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Year 2008 Top Fiction Picks

American Wife
by Curtis Sittenfeld
On what might become one of the most significant days in her husband’s presidency, Alice Blackwell considers the strange and unlikely path that has led her to the White House–and the repercussions of a life lived, as she puts it, “almost in opposition to itself.” A kind, bookish only child born in the 1940s, Alice learned the virtues of politeness early on from her stolid parents and small Wisconsin hometown. But a tragic accident when she was seventeen shattered her identity and made her understand the fragility of life and the tenuousness of luck.

Book of Lies
by Brad Meltzer
In Chapter Four of the Bible, Cain kills Abel. It is the world's most famous murder. But the Bible is silent about one key detail: the weapon Cain used to kill his brother. That weapon is still lost to history. In 1932, Mitchell Siegel was killed by three gunshots to his chest. While mourning, his son dreamed of a bulletproof man and created the world's greatest hero: Superman. And like Cain's murder weapon, the gun used in this unsolved murder has never been found. Until now.

Meeting Minutes -- November 20, 2008

November 20, 2008
7:30 p.m.

The meeting was called to order by the Chairman, James Gillig, at 7:50 p.m.
Present: J. Fausone, J. Gillig, N. Williams, M. Siegrist, G. Snow, D. Turner, C. Van Auken
Absent:
Also Present: E. Davis, S. Rzetelny

CALL TO AUDIENCE

No comments.

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

The agenda was approved with additions.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

Minutes of the October 16th General meeting were approved as written.

COMMUNICATIONS

  • Correspondence from the Westland mayor congratulating all elected board members.

REPORT OF THE LIBRARY DIRECTOR

  • Two unplanned expenses will necessitate a 4th quarter budget amendment and use of reserve funds. The library has received the Wayne County October Delinquent Tax Settlement Invoice in the amount of $28,630. The majority of the Tax settlement is due to tax credits on three disputed properties. Eva contacted the Canton Township Treasurer who stated he did not have information these cases were going to the tax tribunal which is why Canton Public Library was not notified of this unexpected expense. The other expense is due to the failure of another frequency drive, in addition to the original frequency drive failure last month.

Meeting Minutes -- October 16, 2008

October 16, 2008
7:30 p.m.

The meeting was called to order by the Chairman, James Gillig, at 7:30 p.m.
Present: J. Fausone, J. Gillig, N. Williams, G. Snow, C. Young, C. Van Auken
Absent:
Also Present: E. Davis, S. Rzetelny

CALL TO AUDIENCE

No comments. (R. Havenstein-Coughlin, L. Papa)

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

The agenda was approved with additions.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

Minutes of the September 18th Budget meeting were approved unanimously as written.

Minutes of the September 18th General meeting were approved unanimously as written.

COMMUNICATIONS

  • Thank you to the Board from C. McLaughlin acknowledging funeral arrangement from the board in memory of her brother.

  • Canton Business and Professional Women's thank you to Laura Fawcett and Nancy Szczepanski for arranging and planning activities for the BPW's October meeting held in the library community room.

REPORT OF THE LIBRARY DIRECTOR

  • The League of Women Voters of NW Wayne County has distributed flyers for the Library Candidates Forum scheduled on Wednesday, October 22, 2008 at 7:00 pm in the library community room. They also supplied non-partisan Voter's Guides.

Special Board Meeting Minutes - September 18, 2008

September 18, 2008
7:30 p.m.

The hearing was called to order by the Chairman, James Gillig, at 7:30 p.m.

Present: J. Gillig, J. Fausone , G. Snow, C. Young, N. Williams

Absent: C. VanAuken

Also Present: E. Davis, S. Rzetelny

Budget Hearing

The Proposed 2009 Budget Hearing was opened for discussion. Slight revisions were made within the materials category and an addition to utilities.

2009 Proposed Budget Approval

J. Fausone moved and N. Williams supported the approval to adopt the Proposed 2009 Budget amount of $5,855,111.

The motion passed unanimously 9/08-18-1-BH

Tax Resolution

C. Young moved and J. Fausone supported the resolution to approve certifying the rate for tax levy of 1.4980 mills for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2009

The motion passed unanimously 9/08 18-2-BH

Adjourn

The budget hearing was adjourned at 7:35 p.m.

J. Gillig, Board Chairman

Meeting Minutes -- September 18, 2008

September 18, 2008
7:30 p.m.

The meeting was called to order by the Chairman, James Gillig, at 7:35 p.m.
Present: J. Fausone, J. Gillig, N. Williams, G. Snow, C. Young
Absent: C. Van Auken
Also Present: E. Davis, S. Rzetelny

CALL TO AUDIENCE

No comments. (R. Havenstein-Coughlin, A. Heidemann, L. Golden)

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

The agenda was approved as presented.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

Minutes of the August 21st meeting were approved as submitted.

COMMUNICATIONS

  • Thank you to the Board from M. Coughlin acknowledging funeral arrangement received in memory of his mother.

  • Letter from Nationwide 457 Defined Contribution Plan giving assurances of their strength and viability in wake of recent financial concerns.

REPORT OF THE LIBRARY DIRECTOR

  • Eva reviewed the publicity packet provided by L. Golden noting the joint ad with Plymouth District Library targeting students – “Tackle Assignments @ Your Library”.

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