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Saturday July 23, 2016 Go To Top
misc_familytree 10:30 AM  -  12:30 PM Using Ancestry in Your Genealogy Research Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Main - Special Collections Division   330-643-9030   speccollections@akronlibrary.org
   

Using Ancestry in Your Genealogy Research

With more than 10,000 databases, Ancestry is the premier online genealogy resource--and it’s available to you for free within any ASCPL location. This class will introduce you to the many features of Ancestry Library Edition and show you how to do efficient and effective searches. When possible, time for practice searching is also provided. Because electronic resources are used, basic computer skills are recommended.

This class will take place in Computer Lab 2, First Floor, Main Library.

To register, please contact the Special Collections Division.

    Location: Main Library
 
misc_rivers 1:00 PM  -  3:30 PM Search For the Truth: An Afternoon of Cryptozoology Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Science & Technology Division   330-643-9075   stdiv@akronlibrary.org
   

Join us for a unique and fascinating afternoon as we explore reports of elusive creatures among us. Doug Waller from the SouthEastern Society for Bigfoot Investigation will speak about Bigfoot sightings in Ohio including eyewitness reports and personal encounters that his group has investigated. Doug speaks at 1:00pm.

Documentary film maker and investigative journalist Seth Breedlove will screen his latest documentary "The Beast of Whitehall" which tells of numerous sightings of an unexplained creature in upstate New York. He will follow it up with a Q & A session. Seth's presentation begins at 2:00pm.

    Location: Main Library-Auditorium
 
rec_legoguy 2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Builders' Club Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

Every 4th Saturday of the month (June 25, July 23, August 27), 2 pm

Build and create with a variety of blocks
 

    Location: Main Library
Sunday July 24, 2016 Go To Top
lib_teddybear_reading 2:00 PM  -  2:30 PM Sunday Story Time Sampler Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

Sunday Story Time Sampler
Every Sunday, 2 pm

A half-hour story time for preschool-primary children with an adult caregiver.
 

    Location: Main Library
Tuesday July 26, 2016 Go To Top
ent_filmproj 2:00 PM Summer Movies: Despicable Me 2 Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

Summer Movies
Tuesdays, 2 pm June, July and August (not August 30)

Chill in our Auditorium and enjoy these movies!  Groups welcome

July 26:  Despicable Me 2-Rated PG, 98 min.

Upcoming:
August 2: Boxtrolls-Rated PG, 96 min.
August 9:  Frozen-Rated PG, 102 min.
August 16: Lego Movie-Rated PG, 100 min.
August 23: Peanuts Movie-Rated G, 93 min.
 

    Location: Main Library-Auditorium
 
misc_none 3:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Taste of the Games Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Teen Department   330-643-9067   ysodiv@akronlibrary.org
   
Get ready for the summer Olympics and get a taste of Brazil,  the home of this summer’s Olympic games.  We will explore some Brazilian traditions by making a traditional Brazilian chocolate candy called Brigadeiros, make a Brazilian good luck charm, and explore the culture of Brazil.
Please call 330-643-9067 to register. For ages 11 to 18.
    Location: Main Library
Wednesday July 27, 2016 Go To Top
misc_baby.GIF 10:30 AM Baby Time Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

Baby Time
Every Wednesday, 10:30 am

A lap-sit story time for children from birth to 2 years old with an adult caregiver. We'll explore the world through books, songs, rhymes, fingerplays and other activities.  A 20-25 minute story time followed by play time.

 

    Location: Main Library
 
misc_kids 2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Celebrate Summer Reading Party! Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

Celebrate Summer Reading Party!

Celebrate our Summer Readers with a special program

Groups of ten or more, please call ahead to register your group.

 

    Location: Main Library
Thursday July 28, 2016 Go To Top
lib_teddybear_reading 10:30 AM Preschool Story Time Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

Preschool Story Time
 Every Thursday, 10:30 am

For Children 2 to 5 years old with an adult caregiver.  We'll explore the world through books, songs, fingerplays, and other visuals and activities.

    Location: Main Library
 
ent_filmproj 2:00 PM Movies@Main: Kung Fu Panda 3 Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Culture & AV   330-643-9015   
   
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Po the panda and the gang are back in an awesome tale for the entire family.

Starring the voices of Jack Black, Bryan Cranston, Dustin Hoffman, Angelina Jolie, Jackie Chan and Seth Rogen.

Rated PG  95 min

    Location: Main Library-Auditorium
 
ent_filmproj 6:30 PM Movies@Main: Kung Fu Panda 3 Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Culture & AV   330-643-9015   
   
Kung Fu Panda 3 movie poster

KUNG FU PANDA 3 
Po the panda and the gang are back in an awesome tale for the entire family.  Starring the voices of Jack Black, Bryan Cranston, Dustin Hoffman, Angelina Jolie, Jackie Chan and Seth Rogen.  Rated PG.  95 min
 

    Location: Main Library-Auditorium
Saturday July 30, 2016 Go To Top
misc_kids 2:00 PM Minion Mania Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

Bring out your inner Minion with Minion activities and crafts!

