@ Your Library 2.5.19


@ Your Library

By Beverly Ewart


We have had an outpouring of support from this amazing community!  Thank you for your concern, generosity, and patience in the aftermath of our flood on January 24.  The rug in the children’s room is clean and dry, thanks to the excellence of the cleaning crew at Servicemaster, and we have begun the process of returning books to their shelves. Because of your generosity, we will be able to replace many books that were water-damaged, and - because of the hard work of library staff, trustees, and volunteers - things in the children’s room will soon be back to normal.

In light of our flood, I thought I would rise to the occasion and offer titles to do with cataclysmic flooding.  The water has receded, leaving me with my dry sense of humor:

  • The Rain Watcher: A Novel by Tatiana de Rosnay.  Paris. The Malegarde family gathers to celebrate Paul's 70th birthday, and his 40th anniversary with Lauren. Photographer Linden Malegarde is home from the US; he has grown distant from his blunt older sister Tilia. The family members fight to keep their unity, figuratively drowning under the weight of their secrets. And as the rains fall, The Seine overflows its banks and floods the city. Adapted from publisher info.
  • Ruthless Tide: The Heroes and Villains of the Johnstown Flood, America's Astonishing Gilded Age Disaster by Al Roker.  Presents a narrative history of the 1889 Johnstown Flood to chronicle key events, the damage that rendered the flood one of America's worst disasters, and the pivotal contributions of key figures, from dam engineer John Parke to American Red Cross founder Clara Barton.
  • The Tilted World: A Novel by Tom Franklin and Beth Ann Fennelly. In 1927, as the Mississippi River threatens to burst its banks and engulf all in its path, two federal revenue agents investigate the disappearance of two fellow agents on the trail of a local bootlegger. Set against the backdrop of the historic flooding of the Mississippi River, The Tilted World is an extraordinary tale of murder and moonshine, sandbagging and saboteurs, and a man and a woman who find unexpected love. Written with extraordinary insight and tenderness, The Tilted World is that rarest of creations, a story of seemingly ordinary people who find hope and deliverance where they least expect it - in each other.
  • Nation by Terry Pratchett. (YA) After a devastating tsunami destroys all that they have ever known, Mau, an island boy, and Daphne, an aristocratic English girl, together with a small band of refugees, set about rebuilding their community and all the things that are important in their lives.
  • Spring's Renewal by Shelley Shepard Gray. In the second installment of the Seasons of Sugarcreek series, as a flash flood threatens everything they hold dear, two people must determine how much they'll sacrifice for a chance at true love - Provided by publisher.
  • Fly Away by Patricia MacLachlan. (J) While in North Dakota helping her Aunt Frankie prepare for a possible flood, Lucy finds her voice as a poet with the help of her two-year-old brother Teddy, the rest of their family, and a few cows.
  • I Survived: Hurricane Katrina, 2005 by Lauren Tarshis.  (J) The horror of Hurricane Katrina is brought vividly to life in this fictional account of a boy, a dog, and the storm of the century. Barry's family tries to evacuate before Hurricane Katrina hits their home in New Orleans. But when Barry's little sister gets terribly sick, they're forced to stay home and wait out the storm. At first, Katrina doesn't seem to be as bad as predicted. But overnight the levees break, and Barry's world is literally torn apart. He's swept away by the floodwaters, away from his family. Can he survive the storm of the century -- alone?
  • I Survived: The Japanese Tsunami, 2011 by Lauren Tarshis. (J) A massive earthquake and devastating tsunami hit Japan while Ben is visiting his late father's hometown, pulling Ben's family apart and leaving him stranded in a strange country during an epic disaster.
  • Nora's Ark by Natalie Kinsey-Warnock; illustrated by Emily Arnold McCully. (E)  During the Vermont flood of 1927, a girl and her grandparents share their new hilltop house with neighbors and animals.
  • Come a Tide by George Ella Lyon; pictures by Stephen Gammell. (E)  A girl provides a lighthearted account of the spring floods at her rural home.


Baby Storytime, Toddler Storytime and Preschool Storytime will return this week!

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.


Teen Programs:

Anime Club returned yesterday, 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 is back on Mondays from 5pm to 7pm.

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 resumed on February 4th.

Nerd Club will be back today, 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.

Flooded with gratitude for you all @ your library!