Welcome to Windows 10, the completely new operating system from Microsoft, which offers a more robust, more powerful, and completely unique computing experience. In this course, you'll gain the foundation you need to get started right away using Windows 10. We'll begin with the basics: finding your way around the operating system.  You'll get to know the expanded Start menu, desktop, and system settings so you can feel right at home. Next, you'll learn to customize the features of this operating system and personalize your desktop so you can make your computer truly your own.

All Gale Courses are free with your Canton Public Library card, and the next set of classes will begin on Wednesday, September 12. Learn on your own schedule, and receive a certificate of completion when you've finished. Our goal is to provide lifelong educational opportunities for you to gain new skills or improve existing ones. New sessions are offered every month. Take advantage of these instructor-led courses on our databases page!

Learning how to use QuickBooks to its full potential, goes far beyond learning the basic features of the program.  Even many experienced QuickBooks users often struggle when applying certain business situations to QuickBooks. In this course, you’ll learn how to utilize many of the more in-depth features and applications. It is designed for those QuickBooks users that already feel that they have a good grasp on the basics, or those that have successfully completed the Introduction to QuickBooks course.  Whether you are a small business owner, bookkeeper or accountant needing a QuickBooks refresher, after taking this course, you’ll feel more confident and secure in accounting for your business.      

All Gale Courses are free with your Canton Public Library card, and the next set of classes will begin on Wednesday, September 12. Learn on your own schedule, and receive a certificate of completion when you've finished. Our goal is to provide lifelong educational opportunities for you to gain new skills or improve existing ones. New sessions are offered every month. Take advantage of these instructor-led courses on our databases page!

The Adult Contemporary Book Discussion Group is currently celebrating our 30th year at the library reading and discussing great books. Some of the books we've read have either become movies or tv series. Here's our list of some of our current titles from page to screen! Interested in joining our group? We meet every 3rd Monday at 7:00 PM in the Community Room! 

Also available in: video

The Robinas have shared a wonderful life for more than sixty years. Now in their eighties, Ella suffers from cancer and John has Alzheimer's. Yearning for one last adventure, the self-proclaimed "down-on-their-luck geezers" kidnap themselves from the adult children and doctors who seem to run their lives and steal away from their home in suburban Detroit on a forbidden vacation of rediscovery. With Ella as his vigilant copilot, John steers their '78 Leisure Seeker RV along the forgotten roads of Route 66 toward Disneyland in search of a past they're having a damned hard time remembering. Yet Ella is determined to prove that, when it comes to life, you can go back for seconds—even when everyone says you can't.

Also available in: video

After four harrowing years on the Western Front, Tom Sherbourne returns to Australia and takes a job as the lighthouse keeper on Janus Rock, nearly half a day’s journey from the coast. To this isolated island, where the supply boat comes once a season, Tom brings a young, bold, and loving wife, Isabel. Years later, after two miscarriages and one stillbirth, the grieving Isabel hears a baby’s cries on the wind. A boat has washed up onshore carrying a dead man and a living baby. Tom, who keeps meticulous records and whose moral principles have withstood a horrific war, wants to report the man and infant immediately. But Isabel insists the baby is a “gift from God,” and against Tom’s judgment, they claim her as their own and name her Lucy. When she is two, Tom and Isabel return to the mainland and are reminded that there are other people in the world. Their choice has devastated one of them.

September is Happy Cat Month and that means if you don't already indulge your cat or cats all the time, September is the designated month for learning to keep your kitty happy and healthy! Here's some resources to get you started or inspire you to interact with your cat in new and inspiring ways! 

Catnip : a love story by 1933- Michael Korda

With the imagination of a writer and the eye of an artist, Michael Korda doodled on the backs of old manuscripts in his tackroom while his wife, Margaret, was out riding. They loved and acquired cats--a habit written about previously in their book, Cat People--and the few in residence at this time would serve as inspiration for the drawings. These are no ordinary cat illustrations, though. Korda's cats read newspapers and books; go ice skating in the small country town where they live; comfort Margaret's horse, Monty, after a stressful vet visit; sell fried mice at the Farmer's Market, and undertake (on paper, at least) whatever fanciful endeavors their keeper conjures up.  The result is a collection of magical pieces, filled with joy, that represent a year in the life of a couple in love with one another, and certainly with their cats.

Here's a printable September program calendar for your convenience. 

  • POSITION SUMMARY

Volunteers (ages 14 and up) are needed to assist patrons with computer- and Internet-related questions or problems. In addition to computer software and Internet skills, qualifying applicants will be friendly and approachable, at ease and eager to work with patrons of all ages and levels of ability.

  • PRIMARY DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES

Help library patrons with questions re: Microsoft software applications

Help patrons with Internet-related questions (including how to get on the web and how to perform Internet searches)

Assist patrons in setting up email accounts, placing CraigsList ads, creating and posting to Facebook pages, and working with other social networking sites

Assist patrons in filling out and posting/uploading online resumes and applications

Help patrons with questions related to using their smartphones and/or tablets

  • REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS & SKILLS

Must be at least 14 years old

Skilled in Internet searching

Familiarity with Microsoft Office 2016 applications (Excel, Word, PowerPoint)

Experience using a smartphone or tablet (Android or Apple)

Must commit to six (6) months of service, with a minimum of one (1) two-hour shift per week

  • ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

Ability to visually distinguish words and objects on computer monitor

Ability to understand spoken instruction and to communicate clearly with supervisor and patrons

  • NON-ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

Ability to lift and carry 10-25 lb. boxes if necessary

  • SCHEDULE

At least one (1) two-hour shift weekly (Monday - Thursday)

  • NOTE

Applicants must meet all requirements and be able to fulfill all duties and responsibilities without training from library personnel. We will not offer any computer skills training for this volunteer position.

