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Sunday January 1, 2017 -  Tuesday January 31, 2017
     NatureConnect DIY2Go  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

DIY2Go Snow Quiz Contest

Visit, explore and enjoy our NatureConnect area. Be a Nature Detective and use our binoculars and observation notebooks to sketch and record what you discover.  

 

    Location: Portage Lakes

Monday January 9, 2017 -  Tuesday February 28, 2017
     Today's Teen Challenge  
    Contact: Goodyear Branch Library   330-784-7522   goodyear@akronlibrary.org
   

Stop at the desk and pick up today’s challenge. Answer our challenge question and get a piece of candy!

    Location: Goodyear

Friday January 20, 2017
   1:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Medicare 101  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   twright@akronlibrary.org
   
Medicare 101
Friday, January 20, 1:00 pm
 This seminar is designed to help demystify Medicare.
It discusses the different types of benefits, plans, and programs,
and provides some general guidelines to assist beneficiaries in determining which plan may be best suited to their needs.
    Location: Maple Valley
   1:30 PM No School Library Party  
    Contact: Nordonia Hills Branch Library   330-467-8595   nhweb20@akronlibrary.org
   

LAME GIFT SWAP

Everyone gets gifts they don't want.  Come to the Lame Gift Swap and trade it for one you like better!

For students in grade 5 and up.  Bring your friends and have some fun on your day off!

Please sign-up in advance.

    Location: Nordonia Hills
   2:00 PM  -  3:30 PM Microsoft Office Word 3  
    Contact: Electronic Services   330-643-9145   esdiv@akronlibrary.org
   

MS Word, Part 3: More Useful Formatting Tools

Discover how to use more useful tools to edit your documents like signature lines, creating a PDF, comments, tables, formulas to perform math functions, create charts, create a book format, and protect your document. Attendance at MS Word, Part 2 is preferred.

 

Please visit our website for more information:

    Location: Firestone Park
   2:30 PM  -  3:30 PM Hands-On Computer Classes  
    Contact: Firestone Park Branch Library   330-724-2126   
   

No registration is required, however you must have a ticket to be admitted.  15 tickets will be distributed 30 minutes prior to class start. 

MS Word, Part 3: More Useful Formatting Tools

Discover how to use more useful tools to edit your documents like signature lines, creating a PDF, comments, tables, formulas to perform math functions, create charts, create a book format, and protect your document. Attendance at MS Word, Part 2 is preferred. 

    Location: Firestone Park
   3:00 PM DIY Tattoos  
    Contact: Highland Square   330-376-2927   
   

Use transfer paper to design and create your very own temporary tattoo.

    Location: Highland Square
   4:15 PM  -  5:15 PM Silly Fridays  
    Contact: Norton Branch Library   (330) 825-7800   norton@akronlibrary.org
   

Crystal Gardens

Learn how to create a crystal garden in easy to follow science steps.

Registration is requested via email, phone or in-person.

    Location: Norton

Saturday January 21, 2017
   2:00 AM PAWS for Reading  
    Contact: Northwest Akron Branch   330.836.1081   
   

PAWS for Reading

(All grades)

Thursdays December 1, 15, January 5, 19, February 2, 16 4 pm

Saturdays December 17, January 21, February 18, 2 pm

Practice reading skills and build the reading confidence of beginning or struggling readers by reading to our Therapy Dogs International dog friends.  Children of all ages are welcome.

    Location: Northwest Akron
   10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM School Age Craft Club  
    Contact: Richfield Branch Library   330-659-4343   dnagy@akronlibrary.org
   

~School Age Craft Club
All supplies are provided, just come and have a good time.
Saturday, January 21, 10 am- 12 pm
Join us for “snow” much fun. We will use a variety of objects to create snowmen.

Saturday, February 18, 10 am- 12 pm
Create your own reusable stylish library bag.

    Location: Richfield
   10:00 AM  -  5:00 PM NH Game Time  
    Contact: Nordonia Hills Branch Library   330-467-8595   nhweb20@akronlibrary.org
   

NORDONIA HILLS GAME TIME

We welcome library patrons to a regular monthly event – a place to meet up with fellow game players of all ages.

The room is open to players of chess, role-playing games, board games, Euro games, standard cards, mah-jongg, war games, and trading/collectible card games.

Bring your own games, or try a game from our collection already on hand. No registration required! Refreshments are served.

Third Saturday of each month.

This event is also open to regular card groups and other game clubs looking for a venue.

Come on out to meet fellow local players – Learn new games – Sharpen your intellect – and enjoy the social aspects of games.

    Location: Nordonia Hills
   10:30 AM Sensory-Friendly Storytime  
    Contact: Tricia Bohanon   330.643.4702   
   

Sensory-Friendly Storytime

3rd Saturdays monthly, December 17, January 21, February 18, 10:30 am and 11:30 am

This program offers educational, literacy and social opportunities for children of all ages with differing abilities, their siblings, parents/caregivers and their typically developing peers through the use of story, music and movement to engage the participants.  Please contact Tricia Bohanon at 330-643-4702 with questions or to register for a spot in this program.

    Location: Northwest Akron
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Hands-On Computer Classes  
    Contact: Firestone Park Branch Library   330-724-2126   
   

No registration is required, however you must have a ticket to be admitted.  15 tickets will be distributed 30 minutes prior to class start. 

MS Word, Practical Application Project

Come practice what you learned from parts 1-3. 

    Location: Firestone Park
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Paws for Reading  
    Contact: Richfield Branch Library   330-659-4343   dnagy@akronlibrary.org
   

Paws for Reading
1st and 3rd Saturday of each month, 10:30-11:30 am
Children can practice their literacy skills by reading aloud to our doggie pals Kodak, Rudy, and Yuki. This is a great way for your child to build reading fluency and read-aloud confidence.
Children not yet reading are also welcome to come; stories will be read to the children by our doggie pals’ humans.
 

    Location: Richfield
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Paws for Reading  
    Contact: Fairlawn-Bath Branch Library   330-666-4888   
   

Children of all ages can practice their literacy skills by reading aloud to our doggie pals.   This is a great way for children to build their reading fluency and read-aloud confidence.

Children not yet reading are welcome to come.  The doggie’s human pal will read to the child.  

    Location: Fairlawn-Bath
   10:30 AM  -  12:00 PM Word 1-3 Practical Application  
    Contact: Electronic Services   330-643-9145   esdiv@akronlibrary.org
   

Word 1-3 Pratical Application

Practical application of the skills you’ve learned in class.

 

Please visit our website for more information:

    Location: Firestone Park
   11:00 AM Chinese New Year!  
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

Chinese New Year!
A Saturday Story Time Sampler
The First and Third Saturdays of the month, 11 am

Dance with the dragon.

    Location: Main Library
   11:30 AM Sensory-Friendly Storytime  
    Contact: Tricia Bohanon   330.643.4702   
   

Sensory-Friendly Storytime

3rd Saturdays monthly, December 17, January 21, February 18, 10:30 am and 11:30 am

This program offers educational, literacy and social opportunities for children of all ages with differing abilities, their siblings, parents/caregivers and their typically developing peers through the use of story, music and movement to engage the participants.  Please contact Tricia Bohanon at 330-643-4702 with questions or to register for a spot in this program.

    Location: Northwest Akron
   1:00 PM Dinosaur Hunters  
    Contact: Fairlawn-Bath Branch Library   330-666-4888   
   

   Join Miss Jessica and Miss Theresa for dinosaur trivia and activities and a snack for children in grades K-3.

    Location: Fairlawn-Bath
   2:00 PM Friends of the Goodyear Branch Library Annual Meeting with Special Guest Patrick Manning  
    Contact: Goodyear Branch Library   330-784-7522   goodyear@akronlibrary.org
   

Mark your calendars now for a special literary and culinary afternoon with the Friends of the Goodyear Branch Library. Librarian Patrick Manning will be presenting a talk entitled “Books You Might Have Missed 2016.” Find out about all of the fabulous programs being planned for the Library in 2017. Did we mention delicious baked goods will be served? No registration required.

    Location: Goodyear
   2:00 PM  -  3:30 PM Nature Connect Winter Story Walk!  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

Dress warm as we head outside for some wintery fun in our Nature Connect Space! Join us for a family story walk, nature crafts and warm cocoa. Please dress for the weather. No registration necessary.

 

    Location: Portage Lakes
   2:00 PM  -  4:00 PM You Pick the Flick!  
    Contact: North Hill Branch Library   330-535-9423   northhill@akronlibrary.org
   

All ages. We provide the choices; you pick the family-friendly flick you want to see while munching on popcorn and other snacks. All movies have a rating of PG-13 or lower.

    Location: North Hill
   3:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Make it Mini!  
    Contact: Teen Department   330-643-9067   ysodiv@akronlibrary.org
   

Tired of regular sized pizza? Make it mini! Tired of regular sized games? Make them mini! If you're tired of the regular sized world, join us to create a world where you feel like a giant. Create tiny food, make microcrafts, and play mini-sized games. For ages 11 to 18. Please call to register.

    Location: Main Library
   6:30 PM Madden NFL 17 Xbox Tournament  
    Contact: Ellet Branch   330-784-2019   
   

All ages. Please register beginning January 7th. Limit of 16 players. Please Note: This is a non-instructional, no coaching tournament.

    Location: Ellet

Sunday January 22, 2017
   2:00 PM Jazz at Main Library  
    Contact: Culture & AV   330-643-9015   bething@akronlibrary.org
   

JAZZ AT MAIN LIBRARY

Featuring Steinway Artist Joe Augustine

Main Library Auditorium

Sunday, January 22, 2 pm

Enjoy an afternoon of jazz performed by Steinway Artist Joe Augustine and his trio. Classically trained, Augustine has been performing and teaching jazz piano nationally and abroad for over 40 years. Currently he is Full Time Faculty at the University of Akron’s Jazz Studies Program, and Artist in Residence at both the University and Lake Erie College.

The Joe Augustine Trio will be playing a selection of jazz standards, original compositions, and classics from the Great American Songbook.

These concerts are free and open to the public. Auditorium doors will open at 1:30 pm. 

Call 330-643-9015, or visit www.akronlibrary.org, for more information.

    Location: Main Library-Auditorium
   2:00 PM  -  2:30 PM Sunday Story Time Sampler  
    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 January 23, 2017
     On Your Own  
    Contact: Goodyear Branch Library   330-784-7522   goodyear@akronlibrary.org
   

Do these activities on your own at the library. They will each be available for two weeks. Bring them to the desk for a small reward.

Nature Play

Build a forest with the nature materials in the NatureConnect window and write a short story about it.

    Location: Goodyear
   10:05 AM Babytime  
    Contact: Ellet Branch   330-784-2019   
   

Ages 6-24 months and their caregiver. Rhymes, music, books, bounces and playtime. No registration necessary.

    Location: Ellet
   10:15 AM Tiny Tales Baby Time  
    Contact: Fairlawn-Bath Branch Library   330-666-4888   
   

Children ages 6-24 months with an adult caregiver are welcome to join Miss Jessica for stories, rhymes, music, instruments and playtime.

Registration begins Monday, December 19.

    Location: Fairlawn-Bath
   10:15 AM  -  12:00 PM North Hill Needle Crafters  
    Contact: North Hill Branch Library   330.535.9423   northhill@akronlibrary.org
   

North Hill Needle Crafters

If you love to knit, crochet, and help others, this is the group for you.  Everything this talented group makes is donated to helping agencies in our community.  Are you new to crafting?  We'll be glad to get you started.  If you have yarn and supplies to donate, we'll make good use of them.

    Location: North Hill
   11:30 AM Toddler Story Time  
    Contact: Fairlawn-Bath Branch Library   330-666-4888   
   

For children ages 2-3 ½ years old with their favorite adult. We will enjoy stories, fingerplays, action rhymes, music, and a simple craft with Miss Jessica.

Registration begins Monday, December 19.

    Location: Fairlawn-Bath
   12:30 PM  -  1:30 PM NEW Family Lunch Bunch – SOUP AND COMFORT  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

SOUP AND COMFORT: A COOKBOOK OF HOMEMADE RECIPES TO WARM THE SOUL by Pamela Ellgen or SOUP NIGHT by Maggie Stuckey

Perfect for Homeschoolers, Grandparents & Grandchildren!  Join fellow foodie families as we debut a new program browsing cookbooks and sampling new recipes.   Each month we will enjoy a bite from a featured book, theme or celebrity chef.  Bring a prepared dish to share (one per family) and a copy of your recipe.   Be ready to discuss your successes, substitutions, and mishaps along the way.  Paper products and silverware will be provided.  Featured cookbooks will be available at the branch in advance.

 

    Location: Portage Lakes
   3:00 PM  -  5:00 PM After School Homework Help  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   eramsay@akronlibrary.org
   
After School Homework Help
Mondays & Wednesdays 3-5 pm
January 9- May 24
Free homework help for students in grades K-6.
You’ll find everything you need to get your homework done here!
Stuck on a math question? We have someone to help you.
Can’t find a ruler? We have school supplies.
Need to type a paper? We have computers.
Drop in anytime you need help.
No registration required.
    Location: Maple Valley
   3:30 PM School Age Children's Programs  
    Contact: Odom Branch Library   3304348726   odomblvdbranch@akronlibrary.org
   

We invite the young school aged to enjoy building, gaming, experimenting, crafting or cooking fun.  For those in Kindergarten to grade three.  There will be a different activity each week.

Please register in advance.

    Location: Odom
   3:30 PM Teen Voice  
    Contact: Kenmore Branch Library   330-745-6126   kenmore@akronlibrary.org
   

Come to a meeting of the minds and have your voice heard! While eating snacks and visiting with your friends you can discuss programs, materials and services that you would like to see offered by the library.  

    Location: Kenmore
   6:00 PM Clay Studio  
    Contact: Fairlawn-Bath Branch Library   330-666-4888   
   

Bring your imagination.  The library will supply the clay and sculpting tools.

For grades 1-5.  Call 330-666-4888 or drop in to register

    Location: Fairlawn-Bath
   6:00 PM Kenmore Craft Club - Pinecone Bird Feeder  
    Contact: Kenmore Branch Library   330-745-6126   kenmore@akronlibrary.org
   

Feed the critters this winter by making a Pinecone Bird Feeder! Please call 330-745-6126 or email kenmore@akronlibrary.org to register.

    Location: Kenmore
   6:00 PM  -  7:00 PM Civil War Presentation  
    Contact: Norton Branch Library   330-825-7800   groupnorton@akronlibrary.org
   

Join us as Paul Goebbel, Civil War news correspondent,shares with us the Lincoln Inaugural Train. Please register for this event beginning Tuesday, December 27.

    Location: Norton
   6:00 PM  -  7:00 PM Henna  
    Contact: Odom Branch Library   3304348726   odomblvdbranch@akronlibrary.org
   

Join Lisa Hart as she does a henna body art design just for you.  The art of henna (called mehndi in Hindi) has been practiced for over 5000 years in Pakistan, India, Africa and the Middle East. Maximum of 15 participants so sign up early.

Please register in advance.

    Location: Odom
   6:00 PM  -  7:00 PM Needlecrafting @ The Library  
    Contact: Firestone Park Branch Library   330-724-2126   
   

Enjoy discussion and share current knitting and crochet projects.

 

    Location: Firestone Park
   6:00 PM  -  7:45 PM Space-To-Make  
    Contact: Goodyear Branch Library   330-784-7522   goodyear@akronlibrary.org
   

Do you enjoy learning about new hobbies, crafts, or hands-on projects? Join us for a new adult friendly gathering of crafters, thinkers, hobbyists, artists, tech enthusiasts, students, and more. Bring your craft or hobby with you and work on it at the Library. Share your love with others and maybe learn something new. Space-to-Make is open on the 2nd and 4th Monday of each month from 6-7:45pm. No registration required – just come on in and use our space. 

    Location: Goodyear
   6:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Family Movie Monday  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   eramsay@akronlibrary.org
   
Family Movie Monday
Every third Monday of the month, 6 pm
Join us for a family friendly movie, snacks, and drinks!
 
January 23: Ice Age: Collision Course (PG) (100 min)
 
    Location: Maple Valley
   6:30 PM Friends of the Portage Lakes Library Present: Traveling to Iceland  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

The FOPL will hold their annual election of officers and a brief meeting at 5:30 pm. All are welcome to attend and asked to bring hors d’evours to share.  Mel Vye will begin his presentation on Iceland at 6:30 pm.  Mel Vye is Professor Emeritus of Electrical Engineering Technology at the University of Akron.  A world traveler, he has visited over 90 countries on all seven continents.  

    Location: Portage Lakes
   6:30 PM Family Night  
    Contact: Nordonia Hills Branch Library   330-467-8595   nhweb20@akronlibrary.org
   

BIRD FEEDER

Make a bird feeder to help our feathered friends!

Join our program for families of all ages!  One Monday each month at 6:30pm we'll get together for some great crafts!

Please register in advance.

    Location: Nordonia Hills
   6:30 PM Jammie Time  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Jammie Time

Get ready for bedtime by wearing your jammies to this family oriented story time. A different story theme will be used each month.

    Location: Green
   6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Gentle Yoga With Nia  
    Contact: North Hill Branch Library   3305359423   lweiser@akronlibrary.org
   

Gentle Yoga With Nia

Here is a wonderful opportunity to start on a healthy lifestyle for the new year.  Be led in warm-up stretches and breathing exercises, move through yoga poses with the help of a chair, and end sessions with music and nature sounds.  Please bring a yoga mat or a beach towel and a water bottle.

    Location: North Hill

Tuesday January 24, 2017
   10:05 AM Babytime  
    Contact: Ellet Branch   330-784-2019   
   

Ages 6-24 months and their caregiver. Rhymes, music, books, bounces and playtime. No registration necessary.

    Location: Ellet
   10:15 AM Baby Time  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Baby Time

For babies 6-24 months and a caregiver. 

Babies will be introduced to hand rhymes,songs, movement activities, books and socialization skills.

    Location: Green
   10:30 AM Baby Rhyme Time  
    Contact: Tallmadge   330.633.4345   
   

Baby rhyme time is for babies up to 24 months with a caregiver.

Enjoy bounces, rhymes, songs and stories followed by a first play group experience. Siblings of all ages are welcome to join in with baby!

    Location: Tallmadge
   10:30 AM Baby/Toddler Story Time!  
    Contact: North Hill Branch Library   330-535-9423   northhill@akronlibrary.org
   

Young children and their adult caregivers will read books, learn rhymes, sing, and have fun together.

    Location: North Hill
   10:30 AM Preschool Story Time  
    Contact: Northwest Akron Branch   330.836.1081   
   

Preschool Story Time

(2 to 5 year-olds with a caregiver)

Tuesdays, January 10 to February 28, 10:30 am

Action rhymes, music, books, and other activities chosen with you and your child in mind.

Please call 330-836-1081 to register for these programs. 

    Location: Northwest Akron
   10:30 AM Preschool Story Time  
    Contact: Kenmore Branch Library   330-745-6126   kenmore@akronlibrary.org
   

Join us for stories, movement and music followed by a fun playtime. For 2-6 year olds with a favorite adult caregiver.  Please call 330-745-6126 or email kenmore@akronlibrary.org to register.

    Location: Kenmore
   10:30 AM Story Time Programs  
    Contact: Mogadore Branch Library   3306289228   mogadore@akronlibrary.org
   

Tuesday, January 24, 10:30 am

Ages 3 and up.
Join Miss Kim for stories, songs, games and crafts.
    Location: Mogadore
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Preschool Story Time  
    Contact: Richfield Branch Library   330-659-4343   dnagy@akronlibrary.org
   

Preschool Story Time ages 3-6
Tuesdays, January 17- March 17, 10:30-11:30 am
Please see below for information on Tuesday, February 14
Preschoolers bring your favorite caregiver and join us for stories, rhymes, songs and more.  No registration required.
 

    Location: Richfield
   11:00 AM Family Story Times  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

Ms. Elaine will use books, flannel boards, puppets, props and songs to engage children in stories. Your children will be active participants in Story Time. Each session will conclude with an art activity. All ages are welcome. No registration necessary.

 

    Location: Portage Lakes
   11:00 AM Toddler Time  
    Contact: Ellet Branch   330-784-2019   
   

Ages 2-3 years and their caregiver. Stories, songs, rhymes, crafts, and playtime. No registration necessary.

    Location: Ellet
   11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Family Story Time  
    Contact: Firestone Park Branch Library   330-724-2126   
   

Join us for stories, music, movement and fun! Each session will be followed by play time or a fun activity. Children of all ages are welcome to join us for this engaging story time.  

    Location: Firestone Park
   11:30 AM Toddler Time  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Toddler Time

For ages 2-3 with a caregiver. 

Children will enjoy stories, songs, rhythm & movement activities, and crafts.

 
    Location: Green
   11:30 AM  -  12:30 PM Preschool Playgroup  
    Contact: North Hill Branch Library   330-535-9423   northhill@akronlibrary.org
   

Play is important! Stop in for a few minutes, or the whole hour. Explore various age appropriate toys, blocks, cars, trucks and trains, dolls, puzzles, and other children. Run laps in the community room. Children and adults can both make new friends.

 

    Location: North Hill
   2:00 PM  -  3:30 PM Microsoft Office Excel 1  
    Contact: Electronic Services   330-643-9145   esdiv@akronlibrary.org
   

MS Excel, Part 1: Opening & Creating Workbooks

Learn how to create basic workbook files using Microsoft Excel 2013. Discover how to organize data more efficiently using spreadsheets. Attendance at MS Word, Part 1 is preferred.

 

Please visit our website for more information:

    Location: Highland Square
   3:30 PM Super Bowl Party  
    Contact: Teen Librarian   330-864-5721   ecoontz@akronlibrary.org
   

Play Madden with your friends! REGISTRATION IS REQUESTED.

    Location: Maple Valley
   3:30 PM  -  4:30 PM T(w)een Tuesdays  
    Contact: Odom Branch Library   3304348726   odomblvdbranch@akronlibrary.org
   

T(w)een Tuesdays for ages 10-18

Join us on Tuesdays from 3:30-4:30 for crafts, activities, and fun.

DEC: 6, 13, 20

JAN: 3, 10, 17, 24, 31

FEB: 7, 14, 21, 28

We will not be meeting on December 27th, but expect a special program on February 14th.

    Location: Odom
   3:30 PM  -  5:00 PM Warm Up Akron  
    Contact: Mogadore Branch Library   3306289228   mogadore@akronlibrary.org
   

Tuesday, December 13, 3:30-5 pm 

Knit and crochet to help the needy! 
If you can make just one 7” or 9” rectangle you can help keep the needy in the Akron area warm. 
To date, this chapter has supplied over 8,000 afghans.
    Location: Mogadore
   3:45 PM Afterschool Crowd  
    Contact: Ellet Branch   330-784-2019   
   

Grades 6-12. Gaming, crafts, books, music and more.

    Location: Ellet
   4:00 PM Teen Mini Makerspace  
    Contact: Nordonia Hills Branch Library   330-467-8595   nhweb20@akronlibrary.org
   

SQUISHY CIRCUITS

Come and explore with Squishy Circuits.

This program is held one Tuesday each month at 4pm.

For students in grades 5 and up.

Please register in advance.

    Location: Nordonia Hills
   4:00 PM  -  6:30 PM Hooked on Books Book Club  
    Contact: Norton Branch Library   330-825-7800    norton@akronlibrary.org
   

Graphic novels? Fantasy? Science Fiction? History? 

This book club is open to all teens and tweens interested in sharing and discussing their favorite books.  

    Location: Norton
   5:00 PM  -  7:30 PM ACT Strategy Prep Class  
    Contact: Tallmadge   330.633.4345   
   

ACT Strategy Preparation Class

For grades 6 - 12

Join Kayla Scalf from College Planning Strategies for this informational session on the top strategies to increase your ACT score. We will break down the structure of the ACT test which will help students identify the correct answer faster. This is not subject specific tutoring; it is how to score better on the test. Each participant will receive take home material to review leading up to the test.


Pizza provided. Please register in advance.

    Location: Tallmadge
   5:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Project Learn ESOL/GED Classes  
    Contact: North Hill Branch Library   3305359423   lweiser@akronlibrary.org
   

Project Learn ESOL/GED Classes

These free, convenient, GED classes are designed for those for whom English is a second language. If you or someone you know would like to attend these classes, please contact Project Learn at 330-434-9461 to arrange for testing and orientation.

    Location: North Hill
   6:00 PM Adult Jewelry Making Program  
    Contact: Kenmore Branch Library   330-745-6126   kenmore@akronlibrary.org
   

Join Karen McLain to create a lovely piece of jewelry. Please call 330-745-6126 or email kenmore@akronlibrary.org to register for this program as space is limited.

    Location: Kenmore
   6:00 PM  -  7:30 PM Teen Advisory Board Meeting  
    Contact: Teen Department   330-643-9067   ysodiv@akronlibrary.org
   

Whether you're looking to get volunteer hours for school or just like to work on cool projects, eat and have fun, the Teen Advisory Board in the place to be! You'll help plan Teen programs and decorate the Teen Area. It looks great on a resume too. For ages 11 to 18. For more information please call the Teen Area at 330-643-9067.

    Location: Main Library
   6:30 PM Mush! The History of Dogsledding  
    Contact: Nordonia Hills Branch Library   330-467-8595   nhweb20@akronlibrary.org
   

MUSH!  THE HISTORY OF DOGSLEDDING

Join the Siberian Husky Club of Greater Cleveland for a talk on all things sled dog - the history of the Siberian husky breed, their relationship to Cleveland, and Balto, the most famous sled dog in the world.  Learn about the Iditarod, local races, mushing equipment and commands, then meet a real Siberian husky with Q & A from the musher.

Please register in advance.

    Location: Nordonia Hills
   6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Soup In A Jar  
    Contact: Goodyear Branch Library   330-784-7522   goodyear@akronlibrary.org
   

 Celebrate national soup month by testing your culinary skills at the Library! We will be tasting a few prepared soups and you will craft your own “soup in a jar” to take home. Class size is strictly limited to 10 adult/teen (16 & over) participants, so please register in advance.

    Location: Goodyear

Wednesday January 25, 2017
   10:30 AM Baby Time  
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

An active story time for children from birth to 2 years old with an adult caregiver.  Help your little one learn through rhymes, fingerplays, songs and books.  Playtime to follow.

    Location: Main Library
   10:30 AM Story Time  
    Contact: Ellet Branch   330-784-2019   
   

Ages 2-6 years. Stories, music, puppets, crafts and playtime. No registration necessary.

    Location: Ellet
   11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Family Story Time  
    Contact: Firestone Park Branch Library   330-724-2126   
   

Join us for stories, music, movement and fun! Each session will be followed by play time or a fun activity. Children of all ages are welcome to join us for this engaging story time.  

    Location: Firestone Park
   1:00 PM Preschool Story Time  
    Contact: Fairlawn-Bath Branch Library   330-666-4888   
   

Children age 3-5 with an adult caregiver are welcome to join Miss Pam for stories, songs, rhymes, crafts and more! 

Registration begins Monday, December 19.

    Location: Fairlawn-Bath
   2:00 PM Color Your World  
    Contact: Odom Branch Library   3304348726   odomblvdbranch@akronlibrary.org
   

Set aside an afternoon for adult coloring to relax and relieve stress. Drop in to do some coloring with provided sheets and coloring materials or bring your own materials to work with. Refreshments provided.

 

Please register in advance.

    Location: Odom
   2:00 PM  -  3:30 PM Microsoft Office Excel 2  
    Contact: Electronic Services   330-643-9145   esdiv@akronlibrary.org
   

MS Excel, Part 2: Formatting and Modifying Workbooks

Discover how to modify columns, rows, and format cells. Practice the different ways to duplicate, move, and edit data. Attendance at MS Excel, Part 1 is preferred.

 

Please visit our website for more information:

    Location: Highland Square
   3:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Fun Club: Wii Games  
    Contact: Firestone Park Branch Library   330-724-2126   
   

Wii Games

Grades K-5

    Location: Firestone Park
   3:00 PM  -  5:00 PM After School Homework Help  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.643.4663   eramsay@akronlibrary.org
   
After School Homework Help
Mondays & Wednesdays 3-5 pm
January 9- May 24
Free homework help for students in grades K-6.
You’ll find everything you need to get your homework done here!
Stuck on a math question? We have someone to help you.
Can’t find a ruler? We have school supplies.
Need to type a paper? We have computers.
Drop in anytime you need help.
No registration required.
    Location: Maple Valley
   3:30 PM Game Day  
    Contact: Mogadore Branch Library   3306289228   mogadore@akronlibrary.org
   

Wednesday, January 25, 3:30 pm

Stop in for an afternoon of classic games. 
We’ll have both board and card games provided. 
Feel free to bring any cards or games of your own to play with your library friends! 
Grades K-5
    Location: Mogadore
   3:30 PM  -  4:30 PM Book Bites Book Club  
    Contact: Firestone Park Branch Library   330-724-2126   
   

Grades 6-12

Enjoy snacks while discussing our monthly book pick.

Books will be available for pickup 4 weeks prior to each session. 

PAX by Sara Pennypacker

 

    Location: Firestone Park
   3:45 PM Afterschool Crowd  
    Contact: Ellet Branch   330-784-2019   
   

Grades 6-12. Gaming, crafts, books, music and more.

    Location: Ellet
   4:00 PM After School Club  
    Contact: Nordonia Hills Branch Library   330-467-8595   nhweb20@akronlibrary.org
   

POPCORN GAMES

Come play Popcorn Games.

Program is held one Wednesday each month at 4pm.

For children in Kindergarten - 4th grade.

    Location: Nordonia Hills
   6:00 PM Medicare 101  
    Contact: Nordonia Hills Branch Library   330-467-8595   nhweb20@akronlibrary.org
   

MEDICARE 101

Viktoria Jurkovic with the Ohio Department of Insurance's OSHIIP division will provide an overview of Medicare Part A and Part B benefits, the prescription drug benefit (Part D), Medicare Advantage plans, and Medicare Advantage plans, and Medicare supplement insurance.  Whether you are new or currently on Medicare, attendees can learn more about recent medicare plan changes and financial assistance programs, which may help pay prescription drug costs and part B premiums.

Ohio Senior Health Insurance Information Program representatives are trained by the state, and do not sell or promote any insurance compaines, policies, or agents.

Please register in advance.

    Location: Nordonia Hills
   6:00 PM  -  7:30 PM Family STEAM Nights  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

Join us on the fourth Wednesday of each month to explore a little about Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math!  This new event will feature experiments and other activities for all ages of learners! No registration necessary.

 

    Location: Portage Lakes
   6:30 PM The Novel in You  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Adult Program

The Novel in You

Constance Davis will go through a 6-week course on how to write the novel in you.  

Please register in advance.

 
    Location: Green
   6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Anxiety, Depression, and Panic Attacks  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   twright@akronlibrary.org
   
Anxiety, Depression, and Panic Attacks
Wednesday, January 25, 6:30 pm
Together or individually anxiety, depression and panic attacks can significantly reduce an individual’s quality of life
and often that of those closest to them. The presenter, a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor,
will define and discuss these conditions and review self-help and professional interventions to control, reduce or eliminate each.
    Location: Maple Valley
   7:00 PM Mystery Book Lovers  
    Contact: Nordonia Hills Branch Library   330-467-8595   nhweb20@akronlibrary.org
   

"READERS CHOICE"  by Ruth Rendell

Title: Dark Corners, Author: Ruth RendellTitle: The Girl Next Door, Author: Ruth RendellTitle: From Doon with Death (Chief Inspector Wexford Series #1), Author: Ruth Rendell

Discuss and explore mystery and thriller genres with our Mystery Book Lovers Group.  We welcome and encourage adult readers to join our book discussion.  We read an eclectic range of mystery titles, plus suspense, some true crime, and thrillers.

Third Wednesday of each month at 7:00pm.

No sign up is required.  Refreshments are served.  Please join us for some crime solving with other mystery lovers!  New members are always welcome!

    Location: Nordonia Hills

Thursday January 26, 2017
     Baby It’s Cold Outside Coffee Break  
    Contact: Kenmore Branch Library   330-745-6126   kenmore@akronlibrary.org
   

Stop in on a cold morning and warm up with a cup of coffee.

    Location: Kenmore
   10:15 AM Stories and Play  
    Contact: Goodyear Branch Library   330-784-7522   goodyear@akronlibrary.org
   

Thursdays, 10:15 am

Enjoy stories, movement, and song. Story time is early learning fun for young children to help develop the skills to succeed in school. Stay and play afterwards with toys and a chance for parents to chat. Play helps young children learn skills needed for reading and writing.

    Location: Goodyear
   10:30 AM Family Story Time  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Family Story Time

For all ages.

Children will enjoy stories, songs, rhythm & movement activities, and crafts. 

 
    Location: Green
   10:30 AM Library Babies and Tots  
    Contact: Mogadore Branch Library   3306289228   mogadore@akronlibrary.org
   

Thursday, January 26, 10:30 am

Ages birth – 3 ½.
Join Miss Kim for songs, stories and group playtime with our library friends.
    Location: Mogadore
   10:30 AM Preschool Play Space  
    Contact: Tallmadge   330.633.4345   
   

Preschool play space is for children up to age 6 with an adult.

Beat the January blues and come and play! Try out the obstacle course, build with blocks, and meet friends old and new.

    Location: Tallmadge
   10:30 AM Preschool Story Time  
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

For children 2 to 5 years old with an adult caregiver.

Books come to life through stories, songs and activities.

