@ Your Library 10.2.18

A big thank you to library volunteer, Suzy Hoffleit!

Thank you, Suzy Hoffleit, for volunteering

@ Your Library

By Beverly Ewart


Canton Free Library will be closed next Monday, October 8, for Columbus Day.  This long weekend provides some extra time for adventures (or cleaning the garage - which may turn into an adventure), and gives me an excuse to present some good books and materials about the adventure of exploration and discovery:

  • Ice Ghosts: The Epic Hunt for the Lost Franklin Expedition by Paul Watson.  "Ice Ghosts is narrative nonfiction of the highest order, full of drama and rich in characters: Lady Jane Franklin, who almost single-handedly kept the search alive for decades; an Inuit historian who worked for decades gathering elders' accounts; an American software billionaire who launched his own hunt; and underwater archaeologists honing their skills to help find the ships. Watson also shows how the hunt for the Franklin Expedition was connected to such technological advances as SCUBA gear and sonar technology, and how it ignited debates over how to preserve the relics discovered with the ships. A modern adventure story that arcs back through history, Ice Ghosts tells the complete and incredible story of the Franklin Expedition, the greatest of Arctic mysteries--for the ages."-- Amazon. (NF)
  • Seveneves by Neal Stephenson.  Five thousand years later after a catastrophic event rendered the Earth a ticking time bomb, the progeny of a handful of outer space explorers--seven distinct races now three billion strong--embark on yet another audacious journey: to return to Earth. (SF)
  • The Eye of Heaven by Clive Cussler and Russell Blake. Baffin Island: Husband-and-wife team Sami and Remi Fargo are on a climate-control expedition in the Arctic, when to their astonishment they discover a Viking ship … A Fargo adventure. (AF)
  • Chasing Shackleton: Re-creating the World's Greatest Journey of Survival by Tim Jarvis; [with a foreword by Alexandra Shackleton].  In early 1914, British explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton embarked for the South Pole, hoping to make the first land crossing of Antarctica. For three years there was no word from the expedition, and most assumed the men had perished. Remarkably, however, the crew was alive, thanks to Shackleton's leadership. After their ship was crushed by ice and the men trapped on a small island, Shackleton decided to attempt a risky eight-hundred-mile voyage across the Southern Ocean. After seventeen days in a leaking 22.5-foot wooden boat, they reached the remote island of South Georgia, where they had to climb over precipitous mountains to reach the whaling station on the other side. Ultimately, Shackleton was able to rescue all twenty-two crew members--a heroic triumph of endurance and leadership. In January 2013, using authentic period clothing, equipment, and rations, and sailing a precise replica of Shackleton's boat, Antarctica veteran Tim Jarvis leads a six-man crew in an attempt to re-create Shackleton's historic crossings, while documenting the impact of a century of climate change on the region.--Publisher. (NF)
  • The Far Traveler: Voyages of a Viking Woman by Nancy Marie Brown. Prologue: Gudrid the far-traveler -- At sea -- Ransacking the past -- A very stirring woman -- The terror from the North -- The land-taking -- Eirik the Red's green land -- Land of wine or walrus -- The house of the sagas -- The farm of merry noise -- From witch to nun. (B)
  • A Voyage Long and Strange: Rediscovering the New World by Tony Horwitz.  An irresistible blend of history, myth, and misadventure, A Voyage Long and Strange captures the wonder and drama of first contact. Vikings, conquistadors, French voyageurs--these and many others roamed an unknown continent in quest of grapes, gold, converts, even a cure for syphilis. Though most failed, their remarkable exploits left an enduring mark on the land and people encountered by late-arriving English settlers.--From publisher description. (NF)
  • I, Matthew Henson by Carole Boston Weatherford.  Matthew Henson was not meant to lead an ordinary life. His dreams had sails. They took him from the port of Baltimore, around the world, and north to the pole. No amount of fear, cold, hunger, or injustice could keep him from tasting adventure and exploring the world. He learned to survive in the Arctic wilderness, and he stood by Admiral Peary for years on end, all for the sake of his goal. And finally, after decades of facing danger and defying the odds, he reached the North Pole and made history. At last, Henson had proved himself as an explorer - and as a man.  (JB)
  • The Magic School Bus Space Adventures [DVD] by Scholastic Productions.  Three episodes from the television series. In The Magic School Bus Gets Lost in Space the students go on a planetarium field trip and are magically transported out of the earth's atmosphere into space where they visit each of the nine planets. In The Magic School Bus Out of This World they learn about gravity and meteors as an asteroid hurtles toward Earth. In the last episode, The Magic School Bus Taking Flight they learn about the basics of aerodynamics after they enter a model airplane contest.
  • Dive!: My Adventures in the Deep Frontier by Sylvia Earle.  The author relates some of her adventures studying and exploring the world's oceans, including tracking whales, living in an underwater laboratory, and helping to design a deep water submarine. (JNF)
  • Voyager: An Adventure to the Edge of the Solar System by Sally Ride, Tam O'Shaughnessy.  Describes the twelve-year Voyager missions to Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune, including details of the spacecraft and their discoveries about the planets and their moons.

Adult Programs:

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

Downtown Stomp: CFL welcomed college students to our library through participation in this year’s Downtown Stomp. Freshmen at St Lawrence University and SUNY Canton visited the library, learned about our services and stopped to grab some free reads and a sweet treat before traveling to their next location in town. We look forward to seeing these students as patrons as the year progresses.

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. 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. 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 - 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; hours may vary a bit.

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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