Blog http://www.cantonpl.org/blog en-US Children's Librarian http://www.cantonpl.org/job/68751/childrens-librarian Under the management of the Information Services Department Head, the Librarian is responsible for providing reference, readers’ advisory, roving, programming, and collection development services to the public. The nature of the work requires daytime, evening, and weekend hours.<br /><br /><strong>There are currently two positions available, one full time and one part time.</strong><br /><br /> Individuals employed as full time Librarians are paid a bi-weekly salary based on a 37.5 hour or more work week and are classified as professionals exempt from overtime under FLSA guidelines.<br /><br /> Individuals employed as part time Librarians are paid bi-weekly on an hourly basis and are classified as non-exempt from overtime under FLSA guidelines.<div class="field field-type-text field-field-quickdesc"> <div class="field-label">Description:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Permanent full-time at-will position 37.5 hours/week including day, evening and weekend hours Permanent part-time at-will position 29 hours/week including day, evening and weekend hours </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-duties"> <div class="field-label">Essential Duties and Responsibilities</div> include the following; other duties as assigned. <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> PROVIDES REFERENCE, READERS&#039; ADVISORY AND ROVING SERVICES TO THE PUBLIC </div> <div class="field-item even"> Accurately and efficiently answers patron questions in various forms </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Assists and trains patrons in the navigation of the library website and the library’s online services </div> <div class="field-item even"> Assists patrons with self-checkout stations and other library equipment </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Responds to patron questions regarding their library account, including holds, interlibrary loan, program registration, and account issues, following established policies and procedures to select appropriate solutions and communicate options to the patron </div> <div class="field-item even"> Demonstrates and troubleshoots the use of equipment, PCs, and related software as needed </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Locates and retrieves library materials requested by patrons according to established procedures </div> <div class="field-item even"> Performs reader’s advisory by suggesting age-appropriate materials to patrons </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Maintains neat and orderly library appearance </div> <div class="field-item even"> Assists at all public service desks as needed </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Assists with checkout, check-in, and shelving functions as needed, following established guidelines and procedures </div> <div class="field-item even"> Greets and assists patrons throughout the entire library, assessing patron needs and referring as needed </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Refers patron queries and issues beyond the Librarian’s scope of authority to library administration </div> <div class="field-item even"> RESEARCHES, PLANS AND PRESENTS PROGRAMS AND DEVELOPS OUTREACH AND PARTNERSHIP OPPORTUNITIES THAT MEET THE NEEDS OF THE COMMUNITY AS OUTLINED IN THE STRATEGIC PLAN OR IN RESPONSE TO PATRON DEMAND </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Proposes programs to the Program Librarian(s) </div> <div class="field-item even"> Completes paperwork associated with programming, following established procedures </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Sets up and cleans up for programs </div> <div class="field-item even"> Works collaboratively with community entities and partners as a representative of the library </div> <div class="field-item odd"> SELECTS, DEVELOPS, AND MAINTAINS ASSIGNED COLLECTIONS </div> <div class="field-item even"> Reviews, updates, and revises Collection Development Plan for assigned collection areas </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Maintains assigned collections according to established standards </div> <div class="field-item even"> Makes budget recommendations for assigned collections to Department Head and stays within approved budget </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Selects materials for assigned collections and order according to established procedures </div> <div class="field-item even"> Makes recommendations to Department Head to establish new collections, or end collections that no longer meet the needs of the community </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Prepares displays as assigned </div> <div class="field-item even"> OTHER DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Provides training, mentoring, and guidance to interns, practicum students, colleagues, and volunteers as assigned </div> <div class="field-item even"> Compiles, reviews and/or interprets statistical data </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Participates in the development of long- and short-term plans for the department and the organization </div> <div class="field-item even"> Independently or with others; researches, recommends, implements and monitors projects as assigned </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Serves on workgroups/committees and participates in initiatives as assigned, both within the library and with outside entities, partners, or associations </div> <div class="field-item even"> Stays informed of library news and events via review of all forms of library communication: website, email, SharePoint, library newsletter and blog. Contribute content as appropriate </div> <div class="field-item odd"> May act as Librarian-in-Charge in the absence of library administration </div> <div class="field-item even"> Enforces library policies using a polite and professional approach </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Ensures building security after library closing (check doors, clear the building and set alarm) in the absence of Security staff, as necessary </div> <div