@ Your Library 1.14.20

Children's Collection


@ Your Library

by Beverly Ewart



We will be closed Monday, January 20, 2020, in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

When I was a child, we had a wall-hanging in our home with the poem by Dorothy Law Nolte, “Children Learn What They Live.”  The idea was that children will take the life-lessons they experience at home and operate accordingly out in broader contexts.  Really, you could just as easily say that children live what they learn; all they understand about what is true, based on life-experiences, they carry with them to adulthood. 

Therefore, we take children seriously and do our best to impart lessons that will help them become brave and kind and wise, willing to lend their talents to the greater good of the greater world.  

We think we have some helpful resources toward that end at CFL…  Come on in and check them out!

  • Rosa Parks by Lisbeth Kaiser.  Rosa Parks grew up during segregation in Alabama, but she was taught to respect herself and stand up for her rights. In 1955, Rosa refused to give up her seat to a white man on a segregated bus, sparking the Montgomery Bus Boycott. Her decision had a huge impact on civil rights, eventually leading to the end of segregation on public transport. Rosa was described as "the mother of the freedom movement".  This inspiring story of Rosa's life is moving, and approachable for young readers.

  • The Youngest Marcher: The Story of Audrey Faye Hendricks, a Young Civil Rights Activist by Cynthia Levinson.  Presents the life of nine-year-old Audrey Faye Hendricks who became the youngest known child to be arrested for picketing against Birmingham segregation practices in 1963.

  • I am Martin Luther King, Jr. by Brad Meltzer. Presents an illustrated biography of the man who spent his life pursuing his dream of equality and peace and was at the forefront of the civil rights movement until his assassination in 1968.

  • Happy Birthday, Martin Luther King  by Jean Marzollo.  Martin Luther King, Jr. had a dream of peace and equality. Because he worked so hard for freedom and helped so many people gain it, we honor him every year on his special day. This inspiring, beautifully illustrated biography gently teaches young readers about the life--and lessons--of this great man.

  • The Story of Ruby Bridges by Robert Coles. For months six-year-old Ruby Bridges must confront the hostility of white parents when she becomes the first African American girl to integrate Frantz Elementary School in New Orleans in 1960.

Children’s  Programs: 

Canton Battle of the Books is coming! 

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 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.

Essential Oils 101: Wednesday, January 15, 2020, 6:00 PM-7:30 PM. Presenter: Lindsey Fitzgerald. Essential Oils are totally pure, with no fillers or synthetic products, just plants. There are over a million uses for essential oils and you don't need to be an aromatherapist to use them! Join us for a fun, FREE class to learn the basics of essential oils and how to use them to improve your wellness! 


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.

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