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National Small Business Week Tip #3: Adding Up Business Expenses

Each year, the U.S. Small Business Administration recognizes the contributions of small businesses to the success of the economy. This week, National Small Business Week is May 23-29.

There are many expenses in owning a small business. Although not every expense can be used as a business deduction, certain portions of car, travel, business use of your home, entertainment and gift expenses can be claimed. Knowing which expense is deductible and keeping good records is vital. For a specific lists of deductions, see Publication 463, Travel, Entertainment, Gift and Car Expenses and Publication 535, Business Expenses.

Someone Like Me

Former area resident, John Quinn, shares his amazing story of his challenge and triumph over Cerebral Palsy. Quinn, through astounding determination, was able to hide his disability and become a high-ranking officer in the U.S. Navy. Come hear his inspirational story, Someone Like Me, on Thursday, June 10 at 7:00PM (no registration required). Teens and adults alike will look at life differently.

Exchange Day for paperback books

In an attempt to survive this economy, we are offering monthly Exchange Days for our patrons. Wednesday, June 9th will be our first paperback book exchange. Look under the bed, on your shelves, in your closets and gather up those paperback books. Bring them in to the library Purple Room at 10:00AM and take home some you haven't yet read. What a great way to get the word out in Canton, help the household budget and save a tree by sharing.

National Small Business Week Tip #2 - Good Records Are a Good Bet

Each year, the U.S. Small Business Administration recognizes the contributions of small businesses to the success of the economy. This week, National Small Business Week is May 23-29.

Today's tip is to keep good records for success. By keeping good records, small business owners can:
  • Monitor the progress of their business
  • Prepare their financial statements
  • Identify source of receipts
  • Keep track of deductible expenses
  • Prepare their tax returns
  • Support items reported on tax returns
For more information, see IRS Publication 583, Starting a Business and Keeping Records.

The Eco-nomical Baby Guide

Is it possible to be green and raise a baby at the same time? According to The Eco-nomical Baby Guide: Down-To-Earth Ways For Parents To Save Money and the Planet, it is! This book will provide you with tips on shopping green, using cloth diapers, making homemade baby food, and determining how much baby gear you really need. Check this book out and discover that babies can be easier on your wallet (and planet) than you think.

Grandparent Fun

Attention Grandparents: Bring your grandchildren to Grandparent Fun on Wednesday, June 2 at 10:00AM. This is a 45 minute program that involves 10-15 minutes of stories and songs followed by crafting and play, just for you and your grandchildren! Get out of the house and meet other grandparents who watch their grandchildren on a regular basis, or just take advantage of a chance to spend some time with your favorite kids.

Iron Man 2 in Theaters Now!

Hey movie fans! Be sure to check out the new Iron Man 2 movie that hit theaters not too long ago! It's full of action and great special effects. Until you can get to the theater, be sure to check out our graphic novels filled with Iron Man's adventures! Enjoy!

Confessions of a Compact Camera Shooter

Confessions of a compact camera shooter : get professional quality photos with your compact camera by Rick Sammon

Looking to improve your snapshots? This book has a wealth of tips and tricks for the amateur digital photographer using a compact digital camera. Wondering if you need to use flash outside on a sunny day? The answer is probably yes, depending on where the sun is in relation to your subject. Ever wonder if all those modes your camera provides are actually useful? They can be very handy if you know how to make the most of them. These tips and many more are included in this easy to use guide.

Meeting Minutes - April 15, 2010

The Chairperson, Colleen Van Auken, called the meeting to order at 7:33PM
Present: K. Schulz, M. Siegrist, C. Van Auken, J. Fausone, G. Snow, D. Turner
Also Present: E. Davis, K. Gladden, G. Bell, A. Davis, M. Swartz

Call to Audience

No comments (R. Havenstein-Coughlin, A. Heidemann, L. Papa, S. Rzetelny)

Approval of Agenda

The agenda was approved as amended

Approval of Minutes

Minutes of the March 18 meeting were approved as presented

Communications

E. Davis shared with the Board an invitation from the new Belleville District Library to attend a reception and swearing-in ceremony of the new District Board on April 24th.