class="field-item even"> Writes detailed, clear and concise incident reports, obtaining case numbers in the event of police involvement </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Accepts special assignments or duties in support of the library’s goals and objectives </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-minquals"> <div class="field-label">Minimum Qualifications:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Master’s Degree from an ALA-accredited library science program </div> <div class="field-item even"> One year of experience in a customer service environment </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Ability to get information from many sources </div> <div class="field-item even"> Eager for knowledge, intellectually curious with an inquisitive mind </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Working knowledge of common computer applications, including Microsoft Office and the Internet </div> <div class="field-item even"> Punctuality and dependability </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Consistent display of public service attitude that reflects the library’s values </div> <div class="field-item even"> Ability to complete special projects while maintaining routine duties </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Knowledge of library operations and services, including an understanding of and adherence to fundamental principles of open access to library materials and the privacy rights of patrons </div> <div class="field-item even"> Ability to effectively exercise initiative and independent judgment, and assume responsibility without close supervision </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Ability to maintain a calm atmosphere, ensure safety, and respond to emergencies </div> <div class="field-item even"> Ability to persuade, negotiate and resolve conflict </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Ability to work independently to analyze and evaluate current library services, programs and practices and to revise and develop programs and services as needed to respond to patron needs </div> <div class="field-item even"> Ability to work with patrons of varied backgrounds, ages, and abilities </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Demonstrated ability to translate methods used in other libraries and industries to suit the needs of the library </div> <div class="field-item even"> Written and verbal communication skills at the level typically acquired with the completion of a Master’s degree </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-desquals"> <div class="field-label">Preferred Qualifications:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Coursework related to area of focus/department </div> <div class="field-item even"> Prior professional experience in a public library </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-essential-functions"> <div class="field-label">Essential Functions:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Ability to lift and carry boxes up to 25 lbs. and push carts weighing up to 200 lbs. </div> <div class="field-item even"> Ability to sit, stand, and walk for long periods of time, and the ability to bend, reach, stoop, or crouch </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Sufficient clarity of speech and hearing which permits the employee to communicate in writing and verbally </div> <div class="field-item even"> Sufficient vision which permits the employee to produce and review a wide variety of materials in both electronic and hard copy form </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Ability to work effectively under stressful conditions in a fast-paced environment </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-reports"> <div class="field-label">Reports To:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Rebecca Havenstein-Coughlin, Department Head - Information Services </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-range"> <div class="field-label">Hiring Range and Hours Per Week:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Full Time: $40,100 - $49,100 per annum / 37.5 hours per week including some evening and weekend hours<br /> Part Time: $20.56 - $25.18 per hour / 29 hours per week including some evening and weekend hours </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-benefits"> <div class="field-label">Benefits:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Full Time includes: paid vacation time, sick time, holidays, medical and retirement benefits<br /> Part Time offers pro-rated: paid vacation time, sick time and holidays </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-appinfo"> <div class="field-label">Application Information:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Complete application packets — including <a href="/sites/default/files/CPL_Employment_Application.pdf">application form</a>, cover letter, and resume — postmarked or received by <strong>6:00 PM on Friday, May 9, 2014</strong> will be eligible for consideration.</p> Submit application packets to:<br /> Sheryl Rzetelny, Department Head - Business Services<br /> Canton Public Library<br /> 1200 S. Canton Center Rd.<br /> Canton, MI 48188<br /><a href="mailto:rzetelnys@cantonpl.org">rzetelnys@cantonpl.org</a> <p><em>Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions. This job description is not a contract between the library and the employee. The library reserves the right to revise this job description at its discretion.</em></p> <p><em>The Canton Public Library is an EEO employer.</em></p> </div> </div> </div> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 19:24:41 +0000 nicholsonm 68751 at http://www.cantonpl.org Michigan Notable Books 2014 http://www.cantonpl.org/blog/post/michigan-notable-books-2014 <p>The <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/libraryofmichigan/0,2351,7-160-54574_39583---,00.html">Michigan Notable Books</a> program has made its annual selection of the 20 books published in the previous year that best reflect the state's diverse ethnic, historical, literary and cultural experiences. Many of the winning titles can be found in the library's collection, and the others can be delivered to the library via <a href="http://elibrary.mel.org/search">MeLCat</a> interlibrary loan. From fiction to nonfiction, the list offers a variety of choices.