@ Your Library 11.6.18

Vote for Democracy

@ Your Library

By Beverly Ewart


I vote we participate!  Tired of the news?  Don’t know who to trust?  Feeling hopeless, helpless, disenfranchised?  A lot has been written about people who, tired of the status quo, spent their lives working to make a better future for the disenfranchised.  Today, Election Day, is the day to join the ranks of people who care and cast your vote for the candidates you think will have a chance to change things for GOOD.

Here’s some inspiration to motivate your trip to the polls:

  • My Dear Hamilton: A Novel of Eliza Schuyler Hamilton by Stephanie Dray & Laura Kamoie.  The epic story of Eliza Schuyler Hamilton, a revolutionary woman who, like her new nation, struggled to define herself in the wake of war, betrayal, and tragedy. Haunting, moving, and beautifully written, Dray and Kamoie used thousands of letters and original sources to tell Eliza's story as it's never been told before, not just as the wronged wife at the center of a political sex scandal, but also as a founding mother who shaped an American legacy in her own right.
  • America's First Daughter by Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie.  As Thomas Jefferson's oldest daughter, Patsy becomes his helpmate, protector, and constant companion in the wake of her mother's death. She travels with him when he becomes American minister to France. It is in Paris that Patsy learns about her father's liaison with Sally Hemings, a slave girl her own age. Meanwhile, Patsy has fallen in love with her father's protégé William Short, a staunch abolitionist and ambitious diplomat. Her choices will follow her in the years to come, and as scandal, tragedy, and poverty threaten her family Patsy must decide how much she will sacrifice to protect her father's reputation.
  • George Washington's Secret Six: The Spy Ring That Saved the American Revolution by Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaeger.  When General George Washington beat a hasty retreat from New York City in August 1776, many thought the American Revolution might soon be over. Instead, Washington rallied--thanks in large part to a little-known, top-secret group called the Culper Spy Ring. Washington realized that he couldn't beat the British with military might, so he recruited a sophisticated and deeply secretive intelligence network to infiltrate New York. So carefully guarded were the members' identities that one spy's name was not uncovered until the twentieth century, and one remains unknown today. But by now, historians have discovered enough information about the ring's activities to piece together evidence that these six individuals turned the tide of the war. Here, these spies finally take their place among the pantheon of heroes of the American Revolution.--From publisher description.
  • The Road to Unfreedom: Russia, Europe, America Timothy Snyder.  "With the end of the Cold War, the victory of liberal democracy was thought to be final. Observers declared the end of history, confident in a peaceful, globalized future. This faith was misplaced. Authoritarianism returned to Russia, as Putin found fascist ideas that could be used to justify rule by the wealthy. In the 2010s, it has spread from east to west, aided by Russian warfare in Ukraine and cyberwar and information war in Europe and the United States. By revealing the stark choices before us--between equality or oligarchy, individuality or totality, truth and falsehood, Snyder restores our understanding of the basis of our way of life, offering a way forward in a time of terrible uncertainty."-- Publisher's description.
  • One Person, No Vote: How Voter Suppression is Destroying Our Democracy by Carol Anderson; foreword by Senator Dick Durbin.  Chronicles the rollbacks to African American participation in the vote since the Supreme Court's 2013 Shelby ruling, which allowed districts to change voting requirements without approval from the Department of Justice.
  • Revolution  by Deborah Wiles.  Struggling to adapt within her newly blended family in 1964 Mississippi, young Sunny witnesses increasingly scary community agitation when activists from the North arrive in town to help register African Americans to vote.
  • Freedom Summer: The 1964 Struggle for Civil Rights in Mississippi by Susan Goldman Rubin.  An account of the civil rights crusade in Mississippi 50 years ago that brought on shocking violence and the beginning of a new political order.


Canton Free Library will be closed on Veterans Day, Monday, November 12, 2018.

Adult Programming:  

Canton Free Library in Partnership with The Yoga Loft Presents: Mindfulness, Merriment, and Meaning: A FREE Conscious Stress Reduction Class

Instructor: Ginger Storey-Welch

Wednesdays | November 14 - December 19, 2018 | 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Meets at the Canton Free Library in the Downstairs Paige Room, 8 Park Street, Canton NY

*To register contact Ginger at: storeygi1977@gmail.com or 315-379-9564.


Learn to develop resilience in the face of the demands and traumas of everyday life through mindfulness training, and a series of tools to invite greater calm and meaning into life.

Many struggle to find the “merry” and “happy” during the upcoming holiday season, often feeling the pressures of daily life combining with the pressures to shop and spend and keep up with the demands of being ready for the holidays. This often causes us to miss the deeper meanings of the holiday season as well. While this class is designed to ease these upcoming holiday pressures, since stressors are a fact of life, these skills are applicable far beyond the winter holidays. Participants will be given a variety of skills involving relaxation, beginning meditation, and mindfulness that develops the skills of influencing both thought and reaction patterns.

This class is taught by Ginger Storey-Welch who leads a Zen meditation group on the St. Lawrence University campus where across 20 yrs she has introduced many to the practice of meditation. She has also taught classes on meditation and mindfulness and regularly attends meditation retreats.

Participants are encouraged to bring a blanket to the first class.  

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 bringing in books to donate may ask for a voucher (please provide a count of how many paperbacks and how many hardcovers in boxes of donations you bring) to be used towards 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 My Hero Academia.

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

Chess Club meets 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 has been delayed, expect a new date in the coming weeks.

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!

Nerd Club is once again being held at Canton High School! If you know a high school student who might be interested, direct them to the library conference room on Tuesdays from 2:30-3:20.

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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