The Canton Public Library embarked on a study in the fall of 2020 to learn about the unique needs of Canton Township residents aged 65 and older.  This strategic research was called the Senior Pulse Project and its goal was to learn how the library could safely meet the short term needs of Canton seniors. 

Who Was Involved in This Project?

The Pulse team included six library staff members as well as our Research Strategist, Susan Kennedy, from Look See.  
The library also received a wealth of information from our community partners who shared their expertise:

  • TejKiran Singh, Gurdwara Sahib Singh Sabha of Michigan
  • Sufia Fateh, Muslim Community of the Western Suburbs
  • Stephanie Diago, Club 55 Canton Leisure Services
  • Ariel Starr, Waltonwood Cherry Hill
  • Bill Schlatter, SEMCOG
  • Dan Patton, CPL Librarian

Sunday on May 9 is when we hit the pause button on our busy lives and take a moment to appreciate our mothers and motherhood. Mothers have a profound value in our lives and in many ways have the most challenging, greatest and toughest job in the world. They give us an abundance of unconditional love, support and acceptance. Mothers are our tireless cheerleader for every milestone we experience. Check out these new books celebrating the joys and challenges of motherhood. 

Easy Mom's Day Craft for All Ages and Abilities

Plastic Spoon Flowers

This year Oscars show signs of progress. People with disabilities are very much the least represented groups in the film and tv industry. But three films featuring disabilities are up for major nominations. For Best Picture (Sound of Metal),  Actor in a Leading Role (Riz Ahed, Sound of Metal), Actor in a Supporting Role (Paul Raci, Sound of Metal), Documentary (Crip Camp), and Short Film Live Action, (Feeling Through) are all hoping to take home a golden statue in their category. Though they are not yet on dvd, here are the Oscar-winning films in our collection that feature disabilities. 

Renowned astrophysicist Stephen Hawking, who falls deeply in love with fellow Cambridge student Jane Wilde. Once a healthy, active young man, Hawking received the diagnosis of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis at 21 years of age. With Jane fighting tirelessly by his side, Stephen embarks on his most ambitious scientific work, studying the very thing he now has precious little of: time. Eddie Redmayne won for Best Actor. 

The Canton Public Library recognizes the strength and resilience in the older adult. Your stories and contributions, successes and difficulties are invaluable in connecting our community. 

In celebration of Older Persons Month, CPL is creating a Senior Spotlight. Beginning April 22 we invite Canton residents age 65 and older to share their story with CPL by completing this submission from. Tell us about yourself or someone you know. Then, throughout the summer, Canton Public Library will celebrate these individuals with a special Spotlight Display at the library. 

A printable version of the form is available below and can be returned to the Check Out desk at the library. Once your submission is received, CPL staff will contact you to finalize details for your display. 

Questions about the Senior Spotlight can be directed to Laura Fawcett at



The Chairperson, Nancy Eggenberger, called the meeting to order at 7:30 PM.

Present:           N. Eggenberger, M. Farell, A. Iqbal (joined meeting at 9:04 PM), J. Lee, C. Spas,                          A. Watts (participating remotely from Canton, MI)                       

Absent:            None

Also Present:  E. Davis, K. Gladden

CALL TO AUDIENCE   (K. Bounds, L. Golden, D. McHugh, M. Nicholson, R. Noble, C. Swanberg, K. Szymanski, A. Watkins) – None         


The agenda was approved as amended.


Yes: N. Eggenberger, M. Farell, J. Lee, C. Spas, A. Watts

No: None

Abstain: None

The motion passed 21/3-18-1 (5-0-0)


The minutes were accepted by unanimous consent.


2020 Audit Presentation  (Plante Moran) —  Alisha Watkins and Keith Szymanski of Plante Moran presented the findings from their audit of the library’s 2020 fiscal year. In sum, Watkins stated that the remote audit had gone smoothly, largely due to the extra efforts made by the library team (Business Services Department Head Marian Nicholson and Accountant Debbie McHugh). It was, she said, another “great audit” and Plante Moran issued an “unmodified” opinion.

The library’s practice of prepaying certain vendors was discussed but not considered to be a material misstatement. The possibility that the method of prepayment could be converted to monthly invoicing was raised.

