eva's Blog http://www.cantonpl.org/blog/17 en-US Canton Community Survey http://www.cantonpl.org/blog/post/canton-community-survey <span style="font-size:10.5pt;font-family:Arial, 'sans-serif';color:#505050;"><img src="https://www.cantonpl.org/sites/default/files/images/CPL%20Strategic%20Plan.preview.jpg" alt="CPL Strategic Plan Goals" title="CPL Strategic Plan Goals" class="image image-preview" height="200" width="200" style="float:right;" />The Canton Public Library and <a href="http://cantonfun.org/">Canton Leisure Services</a> have teamed up with <a href="http://www.etcinstitute.com/">ETC Institute</a> to conduct a statistically-valid community survey to assist in planning and prioritizing for both organizations. If you are one of the 3,000 randomly-selected Canton households to receive the survey, please fill it out and return it promptly. The 30-question survey should take about ten minutes to complete. Your responses will </span><span style="font-size:10.5pt;font-family:Arial, 'sans-serif';color:#505050;">help us better understand your needs and prioritize our <a href="https://www.cantonpl.org/sites/default/files/2012CPLStrategicVisionBOK.pdf">Strategic Plan</a> efforts for the next several years. Your opinion is very valuable and we greatly appreciate your time. </span> http://www.cantonpl.org/blog/post/canton-community-survey#comments Board Media/Marketing Strategic Plan Canton Leisure Services Canton Township community survey library survey strategic plan Tue, 29 Apr 2014 15:11:50 +0000 eva 68790 at http://www.cantonpl.org 2014 Budget Approved http://www.cantonpl.org/blog/post/2014-budget-approved At the <a href="https://www.cantonpl.org/blog/post/budget-hearing-minutes">Budget Hearing</a> on September 19, 2013, the <a href="https://www.cantonpl.org/aboutus/board">Library Board of Trustees</a> 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.<br /><br />1) As a result of patron feedback and suggestions, our <a href="https://www.cantonpl.org/sites/default/files/2012CPLStrategicVisionBOK.pdf">2012-2015 Strategic Plan</a> 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).<br /><br />The PSI Project will help patrons find the help they need more easily, and create a consolidated copy center and work space, which will improve the patron experience overall. In addition, our service desks will be made ADA-compliant, and we will replace worn carpeting and furniture. The Canton Public Library has been recognized again and again for our excellent service, and the PSI Project will take us to the next level. Stay tuned to our website for further information and updates as the project progresses in 2014.<br /><br />2) The Board of Trustees are the financial stewards of the library, with priority placed on long-term financial sustainability. With this in mind, the Board authorized a one-time payment in 2014 to fund the library's pension to 100% of the actuarial liability, using money from Fund Balance that they specifically set aside for this purpose. This 100% funding positively impacts our accounting and <a href="http://michigan.gov/documents/treasury/828007CantonPublicLibrary20130419_418382_7.pdf">auditing statements</a>, demonstrates the library's commitment to financial stability, and ensures that our long-term obligations continue to be satisfied.<br /><br />The 2014 Budget is available <a href="https://www.cantonpl.org/sites/default/files/2014_Approved_Budget_Summary.pdf">here</a>. I'd like to thank our elected trustees for their governance, our dedicated staff for their hard work crafting this balanced budget, and our community for your continued support of our award-winning excellence. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.<br /><br />Best,<br /><img style="width:155px;height:37px;" src="https://www.cantonpl.org/sites/default/files/images/Eva%20sig_preview.jpg" alt="signature" title="signature" class="image image-_original" /><br />Eva M. Davis, Director http://www.cantonpl.org/blog/post/2014-budget-approved#comments News Adults Parents Seniors Board Strategic Plan 2014 budget budget Director's Blog Library Budget Wed, 25 Sep 2013 19:47:37 +0000 eva 66074 at http://www.cantonpl.org Café closing early http://www.cantonpl.org/blog/post/cafe-closing-early The Jungle Java Express Café will close at 2:30pm on Sunday, September 22. The café owners apologize for any inconvenience. http://www.cantonpl.org/blog/post/cafe-closing-early#comments cafe jjx jungle java express Sun, 22 Sep 2013 16:26:00 +0000 eva 66037 at