@ Your Library 1.7.2020

New Cookbooks!


@ Your Library

by Beverly Ewart


Happy New Year!  Be kind to yourself and do NOT start a diet in 2020.  We have a new batch of wonderful cookbooks, and I’d hate to think of the torment you might feel as you browse our new non-fiction section!

  • Perfect Pan Pizza: Square Pies to Make at Home, From Roman, Sicilian, and Detroit, to Grandma Pies and Focaccia by Peter Reinhart.

  • Dinner for Everyone: 100 Iconic Dishes Made 3 Ways, Easy Vegan or Perfect for Company by Mark Bittman ; photographs by Aya Brackett.

  • Milk Street: The New Rules: Recipes That Will Change the Way You Cook  by Christopher Kimball.

Children’s  Programs: 

Canton Battle of the Books informational meeting today

Canton area students in grades 4 through 6 are invited to the Battle of the Books organizational meeting on January 7th at 2:40pm in the Canton middle school library. Children may still participate if they cannot attend this meeting. The Battle of the Books is an exciting event which has become a much-anticipated tradition.  It will be on April 4th this year. Students form teams of up to 4 members and choose an adult as a coach.  Teams may be of mixed grades (as long as they are 4-6th grades) and may be made up of students who attend different Canton area schools or are homeschooled. Teams will read a chosen list of sixteen books, and during the Battle in April, they will be asked questions about the books on the list, and will need to give the book’s title and author as their answer.  The winning team will go on to a regional competition to face winning teams from other North Country Library System libraries.

Students who are homeschooled or attend Little River Community School or St. Mary’s may attend this meeting or get an information/registration packet in the children’s room at the Canton Free Library. Call 315-386-3712 x4 or email vwhite@ncls.org for more information.


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.

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.

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.

Books and Beyond and Tween Time are on a hiatus. Stay tuned.


Teen Programs: 

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

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! 


Adult Programs: 

The Stitchuationists: Join our knitting, crocheting, embroidery group on Wednesdays from 6pm-8pm. All skill levels and ages are welcome! 

Writer’s Group: The Writers Group has existed for more than two decades and is a place where writers of all types can share their work and help each other. Bring the writer in you and join us for a fun time, mutual support and constructive feedback. The group meets upstairs in the Mezzanine on the SECOND and LAST Monday of each month at 6pm.


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.

Look up something good in 2020 @ your library!