For the New Year, CPL conducted an online survey asking patrons what they would like to accomplish in 2017. We compiled lists of resources and programs that will help you meet those goals this year, so look out for more blog posts that address the goals we read from your surveys.

For patrons who hope to learn a new language or improve skills in another language in 2017, you can utilize our language databases to get a jump-start on your goals:

Basic ESL — learn English quickly and effectively with relevant topics including family, home, school and more
Mango Languages — learn Spanish, Japanese and more on your computer or mobile device
Pronunciator — learn any of 80 languages, including many ESL courses, on your computer or mobile device (Canton Public Library card required)
SCOLA — Learn about the people and places of the world through language tutorials, news video, radio broadcasts, newspapers and more (Requires login: username CPL ; password CPL)

Or you can join a club to improve your English language skills:

ELL Conversation Groups — Practice speaking English in an informal setting with Community Literacy Council volunteers. Meets every Thursday and Friday that the library is open.

Beginning/Intermediate ELL Book Club — Beginning or Intermediate English Language Learners are invited to read together and discuss short articles, etc., in English with a tutor. Meets every-other Friday at noon. 

Advanced ELL Book Club — Advanced English Language Learners read and discuss books in English. Books will be discussed until finished. Meets every-other Friday at noon. 

It's that time of year again! The Canton Public Library offers a selection of Oscar-nominated films, the books that inspired them, and the music to accompany it all. Below a a few of the nominees with more to come.

A divorced West Texas dad and his ex-con brother resort to a desperate money making scheme in order to save their family's farm from foreclosure.

If you were missed our Hibernation storytime this week, don't worry. Here are some of the stories and songs from this week's storytime, plus some suggestions to create your own cozy storytime at home. 

From Storytime

Although Squirrel's friends warn him that bears eat squirrels, and Bear's friends remind him that squirrels make a good midnight snack, their friendship remains strong.

SLEEPY BEAR (Tune: Where is Thumbkin?)

     Where is brown bear? Where is brown bear?

     Here I am. Here I am.

     How are you this winter?

     Very tired, thank you.

     Go to sleep. Go to sleep. [repeat with other hibernating animals: bat, groundhog, frog, dormouse]

     From Preschool Education & Music

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

  • Present:
    Michelle Farell, Jasmine Lee, Jane Pandit, Don Turner, Amy Watts
  • Absent:
    Nancy Eggenberger
  • Also Present:
    E. Davis, K. Gladden

Call to Audience

(L. Garrett, L. Golden, R. Havenstein-Coughlin, M. Nicholson, A. Seurynck, N. Szczepanski) Linda Garrett spoke about the upcoming Friends of the Library Beer & Wine Tasting Fundraiser at Tony Sacco’s Pizzeria. It will be held on Wednesday, February 22 from 7-9 PM; tickets are $25 (of which the Friends will get $10) and Garrett will personally deliver tickets to anyone who requests them. 

Approval of Agenda

The agenda was approved by unanimous consent.

Approval of General Meeting Minutes

The minutes were approved by unanimous consent.

Communications

None

Director’s Report

E. Davis pointed out that the balance sheet reflects property tax receivables from December 2016; these are monies that were collected in December for the 2017 budget. Davis reminded the board that the profit and loss reports do not reflect official numbers for 2016; final numbers will not be available until after Plante Moran completes the audit in February. She anticipates that, once the fiscal year has been closed by the auditors, the actual amount of the Fund Balance transfer will be far less than was approved by the board in December. Vice Chair D. Turner commented that the library administration’s conservative budgeting techniques were responsible for a positive end-of-year outcome.

Trustee Comments

Trustee J. Pandit had attended a workshop sponsored by the Michigan Municipal League, You Won, Now What? – Newly Elected Officials Training. She found it to be very helpful.

Committee Reports

None

Unfinished Business & General Orders

None

New Business

Library/Municipal Law Overview

 Foster, Swift attorney Anne Seurynck – the only attorney in Michigan specializing in library law — spoke to the board about their role as board members; how to avoid violations of the Open Meetings Act; how to handle Closed Session meetings; the importance of abiding by board bylaws; board trustees’ ethical and fiduciary duties; and compliance with Freedom of Information Act requests.

Ad Hoc Committees

Chair M. Farell discussed the possibility of forming a short-term committee to perform initial vetting of various alternatives to the current employee retirement plan. Davis and Business Services Department head M. Nicholson will begin gathering information re: plan alternatives to be presented to the board, and the issue of an ad hoc committee will be revisited in April.

Chair Farell also indicated her preference that an ad hoc committee be formed to prepare and deliver the director’s evaluation; in the past, the evaluation has been written and delivered by the Chair alone.

Motion to Approve Board Resolution Statement of Assurances for the Library of Michigan Grant Program 2017

D. Turner moved and A. Watts supported a motion to approve the resolution to accept a statement of assurances for application for a Library of Michigan LSTA 2017 grant.

Roll Call:

 

J. Pandit: yes

A. Watts: yes

J. Lee: no

D. Turner: yes

M. Farell: yes

The motion passed 17/1-19-1 (5-0-0)

Call to Audience

None

Adjourn

The meeting was adjourned at 9:23 PM

Today the American Library Association announced its Youth Book & Media Awards, including the Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award and the YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults. The Young Adult Library Services Association bestows the Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults annually to the best nonfiction book published for young adults (ages 12-18). The Sibert Award is given by the Association for Library Service to Children to the most distinguished informational book for children.

