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Canfield Library Architectural Rendering

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Canfield Branch Closes the End of Day Sat., Sept. 20, 2014
Groundbreaking Fri., Oct. 3, 11:30 a.m.

 Temporary Site to Open Oct. 1 at Mill Creek MetroParks Farm 

Informational Flyer about the New Canfield Library -- Temporary Location in the MetroParks Farm - pdf 

 UPDATED 9-17-2014

CANFIELD (September 17, 2014/For Immediate Release) The Canfield Library, located at 43 W. Main St., will close at the end of the day on Saturday, September 20, to prepare for construction of a new Canfield Library on that same site. The building must be emptied before construction can begin. 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.

 The community is invited to groundbreaking ceremonies to take place at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, October 3, on the current site. Library officials and others will be on hand to talk about the project and the general contractor, Hudson Construction, will bring two large construction vehicles to provide a touch-a-truck experience for children. Refreshments will be provided by the Friends of the Canfield Library.

 A temporary library location will open 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 will feature 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 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.

 Architect is Ronald Cornell Faniro of Faniro Architects, Inc., of Youngstown.

General Contractor is 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

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 UPDATED 9-11-2014

Community excitement is high as the new Canfield Library project moves along. Bids were received and contracts awarded at a September 11 Board meeting. >>>read more

The current Canfield Library, located at 43 W. Main St., will close at the end of business on Saturday, September 20, 2014, so that the building can be emptied and preparations made for demolition. The new library will be constructed on the current location.

A ceremonial groundbreaking will be held several weeks after the building closes. Watch this site for further details. 

 Plans have been in the works for several years for the new library branch, which will be constructed at the current site, 43 W. Main St., and the current library building will be demolished.

Architect is Ronald Cornell Faniro, of Faniro Architects Inc., of Youngstown. General Contractor will be Hudson Construction, Inc., of Hermitage, PA.

The new Canfield Library will be 18,514 square feet. The current Canfield Library, built in 1969, is 5,104 square feet. Cost of the building project, including construction, furnishings, landscaping, site work, and more, is estimated at $4.9 million.

Ms. Daniel pointed out that the Canfield Library project has been in the works for over a decade and the Library Board of Trustees has been saving money for this project. The Library operates debt-free and pays for projects without bond issues or loans, which are costly.

She said, "We are very excited about this design and feel it will blend in well with the community and the library's surroundings. We asked for the community's thoughts in many community conversations which have taken place over the past several years and are pleased that we were able to say 'yes' to much of the input we received. We wanted to capture what was most important to the community and I believe this design does just that."

"The community was interested in having a place to gather and in the library branch being connected to the community. To that end, this new design includes a multi-purpose meeting room, a community living room area, and an adult area small meeting room," she noted, "as well as a site plan that should assist with supporting activities and businesses near the community green."

"Of course, this library will have areas and collections for adults, teens and children, as well as computers and the latest technology," she added.

Construction is expected to take from one year to one-and-a-half years. During this time, a space will be available for some library services and programs in the Mill Creek MetroParks Farm.

The Library also has a capital campaign in conjunction with this project. The goal is $500,000. Contact the Library's Development Director, Deborah Liptak, to donate, call 330.740.6086 or email dliptak@libraryvisit.org.


Temporary Location in the MetroParks Farm to Open October 1

Once construction begins on the current site of the Canfield branch, the Library has made arrangements for a temporary location to open in partnership with Mill Creek MetroParks. The new site at the Mill Creek Farm is expected to open October 1. Several Canfield employees will staff this location, which will feature library services such as holds pick-up, children's story times, a small collection of materials for checkout, and laptops for use while there. Special thanks to Mill Creek MetroParks for partnering with the Library to offer this space at no cost.

The temporary Canfield location will be inside the:
Mill Creek MetroParks Farm
7574 Columbiana-Canfield Rd.
Canfield, OH 44406

Services will include: holds pickup, children’s story times, a small collection of materials for checkout, and laptops for use while there.

