@ Your Library 12.25.18

We appreciate our volunteers!

@ Your Library

By Beverly Ewart



Although the library will be closed Christmas Eve & Christmas Day, we wanted to wish you a merry Christmas and happy holidays!

We have celebrated this season by hosting the annual Book, Bake and Craft sale; the Church and Community Program’s Giving Tree; and the Hometown Holiday Basket Raffle sponsored by the Friends. But we also want to celebrate YOU.

We want to celebrate you by taking this opportunity to say thank you for your support of the Canton Free Library.  Your patronage allows us to provide programs for all ages, as well as books, materials and free computer and internet service.  Each visit is a strengthening of our partnership, and we do look forward to seeing you! Your banter across the front desk makes us smile, and we enjoy helping you to find the books and services you’re looking for.  Thank you for being such a supportive community!

On the topic of support - this is a good time to thank the Friends of the Canton Free Library. The Friends take good care of us and our community through their work on behalf of the library, and, every year without fail, they totally spoil the library staff with an amazing assortment of holiday treats!  Thank you, Friends!  We appreciate all that you do!

The quality of the services we have to offer is enhanced by the caliber of our volunteers, and we’d like to celebrate them by expressing our appreciation:  Thank you, Guy Berard, for your persevering dedication to our ongoing book sale and for keeping those of us who work in the back office from being crushed by stacks and stacks of book donations!  We thank Linda Kenny, Shelly Sanderson, and Becky Buckley for allowing us to serve a broader population by helping Agnes Hoey to keep our branches running smoothly.  Christine Schrauth, thank you for bringing books to those who can’t get to the library - for your faithfulness in coming in week after week to load up your wagon and trek down to the Canton Housing Authority, where you make the day of our senior bibliophiles! Our wonderful volunteer programmers-- David Crowell, Linda Batt, Kaitlyn Baker, Elizabeth Williams, and Tim Nolan – use their expertise to provide programs that go beyond what we can offer – we are grateful! Suzy Hoffleit, we love your smile and the cheerful energy with which you volunteer to make the library sparkle!  Alexandria Hopkins and Braden Whittaker, thank you for your afternoon shelf-reading in the children’s room and for helping to keep the children’s space organized.  Thank you, Eliza Cowan for your pleasant presence on Monday afternoons, shelving books and engaging in book talks with patrons.   

Not only are we overflowing with thanksgiving, but we are bursting at the seams with the treats that our friends and neighbors bring us this time of year!  We never tire of the goodies!  You are so gracious!  THANK YOU!


Canton Free Library will close New Year's Eve at 5pm (Monday, December 31), and be closed New Year’s Day - Tuesday, January 1, 2019.


Adult Programs:

Blurt, Blab, and Write! Are you a writer who longs to transform your stories for the stage? Are you a storyteller who wants to transform your performing magic to a book? Storyteller Regi Carpenter shares her process of finding and refining oral and written stories through a combination of spontaneous, energizing and thought-provoking exercises that guarantee to help you find your creative voice. This workshop is designed for all levels.

For over twenty years Regi Carpenter has been bringing songs and stories to audiences of all ages throughout the world in school, theaters, libraries, at festivals, conferences and in people’s backyards. She has toured her solo shows and workshops in theaters, festivals and schools, nationally and internationally. Regi is the recipient of many awards, including Storytelling World, Parent’s Choice, and Parents’ Guide to Children’s Media Award. Her stories have been featured on Sirius Radio, Apple Seed Radio, The Moth, and NPR. Her story Snap! is a winner of the Boston StorySlam. Her written memoir Where There’s Smoke, There’s Dinner: Stories of a Seared Childhood was hailed as “an unexpected gift that leaves us longing for more.” (Booklist Review.) Regi is also the founder of Stories with Spirit, a creative initiative dedicated to bringing songs of joy and stories of hope to grieving children and the people who love and care for them in homes, hospices, and hospitals.

The workshop will be conducted by Regi Carpenter on January 15, 2019 from 6pm-8pm at the Canton Free Library. A light dinner will be provided by Big Spoon Kitchen. There is no charge for this workshop.

This event is funded in part 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.


Children’s Programs:

Please note: 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.

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!

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.

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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