    Location: Main Library
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Baby Time  
    Contact: Norton Branch Library   (330) 825-7800   norton@akronlibrary.org
   

Enjoy Mother Goose rhymes and songs, book sharing and new friends

For caregivers with babies and walkers under the age of two

Registration is requested by phone, email or in-person.

    Location: Norton
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Little Folk Story Time  
    Contact: Richfield Branch Library   330-659-4343   dnagy@akronlibrary.org
   

Little Folks Story Time ages 6-35 months
Thursdays, January 19- March 9, 10:30-11:30 am
Little folks, bring your favorite caregiver and join us for stories, rhymes, songs and more.  No registration required.
 

    Location: Richfield
   11:00 AM Parachute Play  
    Contact: Nordonia Hills Branch Library   330-467-8595   nhweb20@akronlibrary.org
   

PARACHUTE PLAY

We will use music and movement to play parachute games.  

Toddler parachute play is for children ages 2-5.

Please register in advance.

    Location: Nordonia Hills
   11:30 AM  -  12:30 PM Pitter Patter Playgroup  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.643.4663   eramsay@akronlibrary.org
   
Pitter Patter Playgroup
Thursdays, December 15- January 26, 11:30 am
Ages 5 and under.
Bring your little ones to enjoy our puzzles, games, and toys!
Both children and caregivers can join in the fun!
No registration required… just come and play! 
    Location: Maple Valley
   1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Needlecrafting @ The Library  
    Contact: Firestone Park Branch Library   330-724-2126   
   

Enjoy discussion and share current knitting and crochet projects.

 

    Location: Firestone Park
   2:00 PM  -  3:30 PM Microsoft Office Excel 3  
    Contact: Electronic Services   330-643-9145   esdiv@akronlibrary.org
   

MS Excel, Part 3: More on Formatting Cells and Worksheet Basics 

Learn how to format text and numbers in cells and learn the worksheet basics – setting print area, inserting headers/footers, page margins, etc. Attendance at MS Excel, Part 2 is preferred.

 

Please visit our website for more information:

    Location: Highland Square
   3:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Get in the Game  
    Contact: North Hill Branch Library   330-535-9423   northhill@akronlibrary.org
   

For grades 3-8. Think you've got mad video skills? Test your gaming talents against other players and "Get in the Game!" All games have a rating of E-T.

    Location: North Hill
   3:30 PM  -  5:00 PM Neon Art Bash  
    Contact: Odom Branch Library   3304348726   odomblvdbranch@akronlibrary.org
   

Create some beautiful art in bright neon colors. Please register in advance for this program.

Please register in advance.

    Location: Odom
   3:45 PM Afterschool Crowd  
    Contact: Ellet Branch   330-784-2019   
   

Grades 6-12. Gaming, crafts, books, music and more.

    Location: Ellet
   4:00 PM Wii Gaming Day  
    Contact: Kenmore Branch Library   330-745-6126   kenmore@akronlibrary.org
   

Test your gaming skills with friends. Games will be announced weekly; check our white board and digital sign for information.

    Location: Kenmore
   4:00 PM  -  5:00 PM Tech Time: Robotics & Coding  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.643.4663   eramsay@akronlibrary.org
   
Tech Time: Robotics and Coding
Thursdays, December 15, January 26, February 23, 4 pm
Grades K-6
Join Sylvan Learning Center & Maple Valley Library as we find our EDGE with STEM@Sylvan.
This program offers an exciting chance to learn hands on robotics while using Lego® WeDo Software.
 Children will have fun creating and animating robots, while also learning the basic concepts of design, programming, coding, and physics. 
    Location: Maple Valley
   4:30 PM Teen Yoga Series  
    Contact: Tallmadge   330.633.4345   
   

Teen Yoga Series

For grades 6 - 12

Join Certified Yoga Instructor Tracie Zamiska for this introductory series that empowers the individual, strengthens the body, flexes the imagination, and adds a spark of creativity. In addition to movement, you'll learn breathing and meditation techniques to help encourage relaxation and promote academic success.
Yoga mats provided. Dress comfortably.

    Location: Tallmadge
   5:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Project Learn ESOL/GED Classes  
    Contact: North Hill Branch Library   3305359423   lweiser@akronlibrary.org
   

Project Learn ESOL/GED Classes

These free, convenient, GED classes are designed for those for whom English is a second language. If you or someone you know would like to attend these classes, please contact Project Learn at 330-434-9461 to arrange for testing and orientation.

    Location: North Hill
   6:00 PM Cookbook Club  
    Contact: Mogadore Branch Library   3306289228   mogadore@akronlibrary.org
   

Thursday, January 26, 6 pm

Do you love browsing through cookbooks and trying new recipes or cooking techniques?
Join fellow foodies for our Cookbook Club. You don’t have to be a gourmet chef to participate.
Each month we will get together to talk about a certain book, theme, or a celebrity chef. 
There will be food samples or activities at every meeting. A selection of cookbooks will be available for members to borrow.
Browse our collection, try out some of the recipes, and join the group to discuss your successes and mishaps. 
January 26: Soups
    Location: Mogadore
   6:00 PM NEW The Mystery Experience  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

We’ve received a mysterious package in the mail with a compelling mystery inside. Using objects, clues, puzzles and the power of observation we must make sense of what is in front of us. Put your deduction skills to the test as we may find additional clues using websites to research character profiles, locations and much more.  Part story, part game, all interactive – join us for a night of fun!  Bring an appetizer or snack to share.  Please register in advance.  

 

    Location: Portage Lakes
   6:00 PM Understanding Social Security  
    Contact: Fairlawn-Bath Branch Library   330-666-4888   
   

Covered topics will include: Understanding your choices, keys to deciding when to start your benefits, capitalizing on spousal benefits, and enhancing survivor income.

    Location: Fairlawn-Bath
   6:00 PM  -  7:00 PM The Akron African United Front Book Discussion Group  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   twright@akronlibrary.org
   
The Akron African United Front Book Discussion Group
Every second and fourth Thursday at 6 pm
The Akron African United Front book discussion group offers you the opportunity
to share your opinions on how history affects our world views in today’s society. 
Read and analyze books that are rich in African American culture and history. 
Discuss important heartfelt issues with your peers.
    Location: Maple Valley
   6:00 PM  -  7:30 PM Sistas Knit 2  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   twright@akronlibrary.org
   
Sistas Knit 2
Every Thursday at 6:30 pm
Socialize with other crafters while creating wonderful projects that can be given to family and friends.
This group does everything from knitting to crocheting, needlepoint to cross stitch and more… 
All crafters are welcome.
    Location: Maple Valley
   6:30 PM Movies@Main: Florence Foster Jenkins  
    Contact: Culture & AV   330-643-9015   
   
Kung Fu Panda 3 movie poster
 

Acclaimed film based on the true story of a New York heiress who, despite her painful lack of talent, became an unlikely opera star.  Starring Meryl Streep, Hugh Grant and Simon Helberg.  Rated PG-13.  111 min

    Location: Main Library-Auditorium
   6:30 PM Story Time  
    Contact: Ellet Branch   330-784-2019   
   

Ages 2-6 years. Stories, music, puppets, crafts and playtime. No registration necessary.

    Location: Ellet
   6:30 PM  -  8:00 PM Kirby's Mill and the Twisted Tale of Hydropower  
    Contact: Richfield Branch Library    330-659-4343   mdaly@akronlibrary.org
   

Local historian and environmentalist Lynne Richardson, from The Friends of Crowell Hilaka, will speak about one of the most unusual and iconic buildings in Richfield. Built in 1922 and listed in the Registry of Historic Places, the mill is part of a rich history dating back more than a thousand years.

   6:45 PM  -  7:45 PM Book Discussion Group  
    Contact: Highland Square   330-376-2927   kgerlach@akronlibrary.org
   

Join us to discuss a diverse selection of titles. New members are always welcome. Call us at 330-376-2927 for more details.

    Location: Highland Square

Friday January 27, 2017
   4:00 PM  -  5:00 PM T.G.I.F: Tweens Great Informal Fridays  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

Hang out snacking and chatting about your favorite reads with your peers.  Books with each month’s theme will be on display in the Children’s area.  Check out any of these featured books or bring your favorite book from home to share.  Snacks will be served at this program. Patrons with food allergy questions should contact the branch.

January 27 - Nonfiction  Start off the New Year by showing us one of your favorite non-fiction books.  Choose from searching for UFO’s, dinosaurs, cooking, or learning to draw.

 

    Location: Portage Lakes

Saturday January 28, 2017
     Kids Create  
    Contact: Fairlawn-Bath Branch Library   330-666-4888   
   

 Make it take it Crafts the 4th Saturday each month.  Pick up a craft all day while supplies last.

    Location: Fairlawn-Bath
   10:00 AM  -  3:00 PM Friends of Fairlawn-Bath Library Mini Book Sale  
    Contact: Fairlawn-Bath Branch   330-666-4888   
   

Join us for the first Friends of the Fairlawn-Bath Branch Library Mini-Sale of the year.

    Location: Fairlawn-Bath
   10:30 AM Saturday Morning Craft Club - Embellished Yarn Covered Wine Bottles  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

Embellished Yarn Covered Wine Bottles

Upcycle/recycle an empty wine bottle into a unique centerpiece. 

Class size is limited.  Please register in advance.  Ages 16 and up preferred.

 

    Location: Portage Lakes
   11:00 AM Pokemon Palooza!  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Family Event

Come join in the Pokemon fun. Swap cards, eat snacks, play a trivia game, do a craft, and talk Pokemon! 

All ages are welcome.

Please register in advance.

 
    Location: Green
   11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Elsa and Frozen Singalong  
    Contact: Firestone Park Branch Library   330-724-2126   
   

Meet Elsa and Anna at this fun Frozen singalong program. 

Costumes and/or braids are welcome!

    Location: Firestone Park
   12:00 PM  -  1:00 PM Paws For Reading  
    Contact: Ellet Branch   330-784-2019   
   

For all ages. Snuggle up and read to a furry friend. No registration necessary. 

    Location: Ellet
   1:30 PM  -  3:30 PM Valentine's Day Wreath Program  
    Contact: Highland Square   330-376-2927   kgerlach@akronlibrary.org
   

Make a beaded Valentine’s wreath for or with a special loved one. No experience necessary.

Please register by calling 330-376-2927 or stopping in to visit us at the Highland Square Branch Library.

    Location: Highland Square
   2:00 PM Comic Book Club: Connect, Create, Collect!  
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

(New quarterly meetings)

Love Pokemon? Love to draw? Join us for a Pokemon Pizza Party!

For Grades 4+

    Location: Main Library
   2:00 PM Family Program: Birds of Prey  
    Contact: Northwest Akron Branch   330.836.1081   
   

Birds of Prey

Saturday, January 28, 2 pm

Families are invited to meet and learn all about live birds of prey from the Medina Raptor Center! This program is geared toward families with children ages 3 and up.

Please call 330-836-1081 to register for these programs. 

    Location: Northwest Akron
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Let’s Talk About it—The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   twright@akronlibrary.org
   
Let’s Talk About it—The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
Saturday, January 28, 2 pm
 Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor black tobacco farmer whose cells—taken without her knowledge in 1951—became one of the most important tools in medicine, vital for developing the polio vaccine, cloning, gene mapping, and more. Henrietta's cells have been bought and sold by the billions, yet she remains virtually unknown, and her family can't afford health insurance. This phenomenal New York Times bestseller tells a riveting story of the collision between ethics, race, and medicine; of scientific discovery and faith healing; and of a daughter consumed with questions about the mother she never knew.
    Location: Maple Valley
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Marshmallow Madness  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.643.4663   eramsay@akronlibrary.org
   
Marshmallow Madness
Saturday, January 28, 2 pm
Have you ever wanted to play with your food? Well, here is your chance!
We will be using marshmallows for everything from building towers to creating our very own delicious s’mores.
Plan for some sticky, sweet fun with Ms. Erica!
    Location: Maple Valley
   2:00 PM  -  3:30 PM Comic Book Club: Connect, create, Collect!  
    Contact: Teen Department   330-643-9067   ysodiv@akronlibrary.org
   

Love Pokemon? Love to draw? Join us for Pokemon Pizza Party!  For grades 4+ in the Children's Library.

    Location: Main Library
   2:00 PM  -  3:30 PM Mad Scientists Club  
    Contact: North Hill Branch Library   330-535-9423   northhill@akronlibrary.org
   

For grades 5-8. Unleash your inner Dr. Frankenstein each month as we explore scientific FUN-damentals through hands-on experimentation. Registration requested; space is limited. Parents, please fill out a "Photo-Video-Website and Social Media" Release Form prior to the first meeting.

    Location: North Hill
   4:00 PM Live Pac-Man  
    Contact: Nordonia Hills Branch Library   330-467-8595   nhweb20@akronlibrary.org
   

LIVE PAC-MAN

Join in the fun of Pac-Man.  In this live action game of Pac-Man, Pac-Man needs to pick up the blocks before he is tagged by the ghosts.  Let's see how many levels you can get through.

Please register in advance.

    Location: Nordonia Hills

Sunday January 29, 2017
   2:00 PM  -  2:30 PM Sunday Story Time Sampler  
    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 January 30, 2017
   10:05 AM Babytime  
    Contact: Ellet Branch   330-784-2019   
   

Ages 6-24 months and their caregiver. Rhymes, music, books, bounces and playtime. No registration necessary.

    Location: Ellet
   10:15 AM Tiny Tales Baby Time  
    Contact: Fairlawn-Bath Branch Library   330-666-4888   
   

Children ages 6-24 months with an adult caregiver are welcome to join Miss Jessica for stories, rhymes, music, instruments and playtime.

Registration begins Monday, December 19.

    Location: Fairlawn-Bath
   10:15 AM  -  12:00 PM North Hill Needle Crafters  
    Contact: North Hill Branch Library   330.535.9423   northhill@akronlibrary.org
   

North Hill Needle Crafters

If you love to knit, crochet, and help others, this is the group for you.  Everything this talented group makes is donated to helping agencies in our community.  Are you new to crafting?  We'll be glad to get you started.  If you have yarn and supplies to donate, we'll make good use of them.

    Location: North Hill
   11:30 AM Toddler Story Time  
    Contact: Fairlawn-Bath Branch Library   330-666-4888   
   

For children ages 2-3 ½ years old with their favorite adult. We will enjoy stories, fingerplays, action rhymes, music, and a simple craft with Miss Jessica.

Registration begins Monday, December 19.

    Location: Fairlawn-Bath
   3:00 PM  -  5:00 PM After School Homework Help  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.643.4663   eramsay@akronlibrary.org
   
After School Homework Help
Mondays & Wednesdays 3-5 pm
January 9- May 24
Free homework help for students in grades K-6.
You’ll find everything you need to get your homework done here!
Stuck on a math question? We have someone to help you.
Can’t find a ruler? We have school supplies.
Need to type a paper? We have computers.
Drop in anytime you need help.
No registration required.
    Location: Maple Valley
   3:30 PM School Age Children's Programs  
    Contact: Odom Branch Library   3304348726   odomblvdbranch@akronlibrary.org
   

We invite the young school aged to enjoy building, gaming, experimenting, crafting or cooking fun.  For those in Kindergarten to grade three.  There will be a different activity each week.

Please register in advance.

    Location: Odom
   3:30 PM Teen Voice  
    Contact: Kenmore Branch Library   330-745-6126   kenmore@akronlibrary.org
   

Come to a meeting of the minds and have your voice heard! While eating snacks and visiting with your friends you can discuss programs, materials and services that you would like to see offered by the library.  

    Location: Kenmore
   6:00 PM Financial Planning  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Adult Program

Behavioral Finance: "My Brain Made Me Do It"

How irrational human emotions can impact our everyday investment decisions.

Presented by Rob Moser of Edward Jones.

Please register in advance.

 
    Location: Green
   6:00 PM  -  7:00 PM New Year, New You FitnessClasses  
    Contact: Odom Branch Library   3304348726   odomblvdbranch@akronlibrary.org
   

Join us for a fitness movement class on January 9th, and a fitness strength class on January 30th to start your new year fitness program.  Maximum of 15 participants for each class.

 

Please register in advance.

    Location: Odom
   6:30 PM  -  8:00 PM Tap This - Homemade Maple Syrup Presentation  
    Contact: Richfield Branch Library    330-659-4343   mdaly@akronlibrary.org
   

Local farmers Dave Boone and Cheryl McCabe of Green Gate Farms will give a presentation on harvesting and making maple syrup. Attendees will get a chance to sample their tasty wares.

 

    Location: Richfield

Tuesday January 31, 2017
   10:05 AM Babytime  
    Contact: Ellet Branch   330-784-2019   
   

Ages 6-24 months and their caregiver. Rhymes, music, books, bounces and playtime. No registration necessary.

    Location: Ellet
   10:15 AM Baby Time  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Baby Time

For babies 6-24 months and a caregiver. 

Babies will be introduced to hand rhymes,songs, movement activities, books and socialization skills.

    Location: Green
   10:30 AM Baby/Toddler Story Time!  
    Contact: North Hill Branch Library   330-535-9423   northhill@akronlibrary.org
   

Young children and their adult caregivers will read books, learn rhymes, sing, and have fun together.

    Location: North Hill
   10:30 AM Preschool Story Time  
    Contact: Northwest Akron Branch   330.836.1081   
   

Preschool Story Time

(2 to 5 year-olds with a caregiver)

Tuesdays, January 10 to February 28, 10:30 am

Action rhymes, music, books, and other activities chosen with you and your child in mind.

Please call 330-836-1081 to register for these programs. 

    Location: Northwest Akron
   10:30 AM Preschool Story Time  
    Contact: Kenmore Branch Library   330-745-6126   kenmore@akronlibrary.org
   

Join us for stories, movement and music followed by a fun playtime. For 2-6 year olds with a favorite adult caregiver.  Please call 330-745-6126 or email kenmore@akronlibrary.org to register.

    Location: Kenmore
   10:30 AM Story Time Programs  
    Contact: Mogadore Branch Library   3306289228   mogadore@akronlibrary.org
   

Tuesday, January 31, 10:30 am

Ages 3 and up.
Join Miss Kim for stories, songs, games and crafts.
    Location: Mogadore
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Preschool Story Time  
    Contact: Richfield Branch Library   330-659-4343   dnagy@akronlibrary.org
   

Preschool Story Time ages 3-6
Tuesdays, January 17- March 17, 10:30-11:30 am
Please see below for information on Tuesday, February 14
Preschoolers bring your favorite caregiver and join us for stories, rhymes, songs and more.  No registration required.
 

    Location: Richfield
   11:00 AM Family Story Times  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

Ms. Elaine will use books, flannel boards, puppets, props and songs to engage children in stories. Your children will be active participants in Story Time. Each session will conclude with an art activity. All ages are welcome. No registration necessary.

 

    Location: Portage Lakes
   11:00 AM Toddler Time  
    Contact: Ellet Branch   330-784-2019   
   

Ages 2-3 years and their caregiver. Stories, songs, rhymes, crafts, and playtime. No registration necessary.

    Location: Ellet
   11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Family Story Time  
    Contact: Firestone Park Branch Library   330-724-2126   
   

Join us for stories, music, movement and fun! Each session will be followed by play time or a fun activity. Children of all ages are welcome to join us for this engaging story time.  

    Location: Firestone Park
   11:30 AM Toddler Time  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Toddler Time

For ages 2-3 with a caregiver. 

Children will enjoy stories, songs, rhythm & movement activities, and crafts.

 
    Location: Green
   11:30 AM  -  12:30 PM Preschool Playgroup  
    Contact: North Hill Branch Library   330-535-9423   northhill@akronlibrary.org
   

Play is important! Stop in for a few minutes, or the whole hour. Explore various age appropriate toys, blocks, cars, trucks and trains, dolls, puzzles, and other children. Run laps in the community room. Children and adults can both make new friends.

 

    Location: North Hill
   2:00 PM  -  3:30 PM Microsoft Office Excel 4  
    Contact: Electronic Services   330-643-9145   esdiv@akronlibrary.org
   

MS Excel, Part 4: Introduction to Formulas & Excel Functions

Let Excel do the math for you!  Practice creating and applying formulas to your worksheets and learn how Excel Functions work.  Learn how to maximize your data with these helpful tools. Attendance at MS Excel, Part 3 is preferred.

 

Please visit our website for more information:

    Location: Highland Square
   3:30 PM Winter Planter  
    Contact: Teen Librarian   330-864-5721   ecoontz@akronlibrary.org
   

Spring is still a few months away, but you can get ready with this fun planter. REGISTRATION IS REQUESTED.  

    Location: Maple Valley
   3:30 PM  -  4:30 PM Coco Club  
    Contact: Firestone Park Branch Library   330-724-2126   
   

Grades K-3

Join us to read silly books, enjoy fun activities and sip delicious hot chocolate.

    Location: Firestone Park
   3:30 PM  -  4:30 PM T(w)een Tuesdays  
    Contact: Odom Branch Library   3304348726   odomblvdbranch@akronlibrary.org
   

T(w)een Tuesdays for ages 10-18

Join us on Tuesdays from 3:30-4:30 for crafts, activities, and fun.

DEC: 6, 13, 20

JAN: 3, 10, 17, 24, 31

FEB: 7, 14, 21, 28

We will not be meeting on December 27th, but expect a special program on February 14th.

    Location: Odom
   4:00 PM Drawing and Doodle Book Kick-Off  
    Contact: Kenmore Branch Library   330-745-6126   kenmore@akronlibrary.org
   

Come find out about a new and exciting chance to showcase your creative and artistic talents and how this will affect our Teen area! Snacks will be provided. Please call 330-745-6126 or email kenmore@akronlibrary.org to register.

    Location: Kenmore
   6:00 PM Adult Coloring Night  
    Contact: Nordonia Hills Branch Library   330-467-8595   nhweb20@akronlibrary.org
   

ADULT COLORING NIGHT

Bring your own coloring book or choose from provided coloring pages and spend the evening relaxing and coloring with new friends.

For adults and teens over the age of sixteen.

    Location: Nordonia Hills
   6:00 PM Adult Program  
    Contact: Tallmadge   330.633.4345   
   

The Civil War & Emancipation, 1861 - 1865

Historian Michael Kovacevich presents on Abraham Lincoln, his struggle to preserve the Union, the Emancipation Proclamation, and the contribution of black soldiers to the victory of the North over the South. Kovacevich makes history come alive and even sings a few classic ballads of the war with the purpose of informing and entertaining his audience at the same time!

    Location: Tallmadge
   6:00 PM College Planning Workshop  
    Contact: Nordonia Hills Branch Library   330-467-8595   nhweb20@akronlibrary.org
   

COLLEGE FINANCIAL PLANNING

Come learn the number one way to get more free money for college, how to get the maximum amount of financial aid, and tips on the ACT, SAT, & AP exams.  Find out why the new FAFSA rules will cost you thousands of dollars in financial aid and why you should NEVER own a 529 plan or some other popular college savings plans.  This workshop is presented in association with Joel Wymer, Certified College Planner of College Planning Strategies.

Please register in advance.

    Location: Nordonia Hills
   6:00 PM  -  7:00 PM Evening Computer Mini-Clinics  
    Contact: Firestone Park Branch Library   330-724-2126   
   

Registration requested.

Register for a fifteen-minute mini-clinic that keeps learning simple and enjoyable.

Beginner - & Intermediate - Friendly

    Location: Firestone Park

Wednesday February 1, 2017 -  Tuesday February 28, 2017
     NatureConnect DIY2Go  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

DIY2Go Love Bug Craft

Visit, explore and enjoy our NatureConnect area. Be a Nature Detective and use our binoculars and observation notebooks to sketch and record what you discover.  

 

    Location: Portage Lakes

Wednesday February 1, 2017 -  Tuesday February 28, 2017
     Story Writing Contest for Children  
    Contact: Goodyear Branch Library   330-784-7522   goodyear@akronlibrary.org
   

During the month of February, you can pick up a form at the branch to enter our contest. This month we ask children from kindergarten through 6th grade to write a story about taking a journey. Entries must be turned in by February 28.

    Location: Goodyear

Wednesday February 1, 2017
   10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Play Date  
    Contact: Richfield Branch Library   330-659-4343   dnagy@akronlibrary.org
   

Play Date
Wednesday, February 1, 10 am- 12 pm
Wednesday, March 1, 10 am- 12 pm

Drop in for some coffee and tea while the little ones play. This unstructured program is an opportunity to meet with your friends and neighbors while the little ones play. Parents must supervise their children. Age appropriate toys and puzzles will be provided.

 

    Location: Richfield
   10:00 AM  -  8:00 PM Book Club on the Run  
    Contact: Firestone Park Branch Library   330-724-2126   
   

No meetings, no deadlines, just good books!  Pick up new selections each month.  Discussion questions, read-alike lists and author information included with each book. 

THE HEART IS A LONELY HUNTER by Carson McCullers

 

    Location: Firestone Park
   10:30 AM Baby Time  
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

An active story time for children from birth to 2 years old with an adult caregiver.  Help your little one learn through rhymes, fingerplays, songs and books.  Playtime to follow.

    Location: Main Library
   10:30 AM Story Time  
    Contact: Ellet Branch   330-784-2019   
   

Ages 2-6 years. Stories, music, puppets, crafts and playtime. No registration necessary.

    Location: Ellet
   11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Family Story Time  
    Contact: Firestone Park Branch Library   330-724-2126   
   

Join us for stories, music, movement and fun! Each session will be followed by play time or a fun activity. Children of all ages are welcome to join us for this engaging story time.  

    Location: Firestone Park
   1:00 PM Coffee & Coloring  
    Contact: Ellet Branch   330-784-2019   
   

Stop the world and embrace your inner child! Studies show coloring can have a calming effect on the adult mind and help promote overall wellness. Coloring pages designed for adults as well as coloring utensils and refreshments will be provided. 

    Location: Ellet
   1:00 PM Preschool Stuffed Animal Sleepover Party  
    Contact: Fairlawn-Bath Branch Library   330-666-4888   
   

     Bring your second-favorite stuffed animal for a sleepover at the library! Miss Pam will lead storytime before helping kids tuck their stuffed friends in for their afternoon nap. Blankets will be provided for a comfortable place to rest. Children and caregivers can pick up the stuffed animals when the library opens the next morning, and receive a photo book of their nighttime adventures in the library. For children ages 3-5 and their adult caregivers.  Registration begins Monday, December 19.

    Location: Fairlawn-Bath
   1:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Norton Branch Book Discussion for Adults  
    Contact: Norton Branch Library   330-825-7800   groupnorton@akronlibrary.org
   

Join us the first Wednesday of each month at 1 pm for great discussions, friendship, snacks and fun!  Stop by the Circulation Desk for your copy of our current title.

In February we will discuss THE CHOSEN by Chaim Potok 

 

    Location: Norton
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Richfield Book Club  
    Contact: Richfield Branch Library    330-659-4343   mdaly@akronlibrary.org
   

Join us for a book discussion of Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo

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    Location: Richfield
   2:00 PM  -  3:30 PM Microsoft Office Excel 5  
    Contact: Electronic Services   330-643-9145   esdiv@akronlibrary.org
   

MS Excel, Part 5: Sorting, Filtering Data, Creating Custom Lists and More 

Experience the more advanced features associated with Excel. Learn how to sort and filter your data and create customized list for your workbooks. Attendance at MS Excel, Part 4 is preferred.

 

Please visit our website for more information:

    Location: Highland Square
   3:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Fun Club: Apptastic Afternoon  
    Contact: Firestone Park Branch Library   330-724-2126   
   

Apptastic Afternoon

Grades K-5

    Location: Firestone Park
   3:00 PM  -  5:00 PM After School Homework Help  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.643.4663   eramsay@akronlibrary.org
   
After School Homework Help
Mondays & Wednesdays 3-5 pm
January 9- May 24
Free homework help for students in grades K-6.
You’ll find everything you need to get your homework done here!
Stuck on a math question? We have someone to help you.
Can’t find a ruler? We have school supplies.
Need to type a paper? We have computers.
Drop in anytime you need help.
No registration required.
    Location: Maple Valley
   3:45 PM Afterschool Crowd  
    Contact: Ellet Branch   330-784-2019   
   

Grades 6-12. Gaming, crafts, books, music and more.

    Location: Ellet
   4:00 PM  -  5:00 PM After School Craft Club  
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

Wednesdays in December and February, 4-5 pm, For Grades K-6

Join us on Wednesdays and let your creative side shine! (We are taking a break in January)

    Location: Main Library
   6:30 PM Name That Tune!  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

60’s & 70’s

Break up the winter boredom and join us for a night of fun!  Each week will feature music from TV shows, movie themes and radio hits from the designated time period.  How fast can you identify that song?  A night to reminisce, socialize, answer some trivia and maybe even learn something new!  Light refreshments served.

 

    Location: Portage Lakes
   6:30 PM Reader’s Choice Book Discussion  
    Contact: Mogadore Branch Library   3306289228   mogadore@akronlibrary.org
   

Wednesday, February 1, 6:30 pm

THE RINGMASTER’S WIFE by Kristy Cambron

    Location: Mogadore
   6:30 PM The Novel in You  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Adult Program

The Novel in You

Constance Davis will go through a 6-week course on how to write the novel in you.  

Please register in advance.

 
    Location: Green
   6:30 PM Wellness Yoga  
    Contact: Nordonia Hills Branch Library   330-467-8595   nhweb20@akronlibrary.org
   

WELLNESS YOGA:  OFF THE MAT

Learn soothing stretches that you can incorporate into your daily life in this gentle yoga series with Diane Bielecki, who graduated from the Cleveland Clinic School of Yoga.  No mat is needed - stretches are done standing or in a chair.  Attend one class or the whole series, and please dress in comfortable clothing.

Please register in advance.

    Location: Nordonia Hills

Thursday February 2, 2017
     Baby It’s Cold Outside Coffee Break  
    Contact: Kenmore Branch Library   330-745-6126   kenmore@akronlibrary.org
   

Stop in on a cold morning and warm up with a cup of coffee.

    Location: Kenmore
   10:15 AM Stories and Play  
    Contact: Goodyear Branch Library   330-784-7522   goodyear@akronlibrary.org
   

Thursdays, 10:15 am

Enjoy stories, movement, and song. Story time is early learning fun for young children to help develop the skills to succeed in school. Stay and play afterwards with toys and a chance for parents to chat. Play helps young children learn skills needed for reading and writing.

    Location: Goodyear
   10:30 AM Family Story Time  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Family Story Time

For all ages.

Children will enjoy stories, songs, rhythm & movement activities, and crafts. 

 
    Location: Green
   10:30 AM Library Babies and Tots  
    Contact: Mogadore Branch Library   3306289228   mogadore@akronlibrary.org
   

Thursday, February 2, 10:30 am

Ages birth – 3 ½.
Join Miss Kim for songs, stories and group playtime with our library friends.
    Location: Mogadore
   10:30 AM Preschool Story Time  
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

For children 2 to 5 years old with an adult caregiver.

Books come to life through stories, songs and activities.

    Location: Main Library
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Little Folk Story Time  
    Contact: Richfield Branch Library   330-659-4343   dnagy@akronlibrary.org
   

Little Folks Story Time ages 6-35 months
Thursdays, January 19- March 9, 10:30-11:30 am
Little folks, bring your favorite caregiver and join us for stories, rhymes, songs and more.  No registration required.
 

    Location: Richfield
   12:15 PM  -  1:00 PM Is Google Good Enough?  
    Contact: Science & Technology Division   330-643-9075   stdiv@akronlibrary.org
   

Finding reliable health information on the Internet can be challenging. Learn how to find websites, databases, and journal articles that offer scientifically-based information that has already been evaluated by medical experts. Basic computer skills recommended. Classes will be held in the Science & Technology Division at Main Library. 

    Location: Main Library
   1:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Open Gaming @ Firestone Park Community Center  
    Contact: Firestone Park Branch Library   330-724-2126   
   

Join friends and neighbors at the Firestone Park Community Center and enjoy games of all kinds. If you are looking to play cards or board games with someone this program is for you. Please join us. 

    Location: Firestone Park
   2:00 PM  -  3:30 PM Microsoft Office Excel 6  
    Contact: Electronic Services   330-643-9145   esdiv@akronlibrary.org
   

MS Excel, Part 6: Charts & Advanced Custom Tools for Worksheets

Experience the more advanced features associated with Excel. Learn how to draw a chart for your data, how to track changes, and finalize your workbook. Attendance at MS Excel, Part 4&5 is preferred.

 

Please visit our website for more information:

    Location: Highland Square
   3:00 PM  -  4:00 PM T(w)een Crafternoons  
    Contact: North Hill Branch Library   330-535-9423   northhill@akronlibrary.org
   

For grades 3-8. Get crafty while listening to music and enjoying an afterschool snack.

    Location: North Hill
   3:00 PM  -  4:30 PM Knit & Crochet Club  
    Contact: Tallmadge   330.633.4345   
   

Do you love to knit or crochet? Want to learn?
Join us for the sharing of ideas and instruction. Basic supplies provided to get you started.

    Location: Tallmadge
   3:30 PM Lego Club  
    Contact: Mogadore Branch Library   3306289228   mogadore@akronlibrary.org
   

Thursday, February 2, 3:30 pm

Join us for an afternoon of imaginative Lego creation. 
All supplies provided. 
Grades K-5
    Location: Mogadore
   3:30 PM  -  4:30 PM Superbowl Party with Madden Football and Nachos  
    Contact: Firestone Park Branch Library   330-724-2126   
   

Grades 6-12

Play a little ball, eat nachos, and predict what Lady Gaga will wear at halftime!

