Since 1987, the Horror Writers Association (HWA) has acknowledged fine writing in the horror and dark fiction genres by awarding the Bram Stoker Award to authors. 

The final ballot for each year is lengthy and allows for nominations of first novels, graphic novels, young adult, screenplays, and poetry collections. This highlights the HWA's dedication to honoring "superior achievements" by a variety of authors, not simply "best of the year."

Highlighted below are a few of the nominees that can be found at the library, in a variety of formats. A complete final ballot for the Bram Stoker Awards can be found here.

The only good Indians : a novel by 1972- Stephen Graham Jones
Also available in: audiobook | e-audiobook

Peter Straub's Ghost Story meets Liane Moriarty's Big Little Lies in this American Indian horror story of revenge on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation. Four American Indian men from the Blackfeet Nation, who were childhood friends, find themselves in a desperate struggle for their lives, against an entity that wants to exact revenge upon them for what they did during an elk hunt ten years earlier by killing them, their families, and friends.

The Chairperson, Nancy Eggenberger, called the meeting to order at 7:33 PM.

Present: (participating remotely from Canton, MI) N. Eggenberger, M. Farell, A. Iqbal, J. Lee,

C.   Spas, A. Watts

Absent: None

Also Present:  E. Davis, K. Gladden

CALL TO AUDIENCE   (K. Bounds, L. Golden, M. Hathaway, D. McHugh, M. Nicholson, J. Noricks, D. Stine, C. Swanberg, J. Visnaw) – None

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

The agenda was accepted by unanimous consent.

APPROVAL OF GENERAL MEETING MINUTES

The minutes were accepted by unanimous consent.

COMMUNICATIONS — None

 

DIRECTOR’S REPORT

As of January 31, the library is 8% of the way through the new fiscal year. On the revenue side, the majority of property tax income has been received. On the expenditure side, two areas are trending higher than 8% but will fall in line over the course of the year: Fringes, due to the bulk annual payment made to MERS to fund the pension plan; and Professional & Contractual, due mainly to annual IT-related licenses and contracts that are due for payment early in the year.

The Plante Moran audit is being completed this week via Zoom and email. They will present their audit report to the board at the April 15 meeting.

Dave Ewick, currently the director at the Southfield Public Library, has accepted the position of Department Head for Information Services. He will assume his new duties on April 12, after officially retiring from Southfield.

Digital periodical services previously supplied by RB Digital have now been folded into the Libby platform, as Overdrive has purchased RB Digital.

To improve security for library card accounts and MyAccount access, security PINs will be instituted for all library cardholders in April.

March is Reading Month, and Information Services Manager Jack Visnaw and the Youth librarian staff are working with Community Relations Department Head Laurie Golden and her staff to offer virtual programming to 1st Grade students and teachers in Canton’s public, private and charter schools.

Director Eva Davis reminded the board members to reach out to L. Golden to arrange for a safely produced photo session. The photos submitted to her for the website have been of varying quality.

TRUSTEE COMMENTS — None

COMMITTEE REPORTS — None

UNFINISHED BUSINESS & GENERAL ORDERS

Update on Phased Reopening — Circulation Services Department Head Kat Bounds and her staff made the decision to eliminate the lobby holds pick up option. Beginning February 23, patrons may pick up their holds in the library or they can make an appointment for curbside pick up.

Some neighboring libraries are still offering only curbside service, while others are moving toward “grab and go” browsing options.  Vice Chair Michelle Farell asked if people will want more access to the library after the schools open fully on March 1.  E. Davis said that the department heads have been discussing options, but don’t want to be too far in front of other area libraries. Before “lingering” would be allowed, it is likely that other services would be expanded:

  1. Return to full library hours (9AM –9PM Monday-Thursday, 9AM-6PM Friday-Saturday, 12:00-6:00 PM Sunday)
  2. Possible increase in time limits for browsing and computer use
  3. Increased occupancy limit (currently capped at 50 patrons)

NEW BUSINESS

Staffing Proposal — M. Farell indicated enthusiasm for a fulltime security monitor position, saying that offering more hours and benefits would contribute to less turnover in the position. In answer to questions raised by Trustee Jasmine Lee regarding potential budget increases and increased salary costs, Davis stated that any increases in the 2021 budget for the fulltime youth librarian position would derive only from increased fringe benefit costs, as the salary costs would be covered by funds which have been budgeted for positions that are now vacant. She hoped that salary costs for the projected conversions to fulltime status (for a security monitor and adult librarian) in 2022/2023 could also be covered through attrition.

The board was in favor of considering such conversions in upcoming budget discussions.

