@ Your Library 11.11.22

By Beverly Ewart

We had a fine Halloween this year!  Pirates, butterflies, vikings, and a host of other characters descended upon CFL for the occasion.  The weather cooperated, and we all had a great day.

Now that we’ve ushered in the season of dietary indulgence, I thought I would highlight a few precautionary titles, just for fun: 

  • Digestion! The Musical by Adam Rex ; illustrated by Laura Park. Despite being told that she is nothing but “empty calories,” Candy is excited by her big break–being digested by the body, in this humorous exploration of the digestive system, presented as a Broadway musical. ~ Publisher
  • Fast Tract Digestion: Heartburn by Norman Robillard, Ph.D. Norman Robillard, Ph.D., Founder of Digestive Health Institute, challenges 50 years of medical dogma regarding the cause of acid reflux and provides a tested complete dietary solution based on solid scientific evidence. Supported by a clinical study, this ground-breaking dietary approach was presented at the Digestive Disease Week conference in 2013 to provide a different treatment option to gastroenterologists for acid reflux and GERD. This book is not only an excellent well-researched, science based resource for medical professionals like gastroenterologists and health care providers but also a useful guide for individuals suffering from acid reflux, GERD, heartburn, LPR and related conditions, who are looking for a natural alternative to medications to alleviate their symptoms. ~ Publisher
  • The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Digestive Health by Dustin Garth James with Liz Scott. Your digestive system is up to no good– and you keep hearing rumblings of more trouble to come. Calm your concerns– everything you need to know to start feeling better is here in one place! ~ Publisher

Canton Free Library is closed for Veteran’s Day TODAY, November 11, 2022. We appreciate all those who serve, and have served, this nation!

Friends of the Library News:


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


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.

The list for the 2023 Battle of the Books has been released. Find it below! The date for both the local and the regional tournaments will be announced ASAP! This program for grades 4-6 involves children forming teams, reading a list of 16 books and then competing in the spring 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.   All area kids are welcome to participate…those in any of our schools or those who are homeschooled. 

2023 Battle of the Books titles

Born Behind Bars by Padma Venkatraman

Doll Bones by Holly Black

Flush by Carl Hiaasen

Heat by Mike Lupica

Horten’s Miraculous Mechanisms by Lissa Evans

Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus by Dusti Bowling

Katt vs. Dogg by James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein

Onyeka and the Academy of the Sun by Tola Okogwu

Ophie’s Ghosts by Justina Ireland

Sanity and Tallulah by Molly Brooks

Serafina and the Black Cloak by Robert Beatty

Starfish by Lisa Fipps

The School for Whatnots by Margaret Peterson Haddix

The War that Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

Willodeen by Katherine Applegate

Wink by Rob Harrell

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, (EXCEPT October, which will meet on the 24th) 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 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                         


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).

Books are treats @ your library!