<br /></p><p class="book-record"><a href="http://catalog.cantonpl.org/record=b1572250"><span class="jacket"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/images/bibisbn/b1572250.jpg" /></span>Bootstrapper: from broke to badass on a northern Michigan farm</a> by Mardi Jo Link — The Friends of the Canton, Plymouth, Northville and Novi Libraries' selection for their <a href="http://plymouthlibrary.org/~friends/friends_meetings.htm">Book &amp; Author Luncheon</a> on Thursday, May 8<span class="-a">,</span> this memoir about survival and self-discovery documents the summer of 2005 when debt, doubt and divorce forced the author to refocus.</p> <br /><p class="book-record"><a href="http://catalog.cantonpl.org/record=b1580219"><span class="jacket"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/images/bibisbn/b1580219.jpg" /></span>Something that feels like truth: stories</a> by Donald Lystra — In 16 compelling stories, award-winning author Donald Lystra takes us on a page-turning journey through the cities and countryside of the Great Lakes heartland to as far away as Paris.</p> <br /><p class="book-record"><a href="http://catalog.cantonpl.org/record=b1572422"><span class="jacket"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/images/bibisbn/b1572422.jpg" /></span>Bluffton: my summers with Buster</a> by Matt Phelan — In Muskegon, Michigan, 1908, a visiting troupe of vaudeville performers is about the most exciting thing since baseball. They're summering in nearby Bluffton, so Henry has a few months to ogle the elephant and the zebra, the tightrope walkers and a slapstick actor his own age named Buster Keaton.</p> <br /><p class="book-record"><a href="http://catalog.cantonpl.org/record=b1558119"><span class="jacket"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/images/bibisbn/b1558119.jpg" /></span>The river swimmer: novellas</a> by Jim Harrison — As one of America's most recognized and critically acclaimed authors, Harrison's new collection of novellas make Michigan's natural environment central to each tale.</p> <br /><p class="book-record"><a href="http://catalog.cantonpl.org/record=b1565271"><span class="jacket"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/images/bibisbn/b1565271.jpg" /></span>In the house upon the dirt between the lake and the woods</a> by Matt Bell — In this debut novel, a newly-wed couple escapes the busy confusion of their homeland for a distant and almost-uninhabited lakeshore.</p> <br /><p class="book-record"><a href="http://catalog.cantonpl.org/record=b1565830"><span class="jacket"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/images/bibisbn/b1565830.jpg" /></span>I invented the modern age: the rise of Henry Ford</a> by Richard Snow — Scene by scene, Richard Snow vividly shows Ford using his innate mechanical abilities, hard work, and radical imagination as he transformed American industry.</p> <br /><p class="book-record"><a href="http://catalog.cantonpl.org/record=b1595978"><span class="jacket"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/images/bibisbn/b1595978.jpg" /></span>November's fury: the deadly Great Lakes hurricane of 1913</a> by Michael Schumacher — Set in the infancy of weather forecasting, November's Fury recounts the dramatic events that unfolded over those four days in 1913, as captains eager—or at times forced—to finish the season tried to outrun the massive storm that sank, stranded, or demolished dozens of boats.</p> <br /><p class="book-record"><a href="http://catalog.cantonpl.org/record=b1561251"><span class="jacket"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/images/bibisbn/b1561251.jpg" /></span>Detroit: an American autopsy</a> by Charlie LeDuff — Veteran writer LeDuff set out to uncover what lead his city into decline. He embedded with a local fire brigade, investigated politicians of all stripes, and interviewed: union bosses, homeless squatters, powerful businessmen, struggling homeowners, and ordinary people holding the city together.</p> <br /><p class="book-record"><a href="http://catalog.cantonpl.org/record=b1582288"><span class="jacket"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/images/bibisbn/b1582288.jpg" /></span>Sweetie-licious pies: eat pie, love life</a> by Linda Hundt ; photography by Kalman &amp; Pabst Photo Group, Clarissa Westmeyer — In this sweet cookbook, the author, a 16-time national pie-baking champion, shares the heartwarming stories behind 52 of the signature pies sold at her Dewitt, MI bakery.</p> <br /><p class="book-record"><a href="http://catalog.cantonpl.org/record=b1561354"><span class="jacket"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/images/bibisbn/b1561354.jpg" /></span>The Bird: the life and legacy of Mark Fidrych</a> by Doug Wilson — The first biography of 70s pop icon and Detroit Tigers pitcher, Mark Fidrych. As a rookie he stormed the baseball world by his antics of "talking" to the baseball and along the way became one of the most popular Tigers in history.</p> <p></p> http://www.cantonpl.org/blog/post/michigan-notable-books-2014#comments Adults Fiction Non-fiction Books May We Suggest Wed, 23 Apr 2014 17:01:20 +0000 daviscrl 68748 at http://www.cantonpl.org Happy Birthday Wrigley Field! http://www.cantonpl.org/blog/post/happy-birthday-wrigley-field Chicago's <a href="http://chicago.cubs.mlb.com/chc/ballpark/index.jsp">Wrigley Field</a> opened 100 years ago today on April 23,<img width="200" height="154" title="baseball" class="image image-preview" style="float:right;width:150px;height:109px;" alt="baseball" src="https://www.cantonpl.org/sites/default/files/images/baseball_0.preview.gif" /> 1914. It has been the home of the <a href="http://catalog.cantonpl.org/record=b1425267">Chicago Cubs</a> since 1916, and is the oldest active <strong>National League</strong> baseball park. The American League's <a href="http://catalog.cantonpl.org/record=b1408904">Fenway Park</a> in Boston is the oldest overall, having opened on April 20, 1912.