@ Your Library
By Beverly Ewart
We are pleased to announce the addition of Kathy Paige, our new Children’s Desk Aide, to our library staff family!
Last week the column was dedicated to books and movies with a marriage-related theme. The month of Junе is named аftеr thе Rоmаn gоddеѕѕ Junо, who was the wife of Jupiter, knоwn for her role as patron оf mаrrіаgе. (We think it’s because she went from a “Myth” to a “Mythsus”.) June ought to be a good time to highlight some of our myth-related books and materials:
- The Penelopiad: The Myth of Penelope and Odysseus by Margaret Atwood. Homer's Odyssey is not the only version of the story. Mythic material was originally oral and also local -- a myth would be told one way in one place and quite differently in another. I have drawn on material other than the Odyssey, especially for the details of Penelope's parentage, her early life and marriage, and the scandalous rumors circulating about her. I've chosen to give the telling of the story to Penelope and to the twelve hanged maids. The maids form a chanting and singing Chorus, which focuses on two questions that must pose themselves after any close reading of the Odyssey: What led to the hanging of the maids, and what was Penelope really up to? The story as told in the Odyssey doesn't hold water: there are too many inconsistencies. I've always been haunted by the hanged maids and, in The Penelopiad, so is Penelope herself. The author of The Handmaid's Tale and The Blind Assassin presents a cycle of stories about Penelope, wife of Odysseus, through the eyes of the twelve maids hanged for disloyalty to Odysseus in his absence.
- Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman. Neil Gaiman has long been inspired by ancient mythology in creating the fantastical realms of his fiction. Now he presents his fashioning of the primeval Norse myths into a novel, which begins with the genesis of the legendary nine worlds, delves into the exploits of the deities, dwarves, and giants, and culminates in Ragnarok, the twilight of the gods and the rebirth of a new time and people. Gaiman stays true to the myths while vividly recreating the characters--the gods with their fiercely competitive natures, their susceptibility to being duped and to dupe others, and their tendency to let passion ignite their actions--and making these long-ago myths breathe pungent life again.-- adapted from author website.
- D'Aulaires' Book of Norse Myths by Ingri and Edgar Parin D'aulaire. A collection of Norse myths describing the exploits of the Aesir gods and goddesses, beginning with the creation of the world and ending with the day of reckoning. The companion to D'Aulaires' Book of Greek Myths, a treasured part of so many children's libraries, has returned to print after more than twenty years. The Caldecott medal winning D'Aulaires once again captivate their young audience with this beautifully illustrated introduction to Norse legends, telling stories of Odin the all-father, Thor the thunder god and the theft of his hammer, Loki the mischievous god of the Jotun Race, and Ragnarokk, the destiny of the gods. Children meet Bragi, the god of poetry, and the famous Valkyrie maidens protecting Odin's Valhalla, among other gods, goddesses, heroes, and giants. Textured illustrations throughout depict the wondrous other world of Norse folklore and its fantastical northern landscape. Includes color illustrations throughout.
- Great Heroes of Mythology by Petra Press. What makes a hero? -- Heroes of Egyptian and Middle Eastern mythology -- Classical Greek mythology -- The British Isles -- Scandinavian mythology -- Asian mythology -- Oceanic and Australian mythology -- African mythology -- Central and South American mythology -- Native North American mythology. (YA)
- Perseus: The Hunt for Medusa's Head: A Greek Myth by Paul D. Storrie. This book, in graphic novel format, is the retelling of King Polydectes hatching a plan to send Perseus, son of Zeus, after the head of the gorgon, Medusa. (J - Graphic Novel)
- Theseus: Battling the Minotaur: A Greek Myth by Jeff Limke. (J - Graphic novel)
- Oh My Gods! A Look-It-Up Guide to the Gods of Mythology by Megan E. Bryant. Presents a guide to Greek mythology, providing profiles of gods and goddesses along with information on monsters, heroes, and the underworld. (J)
- Ingri and Edgar Parin d'Aulaire's Book of Greek myths. Illustrated retellings of the myths about the gods and goddesses of ancient Greece.
Library Programs: Most children’s programming is on hold for the month of June.
Summer Library Program: Registration deadline for CFL Summer Library Program is June 22nd!
“Libraries ROCK,” our summer reading program, 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 storytelling by the fantastic Regi Carpenter, 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.
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 email@example.com
Anime Club meets Friday evenings 5-7.
Chess Club meets from 5-7 pm on Mondays at Canton Free Library from June 4th to August 20th.
Game Club has its inaugural meeting on Wednesday, June 6, from 3-5pm.
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 (phone: 315 386 3712) 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 (phone: 315 344 7406) is open Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 3pm -6pm. Morley Branch Library (phone: 315 379 0066) is open Tuesday and Thursday 1pm -6pm. Please call the branch libraries before visiting, to be sure that they are open; hours may vary a bit due to unforeseen circumstances.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or by calling (315) 386-3712.
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