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Canton Twp. to let readers check it out with no fee

2B Detroit Free Press/Tuesday, October 9, 1990

Local News

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.

Rebecca Shaking Hands With The President

Adult Services Head Rebecca Havenstein-Coughlin shakes hands with President George H. W. Bush during his visit to the library.

Old-Style Name Badge

Rebecca Havenstein-Coughlin
Head. Adults' Services

CPL Friends' Scrapbook 1982-1985

A scrapbook, compiled by the Friends of the Canton Public Library, with staff information, events, press clippings, photos, and more. Also available as full-quality originals.

CPL Friends' Scrapbook 1986-1988

A scrapbook, compiled by the Friends of the Canton Public Library, with staff information, events, press clippings, photos, and more. Also available as full-quality originals.

CPL Friends' Scrapbook 1994-1995

A scrapbook, compiled by the Friends of the Canton Public Library, with staff information, events, press clippings, photos, and more. Also available as full-quality originals.

CPL Friends' Scrapbook 1989-1990

A scrapbook, compiled by the Friends of the Canton Public Library, with staff information, events, press clippings, photos, and more. Also available as full-quality originals.

1980-81 Library Scrapbook

Photos, documents, and press clippings from the first two years of library operations, including the build-up to first opening the library. Full-quality originals. See below for searchable pdf version.

1979 Scrapbook

Book of memories of the fundraising, vote, and publicity surrounding the not-yet-opened Canton Public Library. Full-quality Originals

CPL Friends' Scrapbook 1991-1993

A scrapbook, [in searchable page-by-page pdf format] compiled by the Friends of the Canton Public Library, with staff information, events, press clippings, photos, and more. Also available as full-quality originals.

Old Bookdrop

The room (entry from the Children's section) where books returned from the outside return slots would pile up prior to being sorted.

Old Bookdrop

Another view of the book drop we used before installing the automated sorting system.

Library opens to rave reviews

Library opens to rave reviews

By Diane Gale
staff writer

A stream of visitors flooded Canton's new library on opening day Monday.

And responses about the new digs glowed.

"It's absolutely gorgeous," said Mary Giera, a Westland resident at the library Monday. Her husband, Chuck, said he was surprised by the large collection of computer related books.

"The layout is great," Mary said. "A lot of planning went into it."

The 31,500-square-foot library, next to township hall on Canton Center south of Proctor, features reading areas with a fireplace and tapestry, study areas, meeting rooms and an expansive children's section.

"It's a lot bigger than I expected," said Michelle McGrail, who was researching astrology in preparation for a speech.

Library gets rave reviews

Part 2 of a news story published November 17, 1988. Published in the Canton Observer and Eccentric.
Library gets rave reviews
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"We wanted to come down here and see what we're paying for," said Lee Schulte, a Canton resident, referring to a 1-mill tax approved in 1986. "It looks like they made plans for expansions."

He was on a self-guided tour Monday with his wife, Mary Ann, who said she was "eager to go home and tell" their two daughters in high school and college "that they have a great place to study."

MARY LINK of Canton compared the new with the old location, 12,000 square feet on the third floor of township hall. "It's nice and roomy" as opposed to "crowded and noisy," she said. "It's a lot easier to find things."