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2014 Teen Writers

Check out the short stories that were submitted as part of the Teen Creative Writing Series this summer. Thank you to everyone who participated!

Irresistible Jeopardy by Akshay J.
Four friends discover their own special powers after an explosion in a local mall.

Meteor National Park by Saarah A.
A photographer becomes part of an unsolved mystery while visiting a national park.

The Day I Joined the Lab by Ashish P.
Two freshman students learn the benefits of a college education while working in a science lab.

The Earthquake by Sofia A.
After surviving an earthquake, a family learns what is truly important in life.

The Hipperdoodles by Anurag B.
A humorous look at how aliens discover the Earth and human kindness.

The Not So Sane Chronicles by Chirag B.
From his vantage point in a mental hospital, a patient with multiple personalities makes plans to rescue Earth from the hands of the so-called sane people who are destroying it.

A Key to Hope

Imagine struggling to walk, breath, or even see loved ones. It takes just one organ donor to save up to eight lives and enhance 50 more. Watch for our Second Annual Michigan Libraries for Life campaign here at CPL during the first week of October to join the Organ Donor Registry.
In the meantime, register to be an organ donor at ExpressSOS.com, the online Secretary of State, here at the library. In so doing, it offers hope to the more than 3,200 Michigan residents currently waiting for the gift of life.

Franchising 101 With SCORE

Franchising is an alternative for would-be entrepreneurs who have little previous business experience but who want to dive into the world of business ownership.  However, is it the right choice for you?  Join us on Monday, October 6 from 7:00-8:30 PM as the business experts from SCORE talk about the details of financing including choosing the right one, location and financing.  No registration required.  

Labor Day

This legal holiday is celebrated in the United States on the first Monday of every September. The first Labor Day celebration dates back to a parade in New York on Tuesday, September 5, 1882. More than half the states were celebrating Labor Day by 1893, but it wasn't made a national holiday until June 28, 1894, when President Grover Cleveland signed it into law.

Books

Reference

Historical encyclopedia of American labor by edited by Robert Weir and James P. Hanlan

Labor conflict in the United States: an encyclopedia by edited by Ronald L. Filippelli — editorial assistant, Carol Reilly

US Labor History

Bread--and roses: the struggle of American labor, 1865- 1915 by Milton Meltzer — illustrated with contemporary prints & photographs — Using diaries, newspaper reports and other source material, the author shows the industrialization of America and the workers' struggle for higher working standards.

Child labor: an American history by Hugh D. Hindman — This book considers the issue of child labor as a social and economic problem in America from an historical perspective — as it was found in major American industries and occupations, including coal mines, cotton textile mills and sweatshops, in the early 1900s.

Movie Madness: The Fault in Our Stars

Join us Tuesday September 16 at 4:00 PM for an after school screening of one of this year's most anticipated films: The Fault in Our Stars. Be sure to bring some snacks, a comfy blanket or pillow and of course your own box of tissues. No registration is required, but space is limited. This film is rated PG-13.

Columbus Day Library Closure

The library building will be closed to the public on Monday, October 13. During this time we will conduct staff training. The outdoor return slot will be open for you to return materials.

While the library building is closed, you may access many resources online. Visit our eMedia page to stream movies, music, TV series and audiobooks through hoopla, download ebooks and audiobooks, or read magazines online through Zinio. You may also access your patron record to check due dates and renew materials, and place available items on hold for pickup when we reopen. And many of our business resources are available online on the Business Resource page.

If you like Christopher Paolini, Terry Goodkind and J.R.R. Tolkien

try these:

Joust by Mercedes Lackey


The eye of the world by Robert Jordan


Lamentation by Ken Scholes


Acacia: a novel by David Anthony Durham


A game of thrones by George R.R. Martin

Library Board Meeting Minutes — Thursday, August 21, 2014

The Chairperson, Kim Schulz, called the meeting to order at 7:29 PM.

Present: N. Eggenberger, M. Farell, J. Fausone, S. Foster, K. Schulz

Absent: T. Hartnett

Also Present: E. Davis, K. Gladden

Call To Audience

(L. Golden, V. Krimmer, L. Kyko, K. Lauria, D. McHugh, B. Mosher, M. Nicholson S. Rzetelny, P. Schrauben, N. Szczepanski) – None

Approval Of Agenda

The agenda was approved as amended by unanimous consent.

Approval Of General Meeting Minutes

The minutes were approved by unanimous consent.

Communications

None

Director's Report

E. Davis informed the board that the Administrative Assistant for Human Resources, Marian Nicholson, had accepted the position of Department Head of Business Services, effective September 22, 2014.

Davis also expressed her gratitude to Trustee T. Hartnett for representing the board earlier in the week at the annual staff picnic. At the event, the Friends of the Library announced the recipients of their annual Education Awards: $1,000 each was presented to five staff members and one volunteer.

Trustee Fausone questioned what the Belleville Area District Library millage defeat meant for the Canton Public Library. Davis said that the failed bond had been for construction of the proposed new lakefront library and renovation of another building which was to be used as a satellite branch, plus additional operating revenue. The Belleville area library has an existing operating millage, but she has not heard from director Deb Green as to what their next step will be. Currently, Belleville area residents may check out a maximum of ten (10) items from the Canton Public Library.

