@ Your Library 5.8.18

Check out tools for yard work

@ Your Library

By Beverly Ewart


It’s finally time for yard work!  We have had a couple of days of sun and we’ve been seeing temperatures above freezing for the last two weeks!  Gardeners are donning their gloves, pulling last fall’s damp leaves out of the hydrangeas, and preparing the ground for a new crop of lettuce, beans, and zucchini.  Fruit trees need pruning, hedges need trimming, and it’s time to think about new landscaping projects. 

As you’re considering yard work, don’t forget that we actually have tools you can use at the library!  We have loppers, pruners, rakes, shovels and hoes.  There is a lawn seeder, a bulb digger and a bulb planter.  There is a bow saw and a tree trimmer, as well as a post-hole digger and driver (for the post-hole digging and driving enthusiast).  There are lots of garden tools, not to even mention our baking, cleaning, and home-repair items!  All of these items may be checked out on your library card.

Check out some books on landscaping and gardening while you’re at it!

  • Rodale’s Illustrated Encyclopedia of Organic Gardening edited by Pauline Pears.  An in-depth, lavishly illustrated reference on organic gardening provides detailed instruction in and tips on the techniques required to produce wholesome fruits and vegetables, beautiful flowers, and high-quality herbs without the use of chemicals, covering such topics as cultivation, pest control, composting, and year-round gardening methods.
  • Free-range Chicken Gardens: How to Create a Beautiful, Chicken-Friendly Yard by Jessi Bloom; with photographs by Kate Baldwin.  Many gardeners fear chickens will peck away at their landscape, and chicken lovers often shy away from gardening for the same reason. But you can keep chickens and have a beautiful garden, too! Fresh eggs aren't the only benefit, chickens can actually help your garden grow and thrive, even as your garden does the same for your chickens. In this essential handbook, award-winning garden designer Jessi Bloom covers everything a gardener needs to know, including chicken-keeping basics, simple garden plans to get you started, tips on attractive fencing options, the best plants and plants to avoid, and step-by-step instructions for getting your chicken garden up and running. -- From the publisher.
  • Succulent Container Gardens:  Design Eye-Catching Displays With 350 Easy-Care Plants by Debra Lee Baldwin.  Pairing plants with pots -- Plant palette -- Creative designs and displays -- Planting, care, and propagation.

For younger readers:

  • If You Plant a Seed words and paintings by Kadir Nelson.  While planting seeds in their garden, two animals learn the value of kindness.
  • How Does My Garden Grow?  DK Publishing.  A collection of gardening activities, scientific experiments, art projects, cooking ideas, and magic tricks helps youngsters learn about the structure and life cycles of plants, as well as offering advice on how to grow their own gardens.
  • The Curious Garden by Peter Brown.  Liam discovers a hidden garden and with careful tending spreads color throughout the gray city.

PROPOSITION #3: Consider all we have to offer when it comes time to vote on the budget.  Don’t wear yourself out with yard work so much that you don’t have the energy to cast your vote when it comes to funding this valuable community resource! This year the library is requesting an increase of $45,000, which goes toward our multi-year project of reducing our funding streams from three to one, as well as providing funds to help the library grow. The vote will take place on May 15th from 12-8pm in the High School Library, and everyone who lives in Canton Central school district is eligible to vote. The library proposition is #3 on the ballot…  Lettuce count on you!

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. 

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