Parenting the Montessori Way: Special Speaker

Banyan Montessori will present Ms. Debra Herron. Ms. Herron is from Montessori Science Solutions and is also an instructor at the Michigan Montessori Teacher Education Institute. She will be talking about some of the guiding principles of Parenting the Montessori Way including the importance of the ground rules, the many ways to talk to children, the child's absorbent mind and the importance of a prepared environment. Join us for this wonderful seminar.

Upcoming sessions

There are no upcoming sessions available.

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

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

Call to Audience

(H. Ahmad, C. DeBear, L. Golden, R. Havenstein-Coughlin, M. Nicholson, L. Papa, N. Szczepanski) – None

Approval of Agenda

The agenda was approved as amended by unanimous consent

Approval of General Meeting Minutes

The minutes were approved by unanimous consent.



Director’s Report

A public reception will be held from 1:00-3:00 PM for Building Monitor Bill Rice, who is retiring after 11 years of service.

Canton Township Leisure Services will hold a celebration for Olympic gold medalist and former Canton resident Allison Schmitt, at Heritage Park on Thursday, August 25 at 7:00 PM.

The library is almost 60% through the year and while some categories are trending high (insurance and capital expenditures), the financials are right on target overall.

Trustee Comments


Committee Reports


Unfinished Business & General Orders

Resolution to Approve and Accept Donation of Real Property and to Enter Into Easement Agreement and Maintenance Agreement — T. Hartnett moved and J. Fausone supported a motion to accept the Resolution as proposed.

Roll Call Vote:

Tom Hartnett: Yes

Don Turner: Yes

James Fausone: Yes

Sommer Foster: Yes

Nancy Eggenberger: Yes

The motion passed unanimously 16/8-18-2 (5-0-0)

Second Draft of 2017 Budget — E. Davis addressed board queries regarding the mechanism by which staff salary increases are determined, and projected Capital Outlay expenditures for 2019.

New Business

Presentation of 2017 PSIP IV Construction Projects

Chris DeBear of Library Design Associates presented the plans and proposals for the new tutor room, teen and used bookstore areas. During the planning process after numerous discussions with librarians and other staff members, it became apparent that the scope of the project needed to be expanded from what had originally been anticipated. He is very confident that this project will be completed in the timeframe and budget presented, and that it will not be difficult to keep the construction personnel occupied in one of the three project areas at all times.


He also explained how, after provisionally approving the architect’s initial plan for the Dumpster Enclosure project, Canton Township made additional requests during the final site approval process, which now require an increase to the budget as originally approved.

S. Foster moved and J. Fausone supported a motion to approve the expanded cost for the 2016 Dumpster Enclosure project as presented.

The motion passed unanimously 16/8-18-1.

Proposed 2017 Schedule of Board Meetings and Library Closures — S. Foster moved and T. Hartnett supported a motion to accept the schedule as presented.

The motion passed unanimously 16/8-18-3

Call to Audience



The meeting was adjourned at 8:20 PM.

Please join us on Saturday, September 24 at 4:00 PM in the Community Room for Count Me In. This is a sensory-friendly storytime filled with stories, songs and sign language especially designed for young children with developmental delays and disabilities. This program has been funded through the Dollar General Literacy Foundation grant.

Everything on a waffle by Polly Horvath

Eleven-year-old Primrose living in a small fishing village in British Columbia recounts her experiences and all that she learns about human nature and the unpredictability of life in the months after her parents are lost at sea.

Better Nate than ever by Tim Federle

An eighth-grader who dreams of performing in a Broadway musical concocts a plan to run away to New York and audition for the role of Elliot in the musical version of "E.T".

Raymie nightingale by Kate DiCamillo

Hoping that if she wins a local beauty pageant her father will come home, Raymie practices twirling a baton and performing good deeds as she is drawn into an unlikely friendship with a drama queen and a saboteur.

The mighty Miss Malone by Christopher Paul Curtis

Deza Malone, the smartest girl in her class in Gary, Indiana, accompanies her mother and older brother on a trip to find her father, an African American man who left to find work after the Great Depression hit. They end up in a Hooverville outside of Flint, Michigan, and her brother attempts to be a performer while Deza and her mother search for a home.

Give in to your summer cravings and support the Friends of the Canton Public Library at their fundraiser with Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt on September 7, 2016. Print out a copy of this flyer, or show the flyer on your phone when you’re checking out, and 20 percent of proceeds will be donated to the Friends of the Canton Public Library. Stop in with your flyer anytime from 11:00 AM to 10:00 PM on Sept. 7 at 6427 N. Canton Center Rd.

Raja Yoga Healing Meditation

Raja Yoga Meditation helps you reach a deeper understanding of yourself, your intrinsic positive qualities and your innate value. There is beauty in all of us and through meditation the inner beauty not only is revealed to the self, but also to the people around us. Join practitioners from the Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual University on the last Saturday of every month from 4:00-5:45PM, to explore these universal concepts and encourage your inner spiritual development toward a fresh perspective on values such as justice, freedom, respect and love. Sessions will be interactive and experiential, where your tools for the inward journey will be explored and shared.

Upcoming sessions

There are no upcoming sessions available.

Starfish Family Services Early Literacy Workshops

Starfish Family Services provide free, high quality, early literacy training to day care providers, caregivers and parents. They teach topics developed by the independent, non-profit HighScope Educational Research Foundation whose mission it is to train and develop people in early learning commuities. Join us on the second Monday of each month at 6:30PM as Starfish's instructors share one of over 30 training topics.  

Upcoming sessions

There are no upcoming sessions available.

Thorndyke and Stormtrooper

Hey Kids,

Our Final Party for Connect Your Summer is tomorrow. There will be so many wonderful things to see and do. You can see how much fun I had last year at the party, and I heard a rumor that there may be a few Star Wars characters walking around again. I am looking forward to celebrating another fun Connect Your Summer, and hope to see you at the party tomorrow.

While I had so much fun participating in CYS this year (I managed to read all about bears), I'm already looking forward to fall and more new books. So don't forget to stop inside the library before or after our party to check out just a few more books to get you through until school starts again. Some of my favorite non-bear picture books this year have been:

Gobbled by a snake, a crafty boy finds a find a way out of his predictament by encouraging the snake to eat an increasing number of animals.