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September/October 2011 Connections Online

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Canton Public Library Receives Grant from Target for Family Reading Program

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.

Friends of the Canton Public Library Make $10,000 Donation

CANTON, MI — Friends of the Canton Public Library treasurer Larry Hoelscher had a big smile and a big check for Canton Public Library trustee Michael Siegrist and library director Eva Davis. He and outgoing Friends president Peg Britz presented a check for $10,000, earmarked for the library’s endowment fund, during their annual membership meeting on Wednesday.

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.

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Help Michigan Military Moms Aid Our Troops

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
  • Q-Tips
  • 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.

Lemonade! Get Your Lemonade!

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!

Librarian's Award a Repeat for CPL

Anne Heidemann accepts award from MLA representative Nicole Welz.Anne Heidemann, Department Head for Children's, Tween & Tween Services at the Canton Public Library, was the winner of the 2011 Frances H. Pletz Award for Excellence in Service to Youth from the Michigan Library Association. The award, given annually to a Michigan library staff person who has made a career of outstanding contribution to the field of library service to youth, was awarded last year to CPL librarian Anna Slaughter, making the trip to the award podium a repeat for the Canton Public Library.

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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.


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.


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


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:


Vital 2010 Statistics
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

2010 Financial Summary


Line ItemAmount
Property Tax5,349,475.15
State Aid30,126.38
Penal Fines55,347.56
Overdue Fines138,857.47
Misc & Contributions21,660.53

2010 Volunteers

Volunteers are a vital force at Canton Public Library. From cutting scrap paper, to digitizing historic photographs, to hosting programs, our volunteers do great work that we simply could not do without them. If you enjoy the Secondhand Prose bookstore, you've reaped the rewards of our volunteer program; the bookstore is staffed entirely by volunteer Friends of the Library. In 2010, volunteers played an essential role, contributing over 4,700 hours, and their efforts are greatly appreciated.

2010 Donors

Canton Public Library relies on donors like you for funds that let us be extraordinary. Your donation to our operating fund provides us with supplies for our acclaimed programs, additional copies of books & more, and much more. Donating to our Endowment Fund helps secure a financially-stable future for the library.

Endowment Fund

  • Mary Jayne Archibald
  • Bruce Beyer and Martha Scharchburg
  • Dennis and Cheryl Brining
  • Stein and Emilie Brunvand
  • Dave Burgess
  • Susan Carlson
  • Joseph and Connie Chicky
  • Paul and Lena Coen
  • Sylvia Dryden
  • Friends of Canton Public Library
  • Betty Gatemen
  • Cheryl and Lewis Gehring
  • Frank and Loraine Gilbo
  • John Groske
  • John Hopper
  • Patricia and Arthur Jenkins
  • Elaine Jervis and E.J. Crown & Bridge Laboratory
  • Lawrence and Katherine Klonowski
  • Suzanne LaFountain
  • Anna Lineberry
  • John and Ann MacDonald
  • Jean Matthews
  • Microsoft Giving Campaign
  • Deborah Morgeson
  • Rita Morris
  • Kayser Nazmee
  • Richard and Roberta Oestreicher
  • Mark and Janet Ott
  • Marilyn and James Pappas
  • Nayan Patel
  • Michael and Lisa Radwick
  • Ralph and Bevis Richardson
  • Cyril and Elizabeth Riedy
  • Raju Sakthivel
  • Joseph and Joyce Savale
  • Alithea Stringer
  • Pat and Nimi Subramanian
  • Roger and Doris Swanson
  • Diane Telgen
  • Richard and Yoko Trapp
  • Mary Ann Turgyan
  • Tyco Electronics
  • Robert and Margaret Varty
  • Sara Veyo
  • Richard Walczak
  • Christopher and Sally Yokley
Contributing to the Endowment Fund is a gift that grows. The principal remains intact, while the interest will support a rich library experience for future generations of Canton residents.

