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Great Lakes Zoological Society: Meet the Animals

Have you ever been ‘sniffed’ by a snake? Or tickled by a tortoise? Here’s your chance to meet and learn about new animal friends visiting from the Great Lakes Zoological Society! Come explore the different colors, textures and behaviors found in the animal kingdom as the library goes wild! GLZS animal programs are designed to inspire and connect kids with the natural world by providing up-close animal experiences with some special friends from all corners of the Earth. Help us celebrate Earth Day by learning about the many creatures including a blue-tongued skink, spiny-tailed lizard, pancake tortoise, Brazilian rainbow boa (pictured above), Honduran milk snake and Madagascar hissing cockroaches who all call our planet home. Space is limited and both children and adults who wish to attend are required to register. Registration begins on March 25.

Program times are as follows: Please register for only one of the two sessions.

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Money Smart Storytime

Money Smart Week, a public awareness campaign designed to help consumers better manage their finances, takes place during the week of April 5-12. Join us for a special Money Smart storytime for kids ages 3-5. We'll read some money-themed stories and have a free book giveaway.

Program Date: April 10, 10:00 AM

K Club

Big ears are welcome at our K Club program this spring! Children ages 4-6 will enjoy stories, a snack and a craft centered around a rabbit theme. Hop on over to this fun program on April 19, 2:00-2:45 PM.

eBook Users Group

Join other eReader users and library staff as we share eBook tips and tricks in an informal environment. Group will meet Tuesday, April 22 from 7:00-8:00 PM in Group Study Room A.

eBook Basics

Bring your registered eBook reader, current Canton Library card and join us on Friday, April 11 from 10:30 AM-12:00 PM to learn the basics of how to check-out free library eBooks and read them on an iPad, Kindle, Nook or other device.

Counseling With SCORE - CANCELLED

Thinking about starting a small business but you're not sure where to begin? Schedule a one hour consultation on Thursday, April 10 from 6:00-9:00 PM with a mentor from SCORE (previously Service Corps of Retired Executives) and receive free and confidential advice from a seasoned professional.

To register for a session or for additional information, please contact SCORE representative Ed Krupa (epkrupa@yahoo.com).

Understanding Financial Statements

If you are a small business owner or manager, financial statements can be a constant source of stress if you are not financially literate. Join us on Monday April 7 from 7:00-8:00 PM as we invite SCORE to explain what financial statements are, understand what they say and mean, and how to use them to start, manage, and grow your business. No registration required.

Adult Writers' Group April 2014

Interested in writing? Join other adults to share your work, get feedback and discuss the craft of writing. We will meet at 2:00 PM on:
  • Saturday, April 12
  • Saturday, April 26

Lunch & a Book April 2014

On Thursday, April 10 at noon we will be discussing:

The dog stars by Peter Heller — Hig survived the flu that killed everyone he knows. He lives in the hangar of an abandoned airport with his dog, his only neighbor a gun-toting misanthrope. In his 1956 Cessna, Hig flies the perimeter of the airfield or sneaks off to the mountains to fish and to pretend that things are the way they used to be. But when a random transmission beams through his radio, the voice ignites a hope that a better life--something like his old life--exists beyond the airport. Knowing he will not have fuel to fly home, he follows the trail of the static-broken voice on the radio.

Read with a Dog!

Kids and Tweens in grades K-6, improve your reading skills and make a new friend by reading aloud to a Canine Good Citizen. Sign up begins at 6:25 PM at the Children's Desk and is on a first come, first served basis. Sessions start at 10 minutes per sitting.

Date: April 28
Time: 6:30-8:30 PM
Place: Purple Room

Greetings and Invitations with MS Publisher

Looking for an easy but affordable way to create greetings or invitations to all your spring and summer functions (think graduations and showers)? Learn how MS Publisher can help you make them! We'll also talk about how you can use the Mail Merge function to print out personally addressed envelopes. Prerequisite: Some experience with MS Word and Excel.

Join us in the I-Lab on Saturday, April 26 from 10:00 to 11:30 AM. Registration required.

Printable Program and Event Listing, April 2014

Here's a printable PDF listing of all the programs and events that are happening at the library in April, 2014.

