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STRANDED

I stared at my toes wiggling in the sand, feeling the wind tug at my loosely braided blond hair when I felt it. I felt a poke in my back. I turned around, having some ridiculous hope that it was a crewmember from the cruise ship. But why would it be? That cruise ship left me stranded here on Gale Island a week ago, taking my parents and everyone else with it. Sadly, it also took my twin brother Adam, too. Adam was the only person that could understand me, and I was the only person that could understand him. Of course, we both had good friends, but we were best friends because we were so much alike. He loved adventures as much as I did, and we always snuck off to get into trouble. I really wished he was there. But, of course no person was there. It was a bottle. It must have fallen from the sand dunes, I thought. I picked up the bottle and gave it a once over. I took a double take. There was a piece of paper coiled up inside!

Library ROI Calculator

On our Donate page you can calculate the approximate value you've received from CPL in the last year. This calculator is similar to those used at other libraries, with a few important differences.

Calculating Books and DVDs

Most library use calculators have you put in the number of books (or DVDs) that you checked out in some period of time. The value per book tends to range from $15 to over $25. That cost reflects the average cost of buying a book, not the average value of checking out a book.

Hosting a Digitized Newspaper Collection

At CPL we host the full run of Canton Observer newspapers. You can browse the issues by date or search the full text.

In the past we hosted a few recent years as files, but the current incarnation of the collection is a lot more data — over 3800 issues totaling almost 180 gigabytes. Nearly every aspect of this project was a learning experience, so for other people looking to host tons of big files, here are some useful tips and tricks.

Digitizing

Thanks to our Friends, we were able to secure funding to get our paper and microfilm archive scanned to pdf with Optical character recognition, making each issue's text searchable.

Chrome Theme

Install CPL's Chrome theme for an stylish, unobtrusive way to show your support for CPL.

The Project

Like the Firefox Persona, the Chrome theme design centered on being unobtrusive and using the space effectively.

The Chrome theme guide explains the huge number of ways you can customize your theme. This gives a lot more flexibility compared to a Firefox persona, but also makes creating a theme somewhat more difficult and time-consuming.

Firefox Persona

Dress up your Firefox with Canton Public Library! Personas are "easy-to-install, easy-to-use themes that change the look of your Firefox web browser."

The Project

Get the project files — for Paint.NET

Creating a firefox persona is pretty straightforward:

Scheduled Downtime

The CPL catalog, databases, patron records, program calendar, and some other services will be unavailable on Tuesday, September 25th, from 8:30 AM to Noon while we upgrade our library software.

CPL will remain open and you will be able to check out books, use the computers, and otherwise enjoy the library. Please note:
  • You will need to have your CPL card with you in order to check out anything
  • If you return a book during that time, it'll be checked in after Noon
  • We rely on our Catalog for a lot, so there may be lines and delays while it's down
Thank you for your patience as we work to serve you better.

GoodReads Book Link

GoodReads logoIf you you use popular personal book management site GoodReads, you can Add CPL as a book link for quick access to items in our catalog.

Connect Your Summer Feedback

Canton Public Library’s mission is Connecting Your Community. This year Connect Your Summer returned its focus to the library, endeavoring to bring the community together online and in person, emphasizing the library as an increasingly important community resource.

Because Connect Your Summer is the mainstay of our summer library programming, we are asking you to help us learn and improve by sharing feedback about your Connect Your Summer experience. The survey will take about five minutes to complete:

The surveys will remain available until September 7, so tell your friends! Thank you in advance for sharing your thoughts with us.

Scheduled Downtime

The CPL catalog, databases, program calendar, and some other services will be unavailable on Tuesday, August 21st, starting at 11:00 AM. At that time and for up to 24 hours afterward, we will be upgrading the catalog server, requiring downtime.

The library will remain open and you will be able to check out books, use the computers, and otherwise enjoy the library. Please note:
  • You will need to have your CPL card with you in order to check out anything
  • If you return a book on Tuesday, it won't be checked in until Wednesday. This won't cause fines, though
  • We rely on our Catalog for a lot, so there may be lines and delays while it's down
  • Your online Patron Record will also be unavailable during the outage
Thank you for your patience as we work to serve you better.

Speak in Public

It's often said that people fear public speaking more than death. While that's not exactly true, talking is front of people is a major fear — one you can conquer!

Places to Speak

Other places often welcome speakers, such as conferences, meetup groups, places of worship, and even the library!

Books on Speaking

Speaking your way to success by Sheryl Lindsell-Roberts

Public speaking success in 20 minutes a day

Build a Time Machine

Time machines provide a fun learning experience, a unique business opportunity, and a contrived way to manipulate your plot arc. Watch out, though — depending on the make and model you choose for your temporal vehicle, they can often be expensive to build and difficult to maintain. See below for several types of time machine, along with assembly instructions when available.

Hot Tub

The mechanism for how a hot tub can become a time machine isn't well-explained. However, if you acquire a hot tub and the chronological mechanism never works, at least you have a hot tub, right? For further instructions view:

New Badges for 2012

Connect Your Summer is back and better than ever, and with it are 12 new badges. Click on the badges below to see the reading, program, and activity recommendations from our staff experts for how to earn each badge. Once you've completed an experience, claim the badge online for a chance at some great prizes:


time-travel sleuth-it make-tracks love-it hands-on go-wild geek-out game-on curtains-up conquer-it chow-down be-well

Connect Your Summer Teaser

Leo Papa, head of Information Technology, tells us about what we can expect from this year's engaging summer program at CPL.

Chrome Extension 2.0

If you're like 10% of CPL website visitors, you came here in Google Chrome. Chrome is a fast, secure, easy-to-use web browser — and the improved CPL extension is just one more reason to use it.

Books at CPL

As you browse the web, the extension finds books mentioned on each site. For instance, if you're shopping for a book on Amazon, a subtle notification will appear with a direct link to the book in our catalog. This feature stays out of your way (it disappears automatically after 15 seconds) and respects your privacy.

Search Quickly

When you want to search the CPL Catalog, just type "cpl" into the omnibox. This temporarily switches the search engine to the Catalog, and provides title suggestions as you type. If one of the suggestions is the book you want, just arrow down to it and press Enter or click on the result.

Get the Extension

If you'd like to know when the books you find are available at your library, and if you'd like an easier way to search our Catalog, you can
install the free extension at Chrome Web Store
[web developers: cpl-chrome-ext is available on GitHub]