@ Your Library 7.16.19

A Michener novel that's out of this world!


@ Your Library

by Beverly Ewart



While the young people are exploring the universe through books and activities during our summer reading program, I thought perhaps some of our adult patrons would enjoy exploring a small selection of novels and non-fiction that are out of this world:

  • Trading in Danger by Elizabeth Moon.  Thrown out of the Space Academy in disgrace, Ky Vatta, daughter of a leading interstellar trading dynasty, is given the chance to redeem herself by captaining one of Vatta's oldest ships on its voyage to scrapyards.

  • The Ghost Brigades by John Scalzi. When humanity is threatened by an alliance of three adversarial races who would halt the world's expansion into space, Jared Dirac, a super-power clone, tries to discover why the scientist who gave him his DNA has revealed key military secrets.

  • Chasing the Moon: The people, the Politics, and the Promise That Launched America Into the Space Age by Robert Stone and Alan Andres.

  • American Moonshot: John F. Kennedy and the Great Space Race by Douglas Brinkley.  On the fiftieth anniversary of the first lunar landing, acclaimed historian Douglas Brinkley takes a fresh look at the American space program, President John F. Kennedy's inspiring challenge, and the race to the moon.

  • Space by James A. Michener.  The story of four men whose lives are bound up with America's efforts to reach the moon and beyond. The novel covers more than 40 years of human effort and includes the political manoeuvrings behind the scenes and various anxieties and confrontations with the media.

  • Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly.  Before John Glenn orbited the earth or Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, a group of dedicated female mathematicians known as "human computers" used pencils, slide rules and adding machines to calculate the numbers that would launch rockets, and astronauts into space. Among these problem-solvers were a group of exceptionally talented African American women, some of the brightest minds of their generation. Originally relegated to teaching math in the South's segregated public schools, they were called into service during the labor shortages of World War II, when America's aeronautics industry was in dire need of anyone who had the right stuff. Suddenly, these overlooked math whizzes had a shot at jobs worthy of their skills, and they answered Uncle Sam's call, moving to Hampton Virginia and the fascinating, high-energy world of the Langley Memorial Aeronautical Laboratory.


This Thursday, July 18 at 2pm, our big event is Didgeridoo Down Under at the First Presbyterian Church in Canton. This is a high-energy, Australia-themed show that combines music, culture, puppetry, comedy, storytelling and audience participation. No registration is necessary. Call Valerie at the library at 386-3712 ext 4 for more information.


Junior Writer’s programs fall on the 2nd and last Thursday of the month from 3:30-4:50 pm. 


Teen Programs: 

Anime Club. Join us on Friday evenings from 5-7 to experience anime both old school and contemporary. Currently watching That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime.

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. 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! Get prepared for a tournament in August! 

Nerd Club is on hiatus until school starts up again.


Adult Programs: 

Kids aren’t the only ones who get to have fun at the library this summer! Join us the week of July 29-August 2, 2019 for Program Palooza! This is our version of summer camp for adults! With programs themed in art and performance, to crafts, games and snacks, this is the adult week of evening fun!

Program Palooza Schedule: 

Monday, July 29, 6pm From the Page to the Stage with award-winning author and storyteller Regi Carpenter. July 29, 2019 | 6:00pm | Canton Free Library | Paige Room. This event is free of charge. A light dinner will be provided. Want to create more vivid characters, strong settings, and satisfying emotional arcs in your writing? This workshop focuses on the art and craft of writing for beginners and more experienced writers. Regi will also share tips on how to read your work in front of an audience most effectively. All that and dinner too! Please register on our website. 

Tuesday, July 30, 2019, 5:30pm join us for a game of Gaslands! Gaslands is a tabletop game of post-apocalyptic vehicular mayhem. With fast and cinematic rules, it is designed to be played with toy cars, allowing players to ram, skid and race their way through the wreckage of a burnt-out Earth. Do you love Mad Max? Enjoy a game with a straight-forward ruleset without a lot of pieces to manage? Want a game you can jump into as a new player from one session to the next? Give Gaslands a try! If you can’t make it to this first Gaslands session don’t worry! We’ll be offering chances to try the game throughout the summer. If you have a favorite toy car (Matchbox, Hot Wheels size) that you want to use, feel free to bring it along! You just might leave your first Gaslands session with all sorts of ideas about how to trick out your vehicle in preparation for more Mad Max style mayhem in the future. 

On Wednesday, July 31, 2019, 5:00pm Make Your Own Beeswax Wrap for covering bowls, pie plates or dishes. The cloth will be reusable and hand washable with soap and cold water. Mary Ann Owen will teach a simple technique using a household iron. Bring your own thin, tightly woven, cotton cloth (like part of an old sheet) for the project. We will have some cloth to share. Consider what containers you would want to cover and bring fabric pieces large enough to easily drape around them. We will make two -three wraps per person. 

It’s time for more fun and games on Thursday, August 1, 2019 at 5:00pm as we once again welcome everyone to engage in post-apocalyptic vehicular mayhem, eat yummy snacks, and join Chuck & Jen Henry for another session of Gaslands!

Friday, August 2, 2019, 10:00am-2:00pm check out the Friends of the Library Book Sale on the first floor of the library. We’ve received a huge amount of great donations lately and there are a lot of great titles to bring home with you. 

August Programs for Adults: 

Oil Painting with Wilson Bickford | August 21, 2019 | 5:30-9:00PM. Wilson Bickford will guide participants of all skill levels through the creation of a beautiful landscape oil painting. Participants in the August class at the Canton Free Library will be painting "Late-Day Heron". 

REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. A $40 supply fee, payable upon arrival, covers the cost of all supplies, just bring your creative self! To register please call Wilson at: 315-287-4514 


Gaslands! |August 15, 2019 | 5:00-8:00pm Join Chuck & Jen for another session of Gaslands on August 15!


We are closed on summer Saturdays; our Saturday hours will resume the first Saturday after Labor Day in September.


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. Please note that the book drop remains open 24/7 for returns. Rensselaer Falls Branch Library (phone: 315 344 7406) is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 3pm -6pm. Morley Branch Library (phone: 315 379 0066) is open Tuesdays & Thursdays from 1pm - 4pm and Wednesdays from 3pm-6pm.  

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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