@ Your Library 1.6.23

By Beverly Ewart

1.6.23

Happy New Year!

We’ve almost had a full week of 2023 already!  Right on the heels of the gift-giving season, a new year IS a gift. My hope is that you’ll have as much joy and anticipation in unwrapping your new year as you experienced when you unwrapped your most hoped-for gift last year!

In honor of the New Year, I am highlighting some of our newest titles for our younger neighbors:

  • Little Owl’s Love by Divya Srinivasan. “What do I love?” Little Owl thought. There were so many things. Gliding along on a quiet night, Little Owl looks for the things that make him happy–shimmering stars, winking fireflies, listening to the cricket song, and most of all, spending time with his good friends. Lyrical and deeply heartfelt, Little Owl’s Love is a love letter to the natural world on a child’s level. ~ Publisher
  • Stacey’s Remarkable Books by Stacey Abrams; illustrated by Kitt Thomas. Stacey’s favorite day of the week is Thursday, when the whole class goes to the library and she gets to lose herself in her beloved books. On one of these special days, Stacey discovers that a new student named Julie has trouble reading in English, so they begin sharing books and stories to practice. Soon, more students start to join them. Books take the group on magical adventures and reveal other worlds and cultures–but best of all, they bring them together as friends. This is another inspiring tale, based on a true story from Stacey Abrams’s childhood, about the life-changing power of books. ~ Provided by publisher.
  • Tomorrow Is New Year’s Day: Seollal, a Korean Celebration of the Lunar New Year  by Aram Kim. Seollal, the Korean Lunar New Year, is Mina’s favorite day of the year. Mina can’t wait to share the customs of Seollal with all of her friends at school. She will show her classmates her colorful hanbok, demonstrate how to do sebae, and then everyone will make tasty teokguk in the cooking room. Yum! Her little brother may even join in on the fun… if he can find a way out of his bad mood. ~ Publisher.
  • Wings of Fire: The Graphic Novel: Book Six – Moon Rising by Tui T. Sutherland.  Peace has come to Pyrrhia… for now. The war between the tribes is finally over, and now the dragonets of the prophecy have a plan for lasting peace: Jade Mountain Academy, a school that will gather dragonets from all the tribes and teach them to live together, perhaps even as friends. Moonwatcher isn’t sure how she feels about school, however. Hidden in the rainforest for most of her life, the young NightWing has an awful secret. She can read minds, and even see the future. Living in a cave with dozens of other dragons is noisy, exhausting–and dangerous. In just a few days, Moon finds herself overwhelmed by her secret powers and bombarded by strange thoughts, including those of a mysterious dragon who might be a terrible enemy.  And when someone starts attacking dragons within the academy, Moon has a choice to make: Stay hidden and safe? Or risk everything to save her new friends? ~ Provided by publisher.

What titles would YOU like to see in 2023?  Please know that we like to receive requests from our patrons, and will do our best to accommodate! 


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 3:30-4:30pm, (December’s program will meet on the 19th and is already full.) 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, but don’t wait that long!                                                     

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 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).

Be renewed @ your library!