STEAM Stop Gross Science: Dissecting Owl Pellets

Owl making a surprised face, words Gross Science Owl Pellets

Owl puke is fascinating. Not convinced? All patrons aged 7 years old and up are invited to join us for a Virtual STEAM program where we will investigate owl vomit (commonly called pellets). Each patron can pick up an actual owl pellet and tools that the library will provide to you so can dissect them LIVE with us! Registration begins on July 6 and ends on July 17.

How will we do this live?

First, make sure you have a device that supports Zoom.

Next, register at the link below. 

Then, you will receive an email directing you to schedule a time to pick up your Gross Science kit at the library.

Finally, you will receive an email 24 hours before the program begins with the Zoom link to join us live and dissect our owl pellets together! All program kits must be picked up by July 22 in order to participate. 

Upcoming sessions

There are no upcoming sessions available.

The Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards are the "Oscars" of the comics world. Check below to access eBook or borrow print copies of many award nominees. Visit the San Diego Comic-Con site for the complete list of nominees

Best Continuing Series

Thorndyke the Bear in a Mask to Prevent spreading virus

 

Hey Kids,

As you can see, I've been equipped with a pretty cool facemask, which helps to protect my coworkers now that they have started to return to work. It has been really nice to see them again; the last three months have been very lonely. The fish are not much for conversation.

Being isolated for so long was hard, but I've gotten used to it. And now that we are starting to offer limited services, things are going to change again. And I'm excited for when that means I can see you all again, but change can be really difficult even if it's also good.

Fortunately, I'm no stranger to changing circumstances. I've been through several lengthy construction projects that were at least as long as this closure. I've seen some of my favorite librarians come and go. Even if it looks like I am handling these changes like a champ, there are a lot of feelings and emotions I've had to work through each time.

Whether a change is scary or exciting, it's a good time to talk through your feelings and expectations. Ask questions about what might happen, and prepare for when things don't go exactly the way you want. For example, I thought when my coworkers returned that I would get a lot more snacks, but that didn't pan out. 

So stay safe until I can see you again. I can't wait to check out your mask fashion. And in the meantime, I've included some photos of me that show how much things have changed around library, and a few books about changes you could check out.

Bear hugs,

Thorndyke

Thorndyke the Bear dressed as a clown in the library over 20 years ago

Pop Up Concert Featuring the Michigan Philharmonic

Enjoy a Pop-up performance by musicians from the Michigan Philharmonic. This event will take place in our Butterfly Garden July 25 at 4:00 PM.

Due to an abundance of caution and continued physical distancing, this program requires registration and space is limited. One person may register for up to four people from the same household. Registration will begin June 24. In case of inclement weather, the concert will be cancelled. 

Upcoming sessions

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The Chairperson, Amy Watts, called the meeting to order at 7:34 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, D. Huntzicker, A. Iqbal, D. McHugh, M. Nicholson, R. Noble, J. Parij,

C. Paul, S. Sharma, D. Skopczynski, C. Swanberg, N. Szczepanski, “Carol”) – Director Eva Davis introduced the Canton Public Library Board of Trustees and Kapnick Insurance representatives to the audience.       

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

M. Farell moved and J. Lee supported a motion to accept the agenda as amended.

ROLL CALL VOTE

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

No:  None

Abstain: None

The motion passed (6-0-0)

APPROVAL OF GENERAL MEETING MINUTES

The minutes were accepted as presented by unanimous consent.

COMMUNICATIONS — None

DIRECTOR’S REPORT

Director Eva Davis reported that Publisher’s Weekly interviewed Community Relations Department Head Laurie Golden regarding our “62 Days of Summer” program and the quick pivot made to the program to accommodate pandemic restrictions.

Circulation Services Department Head Nancy Szczepanski is retiring at the end of July; plans for a celebratory farewell celebration have not been sorted out.

On Thursday, June 11, the library initiated the scheduled pickup service of holds that were in the building when the library shut down on March 13. Pickup of holds that were fulfilled by returned items and newly received materials were completed by Friday, June 12. The staff’s efficiency allowed the library to open up holds on available items sooner than anticipated, on Saturday, June 13. Since then, over 3,000 items have been placed on hold; activated; and processed for pickup. (1,100 holds were placed and pulled on Tuesday, June 16, alone.)

E-Material statistics for the month of May include: almost 11,000 checkouts from Overdrive/Libby; 1,800 from e-audiobook source CloudLibrary; 12,000 from Hoopla; 1,300 videos from Kanopy; and 2,800 periodicals from RBDigital.

