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all-day Creative Writing Contest
Creative Writing Contest
Oct 1 – Nov 1 all-day
Do you have the “write stuff?” Explore the world of creativity during the month of October by participating in our creative writing contest. Stop by the Adult Services Desk and select a writing prompt or[...]
4:45 pm K-One Club
K-One Club
Oct 20 @ 4:45 pm – 5:30 pm
K-One Club for kindergarteners and first graders Mondays, 4:45-5:30 p.m. September 29, October 6, 13, 20, 27 and November 3
10:30 am Baby, Books & Me
Baby, Books & Me
Oct 21 @ 10:30 am – 10:50 am
Baby, Books & Me for caregiver and newborn-24 month old Tuesdays, 10:30-10:50 a.m. October 7, 14, 21, 28 and November 4, 11
6:00 pm Crafter’s Corner October 21
Crafter’s Corner October 21
Oct 21 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Just in time for the holiday season, you can learn how to make herbal soap, lip balm and an invigorating sugar scrub. Keep some for yourself and donate the rest to a local shelter in[...]
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Read to Sarge, our Tail-Wagging ...
Oct 21 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Read to Sarge, Our Tail-Wagging Tutor Register in person or by phone to sign up for 10 minutes. 330.499.4712 x318 Tuesdays, between 6:30-7:30 p.m. September 2, 16, October 7, 21, November 4, 18, December 2
10:30 am Tales for Twos
Tales for Twos
Oct 22 @ 10:30 am – 10:50 am
Tales for Twos for caregiver and two year old Wednesdays, 10:30-10:50 a.m. October 8, 15, 22, 29 and November 5, 12
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Getting Social: social networkin...
Oct 22 @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Come learn about different social networks like Facebook and Twitter and why they are relevant and convenient, and how they can help organize your life and keep you in contact with family. Please register to[...]
6:00 pm The Unknown Beatles
The Unknown Beatles
Oct 22 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Join Ray Carmen on Wednesday, October 22, for an hour of little known songs, videos, facts and trivia about the world’s most famous rock and roll band. To quote the late John Lennon, “a splendid[...]

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It’s One Book, One Community

The 2014 book selected for One Book, One Community: Stark County is Wonder by R.J. Palacio.

Synopsis: The book, Wonder, introduces us to Auggie Pullman, a ten year old whose life has never been quite right-side-up, due to the severe craniofacial differences he was born with and the 27 surgeries he’s already endured. However, his life is turned completely upside down when his parents inform him that he will be attending Beecher Prep Middle School rather than continuing to be home-schooled.

Auggie says of his face “Whatever you’re thinking, it’s probably worse.” Fifth grade is a challenging time for any “regular” kid, but the book’s author, R.J. Palacio gives us a glimpse at what it’s like to try to fit when you are excessively different – at least on the outside. Palacio combines humor and heart wrenching drama to pull in readers of all ages. She opens our eyes to qualities of friendship, to challenges of family dynamics, and to what can be seen on the outside and what can’t. Readers can’t help but walk away with at least a little more compassion, a little more empathy and a little more desire to choose kindness.

Participate in our 30 Days of Wonder activities!