An engrossing account of America's pivotal, still controversial, intervention into WWI, encompassing the prelude to war, its conduct abroad and at home, and its aftermath; and including the tumultuous politics and seismic shifts of the era and the towering personalities of the day.

Award-winning author Mark Kurlansky presents an insider's view of Havana: the elegant, tattered city he has come to know over more than thirty years.

The Chairperson, Michelle Farell, called the meeting to order at 7:30 PM.

  • Present:
    Nancy Eggenberger, Michelle Farell, Jasmine Lee, Jane Pandit, Don Turner, Amy Watts>
  • Absent: None
  • Also Present: K. Gladden

Call to Audience (5 min. maximum)

(C. Cataldi, L. Golden, D. McHugh, B. Meade, M. Nicholson, R. Noble, D. Schubatis,N. Szczepanski, K. Young) - Business Services Department Head Marian Nicholson introduced the board and audience to the new Information Technology Department Head, Rudie Noble.

Approval of Agenda

The agenda was approved by unanimous consent.

Approval of General Meeting Minutes

The minutes were approved by unanimous consent.


Board Chair Michelle Farell shared a note from the Friends of the Library, thanking the board for the recent renovations to the Secondhand Prose Used Bookstore.

Report of the Library Director


Trustee Comments


Committee Reports


Unfinished Business and General Orders


New Business

Overview of Canton Community Foundation and Library Endowment Fund — Beth Meade (Managing Director - Donor Relations) and Darice Schubatis (Managing Director – Finance & Administration) presented a brief overview on the structure and history of the Canton Community Foundation and reviewed the financial performance of the library’s Endowment Fund since it was transferred to the foundation in June 2015. Vice-Chair Don Turner requested that representatives of the foundation return on a regular basis to update the board on performance of the library’s Endowment Fund. Trustee Jane Pandit asked how the fees charged by the foundation were derived. D. Schubatis replied that the fees were charged based on 1% of the fund balance at the end of each quarter.

Annual Endowment Fund Campaign Results — M. Nicholson reviewed a snapshot of the November 2016 - January 2017 Endowment Fund Campaign conducted by the library, comparing it to the amount received for a similar period in 2015/2016.

Overview of Nationwide FreedomPro+ 457b Deferred Compensation Plan —Nationwide Retirement Specialist Candice Cataldi compared and contrasted the benefits and drawbacks of the library’s current City plan versus the newly designed FreedomPro+ 457b retirement plan. The fixed assets account under the current plan pays 3.5% interest, while the new plan would offer only a base of 2.5%. However, the new plan would eliminate Nationwide administrative fees, and the library would no longer need to carry fiduciary insurance on the retirement fund plans, as the fiduciary responsibility would be transferred to Morningstar Inc.

Resolution to Approve Conversion of the Library’s current Nationwide 457b Deferred Compensation Plan to Nationwide FreedomPro+ 457b Deferred Compensation Plan —The board agreed to defer until the April meeting a vote on a resolution to convert from the current retirement plan to the new Nationwide deferred compensation program.

Meeting Room Policy —After reviewing materials provided by Community Relations regarding the numerous groups that utilize the library meeting rooms, the board discussed the possibility of altering or waiving provisions contained in the current policy. Ultimately it was decided that the policy would remain unchanged, since the other groups renting the rooms did so while abiding by the rules contained therein.

    Call to Audience (5 min. maximum)

    Friends of the Library Board Trustee Kathy Young was acknowledged; she expressed her interest, as a former Canton Public Library trustee, in the board proceedings.


    The meeting was adjourned at 8:39 PM.

    Canton Seniors Book Discussion: March 23, 2017

    Please join the Canton Seniors Book Discussion as we discuss:

    The excellent Lombards by Jane Hamilton
    Also available in: large print

    Mary Frances "Frankie" Lombard is fiercely in love with her family's sprawling apple orchard and the tangled web of family members who inhabit it. Content to spend her days planning capers with her brother William, competing with her brainy cousin Amanda, and expertly tending the orchard with her father, Frankie desires nothing more than for the rhythm of life to continue undisturbed. But she cannot help being haunted by the historical fact that some family members end up staying on the farm and others must leave. Change is inevitable, and threats of urbanization, disinheritance, and college applications shake the foundation of Frankie's roots. As Frankie is forced to shed her childhood fantasies and face the possibility of losing the idyllic future she had envisioned for her family, she must decide whether loving something means clinging tightly or letting go.

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    Sheriff Constance Kopp doesn't quite fit the mold. She towers over most men, has no interest in marriage or domestic affairs, and has been isolated from the world since a family secret sent her and her sisters into hiding fifteen years ago. One day a belligerent and powerful silk factory owner runs down their buggy, and a dispute over damages turns into a war of bricks, bullets, and threats as he unleashes his gang on their family farm. When the sheriff enlists her help in convicting the men, Constance is forced to confront her past and defend her family -- and she does it in a way that few women of 1914 would have dared. CPL's Lunch and a Book Group gave this title 4 stars out of 5. This kit contains 10 copies of the title.

