@ Your Library 7.24.18

Nurture nature!

@ Your Library

By Beverly Ewart


Are you an outdoors enthusiast?  A hiker, biker, backpacker, camper, paddler, or angler?  Maybe you enjoy plein air painting, or you’re a photographer.  Perhaps you’d like to engage your kids with nature, to foster an appreciation for the setting in which we live and the creatures with which we live. This week our summer reading program theme is nature; we welcome you to stop by to pick up one of these titles, and to participate in our 2pm Thursday, July 26th program at the First Presbyterian Church with storyteller Regi Carpenter.  

  • Force of Nature by Jane Harper.  When five colleagues are forced to go on a corporate retreat in the wilderness, they reluctantly pick up their backpacks and start walking down the muddy path. But one of the women doesn’t come out of the woods. And each of her companions tells a slightly different story about what happened. Federal Police Agent Aaron Falk has a keen interest in the whereabouts of the missing hiker. In an investigation that takes him deep into isolated forest, Falk discovers secrets lurking in the mountains, and a tangled web of personal and professional friendship, suspicion, and betrayal among the hikers. But did that lead to murder?
  • Nature Girl [compact disc] by Carl Hiaasen. When a rude telemarketer calls while Honey Santana and her son are having dinner she decides to teach him a lesson in good behavior. She lures him and his mistress with a pitch for Florida real estate and includes her ex-husband and 12-year-old son in her plot.
  • The Nature Lovers Big Cartoon Book: A Complete Guide to Identify Birders, Bikers, Backpackers, Bigfoots, Bears, Biting Bugs, Canoers, Campers, Kayakers, Hikers, Skiers and Extreme Sport Adrenalin Junkies and the Wildlife That They Annoy in the Great Outdoors by Dean Norman.  (ANF)
  • The Passionate Observer: Writings From the World of Nature by Jean-Henri Fabre.  (ANF)
  • Nature Writings by John Muir.  This volume is virtually an entire library of Muir. It combines The Story of My Boyhood and Youth, My First Summer in the Sierra, The Mountains of California, Stickteen, and a number of his essays along with illustrations, a chronology of his life, and scholarly notes. "The richness of his writing roots deeper into the terrain than any other wilderness writer known to me." -- David Craig, Los Angeles Times Book Review
  • Medicines From Nature by Peggy Thomas. Discusses how we have learned from traditional healers around the world about the medicinal value of substances from nature.  (YA NF)
  • Nature Girl by Jane Kelley. Forced to spend the summer with her family in rural Vermont, eleven-year-old Megan, a rebellious, immature urbanite gains self-confidence and maturity as she and her dog survive being lost on the Appalachian Trail.  (J)
  • The Kids' Guide to Nature Adventures: 80 Great Activities for Exploring the Outdoors by Joe Rhatigan.  Provides ideas for exploring nature to learn the answers to such questions as when a chrysalis will open, why a wolf howls, or how the tide goes out, and gives advice about equipment and safety.  (J)
  • The Kids' Nature Book: 365 Indoors/Outdoor Activities & Experiences by Susan Milord.  Provides nature activities for every day of the year, including making a snow gauge, hatching amphibian eggs, planting a butterfly garden, and creating a cloud in the kitchen.  (J)
  • Swirl by Swirl: Spirals in Nature by Joyce Sidman.  Celebrates the shape of a spiral in nature, from rushing rivers to flower buds and even the shape of an ear. (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 - will continue through August 2. 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.  This Thursday, July 26, 2018, the dynamic storyteller Regi Carpenter will tell the story of the King of the Elephant’s Drum at 2pm in the First Presbyterian Church.

The deadline for kids up to 12 years old to register their pet for the Pet Show is July 26th. The show is August 2nd and pets may be registered by calling 315-386-3712 ext 4, emailing vwhite@ncls.org, or in person with Valerie or in the Children’s Room. Every child gets a prize and every pet receives a ribbon. Plush pets are welcomed! Please join us!

The schedule for children’s programs is:

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 3pm.

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!

Teen Programs:

Anime Club Join us on Friday evenings from 5-7 to experience anime both old school and contemporary. Currently watching: My Hero Academia.

Chess Club Join Tim Nolan from 5-7 pm on Mondays at Canton Free Library as he hosts the chess club from June 4th to August 20th. First time players or Grandmasters - all are welcome!

Game Club Board games! Video games! Stop in Wednesdays from 3-5 to try your hand at any of the wide assortment of games we have here at the library.

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 & Thursdays from 1pm - 6pm 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.

Nurture nature @ your library!