Help for Local Authors

The Library supports authors and authors-in-the-making!

We strive to be a supportive and encouraging place for writers, readers, and creators of all kinds, and we hope our services and programs reflect that philosophy. From events like our monthly book clubs to thoughtful discussions in Philosophy Club, our efforts are centered on meeting you where your needs and interests intersect.  Writers of any skill level can learn the foundations of successful authoring in our monthly club, The Next Chapter.

One of our largest and most anticipated events is the Local Author Fair, typically held in the spring, which hosts over 30 authors local to Northeast Ohio. 

Why should I write at the Library?

Writers in Stark County have many places to choose from, but none so all-inclusive as the Library. Many locations have study rooms that provide an enclosed space with ample room for spreading out with research materials without bothering those around you (or being bothered in return!). Don’t mind a little background noise? Seat yourself under our atrium skylights at Main Library and soak up the natural light while getting some writing done on your laptop. No computer of your own? We’ve got you covered! All you need is a valid Stark Library card to use our computers, print your work, and make copies. You can also send faxes and scans for free. If you don’t have a library card, you’ll definitely want to get one—you just need a valid ID and about 2 minutes!

On-site at the Library you’ll find endless resources for researching. Our reference librarians can help direct you to the exact information you need, and our extensive Genealogy department  at Main Library can assist you in tracking down context for your next great historically-based work. If we don’t have the resource you’re looking for in genealogy, our floating collection can be pulled in from any one of our Library branches, so you have even more options for research. Need a grant for your writing? Let our experts assist you by booking a one-on-one appointment: We even have a grants database that can be utilized at Main Library to help match you with grant foundations who seek to financially support your cause.

How can I support local authors?

Have you checked out our local author section at Main Library? In this section on the first floor you can find shelves of work authored and published by writers right here in Northeast Ohio. Authors in every genre can be found here, from youth author Drew Bailey’s book More Than A Game, to Canton’s Sterling Haynes whose books Haynes Comics 1, 2, & 3 are filled with illustrations on social commentary. If you are closer to one of our branch locations, these titles and others by local authors can be put on hold and brought to the nearest branch for your convenience.