holders can borrow the ebook and audiobook for free without waiting on the Libby app . Readers can then discuss online at https://biglibraryread.com/join-the-discussion/.

This Big Library Read novel is available in more than 21,000 libraries around the world including  Canton Free Library and approximately 90 percent of public libraries in North America. The program is facilitated by OverDrive, the leading digital reading platform for popular ebooks, audiobooks and magazines and creator of the Libby app.

The Girl in His Shadow takes place in London in 1845. Raised by surgeon Dr. Horace Croft after losing her parents, Nora Beady knows little about conventional life and much about suturing and anatomical illustrations of dissections. Women face dire consequences if caught practicing medicine, but in Croft’s private clinic Nora is his most trusted—and secret—assistant… until the new surgical resident Dr. Daniel Gibson arrives. To protect Dr. Croft and his practice Nora must learn to play a new and uncomfortable role—that of a proper young lady. When she makes a discovery that could change the field forever, Nora faces an impossible choice. Remain invisible and let the men around her take credit for her work, or step into the light—even if it means being destroyed by her own legacy.

Big Library Read is an international reading program that connects millions of readers around the world with an ebook through public libraries. The Girl in His Shadow is the 28th selection of this program which began in 2013 and takes place three times per year. Readers can join an online discussion about the book at https://biglibraryread.com/join-the-discussion/.

The Girl in His Shadow was published as an ebook by Sourcebooks and as an audiobook by Recorded Books. The title can be read on all major computers and devices through Libby or libbyapp.com, including iPhone®, iPad®, Android™ phones and tablets and Chromebook™ without waitlists or holds. Through Libby, readers can also “send to Kindle®” [U.S. libraries only]. The title will automatically expire at the end of the lending period, and there are no late fees.

To join the discussion, learn about past Big Library Read titles and download Libby, visit biglibraryread.com.


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 This Is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen, 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/ 

Books at the Beach on July 14th! Listen to summertime stories, have a water fight, hula hoop, create bubbles, swim, and play with your library friends at the Taylor Park Beach. Look for us on the grass to the right of the beach! 2:00 pm at Taylor Park off of Miner Street (Shine only. No rain location.)

The annual Pet Show returns! 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, curbside service is a cool 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!



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:

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.

Stay cool @ your library!