As the weather gets colder and activities move inside, you may find yourself with some extra time on your hands. Audiobooks listed below range from 21 minutes long to 9 hours long with the majority in the 4-5 hour range. These books can be enjoyed alone or together. We invite you to enjoy one of these fresh new audiobooks at home or while traveling this chilly season. 

Also available in: print

Cora, a slave on a plantation in Georgia, seeks her freedom on a demimythical version of the underground railroad. The railroad is portrayed quite literally, and -Cora's journey encapsulates the struggle for emancipation and civil rights and against Jim Crow and segregation, all of which is symbolized by the societies of the various states in which her train stops. As she travels, Cora's identity evolves from outcast to object to secret sin to prisoner and, finally, to a member of a community. She is pursued by slave catcher Ridgeway as one by one her allies and friends are taken from her in violence and blood. Whitehead's characters bridge the symbolism the story demands and the realism of complicated people. Narrator Bahni Turpin is able to differentiate among the many characters and lends a flowing cadence to the dark and savage tale. A powerful story both of a woman and of a people. CPL's Lunch and a Book Group gave this title 4 stars out of 5. This kit contains 10 copies of the title.

A Christmas carol [kit] by 1812-1870 Charles Dickens

First published on December 19th, 1843, A Christmas Carol was an instant classic upon its publication as Londoners thronged to hear Dickens read it in person and bought out the first printing in days. Its reception was so ecstatic it was credited with helping to re-interest the Victorians in Christmas traditions. The classic tale tells the story of hard hearted money lender Scrooge, who is visited by three ghosts on Christmas Eve, encouraging him to change his ways and embrace Christmas before it is too late. CPL's Lunch and a Book Group gave this title 4 stars out of 5. This kit contains 10 copies of the title.


Did you miss our Thankful Storytime this week? Don't worry, here's what you missed, plus a few more suggestions to have a gratitude-inspired storytime at home!

From Storytime

The thankful book by Todd Parr

The Chairperson, Michelle Farell, called the meeting to order at 7:30 PM.

Present:           Nancy Eggenberger, Michelle Farell, Jasmine Lee, Don Turner, Amy Watts

Absent:            Jane Pandit

Also Present:  E. Davis, K. Gladden

  • CALL TO AUDIENCE  (L. Golden, A. Iqbal, M. Nicholson, C. Symanns, N. Szczepanski) – None    

The agenda was approved by unanimous consent.


The minutes were approved by unanimous consent.


The minutes were approved by unanimous consent.

  • DIRECTORS REPORT — The library is 83% of the way through 2018.  Due to payments made earlier in the year, Insurance and Capital Outlay are still trending higher; the Capital Outlay costs will be addressed by the Fund Balance transfer in December.

   The Information Services department is losing part-time librarian Josh Menter and substitute librarian Meghan  
   McGowan; their positions will be posted for replacement.

   The paver walkway from the Canton Center sidewalk to the sidewalk outside the Teen Place area is on
   schedule to be installed the week of November 19.

   There has been an issue with managing the temperature in the building. Trane has been called in and parts are 
   on order for two units. Jim has been doing a great job with these old units but they are nearing  end of life.

   The Engie engineering agreement has been forwarded to the attorney for review.

   Director Eva Davis thanked Chair Michelle Farell and Trustee Jane Pandit for attending the retirement
   reception for Rebecca Havenstein-Coughlin.

    • Revised Employee Handbook Policy  — N. Eggenberger moved and D. Turner supported a motion to approve the Employee Handbook Policy as amended.                                                                                         
      The motion passed unanimously 18/11-15-1.
    • Revised Circulation Policy — D. Turner moved and N. Eggenberger supported a motion to approve the Circulation Policy as amended.
      The motion passed unanimously 18/11-15-2.
    • Library Fundraising — At the request of Vice-Chair D. Turner, the board members discussed the overall appropriateness of a taxpayer-funded institution additionally soliciting donations, specifically the annual Endowment Fund campaign. Consensus was to revisit the issue at a later date, when the board could see how the 2018 campaign (already in progress) fared with Canton taxpayers.
    • Discussion of 2019 Officers — Chair M. Farell proposed that the 2019 officers’ slate be comprised of two newer board members and one veteran board member. The board will take up the discussion again in December, when Trustee J. Pandit will be present, and will vote on the new officers at that time.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:19 PM.  

Currently there is a DTE power outage in western Canton, but the library has power, so feel free to come on in today! We're open till 6pm.

The Canton Public Library thanks the Canton Lions Club for their generous donation of three portable CD/MP3 players for the library's extensive Low Vision Collection.  Canton and Plymouth library card holders can check out and enjoy the library's many books on CD or music CDs using these players.  The players are easy to use and may be checked out for three weeks.