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Monday May 1, 2017 -  Wednesday May 31, 2017
     Book Club to Go  
    Contact: Goodyear Branch Library   330-784-7522   goodyear@akronlibrary.org
   

New books are available the first week of each month. No meetings, no deadlines, just some GREAT reads! Discussion questions, read-alike lists, and author information are included with each book.

THE WRIGHT BROTHERS by David G. McCullough    THE WRIGHT BROTHERS by David G. McCullough

    Click on the book to place a copy on hold.

    Location: Goodyear

Monday May 1, 2017 -  Wednesday May 31, 2017
     NatureConnect DIY2Go  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

DIY2Go Secret Seed Envelopes:

1. Pick up a mystery seed package,

2. Take home and plant,

3. Send pictures of your seed sprout to portagelakes@akronlibrary.org

4.  Let us decorate our windows with your photos!  

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

Thursday May 25, 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 Preschool Story Time  
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

Every Thursday

Stories and activities for children 2 to 5 years old with an adult caregiver.

    Location: Main Library
   11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Reentry in Motion: Ohio Risk Assessment System  
    Contact: Business & Government Division   330-643-9020   
   

The Ohio Risk Assessment System (ORAS), is an evidence based practice. An evidence based practice is the knowledge and research developed around methods and tools which reduce recidivism (returning to incarceration). The ORAS tools can be used in the following ways: at pretrial; before or while on community supervision; at prison intake; and preparation to reentry just prior to release from prison. The following seminar will provided additional information about this useful system. Room 2AB.

    Location: Main Library
   1:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Needle crafting @ 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 through 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 Teen Book Club  
    Contact: Firestone Park Branch Library   330-724-2126   
   

Enjoy pizza while discussing our monthly book pick.

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

GHOST by Jason Reynolds

    Location: Firestone Park
   3:30 PM  -  4:30 PM Teen Escape Room Challenge  
    Contact: Odom Branch Library   3304348726   odombranchlibrary@akronlibrary.org
   

Teen Escape Room Challenge: May 25, 3:30pm

Bring your friends to try and solve the puzzles to escape the mystery room. Groups of 8 will be sent in to try and solve the puzzles in 30 minutes in order to escape. Because of the nature of this program, registration is requested. Sign up with your own group or join in and make some new friends. The recommend age for this program is 12-18. 

    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 School-Age STEAM (Grades K to 5)  
    Contact: Northwest Akron Branch   3308361081   northwest@akronlibrary.org
   

School-Age STEAM (Grades K to 5)

4th Thursdays, March 23, April 27, May 25, 4 pm

Join us once a month to explore science, technology, engineering, art, and math with fun experiments and activities!

 

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

Patrons with food allergy questions should contact the branch.

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

Test your gaming skills with friends. Games will be announced weekly. Check out 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, March 23, April 13, May 25, 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  -  8:00 PM Project Learn ESOL/GED Classes  
    Contact: North Hill   330.535.9423   northbranch@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   330-628-9228   mogadore@akronlibrary.org
   
Thursday, May 25, 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. Snacks will be served at this program.
Patrons with food allergy questions should contact the branch.

Theme: Mexican Fiesta Foods

    Location: Mogadore
   6:00 PM Everything I Need to Know I Learned in The Twilight Zone  
    Contact: Fairlawn-Bath Branch   330-666-4888   
   

This one-act presentation featuring Largely Literary Theater Company co-founders Mark Dawidziak and Sara Showman is based on Dawidziak's recently published book of the same title. A tribute to the enduring storytelling power of The Twilight Zone, the book features 50 life lessons drawn from classic episodes of Rod Serling's beloved anthology series. The performance will be followed by a Q&A session and book signing.  This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Fairlawn-Bath Branch Library.

    Location: Fairlawn-Bath
   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: Richfield
   6:30 PM Movies@Main: Moana  
    Contact: Culture & AV   330-643-9015   
   
Kung Fu Panda 3 movie poster
 

The daughter of the leader of an ancient Polynesian tribe sets sail in search of a fabled demigod in the hope of saving her people. Spectacular fantasy starring the voices of Auli'i Cravalho and Dwayne Johnson. Rated PG. 107 min

    Location: Main Library-Auditorium
   6:30 PM Mystery Book Club  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

CAIRO CODE: A THRILLER by Glen Meade

HIDDEN CHILD by Camilla Lackberg

SECRET OF RAVEN POINT by Jennifer Vanderbes

How far will each character go trying to find answers to bizarre events as they try to protect not only a loved one but themselves during WWII.

Read one, read all, your choice!

 

    Location: Portage Lakes
   6:30 PM  -  8:00 PM Getting Started in Oral Family History  
    Contact: Richfield Branch Library   330-659-4343   mdaly@akronlibrary.org
   

Whether you’re compiling your family history or researching a local history topic, oral histories can be a wonderful addition to the names and dates you find in written records. Join a librarian from the Special Collections Division for an overview of how to prepare for and record interviews and what to do with the recordings you make. An overview of genealogy and local history sources available at the library will be included.

SPACE IS LIMITED - PLEASE REGISTER AT THE FRONT DESK

    Location: Richfield
   6:45 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. Stop by to visit us at the Higland Square Branch library to see what book we are reading next.

    Location: Highland Square

Friday May 26, 2017
   4:30 PM  -  5:30 PM Summer Reading Volunteer Orientation Meeting  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   3330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

We are looking for teens ages 12-18 to assist with the Mind, Body & Sole summer reading program.  Opportunities run from June 5- July 31.  Minimum 2 hours per week requested.  Please attend one of the sessions above for registration and more information.  

    Location: Portage Lakes

Saturday May 27, 2017
     Kids Create  
    Contact: Fairlawn-Bath Branch   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
   11:00 AM Butterfly Story Time  
    Contact: Northwest Akron Branch   3308361081   northwest@akronlibrary.org
   

Butterfly Story Time

Saturday, May 27, 11 am

Join us to learn all about the butterfly life cycle with stories, games, crafts, and a sneak peek of our real-life caterpillars! Families of all ages are welcome. Registration requested.

For all ages

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

    Location: Northwest Akron
   11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Reentry Success Stories  
    Contact: Business & Government Division   330-643-9020   
   

In the following reentry success stories, goals are reached, accomplishments are made, and dreams come true despite setbacks, wrong turns, and failures. Room 2AB.

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

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

    Location: Ellet
   2:00 PM Anime Afternoon  
    Contact: Ellet Branch   330-784-2019   
   

Grades 6-12. Choose which anime we watch, make candy sushi, and create anime-related art for our bulletin board.

    Location: Ellet

Sunday May 28, 2017
   2:00 PM  -  2:30 PM Sunday Story Time Sampler  
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

Every Sunday, 2 pm

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

    Location: Main Library

Tuesday May 30, 2017
     Drive-Thru Teen Book Club  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Youth & Teen

Easy as 1-2-3: Check out a copy of the Teen Book of the Month. Read it. Fill out a prize slip and return it to the library. A prize winner will be drawn on the 5th of the month following.

