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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:
  • Attend the Canton Book Project Reception and Distribution Night on April 16
  • Give out all of your books by April 30, 2015
  • Seek out those who don’t regularly read as recipients of your books
  • Allow your image and name to be used by the library for promotion about this program
Use this link to get the application, which is due by 6:00 PM on March 7, and click here for tips and guidelines.

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.

Printable Program and Event Listing, August 2014

Here's a printable listing of all the programs and events happening at CPL in August, 2014.

Coffee with a Cop

Stop in the library on Tuesday, June 24 from 10:00 AM to noon and have a cup of coffee and conversation with an officer from the Canton Township Public Safety.

The Coffee with a Cop program provides a unique opportunity for community members to ask questions and learn more about the department’s work in Canton’s neighborhoods and business districts.

“We hope that community members will feel comfortable to ask questions, bring concerns, or simply get to know our officers,” says Deputy Chief Scott Hilden. “These interactions are the foundation of community partnerships.”

Library Closed June 14

 The library will be closed Saturday, June 14 to ease traffic congestion due to Canton's Liberty Fest. You can still use electronic resources like Overdrive and hoopla, access databases, and use MyAccount to renew items or check due dates, plus search the catalog and place holds. We will open Sunday, June 15 at noon.

Blood Drive May 30

Red CrossDonate blood during the May 30 Red Cross blood drive at CPL. Visit the library or call 313-549-7052 to make an appointment. Donation times start at 10:00 AM and end at 3:45 PM. Donate in May and be entered to win a VIP experience at the June NASCAR race at MIS.

Rouge Rescue Canton Site Opportunities

Rouge River clean upThe Friends of the Rouge are the catalyst behind the stewardship of the Rouge River, which flows through our backyards here in Canton. It's time for the annual spring clean up, also known as the Rouge Rescue, and Flodin Park here in Canton is one of the sites. Bring your family out on May 17 and help clean up a stretch from 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM. They need volunteers for trail clean up, native planting at pond, environmental education activities, Birds of Prey presentation, trail hikes, and bird house building.

Canton Township Engineering Services is the sponsoring organization for this site. Call them at 734-394-5150 to volunteer or get more information.

Folding Paper Mini Book for Tweens & Teens

Tweens and teens will learn to take a simple sheet of paper and turn it into a mini book under the guidance of paper artist Cecilia Escobar. Join us on Saturday, May 3, 3:30-5:00 PM to learn the magic of folding paper to create a book that you can decorate, fill with special messages or create as a special gift for Mother's Day.

Cecilia Escobar is a bookbinder artist who loves to play with paper and the endless possibilities that this media offers. A Canton resident, she is an advocate of the arts in all forms. This program is presented through a partnership with the Canton Commission for Culture, Arts & Heritage. Registration is required.