@ Your Library
By Beverly Ewart
Today the atmosphere seems to be holding its breath, waiting for the freezing rain to begin. Even with my back to the windows, I can’t pretend it’s not winter. The frozen hush behind me is palpable!
Winter is enjoyable if you like snow, but you aren’t going to catch many people out playing in the freezing rain. We’ll look at this as an opportunity to stay put and catch up on some reading. Let me offer some titles:
- The Current: A Novel by Tim Johnston. When two young women leave their college campus in the dead of winter for a 700-mile drive north to Minnesota, they suddenly find themselves fighting for their lives in the icy waters of the Black Root River, just miles from home. One girl's survival, and the other's death--murder, actually--stun the citizens of a small Minnesota town, thawing memories of another young woman who lost her life in the same river ten years earlier, and whose killer may yet live among them. -- provided by publisher.
- The Winter of the Witch by Katherine Arden. Now, in the conclusion to this powerful trilogy, Moscow has been struck by disaster. Its people are searching for answers--and someone to blame. Vasya finds herself alone, beset on all sides. The Grand Prince is in a rage, choosing allies that will lead him on a path to war and ruin. A wicked demon returns, stronger than ever, determined to spread chaos. Caught at the center of this conflict is Vasya, who finds the fate of both worlds resting on her shoulders. With her destiny uncertain, Vasya must uncover surprising truths about herself and her history as she desperately tries to save Russia, Morozko, and the magical world she treasures. But she may not be able to save them all - Provided by publisher. (This was an excellent trilogy, and I was sad when I finished The Winter of the Witch! Katherine Arden’s tale in three parts was a re-telling of classic Russian mythology and fairytales, and was my guilty reading pleasure last winter as well as this one! - Beverly)
- Winter Sisters by Robin Oliveira. After an epic snow storm ravages the city of Albany, Dr. Mary Sutter, a former Civil War surgeon, begins a search for two little girls, the daughters of close friends killed by the storm who have vanished without a trace. Mary's mother and niece Elizabeth, who has been studying violin in Paris, return to Albany upon learning of the girls' disappearance--but Elizabeth has another reason for wanting to come home, one she is not willing to reveal. Despite resistance from the community, who believe the girls to be dead, the family persists in their efforts to find the two sisters. When what happened to them is revealed, the uproar that ensues tears apart families, reputations, and even the social fabric of the city, exposing dark secrets about some of the most powerful of its citizens, and putting fragile loves and lives at great risk.
- A Boy in Winter: A Novel by Rachel Seiffert. From the award-winning author of The Dark Room, a startling portrait of the Nazis' arrival in Ukraine as they move to implement the final solution. Otto Pohl, an engineer overseeing construction of a German road in Ukraine, awakens to the unexpected sight of SS men herding hundreds of Jews into an old brick factory. Inside the factory, Ephraim anxiously scans the growing crowd, looking for his two sons. As anxious questions swirl around him--"Where are they taking us? How long will we be gone?"--he can't quell the suspicion that it would be just like his oldest son to hole up somewhere instead of lining up for the Germans, and just like his youngest to follow...-- Provided by publisher.
- Winterhouse by Ben Guterson. Elizabeth, eleven, spends Christmas break at Winterhouse hotel under strange circumstances, where she discovers that she has magic, and her love of puzzles helps her solve a mystery.
- One-Dog Sleigh by Mary Casanova. A girl hitches her dog to her sleigh one morning, only to be insistently joined by a series of animals, large and small.
If you happen to enjoy warming up with a cup of coffee while you read, we will have free (donations accepted) coffee available at CFL once again, starting this week. Many thanks to the Crowell family for sponsoring this offering!
We will be closed Monday, February 18th, 2019, for Presidents’ Day.
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.
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 on Wednesdays for epic adventures through a variety of different tabletop games!
Chess Club: 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 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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