@ Your Library 2.19.19

@ Your Library

By Beverly Ewart


The other day my husband asked me what I had been reading lately.  Both of us are always in the middle of a good book, so it wasn’t an unusual question, but the reason he was asking this time was unusual; I had been quite subdued and struggling with sadness over the course of a few days, and he thought it might be a reflection of my reading rather than my reality.  He was right! 


One of the perks of my job at CFL is that every new book passes through my hands before it hits the shelves.  When I notice one that has been endorsed by one of my favorite authors, I pay special attention.  The Eulogist by Terry Gamble had a recommendation on the front cover by Paulette Jiles, whose novel News of the World was one of my favorites last year.  On the back cover, Sally Gunning, another favorite author (The Widow’s War) praised this novel.  I decided to read The Eulogist because of Jiles and Gunning’s recommendations, and I was captivated immediately by this story about an immigrant family and their reluctant introduction to the politics of slavery and abolition.  


Swept up mentally and emotionally, it was hard to shift gears back to my present reality.  Sometimes my mood is impacted in much the same way by current events, and I could trace contemporary currents in the news to the historical events around which this story flows.  It’s a testament to a writer’s craft when they can pull you out of yourself and into their world and leave you a bit stunned in the process!


Check it out - it’s not a feel-good story, but it is a really good story:


  • The Eulogist: A Novel by Terry Gamble.  1819. Cheated out of their family estate in Northern Ireland after the Napoleonic Wars, the Givens family settle in Cincinnati. After losing their mother in childbirth and their father to a riverboat headed for New Orleans, James, Olivia, and Erasmus Givens must fend for themselves. Ambitious James eventually marries into a prosperous family, builds a successful business, and rises in Cincinnati society. Taken by the spirit and wanderlust, Erasmus becomes an itinerant preacher, finding passion and heartbreak as he seeks God. Independent-minded Olivia, seemingly destined for spinsterhood, enters into a surprising partnership and marriage with Silas Orpheus, a local doctor who spurns social mores. -- adapted from jacket



If you happen to enjoy warming up with a cup of coffee while you read, we have free (donations accepted) coffee available at CFL. Many thanks to the Crowell family for sponsoring this offering!


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. 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.

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.

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.

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