The library is roughly 43% of the way through the fiscal year. Wayne County has advised that they will be making the library whole on delinquent property taxes (approximately $100,000) in June. This will be recognized in the 2nd Quarter Budget Amendment in July. The second State Aid to Libraries payment of $35,000 has been received. Other Income items (such as meeting room rentals, fines and vending commissions) continue to trend downward, due to lack of usage. Any adjustments will be made with the 3rd Quarter Budget Amendment in October.

Again, certain expenditures are trending higher. Fringe Benefits are higher because of the annual payment made to MERS in January. Travel is higher because of staff attendance at the biennial Public Library Association conference in Nashville in February.  Yearly Insurance payments were billed during the 1st quarter.  These areas will fall into line as the year progresses.

TRUSTEE COMMENTS — Trustee Nancy Eggenberger remarked that Overdues would likely be decreased in any event because of the advent of Auto-Renewal, and that next year might provide a better barometer of how much income will be derived in future from fines.

Secretary/Treasurer Michelle Farell asked whether the Friends of the Library are accepting donations again. (Answer = No.)

Vice-Chair Jasmine Lee expressed her appreciation that the digital media platforms included a variety of international language materials.

COMMITTEE REPORTS — None

UNFINISHED BUSINESS & GENERAL ORDERS

2021 Budget Discussion — Expenditures

Salaries — At the May board meeting, the board had asked for a revised proposal with a slight increase to the lower pay grades due to the state minimum wage increase; pay freezes for all other positions; and no pay cut for the library director. E. Davis reviewed a revised 2021 Salaries recommendation which met those goals. The proposed .71% increase over the 2020 Salaries budget would be an additional $21,000. The board accepted the proposed increase for budgetary purposes.

Approval of Pandemic Response Policy (2nd Reading)

Trustee Don Turner questioned whether the markup language in the policy document revision had been suggested by the library’s attorney. Davis confirmed that it had come from the Governor’s Executive Order 110, with suggested language supplied by Foster, Swift.

N. Eggenberger moved and M. Farell supported a motion to accept the Pandemic Response Policy as presented.

ROLL CALL VOTE

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

No:  None

Abstain: None

The motion passed 20/6‑18-3 (6-0-0)

Library Closure Due to COVID-19 —how reopening is proceeding

Staff members who cannot work remotely have been recalled (mainly Pages and Library Assistants). Librarians have been scheduled for some hours on-site, answering phone queries and assisting Circulation Services in preparing holds for pickup.

Building Manager Jim Laffey has flushed the water system and pipes, replaced air filters on the HVAC units, and cleaned the coils. In consultation with Business Services Department Head Marian Nicholson, he has changed the air mixture in the building from an 80/20 recirculated/fresh mix, to a 60/40 mix.

Building monitors are counting and removing chairs and other furniture in preparation for physical distancing once the library allows public entry.

Davis anticipates at least two more weeks of scheduled holds pickups as currently configured; the administration will then look at refining the process further. A committee is looking at equipment usage by appointment (computers, printers, fax). The Information Technology department is looking into options for the Friends to allow access to Secondhand Prose by appointment for their premium members. M. Nicholson is considering midday restroom cleaning by Dunn-Rite, the library’s janitorial service, once patrons are again allowed into the building.

Davis stated that she is very proud of the entire staff, and has been very impressed especially with the positive, can-do attitude of the Circulation Services employees. L. Golden has been doing an outstanding job with social media, communications and the summer reading program; and the fact that everything is running so smoothly is a testament to Rudie Noble and his IT department staff members.

Chair Amy Watts expressed her thanks to the whole staff; she is thrilled that the library is moving in the right direction. Trustee N. Eggenberger said that she was thrilled with the “62 Days of Summer” package and how all the different members of the community are represented on the activity map. In response to a question by Trustee D. Turner, Davis stated that the Governor had extended the Executive Order allowing public bodies to conduct remote public meetings. The board’s July meeting will therefore be conducted on Zoom.

NEW BUSINESS

Healthcare Plan Options August 2020-July 2021 and PA 152 Employer/Employee Insurance Premiums Cost-Sharing Presentation — Clay Paul and Dave Huntzicker of Kapnick Insurance presented a summary of the plans that had been reviewed. The benefits for Blue Care Network’s Healthy Blue Living HMO Platinum 500 plan remain the same, with a nominal 6.49% increase mainly owing to increases in prescription drug costs. In passing, Paul also stated that Blue Care Network would be giving the library a 30% credit on the July invoice; M. Nicholson confirmed that a credit of over $ 5,000 had been received.

Vice-Chair Lee questioned if the increase in charges were in part due to any fees paid to Kapnick Insurance (Kapnick does not charge the library for their services) and if the drug formulary could be adjusted to reduce costs (no, they have been set by the insurer).

