Who here loves a dog? Who has one (or two, or three)? We found out in storytime that dogs need lots of love, care, and exercise. Enjoy these stories and songs from storytime highlighting dogs!

Stories and Songs from Storytime

So, you've started bringing reusable bags to the grocery store, and maybe have started using less straws when you get drinks. But have you ever thought about the eco-impact of your clothes? How about the human impact? Do you know about the fabrics in your wardrobe? Or who made your clothes, and if they're paid living wages?

These authors and documentarians dive into all these issues and more. 

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

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

Absent:            None

Also Present:  E. Davis, K. Gladden

  • CALL TO AUDIENCE   (L. Golden, A. Iqbal, M. Nicholson, R. Noble, J. Parij, N. Szczepanski) – None       

The agenda was approved by unanimous consent.


The minutes were approved by unanimous consent.

    The financial reports as of 12/31/2019 showed the library exceeding 100% in income and under 100% in expenses, resulting in a transfer of funds into the Fund Balance. These are preliminary numbers, which will be finalized after the 2019 audit by Plante Moran in February.

    The joint session of the Canton Public Library Board and the Canton Township Board of Trustees will occur at the township’s scheduled Study Session at 7:00 PM on Tuesday, February 18. There will be separate presentations for the staff of Canton Leisure Services and the staff of the Canton Public Library by Cobalt Community Research the following day.

  • TRUSTEE COMMENTS — Trustee Jasmine Lee asked how Plante Moran will be paid for their audit services. Business Services Department Head Marian Nicholson explained that our multi-year contract calls for a deposit each year, with the balance to be paid in full upon completion of each audit.

    J. Lee also inquired about the credit card fees that appear on the expanded P & L statement. Director Eva Davis said that they were merchant fees the library pays to accept credit card payments.

    In addition, Lee requested clarification regarding the library’s lawn and grounds maintenance contract. Nicholson explained the various contractual services performed by the vendor.

    • Preliminary 2020 Monthly Board Meeting Agendas — Davis said that this preliminary document was a basic outline for the year ahead. 
      One item which does not appear is the proposed change of the library of record (from the Observer & Eccentric to the Canton Eagle) for legal notices.
      Also, the Director’s Evaluation has been moved up to October, so that it can be made by the incumbent board.
    • Approve Proposal for Community User Survey Data Analysis from iLabs — Uof M/Dearborn College of Business — In response to a query by Trustee Don Turner, Davis stated that the cost for library-specific analysis of the data provided by the Cobalt community survey would be $ 7,700 (barring the need to do heavy cleanup of the data provided).

      N. Eggenberger moved and M. Farell supported a motion to approve the proposal for Community User Survey Data Analysis from iLabs — Uof M/Dearborn College of Business.

      ​The motion passed unanimously, 20/1-16-1.

    The meeting was adjourned at 7:43 PM. 

Fans of Tara Westover's heart wrenching coming-of-age memoir may also enjoy one of the following titles in the Library's collection.

The glass castle : a memoir by Jeannette Walls

Inspired by Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch's work on Intuitive Eating in 1995, and based on the Health at Every Size movement, a slew of new and older titles are available that argue that the best way to be on a diet is to be on no diet at all. These books state that dieting, particularly fad dieting, can cause more emotional, mental, and physical damage that it's worth, and they advocate for gentle nutrition and a return to one's instincts in the kitchen. Many of these authors are also podcasters, many of which overlap or interview each other

Creator of the Food Psych podcast, Christy Harrison writes about Intuitive Eating and the ways diets act as a "life thief." 

Intuitive eating [electronic resource] by Elyse Resch, Evelyn Tribole
Also available in: e-audiobook

The original Intuitive Eating book on which many others are based. 


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

Don't need a full storytime? Borrow a rhyme when you need a short distraction, or check out these materials and spend a few minutes reading together.


From Storytime

One day Red Knit Cap Girl and her friends discover a hollow tree in the middle of the forest. Join their forest community as the animals share their unique gifts and turn the ordinary tree into a special spot for everyone to enjoy!

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.

Fluctuating weather can be difficult to navigate, but don't let it keep you from the library. New titles are available almost every day! Check out a few of the new large print books the library recently added to its collection.

Genesis [large print] by 1940- Robin Cook
Also available in: print | e-book | audiobook | e-audiobook


When the body of twenty-nine-year-old social worker Gloria Montoya, seven weeks pregnant with her first child, shows up on Chief New York City Medical Examiner Laurie Montgomery's autopsy table, she's baffled to find no apparent causes of death. With no clues to go on, Laurie enlists the help of Dr. Tricia Albanese, a forensic pathology resident with a background in genetic science, to help her trace the identity of the unborn baby's father using DNA from the mother and child. But when Tricia is found dead in her apartment in a manner strikingly similar to Gloria's death, Laurie realizes she might have two linked homicides on her hands.

Also available in: print

Ellie Sharp left her Boston family with big dreams of making it as an actress in Hollywood. But two years later, she disappears from her Silver Lake apartment without her friends or police knowing what happened. Soon after the Sharps hire Spenser to find her, another person goes missing - this time Spenser's protege-turned-L.A. investigator, Zebulon Sixkill. Spenser and Hawk must hit the ground running on the West Coast to follow a twisted trail into the world of drug cartels, casting couches, hedonistic parties, and a whisper network of industry players looking to take down a legendary producer.