Enjoy Game of Thrones?   Political intrigue?   Collusion?  Politicking? Fantasy? or Historical Fiction? Try these.

The black prism by Brent Weeks

THE BLACK PRISM begins an action-packed tale of magic and adventure . . . Guile is the Prism, the most powerful man in the world. He is high priest and emperor, a man whose power, wit, and charm are all that preserves a tenuous peace. Yet Prisms never last, and Guile knows exactly how long he has left to live. When Guile discovers he has a son, born in a far kingdom after the war that put him in power, he must decide how much he's willing to pay to protect a secret that could tear his world apart.

Fool's assassin by Robin Hobb

"FitzChivalry--royal bastard and former king's assassin--has left his life of court intrigue at Buckkeep far behind. As far as the rest of the world knows, FitzChivalry Farseer is dead and buried. Masquerading as Tom Badgerlock, Fitz is now married and leading the quiet life of a country squire with his beloved Molly. The only fly in the ointment is the disappearance of his beloved childhood friend, the Fool, with whom he once shared so much. But for a former royal assassin, a quiet life is hard to maintain when old allegiances keep trying to pull him back, and new enemies come calling.."--.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

9:41 PM

Canton Public Library - Friends' Activity Room

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

Present: Michelle Farell, Jasmine Lee, Jane Pandit, Don Turner, Amy Watts

Absent:  Nancy Eggenberger

The board moved into closed session to discuss the library director’s evaluation for 2017.                                                               

A. Watts moved and D. Turner supported a motion to return to open session.

The motion passed unanimously, 17/10-19-2CS

Death features in everyone's life, in one way or another. There are many books that discuss small-d death. But occasionally Death himself (sometimes herself) takes center stage. One lovely picture book that features Death as a character can be found on MeL: Death, Duck, and the Tulip by Wolf Erlbruch. More books in which the reader meets Death can be found below.

Jack Death by M. L. Windsor

Jack and Nadine, two ordinary kids with pretty unusual parents, live in a place inhabited by magical creatures with a big problem after a villain destroys the Magical Creature Reserve, releasing some ghastly creatures into their midst.

The Tales of Beedle the Bard, a Wizarding classic, first came to Muggle readers' attention in the book known as Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Now, thanks to Hermione Granger's new translation from the ancient runes, we present this stunning edition with an introduction, notes, and illustrations by J. K. Rowling, and extensive commentary by Albus Dumbledore. Never before have Muggles been privy to these richly imaginative tales.

Asylum by Madeleine Roux

"Three teens at a summer program for gifted students uncover shocking secrets in the sanatorium-turned-dorm where they're staying--secrets that link them all to the asylum's dark past"--.

The dead house by Dawn Kurtagich

Told through journal entries, a psychotherapist's notes, court records, and more, relates the tale of Carly, a teen who was institutionalized after her parents' death but released to Elmbrige High School, where she is believed to have a second personality or soul named Kaitlyn, and/or be possessed by a demon.

The girl from the well by Rin Chupeco

Okiku has wandered the world for centuries, freeing the innocent ghosts of the murdered-dead and taking the lives of killers with the vengeance they are due, but when she meets Tark she knows the moody teen with the series of intricate tattoos is not a monster and needs to be freed from the demonic malevolence that clings to him.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

8:14 PM

Canton Public Library – Friends’ Activity Room

Closed session to consider material exempt from disclosure by the Michigan Library Privacy Act.

Present:               Michelle Farell, Jasmine Lee, Jane Pandit, Don Turner, Amy Watts

Absent:                Nancy Eggenberger

Also Present:     E. Davis, K. Gladden, A. Seurynck

The board moved into closed session to discuss an attorney-client privileged written communication.

D. Turner moved and A. Watts supported a motion to return to open session.

The motion passed unanimously, 17/10-19-1CS

The Chairperson, Michelle Farell, called the meeting to order at 7:30 PM.

Present:           Michelle Farell, Jasmine Lee, Jane Pandit, Don Turner, Amy Watts

Absent:            Nancy Eggenberger

Also Present:  E. Davis, K. Gladden

  • CALL TO AUDIENCE (C. de Bear, L. Golden, R. Havenstein-Coughlin, D. McHugh, M. Nicholson,

A. Seurynck, N. Szczepanski, P. Williams) — None      

  • APPROVAL OF AGENDA

The agenda was approved as amended by unanimous consent.

  • APPROVAL OF BUDGET HEARING MINUTES

The minutes were approved by unanimous consent.

  • APPROVAL OF GENERAL MEETING MINUTES

The minutes were approved by unanimous consent.

  • NEW BUSINESS

Approve Proposal for 2018 renovation of staff area — Chris de Bear of Library Design Associates explained the detailed rendering of the proposed staff work area renovation.  Vice-Chair Don Turner acknowledged the smooth working relationship the library has enjoyed with the firm during past construction projects, stating that the library has “a great partner” in Library Design Associates.

D. Turner moved and J. Lee supported a motion to approve the proposal for the 2018 renovation of the staff area.

The motion passed unanimously, 17/10-19-1

Downtown Development Authority Presentation — Township Supervisor Pat Williams spoke on the township’s historical partnering with the library in past years, and asked that the Library Board of Trustees not vote to discontinue the tax capture of library funding by the Canton Township Downtown Development Authority.

Closed Session

J. Lee moved and A. Watts supported a motion to move into closed session for an attorney-client privileged written communication.

