@ Your Library 6.7.24

By Beverly Ewart

The Hazelbourne Ladies Motorcycle and Flying Club: A Novel by Helen Simonson 

I’m a BIG fan of Helen Simonson!  I couldn’t believe it when her latest novel came in, just when I needed to buckle down and get to some writing of my own.  Not being one to procrastinate (for too long), I IMMEDIATELY checked out The Hazelbourne Ladies Motorcycle and Flying Club so I could get THAT temptation out of the way.  Now it has been properly read and savored, and I can get right back to my own project.  Hopefully we won’t get any other good books in…. 

Simonson will entice you into deep waters with a light touch.  By the time you realize you’re in over your head, you’ll be glad to be swimming with her.  She won’t let you drown in the depths, but she won’t let you avoid them, either. 

  • The Hazelbourne Ladies Motorcycle and Flying Club “Constance Haverhill is without prospects. Her mother has just passed away, her brother is newly married, and now that the Great War is over, she has been asked to give up managing the estate she helped to run when the men all joined the army. It is suggested to her that she become a governess. But first, she will act as caretaker to Mrs. Fog, an old family friend who is convalescing at a seaside resort. Constance is soon swept up in the social whirl of the Meredith Hotel and its colorful inhabitants, most notably, Poppy Wirrall. Poppy wears trousers, operates a taxi and delivery service to employ local women, and manages a ladies’ motorcycle club. She and her friends welcome Constance into their circle, despite the differences in their stations–Poppy is, for all her empowered modernity, the daughter of a land-owning gentleman, while Constance has only weeks before she must find a position and a home. Constance soon learns, however, that not everything is as it seems in this pocket of English high society. As her connection to this new group deepens and she makes a powerful impression on Poppy’s recalcitrant but handsome brother–a former fighter pilot who recently lost a leg in battle–old secrets come to light. Soon, the women are forced to confront the fact that the freedoms they gained during the war are likely to be revoked as the country settles into a hard-won peace.”— Provided by publisher. 


Registration is open for our 2024 children’s Summer Library Program. The registration deadline is June 21st! 

Our Summer Library Program 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 such as science shows, magicians, clowns, storytellers and musicians, as well as Books at the Beach and the annual Pet Show!  Please be sure to register kids 18 months through 12 years for these programs – look to our website or pick up a paper calendar in the library to find the schedule and registration info! 

The schedule for programs will be: 
• Newborn-17 months with a caregiver meet Tuesdays at 10:30am 
• 18-35 months with a caregiver meet at 10:30 am on Thursdays 
• 3-4 year olds with a caregiver meet on Wednesdays at 10:30 am 
• 5-6 year olds meet on Tuesdays at 1 pm 
• 7-8 year olds meet on Tuesdays at 3 pm 
• 9-12 year olds meet on Wednesdays at 2:00 pm 

There will be special all-ages events on Thursdays at 2:00 pm: 

• The Science of Energy show with Jeff Boyer on July 11th at the First  
Presbyterian Church 
• Books at the Beach on July 25th at Taylor Park 
• The Annual Summer Library Pet Show on August 1st at the First Presbyterian  
Registration for ALL age group sessions with the exception of the birth-17 month  
old program, as well as the Pet Show, is required and space is limited. Please go 
to https://cantonfreelibrary.org/summer-reading-program/ or visit the Children’s  
Room at the library to pick up a calendar. 


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. Check us out!  We’d love to have new members! 


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 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. 

CHILDREN’S PROGRAMMING WILL TAKE A BREAK IN JUNE! Programs will resume in July as part of our annual Summer Library Program! Grab a calendar and register by June 21st, either online at cantonfreelibrary.org/register, in  

person in the Children’s Room, by calling 386-3712 ext. 4, or by emailing vwhite@ncls.org! 

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    

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).