@ Your Library 9.23.22

By Beverly Ewart

Queen Elizabeth II

Farewell.

Although she made an annual summer pilgrimage to her great-grandmother Victoria’s magnificent castle in the Scottish Highlands, a castle can no more anchor a person to life than a crown.  Queen Elizabeth II left beautiful Balmoral and the monarchy behind on September 8, 2022. She will be missed by her family and friends, and many of the citizens of her country.

In honor of a courageous woman, and this historically significant event, and for our friends who follow royal events and personalities, here are a few good titles:

  • The Crown. The Complete First Season [DVD] Left Bank Pictures; Sony Pictures Television.  The British Empire is in decline, the political world is in disarray, and a young woman takes the throne… a new era is dawning. Queen Elizabeth II is a 25-year-old newlywed faced with the daunting prospect of leading the world’s most famous monarchy while forging a relationship with legendary Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill.
  • The Crown. The Complete Second Season [DVD] Left Bank Pictures; Sony Pictures Television.  As a new era begins, Queen Elizabeth struggles to navigate her while preserving both the monarchy and her marriage. Beginning with soldiers in Her Majesty’s Armed Forces fighting an illegal war in Egypt , and ending with the downfall of her third Prime Minister, Harold Macmillan after a devastating scandal, the second season bears witness to the end of the age of deference, and ushers in the revolutionary era of the 1960s. This drama follows the political rivalries and romance of Queen Elizabeth II’s reign and the events that shaped the second half of the 20th century.
  • Young Elizabeth:The making of the Queen by Kate Williams. (LP) A lively and poignant biography of the young princess who, at the impressionable age of eleven, found that she was now heiress to the throne. ~ Publisher.
  • Princess Elizabeth’s Spy by Susan Elia MacNeal. Maggie returns to protect Britain’s beloved royals against an international plot–one that could change the course of history. As World War II sweeps the continent and England steels itself against German attack, Maggie Hope, former secretary to Prime Minister Winston Churchill, completes her training to become a spy for MI-5.  ~ 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.


Anime Club happens on Thursdays, 5pm-7pm.  Contact Zach for more information at zwoodleywhite@ncls.org.


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.

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 10:30-11:15am, 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 3:30-4:45pm, 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.                                                                     

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 and 4th 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  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


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).

Readers reign @ your library!

@ Your Library 9.2.22

by Beverly Ewart

We miss you, Jim Barry! 

Canton Free Library has had, over the years, patrons who have been like family to the staff here.  Our gratitude for their support and many kindnesses is boundless.  

There is a memorial in the back office that we have made of the “holds” cards we keep for our regulars – holds cards that have been retired due to the passing of those special patrons.  It’s our tribute.  We don’t forget them!

Jim’s “holds” card has been pinned to the memorial board.  He won’t be forgotten.  His smile and warmth will be missed. 

We are thankful for the gift his wife, Dana, and his family have made of the collection of stories Jim wrote over the years, Downstate, Upstate Memories. We hope that you will check it out and get to know Jim, too!  I’m quite certain Jim would also want you to check out the Canton Writer’s Group, of which he was president and chief recruiting officer!


If you are interested in joining the Writer’s Group (which has been meeting at CFL since August 24, 1992), reach out to Brian Gardam. He has taken over for Jim as the point of contact for the group, with Linda Batt. Brian has an email for the group at: cantonwriters0@gmail.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.


Anime Club happens on Thursdays, 5pm-7pm.  Contact Zach for more information at zwoodleywhite@ncls.org.


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.

Programs will resume for the fall the week of September 12th!

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 10:30-11:15am, 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 book talks on 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 3:30-4:45pm, 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. Registration required by the Friday before.                                                                    

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 and 4th 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, our Youth Services Specialist 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  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


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).

Write now @ your library!

@ Your Library 8.19.22

by Beverly Ewart

Tidy by Emily Gravett is so much fun to read, no matter your age!  If you are or you know a person who is like the little badger in the story, Pete, who loves to have all things in place and in order, you will resonate with this new picture book.  Or perhaps you know someone who has quite the opposite problem – no predilection for picking up. See what happens when someone whose penchant for organization goes way out of bounds. Will Pete the Badger find the happy middle ground between chaos and control?

It is getting to be that time of year when all the house work that’s been put off in favor of enjoying the season is beginning to pile up.  It’ll keep.  Enjoy the rest of your summer!  Visit the library for some good books to keep you company as summer begins to wind down.

  • Tidy by Emily Gravett.  Pete the badger likes everything to be neat and tidy at all times, but what starts as the collecting of one fallen leaf escalates quickly and ends with the complete destruction of the forest. Will Pete realize the error of his ways and reverse his tidying habit? ~ Amazon

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.


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!   Look for details in the next few weeks about our fall children’s programming, which will start up after school begins. 

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 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.

Clean up @ your library!