Discover Juneteenth at the library | St. Lawrence County


Canton Free Library will be closed on June 19 on Monday, June 20.

It’s probably not a statement that will significantly change the trajectory of your life (although, of course, you’ll miss seeing our faces for the day), but Juneteenth (June 19, 1865) brought news to the people of the state of Texas. who were still in bondage, years after the Emancipation Proclamation, it would change their destiny forever – and ours! If you’re curious about holidays, we have a few books you can check out:

Watermelon and Red Birds: A Cookbook for June 16 and Black Celebrations by Nicole A. Taylor. The first-ever cookbook to celebrate Juneteenth, from food writer and cookbook author Nicole A. Taylor – drawing on her decade of experience observing the holidays. ~ Editor.

Juneteenth: Our Day of Freedom by Sharon Dennis Wyeth; illustrated by Kim Holt. Learn more about Juneteenth, a holiday that celebrates the end of chattel slavery in the United States in this 3-step story reader. ~Editor.

Free at Last: A Juneteenth Poem written by Sojourner Kincaid Rolle; Illustrated by Alex Bostic. Deeply moving and evocative free verse by poet and activist Sojourner Kincaid Rolle traces the solemnity and celebration of Juneteenth from its origins in 1865 in Galveston, Texas to contemporary celebrations across the United States. It is an ode to the strength of Black Americans and a call to remember and honor a holiday whose significance reverberates far beyond the borders of Texas. ~ Editor

What is Juneteenth? by Kirsti Jewel; Illustrated by Manuel Guiterrez. On June 19, 1865, a group of enslaved men, women, and children in Texas gathered around a Union soldier and listened to him read the most remarkable words they did. would never hear. They were no longer slaves: they were free. The inhumane practice of forced labor without pay is now illegal throughout the United States. This news was cause for celebration, so the group of people jumped in excitement, danced and cried with joy. Little did they know it at the time, but their joyful celebration of freedom was to become a holiday – Juneteenth – which is observed by more and more Americans every year. ~ Editor.

The Anime Club has moved from Friday to Thursday, 5-7 p.m. Contact Zach for more information at [email protected]

KIDS PROGRAMS: We will welcome the return of in-person children’s programs in July, with the 2022 Summer Library Program: Oceans of Possibilities! The registration deadline was June 10 for age-specific programs, but there are events that do not require registration! Mark your calendar for the Big Bubble Bonanza at 10 a.m. on Friday, July 1. The show will take place in the village park, so bring blankets or chairs to sit on. The place of rain will be the first Presbyterian church.

Check out the archives to see one of the many virtual story hours released since April 2020. Scroll down the webpage for older content.

We are so excited! Our 1,000 Pounds Before Kindergarten Celebration Chart is just waiting for your child’s name! Enter once they’ve read 100 books to get them on the board and complete those milestones! register here

If you’re short on time, curbside service is always an option! Call or email us, and we’ll pack your books, check them, and deliver them to you from the front door of CFL. Hope to see you there!

PARDON OUR DUST: Our disabled access ramp is closed to the public for renovation until further notice. We apologize for the inconvenience, but we think you’ll appreciate the improvements, and we’re almost done!

MORLEY BRANCH is open on Tuesdays from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.; Wednesday 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.; Thursday 10:00-12:00 A computer is available, but it’s a good idea to call first to check availability. Call for details: 315-379-0066.

RENSSELAER FALLS BRANCH is open Tuesdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Call the library (315-344-4155) for more information.

A great way to find out what’s going on at our Morley and Rensselaer Falls branches is to check out their Facebook pages:

Canton Free Library Hours: 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday to Friday; 10am-3pm Saturday. For more CFL news, stay tuned on Facebook, Instagram or our website. Find the novelties of our collection on our website: To renew your current payments, log in to; you can also renew by emailing [email protected], or by calling (315) 386-3712 (choose option 1, “For curbside service” from the menu – we continue to offer curbside service for your convenience).

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