@ Your Library 10.7.21

Canton Free Library hosts Novel Noir: A Photo Contest – by Jen Henry

CANTON, NY. – Fall is the perfect time to embrace the play of shadows and light and the Canton Free Library in partnership with The Brewer Bookstore challenges local amateur photographers to the first ever Novel Noir Photo Contest. 

The contest is open to amateur photographers only, ages 16 and up. A professional is defined as one whose primary source of income (50%) or more results from his/her photographic work. 

The noir genre is devoted to fictional crime stories that are dark and cynical. When used in film, the term refers to the stark contrasts of light and shadow in black and white cinematography that is often associated with popular detective films of the 1940’s (i.e. The Big Sleep). The genre is still popular, and newer examples are coined neo-noir, to include color films of the same vibe made in the 1970’s onward (i.e. Blade Runner).

The Canton Free Library is asking you to envision your favorite novels  and depict them stylistically through noir style photography. While using novels that are already noir themed (mystery, detective, crime) may make the task easier, it is also completely acceptable to use novels in other genres to influence your Novel Noir masterpiece. 

Try your hand at taking photos by streetlight, dig out that old typewriter or the fedora from the back of the closet,and hunt down some vintage threads to cast a friend in a noir themed role from a well-loved story. If you’d rather capture the art of the novel through the beauty of the books themselves, dig out those leather bound volumes and let the lens play its magic. 

How to Enter: Please submit up to 3 photographs that are Novel Noir themed. Photographs may be emailed to jhenry@ncls.org through October 23, 2021. Please include the following in your email: your name, phone number, title of photo and novel you were influenced by. All photos must be in JPG format. 

Photographs selected for the contest will be rated online from October 25-29, 2021. Selected photos will be displayed online at the Canton Free Library’s website, http://cantonfreelibrary.org from November 1, 2021-December 3, 2021. Contest winners will be announced on the Library’s website. 

Prizes are sponsored by Brewer Bookstore and will be awarded as follows: 1st prize: $50 gift certificate, 2nd prize: $30 gift certificate, 3rd prize: $20 gift certificate. 

For more information and for complete contest rules and entry forms visit the Canton Free Library website http://cantonfreelibrary.org

Contact: Jennifer Henry, Adult Services Librarian, Canton Free Library, jhenry@ncls.org, 315-386-3712


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10am – 3pm on Saturdays


WE WILL BE CLOSED FOR COLUMBUS DAY WEEKEND MONDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2021


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 some Novel Noir @ your library!

@ Your Library 9.30.21

 by Beverly Ewart 

Banned Books Week: September 26 – October 2

Last week I mentioned that we had some banned books on our shelves.  This week, those books were pulled and placed in piles on our book display.  We wanted to give you an idea of just how many books would be MISSING from the collection if the censors had their way.

Our display would host more titles, but they keep being checked out!  Why don’t you come in and have a look?  You might be surprised by some of the challenged titles, or you might find something challenging to check out for yourself.

Censorship is not a novel idea. Here are some titles that invite us to consider our own prejudices: Who should be silenced and who should be heard?

  • Unsheltered: A Novel by Barbara Kingsolver.  How could two hardworking people do everything right in life, a woman asks, and end up destitute? Willa Knox and her husband followed all the rules as responsible parents and professionals, and have nothing to show for it but debts and an inherited brick house that is falling apart… In another time, a troubled husband and public servant asks, How can a man tell the truth, and be reviled for it? A science teacher with a passion for honest investigation, Thatcher Greenwood finds himself under siege: his employer forbids him to speak of the exciting work just published by Charles Darwin…Unsheltered is the compulsively readable story of two families, in two centuries, who live at the corner of Sixth and Plum in Vineland, New Jersey, navigating what seems to be the end of the world as they know it. With history as their tantalizing canvas, these characters paint a startlingly relevant portrait of life in precarious times when the foundations of the past have failed to prepare us for the future.
  • Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. Guy Montag was a fireman whose job it was to start fires…The system was simple. Everyone understood it. Books were for burning…along with the houses in which they were hidden. Guy Montag enjoyed his job. He had been a fireman for ten years, and he had never questioned the pleasure of the midnight runs nor the joy of watching pages consumed by flames…never questioned anything until he met a seventeen-year-old girl who told him of a past when people were not afraid. Then he met a professor who told him of a future in which people could think…and Guy Montag suddenly realized what he had to do!
  • The Book Thief  by Markus Zusak; illustrations by Trudy White.  Trying to make sense of the horrors of World War II, Death relates the story of Liesel–a young German girl whose book-stealing and story-telling talents help sustain her family and the Jewish man they are hiding, as well as their neighbors.
  • The Ninja Librarians: The Accidental Keyhand by Jen Swann Downey.  Dorrie and her brother Marcus accidently open a portal to Petrarch’s Library where they discover a secret society of warrior librarians who travel in time, protecting the world’s greatest thinkers from torture and death for sharing knowledge and ideas.

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 some controversial ideas @ 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!