Miss Ruth Hugging Thorndyke

Hey Kids,

Did you know that June 1 is National Say Something Nice Day? Maybe you could find a way to say something nice today. I’ve been thinking of nice things I could say if you visit:

     “I’m so happy to see you.”

     “You’re very kind.”

     “I like your hat.”

     “Maybe we could play together.”

     “Would you read me a story?”

I decided in honor of the day that I would read books about friendship and manners. A few of the ones I found are listed below.

Bear Hugs,



The nice book by David Ezra Stein

Monkeys, mice, snakes, cats, and many other animals demonstrate how to act towards others.

Mr. Rabbit wonders if he will be able to get along with his new neighbors, who are otters, until he is reminded of the golden rule..

On the morning of June 2, workers will be replacing a roof top air conditioner at the library. While the crane is operation, access to certain parts of the library will be restricted to staff and public, including the west drive and book donation drop off, loading dock, and Secondhand Prose Used Book Store. Please follow the direction of library and installation staff. The work is expected to be complete by late afternoon.

Canton Public Library's CONNECT YOUR SUMMER reading program kicks of this month. Any of these selections could earn the YOU CHOOSE badge.

"Both dispatch and dissertation, NPR contributor Diane Roberts, an English professor at Florida State University, gives a insider's account of a big time college football program in the midst of controversy, while examining the impact and legacy of the sport's popularity in America today"--.

"This intimate portrait by his former personal assistant and confidante reveals the man behind the legendary filmmaker--for the first time. Stanley Kubrick, the director of a string of timeless movies from Lolita and Dr. Strangelove to A Clockwork Orange, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Full Metal Jacket, and others, has always been depicted by the media as the Howard Hughes of filmmakers, a weird artist obsessed with his work and privacy to the point of madness. But who was he really? Emilio D'Alessandro lets us see. A former Formula Ford driver who was a minicab chauffeur in London during the Swinging Sixties, he took a job driving a giant phallus through the city that became his introduction to the director. Honest, reliable, and ready to take on any task, Emilio found his way into Kubrick's neurotic, obsessive heart. He became his personal assistant, his right-hand man and confidant, working for him from A Clockwork Orange until Kubrick's death in 1999. Emilio was the silent guy in the room when the script for The Shining was discussed. He still has the coat Jack Nicholson used in the movie. He was an extra on the set of Eyes Wide Shut, Kubrick's last movie. He knew all the actors and producers Kubrick worked with; he observed firsthand Kubrick's working methods down to the smallest detail. Making no claim of expertise in cinematography but with plenty of anecdotes, he offers a completely fresh perspective on the artist and a warm, affecting portrait of a generous, kind, caring man who was a perfectionist in work and life. "--.

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"What should be a cozy and fun-filled weekend deep in the English countryside takes a sinister turn in Ruth Ware's suspenseful, compulsive, and darkly twisted psychological thriller. Leonora, known to some as Lee and others as Nora, is a reclusive crime writer, unwilling to leave her "nest" of an apartment unless it is absolutely necessary. When a friend she hasn't seen or spoken to in years unexpectedly invites Nora (Lee?) to a weekend away in an eerie glass house deep in the English countryside, she reluctantly agrees to make the trip. Forty-eight hours later, she wakes up in a hospital bed injured but alive, with the knowledge that someone is dead. Wondering not "what happened?" but "what have I done?", Nora (Lee?) tries to piece together the events of the past weekend. Working to uncover secrets, reveal motives, and find answers, Nora (Lee?) must revisit parts of herself that she would much rather leave buried where they belong: in the past. In the tradition of Paula Hawkins's instant New York Times bestseller The Girl On the Train and S. J. Watson's riveting national sensation Before I Go To Sleep, this gripping literary debut from UK novelist Ruth Ware will leave you on the edge of your seat through the very last page"--.

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Looking for an information fun read? Check out a book in one of these series:

Awfully Ancient

Examines the world of sanitation and the ways people have dealt with human waste from prehistoric times to the present, and discusses possible future developments.

But is it Art?

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, S. Sharma

Call to Audience

At Chair Eggenberger's invitation, Library Board Trustee candidates Jasmine Lee and Jane Pandit introduced themselves.

Approval of Agenda

The agenda was approved by unanimous consent.

Approval of General Meeting Minutes

The minutes were approved by unanimous consent.



