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Mother's Day Drive for First Step

First Step logoThis Mother's Day, make a difference in the lives of women experiencing violence and abuse by donating to First Step, an organization dedicated to reducing domestic and sexual violence and providing service to individuals affected by these crimes.

First Step has requested the following items:
  • adult coloring books
  • colored pencils
  • knitting or crochet kits
  • extra yarn

The Canton Public Library will accept items May 1 through 13. Thank you for supporting this vital organization in our community.

Canton Community Foundation to Manage Library Endowment Fund

When library trustees sat down in 2001 to craft a long-range strategic plan, they recognized the need to ensure the library’s long-term financial stability. From those discussions came the establishment of the library’s endowment fund, with the goal of raising $1 million and a commitment to continued excellence in service to Canton residents. The current library board has taken that commitment one step further with the agreement to transfer the management of the library’s fund, currently in the amount of $352,000, to the Canton Community Foundation.

“Transferring management of the library endowment fund to the Canton Community Foundation allows us to take advantage of their investment and philanthropic expertise,” says library director Eva Davis. “This partnership has been in the works since 2008, when former CCF President Joan Noricks initiated these discussions, and I think our residents will agree that keeping the endowment managed locally, by our hometown community foundation, is the right decision.”

Transferring the library’s fund is more cost effective because the foundation manages component funds, investing the individual gifts and bequests as a family of funds, thereby achieving significant economies of scale in both investment and administration.

Michelle Farrell, library board treasurer, adds “The library’s endowment fund helps build a sustainable financial future for the library. With the support of the community and the management of the Canton Community Foundation, we look forward to seeing this fund grow so that it benefits our users for years to come.”

Not in Our Town Art Contest

In partnership with the Canton Response to Hate Crimes Coalition and Canton Police Department, the library is sponsoring an art contest. Students are invited to submit artwork around the theme of inclusion, unity and peace to be displayed during the Community Unity & Peace Rally on September 26 in Heritage Park. Art work entries should be turned in at the Children's Desk.

RULES:
  1. Submissions accepted beginning September 1 and ending September 18 at 6:00 PM.
  2. Limit of one entry per person.
  3. Entries must be confined to a 8 1/2 x 11 inch sheet of paper.
  4. Artwork must be your own original work. You may get inspiration from a book or online, but do not copy someone else's art.
  5. First place and second place prizes will be awarded in three different age categories: Kindergarten through 5th grade, 6th-8th grade, 9th-12th grade. The decision of the judges is final.
  6. Winners will be announced September 26 at the Community Unity & Peace Rally.
  7. All entries will be displayed at Heritage Park during the rally.
  8. A completed contest entry form must accompany each submission.

For questions or clarification, email Laurie Golden, community relations department head.

Sorter Room Tours

Sorter RoomCome on down to visit our automated sorter up close and earn your Geek Out and Love It badge. You can watch the materials come down through the chute and understand how the sorter reads it and tosses into appropriate bins.
  
We will be take you inside the sorter room to get a closer look at how the materials you return are processed and put back in circulation. The sorter room tours are scheduled at these times:

We can accommodate 10 people per tour.  Spots will be filled on a first come, first served basis.

Produce Exchange Stand

Do you have a surfeit of strawberries? A bumper crop of tomatoes? We've set up a produce exchange stand, thanks to our friends at Canton Leisure Services, to facilitate the sharing of your home-grown goods. Simply drop off any extra produce in the stand by the front entrance (make sure it's in good shape, free of insects or excess soil). Or help yourself to any produce that's in the bin and enjoy the bounty. Don't forget to claim the Chow Down On the Scene badge for participating.

King of the Blues, Legend B.B. King

The world mourns B.B. King, legendary blues artist, who died at the age of 89 at his home in Las Vegas. If you'd like to learn more about the highly-acclaimed artist, try one of the following resources.