All ages welcome.

    Location: Main Library
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Sunday July 31, 2016 Go To Top
lib_teddybear_reading 2:00 PM  -  2:30 PM Sunday Story Time Sampler Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

Sunday Story Time Sampler
Every Sunday, 2 pm

A half-hour story time for preschool-primary children with an adult caregiver.
 

    Location: Main Library
Tuesday August 2, 2016 Go To Top
ent_filmproj 2:00 PM Summer Movies: Boxtrolls Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

Summer Movies
Tuesdays, 2 pm June, July and August (not August 30)

Chill in our Auditorium and enjoy these movies!  Groups welcome

August 2: Boxtrolls-Rated PG, 96 min.

Upcoming:
August 9:  Frozen-Rated PG, 102 min.
August 16: Lego Movie-Rated PG, 100 min.
August 23: Peanuts Movie-Rated G, 93 min.
 

    Location: Main Library-Auditorium
 
misc_none 6:00 PM  -  7:30 PM Anime Club Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Teen Department   330-643-9067   ysodiv@akronlibrary.org
   

Calling all anime and manga enthusiasts! Join us the first Tuesday of the month to watch anime, make a snack, do activities, and make crafts based off of your favorite manga and anime series. Please call 330-643-9067 to register. For ages 11-18. 

    Location: Main Library
Wednesday August 3, 2016 Go To Top
misc_baby.GIF 10:30 AM Baby Time Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

Baby Time
Every Wednesday, 10:30 am

A lap-sit story time for children from birth to 2 years old with an adult caregiver. We'll explore the world through books, songs, rhymes, fingerplays and other activities.  A 20-25 minute story time followed by play time.

 

    Location: Main Library
Thursday August 4, 2016 Go To Top
lib_teddybear_reading 10:30 AM Preschool Story Time Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

Preschool Story Time
 Every Thursday, 10:30 am

For Children 2 to 5 years old with an adult caregiver.  We'll explore the world through books, songs, fingerplays, and other visuals and activities.

    Location: Main Library
 
ent_filmproj 2:00 PM Movies@Main: Race Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Culture & AV   330-643-9015   
   
Kung Fu Panda 3 movie poster

RACE
Jesse Owens’ quest to become the greatest track and field athlete in history propels him onto the world stage of the 1936 Olympics.  Based on the true story.  Starring Stephan James, Jason Sudeikis and Jeremy Irons.  Rated PG-13.  134 min  
 

    Location: Main Library-Auditorium
 
ent_filmproj 6:00 PM Movies@Main: Race Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Culture & AV   330-643-9015   
   
Kung Fu Panda 3 movie poster

Jesse Owens’ quest to become the greatest track and field athlete in history propels him onto the world stage of the 1936 Olympics.  Based on the true story.  Starring Stephan James, Jason Sudeikis and Jeremy Irons.  Rated PG-13.  134 min  
 

    Location: Main Library-Auditorium
Saturday August 6, 2016 Go To Top
misc_familytree 10:30 AM  -  12:30 PM Newspaper Archive Academic Library Edition (formerly Access NewspaperArchive) Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Main - Special Collections Division   330-643-9030   speccollections@akronlibrary.org
   

Newspaper Archive Academic Library Edition (formerly Access NewspaperArchive)

Go beyond Ancestry and discover other genealogy databases the Library has to offer. Join us to learn more about these great resources, including what they contain, how to access them, and how to do effective searches. Sessions will include an hour of demonstration and another hour of practice time with staff on hand to help. Newspaper Archive Academic Library Edition provides home access to digitized newspapers from the U.S. and overseas. Because electronic resources are used, basic computer skills are recommended.

This class will take place in Computer Lab 2, First Floor, Main Library.

To register, please contact the Special Collections Division.

    Location: Main Library
 
lib_teddybear_reading 11:00 AM Weights and Measures Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

A Saturday Story Time Sampler
First and Third Saturdays of the month, 11 am

How do you measure up? Experience the fun side of science

Upcoming Saturday story times:
Aug 20: Have a Ball Come out and play with sports stories and games
 

    Location: Main Library
 
nat_sun 12:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Geekfest Mini-Comicon Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Youth Services Office   330.643.9067   ysodiv@akronlibrary.org
   

Geekfest 2016 Mini-Comicon
August 6, 2016 12-4 p.m.
Akron Main Library 60 S. High St. Akron, OH 44326

Looking for a way to celebrate your geeky obsessions? Here’s your chance! Whether you’re a fan of Star Wars, Suicide Squad, D&D, manga, sci-fi or fantasy novels, you’re sure to have a great time geeking out with your fellow fans at our Fourth-Annual Geekfest!  All fandoms are welcome at this free all-ages event!

There will be DIY crafts, photo ops, gaming, free-play Minecraft, a fan art exhibition, and other fun activities happening all afternoon, along with special events each hour (see reverse for details). And if getting your geek on makes you hungry, Stray Dog and Popsmith Food Carts and the Coffee Pot Café will be open for business!

Please call the Youth Services Office at 330.643.9186 for more information.

