@ Your Library 9.17.19

National Citizenship Day


@ Your Library

by Beverly Ewart


Today is National Citizenship Day.  Under the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, citizenship is defined as “All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside.” Secretary of State William Seward proclaimed the amendment ratified on July 28, 1868. - from the website nationaldaycalendar.com

Have you ever tried taking a citizenship test just for fun?  Recently I enjoyed trying my hand at an online practice test with my friend Shushan, who is pictured above.  Shushan came to the U.S. as a refugee seeking asylum with her family, and recently was granted U.S. citizenship. She had just passed her test, and offered me the chance to try it.  It was MUCH harder than I anticipated!  I learned from some of Shushan's friends (who, also, have gone through the process of becoming naturalized American citizens) that becoming a naturalized American citizen is FAR more expensive and complicated than I would have imagined.

Check out some of these titles that can help give you a new perspective on the challenges that face people who would like to become citizens of a new country.  Try your hand at taking a citizenship exam. Be a good citizen and lend a hand to someone who needs help adjusting to life in the U.S.  

  • Your U.S. Citizenship Guide: What You Need to Know to Pass Your U.S. Citizenship Test, With Companion CD-ROM by Anita Biase.  Your total resource for becoming a United States citizen. You'll learn the eligibility rules, and find easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions for the N-400 application form. This book will help you prepare for the interview and the citizenship test. You will read a study guide on the principles of the U.S. Constitution and U.S. history. You will improve your English and become knowledgeable about the benefits and responsibilities of being a citizen.

  • The Far Away Brothers: Two Teenage Immigrants Making a Life in America by Lauren Markham.  Identical twins Ernesto and Raul Flores, seventeen, must flee El Salvador, make a harrowing journey across the Rio Grande and the Texas desert, face capture by immigration authorities, and struggle to navigate life in America.

  • The Boy at the Back of the Class by Onjali Q. Raúf.  There used to be an empty chair at the back of Mrs. Khan's classroom, but on the third Tuesday of the school year a new kid fills it: nine-year-old Ahmet, a Syrian refugee. The whole class is curious about this new boy--he doesn't seem to smile, and he doesn't talk much. But after learning that Ahmet fled a Very Real War and was separated from his family along the way, a determined group of his classmates bands together to concoct the Greatest Idea in the World--a magnificent plan to reunite Ahmet with his loved ones. This accessible, kid-friendly story about the refugee crisis highlights the community-changing potential of standing as an ally and reminds readers that everyone deserves a place to call home. - Amazon.

  • We are Displaced: My Journey and Stories From Refugee Girls Around the World by Malala Yousafzai with Liz Welch.  Malala's experiences visiting refugee camps caused her to reconsider her own displacement - first as an Internally Displaced Person when she was a young child in Pakistan, and then as an international activist who could travel anywhere in the world except to the home she loved. In We Are Displaced, which is part memoir, part communal storytelling, Malala not only explores her own story, but she also shares the personal stories of some of the incredible girls she has met on her journeys - girls who have lost their community, relatives, and often the only world they've ever known. In a time of immigration crises, war, and border conflicts, We Are Displaced is an important reminder from one of the world's most prominent young activists that every single one of the 68.5 million currently displaced is a person - often a young person - with hopes and dreams.

  • Four Feet, Two Sandals by Karen Lynn Williams. When relief workers bring used clothing to the refugee camp, everyone scrambles to grab whatever they can. Ten-year-old Lina is thrilled when she finds a sandal that fits her foot perfectly, until she sees that another girl has the matching shoe. But soon Lina and Feroza meet and decide that it is better to share the sandals than for each to wear only one.As the girls go about their routines -- washing clothes in the river, waiting in long lines for water, and watching for their names to appear on the list to go to America -- the sandals remind them that friendship is what is most important. Four Feet, Two Sandals by Karen Lynn Williamswas inspired by a refugee girl who asked the authors why there were no books about children like her. With warm colors and sensitive brush strokes, this book portrays the strength, courage, and hope of refugees around the world, whose daily existence is marked by uncertainty and fear.

  • Stormy Seas: Stories of Young Boat Refugees by Mary Beth Leatherdale. A desperate last hope for safety and freedom. The plight of refugees risking their lives at sea has, unfortunately, made the headlines all too often in the past few years. This book presents five true stories, from 1939 to today, about young people who lived through the harrowing experience of setting sail in search of asylum: Ruth and her family board the St. Louis to escape Nazism; Phu sets out alone from war-torn Vietnam; José tries to reach the United States from Cuba; Najeeba flees Afghanistan and the Taliban; and after losing his family, Mohamed abandons his village on the Ivory Coast in search of a new life. Stormy Seas combines a vivid and contemporary collage-based design with dramatic storytelling to produce a book that makes for riveting reading as well as a source of timely information. These remarkable accounts will give readers a keen appreciation of the devastating effects of war and poverty on youth like themselves, and helps put the mounting current refugee crisis into stark context. - Provided by publisher.


Children’s  Programs: 

Fall Children’s Programming:

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.

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.

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.

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.

Starting TODAY - 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

Starting NEXT 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.


Programs for Adults: 

Check out the new app through NCLS!  Go to your app store and search for North Country Libraries.  With this app you can manage your account, renew checkouts, search the catalog, check hours for any library in the system, and more!  

Gaslands: now meets on the 2nd and last Wednesday of every month! The group meets upstairs on the main floor of the library and is open to all! Gaslands is part of our “Play in Public” initiative encouraging gaming in public spaces to encourage interest and participation by those new to the experience. If you’re curious about what the game is about this is a great opportunity to check it out from afar and perhaps even jump in! Gaslands will be played again on Wednesday, September 25, from 5:00-8:00pm. 

Creativebug is here! CFL now provides free access to Creativebug, a database providing unlimited access to thousands of online art and craft video classes. Simply use your library card # to login and peruse tutorials covering a range of topics from cooking, painting, knitting, bartending and more! Stay tuned for more workshops and opportunities to test out Creativebug in a group setting. https://www.creativebug.com/lib/cantonfreelibrary 

National Voter Registration Day: We’re joining over 2,000 groups in celebrating #NationalVoterRegistrationDay on Sept 24! Get #VoteReady and join us NationalVoterRegistrationDay.org 

September is National Library Card Sign-up Month! 

Saturday hours have resumed - come see us!

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.

Citizen or not, you can check out helpful resources @ your library!