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Services to Romulus Public Library Cardholders

Eva Davis, DirectorTo all Romulus residents, and to all Romulus Public Library cardholders:

In preparation for their anticipated closing on May 1, the Romulus Public Library has stopped checking out all materials. As a member of The Library Network cooperative, the Romulus Public Library had a reciprocal borrowing agreement in place that allowed you to use neighboring libraries.

While we here at the Canton Public Library are happy to reciprocate with other communities, that reciprocity is based on mutual sharing; we cannot bear the financial burden of serving Romulus residents when Romulus is eliminating funding for their library.

Meeting Minutes — March 24, 2011

March 24, 2011 – 7:30PM

The Vice-Chairperson, Kim Schulz, called the meeting to order at 7:39PM (Chairperson Michael Siegrist assumed responsibility for chairing the meeting upon his arrival at 7:41PM).

Library Board Meeting Agenda — April 21, 2011

Thursday, April 21, 7:30PM
  • Call to Order
  • Call to Audience
  • Approval of Agenda
  • Approval of Minutes
  • Communications
  • Report of the Library Director
  • Old Business – None
  • New Business
    • 2010 Audit Presentation – Plante & Moran
    • Proposed Furlough Policy (item of discussion)
    • TLN Cooperative library issues (item of discussion)
    • Proposed Revised Community Room Policy and Application
  • Call to Audience
  • Adjourn

2010 Annual Report


Canton Public Library connects your community.

The year 2010 at Canton Public Library can best be characterized as a year of partnerships. As we faced further budget cuts and increased usage, we looked for partners in our community to help us stretch every dollar. By teaming up with our schools, community groups, other nonprofit and service organizations, arts consortia, and businesses, we were able to maximize our offerings and fulfill our mission of connecting your community.

Grants

Our staff searched tirelessly for grants to help fill gaps in our funding. This year, we were the recepient of several grants, including an Action for Earth Grant, a partnership project between the library, the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum, and Project S.N.A.P. that allowed us to train 20 families in environmental stewardship and helped us create and install the mosiac mural just outside the Children's Library. This grant was supplied by the Erb Family Foundation Grant.

Additionally, we qualified for our second ARC grant to create a small rain garden at the back of the library, reducing the area of our grounds that needs mowing, watering and pesticide application, and adding native plants to help filter ground water and runoff.

The Giving Hope Women's Giving Circle Grant we received was used to start a book group for girls ages 5-12 and their mothers or another significant woman in their life. This grant, along with the Target Family Reading Grant, and the ALA Great Stories Grant made it possible to host book discussions for both young readers and their families as well as teens at the Starkweather Center, an alternative high school.

The Ford Road Meijer Store entered us into the Pepsi Refresh project and surprised us with a check for $400, which we were happy to accept.

News

Our proactive attempts to streamline efficiency and find other funding resulted in a few new iniatives. In June, we replaced our old hand sorting method with a new RFID system that both checks in and sorts materials to the proper bin for staff to place back on the shelves. Not only does this get materials back into circulation faster, it also saves hundreds of staff hours sorting and checking in materials and reduces the errors that come with handling 6,000 pieces daily. This project also saw the debut of another of our firsts — our patron education video series. We produced several videos to help educate patrons about library services, for example, how to use the self checkout.

In November, we teamed up with the Northville Barnes and Noble for our first-ever book fair. Purchases from the store or online during our fair benefitted the library.

October 2010 was the 30th anniversary of the library, which we celebrated all month with blog posts, historical photos and videos, and online contests. It was amazing to see the growth of Canton from a small farming community to the vibrant, thriving population of 90,000 that we have today. As a result of that growth, we also suffered through an eight-month long road construction project that widened Canton Center Road, making it easier and safer for our patrons to get to the library.

