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13820 Mahoning Ave.
North Jackson, OH 44451

Project architect: Ronald Cornell Faniro.

General Contractor: DSV Builders, Inc.

New Tri-Lakes Library Dedicated August 13

NORTH JACKSON ( August 13, 2013) - The community celebrated the dedication of the new Tri-Lakes Library, a branch of the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County (PLYMC), at 5 p.m. August 13. The event included a ribbon cutting, dedication ceremony, plus a children's program featuring Outback Ray, refreshments, and more.

The Tri-Lakes Library officially opened to the public at 10 a.m. on Monday, July 22. Located at 13820 Mahoning Ave., the new branch library represents a merger between the previous North Jackson and Lake Milton/Craig Beach branches. These two branches closed in late-June to merge into the newer, more spacious 6,270 square-foot facility. The project cost is approximately $2.04 million.

The branch which serves the northwest portion of Mahoning County was named “Tri-Lakes” because of its proximity to three bodies of water, Berlin Lake, Meander Reservoir and Lake Milton. TL-dedication-4131

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Remarks by Heidi M. Daniel, Library Executive Director
In remarks at the Dedication, Library Executive Director Heidi M. Daniel noted, “Andrew Carnegie once said, ‘A library outranks any other thing a community can do to benefit its people.  It is a never failing spring...’ It is clear that the communities of North Jackson and Lake Milton believed in that benefit early on, when they each worked to bring the original libraries into existence in their areas.  There are great stories of community members in each area advocating for the existence of a public library in their community. 

“As time has moved on, it has become clear that the role of a public library has changed – it is now a community gathering place, a place to access technology, a place to increase job skills or a place to find your family’s weekend DVD or get the school book that’s assigned for the semester.  With these changes come infrastructure changes and the need to serve more people, more efficiently.  The need for better computers, faster internet connections.  The need to serve small children, school students, teens, and older adults all in one space.  The need to have a place for meeting, for discussion, and research.  A place that combines civic life, leisure time, and academic pursuits.  In short- there comes a time when a community needs a bigger library.

“It is a rare thing for a community to get a new library.  We are very proud of the one that we are offering to the Tri-Lakes area today.  We hope you are, too, as each community member, Library Board member, and staff member here today has a stake in its excellence.”

Remarks by Dr. David Ritchie
Dr. David Ritchie, Library Board President, said, “It is always a pleasure to gather for an event such as this – dedicating a new library.  The Library Board of Trustees is pleased to present this beautiful new branch to your community.

“It has been gratifying to watch the interest this community has shown for its library and the enthusiasm that has been steadily growing. The Library’s Board of Trustees shares your enthusiasm for our newest branch.

“We believe this library, like so many in our system, will soon become central to the community as a gathering place, a place for enrichment and recreation, a place for  learning and growing.

“So today, it is my distinct pleasure to officially present this library to you. You are the reason we built this branch.  We hope you will stop in often.  We know you will enjoy each and every visit. We look forward to providing you with top quality library service for many years to come. Thank you for your support of libraries.”

Remarks by Alex Benyo
Alex Benyo, Library Trustee and Building and Sites Committee Chair, noted:  “I was fortunate to be named chair of the Building and Sites Committee, which means that I was able to play a part in bringing your community this wonderful new library. As I look around, I think about how it wasn't so long ago that we were looking at drawings of this building and imagining what it would be like. Now I look around and think - it's even better than I imagined!

“And I'd like the members of this community to know that we had you in mind every step of the way. After all, this library is for you. In the time I've served as a Library Trustee, I've come to appreciate what the Library means to people. I've seen how important a library is to our residents. I've seen that people really do love their library and every day I get a little more insight into why that is.

“Today, we're celebrating one of the reasons people love their library - the new Tri-Lakes Branch. This is not only a beautiful building, but when you open the doors and step inside, you've got a world of information and a friendly, professional staff waiting to help you. As a Library Trustee, I'm proud of this new library and I hope that you are, too.  We've come a long way since this library was just an idea. I hope you'll agree that it was worth the wait.”

