The following fiction and non-fiction titles may be enjoyed by children in sixth grade. Please remember, readers have different interests and read at different levels so not all of these titles will appeal to, or be appropriate for, every sixth grader. 

For more specific recommendations, we encourage you to chat with the librarian at the Children's Desk about your child's reading interests or use our May We Suggest form. 

Fiction Titles

Awkward by artist 1979- Svetlana Chmakova

After shunning Jaime, the school nerd, on her first day at a new middle school, Penelope Torres tries to blend in with her new friends in the art club, until the art club goes to war with the science club, of which Jaime is a member.

The Chairperson, Amy Watts, called the meeting to order at 7:31 PM.

Present:           (participating remotely from Canton) N. Eggenberger, M. Farell, A. Iqbal, C. Spas, A. Watts

Absent:            J. Lee

Also Present:  E. Davis, K. Gladden

  • CALL TO AUDIENCE   (L. Golden, A. Haydar, D. McHugh, M. Nicholson, J. Pandit, A. Seurynck, C. Swanberg) – None       
  • APPROVAL OF AGENDA

Trustee Nancy Eggenberger moved and Secretary/Treasurer Michelle Farell supported a motion to accept the agenda as amended.

ROLL CALL VOTE

Yes: N. Eggenberger, M. Farell, A. Iqbal, C. Spas, A. Watts

No: None

Abstain: None

The motion passed 20/11-19-1 (5-0-0)

APPROVAL OF GENERAL MEETING MINUTES

The minutes were accepted by unanimous consent.

COMMUNICATIONS — None

DIRECTOR’S REPORT

  • As of the end of October, the library was 83% through the fiscal year, according to Director Eva Davis.  Vending income was trending low because only staff may use the vending machines. Expenditures that had been trending high all year have fallen in line. A 4th Quarter Budget Amendment will bring both income and expense into alignment in December.
  • While the pandemic closure resulted in some utilities savings, the DTE Energy bill has seen an increase since the library opened for limited browsing October 1st.
  • The library will not schedule any indoor, in-person programming until April 2021. The annual Winter Snow Spree on December 16 will be an in-person, outdoor drive-through experience. Community Relations Department Head Laurie Golden said that, while there will be no reindeer or train this year, Program Librarian Nichole Welz and the children’s librarians had devised a celebration with take-home kits containing hot chocolate mix and peppermint sticks; snowballs for indoor snowball fights; a musician; possibly the Rings of Fire jugglers and a snowy owl; and a live penguin cam broadcasting on a giant screen in the parking lot.  100 patrons will be able to register to participate, and Canton Public Safety has agreed to provide traffic control.
  • Although a board meeting agenda planning document was included in the packet, Davis said that it was not set in stone. Chair Amy Watts told the new board members, Trustee Amina Iqbal and Trustee Claire Spas, that individual budget items were discussed month by month, making it easier to make decisions when the budget actually needs to be approved.
  • Davis said that, as the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) and the Emergency Family Leave Medical Expansion Act (EFMLA) are set to expire at the end of the year, she would like to explore revising the library’s personnel policy to extend both to staff members who meet the criteria. (Currently, two weeks of FFCRA and EFMLA are subsidized by the federal government through payroll tax reductions.) The revision could extend the policies on a quarterly basis; for all of 2021; or as a part of the library’s Pandemic Reopening Policy.
  • Very few staff members are exercising the option for either FFCRA or EFMLA, but Davis would like to keep the qualifying employees whole, even if the government subsidies are not extended. The board agreed to revisit the subject at the December meeting. Davis will look into what other library directors are doing and will bring information regarding best practices to the meeting. Trustee N. Eggenberger expressed her appreciation to Davis for thinking about this.

TRUSTEE COMMENTS — Chair A. Watts welcomed Trustee A. Iqbal and Trustee C. Spas. Trustee Eggenberger told both that they would find that sitting down with Davis and Business Services Department Head Marian Nicholson would make the budgeting process simpler.

COMMITTEE REPORTS — None

UNFINISHED BUSINESS & GENERAL ORDERS

  • Update on Phased Reopening — Currently, only the Canton, Belleville and Wayne Public libraries offer limited, in-person browsing to the public. Westland, Plymouth and Northville are curbside only and Plymouth plans to set up one computer in their foyer. After discussion with the department heads and managers, Davis said that they are in agreement to stand pat. The library is nowhere near the 30% capacity allowed by the state. Staff is being safe with barriers and PPE and there is a greeter at the door every hour that the library is open to the public, which has helped with mask compliance. They may take another look if Wayne and Belleville pull back on in-person browsing.
    ​Trustee Eggenberger expressed confusion over the difference between Curbside Pickup and Holds Pickup by Appointment. Davis said that if the pandemic looks to be of sufficient length, they may consider other alternatives, such as construction of a permanent pickup window.

NEW BUSINESS

  • The Role of a Library Trustee — Attorney Anne Seurynck of Foster Swift Collins & Smith gave a remote presentation on the obligations of a municipal board trustee, “The Top 10 Issues Every Library Trustee Should Know.” Special consideration was given to discussion regarding the Open Meetings Act and how to avoid inadvertently violating it. Seurynck also discussed the logistics involved in the challenge process, when a patron’s request to have materials withdrawn is denied, and they make a request for reconsideration by the board.
  • Approve Revised Pandemic Reopening Policy — N. Eggenberger moved and M. Farell supported a motion to approve the revised Pandemic Reopening Policy as presented.

