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Green Opportunities in the City of Detroit

In honor of Earth Week, which includes Earth Day and Arbor Day, we will have representatives from The Greening of Detroit on hand to discuss what they are doing to transform the physical, and metaphorical, landscape of Detroit. For over two decades, this non-profit organization has been instrumental in spear-heading green initiatives, most notably the repatriation of trees, in conjunction with the City of Detroit and Detroit Public Schools. If you are interested in learning about an innovative and fun project focused on the revitalization of the city, and how you can get involved, please join us on April 24 from 7:00-8:00 PM for this event. There will be the opportunity to sign up for tree-planting and park clean-up volunteer activities as well as enroll in the Citizen Forester program. Check out the Greening on Channel 7 News and in the Detroit Free Press. See the attached document for more details.

Job Search Toolkit

Whether you are looking for a new job or considering changing careers, the library can help!

Resume Workshop

Need help putting together a resume? Join us on Saturday, October 12 from 1-2 PM as Preston Banks of Resume Solutions gives tips and advice regarding creating the best resume possible. Registration required.

Data Entry Volunteer Needed

Wanted: volunteer applicants for data entry position (preferably with MS Office experience.) Hours are flexible; one 2-hour shift per week, your choice of weekdays between 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM. The preferred applicant will be a self-starter, comfortable with working independently. A friendly disposition and communication skills a must. Applications will be accepted at the Reception Desk through Friday, May 17 at 6:00 PM.

Business Services Office Needs a Volunteer

Interested in a little light office work? The CPL Business Services office needs help with filing documents and other clerical duties, including some data entry.

If you can volunteer 2 hours weekly (your choice of Monday through Friday between 10:00 AM-5:00 PM), are detail-oriented, neat and accurate, we would like to interview you for this volunteer opportunity. Basic computer skills (use of Internet, keyboarding) are a must; familiarity with Excel and other Microsoft Office applications preferred. Any candidate must be able to:
  • Visually distinguish among various account folders
  • Understand spoken instructions and communicate clearly with supervisor
  • Lift and carry 10-25 lb. if necessary
Applications will be accepted through Friday, November 2 at 6:00 PM.
Email gladdenk@cantonpl.org or drop off at the Reception Desk.

Explore IT Careers and Certifications

If you are considering an IT career, New Horizons is hosting a free, upcoming program just for you.

IT Education Career Event: Learn about different IT careers, incomes and certifications, Tuesday, October 23, 6:30 PM, New Horizons Computer Learning Center, 14115 Farmington Road, Livonia.

For more information, contact Wendy Juback Wendy.Juback@nhgreatlakes.com.

Volunteers Needed to Shelve A/V

At loose ends since retiring? Need to boost your college application or job resume? Or do you love the library and just want to be a part of the team that makes the Canton Public Library a jewel in our community?

We have volunteer shelving positions open on the following days/times:
  • Mondays: 9:00-11:00 AM
  • Mondays: 10:00-12:00PM
  • Saturdays: 12:00-2:00 or 1:00-3:00 PM

Volunteers must be able to push a loaded cart, lift heavy books and stand on a footstool to re-shelve items. If you think you are the volunteer for these positions, please submit an application before 9:00 PM Monday, June 3.

Screenplay Writers Workshop

Join award-winning screenplay writer Brian Webster as he helps you develop your clever ideas into actual screenplays. Learn about important contacts, the legal matters and so much more. Adults and teens are welcome on August 8 at 7:00 PM for this unique opportunity.

Screenplay Writers Workshop

Join award-winning screenplay writer Brian Webster as he helps you develop your clever ideas into actual screenplays. Learn about important contacts, the legal matters and so much more. Adults and teens are welcome on August 8 at 7:00 PM for this unique, fun opportunity.

Clerical Volunteer Wanted

The Business Services office is looking for a self-starting volunteer to perform a variety of support functions. This individual will be a fast learner with the ability to work with minimal supervision after training.

