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Canton Twp. to let readers check it out with no fee
By Dennis Niemiec
Free Press Staff Writer
Starting in January, patrons of the Canton Public Library can enjoy the likes of Danielle Steele, Jack Nicholson and Billy Joel — for free.
Canton Township's library board voted in September to discontinue a long-standing policy of charging rental fees for videos, compact discs and newly released books.
In so doing, Canton officials are reacting to a fundamental question regarding library services: Fee or free?
Since its opening in 1980, the Canton library had charged 10 cents a day to rent extra copies of books on the New York Times best-seller lists. One copy was circulated free.