@ Your Library 9.3.19

Welcome back to school!


@ Your Library

by Beverly Ewart



Last week I mentioned our new, beautifully illustrated Harry Potter novels - the setting for these stories being mainly the private Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry.  I was easing you into the thought of the beginning of a new academic year with a bit of fantasy.  

This is no fantasy, however:  Labor Day is behind us and school has begun!

Some people are excited about the first day of school, and some are not.  However you may feel about the subject, there are certainly lots and lots of books written about school and academic experiences and adventures!  Here’s a small list of some of ours:

  • Babymouse Tales From the Locker. School-Tripped by Jennifer L. Holm & Matthew Holm.  When Babymouse's art class goes on a field trip to the museum, she decides to test her freedom by exploring the Big City without a chaperone.

  • The Pigeon Has to go to School! by Mo Willems.  The pigeon must go to school, but frets about math, learning the alphabet, heavy backpacks, and what the teacher and other birds will think of him.

  • Night Job by Karen Hesse.  When the sun sets, Dad's job as a school custodian is just beginning. What is it like to work on a Friday night while the rest of the city is asleep? There's the smell of lilacs in the night air, the dusky highway in the moonlight, and glimpses of shy nighttime animals to make the dark magical. Shooting baskets in the half-lit gym, sweeping the stage with the game on the radio, and reading out loud to his father in the library all help the boy's time pass quickly. But what makes the night really special is being with Dad. - Amazon.

  • Tractor Mac. School Day by Billy Steers.  Betty the school bus is upset over making mistakes on her very first day, but Tractor Mac and the farm animals provide tips and encourage her to practice and try again.

  • The Poet X: A Novel by Elizabeth Acevedo.  When Xiomara Batista, who pours all her frustrations and passion into poetry, is invited to join the school slam poetry club, she struggles with her mother's expectations and her need to be heard.

  • In This Moment: A Novel by Karen Kingsbury.  Hamilton High Principal Wendell Quinn is tired of the violence, drug abuse, and low expectations at his Indianapolis school. A single father of four, Quinn is a family man. He wants to see change in his community, so he starts a voluntary after-school Bible Study and prayer program. He knows he is risking his job by leading the program, but the high turnout at every meeting encourages him. A year later, violence and gang activity are down, test scores are up, and drug use has plummeted. The program is clearly working--until one parent calls the press. Now Quinn faces a lawsuit that could ruin everything.

  • New Boy by Tracy Chevalier.  1970s, in a suburban D.C. schoolyard. Starting his fifth school in five years, Osei Kokote, a diplomat's son, hopes to survive his first day. He becomes friends with Dee, the most popular girl in school. But one student, Ian, is determined to destroy the budding friendship between the black boy and the golden girl.


Children’s  Programs: 

Start dates  for Fall Children’s Programming:

Monday, September 9: Toddler Storytime for 18-35 months and a caregiver. No registration. Monday mornings 10:30-11:00am. Involves books, flannel board stories, finger plays, music, and a craft activity.

Tuesday, September 10:  Baby Storytime for 0-18 months and a caregiver, no registration needed. Tuesday mornings 10:00-10:45am. Books, bounce rhymes, songs, finger plays, and social/play time.

Wednesday, September 11: Preschool Storytime for 3-5 year olds and a caregiver. No registration is needed. Meets Wednesday mornings from 10:30-11:15am. Involves books, flannel board stories, songs, fingerplays, movement, and crafts.

Thursday, September 13: Junior Writers Group for ages 8-12 meets the second and last Thursday from 3:30-4:50. No registration is needed. Children brainstorm on a given theme, write and perhaps illustrate a short story, and share it with the group if they wish.

Tuesday, September 17: Books and Beyond for Kindergarten-2nd grade meets one Tuesday a month from 3-4pm and features books, games, and arts and crafts. Registration is required by the Friday before the program. Email vwhite@ncls.org

Tuesday, September 24: Tween Time for grades 3-6 also meets one Tuesday a month from 3-4pm and features books, games, and art. Registration is required by the Friday before the program. Email vwhite@ncls.org



Teen Programs: 

Anime Club. Join us on Friday evenings from 5-7 to experience anime both old school and contemporary. Currently watching Princess Mononoke.

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.


August Programs for Adults: 

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. PRE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. You can register by phone: 315-464-2582, or online at www.upstate.edu/noexcuses 


Saturday hours resume THIS Saturday, September 7, 2019.

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, and Saturday 10am-3pm. 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.

Enjoy Saturdays @ your library!