http://www.cantonpl.org CPL Wins National Award http://www.cantonpl.org/blog/post/wins-national-award <img src="https://www.cantonpl.org/sites/default/files/images/LJcoverFINAL.preview.jpg" alt="Library Journal cover, 2013-04-01" title="Library Journal cover, 2013-04-01" class="image image-preview" height="200" width="146" style="float:right;" />We have great news to share with you! The Canton Public Library has been named the inaugural recipient of the <a href="http://lj.libraryjournal.com/2013/03/awards/libraryaware-award-winner-canton-pubilc-library-and-canton-township-mi/">2013 LibraryAware Community Award</a>, co-sponsored by industry magazine <em>Library Journal </em>and <a href="http://www.libraryaware.com/">LibraryAware</a>, part of EBSCO Publishing's NoveList Division.<br /><br />The <a href="http://lj.libraryjournal.com/awards/libraryaware-community-award/">award</a> "emphasizes the library's engagement with the community," and is an acknowledgement of the tremendous accomplishments of the library staff. Since I became library director in 2008, we have focused on the community through our partnerships, volunteers, programs, and services. The strategic vision of our <a href="https://www.cantonpl.org/aboutus/board">library board</a> guides our work; the support--moral and financial--given to us by the <a href="https://www.cantonpl.org/friends">Friends of the Library</a> is essential to our success; and our partnerships with the <a href="http://www.canton-mi.org/">Township</a>, area schools, businesses, nonprofits, and other organizations help us Connect Your Community. My staff uses these connections to provide you with programs, collections, and services that improve Canton's quality of life.<br /><br />Most importantly, we owe our successes to the patronage and support of our community. You are the key to what we do every day, to the tune of nearly 600,000 visits and 1.8 million items circulated annually.<br /><br />I am proud of my staff for their hard work, and thrilled to see them recognized on a national level. We are planning a Community Celebration on May 10 (details to follow). Please mark your calendars and plan on joining me in congratulating our fine library staff on winning this award!<br /><br />Best,<br /><img style="width:147px;height:35px;" src="https://www.cantonpl.org/sites/default/files/images/Eva%20sig_preview.jpg" alt="Eva sig" title="Eva sig" class="image image-_original" /><br />Eva M. Davis, Director http://www.cantonpl.org/blog/post/wins-national-award#comments Wed, 27 Mar 2013 22:01:35 +0000 eva 58089 at http://www.cantonpl.org Reciprocal Borrowing 2012 - Board Presentation http://www.cantonpl.org/blog/post/reciprocal-borrowing-2012-board-presentation At the <a href="https://www.cantonpl.org/aboutus/board">Board of Trustees</a> meeting on February 21, 2013, Circulation Services Department Head Nancy Szczepanski provided an overview of <a href="https://www.cantonpl.org/programs-services/borrowing-information-0">reciprocal borrowing</a>. Nancy reviewed 2012 checkouts from our library by residents of other communities, and vice-versa, particularly since the board approval of changes to our <a href="https://www.cantonpl.org/sites/default/files/CPL_Circulation_Policy.pdf">Circulation Policy</a> last year. The updated policy affirmed our commitment to sharing with and supporting our neighbors while preserving primary access to Canton taxpayers. <br /><br />Nancy's <a href="https://www.cantonpl.org/sites/default/files/Reciprocity%20Presentation.pdf">presentation</a>, attached here as a .pdf, gave the Board good background on checkouts of our materials by patrons of other libraries, and I hope that you find it useful and interesting, also.<br /><br />Best,<br /><img style="width:163px;height:39px;" src="https://www.cantonpl.org/sites/default/files/images/Eva%20sig_preview.jpg" alt="Eva Davis signature" title="Eva Davis signature" class="image image-_original" /><br />Eva M. Davis, Director <table id="attachments" class="sticky-enabled"> <thead><tr><th>Attachment</th><th>Size</th> </tr></thead> <tbody> <tr class="odd"><td><a href="http://www.cantonpl.org/sites/default/files/Reciprocity Presentation.pdf">Reciprocity Presentation.pdf</a></td><td>1.15 MB</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> http://www.cantonpl.org/blog/post/reciprocal-borrowing-2012-board-presentation#comments Government/Law Board Media/Marketing board borrowing Director's Blog eva's blog Library Circulation non-residents other