Use the following design code below to add a little bit of Canton Public Library to your Animal Crossing Island.

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Governor Whitmer's executive order calling for the closure of all libraries in the state has been extended through June 12. We remain closed, pending any changes to the order or the guidelines from Canton Township Emergency Management

 

Materials
  • We extended the due dates on all materials checked out to July 1. While MeL items still appear on your account, please be assured that all fines that have accrued during our closure will be waived. MeL requests are suspended. 
  • We've suspended the ability to place holds. If you have an item on hold, your place in the queue is frozen, and if you have a hold item ready for pick up, it will be there for you when we reopen. You will not be charged for failure to pick up your hold.
  • The book drop is open but there's no need to return items.
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With CPL's e-media services, you can bring e-books, movies, music and more to wherever you are, any time of the day. There are many ways to do it:

On your Smart Phone: Libby (OverDrive), Hoopla, or Cloud Library

All of our e-media services have apps available in the Google Play or Apple store, but due to the size of smartphone screens and the convenience of Bluetooth connectivity, phones are great for audio. As portable entertainment, music or audiobooks are convenient when you're on the go, or busy around the house. (*Be sure to download items while connected to wi-fi. Items will delete when they are returned.)  ​We recommend: Hoopla offers both music and e-audiobooks, but audiobook aficionados will want to use Libby (OverDrive) and Cloud Library as well to maximize their options.

On Your E-Ink Reader: OverDrive or Cloud Library

The best bet for 21st century bookworms, e-ink e-readers such as the Kobo Clara HD or Kindle Paperwhite are portable, use very little battery power, and are easy on tired eyes. They don't support apps, reducing distractions so you can focus on reading. Take the library with you wherever you go! We recommended: Though Cloud Library content can be transferred to non-Kindle readers with the Windows app, OverDrive has the best selection of new e-books, and works with both Kindle and ePub formats. 

On Your Tablet or Kindle Fire: RBdigital Magazines

Tablets offer a mix between the portability of a smart phone and the screen size of a computer. iPads, Kindle Fires and other tablets are especially good for reading e-books or watching video. Tablet e-readers like the Kindle Fire also offer e-reader capabilities, as well as a wide selection of apps. As we mentioned above, you can find apps for our e-media services in your device's app store, so your options are wide open. ​We recommend: Tablets offer a lot of options, but we think the reading experience offered by RBdigital Magazines is great on larger tablets. 

On your TV: Hoopla or Kanopy

Sit back and relax with streaming video. There are a variety of ways to stream content to your TV, including devices like Roku, Apple TV, or Google Chromecast, or directly connecting your TV to your computer with an HDMI cable. See this video from TechBoomers, or this article from CNET, for more information on how to send video from your computer to your television. We recommend: It's a toss-up. Kanopy has a great selection of foreign and independent film, as well as children's television. For British television or popular films, Hoopla is your best bet.

On Your Computer: Alexander Street Press

Fortunately, you can enjoy any of our services from your Mac or PC. All of our e-media services will run directly through your web browser. Enjoy-the world is your oyster! We recommend: Alexander Street Press offers great background music while you work, from Bach to Bossa Nova.

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Movies and music and e-books, oh my! We have something for everyone, whether you're an avid e-audiobook listener, a parent in search of family-friendly videos, an e-book fan working through a classic detective series, or someone looking for your favorite summer driving music, your CPL library card offers a wide variety for every type of reader (or listener, or watcher). If you are looking for...

The Newest E-Books: ​OverDrive 

Offering a large catalog of e-books and e-audiobooks, OverDrive also has the newest e-books. Read on your smartphone, Kindle, or other device, even on your computer. 

The Newest E-Audiobooks: Cloud Library 

Cloud Library has a selection of e-books and e-audiobooks, but its best content is the new e-audiobooks added every week. Listen on your smartphone, tablet, or computer. 

