The Chairperson, Amy Watts, called the meeting to order at 7:30 PM.

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

Absent:            Michelle Farell

Also Present:  E. Davis, K. Gladden

  • CALL TO AUDIENCE  (R. Bonner, R. Fairchild, K. Hedrick, A. Iqbal, M. Jordan,  D. McHugh, M. Nicholson, R. Noble, D. Stein, N. Szczepanski) – None          

   The agenda was approved by unanimous consent.


   The minutes were approved by unanimous consent.

  • DIRECTORS REPORT — Secretary/Treasurer Jane Pandit is interested in attending the Friends of Michigan Libraries Trustees Workshop in Novi; if any other trustees are interested, there is money in the budget for that purpose.
    • The Livonia Public Library, which is part of The Library Network’s Shared Automation System, has instituted a new policy, directed at non-resident patrons from stand-alone libraries, which requires their home library to complete a “Patron in Good Standing” form before the patrons can use their library cards at any of the Livonia library branches. Our attorney has reviewed the form, and in her opinion the form is a violation of the Library Privacy Act. Eva Davis has contacted the Director of the Livonia Public Library, asking the LPL to reconsider their position. Davis has informed LPL and the entire TLN membership that Canton Public Library staff will not complete these forms  unless they comply with state law and the TLN cooperative Plan of Service and guidelines for reciprocal borrowing.
    • We are 16% through 2019, and on track with a few of the usual exceptions. Fringe Benefits are trending higher due to the MERS lump sum payment that was made early in the year.  Also, many contracts and licensing fees are paid in January, so Professional and Contractual is also trending higher.
  • TRUSTEE COMMENTS — Vice Chair Nancy Eggenberger will not be present for the board meeting in May. She further advised that a change in her work schedule may result in her absence at meetings from September through December. This situation may change, however; she will keep the board apprised.
  • OLD BUSINESS — Revised Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Policy

   N. Eggenberger moved and J. Pandit supported the Resolution to accept the revised Freedom of Information Act
   (FOIA) Procedures and Guidelines as presented.


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

   No:  None

   Abstain: None

   The motion passed 19/3‑21-1 (5-0-0)

    • ENGIE Services Study Presentation  — Ken Hedrick of ENGIE Services made a brief PowerPoint presentation of the Program Development Analysis report created by the firm in December 2018. With the assistance of ENGIE team members Rob Fairchild and Dan Stein, he answered a variety of questions put to him by each of the board trustees. The board will have an in-depth discussion regarding ENGIE’s proposal at the April board meeting, when trustee Michelle Farell will also be present.
    • State Paid Medical Leave Act Discussion — Late in the last legislative session, the Michigan House and Senate passed the Michigan Paid Medical Leave Act, which goes into effect as of March 29, 2019. The board was given different options whereby the library will be in compliance with the new law; they will vote on their preferred option at the April meeting.
    • Exhibit and Display Policy Revision (1st reading)— The expiration of the library’s contract and subsequent removal of the Everything Canton display, plus a revision of how long postings are maintained on the lobby display wall and bulletin board, necessitate changes to the Exhibit and Display Policy. The board will vote on this revised policy at the April meeting.
    • 2020 Budget Discussion (Expenditures) — Library Materials —Proposed increases for Hoopla and Kanopy e-streaming services would finally boost the library materials budget expenditures to 15%. This would allow patrons to checkout more e-books, e-audiobooks and e-videos from the two popular services.

   The meeting was adjourned at 8:50 PM.  

Imposter Art Make and Take

Thorndyke as Frida Kahlo


Imitate an impressionist, copy some cubism, emulate an abstract, or just be your own best artist self.

Whatever your approach, artists of all ages and abilities are welcomed to stop in to replicate their favorite style, or create something wholly original.

We provide the art supplies and some inspiration, and you get to exercise your creativity muscles. Come alone or bring a friend and make an artwork to take home.

Upcoming sessions

Thursday, May 16 - 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM Friends' Activity Room
rubik's cube

Spring is here! The sun is shining, the birds are singing, and the end of the school year is in sight-but it's no time to stop learning. The Engage Your Brain Experience To Go Kit offers myriad ways to grow and stretch that space between your ears, to learn new things, and keep your mind sharp so you can live your best life. Try seven days of brain teasers, or a stimulating game of Set, or a well-crafted musical composition to promote brain health and keep you sharp. 

If you're looking for a more social way to sharpen your wits, please join us for Trivia Night at the Library! Bring a team or make new friends by joining someone else. It's tons of fun, and a great way to put that random knowledge to work in a fun and relaxed environment. 

March 23 is National Puppy Day! Puppies are so incredibly cute and irresistible, how can we not celebrate them?! There are all sorts of ways to celebrate National Puppy Day but if you need some ideas, click here for a list from a local news website. Want to learn more? Check out some materials from our pet collection!

Meet Patriot, Potomac, Primrose, Poppet, and Phil, five spirited puppies who, from the moment they're born, begin an incredible journey to become guide dogs for the blind. It's a rigorous two-year process that will take the pups from the care of selfless foster volunteers to specialized trainers to, if they make the cut, a lifelong human companion.

