Each year Stark County residents of all ages join together in reading a common book and sharing ideas through community conversation—and nothing brings a community together better than food!
This year’s book selection, Delicious!, tells the story of Billie Breslin, who traveled from her California home to take a job at Delicious, the most iconic food magazine in New York. When Delicious is abruptly shuttered, Billie stays on to uphold the "Delicious Guarantee," leading her to life-changing discoveries about history, family, and love.
This fall, Stark Library joins area libraries—Massillon Public Library, Louisville Public Library, and Canal Fulton Public Library—to host a series of events encouraging Stark County to bring the story to life.
Meet Ruth Reichl, author of Delicious!
Thursday, October 25, 6:30 pm
Canton Palace Theatre
New York Times Bestselling author Ruth Reichl discusses her first novel, Delicious!, a story about a family, food, friendship, finding yourself, and history. Q&A and book signing to follow. This event is FREE and open to the public, and books will be available for purchase at the event.
Register for this FREE event
Delicious! by Ruth Reichl
Billie Breslin has traveled far from her home in California to take a job at Delicious!, New York's most iconic food magazine. Away from her family, particularly her older sister, Genie, Billie feels like a fish out of water--until she is welcomed by the magazine's colorful staff. She is also seduced by the vibrant downtown food scene, especially by Fontanari's, the famous Italian food shop where she works on weekends. Then Delicious! is abruptly shut down, but Billie agrees to stay on in the empty office, maintaining the hotline for reader complaints in order to pay her bills.
To Billie's surprise, the lonely job becomes the portal to a miraculous discovery. In a hidden room in the magazine's library, Billie finds a cache of letters written during World War II by Lulu Swan, a plucky twelve-year-old, to the legendary chef James Beard. Lulu's letters provide Billie with a richer understanding of history, and a feeling of deep connection to the young writer whose courage in the face of hardship inspires Billie to comes to terms with her fears, her big sister and her ability to open her heart to love.
Delicious! may be reserved for checkout through the library.
Saturdays and Teacakes
by Lester Laminack
Tea Cakes for Tosh
by Kelly Starling Lyons
All events are FREE and open to the public.
Royal Tea Party
Saturday, Sep 22 | 2–3 pm | Perry Sippo Branch | Register Now
Calling all princes and princesses to our Royal Tea Party. Dress in your finest (or not) to listen to stories, make crafts and, of course, have “tea.” Take a photo in front of our castle.
American Girl Doll - Grace
Saturday, Sep 29 | 2:30–3:30 pm | Lake Community Branch | Register Now
Do you love American Girl Dolls? Love to bake? Combine the two as we talk about Grace. We'll focus on her sweet tooth and business sense with crafts and our own cooking project. C'est delicieux!
Stories From the Kitchen
Tuesday, Oct 2 | 6–7:30 pm | Madge Youtz Branch | Register Now
Wednesday, Oct 10 | 6–7:30 pm | Perry Sippo Branch | Register Now
Monday, Oct 15 | 6–7:30 pm | Lake Community Branch | Register Now
Bring a favorite family recipe and create a memory by designing a scrapbook page, a frame to hang in the kitchen, or a recipe book.
From Pasture to Plate
Tuesday, Oct 2 | 6:30–7:30 pm | Lake Community Branch | Register Now
Abbe Turner, owner of Lucky Penny Farm in Kent, shares her artisan cheeses and award-winning Cajeta. Abbe has her own herd of goats and controls the entire process from pasture to plate.
Young People's Concerts
Wednesday, Oct 10 | 9:45 and 11 am | Umstattd Performing Arts Hall | Register Now
Thursday, Oct 11 | 9:45 and 11 am | Umstattd Performing Arts Hall | Register Now
For Grades 3–5. Literature and music have much in common. The Canton Symphony Orchestra demonstrates how themes in the two young reader books are also reflected through music. Open to school groups and the general public (reservations required). Reserve your FREE seats at CantonSymphony.org or 330.452.2094.
Picture Perfect Cake Decorating
Saturday, Oct 13 | 1–3 pm | North Branch | Register Now
Marjorie Funk shows you how she decorates cakes and cupcakes. Get tips for picture-perfect desserts.
Teacakes Book Discovery Story Time
Tuesday, Oct 16 | 5:30–6 pm | Main Library | Register Now
Learn all about teacakes and read the One Book One Community books Teacakes for Tosh by Kelly Starling Lyons and Saturdays and Teacakes by Lester Laminack.
The Delicious! Side of Culinary Tourism
Barb Abbott from Canton Food Tours discusses the rise of culinary tourism, what a Canton Food Tour is all about, and ties in fun anecdotes of her time in restaurants with the book Delicious!.
Mmmm...The Delicious History of Chocolate
Monday, Oct 29 | 6:30–7:30 pm | Lake Community Branch | Register Now
Kids, are you crazy for chocolate? Join Diana Kindler, owner of Diana's Delectable Chocolates, as she shares the history and fun facts about this favorite treat. Tasting included.
Professional Development with Author Lester Laminack
In Partnership with Stark County Educational Service Center
Wednesday, Nov 7 | 4:30–5:30 pm | Perry Sippo Branch | Register Now
Educators will learn about the art of writing with their students in the classroom and will earn a CEU for attending.
Stark Library Discussions
Other Community Locations
Art Contest for Adults
Create original artwork showcasing how food brings families together, and turn it in at any Stark Library location. One entry per person per location. Enter Sep 1–30.
Cooking Up Kindness Art Contest - Grades K–12.
Create a poster that illustrates your recipe for kindness, then drop it off at any Stark Library branch. Entries due Sep 20.
Join us at the library to create your art using the library’s supplies and space at the following times and locations:
Sat Sep 8 | 10 am–4 pm
Madge Youtz Branch
Mon Sep 17 | All Day
East Canton Branch
Mon Sep 17–22 | All Day
Plain Community Branch