May I KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER by Lois Duncan

    Location: Green
   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 Garden Planting  
    Contact: Richfield Branch Library   330-659-4343   dnagy@akronlibrayr.org
   

Garden Planting Day
Tuesday, May 30 10:30-11:30 am
Come ready to get dirty! Today is the day we will plant our library garden, and youngsters will also plant something to take home.

    Location: Richfield
   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
   3:30 PM  -  4:30 PM Tween Tuesdays  
    Contact: Odom Branch Library   3304348726   odombranchlibrary@akronlibrary.org
   

Tween Tuesdays for ages 10-18

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

We will not meet if school is not in session.

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

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

    Location: Ellet
   5:30 PM  -  8:00 PM Project Learn ESOL/GED Classes  
    Contact: North Hill   330.535.9423   northbranch@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  -  7:00 PM Creative Container Gardening with Cathy Morgan  
    Contact: Highland Square   330-376-2927   kgerlach@akronlibrary.org
   

Learn the secrets to container gardening success with Cathy Morgan, aka the "Gardener Librarian." Release your inner designer and create a fabulous floral container garden of your very own. All supplies will be provided by the library.

Please call 330-376-2927 or stop in to visit us at the Highland Square Branch Library to register.

    Location: Highland Square
   6:00 PM  -  7:00 PM Summer Reading Volunteer Orientation Meeting  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   3330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

We are looking for teens ages 12-18 to assist with the Mind, Body & Sole summer reading program.  Opportunities run from June 5- July 31.  Minimum 2 hours per week requested.  Please attend one of the sessions above for registration and more information.  

    Location: Portage Lakes
   6:00 PM  -  7:30 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: Portage Lakes
   6:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Adult Coloring Night  
    Contact: Nordonia Hills Branch Library   330-467-8595   nordoniahills@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

Wednesday May 31, 2017
   10:30 AM Baby Time  
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

Every Wednesday

An active story time for children from birth to 2 years old with an adult caregiver. We combine music, story and play to engage our youngest learners.

    Location: Main Library
   1:00 PM Memory Cafe: An Early Stage Dementia Program  
    Contact: Ellet Branch   330-784-2019   
   

Memory Cafe offers a relaxing and comfortable way for people living in the early stages of memory loss to build a social network and connect with like individuals in their own community. Meaningful social and educational activities promote social interaction, companionship, and learning. 

The Memory Cafe is a collaboration between The Alzheimer's Association Greater East Ohio Area Chapter and the Akron-Summit County Public Library. Advance registration is requested. To register please contact the Alzheimer's Association at 1-800-272-3900.

    Location: Ellet
   1:00 PM Preschool Story Time  
    Contact: Fairlawn-Bath Branch   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, April 17.

    Location: Fairlawn-Bath
   3:30 PM Game Day  
    Contact: Mogadore Branch Library   330-628-9228   mogadore@akronlibrary.org
   

Wednesday, May 31, 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
   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: BILLY LYNN’S LONG HALFTIME WALK by Ben Fountain

    Location: Firestone Park
   6:00 PM  -  7:30 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: Portage Lakes
   6:30 PM Devil’s Triangle  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Adult Program
Presented by Ernie Stadvec, he will discuss his flight through the Bermuda Triangle during which he lost all radio contact and electronics.  Numerous theories will be discussed about this phenomenon in this region of the world.

 
    Location: Green
   6:30 PM Oddball Ohio  
    Contact: Tallmadge   330.633.4345   
   

Adult Program - Oddball Ohio

Bill Brauning presents a look at the interesting and quirky places and things in Ohio that are off the beaten path.

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

YOGA OFF THE MAT

Learn soothing stretches that you can incorprate 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.  

This class is limited to twenty participants and registration is strongly suggested.

    Location: Nordonia Hills

Thursday June 1, 2017
     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. 

June- DROWNING RUTH by Christina Schwarz

    Location: Firestone Park

Thursday June 1, 2017 -  Friday June 30, 2017
     Book Club to Go  
    Contact: Goodyear Branch Library   330-784-7522   goodyear@akronlibrary.org
   

New books are available the first week of each month. No meetings, no deadlines, just some GREAT reads! Discussion questions, read-alike lists, and author information are included with each book.

The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George   June THE LITTLE PARIS BOOKSHOP by Nina George    

   Click on the book to place a copy on hold.

    Location: Goodyear

Thursday June 1, 2017
   10:15 AM Baby Time  
    Contact: Nordonia Hills Branch Library   330-467-8595   nordoniahills@akronlibrary.org
   

BABY TIME

Our programs feature stories, songs and bounces!

For children 24 months and under with a parent or caregiver.

Please register in advance.

    Location: Nordonia Hills
   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 Preschool Story Time  
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

Every Thursday

Stories, music, and activities for children 2 to 5 years old with an adult caregiver.

    Location: Main Library
   11:15 AM Toddler Story Time  
    Contact: Nordonia Hills Branch Library   330-467-8595   nordoniahills@akronlibrary.org
   

TODDLER STORY TIME

Our programs feature short stories, songs and rhymes!

For children 2-3 years old, with two-year olds accompanied by a  parent or caregiver.

Please register in advance.

    Location: Nordonia Hills
   12:00 PM  -  12:00 PM Richfield Mysteries, An On-Your-Own Book Club  
    Contact: Richfield Branch Library   330-659-4343   mdaly@akronlibrary.org
   

June title - THE DEAD KEY by D. M. Pulley

Image result for the dead keyStop by the front desk and pick up this month’s title. No Pressure – No Discussion. Just read and enjoy and tell us how you liked it. 

    Location: Richfield
   12:30 PM Preschool Story Time  
    Contact: Nordonia Hills Branch Library   330-467-8595   nordoniahills@akronlibrary.org
   

PRESCHOOL STORY TIME

Our programs feature stories, songs, rhymes and more!

For children 3-5 years old, not yet in Kindergarten. 

Please register in advance.

    Location: Nordonia Hills
   2:00 PM Adult Play Day: Puzzles, Coloring and Coffee.  
    Contact: Fairlawn-Bath Branch Library   330-666-4888   fairlawnbath@akronlibrary.org
   

Come and experience the latest trend in relaxation, adult coloring books! Also, try your hand at our new puzzles and brain teasers for adults! Coloring pages designed especially for adults. Colored pencils and refreshments will be provided. This program is sponsored by the Friends of Fairlawn-Bath Library.

