Listen at the Library, the collaboration between the Stark County District Library and Canton Symphony Orchestra, is set to start March 29, 2016

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Musical Story Time Returns

CANTON, OHIO (March 29, 2016) – Listen at the Library, the collaboration between the Stark County District Library and Canton Symphony Orchestra, is set to start March 29, 2016.  The program pairs music with children’s literature and is sponsored in part by The Dominion Foundation and the Stark County District Library.

“Children will always enjoy colorful books and stories,” says Lisa Boyer, Director of Education and Community Engagement for the Canton Symphony Orchestra.  “They also love music.  This program entices them to start reading at an early age by adding a new dimension, music, to the process.”  A trio of musicians will travel to each of the 10 library branches where they will team up with a librarian to present the program.  This year, the trios will consist of Cynthia Warren on oboe, Thomas Pleban on viola, and Tom Pylinksi on trombone.

Julia Shaheen, Literacy Manager for the Stark County District Library has collaborated with Boyer in the development of this year’s programs which includes selecting the books to be read, working with librarians at each location and rehearsing with the musicians. “The library values its partnership with the Canton Symphony Orchestra and is excited to offer another year of our musical storytimes.  Music is a powerful early literacy tool, and what a fun way in which to teach them!” she stated.

The schedule for the programs is:
Tuesday, March 29, 2016
10:00am – North Branch
11:30am – Madge Youtz Branch

Wednesday, March 30, 2016
10:00am – DeHoff Memorial Branch
11:30am – Sandy Valley Branch

Tuesday, April 5, 2016
10:00am – Plain Community Branch
11:30am – Lake Community Branch

Wednesday, April 6, 2016
10:00am – East Canton Branch
11:30am – Main Library

Thursday, April 7, 2016
10:00am – Jackson Township Branch
11:30am – Perry Sippo Branch

In addition, musicians will present two Sunday at the Symphony programs on April 3 at 2:00pm at the Main Library and at 3:30pm at the Perry Sippo Branch.  This family-firendly program allows library patrons the opportunity to listen to light music followed by a question and answer period with the musicians.

As with everything at the library, the program is free.

Founded in 1937, the Canton Symphony Orchestra is a fully professional ensemble and organization dedicated to performing concerts that enrich, educate and entertain. Under the direction of Gerhardt Zimmermann, the orchestra performs classical, pops, holiday, and educational programs. Most performances are in Umstattd Performing Arts Hall adjacent to the Zimmermann Symphony Center, 2331 17th Street NW, Canton, Ohio. Parking at the Zimmermann Symphony Center is free. For more information, please visit

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