Remarks by Thomas Frost
Thomas Frost, Library Trustee, Member of Library Building and Sites Committee, Jackson Township Trustee, said, “ I’m on the Library Board, but I’m also a member of this community and as such, I couldn't be more proud of this new library and what it will mean to our community now and for many years to come. Our children will benefit immensely from all that is offered here.  There is something for all ages.

“Our new library is just a stone's throw from our middle school and high school. I expect it to play an important role in the education of our students. While you're here, make sure you get a closer look at our children's section. Notice the Early Literacy activities mounted to the wall. As you can see, the Library is committed to the reading experience, for babies, toddlers and kids of all ages.The Library envisioned that this branch would be a center of community activity and a gathering place, and so this beautiful meeting room space was included.

“We can all be proud of this new library, created with a vision that was enhanced by input from our community. I hope you will take advantage of all that this new library offers. And I'm thrilled to be able to say, ‘Welcome to OUR library!’”

Dedication Ceremony Program:
Ribbon cutting
Boy Scout and Cub Scout Troop 105
Fred Schrock, opening prayer
Dr. David Ritchie, Library Board of Trustees President
Heidi M. Daniel, Library Executive Director
Alex Benyo, Library Trustee and Chair of Library Building and Sites Committee
Thomas Frost, Library Trustee, Member of Library Building and Sites Committee, Jackson Township Trustee
Howard Vaynor, President, Lake Milton Library Association
Kirk Baker, Jackson-Milton Superintendent of Schools
Deborah Liptak, Library Development Director
Cheerleaders from the Jackson-Milton and Western Reserve schools. Jackson-Milton Band.
A special children’s program featuring Outback Ray completed the event.

Refreshments were provided by the Friends of the Public Library of Youngstown & Mahoning County.

Previous Library Director Carlton A. Sears was recognized with a plaque for his vision and efforts in beginning this project for the new library.

Project architect was Ronald Cornell Faniro, Youngstown. General Contractor is DSV Builders, Inc., of Niles. Other construction contracts went to: Ellyson Plumbing and Heating of Salem, OH (plumbing); D & G Mechanical, Inc., of West Middlesex, PA (mechanical); Zenith Systems, Inc., of Bedford Heights, OH (electrical).

The Library Board of Trustees Building and Sites Committee was actively involved in this new library project. Members are: Alex Benyo, chair; Trustee President Dr. David Ritchie; Richard Atkinson; Kathryn Bennett; Timothy Bresnahan; ThomasP Frost.
A fundraising campaign with a goal of $250,000 is currently underway for this branch. Those wishing to donate should call the Library’s Development Office at 330.740.6086.

Background
When the Library 2011 Strategic Plan was created over nine years ago, library service in the northwest portion of Mahoning County was being reviewed. Community members and school officials approached the Library and asked then-Library Director Carlton A. Sears director to consider putting a new branch on the site of a then-proposed high school/middle school complex, which was in planning stages. After much discussion and study, Library Trustees decided that a merger of the North Jackson and Lake Milton branches would provide an opportunity for that portion of Mahoning County to have a newer branch with more computers, more space and more features. The Board also realized that merging two smaller libraries would be more efficient and save money and the decision was made to merge the branches.

The Library began working with the community on a building in the Jackson-Milton area prior to the decline of the economy, but the project unfortunately had to be put on hold in 2009 due to the economic downturn and uncertainty of library funding.  The Library was happy to be able to return to the project after passage of two levies and was thankful for community support of those levies in 2009 and 2010. Ground was broken on July 30, 2012, shortly after the arrival of new Library Executive Director Heidi M. Daniel, who oversaw the project through completion.

The Library appreciates the support of the Jackson-Milton School Board and Superintendent Kirk Baker, which donated land for the new branch on property adjacent to the new Jackson-Milton High School/Middle School.

