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

           

  • APPROVAL OF AGENDA

The agenda was approved by unanimous consent.

 

  • APPROVAL OF GENERAL MEETING MINUTES

The minutes were approved by unanimous consent.

 

  • COMMUNICATIONS — None

 

  • 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.

 

  • COMMITTEE REPORTS — None

 

  • OLD BUSINESS  — None

 

  • NEW BUSINESS
  • 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.

 

  • ADJOURN

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.

Did you miss our Rain storytime this week? Don't worry, here are stories and rhymes so you can have a splashy storytime at home!

From Storytime

Blue on blue by Dianne White

Rhyming text and illustrations depict the swell and quieting of a storm.

 

If you enjoyed reading about Felicity Merriman, the American Girl character who lives in Williamsburg, Virginia on the eve of the American Revolution in 1774, you might be interested in these titles.

Fiction

Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson
Also available in: audiobook

After being sold to a cruel couple in New York City, a slave named Isabel spies for the rebels during the Revolutionary War.

You can discover all of the 2018 Pulitzer Prize winning materials as well as the finalists in the Letters, Drama, and Music category at Canton Public Library. 

Winners:

  • Fiction: Less by Andrew Sean Greer
  • History: The Gulf: The Making of an American Sea by Jack E. Davis
  • Biography: Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder by Caroline Fraser
  • Poetry: Half-light: Collected Poems 1965-2016 by Frank Bidart
  • General Nonfiction: Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America by James Forman, Jr.
  • Music: DAMN. by Kendrick Lamar
Less : a novel by Andrew Sean Greer

Best in Fiction

 

Did you miss our Spider Storytime this week? Don't worry, here's what you missed, plus a few more suggestions to inspire a buggy storytime you can do at home.

From Storytime

If I'm Trying to Love Spiders doesn't cure your spider phobia, it'll at least make you appreciate how amazing they are...and laugh a lot as you learn about them.

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