    Location: Fairlawn-Bath
   4:00 PM Wii U 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
   5:30 PM  -  8:00 PM Project Learn ESOL/GED Classes  
    Contact: North Hill   330.535.9423   northbranch@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 Movies@Main: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them  
    Contact: Culture & AV   330-643-9015   
   
Kung Fu Panda 3 movie poster
 

Based on the book by J.K. Rowling. The adventures of Newt Scamander and an array of magical creatures in New York’s secret community of wizards. Starring Eddie Redmayne, Dan Fogler and Colin Farrell. Rated PG-13. 133 min

    Location: Main Library-Auditorium
   6:00 PM  -  7:30 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.

 

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    Location: Portage Lakes
   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?  Ready for a challenge?  Join us once a month as we work together to complete new puzzles with friends.  No registration necessary.

 

    Location: Portage Lakes
   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
   6:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Sistas Knit 2  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   maplevalley@akronlibrary.org
    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 Plan for Your Stuff  
    Contact: Nordonia Hills Branch Library   330-467-8595   nordoniahills@akronlibrary.org
   

PLAN FOR YOUR STUFF

We all have stuff, and some of us have lots of stuff!  At some point, we (or our families) will have to deal with our stuff.  This can be a big and emotionally challenging job.  Andrew Richmond discusses why you need to plan for your stuff, helpful planning tips, when to get an appraisal, ways of selling your personal property, and how to prepare yourself mentally.

Please register in advance.

    Location: Nordonia Hills

Friday June 2, 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
   1:00 PM  -  5:00 PM Richfield Friends of the Library Book Sale  
   

Used and gently used books, magazines, and cd's for great prices. 

    Location: Richfield
   2:00 PM Memory Fitness Matters: What You Need To Know  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Adult Program

If you are experiencing memory frustrations, it is important to understand what might interfere with your ability to remember. Learn the impact of attitude, paying attention, lifestyle choices and stress as well as the changes in memory that come with normal aging.  Presented by Kathryn Kilpatrick M.A. CCC/SLP, a geriatric life enhancement consultant, a memory fitness specialist and a national motivational speaker with more than 40 years of experience as a speech-language pathologist, primarily in the area of home health care.

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

Microsoft Office Excel 1-3 Practical Application

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

Please visit our website for more information:

    Location: Portage Lakes

Saturday June 3, 2017
   8:30 AM  -  10:00 AM North Hill Friends of the Library Book Sale Preview  
    Contact: North Hill Branch Library   330.535.9423   northbranch@akronlibrary.org
   

North Hill Friends of the Library Book Sale Preview

The early bird gets the best selection and great deals!  You must be a Friend of the Library to attend.  Friends' memberships will be available for purchase at the door.

    Location: North Hill
   10:00 AM  -  3:00 PM Friends of Odom 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
   10:00 AM  -  4:00 PM Geeks Who Game @ the Library  
    Contact: Goodyear Branch Library   330-784-7522   goodyear@akronlibrary.org
   

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  -  4:00 PM Richfield Friends of the Library Book Sale  
   

Used and gently used books, magazines, and cd's for great prices. 

    Location: Richfield
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Paws for Reading  
    Contact: Fairlawn-Bath Branch Library   330-666-4888   fairlawnbath@akronlibrary.org
   

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@arkonlibrary.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: Richfield Library   330-659-4343   dnagy@akronlibary.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  -  12:30 PM Researching Your Immigrant Ancestors Before 1820  
    Contact: Main - Special Collections Division   330-643-9030   speccollections@akronlibrary.org
   

Researching Your Immigrant Ancestors Before 1820

Tracing ancestors before 1820 can be extremely difficult due to a lack of documentation and limited accessibility of surviving records. Focusing on European immigrants to the eastern seaboard, a librarian from the Special Collections Division will provide an overview of strategies and sources commonly used in researching early immigrants. Please note: This genealogy class is geared toward those with intermediate research skills. Because electronic resources are used, basic computer skills are recommended.

This class will take place in Computer Lab 2 on the First Floor of Main Library.

To register, please call or email the Special Collections Division.

    Location: Main Library
   10:30 AM  -  3:00 PM North Hill Friends of the Library Book Sale  
    Contact: North Hill Branch Library   330.535.9423   northbranch@akronlibrary.org
   

North Hill Friends of the Library Book Sale 

Shop early for the best selection and great deals for everyone in the family.  Get your summer beach reads here!  Dealers are welcome.

    Location: North Hill
   11:00 AM Crooked River Comedy Improv Show  
    Contact: Highland Square   330-376-2927   kgerlach@akronlibrary.org
   

Fast, funny and deliriously attractive, The Crooked River Comedy Ensemble is Northeast Ohio’s premier improv troupe. These skillful storytellers create fresh, original performances based on ideas from you, the audience. The Crooked River Comedy Ensemble features Deena Nyer Mendlowitz, Patrick French and James Catullo, as well as a rotating list of the best and brightest comedic minds around.  

    Location: Highland Square
   11:00 AM Saturday Story Time Sampler  
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

The First and Third Saturdays of the month, 11 am

Stories and activities for preschool-primary children with an adult caregiver.

    Location: Main Library
   11:00 AM  -  6:00 PM Summit StageFest  
    Contact: Highland Square   330-376-2927   
   

Summit StageFest is a one-day, free, outdoor theater festival featuring live, simultaneous performances on five stages located in Highland Square. The festival will also have street performers, art, craft and food vendors and children's activities. Twelve local community theaters are collaborating in the festival. Check in at the library for related activities.

    Location: Highland Square
   1:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Potter Faire: Harry Potter 20 Year Anniversary Party  
    Contact: Patty Marsh, Downtown Services Manager     pmarsh@akronlibrary.org
   

Come for the Harry Potter 20 Year Anniversary Party, Saturday, June 3, from 1-4
And Get a Running Start on Mind, Body & Sole by signing up for the summer reading program.
All ages invited.

Get sorted into your house, and pick up a Marauder's Map to find your way through a Hogwarts scavenger hunt. Attend Charms Class and Defense Against the Dark Arts and put a boggart back where it belongs. Visit the Daily Prophet and the Quibbler for a photo shoot. 

Visit Transfiguration Class to register for the costume contest which will take place at 3:30. 

Staff from the Akron Global Polymer Academy will be teaching Potions class where sports drinks will change colors before your eyes.  There will also be an exhibition of Harry Potter’s World: Renaissance Science, Magic, and Medicine, which was developed and produced by the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health.

Head to Hogsmeade for balloon tying, face painting, and food purchased from the Stray Dog Café. Then practice your Quidditch skills, and stop at the Common Room to watch a movie or take your
O. W. L. S.

Before you go stop at the Hogwart’s Library to sign up for Mind, Body and Soul, the summer reading program for all ages.   And remember to put the tokens you earned in the House Cups.  The winner will be announced after the costume contest.

