Adults participating in Summer Reading have additional chances to earn entries into the grand prize drawings by completing Activity Badges. One of those Badges is Explore Your Community, and an Activity you can do toward getting that badge is reading a book or watching a DVD on Local History.

The staff has put together a list of some of our local history items. The book you read or DVD you pick does not need to come from this list, but we compiled it so you have a place to start if you need help selecting something. Hopefully you can find something great to connect you to your community!


Walks and Rambles in Ohio’s Western Reserve: Discovering Nature and History in the Northeastern Corner by Jay Abercrombie

Stark County Food: From Early Farming to Modern Meals by Barbara A. Abbott and Kimberly A. Kenney

Hope: A Memoir of Survival in Cleveland by Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus

House of Secrets by Lowell Cauffiel

The Beaded Moccasins by Lynda Durrant

Unique Eats and Eateries of Cleveland by Fran Golden and David G. Molyneaux

A Secret Gift: How One Man’s Kindness—and a Trove of Letters—Revealed the Hidden History of the Great Depression by Ted Gup

North Canton, Ohio: A Place in Time by Rebecca Ink Hall and Paul David Kieffer

The McKinley Monument: A Tribute to a Fallen President by Christopher Kenney

Canton’s Pioneers in Flight by Kimberly A. Kenney

Akron-Canton Baseball Heritage by Thomas Maroon, Margaret Maroon, and Craig Holbert

Akron-Canton Football Heritage by Thomas Maroon, Margaret Maroon, and Craig Holbert

Italians of Stark County by J.A. Musacchia

Uncommon Threads: Ohio’s Art Quilt Revolution by Gayle A. Pritchard

Greeks of Stark County by William H. Samonides and Regine Johnson Samonides

100 Things to Do in Cleveland Before You Die by Deb Thompson and Tonya Prater

Haunted Ohio: Ghostly Tales from the Buckeye State by Chris Woodyard


Hometown Heroes: The Story of North Canton

Memories: North Canton, Ohio 1936

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