@ Your Library 5.5.22

by Beverly Ewart

Are you a diarist, making small daily entries about the events of your life?  Or do you process your thoughts and feelings in a private journal? Is there a pile of letters from a lover or a pen pal, tied with a ribbon, tucked away in a dresser drawer somewhere in your home?

In Write for Your Life, Anna Quindlen makes a strong argument for the value of writing (as opposed to texting, calling, or even emailing) to connect with others, ourselves, and future generations.  As a diarist AND a journal-er, I was inspired to persevere, and even to be more intentional about writing letters to the significant others in my life!

  • Write for Your Life by Anna Quindlen.  Write for Your Life is a guide for those who don’t, won’t, or think they can’t write, those Anna Quindlen calls “civilians.” Using examples past, present and future–from Anne Frank to Toni Morrison to members of her own family–Quindlen makes vivid all the ways in which writing connects us to ourselves and to those we cherish. From love letters written after World War II, to journal reflections from nurses and doctors today, and using her personal experiences not just as a writer but as a mother and daughter, Quindlen makes the case that recording our daily lives in an enduring form is more important than ever. All of our histories, of current events and personal challenges, can be understood and passed down through the written word; “to write the present,” Quindlen says, “is to believe in the future.” Write for Your Life is a clarion call to pick up the pen, and find yourself. ~ Provided by publisher.

CHILDREN’S PROGRAMS:  Virtual Preschool Storytime is taking a break to prepare for the return of in-person children’s programming, in July, with the 2022 Summer Library Program: Oceans of Possibility!  Stay tuned for details and registration information. Hope to see you then! 

Past videos will still be available on our website for a while, but will then be taken down to comply with publisher permissions.

Check out the archive on our website to view one of the many virtual story times posted since April 2020. Scroll down the webpage for older content.

We’re so excited! Our 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten celebration board is just waiting for your child’s name! Come in once they’ve read 100 books to get them on the board and moving through those milestones! Register here https://cantonfreelibrary.org/1000books/

If you are short on time, curbside service is still very much an option!  Give us a call or send an email, and we will pack up your books, check them out, and hand them to you from the front door of CFL.  Hope to see you there!


PARDON OUR DUST:  Our handicap-access ramp is closed to the public for renovation until further notice.  We apologize for the inconvenience, but we think you will appreciate the improvements!  

In terms of accessibility, we are slightly challenged at the moment; our lift is being belligerent, but we have the means to make it behave!  If you need a lift to reach any of our floors, simply ring for assistance – the lift is safe, and we are glad to help.


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 onTuesdays from 11am – 5pm. Children under age 12 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 ncls.org; you may also renew via email at canlib@ncls.org, or by calling (315) 386-3712 (choose option 1, “For curbside service” on the menu – we continue to offer curbside service for your convenience).

CFL is following CDC guidelines on masking.

Write now @ your library!

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