Birdwatching vs. Birding with Backyard Birds and Beyond

Greg Bodker’s beautiful photography will help you learn more about birds as he demonstrate the joys of birding you can have both in your backyard and in our area.  Novice and aspiring birders will especially benefit from the program.   Topics include:

Discuss the excitement and enjoyment of birdwatching
Differences between birdwatching and birding

  • How to attract more birds to your backyard
  • Backyard birds, types of seed, feeders and their care

How birding beyond the backyard leads to many enriching experiences

  • Places to go birding in our area
  • The excitement of a bird chase
  • Stories from the field while birding

Registration Required

This program will take place via Zoom. Zoom links will be sent out 24 hours prior to the start of the program. 

Upcoming sessions

There are no upcoming sessions available.

As the COVID-19 crisis continues and we wait for the vaccine distribution to expand, Booklist a magazine by the American Library Association, has published a list of books focusing on the science behind vaccinations and how misinformation can spread as fast as a deadly virus. These books help separate fact from fiction. 

A smart and compelling examination of the science of immunity, the public policy implications of vaccine denial, and the real-world outcomes of failing to vaccinate. If you have a child in school, you may have heard stories of long-dormant diseases suddenly reappearing--cases of measles, mumps, rubella, and whooping cough cropping up everywhere from elementary schools to Ivy League universities because a select group of parents refuse to vaccinate their children. Between Hope and Fear tells the remarkable story of vaccine-preventable infectious diseases and their social and political implications. While detailing the history of vaccine invention, Kinch reveals the ominous reality that our victories against vaccine-preventable diseases are not permanent--and could easily be undone. In the tradition of John Barry's The Great Influenza and Siddhartha Mukherjee's The Emperor of All Maladies, Between Hope and Fear relates the remarkable intersection of science, technology and disease that has helped eradicate many of the deadliest plagues known to man.

Unlike natural disasters, whose destruction is concentrated in a limited area over a period of days, and illnesses, which have devastating effects but are limited to individuals and their families, infectious disease has the terrifying power to disrupt everyday life on a global scale, overwhelming public and private resources and bringing trade and transportation to a grinding halt. In today's world, it's easier than ever to move people, animals, and materials around the planet, but the same advances that make modern infrastructure so efficient have made epidemics and even pandemics nearly inevitable. And as outbreaks of COVID-19, Ebola, MERS, and Zika have demonstrated, we are woefully underprepared to deal with the fallout. So what can -- and must -- we do in order to protect ourselves from mankind's deadliest enemy? Drawing on the latest medical science, case studies, policy research, and hard-earned epidemiological lessons, Deadliest Enemy explores the resources and programs we need to develop if we are to keep ourselves safe from infectious disease. The authors show how we could wake up to a reality in which many antibiotics no longer cure, bioterror is a certainty, and the threat of a disastrous influenza or coronavirus pandemic looms ever larger. Only by understanding the challenges we face can we prevent the unthinkable from becoming the inevitable. 

Canton Seniors Book Discussion Group: May

Join us for a live virtual program on Thursday, May 27, 2021 at 2:00PM via Zoom video conference as the Canton Seniors Book Discussion Group discusses: 

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At a gala party thrown by her parents, Evelyn Hardcastle will be killed. Again. She's been murdered hundreds of times, and each day, Aiden Bishop is too late to save her. Doomed to repeat the same day over and over, Aiden's only escape is to solve Evelyn Hardcastle's murder and conquer the shadows of an enemy he struggles to even comprehend. But nothing and no one are quite what they seem.

Upcoming sessions

Thursday, May 27 - 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM Online

March is Women's History Month! The biographies below feature women who made strides in the various STEM fields. Celebrate by learning about one of these groundbreaking women today!

Mae among the stars by Roda Ahmed

Looking for a read to put you in the shoes of a sleuth? These titles are best for middle-grade readers and will have you guessing whodunnit along with the gumshoes in the books. 

Vanishing acts by Phillip Margolin
Ali Cross by 1947- James Patterson

In the astrological Zodiac, Aries, the ram sign, runs from March 21-April 19. Aries are known for being passionate trailblazers. The authors of these works are Aries; celebrate their astrological signs and birthdays with these reads. 

