Spring into action this weekend with the Bunny Hop. Don't know what the Bunny Hop is? Check out some of these fun cd's and put on your dancing paws, I mean shoes.
Animal groove [sound recording] words & music by James Coffey
On April 15th, 1912, RMS Titanic sank after striking an iceberg during its maiden voyage across the Atlantic Ocean. Curious about the history of Titanic? Check out some nonfiction titles like the following:
882 1/2 amazing answers to your questions about the Titanic by Hugh Brewster and Laurie Coulter
Story of the Titanic by Steve Noon; illustrated by Eric Kentley
The Titanic: an interactive history adventure by Bob Temple
Sleepy Bear gave me a shout out in one of his latest blogs, looking for book suggestions. When I'm stumped for something to read, I usually ask the librarians here at CPL for a suggestion. They sure had some great ones!
The Fabled Fourth Graders of Aesop Elementary School by Candace Fleming was suggested by Miss Ruth. It's a bunch of funny short stories that are similar to Aesop's Fables. She said her favorite character was the librarian, whose name is Paige Turner.
Miss Sandra suggested The Trouble with Chickens by Doreen Cronin. It's a mystery where a retired search and rescue dog investigates some missing baby chicks.
I hope that Sleepy Bear finds something to read! Although I think he's reading Junie B. Jones at the moment. There's lots of those books, so he should be pretty busy! :)
Being green is definitely the color to be these days, whether you're a kid or a frog. Kermit the frog from the Muppets is green and even sang a song about it. This fun program for 1st-3rd graders will be all about things that are green, as well as celebrating the coming of spring. Online Registration opens April 4.
Program Date: Monday, April 18, 11:00-11:45AM.
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.
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.
NewsOur 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
PartnershipsAs 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:
- Detroit Area Diaper Bank
- College Night
- Michigan Military Moms Partnership
- H&R Block Recovery Act Program
- Canton Township Economic Development Strategies of Success
- MLK Partnership with artist Byron Reed
- Canton Township Leisure Services Partnerships
- Museum Adventure Pass Program
- Park and Read Program
|Museum Adventure Passes Checked Out||1,631|
|Park and Read Passes Checked Out||186|
|Check Out Canton Passes Issued||108|
|Wi-Fi log ins||30,745|
|Reference Questions Received||86,592|
|Adult Computer Class Attendance||1,836|
|Summer Reading Participants||4,576|
|Total Circulation for 2010||1,951,445|
|Total Library Visits||594,492|
|Total Library Cardholders||90,516|
|New Library Cards Issued||7,952|
|Items Loaned Through MeL Interloan||19,706|
|Items Borrowed Through MeL Interloan||12,281|
|Items Added to CPL Collection||21,540|
|Total CPL Employees||103|
Check out some of our Easter books for children:
10 Easter egg hunters: a holiday counting book by Janet Schulman; illustrated by Linda Davick
Easter by Nancy Dickmann
Happy Easter, Mouse! by Laura Numeroff; illustrated by Felicia Bond
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!
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.]