The library will be closed through Friday, June 12, 2020 due to our state governor's executive order and public health concerns over the COVID-19 virus.

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Governor Whitmer's executive order calling for the closure of all libraries in the state has been extended through June 12. We remain closed, pending any changes to the order or the guidelines from Canton Township Emergency Management


  • We extended the due dates on all materials checked out to July 1. While MeL items still appear on your account, please be assured that all fines that have accrued during our closure will be waived. MeL requests are suspended. 
  • We've suspended the ability to place holds. If you have an item on hold, your place in the queue is frozen, and if you have a hold item ready for pick up, it will be there for you when we reopen. You will not be charged for failure to pick up your hold.
  • The book drop is open but there's no need to return items.

The most popular Nintendo game during quarantine. Animal Crossing New Horizons is a simulation game where you design you own island, befriend animal villagers, and play with friends. Animal Crossing has allowed people to socialize while stuck at home, a way to process grief, and a tool to manage mental health.

New Horizons

The latest and most popular version of Animal Crossing. 

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Podcasts are radio shows for the Internet age, and it seems there's one or more on every topic. Though they have existed for years, podcasts have become so popular that you can now find one (or more) on pretty much any topic you can imagine: including books! You can listen on your smart phone or other device with your phone's standard podcast app, or download an additional app to manage your subscriptions. If you're looking for new ways to engage your love of reading, these podcasts provide regular book discussions, author interviews, news, and other information to take book lovers to the next level:

  • What Should I read Next? - Blogger Anne Bogel talks to readers about books they love, books they hate, and what you should read next
  • Just the Right Book - Independent Bookstore owner Roxanne Coady helps you find the next great book while keeping you up-to-date on the world of publishing
  • All the Books! - another Book Riot podcasts, this one focuses on each week's new release titles-
  • Books of Your Life with Elizabeth - Goodreads co-founder Elizabeth Khuri Chandler talks with interesting people about the books that shaped them
  • Smart Podcast, Trashy Books - Each week author Sarah Wendell talks with authors, publishers, librarians and more about the world of publishing about one of the most popular fiction genres around: romance
  • By the Book - Hosts Kristen and Jolenta read a self-help book, then try to live by its teachings. Hilarity ensues
  • Fictional - Modern and relatable retellings of classic fictional works, for readers who just don't have time to go back and read all the classics
  • Mugglecast - For Harry Potter fans who can't get enough, this podcasts dissects every aspect of that magical world. 
  • Overdue - A podcast about the books you have been meaning to read, and still haven't gotten to just yet...
  • The Librarian Is In - We can't finish this list without reminding you that librarians live to help you find that next great book! In this podcast, the New York Public Library talks about books and culture, and what to read next

If podcasts are still a mystery to you, check out this great tutorial from TechBoomers. It focuses on using an iPhone, but the process is also similar on Android phones.

Far and Away Virtual Storytime

Far and Away Storytime

Hello Storytime families! We know you love listening to stories and singing songs. It's been along time since we have been able to share these things with you. We really miss you during this time and that is why we are excited to present to you our Far and Away Virtual Storytime series. Each storytime link will go live on Wednesday mornings at 10:00AM starting on May 13, 2020. You will get to watch your favorite librarians present their favorites stories from home and even meet some new faces, as well. We look forward to presenting our storytimes to you in person, but until then we are with you from Far and Away!


Upcoming sessions

Wednesday, June 3 - 10:00 AM to 10:30 AM Ms Lisa
Wednesday, June 10 - 10:00 AM to 10:30 AM Ms Alyssa
Wednesday, June 17 - 10:00 AM to 10:30 AM Ms Melissa
Wednesday, June 24 - 10:00 AM to 10:30 AM Ms Michele
Wednesday, July 1 - 10:00 AM to 10:30 AM Ms Whitney
Eva Davis, Library Director

The COVID-19 novel coronavirus pandemic has changed all of our lives. At the Canton Public Library, we have been working throughout our closure to extend our online services and maintain our connections to you. The leadership team is already preparing to serve our community in new ways once we are allowed to reopen. We are working together to keep you, our coworkers, and our community safe and healthy. This will mean changes to how we provide library services and building access as we move through the transition from being fully closed to being fully open, as well as every phase in-between.

Our first priority is the safety and well-being of our staff and community and to that end, we are working on securing adequate supplies of hand sanitizer, disinfectant, disinfecting wipes, gloves, and other protective equipment. While we placed supply orders weeks ago, these are, rightfully, on backorder while shipments are prioritized for medical and public health professionals. Even when the Governor's Executive Order is lifted and the library is allowed to reopen, we will not consider it until we have adequate protective supplies on-hand.

Despite our closure, we are getting the library ready for the various phases of our reopening plans. While the library is professionally cleaned nightly, between March 14 and March 22, we had additional deep cleaning and sanitization throughout the building. We are quarantining all returned materials for 24 hours before shelving them. We are working closely with the Canton Township Emergency Management Team as well as our colleagues at other libraries, as things continue to change. Advice from the Library of Michigan and the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services is also being followed.

We are planning a tightly-controlled, phased opening, and will move to ease those restrictions as indicated by staffing levels, the availability of protective equipment and supplies, our capacity to manage each phase safely and successfully, and any local/state/federal restrictions on physical distancing, sanitization, and maximum building occupancy ratios. We will communicate those plans to you as each phase unfolds.

I am sure that you have many questions, and I hope that this has answered at least some of them. Please continue to Contact Us with your questions, feedback, and concerns. The bottom line for us is that we will continue to connect our community, now and in the future, with the same integrity, innovation, and leadership you expect from us.

We cannot wait to see you all again. Stay safe, stay healthy, and wash your hands.

Eva Davis, Director

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