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Library Work Ahead of Schedule

Library work ahead of schedule

By Susan Buck
staff writer

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.

REACTING TO legislation approved in Lansing in June 1986, the Canton library board sought approval to levy 2 mills with the additional mill to pay for the construction and operation of a library more than three times the size of the present library.

The library board had been limited to 1 mill be state law. But a bill co-sponsored by Rep. James Kosteva, D-Canton, allowed library districts to seek approval from voters to levy up to 2 mills.

Voters approved an additional mill in August 1986 by a sparse 28 votes.

The old library on the third floor of Township Hall has 9-10,000 square feet of space; the new library wil have 31,500 square feet, said Sebestyen-Tabor.

The Canton Public Library has the sixth largest circulation in the 60-member Wayne-Oakland Library Federation (WOLF) system, according to Rebecca Havenstein-Coughlin, assistant director. In 1987, the library circulated 383,500 volumes.

The library also has a collection of materials that includes: 90,000 books, 1,000 videocassettes, 4,000 records, 400 college catalogs, 100 seed catalogs, 75 educational toys for preschool children and 150 puppets.