The library has moved to the next phase of our reopening plan and is now providing patron holds pickup by appointment and reference consultation by phone or email. The building remains closed to the public.

While the building is closed to the public, we are offering a scheduled pickup service.

  • Select the items you wish to check out from the catalog and put a hold on them.?

  • We will notify you via e-mail or text when your items?are ready.

  • The notification has a link to a scheduling system. Sign up online and schedule a pickup time.

  • At your scheduled time, come to the library and follow signs to the designated pickup spot. Staff will distribute holds from the outside door of the Community Room (to your left as you are facing the main doors). Follow all social distancing procedures, remain 6 feet away from other people in the area, wear a mask, don't come if you feel ill or have been in contact with someone who is ill.??If additional holds are ready for pick-up at the time of your scheduled appointment, they will be added to your order.

  • Return items, payments and account issues cannot be handled at the pickup station. Please put returns in the outdoor slot and call 734-397-0999 or email cplemail@cantonpl.org with any questions or concerns.?

We are very excited to be loaning items again, and we know you are excited to get them! We ask for your patience as we start this phase of service.

Remember, we are also open 24/7 at?www.cantonpl.org/emedia for you to download books, movies, music and more.

Pop Up Concert Featuring the Michigan Philharmonic

Enjoy a Pop-up performance by musicians from the Michigan Philharmonic. This event will take place in our Butterfly Garden July 10 at 4:30 PM.

Due to an abundance of caution and continued physical distancing, this program requires registration and space is limited. One person may register for up to four people from the same household. Registration will begin June 24.?In case of inclement weather, the concert will be cancelled.?

Upcoming sessions

Friday, July 10 - 4:30 PM to 5:30 PM Wings of Wonder Butterfly Garden
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Some library programs and meetings are being presented virtually, using online platforms like Zoom, Facebook Live, or streamed over our YouTube channel. To make the most of your experience, we're offering a few tips.

Be tech ready

For online programs, check your device's capabilities well before the program begins. Make sure your app or version is up to date, that your camera and microphone, if using, are working, and check your Internet connection. If you are having trouble with Zoom, try this user?guide.

Locate your invitation

Look?for your program invitation several hours before the program is scheduled to begin. It should come via library email; be sure to check your junk/spam folders. The invitation will contain a link to the program host site. If you haven't received an email an hour before program time, call the library at 734-397-0999 and get connected to a reference librarian.

Be on time

Using the link in the email, log in to your session at least 5 minutes prior to the start time. Depending on how the meeting is set up, you may enter a waiting room, and then be admitted when the host is ready.

Practice good meeting etiquette

Mute your microphone, keep your video on, use the chat box to ask a question?or use the "raise hand" button in Zoom, or visually raise your hand. Download our guide for more tips.

Be respectful

Treat the host/presenter and other participants with respect. Patrons attending online presentations are subject to the library Patron Code of Conduct. Be patient and kind--virtual programs are a new experience for many people.

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Originally an accidental invention by an 11-year-old boy?back in 1905,?the popsicle has become a mainstay treat for?hot summer days.?Whether you're in the mood for fresh and fruity or extra-sweet and indulgent,?it's super easy to whip up your own homemade popsicles.?Give it a try whenever you're in the mood for a refreshing snack or dessert. Below is a round-up of resources?about America's favorite frozen confection.

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Head back to the?62 Days of Summer home page?for more ways to participate in the summer program!

Things To Read

Phased reopening stage 1

The Governor's announcement of Executive Order 2020-110, and the workplace safety provisions specified under Executive Order 2020-97, allow?libraries in the state of Michigan to begin?providing?services on June 8, 2020.

This means that we are able to initiate our plan?for the phased reopening of the library. Our first priority is the safety and well-being of our staff and patrons, so we are closely following protocols from the CDC, and working to secure adequate supplies of masks, face shields, hand sanitizer and cleaning products.

On Monday, June 8, the first phase of our reopening starts with staff?reporting and working to clear?the backlog of tens of thousands of items that have been returned since we closed to the public on March 13. The building will not be open to patrons at this time.

Until we reach the next phase, here are some things to keep in mind:

  • You can help us by canceling holds on items that you no longer want.
  • There's no rush to return materials; all items currently checked out have a due date of July 1.
  • Standard?library cards have been renewed to September 1.
  • You can apply for a library card online. Please allow a few days for?processing
  • We will be offering our summer program, 62 Days of Summer, by mail.
  • The Friends of the Library are not accepting book donations at this time.
  • Check out our?e-resources?collection of e-books, e-audiobooks, streaming media and other items.

We?are planning a tightly-controlled, phased opening, and will move to ease those restrictions as indicated by staffing levels, the availability of protective equipment and supplies, our capacity to manage each phase safely and successfully, and any local, state, and federal restrictions on physical distancing, sanitization, and maximum building occupancy ratios. We will communicate those plans to you as each phase unfolds. If you have any questions or concerns, use the Contact Us form on our website.

We are happy to be back in our building, and look?forward to the day when we can see you in person again. Stay safe and wash your hands.

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We want?to help you have the best summer possible with our 62 Days of Summer program. 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!

Conversations about race can be uncomfortable and challenging, but are ultimately necessary to create a more just society. The books and resources below may serve as a starting point in important anti-racist work.

E-books and E-audiobooks

Based off the original workbook, Me and White Supremacy teaches readers how to dismantle the privilege within themselves so that they can stop (often unconsciously) inflicting damage on people of color, and in turn, help other white people do better, too.

This is NOT a Book Club* Virtual

Sheets by Brenna Thummler images from graphic novel

Do you like reading and talking about books? Do you like stories with fast-paced action, fantasy worlds, or lots of humor? Join us to chat about great stories, met other readers, and even pick out new stories?to read together.?But don't worry because?This is NOT a Book Club!

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Join our themed?virtual online party based on the book of the month. Participants will meet on Zoom to compete in trivia, play games, and chat. This month's theme will come from the graphic novel Sheets?by?Brenna Thummler.? For kids aged 10 to 13.

  • Participants will need to register for the first virtual program starting June 12. You can check out the book from Hoopla?and start reading now.**
  • Once registered, we will email the Zoom meeting link within 24 hours of program.?

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*Disclaimer: This might be a book club
**NOTE: Only CANTON residents?can check out Hoopla materials. Please check your home library's Hoopla selection before registering.?
Sheets by artist Brenna Thummler
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Upcoming sessions

Tuesday, June 30 - 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM Offsite Sheets by Brenna Thummler
Friday, July 31 - 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM Offsite Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J. K. Rowling
Thursday, August 27 - 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM Offsite New Kid by Jerry Craft