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Some library programs and meetings are being presented virtually, using online platforms like Zoom, Facebook Live, or streamed over our YouTube channel. To make the most of your experience, we're offering a few tips.

Be tech ready

For online programs, check your device's capabilities well before the program begins. Make sure your app or version is up to date, that your camera and microphone, if using, are working, and check your Internet connection. If you are having trouble with Zoom, try this user guide.

Locate your invitation

Look for your program invitation several hours before the program is scheduled to begin. It should come via library email; be sure to check your junk/spam folders. The invitation will contain a link to the program host site. If you haven't received an email an hour before program time, call the library at 734-397-0999 and get connected to a reference librarian.

Be on time

Using the link in the email, log in to your session at least 5 minutes prior to the start time. Depending on how the meeting is set up, you may enter a waiting room, and then be admitted when the host is ready.

Practice good meeting etiquette

Mute your microphone, keep your video on, use the chat box to ask a question or use the "raise hand" button in Zoom, or visually raise your hand. Download our guide for more tips.

Be respectful

Treat the host/presenter and other participants with respect. Patrons attending online presentations are subject to the library Patron Code of Conduct. Be patient and kind--virtual programs are a new experience for many people.

 

 

Phased reopening stage 1

The Governor's announcement of Executive Order 2020-110, and the workplace safety provisions specified under Executive Order 2020-97, allow libraries in the state of Michigan to begin providing services on June 8, 2020.

This means that we are able to initiate our plan for the phased reopening of the library. Our first priority is the safety and well-being of our staff and patrons, so we are closely following protocols from the CDC, and working to secure adequate supplies of masks, face shields, hand sanitizer and cleaning products.

On Monday, June 8, the first phase of our reopening starts with staff reporting and working to clear the backlog of tens of thousands of items that have been returned since we closed to the public on March 13. The building will not be open to patrons at this time.

Until we reach the next phase, here are some things to keep in mind:

  • You can help us by canceling holds on items that you no longer want.
  • There's no rush to return materials; all items currently checked out have a due date of July 1.
  • Standard library cards have been renewed to September 1.
  • You can apply for a library card online. Please allow a few days for processing
  • We will be offering our summer program, 62 Days of Summer, by mail.
  • The Friends of the Library are not accepting book donations at this time.
  • Check out our e-resources collection of e-books, e-audiobooks, streaming media and other items.

We are planning a tightly-controlled, phased opening, and will move to ease those restrictions as indicated by staffing levels, the availability of protective equipment and supplies, our capacity to manage each phase safely and successfully, and any local, state, and federal restrictions on physical distancing, sanitization, and maximum building occupancy ratios. We will communicate those plans to you as each phase unfolds. If you have any questions or concerns, use the Contact Us form on our website.

We are happy to be back in our building, and look forward to the day when we can see you in person again. Stay safe and wash your hands.

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We want to help you have the best summer possible with our 62 Days of Summer program. Check your mail for a packet from us, then come back to our website for ideas and inspiration. We've got 62 ways to do 62 Days of summer reading, activities and programs at your own pace and comfort level. Our librarians have put together lists of reading suggestions, recommended activities and ways to safely engage with your neighbors and community. See you online!

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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.

Governor Whitmer's executive order calling for the closure of all libraries in the state has been extended through May 28. We remain closed, pending any changes to the order or the guidelines from Canton Township Emergency Management. Here's our latest update.

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.
Library Cards
  • Library cards set to expire in May and June have been renewed through September.
  • If your card has expired, you can request that it be renewed.
  • Need a library card? Apply online. Please allow three to five days for processing.
Other Information
  • Our Wi-Fi is on a timer and is set for normal library hours. It reaches the parking lot and grounds nearest the building.
  • We can't accept donations at this time. Secondhand Prose is not open, and our Friends of the Library volunteers have run out of places to store donated items. 

