Even if you don't know the name Jonathan Demme, you've likely seen some of his handiwork. Demme will be remembered as a classic American director, the kind that can make you laugh and cry in the same breath. From "Silence of the Lambs" to "Beloved" to working with musicians like Neil Young and The Talking Heads. Check out the eclectic list of modern classic works by Demme.

Story of two competing lawyers who join together to sue a prestigious Philadelphia law firm when the firm fires one of them because he has AIDS.

After Paul D. finds his old slave friend Sethe in Ohio and moves in with her and her daughter Denver, a strange girl comes along by the name of "Beloved". Sethe & Denver take her in and then strange things start to happen.

A young female FBI agent is sent to interview notorious killer, Dr. Hannibal Lecter, in hope of obtaining information that will help the Bureau catch another killer.

The Vice-Chairperson, Don Turner, called the meeting to order at 7:30 PM.

  • Present:           Nancy Eggenberger, Michelle Farell, Jane Pandit, Don Turner
  • Absent:            Jasmine Lee, Amy Watts
  • Also Present:  E. Davis, K. Gladden



(M. Crowther, L. Golden, D. McHugh, M. Nicholson, K. Price, M. Swartz, N. Szczepanski, patrons appealing to the Library Board)



The agenda was approved as amended by unanimous consent.



The minutes were approved as amended by unanimous consent.






E. Davis had nothing to add to the written report. She did thank Chair Michelle Farell and Trustee Nancy Eggenberger for attending the Volunteer Luncheon earlier in the week.


Eggenberger mentioned her disappointment that the library had not been awarded the Library of Michigan LSTA grant for which they had applied. Davis stated that she would be pursuing contacts  through Not in Our Town who might be able to assist with either funding or facilitation in obtaining Gold Star City certification for Canton. The Michigan Department of Civil Rights might also be able to assist with funding. She will not know anything until fall.



Trustee Jane Pandit briefly commented on the excellence of the Friends of Michigan Libraries Trustee Alliance Workshop, which she and fellow trustees Jasmine Lee and Amy Watts attended in March.






Resolution to Approve Conversion of the Library’s Nationwide 457b Deferred Compensation Plan to Nationwide FreedomPro+ 457b Deferred Compensation Plan — M. Farell moved and N. Eggenberger supported a motion to approve the Resolution to convert the library’s Nationwide 457b Deferred Compensation plan to the Nationwide FreedomPro+ 457b deferred compensation plan.


The motion passed unanimously 17/4-20-1.



Presentation of President’s Volunteer Service Award  — The prospective award winner was not present.


2016 Audit Presentation – Michael Swartz, Melanie Crowther and Kaitlyn Powers of Plante Moran presented highlights of the 2016 Financial Report to the Board. The library once again received an “unmodified” opinion. Swartz stated that the library was very well-run, that things were very well-planned by the board, and that the budgets were well-executed. The 2016 audit was the best that he had ever seen and Swartz said that everything was in great shape.


Accept the 2016 Audit Report as Presented – N. Eggenberger moved and M. Farell supported a motion to accept the 2016 Audit Report as presented.


The motion passed unanimously 17/4-20-2.


1st Quarter Budget Amendment – E. Davis reviewed the 1st Quarter Budget Amendment Summary details.


M. Farell moved and N. Eggenberger supported a motion to approve the 1st Quarter Budget Amendment as proposed.


The motion passed unanimously 17/4-20-3.


2018 Preliminary Budget  – E. Davis discussed assumptions for revenue and expenditure for the 2018 proposed budget. She requested consensus from the board to use these assumptions as a basis for moving ahead in the budget planning. The board indicated their agreement.


D. Turner suggested that Davis reach out to the new trustees to bring them up-to-date re: the issue of staff salary alignment recommendations.


Patron Appeal 2017-01 –  Closed Hearing to Consider Information Exempted from Disclosure by the Michigan Library Privacy Act — M. Farell moved and N. Eggenberger supported a motion to move into closed session to consider material exempt from disclosure by the Michigan Library Privacy Act.


Roll Call Vote:

Michelle Farell: yes

Don Turner: yes

Nancy Eggenberger: yes

Jane Pandit: yes


The motion passed unanimously 4-0-0, 17/4-20-4




Patron Appeal 2017-01 — Vote to:

  1. Uphold the Patron’s Suspension as It Stands; or,
  2. Uphold the Patron’s Suspension but Modify the Terms; or,
  3. Revoke the Patron’s Suspension

N. Eggenberger moved and J. Pandit supported the following motion:


Based on the facts and information discussed in closed session, the Board moves to uphold the patron’s suspension but modify the terms to allow the patron to return to the library, effective Friday, April 21, 2017.

The motion passed unanimously 17/4-20-5






The meeting was adjourned at 8:52 PM.  

Since 2010 we've heard "there's an app for that." So why not use an app that will help you accumulate and invest a penny here or there without the limits of a brick-and-mortar institution? There are numerous apps on the market that let you do just this. As always, make sure to research apps and websites before entering any personal information.

