@ Your Library 4.9.19

Library Week 2019

@ Your Library

by Beverly Ewart



In the North Country

We welcome April gladly;

New poems break ground!


It’s Haiku time again, everybody; April is Poetry Month!  It makes perfect sense that we would choose this time of year to celebrate a literary form that births thoughts and ideas too large or intense for us to contain.  For longings we can’t express, we need the kinds of images only poetry can flesh out.


Visit our book display and reacquaint yourself with favorite poets, or acquaint yourself with new ones.  Leave us a Haiku while you’re at it!


  • A Haiku Garden: The Four Seasons in Poems and Prints by Stephen Addiss with Fumiko and Akira Yamamoto.  
  • Guyku: A Year of Haiku for Boys by Bob Raczka; art by Peter Reynolds. Raczka and Reynolds present a humorous haiku collection perfect for guys (big and small) that celebrates outdoor fun throughout the seasons.
  • A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood: The Poetry of Mister Rogers by Fred Rogers; illustrations by Luke Flowers.  Lyrics to seventy-five songs from the children's television programs Mister Rogers' Neighborhood and The Children's Corner, collected and presented as an illustrated treasury of poems. Lyrics explore topics such as feelings, new siblings, everyday life, and imagination.  - provided by publisher.
  • Above the Dreamless Dead: World War I in Poetry and Comics edited by Chris Duffy.  A collection of World War I poetry interpreted by cartoonists.
  • It's a Woman's World: A Century of Women's Voices in Poetry edited by Neil Philip.  An anthology of poetry by twentieth-century women from around the world including, Sylvia Plath, Nigar Hanim, Sonia Sanchez, and Nellie Wong.


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.

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: meets on Mondays from 5-7. Chess club also meets at Gamer Craze on Saturdays from 1-3. All skill levels welcome.

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.


Adult Programs:

National Library Week First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week, is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and is observed by libraries across the country each April. The celebration highlights the valuable role libraries, librarians, and library workers play in transforming lives and strengthening communities.

The 2019 celebration will be observed April 7-13 with the theme, Libraries = Strong Communities. Libraries are at the heart of cities, towns, schools and campuses, providing critical resources, programs and expertise. They also provide a public space where all community members, regardless of age, culture or income level, can come together to connect and learn.


As part of this celebration we invite you to join the #MyLibraryMyStory campaign and share how Canton Free Library has made a difference in your life. Using social media and the hashtags #MyLibraryMyStory and #CantonFreeLibrary help us to spread good news about the work we do. Not into social media? We’ll happily accept letters and testimonials on paper as well.

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.  

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.

Know your haiku @ your library!