Library Board of Trustees Vacancy

Due to the retirement of long-time Library Trustee James Gillig, the Canton Public Library Board of Trustees is searching for a new member to complete his term through November 2012. If you are a Canton resident, over 18 years of age and would like to be considered for a Board seat, please send a resume and letter of interest by Tuesday, May 26, 2009 addressed to:

Colleen Van Auken, Vice Chair
Canton Public Library Board
1200 S. Canton Center Road
Canton, MI 48188

Pet… Bugs?

Bugs as PetsThe weather is getting warmer and children are eager to play outside.  Their curiosity often leads them to investigate all the little critters crawling about, and sometimes a bug or two might even make its way home with them.  Then what do you do?  The Animal Planet Pet Care series has a book Bugs as Pets which tells you how to house and properly care for your new "pet". 

Potty Training Picture Books

Parents, looking for some fun titles to encourage your little one to start using the potty? Check out some of these humorous picture books, and good luck!

Everyone poops by Taro Gomi; translated by Amanda Mayer Stinchecum

Have you seen my potty? by Mij Kelly

The princess and the potty by Wendy Cheyette Lewison; illustrated by Rick Brown

Does a pig flush? by Fred Ehrlich; pictures by Emily Bolam

Crafts for a Rainy Day

Get crafty with help from these books. These craft projects with They Might Be Giants playing in the background could lead to a very fun rainy day!

Nature's art box: from t-shirts to twig baskets, 65 cool projects for crafty kids to make with natural materials you can find anywhere by written by Laura C. Martin; with drawings by David Cain

Crafty kids: fun projects for you and your toddler by Rosie Hankin

The crafty art book by written by Jane Bull

Chillin' trix for cool chix: fab recipes, crafty fun, mystic magic, and super-cool quizzes by Leanne Warrick; illustrated by Debby Boon

Meeting Minutes -- March 19, 2009

March 19, 2009
7:30 p.m.

The Vice Chair, Colleen VanAuken, called the meeting to order at 7:30 p.m.
Present: J. Fausone, J. Gillig, M. Siegrist, D. Turner, C. Van Auken
Absent: G. Snow (4th consecutive absence)
Also Present: E. Davis, S. Rzetelny, Ed Ura – Management Resource Center, Inc.

CALL TO AUDIENCE

No comments (L. Papa, R. Havenstein-Coughlin, C. McLaughlin, A. Heidemann, G. Bell)

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

The agenda was approved with amendment

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

  • Minutes of the February 12th Meeting were approved with correction

COMMUNICATIONS

  • Correspondence from Trustee Snow sent to E. Davis indicating a return to Michigan in early April
  • Email from Trustee Snow advising inability to attend March 19 meeting. (Fourth consecutive absence.)

REPORT OF THE LIBRARY DIRECTOR

  • Eva has not heard from Eric Hess. The café survey was forwarded to him via email.

    Chair Gillig suggested trustees review the "Survey of Library Cafés" and the role of cafés in libraries for future discussion

Solar Power: Get it While it's Hot

Now that the sun is shining more and more, why not learn about how you can use the sun's energy to generate electricity and power. Here is a nifty website with more on solar power and below are some books to help you learn more:

Energy from the sun by Allan Fowler

Harnessing power from the sun by Niki Walker

Solar power: a true book by Christine Petersen

Sunpower experiments: solar energy explained by Maggie Spooner

Duck Readers

With so many ponds nearby, I've been noticing a lot of ducks waddling around outside the library. Ducks are such nice birds — sometimes I like to feed them bread! I like reading about ducks, too. What about you? The library has lots of great books in our Readers section all about ducks! Try:

Ducks in muck by Lori Haskins ; illustrated by Valeria Petrone

Lucky duck by written by Ellen Weiss ; illustrated by Brian Lies

Goose and Duck by Jean Craighead George ; illustrated by Priscilla Lamont

Duck & company by Kathy Caple

And maybe next time you come to the library, you'll see some ducks outside on the grass, too!

Library Board Meeting Agenda - April 16, 2009

Thursday, April 16, 2009, 7:30 p.m.

  • Call to Order
  • Call to Audience
  • Approval of Agenda
  • Approval of Minutes - Regular Meeting 3/19/2009
  • Plante & Moran – Audit Report - Frank Audia, Wendy Trumbull, Alisha Davis
  • Communications
  • Report of the Library Director
  • Old Business
    • Jungle Java – Please read and bring the “Survey of Library Cafes” distributed at the March meeting.
  • New Business
    • Discussion of 3M/Checkpoint proprietary RFID system
  • Call to Audience
  • Adjourn

Go Green for Spring

No matter how long the winter, spring is sure to follow; the urge to make everything fresh and clean is in the air. Check out CPL Housekeeping staff's eco-friendly hints to green up your clean up.

Green-up your cleanup by Jill Potvin Schoff — Keep odd socks for general dusting. Combine lemon juice or vinegar with water, boil in the microwave to help soften stuck on foods.

Green housekeeping: in which the nontoxic avenger shows you how to improve your health and that of your family while you save time, money, and, perhaps your sanity by written and illustrated by Ellen Sandbeck — Create a more green friendly home using vinegar and water as a glass cleaner.

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