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 Look Beneath the Surface

            January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. At the Canton Free Library, we’re raising awareness of modern day slavery through our monthly display by Beverly Ewart. In our display, patrons will find brochures, contact information, awareness pins, and books about this horrific reality. We encourage patrons to educate themselves about this hard truth and learn to recognize victims of human trafficking.

CFL Weekly

 Winter Classics

The New Year is underway, and it looks like January’s resolution was to be one of the coldest months on record. Just last week, our neighbors in Star Lake and Gouverneur hit record lows in the evening. With the temperature dipping below zero, one thing is for certain: it is time to break out the flannel pajamas and curl up with a good book.  During these bitterly cold nights, I’m snuggling up with my little ones reading Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder, a childhood favorite of mine. Stop by to see if we have your childhood favorites as well, or pick up a winter read that just hit the shelves. Below are a few highly-recommended titles from our collection:

            For a dark tale set during a bleak New England winter, check out Edith Wharton’s novel Ethan Frome. Wharton’s novel delves into the past of a mysterious man “ruined” and injured in an accident. Frome struggles with a decision to fulfill his duty or follow his desires. Published in 1911, Wharton’s novel was considered controversial for its time.

CFL Weekly

 Best of 2014

            At the Canton Free Library, we’re reflecting on 2014, checking which materials circulated most frequently among our patrons. As we enter the New Year, we’re doing our best to provide with books, DVDs, CDs and other items that suit our community.

            We found that the most borrowed novel published in 2014 was The Invention of Wings by bestselling author Sue Monk Kidd. Inspired by historical figure Sarah Grimke, Kidd’s novel explores the constraints imposed on women and slaves in nineteenth century Charleston. On her eleventh birthday, Sarah is given ownership of the urban slave Hetty “Handful,” who is to be her handmaiden. The girls form a complex relationship as they struggle for liberation and empowerment in their society.

            Deborah Underwood’s Here Comes Easter Cat! topped the list for children’s books published in 2014. In this funny picture book, Cat tries to usurp the Easter Bunny to get the glory. However, he discovers that delivering Easter eggs is not all it’s cracked up to be, giving him new respect for the Easter Bunny’s job.

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