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Libraries Rock! Annual Summer Reading Challenge Returns to the Library

May 24, 2018 (Canton, Ohio) – Stark Library’s annual Summer Reading Challenge returns for another season of fun from now until July 28.

The Summer Reading Challenge is an annual library event that encourages children and teens to read throughout the summer months. This year’s theme is Libraries Rock! 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.

To celebrate the return of 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 4, 4 - 7 p.m.

East Canton Branch
Wednesday, June 6, 12:15 - 2 p.m.

Jackson Community Branch
Monday, June 4, 2 - 4 p.m.

Lake Community Branch
Monday, June 4, 2 - 4 p.m.

Main Library
Tuesday, June 5, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.

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

North Branch
Wednesday, June 6, 1 - 4 p.m.

Perry Sippo Branch
Thursday, June 7, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Plain Community Branch
Thursday, June 7, 2 - 3 p.m.
Glen Oak High School Performing Arts Theatre

Sandy Valley Branch
Saturday, June 2, 1 - 4 p.m.
Fry Family Park

The challenge is open to children and teens birth to grade 12. Participants read 40 days and track their reading on the map to earn prizes along the way. Once they read 40 days, they can earn a ticket to a special celebration, and a chance to win the grand prize, or read 50 days for an extra bonus prize!

Marianna DiGiacomo, Director of Community Services, expects this year’s Summer Reading Challenge to offer a fun way to encourage children to read throughout the summer. “Studies show that reading just a few books over the summer helps avoid the summer slide,” said DiGiacomo. “The Summer Reading Challenge is one of the many efforts at the Library to combat this learning loss and set children up for success.”

A finale celebration will be held at the McKinley Museum on August 11. Everyone is invited to have dino-themed fun, explore science shows and eat ice cream. Participants who completed 40 days of reading will enjoy an exclusive show and have a chance to win a pass to the McKinley Museum.

Children and teens can participate now through July 28. Maps are located inside the Smart Store Guide, available at any branch or online. For a downloadable Summer Reading Map, reading lists, and printable activity pages, please visit



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, the 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 9,000 programs for 166,000 attendees and provides 220,000 computer sessions on the publicly available computers found in each branch. In 2017, Stark Library served nearly 2 million visitors at all locations and online.

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, passport services and the Start Smart School Partnership.

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