The dogist puppies by Elias Weiss Friedman

The Dogist Puppies, the follow-up to the New York Times bestseller The Dogist, is a beautiful, funny, and endearing look at puppies. He fires up the Nikon. Fills his pockets with treats. Dresses in special gear--pants with built-in kneepads and shoes that are not only made for walking but also have a thick rubber toe for squatting. And last but not least, he packs a squeaky tennis ball. And then The Dogist is off, combing the streets in his quest to find dogs to photograph. Or, as has been the case for the past four years, puppies. Bringing his singular eye and sensibility to photographing puppies from birth to age one, Elias Weiss Friedman, aka The Dogist, captures hundreds of fuzzy faces to love and little furry bodies to covet. The Dogist Puppies is a celebration of oversize puppy paws and floppy puppy ears, puppies getting belly rubs and puppies unsure, exactly, of what that tail thing is for. Puppies at play, and puppies worn out from playing. Litters of puppies with their mom, and puppies with their human equivalents--children. Puppies in fancy outfits, and those poignant puppies having to wear the "cone of shame." Friedman has also taken a deep dive into breeds: Border Collies and Westies, Frenchies and Huskies, Boxers and the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever, whose tender gaze looks just a little worried--perhaps concerned about living up to that name. The Dogist's new focus is on puppies. What more do you need to know?

With the debut of Hamilton at the Fisher Theatre in Detroit, no one can get enough of the Founding Father! Use your CPL card to learn more about the music and the man himself, Alexander Hamilton. 


Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow

From podcasts like "My Favorite Murder" to the award winning Showtime miniseries, "Escape at Dannemora," true crime stories are everywhere. The people, motives, emotional fall-out, and ensuing court cases can be fascinating for listeners, watchers, and readers of the genre.

Below are a few of the new true crime books available on library shelves.

The story of poison is the story of power. For centuries, royal families have feared the gut-roiling, vomit-inducing agony of a little something added to their food or wine by an enemy. To avoid poison, they depended on tasters, unicorn horns, and antidotes tested on condemned prisoners. Servants licked the royal family's spoons, tried on their underpants and tested their chamber pots.

Ironically, royals terrified of poison were unknowingly poisoning themselves daily with their cosmetics, medications, and filthy living conditions. Women wore makeup made with mercury and lead. Men rubbed turds on their bald spots. Physicians prescribed mercury enemas, arsenic skin cream, drinks of lead filings, and potions of human fat and skull, fresh from the executioner. The most gorgeous palaces were little better than filthy latrines. Gazing at gorgeous portraits of centuries past, wedon't see what lies beneath the royal robes and the stench of unwashed bodies; the lice feasting on private parts; and worms nesting in the intestines.

In The Royal Art of Poison, Eleanor Herman combines her unique access to royal archives with cutting-edge forensic discoveries to tell the true story of Europe's glittering palaces: one of medical bafflement, poisonous cosmetics, ever-present excrement, festering natural illness, and, sometimes, murder. 

What is it like to learn that your ordinary, loving father is a serial killer?

In 2005, Kerri Rawson heard a knock on the door of her apartment. When she opened it, an FBI agent informed her that her father had been arrested for murdering ten people, including two children. It was then that she learned her father was the notorious serial killer known as BTK, a name he'd given himself that described the horrific way he committed his crimes: bind, torture, kill. As news of his capture spread, Wichitacelebrated the end of a thirty-one-year nightmare.

For Kerri Rawson, another was just beginning. She was plunged into a black hole of horror and disbelief. The same man who had been a loving father, a devoted husband, church president, Boy Scout leader, and a public servant had been using their family as a cover for his heinous crimes since before she was born. Everything she had believed about her life had been a lie.

Written with candor and extraordinary courage, A Serial Killer's Daughter is an unflinching exploration of life with one of America's most infamous killers and an astonishing tale of personal and spiritual transformation. For all who suffer from unhealed wounds or the crippling effects of violence, betrayal, and anger, Kerri Rawson's story offers the hope of reclaiming sanity in the midst of madness, rebuilding a life in the shadow of death, and learning to forgive the unforgivable.

The challenge for the builders this month was to create the ultimate superhero or super villain hideout!

  • Genghis Khan was made by two young ladies that wanted to make a villain hideout.
  • I'm Watching You was made by Alexandria. This villain hideout captures people and has a siren alarm for anyone who tries to escape or come in.
  • Sharigan was made by Saif and Ali. This villain hideout has cars, a flag, and guards.
  • Superhero Base was made by Fatima. This hero hideout included instruments, four people, and a flag.
  • Villain Base was made by Khalid. This hideout had several moving traps, an airplane, and car.
  • Dragonfly was also made by Fatima. This hideout had a roof, flags, and a guard.
  • The Breeeze was made by Courtney. This villain hideout had an elephant trunk, a watering can for the villains plants, a satellite dish for an umbrella, and a pet spider.
  • Villain Boat was created by Khole. This villain hideout had a portal and an event-able excite-a-boat. 
  • Something was created by Teja. It is so secret, that we only know it does.....something!
  • Hero Base was created by David. This hideout includes an archer, a launcher, guards with swords, gold, and a boss.
  • DC Villain Hideout was created by Kavin. This hideout has a flag, an eye that scans everyone who enters, a lava pool that you have to wear a red mask so you can swim in, a secret watch parrot, and an octopus for a pet.