A Little Light Reading @Your Library

a little light reading

A Little Light Reading

@Your Library

By Beverly Ewart

The days are shorter and darker and we all feel the need for a little light reading. Here are a few titles that can make short work of long nights:

  • Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger (A-FIC): “Looking back at a tragic event that occurred during his thirteenth year, Frank Drum explores how a complicated web of secrets, adultery, and betrayal shattered his Methodist family and their small 1961 Minnesota community.”
  • Mycroft Holmes by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Anna Waterhouse (A-FIC):  “When his fiancée abruptly departs for Trinidad after hearing disturbing news, Mycroft Holmes and his best friend Cyrus Douglas follow and find themselves drawn into a treacherous investigation.”
  • The Passion of Dolssa by Julie Berry (YA): “In mid-thirteenth century Provence, Dolssa de Stigata is a fervently religious girl who feels the call to preach, condemned by the Inquisition as an "unnatural woman," and hunted by the Dominican Friar Lucien who fears a resurgence of the Albigensian heresy; Botille is a matchmaker trying to protect her sisters from being branded as gypsies or witches--but when she finds the hunted Dolssa dying on a hillside, she feels compelled to protect her, a decision that may cost her everything.”
  • Dodger by Terry Pratchet (YA): “In an alternative version of Victorian London, a seventeen-year-old Dodger, a cunning and cheeky street urchin, unexpectedly rises in life when he saves a mysterious girl, meets Charles Dickens, and unintentionally puts a stop to the murders of Sweeny Todd.”
  • The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis (J): “Aslan, the noble lion, and the royal leaders of Narnia struggle against the magical forces of evil.”
  • The Library by Sarah Stewart (E): “Elizabeth Brown loves to read more than anything else, but when her collection of books grows and grows, she must make a change in her life.”
  • The Story of Diva and Flea by Mo Willems (E):  “Two unlikely friends, Diva, a small, brave dog, and an adventurous cat named Flea, take on the city of Paris.”

None of the descriptions I’ve quoted really do justice to the delightfulness of these books; check them out for yourselves!

Children’s Programs: The Jr. Writers will meet as scheduled November 9th, and then break until January.  Our dedicated volunteer, Linda, who leads these meetings, will be busy with her Christmas tree farm during that time!

Baby Storytime happens on Tuesdays from 10-10:45am. Children ages 0-18 months and their caregivers are invited to experience books, and participate in bounce rhymes, songs, finger plays, and social/play time. There is no registration necessary for this program.

Toddler Story Time (18-35 months) meets Monday mornings 10:30am-11am and runs in 4-week sessions, but registration is required, so please be sure to contact Valerie White at 315 386-3712 ext. 4.

Preschool Storytime meets Wednesday mornings from 10:30-11:15am. This popular program features books, flannel board stories, songs, finger plays, movement, and crafts. Preschool Storytime is designed for 3-5 year olds and their caregivers. No registration is needed.

Junior Writers Group for ages 8-12 meets the second and fourth Thursdays of the month from 3:30-4:50. No registration is needed. Children brainstorm on a given theme, write and perhaps illustrate a short story, and share it with the group if they wish. Next meeting is November 9th, then look for new dates in January.

The Annual Children’s Book Sale is Saturday, November 18, 10am - 2pm.  Children may bring their gently used books to trade for books in the sale. Donations of children’s books will be accepted in the Children’s Room until November 16.  Please call Valerie at 315 386-3712 ext. 4 for more information.

Teen Programs: Join Krista and the gang Fridays for an after school geek gathering! Let’s Play, our collaborative teen video game program, meets from 3pm - 5pm, followed by Anime Club from 5pm - 7pm. Let Krista know if you are interested in forming a carpool to attend teen programs at kbriggs@ncls.org.

Clash of the Readers: It’s time to start reading, Teens! The CotR booklist is up and ready to go! This year, our teen reading trivia challenge will be based on Turtles All the Way Down by John Green, The Accident Season by Moïra Fowley-Doyle, March: Book One by John Lewis, and an award-winner to be voted on by you! Be sure to check back for ballot information! In the meantime, grab a blanket, and cuddle up with one of these four awesome books in preparation to compete in the Clash of the Readers next March!

NCLS app: You can have a digital library card, search for materials, reserve & renew items, and view library event calendars from one mobile app. Look for the North Country Library System app in your Google Play and iTunes App Store.

Change your PIN/Pay your fines from home! Log into the NCLS Catalog from home.  If you have forgotten your PIN, there is now an additional link entitled, “Forgot my PIN.”  This will take you to a screen to enter the barcode on your library card.  Once this is submitted, you will receive an email with a link to change your PIN.  Do you want to attend to your library bills online using your credit card?  Once you log in to the catalog and navigate to “My Account,” you can click on the “bills” tab.  The minimum payment you may make is $1.00.  When you select “Pay Now,” you will be taken to a second screen where you will see the total to be charged to your credit card.  THIS WILL INCLUDE A $0.50 CONVENIENCE FEE.

Hours: The Canton Free Library is open Monday 9:30am - 8pm, Tuesday 9:30am - 5pm, Wednesday 9:30am - 8pm, Thursday 9:30am -5pm, Friday 9:30am -5pm, and Saturdays from 10am -3pm. Please note that the book drop remains open 24/7 for returns. The Rensselaer Falls Branch Library is open Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 3pm -6pm. Morley Branch Library is open Tuesday and Thursday 1pm -6pm.


For more CFL news, “like” the library page on Facebook.  Find new additions to our collection on our website: cantonfreelibrary.org. To renew your current checkouts, login to ncls.org; you may also renew via email at canlib@ncls.org, or by calling (315) 386-3712.

Madeleine L’Engle wrote that, “A book, too, can be a star, a living fire to lighten the darkness, leading out into the expanding universe.” 

Expand the universe @ your library!