Each year Stark County residents of all ages join together in reading a common book and sharing ideas through community conversation.
The popularity of the farm-to-table movement, community gardens and farmers' markets inspired this year's book selection: "Gaining Ground" by Forrest Pritchard. Younger readers will read "Seedfolks" by Paul Fleischman.
"Gaining Ground" chronicles the farming adventures of Forrest Pritchard, a seventh generation farmer, as he attempts to make the family farm profitable for the first time in years. On harvest day, when five tractor-trailer loads of grain reaped a meager paycheck of $18.16, he realized his family's farm must radically change course.
The following season, he devoted himself to farming organically and sustainable, raising free-range cattle, pigs, sheep, goats and chickens.
This year's feature event is an evening with Forrest Pritchard at the Canton Palace Theater on Oct. 18 at 6:30 p.m. and will include a lively discussion, a question and answer session and a book signing. Books will be available for purchase the night of the event. In addition a series of events and activities related to "Gaining Ground" will begin October 1 and will run the entire month.
Other "Gaining Ground" events being hosted locally are as follows:
Project Fill a Pantry: Oct. 1-31 at all One Book, One Community locations. Help local families in need this fall. Non-perishable food donations will be accepted for the Stark County Hunger Task Force. Donation bins will be available in all One Book, One Community Locations. Perry Sippo Branch will also collect toiletries for Perry Helping Perry
Harvest Festival: Saturday, Oct. 1, 8 a.m.- noon at the Louisville Library.
Get answers to your questions from local farmers and gardeners, and learn something new at one of the demonstrations and view live farm animals.
A Sampling of Seedfolks: Sunday, Oct. 2 from 2-4 p.m. at Varian Orchards. Listen to bluegrass music and enjoy the comedic energy of The Stockdale Band. Reap the benefits of hearing inspirational narratives selected from "Seedfolks".
Farm to Table Documentary Series: Monday, Oct. 3, 17, and 24, 7-8 p.m., Minerva Public Library. Three recent documentaries take a look at different communities going against the grain with sustainable, organic farming.
"One Book, One Community Stark County allows the community to come together to share a common theme and idea. This year's topic illustrates how family, hard work and persistence shape our lives," said Julia Shaheen, One Book, One Community Stark County Committee Chair. "We are very pleased with the programs we have lined up this year, and we hope the community will come out to support their local libraries and share in the excitement."
One Book, One Community Stark County is a collaborative effort led by several libraries in Stark County, including Canal Fulton Public Library, Louisville Public Library, Massillon Public Library, Minerva Public Library, North Canton Public Library and Stark County District Library.
Each year representatives from libraries, educational systems, community organizations and volunteer groups come together to select a book and plan events throughout Stark County. This is Stark County's 12th year participating in the program. One Book, One Community aims to encourage reading and forge community bonds across ages and backgrounds while reading and discussing the same book.
More information on One Book One Community Stark County is available at StarkLibrary.org/onebook.