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Our Library, Our Community


The Stark County District Library Foundation, a nonprofit organization, was recently incorporated to support the efforts of the library and its staff in serving the citizens of Stark County.  The Foundation Board is comprised of the following community leaders:


Maureen Ater Paula Mastroianni
Janet Baker Kevin Rice
Kevin Burwell Terri Roth
Mary Calnon Joseph Schauer
James Conley Leslie K. Schneider
Trina Farnsworth Christine Schulman
Kay Feagles Kyle Sheposh
Jeanne Frietag Kevin Smith
Ryan Fulmer Rob Vail
Lora Harley Darlene Violet
Tony Lambos Lisa Warburton-Gregory
Michael Marvin Tena Wilson, ex officio


The Stark County District Library is one of the best 100 libraries in the United States. It has served Canton and Stark County since 1884. In 2006, The Stark County District Library Foundation was incorporated as a 501(c)(3) corporation to raise funds and financially support and advance the mission and values of the Library. The Foundation is working to create a substantial financial endowment to assist with value-added services, programs, and capital purchases. The Library's Strategic Plan provides a framework for library services worthy of the Foundation's financial support, especially literacy, programming, capital projects, and other service efforts.

Ways to Give:

The Foundation is a nonprofit, tax deductible, 501(c)(3) organization, and there are many ways to support it. You may make an outright gift by donating today, make a memorial gift, or you can take advantage of a variety of planned giving strategies.

A memorial gift can recognize or commemorate a person you especially care about. And, your charitable contribution can be designated for the purpose you wish.

Planned giving is deciding now on the future distribution of your assets. The most common method to do this is through a will. Contact your lawyer or financial planner for more information. Also consider a gift of property, stocks, or annuities as a means of signifying your commitment to the library's future.

Giving Levels

The giving clubs represent annual support of the foundation. Donors will be recognized in Foundation publications and receive gifts of appreciation.

Hawthorne Club:  $100-$249
Dickinson Club:   $250-$499
Poe Club:            $500-$1,499
Alcott Club:         $1,500-$2,499
Twain Club:         $2,500 - $4,999

Enduring Gift Levels

One time or cumulative gifting circles represent a significant financial commitment to the foundation's mission. Based upon their cumulative gifts, donors will receive special recognition on our website and list of donors, as well as gifts of appreciation.

Benefactor's Circle: $5,000 - $7,499
Leader's Circle:       $7,500 - $9,999
Founder's Circle:     $10,000 and above

Your Donations at Work

In late 2000 the library received a substantial bequest from the E. Kathleen Smith Trust. Funds from the bequest were used for a variety of art-related projects, because Ms. Smith spent her career as an art teacher at Canton McKinley and the Canton Institute of Art. The most visible art funded by the Trust is "Enlightenment" which adorns the front entrance of the Main Library.

"Enlightenment"by local artist Don Lundstrom is an effort to define the Stark County District Library and its purpose, as well as to create a welcoming sense to those who pass through its entrance.

To learn more about the Library Foundation or to make a donation, contact Stephanie Soduk, Public Relations and Development Manager, 330.458.2699, or e-mail.

Donate Online:

The Stark County District Library Foundation has a fiduciary responsibility to ensure that all gifts are used for the purposes intended by our donors. The Foundation is a responsible steward of your philanthropic contributions, and works to ensure the efficient use of private funds.

To Donate today, please click "Donate to the the Library" at the bottom of the screen to access the Library Foundation's Pay Pal donation method. To assign memorial tribute or special project designation, please use the Special Instructions field on the second page of the donation form.

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