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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 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.

Digital Bookmobile Cruises Into Canton

What has premium sound, 74 feet of high-tech interactive gadgetry and can really motor? The Digital Bookmobile and it’s cruising toward Canton for a July 29 visit to the Canton Public Library.

The Digital Bookmobile is a high-tech upgrade of the traditional bookmobile housed in an 18-wheel tractor-trailer. Instead of printed books, you’ll experience broadband Internet-connected PCs, high definition monitors, a premium sound system and a variety of portable media players. Interactive learning stations give visitors an opportunity to search the library’s digital media collection and sample supported mobile devices like MP3 players, smart phones and eBook readers.

Follow the Digital Bookmobile's tour of the U.S. as it works its way to Canton.

Strategic Planning Process Presentation

If you'd like to see the process behind our strategic plan as presented to the Library Board of Trustees, just view this Presentation:

Library Workshops Offer Help to Job Seekers

Spiff up that resume and learn sure-fire interview techniques at three workshops to help job seekers offered at the Canton Public Library.

Christina Stark, a human resources specialist, will help attendees prepare for the job market with the following programs.

Resume Development, July 16, 10:00AM-Noon. An excellent resume is a marketing document that is well written, attractive, interesting, appropriately formatted, has a professional quality, and contains no inaccurate or misleading information. Guidelines and worksheets will be provided to help you develop that marketing document. Current issues for job seekers, cover letters, and the Internet will be discussed.

Interview Strategies, July 29, 10 a.m.–noon. Getting that interview is the culmination of your job search efforts. Interviews not only include that face-to-face time with your potential employer but could include personality, knowledge, and behavioral assessments. This workshop will cover information about the types of interviews, the importance of preparation, and questions you can expect (and you should ask).

Speed Interview Practice Session, August 13, 7-9 p.m. Get real life practice answering interview questions in this round-robin style format. As a prerequisite, you must attend the Resume Development and/or Interview Strategies class.

Online registration with a valid library card is required for all programs. You may register two weeks in advance of program date at our Program Calendar. Community volunteers are needed to act as interviewers for the Speed Interview Practice Session. Call 734-397-0999 to sign up.

Strategic Planning Summary

The Canton Public Library connects your community.

That's the mission statement that arose from the focus groups, comment cards and conversations that we had with our community and staff over the last six months. Whether you are a community of storytime parents, a community of anime fans, a community of gamers or a community of readers, the Canton Public Library is a connection place for you. The library connects you to the resources, people and places that you defined as your community.

To support our mission, we pledge to adhere to four core values:
  • Relevance: We will adapt and grow as our community's needs change, providing flexible, customizable and evolving collections and services
  • Access: We support the pursuit of individul and community goals by ensuring the open exchange of diverse materials and ideas
  • Integrity: We are respectful of all people at all times and serve our community with excellence
  • Leadership: We will lead with enthusiasm and respond to challenges with creativity and professionalism

Details of our 2009-2011 Strategic Plan can be found from a link on the About Us page. We will post news of our actions and progress. This is a living document, and we look forward to receiving your feedback.

2008 Annual Report

The Canton Public Library 2008 Annual Report is available online or at the library.

Connections Newsletter Summer Reading Issue

The Summer Reading issue of Connections is available online. Just click the attachment link to download. Canton residents can expect home mail delivery around June 10. To get the online edition delivered to you electronically, just sign up for our RSS feed by clicking on the RSS link below.

College Night Open House at CPL

Need information about local options for college? The Canton Public Library is hosting a College Night Open House on June 1, from 7-8:30 p.m. Come by and get information from 17 local colleges, including community colleges and schools with online and alternative education programs. Learn about financial aid, admissions, degree programs and transfer credits. It’s not too late to make plans for the fall semester!

Library Board of Trustees Vacancy

Due to the retirement of long-time Library Trustee James Gillig, the Canton Public Library Board of Trustees is searching for a new member to complete his term through November 2012. If you are a Canton resident, over 18 years of age and would like to be considered for a Board seat, please send a resume and letter of interest by Tuesday, May 26, 2009 addressed to:

Colleen Van Auken, Vice Chair
Canton Public Library Board
1200 S. Canton Center Road
Canton, MI 48188

Buseum Captures the Experience of German POWs Held in the Midwest

CANTON, MI—Get a first-hand look at the life of German prisoners of war in Midwest camps as the mobile exhibit Held in the Heartland rolls into Canton on May 22.

Housed in a converted school bus, this rolling buseum paints a picture of POW life as captured soldiers experienced it. Using artifacts, photographs, documents, audio and DVD documentaries, it focuses on the experiences of the roughly 372,000 German POWs held in U.S. Army-operated camps across the United States.