@ Your Library 5.22.18

Memorial Day

@ Your Library

By Beverly Ewart

5.22.18

 

Thank you, Canton Voters, for your support of library funding in the school budget!

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Wouldn’t it be nice, some day, to visit a war museum because no one can remember what war was like?  For now, however, most of us are connected, in some way, with someone who was in the service.  This Memorial Day weekend, remember their sacrifice with a grateful heart as you refresh your historical understanding of the battles they fought and the lives they saved and the lives they gave.  

  • Raid of no return: A World War II Tale of the Doolittle Raid by Nathan Hale.  (A graphic novel for younger readers) On December 7, 1941, the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, officially bringing the United States into World War II. A new generation of pilots were recruited to fly bombing missions for the United States, and from that group, volunteers were requested for a dangerous secret assignment. For the first time in American history, Army bombers would be launched from an aircraft carrier.
  • Voices of World War I: Stories From the Trenches by Ann Heinrichs.  (ages 8-12) "Describes first-hand accounts of World War I from those who lived through it"--Provided by publisher.
  • The Great Halifax Explosion: A World War I Story of Treachery, Tragedy, and Extraordinary Heroism by John U. Bacon.  "After steaming out of New York City on December 1, 1917, laden with a staggering three thousand tons of TNT and other explosives, the munitions ship Mont-Blanc fought its way up the Atlantic coast, through waters prowled by enemy U-boats. As it approached the lively port city of Halifax, Mont-Blanc's deadly cargo erupted with the force of 2.9 kilotons of TNT -- the most powerful explosion ever visited on a human population, save for Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Mont-Blanc was vaporized in one fifteenth of a second; a shockwave leveled the surrounding city. Next came a thirty-five-foot tsunami. Most astounding of all, however, were the incredible tales of survival and heroism that soon emerged from the rubble. This is the unforgettable story told in John U. Bacon's The Great Halifax Explosion: a tick tock account of fateful decisions that led to doom, the human faces of the blast's 11,000 casualties, and the equally moving individual stories of those who lived and selflessly threw themselves into urgent rescue work that saved thousands."-- from the dust jacket.  
  • The Odyssey of Echo Company: The 1968 Tet Offensive and the Epic Battle to Survive the Vietnam War by Doug Stanton.  On a single night, January 31, 1968, some 100,000 soldiers in the North Vietnamese Army attacked thirty-six cities throughout South Vietnam, hoping to topple that government and dislodge American forces. The twelve American boys of the recon platoon of the 101st Airborne Division, average age nineteen, are from small farms, California beach towns, and big cities like Chicago, and they are cast into a war they neither understand, nor, ultimately, feel they can win. The fighting was hand-to-hand, nonstop, and waged in endless small battles that forged this group into a lifelong brotherhood of survivors. Odyssey is about the young men who survived sixty days on the run from the enemy during the Tet Offensive, at the height of the Vietnam War.
  • The Frozen Hours: A Novel of the Korean War by Jeff Shaara.  "June, 1950: the North Korean army, a formidable force backed by Soviet arms and training, invades South Korea, with the intent of uniting the country under Communist rule. In response, the United States mobilizes a force to defend the overmatched South Korean troops. But the US is no better equipped than their allies. The American and United Nations troops are fighting for their lives against the most brutal weather conditions imaginable, and an enemy that outnumbers them more than six to one. This struggle, and how the Americans respond, form the core of this novel."-- Provided by publisher.  
  • Last Hope Island: Britain, Occupied Europe, and the Brotherhood That Helped Turn the Tide of War by Lynne Olson.  "When the Nazi Blitzkrieg subjugated Europe in World War II, London became the safe haven for the leaders of seven occupied countries--France, Belgium, Holland, Luxembourg, Norway, Czechoslovakia and Poland--who fled there to avoid imprisonment and set up governments in exile to commandeer their resistance efforts. The lone holdout against Hitler's offensive, Britain became a beacon of hope to the rest of Europe, as prominent European leaders like French general Charles De Gaulle, Queen Wilhelmina of Holland, and King Haakon of Norway competed for Winston Churchill's attention while trying to rule their embattled countries from the precarious safety of 'Last Hope Island'"- provided by publisher.
  • The Summer Before the War: A Novel by Helen Simonson.  Arriving in the village of Rye, England, in 1914, Beatrice Nash, a young woman of good family, becomes the first female teacher of Latin at the local school and falls in love with her sponsor's nephew.  If you were a fan of Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand, this novel will not disappoint! (I can personally attest to the truth of that - I enjoyed both novels very much!)
  • Capital Dames: The Civil War and the Women of Washington, 1848-1868 by Cokie Roberts.  A companion to the best-selling Founding Mothers and Ladies of Liberty documents the experiences, influence and contributions of women during the American Civil War.
  • Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand.  On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared--Lt. Louis Zamperini. Captured by the Japanese and driven to the limits of endurance, Zamperini would answer desperation with ingenuity; suffering with hope, resolve, and humor.

