CANFIELD, Ohio (WKBN) – After years of planning and months of construction, the wait is almost over for the opening of the new Canfield Library.
The grand opening will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, January 30. Heidi Daniel, executive Director of the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County said the opening should attract a large crowd.
“We built it for the hopes it would draw people in from the northwest part of the county,” she said. “You build a building this size, you hope it would get a lot of use from a lot of areas.”
The $5.3 million facility sits where the old library used to be. The new building was funded partially through more than $600,000 in private donations.
Daniel said the new building also implements the latest in digital technology.
“We see this building growing with the community in 10 years,” she said. “We’re fully aware of the impact of digital media on libraries, and we embrace it.”
The digital aspect is what will be a focal point in the years to come. Online magazines, digital courses, online homework help and an e-book collection will be available to the public.
“We will have a large screen monitor up that displays our digital collection,” Daniel said. “That people can scroll through and look at and look at different titles.”
The bibliotech, a self-service kiosk system, is also another piece of technology that will save the customer time when they visit the library. Customers can control their holds and renewals from the kiosks.
Daniel said another feature is a “co-working table,” in which people can share their work from the laptop onto a large screen at the end of the table.
Daniel sees a bright future for the library.
“We are really excited, because it has a lot of unique features that you won’t find anywhere else in our library system. We think it’s a real asset to the community.”