CFL Weekly


August is National Family Fun Month, the last month before busy school schedules start up for many families. What better place to spend time together than at your local library? The Canton Free Library offers entertainment and education for all ages, providing fun for every blend of family. In the words of Napoleon: “Show me a family of readers, and I will show you the people who move the world.” While the CFL staff (well, most of us) wouldn’t recommend Napoleon’s goals of domination, we agree that well-read patrons transform our community in wonderful ways! 

Stop by the Children’s Room for many read-aloud stories to share with your family. New to our collection is Elena Favilli’s Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls: 100 Tales pf Extraordinary Women. Illustrated by sixty female artists from throughout the world, this collection presents biographies of amazing women written in fairy tale style.  

If your kids are starting to get bored with the lack of their school routines, check out Geek Mom: Projects, Tips, and Adventures for Moms and Their 21st-Century Families or The Geek Dad Book for Aspiring Mad Scientists: The Coolest Experiments for Science Fairs and Family FunGeek Mom is packed with thrifty and creative ideas to captivate boys and girls. Some of the activities include: painting with polarized light, throwing hobbit feasts, and upcycling electronic components.  The Geek Dad Book teaches you how to build your own MacGyver radio, extract your own DNA, grow your own crystals, and many more activities. 

The fun CFL has to offer goes beyond our building walls. The Canton Free Library has discount passes for patrons that can be used at The Wild Center in Tupper Lake and The Adirondack Experience in Blue Mountain Lake. The Wild Center pass reduces the cost of admission to $10 per adult and children through age 17 are admitted for free. The Adirondack Experience pass is a 50 percent discount on family admissions. Children 5 and under are free. These Adirondack destinations make the perfect family day trips! 

For daily activity ideas, visit the Family Literacy Calendar at This site is filled with poetry, free online books, and educational videos. Share your family projects, ideas, and fun by hashtagging #familyfunmonth. We welcome patrons to post pictures of your family in the CFL on the library Facebook page. 

Children’s Programs 

Come take a Story Walk ™! To close out the Canton Free Library’s Summer  Children’s Program, there will be a Story Walk ™ set up on the Remington Recreational Trail at Partridge Run. The fun book featured is The Wizard, the Fairy, and the Magic Chicken by Helen Lester, and we invite kids and families to stop by, walk a length of the trail (it’s only a short distance) and read the pages as they go! The Story Walk ™ will be up on Thursday, August 3rd, all day until 7pm. Look for the signs at the start of the trail and walk at your leisure! It’s free and open to all. 

 A huge thanks to our Summer Reading Program presenters, supporters, and participants! Once again, we’ve have a wonderful summer celebrating literacy in our community.  

Teen Programs 

Area teens are invited to gather on Fridays for our Summer Let’s Play program on August 4th, 11th, and 18th. 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.  

Summer Anime Club meets on Fridays from 5-7pm. Join us for a chilling sci-fi-experience that explores how much people are willing to give up in order to build a better world. We will conclude with a discussion on the representation of dystopia and gender roles in the stories with Dr. Christine Doran of SUNY Potsdam on August 18th. 

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 25th, Aug. 1st, and 8th, from 5:30-6:30 pm. This Summer Reading Program is designed for children from toddlers to grade 12.