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:


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.

Recent events

sponsored by Friends of the Library

The Reaper Capital of the World

​by Richard Haldi

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Historian and author Haldi provided a fascinating story of Canton's mid-nineteenth century rise to national industrial fame. Cornelius Aultman, Canton producer of agricultural machinery, laid the foundation for this success. The Women's Board of Aultman Hospital co-sponsored the presentation and arranged for the sale of Haldi's book, Ohio's Great Civil War Industrialist, Cornelius Aultman, with proceeds going to the Women's Board's pledge for the new Aultman Cancer Center of Aultman Hospital.

Staff appreciation luncheon

Thursday, April 13, 2017

We so appreciate our faithful staff members that we planned a lovely luncheon for them. Delicious food and pleasant conversation made for a refreshing break. Thank you, staff!


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.

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.