Read The Wall Street Journal from anywhere with your Canton Public Library card!

Enjoy digital access to U.S. and international print content; the WSJ Magazine; profiles, financials, research and ratings of thousands of companies; and U.S., Asia, Europe, India, China, and Japan editions.

Here's how: 

1. Click on this link.
2. Enter your Canton Public Library card number and PIN.
3. Follow the link on the page.
4.  Create a Wall Street Journal account*; if you already have one, click “Sign in”.
5. After signing in you will have unlimited access to the Wall Street Journal online for 3 days.
6. After your three days is up, click on the link above in step 1 and sign in again with your Wall Street Journal account. (We recommend bookmarking this page!)

Review the WSJ Privacy Policy here.

Sharing login info with unauthorized users is a violation of our terms and agreement for both newspapers, and could result in cancellation of services. 

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Read The New York Times from anywhere with your Canton Public Library card!

Enjoy digital access to current and historic NYT articles; customizable news alerts; multiple language options; and real-time market data and company research pages covering 11,000+ public and private companies.

Here's how:

1. Click on this link.
2. Enter your Canton Public Library card number and PIN.
3. Follow the link on the page.
4.  Create a New York Times account*; if you already have one, click “Sign in”.
5. After signing in you will have unlimited access to The New York Times online for 24 hours.
6. To continue after 24 hours is up, click on the link above in step 1 and sign in again with your NYTimes.com account. (We recommend bookmarking this page!)

*Review the NYT Privacy Policy here.

Sharing login info with unauthorized users is a violation of our terms and agreement for both newspapers, and could result in cancellation of services. 

 

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We want to help you have the best summer possible with our 62 Days of Summer program. Watch this video for a quick explanation of how the program works, check your mail for a packet from us, then come back to our website for ideas and inspiration. We've got 62 ways to do 62 Days of summer reading, activities and programs at your own pace and comfort level. Our librarians have put together lists of reading suggestions, recommended activities and ways to safely engage with your neighbors and community. See you online!

The library would like to sincerely thank the Tamil Aarvalargal Group for their generous donation of over 200 Tamil language books for the adult international language collection, including both fiction and nonfiction titles.  Tamil Aavalargal Group's dedication to literacy is both admirable and much appreciated!

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Do you enjoy a stroll down the Rouge River Trail? Have you stopped by the Canton Farmer’s Market? Canton residents are invited to provide input at a series of Open Houses as a key part of the strategic process of updating Canton Leisure Services’ Five-Year Master Plan. Members of the community are invited to submit feedback on:

  • Sunday, June 6, from 9AM-1PM at the Canton Farmers Market, 500 N. Ridge Road
  • Thursday, June 17, from 6:30-8 PM at the Thursday Night LIVE Concert in Heritage Park, located behind 1150 S. Canton Center Road
  • Thursday, August 5, from 6:30-8PM at the Thursday Night LIVE Concert in Heritage Park, located behind 1150 S. Canton Center Road
  • Sunday, August 8, from 9AM-1PM at the Canton Farmers Market, 500 N. Ridge Road

Canton Leisure Services’ revised Master Plan will ultimately serve as a guide in planning for acquisition, development, and improvements to Canton parks, and trails, as well as Leisure Services facilities, programs, and services over the next five years.

Members of the Canton community are invited to submit comments at the Master Plan Open Houses or online at www.cantonfun.org. For more information, visit www.cantonfun.org or call Leisure Services Director Greg Hohenberger at 734-394-5360.

The Chairperson, Nancy Eggenberger, called the meeting to order at 7:30 PM.

Present:           N. Eggenberger (participating remotely from Glenview, IL), A. Iqbal, C. Spas, A.
                        Watts (participating remotely from Canton, MI)                       

Absent:            M. Farell, J. Lee

Also Present:  E. Davis, K. Gladden

CALL TO AUDIENCE   (K. Bounds, L. Golden, D. McHugh, M. Nicholson, R. Noble, C. 
                       Swanberg) – None        

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

The agenda was approved as amended.

ROLL CALL VOTE

Yes: N. Eggenberger, A. Iqbal, C. Spas, A. Watts

No: None

Abstain: None

The motion passed 21/5-20-1 (4-0-0)

APPROVAL OF GENERAL MEETING MINUTES

The minutes were accepted by unanimous consent.

COMMUNICATIONS — Director Eva Davis thanked Library Board Trustee Amina Iqbal for her gift to staff of sweet treats for the Eid al-Fitr holiday, and the card that accompanied it.

DIRECTOR’S REPORT

The Friends of the Library have new volunteers coming on board and so they plan to open Secondhand Prose Used Bookstore on Saturdays, beginning on June 5th, from 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM.