For more information about other awards and their recipients, check the ALA website.

Help us recognize these honorees and winners by checking one out today.

2017 Sibert and YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction Winner

March. Book 3 by John Lewis

Yes, the same book won both awards!

Welcome to the stunning conclusion of the award-winning and best-selling MARCH trilogy. Congressman John Lewis, an American icon and one of the key figures of the civil rights movement, joins co-writer Andrew Aydin and artist Nate Powell to bring the lessons of history to vivid life for a new generation, urgently relevant for today's world. By the fall of 1963, the Civil Rights Movement has penetrated deep into the American consciousness, and for every step forward, the danger grows more intense: Jim Crow strikes back through legal tricks, intimidation, violence, and death. The only hope for lasting change is to give voice to the millions of Americans silenced by voter suppression:"One Man, One Vote."

To carry out their nonviolent revolution, Lewis and an army of young activists launch a series of innovative campaigns, including the Freedom Vote, Mississippi Freedom Summer, and an all-out battle for the soul of the Democratic Party waged live on national television. With these new struggles come new allies, new opponents, and an unpredictable new president who might be both at once. But fractures within the movement are deepening ... even as 25-year-old John Lewis prepares to risk everything in a historic showdown high above the Alabama river, in a town called Selma.

2017 Sibert Honor Books

Today the American Library Association announced its Youth Book & Media Awards, including the Michael L. Printz Award and the William C. Morris Award. The Young Adult Library Services Association bestows the Michael L. Printz Award annually on books that demonstrate excellence in young adult literature. The William C. Morris Award is given to a debut book published by a first-time author writing for teens. 

For more information about other awards and their recipients, check the ALA website.

Help us recognize these honorees and winners by checking one out today.

2017 Michael L. Printz Award Winner

March. Book 3 by John Lewis

Welcome to the stunning conclusion of the award-winning and best-selling MARCH trilogy. Congressman John Lewis, an American icon and one of the key figures of the civil rights movement, joins co-writer Andrew Aydin and artist Nate Powell to bring the lessons of history to vivid life for a new generation, urgently relevant for today's world. By the fall of 1963, the Civil Rights Movement has penetrated deep into the American consciousness, and for every step forward, the danger grows more intense: Jim Crow strikes back through legal tricks, intimidation, violence, and death. The only hope for lasting change is to give voice to the millions of Americans silenced by voter suppression:"One Man, One Vote."

To carry out their nonviolent revolution, Lewis and an army of young activists launch a series of innovative campaigns, including the Freedom Vote, Mississippi Freedom Summer, and an all-out battle for the soul of the Democratic Party waged live on national television. With these new struggles come new allies, new opponents, and an unpredictable new president who might be both at once. But fractures within the movement are deepening ... even as 25-year-old John Lewis prepares to risk everything in a historic showdown high above the Alabama river, in a town called Selma.

2017 Michael L. Printz Honor Books

The 2016 Youth Media Awards were announced today. To explore the latest in distinguished children's and teen literature, and to see what we have in our collection, check out our posts on the Newbery AwardCaldecott Award, Geisel Award, nonfiction book awards, and the teen book awards (Morris and Printz Awards).

For more information on these and other awards, check the ALA Website.

Additional 2017 award winners in our catalog are listed below.

Coretta Scott King Awards and Honor Books

A series of awards that recognize African American authors and illustrators.

March. Book 3 by John Lewis

The final installment in a graphic biography of John Lewis.

Following ratification by the state of Virginia, The Bill of Rights became law on December 15, 1791. Comprised of the first 10 amendments to the Constitution, they were written by James Madison in response to requests from several states for greater constitutional protection for individual liberties. The First Amendment reads as follows:

"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."

Learn about the long history of dissent in America by checking out some of the following resources available in the Library's collection.

Today the American Library Association announces its Youth Book & Media Awards, including the Theodor Seuss Geisel Award. Many of us know and love Dr. Seuss, an author who created engaging stories for beginning readers, and this award celebrates books that continue that tradition today. If you need a fun suggestion for a beginning reader, this list has some great ideas.
For more information about this award and its recipients, check the ALA website.

Help us recognize these honorees and winners by checking one out today.

2017 Theodor Geisel Award Winner

We are growing! by Laurie Keller

"Walt is not the tallest or the curliest or the pointiest or even the crunchiest. A confounded blade of grass searches for his 'est' in this hilarious story about growing up"--.

2017 Theodor Geisel Honor Books

The American Library Association announced the top books, video and audio books for children and young adults, including the Randolph Caldecott Award. This award goes to the illustrator of the most distinguished American picture book for children.

To find past award winners in our catalog or to check availability, do a title search for Caldecott Medal Winner.

For more information about this award and its recipients, check the ALA website.

Help us recognize these honorees and winners by checking one out today.

2017 Caldecott Award Winner

Presents the life of the artist, who was inspired as a child by a book of anatomy given to him by his mother after being injured in a car crash and who went on to become a celebrity in the art world before his early death at twenty-eight.

2017 Caldecott Honor Books

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