    Location: Firestone Park
   3:30 PM  -  4:30 PM Teen Advisory Group  
    Contact: Odom Branch Library   3304348726   odomblvdbranch@akronlibrary.org
   

Want to have a say in what goes on at your library? Need volunteer hours? Like to have fun? Join the Teen Advisory Group. We’ll discuss upcoming plans, brainstorm ideas, and have a little fun.

Please register in advance.

    Location: Odom
   3:45 PM Afterschool Crowd  
    Contact: Ellet Branch   330-784-2019   
   

Grades 6-12. Gaming, crafts, books, music and more.

    Location: Ellet
   4:00 PM PAWS for Reading  
    Contact: Northwest Akron Branch   330.836.1081   
   

PAWS for Reading

(All grades)

Thursdays December 1, 15, January 5, 19, February 2, 16 4 pm

Saturdays December 17, January 21, February 18, 2 pm

Practice reading skills and build the reading confidence of beginning or struggling readers by reading to our Therapy Dogs International dog friends.  Children of all ages are welcome.

    Location: Northwest Akron
   4:00 PM Wii Gaming Day  
    Contact: Kenmore Branch Library   330-745-6126   kenmore@akronlibrary.org
   

Test your gaming skills with friends. Games will be announced weekly; check our white board and digital sign for information.

    Location: Kenmore
   4:00 PM  -  5:00 PM Lego Club  
    Contact: Ellet Branch   330-784-2019   
   

Ages 5-14 and their families. Join our Block Party! We provide the bricks; you provide the imagination! One of the best ways to learn is through play! No registration necessary.

    Location: Ellet
   4:00 PM  -  5:00 PM Wii Gaming Days  
    Contact: Goodyear Branch Library   330-784-7522   goodyear@akronlibrary.org
   

Relax, play some Wii games, enjoy some snacks and hot chocolate.

For teens, ages 11-18.

Please register in advance.

    Location: Goodyear
   6:00 PM Chocolate Truffle-Making Party  
    Contact: Fairlawn-Bath Branch Library   330-666-4888   
   

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, come and enjoy this fun truffle-making party. Truffles make the perfect gift for a friend, significant other, or just for yourself. We will have all the ingredients to make and take home ten yummy truffles. Registration begins January 19.

    Location: Fairlawn-Bath
   6:00 PM Movies@Main: Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children  
    Contact: Culture & AV   330-643-9015   
   
Kung Fu Panda 3 movie poster
 

Sixteen-year-old Jake sets out on a quest to uncover a startling family secret. Intriguing fantasy directed by Tim Burton. Starring Eva Green, Asa Butterfield, Terence Stamp, Samuel L. Jackson, Judi Dench, Rupert Everett & Allison Janney. Rated PG-13. 127 min

    Location: Main Library-Auditorium
   6:00 PM  -  7:30 PM Puzzled at the Library  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

Tired of completing the same jigsaw puzzle over and over again?  Put your skills to the test and team up with a partner or work with a group to see who can complete a new puzzle the fastest.  Bring a challenging puzzle to trade with another team.  No registration necessary.

 

    Location: Portage Lakes
   6:00 PM  -  7:30 PM Sistas Knit 2  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   twright@akronlibrary.org
   
Sistas Knit 2
Every Thursday at 6:30 pm
Socialize with other crafters while creating wonderful projects that can be given to family and friends.
This group does everything from knitting to crocheting, needlepoint to cross stitch and more… 
All crafters are welcome.
    Location: Maple Valley
   6:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Family History First Thursdays  
    Contact: Richfield Branch Library    330-659-4343   mdaly@akronlibrary.org
   

Local genealogist and Richfield resident Rhonda Abrams will help anyone interested in discovering their past. Free access to Ancestry.com at the library.

 

    Location: Richfield
   6:30 PM Lego Club  
    Contact: Kenmore Branch Library   330-745-6126   kenmore@akronlibrary.org
   

Builders can create with our weekly theme such as “Mad Scientist," “It Came from Outer Space,” and “Robots”  - or just free-style!  For ages 5-12. (Caregivers can build along with their children or just stay within the library while their children create.) All building supplies are provided by Kenmore Branch Library. Spaces are limited so entry tickets will be given out 30 minutes prior to the program. Please call 330-745-6126 or email kenmore@akronlibrary.org to register.

    Location: Kenmore
   6:30 PM Story Time  
    Contact: Ellet Branch   330-784-2019   
   

Ages 2-6 years. Stories, music, puppets, crafts and playtime. No registration necessary.

    Location: Ellet
   6:30 PM Valentine’s Day Craft Program  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Adult Program  

Create a candy bouquet. All supplies provided.  

Please register in advance.

 
    Location: Green
   6:30 PM  -  7:15 PM Is Google Good Enough?  
    Contact: Science & Technology Division   330-643-9075   stdiv@akronlibrary.org
   

Finding reliable health information on the Internet can be challenging. Learn how to find websites, databases, and journal articles that offer scientifically-based information that has already been evaluated by medical experts. Basic computer skills recommended. Classes will be held in the Science & Technology Division at Main Library. 

    Location: Main Library

Friday February 3, 2017
   1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Community Photo Scanning Day  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

Community Photo Scanning Day

In Collaboration with the Portage Lakes Historical Society

Do you have interesting old photos we can share with the public?  Bring your original photo or slide from the Portage Lakes area to be scanned and digitally saved for our digital community archive, www.summitmemory.org.  Please register in advance for an appointment time. 

 

    Location: Portage Lakes
   3:00 PM  -  5:00 PM Book Sale - Friends Preview  
    Contact: Highland Square   330-376-2927   
   

Friends of the Library Preview

    Location: Highland Square

Saturday February 4, 2017
   10:00 AM  -  3:00 PM 10 Annual Family Reading Festival  
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

The 10th Annual Family Reading Festival
Saturday, February 4, 10 am-3 pm

Come join us for our Special 10th Anniversary Family Reading Festival. Once again headlined by Jim Gill, and spotlighting Miller South Show Choir. Watch for more exciting details...
 

    Location: Main Library
   10:00 AM  -  3:00 PM 10th Annual Family Reading Festival  
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

Come join us for our Special 10th Anniversary Family Reading Festival. Once again headlined by Jim Gill, and spotlighting Miller South Show Choir. Watch for more exciting details...

    Location: Main Library
   10:00 AM  -  3:00 PM Book Sale  
    Contact: Highland Square   330-376-2927   
    Location: Highland Square
   10:00 AM  -  4:00 PM Crafters' Corner  
    Contact: Nordonia Hills Branch Library   330-467-8595   nhweb20@akronlibrary.org
   

CRAFTERS' CORNER

Join your fellow crafters for daylong fun.  Bring your own supplies.  Come for an hour or entire day.

No experience necessary - all crafts welcome!

 

    Location: Nordonia Hills
   10:00 AM  -  4:00 PM Geeks Who Game @ the Library  
    Contact: Goodyear Branch Library   330-784-7522   goodyear@akronlibrary.org
   

First Saturday of the Month, 10 am-4 pm

Tabletop gamers unite! Millennials, young professionals, and those who want to find games for your next get-together, let your inner geek out and join us to discover new, and revisit some favorite, tabletop games. No registration required.

    Location: Goodyear
   10:00 AM  -  5:00 PM Make and Take Saturdays  
    Contact: Goodyear Branch Library   330-784-7522   goodyear@akronlibrary.org
   

Stop in the library on the first Saturday of the month, pickup one of our simple kid’s craft kits, make it here or take it home with you! (While supplies last)

Valentine’s Pencil

Create a heart-shaped topper for your pencil.

    Location: Goodyear
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Paws for Reading  
    Contact: Fairlawn-Bath Branch Library   330-666-4888   
   

Children of all ages can practice their literacy skills by reading aloud to our doggie pals.   This is a great way for children to build their reading fluency and read-aloud confidence.

Children not yet reading are welcome to come.  The doggie’s human pal will read to the child.  

    Location: Fairlawn-Bath
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Paws for Reading  
    Contact: Richfield Branch Library   330-659-4343   dnagy@akronlibrary.org
   

Paws for Reading
1st and 3rd Saturday of each month, 10:30-11:30 am
Children can practice their literacy skills by reading aloud to our doggie pals Kodak, Rudy, and Yuki. This is a great way for your child to build reading fluency and read-aloud confidence.
Children not yet reading are also welcome to come; stories will be read to the children by our doggie pals’ humans.
 

    Location: Richfield
   1:00 PM Saturday Craft Club  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

Like to create fun projects? Join the fun as each month we have new art experiences to try! Preschool through grade 4 recommended. No registration necessary. Finished with your masterpieces? Stay to visit and read to the dogs of Tails & Tales at 2 pm.

 

    Location: Portage Lakes
   1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM First Saturday Afternoon Flick  
    Contact: Richfield Branch Library   330-659-4343   dnagy@akronlibrary.org
   

First Saturday Afternoon Flicks
Saturdays, 1-3 pm
Join us for an afternoon movie at the library. We’ll provide popcorn and juice while you kick back and enjoy the flick.
February 4-  SECRET LIFE OF PETS

    Location: Richfield
   2:00 PM Minecraft Creative Build-Off (Grades 3 to 5)  
    Contact: Northwest Akron Branch   330.836.1081   
   

Minecraft Creative Build-Off (Grades 3 to 5)

Saturday, February 4, 2 pm

Join us for a creative building competition! Winners will receive Minecraft-themed prizes. No account needed.

Please call 330-836-1081 to register for these programs. 

    Location: Northwest Akron
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM A Mug of Burning Love  
    Contact:    3306594343   
   

Decorate a mug to show your burning love. Join us to see what we mean. Supplies provided. Please register as supplies are limited. Teen Program. 

    Location: Richfield

Sunday February 5, 2017
   2:00 PM  -  2:30 PM Sunday Story Time Sampler  
    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 February 6, 2017
     DIY2Go! Book Page Heart Ornaments  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Kids & Teens Program

There’s always time to get creative! Pick up a craft kit and make it when you can.

 
    Location: Green
     On Your Own  
    Contact: Goodyear Branch Library   330-784-7522   goodyear@akronlibrary.org
   

Do these activities on your own at the library. They will each be available for two weeks. Bring them to the desk for a small reward.

Winter Animal Search  

Find the photos of animals in the snow around the children’s area.

    Location: Goodyear
   10:05 AM Babytime  
    Contact: Ellet Branch   330-784-2019   
   

Ages 6-24 months and their caregiver. Rhymes, music, books, bounces and playtime. No registration necessary.

    Location: Ellet
   10:15 AM  -  12:00 PM North Hill Needle Crafters  
    Contact: North Hill Branch Library   330.535.9423   northhill@akronlibrary.org
   

North Hill Needle Crafters

If you love to knit, crochet, and help others, this is the group for you.  Everything this talented group makes is donated to helping agencies in our community.  Are you new to crafting?  We'll be glad to get you started.  If you have yarn and supplies to donate, we'll make good use of them.

    Location: North Hill
   10:30 AM Yoga Play  
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

Yoga Play for 3-5 year olds, Mondays in February, 10:30 am

Join us for a multi-sensory yoga experience. We add play and learning to create an inspiring adventure.
 

    Location: Main Library
   11:00 AM Baby & Me  
    Contact: Highland Square   330-376-2927   
   

Ages 0-18 months and their grown-ups.

You are your child’s first teacher. Spark early neuron connections and feed your baby’s hunger for natural sensory experiences related to color, texture, light and sound. Discover simple songs and exercises to do with your young learner to give him his first tools needed to learn to read and better understand her world. Best of all, these experiences will bring fun and joy into your little one’s day! Bring a blanket or yoga mat and your baby’s favorite toy.

    Location: Highland Square
   2:00 PM  -  3:30 PM Basic Computer Skills  
    Contact: Electronic Services   330-643-9145   esdiv@akronlibrary.org
   

Basic Computer Skills

Discover what a computer mouse is and have fun practicing basic mouse functions with in-class exercises.  Learn to open and close software programs and play a game. Learn and practice the proper procedures for turning on and shutting down your computer. Discover the differences between hardware and software. Learn about computer components.

 

Please visit our website for more information:

    Location: North Hill
   3:00 PM  -  5:00 PM After School Homework Help  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   eramsay@akronlibrary.org
   
After School Homework Help
Mondays & Wednesdays 3-5 pm
January 9- May 24
Free homework help for students in grades K-6.
You’ll find everything you need to get your homework done here!
Stuck on a math question? We have someone to help you.
Can’t find a ruler? We have school supplies.
Need to type a paper? We have computers.
Drop in anytime you need help.
No registration required.
    Location: Maple Valley
   3:30 PM School Age Children's Programs  
    Contact: Odom Branch Library   3304348726   odomblvdbranch@akronlibrary.org
   

We invite the young school aged to enjoy building, gaming, experimenting, crafting or cooking fun.  For those in Kindergarten to grade three.  There will be a different activity each week.

Please register in advance.

    Location: Odom
   3:30 PM Teen Voice  
    Contact: Kenmore Branch Library   330-745-6126   kenmore@akronlibrary.org
   

Come to a meeting of the minds and have your voice heard! While eating snacks and visiting with your friends you can discuss programs, materials and services that you would like to see offered by the library.  

    Location: Kenmore
   4:00 PM 3rd-4th Grade Book Club  
    Contact: Nordonia Hills Branch Library   330-467-8595   nhweb20@akronlibrary.org
   

SAMANTHA'S WINTER PARTY by Valerie Tripp

Title: Samantha's Winter Party: American Girls Short Stories (American Girls Collection Series: Samantha), Author: Valerie Tripp

One Monday each month at 4pm, we will read a differnt chapter book and then come in and talk about it over a drink and a snack.  Snacks will be served at this program; patrons with food allergies should contact the branch.

For children in grades 3-4.

Please register in advance.

    Location: Nordonia Hills
   4:00 PM  -  5:30 PM Ellet Needle Crafters  
    Contact: Ellet Branch   330-784-2019   
   

Do you like to share techniques, ideas, and suggestions? All levels of expertise and all ages welcome. 

    Location: Ellet
   5:30 PM  -  7:00 PM Black History Month Celebration  
    Contact: Odom Branch Library   3304348726   odomblvdbranch@akronlibrary.org
   

Come learn about the Harlem Renaissance (1917-1935), a huge turning point in African American culture.  Creative African Americans came from all over to participate in the environment of free expression and to assert their political views and exercise their civil rights.  Learn, listen and watch about the explosion of art, music and literature in this New York City neighborhood.  

 

Please register in advance.

    Location: Odom
   6:00 PM Chocolate Treats  
    Contact: Fairlawn-Bath Branch Library   330-666-4888   
   

We will make a variety of chocolate candies to enjoy and share.

For grades 6-12.  Call 330-666-4888 or drop in to register

    Location: Fairlawn-Bath
   6:30 PM NEW! A Different Kind of Book Club  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

Have you just read a good book and want to tell others about it? Are you looking for your next book to read and would like a recommendation from others? Join us as we eat, drink and share.   No one has to read the same book.  It's basically one big book report meeting and no books are off limit. Classics, Self-help, Biographies, Cozy Mysteries, Travel, Sci-Fi, anything goes!

 

    Location: Portage Lakes
   6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Anime Club  
    Contact: Teen Department   330-643-9067   ysodiv@akronlibrary.org
   

Anime and manga enthusiasts unite! Join us the first Monday 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.

    Location: Main Library
   6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Anime Club  
    Contact: Teen Department   330-643-9067   ysodiv@akronlibrary.org
   

Anime and manga enthusiasts unite! Join us the first Monday 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.

    Location: Main Library
   6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM North Hill Evening Book Discussion  
    Contact: North Hill Branch Library   330.535.9423   northhill@akronlibrary.org
   

North Hill Evening Book Discussion 

THE CUCKOO'S CALLING by Robert Galbraith

Books are available one month prior to the discussion at our service desk.  New members are always welcome!

 

    Location: North Hill
   6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Valentine Wreaths with Cathy Morgan  
    Contact: Goodyear Branch Library   330-784-7522   goodyear@akronlibrary.org
   

Join librarian and crafter Cathy Morgan for a fun-filled evening sure to help you beat the winter blues!  Release your inner designer and create a fabulous Valentine-themed wreath of your very own. All supplies will be provided by the Library. Class size is strictly limited to 15 adult/teen (16 & over) participants, so please register in advance. Sponsored by the Friends of the Goodyear Branch Library.

    Location: Goodyear

Tuesday February 7, 2017
     DIY2Go! Book Page Heart Ornaments  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Kids & Teens Program

There’s always time to get creative! Pick up a craft kit and make it when you can.

 
    Location: Green
   10:05 AM Babytime  
    Contact: Ellet Branch   330-784-2019   
   

Ages 6-24 months and their caregiver. Rhymes, music, books, bounces and playtime. No registration necessary.

    Location: Ellet
   10:15 AM Baby Time  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Baby Time

For babies 6-24 months and a caregiver. 

Babies will be introduced to hand rhymes,songs, movement activities, books and socialization skills.

    Location: Green
   10:30 AM Preschool Story Time  
    Contact: Kenmore Branch Library   330-745-6126   kenmore@akronlibrary.org
   

Join us for stories, movement and music followed by a fun playtime. For 2-6 year olds with a favorite adult caregiver.  Please call 330-745-6126 or email kenmore@akronlibrary.org to register.

    Location: Kenmore
   10:30 AM Preschool Story Time  
    Contact: Northwest Akron Branch   330.836.1081   
   

Preschool Story Time

(2 to 5 year-olds with a caregiver)

Tuesdays, January 10 to February 28, 10:30 am

Action rhymes, music, books, and other activities chosen with you and your child in mind.

Please call 330-836-1081 to register for these programs. 

    Location: Northwest Akron
   10:30 AM Story Time Programs  
    Contact: Mogadore Branch Library   3306289228   mogadore@akronlibrary.org
   

Tuesday, February 7, 10:30 am

Ages 3 and up.
Join Miss Kim for stories, songs, games and crafts.
    Location: Mogadore
   10:30 AM Toddler and Preschool Story Time  
    Contact: Highland Square   330-376-2927   
   

Ages 1-5 and their grown-ups.

You are your child’s first teacher. Spark early neuron connections and feed your child’s hunger for natural sensory experiences related to color, texture, light and sound. Discover songs, books, and movement activities to do with your young learner to give him his first tools needed to learn to read and better understand her world. Best of all, these experiences will bring fun and joy into your child’s day! Miss Brooke is excited to share this special time with you and your child.

    Location: Highland Square
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Preschool Story Time  
    Contact: Richfield BRanch Library   330-659-4343   dnagy@akronlibrary.org
   

Preschool Story Time ages 3-6
Tuesdays, January 17- March 17, 10:30-11:30 am
Please see below for information on Tuesday, February 14
Preschoolers bring your favorite caregiver and join us for stories, rhymes, songs and more.  No registration required.
 

    Location: Richfield
   11:00 AM Baby & Me Time  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

Bring your littlest learners for a program just for them! Finger plays and songs, stories, art experiences, and play time! Recommended for ages 2 and under, with a caregiver.  No registration necessary.

 

    Location: Portage Lakes
   11:00 AM Toddler Time  
    Contact: Ellet Branch   330-784-2019   
   

Ages 2-3 years and their caregiver. Stories, songs, rhymes, crafts, and playtime. No registration necessary.

    Location: Ellet
   11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Family Story Time  
    Contact: Firestone Park Branch Library   330-724-2126   
   

Join us for stories, music, movement and fun! Each session will be followed by play time or a fun activity. Children of all ages are welcome to join us for this engaging story time.  

    Location: Firestone Park
   11:30 AM Toddler Time  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Toddler Time

For ages 2-3 with a caregiver. 

Children will enjoy stories, songs, rhythm & movement activities, and crafts.

 
    Location: Green
   11:30 AM  -  12:30 PM Preschool Playgroup  
    Contact: North Hill Branch Library   330-535-9423   northhill@akronlibrary.org
   

Play is important! Stop in for a few minutes, or the whole hour. Explore various age appropriate toys, blocks, cars, trucks and trains, dolls, puzzles, and other children. Run laps in the community room. Children and adults can both make new friends.

 

    Location: North Hill
   12:30 PM Color It So  
    Contact: Goodyear Branch Library   330-784-7522   goodyear@akronlibrary.org
   

Meets the first Tuesday of each month at 12:30 pm or 6:30 pm

Join the craze that has grown-ups acting like kids again. Spend a relaxing time coloring with us. We'll provide coloring sheets designed specifically for adults, plus colored pencils and crayons. Blank paper will be available to those who like to craft their own drawings. No registration necessary.

    Location: Goodyear
   2:00 PM  -  3:30 PM Windows 10 [DEMO]  
    Contact: Electronic Services   330-643-9145   esdiv@akronlibrary.org
   

Windows 10

Personalize your Windows 10 experience, learn how to navigate, check out the exciting new features, and add new Apps to your PC.  Learn how to efficiently use old desk-top feature in new Windows 10.

 

Please visit our website for more information:

    Location: North Hill
   3:00 PM Wii Game Days  
    Contact: Mogadore Branch Library   3306289228   mogadore@akronlibrary.org
   

Tuesday, January 3, 3:00 pm

Challenge your friends in friendly Wii competition. 
Play our games or bring some of your own (all games must be rated E).
Grades 5-12
    Location: Mogadore
   3:30 PM  -  4:30 PM T(w)een Tuesdays  
    Contact: Odom Branch Library   3304348726   odomblvdbranch@akronlibrary.org
   

T(w)een Tuesdays for ages 10-18

Join us on Tuesdays from 3:30-4:30 for crafts, activities, and fun.

DEC: 6, 13, 20

JAN: 3, 10, 17, 24, 31

FEB: 7, 14, 21, 28

We will not be meeting on December 27th, but expect a special program on February 14th.

    Location: Odom
   3:45 PM Afterschool Crowd  
    Contact: Ellet Branch   330-784-2019   
   

Grades 6-12. Gaming, crafts, books, music and more.

    Location: Ellet
   4:00 PM  -  5:00 PM Nerdy Nummies  
    Contact: Norton Branch Library   330-825-7800    norton@akronlibrary.org
   

Harry Potter licorice wands? Doctor Who Jammy Dodgers? Yes Please!

Join us as we take a page from Rosanna Pansino’s outrageously cool cookbook Nerdy Nummies and make cool edible creations that celebrate everything geek.

    Location: Norton
   5:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Project Learn ESOL/GED Classes  
    Contact: North Hill Branch Library   3305359423   lweiser@akronlibrary.org
   

Project Learn ESOL/GED Classes

These free, convenient, GED classes are designed for those for whom English is a second language. If you or someone you know would like to attend these classes, please contact Project Learn at 330-434-9461 to arrange for testing and orientation.

    Location: North Hill
   6:00 PM Author Talk: Steve Love  
    Contact: Northwest Akron Branch   330.836.1081   
   

The Indomitable Don Plusquellic: How a Controversial Mayor Quarterbacked Akron’s Comeback: Author Talk and Book Signing with Steve Love

Tuesday, February 7, 6 pm

During Don Plusquellic’s 28-year tenure as Mayor, Akron’s economy and identity saw sweeping transformation—and Plusquellic was the driving force behind many aspects of the city’s reinvention. Author Steve Love will share his biography of one of Akron’s most controversial change makers. Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing. 

    Location: Northwest Akron
   6:00 PM Ellet Community Center Book Discussion  
    Contact: Ellet Branch   330-784-2019   
   

Located at th Ellet Community Center 2449 Wedgewood Dr.

February 7: Book will be chosen at January 3rd meeting; stop by the Ellet library to pick up the book.

    Location: Ellet
   6:00 PM Teen Writers Club  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Teen Writers Club

We eat junk food and talk writing. No stress, just support and sharing the writing experience.

 
    Location: Green
   6:30 PM Color It So  
    Contact: Goodyear Branch Library   330-784-7522   goodyear@akronlibrary.org
   

Meets the first Tuesday of each month at 12:30 pm or 6:30 pm

Join the craze that has grown-ups acting like kids again. Spend a relaxing time coloring with us. We'll provide coloring sheets designed specifically for adults, plus colored pencils and crayons. Blank paper will be available to those who like to craft their own drawings. No registration necessary.

    Location: Goodyear
   6:30 PM Mysterious Tuesdays  
    Contact: Mogadore Branch Library   3306289228   mogadore@akronlibrary.org
   

Tuesday, February 7, 6:30 pm

THE BLESSING WAY by Tony Hillerman

    Location: Mogadore
   6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Harlem Renaissance in Akron, Ohio  
    Contact: Business & Government Division   330-643-9020   
   

Between 1920 - 1930, the cultural movement, known as the Harlem Renaissance, expploded in creativity in every aspect of art. In honor of this period of time, the works of local artists are showcased. Location: Room 2AB.

    Location: Main Library
   6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Introduction to Intellectual Property  
    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

Wednesday February 8, 2017
     DIY2Go! Book Page Heart Ornaments  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Kids & Teens Program

There’s always time to get creative! Pick up a craft kit and make it when you can.

 
    Location: Green
   9:30 AM  -  11:00 AM Introduction to Finding Grants  
    Contact: Business & Government   330 643 9020   
   
Are you new to the field of grantseeking? Discover what funders are looking for in nonprofits seeking grants and how to find potential funders using a variety of freely-accessible databases.
 
You will learn the 10 most important things you need to know about finding grants including:
  • Who funds nonprofits and what are their motivations.
  • What do funders really want to know about the organizations they are interested in funding.
  • How do you identify potential funders and make the first approach.
  • In addition to learning the basics of Foundation Center's core grants resource, Foundation Directory Online, in this special class you will receive a guide to other free and library-based databases which will help you to uncover the most likely givers for your programs.

Presented by Foundation Center in collaboration with the Akron-Summit County Public Library and BVU: The Center for Nonprofit Excellence. 

Program location:

Main Library

60 S. High St

Meeting Room AB

    Location: Main Library
   10:30 AM Baby Time  
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

An active story time for children from birth to 2 years old with an adult caregiver.  Help your little one learn through rhymes, fingerplays, songs and books.  Playtime to follow.

    Location: Main Library
   10:30 AM Mini Movers  
    Contact: Northwest Akron Branch   330.836.1081   
   

Mini Movers

(Ages 5 and under with a caregiver)

Wednesdays, December 14, January 11, February 8, 10:30 am

Shake, jiggle, and jive in this fun musical program!

Please call 330-836-1081 to register for these programs. 

    Location: Northwest Akron
   10:30 AM Story Time  
    Contact: Ellet Branch   330-784-2019   
   

Ages 2-6 years. Stories, music, puppets, crafts and playtime. No registration necessary.

    Location: Ellet
   11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Adult Color!  
    Contact: Highland Square   330-376-2927   kgerlach@akronlibrary.org
   

Come have fun and relieve stress as we listen to relaxing music, eat chocolate and color!

Please register by calling 330-376-2927 or stopping in to visit us at the Highland Square Branch Library.

    Location: Highland Square
   11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Family Story Time  
    Contact: Firestone Park Branch Library   330-724-2126   
   

Join us for stories, music, movement and fun! Each session will be followed by play time or a fun activity. Children of all ages are welcome to join us for this engaging story time.  

    Location: Firestone Park
   1:00 PM Food For Thought Book Talks with Marvin Phillips  
    Contact: Northwest Akron Branch   330.836.1081   
   

Food for Thought Book Talks

Wednesdays, 1 pm

Host Marvin Phillips presents ideas from popular works of nonfiction each month. Topics range from entertainment to history and politics.

January 11 BOOKS THAT CHANGED THE WORLD: THE 50 MOST INFLUENTIAL BOOKS IN HUMAN HISTORY pt. 1 Review led by Marvin Phillips. Excerpts read by local actors.

February 8 BOOKS THAT CHANGED THE WORLD: THE 50 MOST INFLUENTIAL BOOKS IN HUMAN HISTORY pt. 2 Review led by Marvin Phillips. Excerpts read by local actors.

    Location: Northwest Akron
   1:00 PM Preschool Nature Lab  
    Contact: Fairlawn-Bath Branch Library   330-666-4888   
   

Children ages 3-5 with an adult caregiver are welcome to join Miss Pam as we explore nature. We will start with a short storytime and then children and caregivers will move through stations dedicated to our theme. 

Registration begins Monday, December 19.

    Location: Fairlawn-Bath
   2:00 PM  -  3:30 PM File Maintenance  
    Contact: Electronic Services   330-643-9145   esdiv@akronlibrary.org
   

File Maintenance

Learn to create folders & organize & manage your files & folders. You will practice copying, moving, & deleting items, & exploring your recycle bin. You’ll perform maintenance tasks such as defragging your hard drive & installing Windows & other updates.  Attendance at Basic Windows Skills is preferred.

 

Please visit our website for more information:

    Location: North Hill
   3:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Fun Club: Valentine Crafts  
    Contact: Firestone Park Branch Library   330-724-2126   
   

Valentine Crafts

Grades K-5

    Location: Firestone Park
   3:00 PM  -  5:00 PM After School Homework Help  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   eramsay@akronlibrary.org
   
After School Homework Help
Mondays & Wednesdays 3-5 pm
January 9- May 24
Free homework help for students in grades K-6.
You’ll find everything you need to get your homework done here!
Stuck on a math question? We have someone to help you.
Can’t find a ruler? We have school supplies.
Need to type a paper? We have computers.
Drop in anytime you need help.
No registration required.
    Location: Maple Valley
   3:30 PM Cookies and Conversation  
    Contact: Nordonia Hills Branch Library   330-467-8595   nhweb20@akronlibrary.org
   

COOKIES AND CONVERSATION

The second Wednesday of each month at 3:30pm we will meet to talk about what's going on in your life, school, town or the world!  We'll discuss philosophy, current events or whatever is on the groups mind.  And don't forget we have cookies!

    Location: Nordonia Hills
   3:45 PM Afterschool Crowd  
    Contact: Ellet Branch   330-784-2019   
   

Grades 6-12. Gaming, crafts, books, music and more.

    Location: Ellet
   4:00 PM After School Club  
    Contact: Nordonia Hills Branch Library   330-467-8595   nhweb20@akronlibrary.org
   

LIP GLOSS

Come and make Crayon Lip Gloss.

Program is held one Wednesday each month at 4pm.

For children in Kindergarten - 4th grade.

    Location: Nordonia Hills
   4:00 PM After School Craft Club  
    Contact: Kenmore Branch Library   330-745-6126   kenmore@akronlibrary.org
   

Grades K-5 can come and create their own mini works of art. Space is limited, so please call 330-745-6126 or email kenmore@akronlibrary.org to register.

    Location: Kenmore
   4:00 PM  -  5:00 PM After School Craft Club  
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

Wednesdays in December and February, 4-5 pm, For Grades K-6

Join us on Wednesdays and let your creative side shine! (We are taking a break in January)

    Location: Main Library
   4:15 PM  -  5:15 PM LEGO Club  
    Contact: Norton Branch Library   (330) 825-7800   norton@akronlibrary.org
   

LEGO Club: Take on creative, fun challenges and bond with your fellow builders!

Perfect for family with children grades Kindergarten and up

LEGO bricks provided by the library.

Registration is requested by phone, email or in-person.

    Location: Norton
   6:30 PM Name That Tune!  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

1980’s & 90’s

Break up the winter boredom and join us for a night of fun!  Each week will feature music from TV shows, movie themes and radio hits from the designated time period.  How fast can you identify that song?  A night to reminisce, socialize, answer some trivia and maybe even learn something new!  Light refreshments served.

 

    Location: Portage Lakes
   6:30 PM Cookbook Club  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Cookbook Club

Love reading cookbooks and sampling recipes? Then join us each month as we pick a theme and prepare dishes to share. Check out our library display for each month’s theme and cookbooks, or use your own recipes. Enjoy some good food, discussion and fun.

 
    Location: Green
   6:30 PM Socrates Cafe  
    Contact: Nordonia Hills Branch Library   330-467-8595   nhweb20@akronlibrary.org
   

SOCRATES CAFE

The Socrates Cafe is a regular gathering of adults engaging in great conversation, exploring current events, thoughtful ideas, and reasoned debates. Come and take part, or just listen to the discussion!

For all patrons 16 & over. No registration necessary – No homework – No assigned reading.

Based on the book by CHRISTOPHER PHILLIPS, the Cafe opens the second Wednesday each month. New cafe-goers are always welcome!

    Location: Nordonia Hills
   6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Community Organization Spotlight: Project Ujima  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   twright@akronlibrary.org
   
Community Organization Spotlight
 There are many organizations in our neighborhood that are doing great things. 
Community will be featured at the Maple Valley.  It will give you an opportunity to find out about the wonderful
events and services these organizations provide to our community and how you can get involved. 
Please join us on the dates and time listed below.
 
Project Ujima
Wednesday, February 8, 6:30 pm
 Project Ujima is a model of community engagement that provides a process and place for residents
and other stakeholders of Akron’s Buchtel Community to come together to identify, study and take action on issues of shared concern.
It was established in 2011 with a three-year grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. 
This project fosters the conditions that lead to residents discovering their own efficacy and capacity to
work together to strengthen their community. Building relationships of trust among and between residents,
service providers, and institutions is at the heart of the project.
    Location: Maple Valley

Thursday February 9, 2017
     Baby It’s Cold Outside Coffee Break  
    Contact: Kenmore Branch Library   330-745-6126   kenmore@akronlibrary.org
   

Stop in on a cold morning and warm up with a cup of coffee.

