An gripping account of the rise and fall of Iran's glamorous Pahlavi dynasty, written with the cooperation of the late Shah's widow, Empress Farah In this remarkably human portrait of one of the 20th century's most complicated personalities, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi.

Biography of the maverick newspaperwoman, equestrian, aviatrix and intrepid adventurer Alicia Patterson, following  her exceptional exploits through the first half of the 20th century, from her trouble making days as the middle child of complicated parents to her successes as publisher of the Pulitzer Prize winning Newsday.

Robert the Bruce by Fiona J Watson
Mapp and Lucia by E. F. Benson

 Lucia, recently widowed, is the newcomer to the village of Tilling and eager to wrest the reins of social supremacy from the incumbant Miss Mapp and install herself as its benevolent dictator. In their polite acts of sabotage and ruthless jockeying for the position of cultural arbiter Mapp and Lucia tear up the conventions of drawing-room bridge evenings as their deadly weapons. Things finally come to a head with Miss Mapp's audacious attempt to steal her rival's celebrated Lobster a la Riseholme. E.F. Benson's charming satrical bent turns the pretensions and snobberies of English village life into a vicious comedy.

Merry Hall by Beverley Nichols

First in a trilogy, Merry Hall is the account of the restoration of a house and garden in post-war England. Though Mr. Nichols's horticultural undertaking is serious, his writing is high-spirited, riotously funny, and, at times, deliciously malicious.

Few aristocratic English families of the twentieth century enjoyed the glamorous notoriety of the infamous Mitford sisters. Nancy Mitford's most famous novels, The Pursuit of Love and Love in a Cold Climate, satirize British aristocracy in the twenties and thirties through the amorous adventures of the Radletts, an exuberantly unconventional family closely modelled on Mitford's own. The Radletts of Alconleigh occupy the heights of genteel eccentricity, from terrifying Lord Alconleigh (who, like Mitford's father, used to hunt his children with bloodhounds when foxes were not available), to his gentle wife, Sadie, their wayward daughter Linda, and the other six lively Radlett children. Mitford's wickedly funny prose follows these characters through misguided marriages and dramatic love affairs, as the shadow of World War II begins to close in on their rapidly vanishing world.

"Gene Wilder, who regularly stole the show in such comedic gems as 'The Producers,' 'Blazing Saddles,' 'Young Frankenstein,' 'Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory' and 'Stir Crazy,' died Monday at his home in Stamford, Conn. His nephew Jordan Walker-Pearlman said he died of complications from Alzheimer’s disease. He was 83." (Variety

Please check our collection for works by this heart-warming performer. He will be missed.

A spoof of every cliché in the western film genre, telling the story of an African American sheriff who is sent to clean up a frontier town, with unpredictable results.

Did you know August 26 is National Dog Day? It's the only day that celebrates all dogs both purebreds and mixed. There are lots of ways to celebrate National Dog Day like taking your dog for a walk at the park or giving your dog an appreciative hug or acknowledging the dogs that work to protect us and save lives. Need a new best friend? Consider adoption from a local animal rescue! Here's some books recently added to the pet collection...

"A heartwarming and inspirational book for the tens of millions of dog owners and dog lovers-and the newest addition to the phenomenal Unlikely Friendship series, a publishing program with three New York Times bestselling books and, with its bestselling calendars, nearly two million copies in print. Unlikely Friendships: Dogs brings together twenty-seven new stories of canine kindness and courage, plus a handful of classic tales involving dogs from Unlikely Friendships, Unlikely Loves, and Unlikely Heroes. Meet Rex, a Belgian Malinois who learned to love and trust again through the improbable friendship of a goose. Popeye the Mastiff, who ran into a burning stable and saved seventeen terrified horses by nibbling at their hooves. And a pit bull named Dolly, whose antics with her best friend, Sheldon the tortoise, include games of tag. (Yes, picture a tortoise running after a dog!) Enhanced with beautiful full-color photographs, these true stories of camaraderie, affection, remarkable bravery are more thana lovely tribute; they are proof that dogs are every creature's best friend"--.

Parenting the Montessori Way: Special Speaker

Banyan Montessori will present Ms. Debra Herron. Ms. Herron is from Montessori Science Solutions and is also an instructor at the Michigan Montessori Teacher Education Institute. She will be talking about some of the guiding principles of Parenting the Montessori Way including the importance of the ground rules, the many ways to talk to children, the child's absorbent mind and the importance of a prepared environment. Join us for this wonderful seminar.

Upcoming sessions

Saturday, September 10 -
10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Community Room

The Chairperson, Nancy Eggenberger, called the meeting to order at 7:30 PM.

  • Present:
    N. Eggenberger, J. Fausone, S. Foster, T. Hartnett, D. Turner
  • Absent:
    M. Farell
  • Also Present:
    E. Davis, K. Gladden

Call to Audience

(H. Ahmad, C. DeBear, L. Golden, R. Havenstein-Coughlin, M. Nicholson, L. Papa, N. Szczepanski) – None

Approval of Agenda

The agenda was approved as amended by unanimous consent

Approval of General Meeting Minutes

The minutes were approved by unanimous consent.



Director’s Report

A public reception will be held from 1:00-3:00 PM for Building Monitor Bill Rice, who is retiring after 11 years of service.

Canton Township Leisure Services will hold a celebration for Olympic gold medalist and former Canton resident Allison Schmitt, at Heritage Park on Thursday, August 25 at 7:00 PM.

The library is almost 60% through the year and while some categories are trending high (insurance and capital expenditures), the financials are right on target overall.

Trustee Comments


Committee Reports


Unfinished Business & General Orders

Resolution to Approve and Accept Donation of Real Property and to Enter Into Easement Agreement and Maintenance Agreement — T. Hartnett moved and J. Fausone supported a motion to accept the Resolution as proposed.

Roll Call Vote:

Tom Hartnett: Yes

Don Turner: Yes

James Fausone: Yes

Sommer Foster: Yes

Nancy Eggenberger: Yes

The motion passed unanimously 16/8-18-2 (5-0-0)

Second Draft of 2017 Budget — E. Davis addressed board queries regarding the mechanism by which staff salary increases are determined, and projected Capital Outlay expenditures for 2019.

New Business

Presentation of 2017 PSIP IV Construction Projects

Chris DeBear of Library Design Associates presented the plans and proposals for the new tutor room, teen and used bookstore areas. During the planning process after numerous discussions with librarians and other staff members, it became apparent that the scope of the project needed to be expanded from what had originally been anticipated. He is very confident that this project will be completed in the timeframe and budget presented, and that it will not be difficult to keep the construction personnel occupied in one of the three project areas at all times.

He also explained how, after provisionally approving the architect’s initial plan for the Dumpster Enclosure project, Canton Township made additional requests during the final site approval process, which now require an increase to the budget as originally approved.

S. Foster moved and J. Fausone supported a motion to approve the expanded cost for the 2016 Dumpster Enclosure project as presented.

The motion passed unanimously 16/8-18-1.

Proposed 2017 Schedule of Board Meetings and Library Closures — S. Foster moved and T. Hartnett supported a motion to accept the schedule as presented.

The motion passed unanimously 16/8-18-3

Call to Audience



The meeting was adjourned at 8:20 PM.

Please join us on Saturday, September 24 at 4:00 PM in the Community Room for Count Me In. This is a sensory-friendly storytime filled with stories, songs and sign language especially designed for young children with developmental delays and disabilities. This program has been funded through the Dollar General Literacy Foundation grant.