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CONTACT: Laurie Golden
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Department Head Community Relations
Canton Public Library
734-397-0999 ext 1078

Canton Public Library receives Library of Michigan Certification for meeting ‘Essential Level’ of quality services

The Library of Michigan awarded the Canton Public Library a certificate of completion for meeting the Essential Level requirements of the Quality Services Audit Checklist (QSAC). To earn certification, the Canton Public Library demonstrated its competence in seven categories of achievement including human resources; governance/administration; services; collection development; technology; facilities and equipment; and public relations/marketing.

“Achieving the Essential Level certification proves to Canton residents that our public library is committed to excellence in governance, operations, finances, and public service,” said Eva Davis, library director.

“I am proud of my coworkers, library board, and volunteers for all they do to contribute to our success.”

QSAC has defined “essential services” – the basics of all library service – as relatively low-cost standards that every library can and should achieve. They are helpful guidelines to libraries just starting out, while providing important review for more established institutions. Essential standards are described as “those which should be achieved first because of their fundamental importance.”

“QSAC represents the word of more than 100 library directors, trustees and staff members who together created measures of quality for our state’s public libraries,” said State Librarian Randy Riley. “The staff of the Canton Public Library is to be commended for achieving a vital milestone in library service.”

The measures of QSAC are updated on a three-year schedule so certified libraries remain at the forefront of excellent service. QSAC was made possible by the Institute of Museum and Library Services through LSTA funding. The Institute of Museum and Library Services, an independent Federal grant-making agency dedicated to creating and sustaining a nation of learners by helping libraries and museums serve their communities, supports the Canton Public Library.

“We will soon begin work on achieving Enhanced certification, benchmarking our services at the next QSAC level to ensure that we remain leaders in the library industry and across the state,” Davis said.

Additional Library Updates

The Canton Public Library is in the final stages of the fourth phase of the Patron Service Improvement Project (PSIP), which includes a renovation of the Friends of the Canton Public Library’s bookstore, Secondhand Prose, the Northeast Corner, including the Teen Space, and the Southeast Corner Study Space. The Teen Space is the last of the phase four renovations and it will be complete in April.

Phase IV carries on the improvements of the previous PSIP, which renovated service points in the central area of the library, including the main restrooms, lobby and the Children's Library. The PSIPs continue the library’s ongoing plan to replace worn furnishings, and maintain and update the facility to meet the community’s changing needs.

For more information on the Canton Public Library, visit cantonpl.org or call the library at 734-397-0999.

 

Support the Friends of the Canton Public Library by dining at the Canton Chili's on Wednesday, March 8 from 11:00 AM to 11:00 PM. With each flyer presented, digital or hard copy, Chili's will donate 20 percent of the event day sales to the Friends of the Canton Public Library.

Visit the Chili's located at 41680 Ford Road on March 8 with the attached flyer to support the Friends, who sponsor library programs and services. Flyers are also available at Secondhand Prose Bookstore. 
 

Check out what's ahead this month on our February printable program calendar.

For the New Year, CPL conducted an online survey asking patrons what they would like to accomplish in 2017. We compiled lists of resources and programs that will help you meet those goals this year, so look out for more blog posts that address the goals we read from your surveys.

Patrons who told us their goal for 2017 is to broaden their music taste can benefit from these online streaming sources:

American Song — search and stream music from America's cultural heritage
Classical Music Library — 50,000+ classical music tracks
hoopla — check out popular music from major record companies (Canton Public Library card required)
Jazz Music Library — comprehensive collection of streaming jazz tracks featuring thousands of artists, ensembles, albums, and genres

And this upcoming program:

The Story Tellers present: Build a Better World — Come celebrate African American History month with us by welcoming back The Storytellers. On February 22 from 7:00 PM to 7:45 PM, The Storytellers combine interactive stories, beautiful music, humor, and hands-on fun with wonderful musical instruments from around the globe.

For the New Year, CPL conducted an online survey asking patrons what they would like to accomplish in 2017. We compiled lists of resources and programs that will help you meet those goals this year, so look out for more blog posts that address the goals we read from your surveys.

For patrons who told us their goal for 2017 is to reduce stress, get organized, become healthier, learn a new skill, be more confident and be happier, check out this list of upcoming programs that can help you make progress on your goals:

Mindfulness for Stress Reduction- patrons are invited to live in the present moment during this workshop with the hope of leaving with the tools to reduce daily stress and build inner strength. This program is scheduled on January 31 from 6:30 to 8:00 PM.
Taking Time Out for Tea- this workshop will highlight the benefits of tea during the tasting while discussing how valuable it is to enjoy the simple things in life, like brewing a pot of loose-leaf tea. Tea Tasting is scheduled for February 5 at 2:00 PM. Registration is required.
Bullet Journaling Workshop- bullet journaling is an analog trend that helps track doctor’s appointments, water intake, daily emotions and more. This workshop aims to give you the tools to get and stay organized. This program is scheduled on February 18 at 1:00 PM and registration is required.

 

For the New Year, CPL conducted an online survey asking patrons what they would like to accomplish in 2017. We compiled lists of resources and programs that will help you meet those goals this year, so look out for more blog posts that address the goals we read from your surveys.

For patrons who hope to learn a new language or improve skills in another language in 2017, you can utilize our language databases to get a jump-start on your goals:

Basic ESL — learn English quickly and effectively with relevant topics including family, home, school and more
Mango Languages — learn Spanish, Japanese and more on your computer or mobile device
Pronunciator — learn any of 80 languages, including many ESL courses, on your computer or mobile device (Canton Public Library card required)
SCOLA — Learn about the people and places of the world through language tutorials, news video, radio broadcasts, newspapers and more (Requires login: username CPL ; password CPL)

Or you can join a club to improve your English language skills:

ELL Conversation Groups — Practice speaking English in an informal setting with Community Literacy Council volunteers. Meets every Thursday and Friday that the library is open.

Beginning/Intermediate ELL Book Club — Beginning or Intermediate English Language Learners are invited to read together and discuss short articles, etc., in English with a tutor. Meets every-other Friday at noon. 

Advanced ELL Book Club — Advanced English Language Learners read and discuss books in English. Books will be discussed until finished. Meets every-other Friday at noon. 

This 3rd annual Dr. Martin Luther King essay contest is open to all Canton and Plymouth students in grades 6-12, including those children who attend traditional public, charter and private schools, or who are home schooled. Participants will have a chance to win up to $600 in scholarship money and the deadline for submissions is April 3. The essay contest is in partnership with the Michigan Roundtable for Diversity and Inclusion. A list of rules and requirements is attached for your reference.

Here's a printable program calendar for your reference. 

Check out our printable program calendar for the month of December.

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