    Location: Kenmore
     DIY2Go! Book Page Heart Ornaments  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Kids & Teens Program

There’s always time to get creative! Pick up a craft kit and make it when you can.

 
    Location: Green
   10:15 AM Stories and Play  
    Contact: Goodyear Branch Library   330-784-7522   goodyear@akronlibrary.org
   

Thursdays, 10:15 am

Enjoy stories, movement, and song. Story time is early learning fun for young children to help develop the skills to succeed in school. Stay and play afterwards with toys and a chance for parents to chat. Play helps young children learn skills needed for reading and writing.

    Location: Goodyear
   10:30 AM Family Story Time  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Family Story Time

For all ages.

Children will enjoy stories, songs, rhythm & movement activities, and crafts. 

 
    Location: Green
   10:30 AM Library Babies and Tots  
    Contact: Mogadore Branch Library   3306289228   mogadore@akronlibrary.org
   

Thursday, February 9, 10:30 am

Ages birth – 3 ½.
Join Miss Kim for songs, stories and group playtime with our library friends.
    Location: Mogadore
   10:30 AM Preschool Craft Program  
    Contact: Tallmadge   330.633.4345   
   

Preschool Valentine Crafting

For ages 2 - 6 with an adult helper

Making Valentine's with preschoolers can get messy! Come and craft together at the library.

    Location: Tallmadge
   10:30 AM Preschool Story Time  
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

For children 2 to 5 years old with an adult caregiver.

Books come to life through stories, songs and activities.

    Location: Main Library
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Little Folk Story Time  
    Contact: Richfield Branch Library   330-659-4343   dnagy@akronlibrary.org
   

Little Folks Story Time ages 6-35 months
Thursdays, January 19- March 9, 10:30-11:30 am
Little folks, bring your favorite caregiver and join us for stories, rhymes, songs and more.  No registration required.
 

    Location: Richfield
   1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Needlecrafting @ The Library  
    Contact: Firestone Park Branch Library   330-724-2126   
   

Enjoy discussion and share current knitting and crochet projects.

 

    Location: Firestone Park
   2:00 PM Coffee and Conversation Book Discussion  
    Contact: Nordonia Hills Branch Library   330-467-8595   nhweb20@akronlibrary.org
   

THE ELEVENTH MAN by Ivan Doig

Title: The Eleventh Man, Author: Ivan Doig

Read, discuss, and explore with our Coffee and Conversation Group.  We welcome and encourage adult readers to join our ongoing book discussions.  We read an eclectic range of titles, both fiction and nonfiction, selected by the individual readers.

Second Thursday of each month at 2:00pm.

No sign up is required.  Refreshments are served.  Please join us for some adult discussion with other book lovers!  New members are always welcome!

    Location: Nordonia Hills
   2:00 PM  -  3:30 PM Office 2013 Essential Skills  
    Contact: Electronic Services   330-643-9145   esdiv@akronlibrary.org
   

Office 2013 Essential Skills

Microsoft Office 2013 is the newest version of Microsoft Office. The new features include enhanced design tools, shared notebooks for working in groups, mobile versions and a digital notebook for managing and sharing multimedia information. This course will introduce you to the newest features before you begin our new Microsoft classes.  Completion of the Introduction Series is preferred.

 

Please visit our website for more information:

    Location: North Hill
   3:30 PM Finances for Kids  
    Contact: Mogadore Branch Library   3306289228   mogadore@akronlibrary.org
   

Thursday, February 9, 3:30 pm

Financial advisor Vince Rosnack will teach basic money skills for kids.
All participants will receive a free Money Saavy Pig bank. 
Grades K-5
    Location: Mogadore
   3:30 PM  -  5:00 PM Teen Gaming  
    Contact: Odom Branch Library   3304348726   odomblvdbranch@akronlibrary.org
   

Enjoy time spent with others while taking turns playing video games. Games played are rated T or below.

Please register in advance.

    Location: Odom
   3:45 PM Afterschool Crowd  
    Contact: Ellet Branch   330-784-2019   
   

Grades 6-12. Gaming, crafts, books, music and more.

    Location: Ellet
   4:00 PM Chocolate Festival (Teen)  
    Contact: Northwest Akron Branch   330.836.1081   
   

Chocolate Festival

Thursday, February 9, 4 pm

Calling both teens and tweens, celebrate all things chocolate in this program with trivia, contests and loads of chocolate fun. 

Please call 330-836-1081 to register for these programs.

For ages 11 to 18

Patrons with food allergy questions should contact the branch.

    Location: Northwest Akron
   4:00 PM Wii Gaming Day  
    Contact: Kenmore Branch Library   330-745-6126   kenmore@akronlibrary.org
   

Test your gaming skills with friends. Games will be announced weekly; check our white board and digital sign for information.

    Location: Kenmore
   5:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Project Learn ESOL/GED Classes  
    Contact: North Hill Branch Library   3305359423   lweiser@akronlibrary.org
   

Project Learn ESOL/GED Classes

These free, convenient, GED classes are designed for those for whom English is a second language. If you or someone you know would like to attend these classes, please contact Project Learn at 330-434-9461 to arrange for testing and orientation.

    Location: North Hill
   6:00 PM Chocolate Cinema  
    Contact: Mogadore Branch Library   3306289228   mogadore@akronlibrary.org
   

Thursday, February 9, 6 pm

Come get in the mood for Valentine’s Day!
Join us for a viewing of the film Chocolat while creating
sweets and cards to give to your special Valentine. 
Please call 330-628-9228 to register.
    Location: Mogadore
   6:00 PM  -  7:00 PM The Akron African United Front Book Discussion Group  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   twright@akronlibrary.org
   
The Akron African United Front Book Discussion Group
Every second and fourth Thursday at 6 pm
The Akron African United Front book discussion group offers you the opportunity
to share your opinions on how history affects our world views in today’s society. 
Read and analyze books that are rich in African American culture and history. 
Discuss important heartfelt issues with your peers.
    Location: Maple Valley
   6:00 PM  -  7:30 PM Sistas Knit 2  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   twright@akronlibrary.org
   
Sistas Knit 2
Every Thursday at 6:30 pm
Socialize with other crafters while creating wonderful projects that can be given to family and friends.
This group does everything from knitting to crocheting, needlepoint to cross stitch and more… 
All crafters are welcome.
    Location: Maple Valley
   6:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Richfield Crafters  
    Contact: Richfield Branch Library    330-659-4343   mdaly@akronlibrary.org
   

Valentine Crafts. Please register for this program. Space is limited.

 

    Location: Richfield
   6:30 PM Lego Club  
    Contact: Kenmore Branch Library   330-745-6126   kenmore@akronlibrary.org
   

Builders can create with our weekly theme such as “Mad Scientist," “It Came from Outer Space,” and “Robots”  - or just free-style!  For ages 5-12. (Caregivers can build along with their children or just stay within the library while their children create.) All building supplies are provided by Kenmore Branch Library. Spaces are limited so entry tickets will be given out 30 minutes prior to the program. Please call 330-745-6126 or email kenmore@akronlibrary.org to register.

    Location: Kenmore
   6:30 PM Life Insurance 101  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Adult Program

Life Insurance 101
 

Presented by Bob Ruggeri, an Independent Representative of Primerica.  

Please register in advance for this program.

 
    Location: Green
   6:30 PM Movies@Main: The Catered Affair  
    Contact: Culture & AV   330-643-9015   
   
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                                                                                                                                                     Tribute to Debbie Reynolds

Debbie Reynolds was a memorable actress, singer & dancer.  The Catered Affair: A working class family prepares for their daughter’s wedding.  Starring Bette Davis, Ernest Borgnine, Debbie Reynolds, Rod Taylor & Barry Fitzgerald.  94 min.  Introduction and discussion afterward.  

    Location: Main Library-Auditorium
   6:30 PM Story Time  
    Contact: Ellet Branch   330-784-2019   
   

Ages 2-6 years. Stories, music, puppets, crafts and playtime. No registration necessary.

    Location: Ellet
   6:30 PM  -  7:45 PM Coffee and Conversation  
    Contact: Northwest Akron Branch   330.836.1081   
   

Coffee and Conversation

2nd Thursday monthly, December 8, January 12, February 9, 6:30 pm

Enjoy meeting new people?  Are you new to the area?  Is English your second language?  Join other adults to engage in conversation on a variety of light topics, including current events and popular culture.  

    Location: Northwest Akron

Friday February 10, 2017
     DIY2Go! Book Page Heart Ornaments  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Kids & Teens Program

There’s always time to get creative! Pick up a craft kit and make it when you can.

 
    Location: Green
   12:30 PM  -  1:25 PM NEW Cookbook Club: Prepare & Share - Celebrate Snack Food month!  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

Celebrate Snack Food month!  Make your favorite dish incorporating popcorn, peanuts or pretzels.

Join fellow adult foodies as we debut a new program browsing cookbooks and sampling new recipes.   Each month we will enjoy a bite from a featured book, theme or celebrity chef.  Bring a prepared dish to share and a copy of your recipe.   Be ready to discuss your successes, substitutions, and mishaps along the way.  Paper products and silverware will be provided.  Featured cookbooks will be available at the branch in advance.

 

    Location: Portage Lakes
   3:00 PM  -  6:00 PM Richfield Classic Movie Matinee  
    Contact: Richfield Branch Library    330-659-4343   mdaly@akronlibrary.org
   

It Happened One Night with Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert

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    Location: Richfield
   4:00 PM  -  5:30 PM Chess/Checkers Club  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

Interested in learning chess or checkers or just want to play to improve your game?  Drop in for a friendly game once a month with a focus on learning the basics and having fun.  Some game sets will be available for use but feel free to bring your own as well.  For grades K-5.  

 

    Location: Portage Lakes
   4:15 PM  -  5:15 PM Silly Fridays  
    Contact: Norton Branch Library   (330) 825-7800   norton@akronlibrary.org
   

Human Spirograph - Watch your kids create Spirograph like designs using crayons and oversized paper.

You might want to join them!

Registration is requested via email, phone or in-person.

    Location: Norton

Saturday February 11, 2017
     DIY2Go! Book Page Heart Ornaments  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Kids & Teens Program

There’s always time to get creative! Pick up a craft kit and make it when you can.

 
    Location: Green
   9:15 AM Practice ACT  
    Contact: Teen Librarian   330-864-5721   ecoontz@akronlibrary.org
   

Want to get the best score on your ACT? Sylvan Learning Center is offering a free practice exam to prepare you for the real test. Please plan on this program lasting at least three hours. REGISTRATION IS REQUESTED AT LEAST A WEEK IN ADVANCE.

    Location: Maple Valley
   10:15 AM  -  12:00 PM Introduction to Patents & Patent Searching  
    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 and Trademark website.

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

Class size is limited, contact the Science & Technology Division to register.

    Location: Main Library
   10:30 AM Teen Book Break-fast  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

Take a fast break from your busy schedule and join us for an early morning snack while we review books from YALSA Teens’ Top Teen Nominees list. Snacks will be served at this program. Patrons with food allergy questions should contact the branch.

Read one, read all, your choice!

February 11: THE SUMMER AFTER YOU AND ME by Jennifer Salvato Doktorski; THE GAME OF LOVE AND DEATH by Martha Brockenbrough; BLACK WIDOW FOREVER RED by Natasha Romanoff

For more information about YALSA 2016 Teen’s Top Ten Nominees visit the website http://www.dogobooks.com/voting/2016-teens-top-reads

 

    Location: Portage Lakes
   10:30 AM  -  12:00 PM Microsoft Office Excel 1  
    Contact: Electronic Services   330-643-9145   esdiv@akronlibrary.org
   

MS Excel, Part 1: Opening & Creating Workbooks

Learn how to create basic workbook files using Microsoft Excel 2013. Discover how to organize data more efficiently using spreadsheets. Attendance at MS Word, Part 1 is preferred.

 

Please visit our website for more information:

    Location: Main Library
   11:00 AM Tinkering Teens  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

Put your creativity to the test by using odds and ends and various mediums to construct your own distinct art piece.  For grades 5 and up. Please register in advance.

February 11 Celebrate Canned Food Month and create one-of-a kind artwork using food cans.

 

    Location: Portage Lakes
   11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Paws For Reading  
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

Paws for Reading
The Second Saturday of each month, (Dec 10, Jan 14, Feb 11) 11 am
Share a book with a certified therapy dog.
 

    Location: Main Library
   11:00 AM  -  1:00 PM Harlem Renaissance in Akron, Ohio  
    Contact: Business & Government Division   330-643-9020   
   

Between 1920 - 1930, the cultural movement, known as the Harlem Renaissance, expploded in creativity in every aspect of art. In honor of this period of time, the works of local artists are showcased. Location: Room 2AB.

    Location: Main Library
   11:00 AM  -  3:00 PM SAT practice test  
    Contact: Northwest Akron Branch   330.836.1081   
   

SAT practice test

Saturday, February 11, 11 am–3 pm

Take a practice test under realistic testing conditions, get a feel for the endurance you’ll need and receive score reports highlighting your strengths and weaknesses.  Register for this free test through Princeton Review: http://www.princetonreview.com/product/offerings?id=308200&z=44022

    Location: Northwest Akron
   12:00 PM  -  1:00 PM PAWS for Reading  
    Contact: Firestone Park Branch Library   330-724-2126   
   

Practice your reading skills by reading aloud to our doggie pal. Bring a book from home or read on eof ours. Not reading yet? Our dog's human pal will read to you. Children of all ages welcome. 

    Location: Firestone Park
   1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Heartfelt Fun for the Family  
    Contact: Odom Branch Library   3304348726   odomblvdbranch@akronlibrary.org
   

Discover the pleasure of crafting with wool roving to decorate felt hearts for keeping or sharing.  Refreshments will be served.

Please register in advance.

    Location: Odom
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Paws for Reading  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   eramsay@akronlibrary.org
   
Paws for Reading
Saturdays, December 10, January 14, February 11, March 11, 2 pm
Practice your reading skills by reading aloud to our doggie pal, Kivrin. Bring a book from home or read one of ours! Not reading yet? Our dogs’ human pal will read to you. This is a great way for children to practice their literacy skills and gain more confidence in reading aloud. Children of all ages are welcome. 
    Location: Maple Valley
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM The Singing Stream: A Local Family’s History  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   twright@akronlibrary.org
   
The Singing Stream: A Local Family’s History
Saturday, February 11, 2 pm
In 1985, the Landis family worked with filmmaker Tom Davenport to create an award-winning documentary of their family's history through the eyes Bertha Landis the family matriarch.  The documentary discussed how the family lived during the time of the segregated South to the Civil Right era and how they used music to stay united. Since then Landis family has traveled all over the United States to share their family's rich history and what the documentary has meant to them.  At this event we will meet members of this special family from the Akron and North Carolina and will also enjoy performances from the Akron area “Echoes of Heaven”.
    Location: Maple Valley
   2:00 PM  -  3:30 PM Bricktastic! LEGO Club  
    Contact: North Hill Branch Library   330-535-9423   northhill@akronlibrary.org
   

For grades 2-5. Join other Master Builders to complete challenges and build for fun.

    Location: North Hill
   2:30 PM Science Saturday  
    Contact: Nordonia Hills Branch Library   330-467-8595   nhweb20@akronlibrary.org
   

SCIENCE SATURDAY

Do you like to see how things work?  Are you a hands-on type of kid?  This program is for you!

Children school age and up bring moms, dads, and the whole familiy.

Please register in advance.

    Location: Nordonia Hills

Sunday February 12, 2017
   2:00 PM  -  2:30 PM Sunday Story Time Sampler  
    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 February 13, 2017
   10:05 AM Toddler Time  
    Contact: Ellet Branch   330-784-2019   
   

Ages 6-24 months and their caregiver. Rhymes, music, books, bounces and playtime. No registration necessary.

    Location: Ellet
   10:05 AM Babytime  
    Contact: Ellet Branch   330-784-2019   
   

Ages 6-24 months and their caregiver. Rhymes, music, books, bounces and playtime. No registration necessary.

    Location: Ellet
   10:15 AM  -  12:00 PM North Hill Needle Crafters  
    Contact: North Hill Branch Library   330.535.9423   northhill@akronlibrary.org
   

North Hill Needle Crafters

If you love to knit, crochet, and help others, this is the group for you.  Everything this talented group makes is donated to helping agencies in our community.  Are you new to crafting?  We'll be glad to get you started.  If you have yarn and supplies to donate, we'll make good use of them.

    Location: North Hill
   10:30 AM Yoga Play  
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

Yoga Play for 3-5 year olds, Mondays in February, 10:30 am

Join us for a multi-sensory yoga experience. We add play and learning to create an inspiring adventure.
 

    Location: Main Library
   11:00 AM Baby & Me  
    Contact: Highland Square   330-376-2927   
   

Ages 0-18 months and their grown-ups.

You are your child’s first teacher. Spark early neuron connections and feed your baby’s hunger for natural sensory experiences related to color, texture, light and sound. Discover simple songs and exercises to do with your young learner to give him his first tools needed to learn to read and better understand her world. Best of all, these experiences will bring fun and joy into your little one’s day! Bring a blanket or yoga mat and your baby’s favorite toy.

    Location: Highland Square
   11:00 AM Preschool Playroom  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

Play with your child and help your little one discover a whole new world!  We provide a variety of activities and toys for preschoolers to explore while making new friends. Ages 1-4 recommended, with a caregiver. No registration necessary

 

    Location: Portage Lakes
   1:00 PM Anything Goes Book Discussion  
    Contact: Fairlawn-Bath Branch Library   330-666-4888   
   

Join us the second Monday of each month, 1 pm

A MAN CALLED OVE by Fredrik Backman  

    Location: Fairlawn-Bath
   2:00 PM Book Discussion  
    Contact: Tallmadge   330.633.4345   
   

Join us the second Monday of each month at 2 pm.

February 13 - THE ART OF CRASH LANDING by Melissa DeCarlo

    Location: Tallmadge
   2:00 PM Monday Casual Reads  
    Contact: Nordonia Hills Branch Library   330-467-8595   nhweb20@akronlibrary.org
   

HOTEL ON THE CORNER OF BITTER AND SWEET by Jamie Ford

Title: Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, Author: Jamie Ford

Do you like to talk about the books you enjoy reading with others?  Then join us the second Monday of each month at 2pm for reader-to-reader book discussions, informal fun, and sharing with fellow fiction lovers.

In this month's selection, Henry Lee comes upon a crowd gathered outside the Panama Hotel, once the gateway to Seattle’s Japantown. It has been boarded up for decades, but now the new owner has made an incredible discovery: the belongings of Japanese families, left when they were rounded up and sent to internment camps during World War II. As Henry looks on, the owner opens a Japanese parasol.

This simple act takes old Henry Lee back to the 1940s, at the height of the war, when young Henry’s world is a jumble of confusion and excitement, and to his father, who is obsessed with the war in China and having Henry grow up American. While “scholarshipping” at the exclusive Rainier Elementary, where the white kids ignore him, Henry meets Keiko Okabe, a young Japanese American student. Amid the chaos of blackouts, curfews, and FBI raids, Henry and Keiko forge a bond of friendship–and innocent love–that transcends the long-standing prejudices of their Old World ancestors. And after Keiko and her family are swept up in the evacuations to the internment camps, she and Henry are left only with the hope that the war will end, and that their promise to each other will be kept.

No sign-up is required.  Refreshments are served.  Come and meet other adults who like to read and dicuss lighter fiction.

    Location: Nordonia Hills
   3:00 PM  -  5:00 PM After School Homework Help  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   eramsay@akronlibrary.org
   
After School Homework Help
Mondays & Wednesdays 3-5 pm
January 9- May 24
Free homework help for students in grades K-6.
You’ll find everything you need to get your homework done here!
Stuck on a math question? We have someone to help you.
Can’t find a ruler? We have school supplies.
Need to type a paper? We have computers.
Drop in anytime you need help.
No registration required.
    Location: Maple Valley
   3:30 PM School Age Children's Programs  
    Contact: Odom Branch Library   3304348726   odomblvdbranch@akronlibrary.org
   

We invite the young school aged to enjoy building, gaming, experimenting, crafting or cooking fun.  For those in Kindergarten to grade three.  There will be a different activity each week.

Please register in advance.

    Location: Odom
   3:30 PM Teen Voice  
    Contact: Kenmore Branch Library   330-745-6126   kenmore@akronlibrary.org
   

Come to a meeting of the minds and have your voice heard! While eating snacks and visiting with your friends you can discuss programs, materials and services that you would like to see offered by the library.  

    Location: Kenmore
   4:00 PM  -  5:00 PM PAWS for Reading  
    Contact: Goodyear Branch Library   330-784-7522   goodyear@akronlibrary.org
   

Practice your reading skills by reading aloud to our doggie pals. Bring a book from home or read one of ours! Not reading yet? Our dogs’ human pals will read to you. This is a great way for children to practice their literacy skills and gain more confidence in reading aloud. Children of all ages are welcome. No registration is needed.

    Location: Goodyear
   5:30 PM  -  7:00 PM Cupcake Decorating  
    Contact: Odom Branch Library   3304348726   odomblvdbranch@akronlibrary.org
   

Join Susan Stefancik for a fun time decorating cupcakes just in time for Valentine’s Day.  Maximum of 20 participants with 4 cupcakes each participant.

 

Please register in advance.

    Location: Odom
   6:00 PM What’s That Bird?  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

Escape the winter blah’s and think spring!  Learn to identify your backyard visitors by their identifying marks and bird calls.  Presented by Michele McNeal.

 

    Location: Portage Lakes
   6:00 PM Kenmore Craft Club - Button Bouquets  
    Contact: Kenmore Branch Library   330-745-6126   kenmore@akronlibrary.org
   

Come make these super cute Button Bouquets! Please call 330-745-6126 or email kenmore@akronlibrary.org to register.

    Location: Kenmore
   6:00 PM Messy Mondays  
    Contact: Nordonia Hills Branch Library   330-467-8595   nhweb20@akronlibrary.org
   

TOILET PAPER BIRD FEEDERS!

The program is one Monday each month at 6pm.  Don't forget to wear some old clothes, you may get messy!

Please register in advance.

    Location: Nordonia Hills
   6:00 PM  -  7:00 PM Needlecrafting @ The Library  
    Contact: Firestone Park Branch Library   330-724-2126   
   

Enjoy discussion and share current knitting and crochet projects.

 

    Location: Firestone Park
   6:00 PM  -  7:30 PM Internet 1  
    Contact: Electronic Services   330-643-9145   esdiv@akronlibrary.org
   

Internet, Part 1: An Introduction

Learn how to access the Internet in the library and from your home computer. During class, you will practice basic Internet searching using web directories and search engines. Attendance at Windows for Beginners is preferred.

 

Please visit our website for more information:

    Location: Northwest Akron
   6:00 PM  -  7:45 PM Space-To-Make  
    Contact: Goodyear Branch Library   330-784-7522   goodyear@akronlibrary.org
   

Do you enjoy learning about new hobbies, crafts, or hands-on projects? Join us for a new adult friendly gathering of crafters, thinkers, hobbyists, artists, tech enthusiasts, students, and more. Bring your craft or hobby with you and work on it at the Library. Share your love with others and maybe learn something new. Space-to-Make is open on the 2nd and 4th Monday of each month from 6-7:45pm. No registration required – just come on in and use our space. 

    Location: Goodyear
   6:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Ask a Patent Attorney  
    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?" or "Should I apply for trademark protection or a design patent?" or "How much of my invention will a utility patent protect?"

Appointments 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
   6:30 PM Jammie Time  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Jammie Time

Get ready for bedtime by wearing your jammies to this family oriented story time. A different story theme will be used each month.

    Location: Green
   6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Gentle Yoga With Nia  
    Contact: North Hill Branch Library   3305359423   lweiser@akronlibrary.org
   

Gentle Yoga With Nia

Here is a wonderful opportunity to start on a healthy lifestyle for the new year.  Be led in warm-up stretches and breathing exercises, move through yoga poses with the help of a chair, and end sessions with music and nature sounds.  Please bring a yoga mat or a beach towel and a water bottle.

    Location: North Hill

Tuesday February 14, 2017
   10:05 AM Babytime  
    Contact: Ellet Branch   330-784-2019   
   

Ages 6-24 months and their caregiver. Rhymes, music, books, bounces and playtime. No registration necessary.

    Location: Ellet
   10:15 AM Baby Time  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Baby Time

For babies 6-24 months and a caregiver. 

Babies will be introduced to hand rhymes,songs, movement activities, books and socialization skills.

    Location: Green
   10:30 AM Preschool Story Time  
    Contact: Northwest Akron Branch   330.836.1081   
   

Preschool Story Time

(2 to 5 year-olds with a caregiver)

Tuesdays, January 10 to February 28, 10:30 am

Action rhymes, music, books, and other activities chosen with you and your child in mind.

Please call 330-836-1081 to register for these programs. 

    Location: Northwest Akron
   10:30 AM Story Time Programs  
    Contact: Mogadore Branch Library   3306289228   mogadore@akronlibrary.org
   

Tuesday, February 14, 10:30 am

Ages 3 and up.
Join Miss Kim for stories, songs, games and crafts.
    Location: Mogadore
   10:30 AM Toddler and Preschool Story Time  
    Contact: Highland Square   330-376-2927   
   

Ages 1-5 and their grown-ups.

You are your child’s first teacher. Spark early neuron connections and feed your child’s hunger for natural sensory experiences related to color, texture, light and sound. Discover songs, books, and movement activities to do with your young learner to give him his first tools needed to learn to read and better understand her world. Best of all, these experiences will bring fun and joy into your child’s day! Miss Brooke is excited to share this special time with you and your child.

    Location: Highland Square
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM A Time To Play  
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

The Second Tuesday of each month, 10:30-11:30 am

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.
 
December 13: Petite Chefs Stimulate your child’s senses through hand-on “baking” activities.  Scoop, pour, mix, measure, stir and taste!
January 10:  The Snowy Day Delight in snowy activities inspired by Ezra Jack Keats’ magical story, “The Snowy Day.”
February 14:  Love Bugs Celebrate this day of love with your love bugs!
 

    Location: Main Library
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Preschool Story Time  
    Contact: Richfield Branch Library   330-659-4343   dnagy@akronlibrary.org
   

Preschool Story Time ages 3-6
Tuesdays, January 17- March 17, 10:30-11:30 am
Please see below for information on Tuesday, February 14
Preschoolers bring your favorite caregiver and join us for stories, rhymes, songs and more.  No registration required.
 

    Location: Richfield
   11:00 AM Baby & Me Time  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

Bring your littlest learners for a program just for them! Finger plays and songs, stories, art experiences, and play time! Recommended for ages 2 and under, with a caregiver.  No registration necessary.

 

    Location: Portage Lakes
   11:00 AM Toddler Time  
    Contact: Ellet Branch   330-784-2019   
   

Ages 2-3 years and their caregiver. Stories, songs, rhymes, crafts, and playtime. No registration necessary.

    Location: Ellet
   11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Family Story Time  
    Contact: Firestone Park Branch Library   330-724-2126   
   

Join us for stories, music, movement and fun! Each session will be followed by play time or a fun activity. Children of all ages are welcome to join us for this engaging story time.  

    Location: Firestone Park
   11:30 AM Toddler Time  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Toddler Time

For ages 2-3 with a caregiver. 

Children will enjoy stories, songs, rhythm & movement activities, and crafts.

 
    Location: Green
   11:30 AM  -  12:30 PM Preschool Playgroup  
    Contact: North Hill Branch Library   330-535-9423   northhill@akronlibrary.org
   

Play is important! Stop in for a few minutes, or the whole hour. Explore various age appropriate toys, blocks, cars, trucks and trains, dolls, puzzles, and other children. Run laps in the community room. Children and adults can both make new friends.

 

    Location: North Hill
   1:00 PM Afternoon Book Discussion  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Afternoon Book Discussion

Join us for our monthly afternoon book discussion. For February, we will discuss A NOVEL BOOKSTORE by Laurence Cosse.

    Location: Green
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Busy Persons Book Club  
    Contact: Firestone Park Branch Library   330-724-2126   
   

This book club will meet every 6 weeks, because sometimes, life gets in the way. Stop in to pick up our next book.

THE LOVE AFFAIRS OF NATHANIEL P by Adelle Waldman

    Location: Firestone Park
   3:30 PM  -  4:30 PM T(w)een Tuesdays  
    Contact: Odom Branch Library   3304348726   odomblvdbranch@akronlibrary.org
   

T(w)een Tuesdays for ages 10-18

Join us on Tuesdays from 3:30-4:30 for crafts, activities, and fun.

DEC: 6, 13, 20

JAN: 3, 10, 17, 24, 31

FEB: 7, 14, 21, 28

We will not be meeting on December 27th, but expect a special program on February 14th.

    Location: Odom
   3:30 PM  -  5:00 PM Warm Up Akron  
    Contact: Mogadore Branch Library   3306289228   mogadore@akronlibrary.org
   

Tuesday, December 13, 3:30-5 pm 

Knit and crochet to help the needy! 
If you can make just one 7” or 9” rectangle you can help keep the needy in the Akron area warm. 
To date, this chapter has supplied over 8,000 afghans.
    Location: Mogadore
   3:45 PM Afterschool Crowd  
    Contact: Ellet Branch   330-784-2019   
   

Grades 6-12. Gaming, crafts, books, music and more.

    Location: Ellet
   4:00 PM Anti-Valentine's Day Party  
    Contact: Kenmore Branch Library   330-745-6126   kenmore@akronlibrary.org
   

Are you tired of all the Valentine’s Day mush? No syrupy, sweet blah-blah-blah here! Come to the party, wear black and be prepared to have fun! Please call 330-745-6126 or email kenmore@akronlibrary.org to register.

    Location: Kenmore
   4:00 PM  -  4:45 PM Tween STEAM  
    Contact: Norton Branch Library   330-825-7800    norton@akronlibrary.org
   

If you love tinkering and hanging out with your friends too, then this is the program for you! 

From squishy circuits to science experiments we’ll spark your curiosity and show you learning is FUN!

    Location: Norton
   4:30 PM School Age Craft Program  
    Contact: Tallmadge   330.633.4345   
   

School Age Craft Program - Valentine's Day is for Everyone

For grades K - 5

Make Valentines for everyone in your family and have some super Valentine fun.

    Location: Tallmadge
   5:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Project Learn ESOL/GED Classes  
    Contact: North Hill Branch Library   3305359423   lweiser@akronlibrary.org
   

Project Learn ESOL/GED Classes

These free, convenient, GED classes are designed for those for whom English is a second language. If you or someone you know would like to attend these classes, please contact Project Learn at 330-434-9461 to arrange for testing and orientation.

    Location: North Hill
   6:00 PM  -  7:30 PM Internet 2  
    Contact: Electronic Services   330-643-9145   esdiv@akronlibrary.org
   

Internet, Part 2: Searching, Printing, and Favorites

Learn how to make better use of search engine features for more successful Internet searching. Practice saving your favorite websites and printing Internet content. Attendance at Internet, Part 1 or prior Internet experience is preferred.

 

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    Location: Northwest Akron
   6:00 PM  -  7:30 PM Teen Advisory Board Meeting  
    Contact: Teen Department   330-643-9067   ysodiv@akronlibrary.org
   

Whether you're looking to get volunteer hours for school or just like to work on cool projects, eat and have fun, the Teen Advisory Board in the place to be! You'll help plan Teen programs and decorate the Teen Area. It looks great on a resume too. For ages 11 to 18. For more information please call the Teen Area at 330-643-9067.

    Location: Main Library
   6:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Stitch Clique  
    Contact: Nordonia Hills Branch Library   330-467-8595   nhweb20@akronlibrary.org
   

STITCH CLIQUE

Grab your crocheting/knitting needles and yarn and stitch the evening away.  Join us for crocheting/knitting tips, friendship, advice and more.

Refreshments will be served.

 

    Location: Nordonia Hills
   6:30 PM Make Time for Play  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Family Program

Time to unwind. Bring the kids in for some free play time. We will have blocks, stackables, tunnels, tubes and more. Come explore and create.

 
    Location: Green
   6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Adult Coloring Class  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   twright@akronlibrary.org
   
 Adult Coloring Class
Every second and third Tuesday of the month
You will enjoy this class.  Adult coloring is all the craze right now. 
It is a great relaxing way to be creative and to relieve stress. 
All supplies are provided by the library. 
Please stop by or call the branch to register.
    Location: Maple Valley
   6:30 PM  -  7:45 PM Anti-Valentine's Day Party  
    Contact: North Hill Branch Library   330-535-9423   northhill@akronlibrary.org
   

For grades 9-12. Love stinks, so un-celebrate the holiday with cranky crafts, moody music, and spiteful snacks. Registration requested.

    Location: North Hill

Wednesday February 15, 2017
   10:30 AM Baby Time  
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

An active story time for children from birth to 2 years old with an adult caregiver.  Help your little one learn through rhymes, fingerplays, songs and books.  Playtime to follow.

    Location: Main Library
   10:30 AM Story Time  
    Contact: Ellet Branch   330-784-2019   
   

Ages 2-6 years. Stories, music, puppets, crafts and playtime. No registration necessary.

    Location: Ellet
   11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Coloring Fun for Adults  
    Contact: Norton Branch Library   330-825-7800   groupnorton@akronlibrary.org
   

Join us for an afternoon of coloring, relaxation, conversation and snacks.  Coloring sheets, markers, colored pencils and snacks are provided. 

