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New CPL Card Designs Are Here

Last fall we asked for your opinion on a new library card design and got a great response. In total, 880 votes were cast and many of you included comments. Here are the results:
  • 252 thought that the patron should be able to pick a color from our 3 options
  • 223 favored the blue card
  • 217 liked the orange card
  • 148 preferred the turquoise card
  • 40 wanted to keep the old card design
Many expressed concern about incurring extra costs to have new cards made. Our supply of cards was already running low (we issue about 6,000 new cards each year), so we needed to order cards regardless of the design. We gathered estimates from several card printers and were able to print the new design without incurring set up charges for the additional colors. Other than a small design fee to include our new logo, which was budgeted, it did not cost anything extra to offer a choice of cards.

We have a limited number of the previous design still available. There is a $1 charge to switch to the new card or replace a lost card if you choose the new design. Remember, your barcode number will change! There is not a charge for a new patron to get a card.

March/April Connections Newsletter Online

The March/April issue of Connections is available online now as a pdf document.
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Jan/Feb Connections Newsletter Online

The January/February issue of Connections is available online now as a pdf document.
You may subscribe to an RSS feed of library communications by pasting http://www.cantonpl.org/forpress/rss.xml
into your feed reader. Please note: The Living Book program date is incorrect in the newsletter. The correct date is February 22, 7:00PM.

Library Holiday Closures

The Canton Public Library will be closed on the following days:
  • Friday, December 24, 2010
  • Saturday, December 25, 2010
  • Sunday, December 26, 2010
  • Monday, December 27, 2010
and
  • Friday, December 31, 2010
  • Saturday, January 1, 2011
  • Sunday, January 2, 2011
  • Monday, January 3, 2011
Although the building will be closed, you may return items using the outdoor drop slot. Access to patron accounts, the catalog and databases will be available through the website.

Meijer and Pepsi Refresh Make Donation to CPL

Library director Eva Davis accepts a contribution of $407 from Meijer store director Jack Schubert. The money was part of the Pepsi Refresh Project.

Support CPL at Barnes & Noble Bookfair Today

Everyone loves to receive books, games, CDs and DVDs as gifts. Now when you shop for these and other items at Barnes & Noble, the library benefits. On [cyber] Monday, November 29, we're hosting a one-day bookfair at the Barnes & Noble in Northville. Just print and present this voucher or use the ID #10289981 when you check out and the library will get a percentage of your sale on nearly everything B&N sells, including the Nook and Nook accessories, plus coffee and snacks from the B&N cafe. The offer does exclude textbooks, ebooks, video games and gift cards.

If you can't get to the store, you can still use the code to shop B&N online from November 29 through December 4. Take advantage of great Cyber Monday deals and use the ID #10289981 when you check out.

Get extra copies of this voucher at the library, or print this one to share with your neighbors. We'll also host special programs at Barnes & Noble on November 29 and offer gift wrapping. Thanks for supporting your library.

"Stuff the Truck" Diaper Drive November 17 & 18

Last year, you helped us collect over 17,000 diapers to benefit the Canton-based Detroit Area Diaper Bank. This year, we're going for a truck full. Fat Chef in a Little Coat owners Steve and David Hulett have donated a truck for the cause and our director, Eva Davis, will camp out while we fill it.

We're asking for your help to "Stuff the Truck" so bring diapers, any brand or size, baby through adult, to the library on November 17 and 18. Open packages, pull ups and swim diapers are all acceptable; if diapers are loose, please label with the size.

The Detroit Area Diaper Bank is a nonprofit charitable organization serving SE Michigan to meet the need for diapers at partner agencies working with people in crisis. Please help support those in need in our community with your donation.

30 of the Best 30s

Thirty is a pretty big number in publishing. In 30 days, you can do pretty much anything — thin your thighs or change your life. In 30 minutes, you can cook an Asian meal or give yourself a makeover. And when it comes to advice, a lot of that comes in doses of 30. Here are our favorite books about our special anniversary number of 30.

30 days to finding and keeping sassy sidekicks and BFFs : a friendship field guide by Clea Hantman

30 reasons employees hate their managers : what your people may be thinking and what you can do about it by Bruce L. Katcher with Adam Snyder

"Oh Say Can You See" Contest

Our CPL History post on October 25 talks about our grand opening celebration and the flag raising ceremony with the Canton Veterans of Foreign Wars so here's a contest question for you based on the American flag. Be the first to post the correct answer to this question in the comment of this post, along with a link to the CPL database where you found the answer and win a prize.

Here's the question: On what date was the stars and stripes pattern adopted as the official flag and by whom?

30 Books Everyone Should Read

Marcia Barker, CPL's programming specialist and long-time library employee, suggests this list of books everyone should read.

To kill a mockingbird by Harper Lee

Anne Frank : the diary of a young girl by translated from the Dutch by B. M. Mooyaart-Doubleday ; with an introduction by Eleanor Roosevelt

30 Gifts We've Gotten From Our Friends

The Friends of the Canton Public Library have been the biggest donors to the library over the last 30 years. In addition to their very generous gift to the Endowment Fund and programs like Summer Reading, they have also purchased some very nice items. Here are 30 items given to CPL by the Friends.
  1. The Sculpture
  2. Our first globe
  3. READ posters
  4. Courtyard benches
  5. Sundial
  6. Countless computers, including our first

November/December Connections now Online

The November/December issue of Connections is available online now as a pdf document.
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Contest: Most Intriguing People

Three presidential candidates took part in the 1992 presidential debates: Republican nominee and then current President George H.W. Bush, Democratic nominee William Jefferson Clinton, and Independent Texas billionaire H. Ross Perot. Which two of these nominees were also named to People Weekly's annual list of the 25 Most Intriguing People of 1992?

The first poster with a correct answer that includes a link to the CPL database where you found it wins a prize!

Detroit Author Michael Zadoorian Visits September 22

Meet Michael Zadoorian, Detroit native and author of the highly-acclaimed novel The Leisure Seeker. Ella, in the late stages of cancer, and John, suffering from Alzheimer's, take their last road trip from the Detroit suburbs to Disneyland via Route 66, against the advice of doctors and their children. Zadoorian is also the author of The Lost Tiki Palaces of Detroit and Second Hand. Zadoorian visits the Canton Public Library on Wednesday, September 22 at 7:00PM.

X Marks the Spot

Gone are the days of the wrinkled map marked with an X but treasures can still be found using the modern-day method of geocaching. Like the old-fashioned treasure hunt, participants seek out hidden containers, called geocaches, using GPS devices or smart phone applications, then report their experiences online. According to Geocaching.com, there are 1,188,372 active caches and between 4-5 million geocachers worldwide. For more information on geocaching in Michigan, visit the MiGo website and look for a hunt in your area.

The geocaching handbook by Layne Cameron ; with a foreword by Dave Ulmer

The complete idiot's guide to geocaching by the editors and staff of Geocaching.com