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.

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.

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.

The Entrepreneur's Guide to Getting Things Done with Lara Galloway

Too much to do, not enough time? Get a grip on your time at this helpful program, led by Lara Galloway, the MomBizCoach. Learn the principles of managing your priorities and your time as an entrepreneur and avoid the pitfalls and time sucks that rob you of getting things accomplished. These techniques are helpful to anyone wanting learn time management skills. Join us Wednesday, October 23, 1:30-2:30 PM.

October 29: Everyone's Reading Author Bruce Feiler

Bruce FeilerCPL is excited to host author Bruce Feiler on October 29 at 7:00 PM at the Hindu Temple of Canton.

Feiler's book, The Secrets of Happy Families: Improve Your Mornings, Rethink Family Dinner, Fight Smarter, Go Out and Play and Much More, is this year's Everyone's Reading selection. He is a columnist for the Sunday New York Times and the author of six consecutive New York Times bestsellers, including The Council of Dads and Walking the Bible, and hosts the PBS series of the same name.

Canton Public Library cardholders in good standing may receive free tickets to this event by presenting their card at the library Help Desk. some tickets available at the door.

Calling all Pinterest Users

PinterestAre you a Pinterest user? Then check out our Connect Your Summer Pinterest boards. There's a board for every badge with ideas, materials suggestions and activities.
Follow all the library's Pinterest boards, or click for badge-specific boards. Check back often as we'll be adding content all summer long.

Animal Lover
Back in Time
Be Creative
Be Well
Chow Down
Curtains On
Game On
Green Thumb
Geek Out
Love It
My Mitten
Sleuth It

Recipe Exchange Kiosk

Calling all cooks! We're bringing back last summer's popular recipe exchange kiosk. It's a great way to share your favorite recipes, discover some new ones and earn your Chow Down badge. Use our recipe card or just print out your recipes and deliver them, paper clipped together, to the recipe exchange kiosk located by the Reception Desk. If you prefer to share your recipe online, simply add the recipe in a comment to this blog post.

For more great cooking (and eating) inspiration, visit our Chow Down Pinterest page.

Bon Appetit!

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