30th Anniversary Celebration: Today at CPL
All this month you can learn about Canton Public Library with pictures, facts, interviews, and activities. They will all be featured in the Today at CPL post, following the day's events.
Today's photo, from the newly-launched Canton History collection (1000+ images from the library, with more community photos to come!), shows a typical day at Canton Public Library. This library, though, was on the 3rd floor of the Township Administration Building in the 1980s.
Since CPL opened October 20, 1980, and was dedicated on November 9, 1980, and our current building opened and was dedicated on November 13, 1988, we know the 8-year span in which this photo was taken.
But that's not good enough! We wanted to know approximately when all the slides we found came from. Luckily, this picture gives us some great hints. The magazine covers in the photo correspond to what would be on the shelf in mid-March of 1981:
- Popular Science, March 1981
- Popular Mechanics, March 1981
- Time Magazine, March 16, 1981
- More magazine covers from March 1981
Stay tuned for more CPL history as we celebrate our 30th Anniversary!
According to newsletters from the era, CPL's website launched February 19, 1996. Before then, we offered dial-up internet service to our patrons, but did not have a web portal. You can get an idea of what it was like from the Internet Archive's Wayback Machine.
The July/August 2006 issue of Connections indicates another milestone: October 18, 2000 is when we launched our "Internet Branch" (the name we used for our website for much of the 2000s). We switched domains to our current cantonpl.org prior to that, but the site hosted at that address changed considerably in October of 2000.
On February 2, 2009, we launched the first iteration of the current site. This site uses the Drupal content management system. Since then, we've transitioned to new visuals to match our new logo (at the beginning of this year).
Just for fun, here's a small screenshot of what our current site looked like on October 10, 2008, three months before we launched it:
Today's look back focuses on Summer Reading. CPL's Summer Reading began in 1981, with "Adventures '81 At The Library". In 1982, from June 1 to August 6, Canton children joined the Summer Reading club "Camp Wanna Read a Book."
According to the June 1982 issue of "The Patron's Page" (Vol. 1, No. 1), this program included a magic show, mime presentation, puppet show, sing-along, story festival, skating party,
What other Summer Reading themes have there been?:
- 1981: Adventures '81 At The Library
- 1982: Camp Wanna-Read-a-Book
- 1983: Keys to the Castle
- 1984: Through a Looking Glass
- 1985: Buccaneers and Books
- 1986: Spotlight on Books
- 1987: Parade of Readers
- 1988: Passport to Adventure
- 1989: Reach for the Stars
- 1990: Batches of Books
- 1991: Read on the Wild Side
- 1992: Read Rock Rap: Tune Into Summer Reading!
- 1993: Make a Splash!
- 1994: Camp Read
- 1995: Books Under the Big Top
- 1996: Colorful World of Library Kids / Summer Reading Olympics
- 1997: Be Eager About Reading
- 1998: Reading is Dino-mite
- 1999: G'Day For Reading
- 2000: Caution: Readers at Work!
- 2001: Reading Road Trip U.S.A.!
- 2002: Join The Winner's Circle
- 2003: Laugh it Up @ Your Library
- 2004: Discover New Trails @ Your Library / Get Connected @ Your Library
- 2005: Dragons, Dreams, & Daring Deeds / License to Read
- 2006: Summer Reading Celebration / Read Around the World / Drive In To Summer Reading
- 2007: Get A Clue @ Your Library / Summertime Masterminds / Read Around the World
- 2008: Catch The Reading Bug / Metamorphosis / Challenge of the Decades
- 2009: Be Creative @ Your Library / Express Yourself @ Your Library / Master The Art of Reading
- 2010: Make a Splash @ Your Library / Making Waves @ Your Library / Set Sail for Summer Reading
- Digitized photos of the events
- President Bush's remarks from the rally
- Argus-Press article about the rally
- Canton Eagle article about the rally [page 46]
- American Libraries write-up about the visit [page 47]
- Published remarks from the Bush-Quayle Rally
- Press Pool Report #2 from NYT
- Speech cards of rally remarks
- President Bush's annotated schedule for August 25, 1992
Also, celebrate CPL's 30th with a contest related to this post, or with 30 Favorite Pet Books.
