The Garden City Public Library has announced that they will be open for thirty hours, five days per week, from July 18 through at least the November millage election. Unfortunately, these hours will not meet the minimum requirements for state certification. As a result, the Canton Public Library will not resume reciprocity with Garden City Public Library at this time.
Present: K. Schulz, M. Siegrist, C. Van Auken, J. Fausone, G. Snow, D. Turner
Also Present: E. Davis, K. Gladden, G. Bell, A. Davis, M. Swartz
Call to AudienceNo comments (R. Havenstein-Coughlin, A. Heidemann, L. Papa, S. Rzetelny)
Approval of AgendaThe agenda was approved as amended
Approval of MinutesMinutes of the March 18 meeting were approved as presented
E. Davis shared with the Board an invitation from the new Belleville District Library to attend a reception and swearing-in ceremony of the new District Board on April 24th.
Included in the April PR packet were materials relating to the 2009 Annual Report that were mailed to donors and a placard that was sent to community partners.
CPL has been blessed with supportive patrons and an excellent staff. We are proud to have one of our own singled out for the wonderful work she does with teenagers in our community. Please join me in congratulating Anna on this accomplishment!
The library is SO busy, and you're checking out and returning SO many books on CD, DVDs, and of course books that we are having a hard time getting them back on the shelf. If you can volunteer to help us on a regular basis we'd be SO grateful! To volunteer, just fill out this short form and return it to Kathie Gladden at the library. And thank you!
The 2010 library budget process has begun, and the economic news continues to worsen. The library board of trustees, library administration, and library staff have so far focused on making cuts that have the least impact on our service to you, but as the recession deepens, the sad truth is that you will begin to see an erosion in library services.
In 2009, we reduced the library budget by 10%--a combination of falling property values and the vote by the board of trustees in August 2008 to voluntarily lower the library millage rate to reduce the burden on our economically-stressed taxpayers. In 2010, we are facing an additional cut of 6% to 10%. The total cuts over these two years will total more than $1 million from the library's 2008 budget of $6.4 million. We can no longer avoid making cuts that will affect your experience at the library.
- No one will be able to search MeLCat or place MeLCat requests
- No one will be able to renew MeLCat items
Stop at or call the Reference Desk for MeL assistance during this time.
CPL is governed by a six-member Library Board of Trustees of community members elected quadrennially on a nonpartisan ballot. The Board meets at 7:30 PM on the third Thursday of each month. You are invited to attend.
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.
The Canton Public Library connects your community.
CPL is the busiest single-branch library in the state, circulating 300,000+ items over 1.8 million times [in 2011]. Our 53,500 square foot facility provides space for our 71%-resident patron population of more than 47,500 active cardholders.