@ Your Library 4.10.18

National Library Week


@ Your Library

By Beverly Ewart



Celebrate National Library Week April 8-14 (ALA press release):

This week, Canton Free Library will join libraries nationwide in celebrating the many ways in which libraries serve their communities through the transformative services, programs and expertise they offer.

Libraries aren’t just places to borrow books or study—they’re also creative and engaging community centers where people can collaborate using new technologies and develop their skills and passions.

Libraries of all types continue to evolve to meet the needs of the communities they serve. Diverse groups - families, elected officials, small business owners and students - depend upon libraries and the resources they offer. Resources like e-books, materials for English-language learners and job seekers, and public-access computers are just a few of the offerings at Canton Free Library! The library advocates for widespread access to crucial services and lifelong learning, and levels the playing field for people of any age who seek information and access to technologies to improve their quality of life.

First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April.  

Library Programs:

12th Annual Canton Free Library Battle of the Books competition on Saturday, April 14th!

Over the past seven months, eight teams of local students in grades 4-6 have read a selected list of twenty chapter books. On April 14th, we’ll test their knowledge of the books they have read in an exciting double elimination tournament, and the winning team will go on to the Regional competition. The event begins at 10:00am at the First Presbyterian Church on the Park in Canton and spectators are welcome to watch and cheer for these amazing readers! Contact Valerie @ Canton Free Library 386-3712 ext 4 with any questions.

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 sessions in 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:

Anime Club is on hold during our job search for a new Young Adult Services Specialist! Interested in applying? Check out the details on our website at www.cantonfreelibrary.org/job .

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

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.

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