Check out these new titles recently added to the Library's Biography shelves.

Check out these new titles recently added to the Library's History shelves.

ELL Reading Group

Beginning or Intermediate English Language Learners are invited to read together and discuss short articles, etc., in English with a tutor.  Currently, we're meeting at 1pm on Fridays.  Please see the English Language Learner Program page for more information, and sign up to get the Zoom link here (please select "ELL Resources").

Upcoming sessions

Friday, August 7 - 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM Offsite
Friday, August 14 - 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM Offsite
Friday, August 21 - 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM Offsite
Friday, August 28 - 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM Offsite
Friday, September 4 - 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM Offsite
Friday, September 11 - 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM Offsite
Friday, September 18 - 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM Offsite
Friday, September 25 - 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM Offsite
Friday, October 2 - 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM Offsite
ADA 30th Anniversary Logo Red white and blue; 7-26-1990 to 7-26-2020

On July 26, 1990, the Americans with Disabilities Act was signed into law. This month marks the 30th anniversary of the ADA and  Below are some books that feature characters with disabilities. Did we miss your favorite book? Add it below in the comments. 

Youth Materials

Whiteboard Sign with Directions for PC Appointments

The library is now offering express equipment use by appointment. Appointments will be held in the Children's Library with equipment set up in a socially-distanced manner: a PC, Fax-24 machine, printer/scanner, and copy card machine will all be available for use. 


Reserve your 25 minute session online


You can also call 734-397-0999 and select option #4 to book or reschedule an appointment. 

  • Reservations are limited to two sessions per person per day. Early sessions on Tuesdays and Thursdays are reserved for members of vulnerable populations.
  • Patrons are required to follow all of the library's public health and safety protocols: Remain 6 feet away from other people, wear a mask, and don't come if you feel ill or have been in contact with someone who is ill. Patrons who refuse to comply with library policies will be asked to leave.
  • You will enter the Library's main entrance and exit from the West Emergency door. You will be admitted at the beginning of your appointment time. Parking in the West side parking lots (near Heritage Park) is recommended. If you are more than 10 minutes late to your appointment, you will be asked to reschedule.
  • A (cash-only) copy card is needed to release prints or copies. Library staff cannot handle cash or give change at this time, so please bring a copy card and/or $1 bills to purchase or add value to a copy card using the self-service copy card machine. The Fax-24 machine accepts debit or credit cards only, and is also self-service.
  • Patrons are discouraged from bringing others to their appointments. If you must bring a someone, they must stay with you at all times. Please encourage guests to bring their own form of entertainment, as browsing for materials, iPads, and toys are not available at this time. 
  • In-library browsing, wandering, or other in-person assistance not related to equipment use are not available at this time. If you wish to check out materials, you may place items on hold via the catalog and pick them up using our scheduled pickup service
  • Per the Library's Pandemic Reopening Policy, food and drink are not permitted in the library unless medically necessary.

We are delighted to offer equipment access, and we ask for your patience as we start this phase of service. We will have staff available to assist you during your visit, and we look forward to seeing you once again. 

FAFSA Help available from Brainfuse

Filling out the Federal Application for Student Aid (FAFSA) can be a complex, but necessary, process. Brainfuse now offers live online FAFSA tutors – available to help both students and parents complete the FAFSA application. Whether you are not sure how to start or have questions on specific aspects, Brainfuse tutors are ready to assist! 

Log in to Brainfuse with your Canton Public Library card, click on the link (under Expert Help) to connect with a FAFSA tutor today.

Check out these new titles recently added to the Library's History shelves.

The escape artist by Helen Fremont
Great state : China and the world by 1951- Timothy Brook

The Chairperson, Amy Watts, called the meeting to order at 7:32 PM.

Present:           N. Eggenberger, M. Farell, J. Lee, J. Pandit (joined at 7:36 PM), D. Turner, A. Watts

Absent:            None

Also Present:  E. Davis, K. Gladden

CALL TO AUDIENCE   (L. Golden, A. Iqbal, D. McHugh, M. Nicholson, R. Noble, J. Parij, C. Spas, C. Swanberg, N. Szczepanski) – None         


The agenda was accepted by unanimous consent.


Director Eva Davis requested that the minutes be amended to reflect that Trustee Nancy Eggenberger had been a “nay” vote on Motion 20/6-18-2.

N. Eggenberger moved and M. Farell supported a motion to accept the minutes as amended.


Yes: N. Eggenberger, M. Farell, J. Lee, D. Turner, A. Watts

No:  None

Abstain: None

The motion passed (5-0-0)



E. Davis offered congratulations to Information Services Librarian Carol Kuchta, who is retiring at the end of September, after a 38-year tenure with the library.