<br /><div><br /><br /><p class="book-record"><a href="http://catalog.cantonpl.org/record=b1582619"><span class="jacket"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/images/bibisbn/b1582619.jpg" /></span>A nice little place on the North Side: Wrigley Field at one hundred</a> by George F. Will</p> <br /><p class="book-record"><a href="http://catalog.cantonpl.org/record=b1261598"><span class="jacket"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/images/bibisbn/b1261598.jpg" /></span>Wrigley Field: a celebration of the friendly confines</a> by photos by Stephen Green ; text by Mark Jacob ; foreword by Ernie Banks</p> <br /><p class="book-record"><a href="http://catalog.cantonpl.org/record=b1598741"><span class="jacket"></span>100 years of Wrigley Field [videodisc]</a> by producer, Major League Baseball Production ; writer, Jeff Scott</p> <br /><p class="book-record"><a href="http://catalog.cantonpl.org/record=b1492357"><span class="jacket"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/images/bibisbn/b1492357.jpg" /></span>America's classic ballparks [videodisc]</a> by produced by Media Process Group, Inc; hosted by Jeff Daniels</p> <br /><p class="book-record"><a href="http://catalog.cantonpl.org/record=b1580254"><span class="jacket"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/images/bibisbn/b1580254.jpg" /></span>Mr. Wrigley's ball club: Chicago &amp; the Cubs during the jazz age</a> by Roberts Ehrgott</p></div> http://www.cantonpl.org/blog/post/happy-birthday-wrigley-field#comments History Sports Parents Seniors Non-fiction Wed, 23 Apr 2014 16:25:49 +0000 SuzyQ 68747 at http://www.cantonpl.org Folding Paper Mini Book for Tweens & Teens http://www.cantonpl.org/blog/post/folding-paper-mini-book-tweens-teens <img src="https://www.cantonpl.org/sites/default/files/images/minibook.preview.JPG" alt="" class="image image-preview" height="150" width="200" style="float:right;" />Tweens and teens will learn to take a simple sheet of paper and turn it into a mini book under the guidance of paper artist Cecilia Escobar. Join us on Saturday, May 3, 3:30-5:00 PM to learn the magic of folding paper to create a book that you can decorate, fill with special messages or create as a special gift for Mother's Day. <br /><br />Cecilia Escobar is a bookbinder artist who loves to play with paper and the endless possibilities that this media offers. A Canton resident, she is an advocate of the arts in all forms. This program is presented through a partnership with the Canton Commission for Culture, Arts &amp; Heritage. Registration is required. http://www.cantonpl.org/blog/post/folding-paper-mini-book-tweens-teens#comments Tweens Teens Programs Wed, 23 Apr 2014 12:00:00 +0000 goldenl 68733 at http://www.cantonpl.org help http://www.cantonpl.org/support-comment/68739 how can i keep an overdue book http://www.cantonpl.org/support-comment/68739#comments Borrowing/Overdue Tue, 22 Apr 2014 23:27:25 +0000 68739 at http://www.cantonpl.org Congratulations to the Worst Opening Sentence Contest Winner! http://www.cantonpl.org/blog/post/congratulations-worst-opening-sentence-contest-winner-0 <span style="color:#000000;font-family:'Times New Roman';font-size:medium;"> </span><p class="MsoNormal" style="background:#FFFFFF;margin:0in 0in 0pt;line-height:normal;"><span lang="en" style="color:#0c0c0c;font-family:Lato;" xml:lang="en"><span style="font-size:medium;"><img width="200" height="170" class="image image-_original" alt="" src="https://www.cantonpl.org/sites/default/files/images/snoopy.preview_0.jpg" style="float:right;" />The results are in and the judges have determined the winner in our National <br />Library Week's Worst Opening Sentence Contest. <br /><br />Congratulations to the author of the winning sentence: <br /></span></span></p><p><br />I remember thinking, 'Flying squirrels aren't actually supposed to fly...are they?' right before it hit my face.<br /><br /></p><span style="color:#000000;font-family:'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-size:medium;"> </span></span><p class="MsoNormal" style="background:#FFFFFF;margin:0in 0in 10pt;line-height:normal;"><span lang="en" style="color:#0c0c0c;font-family:Lato;" xml:lang="en"><span style="font-size:medium;">Thank you to everyone who participated in the celebration of National Library Week with the Canton Public Library!</span></span></p><p></p><span style="font-size:medium;"> </span> http://www.cantonpl.org/blog/post/congratulations-worst-opening-sentence-contest-winner-0#comments Tue, 22 Apr 2014 21:33:14 +0000 obrienbc 68737 at http://www.cantonpl.org Printable Program and Event Listing, May 2014 http://www.cantonpl.org/blog/post/printable-program-and-event-listing-may-2014 Here's a <a href="https://www.cantonpl.org/sites/default/files/ProgramListMay2014.pdf">printable listing</a> of all the programs and events happening at CPL in May, 2014.<table id="attachments" class="sticky-enabled"> <thead><tr><th>Attachment</th><th>Size</th> </tr></thead> <tbody> <tr class="odd"><td><a href="http://www.cantonpl.org/sites/default/files/ProgramListMay2014.pdf">ProgramListMay2014.pdf</a></td><td>418.48 KB</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> http://www.cantonpl.org/blog/post/printable-program-and-event-listing-may-2014#comments Tue, 22 Apr 2014 20:04:23 +0000 goldenl 68735 at http://www.cantonpl.org Strange But True! http://www.cantonpl.org/blog/post/strange-true To quote Mark Twain "Truth is stranger than fiction..." and the following titles are certainly proof of that!<br /><br /><p class="book-record"><a href="http://catalog.cantonpl.org/record=b1242776"><span class="jacket"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/images/bibisbn/b1242776.jpg" /></span>Lord Minimus: the extraordinary life of Britain's smallest man</a> by Nick Page — Th true story of Jeffrey Hudson, the 18-inch "official dwarf" of the 17th century Stuart court.</p><br /><p class="book-record"><a href="http://catalog.cantonpl.org/record=b1274533"><span class="jacket"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/images/bibisbn/b1274533.jpg" /></span>The last alchemist: Count Cagliostro, master of magic in the age of reason</a> by Iain McCalman — A fascinating account of the career of one of the most famous charlatans of the 18th century, Count Alessandro di Cagliostro, who traveled all over Europe - usually one step ahead of the authorities - passing himself off as an alchemist and a healer.