 

Our librarians have created a one-stop source for information relating to COVID-19, including local resources, small business help and more on our website. It is updated frequently.

We are planning for the time when we can reopen the building, and anticipate the need to follow public health guidelines for building occupancy limits and providing services. Our staff is preparing by gathering extra sanitizing supplies, planning for social distancing, and bringing other services back gradually as we work to keep our staff and our community safe and healthy. Please see our director's update for more information.

Although the doors are closed, we've added to our online resources and allowed for more checkouts on each library card. Follow us on FacebookTwitter and Instagram, and check our webpage for updates. If you have any questions or concerns, use the Contact Us form on our website. We appreciate your patience and support during this closure. 

Eva Davis, Library Director

The COVID-19 novel coronavirus pandemic has changed all of our lives. At the Canton Public Library, we have been working throughout our closure to extend our online services and maintain our connections to you. The leadership team is already preparing to serve our community in new ways once we are allowed to reopen. We are working together to keep you, our coworkers, and our community safe and healthy. This will mean changes to how we provide library services and building access as we move through the transition from being fully closed to being fully open, as well as every phase in-between.

Our first priority is the safety and well-being of our staff and community and to that end, we are working on securing adequate supplies of hand sanitizer, disinfectant, disinfecting wipes, gloves, and other protective equipment. While we placed supply orders weeks ago, these are, rightfully, on backorder while shipments are prioritized for medical and public health professionals. Even when the Governor's Executive Order is lifted and the library is allowed to reopen, we will not consider it until we have adequate protective supplies on-hand.

Despite our closure, we are getting the library ready for the various phases of our reopening plans. While the library is professionally cleaned nightly, between March 14 and March 22, we had additional deep cleaning and sanitization throughout the building. We are quarantining all returned materials for 24 hours before shelving them. We are working closely with the Canton Township Emergency Management Team as well as our colleagues at other libraries, as things continue to change. Advice from the Library of Michigan and the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services is also being followed.

We are planning a tightly-controlled, phased opening, and will move to ease those restrictions as indicated by staffing levels, the availability of protective equipment and supplies, our capacity to manage each phase safely and successfully, and any local/state/federal restrictions on physical distancing, sanitization, and maximum building occupancy ratios. We will communicate those plans to you as each phase unfolds.

I am sure that you have many questions, and I hope that this has answered at least some of them. Please continue to Contact Us with your questions, feedback, and concerns. The bottom line for us is that we will continue to connect our community, now and in the future, with the same integrity, innovation, and leadership you expect from us.

We cannot wait to see you all again. Stay safe, stay healthy, and wash your hands.

Eva Davis, Director

Governor Whitmer's executive order calling for the closure of all libraries in the state has been extended through May 15. We remain closed, pending any changes to the order or the guidelines from Canton Township Emergency Management. Here's our latest update.

Materials

  • We extended the due dates on all materials checked out to May 30, including MeL items. While MeL items may still appear on your patron 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.

 

Library Cards

Standard cards set to expire in March, April, May and June have been renewed through June 30.
If your card has expired, you can request that it be renewed. We will renew for your card for three months.
You can apply online for a card; allow three to five days for processing.

Other Information

  • Our Wi-Fi is on a timer and is set for normal library hours. It reaches the parking lot and grounds nearest the building.
  • We can't accept donations at this time. Secondhand Prose is not open, and our Friends of the Library volunteers have run out of places to store donated items. 

Our librarians have created a one-stop source for information relating to COVID-19, including local resources, small business help and more on our website. It is updated with new information often.

We are planning for the time when we can reopen the building, and anticipate the need to follow public health guidelines for building occupancy limits and providing services. Our staff is preparing by gathering extra sanitizing supplies, planning for social distancing, and bringing other services back gradually as we work to keep our staff and our community safe and healthy. Please see our director's update for more information.

