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Library Announces 2017 Local Authors Week Events

March 7, 2017 (Canton, Ohio) –This spring, local authors take the spotlight as Stark County District Library celebrates the third annual Local Authors Week from March 18-25.

Events run though the week and include two Author Fairs, local author events, a special evening at the Canton Palace Theatre, daily website articles by local authors and a publishing workshop.

Guests can get up close with talented local authors, discuss their works, and have books signed at one of the two Local Authors Fairs. Participating authors include Mark Perretta, Don Ake, Allison Adams, and more. Attendees are encouraged to come for part or all of the events.

Thursday, Mar 23 | 6 - 8:00 p.m. | Lake Community Branch (Registration requested)
Saturday, Mar 25 | 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. | Main Library

Several authors will be discussing their work followed by a lively question and answer session and book signing. Friends of the Library volunteers will have copies of the book available for purchase at the events. These authors are:

Diane Kendig Saturday Mar 18 | 1–2 p.m. | DeHoff Memorial Branch
Join Canton native Diane Kendig for a discussion of her latest project, a book for 90-year old African American composer and poet Russell Atkins, including the ins and outs of getting a book published.

Rita Woodruff Monday Mar 20 |6 –7:30 p.m. | Sandy Valley Branch
East Sparta author and dog rescuer, Rita Woodruff, will share true tales from her book Do You Want to Come Home with Me? True Life Tales of a Dog Rescuer.

Featured Event Frank Lavin
Tuesday Mar 21 | 6:30 p.m. | Canton Palace Theatre
Spend an evening with Canton native Frank Lavin at the Canton Palace Theatre as he discusses his book Home Front to Battlefront: An Ohio Teenager in World War II, the biographical tale of a World War II veteran from Canton, Ohio, based on personal letters, recollections, and official military history.

Aspiring authors can attend Getting Published 101 on March 22 at North Branch at 6 p.m. where an Associate Agent at The Seymour Agency will share tips and tricks on how to get published.

The Library’s website will also showcase a different local author for each day of Local Authors Week (Monday through Friday) with a series of guest web posts. These spotlights will include personal details about local authors based on interviews with them.

All Local Authors Week events are free and open to the public. More information, including location addresses, is available at www.StarkLibrary.org or by calling 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 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.

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.

For more information, call 330.452.0665 or visit http://www.starklibrary.org.

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