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Digitization Project Underway

We are currently digitizing materials related to our history as an institution. We are hard at work scanning photos and news clippings into our new digital collection. Eventually, the collection will be expanded to include materials relating to the history of the whole Canton community. Stay tuned for updates on this exciting project!

Here's a sneak peek of what's to come:

Do you remember when the library looked like this?

George H.W. Bush visits the library during his 1992 campaign.

Kimono

University of Michigan Museum of Art has some beautiful Kimonos on display as part of their special exhibits. The exhibition runs through July 25th, 2010. Head out and enjoy the display.

Summer Reading Fun!

Looking for a fun, easy, free activity for summer? Sign up for our annual Summer Reading program. We've got something for babies through adults. Complete your reading log by August 11th for a really fantastic prize!

Ooey Gooey Oobleck!

Children, grades 3-4, try your hand at making this strange substance and see for yourself! Is this gooey concoction a solid or a liquid? This program takes place July 28 from 2:00-2:45 PM. Register now!

Michigan Frogs and Toads

Learn about Michigan frogs and toads from the experts at Crosswinds Wetland Preserve. See and hear live frogs and toads and learn to imitate their sounds. All ages welcome! Registration begins July 14.
Program Date: July 28, 7:00-8:30PM

The Expectant Parent: A Journey

It may be a stretch to fit these books into our Set Sail for Summer Reading travel category, but being an expectant parent is clearly an adventure!  Some of the books that I've found informative or entertaining on my own prenatal journey include:

You having a baby : the owner's manual to a happy and healthy pregnancy by Michael F. Roizen, and Mehmet C. Oz

The modern girl's guide to motherhood by Jane Buckingham with Jen Furmaniak


Autism Resources

Diagnosis, Treatment, and Parenting Guides

The OASIS guide to asperger syndrome : advice, support, insight, and inspiration by Patricia Romanowski Bashe and Barbara L. Kirby ; forewords by Simon Baron-Cohen and Tony Attwood

Siblings of children with autism : a guide for families by Sandra L. Harris and Beth A. Glasberg

The stolen child : aspects of autism and Asperger syndrome by Ann Hewetson ; foreword by Susan J. Moreno

And Now it's Time for Silly Songs

The part of the summer where we get together to sing some silly songs. Children ages two to not yet in Kindergarten and their Caregivers can join us for a morning of general silliness. We'll sing and play silly games and make silly crafts. Please register to join us on July 26th at 10:00AM.

Dearborn Library Foundation Hosting Author Mark Crilley

A Children’s Author Luncheon, hosted by the Dearborn Public Library Foundation is being held Saturday, August 21, featuring award winning Michigan author and illustrator Mark Crilley. Crilley is the author of more than 20 children’s books including the popular Akiko series. His work has been honored by the American Library Association and featured in entertainment Weekly, USA Today and CNN Headline News.
The luncheon starts at 12 Noon at Park Place Banquet Hall, 23400 Park Street, Dearborn, 48124. The cost for the luncheon, featuring separate menus for children and adults, and the presentation by the author is $20 for children 12 and under, and $25 for adults. To purchase tickets call (313) 943-2037 or go to www.dearbornlibraryfoundation.org

Helping Children Cope with Loss

Loss, of a loved one or pet, can be very difficult for children to understand and deal with. Here are some books that can help parents and caregivers with the task of helping children through the process of grieving that special someone.

I will remember you: what to do when someone you love dies: a guidebook through grief for teens by Laura Dower


150 facts about grieving children by Erin Linn


Do Library Summer Reading Programs Make Better Students?

The Dominican University Graduate School of Library & Information Science has released the results of their three-year study (2006-2009) on the impact of public library summer reading programs on student achievement. The results? Students who participate in summer reading programs at their public library score higher than their non-summer reading classmates on reading achievement tests when they return to school. Additionally, by the third grade, students who participate in summer reading demonstrate better reading skills and better standardized test scores by a significant margin.

Video Game Fun!

Unleash your inner rock star or Wii athlete or enjoy some MarioKart racing during our all ages open video gaming day. All ages welcome. No registration required.
Program Date: July 19, 1:00-3:00PM

Birdfeeder Program

Hey friends! If you are in Kindergarten to 2nd grade, register on or after Thursday, July 8th for our Birdfeeder program being held on Thursday, July 22nd from 11:00 to 11:45AM. We will have a great time learning about birds and you'll get the chance to make a birdfeeder to take home and enjoy. See you there!

July is National Blueberry Month!

