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Library Circulation Hits 2 Million Mark

The Canton Public Library has hit an all-time high in circulation, reaching our 2 millionth checkout of the year. That's an average of 23 items checked out per Canton resident. These economic times have spurred a 12% increase in library usage over last year, in which we also saw increased use. Our DVDs, books, CDs and video games continue to be popular items, we see many people using our computers or our Wi-fi to connect to the Internet and taking advantage of our databases and other electronic resources.

Our thanks to the Canton community for helping us reach this milestone. We look forward to serving you in 2010.

Connections Newsletter January/February 2010

The January/February 2010 issue of Connections is available online now as a pdf document. Expect home delivery after December 19. Click on the attachment link to view. You may subscribe to an RSS feed of library communications by pasting /forpress/rss.xml in your feed reader.

Wednesday Morning System Upgrade

We will be upgrading our systems beginning at 6:00AM on Wednesday, December 16. During this process,
  • the Catalog
  • My Account
  • Remote access to Databases
will be unavailable. The target for upgrade completion is 9:00AM.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

CPL Named as One of America'sTop Libraries

The Canton Public Library has again been identified as one of America's top-rated libraries by Library Journal. For the second straight year, the library received a three-star rating, one of only two libraries in Michigan to get a rating. The rating is based on data for per capita circulation transactions, visits to the library, computer sessions and program attendance.

For more information or to read the entire press release, click on the attachment.

Diaper Day @ CPL

November 18 is Diaper Day at the library as we partner with the Canton-based Detroit Area Diaper Bank in their 30,000 by Thanksgiving Diaper Drive. You can participate by dropping off your donation of diapers at the library on November 18. The Diaper Bank needs diapers and pull-ups in any brand or size, baby through adult. Open packages are acceptable.

The Detroit Area Diaper Bank is a nonprofit charitable organization serving SE Michigan. They work to meet the need for diapers at partner agencies working with people in crisis. The cost of diapers is not covered by WIC, food stamps and, in most circumstances, Medicare, and many in our community are in need. Please bring your diaper donation to the Reception Desk on November 18, and thank you for helping to support our community.

Domestic Violence Awareness Program

Judith Barr, Associate Director of First Step, will present a program on domestic violence on October 29, 2:00-3:00PM at the Canton Public Library. First Step is a local resource offering free services to individuals affected by domestic violence and sexual assault. October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and First Step believes that prevention and awareness are key components to ending violence in our communities.

This program will be held in the library’s Purple Room. It is free, no registration is required. For more information, visit First Step.

Connections Newsletter November/December

The November/December issue of Connections is available online now as a pdf document. Expect home delivery after October 22. Click on the attachment link to view. You may subscribe to an RSS feed of library communications by pasting /forpress/rss.xml in your feed reader.

Help! How Do I Pay For College?

Learn about financial aid options, the FAFSA form, scholarships, the MET program and more at this program designed to help you put together a plan for funding your college costs. Judy Benfield Tatum, Financial Ad Director at U of M-Dearborn, a representative from the Michigan Educational Trust and Joan Noricks from the Canton Community Foundation will be at the library on October 5, 6:00-8:00PM to guide you and answer your questions. Registration is required.

Learn About A Vegan Diet

The many health benefits of the vegan diet will be the subject of a program held October 20 at 7 p.m. at the library. Gaia Kile, a Family Nurse Practitioner working with natural and holistic approaches to health and disease, is the featured speaker. His talk will address the science behind some of the benefits and key factors for success through vegan nutrition. To register for this free program, visit www.cantonpl.org or call 734-397-0999.

Ebook Login Experiencing Technical Difficulties

[Edit 9/21/09 7:59PM: The Problem appears to be resolved.]
We are experiencing problems with our Overdrive ebook authentication process. If you try to log in with your Canton Public Library card, you may receive a message that your account information is not valid.
We have notified the vendor of the problem and hope to have it resolved soon. The NetLibrary ebook site is fully functioning. Thank you for your patience.

New Library Board Trustee Sworn In

Kim Schulz was sworn in as a Canton Public Library trustee at the August 20 library board meeting. She was appointed from a pool of seven candidates to fill the position vacated by longtime trustee Jim Gillig, who retired in May.

Connections Newsletter September/October

The September/October issue of Connections is available online now as a pdf document. Expect home delivery after August 22. Click on the attachment link to view. You may subscribe to an RSS feed of library communications by pasting /forpress/rss.xml in your feed reader.

Library Reading Program Receives Funding Boost From Target Store Grant

The Canton Public Library is the recipient of a $3,000 Target store Early Childhood Reading Grant. Money from the grant, combined with funds from the Friends of the Canton Public Library, will be used to sponsor Family Reading Nights at the Canton Public Library.

Librarian Anne Cnockaert applied for the grant on behalf of the library and helped to create the Family Reading Night program, which will start in October and run through June, 2010.

"This program encourages the whole family to become involved in reading," says Cnockaert. "There will be a themed storytime, then families can complete a craft and have a snack related to the story. The family will receive a free book that they can read together and take home to keep."

Volunteers Needed For Library Interview Program

Our Speed Interview Practice Session is scheduled for August 13 from 7-9 p.m. and we need your help to make it work. We are looking for 10 community volunteers to pose the interview questions. It's very easy and will only require a couple hours of your time. It's set up like a speed-dating session: interviewers will ask one question of each candidate and then write a very brief comment. We will provide the interview questions.

This opportunity is ideal for hiring managers, HR people or anyone that has had experience conducting interviews. If you are interested, contact Laurie Golden at goldenl@cantonpl.org for more information.

Power Outage Affects Library Services

A power outage in Canton forced the library to close July 13 at 10 a.m. Our power has been restored and we re-opened at 12:30 p.m. Programs will run as scheduled.

If you stopped in Monday morning while we were closed and attempted to pick up hold materials due to expire today, please call the library at 734-397-0999 so we can help you check these items out. Holds set to expire today cannot be extended. Our book drop is open so all materials may be returned. Fines will accrue as usual.

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we deal with this unexpected situation. Please call 734-397-0999 for more information.