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.

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.”

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.

Parent University: Google Chromebooks and iPads

Want to learn more about the Google Chromebooks and iPads that PCCS students are receiving? Join us and technology staff from the Plymouth-Canton Community Schools on Monday, May 19 or Thursday, May 22, 7:00-8:30 PM for a hands-on learning session. We will have Chromebooks and iPads for parents to use and explore. Topics to be covered include:

  • Devices and how they are used in the classroom
  • Chromebook use and trouble shooting
  • Google Apps for Education, including resources for help
  • Digital Citizenship-- what parents need to know about online safety, passwords and more
  • Q and A time-- ask the experts

Cellography Portraits and Cell Phone Photos

On Monday, April 28, 3:30-5:00 PM, work with professional photographers Jack Kenny and Bob Mosher to learn about composition and light when taking photos. This hands-on workshop for middle and high school students will focus on taking portraits. Students should bring a digital camera or cell phone camera.

Jack Kenny is a professional photographer best known for his extensive knowledge and photographs of Cuba and is a specialist in portraiture and studio photography. This program is presented in partnership with the Canton Commission for Culture, Arts & Heritage.

Online registration is required.

Rick Lieder Nature Photography Workshop

DamselflyRick Lieder, award-winning nature photographer and author of Step Gently Out, will present a workshop for middle and high school students on Tuesday, April 29, 3:30-5:00 PM. Students should bring their own cell or digital camera and will learn to use photography to connect with nature by taking outdoor photos on the grounds of the library.

Students will learn techniques to grow their photography skills, including design and composition concepts and available light to help tell a story. Registration is required.

This program is offered in partnership with the Canton Commission for Culture, Arts & Heritage.

Folding Paper Mini Book

minibookKids, ages 8-11 years old, 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, April 26, 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.

U.S.P.I.S. Shred Day

The library is teaming up with the U.S. Postal Inspection Service (USPIS) to host a document shred event on Tuesday, March 4, from 10:00 AM- 3:00 PM. Bring up to four boxes (approximately 300 lbs.) of personal documents, like old tax returns and other sensitive materials, to be shredded free of charge. Please remove large binder clips from documents; paper clips and staples are allowed. While your documents are being shredded, learn about various fraud schemes and how to protect yourself. The shredder will be in the parking lot on the west side of the building. Pull around the drive in your vehicle and follow directional arrows. This event is for personal document shredding only.

Library construction is complete!

Thank you for your patience as we worked to make improvements to our library. Work was completed on time and under budget.  To see a photo album of the process, check out our Facebook album or Flickr set.

 

Patron Service Improvement Project (PSIP) Information

The library embarked on a construction project to renovate patron service points in the central area of the library to accommodate the changing ways our patrons use the library and to fulfill our core values of Relevance, Access, Integrity and Leadership.

These changes provide improved patron service with one access point for all services, including circulation and reference help. The new configuration is designed for one-on-one interactions and reflects the library's 2012 strategic plan and commitment to service excellence.

During the construction, some areas of the library were inaccessible to patrons. The main entrance was closed for a period of two weeks except for access to the Community Room, Jungle Java Express and restrooms. Other areas of the library were also  inaccessible to the public for periods of time.

The Patron Service Improvement Project accomplished the following:

  • Bring this area of the library into compliance with the  ADA
  • Improve traffic flow
  • Provide more personalized reference help
  • Deliver an efficient checkout desk experience
  • Add more self checkout stations
  • Centrally locate and consolidate printer/copier work area
  • Create additional seating areas
  • Replace worn flooring
  • Updated technology

Budget

The budget for the project is $361,733. As a result of careful financial stewardship and community support for this planned expenditure, the library will pay for the project with a one-time fund balance transfer of $346,733 and an additional $15,000 from the 2014 operating budget.

Additional Information

View the floor plan.

Follow the progress of the PSIP on Flickr, Facebook and Twitter.

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