Always-Available E-Books, E-Audiobooks, and Comics: Hoopla

Offering thousands of titles, including high-resolution graphic novel pages, Hoopla content is always available. A great option for voracious readers who are working through long series or want to explore new authors.

Popular Magazines: ​Rbdigital Magazines 

Read current issues of popular magazines in high-resolution on your device with RBdigital. We recommend a tablet or laptop, for best viewing.

Movies and Television: ​Kanopy and Hoopla (Tie)

Hoopla's selection is much larger, and has a higher check out limit with something for everyone, while Kanopy specializes in independent film and world cinema. Both Kanopy and Hoopla also have great selections of quality children's video: for feature films we recommend Hoopla, while Kanopy offers a more impressive selection of children's television. 

Popular Music: Hoopla 

Hoopla lets you stream full albums from artists in every genre, including same-day new releases from top artists.

Runner Up: Alexander Street Press - If you like rare tracks, world music, jazz or classical music, Alexander Street Press is your destination for thousands of songs from around the world and throughout history. 

The Chairperson, Amy Watts, called the meeting to order at 7:34 PM.

Present:           N. Eggenberger, M. Farell, J. Lee, J. Pandit (joined at 7:39 PM), D. Turner, A. Watts

Absent:            None

Also Present:  E. Davis, K. Gladden

  • CALL TO AUDIENCE   (L. Golden, A. Iqbal, D. McHugh, M. Nicholson, R. Noble, J. Parij, D. Skopczynski, C. Spas, C. Swanberg, N. Szczepanski) – Director Eva Davis introduced the Canton Public Library Board of Trustees to the audience.        
  • APPROVAL OF AGENDA

Secretary/Treasurer Michelle Farell moved and Trustee Nancy Eggenberger supported a motion to accept the agenda as amended.

ROLL CALL VOTE

Yes: N. Eggenberger, M. Farell, J. Lee, D. Turner, A. Watts

No:  None

Abstain: None

The motion passed (5-0-0)

  • APPROVAL OF GENERAL MEETING MINUTES

ROLL CALL VOTE

Yes: N. Eggenberger, M. Farell, J. Lee, D. Turner, A. Watts

No:  None

Abstain: None

The motion passed (5-0-0)

  • COMMUNICATIONS — None
  • DIRECTOR’S REPORT

Director Eva Davis reported that Jim Pletz, director of The Library Network (TLN), has announced his retirement and will step down as of October 1st. TLN has a seasoned staff and she anticipates no problems as TLN searches for his replacement.

The new lobby entry doors have been ordered and will be installed in early June. They will be touchless, grocery-style doors.

Building Manager Jim Laffey will oversee the final phase of the library’s disinfection project; all carpets will be cleaned and treated on Tuesday, May 26.

Community Relations Department Head Laurie Golden was interviewed by Sonya Norris of the Library of Michigan about the library website’s pandemic information sources and COVID-19 resource page, and blog post updates on library services. The Canton Public Library was held out to be an excellent example of what libraries should be doing at this time.

Golden and Circulation Services Department Head Nancy Szczepanski coordinated an email survey (done with our Savannah software) of 4700 frequent library users on their interest and level of comfort regarding the pickup of physical materials and other issues related to the eventual phased reopening of the library. As of Thursday, there had been roughly 1100 responses; thus far, a high interest in physical materials has been registered.

The library is a third of the way through the fiscal year. The first State Aid to Libraries payment was just received; it will be reflected in the May financials at the June meeting. Given the costs to the state due to COVID-19, Davis expects that the second payment (as well as any penal fines) will be considerably less than expected. Other Income items, such as meeting room rentals, are trending downward and will continue to do so, due to lack of usage. Any adjustments will be made with the 3rd Quarter Budget Amendment in October.

