Have you made your way through Dragon Masters and Last Firehawk, and need more series to read? Into fantasy and adventure? Give these titles a try.

A young dragon named Ella convinces her twin brother Owen to join her on a bold quest to find a wizard that will help cure Owen of his flaming cold. Part of the Ella and Owen series.

Grilled cheese and dragons by Nancy E Krulik

Princess Serena, who wants to be a knight instead of a princess, must perform good deeds on a Quest of Kindness to prove to her father that she deserves to go to knight school. Part of the Princess Pulverizer series.

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” -- Not Aristotle, but still an excellent sentiment.

Whether we realize it or not, habits make up our lives. Whether it's how we study, what we eat for dinner, if we work out or sit in front of the television, or even just the order in which we get ready in the morning, habits guide our choices. Habits are those things we do without having to think about them, like breathing or brushing your teeth. Building habits, though, requires some thought in the beginning, like getting yourself to floss. Breaking habits, too, requires a lot of work. 

These titles study the science and psychology behind habit building and breaking, simplifying tough behavioral concepts and giving you clear steps to take to help you find your best self. 

Fascism : a warning by Madeleine Korbel Albright

A brilliant reconsideration of the events and the political, social, and religious movements that led to France's embrace of Fascism and anti-Semitism. 

National Hispanic Heritage Month takes place every year from September 15-October 15. Celebrate with one of the following Young Adult titles featuring Hispanic main characters!

Clap when you land by Elizabeth Acevedo
Incendiary by Zoraida Córdoba

Closed session to discuss library director’s evaluation, per request by E. Davis.

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

Absent:  Michelle Farell

The board moved into closed session to discuss the library director’s evaluation for 2020. 
D. Turner moved and J. Lee supported a motion to return to open session.

The motion passed unanimously, 20/9-17-1CS

The hearing was called to order by the Chairperson, Amy Watts, at 7:30 p.m.

Present:           N. Eggenberger, J. Lee, D. Turner, J. Pandit, A. Watts

Absent:            M. Farell

Also Present:   E. Davis, K. Gladden

CALL TO AUDIENCE: (L. Golden, D. McHugh, M. Nicholson, J. Parij, D. Skopczynski, C. Spas,

C. Swanberg) - None

BUDGET HEARING 

The Proposed 2021 Budget Hearing was opened for discussion.  

2021 PROPOSED BUDGET APPROVAL

D. Turner moved and J. Lee supported the motion to adopt the Proposed 2021 Budget amount of $ 6,328,500. (See Attachment A)

ROLL CALL VOTE

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

No:  None

Abstain: None

The motion passed 20/9-17-1BH  (5-0-0)

TAX RESOLUTION

D. Turner moved and N. Eggenberger supported the resolution to approve certifying the rate for tax levy of 1.4717 mills for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2021.

(See Attachment B)

ROLL CALL VOTE

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

No:  None

Abstain: None

The motion passed 20/9‑17-2BH (5-0-0)

CALL TO AUDIENCE — None

ADJOURN

The budget hearing was adjourned at 7:36 p.m.

The Chairperson, Amy Watts, called the meeting to order at 7:37 PM.

Present:           N. Eggenberger, J. Lee, J. Pandit, D. Turner, A. Watts

Absent:            M. Farell

Also Present:  E. Davis, K. Gladden

CALL TO AUDIENCE   (L. Golden, D. McHugh, M. Nicholson, J. Parij, D. Skopczynski, C. Spas,

C. Swanberg ) – None         

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

The agenda was accepted by unanimous consent.

APPROVAL OF GENERAL MEETING MINUTES

The minutes were accepted by unanimous consent.

COMMUNICATIONS — None

DIRECTOR’S REPORT

As of August 31, the library was 2/3 of the way through the fiscal year.  There will be a 3rd Quarter Budget Amendment in October, and likely another one in December. Because of the pandemic shutdown, some major capital item projects had been put on hold. Some of those items may be completed in 2020 as planned but, rather than rush to try to complete them, some may be pulled out and put into 2021. These items have already been planned for and approved and so would be budget-neutral.

Under Expenditures, Insurance is still trending high, as these yearly expenses were paid out in the first quarter of 2020. It will fall into line by the end of the year.

Librarian Carol Kuchta is retiring at the end of September after 38 years with the library. In anticipation of limited browsing being phased in, substitute librarians and on-call pages and circulation assistants have been re-activated; some have declined recall. Page Tim Schoening and on-call Circulation Assistant Diane Miner have proffered their resignations.  On-call Page Salam Habhab has also resigned in order to accept a full-time position elsewhere.

Director of the Library Network (TLN) Jim Pletz is retiring; finalists for his position are Steven Bowers, Associate Dean of the the Wayne State University Libraries; and Cathy Russ, the Troy Public Library director.

Legislation regarding changes to the Library Privacy Act (regarding the release of library records when a crime has been committed) was put forth before the COVID-19 pandemic. A substitute bill has now been taken up by the Michigan legislature. Director Eva Davis will inform the board when any changes are made.

