The Stark County District Library has announced the latest One Book, One Community title—
”Wonder” by R.J. Palacio—and unveiled an incredible lineup of events to celebrate the powerful message of kindness that the book conveys. The county-wide, community reading program has a simple goal: to get area residents to read and discuss the same book in order to foster a passion for reading and literacy.]
About the Book: August Pullman was born with a facial difference that, up until now, has prevented
him from going to a mainstream school. Starting 5th grade at Beecher Prep, he wants nothing more than to be treated as an ordinary kid—but his new classmates can’t get past Auggie’s extraordinary face. Wonder, now a #1 New York Times bestseller and included on the Texas Bluebonnet Award master list, begins from Auggie’s point of view, but soon switches to include his classmates, his sister, her boyfriend and others. These perspectives converge in a portrait of one community’s struggle with empathy, compassion and acceptance.
Palacio has called her debut novel “a meditation on kindness”—indeed, every reader will come away with a greater appreciation for the simple courage of friendship.
Auggie is a hero to root for, a diamond in the rough who proves that you can’t blend in when you were born to stand out.
Wonder is available to borrow free of charge through any public library in a variety of formats. Visit Stark Library for more information and to reserve your copy.
One Book Events
Below are the premier (and free!) events for One Book, One Community, but each library in Stark County has its own slate of One Book events, including North Canton Public Library’s 30 Days of Wonder and Massillon Public Library’s Choose Kindness Day Family Open House. For more information on all of the upcoming events from area libraries and other arts and cultural organizations, visit StarkLibrary.org.
FIRST FRIDAY EVENT: “BULLY” WITH ELEC SIMON
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 3
DOORS OPEN AT 6 P.M.
CANTON PALACE THEATRE
Musician Elec Simon brings his anti-bullying campaign to First Friday at the Palace Theatre. After the presentation, stay for the movie “Bully.” Presented in conjunction with the 2014 Canton Film Festival. The movie is rated PG-13.
STARK KINDNESS KICK-OFF
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 7
CULTURAL CENTER FOR THE ARTS
Join us as we celebrate the 10th anniversary of the One Book programs and learn more about this year’s selection, with performances by the Canton Ballet, New Direction Performing Arts Academy, and the Young People Making It Big student choir from the Arts Academy at Summit.
BULLYING—ITS CAUSES, EFFECTS AND SOLUTIONS
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 18
PERRY SIPPO BRANCH LIBRARY
Hear stories from a panel of professionals and community members including a former bully as they discuss the long-lasting effects of bullying. Roundtable discussion to follow.
THE MASKS WE WEAR
Wednesday, October 29
Library Main Branch
Compassion. Hate. Love. Kindness. Words. Fun. Wonder. Invisibility. What does your mask say? Medical, educational, and mental health professionals will be on hand to address topics such as bullying, self-esteem, differences and more. Children will have the opportunity to make a mask.