@ Your Library 6.12.18

The rose is the flower of June

 @ Your Library

By Beverly Ewart


The rose is an elegant flower, and the flower of June is the Rose.  I have picked a dozen books, each with the word “Rose” in the title, to make a literary bouquet for your enjoyment:

  • The Last Kashmiri Rose by Barbara Cleverly.  In Panikhat, 50 miles from Calcutta, the wives of officers in the Bengal Greys, a smart cavalry regiment, have been dying violently, one a year and each in March. The only link between them is the bunch of small red roses that mysteriously appears on the women's graves on the anniversary of their deaths. Detective and World War I hero Joe Sandilands is asked discreetly to investigate. It becomes clear to him that the deaths are indeed connected and that the series has not yet run its course. If he has it right there will be one more recipient of the Kashmiri Roses.
  • The Tea Rose by Jennifer Donnelly.  Growing up in London's bustling East End, feisty Fiona Finnegan is a member of a respectable working-class family. When her beloved father becomes involved in organizing a dockworkers’ union, he is brutally murdered, forcing her mother and siblings to abandon the comfort and security of their modest home. After her family is shattered by tragedy and she loses the love of her life, Fiona flees to America, vowing to destroy the man she holds responsible for her father's death. During the course of an eventful 10 years, she forges a tremendous business empire based in the tea trade and acquires the financial means to wreak her painstakingly plotted revenge. Returning to London, she must face the heart-wrenching ghosts of her own past in order to reshape her destiny and reclaim her future.
  • The Winter Rose by Jennifer Donnelly.  When India Selwyn Jones, a young woman from a noble family, graduates from the London School of Medicine for Women in 1900, her professors advise her to set up her practice in London's esteemed Harley Street. Driven and idealistic, India chooses to work in the city's East End instead, serving the desperately poor. In these grim streets, India meets--and saves the life of--London's most notorious gangster, Sid Malone. A hard, wounded man, Malone is the opposite of India's aristocratic fiancé, Freddie Lytton, a rising star in the House of Commons. Though Malone represents all she despises, India finds herself unwillingly drawn ever closer to him, intrigued by his hidden, mysterious past.
  • The Wild Rose by Jennifer Donnelly.  In 1914, with World War I approaching, polar explorer Seamus Finnegan tries to forget Willa, a passionate mountain climber, as he marries a beautiful young woman back home in England. (The Rose trilogy by Donnelly is my guilty reading pleasure!  I have brazenly read them all! - Beverly)
  • Rose in a Storm: A Novel by Jon Katz.  Assisting the farmer throughout a late-winter lambing season, Rose, a tough and dedicated sheep dog, finds her job complicated by a terrible blizzard, an injured farmer, dwindling supplies, and circling coyotes.
  • We will not be silent: The White Rose Student Resistance Movement That Defied Adolf Hitler by Russell Freedman.  "The true story of the White Rose, a group of students in Nazi Germany who were active undercover agents of the resistance movement against Hitler and his regime"-- provided by publisher.  (YA)
  • Under Rose-Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall.  Will seventeen-year-old Norah, who is struggling with agoraphobia and OCD, accept that she could be the right one for sweet, funny Luke?  (YA)
  • The Rose & the Dagger by Renee Ahdieh.  In this reimagining of The Arabian Nights, Shahrzad tries to uncover powers that may lie dormant within her in an attempt to break Khalid's curse, save the empire, and reunite with her one true love. (YA)  
  • Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein. When young American pilot Rose Justice is captured by Nazis and sent to Ravensbrück, the notorious women's concentration camp, she finds hope in the impossible through the loyalty, bravery, and friendship of her fellow prisoners. (YA)  (Whenever you have a chance to read a book by Elizabeth Wein, you should!  This is an extremely well-written, stunning tale of heroism.  Beverly)
  • Elizabeth I: Red Rose of the House of Tudor by Kathryn Lasky.  In a series of diary entries, Princess Elizabeth, the eleven-year-old daughter of King Henry VIII, celebrates holidays and birthdays, relives her mother's execution, revels in her studies, and agonizes over her father's health.  (J)
  • Tumtum & Nutmeg: The Rose Cottage Tales by Emily Bearn.  Wealthy, married mice Tumtum and Nutmeg have a series of adventures as they try to help the impoverished human children, Arthur and Lucy Mildew, to have a good Christmas, enjoy a seaside holiday, and celebrate Arthur's birthday.  (J)
  • The Rose in My Garden by Arnold Lobel.  A variety of flowers grows near the hollyhocks that give shade to the bee that sleeps on the only rose in a garden. (E)


FINE FREE SUMMER: We will not be charging fines on over dues this summer!  You will also be able to borrow our DVDs free of charge starting June first.  Please be respectful of the next borrower-- return your items by the due date or call to renew. Enjoy!

Library Programs:

Most children’s programming is on hold for the month of June.

Registration deadline for CFL Summer Library Program is June 22rd!

“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 linda.batt06@gmail.com


Teen Programs:

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.  Tim & Ryan Nolan, who run Chess Club, want to thank the Canton Community Fund for providing the chess boards for the club!

Game Club meets Wednesdays, 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.  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 Tuesdays from 1pm - 3pm.

  • 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 canlib@ncls.org, or by calling (315) 386-3712.

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