@ Your Library 7.30.19

pet show is coming up!


@ Your Library

by Beverly Ewart


This Thursday, August 1 at 2pm, our big event is the Kid’s Only Pet Show at the First Presbyterian Church in Canton. Call Valerie at the library at 386-3712 ext 4 for more information.

Junior Writers meet on the 2nd and last Thursday of the month from 3:30-4:50 pm. 

Here is a review of Finding Dorothy by Elizabeth Letts, written by Jen Henry, our Adult Services Librarian. Perhaps you will want to check it out to read on a day at the beach or an evening on the porch:

Finding Dorothy by Elizabeth Letts.

I adored this book! Although a work of fiction, the research into the characters was rich and I frequently forgot that the dialogue that I was reading was largely created by the author to tie this fascinating story together. I have long been a fan of The Wizard of Oz, yet had never taken the time to learn anything of the author or his family. This detailed telling of the character of Maud Gage Baum, wife of author Frank Baum, explains the brilliant mind of her husband, his spark of character and his generous nature. Yet this is not a story about Frank, this is the explanation of The Wizard of Oz, the glimpse into the hidden meaning of the magical place that offered children sanctuary from the troubles in their lives. Jumping back and forth between Victorian times and the filming of the iconic film, readers are led through a viewing of Oz as told from the perspective of Maud, with an emphasis on the character of Dorothy and her significance not only to the film rendition but also to Maud's life personally. The character of Maud is complex and conflicted; raised by her suffragist mother she was instilled with feminism and a streak of stubborn independence. Dorothy becomes the representation of what was....and wasn't in Maud's life, and the relationship she forms with the character of young Judy Garland is beautiful and haunting. I will never be able to watch the film again without feeling like I'm finally understanding it completely for the first time.  ~ Jen

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! 

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 THIS WEEK (July 29-August 2, 2019) for Program Palooza, 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: 

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 


Fundamentals of Pastels with Bill Newman | Thursdays in August | 6:00-8:30PM. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Suggested donation $100. To register please call Bill directly at: 315-386-2058


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, and 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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