@Your Library 5.3.24

by Beverly Ewart

Check out poetry! 

The Adirondack Center for Writing has created a series of posters displaying poems written by North Country residents of all ages.  These posters have been distributed among participating shops and community centers throughout the North Country.  We are glad to have been included in the ninth installment of Poem Village, and hope you’ll come in to check out some poetry! 

Below are some free-verse titles you might like to explore: 

  • Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson.  “Jacqueline Woodson, one of today’s finest writers, tells the moving story of her childhood in mesmerizing verse. Raised in South Carolina and New York, Woodson always felt halfway home in each place. In vivid poems, she shares what it was like to grow up as an African American in the 1960s and 1970s, living with the remnants of Jim Crow and her growing awareness of the Civil Rights movement. Touching and powerful, each poem is both accessible and emotionally charged, each line a glimpse into a child’s soul as she searches for her place in the world. Woodson’s eloquent poetry also reflects the joy of finding her voice through writing stories, despite the fact that she struggled with reading as a child. Her love of stories inspired her and stayed with her, creating the first sparks of the gifted writer she was to become.” ~ Provided by publisher 
  • The Crossover by Kwame Alexander. “Fourteen-year-old twin basketball stars Josh and Jordan wrestle with highs and lows on and off the court as their father ignores his declining health.” ~  Provided by Publisher. 
  • Starfish by Lisa Fipps.  “Bullied and shamed her whole life for being fat, twelve-year-old Ellie finally gains the confidence to stand up for herself, with the help of some wonderful new allies.” ~ Publisher 
  • Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds.  “As Will, fifteen, sets out to avenge his brother Shawn’s fatal shooting, seven ghosts who knew Shawn board the elevator and reveal truths Will needs to know. And so it goes, the whole long way down, as the elevator stops on each floor, and at each stop someone connected to his brother gets on to give Will a piece to a bigger story than the one he thinks he knows. A story that might never know an END–if WILL gets off that elevator. Told in short, fierce staccato narrative verse, Long Way Down is a fast and furious, dazzlingly brilliant look at teenage gun violence, as could only be told by Jason Reynolds.” ~ Publisher 
  • Love That Dog by Sharon Creech.  “A young student, who comes to love poetry through a personal understanding of what different famous poems mean to him, surprises himself by writing his own inspired poem.” ~ Publisher 


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 preparing to launch their first-ever online auction to help raise money for the library’s basement renovations. Keep an eye on cantonfreelibrary.org for a chance to bid on a beautiful assortment of handcrafted and locally made items! 

You may preview a list of the items up for bid at galabid.com/newchapter, though bidding will not start until May 5, 2024.  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.