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Digital Photo Project Session -CANCELED-

Do you have photos you’d like to share with friends and family? Want to turn some of your best pics into a creative project like customized note cards or a photo book? Whatever your skill level, join us Wednesday June 25, 6:30-8:00 PM in the Internet Lab for this hands-on help and work session. A library staff member will be on hand to offer help, advice and tips, including scanning prints and snapshots, creating a photo book, making customized photo gifts, editing and cleaning up digital images, posting pictures to social media sites or blogs, and transferring pictures from your phone or digital camera to a computer and more. Registration required.

NOTE: Support will be available only for photo editing applications installed on the library's public computers (such as MS Office, Paint and Paint.net, but NOT Photoshop or Photoshop Elements) or programs and services accessible from the internet. Come prepared to start or continue your own digital photo project. If you’re starting with printed snapshots, bring them with you. If you have digital photos, bring them on a portable device such as a USB drive or a camera memory card (such as an SD card).

A Time for Change with Nancy Austin

Nancy Austin, senior real estate specialist, will guide you through the process of making a big change in your life or your parent's lives. Is it time to explore and seek safer, healthier, more convenient housing options? Ms. Austin will share the details involved in this process from paperwork to legal items to cleaning up to needed resources for the future. Learn how to get through this life-changing event with love and efficiency on June 4 at 7:00 pm.

New Horizons Band of Canton

Join us for a musical performance compliments of the New Horizons Band of Canton. New Horizons Music programs provide entry points to music making for adults, including those with no musical experience at all and those who were active in school music programs but have been inactive for a long time. The New Horizons Band of Canton is sponsored by Evola Music and will be joined by Irv Feldman and the Seek to Be Music Ministry for this performance. This free concert will take place Sunday June 8 at 2:00 PM. All ages welcome.

Pinterest Live - DIY SPA

Wondering if any of those homemade beauty product recipes on Pinterest actually work? Do you spend time pinning handmade scrubs and creams to a board thinking you will give them a whirl someday? Well let's roll up our sleeves together and bring some of those pins to life!  Join staff librarian and DIY enthusiast July 29th at 7:00 pm as we sample some recipes and recreate a few other.  Ages 12 and up. Registration required.

Make and Take a Hair Flower

Drop in for a crafting session June 23rd from 2:00 - 3:00 pm.  We will be layering silk daisy petals to create one of a kind flower hair clips.  We will have all of the  supplies you need  to create your own unique accessory.  Make a flower for yourself or someone you love.  All ages welcome. 

ELL Book Club

Advanced English Language Learners — join us to read and discuss books in English. Books will be discussed until finished. Meets at 1:00 PM in Group Study Room A Friday, July 11th and 25th. 

Great Reads for Memorial Day

Baghdad at sunrise: a Brigade Commander's war in Iraq by Peter R. Mansoor ; foreword by Donald Kagan and Frederick Kagan


The coldest war: a memoir of Korea by James Brady


The coldest winter: America and the Korean War by David Halberstam


Countdown to victory: the final European campaigns of World War II by Barry Turner


Dear America: letters home from Vietnam by edited by Bernard Edelman for The New York Vietnam Veterans Memorial Commission ; [with a new introduction by Senator John McCain ; foreword by William Broyles, Jr.]


A life in a year: the American infantryman in Vietnam, 1965-1972 by James R. Ebert

Canton Seniors Book Discussion: June 26, 2014

Canton Seniors Book Group will meet on Thursday, June 26 at 2:00-3:00pm in Canton Public Library's Group Study Room A. We will be discussing Muriel Barbery's THE ELEGANCE OF THE HEDGEHOG. Request a copy at the Information Services Desk.  

The elegance of the hedgehog by Muriel Barbery; translated from the french by Alison Anderson — The lives of three people intersect with unexpected results: Renée, the concierge of an elegant Parisian apartment building and residents Paloma, a twelve year old genius and a wealth Japanese man, Ozu.

The Ring of Steel Theatrical Swordplay

On July 10 from 10:00 AM-12:00 PM, we will be welcoming The Ring of Steel to present their Introduction to Theatrical Sword play. Participants will be introduced to the safety procedures, underlying martial arts, and beginning techniques of swordplay for stage and film. This program is recommended for patrons 8 years old and up. No registration required.

Let's Go Fly a Kite!

There are few things more enjoyable than launching a kite into the sky and watching it soar!  Jamie Nye, from Turtle Toys of Clarkston, has been flying kites for over 20 years.  Wind willing, she will join us on July 30 from 10:00-11:00AM to show us how it's done as well as guide us through building our very own kite to take home and try ourself.  Kite kits are limited. This program is designed for patrons aged 5-12 years old, registration is required and begins on May 26. 
[Great Lake Kite Festival by Rachel Kramer is licensed by CC BY-SA 2.0]

Pinterest Live: The Votes Are In

The Pinterest votes are in and the sharpie mugs have won!  There is still time to register too, so be sure to sign up today. Join us as we bring Pinterest to life! Don't Just Pin It, Do It!!  Tuesday May 27th at 7:00 PM

Board Meeting Minutes — Thursday, May 15, 2014

The Chairperson, Kim Schulz called the meeting to order at 7:30 PM

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

Call to Audience

(L. Golden, J. Hannibal, R. Havenstein-Coughlin, L. Papa, S. Rzetelny) – None

Approval of Agenda

The agenda was approved by unanimous consent.

