Did you miss our Aquarium storytime? No worries! Here are some of the stories and songs we did in storytime plus a few more books on our fishy friends! Enjoy and see you next Thursday!

Stories and Songs from Storytime

Did you miss storytime on Thursday morning? Have no fear. You can do storytime at home with the stories and songs we had a great time using in storytime. See you next week!

Stories and Songs from Storytime

On April 10 we celebrated the 2018 Canton Book Project Book Givers. Each year, this project invites people to share their love of reading by giving out books to people in the community who, for whatever reason, don’t read for pleasure or own books. This year's selected titles are as follows:

“Truman” by David McCullough, chosen by Mike Simowski

“Frederick” by Leo Lionni, chosen by Cecilia Escobar

“In a Dark, Dark Wood” by Ruth Ware, chosen by Natalie Blasius

“The Sparrow” by Mary Doria Russell, chosen by Meg Halstead

“The Tao Te Ching” by Lao Tzu, chosen by Ryan M. Place

“Landscaping with Native Plants” by Lynn M. Steiner, chosen by Charisse Nilles

“Emotional Intelligence” by Daniel Goleman, chosen by Tina Flint

“Living Fearlessly” by Paramahansa Yogananda, chosen by Julie Kulp

“Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End” by Atul Gawande, chosen by Sharon Holcomb

Congratulations 2018 Canton Book Project Book Givers!


Did you miss our Alphabet Storytime this week? Don't worry, here's what you missed, plus a few more suggestions to inspire a "letter"-ary storytime you can do at home. Don't forget that the beginning of our J Picture Book section is dedicated to books about the alphabet.


From Storytime

Alphabet under construction by Denise Fleming

A busy mouse works his way through the alphabet as he folds the "F," measures the "M," and rolls the "R."

The 8th Annual Canton Acts of Culture Week is May 12-19 and events and activities are planned throughout the community to celebrate the arts. All of our storytimes during this week will have an art theme, and we're hosting the following events at the library:

For a list of everything happening in Canton, visit the Canton Commission for Culture, Arts and Heritage website

Check out these picture books that celebrate all the different kinds of love.

The story of a lonely bunny, Marlon Bundo, who lives with his Grampa, Mike Pence, the Vice President of the United States, and the very special day when he met another boy bunny named Wesley that changed his life forever.

Worm loves Worm by J. J Austrian

Two worms in love decide to get married, and with help from Cricket, Beetle, Spider, and the Bees they have everything they need and more, but which one will be the bride and which the groom?

Looking to read a new genre? According to Merriam-Webster , magical realism is "a literary genre or style associated especially with Latin America that incorporates fantastic or mythical elements into otherwise realistic fiction." Check out this book list for some suggested titles with these themes!

Garden spells by Sarah Addison Allen
Also available in: audiobook
Also available in: audiobook | large print
  • 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:  E. Davis, K. Gladden


  • CALL TO AUDIENCE  (M. Coughlin, M. Crowther, L. Golden, R. Havenstein-Coughlin, P. Jenkins, D. McHugh, M. Nicholson, K. Powers, M. Swartz, N. Szczepanski) - None



The agenda was approved by unanimous consent.



The minutes were approved by unanimous consent.




  • DIRECTORS REPORT — Business Services Department Head Marian Nicholson hired Michael Weslin to be one of the Building Monitors; he will start April 30.


  • TRUSTEE COMMENTS — Board Chair Michelle Farell and Trustee Nancy Eggenberger attended the Public Library Association (PLA) annual conference, held in Philadelphia in March. Chair Farell was impressed by the presentation she saw of Kanopy, an on-demand streaming video service for public libraries and educational institutions that provides library patrons with access to a large collection of indie films and documentaries. Trustee Eggenberger had spoken with the Overdrive representative regarding issues she has with the service.




  • OLD BUSINESS  — None


  • 2017 Audit Report — Michael Swartz, Melanie Crowther and Kaitlyn Powers of Plante Moran

presented highlights of the 2017 Financial Report to the Board. The library once again received an

“unmodified” opinion and generally was following all accepted accounting principles. Swartz stated that the library was doing “everything they should be doing, and more than most.” The financial records were in great shape. In all, he said, it was a very clean audit.


  • Accept 2017 Audit Report as Presented — Trustee Eggenberger complimented the staff for the clean audit.

J. Pandit moved and N. Eggenberger supported a motion to approve the proposal to accept the 2017 Audit Report as presented.

The motion passed unanimously 18/4-19-1


  •  Approve 1st Quarter Budget Amendment as Presented

N. Eggenberger moved and J. Lee supported a motion to approve the 1st Quarter Budget Amendment as presented.

The motion passed unanimously 18/4-19-2


  • Future Library Operations — Chair Farell discussed technology systems designed to complement the core staffed hours by extending opening times, which she had learned about at PLA. Such systems have mostly been utilized at satellite branches of large library systems. The board analysed the data presented and reviewed possible options, and elected to retain the current library opening hours.


  • 2019 Budget Discussion:  Library Materials — The board’s previously expressed desire for the library to achieve “Excellent” status in the Library of Michigan’s Quality Services Audit Checklist (QSAC) would require an increase in library expenditures on materials to equal 15% of the annual budget. After discussion with Information Services Department Head Rebecca Havenstein-Coughlin regarding the possibility and desirability of increasing the materials budget to that extent, the board directed that the 2019 materials budget should reflect a number that the staff feels would be operationally sound, not to exceed 15% of the operations budget.


  • CALL TO AUDIENCE – R. Havenstein-Coughlin expressed her thanks to the board for their support during her recent illness.



The meeting was adjourned at 9:01 PM.  

Former first lady, Barbara Bush, passed away this week at the age of 92. She, and Abigail Adams, were the only first ladies to be a wife and mother to a president of the United States. Mrs. Bush was very dedicated to public service and literacy projects. The Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy provides access to and choice of educational opportunities to young children and their parents. Children and parents in all 50 states have benefited from these family literacy programs.