canton Library

Did you know the Canton Library at Ellwood Ave. & O'Donnell St. was the first branch of Enoch Pratt Free Library? Designed by architect Charles Carson (who also designed 3046 O'Donnell St.), the library opened Feb. 15, 1886. The Canton Community Association made a financial contribution toward the $2.9 million restoration of the 7,510-square-foot space, which features a newly designed floor plan and restored architectural features. The grand reopening took place in February 2016. Of the original four branches of the Enoch Pratt libraries, the Canton branch is the only one still open and operating as an Enoch Pratt library.

To learn more about the Friends of the Canton Library (not affiliated with the CCA) and to become a member, please go to You can also friend them on Facebook

The Friends of the Canton Library meet the 2nd Wednesday of the month, 6:30 pm at the Canton Branch. Come support your community library!

Multi-modal Transportation Study

The Department of Transportation has commissioned a study of the Boston Street corridor from the I-95 interchange to Lakewood Avenue. The purpose of the study is the determine the best method of multi-modal transit options for the corridor in order to calm traffic patterns, alleviate congestion, and increase parking options for the neighboring community.

The Canton Community Association is represented by board member and chair of the transportation committee Mark Edelson. The commission is required to provide a detailed report of its findings to the Department of Transportation and Mayor Catherine Pugh by June, 2017.