@ Your Library 9.18.18

Fruitful Reading

@ Your Library

By Beverly Ewart


As a kid, this time of year, I would come home from school, grab a book, and situate myself in a hammock; a pile of apples within easy reach on the ground.  Our home was built in what had formerly been an apple orchard, so apples were plentiful, and the hammock itself was tethered between two apple trees.  Sometimes my parents complained that I was frittering away my afternoon; I contend that it was a fruitful time, during which some of my core values were ripening.

Reading is appealing in any season, but the crisp days of early autumn seem to make it especially so. And since, in my mind, apples and books go hand in hand this time of year, I want to present you with a bushel basket full of tasty, apple-themed titles to whet your appetite for a good read:

  • Eat the Apple: A Memoir by Matt Young.  Eat the Apple is a daring, twisted, and darkly hilarious story of American youth and masculinity in an age of continuous war. Matt Young joined the Marine Corps at age eighteen after a drunken night culminating in wrapping his car around a fire hydrant. The teenage wasteland he fled followed him to the training bases charged with making him a Marine. Matt survived the training and then not one, not two, but three deployments to Iraq, where the testosterone, danger, and stakes for him and his fellow grunts were dialed up a dozen decibels. Young's story drops us unarmed into Marine Corps culture and lays bare the absurdism of 21st-century war, the manned-up vulnerability of those on the front lines, and the true, if often misguided, motivations that drove a young man to a life at war.  (Biography)
  • The Apple Orchard by Susan Wiggs.  Set to inherit half of Bella Vista, a one hundred-acre apple orchard in a town called Archangel, along with a half-sister she's never heard of, Tess Delaney, who makes a living restoring stolen treasures to their rightful owners, discovers a world filled with the simple pleasures of food and family. (AF)
  • Apple Turnover Murder: A Hannah Swensen Mystery by Joanne Fluke.  Hannah is working long hours at her bakery, the Cookie Jar, in Lake Eden, Minn., as well as dating two men, dentist Norman Rhodes and local sheriff Mike Kingston. Her personal life gets more complicated with the reappearance of Bradford Ramsey, a college professor with whom Hannah had a brief fling when she was a graduate student. Hannah hopes ladies' man Bradford has forgotten the embarrassing episode. When Hannah winds up serving as a magician's assistant for a charity show, she has the misfortune to find Bradford, the show's host, backstage stone cold dead.  (M)
  • Seed, Sprout, Fruit: An Apple Tree Life Cycle by Shannon Knudsen.  "In graphic novel format, text and illustrations describe the life cycle of an apple tree"--Provided by publisher.  (J NF)
  • Amelia Bedelia's First Apple Pie by Herman Parish.  While visiting her grandparents, literal-minded Amelia Bedelia finally learns, despite some mishaps, how to bake an apple pie.  (J F)
  • One Green Apple by Eve Bunting.  While on a school field trip to an orchard to make cider, a young immigrant named Farah gains self-confidence when the green apple she picks perfectly complements the other students' red apples.  (E) 


Adult Programs:

SATURDAY, September 29, 10am-2pm: Be sure to check out the LuLaRoe fundraiser to benefit Friends of the Canton Free Library.


The Great American Read: check it out!  https://www.pbs.org/the-great-american-read/home/


Children’s Programs:

Baby Storytime is for kids from birth-18 months and their caregivers, no registration needed. On Tuesday mornings from 10:00-10:45am we feature books, bounce rhymes, songs, fingerplays, and social/play time.

Toddler Storytime is for kids from 18-35 months and their caregivers. No registration required!  Everyone will enjoy books, flannel board stories, fingerplays, music, and craft activities on Monday mornings from 10:30-11:00am.

Preschool Storytime is for 3-5 year olds and their caregivers. No registration is needed.  There will be books, flannel board stories, songs, fingerplays, movement, and crafts on Wednesday mornings from 10:30-11:15am.

Junior Writers Group is for ages 8-12. This group meets the second and fourth Thursday of the month from 3:30-4:50. No registration is needed. Children are encouraged to brainstorm on a given theme, write and perhaps illustrate a short story, and share it with the group.

Books and Beyond for Kindergarten-2nd grade starts TODAY, Tuesday, September 18th.  Starting in October, Books and Beyond will meet on the first Thursday of the month from 3-4pm and feature books, games, and arts and crafts.

Tween Time for grades 3-6 begins Tuesday, September 25th. Starting in October, Tween Time will meet on the third Thursday of the month from 3-4pm.  Tween Time features books, games, and art.   


Teen Programs:

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

Casuals Wielding Dice: Join Dave Crowell Wednesdays from 2:30pm to 5pm for epic adventures through a variety of different tabletop games!

Chess Club will resume on September 24th from 5-7pm.

Clash of the Readers’ 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 is scheduled to be held on November 17.

Game Club now runs on Mondays from 3-5pm. Stop in at the library and try your hand at any of our multitude of games!


We are pleased to announce that our fine-free summer has been extended to infinity and beyond!  We have also permanently done away with the dollar fee on DVD checkouts.


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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