@ Your Library 6.24.22

By Beverly Ewart

We hope you had a great Juneteenth weekend, with plenty to read in your down-time.  If you are checking out this column, you probably DID have plenty to read, and you are probably plenty interested in more reading to come!


IF you have not yet read any Geraldine Brooks (she has written PLENTY of books, and I hope she writes plenty  more), you may want to check out her newest novel, Horse. Brooks is that kind of writer who can stir up interest in her readers about subjects they never expected to be curious about at all.  I am certainly no fan of anything equine (I like horses – from a distance and theoretically), but I WILL be reading Horse, and I have a feeling I will be carried away by it.  Anyone else want to come along for the ride?

  • Horse by Geraldine Brooks. A discarded painting in a junk pile, a skeleton in an attic, and the greatest racehorse in American history: from these strands, a Pulitzer Prize winner braids a sweeping story of spirit, obsession, and injustice across American history.

Kentucky, 1850. Jarrett, an enslaved groom, and a bay foal forge a bond of understanding that will carry the horse to record-setting victories across the South. As the nation erupts in civil war, an itinerant young artist who has made his name painting the racehorse takes up arms for the Union. On a perilous night, he reunites with the stallion and his groom, very far from the glamor of any racetrack.

New York City, 1954. Martha Jackson, a gallery owner celebrated for taking risks on edgy contemporary painters, becomes obsessed with a 19th equestrian oil painting of mysterious provenance.

Washington, DC, 2019. Jess, a Smithsonian scientist from Australia, and Theo, a Nigerian-American art historian, find themselves unexpectedly drawn to one another through their shared interest in the horse – one studying the stallion’s bones for clues to his power and endurance, the other uncovering the lost history of the unsung Black horsemen who were critical to his racing success. Based on the remarkable true story of the record-breaking thoroughbred, Lexington, who became America’s greatest stud sire, Horse is a gripping, multi-layered reckoning with the legacy of enslavement and racism in America. ~ Provided by publisher.

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 was June 10th for the age-specific programs, but there are events that don’t require registration! https://cantonfreelibrary.org/summer-reading-program/  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. 

Start thinking about registering children ages 12 and under who’d like to bring a pet to the Pet Show. Register by July 21st for the July 28th event. Children will tell us ahead of time “My favorite thing about my pet is_______!” and that will be announced at the show when the child and pet are introduced. Plush pets are also welcome and each pet will receive a ribbon sticker and each child will get a prize. 

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!

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, and we are almost done!

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 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.

Discover novel equines @ your library!