  • Mint - this app "brings together everything from balances and bills to your credit score and more. It’s your financial life, in one place that’s easy to understand." Mint is intended to give an overview of finances and help create a budget.
  • You Need a Budget (YNAB) - "Combines easy software with Four Simple Rules to help you quickly gain control of your money, get out of debt, and save more money faster." Similar to Mint but requires a fee and more hands-on management. 
  • Acorns - "Automatically invests your spare change." When connected to a checking account, this app collects the change left after rounding up your purchases and puts it into exchange traded investment funds.
  • Digit - "Saves for you so you don't have to think about it!" Digit is similar to Acorns but works by grabbing random amounts like $2.00 one day and $5.00 a few days later
  • Tip Yourself - "You tip everyone else, but what about yourself? Tip Yourself! You Earned it!" This app is works like a swear jar or a piggy bank except you transfer small amounts of money from a linked account. 

Check out these links for more info:

11 Apps to Automate Your Savings

These Apps Are the Perfect Money Saving Tools for Lazy People Like Me

Budgeting Software Showdown

Saving App Showdown


"Instructions and photographs show to make 30 easy projects for the garden using inexpensive or found materials. Provides practical solutions to greening a small and otherwise barren area including outer walls, tiny patios, balconies, courtyards, terraces, windowsills and rooftops. Also includes instructions on the basics of gardening."--.

Lego Batman, Logan, Guardians of the Galaxy, and Wonder Woman are all big superhero movies this year! If you liked their movies, or are looking forward to them, check out these books featuring your favorite superheroes. 

Lego Batman

Shares production artwork and stories from the filmmakers, animators, and LEGO designers to reveal how the LEGO Batman movie was created.

Bedtime for Batman by Michael Dahl

The prefect bedtime picture book for little ones. A little boy makes his bedtime an exciting adventure, as he imagines Batman preparing to fight crime in Gotham City.


In case you missed our Frog storytime this week, don't worry. Here are some of the fun stories and songs we shared, plus some extras to do your own jumpy storytime at home.

From Storytime

Spotted singers by Kelly Calhoun

Using the photos and text, readers rely on visual literacy skills, reading, and reasoning as they solve the animal mystery. 


IF YOU'RE A FROG AND YOU KNOW IT (Tune: If You're Happy and You Know It)

          If you're a frog and you know it jump up and down

          If you're a frog and you know it jump up and down

          If you're a frog and you know it, and you really want to show it,

          If you're a frog and you know it jump up and down

          (Repeat with: Catch a fly, Make puffy cheeks, Hop into your seat, Say "ribbit")

Please join the Canton Seniors Book Discussion group on Thursday, May 25 from 2:00PM-3:00PM in the Friends Activity Room when we discuss BLACK DIAMONDS: THE DOWNFALL OF AN ARISTOCRATIC DYNASTY... Copies of the book will be available on April  28.

Also available in: audiobook | e-audiobook

"From the New York Times bestselling author of The Secret Rooms, the extraordinary true story of the downfall of one of England's wealthiest families. Fans of Downton Abbey now have a go-to resource for fascinating, real-life stories of the spectacular lives led by England's aristocrats. With the novelistic flair and knack for historical detail Catherine Bailey displayed in her New York Times bestseller The Secret Rooms, Black Diamonds provides a page-turning chronicle of the Fitzwilliam coal-mining dynasty and their breathtaking Wentworth estate, the largest private home in England. When the sixth Earl Fitzwilliam died in 1902, he left behind the second largest estate in twentieth-century England, valued at more than [ ] billion of today's money--a lifeline to the tens of thousands of people who worked either in the family's coal mines or on their expansive estate. The earl also left behind four sons, and the family line seemed assured. But was it? As Bailey retraces the Fitzwilliam family history, she uncovers a legacy riddled with bitter feuds, scandals (including Peter Fitzwilliam's ill-fated affair with American heiress Kick Kennedy), and civil unrest as the conflict between the coal industry and its miners came to a head. Once again, Bailey has written an irresistible and brilliant narrative history"--.

Saturday, May 6 is Free Comic Book Day. Stop by the library and get a free comic. Only while supplies last, so come early! Brought to you by Comic City. 8 & up.

One of the best ways to save money is utilizing your very own library's resources. Grab your CPL card and try any of these tips to get started.

  • Do you love e-books?  The CPL has both OverDrive and Hoopla e-books including newest releases and bestsellers, in iOS, Android and Kindle formats.
  • Have you tried audiobooks?  They are great in the car and on the go!  The CPL has them in a book on cd format as well as in OverDrive and Hoopla.  
  • If you love music, try Hoopla for the most recent music releases and hundreds of other titles.  The library has many other popular titles in music cd format as well. 
  • If you love magazines, save money by downloading the Zinio app to your computer or mobile device.  
  • Try out a video game before you buy it!  
  • Are you a movie buff?  The library has thousands of DVD's for both adult and children.  Hoopla also a great selection of streaming movies. 
  • If you love holding a book and reading, we still have many, many books for all ages!  
  • Speaking of books, be sure to visit our Secondhand Prose Bookstore, sponsored by the Friends of the Library, for great deals on used books (as well as other items)!


On Saturday, April 29 from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM, area families with at-risk and special populations are invited to this FREE event at the Summit on the Park. You can meet Canton and Plymouth first responders including public safety officers, firefighters and paramedics. Also enjoy hands-on displays, ask questions, and learn about local programs and resources for everyone. Refreshments available for purchase. The Summit is located at 46000 Summit Parkway in Canton. For more information, please call (734) 394-5367 or email cantontr@canton-mi.org. Program presented in partnership with Canton Public Safety, Canton Leisure Services, and Plymouth-Canton Community Schools.