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Butterfly Garden Plant Exchange

The Friends of the Library are hosting a plant exchange May 30, 9:00 AM-noon, to secure native Michigan butterfly friendly plants from community members and private local gardens. Please label donations with type and blossom color. The Friends will be offering free milkweed plants, started with donated supplies from Home Depot, during the plant exchange.

Drive around the building, following the book donation signs, to drop off your plant donations. You can view a list of desired plants.

Canton Acts of Culture: Traditional Japanese Crafts

Enjoy learning about Japanese culture and making traditional Japanese crafts at this all-ages program hosted as part of Canton's Acts of Culture Week. Try your hand at gyotaku Japanese fish printing and suminagashi, paper marbling, and also origami.
May 3, 2:00-3:00 PM in the Community Room.

Mother's Day Supply Drive for FirstStep

First StepThis Mother's Day, make a difference in the lives of women experiencing violence and abuse by donating to First Step, an organization dedicated to reducing domestic and sexual violence and providing service to individuals affected by these crimes.
First Step has requested the following items:
  • scented body wash
  • lotion
  • hand sanitizer
  • gift cards for stores like Meijer, Kroger, Wal-Mart or Target.

The Canton Public Library will accept items May 3 through 16. Thank you for supporting this vital organization in our community.

29th Annual Book & Author Luncheon

ZimmermanMystery writer Chris Zimmerman will be the featured author of the May 12 luncheon sponsored by the Friends of the Canton, Plymouth, Northville and Novi libraries. Fox Hills Golf and Banquet Center in Plymouth Twp. is the host for this 29th annual event, which begins at 11:30 AM. Tickets are available through the Friends of the Library, or use this reservation form.

Children's Library Open!

Children's LibraryWhile we are still cleaning up from the water damage due to Monday's broken sprinkler head, the Children's Library stacks have reopened to the public. Some areas are still off limits, including the cabana computers and several other computers near the fish tank, while we dry out the flooring. Please stay out of areas marked with caution tape.

Renovation Update

New lobby and restroomsThe restrooms and lobby are now open. Thank you for your patience! We hope you enjoy the new and improved space.

We are awaiting the arrival of the additional study carrels. New CD shelving is being placed Thursday and Friday. Work continues in the social space/vending area, as tile work is ongoing.

For more information about the renovation project, visit our PSIP page.

Introducing the Canton Book Project

Is there a book you know and love? A title you find yourself recommending over and over again? Maybe it changed your life or your outlook. And maybe it could make a difference to someone else. 

The Canton Book Project is your chance to share your love of reading by giving out books to people in this community who, for whatever reason, don't read for pleasure or own books. Applications are being accepted from members of the community interested in being book givers. Book givers will have the opportunity to share the love of reading by distributing a book of their choice to other members of the community. Readers of all ages are encouraged to apply and books can be of any reading level.

By applying to be a Canton Book Project book giver you agree, if selected, to:

Migration Complete!

Thank you for your patience as we migrated our computer systems. The migration is now complete! Any items that you may have returned or checked out during the work time will be updated on your account within 24 hours. If you encounter any issues, please call us at 734-397-0999 or use Contact Us.

System Migration Outages January 20

On Tuesday, January 20 we are migrating our internal computing system to a new platform that will be more efficient and stable, give us better access to our data and additional resources, and keep us current with industry standards. During the migration, you may check out and return items but most of our computer-based patron services will be unavailable, including:
  • Catalog search
  • MyAccount
  • Renewal of items or ability to place materials on hold
  • Online database resources including Overdrive eBooks, Zinio and hoopla
  • Program registration
  • Interloan requests
  • Payment of fines
  • Library card renewals.
We anticipate that this will take most of the day and apologize for any inconvenience.  Thank you for your patience while we perform this necessary update.

Volunteer Tutors Needed for Community Literacy Council

Just two hours a week is all the time you need to help other adults learn to read, write or speak English. The Plymouth-Canton Community Literacy Council is in need of tutor volunteers and has New Tutor Training and Orientation classes starting in October. Literacy volunteers receive comprehensive training before tutoring in a setting of their choice. Some tutors work one-on-one with a student, while others prefer to volunteer in a small conversation group or as a teacher’s assistant in an adult classroom. No prior experience is necessary. For more information, contact the Community Literacy Council at 734-589-0011.

Columbus Day Library Closure

The library building will be closed to the public on Monday, October 13. During this time we will conduct staff training. The outdoor return slot will be open for you to return materials.

While the library building is closed, you may access many resources online. Visit our eMedia page to stream movies, music, TV series and audiobooks through hoopla, download ebooks and audiobooks, or read magazines online through Zinio. You may also access your patron record to check due dates and renew materials, and place available items on hold for pickup when we reopen. And many of our business resources are available online on the Business Resource page.

Parking Lot Closure

While the library is closed for the Labor Day holiday, contractors will be working to repave and stripe our parking lot. During the work, the front circle drive book return, Abitibi paper recycling bins and the book donation bins will be inaccessible on Sunday, August 31 and September 1. Our contractor will attempt to finish the project in one day to minimize the disruption. Please stay out of restricted areas and thank you for your patience while we perform this necessary maintenance to our lot.

Today! Friends Benefit at Menchie's

Enjoy a delicious Menchie's frozen yogurt and help the Friends of the Canton Public Library raise money to support the library.

Visit Menchie's on Thursday, September 4 from 11:00 AM-10:00 PM and show the attached flyer when you pay for your purchase. The Friends will get 20% of your purchase price and you get a yummy treat. Digital copies are also accepted so flash the PDF on your phone. Offer good at Menchie's located at Canton Center and Hanford in Canton.

Parent Academy: Google Chromebooks & iPads with PCCS

Want to learn more about the Google Chromebooks and iPads that your students are receiving from PCCS? Attend either of two hands-on learning sessions, Thursday, September 25, 7:00-8:30 PM or Wednesday, October 1, 7:00-8:30 PM, that we are hosting in partnership with PCCS technology trainers. Topics to be covered include:
  • Devices and how they are used in the classroom
  • Chromebook use and troubleshooting
  • Google Apps for Education, including resources
  • Digital Citizenship

Technology Upgrade Service Impact

The library will undertake a major upgrade of the IT network August 11-15. To minimize impact to patrons, most of the work will be done between 5:00 and 8:30 AM. During this time, you may experience brief disruptions of web services, which should be resolved quickly. If you are unable to access any library web services, please wait a few minutes and try again. We don’t anticipate service disruptions during our regular hours of operation however, any issues will be addressed on a priority basis.

The upgrade to cables and switches in our main network facility will allow us to monitor and address network issues more efficiently, minimizing future interruptions and downtime for patrons and staff. Thank you for your patience.