libraries reciprocal borrowing reciprocity statistics The Library Network TLN Tue, 26 Feb 2013 16:34:46 +0000 eva 57501 at http://www.cantonpl.org Welcome to the new Library Board of Trustees http://www.cantonpl.org/blog/post/welcome-new-library-board-trustees <img src="/sites/default/files/images/2012-11%20Turner%20&amp;%20Davis.preview.jpg" alt="Library Director Eva Davis and Outgoing Chair Don Turner" style="float:right;" /> On November 6, the people of Canton elected six residents to the <a href="/aboutus/board">Library Board of Trustees</a>. Nancy Eggenberger, Sommer Foster, Michelle Farell, and Thomas Hartnett joined incumbents Jim Fausone and Kim Schulz on the board, all of whom were sworn in on November 15 by Canton Township Clerk Terry Bennett.<br /><br /> The Library Board is <a href="/sites/default/files/CPL_Board_Bylaws.pdf">responsible</a> for the governance and financial oversight of the library. They hire, evaluate, and fire the Library Director, and ensure that the library meets the needs of Canton Township residents. The library has successfully weathered the economic downturn so far, largely because of the successful direction and guidance of these dedicated trustees.<br /><br /> I thank the trustees for volunteering to serve in these unpaid positions for the next four years, and hope you will join me in congratulating them on their elections. I would also like to thank Michael Siegrist, George Snow, Don Turner, and Colleen Van Auken for their years of service to the Library Board; we wish you the best in your future endeavors.<br /><br /> Best,<br /><img src="/sites/default/files/images/Eva%20sig_preview.jpg" alt="Eva Davis" /><br />Eva M. Davis, Director http://www.cantonpl.org/blog/post/welcome-new-library-board-trustees#comments Government/Law Board Tue, 27 Nov 2012 16:06:20 +0000 eva 56055 at http://www.cantonpl.org 2011 Annual Report http://www.cantonpl.org/ar2011 <object width="640" height="480" style="max-width:100%;"> <param name="flashvars" value="offsite=true&lang=en-us&page_show_url=%2Fphotos%2Fcantonpubliclibrary%2Fsets%2F72157629911296185%2Fshow%2F&page_show_back_url=%2Fphotos%2Fcantonpubliclibrary%2Fsets%2F72157629911296185%2F&set_id=72157629911296185&jump_to="></param> <param name="movie" value="http://www.flickr.com/apps/slideshow/show.swf?v=109615"></param> <param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param> <embed type="application/x-shockwave-flash" src="http://www.flickr.com/apps/slideshow/show.swf?v=109615" allowFullScreen="true" flashvars="offsite=true&lang=en-us&page_show_url=%2Fphotos%2Fcantonpubliclibrary%2Fsets%2F72157629911296185%2Fshow%2F&page_show_back_url=%2Fphotos%2Fcantonpubliclibrary%2Fsets%2F72157629911296185%2F&set_id=72157629911296185&jump_to=" width="640" height="480" style="max-width:100%;"></embed> </object> <p><em>Canton Public Library Connects Your Community</em>.</p> <p>For CPL, 2011 was all about people. A great library is a reflection of a great community, and it all boils down to people: hardworking staff, dedicated volunteers, loyal supporters, and a community that values and uses their library. Use of the library in 2011 was heavy, with a whopping 565,046 people coming through our doors. We remain the busiest single-location public library in the state of Michigan, with employees who demonstrate time and time again their commitment to serving our residents with excellence.</p> <p>These 565,046 visitors checked out materials, gathered with colleagues, made new friends, used our computers, and were assisted by our highly-trained, expert staff. Our 2011 Annual Report provides highlights of our fantastic year with an emphasis on how people used the library, and how our staff made that possible through creative management of our resources and responding to the feedback we got from you, the users. We hope you <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/cantonpubliclibrary/sets/72157629911296185/">enjoy this report on your library</a> and we look forward to continuing to meet the needs of our community.</p> <p>Sincerely,</p> <img src="/sites/default/files/images/Eva%20sig_preview.jpg" alt="" /> <p>Eva Davis, Director</p> <!