@ Your Library 12.5.17

Our crafty staff members made some of these!


@ Your Library

By Beverly Ewart


Has a Pinterest fail deflated your enthusiasm for crafting?  Do you panic when a friend describes the hand-dipped, pinecone-shaped candles he is making for each one of his 17 nieces and nephews - IN time for the holidays?  Did the newest member of your card-making circle just purchase a Cricut Explore Air 2, and you haven’t yet learned how to use your Cricut Explore Air 1?!

Is your yarn in a knot?  Is your glue gun stuck?   Is that curio cabinet you started working on ten years ago hidden beneath a pile of sawdust at the back of the garage?

Shake off that sawdust and get crafting!  We can help you.  Check out our collection of craft books, including these:

  • Fat Quarters: Small Fabrics, More Than 50 Big Ideas by Lark Crafts - A fat quarter is an 18 x 22 inch bit of fabric that's often just languishing in a stitcher's stash. With this collection, those bits of material can be transformed into a variety of things, including a bowl cover, a fabric flower, a boho bag and a patchwork frame.

  • Build Your Own Paper Robots [kit]: 100s of Mecha Model Designs on CD to Print Out and Assemble by Julius Perdana - Presents projects, instructions, and color templates for fourteen paper robots.

  • The Kids’ Building Workshop: 15 Woodworking Projects for Kids and Parents to Build Together by J. Craig and Barbara Robertson, with their daughters Camille and Allegra

  • Beginners Origami: Birds, Beasts, Bugs, & Butterflies by Steve and Megumi Biddle

  • Candlemaking for the First Time by Vanessa-Ann

No pressure, but we have some seriously crafty staff.  Pictured are some crafts made by our staff members.  If you don't know which photo in the collage represents which staff member, visit the library and ask.


Don’t forget the annual Hometown Holiday Basket Raffle!  The Amish-made basket includes a lovely quilted wall hanging, $20 gift card for the American Theater, amaretto cookies, St. Lawrence Valley Roasters coffee, Waterman Hill Soap Co. lavender soap, a balsam sachet, Willow Tree Apiaries honey, a McCarthy’s cookbook, NYS maple syrup, a handcrafted hardwood cutting board, jam, a bottle of Korbel champagne, a holiday candle, and more!  Drawing will be held Monday, December 18, 2017.  You may purchase tickets at the library (front desk) for $1.00 each or six for $5.00.

The Giving Tree is available at the library until the end of this week.  Pick a tag from the tree to help supply toys, books, new clothes, and food to local children in need.  Return the tag of your choice with your financial contribution to the Church and Community Program, 7 Main Street, Canton, by December 8, 2017.

Children’s Programs: We are happy to announce that we're a donation site for Assemblywoman Addie Jenne's "Books for Children" program. Please consider giving books in new or gently used condition to this program to ensure that every child is provided with the opportunity to enjoy the gift of reading. The box will be in the library until December 15th.

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.  There will be more sessions announced to begin in January.

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.

And at our Rensselaer Falls branch, there will be a Children’s Reading Program for ages 3-7 on Monday, December 18, from 5 to 6 p.m. No sign-up is necessary, but please call Agnes at  315 344-7406 with any questions.

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.

Hours: 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. 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.

Happy crafting @ your library!