Big Read 2019 – Events

The following library programs with themes taken from Ron Rash’s work are designed to enhance exploration of this year’s Big Read title, Burning Bright.

StarkFresh Seed Library
Friday March 1 – Saturday June 1
Multiple Locations
Free Vegetable and Flower Seeds will be available at several locations throughout Stark County for no cost from March 1st through June 1st, 2019. Seed Packets were Generously Donated by: Marc’s Grocery Stores, City of Canton Health Department, Motts Greenhouse.
Please Note: The library is now out of seeds. For information about other locations that may still have seeds left, visit StarkFresh online.

Book DiscussionBurning Bright by Ron Rash
Wednesday March 27 — 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
The Massillon Public Library will host a discussion about the book Burning Bright by Ron Rash.This program is free, open to the public, and does not require registration. Light refreshments will be provided.

Deadline for Submissions: 2019 Poetry and Writing Contest
March 31, 2019
The Massillon Public Library invites all local bards to submit their original poems and flash fiction (1,000 words or less) to be entered into our thirteenth annual writing contest.

Genealogy 101
Saturday, April 20 — 12:00 p.m.
Do you have Appalachian Roots? Dive into your ancestry and see what you can find!

Open Mic Read-In
Tuesday April 23 — 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Come recite your original or favorite classic poems or short pieces, or just sit back and listen! Readers will be limited to five minutes and selections read must be family-friendly. During the event, winners of the library’s annual writing contests will be awarded their prizes and given the opportunity to read their work.

Screening and Discussion of Documentary “Hillbilly” (2018)
Saturday May 4 — 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
The library will host a screening and discussion about the 2018 documentary hillbilly. Filmed in Georgia, Kentucky, Ohio, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia, hillbilly uncovers “an unexpected set of artists, poets, activists, queer musicians, “Affrilachian” poets, and intersectional feminists — all unexpected voices emerging from this historically misunderstood region.”

For information about Big Read programs being held at other community locations, visit the Massillon Museum’s website.

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