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Happy Thanksgiving from the staff at the Canton Free Library! We’re very thankful for our wonderful patrons. To observe the holiday, we will be closed on November 27th and 28th. For your convenience, the CFL bookdrop is open for returned materials during the hours we are closed.

We hope you have the opportunity to spend time with your loved ones. If you are preparing a dish or an entire holiday dinner, remember that Canton Free Library has many recipes available in print and online.

For delectable local recipes, check out Good Food Served Right: Traditional Recipes and Food Customs From New York’s North Country compiled by Lynn Case Ekfelt.  Discover what your neighbors are whipping up in their kitchens. This collection highlights ingredients that our area is known for, including maple syrup, venison, and apples. Maple-Candied Sweet Potatoes, Dilly Beans, 13-Day Sweet Pickles, and Apple Cider Pie are perfect additions to the Thanksgiving table.

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             We’re entering the cold months in the North Country. The early sunsets sap our energy, and often it’s difficult to stay as active and motivated as we are during the warmer season.  Don’t let the dark days and the upcoming holiday feasts make you lethargic! At the Canton Free Library, we have several books and magazines to encourage you to stay healthy and fit during this time of year.

            In Backpacker magazine, find practical advice on adventuring outdoors throughout the seasons. Backpacker features beautiful photography and handy gear guides. Backpacker is available on our shelves and for download. To download an issue, visit All you need is your library card to set up an account that allows you to check out current Zinio magazines, including Canoe and Kayak, Yoga Journal, Runner’s World, and more. There are no overdue charges for Zinio magazine downloads. 

Discover humor and helpful tips in Jessica Kaminsky’s book I Hate the Gym. In this brief guide, Kaminsky inspires readers to set aside their reservations and hit the gym. She discusses how to handle a variety of gym issues, including mirror hogs, awkward classes, and braving equipment.

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 War Stories

            The Canton Free Library is closed to observe Veterans’ Day on Tuesday, November 11th. According to, there are over one million veterans living in New York State. In honor of the men and women who have served our country, we’re featuring military fiction and biographies at the Canton Free Library.

            Pick up Kirsten Holmstedt’s  Band of Sisters: American Women at War in Iraq for a portrait of life overseas. Included in this nonfiction work are the stories of the U.S.'s first female pilot to be shot down and survive, the military's first black female pilot in combat, and a nurse who struggles to save lives, including her own. Holmstedt explores the many jobs women perform in service.

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