Over 500 Celebrate the Grand Opening and Dedication of the New Canfield Library
|Canfield Library Dedication|
|January 30, 2016|
The new Canfield Library, 43 W. Main St., opened to the public on Monday, January 25, 2016, at 9 a.m. for a soft opening. A formal grand opening and dedication was held the following Saturday, January 30, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. with refreshments and activities for all ages. Over 500 people attended the event.
“We’re very happy that our customers who have waited so long for their new library will finally be able to come inside and use all of the wonderful resources the Canfield Library has to offer,” said Library Executive Director, Heidi M. Daniel.
Library Board President Dr. David Ritchie, welcomed those at the Grand Opening/Dedicaton on January 30. He said, “The wait is over. Your new Canfield Library is finally open. And as I look around, I see more than a library – I see an educator’s dream.
“Our children will grow and learn in this building. Starting with the very young, whose first experience in a library might well be our Early Literacy Playscape.
“Through elementary school, high school, and even college, our students will benefit from the materials in this building, as well as quiet study spaces, WiFi accessibility, and so much more. In this library, we’re creating lifelong readers and successful students.
“But this library isn’t just for students and children. There is something for all ages, something to inspire you and enrich your life.
“This is a library that has been many years in the making; one that took shape with input from the community.
“We’re grateful to our library director, Heidi Daniel, for her vision for what a great library should be. To our Board of Trustees who gave strong support for this project. To our architect, Ron Faniro, and contractor, Hudson Construction. And to all the library staff who are too numerous to mention…these amazing people brought this building to life.”
The new library ties together different aspects of the community. Built close to the center of Canfield, the new library connects to the Green and provides an area for activity to take place.
Ms. Daniel notes, “This new library is a multi-generational learning hub, right here in the center of Canfield. It has a place for children to grow and learn, a place for teens to gather and be inspired, a place for folks to get a cup of coffee and sit down to read a newspaper. Library customers can connect with a more expanded collection of materials, such as best sellers, nonfiction, magazines and more. There is space for meetings and activities. And the Library has new technology, which can inspire all ages.”
Library Communications/PR Director Janet S. Loew, says, “The previous Canfield Branch Library closed at the end of the day on Saturday, September 20, 2015, to construct this new facility. In the interim, the Library partnered with Mill Creek MetroParks to set up a small temporary location in the MetroParks Farm. The Library appreciates Mill Creek’s offer of a free space in which to provide limited services during construction. Our patrons tell us they were so happy to have this location to pick up and drop off materials, as well as attend children’s programs. It was a wonderful partnership.”
Plans were in the works for nearly a decade for this new Canfield Library and the Library Board of Trustees saved money in advance for this $5.3 million project. The Library operates debt-free and pays for projects without bond issues or loans, which are costly. Special thanks to the community for private donations of over $700,000 which help offset the cost of constructing this new library branch.
Canfield Library will be open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Thursday and from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Sunday hours begin in February, 2016, and will be 1-5 p.m. through May 22.
The old Canfield Library, built in 1969, was 5,104 square feet. The new branch is 18,514 square feet.
Architect: Faniro Architects, Inc., of Youngstown.
General Contractor: Hudson Construction, Inc., of Hermitage, PA.
Plumbing Trades: Morrone Mechanical of Lowellville
Mechanical Trades: York Mahoning MC, Inc.
Fire Protection Trades: RNL Fire Systems
Electrical Trades: Tri-Area Electric