JACKSON TWP.  With warmer weather and a sunny afternoon on April 13, many residents, community leaders, library board members and employees came out to celebrate the ground breaking of the new Jackson Township Branch Library.

CEO and Executive Director of the Stark County District Library Mary Ellen Icaza said the event was held to celebrate the groundbreaking and progress on the construction of the new building. The new library is located in Jackson North Park in the same area as the old library which was torn a few down a few years ago because of structural issues.

“We are holding this event today in celebration of the next step for the branch, and the next step for this community,” Icaza said. “Plus, today is the last day of National Library Week so it’s a fitting celebration.”

Many local dignitaries including Ohio Representative Scott Oelslager, Stark County Commissioner Janet Creighton, Jackson Township Trustee James Walters, Jackson Township Administrator Michael Vaccaro, many library board members and others came out to celebrate the beginning of the new building for the Jackson Township Library.

There poster boards setup for community members to see what the outside would look like and what will be included inside the new building. The drawings illustrated several areas for meeting rooms, a large children’s section, a teen section, study spaces, a café/vending area, a large multi-purpose room, offices, staff workspace and much more.

The new building was designed by HBM Architects of Cleveland. Fred Olivieri Construction was selected as the builder. Jackson High School graduate, Megan Calnon, was the project architect for the new branch.

“We are very excited to be here today to see the progress of the new building and we look forward to returning next year in the spring to celebrate the grand opening,” Icaza said.