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Statewide funding for shared library services in jeopardy

The Governor's Executive Order No. 2009-36 abolishes the Department of History, Arts, and Libraries as of October 1, 2009, and public libraries across the state of Michigan are concerned about how this will impact our services to you. These statewide cuts are in addition to the local cuts being made due to the recession, and are a double hit for Canton. The Michigan Library Association has issued a press release outlining the concerns public libraries throughout Michigan have with the Governor's plan as well as a position paper outlining the chilling effect the dissolution will have on statewide resource sharing, including interlibrary loan and research materials. A fact sheet is available that explains how these joint services are funded through state appropriations and federal matching funds. The Executive Order takes effect October 1, 2009, unless the legislature acts to create an alternative plan. Our hope is that our elected representatives in Michigan will recognize the importance of statewide library services and resource sharing that public libraries provide, and how we help our communities with job seeking, information gathering, computer access, and cultural activities.

Difficult Times, Difficult Choices

Eva Davis, DirectorThe 2010 library budget process has begun, and the economic news continues to worsen. The library board of trustees, library administration, and library staff have so far focused on making cuts that have the least impact on our service to you, but as the recession deepens, the sad truth is that you will begin to see an erosion in library services.

In 2009, we reduced the library budget by 10%--a combination of falling property values and the vote by the board of trustees in August 2008 to voluntarily lower the library millage rate to reduce the burden on our economically-stressed taxpayers. In 2010, we are facing an additional cut of 6% to 10%. The total cuts over these two years will total more than $1 million from the library's 2008 budget of $6.4 million. We can no longer avoid making cuts that will affect your experience at the library.

National Library Week

This week is National Library Week, an annual celebration of the contributions of libraries and library workers to the fabric of community life. This year's theme is "Worlds Connect @ Your Library," and if you've been to CPL lately, you know that this is true! Use of the library has increased 13% compared to 2008, which saw increases of 11% over 2007. While the recession is hitting the library, too, we remain committed to excellent service, outstanding collections of books, music, movies, and games, nearly 150 computers, free wi-fi, wireless printing, and free programming for all ages from storytimes to craft programs to musical events to computer classes.

We are proud to offer the Canton community all of these services, and want to hear from you to help us plan for our future--what should we keep doing? What should we stop doing? What should we start doing? Come on in and visit us this week, get a Canton Public Library card, and discover your public library!

Updates to cantonpl.org

When we launched the new cantonpl.org last month, I encouraged you to explore and send us your feedback. While we conducted user research and testing of the new website prior to launch, we knew that this would be an ongoing process. You'll find starting today that we've incorporated your feedback, improving the left-hand navigation menus and access to your Patron Record and My Account. Please continue to explore the new cantonpl.org and let us know what you think!

Eva Davis
Eva M. Davis, Director

2008 Tax Forms

You'll find the most common federal and State of Michigan tax forms in our Copy Center, along with access to computers to print out any other tax forms we don't have available, through April 15.

CPL Launches New Website

Welcome to our new website! We made sure that all of the things you love about cantonpl.org stayed, and have added new features, such as RSS feeds, the ability to post your comments, and simplified navigation. We hope our blogs will encourage discussion about and with our community. While a great deal of work and consideration has gone into the design of the new website, we expect to make refinements and roll out new features, and we look forward to hearing from you how we can improve.

Click on My Account to register on the new website and start exploring!

Eva M. Davis, Director