    Location: Main Library
   2:00 PM Butterfly and Hummingbird Garden Planting Day  
    Contact: Northwest Akron Branch   3308361081   northwest@akronlibrary.org
   

Summer Gardening Series

Butterfly and Hummingbird Garden Planting Day

Saturday, June 3, 2 pm

All ages are welcome to help us plant a butterfly and hummingbird container garden. We’ll also share garden-themed activities and crafts.

    Location: Northwest Akron
   2:00 PM Scientific Illustration with Dr. Christopher Sheil  
    Contact: Fairlawn-Bath Branch Library   330-666-4888   fairlawnbath@akronlibrary.org
   

Dr. Christopher Sheil worked as a Scientific Illustrator for the Natural History Museum and Biodiversity Research Center, at the University of Kansas, and has worked as a free-lance illustrator for over 2 decades."  In this 2-hour workshop, he will present a summary of some of the media and techniques that work well for presenting biological material commonly observed by naturalists.  If you want to try your hand at making illustrations of animals and plants commonly seen on nature walks or in your garden, you'll love this workshop.  Previous instruction in art is not required.  We will meet at the Martin Center for Field Studies & Environmental Education at 4240 Ira Road, Akron, 44333.  For more information or to register call the Fairlawn Bath Library at 330-666-4888

    Location: Fairlawn-Bath
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Dig in…at the Maple Valley Branch Library!  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   eramsay@akronlibrary.org
   
Dig in…at the Maple Valley Branch Library!
Saturday, June 3, 2 pm
Join us for a fun and messy afternoon of digging in the dirt as we plant beautiful flowers outside the library.
Gardening tools and gloves will be provided.
Please be sure to wear older clothes as we will be getting dirty.
Fun for families with children of all ages! 
    Location: Maple Valley
   2:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Get a Running Start on Mind, Body & Sole  
    Contact: Culture AV   330.643.9015   
   

Get a Running Start on Mind, Body & Sole

Sign up for the summer reading program, and start reading to win prizes this summer.

All ages invited to sign up at the Culture AV Desk.

    Location: Main Library
   3:15 PM  -  4:00 PM Potter Faire Costume Contest  
    Contact: Patty Marsh, Downtown Services Manager     pmarsh@akronlibrary.org
   

Potter Faire Costume Contest

Sign up for the costume contest at the Transfiguration Class table outside the Auditorium to be included in the contest.
Enjoy the costumes on stage in the Auditorium starting at 3:30.

    Location: Main Library-Auditorium

Sunday June 4, 2017
   2:00 PM  -  2:30 PM Sunday Story Time Sampler  
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

Every Sunday

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

    Location: Main Library

Monday June 5, 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.

Ball of String – June 5 Bring in some pieces of string to add to our ball.  How big do you think it will be?

    Location: Goodyear
   10:15 AM  -  12:00 PM North Hill Needle Crafters  
    Contact: North Hill Branch Library   330.535.9423   northbranch@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 will be glad to get you started.  If you have yarn and supplies to donate, we will make god use of them.

    Location: North Hill
   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. 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! Dress for possible messy play experiences.

    Location: Highland Square

Monday June 5, 2017 -  Saturday July 29, 2017
   11:00 AM Help Create a Community Sculpture  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   
   

Help create a community sculpture! For each book read, you will get a lego piece to add to our library sculpture! Let's see how big we can make it together!

    Location: Ellet

Monday June 5, 2017 -  Saturday July 29, 2017
   11:00 AM Help Us to Build a Better World  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   
   

Help us to Build a Better World by bringing a nonperishable food item to the library during June and July. We will donate all items to the Akron-Canton Regional Food Bank. The Super Six most needed items are boxed cereal, peanut butter, canned tuna, canned vegetables, canned beef stew and canned soup.

    Location: Ellet

Monday June 5, 2017
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Meet and Greet Webster Event!  
    Contact: Norton Branch Library   330-825-7800   nortonbranch@akronlibrary.org
   

Register for Mind, Body & sole and meet fan favorite, Webster, the Akron Rubberducks mascot.

Take a photo to make a Summer 2017 memory!

    Location: Norton
   3:30 PM  -  5:00 PM Ellet Needle Crafters  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   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  -  7:30 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: Portage Lakes
   6:30 PM Racing Through the Holy Land: 9,000 Years in 9 Days  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Racing Through the Holy Land:  9,000 Years in 9 Days

Pictures and presentation by Karen Sue Eckart.  Many things about her trip to Israel surprised Ms. Eckart. (like how lush and green the northern part of the country is). If you are curious at all about modern day Israel and its Biblical history, come take a trip with Ms. Eckart. At each stop, we will talk about the Biblical context, history and archaeology. She will also share the things their Jewish guide told them about modern day Israel.

Monday, June 5, 6:30 pm  

Down to the Dead Sea - Part 1:  Starting at the uppermost boundary of Israel, we will work our way down the country to the Dead Sea. Stops include the Sea of Galilee, where Jesus spent most of His ministry. We will also visit Qumran, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found. Then onto Masada, the last Jewish stronghold against the Romans. And from there, into the Dead Sea. Many other stops are included.

    Location: Green
   6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM B4 Bed + Stories for Adults  
    Contact: Firestone Park Branch Library   330-724-2126   
   

Have you always wanted to start a good story only to realize you don't have the time? Or maybe you want to feel just like a kid again and have a good story read to you? Let your imagination wander as you join Storyteller Kyle Jozsa from Wandering Aesthetics as he shares a series of short stories - radio play style - for adults only. B4 BED: STORIES FOR ADULTS is all about that return trip to childhood. So sit back, relax and get away from the everyday as we read you enthralling episodes from modern and classic writers alike. *Participants should feel free to bring their sewing, knitting or crocheting projects, coloring books or other handheld fidget toys to enjoy as Kyle weaves these tales. Please register for this program by calling us at 330-724-2126 or stopping by to visit us at the Firestone Park Branch Library.

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

Evening Book Discussion

We will be discussing MY BRILLIANT FRIEND by Elena Ferrante.  Books are available for check out at our service desk one month prior to the discussion.  New members are always welcome!

    Location: North Hill
   6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Stories in the Garden  
    Contact: Firestone Park Branch Library   330-724-2126   
   

Ages 2-6

Join us outside in our NatureConnect space for this hands on story time. We will tend the garden, enjoy stories, rhymes, songs and end with a creative activity. 

 

    Location: Firestone Park

Tuesday June 6, 2017
   10:30 AM Preschool Story Time  
    Contact: Northwest Akron Branch   330.836.1081   northwest@akronlibrary.org
   

Preschool Story Time

(2 to 5 year-olds with a caregiver)

Tuesdays, June 6 to July 25, 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: Tallmadge   330.633.4345   
   

PRESCHOOL TALES

For 2 - 6 year olds and their families

    Location: Tallmadge
   10:30 AM Story Time  
    Contact: Highland Square   330-376-2927   
   

Ages 18 months – 5 years old and their grown ups

You are your child’s first teacher. Discover songs, books, prop stories 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!