--break--> http://www.cantonpl.org/ar2011#comments Mon, 14 May 2012 16:05:59 +0000 eva 46643 at http://www.cantonpl.org 2012 Budget Hearing http://www.cantonpl.org/blog/news/2012-budget <p>Our <a href="/aboutus/board">Library Board of Trustees</a> will hold the required <a href="/blog/board/proposed-2012-budget-hearing-agenda-september-15-2011">Public Hearing</a> on Thursday, September 15, at 7:30pm at the library to take public comment on and approve the library's 2012 budget (attached, with a comparison to our approved 2011 budget), levying a millage rate of 1.5437 mills to generate total revenue of $4.9 million. This is a reduction of about $40,000 compared to our 2011 budget, and a total reduction of about $1.9 million compared to our 2008 budget — 2008 was our "high-water" mark as far as revenues; the recession led to declining property values, which leads to reduced property tax collections and a smaller budget for library services.</p> <p>The budget for 2012 is a very tight budget and reflects a number of cuts to every department and area of the library. As the recession continues and the library budget declines even more, we will be considering furlough days, layoffs, charging residents for certain library services, and further diminishing or discontinuing services, programs, and collections to meet our legal mandate to present a balanced budget. Thank you for your <a href="/blog/news/2011-budget-process-underway-cpl">suggestions</a> on how we can continue to provide the excellence you expect given the bleak financial outlook.</p> <p>Our <a href="/friends">Friends of the Library</a> have been invaluable partners and supporters, committing to a donation of nearly $25,000 to pay for library programs and events, ensuring that you and your family continue to have quality experiences at storytimes, computer classes, and enrichment programs for all ages. These donations are made possible by your purchases at the Secondhand Prose used bookstore, which is run by the Friends and is their main fundraising effort.</p> <p>I continue to be proud of my staff for their teamwork, grace under pressure, suggestions for balancing the library budget, and their dedication to this community. I am privileged to work with a library board that is forward-thinking and dedicated to their roles as sound financial stewards of your tax dollars. I am grateful to the Friends for their advocacy and support. These are tough times, and I know I speak for everyone here when I thank you for your continued patronage of the library.</p> <img alt="Eva's Signature" src="/sites/default/files/images/Eva%20sig_preview.jpg" /><br /> Eva M. Davis, Director<table id="attachments" class="sticky-enabled"> <thead><tr><th>Attachment</th><th>Size</th> </tr></thead> <tbody> <tr class="odd"><td><a href="http://www.cantonpl.org/sites/default/files/2012 Budget.pdf">2012 Budget.pdf</a></td><td>5.1 KB</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> http://www.cantonpl.org/blog/news/2012-budget#comments News Board 2012 budget Director's Blog library board Library Budget Wed, 14 Sep 2011 19:17:31 +0000 eva 29374 at http://www.cantonpl.org Connect Your Summer Feedback http://www.cantonpl.org/blog/news/connect-your-summer-feedback <p><a href="/about-us/library-administration"><img src="/sites/default/files/images/EvaDavis_adm_c.preview_0.png" alt="" style="float:right;" /></a>Our new Connect Your Summer program reinvented the Canton Public Library's traditional summer reading program. Connect Your Summer simplified and streamlined participation by creating one program for all ages that could be completed singly or as a group, team, or family. While we continue to offer a paper-based format, Connect Your Summer was primarily designed to be completed online—so you could complete your log at anytime, from anywhere—and allowed library staff to provide more meaningful interactions with you through our increased programming and events. Badges could be earned by reading as well as other means. Our overarching mission is "Connecting Your Community," and Connect Your Summer focused on community partners, community events, and shared experiences, with the library serving as the hub.