Please join us on Saturday, January 16 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.

On October 25, 1415, on a French hillside near the village of Agincourt, four men sheltered from the rain and prepared for battle. All four were English knights--ancestors of Sir Ranulph Fiennes--and part of the army of England's King Henry V. Across the valley, four sons of the French arm of the Fiennes family were confident that the Dauphin's army would win the day. Sir Ranulph Fiennes explains how his own ancestors were key players through the centuries of turbulent Anglo-French history that led up to Agincourt, and he uses his experience as expedition leader and soldier to give us a fresh perspective on one of the bloodiest periods of medieval history.

Away from the frontlines of World War II, in towns and villages across Great Britain, ordinary women were playing a vital role in their country's war effort. As members of the Women's Institute, an organization with a presence in a third of Britain's villages, they ran canteens and knitted garments for troops, collected tons of  herbs to replace medicines that couldn't be imported, and advised the government on issues ranging from evacuee housing to children's health. But they are best known for making jam: from produce they grew on every available scrap of land, they produced twelve million pounds of jam and preserves to feed a hungry nation. This fascinating history of the Women's Institute during the war provides the remarkable and inspiring true story behind the PBS Masterpiece series.

The American President is an enthralling account of American presidential actions from the assassination of William McKinley in 1901 to Bill Clinton's last night in office in January 2001.

The Chairperson, Nancy Eggenberger, called the meeting to order at 7:31 PM

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

Call to Audience

(L. Garrett, L. Golden, R. Havenstein-Coughlin, D. McHugh, M. Nicholson, L. Papa, N. Szczepanski) – E. Davis introduced Friends of the Library board member Linda Garrett, who spoke about the Friends' upcoming Beer & Wine Tasting Fundraiser at Tony Sacco's (January 20).

Approval of Agenda

The agenda was approved as amended by voice vote:

  • Ayes: Hartnett, Turner, Fausone, Farell, Foster, Eggenberger
  • Nays: none

    Approval of General Meeting Minutes

    The minutes were approved by unanimous consent.

    Approval of Closed Session Minutes

    The minutes were approved by unanimous consent.


    E. Davis shared with the board a “thank you” note from Doreen Hannon of the Salem-South Lyon District Library; Davis had given her a guided tour of the Canton Public Library, in advance of planned construction at Salem-So. Lyon.

    Director’s Report

    Canton Township attorney Kristen Kolb has had discussions with the library’s attorney, Scott Hogan, regarding the township’s Building Authority; reconstitution of the authority is on the township’s January 12 meeting agenda. Hogan has asked for the township’s timeline and will participate in discussions with the township’s attorney regarding property and parceling issues.

    Trustee D. Turner expressed apprehension that this is extending into another calendar year; his concern lies with ongoing attorney fees to settle the property matters.

    Chair N. Eggenberger asked about the outcome of the drainage issues; Davis explained that chunks of concrete and a tree growing inside the drain were the primary causes of the back-up; these issues have now been resolved.

    Trustee Comments

    Chair Eggenberger indicated that Vice Chair S. Foster would not be at the January 21st board meeting; Secretary/Treasurer M. Farell stated that she would also be absent.

    T. Hartnett moved and S. Foster supported a motion to change the January 2016 board meeting to January 28.

    The motion passed unanimously 15/12-17-1.

    Finance Committee Report


    Unfinished Business & General Orders

    Nomination and Election of 2016 Board Officers

    D. Turner moved and T. Hartnett supported a motion to re-elect the current slate of board officers.

    The motion passed unanimously 15/12-17-2

    New Business

    Approve 4th Quarter Budget Amendment - E. Davis briefly reviewed the proposed amendment.

    S. Foster moved and T. Hartnett supported a motion to approve the 4th Quarter Budget Amendment as presented.

    The motion passed unanimously 15/12-17-3

    Approve Fund Balance Transfers for Capital Expenditures and Debt Service

    J. Fausone moved and M. Farell supported a motion to approve Fund Balance transfers in the amount of $266,074 from the Fund Balance Assigned for Capital for Capital Expenditures, and $2,319,898 from the Unassigned Fund Balance for Debt Service, for a total Fund Balance transfer of $2,585,972.

    The motion passed unanimously 15/12-17-4

    Preliminary Monthly Agenda Planning

    - Discussion briefly ensued; board members will email suggestions re: agenda topics to E. Davis for compilation and discussion at the January 2016 meeting.