Roll call vote:

Jane Pandit: yes

Amy Watts: yes

Jasmine Lee: yes

Don Turner: yes

Michelle Farell: yes

The motion passed unanimously, 17/10-19-2

REGULAR MEETING RESUMED AT 8:49 PM.

Approve Resolution to Exempt Taxes from Capture by the Downtown Development Authority of the Township of Canton — A. Watts moved and J. Pandit supported a motion to approve a resolution to exempt taxes from capture by the Downtown Development Authority of the Township of Canton.

Roll call vote:

Jane Pandit: yes

Amy Watts: yes

Jasmine Lee: yes

Don Turner: no

Michelle Farell: yes

The motion passed 4-1-0, 17/10-19-3

  • COMMUNICATIONS — None
  • DIRECTORS REPORT — The fiscal year is 3/4 completed. Insurance is trending high (due to payments necessarily made at the beginning of the year), as is Capital Outlay (due to the construction project in the first quarter). Building Improvements are trending high, due to replacements costing less than $5,000 (such as doors) which fall into that category (replacements costing $5,000+ fall under Capital Outlay).
  • TRUSTEE COMMENTS — Trustee Jane Pandit complimented Community Relations for the past weekend’s Family Music Festival, which she enjoyed very much.  
    Vice-Chair D. Turner expressed his appreciation at being part of a non-political board, whose members could    disagree without rancor.
  • COMMITTEE REPORTS

Retirement Benefits Committee — Secretary/Treasurer Jasmine Lee stated that the committee (herself and Trustees Nancy Eggenberger and Amy Watts) had met with Director Eva Davis and Business Services Department Head Marian Nicholson; their report would be presented later in the meeting.

Director’s Evaluation Committee — Chair Michelle Farell reported that the committee (herself, Vice-Chair D. Turner and Trustee J. Pandit) had met and would discuss their findings later in the meeting.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

Approve Resolution to Close Employee Division in MERS Defined Benefit Plan and Adopt Non-MERS Defined Contribution Plan ­— Secretary/Treasurer J. Lee briefly reviewed the Retirement Benefits Committee’s recommendation as well as the rationale behind their thinking.

D. Turner moved and J. Lee supported a motion to approve a resolution to close the employee division in the MERS defined benefit plan and adopt a non-MERS defined contribution plan for new hires.

Roll call vote:

Jane Pandit: yes

Amy Watts: yes

Jasmine Lee: yes

Don Turner: yes

Michelle Farell: yes

The motion passed unanimously, 17/10-19-4

NEW BUSINESS

Approve 3rd Quarter Budget Amendment  — D. Turner moved and A. Watts supported a motion to approve the 3rd Quarter Budget Amendment as presented.

The motion passed unanimously, 17/10-19-5

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.

D. Turner moved and  A. Watts supported a motion to move into closed session to discuss the director’s yearly performance evaluation.

Roll call vote:

Jane Pandit: yes

Amy Watts: yes

Jasmine Lee: yes

Don Turner: yes

Michelle Farell: yes

The motion passed unanimously, 17/10-19-6

REGULAR MEETING RESUMED AT 10:08 PM.

  • CALL TO AUDIENCE – None
  • ADJOURN

The meeting was adjourned at 10:09 PM.  

If you're looking to pick up a story about family, give one of these a try. Many of them highlight a challenge facing a particular family, or emphasize family connections. All of these titles are also available in audio book formats, which make them uniquely suited to family reading.

Clementine by Sara Pennypacker
Also available in: e-book | audiobook

While sorting through difficulties in her friendship with her neighbor Margaret, eight-year-old Clementine gains several unique hairstyles while also helping her father in his efforts to banish pigeons from the front of their apartment building.

Also available in: e-book | audiobook

A young boy in Concord, Massachusetts, who loves superheroes and comes from a long line of brave Chinese farmer-warriors, wants to make friends, but first he must overcome his fear of everything.

Stories about the alleged abusive behavior of Harvey Weinstein have dominated the news lately, as more and more women come forward to share their experiences. In this book list you will find non-fiction resources related to sexual harassment and sexual assault including: books for parents, teens, and children, books for survivors, for  educators, books for family, friends, or anyone interested in learning how to be a good ally. Some of these books feature discussion and analysis aimed at identifying the individual and/or systemic causes of sexual harassment or assault, while memoirs and other survivor accounts shed light on the effects of such abuse.

 

If you have experienced sexual assault, help and support are available by following the links below or by calling the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 800-565-HOPE(4673).

RAINN - the nation's largest anti-sexual violence organization.

First Step - Wayne County, MI non-profit organization providing comprehensive services for victims of domestic and sexual violence.

HAVEN - Oakland County, MI program that provides shelter, counseling, and advocacy for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. 

Teen Dating Violence - information from the Michigan Domestic and Sexual Violence Prevention and Treatment Board.

Michigan Department of Health and Human Services - resources on domestic and sexual violence.

On Education: bodily integrity, healthy relationships, sexual harassment, consent

Provides children with confidence about accepting and rejecting physical contact from others, helping to give children a voice in uncomfortable situations.

We will be upgrading our systems beginning at 3:00 AM on Thursday, October 26, until around noon. This upgrade includes stability and security fixes. 

During this downtime, the following services will be unavailable or disrupted:

  • The library catalog
  • My Account
  • E-media, such as Overdrive and Hoopla
  • Databases, such as Consumer Reports
  • Text message services and renewals

We appreciate your patience and apologize in advance for any inconvenience. 

Edit: Our upgrade is now complete, and systems should be functioning as normal. Thank you for your patience.

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