As always at this point of the year, certain expenditures are trending higher. Fringe Benefits are higher because of the annual payment made to MERS in January. Professional & Contractual is trending higher due to the purchase or renewal of various software licenses and maintenance agreements. Travel is higher because of staff attendance at the biennial Public Library Association conference in Nashville in February.  Any other 2020 conferences will be held virtually at a reduced rate, and no airline, hotel or meal expenses will be incurred. Any unused dollars will be reclaimed in the 3rd Quarter Budget Amendment. Yearly Insurance payments are also billed during the 1st quarter; the Worker’s Compensation policy has yet to be billed.  Capital Outlay expenditures are attributable to the ENGIE project. These areas will fall into line as the year progresses.

Form 5572 (2-19) The Protecting Local Government Retirement and Benefits Act (PA 202 of 2017) & Public Act 530 of 2016 Pension Report form had been supplied to the board, as required by the state.

Trustee Don Turner questioned the source of the Municipal Employees’ Retirement System (MERS) return on investment (ROI) assumption. E. Davis stated that the Administration and previous boards had found the MERS assumptions to be overly optimistic, which is why the library over-funds the pension plan in each year’s budget. An Experience Study, or performance audit, is done on the MERS assumptions every five years. Turner’s concern that this pension funding will be a never-ending exercise should be eased since the board voted in 2017 to discontinue enrollment to new employees.

  • TRUSTEE COMMENTS — None
  • COMMITTEE REPORTS — None
  • UNFINISHED BUSINESS & GENERAL ORDERS
  • Library Closure Due to COVID-19 — reopening

The library is experiencing an outstanding increase in eMedia checkouts, card applications and card renewals. Davis lauded L. Golden and Information Services Department Head Jessica Parij for the quantity and quality of social media posts and online engagements, such as virtual StoryTime sessions.

There will be an all-staff Zoom meeting on Friday, May 22; staff members will be able to voice their concerns re: reopening at that time.

Davis reiterated that the plan to implement reopening the library is based on a tightly controlled, conceptual framework, designed to be flexible so that the library can pivot and make changes based on current conditions. She has learned much from watching the experiences of retail and grocery stores.

The library has discontinued all room rentals, but has consented for civic reasons to Canton Township Clerk Michael Siegrist’s request, pending Township Board discussion, to allow his people to use the Community Room to process same-day voter registrations in August. Canton Township Treasurer Dian Slavens also contacted Davis for input on how the library plans to address fears and concerns of older library patrons, as the township regularly services older residents that prefer to do business in-person, rather than online. Davis continues to be in constant contact with the township Emergency Coordinator, Will Hayes.

Department heads are meeting to construct staff schedules for the limited reopening and succeeding phases. In response to Trustee Nancy Eggenberger’s expressed concern re: dealing with patrons refusing to comply with face mask regulations or policies, Davis stated that no patrons will be entering the building during the first phases of wide staff return; when they do, it will only be by appointment and all requirements will be shared with patrons at that time. Davis will also be receiving guidance from the library’s attorney and Will Hayes on dealing with patrons claiming a medical exception to wearing a face mask.

Vice Chair Jasmine Lee asked if building security will be increased; Davis is looking at that possibility.

  • NEW BUSINESS
    • Revisions to Furlough Policy — The library is not proposing any furloughs at this time and in fact it has never been implemented since the board passed the furlough policy 11 years ago. Administration feels it is prudent to review and update it at this time to be sure it conforms with current laws and regulations.

D. Turner moved and J. Lee supported a motion to accept the revised Furlough Policy as presented.

ROLL CALL VOTE

Yes: N. Eggenberger, M. Farell, J. Lee, J. Pandit, D. Turner, A. Watts

No:  None

Abstain: None

The motion passed 20/5‑21-1 (6-0-0)

  • 2021 Budget Discussion — Expenditures
    • Capital Expenditures — Due to the library’s extended shutdown, it is not known exactly which anticipated technology or facilities projects will actually be done. They will be re-evaluated as the year progresses, based on need and/or patron interest.