[Photo credit: "B.B. King in 2009" by Tom Beetz - http://www.flickr.com/photos/9967007@N07/6577873073. Licensed under CC BY 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons - http://commons.wikimedia.org/wi…/File:B.B._King_in_2009.jpg…]

Butterfly Garden Plant Exchange

The Friends of the Library are hosting a plant exchange May 30, 9:00 AM-noon, to secure native Michigan butterfly friendly plants from community members and private local gardens. Please label donations with type and blossom color. The Friends will be offering free milkweed plants, started with donated supplies from Home Depot, during the plant exchange.

Drive around the building, following the book donation signs, to drop off your plant donations. You can view a list of desired plants.

Canton Acts of Culture: Traditional Japanese Crafts

Enjoy learning about Japanese culture and making traditional Japanese crafts at this all-ages program hosted as part of Canton's Acts of Culture Week. Try your hand at gyotaku Japanese fish printing and suminagashi, paper marbling, and also origami.
May 3, 2:00-3:00 PM in the Community Room.

Mother's Day Supply Drive for FirstStep

First StepThis Mother's Day, make a difference in the lives of women experiencing violence and abuse by donating to First Step, an organization dedicated to reducing domestic and sexual violence and providing service to individuals affected by these crimes.
First Step has requested the following items:
  • scented body wash
  • lotion
  • hand sanitizer
  • gift cards for stores like Meijer, Kroger, Wal-Mart or Target.

The Canton Public Library will accept items May 3 through 16. Thank you for supporting this vital organization in our community.

29th Annual Book & Author Luncheon

ZimmermanMystery writer Chris Zimmerman will be the featured author of the May 12 luncheon sponsored by the Friends of the Canton, Plymouth, Northville and Novi libraries. Fox Hills Golf and Banquet Center in Plymouth Twp. is the host for this 29th annual event, which begins at 11:30 AM. Tickets are available through the Friends of the Library, or use this reservation form.

Children's Library Open!

Children's LibraryWhile we are still cleaning up from the water damage due to Monday's broken sprinkler head, the Children's Library stacks have reopened to the public. Some areas are still off limits, including the cabana computers and several other computers near the fish tank, while we dry out the flooring. Please stay out of areas marked with caution tape.

Renovation Update

New lobby and restroomsThe restrooms and lobby are now open. Thank you for your patience! We hope you enjoy the new and improved space.

We are awaiting the arrival of the additional study carrels. New CD shelving is being placed Thursday and Friday. Work continues in the social space/vending area, as tile work is ongoing.

For more information about the renovation project, visit our PSIP page.

Introducing the Canton Book Project

Is there a book you know and love? A title you find yourself recommending over and over again? Maybe it changed your life or your outlook. And maybe it could make a difference to someone else. 

The Canton Book Project is your chance to share your love of reading by giving out books to people in this community who, for whatever reason, don't read for pleasure or own books. Applications are being accepted from members of the community interested in being book givers. Book givers will have the opportunity to share the love of reading by distributing a book of their choice to other members of the community. Readers of all ages are encouraged to apply and books can be of any reading level.

By applying to be a Canton Book Project book giver you agree, if selected, to:

Migration Complete!

Thank you for your patience as we migrated our computer systems. The migration is now complete! Any items that you may have returned or checked out during the work time will be updated on your account within 24 hours. If you encounter any issues, please call us at 734-397-0999 or use Contact Us.

System Migration Outages January 20

On Tuesday, January 20 we are migrating our internal computing system to a new platform that will be more efficient and stable, give us better access to our data and additional resources, and keep us current with industry standards. During the migration, you may check out and return items but most of our computer-based patron services will be unavailable, including:
  • Catalog search
  • MyAccount
  • Renewal of items or ability to place materials on hold
  • Online database resources including Overdrive eBooks, Zinio and hoopla
  • Program registration
  • Interloan requests
  • Payment of fines
  • Library card renewals.
We anticipate that this will take most of the day and apologize for any inconvenience.  Thank you for your patience while we perform this necessary update.