The Big Read

We love working with other members of our community to bring you something great! We are collaborating with the Massillon Museum and other libraries in the area to celebrate reading, literacy, and the arts with The Big Read. A variety of activities for all ages including book discussions, writing workshops, and much more, will be hosted throughout the community.

I’ve never heard of The Big Read, tell me more…

The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest. It brings communities together to celebrate art and literature. Similar to One Book, One Community, The Big Read a community reading program focused on a single book.

Massillon Museum and its amazing community partners create innovative and critical programs highlighting the book themes, exposing participants to new genres and ideas. The Museum has been awarded the NEA Big Read grant for thirteen consecutive years. Since 2008, Massillon Museum has proudly distributed more than 26,000 books to Massillon and its surrounding communities.

Community Events Schedule.

Don’t forget the Library is hosting a virtual book discussion on August 6 from 6-7 pm. To get in on the conversation, register here.

So, what’s the book?

This year's book, "Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant?" by Roz Chast, is both comfort and comic relief for anyone experiencing the life-altering loss of elderly parents.

New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast brings her signature wit to the topic of aging parents. Spanning the last several years of their lives and told through four-color cartoons, family photos, and documents, and a narrative as rife with laughs as it is with tears.

While the particulars are Chast-ian in their idiosyncrasies — an anxious father who had relied heavily on his wife for stability as he slipped into dementia and a former assistant principal mother whose overbearing personality had sidelined Roz for decades--the themes are universal: adult children accepting a parental role; aging and unstable parents leaving a family home for an institution; dealing with uncomfortable physical intimacies, and hiring strangers to provide the most personal care.

An amazing portrait of two lives at their end and an only child coping as best she can, Can't We Talk about Something More Pleasant shows the full range of Roz Chast's talent as cartoonist and storyteller.

How do I get a copy?

For a free copy of the book, call Perry Sippo 330.477.8482 or email perry@starklibrary.org, or borrow it from our catalog.