Library Announces Completion of Capital Campaign

May 11, 2018 (Canton, Ohio) – Stark Library is pleased to announce the successful completion of the Re|imagine Capital Campaign. The campaign was launched in 2014 with the goal of raising $3.3 million for a series of projects that would transform library spaces to improve the customer experience, increase use, and become a community hub for innovation, all while reducing operating costs.

“We are grateful for the generous support of our community,” said Jean Duncan McFarren, Interim Executive Director of Stark Library. “We are thankful to each and every donor who values a strong library in our community. The completion of the Capital Campaign will enable us to remain relevant and responsive to Stark County’s needs.”

The funds raised have already enabled the library to replace one bookmobile; begin repairing and refreshing three remaining bookmobiles; and launch the award-winning bike sharing network BikeSmart. Upcoming projects include interactive early literacy play areas at every branch and the broader deployment of technologies like pickup lockers and media boxes currently being piloted at the Jackson Branch.

The Re | imagine Capital Campaign achieved 100% of the goal with a final pledge made by the Stark Library Foundation. Other major donors include the Timken Foundation, Sisters of Charity Foundation of Canton, Stark Community Foundation, The Hoover Foundation, the Paul and Carol David Foundation and the George H. Deuble Foundation.

The library would like to extend a thank you to the community for helping to reach this goal. To learn more about the library, 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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