The Places We Find Ourselves

by Diane Kendig

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Poet, writer, translator, editor, and teacher is how Diane describes herself. We know her as a local published author who is a loyal FOL member. She shared poems distilled from her life experiences and detailed the back stories that inspired the poems. Her dramatic presentation captivated her very attentive audience. Can you believe she taught creative writing to inmates in prison for 18 years? 

Why love stories matter

by Miranda Liasson

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Local award-winning Contemporary Romance author Liasson told us why we all love a great love story. We learned why we are drawn to theses stories and how we use their inspiration in our own lives. Curl up with one of her books and enjoy a respite from your daily challenges.

the 1948 palestine war and the origins of the arab-israeli conflict

by Dr. Rosemarie M. Esber

Friday, May 5, 2017

For 69 years, violence in Israel, Palestine, and the neighboring Arab countries has seemed endless. The instability in the Holy Land affects the peace of the whole world. Dr. Esber discussed the myths and facts surrounding the conflict from the early 19th century through the last days of the British mandate over Palestine. 

Recent events

sponsored by Friends of the Library

2017 Stark County Local Authors

The Stark County District Library asked local writers to share a passage of their writing on the theme of "Place."

The following writers' responses about Northeast Ohio places ranged widely, from Canton's Mother Gooseland to an imaginary and yet very real library; from a beloved grandparents' home at Christmas to spring at Sippo Lake. 

The authors highlighted this year were:

Frank Lavin, author of Home Front to Battlefront: An Ohio Teenager in World War II :

David Wagoner, with a poem on a childhood memory from 1928:

Julie Lindsey, a local mystery author:

Tim Botos, with a famous story from the Canton Repository:

Ted Gup, the investigative reporter with a personal book about a family secret connected to Canton, The Secret Gift. We're providing you with a link to a video on the making of the book, which is to say, the unearthing of the secret of the suitcase:


Currently, you can still read last year’s authors at:

The library website for the 2015 tributes to our Stark County writers is:


by Dr. Heather Farrington

​Monday, September 25, 2017

​What is it like to be a museum curator?  Dr. Farrington's presentation was a virtual tour of the Cincinnati Museum Center’s animal collections and provided some insights into life at the museum which is housed in the historic Union Terminal train station. She even brought some of her "critters"!


"Take me out to the Ball Game..."

Saturday, April 29. 2017


Baseball came alive at the Main Library with an informative presentation on America's favorite sport by historian and lifelong fan, Dr. Leslie Heaphy, who scored a home run with her program on "Games You Didn't See." The​ "peanuts, popcorn, and crackerjack" was enhanced with delicious hor's doeuvres, dinner, dessert, and beverages. ​Hilarious skits entertained the crowd, many being appropriately dressed in baseball gear. Baseball books for sale and prizes to win made the evening with friends a complete package.


Monday, October 30, 2017

We  appreciate our faithful volunteers so much that we planned a lovely luncheon for them. Delicious food and pleasant conversation was cause for many smiles. Thank you, loyal volunteers!


by Richard Haldi

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

A local history buff, Richard Haldi, told the story of Canton millionaire H. H. Ink's dream of building a grand theater for his community, and of how a young housewife from Malvern helped save it from imminent demolition on its 50th birthday in 1976. A full-color souvenir book was on sale by a Palace representative.