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2014 Budget Approved

At the Budget Hearing on September 19, 2013, the Library Board of Trustees adopted the 2014 budget and set the 2014 millage rate. The millage rate remains the same at 1.5437, and the total 2014 budget of $5,599,410 reflects use of some of our Fund Balance (essentially, our savings account) to 1) make building improvements, and 2) bring the library's pension account to 100% funding.

1) As a result of patron feedback and suggestions, our 2012-2015 Strategic Plan includes a comprehensive look at how library spaces are used, how that usage has changed over time, and what changes you'd like to see to improve our interactions with you. In addition to your feedback and suggestions, we also considered the entire building; the original library building is now 25 years old, and the library additions are now 12 years old. Much of our equipment and fixtures date back to the original construction and are due (some overdue) for replacement. In 2013, we were able, through donations and use of Fund Balance, to update and renovate some library spaces--new study rooms were added in the east wing of the library, and renovations were done in our Community Room and Quiet Study Room, as well as in the staff kitchen. These updates and replacements will continue in 2014 with updates to the main area of the library, with our Patron Service Improvement Project (PSI Project).

Starfish Family Services: Caregiver Interactions

On October 23 from 9:30-11:30 AM, Starfish Family Services will present Caregiver Interactions. Participants will learn the importance of clear communication between children and adults and learn techniques to enhance these interactions. Bring your children as free daycare is provided by Starfish's daycare professionals.

October Tween Service Corps

Are you in the 5th, 6th, or 7th grade and looking for ways to fulfill your community service requirement for school? Join us and work as our Tween Service Corps. You can earn one hour of your community service time and also have fun helping out in the Children's Department. Our next date will be Monday, October 2 from 7:00 to 8:00 PM. Please be prompt.

Target Family Reading Night: Halloween Howls

Children ages 4-8 with a caregiver are invited to join us Wednesday, October 30 from 7:00-8:00 PM for a spook-tacular evening. Hear a haunting tale, make a craft, play a game, and make some monster mash. Be sure to wear your Halloween costume for the annual Halloween parade through the library. Registration begins September 25 at 9:00 AM. This program is funded by the Target Store Early Childhood Reading Grant and the Friends of the Canton Public Library.

CPL's 2013 LEGO Dream House Award Reception

Canton kids of all ages have envisioned their Dream House and brought them to life by LEGO. On Saturday, September 28 and Sunday, September 29 come to the Community Room and admire the fantastic LEGO Dream House Contest entries and vote for your fan favorite. On Sunday September, 29 at 4:00 PM, we will host an awards reception for these great creations. Join us!

[LEGO House by Mark Nicolson is licensed under CC BY 2.0]

Affordable Care Act Marketplaces

The Affordable Care Act Marketplaces (Exchanges) are scheduled to open on October 1st. This is where we will go to find the best solution to our individual and family health care insurance needs. Since this is a new experience for all of us, we need a little guidance and information to be successful, thrifty and healthy. David Huntzicker of Kapnick Insurance Group will be our guide as we begin our search. David will explain the categories and the time lines we will all need to be aware of, as well as all the options available to us.
Join us on October 3 at 7:00 PM to get your questions answered.

2013 Teen Writers

Check out the short stories that were submitted as part of the Teen Creative Writing Series this summer. Thank you to everyone who participated!

The Entrepreneur's Guide to Getting Things Done with Lara Galloway

Too much to do, not enough time? Get a grip on your time at this helpful program, led by Lara Galloway, the MomBizCoach. Learn the principles of managing your priorities and your time as an entrepreneur and avoid the pitfalls and time sucks that rob you of getting things accomplished. These techniques are helpful to anyone wanting learn time management skills. Join us Wednesday, October 23, 1:30-2:30 PM.

Talking with Parents: Literacy Struggles

Drs. Lauren Katz and Joanne Pierson from the Literacy, Language, and Learning Institute (3LI), will hold a Q & A with parents about the language and literacy difficulties experienced by children, teens, and college students. Both Katz and Pierson are speech-language pathologists with doctorates in Education with a focus in literacy and learning disabilities. They have years of experience in conducting diagnostic assessments and providing intervention for students of all ages whose language and/or literacy problems, including dyslexia, are affecting academic performance. On October 21 from 7:00-8:00 PM they will help patrons recognize literacy struggles and offer strategies and solutions to turn those struggles into success. Bring your questions!

Family Portrait Craft

What does your family look like? Craft a portrait of your family for display on our Family Wall of Fame as we celebrate all of Canton's families. Join us on October 24 from 7:00-8:00 PM. All ages encouraged to attend.

[sara_jan-2006-family by Cambodia4kids.org Beth Kanter is licensed under CC BY 2.0]

The Art of Roughhousing

Anthony T. DeBenedet, MD speaks regionally and nationally on play, health, and parenting topics. He was a featured speaker at TEDxDetroit 2011 for his talk Playing For Our Future and at TEDxEMU 2012 for his talk Playing For Our Health. He is also coauthor of The Art of Roughhousing: Good Old-Fashioned Horseplay and Why Every Kid Needs It (Quirk Books, 2011), a parenting book about the importance of parent–child physical play. The Art of Roughhousing has received hundreds of media mentions and been translated into four foreign languages. He lives in Ann Arbor, MI where he stamps out gastrointestinal disease with a colonscope, and enjoys embarking on make-believe pirate-princess adventures with his wife and three daughters, learning new magic tricks and shooting hoops.
Join Dr. DeBendet on October 10, from 7:00-8:00 PM as he discusses his book and gives tips on fun, physical, healthy ways to connect with our children.

