Poetry and Brews for a Good Cause

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” 

[An Excerpt]

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)

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Diane Kendig hoists a microphone.

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Shelley Chernin hoists a brew.

Donald Schenck, Tuesday, March 5, 2019

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, Wednesday, November 7, 2018


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 Albecete, Wednesday, October 10, 2018

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.

Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018

Members of the Friends of the Library gave a warm welcome to Mary Ellen Icaza, 

the new Executive Director of the Stark Liibrary

Peggy Beck, Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018

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, Friday, May 11, 2018

 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. 

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Lots of hugs and reminiscing.

Good memories from her 20 years of service.

How we will miss her.

Notes from the Great American Songbook

 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.