The library is 1/3 of the way through fiscal 2021 as of April 30. The Profit & Loss statement reflects that the usual accounts (Insurance, Professional & Contractual, Property Taxes, etc.) in income and expense are either over or under 33%, but they will fall in line as the year progresses.

TRUSTEE COMMENTS — None

COMMITTEE REPORTS — None

NEW BUSINESS

Update the 2021 Schedule of Library Closures Due to Cancellation of Liberty Fest — A. Watts moved and C. Spas supported a motion to cancel the early closure on June 17, and the library closure dates of June 18-19, 2021.

ROLL CALL VOTE

Yes: N. Eggenberger, A. Iqbal, C. Spas, A. Watts

No: None

Abstain: None

The motion passed unanimously 21/5-20-2 (4-0-0)

Change of June Board Meeting Date Due to Cancellation of Liberty Fest — A. Watts moved and A. Iqbal supported a motion to move the June Library Board meeting date to June 17, the third Thursday of the month.

ROLL CALL VOTE

Yes: N. Eggenberger, A. Iqbal, C. Spas, A. Watts

No: None

Abstain: None

The motion passed unanimously 21/5-20-3 (4-0-0)

2022 Budget Discussion — Revenues

Millage Rate — Davis briefly spoke about the County Equalization Report and the millage reduction fraction, and recommended the board levy the maximum millage allowed (1.4590 mills, reduced from 2.0 mills); the board indicated their agreement.

Property Tax Collection Rate — Davis recommended a conservative estimate of a 99% tax collection rate, due to continuing growth and real estate activity in the township. The board agreed.

Excess of Income Over/Under Expenditure — This was the Contingency line item in previous budgets but, at the suggestion of the auditors and the direction of the board, has been renamed and removed as an expense in the draft budget to conform with GASB standards. The board agreed that Davis should continue to assume a contribution to the Fund Balance of $400,000.

Reopening the Library Further: Considerations  — Davis informed the board that, as the result of a bipartisan budgeting agreement, Governor Whitmer had agreed to withdraw the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (MIOSHA) proposed permanent pandemic rules in favor of discussing the formalizing of legislative input on epidemic orders. The MI Vacc to Normal plan no longer is dependent on vaccination rates, but will be implemented based on calendar dates. This has thrown some of the library’s carefully considered reopening plans into disarray, and will require additional discussion and re-evaluation to align with the Governor’s announced target dates of June 1 and July 1.

While it is likely that additional changes to the library’s Pandemic Reopening Policy will be forthcoming once the revised permanent MIOSHA pandemic rules are released, the board agreed to revise the library’s Policy in the interim to be in line with current MDHHS orders. They further stated their support for Davis’ plans to phase in additional services in two-week increments. The Pandemic Reopening Policy will be revisited at the June board meeting.

Pandemic Reopening Policy Revision — A. Watts moved and A. Iqbal supported a motion to revise the Pandemic Reopening Policy to require that all staff and patrons continue to wear masks while indoors on library property. Masks are not required outdoors on library property.

ROLL CALL VOTE

Yes: N. Eggenberger, A. Iqbal, C. Spas, A. Watts

No: None

Abstain: None

The motion passed unanimously 21/5-20-4 (4-0-0)

Include Director in Mid-Year Merit Raise Pool — Business Services Department Head Marian Nicholson briefly explained that, based on the Director’s 2020 Annual Review, the board had given Davis’ performance the highest rating possible (8), which is equivalent to the CPL performance rating of Highly Effective.  Based on this rating, Davis would qualify for Zone 4 on the Base Pay Structure, should the board vote to include her in the regular staff merit raise pool for the second half of 2021.

A.Iqbal moved and A. Watts supported a motion to include the Director in the mid-year merit raise pool, and that her salary would be $129,100 effective with the first pay period in July.

ROLL CALL VOTE

Yes: N. Eggenberger, A. Iqbal, C. Spas, A. Watts

No: None

Abstain: None

The motion passed unanimously 21/5-20-5 (4-0-0)

CALL TO AUDIENCE – None

ADJOURN

The meeting was adjourned at 8:37 PM.  

Before the coffee gets cold : a novel [kit] by 1971- Toshikazu Kawaguchi

If you could go back, who would you want to meet? In a small back alley of Tokyo, there is a café that has been serving carefully brewed coffee for more than one hundred years. Local legend says that this shop offers something else besides coffee -- the chance to travel back in time. Over the course of one summer, four customers visit the café in the hopes of making that journey. But time travel isn't so simple, and there are rules that must be followed. Most important, the trip can last only as long as it takes for the coffee to get cold. Heartwarming, wistful, mysterious and delightfully quirky, Toshikazu Kawaguchi's internationally bestselling novel explores the age-old question: What would you change if you could travel back in time?

