Canton Seniors Book Discussion: February 28, 2018

The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency by 1948- Alexander McCall Smith
Also available in: audiobook | large print

The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series tells the story of the delightfully cunning and enormously engaging Precious Ramotswe, who is drawn to her profession to "help people with problems in their lives." Immediately upon setting up shop in a small storefront in Gaborone, she is hired to track down a missing husband, uncover a con man, and follow a wayward daughter. But the case that tugs at her heart, and lands her in danger, is a missing eleven-year-old boy, who may have been snatched by witchdoctors.

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Thursday, February 28 - 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM Friends' Activity Room

The Chairperson, Amy Watts, 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. Golden,  M. Nicholson) – None      
  • APPROVAL OF AGENDA

    The agenda was approved by unanimous consent.

  • APPROVAL OF GENERAL MEETING MINUTES

    The minutes were approved by unanimous consent.

  • COMMUNICATIONS — Director Eva Davis met with Beth Meade and Darice Schubatis of the Canton Community Foundation, who extended to the trustees the offer of a seat on the foundation’s Finance and Investment Committee, which meets quarterly. Davis also discussed possible ramifications to the library from the Canton Community Foundation’s recent merger with the Plymouth Community Foundation.
  • DIRECTORS REPORT — The financials are unaudited figures as of December 31, 2018 and do not reflect the fund balance transfer. The auditors will present their report to the board in April, at which time the financial statements will be closed out.
  • TRUSTEE COMMENTS — None
  • COMMITTEE REPORTS — None
  • OLD BUSINESS — None
  • NEW BUSINESS
    • Preliminary 2019 Monthly Board Meeting Agendas  — Davis informed the board that the March meeting would include a presentation by the engineering firm, Engie Services.

    She additionally advised that late changes by the previous legislature to the Michigan Freedom of Information 
    Act will require revisions to the library’s FOIA procedure. Anne Seurynck, the library’s attorney, is reviewing it
    now and the board will vote on the revision at an upcoming meeting. It is also time to review the library’s Patron
    Code of Conduct, which will be appended to an upcoming agenda.

    The February audit of the 2018 fiscal year will be the final one of our three-year engagement with Plante
    Moran.  In May, the board will discuss whether to do a Request for Proposal; to sign another multi-year
    agreement with Plante Moran; or to proceed on a year-by-year basis with them.

  • Board Committee Assignments — The board deferred appointing members to potential committees (audit selection, director’s evaluation) until a later date.
  • CALL TO AUDIENCE – None
  • ADJOURN

    The meeting was adjourned at 7:48 PM.  

 

Did you miss our Teamwork Storytime this week? Don't worry, here's what you missed, plus a few more suggestions so you can create your own storytime at home, complete with songs and stories!

From Storytime

The little red hen by Byron Barton

Will the little red hen get any help so she can make her delicious bread?

Tired of going to the gym? Gamify your workout with one of our exercise video games! These fun games help you get in shape on YOUR time in the comfort of YOUR own home. Also you can use our Spark Your Year packet to set goals and stay motivated. 

Today we honor the life of Martin Luther King, Jr., the civil rights leader who would have turned 90 this year. A federal holiday to honor King, who was assassinated in April, 1968 was first observed in 1986. Congress also designated a national day of service in 1994.

As the new year begins, one of the many promises we make to ourselves is to choose healthier food options and stay in better shape. For busy families, that can be a challenge. Not sure which diet plan is fits your lifestyle? The U.S. News and World Report rated the best diets overall and the Mediterranean Diet was ranked first. It emphasizes fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, plant-based oils, and lean proteins. Interested? Here's some books to help bring your family to the dinner table!

The DASH diet has been a staple of the dieting world, recommended by doctors, nutritionists, and crowned the US News and World Report's #1 best diet for 8 years in a row. But popular tastes and medical guidelines have evolved, and THE Dash Diet Mediterranean Solution presents a new approach to the time tested diet program that highlights the benefits of whole foods. Marla Heller, MS RD has overhauled the DASH plan to reflect the latest, cutting-edge research on hypertension, diabetes, depression, and other health issues that impact millions of Americans. Meal planning gets a new focus on unprocessed foods (less sugar free Jello, more fresh fruits!), seafood options, and even a whole section examining vegan and vegetarian choices. Filled with four weeks of menus and tons of strategies and research, THE Dash Diet Mediterranean Solution offers readers a new approach to their best health the DASH diet way.

This book brings the Mediterranean into the home kitchen, with 600 recipes for everyday cooking. The Mediterranean diet is known for being one of the healthiest in the world, with benefits ranging from cancer prevention to improved brain function. The diet also boasts food appeal, with its fresh, high-quality ingredients and extraordinary flavors. Although the diet has been around for decades, it has recently experienced a burst of renewed popularity.

Mary Oliver was widely known as one of the most prolific, established, and best-selling American poets of all time. Oliver began writing poetry as a teenager and eventually published over thirty volumes of poetry. Her work was heavily influenced by nature and was often deeply introspective. She won the Pulitzer Prize in 1984 for American Primitive and the National Book Award in 1992 for New and Selected Poems. Join us in celebrating her life with some materials from our library collection. 

Felicity by 1935- Mary Oliver

Family storytime Thursday morning got out and about as we talked about Bicycles. We love to ride them and we even talked about how fast we like to go. Enjoy these stories and songs from today's storytime.

Stories and Songs from Storytime

 

If you enjoyed reading about Kaya, the American Girl character from the Nimiipuu tribe in 1764, you might be interested in some of these titles about other Native Americans (tribal names are noted when applicable) both past and present. There's also one title about Appaloosa horses, which feature in the Kaya stories, and a few other people whose stories include interactions with Native American tribes. 

Fiction

I am not a number by Jenny Kay Dupuis

Anishinaabe-Ojibway 

Research shows that one of the fastest ways to improve your own mood is to do something nice for another. Not only does being kind make you feel good, it benefits others. That is why we have created a special Spark Sheet to help you help others. Use this Acts of Kindness Tracker to plan and create happiness in your community. 

 

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