@ Your Library 8.21.18

Sail Away!

@ Your Library

By Beverly Ewart



Sail away before September strikes!  

If you happen to be up at 5am these days, you will notice that it’s not as bright out as it was earlier this summer.  It isn’t because your first cup of coffee hasn’t taken effect; this is a real situation that is caused by the fact that the sun is actually rising LATER than it did in June and July.  (The sun also DOESN’T rise; this is just a poetical turn of phrase.)

The bugs are getting louder, the days shorter, the nights cooler.  School is coming.  Sorry.  The best way to deal with this unavoidable reality is to hide by losing yourself in a good book.  Having just been to the coast of Maine for a last fling before the new semester begins, I was inspired to anchor the column to a nautical theme:

  • To Sail a Darkling Sea by John Ringo.  "With human civilization annihilated by a biological zombie plague, a ragtag fleet of yachts and freighters known as Wolf Squadron scours the Atlantic, searching for survivors. Within every abandoned liner and carrier lurks a potential horde of zombies but also holds the flickering hope of survivors. Now Wolf Squadron must clear the assault carrier USS Iwo Jima of infected before the trapped Marines and sailors succumb to starvation"--Provided by publisher. (A F)
  • Sail of Stone by Ake Edwardson.  "A brother and sister believe that their father has gone missing. They think he may have traveled in search of his father, who was presumed lost decades ago in World War II. Meanwhile, there are reports that a woman is being abused, but she can't be found and her family won't tell the police where she is. Gothenburg's Chief Inspector Erik Winter travels to Scotland in search of the missing man, aided there by an old friend from Scotland Yard. Back in Gothenburg, Afro-Swedish detective Aneta Djanali discovers how badly someone doesn't want her to find the missing woman when she herself is threatened." (M)
  •  Sail by James Patterson & Howard Roughan.  Since the death of her husband, Anne Dunne and her three children have struggled in every way. In a last ditch effort to save the family, Anne plans an elaborate sailing vacation to bring everyone together once again. They're only an hour out of port and everything is going wrong. Her daughter plans to drown herself, Mark is high on drugs, and Ernie is nearly catatonic. As she manages to pull everything together, something catastrophic happens.  (TB/CD)
  • Set Sail for Murder by Carolyn Hart.  Responding to a former lover's call for help, retired newspaper reporter Henrietta O'Dwyer Collins finds herself aboard a Baltic cruise, a voyage during which she realizes that she still has feelings for her former flame and that a killer is stalking her fellow passengers. (M)
  • Bloody Jack: Being an Account of the Curious Adventures of Mary "Jacky" Faber, Ship's Boy by L.A. Meyer. Reduced to begging and thievery in the streets of London, a thirteen-year-old orphan disguises herself as a boy and connives her way onto a British warship set for high sea adventure in search of pirates. (YA) - (This is the first in a series so delightful that all of us (staff) read, discussed, and eagerly anticipated each title as soon as it was published! - Beverly)  
  • Little Rat Sets Sail by Monika Bang-Campbell.  With a little courage and a lot of practice, Little Rat overcomes her fear of sailing. (JF)
  • Sail Away, Little Boat by Janet Buell.  A toy sailboat encounters a variety of animals as it journeys down a brook, to the river, and finally to the ocean. (E)
  • Sailaway Home by Bruce Degen.  A young pig imagines fantastic adventures in the sky and sea, always being able to return home at day's end. (E)

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.

Children’s Programs:

We are on break. Baby Storytime, Toddler Storytime, Preschool Storytime, Junior Writers Group, Books and Beyond, and Tween Time will resume the week after school starts in September.  An exciting new season of programs is in the works!

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!

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.

Clash of the Readers is coming back! 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 began on August 13; the competition happens on November 17.

Harry Potter Week began yesterday! It’s not too late to join us for daily movie screenings and to 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.  

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