12:00 pm

All Geeks Roadshow
12-4 pm
In Meeting Room 3

Collectibles experts from The Toys Time Forgot will be giving on-site appraisals of vintage toys and comic books from the 1950s-1980s (excluding Barbie dolls and toy trains). Sign up for a time-slot starting at 12! For a detailed list of what the experts will appraise, please see our Facebook Event Page at https://www.facebook.com/events/1530726043900323/

Trekkie vs. Jedi Trivia Battle
In the Auditorium
Think you know everything about Star Wars and/or Star Trek? Use your smartphone to answer trivia questions and win fun prizes.

Miraculous Ladybug
In Meeting Room 2
Discussion of all things Ladybug and Cat Noir, from characters, episodes, and theories to the past and future of this animated superhero series. 

 

12:30 pm

Dungeons and Dragons Open Play
In the 1st floor Gaming Alley
Join our Dungeon Masters for an epic adventure.

1:00 pm

OMG’s Epic Crossover Panel
In the Auditorum
Overlord Media Group presents a live performance of a combination of some of your favorite sci-fi and fantasy fandoms. What would happen if The Doctor from Doctor Who ran into the Starks of Winterfell from Game of Thrones? Or Eren from Attack on Titan? Or even Black Widow from the Avengers? Find out in this epic crossover panel!

Anime Name that Tune
In Meeting Room 2
Be the first to recognize music from popular anime for prizes.

 

1:30 pm

Magic the Gathering Tournament
In the 1st floor Gaming Alley
Bring your cards and compete against other Magic fans to win fun prizes.

 

2:00 pm

Writing the Unreal – An Author Panel and Q&A
In the Auditorium
Hear authors Cinda Williams Chima (The New York Times Bestselling Seven Realms and Heir Chronicles series); Lisa Maxwell (Sweet Unrest, Unhooked); and Mindy McGinnis (Not a Drop to Drink, A Madness so Discreet) speak and answer questions about how they create the fantasy, sci-fi, and paranormal worlds in their novels. The authors will be signing books following the panel, and books will be available for purchase at the event.

 

Ramen Eating Contest
In Meeting Room 2
Ramen Eating Contest: First player to finish a bowl of noodles wins a prize. Limited number of participants, sign up beginning at 2.

 

3:00 pm

Teen and Adult Cosplay Contests
In the auditorium
Dress as your favorite book, movie, game, television, or other character and compete against others for fun prizes. To participate in the contests, you must register by 2:30 p.m. Actual weapons, including air guns, are not permitted in the library. Our detailed weapons policy can be found on our Facebook Event Page https://www.facebook.com/events/1530726043900323/

 

For Little Geeks (Preschool-5th Grade):
In the Children’s Library

12 pm
Open Art Session
Donald Peoples, the creator of Paws, our library mascot, will be helping anyone who would like to draw a picture of Paws 

12-2 pm 
Comic Book Club
The Comic Book Club extends an open invitation to all enthusiasts to join them in the Children’s Library to create, discuss and share all aspects of comic books 

DIY Light Sabers
Recycled materials will be available to make your own Star Wars-inspired light saber

3:00 pm
Costume Parade (In the Auditorium)
Dress up as your favorite book, movie, game, television, or other favorite character and join us for our character parade!

 

    Location: Main Library
Sunday August 7, 2016 Go To Top
lib_teddybear_reading 2:00 PM  -  2:30 PM Sunday Story Time Sampler Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

Sunday Story Time Sampler
Every Sunday, 2 pm

A half-hour story time for preschool-primary children with an adult caregiver.
 

    Location: Main Library
Tuesday August 9, 2016 Go To Top
trans_firetruck 10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM A Time To Play Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

The Second Tuesday of each month, 10:30-11:30 am
 For young children ages 2-5

Children learn through play, and we like to play in the Children's Library!  Hands-on, age-appropriate, creative play experiences and materials will be available for young children and their caregivers. Come explore, make friends, share stories, create and play with us.

August 9: Sing, Dance, Celebrate & Learn:  Through music and movement, children develop math, language, and literacy skills.
 

    Location: Main Library
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ent_filmproj 2:00 PM Summer Movies: Frozen Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

Summer Movies
Tuesdays, 2 pm June, July and August (not August 30)

Chill in our Auditorium and enjoy these movies!  Groups welcome

August 9:  Frozen-Rated PG, 102 min.

Upcoming:
August 16: Lego Movie-Rated PG, 100 min.
August 23: Peanuts Movie-Rated G, 93 min.
 

    Location: Main Library-Auditorium
 
med_stethoscope 6:30 PM  -  7:15 PM Health Information-You Can Do Better than Google Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Science & Technology Division   330-643-9075   stdiv@akronlibrary.org
   

Learn how to tell which websites offer scientifically based information that has been evaluated by medical experts. Find out how to narrow your medical search so you aren't overwhelmed with misleading information. This class meets in the Science & Technology Division on the first floor at Main Library. Contact us to register.