Some other notable news from 2010:
  • Our Living Book program debuted, sharing the knowledge and experiences of living, breathing people with interested patrons
  • We teamed with area business and Canton Economic Development to develop Check Out Canton, a unique offering of special savings from Canton businesses available for checkout from the library
  • Our well-received Summer School for Small Business series kicked off with seven one-hour sessions created just for the needs small business owners and entrepreneurs
  • We introduced Text A Librarian, a service that allows patrons to text message librarians for reference question or to request materials
  • Storytime sessions were added in the Tamil language
  • Our teen librarian, Anna Slaughter, received the Frances H. Pletz award from the Michigan Library Association, recognizing her outstanding service to teens
  • We created two items to help patrons understand the library's budget constraints and how we were dealing with them. A budget overview video was created and we also posted a value calculator to help patrons figure out how much replacing CPL services would cost

Partnerships

As we stated, 2010 was a year of partnerships. We made use of many partnerships to expand our services and offerings and offset budget reductions. Here are some of those partners:

Statistics

Vital 2010 Statistics
MetricTotal
Museum Adventure Passes Checked Out1,631
Park and Read Passes Checked Out186
Check Out Canton Passes Issued108
Wi-Fi log ins30,745
Jobs printed81,017
Reference Questions Received86,592
Adult Computer Class Attendance1,836
Summer Reading Participants4,576
Total Circulation for 20101,951,445
Total Library Visits594,492
Total Library Cardholders90,516
New Library Cards Issued7,952
Items Loaned Through MeL Interloan19,706
Items Borrowed Through MeL Interloan12,281
Items Added to CPL Collection21,540
Total CPL Employees103

Meeting Minutes — February 17, 2011

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

Call to Audience

No comments (R. Havenstein-Coughlin, A. Heidemann, L. Papa, S. Rzetelny, N. Szczepanski)

Approval of Agenda

The agenda was approved as presented.

Approval of Minutes

D. Turner moved and C. Van Auken supported a motion to approve the minutes of the January 20, 2011 meeting.
The motion passed unanimously 11/2-17-1

Communications

E. Davis shared communications from Trustee Snow, indicating that while he would not be present at the February meeting, he hoped to attend the one in March.

Library Board Meeting Agenda — March 24, 2011

Thursday, March 24, 7:30PM
  • Call to Order
  • Call to Audience
  • Approval of Agenda
  • Approval of Minutes
  • Communications
  • Report of the Library Director
  • Old Business
    • Revised Code of Conduct Policy (item of action)
  • New Business
    • Proposed Purchasing Policy Revision (item of discussion)
    • Fundraising Committee Report (item of discussion)
  • Call to Audience
  • Adjourn

Board to Meet on Fourth Thursday in March

Please note that the March meeting of the Canton Public Library Board of Trustees will not take place on the third Thursday in March.

The March Board meeting will take place on Thursday, March 24 at 7:30PM in the Purple Room. Members of the public are welcome.

Meeting Minutes - January 20, 2011

The Chairperson, Colleen Van Auken, called the meeting to order at 7:39PM
Present: J. Fausone, M. Siegrist, D. Turner, C. Van Auken
Absent: G. Snow, K. Schulz
Also Present: E. Davis, K. Gladden

Call to Audience

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

Approval of Agenda

The agenda was approved as presented.

Approval of Minutes

J. Fausone moved and M. Siegrist supported a motion to approve the minutes of the December 16, 2010 meeting.
The motion passed unanimously 11/1-20-1

Communications

E. Davis shared the non-donation responses to the donation solicitation letter.

Report of the Library Director

The director informed the Board that a minor patron had been suspended for attempted theft of materials and that the library will be pressing charges.

Library Board Meeting Agenda - February 17, 2011

Thursday, February 17, 2011, 7:30PM
  • Call to Audience
  • Approval of Agenda
  • Approval of Minutes
  • Communications
  • Report of the Library Director
  • Old Business
  • New Business
    • Revised Code of Conduct Policy (item of discussion)
  • Call to Audience
  • Adjourn

Meeting Minutes - December 16, 2010

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

Call to Audience

No comments (G. Bell, R. Havenstein-Coughlin, A. Heidemann, L. Papa, S. Rzetelny N. Szczepanski)

Approval of Agenda

J. Fausone moved and K. Schulz supported a motion to approve the agenda as amended.
The motion passed unanimously 10/12-16-1

Approval of Minutes

D. Turner moved and J. Fausone supported a motion to approve the minutes of the November 18 meeting.

Library Board Meeting Agenda - January 20, 2011

Thursday, January 20, 2011 - 7:30PM
  • Call to Order
  • Call to Audience
  • Approval of Agenda
  • Approval of Minutes
  • Communications
  • Report of the Library Director
  • Old Business
    • Nomination and Election of Officers for 2011 (item of action)
    • Fundraising in 2011 (item of discussion)
  • New Business
  • Call to Audience
  • Adjourn

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.