</p> <p>Because Connect Your Summer is a new approach to summer library programming, we are asking you to provide feedback to help us learn from and improve it:</p><ul><li style="margin-bottom:10px;">If you <strong>participated</strong> in Connect Your Summer, <a class="action-link" href="/forms/connect-your-summer-2011-survey">Share your feedback</a></li> <li>If you <strong>did not</strong> participate, <a class="action-link" href="/forms/connect-your-summer-2011-non-participant-survey">Share your feedback</a></li> </ul>Thank you in advance for sharing your thoughts with us! <p>Sincerely,</p> <img src="/sites/default/files/images/Eva%20sig_preview.jpg" alt="" /><p>Eva Davis, Director</p> http://www.cantonpl.org/blog/news/connect-your-summer-feedback#comments News Connect Your Summer Director's Blog eva's blog survey Wed, 17 Aug 2011 20:20:41 +0000 eva 28953 at http://www.cantonpl.org Troy Public Library to Remain Open http://www.cantonpl.org/blog/news/troy-public-library-remain-open <img src="/sites/default/files/images/Troy%20Public%20Library.preview.jpg" alt="" style="float:right;" />Congratulations to our colleagues at the <a href="http://www.troylibrary.info/">Troy Public Library</a>! After several years of cuts and threatened closures by city council, previous failed millage votes, and a dire economic situation, Troy voters <a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20110803/NEWS15/108030391/Troy-voters-OK-millage-city-library?odyssey=tab%7Ctopnews%7Ctext%7CFRONTPAGE">passed</a> a dedicated library millage of .7 mills annually for five years on August 2. This new dedicated millage means that TPL will not close, and will allow them to maintain library services to their community at state-mandated levels. Troy is a great community that deserves a great library. Everyone at Canton Public Library sends our best as the TPL board and staff work over the next several months to rebuild TPL. Congratulations! http://www.cantonpl.org/blog/news/troy-public-library-remain-open#comments News Director's Blog election millage Troy Public Library Wed, 03 Aug 2011 14:10:29 +0000 eva 28552 at http://www.cantonpl.org Update on Services to Garden City Public Library Cardholders http://www.cantonpl.org/blog/news/update-services-garden-city-public-library-cardholders <img src="/sites/default/files/images/EvaDavis_adm_c.preview_0.png" alt="Eva Davis at sorter" style="float:left;" />Congratulations to <a href="http://www.gardencitymi.org/">Garden City</a> residents, and to all <a href="http://www.garden-city.lib.mi.us/">Garden City Public Library</a> cardholders, on the July 18 reopening of the Garden City Public Library.<br /><br /> The Garden City Public Library has announced that they will be open for thirty hours, five days per week, from July 18 through at least the November millage election. Unfortunately, these hours will not meet the minimum requirements for state certification. As a result, the Canton Public Library will not resume reciprocity with Garden City Public Library at this time.<br /><br /> For Garden City residents, this means that CPL will continue not to accept Garden City Public Library cards. When the Garden City Public Library is brought into compliance with <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/documents/mde/lm_2010_CEManualFINAL_308216_7.pdf">minimum state requirements</a> — among them, to be open at least 50 hours per week — we will reconsider the question of reciprocity.<br /><br /> Until that day, while Garden City cardholders may enter our library and use our services and materials in the building, you will not be able to checkout our materials or register for our programs. As always, non-resident cards may be purchased to receive full services at the Canton Public Library only, at a cost equivalent to what the average Canton property owner pays in annual taxes to support Canton library services. That rate is currently $170 per year.<br /><br /> Garden City has already made great strides in continuing public library service to their residents, and I am confident that they will soon be able to meet minimum standards and provide their residents with the library services they deserve. At that time, the Canton Public Library will revisit the issue of reinstating reciprocal borrowing with Garden City.<br /><br /> Sincerely,<br /><img src="/sites/default/files/images/Eva%20sig_preview.jpg" alt="Eva Davis' signature" /><br /> Eva M. Davis, Director http://www.cantonpl.org/blog/news/update-services-garden-city-public-library-cardholders#comments budget Director's Blog Garden City Garden City Public Library library library board Library Budget Thu, 14 Jul 2011 21:13:35 +0000 eva 27890 at http://www.cantonpl.org Welcome to Connect Your Summer! http://www.cantonpl.org/blog/news/welcome-connect-your-summer <a href="/about-us/library-administration"><img src="/sites/default/files/images/EvaDavis_adm_c.preview.png" alt="Eva Davis" style="float:left;" /></a>Welcome to <a href="/connect-your-summer/2011">Connect Your Summer 2011</a>, our new Summer program that encourages you to connect to the Canton community through reading and activities.