Stark Library has the best services for Educators. Our "easy as apple pie" access to library materials is totally free. Let us help you get started today!

The Library offers a library card for educators who work in a K-12 school, college or university; educators who work in a licensed daycare center or preschool; and home educators. These cards are provided to check out items related to curriculum use in a classroom or homeschool environment. Educators should retain their personal cards to check out personal items.

Proof of valid educator status must be provided to obtain or renew a card:

  • Home school certification letter from the superintendent of the school district of residence (per the Ohio Administrative Code)
  • School/Employee ID Badge
  • Pay Stub from School Employment

Educator cards must be renewed annually in September.

Speak to a librarian or call us at 330.452.0665 to sign up.

Educator Card Policies

Educators may borrow materials for six (6) weeks, and the items may be renewed if not requested by another patron.

  • If more than ten children’s books per year are lost or damaged beyond repair, charges will be incurred for the eleventh and each subsequent item. 
  • Full payment is required for all lost adult materials, parent-teacher materials, puppets, and audio-visual materials.
  • Any children’s material costing over $40.00 may be charged at the library’s discretion.
  • The library reserves the right to determine if an item will not be cleared.
  • Home educators will be responsible for all lost materials. 

The following items MAY NOT be borrowed with an Educator card:

  • Express books and Express DVDs
  • Tech gadgets
  • Kindergarten Readiness Packs
  • Note: Adult and Young Adult DVDs may be checked out on an Educator Card for a loan period of 7 days, and can be renewed if not on hold for another patron.

Educators may request items through Search Ohio and OhioLINK. All materials checked out through these services are subject to their policies. Search Ohio and OhioLINK policies, fines, and charges are determined by their consortia and cannot be waived or negotiated.


Classroom Units / Educator Kits

The Library staff will assemble a collection of materials for use in the classroom or home school upon request.

  • Please request units from the library location where you will be picking them up. Unit requests may be placed either in person, by phone, or online: Educator Unit Request Form
  • At least one week’s notice is requested
  • Units will be held for up to one week from the scheduled pickup date and will then be returned to circulation.

Literature Kits

  • Lit Kits are multiple copies of the same book title that circulate for six (6) weeks at a time.
  • Lit Kits should be reserved by contacting the location at which the unit is housed, but they can be sent to any location for pickup.

Below are some of the Literature Kits available, if you’re interested in multiple copy titles that are not listed or in subject units please contact your Children’s or Teen’s Librarian at your nearest library branch.

