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One Book, One Community Stark County Announces 2017 Football Themed Programs and Events

August 31, 2017 (Canton, Ohio) – Each year Stark County residents of all ages join together in reading a common book and sharing ideas through community conversation.

This year’s book selection, Rudy, shares former Notre Dame football player Daniel “Rudy” Ruettiger’s story of fierce determination and the twenty-seven seconds that changed his life. In 1993, his underdog story was immortalized in the blockbuster film, RUDY. Younger readers will read The Little Linebacker by Stephen Tulloch and Maria Dismondy.

This year’s feature event is an evening with Daniel “Rudy” Ruettiger at the Canton Palace Theater on October 24 at 6:30 p.m. and will include a lively discussion, a question and answer session and a book signing. Books will be available for purchase the night of the event. Beginning September 1, Rudy: My Story will be available for purchase in the FOL Gift Shop (Main Library) for $15. In addition, a series of events and activities related to “Rudy” will run through October.

“Huddle Up & Read” Family Open House September 9, 2-4 p.m.
Massillon Public Library
Families are invited to come hear local football tales, meet special guests, make “Game Face Cookies,” and do football and cheerleading themed activities during this open house event. Bring your camera to capture the moment with our surprise guests.

Bagels & Big Ideas Panel Discussion
October 7, 10-11 a.m.
North Canton Public Library
The concept of dreaming big is the theme of this year’s One Book One Community selection. A panel will discuss how they dream big and persevere to make those dreams a reality in their lives. Come enjoy bagels and big ideas with a panel of experts and dreamers, including inspirational Elec Simon, popular drummer.

Walking Tour of “The Eleven” Moments in Football
October 14, 11 a.m.
Downtown Canton
Arts in Stark CEO Robb Hankins will lead a tour of downtown Canton as to explore the art installations celebrating the city’s history with football. The tour starts at the “Birth of the NFL” corner of 2nd Street and Cleveland Avenue SW and ends at the Scrimmage exhibit at the Canton Museum of Art.

Feature Event: An Evening with Rudy Ruettiger
October 24, 6:30 p.m.
Canton Palace Theatre
Former Notre Dame football player and motivational speaker Daniel “Rudy” Ruettiger shares his story of fierce determination, followed by a Q&A, and book signing.

In addition to these events, book discussions and showings of the hit movie RUDY are scheduled throughout Stark County.

“One Book, One Community Stark County brings the community together to share a common theme and idea. This year’s topic is about dreaming big and overcoming obstacles,” said Julia Shaheen, One Book, One Community Stark County Committee Chair. “We are excited to welcome Rudy to Stark County and we hope the community will come out to support their local libraries.”

One Book, One Community Stark County is a collaborative effort led by several libraries in Stark County, including Canal Fulton Public Library, Louisville Public Library, Massillon Public Library, Minerva Public Library, North Canton Public Library and Stark County District Library. Each year representatives from libraries, educational systems, community organizations and volunteer groups come together to select a book and plan events throughout Stark County. This is Stark County’s 13th year participating in the program. One Book, One Community aims to encourage reading and forge community bonds across ages and backgrounds while reading and discussing the same book.

More information on One Book One Community Stark County is available at


Community-wide reading, or "One Book," programs are designed to promote the value of reading by recommending a compelling book that links the community in a common conversation. One Book programs encourage dialogue about a particular book, but also foster lifelong learning and the development of a strong community identity. Launched in Seattle in 1998 with great success, the "One Book" concept has swept the nation, including such cities as Chicago, New York, Detroit, Philadelphia, and Houston.


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