Library Board Special Meeting Agenda — Thursday, September 4, 2014

Thursday, September 4, 2014, 6:30 PM
  • Call the Meeting to Order
  • Call to Audience (5 min. maximum)
  • Approval of Agenda
  • New Business
    • Interview with candidate Valerie Krimmer
    • Interview with candidate Kelli Lauria
    • Interview with candidate Annie Rosinski
    • Interview with candidate Mushir Khwaja
    • Interview with candidate Don Turner
  • Call to Audience (5 min. maximum)
  • Adjourn

Parking Lot Closure

While the library is closed for the Labor Day holiday, contractors will be working to repave and stripe our parking lot. During the work, the front circle drive book return, Abitibi paper recycling bins and the book donation bins will be inaccessible on Sunday, August 31 and September 1. Our contractor will attempt to finish the project in one day to minimize the disruption. Please stay out of restricted areas and thank you for your patience while we perform this necessary maintenance to our lot.

Best in Show Dog Show 2014

Best in Show LogoWho will be Canton's Top Dog? Why not yours? Register now by returning the waiver form by 6:00 PM September 12 and join us on Saturday, September 13 at 11:00 AM in back of the library under the tent. Space for contestants is limited to the first 25 waivers received but all are welcome to come see the show. This event is fun for all ages! Bring your four-legged best friends and show them off in our contests for: Best Costume, Best Trick, Best Behaved, Best Looking, Best Biggest, Best Smallest and Best in Show. Winners will receive fabulous prizes! Enjoy a free hot dog and pop! REGISTRATION BEGINS MONDAY AUGUST 25th.

Intermediate Excel 2010

A more advanced Excel class, great for work or school projects. Learn custom sorting and conditional formatting to make sense of your data. Create eye-catching tables, charts and graphs. Prerequisite: Beginning Excel or previous experience with Excel. Join us Friday, September 19th from 10:00 to 11:30 AM.

Weekly ebook Drop-In Help

Have you hit a snag with your ereader?  Patrons in need of one-on-one assistance can come in on Fridays from 10:00-11:00 AM to receive basic or extended help with borrowing or downloading books to your electronic device.  No registration required

Computer Skills Lab for Beginners

If you or someone you know needs assistance with basic computer skills, including Internet use and setting up an email account, please stop in to CPL's iLab between 9:00 AM and 11:00 AM on Saturday, September 27th for our drop-in skills lab. We will have guided activities for practice with mouse skills, copying/pasting, and more.  A librarian will be on hand to answer any questions you may have or direct you to activities and tutorials to help build basic computer skills.

*This lab is restricted to basic computer skills, as listed above. Staff will not be able to assist with the diagnosis or repair of computer equipment, or with online financial transactions.

ebook Basics

Learn the basics of how to check out library ebooks and read them on your Kindle, Nook, iPad or other device. Join us Saturday, September 13th from 10:30am-12:00pm.

Raja Yoga Healing Meditation

Raja Yoga Meditation helps you reach a deeper understanding of yourself, your intrinsic positive qualities and your innate value. There is beauty in all of us and through meditation the inner beauty not only is revealed to the self, but also to the people around us. On Saturday, September 27 from 4:00-5:45PM, join practitioners from the Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual University to explore these universal concepts and encourage your inner spiritual development toward a fresh perspective on values such as justice, freedom, respect and love. Sessions will be interactive and experiential, where your tools for the inward journey will be explored and shared.

Starfish Family Services: Math Learning in the Home

On Thursday, September 11 from 6:30-8:30 PM, the highly trained staff from Starfish Family Services will present Math Learning in the Home. Participants will learn the importance of math in the preschool years, as well as materials to use from home to support learning. Bring your children to this program as free daycare is provided by Starfish's daycare professionals.

Canton TargetTesting ACT Test prep class

CantonTargetTesting, an ACT preparation nonprofit founded by high school students, is offering free ACT preparation to students.  This class is designed to raise students’ scores in the least amount of time by focusing on weaknesses, working on the application of knowledge to the ACT, and learning only the essential content.  TargetTesting further increases preparation efficiency by individualizing lessons.

The instructors are experienced on the subject of standardized testing. Prateek Sharma, a senior, scored a 35 on the ACT.  Benjamin Yang, a junior, scored a 33 on the ACT.  Charlie Hou, a junior, scored a 36 on the ACT.  All three scored within the top 1% of test takers nationally.  The instructors have also spent time helping fellow students for the ACT in independent efforts in the past year.

Registration through the Canton Public Library website is required to join the class and will be open to those student who have completed their freshman year of high school.  This class is a 10-week session which will take place on Sunday afternoons from 3:00-5:15PM.  The first session will be on September 21 and the last will be November 23. Having a library card is a requirement for registration. Please be aware that attendance is mandatory to get the most out of this class. Registration begins on August 25. Any questions regarding class content may be sent to cantontargettesting@gmail.com

Preschool Storytime

Preschool storytimes are a fun celebration of stories and activities designed for children ages 3-5. Children must be able to sit independently and be attentive for 30 minutes. Parents may attend, or must remain in the children's department. Storytimes will be held in the Purple Room starting Monday, September 15 thru Friday, October 24. Registration is online and begins Monday, August 25.  We welcome you at one of the following sessions.

Mondays, 10:00-10:30 AM
Fridays, 1:00-1:30 PM

*Please note that there will be no programs on Monday, October 13 as the library will be closed.