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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.

Graphic Novels for Older Girls

The secret valley by Jeff Weigel

Adventure time ; pixel princesses by created by Pendleton Ward ; written by Danielle Corsetto ; illustrated by Zack Sterling with Tessa Stone, Corey Lewis, Chrystin Garland, Paulina Ganucheau ; inks by Stephanie Hocutt and Aubrey Aiese ; tones by Amanda Lafrenais ; letters by Kel McDonald ; "The mind of Gunter" by Meredith McClaren ; tones by Amanda Lafrenais

Jane, the fox & me by Fanny Britt, Isabelle Arsenault ; translated by Christelle Morelli and Susan Ouriou

Ernest & Rebecca. [1], "My best friend is a germ" by Guillaume Bianco, writer ; Antonello Dalena, artist ; Cecilia Giumento, colorist ; [Joe Johnson, translation]

The Dare! Detectives. Vol. 1, "The snow-pea plot" by Ben Caldwell ; additional colors and inks by Bill Hallier and Mike Mucci

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.

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.

Volunteer Tutors Needed for Community Literacy Council

Just two hours a week is all the time you need to help other adults learn to read, write or speak English. The Plymouth-Canton Community Literacy Council is in need of tutor volunteers and has New Tutor Training and Orientation classes starting in October. Literacy volunteers receive comprehensive training before tutoring in a setting of their choice. Some tutors work one-on-one with a student, while others prefer to volunteer in a small conversation group or as a teacher’s assistant in an adult classroom. No prior experience is necessary. For more information, contact the Community Literacy Council at 734-589-0011.

Columbus Day Library Closure

The library building will be closed to the public on Monday, October 13. During this time we will conduct staff training. The outdoor return slot will be open for you to return materials.

While the library building is closed, you may access many resources online. Visit our eMedia page to stream movies, music, TV series and audiobooks through hoopla, download ebooks and audiobooks, or read magazines online through Zinio. You may also access your patron record to check due dates and renew materials, and place available items on hold for pickup when we reopen. And many of our business resources are available online on the Business Resource page.

Parking Lot Closure

While the library is closed for the Labor Day holiday, contractors will be working to repave and stripe our parking lot. During the work, the front circle drive book return, Abitibi paper recycling bins and the book donation bins will be inaccessible on Sunday, August 31 and September 1. Our contractor will attempt to finish the project in one day to minimize the disruption. Please stay out of restricted areas and thank you for your patience while we perform this necessary maintenance to our lot.

Technology Upgrade Service Impact

The library will undertake a major upgrade of the IT network August 11-15. To minimize impact to patrons, most of the work will be done between 5:00 and 8:30 AM. During this time, you may experience brief disruptions of web services, which should be resolved quickly. If you are unable to access any library web services, please wait a few minutes and try again. We don’t anticipate service disruptions during our regular hours of operation however, any issues will be addressed on a priority basis.

The upgrade to cables and switches in our main network facility will allow us to monitor and address network issues more efficiently, minimizing future interruptions and downtime for patrons and staff. Thank you for your patience.

Coffee with a Cop

Stop in the library on Tuesday, June 24 from 10:00 AM to noon and have a cup of coffee and conversation with an officer from the Canton Township Public Safety.

The Coffee with a Cop program provides a unique opportunity for community members to ask questions and learn more about the department’s work in Canton’s neighborhoods and business districts.

“We hope that community members will feel comfortable to ask questions, bring concerns, or simply get to know our officers,” says Deputy Chief Scott Hilden. “These interactions are the foundation of community partnerships.”

Library Closed June 14

 The library will be closed Saturday, June 14 to ease traffic congestion due to Canton's Liberty Fest. You can still use electronic resources like Overdrive and hoopla, access databases, and use MyAccount to renew items or check due dates, plus search the catalog and place holds. We will open Sunday, June 15 at noon.

Printable Program and Event Listing, June 2014

Here's a printable listing of all the programs and events happening at CPL in June, 2014.

Blood Drive May 30

Red CrossDonate blood during the May 30 Red Cross blood drive at CPL. Visit the library or call 313-549-7052 to make an appointment. Donation times start at 10:00 AM and end at 3:45 PM. Donate in May and be entered to win a VIP experience at the June NASCAR race at MIS.

Rouge Rescue Canton Site Opportunities

Rouge River clean upThe Friends of the Rouge are the catalyst behind the stewardship of the Rouge River, which flows through our backyards here in Canton. It's time for the annual spring clean up, also known as the Rouge Rescue, and Flodin Park here in Canton is one of the sites. Bring your family out on May 17 and help clean up a stretch from 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM. They need volunteers for trail clean up, native planting at pond, environmental education activities, Birds of Prey presentation, trail hikes, and bird house building.

Canton Township Engineering Services is the sponsoring organization for this site. Call them at 734-394-5150 to volunteer or get more information.

Canton Community Survey

CPL Strategic Plan GoalsThe Canton Public Library and Canton Leisure Services have teamed up with ETC Institute to conduct a statistically-valid community survey to assist in planning and prioritizing for both organizations. If you are one of the 3,000 randomly-selected Canton households to receive the survey, please fill it out and return it promptly. The 30-question survey should take about ten minutes to complete. Your responses will help us better understand your needs and prioritize our Strategic Plan efforts for the next several years. Your opinion is very valuable and we greatly appreciate your time.

Memorial Day Drive for VA Hospital

To commemorate Memorial Day, the Canton Public Library will accept donations to benefit the Veterans Hospital in Ann Arbor. The VA Hospital has requested packages of men's t-shirts and underwear, specifically in sizes XXL and larger, as well as donations of gift cards for stores like Meijer, Wal-Mart and gas stations. You may drop your donation off at the library from May 18-31. Thank you for supporting our veterans.

Library Closed April 20

The Canton Public Library will be closed on Sunday, April 20. You may still access MyAccount to renew items, our catalog to look up materials and place holds, and all of our digital media, including OverDrive ebooks, Zinio magazines, and hoopla movies, audiobooks and music.

Printable Program and Event Listing, April 2014

Here's a printable PDF listing of all the programs and events that are happening at the library in April, 2014.

Chicks 4 Charity Trivia Challenge, April 15

Think you are good at trivia? Test your skills against teams from the Canton Public Library during the All Star Trivia Challenge on April 15, beginning at 6:30 PM.  This fundraiser, sponsored by Chicks 4 Charity and hosted at The Basement Burger Bar, will feature great prizes, a raffle and tons of fun. See if you have what it takes to beat the library team. For information on how to enter a team, download this flyer.

Printable Program and Event Listing, March 2014

Here's a printable PDF calendar of all the programs and events that are happening at the library in March, 2014.