@ Your Library 5.10.24

By Beverly Ewart

Somehow by Anne Lamott 

Ann Lamott is such a favorite of mine!  I enjoy her flamboyance, exuberance, and her lovely, poetic prose.  Her light, humble tone and generous posture are worthy of emulation. 

Recently I learned that, if you want to handle a salamander, first you need to rub your hands with soil. The soil prevents exposing the amphibian – which breathes through its skin – to the harmful soaps, lotions, or chemicals that may be on your skin.  A soul can be a bit like a salamander, and Anne Lamott’s earthy style lets your soul breathe easily while being transported to a good place. 

Somehow is her latest gem – and here is the publisher’s description: 

A transformative exploration of love. 

“Love is often hard, ignored, or hilarious (eventually),” Anne Lamott writes in Somehow.  “Love looks like you – to me and to a few others.  And this is the hardest thing to believe.” 

In her twentieth book, Lamott explores the power of love in our lives: how it surprises us, forces us to confront uncomfortable truths, reminds us of our humanity, and guides us forward.  “Love just won’t be pinned down,” she writes.  It is our “very atmosphere” and lies at the heart of who we are.  We are, Lamott says, messy, complex creatures of love. 

Drawing from her own life and experiences, she delineates the intimate and elemental ways that love buttresses us in the face of despair as it galvanizes us to believe that tomorrow will be better than today. 

Full of the compassion and humanity that have made her beloved by millions of readers, Somehow is classic Anne Lamott: funny, warm, and wise. 


The North Country Regional Battle of the Books took place on Saturday, May 4 at St. James School in Gouverneur: Congratulations to First place winners The Bookworms Reborn from Madrid, second place winners The Powerful Panda Party from Canton, and third place winners The Book Kings from Adams.  

Thanks to all our teams, coaches, volunteers, and everyone who came out in support of this fun event! 

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. 

From May 5-11, 2024, the Friends are holding their first-ever online auction to help raise money for the library’s basement renovations. Bid on an array of beautiful locally-made and donated items at galabid.com/newchapter.  Please direct any questions about the event to info@friendsofcfl.org

Chess @ CFL! 

We welcome chess players of all ages and levels to partake in our weekly get-togethers! 
Chess Club – Saturdays | 12-3 PM 
Join us Saturdays starting March 9th from 12-3 pm in the downstairs Paige Room for Chess Club! All levels are welcome to join the Chess Club. Unlike Chess Free Play on Tuesdays, Chess Club offers instruction to those interested. 

Chess Free Play – Tuesdays | 4-6 PM 

Join us on Tuesdays from 4-6 pm for open chess! All levels are welcome for free play. 

For more details, contact Ryan at 315.854.6123. 

CHILDREN’S PROGRAMS: Programming at the Canton Free Library (CFL) plays a significant role in providing literary opportunities for St. Lawrence County children and their families. All events are free. Some require registration. 

This week’s Children’s Programming at the Canton Free Library: 

0-17 months: Baby Storytime is for our library babies and their caregivers. We’ll share books, bounce rhymes, songs, finger plays, and lots of smiles, and then close with social/play time. Tuesdays 10:30-11:30 am. No registration needed.  

18-35 months (about 3 years): Toddler Storytime is for children and caregivers. We’ll share books, rhymes, music, movement, and lots more early literacy fun! Mondays 10:30-11:00 am. No registration is needed during the school year. 

3-5 years: Preschool Storytime is for children and caregivers. Stories, songs, movement, crafts, friends, and lots of fun! Wednesdays 10:30-11:15 am. No registration is needed during the school year.  

3rd-6th grade: Tween Time offers a mix of cool crafts, art exploration, games, STEAM, and book talks of popular and classic literature.  

K-6th grade: Lego Club: a different challenge/theme will be given at the start of each meeting. Lego Club meets this month on May 20th from 3:00-4:00pm. Registration is required, and it fills fast! Don’t wait!  Register by emailing Ms. Val at vwhite@ncls.org or by calling 315-386-3712 ext.4. 

Questions? Email Ms. Val at vwhite@ncls.org or call 315-386-3712 ext. 4 

The following programs are also happening:     

Teens: Anime Club meets on Thursdays from 5 to 7. Join us to watch anime, both classic and contemporary. Ages 12-19, no registration required.  Contact Zach Woodley-White for more information. zwoodleywhite@ncls.org    

Special Youth Programs:          

Summer Library Program (SLP): This is a month-long celebration of reading fun  during July (and some of August) 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 needed for most programs so stay tuned for the release of the calendar in the next weeks! 

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                           


Curbside Service: 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 on Tuesdays from 11am – 5pm. Children under age 10 must be with an adult. Call the library (315-344-4155) for more 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).