Pay a Visit to the Cannon Free Library in Delhi, NY


Cannon Library’s Adult Art in the A.M. program runs every Friday morning from 10 until noon. Bring your own art or craft materials and work on your W.I.P. along with other creative types.

Toddler Rhyme Time, Tuesdays at 10:30

A time for our yur youngest patrons sit down with their caregivers for some stories and fun with Miss Mary



A gathering for three to five-year-olds: stories, songs and play, capped off with a fun craft project


Build with our 1,000’s of Blocks on the first Tuesday of every month.

Come to Lego Club! 3-4:30.

(Delaware Academy students with parental permission may ride the bus after school to the library.)




(Delaware Academy students with parental permission may ride the bus after school to the library.)


  Our Book Club meets the first Thursday of most months, at alternating noon/5pm time slots. Join one or two months, opt out one if you must–that’s OK! Watch the library website and your email to see if you want to “sign on” for the next book.  

The book we will be discussing on February sixth at noon is “The Snow Child,” by Eowyn Ivey. 


Read/Seen/Heard Book Club…

…was confusing to many of our patrons. So we’ve changed the name to “What Have Your Read?” No need to have read the same book as everyone else–this book club meets once a month to discuss random books recently read. Gather, discuss, and go home with some great new recommendations! First Friday of the month, 1pm.


MAHJONG is played most Thursdays at the library, 11am until 3pm.  More players=More fun, and more chances to shift seats around the table. Wouldn’t YOU like to learn the ancient game? It’s more fun and very different than the solitaire style game on the internet.


Cannon Free Library Named a Literary Landmark

2019 marks the 60th anniversary of Jean Craighead George’s classic novel, My Side of the Mountain. The novel was awarded as a Newbery honor book in 1960. The Cannon Free Library and its fictional librarian, Miss Turner, play important roles in the story, and the library often welcomes families visiting the area on self-made “My Side of the Mountain Tours.”

In 2005, the Library of Congress awarded My Side of the Mountain one of their “Great Reads about Great Places” and in 2016, the Empire State Center for the Book selected Jean Craighead George for the New York State Writers’ Hall of Fame. This brought Delhi, New York, to the attention of the Center for the Book’s director, Rocco Staino, who urged, and then assisted, Cannon’s youth services librarian Mary Pelletier in going through the steps to have the library named as a Literary Landmark.

The Board of Trustees and the staff of the Cannon Free Library held a celebratory reception on Tuesday, July 2, 2019 (incidentally, the 100th birthday of the late Ms. George!) to witness the unveiling of the cast bronze plaque in honor of the library’s Literary Landmark status. Light refreshment was served and various materials relating to Jean Craighead George and My Side of the Mountain were on display for examination.


Mr. Henry Cannon, a progressive benefactor born in Delhi in 1850, began his career at the Delaware National Bank of Delhi. Mr. Cannon founded two banks in Minnesota and was later appointed Comptroller of the Currency by President Arthur in 1884.

Almost a century later, our library is still supported by the Cannons. We do not receive any local tax dollars and we are delighted to continue the Cannon Legacy of service to the community.

We are open 4 days a week from April to October and open from 10:00-1:00 on Saturdays in the winter (November through March.)

To learn more about our lending/borrowing policies, click here. 

To find out more about our free programs, click here.

To see the resources we offer, click here.

Click on the following link to print out an application for a Cannon Free Library Card:  Library Card Application.

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