Feel free to bring your own supplies and tips to share!  No registration is necessary.

    Location: Norton
   11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Family Story Time  
    Contact: Firestone Park Branch Library   330-724-2126   
   

Join us for stories, music, movement and fun! Each session will be followed by play time or a fun activity. Children of all ages are welcome to join us for this engaging story time.  

    Location: Firestone Park
   1:00 PM Mystery Book Discussion Group  
    Contact: Northwest Akron Branch   330.836.1081   
   

Mystery Book Discussion Group

3rd Wednesday, 1 pm

December 21 BRUSHBACK by Sara Paretsky

January 18 THE STRANGER by Harlan Coben

February 15 WE WERE LIARS by E. Lockhart

    Location: Northwest Akron
   3:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Fun Club: Art Studio  
    Contact: Firestone Park Branch Library   330-724-2126   
   

Art Studio

Grades K-5

    Location: Firestone Park
   3:00 PM  -  5:00 PM After School Homework Help  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   eramsay@akronlibrary.org
   
After School Homework Help
Mondays & Wednesdays 3-5 pm
January 9- May 24
Free homework help for students in grades K-6.
You’ll find everything you need to get your homework done here!
Stuck on a math question? We have someone to help you.
Can’t find a ruler? We have school supplies.
Need to type a paper? We have computers.
Drop in anytime you need help.
No registration required.
    Location: Maple Valley
   3:45 PM Afterschool Crowd  
    Contact: Ellet Branch   330-784-2019   
   

Grades 6-12. Gaming, crafts, books, music and more.

    Location: Ellet
   4:00 PM  -  5:00 PM After School Craft Club  
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

Wednesdays in December and February, 4-5 pm, For Grades K-6

Join us on Wednesdays and let your creative side shine! (We are taking a break in January)

    Location: Main Library
   6:00 PM  -  7:00 PM Geometric Art  
    Contact: Goodyear Branch Library   330-784-7522   goodyear@akronlibrary.org
   

Decorate a small canvas using tape and paint to make geometric shapes. Please register for this program.

    Location: Goodyear
   6:00 PM  -  7:30 PM Email 1  
    Contact: Electronic Services   330-643-9145   esdiv@akronlibrary.org
   

E-mail Basics, Part 1: Read, Respond, Write, and Print

Learn how to use the basic features of an e-mail account by using the Yahoo! e-mail service to communicate quickly and conveniently with friends, family, and colleagues. Tips for printing messages will also be demonstrated.  Attendance at Internet, Part 1 or prior Internet experience is preferred.

 

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    Location: Northwest Akron
   6:30 PM Name That Tune!  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

2000 - present

Break up the winter boredom and join us for a night of fun!  Each week will feature music from TV shows, movie themes and radio hits from the designated time period.  How fast can you identify that song?  A night to reminisce, socialize, answer some trivia and maybe even learn something new!  Light refreshments served.

 

    Location: Portage Lakes
   6:30 PM The Novel in You  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Adult Program

The Novel in You

Constance Davis will go through a 6-week course on how to write the novel in you.  

Please register in advance.

 
    Location: Green
   6:30 PM Wellness Yoga  
    Contact: Nordonia Hills Branch Library   330-467-8595   nhweb20@akronlibrary.org
   

WELLNESS YOGA:  OFF THE MAT

Learn soothing stretches that you can incorporate into your daily life in this gentle yoga series with Diane Bielecki, who graduated from the Cleveland Clinic School of Yoga.  No mat is needed - stretches are done standing or in a chair.  Attend one class or the whole series, and please dress in comfortable clothing.

Please register in advance.

    Location: Nordonia Hills
   6:30 PM Writers' Guild  
    Contact: Nordonia Hills Branch Library   330-467-8595   nhweb20@akronlibrary.org
   

WRITERS' GUILD OF NORDONIA HILLS

Writers wanted!  New writers and old hands welcome:  fiction, nonfiction, and everything in between.  Have your work critiqued and give feedback to others in a fun and friendly environment.  Please bring a sample of your work to share.

 

    Location: Nordonia Hills

Thursday February 16, 2017
     Baby It’s Cold Outside Coffee Break  
    Contact: Kenmore Branch Library   330-745-6126   kenmore@akronlibrary.org
   

Stop in on a cold morning and warm up with a cup of coffee.

    Location: Kenmore
   10:15 AM Stories and Play  
    Contact: Goodyear Branch Library   330-784-7522   goodyear@akronlibrary.org
   

Thursdays, 10:15 am

Enjoy stories, movement, and song. Story time is early learning fun for young children to help develop the skills to succeed in school. Stay and play afterwards with toys and a chance for parents to chat. Play helps young children learn skills needed for reading and writing.

    Location: Goodyear
   10:30 AM Baby Play: Sensory Play  
    Contact: Northwest Akron Branch   330.836.1081   
   

Baby Play

(6 months to 24 months with a caregiver)

Thursdays, January 12, February 16, 10:30 am

Join us once a month for a very special play time for you and your baby. Each session will have a different activity:

February: Sensory Play

Please call 330-836-1081 to register for these programs. 

    Location: Northwest Akron
   10:30 AM Family Story Time  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Family Story Time

For all ages.

Children will enjoy stories, songs, rhythm & movement activities, and crafts. 

 
    Location: Green
   10:30 AM Library Babies and Tots  
    Contact: Mogadore Branch Library   3306289228   mogadore@akronlibrary.org
   

Thursday, February 16, 10:30 am

Ages birth – 3 ½.

Join Miss Kim for songs, stories and group playtime with our library friends.

    Location: Mogadore
   10:30 AM Preschool Story Time  
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

For children 2 to 5 years old with an adult caregiver.

Books come to life through stories, songs and activities.

    Location: Main Library
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Little Folk Story Time  
    Contact: Richfield Branch Library   330-659-4343   dnagy@akronlibrary.org
   

Little Folks Story Time ages 6-35 months
Thursdays, January 19- March 9, 10:30-11:30 am
Little folks, bring your favorite caregiver and join us for stories, rhymes, songs and more.  No registration required.
 

    Location: Richfield
   2:00 PM Inside the Lines: Coloring for Adults.  
    Contact: Fairlawn-Bath Branch Library   330-666-4888   
   

Experience the latest trend in relaxation, adult coloring books. Coloring pages for the Holidays, designed especially for the adults, as well as colored pencils and refreshments will be provided. This program sponsored by the Friends of Fairlawn-Bath Library.

    Location: Fairlawn-Bath
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Afternoon Computer Mini-Clinics  
    Contact: Firestone Park Branch Library   330-724-2126   
   

Registration requested.

Register for a fifteen-minute mini-clinic that keeps learning simple and enjoyable.

Beginner - & Intermediate - Friendly

    Location: Firestone Park
   3:00 PM  -  4:00 PM T(w)een Crafternoons  
    Contact: North Hill Branch Library   330-535-9423   northhill@akronlibrary.org
   

For grades 3-8. Get crafty while listening to music and enjoying an afterschool snack.

    Location: North Hill
   3:30 PM Lego Club  
    Contact: Mogadore Branch Library   3306289228   mogadore@akronlibrary.org
   

Thursday, February 16, 3:30 pm

Join us for an afternoon of imaginative Lego creation. 
All supplies provided.
Grades K-5
    Location: Mogadore
   3:30 PM  -  4:30 PM Playing with Thin Ice  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   eramsay@akronlibrary.org
   
Playing with Thin Ice
Thursday, February 16, 3:30 pm
Stop in to experience an icy, fun filled afternoon!
We will be building mini igloos, making ice paintings, and even having an ice melting contest.
Registration is requested.
    Location: Maple Valley
   3:30 PM  -  4:30 PM Teen Anime Club  
    Contact: Odom Branch Library   3304348726   odomblvdbranch@akronlibrary.org
   

Hang out and discuss your favorite Manga and Anime while enjoying an activity and watching some clips. Clips and shows being watched are rated TV-14 or below.

Please register in advance.

    Location: Odom
   3:45 PM Afterschool Crowd  
    Contact: Ellet Branch   330-784-2019   
   

Grades 6-12. Gaming, crafts, books, music and more.

    Location: Ellet
   4:00 PM PAWS for Reading  
    Contact: Northwest Akron Branch   330.836.1081   
   

PAWS for Reading

(All grades)

Thursdays December 1, 15, January 5, 19, February 2, 16 4 pm

Saturdays December 17, January 21, February 18, 2 pm

Practice reading skills and build the reading confidence of beginning or struggling readers by reading to our Therapy Dogs International dog friends.  Children of all ages are welcome.

    Location: Northwest Akron
   4:00 PM Wii Gaming Day  
    Contact: Kenmore Branch Library   330-745-6126   kenmore@akronlibrary.org
   

Test your gaming skills with friends. Games will be announced weekly; check our white board and digital sign for information.

    Location: Kenmore
   4:00 PM  -  5:00 PM Cupcake Bouquets  
    Contact: Goodyear Branch Library   330-784-7522   goodyear@akronlibrary.org
   

Valentine's Day have you frazzled? Take a break and make a cupcake bouquet. Share it with your friends or keep it and eat it yourself!

For teens, ages 11-18.

Please register in advance.

    Location: Goodyear
   4:00 PM  -  5:00 PM Lego Club  
    Contact: Ellet Branch   330-784-2019   
   

Ages 5-14 and their families. Join our Block Party! We provide the bricks; you provide the imagination! One of the best ways to learn is through play! No registration necessary.

    Location: Ellet
   5:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Project Learn ESOL/GED Classes  
    Contact: North Hill Branch Library   3305359423   lweiser@akronlibrary.org
   

Project Learn ESOL/GED Classes

These free, convenient, GED classes are designed for those for whom English is a second language. If you or someone you know would like to attend these classes, please contact Project Learn at 330-434-9461 to arrange for testing and orientation.

    Location: North Hill
   6:00 PM Inside the Lines: Coloring for Adults.  
    Contact: Fairlawn-Bath Branch Library   330-666-4888   
   

Experience the latest trend in relaxation, adult coloring books. Coloring pages for the Holidays, designed especially for the adults, as well as colored pencils and refreshments will be provided. This program sponsored by the Friends of Fairlawn-Bath Library.

    Location: Fairlawn-Bath
   6:00 PM Movies@Main: Queen of Katwe  
    Contact: Culture & AV   330-643-9015   
   
Kung Fu Panda 3 movie poster
 

 

Acclaimed true-life story about a poor young girl whose life changes forever when she learns to play chess.  Starring David Oyelowo & Lupita Nyong’o.  Rated PG. 124 min

 

    Location: Main Library-Auditorium
   6:00 PM Rock & Roll Bingo  
    Contact: Mogadore Branch Library   3306289228   mogadore@akronlibrary.org
   

Thursday, February 16, 6 pm

Unleash your inner rock star and join us for a fun night of music and prizes.
Rock & Roll Bingo is similar to a standard game, but instead of numbers on the board,
the spots will be filled with the names of classic Rock favorites. 
Come sing-along, enjoy some light refreshments and hopefully take home a prize.
    Location: Mogadore
   6:00 PM  -  7:30 PM Build it Club  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

Join us once a month for some building fun with our friends form Bricks 4 Kidz!  Build, play and explore with Legos of all shapes and sizes.  Follow a kit or free build on your own.  All ages welcome.  No registration required.

 

    Location: Portage Lakes
   6:00 PM  -  7:30 PM Email 2  
    Contact: Electronic Services   330-643-9145   esdiv@akronlibrary.org
   

E-mail Basics, Part 2: Message Management

Learn how to attach files to outgoing messages and open incoming attachments. Organize your list of contacts using an Address Book. Learn how to create folders for filing messages. Experience using an e-mail account or attendance at E-mail Basics, Part 1 is required. Yahoo! Mail will be demonstrated in class.

 

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    Location: Northwest Akron
   6:00 PM  -  7:30 PM Sistas Knit 2  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   twright@akronlibrary.org
   
Sistas Knit 2
Every Thursday at 6:30 pm
Socialize with other crafters while creating wonderful projects that can be given to family and friends.
This group does everything from knitting to crocheting, needlepoint to cross stitch and more… 
All crafters are welcome.
    Location: Maple Valley
   6:30 PM Adult Program  
    Contact: Tallmadge   330.633.4345   
   

Women of the Civil War

Join Paul Goebbel for a presentation on the forgotten group of the Civil War and the roles they played on the home front, in the military, and as spies, and on the lasting effects of the War experience.

    Location: Tallmadge
   6:30 PM Lego Club  
    Contact: Kenmore Branch Library   330-745-6126   kenmore@akronlibrary.org
   

Builders can create with our weekly theme such as “Mad Scientist," “It Came from Outer Space,” and “Robots”  - or just free-style!  For ages 5-12. (Caregivers can build along with their children or just stay within the library while their children create.) All building supplies are provided by Kenmore Branch Library. Spaces are limited so entry tickets will be given out 30 minutes prior to the program. Please call 330-745-6126 or email kenmore@akronlibrary.org to register.

    Location: Kenmore
   6:30 PM Story Time  
    Contact: Ellet Branch   330-784-2019   
   

Ages 2-6 years. Stories, music, puppets, crafts and playtime. No registration necessary.

    Location: Ellet

Friday February 17, 2017
   1:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Social Security, Medicare and Long-Term Care  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   twright@akronlibrary.org
   
Social Security, Medicare and Long-Term Care
Friday, February 17, 1 pm
 This seminar provides helpful information about Social Security, Medicare and Long-Term Care. 
It discusses how they impact the ever-changing retirement environment.  
    Location: Maple Valley

Saturday February 18, 2017
   2:00 AM PAWS for Reading  
    Contact: Northwest Akron Branch   330.836.1081   
   

PAWS for Reading

(All grades)

Thursdays December 1, 15, January 5, 19, February 2, 16 4 pm

Saturdays December 17, January 21, February 18, 2 pm

Practice reading skills and build the reading confidence of beginning or struggling readers by reading to our Therapy Dogs International dog friends.  Children of all ages are welcome.

    Location: Northwest Akron
   10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM School Age Craft Club  
    Contact: Richfield BRanch Library   330-659-4343   dnagy@akronlibrary.org
   

~School Age Craft Club
All supplies are provided, just come and have a good time.
Saturday, January 21, 10 am- 12 pm
Join us for “snow” much fun. We will use a variety of objects to create snowmen.

Saturday, February 18, 10 am- 12 pm
Create your own reusable stylish library bag.

    Location: Richfield
   10:00 AM  -  5:00 PM NH Game Time  
    Contact: Nordonia Hills Branch Library   330-467-8595   nhweb20@akronlibrary.org
   

NORDONIA HILLS GAME TIME

We welcome library patrons to a regular monthly event – a place to meet up with fellow game players of all ages.

The room is open to players of chess, role-playing games, board games, Euro games, standard cards, mah-jongg, war games, and trading/collectible card games.

Bring your own games, or try a game from our collection already on hand. No registration required! Refreshments are served.

Third Saturday of each month.

This event is also open to regular card groups and other game clubs looking for a venue.

Come on out to meet fellow local players – Learn new games – Sharpen your intellect – and enjoy the social aspects of games.

    Location: Nordonia Hills
   10:00 AM  -  5:00 PM NH Game Time  
    Contact: Nordonia Hills Branch   330.467.8595   nordoniahills@akronlibrary.org
   

NORDONIA HILLS GAME TIME

We welcome library patrons to a regular monthly event – a place to meet up with fellow game players of all ages.

The room is open to players of chess, role-playing games, board games, Euro games, standard cards, mah-jongg, war games, and trading/collectible card games.

Bring your own games, or try a game from our collection already on hand. No registration required! Refreshments are served.

Third Saturday of each month.

This event is also open to regular card groups and other game clubs looking for a venue.

Come on out to meet fellow local players – Learn new games – Sharpen your intellect – and enjoy the social aspects of games.

    Location: Nordonia Hills
   10:30 AM Sensory-Friendly Storytime  
    Contact: Tricia Bohanon   330.643.4702   
   

Sensory-Friendly Storytime

3rd Saturdays monthly, December 17, January 21, February 18, 10:30 am and 11:30 am

This program offers educational, literacy and social opportunities for children of all ages with differing abilities, their siblings, parents/caregivers and their typically developing peers through the use of story, music and movement to engage the participants.  Please contact Tricia Bohanon at 330-643-4702 with questions or to register for a spot in this program.

    Location: Northwest Akron
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Paws for Reading  
    Contact: Fairlawn-Bath Branch Library   330-666-4888   
   

Children of all ages can practice their literacy skills by reading aloud to our doggie pals.   This is a great way for children to build their reading fluency and read-aloud confidence.

Children not yet reading are welcome to come.  The doggie’s human pal will read to the child.  

    Location: Fairlawn-Bath
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Paws for Reading  
    Contact: Richfield Branch Library   330-659-4343   dnagy@akronlibrary.org
   

Paws for Reading
1st and 3rd Saturday of each month, 10:30-11:30 am
Children can practice their literacy skills by reading aloud to our doggie pals Kodak, Rudy, and Yuki. This is a great way for your child to build reading fluency and read-aloud confidence.
Children not yet reading are also welcome to come; stories will be read to the children by our doggie pals’ humans.
 

    Location: Richfield
   10:30 AM  -  12:00 PM Microsoft Office Excel 2  
    Contact: Electronic Services   330-643-9145   esdiv@akronlibrary.org
   

MS Excel, Part 2: Formatting and Modifying Workbooks

Discover how to modify columns, rows, and format cells. Practice the different ways to duplicate, move, and edit data. Attendance at MS Excel, Part 1 is preferred.

 

Please visit our website for more information:

    Location: Main Library
   11:00 AM Books that Sing  
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

Books that Sing
A Saturday Story Time Sampler
The First and Third Saturdays of the month, 11 am

Warm up your voice for a story time full of singable books, songs and rhymes.

    Location: Main Library
   11:00 AM  -  1:00 PM Science Saturday  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Family Event

Bricks for Kidz will be here  with building challenges ranging from tallest tower to 5 minute timed  creations. Small hands-on projects, spin art and mosaics  offered along with a free play area. Come practice and improve your STEM skills.

 
    Location: Green
   11:30 AM Sensory-Friendly Storytime  
    Contact: Tricia Bohanon   330.643.4702   
   

Sensory-Friendly Storytime

3rd Saturdays monthly, December 17, January 21, February 18, 10:30 am and 11:30 am

This program offers educational, literacy and social opportunities for children of all ages with differing abilities, their siblings, parents/caregivers and their typically developing peers through the use of story, music and movement to engage the participants.  Please contact Tricia Bohanon at 330-643-4702 with questions or to register for a spot in this program.

    Location: Northwest Akron
   12:00 PM Paws for Reading  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Paws for Reading

Practice your reading skills by reading aloud to our doggie pals.  Bring a book from home or read one of ours! Not reading yet? Our dogs’ human pals will read to you. This is a great way for children to practice their literacy skills and gain more confidence in reading aloud.  

Children of all ages are welcome.

 
    Location: Green
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM A Special Afternoon with Author Mamie Toole  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   twright@akronlibrary.org
   
 A Special Afternoon with Author Mamie Toole
Saturday, February 18, 2 pm
Join us for a special afternoon with author, poet and storyteller Mamie Toole. 
Ms. Toole is the author of two inspirational poetry books Personally Yours: My God and I and Sincerely Yours: My God and I
She is a retired Akron Public School teacher who enjoyed my years at Glover Elementary. 
Ms.  Toole is known locally because she often recites poetry and speaks at family functions such as reunions and weddings.   
    Location: Maple Valley
   2:00 PM  -  4:00 PM You Pick the Flick!  
    Contact: North Hill Branch Library   330-535-9423   northhill@akronlibrary.org
   

All ages. We provide the choices; you pick the family-friendly flick you want to see while munching on popcorn and other snacks. All movies have a rating of PG-13 or lower.

    Location: North Hill
   3:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Cupcake Mojo  
    Contact: Teen Department   330-643-9067   ysodiv@akronlibrary.org
   

Valentine's Day ruin your mojo? Take a break and make a cupcake bouquet. Share it with your friends or family. Who are you kidding? Forget the BFF - keep it and eat it yourself.

    Location: Main Library

Sunday February 19, 2017
   2:00 PM  -  2:30 PM Sunday Story Time Sampler  
    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 February 20, 2017
     Chocolate Fever  
    Contact: Teen Department   330-643-9067   ysodiv@akronlibrary.org
   

For Grades 4 and Up in the Children's Library

Learn the fine art of decorating and eating amazing chocolates of your own creation.

    Location: Main Library
     On Your Own  
    Contact: Goodyear Branch Library   330-784-7522   goodyear@akronlibrary.org
   

Do these activities on your own at the library. They will each be available for two weeks. Bring them to the desk for a small reward.

Build a Snowflake

 Create a snowflake using the trays and materials in the NatureConnect window.

    Location: Goodyear
   9:30 AM  -  1:00 PM ACT Practice Test  
    Contact: Teen Department   330-643-9067   ysodiv@akronlibrary.org
   

Take advantage of the day off school and get ahead! Join us for a practice test and a snack! Sylvan Learning Center is offering a free practice exam to prepare you for the real test at the Main Library. You will have access to your scores within one week after the test. Please bring your own calculator, and be sure to register early, spaces are limited!
REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AT LEAST A WEEK BEFORE EACH TEST. Please contact Sylvan Learning Center
fairlawn.oh@sylvanlearning.com or The Main Teen Area 330-643-9067 to register. 

    Location: Main Library
   10:15 AM  -  12:00 PM North Hill Needle Crafters  
    Contact: North Hill Branch Library   330.535.9423   northhill@akronlibrary.org
   

North Hill Needle Crafters

If you love to knit, crochet, and help others, this is the group for you.  Everything this talented group makes is donated to helping agencies in our community.  Are you new to crafting?  We'll be glad to get you started.  If you have yarn and supplies to donate, we'll make good use of them.

    Location: North Hill
   10:30 AM Yoga Play  
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

Yoga Play for 3-5 year olds, Mondays in February, 10:30 am

Join us for a multi-sensory yoga experience. We add play and learning to create an inspiring adventure.
 

    Location: Main Library
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Children's Yoga  
    Contact: Richfield Branch Library   330-659-4343   dnagy@akronlibrary.org
   

Yoga fun
Monday, February 20, 10:30- 11:30 am

Calling all boys and girls ages 4-11, join us for an hour of yoga fun, followed by a healthy snack. If you have access to a yoga mat or beach towel, please bring it. We will have a small supply of yoga mats available too.
 

    Location: Richfield
   11:00 AM Baby & Me  
    Contact: Highland Square   330-376-2927   
   

Ages 0-18 months and their grown-ups.

You are your child’s first teacher. Spark early neuron connections and feed your baby’s hunger for natural sensory experiences related to color, texture, light and sound. Discover simple songs and exercises to do with your young learner to give him his first tools needed to learn to read and better understand her world. Best of all, these experiences will bring fun and joy into your little one’s day! Bring a blanket or yoga mat and your baby’s favorite toy.

    Location: Highland Square
   2:00 PM School’s Out! Movie and Snacks  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

Celebrate Responsible Pet Ownership Month with us! Enjoy a snack while watching “The Secret Life of Pets”, rated PG on your day off of school.   Bring your favorite stuffed pet to snuggle with! Snacks will be served at this program.  Patrons with food allergy questions should contact the branch.

 

    Location: Portage Lakes
   2:00 PM Chocolate Fever  
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

Learn the fine art of both decorating and eating amazing chocolates of your own creation.

For Grades 4 & Up

 

    Location: Main Library
   2:00 PM School’s Out Movie – Finding Dory (PG)  
    Contact: Northwest Akron Branch   330.836.1081   
   

School’s Out Movie – Finding Dory (PG)

Monday, February 20, 2 pm

Drop by on your day off from school and watch a movie with us! Snacks will be provided. No registration is necessary.

Please call 330-836-1081 to register for these programs.

Patrons with food allergy questions should contact the branch.

    Location: Northwest Akron
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Literary Potluck Book Discussion  
    Contact: Goodyear Branch Library   330-784-7522   goodyear@akronlibrary.org
   

Meets the third Monday of each month at 2 pm or 6:30 pm

Join us for some good reads, delicious food, and sparkling conversation. Please bring an appetizer, crockpot treat, or dessert to share. No registration necessary.

LIFE AFTER LIFE by Kate Atkinson LIFE AFTER LIFE by Kate Atkinson

    Location: Goodyear
   3:00 PM  -  5:00 PM After School Homework Help  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   eramsay@akronlibrary.org
   
After School Homework Help
Mondays & Wednesdays 3-5 pm
January 9- May 24
Free homework help for students in grades K-6.
You’ll find everything you need to get your homework done here!
Stuck on a math question? We have someone to help you.
Can’t find a ruler? We have school supplies.
Need to type a paper? We have computers.
Drop in anytime you need help.
No registration required.
    Location: Maple Valley
   3:30 PM Teen Voice  
    Contact: Kenmore Branch Library   330-745-6126   kenmore@akronlibrary.org
   

Come to a meeting of the minds and have your voice heard! While eating snacks and visiting with your friends you can discuss programs, materials and services that you would like to see offered by the library.  

    Location: Kenmore
   4:00 PM  -  5:30 PM Ellet Needle Crafters  
    Contact: Ellet Branch   330-784-2019   
   

Do you like to share techniques, ideas, and suggestions? All levels of expertise and all ages welcome. 

    Location: Ellet
   6:00 PM Financial Planning  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Adult Program

Financial Planning

Presented by Rob Moser of Edward Jones.

Please register in advance.

 
    Location: Green
   6:00 PM Squishy Circuits  
    Contact: Fairlawn-Bath Branch Library   330-666-4888   
   

Don’t know anything about squish circuits?  Learn how to design basic circuits with conductive dough and insulating dough to power LED lights and more.  If you’re a pro, come and share your expertise.

For grades 1-5.  Call 330-666-4888 or drop in to register

    Location: Fairlawn-Bath
   6:00 PM  -  7:30 PM Microsoft Office Word 1  
    Contact: Electronic Services   330-643-9145   esdiv@akronlibrary.org
   

MS Word, Part 1: Creating/Editing Documents

Discover how to create word processing documents using Microsoft Word 2013.

Learn various editing features that allow you to effectively revise documents. Explore ways to quickly copy and move text. Practice preparing files using Word's document templates to begin documents. Attendance at Microsoft Windows for Beginners is preferred.

 

Please visit our website for more information:

    Location: Northwest Akron
   6:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Family Movie Monday  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   eramsay@akronlibrary.org
   
Family Movie Monday
Every third Monday of the month, 6 pm
Join us for a family friendly movie, snacks, and drinks!
 
February 20: Finding Dory (PG) (103 min)
 
 
    Location: Maple Valley
   6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Literary Potluck Book Discussion  
    Contact: Goodyear Branch Library   330-784-7522   goodyear@akronlibrary.org
   

Meets the third Monday of each month at 2 pm or 6:30 pm

Join us for some good reads, delicious food, and sparkling conversation. Please bring an appetizer, crockpot treat, or dessert to share. No registration necessary.

LIFE AFTER LIFE by Kate Atkinson LIFE AFTER LIFE by Kate Atkinson

    Location: Goodyear

Tuesday February 21, 2017
   10:15 AM Baby Time  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Baby Time

For babies 6-24 months and a caregiver. 

Babies will be introduced to hand rhymes,songs, movement activities, books and socialization skills.

    Location: Green
   10:30 AM Preschool Story Time  
    Contact: Northwest Akron Branch   330.836.1081   
   

Preschool Story Time

(2 to 5 year-olds with a caregiver)

Tuesdays, January 10 to February 28, 10:30 am

Action rhymes, music, books, and other activities chosen with you and your child in mind.

Please call 330-836-1081 to register for these programs. 

    Location: Northwest Akron
   10:30 AM Story Time Programs  
    Contact: Mogadore Branch Library   3306289228   mogadore@akronlibrary.org
   

Tuesday, February 21, 10:30 am

Ages 3 and up.
Join Miss Kim for stories, songs, games and crafts.
    Location: Mogadore
   10:30 AM Toddler and Preschool Story Time  
    Contact: Highland Square   330-376-2927   
   

Ages 1-5 and their grown-ups.

You are your child’s first teacher. Spark early neuron connections and feed your child’s hunger for natural sensory experiences related to color, texture, light and sound. Discover songs, books, and movement activities to do with your young learner to give him his first tools needed to learn to read and better understand her world. Best of all, these experiences will bring fun and joy into your child’s day! Miss Brooke is excited to share this special time with you and your child.

    Location: Highland Square
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Preschool Story Time  
    Contact: Richfield Branch Library   330-659-4343   dnagy@akronlibrary.org
   

Preschool Story Time ages 3-6
Tuesdays, January 17- March 17, 10:30-11:30 am
Please see below for information on Tuesday, February 14
Preschoolers bring your favorite caregiver and join us for stories, rhymes, songs and more.  No registration required.
 

    Location: Richfield
   11:00 AM Baby & Me Time  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

Bring your littlest learners for a program just for them! Finger plays and songs, stories, art experiences, and play time! Recommended for ages 2 and under, with a caregiver.  No registration necessary.

 

    Location: Portage Lakes
   11:30 AM Toddler Time  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Toddler Time

For ages 2-3 with a caregiver. 

Children will enjoy stories, songs, rhythm & movement activities, and crafts.

 
    Location: Green
   11:30 AM  -  12:30 PM Preschool Playgroup  
    Contact: North Hill Branch Library   330-535-9423   northhill@akronlibrary.org
   

Play is important! Stop in for a few minutes, or the whole hour. Explore various age appropriate toys, blocks, cars, trucks and trains, dolls, puzzles, and other children. Run laps in the community room. Children and adults can both make new friends.

 

    Location: North Hill
   1:30 PM Rabid Readers Book Discussion  
    Contact: Ellet Branch   330-784-2019   
   

February 21: The German Girl by Armando Lucas Correa

 

    Location: Ellet
   3:00 PM Life Size Monopoly  
    Contact: Mogadore Branch Library   3306289228   mogadore@akronlibrary.org
   

Tuesday, February 21, 3:00 pm

Travel around this giant Monopoly board, passing Go and avoiding Jail,
as you collect properties to win it all!  Please contact the branch to register.
Grades 5-12
    Location: Mogadore
   3:30 PM Earbud Holder  
    Contact: Teen Librarian   330-864-5721   ecoontz@akronlibrary.org
   

Listen to music while decorating a case to hold your earbuds. REGISTRATION IS REQUESTED.

    Location: Maple Valley
   3:30 PM  -  4:30 PM T(w)een Tuesdays  
    Contact: Odom Branch Library   3304348726   odomblvdbranch@akronlibrary.org
   

T(w)een Tuesdays for ages 10-18

Join us on Tuesdays from 3:30-4:30 for crafts, activities, and fun.

DEC: 6, 13, 20

JAN: 3, 10, 17, 24, 31

FEB: 7, 14, 21, 28

We will not be meeting on December 27th, but expect a special program on February 14th.

    Location: Odom
   3:45 PM Afterschool Crowd  
    Contact: Ellet Branch   330-784-2019   
   

Grades 6-12. Gaming, crafts, books, music and more.

    Location: Ellet
   4:00 PM Teen Mini Makerspace  
    Contact: Nordonia Hills Branch Library   330-467-8595   nhweb20@akronlibrary.org
   

STRING OR YARN?

Knot, Weave, Knit...How many things can you do with string or yarn?

This program is held one Tuesday each month at 4pm.

For students in grades 5 and up.

Please register in advance.

    Location: Nordonia Hills
   4:00 PM  -  4:45 PM TEEN ADVISORY BOARD  
    Contact: Lori Dragovich   330-825-7800    norton@akronlibrary.org
   

The Norton Branch Library needs 6th-12th graders!

Join the Teen Advisory Board.

Help the library choose materials for teens. Plan programs.  Earn volunteer hours.  Have fun!

please call 330-825-7800 to sign up.

    Location: Norton
   6:00 PM Evening Book Discussion  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Evening Book Discussion

Join us for our monthly evening book discussion. For February, we will discuss NECESSARY LIES by Diane Chamberlain.

    Location: Green
   6:00 PM Local Author Spotlight  
    Contact: Ellet Branch   330-784-2019   
   

River of Faith with Beverly Shaw. Beverly Shaw's book River of Faith was written as a chapter book primarily for children, but also is a great read for families to read together and for adults "encouraging them to be more child-like in their faith".

    Location: Ellet
   6:00 PM Medicare 101  
    Contact: Nordonia Hills Branch Library   330-467-8595   nhweb20@akronlibrary.org
   

MEDICARE 101

Viktoria Jurkovic with the Ohio Department of Insurance's OSHIIP division will provide an overview of Medicare Part A and Part B benefits, the prescription drug benefit (Part D), Medicare Advantage plans, and Medicare Advantage plans, and Medicare supplement insurance.  Whether you are new or currently on Medicare, attendees can learn more about recent medicare plan changes and financial assistance programs, which may help pay prescription drug costs and part B premiums.

Ohio Senior Health Insurance Information Program representatives are trained by the state, and do not sell or promote any insurance compaines, policies, or agents.

Please register in advance.

    Location: Nordonia Hills
   6:00 PM  -  7:00 PM Vinyl Revival Listening Group  
    Contact: Firestone Park Branch Library   330-724-2126   
   

Are you a music lover? This could be the club for you. Take the time to enjoy full-length albums front to back, and share your thoughts with other vinyl addicts from the area. Bring an open mind and new suggestions for our next meeting. Please register for this program by calling us at 330-724-2126.