    Location: Highland Square
   10:30 AM Story Time Programs  
    Contact: Mogadore Branch Library   330-628-9228   mogadorebranch@akronlibrary.org
   

Tuesday, June 6, 10:30 am

Join Miss Kim for stories, songs, games and crafts.

Ages 3 and up

    Location: Mogadore
   11:30 AM  -  12:15 PM Paws for Reading  
    Contact: North Hill Branch Library   330-535-9423   northhill@akronlibrary.org
   

Practice your reading skills by reading aloud to Rocky, our special doggie visitor. Bring a book from home, or read one of ours! Not reading yet? Our dog's owner will read with you!

    Location: North Hill
   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  -  1:30 PM Color It So  
    Contact: Goodyear Branch Library   330-784-7522   goodyear@akronlibrary.org
   

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
   1:00 PM MBS Kick-off  
    Contact: Fairlawn-Bath Branch Library   330-666-4888   fairlawnbath@akronlibrary.org
   

Join us at our MBS Kick-off for some outside games to help get our minds, bodies & soles ready for summer fun!

    Location: Fairlawn-Bath
   2:00 PM School Age Fun  
    Contact: Nordonia Hills Branch Library   330-467-8595   nordoniahills@akronlibrary.org
   

BINGO!

It's a game of BINGO!  Who will be our lucky winners?

Program is for students in Kindergarten-5th grade.

Please register in advance.

    Location: Nordonia Hills
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM TEEN TUESDAYS @ 2  
    Contact: Norton Branch Library   330-825-7800   norton@akronlibrary.org
   

Kindness Rocks

Kindness rocks and so do you! 

Help us to inspire others by designing and decorating a rock masterpiece to take with you or to decorate our Library Reading Garden. 

All supplies provided and registration is not neccessary. 

    Location: Norton
   3:30 PM Teen Tealight Lantern/Notebook Decorating  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330-864-5721   maplevalley@akronlibrary.org
   

For Grades 4-12. Create a fun lantern to use indoors or outdoors and decorate notebooks. Registration is requested.

    Location: Maple Valley
   5:30 PM  -  8:00 PM Project Learn ESOL/GED Classes  
    Contact: North Hill   330.535.9423   northbranch@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 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
   6:00 PM  -  7:30 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: Portage Lakes
   6:30 PM Mysterious Tuesdays  
    Contact: Mogadore Branch Library   330-628-9228   mogadorebranch@akronlibrary.org
   

Wednesday, June 6, 6:30 pm

Hotel Paradise by Martha Grimes

Hotel Paradise

 

    Location: Mogadore
   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 June 7, 2017
   10:30 AM Baby Time  
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

Every Wednesday

An active story time for children from birth to 2 years old with an adult caregiver. We combine music, story and play to engage our youngest learners.

    Location: Main Library
   11:00 AM Summer Special Events Series  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Family Events

Wednesdays, 11 am OR 1 pm (Choose the time that is best for your family)

June 7  Magician David Anthony

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

All ages

Join us for stories, music, movement and fun! Each session will be followed by a play time or fun activity. 

    Location: Firestone Park
   11:30 AM  -  12:30 PM Pitter Patter Playgroup  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   eramsay@akronlibrary.org
   
Pitter Patter Playgroup
Wednesdays, June 7-July 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
   12:30 PM  -  2:00 PM Ice Cream Social  
    Contact: Mogadore Branch Library   330-628-9228   mogadorebranch@akronlibrary.org
   

Special Time: Wednesday, June 7, 12:30-2 pm

Calling all ages! Build a Better World and start off your summer right by visiting the
Mogadore Branch Library and registering for Mind, Body, and Sole, our summer reading program. 
Socialize with friends, neighbors, and library lovers while enjoying some ice cream. 
We will also have a special visit from Elephant and Piggie, as well as Webster, mascot for the Akron Rubber Ducks!
    Location: Mogadore
   1:00 PM Coffee and Coloring  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   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 especially for adults as well as coloring utensils and refreshments will be provided.

    Location: Ellet
   1:00 PM Summer Special Events Series  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Family Events

Wednesdays, 11 am OR 1 pm (Choose the time that is best for your family)

June 7  Magician David Anthony

    Location: Green
   1:00 PM  -  2:30 PM Book Discussion  
    Contact: Norton Branch Library   330-825-7800   nortonbranch@akronlibrary.org
   

Join us for a discussion of The Martian a 2011 debut science fiction novel by Andy Weir.

Light refreshments provided.

    Location: Norton
   1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Mind Body and Sole Kick Off  
    Contact: Richfield Branch Library   330-659-4343   dnagy@akronlibrary.org
   

Mind, Body and Sole Kicks off with Root Beer Floats and Music in the garden
Wednesday, June 7, 1-3 pm
Join us in the garden for Summer Reading Club sign up and refreshing a root beer float.
Bring a picnic blanket and settle in with your float and enjoy the performance by Up River Music as they dazzle us with the sounds of Appalachia. 
Music performance will take place from 1:30-2:30 pm. Refreshments generously provided by the Friends of the Richfield Branch Library.
 

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

Join us for a discussion of STATION ELEVEN by Emily St. John Mandel. Extra copies of the book are available at the front desk.

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    Location: Richfield
   4:00 PM  -  5:00 PM Paws for Reading  
    Contact: Norton Branch Library   330-825-7800   nortonbranch@akronlibrary.org
   

Children of all ages can practice their literacy skills by reading aloud to our certified therapy dogs.  

This is a great way for children to build their reading fluency and read-aloud confidence.

Rocky and her furry friends are waiting for you!

    Location: Norton
   6:00 PM  -  7:00 PM Ice Cream Social!  
    Contact: North Hill Branch Library   330-535-9423   northhill@akronlibrary.org
   

Stop in for the annual Ice Cream Social sponsored by the Friends of North Hill Branch Library. Everyone is invited to enjoy a small sundae, then sign up for our Mind, Body & Sole summer reading program. Plan a visit with one of our Rubber Duck's mascots, including a fun photo opportunity.

    Location: North Hill
   6:00 PM  -  7:15 PM Building Challenge  
    Contact: Goodyear Branch Library   330-784-7522   goodyear@akronlibrary.org
   

Building Challenge

Challenge yourself to make a tall newspaper tower, a strong paper bridge and a large toothpick structure.  Join us for an evening of engineering and building.

Registration appreciated

 

    Location: Goodyear
   6:00 PM  -  7:30 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: Portage Lakes
   6:30 PM Medicare  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Adult Program

New to Medicare, turning 65, or on Medicare but confused about your options? Don Ebner and Ed Nowlan from Sherpa Insurance in Green will be presenting this educational forum on Medicare 101. Let these insurance "Sherpas" guide you through the basics of Medicare, so you understand your options and avoid costly pitfalls. This is an Educational event only, not a sales situation.

