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  1. Children’s (fifth grade and under): Construction can be of pre-made items such as graham crackers and cookies for these creations.
  2. Families: Bake with your children, grandchildren, nieces, and nephews, and enter the results.
  3. Teens:  Students in grades 6-12 may enter gingerbread creations in this category.
  4. Other: Adults and other groups may enter their gingerbread creation in this category.
  5. People’s Choice: Visit the Library during Light Up Downtown to vote for your favorite creation!


  1. Design and build a gingerbread creation to fit one of the categories listed above.
  2. All entries, with entry forms, must be submitted to the Main Library, Children’s Services, 715 Market  Avenue N,  Canton, Ohio 44702. Entries will be received during regular Library hours Monday, Nov. 16 through Sunday, Nov. 29, 2015.
  3. Contestants may enter more than one category, but must fill out a form for each entry.
  4. Entries must be entirely constructed of edible products (candies, cookies, crackers, cereals, etc.).
  5. All entries should be on a wooden or heavy cardboard base. Please tape a 3x5 card with name, address, and phone number of contact person underneath the base.
  6. Winners will be announced in the Main Library’s Children’s Department during the Light Up Downtown festivities on Dec. 3, 2015.  Winners do not need to be present to win.
  7. Entries will be judged on imagination, construction, uniformity in baking, and overall design and decoration. Judges reserve the right to decide on categories. All entries must be picked up by Friday, Dec. 4, 2015 by the end of business day.

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.

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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.


The Stark County District Library is dedicated to promoting early literacy by providing valuable information on the six pre-reading skills to parents, caregivers and educators through outreach and innovative library programs.

What is Early Literacy?
Early literacy is the knowledge your child has about reading/writing before he/she is actually able to read or write. The development of early literacy skills, such as how to hold a book or listening to stories, are critically linked to a child’s success in learning to read.

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.



Credo Reference
Ebooks for research projects and homework. Full text and always available, search for people and subjects.


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.

Pozzies Book Buddies

The Canton Charge is excited to be working with the Stark County District Library to introduce Pozzie’s Book Buddies, presented by Consumer’s National Bank! All over the county, elementary school students will be encouraged to participate in reading throughout the 2015-16 school year. The program is designed to encourage literacy and comprehension in and out of the classroom for students of all ages.

Pozzie’s Book Buddies is an incentive-based club that encourages reading a few minutes every day and doesn’t limit the type of read-ing material a student chooses to explore. Along the way as they track their progress on a special map of the Canton Charge basketball court, they will be rewarded with prizes, including a chance to attend a Charge game and spend time with Pozzie!

Students and their parents may sign up for the program at their local library branch. Below is a list of the Stark County District Library branches along with information to sign up for this program!

Stay tuned to the Stark County District Library website for more information, or you can reach out to Nathan Davis at (330) 489-5930 or


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