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Annual Summer Reading Challenge Returns to the Library

May 19, 2017 (Canton, Ohio) –Stark County District Library’s annual Summer Reading Challenge returns for another season of fun from now until July 29, 2017.

The Summer Reading Challenge is an annual library event that encourages children and teens to read throughout the summer months. Each of the Library’s 10 locations and mobile services will participate in the challenge and will host additional reading activities for kids and teens throughout the summer.

Kids can sign up at any branch or online now through July 29th. Maps are located inside the Smart Store Guide, available at any branch or online. 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. Kick-off events will be held on the following dates:

DeHoff Memorial Branch
Monday, June 5, 4-8 p.m.

Jackson Township Branch
Monday, June 5, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Lake Community Branch
Monday, June 5, 1-4 p.m.

Madge Youtz Branch
Monday, June 5, 3-5 p.m.

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

Main Library
Tuesday, June 6, 1:30-3:30 p.m.

North Branch
Wednesday, June 7, 2-4 p.m.

Plain Community Branch
Wednesday, June 7, 2-3p.m.

East Canton Branch
Thursday, June 8, 2-3 p.m.

Sandy Valley Branch
Monday, June 12, 2-3 p.m.

The program is open to children and teens birth to grade 12. Participants read 40 days, earning incentives along the way like coupons for a tasty treat, a book, or a sticker/tattoo. They just need to track their reading on the maps available in the Smart Guide. Once they read 40 days, they can earn a book/coupon, a Golden Ticket to a special event, and a chance to win the grand prize. Students who complete the challenge will be invited to attend a special party. This year’s theme, Build a Better World, offers the opportunity for children to earn special prizes by participating in community service projects.

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. “Studies show if students read just a few books over the summer, they can maintain their current reading level and avoid summer setback,” said DiGiacomo. “The Summer Reading Challenge is one of the many efforts at the Library to combat this learning loss.”

Please visit for a downloadable Summer Reading Map, reading lists, and printable activity pages.



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 110,000 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.

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