Please register in advance for this program.

    Location: Green
   6:30 PM Reader’s Choice Book Discussion  
    Contact: Mogadore Branch Library   330-628-9228   mogadorebranch@akronlibrary.org
   

Wednesday, June 7, 6:30 pm

The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George

The Little Paris Bookshop

    Location: Mogadore
   6:30 PM Wellness Yoga: Yoga off the Mat  
    Contact: Nordonia Hills Branch Library   330-467-8595   nordoniahills@akronlibrary.org
   

YOGA OFF THE MAT

Learn soothing stretches that you can incorprate 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.  

This class is limited to twenty participants and registration is strongly suggested.

    Location: Nordonia Hills
   6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Belly Dance for Beginners  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   maplevalley@akronlibrary.org
    Belly dancing has a rich history within the Arabic culture and this fun program is designed to get people involved in a traditional style of dance. Please Join Professor Alia Almashni as she enriches the audience with the history of belly dancing. Participants will be provided hip scarves while learning basic moves of the art.
    Location: Maple Valley
   6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Mind, Body, Sole Summer Reading Kickoff Party  
    Contact: Firestone Park Branch Library   330-724-2126   
   

Join us for an ice cream social, register for our summer reading program, and meet Webster, the Rubber Ducks mascot!

    Location: Firestone Park

Thursday June 8, 2017
   10:15 AM Baby Time  
    Contact: Nordonia Hills Branch Library   330-467-8595   nordoniahills@akronlibrary.org
   

BABY TIME

Our programs feature stories, songs and bounces!

For children 24 months and under with a parent or caregiver.

Please register in advance.

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

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.

Story Time runs Thursdays, June 8 – July 27.

    Location: Goodyear
   10:30 AM Library Babies and Tots  
    Contact: Mogadore Branch Library   330-628-9228   mogadorebranch@akronlibrary.org
   

Thursday, June 8, 10:30 am

Join Miss Kim for songs, stories and group playtime with our library friends.

Ages birth – 3 ½

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

Every Thursday

Stories, music, and activities for children 2 to 5 years old with an adult caregiver.

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

Mind, Body & Sole Kickoff!  

Join us for eight weeks of family fun programs! No registration required.

Register for our Summer Reading Program, enjoy a frozen treat, visit with the Rubber Duck Mascot and decorate our reading garden with amazing chalk artwork and crafts.

    Location: Portage Lakes
   11:15 AM Toddler Story Time  
    Contact: Nordonia Hills Branch Library   330-467-8595   nordoniahills@akronlibrary.org
   

TODDLER STORY TIME

Our programs feature short stories, songs and rhymes!

For children 2-3 years old, with two-year olds accompanied by a  parent or caregiver.

Please register in advance.

    Location: Nordonia Hills
   12:30 PM Preschool Story Time  
    Contact: Nordonia Hills Branch Library   330-467-8595   nordoniahills@akronlibrary.org
   

PRESCHOOL STORY TIME

Our programs feature stories, songs, rhymes and more!

For children 3-5 years old, not yet in Kindergarten. 

Please register in advance.

    Location: Nordonia Hills
   12:30 PM  -  2:00 PM Puzzle Pizzazz Time  
    Contact: Goodyear Branch Library   330-784-7522   goodyear@akronlibrary.org
   

Second Thursday of each month, 12:30-2 pm

Do you like solving puzzles? If you like word searches, crossword puzzles, Sudoku, jigsaw puzzles, brain-teasers, logic puzzles, etc. then stop on in. We will have a variety of puzzles on hand, or feel free to bring your own. Refreshments will be served. No registration necessary.

    Location: Goodyear
   1:00 PM Fabulous Family Fun  
    Contact: Tallmadge   330.633.4345   
   

Outback Ray

Entertainment and creative fun for all ages.
Our shows are limited to the first 110 people.

 

    Location: Tallmadge
   1:00 PM Realm of the Reptile  
    Contact: Kenmore Branch Library   330-745-6126   kenmore@akronlibrary.org
   

Marissa Dubina will be bringing all of her favorite reptile friends for your viewing pleasure.

    Location: Kenmore
   1:00 PM STEM@Sylvan: Building Bridges  
    Contact: Fairlawn-Bath Branch Library   330-666-4888   
   

Come join Sylvan of Fairlawn as we explore, build, design, and test bridges! You'll learn fascinating concepts in science, math, and structure all while discovering more about the roles of architects & engineers in our cities.

For Grades 4-12

    Location: Fairlawn-Bath
   1:00 PM  -  2:00 PM COLORING AND COFFEE  
    Contact: Firestone Park Branch Library   330-724-2126   
   

Learn new techniques and the joy of adult coloring. This program is great for any skill level. Come and share in the fun. 

Please register for this program by calling us at 330-724-2126.

    Location: Firestone Park
   1:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Scavenger Hunt  
    Contact: Richfield Library   330-659-4343   dnagy@akronlibrary.org
   

Scavenger Hunt
Thursday, June 8, 1 pm
Come and join the Richfield Library and Richfield Village Parks and Recreation for a fun scavenger hunt along the Carter/Pedigo Trail. We will begin at 1:00 at the trail head. Please remember to were your bug spray and dress for the outdoors
 

    Location: Richfield
   1:30 PM  -  3:00 PM Thrilling Thursdays: Ice Cream Social  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   eramsay@akronlibrary.org
   
Thrilling Thursdays
Join us every Thursday, 1:30 pm
For all ages; children under the age of 5 should be accompanied by a caregiver.
No registration required.
 
June 8: Ice Cream Social
Join us for crafts, games, and more as you explore your creativity and cool off with a sweet ice cream treat. We’ll also have a visit from Elephant and Piggie! Don’t forget to bring your cameras.
June 15: Jungle Bob’s Animal Show
June 22: Magician Rick Smith, Jr
June 29: The Hilarious Ventriloquist, Mr. Puppet
July 6: Storigami Storyteller, Christine Kallevig
July 13: The Famed and Inspirational Percussionist, Elec Simon
July 20: The Magic of David Anthony
July 27: Outback Ray’s Amazing Animal Show
    Location: Maple Valley
   2:00 PM Summer Movies  
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

Summer Movies
Thursdays, 2 pm June 8 to August 24

Chill in our Auditorium and enjoy these movies!  Groups welcome.

June 8: The Secret Life of Pets-Rated G, 87 min.

June 15: Zootopia-Rated PG, 111 min.

June 22: Finding Nemo-Rated G, 100 min.

June 29: Finding Dory-Rated PG, 95 min.

July 6: Inside Out-Rated PG, 95 min.

July 13: Sing-Rated PG, 108 min.

July 20: Moana-Rated PG, 107 min.

July 27:  The Angry Birds Movie-Rated PG, 97 min.

