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(Draft) Board Meeting Minutes — Thursday, July 23, 2015

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

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

Call to Audience

(L. Golden, R. Havenstein-Coughlin, D. McHugh, M. Nicholson, L. Papa, S. Sharma, N. Szczepanski) – E. Davis introduced Business Services Administrative Assistant Shipra Sharma to the board)

Approval of Agenda

The agenda was approved as amended by unanimous consent.

Approval of General Meeting Minutes

The minutes were approved by unanimous consent.


E. Davis shared a letter from Canton Leisure Services director Debbie Bilbrey-Honsowetz, thanking the library for closing during Liberty Fest, thus freeing up parking space for festival-goers.

Director’s Report

The Internet service upgrade (from 50- to 100-megabits) went smoothly; Davis congratulated IT Department Head L. Papa and his team.

The annual staff picnic will be held on Thursday August 27, from 11:30 AM-1:30 PM; the board members are all invited. The Friends of the Library will make the presentation(s) of their annual Education Award scholarship(s) at noon.

Davis reviewed the financial reports, which again indicate that the Professional & Contractual, Insurance and Capital Outlay expenses are still trending high. The rest of the reports indicate that the library is on target at the midpoint of the budget year.

Michigan Test for Teacher Certification now online!

Need to prepare for taking the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification exam? Selecting a study guide is just a click away. Access the online study guides right from the Library's Databases link either under the Jobs and Career or Online Learning and Test Preparation categories. All MTTC Study Guides are now computer-based and in pdf format.

Back to School? Learn a New Language with Mango

Are you sad the kids are almost headed back to school? Learn a new language with Mango! You can learn many new languages all for free with your Canton Public Library card.

Printable Programs and Events Listing, August 2015

Here is a printable listing of all the programs and events happening at your Canton Public Library this month.

Blood Drive, Friday, August 14

On Friday, August 14, the Canton Public Library is hosting an American Red Cross blood drive. To schedule an appointment between 10:00 AM and 3:45 PM, please visit our Reception Desk or call Diane Risko at 313-549-7052. Walk-ins are also welcome. It's a poke, a pinch and a cookie - all for a great cause.

What Will You Find in the Wild? Volcanoes!

Explore a volcano with Park Ranger Rebecca Carvalho and Volcanologist Dr. Don Swanson! You'll learn tons of facts about volcanoes, plus get a chance to snap virtual photos at Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park.

Click here and let us know what you learned when you claim your Great Outdoors badge!

Camp Google: What's in My Backyard?

Learn what's hiding in your own backyard with Camp Google! You'll discover the magic of magnification and learn how to create a magnifying glass with your smartphone.

Click here to get started. Let us know what you discover when you claim your Great Outdoors badge!

Camp Google: What Are Constellations?

Join Google Expert Stephen Russell in exploring the cosmos at Camp Google. You'll learn how to study the stars, then create your own constellation projector to use at home!

Click here to begin your exploration. Don't forget to tell us your favorite constellation when you claim your Great Outdoors badge!

Explore the Ocean with Camp Google!

Experience a deep sea dive with experts Sylvia Earle and Erika Bergman at Camp Google. You'll see wildlife and reef habitats, learn about life undersea, and hear sea stories from Sylvia and Erika.

Click to find out "What's Down There?" and share your discoveries when you claim your badge!

New Book Club in a Bag Kit

Go set a watchman [kit] by Harper Lee — From Harper Lee comes a landmark new novel set two decades after her beloved Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece, To Kill a Mockingbird. Maycomb, Alabama. Twenty-six-year-old Jean Louise Finch — "Scout" — returns home from New York City to visit her aging father, Atticus. Set against the backdrop of the civil rights tensions and political turmoil that were transforming the South, Jean Louise's homecoming turns bittersweet when she learns disturbing truths about her close-knit family, the town, and the people dearest to her. Memories from her childhood flood back, and her values and assumptions are thrown into doubt. Featuring many of the iconic characters from To Kill a Mockingbird, Go Set a Watchman perfectly captures a young woman, and a world, in painful yet necessary transition out of the illusions of the past — a journey that can only be guided by one's own conscience. Written in the mid-1950s, Go Set a Watchman imparts a fuller, richer understanding and appreciation of Harper Lee. Here is an unforgettable novel of wisdom, humanity, passion, humor, and effortless precision — a profoundly affecting work of art that is both wonderfully evocative of another era and relevant to our own times.

ELL Conversation Group

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

Giant Scrabble

Join us August 5, 2:00-3:30 PM to play on our insane 10ft x 10ft Scrabble board.

Lunch and a Book August 2015

Euphoria: a novel by Lily King — English anthropologist Andrew Bankson has been alone in the field for several years, studying the Kiona river tribe of New Guinea. Haunted by his brothers' deaths and frustrated and isolated by his research, Bankson is on the verge of suicide when a chance encounter with colleagues, the controversial Nell Stone and her mercurial Australian husband Fen, pulls him back from the brink. Nell and Fen have just fled the bloodthirsty Mumbanyo and, in spite of Nell's poor health, are hungry for a new discovery. When Bankson finds them a new tribe nearby--the artistic, female-dominated Tam--he ignites an intellectual and romantic firestorm between the three of them that burns out of anyone's control. Join us Thursday, August 13 at noon.

Social Book Hour

Join other book lovers to talk about the books you read over the summer - why you liked them, why you didn't - and get recommendations from other readers. Attendees are encouraged (but not required!) to bring a copy of their favorite book, or a book review. Open to children going into grades 1-5.

Adult Contemporary Book Discussion August 17

Please join the Adult Contemporary Book Discussion Group on Monday, August 17 at 7:00 PM in the Community Room to discuss:

South of superior by Ellen Airgood — When Madeline Stone walks away from Chicago and moves five hundred miles north to the coast of Lake Superior, in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, she isn't prepared for how much her life will change.