Lunch and a Book September 2016

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The Turner house by Angela Flournoy
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The Turners have lived on Yarrow Street for over fifty years. Their house has seen thirteen children grown and gone--and some returned; it has seen the arrival of grandchildren, the fall of Detroit's East Side, and the loss of a father. The house still stands despite abandoned lots, an embattled city, and the inevitable shift outward to the suburbs. But now, as ailing matriarch Viola finds herself forced to leave her home and move in with her eldest son, the family discovers that the house is worth just a tenth of its mortgage. The Turner children are called home to decide its fate and to reckon with how each of their pasts haunts--and shapes--their family's future. The Turner House brings us a colorful, complicated brood full of love and pride, sacrifice and unlikely inheritances. 

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The Chairperson, Nancy Eggenberger, called the meeting to order at 7:30 PM.

  • Present:
    N. Eggenberger, M. Farell, T. Hartnett, D. Turner
  • Absent:
    S. Foster, J. Fausone
  • Also Present:
    E. Davis, K. Gladden


Call to Audience

(H. Ahmad, L. Golden, R. Havenstein-Coughlin, J. Lee, D. McHugh, M. Nicholson, L. Papa) – None

Approval of Agenda

The agenda was approved by unanimous consent

Approval of General Meeting Minutes

The minutes were approved by unanimous consent.



Director’s Report

Kathy Rich, the Canton Township Emergency Planner, asked if the library could be one of the community cooling centers, along with the Summit on the Park.

The newly reconstituted Canton Township Building Authority convenes on Tuesday (July 26) at 5:00 PM, when it is hoped they will finalize any issues surrounding the quit claim deed. The maintenance agreement will then need to be authorized by the township Board of Trustees; township attorney Kristin Kolb will notify E. Davis when the issue has been placed on the board’s meeting agenda. The library’s attorney, Scott Hogan, has recommended that the library postpone approval until after the Building Authority and the Township have approved everything first.

The Friends of the Library will have their annual budget meeting on Wednesday, July 27. The decisions made at that meeting will then allow Davis to present firmer budget numbers for the August board meeting, as the first draft of the 2017 library budget includes placeholders for contributions from the Friends, pending approval at their budget meeting.

The library is exactly 50% through the year and the financials are beginning to fall in line. Davis reminded the board that the financials do not reflect the 2nd quarter budget amendment that is later on the agenda, as she did not want to make presumptions about the board’s pending vote.

Trustee Comments

Chair N. Eggenberger expressed enthusiasm that the School of Information at the University of Michigan asked the Canton Public Library to participate in their research on the efforts and impact of public libraries in non-book lending roles, such as community events, in-library programs, and specialized services.

Committee Reports


Unfinished Business & General Orders


New Business

Approval of Proposed Second Quarter Budget Amendment

Trustee D. Turner clarified that the library’s standard procedure, when a surplus is realized at the end of a budget year, is to apply it to offset budgeted expenses (rather than transferring monies from the Fund Balance), or to add it to the Fund Balance.

T. Hartnett moved and M. Farell supported a motion to approve the Second Quarter Budget Amendment as presented.

The motion passed unanimously 16/7-21-1.

First Draft of 2017 Budget and 2018-2019 Projections

Discussion ensued regarding the first draft of the proposed budget; the Capital Assets Replacement Schedule; the proposed 2017-19 Information Technology Budget; and the proposed construction 2017 projects (teen area, tutor rooms and Friends bookstore renovations).

Trustee Turner, noting that last year the board instructed the director to set aside an amount that is roughly equivalent to the former annual bond payments, tein-Coughlinsuggested that the board consider making annual fund balance contribution goals a part of regular budget discussions in the future, as a way of building up and retaining a balance that is consistent with the auditor’s suggested $2 million.

Call to Audience



The meeting was adjourned at 8:17 PM.

