Canton Book Project Reception

Join us as we celebrate the 2017 Canton Book Project book givers with a book distribution reception. These dedicated book lovers have the opportunity to share the love of reading by distributing books of their choice to others in the community. Help us promote and celebrate reading in our community; light refreshments will be served.

Upcoming sessions

Tuesday, April 11 -
7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Community Room

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Laurie Golden
goldenl@cantonpl.org
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.

 

 

While celebrating St. Patrick's Day let us remember the history and contributions of not only the Irish, but of all of the immigrants who have made this country great -  both in the past and in the present.

Irish in Michigan by Seamus P Metress

March is Women's History Month! Dive into a novel about young women living fearlessly throughout history. 

Audacity by Melanie Crowder

"A historical fiction novel in verse detailing the life of Clara Lemlich and her struggle for women's labor rights in the early 20th century in New York."--.

Black dove, white raven by Elizabeth Wein

Having moved to Ethiopia to avoid the prejudices of 1930s America, Emilia Menotti, her black adoptive brother Teo, and their mother Rhoda, a stunt pilot, are devoted to their new country even after war with Italy looms, drawing the teens into the conflict.

Burn baby burn by Meg Medina

During the summer of 1977 when New York City is besieged by arson, a massive blackout, and a serial killer named Son of Sam, seventeen-year-old Nora must also face her family's financial woes, her father's absence, and her brother's growing violence.

In 2016, the library started the work of a new strategic plan. We dove headfirst into learning more about our community--not just the numbers, although we gathered plenty of statistics and looked through a lot of data. We wanted to learn about you--your hopes, your dreams, your goals. Person after person sat down in our Dream Tent to share their thoughts and we learned a lot. As the next three years unfold, we will work to provide programs, services and resources to help you fulfill those dreams. No matter where you are headed, the library can help you get there.

March is National Craft Month. Check out some of the books below to get your creative juices flowing! 

Offers instructions for several craft projects inspired by prominent figures from African American culture and history.

Presents facts about backyard animals and insects along with step-by-step instructions for creating an assortment of related crafts, including a googly-eyed squirrel, a robin's nest, clothespin grasshopper clips, and a chipmunk pencil cup.

Presents facts about forest animals and the forest along with step-by-step instructions for creating an assortment of kooky forest animal crafts, including a moose sock puppet, a pom-pom bear pencil top, and a googly-eyed bat.

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution. The Revolution was actually comprised of two uprisings - one in March, the other in November -  that occurred in 1917, dismantling the autocracy of the Romanov tsars,  and leading to the eventual rise of the Soviet Union.

March is Women's History Month. Find out about the many brave and talented women who have influenced world history by reading some of these titles from the Library's collection:

Spyglass : an autobiography by Hélène Deschamps

In 1876 Sophia Duleep Singh was born into Indian royalty. Her father, Maharajah Duleep Singh, was heir to the Kingdom of the Sikhs, one of the greatest empires of the Indian subcontinent. It was a territory irresistible to the British, who plundered everything. Exiled to England, the dispossessed Maharajah transformed his estate in Suffolk into a Moghul palace. Sophia, god-daughter of Queen Victoria, was raised a genteel aristocratic Englishwoman and presented at court. But then, in secret defiance of the British government, she travelled to India, and returned a revolutionary, devoting herself to battling injustice and inequality. Her causes were the struggle for Indian Independence,  the welfare of Indian soldiers in the First World War--and, above all, the fight for female suffrage.

Yes, the Canton Public Library has full power. Come use the Internet, play with the kids, or just charge your phone on one of our many outlets (we even have some chargers you can use). 

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