by Richard Haldi, Tuesday, October 15, 2019

 Mr. Haldi, a local historian, offered insight into the life of Henry Timken,  who was a gracious benefactor to Canton, providing various gifts, including his mansion and his 300-acre estate. 

Mr. Wirt explained the challenges of the life of a beekeeper and  even brought jars of honey for purchase. 

Friends of the Library hosted a Swing into Spring event on Friday, May 17, 2019, at the St. George Romanian Church.  Esposito Catering provided a delicious meal, and the Akron Big Band enticed the guests to dance to their rousing swing music. (Photos by Mark Esber)

by Leigh Shaheen, Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Leigh Shaheen encouraged our group to consider the use of Reiki, a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing.

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.

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“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.