@ Your Library 7.23.19

Cool down with novel reads


@ Your Library

by Beverly Ewart



This Thursday, July 25 at 2pm, Nan Hoffman returns with a program full of songs about our universe, and you are invited to participate with us at the First Presbyterian Church in Canton. No registration is necessary. Call Valerie at the library at 386-3712 ext 4 for more information.


Perhaps you feel it’s too hot to participate in ANYTHING right now?  Pull up a deck chair, put your feet in the water, and read a good book.  It’s a novel way to stay cool! (Winter will be here soon enough.)

  • The Gone Dead: A Novel by Chanelle Benz.  Billie James' inheritance isn't much: a little money and a shack in the Mississippi Delta. The house once belonged to her father, a renowned black poet who died unexpectedly when Billie was four years old. Though Billie was there when the accident happened, she has no memory of that day, and she hasn't been back to the South since. Thirty years later, Billie returns but her father's home is unnervingly secluded: her only neighbors are the McGees, the family whose history has been entangled with hers since the days of slavery. As Billie encounters the locals, she hears a strange rumor: that she herself went missing on the day her father died. As the mystery intensifies, she finds out that this forgotten piece of her past could put her in danger.

  • Everything I Need to Know I Learned From a Little Golden Book by Diane Muldrow [illustrated by Random House, Inc.] A humorous "guide to life" for grown-ups!

  • The Body Lies by Jo Baker.  A dark, thrilling new novel from the best-selling author of Longbourn: a work of riveting psychological suspense that grapples with how to live as a woman in the world--or in the pages of a book--when the stakes are dangerously high.  When a young writer accepts a job at a university in the remote English countryside, it's meant to be a fresh start, away from the bustle of London and the scene of a violent assault she is desperate to forget. But despite the distractions of her new life and the demands of single motherhood, her nerves continue to jangle. To make matters worse, during class a vicious debate about violence against women inflames the tensions and mounting rivalries in her creative writing group. When a troubled student starts turning in chapters that blur the lines between fiction and reality, the professor recognizes herself as the main character in his book--and he has written her a horrific fate. Will she be able to stop life imitating art before it's too late? At once a breathless cat-and-mouse game and a layered interrogation of the fetishization of the female body, The Body Lies gives us an essential story for our time that will have you checking the locks on your doors. Provided by publisher.


The Junior Writers meet 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 Attack on Titan.

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! 

Nerd Club is on hiatus until school starts up again.


Adult Programs: 

Join us the week of July 29-August 2, 2019 for Program Palooza! 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 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.

Stay cool @ your library!