Today at CPL
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.
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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!
The library's teen room opened in 2001 to accommodate the growing, and sometimes noisy, number of teen users. Featured on the wall is a mural created by Canton residents Betty Huang and Milli Li, students at Salem High School, whose design was selected from several concepts submitted. The room is outfitted with 11 computers, plenty of graphic novels and a collection of video games, as well as the traditional young adult materials.
In March, 2007, Tween Scene opened to provide a space for the kids in fourth, fifth and sixth grade, those caught between the children's library and teen spaces. Artwork of popular tween books, five computers and comfortable chairs made the room inviting for tweens, who also voted on the name. Today, the space includes 11 computers and is a popular spot for homework and quiet reading. Over 8,500 Canton library card holders fall into this age category.
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.
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.
For more CPL 30th Anniversary celebration, check out 30 Home & Garden Favorites.
Help Wanted: Hard-working, dedicated individuals to teach, file, sort, move, plant, assist, shelve, load, repair, carry and stamp. Other duties as necessary. No pay or benefits.
[Article from 1980, just after library opening.]
Who would want that job? Thankfully, hundreds of people in the Canton community.
Volunteers have played a huge role at the library. In the very early days, volunteers helped sort through donated books, raised funds and stamped and tagged books. As the library matured, volunteers planted flowers in the READ garden, shelved books and hosted programs. Today, high school National Honor Society students offer tutoring during our homework help sessions. Kohl's employee volunteers help with summer reading programs, other volunteers shred documents, cut scrap paper, repair damaged books and shelve DVDs.
Last year, over 5,000 work hours were donated by library volunteers and that doesn't begin to include the thousands of hours our Friends of the Library put in running Secondhand Prose, the used bookstore.
We say thank you every year with a staff-cooked banquet and, as we celebrate our 30th anniversary, we acknowledge and appreciate the service Canton Public Library volunteers provide to the entire community.
In 2009, CPL checked out over 2 million items. We averaged around 2,000 visits each day by our community and 70,416 Canton residents had library cards.
We continue to celebrate National Friends of the Library week and our 30th anniversary by profiling the Friends of the Canton Public Library.
One of the main services the Friends provide is the Secondhand Prose Used Bookstore. The Friends' book sales have evolved from a yearly sale to a fully operating used bookstore located in the library. With monthly specials, rare and collectible books, best-sellers and popular CDs and DVDs, Secondhand Prose has attracted a big following of bargain shoppers. Stop in and see what treasures you might find.
As the video shows, it was a big deal in 2000 and 2001 that the expansion included a space for the Friends to have a bookstore. Since the library's expansion, Secondhand Prose has been an integral part of the library.
We continue to celebrate National Friends of the Library week and our 30th anniversary by profiling the Friends of the Canton Public Library.
The Friends of the Library have existed since the idea for a Canton Public Library was conceived. It's fitting that the Friends as an organization would precede the library as well. According to the most reliable records we have available, the Friends first met November 27, 1979.
CPL has been fortunate to have great Friends Boards, such as the one elected in January, 1988. Patricia Bunnell (right) was President, Marta McCabe (center) was Vice President, Shirley Worpell (left) was Secretary and Linda Garrett (not pictured) was Treasurer. Special thanks to Shirley Worpell, historian for the Friends, for the photo.
You may have noticed that there's been lots of talk in the library lately about CPL's 30th anniversary. There are only a very few people who've been a part of Canton Public Library as long as I have, so I thought I'd chime in with my own experiences here at CPL. You can find my story on the library's Flickr account. Yup! I'm a pretty tech savvy bear. In some of the pictures I look kind of funny because they were taken a long time ago. You'd better not laugh!
While I never lived in the library when it was in the other building, I have seen the current building get renovated and the Children's Department transformed into what it is today! That was fun! That summer I earned my hard hat!
I also made lots of friends over the years. Some of the kids that used to see me at the library have grown up and now work at the library themselves! Isn't that amazing! I like to think that I helped them make decisions about their future careers.
I love meeting all you kids at Summer Reading, First Grade Round-up and Storytime. You really make my day. Working at CPL is so much fun, I don't ever want to retire! So when CPL has it's 50th anniversary, expect to hear from me! :)
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.
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.
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.
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)
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.
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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
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.