Meeting Minutes - November 18, 2010

The Chairperson, Colleen Van Auken, called the meeting to order at 7:30PM
Present: J. Fausone, G. Snow, K. Schulz, M. Siegrist, D. Turner, C. Van Auken
Also Present: E. Davis, K. Gladden

Call to Audience

No comments (G. Bell, K. Brandow, R. Havenstein-Coughlin, A. Heidemann, P. McNichol, L. Papa, S. Rzetelny)

Approval of Agenda

The agenda was approved as amended

Approval of Minutes

J. Fausone moved and M. Siegrist supported a motion to approve the minutes of the September 16 General Meeting.
The motion passed unanimously 10/11-18-1.

J. Fausone moved and K. Schulz supported a motion to approve the minutes of the September 16 Budget Hearing.
The motion passed unanimously BH10/11-18-1.

Communications

None.

Report of the Library Director

The library served as a collection point for the Detroit Area Diaper Bank’s 2010 Diaper Drive. Over 26,000 diapers were collected, including cash donations.

Old Business

Board Holiday Party — The party will be held on Saturday, December 4th (7:00-9:00PM) at the home of Trustee Siegrist’s parents. Each Board member will donate $50 to defray the cost of the party.

Storytimes @ the Canton Public Library

Budget and staffing constraints have forced the library to re-evaluate our storytime offerings. We are able to offer more spaces by holding all of our Family Storytimes in the Community Room. Family Storytimes, which are replacing our age specific storytime, do not require registration. These sessions are suitable for children up to age 5 and offer a variety of activities for the whole family.
Our Baby Storytime does require registration and is suitable for babies up to 18 months. Please, no siblings, so that you may devote your full attention to your baby.

How to Stay Healthy over the Holidays

It's that time of year when the hustle and bustle during the holiday season starts to take its toll. Being in crowded malls, family gatherings, and office parties brings us together in close proximity and that means more opportunities for cold and flu viruses to spread more rapidly. Here are some tips to avoid getting sick and check out this book, The Secrets of People Who Never Get Sick.

Design it, Knit it: Babies

Design it, knit it : babies by Debbie Bliss — It can seem daunting to knit clothing, especially when that clothing is for a baby who may outgrow the item quickly. This book offers a wide variety of ideas for projects that will fit babies of all sizes. There is also information about choosing yarns that are soft enough for babies but also durable enough to handle repeated washing.

Fantasy, Adventure, and a Touch of the Unexpected

The tail of Emily Windsnap by Liz Kessler; illustrated by Sarah Gibb

Hippolyta and the curse of the Amazons by Jane Yolen and Robert J. Harris

Palace of Mirrors by Margaret Peterson Haddix

Fablehaven by Brandon Mull; illustrated by Brandon Dorman

The city of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau

Into the wild by Erin Hunter

MiEarth.org


MiEarth.org is a website containing videos "designed to celebrate great environmental work in Michigan, educate people about what they can do, and inspire them to take action." You can view videos about a variety of environmental topics and projects in Michigan. If you log in and create an account, you can even post one yourself. There are several different categories of videos on the site including "Green Communities", "My View" and "Green Inc" where you can learn about the sustainable practices of posted local companies and organizations. The website also has an environmentally-themed blog.

Felt Me a Smile

Felt me a smile-- for you by Toyoko Sugiwaka — There have been a lot of books about how to make cute stuff lately, and this one rises to the top for its unique approach. The first section includes photographs of the creations - vignettes of each object in its own little world or scene. Later in the workshop section, there are detailed instructions (with step by step photographs) so that you can create your own. Just flipping through this book will make you smile.

Winter Break Fun

Are you looking for something to do during Winter Break? Come to one of our fun programs! On Tuesday, December 21 from 2:00-4:00PM, play a board game, test your Yu-Gi-Oh! skills or create with LEGO at Board Game Fun!
On Wednesday, December 22 from 1:00-3:00PM, unleash your inner rock star or Wii athlete or enjoy some MarioKart racing during our All Ages Open Video Gaming Day. Feel free to drop by, registration is not required.

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