In 2009, Clinton Romesha of Red Platoon and the rest of Black Knight Troop were preparing to shut down Command Outpost (COP) Keating, the most remote and inaccessible in a string of bases built by the US military in Nuristan and Kunar in the hope of preventing Taliban insurgents from moving freely back and forth between Afghanistan and Pakistan. Three years after its construction, the army was finally ready to concede what the men on the ground had known immediately: it was simply too isolated and too dangerous to defend. On October 3, 2009, after years of constant smaller attacks, the Taliban finally decided to throw everything they had at Keating. 

Being a practising Muslim in a Western society is sometimes challenging, sometimes rewarding and sometimes downright absurd. How do you explain why Eid never falls on the same date each year; why it is that Halal butchers also sell teapots and alarm clocks. How do you make clear to the plumber that it's essential the toilet is installed within sitting-arm's reach of the tap? Zarqa Nawaz has seen and done it all.

Jackie Robinson : an integrated life by J. Christopher Schutz

Did you know that Gale Courses offers 6-week courses on a wide variety of topics, from computer skills and creative writing to health and wellness, or even starting a business. Learn to take a better photograph, publish your writing, design a website, or help your children become ready readers. Gale Courses has it all!

The Canton Public Library offers free Gale Courses to its cardholders, and the next set of classes is will begin on Wednesday, July 13. Learn on your own schedule, and receive a certificate of completion when you've finished. Our goal is to provide lifelong educational opportunities for you to gain new skills or improve existing ones. New sessions are offered every month. Take advantage of these instructor-led courses on our databases page!

Authors Loren D. Estleman, David Bell, Larry D. Sweazy, J.C. Lane, and Andrew Welsh-Huggins will be in Ann Arbor at Aunt Agatha's annual Summer Open House on Saturday, July 16.  This is a great chance to chat informally with your favorite authors - and find some new favorites.   

A collection of 18 previously published stories about gangsters, prostitutes, hitmen, feuding families, corrupt cops, and more who are driven to commit crimes.

Since she went away by David Bell

"From David Bell--bestselling author of Somebody I Used to Know and The Forgotten Girl--comes a chilling novel of guilt, regret, and a past that refuses to die.... Three months earlier, Jenna Springer was supposed to meet her lifelong best friend, Celia.But when Jenna arrived late, she found that Celia had disappeared--and hasn't been seen again. Jenna has blamed herself for her friend's disappearance every single day since then. The only piece of evidence is a lone diamond earring found where Celia andJenna were planning to meet, leading the national media to dub Celia "The Diamond Mom." And even though Jenna has obsessively surfed message boards devoted to missing persons cases, she is no closer to finding any answers--or easing her guilt. But when her son's new girlfriend--who suddenly arrived in town without a past--disappears, a stricken Jenna begins to unwind the tangled truth behind Celia's tragedy. And as long-buried secrets finally come to light, she discovers how completely lives can be shattered by a few simple lies"--.

Tag, you're dead by J. C. Lane

Six young people play a dangerous Game of Tag in public, chasing through the crowds, streets, and buildings of Chicago. This secret, one-of-a-kind, wildly expensive Game offers a macabre twist to the childhood version... if you get Tagged, you get Dead.

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

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

Call to Audience

(H. Ahmad, L. Golden, L. Hoelscher, D. Huntzicker, D. McHugh, M. Nicholson, L. Papa, N. Szczepanski) – None

Approval of Agenda

S. Foster moved and T. Hartnett supported a motion to approve the agenda as amended.

The motion passed unanimously 16/6-30-1.

Approval of General Meeting Minutes

The minutes were approved by unanimous consent.

Communications

E. Davis shared “thank you” notes from the Library of Michigan, where she had made a presentation on library security and dealing with difficult patrons; from the School of Information at the University of Michigan, where Davis had participated in a focus group re: curricula for Information and Library Science graduate programs; and from First Step, who thanked Community Relations department head L. Golden for spearheading a drive for First Step at the library earlier in the year.

Director’s Report

Davis reported that the library did not win the EBSCO solar grant for which it had applied; however, Business Services department head M. Nicholson was investigating options for other grants for which Building Supervisor J. Laffey could apply.

The Canton Township sidewalk program was placed on hold; the library’s sprinkler junction box needs to be moved, as well as some trees that lie in the path of the planned walkways. The library will be responsible for the junction box; removal of the trees will be negotiated.

The library learned from representatives of the League of Women Voters that since there will be no primary election for the open trustee positions, all candidates may expect to be contacted by the League and by D. Clem of the Canton Observer for their respective voter guides. Also, representatives of the local mosque have indicated their interest in hosting a forum for the trustee candidates.

