by Beverly Ewart
Today we had our first snowfall in Canton! Somebody came quietly into the library and caught our whole staff team staring out the big front window, mesmerized by huge, downy flakes dropping from grey clouds overhead. You’d think we’d never seen snow before!
The first snowfall always reminds me of my first encounter with C.S. Lewis’s book, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. As a kid I was entranced by the idea of a world you could enter through the back of something as commonplace as a wardrobe! When I first entered Narnia through the back of that fictional wardrobe, it was winter.
Last weekend I picked up Patti Callahan’s Once Upon a Wardrobe because of my warm attachment to the land of Narnia and all things C.S. Lewis. It must be pretty intense and challenging to write a book true to the spirit of fictional characters, and real ones, who are so universally known and beloved! There was no commitment on my part to finish the book. If it didn’t do justice to Lewis and his creative genius, I’d be out in a flash. No sense wasting precious reading time!
Patti Callahan charmed me with her layers of fiction and fact; story in story in truly marvelous prose. She drew me in, as Lewis drew me into Narnia so many years ago.
If you are a fellow lover of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe in particular, and a lover of story and myth and the creative process in general, check out Once Upon a Wardrobe. Follow the words to a marvelous adventure!
- Once Upon a Wardrobe by Patti Callahan. From the bestselling author of Becoming Mrs. Lewis comes another beautiful story inspired by C. S. Lewis’s ability to change the world and captivate hearts – including those of a terminally ill boy and his logic-driven sister. – Provided by publisher.
- The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis. Four English school children find their way through the back of a wardrobe into the magic land of Narnia and assist Aslan, the golden lion, to triumph over the White Witch, who has cursed the land with eternal winter. – Publisher
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 Branch is open on Tuesdays from 11am – 5pm. Masks are required, and those who are under age 12 must be with an adult.
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