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.
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.
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:
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.
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CANTON, MI—The Canton Public Library announced the renewal of a $2,000 Target grant to be used to continue to support the Family Reading Night program.
“Our partnership with Target continues with the awarding of this grant, which allows the Canton Public Library and the Friends of the Canton Public Library to maintain our commitment to early childhood literacy and improving lives in our community,” said Eva Davis, library director.
Over 2000 people have participated in the Target Family Reading Night program since its 2009 inception. The program offers stories, games and snacks to families with children ages 4-9 and provides a book for the family to take home and share. It encourages early childhood literacy by demonstrating techniques and supplying a book for families to model at home.
The donation is the result of book sales and fundraising efforts by the Friends group, who have contributed more than $64,000 to the library in the past year. The Friends sponsor programs and events at the library such as Connect Your Summer, and purchase materials for the Michigan History, International Language and other collections.
The summer issue of Connections is available online now as a pdf document.
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In honor of Memorial Day, the Canton Public Library has teamed up with the Michigan Military Moms to collect care package items for US military personnel serving in Afghanistan and Iraq. Donations will be accepted May 11 through May 31. Items requested include:
- Baby Wipes
- Bug Repellent Wipes
- Flavored Drink Mix Packets
- Beef Jerky (no pork)
- Duct Tape or Electrical Tape
- Juice Boxes
- Snack and Energy Bars
- Gold Bond Powder
- AT&T Calling Cards
The library is also accepting monetary donations to help defray the cost of shipping. Make checks out to Michigan Military Moms.
Expect to see lemonade stands dotting the Canton landscape on June 12 as the first-ever Lemonade Day Detroit hits the streets. It's part of a metro-wide project with which CPL is proud to partner. From the Lemonade Day website:
Lemonade Day is a nation-wide event that teaches kids the skills they need to be successful in the future. Youth learn to set goals, develop a business plan, establish a budget, seek investors, provide customer service, and give back to the community.
Want to get involved? Register online, or get a registration form at the Children's Desk here at the library. Once registered, you can get your backpack full of start up materials at the same desk. Need help? CPL librarians can point you toward some great resources to help your lemonade stand stand out. Good luck and happy selling!
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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.
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.
NewsOur 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
PartnershipsAs 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:
- Detroit Area Diaper Bank
- College Night
- Michigan Military Moms Partnership
- H&R Block Recovery Act Program
- Canton Township Economic Development Strategies of Success
- MLK Partnership with artist Byron Reed
- Canton Township Leisure Services Partnerships
- Museum Adventure Pass Program
- Park and Read Program
|Museum Adventure Passes Checked Out||1,631|
|Park and Read Passes Checked Out||186|
|Check Out Canton Passes Issued||108|
|Wi-Fi log ins||30,745|
|Reference Questions Received||86,592|
|Adult Computer Class Attendance||1,836|
|Summer Reading Participants||4,576|
|Total Circulation for 2010||1,951,445|
|Total Library Visits||594,492|
|Total Library Cardholders||90,516|
|New Library Cards Issued||7,952|
|Items Loaned Through MeL Interloan||19,706|
|Items Borrowed Through MeL Interloan||12,281|
|Items Added to CPL Collection||21,540|
|Total CPL Employees||103|
|Misc & Contributions||21,660.53|