Ladies, try our newest program idea. Join our Librarian, Mary Clements, for a fun hand-made card making experience. Each card is $1.50. Bring a snack to share and use your creative talents. This event is held the third Thursday of every month. The first class was a huge success!
Our wonderful Librarian, Mary Clements, is working on 2 new programs and has created expanded hours to better serve our community.
We are excited to announce that for the first time, our Library will have a Preschool Story Time! Preschoolers may come to the Library on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays from 10:00-11:00 to hear a story and check out books.
Mary is also establishing details for a “Ladies Craft Time” on 3rd Thursdays at 10:00. Stay tuned for more information on this.
New hours are set to accommodate our little ones and it has the added benefit of allowing us to be open over the noon hour on Thursdays. Friends of the Library Volunteers will cover the Saturday hours from 1:00-3:00. This new arrangement will give our patrons even more opportunities to visit the Library!
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The Friends of the Library hosted an informational meeting to celebrate the library and inform folks about the Library’s needed improvements. It was an exciting evening with many folks reminiscing about times spent in our library through the years.
Library Board members and Campaign Committee members worked extremely hard to make it a special evening.
The history of our library was shared and each librarian was featured. There were three librarians present and several former board members were also recognized.
The story of how the Library got started was told. A group of 12 women, members of the Canton Literary Study Club, started a small library in the Canton City Hall in 1909. In 1915, application was made to the Andrew Carnegie Foundation for a new library. After an interruption from World War I, the Library was completed in 1921. It is the last built Carnegie Library in the world.
Andrew Carnegie was quoted. “A LIBRARY OUTRANKS ANY OTHER ONE THING A COMMUNITY CAN DO TO BENEFIT IT’S PEOPLE. IT IS A NEVER FAILING SPRING IN THE DESERT.” The Library Board feels the same way! The Library should be the heart of our community and we are doing our best to make it that way. We are serving all ages of the Canton Community and we want to do more.
The Library has several needs in order to move into the future.
#1 Handicapped Accessibility
#2 Meet Fire Code
#3 Waterproof the Basement
#4 Add Central Heating and Air Conditioning
Brennon Randa, of Plan 4 Architectural Design, was on hand to interpret the plans for a modest addition to the east side of the library. This addition will adequately meet our needs and take us on into the next 95 years. The projected project goal is $400,000.
Various revenue sources were mentioned to meet this goal.
Many thanks to all who attended and to the hardworking committee members who made the evening possible!
The Library Celebrated it’s 95th Birthday on Sat. Oct. 1st. Local authors, Mary Ellen Tippin and Susan Davis were on hand with book exhibits and local celebrities, Superintendent John Denk, and Officer Mark read to Children every half hour.
The architects, Brennon Randa and Randy Clark of Plan 4 Architect Design in McPherson were on hand to discuss the proposed modest addition to the building that will address the future needs of the library.
Girl Scout Troop #50252 collected funds to support the Carnegie Kids Club Lego group.
Kristi Snow, Children’s Story Time leader, led sidewalk chalk art outside, and Campaign Committee members led tours of the proposed new addition that was drawn on the grass in the back yard. Yummy refreshments were served.
Happy 95th Birthday to the Canton Township Carnegie Library!
Come celebrate with us on Sat. Oct. 1 from 1:00-3:00. Local authors, Susan Davis, Carol Duerkson, and Mary Ellen Tippin will be on hand for book signings. Children will enjoy local celebrities readings and Sidewalk Chalk Art. Refreshments will be provided by the Library Board.
Information will be available about the exciting plans for improving and preserving your library. Come check it out!
In order to improve handicapped accessibility, meet fire code safety, waterproof the basement, and add central heating and air conditioning to the Library, the Canton Township Carnegie Library Board and the Canton Township Trustees are initiating a campaign for an addition to the east side of the Library building. This modest addition will preserve our community’s historic treasure and help ensure that we have library services for many years to come.
There are many facets to this project and we will try our best to keep everyone informed as to our progress. As of today, we are working with Clark Architects out of McPherson to develop a workable plan that meets our budget and appropriately honors the Carnegie style of our building. The Board has approved the services of Chad Clark, CAC Consulting, to assist in fundraising.
We will be speaking to groups and individuals to talk about our great library, the many services it offers to our community, and the needs it has. If you would like to host a group of friends to learn more about the project, please contact the library, 620-628-4349, Kim Witt, 620-628-4492, or Sandra Dresher 620-242-4763
We also need ideas for simple fundraisers. If you have an idea, share it! The best ideas come locally! We’d love to hear from you!
We love our Canton Kids and offer several fun programs for them. The Summer Reading Program runs for 6 weeks and meets twice a week. We have Story Time every month that provides a story, snack, and craft for children ages 5 through third grade. Watch for the Carnegie Kids Club to be starting in March. Details will follow.
The Carnegie Library had lots of fun happening Dec. 5th during Canton Christmas. The Library was decorated beautifully for Christmas. There were refreshments and several “Claus Helpers” to make the day a success. Mrs. Claus made an appearance to read to the Children of Canton and Christmas memories were made by all.