July 20

The Chairperson, Amy Watts, called the meeting to order at 7:30 PM.

Present:           N. Eggenberger, M. Farell, J. Lee, J. Pandit, D. Turner, A. Watts

Absent:            None

Also Present:  E. Davis, K. Gladden

  • CALL TO AUDIENCE  (L. Golden, D. McHugh, M. Nicholson, R. Noble, J. Parij, K. Young) – None      

    The agenda was approved by unanimous consent.


    The minutes were approved by unanimous consent.

  • COMMUNICATIONS — A Thank You card from a Northville patron was circulated to the board members. She had, in 2018, displayed interest in purchasing chairs like some in the library. Business Services Department Head Marian Nicholson had kept her information and, when two of the chairs were being removed from use, contacted the patron to offer them to her.

    The press packets distributed to the board members represented the last six months’ worth
    of press clippings from local sources. Due to the large staff turnover at the Observer &
    Eccentric newspapers, it has become increasingly difficult to get stories placed in the Canton

    • The Canton Township Board vote on which company will conduct the new Community Survey was postponed to August 13.
    • Income is trending higher in the financial reports due to monies received under Miscellaneous and Contributions, which will be reconciled when the income is recognized in the 2nd Quarter Budget Amendment.  Some expenditures continue to trend higher: Fringe Benefits, due to the MERS lump sum payment that was made early in the year and Insurance, due to premiums having to be paid in the first quarter.  These areas will fall in line as the year progresses.
  • TRUSTEE COMMENTS — Vice Chair Nancy Eggenberger commented that she had participated in one of the 62 Days of Summer Prize Patrols and that it had been an enjoyable experience.
    • (Draft) 2020 Budget & 2021-2022 Projections (1st look) — Director Eva Davis said that the auditors had recommended the budget format be changed to include columns delineating both the preceding two budgets (2018 & 2019) and projections for the succeeding two budgets (2021 & 2022), along with the proposed 2020 budget.

       N. Eggenberger complimented Accountant Debbie McHugh for her work on the Budget 
       Narrative, which clearly outlined how board concerns, as expressed in budget discussions
       throughout 2019, had been addressed in the proposed 2020 budget draft.

       M. Nicholson and E. Davis briefly addressed projects that will be handled by ENGIE
       Services; rebuilding the Fund Balance beginning in 2023; and future obligations and
       contributions to the MERS pension fund.

  •    Approve 2nd Quarter Budget Amendment — Davis briefly discussed the proposed
       amendment, which recognized both additional revenues and decreased overdue fine
       income, and allocated those additional revenues within various expenditures (including the
       Story Trail, whose sign frames have been installed).

       Trustee M. Farell moved and N. Eggenberger supported a motion to approve the 2nd
       Quarter Budget Amendment as presented.

       The motion passed unanimously 19/7-18-1.

    The meeting was adjourned at 7:56 P

July 19

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing by watching some of these fascinating films on the race to be the first to the moon.

Ah, summer. It's hot with a capital "H." Your grass has dried out. And you have to rush home from the grocery store before your ice cream melts. But summer also brings with it...the beach read! Beach reads are the perfect reason to slow down, grab a book, and sit in the sun (or shade) (or inside).

Best selling author Elin Hilderbrand has written a number of books that focus on summertime on Nantucket Island and enjoying its beauty. Her newest title, which is also Hilderbrand's first historical novel, follows a family through the changing times of the 1960s. 


Summer of '69 by Elin Hilderbrand
Also available in: e-book | audiobook | large print

Welcome to the most tumultuous summer of the twentieth century. It's 1969, and for the Levin family, the times they are a-changing. Every year the children have looked forward to spending the summer at their grandmother's historic home in downtown Nantucket. But like so much else in America, nothing is the same: Blair, the oldest sister, is marooned in Boston, pregnant with twins and unable to travel. Middle sister Kirby, caught up in the thrilling vortex of civil rights protests and determined to be independent, takes a summer job on Martha's Vineyard. Only-son Tiger is an infantry soldier, recently deployed to Vietnam. Thirteen-year-old Jessie suddenly feels like an only child, marooned in the house with her out-of-touch grandmother and her worried mother, each of them hiding a troubling secret. As the summer heats up, Ted Kennedy sinks a car in Chappaquiddick, man flies to the moon, and Jessie and her family experience their own dramatic upheavals along with the rest of the country.

