CFL Weekly

 Earth Day Reads

            Happy Earth Day! Earth day was first celebrated in 1970 by supporters of environmental protections. Four decades later, Earth Day has grown into an event that is celebrated by more than 192 countries.

At the Canton Free Library, we feel fortunate to be part of a community that cares about our environment and green living. We know that every day is Earth Day for many of you, and the CFL serves as a valuable resource for books on environmentally conscious lifestyles.  This week we invite all of our patrons to check out books that celebrate, educate, and raise awareness for Earth Day.

For humor and inspiration, pick up Doug Fine’s memoir Farewell, My Subaru: An Epic Adventure in Local Living. Doug Fine shares his mishaps and adventures as he attempts to reduce his carbon footprint and transform his recently purchased New Mexico ranch into an eco-friendly habitat.  Join this suburbanite as he discovers he is “green” in more ways than one as he buys goats on Craig’s List and uses vegetable oil to run his ROAT (Ridiculously Oversized American Truck). 

Engage your children with Save the Earth Science Experiments: Science Fair Projects for Eco-Kids by Elizabeth Snoke Harris. Author/scientist Harris discusses alternative energy, recycling, and minimizing waste. Test the ozone, become a “garbage detective,” and track your ecological footprint with more than 20 experiments. Harris also provides helpful tips for gathering data and writing science reports.

Introduce your littlest readers to environmental issues with The Lorax by Dr. Seuss. As he speaks for the trees, the wise Lorax advises “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not.” This colorful, rhyming classic is a great prompt for discussions about how we are treating the world we live in and how our actions impact the future.

For more information on Earth Day, visit

Special Story Hour

          St. Lawrence University’s chapter of Kappa Kappa Gamma believes that “Reading is Key” and invites children in Pre-K through 3rd grade to  a special Curious George reading event at the Canton Free Library on Saturday, April 26th from 11:00am-12:30pm. There will be stories, crafts, lots of fun, and each child will receive a free book to take home! This event is free and open to the public.

PreK Storytime

            Join Miss Val for our popular PreK storytime on Wednesdays at 10:30 am. This week we’ll “fly away” with stories and a craft about birds. This program is open to 3-5 year olds and their caregivers. No registration necessary.

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.


Teen Program

            Area teens, get your geek on with us at the CFL Anime Club. We meet on Wednesdays from 3-5pm to watch and discuss anime adventures.  For more information, contact Jon at or 386-3712 ext.1.

Rensselaer Falls Events

In the words of Cicero: “If you have a garden and a library, you have everything.” Support your library with your green thumb by growing lovely flowers this spring. Rensselaer Falls Library is holding their annual Bulb Sale this 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.

Children ages 4-12 are invited to join the Spring Fling at Rensselaer Falls Library on April 26th from 10-11am. There will be a read aloud story and a spring-themed craft. Please register by April 24th by contacting the library via email, phone or Facebook, or email Kendra at

Rescue a Book!


            We’re in the process of weeding our fiction collection. Before we discard the novels, however, we’re giving patrons the opportunity to “rescue” their favorites and keep them on the CFL shelves. The books in question are displayed in the back corner of the library. If you see a book you’d like to save, bring it to the front desk for checkout.