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2017 Family Holiday Events at Stark County District Library

November 22, 2017 (Canton, Ohio) – Stark County District Library is celebrating the 2017 holiday season with several events for all age groups at branch locations in Stark County. Events include a Gingerbread House Extravaganza, special story times, crafts, a Polar Express party, meetings with Santa Claus and more. All events are free, but registration is requested, if indicated, due to limited seating.

A schedule of events to get you in the holiday spirit is listed below:

Gingerbread House Extravaganza
Enter November 27-December 10
Voting December 11-17
Entries on display Nov 27-Dec 18, Main Library
715 Market Ave. N, Canton
Design and build a gingerbread creation and bring it to the Main Library to decorate the Children’s Department. See contest rules at

Here Comes Santa
In Partnership with Stark Parks
Saturday Dec 2 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Perry Sippo Branch
5710 12th St NW, Canton
Bring your cameras and visit Santa at the library. Continue the holiday celebration throughout Exploration Gateway with crafts, stories, live animals, refreshments and musical entertainment.

Holiday Open House
Tuesday Dec 5 4-6 p.m., Madge Youtz Branch
2921 Mahoning Road NE, Canton
Celebrate the holidays with music, crafts, refreshments, and cheer!

Holiday Music at Your Library (Registration Requested)
Sponsored by Lake Friends of the Library
Wednesday Dec 6 1-2 p.m., Lake Community Branch
565 Market Ave. N, Canton Enjoy the sounds of Dulcimers 'n Such a musical group that plays a variety of instruments like the dulcimer, harmonica, and washtub bass.

Light up Downtown
Thursday Dec 7 6-8 p.m., Main Library
715 Market Ave. N, Canton
Santa Claus is coming! Visit the library during Canton’s annual launch of the holiday season for entertainment, crafts, and, of course, the jolly old elf himself.

Big Band Holiday Concert (Registration Requested)
Sponsored by Perry Sippo Friends of the Library
Thursday Dec 7 6-7:30 p.m.
5710 12th St. NW, Canton
Concert features the Savoy Big Band, a 14-piece jazz ensemble.

Holiday Hoopla (Registration Requested)
Saturday December 9 10:30 a.m. – noon, North Branch
189 25th St. NW, Canton Create some holiday magic for the whole family. Participate in a story time, meet and take pictures with Santa, pick up tips on how to wrap presents, and the whole family can create DIY gifts.

All Aboard the Polar Express
Dec 18-23 All Day, Lake Community Branch
565 Market Ave. N, Canton All aboard the Polar Express! Enjoy holiday fun with train activities, crafts, & a scavenger hunt. The fun reaches a peak on Friday when you can make a cookie mix gift, hear the classic story and watch The Polar Express at 2:30 p.m.

Holiday Open House
Thursday Dec 21 4-5 p.m., DeHoff Memorial Branch
216 Hartford Ave. SE, Canton
Celebrate the sights and sounds of the holiday season. Enjoy music, activities, light refreshments and cheer. There will be a surprise visit from Santa.

For more information about upcoming events and to register, visit or call 330-452-0665.


One of the 9 largest library systems in Ohio – and the county’s oldest library – Stark County District Library serves the community through 10 locations, six mobile libraries, and a 24/7 digital branch.

A 2009 winner of the prestigious National Medal for library service, the Library serves over 105,000 active cardholders, annually circulating 3.85 million items from its 1.4 million item collection and providing access to an additional 66 million items from lending networks throughout Ohio. Each year the library presents more than 9,000 programs for 170,000 attendees and provides 260,000 computer sessions on the publicly available computers found in each branch.

Today, as it reimagines itself as The Smart Store, where everything is free®, the Library is emerging as a national thought-leader with innovations such as its “no overdue fines” policy, the BikeSmart bike sharing network, and the Start Smart School Partnership.

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