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Connections Newsletter Summer Reading Issue

The Summer Reading issue of Connections is available online. Just click the attachment link to download. Canton residents can expect home mail delivery around June 10. To get the online edition delivered to you electronically, just sign up for our RSS feed by clicking on the RSS link below.

College Night Open House at CPL

Need information about local options for college? The Canton Public Library is hosting a College Night Open House on June 1, from 7-8:30 p.m. Come by and get information from 17 local colleges, including community colleges and schools with online and alternative education programs. Learn about financial aid, admissions, degree programs and transfer credits. It’s not too late to make plans for the fall semester!

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

Buseum Captures the Experience of German POWs Held in the Midwest

CANTON, MI—Get a first-hand look at the life of German prisoners of war in Midwest camps as the mobile exhibit Held in the Heartland rolls into Canton on May 22.

Housed in a converted school bus, this rolling buseum paints a picture of POW life as captured soldiers experienced it. Using artifacts, photographs, documents, audio and DVD documentaries, it focuses on the experiences of the roughly 372,000 German POWs held in U.S. Army-operated camps across the United States.

Connections Newsletter May/June 2009

The May/June issue of Connections is available online now as a pdf document. Expect home delivery after April 14. Click on the attachment link to view. You may subscribe to an RSS feed of library communications by pasting /forpress/rss.xml in your feed reader.

Stimulus Tax Benefits Explained at Canton Library Program

CANTON, MI—Do you know how the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 affects you? Want to know which tax credits you qualify for and how to get them?

Connections Newsletter March/April 2009

The March/April issue of Connections is available online now as a pdf document. Expect home delivery after February 20. Click on the attachment link to view.

Library is Star Struck Over Rating

The Canton Public Library is seeing stars after being identified as one of America’s star libraries by Library Journal’s Index of Public Library Service. One of only two libraries in the state to receive this rating, the Canton Public Library was awarded a three star rating. Read the full press release by clicking on the attachment.

Library Looks for Community Input on Strategic Plan

CANTON, MI—The Canton Public Library has embarked on a process to create a strategic plan and is looking for community input.

“With declining revenue and the current economic climate, it’s very important to know what our community wants and needs from our library,” says library director Eva Davis. “A plan to guide us for the next three years will help us focus our efforts and resources to best serve the community.”

Connections Newsletter - Jan/Feb 2009

Our newsletter for January/February, Connections, is now available online as a pdf file (attached below).

Canton Community Celebrates Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

CANTON, MI—The popular Canton community celebration “One Community. One Voice.” honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. returns for its fourth year at Canton’s Village Theater at Cherry Hill. This year’s free event is scheduled for January 19 and features a community volunteer fair, performances by Reverend Robert B. Jones and Youth Under Construction, and Focus: HOPE photo exhibit, Focus on the Mission.

Canton Readers Offer 2008 Book Recommendations

Looking for a great book recommendation? No one knows better than book club members what’s hot and what’s not. Here is a list of recommendations from the Canton Public Library’s Lunch and a Book discussion group, which meets monthly. Some of the titles are 2008 releases, others are older, but all are great reads. The Canton Public Library sponsors multiple book discussion groups and offers Book-Club- In-A-Bag kits to facilitate at-home discussions. For more information, call 734-397-0999 or visit

High School Arts Wanted for MLK Competition

CANTON, MI-- Calling all high school artists! Your creativity could win you cash in the Canton Public Library’s Martin Luther King, Jr. art competition. Submit your expression of the theme is “One Community. One Voice.” as it relates to Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Canton community in art form by December 23 and you could win $200.

Canton Public Library Trustees Sworn In

CANTON, MI- Two new residents joined the Canton Public Library Board of Trustees at a swearing in ceremony held November 19. Michael Siegrist and Don Turner joined returning trustees James Gillig, James G. Fausone, George Snow and Colleen Van Auken on the library board as a result of November’s general election. Former trustees Nancy Williams and Cecil Young did not seek relection.

Canton Township Clerk Terry Bennett swore in the trustees at a ceremony during the library board’s monthly meeting on November 19. The Library Board of Trustees is made up of community members who are elected every four years on a nonpartisan ballot. They meet the third Thursday of every month at 7:30. The public is invited to attend.

Connections Newsletter - Nov/Dec 2008

Our newsletter for November/December, Connections, is now available online as a pdf file (attached below).

Library Board Approves Tax Rate Reduction

CANTON, MI—The Canton Public Library Board of Trustees approved the reduction of the library millage rate at their September 18 meeting. Canton Township homeowners will pay the new rate of 1.4980 mils for library taxes in calendar year 2009.

The rate drop will reduce the library’s operating budget by 10.6% compared to 2008. Library staff closely examined budgets to look for savings opportunities as across-the- board cuts were made. The library’s 2009 budget is 5.8 million dollars.

“In today’s economic climate, governments need to find ways to reduce the tax burden on residents,” says James Fausone, library trustee. “The library can lead the way locally by finding ways to cut costs and give taxpayers some relief.”

Connections Newsletter - Sep/Oct 2008

Our bimonthly newsletter, Connections, is now available online as a pdf file (attached below).

One Million Mark Reached at Canton Public Library

CANTON, MI— When Parminder Kaur of Canton stepped up to the Checkout Desk at the Canton Public Library on Wednesday, she had no idea her materials were of any particular significance. But, in fact, Kaur’s check out put the library’s total circulation at 1,000,000 items for the year 2008, an annual milestone first set in November 2002.

Library Director Eva Davis reports that a circulation increase averaging nearly five percent has pushed the one million circulation mark to an earlier point in the calendar.

Connections Newsletter - Jul/Aug 2008

Our bimonthly newsletter, Connections, is now available online as a pdf file (attached below).

Summer Reading at Canton Public Library Off to Record Start

Staff checked out books, CDs and DVDs at record pace on Monday as the Canton Public Library set a new one-day circulation record....