October is Adopt a Shelter Dog Month! Considering adding a furry friend to your family? Give a second chance to a dog looking for a forever home. Visit the local rescue shelters in our area such as the Happy Days Dog and Cat Rescue or the Michigan Humane Society. Once you've adopted your forever friend, check out these inspiring books about rescued shelter dogs!

When Cara felt her teenaged children slipping away and saw an empty nest on the horizon, she decided the best way to fill that void was with dogs--lots of them--and so her foster journey began.In 2015, her Pennsylvania farm became a haven for Operation Paws for Homes. There were the nine puppies at once, which arrived with less than a day's notice; a heart- worm positive dog; a deeply traumatized stray pup from Iraq; and countless others who just needed a gentle touch and a warm place to sleep. Operation Paws for Homes rescues dogs from high-kill shelters in the rural south and shuttles them north to foster homes like Cara's on the way to their forever homes.What started as a search for a good dog, led to an epiphany that there wasn't just one that could ll the hole left in her heart from her children gaining independence--she could save dozens along the way. The stories of these remarkable dogs-- including an eighty-pound bloodhound who sang arias for the neighbors--and the joy they bring to Cara and her family (along with a few chewed sofa cushions) fill the pages of this touching and inspiring new book that reveals the wonderful rewards of fostering.When asked how she can possibly say goodbye to that many loveable pups, Cara says, "If I don't give this one away, I can't possibly save another." Filled with humanity and hope, Another Good Dog will take the reader on an journey of smiles, laughs, and tears--and lead us to wonder how many other good dogs are out there and what we can do to help. 

Bodie, mystery mix rescue pup, is on death row in a Los Angeles dog shelter, having been abandoned by his owner. Belinda, a heartbroken woman, is in a heap on the floor of her vintage apartment, having been dumped by the man of her dreams. Two lost souls ready to find a new life--together. Belinda falls in love with Bodie the moment he plants his furry butt on her bare, flip-flopped foot. Soon, the two embark on a 2,000-mile West Coast road trip, taking in spectacular Big Sur, a pack run in the wilds of Oregon, afternoon tea at Doris Day's dog-loving hotel in Carmel, a fragrant encounter with the creator of Kennel No.5 furfume, and a bar stop in a small town near San Francisco where a dog was elected mayor and served for thirteen years . . .

On their soul-searching adventure, Belinda and Bodie cruise along California State Route 1, one of the most iconic highways in America, heading towards Portland, Oregon--repeatedly voted one of the most dog-friendly cities in America. Join Belinda and Bodie on this feelgood road trip, and you, too, will feel the wind in your hair and a wag in your tail! 

The Open LEGO Builders were given the following prompt: 

It is the spookiest time of year, young Frankensteins!
That can only mean one thing: we need you to create for us the spookiest creature for Halloween!
Build us a monster!

___ What kind of scary creature is it?

___ Where does this spooky creature live?

___ How does it commit its spooky acts?

Adavy: The Flatterer: Haunted Future Car
Cassie: No-Headed-Flag Boat: A Ghost Ship that lives deep in the water

Closed session to discuss library director’s evaluation, per request by E. Davis.

Present: Michelle Farell, Jasmine Lee, Jane Pandit, Don Turner, Amy Watts

Absent:  Nancy Eggenberger

  • The board moved into closed session to discuss the library director’s evaluation for 2018.                                     

    A. Watts moved and J. Lee supported a motion to return to open session.

    The motion passed unanimously, 18/10-18-1CS

Investigator Theresa Argie and journalist Eric Olsen team up to take you on a first-person tour of some of America's most active paranormal hotspots. Experience the crawl through the death tunnel where visitors have reported sightings of an inhuman creature that creeps along the walls and ceilings. Walk the decks of the Queen Mary with the dozens of souls that met their ends in watery graves. And get to know the spirits that wait in prisons, mansions, lunatic asylums, and even a stately old hotel.

Winter Snow Spree

Join us in celebrating family, snow, and all things winter! A reindeer from Carousel Acres will be visiting with us outside as the Canton Express will be giving train rides around the loop, so please dress for the weather! Then come inside and warm up with some hot chocolate, stories, crafts and more. Enjoy while supplies last.

No registration required and all ages are welcome.

Upcoming sessions

Tuesday, December 18 - 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM Community Room

The Chairperson, Michelle Farell, called the meeting to order at 7:31 PM.

Present:           Michelle Farell, Jasmine Lee, Jane Pandit, Don Turner, Amy Watts

Absent:            Nancy Eggenberger

Also Present:  E. Davis, K. Gladden

  • CALL TO AUDIENCE  (R. Bonner, L. Golden, P. Jenkins, D. McHugh, N. Szczepanski) – None     

The agenda was approved by unanimous consent.


The minutes were approved by unanimous consent.


The minutes were approved by unanimous consent.

    • The library is 75% of the way through 2018, as of 9/30/2018.  Due to payments made earlier in the year, Insurance and Capital Outlay are still trending higher; the Capital Outlay costs will be addressed by the Fund Balance transfer in December. Revenue items will be addressed in the 3rd Quarter Budget Amendment.
    • Rebecca Havenstein-Coughlin’s retirement reception for the public has been scheduled for Sunday, October 21st from 2-4 PM.
  • COMMITTEE REPORTS — The Director’s Evaluation Committee (Chair M. Farell, Secretary/Treasurer J. Lee and Trustee A. Watts) met on October 1st to review Director Eva Davis’ self-evaluation and any evaluations received from library staff members.
    • Presentation by Engie Services — E. Davis told the board that, even if the board ultimately decided not to contract with Engie Services in 2019, there would still be money in the Professional and Contractual budget to pay for a feasibility study. Until such a study is completed, there is no way to know which projects might need to be done in 2019.
    • 62 Days of Summer — Community Relations Department Head Laurie Golden briefly presented an overview of the 2018 62 Days of Summer program.
    • Revised Employee Handbook Policy (1st reading)  — Vice-Chair D. Turner suggested that language in the policy be changed to reflect that the board has no input in the staff dress policy.
    • Revised Circulation Policy (1st reading) — The proposed changes primarily improve access for patrons by removing limits on borrowing for non-residents, and making library cards applied for online valid for 90 days.
    • 3rd Quarter Budget Amendment — D. Turner moved and J. Pandit supported a motion to approve the 3rd Quarter Budget amendment as proposed.

       The motion passed unanimously 18/10-18-1.

  • Closed session for Director’s Evaluation — Director E. Davis requested that the board move into closed session for the purpose of discussing her yearly performance evaluation.


Roll call vote:

Jane Pandit: yes

Amy Watts: yes

Jasmine Lee: yes

Don Turner: yes

Michelle Farell: yes

The motion passed unanimously 5-0-0



    The meeting was adjourned at 9:34 PM.  

The Great American Read wraps up tonight with the reveal of the book that was voted America's favorite.

Kicking off in May, this eight part documentary series hosted by Meredith Viera looked at 100 of America's best-loved novels. The PBS series explored the authors behind the novels, the role in which the titles shaped America, and offered testimonials from celebrities and other book lovers.

Approximately 7,200 people participated in the initial selection of the 100 titles, and participants were then encouraged to vote to narrow down the list first down to 40, then down to 10. The list contains a broad range of fictional titles, authors, time periods, countries, genres and subject matter.