    Location: Main Library
Wednesday August 10, 2016 Go To Top
misc_baby.GIF 10:30 AM Baby Time Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

Baby Time
Every Wednesday, 10:30 am

A lap-sit story time for children from birth to 2 years old with an adult caregiver. We'll explore the world through books, songs, rhymes, fingerplays and other activities.  A 20-25 minute story time followed by play time.

 

    Location: Main Library
 
misc_none 6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Social Awareness: Overcoming Insurmountable Odds Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Business & Government   330-643-9020   
   

Listen to local stories of triumph over tragedy and discover how people found strength in the midst of suffering.
No registration required.

    Location: Main Library-Auditorium
Thursday August 11, 2016 Go To Top
lib_teddybear_reading 10:30 AM Preschool Story Time Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

Preschool Story Time
 Every Thursday, 10:30 am

For Children 2 to 5 years old with an adult caregiver.  We'll explore the world through books, songs, fingerplays, and other visuals and activities.

    Location: Main Library
 
ent_filmproj 6:00 PM Movies@Main: Pete's Dragon Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Culture & AV   330-643-9015   
   
Kung Fu Panda 3 movie poster

The classic story of a boy and his dragon.  Starring Sean Marshall, Elliott the Dragon, Helen Reddy, Mickey Rooney, Red Buttons, Jim Dale and Shelley Winters.  Rated G.  128 min
 
 

    Location: Main Library-Auditorium
Saturday August 13, 2016 Go To Top
anim_dog1 11:00 AM Paws For Reading Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

Paws for Reading
 The Second Saturday of each month, 11 am

Share a book with a certified therapy dog, and practice your reading skills.  If you're not reading yet, the dog’s handler will read to you. This is a great way for children to practice their literacy skills and gain more confidence in reading aloud.

    Location: Main Library
 
misc_none 3:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Poetry Hour Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Culture & AV   330-643-9015   popdiv@akronlibrary.org
   
  • Read and share your original poems for a 5 minute interval.
  • Poetry lovers are welcome to attend and enjoy the words of our local poets.
  • Poems read at Poetry Hour should not be overtly explicit in language or subject matter.
  • Registration is requested. Adults age 18 and over.
    Location: Main Library
Sunday August 14, 2016 Go To Top
lib_teddybear_reading 2:00 PM  -  2:30 PM Sunday Story Time Sampler Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

Sunday Story Time Sampler
Every Sunday, 2 pm

A half-hour story time for preschool-primary children with an adult caregiver.
 

    Location: Main Library
Monday August 15, 2016 Go To Top
rec_scissors&glue 5:30 PM Crafter Work - Canning Your Garden Vegetables Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Science and Technology    330-643-9075   stdiv@akronlibrary.org
   

Join us downtown for and after work craft.  Learn new and creative ways to make your home and everyday life seem a little brighter.

    Location: Main Library
 
office_lightbulb 6:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Ask a Patent Attorney Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Science & Technology Division   330-643-9075   stdiv@akronlibrary.org
   

Inventors and entrepreneurs, sign up for a free one on one 20-minute session with a registered patent attorney.Get answers to Intellectual Property related questions such as "Do I need to sign a licensing agreement to produce my invention?",  "Should I apply for trademark protection or a design patent?" or "How much of my invention will a utility patent protect?"

Appointment times are limited and must be scheduled in advance. Sign-ups begin 30 days before event. Contact the Science & Technology Division to make your appointment for this unique opportunity. Please note: come to the Science & Technology Division on the first floor to begin your session.

    Location: Main Library
Tuesday August 16, 2016 Go To Top
ent_filmproj 2:00 PM Summer Movies: Lego Movie Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

Summer Movies
Tuesdays, 2 pm June, July and August (not August 30)

Chill in our Auditorium and enjoy these movies!  Groups welcome

August 16: Lego Movie-Rated PG, 100 min.

Upcoming:
August 23: Peanuts Movie-Rated G, 93 min.
 

    Location: Main Library-Auditorium
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office_lightbulb 6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Introduction to Intellectual Property Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Science & Technology Division   330-643-9075   stdiv@akronlibrary.org
   

Learn the differences among the various types of intellectual property, and how best to protect your creative work.

This class will meet in meeting Room 1 on the High Street Level across from the autitorium.

Please contact the Science and Technology Division to register.

    Location: Main Library
Wednesday August 17, 2016 Go To Top
misc_baby.GIF 10:30 AM Baby Time Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

Baby Time
Every Wednesday, 10:30 am

A lap-sit story time for children from birth to 2 years old with an adult caregiver. We'll explore the world through books, songs, rhymes, fingerplays and other activities.  A 20-25 minute story time followed by play time.

 

    Location: Main Library
Thursday August 18, 2016 Go To Top
lib_teddybear_reading 10:30 AM Preschool Story Time Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

Preschool Story Time
 Every Thursday, 10:30 am

For Children 2 to 5 years old with an adult caregiver.  We'll explore the world through books, songs, fingerplays, and other visuals and activities.

