@ Your Library 1.15.19

His Dream

@ Your Library

By Beverly Ewart


“No! no, we are not satisfied, and we will not be satisfied until “justice rolls down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream.”  Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., quoting from the book of Amos, August 28, 1963

No bullet was big enough to deflate the dream of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., which continues to beckon us to something better all these years after his death.  There is still work to do for sure. His dream isn’t something to be brought out and dusted off in the month of January and then forgotten for the rest of the year.  January is simply a good time for a fresh commitment to an important cause, and we have some offerings to help you to not only dream with Dr. King, but also to work toward the fulfillment of his dream.

  • The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr. edited by Clayborne Carson.
  • My Life With Martin Luther King, Jr. by Coretta Scott King.
  • Mississippi Burning [DVD] a Frederick Zollo production, an Alan Parker film.  Set in Mississippi in 1964, this is a fictionalized version of the case of the murder of three young civil rights workers, the FBI's attempts to find the missing boys and the clash between the authorities and the locals in a Klan-dominated town.
  • Four Spirits: A Novel by Sena Jeter Naslund. In the wake of racial tensions in 1960s Alabama, sheltered white college student Stella participates in her first freedom movement and finds her life changed in several ways when she develops friendships with local African Americans.
  • The Bill of Rights by Michael Burgan. Examines the Bill of Rights and the important part it plays in Americans' lives today.
  • I am Martin Luther King, Jr. by Brad Meltzer; illustrated by Christopher Eliopoulos. Presents an illustrated biography of the man who spent his life pursuing his dream of equality and peace and was at the forefront of the civil rights movement until his assassination in 1968.
  • I Have a Dream: The Life and Words of Martin Luther King, Jr. by Jim Haskins. Presents the life, words, and principles of the noted civil rights worker through extensive quotations from his speeches and writings.
  • Martin's Big Words: The life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by Doreen Rappaport; illustrated by Brian Collier.
  • My Brother Martin: A Sister Remembers Growing up With the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by Christine King Farris; illustrated by Chris Soentpiet. Looks at the early life of Martin Luther king, Jr., as seen through the eyes of his older sister.
  • Ellington Was Not a Street by Ntozake Shange; illustrated by Kadir Nelson.
  • Rosa by Nikki Giovanni; illustrated by Bryan Collier.  The story of the young black woman who refused to give up her seat to a white passenger in Alabama, setting in motion all the events of the Civil Rights Movements that resulted in the end of the segregated south, gave equality to blacks throughout the nation, and forever changed the country in which we all live today. She had not sought this moment but she was ready for it. When the policeman bent down to ask "Auntie, are you going to move?" all the strength of all the people through all those many years joined in her. She said, "No." Fifty years after her refusal to give up her seat on a Montgomery, Alabama, city bus, Mrs. Rosa Parks is still one of the most important figures in the American civil rights movement.


Canton Free Library will be closed for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on Monday, January 21, 2019.


Adult Programs:

TONIGHT IS THE NIGHT! 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? TONIGHT is our workshop Blurt, Blab, and Write! 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.


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, movement and music 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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