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A Universe of Stories Summer Reading Program Launches June 3

May 20, 2019 (Canton, Ohio) – Stark Library’s annual Summer Reading Challenge launches a season of fun beginning June 3.

The Summer Reading Challenge combats the dreaded summer slide and reminds kids that reading is not only for learning— it’s fun, too! It keeps child’s reading skills sharp, and improves their comprehension and memory skills, and even results in gains over the summer. Last year over 6,250 participants joined the challenge and read a combined total of 158,395 days, more than doubling 2017’s stats.  2019 is the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing and this year’s summer reading theme A Universe of Stories! invites participants to explore the wonders of space. 

Each of our locations (and mobile services) will participate in the challenge and host reading activities all summer long, so you’re sure to find reading fun near you. Kids can sign up at any branch or online now through August. Maps are available at any branch.

To celebrate Summer Reading, each location is hosting a kick-off event for children and their parents which will include fun activities and enable interested participants to sign up for the challenge. Launch Party kick-off events will be held on the following dates:

Jackson Township Branch
Monday, June 3, 2 - 4 p.m.

Madge Youtz Branch
Monday, June 3, 2 - 4 p.m.

East Canton Branch
Tuesday, June 4, 1 - 2 p.m.

Main Library
Tuesday, June 4, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.

North Branch
Wednesday, June 5, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Perry Sippo Branch
Wednesday, June 5, 2 - 4 p.m.

Plain Community Branch
Wednesday, June 5, 2 - 3 p.m.

Sandy Valley Branch
Wednesday, June 5, 1 - 4 p.m.

DeHoff Memorial Branch
Monday, June 8, 4 - 7 p.m.

Lake Community Branch 
Monday, June 10, 1 - 4 p.m.

The challenge is open to children and teens birth to grade 12. Participants track their progress over 40 days on their summer reading map and earn prizes along the way. Once they reach their goal, they earn a ticket to a special celebration and a chance at the grand prize.  Prizes include books, coupons, giftcards and more.

Summer Reading will wrap up with a finale celebration on August 10 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the McKinley Presidential Library and Museum with an ice cream truck, visit from the bookmobile, outside activities and a green screen for some galactic fun for star readers who read all 40 days. Participants who read an extra 10 days will win a bonus prize.

Marianna DiGiacomo, Director of Community Services, expects this year’s Summer Reading Challenge to once again offer a fun way to get children to read throughout the summer. “Students can lose up to a month of academic learning over the summer months, but kids can avoid the summer setback by reading just six books,” said DiGiacomo.  “The Summer Reading Challenge is a fun and easy way to encourage kids to read and combat this learning loss.”

Sign up for out of this world fun at any branch or learn more at StarkLibrary.org/SummerReading.



Inviting. Informing. Transforming.  At Stark Library, we invite everyone into a welcoming place, inform them with resources that will help them grow, and then send them back out to change and transform the world. We think of this ongoing, lifelong process as OUR PURPOSE.

One of the 9 largest library systems in Ohio – and the county’s oldest library – Stark 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, Stark Library serves more than 240,000 residents, annually circulating nearly 4 million items from its 1.5 million item collection and providing access to an additional 66 million items from lending networks throughout Ohio. Each year the library presents more than 8,000 programs for 150,000 attendees and provides 195,000 computer sessions on the publicly available computers found in each branch. In 2018, Stark Library served nearly 2 million visitors at all locations and online.

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