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Canton Leisure Services Division

Posted on: January 31, 2017

[ARCHIVED] The B.L.O.C.K. Youth & Teen Center Receives Canton Public Library Computer Donation

The B.L.O.C.K. Youth & Teen Center was the recent recipient of nine computers donated by the Canton Public Library. The donation updated The B.L.O.C.K.’s computer lab, which is actively utilized by area teens.

“We are beyond grateful to the Canton Public Library for their donation of Dell Optiplex computers,” said Recreation Specialist Laura Mortier.  “The kids are thrilled to have more up-to-date technology to do their homework, research information and play games on. The kindness of the library spread such positive morale throughout the entire facility.”

The donation came about as a result of a tour of The B.L.O.C.K. facility taken by Marian Nicholson, Canton Public Library’s Department Head of Business Services, as part of the Canton Township Leadership program, which is held annually by the Township to educate area business leaders about township operations and services. While on tour, Nicholson realized the need for new equipment and reached out to Leo Papa, Canton Public Library Information Technology Department Head, in hopes that the library could potentially donate several of their old computers that were slated to be replaced with new models.

“Sure enough, months later Leo Papa contacted me and was able to replace the whole lab,” said Mortier. “We went from a mixed-match of computers to a fully-functional computer lab.”

The B.L.O.C.K. Youth & Teen Center, which stands for Building Leaders Out of Canton’s Kids, is a 3,000 square foot center which provides a fun, teen-friendly environment where students from ages 11-17 can participant in supervised afterschool programs, social events, and activities. The center is located on the third floor of the Canton Administration Building at 1150 S. Canton Center Road in Canton, MI.  For more information, visit or call 734/398-5570. 

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