By Diane Gale
A stream of visitors flooded Canton's new library on opening day Monday.
And responses about the new digs glowed.
"It's absolutely gorgeous," said Mary Giera, a Westland resident at the library Monday. Her husband, Chuck, said he was surprised by the large collection of computer related books.
"The layout is great," Mary said. "A lot of planning went into it."
The 31,500-square-foot library, next to township hall on Canton Center south of Proctor, features reading areas with a fireplace and tapestry, study areas, meeting rooms and an expansive children's section.
"It's a lot bigger than I expected," said Michelle McGrail, who was researching astrology in preparation for a speech.
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"We wanted to come down here and see what we're paying for," said Lee Schulte, a Canton resident, referring to a 1-mill tax approved in 1986. "It looks like they made plans for expansions."
He was on a self-guided tour Monday with his wife, Mary Ann, who said she was "eager to go home and tell" their two daughters in high school and college "that they have a great place to study."
MARY LINK of Canton compared the new with the old location, 12,000 square feet on the third floor of township hall. "It's nice and roomy" as opposed to "crowded and noisy," she said. "It's a lot easier to find things."
November 13, 1988
Music performed by members of the
Centennial Park Chamber Orchestra
12:00-1:00 Jon Pixley, Piano
2:00-3:00 Centennial Park Chamber Orchestra
H. Michael Endres, Director
Danielle Walquist Alex Chien
Leslie Capozzoli Suzanne Long
James Gross Cello: Wendy Stuart
Michelle Walquist Bass: Scott West
Frances Chang Piano: Jon Pixley
3:00-4:00 Kathryn Shirmohammad, Piano
Presiding: Jean Tabor, Library Director
Introductions & Remarks:
Dr. James Gillig, Board Chairman
David Osler, Osler/Milling Architects
Dedication & Ribbon Cutting
Everyone is invited into the library for tours and refreshments
Library materials find new home
Monday, October 24, 1988
Observer & Eccentric Newspapers
The move is on.
Books, videocassettes and other library materials are in the process of being moved from the existing facility on the third floor of township hall on Canton Center to a shining new home a stone's throw away south of the administration building.
Hallett Co., a Chicago-based professional library and office mover, was called in to do the job for about $30,000, according to Dr. Jim Gillig, library board member.
Old shelves will be painted on the newly laid carpet without any worry of drips and spills, Gillig explained. All that's made possible by using an electrostatic process which draws the paint to metal surfaces.
by Ken Voyles
The move is on.
More than 90,000 books and other materials will be shifted as the Canton Public Library takes over its new quarters on Canton Center Road.
The library, which has been located on the third floor of the Canton Administration Building since 1980, will be closed until after the move is completed. It closed on Sunday (Oct. 16) and will remain closed for service until Monday, Nov. 14.
Before re-opening, a public dedication and open house is planned for Sunday, Nov. 13 from 1-4 p.m. The open house will feature a ribbon cutting, flag ceremony, refreshments and a preview of the new 31,500 square foot building.
"We can hardly wait," said Rebecca Havenstein-Coughlin, assistant director of the library. "We're running on adrenaline right now and that should keep us going."
"I think the public is as excited as we are," she added. "We've been planning this since 1985."
By Jim Rink
ANP Staff Writer
The Canton Eagle
Wednesday, Oct. 19, 1988
© Copyright 1988
Associated Newspapers, Inc.
It looks like something you might expect to find in Egypt. Rising out of an old Canton cornfield, its littler pyramids poke into the sky, funneling sunlight onto the thousands of books below.
It's the new Canton Public Library, 1200 South Canton Center Road, just across the way from the Canton Township Municipal Building. The monumental process of moving from the old library on the third floor of the municipal building into the new 31,500-square-foot structure began Oct. 17.
The library is expected to reopen at it new location Nov. 14.
An open house celebrating the even will take place Sunday, Nov. 13, from 1 to 4 p.m.
Jack Hallett, owner of Hallett Movers, has been moving libraries for 30 years. Hallett is moving the contents of the Canton Public Library into a new facility on Canton Center Road. When the paint is dry on the refurbished shelves, these books will be homeward bound.
[ANP photo by Ann Grimes / staff photographer]
Canton Eagle (USPS 303-170)
Work crews are out in full force at Canton's new library.
"We're trying a whole new concept for public libraries" with a receptionist who will answer phones as well as greet patrons, direct them and answer basic question, Sebestyen-Tabor said.
The new building is a stark contrast to the existing cramped quarters on the third floor at township hall, Sebestyen-Tabor said. All the furnishings, shelving and other equipment from the present library will be trucked across the street to the new site, she said.
The book collection will grow from 85,000 to 125,000 volumes, she said. And an elaborate computer system will be added sometime after the opening.
"ONE OF the biggest problems with the existing building is quiet," she said.
Sept. 8, 1988
New library putting out welcome mat
By Diane Gale
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.