M. Farell moved and J. Lee supported a motion to approve an additional fulltime Youth Librarian  position in 2021.

The motion passed unanimously 21/2-18-1

Phase 2 Facilities Proposal — Business Services Department Head Marian Nicholson introduced Dan Stine of Sustainable Energy Engineering (SEE), whose proposal to engineer and manage the roof and RTU replacements was submitted to the board for consideration. Trustee J. Lee questioned the timing and length of the project (approximately one month for pre-construction and possibly 6-12 weeks for construction, to be completed by, hopefully, the end of the summer) and potential impact on patrons (the building would likely have to be shut down for at least one day when the rooftop cranes hoist the RTUs onto the rooftop.)

Chair Nancy Eggenberger clarified that the motion before the board was to approve the pre-construction, Design-Build contract only; once SEE submits a construction proposal with firm bids, the board will have to vote again to approve the final contract.  M. Nicholson reminded the board that the roof replacement was already in the capital improvements budget for 2022; it would just be pulled into the 2021 budget to achieve the efficiency of having it done in sync with the RTU installation.

A. Watts moved and C. Spas supported a motion to approve a pre-construction Design-Build services contract with Sustainable Energy Engineering for RTU replacement and roofing repair/replacement.

The motion passed unanimously 21/2-18/2

2022 Budget Discussion — Expenditures

MERS Pension — Davis explained to the new board members that the library had closed the Municipal Employees Retirement System (MERS) fund to new hires in 2017. Previous boards had approved the Administration’s goal to overfund the existing pension fund with the objective of reaching a self-sustaining level. With that target in mind, she recommended contributing $125,000 in 2022 (the same contribution as in 2021).
The board agreed to a $125,000 placeholder for the 2022 budget.
Library Materials — Davis recommended that the library again budget 15% of total revenues for library materials, with an increasing amount allotted for digital materials, at the suggestion of Collection Specialist Lisa Craig. A cost analysis for vendors to pre-process audio-visual materials will be done.
Craig has attended diversity audit training and is sharing her knowledge with the rest of the collection selectors, which should result in materials being even more representative of the community as a whole. Davis also said that expansion of e-materials means an increase in the library’s International Language offerings.
The board agreed to 15% for materials expenditure for 2022.
Endowment Fund Review — Davis briefly reviewed the Endowment Fund Activity bar graph document, which reflected the growth trend since the library placed the fund with the Canton Community Foundation. Trustee Lee, who is the library’s representative on the CCF Finance Committee, expressed her pride in serving on the committee and in the library’s support of the foundation itself.

Fines Elimination — The board touched on a few factors to consider in discussing the possibility of eliminating overdue fines (motivations for returning items if fines are eliminated, community response to the possibility). They decided to revisit the issue and discuss K. Bounds’ report in greater depth at the March meeting.
CALL TO AUDIENCE – Youth Librarian Manager Jack Visnaw III thanked the board for authorizing the creation of the new fulltime Youth Librarian position.

ADJOURN

The meeting was adjourned at 9:02 PM.  

 

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Amy Watts, Secretary-Treasurer

In the astrological Zodiac, Pisces, the fish sign, runs from February 19-March 20. Pisces are known for being empathetic and compassionate. The authors of these works are Pisces; celebrate their astrological signs and birthdays with these reads. 

Bonus: each year the editors over at POPSUGAR hold a reading challenge -- in 2021, one of the challenges is to read a book by an author under the same Zodiac sign as you. Are you a Pisces? It's the perfect time to give one of these reads a go!

Amy Tan's birthday is February 19, 1952. 

Jeff Kinney's birthday is February 19, 1971.

Thank you to everyone who entered our 2021 LEGO® Building Contest! This year's theme was Looking Forward. What did you miss during the past year? What are you looking forward to? Watch our celebration video to see all the entries and which ones won!

Dark Academia is a subculture, or aesthetic, that has increased in popularity over the last year. It revolves heavily around reading, writing, academic life, and Greek and Gothic architectural styles. These books offer twists and turns, while encompassing the Dark Academia style.

Catherine House : a novel by Elisabeth Thomas

The Legend of Zelda was released in Japan on February 21st, 1986. The game's creator, Shigeru Miyamoto, wanted to bring the sense of adventure seen in movies such as Indiana Jones to a video game. The Legend of Zelda featured non-linear gameplay, puzzles, battles, and exploration. This game was the first installment in the Zelda franchise that would be followed by 18 main games, several spin-offs, and many remakes. Which Zelda game is your favorite?

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Determined mothers.

Tenacious activists.

Formidable women.

Powerful believers.

Those characteristics and the stories that tell readers how they were formed are available in the new history and biography books listed below.

Let us celebrate them.

