Today at CPL - October 22, 2010

For the last 30 years the Canton Public Library has tried to provide the best customer service and resources for the Canton community. Our staff works hard to serve our community and have been recognized often for their efforts. Here are just a few of the awards received by CPL staff, or as we like to call them, our Rock Star Librarians.

Library Director Jean Tabor received the Michigan Library Association Award of Excellence in 2007 for her outstanding contribution to effective and improved local library service, promoting library cooperation and contributions to professional and community activities. Jean was also recognized by the Canton Business and Professional Women in 2004 with the Athena Award.

Teen Librarian Anna Slaughter (center) receives Pletz Award
Anna Slaughter, one of our teen librarians, was honored with the Frances. H. Pletz Award for outstanding quality of service to teens in 2010.

In 2000, Children's Department Head Judy Teachworth was presented with the Children's Services Award of Merit from the Michigan Library Association for making an outstanding contribution to library service to children and young people in Michigan.

Adult Department Head Rebecca Havenstein-Coughlin received the Canton Rotary Award of Excellence for 1991-1992 and also the Community Service Award for dedicated service to Community Literacy from the Canton Rotary Literacy Committee for 1993-1994.

In addition, the Canton Public Library was named a Library Journal Star Library in 2008 and 2009.

In 1997, we received the American Library
Association "Library of the Future 1997" award for the innovative development
of the Cyber Kids room and its policies.

Even our landscape has won awards, thanks to our Friends of the Library. Our READ berm facing Canton Center Road has won many awards, including several Canton Chamber of Commerce and Canton Township beautification awards and, in 1997, a statewide Award of Merit from Keep Michigan Beautiful, Inc.

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