@ Your Library 8.20.19

Apocalyptic Events


@ Your Library

by Beverly Ewart


If you were to step out onto my back porch right now, you would fall into a 10’ deep by 20’ long excavation.  (By however wide my house is, which I - at this moment - do not know.) You would also be dusty; where once was a backyard with flowers, shrubs, and crabgrass, now there is nothing but dirt.  Dusty, dirty dirt, as it hasn’t rained in a good long while.

If you were to put the lawn mower back where it belongs (which you wouldn’t be doing, as there is no lawn to mow), it would stand alone under the late summer sky, vulnerable and naked.  The garage was transformed into a heap of rubble and carted away just two days ago.

None of this is the result of a meteor strike, or other natural disaster, so I am not complaining.  I would never complain, even though I do NOT like dust, and I DO miss the garage. (Though not that one, specifically, because it was very lopsided and cobwebby. But I miss having a place to put away the lawn mower.)  This is the result of a choice to move my mother in with us.  We are expanding the premises, which seems to have to begin with demolition.

Misery loves company, they say, and so I want to give you (myself) a list of titles that have to do with REAL cataclysmic events - such as the zombie apocalypse, earthquakes, and plumbing issues.  I invite you to step out onto my back porch with me and fall into a good book:


  • The Valley of Shadows by John Ringo and Mike Massa.  From his corner office on the 44th floor of the Bank of America Tower, Tom Smith, global managing director for security, could see the Statue of Liberty, Battery Park--and a ravening zombie horde. Officially, Smith was paid to preserve the lives and fortunes of employees, billionaires and other clients. And with an implacable virus that turned the infected into ravenous zombies tearing through the world, his job just got a lot harder. Good thing Smith, late of the Australian special forces, isn't a man to give up easily. But saving civilization is going to take more than the traditional banking toolbox of lawyers, guns and money. He'll have to survive making shady alliances and move enough personnel to safe havens and prepare to restart civilization. - Provided by publisher.

  • Wanderers: A Novel by Chuck Wendig.  A decadent rock star. A deeply religious radio host. A disgraced scientist. And a teenage girl who may be the world's last hope. In the tradition of The Stand and Station Eleven comes a gripping saga that weaves an epic tapestry of humanity into an astonishing tale of survival. Shana wakes up one morning to discover her little sister in the grip of a strange malady. She appears to be sleepwalking. She cannot talk and cannot be woken up. And she is heading with inexorable determination to a destination that only she knows. But Shana and are sister are not alone. Soon they are joined by a flock of sleepwalkers from across America, on the same mysterious journey. And like Shana, there are other "shepherds" who follow the flock to protect their friends and family on the long dark road ahead. For on their journey, they will discover an America convulsed with terror and violence, where this apocalyptic epidemic proves less dangerous than the fear of it. As the rest of society collapses all around them -- and an ultraviolent militia threatens to exterminate them -- the fate of the sleepwalkers depends on unraveling the mystery behind the epidemic. The terrifying secret will either tear the nation apart -- or bring the survivors together to remake a shattered world.

  • 48 Hours by William R. Forstchen.  The countdown is on. In less than forty eight hours, Earth will be hit by a major solar storm. At first, it is thought to be a Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) that will severely damage our world's electronic infrastructure. A crisis to be certain, but one that can be survived--until something far more frightening is discovered by NASA's solar observation teams. It is not just a CME. The sun is about to let loose with a solar explosion of such intensity it will result in an ELE, an "Extinction Level Event." A final hour might be approaching that could see the near extinction of all life on earth. - Provided by publisher.

  • The Poisoned City: Flint's Water and the American Urban Tragedy by Anna Clark. When the people of Flint, Michigan, turned on their faucets in April 2014, the water pouring out was poisoned with lead and other toxins. Through a series of disastrous decisions, the state government had switched the city’s water supply to a source that corroded Flint’s aging lead pipes. Complaints about the foul-smelling water were dismissed: the residents of Flint, mostly poor and African American, were not seen as credible, even in matters of their own lives. It took eighteen months of activism by city residents and a band of dogged outsiders to force the state to admit that the water was poisonous. By that time, twelve people had died and Flint?s children had suffered irreparable harm. The long battle for accountability and a humane response to this man-made disaster has only just begun.

  • Hell or High Water by Julie Ann Walker.  Only two things could make former Navy SEAL Leo Anderson return to the world of weapons and warfare. First, a capsule of chemical weapons lost on the ocean floor, and second, a plea for assistance from the one woman he can't seem to forget--CIA Agent Olivia Mortier. Now, working together to race against the clock and a deadly terrorist faction, Leo and Olivia must find the missing capsule, all the while battling the intense desire burning between them. If they can survive, can their growing attraction become more than just a momentary flare? -- provided by publisher.

  • Eyewitness Volcano by Susanna van Rose.  DK Eyewitness Volcanoes & Earthquakes is an exciting and informative guide to the fascinating natural world of volcanoes and earthquakes. Stunning real-life photographs offer a unique "eyewitness" view of these amazing natural disasters. Help your child to learn all about the terrifying volcanoes and devastating earthquakes and that occur continuously across the world and why they happen where they do. They'll also discover all about the Mount St Helens eruption and the enormous damage it caused, to how people can survive an earthquake.

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 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 NOW! Watch the entire series from start to finish August 19-23. Two movies per day, starting at 10am. 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 

Free Mobile Mammography: Upstate University Hospital will be offering free mobile mammography screenings on Wednesday, September 11, 2019 at the Newell Field House on the St. Lawrence University campus. Women 40 years and older are eligible to use the van if they have not had a mammogram in the past year and they show no signs or symptoms of breast cancer. PREREGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Canton Free Library will host a registration session on August 27, 2019 from 1pm-3pm in the Paige Room. You can also register by phone: 315-464-2582, online at www.upstate.edu/noexcuses 


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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