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Are you looking for truly outstanding works of literary art? These lists of award winning books represent some of the best of what was produced for the year. Whether you are looking for a great read for yourself or to give as a gift, these lists are great places to start your reading journey.

Caldecott Award Medal

Caldecott Award Medal

Caldecott Medal Winners

The Caldecott Medal was named in honor of nineteenth-century English illustrator Randolph Caldecott. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children.

Find Caldecott Medal Winners in our catalog



Newbery Medal Winners

The Newbery Medal was named for eighteenth-century British bookseller John Newbery. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.

Find Newbery Award Winners in our catalog

Coretta Scott King Award

Coretta Scott King Award

Coretta Scott King Award Winners

The Coretta Scott King Book Award is presented annually by the Coretta Scott King Committee of the American Library Association's Ethnic Multicultural Information Exchange Round Table (EMIERT). The award (or awards) is given to an African American author and an African American illustrator for an outstandingly inspirational and educational contribution.


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Early Literacy at Stark County District Library

Our Start Smart initiative focuses on providing the information and tools that parents, caregivers, and educators need to facilitate early literacy development. And, of course, like everything at the Library, all of these resources are available for free.

Fun, Free Resources for Parents and Children

Our very own Early Literacy Blog

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Check Out These Great Links for Early Reading:  

The Ohio Digital Library for Kids is now available.  This site is designed for younger users and only includes content with juvenile subjects. To get to the new site, follow the link from the main site or go directly to All Juvenile content will still be accessible from the main Ohio Digital Library site as well this new option.

Children and families also can search for titles focusing on their favorite storybook characters. The collection includes more than 5,500 children's titles including such favorites as Clifford,  Berenstein Bears and Fancy Nancy for younger readers; Judy Moody and the Magic Treehouse series for middle readers; and C.S. Lewis, Lemony Snicket,  Percy Jackson and Harry Potter for older kids. Subjects include fiction and non-fiction, comic and graphic novels, history, humor, mystery and suspense, picture books, science and nature, science fiction and fantasy, and sports and health. The new site also allows searches according to interest or reading levels.  For help deciding what level is correct for your child, visit this help page.

Library eBooks are compatible for downloading on most eReaders, tablets and mobile devices running the free Kindle app, as well as smartphones, iOS and Android devices. Using their Library card, patrons may download up to 25 items at a time for loan periods ranging from 7 to 21 days or access items from their browser.


Our SMART STAFF has dug up some pretty cool ways to help you with homework. Visit any of the links below to find some really SMART stuff. And if you don't find what you're looking for on this page, just use the search bar at the top of this page to browse our endless and FREE supply of resources here at the Stark County District Library.

NOTE:  Make sure to have your library card number first so you can sign in.


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Little Pim

An award-winning program designed specifically to introduce new languages to young children.  The series is available in ten foreign languages (Spanish, French, Mandarin Chinese, Italian, Japanese, Hebrew, English/ESL (with Spanish or English subtitles), German, Russian and Arabic). The children's language program "stars" a lovable animated panda and features native speakers, excellent pacing, activities and concept groupings to make the language learning process fun and easy.




Explora provides easy-to-use features and reliable content from the world’s leading magazines and reference books on thousands of topics covering a wide range of subjects including art & music, literature, language arts, geography, history, social studies, world cultures & languages, science, technology, engineering, mathematics, health, and sports.



World Book for Kids
The World Book encyclopedia designed to help with school or personal research


Science Reference Center
Designed to meet every student's science research needs, Science Reference Center contains full text for hundreds of science encyclopedias, reference books, periodicals, and other sources.


Science Online
This full text resource offers comprehensive information on the sciences for students in grades 6 through 12, including experiments you can try.

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Middle Search Plus
Provides articles from magazines covering general topics for late elementary, middle, and junior high students.

World Book Spanish Online - The redesigned Enciclopedia Estudiantil Hallazgos is the optimal beginner’s Spanish language reference tool. The site offers World Book’s excellent editorial content, rich media, and engaging features in Spanish.


  • NEW: Reserve Mediabox DVDs Online

    Jackson Township Branch Mediabox

    Browse and reserve DVDs to pick up anytime at the mediabox in Jackson Township Branch 24/7 lobby.

    Visit Jackson page to get started

  • Diggin' In The Dark

    Saturday, Oct. 29th from 6pm - midnight

    Don't miss this free marathon genealogy event open to researchers of all skill levels. Our trained genealogy staff will be on hand to help dig into your family history.

    Register Now

  • Project Fill A Pantry

    October 1–31

    Help local families in need this fall. We will be accepting non-perishable foods for the Stark Hunger Task Force. Donation bins will be available at each participating One Book, One Community location. Visit your local library for more info.

  • Wireless Printing Now Available


    Print virtually any document or web page from your Internet connected device to any one of our library locations. Print Now

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