</p><br /><p class="book-record"><a href="http://catalog.cantonpl.org/record=b1423249"><span class="jacket"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/images/bibisbn/b1423249.jpg" /></span>Agent Zigzag: a true story of Nazi espionage, love, and betrayal</a> by Ben MacIntyre — Eddie Chapman was a charming criminal, a con man, and a philanderer. He was also one of the most remarkable double agents Britain has ever produced.</p><br /><p class="book-record"><a href="http://catalog.cantonpl.org/record=b1313653"><span class="jacket"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/images/bibisbn/b1313653.jpg" /></span>The land that never was: Sir Gregor MacGregor and the most audacious fraud in history</a> by David Sinclair — The story of Sir Gregor MacGregor and the most audacious fraud in history, who In 1822 and 1823, convinced some 250 emigrants to set sail from England for the shores of Poyais, in South America - a country that did not exist.</p><br /><p class="book-record"><a href="http://catalog.cantonpl.org/record=b1527411"><span class="jacket"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/images/bibisbn/b1527411.jpg" /></span>The man in the Rockefeller suit: the astonishing rise and spectacular fall of a serial imposter</a> by Mark Seal — The story of a career con man who convincingly passed himself off as a Rockefeller, as well as Christopher Mountbatten Chichester, descendant of Lord Mountbatten, and Christopher Crowe, a television producer.</p><br /><p class="book-record"><a href="http://catalog.cantonpl.org/record=b1125716"><span class="jacket"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/images/bibisbn/b1125716.jpg" /></span>Monsieur D'Eon is a woman: a tale of political intrigue and sexual masquerade</a> by Gary Kates — The remarkable life of the Chevalier d'Eon, the notorious 18th-century French cross- dresser, diplomat, writer, and spy.</p><br /><p class="book-record"><a href="http://catalog.cantonpl.org/record=b1263785"><span class="jacket"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/images/bibisbn/b1263785.jpg" /></span>The emperor of scent: a story of perfume, obsession, and the last mystery of the senses</a> by Chandler Burr — The strange tale of Luca Turin, scientist, connoisseur, and maverick who happened to possess an unusually sensitive nose and proposed a new theory of smell that promised to unravel its mystery once and for all.</p><br /><p class="book-record"><a href="http://catalog.cantonpl.org/record=b1433691"><span class="jacket"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/images/bibisbn/b1433691.jpg" /></span>Charlatan: America's most dangerous huckster, the man who pursued him, and the age of flimflam</a> by Pope Brock — The biography of snake-oil salesman and gifted entrepreneur John R. Brinkley, who in his day was America's most famous fake doctor. Brinkley built his own radio station in 1923, selling his pseudoscience over the airwaves and giving an outlet to both astrologers and country music!</p><br /><p class="book-record"><a href="http://catalog.cantonpl.org/record=b1553861"><span class="jacket"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/images/bibisbn/b1553861.jpg" /></span>The Black Count: glory, revolution, betrayal, and the real Count of Monte Cristo</a> by Tom Reiss — According to the author, the inspiration for the great novel of intrigue, betrayal, and revenge - <em>The Count of Monte Cristo - </em>was actually the author Alexandre Dumas' own father, General Alexandre Alex Dumas, born to a slave mother and a French aristocrat.</p><br /><p class="book-record"><a href="http://catalog.cantonpl.org/record=b1194486"><span class="jacket"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/images/bibisbn/b1194486.jpg" /></span>La Grande Thérèse: the greatest scandal of the century</a> by Hilary Spurling — The story of Therese Humbert, one of the most powerful women in France until her exposure for fraud in 1902. Born in France to a poor family, she began weaving a web of lies that gave her imaginary wealth and status and for two decades presidents, prime ministers, archbishops, bankers, and diplomats vied for her attention.</p><br /><p class="book-record"><a href="http://catalog.cantonpl.org/record=b1281787"><span class="jacket"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/images/bibisbn/b1281787.jpg" /></span>The perfect prince</a> by Ann Wroe — The story of one of the most intriguing pretenders in history, who was celebrated throughout 15th century Europe as the prince he claimed to be:  Richard, Duke of York,  one of  the “Princes in the Tower” who were presumed to have been murdered almost a decade earlier.</p><br /><p class="book-record"><a href="http://catalog.cantonpl.org/record=b1488245"><span class="jacket"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/images/bibisbn/b1488245.jpg" /></span>Unlikely allies: how a merchant, a playwright, and a spy saved the American Revolution</a> by Joel Richard Paul — The true story of how three men used espionage, betrayal, and sexual deception to help win the American Revolution.</p><br /><p class="book-record"><a href="http://catalog.cantonpl.org/record=b1472867"><span class="jacket"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/images/bibisbn/b1472867.jpg" /></span>A bright and guilty place: murder, corruption, and L.A.'s scandalous coming of age</a> by Richard Rayner — The story of the entwined lives of two men - prosecutor Dave Clark, and photographer Leslie White - who were caught up in the crimes, murders, and swindles of late 1920s Los Angeles.</p><br /><p class="book-record"><a href="http://catalog.cantonpl.org/record=b1231086"><span class="jacket"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/images/bibisbn/b1231086.jpg" /></span>Dragon hunter: Roy Chapman Andrews and the Central Asiatic expeditions</a> by Charles Gallenkamp— Possibly the model for Indiana Jones, Roy Chapman Andrews explored the uncharted Gobi Desert of Outer and Inner Mongolia for extinct mammals, uncovering such unimagined scientific wonders as the Flaming Cliffs, dinosaur eggs, and the first skeleton of a Velociraptor.