@ Your Library 5.7.19

New favorite author

@ Your Library

by Beverly Ewart


It was high time I read something by an Australian. Robert Hillman (the Australian) wrote The Bookshop of the Broken Hearted, which was so good that I blessed a cold and rainy Saturday because it allowed me the time I needed (away from spring yard work) to read the novel in almost one sitting!

Hillman’s prose was clean, spare, and deft.  With simple words, his characters took on multiple facets, refracting color and light and the beauty of complicated human relationships against the dark backdrop of the Holocaust and the Vietnam War.  The line of good and evil ran through each member of his eclectic literary cast, tying them together in a powerful, redemptive network, in spite of their flaws. 

You may want to spend your next rainy Saturday in Australia at The Bookshop of the Broken Hearted.  There’s a romance there - but not what you might be expecting.  


Don’t forget CFL’s BUDGET VOTE Tuesday, May 21, 2019.  Voting will take place in the Canton High School Library from noon until 9pm.

Adult Programs:

Healthy, Budget Friendly Eating.  Wednesday, May 8th, 2019, 6:30-7:30pm @ CFL

Want to learn how to incorporate a healthy diet into your life when you are on a budget? Come learn about healthy food choices to fill your plate!

This event is free of charge and part of the St. Lawrence University and Canton Free Library Public Health Survey Project.

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. Currently watching The Disastrous Life of Saiki K.

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.

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.

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