    Known as the Father, the Godfather, and the Prime Minister of Rock n' Roll, Chuck Berry's signature style of guitar play inspired musicians worldwide into the 21st Century.

    "[Berry's] music was bright and clear, a hard-swinging amalgam of country and blues. More than 60 years later, it still sounds reckless and audacious." 

    - Chuck Berry, Rock ’n’ Roll Pioneer, Dies at 90 

    Good rockin' tonight: Recounts the glory days of rock's first golden age. Dick Clark recalls the origins of American Bandstand and for a spell, rock was dominated by teen idols and countless dance crazes like the Twist.

    A London photographer takes some pictures of a couple in a park and discovers that he may have recorded evidence of a murder.

    A provoking mystery-suspense drama explores the morality of privacy in the story of Harry Caul, a surveillance expert, who conducts a routine surveillance job only to later find himself suspicious that he has become an unwitting player in murder scheme.

    Truman Burbank discovers that his quaint hometown is a giant studio with hidden cameras everywhere and people around him are actors playing their roles in the most popular TV series in the world.

    As a photographer with a broken leg, Stewart takes up the fine art of spying on his Greenwich Village neighbors during a summer heat wave. Things really begin to get hot when he suspects a salesman may have murdered his nagging wife and buried the body in a flower garden. He actively enlists the help of his girlfriend to investigate the highly suspicious chain of events.

    Family Storytime


    Family Storytime provides an opportunity for caregivers to actively engage with their children under age 5. Together with a Youth Librarian, you can build early literacy skills in a welcoming environment through meaningful stories, songs, and play. Encourage a love of language and reading while practicing listening and cooperative tasks. We look forward to sharing this experience with you. Every Family Storytime is followed by a half hour of ABC Activity Time. No registration required.

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    Family Reading Night: Origami Party

    Paper crane

    Family Reading Nights are back! Join us in celebrating sharing books together. There will be stories and activities centered around fun themes and we will even raffle off books to help grow your own personal library. This program is for children ages 4-9 and their families. Registration is required for all children attending. Parents and caretakers are not required to register. 

    Origami by Carollina_Li (CC BY-NC 2.0)



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    CONTACT: Laurie Golden
    Department Head Community Relations
    Canton Public Library
    734-397-0999 ext 1078

    Canton Public Library receives Library of Michigan Certification for meeting ‘Essential Level’ of quality services

    The Library of Michigan awarded the Canton Public Library a certificate of completion for meeting the Essential Level requirements of the Quality Services Audit Checklist (QSAC). To earn certification, the Canton Public Library demonstrated its competence in seven categories of achievement including human resources; governance/administration; services; collection development; technology; facilities and equipment; and public relations/marketing.

    “Achieving the Essential Level certification proves to Canton residents that our public library is committed to excellence in governance, operations, finances, and public service,” said Eva Davis, library director.

    “I am proud of my coworkers, library board, and volunteers for all they do to contribute to our success.”

    QSAC has defined “essential services” – the basics of all library service – as relatively low-cost standards that every library can and should achieve. They are helpful guidelines to libraries just starting out, while providing important review for more established institutions. Essential standards are described as “those which should be achieved first because of their fundamental importance.”

    “QSAC represents the word of more than 100 library directors, trustees and staff members who together created measures of quality for our state’s public libraries,” said State Librarian Randy Riley. “The staff of the Canton Public Library is to be commended for achieving a vital milestone in library service.”

    The measures of QSAC are updated on a three-year schedule so certified libraries remain at the forefront of excellent service. QSAC was made possible by the Institute of Museum and Library Services through LSTA funding. The Institute of Museum and Library Services, an independent Federal grant-making agency dedicated to creating and sustaining a nation of learners by helping libraries and museums serve their communities, supports the Canton Public Library.

    “We will soon begin work on achieving Enhanced certification, benchmarking our services at the next QSAC level to ensure that we remain leaders in the library industry and across the state,” Davis said.

    Additional Library Updates

    The Canton Public Library is in the final stages of the fourth phase of the Patron Service Improvement Project (PSIP), which includes a renovation of the Friends of the Canton Public Library’s bookstore, Secondhand Prose, the Northeast Corner, including the Teen Space, and the Southeast Corner Study Space. The Teen Space is the last of the phase four renovations and it will be complete in April.

    Phase IV carries on the improvements of the previous PSIP, which renovated service points in the central area of the library, including the main restrooms, lobby and the Children's Library. The PSIPs continue the library’s ongoing plan to replace worn furnishings, and maintain and update the facility to meet the community’s changing needs.

    For more information on the Canton Public Library, visit or call the library at 734-397-0999.