Operating Fund

  • Karam Alrousan
  • Keith Armitage
  • Ardash and Charlene Apigian
  • Dennis and Lauris Bagozzi
  • Charles and Patricia Bashor
  • Barbara Begian
  • Nancy Berger
  • Christina and Steven Bergmans
  • Frank and Valerie-Ann Bernacki
  • Bruce Beyer and Martha Scharchburg
  • Bansilal Bhavsar
  • Lee and Noel Bittinger
  • Mary Bourdage
  • Brian and Adrienne Bouyer
  • Dennis and Cheryl Brining
  • Dave and Peg Britz
  • Rob and Jodie Broadwater
  • Mark and Erica Brown
  • Stein and Emilie Brunvand
  • Katheryn Burris
  • Patricia and Ovrille Butzin
  • Mary Anh Cam
  • John Cessna
  • Donna Clack
  • Elaine Clair
  • Angela and Dave Colasinski
  • John Collis
  • Kimberly Cudini-Cho and Young Cho
  • Stephen Culp
  • Hirut Dagnew
  • Sharon Danich
  • Eva and Timothy Davis
  • Pamela and Wade Davis
  • Eddie and Alberta Dean
  • Tom and Athina Demiris
  • Margie Derbyshire
  • Devz Pharmacy
  • Rhona Diamond
  • Douglas and Michelle Domas
  • Brandon Dooley
  • Richard Dubois
  • Patricia Duthie
  • Andy Ealovega
  • Scott Earls
  • Daniel Edelbrock
  • John Edwards
  • Geraldine and John Edwards
  • Veronica Fair
  • Francoise Fairfield
  • James Fausone
  • Mark and Peggy Fenwick
  • Charisse and Timothy Fesko
  • Bruce and Carey Fette
  • Andrew and Pamela Folgmann
  • The Foremans
  • Kristofer Forsyth
  • Paul and Patricia Gackenbach
  • Suresh Gadiyaram
  • Christy Garrett
  • Virginia Garner
  • Annette Garner
  • Harriet Gill
  • Gerry Goetzke
  • Suzanne Goins
  • Charles Guideau
  • Dan Gulvadi
  • Vijayendra Hadagali
  • Scott and Donna Harrison
  • Michael Hinojosa
  • Julie Hirchert
  • Jennifer and James Hoffman
  • Sandra Houdek
  • Carol Howe
  • Michelle and Charles Huff
  • Tanveer Hussain and Premier Rehab Services, Inc.
  • Norine Jachym
  • Anthony Jackson
  • Saloni Janveja
  • Elaine Jervis and E.J. Crown & Bridge Laboratory
  • Kathe' Johnson
  • Rosemary Jones
  • Srinivasa Julakanti
  • Ibrahim and Melissa Kandah
  • Jill Karolyi
  • Drishanu Kaushik
  • Majid Khan
  • Matthew Kiriazis
  • Richard Koch
  • Bruce Koldys
  • Vijay and Manu Kotha
  • Darrell Krause
  • Patricia and Scott Krumwiede
  • Gerald Kuehnel
  • Philip Kupras and Sandra Kupars
  • Cindi Kwiatkowski
  • Louis and Rose Lambert
  • Lynn Langley
  • Jennifer Lary
  • L. Lawson
  • Brian Lewis
  • Loretta Loftus
  • Mary MacDougall
  • Alexandra Madias
  • Angela Martin
  • Megan and Bruce McCulloch
  • Donna McEvilly
  • Mary Louise Meade
  • Kishor Mehta
  • Edward and Barbara Mier
  • Christine and Ian Moore
  • Carole Moranty
  • Rosemary Morbitzer
  • Robert Morley
  • Karen and Gregory Movsesian
  • Betty Mulder
  • Kris Munroe
  • Haxhi Mydinllari
  • Donald and Patricia North
  • Dianne Nranian
  • Daniel and Diane Nymberg
  • Joseph O'Brian
  • Steven and Sheryl Olech
  • Edward Onoro
  • Mark and Janet Ott
  • Tom and Barbara Parker
  • Kathleen Pasto
  • Vipul and Minal Patel
  • Patricia Perry
  • Steve Poe
  • Gangur Prabhakar
  • Julie and Patrick Predd
  • Pete Przybocki
  • Mary Rae
  • Clifford Rager and Sally Swift
  • Julianne and Richard Raven
  • Ester Richards
  • David and Lois Richardson
  • Ralph Rochon
  • Michael and Barbara Rodenberg
  • James and Deborah Rogers
  • Elaine Rosati
  • Joanne Rouleau
  • Kathleen Rucinski
  • Anthony Rugiero
  • Ruth and Arthur Ruhl
  • Christine Rupkey
  • Rusty Nail Lounge
  • James and Tracy Rutter
  • Jeanette and Gary Salata
  • Joyce and George Sandor
  • Jane Sauchak
  • Ilene Saunders
  • Sarah and Philip Savage
  • David and Suzanne Savard
  • Jacob and Dawn Sayn
  • Mira Shah
  • Somil and Pritiben Shah
  • Yungsen Sheng
  • Todd Shepherd
  • Martin and Carolyn Shewman
  • Linda and Edward Simon
  • Mary and Jeffrey Singer
  • Narayanan and Laxmi Sivashankar
  • Elaine Smith
  • Jennifer and Bryan Smith
  • Wayne and Diane Smith
  • R. Snyder and C. Snyder
  • Mary Beth and Joseph Sotak
  • Glenn and Rochelle Sparschu
  • Sandra Staneff
  • Kannan and Barbara Stanz
  • Kathleen Stewart
  • Carlene Stolaruk
  • Ryan Strum
  • Joshua Styron
  • Svelta Subbiah and Suri Systems
  • Barbara Swanson
  • Karen Szymanski
  • Gary Thompson
  • Deborah Tofil
  • Lawrence and Cynthia Tremonti
  • Allison Tucker
  • Ted VandenBerg
  • Christine Vetter
  • Mary Via
  • Pamela Vohra
  • Kristen Waarala
  • Stephanie Walker
  • Susan Watkins
  • Douglas Weber
  • Mary Weishaar-Wall and Robert Wall
  • Karen and Damon Welling
  • Whitney Westwood-Ortiz and Benjamin Ortiz
  • Karen and Thomas Wilson
  • Gregory Wolf
  • David Wright
  • Kathleen Wright
  • Dennis Wrubel
  • Kathy and James Young
  • Kathryn and Derry Yourman
  • Dawn Zuber
Contributing to CPL's operating fund helps cover present expenses. If you want to help improve the library's financial standing now rather than for the future, the operating fund is an excellent choice.