Some fun facts about blueberries:
  1. The blueberry muffin is the most popular muffin in the United States
  2. The blueberry is the official state fruit of New Jersey
  3. A single bush can produce as many as 6,000 blueberries a year
  4. There are only three commercial fruits native to North America: blueberries, cranberries and Concord grapes
Learn more about National Blueberry Month.

Award Winning Books

Hello Summer Readers! Are you looking for a good book to read this summer? Why not check out a book that has won an award? There a ton of great books that have been recognized for how good they are and have recieved awards such as the Caldecott Award, the Newbery Award, or the Coretta Scott King Book Award among others. Plus, these books can help you complete your summer reading log.

Mitten Award

Are you looking for an award-winning book so you can complete your Summer Reading log? Don't forget about books that have won the Mitten Award. This award is given yearly to an outstanding children's book that has captured the attention of youth librarians across the state of Michigan.

For a listing of books that have won the Mitten Award, click here.

Working to Improve Our Service to You

Our new returns system is here! This new system will allow us to better serve you and more accurately handle the 2 million+ items you checkout each year by automatically checking in returns as you put them into the slot. "Why aren't my returned items checked in yet"? is the most common question we receive over the phone and through our website, and our new system will take care of most of those issues.

With our budget cuts due to the recession — we've cut nearly 20%, or $1.2 million, from our budget since 2008 — we have held nearly all vacant positions open to save money. With fewer people working, but ever-increasing demand for materials (we hit a record of 2 million checkouts in 2009), we have struggled to keep up with all of the work that needs to be done. Many of you have experienced this when you return an item to the library and it takes us a day to clear your record. After holiday closures, it was not uncommon for us to need several days to catch up with all of the returns. We are only human, and simply reached a breaking point where our manual processes could not keep up.

Realizing that we were overwhelmed, a team of library staff who know and do the work examined how we do things and made suggestions for improvement. One of their suggestions was to install an automated checkin and sorting system (the conveyor system we are using is the same as/similar to conveyor and sorting systems used by UPS, USPS, Netflix, and Wal-Mart) that would let us devote more staff time to shelving and other patron services, such as retrieving and processing holds. These suggestions coincided with our need to upgrade our RFID inventory system, and last year we began the work of retagging all of our 300,000 materials with new RFID tags, eliminating nearly all of the locking cases that so many of you hated, and six months ago we launched new checkout, self-checkout, and processing equipment.

This past spring, our Copy Center services were distributed to other areas of the library, and the room converted for the new Sorting Room. New outside and inside return slots were installed, which feed directly into that space. The sorting system arrived this week, and today's launch of our new Sorting Room marks the end of this long journey. The majority of returns will be checked in and removed from your record automatically and pre-sorted into categories (bins). This means fewer hands have to touch items to get them back on the shelves. This, along with the other improvements made and suggested by our staff, means your library card record is more accurate, we will make fewer errors, and you'll see faster turn-around of items to the hold shelf or their home shelf location.

Check out our video for a demonstration, or stop by during our regular hours to look through the glass doors and see the sorting system in action.

These improvements were funded through the library's savings account and the generous donations of the Friends of the Library. We still have some kinks to work out — nicer signage for the new outside return slot, for example, among other things — and I thank you for your support, patience, and good humor while we work on fine-tuning our new system.

Best,

Eva M. Davis, Director

Celebrate Siblings at CPL

In honor of the new Ramona and Beezus movie, children, tweens and teens with siblings 8 and up can join us Wednesday, July 21st at 2:00PM as we celebrate that special sibling bond with games, crafts and activities! Registration is required and begins July 7th.

Pirate Picture Books Ahoy!

Are ye lookin' fer some picture books wi' seafarin' heartys in them fer yer wee buccaneers?  Look nay further!  We be havin' lots o' books t' pick from here at CPL.   Here be some suggestions:

How I became a pirate by written by Melinda Long ; illustrated by David Shannon — This be the buccanneer tale! But don't avast wi' just this one!



Pirates don't change diapers by written by Melinda Long ; illustrated by David Shannon

Theodor Seuss Geisel Award

Hi there Summer Readers! I hope you guys are having a great time reading and having fun. Are you looking for an award-winning book to fulfill one of your activity spaces on your log? Try the Theodor Seuss Geisel Award! The ALA website describes the award by saying, "The Geisel Award is given annually to the author(s) and illustrator(s) of the most distinguished American book for beginning readers published in English in the United States during the preceding year." Just click here to be taken to the ALA website to see the list of Geisel Award winners and runners-up! The 2010 winner is Benny and Penny in the Big No-No by Geoffrey Hayes. Happy Reading!