JACKSON TWP.  Representatives from The Stark County District Library, along with many guests, including Jackson Township trustees, library board members and State Representative Kirk Schuring unveiled a library sign designating the future site of the Jackson Branch.

The meaningful event took place on Dec. 8 at the entrance of Jackson’s North Park, which is in front of the proposed location of the new building. The library’s board reaffirmed their commitment to building a new Stark County District Library Jackson Township Branch building in September.

The library has identified the new library as part of Jackson Township’s master plan for the space in and around North Park which includes an Amphitheater and other new additions. The board has selected HBM Architects to design the building. The firm is a nationally recognized and has a focus on library planning and design. The lead architect on the project is Megan Calnon who is originally from Jackson Township.  

Derek Gordon has been hired by the library as the owner’s representative to manage new construction and renovation projects including collaborating with architects, engineers and vendors. Gordon was the director of Canton Parks and Rec.

The next step includes hosting a community focus group of 30-40 people to assess how the library can best serve the needs of Jackson Township.

Library officials have expressed in a written statement their commitment to the project, "The Board is committed to staying and investing in Jackson Township with a presence that will fully serve the needs of the community while wisely and efficiently using taxpayer dollars."