Library Board Meeting Agenda - December 16, 2010

Thursday, December 16, 2010 — 7:30PM
  • Call to Order
  • Call to Audience
  • Approval of Agenda
  • Approval of Minutes
  • Communications
  • Report of the Library Director
  • Old Business
    • Appointment of Board Finance/Budget Committee (Chair appoints)
    • Director's evaluation (Director will ask for closed session)
  • New Business
    • Nomination of Officers for 2011 (item of discussion)
    • JJX lease renewal (item of discussion)
    • Endowment Fund with Canton Community Foundation (item of discussion)
    • 4th Quarter Budget Amendment (item of action)
  • Call to Audience
  • Adjourn

Library Board Meeting Agenda - November 18, 2010

Thursday, November 18, 2010 — 7:30PM
  • Call to Order
  • Call to Audience
  • Approval of Agenda
  • Approval of Minutes
  • Communications
  • Report of the Library Director
  • Old Business
    • Barnes & Noble Northville fundraiser day gift wrapping sign-up
    • Board Holiday Party (item of discussion)
  • New Business
    • Proposed Sick Leave Policy Revision (item of discussion)
    • Proposed 2011 Calendar (item of discussion)
    • 2012 Budget (item of discussion)
  • Call to Audience
  • Adjourn

Library Board Meeting Cancelled

Due to a lack of quorum, the October 21 meeting of the Canton Public Library Board of Trustees has been cancelled.

Library Board Meeting Agenda - October 21, 2010

Thursday, October 21, 2010 — 7:30PM
  • Call to Order
  • Call to Audience
  • Approval of Agenda
  • Approval of Minutes
  • Communications
  • Report of the Library Director
  • Old Business - None
  • New Business
    • 3rd Quarter Budget Amendment (item of action)
    • Proposed Changes to Sick Leave Policy (item of discussion)
    • Board Christmas Party (item of discussion)
  • Call to Audience
  • Adjourn

Meeting Minutes — September 16, 2010

The Chairperson, Colleen Van Auken, called the meeting to order at 7:40 PM
Present: J. Fausone, G. Snow, K. Schulz, M. Siegrist, D. Turner, C. Van Auken

Meeting Minutes - August 19, 2010

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

Call To Audience

No comments (G. Bell, K. Brandow, R. Havenstein-Coughlin, L. Papa, E. Pare, M. Pare, S. Rzetelny, M. Simowski, N. Szczepanski, T. Towey)

Approval of Agenda

The agenda was approved as presented.

Approval of Minutes

Minutes of the July 15 meeting were approved as presented.

Communications

E. Davis reported that she had received communication from Trustee G. Snow that he would not be attending.

Meeting Minutes Proposed 2011 Budget Hearing - September 16, 2010

The hearing was called to order by the Chairperson, Colleen VanAuken, at 7:31 PM
Present: J. Fausone, K. Schulz, M. Siegrist, G. Snow, D. Turner, C. VanAuken
Absent:
Also Present: E. Davis, K. Gladden

Budget Hearing

The Proposed 2011 Budget Hearing was opened for discussion.

No public comments (G. Bell, R. Havenstein-Coughlin, A.Heidemann, N. Szczepanski, B. Czerniak)

Proposed 2011 Budget Hearing Agenda - September 16, 2010

Proposed 2011 Budget Hearing - September 16, 2010
7:30PM
  • Call to Order
  • Budget Hearing
  • Approval of Budget
  • Tax Resolution (roll call vote required)