by Beverly Ewart
March is Women’s History Month
When Choosing Brave by Angela Joy came in, I knew immediately that it would be featured in an early March column. This book will be found in our children’s room – but it is inspiring for every age! It moved me so deeply that I found myself unable to speak about it with the rest of the crew here without tears. Will it move you in the same way? Check it out!
“Mamie Till-Mobley became a voice for change when her fourteen-year-old son, Emmett Till, was brutally murdered while visiting the South in 1955. His death became a rallying point for the Civil Rights Movement, a movement ignited when his mother propelled his name to the forefront of history.
Her story is a testament to the power of love and one woman’s unwavering pursuit for justice.” ~ from the book jacket.
Celebrate Women’s History Month with us by checking out books about courageous women, past and present:
- Choosing Brave: Mamie Till-Mobley, Emmett Till, and the Voice That Sparked the Civil Rights Movement by Angela Joy ; illustrated by Janelle Washington. The story of the mother of Emmett Till, and how she channeled grief over her son’s death into a call to action for the civil rights movement. ~ Provided by publisher.
- The Light of Days: The Untold Story of Women Resistance Fighters in Hitler’s Ghettos by Judy Batalion. One of the most important untold stories of World War II. The Light of Days is a soaring landmark history that brings to light the extraordinary accomplishments of brave Jewish women who helped weaponize Poland’s Jewish youth groups to resist the Nazis. Witnesses to the brutal murder of their families and the violent destruction of their communities, a cadre of Jewish women in Poland–some still in their teens–became the nerves of a wide-ranging resistance network that fought the Nazis. ~ Provided by Publisher.
- Proving Ground: The Untold Story of the Six Women Who Programmed the World’s First Modern Computer by Kathy Kleiman. After the end of World War II, top-secret research continued across the United States as engineers and programmers rushed to complete their confidential assignments. Among them were six pioneering women, tasked with figuring out how to program the world’s first general-purpose, programmable, all-electronic computer – a machine built to calculate a single ballistic trajectory in twenty seconds rather than forty hours by human hand – even though there were no instruction codes or programming languages in existence. But their story, never told to the reporters and scientists who thronged the huge computer after it became public, was lost. Kathy Kleiman, through meticulous research and vivid prose, brings these women back to life, and back into the historical record. ~ Provided by publisher.
- Band of Sisters: A Novel by Lauren Willig. Eschewed by her wealthy Smith College classmates, a former scholarship student reluctantly volunteers to join a group of graduates who travel to Europe to help World War I French civilians before finding herself surrounded by desperate families in villages decimated by German bombs. ~ Publisher.
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.
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 10:30-11:15 am, 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 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. firstname.lastname@example.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 Youth 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
Chess Club: Join Ryan Nolan every Tuesday from 4-6pm in the Paige Community Room downstairs in the library for Chess Club! No registration required. For more information or to inquire about experience levels please contact Ryan directly at 315-854-6123.
FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY NEWS:
Book Sale: The Friends will continue to host their used book sale on the first Saturday of each month, from 10AM-2PM. Donations of used books/DVDs can be brought to the circulation desk of the library Monday-Saturday during open hours.
About the Friends: 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. For more information email email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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:
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 email@example.com, or by calling (315) 386-3712 (choose option 1, “Front Desk,” on the menu).
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