    Location: Main Library
 
ent_filmproj 6:30 PM Movies@Main: Bend of the River Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Culture & AV   330-643-9015   
   
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Hollywood legend James Stewart stars as a rugged frontiersman in this unforgettable western!  Also starring Arthur Kennedy, Julia Adams, Rock Hudson, Harry Morgan and Frances Bavier.  87 min
 
 

    Location: Main Library-Auditorium
Saturday August 20, 2016 Go To Top
office_lightbulb 10:15 AM  -  12:00 PM Introduction to Patents & Patent Searching Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Science & Technology Division   330-643-9075   stdiv@akronlibrary.org
   

Have a great idea for an invention? Learn what a patent is, what it can do for you, and the hows and whys of searching for existing patents. You will learn how to do a preliminary patent search using the United States Patent & Trademark website.

This class will meet in Meeting Room 1 on the High Street Level across from the auditorium.

Contact the Science & Technology Division to register.

    Location: Main Library
 
rec_generic 11:00 AM Have a Ball! Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

A Saturday Story Time Sampler
First and Third Saturdays of the month, 11 am

Come out and play with sports stories and games.
 

    Location: Main Library
Sunday August 21, 2016 Go To Top
lib_teddybear_reading 2:00 PM  -  2:30 PM Sunday Story Time Sampler Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

Sunday Story Time Sampler
Every Sunday, 2 pm

A half-hour story time for preschool-primary children with an adult caregiver.
 

    Location: Main Library
Tuesday August 23, 2016 Go To Top
ent_filmproj 2:00 PM Summer Movies: Peanuts Movie Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

Peanuts Movie

Rated G, 93 min.

Chill in our Auditorium!  Groups welcome


 

    Location: Main Library-Auditorium
Wednesday August 24, 2016 Go To Top
misc_baby.GIF 10:30 AM Baby Time Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

Baby Time
Every Wednesday, 10:30 am

A lap-sit story time for children from birth to 2 years old with an adult caregiver. We'll explore the world through books, songs, rhymes, fingerplays and other activities.  A 20-25 minute story time followed by play time.

 

    Location: Main Library
Thursday August 25, 2016 Go To Top
lib_teddybear_reading 10:30 AM Preschool Story Time Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

Preschool Story Time
 Every Thursday, 10:30 am

For Children 2 to 5 years old with an adult caregiver.  We'll explore the world through books, songs, fingerplays, and other visuals and activities.

    Location: Main Library
 
misc_none 10:30 AM  -  4:30 PM World Languages Workshop for Educators Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Business & Government Division   330-643-9020   bgdiv@akronlibrary.org
   

Registration is requested for the following workshop. Please call 330-643-9020 or email bgdiv@akronlibrary.org.

Integrating Authentic Cultural Resources into Curriculum

Presenter: Kathleen Shelton, Ohio Department of Education.

An essential component of a proficiency-based world language classroom is using authentic cultural resources in the target language. In this workshop teachers will use free online tech tools to make authentic videos more comprehensible to novice and intermediate language learners, helping them acquire a deeper understanding of the target language and the content being presented. Authentic resources will also be used in the creation of reading, listening and communication tasks that connect higher level thinking skills with depth of understanding. Collaboration time, sample lessons, tools and resources will be provided.

  • 5 contact hours will be provided.
  • Please bring laptop and authentic video and/or text resources.  
  • One hour lunch on your own.

Main Library is located at 60 South High Street in downtown Akron. For directions, click here.

Parking available in adjacent deck.

    Location: Main Library
 
ent_filmproj 2:00 PM Movies@Main: 10 CLOVERFIELD LANE Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Culture & AV   330-643-9015   
   
Kung Fu Panda 3 movie poster

Thrills, chills and things that go bump in the night!  Don’t watch it alone!  Starring John Goodman and Mary Elizabeth Winstead.  Rated PG-13.  103 min

 
 

    Location: Main Library-Auditorium
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ent_filmproj 6:30 PM Movies@Main: 10 CLOVERFIELD LANE Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Culture & AV   330-643-9015   
   
Kung Fu Panda 3 movie poster

Thrills, chills and things that go bump in the night!  Don’t watch it alone!  Starring John Goodman and Mary Elizabeth Winstead.  Rated PG-13.  103 min

 
 

    Location: Main Library-Auditorium
Saturday August 27, 2016 Go To Top
misc_familytree 9:30 AM  -  4:00 PM Our Ancestors from Europe: How to Discover Their Individual Stories Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Main - Special Collections Division   330-643-9030   speccollections@akronlibrary.org
   

Our Ancestors from Europe: How to Discover Their Individual Stories, featuring John Philip Colletta, Ph.D.

John Philip Colletta is one of America’s most popular genealogical lecturers. Knowledgeable, experienced and entertaining, he resides in Washington, D.C., where he's worked at the Library of Congress and taught workshops at the National Archives. He is a faculty member of the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research at Samford University (Birmingham, Ala.), the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy, and Boston University’s Certificate in Family History program. He has also been an instructor and course coordinator for the National Institute on Genealogical Research (Washington, DC), the Genealogical Institute of Texas (Dallas), and the Genealogical Institute of Mid-America (Springfield, Ill.). His publications include They Came in Ships: A Guide to Finding Your Immigrant Ancestor's Arrival Record and Finding Italian Roots: The Complete Guide for Americans.