August 3: The BFG-Rated PG, 117 min.

August 10:  James and the Giant Peach-Rated PG, 79 min.

August 17: Lego Movie-Rated PG, 100 min.

August 24: Lego Batman-Rated PG, 104 min.

    Location: Main Library-Auditorium
   2:00 PM Summer Reading Kick-Off Party  
    Contact: Northwest Akron Branch   330.836.1081   northwest@akronlibrary.org
   

Summer Reading Kick-Off Party

Thursday, June 8, 2 pm

Get into the summer spirit by registering for Mind, Body & Sole at our annual kick-off event. Ice cream sundaes included!

    Location: Northwest Akron
   2:00 PM Teen Cafe  
    Contact: Nordonia Hills Branch Library   330-467-8595   nordoniahills@akronlibrary.org
   

DYE CLOTH WITH PLANTS

We are going to dye cloth with plants like dandelions, onions and nuts.  What colors do you think we'll get?

For students in grades 5 and up.

Please register in adavance.

    Location: Nordonia Hills
   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
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Peace Builders  
    Contact: Norton Branch Library   330-825-7800   nortonbranch@akronlibrary.org
   

Storyteller Lindsay Bonilla presents an interactive play called Peace Builders.  Your children will get to be in the play!

    Location: Norton
   4:00 PM Wii U 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
   5:30 PM  -  8:00 PM Project Learn ESOL/GED Classes  
    Contact: North Hill   330.535.9423   northbranch@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 Mind, Body & Sole Adult Fitness: Yoga  
    Contact: Northwest Akron Branch   3308361081   northwest@akronlibrary.org
   

Mind, Body & Sole Adult Fitness Series

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

Instructors from Build a Body Personal Training will teach these all-levels classes. Beginners are welcome!

Thursday, June 8, 6 pm

Yoga

Please bring a mat, water bottle and towel.

 

    Location: Northwest Akron
   6:00 PM  -  7:30 PM Akron African United Front  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   maplevalley@akronlibrary.org
   

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 Akron Inventors Club  
    Contact: Science & Technology Division   330-643-9075   stdiv@akronlibrary.org
   

This month's meeting of the Akron Inventors Club will feature registered Patent Agent Dwight "Derry" A. Stauffer.  Derry will present "The Case of the Expensive Worthless Patent How to Make Sure You Get Real Protection of Your Invention". He will show how two patents issued for the same item with different claims, one strong and one weak can dramatically effect your road to invention success or failure. Derry has been a patent agent since 2001 after 27 years of practical experience as an engineer for major lighting companies. His expertise has benefited independent inventors, small businesses, major corporations and NASA. Don't miss this unique presentation!

Meetings of the Akron Inventors Club are free and open to all with an interest in invention and innovation. Doors open at 5:30pm for refreshments and networking and meeting begins at 6:00pm. The group meets in Meeting Room 2AB on the High Street Level across from the Auditorium.

    Location: Main Library
   6:00 PM  -  7:30 PM Microsoft Office Excel 4-6 Practical Application  
    Contact: Electronic Services   330-643-9145   esdiv@akronlibrary.org
   

Microsoft Office Excel 4-6 Practical Application

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

Please visit our website for more information:

    Location: Portage Lakes
   6:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Sistas Knit 2  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   maplevalley@akronlibrary.org
    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 Jar Craft  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Adult Program

Join us to up-cycle ordinary glass jars into stylish storage containers.

Registration begins Monday, May 22.

 
    Location: Green
   6:30 PM  -  7:40 PM Movies@Main: The Mummy's Hand  
    Contact: Culture & AV   330-643-9015   
   
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A group of archeologists search for the lost tomb of an Egyptian princess. Big mistake! Starring Dick Foran, Peggy Moran, Wallace Ford and George Zucco. 67 min

    Location: Main Library-Auditorium
   7:00 PM Coffee Roasting  
    Contact: Nordonia Hills Branch Library   330-467-8595   nordoniahills@akronlibrary.org
   

COFFEE ROASTING

James Rome teaches how to roast your own coffee beans at home, featuring a demonstration and samples.  It is simple to learn, saves money, and makes better coffee.

Please register in advance.

    Location: Nordonia Hills

Friday June 9, 2017
   1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Friday Summer Movies - Build a Better Mind  
    Contact: Odom Blvd. Branch Library   330-643-8726   odomblvdbranch@akronlibrary.org
   

Join us for a Friday afternoon movie that uplifts and inspires building a better mind.  Movies for Adults and teens over the age of sixteen.

June 9 LIFE OF PI

June 23 HE NAMED ME MALALA

July 7 THE HUNDRED- FOOT JOURNEY

July 21 HIDDEN FIGURES

    Location: Odom
   3:00 PM  -  5:00 PM Friday Classic Movie Matinee  
    Contact: Richfield Branch Library   330-659-4343   mdaly@akronlibrary.org
   

On the Waterfront with Marlon Brando and Karl Malden

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    Location: Richfield
   4:00 PM Teen Volunteer Orientation  
    Contact: Northwest Akron Branch Library   330.643.4702   northwest@akronlibrary.org
   

TEEN PROGRAMS

Teen Volunteer Orientation

Friday, June 9, 4 pm

Calling all teens 13 and up.  Looking for a fun volunteer opportunity for the summer?  Join us as a Mind, Body & Sole summer reading volunteer.  Attendance is mandatory if you wish to be considered a volunteer at Northwest Akron Branch Library this summer.  Pick up an application at the desk or call Teen Librarian Tricia Bohanon at 330-643-4702 for more information

    Location: Northwest Akron
   6:30 PM  -  9:00 PM Rockin' the Stacks  
    Contact: Goodyear Branch Library   330-784-7522   goodyear@akronlibrary.org
   

Join us for our first ever a-cappella performance! Nuance is The University of Akron’s premier all-male a-cappella group. They will be performing a wide range of repertoire, ranging from popular hits, boyband favorites, classic oldies, hip-hop mashups, and power ballads. Refreshments, including mocktails, will be provided courtesy of the Friends of the Goodyear Branch Library. No tickets or reservations are required for this adult after-hours Library event. Just come on in and enjoy the show.

    Location: Goodyear

Saturday June 10, 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
   11:00 AM Family Science Saturday  
    Contact: Northwest Akron Branch   330.836.1081   northwest@akronlibrary.org
   

Family Science Saturday

Saturday, June 10, 11 am

Stop in between 11 am and 1 pm to work together on some hands-on science activities. All ages are welcome, but the activities will be geared toward those ages 4 and up.

Please call 330-836-1081 to register. 

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

Share a book with a certified therapy dog!

