CANTON, MI—The Canton Public Library has embarked on a process to create a strategic plan and is looking for community input.
“With declining revenue and the current economic climate, it’s very important to know what our community wants and needs from our library,” says library director Eva Davis. “A plan to guide us for the next three years will help us focus our efforts and resources to best serve the community.”
CANTON, MI—The popular Canton community celebration “One Community. One Voice.” honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. returns for its fourth year at Canton’s Village Theater at Cherry Hill. This year’s free event is scheduled for January 19 and features a community volunteer fair, performances by Reverend Robert B. Jones and Youth Under Construction, and Focus: HOPE photo exhibit, Focus on the Mission.
Looking for a great book recommendation? No one knows better than book club members what’s hot and what’s not. Here is a list of recommendations from the Canton Public Library’s Lunch and a Book discussion group, which meets monthly. Some of the titles are 2008 releases, others are older, but all are great reads. The Canton Public Library sponsors multiple book discussion groups and offers Book-Club- In-A-Bag kits to facilitate at-home discussions. For more information, call 734-397-0999 or visit www.cantonpl.org.
CANTON, MI-- Calling all high school artists! Your creativity could win you cash in the Canton Public Library’s Martin Luther King, Jr. art competition. Submit your expression of the theme is “One Community. One Voice.” as it relates to Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Canton community in art form by December 23 and you could win $200.
CANTON, MI- Two new residents joined the Canton Public Library Board of Trustees at a swearing in ceremony held November 19. Michael Siegrist and Don Turner joined returning trustees James Gillig, James G. Fausone, George Snow and Colleen Van Auken on the library board as a result of November’s general election. Former trustees Nancy Williams and Cecil Young did not seek relection.
Canton Township Clerk Terry Bennett swore in the trustees at a ceremony during the library board’s monthly meeting on November 19. The Library Board of Trustees is made up of community members who are elected every four years on a nonpartisan ballot. They meet the third Thursday of every month at 7:30. The public is invited to attend.
CANTON, MI—The Canton Public Library Board of Trustees approved the reduction of the library millage rate at their September 18 meeting. Canton Township homeowners will pay the new rate of 1.4980 mils for library taxes in calendar year 2009.
The rate drop will reduce the library’s operating budget by 10.6% compared to 2008. Library staff closely examined budgets to look for savings opportunities as across-the- board cuts were made. The library’s 2009 budget is 5.8 million dollars.
“In today’s economic climate, governments need to find ways to reduce the tax burden on residents,” says James Fausone, library trustee. “The library can lead the way locally by finding ways to cut costs and give taxpayers some relief.”
CANTON, MI— When Parminder Kaur of Canton stepped up to the Checkout Desk at the Canton Public Library on Wednesday, she had no idea her materials were of any particular significance. But, in fact, Kaur’s check out put the library’s total circulation at 1,000,000 items for the year 2008, an annual milestone first set in November 2002.
Library Director Eva Davis reports that a circulation increase averaging nearly five percent has pushed the one million circulation mark to an earlier point in the calendar.