How to Raise a Healthy Family

Families must work together to get things done, whether it’s taking on household chores or tackling a busy school year. But do you ever think about how your family can work together to stay healthy? From proper nutrition to safe exercise, Richard Grucz, MD, of Oakwood Healthcare System, will share important health tips and demonstrate how families can join together to maintain good health. Join us on October 7 from 7:00-8:00 PM for this informative event.

Dr. Grucz is a board certified family medicine physician at Oakwood Healthcare Center – Canton. He provides care for patients of all ages at the office, which is located at 7330 N. Canton Center Road.

Family Game Night

We are celebrating Everyone's Reading with a Family Game Night. The Secrets of Happy Families by Bruce Feiler encourages families to "go out and play." Spending time together, working as a team and having fun creating memories are important elements to a happy family. Let's start at the library by sharing some competition, gamesmanship and cheerleading with family board game night. Bring your own board games or share some of ours. We will even throw in a little snack on October 17 at 7:00 PM.

Best in Show Dog Show 2013

Best in Show LogoWho will be Canton's Top Dog? Why not yours? Register now by returning the waiver form by 6 PM September 13 and join us on Saturday, September 14 at 11 AM in back of the library under the tent. Space for contestants is limited to the first 25 waivers received but all are welcome to come see the show. This event is fun for all ages! Bring your four-legged best friends and show them off in our contests for: Best Costume, Best Trick, Best Behaved, Best Looking, Best Biggest, Best Smallest and Best in Show. Winners will receive fabulous prizes! Enjoy a free hot dog and pop! REGISTRATION OPENS 9 AM Saturday August 31.

Target Family Fun Night Pirate Party

ARRRR, mateys! Join us for our September Target Family Fun Night! We'll have a swashbuckling good time at our Pirate Party. Games, crafts, snack... maybe even some walking of the plank. Dock your ship with us Monday September 9, 2013 from 7:00 to 8:00 PM. Open to pirates ages 4 to 8 years old with their Captains (grown-ups). Parrot optional. Registration begins Monday August 26, 2013.

Starfish presents: Sensory Issues in Early Childhood

On Thursday, September 26 from 6:30-8:00 PM a speaker from Starfish Family Services will present Sensory Issues in Early Childhood. Come learn about the different sensory motor activities that can improve focus and attention in early childhood. Find out how sensory input can improve function and play. Presented by Melissa Gray, a Registered and Licensed Occupational Therapist.

Canton Public Library's 2013 LEGO contest

Canton Public Library's second annual LEGO contest will be held September 28-29. This year, participants are asked to think creatively and build a Family Dream House. Please read all contest rules and register before hand to ensure space for display. There will be one winner for each grade division, 1st-2nd, 3rd-4th, 5th-6th, and 7th-8th as well as one popular-vote winner decided by library patrons. Winners will be announced at a reception at the close of the contest on Sunday, September 29 at 4:00 PM.

Contest Rules

  1. Use your own LEGO, Duplo, Megablocks or other LEGO compatible plastic brick.
  2. Entries must be your own creation, not a LEGO designed kit, project found online/in a book or magazine.
  3. Your creation must fit on one 10" by 10" LEGO baseplate. Your completed project may be no taller than 2 feet tall.
  4. Participants must register to ensure a space for display. One entry per registrant.
  5. Entries may be submitted by a team of up to 3 builders. Team entries should be registered under the name of the oldest participant. They will be judged in that age division. If you choose to submit a project as a team you will not be able to also submit an individual creation.
  6. Please provide a sign/label with your first name and age, the title of your project, and a short description highlighting what makes your "Dream Home" special. This will help voters make their decisions.
  7. Participants can begin to drop off projects on Monday, September 23rd at 9:00AM.

ABC Activity Time

ABC Activity Time will begin Monday, September 9. This is an informal session where parents, caregivers, children and babies meet together in a relaxed environment. This drop-in playtime includes sensory activities, puzzles, and matching games for children ages birth to 5, with caregiver. No registration required. Program takes place in the Community Room, unless otherwise noted.

Sessions September 9-October 19


NOTE: The library is closed on Monday, October 14 and there will be no programming that day.

Prevent Colds and Flu

While cold & flu season may be a few months away, it’s never too early to talk about prevention. Taking a proactive approach is the best way to avoid germs and maintain good health. On September 30 from 7:00-8:00 PM, Arsala Bakhtyar, MD, FAAP, a pediatrician from Oakwood Healthcare System, will be sharing important tips and tricks for keeping children and adults healthy and thriving during peak cold and flu season.

Dr. Bakhtyar is a board certified pediatrician who completed a fellowship in pediatric infectious diseases. She provides care for patients from infancy to adolescence at an office located in Oakwood Healthcare Center – Canton, at 7330 N. Canton Center Road.

Flu shots will NOT be available at this program but WILL be available at our Flu Shot Clinic on Tuesday, October 1 from 12:00-4:00 PM. Brought to us by Walgreens.

[influenva virus by Kat Masback is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0]

Baby Storytime

Designed for babies up to 18 months old with a caregiver, Baby Storytime features simple stories, songs, and fingerplays. These sessions are held in the Purple Room.

There are two separate Baby Storytime sessions, beginning Tuesday, September 10, 10:00 AM and Tuesday, September 10, 11:00 AM. Please register for one half-hour timeslot.