Program Schedule:

9:30 – 9:45      Introductions

9:45 – 10:45    Passenger Arrival Records, Colonial Times to Mid-20th Century

10:45 – 11:15   Break

11:15 – 12:15   Naturalizations Records, Colonial Times to Mid-20th Century

12:15 – 1:30    Lunch on Your Own

1:30 – 2:30      Re-discovering “La Famiglia:” Accessing and Using the Records of Italy

2:30 – 3:00      Break

3:00 – 4:00      Discovering the REAL Stories of Your Immigrant Ancestors 

The program is free and open to the public, and parking is free in the High-Market Parking Deck. To register, please contact the Special Collections Division.

    Location: Main Library
 
rec_legoguy 2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Builders' Club Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

Every 4th Saturday of the month (June 25, July 23, August 27), 2 pm

Build and create with a variety of blocks
 

    Location: Main Library
Sunday August 28, 2016 Go To Top
lib_teddybear_reading 2:00 PM  -  2:30 PM Sunday Story Time Sampler Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

Sunday Story Time Sampler
Every Sunday, 2 pm

A half-hour story time for preschool-primary children with an adult caregiver.
 

    Location: Main Library
Wednesday August 31, 2016 Go To Top
misc_baby.GIF 10:30 AM Baby Time Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

Baby Time
Every Wednesday, 10:30 am

A lap-sit story time for children from birth to 2 years old with an adult caregiver. We'll explore the world through books, songs, rhymes, fingerplays and other activities.  A 20-25 minute story time followed by play time.

 

    Location: Main Library
Saturday September 3, 2016 Go To Top
misc_familytree 10:30 AM  -  12:30 PM Heritage Quest Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Main - Special Collections Division   330-643-9030   speccollections@akronlibrary.org
   

Heritage Quest

Go beyond Ancestry and discover other genealogy databases the Library has to offer. Join us to learn more about these great resources, including what they contain, how to access them, and how to do effective searches. Sessions will include an hour of demonstration and another hour of practice time with staff on hand to help. Heritage Quest provides home access to the U.S. census, city directories, digitized family and local histories, the PERiodical Source Index Archive, Revolutionary War records, Freedman's Bank records, and more. Because electronic resources are used, basic computer skills are recommended.

Class will take place in Computer Lab 2, First Floor, Main Library.

To register, please contact the Special Collections Division.

    Location: Main Library
Thursday September 8, 2016 Go To Top
misc_none 6:00 PM  -  7:30 PM Book event - Heart of Hell Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Business & Government Division   330-643-9020   bgdiv@akronlibrary.org
   

His grandfather's suicide spurred Texas-based researcher Dennis Blocker to see if World War II played a part in his pain. The 14-year journey led Blocker to numerous libraries, including the Akron-Summit County Public Library’s archives which revealed information about three local shipmates. Astounded by what he discovered, Blocker contacted Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist Mitch Weiss who was inspired by the detailed research now contained in a compelling new book, The Heart of Hell: The Untold Story of Courage and Sacrifice in the Shadow of Iwo Jima. Join us for a presentation by Dennis Blocker. Discover the untold story of the crew of Landing Craft Infantry 449.

    Location: Main Library
Saturday September 10, 2016 Go To Top
misc_none 3:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Poetry Hour Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Culture & AV   330-643-9015   popdiv@akronlibrary.org
   
  • Read and share your original poems for a 5 minute interval.
  • Poetry lovers are welcome to attend and enjoy the words of our local poets.
  • Poems read at Poetry Hour should not be overtly explicit in language or subject matter.
  • Registration is requested. Adults age 18 and over.
    Location: Main Library
Tuesday September 13, 2016 Go To Top
office_lightbulb 6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Introduction to Intellectual Property Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Science & Technology Division   330-643-9075   stdiv@akronlibrary.org
   

Learn the differences among the various types of intellectual property, and how best to protect your creative work.

This class will meet in Meeting Room 1 on the High Street Level across from the auditorium.

Please contact the Science & Technology Division to register.

    Location: Main Library
Saturday September 17, 2016 Go To Top
office_lightbulb 10:15 AM  -  12:00 PM Introduction to Patents & Patent Searching Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Science & Technology Division   330-643-9075   stdiv@akronlibrary.org
   

Have a great idea for an invention? Learn what a patent is, what it can do for you, and the hows and whys of searching for existing patents. You will learn how to do a preliminary patent search using the United States Patent & Trademark website.

This class will meet in Meeting Room 1 on the High Street Level across from the auditorium.

Please contact the Science & Technology Division to register.

    Location: Main Library
 
misc_familytree 10:30 AM  -  12:30 PM Fold3 Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Main - Special Collections Division   330-643-9030   speccollections@akronlibrary.org
   

Fold3

Go beyond Ancestry and discover other genealogy databases the Library has to offer. Join us to learn more about these great resources, including what they contain, how to access them, and how to do effective searches. Sessions will include an hour of demonstration and another hour of practice time with staff on hand to help. Fold3 provides home access to military records, city directories, naturalization records and more. Because electronic resources are used, basic computer skills are recommended.