    Location: Firestone Park
   6:00 PM  -  7:30 PM Microsoft Office Word 2  
    Contact: Electronic Services   330-643-9145   esdiv@akronlibrary.org
   

MS Word, Part 2: Formatting Text & Paragraphs

Make your document stand out! Explore the different ways to change how text looks. Learn how to change the style and effect of text. Discover additional formatting techniques that can be applied to document paragraphs. Attendance at MS Word, Part 1 is preferred.

 

Please visit our website for more information:

    Location: Northwest Akron
   6:30 PM Investment Perspectives  
    Contact: Mogadore Branch Library   3306289228   mogadore@akronlibrary.org
   

Tuesday, February 21, 6:30 pm

Financial advisor Vince Rosnack will be discussing timely market topics
and potential solutions to help you stay on track. 
Registration is requested; please call 330.628.9228.
    Location: Mogadore
   6:30 PM Outsider Music: Music That's So Far Off the Charts, It's Off the Radar  
    Contact: Ellet Branch   330-784-2019   
   

Ellet Branch Library music guru Ray Carmen presents an hour of fascinating underground sounds and videos from artists such as Syd Barret (founding member of Pink Floyd), Captain Beefheart, The Residents, Skip Spence, Jandek, Daniel Johnston, and The Shaggs! You'll never hear music the same way again!

    Location: Ellet
   6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Adult color!  
    Contact: Highland Square   330-376-2927   kgerlach@akronlibrary.org
   

Come have fun and relieve stress as we listen to relaxing music, eat chocolate and color!

Please register by calling 330-376-2927 or stopping in to visit us at the Highland Square Branch Library.

    Location: Highland Square
   6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Adult Coloring Class  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   twright@akronlibrary.org
   
 Adult Coloring Class
Every second and third Tuesday of the month
You will enjoy this class.  Adult coloring is all the craze right now. 
It is a great relaxing way to be creative and to relieve stress. 
All supplies are provided by the library. 
Please stop by or call the branch to register.
    Location: Maple Valley
   7:00 PM Classic Book and Film Discussion  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Dessert and Discussion for Teens and Adults

Was the book or the movie better?  And why is it a classic anyway?  Find out as we discuss it over dessert.  Didn't like the book?  Sometimes it's even more fun to discuss that way.

For the month of February, we will discuss Choose a title by or a biography about Laura Ingalls Wilder.

    Location: Green

Wednesday February 22, 2017
   10:30 AM Baby Time  
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

An active story time for children from birth to 2 years old with an adult caregiver.  Help your little one learn through rhymes, fingerplays, songs and books.  Playtime to follow.

    Location: Main Library
   2:00 PM Color Your World  
    Contact: Odom Branch Library   3304348726   odomblvdbranch@akronlibrary.org
   

Set aside an afternoon for adult coloring to relax and relieve stress. Drop in to do some coloring with provided sheets and coloring materials or bring your own materials to work with. Refreshments provided.

 

Please register in advance.

    Location: Odom
   3:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Fun Club: Snap Circuits  
    Contact: Firestone Park Branch Library   330-724-2126   
   

Snap Circuits

Grades K-5

    Location: Firestone Park
   3:00 PM  -  5:00 PM After School Homework Help  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   eramsay@akronlibrary.org
   
After School Homework Help
Mondays & Wednesdays 3-5 pm
January 9- May 24
Free homework help for students in grades K-6.
You’ll find everything you need to get your homework done here!
Stuck on a math question? We have someone to help you.
Can’t find a ruler? We have school supplies.
Need to type a paper? We have computers.
Drop in anytime you need help.
No registration required.
    Location: Maple Valley
   3:30 PM Game Day  
    Contact: Mogadore Branch Library   3306289228   mogadore@akronlibrary.org
   

Wednesday, February 22, 3:30 pm

Stop in for an afternoon of classic games. 
We’ll have both board and card games provided. 
Feel free to bring any cards or games of your own to play with your library friends!
Grades K-5
    Location: Mogadore
   3:45 PM Afterschool Crowd  
    Contact: Ellet Branch   330-784-2019   
   

Grades 6-12. Gaming, crafts, books, music and more.

    Location: Ellet
   4:00 PM  -  5:00 PM After School Craft Club  
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

Wednesdays in December and February, 4-5 pm, For Grades K-6

Join us on Wednesdays and let your creative side shine! (We are taking a break in January)

    Location: Main Library
   5:30 PM  -  6:30 PM Firestone Park Book Club @ Firestone Park Community Center  
    Contact: Firestone Park Branch Library   330-724-2126   
   

This book club is for everyone in the Firestone Park community who is 18 and up. Join your neighbors as we discuss:

RAZOR GIRL by Carl Hiaasen

    Location: Firestone Park
   6:00 PM  -  7:30 PM Family STEAM Nights  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

Join us on the fourth Wednesday of each month to explore a little about Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math!  This new event will feature experiments and other activities for all ages of learners! No registration necessary.

 

    Location: Portage Lakes
   6:00 PM  -  7:30 PM Microsoft Office Word 3  
    Contact: Electronic Services   330-643-9145   esdiv@akronlibrary.org
   

MS Word, Part 3: More Useful Formatting Tools

Discover how to use more useful tools to edit your documents like signature lines, creating a PDF, comments, tables, formulas to perform math functions, create charts, create a book format, and protect your document. Attendance at MS Word, Part 2 is preferred.

 

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    Location: Northwest Akron
   6:30 PM DIY Water Marbling with Nail Polish  
    Contact: Nordonia Hills Branch Library   330-467-8595   nhweb20@akronlibrary.org
   

DIY WATER MARBLING WITH NAIL POLISH

Creat your own marbled masterpieces on a variety of surfaces with nail polish and water.  All supplies are provided.

This class is limited to fifteen participants, and attendance is first come, first seated.

 

    Location: Nordonia Hills
   6:30 PM The Novel in You  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Adult Program

The Novel in You

Constance Davis will go through a 6-week course on how to write the novel in you.  

Please register in advance.

 
    Location: Green
   6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM The Other Side of the Beatles: The Soulful Influence  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   twright@akronlibrary.org
   
The Other Side of the Beatles: The Soulful Influence
Wednesday, February 22, 6:30 pm
Early in their career, The Beatles became highly influenced by R&B music, and the early Beatles albums reflect this influence by their Liverpool versions of these great songs like Roll Over Beethoven, Twist and Shout, Long Tall Sally and many others.  Join Bill Brauning M. Ed. musician and historian as shares another side of the Beatles.  
    Location: Maple Valley
   7:00 PM Mystery Book Lovers  
    Contact: Nordonia Hills Branch Library   330-467-8595   nhweb20@akronlibrary.org
   

"READERS CHOICE"  by Maggie King

Title: Murder at the Book Group, Author: Maggie KingTitle: Murder at the Moonshine Inn: A Hazel Rose Book Group Mystery, Author: Maggie King

Discuss and explore mystery and thriller genres with our Mystery Book Lovers Group.  We welcome and encourage adult readers to join our book discussion.  We read an eclectic range of mystery titles, plus suspense, some true crime, and thrillers.

Third Wednesday of each month at 7:00pm.

No sign up is required.  Refreshments are served.  Please join us for some crime solving with other mystery lovers!  New members are always welcome!

    Location: Nordonia Hills

Thursday February 23, 2017
     Baby It’s Cold Outside Coffee Break  
    Contact: Kenmore Branch Library   330-745-6126   kenmore@akronlibrary.org
   

Stop in on a cold morning and warm up with a cup of coffee.

    Location: Kenmore
   10:30 AM Family Story Time  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Family Story Time

For all ages.

Children will enjoy stories, songs, rhythm & movement activities, and crafts. 

 
    Location: Green
   10:30 AM Library Babies and Tots  
    Contact: Mogadore Branch Library   3306289228   mogadore@akronlibrary.org
   

Thursday, February 23, 10:30 am

Ages birth – 3 ½.
Join Miss Kim for songs, stories and group playtime with our library friends.
    Location: Mogadore
   10:30 AM Preschool Story Time  
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

For children 2 to 5 years old with an adult caregiver.

Books come to life through stories, songs and activities.

    Location: Main Library
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Little Folk Story Time  
    Contact: Richfield Branch Library   330-659-4343   dnagy@akronlibrary.org
   

Little Folks Story Time ages 6-35 months
Thursdays, January 19- March 9, 10:30-11:30 am
Little folks, bring your favorite caregiver and join us for stories, rhymes, songs and more.  No registration required.
 

    Location: Richfield
   1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Needlecrafting @ The Library  
    Contact: Firestone Park Branch Library   330-724-2126   
   

Enjoy discussion and share current knitting and crochet projects.

 

    Location: Firestone Park
   3:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Get in the Game  
    Contact: North Hill Branch Library   330-535-9423   northhill@akronlibrary.org
   

For grades 3-8. Think you've got mad video skills? Test your gaming talents against other players and "Get in the Game!" All games have a rating of E-T.

    Location: North Hill
   3:30 PM  -  4:30 PM Book Bites Book Club  
    Contact: Firestone Park Branch Library   330-724-2126   
   

Grades 6-12

Enjoy snacks while discussing our monthly book pick.

Books will be available for pickup 4 weeks prior to each session. 

WONDER by R.J. Palacio

 

    Location: Firestone Park
   3:30 PM  -  5:00 PM Tea Spa Party  
    Contact: Odom Branch Library   3304348726   odomblvdbranch@akronlibrary.org
   

Join us to create some bath and beauty products to pamper yourself with during these cold winter months. Supplies are limited, so please register in advance for this program.

 

Please register in advance.

    Location: Odom
   3:45 PM Afterschool Crowd  
    Contact: Ellet Branch   330-784-2019   
   

Grades 6-12. Gaming, crafts, books, music and more.

    Location: Ellet
   4:00 PM Wii Gaming Day  
    Contact: Kenmore Branch Library   330-745-6126   kenmore@akronlibrary.org
   

Test your gaming skills with friends. Games will be announced weekly; check our white board and digital sign for information.

    Location: Kenmore
   4:00 PM  -  5:00 PM Tech Time: Robotics & Coding  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   eramsay@akronlibrary.org
   
Tech Time: Robotics and Coding
Thursdays, December 15, January 26, February 23, 4 pm
Grades K-6
Join Sylvan Learning Center & Maple Valley Library as we find our EDGE with STEM@Sylvan.
This program offers an exciting chance to learn hands on robotics while using Lego® WeDo Software.
 Children will have fun creating and animating robots, while also learning the basic concepts of design, programming, coding, and physics. 
    Location: Maple Valley
   5:30 PM  -  7:00 PM Black History Month Celebration  
    Contact: Odom Branch Library   3304348726   odomblvdbranch@akronlibrary.org
   

Come learn about the Harlem Renaissance (1917-1935), a huge turning point in African American culture.  Creative African Americans came from all over to participate in the environment of free expression and to assert their political views and exercise their civil rights.  Learn, listen and watch about the explosion of art, music and literature in this New York City neighborhood.  

 

Please register in advance.

    Location: Odom
   6:00 PM Cookbook Club  
    Contact: Fairlawn-Bath Branch Library   330-666-4888   
   

Pick up the chosen cookbook beforehand, prepare one of the recipes, then bring the dish in on Thursday, February 23, 6 pm so we can sample the culinary creations and discuss the merits of the cookbook!  Registration begins February 6. 

    Location: Fairlawn-Bath
   6:00 PM Cookbook Club  
    Contact: Mogadore Branch Library   3306289228   mogadore@akronlibrary.org
   

Thursday, February 23, 6 pm

Do you love browsing through cookbooks and trying new recipes or cooking techniques?
Join fellow foodies for our Cookbook Club. You don’t have to be a gourmet chef to participate.
Each month we will get together to talk about a certain book, theme, or a celebrity chef. 
There will be food samples or activities at every meeting.
A selection of cookbooks will be available for members to borrow.
Browse our collection, try out some of the recipes, and join the group to discuss your successes and mishaps. 
February 23: My Favorite Recipe
    Location: Mogadore
   6:00 PM  -  7:00 PM The Akron African United Front Book Discussion Group  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   twright@akronlibrary.org
   
The Akron African United Front Book Discussion Group
Every second and fourth Thursday at 6 pm
The Akron African United Front book discussion group offers you the opportunity
to share your opinions on how history affects our world views in today’s society. 
Read and analyze books that are rich in African American culture and history. 
Discuss important heartfelt issues with your peers.
    Location: Maple Valley
   6:00 PM  -  7:30 PM Sistas Knit 2  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   twright@akronlibrary.org
   
Sistas Knit 2
Every Thursday at 6:30 pm
Socialize with other crafters while creating wonderful projects that can be given to family and friends.
This group does everything from knitting to crocheting, needlepoint to cross stitch and more… 
All crafters are welcome.
    Location: Maple Valley
   6:00 PM  -  7:30 PM Word Practical Application Project  
    Contact: Electronic Services   330-643-9145   esdiv@akronlibrary.org
   

MS Word Practical Appplication Project

Practical application of the skills you’ve learned in class.

 

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    Location: Northwest Akron
   6:30 PM Mystery Book Club  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

NEWSMAKERS by Lis Wiehl

PRIMETIME by Hank Phillippi Ryan

SEEKING SUSAN by Julie Kramer

In the cutthroat world of TV, each journalists thinks she has found the news story that will lead to her big break.  However, are the stories more than they bargained for? Read one, read all, your choice!

 

    Location: Portage Lakes
   6:30 PM Lego Club  
    Contact: Kenmore Branch Library   330-745-6126   kenmore@akronlibrary.org
   

Builders can create with our weekly theme such as “Mad Scientist," “It Came from Outer Space,” and “Robots”  - or just free-style!  For ages 5-12. (Caregivers can build along with their children or just stay within the library while their children create.) All building supplies are provided by Kenmore Branch Library. Spaces are limited so entry tickets will be given out 30 minutes prior to the program. Please call 330-745-6126 or email kenmore@akronlibrary.org to register.

    Location: Kenmore
   6:30 PM Movies@Main: Sully  
    Contact: Culture & AV   330-643-9015   
   
Kung Fu Panda 3 movie poster
 

 

Clint Eastwood directs Tom Hanks in an Oscar-worthy performance as Captain Sully Sullenberger, who made an emergency landing of US Airways Flight 1549 on the Hudson River in 2009.  Also starring Aaron Eckhart & Laura Linney.   Rated  PG-13.  96 min

 

    Location: Main Library-Auditorium
   6:45 PM  -  7:45 PM Book Discussion Group  
    Contact: Highland Square   330-376-2927   kgerlach@akronlibrary.org
   

Join us to discuss a diverse selection of titles. New members are always welcome. Call us at 330-376-2927 for more details.

    Location: Highland Square

Friday February 24, 2017
   2:00 PM  -  4:00 PM School's Out: Teen Building Challenge  
    Contact: Teen Department   330-643-9067   ysodiv@akronlibrary.org
   

Looking for something to do on your day off? Join us and build! LEGOs, CitiBlocs, and a variety of materials will be available to build for fun and to complete building challenges. We will even try our hands at bringing our LEGO creations to life using the LEGO Movie Maker App. Does building make you hungry? Snacks and drinks will be provided. 

    Location: Main Library
   4:00 PM  -  5:00 PM T.G.I.F: Tweens Great Informal Fridays  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

Hang out snacking and chatting about your favorite reads with your peers.  Books with each month’s theme will be on display in the Children’s area.  Check out any of these featured books or bring your favorite book from home to share.  Snacks will be served at this program. Patrons with food allergy questions should contact the branch.

February 24 - Lego Books Share your favorite Lego book in honor of The Lego Batman Movie release this month. Build a one-of-a kind creation with Legos after the book talk.

 

    Location: Portage Lakes

Saturday February 25, 2017
     Kids Create  
    Contact: Fairlawn-Bath Branch Library   330-666-4888   
   

 Make it take it Crafts the 4th Saturday each month.  Pick up a craft all day while supplies last.

    Location: Fairlawn-Bath
   10:00 AM  -  3:00 PM Friends of Fairlawn-Bath Library Mini Book Sale  
    Contact: Fairlawn-Bath Branch   330-666-4888   
   

Join us for the Friends of the Fairlawn-Bath Branch Library Mini-Sale.

    Location: Fairlawn-Bath
   10:30 AM Saturday Morning Craft Club - Ombre Shamrock Décor  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

Ombre Shamrock Décor

St. Patrick’s Day is almost here and we’re creating a small wall hanging to celebrate.  Using wooden craft sticks and a little paint, create an ombre décor sure to please.   

Class size is limited.  Please register in advance.  Ages 16 and up preferred.

 

    Location: Portage Lakes
   10:30 AM  -  12:00 PM Microsoft Office Excel 3  
    Contact: Electronic Services   330-643-9145   esdiv@akronlibrary.org
   

MS Excel, Part 3: More on Formatting Cells and Worksheet Basics 

Learn how to format text and numbers in cells and learn the worksheet basics – setting print area, inserting headers/footers, page margins, etc. Attendance at MS Excel, Part 2 is preferred.

 

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    Location: Main Library
   11:00 AM Frozen Sing-Along Party  
    Contact: Northwest Akron Branch   330.836.1081   
   

Frozen Sing-Along Party

Saturday, February 25, 11 am

Sing along to a special edition of Disney’s Frozen, make a craft, and enter to win one of our door prizes! Snacks will be provided. Costumes encouraged and all ages welcome.

For all ages

Please call 330-836-1081 to register for these programs.

Patrons with food allergy questions should contact the branch

    Location: Northwest Akron
   11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Realm of the Reptile  
    Contact: Firestone Park Branch Library   330-724-2126   
   

Enjoy interacting with tortoises, lizards, snakes, and other creatures in this educational hands on presentation. 

    Location: Firestone Park
   12:00 PM  -  1:00 PM Paws For Reading  
    Contact: Ellet Branch   330-784-2019   
   

For all ages. Snuggle up and read to a furry friend. No registration necessary. 

    Location: Ellet
   1:00 PM Pysanky Eggs  
    Contact: Kenmore Branch Library   330-745-6126   kenmore@akronlibrary.org
   

Come join Denise DiGeronimo to learn to create beautiful Ukrainian Pysanky eggs.  Space is limited, so please call 330-745-6126 or email kenmore@akronlibrary.org to register.

    Location: Kenmore
   1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM A Garden Affair  
    Contact: Science & Technology   330 643-9075   stdiv@akronlibrary.org
   

The weather outside is frightful.  Come in from the cold as we offer a trio of programs to get you looking forward to Spring and planning for the new garden season. 

1:00 pm: Beekeeping Essentials for the First Year
Learn how to get started keeping bees – discover how to use beekeeping tools; find out where propolis, flower pollen honey, and royal jelly come from; learn about the medicinal benefits from honeybee byproducts and about diseases afflicting honeybees such as colony collapse disorder.  A complete beehive will be on hand to offer an up close view of this fascinating and vital part of every gardener’s ecosystem.

1:40 pm: Seed Sharing Library
Michele McNeal will give you a quick introduction to our Seed Sharing Library.  Don’t forget to stop by and pick up some heirloom variety seeds to get you started.

2:00 pm:  Container Gardening
No time or room for an in ground garden? Container gardening can be great way to maximize small spaces while growing a variety of herbs, flowers and produce.  Cathy Morgan will introduce us to the joys of this gardening style

All programs are free and open to all. Free parking is available all day on Saturdays in the High Street parking deck adjacent to the Library.

Please contact Science & Technology, at (330) 643-9075, to reserve your spot for any of these programs.

This class will meet in Meeting Room 2AB on the High Street Level across from the Auditorium.

    Location: Main Library
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Art Studio  
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

Make your own artwork in the style of some famous artists, as we explore the artists’ works and their worlds.

For Grades K-6

    Location: Main Library
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Pancakes and Pajamas  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   33.864.5721   eramsay@akronlibrary.org
   
Pancakes and Pajamas
Saturday, February 25, 2 pm
Help us celebrate National Pancake Month!
We will be eating delicious pancakes, crafting with colorful breakfast cereal,
and playing a syrupy sweet game or two, all while wearing our most favorite pajamas!
Don’t forget your slippers too!
Registration is requested. 
    Location: Maple Valley
   2:00 PM  -  3:30 PM Mad Scientists Club  
    Contact: North Hill Branch Library   330-535-9423   northhill@akronlibrary.org
   

For grades 5-8. Unleash your inner Dr. Frankenstein each month as we explore scientific FUN-damentals through hands-on experimentation. Registration requested; space is limited. Parents, please fill out a "Photo-Video-Website and Social Media" Release Form prior to the first meeting.

    Location: North Hill

Sunday February 26, 2017
   2:00 PM  -  2:30 PM Sunday Story Time Sampler  
    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 February 27, 2017
   10:15 AM  -  12:00 PM North Hill Needle Crafters  
    Contact: North Hill Branch Library   330.535.9423   northhill@akronlibrary.org
   

North Hill Needle Crafters

If you love to knit, crochet, and help others, this is the group for you.  Everything this talented group makes is donated to helping agencies in our community.  Are you new to crafting?  We'll be glad to get you started.  If you have yarn and supplies to donate, we'll make good use of them.

    Location: North Hill
   10:30 AM Yoga Play  
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

Yoga Play for 3-5 year olds, Mondays in February, 10:30 am

Join us for a multi-sensory yoga experience. We add play and learning to create an inspiring adventure.
 

    Location: Main Library
   11:00 AM Baby & Me  
    Contact: Highland Square   330-376-2927   
   

Ages 0-18 months and their grown-ups.

You are your child’s first teacher. Spark early neuron connections and feed your baby’s hunger for natural sensory experiences related to color, texture, light and sound. Discover simple songs and exercises to do with your young learner to give him his first tools needed to learn to read and better understand her world. Best of all, these experiences will bring fun and joy into your little one’s day! Bring a blanket or yoga mat and your baby’s favorite toy.

    Location: Highland Square
   12:30 PM  -  1:30 PM NEW Family Lunch Bunch – Celebrate Snack Food month!  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

Celebrate Snack Food month!  Make your favorite snack food using popcorn, peanuts or pretzels.

Perfect for Homeschoolers, Grandparents & Grandchildren!  Join fellow foodie families as we debut a new program browsing cookbooks and sampling new recipes.   Each month we will enjoy a bite from a featured book, theme or celebrity chef.  Bring a prepared dish to share (one per family) and a copy of your recipe.   Be ready to discuss your successes, substitutions, and mishaps along the way.  Paper products and silverware will be provided.  Featured cookbooks will be available at the branch in advance.

 

    Location: Portage Lakes
   3:00 PM  -  5:00 PM After School Homework Help  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   eramsay@akronlibrary.org
   
After School Homework Help
Mondays & Wednesdays 3-5 pm
January 9- May 24
Free homework help for students in grades K-6.
You’ll find everything you need to get your homework done here!
Stuck on a math question? We have someone to help you.
Can’t find a ruler? We have school supplies.
Need to type a paper? We have computers.
Drop in anytime you need help.
No registration required.
    Location: Maple Valley
   3:30 PM School Age Children's Programs  
    Contact: Odom Branch Library   3304348726   odomblvdbranch@akronlibrary.org
   

We invite the young school aged to enjoy building, gaming, experimenting, crafting or cooking fun.  For those in Kindergarten to grade three.  There will be a different activity each week.

Please register in advance.

    Location: Odom
   3:30 PM Teen Voice  
    Contact: Kenmore Branch Library   330-745-6126   kenmore@akronlibrary.org
   

Come to a meeting of the minds and have your voice heard! While eating snacks and visiting with your friends you can discuss programs, materials and services that you would like to see offered by the library.  

    Location: Kenmore
   3:30 PM  -  4:30 PM Cupcake Wars  
    Contact: Firestone Park Branch Library   330-724-2126   
   

Grades 6-12

Are you ready for the ultimate cupcake decorating challenge?  Materials will be provided.

    Location: Firestone Park
   6:00 PM Author Talk: Ann Kathleen Otto  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Adult Program

Ms. Otto will discuss her book YOURS IN A HURRY: A NOVEL, which is about a family in turn-of-the- century Ohio.

    Location: Green
   6:00 PM Computer Training  
    Contact: Odom Branch Library   3304348726   odomblvdbranch@akronlibrary.org
   

Computer classes are hands-on and last an hour and a half. They are on a first come basis. Limited tickets for each class will be handed out 30 minutes before the class is scheduled to begin.

Monday, February 27, 6 pm: Basic Computer Skills

Tuesday, February 28, 6 pm: Windows 10

Wednesday, March 1, 10:30 am: File Maintenance

Thursday, March 2, 10:30 am: Office 2013 Essential Skills

    Location: Odom
   6:00 PM  -  7:00 PM Needlecrafting @ The Library  
    Contact: Firestone Park Branch Library   330-724-2126   
   

Enjoy discussion and share current knitting and crochet projects.

 

    Location: Firestone Park
   6:00 PM  -  7:30 PM Basic Computer Skills  
    Contact: Electronic Services   330-643-9145   esdiv@akronlibrary.org
   

Basic Computer Skills

Discover what a computer mouse is and have fun practicing basic mouse functions with in-class exercises.  Learn to open and close software programs and play a game. Learn and practice the proper procedures for turning on and shutting down your computer. Discover the differences between hardware and software. Learn about computer components.

 

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    Location: Odom
   6:00 PM  -  7:45 PM Space-To-Make  
    Contact: Goodyear Branch Library   330-784-7522   goodyear@akronlibrary.org
   

Do you enjoy learning about new hobbies, crafts, or hands-on projects? Join us for a new adult friendly gathering of crafters, thinkers, hobbyists, artists, tech enthusiasts, students, and more. Bring your craft or hobby with you and work on it at the Library. Share your love with others and maybe learn something new. Space-to-Make is open on the 2nd and 4th Monday of each month from 6-7:45pm. No registration required – just come on in and use our space. 

    Location: Goodyear
   6:30 PM Family Night  
    Contact: Nordonia Hills Branch Library   330-467-8595   nhweb20@akronlibrary.org
   

STRAW ROCKETS

We're launching our straw rockets.

Join our program for families of all ages!  One Monday each month at 6:30pm we'll get together for some great crafts!

Please register in advance.

    Location: Nordonia Hills
   6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Gentle Yoga With Nia  
    Contact: North Hill Branch Library   3305359423   lweiser@akronlibrary.org
   

Gentle Yoga With Nia

Here is a wonderful opportunity to start on a healthy lifestyle for the new year.  Be led in warm-up stretches and breathing exercises, move through yoga poses with the help of a chair, and end sessions with music and nature sounds.  Please bring a yoga mat or a beach towel and a water bottle.

    Location: North Hill

Tuesday February 28, 2017
   10:15 AM Baby Time  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Baby Time

For babies 6-24 months and a caregiver. 

Babies will be introduced to hand rhymes,songs, movement activities, books and socialization skills.

    Location: Green
   10:30 AM Preschool Story Time  
    Contact: Northwest Akron Branch   330.836.1081   
   

Preschool Story Time

(2 to 5 year-olds with a caregiver)

Tuesdays, January 10 to February 28, 10:30 am

Action rhymes, music, books, and other activities chosen with you and your child in mind.

Please call 330-836-1081 to register for these programs. 

    Location: Northwest Akron
   10:30 AM Toddler and Preschool Story Time  
    Contact: Highland Square   330-376-2927   
   

Ages 1-5 and their grown-ups.

You are your child’s first teacher. Spark early neuron connections and feed your child’s hunger for natural sensory experiences related to color, texture, light and sound. Discover songs, books, and movement activities to do with your young learner to give him his first tools needed to learn to read and better understand her world. Best of all, these experiences will bring fun and joy into your child’s day! Miss Brooke is excited to share this special time with you and your child.

    Location: Highland Square
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Preschool Story Time  
    Contact: Richfield Branch Library   330-659-4343   dnagy@akronlibrary.org
   

Preschool Story Time ages 3-6
Tuesdays, January 17- March 17, 10:30-11:30 am
Please see below for information on Tuesday, February 14
Preschoolers bring your favorite caregiver and join us for stories, rhymes, songs and more.  No registration required.
 

    Location: Richfield
   11:00 AM Baby & Me Time  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

Bring your littlest learners for a program just for them! Finger plays and songs, stories, art experiences, and play time! Recommended for ages 2 and under, with a caregiver.  No registration necessary.

 

    Location: Portage Lakes
   11:30 AM Toddler Time  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Toddler Time

For ages 2-3 with a caregiver. 

Children will enjoy stories, songs, rhythm & movement activities, and crafts.

 
    Location: Green
   11:30 AM  -  12:30 PM Preschool Playgroup  
    Contact: North Hill Branch Library   330-535-9423   northhill@akronlibrary.org
   

Play is important! Stop in for a few minutes, or the whole hour. Explore various age appropriate toys, blocks, cars, trucks and trains, dolls, puzzles, and other children. Run laps in the community room. Children and adults can both make new friends.

 

    Location: North Hill
     Hands On Painting Workshop  
    Contact: Norton Branch Library   330-825-7800   groupnorton@akronlibrary.org
   

Felicia Stadelman will visit once again for a hands-on painting workshop.  Using rhinestones and gold paint we will be painting The Tree of Life

Space is limited.  Please register beginning Monday, February 6.

 

    Location: Norton
   3:30 PM  -  4:30 PM Coco Club  
    Contact: Firestone Park Branch Library   330-724-2126   
   

Grades K-3

Join us to read silly books, enjoy fun activities and sip delicious hot chocolate.

    Location: Firestone Park
   3:30 PM  -  4:30 PM T(w)een Tuesdays  
    Contact: Odom Branch Library   3304348726   odomblvdbranch@akronlibrary.org
   

T(w)een Tuesdays for ages 10-18

Join us on Tuesdays from 3:30-4:30 for crafts, activities, and fun.

DEC: 6, 13, 20

JAN: 3, 10, 17, 24, 31

FEB: 7, 14, 21, 28

We will not be meeting on December 27th, but expect a special program on February 14th.

    Location: Odom
   3:30 PM  -  5:00 PM Warm Up Akron  
    Contact: Mogadore Branch Library   3306289228   mogadore@akronlibrary.org
   

Tuesday, December 13, 3:30-5 pm 

Knit and crochet to help the needy! 
If you can make just one 7” or 9” rectangle you can help keep the needy in the Akron area warm. 
To date, this chapter has supplied over 8,000 afghans.
    Location: Mogadore
   3:45 PM Afterschool Crowd  
    Contact: Ellet Branch   330-784-2019   
   

Grades 6-12. Gaming, crafts, books, music and more.

    Location: Ellet
   4:00 PM Altered Playing Card Art  
    Contact: Kenmore Branch Library   330-745-6126   kenmore@akronlibrary.org
   

You don’t have to have a full deck to make this art! Come see how we will be creatively turning playing cards into cool new art. Please call 330-745-6126 or email kenmore@akronlibrary.org to register.

    Location: Kenmore
   4:00 PM Gaming Day (Grades 3-5)  
    Contact: Northwest Akron Branch   330.836.1081   
   

Gaming Day (Grades 3-5)

Tuesday, February 28, 4 pm

Board games, video games, we have it all covered!  Bring your friends and enjoy the fun. 

    Location: Northwest Akron
   4:00 PM  -  6:30 PM Hooked on Books Book Club  
    Contact: Norton Branch Library   330-825-7800    norton@akronlibrary.org
   

Graphic novels? Fantasy? Science Fiction? History? 

This book club is open to all teens and tweens interested in sharing and discussing their favorite books.  

    Location: Norton
   6:00 PM Adult Coloring Night  
    Contact: Nordonia Hills Branch Library   330-467-8595   nhweb20@akronlibrary.org
   

ADULT COLORING NIGHT

Bring your own coloring book or choose from provided coloring pages and spend the evening relaxing and coloring with new friends.

For adults and teens over the age of sixteen.

    Location: Nordonia Hills
   6:00 PM Computer Training  
    Contact: Odom Branch Library   3304348726   odomblvdbranch@akronlibrary.org
   

Computer classes are hands-on and last an hour and a half. They are on a first come basis. Limited tickets for each class will be handed out 30 minutes before the class is scheduled to begin.

Monday, February 27, 6 pm: Basic Computer Skills

Tuesday, February 28, 6 pm: Windows 10

Wednesday, March 1, 10:30 am: File Maintenance

Thursday, March 2, 10:30 am: Office 2013 Essential Skills

    Location: Odom
   6:00 PM  -  7:00 PM Evening Computer Mini-Clinics  
    Contact: Firestone Park Branch Library   330-724-2126   
   

Registration requested.

Register for a fifteen-minute mini-clinic that keeps learning simple and enjoyable.

Beginner - & Intermediate - Friendly

    Location: Firestone Park
   6:00 PM  -  7:30 PM Teen Advisory Board Meeting  
    Contact: Teen Department   330-643-9067   ysodiv@akronlibrary.org
   

Whether you're looking to get volunteer hours for school or just like to work on cool projects, eat and have fun, the Teen Advisory Board in the place to be! You'll help plan Teen programs and decorate the Teen Area. It looks great on a resume too. For ages 11 to 18. For more information please call the Teen Area at 330-643-9067.

    Location: Main Library
   6:00 PM  -  7:30 PM Windows 10 [DEMO]  
    Contact: Electronic Services   330-643-9145   esdiv@akronlibrary.org
   

Windows 10

Personalize your Windows 10 experience, learn how to navigate, check out the exciting new features, and add new Apps to your PC.  Learn how to efficiently use old desk-top feature in new Windows 10.

 

Please visit our website for more information:

 

 

Description for all practical application classes.

