by Beverly Ewart
If you can manage to read through well-researched and graphic surgical procedures that were done without the aid of anesthesia, and you enjoy historical fiction, and you are inspired by underdog stories, The Girl in His Shadow : A Novel by Audrey Blake, is one I think you will really enjoy.
Audrey Blake is the pen name for the writing team of Jaima Fixsen and Regina Sirois, and now I am going to have to go read everything they each have written! Their word-crafting is excellent, and I found myself unable to put this book down!
Here’s a description of the novel from the publisher:
Rescued from a pandemic’s wreckage and raised by the eccentric surgeon Dr. Horace Croft, orphan Nora Beady cares little for Victorian conventions. While other young ladies busy themselves with needlework and watercolors, Nora perfects her sutures and anatomical illustrations.
Women face dire consequences if caught practicing medicine, but in Croft’s private clinic, Nora is his most trusted – and secret – assistant. That is, until the new surgical resident, Dr. Daniel Gibson arrives. He never suspects that Nora is more qualified than he is, and to protect herself she’ll have to play a new and uncomfortable role – a proper young lady.
But pretense has limits. Confronted by suffering patients, Nora cannot hide her skill, even if it means giving Gibson the power to ruin everything she’s worked for. And when she makes a discovery that could change the medical field forever, Nora faces an impossible choice: remain invisible and let the men around her take credit for her work, or let the world see her for what she is – even if it means being destroyed by her own legacy.
Another captivating (sometimes gruesome), novel of historical fiction involving a female doctor who was ahead of her time was The Swift and the Harrier by Minette Walters. This one I enjoyed for its unapologetic foray into pacifism, as well as the history of the 17th century civil war in England. Here’s the description from the publisher: Dorset, 1642. When bloody civil war breaks out between the king and Parliament, families and communities across England are riven by different allegiances. A rare few choose neutrality. One such is Jayne Swift, a Dorset physician from a Royalist family, who offers her services to both sides in the conflict. Through her dedication to treating the sick and wounded, regardless of belief, Jayne becomes a witness to the brutality of war and the devastation it wreaks. Yet her recurring companion at every event is a man she should despise because he embraces civil war as the means to an end. She knows him as William Harrier, but is ignorant about every other aspect of his life. His past is a mystery and his future uncertain. The Swift and the Harrier is a sweeping tale of adventure and loss, sacrifice and love, with a unique and unforgettable heroine at its heart.
Enjoy reading, friends! You can skip over some of the gruesome as necessary. 🙂
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Anime Club happens on Thursdays, 5pm-7pm. Contact Zach for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Programming at the Canton Free Library (CFL) plays an important role in providing literary opportunities for St. Lawrence County children and their families. All events are free, though some require registration.
Ongoing Programs will resume for the fall the week of September 12th!
0-17 months: Baby Storytime is for our youngest library babies and a caregiver and meets from 10:00-10:45 each Tuesday morning. We’ll share books, bounce rhymes, songs, finger plays, and close with social/play time. No registration.
18-35 months: Toddler Storytime for children and caregivers meets on Monday mornings from 10:30-11:00. We’ll read stories, make music, do flannel board tales, finger plays, and movement activities. No registration necessary during the school year.
3-5 years: Preschool Storytime is offered each week on Wednesdays from 10:30-11:15am, and is intended for children and caregivers. This 45-minute program involves stories, songs, movement, and art activities. No registration during the school year.
Grades K-2: Our program for elementary age children is called Books and Beyond. Each third Thursday afternoon from 3-4 pm, we’ll explore a theme with books, activities, games, and art. Registration for each month is required by the Monday before.
Grades 3-6: Tween Time offers a mix of cool crafts and art exploration, games, STEAM, and booktalks of popular and classic literature, and meets each fourth Thursday afternoon from 3-4 pm. Registration for each month required by the Monday before.
Lego Club: For Kindergarten-6th grade. Meets the last Monday of the month from 3:30-4:45pm, and a different challenge or theme will be given each meeting. Creations will be displayed in the Children’s Room until the next meeting. Legos will be supplied; please don’t bring any from home. Space is limited. Registration required by the Friday before.
Young Writers Group: A theme or seed of an idea is given, and kids brainstorm, write, and maybe even illustrate their creative stories. They may then share their work with the group if they wish. Ages 8-12 years. Meets every 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month from 3:30-4:50 pm. No registration needed.
Teens: Anime Club for grades 8-12 . Gather together on Thursdays from 5-7pm to share your interest in anime with friends. No registration is necessary. Contact Zach Woodley-White for more information. email@example.com
Outreach: Each month during the school year, Ms. Val visits schools and daycare centers to read to children and share songs, fingerplays, and movement. In the spring, all local first and second grades are invited to take a class trip to hear stories and tour the library.
1,000 Books Before Kindergarten: Track the books listened to by children from birth to the beginning of Kindergarten, and move up for every hundred books read on the Celebration Board in the Children’s Room . You can get a folder from Ms. Val to track on paper forms, or do it on the app.
Battle of the Books: This program for grades 4-6 involves children forming teams, reading a list of 16 books over 8 months and then competing against other local teams in an exciting quiz game about the books. The top team from the CFL goes on to compete in a regional competition.
Summer Library Program (SLP): This is a month-long celebration of reading fun during July for ages birth-12 years. Specific age-group programs happen weekly, and we offer family programs with performers such as magicians, clowns, storytellers or musicians, as well as Books at the Beach and the annual Pet Show! Registration is required for most programs and the SLP is advertised beginning in April of each year.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.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 Tuesdays 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:
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 email@example.com, or by calling (315) 386-3712 (choose option 1, “Front Desk,” on the menu).
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