Eva Davis grew up in Canton and is a proud graduate of Canton High School. With a background in customer service, research, and publishing, she became a librarian in 1998, and has held her dream job here since 2008. Having experienced Canton both without a library (pre-1980) and with a library (1980-present), she thinks that the community is definitely better off now, and is committed to continuing CPL's award-winning excellence.
Nancy Szczepanski has been with the Canton Public Library since the current building opened in November of 1988. She is an avid gardener, and has lived in Canton since the late 1970s. Nancy grew up in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, and whenever possible makes the trip back to visit family and enjoy a more relaxed way of life.
Laurie Golden majored in Journalism at the University of Missouri and was drawn to the dark side, creating advertising designed to make you covet things you don’t really need. Turning her talents to serve the greater good, she started at the Canton Public Library in 2005. When not spreading the good news about libraries, Laurie patrols the blue line in a women’s hockey league and watches an inordinate amount of youth sporting activities.
Contact Laurie Golden with inquiries from press about the library or library issues at 734-397-0999 x1078.
Rebecca Havenstein-Coughlin has the longest tenure of any Canton Public Library employee and is in fact the last of the library's original employees. Hired to help develop the library in June 1980, Rebecca has seen many changes in both the Canton community and the library during that time. Outside the library Rebecca pursues her passions for scrapbooking, golf, traveling with her husband Michael, and reading, which she freely admits is done mostly in audio format these days.
Leo Papa, a Detroit native, started at CPL as the Systems Librarian in 2003. Residing in Canton since 2007, Leo previously spent over 20 years as a teacher, librarian, and technologist in Wisconsin and Texas, working at a wide range of educational, corporate, and non-profit organizations. Leo is an amateur musician and music producer, and is passionate about the arts, culture, and philosophy.
Nichole Welz received her Master’s of Library and Information Science from Wayne State University in 1998, but has been working in libraries since 1988. She gets chills of excitement when a young patron signs up for a library card and has great enthusiasm for keeping all kids coming in to the library over and over and over. She and her two children believe, with all of their hearts, that if Gerald and Piggie ruled the world, all beings would eventually live in complete peace and harmony.
Laura Fawcett graduated from Wayne State’s School of Library and Information Science in 1999 and has been serving the people of Canton for over 13 years. As Program Librarian, Laura loves creating unique and exciting experiences for library patrons to enjoy. As an avid crafter, her favorite programs are the ones that require a glue gun and sequins. Laura is particularly passionate about social media and can often be found stalking Facebook, checking Tumblr tags or watching YouTube videos, much to the dismay of her three charming children.
Jim Laffey grew up in Plymouth, went to Our Lady Of Good Counsel Elementary School and graduated from the "original Plymouth High School" in 1970. After a career in the automotive industry he came to work at Canton Public Library in 2006. He enjoys his faith, family, golf, and fishing.