The Canton Seniors Book Group meets on the fourth Thursday of the every month (except December) from 2:00-3:00 PM in Group Study Room A.  Librarians Elaine Skrzynski and Joyce Simowski alternately lead the discussion. No registration required.

The girl on the train by Paula Hawkins
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Thorndyke and Little Bear

Hey Kids,

I’ve been working on my Connect Your Summer badges. This is a lot of work! I’m lucky I’m On-the-Scene all the time, so finding good books and going to programs isn’t too hard for me. I’d love to hear about what you’re doing to earn your Connect Your Summer badges. If you have any good books or movies to suggest, you can leave them in the comments. I think my favorite book so far has been Finding Winnie, and my favorite movie was DisneyNature’s Bears. I need to work a little harder on my eLectrified badges, too.

Don't forget your last day to earn and claim badges is Wednesday, August 17 before the library closes at 9:00 PM. Then come to our final party on Saturday, August 20 for a fantastic wrap-up to the summer.

Bear hugs,


Looking for a lively book discussion? The Canton Seniors Book Discussion Group meets on the fourth Thursday of the month from 2:00PM-3:00PM in Group Study Room A at Canton Public Library.  Ask a librarian at the Information Desk for a copy of this month's selection. 

Also available in: audiobook

"A single woman considers her life, the life of the bold single ladies who have gone before her, and the long arc of slowly changing attitudes towards women"--.

ABC Activity Time

Mom with Child

ABC Activity Time will run for six weeks from September 12 - October 22. This is an informal session where parents, caregivers, children and babies meet together in a relaxed environment. This drop-in playtime includes sensory activities, puzzles, and games for children ages birth to 5, with caregiver. No registration required. Each playtime is preceded by a storytime, and takes place on

  • Mondays @ 10:30 AM 
  • Tuesdays @ 10:30 and 7:30 PM 
  • Wednesdays @ 10:30 AM 
  • Thursdays @ 10:30 AM and 7:30 PM
  • Fridays @ 1:30 PM
  • Saturdays @ 10:30 AM

NOTE that specific locations are listed below, and the library will be closed on Monday, October 10. There will be no programming that day.

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Family Storytime

Storytime Patrons Listening

Family Storytimes will run for six weeks from September 12 through October 22. These storytimes are designed for children ages 5 and under with a caregiver, and do not require registration. Each storytime is followed by a half hour of free play, and takes place on

  • Mondays @ 10:00 AM 
  • Tuesdays @ 7:00 PM 
  • Wednesdays @ 10:00 AM 
  • Thursdays @ 10:00 AM and 7:00 PM
  • Saturdays @ 10:00 AM

NOTE that specific locations are listed below, and the library will be closed on Monday, October 10. There will be no programming that day. 

Upcoming sessions

There are no upcoming sessions available.


Salvation Army logo

The Canton Public Library is working with the Salvation Army of Plymouth to help our students with the basic supplies necessary to be a success in school. From August 1-29, we will accept donations of pens in black, blue and red ink, No. 2 pencils, highlighters and glue sticks. Drop donations in the box near the library's main doors. We thank you for your help in supporting our community.

Pure Michigan Talent Connect is hosting a Virtual Career Fair from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM on Wednesday, August 10. Connect with employers and other job seekers online and interact with resources to help with your job search.

Click here to register.

Questions? Send a note to Looking for more information on local and online events for job seekers? Check out Pure Michigan Talent Connect's Career Event Calendar to learn more about upcoming job fairs and other events.

Fleeing Eastern Europe as the shadow of WWI looms large with nothing but twenty dollars in his socks, Nathan arrives in New York with the insatiable desire to make a better life, and within two years he sets up a shop of his own, hawking frankfurters for five cents at the sleepy little beach retreat of Coney Island. As New York booms, pushing trains and patrons to the shore, so too do Nathan's humble hotdogs. Within ten years he has the whole corner, and a brand as recognizable as Coca-Cola and Cracker Jack.