    Call to Audience


    Director's Evaluation

    E. Davis requested that the board move into closed session to discuss her evaluation.

    T. Hartnett moved and S. Foster seconded a motion to move into closed session to discuss the director’s 2015 evaluation.

    Roll Call Vote:

  • Ayes: Hartnett, Turner, Fausone, Farell, Foster, Eggenberger
  • Nays: none

    The motion passed unanimously 15/12-17-5


    J. Fausone moved and T. Hartnett supported a motion to increase the director’s salary and bonus as discussed in Closed Session.

    The motion passed unanimously 15/12-17-7


    The meeting was adjourned at 8:27 pm

Thursday, December 17, 2015

8:08 PM

Canton Public Library – Purple Room

Closed session to discuss library director's evaluation, per request by E. Davis.

  • Present:N. Eggenberger, M. Farell, J. Fausone, S. Foster, T. Hartnett, D. Turner

The board moved into closed session to discuss the library director's evaluation for 2015.

Sommer Foster moved and Tom Hartnett supported a motion to return to open session.

The motion passed unanimously 15/12-17-6CS

The National Film Registry of the Library of Congress has just announced it's list of inductees for 2015. Established in 1989, the films are selected for their enduring importance to United States culture. For a history of the Film Registry you can watch the fascinating documentary These amazing shadows: the movies that made America. Titles available in the Library's collection can be found below. The entire list — complete with film history — can be found here.

Circumstances propel a feeble-minded gardener, whose entire knowledge of life comes from watching television, into becoming adviser to a powerful but dying tycoon. Starring Peter Sellers and Shirley MacLaine.

Commercial motion pictures were invented at the Edison Laboratory between 1888 and 1893. Perhaps none of the component parts were strictly new, but the ability of Edison and his staff to reorganize them for a specific purpose was an extraordinary cultural achievement. In 1894, Edison was the sole producer of motion pictures in the world. Many Edison films continue to be impressive as the company employed such accomplished early directors as John Collins and Alan Crosland. This film made in January 1894 by W.K.L. Dickson, is also known as "Fred Ott's Sneeze" or simply "The Sneeze" and is one of the earliest film recordings,  as well as  the oldest surviving copyrighted motion picture.

Advanced English Language Learners — join us to read and discuss books in English. Books will be discussed until finished. Meets at 12:00 NOON in the Community Room Friday, January 8th and 22nd.

Practice speaking English in an informal setting with Community Literacy Council volunteers, January Thursdays in Group Study Room A and Fridays in the Community Room 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM. 

Calling all cyber-sleuths!  Develop your detective skills at Web Detectives on Wednesday, February 17, 2:00-3:00 PM, in the Library iLab.  You'll learn how to evaluate web sites and determine if the information they provide is reliable.  This program is for ages 9-12 and registration is required.

Macbook Pro Keyboard by Wee Keat Chin (CC BY 2.0) (modified with magnifying glass)

DiceRoll up some fun with kid-friendly Dungeons & Dragons Gaming. This monthly program takes place the fourth Monday of every month. Have fun using your imagination while also working on building problem-solving skills, practicing mathematics and chart-reading, and learning new vocabulary. The next session is February 22, 4:30-5:30 PM. All playing materials will be provided, but feel free to bring your own dice. This program is suggested for ages 9-12, and no registration is required.

Photo Dungeons & Dragons by River Siren (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Marie Laure lives with her father in Paris and is blind by age six. Her father builds her a model of their neighborhood, so she can memorize it and navigate the real streets. When the Germans occupy Paris, they flee to Saint-Malo on the coast. In Germany, Werner grows up enchanted by a crude radio he finds. He becomes a master at building and fixing radios, which wins him a place with the Hitler Youth. Werner travels throughout Europe, and finally to Saint-Malo.

Simon Watson, a young librarian, lives alone in a house that is slowly crumbling toward the Long Island Sound. His parents are long dead. His mother, a circus mermaid who made her living by holding her breath, drowned in the very water his house overlooks. His younger sister, Enola, ran off to join the circus six years ago. One day, an old book arrives on Simon's doorstep: a log from the owner of a traveling carnival in the 1700s, whose reports include the drowning death of a circus mermaid. Since then, generations of "mermaids" in Simon's family have drowned - always on July 24, which is only weeks away. Simon becomes increasingly worried about his sister. Could there be a curse on Simon's family?

Furiously Happy is about "taking those moments when things are fine and making them amazing, because those moments are what make us who we are, and they're the same moments we take into battle with us when our brains declare war on our very existence. It's the difference between "surviving life" and "living life". It's the difference between being "sane" and being "furiously happy."This is a book about embracing everything that makes us who we are - the beautiful and the flawed - and then using it to find joy in fantastic and outrageous ways.