Approval of General Meeting Minutes

The minutes were approved by unanimous consent.

Communications

E. Davis shared with the board copies of the Belleville Area District Library newsletter, and discussed the bond proposals for the construction and operation of two new library buildings (main and south satellite branch) which will appear on the August 5, 2014 ballot for residents of Belleville and Van Buren and Sumpter Townships.

Director’s Report

Davis reviewed the Comparative Data from the 2012/2013 State Aid Report, which had been prepared by Business Services Administrative Assistant Marian Nicholson. Nicholson was complimented by Davis and Board Chairperson K. Schulz for her initiative in creating such a valuable tool.

Davis distributed copies of an amendment to P.A. 164, which has passed the state House and Senate but has not yet been signed into law. (P.A. 164 is the governing law which establishes the Canton Public Library.) She plans to contact the library’s attorney at Foster, Swift to get additional information as to the legislative intent of the bill and how the amended law will affect the board.

The quarterly report from Unique Management was briefly discussed.

Blood Drive May 30

Red CrossDonate blood during the May 30 Red Cross blood drive at CPL. Visit the library or call 313-549-7052 to make an appointment. Donation times start at 10:00 AM and end at 3:45 PM. Donate in May and be entered to win a VIP experience at the June NASCAR race at MIS.

Cooking Summer's Harvest

Join popular local chef Mary Spencer as she returns to the library and shares her delicious ideas for serving up summer's fresh produce. Chef Mary will demonstrate recipies designed to take advantage of all the wonderful goodies from your garden or the local farmer's market. Monday August 11, 2014 7:00 PM

Murder Will Out: Greg Iles at Nicola's Books

Greg Iles, New York Times Bestselling Author of Natchez Burning will discuss and sign copies of his recent book at Nicola's Books (2513 Jackson Road; Ann Arbor, MI) on Monday, May 19 at 7:00PM.

Adult Contemporary Book Discussion June 16

Please join the Adult Contemporary Book Discussion Group on Monday, June 16 at 7:00 PM in the Purple Room to discuss:

We are water: a novel by Wally Lamb — An intricate and layered portrait of marriage and family in need of understanding and connection. Set in New England and New York during the first years of the Obama presidency, it is also a portrait of modern America, exploring issues of class, gay marriage, the legacy of racial violence, and the nature of creativity and art.

Michigan Week

michigan: michiganExplore the following resources about Michigan all year-long, but especially during Michigan Week which is celebrated this year during the week of May 17 - 24. This celebration is intended to inspire people to embrace, explore and celebrate the history and resources of the great state of Michigan. The following is just a sampling of our rich Michigan collection here at the Canton Public Library. Be sure to come and browse through all of the titles regarding our great state!

Fun Facts About Michigan

Michigan Curiosities: Quirky Characters, Roadside Oddities & Other Offbeat Stuff by Colleen Burcar with Gene Taylor: Includes fun and quirky stories of interesting Michigan residents and places.

Michigan Trivia compiled by Ernie & Jill Couch: Did you know that 60,000 automobiles were registered in Michigan in 1913? Or did you know that Michigan become part of the Indian Territory in 1800? Find out more facts about the Great Lakes State in this fun book.

Unexplained Michigan mysteries: strange but true tales from the Michigan unknown by Gary W. Barfnecht: The title says it all: a fascinating collectin of eerie and strange real-life tales.

Made in Michigan

Michigan Week (May 17-24) is a good time to remember the state's celebrated natives from all walks of life. Communities across Michigan can lay claim to renowned authors, artists, musicians, actors, athletes, politicians, inventors and more. Film makers Francis Ford Coppola, Sam Raimi, Michael Moore, and Paul Schrader were all born in Michigan. Just some of the world famous musicians born here include Stevie Wonder, Kenny Burrell, Betty Carter, Earl Klugh, Bog Seger, Glen Frey, Madonna, and Iggy Pop. Actors born in the state include Bruce Campbell, Tom Selleck, Lily Tomlin, Ellen Burstyn, Kristen Bell, Julie Harris, George Peppard, George C. Scott, Danny Thomas, and Marlo Thomas — the list goes on. Noteworthy authors such as Edna Ferber, Terry McMillan, Judith Guest and Marguerite De Angeli are also Michigan natives. Famous Michigan born athletes include baseball players Charlie Gehringer, Jim Abbott and Hal Newhouser. Find out more about our state's notable heritage by checking out some of the following items from the Library's collection.

Alden B. Dow: midwestern modern by Diane Maddex — Architect

The Dodge brothers: the men, the motor cars, and the legacy by Charles K. Hyde — Automobile engineers

Thorndyke Thoughts

Hi kids.  So, all last month I was dressed like a duck in anticipation for the little ducklings arriving in the courtyard of the Children's Library. All April...no ducks. No sooner do I put on my patriotic best for Memorial Day, but 7 little adorable fuzzy ducklings arrive in the library. I'm tempted to dress as a patriotic duck for the next month, but I can't compare to their cuteness. So  next week when you are here for storytime, make sure you peek in the courtyard for a view of the ducks! They are super cute.  Spring has officially sprung.Bear Hugs!
Thorndyke