@ Your Library 2.6.18

Isatou Ceesay


@ Your Library

By Beverly Ewart


Love justice, show mercy, walk humbly…

This Valentine’s Day we are featuring new (to us) books about men, women, and children whose love for people and the planet is so extraordinary that you are sure to be inspired.  

We have Malala’s autobiography, as well as Mandela’s and Martin Luther King Jr’s.  We have books about Ruby Bridges, Rosa Parks and Rachel Carson, but have you ever heard of Isatou Ceesay?

Check out One Plastic Bag: Isatou Ceesay and the Recycling Women of the Gambia by Miranda Paul (author and activist in her own right).  Inspire a child with a story of one young woman’s brilliant idea to turn ubiquitous and toxic plastic bags into products of beauty and utility.  Isatou's resourceful intelligence initiated a way to reclaim plastic from the waste stream, saving people and animals from harm and placing a new industry in the hands of her neighbors.

What about journalists and authors who expose painful truths about injustice, document the plight of the oppressed, and record victories against their abusers?  Recently we purchased A Moonless, Starless Sky: Ordinary Men and Women Fighting Extremism in Africa by Alexis Okeowo.  I look forward to reading Okeowo’s account of brave, ordinary men and women who have refused to let powerful bullies dictate the terms of life in their various countries.  These “ordinary” people have taken on Joseph Kony and the LRA, human trafficking, sexism, and Boko Haram!

Wolfgang Bauer is an award-winning journalist with Germany’s leading newspaper, Die Zeit. Just this week we received a copy of his book Stolen Girls: Survivors of Boko Haram Tell Their Story.  Bauer spent several weeks recording the stories of more than sixty women and girls who managed to escape their captivity.  This book is a powerful testament to love, courage, and resilience in the face of the stuff of nightmares!

“It was difficult not to feel as if every rule had been invented to ensure that I would fail.” - Manal Al-Sharif. Another (relatively) new (to us) memoir about courage in the face of entrenched oppression is Manal Al-Sharif’s Daring to Drive: The Young Saudi Woman Who Stood up to a Kingdom of Men.  Here is a brave young woman reminiscent of Rosa Parks; she has had enough, and she is changing the rules.

Library Programs:

On February 17 and 24 from 1pm to 4pm, artist Judith Utter will present Botanical Illustration Through a Nature Journal and Watercolors, a two-part workshop focused on sketching and painting two different natural objects. Fee is $40 per session and participants will receive a Stillman & Birn archival journal to use in future studies. Class size is limited; please register before February 7 by calling (315) 386-3517 or emailing judithutter@gmail.com. Familiarity with basic watercolor techniques is encouraged.

Morley Branch Library would like to invite you to join their Fiber Arts Group: The Silver Threads and Golden Needles meets every Tuesday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Morley Library.  

"We are a group of ladies of all ages who enjoy knitting, crocheting, sewing and arts and crafts.  Each member provides knowledge and expertise in many areas.  We share patterns and helpful hints.  Come join us for a fun-filled afternoon."  Please call Susan Hagerty at 315-854-0185 or email pluppens@twcny.rr.com for more information or if you need transportation.

Children ages 3-8 are invited to join us at the Canton Free Library on Saturday, February 10th between 10:30am-12pm for a free, fun event featuring stories, Valentine’s Day crafts, and face painting, presented by the students in the Irving Bacheller Society, the English honor society at St. Lawrence University. This event is open to the public, and no registration is needed. Call 386-3712 x 4 or email vwhite@ncls.org for more information.

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. Registration is required, so please be sure to contact Valerie White at 315 386-3712 ext. 4.  There are still openings in the Toddler Story Time beginning Monday, February 5th, that runs through the month of February, as well as sessions in March, April, and May, for which children ages 18-35 months may be registered.

Preschool Storytime meets Wednesday mornings from 10:30-11:15 am. 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.

The Junior Writers’ Group at the Canton Free Library meets from 3:30-4:50 pm the second and last Thursday of every month. This creative and lively group is for children ages 8-12 who like to have fun with words. Children should bring paper and a writing instrument. Questions? Contact Linda Batt 344-6592 or linda.batt06@gmail.com

Teen Programs:

Teens, we would appreciate your ideas and suggestions! Join us as we discuss our upcoming holiday party on Friday, February 16, in celebration of the Chinese New Year!  

Teens! Anime Club continues to endure recent apocalyptic weather to gather you on Fridays 5:00-7:00 pm to enjoy some sweet, sweet anime!

Casuals Wielding Dice will continue to meet each Monday and Wednesday from 3pm-5pm at Canton Free Library. Join Game Master David Crowell for imaginative adventures involving critical thinking, problem solving, teamwork, and creativity!  

Clash of the Readers will be getting a new schedule this year. Our annual reading challenge, which has taken place in March during Teen Tech Week, will now take place during Teen Read Week in October 2018. Stay tuned for more information!

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.

Love justice @ your library!