Director’s Report

The matter of the library parcel is proceeding. The library’s attorneys from Foster, Swift believe that the maintenance and easement agreements should be approved by the township; the Building Authority will be responsible for signing off on the deed transfer.

The Friends of the Library have a new logo – the result of partnering with a high school teacher at Plymouth-Canton Community Schools, whose Graphic Design students submitted entries as part of a class assignment. It will be incorporated into all Friends materials (web page, brochures, etc.)

Davis was to serve as emcee for the Beloved Community essay contest awards on Friday, May 20.

Davis reviewed the financial reports; at one-third 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. On the revenue side, a state aid payment was just received and will be reflected in the May financial report; penal fines will not be received until August.

The library has applied for a grant to install solar panels.

Trustee Comments

Chair N. Eggenberger questioned whether a plaque with the new logo should be placed in the new Friends Activity Room. The room does have a sign (“Friends Activity Room 2016”) and, since the Friends may decide to change their logo again, it was not considered necessary to create a plaque.

Committee Reports


Unfinished Business & General Orders

Approve Revised Employee Handbook — The change Trustee T. Hartnett had requested at the first reading was made. He questioned whether further changes should be made to specifically mention unenunciated categories of people against whom the library will not discriminate. Davis responded that the specified groups were mentioned because they were called out in the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act; any additional categories would be protected by the phrase “all applicable laws.”

T. Hartnett moved and S. Foster supported a motion to approve the revised Employee Handbook as presented.

The motion passed unanimously 16/5-19-1

New Business

2017 Budget (Expenditures) Salaries Recommendation Discussion — Board members discussed moving ahead with the objective, begun in 2016, of moving staff salaries to the midpoint of the salary range, and how to best accomplish that objective. Members were supportive in theory but would like to see numbers. Davis will bring the salary consultant’s report and the salary schedules from 2016 and 2017 to the June meeting.

2017 Budget (Revenues) Property Tax Collection Rate and Millage Rate Discussion — Trustee J. Fausone requested that Davis and the Business Services office prepare a budget at the full millage, with a 98% collection rate, for the board’s initial review.

Proposed Policy Updates (1st Reading) — Chair Eggenberger questioned sections 3-17 and 3-21. The board will continue to review the proposed revisions for further discussion at the June meeting.

2020 Strategic plan - Additional Trustee Comments — Trustee D. Turner would like to see a specific strategy regarding fund balance (either an amount or percentage goal) included, as well as strategic intent regarding managing, reducing, and documenting the reduction of expenses.

Chair Eggenberger mentioned the philosophy of managing library space for future uses.

Call to Audience

 J. Lee questioned the board’s method of vendor selection and the length of contracts; she was informed that the board selected the contractors for the library’s audit and the law firm, for contract lengths decided upon by the board.


The meeting was adjourned at 8:50 PM.

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Describes how to plant and grow a variety of colorful vegetables, including red corn, yellow watermelons, and multicolored radishes.

Provides step-by-step instructions for twenty-eight indoor or outdoor gardening adventures, including a salad garden window box, a spiral flower garden, and a butterfly paradise in a patio pot.

An introduction to gardening for children aged three to six that features fifty activities with simple instructions and easy-to-find materials.

The gardening book by Jane Bull

Provides an introduction to the basics of gardening along with some related activities.

The Romanovs : 1613-1918 by Simon Sebag Montefiore

A narrative of the author Shelly Culbertson's journey through six countries of the Middle East, describing countries, historical perspective, and interviews with revolution and government figures. With honesty, empathy, and expert historical accuracy, Culbertson strives to answer the questions "what led to the Arab Spring," "what is it like there now," and "what trends after the Arab Spring are shaping the future of the Middle East?

NHS students are here to provide 3rd-12th graders free homework help. If you're interested in getting tutored:

  • You must be in 3rd through 12th grade
  • If you're under 12, your parent must remain in the library
  • You must bring the assignment and any other needed materials.


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Challenge yourself with a weekly test of your Dewey Decimal System knowledge. Each week a new number will be posted in our Connect Your Summer command center. Identify the corresponding topic, then fill out and submit a Dewey of the Week Ticket in the drop box. Don't forget to include your email: all prize drawing winners will be notified by email.

Check www.cantonpl.org/connect-your-summer to find more ways to earn badges. The last day to earn badges is Wednesday, August 17.