The North Canton Public Library joins a collective group of libraries in Stark County to explore “the wonder of Wonder” throughout October. The book “Wonder” by author R.J. Palacio is this year’s selection for the One Book, One Community program in Stark County.

A committee including representatives from libraries, arts institutions, educators and more chose the book and collaborated on programming and public relations.

Originally inspired by the Washington Center for the Book’s 1998 community-wide programs and discussion of “The Sweet Hereafter,” One Book, One Community literacy initiatives have sprouted up in communities all over the United States. The goal of the programs is typically increased literacy and civic unity through literature.

This year’s book, “Wonder,” is a joint selection of all Stark County libraries. Wonder has bridged generations, appealing to all ages, with its beautiful message encouraging kindness. Children love the book, as do adults and seniors. Wonder uniquely delivers an important message about empathy with humor and a captivating story.

“The book is really a perfect choice because it is centered around kindness, and October is anti-bullying month as well as Character Counts! month,” said Christina Weyrick, North Canton Public Library community relations manager.

The library will provide Wonder programming throughout October. Each day, patrons will be invited to participate in something related to the story, whether it be a children’s program, a passive program, a social media campaign or a book chat. Some of these will be joint programs with other libraries, but most are unique to the North Canton Public Library. There will be something for community members of all ages.

Highlighted events to be held at the North Canton Public Library include:

Oct. 13 - Wonder Book Discussion for all ages at 6 p.m.

Oct. 18 - Mr. Puppet’s no bully themed ventriloquist/puppet show for children at 11 a.m.

Oct. 23 - PACER’s Unity Day when the NCPL staff will “Go Orange” against bullying and encourage the North Canton community to join them in wearing orange.

Oct. 29 - Don Bartlette, Ph.D. visits to speak about his book, “Macaroni at Midnight,” chronicling his life story.

For additional information, please contact North Canton Public Library community relations manager, Christina Weyrick at 330-499-4712 x331 or


The Stark County District Library will be having programs focusing on spreading kindness throughout the county. .. make cards with kind words, donate stuffed animals to area hospitals, collect personal items for those in need. Be the movement, see the change... #StarkKind

SCDL Project Kindness Programs

Book Discussions:

Oct. 9, 2:30 p.m. SCDL Lake Community Branch (Teens)

Oct. 13, 6 p.m. North Canton Public Library (All Ages)

Oct.13, 6:30 p.m. SCDL Lake Community Branch (Tweens w/parent)

Oct. 16, 5 p.m. SCDL Plain Community Branch (Adult)

Oct. 28 • 6 p.m. SCDL Plain Community Branch (Tweens)

For more information about the One Book, One Community-Stark County program, contact Julia Shaheen at 330-45-2645 or at