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 Veteran Stories

            The Canton Free Library will be closed to observe Veteran’s Day on November 11th. This week we invite you to check out the many stories from our soldiers to recognize their heroic endeavors at home and abroad.

            Pick up Navy SEALS: Their Untold Story by Dick Couch and William Doyle for a historical account of veterans that spans from World War II to the present. Written by a retired Navy SEAL and a celebrated historian, this book shares experiences of more than one hundred former and active Navy SEALs, stories that previously were sealed under operational secrecy.

            In Ashley’s War: The Untold Story of a Team of Women Soldiers on the Special Ops Battlefield, Gayle Tzemach Lemmon tells the story of the CST-2 unit, part of the secret pilot program known as Cultural Support Teams created in 2010 by the Army. The CSTs built relationships with Islamic women in a way that would not have been tolerated from male soldiers. Ashley’s War is about service, sacrifice, and friendship among a group of women hand-selected for this dangerous project.

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            What is NaNoWriMo? Is it the latest elusive Pokemon? Silento’s newest hit? It could be either of those things . . . if you include them in your NaNoWriMo manuscript!  NaNoWriMo is short for National Novel Writing Month. Do you have a story kicking around in your brain? Join writers across the world this November as they write their hearts out. You never know—your novel could end up on the Canton Free Library shelves, or even the NY Times Bestseller’s list.

Originated by writer Chris Baty in 1999, this annual event challenges writers across the world to write a 50,000-word rough draft in the 30 days of November.  If you’re up for the challenge, visit, a nonprofit site that creates a sense of community during this creative writing project. This site allows you to track your progress, get inspired, and meet fellow writers.

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Pumpkin Stories

            It’s been a gorgeous October! At the Canton Free Library, we’ve been admiring the beautiful crimson and gold trees in the park from the library windows. We hope you’re enjoying this beautiful North Country autumn as much as we are. At the CFL we have plenty of fall-themed books that are perfect for this time of year, especially in the Children’s Room.

            For a silly read-a-loud bedtime story, pick up Pumpkin Trouble by Jan Thomas. When Duck attempts to carve a pumpkin surprise his friends, he inadvertently ends up scaring them. Pig and Mouse mistake him for a pumpkin monster and hilarity ensues.

            Ann Turner’s Pumpkin Cat is a new favorite with my children. In this picture book, a ginger cat is left at a library where she is rescued by two kind librarians. Pumpkin Cat learns the meaning of home in this beautifully illustrated book set during Halloween.

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