Bonus: each year the editors over at POPSUGAR hold a reading challenge -- in 2021, one of the challenges is to read a book by an author under the same Zodiac sign as you. Are you an Aries? It's the perfect time to give one of these reads a go!

1st to die by James Patterson
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Prolific author James Patterson's birthday is March 22, 1947.

Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo
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Kate DiCamillo's birthday is March 25, 1964.

Pokemon first came as a Nintendo Game Boy game in Japan on February 27th, 1996. The Pokemon game was followed by the trading card game, manga, anime, and merchandise. Today Pokemon is a popular international franchise with fans from all over the world. Check out one of the many Pokemon materials we have today. 


Since 1987, the Horror Writers Association (HWA) has acknowledged fine writing in the horror and dark fiction genres by awarding the Bram Stoker Award to authors. 

The final ballot for each year is lengthy and allows for nominations of first novels, graphic novels, young adult, screenplays, and poetry collections. This highlights the HWA's dedication to honoring "superior achievements" by a variety of authors, not simply "best of the year."

Highlighted below are a few of the nominees that can be found at the library, in a variety of formats. A complete final ballot for the Bram Stoker Awards can be found here.

The only good Indians : a novel by 1972- Stephen Graham Jones
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Peter Straub's Ghost Story meets Liane Moriarty's Big Little Lies in this American Indian horror story of revenge on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation. Four American Indian men from the Blackfeet Nation, who were childhood friends, find themselves in a desperate struggle for their lives, against an entity that wants to exact revenge upon them for what they did during an elk hunt ten years earlier by killing them, their families, and friends.

The Chairperson, Nancy Eggenberger, called the meeting to order at 7:33 PM.

Present: (participating remotely from Canton, MI) N. Eggenberger, M. Farell, A. Iqbal, J. Lee,

C.   Spas, A. Watts

Absent: None

Also Present:  E. Davis, K. Gladden

CALL TO AUDIENCE   (K. Bounds, L. Golden, M. Hathaway, D. McHugh, M. Nicholson, J. Noricks, D. Stine, C. Swanberg, J. Visnaw) – None


The agenda was accepted by unanimous consent.


The minutes were accepted by unanimous consent.



As of January 31, the library is 8% of the way through the new fiscal year. On the revenue side, the majority of property tax income has been received. On the expenditure side, two areas are trending higher than 8% but will fall in line over the course of the year: Fringes, due to the bulk annual payment made to MERS to fund the pension plan; and Professional & Contractual, due mainly to annual IT-related licenses and contracts that are due for payment early in the year.

The Plante Moran audit is being completed this week via Zoom and email. They will present their audit report to the board at the April 15 meeting.

Dave Ewick, currently the director at the Southfield Public Library, has accepted the position of Department Head for Information Services. He will assume his new duties on April 12, after officially retiring from Southfield.

Digital periodical services previously supplied by RB Digital have now been folded into the Libby platform, as Overdrive has purchased RB Digital.

To improve security for library card accounts and MyAccount access, security PINs will be instituted for all library cardholders in April.

March is Reading Month, and Information Services Manager Jack Visnaw and the Youth librarian staff are working with Community Relations Department Head Laurie Golden and her staff to offer virtual programming to 1st Grade students and teachers in Canton’s public, private and charter schools.

Director Eva Davis reminded the board members to reach out to L. Golden to arrange for a safely produced photo session. The photos submitted to her for the website have been of varying quality.




Update on Phased Reopening — Circulation Services Department Head Kat Bounds and her staff made the decision to eliminate the lobby holds pick up option. Beginning February 23, patrons may pick up their holds in the library or they can make an appointment for curbside pick up.

Some neighboring libraries are still offering only curbside service, while others are moving toward “grab and go” browsing options.  Vice Chair Michelle Farell asked if people will want more access to the library after the schools open fully on March 1.  E. Davis said that the department heads have been discussing options, but don’t want to be too far in front of other area libraries. Before “lingering” would be allowed, it is likely that other services would be expanded:

  1. Return to full library hours (9AM –9PM Monday-Thursday, 9AM-6PM Friday-Saturday, 12:00-6:00 PM Sunday)
  2. Possible increase in time limits for browsing and computer use
  3. Increased occupancy limit (currently capped at 50 patrons)


Staffing Proposal — M. Farell indicated enthusiasm for a fulltime security monitor position, saying that offering more hours and benefits would contribute to less turnover in the position. In answer to questions raised by Trustee Jasmine Lee regarding potential budget increases and increased salary costs, Davis stated that any increases in the 2021 budget for the fulltime youth librarian position would derive only from increased fringe benefit costs, as the salary costs would be covered by funds which have been budgeted for positions that are now vacant. She hoped that salary costs for the projected conversions to fulltime status (for a security monitor and adult librarian) in 2022/2023 could also be covered through attrition.

