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Vital Signs: How Health Works

real heartThe University of Michigan's Museum of Natural History presents a series of three fun family workshops about science. This year, to tie in with their temporary exhibition at the Museum called Evolution and Health (February 2012-January 2013), they are focusing on showing families what doctors mean when they talk about health, and how factors in our daily lives may affect our health.

We invite you to register for the first workshop in the series titled How YOU work: What are you made of and what do your vital signs mean?. The event takes place in the Community Room on Saturday, January 14, 2012, from 1:00-2:00 PM. You will explore what makes you who you are. You'll look at the building blocks that make our bodies (cells and DNA), figure out what the numbers doctors talk about really tell you, and see how it all works together. Workshops are designed for children ages 6-11, accompanied by an adult. Online registration begins December 31 at 9:00am.

Friends 2011 Financial Report

Friends of the Canton Public Library year-to-date income and expenditures for 2011, July 1, 2010 to June 30, 2011 (cash basis):

Income

Line ItemAmount
Book Store Sales57,850.27
Book & Author Lunch239.24
Donations Received100.00
Interest Inc. (PNC)34.25
Membership Dues3,275.00
Total$61,498.76

Expenditures

Line ItemAmount
CPL64,110.65
Collection Funding — Mich. History500.00
Collection Funding — Womens500.00
Collection Funding — Business500.00
Collection Funding — Multicultural500.00
Collection Funding — Other10,193.12
Endowment Fund10,000.00
Other CPL8,865.53
Programming30,052.00
Scholarships500.00
Social Events2,500.00
Events3,319.63
Community500.00
Friends2,819.63
Operation Expense6,807.12
Furniture & Equipment284.91
Memberships Paid160.00
Postage201.00
Printing and Reproduction700.00
Return Checks0.00
Sales Tax3,766.47
Supplies & Misc354.74
Tax Preparation & Audit1,340.00
Total-$74,237.40

Overall

Line ItemAmount
Income61,498.76
Expenditures-74,237.40
Total-12,738.64

Join the Friends Online

Money raised through memberships and the used bookstore is used to help support library activities and acquisitions, as well as to fund some things not provided for in the library's operating budget. Joining the Friends with your tax-deductible contribution provides you with:
  • A subscription to Just Between Friends quarterly newsletter
  • An invitation to the annual membership meeting
  • Access to Secondhand Prose on members-only Tuesdays
…and more. Plus, we recently introduced a fast, easy way to join the Friends of the library online:
Membership Form

Thank you for your continuing support!

Welcome to Connect Your Summer!

Eva DavisWelcome to Connect Your Summer 2011, our new Summer program that encourages you to connect to the Canton community through reading and activities.

Connect Your Summer is truly a community-wide program. Like our logo, the library is the hub of Connect Your Summer, with spokes leading out to our partners: the Friends of the Library, Canton Leisure Services, the Canton Downtown Development Authority, the Canton Chamber of Commerce, the Cherry Hill Village Theater, the Michigan Philharmonic, and others.

Sign in to your individual, family, pair, or group account to start earning virtual badges for reading, attending community events, attending library programs, attending programs put on by one of our partners, visiting places in our community, using the library, or for activities you come up with on your own. As you complete activities, click 'Claim' next to the appropriate badge to get that badge. Publish your earned badges and write reviews of your activities to share your experiences with other Connect Your Summer participants.

Connect Your Summer is designed to be completed online, at your own pace, when it is convenient for you. Want to mark your badge completed at 10:30 at night? No problem! Do you find it tough to keep track of reading logs for every member of your family? There are no more paper logs to keep track of (or lose!). Have you wished you could take a solitary activity and make it a group event? Now you can — create a new account to register for Connect Your Summer as a group, and because it's one program designed for all ages, you can earn your badges together.

I am proud of the work my staff has done to create this innovative new program that turns the traditional library Summer program on its head and allows for multiple ways to participate, at a level that you can tailor to meet your needs. Our overarching goal with Connect Your Summer is to encourage you to make connections within your community. I think that you, your family, and your friends will enjoy the variety of ways you can use Connect Your Summer to learn more about your neighbors and the entire Canton community.

Best,
Eva Davis' signature
Eva M. Davis, Director

Author Luncheon: Jeffrey Zaslow

On Monday, May 23rd at 11:30AM, author Jeffrey Zaslow was the featured guest at the 25th annual Plymouth-Canton-Novi-Northville Book and Author Luncheon, sponsored by the Friends of the Canton Public Library.

Tickets were available at any of the four libraries for $25, from April 15-May 15, for the luncheon at Fox Hills Golf and Banquet Center, while supplies lasted.

Jeffrey Zaslow was a columnist for the Wall Street Journal, and author or co-author of three best-selling books:

2010 Annual Report


Canton Public Library connects your community.

The year 2010 at Canton Public Library can best be characterized as a year of partnerships. As we faced further budget cuts and increased usage, we looked for partners in our community to help us stretch every dollar. By teaming up with our schools, community groups, other nonprofit and service organizations, arts consortia, and businesses, we were able to maximize our offerings and fulfill our mission of connecting your community.

