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Pennies from Heaven

Do you have a pile of spare pennies? Consider donating them to the Pennies from Heaven program to support the Canton Goodfellows "No Canton Child Without a Christmas." Bring your pennies — or any spare change — to the lobby of the Canton Summit from 10:00 AM to Noon on Saturday, October 27 and meet other Goodfellows and Canton Observer staff. Enjoy a glass of cider and a doughnut. Your change can make a change for the Canton Goodfellows this year. This project honors Nancy Spencer, a long-time volunteer with the Canton Goodfellows and The Friends of the Canton Public Library, who passed away last week.

[Rusty Pennies by puuikibeach licensed under CC BY 3.0]

Library Volunteers Receive President's Service Award

Proud friends and family gathered at the Canton Public Library Board of Trustees August meeting as 11 library volunteers were awarded the President’s Volunteer Service Award. Don Turner, CPL Board President, presented a bronze service star, certificate and letter signed by President Obama to recipients Morgan Benjamin, Quinn Ebner, Betty Hellmers, Lisa Kluka, Diane Miner, Gabrielle Mussehl, Jason Pino, Ilene Saunders, Carolyn Sumner, Sandra Walczak and Xiao Zhu.

Circulation Policy Update for Non-Residents

Beginning August 1, 2012 our circulation policy for cardholders of other TLN-member libraries will change. We have standardized our circulation policy so that TLN users may have a maximum of 10 items checked out per card. As before, these items do not include video games.

This change allows us to continue to provide service to other communities while focusing our resources on the Canton community that supports us. We're happy to allow residents of communities outside of Plymouth-Canton to use all of our resources while in our library; however, beginning August 1, check outs will be limited to 10 items per card.

DIA Inside|Out Art in Canton

Young Woman with ViolinWe are pleased to be part of the Detroit Institute of Arts Inside|Out program, which brings high-quality reproductions of masterpieces from the DIA's collection to the streets. There are six pieces displayed in Canton, including this one, Young Woman with a Violin by Italian painter Orazio Gentileschi. This painting depicts Cecilia, patron saint of musicians, and was created in 1612. The artist's daughter is the model; the painting is a gift of Mrs. Edsel B. Ford.

Get news and information about programs and activities throughout Canton to celebrate our participation in this program on our Inside|Out page. The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation sponsors this program.
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Memorial Day Supply Drive a Huge Success

Thanks to the generosity of our community, we were able to provide over 20 boxes of supplies and $330 in gift cards and donations for homeless veterans, collected through our Memorial Day drive. The Veterans Hospital of Ann Arbor volunteer specialist Sandy Jacobs packed her van with your donations to distribute to homeless and needy veterans in the area. Thank you for your contributions.

2011 Donor Recognition

To thank our community for its generous support, we've installed a donor acknowledgement near the front door, by the Reception Desk. As our budget has declined over the last few years, your financial contributions are very important in helping us support our programs and services. Check it out next time you are in the library. Get more information on our 2012 budget or ways to make a contribution. To see what we accomplished with your help in 2011, take a look at our annual report.

Memorial Day Supply Drive to Benefit Veterans

Before we celebrate Memorial Day, let's commemorate. Please help CPL as we collect items to be donated to the VA Hospital of Ann Arbor for distribution to homeless veterans. Donations will be appreciatively accepted beginning Thursday, May 10 through Thursday, May 31 at the Reception Desk.
Suggested donations include:
  • Rolls of Lifesavers (or other hard candy)
  • Rice Krispies bars (or granola bars, etc.)
  • Plastic utensils (knives, forks, spoons)
  • Napkins
  • Ritz snack mix (or other trail mix)
  • Easy-open cans of tuna, chicken or other meats
Other general requests include $5-10 gift cards to Wendy's or McDonald's; cans of coffee (regular or decaf); prepaid telephone calling cards; new crossword puzzles and word search books.

Carpet Replacement in Internet Lab Complete

I-Lab new carpetOur Internet Lab  re-carpeting went so smoothly that we are once again open for public use, well ahead of our anticipated Friday opening.

Library Schedules Discussions for Challenged Books

To foster a sense of community and provide an opportunity for calm conversation, the Canton Public Library will host a book discussion for two book titles whose inclusion in the Plymouth-Canton Community Schools AP English curriculum was recently challenged.

Beloved, by Toni Morrison, will be the featured title of a February 27, 7:00 PM discussion and Waterland, by Graham Swift, will be discussed on March 27 at 7:00 PM.

