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History of the Irish in Detroit Now Available

The Gaelic League and Irish-American Club of Detroit turns 90 this year. Whether your roots stem from Eire or you just know you were Irish in another life, you'll want to check out its pictorial history, A Glimpse of Irish Detroit: through the eyes of the Gaelic League, now available just in time for St. Paddy's Day.

Meeting Minutes - January 21, 2010

The Chairperson, Colleen Van Auken, called the meeting to order at 7:32PM
Present: K. Schulz, M. Siegrist, D. Turner, C. Van Auken, J. Fausone
Absent: G. Snow
Also Present: E. Davis, K. Gladden

Call to Audience

No comments (R. Havenstein-Coughlin, A. Heidemann, C. McLaughlin, L. Papa, S. Rzetelny)

Approval of Agenda

The agenda was approved as amended

Approval of Minutes

Minutes of the December 17th Meeting were approved as presented

Communications

Eva Davis shared a postcard from George Snow. She also said he had emailed that he would not be in attendance at the January meeting.

Village Theater Kicks Off St. Paddy's Month with Celtic Rock Concert

March is the month for all things Irish, and it kicks off on Friday, March 5 when the Village Theater First Friday series presents Celtic rockers Bill Grogan's Goat in concert at 8:00PM. This high-energy, home-grown 5-piece band takes traditional Celtic and folk tunes and adds its own rock & roll fuel to the mix for a musical mash-up that puts a new spin on Irish folk music. Tickets are available online or at the door, or contact the Village Theater at (734) 394-5300.

Library Board Meeting Agenda - February 25, 2010

Thursday, February 25, 2010, 7:30PM
  • Call to Order
  • Call to Audience
  • Approval of Agenda
  • Approval of Minutes
  • Communications
  • Report of the Library Director
  • Old Business
    • Endowment Fund Philosophy (item of discussion)
    • Contract for RFID Sorting System (item of action)
  • New Business
    • Library Director Performance Evaluation & Objectives Setting Process (item of discussion)
    • Jungle Java Express lease renewal (item of discussion)
    • Schedule Laurie Golden to present an overview of User Profiles (item of discussion)
  • Call to Audience
  • Adjourn

Yes, We're Open!

The Canton Public Library is open today for regular business hours (9:00AM-9:00PM)

Change to Board Meeting Date

The Canton Public Library Board of Trustees has approved the following change to the February Board meeting:

The February Board meeting will take place at 7:30PM on Thursday, February 25, 2010.

Library Board Meeting Agenda - January 21, 2009

Thursday, January 21, 2010, 7:30PM
  • Call to Order
  • Call to Audience
  • Approval of Agenda
  • Approval of Minutes
  • Communications
  • Report of the Library Director
  • Old Business
    • Election of 2010 Officers (item of action)
  • New Business
    • 2009 Year-End Budget Amendment (item of action)
    • Personnel Policy Revision – Rebecca Davies, Foster Swift (discussion, possible item of action)
  • Call to Audience
  • Adjourn

Meeting Minutes - December 17, 2009

The Chairperson, Colleen Van Auken, called the meeting to order at 7:32PM
Present: K. Schulz, M. Siegrist, D. Turner, C. Van Auken
Absent: J. Fausone, G. Snow
Also Present: E. Davis, K. Gladden

Call to Audience

No comments (R. Havenstein-Coughlin, A. Heidemann, L. Papa, S. Rzetelny)

Approval of Agenda

The agenda was approved as presented

Approval of Minutes

Minutes of the November 19th Meeting were approved as presented

Communications

Formal and handwritten letters of thanks from Marybeth Levine of the Detroit Area Diaper Bank; the library’s participation in the diaper drive helped the Diaper Bank exceed its collection goal.