Grants

Our staff searched tirelessly for grants to help fill gaps in our funding. This year, we were the recepient of several grants, including an Action for Earth Grant, a partnership project between the library, the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum, and Project S.N.A.P. that allowed us to train 20 families in environmental stewardship and helped us create and install the mosiac mural just outside the Children's Library. This grant was supplied by the Erb Family Foundation Grant.

Additionally, we qualified for our second ARC grant to create a small rain garden at the back of the library, reducing the area of our grounds that needs mowing, watering and pesticide application, and adding native plants to help filter ground water and runoff.

The Giving Hope Women's Giving Circle Grant we received was used to start a book group for girls ages 5-12 and their mothers or another significant woman in their life. This grant, along with the Target Family Reading Grant, and the ALA Great Stories Grant made it possible to host book discussions for both young readers and their families as well as teens at the Starkweather Center, an alternative high school.

The Ford Road Meijer Store entered us into the Pepsi Refresh project and surprised us with a check for $400, which we were happy to accept.

News

Our proactive attempts to streamline efficiency and find other funding resulted in a few new iniatives. In June, we replaced our old hand sorting method with a new RFID system that both checks in and sorts materials to the proper bin for staff to place back on the shelves. Not only does this get materials back into circulation faster, it also saves hundreds of staff hours sorting and checking in materials and reduces the errors that come with handling 6,000 pieces daily. This project also saw the debut of another of our firsts — our patron education video series. We produced several videos to help educate patrons about library services, for example, how to use the self checkout.

In November, we teamed up with the Northville Barnes and Noble for our first-ever book fair. Purchases from the store or online during our fair benefitted the library.

October 2010 was the 30th anniversary of the library, which we celebrated all month with blog posts, historical photos and videos, and online contests. It was amazing to see the growth of Canton from a small farming community to the vibrant, thriving population of 90,000 that we have today. As a result of that growth, we also suffered through an eight-month long road construction project that widened Canton Center Road, making it easier and safer for our patrons to get to the library.

Some other notable news from 2010:
  • Our Living Book program debuted, sharing the knowledge and experiences of living, breathing people with interested patrons
  • We teamed with area business and Canton Economic Development to develop Check Out Canton, a unique offering of special savings from Canton businesses available for checkout from the library
  • Our well-received Summer School for Small Business series kicked off with seven one-hour sessions created just for the needs small business owners and entrepreneurs
  • We introduced Text A Librarian, a service that allows patrons to text message librarians for reference question or to request materials
  • Storytime sessions were added in the Tamil language
  • Our teen librarian, Anna Slaughter, received the Frances H. Pletz award from the Michigan Library Association, recognizing her outstanding service to teens
  • We created two items to help patrons understand the library's budget constraints and how we were dealing with them. A budget overview video was created and we also posted a value calculator to help patrons figure out how much replacing CPL services would cost

Partnerships

As we stated, 2010 was a year of partnerships. We made use of many partnerships to expand our services and offerings and offset budget reductions. Here are some of those partners:

Statistics

Vital 2010 Statistics
MetricTotal
Museum Adventure Passes Checked Out1,631
Park and Read Passes Checked Out186
Check Out Canton Passes Issued108
Wi-Fi log ins30,745
Jobs printed81,017
Reference Questions Received86,592
Adult Computer Class Attendance1,836
Summer Reading Participants4,576
Total Circulation for 20101,951,445
Total Library Visits594,492
Total Library Cardholders90,516
New Library Cards Issued7,952
Items Loaned Through MeL Interloan19,706
Items Borrowed Through MeL Interloan12,281
Items Added to CPL Collection21,540
Total CPL Employees103

Friends' Winter Newsletter Now Available

The latest edition of Just Between Friends is now available! This issue has information about the Friends' donation of eBook readers to the library, the latest Friends of Michigan Libraries workshop, and important dates to mark on your calendar. Check the Friends & Bookstore page for more information and updates.

Friends' Winter Newsletter

The Winter 2011 issue of Just Between Friends, the newsletter for the Friends of the Canton Public Library, is available online now as a pdf document. This issue has features on the FOML Fall Workshop, financial information, and "Save the Date" reminders for many upcoming events.

January 2011 Bookstore Specials

In the month of January, All fiction, Children's and Youth
Buy 2 Get 1 Free.

Also drop by for our Bag Sale on January 27, 28, and 30.
Learn more about Secondhand Prose and the Friends of the Library.

30 Gifts We've Gotten From Our Friends

The Friends of the Canton Public Library have been the biggest donors to the library over the last 30 years. In addition to their very generous gift to the Endowment Fund and programs like Summer Reading, they have also purchased some very nice items. Here are 30 items given to CPL by the Friends.
  1. The Sculpture
  2. Our first globe
  3. READ posters
  4. Courtyard benches
  5. Sundial
  6. Countless computers, including our first

2009 Annual Report Now Available

Our 2009 Annual Report is now available. Our sincere thanks to all of you who supported the library in 2009 — patrons, volunteers, Friends of the Library, and contributors to our Endowment and Operating Funds. While the recession has affected our bottom line, the library Board of Trustees and our great library staff remain committed to continuing our core services to you and demonstrating good stewardship of your tax dollars and donations. For example, we are presenting our annual report in an online-only format for the first time, which reduces our design, printing, and mailing costs. Placing our annual report online also achieves one of our strategic planning objectives: Being more transparent about our operations and communicating more directly with you, our public.