Class will take place in Computer Lab 2, First Floor, Main Library.

To register, please contact the Special Collections Division.

    Location: Main Library
Saturday October 1, 2016 Go To Top
lib_book_quill 10:30 AM  -  12:00 PM Know Your Archives: What Summit County’s Archives Can Do for You and What You Can Do for Archives Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Main - Special Collections Division   330-643-9030   speccollections@akronlibrary.org
   

Know Your Archives: What Summit County’s Archives Can Do for You and What You Can Do for Archives

October is American Archives Month, and we’re kicking it off with a day of learning about archival collections and services in our community and how you can care for historic materials in your own home. In this first of three sessions, panelists from Main Library’s Special Collections Division, the Summit County Historical Society of Akron Ohio, and both the University of Akron’s Archival Services and the Cummings Center for the History of Psychology (CCHP) will discuss their collections and how you can use them in your genealogy or local history research.

This program will take place in Meeting Room 2AB, High Street Level, Main Library. Meeting Room 3 will be open throughout the day as an exposition room. Be sure to stop in to learn more about these and other archival facilities in Summit County.

To register, please contact the Special Collections Division.

    Location: Main Library
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lib_book_quill 12:45 PM  -  1:45 PM Discover the Heritage of Summit County with Summit Memory Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Main - Special Collections Division   330-643-9030   speccollections@akronlibrary.org
   

Discover the Heritage of Summit County with Summit Memory

October is American Archives Month, and we’re kicking it off with a day of learning about archival collections and services in our community and how you can care for historic materials in your own home. In this second of three sessions, Special Collections Librarian Rebecca Larson-Troyer will discuss the Summit Memory project, a countywide, collaborative effort administered by ASCPL. Learn how to use the site in your genealogy or local history research and how organizations can become project partners.

This program will take place in Meeting Room 2AB, High Street Level, Main Library. Meeting Room 3 will be open throughout the day as an exposition room. Be sure to stop in to learn more about archival facilities in Summit County.

To register, please contact the Special Collections Division.

    Location: Main Library
 
lib_book_quill 2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Preservation and Organization of Documents, Photographs, and Other Archival Materials Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Main - Special Collections Division   330-643-9030   speccollections@akronlibrary.org
   

Preservation and Organization of Documents, Photographs, and Other Archival Materials

October is American Archives Month, and we’re kicking it off with a day of learning about archival collections and services in our community and how you can care for historic materials in your own home. In the final of three sessions, Rhonda Rinehart, Manager of Special Collections at the University of Akron’s Cummings Center for the History of Psychology (CCHP), will discuss the dos and don’ts of handling and storing materials you come across in your genealogy or local history research and where to turn for help.

This program will take place in Meeting Room 2AB, High Street Level, Main Library. Meeting Room 3 will be open throughout the day as an exposition room. Be sure to stop in to learn more about archival facilities in Summit County.

To register, please contact the Special Collections Division.

    Location: Main Library
Saturday October 8, 2016 Go To Top
misc_familytree 10:30 AM  -  12:30 PM Getting Started in Family History Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Main - Special Collections Division   330-643-9030   speccollections@akronlibrary.org
   

Getting Started in Family History

Join the Special Collections Division for an introduction to genealogy for new family historians. This class includes an overview of genealogical sources available at the library, suggestions for getting started, and tips for organizing your research.

This class will take place in Meeting Room 2AB, High Street Level, Main Library. Time permitting, a tour of the Special Collections Division on the Third Floor will be included.

To register, please contact the Special Collections Division.

    Location: Main Library
 
misc_familytree 1:00 PM  -  2:45 PM Adoptee Access to Records – Ohio’s New Law Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Main - Special Collections Division   330-643-9030   speccollections@akronlibrary.org
   

Adoptee Access to Records – Ohio’s New Law

As an adoptee having made the journey to a successful reunion on her own, Betsie Norris, founded Adoption Network Cleveland to provide support and assistance to others who are touched by adoption. She’s a frequent spokesperson in the media and at conferences and has assisted in thousands of adoptee-birthparent reunions. She is co-author with Jayne Schooler of Journeys after Adoption: Understanding the Lifelong Process, has served as a board member of the national American Adoption Congress from 1997-1999, and currently serves on the board of the Donaldson Adoption Institute in New York City.

Betsie has worked tirelessly on legislation to reform Ohio's adoption laws. As a result, in March of 2015, Ohio became the 12th state to open previously closed birth records to adult adoptees, allowing 400,000 adoptees adopted in Ohio’s formerly “closed” period of 1964-1996 to have access to their original birth certificates. A short film, An Adoptee ROARed in Ohio: The Betsie Norris Story by documentary filmmaker Jean Strauss, will be shown and discussed along with the social and historical context of the old and new laws on this topic. Learn about Ohio’s journey and how implementation of the new law is going and share your questions and thoughts about the issues involved in this area of genealogy research.