Canton Free Library will be closed Monday, May 28, 2018 for Memorial Day.

Library Programs:

We are pleased to announce the addition of Jennifer Henry to our staff family! Jennifer will be responsible for adult programming at the library, as well as for our adult outreach programs in the community.

Summer Library Program: Registration deadline for CFL Summer Library Program is June 22nd!

The Canton Free Library Summer Program, which is themed “Libraries ROCK!” will begin the second week of July and continue for four weeks. Children ages newborn-12 years are invited to register to join us for great books, crafts, games, music, and lots of summertime fun!

The schedule for programs will be:

Newborn-17 months with a caregiver meet at 10:00 am on Tuesdays.

18- 35 months with a caregiver meet at 10:00 am on Thursdays.

3 and 4 year olds with a caregiver meet on Wednesdays at 10:30 am.                                  

5 and 6 year olds meet on Tuesdays at 1 pm.

•7 and 8 year olds meet on Tuesdays at 3 pm.

9 to 12 year olds meet on Wednesdays at 1:30 pm.

Special all-ages events on Thursdays at 2:00 pm, as well as a special Monday and Friday event! This year we will offer a storyteller, fun music by Tom Seiling, a “Books at the Beach” event at Taylor Park, the Annual Summer Library Pet Show, Didgeridoo Down Under, and a visit by Daniel Tiger. Please join us!

Registration for ALL age group sessions with the exception of newborn-17 month olds is required and space is limited. Please go to https://www.cantonfreelibrary.org/children/summer or visit the Children’s Room at the library to pick up a calendar.

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.  

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:

Our job search for a new Young Adult Services Specialist is over!  We are pleased to announce that CFL Staff Zachary Woodley-White will be taking over for Krista Briggs, to provide our teens with programs, books and materials, and a friendly face!  

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!  

Branch Library Programs:

  • Morley - The Morley Library Association is hosting the 5th annual Biking for Books 50K (31 mi.) bicycle ride on Saturday, June 16th.  Ride day registration starts at 9am at the Morley Wesleyan Church (the course starts and finishes at the church).  The ride starts at 10am.  Door prizes will be awarded after the ride.  There will be t-shirts available for those whose registration fee is received by June 2, 2018.  The registration fee is $25.  Checks payable to Morley Library Association.  Please mail registration fee to: John Beaudette / 2242 County Rt. 14 / Canton, NY 13617.  Online registration can be made at: theclipjointpetgrooming.com - click on the Biking for Books tab on the top right. All participants will be eligible for prizes and must be present at the time of the drawing. Please contact John Beaudette at 315-386-5235 or email Beagle_Scout_MrB@hotmail.com if you have questions.
  • Rensselaer Falls - LIBRARIES ROCK SUMMER READING PROGRAM:  Children ages 3 and up are invited to participate in activities involving stories, crafts and snacks on Monday afternoons in July from 5:30-6:30 pm.  (July 9, 16, 23, & 30.)  Sign up at Rensselaer Falls Library, 212 Rensselaer St., Mondays, Wednesdays, or Fridays, from 3pm-6pm, by Friday, June 29, 2018.

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. 

Thank you for remembering your library @ the school budget vote!