When you combine a love of animals with an appreciation for good humor, what do you get? A lot of great things to read! For readers who love Elephant and Piggie and Pig the Pug, here is a selection of fiction and nonfiction to keep you laughing.

Llama destroys the world by Jonathan Stutzman
Also available in: video

Eating too much pie causes Llama to rip his dancing pants, opening a black hole and threatening the entire universe. Check out more books by Jonathan Stutzman.

I'm Trying to Love Spiders will help you see these amazing arachnids in a whole new light, from their awesomely excessive eight eyes to the seventy-five pounds of bugs a spider can eat in a single year! Bethany Barton also tackles bees in a humorous and welcoming way.

If you are looking for suggestions for a not-yet-reader who has just begun their reading journey, browse this list for some ideas to get them started. Don't forget to keep reading together to continue building their vocabulary and reading positivity. Take a look at our Early Literacy databases or Part 2 for additional resources.

I can run by Murray Head

The I Like to Read series is a great place to start. Featuring simple storylines and simple sentences, a variety of authors and illustrators and topics give readers an abundance of choice. The newer editions have Guided Reading levels clearly printed on the cover.

Today I will fly! by Mo Willems

Gerald and Piggie team up to deliver a fun, thoughtful introduction to reading. Entirely made up of dialogue, highly relevant plotlines, and a lot of repetition, the Elephant and Piggie series is delightful to read aloud, and is a fantastic way to keep reading from becoming a chore.

September 1, 1939. Hitler's armies invaded Poland, igniting the start of World War Ii.

September 2, 1666. The Great Fire of London began, raging for three days.

September 3, 1783. The Treaty of Paris, ending the Revolutionary War, was signed by John Adams, Ben Franklin and John Jay.

Chadwick Boseman will be long remembered for playing powerful Black icons. Boseman had starred as multiple historical and popular figures including Jackie Robinson, Thurgood Marshall, and James Brown. But he is best know for inspiring movie-goers of all ages worldwide as The Black Panther. You can find all these films and more in the library collection. RIP and Wakanda Forever!


Summer titles are still hitting shelves! And while library browsing may currently be unavailable, users can still browse new materials that have arrived or are on order. If there is a title you're interested in, place it on hold and try the library's holds pick-up. We are also always available to help you over the phone with titles or authors you are interested in. 

In the meantime, here are some of the new large print titles that have arrived this summer.

Also available in: print | audiobook | e-audiobook

On Winston Churchill's first day as prime minister, Adolf Hitler invaded Holland and Belgium. Poland and Czechoslovakia had already fallen, and the Dunkirk evacuation was just two weeks away. For the next twelve months, Hitler would wage a relentless bombing campaign, killing 45,000 Britons. It was up to Churchill to hold his country together and persuade President Franklin Roosevelt that Britain was a worthy ally--and willing to fight to the end.

In The Splendid and the Vile, Erik Larson shows, in cinematic detail, how Churchill taught the British people "the art of being fearless." It is a story of political brinkmanship, but it's also an intimate domestic drama, set against the backdrop of Churchill's prime-ministerial country home, Chequers; his wartime retreat, Ditchley, where he and his entourage go when the moon is brightest and the bombing threat is highest; and of course 10 Downing Street in London. Drawing on diaries, original archival documents, and once-secret intelligence reports--some released only recently--Larson provides a new lens on London's darkest year through the day-to-day experience of Churchill and his family: his wife, Clementine; their youngest daughter, Mary, who chafes against her parents' wartime protectiveness; their son, Randolph, and his beautiful, unhappy wife, Pamela; Pamela's illicit lover, a dashing American emissary; and the advisers in Churchill's "Secret Circle," to whom he turns in the hardest moments.

The house of Kennedy [large print] by 1947- James Patterson
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The Kennedys have always been a family of charismatic adventurers, raised to take risks and excel, living by the dual family mottos: "To whom much is given, much is expected" and "Win at all costs." And they do--but at a price.

Across decades and generations, the Kennedys have occupied a unique place in the American imagination: charmed, cursed, at once familiar and unknowable. The House of Kennedy is a revealing, fascinating account of America's most storied family, as told by America's most trusted storyteller.

If you've read everything by the hilarious David Sedaris, try one of these novels, memoirs, or essay collections for more humor!

Immune Boosting Soup Cooking Class with Chef Val

The best way to boost your immune system it through whole, organic foods. In the cooking class, Chef Val will teach how to make, Lentil Brown Rice Sweet Potato Turmeric Soup. Attend and you will learn about the  healing benefits of the ingredients some of which will be: red lentils, brown rice, turmeric, garlic, sweet potatoes, fresh turmeric root and more. You can follow along as Chef Val teaches, or you can get all the ingredients and cook as Val teaches. Recipe is vegan, organic, whole foods, and absolutely delicious! 

Chef Val has been in the food industry since 1985 and has been teaching vegan, macrobiotic cooking classes since 1997. She is the author of 5 cookbooks, her latest is Summer Season Healthy and Delicious Cooking. She is a teacher, personal chef, counselor and is host of the on line radio show, REAL FOOD with Chef Val. 

This program will take place via Zoom and registration is required. Participants will receive both the recipe and shopping list in advance of the program. Zoom links and information on joining the presentation will be sent out the day before the program. 

Registration begins September 2 and ends September 14


Upcoming sessions

There are no upcoming sessions available.

