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Library Kicks Off Gardening Season with 2nd Annual Eco-Fair

February 21, 2017 (Canton, Ohio) –Stark County District Library kicks off the gardening season with the return of the popular Eco-Fair on Saturday, March 3 at Main Library. From 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., visitors can explore a variety of exhibitors and attend free presentations on a range of topics including soil enrichment, gardening, creating pollinator habitats and more from local sustainability experts.

Exhibitors include Arborists for the City of Canton, The Wilderness Center, the Pollinator Stewardship Council of Ohio, Stark County Master Gardener Volunteers, and more. The Eco-Fair also marks the return of the popular Community Seed Bank, which provides free seeds to those interested in gardening, for its fifth season.

The Eco-Fair will feature free presentations from sustainability experts in Main Library’s Innovation Center including:

9 a.m. – Symposium on Trees with Dick Drake, Arborist for the City of Canton
10 a.m. – Alpacas and their Benefits to the Ecosystem, Products from their Fleece, Care and more with Kathy Williams
11 a.m. — Basket Making 101: A History and How To with Amy Erwin
Noon — Intro to Herbs: Food and Medicine with Jessie St. Christopher, Cleveland Audubon Society
1 p.m. — Birding 101: The Exciting Spots with Jessie St. Christopher, Cleveland Audubon Society
2 p.m. — Stark Parks and an Animal Ambassador
3 p.m. — Attracting Birds to your Feeder with Laura Dorman, Canton Audubon Society

“We’re excited for the return of the Eco-Fair. There’s a great community interest in our gardening and sustainability programs,” said Marianna DiGiacomo, Director of Community Services. “We’re excited to partner with so many local organizations to bring free learning opportunities like this to the community. It’s another way we serve Stark County as The Smart Store®.”

Those who have questions about the Eco-Fair can contact the library at 330-452-0665. Main Library is located at 715 Market Avenue North, Canton, Ohio 44702.



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.

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