• The Chairperson, Michelle Farell, called the meeting to order at 7:30 PM.


Present:           Nancy Eggenberger, Michelle Farell, Jasmine Lee, Jane Pandit, Amy Watts

Absent:            Don Turner

Also Present:  E. Davis, K. Gladden


  • CALL TO AUDIENCE (L. Golden, R. Havenstein-Coughlin, M. Nicholson, R. Noble, N. Szczepanski)



The agenda was approved by unanimous consent.



The minutes were approved by unanimous consent.




  • DIRECTORS REPORT — The fiscal year is 83% completed.


At the December meeting, the board will be asked to approve a 4th Quarter Budget Amendment to adjust the actual expenditures as closely as possible to the anticipated expenditures. The goal is to apply contingency fund dollars to construction costs from this past winter. This will be balanced out by a Transfer of Fund Balance request, which will also be presented at the December meeting.


  • TRUSTEE COMMENTS — Secretary/Treasurer Jasmine Lee offered praise for the End of Connect Your Summer party in August.






  • Connect Your Summer 2017 Review — Community Relations Department Head Laurie Golden briefly presented an overview of the 2017 Connect Your Summer program, explaining how staff had changed much of the program to reflect patron priorities as gleaned from feedback from the previous year’s program.


  • Approve Proposed Date Change for December Library Board of Trustees Meeting to December 14, 2017 — Although Trustees Amy Watts and Nancy Eggenberger will be unable to attend a December 14th meeting, the rest of the board members agreed that the altered date would work better than that originally scheduled.


N. Eggenberger moved and A. Watts supported a motion to approve the proposed date change for the December Library Board of Trustees meeting to December 14.


The motion passed unanimously 17/11-16-1


  • Appeals of Patron Suspensions after 2nd Violation — Davis explained that, even though she has not received the requisite written notice from the patrons involved, it is possible that the board will receive requests to reconsider suspensions of two teens who had been read trespass earlier this year and were recently caught violating their suspensions.


The policy is mute on how such a situation should be addressed and Davis asked for direction in pursuing an update of the policy. Trustee N. Eggenberger expressed a strong desire that consequences attach to repeated violations of policy; Davis said that the library can ask Canton Public Safety for an additional trespass of one year after the initial trespass order expires. There was consensus that the board would be interested in updating the policy. Davis will look into best practices of other libraries in this type of situation, receive legal guidance, and bring back a policy update in the new year.


  • 2018 Officers — Chair Michelle Farell and Secretary/Treasurer Jasmine Lee indicated their willingness to remain as officers in their present roles for 2018; Don Turner has not indicated his position regarding staying on as Vice-Chair. The board will vote at the December meeting.





The meeting was adjourned at 8:21 PM.  

In case you missed our Turkey storytime this week, don't worry. Here are some of the fun stories and songs we shared, plus some extras to do your own wild turkey storytime at home.

From Storytime

Gobble, gobble by Cathryn Falwell

A child observes wild turkeys through the seasons. Includes facts about this classic American bird.

Board Gaming League of Canton

Into board games like Catan, Carcassonne, or Ticket To Ride? Drop by the 1st Saturday of each month for our Board Gaming League of Canton meeting. Play some of the hottest games, sharpen you mental skills, and meet some new folks! No registration required.

Upcoming sessions

Saturday, January 6 - 12:00 PM to 5:45 PM Community Room
Saturday, February 3 - 12:00 PM to 5:45 PM Community Room
Saturday, March 3 - 12:00 PM to 5:45 PM Community Room
Saturday, April 7 - 12:00 PM to 5:45 PM Community Room
Saturday, May 5 - 12:00 PM to 5:45 PM Community Room
Saturday, June 2 - 12:00 PM to 5:45 PM Community Room

Yu-Gi-Oh! Card Battle

Join us for our monthly Yu-Gi-Oh! club. Play the card game with some new folks who believe in the "heart of the cards" as much as you do. Never played before? Doesn't matter. We'll supply the cards for you and teach you how to play. 11 & up. No Registration required.

Upcoming sessions

Wednesday, January 10 - 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM Community Room
Wednesday, February 14 - 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM Community Room
Wednesday, March 14 - 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM Community Room
Wednesday, April 11 - 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM Community Room
Wednesday, May 9 - 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM Community Room

The Canton Public Library Board of Trustees has approved the following change:

The December Board Meeting will take place

Thursday, December 14, 2017 at 7:30 PM

The movie Wonder, based on the smash hit novel by R.J. Palacio, is hitting theaters this weekend. If you haven't read the book yet, you can add your name to the hold list for either the book, audiobook, or ebook. If you're looking for more feel good stories featuring an underdog student, we've compiled a list of suggestions.

Also available in: audiobook

Collects three stories featuring Auggie Pullman told from Julian, Charlie, and Charlotte's perspectives.

2018 LEGO® Building Contest

LEGO® creation

Attention Builders! It’s time for our LEGOs® in SPACE! Building Contest. Show us your most creative, outer space design. It could be a space ship, a space battle, an alien, or even a scene from a space themed book or movie. There are multiple divisions based on age: K-2nd, 3rd-4th, 5th-6th, 7th-8th, 9th-adult.  Contestants may enter individually or as part as a team.  Registration begins Wednesday, December 20, and the Contest will take place Wednesday, January 3.   Entries must be dropped off on January 2 between 6:00-8:00 PM or on January 3 between 9:00 AM-12:00 PM. A public viewing will be held on Wednesday, January 3, 3:00-6:00 PM and an awards ceremony at 7:00 PM.  Patrons will have the opportunity to cast their vote for a Popular Vote winner separately from age category winners that will be chosen by our judges.

Contest Rules

  1. Use your own LEGO®, Duplo, Megablocks or other LEGO® compatible plastic bricks, motors and materials.
  2. Entries must be your own creation, not a LEGO® designed kit or a project found online, in a book, or in a magazine.
  3. Your creation may not be larger than 2’ x 2’ x 2’.
  4. Participants must register online (beginning December 20) to ensure a space for display. Please also fill out the paper entry form (downloadable from the CPL web site) and bring it with you when you drop off your entry.
  5. Each person may enter only once. You may enter as an individual OR as part of a team but not both. Entering as a team is a way for families and friends to build together. Team entries will be judged in the age category of the oldest team member.
  6. You must adhere to the following participation schedule (see below).
  7. Canton Public Library cannot assume responsibility of LEGO® creations while they are on display, though we will have someone monitoring the room at all times.
  8. Entries must be taken home by Wednesday, January 3, by 8:45 PM.

Participation Schedule

  • Tuesday, January 2
    • 6:00-8:00 PM: drop off entries
  • Wednesday, January 3
    • 9:00 AM-12:00 PM: drop off entries
    • 12:00-3:00 PM: room closed for viewing set-up and judging
    • 3:00-6:00 PM: public viewing and popular vote casting
    • 6:00-7:00 PM: room closed for popular vote tallying and ceremony set-up
    • 7:00-8:00 PM: awards ceremony



Upcoming sessions

Wednesday, January 3 (All day) Community Room

Preschool STEAM

STEAM stands for Science Technology Engineering Art Math and we will have lots of fun exploring STEAM topics through books and hands-on activities. This program is open to children ages three to five years old with a caregiver. Registration is required. 

Upcoming sessions

Friday, January 5 - 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM Community Room Winter Wonderland Registration required.

Teen Fiction

Far from the tree by Robin Benway

Grace, an only child who was adopted at birth, discovers that she is the middle child in her biological family after she gives up her own child for adoption, and she struggles to bond with her stoic older brother and outspoken younger sister.