Primary Duties & Responsibilities

  • Filing documents and other clerical duties
  • Computer data entry
  • Assisting other departments in preparing program materials (cutting, stuffing envelopes, etc.)

We Need a Summer Volunteer

When you hear the word "Dewey," do you think of a number system for classifying library books — or one of Donald Duck's nephews? If it's the former, you might be just the person to fill this summer volunteer position:

Primary Duties and Responsibilities: Pull books from library collection for review, then re-shelve them after review

Required Qualifications and Skills: Ability to shelve books in proper alphabetical order; familiarity with Dewey decimal system preferred

Essential Functions:
  • Ability to reach upper book shelves to take/re-shelve books, using stool
  • Ability to push fully loaded book cart
  • Ability to lift and carry heavy books
  • Ability to read spine labels well enough to shelve accurately
  • Ability to understand spoken instruction and to communicate clearly with supervisor

Schedule: Two-hour shifts on Mondays and/or Thursdays (Mondays: between 2:00-8:00 PM; Thursdays: between 10:00 AM-5:00 PM).

Applications will be accepted until Friday, June 8 at 6:00 PM, either at the Reception Desk or via email to gladdenk@cantonpl.org. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions. This description is not a contract between the library and the volunteer. The library reserves the right to revise this job description at its discretion.

TechTown and You

Craving guidance to grow your startup? Check out TechTown's upcoming educational workshops designed for entrepreneurs who are hungry to learn:

Career Planning Secrets with Tom Maslyk

Local resident, Tom Maslyk, will share his well-researched secrets to career planning. Maslyk will stress some basics like your mission or vision for your career and then reach outside the box to include your values, your achievements and do a gap analysis to address your skills. A manager at IBM, Maslyk has 32 years personal experience and has counseled dozens to successful career paths. Join us on Thursday, March 29 at 7:00 PM.

The BUST DIY Guide to Life

The bust DIY guide to life: making your way through every day by Laurie Henzel & Debbie Stoller — This book covers the gamut: all the things you love about BUST magazine and more. Crafting, cooking, and beauty tips are just the start. There is also info on being a landlady, polishing your resume, traveling, and much more. This is way more than a contemporary home economics book!

Tech Town Open House

You are invited to TechTown's Open House on Tuesday, February 7 from 5:00-7:00 PM. Register at the TechTown site or call 313-879-5250.

If you have an idea for a new product or business or need help developing your idea, tour TechTown's facilities, learn how they can help you, or chat with TechTown's entrepenuer of the month at their this monthly open house.

Murder Will Out: Love is Murder Conference XIII

The 13th Annual Love is Murder Conference for Mystery writers and readers will be held in Chicago at the Intercontinental Chicago O'Hare Hotel Friday, February 3 through Sunday, February 5. The conference offers author chats, opportunities to meet with publishers and/or agents, and writer's workshops. Entertainment in the evening includes a performance by Those Were The Days Radio Players.

Artistic license by Julie A. Hyzy — Ms Hyzy is the conference's Guest of Honor.

Wage Protection for Home Care Workers

The Obama administration proposed regulations on Thursday, December 15 to give the nation’s nearly two million home care workers minimum wage and overtime protections. Those workers have long been exempted from coverage. According to the federal government, six million of the 40 million Americans older than 65 now need some form of daily assistance to live outside a nursing home. That number, government officials say, is expected to double to 12 million by 2030.

Tech Town Open House

Entrepreneurs. Small Business Owners. Got an idea? Curious about how TechTown can help you? Drop in to Wayne State University's Tech Town's inaugural Open House on Tuesday, November 8 from 5:00 to 7:00 PM and have a look around their thriving entrepreneurial community! Register online. The open house features:
  • Tours of the facilities
  • A Chat with the entrepreneur of the month
  • Discussions with staff about how we support entrepreneurs

Magazine Express

As the Canton Public Library continues to deal with a declining budget, patrons are reminded the "magazine express" program has been discontinued.