On Saturday, December 7
, from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m., the Massillon Public Library will host quick, fun and informative discussions of the One Book, One Community selection A Secret Gift, by Ted Gup. The book discussions are offered in collaboration with the Massillon Museum which will present their popular “Do the Mu” series of family events to tie in with the book selection. Stop by the library and talk about the book before or after visiting the Museum. Discussions will be led in the library’s Second Floor Meeting Room by library director Sherie Brown and will start on the half hour, at 12:00 noon, 12:30 p.m., 1:00 p.m., and 1:30 p.m. Refreshments will be provided.
"A Secret Gift," the true story of desperation and compassion in Canton during the Great Depression, is the book selected by the Mayor's Literacy Commission for the 2013 One Book, One Community program. Author Ted Gup, a former Cantonian, tells how one man (his grandfather, Sam Stone) saved Christmas in 1933 for many hard-hit area families. Stone's gifts of cash were gratefully received by those who had responded with pleading letters to his small ad in the Canton Repository signed with the fictitious name "B. Virdot."
The book is available for purchase at the Massillon Public Library or Massillon Museum for $10, or is available for loan
at the library.
For more information, contact the library at 330-832-9831, ext. 311. The Massillon Public Library is located at 208 Lincoln Way E. in Massillon. The Second Street entrance is handicap accessible.