@ Your Library 7.1.22

by Beverly Ewart

Miss Val


Every July, Canton Free Library gears up for the Summer Library Program.  We all look forward to seeing lots of young people in the building, hearing them laugh and sing as they interact with Miss Val while she engages them with story, music, and fun activities.

Whether you are new to our community, or have enrolled your youngsters summer after summer in the program, we thought it might be helpful to include a short interview with Miss Val to give you a glimpse into the Summer Library Program.

Thanks so much, Miss Val, for providing this interview:

Beverly: SLP swings around year after year… . How many years have you been responsible for planning and programming, Val?

Miss Val: This is my 20th Summer Library Program and the 19th that I have been fully responsible to plan and pull off! My first year here, in 2002, I had the joy of working with our beloved youth services person, Jan Hutslar.  

Beverly: You have worked with so many themes over the years – what have been a couple of your favorites?

Miss Val: There have been so many! There was a bug theme, “Catch the Reading Bug”, that was lots of fun and in which we learned a lot. The paper mache bee’s nest I made still hangs in the Children’s Room. We had a really creative summer when the theme was “Build a Better World ”, all about construction. And of course, the year that gardening was the theme was a favorite one and very close to my heart! 

Beverly: Do you have a favorite memory to share, from a previous SLP? 

Miss Val: There have been so many wonderful moments in summer programs over the years, but it’s always a chance to see old library friends and make new ones! 

Beverly: What was one of the funniest moments of a SLP that you can remember?

Miss Val: Each year, during the final week of the summer program, we have a pet show in the park. We’ve had all kinds of pets, everything from brine shrimp to a Jersey calf. Costumes aren’t required, but a few years ago, there was a piglet in a tutu. It was priceless!

Beverly: I know you are looking forward to seeing all the kids and their grownups this July, is there anything special you would like them to know before it gets underway?

Miss Val: I’ve missed them so much, and am so looking forward to the summer!  It’s been a very long 27 months since we’ve had storytimes at the library, so I thank them in advance for their patience as we get back into the groove! 

Beverly: Thanks, again, Miss Val!  I can’t wait to see how it all plays out this July!


Canton Free Library will be closed for the Fourth of July on Saturday, July 2 and Monday, July 4, 2022.  Happy 4th!


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 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.

Check out the Summer Library Program @ your library!