@ Your Library 6.26.18


@ Your Library

By Beverly Ewart


We will be closed for Independence Day next week.  If you have that day off, why don’t you plan on a hike before the fireworks?  If you DON’T plan on hiking, why don’t you check out one of these books, which will either inspire you to plan a hike for another day, or inspire you to stay home and read?  Certain members of MY family would choose hiking over reading, but you could have the best of both worlds if you carry a book on your hike and read it when you’ve reached your destination.  Just make sure it’s not a LARGE book...

  • The Hike by Drew Magary.  When Ben, a suburban family man, takes a business trip to rural Pennsylvania, he decides to spend the afternoon before his dinner meeting on a short hike. Once he sets out into the woods behind his hotel, he quickly comes to realize that the path he has chosen cannot be given up easily. With no choice but to move forward, Ben finds himself falling deeper and deeper into a world of man-eating giants, bizarre demons, and colossal insects.
  • Walking Home: A Woman's Pilgrimage on the Appalachian Trail by Kelly Winters.
  • A Walk Across America by Peter Jenkins.  The author describes his experiences during the two years he spent walking across the United States, from Alfred, New York, to the Gulf of Mexico.
  • Discover the Adirondacks: AMC's Guide to the Best Hiking, Biking, and Paddling by Peter W. Kick.  Six million acres of mountains and waters, 46 high peaks over 4,000 feet, 3,000 lakes and ponds, and 30,000 miles of rivers and streams -- it's no wonder the Adirondacks welcome 10 million visitors each year. With so many wilderness opportunities to choose from, travelers in the Adirondacks need a concise travel guide, and Discover the Adirondacks is the ideal choice. With 50 multi-sport trips, informative turn-by-turn directions and maps, crisp photographs, and trip planning advice, this guidebook invites first-time visitors or seasoned explorers to experience the best the Adirondacks have to offer.
  • A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail  by Bill Bryson.  The author has thoroughly researched the history and the making of the Appalachian Trail. Bryson describes the destruction of many parts of the forest and warns of the continuing perils (both natural and man-made) the Trail faces. He speaks of the natural beauty and splendor as he and Katz pass through, and he recalls clearly the serious dangers the two face during their time together on the trail. So, A Walk in the Woods is not simply an out-of-shape, middle-aged man's desire to prove that he can still accomplish a major physical task; it's also a plea for the conservation of America's last wilderness. Bryson's telling is a knee-slapping, laugh-out-loud funny trek through the woods, with a touch of science and history thrown in for good measure.
  • Lipsmackin' Backpackin': Lightweight Trail-Tested Recipes for Backcountry Trips by Christine and Tim Conners.
  • Kids on the trail!: Hiking With Children in the Adirondacks by Rose Rivezzi & David Trithart.  
  • A Wetland Walk by Sheri Amsel.  Illustrations and rhyming text depict a day-long walk through a marsh and introduce the plants and animals of a wetland environment.
  • Spike & Ike Take a Hike by S. D. Schindler.  Spike the hedgehog and Ike the coatimundi go on a lively walk through the ever-changing landscape, meeting other animals along the way.
  • Sheep Take a Hike by Nancy Shaw.  Having gotten lost on a chaotic hike in the great outdoors, the sheep find their way back by following the trail of wool they have left.

Library Programs:

The Canton Free Library Summer Program, “Libraries ROCK!” will begin the second week of July and continue for four weeks. 

Registration has CLOSED for the age-specific sessions, with the exception of Baby Storytime, for which there is no registration necessary. Except for registering a pet for the Pet Show, there is no registration needed for the Thursday afternoon events, Didgeridoo Down Under or the visit by Daniel Tiger. Please join us!

The schedule for programs will be:

Newborn-17 months (Baby Storytime- no registration) with a caregiver meets 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!


Visit the Children’s Room at the library to pick up a calendar of events.


The Junior Writers’ Group at the Canton Free Library will meet one more time for the summer on June 28th from 3:30-4:50 pm, and then take a break until the fall. 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.

Game Club meets Wednesdays from 3-5pm.

Branch Library Programs:

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 for the summer.  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.

Take a hike to your library.