@ Your Library 1.29.19


@ Your Library

By Beverly Ewart


My mother is in her eighties and knows exactly how to while away these cold winter months; she does puzzles.  Mom likes all kinds of puzzles: Sudoku, crossword, word-search, and jigsaw puzzles!  Give her a puzzle and she couldn't care less about the outside temperatures.  I like to get outside in the winter to exercise my body, but mom is less mobile these days.  She stays inside and exercises her mind.  Puzzles like Sudoku test her memory and logic, and word-searches and crossword puzzles increase her language skills and vocabulary.

Today is National Puzzle Day, a good day to highlight the fact that we have a collection of puzzles, games and video games that you can check out or enjoy when you visit CFL.  Come on in and exercise your mind!

  • Ready Player One: A Novel by Ernest Cline.  "Ready Player One takes place in the not-so-distant future--the world has turned into a very bleak place, but luckily there is OASIS, a virtual reality world that is a vast online utopia. People can plug into OASIS to play, go to school, earn money, and even meet other people (or at least they can meet their avatars), and for protagonist Wade Watts it certainly beats passing the time in his grim, poverty-stricken real life. Along with millions of other world-wide citizens, Wade dreams of finding three keys left behind by James Halliday, the now-deceased creator of OASIS and the richest man to have ever lived. The keys are rumored to be hidden inside OASIS, and whoever finds them will inherit Halliday's fortune. But Halliday has not made it easy."-- Amazon Best Book of the Month.
  • The Kenken Killings: A Puzzle Lady Mystery by Parnell Hall.  Cashing an inheritance check from a man she never met, "Puzzle Lady" Cora Felton is targeted by her ex-husband with an alimony suit that claims she remarried, a case that is complicated by a witness's murder and suspicions about her ex-husband's possible responsibility.
  • Puzzle [DVD] A closely observed portrait of Agnes, who has reached her early 40s without ever venturing far from home, family or the tight-knit immigrant community in which she was raised by her widowed father. That begins to change in a quietly dramatic fashion when Agnes receives a jigsaw puzzle as a birthday gift and experiences the heady thrill of not only doing something she enjoys, but being very, very good at it.
  • Death by Sudoku by Kaye Morgan.  Maiden's Bay is a small, scenic town on the Oregon Coast where citizens get their number fix thanks to Liza Kelly, Sudoku Maven with the Oregon Daily. Her challenging puzzles sharpen the mind, and her deductive skills unravel even the most enigmatic clues. Liza enters a Sudoku tournament in which her old friend and competitor turns up dead. Now, she must think outside the boxes to find a murderer.

Children’s Programs:

Sadly, you won’t be able to while away these cold winter months in the children’s room until further notice.  We suffered a flood during the thaw on the 24th.  There has already been so much care demonstrated by this community, for which we are very thankful!  We appreciate your support and understanding, and will let you know how you can help in the upcoming days and weeks.  Until then, we cannot accept donations of books, as we have nowhere to put them, and won’t even know exactly what we lost until we can do an inventory. Monetary donations, however, are very welcome, and we will gladly put them toward replacing the children’s books that have been lost.


Baby Storytime, Toddler Storytime and Preschool Storytime are cancelled until further notice.


Junior Writers Group is cancelled on January 31.


Teen Programs:

Anime Club is taking a one week break, it will return February 4th.

Casuals Wielding Dice: Join Dave Crowell Wednesdays from 2:30pm to 5pm on Wednesdays for epic adventures through a variety of different tabletop games!

Chess Club will be taking a short break due to the flooding. It will return as soon as the room is cleared.

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 taking a one week break, it will be back on February 5th.


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.

Puzzles and puddles @ your library!