CFL Weekly

National Poetry Month

Almost a hundred years ago, poet Rainer Maria Rilke captured the beauty of this time of year with these words:

“After long rainy afternoons an hour
Comes with its shafts of golden light and flings
Them at the windows in a radiant shower,
And rain drops beat the panes like timorous wings”

-“In April” as translated by Jessie Lemont

            As made apparent in Rilke’s passage above, April is known for its showers, and since 1996, its flood of poetry during National Poetry Month! Poets, readers, educators, librarians, and many others have made National Poetry Month a gigantic literary celebration.  Join the Canton Free Library as we participate and recognize the importance of poetry as an art form in our country and daily lives.

            One free resource that helps patrons celebrate National Poetry Month is the Poem-A-Day service. Poem-A-Day is a free service that features over 200 fresh, unpublished poems by contemporary poets. You can sign up for a poem-a-day at:

             If you’re looking to become a poet or writer yourself, or you’re a seasoned poet looking to hone your skills, check out an issue of Poets and Writers Magazine, generously sponsored by the CFL Writers Group. Additionally, patrons ages 8-12 are invited to join the Junior Writers Group that meets the second and last Thursday of every month.. Children should bring paper and a writing instrument. For more information, contact Linda Batt at 315-344-6592 or

            If our younger patrons are interested in reviewing works of fiction involving poetry, we have The Poet’s Dog by Patricia MacLachlan, a heartwarming story about a gifted dog who can speak to two types of people: poets and children. MachLachlan’s novel is about love, loss, and the healing power of words.

            In our adult non-fiction room, you can find classic and modern poetry shelved in the 800s. We have poems by Ezra Pound, Margaret Atwood, Emily Dickinson, Maya Angelou, and many more.   Share your own poetry by posting on the CFL Facebook page.  Additionally, please stay tuned for poems and activities celebrating National Poetry Month on our Facebook page!

Children’s Programs

                Teams participating in Canton’s Battle of the Books are reminded that the deadline to register with Ms. Val is Saturday, April 8th. Registration forms are available in the Canton Free Library’s children’s room or on the library’s website. Questions? Call 315- 386-3712 ext. 4 or message

                Baby Storytime meets every Tuesday from 10:00-10:45am. The first 20 minutes are dedicated to introducing baby to lots of words through books, songs, rhymes, and finger plays. After that, there is a play and social time. Please join us!

            CFL’s popular Preschool Storytime meets Wednesdays from 10:30-11:15am. This program is designed for 3-5 year olds and a caregiver. No registration is required.

            Join us for Stop-motion Storytelling at the Canton Free Library. On Saturday, April 29th from 1-3 pm, this free, hands-on workshop with Rebecca Donnelly will guide kids ages 9-12 through the process of making a short stop-motion video, from idea to storyboarding to production. All materials will be provided. Space is limited. Pre-register by calling Valerie @ (315)386-3712 ext. 4 or emailing vwhite@ncls.orgThis project is made possible in part with funds from the Decentralization Program, a re-grant program of the New York State Council on the Arts, with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and administered by St. Lawrence County Arts Council.

Teen Programs

Casuals Wielding Dice meets on Wednesday 3-5pm. Casuals Wielding Dice is a tabletop gaming group led by David Crowell.

The CFL’s teen Anime Club meets on Fridays at 5pm. Join Krista and the gang to watch anime on the big screen in the Paige Room. Don’t know much about anime? No worries. We welcome new members at any time, and are happy to introduce you to our favorite stories and characters.

Historical Writing Contest

            The 2017 Historical Writing Contest has been extended until April 14th! Area authors, submit your historical fiction and non-fiction stories for a chance to win. Open to residents of all ages from St. Lawrence and Jefferson Counties, this contest is sponsored by Assemblywoman Addie Jenne and NorthCountryNow (with help from Canton Free Library, Theresa Free Library, and the Reading Room Association of Gouverneur). There are three age brackets for this contest: children up to age 12, young adults from ages 13 to 18, and adults 19 and older. Stories can be no longer than 2,000 words. Submit your stories to Sean Ewart at with “Historical Writing Contest” in the subject line, with entrant’s name, age, and address at the top of the submission. Please copy and paste your story into the email itself instead of sending an attachment. Learn more about the contest and read last year’s winning stories at