In 2017 the Canton Public Library Book Purchase Enrichment Fund was created through a generous anonymous donation from appreciative readers. This donation enhances our print collection through the purchase of literary fiction and literary genre fiction; or quality narrative nonfiction primarily in the areas of science, social science, the humanities, literary biographies, and history. If you're interested in contributing to the Canton Public Library Book Purchase Enrichment Fund, contact the fund's administrator, the Canton Community Foundation. Following are just a few of the books this thoughtful donation has allowed us to purchase in 2019. To find a complete list of books librarians have purchased with this money, keyword search the terms Book Purchase Enrichment Fund in our catalog.

These YA book covers will have you doing double takes! Which do you prefer?

You're Welcome Universe vs. Picture Us in the Light

You're welcome universe by illustrator Whitney Gardner

The summer months are a boom time for publishing and anticipated new titles being released, both stand-alones and books continuing a series.

While a book may not hit the library shelves until near its publication date, the library regularly orders titles far in advance which allows library users to search for it in the library Catalog and place a hold on it. CPL prides itself on a robust collection, and we are happy to ensure that users have access to the materials they are interested in.

Check out the list below to get an idea of some of the highly anticipated mystery titles coming to shelves this summer.

Such a perfect wife by 1950- Kate White

Blonde. Beautiful. A loving mother.

And missing since Monday.

On a sunny morning in late September, Shannon Blaine sets off for a jog along the rural roads near her home in Lake George, New York.  It's her usual a.m. routine, her "me time" after dropping the kids off at school...except on this day she never returns.

Is her husband lying when he says he has no clue where she is? Could Shannon have split on her own, overwhelmed by the pressures of her life? Or is she the victim of a sexual predator who had been prowling the area and snatched her before she knew what was happening.

True crime writer Bailey Weggins, on assignment for the website Crime Beat, heads north from New York City to report on the mysterious disappearance. An anonymous tip soon leads Bailey to a grisly, bone-chilling discovery. Every town has its secrets, Bailey reminds herself, and nothing is ever as perfect as it seems. She keeps digging for answers until--when it's almost too late--she unearths the terrifying truth. 

Terns of Endearment by Donna Andrews
Also available in: audiobook

Meg Langslow's grandfather has been booked by a cruise line to give lectures on birds and other environmental topics as part of their ship's education/entertainment itinerary, and Grandfather has arranged for a passel of family members to join him.

The passengers' vacation quickly becomes a nightmare when they wake up to find themselves broken down and in need of repairs in the Bermuda Triangle. To keep the stranded passengers calm, Meg's family and friends band together to keep things organized and provide entertainment. Some even take up the cause of nursing an injured tern back to health.

But things get even worse when a crew member announces to all that a woman has jumped overboard, leaving behind her shoes, shawl, and a note. The note reveals she's the mortal enemy of group of writers who came on board for a retreat, and the group is split on whether suicide is in-character for her. Meanwhile, grandfather's assistant Trevor seems to have gone missing too!

The captain decides not to investigate, saying he'll notify American authorities when they reach their destination. But Meg's father thinks they should find out whether there was foul play while the prime suspects are all stuck on board. Who wanted the writer dead? Why doesn't the captain seem concerned? What happened to Trevor? It'll be a race against the clock to solve these mysteries before they make the necessary repairs and return to shore.

Terns of Endearment is the twenty-fifth book in New York Times bestselling author Donna Andrews' hilarious Mag Langslow mystery series. 

STEM for Adults!

Tired of your kids having all the fun? Blast off with us during our Adult STEM program as we design, build, and launch rockets. We will learn that maybe Rocket Science isn't that hard after all! There will be rocket building, flying contests, and prizes! We will attempt to make Matchbox Rockets, Vinegar and Baking Soda Rockets, Stop Rockets, and Water and Air Rockets.  This program is for 18 years and older. Now it's our turn to have all the fun!

Upcoming sessions

Wednesday, July 10 - 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM Community Room Rocket Science Register

The Chairperson, Amy Watts, called the meeting to order at 7:31 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, R. Fairchild, L. Golden, P. Jenkins, D. McHugh, M. Nicholson, S. Sharma, M. Swartz, N. Szczepanski, A. Watkins) – None


The agenda was approved as amended by unanimous consent.


The minutes were approved by unanimous consent.


2018 Audit Presentation  — Melanie Crowther, Mike Swartz, and Alicia Watkins of Plante Moran presented the findings from their audit of the 2018 fiscal year. Swartz, in his final appearance as the library’s partner, spoke at length of watching the library grow and succeed since its inception and stated that the audits get steadily cleaner, year by year. It has been, he said, his pleasure to be the library’s auditor. Vice Chair N. Eggenberger thanked Swartz for many great years with him at the helm of the library’s audits.