<br /><br /> Connect Your Summer is truly a community-wide program. Like our logo, the library is the hub of Connect Your Summer, with spokes leading out to our partners: the <a href="/friends">Friends of the Library</a>, <a href="http://leisure.canton-mi.org/">Canton Leisure Services</a>, the <a href="http://dda.canton-mi.org/">Canton Downtown Development Authority</a>, the <a href="http://www.cantonchamber.com/">Canton Chamber of Commerce</a>, the <a href="http://www.canton-mi.org/villagetheater/">Cherry Hill Village Theater</a>, the <a href="http://www.michiganphil.org/">Michigan Philharmonic</a>, and others.<br /><br /><a href="/connect-your-summer/2011"><img src="/sites/default/files/images/cys2011.preview.png" alt="" style="float:right;" /></a> <a href="https://www.cantonpl.org/cpl/register?destination=connect-your-summer/2011">Sign in to your individual, family, pair, or group account</a> to start earning virtual badges for reading, attending community events, attending library programs, attending programs put on by one of our partners, visiting places in our community, using the library, or for activities you come up with on your own. As you complete activities, click 'Claim' next to the appropriate badge to get that badge. Publish your earned badges and write reviews of your activities to share your experiences with other Connect Your Summer participants.<br /><br /> Connect Your Summer is designed to be completed online, at your own pace, when it is convenient for you. Want to mark your badge completed at 10:30 at night? No problem! Do you find it tough to keep track of reading logs for every member of your family? There are no more paper logs to keep track of (or lose!). Have you wished you could take a solitary activity and make it a group event? Now you can — <a href="https://www.cantonpl.org/cpl/register">create a new account</a> to register for Connect Your Summer as a group, and because it's one program designed for all ages, you can earn your badges together.<br /><br /> I am proud of the work my staff has done to create this innovative new program that turns the traditional library Summer program on its head and allows for multiple ways to participate, at a level that you can tailor to meet your needs. Our overarching goal with Connect Your Summer is to encourage you to make connections within your community. I think that you, your family, and your friends will enjoy the variety of ways you can use <a href="/connect-your-summer/2011">Connect Your Summer</a> to learn more about your neighbors and the entire Canton community.<br /><br /> Best,<br /><img src="/sites/default/files/images/Eva%20sig_preview.jpg" alt="Eva Davis' signature" /><br /><a href="mailto:davise@cantonpl.org">Eva M. Davis</a>, Director http://www.cantonpl.org/blog/news/welcome-connect-your-summer#comments News Connect Your Summer Friends of the Library connect your summer Director's Blog eva's blog summer Tue, 21 Jun 2011 01:00:00 +0000 eva 26580 at http://www.cantonpl.org Services to Garden City Public Library Cardholders http://www.cantonpl.org/blog/news/services-garden-city-public-library-cardholders <img src="/sites/default/files/images/evadavis.jpg" alt="Eva Davis" title="Eva Davis" style="float:left;" />To all <a href="http://www.gardencitymi.org/">Garden City</a> residents and <a href="http://www.garden-city.lib.mi.us/">Garden City Public Library</a> cardholders:<br /><br />In preparation for their anticipated closing due to lack of <a href="http://www.hometownlife.com/article/20110519/NEWS08/105190653/Library-s-fate-uncertain-director-still-hopeful?odyssey=mod%7Cnewswell%7Ctext%7CGarden%20City%7Cs">funding</a>, the Garden City Public Library has <a href="http://www.hometownlife.com/article/20110526/NEWS08/105260606/Garden-City-Library-ends-checkouts-advance-July-1-closing?odyssey=mod%7Clateststories">announced</a> that the last day they will lend materials is Thursday, May 26, 2011. GCPL will remain open to the public to use materials within the building until June 25, 2011.<br /><br /> As a member of <a href="http://www.tln.lib.mi.us/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=8&amp;Itemid=88">The Library Network cooperative</a>, the Garden City Public Library had a reciprocal borrowing agreement in place that allowed you to use neighboring libraries. Because GCPL will not be lending any materials, that agreement is void. While we here at the Canton Public Library are happy to reciprocate with other communities, that reciprocity is based on mutual sharing; we cannot bear the financial burden of serving Garden City residents when Garden City is eliminating funding for their library. As a result, the last day that Canton Public Library will honor Garden City Public Library cards is May 26, 2011.