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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.

April is National Stress Awareness Month

A little bit of stress is not bad at all. It helps you to keep your focus on work and perform better. Problems arise when you are unable to keep stress level under your control. Too much stress will affect your performance as a professional. It may ruin your personal relationships. Above all, it will take a toll on your health. To avoid any such consequences, coping with stress at work or home is very important.

Mint Launches "Quest for Money" Game

Parents, are you looking for a fun way to teach your kids and teens about saving money? Have them try out the new game from Mint.com called Quest for Money. Its goal is to teach money management in a fun and entertaining way. Learn more about the game or jump right in to playing it. Enjoy!

MoMA Masterpiece Contest!

Guess what! If you love to draw, you can enter the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) Create Your Own Masterpiece Contest! Entries can be submitted starting April 1, 2011 and postmarked no later than May 13, 2011. For more information, visit the contest website. Good Luck!

Long Term Care

When people hear the words "long-term care," they often think only of nursing homes, but long-term care includes much more. Personal care, home health care, transportation services and adult day care are all long-term care services, and they can be critical to an older person's health care. Find information on the range of long-term care services available and suggestions about planning for future needs on NIHSeniorHealth, the health and wellness website for older adults from the National Institute on Aging.

Hobbyists and Hackers Unite

On Saturday, June 25th from 1:00-5:00PM, CPL will host some of the most creative hobbyists and hackers in the Metro Detroit Area for our second CPL Hack Day. Our Community Room will be full of demonstrations and presentations of hacks ranging from robotics to web apps to modded IKEA furniture to scrapbooking.

If you or someone you know is a 'hacker' in a special field; if you have ingenious and/or unconventional workarounds and solutions, then consider doing a presentation or having a demo table at Hack Day. Time slots and planning discussion can be found at the Hack Day CantonWiki page. For any questions, please contact Brad Czerniak at czerniakb@cantonpl.org.

Thorndyke Thoughts

Hey Kids!
If you look at this picture of me, you can see I'm not at CPL! The CTTS Staff and I went on a little field trip yesterday. We visited the Novi Public Library! The Novi Library built a brand new building last year and we went to look around. It's a pretty cool place. They even have a race car in the Children's Department called the Novi Special! And there are beautiful tiles to look at too. One even has a dinosaur bone in it. And just like at CPL, there a lots of fun computers to play on and interesting books to check out.
Did you know that Canton Public Library has "reciprocal borrowing privileges" with Novi Library? Those big words mean that CPL is friends with Novi Library, and that your Canton Public Library card works all the way over there! I think that's the coolest thing I learned on my tour. You should go "check out" the Novi Library (just a little library humor there!) but don't forget to come visit me too!
Bear Hugs!
Thorndyke

Distractions & Driving

The recent April 2011 issue of Consumer Reports reminds us of the many distracted driving scenarios many of us encounter in our daily travels. See the article on Consumer Reports website for a review of recent polling on the subject and further comments from various segments of our society.

Urban Pantry

Urban pantry : tips and recipes for a thrifty, sustainable & seasonal kitchen by Amy Pennington ; photography by Della Chen — This cookbook takes a different tack than many, starting from a perspective of working with what you probably usually have in your pantry and/or from your garden. It focuses on types of ingredients and encourages use of what you have to come up with thrifty yet delicious results. For even more, check out the author's blog.

Dogs

Reading to a friendly dog has become a popular program here at CPL. But you don't have to save your dog reading for that program alone. I bet your own dog would love for you to read to them, especially a book about dogs. The kids department has lots of fiction and non-fiction books on dogs. To keep it short and simple, check out some fun poems in It's About Dogs, Little Dogs Poems, or I Didn't Do it, which offers a irresistible glimpse into your puppy's mind.

Sport-filled Saturday!

Beginning at 3:00PM the Red Wings take on the Nashville Predators as they wind down the regular season. Then at 4:10PM the Tigers play the New York Yankees where Brad Penny will be matched up against former teammate A.J. Burnett. March Madness continues at 6:00PM with the Final Four NCAA Div I Men's Basketball Championship. First Four winner VCU and Butler vie for a berth to the Championship game. University of Kentucky and University of Connecticut continue the excitement in their bid to the Title at 8:45PM. Grab your snacks, spirit wear, and fresh batteries for the remote and enjoy!

Bob the Bee Guy Program

You've seen him at the Canton Farmer's Market with his delicious honey — now come meet Bob the Bee Guy on Wednesday, April 20, 7:00-8:30PM. You will learn about beekeeping and the environmental concerns about bee health in his presentation. There is no registration required for this adult program.

Craig Perdue, Naturalist Program

Dr. Craig Perdue will talk about behavioral ecology on Thursday, April 21, 3:00-4:30PM, in a presentation entitled "Bird Ancestors, Adaptations and Conversation." He will share his knowledge about working with birds of prey and other animals and explain how our actions impact their world. There is no registration required for this all ages program.

[Note: Dr. Perdue's program includes live birds.]

Vegetarian Eating Program

Learn about the benefits of vegetarian eating from Paul Krause, VP of VegMichigan on Monday, April 18, 7:00-8:30PM in his presentation Vegetarian Eating. Paul will talk about how to promote health, peace and the planet through a plant-based diet. Also (newly added to the program!) Susan Kline, author of "From the Earth with Love" will discuss transitioning to a vegetarian lifestyle. There is no registration required for this adult program.

Earth Day Events at CPL

We're celebrating Earth Day all week (April 18-22) and want you to join us! There will be events for adults, teens, tweens and children, including:

First Comes Love...

Want to look for love in all the right places? Or, are you working to improve a current relationship? We have oodles of books just for you. Some of our newer titles incude:

Why do fools fall in love?: a realist's guide to romance by Anouchka Grose

Girl, get your mind right!: the tell-it-like-it-is advice your love life has been missing by Tionna Tee Smalls

Green Gardening

Join us at the Library on Tuesday evening, April 19 for a presentation by Jodi Cook, a local horticulturalist and green living advocate. Jodi will be speaking on how your garden impacts our environment, and how you can become a responsible caretaker while still having a beautiful garden. The program will take place in the Community Room from 7:00-8:30PM, as part of the Library's Earth Week celebration.