@ Your Library 1.22.19

Author: Regi Carpenter

@ Your Library

By Beverly Ewart



Last Tuesday evening (the 15th), 21 intrepid people of all ages attended our workshop Blurt, Blab, and Write!  We think that was a pretty good turnout for a cold and blustery January night!  We know they are not the only ones interested in learning the craft of transforming ideas into words and words into stories, but they are the ones who enjoyed a lovely dinner provided by Big Spoon Kitchen.  Price Chopper helped us out by donating paper products to minimize cleanup after dinner, leaving everyone free to be creative after a good meal.

We’d like to thank storyteller Regi Carpenter for sharing her process of finding and refining oral and written stories.  She created a helpful and delightful workshop for aspiring authors and storytellers!  We have a copy of Regi’s book, Where There’s Smoke, There’s Dinner: Stories of a Seared Childhood that you can check out any time.

Stories build community and community produces stories and the library is an excellent place to celebrate that!  We have several books on or about the craft of writing - why don’t you come in and check one out?

  • Blogging for Dummies by Susannah Gardner and Shane Birley.  Provides information on setting up, publishing, and maintaining a blog.
  • Getting Your Book Published for Dummies by Sarah Parsons Zackheim, with Adrian Zackheim; foreword by Nelson DeMille. Provides information on authorship and marketing.
  • Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life by Anne Lamott.  Lamott offers an "inspiring book about writing as a way of finding truth" (San Francisco Chronicle). "A reveille to get off our duffs and start writing now, while we still can".--Seattle Times. "Thirty years ago my older brother, who was ten years old at the time, was trying to get a report on birds written that he'd had three months to write. It was due the next day. We were out at our family cabin in Bolinas, and he was at the kitchen table close to tears, surrounded by binder paper and pencils and unopened books on birds, immobilized by the hugeness of the task ahead. Then my father sat down beside him, put his arm around my brother's shoulder, and said, 'Bird by bird, buddy. Just take it bird by bird.'"  (This is my favorite, in case you wondered. - Beverly)
  • Pete Seeger's Storytelling Book by Pete Seeger and Paul Du Bois Jacobs.
  • Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz.  After working with bestselling crime writer Alan Conway for years, editor Susan Ryeland is intimately familiar with his detective, Atticus Pünd, who solves mysteries in sleepy English villages. His traditional formula has proved hugely successful, so successful that Susan must continue to put up with his troubling behavior if she wants to keep her job. Conway's latest tale involves a murder at Pye Hall, with dead bodies and a host of intriguing suspects. But the more Susan reads, the more she's convinced that there is another story hidden in the pages of the manuscript: one of real-life jealousy, greed, ruthless ambition, and murder.
  • Writer's Market 2019 - Robert Lee Brewer, editor.  Writer's Market 2019 guides you through the process of getting paid to write with thousands of publishing opportunities for writers, including listings for book publishers, consumer and trade magazines, contests and awards, and literary agents, as well as new playwriting and screenwriting sections. These listings feature contact and submission information to help writers get their work published. Includes material devoted to the business and promotion of writing. Discover the secrets to ten-minute marketing, how to make money covering live events, and seven steps to doubling your writing income. Plus, learn how to do video effectively, create a business plan for success, and more. This edition includes the pay-rate chart and book publisher subject index.
  • The DC Comics Guide to Writing Comics by Dennis O'Neil; introduction by Stan Lee.
  • Little Red Writing by Joan Holub, pictures by Melissa Sweet.  Once upon a time, in pencil school, a brave little red pencil sets out to write an exciting story with nouns and adverbs and everything--but first she has to face the ravenous pencil sharpener, the Wolf 3000.
  • Pinkalicious: Story Time by Victoria Kann.  "When Pinkalicious meets her favorite author, she's inspired to write her own stories and discovers the power of her imagination." - from the back cover.


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 0.

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 is on break until February 4th.

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.

Read to write @ your library!