<br /><br /> Beginning May 27, 2011, while you may enter the Canton Public Library and use library resources within the building, we will not honor Garden City Public Library cards for checkout of materials or for program registration. As always, non-resident cards may be purchased to receive full services at the Canton Public Library only, at a cost equivalent to what the average Canton property owner pays in annual taxes to support Canton library services. That rate is currently $170 per year.<br /><br /> If you have concerns regarding library services in Garden City, please contact your Garden City <a href="http://www.gardencitymi.org/2010department.asp?p=administration">City Manager</a> and <a href="http://www.gardencitymi.org/2010department.asp?p=administration&amp;c=gcc">Council</a>. <p>It is a sad day when a community closes its library. All of us here at the Canton Public Library remain hopeful that the Garden City Council will find a way to continue to provide much-needed library services to their residents. When library services are once again established in Garden City, we welcome the opportunity to discuss resuming reciprocity between our communities.</p> Sincerely,<br /><img src="/sites/default/files/images/Eva%20sig_preview.jpg" alt="" /><br /> Eva M. Davis, Director http://www.cantonpl.org/blog/news/services-garden-city-public-library-cardholders#comments News Board budget Director's Blog Garden City Garden City Public Library library board Library Budget library funding Wed, 25 May 2011 23:40:46 +0000 eva 26275 at http://www.cantonpl.org Update on Services to Romulus Public Library Cardholders http://www.cantonpl.org/blog/news/update-services-romulus-public-library-cardholders <img src="/sites/default/files/images/evadavis.jpg" alt="Eva Davis" style="float:left;" />Congratulations to <a href="http://www.romulusgov.com/default.asp">Romulus</a> residents, and to all <a href="http://www.romulus.lib.mi.us/index.html">Romulus Public Library</a> cardholders, on the Romulus City Council's recent <a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20110509/NEWS02/105090325/Friends-save-Romulus-library-plan-reopen-once-week">decisions</a> to establish a PA 164 independent city library and appoint a five-member library board.<br /><br /> The newly-created library board's announcement that they will open the Romulus Public Library for eight hours, one day per week, through the first week of July, and their plan to fund the library at .12 mills after that for service three days per week, is a great start to getting the new independent library started.<br /><br /> However, with these hours, staffing levels, and funding levels, the Romulus Public Library will not meet the minimum requirements for state certification. As a result, the Canton Public Library will continue to enforce the April <a href="/blog/news/services-romulus-public-library-cardholders">resolution</a> by the CPL Board of Trustees not to honor Romulus Public Library cards, until the Romulus Public Library meets <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/documents/mde/lm_2010_CEManualFINAL_308216_7.pdf">minimum requirements</a> — among them, to be open at least 40 hours per week (assuming Class 4 public library status); to employ a full-time library director holding an ALA-accredited master's degree and who is certified by the Library of Michigan; and to establish local funding at a minimum of .3 mills.<br /><br /> Until that day, while Romulus cardholders may enter our library and use our services and materials in the building, you will not be able to checkout our materials or register for our programs. As always, non-resident cards may be purchased to receive full services at the Canton Public Library only, at a cost equivalent to what the average Canton property owner pays in annual taxes to support Canton library services. That rate is currently $170 per year.<br /><br /> The Romulus Public Library Board of Trustees has already made great strides in continuing public library service to their residents, and I am confident that they will soon be able to meet minimum standards. At that time, the CPL Board of Trustees will revisit the issue of reinstating reciprocal borrowing with Romulus.