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30 Things I Remember

Canton Public Library is celebrating our 30th Anniversary, and to mark the occasion we're making lists of 30 things. Today, Adult Services Department Head Rebecca Havenstein-Coughlin recounts 30 things she remembers from throughout the library's history:
  1. We started out on the 3rd floor of Township Hall
  2. The card catalog was a piece of furniture
  3. To call someone in from lunch to help at the reference desk we rang a bell from the 3rd floor window
  4. We had a huge fly problem when we were in the old building and we were intimately acquainted with the "death dance" flies do
  5. All reference questions were answered from one reference desk
  6. Monday mornings the entire staff filed cards into the catalog
  7. On opening day, our staff numbered 9 people
  8. A large part of our opening day collection was discarded from the Wayne County General Hospital collection
  9. The night before we opened we worried that no one would come
  10. At the end of our first open day, there wasn't even 1 picture book left on the shelf
  11. The book drop was a long 3 floors down when the elevator wasn't working & books were hauled up the stairs in canvas bags
  12. Name badges looked like this
  13. A president visited the library
  14. It was big news when in 1990 we stopped charging rental fees for videos, compact discs, and new books
  15. In the late 80s there was a shortage of public librarians that really threatened our ability to offer the best customer service possible
  16. The library once had an assistant director [it was me!]
  17. My confirming letter
  18. The library has always been known for its strong customer service and was the front page feature of the July 1990 "Customer Service Report"
  19. Books received a due date stamp rather than a printed receipt
  20. Reference questions were answered from reference books rather than from the internet
  21. We maintained a Fugitive Fact file of reference questions which I believe morphed into what is now Google
  22. Old newspapers were viewed on microfilm rather than as digitized images on the web
  23. The library once had a LAN instead of internet databases
  24. Books were checked out with paper forms rather than on a PC
  25. Many of the best-selling authors of 30 years ago are still best-selling authors today
  26. Email didn't exist and we mostly ran around desk-to-desk when we needed to communicate with colleagues
  27. Phone messages were delivered on pink memo slips rather than via voicemail
  28. Students prepared reports using our typewriters rather than computers
  29. Students used the Readers' Guide To Periodical Literature to search for magazine articles
  30. Our library logo was once a tree

Get Your 2010 Scrap On!

Saturday May 1st is National Scrapbook Day! This special day was first created by the National Scrapbooking Association as a way to celebrate and promote the art and craft of Scrapbooking. Join me and the thousands of people who will be celebrating and participating in National Scrapbooking Day Events all around the world.

Let Your Creativity Take Wing!

Don't miss the single biggest annual scrapbooking event in the state! The Rock Financial Center in Novi will once again be the place to let your creativity take wing. Registration is now open for this event which takes place May 6-8, 2010. This popular destination features shopping, cropping & great opportunities to learn from industry experts. For more information visit the MegaMeet website.  Can't make it to the meet?   Draw inspiration from one of the many great books on this craft in our CPL collection

Get Your Scrap On!

NSA logoSaturday May 2nd is National Scrapbooking Day! This special day was first created by the National Scrapbooking Association as a way to celebrate and promote the art and craft of Scrapbooking.  Join me and the thousands of people who will be celebrating and participating in National Scrapbooking Day Events all around the world.

Scrapbook MegaMeet

Don't miss the annual scrapbook convention at the Rock Financial Center May 7-9. This popular event features classes and many exhibits. For more information see the MegaMeet website.

Too Busy Too Scrap?

If you're like me you love to scrapbook but just don't seem to find time to fit it into your busy schedule.  Scrapbooking doesn't have to  take a lot of time.

Everyone's Reading

Have you joined your neighbors in our Everyone’s Reading, community wide reading program sponsored by public libraries in Oakland and Wayne counties?  Similar to other One Book, One Community programs across the country, Everyone’s Reading promotes community dialogue through the shared experience of reading and discussing the same book.

Create Handcrafted Cards

Looking for a fun way to spend a winter evening?  Why not join me on Thursday February 5th & learn to make handmade greeting cards.   I will provide the materials and basic instruction for you to create several simple card designs.  This program starts promptly at 7 PM.  Registration is limited call today to r

Oh Scrap!

Are you ready to do something with all of those photos that you took over the holidays?  Whether you are a seasoned scrapbooker or brand new to scrapbooking, you've got to check out Scrap Simple by Hillary Heidelberg.  I love the clean lines of the designs she's included but her book also contains tons of ideas for using all of those fun scrapping embellishments that you just can't resist buying!

Scrapbooking

Are boxes and boxes of old photographs cramping your style? Wouldn't you like to organize, display and preserve these precious memories? Well, scrapbooking might just be the solution you are looking for. Our librarians have compiled a list of fun and informative resources to help you get started!

Books

Art of the Scrapbook: A Guide to Handbinding and Decorating Memory Books, Albums, and Art Journals by Diane Maurer-Mathison: Covering binding, paper decorating, lettering and layout techniques from simple to innovative, this book offers something for crafters at all skill levels. Professional paper and book artists share their work and techniques giving readers the inspiration for creating their own innovative designs.