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Food Fighters: Tattoo a Banana

Join us January 14, 7:00-8:00 PM for our monthly Food Fighters meeting, the recreational club where art and food combine. This time you'll learn how to make artistic tattoos on bananas! For Teens.

Teen Animanga Club

Naruto ShippudenWednesday, January 21, 6:30-8:45 PM join us for our monthly meeting of the Animanga Club! We've got all sorts of zaniness in store from a raffle to trivia to our always popular "mystery anime." What is it this month? Sorry, no hints. Drop by and let your inner otaku run free.

Board Gaming League of Canton

Into board games like Settlers, Carcassonne, or Ticket To Ride? Drop by Saturday, January 3  between 12:00 PM - 5:45 PM for our monthly Board Gaming League of Canton meeting. Play some of the hottest games and meet some new folks!

How To Really Start Your Own Business

In this program presented by SCORE, you’ll find topics ranging from testing your business idea to creating a plan, structuring your company, and building a successful team. Use these tips and tactics to increase your knowledge of cash control, financial  management, funding a business, building business credit, and many other vital topics for new entrepreneurs.

Join us on Monday, January 12 from 7:00-8:30 PM. No registration required.

Nonfiction Book Group January 2015

On Saturday, January 17 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM we will be discussing:

The secret rooms: a true story of a haunted castle, a plotting duchess and a secret family by Catherine Bailey — For fans of Downton Abbey , this New York Times bestseller is the enthralling true story of family secrets and aristocratic intrigue in the days before WWI. After the Ninth Duke of Rutland, one of the wealthiest men in Britain, died alone in a cramped room in the servants' quarters of Belvoir Castle on April 21, 1940, his son and heir ordered the room, which contained the Rutland family archives, sealed. Sixty years later, Catherine Bailey became the first historian given access. What she discovered was a mystery: The Duke had painstakingly erased three periods of his life from all family records;but why? As Bailey uncovers the answers, she also provides an intimate portrait of the very top of British society in the turbulent days leading up to World War I.

December Session of Gale Courses Begins Soon

The Canton Library offers free Gale Courses to its cardholders, and the next set of classes is will begin on Wednesday, December 10. Learn on your own schedule, and receive a certificate of completion when you've finished. Our goal is to provide lifelong educational opportunities for you to gain new skills or improve existing ones. New sessions are offered every month. Take advantage of these instructor-led courses on our databases page!

Beginning Excel 2010

Learn to create a spreadsheet and manage a list
with Microsoft Excel 2010. Registration required.


Prerequisite: Mouse and keyboarding skills.


Join us on Thursday, January 8 from 6:30-8:00 PM.

Adult Writers' Group

Interested in writing? Join other adults to share your work, get feedback and discuss the craft of writing. We will meet at 2:00 PM on:
  • Saturday, January 10
  • Saturday, January 24

Lunch and a Book January 2015

Join us Thursday, January 8 at noon as we discuss:

Bootstrapper: from broke to badass on a northern Michigan farm by Mardi Jo Link — It's the summer of 2005, and Mardi Jo Link's dream of living the simple life has unraveled into debt and heartbreak. She and her husband of nineteen years have just called it quits, leaving her with serious cash-flow problems and a looming divorce. Link makes a seemingly impossible resolution: to hang on to her century-old farmhouse in northern Michigan and continue to raise her three boys on well water and wood chopping and dirt. Armed with an unfailing sense of humor and three resolute accomplices, Link confronts blizzards and foxes, learns about Zen divorce and the best way to butcher a hog, dominates a zucchini-growing contest and wins a year's supply of local bread, masters the art of bargain cooking, wrangles rampaging poultry, and withstands any blow to her pride in order to preserve the life she wants.

Savvy Seniors: December 2014 Holiday Blues

During the holidays, older adults are more likely to be aware of the passage of time, the distance of loved ones who have moved away and the people and things they have lost along the way. Family and friends can help by including older adults in holiday plans.  10 Tips to Help Seniors Enjoy the Holidays provides helpful information.

December is a Time to Celebrate!

The month of December is filled with many different holiday celebrations — Hanukkah, Christmas and Kwanzaa are just some of the special observances this month. Learn more about all these holidays through the many resources at the Canton Public Library. This Special Collection can help get you started!

General

The American book of days by Christianson, Stephen G — A day-by-day record of American history from January 1 through December 31. For each of the 366 days of the year (including February 29), several substantial essays explore significant events of military, scientific, ethnic, or cultural significance.

The book of the year : a brief history of our seasonal holidays by Anthony F. Aveni — Discusses the origins and modern development of our holidays and provides an entertainng glimpse into their evolution.

Baby Storytime

Designed for babies up to 18 months old with a caregiver, Baby Storytime features simple stories, songs, fingerplays, and lots of fun! Our Baby Storytime sessions are held in the Purple Room.

