@ Your Library 3.12.19

Alice in Wonderland

@ Your Library

by Beverly Ewart



Can you recite Jabberwocky by heart?  What’s the difference between Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum? Have you ever been late, late, for a very important date?  Does it make you mad as a hatter when your friend gets that Cheshire cat grin on his face? Do politics remind you of life in Wonderland - curiouser and curiouser? Or is that a rabbit hole you’d rather not go down?

Chances are you’re familiar with all of those everyday names and phrases made popular by Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.  

When the calendar flips to March I think of Alice - call me crazy, but I think it’s the March Hare that does it.  Here are some titles that re-imagine Wonderland, in case March makes you think of Alice, too:


  • After Alice by Gregory Maguire. A tale inspired by Lewis Carroll's beloved classic follows the experiences of Alice's friend, Ada, who, upon tumbling down the same rabbit hole, embarks on an odyssey to find and reclaim her friend from a surreal world.


  • The Story of Alice: Lewis Carroll and the Secret History of Wonderland by Robert Douglas-Fairhurst.  


  • Alice in Tumblr-Land: And Other Fairy Tales for a New Generation by Tim Manley. Disney meets Lena Dunham in this illustrated humor book featuring your favorite fairy-tale characters dating and finding their way in 21st-century America.


  • Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter.  (The White Rabbit Chronicles; Book 1)  Alice Bell must learn to fight the undead to avenge her family and learn to trust Cole Holland who has secrets of his own.


  • Alice in Wonderland retold by Martin Powell; illustrated by Daniel Perez.  A graphic novel adaptation of the tale in which a little girl falls down a rabbit hole and discovers a world of nonsensical and amusing characters.


  • Alice Through the Looking Glass: A Matter of Time adapted by Carla Jablonski; based on the screenplay by Linda Woolverton; based on characters created by Lewis Carroll. "Based on events from the film Alice Through the Looking Glass, this unique illustrated novel allows readers to follow Alice, the Mad Hatter, the Red Queen and the White Queen as they journey through time. Each of the four characters has their own distinct art style to accompany their unpredictable adventures. As readers travel along, they will be faced with choices that may turn the world--or at least the book itself--upside down." Amazon.


  • Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland [DVD] Paramount Pictures.  Alice's fantastic adventures lead her straight to some of the most memorable characters ever imagined, including the Mad Hatter, the Queen of Hearts, Humpty Dumpty, the Cheshire Cat, Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum. When Alice falls down a rabbit hole, she is transported to a magical world.


  • Alice in Wonderland [DVD]  Walt Disney Pictures presents ; a Roth Films production, a Team Todd production, a Zanuck Company production, a film by Tim Burton.  Alice, now 19 years old, returns to the whimsical world she first entered as a child and embarks on a journey to discover her true destiny.


  • Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll; illus. by John Tenniel.


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.

Battle of the Books: Please note: the registration deadline for the 2019 Canton Battle of the Books is coming up on Saturday, March 23rd!

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.

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Tumble into Wonderland @ your library!