@ Your Library 8.6.19

One of a number of good books!


@ Your Library

by Beverly Ewart


My friend’s text reads, “3.33 miles - according to my GPS - the distance of our walk last night.”  3.33…  3 is my favorite number.  3.14 is my husband’s favorite number.  I’m guessing most people have a favorite number.  When the clock says 12:34, I notice and I smile.

Being only as far as chapter four in The Helpline by Katherine Collette, I am already intrigued! With a few deft strokes, Collette has put me behind the eyes of Germaine, a quirky protagonist with a mind for math.  While I find numbers interesting, I have no mind for math, so this is a new perspective for me.

Gain your own new perspectives; I have a number of good books you could try.  Find an author you can count on!:


  • The Helpline: A Novel by Katherine Collette.  Germaine Johnson doesn't need friends. She has her work and her Sudoku puzzles. Until, that is, an incident at her insurance company leaves her jobless--and it turns out that there are very few openings these days for senior mathematicians with zero people skills.  Soon enough though, Germaine manages to secure a position at City Hall answering calls on the Senior Citizens Helpline. But it turns out that the mayor has something else in mind for Germaine: a secret project involving the troublemakers at the senior citizens center and their feud with the neighboring golf club, in which the mayor has a vested interest.

  • The Tenth Muse: A Novel by Catherine Chung.  From the days of her childhood in the 1950s Midwest, Katherine knows she is different, and that her parents are not who they seem. As she matures from a girl of rare intelligence into an exceptional mathematician, traveling to Europe to further her studies, she must face the most human of problems -- who is she? What is the cost of love, and what is the cost of ambition? These questions grow ever more entangled as Katherine strives to take her place in the world of higher mathematics and becomes involved with a brilliant and charismatic professor.

  • Nothing Stopped Sophie: The Story of Unshakable Mathematician Sophie Germain by Cheryl Bardoe. When her parents took away her candles to keep their young daughter from studying math...nothing stopped Sophie. When a professor discovered that the homework sent to him under a male pen name came from a woman...nothing stopped Sophie. And when she tackled a math problem that male scholars said would be impossible to solve...still, nothing stopped Sophie. For six years Sophie Germain used her love of math and her undeniable determination to test equations that would predict patterns of vibrations. She eventually became the first woman to win a grand prize from France's prestigious Academy of Sciences for her formula, which laid the groundwork for much of modern architecture (and can be seen in the book's illustrations). Amazon.

  • Counting on Katherine by Helaine Becker.  An introduction to the boundary-breaking mathematician, Katherine Johnson, reveals how her love of mathematics started at a young age led her to a job at NASA where she calculated the course of moon landings and helped save the Apollo 13 mission.

  • The Boy Who Escaped Paradise by J.M. Lee ; translated from the Korean by Chi-Young Kim.  A story of the mysteries, truths, and deceptions that follow the odyssey of Ahn Gilmo, a young math savant, as he escapes from the most isolated country in the world and searches for the only family he has left. Amazon.

  • Ada's Algorithm: How Lord Byron's Daughter Ada Lovelace Launched the Digital Age by James Essinger.  The world's first computer programmer and daughter of Lord Byron finally gets credit for her research in this gossipy short biography…. From the publisher.


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 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! 

Harry Potter Week is coming up! Watch the entire series from start to finish August 19-23. Two movies per day, starting at 10. There will be an hour break between each movie.

Nerd Club is on hiatus until school starts up again.


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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