Novel Noir Winners Announced!


The tally is in and the results are as follows:


First Place: SHHH | Photographer: Kristina Cundiff | Novel Inspiration: Trouble is What I Do by Walter Mosley


Second Place: The Piano | Photographer: Jerry Bartlett | Novel Inspiration: The Piano by Jane Campion and Kate Pullinger


Third Place: Bleak Sneakers | Photographer: Jenn Whittaker | Novel Inspiration: End of the World Running Club by Adrian J. Walker


Honorable Mention: Trouble | Photographer: Mae Compoli | Inspiration: Bonnie and Clyde. 


Thank you to all who participated in our first annual Novel Noir contest! View the full gallery of submissions.


@ Your Library 10.28.21

by Beverly Ewart

This was a view we didn’t see in October 2020, when the library was closed due to the pandemic.

The colors are beginning to fade, but it’s bright and warm inside the library.  Come in and get warm; choose a good book, enjoy time on our computers and WiFi, check out a DVD, or relax with a newspaper or magazine.  You are welcome here!


Our hours:

9am – 6pm Monday through Friday

10am – 3pm on Saturdays


CFL will be closed Thursday, November 11, 2021 to honor our veterans.


CHILDREN’S PROGRAMS:  Virtual Preschool Storytime happens Wednesdays at 10:30am.  Join us!


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


MORLEY BRANCH is open!  Come see us (don’t forget your mask).  Our hours are: Tuesday 1pm-3pm; Wednesday 4pm-6pm; Thursday 10am-12pm.  Masks 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:

Rensselaer Falls Branch is open on Tuesdays from 11am – 5pm. Masks are required, and those who are under age 12 must be with an adult. 

We want to hear from YOU, Rensselaer Falls community! We will be making surveys available, at the library and on-line, so you can tell us what library services are most important to you, and what additional services you might like us to provide in the future.

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


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).

Check out the view @ your library!

@ Your Library 9.23.21

by Beverly Ewart

9.23.21

Banned Books Week: September 26 – October 2, 2021

Best way to interest someone in a book?  Tell them they are not allowed to read it. 

We have some banned books on our shelves, in case you’re interested.  😉

  • Something Happened in Our Town: A Child’s Story About Racial Injustice by Marianne Celano, PhD, ABPP, Marietta Collins, PhD, and Ann Hazzard, PhD, ABPP; illustrated by Jennifer Zivoin.  After discussing the police shooting of a local Black man with their families, Emma and Josh know how to treat a new student who looks and speaks differently than his classmates.  Publisher
  • Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson.  Since the beginning of the school year, high school freshman Melinda has found that it’s been getting harder and harder for her to speak out loud: “My throat is always sore, my lips raw…. Every time I try to talk to my parents or a teacher, I sputter or freeze…. It’s like I have some kind of spastic laryngitis.” What could have caused Melinda to suddenly fall mute? Could it be due to the fact that no one at school is speaking to her because she called the cops and got everyone busted at the seniors’ big end-of-summer party? Or maybe it’s because her parents’ only form of communication is Post-It notes written on their way out the door to their nine-to-whenever jobs. While Melinda is bothered by these things, deep down she knows the real reason why she’s been struck mute…  Publisher
  • Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You Written by Jason Reynolds; adapted from Stamped From the Beginning by and with an introduction from Ibram X. Kendi.  The construct of race has always been used to gain and keep power, to create dynamics that separate and silence. Racist ideas are woven into the fabric of this country, and the first step to building an antiracist America is acknowledging America’s racist past and present. This book takes you on that journey, showing how racist ideas started and were spread, and how they can be discredited. Publisher
  • The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.  In a future North America, where the rulers of Panem maintain control through an annual televised survival competition pitting young people from each of the twelve districts against one another, sixteen-year-old Katniss’s skills are put to the test when she voluntarily takes her younger sister’s place.  Publisher
  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.  A lawyer’s advice to his children as he defends the real mockingbird of Harper Lee’s classic novel — a black man charged with the rape of a white girl. Through the young eyes of Scout and Jem Finch, Harper Lee explores with rich humor and unswerving honesty the irrationality of adult attitudes toward race and class in the Deep South of the 1930s. The conscience of a town steeped in prejudice, violence, and hypocrisy is pricked by the stamina and quiet heroism of one man’s struggle for justice, but the weight of history will only tolerate so much. One of the best-loved classics of all time, To Kill a Mockingbird has earned many distinctions since its original publication in 1960. It has won the Pulitzer Prize, been translated into more than forty languages, sold more than forty million copies worldwide, and been made into an enormously popular movie. Publisher

DON’T FORGET:

To sign up for YOUR library card for access to banned books, online classes, audio books, ebooks, and other services right from home!  Try out some of the options offered through the North Country Library System at www.ncls.org, or through our website.  If you have questions, please feel free to call us.  

Our hours:

  • 9am – 6pm Monday through Friday
  • 10am – 3pm on Saturdays

CHILDREN’S PROGRAMS:  Virtual Preschool Storytime happens Wednesdays at 10:30am.  Join us!


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


MORLEY BRANCH is open!  Come see us (don’t forget your mask).  Our hours are: Tuesday 1pm-3pm; Wednesday 4pm-6pm; Thursday 10am-12pm.  Masks 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:

Rensselaer Falls Branch is open on Tuesdays from 11am – 5pm. Masks are required, and those who are 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


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).

Check out a banned book @ your library!

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