@ Your Library 11.27.18

Make your space beautiful

@ Your Library

By Beverly Ewart


Cold, snowy days and long, dark nights make an excellent backdrop for the art of home-decoration and interior design.  Rather than resign yourself to the winter blues, create a cozy atmosphere for your winter retreat. Throw on a smock and start adding light to your living space and delight to your eyes!

Here is a list of books to inspire your artistry:

  • Homebody: A Guide to Creating Spaces You Never Want to Leave by Joanna Gaines.  Joanna Gaines walks you through how to create a home that reflects the personalities and stories of the people who live there. Using examples from her own farmhouse as well as a range of other homes, this comprehensive guide will help you assess your priorities and instincts, as well as your likes and dislikes, with practical steps for navigating and embracing your authentic design style. Room by room, Homebody gives you an in-depth look at how these styles are implemented as well as how to blend the looks you're drawn to in order to create spaces that feel distinctly yours. A removable design template at the back of the book offers a step-by-step guide to planning and sketching out your own design plans. -- Provided by Publisher.
  • The New Bohemians Handbook: Come Home to Good Vibes by Justina Blakeney.  The New Bohemian Handbook guides readers in beautifully simple techniques for adding good vibes and style to living spaces. Packed with hundreds of ideas for bringing positive energy to your home, the book features exercises and activities for thinking about rooms in new ways. With Justina's expert guidance, learn how to rearrange, paint, prop, and plant your way to a home that's fresh and inspiring. Uncover your "spirit environment" and learn how to use color and scent to enhance mood, productivity, and relaxation. Revel in Justina's encouraging advice ("you got this!"), and easily and affordably turn any dwelling into a personal sanctuary -- Amazon.
  • By Hand: The Art of Modern Lettering by Nicole Miyuki Santo.  Blending the aspirational and the instructional, By Hand brings the beauty of lettering beyond the page, through 30 distinct projects, from watercolor place cards to cozy pillows. Relatable lessons introduce readers to the essentials of lettering, including tools (brush pens, brushes, and paint pens), essential lessons, and developing a personal style, with the warm and welcoming approach of popular Instagram letterer Nicole Miyuki Santo. Encouraging lessons sprinkled throughout the book add a touch of mindfulness, while bright, airy photography and step-by-step lettered samples make this lovely volume a stunning approach to an on-trend pastime. -- Amazon.
  • Decorate This, Not That! Big Design in Tiny Spaces by Janet Lee.  What? A DIY valet chair that artfully corrals coats, heels, and handbags in a compact 12 square inches? Rubber garage tiles-to-go that bring sexy back to a tired old kitchen floor in one click? A folding herringbone fireplace liner designed à la Popsicle® sticks? Decorate This, Not That! picks up where author Janet Lee's debut book, Decorating in a Nutshell, leaves off, as the quintessential modern, chic, budget-friendly guide to decorating and living posh, portable, and proud in pint-sized spaces. Chock full of inventive, noncommittal space-alluding décor and multifunctional storage ideas that won't hurt walls or windows, Decorate This, Not That! is in a style league of its own.
  • Rescue, Restore, Redecorate: Amy Howard's Guide to Refinishing Furniture and Accessories by Amy Howard.  Rescue, Restore, Redecorate has all the design and refinishing secrets you need to bring heirlooms back to life and to easily refresh flea market finds. Gathered from Amy Howard's beloved classes, these refinishing recipes and techniques are foolproof, making it incredibly easy to get great results. Along with a treasure trove of finishes, Amy shares antiques and flea market shopping advice and beautiful before-and-after furniture makeovers.


The Giving Tree is back at the library!  Take a tag by December 7th to make a local child’s holiday brighter!


Speaking of making the holidays brighter…  Canton Free Library is the lucky recipient of a $10,000 matching grant from the Northern New York Community Foundation. For a limited time, the Foundation will match gifts to CFL dollar for dollar to help us build an endowment to supplement our regular operating funds. CFL’s amazing library supporters already help us provide great services for our community-- now is your chance to double your gift and help sustain the library for years to come! To donate, visit www.cantonfreelibrary.org/donate.


Adult Programming:

The Friends of the Canton Free Library will hold their Annual Book, Bake and Craft Sale on Saturday, December 1 from 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. in the library's lower level, 8 Park Street, Canton.

The bake sale will feature home baked items including pies, cookies, breads and candy while books of all kinds will be available for sale. A variety of vendors will be participating in the craft show. A final listing of vendors will be announced shortly. Also available will be the Friends' McCarthy's Cookbook and raffle tickets for their Hometown Holiday basket.

This annual event is a great time to shop for the holidays while supporting local artists and your local library.

Narcan Training: Canton Free Library is offering FREE Narcan Training to members of the community in conjunction with Susan Ferguson of the St. Lawrence County Addiction Treatment Center. Narcan is an emergency treatment for use in cases of suspected opioid overdose, while waiting for emergency services to arrive. More information about Narcan can be found at https://www.narcan.com/. The training will be held Monday, December 3, from 6PM-7PM at the Canton Free Library, 8 Park Street Canton, NY 13617 in the Paige Room.

Registration is requested. To register please contact Jennifer at 315-386-3712 ext 127 or jhenry@ncls.org .


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 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 The Ancient Magus’ Bride.

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.

Banish the winter blues @ your library!