@ Your Library 11.18.22

By Beverly Ewart

Thanksgiving is upon us!  I am hoping to provide a variety of dishes to delight everyone at my table!  Do you need to find a few more dishes to fill out your menu and fill up your guests?  Maybe you’d like to try something new to surprise them? Check out our well-rounded collection of cookbooks:

  • Buddha Bowls: 100 Nourishing One-Bowl Meals by Kelli Foster.  “Buddha bowls, sometimes called ‘bliss bowls,’ ‘nourish bowls,’ or ‘power bowls,’ are the ultimate one-dish meals. You start with a base of whole grains, rice, noodles, or legumes; load on a generous assortment of cooked or raw vegetables; and top with a boost of protein and a dressing, sauce, or broth. It’s an easy, healthy meal you can have for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or, if you like, all three! Kelli Foster, who writes about food for the popular website The Kitchn, serves up in these pages an amazing variety of Buddha bowl ideas, all vibrantly colored, live with flavor, and oh-so-comforting to eat.” 
  • How to Eat a Peach: Menus, Stories and Places by Diana Henry.  When Diana Henry was sixteen she started a menu notebook (an exercise book carefully covered in wrapping paper). Planning a menu is still her favorite part of cooking. Menus can create very different moods; they can take you places, from an afternoon at the seaside in Brittany to a sultry evening eating mezze in Istanbul. They also have to work as a meal that flows and as a group of dishes that the cook can manage without becoming totally stressed. The 24 menus and 100 recipes in this book reflect places Diana loves, and dishes that are real favorites. The menus are introduced with personal essays in Diana’s now well-known voice- about places or journeys or particular times and explain the choice of dishes. Each menu is a story in itself, but the recipes can also stand alone.
  • Black Girl Baking: Wholesome Recipes Inspired by a Soulful Upbringing by Jerrelle Guy.  Growing up sensitive and slightly awkward in a race-conscious space, Guy decided early on that good food is the most powerful way to connect, understand, and heal. She leaders readers on a sensual baking journey, using the fives senses, as she retells food memories with ingredients that involve whole flours, less refined sugar, and vegan alternatives.
  • BraveTart: Iconic American Desserts by Stella Parks. From devil’s food cake to cherry pie, BraveTart is a celebration of classic American desserts. Whether down-home delights like blueberry muffins and fudge brownies, or supermarket mainstays such as vanilla Wafers and chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream, your favorites are all here. Yet this is much more than a cookbook. Stella Parks, a senior editor at Serious Eats, also delves into the stories of how our favorite desserts came to be, from chocolate chip cookies that predate the Tollhouse Inn to the Prohibition-era origins of ice cream sodas and floats.
  • Sister Pie: The Recipes & Stories of a Big-Hearted Bakery in Detroit by Lisa Ludwinski. A collection of favorite recipes for sweet and savory pies from the owner of Detroit’s Sister Pie bakery features such options as ginger peach biscuit, toasted marshmallow butterscotch, and sour cherry bourbon pie.

CFL will be closed for Thanksgiving on Wednesday, November 23 at 4pm, Thursday, November 24, and Friday, November 25.  

Friends Fall Book and Bake Sale November 19, 2022 HAS BEEN POSTPONED DUE TO WEATHER CONCERNS.

The Friends of the Canton Free Library are a volunteer group committed to active support and enrichment of library services on behalf of everyone in the Canton community and beyond. A registered 501c3, the Friends of the Canton Free Library are always seeking new members.


All proceeds from the Friends Fall Book and Bake sale help support the costs of materials and programming at the Canton Free Library.


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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.

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                         

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).

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