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Library Holiday Closures

The Canton Public Library will be closed on the following days:
  • Friday, December 24, 2010
  • Saturday, December 25, 2010
  • Sunday, December 26, 2010
  • Monday, December 27, 2010
and
  • Friday, December 31, 2010
  • Saturday, January 1, 2011
  • Sunday, January 2, 2011
  • Monday, January 3, 2011
Although the building will be closed, you may return items using the outdoor drop slot. Access to patron accounts, the catalog and databases will be available through the website.

Meijer and Pepsi Refresh Make Donation to CPL

Library director Eva Davis accepts a contribution of $407 from Meijer store director Jack Schubert. The money was part of the Pepsi Refresh Project.

Find a Good Mystery @ Barnes & Noble, Northville

On Monday, November 29 from 10:00-11:00AM, CPL librarian Joyce Simowski takes the mystery out of finding a great mystery book during the Barnes & Noble Northville Book Fair. Use your B & N voucher for books, games, CDs, and DVDs at Barnes & Noble Northville (17111 Haggerty @ Six Mile Road) and the Canton Public Library will get a percentage of your sale on nearly everything B&N sells, including the Nook and Nook accessories, plus coffee and snacks from the B&N cafe. The offer does exclude textbooks, ebooks, video games and gift cards. Stop by for reading suggestions. No registration necessary.

Support CPL at Barnes & Noble Bookfair Today

Everyone loves to receive books, games, CDs and DVDs as gifts. Now when you shop for these and other items at Barnes & Noble, the library benefits. On [cyber] Monday, November 29, we're hosting a one-day bookfair at the Barnes & Noble in Northville. Just print and present this voucher or use the ID #10289981 when you check out and the library will get a percentage of your sale on nearly everything B&N sells, including the Nook and Nook accessories, plus coffee and snacks from the B&N cafe. The offer does exclude textbooks, ebooks, video games and gift cards.

If you can't get to the store, you can still use the code to shop B&N online from November 29 through December 4. Take advantage of great Cyber Monday deals and use the ID #10289981 when you check out.

Get extra copies of this voucher at the library, or print this one to share with your neighbors. We'll also host special programs at Barnes & Noble on November 29 and offer gift wrapping. Thanks for supporting your library.

"Stuff the Truck" Diaper Drive November 17 & 18

Last year, you helped us collect over 17,000 diapers to benefit the Canton-based Detroit Area Diaper Bank. This year, we're going for a truck full. Fat Chef in a Little Coat owners Steve and David Hulett have donated a truck for the cause and our director, Eva Davis, will camp out while we fill it.

We're asking for your help to "Stuff the Truck" so bring diapers, any brand or size, baby through adult, to the library on November 17 and 18. Open packages, pull ups and swim diapers are all acceptable; if diapers are loose, please label with the size.

The Detroit Area Diaper Bank is a nonprofit charitable organization serving SE Michigan to meet the need for diapers at partner agencies working with people in crisis. Please help support those in need in our community with your donation.

"Oh Say Can You See" Contest

Our CPL History post on October 25 talks about our grand opening celebration and the flag raising ceremony with the Canton Veterans of Foreign Wars so here's a contest question for you based on the American flag. Be the first to post the correct answer to this question in the comment of this post, along with a link to the CPL database where you found the answer and win a prize.

Here's the question: On what date was the stars and stripes pattern adopted as the official flag and by whom?

November/December Connections now Online

The November/December issue of Connections is available online now as a pdf document.
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Check Out Canton for Special Savings

This program has been discontinued


Library card users can now get special savings at local Canton businesses thanks to Check Out Canton, a partnership between the Canton Economic Development office and the Canton Public Library. Local businesses supply special offers that can be checked out with a library card, just like the Museum Adventure Pass program. Take a pass from the Check Out Canton rack and present it at our Checkout Desk. You'll be issued a voucher good for one week.

Offers include a buy one, get one free ticket from the Village Theater at Cherry Hill, savings on catering, carpet cleaning, veterinary care and more. To see the current offers and availability, search the online library catalog. One pass per library card per week, no holds on passes.

Plymouth Author Extravaganza

You are invited to change the world through the power of the written word at Zoe Live Publishing's Author Extravaganza on Saturday, September 11, benefiting the Canton Public Library.
  • 10:00-11:30AM: Aspiring Author Workshop — Learn to tell your story, or share your message in this free workshop
  • 1:00-5:00PM: Book Expo — More than 20 family-friendly authors sign and sell their works to raise funds for the Canton and Plymouth libraries
  • 6:00-8:00PM: Poetry Slam — A family-friendly open mic venue to share your prose and poetry
The Plymouth Author Extravaganza will be held at the Comfort Inn, 40455 Ann Arbor Road in Plymouth (near Bennigan's). The event is free. Each author will donate $1 from book sales and a signed copy of their book to the Canton and Plymouth libraries. For more information, visit www.zlwriters.com.