There were not many responses to the 62 Days of Summer survey. Respondents were generally positive about the program. Community Relations Department Head Laurie Golden said that the librarians were amazing; each was responsible for fleshing out resources correlating to squares on the 62 Days map. Golden herself delivered the Prize Patrol swag bags. In all, the sense was that the program helped participants feel more engaged with the library and the community.

TRUSTEE COMMENTS — None

COMMITTEE REPORTS — None

UNFINISHED BUSINESS & GENERAL ORDERS

Update on Phased Reopening — Limited (30 minute) browsing of materials begins on Thursday, October 1st. Patrons will be required to observe physical distancing; properly wear masks at all times; and stay out of certain areas, which will be blocked off by stanchions and ropes. The Friends’ Activity Room, the Internet Lab and all study and tutor rooms are being used for furniture and equipment storage. The Community Room is still being used to stage Holds pickups by appointment, and the main lobby will be blocked off to allow use of the vending machine area and the lobby restrooms by staff members only. (Patrons will use the family restrooms in the Children’s area.) Otherwise, patrons may browse the collections available in the public spaces.  Toys; puppets; manipulatives; story kits; newspapers and magazines have been pulled, to discourage lingering and because they would be difficult to keep disinfected.

The door counter has been upgraded with a thermal sensor which allows for setting a maximum occupancy number. The digital LED signs in the self-service and Children’s department will be programmed with slides reminding patrons to observe pandemic mitigation techniques and displaying the current occupancy percentage. 25% building occupancy is roughly 184 people (including staff, visitors, volunteers and patrons). Limited browsing will allow a maximum of 50 patrons to start; the top patron maximum will be 140.

 Browsing hours will mirror pickups and technology appointments. Secondhand Prose will also reopen on October 1st, and will also have a 30-minute limit on browsing. They are currently contacting their volunteers for recall.

The library’s janitorial service will continue to do overnight cleaning and sanitizing. A free-standing hand sanitizer station has been purchased and will be placed in the lobby entry

L. Golden is working on signage; the next newsletter will inform the public of this latest phase in the library reopening.

Board Chair Amy Watts questioned how the staff feels about opening for limited browsing. E. Davis said that the staff misses our patrons and are concerned about keeping them safe. Staff overall is both excited and committed to being cautious during this new phase.

Davis praised Circulation Services Interim Department Head Denise Skopczynski and the Circulation Services staff for the stellar job they did on the Tuesday after Labor Day, when over 300 emails requesting new library cards were received over the holiday closure. (Plymouth-Canton Community Schools had informed parents and students that a library card would be necessary to access certain materials for the new school year.) Staff members from all departments assisted in preparing Holds by appointment items, in order to free Circulation Services employees to process the new card requests.

2021 Schedule of Board Meetings and Library Closures (2nd reading) — Trustee Nancy Eggenberger moved and Trustee Jane Pandit supported a motion to approve the 2021 Schedule of Board Meetings and Library Closures as presented.

ROLL CALL VOTE

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

No: None

Abstain: None

The motion passed 20/9-17-1 (5-0-0)

NEW BUSINESS

Rescind October 12, 2020 Library Staff Day Closure —N. Eggenberger moved and Vice-Chair Jasmine Lee supported a motion to rescind the closure date as presented.

ROLL CALL VOTE

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

No: None

Abstain: None

The motion passed 20/9-17-2 (5-0-0)

Closed session for Director’s Evaluation — Director E. Davis requested that the board move into closed session for the purpose of discussing her yearly performance evaluation.

J. Lee moved and N. Eggenberger supported a motion to move into Closed Session.

ROLL CALL VOTE:

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

No: None

Abstain: None

The motion passed 20/9-17-3 (5-0-0)

REGULAR MEETING RESUMED AT 8:41 PM.

CALL TO AUDIENCE – None

ADJOURN

The meeting was adjourned at 8:44 PM.  

Autumn has arrived! Fall colors, apples, pumpkins  cider, doughnuts, and much more! If you want to check out the beautiful foliage in Michigan - and beyond - use this handy guide to get the best views. (For a refresher course on why leaves change color in the Fall check here.) Then come home and cook up some yummy Fall treats, and relax with some interesting crafts - or even a good book! Or just watch some football! Or hockey! Whatever you do, have fun. The possibilities are endless!

Every year the first week of October is Mental Illness Awareness week. This year, Mental Illness Awareness week is October 4 - October 10. The National Institute of Mental Illness (NAMI) and partners hold Mental Illness Awareness Week to fight stigma, educate people, and offer support. Mental Illness Awareness Week culminates on October 10, which is World Mental Health Day. This year, the World Health Organization will hold an online special event on World Mental Health Day.

This year's theme is "What People with Mental Illness Want You to Know." Learn about issues of mental illness from the people who deal with it every day with one of these engaging memoirs. 

Lost soul, be at peace by Maggie Thrash

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