</p><br /><p class="book-record"><a href="http://catalog.cantonpl.org/record=b1553536"><span class="jacket"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/images/bibisbn/b1553536.jpg" /></span>Agent Garbo: the brilliant, eccentric secret agent who tricked Hitler and saved D-Day</a> by Stephan Talty — Juan Pujol was a Barcelona poultry farmer determined to oppose the Nazis. Acting as a double agent for the British, and using his gift for outrageous lies, he created a vast network of fictional subagents. Unbelievably, his unwitting German handlers believed every word he fed them.</p><br /><p class="book-record"><a href="http://catalog.cantonpl.org/record=b1490766"><span class="jacket"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/images/bibisbn/b1490766.jpg" /></span>The men who stare at goats</a> by Jon Ronson — In 1979, a crack commando unit was established by the most gifted minds within the U.S. Army, defying all known laws of physics and accepted military practice. An unsettling exploration of the U.S. military's flirtation with the supernatural.</p><br /><p class="book-record"><a href="http://catalog.cantonpl.org/record=b1168118"><span class="jacket"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/images/bibisbn/b1168118.jpg" /></span>The orchid thief</a> by Susan Orlean — One deeply eccentric man’s pursuit of an endangered flower.</p> http://www.cantonpl.org/blog/post/strange-true#comments History Adults Seniors Non-fiction May We Suggest Tue, 22 Apr 2014 17:30:12 +0000 SuzyQ 58405 at http://www.cantonpl.org solicitors http://www.cantonpl.org/support-comment/68731 I am a frequent patron of the Canton Library. Sometimes I am there 2 or 3 times a week. I am really getting tired of the petition solicitors that stand outside the front doors. Most are at least polite, but once I had a guy actually make a derogatory remark when I told him "no" when he asked for a signature. There probably isn't anything that the Library can do, but I at least wanted to register my profound displeasure with the constant molestation going on for 4 weeks now. If there is, in fact, anything that can be done PLEASE DO SO. Thank you for your time. http://www.cantonpl.org/support-comment/68731#comments Business & Facilities Tue, 22 Apr 2014 15:23:04 +0000 68731 at http://www.cantonpl.org (Draft) Board Meeting Minutes — Thursday, April 16, 2014 http://www.cantonpl.org/blog/post/board-meeting-minutes-%E2%80%94-thursday-april-16-2014 <p>The Chairperson, Kim Schulz called the meeting to order at 7:31 PM</p> <strong>Present</strong>:<br /> N. Eggenberger, M. Farell, J. Fausone, S. Foster, T. Hartnett, K. Schulz<p></p> <strong>Absent</strong>: None<p></p> <strong>Also Present</strong>: E. Davis, K. Gladden<p></p> <h3>Call to Audience</h3> (M. Crowther, A. Davis, L. Golden, R. Havenstein-Coughlin, E. Hess, L. Papa, S. Rzetelny, N. Szczepanski) – None <h3>Approval of Agenda</h3> The agenda was approved by unanimous consent. <h3>Approval of General Meeting Minutes</h3> The minutes were approved by unanimous consent. <h3>Communications</h3> <p>None</p> <h3>Director’s Report</h3> <p>The insurer of the Michigan Educational Transport Services (METS), whose bus struck the library building overhang during 1st Grade Round Up, has agreed to pay for any and all repairs necessitated by the incident. The structural engineering company chosen to verify the building’s structural integrity, SME, would like to come back when our roofer, J.C. Candler, peels off the roof for a closer look. But they feel that the damage done was minor, pending further examination.</p> <p>E. Davis thanked Trustee Eggenberger for her attendance at the Chicks 4 Charity trivia competition at the Basement Burger Bar. One of the library’s teams, the Dewey Decimation System, came in first in Round 1 and third in Round 2. The library’s share of the proceeds is not yet known. Davis has asked Chicks 4 Charity for their input on how they would like the funds raised to be spent.</p> <p>Information Services’ Teen Librarian Anna Slaughter is working with IS Department Head Rebecca Havenstein-Coughlin, Community Relations Department Head Laurie Golden, and Starkweather Alternative High School principal Kevin Lane to host adult GED classes at CPL in the upcoming school year. In addition, Davis is meeting with Dr. Meissen, the Plymouth-Canton Community Schools superintendant, and Plymouth District Library director Carol Souchock to see how the libraries can increase our partnerships with the school district.</p> <h3>Committee Reports</h3> <p>The Finance Committee ((Trustees Foster and Eggenberger, and Chair Schulz) met with Davis and S. Rzetelny to discuss budget and policy updates; the café lease renewal; fundraising and the Endowment Fund. They discussed opening dialogue once again with the Canton Community Foundation regarding the possible transfer of Endowment Fund monies. It was also agreed that a wider board discussion of possibly updating the library’s present fundraising strategy might be in order.</p> <p>The Finance Committee also gave Davis direction regarding capital item priorities for the 2015 budget: finish the flooring replacement in the rest of the adult portion of the library and the Community Room; renovation of the lobby restrooms; new bins for the music CD collection; and install additional carrels in the quiet study corner.</p> <h3>Unfinished Business &amp; General Orders</h3> <p><strong><em>Jungle Java Express Renewal Counterproposal</em></strong><em></em> - Eric Hess did not elaborate on his emailed proposal to increase the monthly lease rate to $350/month, but reiterated his willingness to work with the board , to sign this third renewal of the last lease agreement or to tear it up and sign a brand new multi-year agreement. The board directed Davis to accept the counterproposal and proceed with planning a board vote at the May meeting.