The Library thanks community members who shared their aspirations for their community and what they wanted in their local library.
The new Tri-Lakes Library opened its doors on Monday, July 22, 2013.
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Tri-Lakes sets dedication August 13

The community will gather to formally dedicate the new Tri-Lakes Library, a branch of the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County (PLYMC), at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, August 13, 2013. The event is open to the public and will include the Dedication Ceremony, plus a children's program featuring Outback Ray, refreshments, and more.

The branch officially opened to the public at 10 a.m. on Monday, July 22. Located at 13820 Mahoning Ave., the new branch library represents a merger between the previous North Jackson and Lake Milton/Craig Beach branches. These two branches closed in late-June to merge into the newer, more spacious 6,270 square-foot facility.

The branch, which serves the northwest portion of Mahoning County was named “Tri-Lakes” because of its proximity to three bodies of water, Berlin Lake, Meander Reservoir and Lake Milton. The project cost is approximately $2.04 million for the new facility. 

Library Director Heidi M. Daniel says, “We are pleased to be opening this new library branch, with its spacious interior and unique features. We are sure our customers at the new Tri-Lakes Branch will be pleased. We look forward to sharing this library with the community, which has lent support throughout the project.”

The building’s design takes advantage of the natural setting, with large windows serving two purposes: letting in natural light and providing a beautiful view of nature surrounding the new library.

Along with traditional library materials, the new location will feature high-speed Internet access on public computers, free WiFi, collections for children and teens and adults, a community meeting room and study room, and much more.
Tri-Lakes Library Hours:

Monday
10am-6pm
Tuesday
10am-8pm
Wednesday
10am-6pm
Thursday
10am-6pm
Friday
Closed
 
Saturday
10am-6pm
Sunday
Closed

Ground was broken for the new project on July 30. At that time, new library director, Ms. Daniel, welcomed the crowd and expressed her enthusiasm for the project. Previous library director Carlton Sears was also on hand to celebrate. Sears had been instrumental in the project starting with a vision for a new branch in 2004. The library and the community weathered the delay as this project was put on hold with the economic decline of 2009. In 2011, new life was breathed into the project and work began in earnest.

This new facility builds on the work of those who came before – dedicated community members who supported with time and donations the two library branches in North Jackson and Lake Milton/Craig Beach which have merged into the new Tri-Lakes Library. The Library is appreciative of the donation of land from the Jackson-Milton School Board and the support of that Board of Education, the School Superintendent, and school and public officials for their assistance.

The Building and Sites Committee of the Library’s Board of Trustees, is overseeing the project. Members are: Chair Alex Benyo and members Thomas Frost, Richard Atkinson, Kathryn Bennett, and Timothy Bresnahan.

Project architect is Ronald Cornell Faniro, Youngstown. General Contractor is DSV Builders, Inc., of Niles.  Other construction contracts went to: Ellyson Plumbing and Heating of Salem, OH (plumbing); D & G Mechanical, Inc., of West Middlesex, PA (mechanical); Zenith Systems, Inc., of Bedford Heights, OH (electrical).

A fundraising campaign with a goal of $250,000 is currently underway for this branch. Those wishing to donate should call the Library’s Development Office at 330.740.6086.

Opening Day • July 22, 2013
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Tri-Lakes Library Sneak Peek • July 10, 2013
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From left: Ronald Cornell Faniro, project architect; David Foster, Library facilities and construction manager; Dr. David Ritchie, Library Trustee President; Heidi Daniel, Library Director; and Tom Frost, Library Trustee. 

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J-M GroundbreakingMany area residents, and even some very enthusiastic cheerleaders, turned out to support the Library as ground was broken to mark the launch of construction on July 30, 2012.

New Library Director Heidi Daniel attended the groundbreaking and expressed her thanks to the  community: “The support of the community has been gratifying. It is my sincere belief that this new library building will be with the activities, resources, and dreams of the residents who use it.”

A fundraising campaign with a goal of $250,000 is currently underway for this branch. If you’re interested in donating, please call 330.740.6086.

Jackson-Milton Groundbreaking news and photos

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