After the fund was established, the service groups took the lead. The Canton Jaycees sponsored a benefit basketball game in January, 1978 where they took on the disc jockeys from radio station WDRQ. Not be outdone, the Canton Rotary and the Roman Forum restaurant hosted a spaghetti dinner, charging $3.75 for adults and $2.50 for children, which raised $2,000 for the library fund. Donations from other groups and individuals continued to pour in, despite the fact the voters turned down a 1 mill levy in August 1978. An unused area on the third floor of the Canton Township Hall was set aside as the fund reached $6,000.
A library committee was established to gear up for another millage proposal. Members included Stan Bucher, Larry McEwen, James Gillig, Norma Waara, John Schwartz, Geraldine Barlage, Norma West, Barbara McEwen, Jane Portschell, Mary Dingeldey, Doug Ritter, Chris Culbert, Barbara McKaig and Mary Feltz.
On May 9, 1979, voters went to the polls in a special election to decide the fate of a one-mill library funding request, which passed with the backing of local newspaper editorials, with a 713-606 vote. With this approval, the Canton Public Library became a reality for the citizens of Canton.
Read about the current library funding levels and our budget here.
An expansion took place over 2000 and 2001 that gave us an additional 22,000 square feet, for a current total of 53,500. This additional area allowed us to have over 300,000 items and to serve our growing population better with more rooms, seating, and overall space.
Many photographs from the re-opening of the expanded Children's Library can be found in the Canton History project. You may also enjoy these pages from our old website talking about the expansion, courtesy of the Wayback Machine.
To celebrate our 30th Anniversary, we also have 30 Entertaining Ways to go Green.
This Community Corner article asked "What are you reading?" See the responses as linked to our catalog below:
The one minute manager by Ken Blanchard, Spencer Johnson
Amelia Bedelia and the surprise shower by Parish, Peggy
Growing up by Russell Baker
The good times by Russell Baker
For more of our 30th Anniversary celebration, check out 30 Absolutely Indispensible Items for Foodies: an Amazingly Idiosyncratic List.
If you would like to see this wonderful artifact and perhaps get a copy of your own, check out the Canton Historical Society. Here is an example of the fascinating things you can find when you explore Canton's history; an article by Canton Planner Jim Kosteva, entitled A visit to Canton in 2034: indelible memories:
It was May, 2034. We were traveling back home to Cincinnati after our weekend respite in the Traverse-Mackinac resort center. The areas' natural vibrancy refreshed me after two months of virus-free medical research in space.
Possibly as a reminiscent gesture or maybe just out of fatigue, Rebecca suggest we stop in Canton, the place we both knew as children. "We haven't been back there in years," I said. So, after agreeing, I reprogrammed our CTV, and my thought immediately turned to Grandpa. When he wasn't showing off his flowers, Grandpa would take us for drives in his old gasoline car and talk endlessly about the paths of Indians, Henry Ford and sweet corn in the summer. But we were children then, just children, and we took his words as ancient mumblings. As we coursed the tracks of the 275 express, I began realizing just how indelible those memories had become.
Our Compatible Track Vehicle then announced that I would regain manual control in three minutes at the Ford Road interchange. The trip from Mackinac had taken only two hours.
With the exception of the housing towers dotting the major corridors, Canton had not experienced much housing construction since the 2010's. Away from the interchange, we spotted the neighborhoods which largely blended into one another, but had grown stately in their own way. Although at first glance the homes appeared dated, inside, families were in touch with the world. Business transactions, education and even medical care began and ended in each communication den. The self diagnostic and treatment programs were the most phenomenal, bringing the world's best physicians into homes via micro chips and phone lines.
Many local businesses had become those pre-ordered pick-up places for anything and everything. Although home computer ordering schemes had cut the number of small merchants deeply, almost all of the plazas had put on larger, new architectural faces and many were connected. Surprisingly, the old Meijer building was still visible under the shroud of its new distribution center with its own track link to the 275 express.
The wide roads with a through track in each direction gave way to those in the western half and in typical fashion most roads here were with programmable track. The next view staggered me as sweet corn green had given way to a cellophane sheen. The remaining farms were large low greenhouses now, not only with radiation traces from the Greater Asian War still being detected with the regular host of contaminents, the recent move to agribubbles made sense. The hunger of three and one half billion people helped initiate the war and the indiscriminate explosions only hastened the enclosures and strict land protection policies. Though long expected, the deadly blasts shook the world back to its senses and into a production tailspin from which we had yet to emerge.
