Many people were instrumental in the founding of the library but none had a longer involvement or deeper relationship with the library than former trustee Dr. James Gillig. Dr. Gillig was part of the original citizens group formed in 1978 to secure funding and start the work of forming a library. He was also one of the original library trustees, serving from 1980 until his retirement in May, 2009. He helped hire the three library directors, saw the library through a tremendous period of growth in the 1980s and 90s, shepherding the construction of the current library building and later the expansion of the building. A local orthodontist, Dr. Gillig and his wife were very involved in the Canton community. They retired to North Carolina but stay in touch with CPL through friends and our website. We invite you to post your greetings to Dr. Gillig through the Contact Us link and we will pass them on.
Dr. Gillig has been a vocal advocate and tireless champion of Canton Public Library, as you can see from this video from 2000 about the library's Board of Trustees.