@ Your Library 8.7.18

Step across the street

@ Your Library

By Beverly Ewart


It’s delightful to be located directly across the street from the Canton Farmers Market! On Tuesdays and Fridays stop in and see us for books or movies, connect with the internet, or peruse our collection of newspapers and magazines; then step across the street to enjoy shopping for locally grown produce and/or locally made, hand-crafted items.  You might catch one or two of us over there, browsing on break!

Here are a few farm-themed titles from which to pick:

·         Tractor Mac: Farmer's Market by Billy Steers. "It is time for the town's annual parade. There are many floats to pull and all of Tractor Mac's friends are excited to pull the fantastic creations, which leaves one problem: Which float will Tractor Mac get to pull? The last float left is Tractor Mac's last choice on earth...but the bands begin, the marchers march and someone has to be Parade's Best!"--Publisher's description. (E)

·         Daisy Dawson on the Farm by Steve Voake. Everyday adventures with a girl who can talk to animals! The weather is hot, hot, hot, and the farm animals are getting grumpy. The pigs are arguing with the chickens, and the ducks and newts are sad because their pond has dried up. Where will the water animals live? Luckily they have the help of Daisy Dawson, but it may take the elegant and snooty cat Trixie to make the rain fall at last. Warm up to the fifth adventure featuring Daisy Dawson, the ordinary girl with an extraordinary gift: she can talk to and understand animals!

·         If You Were a Farmer by Virginia Schomp.  Describes the activities of farmers at different times of the year and the various tools and machines that they use. (J NF)

·         Still Life With Chickens: Starting Over in a House by the Sea by Catherine Goldhammer.  It was never meant to be a farm -- A little cosmic je ne sais quois -- Chickens of the mind -- Actual chickens -- The ark -- Guardians -- What I left behind -- In the beginning -- Chickens on trial -- Ova -- The window -- Transformations -- Chickens in winter -- If you can see the ocean -- Summer-fall-winter-spring -- Zen chickens -- Dragonfly farm. (A NF)

·         Kill the Farm Boy by Delilah S. Dawson and Kevin Hearne. "Once upon a time, in a faraway kingdom, a hero, the Chosen One, was born...and so begins every fairy tale ever told. This is not that fairy tale. There is a Chosen One, but he is unlike any One who has ever been Chosened. And there is a faraway kingdom, but you have never been to a magical world quite like the land of Pell. There, a plucky farm boy will find more than he's bargained for on his quest to awaken the sleeping princess in her cursed tower. First there's the Dark Lord who wishes for the boy's untimely death...and also very fine cheese. Then there's a bard without a song in her heart but with a very adorable and fuzzy tail, an assassin who fears not the night but is terrified of chickens, and a mighty fighter more frightened of her sword than of her chain-mail bikini. This journey will lead to sinister umlauts, a trash-talking goat, the Dread Necromancer Steve, and a strange and wondrous journey to the most peculiar "happily ever after" that ever once-upon-a-timed"--Provided by publisher.  (A SF)

·         Practical Organic Gardening by Mark Highland.  Benefits of organic gardening: it's not just about food -- It all begins with soil: organic gardening from the bottom up -- Respecting the soil versus "working" the soil -- Organic fertilizers and amendments -- Water-smart organic gardening -- Care, cultivation, and conditions -- Fighting pests and diseases naturally -- Propagating plants organically -- Planning your organic garden -- Organic container gardens -- You can have a lawn . . . organically -- Reduce, reuse, repurpose, recycle: the organic lifestyle. (A NF)

 Adult Programs:

The Great American Read: We’re following the national hunt for America’s Best Loved Novel through the PBS television series The Great American Read. You can cast your vote for your favorite book online or via text. A list of the 100 books included is currently in the library. Look for the shelf tags as you travel throughout our stacks, or check out our book display. For more information visit: https://www.pbs.org/the-great-american-read/home/

Fundamentals of Drawing with instructor Bill Newman will be held on Thursdays in August from 6pm-8:30pm. For a list of what to bring and to register contact Bill directly at 315-386-2058.

Adventures in Genealogy with Elizabeth Williams will be held on Friday, August 10 from 10am-11am in the Paige Room. Participants will explore ancestrylibrary.com.

Children’s Programs:

We had a fabulous time with all the children who attended the Summer Library Program! Baby Storytime, Toddler Storytime, Preschool Storytime, Junior Writers Group, Books and Beyond, and Tween Time will resume the week after school starts in September! Ms. Val is going to take a short vacation after the busy summer program, and then make plans for our fall programs. Enjoy the rest of your summer!

Teen Programs:

Anime Club - Join us on Friday evenings from 5-7 to experience anime both old school and contemporary.

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!

Clash of the Readers is coming back! Compete to show off just how great a reader you are. The booklist includes Caraval by Stephanie Garber, Empress of a Thousand Skies by Rhoda Belleza, The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, and The 57 Bus by Dashka Slater. Registration begins on August 13, and the competition is scheduled for November 17.

Game Club is canceled this week, but will return August 15.

Harry Potter Week begins August 20th! Join us for daily movie screenings and bring glory to your house in the trivia contest!

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.

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