@ Your Library 10.23.18

Ill feeling

@ Your Library

By Beverly Ewart


Have you gotten word yet that the flu vaccine is available?  Perhaps you are excited about this?  While I am THANKFUL that we have the vaccine (I say this only in case my doctor reads this, to be perfectly honest), I am never very enthusiastic about being vaccinated.  Less than enthusiastic; actually, quite actively UN-enthusiastic.  This is strictly due to the fact that needles are employed in the administration of vaccines, not because I am against them emotionally, spiritually, or morally.  

We have a bear here at the library that has been quite ill for some time.  Thankfully we have a very caring and professional young patron who makes sure that he is warm and well-fed with plenty of good soup and helpful medicines.  She also makes sure that he has a friend nearby to keep him from despondency.  (It has just been discovered that he needs stitches, and he has at least as much antipathy for needles as I.  His friend is planning to stay right by his side to hold his hand during the procedure.)

Another practical measure to take when you are ill is to be sure to have a stack of good books nearby.  This is ALMOST as helpful as vaccines, medicines, and friends.  Almost.  Like medical solutions, they will make recovery happen more quickly; like friendship, they will help the time to pass more pleasantly.  

  • Almost Everything: Notes on Hope by Anne Lamott.  “Lamott calls for each of us to rediscover the nuggets of hope and wisdom buried within us that can make life sweeter than we ever imagined.” - Publisher.  (Lamott is one of my personal favorites.  If I had to go to the doctor for any reason, I would want this book with me; Anne makes me feel better about almost everything!)  
  • 1,000 Books to Read: A Life-Changing List Before You Die by James Mustich; with Margot Greenbaum Mustich, Thomas Meagher, and Karen Templer.  “Encompassing fiction, poetry, science and science fiction, travel writing, biography, children’s books, history, and more, 1,000 Books to Read Before You Die moves across cultures and through time to present an eclectic collection of titles, each described with the passion readers summon when recommending a book to a friend.”  - Publisher.  (The title gives away the fact that this is the kind of book a hypochondriac would keep by her bedside when she is experiencing illness.)  
  • Year of Wonders: A Novel of the Plague by Geraldine Brooks.  This gripping historical novel is based on the true story of Eyam, the "Plague Village," in the rugged mountain spine of England. In 1666, a tainted bolt of cloth from London carries bubonic infection to this isolated settlement of shepherds and lead miners. A visionary young preacher convinces the villagers to seal themselves off in a deadly quarantine to prevent the spread of disease. The story is told through the eyes of eighteen-year-old Anna Frith, the vicar's maid, as she confronts the loss of her family, the disintegration of her community, and the lure of a dangerous and illicit love. As the death toll rises and people turn from prayers and herbal cures to sorcery and murderous witch-hunting, Anna emerges as an unlikely and courageous heroine in the village's desperate fight to save itself. (This is one of my favorite authors.  The plague makes for a fascinating read, but no one would want to experience it in real life!)
  • The Snowy Nap by Jan Brett.  After hearing about winter from his friends, Hedgie the hedgehog tries to stay awake to experience its wonders. (A nap does wonders for all kinds of patients!)
  • Bear Feels Sick by Karma Wilson.  When Bear is too sick to play, his animal friends go to his cave to make him soup and tea and keep him company.
  • A Sick Day for Amos McGee by Erin E. Stead. Amos McGee is a zookeeper who always made time for his animal friends,— spending time with each of his friends at the zoo, running races with the tortoise, keeping the shy penguin company, and reading bedtime stories to the owl. One day, when his sniffles and sneezes prevented him from going to the zoo, he received some unexpected guests. This is a gently humorous tale of friendship and dedication.

Children’s Programs:

Wanted: Donations of Used Children’s Books in Good Condition.  We are asking for donations of gently used children’s books between now and November 15th. Books may be dropped off at the children’s room desk in the library at 8 Park Street during library hours.

Children who bring in books to donate may ask for a voucher (please provide a count of how many paperbacks and how many hardcovers are in your boxes of donations) to be used to purchase books at the Children’s Book Sale, which will take place on Saturday, November 17thth  from 10am-2pm. Call Valerie at 386-3712 ext. 4 for more information.

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 last 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. Books and Beyond will meet on the first Thursday of the month from 3-4pm and feature books, games, and arts and crafts. Please register kids by the Wednesday before the program by emailing vwhite@ncls.org or calling 315-379-0434 ext. 4.

Tween Time for grades 3-6. Tween Time will meet on the third Thursday of the month from 3-4pm. Please register kids by the Wednesday before the program by emailing vwhite@ncls.org or calling 315-379-0434 ext. 4.   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!

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 4pm-6pm, and 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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