Watkins noted that the library has until the end of 2022 to move to the revised Michigan Uniform Chart of Accounts designations. The library has contracted with BS&A Software to provide the services currently provided through QuickBooks to accomplish this goal.

Trustee Jasmine Lee questioned a Note to the financial statements concerning credit risks of bank deposits. Watkins explained that it was merely a required disclosure, as every financial institution covered by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) is limited to $250,000 per each account.

Watkins closed by reiterating that the library had obtained a very good result and congratulated the team.

COMMUNICATIONS — Director Eva Davis noted receipt of a congratulatory letter from State Representative Ranjeev Puri on the library’s re-certification for both Essential and Enhanced levels of the state’s Quality Service Audit Checklist (QSAC) — one of only 13 libraries in the state to do so.

She also made reference to the Protecting Local Government Retirement and Benefits Act (PA 202 of 2017) & Public Act 530 of 2016 Pension Report, which was included in the Board packet.


Davis will meet with State Representatives Matt Koleszar (20th District) and Ranjeev Puri (21st District), and State Senator Dayna Polehanki (7th District) on Tuesday, April 20 for Library Advocacy Day.

Dave Ewick began his duties as the new Department Head of Information Services on Wednesday, April 14.

Professional advice given by payroll processing company, Paylocity, regarding the library’s eligibility for 2020 tax credits under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) proved erroneous. The library will need to repay around $8,000 and there is a slight possibility that the Internal Revenue Service will levy a fine, despite the library’s immediate disclosure once the error was discovered by Business Services Department Head M. Nicholson.

The library’s initial one-week closure (due to a positive case of coronavirus on staff) was extended to two weeks when a second staff member tested positive. Staff will return on Wednesday, April 21st to prepare for reopening, and the library will welcome back the public on Thursday, April 22nd, albeit with limited services of holds pickup and curbside services, and phone, email and online reference services only.

TRUSTEE COMMENTS — Vice Chair Michelle Farell questioned why the library was limiting services. Davis said that she made the decision to be very prudent, in consideration of the majority of the in-person patron base who are in the at-risk category; families with children who cannot be vaccinated; the majority of staff who have not yet had the opportunity to obtain both injections; and the almost-daily mask compliance issues with members of the public. When board members questioned the public response to the closure, Davis said that she would forward the small number of complaints received to the board.

Trustee J. Lee asked about items in the financial statements: credit card fees and the Wayne County Delinquent Tax Settlement. Davis and M. Nicholson explained that the credit card fees were merchant fees the library was required to pay for accepting credit card payments for fines and charges. The payments to Wayne County were reimbursements to the county for monies previously advanced to the library for delinquent property taxes which ultimately proved uncollectible.



Accept 2020 Audit as Presented —A. Watts moved and C. Spas supported a motion to accept the 2020 audit as presented by Plante Moran. 


Yes: N. Eggenberger, M. Farell, J. Lee, C. Spas, A. Watts

No: None

Abstain: None

The motion passed unanimously 21/4-15-1 (5-0-0)

Approve 1st Quarter Budget Amendment— Davis said that the library is 25% through the year and income and revenues are mostly balancing out. Insurance is out of line due to new policy pricing, likely due to insurance companies raising their rates due to anticipated coronavirus-related claims.

The sidewalk repair and curb replacement expenditure already existed in the budget but, as it was over $5,000, it needed to be moved from Repairs to Capital Replacement.

M. Farell moved and C. Spas supported a motion to approve the 1st Quarter Budget Amendment as presented.


Yes: N. Eggenberger, M. Farell, J. Lee, C. Spas, A. Watts

No: None

Abstain: None

The motion passed unanimously 21/4-15-2 (5-0-0)

2022 Budget Discussion — Expenditures

Salaries — Davis reviewed the 2020 board discussion re: salaries for the 2021 fiscal year. Due to the uncertainty surrounding all aspects of the coronavirus, the board had instructed Davis to suspend all salary increases to staff members in pay grades 12 and above.

Since many open positions have been unfilled through the first quarter 2021, M. Nicholson has determined that enough money now remains in the 2021 Salaries budget to implement the increases originally proposed for staff members in pay grades 12 and above, commencing with the first pay period in July 2021. While the monies are already in the approved 2021 budget, Davis indicated that she was uncomfortable implementing the salary increases without first obtaining board approval, as the board’s original direction was to not grant such increases. The board concurred that the library may implement mid-year raises as of the first pay period in July to fully implement the 2021 salary recommendation, provided that this does not increase the 2021 Salaries budget.