This program will take place in Meeting Room 2, High Street Level, Main Library.

To register, please contact the Special Collections Division.

    Location: Main Library
 
misc_none 3:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Poetry Hour Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Culture & AV   330-643-9015   popdiv@akronlibrary.org
   
  • Read and share your original poems for a 5 minute interval.
  • Poetry lovers are welcome to attend and enjoy the words of our local poets.
  • Poems read at Poetry Hour should not be overtly explicit in language or subject matter.
  • Registration is requested. Adults age 18 and over.
    Location: Main Library
 
misc_familytree 3:00 PM  -  4:45 PM Solving for Unknown Parentage – DNA Basics Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Main - Special Collections Division   330-643-9030   speccollections@akronlibrary.org
   

Solving for Unknown Parentage – DNA Basics

Amanda Reno is a Genetic Genealogist and team member for The DNA Detectives, the company founded by CeCe Moore, genetic genealogy consultant for the PBS television series Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Genealogy Roadshow. Amanda was reunited with her older sister after being separated by adoption for nearly 30 years. The amazing journey that brought them together and their instant connection once reunited inspired her to help others. When she learned DNA was being used to provide answers in some of the most seemingly hopeless cases, she knew she wanted to learn how. Employing her love of data and research, insatiable curiosity, and desire to connect with others, DNA has now become her passion. Her talk will focus on the basic core knowledge required to identify an unknown parent(s) using genealogical DNA testing and traditional research techniques.

This program will take place in Meeting Room 2, High Street Level, Main Library.

To register, please contact the Special Collections Division.

    Location: Main Library
Tuesday October 18, 2016 Go To Top
office_lightbulb 6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Introduction to Intellectual Property Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Science & Technology Division   330-643-9075   stdiv@akronlibrary.org
   

Learn the differences among the various types of intellectual property, and how best to protect your creative work.

This class will meet in Meeting Room 1 on the High Street Level across from the auditorium.

Please contact the Science & Technology Division to register.

    Location: Main Library
Friday October 21, 2016 Go To Top
misc_familytree 6:30 PM  -  10:30 PM Late Night at the Library for Genealogists Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Main - Special Collections Division   330-643-9030   speccollections@akronlibrary.org
   

Late Night at the Library for Genealogists

Join us in the Special Collections Division for the 12th Annual Late Night at the Library. The library will close at its normal time of 6 pm and re-open for genealogists only from 6:30-10:30 pm. Special Collections staff members and volunteers from the Summit County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society will be available for research assistance. Representatives of local lineage societies will provide consultation and membership information. A mini “Getting Started in Family History” class will take place at 6:45 followed by a tour of Special Collections at 7:15.

Parking in the High & Market Street deck is free for those arriving after 6 pm. Refreshments will be provided, and all printing and copying charges will be waived.

Registration is not required, and all levels of genealogy expertise are welcome. For more information, please contact the Special Collections Division.

    Location: Main Library
Saturday October 22, 2016 Go To Top
office_lightbulb 10:15 AM  -  12:00 PM Introduction to Patents & Patent Searching Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Science & Technology Division   330-643-9075   stdiv@akronlibrary.org
   

Have a great idea for an invention? Learn what a patent is, what it can do for you, and the hows and whys of searching for existing patents. You will learn how to do a preliminary patent search using the United Stated Patent & Trademark website.

This class will meet in Meeting Room 1 on the High Street Level across from the auditorium.

Contact the Science & Technology Division to register.

    Location: Main Library
Saturday November 5, 2016 Go To Top
misc_familytree 10:30 AM  -  12:30 PM My Heritage – World Vital Records Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Main - Special Collections Division   330-643-9030   speccollections@akronlibrary.org
   

My Heritage – World Vital Records

Go beyond Ancestry and discover other genealogy databases the Library has to offer. Join us to learn more about these great resources, including what they contain, how to access them, and how to do effective searches. Sessions will include an hour of demonstration and another hour of practice time with staff on hand to help. My Heritage – World Vital Records provides home access to a variety of indexes and digitized records from the U.S. and overseas. Because electronic resources are used, basic computer skills are recommended.

Class will take place in Computer Lab 2, First Floor, Main Library.

To register, please contact the Special Collections Division.

    Location: Main Library
Monday November 7, 2016 Go To Top
office_lightbulb 6:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Ask a Patent Attorney Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Science & Technology Division   330-643-9075   stdiv@akronlibrary.org
   

Inventors and entrepreneurs, sign up for a free one on one 20-minute session with a registered patent attorney. Get answers to Intellectual Property related questions such as "Do I need to sign a licensing agreement to produce my invention?", "Should I apply for trademark protection or a design patent?" or "How much of my invention will a utility patent protect?"

Appointment times are limited and must be scheduled in advance. Sign-ups begin 30 days before event. Contact the Science & Technoogy Division to make your appointment for this unique opportunity. Please note: come to the Science & Technology Division on the first floor to begin your session.

    Location: Main Library
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