Also available in: e-book

In her groundbreaking and essential debut The Three Mothers, scholar Anna Malaika Tubbs celebrates Black motherhood by telling the story of the three women who raised and shaped some of America's most pivotal heroes: Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, and James Baldwin. Much has been written about Berdis Baldwin's son James, about Alberta King's son Martin Luther, and Louise Little's son Malcolm. But virtually nothing has been said about the extraordinary women who raised them, who were all born at the beginning of the 20th century and forced to contend with the prejudices of Jim Crow as Black women. Berdis, Alberta, and Louise passed their knowledge to their children with the hope of helping them to survive in a society that would deny their humanity from the very beginning-from Louise teaching her children about their activist roots, to Berdis encouraging James to express himself through writing, to Alberta basing all of her lessons in faith and social justice. These women used their strength and motherhood to push their children toward greatness, all with a conviction that every human being deserves dignity and respect despite the rampant discrimination they faced. These three mothers taught resistance and a fundamental belief in the worth of Black people to their sons, even when these beliefs flew in the face of America's racist practices and led to ramifications for all three families' safety. The fight for equal justice and dignity came above all else for the three mothers. These women, their similarities and differences, as individuals and as mothers, represent a piece of history left untold and a celebration of Black motherhood long overdue.

Dorothy Pitman Hughes was a transformative community organizer in New York City in the 1970s, who shared the stage with Gloria Steinem for five years, captivating audiences around the country. After leaving rural Georgia in the 1950s, she moved to New York, determined to fight for civil rights and equality. Lovett traces Pitman Hughes' transformation into a powerhouse activist determined to take on the needs of her community and build a platform for empowerment. She created lasting change by revitalizing her West Side neighborhood, a community subjected to racial discrimination, with nonexistent childcare and sub-standard housing, in which poverty, drug use, lack of job training, and the effects of the Vietnam War were evident She imagined and then created a high quality child care center which also offered job training, adult education classes, a Youth Action corps, housing assistance and food resources. Pitman Hughes' realization that the area could be revitalized by actively engaging and including the community was prescient and is startlingly relevant. As her stature and influence grew to a national level, Pitman Hughes went from the West Side to spending several years traversing the country with Steinem and educating people about feminism, childcare, and race. Pitman Hughes's community activism was transformed when she moved to Harlem in the 1970s to counter gentrification. She bought the franchise to the Miss Greater New York City pageant in order to demonstrate that black was beautiful. She also opened an office supply store and became a powerful voice for Black women entrepreneurs and Black-owned business only to be thwarted by plans for economic development that favored national chains over local businesses. Throughout every phase of her life, Pitman Hughes' understood the transformative power of activism with the Black community. 

Let's celebrate! There are so many ways to make cocktails and mocktails, enough to suit most anyone's taste buds. Enjoy these suggestions from our collection. Imbibe wisely!

Cocktail making is part art and part science--just like cooking. The first-ever cocktail book from America's Test Kitchen brings our objective, kitchen-tested and -perfected approach to the craft of making cocktails. You always want your cocktail to be something special--whether you're in the mood for a simple Negroni, a properly muddled Caipirinha, or a big batch of Margaritas or Bloody Marys with friends. After rigorous recipe testing, we're able to reveal not only the ideal ingredient proportions and best mixing technique for each drink, but also how to make homemade tonic for your Gin and Tonic, and homemade sweet vermouth and cocktail cherries for your Manhattan. And you can't simply quadruple any Margarita recipe and have it turn out right for your group of guests--to serve a crowd, the proportions must change. You can always elevate that big-batch Margarita, though, with our Smoked Rim Salt or Sriracha Rim Salt. How to Cocktail offers 125 recipes that range from classic cocktails to new America's Test Kitchen originals. Our two DIY chapters offer streamlined recipes for making superior versions of cocktail cherries, cocktail onions, flavored syrups, rim salts and sugars, bitters, vermouths, liqueurs, and more. And the final chapter includes a dozen of our test cooks' favorite cocktail-hour snacks. All along the way, we solve practical challenges for the home cook, including how to make an array of cocktails without having to buy lots of expensive bottles, how to use a Boston shaker, what kinds of ice are best and how to make them, and much more.

Kermit Versus Thorndyke Smackdown

 

Hey Kids,

Ever wondered whether a mosquito could take on a great white shark? Me neither. But now that you're thinking about it, how do a mosquito and a great white match up? If you're curious about this and other animal matchups, check out some of the books below. 

Bear Hugs,

Thorndyke

This title has lots of different matchups, if you just can't make a choice.

The following titles are new to the Young Adult shelves. They feature both contemporary and historical characters, but all add to the rich canon of black experience. 

All boys aren't blue : a memoir-manifesto by 1985- George M. (George Matthew) Johnson

A first book by the prominent journalist and LGBTQIA+ activist shares personal essays that chronicle his childhood, adolescence and college years as a Black queer youth, exploring subjects ranging from gender identity and toxic masculinity to structural marginalization and Black joy.

The awakening of Malcolm X by Ilyasah Shabazz

While in Charlestown Prison in the 1940s, young Malcolm Little reads all the books in the library, joins the debate team and the Nation of Islam, and emerges as Malcolm X.

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