Check out some of 2019's favorite movies as selected by the librarians of the Canton Public Library.

Happy New Year! Did you make your New Year's resolutions yet? The new year brings new beginnings and the opportunity to press the reset button. Hopefully, getting healthier and eating right will be a long lasting goal! Consider a change in your diet routine by eating clean. Clean eating is one way to improve your health and energy by choosing whole foods in their most natural state. Here some library resources to help you get started or find which diet was rated best by US News!

Complete with full-color photos of every recipe, Hungry Girl Clean & Hungry combines the best of Hungry Girl with the best of clean eating. The food is still guilt-free, and the portions are still huge...but now Lisa Lillien is highlighting CLEAN ingredients and doing away with artificial and processed foods. This book gives mainstream America delicious, satisfying, and clean recipes, using healthy ingredients found in supermarkets everywhere. 

Lose weight by eating guilt-free, low-calorie, unprocessed versions of all your favorite foods, with this helpful, accessible diet and cookbook--featuring more than 130 clean eating recipes and gorgeous full-color photos. At 275 pounds, Audrey Johns was unhealthy and unhappy--until the day she vowed to give up the "fake food" and taught herself to cook her favorites from scratch. Within eleven months, Audrey mastered the kitchen, began to take better care of herself, and lost more than 150 pounds--over half her body weight. Now, Audrey shares her story, insights, and clean eating recipes to help you slim down. Lose Weight by Eating includes more than 130 mouthwatering recipes for family favorites, including pasta, scones, fried chicken, nachos, meatloaf, and cookies--all bursting with flavor and fewer than 500 calories per serving. Most recipes use simple and inexpensive smart swaps and are full of hidden vegetables that keep you feeling fuller longer, and all are picky-kid-friendly and husband-approved.

The Canton Seniors Book Discussion Group meets on the fourth Thursday of every month from 2:00pm-3:00pm in the library's Friends' Activities Room. The books--in both regular and large print--for each discussion are provided and distributed the month prior. The December meeting is used to discuss what we've read throughout the year and enjoy tasty treats. Please join us in this welcoming, no registration-required book group!

January 23, 2020

The collector's apprentice : a novel by 1951- Barbara A. Shapiro

It's the summer of 1922, and nineteen-year-old Paulien Mertens finds herself in Paris--broke, disowned, and completely alone. Everyone in Belgium, including her own family, believes she stole millions in a sophisticated con game perpetrated by her then-fiancé, George Everard. To protect herself from the law and the wrath of those who lost everything, she creates a new identity, a Frenchwoman named Vivienne Gregsby, and sets out to recover her father's art collection, prove her innocence--and exact revenge on George. When the eccentric and wealthy American art collector Edwin Bradley offers Vivienne the perfect job, she is soon caught up in the Parisian world of post-Impressionists and expatriates--including Gertrude Stein and Henri Matisse, with whom Vivienne becomes romantically entwined. As she travels between Paris and Philadelphia, where Bradley is building an art museum, her life becomes even more complicated: George returns with unclear motives . . . and then Vivienne is arrested for Bradley's murder.

January 1, 1660. Samuel Pepys began writing his famous diary in which he chronicled life in London  - including the Great Plague during 1664 and 1665, and the Great Fire of 1666.

January 1, 1863. The Emancipation Proclamation was issued by President Abraham Lincoln, freeing the slaves in the states rebelling against the Union.

January 1, 1892. Ellis Island was opened in New York Harbor. Over 20 million immigrants were processed there until it closed in 1954.

  • The Chairperson, Amy Watts, called the meeting to order at 7:30 PM.

Present:           N. Eggenberger, J. Lee, J. Pandit, D. Turner, A. Watts

Absent:            M. Farell

Also Present:  E. Davis, K. Gladden

  • CALL TO AUDIENCE   (B. Bachelor, J. Do, L. Golden, A. Iqbal, K. McBride, D. McHugh, M. Nicholson, R. Noble, J. Parij, N. Szczepanski) – Teen Leadership Council volunteers Jenny Do and Kiersten McBride were introduced by Teen Librarian Brad Bachelor.        

The agenda was approved as amended by unanimous consent.


The minutes were approved by unanimous consent.


The minutes were approved by unanimous consent.

  • COMMUNICATIONS — Director Eva Davis distributed copies of the Community Relations department’s new quarterly publication, as well as the annual Christmas letter from former Library Board trustees George Snow and Cecil Young.