    Location: Odom

Wednesday March 1, 2017
   10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Play Date  
    Contact: Richfield Branch Library   330-659-4343   dnagy@akronlibrary.org
   

Play Date
Wednesday, February 1, 10 am- 12 pm
Wednesday, March 1, 10 am- 12 pm

Drop in for some coffee and tea while the little ones play. This unstructured program is an opportunity to meet with your friends and neighbors while the little ones play. Parents must supervise their children. Age appropriate toys and puzzles will be provided.

 

    Location: Richfield
   10:30 AM  -  12:00 PM File Maintenance  
    Contact: Electronic Services   330-643-9145   esdiv@akronlibrary.org
   

File Maintenance

Learn to create folders & organize & manage your files & folders. You will practice copying, moving, & deleting items, & exploring your recycle bin. You’ll perform maintenance tasks such as defragging your hard drive & installing Windows & other updates.  Attendance at Basic Windows Skills is preferred.

 

Please visit our website for more information:

    Location: Odom
   3:00 PM  -  5:00 PM After School Homework Help  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   eramsay@akronlibrary.org
   
After School Homework Help
Mondays & Wednesdays 3-5 pm
January 9- May 24
Free homework help for students in grades K-6.
You’ll find everything you need to get your homework done here!
Stuck on a math question? We have someone to help you.
Can’t find a ruler? We have school supplies.
Need to type a paper? We have computers.
Drop in anytime you need help.
No registration required.
    Location: Maple Valley
   6:00 PM Computer Training  
    Contact: Odom Branch Library   3304348726   odomblvdbranch@akronlibrary.org
   

Computer classes are hands-on and last an hour and a half. They are on a first come basis. Limited tickets for each class will be handed out 30 minutes before the class is scheduled to begin.

Monday, February 27, 6 pm: Basic Computer Skills

Tuesday, February 28, 6 pm: Windows 10

Wednesday, March 1, 10:30 am: File Maintenance

Thursday, March 2, 10:30 am: Office 2013 Essential Skills

    Location: Odom

Thursday March 2, 2017
   10:30 AM Family Story Time  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Family Story Time

For all ages.

Children will enjoy stories, songs, rhythm & movement activities, and crafts. 

 
    Location: Green
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Little Folk Story Time  
    Contact: Richfield Branch Library   330-659-4343   dnagy@akronlibrary.org
   

Little Folks Story Time ages 6-35 months
Thursdays, January 19- March 9, 10:30-11:30 am
Little folks, bring your favorite caregiver and join us for stories, rhymes, songs and more.  No registration required.
 

    Location: Richfield
   10:30 AM  -  12:00 PM Office 2013 Essential Skills  
    Contact: Electronic Services   330-643-9145   esdiv@akronlibrary.org
   

Office 2013 Essential Skills

Microsoft Office 2013 is the newest version of Microsoft Office. The new features include enhanced design tools, shared notebooks for working in groups, mobile versions and a digital notebook for managing and sharing multimedia information. This course will introduce you to the newest features before you begin our new Microsoft classes.  Completion of the Introduction Series is preferred.

 

Please visit our website for more information:

    Location: Odom
   6:00 PM Computer Training  
    Contact: Odom Branch Library   3304348726   odomblvdbranch@akronlibrary.org
   

Computer classes are hands-on and last an hour and a half. They are on a first come basis. Limited tickets for each class will be handed out 30 minutes before the class is scheduled to begin.

Monday, February 27, 6 pm: Basic Computer Skills

Tuesday, February 28, 6 pm: Windows 10

Wednesday, March 1, 10:30 am: File Maintenance

Thursday, March 2, 10:30 am: Office 2013 Essential Skills

    Location: Odom
   6:00 PM Movies@Main: The Magnificent Seven  
    Contact: Culture & AV   330-643-9015   
   
Kung Fu Panda 3 movie poster
 

 

Seven gunmen are hired to stand up against a corrupt businessman in a mining town.  Rousing action-packed western starring Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke & Peter Sarsgaard.  Rated PG-13.  133 min   

 

    Location: Main Library-Auditorium
   6:00 PM  -  7:30 PM Puzzled at the Library  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

Tired of completing the same jigsaw puzzle over and over again?  Put your skills to the test and team up with a partner or work with a group to see who can complete a new puzzle the fastest.  Bring a challenging puzzle to trade with another team.  No registration necessary.

 

    Location: Portage Lakes
   6:00 PM  -  7:30 PM Sistas Knit 2  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   twright@akronlibrary.org
   
Sistas Knit 2
Every Thursday at 6:30 pm
Socialize with other crafters while creating wonderful projects that can be given to family and friends.
This group does everything from knitting to crocheting, needlepoint to cross stitch and more… 
All crafters are welcome.
    Location: Maple Valley

Friday March 3, 2017
   12:30 PM  -  6:00 PM Book Sale  
    Contact: Nordonia Hills Branch   330.467.8595   nordoniahills@akronlibrary.org
   

Friends of the Library Book Sale

The Friends of Nordonia Hills Branch Library will hold their Spring Book Sale Friday, March 3, from 3 pm to 6 pm AND Saturday, March 4, from 10 am to 4 pm  

A $4.00 bag sale begins at 2 p.m. Saturday.

The preview sale for Friends members is Friday, March 3, from 12:30 to 3 pm  Memberships starting at $5.00 may be purchased at the door.  You must be a member to attend.

    Location: Nordonia Hills

Saturday March 4, 2017
   10:00 AM  -  4:00 PM Book Sale  
    Contact: Nordonia Hills Branch   330.467.8595   nordoniahills@akronlibrary.org
   

Friends of the Library Book Sale

The Friends of Nordonia Hills Branch Library will hold their Spring Book Sale on Saturday, March 4, from 10 am to 4 pm  

A $4.00 bag sale begins at 2 p.m. Saturday.

    Location: Nordonia Hills
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Paws for Reading  
    Contact: Richfield Branch Library   330-659-4343   dnagy@akronlibrary.org
   

Paws for Reading
1st and 3rd Saturday of each month, 10:30-11:30 am
Children can practice their literacy skills by reading aloud to our doggie pals Kodak, Rudy, and Yuki. This is a great way for your child to build reading fluency and read-aloud confidence.
Children not yet reading are also welcome to come; stories will be read to the children by our doggie pals’ humans.
 

    Location: Richfield
   10:30 AM  -  12:00 PM Microsoft Office Excel 4  
    Contact: Electronic Services   330-643-9145   esdiv@akronlibrary.org
   

MS Excel, Part 4: Introduction to Formulas & Excel Functions

Let Excel do the math for you!  Practice creating and applying formulas to your worksheets and learn how Excel Functions work.  Learn how to maximize your data with these helpful tools. Attendance at MS Excel, Part 3 is preferred.

 

Please visit our website for more information:

    Location: Main Library
   1:00 PM Tea with Me  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

You’re invited to a tea party with Belle! Dress in your best party attire as we celebrate the new movie version of Beauty and the Beast.  Make a craft, sing songs, enjoy a snack and more!  The friendliest “beasts” ever, our dogs from Tails & Tales, will be visiting at 2 pm. For preschoolers through grade 3. Please pre-register beginning February 5. Snacks will be served at this program. Patrons with food allergy questions should contact the branch.

    Location: Portage Lakes
   2:00 PM Tails & Tales  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

Visit with our furr-iest friends and practice your reading skills! These gentle friends just love to hear great stories! Children not yet reading are welcome to share a favorite picture book. All ages welcome. No registration necessary.

    Location: Portage Lakes

Monday March 6, 2017
   10:15 AM  -  12:00 PM North Hill Needle Crafters  
    Contact: North Hill Branch Library   330.535.9423   northhill@akronlibrary.org
   

North Hill Needle Crafters

If you love to knit, crochet, and help others, this is the group for you.  Everything this talented group makes is donated to helping agencies in our community.  Are you new to crafting?  We'll be glad to get you started.  If you have yarn and supplies to donate, we'll make good use of them.

    Location: North Hill
   3:00 PM  -  5:00 PM After School Homework Help  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   eramsay@akronlibrary.org
   
After School Homework Help
Mondays & Wednesdays 3-5 pm
January 9- May 24
Free homework help for students in grades K-6.
You’ll find everything you need to get your homework done here!
Stuck on a math question? We have someone to help you.
Can’t find a ruler? We have school supplies.
Need to type a paper? We have computers.
Drop in anytime you need help.
No registration required.
    Location: Maple Valley

Tuesday March 7, 2017
   10:15 AM Baby Time  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Baby Time

For babies 6-24 months and a caregiver. 

Babies will be introduced to hand rhymes,songs, movement activities, books and socialization skills.

    Location: Green
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Preschool Story Time  
    Contact: Richfield Branch Library   330-659-4343   dnagy@akronlibrary.org
   

Preschool Story Time ages 3-6
Tuesdays, January 17- March 17, 10:30-11:30 am
Please see below for information on Tuesday, February 14
Preschoolers bring your favorite caregiver and join us for stories, rhymes, songs and more.  No registration required.
 

    Location: Richfield
   11:00 AM Family Story Times  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

Ms. Elaine will use books, flannel boards, puppets, props and songs to engage children in stories. Your children will be active participants in Story Time. Each session will conclude with an art activity. All ages are welcome. No registration necessary.

 

    Location: Portage Lakes
   11:30 AM Toddler Time  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Toddler Time

For ages 2-3 with a caregiver. 

Children will enjoy stories, songs, rhythm & movement activities, and crafts.

 
    Location: Green
   11:30 AM  -  12:30 PM Preschool Playgroup  
    Contact: North Hill Branch Library   330-535-9423   northhill@akronlibrary.org
   

Play is important! Stop in for a few minutes, or the whole hour. Explore various age appropriate toys, blocks, cars, trucks and trains, dolls, puzzles, and other children. Run laps in the community room. Children and adults can both make new friends.

 

    Location: North Hill
   6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Introduction to Intellectual Property  
    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

Wednesday March 8, 2017
   9:30 AM  -  11:00 AM Is Starting A Nonprofit Right for You?  
    Contact: Business & Government   330 643 9020   
   
Do you have a passion for doing good? Are you thinking of starting a nonprofit? Attend this session to explore the many options you can pursue on your way toward making a difference in your community.
 
Session highlights will include:
  • Defining what a nonprofit is
  • Advantages and disadvantages of forming a nonprofits
  • How to get started and common misconceptions
  • Alternatives to starting your own nonprofit.

Presented by Foundation Center in collaboration with the Akron-Summit County Public Libraryand BVU: The Center for Nonprofit Excellence. 

 
Meeting Room AB
    Location: Main Library
   3:00 PM  -  5:00 PM After School Homework Help  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   eramsay@akronlibrary.org
   
After School Homework Help
Mondays & Wednesdays 3-5 pm
January 9- May 24
Free homework help for students in grades K-6.
You’ll find everything you need to get your homework done here!
Stuck on a math question? We have someone to help you.
Can’t find a ruler? We have school supplies.
Need to type a paper? We have computers.
Drop in anytime you need help.
No registration required.
    Location: Maple Valley
   6:30 PM  -  8:00 PM Socrates Cafe  
    Contact: Nordonia Hills Branch   330.467.8585   nordoniahills@akronlibrary.org
   

SOCRATES CAFÉ

Are you a parent looking for more opportunities to talk with other adults? 

A senior seeking ways to keep your mind active and engaged?  

A student working to improve reasoning and thinking skills? 

A person wanting to meet some of your neighbors in an informal, yet thoughtful setting?

If so, join us at the Socrates Café!

An ongoing, regular discussion for patrons 16 and over - A place to discuss life with other adults – We explore questions we all ask ourselves in a open and friendly manner.

No registration necessary – No homework – No assigned reading.

Based on the book by CHRISTOPHER PHILLIPS, the Cafe opens the second Wednesday of each month. New cafe-goers are always welcome, age 16 and over.

 Come and take part, or just listen to the discussion!

 

    Location: Nordonia Hills

Thursday March 9, 2017
   10:30 AM Family Story Time  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Family Story Time

For all ages.

Children will enjoy stories, songs, rhythm & movement activities, and crafts. 

 
    Location: Green
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Little Folk Story Time  
    Contact: Richfield Branch Library   330-659-4343   dnagy@akronlibrary.org
   

Little Folks Story Time ages 6-35 months
Thursdays, January 19- March 9, 10:30-11:30 am
Little folks, bring your favorite caregiver and join us for stories, rhymes, songs and more.  No registration required.
 

    Location: Richfield
   6:00 PM Movies@Main: Touch of Evil  
    Contact: Culture & AV   330-643-9015   
   
Kung Fu Panda 3 movie poster
 

Classic film noir about a narcotics officer investigating a murder set along the U.S. – Mexico border.  Directed by Orson Welles.  Starring Charlton Heston, Janet Leigh, Orson Welles, Marlene Dietrich & Dennis Weaver.  111 min     

 

    Location: Main Library-Auditorium
   6:00 PM  -  7:00 PM The Akron African United Front Book Discussion Group  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   twright@akronlibrary.org
   
The Akron African United Front Book Discussion Group
Every second and fourth Thursday at 6 pm
The Akron African United Front book discussion group offers you the opportunity
to share your opinions on how history affects our world views in today’s society. 
Read and analyze books that are rich in African American culture and history. 
Discuss important heartfelt issues with your peers.
    Location: Maple Valley
   6:00 PM  -  7:30 PM Sistas Knit 2  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   twright@akronlibrary.org
   
Sistas Knit 2
Every Thursday at 6:30 pm
Socialize with other crafters while creating wonderful projects that can be given to family and friends.
This group does everything from knitting to crocheting, needlepoint to cross stitch and more… 
All crafters are welcome.
    Location: Maple Valley

Friday March 10, 2017
   4:00 PM  -  5:30 PM Chess/Checkers Club  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

Interested in learning chess or checkers or just want to play to improve your game?  Drop in for a friendly game once a month with a focus on learning the basics and having fun.  Some game sets will be available for use but feel free to bring your own as well.  For grades K-5.  

 

    Location: Portage Lakes

Saturday March 11, 2017
   10:15 AM  -  12:00 PM Introduction to Patents & Patent Searching  
    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 and Trademark website.

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

Class size is limited, contact the Science & Technology Division to register.

    Location: Main Library
   12:00 PM  -  1:00 PM PAWS for Reading  
    Contact: Firestone Park Branch Library   330-724-2126   
   

Practice your reading skills by reading aloud to our doggie pal. Bring a book from home or read on eof ours. Not reading yet? Our dog's human pal will read to you. Children of all ages welcome. 

    Location: Firestone Park
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Paws for Reading  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   eramsay@akronlibrary.org
   
Paws for Reading
Saturdays, December 10, January 14, February 11, March 11, 2 pm
Practice your reading skills by reading aloud to our doggie pal, Kivrin.
Bring a book from home or read one of ours! Not reading yet? Our dogs’ human pal will read to you.
This is a great way for children to practice their literacy skills and gain more confidence in reading aloud.
Children of all ages are welcome. 
    Location: Maple Valley

Sunday March 12, 2017
   2:00 PM Jazz at Main Library  
    Contact: Culture & AV   330-643-9015   bething@akronlibrary.org
   

JAZZ AT MAIN LIBRARY

Featuring Steinway Artist Joe Augustine

Main Library Auditorium

Sunday, March 12, 2 pm

Enjoy an afternoon of jazz performed by Steinway Artist Joe Augustine and his trio. Classically trained, Augustine has been performing and teaching jazz piano nationally and abroad for over 40 years. Currently he is Full Time Faculty at the University of Akron’s Jazz Studies Program, and Artist in Residence at both the University and Lake Erie College.

The Joe Augustine Trio will be playing a selection of jazz standards, original compositions, and classics from the Great American Songbook.

These concerts are free and open to the public. Auditorium doors will open at 1:30 pm. 

Call 330-643-9015, or visit www.akronlibrary.org, for more information.

    Location: Main Library-Auditorium
   2:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Jazz at Main Library  
    Contact: Culture & AV   330-643-9015   cadiv@akronlibrary.org
   

Joe Augustine and his Trio will be playing a selection of jazz standards, original compositions, and classics from the Great American Songbook. This concert is free and open to the public; the Auditorium doors will open at 1:30 pm.

 

 

    Location: Main Library-Auditorium

Monday March 13, 2017
   10:15 AM  -  12:00 PM North Hill Needle Crafters  
    Contact: North Hill Branch Library   330.535.9423   northhill@akronlibrary.org
   

North Hill Needle Crafters

If you love to knit, crochet, and help others, this is the group for you.  Everything this talented group makes is donated to helping agencies in our community.  Are you new to crafting?  We'll be glad to get you started.  If you have yarn and supplies to donate, we'll make good use of them.

    Location: North Hill
   11:00 AM Preschool Playroom  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

Play with your child and help your little one discover a whole new world through play! We provide a variety of activities and toys for preschoolers to explore while making new friends. Ages 1-4 recommended with a caregiver. No registration necessary.

 

    Location: Portage Lakes
   3:00 PM  -  5:00 PM After School Homework Help  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   eramsay@akronlibrary.org
   
After School Homework Help
Mondays & Wednesdays 3-5 pm
January 9- May 24
Free homework help for students in grades K-6.
You’ll find everything you need to get your homework done here!
Stuck on a math question? We have someone to help you.
Can’t find a ruler? We have school supplies.
Need to type a paper? We have computers.
Drop in anytime you need help.
No registration required.
    Location: Maple Valley

Tuesday March 14, 2017
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Preschool Story Time  
    Contact: Richfield Branch Library   330-659-4343   dnagy@akronlibrary.org
   

Preschool Story Time ages 3-6
Tuesdays, January 17- March 17, 10:30-11:30 am
Please see below for information on Tuesday, February 14
Preschoolers bring your favorite caregiver and join us for stories, rhymes, songs and more.  No registration required.
 

    Location: Richfield
   11:00 AM Family Story Times  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

Ms. Elaine will use books, flannel boards, puppets, props and songs to engage children in stories. Your children will be active participants in Story Time. Each session will conclude with an art activity. All ages are welcome. No registration necessary.

 

    Location: Portage Lakes
   11:30 AM  -  12:30 PM Preschool Playgroup  
    Contact: North Hill Branch Library   330-535-9423   northhill@akronlibrary.org
   

Play is important! Stop in for a few minutes, or the whole hour. Explore various age appropriate toys, blocks, cars, trucks and trains, dolls, puzzles, and other children. Run laps in the community room. Children and adults can both make new friends.

 

    Location: North Hill
   1:00 PM Afternoon Book Discussion  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Afternoon Book Discussion

Join us for our monthly afternoon book discussion. For March, we will discuss THEN CAME THE EVENING by Brian Hart.

    Location: Green
   6:00 PM  -  7:30 PM Teen Advisory Board Meeting  
    Contact: Teen Department   330-643-9067   ysodiv@akronlibrary.org
   

Whether you're looking to get volunteer hours for school or just like to work on cool projects, eat and have fun, the Teen Advisory Board in the place to be! You'll help plan Teen programs and decorate the Teen Area. It looks great on a resume too. For ages 11 to 18. For more information please call the Teen Area at 330-643-9067.

    Location: Main Library
   6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Adult Coloring Class  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   twright@akronlibrary.org
   
 Adult Coloring Class
Every second and third Tuesday of the month
You will enjoy this class.  Adult coloring is all the craze right now. 
It is a great relaxing way to be creative and to relieve stress. 
All supplies are provided by the library. 
Please stop by or call the branch to register.
    Location: Maple Valley

Wednesday March 15, 2017
   3:00 PM  -  5:00 PM After School Homework Help  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   eramsay@akronlibrary.org
   
After School Homework Help
Mondays & Wednesdays 3-5 pm
January 9- May 24
Free homework help for students in grades K-6.
You’ll find everything you need to get your homework done here!
Stuck on a math question? We have someone to help you.
Can’t find a ruler? We have school supplies.
Need to type a paper? We have computers.
Drop in anytime you need help.
No registration required.
    Location: Maple Valley

Thursday March 16, 2017
   6:00 PM  -  7:30 PM Build it Club  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

Join us once a month for some building fun with our friends form Bricks 4 Kidz!  Build, play and explore with Legos of all shapes and sizes.  Follow a kit or free build on your own.  All ages welcome.  No registration required.

 

    Location: Portage Lakes
   6:00 PM  -  7:30 PM Sistas Knit 2  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   twright@akronlibrary.org
   
Sistas Knit 2
Every Thursday at 6:30 pm
Socialize with other crafters while creating wonderful projects that can be given to family and friends.
This group does everything from knitting to crocheting, needlepoint to cross stitch and more… 
All crafters are welcome.
    Location: Maple Valley
   6:30 PM  -  8:00 PM Movies@Main: The Kid  
    Contact: Culture & AV   330-643-9015   
   
Kung Fu Panda 3 movie poster
 

Before Jennifer Lawrence, Kevin Hart & Melissa McCarthy there was Charlie Chaplin!  The Whole world laughed, cried and thrilled to his irreplaceable talent!  In this timeless story the Little Tramp cares for an abandoned child.  Also starring Jackie Coogan.  68 min.  Introduction and discussion afterward.    

 

    Location: Main Library-Auditorium

Friday March 17, 2017
   12:00 PM  -  1:00 PM Friends of the Richfield Library Preview Book Sale  
    Contact:    3306594343   
   

Preview sale for ASCPL Friends Memebers. 

    Location: Richfield
   1:00 PM  -  5:00 PM Friends of the Richfield Library Book Sale  
    Contact:    3306594343   
    Location: Richfield
   3:30 PM  -  5:30 PM Friends Preview Book Sale  
    Contact: Firestone Park Branch Library   330-724-2126   
   

Friends of the Library are invited for a sneak peek and to buy books at the Spring Book Sale.  If you are not a member, you can join at the door. 

    Location: Firestone Park

Saturday March 18, 2017
   10:00 AM  -  3:00 PM Friends Book Sale  
    Contact: Firestone Park Branch Library   330-724-2126   
   

Come and browse our wide selection of fiction and non-fiction books, audiobooks, movies, and magazines. 

    Location: Firestone Park
   10:00 AM  -  3:00 PM Friends of Odom Branch Library Book Sale  
    Contact: Odom Branch Library   330-434-8726   
   

Come and browse our wide selection of fiction and non-fiction books, audiobooks, movies, and magazines. 

    Location: Odom
   10:00 AM  -  4:00 PM Friends of the Richfield Library Book Sale  
    Contact:    3306594343   
    Location: Richfield
   10:00 AM  -  5:00 PM NH Game Time  
    Contact: Nordonia Hills Branch   330.467.8595   nordoniahills@akronlibrary.org
   

NORDONIA HILLS GAME TIME

We welcome library patrons to a regular monthly event – a place to meet up with fellow game players of all ages.

The room is open to players of chess, role-playing games, board games, Euro games, standard cards, mah-jongg, war games, and trading/collectible card games.

Bring your own games, or try a game from our collection already on hand. No registration required! Refreshments are served.

Third Saturday of each month.

This event is also open to regular card groups and other game clubs looking for a venue.

Come on out to meet fellow local players – Learn new games – Sharpen your intellect – and enjoy the social aspects of games.

    Location: Nordonia Hills
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Paws for Reading  
    Contact: Richfield Branch Library   330-659-4343   dnagy@akronlibrary.org
   

Paws for Reading
1st and 3rd Saturday of each month, 10:30-11:30 am
Children can practice their literacy skills by reading aloud to our doggie pals Kodak, Rudy, and Yuki. This is a great way for your child to build reading fluency and read-aloud confidence.
Children not yet reading are also welcome to come; stories will be read to the children by our doggie pals’ humans.
 

    Location: Richfield

Monday March 20, 2017
   10:15 AM  -  12:00 PM North Hill Needle Crafters  
    Contact: North Hill Branch Library   330.535.9423   northhill@akronlibrary.org
   

North Hill Needle Crafters

If you love to knit, crochet, and help others, this is the group for you.  Everything this talented group makes is donated to helping agencies in our community.  Are you new to crafting?  We'll be glad to get you started.  If you have yarn and supplies to donate, we'll make good use of them.

    Location: North Hill
   12:30 PM  -  1:30 PM NEW Family Lunch Bunch – Green Foods!  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

You want me to eat what?  Introducing a whole range of new green fruits and vegetables.  Enjoy a small bite, who knows, you might even like it!

Perfect for Homeschoolers, Grandparents & Grandchildren!  Join fellow foodie families as we debut a new program browsing cookbooks and sampling new recipes.   Each month we will enjoy a bite from a featured book, theme or celebrity chef.  Bring a prepared dish to share (one per family) and a copy of your recipe.   Be ready to discuss your successes, substitutions, and mishaps along the way.  Paper products and silverware will be provided.  Featured cookbooks will be available at the branch in advance.

 

    Location: Portage Lakes
   3:00 PM  -  5:00 PM After School Homework Help  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   eramsay@akronlibrary.org
   
After School Homework Help
Mondays & Wednesdays 3-5 pm
January 9- May 24
Free homework help for students in grades K-6.
You’ll find everything you need to get your homework done here!
Stuck on a math question? We have someone to help you.
Can’t find a ruler? We have school supplies.
Need to type a paper? We have computers.
Drop in anytime you need help.
No registration required.
    Location: Maple Valley
   6:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Family Movie Monday  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   eramsay@akronlibrary.org
   
Family Movie Monday
Every third Monday of the month, 6 pm
Join us for a family friendly movie, snacks, and drinks!
 
March 20: The Secret Life of Pets (PG) (87 min)
 
 
    Location: Maple Valley

Tuesday March 21, 2017
   11:00 AM Family Story Times  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

Ms. Elaine will use books, flannel boards, puppets, props and songs to engage children in stories. Your children will be active participants in Story Time. Each session will conclude with an art activity. All ages are welcome. No registration necessary.

 

    Location: Portage Lakes
   11:30 AM  -  12:30 PM Preschool Playgroup  
    Contact: North Hill Branch Library   330-535-9423   northhill@akronlibrary.org
   

Play is important! Stop in for a few minutes, or the whole hour. Explore various age appropriate toys, blocks, cars, trucks and trains, dolls, puzzles, and other children. Run laps in the community room. Children and adults can both make new friends.

 

    Location: North Hill
   6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Adult Coloring Class  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   twright@akronlibrary.org
   
 Adult Coloring Class
Every second and third Tuesday of the month
You will enjoy this class.  Adult coloring is all the craze right now. 
It is a great relaxing way to be creative and to relieve stress. 
All supplies are provided by the library. 
Please stop by or call the branch to register.
    Location: Maple Valley

Wednesday March 22, 2017
   2:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Minecraft Spring Break Special  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

We’ve created a Minecraft and STEAM Mash-up for some spring break fun!

After you’ve successfully completed your digital world in Minecraft, expand your play with science experiments and crafts.  

    Location: Portage Lakes
   3:00 PM  -  5:00 PM After School Homework Help  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   eramsay@akronlibrary.org
   
After School Homework Help
Mondays & Wednesdays 3-5 pm
January 9- May 24
Free homework help for students in grades K-6.
You’ll find everything you need to get your homework done here!
Stuck on a math question? We have someone to help you.
Can’t find a ruler? We have school supplies.
Need to type a paper? We have computers.
Drop in anytime you need help.
No registration required.
    Location: Maple Valley

Thursday March 23, 2017
   6:00 PM  -  7:00 PM The Akron African United Front Book Discussion Group  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   twright@akronlibrary.org
   
The Akron African United Front Book Discussion Group
Every second and fourth Thursday at 6 pm
The Akron African United Front book discussion group offers you the opportunity
to share your opinions on how history affects our world views in today’s society. 
Read and analyze books that are rich in African American culture and history. 
Discuss important heartfelt issues with your peers.
    Location: Maple Valley
   6:00 PM  -  7:30 PM Sistas Knit 2  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   twright@akronlibrary.org
   
Sistas Knit 2
Every Thursday at 6:30 pm
Socialize with other crafters while creating wonderful projects that can be given to family and friends.
This group does everything from knitting to crocheting, needlepoint to cross stitch and more… 
All crafters are welcome.
    Location: Maple Valley
   6:30 PM  -  8:00 PM Movies@Main: Storks  
    Contact: Culture & AV   330-643-9015   
   
Kung Fu Panda 3 movie poster
 

Fast-paced, witty and thoroughly enjoyable animated tale about a stork named Junior who must deliver a baby for the first time!  Starring the voices of Andy Samberg, Jennifer Aniston, Kelsey Grammer, Keegan-Michael Key & Ty Burrell.  Rated PG.  87 min

 

    Location: Main Library-Auditorium

Monday March 27, 2017
   10:15 AM  -  12:00 PM North Hill Needle Crafters  
    Contact: North Hill Branch Library   330.535.9423   northhill@akronlibrary.org
   

North Hill Needle Crafters

If you love to knit, crochet, and help others, this is the group for you.  Everything this talented group makes is donated to helping agencies in our community.  Are you new to crafting?  We'll be glad to get you started.  If you have yarn and supplies to donate, we'll make good use of them.

    Location: North Hill
   3:00 PM  -  5:00 PM After School Homework Help  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   eramsay@akronlibrary.org
   
After School Homework Help
Mondays & Wednesdays 3-5 pm
January 9- May 24
Free homework help for students in grades K-6.
You’ll find everything you need to get your homework done here!
Stuck on a math question? We have someone to help you.
Can’t find a ruler? We have school supplies.
Need to type a paper? We have computers.
Drop in anytime you need help.
No registration required.
    Location: Maple Valley

Tuesday March 28, 2017
   11:00 AM Family Story Times  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

Ms. Elaine will use books, flannel boards, puppets, props and songs to engage children in stories. Your children will be active participants in Story Time. Each session will conclude with an art activity. All ages are welcome. No registration necessary.

 

    Location: Portage Lakes
   11:30 AM  -  12:30 PM Preschool Playgroup  
    Contact: North Hill Branch Library   330-535-9423   northhill@akronlibrary.org
   

Play is important! Stop in for a few minutes, or the whole hour. Explore various age appropriate toys, blocks, cars, trucks and trains, dolls, puzzles, and other children. Run laps in the community room. Children and adults can both make new friends.

 

    Location: North Hill
   6:00 PM  -  7:30 PM Teen Advisory Board Meeting  
    Contact: Teen Department   330-643-9067   ysodiv@akronlibrary.org
   

Whether you're looking to get volunteer hours for school or just like to work on cool projects, eat and have fun, the Teen Advisory Board in the place to be! You'll help plan Teen programs and decorate the Teen Area. It looks great on a resume too. For ages 11 to 18. For more information please call the Teen Area at 330-643-9067.

    Location: Main Library

Wednesday March 29, 2017
   2:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Crafternoon!  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

Beat Spring Break boredom and get crafty! We’re cleaning out the craft closet so who knows what fun supplies will be available.  See how many unique art pieces you can create.

    Location: Portage Lakes
   3:00 PM  -  5:00 PM After School Homework Help  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   eramsay@akronlibrary.org
   
After School Homework Help
Mondays & Wednesdays 3-5 pm
January 9- May 24
Free homework help for students in grades K-6.
You’ll find everything you need to get your homework done here!
Stuck on a math question? We have someone to help you.
Can’t find a ruler? We have school supplies.
Need to type a paper? We have computers.
Drop in anytime you need help.
No registration required.
    Location: Maple Valley

Thursday March 30, 2017
   6:00 PM  -  7:30 PM Sistas Knit 2  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   twright@akronlibrary.org
   
Sistas Knit 2
Every Thursday at 6:30 pm
Socialize with other crafters while creating wonderful projects that can be given to family and friends.
This group does everything from knitting to crocheting, needlepoint to cross stitch and more… 
All crafters are welcome.
    Location: Maple Valley
   6:30 PM  -  8:00 PM Movies@Main: Trolls  
    Contact: Culture & AV   330-643-9015   
   
Kung Fu Panda 3 movie poster
 

After the sinister Bergens invade their village, two trolls set off on a quest to save their friends.  Delightful adventure/fable starring the voices of Justin Timberlake, Anna Kendrick, Zooey Deschanel, Russell Brand, Jeffrey Tambor & James Corden.  Rated PG.  93 min 

 

    Location: Main Library-Auditorium

Saturday April 1, 2017
   1:00 PM Foolin’ Around Day  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

Celebrate April Fool’s Day with some silliness! Wear your clothes backwards, bring a joke to share, get ready to sing silly songs and listen to silly stories on this mixed-up library day!  Stay for a visit from the dogs of Tails & Tales at 2 pm. Open to all ages, no registration necessary.

    Location: Portage Lakes
   2:00 PM Tails & Tales  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

Visit with our furr-iest friends and practice your reading skills! These gentle friends just love to hear great stories! Children not yet reading are welcome to share a favorite picture book. All ages welcome. No registration necessary.

    Location: Portage Lakes

Monday April 3, 2017
   10:15 AM  -  12:00 PM North Hill Needle Crafters  
    Contact: North Hill Branch Library   330.535.9423   northhill@akronlibrary.org
   

North Hill Needle Crafters

If you love to knit, crochet, and help others, this is the group for you.  Everything this talented group makes is donated to helping agencies in our community.  Are you new to crafting?  We'll be glad to get you started.  If you have yarn and supplies to donate, we'll make good use of them.