The board was in favor of considering such conversions in upcoming budget discussions.

M. Farell moved and J. Lee supported a motion to approve an additional fulltime Youth Librarian  position in 2021.


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

No: None

Abstain: None

The motion passed unanimously 21/2-18-1

Phase 2 Facilities Proposal — Business Services Department Head Marian Nicholson introduced Dan Stine of Sustainable Energy Engineering (SEE), whose proposal to engineer and manage the roof and RTU replacements was submitted to the board for consideration. Trustee J. Lee questioned the timing and length of the project (approximately one month for pre-construction and possibly 6-12 weeks for construction, to be completed by, hopefully, the end of the summer) and potential impact on patrons (the building would likely have to be shut down for at least one day when the rooftop cranes hoist the RTUs onto the rooftop.)

Chair Nancy Eggenberger clarified that the motion before the board was to approve the pre-construction, Design-Build contract only; once SEE submits a construction proposal with firm bids, the board will have to vote again to approve the final contract.  M. Nicholson reminded the board that the roof replacement was already in the capital improvements budget for 2022; it would just be pulled into the 2021 budget to achieve the efficiency of having it done in sync with the RTU installation.

A. Watts moved and C. Spas supported a motion to approve a pre-construction Design-Build services contract with Sustainable Energy Engineering for RTU replacement and roofing repair/replacement.


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

No: None

Abstain: None

The motion passed unanimously 21/2-18/2

2022 Budget Discussion — Expenditures

MERS Pension — Davis explained to the new board members that the library had closed the Municipal Employees Retirement System (MERS) fund to new hires in 2017. Previous boards had approved the Administration’s goal to overfund the existing pension fund with the objective of reaching a self-sustaining level. With that target in mind, she recommended contributing $125,000 in 2022 (the same contribution as in 2021).
The board agreed to a $125,000 placeholder for the 2022 budget.
Library Materials — Davis recommended that the library again budget 15% of total revenues for library materials, with an increasing amount allotted for digital materials, at the suggestion of Collection Specialist Lisa Craig. A cost analysis for vendors to pre-process audio-visual materials will be done.
Craig has attended diversity audit training and is sharing her knowledge with the rest of the collection selectors, which should result in materials being even more representative of the community as a whole. Davis also said that expansion of e-materials means an increase in the library’s International Language offerings.
The board agreed to 15% for materials expenditure for 2022.
Endowment Fund Review — Davis briefly reviewed the Endowment Fund Activity bar graph document, which reflected the growth trend since the library placed the fund with the Canton Community Foundation. Trustee Lee, who is the library’s representative on the CCF Finance Committee, expressed her pride in serving on the committee and in the library’s support of the foundation itself.

Fines Elimination — The board touched on a few factors to consider in discussing the possibility of eliminating overdue fines (motivations for returning items if fines are eliminated, community response to the possibility). They decided to revisit the issue and discuss K. Bounds’ report in greater depth at the March meeting.
CALL TO AUDIENCE – Youth Librarian Manager Jack Visnaw III thanked the board for authorizing the creation of the new fulltime Youth Librarian position.


The meeting was adjourned at 9:02 PM.  



Amy Watts, Secretary-Treasurer

In the astrological Zodiac, Pisces, the fish sign, runs from February 19-March 20. Pisces are known for being empathetic and compassionate. The authors of these works are Pisces; celebrate their astrological signs and birthdays with these reads. 

Bonus: each year the editors over at POPSUGAR hold a reading challenge -- in 2021, one of the challenges is to read a book by an author under the same Zodiac sign as you. Are you a Pisces? It's the perfect time to give one of these reads a go!

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Amy Tan's birthday is February 19, 1952. 

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Jeff Kinney's birthday is February 19, 1971.