The Canton Eagle
November 16, 1988
Volume 44, Number 46
Library doors open
By Jim Rink
ANP Staff Writer
Approximately 1,500 people attended an open house for the new Canton Public Library Nov. 13.
Members of the library staff celebrated the official opening of the $4.5-million facility on 1200 South Canton Center Road Monday, Nov. 14, when they welcomed their first customers.
"It was wonderful," said Library Director Jean Sebeysten-Tabor, "A really great turnout. It was surprising, it went very well. We received lots of positive comments and the people were very excited."
Tabor said it might be Dec. 1 before things are really all in place, but the building is basically finished and all 85,000 library books are back on refurbished shelves, waiting to be checked out.
Featured in the 31,000 square-foot facility is a 135-gallon aquarium, which will be stocked with salt water fish.
Also featured is an equipment room with typewriters and computers, strategically-placed skylights, a children's department, activity room, puppet stage, reading oasis, outdoor story nook and computers and software designed especially for young readers.
For adults, the new library will contain 24 shelves of "stacks" of books, a reference desk, quiet study, reading area with fireplace, kitchen, meeting room, periodical section, equipment room and courtyard.
As part of opening-week festivities, a special children's celebration is scheduled for Saturday, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the library. Jim Dundy the clown and Daryl Hurst the magician will provide entertainment.
Library hours will be from 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday and Saturday and from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.