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: My Story, 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 fall, Stark Library joins five area libraries—North Canton Public Library, Massillon Public Library, Louisville Public Library, Minerva Public Library and Canal Fulton Public Library—to host a series of events encouraging Stark County to bring the story to life.
Meet Daniel “Rudy” Ruettiger
Tuesday, October 24, 6:30 pm
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. This event is FREE and open to the public, and books will be available for purchase at the event.
Register for this FREE event
Rudy: My Story by Daniel “Rudy” Ruettiger
Against all odds on a gridiron in South Bend, Indiana, Daniel “Rudy” Ruettiger, in twenty-seven seconds, carved his name into history books as perhaps the most famous graduate of the University of Notre Dame.
It took years of fierce determination to overcome obstacles and criticisms, yet Rudy achieved his dream—to attend Notre Dame and play football for the Fighting Irish. As fans cheered, he sacked the quarterback in the last twenty-seven seconds of the only play in the only game of his college football career.
In 1993, his life story was immortalized with the blockbuster film, RUDY. Today, Rudy is a highly sought-after motivational speaker. He reaches school children, university students and professional athletes with the same enthusiasm, portraying the human spirit that comes from his personal experiences of adversity and triumph.
Rudy: My Story is available for purchase at the Stark Library FOL Gift Shop (Main Library, 715 Market Ave N, Canton) and may be reserved for checkout through the library.
The Little Linebacker by Stephen Tulloch and Maria Dismondy
Stephen Tulloch has been awarded multiple awards for his efforts off the field including the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award, The Robert Porche Man of the Year Award, the Grid Iron Great Award and the NFLA PULSE award.
Maria Dismondy is an award-winning author of eight children’s books, specializing in books about challenges children face.
All events are FREE* and open to the public.
Tailgate Party on the Library Lawn
Friday, Aug 25, 4:30–6:30 pm
Louisville Public Library (Library Lawn 504 E. Main St.)
Celebrate the Louisville Leopards home opener game with a tailgate party on the lawn with free children’s games, activities, a gaming trailer, and more!
“Huddle Up & Read!” Family Open House
Saturday, Sep 9, 2–4 pm
Massillon Public Library
Families are invited to come hear some 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
Saturday, Oct 7, 10–11 am
North Canton Public Library
The concept of dreaming big is the theme of this year’s One Book One Community selection, Rudy: My Story by Rudy Ruettiger. Our panel will discuss how they dream big and persevere to make those dreams a reality in their lives. Come enjoy bagels & big ideas with our panel of experts and dreamers, including inspirational Elec Simon, popular drummer.
Walking Tour of “The Eleven” Moments in Football
Saturday, Oct 14, 11 am
Meet at 2nd St & Cleveland Ave SW in Downtown Canton
Massillon Public Library
Arts in Stark CEO Robb Hankins will lead us on a tour of downtown Canton as we explore the art installations celebrating our city’s history with football. Tour starts at the “Birth Of the NFL” corner of 2nd St and Cleveland Ave SW and ends at the Scrimmage exhibit at the Canton Museum of Art.
Stark Library Locations
Other Community Locations
**Meet at Canton Palace Theatre to hear Ruettiger speak.
Team Kindness…Go for the Goal!
We invite all Stark County youth to create a poster using original artwork and words to illustrate how they work as a team to accomplish goals.
Rudy Movie Showings
Aug 11, 7:30 pm, Martindale Park
Sep 8, 7:30 pm, Canton Palace Theatre ($5*)
Oct 11, 5:30 pm, Massillon Public Library
Oct 25, 7 pm, Minerva Public Library