   Board Secretary/Treasurer Jane Pandit shared a program from the funeral service for Claire 
   Guarrella, the mother of the Friends’ Board President, Claire Spas.


   E. Davis stated that the board would find two sets of financial reports in their packets. The one
   for the period ending 10/31/19 was from the November meeting which was cancelled; the other
   reports cover the period ending 11/30/19.  As of that date, the library was 92% through the
   year; the 4th Quarter Budget Amendment will recognize and adjust for revenues and
   expenditures that fall over or under that number.

   Early Bird registration for the Public Library Association conference in February 2020 ends
   Friday, December 20. Any board members wishing to attend can email Marian Nicholson
   before the end of the day.

  • TRUSTEE COMMENTS — Trustee Jasmine Lee asked if ENGIE Engineering is on track with the projects the library had contracted with them.  They are on track and will be at the library on January 2 to begin the building control software project.

   J. Lee also inquired about the status of the library’s agreement with the online service Kanopy,
   and if the new contract with CloudLibrary was intended to replace Kanopy. Davis said that
   CloudLibrary is a new service, which has the added benefit of allowing library patrons access
   to items “owned” by other CloudLibrary subscriber libraries – in effect, interloaning eBooks and
   eAudiobooks. Trustee Don Turner asked if libraries were discussing possible over-saturation
   by the various e-applications being offered to patrons; for 2020, Davis is looking at “discovery
   layer” products which lay over the library catalog search and add in the items made available
   through the various subscription applications.

    • Approve 4th Quarter Budget Amendment — N. Eggenberger moved and J. Lee supported a motion to approve the 2019 4th Quarter Budget Amendment as presented.

      Upon questioning by D. Turner, Davis explained that various projects and expenditures either
      did not occur or came in under budget, not only allowing the library to pay for the 2019
      capital projects without requesting a transfer of funds from the Fund Balance, but also
      allowing for a transfer of funds into the Fund Balance.

      The motion passed unanimously, 19/12-19-1.

  •    Nomination and Election of 2020 Board Officers — N. Eggenberger moved and D. Turner  
       supported a motion to nominate and elect the slate of Amy Watts (Chair), Jasmine Lee
       (Vice-Chair) and Michelle Farell (Secretary/Treasurer).

       The motion passed unanimously, 19/12-19-2.

  •     Proposed Changes to Library Privacy Act — Davis said that the proposed changes, detailed     in various documents provided to the board, were the brainchild of Kent County Library
        Director Lance Werner, who worked with his state senator and attorney Anne Seurynck to
        solve problems he had been experiencing with the Act. Input from representatives of the 
        Michigan Library Association and directors of other Michigan libraries is now being solicited.
        Davis will keep the board informed.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:09 PM.  

For your convenience, here is a printable program calendar for January 2020. Please note the library's closure on January 1. We are also closed on December 31.

Serene Succulents

The winter can start to become a time of year when we crave things green and thriving. Succulents can be the perfect low-maintenance plant to introduce into your home or workspace! Exercise your green thumb and creative spirit as we design succulent arrangements. Containers can be decorated and treats will be offered. Come join us in creating a small bit of cozy for your winter home. 

All supplies will be provided. Ages 18 and up welcome. Space is limited and registration is required. 

Upcoming sessions

There are no upcoming sessions available.

Wish Keeper

recycled craft mobile with a paper pinwheel, yarn, beads, felt, and washi tape

It's always fun to get creative and decorate your own spaces. Join us to design and build a beautiful wall hanging that reflects your personality and can brighten your bedroom or locker. You could even give one as a gift. For patrons age 8-12. Registration required.

Upcoming sessions

There are no upcoming sessions available.

Just Dance Together

Join us on Monday, February 17th to play the dancing game: Just Dance. Can you keep up with the dancer on the big screen as we dance together? Participants are encourage to match the moves of the dancer on the big screen or make up your own moves. 

  • Recommended ages 6 and up
  • No Registration
  • Limited Space

Upcoming sessions

There are no upcoming sessions available.

Creative Candle Making

Join us in developing an original candle creation. We will have supplies on hand for adding color, fragrance, or touches of flair. You are welcome to bring your own container and supplies as well, such as a mason jar, flower petals, or essential oils. Limit one candle per attendee. 

Registration is required and begins January 23.

Upcoming sessions

There are no upcoming sessions available.