@ Your Library 11.13.18

Helen Simonson

@ Your Library

By Beverly Ewart


In light of the fact that Veterans Day originated from Armistice Day - created on November 11, 1919 to celebrate the first anniversary of the end of WWI - I thought I would highlight some of our books and movies that have to do with the first world war.  Veterans Day became a national holiday in 1938; a chance, each year, to officially recognize and appreciate all those men and women, living or dead, who have served our country with integrity and sacrifice.

We hope you enjoyed the long weekend, and had a chance to thank a veteran!

  • Above the Dreamless Dead: World War I in Poetry and Comics. Edited by Chris Duffy.  A collection of World War I poetry interpreted by cartoonists.
  • It Was the War of the Trenches by Jacques Tardi; [edited and translated by Kim Thompson].  The experiences of World War I from the perspectives of soldiers on the battlefield and their families at home.  (Adult Graphic Novel)
  • The Summer Before the War: A Novel by Helen Simonson.  (See photo.  One of my favorite authors, Helen Simonson has patiently trained her story to grow over the trellis of history, drawing us into the lives of characters we very well might recognize as contemporary as are our own family and friends. - Beverly)
  • We Shall Not Sleep: A Novel by Anne Perry. After four long years, peace is finally in sight. But Chaplain Joseph Reavley and his sister Judith, an ambulance driver on the Western Front, are more hard pressed than ever. Behind the lines, violence is increasing: soldiers are abusing German prisoners, a nurse has been raped and murdered, and the sinister ideologue called the Peacemaker now threatens to undermine the peace just as he did the war. Then Matthew, the third Reavley sibling and an intelligence expert, suddenly arrives at the front with startling news. The Peacemaker’s German counterpart has offered to go to England and expose his co-conspirator as a traitor. But with war still raging and prejudices inflamed, such a journey would be fraught with hazards, especially since the Peacemaker has secret informers everywhere, even on the battlefield.
  • The Mapping of Love and Death: A Maisie Dobbs Novel by Jacqueline Winspear. (Another favorite! - Beverly) In 1914, Michael Clifton, sails from California to Britain to enlist in the war. Three years later, he is listed among those missing in action. April 1932. London psychologist and investigator Maisie Dobbs is retained by Michael's parents, who have recently learned that their son's remains have been unearthed in France. They want Maisie to find the unnamed nurse whose love letters were among Michael's belongings. Her inquiries, and the stunning discovery that Michael Clifton was murdered in his trench, unleash a web of intrigue and violence that threatens to engulf the soldier's family and even Maisie herself.
  • Treaties, Trenches, Mud, and Blood (a World War I Tale) by Nathan Hale.  "World War I set the tone for the 20th century and introduced a new type of warfare: global, mechanical, and brutal. Nathan Hale has gathered some of the most fascinating true-life tales from the war and given them his inimitable Hazardous Tales twist. Easy to understand, funny, informative, and lively, this series is the best way to be introduced to some of the most well-known battles (and little-known secrets) of the infamous war."-- provided by publisher.
  • War Horse [Blu-ray] Dreamworks Pictures.  Set against a sweeping canvas of rural England and Europe during the First World War, begins with the remarkable friendship between a horse named Joey and a young man called Albert, who tames and trains him. When they are forcefully parted, the film follows the extraordinary journey of the horse as he moves through the war, changing and inspiring the lives of all those he meets; British cavalry, German soldiers, and a French farmer and his granddaughter.
  • The Red Baron [Blu-ray].  Europe, 1916: Baron Manfred von Richthofen is a crack pilot of the German aerial combat forces, a legend in his own time, a hero at home, and a man both feared and respected by the enemy. Von Richthofen and his fellow officers see their duels in the sky as tactical, almost sportsmanlike, challenges. But, when he falls in love with Kate, she opens his eyes to the fact that there is more to war than dogfights and he becomes aware of his role in the propaganda machine and senseless war.

Adult Programming:  

Due to an overwhelmingly positive response our Mindfulness, Merriment, and Meaning class is now CLOSED. To be placed on a waiting list, please contact Ginger at: storeygi1977@gmail.com or 315-379-9564.

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.

Description: 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.

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 17th. Call Valerie at 386-3712 ext 4 for more information.

Children’s Book Sale

The Canton Free Library will hold its annual children’s  book sale, on Saturday, November 17th from 10 AM-2 PM. Prices are inexpensive, and children may bring in their gently used books to trade for those already in the sale. Only books in very good condition, please. Call the Val at the Library 386-3712 / Ext. 4 for 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.

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