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Update on Services to Garden City Public Library Cardholders

Eva Davis at sorterCongratulations to Garden City residents, and to all Garden City Public Library cardholders, on the July 18 reopening of the Garden City Public Library.

The Garden City Public Library has announced that they will be open for thirty hours, five days per week, from July 18 through at least the November millage election. Unfortunately, these hours will not meet the minimum requirements for state certification. As a result, the Canton Public Library will not resume reciprocity with Garden City Public Library at this time.

For Garden City residents, this means that CPL will continue not to accept Garden City Public Library cards. When the Garden City Public Library is brought into compliance with minimum state requirements — among them, to be open at least 50 hours per week — we will reconsider the question of reciprocity.

Until that day, while Garden City cardholders may enter our library and use our services and materials in the building, you will not be able to checkout our materials or register for our programs. As always, non-resident cards may be purchased to receive full services at the Canton Public Library only, at a cost equivalent to what the average Canton property owner pays in annual taxes to support Canton library services. That rate is currently $170 per year.

Garden City has already made great strides in continuing public library service to their residents, and I am confident that they will soon be able to meet minimum standards and provide their residents with the library services they deserve. At that time, the Canton Public Library will revisit the issue of reinstating reciprocal borrowing with Garden City.

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Eva M. Davis, Director