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September 8 1988

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.