@ Your Library 6.10.22

Freshly returned from our annual trip to the coast of Maine, I have leisure reading on my mind.

The novel I chose to accompany me on my vacation was Natalie Jenner’s Bloomsbury Girls, and I wasn’t disappointed! Bloomsbury Girls was freshly out on our new books shelf and I recognized the author because I had previously read and enjoyed Jenner’s The Jane Austen Society. Bloomsbury Girls featured some of the same characters I had grown attached to from The Jane Austen Society, so my reading experience was like running into old friends and catching up over a weekend getaway by the sea. 

Check out both novels by Natalie Jenner:

  • The Jane Austen Society. Just after the Second World War, in the small English village of Chawton, an unusual but like-minded group of people band together to attempt something remarkable. One hundred and fifty years ago, Chawton was the final home of Jane Austen, one of England’s finest novelists. Now it’s home to a few distant relatives and their diminishing estate. With the last bit of Austen’s legacy threatened, a group of disparate individuals come together to preserve both Jane Austen’s home and her legacy. These people – a laborer, a young widow, the local doctor, and a movie star, among others – could not be more different and yet they are united by their love for the works and words of Austen. As each of them endures their own quiet struggle with loss and trauma, some from the recent war, others from more distant tragedies, they rally together to create the Jane Austen Society. ~ Publisher.
  • Bloomsbury Girls: Jenner returns with a compelling and heartwarming story of post-war London, a century-old bookstore, and three women determined to find their way in a fast-changing world. Bloomsbury Books is an old-fashioned new and rare used book store that has persisted and resisted change for a hundred years, run by men and guided by the general manager’s unbreakable fifty-one rules. But in 1950, the world is changing, especially the world of books and publishing, and at Bloomsbury Books, the girls in the shop make plans [for a coup!] ~ Publisher’s description.

Anime Club has moved from Fridays to Thursdays, 5pm-7pm.  Contact Zach for more information at zwoodleywhite@ncls.org.


CHILDREN’S PROGRAMS:  We will welcome the return of in-person children’s programming in July, with the 2022 Summer Library Program: Oceans of Possibility!  Registration deadline is June 10th for the age-specific programs, so please check out the calendar at https://cantonfreelibrary.org/summer-reading-program/ and register soon! Spots filled fast for the Toddler and Preschool groups, but we’re taking a waiting list for those, and there’s still room in the program for 6-8  year-olds. Mark your calendar for the Big Bubble Bonanza at 10:00am on Friday, July 1st. The show will be in the village park, so bring blankets or chairs on which to sit. The rain location will be the First Presbyterian Church. 

Check out the archive to view one of the many virtual storytimes 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!


Canton Free Library will be CLOSED on Monday, June 20, 2022, in honor of Juneteenth.


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!  


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.

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