Of course, you can always use any of our full-service locations for services such as: large collections of materials for checkout, computers, Internet access, photocopies, programs, reference service.

The branches closest to the current Canfield Library are the Austintown and Boardman branches.

Austintown Library, 600 S Raccoon Rd., Austintown
Distance approximately 6.5 miles

Austintown Library hours: Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; open Sundays 1-5 p.m., September-May.

Boardman Library, 7680 Glenwood Avenue, Boardman
Distance approximately 5.5 miles

Boardman Library hours: Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m.,; open Sundays 1-5 p.m., September-May,


News release 01-23-2013 The New Canfield Library is Underway

CANFIELD (January 23, 2013/For Immediate Release) - The Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County unveiled the design and floor plan for the new Canfield Library to the public on Thursday, January 23, in the auditorium of the Ursuline Center, 4280 Shields Rd. Library Executive Director Heidi M. Daniel and architect Ronald Cornell Faniro, of  Faniro Architects Inc., of Youngstown, presented the plans to those in attendance.

Plans have been in the works for several years for the new library branch, which will be located on the same site as the current Canfield Library. The new library branch will be constructed at the current site, 43 W. Main St., and the current library building will be demolished.

The new Canfield Library will be 18,135 square feet. The current Canfield Library, built in 1969, is 5,104 square feet. Cost of the building project, including construction, furnishings, landscaping, site work, and more, is estimated at $4.9 million.

If all goes according to schedule, the Library expects to break ground on this project in late summer or early fall this year.

Ms. Daniel pointed out that the Canfield Library project has been in the works for over a decade and the Library Board of Trustees has been saving money for this project. The Library operates debt-free and pays for projects without bond issues or loans, which are costly.

She said, "We are very excited about this design and feel it will blend in well with the community and the library's surroundings. We asked for the community's thoughts in many community conversations which have taken place over the past several years and are pleased that we were able to say 'yes' to much of the input we received. We wanted to capture what was most important to the community and I believe this design does just that."

"The community was interested in having a place to gather and in the library branch being connected to the community. To that end, this new design includes a multi-purpose meeting room, a community living room area, and an adult area small meeting room," she noted, "as well as a site plan that should assist with supporting activities and businesses near the community green."

"Of course, this library will have areas and collections for adults, teens and children, as well as computers and the latest technology," she added.

Faniro was thoughtful and deliberate in creating the design, with the look and feel of the community always in mind. "I drove around neighborhoods to acquaint myself with the community and made observations to inspire the design. We went to great lengths to present a face on Main Street that would blend in with the current scale of the existing streetscape, and to create a building with character and with spaces that could be used in different ways for both the Library and the community-at-large."

 "Additionally, we became aware that the community's expectations were rooted in a building that reflected the modern reality of library use. Libraries today are much more than warehouses for books and reading materials. They are community gathering spaces and are important to a community's civic pride, which we have reflected in the design," Faniro said. "We took a broader look at what the new Canfield Library's role would be in the community and developed ways to energize the site and to connect it with the Canfield Green.  We suspect that establishing the Library as an extension to the center of Canfield and its public green will both increase usage of the Library and enhance the many things offered on and around the green. I think this energizes the Library site and will enhance the desirability of having a business located fronting the green." 

Members of the audience asked questions, offered some suggestions, and applauded the architect, who noted he would give the suggestions thoughtful consideration. 

Faniro reminded the audience that the colors used in these renderings are subject to change and were added to the drawings to accentuate the architecture.

The Library will also have a capital campaign in conjunction with this project. The goal is $500,000.

The library is partnering with Mill Creek Metroparks on a temporary location which will be available while the library branch is closed for construction.

Canfield Floor Plan Canfield Site Plan

CN main street CN exterior CN green approach CN north entrance CN South promenade birdseye CN alley to green
CN green approach2 CN birdseye north CN birdseye south CN birdseye south2 CN south promenade  
CN south entrance close CN south entry courtyard