ROLL CALL VOTE

Yes: N. Eggenberger, M. Farell, A. Iqbal, C. Spas, A. Watts

No: None

Abstain: None

The motion passed 20/11-19-2 (5-0-0)

  • 2021 Board Officers — Chair Watts explained to the new trustees that the current officers had served in their current positions for two consecutive years and were unable to do so again. Vice Chair J. Lee will be unavailable to serve as an officer. As neither of the new trustees were comfortable with acting as officers during the first year of their term, it was discussed that Eggenberger, Farell and Watts might form a slate to be voted on in December.
  • CALL TO AUDIENCE – None
  • ADJOURN

The meeting was adjourned at 9:21 PM.  

The season undoubtedly looks different this year, but the Canton Public Library is here to ensure that your family stays safe at home for the holidays! CPL Librarians have compiled some of the best library resources for you to enjoy while cozied up with your loved ones. Below, you'll find a special selection of books to share as a family and a few ideas to make your reading time a little bit snazzier. 

Books to Share

All of the books listed here are available to read digitally through Hoopla. All you need is your library card to access them!

Animated Read-Along Books

These videos are animated versions of books with narration. If you have a streaming device at home, try downloading the Hoopla app so the whole family can enjoy a story together!

Other Ways to Read Together

  • Take turns acting out parts of the story.
  • Guess what's going to happen on the next page and talk about why.
  • Read a favorite book and then write your own sequel. What happens after happily ever after?
  • Get the whole family involved. Who does the best voices? Who can make sound effects? Make reading a family affair!

The season undoubtedly looks different this year, but the Canton Public Library is here to ensure that your family stays safe at home for the holidays! CPL Librarians have compiled some of the best library resources for you to enjoy while cozied up with your loved ones. Below, you'll find a special selection of craft ideas from the Creativebug crafting database to share as a family and make your creative time inspiring and fun. You'll need a Canton Public Library card for access. 

 

 

 

Cooking and Baking

The season undoubtedly looks different this year, but the Canton Public Library is here to ensure that your family stays safe at home for the holidays! CPL Librarians have compiled some of the best library resources for you to enjoy while cozied up with your loved ones.

Use your library card to stream movies and TV shows from the safety and comfort of your couch! Revisit old favorites and discover new ones with Hoopla and Kanopy. Below you'll find a small sample of what is available.

How to watch: download the apps from your app store to watch on a TV, smartphone, or tablet, or watch through your browser on a laptop or desktop computer.

Hoopla (20 checkouts per month)

Safe at Home

It's the holiday season! As we continue to stay home and be safe, we can still enjoy this magical time of year. Holidays are a feast for our senses: the smell of a fresh pine tree decorated with all the trimmings, tasting a warm cup of cocoa with melty marshmallows, wrapping the softness of a warm scarf around your neck as you take a morning walk, watching a favorite holiday movie or listening to festive music. But most of all, the holidays bring families together. One of the ways families and friends deepen their bond is by preparing and enjoying a meal together. Food is the centerpiece of so many holiday traditions. The experience of tasting and smelling food, as well as its texture, creates connections in our memories of the moment. It becomes part of our past and our present. So what food memories will you make in the future? We have some fun holiday ideas for foodies while staying safe at home for the holidays!

Christmas Tree Cone Food Craft

A blue house with four groups of families.

The season undoubtedly looks different this year, but the Canton Public Library is here to ensure that your family stays safe at home for the holidays! CPL Librarians have compiled some of the best library resources for you to enjoy while cozied up with your loved ones.

 

Below you'll find a special selection of games to play while staying home. You can challenge your friends with competitive games or hang out with friends on social games. Video games are also a great way to escape to other worlds and play through epic stories. Lastly, exercise games are a great way to safely work out from home. Check out one of our suggested games today!

Competitive Games With Friends

Sometimes we just want to read about what's familiar or what's possible. Here are some suggestions for books that feature a high level of realism. You won't find many dragons or wizards or outer space adventures here, but you will find stories about things that really could happen. Books are suggested for Fourth Grade, but remember that each Reader is different, and might find something interesting at another level.

Best buds under frogs by Leslie Patricelli
Also available in: e-book

When Lily throws up on her first day at a new school, she is sure she will never make friends, but eventually she and Darby get together and even start their own club, in spite of Darby's former best friend, Jill.

Eleven-year-old knuckleball pitcher Vivy Cohen, who has autism, becomes pen pals with her favorite Major League baseball player after writing a letter to him as an assignment for her social skills class.

Sometimes we just want to read about what's familiar or what's possible. Here are some suggestions for books that feature a high level of realism. You won't find many dragons or wizards or outer space adventures here, but you will find stories about things that really could happen. Books are suggested for Third Grade, but remember that each Reader is different, and might find something interesting at another level.

Cupcake cousins by Kate Hannigan

During a family vacation at Lake Michigan, nine-year-old cousins Willow and Delia, desperate to avoid being flower girls in their aunt's wedding, try to demonstrate that they would do better as chefs for the reception.

The friendship code by Stacia Deutsch
Also available in: e-book | audiobook

Looking forward to joining the new coding club at school so that she can develop her app idea, Lucy is disappointed by the lukewarm reception she receives from the club's other members, who work with her to decipher mysterious coding notes.

CPL Game Night

February: Online Chess

Hand holds a white chess piece that is taking the black knight piece.

CPL Game Night is a 1 hour social program for players aged 10 and up and all gaming abilities. Participants will socialize with each other through Zoom while playing a video game together. On February 16th at 6:00 PM we will be playing Online Chess. Registration opens January 25th.

Photo by Mesh on Unsplash

 

Gaming Requirements:

  • To join a Zoom meeting players must have Zoom installed on their device. Microphone access is required, camera access is preferred. 
  • We will be playing chess through the free website: https://lichess.org/ . 
  • Using a computer to join Zoom and play on the chess website is highly recommended. 

March: Among Us

Back by popular demand, we will be playing Among Us in March. More details to come!

Upcoming sessions

Tuesday, February 16 - 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM Online Online Chess Register

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