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Scheduled Website Downtime

The CPL website will be unavailable on Tuesday, December 8, starting at 9 AM. At that time, we will be upgrading the website, which may require several hours of downtime. This upgrade will provide more security and keep us current with industry standards.

The library will remain open and you will still be able to use the online catalog to renew your items, place holds, and more. You will also still be able to access the Program Calendar.

We thank you for your patience as we work to serve you better.

Phone System Back Up!

Our phones are now fully operational. Thank you for your patience!

Prepare for Temporary MeLCat Unavailability

For technical reasons, MeLCat will be temporarily unavailable for new requests beginning on Wednesday, November 18. Library users will be able to pick up MeLCat materials until Wednesday, December 2. The ability to place requests will be restored by Friday, December 11. MeLCat materials can be returned at any time.

Databases provided by MeL may be unavailable outside of the library from December 2-11. 

For more information, please visit the MeLCat website.

Please plan ahead and place your MeLCat requests prior to November 18!

Patron Service Improvement Project — Phase III

Phase III of Improvement Project to Begin

Beginning in December 2015, the library will embark on phase three of renovations to update the building, make the library accessible to all users and to fulfill our core values of Relevance, Access, Integrity and Leadership.

PSIP III

This renovation focuses on the Children's Library, the Purple Room and the two family restrooms. It carries on the improvements of the 2014 and 2015 Patron Service Improvement Projects, which renovated service points in the central area of the library, the main restrooms, and the lobby. Phase III includes a new layout of the Children's Library, relocation of computer stations, new furnishings and flooring, additional shelving, improved early literacy and play areas, and a self-service area with a printer/copier/scanner and self-checkout machines. The family restrooms will be renovated and a drinking fountain will be added.

During the project, scheduled for completion in April 2016, the Children's Library will be closed. Select children's materials will be moved for public access to the East End of the library beginning in December. This shift will result in the temporary relocation of adult nonfiction, biography, and adult and teen audio fiction materials.

The Patron Service Improvement Project Phase III will accomplish the following:

Tuesday Morning System Upgrade

We will be upgrading our systems beginning at 7:30 AM on Tuesday, August 18. The upgrade is expected to take 2-3 hours. During this time, the following services will be unavailable:
  • The library catalog
  • My Account 
  • Databases, eBooks, and other eMedia  
We appreciate your patience, and apologize in advance for any inconvenience.  

Connect Your Summer Feedback

Canton Public Library’s mission is Connecting Your Community. Connect Your Summer aims to be an exciting way to bring the community together to share their summer experiences and their summer reading, and to emphasize the library as an important resource for all.

Because Connect Your Summer is the mainstay of our summer library programming, we are asking you to help us learn and improve by sharing feedback about your Connect Your Summer experience. The survey will take about five minutes to complete:

The surveys will remain available until August 17, so tell your friends! Thank you in advance for sharing your thoughts with us. As a token of our appreciation, there may even be something badge-y in it for you.

Now LIVE: Connect Your Summer 2015!

Summer is coming, and #cysisawesome!

Connect Your Summer, the Canton Public Library's summer reading program, kicks off on June 1! Whenever you read, attend a library program, or do an activity in the library, you can claim badges online. The more badges you earn, the more chances you have for winning prizes! For more information, check out a refresher on how to participate in Connect Your Summer.

Get ready to have a super mega ultra summer!

Job Openings

We have two positions open for part-time librarians, now through April 19, 2015. For complete details, please visit our Jobs/Volunteer page

Patron Service Improvement Project — Phase II

Phase II of Improvement Project to Begin

Beginning in January 2015, the library will embark on phase two of a renovation project to update the building, make the library accessible to all users and to fulfill our core values of Relevance, Access, Integrity and Leadership.

PSIP II Logo

The 2015 project carries on the improvements of the 2014 Patron Service Improvement Project that renovated service points in the central area of the library. Phase II will include a complete renovation of the public restrooms located in the lobby with new tile and fixtures, making them ADA compliant. During this phase of the construction, patrons will be asked to use the restrooms located in the Children's Library. The Cafe will be inaccessible, as well as the main doors of the Community Room.

Other improvements planned include replacing worn carpeting in the Community Room and main library to match the carpeting from the 2014 renovation. New study carrels, as well as new chairs, will be added to the southeast corner of the library and new CD shelving will replace bins in the multimedia area.


