@ Your Library
by Beverly Ewart
“I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book.” – Groucho Marx
There is a seemingly unending supply of entertainment emanating from our screens. My 86-year-old mother loves “The Youtube,” something she hadn’t really experienced until she moved in with us. She faithfully does her exercises with Frank Sinatra crooning in the background (sometimes I hear Elvis!), and details the plots of Hallmark movies for us at mealtimes. With wonder, Mom says, “I don’t know how YouTube always knows what music and movies I like!?”
But Mom is also an avid reader. She taught me that, and I am grateful – though I may need chiropractic intervention from lugging novels home to share with her.
What books turn you on enough to turn off your screen? Come on in and check out some new ones!
- Northern Spy: A Novel by Flynn Berry. A producer at the Belfast bureau of the BBC, Tessa is at work one day when the news of another raid comes on the air. The IRA may have gone underground after the Good Friday agreement, but they never really went away, and lately, bomb threats, arms drops, and helicopters floating ominously over the city have become features of everyday life. As the anchor requests the public’s help in locating those responsible for this latest raid – a robbery at a gas station – Tessa’s sister appears on the screen. Publisher.
- Castle Shade: A Novel of Suspense Featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes by Laurie R. King. The queen is Marie of Roumania: the doubly royal granddaughter to Victoria, Empress of the British Empire, and Alexander II, Tsar of Russia. A famous beauty who was married at seventeen into Roumania’s young dynasty, Marie had beguiled the Paris Peace Conference into returning her adopted country’s long-lost provinces, single-handedly transforming Roumania from a backwater into a force. The castle is Bran: a tall, quirky, ancient structure perched on high rocks overlooking the border between Roumania and its newly regained territory of Transylvania. Publisher.
- Ace of Spades by Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé. At Niveus Private Academy, Devon and Chiamaka are the only students chosen to be Senior Prefects who are also black, which makes them targets for a series of anonymous texts revealing their secrets to the entire student body. Both students were on track toward valedictorian and bright college futures, but this prank quickly turns into a very dangerous game and they are at more than one disadvantage as it looks like things could turn deadly. Publisher.
- Hypno-Tick Tock by Geronimo Stilton. Geronimo Stilton Reporter Graphic Novels #8. After Geronimo Stilton visits a hypnotist to get rid of his allergies, a rash of strange thefts begins in New Mouse City. Publisher.
- Isobel Adds It Up by Kristy Everington ; illustrations by AG Ford. A little girl who loves math must find a solution when a very noisy neighbor moves in next door. Publisher.
Check out our book sale every Friday from 12pm – 2pm in the Paige Room. Many thanks to the Friends of Canton Free Library for organizing and staffing this!
CANTON FREE LIBRARY WILL BE CLOSED ON SUNDAY, AUGUST 15.
Are on vacation for a bit. Ms. Val is recharging and refreshing so she will be ready with some creative new offerings for our younger patrons.
Contact Ms. Val at firstname.lastname@example.org or 315-386-3712 ext 4 with any questions.
MORLEY BRANCH is open for in-person service! Come see us (don’t forget your mask). Our hours are: Tuesday 1pm-3pm; Wednesday 4pm-6pm; Thursday 10am-12pm. Limit is 4 patrons at a time, for 15 minutes inside the building. Masks and sign-in are required. There is a computer available for your use, but it’s a good idea to call first to check on availability. Scheduled appointments are encouraged, but not required. Call for more details: 315-379-0066.
Rensselaer Falls Branch is open on Tuesdays from 11am – 5pm for in-person service. Masks and sign-in required, and those who are under age 12 must be with an adult. Family groups should call to make an appointment. There is a computer available for your use, but please call first to check on availability.
Maximum of two (2) people inside at the same time. 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: https://www.facebook.com/RensselaerFallsLibrary
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 email@example.com, or by calling (315) 386-3712 (choose option 1, “For curbside service” on the menu – we continue to offer curbside service for your convenience).
Turn off your screen and turn on to a book @ your library!