Davis reviewed the financial reports as of the end of May; at approximately 42% of the way through the year, spending is on target although insurance expenditures are trending high, due to premiums being due in the first quarter, and in Capital Outlay, due to the Children’s Library renovation. These will fall into line over the course of the year.

In keeping with the auditors’ expressed wish that the library make small adjustments throughout the year, rather than one large one at the end, a second quarter budget amendment will be proposed at the July meeting.

Committee Reports

None

Unfinished Business & General Orders

Approve Proposed Policy Updates

S. Foster moved and M. Farell supported a motion to approve the proposed policy updates as presented.

The motion passed unanimously 16/6-30-4.

2017 Budget (Expenditures) Salaries Recommendation Discussion

Trustee D. Turner stated that the backup materials provided in the June packet were reassuring; he found the line graphs to be especially helpful. The trustees expressed their support for the administration’s goal of moving staff salary rates closer to the midpoint of the market compensation model, and directed that Davis prepare a draft budget that includes a 5.53% salary increase. Turner further indicated his desire that a one-page budget summary, clearly articulating the most important levers anchoring the budget (i.e. tax collection rates, salary recommendation and reserve balance fund), accompany the draft budget proposal.

2017 Budget (Revenues) Property Tax Collection Rate and Millage Rate Discussion

Davis informed the board that the Headlee amendment has triggered a Millage Reduction Fraction (MRF) and the new maximum millage rate that can be levied as of 2017 will be 1.5301 mills. Chair Eggenberger indicated that she would be comfortable if 1.5301 mills at a 98% collection rate is used to prepare the first budget draft; the rest of the trustees concurred. Davis reminded the board that multi-year capital improvement projects have been needed to restore the physical plant to good working condition; once the cycle has been completed, budgets will see a dedicated effort to rebuild the fund balance.

She also praised Building Supervisor Jim Laffey, whose detailed attention to maintaining the building and equipment have helped extend their lifespans.

New Business

2016-2017 Healthcare Plan Contract Options

Kapnick Insurance representative Dave Huntzicker spoke about changes to the library’s status, due to changes in interpretation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) guidelines. The library is now considered a small employer which means that, effective with the August renewal, the library must move to a new health insurance plan and will be charged at member level rates, rather than group rates. After explaining the differences amongst the Blue Care Network renewal policy, the BCN Platinum Option 1 policy and the comparable Priority Health Platinum policy, Huntzicker recommended that the board select the Option 1 (Platinum 500) plan, and the 80/20 cost sharing method outlined in P.A. 152.

T. Hartnett moved and M. Farell supported a motion to select Option 1 for the Employee Healthcare contract.

The motion passed unanimously 16/6-30-2.

D. Turner moved and M. Farell supported a motion to approve the 80/20 cost-sharing method for medical premiums as outlined by P.A. 152.

 

The motion passed unanimously 16/6-30-3.

Call to Audience

Friends of the Library Treasurer Larry Hoelscher told the board that the Friends have always been very happy with their relationship with the Canton Public Library Board of Trustees.

Adjourn

The meeting was adjourned at 8:35 PM.

The National Institute on Aging recommends older adults regularly include four types of exercise in your routine: Endurance Exercises to help you keep up with your grandchildren, Flexibility Exercises to bend down to tie your shoes, Strength Exercises to lift your carry-on up into the overhead bin, and Balance Exercises to walk along a cobblestone path...

Good balance is essential. Recent scientific studies point to good balance as an indicator for longevity. As we age, our balance and coordination begin to diminish, leading to a higher risk of falls. In fact, falls are the leading cause of injury among Americans over age 65. The Stand Strong workout presented in this handbook will guide you to improved balance through simple, easy to follow exercises. Now you can reclaim your independence and restore your confidence by improving your coordination and regaining your sense of balance by using Exercises for Better Balance as your guide to freedom and mobility, while helping you to lessen the risks of falls, improve your posture, and restore motor control, all while increasing your strength and energy.

Fitness after 50 by Walter H. Ettinger

It's never too late to get fit! Fitness After 50 shows you exactly how to get there, addressing all of your questions about exercise--and more. Whether you are completely new to exercise or are looking to fine-tune your existing program, this information-rich book will show you how to get started, stay on track, and have fun as you meet your fitness goals. This easy-to-understand manual also serves as a self-paced workbook, which teaches you what to ask your doctor about physical activity, how to exercise safely, and how to fit activity into your busy schedule. If you have an existing medical condition such as heart disease, osteoporosis, or diabetes, you will also find ways to adapt your activity level to your condition. Sample aerobic, muscular fitness, and combination programs are provided, along with lifestyle strategies for fitting activity into your daily routine. Fitness After 50 offers reliable advice you can trust. Authors Walter Ettinger, Brenda Wright, and Steven Blair are among the most highly regarded experts in the field of physical activity and health. And since all of them are over 50, they understand your needs and concerns firsthand. Easy to use and full of more than 50 forms, lists, and other learning tools, Fitness After 50 is the one-stop source for fitness information that you'll reach for again and again.

