The First Amendment to the Constitution reads as follows:

"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."

On December 15, 1791 the Bill of Rights (the first ten amendments to the Constitution) was ratified by Virginia, thus meeting the requirement of being ratified by three-fourths of the state legislatures. The freedom of the press is essential to democracy.  In the words of President Barack Obama: "Journalists give all of us as citizens the chance to know the truth about our countries, ourselves, our governments. That makes us better, it makes us stronger, it gives voice to the voiceless,  it exposes injustice, and holds leaders like me accountable."

Learn more about this essential American right and it's importance in America's history from some the following resources in the Library's collection.

The Chairperson, Michelle Farell, called the meeting to order at 7:30 PM.

  • Present:
    Nancy Eggenberger, Michelle Farell, Jasmine Lee, Jane Pandit, Don Turner, Amy Watts
  • Absent:None
  • Also Present: E. Davis, K. Gladden

Call to Audience

(M. Crowther, M. Das, L. Golden, R. Havenstein-Coughlin, T. Heller, D. McHugh, M. Nicholson, L. Papa, K. Powers, M. Swartz, N. Szczepanski, Chess Club supporters)

Chair Michelle Farell presented outgoing Information Technology department head Leo Papa with a gift from the Board of Trustees.

Organizers Manmohan Das and Tim Heller and supporters of the community chess club, which is under a six-month suspension for violation of library policy, spoke of their experiences and belief that their program offers an unparalleled opportunity to members of the local community. They indicated their desire to continue meeting at the library and their hope that the board will reconsider its meeting room policy, which currently precludes the group’s ability to use library facilities while collecting entry fees.

Approval of Agenda

The agenda was approved by unanimous consent.

Approval of General Meeting Minutes

The minutes were approved by unanimous consent.


The board discussed a letter received from a teen patron, who requested that the library expand its hours an additional 12 hours per week (or 624 additional hours per year) to accommodate her perceived needs of high school students. It was agreed that a response prepared by Chair Farell would be mailed to the patron.

Director’s Report

Eva Davis thanked Trustees Nancy Eggenberger and Amy Watts for attending the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Friends’ newly renovated Secondhand Prose Used Bookstore.

Davis reminded the board that L. Papa’s last day is February 28; a retirement cake will be served at 2:00 PM and the board is invited to attend.

Beth Meade of the Canton Community Foundation will be present at the March board meeting to discuss the library endowment fund and the results of the last endowment appeal campaign.

Davis and Business Services department head Marian Nicholson met with Candice Cataldi, the library’s Nationwide representative, who informed them that Nationwide offers a zero percent fee 457 plan for employees. She will also be present at the March meeting. The library’s attorney will draft a resolution to be used, should the board choose to exercise its option to go with the Nationwide 457 plan. (This is not tied to the defined benefit plan for which Davis and Nicholson are seeking alternatives.)

Davis reviewed the financial reports.

Trustee Comments

Vice Chair Don Turner stated that he had learned much from L. Papa’s business and technology acumen and had much appreciated Papa’s “steady hand.” The other board members in turn also thanked Papa for his 14 years of service.

Turner asked if the board wanted to review the meeting room policy, in light of the comments from the chess club members. The trustees agreed that they should have that conversation; it will appear on the March agenda.

Committee Reports


Unfinished Business & General Orders


New Business

Library Finance Overview

Plante Moran representatives Michael Swartz and Melanie Crowther reviewed financial reporting, fund balance, and budgeting from an auditing perspective. Trustee Eggenberger asked if Swartz could recommend questions the board should be asking in its approach to pension funding. While Swartz had no recommendations, he did point out that, with changes to mortality tables, defined benefit pension plans are becoming more costly to employers, while defined contribution plans are more portable for employees.

Call to Audience



The meeting was adjourned at 9:01 PM.