Library Receives QSAC Certification; Commendation

The Canton Public Library was recently awarded a certificate of completion for meeting the Essential Level requirements of the Quality Services Audit Checklist (QSAC) by the Library of Michigan.

QSAC has defined "essential services" — the basics of all library service — as relatively low-cost standards that every library can and should achieve. The Canton Public Library has demonstrated competence in seven categories including human resources, governance/administration, services, collection development, technology, facilities and equipment, and public relations/marketing.

Kids Read Comics Extravaganza!

Attention Comic Lovers! Mark your calendars for Saturday, March 12th. From 10:00AM to 8:00PM at the Ann Arbor Art Center an awesome free event is being presented. Interact with real cartoonists, enjoy some great hands-on workshops and create your very own comics.
Learn more about this spectacular event by visiting the event website.

New CPL Card Designs Are Here

Last fall we asked for your opinion on a new library card design and got a great response. In total, 880 votes were cast and many of you included comments. Here are the results:
  • 252 thought that the patron should be able to pick a color from our 3 options
  • 223 favored the blue card
  • 217 liked the orange card
  • 148 preferred the turquoise card
  • 40 wanted to keep the old card design
Many expressed concern about incurring extra costs to have new cards made. Our supply of cards was already running low (we issue about 6,000 new cards each year), so we needed to order cards regardless of the design. We gathered estimates from several card printers and were able to print the new design without incurring set up charges for the additional colors. Other than a small design fee to include our new logo, which was budgeted, it did not cost anything extra to offer a choice of cards.

We have a limited number of the previous design still available. There is a $1 charge to switch to the new card or replace a lost card if you choose the new design. Remember, your barcode number will change! There is not a charge for a new patron to get a card.

March/April Connections Newsletter Online

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Jan/Feb Connections Newsletter Online

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into your feed reader. Please note: The Living Book program date is incorrect in the newsletter. The correct date is February 22, 7:00PM.

Library Holiday Closures

The Canton Public Library will be closed on the following days:
  • Friday, December 24, 2010
  • Saturday, December 25, 2010
  • Sunday, December 26, 2010
  • Monday, December 27, 2010
  • Friday, December 31, 2010
  • Saturday, January 1, 2011
  • Sunday, January 2, 2011
  • Monday, January 3, 2011
Although the building will be closed, you may return items using the outdoor drop slot. Access to patron accounts, the catalog and databases will be available through the website.

Meijer and Pepsi Refresh Make Donation to CPL

Library director Eva Davis accepts a contribution of $407 from Meijer store director Jack Schubert. The money was part of the Pepsi Refresh Project.

Find a Good Mystery @ Barnes & Noble, Northville

On Monday, November 29 from 10:00-11:00AM, CPL librarian Joyce Simowski takes the mystery out of finding a great mystery book during the Barnes & Noble Northville Book Fair. Use your B & N voucher for books, games, CDs, and DVDs at Barnes & Noble Northville (17111 Haggerty @ Six Mile Road) and the Canton Public Library will get a percentage of your sale on nearly everything B&N sells, including the Nook and Nook accessories, plus coffee and snacks from the B&N cafe. The offer does exclude textbooks, ebooks, video games and gift cards. Stop by for reading suggestions. No registration necessary.