Vice Chair Lee inquired about the need for the new accounting platform in the proposed Capital Replacement Schedule. Davis explained that Accountant Debbie McHugh has been consulting with the auditors and other libraries to select a replacement for Quickbooks, which cannot support the new Uniform Chart of Accounts that will be mandatory in January.

  • Salaries — Davis stated that the mandated minimum wage increase in January 2021 consequently means that the pay differential between the lowest tier and the middle tier of the Circulation Services employees will essentially be wiped out. Based on Merces Consulting’s review of job evaluations and labor market studies, and the duties and responsibilities within individual job categories, she proposed a 1.7% increase to the Salaries line, with priority to be given to those frontline employees in the lower pay grades, and a 5% cut to the director’s salary. Any increases to eligible employees would be based on job performance, with some employees possibly receiving more than 1.7%, some less and some receiving no increase at all.  While the Merces recommendation was an average 3.0% increase, Davis recommends her alternate recommendation. The board asked for a revised proposal at the June meeting with a slight increase to the lower pay grades due to the state minimum wage increase; pay freezes for all other positions; and no pay cuts.
  • 2021 Budget Discussion — Expenditures
    • Millage Rate — Davis recommended an assessment of 1.4717 mills for 2021.
    • Property tax collection rate — Davis recommended a 96% collection rate assumption, down from the 99% rate in 2020. With the moratorium on foreclosures and evictions, she felt it is prudent to plan for more property tax delinquencies.

Even with the lesser millage and lowered collection rate assumption, the 2021 budget projects a $100,000 revenue increase, due to new construction in the township. The board members indicated their assent to using these figures in the 2021 budget proposal.

  • Revision to 2020 Schedule of Board Meetings and Library Closures — The 2020 Liberty Fest has been cancelled, and Davis requested that the board rescind the library closure dates that were to accommodate it. Since the library would then be open the evening of June 18, the board would be able to hold their 3rd Thursday meeting on that date, if desired.

D. Turner moved and N. Eggenberger supported a motion to rescind the early library closure of June 18 and the full-day closures of June 19 and June 20, and to move the scheduled June meeting of the Canton Public Library Board of Trustees to Thursday, June 18.

ROLL CALL VOTE

Yes: N. Eggenberger, M. Farell, J. Lee, J. Pandit, D. Turner, A. Watts

No:  None

Abstain: None

The motion passed 20/5‑21-2 (6-0-0)

  • Pandemic Reopening Policy (1st reading) —The library’s attorney at Foster, Swift recommended that the board approve this pandemic policy, which delegates certain authority to the director with regard to issues that might arise regarding reopening plans, staffing, patrons and hygiene.

They will vote on the policy at the June meeting.

  • CALL TO AUDIENCE – Davis showed to the board the final proof of the 62 Days of Summer activities map that will be part of the packet that will be mailed to every Canton household in June.
  • ADJOURN

The meeting was adjourned at 9:46PM.  

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Adult Writers' Group

The Canton Adult Writers’ Group is for aspiring and experienced writers of all genres. We meet twice a month virtually (second and fourth Tuesdays at 7pm) to discuss our works in progress, give each other constructive feedback, and discuss the ins and outs of the writing and publishing process. If you’re looking for motivation to make writing a regular habit, come join us! Email Kristy at cooperk@cantonpl.org for information on how to join us virtually.

Upcoming sessions

Tuesday, June 9 - 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM Offsite
Tuesday, June 23 - 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM Offsite

Advanced ELL Book Club

Advanced English Language Learners read and discuss books in English virtually. Currently, we're meeting at 1pm on Fridays.  Please see the English Language Learner Program page for more information and contact Kristy if you would like to join us at cooperk@cantonpl.org

Upcoming sessions

Friday, June 5 - 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM Offsite
Friday, June 12 - 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM Offsite
Friday, June 19 - 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM Offsite
Friday, June 26 - 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM Offsite
Friday, July 3 - 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM Offsite
Friday, July 10 - 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM Offsite
Friday, July 17 - 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM Offsite
Friday, July 24 - 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM Offsite

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