CFL Weekly

Legends and Tall Tales

            You aren’t going to believe this, but Emily Owen, Carole Berard, Miss Valerie, and the rest of the Canton Free Library staff have been keeping a big secret from you. The CFL has a rare book that weights half a ton, handwritten in elderberry juice by Irving Bacheller, hidden in a secret underground collection, accessible only to holders of a special, elite library card.

Just kidding!

However, we do have many great tall tales and legends to light the imaginations of your entire family. These stories are perfect to repeat or embellish upon as you sit around the campfire or pass the time catching your next big fish. Legends and tall tales are an integral part of American Folklore, entertaining and sharing values in a chilling or humorous way for generations. Pass on the tradition! We invite you to come in and browse the shelves for incredible and ridiculous stories.

            New to our collection is Animal Planet’s Finding Bigfoot: Everything You Need to Know.  This fun book can be found in our juvenile non-fiction collection, though the content can be enjoyed by all ages. Discover the history of Bigfoot, Sasquatch, and Yeti legends, stories of sightings, debunkings, scientist skeptics and believers. Finding Bigfoot contains many photos and even some cute recipes.   

            Are summer storms keeping you indoors? Pick up the Big Fish DVD directed by Tim Burton, starring Ewan McGregor and Albert Finney for a movie night. In this emotional film, a son struggles to separate fact from fiction in the stories told by his dying father.  Big Fish is based on the novel by Daniel Wallace which is available through our interlibrary loan service.

            For a wonderful bedtime story, pick up Pat Mora’s picture book Dona Flor: A Tall Tale About a Giant Woman with a Great Big Heart. Set in the American Southwest, this story features an unusual heroine with the gift to speak to plants and animals. With beautiful illustrations by Raul Colon, this book celebrates diversity.

            The CFL also has many classic tales about Paul Bunyan, Sleepy Hollow, Calamity Jane, and more available for checkout. We also invite you to share your favorite tall tale, big fish story, or Sasquatch sighting on the library Facebook page.

Children’s Programs

On July 20th, join Miss Val and your library friends at Taylor Park for Books at the Beach! Listen to summertime stories, have a water fight, hula hoop, create bubbles. Swim, and play games. This event begins at 2pm, weather permitting.

Show off your pet friends at CFL’s Annual Pet Show on Thursday, July 27th at 2pm in the Village Park. Our rain location is the First Presbyterian Church. Every pet gets a ribbon and every child gets a prize. Please contact Miss Val at (315) 386-3712 ext.4 to register your pets and for the pet show guidelines.

 For more details about the CFL Summer Reading Program, visit or visit the Children’s Room at the library to pick up a calendar.

Teen Programs

            Area teens are invited to gather on Fridays for our Summer Let’s Play program. From 1-4:30pm we’ll play through the highly-acclaimed Bioshock: Infinite. We’ll dedicate time to explore the story of the game as a group.

            This month Summer Anime Club meets on July 14th, 21th from 5-7pm. Join us on Fridays for a chilling sci-fi-experience that explores how much people are willing to give up in order to build a better world.

            Can’t make it to the library? Krista has a fun activity for teens near and far. Each week she’s posting a photo scavenger hunt on the CFL Facebook page. There will be prizes for teens who participate in all of the challenges.

A calendar of teen Summer Reading Program events is also available on our bulletin board. Contact Krista at for more details. All program events are free to the public.

Rensselaer Falls SRP

            The Rensselaer Fall Library helps children reduce summer slide during its Summer Reading Program. The Program meeting nights will be July 18th and 25th and Aug. 1st and 8th, from 5:30-6:30 pm. This Summer Reading Program is designed for children from toddlers to grade 12.

Painting Classes

            Canton Free Library present brand new art course, “The Fundamentals of Watercolor”, taught by artist Bill Newman in three sessions. Classes meet July 31st, August 7th, and August 14th from 5:30-8:30pm. This course is designed for high school and adult students. All levels of experience are welcome, and $75 covers all three sessions. For a list of what to bring and to register, call (315) 386-2058.