Body control: An overview on breathing and posture techniques before starting you workout, a daily program of fundamental movements and working the whole body. Plus a complete workout of advanced techniques. Weekly workout: Targets the deep postural muscles, builds strength from the inside out and re-balances your body.

A satirical comedy in which a British documentary crew follows a radical folksinger (and self-made millionaire) turned senatorial candidate as he blends singing, music videos and scandal on the campaign trail.

An outspoken, idealistic young California lawyer is persuaded to run for the Senate, and finds himself up against a political machine.

A hobo becomes an overnight celebrity. But, as usual, more fame leads to more power, and more power leads to more corruption. Will he be exposed as the fraud that he is?.

Scrapper by Matt Bell

For fans of The Dog Stars and Station Eleven , Scrapper traces one man's desperate quest for redemption in a devastated Detroit. "Has the feel of Cormac McCarthy's The Road set in present-day Motor City... powerful." -- Publishers Weekly Detroit has descended into ruin. Kelly scavenges for scrap metal from the hundred thousand abandoned buildings in a part of the city known as "the zone," an increasingly wild landscape where one day he finds something far more valuable than the copper he's come to steal: a kidnapped boy, crying out for rescue. Briefly celebrated as a hero, Kelly secretly avenges the boy's unsolved kidnapping, a task that will take him deeper into the zone and into a confrontation with his own past and long-buried traumas. The second novel from the acclaimed author of In the House upon the Dirt between the Lake and the Woods , Scrapper is a devastating reimagining of one of America's greatest cities, its beautiful architecture, its lost houses, shuttered factories, boxing gyms, and storefront churches. With precise, powerful prose, it asks: What do we owe for our crimes, even those we've committed to protect the people we love?

A motorcycle stunt rider turns to robbing banks as a way to provide for his lover and their newborn child, a decision that puts him on a collision course with an ambitious rookie cop navigating a department ruled by a corrupt detective.

Also available in: e-book | audiobook | large print

In New York Times bestselling author J.A. Jance's latest thriller, Ali Reynolds faces her most controversial mystery yet, solving the murder of a man whose Ponzi scheme bankrupted hundreds of people, and left them seeking justice...or revenge. When Ali's parents lose their life savings to a Ponzi scheme, her father goes to confront his long-time friend and financial advisor, only to stumble into the scene of a bloody double homicide. With her father suddenly a prime suspect, Ali and her husband work to clear her father's name, while at the same time seeking justice for her parents as well as the scheme's other suddenly impoverished victims, one of whom is a stone cold killer.

Canada Day celebrates the 1867 enactment of the Constitution Act which united the three colonies of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and the Province of Canada (Ontario and Quebec) into a single country. In honor of our northern neighbor read about some of her most illustrious native sons and daughters, past and present. For information on the history of Canada you can check here. For more noteworthy Canadians check here.

A dual portrait of the irrepressible orphan Anne of Green Gables and her creator covers such topics as the death of Montgomery's mother, her life on Prince Edward Island, and the inspiration for the "e" at the end of Anne's name..

An engaging, brilliant exploration of the life and work of the most famous architect of our time, and one of the few architects ever to be widely admired by both critics and the general public It discusses at length his major buildings: from his own house--an "exploded" Dutch Colonial in Santa Monica--to the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, which has almost single-handedly transformed contemporary architecture.

We currently have over 3500 large print books in our Adult collection to choose from with new titles being added throughout the year. From the classics to the cult favorites, our selection spans fiction and nonfiction across all genres.  This month we are spotlighting recently published Mystery selections.

When a Hollywood actress buys an old mansion in Haven Harbor, Maine, she hires Angie Curtis to appraise the estate's sizable collection of needlepoint pictures. But the more Angie examines the pieces, the more they seem to point toward a twenty-five-year-old murder--and the murderer.

Amy-Faye Johnson's book club, the Readaholics, is engrossed in Murder on the Orient Express, and Poirot's surprising resolution is stirring up debate. Is the solution remotely realistic? Is justice served? Well, it's fiction after all. Then, just as Amy-Faye is planning the grand opening of her brother Derek's pub, his hot-headed partner is murdered. To keep Derek from being railroaded as a suspect, Amy-Faye and the Readaholics take a page from Poirot and investigate. But the clues lead to unlikely places and surprising motives ...

Henryetta is full of gossip about the arrival of a controversial televangelist, but it's the death of a little old lady on Rose's street that catches her attention. The local police deem her death to be of natural causes, but Rose suspects foul play and so does an unlikely supporter -- the president of the Busy Body Club, her eighty-two-year-old neighbor Mildred.

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