@ Your Library 9.25.18

Sea Prayer

@ Your Library

By Beverly Ewart


Autumn is here… and we have a pile of new books! The shorter days may be full of preparing the house and yard for a cooler season, but the longer nights are perfect for settling in with a good book.  Why don’t you stop by to see what’s on our shelves?

  • A River of Stars by Vanessa Hua.  Hidden away with other moms-to-be in a secret maternity home in Los Angeles, Scarlett Chen is far from her native China, where she worked in a factory job and fell in love with the owner, Boss Yeung. Now she's carrying his baby. Already married with three daughters, he's overjoyed because the doctors confirmed he will finally have the son he has always wanted. To ensure that his son has every advantage, he has shipped Scarlett off to give birth on American soil. U.S. citizenship will open doors for their little prince.  As Scarlett awaits the baby's arrival, she chokes down bitter medicinal stews and spars with her imperious housemates. The only one who fits in even less is Daisy, a spirited teenager and fellow unwed mother who is being kept apart from her American boyfriend.  Then a new sonogram of Scarlett's baby reveals the unexpected. Panicked, she escapes by hijacking a van--only to discover that she has a stowaway: Daisy, who intends to track down the father of her child. They flee to San Francisco's bustling Chinatown, where Scarlett will join countless immigrants desperately trying to seize their piece of the American dream. What Scarlett doesn't know is that her baby's father is not far behind her. -- provided by publisher.
  • If You Leave Me by Crystal Hana Kim.  An emotionally riveting debut novel about war, family, and forbidden love, this is an unforgettable saga of two ill-fated lovers in Korea and the heartbreaking choices they're forced to make in the years surrounding the civil war that still haunts us today. When the communist-backed army from the north invades her home, sixteen-year-old Haemi Lee, along with her widowed mother and ailing brother, is forced to flee to a refugee camp along the coast. For a few hours each night, she escapes her family's makeshift home and tragic circumstances with her childhood friend, Kyunghwan.  - Publisher
  • Dear Mrs. Bird: A Novel by AJ Pearce.  London, 1940. Emmeline Lake is doing her bit for the war effort, volunteering as a telephone operator with the Auxiliary Fire Services. When Emmy sees an advertisement for a job at the London Evening Chronicle, her dreams of becoming a Lady War Correspondent suddenly seem achievable. But the job turns out to be working as a typist for the fierce and renowned advice columnist, Henrietta Bird. Emmy is disappointed, but gamely bucks up and buckles down. Mrs. Bird is very clear: letters containing any Unpleasantness must go straight in the bin. But when Emmy reads poignant notes from women who may have gone too far with the wrong men, or who can't bear to let their children be evacuated, she is unable to resist responding. As the German planes make their nightly raids, and London picks up the smoldering pieces each morning, Emmy secretly begins to write back to the readers who have poured out their troubles -- Provided by publisher.
  • What We Were Promised by Lucy Tan.  After years of chasing the American dream, the Zhen family has moved back to China. Settling into a luxurious serviced apartment in Shanghai, Wei, Lina, and their daughter, Karen, join an elite community of Chinese-born, Western-educated professionals who have returned to a radically transformed city. One morning, in the eighth tower of Lanson Suites, Lina discovers that a treasured ivory bracelet has gone missing. This incident sets off a wave of unease that ripples throughout the Zhen household. She is haunted by the circumstances surrounding her arranged marriage to Wei and her lingering feelings for his brother, Qiang. Sunny, the family's housekeeper, is a keen but silent observer of these tensions. What We Were Promised explores the question of what we owe to our country, our families, and ourselves.
  • Sea Prayer by Khaled Hosseini.  Inspired by the story of Alan Kurdi, the Syrian toddler who drowned at sea while trying to reach a safe haven from civil war, the author has dedicated this powerful prayer to “the thousands of refugees who have perished at sea fleeing war and persecution.”  It can be read in a few minutes - but not quickly forgotten. - Beverly

Adult Programs:

Maple Monitoring Citizen Science Info Session

Canton Free Library, Canton NY

5:00 – 6:00 pm Wednesday, September 26th, 2018

Chances are, if you live in the North Country you’re familiar with sugar maple trees. In the face of climate change, there is recent concern about how a warming and increasingly unpredictable climate will affect both sugar maple health and maple syrup production. In this info session, Nature Up North will introduce you to their ongoing Monitor My Maple project, in which North Country residents record important seasonal observations about maple trees in towns and villages.

The session will include a short introduction to the project inside, followed by a simple demonstration across the street at Canton Park. No previous experience or scientific background necessary. Join us as we build our network of local residents monitoring tree health, and help us collect a wealth of information about our local environment! Participants will leave the session with all the tools necessary to help us collect important data this fall.

This free event is open to the public and co-sponsored by Nature Up North and the Canton Free Library. Comfortable outdoor clothing and shoes recommended. Youth under 14 must be accompanied by an adult. With questions or to rsvp contact Nature Up North Project Manager Emlyn Crocker at info@natureupnorth.org.

SATURDAY, September 29, 10am-2pm:

LuLaRoe - where fashion meets comfort.

Join retailers Tara Kroeger, Jackie McNichol, and Michele Fobare to recharge your wardrobe and support the Friends of the Canton Free Library!

The Friends of the Canton Free Library will hold a Fall LuLaRoe fundraiser in the Paige Room of the library on Saturday, September 29th from 10am-2pm.

Cash, Checks, Credit Cards are accepted. A portion of all sales will benefit the 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. 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 is back on Mondays from 5-7.

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 for  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 - 4pm.  Please call the branch libraries before visiting, to be sure that they are open.  

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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