NORTH CANTON  The North Canton Library will be kicking off their spring and summer event schedule on March 4 with the second annual How-to Festival. The second big event is the annual Earth Day Spring Market and Recycle Fair on April 22.

The 2017 Summer Reading program will have its official kick-off on June 3 with entertainment, ice cream and information about summer reading lists. All of this plus more will be happening inside and outside the North Canton Library on Main Street.

Community Relations Manager for the North Canton Library, Christina Weyrick, said, "All three of these events saw tremendous attendance last year and we’re bringing them back for more fun this year."

How-to Festival

(10 a.m. to 4 p.m., March 4)

The second annual How-to Festival will offer 35 classes over six hours during one day. The goal is to offer a host of educational experiences to those interested in spending the day learning. Each class is 30 minutes. This year’s program has a five fewer classes and has an extended time frame.

"Last year, we had such a large turnout that many of the classes had people standing outside the smaller rooms trying to get into the class. We decided to reduce the number of classes and add an additional hour for people to get to more classes," Weyrick said.

Alex Wakefield’s State Farm insurance office will provide brown bag lunches for the first 300 participants. The lunch will be peanut butter and jelly Uncrustables, chips and a piece of chocolate.

A sampling of the classes being offered includes: Learn to Compost, Use a 3D pen, Chair Yoga, Wine Pairing, Train a Cat, Keeping Bees, Heal Your Body with Whole Foods and Keep Backyard Chickens.

"We’ve added a few new classes this year such as a class on drones, parent’s classes and installing car seats and booster seats. Planning a Disney Vacation was hugely popular last year and will be back this year. All of the classes are free and people are welcome to take as many as they like," Weyrick said.

Earth Day Spring Market/Recycle Fair

(11 a.m. to 2 p.m., April 22)

One of the top attended events last year at the North Canton Library was the Earth Day Spring Market/Recycle Fair. More than 1,300 people attended last spring to drop off e-cycle items or learn about other facets of the environment.

This year, like last year, there will be activities going on both inside and outside the library. Stations include Recycling with eCycle Solutions for electronics. There is a fee of $20 each for televisions and monitors, fifty-cents each for CFL bulbs and twenty-five cents a foot for tube style fluorescent bulbs.

There will also be green children’s activities, an animal services tent to learn how to live peacefully with wildlife and refreshments from Earth Fare of North Canton.

"The Spring Market will be in the Little Art Gallery and will have local farmers, food producers and artisans with seasonal foods, plants and homemade gifts. The animal tent will have information about caring for stray/feral cats, spay and neuter services and what to do when finding a lost pet," Weyrick said.

Epic Summer Reading Kick-off

(10 a.m. to 4 p.m., June 3)

The Epic Summer Reading Kick-off event is the perfect way to kick off a summer of reading and to get children, teens and adults to register for the library’s many summer reading programs. 

"Our main goal with this event is to encourage people to sign up for our Epic Summer reading programs, we try to target each year’s program more to what our patrons like and enjoy," Weyrick said. "Research has shown that it’s important to keep reading over the summer. Teachers often talk about the summer slide where the reading skills of kids and teens decline over the summer because they are not reading enough."

The event offers a variety of activities, entertainment and giveaways such as free ice cream and much more.

Watch the website for more information and updates to all of these and other programs offered at the North Canton Public Library.