@ Your Library 9.24.19

Do you have a library card?


@ Your Library

by Beverly Ewart


September is Library Card Sign Up month.

Do YOU have a library card?  It’s not too late! To get a free library card, simply visit the circulation desk, photo i.d. in hand, and ask for one.  If you are a child, ask your parent or guardian to accompany you; if you can write your own name, you, too, may have a library card!

What are the benefits of having your own library card?  Let me list a few:

  • We have nearly 40,000 items available for loan, including passes to local museums, tools (including garden implements), sewing machines, music CDs, ebooks, audio books, and video games.

  • You may select from over 2,000 DVDs for children, adults, and families - including popular TV series.  If we don’t have something you want to see, we can order it for you from any other library in the system!

  • You will have access to an on-line catalog that is available 24/7. With your card you may borrow materials from any public library in the North Country!

  • You may participate in a variety of programs for all ages: 

    • Infant & children’s story times and our popular Summer Reading Program

    • Teen gaming and Anime clubs

    • Chess Club

    • Writer’s Group

    • Adult programs that change based on the needs and interests of our community

  • Our staff are friendly, and our atmosphere hospitable; you might enjoy relaxing at the library.

  • You will be welcome to use the computers and free Wi-Fi.  There are also a photocopier, printer, and scanner available as needed.

  • With a library card in your wallet you may gain entry to some of the most elite clubs in and out of this galaxy.  Your card will also take you to any country (real or imagined) in the world. You may infiltrate spy rings, drug cartels and secret societies, solve mysteries or problems, or learn something new.  You can become someone from another culture or even century! A library card is kind of magical; carry one and see where it takes you.  


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.

Teen Programs: 

Anime Club. Join us on Friday evenings from 5-7 to experience anime both old school and contemporary. Currently watching Mob Psycho 100.

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.


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.

Get a card @ your library!