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Spring is on the Horizon! Library Kicks Off Gardening Season with 3nd Annual Eco-Fair and Return of the Seed Bank

February 22, 2019 (Canton, Ohio) –Stark Library kicks off the gardening season with the return of the popular Eco-Fair on Saturday, March 2 at Main Library. From 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., visitors can explore a variety of exhibitors and attend free presentations on a range of topics including tree care, gardening, wildlife rehabilitation, and more from local sustainability experts.

Exhibitors include Arborists for the City of Canton, Stark Parks, Ohio Department of Natural Resources, 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 sixth season.

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

9 a.m. – Planting and Pruning of Trees with Dick Drake, Arborist for the City of Canton
10 a.m. – Intro. to New Annuals, Perennials, and Favorites and Container Gardening with Connie Greathouse, Master Gardener/ Harvest Home Nursery
11 a.m. — Wildlife Rehabilitation with Amanda Perry of Stark Parks
Noon — Drip Irrigation and Grow Lights with John Neibel, Master Gardener
1 p.m. — Wildlife Animals with Fran Kitchen, Ohio State Licensed Rehabilitator and guests
3 p.m. — How to Weave a Purse from Plastic Bags with Wendy from Stark-Tusc.-Wayne Recycling District
4 p.m. — Amending Soil with Rudy Moyer, Master Gardener

“There’s a great community interest in our gardening and sustainability programs. We’re pleased to collaborate with many local organizations to bring free learning opportunities like this to the community,” said Marianna DiGiacomo, Community Services Director.

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 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 SmartStore, 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 StartSmart School Partnership.

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