Although the doors are closed, our online resources are still available. We hope you explore them and discover something new. We appreciate your patience and support during this closure. Follow us on FacebookTwitter and Instagram, and check our webpage for updates. If you have any questions or concerns, use the Contact Us form on our website.

Governor Whitmer's executive order calling for the closure of all libraries in the state has been extended through April 30. We remain closed, pending any changes to the order or the guidelines from Canton Township Emergency Management. Here's our latest update.

Materials
  • We extended the due dates on all materials checked out to May 30, including MeL items. While MeL items may still appear on your patron account, please be assured that all fines that have accrued during our closure will be waived.
  • 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 please don't return materials. We can't process the 40,542 items you've got checked out right now anyway, so #stayhomestaysafe.
  • MeL requests are suspended. 
  • We've doubled the number of items you can check out each month on hoopla, from 20 items per card to 40.
  • Kanopy has recently added more no-credit titles, which means these titles will not count against your monthly cap.  Also, Kanopy for Kids is free for a limited time.
  • We've shifted our purchasing to add more electronic materials to our collection and reduce hold times for these items.
Library Cards
  • Standard cards set to expire in March, April, May and June have been renewed through June 30.
  • If your card has expired, you can request that it be renewed. We will renew for your card for three months.
  • You can apply online for a card; allow a minimum of three to five days for processing.

Other Information

  • Our Wi-Fi is on a timer and is set for normal library hours. It reaches the parking lot and grounds nearest the building.
  • We can't accept donations at this time. Secondhand Prose is not open, and our Friends of the Library volunteers have run out of places to store donated items. 
  • The Michigan Activity Pass program is on hiatus until further notice.
  • With the library closure, all outside meeting room reservations have been canceled.
  • Our librarians have created a one-stop source for information relating to COVID-19, including local resources, small business help and more on our website. It is updated with new information often.

We are planning for the time when we can reopen the building, and anticipate the need to follow public health guidelines for building occupancy limits and providing services. Our staff is preparing by gathering extra sanitizing supplies, planning for social distancing, and bringing other services back gradually as we work to keep our staff and our community safe and healthy.

Although the doors are closed, our online resources are still available. We hope you explore them and discover something new. We appreciate your patience and support during this closure. Follow us on FacebookTwitter and Instagram, and check our webpage for updates. If you have any questions or concerns, use the Contact Us form on our website.

Rebecca Havenstein-Coughlin

Long-time Canton Public Library employee Rebecca Havenstein-Coughlin passed away April 8 at her Canton home. She was one of the library's first employees, hired as a librarian in June, 1980, before the library opened on the third floor of the Canton Township administration building, and was instrumental in the growth of the library. Rebecca shared her thoughts on the library's growth in a recent video.

Rebecca loved books and reading, but she loved people even more. After serving as a librarian for a number of years, she moved into management and became the department head for information services, supervising the adult and youth librarians, and technical processing. Rebecca's number one priority was to provide excellent service for every person who walked into the library, and "Let's knock their socks off" became the rally cry for staff. A resident of Canton, Rebecca was personally invested in making the library an integral part of the community and was dedicated to service excellence and innovation.

"Rebecca loved the sunshine and being outside whenever she could, preferably with family and friends. Rebecca's primary library concerns also revolved around people and how we could make positive contributions to their lives," says Eva Davis, library director. "The library's construction projects over the last six years, particularly the children's library renovation, benefited from Rebecca's eye for the details that make the space wondrous and glorious and full of color and cheer for our patrons."

After being diagnosed with glioblastoma in 2017, she retired in 2018  and spent time with her husband, Michael Coughlin, whom she described as the love of her life. In 2019, the library dedicated a courtyard garden in honor of Rebecca. The Rebecca Havenstein-Coughlin Memorial Courtyard, which can be seen from the children's library and is a favorite nesting place for ducks, brings together Rebecca's love of the outdoors and her love for our community. Donations to help maintain the courtyard may be made at the link below.

 

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