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Each fall Stark County residents join together to read a common book and share ideas through lively—and challenging—community conversation. 1 in 4 Stark County residents are concerned with the growing addiction epidemic, yet due to the stigma surrounding addiction, only an estimated 25% of addicts will ever seek help.

This year’s book selection casts stigma aside to confront the topic first hand with Beautiful Boy: A Father’s Journey Through His Son’s Addiction by David Sheff. Young readers will join the conversation with HIGH: Everything You Want to Know About Drugs by David and Nic Sheff.

This fall, join us for a series of events exploring this challenging community topic.

Feature Event

Read 'Beautiful Boy: A Father’s Journey Through His Son’s Addiction' by David Sheff

Meet Author David Sheff

Wednesday, October 30, 6:30 pm
Canton Palace Theatre

David Sheff will talk about his experiences with addiction. His honest, hopeful book, Beautiful Boy: A Father’s Journey Through His Son’s Addiction, which was also made into a movie, offers raw insight into the world of addiction, relapse, and recovery through the eyes of a parent. 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

About the Books

Beautiful Boy: A Father’s Journey Through His Son’s Addiction
by David Sheff

Cover of 'Beautiful Boy'; A young father and son embrace, smiling.Beautiful Boy offers raw insight into the world of addiction, relapse, and recovery—through the eyes of a parent watching their child spiral out of control. It was named Best Nonfiction Book by Entertainment Weekly, an Amazon “Best Books of 2008,” and won first place in the Barnes and Noble Discover Award in nonfiction. In 2018, it was adapted into a film starring Steve Carell and Timothée Chalamet.

Beautiful Boy may be reserved for checkout through the library.

Reserve a Copy

HIGH: Everything You Want to Know About Drugs 
by David and Nic Sheff

Cover of 'HIGH'Need to start the conversation about drugs? High tells it like it is, with testimonials from teens and families who have lived through the addiction of a loved one, along with the cold, hard facts about the consequences of drugs and alcohol in an easy to digest, age-appropriate manner.

Reserve a Copy

Community Events

All events are FREE and open to the public.

A Stark Conversation on Addiction: What you need to know as a parent

Thursday, Oct 10 | 6:30 pm | Kent State University—Stark Campus | Register Now

A community update and open discussion with treatment providers, school personnel, law enforcement, and community leaders around increasing protective factors and watching for warning signs as you guide your child to adulthood.

Breaking Barriers: Stand United for Addiction Awareness

Wednesday, Oct 9 | 6:30–7:30 pm | Perry Sippo Branch | Register Now

Tuesday, Oct 15 | 6:30–7:30 pm | Lake Community Branch | Register Now

Join Travis Bornstein as he discusses how the Breaking Barriers program is working toward safer communities, healthier families, and ending the stigma of addiction every day.

Start Talking

Wednesday, Oct 16 | 6:30 pm | Plain Community Branch | Register Now

Children are less likely to use drugs when parents talk to them. Learn the best ways to start the conversation with your children and teens about living healthy, drug-free lives. Presented by Child & Adolescent Behavioral Health

Movie: Beautiful Boy

Wednesday, Oct 23 | 6–8 pm | Perry Sippo Branch | Register Now

Beautiful Boy chronicles the heartbreaking and inspiring experience of survival, relapse, and recovery in a family coping with addiction. Sponsored by Perry Sippo Friends of the Library. Rated R.

Presented by Stark Library

In partnership with Stark County Mental Health & Addiction Recovery

With support from: Child and Adolescent Behavioral HealthCommQuestColeman Professional ServicesPhoenix Rising and Kent State University Stark.


Book Discussions

Stark Library Discussions

Jackson Community
Oct 3, 2 pm
Perry Sippo
Oct 3, 6 pm
Madge Youtz
Oct 8, 1 pm
Sandy Valley
Oct 14, 6 pm
Oct 17, 6:30 pm
Main Library
Oct 19, 2 pm
Lake Community
Oct 22, 6 pm

Other Community Discussions

North Canton
Oct 7, 2 pm