@ Your Library 1.8.19

Gateway Arch

@ Your Library

By Beverly Ewart


I have just returned from a wonderful conference in St. Louis, where I got to see the Gateway Arch… from the ground.  I was planning on ascending the Arch with some friends who had never been, but was secretly relieved when we learned that it was closed due to the government shutdown that started December 22, 2018.  Still, I felt badly for my friends, since they had never been to the arch, and I really was planning on braving my fear of heights to accompany them to the top.

We had fun in spite of the shutdown, taking photos of the Arch from different angles and going down to touch the Mississippi just for the experience. Sadly, however, I am reading reports that many who have planned vacations at National Parks, monuments and museums have not enjoyed the government shutdown as much as I did.  Imagine planning a vacation to the National Zoo, or one of the Smithsonian Museums, and finding them closed!

The government may take a while to get back up and running properly, but - in the meantime - we have books that will stay open, where you can read about our parks, monuments and museums to your heart’s content:

  • The Lost Order by Steve Berry. Thrust into this battle is former Justice Department agent Cotton Malone, whose connection to the knights is far deeper than he ever imagined. At the center is the Smithsonian Institution--linked to the knights, its treasure, and Malone himself through an ancestor, a Confederate spy named Angus "Cotton" Adams, whose story holds the key to everything. Complicating matters are the political ambitions of a reckless Speaker of the House and the bitter widow of a United States Senator, who together are planning radical changes to the country. And while Malone and Cassiopeia Vitt face the past, ex-president Danny Daniels and Stephanie Nelle confront a new and unexpected challenge, a threat that may cost one of them their life. - Amazon
  • Nevada Barr’s mysteries featuring Ranger Anna Pigeon take place in U.S. National Parks.  Check them out!  
  • Campfire Stories: Tales from America's National Parks edited by Dave Kyu and Ilyssa Kyu.  "A collection of writings about six of America's national parks (Acadia, Great Smoky Mountains, Rocky Mountains, Zion, Yosemite, and Yellowstone National Parks) with introductory text and commentary by Dave and Ilyssa Kyu."--Provided by publisher.
  • National Parks of North America: Canada, United States, Mexico prepared by the Book Division, National Geographic Society.
  • Discover America's National Parks [DVD]  Views of the scenery and cultural history of many national park areas in the United States.
  • North America's National Parks [DVD] by Topics Entertainment. Yellowstone: fabric of a dream; Spirit of Yosemite; Alaska's Wild Denali; Grand Staircase Collection: Bryce Canyon: Echoes From the Amphitheater; Zion: Between Storm and Stone; Grand Canyon: the Unfinished Kingdom.
  • Time for National Parks by Deanna Neil; illustrated by Tom Newsom.  Join families as they journey through America's national parks, capturing the joy and excitement of nature. Includes a journal with fun facts and photos about each visited park! - from back cover.
  • A Home for Lady Liberty by Clare Meaney, Angela Tripp, Lorie Bacon, Joanne Station; illustrator, Jim Harris. Recounts how the Statue of Liberty was planned, built, dedicated, repaired over the years, and then restored in the 1980s.
  • Mount Rushmore by Thomas S. Owens. Relates the conception and execution of the giant monument to four American Presidents carved upon Mount Rushmore.
  • The Vietnam Veterans Memorial by Patra McSharry Sevastiades. Examines the history, purposes, design, and impact of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

Canton Free Library will be closed for staff development Thursday, January 10, 2019 from 9:30am-1pm.

Adult Programs:

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? Don’t forget about our workshop Blurt, Blab, and Write! January 15, 2019 from 6pm-8pm. The event is free of charge and a light dinner will be provided by Big Spoon Kitchen. Storyteller Regi Carpenter will share 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. For all levels. To register contact our Adult Services Librarian Jennifer at jhenry@ncls.org or 315-386-3712 ext 127.

Congratulations to Sue Bolesh, winner of our Holiday Gift Basket Raffle!  

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 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.

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.

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