Main Library, Children's
715 Market Ave, Canton

  • 1984
  • Al Capone Does My Shirts: A tale from Alcatraz
  • All American Boys
  • Among the Hidden
  • Assassin
  • Be a Perfect Person in Just Three Days
  • Because of Winn-Dixie
  • Behind the Secret Window: A memoir of a hidden childhood during World War Two
  • Best Christmas Pageant Ever, The
  • Best School Year Ever
  • Book Thief, The
  • Boy in the Black Suit, The
  • Boy in the Striped Pajamas, The
  • Bridge to Terabithia
  • Bud, Not Buddy
  • Bunnicula: a rabbit tale of mystery
  • NEW: Chains
  • Charlotte's Web
  • Chasing Lincoln's Killer
  • Contender, The
  • Deadline
  • Devil's Arithmetic, The
  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Old School
  • Diary of a Young Girl
  • Disappearing Man, The
  • Dorothy Must Die
  • Enrique's Journey
  • Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library
  • Face on the Milk Carton, The
  • Fahrenheit 451
  • Fallen Angels
  • Fault in Our Stars, The
  • First Part Last, The
  • Forged by Fire
  • Fourteenth Goldfish, The
  • Freckle Juice
  • Freedom's Wings
  • From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
  • Giver, The
  • NEW: Graveyard Book, The
  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
  • Hatchet
  • Hate U Give, The
  • Hidden Figures (Young Readers' Edition)
  • Hobbit, The
  • House on Mango Street, The
  • NEW: House with a Clock in Its Walls, The
  • How I Live Now
  • Hunger Games, The
  • Hurricane Song
  • I Am Malala (Young Readers' Edition)
  • I Survived the Sinking of the Titanic, 1912
  • I Will Always Write Back
  • Island on Bird Street, The - Kit 1
  • Island on Bird Street, The - Kit 2
  • James and the Giant Peach
  • Judy Moody and the Bad Luck Charm
  • Julie of the Wolves
  • King Lear (New Folger Library Edition)
  • Lemonade War, The
  • Lightning Thief, The
  • Lord of the Flies
  • Magic Tree House Fact Tracker: American Revolution
  • Magic Tree House Fact Tracker: Ancient Rome and Pompeii
  • Magic Tree House Fact Tracker: Dinosaurs
  • Magic Tree House Fact Tracker: Knights and Castles
  • Magic Tree House Fact Tracker: Leprechauns and Irish Folklore
  • Magic Tree House Fact Tracker: Mummies and Pyramids
  • Magic Tree House Fact Tracker: Penguins and Antarctica
  • Magic Tree House Fact Tracker: Pilgrims
  • Magic Tree House Fact Tracker: Polar Bears and the Arctic
  • Magic Tree House Fact Tracker: Space
  • Magic Tree House Fact Tracker: Titanic
  • Magic Tree House Fact Tracker: Titanic
  • Magic Tree House Fact Tracker: Twisters and Other Terrible Storms
  • NEW: Magic Tree House: Afternoon on the Amazon
  • Magic Tree House: Christmas in Camelot
  • Magic Tree House: Civil War on Sunday
  • Magic Tree House: Dinosaurs Before Dark
  • NEW: Magic Tree House: Dolphins at Daybreak
  • Magic Tree House: Eve of the Emperor Penguin
  • Magic Tree House: Leprechaun in Late Winter
  • Magic Tree House: Mummies in the Morning
  • Magic Tree House: Night of the Ninth Dragon
  • NEW: Magic Tree House: Polar Bears Past Bedtime
  • Magic Tree House: Thanksgiving on Thursday
  • Magic Tree House: The Knight at Dawn
  • Magic Tree House: Tonight on the Titanic
  • Magic Tree House: Twister on Tuesday
  • Magic Tree House: Vacation Under the Volcano
  • Matilda
  • Maze Runner, The
  • Mouse and the Motorcycle, The
  • Mr. Popper's Penguins
  • Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH
  • Number the Stars
  • Of Mice and Men
  • Old Yeller
  • One and Only Ivan, The
  • Outsiders, The
  • Pearl, The
  • Petey
  • Phantom Tollbooth, The
  • Pigman, The
  • Pinballs, The
  • Poppy
  • NEW: Refugee
  • Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
  • Romeo & Juliet (No Fear Shakespeare edition)
  • Rudy: My Story
  • Sarah, Plain and Tall
  • Saturday Boy, The
  • Save Me a Seat
  • Seedfolks - Kit 1
  • September Sneakers
  • Shiloh
  • Sold
  • Speak
  • Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes
  • NEW: Stranded
  • Superfudge
  • Tale of Desperaux, The
  • Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing
  • Tears of a Tiger
  • Thirteen Reasons Why
  • Tiger Rising, The
  • Tragedy of King Lear, The
  • True Believer
  • Tuck Everlasting
  • Turtles All the Way Down
  • NEW: Uglies
  • Unwind
  • Warriors Don't Cry
  • Watsons Go to Birmingham - 1963, The
  • We Were Liars
  • Westing Game, The
  • Whatever Happened to Janie?
  • When I Was the Greatest
  • Whipping Boy, The
  • Wonder
  • Woods Runner
  • Wrinkle in Time, A
  • NEW: Year Down Yonder, A
  • Yellow Star

