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Strategic Plan

The Canton Public Library has completed the planning process of our strategic plan, to help us determine how to best serve your needs. With dwindling dollars and challenging economic times, your input is very important in deciding how to allocate our resources over the next three years.

Please comment on posts on this page and participate in our online surveys. We also have special Strategic Plan comment cards in the library or you may also post comments on our Twitter and Facebook accounts. And yes, we welcome and encourage face-to-face conversations with library staff.

For more information on our Strategic Plan, take a look at the insert in the September/October issue of Connections, our bimonthly newsletter.

Recent Strategic Plan Entries

Help Us Help You - Week 1 (of 5) - About YOU

Help Us Help YouEach week we will have a blog post in which members of the CPL community can respond to get know one another. Your feedback will also be included in the Help Us Help You research and help focus our efforts. Please sign in and take our survey. If you wish to remain anonymous, you may also take the survey without signing in.

This week we would like to know (in the comments) — What inspires you?

Strategic Planning Process Presentation

If you'd like to see the process behind our strategic plan as presented to the Library Board of Trustees, just view this Presentation:

Strategic Planning Summary

The Canton Public Library connects your community.

That's the mission statement that arose from the focus groups, comment cards and conversations that we had with our community and staff over the last six months. Whether you are a community of storytime parents, a community of anime fans, a community of gamers or a community of readers, the Canton Public Library is a connection place for you. The library connects you to the resources, people and places that you defined as your community.

To support our mission, we pledge to adhere to four core values:
  • Relevance: We will adapt and grow as our community's needs change, providing flexible, customizable and evolving collections and services
  • Access: We support the pursuit of individul and community goals by ensuring the open exchange of diverse materials and ideas
  • Integrity: We are respectful of all people at all times and serve our community with excellence
  • Leadership: We will lead with enthusiasm and respond to challenges with creativity and professionalism

Details of our 2009-2011 Strategic Plan can be found from a link on the About Us page. We will post news of our actions and progress. This is a living document, and we look forward to receiving your feedback.

Library is Star Struck Over Rating

The Canton Public Library is seeing stars after being identified as one of America’s star libraries by Library Journal’s Index of Public Library Service. One of only two libraries in the state to receive this rating, the Canton Public Library was awarded a three star rating. Read the full press release by clicking on the attachment.

Library Looks for Community Input on Strategic Plan

CANTON, MI—The Canton Public Library has embarked on a process to create a strategic plan and is looking for community input.

“With declining revenue and the current economic climate, it’s very important to know what our community wants and needs from our library,” says library director Eva Davis. “A plan to guide us for the next three years will help us focus our efforts and resources to best serve the community.”