C. Paul also reviewed the PA 152 insurance premium cost-sharing analysis of hard cap versus the 80% cap. E. Davis stated that affected staff members were well aware that the board’s generosity in choosing the hard cap for the 2019-2020 plan year was unlikely to be repeated for 2020-2021. Given the economic uncertainty due to the pandemic, she recommended returning to the 80% cap, which would afford certainty to the library as to health insurance costs.

Approval of Healthcare Contract August 2020-July 2021

N. Eggenberger and J. Lee supported a motion to adopt the Blue Care Network Healthy Blue Living HMO Platinum 500 plan for the August 2020-July 2021 plan year.

ROLL CALL VOTE

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

No:  None

Abstain: None

The motion passed 20/6‑18-1 (6-0-0)

Approval of PA 152 Employer/Employee Insurance Premium Cost-Sharing

J. Lee moved and M. Farell supported a motion to approve the 80% cap for employer/employee cost sharing of insurance premiums as mandated by PA 152.

ROLL CALL VOTE

Yes: M. Farell, J. Lee, J. Pandit, D. Turner, A. Watts

No:  N. Eggenberger

Abstain: None

The motion passed 20/6‑18-2 (5-1-0)

CALL TO AUDIENCE – None

ADJOURN

The meeting was adjourned at 8:51 PM.  

Juneteenth marks the day that the last slaves were officially emancipated in the United States. Beginning as a smaller holiday throughout Texas, Juneteenth is now celebrated throughout the country on June 19th. The following nonfiction and fiction titles share stories of emancipation and celebration!

Children's Books

Juneteenth for Mazie by Floyd Cooper

Make Your Own Journal with Fineberg Art Studio

Example of hand-made journal

This has definitely been an eventful year, and what a way to process everything that has happened than your own hand-made "junk journal"? Junk journals are perfect for recording memories and thoughts in a creative way. Make your own junk journal with papers and items you probably already have at home. We have invited Emily of Fineberg Art Studio to walk you through materials, simple binding techniques, and fun ideas that you can add to your pages. This is a fun and low-stress beginner bookbinding project, and once you make one, you will want to make more! 

You will need: 

  • Variety of papers and paper ephemera, old magazines, pictures, envelopes, book pages, etc.
  • Thin cardboard for the cover (cereal box)
  • Pen or pencil
  • Ruler
  • Glue (glue stick recommended)
  • Scissors
  • Needle and thread (embroidery floss or thin yarn)
  • Awl or push pin
  • Any other art making supplies like paint, markers, washi tape, stickers, etc.

Optional:

  • Stretchy cord or elastic
  • A few clothespins or binder clips
  • Old hardcover book
  • X-Acto knife or box cutter
  • Wax paper

No registration is required to complete the project; however, the first 15 people to register by 9AM on July 09 can also claim a special grab-n-go kit of recycled book pages and covers at the library through our contact-free holds pickup! Kit Pick Up for the Journal Program will begin July 9th and end July 16th. You will receive an email with instructions once your kit is available.

Looking for more inspiration? Check out the thousands of craft videos available on Creativebug to get started today!

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Some library programs and meetings are being presented virtually, using online platforms like Zoom, Facebook Live, or streamed over our YouTube channel. To make the most of your experience, we're offering a few tips.

Be tech ready

For online programs, check your device's capabilities well before the program begins. Make sure your app or version is up to date, that your camera and microphone, if using, are working, and check your Internet connection. If you are having trouble with Zoom, try this user guide.

Locate your invitation

Look for your program invitation several hours before the program is scheduled to begin. It should come via library email; be sure to check your junk/spam folders. The invitation will contain a link to the program host site. If you haven't received an email an hour before program time, call the library at 734-397-0999 and get connected to a reference librarian.

Be on time

Using the link in the email, log in to your session at least 5 minutes prior to the start time. Depending on how the meeting is set up, you may enter a waiting room, and then be admitted when the host is ready.

Practice good meeting etiquette

Mute your microphone, keep your video on, use the chat box to ask a question or use the "raise hand" button in Zoom, or visually raise your hand. Download our guide for more tips.

Be respectful

Treat the host/presenter and other participants with respect. Patrons attending online presentations are subject to the library Patron Code of Conduct. Be patient and kind--virtual programs are a new experience for many people.

 

 

Kitchen gardening has been around since the early times. A small plot of land near the house can be used to grow a variety of fruits and vegetables for household use, according to the season. Growing your own food has many health benefits:

You eat more fresh fruits and vegetables,

You chose what pesticides and fertilizers to use
Harvest time is chosen by you.

It is good exercise and fun for the whole family.           

These books and other resources can help you get started on your kitchen garden today!  

For more ways to have the best possible summer head back to the 62 Ways to do 62 Days page!                      

 

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