Learn about American Muslims in our community and their culture in an interactive program on February 27, 9:00 AM-1:00 PM.

Drop in and try your hand at Arabic calligraphy, enjoy coffee and international delicacies, get a henna design, speak one-on-one with Muslim members of our community and ask questions about Islam and its belief system.

This event is sponsored by the Muslim American Society of Detroit, the Muslim Community of Western Suburbs, the Canton Public Library and the Canton Response to Hate Crimes Coalition. It is part of an initiative entitled “Not In Our Town: Stop Hate Together” a program for people and communities working together to stop hate, address school bullying and build safe, inclusive environments for all.

The Children's Library is now closed while the space is renovated and is expected to reopen in early April. Select materials have been relocated the the East End of the library. We will make every effort to provide you with the materials you need and encourage you to take advantage of the reciprocal borrowing privileges you have as a Canton Public Library cardholder. This is also a great time to check out the robust collection of e-media available for children, in print, audio and video formats. Children's programming will continue to be presented. 

Follow the progress of our construction on Facebook and Flickr, and join us in April for the grand reopening of the Children's Library.

Children's Library Items are on the Move

In preparation for the Children's Library renovation, which begins in earnest on January 4, 2016, we have begun moving materials and clearing out supplies and furnishings. Relocated materials will be shelved in the East End of the library; other items will be packed for storage and inaccessible. We will make every attempt to provide you with the services you need during this transition process; however, some furnishings and computers will be removed from the space during the week of December 21. Children's Library users may access computers in the main library and Teen Place. The space will be closed to the public beginning December 31. Ask any staff member for help in locating what you need.

Canton Community Foundation to Manage Library Endowment Fund

When library trustees sat down in 2001 to craft a long-range strategic plan, they recognized the need to ensure the library’s long-term financial stability. From those discussions came the establishment of the library’s endowment fund, with the goal of raising $1 million and a commitment to continued excellence in service to Canton residents. The current library board has taken that commitment one step further with the agreement to transfer the management of the library’s fund, currently in the amount of $352,000, to the Canton Community Foundation.

“Transferring management of the library endowment fund to the Canton Community Foundation allows us to take advantage of their investment and philanthropic expertise,” says library director Eva Davis. “This partnership has been in the works since 2008, when former CCF President Joan Noricks initiated these discussions, and I think our residents will agree that keeping the endowment managed locally, by our hometown community foundation, is the right decision.”

Transferring the library’s fund is more cost effective because the foundation manages component funds, investing the individual gifts and bequests as a family of funds, thereby achieving significant economies of scale in both investment and administration.

Not in Our Town Art Contest

In partnership with the Canton Response to Hate Crimes Coalition and Canton Police Department, the library is sponsoring an art contest. Students are invited to submit artwork around the theme of inclusion, unity and peace to be displayed during the Community Unity & Peace Rally on September 26 in Heritage Park. Art work entries should be turned in at the Children's Desk.

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Sorter Room Tours

Sorter RoomCome on down to visit our automated sorter up close and earn your Geek Out and Love It badge. You can watch the materials come down through the chute and understand how the sorter reads it and tosses into appropriate bins.
  
We will be take you inside the sorter room to get a closer look at how the materials you return are processed and put back in circulation. The sorter room tours are scheduled at these times:

We can accommodate 10 people per tour.  Spots will be filled on a first come, first served basis.

Produce Exchange Stand

Do you have a surfeit of strawberries? A bumper crop of tomatoes? We've set up a produce exchange stand, thanks to our friends at Canton Leisure Services, to facilitate the sharing of your home-grown goods. Simply drop off any extra produce in the stand by the front entrance (make sure it's in good shape, free of insects or excess soil). Or help yourself to any produce that's in the bin and enjoy the bounty. Don't forget to claim the Chow Down On the Scene badge for participating.

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.

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