CFL Weekly

National Library Week

April 9-15th is National Library Week, a time to promote, celebrate, and support libraries throughout our nation. Founded in 1958, the American Library Association sponsors this countrywide observance each April, encouraging people of all ages to visit their public, academic, and school libraries. This year the theme for National Library Week is “Libraries Transform,” highlighting how libraries change and adapt with the needs of their patrons, transforming individual lives and the world at large.

At the Canton Free Library, the staff is proud to serve the Canton community, providing quality programs and access to a wealth of educational and recreational materials.  We encourage you to come visit us this week!  If you haven’t been to the library in a while, you may be surprised by some of the materials and programs we have to offer. In addition to new bestsellers and classic fiction, we loan a variety of items from our tool library, a discount pass to the Wild Center, video games, eBooks, and more! Find free access to in the library, online language resources from Mango, story hours for many age groups, and a popular teen Anime club. Signing up for a free library card is quick and painless, giving you access to 65 libraries in St. Lawrence, Jefferson, and Oswego counties.

For more information on how the CFL can enrich and transform your life, visit  To learn more about how libraries are transforming across America, visit

Children’s Programs

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