Included in the April PR packet were materials relating to the 2009 Annual Report that were mailed to donors and a placard that was sent to community partners.

"Exploritas" program postponed

The program "Exploritas" that had been scheduled from 7:00-8:00PM on May 27th 2010 had to be postponed at this time due to the ill health of the presenter.

Shred Day at CFCU

Local residents can shred their documents at Community Financial Credit Union's Canton branch from 2:00-4:30PM Saturday, May 22. The special event is being hosted in partnership with Iron Mountain, a provider of secure information destruction. The Iron Mountain trucks will be available in the branch's parking lot located at 6355 N. Canton Center in Canton. For more information, visit the credit union website at www.cfcu.org or call (734) 453-1200 or (877) 937-2328, toll free.

Small-plot, High-yield Gardening

Small plot, high yield gardening : grow like a pro, save money, and eat well from your front (or back or side) yard 100% organic produce garden by Sal Gilbertie and Larry Sheehan

Organic gardening has become quite popular in recent years, and this book is a great guide to creating and maintaining your own organic garden in whatever space you may have available. It includes a wealth of information, big picture planning and organic philosophy stuff as well as little hints that can be extremely helpful (such as: grow onions or some variant around the edges of your garden to deter pests). Even the book itself has an earthy feel, with rich soil-colored text on creamy white pages. A treat for organic gardeners of all levels.

Read When You're On the Go!

What better way to gear up for a vacation or day at the park than with a downloadable audiobook or eBook! Explore CPL's eBook collection and discover a whole new way to read! This 24/7 library is convenient, easy, and fun!

Michigan Military Moms Supply Drive

The library is hosting a supply drive through Saturday, May 29 to benefit the Michigan Military Moms. Bring your donations of
  • bug repellent wipes, any size or brand
  • new, unused pencils
to donate to our active U.S. troops. The Michigan Military Moms will package the supplies and have them sent to our military service people. You may also write a note to include with your donation. There is a collection box by the Reception Desk.

Feed Your Pet Right

We, as humans and consumers, may look at food labels before we buy a product. Maybe if it's too high in sugar or sodium or fat we won't buy it. If you have a pet, have you ever read the labels on pet food? You might be surprised. This book, Feed Your Pet Right, is by a human nutritionist, Dr. Marion Nestle, and an animal nutrition expert, Dr. Maldon Neheim. The authors take a fascinating look at the science behind pet food and guides pet owners to make informed decisions to provide a healthy, balanced diet for their pets.

Save with an hCard Membership and Benefit the Library

The hCard is now available at the Canton Public Library. This card gives you one whole year's worth of savings on restaurants, movie tickets, hotels, groceries, and more. Plus, use it at pharmacies to save on prescription drugs for your entire family. You can even save when you shop online or purchase gift cards. And best of all, the hCard membership is just $20 annually and proceeds benefit the library. The hCard is available at the Checkout Desk or buy it online at our donation page. For more information on the great shopping savings offered by your hCard membership, visit the hCard site.

Download an Audiobook to Your Apple Device!

OverDrive's free app enables over-the-air MP3 audiobook downloads on iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch from CPL's eAudiobook collection. With OverDrive Media Console for iPhone, after logging in to My Account on CPL's eBook website, you can wirelessly download any MP3 audiobook to your Apple device.

The Kitchen Garden: Month by Month

Kitchen garden : month by month by Alan Buckingham

This book is truly a step-by-step guide to growing your own food. It starts at the very beginning with planning and goes all the way through to the payoff of harvesting. Some of the tasks listed for the winter months are suitable for those lucky enough to have a home greenhouse or coldframe, but these are easily pushed back to spring thaw for those of us without. The most useful part of this book for me, though, is the Crop Planner. It includes detailed information about a variety of edibles, and I'll definitely be coming back to this section again.

Michigan Week

Michigan Week is celebrated this year from the 16th through the 22nd of this month. This annual tribute began in 1954 as a way to promote state pride among citizens, and to celebrate the state's rich heritage. The Library can help you learn more about Michigan's history, its tremendous natural resources, and its beautiful sights to visit and enjoy.