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@ Your Library 2.2.24

by Beverly Ewart

Happy Groundhog Day! 

What are you reading during hibernation?  I’m keeping warm with a hair-raising and philosophical novel that takes place in an ancient Italian monastery during WWII.  (A fitting place in which to hole up when the weather is nasty – politically as well as atmospherically.) 

  • The Curse of Pietro Houdini: A Novel by Derek B. Miller. “August 1943. Fourteen-year-old Massimo is all alone. Newly orphaned and fleeing from Rome after surviving the American bombing raid that killed his parents, Massimo is attacked by thugs and finds himself bloodied at the base of the Montecassino. It is there in the Benedictine abbey’s shadow that a charismatic and cryptic man calling himself Pietro Houdini, the self-proclaimed ‘Master Artist and confidante of the Vatican,’ rescues Massimo and brings him up the mountain to serve as his assistant in preserving the treasures that lay within the monastery walls. But can Massimo believe what Pietro is saying, particularly when Massimo has secrets too? Who is this extraordinary man? When it becomes evident that Montecassino will soon become the front line in the war, Pietro Houdini and Massimo execute a plan to smuggle three priceless Titian paintings to safety down the mountain. They are joined by a nurse concealing a nefarious past, a cafe ̌owner turned murderer, a wounded but chipper German soldier, and a pair of lovers along with their injured mule, Ferrari. Together they will lie, cheat, steal, fight, kill, and sin their way through battlefields to survive, all while smuggling the Renaissance masterpieces and the bag full of ancient Greek gold they have rescued from the ‘safe keeping’ of the Germans.”– Provided by publisher. 

I have no idea how the story will end, but I am really enjoying the ride!  With no shame I will skip ahead in a movie to see if I can bear to watch – but not with novels.  I will skip the too–graphic bits, and there have been some, but I think I will be sad to turn the last page! 

While still in hibernation, once I finish The Curse of Pietro Houdini, I am going to jump out of WWII and into the colonial period and some piracy on the high seas (easy enough to do from the comfort of my living room). Next on my list is: 

  • A True Account: Hannah Masury’s Sojourn Amongst the Pyrates, Written by Herself by Katherine Howe.  “In Boston, as the Golden Age of Piracy comes to a bloody close, Hannah Masury–bound out to service at a waterfront inn since childhood–is ready to take her life into her own hands. When a man is hanged for piracy in the town square and whispers of a treasure in the Caribbean spread, Hannah is forced to flee for her life, disguising herself as a cabin boy in the pitiless crew of the notorious pirate Edward ‘Ned’ Low. To earn the freedom to choose a path for herself, Hannah must hunt down the treasure and change the tides. Meanwhile, Professor Marian Beresford pieces Hannah’s story together in 1930, seeing her own lack of freedom reflected back at her as she watches Hannah’s transformation. At the center of Hannah Masury’s account, however, lies a centuries-old mystery that Marian is determined to solve, just as Hannah may have been determined to take it to her grave”– Provided by publisher 

P.S. Reading novels such as these has the added benefit of tricking my fitness tracker into thinking I am doing a workout!   

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Pardon Our Dust 

Renovation of our public restrooms began Monday, December 18th. This renovation might take a while….  Groups won’t be able to use our meeting room while work is underway, and some or all programs may need to be canceled. More information will be posted on our website as the project moves forward. Thank you for your patience while we complete this important work! 

While we are getting the restrooms squared away, we have also started the much-anticipated work on our lift!  This means MORE dust…  But, once it has cleared, we will not only have lovely, working restrooms, but a working lift to help make Canton Free Library accessible to all.  ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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 canlib@ncls.org

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! 

School-age programming (Books & Beyond, Tween, and Lego Club) will remain on break until the bathrooms are restored due to safety concerns. Ms. Val will announce when school age programing resumes. 

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 vwhite@ncls.org or call 315-386-3712 ext. 4 

Take a StoryWalk ®!  

Our new story is Winter Dance by Marion Dane Bauer and beautifully illustrated by Richard Jones. Check it out on a walk, a run, or even a ski this winter around the Remington Recreation Trail (“Partridge Loop”) on Sullivan Drive in Canton! 

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. zwoodleywhite@ncls.org    

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. In 2023, Canton’s team, the Flaming Phoenixes from Little River Community School took home the regional trophy at the North Country Battle on May 20th! You’ll see the trophy on display at Little River School and CFL until it’s time for next year’s battle.  

Summer Library Program (SLP): This is a month-long celebration of reading fun      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!  Registration is needed 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 

 
Curbside Service: 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 on Tuesdays from 11am – 5pm. Children under age 10 must be with an adult. Call the library (315-344-4155) for more 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).