</p> <h3>New Business</h3> <p><strong><em>2013 Audit Report</em></strong><em></em> - Melanie Crowther, Alisha Davis and Mike Swartz of Plante Moran presented the highlights of their recently completed 2013 audit of the library. Swartz complimented the accounting team of Sheryl Rzetelny and Debbie McHugh, whose excellent work led to yet another unqualified opinion – the highest level of assurance an auditor can issue regarding financial statements. The library is in good financial condition, and the administration and staff are doing a really good job of controlling expenses. Davis recognized the entire Business Services staff and the department heads for their efforts which made the unqualified opinion possible. N. Eggenberger moved and T. Hartnett supported a motion to accept the 2013 Audit as presented.</p> <p><strong>The motion passed unanimously 14/04-16-1</strong></p> <p><strong><em>Proposed Revision of Capital Assets Policy</em></strong><em></em>Questions were raised about the depreciation method used to derive the “useful life” numbers for the technology items being added to the revised policy. It was suggested that there be more discussion regarding the number of useful life years assigned to capital asset items before the board votes on a revised version of the policy.</p> <p><strong><em>Proposed Revision of Credit Card Policy</em></strong><em></em>The board requested that language be inserted to improve the director’s flexibility while limiting the library’s exposure. </p><p><strong><em>Strategic Plan Update</em></strong><em></em>– The Patron Service Improvement Project was the main thrust of the 1st quarter of 2014; core competencies and training resources were identified as part of the effort to increase staff development. Trustee Fausone remarked that various statistics in the board packet should be presented within context at upcoming board meetings. </p><h3>Call to Audience</h3>None <h3>Adjourn</h3> The meeting was adjourned at 8:48 PM. http://www.cantonpl.org/blog/post/board-meeting-minutes-%E2%80%94-thursday-april-16-2014#comments Board Mon, 21 Apr 2014 20:23:57 +0000 gladdenk 68715 at http://www.cantonpl.org Parent University: Google Chromebooks and iPads http://www.cantonpl.org/blog/post/parent-university-google-chromebooks-and-ipads Want to learn more about the Google Chromebooks and iPads that PCCS students are receiving? Join us and technology staff from the Plymouth-Canton Community Schools on Monday, May 19 or Thursday, May 22, 7:00-8:30 PM for a hands-on learning session. We will have Chromebooks and iPads for parents to use and play with. Topics to be covered include:<br /><ul><li>Devices and how they are used in the classroom </li> <li>Chromebook use and trouble shooting </li> <li>Google Apps for Education, including resources for help</li> <li>Digital Citizenship-- what parents need to know about online safety, passwords and more</li> <li>Q and A time-- ask the experts</li> </ul> http://www.cantonpl.org/blog/post/parent-university-google-chromebooks-and-ipads#comments Technology Programs PCCS Mon, 21 Apr 2014 14:44:29 +0000 goldenl 68706 at http://www.cantonpl.org Green Cities http://www.cantonpl.org/blog/post/green-cities <img title="Earth Day" class="image image-preview" alt="Earth Day" src="https://www.cantonpl.org/sites/default/files/images/EarthDay2014.preview.png" height="111" width="131" style="float:right;" /><br />Resources for <a href="http://www.earthday.org/">Earth Day 2014</a>:<br /><br /><p class="book-record"><a href="http://catalog.cantonpl.org/record=b1538624"><span class="jacket"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/images/bibisbn/b1538624.jpg" /></span>Small, gritty, and green: the promise of America's smaller industrial cities in a low-carbon world</a> by Catherine Tumber</p> <br /><p class="book-record"><a href="http://catalog.cantonpl.org/record=b1440395"><span class="jacket"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/images/bibisbn/b1440395.jpg" /></span>Sustainable urbanism: urban design with nature</a> by Douglas Farr</p> <br /><p class="book-record"><a href="http://catalog.cantonpl.org/record=b1524927"><span class="jacket"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/images/bibisbn/b1524927.jpg" /></span>Tomorrow's garden: design and inspiration for a new age of sustainable gardening</a> by text and photographs by Stephen Orr</p> <br /><p class="book-record"><a href="http://catalog.cantonpl.org/record=b1443082"><span class="jacket"></span>Biking to work</a> by Rory McMullan</p> <br /><p class="book-record"><a href="http://catalog.cantonpl.org/record=b1389136"><span class="jacket"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/images/bibisbn/b1389136.jpg" /></span>Edens lost &amp; found: how ordinary citizens are restoring our great American cities: PBS series companion book</a> by Harry Wiland ... [et al.]</p> <br /><p class="book-record"><a href="http://catalog.cantonpl.org/record=b1511599"><span class="jacket"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/images/bibisbn/b1511599.jpg" /></span>Reimagining Detroit: opportunities for redefining an American city</a> by John Gallagher</p> <br /><p class="book-record"><a href="http://catalog.cantonpl.org/record=b1566814"><span class="jacket"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/images/bibisbn/b1566814.jpg" /></span>Revolution Detroit: strategies for urban reinvention</a> by John Gallagher</p> <br /><p class="book-record"><a href="http://catalog.cantonpl.org/record=b1570133"><span class="jacket"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/images/bibisbn/b1570133.jpg" /></span>Terra nova: the new world after oil, cars, and suburbs</a> by Eric W. Sanderson, Wildlife Conservation Society</p> <br /><p class="book-record"><a href="http://catalog.cantonpl.org/record=b1524919"><span class="jacket"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/images/bibisbn/b1524919.jpg" /></span>Garden up!: smart vertical gardening for small and large spaces</a> by Susan Morrison &amp; Rebecca Sweet</p> <br /><p class="book-record"><a href="http://catalog.cantonpl.org/record=b1568649"><span class="jacket"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/images/bibisbn/b1568649.jpg" /></span>Urban gardening for dummies</a> by Paul Simon, Charlie Nardozzi, and the editors of the National Gardening Association</p> <br /><p class="book-record"><a href="http://catalog.cantonpl.org/record=b1522184"><span