As of June 30, the library was halfway through the fiscal year. Many of the items trending high/low on the Profit and Loss statement would be reflected in the 2nd Quarter Budget Amendment. Others will be reconciled in the 3rd or 4th quarter amendments.

The second State Aid to Libraries payment was not received before the bank reconciliation, but will be reflected in the July report.

In reply to Secretary/Treasurer Michelle Farell’s question, Davis explained that Miscellaneous & Contributions is trending high due to: a summer reading program contribution from Vibe Credit Union; donations toward the upkeep of the Rebecca Havenstein-Coughlin Memorial Courtyard; a book purchase fund reimbursement, funded by an anonymous donor and administered by the Canton Community Foundation; and donations from the Friends for the READ berm and butterfly garden.




Computer use by appointment for the general public was launched on Monday, July 13. Six (6) filtered computers and one (1) unfiltered computer are available for 90-minute sessions (patrons may book back-to-back sessions if available). Thus far, the largest number booked during a session was five (5). It has been manageable and the administration will monitor the situation to see if adjustments need to be made.

Holds Pickup by Appointment continues to be a popular success. Staff is pulling 1,100-1,200 items per day for patron pickup requests; a “normal” day, pre-pandemic, would have been around 100.

A plan to make equipment (fax, scanner and copier) available to the public is under consideration.

The Administration has turned its attention also to planning for the fall and the possibility of browsing by appointment or limited browsing. Davis remains in touch with other area directors, some of whom have been swifter in their expansion of library services available to the public, and some of whom have been slower. She is looking at the myriad ways libraries are keeping track of building capacity for browsing, from timers to the honor system. Based on square footage, under current guidelines, the library can have 184 people total in the building, including employees. Based on the general staffing rate, that allows for around 140 patrons at a time.

Chair Amy Watts asked how the staff is responding to the phased reopening. Davis said that, while there was some initial concern over possible non-compliance and the staff’s ability to provide quality service to patrons while maintaining physical distancing, the burden has been somewhat relieved through training and the technology systems which have been put in place, along with the patrons’ genuine gratitude at the services being provided.

Watts also indicated her appreciation that the Information Services librarians are phoning the library’s homebound patrons to see how they are doing and to keep them informed of the latest library news, since many of them do not use email. The calls are getting a great response, according to Information Services Department Head Jessica Parij.


Proposed 2nd Quarter Budget Amendment — Some additional revenues came in higher than expected and would be recognized and reallocated across expenditure lines as detailed in the budget amendment summary and explanation created by Accountant Debbie McHugh. Davis pointed out that the amendment called for $100,000 to go into Reserve Contingency, which would roll over into the Fund Balance at year’s end.

Business Services Department Head Marian Nicholson told the board that approximately $17,000 additional would be needed for an unexpected repair to roof damage above the Community Room. The damaged portion is not part of the flat roof, replacement of which is included in the Capital Replacement Schedule for 2022. Since the cost to repair the damaged copper shroud is over $5,000 it cannot be paid for from Maintenance & Repairs.

M. Farell moved and N. Eggenberger supported a motion to approve the 2nd Quarter Budget Amendment as proposed.


Yes: N. Eggenberger, M. Farell, J. Lee, J. Pandit, D. Turner, A. Watts

No:  None

Abstain: None

The motion passed 20/7‑16-1 (6-0-0)

Proposed 2021 Budget & 2022-2023 Projections (1st Draft) — Davis thanked D. McHugh, M. Nicholson and the department heads for their work in creating a draft budget which encompassed all of the concerns that had been expressed by the board members over the preceding months.

She directed the board’s attention to two budget summary documents. One was in the format which the library has been using, and the other was that preferred by the auditors, Plante Moran. Davis asked that the board indicate its preference; the board agreed on adoption of the format which conforms to GASB standards.

Trustee Don Turner remarked that D. McHugh’s budget summary narrative made it very easy to understand. Davis said that a second draft budget, using the GASB format summary, would be brought back to the board for review in August.

CALL TO AUDIENCE – Circulation Services Department Head Nancy Szczepanski thanked the board for all of their support over the years; this was her last board meeting, as she is retiring as of July 31st.


The meeting was adjourned at 8:19 PM.  

Get inspired by the lives of real people whose curiosity and drive led them to become scientists, inventors, makers, and creators.

Dear Benjamin Banneker by Andrea Davis Pinkney
Also available in: e-book

Throughout his life Banneker was troubled that all blacks were not free. And so, in 1791, he wrote to Secretary of State Thomas Jefferson, who had signed the Declaration of Independence. Banneker attacked the institution of slavery and dared to call Jefferson a hypocrite for owning slaves. Jefferson responded. This is the story of Benjamin Banneker--his science, his politics, his morals, and his extraordinary correspondence with Thomas Jefferson. For more on Benjamin Banneker, look up JBIO BANNEKER.

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