@ Your Library 12.18.18

A favorite author

@ Your Library

By Beverly Ewart


It’s not too late to take a break and stop in to purchase a ticket for the Hometown Holiday Basket Raffle!  Drawing will be December 20, 2018.  Bring cheer - purchase a ticket on behalf of a friend!

One way to bring cheer is to give gifts, and this is certainly the gift-givingest time of the year!  Baskets and stockings and boxes of goodies all meant to show love - bringing joy to the one who receives, and joy to the one who gives.  

Another way to bring cheer is to get a book-lover talking about a favorite author!  I have my list and I’m sure you have yours.  Doesn’t it make you happy to pass along the virtues of your particular author-crush, enticing a friend or acquaintance to read one of your own best-loved books?

November 29th of this year would have marked the 100th birthday of one of my all-time favorite authors, Madeleine L’Engle.  And this season marks the anniversary of one of the greatest surprises my husband ever arranged for me - an Advent reading and dinner with Madeleine at her church, All Angels, in Manhattan.  Caving to sentimentality, I am going to list some of her books that may be lesser known than the Wrinkle in Time Quartet, but that bring me cheer in this season of waiting for the return of the light.

  • Dance in the Desert by Madeleine L'Engle; pictures by Symeon Shimin.  Describes an encounter in the desert when the animals came to a caravan campfire and danced with a child because fear was absent.
  • The Glorious Impossible illustrated with frescoes from the Scrovegni chapel by Giotto; afterword by A. Richard Turner.  Describes the life of Jesus Christ and presents twenty-four paintings showing scenes from the life of Christ by the fourteenth-century Italian artist Giotto.
  • A Circle of Quiet.  The Crosswicks Journal; bk 1.  This journal shares fruitful reflections on life and career prompted by the author's visit to her personal place of retreat near her country home.  (Amazon)
  • The Summer of the Great Grandmother.  The Crosswicks Journal; bk 2.  This journal offers a loving and poignant portrait of L'Engle's mother in old age that is more about living than dying.  (Amazon)
  • The Irrational Season.  The Crosswicks Journal; bk. 3.  Church year meditations.
  • Two-Part Invention: The Story of a Marriage.  The Crosswicks Journal; bk 4.  The story of a marriage of true minds and spirits--a brilliant writer's tribute to lasting love.  (Amazon)
  • The Weather of the Heart: Poems.  


Canton Free Library will be closed for Christmas Monday, December 24 & Tuesday, December 25. The library will close at 5pm on December 31 for New Year’s Eve.


There’s still time to give...

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 is matching gifts to CFL dollar for dollar to help us build a new endowment fund. As a CFL supporter, you 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 or mail a gift directly to the Northern New York Community Foundation, 131 Washington St., Watertown, NY 13601. Please note “Canton Free Library” in the memo.


Adult Programs:

We have been granted funds to help sponsor a non-fiction writing workshop in January! Funds have been provided by Poets & Writers, with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Save the date for our workshop titled: Blurt, Blab, and Write! The workshop will be conducted by Regi Carpenter on January 15, 2019 from 6pm-8pm. A light dinner will be provided by Big Spoon Kitchen.

Stay tuned for more information!


Children’s Programs:


There will be a short holiday break from children’s programs. There will be no Baby Storytime on December 25th or January 1st; no Toddler Storytime on December 24th & 31st; no Preschool Storytime December 26th or January 2nd. The Junior Writers will not meet on December 27th and Books and Beyond will not meet in January. All weekly programs will resume as usual the second week of January!

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 Steins;Gate.

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. All ages are welcome for informal, friendly and fun chess matches every week. No meetups on December 24th or 31st.

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 February 16.

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! Game Club will not meet on December 24th.

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 - 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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