    • The library is 25% through 2019 as of 3/31, and on track with a few of the usual exceptions. Fringe Benefits are trending higher due to the MERS lump sum payment that was made early in the year.  Also, insurance and many contracts and licensing fees are paid in the first quarter, so both Insurance and Professional & Contractual are trending higher.  Vending machine income was down for the month, as is traditional at this time of year, but is expected to go up in spring/summer.  Auto-renewal will be implemented effective May 1, which will affect the revenue from fines income.
    • Library Giving Day netted $5,050 in donations, which the Friends will match up to $5,000.
    • The parking lot construction project is behind schedule because of the rainy weather. The Friends’ book donation shelves have been demolished and a temporary shelving unit placed on the porch by the staff entry door. Due to gas mains in the area of the new Friends’ donation work space, all concrete must be broken up by hand. 
  • TRUSTEE COMMENTS — Trustee Jasmine Lee asked whether Director Eva Davis had heard back from the director of the Livonia Public Library re: the Patron in Good Standing form. Davis has not.
    • Approve Exhibit and Display Policy Revision — N. Eggenberger moved and M. Farell supported a motion to approve the Exhibit and Display Policy revision as presented.
      The motion passed unanimously 19/4-18-1.
    •  Approve Paid Medical Leave Policy Revision — M. Farell moved and N. Eggenberger supported a motion to
       approve the Paid Medical Leave Policy revision as presented.

        The motion passed unanimously 19/4-18-2.

    • Accept 2018 Audit — J. Lee moved and N. Eggenberger supported a motion to accept the 2018 audit as presented.
      The motion passed unanimously 19/4-18-3.
    • 1st Quarter Budget Amendment Request — M. Farell moved and J. Lee supported a motion to approve the 1st Quarter Budget Amendment as presented.
      The motion passed unanimously 19/4-18-4.
    • 2020 Budget Discussion (Expenditures) — Capital Replacement Schedule
       Business Service Department Head Marian Nicholson reviewed items on the Capital Replacement   
       Schedule, some of which are included on the ENGIE Engineering Services proposal. The rationale for
       grouping some replacements together (even if not scheduled for replacement at the same time) was
        explained.  Trustee J. Lee expressed her wish to see equipment replacement costs, stripped of engineering
        and other costs, before making a decision.
    • Audit Services Discussion — The board indicated a desire to see various multi-year proposals from Plante Moran.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:52 PM.  

Starting April 26 through May 3, it's National Infant Immunization Week! Since 1994, National Infant Immunization Week has focused on the vital role vaccination plays in disease prevention. Vaccines safely protect our children and communities against contagious diseases. According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control), the number of reported cases of measles has reached its highest number in the United States since the disease was eradicated in 2000. Michigan is one of 22 states experiencing a measles outbreak. Stay informed by consulting with your doctor and for some perspective on the history of viral diseases, here's some resources from our health collection.    

Smallpox, yellow fever, malaria, and polio, fearful diseases that once beset Americans, are now largely, just unhappy history. Yet from our confrontations with these past plagues come lessons that inform today's struggles to understand and remedy problems like HIV/AIDS, coronary heart disease, and Ebola infection. American Plagues weaves stories of encounters with epidemics over our history with lessons that aid our present understanding of health and disease. Doctors and clergy, writers and newsmen, public health institutions, and even an entire town relate their personal experiences with various outbreaks and the ways they were identified, contained, and treated. The stories are filled with ambition and accomplishment, jealousy and disappointment, public spirit and self-interest, egotism and modesty. Some episodes lead to vital discoveries. Others were unproductive. Yet each proved instructive and expanded our abilities to gather and process information in ways that improve medicine and public health today. American Plagues gives readers insights into some of the people and events that make up our rich public health history as well as skills to better grasp the complex health information that cascades upon us from the media.

Ever since we started huddling together in communities, the story of human history has been inextricably entwined with the story of microbes. They have evolved and spread amongst us, shaping our culture through infection, disease, and pandemic. At the same time, our changing human culture has itself influenced the evolutionary path of microbes. Dorothy H. Crawford here shows that one cannot be truly understood without the other. Beginning with a dramatic account of the SARS pandemic at the start of the twenty-first century, she takes us back in time to follow the interlinked history of microbes and man, taking an up-to-date look at ancient plagues and epidemics, and identifying key changes in the way humans have lived-such as our move from hunter-gatherer to farmer to city-dweller-which made us vulnerable to microbe attack. Showing how we live our lives today-with increasing crowding and air travel-puts us once again at risk, Crawford asks whether we might ever conquer microbes completely, or whether we need to take a more microbe-centric view of the world. Among the possible answers, one thing becomes clear: that for generations to come, our deadly companions will continue to shape human history.

STEM Robotics: Sphero Workshop

Learn block programing and test your problem solving skills. This 4 hour workshop is designed to delve into some of the advance programming tricks you can do with our Sphero robots. Work your way through a series of challenges to take you from novice to master! No previous experience required. Ages 11 - 18. Registration begins on June 10.

Upcoming sessions

Wednesday, July 10 - 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM Community Room

Pom Pom Project

Make something creative out of mini pom poms with some new folks who love to craft cute things as much as you do! Take your creations home, or show them off by hanging them from our library ceiling to celebrate 62 Days of Summer. Ages 11-18. No registration required.

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Upcoming sessions

Thursday, June 20 - 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM Friends' Activity Room