  • APPLYING

Applications will be accepted (at any public desk) until Friday, September 14 at 6:00 PM.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions. This description is not a contract between the library and the volunteer.  The library reserves the right to revise this job description at its discretion.

National Dog Day recognizes and celebrates the importance of all dogs and how they impact our daily lives. We love our dogs and they, in turn, love us. As part of our families, dogs bring companionship and pure joy. They provide comfort to those in need and selflessly save lives in the line of duty. Celebrate National Dog Day by considering pet adoption at a local rescue shelter and open your heart and home to a forever friend.

Ask any dog lover: dogs and puppies are the best thing ever! Dogs lift our moods, lower our blood pressure, and improve our sense of well-being. In fact, people who have pets in their lives even live longer! In this book, we've collected 500 photos that capturing the beauty and personality of a wide range of breeds--and wide variety of dogs' favorite activities, from lazy naps to spirited romps on the beach. Inspirational quotes about dogs and their honored roles in our families add another level of optimism and love. This book is perfect for moms, grandparents, teachers, kids or anyone who might need a little lift. Just a few minutes with these adorable canine faces provides a boost that will last all day! 

62 Days of Summer Logo

This summer, we helped you celebrate the best 62 days of your year with 62 Days of Summer. From June 18 to August 18, we filled your days with fun programs, great reading ideas, activities, and adventures. 

We want to know how we can make it an even better experience next time around. Let us know what you thought of 62 Days of Summer by taking this short survey:

62 Days of Summer Survey

Thank you in advance! The survey will close September 4. We appreciate your input. 

The Chairperson, Michelle Farell, called the meeting to order at 7:31 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. Garrett, L. Golden, R. Havenstein-Coughlin, D. McHugh, M. Nicholson, N. Szczepanski) – None
  • APPROVAL OF AGENDA

The agenda was approved by unanimous consent.

  • APPROVAL OF GENERAL MEETING MINUTES

The minutes were approved by unanimous consent.

  • COMMUNICATIONS — None
  • DIRECTORS REPORT — The library received three checks from the Friends of the library at their annual meeting on Tuesday, August 14: $10,000 for the Endowment Fund; $ 2,200 for a new bench for the front of the building; and $2,000 for library collections ($1500 – International Languages, $500 – Large Print). The Friends also voted to amend their bylaws so that their fiscal year could be changed to a January-December calendar, in order to be in line with the library’s own fiscal calendar.

    The library is 58% of the way through 2018, as of July 31st.  The second State Aid payment has not yet been
    received, nor have the penal fines. Both are expected any day and will likely hit the financials next month. Due
    to payments made earlier in the year, Insurance and Capital Outlay are trending high but will fall in line as the  
    year progresses; all other expenditures are generally in line.

    Eva Davis reminded the board that there will be two meetings on September 20th: the Budget Hearing, to be
    followed by the regular General meeting. There will be a 15-minute presentation made by an energy consultant
    at the General meeting.

    Davis also reminded the board that they are eligible to attend the Michigan Library Association annual
    conference in October at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi. Five library staffers (Community Relations
    Department Head Laurie Golden and librarians Lisa Boyd, Laura Fawcett, Dan Patton and Deborah Sobczak)
    will be presenting four programs at the conference.

  • TRUSTEE COMMENTS — Trustee Nancy Eggenberger took part in the Prize Patrol for 62 Days of Summer, and said she enjoyed it.
  • COMMITTEE REPORTS — None
  • OLD BUSINESS  
    • 2019 Budget and 2020-2021 Projections (2nd Draft) — The board discussed the proposed Salary and Wages recommendation. E. Davis explained the history and structure of the library’s compensation system and the recommended 2019 salary budget increase of 3.9% , which includes a merit pool of 2.75%.

       Department Head Marian Nicholson further explained that the recommendations were developed from a 
       “worst-case scenario” and did not take into account personnel changes, unpaid leaves of absence, or other
        variables that historically lessen the actual salaries expenditures.

        Vice-Chair Don Turner expressed his long-range concern with the mechanism and method by which the
         salary budget is derived each year. He suggested moving away from the market-based model and
         proposed moving toward a fully merit-based method using an overall 1% salary line increase for 2019 and
         beyond. He stressed that the board must effectively manage structural expenses such as salaries so that
         they do not become a larger and larger portion of the overall budget.

         The board discussed this proposal, and the board’s consensus was to proceed with the 2019 salary budget
          as present. For future board discussions of the salary budget, E. Davis and M. Nicholson were asked to 
          bring the data showing the budgeted salaries for each year as a percentage of total income, compared to
          the actual salaries expenditures for those same years.

  • NEW BUSINESS
    • Reschedule December 20, 2018 Meeting  — After a brief discussion, the board agreed to reschedule the meeting to Tuesday, December 18, 2018.

       N. Eggenberger moved and A. Watts supported a motion to reschedule the December board meeting as
       proposed.

       The motion passed unanimously 18/8-16-1

  •     2019 Calendar of Board Meetings and Holiday Closures (1st Reading) — The board reviewed the proposed  
        calendar and will decide on final approval at the September General meeting.
  • CALL TO AUDIENCE – None
  • ADJOURN

The meeting was adjourned at 9:06 PM.  

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