With regard to the 2022 budget proposal, Davis and the library administration are requesting an additional $188,000 for salaries. Based on market analysis supplied in the Element One Base Pay Structure Ranges for FY2022, this would bridge the gap from the last fully adopted pay structure in 2020 (assuming the board additionally approves the proposed mid-year pay rise) for fully functioning employees only. Such increases would not apply to new hires or employees not working at the fully functioning level.

Discussion ensued; although it would leave them with the opportunity to review only one draft budget proposal before the final Budget Hearing in September, the board decided to revisit the issue at the July meeting.



The meeting was adjourned at 9:22 PM.  

Nonfiction Book Group: June

Please note: the group is meeting one week earlier than usual this month. Join us Saturday, June 12, 2021 at 10:00 AM via Zoom video conference as the Nonfiction Book Group discusses: 

In The Comedians, comedy historian Kliph Nesteroff brings to life a century of American comedy with real-life characters, forgotten stars, mainstream heroes and counterculture iconoclasts. Nesteroff's groundbreaking work is a narrative exploration of the way comedians have reflected, shaped, and changed American culture over the past one hundred years. 

Starting with the vaudeville circuit at the turn of the last century, Nesteroff introduces the first stand-up comedian - an emcee who abandoned physical shtick for straight jokes. After the repeal of Prohibition, Mafia-run supper clubs replaced speakeasies, and mobsters replaced vaudeville impresarios as the comedian's primary employer. In the 1950s, the late-night talk show brought stand-up to a wide public, while Lenny Bruce, Mort Sahl, and Jonathan Winters attacked conformity and staged a comedy rebellion in coffeehouses. 

From comedy's part in the Civil Rights movement and the social upheaval of the late 1960s, to the first comedy clubs of the 1970s and the cocaine-fueled comedy boom of  the 1980s,  The Comedians culminates with a new era of media-driven celebrity in the twenty-first century.

This book is immediately available on Hoopla in e-book format. If you would like to reserve a print copy, call us at 734-397-0999 to place a copy on hold. 

Registered participants will receive an email two days before the program with a link to attend the discussion. To help you make the most of your virtual program experience we have compiled some tips and resources.

Upcoming sessions

Saturday, June 12 - 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM Online The Comedians: Drunks, Thieves, Scoundrels, and the History of American Comedy

Did you know that the average person in the United States creates about 4.5 pounds of waste every day? Small changes in our daily lives can quickly add up to make a long-lasting impact on the environment. This Earth Day, take time to reflect on the ways that your actions can help reverse the devastating effects of climate change and create a better future for our Earth. The following books explore the movement for sustainability and offer tips to start your own journey!

Since 1970, Earth Day has been celebrate to acknowledge, discover, and demonstrate support for environmental protection. The books below share stories about the Earth, as well as ways that we can support and protect our planet. What will you do to make the Earth a better place?

Picture Books

Caillou : plants a tree by 1968- Sarah Margaret Johanson
White text reads Arab American Heritage Month over blue and gold background

This month we celebrate Arab Americans, our friends and neighbors whose heritage can be traced to the Arab world. Many people assume the Arab world is synonymous with the Middle East, but there are twenty-two countries, spanning West Asia to North Africa, that make up the Arab world. While sharing a common linguistic heritage, the Arab American community's diversity is reflected in the various religious and cultural practices of its members. 

Michigan is home to the second-largest Arab American population in the United States. While the community is concentrated primarily in metro-Detroit, Arab Americans live in 81 of Michigan's 83 counties. In Michigan, and across the U.S., cities, townships, cultural institutions, and other organizations celebrate April as Arab American Heritage Month and we are happy to count CPL  among them. Check out the resources below to learn more.  

Places to visit, volunteer, or donate

Pets can bring such joy and comfort to our lives. They become a source of solace, our best friends, and of course, the source of super adorable photos, memes, and videos! Whether your pet is furry, feathery, or scaly, enjoy these great pet themed books. 

Guinea pigs by Christina Leaf

This book introduces beginning readers to guinea pigs through simple, predictable text and related photos.