Traveling southwesterly, we received such a treat! Much of the Cherry Hill settlement was still there, but the sleek movements of our CTV made us feel out of place. The buildings were better kept than ever and had become popular as a rare mecca for homemade goods.
As we bumped along an older road, we spied children playing on a field I remember as much larger. It was strange to see them outside without protection suits, the recent alert having temporarily been lifted. They were laughing and running, busy with their games, echoing how we used to race around Grandpa's wooden barn. Continuing on, we drove past the old Township hall. Once graced with specimen trees and now a regional resource library and art center, it looked stark and weathered. The unprotected timbers had weakened in our recent environmental debacles. Only the roof glistened as light reflected a small set of solar mirrors. Local government operation had been transferred to the Western Wayne Enclave 20 years ago. The resistance to the Enclave had been as great here as to regionalism was throughout the country. But when individual communities folded under the pressures of services costs and infrastructure replacement needs, there was new viability in joining together.
Moving south of the road that Grandpa said once carried Sauk, stagecoaches, and Studebakers we were taken aback by the massive parabolic mirror energy station that stretched for more than a mile. Its power lighted the towers as dusk turned to night.
My own dusk was turning to night and I became entranced with my own mortality and the things that had changed since those sunny days with Grandpa. I saw once again those roads not taken, the paths toward peace and pure air. But now I as a grandfather was determined to treat my daughter's son to those entrenched memories of Indian trails and sweet corn, or settlements and subdivisions. And note for him that in fact all of the paths were still here.
You don't have to be famous or a best-selling writer to have an author talk at CPL. We also host an annual local author day that features up and coming Canton and surrounding area authors.
(photo, left to right: Elmore Leonard, Robert Kurson, MT Anderson, Kevin Boyle, Sonya Sones, Michael Zadoorian, Scott Turow)
For instance, when our current building opened in 1988, it featured an equipment room with computers with special tutorials for first-time users. Since then CPL has installed and upgraded a few hundred computers for patrons to use.
Sometimes, staying on the cutting edge of technology can lead to controversy. This was especially true from 1996 until 2003; when the internet was young and it was most unclear how libraries should deal with potentially-objectionable content online. Our "Cyber Kids" room gained national attention and awards for providing space for children to access the web, albeit after their parents filled out consent forms. The forms educated parents on the benefits and potential risks of using the internet, and left ultimate responsibility to the caregiver.
Later, our IT specialist Carl Miller occasionally contributed to the Canton Observer with tips for parents to protect their children online. Often, this advice centered around website filtering technology.
Website filtering software is required on all internet-connected computers in libraries that receive Federal financial assistance. When the Children's Internet Protection Act was affirmed by the Supreme Court in 2003, the Canton Observer lauded then-Director Jean Tabor for making the correct decision to filter most computers, but provide adults with unfiltered access in the Internet Lab. Not everyone agreed with this position, but this policy has withstood the test of time.
The New York Times Bestseller Lists reflect the zeitgeist of a given era. The authors and types of fiction, and the subjects of the non-fiction can give us a hint what was on America's collective mind at a given time. Today we look at the books on the NYT Lists on October 20, 1980; the day we opened our doors to the public:
The key to Rebecca by Ken Follett
Firestarter by Stephen King
Rage of angels by Sidney Sheldon
The tenth commandment by Lawrence Sanders
The Bourne identity by Robert Ludlum
Free to choose: a personal statement by Milton & Rose Friedman
Men in love by Nancy Friday
Anatomy of an illness as perceived by the patient: reflections on healing and regeneration by Norman Cousins; introd. by René Dubos
Loon lake by E. L. Doctorow
Random winds by Belva Plain
Come pour the wine: a novel by Cynthia Freeman
Sins of the fathers by Susan Howatch
Music for chameleons: new writing by Truman Capote
The sky's the limit by Wayne W. Dyer
Goodbye, darkness: a memoir of the Pacific War by William Manchester
Ingrid Bergman, my story by Ingrid Bergman and Alan Burgess
Lyndon, an oral biography by Merle Miller
For more CPL history, check out 30 Things I Remember from Adult Service Department Head Rebecca Havenstein-Coughlin.
Dr. Gillig has been a vocal advocate and tireless champion of Canton Public Library, as you can see from this video from 2000 about the library's Board of Trustees.