Registration begins December 23
Storytime session begins Tuesday, January 6, 10:00 AM

P. D. James, crime novelist, dies at age 94

Phyllis Dorothy James, Baroness James of Holland Park, OBE, FRSA, FRSL, known as P. D. James, an English crime writer. died Thursday, November 27, 2014 at the age of 94.  The creator of Commander Adam Dalgliesh of Scotland Yard, James has won a Macavity for A TASTE FOR DEATH, the Edgar Grand Master Award, the Cartier Diamond Dagger and an Anthony Award for TALKING ABOUT DETECTIVE FICTION. PBS Masterpiece Mystery recently broadcasted DEATH COMES TO PEMBERLEY, James latest series featuring Jane Austen's well known PRIDE AND PREJUDICE characters,  Elizabeth Bennett and Fitzwilliam Darcy .

Holiday Music on Hoopla

Looking for some music to perk up your holidays?  You can use your Canton Public Library card to stream/download great holiday music to your phone, tablet or computer with Hoopla!  
The great thing about Hoopla is that there are no holds. All items are always available, so you can sign in to Hoopla and stream the new Idina Menzel holiday album today!

Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving represents more than a turkey feast and football on television, not to mention a four-day weekend for many people and the opening of the holiday shopping season. The resources in this Special Collection delve into the depth and breadth of the Thanksgiving holiday. Enjoy!

General

The Thanksgiving Book by Lucille Recht Penner (1985): Gathers together woodcuts, art, oral literature (poems and prayers from the Indians) and texts from old cookbooks, early American household accounts, and harvest lore from around the world.

History

Giving Thanks: Thanksgiving Recipes and History, from Pilgrims to Pumpkin Pie by Kathleen Curtin and Sandra L. Oliver (2005): Traces the history of Thanksgiving, explores the origin and development of various holiday traditions, and offers an assortment of recipes ranging from appetizers to dessert.

A Great & Godly Adventure: The Pilgrims & the Myth of the First Thanksgiving by Godfry Hodgsen (2006): Disputes the legendary history of Thanksgiving by presenting a more authentic history of the Plymouth settlement, and explains the reasons behind the distortion of facts that gave rise to the holiday's traditions.

Hunting and Cooking

Leaf through a book!

A special thank-you to all the kids that participated in our "Favorite Book, Leaf Display." Kids wrote the name of a book on a colored leaf that was displayed on the wall in the children's department. We had 344 leaves on the wall representing library kids and their favorite books! Your favorite book series represented were: Harry Potter, Magic Tree House, Geronimo Stilton, and Michigan/American Chillers.

Library Board Meeting Minutes — Thursday, November 20, 2014

The Chairperson, Nancy Eggenberger, called the meeting to order at 7:30 PM.

Present: N. Eggenberger, M. Farell, J. Fausone, S. Foster, T. Hartnett, D. Turner

Absent: None

Also Present: E. Davis, K. Gladden

Call To Audience

(L. Golden, R. Havenstein-Coughlin, M. Nicholson, N. Szczepanski) – None

Approval Of Agenda

The agenda was approved by unanimous consent.

Approval Of General Meeting Minutes

The minutes were approved as amended by unanimous consent.

Communications

E. Davis reminded the trustees to please respond to the emailed invitation to the upcoming Volunteer Holiday Tea.

Director's Report

The Friends of the Library will have a fundraiser on December 9-10 at Tony Sacco’s pizzeria.

The main boiler needs a new part, but is currently working

Trustee D. Turner asked about the posting for a new vendor for the café area. Davis assured him that the Request for Proposal (RFP) addressed his concerns, including a requirement that applicants detail the vendor’s process for machine issues (lost money, etc.) and also requires a non-performance clause.

There will be a Finance Committee meeting on December 9, at which time the committee will review all vendor bids in preparation for board discussion and action at the regular December meeting..

Patron Service Improvement Project — Phase II

Phase II of Improvement Project to Begin

Beginning in January 2015, the library will embark on phase two of a renovation project to update the building, make the library accessible to all users and to fulfill our core values of Relevance, Access, Integrity and Leadership.

PSIP II Logo

The 2015 project carries on the improvements of the 2014 Patron Service Improvement Project that renovated service points in the central area of the library. Phase II will include a complete renovation of the public restrooms located in the lobby with new tile and fixtures, making them ADA compliant. During this phase of the construction, patrons will be asked to use the restrooms located in the Children's Library. The Cafe will be inaccessible, as well as the main doors of the Community Room.

Other improvements planned include replacing worn carpeting in the Community Room and main library to match the carpeting from the 2014 renovation. New study carrels, as well as new chairs, will be added to the southeast corner of the library and new CD shelving will replace bins in the multimedia area.


PSIP Floor PlanThe Patron Service Improvement Project Phase II will accomplish the following: