From the #1 bestselling author--a book about an award-winning comedian who decided to run for office and then discovered why award-winning comedians tend not to do that. This is a book about an unlikely campaign that had an even more improbable ending: the closest outcome in history and an unprecedented eight-month recount saga, which is pretty funny in retrospect. It's a book about what happens when the nation's foremost progressive satirist gets a chance to serve in the United States Senate and, defying the low expectations of the pundit class, actually turns out to be good at it.

But seriously by John McEnroe

The Vice-Chairperson, Don Turner, called the meeting to order at 7:30 PM.

Present:           Nancy Eggenberger, Jasmine Lee, Jane Pandit, Don Turner, Amy Watts

Absent:            Michelle Farell

Also Present:  E. Davis, K. Gladden


  • CALL TO AUDIENCE (L. Golden, R. Havenstein-Coughlin, K. Krockenberger, D. McHugh, M. Nicholson,
    R. Noble, N. Szczepanski, G. Taylor, A. Yunker)


    The agenda was approved as amended by unanimous consent.


    The minutes were approved by unanimous consent.




  • DIRECTORS REPORT — An account has been established at the Canton Community Foundation for
    monies received from anonymous donors. With the assistance of the library’s attorney, a final
    memorandum of understanding has been crafted to ensure that the library understands what the
    donors’ requirements are. The board will vote in August on whether to sign off on the memorandum.

    The third National Night Out/Not in My Town rally, sponsored by Canton Township, Canton Leisure Services, the Canton Response to Hate Crimes Coalition, and the Library, will be held in Heritage Park at 6:30 PM on Tuesday, August 1st.  The Hate Crimes Coalition has received $1,000 from Community Financial to offset some of the costs of the rally.


  • TRUSTEE COMMENTS —Vice-Chair D. Turner complimented E. Davis and library employees for their vigilance regarding pest prevention. He asked that a board discussion on community education about the issue be added to the August agenda.




    •  Approve IT Security Policy — N. Eggenberger moved and J. Lee supported a motion to approve the IT Security Policy as presented.
      The motion passed unanimously 17/7-20-1


    • Energy Analysis Proposal — Siemens Infrastructure & Cities Building Technologies representatives George Taylor and Kyle Krockenberger presented an energy analysis feasibility report to the board. The library building is nearly 30 years old and many critical systems are nearing the end of their lifespan. Siemens made the case that, with their organizational and engineering expertise and purchasing power, they could remove administrative burden from library staff and effect cost-savings for the library when replacements and upgrades become necessary. 
    • Approve 2nd Quarter Budget Amendment — E. Davis reviewed the proposed budget amendment, pointing out that the monthly Profit & Loss statement reflected over 100% in revenue in some areas; the budget amendment recognizes and adjusts that.
      A. Watts moved and J. Pandit supported a motion to approve the 2nd Quarter Budget Amendment as presented.
      The motion passed unanimously 17/7-20-2
    • 2018 Draft Budget Proposal and 2019-2020 Projections (1st look) – Davis reviewed the four documents (budget narrative, proposed budget, actual property tax collection rates, and fund balance data chart) presented for the board’s consideration. Davis stated that, as the estimate for the proposed staff renovation project are not yet available, a fund balance request for the project will be presented at a later date.




    The meeting was adjourned at 9:33 PM.  



The Kindness Rocks Project is growing in popularity all across America, including right here in Canton. Need some inspiration for painting your own rocks? Check out some of these books to get you started.

Nature crafts by Annalees Lim

Provides instructions on creating crafts from natural materials, including "pebble zoo" animals made from painted rocks.

Teaches readers how to make various craft projects inspired by nature or for use outdoors, including painting rocks to look like dominoes or nature scenes.

Presents art and craft projects that benefit the environment, including a section on painting "stone critters" such as owls and dalmatian puppies.

Please join the Canton Seniors Book Discussion Group to discuss: 

House of thieves : a novel by Charles Belfoure
Also available in: audiobook

In 1886 New York, a respectable architect shouldn't have any connection to the notorious gang of thieves and killers that rules the underbelly of the city. But when John Cross's son racks up an unfathomable gambling debt to Kent's Gents, Cross must pay it back himself. All he has to do is use his inside knowledge of high society mansions and museums to craft a robbery even the smartest detectives won't solve. The take better include some cash too --the bigger the payout, the faster this will be over.

With a newfound talent for sniffing out vulnerable and lucrative targets, Cross becomes invaluable to the gang. But Cross's entire life has become a balancing act, and it will only take one mistake for it all to come crashing down --and for his family to go down too. (Descriptive content provided by Syndetics™, a ProQuest® service.)

If you love mythology, pick up one of these exciting novels in the Teen Space. Then come join us on Wednesday, July 26 at 2:00PM for our Monster Mayhem program. We'll learn more about these mythical monsters, also known as cryptids, then have fun with monster games, crafts and challenges.

Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini

When shy sixteen-year-old Helen Hamilton starts having vivid dreams about three ancient, hideous women and suddenly tries to kill a new student at her Nantucket high school, she discovers that she is playing out some version of an old tale involving Helen of Troy, the Three Furies, and a mythic battle.

Everneath by Brodi Ashton

Regretting her decision to forfeit her life on Earth to become an immortal on Everneath, a world between Earth and Hell, teenaged Nikki is given the chance to return to the Surface for six months.

Of Poseidon by Anna Banks

Galen, prince of the Syrena, is sent to land to find a girl he's heard can communicate with fish and after several encounters with her Galen becomes convinced Emma holds the key to his kingdom.

Football season is upon us. Teams are reporting to camps this month and the next. Check out the sports material below to hold you over until College and NFL football starts!

Chronicles the top ten craziest plays in football history, from running to the wrong end zone to marching band members accidentally storming the field.

20 fun facts about football by Ryan Nagelhout

Presents a history of the college football championship, chronicling great games, notable dynasties, and what the future holds.

We're working with the Canton Public Safety Community Engagement Team to make sure Canton students have what they need to be successful in school. From July 24 through August 15, we're collecting school supplies  to be distributed by Canton Public Safety. Bring donations of the following items to the library.

  • boxes of colored pencils
  • boxes of crayons
  • wide rule spiral notebooks
  • glue sticks

Thanks for helping our students get the school year off to a great start.

Summer is flying by and we hope you're reading, and having your best summer ever! Don't forget to fill up your storybox with great summer memories. The following are fun chapter books about some of your favorite characters and their great summer vacations.

"Charlie Joe Jackson is back and he's at academic summer camp trying to convert all the other kids to non-academics."--.