Friends of the Library

The Friends are people like you — members of the community who support the library's goals and services. They advocate for the library and raise community awareness. Through their efforts, the Friends bridge the gap between a good library and recognition as a great library.

For up-to-the-minute offers, new arrivals or Friends happenings, like our Facebook page.

Secondhand Prose Used Bookstore

The Friends' bookstore, Secondhand Prose, will close from December 23 to early February for extensive remodeling as part of Phase IV of the library's Patron Service Improvement Project.
Book donations will not be accepted during the renovation. Please hold book donations until the bookstore reopens in February, or consider taking your donations to the Plymouth District Library.
Updates on the progress of the renovation will be posted on the Friends of the Canton Public Library Facebook page.

Wings of Wonder Butterfly Garden


In addition to our continuing Canton Public Library support for materials and the Endowment Fund, the Friends of the Canton Public Library have created a Butterfly Garden behind the library. The intent is not only to provide a peaceful natural setting available for the whole community to enjoy, but also to include an educational component through programming. The project involves the whole community as we solicit native Michigan butterfly friendly plants and support from local gardeners. Please check our Facebook page for announcements of upcoming events and our annual Butterfly Friendly Plants Exchange for Milkweed in June.

Join the Friends

Money raised through memberships and the used bookstore is used to help support library activities and acquisitions, as well as to fund some things not provided for in the library's operating budget. Joining the Friends with your tax-deductible contribution provides you with:

  • An invitation to the annual membership meeting
  • Access to Secondhand Prose on members-only Tuesdays

For more information check out the Friends brochure.

Join Now:

Membership Form

Friends' Events

  • Board Meetings: Second Wednesday of each month at 4:30 PM
  • Annual Membership Meeting: Late June or early July business meeting to elect new officers

What We Sponsor

  • Connect Your Summer
  • Needed equipment (computer, printers, etc.)
  • Books and special collections
  • Kids, tween, teen, and adult programs
  • Support-a-sculpture fund
  • Annual scholarship to CPL employees

Sponsorship Spotlight — Winter Snow Spree

The Friends of the Canton Public Library recently sponsored the December 13 Winter Snow Spree. Attending children were enchanted by Silverbell, the reindeer, and the two elves that accompanied her. The fun continued inside with crafts, games, stories, and hot chocolate. Each child was gifted a small hard copy of The Nutcracker Story. Thanks to the library staff and teen volunteers who organized and helped out at the event.

Friends' Fundraisers

Amazon Smile Program

The Friends of the Canton Public Library are participating in the Amazon Smile program. Amazon Smile will donate 0.5% of any eligible purchase to the Friends of of the Canton Public Library. To sign up for this program, visit the Amazon Smile's website.

Kroger Community Rewards

Do you shop at Kroger? Your purchases can benefit the Friends of the Canton Public Library through the Kroger Community Rewards program. Just register your Kroger Plus card with the program and select Friends of the Canton Public Library (code 90992), and every time you shop, you'll be helping the library. If you've already designated the Friends as your shopping beneficiary, make sure you go into your account and update it each year, as all designations expire in April. Thanks for helping out our Friends.

Contact a Friend

Have questions/comments? You can contact us or send an email to Would you like to know more about the Friends? Think you might want to join? Check out the brochure.

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