@ Your Library 5.1.18

May Day!

@ Your Library

By Beverly Ewart



Traditionally, May Day is celebrated with flowers…  This May Day, why don’t you pick some books about flowers?

These are my picks:

  • Wildflowers of the Adirondacks by Anne McGrath with Joanne Treffs.  One of my favorite rites of spring is to walk through the woods and see how many different kinds of wildflowers I can find.  It’s like a treasure-hunt after our long (especially this year) season of cold, snow, and mud.  Sometimes I find some new treasure peeking out of the humus and wish I knew what to call it, which is why I appreciate resources like this wildflower reference book.  You can’t always do a Google search when you’re on a hike in the woods! My co-worker, Val, says, “That Anne McGrath wildflower book is my most beloved field guide. I snap a pic on my phone of mystery flowers and race home to consult the expert!”  
  • Handpicked: simple, sustainable, and seasonal flower arrangements by Ingrid Carozzi of Tin Can Studios; text, Eva Nyquist; photographs, Paul Brissman.  "Brooklyn-based florist Ingrid Carozzi reveals her secrets for creating flower arrangements that are modern, original, and organic in style. Organized by season, the book presents simple step-by-step instructions (how to measure, cut, and place each bloom) for making more than 35 arrangements. Whether you want to learn how to work with chicken wire and tape to create a simple framework or try your hand at arranging delicate and oversize blooms, Carozzi offers a detailed tutorial on her tricks of the trade. Readers are encouraged to source, make, or upcycle unexpected containers, such as rough-hewn wooden crates or vintage pots, jars, and vases. Full of natural floral compositions that marry the modern with the rustic, Handpicked is a lushly photographed, practical guide to creating your own exceptional flower arrangements at home." --provided by publisher.  (Who would have thought you could make so much loveliness with masking tape and chicken wire? - Beverly)
  • Rodale's no-fail flower garden: how to plan, plant, and grow a beautiful, easy-care garden edited by Joan Benjamin and Barbara W. Ellis.

On the theme of flowers, an author I have picked is Susan Wittig Albert.  Two of her mystery-series have been trellised upon floral/herbal themes, with gardeners in mind.  She is the author of The Darling Dahlias series, about the mysterious adventures of a garden club, set in the South during the 1930s, and the China Bayles Herbal Mysteries, as well as several historical fiction novels and memoirs.

Look for some of these books and more on our book display this week.

Library Programs:

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.  Our last spring Toddler Story Time session which begins April 30th is full, and June is a month off from programming while we get ready for the big July SUMMER LIBRARY PROGRAM! Stay tuned for registration info!

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.

Casuals Wielding Dice will continue to meet every 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!  

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.

Bloom @ your library.