@ Your Library 7.22.22

@ Your Library 7.22.22

By Beverly Ewart

An interview with Jennifer Henry – Public Services Librarian at Canton Free Library:

Beverly: Jennifer, I have the privilege of sharing office space with you, so I have a good idea of how you invest your time and talents in fitting CFL resources to the needs of our community; I am wondering if you would help readers understand – in your own words – what you do as our Public Services Librarian?

Jen: I’d have to say that the largest portion of my job is devoted to managing our collection in the library. This means the ordering of new materials, keeping track of patron and staff requests for materials and tracking the processing of those materials. Our staff is always fabulous about letting me know what’s on patron wishlists. Ordering new materials is fabulous fun, and I love to watch them make their way to patrons’ hands once they’ve arrived. Unfortunately the library will quickly run out of space unless we also review statistics and regularly weed the collection, so I’m also challenged with making some really tough decisions about what books to keep. When I’m not working with our collection one of the other portions of my job involves working with outside agencies and individuals. I manage volunteers for the library, work with our Outreach program and manage the reservations of the Paige Room. Now that we’re beginning to offer in-person programming again I’ll coordinate the scheduling and create the promotional materials for our adult programs. I can be found working at the upstairs circ desk on Monday afternoons, but you may have seen or read posts from me without even realizing it as I also serve as the webmaster for our webpage and work on a lot of news and publicity pieces that are part of our CFL online presence. I love that the job has me moving all around the building working on many different projects!

Beverly: How long have you been a member of the staff team at CFL, and what brought you to us?

Jen: I began working at CFL in May of 2018. I started working solely with adult programming but then took on the role of Public Services Librarian in December of 2021. I’ve worked in libraries since I was in college, my work study jobs were always in the campus libraries and I ended up becoming a school librarian and working in the education field for roughly 15 years. Just before starting at CFL I had been working at SLC Arts as their Program Coordinator, a job that involved a lot of work with community agencies and a lot of work on public relations and event promotion which was a great opportunity and really helped me transition to the community focus of a public library setting. 

Beverly: I often (in jest) complain that you purchase too many good books!  How do you choose titles for the library?

Jen: I had received some wonderful advice from longtime CFL Assistant Director Carole Berard before she retired. She told me how important it was to pay attention to the media I saw everywhere I went, whether it was the checkout line at the supermarket, the television in the doctor’s office waiting room, or the latest movies appearing on Netflix. This is so true! Now I can’t help but notice books everywhere I go! I constantly check to see if there’s a coordinating book to go with whatever the streaming services are offering. Our staff is great about getting recommendations from patrons, and those always factor into our orders. I research reviews of new books not yet published and I regularly follow blogs and news articles about upcoming titles by popular authors. There are also a lot of podcasts I listen to, although they aren’t specifically about books they often feature interviews with authors of nonfiction titles and I’ll write down those suggestions as ones that would be good for our collection. I also am an avid reader of both fiction and nonfiction and I track my own reading habits using Goodreads so I’m always seeing recommendations and reading lists. I pretty much immerse myself in books! 

Beverly: Last but not least, Jen, do you have a book recommendation to leave with us?

Jen: I just finished Ancestor Trouble by Maud Newton. It was a memoir, a book about genealogy and the for-profit entity that it has become as well as a book about family storytelling and social justice and psychology. The more the author looked into her family roots the more dirt she uncovered through fantastical stories that made her realize that quirks and eccentricities may very well be generations deep. 

Beverly: Jen – THANK YOU!  For everything you do and who you are and how you add value to all we do here at CFL!


Upgrade to Libby.

In early 2023, the OverDrive app will be discontinued. We encourage you to make the switch to Libby, our newer reading app. Libby is made by the same people, with the same goal of connecting you to your library and to your favorite books, audiobooks, and magazines.

Download Libby or visit libbyapp.com to get started.

Why is this happening now?

North Country Library System launched the Libby app in 2017, with the goal of creating a simple and intuitive library app that builds on the core experience from the OverDrive app. They closely reviewed what was working with the OverDrive app and what could be improved. During this time, they didn’t want to interrupt the experience for users, so the two apps have both been available.

Thanks to feedback from librarians and readers like you, Libby is now a great app for everyone and there’s no longer a reason to have two apps that do the same thing. If you’ve enjoyed using the OverDrive app, we really hope you’ll love Libby.


Anime Club happens on Thursdays, 5pm-7pm.  Contact Zach for more information at zwoodleywhite@ncls.org.


CHILDREN’S PROGRAMS:  Storywalks® will change this Friday at the trail at the Partridge Run Golf Course. The next book will be A Small Blue Whale by Beth Ferry, and every Friday in July, the story will change.  Take a walk and read a story! Please be sure to scan the QR code at the end and answer the quick survey question so we can track how many people are enjoying the Storywalks®! 

We are enjoying the return of in-person children’s programming 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/ 

The annual Pet Show returns, and will be the closing event of this year’s Summer Library Program! 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, consider curbside service!  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!



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 10 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.

Meet Jen @ your library!