PSIP Floor PlanThe Patron Service Improvement Project Phase II will accomplish the following:

2014 Teen Writers

Check out the short stories that were submitted as part of the Teen Creative Writing Series this summer. Thank you to everyone who participated!

Irresistible Jeopardy by Akshay J.
Four friends discover their own special powers after an explosion in a local mall.

Meteor National Park by Saarah A.
A photographer becomes part of an unsolved mystery while visiting a national park.

The Day I Joined the Lab by Ashish P.
Two freshman students learn the benefits of a college education while working in a science lab.

The Earthquake by Sofia A.
After surviving an earthquake, a family learns what is truly important in life.

The Hipperdoodles by Anurag B.
A humorous look at how aliens discover the Earth and human kindness.

The Not So Sane Chronicles by Chirag B.
From his vantage point in a mental hospital, a patient with multiple personalities makes plans to rescue Earth from the hands of the so-called sane people who are destroying it.

MeLCat Server Downtime on August 19

On Tuesday, August 19, the MeLCat (Michigan eLibrary Catalog) server will receive a software upgrade. The server will go down just after 1:00 PM and is expected to be down for several hours. What will this mean for you?
  1. Staff and patrons will not be able to search or place new MeLCat requests. Current Item status will not be available.
  2. Patrons trying to do renewals may get a "server unavailable" message.
  3. Staff will be able to process requests and check your MeL materials out.
We apologize for any inconvenience and thank you for your patience.

Update: Access has been restored to MelCat. Thank you for your patience and understanding!

Connect Your Summer Feedback

Canton Public Library’s mission is Connecting Your Community. Connect Your Summer aims to be an exciting way to bring the community together to share their summer experiences and their summer reading, and to emphasize the library as an important resource for all.

Because Connect Your Summer is the mainstay of our summer library programming, we are asking you to help us learn and improve by sharing feedback about your Connect Your Summer experience. The survey will take about five minutes to complete:

The surveys will remain available until August 31, so tell your friends! Thank you in advance for sharing your thoughts with us. As a token of our appreciation, there may even be something badge-y in it for you.

Impact Survey

We want to hear from you! From July 21 to August 11 the library will be running an online survey to understand how patrons use the library’s technology so we can provide resources and services that are valuable to the community. The Impact Survey is anonymous, available in English and Spanish, and takes 10-15 minutes to complete. The survey is confidential and does not collect any personally identifiable information

Please support the library and help us improve our services. Fill out the survey here, or by clicking the button to the right.

Impact Survey is a project of the University of Washington Information School. For more information about the Impact Survey, inquire at the library information desk or visit www.impactsurvey.org.

Superheroes Hit the Big Screen

Comic Book Superheroes have hit Hollywood in a big way! Check out these action-packed films full of our favorite heroes.

Marvel's the Avengers [videodisc] by Marvel Studios presents in association with Paramount Pictures, a Marvel Studios production ; written and directed by Joss Whedon

Superman returns [videodisc] by Warner Bros. Pictures presents in association with Legendary Pictures in association with Bad Hat Harry

Thor [videodisc)] by Paramount Pictures and Marvel Entertainment present ; a Marvel Studios production

The amazing Spider-Man [videodisc] by produced by Avi Arad, Laura Ziskin, Matt Tolmach ; screenplay by James Vanderbilt, Alvin Sargent, Steve Kloves ; directed by Marc Webb

Captain America. The first avenger [videodisc] by Paramount Pictures and Marvel Entertainment present ; a Marvel Studios production

Cool Cult Classics for Hot Summer Nights

Cult classics: the good, the so-bad-they're-good, and the ugly-but-still-pretty-good. They are the films that inspire a dedicated following, line-quoting, group viewings and many a Halloween costume. They may not have done that well at the box office, but they're survived the ages with their special cult status.

Have you seen these cult classics? If not, beat the heat with a viewing of some of these unconventionally cool movies.

The princess bride [videodisc] by [presented by] Act III Communications [Buttercup Films Ltd., The Princess Bride Ltd.]

Office space [videodisc] by Twentieth Century Fox presents a Mike Judge film

The Rocky Horror picture show [videodisc] by Twentieth Century Fox presents a Michael White-Lou Adler production

Labyrinth [videodisc] by the Jim Henson Company and Lucasfilm Ltd. presents a Jim Henson film

Raising Arizona [videodisc] by 20th Century Fox ; Circle Films presents a Ted and Jim Pedasa/Ben Barenholtz production