@ Your Library 7.3.18

Summer Reading Theme

@ Your Library

by Beverly Ewart


Happy Independence Day!  We will be closed tomorrow (Wednesday, July 4) for the holiday. When we re-open, we will be gearing up for the grand opening of Libraries Rock! our summer reading program.  It’s sure to be marble-ous!

It wasn’t hard to collect titles to go with our summer reading program theme; there are plenty of gems in the stacks (though we don’t take them for granite)!  

  • Three Stones Make a Wall: The Story of Archaeology by Eric H. Cline.  "In 1922, Howard Carter peered into Tutankhamun's tomb for the first time, the only light coming from the candle in his outstretched hand. Urged to tell what he was seeing through the small opening he had cut in the door to the tomb, the Egyptologist famously replied, 'I see wonderful things.' Carter's fabulous discovery is just one of the many spellbinding stories told in Three Stones Make a Wall. Written by Eric Cline, an archaeologist with more than thirty seasons of excavation experience, Three Stones Make a Wall traces the history of archaeology from an amateur pursuit to the cutting-edge science it is today by taking the reader on a tour of major archaeological sites and discoveries, from Pompeii to Petra, Troy to the Terracotta Warriors, and Mycenae to Megiddo and Masada. Cline brings to life the personalities behind these digs, including Heinrich Schliemann, the former businessman who excavated Troy, and Mary Leakey, whose discoveries advanced our understanding of human origins. The discovery of the peoples and civilizations of the past is presented in vivid detail, from the Hittites and Minoans to the Inca, Aztec, and Moche. Along the way, the book addresses the questions archaeologists are asked most often: How do you know where to dig? How are excavations actually done? How do you know how old something is? Who gets to keep what is found? Taking readers from the pioneering digs of the eighteenth century to the exciting new discoveries being made today, Three Stones Make a Wall is a lively and essential introduction to the story of archaeology" Provided by publisher.  (ANF)
  • This Rock: A Novel by Robert Morgan.  The gripping story of two brothers struggling against each other and the confines of their 1920s Appalachian Mountain world. Muir and Moody Powell are as different as Jacob and Esau. Muir is an innocent, shy young man with big dreams and not the slightest idea of what to do about them. Moody, the older, wilder brother, takes to moonshine and gambling and turns his anger on his brother. Through it all, their mother, Ginny, tries to steer them right, while dealing with her own losses: her husband, her youth, and the fiery sense of God that had once ordered her world. When Muir discovers his purpose in life, the consequences are far-reaching and irrevocable: a community threatens to tear itself apart and his family is forever changed. - Amazon  (F)
  • Melting Stones by Tamora Pierce.  Residents of the island of Starns send for help from Winding Circle temple, and when prickly green mage Rosethorn and young stone mage trainee Evvy respond, Evvy finds that the problem is with a long-dormant volcano and tries to use her talents to avert the looming destruction.  (YA)
  • The Prophecy of the Stones by Flavia Bujor. In a magical realm, three teenage girls -- Jade, Opal, and Amber -- are chosen to fulfill an ancient prophecy. Although they meet as strangers, they must learn to trust one another with their lives as they embark on an epic journey, armed only with magical stones and one another. On the day of their fourteenth birthday, they set out on a quest that will require them to overcome heinous enemies - like the ferocious raptors, birds of prey that feast on fear; and the torturous Ghibduls, who inflict pain for sport and theater - in an effort to save an enchanted yet threatened land called Fairytale. Along the way, they encounter miraculous horses that have the gift of reading their riders' thoughts; the brave Adrien of Rivebel, who captures the heart of one of the girls; and Oonagh, the girls' childlike guide, living in the remote crystalline grotto, who will advise them on their course. At the same time, in a parallel world, a young girl named Joa fights for her life in a hospital bed in Paris. While she is dreaming, her thoughts transport her to an unknown realm where three young heroines fight a spectacular battle.  (YA)
  • Let's Rock!: Rock Painting for Kids by Linda Kranz.  Getting started -- Now let's paint -- Design ideas -- Gift giving -- Now the patterns.  (JNF)
  • Princess Academy: Palace of Stone by Shannon Hale.  Miri returns to Asland and calls upon all of her knowledge of rhetoric and other useful lessons learned at the Princess Academy when she and the other girls face strong opposition while working for a new, fair charter.  (J)
  • Stick and Stone by Beth Ferry.  Stick and Stone are both lonely until Pinecone's teasing causes one to stick up for the other, and a solid friendship is formed.  (E)
  • The Stone Hatchlings by Sarah Tsiang.  "With a crick and a crack, the pretend eggs Abby found in the backyard hatch to reveal two chicks. Abby has great fun caring for and playing with the make-believe birds until one day they mysteriously stop singing and eating. Then Abby has to make a choice--one that will bring her a sense of loss but also newfound joy"  (E)
  • Everybody Needs a Rock by Byrd Baylor.  Describes the qualities to consider in selecting the perfect rock for play and pleasure.  (E)

FINE FREE SUMMER: We are not charging fines on over dues this summer!  You may also borrow our DVDs free of charge.  Enjoy!

“Libraries ROCK!”  - for children ages newborn to 12 years - begins NEXT WEEK and will continue for four weeks. Please go to https://www.cantonfreelibrary.org/children/summer or visit the Children’s Room at the library to pick up a calendar with the schedule of programs and events.

Registration has CLOSED for 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 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!

The Junior Writers’ Group will take a break for the summer, hopefully to resume in the fall.  We are looking for an adult volunteer to run this program.

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.) 

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.

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