<br /><br /> Sincerely,<br /><img src="/sites/default/files/images/Eva%20sig_preview.jpg" alt="Eva Davis' signature" /><br /> Eva M. Davis, Director http://www.cantonpl.org/blog/news/update-services-romulus-public-library-cardholders#comments News Board budget Director's Blog library board Library Budget library funding Romulus Romulus Public Library Tue, 10 May 2011 15:23:00 +0000 eva 25971 at http://www.cantonpl.org Services to Romulus Public Library Cardholders http://www.cantonpl.org/blog/news/services-romulus-public-library-cardholders <img src="/sites/default/files/images/evadavis.jpg" alt="Eva Davis, Director" style="float:left;" />To all <a href="http://www.romulusgov.com/default.asp">Romulus</a> residents, and to all <a href="http://www.romulus.lib.mi.us/index.html">Romulus Public Library</a> cardholders:<br /><br /> In preparation for their anticipated closing on May 1, the Romulus Public Library has stopped checking out all materials. As a member of <a href="http://www.tln.lib.mi.us/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=8&amp;Itemid=88">The Library Network cooperative</a>, the Romulus Public Library had a reciprocal borrowing agreement in place that allowed you to use neighboring libraries.<br /><br /> While we here at the Canton Public Library are happy to reciprocate with other communities, that reciprocity is based on mutual sharing; we cannot bear the financial burden of serving Romulus residents when Romulus is eliminating funding for their library.<br /><br /> Because the Romulus Public Library has stopped lending to Canton residents in violation of our reciprocal borrowing agreement, the Canton Public Library <a href="/aboutus/board/index.html">Board</a> voted at their April 21 meeting to stop lending to Romulus Public Library cardholders, effective immediately.<br /><br /> While you may enter the Canton Public Library and use library resources within the building, we will not honor Romulus Public Library cards for checkout of materials or for program registration. As always, non-resident cards may be purchased to receive full services at the Canton Public Library only, at a cost equivalent to what the average Canton property owner pays in annual taxes to support Canton library services. That rate is currently $170 per year.<br /><br /> The <a href="http://www.romulusgov.com/default.asp?_resolutionfile=templatespath%7Cdefault.asp&amp;area_2=pages/government/citycouncil/main">Romulus City Council</a> has before them a <a href="http://romulusgov.com/bins/site/content/pages/government/citycouncil/2011%20Minutes/cc040411.pdf">proposal</a> led by <a href="mailto:Sylvia.Makowski001@comcast.net">Sylvia Makowski</a>, the President of the <a href="http://www.romulus.lib.mi.us/friends.html">Friends</a> of the Romulus Public Library, to: Form an independent municipal library; appoint five members to a municipal library board; and levy at least .2 mills in order to restore library service to five days per week. To date, Council has not yet acted on this proposal.<br /><br /> If you have concerns regarding library services in Romulus, please contact your Romulus Mayor (734-942-7571) and Council Members (734-955-4506):<ul><li><a href="mailto:alambert@ci.romulus.mi.us">Alan R. Lambert, Mayor</a></li> <li><a href="mailto:lburcroff@bearingservice.com">Leroy Burcroff, Mayor Pro-Tem</a></li> <li><a href="mailto:linda_choate@yahoo.com">Linda Choate</a></li> <li><a href="mailto:wjwadsworth@comcast.net%20">William Wadsworth</a></li> <li><a href="mailto:barurq@aol.com">John Barden</a></li> <li><a href="mailto:wcrova@hotmail.com">William Crova</a></li> <li><a href="mailto:celesteroscoe@aol.com">Celeste Roscoe</a></li> <li><a href="mailto:eva-webb@att.net">Eva Webb</a></li> </ul><p>It is a sad day when a community closes its library. All of us here at the Canton Public Library remain hopeful that the Romulus City Council will find a way to continue to provide much-needed library services to their residents. When library services are once again established in Romulus, we welcome the opportunity to discuss resuming reciprocity between our communities.</p> Sincerely,<br /><img src="/sites/default/files/images/Eva%20sig_preview.jpg" alt="Eva Davis' signature" /><br /> Eva M. Davis, Director http://www.cantonpl.org/blog/news/services-romulus-public-library-cardholders#comments News Board budget Director's Blog library board Library Budget library funding Romulus Romulus Public Library Fri, 22 Apr 2011 16:50:50 +0000 eva 25673 at http://www.cantonpl.org