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Rebecca's Confirming Letter

Canton Public Library
1150 S. Canton Center Road
Canton, Michigan 48188
(313) 397-1000

June 2, 1980

Rebecca Denise Havenstein
32224 King Road
New Boston, MI 48164

Dear Mis Havenstein:

I am pleased to confirm our telephone conversation in which you accepted the position of Adult Services' Librarian at the Canton Public Library. In view of your experience, I am offering you an annual beginning salary of $15,500.

I look forward to seeing you at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, June 9 in the library. Please be prepared at that time to fill out necessary tax and employment forms.

Finally, let me welcome you to the team. With your able assistance, I am sure that we will do an excellent job of starting the Canton Public Library and making it a great library.

Sincerely,

Deborah O'Connor
Head Librarian

Librarian shortage threatens services

Canton Observer
Thursday, February 18, 1988

Librarian shortage threatens services
By Susan Buck
staff writer

[Caption: 'If we should have even one librarian leave, we would have difficulties filling the position.' — Rebecca Havenstein-Coughlin, Canton Public Library]

Technology, pay scales and a decline in the popularity of public service jobs are creating a shortage of public librarians in the nation, experts say.

In the past five years, public libraries have seen a dwindling of job applicants especially in children's librarian positions and those positions that require extensive technical knowledge.

As computer databases, cassettes and compact discs join newspapers, magazines and books, the United States is confronting a shortage of public librarians to help sort through the glut of information.

New Assistant

Canton Observer
Volume 12 Number 86
Monday, May 18, 1987

New Assistant

Rebecca Havenstein-Coughlin has been appointed assistant director of the Canton Public Library. Her appointment to this newly created position became effective April 27, 1987

Havenstein-Coughlin began work at the Canton Public Library prior to its opening in October 1980. She earned her bachelor's degree in English language and literature from Eastern Michigan University and her master's in library science from University of Michigan.

Carol Kuchta, an adult services librarian at the Canton Public Library since January 1982, has assumed Havenstein-Coughlin's duties as head of the reference department. Kuchta received both bachelor's and master's degrees from University of Michigan.

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.

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.

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
[continued from Page 1]

"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."

Open House Program

Canton Public Library

Open House

November 13, 1988

Music performed by members of the

Centennial Park Chamber Orchestra

12:00-1:00 Jon Pixley, Piano

2:00-3:00 Centennial Park Chamber Orchestra
    H. Michael Endres, Director
    
Violins:        Violas:
 Danielle Walquist    Alex Chien
 Leslie Capozzoli    Suzanne Long
 James Gross    Cello: Wendy Stuart
 Michelle Walquist    Bass: Scott West
 Frances Chang    Piano: Jon Pixley
 
 3:00-4:00 Kathryn Shirmohammad, Piano

Library doors open

The Canton Eagle
November 16, 1988
Volume 44, Number 46

Library doors open
By Jim Rink
ANP Staff Writer

Approximately 1,500 people attended an open house for the new Canton Public Library Nov. 13.

Members of the library staff celebrated the official opening of the $4.5-million facility on 1200 South Canton Center Road Monday, Nov. 14, when they welcomed their first customers.

"It was wonderful," said Library Director Jean Sebeysten-Tabor, "A really great turnout. It was surprising, it went very well. We received lots of positive comments and the people were very excited."

Tabor said it might be Dec. 1 before things are really all in place, but the building is basically finished and all 85,000 library books are back on refurbished shelves, waiting to be checked out.

Featured in the 31,000 square-foot facility is a 135-gallon aquarium, which will be stocked with salt water fish.