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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.
Volume 14 Number 15
Thursday, September 8, 1988
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.
Construction fun in summer sun
Three electricians (top photo) from Durand Electric in Brighton enjoy their work despite temperatures in the 90s. Cindy Boyd, apprentice electrician (left) Patty Durand, journeyman electrician and Barb Rumschlag, first-year apprentice electrician, begin work on lighting fixtures for the new Canton Township Library.
ANP photos by Ann Grimes/staff photographer
By Susan Buck
Construction of the new Canton Public Library is running ahead of schedule, according to library director Jean Sebestyen-Tabor.
"The target date was originally mid-November but with the nice spring we've been having it's been moved up to mid-August,' said Sebestyen-Tabor. "Barring any unforeseen problems, we should be all moved in by mid-September. We won't go over the budget."
The brick work on the new library, south of the Canton Township Hall, is almost completed and installation of windows was scheduled for Wednesday, she sahd. The skylights still need to be installed.
"They have almost completed the storm sewer and water main and soon they will be starting on the sanitary sewer," said Sebestyen-Tabor.
The new library's total cost is $4.5 million, she said.
Workers are diligently completing the structure for the new multi-million dollar library on Canton Center Road in Canton Township. Harry Aretz, right, braved the strong winds and subfreezing temperatures while framing some metal studs. Jim McBride, below left, a carpenter and Warren Bostic, blow right, a welder and iron worker, hope to complete the structure on schedule. A grand opening is expected sometime this fall.
The Flag of the United States of America
This is to certify that the accompanying flag was flown over the United States Capitol on January 23, 1980, at the request of the Honorable William D. Ford, Member of Congress.
This flag was flown for the Canton Public Library of Canton, MIchigan.
George M. White, FAIA
Architect of the Capitol
Oaler/Milling Associates of Ann Arbor was the firm selected from among 37 architects who responded to the request for proposal. DeMaria Construction Co. was awarded the bid as the general contractor. Library Design was responsible for interiors.
In November, 1987 the land, seven and one half acres, was purchased from Mr. Rodney Campbell (of the Wilson family) as the site for the new library. The purchase price was $67,500.
Groundbreaking for the new library took place on November 3, 1987. The beautiful new library was completed and opened for the public on November 13, 1988.
The building statistics are as follows:
President George Bush
Tuesday, August 25, 1992
Gates Open at 12:30
Canton Township's Heritage Park
1150 S. Canton Center Rd.
Must present card to gain admittance
Paid for by Bush/Quayle '92
To reach the Canton White House switchboard dial (313) 436-8529 trip code 35
As a native of the Big Apple, Rebecca Baumgold often visited the magnificent New York Public Library. But she can't say it was a place she wanted to hole up and study or read for hours.
"It wasn't a welcoming place," Baumgold said.
At the Canton Public Library, where the West Bloomfield resident is the new marketing and communications manager, Baumgold sees a wholly different atmosphere than she experienced in New York.
"I like the community aspect of living in a small town. Having a library in my backyard is wonderful," said Baumgold, who moved to Michigan for her husband Jon's work as an ophthalmologist.
For the former magazine editor and hospital communications director, Baumgold admits marketing for a library will be a new adventure. "The concept of the library profession is brand new to me, but libraries personally have always been a part of my life," she said.