Meeting Minutes - November 19, 2009

The Chairperson, Colleen Van Auken, called the meeting to order at 7:32PM
Present: J. Fausone, K. Schulz, M. Siegrist, G. Snow, C. Van Auken
Absent: D. Turner
Also Present: E. Davis, S. Rzetelny, K. Gladden, L. Golden, J. Noricks

Call to Audience

No comments (R. Havenstein-Coughlin, A. Heidemann, L. Papa)

Approval of Agenda

The agenda was approved as amended

Approval of Minutes

Minutes of the October 15th Meeting were approved as presented

Communications

Note from S. Rzetelny thanking the Board for the funeral arrangement.

New Business

Canton Community Foundation – 2nd Endowment - Joan Noricks, president of the Canton Community Foundation, presented a proposal for the library to create a second endowment fund to be administered through the CCF. She outlined the advantages of having CCF hold combined endowment funds:

Library Board Meeting Agenda - December 17, 2009

Thursday, December 17, 2009 7:30PM
  • Call to Order
  • Call to Audience
  • Approval of Agenda
  • Approval of Minutes
  • Communications
  • Report of the Library Director
  • Old Business
    • RFID Conversion Project
    • Discussion of newsletter advertising inserts
    • Deliver Director's Performance Evaluation and discuss establishing Director's Evaluation Committee for 2010 (discussion)
    • 2010 Library Closings Calendar – move Staff In-Service from November 12 to November 5 or 19 (item of action)
  • New Business
    • Vote Confirming December 4 Email Approval of Amnesty Day on December 9, 2009 (item of action)
    • Vote on TLN Plan of Service Revisions (item of action)
    • 4th Quarter Budget Amendments (item of action)
    • Nomination of Officers for 2010 (discussion)
  • Call to Audience
  • Adjourn

Goodfellows Food Drive at Library This Sunday

The Canton Goodfellows will be collecting non-perishable food items (think: cereal, peanut butter & jelly, macaroni & cheese, Spaghettios and other boxed or canned goods) this Sunday, December 13. Bring your donations to the Community Room between Noon and 6:00PM

Think Rational! CD Now Available at CPL

I'm old. I admit it. I remember WKNR (Keener 13) and I remember Swingin' Time with Robin Seymour and best of all, I remember Scott Morgan and the Rationals. The Rationals were IT, as far as garage bands went in Dee-troit City in the mid to late '60s. They did a cover of Otis Redding's Respect that landed on the Billboard top 100 long before Aretha Franklin ripped its head off. It's here on Think Rational!, a 2-CD retrospective of the whole Rationals oeuvre. I Need You is here, too, and Gloria and over 30 more examples of the kind of rockin' R&B Detroit was serving up while the Beatles ruled the rest of the world.

Help Us Win Statewide Recognition for Excellence

Library of Michigan Foundation logoIf you're happy and you know it...write a letter. Seriously.

The library is applying for the Library of Michigan Foundation's State Librarian's Excellence Award, which is given annually to a library that exemplifies excellence in customer service. The recipient will receive a trophy and prize sponsored by the Roger & June Mendel Fund.

We need your help to win this prestigious honor. If we've done something you think merits praise - a program, a collection, our general staff demeanor and library culture - please address a letter to the State Librarian's Excellence Award Committee, telling them why you think the Canton Public Library gives great service, and send it to Kathie Gladden c/o Canton Public Library - 1200 S. Canton Center Road - Canton, MI 48188.

The deadline for us to receive recommendation letters is Tuesday, September 8.

Special Board Meeting to Study 2010 Budget

A special meeting of the Canton Public Library Board of Trustees has been scheduled for Thursday, September 3 at 7:30 p.m., at which time the board will study the proposed 2010 budget. Members of the public are encouraged to attend.

Michigan Renaissance Festival Opens Saturday

Travel back to the 16th century when the 31st annual Michigan Renaissance Festival opens Saturday, August 22 for a 7-week run. Hilarity and merriment will ensue, with live entertainment from Ded Bob, Ric Roc, Owain Phyfe and other faire favorites, plus jousting, wine-tasting and special events each weekend. The festival runs every Saturday-Sunday through October 4.