Steampunk appears to be gaining steam… but what exactly is it? Well, here is a definition from Wikipedia: "Steampunk is a sub-genre of fantasy and speculative fiction that came into prominence in the 1980s and early 1990s. The term denotes works set in an era or world where steam power is still widely used—usually the 19th century, and often Victorian era England — but with prominent elements of either science fiction or fantasy, such as fictional technological inventions like those found in the works of H. G. Wells and Jules Verne, or real technological developments like the computer occurring at an earlier date. Other examples of steampunk contain alternate history-style presentations of "the path not taken" of such technology as dirigibles, analog computers, or digital mechanical computers (such as Charles Babbage's Analytical engine); these frequently are presented in an idealized light, or with a presumption of functionality." While many of the books are for teens or adults, Steampunk is now coming out for tween-age readers. It is one of those 'happenings' that crosses sexes, ages, and formats. No official subject heading exists yet for this genre, but here are a few titles to whet your appetite, pique your curiousity...whatever:

Storytime at Home

Bummed that storytime is on break until November 9th? Share these stories at home with your children to tide them over with some great story fun!

Princess Pig by written by Eileen Spinelli; illustrated by Tim Bowers — when the Pickle Princess's sash blows away from her parade and lands on Pig, things change around the barnyard. As Pig begins to explore the possibilies of royalty, Pony reminds her that you don't have to be a princess to be special.

Traction Man is here! by Mini Grey — the hilarious domestic adventures of a boy and his action figure.

Dinosaur vs. bedtime by Bob Shea — dinosaur is fierce, but has he met his match when it's time for bedtime?

Pumpkin Chapters

It's pumpkin time! And there are some great stories about them beyond the picture book collection. Pick one of these pumpkin plots:

Me and the pumpkin queen by Marlane Kennedy

Ninjas don't bake pumpkin pies by Debbie Dadey and Marcia Thornton Jones; illustrated by John Steven Gurney

The squampkin patch: a Nasselrogt adventure by J.T. Petty

Who stole Grandma's million-dollar pumpkin pie? by Martha Freeman

Some great pumpkin carving ideas and other pumpkin crafts are a click away at this Disney FamilyFun website.

Meeting Minutes - September 17, 2009

The Chairperson, Colleen Van Auken, called the meeting to order at 7:50PM
Present: J. Fausone, K. Schulz, M. Siegrist, G. Snow, D. Turner C. Van Auken
Also Present: E. Davis, S. Rzetelny

Call to Audience

No comments

Approval of Agenda

The agenda was approved as presented

Approval of Minutes

  • Minutes of the August 3rd Budget study Session Meeting were approved as written
  • Minutes of the August 20th Regular Meeting were approved as written


  • Correspondence from Marcia Barker thanking the Board for their support this past year during her medical treatment
  • Email from Linda Czerniak objecting to the living library program

Report of the Library Director

Eva distributed an article from the Canton Observer noting September as National Library card month.

Bookmarks have been placed in all the inter-loaned library materials advising patrons of the potential loss of this service. Eva thanked the Friends for paying the cost of the bookmark printing.

Hearing Minutes - Proposed 2010 Budget Hearing

The hearing was called to order by the Chairperson, Colleen Van Auken, at 7:30PM
Present: J. Fausone, K. Schulz, M. Siegrist, G. Snow, D. Turner, C. Van Auken
Also Present: E. Davis, S. Rzetelny

Budget Hearing

The Proposed 2010 Budget Hearing was opened for discussion.

Eva Davis passed along verbal support for resetting the millage to 1.5437 from Rhoda Wolshon Friends of CPL VP, Bob Bulmer, Friends of CPL Trustee and Susan Kennedy, Canton resident and small business owner. Also presented was an email from Nancy Spencer, Friends of CPL Trustee in support of resetting the millage to 1.5437.

Bevis Richardson (Friends of CPL) voiced her support of resetting the millage to 1.5437
M. Simowski voiced his support to reset the millage noting that libraries and schools are important community resources.

Trustee Fausone thanked the director and staff for the preparation of the five budget options, noting that the three year projection demonstrates the impact the decision will have on the library finances.

Trustee Turner noted he does not support raising the millage but would allow for the minimum salary structure implementation. He notes the Board can always reset the millage next year.

Cats have staff

A single man with a single cat, the simply drawn animated adventures of Simon & his cat became a hit on YouTube. Cat owners everywhere related to Simon as he found his life run by a cat. Now the cat has come to the printed page in "Simon's Cat". The same simple drawings relate humorous little snippets of Life with a Cat. From feeding the cat to litterbox mishaps, a cat owner is sure to see some familiar situations. Check it out and share a laugh with your favorite feline. 


Struggling with fractions? Let our materials help you break those numbers down. We've got everything:

Picture Books

Inchworm and a half by Elinor Pinczes ; illustrated by Randall Enos

The Wishing Club : a story about fractions by Donna Jo Napoli ; pictures by Anna Currey


Mary Clare likes to share : a math reader by Joy Hulme ; illustrated by Lizzy Rockwell


Fraction action by written and illustrated by Loreen Leedy

The Hershey's milk chocolate bar fractions book by Jerry Pallotta ; illustrated by Rob Bolster