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Dedication Program

Canton Public Library
Dedication Program

Presiding: Jean Tabor, Library Director
Introductions & Remarks:
    Dr. James Gillig, Board Chairman
    David Osler, Osler/Milling Architects
Flag Raising
Dedication & Ribbon Cutting

Everyone is invited into the library for tours and refreshments

Moving Story

Moving story
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.

will close for month

will close for month
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."

Canton Public Library Moves to Separate Facility

Canton Public Library moves to separate facility

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.

Moving man

Published in the Canton Eagle.

Moving Man

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

Published in the Canton Observer, September 8, 1988.

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.

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.

Library almost ready

Canton Observer
Volume 14 Number 15
Thursday, September 8, 1988
Canton, Michigan

Library almost ready
Donald Miller makes finishing touches at Canton's new library as he hangs shutters. The long awaited opening date is set for next month. Story and more pictures on Page 3A.