(Draft) Library Board Meeting Minutes — March 20, 2014

The Chairperson, Kim Schulz called the meeting to order at 7:31 PM

Present: K. Schulz, N. Eggenberger, J. Fausone, S. Foster
Absent: T. Hartnett, M. Farell
Also Present: E. Davis, K. Gladden

Call to Audience

(L. Golden, R. Havenstein-Coughlin, L. Papa, N. Szczepanski) – None

Approval of Agenda

The agenda was approved as amended by unanimous consent.

Approval of General Meeting Minutes

The minutes were approved by unanimous consent.

Communications

E. Davis shared with the board a letter from a grateful Otsego County patron, who wanted to thank us for the variety of large print books he was able to obtain from CPL via interloan.

The library has been certified under the Library of Michigan Quality Service Audit Checklist (QSAC) as both Essential and Enhanced. The certification is good for three years. (The highest level – Excellent – will be unattainable for the foreseeable future, as CPL will be unable to comply with some requirements - tuition reimbursement program for certified staff members, providing live online reference services, etc.)

The library also received congratulatory letters from State Representatives Kurt Heise and Dian Slavens for being one of only 13 Michigan libraries that received Enhanced certification.

Chicks 4 Charity Scholarships

Woman’s Life (Chapter 827) Chicks 4 Charity will be offering a $500 scholarship(s) for part time students and $1,000 scholarship(s) for full time students to women residing in the Canton area who are looking to improve or expand career opportunities. Eligible applicants must be attending an accredited undergraduate Michigan college, university or trade school in the Fall of 2014 or Spring 2015. Preference will be given to women that demonstrate financial need, education or training needs, and those who are involved in the community. For additional information please contact Zlatina Dimova at dimova.zlatina@gmail.com. Applications must be postmarked by May 15, 2014 and winners will be notified by June 6, 2014.

ELL Book Club

Advanced English Language Learners — join us to read and discuss books in English. Books will be discussed until finished. Meets at 1:00 PM in Group Study Room A Friday, April 4th and 18th.

ELL Conversation Groups

Practice speaking English in an informal setting with Community Literacy Council volunteers, April Thursdays and Fridays,  9:30 AM to 11:00 AM in the Purple Room.

Raja Yoga Healing Meditation

Raja Yoga Meditation helps you reach a deeper understanding of yourself, your intrinsic positive qualities and your innate value. Join practitioners from the Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual University every Sunday from 2:45-5:45 PM to explore these universal concepts and encourage your inner spiritual development toward a fresh perspective on values such as justice, freedom, respect and love.

*2:45-4:00 PM class is for registrants only. You may register with Brahma Kumaris in Michigan by calling 248.987.2687 or emailing farmingtonhills@us.brahmakumaris.org
*4:00-5:45 PM class is open to any and all participants. No registration is necessary.

April Themes are as follows:
April 6th Gifts of meditation
April 13th CANCELLED
April 20 - NO YOGA - CLOSED FOR HOLIDAY
April 27th Inherent Virtues

New Book Club in a Bag Kit!

Dewey: the small-town library cat who touched the world [kit] by Vicki Myron ; with Bret Witter — How much of an impact can an animal have? How many lives can one cat touch? How is it possible for an abandoned kitten to transform a small library, save a classic American town, and eventually become famous around the world? You can't even begin to answer those questions until you hear the charming story of Dewey Readmore Books, the beloved library cat of Spencer, Iowa. Dewey's story starts in the worst possible way. Only a few weeks old, on the coldest night of the year, he was stuffed into the returned book slot at the Spencer Public Library. He was found the next morning by library director, Vicki Myron, a single mother who had survived the loss of her family farm, a breast cancer scare, and an alcoholic husband. Dewey won her heart, and the hearts of the staff, by pulling himself up and hobbling on frostbitten feet to nudge each of them in a gesture of thanks and love. For the next nineteen years, he never stopped charming the people of Spencer with his enthusiasm, warmth, humility (for a cat) and, above all, his sixth sense about who needed him most.

WWA Announce the 2014 Spur Award Winners

A complete list of winners and finalists can be found on the Western Writers of America website.

Spider woman's daughter by Anne Hillerman

Shot all to hell: Jesse James, the Northfield Raid, and the wild West's greatest escape by Mark Lee Gardner

Light of the world by James Lee Burke

Crossing Purgatory by Gary Schanbacher

Yosemite's songster: one coyote's story by Ginger Wadsworth ; illustrated by Daniel San Souci

Jack London: an American life by Earle Labor