On April 5, 2019 the FOL teamed with Muskellunge Brewing Company to celebrate First Friday in downtown Canton. Befitting the theme of the
night, “Locally Literate,” FOL arranged a poetry
reading in which five poets, inspired by the
occasion and location, read poems about April, beer, libraries, bars, and fish. Muskellunge generously donated one dollar for each brew poured at the event by the FOL’s guest bartender.
More than a few brews were consumed, and some much needed funds were raised to support
our local library.
Above (left to right): Diane Kendig, Laura Weldon,
Cat Russell, Shelley Chernin, and John Burroughs.
“Why I Can't Tell You About My First Time”
by Cat Russell
I can't remember
the first time I stepped into a library
and smelled the sweet musty smell
of used paperbacks,
hardcovers, escapism and knowledge-seeking . . .
I do remember being disappointed
when our local library moved to a new location;
my mother could no longer take me.
I remember spending most of my free time
in the Elementary School library
where I checked out a book on anatomy
that I read cover to cover,
yet didn't check out again after I dreamed
the library was literally
the beating heart of the school . . .
I get that now.
From Soul Picked Clean
(used with permission of the author)
Diane Kendig hoists a microphone.
Shelley Chernin hoists a brew.
Mr. Schenck introduced Pegasus Farm's newest venture: a program of equestrian-assisted support for military personnel, first responders, and their families (with counseling and therapy services provided by Walsh University in a homelike setting).
Rich Haldi outlined the early years of cargo shipping, describing the life style and experiences of the people building, working, and traveling on the Ohio and Erie Canal. It was a hard life, but the Canal brought prosperity to the poorest state in the Union by opening up land-locked Ohio.
Al Albacete shared secrets held by those who constructed the State of Liberty. He provided many photos to document the mysteries surrounding the creation and production of France's gift for the centennial celebration of the United States of America.
Members of the Friends of the Library gave a warm welcome to Mary Ellen Icaza,
the new Executive Director of the Stark Liibrary
Did you ever wonder where all of the broadcasters, camera people, and front office people in the broadcasting business get their information? Peggy gave a fascinating explanation, then showed us a large selection of media guidebooks, many of which were collectors' items. She has first-hand knowledge of this field as she had written her Master's thesis on this topic.
Dr. Para M. Jones, President of Stark State College, reported on the dynamic progress being made at Stark State College, an important educational resource in our community. Her presentation was very educational (yes, that could be a pun), and she introduced us to the new satellite campus in Akron.
Lots of hugs and reminiscing.
Good memories from her 20 years of service.
How we will miss her.
Our guests enjoyed the musical artistry of nationally recognized Kevin DiSimone, who has collaborated with famous musical names such as Barry Manilow, Carly Simon, and Bette Midler, has written and produced hit songs, and has appeared on national television. Performing with him and his trio was the accomplished vocalist, Hilary James DiSimone. In addition, we dined on delicious hors d'oeuvres, dinner, dessert, and beverages.