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Built by Wendy: Coats & Jackets

Built by Wendy coats & jackets: the Sew U guide to making outerwear easy by Wendy Mullin, with Eviana Hartman — Wendy Mullin has a system for sewing that involves clear instructions and patterns, plenty of diagrams, and a little contemporary flair on the classics. Here you can find how-tos for over twenty variations on three basic designs: fitted, basic, and straight coats and jackets.

Discover Your Unique Family History!

Ancestry Library Edition makes searching for your family history much easier. The new version features search forms with an improved look and feel; location filters that allow searching across adjacent counties; map filters; name filters with Soundex; improved country and state pages. Give it a try if you are looking for U.S., U.K., and Canadian census and vital records, immigration and passport records, periodicals, books, photos and more.

Social Security Suspends Annual Statements

Effective April 1, 2011 the Social Security Administration has suspended annual statements to all workers. At present, this mailing cost the government $70 million dollars. SSA estimates they will save $30 million this year and $60 million dollars next year when they resume mailing, but only to those 60 years and older. An online Social Security benefits estimator is available as well other retirement planning information.

Author Pat Conroy speaking about the joys of a childhood spent visiting libraries with his mom!

Happy National Library Week!
Best-selling author Pat Conroy shares his reminiscences of his boyhood days visiting the library every Monday with his mother. This video clip is made available by The Open Road Integrated Media.

Author Luncheon: Jeffrey Zaslow

On Monday, May 23rd at 11:30AM, author Jeffrey Zaslow was the featured guest at the 25th annual Plymouth-Canton-Novi-Northville Book and Author Luncheon, sponsored by the Friends of the Canton Public Library.

Tickets were available at any of the four libraries for $25, from April 15-May 15, for the luncheon at Fox Hills Golf and Banquet Center, while supplies lasted.

Jeffrey Zaslow was a columnist for the Wall Street Journal, and author or co-author of three best-selling books:

Michigan Legislature Begins Redistricting Process

The results of the 2010 Census require that Michigan's congressional districts be redrawn. This process which occurs every 10 years has already begun in the Michigan legislature. This time around, lawmakers face many challenges including the loss of one congressional seat and the dramatic population losses in the city of Detroit. The Michigan Redistricting Collaborative is a coalition of non-profits from all segments of the community, including business, labor and public interest, dedicated to making the redistricting process more transparent and open, while encouraging involvement from the public. Their website Michigan — Draw the Line has been designed to inform the public on all aspects of the redistricting process.

Comic Book Fans Unite!

Marvel Universe Fans take note! While waiting for the newest movie to come out, be sure to check out our new Marvel Comics Encyclopedia. If that's checked out, be sure to browse through our awesome graphic novel collection for all your favorite Marvel heroes and heroines! Get your capes and boots on folks — we're going to need them.

Continuous Container Gardens

Continuous container gardens by Sara Begg Townsend and Roanne Robbins — Focusing on container gardening using transitions to sustain visual impact all year long, this book really has just about everything you could want to know about growing in containers. The authors focus on types of plants that create different effects, and how to combine them for the result you want, but also include how-tos and tips that are generally useful for container gardening.

Civil War Anniversary

This year marks the 150th anniversary of the start of the American Civil War. The first shots were fired on April 12, 1861 at Fort Sumter in South Carolina's Charleston Harbor. Confederate forces let by Brig. General P.G.T. Beauregard demanded the surrender of the fort and opened fire when the Union commander, Maj. Robert Anderson, refused. He was forced to evacuate the next day, however, and this battle became the first engagement of the war. It raged on for four more years until Robert E. Lee surrendered to Ulyssses S. Grant on April 9, 1865 at Appomattox Courthouse, Virginia.

Gloryland: A Conversation

Shelton Johnson, author of Gloryland will discuss his book on Thursday, April 14 at Harlan Hatcher Graduate Library, Gallery-Room 100 (use Diag entrance) at 913 S. University Ave., Ann Arbor, MI. Public parking is available in the structure at 650 S. Forest, just south of S. University.

Gloryland is the fictional memoir of a buffalo soldier — a black U.S. cavalryman and the son of slaves — who finds true freedom when he is posted to patrol the newly created Yosemite National Park in 1903.

Murder Will Out: Forensics

If you love medical mystery suspense fiction:

One grave too many: a Diane Fallon forensic investigation by Beverly Connor

Except the dying by Maureen Jennings

Déjà dead by Kathy Reichs

Blindsighted by Karin Slaughter

Adult Fiction Writers' Group

Interested in writing fiction, all types of media or genres, for an adult audience? Join us on Thursday, April 28th from 6:00-7:00PM for our Adult Fiction Writers' Group.
Dave Richards, a library assistant and a freelance writer for the Eisner Award winning website, Comic Book Resources, moderates. Dave has completed an unpublished science fiction mystery novel and is currently writing a horror novel.

Talk Back to Lansing

Michigan State Capitol BuildingThe Center for Michigan is providing opportunities for citizens to speak out.  "Talk Back to Lansing" forums are scheduled in Wixom (April 20), Grand Rapids (April 25) and Lansing (April 27).  Register today.

Let your voice help shape Michigan's 2012 Budget.

Royal Wedding Tea

Planning to wake up at four o'clock in the morning to view the wedding of His Royal Highness Prince William of Wales with Miss Catherine Middleton?