    Location: North Hill
   3:00 PM  -  5:00 PM After School Homework Help  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   eramsay@akronlibrary.org
   
After School Homework Help
Mondays & Wednesdays 3-5 pm
January 9- May 24
Free homework help for students in grades K-6.
You’ll find everything you need to get your homework done here!
Stuck on a math question? We have someone to help you.
Can’t find a ruler? We have school supplies.
Need to type a paper? We have computers.
Drop in anytime you need help.
No registration required.
    Location: Maple Valley

Tuesday April 4, 2017
   11:00 AM Baby & Me Time  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

Bring your littlest learners for a program just for them! Finger plays and songs, stories, art experiences, and play time! Recommended for ages 2 and under, with a caregiver.  No registration necessary.

 

    Location: Portage Lakes
   11:30 AM  -  12:30 PM Preschool Playgroup  
    Contact: North Hill Branch Library   330-535-9423   northhill@akronlibrary.org
   

Play is important! Stop in for a few minutes, or the whole hour. Explore various age appropriate toys, blocks, cars, trucks and trains, dolls, puzzles, and other children. Run laps in the community room. Children and adults can both make new friends.

 

    Location: North Hill

Wednesday April 5, 2017
   3:00 PM  -  5:00 PM After School Homework Help  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   eramsay@akronlibrary.org
   
After School Homework Help
Mondays & Wednesdays 3-5 pm
January 9- May 24
Free homework help for students in grades K-6.
You’ll find everything you need to get your homework done here!
Stuck on a math question? We have someone to help you.
Can’t find a ruler? We have school supplies.
Need to type a paper? We have computers.
Drop in anytime you need help.
No registration required.
    Location: Maple Valley

Thursday April 6, 2017
   6:00 PM  -  7:30 PM Puzzled at the Library  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

Tired of completing the same jigsaw puzzle over and over again?  Put your skills to the test and team up with a partner or work with a group to see who can complete a new puzzle the fastest.  Bring a challenging puzzle to trade with another team.  No registration necessary.

 

    Location: Portage Lakes
   6:00 PM  -  7:30 PM Sistas Knit 2  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   twright@akronlibrary.org
   
Sistas Knit 2
Every Thursday at 6:30 pm
Socialize with other crafters while creating wonderful projects that can be given to family and friends.
This group does everything from knitting to crocheting, needlepoint to cross stitch and more… 
All crafters are welcome.
    Location: Maple Valley
   7:00 PM  -  9:00 PM Main Event Speaker Series Presents Author George Saunders  
    Contact: Culture & AV   330-643-9015   cadiv@akronlibrary.org
   

One of the most acclaimed writers of our time (TENTH OF DECEMBER: STORIES; IN PERSUASION NATION) Saunders will read from and discuss his work, including his highly anticipated new novel LINCOLN IN THE BARDO. There will be a Q&A after the presentation, and a book signing. Sponsored by Friends of Main Library. Free and open to the public.

    Location: Main Library-Auditorium

Monday April 10, 2017
   10:15 AM  -  12:00 PM North Hill Needle Crafters  
    Contact: North Hill Branch Library   330.535.9423   northhill@akronlibrary.org
   

North Hill Needle Crafters

If you love to knit, crochet, and help others, this is the group for you.  Everything this talented group makes is donated to helping agencies in our community.  Are you new to crafting?  We'll be glad to get you started.  If you have yarn and supplies to donate, we'll make good use of them.

    Location: North Hill
   11:00 AM Preschool Playroom  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

Play with your child and help your little one discover a whole new world through play! We provide a variety of activities and toys for preschoolers to explore while making new friends. Ages 1-4 recommended with a caregiver. No registration necessary.

 

    Location: Portage Lakes
   3:00 PM  -  5:00 PM After School Homework Help  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   eramsay@akronlibrary.org
   
After School Homework Help
Mondays & Wednesdays 3-5 pm
January 9- May 24
Free homework help for students in grades K-6.
You’ll find everything you need to get your homework done here!
Stuck on a math question? We have someone to help you.
Can’t find a ruler? We have school supplies.
Need to type a paper? We have computers.
Drop in anytime you need help.
No registration required.
    Location: Maple Valley

Tuesday April 11, 2017
   11:00 AM Baby & Me Time  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

Bring your littlest learners for a program just for them! Finger plays and songs, stories, art experiences, and play time! Recommended for ages 2 and under, with a caregiver.  No registration necessary.

 

    Location: Portage Lakes
   11:30 AM  -  12:30 PM Preschool Playgroup  
    Contact: North Hill Branch Library   330-535-9423   northhill@akronlibrary.org
   

Play is important! Stop in for a few minutes, or the whole hour. Explore various age appropriate toys, blocks, cars, trucks and trains, dolls, puzzles, and other children. Run laps in the community room. Children and adults can both make new friends.

 

    Location: North Hill
   1:00 PM Afternoon Book Discussion  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Afternoon Book Discussion

Join us for our monthly afternoon book discussion. For April, we will discuss FLIGHT OF DREAMS by Ariel Lawhon.

    Location: Green
   6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Adult Coloring Class  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   twright@akronlibrary.org
   
 Adult Coloring Class
Every second and third Tuesday of the month
You will enjoy this class.  Adult coloring is all the craze right now. 
It is a great relaxing way to be creative and to relieve stress. 
All supplies are provided by the library. 
Please stop by or call the branch to register.
    Location: Maple Valley

Wednesday April 12, 2017
   9:30 AM  -  11:00 AM Introduction to Proposal Writing  
    Contact: Business & Government   330 643 9020   
   
Are you new to proposal writing or want a quick refresher? If so, you don’t want to miss one of our most popular classes!
 
This class will provide you with an overview of how to write a standard project proposal to a foundation. It will include:
  • The basic elements of a proposal
  • The “do’s” and “don’ts” of writing and submitting a proposal
  • How to follow up whether the answer is yes or no

Presented by Foundation Center in collaboration with the Akron-Summit County Public Libraryand BVU: The Center for Nonprofit Excellence. 

Meeting Room AB

    Location: Main Library
   3:00 PM  -  5:00 PM After School Homework Help  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   eramsay@akronlibrary.org
   
After School Homework Help
Mondays & Wednesdays 3-5 pm
January 9- May 24
Free homework help for students in grades K-6.
You’ll find everything you need to get your homework done here!
Stuck on a math question? We have someone to help you.
Can’t find a ruler? We have school supplies.
Need to type a paper? We have computers.
Drop in anytime you need help.
No registration required.
    Location: Maple Valley
   6:30 PM  -  8:00 PM Socrates Cafe  
    Contact: Nordonia Hills Branch   330.467.8585   nordoniahills@akronlibrary.org
   

SOCRATES CAFÉ

Are you a parent looking for more opportunities to talk with other adults? 

A senior seeking ways to keep your mind active and engaged?  

A student working to improve reasoning and thinking skills? 

A person wanting to meet some of your neighbors in an informal, yet thoughtful setting?

If so, join us at the Socrates Café!

An ongoing, regular discussion for patrons 16 and over - A place to discuss life with other adults – We explore questions we all ask ourselves in a open and friendly manner.

No registration necessary – No homework – No assigned reading.

Based on the book by CHRISTOPHER PHILLIPS, the Cafe opens the second Wednesday of each month. New cafe-goers are always welcome, age 16 and over.

 Come and take part, or just listen to the discussion!

 

    Location: Nordonia Hills

Thursday April 13, 2017
   6:00 PM  -  7:00 PM The Akron African United Front Book Discussion Group  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   twright@akronlibrary.org
   
The Akron African United Front Book Discussion Group
Every second and fourth Thursday at 6 pm
The Akron African United Front book discussion group offers you the opportunity
to share your opinions on how history affects our world views in today’s society. 
Read and analyze books that are rich in African American culture and history. 
Discuss important heartfelt issues with your peers.
    Location: Maple Valley
   6:00 PM  -  7:30 PM Build it Club  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

Join us once a month for some building fun with our friends form Bricks 4 Kidz!  Build, play and explore with Legos of all shapes and sizes.  Follow a kit or free build on your own.  All ages welcome.  No registration required.

 

    Location: Portage Lakes
   6:00 PM  -  7:30 PM Sistas Knit 2  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   twright@akronlibrary.org
   
Sistas Knit 2
Every Thursday at 6:30 pm
Socialize with other crafters while creating wonderful projects that can be given to family and friends.
This group does everything from knitting to crocheting, needlepoint to cross stitch and more… 
All crafters are welcome.
    Location: Maple Valley

Friday April 14, 2017
   4:00 PM  -  5:30 PM Chess/Checkers Club  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

Interested in learning chess or checkers or just want to play to improve your game?  Drop in for a friendly game once a month with a focus on learning the basics and having fun.  Some game sets will be available for use but feel free to bring your own as well.  For grades K-5.  

 

    Location: Portage Lakes

Saturday April 15, 2017
   10:00 AM  -  5:00 PM NH Game Time  
    Contact: Nordonia Hills Branch   330.467.8595   nordoniahills@akronlibrary.org
   

NORDONIA HILLS GAME TIME

We welcome library patrons to a regular monthly event – a place to meet up with fellow game players of all ages.

The room is open to players of chess, role-playing games, board games, Euro games, standard cards, mah-jongg, war games, and trading/collectible card games.

Bring your own games, or try a game from our collection already on hand. No registration required! Refreshments are served.

Third Saturday of each month.

This event is also open to regular card groups and other game clubs looking for a venue.

Come on out to meet fellow local players – Learn new games – Sharpen your intellect – and enjoy the social aspects of games.

    Location: Nordonia Hills

Monday April 17, 2017
   10:15 AM  -  12:00 PM North Hill Needle Crafters  
    Contact: North Hill Branch Library   330.535.9423   northhill@akronlibrary.org
   

North Hill Needle Crafters

If you love to knit, crochet, and help others, this is the group for you.  Everything this talented group makes is donated to helping agencies in our community.  Are you new to crafting?  We'll be glad to get you started.  If you have yarn and supplies to donate, we'll make good use of them.

    Location: North Hill
   3:00 PM  -  5:00 PM After School Homework Help  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   eramsay@akronlibrary.org
   
After School Homework Help
Mondays & Wednesdays 3-5 pm
January 9- May 24
Free homework help for students in grades K-6.
You’ll find everything you need to get your homework done here!
Stuck on a math question? We have someone to help you.
Can’t find a ruler? We have school supplies.
Need to type a paper? We have computers.
Drop in anytime you need help.
No registration required.
    Location: Maple Valley

Tuesday April 18, 2017
   11:00 AM Baby & Me Time  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

Bring your littlest learners for a program just for them! Finger plays and songs, stories, art experiences, and play time! Recommended for ages 2 and under, with a caregiver.  No registration necessary.

 

    Location: Portage Lakes
   11:30 AM  -  12:30 PM Preschool Playgroup  
    Contact: North Hill Branch Library   330-535-9423   northhill@akronlibrary.org
   

Play is important! Stop in for a few minutes, or the whole hour. Explore various age appropriate toys, blocks, cars, trucks and trains, dolls, puzzles, and other children. Run laps in the community room. Children and adults can both make new friends.

 

    Location: North Hill
   6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Adult Coloring Class  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   twright@akronlibrary.org
   
 Adult Coloring Class
Every second and third Tuesday of the month
You will enjoy this class.  Adult coloring is all the craze right now. 
It is a great relaxing way to be creative and to relieve stress. 
All supplies are provided by the library. 
Please stop by or call the branch to register.
    Location: Maple Valley
   6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Introduction to Intellectual Property  
    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

Wednesday April 19, 2017
   3:00 PM  -  5:00 PM After School Homework Help  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   eramsay@akronlibrary.org
   
After School Homework Help
Mondays & Wednesdays 3-5 pm
January 9- May 24
Free homework help for students in grades K-6.
You’ll find everything you need to get your homework done here!
Stuck on a math question? We have someone to help you.
Can’t find a ruler? We have school supplies.
Need to type a paper? We have computers.
Drop in anytime you need help.
No registration required.
    Location: Maple Valley

Thursday April 20, 2017
   6:00 PM  -  7:30 PM Sistas Knit 2  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   twright@akronlibrary.org
   
Sistas Knit 2
Every Thursday at 6:30 pm
Socialize with other crafters while creating wonderful projects that can be given to family and friends.
This group does everything from knitting to crocheting, needlepoint to cross stitch and more… 
All crafters are welcome.
    Location: Maple Valley
   6:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Friends of the Goodyear Branch Library Preview Sale  
    Contact: Goodyear Branch Library   330-784-7522   goodyear@akronlibrary.org
   

The Friends of the Goodyear Branch Library "Member Only Spring Book Sale Preview" is Thursday, April 20, from 6-8 pm.

You must be a member to attend - memberships may be purchased at the door.

Gently used books, magazines, audiobooks, DVDs, music CDs, and more are available at bargain prices.

Proceeds benefit the Goodyear Branch Library.

    Location: Goodyear

Friday April 21, 2017
   12:00 PM  -  6:00 PM Friends of the Goodyear Branch Library Book Sale  
    Contact: Goodyear Branch Library   330-784-7522   goodyear@akronlibrary.org
   

The Friends of the Goodyear Branch Library will be hosting their Spring Book Sale on Friday, April 21, from 12-6 pm.

Open to the public!

Gently used books, magazines, audiobooks, DVDs, music CDs, and more are available at bargain prices.

Proceeds will benefit the Goodyear Branch Library.

    Location: Goodyear
   3:00 PM  -  5:00 PM Portage Lakes Friends of the Library Book Sale - Friends Preview  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

Friends of the Library Preview

    Location: Portage Lakes

Saturday April 22, 2017
   9:00 AM  -  10:00 AM Friends of the Library Members Pre-Sale  
    Contact: Northwest Akron Branch   3308361081   northwest@akronlibrary.org
   

Friends of the Library Members-only pre-sale.
9am-10am.

Open to Friends Members. If you are not a member you may join at the door. 

 

    Location: Northwest Akron
   10:00 AM  -  3:00 PM Friends of the Goodyear Branch Library Bag Sale  
    Contact: Goodyear Branch Library   330-784-7522   goodyear@akronlibrary.org
   

The Friends of the Goodyear Branch Library will hold a Bag Sale on Saturday, April 22, from 10 am - 3 pm.

The bag sale is $5.00 per bag and will be sold at the event.

Open to the public!

Proceeds benefit the Goodyear Branch Library.

    Location: Goodyear
   10:00 AM  -  3:00 PM Friends of the Library Book Sale  
    Contact: Northwest Akron Branch   3308361081   northwest@akronlibrary.org
   

Friends of the Library Members-only pre-sale.
9am-10am.

Open to Friends Members. If you are not a member you may join at the door. 

 

    Location: Northwest Akron
   10:00 AM  -  3:00 PM Portage Lakes Friends of the Library Book Sale  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

Friends of the Library Book Sale

    Location: Portage Lakes
   10:15 AM  -  12:00 PM Introduction to Patents & Patent Searching  
    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.

Class size is limited, contact the Science & Technology Division to register.

    Location: Main Library

Monday April 24, 2017
   10:15 AM  -  12:00 PM North Hill Needle Crafters  
    Contact: North Hill Branch Library   330.535.9423   northhill@akronlibrary.org
   

North Hill Needle Crafters

If you love to knit, crochet, and help others, this is the group for you.  Everything this talented group makes is donated to helping agencies in our community.  Are you new to crafting?  We'll be glad to get you started.  If you have yarn and supplies to donate, we'll make good use of them.

    Location: North Hill
   3:00 PM  -  5:00 PM After School Homework Help  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   eramsay@akronlibrary.org
   
After School Homework Help
Mondays & Wednesdays 3-5 pm
January 9- May 24
Free homework help for students in grades K-6.
You’ll find everything you need to get your homework done here!
Stuck on a math question? We have someone to help you.
Can’t find a ruler? We have school supplies.
Need to type a paper? We have computers.
Drop in anytime you need help.
No registration required.
    Location: Maple Valley

Tuesday April 25, 2017
   11:00 AM Baby & Me Time  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

Bring your littlest learners for a program just for them! Finger plays and songs, stories, art experiences, and play time! Recommended for ages 2 and under, with a caregiver.  No registration necessary.

 

    Location: Portage Lakes
   11:30 AM  -  12:30 PM Preschool Playgroup  
    Contact: North Hill Branch Library   330-535-9423   northhill@akronlibrary.org
   

Play is important! Stop in for a few minutes, or the whole hour. Explore various age appropriate toys, blocks, cars, trucks and trains, dolls, puzzles, and other children. Run laps in the community room. Children and adults can both make new friends.

 

    Location: North Hill

Wednesday April 26, 2017
   3:00 PM  -  5:00 PM After School Homework Help  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   eramsay@akronlibrary.org
   
After School Homework Help
Mondays & Wednesdays 3-5 pm
January 9- May 24
Free homework help for students in grades K-6.
You’ll find everything you need to get your homework done here!
Stuck on a math question? We have someone to help you.
Can’t find a ruler? We have school supplies.
Need to type a paper? We have computers.
Drop in anytime you need help.
No registration required.
    Location: Maple Valley
   6:00 PM  -  7:30 PM Family STEAM Nights  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

Join us once a month to explore Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math! Each session will feature experiments and activities for all ages.  No registration necessary.

 

    Location: Portage Lakes

Thursday April 27, 2017
   4:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Spring Book Sale - Friend's Preview  
    Contact: Tallmadge   330.633.4345   
   

Spring Book Sale Preview

Friends of the Library members are invited to the presale on Thursday, April 27 from 4 - 8 pm.
Memberships will be available at the door.

    Location: Tallmadge
   6:00 PM  -  7:00 PM The Akron African United Front Book Discussion Group  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   twright@akronlibrary.org
   
The Akron African United Front Book Discussion Group
Every second and fourth Thursday at 6 pm
The Akron African United Front book discussion group offers you the opportunity
to share your opinions on how history affects our world views in today’s society. 
Read and analyze books that are rich in African American culture and history. 
Discuss important heartfelt issues with your peers.
    Location: Maple Valley
   6:00 PM  -  7:30 PM Sistas Knit 2  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   twright@akronlibrary.org
   
Sistas Knit 2
Every Thursday at 6:30 pm
Socialize with other crafters while creating wonderful projects that can be given to family and friends.
This group does everything from knitting to crocheting, needlepoint to cross stitch and more… 
All crafters are welcome.
    Location: Maple Valley

Friday April 28, 2017
   10:00 AM  -  5:00 PM Spring Book Sale  
    Contact: Tallmadge   330.633.4345   
   

The Friends of Tallmadge Branch Library will be hosting their Spring Book Sale on April 28 and 29. 
Gently used books, paperbacks, audio materials and more available at bargain prices.
Proceeds benefit the Tallmadge Branch Library.

 

    Location: Tallmadge
   4:30 PM  -  5:45 PM NORTON FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY PREVIEW BOOK SALE  
    Contact: Norton Branch Library   330-825-7800   norton@akronlibrary.org
   

Members of all Akron-Summit County Public Library Friends of the Library are welcome to attend the Norton Friends of the Library Preview Book Sale on Friday, April 28, 2017 from 4:30-5:45 pm. Memberships will be available for purchase at that time.

    Location: Norton

Saturday April 29, 2017
   9:00 AM  -  3:00 PM Spring Book Sale  
    Contact: Tallmadge   330.633.4345   
   

Spring Book Sale

Looking for a special deal? We will have an all day bag sale on Saturday for only $5 a bag.
We tested it out and you can get 18 hardback books per bag, or 36 - 40 paperback books (depending on size). What a deal!

    Location: Tallmadge
   10:00 AM  -  2:00 PM NORTON FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY BOOK SALE  
    Contact: Norton Branch Library   330-825-7800   norton@akronlibrary.org
   

Don't miss out on the best bargains in town!  Visit the Norton Branch Library for our Annual Friends of the Library Spring Book sale from 10 am-2 pm!  

    Location: Norton

Monday May 1, 2017
   3:00 PM  -  5:00 PM After School Homework Help  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   eramsay@akronlibrary.org
   
After School Homework Help
Mondays & Wednesdays 3-5 pm
January 9- May 24
Free homework help for students in grades K-6.
You’ll find everything you need to get your homework done here!
Stuck on a math question? We have someone to help you.
Can’t find a ruler? We have school supplies.
Need to type a paper? We have computers.
Drop in anytime you need help.
No registration required.
    Location: Maple Valley

Tuesday May 2, 2017
   11:30 AM  -  12:30 PM Preschool Playgroup  
    Contact: North Hill Branch Library   330-535-9423   northhill@akronlibrary.org
   

Play is important! Stop in for a few minutes, or the whole hour. Explore various age appropriate toys, blocks, cars, trucks and trains, dolls, puzzles, and other children. Run laps in the community room. Children and adults can both make new friends.

 

    Location: North Hill

Wednesday May 3, 2017
   3:00 PM  -  5:00 PM After School Homework Help  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   eramsay@akronlibrary.org
   
After School Homework Help
Mondays & Wednesdays 3-5 pm
January 9- May 24
Free homework help for students in grades K-6.
You’ll find everything you need to get your homework done here!
Stuck on a math question? We have someone to help you.
Can’t find a ruler? We have school supplies.
Need to type a paper? We have computers.
Drop in anytime you need help.
No registration required.
    Location: Maple Valley

Thursday May 4, 2017
   6:00 PM  -  7:30 PM Puzzled at the Library  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

Tired of completing the same jigsaw puzzle over and over again?  Put your skills to the test and team up with a partner or work with a group to see who can complete a new puzzle the fastest.  Bring a challenging puzzle to trade with another team.  No registration necessary.

 

    Location: Portage Lakes

Friday May 5, 2017
   12:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Friends of the Library Presale  
    Contact: Ellet Branch   330-784-2019   
   

Open to Friends Members. If you are not a member you may join at the door. Also open to Friends members from other Akron-Summit County Public Libraries.

    Location: Ellet

Saturday May 6, 2017
   10:00 AM  -  3:00 PM Friends of the Library Book Sale  
    Contact: Ellet Branch   330-784-2019   
   

Open to the Public.Come and choose from a wide array of fantastic titles at great prices!

    Location: Ellet
   10:00 AM  -  3:00 PM Kenmore Friends of the Library Book Sale  
    Contact: Kenmore Branch Library   330-745-6126   kenmore@akronlibrary.org
    Location: Kenmore
   1:00 PM Saturday Craft Club  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

Like to create fun projects? Join the fun as each month we have new art experiences to try! Preschool through grade 4 recommended. No registration necessary. Finished with your masterpieces? Stay to visit and read to the dogs of Tails & Tales at 2 pm.

 

    Location: Portage Lakes
   2:00 PM Tails & Tales  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

Visit with our furr-iest friends and practice your reading skills! These gentle friends just love to hear great stories! Children not yet reading are welcome to share a favorite picture book. All ages welcome. No registration necessary.

    Location: Portage Lakes

Monday May 8, 2017
   10:15 AM  -  12:00 PM North Hill Needle Crafters  
    Contact: North Hill Branch Library   330.535.9423   northhill@akronlibrary.org
   

North Hill Needle Crafters

If you love to knit, crochet, and help others, this is the group for you.  Everything this talented group makes is donated to helping agencies in our community.  Are you new to crafting?  We'll be glad to get you started.  If you have yarn and supplies to donate, we'll make good use of them.

    Location: North Hill
   11:00 AM Parachute Playtime  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

A special themed playtime as we discover different kinds of fun we can have with simple parachutes. For Ages 1-4. No registration necessary. 

 

    Location: Portage Lakes
   3:00 PM  -  5:00 PM After School Homework Help  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   eramsay@akronlibrary.org
   
After School Homework Help
Mondays & Wednesdays 3-5 pm
January 9- May 24
Free homework help for students in grades K-6.
You’ll find everything you need to get your homework done here!
Stuck on a math question? We have someone to help you.
Can’t find a ruler? We have school supplies.
Need to type a paper? We have computers.
Drop in anytime you need help.
No registration required.
    Location: Maple Valley
   6:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Ask a Patent Attorney  
    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 attoreney. Get answers to Intellectual Property-related questions such as "Do I need to sign a licensing agreement to produce my invention?" or "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 Divison to begin your session.

    Location: Main Library

Tuesday May 9, 2017
   11:30 AM  -  12:30 PM Preschool Playgroup  
    Contact: North Hill Branch Library   330-535-9423   northhill@akronlibrary.org
   

Play is important! Stop in for a few minutes, or the whole hour. Explore various age appropriate toys, blocks, cars, trucks and trains, dolls, puzzles, and other children. Run laps in the community room. Children and adults can both make new friends.

 

    Location: North Hill
   1:00 PM Afternoon Book Discussion  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Afternoon Book Discussion

Join us for our monthly afternoon book discussion. For May, we will discuss THE SHIP OF BRIDES by Jojo Moyes.

    Location: Green
   6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Introduction to Intellectual Property  
    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

Wednesday May 10, 2017
   3:00 PM  -  5:00 PM After School Homework Help  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   eramsay@akronlibrary.org
   
After School Homework Help
Mondays & Wednesdays 3-5 pm
January 9- May 24
Free homework help for students in grades K-6.
You’ll find everything you need to get your homework done here!
Stuck on a math question? We have someone to help you.
Can’t find a ruler? We have school supplies.
Need to type a paper? We have computers.
Drop in anytime you need help.
No registration required.
    Location: Maple Valley
   6:30 PM  -  8:00 PM Socrates Cafe  
    Contact: Nordonia Hills Branch   330.467.8585   nordoniahills@akronlibrary.org
   

SOCRATES CAFÉ

Are you a parent looking for more opportunities to talk with other adults? 

A senior seeking ways to keep your mind active and engaged?  

A student working to improve reasoning and thinking skills? 

A person wanting to meet some of your neighbors in an informal, yet thoughtful setting?

If so, join us at the Socrates Café!

An ongoing, regular discussion for patrons 16 and over - A place to discuss life with other adults – We explore questions we all ask ourselves in a open and friendly manner.

No registration necessary – No homework – No assigned reading.

Based on the book by CHRISTOPHER PHILLIPS, the Cafe opens the second Wednesday of each month. New cafe-goers are always welcome, age 16 and over.

Come and take part, or just listen to the discussion!

 

    Location: Nordonia Hills

Friday May 12, 2017
   4:00 PM  -  5:30 PM Chess/Checkers Club  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

Interested in learning chess or checkers or just want to play to improve your game?  Drop in for a friendly game once a month with a focus on learning the basics and having fun.  Some game sets will be available for use but feel free to bring your own as well.  For grades K-5.  

 

    Location: Portage Lakes

Saturday May 13, 2017
   10:15 AM  -  12:00 PM Introduction to Patents & Patent Searching  
    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.

Class size is limited, contact the Science & Technology Division to register.

    Location: Main Library

Monday May 15, 2017
   10:15 AM  -  12:00 PM North Hill Needle Crafters  
    Contact: North Hill Branch Library   330.535.9423   northhill@akronlibrary.org
   

North Hill Needle Crafters

If you love to knit, crochet, and help others, this is the group for you.  Everything this talented group makes is donated to helping agencies in our community.  Are you new to crafting?  We'll be glad to get you started.  If you have yarn and supplies to donate, we'll make good use of them.

    Location: North Hill
   3:00 PM  -  5:00 PM After School Homework Help  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   eramsay@akronlibrary.org
   
After School Homework Help
Mondays & Wednesdays 3-5 pm
January 9- May 24
Free homework help for students in grades K-6.
You’ll find everything you need to get your homework done here!
Stuck on a math question? We have someone to help you.
Can’t find a ruler? We have school supplies.
Need to type a paper? We have computers.
Drop in anytime you need help.
No registration required.
    Location: Maple Valley

Tuesday May 16, 2017
   11:30 AM  -  12:30 PM Preschool Playgroup  
    Contact: North Hill Branch Library   330-535-9423   northhill@akronlibrary.org
   

Play is important! Stop in for a few minutes, or the whole hour. Explore various age appropriate toys, blocks, cars, trucks and trains, dolls, puzzles, and other children. Run laps in the community room. Children and adults can both make new friends.

 

    Location: North Hill

Wednesday May 17, 2017
   9:30 AM  -  11:00 AM Introduction to Project Budgets  
    Contact: Business & Government   330 643 9020   
   
Learn the basic elements of how to draft a project budget with confidence!
 
Are you ready to start fundraising for your project or idea, but don’t know what and how much to ask for? 
 
If preparing a budget for your foundation grant is holding you back, this class will provide you with step-by-step instructions on how to generate a standard project budget for a foundation proposal.  We will discuss: 
  • The basic components of a project budget including income and expenses
  • How to estimate the realistic cost of a project
  • What other financial documents you may also need to submit with your proposal

Presented by Foundation Center in collaboration with the Akron-Summit County Public Library and BVU: The Center for Nonprofit Excellence. 

Meeting Room AB

    Location: Main Library
   3:00 PM  -  5:00 PM After School Homework Help  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   eramsay@akronlibrary.org
   
After School Homework Help
Mondays & Wednesdays 3-5 pm
January 9- May 24
Free homework help for students in grades K-6.
You’ll find everything you need to get your homework done here!
Stuck on a math question? We have someone to help you.
Can’t find a ruler? We have school supplies.
Need to type a paper? We have computers.
Drop in anytime you need help.
No registration required.
    Location: Maple Valley

Thursday May 18, 2017
   6:00 PM  -  7:30 PM Build it Club  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

Join us once a month for some building fun with our friends form Bricks 4 Kidz!  Build, play and explore with Legos of all shapes and sizes.  Follow a kit or free build on your own.  All ages welcome.  No registration required.

 

    Location: Portage Lakes

Saturday May 20, 2017
   10:00 AM  -  5:00 PM NH Game Time  
    Contact: Nordonia Hills Branch   330.467.8595   nordoniahills@akronlibrary.org
   

NORDONIA HILLS GAME TIME

We welcome library patrons to a regular monthly event – a place to meet up with fellow game players of all ages.

The room is open to players of chess, role-playing games, board games, Euro games, standard cards, mah-jongg, war games, and trading/collectible card games.

Bring your own games, or try a game from our collection already on hand. No registration required! Refreshments are served.

Third Saturday of each month.

This event is also open to regular card groups and other game clubs looking for a venue.

Come on out to meet fellow local players – Learn new games – Sharpen your intellect – and enjoy the social aspects of games.

    Location: Nordonia Hills

Monday May 22, 2017
   10:15 AM  -  12:00 PM North Hill Needle Crafters  
    Contact: North Hill Branch Library   330.535.9423   northhill@akronlibrary.org
   

North Hill Needle Crafters

If you love to knit, crochet, and help others, this is the group for you.  Everything this talented group makes is donated to helping agencies in our community.  Are you new to crafting?  We'll be glad to get you started.  If you have yarn and supplies to donate, we'll make good use of them.

    Location: North Hill
   12:30 PM  -  1:30 PM NEW Family Lunch Bunch – Smoothies!  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

Get ready for summer by trying new combinations of fruits and vegetables for a refreshing treat.

Perfect for Homeschoolers, Grandparents & Grandchildren!  Join fellow foodie families as we debut a new program browsing cookbooks and sampling new recipes.   Each month we will enjoy a bite from a featured book, theme or celebrity chef.  Bring a prepared dish to share (one per family) and a copy of your recipe.   Be ready to discuss your successes, substitutions, and mishaps along the way.  Paper products and silverware will be provided.  Featured cookbooks will be available at the branch in advance.

 

    Location: Portage Lakes
   3:00 PM  -  5:00 PM After School Homework Help  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   eramsay@akronlibrary.org
   
After School Homework Help
Mondays & Wednesdays 3-5 pm
January 9- May 24
Free homework help for students in grades K-6.
You’ll find everything you need to get your homework done here!
Stuck on a math question? We have someone to help you.
Can’t find a ruler? We have school supplies.
Need to type a paper? We have computers.
Drop in anytime you need help.
No registration required.
    Location: Maple Valley

Tuesday May 23, 2017
   11:30 AM  -  12:30 PM Preschool Playgroup  
    Contact: North Hill Branch Library   330-535-9423   northhill@akronlibrary.org
   

Play is important! Stop in for a few minutes, or the whole hour. Explore various age appropriate toys, blocks, cars, trucks and trains, dolls, puzzles, and other children. Run laps in the community room. Children and adults can both make new friends.

 

    Location: North Hill

Wednesday May 24, 2017
   3:00 PM  -  5:00 PM After School Homework Help  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   eramsay@akronlibrary.org
   
After School Homework Help
Mondays & Wednesdays 3-5 pm
January 9- May 24
Free homework help for students in grades K-6.
You’ll find everything you need to get your homework done here!
Stuck on a math question? We have someone to help you.
Can’t find a ruler? We have school supplies.
Need to type a paper? We have computers.
Drop in anytime you need help.
No registration required.
    Location: Maple Valley
   6:00 PM  -  7:30 PM Family STEAM Nights  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

Join us once a month to explore Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math! Each session will feature experiments and activities for all ages.  No registration necessary.

 

    Location: Portage Lakes

Tuesday May 30, 2017
   11:30 AM  -  12:30 PM Preschool Playgroup  
    Contact: North Hill Branch Library   330-535-9423   northhill@akronlibrary.org
   

Play is important! Stop in for a few minutes, or the whole hour. Explore various age appropriate toys, blocks, cars, trucks and trains, dolls, puzzles, and other children. Run laps in the community room. Children and adults can both make new friends.

 

    Location: North Hill

Saturday June 3, 2017
   10:00 AM  -  3:00 PM Friends of Oom Branch Library Book Sale  
    Contact: Odom Branch Library   330-843-4726   
   

Come and browse our wide selection of fiction and non-fiction books, audiobooks, movies, and magazines. 

    Location: Odom

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Today is  Friday January 20, 2017

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