If you like Elin Hilderbrand and her summer reads, then try...

So, you've downloaded FaceApp and learned that you're going to look very suave when you're older. But just how does FaceApp magically age you so accurately?

FaceApp uses a type of artificial intelligence and machine learning called an artificial neural network. Investigate a little more about artificial intelligence and the latest in technology with some of these fiction and non-fiction titles (no technical background required!):


Plum rains by Andromeda Romano-Lax
Also available in: e-audiobook

Here are the top 10 checked-out movies, in order, for 2019 so far. Have you watched any of these? What did you think?

Get the music on hoopla or on cd

Sing along to the soundtrack with hoopla

Check out what the top 10 most checked-out books (in order) for the year so far! Are you surprised by this list? Have you read any of these titles? Did you think it was worth the hype?

Becoming by 1964- Michelle Obama
Also available in: e-book | audiobook | e-audiobook | large print
Also available in: e-book | audiobook | e-audiobook | large print

Every third Monday of every month, the Adult Contemporary Book Club meets in the Community Room at 7PM to discuss books the group voted on to read. By far, the one author the group picked 7 times was...Jodi Picoult! She is our favorite author! We'll be reading her newest book, A spark of light, on Monday, September 16. Please join us! 

Leaving time : a novel by 1966- Jodi Picoult

Throughout her blockbuster career, Jodi Picoult has seamlessly blended nuanced characters, riveting plots, and rich prose, brilliantly creating stories that "not only provoke the mind but touch the flawed souls in all of us" (The Boston Globe). Now, in her highly anticipated new novel, she has delivered her most affecting work yet--a book unlike anything she's written before. For more than a decade, Jenna Metcalf has never stopped thinking about her mother, Alice, who mysteriously disappeared in the wake of a tragic accident. Refusing to believe she was abandoned, Jenna searches for her mother regularly online and pores over the pages of Alice's old journals. A scientist who studied grief among elephants, Alice wrote mostly of her research among the animals she loved, yet Jenna hopes the entries will provide a clue to her mother's whereabouts. Desperate to find the truth, Jenna enlists two unlikely allies in her quest: Serenity Jones, a psychic who rose to fame finding missing persons, only to later doubt her gifts, and Virgil Stanhope, the jaded private detective who'd originally investigated Alice's case along with the strange, possibly linked death of one of her colleagues. As the three work together to uncover what happened to Alice, they realize that in asking hard questions, they'll have to face even harder answers. As Jenna's memories dovetail with the events in her mother's journals, the story races to a mesmerizing finish. A deeply moving, gripping, and intelligent page-turner, Leaving Time is Jodi Picoult at the height of her powers.

My sister's keeper : a novel by 1966- Jodi Picoult

New York Times bestselling author Jodi Picoult is widely acclaimed for her keen insights into the hearts and minds of real people. Now she tells the emotionally riveting story of a family torn apart by conflicting needs and a passionate love that triumphs over human weakness. Anna is not sick, but she might as well be. By age thirteen, she has undergone countless surgeries, transfusions, and shots so that her older sister, Kate, can somehow fight the leukemia that has plagued her since childhood. The product of preimplantation genetic diagnosis, Anna was conceived as a bone marrow match for Kate -- a life and a role that she has never challenged...until now. Like most teenagers, Anna is beginning to question who she truly is. But unlike most teenagers, she has always been defined in terms of her sister -- and so Anna makes a decision that for most would be unthinkable, a decision that will tear her family apart and have perhaps fatal consequences for the sister she loves. My Sister's Keeper examines what it means to be a good parent, a good sister, a good person. Is it morally correct to do whatever it takes to save a child's life, even if that means infringing upon the rights of another? Is it worth trying to discover who you really are, if that quest makes you like yourself less? Should you follow your own heart, or let others lead you? Once again, in My Sister's Keeper, Jodi Picoult tackles a controversial real-life subject with grace, wisdom, and sensitivity.