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New library putting out welcome mat

The Canton Observer
Sept. 8, 1988

New library putting out welcome mat

By Diane Gale
staff writer

Rooms and decor in Canton's new library will look more like an inviting luxury home than a government building.

The 31,500-square-foot building next to township hall will be complete with a fireplace, windowed walls overlooking gardens, partitioned study areas and skylights all decorated in soothing plum, gray, pink, and green colors.

"We want it to be welcoming and warm," said Jean Sebestyen-Tabor, Canton library director. "We want to maintain an ambiance."

THERE ARE SPECIAL touches throughout. Like the front vestibule with a brass plaque dedicating the library to Canton residents who approved the 1-mill tax to pay for the building. The millage increase squeaked by with 28 votes.

A time capsule — with memorable goods such as a library card, services brochure and a staff picture — will lie under the plaque. It's scheduled to be opened in 50 years.