CFL Weekly

 Poetry at the CFL

T.S. Eliot wrote: “April is the cruelest month, breeding/Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing/Memory and desire, stirring/Dull roots with spring rain.” Respectfully, Mr. Eliot, I disagree. As the temperatures rise, there is much to look forward to and celebrate in April, including National Poetry Month. 

Since 1996, schools and libraries across the United States have observed National Poetry Month, established by the Academy of American Poets. Throughout April we highlight the art of poetry, celebrating the literary achievements of past poets as well as new works by contemporary poets. We invite you to join the celebration by checking out our collections of poetry.

Experience the imagery of one of our nation’s most renowned poets with The Complete Collected Poems of Maya Angelou. In this collection, Angelou explores a variety of themes including gender, love, aging and race. Her poetry is inspired by her richly-led life.  

Bestseller Francesca Lia’s How to (Un)cage a Girl captures teen life through Block’s unique poetry. Her poems portray anorexia, self-love and loathing, parental relationships, superficiality, love and loss. She challenges girls to “choose to believe in your own myth/your own glamour/your own spell/a young woman who does this/(even if she is just pretending)/has everything.”

Young patrons will enjoy Hi Koo!: A Year of Seasons by John J. Muth, Caldecott Honoree and NY Times bestselling author/artist. A panda named Koo and his two human siblings travel throughout the changing year in this beautifully illustrated picture book. Muth’s work is a great way to introduce young readers and listeners to haiku.

In addition to enjoying the poetry of others, we encourage you to tap into your creativity and write your own poems this season. To share your work with others, join the Spring Haiku Challenge hosted by NCPR. Submit your work here:

For more information about National Poetry Month, visit http

Preloaded eReaders

            Borrow a Kid’s Kindle or Nook Color eReader from the Canton Free Library! Recently, we purchased new Kid’s Kindle Fire HDs with the Northern New York Library Network Technology Grant. They are preloaded with children’s books for our young patrons to enjoy. For our adult patrons, we have Nook Color eReaders available for checkout. Our Nook Color eReaders are preloaded with over 200 popular titles. All eReaders circulate for two-week loan periods.

Branch Events

            April is a busy month at our branch libraries! Rensselaer Falls Library is holding their annual Bulb Sale throughout the month. 18 different varieties of annuals, perennials and hanging plants are available to order.  All packages are $7 each.  Those wishing to place an order should contact a member of the library association or stop in at the library.

            At the Morley Library, Girl Scout troop 50228 presents Story Theater on Thursday, April 17 at 2:00 pm. The girls are going to act out the book Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs by Mo Willems, and the afternoon will include a craft and activity.   Families are welcome. This free program is open to all ages.

PreK Storytime

    What do you call a snowman with a sun tan? A puddle! Preschool Storytime this Wednesday will be themed, "Going, Going, GONE!" and will be all about melting snowmen. Join Miss Val at 10:30am for songs, movement rhymes, and a craft.

K-2nd Grade Program

Books and Beyond meets on Tuesday, April 8th from 3:00-4:00pm. Please register in advance by calling Valerie at 386-3712.

Saturday Storytime

            Join us for a special storytime hosted by the St.Lawrence Irving Bacheller Society on April 12th from 10-11 am. A big thanks to this English Honor’s Society for donating their time to our community.

Battle of the Books

            There will be a check-in meeting for the teams participating in the Canton Battle of the Books on Thursday, April 24th at 2:40 in the Canton middle school library.  We'll welcome questions, check in on the progress teams have made towards the book list, and get excited for the upcoming Battle! Remember, teams must be registered by April 26th; no late registrations will be accepted.


Anime Club

            The CFL Anime Club continues to meet on Wednesdays from 3-5pm. Open to area teens, this is a great social activity focused on a popular form of Japanese art. For more information, call Jon at 386-3712.

Happy reading!

~Amanda Jones