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Today at CPL — October 2, 2010

As we learned yesterday, Canton Public Library was dedicated on November 9, 1980, and our current building was dedicated November 13, 1988. But what about our home on the web?

According to newsletters from the era, CPL's website launched February 19, 1996. Before then, we offered dial-up internet service to our patrons, but did not have a web portal. You can get an idea of what it was like from the Internet Archive's Wayback Machine.

The July/August 2006 issue of Connections indicates another milestone: October 18, 2000 is when we launched our "Internet Branch" (the name we used for our website for much of the 2000s). We switched domains to our current cantonpl.org prior to that, but the site hosted at that address changed considerably in October of 2000.

The I-Branch, as we called it, saw some aesthetic and functional changes over 6 years, but it wasn't until early July of 2006 that it was upgraded to a new layout and platform. This version can be viewed on the Wayback Machine, though the main menu at the top relied on JavaScript for its layout and therefore doesn't look quite as it once did.

On February 2, 2009, we launched the first iteration of the current site. This site uses the Drupal content management system. Since then, we've transitioned to new visuals to match our new logo (at the beginning of this year).

Just for fun, here's a small screenshot of what our current site looked like on October 10, 2008, three months before we launched it: