Library Trustees Honor Centofanti Donation, appoint 2 new members
YOUNGSTOWN (January 22, 2015) – At their meeting today, the Board of Trustees of the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County honored The James and Coralie Centofanti Charitable Foundation for their generous donation of $200,000 to the capital campaign for the new Canfield Library.
The foundation made the donation October 23, 2014, and is the largest donor to-date in the campaign for the new library, which is currently under construction at 43 West Main St., Canfield. The previous library closed in September and a groundbreaking was held on October 3 for the new building.
Plans have been in the works for nearly a decade for this new Canfield Library and the Library Board of Trustees has been saving money for the project. The Library operates debt-free and pays for projects without bond issues or loans, which are costly. The community has been involved in fundraising activities.
The previous Canfield Library, built in 1969, is 5,104 square feet. The new branch will be 18,514 square feet. Construction is expected to take one year to a year and a half. Project estimated cost is $4.9 million. Architect is Ronald Cornell Faniro. General Contractor is Hudson Construction.
Dr. David Ritchie, president of the Library Board of Trustees, expressed his gratitude to the Centofanti Foundation for their generous support of the new Canfield Library. “The Library is pleased to accept the generous donation of $200,000 from the Centofanti Foundation. It is heartening to know that the Foundation honoring James and Coralie Centofanti has placed such trust in the Mahoning County library system. We know the community will be pleased with its new library, once it opens later this year. Donations such as this help make our library system and our local libraries strong.”
Library Executive Director Heidi Daniel said, “We’re very excited about this new library in Canfield. We strongly believe it will enrich the community in so many ways. And with that in mind, gifts like this wonderful donation from the Centofanti Foundation show that the community is behind its library and reaffirm our belief that the community believes in the importance of libraries. This show of support warms our hearts and we are deeply grateful.”
Deborah Liptak, Library Development Director, said, “The Library is grateful that this contribution to the new Canfield Library reflects the legacy of the Centofantis and their wishes for their community.”
For more information on how you can support your library, contact the Library’s Development Department at 330.740.6086.
James and Coralie Centofanti
James Centofanti was born in Sulmona, Italy, and immigrated to the United States as a young boy. He grew up in Youngstown and served in the Marines during World War II. Following the war, Mr. Centofanti was a business owner, philanthropist and horseman. He was a long-time member of the Board of Directors of Farmers National Bank, Canfield. His philanthropic efforts benefitted numerous organizations in the Canfield area, particularly educational and community efforts. Mrs. Coralie Centofanti passed away in 1999 and James Centofanti in 2010.
New Trustees Named to Library Board
Terry Dimascio of Boardman; will fill unexpired term of Clarence Smith Jr.
Terry K. DiMascio is the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Aim NationaLease, which is the third largest privately held full-service leasing company in the United States. He also serves as President of Aim Integrated Logistics which provides over 500 Drivers, Equipment, and Logistics Solutions to more than 50 Customers. He joined Aim in 1983.
Terry started in the transportation filed in 1977 after graduating from Robert Morris University in Pittsburgh, Pa. Throughout his career, He has been involved with the Technology and Maintenance Council and NationaLease serving on many committees. He currently serves on the Executive Board of Directors for the Better Business Bureau.
Carole Weimer of Youngstown; will fill unexpired term of C. Gilbert James
Carol Weimer is a member and current Chair of the Youngstown State University Board of Trustees. She is on the Advisory Board of Yellow Brick Place, a cancer wellness center serving the tri-county area. She is also the incoming Chair of the American Cancer Society Volunteer Leadership Council serving a seven-county area and a member of the board for the Rich Center for Autism.
Mrs. Weimer is a retired teacher of students with special needs, having taught most of her career in the Liberty Schools for over 20 years. She holds a B.S. in Education from Ohio State University and an M.S. in Education from YSU.