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Today at CPL — October 31, 2010

Canton Public Library has been a destination for fright and fun on Halloween for nearly as long as we've been around.

For instance, as this Observer clipping attests, CPL hosted singer/storyteller Pamela Vander Ploeg in 1986 for a Halloween dose of spooky stories and "ghosts, goblins, games, goodies."

We've recently snapped a lot more [digital] pictures of staff and patrons in their costumes:

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Today at CPL — October 29, 2010

As illustrated in this CPL music video from 2002, reading rules. And that's as true today as it was in 1980 when the library opened.

In today's media, the death of reading is greatly exaggerated. How people read and what people read has changed, to be sure. And although there are many other things you can do at the library, books and reading is still the number one reason people visit. Fiction titles are the top circulation item at CPL.

What will reading be like in the future? Will the ink on paper format still exist? What impact will electronic books have on how and what we read? Clive Thompson's piece in Wired, The Future of Reading offers one opinion. Meanwhile, Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon, is hard at work building a better book.

So, yes, reading rocks. And it rules. And it really does unlock the door to a world of imagination, fun and opportunity for kids of all ages.

For more CPL 30th Anniversary celebration, check out 30 of the Best 30s.

Today at CPL — October 28, 2010

We've covered the 1980s and the early 2000s this month as we look back over CPL's 30-year history. But what about the 90s?

The image at right is the letter from the director, Jean Tabor, in the January 1994 issue of the library newsletter. You can find this and more historical images in the 1994-95 scrapbook.

What's interesting about this letter is that the technology has changed since then, but the end result is largely the same. In 1994 we had a few computer terminals networked together to offer databases on CD-ROM. Today, we still offer SIRS and a Health Reference database, though we recently switched from Newsbank to other news databases. You can still read Just Grandma and me, though we only have it in conventional book form now instead of CD-ROM.

And what about that laserdisc? Well, we don't have it anymore, and it's not available on DVD. However, you can check out Master Paintings from the collection and American Masterpieces, or just visit the gallery's website for a full catalog of art with many of the pieces digitized and available online.

What sort of technology will CPL use 16 years from now?

For more CPL 30th Anniversary celebration, check out 30 Fugitive Facts.

Today at CPL — October 27, 2010

Canton Township was a different place in 1980. The photo to the right (from Images of America's Canton Township Book) shows a parade down Ford Road between Haggerty and Canton Center in 1981, at the Canton Country Festival (the precursor to Liberty Fest).

In 1980, the decision was made to put the library in Township Hall. Deborah O'Connor was selected as the first director. Funds were raised, supplies were purchased, and the library opened on October 20.

The 1980-81 Scrapbook has some amazing press clippings and photos from this exciting time in the library's history. It's worth a look.

For more CPL 30th Anniversary celebration, check out 30 Big Links of 1980.

Today at CPL — October 26, 2010

When the library opened in 1980, the population of Canton was around 48,600, according to SEMCOG reports. It took the library nearly four years to circulate one million items. This clip from 1984 reports a circulation rate of one item every 35 seconds that the library is open.

Our circulation rate rapidly increased and in 2002, serving a population of around 80,000, we hit the one million items a year mark, giving us our reputation as the state's busiest single-building library.

In 2009, we set an all-time circulation record when 2,015,317 items were checked out. That's a rate of one item every 6.44 seconds, or about 22 items for every Canton resident. Our circulation remains high and to help handle the workload, in 2010 we installed a state-of-the-art automatic sorting machine.

Today at CPL — October 25, 2010


On November 13, 1988, Canton Public Library opened in its current building. The grand opening celebration was well-attended, with the flag-raising by the Canton Veterans of Foreign Wars, and a musical performance near the fireplace by members of the Centennial Park Chamber Orchestra.

For more CPL 30th Anniversary celebration, check out 30 Albums I've Worn Out Over 30 Years.

Today at CPL — October 24, 2010


In December, 2000, a large assortment of tiles designed by Canton Children were installed in the Children's Library as part of our expansion project. The tiles in the reading nook were co-sponsored by Canton Project Arts, Canton Community Foundation, and CPL. If you haven't before, stop in the Children's section and see the great tiles in the reading nook!