If you enjoy the American Girl Smart Girl's Guide series, you might enjoy these other books about growing up, health and wellness, fun things to do, and inspirational people.

In a world where people spend more time engaging through screens than in real-life interaction, showing basic human kindness can feel like a lost art. Be Kind is a compilation of actionable things kids can do in their daily lives to make the world a kinder place.

Step into your power by Jamia Wilson

A guide for girls instructs them in how to harness their own power to succeed and grow, discussing the importance of community, making good choices, action, and self-care.

Looking for a suspenseful read with twist and turns? These thrillers and mysteries will have you turning pages late into the night!

Too close to breathe by Olivia Kiernan

August 20, 2020 – 7:30 PM

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


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

Absent:            D. Turner

Also Present:  E. Davis, K. Gladden

CALL TO AUDIENCE   (L. Golden, M. Hathaway, A. Iqbal, D. McHugh, M. Nicholson, C. Swanberg, D. Skopczynski) – None



The agenda was accepted by unanimous consent.



The minutes were accepted by unanimous consent.





The curved piano window in the fireplace area of the library is tentatively scheduled to be replaced on August 27; this will be the final project under the library’s Phase I agreement with ENGIE Services.


The directors of both the West Bloomfield Township and Baldwin (Birmingham) libraries have announced their retirements.


Circulation Assistant Judy England will retire at the end of the month after 33 years, joining librarian Carol Kuchta (who is retiring at the end of September) and former Circulation Services Department Head Nancy Szczepanski, who retired in July.


As of July 31, the library was 58% through the fiscal year. The second State Aid to Libraries check was $7,000 more than budgeted; this will be recognized in the 3rd Quarter Budget Amendment. Penal fines have not been received yet; those libraries that have received theirs have reported widely varying amounts so there is no way to predict how much will eventually be received. Other items (photocopy fees, overdue fines, vending commissions, and meeting room rentals) are down as a result of the shutdown and will be adjusted in the 4th Quarter Budget Amendment.


Fringes are trending higher as a result of insurance and MERS pension payments made early in the year.


TRUSTEE COMMENTS — Vice-Chair Jasmine Lee asked why the library was using Zoom Pro for the board meeting, since a standard Zoom account was free. Director Eva Davis explained that the library had purchased Zoom Pro licenses for the Community Relations and Information Services departments and also one in the name of Information Technology Department Head Rudie Noble, which was the one used for board meetings. Zoom Pro offers additional functionality (no time limits, increased number of participants, ability for breakout rooms) not available with the free version. Secretary/Treasurer Michelle Farell stated that her Girl Scout troop had purchased Zoom Pro as well; Trustee Nancy Eggenberger said that most organizations had Zoom Pro. Chair Amy Watts added that the breakout room would be used to conduct Director Davis’ evaluation at the September meeting.





Update on Phased Reopening — MeL (Michigan eLibrary) interloans restarted August 10. Per Circulation Services Interim Department Head Denise Skopczynski, 624 requests for Canton Public Library materials were made during the period August 10-15; CPL patrons made 260 requests from other libraries during the same period. E. Davis expects that the numbers will even out as more libraries reopen.


Physical checkouts are approximately 20% of the normal number for this time of the year, due to the closure and the limits imposed on the number of holds allowed. The number of holds pickup slots will continue to increase.


Sunday hours will be reinstated on September 13. The department heads and managers continue to look at how to implement browsing, which will not happen before the end of September. Total capacity in the library building is 184 people, which includes staff, technology appointments, and potential browsers. Any plan would allow for a type of “grab and go” — patrons will not be able to linger; there will be no study room access, no seating, no unlimited computer access, etc.


Davis said that area libraries are all removing furniture and prohibiting lingering. The Plymouth District Library is requesting that patrons dash in and out but is not enforcing a time limit; patrons are only allowed on the main floor. Novi is using timers on a lanyard to alert patrons that their time is up; they are allowed to browse the entire building. Northville is seeing a low turnout, but their parking lot is under construction. Oakland County libraries are generally grab and go with limited browsing; one library hands out baskets to a limited number of incoming patrons, with no further entries allowed until  baskets are returned.


In the upcoming weeks, Business Services Department Head Marian Nicholson and HR Specialist Shipra Sharma will be reviewing with employees their options under the FFCRA (Families First Coronavirus Response Act), as well as updating Paylocity payroll codes to conform with the Act.


Proposed 2021 Budget & 2022-2023 Projections (2nd Draft) — The budget summary is now presented in GASB format, in accordance with the board preference expressed at the July meeting. Accountant Debbie McHugh had received notification that the library’s interest rate has been cut; as a result, anticipated interest income for 2021 has been adjusted downward. A Fund Balance transfer will be necessary to offset Capital Outlay.



2021 Schedule of Board Meetings and Library Closures (1st reading) — Davis pointed out that the June 24 meeting is the 4th Thursday of the month; she is anticipating that the Liberty Fest will be held in 2021, necessitating an early library closure on June 17 (which would normally be the board meeting date.) The Staff Inservice Day has been moved from Columbus Day to Veteran’s Day in 2021, as well.


Davis said that the 2020 staff inservice committee had decided to do some kind of asynchronous training and so a motion to remove the October 12 library closure date from the 2020 calendar would be brought to the board in September.





The meeting was adjourned at 8:02 PM.