"By hosting a discussion of these books, we can give our community a shared experience and promote a dialogue around the perspectives each individual brings from reading the book," says Rebecca Havenstein-Coughlin, department head of adult services. "The public library is an excellent forum for connecting our community in this manner."

The discussion will be led by library staff and is open to anyone in the Plymouth-Canton community ages 16 and older. Those interested in participating may register and pick up a copy of the book at the Canton Public Library beginning January 30.

Beloved: a novel by Toni Morrison — for which Morrison won the 1987 Pulitzer Prize, is described by its publisher, Random House, Inc., as "Staring unflinchingly into the abyss of slavery, this spellbinding novel transforms history into a story as powerful as Exodus and as intimate as a lullaby. Sethe, its protagonist, was born a slave and escaped to Ohio, but eighteen years later she is still not free. She has too many memories of Sweet Home, the beautiful farm where so many hideous things happened. And Sethe's new home is haunted by the ghost of her baby, who died nameless and whose tombstone is engraved with a single word: Beloved. Filled with bitter poetry and suspense as taut as a rope, Beloved is a towering achievement."

Waterland by Graham Swift

Printable January Calendar

The January calendar is now available online in printable pdf format.

Bookfair Benefit for the Library

Barnes & Noble Bookfair VoucherDo your holiday shopping at Barnes & Noble Northville on November 28 and the Canton Public Library will receive a percentage of almost anything you buy, including a Nook and items in the cafe. Present the CPL voucher, printable from our website, at check out or use our Bookfair code, 10570158.

You can also shop online November 28 through December 3, 2011. Stop in the store and enjoy storytimes, crafts and games like Giant Scrabble all day long at the Barnes and Noble Northville.

Diaper Drive Ends Tonight

Here's a message from Marybeth Levine, executive director of the Detroit Area Diaper Bank, who is braving the wind and snow to collect diapers during our drive.

Stuff the Truck Diaper Drive, Wednesday and Thursday!

We are pumped up for this year's diaper drive. Thanks to Canton Patch for helping us get the word out.

Bring diapers of any size or brand to CPL on Wednesday November 16 and Thursday the 17th, from 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM. The diapers will go to Detroit Area Diaper Bank, a nonprofit charitable organization that distributes diapers to Michigan support agencies.

Third Annual “Stuff the Truck” Diaper Drive at Canton Public Library

CANTON, MI—Imagine swaddling your toddler in a paper towel or plastic bag because you are out of diapers and don’t have the resources to buy more. That’s the challenge facing thousands in Metro Detroit and the reason the Canton Public Library has partnered with the Detroit Area Diaper Bank for the third annual Stuff the Truck Diaper Drive, November 16 and 17.

The library will collect diapers of any size or brand, newborn through adult, including pull-ups, swim diapers and open packages, from 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM on November 16 and 17. The diapers will go to the Detroit Area Diaper Bank, a nonprofit charitable organization, who dispenses them to SE Michigan partner agencies serving people in crisis. Last year’s drive netted over 26,000 diapers.

“The diaper drive helps us fulfill our mission of connecting our community,” states library director Eva Davis:

November Programs in Printable Calendar Format

We now offer a printable PDF version of our monthly program calendar. This version includes all library sponsored November 2011 programs.

Diwali Celebration Offers Multicultural Experience

Canton, MI—The celebration of Diwali, also known as the festival of lights, will be the feature of a multicultural program on Wednesday, November 9, 7:00-8:30 PM at the Canton Public Library.

This all-ages program features Nadanta, a classical dance troupe directed by Chaula Thacker, musical performances by Shilpa Modhak and samples of traditional festive food. There will also be henna demonstrations, a fashion show of colorful costumes from different parts of India and Rangoli floor designs.

Diwali, a Hindu festival, honors the renewal of life and the triumphs of light over darkness. This program is part of a series of multicultural programs, sponsored by the Friends of the Canton Public Library, to promote cultural experiences and understanding. The Canton Public Library is located at 1200 S. Canton Center Road in Canton, MI. For more information, visit www.cantonpl.org.

Stuff the Truck Diaper Drive

On November 16 and 17, the library will be hosting a diaper drive to benefit the Detroit Area Diaper Bank. For a fourth straight year, the number of children living in poverty is up and many families in our community struggle to provide clean diapers for babies, the handicapped and elderly. Last year we collected over 26,000 diapers to help Michigan families. We need your help to stuff the truck donated by Fat Chef in a Little Coat catering. Bring diapers, any brand or size, baby through adult, to the library on November 16 and 17. Open packages are acceptable; if diapers are loose, please indicate size on the package.