Enjoyed 1984 and the Chronicles of Narnia? Try one of these:

I, robot by Isaac Asimov
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

In a society in which books are outlawed, Montag, a regimented fireman in charge of burning the forbidden volumes, meets a revolutionary school teacher who dares to read. Suddenly he finds himself a hunted fugitive, forced to choose not only between two women, but between personal safety and intellectual freedom.

The books below are part of an extensive collection as compiled by Dr. Jonda S. McNair, professor of literacy education at Clemson University in South Carolina. 

Schomburg : the man who built a library by Carole Boston Weatherford

Traces legal clerk Arturo Schomburg's efforts to curate a collection of African books, letters, music, and art.

The Chairperson, Michelle Farell, called the meeting to order at 7:32 PM.

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

Absent:            None

Also Present:  E. Davis, K. Gladden

  • CALL TO AUDIENCE  (L. Davis-Craig, M. Hathaway, D. McHugh, M. Nicholson, R. Noble, A. Saleem) – Director Eva Davis introduced staff members Lisa Davis-Craig and Megan Hathaway and guest Adam Saleem.     

The agenda was approved by unanimous consent.


The minutes were approved by unanimous consent.

  • DIRECTORS REPORT — The library is 50% of the way through 2018, as of June 30th. While the financials reflect being slightly over 100% in some revenue items, this will be addressed in the 2nd Quarter Budget Amendment and the numbers will line up in August.
  • TRUSTEE COMMENTS — Trustee Nancy Eggenberger expressed excitement that staff members will be making three presentations at the Michigan Library Conference in October.

Board Chair Michelle Farell will not be present at the August meeting; Vice-Chair Don Turner will stand in for her.

Secretary-Treasurer Jasmine Lee will not be available for the December meeting as scheduled. The board will discuss re-scheduling that meeting in September.

  • OLD BUSINESS  — None
    • Presentation on E-Media  — Collection Development Specialist Lisa Davis-Craig and Librarian Manager Megan Hathaway spoke about the library’s most popular electronic media programs, Overdrive and Hoopla, and introduced the latest offering, Kanopy (available in August).
    • Director’s Evaluation Committee — Secretary-Treasurer J. Lee and Board Trustee Amy Watts volunteered to serve on the Director’s Evaluation Committee with Board Chair M. Farell.
    • Proposed 2nd Quarter Budget Amendment — D. Turner moved and N. Eggenberger supported a motion to approve the 2nd Quarter Budget Amendment as proposed.

      The motion passed unanimously 18/7-19-1

    •     2019 Budget and 2020-2021 Projections (1st Draft) — E. Davis reviewed the conditions under which the 
          Headlee Amendment is triggered, and how it affects the millage assessment the library is allowed to levy.

              The board indicated their interest in discussing the staff merit pool at the August meeting.

               Business Services Department Head Marian Nicholson will arrange for two energy consultants to make  
               presentations to the board at an upcoming meeting, possibly September. Vice-Chair D. Turner requested 
               that each presentation be limited to no more than 15 minutes.


The meeting was adjourned at 8:57 PM.  

The Teen Leadership Council is a volunteer opportunity for teens ages 13-18. Beginning in October, members will have hands-on experience planning, promoting, and running programs and services at the library, as well as assisting in outreach with local non-profit organizations. Please fill out the attached application and return it to the library by Friday, September 28, 2018. Applicants will be contacted to schedule an interview before meetings begin.

Find your best July 24 with:

Find your best July 23 with:

From elaborate Victorian cat funerals to a Regency era pony who took a ride in a hot air balloon, Mimi Matthews shares some of the quirkiest and most poignant animal tales of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Meet Fortune, the Pug who bit Napoleon on his wedding night, and Looty, the Pekingese sleeve dog who was presented to Queen Victoria after the 1860 sacking of the Summer Palace in Peking. The four-legged friends of Lord Byron, Emily Bront , and Prince Albert also make an appearance, as do the treasured pets of Alexander Pope, Samuel Johnson, and Charles Dickens. Less famous, but no less fascinating, are the animals that were the subject of historical lawsuits, scandals, and public curiosity.

Michigan's August 7 Primary Election is just around the corner. Be an informed voter!

The League of Women Voters, an organization that aims to provide information without bias or political favor toward any party, added its voter's guide to VOTE411.org. You can use this personalized tool to find out where you're polling location is, what issues will be on the ballot and compare candidate responses to pressing topics. The website offers federal, state, county and local information. 

Visit www.VOTE411.org for all of the information, and www.lwvmi.org for the League of Women Voters of Michigan.


Book cover for Never Play Music Right Next to the Zoo

Enjoy reading while getting in your steps with our StoryWalk®, a walking journey around the Canton Public Library's exterior featuring segments of a continuous story at different stops along the way.  The StoryWalk® will be available Monday, August 6 through Friday, August 17 (Monday-Thursday: 10:00 AM-8:00 PM, Friday-Sunday: Noon-5:00 PM) and is enhanced with braille translations at each stop.  The StoryWalk® will not be available during inclement weather conditions.

The StoryWalk® Project was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, VT and developed in collaboration with the Kellogg-Hubbard Library.  StoryWalk® is a registered service mark owned by Ms. Ferguson.  This resource is supported in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services administered by the Library of Michigan.