Social historian Rubenhold more than justifies another book about the 1888 Jack the Ripper murders by focusing on the killer's five victims: Polly Nichols, Annie Chapman, Elisabeth Stride, Catherine Eddowes, and Mary Jane Kelly. This unique approach not only restores humanity to the dead and counters glorification of the Ripper but also enables Rubenhold to offer some original insights into the crimes. In her careful parsing of the available accounts of the inquests from newspaper reports, she convincingly argues that three of the victims were not prostitutes, and thereby undermines numerous theories premised on the killer's targeting members of that profession. Rubenhold reconstructs their sad lives, which, for some, included struggles with alcoholism and domestic abuse. She believes that the women found dead on the streets of London's East End may have been sleeping rough, and that all were slaughtered while asleep, a theory that explains the absence of outcries or defensive wounds. The lack of grisly forensic details highlighted in other books on the subject will be a relief to many readers. This moving work is a must for Ripperologists . 

A single comment can change a life, or for Giovanna, the adolescent only child of a middle-class Neapolitan couple in the early 1990s and narrator of Ferrante's sumptuous latest, it can set it in motion. "She's getting the face of Vittoria," Giovanna's father, Andrea, says about her, referring to Giovanna's estranged aunt Vittoria, whom Andrea disdains and calls ugly. The comment provokes Giovanna into seeking out Vittoria on the other side of Naples, where she finds a beautiful, fiery woman, consumed by bitterness over a lover's death and resentful of Andrea's arrogance at having climbed the social ladder. Andrea can't save Giovanna from Vittoria's influence, and their relationship will affect those closest to Giovanna as family secrets unravel and disrupt the harmony of her quiet life. Giovanna's parents' devastating marital collapse, meanwhile, causes her to be distracted at school and held back a year, and prompts Giovanna into a steely self-awareness as she has her first sexual experiences along a bumpy ride toward adulthood. Themes of class disparity and women's coming-of-age are at play much as they were in Ferrante's Neapolitan quartet, but the depictions of inequality serve primarily as a backdrop to Giovanna's coming-of-age trials that buttress the gripping, plot-heavy tale. 

The Canton Public Library Board of Trustees has approved the following change:

The June Board Meeting will take place on Thursday, June 17 at 7:30 pm

 

Celebrate the 16th annual Endangered Species Day on Friday, May 20. Taking place on the third Friday of May each year, Endangered Species Day seeks to celebrate, inform, and take action to protect endangered species. Organizations--zoos, schools, aquariums, wildlife refuges--hold special programs to enhance awareness.

The Endangered Species Coalition has a list of activities, featured events, and an event map highlighting activities around the globe. Interested in testing your knowledge on your favorite endangered animal? The World Wildlife Fund has animal trivia!

Check out the books below on animals currently on the endangered species list...

In 2007 only thirty Amur leopards remained in the wild. Scientists knew they needed to do more to help these big cats. However, details of the leopards' wild lives in their high-altitude forest home were still a mystery. With the help of new technology and the cooperation of scientists and governments around the world, people have learned more than ever before about these rare cats. An innovative plan is under way to give Amur leopards a more secure future. Can these cats rebound from the brink before it's too late?

Orangutan houdini by Laurel Neme

This is the true story of Fu Manchu, an adult male orangutan, who relishes outsmarting his friend, zookeeper Jerry Stones. He does just that when he escapes his enclosure at will and spends sunny days with the elephants in another part of the zoo. At first Jerry believes his staff's carelessness allowed the crafty ape to get out. But when that assumption proves wrong, he launches an all-out surveillance mission to discover how Fu manages his getaways. Jerry soon discovers that Fu can open the locked door, but can't figure out how he does it. The zookeeper removes every twig and stick that could be used as a lock pick, but Fu continues to escape. Eventually, Fu reveals to Jerry how he did it, and is rewarded with honorary membership in the American Association of Locksmiths.

 

Poetry gets a good amount of attention in April during National Poetry Month, but poetry can (and should!) be experienced year-round. For a great resource to sample and celebrate a wide range of poets, take a look at Out of Wonder, the 2018 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award Winner. It's a great jumping off point, and to further investigate the poets featured in Out of Wonder, check out the rest of this list.

Also available in: e-audiobook | video | e-video

Presents a collection of twenty poems written in tribute to well-known poets from around the world. Browse the list below to find additional resources on each of the twenty poets featured -- there are both poetry collections and a few short biographies.

My First Book of Haiku Poems introduces children to inspirational works of poetry and art that speak of our connection to the natural world. Includes poems from Matsuo Basho.

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