class="jacket"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/images/bibisbn/b1522184.jpg" /></span>I garden: urban style</a> by Reggie Solomon and Michael Nolan</p> <br /><p class="book-record"><a href="http://catalog.cantonpl.org/record=b1525095"><span class="jacket"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/images/bibisbn/b1525095.jpg" /></span>The complete idiot's guide to urban homesteading</a> by Sundari Elizabeth Kraft</p> <br /><p class="book-record"><a href="http://catalog.cantonpl.org/record=b1545247"><span class="jacket"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/images/bibisbn/b1545247.jpg" /></span>The essential urban farmer</a> by Novella Carpenter and Willow Rosenthal</p> <br /><p class="book-record"><a href="http://catalog.cantonpl.org/record=b1472418"><span class="jacket"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/images/bibisbn/b1472418.jpg" /></span>Farm city: the education of an urban farmer</a> by Novella Carpenter</p> <br /><p class="book-record"><a href="http://catalog.cantonpl.org/record=b1467500"><span class="jacket"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/images/bibisbn/b1467500.jpg" /></span>The backyard homestead</a> by edited by Carleen Madigan</p> <br /><p class="book-record"><a href="http://catalog.cantonpl.org/record=b1524925"><span class="jacket"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/images/bibisbn/b1524925.jpg" /></span>The homesteading handbook: a back to basics guide to growing your own food, canning, keeping chickens, generating your own energy, crafting, herbal medicine, and more</a> by Abigail R. Gehring</p> <br /><p class="book-record"><a href="http://catalog.cantonpl.org/record=b1565891"><span class="jacket"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/images/bibisbn/b1565891.jpg" /></span>My backyard jungle: the adventures of an urban wildlife lover who turned his yard into habitat and learned to live with it</a> by James Barilla</p> <br /><p class="book-record"><a href="http://catalog.cantonpl.org/record=b1576701"><span class="jacket"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/images/bibisbn/b1576701.jpg" /></span>The approaching great transformation: toward a livable post carbon economy</a> by Joel Magnuson</p> <br /><p class="book-record"><a href="http://catalog.cantonpl.org/record=b1479437"><span class="jacket"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/images/bibisbn/b1479437.jpg" /></span>200 best jobs for renewing America</a> by Laurence Shatkin and the editors at JIST</p> http://www.cantonpl.org/blog/post/green-cities#comments Green/Environment Adults Seniors Non-fiction Mon, 21 Apr 2014 13:00:00 +0000 SuzyQ 68523 at http://www.cantonpl.org New Books on the Biography Shelf http://www.cantonpl.org/blog/post/new-books-biography-shelf-7 <p class="book-record"><a href="http://catalog.cantonpl.org/record=b1598088"><span class="jacket"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/images/bibisbn/b1598088.jpg" /></span>The crusades of Cesar Chavez: a biography</a> by Miriam Pawel</p> <br /><p class="book-record"><a href="http://catalog.cantonpl.org/record=b1600138"><span class="jacket"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/images/bibisbn/b1600138.jpg" /></span>The most dangerous man in America: the making of Douglas MacArthur</a> by Mark Perry</p> <br /><p class="book-record"><a href="http://catalog.cantonpl.org/record=b1599085"><span class="jacket"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/images/bibisbn/b1599085.jpg" /></span>Glitter and glue: a memoir</a> by Kelly Corrigan</p> <br /><p class="book-record"><a href="http://catalog.cantonpl.org/record=b1581674"><span class="jacket"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/images/bibisbn/b1581674.jpg" /></span>The cooked seed: a memoir</a> by Anchee Min</p> <br /><p class="book-record"><a href="http://catalog.cantonpl.org/record=b1599086"><span class="jacket"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/images/bibisbn/b1599086.jpg" /></span>Dashiell Hammett: man of mystery</a> by a biography by Sally Cline</p> http://www.cantonpl.org/blog/post/new-books-biography-shelf-7#comments Sat, 19 Apr 2014 13:00:00 +0000 SuzyQ 68668 at http://www.cantonpl.org Help Them Read http://www.cantonpl.org/blog/post/help-them-read <img src="https://www.cantonpl.org/sites/default/files/images/DSC06486.preview.JPG" alt="" class="image image-preview" width="200" height="150" style="float:right;" /><br /><div><span style="line-height:1.22;">Help get books into the hands of kids.  The Barbara Bush Foundation is partnering with Scholastic on the</span> <a href="http://www.helpthemread.org/">Help Them Read</a> initiative. It's easy.  Just vote for your favorite book from the list provided, or suggest your own.  For every vote, Scholastic will donate one book to a program that support children and family literacy.  Vote now. Vote later.  Vote often.  </div> http://www.cantonpl.org/blog/post/help-them-read#comments Education Kids Adults Thu, 17 Apr 2014 22:50:06 +0000 baluchr 68673 at http://www.cantonpl.org Gabriel Garcia Marquez, 1927-2014 http://www.cantonpl.org/blog/post/gabriel-garcia-marquez-1927-2014 <img width="66" height="100" class="image image-preview" alt="" src="https://www.cantonpl.org/sites/default/files/images/garcia.jpg" style="float:left;" />Author <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2014/04/17/world/americas/gabriel-garcia-marquez-dies/index.html?hpt=hp_c2">Gabriel Garcia Marquez</a> has died at the age of 87. He was perhaps best-known for his books, <a href="http://catalog.cantonpl.org/record=b1018451~S10">Love in the Time of Cholera</a> and <a href="http://catalog.cantonpl.org/record=b1061223~S10">One Hundred Years of Solitude</a>. Garcia Marquez popularized magical realism,  described by the committee who awarded him the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1982 as a genre "in which the fantastic and the realistic are combined in a richly composed world of imagination." http://www.cantonpl.org/blog/post/gabriel-garcia-marquez-1927-2014#comments Adults Fiction Books Obituary Thu, 17 Apr 2014 22:33:36 +0000 daviscrl 68671 at http://www.cantonpl.org