Library Introduces Walking, Talking, Living, Breathing Books

CANTON, MI — The doctor is checked out at the Canton Public Library. So is the Civil War living historian, the scrapbooker and the homeschooling expert.

Thanks to a new Living Books program offered at the Canton Public Library, patrons can now check out a person with knowledge of, or experience with, a variety of topics for a one-on-one discussion and exchange of ideas. The living books include a doctor of naturopathic medicine, a licensed professional counselor, a Christian seminary student, gardener, and others.

Marcia Barker, program specialist and one of the Living Books organizers, says the goals of the program are to celebrate and promote diversity, encourage understanding and respect, challenge stereotypes and prejudices and have fun learning about each other and sharing personal knowledge.

September/October Connections Now Online

The September/October issue of Connections is available online now as a pdf document.
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2011 Budget Process Underway for CPL

The budget outlook for the library remains bleak in 2011. As I wrote last year, the deepening recession and declining property values mean less money coming in to the library — 95% of our 2010 revenues come from taxes Canton property owners pay to support library programs, collections, and services — which means more cuts for the next several years.

In 2011, our budget will drop another $300,000, to $4.9 million, bringing our cumulative total cuts since 2008 to $1.6 million. $4.9 million is the size our budget was in 2004, when we served 15,000 fewer people, checked out 600,000 fewer items, and had 40% more staff.

Free Press Reader Contest Can Benefit CPL

You could help the Canton Public Library get $500 and win yourself a one-of-a-kind experience with Free Press Sports Editor Gene Myers in the Free Press Reader Envy contest. Vote for Gene and you could win an experience that includes a tour of the Free Press building, sitting in on a news meeting in which decisions are made for all sections of the paper, lunch at a downtown spot, watching the sports section come together, and other surprises. Plus, if Gene wins, the library will get a $500 donation. Enter the contest at the Free Press website. Deadline for entry is July 31, 2010. Review the contest rules.

Send Your Small Business to Summer School

Spending a few hours in school this summer could pay off big for your business. That's the idea behind the Canton Public Library's Summer School for Small Business series. Spend a lunch hour at the library and learn tips and techniques with classes that are specifically geared for business application. For a full list of classes, click the attachment or search the program calendar.

Connections Newsletter Summer Reading 2010

The Summer Reading issue of Connections is available online now as a pdf document. Expect home delivery after June 9.
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Save with an hCard Membership and Benefit the Library

The hCard is now available at the Canton Public Library. This card gives you one whole year's worth of savings on restaurants, movie tickets, hotels, groceries, and more. Plus, use it at pharmacies to save on prescription drugs for your entire family. You can even save when you shop online or purchase gift cards. And best of all, the hCard membership is just $20 annually and proceeds benefit the library. The hCard is available at the Checkout Desk or buy it online at our donation page. For more information on the great shopping savings offered by your hCard membership, visit the hCard site.

Canton Public Library Collects Items For Troops

This Memorial Day weekend, remember the active US troops by participating in a supply drive, held May 29 at the Canton Public Library. The library will accept donations of bug repellent wipes, any size or brand, or new, unsharpened pencils, which will be packaged by the Michigan Military Moms and shipped to troops overseas.

The supply drive was the idea of library pages Laurie Conlen, mom of an Army lieutenant stationed in Afghanistan, and Linda Hampton, who lost a brother in the Vietnam War. They saw the power of the community's response to the library's diaper drive, which netted 17,000 diaper donations for the Detroit Area Diaper Bank, and suggested a drive for the troops.

Key to Your Success College & Career Night

CANTON, MI — More than 20 colleges, institutes and specialty training schools are participating in the second annual Key to Your Success Open House sponsored by the Canton Public Library on Monday, May 3, 6:30-8:00PM at the Summit on the Park ballroom.

High school students and adults looking for retraining or a new career can gather information from traditional 4-year Michigan colleges, 2-year community colleges and specialty training programs for careers in health services, business, cosmetology, media arts, technology, the military and more. Admissions associates from each school will be on hand to provide information and answer questions.

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.

Connections Newsletter May/June 2010

The May/June 2010 issue of Connections is available online now as a pdf document. Expect home delivery after April 23.
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