Canfield Project

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The New Canfield Library
January 2016

Architect Ron Faniro checked out the first book in the new Canfield Library with staff member Kim O'Leary. Ron is holding the new Canfield Cardinals library card.

Architect Ron Faniro checked out the first book in the new Canfield Library with staff member Kim O’Leary. Ron is holding the new Canfield Cardinals library card.

The first people in the door on opening day were Mary Szalaj, Bob McGowan and Brigid Cassin.

The first people in the door on opening day were Mary Szalaj, Bob McGowan and Brigid Cassin.

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The New Canfield Library


Size: Total building is 18,514 square feet (Previous library was 5,104 square feet)
Architect: Ronald Cornell Faniro of Faniro Architects, Inc., of Youngstown
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

Groundbreaking Ceremony: October 3, 2014
Open to the Public: Monday, January 25, 2016
Grand Opening/Dedication: Saturday, January 30; 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.


Learn about the Canfield Library Dedication »

Canfield Library’s Early Learning Space Featured in Library Journal – pdf »


Grand Opening and Dedication Set for Saturday, January 30

The New Canfield Library is Now Open

CANFIELD (January 22, 2016) – The new Canfield Library, 43 W. Main St., opened to the public on Monday, January 25, at 9 a.m. for a soft opening. A formal grand opening and dedication is scheduled for the following Saturday, January 30, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. with refreshments and activities for all ages.

“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.

The library branch 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.

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 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 $600,000 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 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: Ronald Cornell Faniro of 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


Groundbreaking Marks Official Start of Construction for the New Canfield Library

CANFIELD (October 3, 2014) – Library officials officially broke ground for the construction of a new Canfield Library on the site of the current library, 43 W. Main St., at 11:30 a.m. today.

The previous library branch closed at the end of the day on Saturday, September 20, so that the building could be emptied in preparation for construction. The current building will be demolished and the new building erected on the same site. Construction is expected to take a year to a year and a half.

Judge Mary DeGenaro and Director Heidi Daniel

Judge Mary DeGenaro, Library Trustee, and Heidi Daniel, Library Executive Director, near a wall inside the old Canfield Library prior to the demolition. The note was written on the wall by Canfield staff.

Library Board President Dr. David Ritchie, welcomed those in attendance. He thanked the community for participation in conversations which provided the Library with valuable input. He noted that the new library “will serve as a catalyst to draw the community together.” He said, “We hope that the library’s proximity to the Green will firmly connect it to the community and spur economic growth in this area.” He stressed that, “the Library Board is committed to providing only the best in libraries and library service in Mahoning County and we believe this new branch will meet that goal.

Library Executive Director Heidi M. Daniel told those in attendance, ““I’m excited that we are providing a new library in the heart of Canfield. When a community gets a new library, it’s a very special occasion that happens maybe once in a lifetime. This groundbreaking today kicks off construction and culminates over a decade of working on the project and saving for it, so that the Library can remain debt-free. It’s fulfilling to see the promise of a new library begin to become a reality.

“This new library will tie together different aspects of the community. Built close to the center of Canfield, the new library will connect to the Green and provide an area for activity to take place.

“This new library will be a multi-generational learning hub, right here in the center of Canfield. It will have 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 will be space for meetings and activities. And the Library will have new technology, which can inspire all ages.

“We’re also here to say goodbye and thank-you to the well-used Canfield Library that many residents have come to love. We’ve heard nostalgic comments about the current building and we know that it was well-used and houses many memories for all ages, memories that Canfield residents will continue to cherish. And it is our hope that those who love their library will look toward the new building as an opportunity to create new memories for themselves and their families.

Help Us Perk Up the Canfield Committee of the Friends of the Library
coffee-beansJoin the Friends of PLYMC, Canfield Committee. If you can’t join, there are lots of ways to support the Friends of the Library, who in turn support their local library. The Friends are currently holding  a coffee fundraiser featuring a special blend by the StoneFruit Coffee. Bags of medium roast organic caffeinated coffee beans are selling for $15, with $5 of that going back to the Friends organization. To find out how you can purchase coffee and/or join the Friends, contact the Library’s Development Office at 330.740.6086.The New Canfield Library will Feature StoneFruit Coffee Company »

“As we break ground today, the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County is keeping a promise made to this community. I’m delighted that this groundbreaking is a day for both the Library and the community to celebrate. We expect excitement to grow over the next 12 to 18 months, as this new library takes shape. We look forward to continuing to provide exceptional library service to this community in its new library.”

A small temporary library location opened October 1 in the Mill Creek Farm, 7574 Columbiana-Canfield Rd. Mill Creek MetroParks is partnering with the Library and making this space available at no cost. Once open, the temporary site will have hours of Mon. – Sat., from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. This site features services such as materials pick-up and drop-off, children’s story times, a small collection of materials for checkout, and laptops for use on-site.

The Library reminds patrons that during construction, patrons can use the MetroParks Farm or other branches of the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County. The closest branches to the Canfield Library are Austintown Library, 600 S. Raccoon Rd., at 6.5 miles away, and Boardman Library, 7680 Glenwood Ave., which is about 5.5 miles away.

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 current 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. The project is estimated at $4.9 million.

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