Plain Community Branch
1803 Schneider St NE, Canton


  • 6 Most Important Decisions You'll Ever Make: A guide for teens
  • 7 Habits of Hightly Effective Teens, The
  • Animal Farm
  • Bonesetter's Daughter, The
  • Catching Fire
  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
  • Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
  • Doll's house, A
  • Fahrenheit 451
  • Frankenstein
  • Frankenstein: The Graphic Novel
  • Gaining Ground: A story of farmers' makets, local food, and saving the family farm
  • Giver, The
  • Great Gatsby, The
  • Hamlet
  • Hamlet: the graphic novel
  • Hana's Suitcase: A True Story
  • Importance of Being Earnest, The
  • Island on Bird Street, The
  • King Lear
  • Life of Pi
  • Lightning Thief, The
  • Lord of the Flies
  • Macbeth
  • Macbeth: the graphic novel
  • Martian, The
  • Maus I: A Survivor's Tale: My father bleeds history
  • Maus II: A Survivor's Tale: And here my troubles began
  • Midsummer Night's Dream, A
  • Monster
  • Monster: a graphic novel
  • Night
  • Nineteen Minutes
  • Number the Stars
  • Oedipus Rex
  • Out of My Mind
  • Outsiders, The
  • Perfume: the story of a murderer
  • Romeo and Juliet (No Fear Shakespeare Edition)
  • Speak
  • Their Eyes Were Watching God
  • Things They Carried, The.
  • Through My Eyes
  • To Kill a Mockingbird
  • Tuesdays with Morrie: An old man, a young man, and life's greatest lesson
  • Wonder.
  • Wrinkle in Time, A
  • Wuthering Heights


Perry Sippo Branch
5710 12th St NW, Canton

  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
  • Freak the Mighty
  • NEW: High: everything you want to know about drugs, alcohol, and addiction
  • Holes
  • Lightning Thief, The
  • Maniac Magee
  • Out of the Dust
  • Walk Two Moons

Mobile Services

  • Best Christmas Pageant Ever, The
  • Deadly Dungeon, The
  • Detective's Assistant, The
  • Enrique's Journey.
  • Grace for President
  • Hurricane Katrina Rescue
  • I Survived the Bombing of Pearl Harbor, 1941
  • Magic Tree House Fact Tracker: Titanic
  • Oh Say Can You Say Di-No-Saur?
  • Scat
  • School Freezes Over
  • Seedfolks
  • Who Is/Who Was
  • Who Was Thomas Alva Edison?
  • Why Pick On Me?
  • Wonder.
  • Word of Mouse

Bring your class or group to the library for a tour.  Computers and books on the study subject may be reserved. Book talks and story times may also be requested.   Can't make it to us?  Librarians can visit your class or group.  Tours and school visits should be booked through your nearest SCDL location.  For more information email, call or stop by your nearest library location.

Main Library - Children's Services 330.458.2641
Main Library - Teen Services 330.458.2650
Mobile Services (Bookmobile) 330.458.2824
Kidmobile 330.458.2822
DeHoff Memorial Branch 330.452.9014
East Canton Branch 330.488.1501
Jackson Township Branch 330.833.1010
Lake Community Branch 330.877.9975
Madge Youtz Branch 330.452.2618
North Branch 330.456.4356
Perry Sippo Branch 330.477.4356
Plain Community Branch 330.494.3399
Sandy Valley Branch 330-866-3366

Early Childhood Resource Center
1718 Cleveland Avenue Northwest
Canton, OH 44703

The Early Childhood Resource Center, in a unique collaboration with Stark Library, houses a specialized early childhood library containing an extensive collection of children's fiction and non-fiction books, big books, storytelling kits, and DVD's. ECRC also has a wonderful selection of professional resource books and DVD's.

If you are looking for quality books and materials for children age birth through eight or resources for yourself, you need to visit the Early Childhood Resource Center's library. For convenience, materials borrowed from the Center can be returned to any Stark Library branch. All you need to borrow from the ECRC library is a Stark Library Card.

During your visit, check out the interactive "I Spy" tree located in the center of the library. This unique tree contains a variety of colorful toys hanging from it's branches, along with corresponding picture booklets children can use to play "I Spy."

For more information about the Early Childhood Resource Center Library or to register for a library card, please call 330-491-3272 Ext. 5683 or visit


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