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June 25, 2002


CANTON- The Board of Trustees wishes to once again thank the citizens of Canton for their support and generosity. When in 1998 we asked the Town "To Imagine the Possibilities" they did, and therefore the Groundbreaking Ceremony, Sunday, June 23, 2002 at the Canton Public Library truly belonged to all of us.

We marked both an end and a beginning to our renovation and expansion project. The design and development phase, which required the support of so many Canton citizens, came to an end. We said good bye to the building, as we knew it, and moved on to our temporary home at Draper Mills on Washington Street.

After waiting more than twenty years for this day, we passed muster at Town Meeting and at the ballot box. With your generosity, we have raised almost $400,000 to help defray the cost of this project to the Town. This past week the library received the largest individual gift in this century from the Estate of former Trustee Edward Bolster. In addition the library is due to receive $2.5 million dollars from the Massachusetts Library Construction Act.

The Trustees know that Canton's overwhelming support for this project is truly recognition of the daily hard work and service of our library staff under the direction of Mark Lague. The move of 100,000 volumes alone required intense preparation, attention to detail, and hours of toil from each and every member of the library staff. The Board wishes to acknowledge our deep appreciation for the staff's dedication and the many hours of hard work that have made this all possible.

As we begin the construction phase of this project, we asked the children of Canton to share in the ground breaking by participating in their own Kid Dig. We know that the library is unique in that it serves all the citizens of Canton and will continue to do that, once again, in a few short weeks from the Draper Annex on Washington Street.

We are pleased to announce the kick off of our next phase of our fund raising efforts. Our new entrance will have a new brick path. You may purchase bricks to commemorate the next hundred years of the Canton Public Library from June Alfano at 781 828-4636.

The Board wishes to thank the many volunteers for helping to arrange the event. It is fitting to recognize the leadership of Jim Egan of the Bank of Canton and Jim Salah of the Salah Foundation. A special thanks to Canton Cooperative Bank, Randolph Savings Bank, and the Brockton Savings Bank for your friendship and support of the library and the people of Canton. Your support is genuinely appreciated and acknowledged with gratitude.