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Stark Library Distributes over 11,000 Books to Summer Readers

August 24, 2018 (Canton, Ohio) – Stark Library’s annual Summer Reading Challenge was a success—over 6,250 participants read a combined total of 158,395 days!

“Reading over the summer is incredibly important for students. The Summer Reading Challenge is a fun way to combat the ‘summer slide’ and learning loss associated with it,” said Julia Shaheen, literacy manager for Stark Library. “This year, over 2,600 readers completed all 40 days of the challenge. That’s a 57% increase from last year!”

Over 1,000 Summer Reading participants wrapped up the challenge with a celebration at the McKinley Presidential Library and Museum where everyone was invited to have dino-themed fun, explore science shows and eat ice cream.

11,201 prize books were distributed to Summer Readers. Prizes were generously donated by the following sponsors:

  • Sponsors for Grand Prizes: Belden Village Mall (Build A Bear and Chick Fil A), Center Ice, Mission BBQ
  • Sponsors for Coupons: Center Ice, Chipotle, North Canton Skate Center, Papa John’s, Sluggers and Putters, Taggarts, Wendy’s, We’re Rolling Pretzel Co., Texas Roadhouse, Scheetz, Skyzone, Arby’s, Canes, Menchies, Applebee’s

This year’s Summer Reading Challenge theme was Libraries Rock! Each of the Library’s 10 locations and mobile services participated in the challenge and hosted reading activities throughout the summer. For more information on library services available to teens, children and early learners, 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 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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