Join us on Friday, April 29th from 2:00-4:00(PM!) for an Afternoon Tea. We'll dish about the Royal Wedding while eating wedding cake donated by the Back Home Bakery along with other goodies provided by the Friends of the Canton Public Library.

Fellow Royal Watchers, it will be too, too delightful to sip tea in our Purple Room decorated with wedding finery from "I Do", Too! Bridal.

Do say you'll come.

Louise Rennison Fans!

Are you a fan of Louise Rennison's book series that began with Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging? If you are, you may have been disappointed when she published her last book in the series in 2009. That is why I was so excited to hear that she is beginning a new series revolving around the misadventures of Georgia's younger cousin, Tallulah Casey! Withering Tights is due to be released on June 28, 2011 and promises to be just as fun and hilarious as the previous books. And if you haven't read any of the books, and want to feel good and laugh out loud, give them a try!

2010 Annual Report


Canton Public Library connects your community.

The year 2010 at Canton Public Library can best be characterized as a year of partnerships. As we faced further budget cuts and increased usage, we looked for partners in our community to help us stretch every dollar. By teaming up with our schools, community groups, other nonprofit and service organizations, arts consortia, and businesses, we were able to maximize our offerings and fulfill our mission of connecting your community.

Grants

Our staff searched tirelessly for grants to help fill gaps in our funding. This year, we were the recepient of several grants, including an Action for Earth Grant, a partnership project between the library, the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum, and Project S.N.A.P. that allowed us to train 20 families in environmental stewardship and helped us create and install the mosiac mural just outside the Children's Library. This grant was supplied by the Erb Family Foundation Grant.

Additionally, we qualified for our second ARC grant to create a small rain garden at the back of the library, reducing the area of our grounds that needs mowing, watering and pesticide application, and adding native plants to help filter ground water and runoff.

The Giving Hope Women's Giving Circle Grant we received was used to start a book group for girls ages 5-12 and their mothers or another significant woman in their life. This grant, along with the Target Family Reading Grant, and the ALA Great Stories Grant made it possible to host book discussions for both young readers and their families as well as teens at the Starkweather Center, an alternative high school.

The Ford Road Meijer Store entered us into the Pepsi Refresh project and surprised us with a check for $400, which we were happy to accept.

News

Our proactive attempts to streamline efficiency and find other funding resulted in a few new iniatives. In June, we replaced our old hand sorting method with a new RFID system that both checks in and sorts materials to the proper bin for staff to place back on the shelves. Not only does this get materials back into circulation faster, it also saves hundreds of staff hours sorting and checking in materials and reduces the errors that come with handling 6,000 pieces daily. This project also saw the debut of another of our firsts — our patron education video series. We produced several videos to help educate patrons about library services, for example, how to use the self checkout.

In November, we teamed up with the Northville Barnes and Noble for our first-ever book fair. Purchases from the store or online during our fair benefitted the library.

October 2010 was the 30th anniversary of the library, which we celebrated all month with blog posts, historical photos and videos, and online contests. It was amazing to see the growth of Canton from a small farming community to the vibrant, thriving population of 90,000 that we have today. As a result of that growth, we also suffered through an eight-month long road construction project that widened Canton Center Road, making it easier and safer for our patrons to get to the library.

Some other notable news from 2010:
  • Our Living Book program debuted, sharing the knowledge and experiences of living, breathing people with interested patrons
  • We teamed with area business and Canton Economic Development to develop Check Out Canton, a unique offering of special savings from Canton businesses available for checkout from the library
  • Our well-received Summer School for Small Business series kicked off with seven one-hour sessions created just for the needs small business owners and entrepreneurs
  • We introduced Text A Librarian, a service that allows patrons to text message librarians for reference question or to request materials
  • Storytime sessions were added in the Tamil language
  • Our teen librarian, Anna Slaughter, received the Frances H. Pletz award from the Michigan Library Association, recognizing her outstanding service to teens
  • We created two items to help patrons understand the library's budget constraints and how we were dealing with them. A budget overview video was created and we also posted a value calculator to help patrons figure out how much replacing CPL services would cost

Partnerships

As we stated, 2010 was a year of partnerships. We made use of many partnerships to expand our services and offerings and offset budget reductions. Here are some of those partners:

Statistics

Vital 2010 Statistics
MetricTotal
Museum Adventure Passes Checked Out1,631
Park and Read Passes Checked Out186
Check Out Canton Passes Issued108
Wi-Fi log ins30,745
Jobs printed81,017
Reference Questions Received86,592
Adult Computer Class Attendance1,836
Summer Reading Participants4,576
Total Circulation for 20101,951,445
Total Library Visits594,492
Total Library Cardholders90,516
New Library Cards Issued7,952
Items Loaned Through MeL Interloan19,706
Items Borrowed Through MeL Interloan12,281
Items Added to CPL Collection21,540
Total CPL Employees103

Lunch and a Book — September, October, November 2011

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins — September 8th — In a future North America, where the rulers of Panem maintain control through an annual televised survival competition pitting young people from each of the twelve districts against one another, sixteen-year-old Katniss's skills are put to the test when she voluntarily takes her younger sister's place.

Studio Secrets: Millinery

Millinery by Estelle Ramousse ; Fabienne Gambrelle ; photography, Florent de La Tullaye — This book starts with a brief history of hat-making and then takes you right into the workshop to see exactly how to make hats. A professional milliner shows step-by-step how to construct your own hats in several styles and using a variety of sewing and other techniques.