Keep Calm With Counted Cross Stitch

Studies show that crafts and hobbies are great for stress reduction and mental well being. Counted Cross Stitch is a simple yet meditative form of needlework.  Join us as we tackle beginner counted cross stitch patterns and discover how relaxing and satisfying stitching can be! Registration Required

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Time For a Declutter with Soo Porter

Clutter has been scientifically proven to increase stress levels. Yet household organizing projects can feel overwhelming. Well help is here!  Join Professional Organizer, Soo Porter, for a fun and lively presentation that will motivate you to move you from stagnation to action.  There will be tips and suggestions on how to reach, achieve and maintain your organizing goals.  This presentation is the first step to helping you establish the lifestyle you would like for yourself.

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We currently have job openings with our Circulation Services and Information Services Department. For complete details on the job postings please visit our jobs/volunteer page.

Rumor Has It

America has a new top dog. Rumor Has It, a five-year old German Shepherd named after the Adele song, was crowned Best in Show at The Westminster Kennel Club 141st Dog Show in Madison Square Garden. Last year, Rumor Has It came in second after the German Shorthaired Pointer, CJ, won the title. After enjoying semi-retirement on her family's couch, she made a remarkable comeback. Now she can fully retire as a champion. 

Science fiction writers are often able to rework our understandings of our own world's norms through building different worlds with unique traits. Here are a few books where authors played with traditional gender constructs and created new genders and gender pronouns, featured genderless characters, or were chronicled by a narrator without a distinguishable identity. 

Up against it by M. J. Locke

In this debut novel written by a professional engineer and set on the asteroid colony Phocaea, a group of space-born high-school students amuse themselves by hacking matter compilers to produce dancing skeletons, using their rocket-bikes to salvage methane ice shrapnel that flies away when the colony brings in a big (and vital) rock of the stuff, and figuring out how to avoid the ubiquitous surveillance motes that are the million eyes of 'Stroiders, a reality-TV show that spies on the colonists' daily lives for entertainment back on Earth. Then the brother of one of the young men is killed in a freak accident. The accident reveals that the colony is facing a water crisis. Jane, the resource-management specialist in charge, discovers that the accident and the crisis were probably arranged by the Martian crime syndicate, which wants to control the colony. And then there's this rogue AI from somewhere . . . . Thrills, action, real characters that you come to care about, and a true sense of what it would be like to live in a space colony Locke has given all these. Here's hoping to see more books from this writer.--Murray, Frieda Copyright 2010 Booklist

A New York Times bestseller and winner of the Hugo and Nebula Awards, Dreamsnake is the haunting, critically acclaimed novel of an extraordinary woman and her dangerous quest to reclaim her healing powers. When the healer Snake was summoned, she traveled the blasted landscape with her three serpents. From the venom of two of them, she distilled her medicines. But most valued of all was the alien dreamsnake, whose bite could ease the fear and pain of death. When the dreamsnake is killed, Snake's powers as a healer are all but lost. Her only hope of finding another dreamsnake lies in a treacherous journey to the far-off Center City, where Snake will be pursued by two implacable followers: one driven mad by love, the other by fear and need.

The left hand of darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin

An official from an interplanetary federation is called in to arbitrate peace on a planet whose inhabitants are technically advanced, androgynous, and have telepathic powers.

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

From Storytime

A father and daughter play hide-and-seek in the midst of the animals near their house in Thailand.



     Three little billy goats hiding from the troll (hold up three fingers)

     One sneaks across the bridge, ducks, then... ROLLS (roll your hands)

     He rolled so fast the troll didn't even see him.

     How many billy goats are left to hide and seek with? (repeat until all the billy goats are gone)

Washington's "Farewell"  was published at the end of his second term and was reprinted in newspapers across the country. The President began the letter during his first term intending to retire but was persuaded by Hamilton and Jefferson to run for a second. By the end of that term he was the object of scurrilous press attacks and alarmed by the growing partisan bitterness. Fearful for the country's future, Washington pled with his countrymen to resist hyper-partisanship and foreign alliances.

Frederick Douglass in Brooklyn by Frederick Douglass