    Location: Main Library
   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. Finished with your masterpieces? Stay to visit with 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
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM The Wonders of Tea  
    Contact: Maple Valley Library   330.864.5721   maplevalley@akronlibrary.org
   

This is your opportunity to explore the wonders of tea. Liksha Hoskins will present an informative program about the benefits of drinking tea, will also provide a variety of teas for tasting. Please call the branch to register.

    Location: Maple Valley
   2:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Healthy Cooking and Eating  
    Contact: Richfield Branch Library   330-659-4343   mdaly@akronlibrary.org
   

Abraham Nabors, Director of Education & Standards of Mustard Seed Market will host a presentation about practical tips to incorporate into a healthy lifestyle. The program will also include a cooking demonstration. Food samples and other products will from The Mustard Seed will be available. Please register for this program at the front desk. Space is limited

    Location: Richfield
   2:30 PM Minecraft Club (Grades 3 and Up)  
    Contact: Northwest Akron Branch   330.836.1081   northwest@akronlibrary.org
   

Minecraft Club (Grades 3 and Up)

Saturdays, June 10, July 8, August 12, 2:30 pm

Join us to mine and craft on our multi-player server! No account is necessary. Space is limited, registration requested.
Please call 330-836-1081 to register for these programs.

Patrons with food allergy questions should contact the branch

    Location: Northwest Akron
   3:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Poetry Hour  
    Contact: Culture & AV   330-643-9015   cadiv@akronlibrary.org
   
  • Read and share your original poems for a 5 minute interval.
  • Poetry lovers are welcome to attend and enjoy the words of our local poets.
  • Poems read at Poetry Hour should not be overtly explicit in language or subject matter.
  • Registration is requested. Adults age 18 and over. Meeting Room 1.

 

 

    Location: Main Library

Sunday June 11, 2017
   2:00 PM  -  2:30 PM Sunday Story Time Sampler  
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

Every Sunday

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

    Location: Main Library

Monday June 12, 2017
   10:15 AM  -  12:00 PM North Hill Needle Crafters  
    Contact: North Hill Branch Library   330.535.9423   northbranch@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 will be glad to get you started.  If you have yarn and supplies to donate, we will make god use of them.

    Location: North Hill
   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. 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! Dress for possible messy play experiences.

    Location: Highland Square
   11:00 AM Outback Ray  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   
   

Join Outback Ray as he shows us his amazing animals.

    Location: Ellet
   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. 

 

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

Join us the second Monday of each month, 1 pm

June 12:  EVERYONE BRAVE IS FORGIVEN by Chris Cleave

    Location: Fairlawn-Bath
   1:00 PM Movie Matinee Mondays  
    Contact: Goodyear Branch Library   330-784-7522   goodyear@akronlibrary.org
   

Mondays, 1 pm

Large groups please schedule ahead with the teen librarian to make a reservation for all movies due to limited space.

MOANA (PG) (113 minutes) - June 12

Young navigator Moana, the daughter of a Polynesian chief, is chosen to find a precious artifact that could save her people.

    Location: Goodyear
   2:00 PM Book Discussion  
    Contact: Tallmadge   330.633.4345   
   

FLIGHT OF DREAMS by Ariel Lawhorn

    Location: Tallmadge
   2:00 PM Bubble Lady  
    Contact: Highland Square   330-376-2927   
   

See the Bubble Lady and bubbles beyond your imagination. You will not believe your eyes when you see a person inside of a bubble!

    Location: Highland Square
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM LEGO-licious Mondays  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   eramsay@akronlibrary.org
   
LEGO-licious Mondays
June 12 & 19, July 10 & 17, August 14 & 21, 2 pm
Grades K-6
Love Legos? So do we! Join us for an afternoon of fun, creativity, and building!
No registration required.
    Location: Maple Valley
   2:00 PM  -  3:30 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: Green
   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.

Paws is the second Monday of every month.

    Location: Goodyear
   6:00 PM Doodle Me a Sun Catcher  
    Contact: Kenmore Branch Library   330-745-6126   kenmore@akronlibrary.org
   

Create sun catchers with jar lids and personalized doodling.

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

FLY SWATTER PAINTING

Join us for some messy fun!  Program is held one Monday each month at 6pm for families!  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  -  7:45 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. No registration required – just come on in and use our space. 

    Location: Goodyear
   6:30 PM 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 LEGO Club  
    Contact: Northwest Akron Branch   330.836.1081   northwest@akronlibrary.org
   

LEGO Club

2nd Mondays, June 12, July 10, August 14, 6:30 pm

Drop in on the 2nd Monday of each month to build and show off your creations! LEGOs will be provided. No registration is necessary.

    Location: Northwest Akron
   6:30 PM Racing Through the Holy Land: 9,000 Years in 9 Days  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Racing Through the Holy Land:  9,000 Years in 9 Days

Pictures and presentation by Karen Sue Eckart.  Many things about her trip to Israel surprised Ms. Eckart. (like how lush and green the northern part of the country is). If you are curious at all about modern day Israel and its Biblical history, come take a trip with Ms. Eckart. At each stop, we will talk about the Biblical context, history and archaeology. She will also share the things their Jewish guide told them about modern day Israel.

Monday, June 12, 6:30 pm

Up to Jerusalem - Part 2:  There are many interesting sites between the Dead Sea and Jerusalem and we will stop at a few of them. Within a short distance from Jerusalem lies Bethlehem and Herodium (where King Herod the Great is buried). In Jerusalem, we will see the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the Western Wall (Wailing Wall) and other sites. There are many museums in Jerusalem and we will visit 2, the Israel Museum (Dead Sea Scrolls are here) and Yad Vashem, the Israeli Holocaust Museum.

 
    Location: Green
   6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Mosaic Glass Pictures  
    Contact: North Hill Branch Library   330.535.9423   northbranch@akronlibrary.org
   

Mosaic Glass Pictures with Leona Bowser

Leona Bowser will teach you how to make a beautiful, summer themed, glass on glass mosaic picture. Limited to 20 participants. Please call the branch to register beginning Monday, June 5.

    Location: North Hill
   6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Stories in the Garden  
    Contact: Firestone Park Branch Library   330-724-2126   
   

Ages 2-6

Join us outside in our NatureConnect space for this hands on story time. We will tend the garden, enjoy stories, rhymes, songs and end with a creative activity. 

 

    Location: Firestone Park

Tuesday June 13, 2017
   10:05 AM Baby Story Play Group  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   
   

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

    Location: Ellet
   10:30 AM Preschool Story Time  
    Contact: Northwest Akron Branch   330.836.1081   northwest@akronlibrary.org
   

Preschool Story Time

(2 to 5 year-olds with a caregiver)

Tuesdays, June 6 to July 25, 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: Tallmadge   330.633.4345   
   

PRESCHOOL TALES

For 2 - 6 year olds and their families

    Location: Tallmadge
   10:30 AM Story Time  
    Contact: Highland Square   330-376-2927   
   

Ages 18 months – 5 years old and their grown ups

You are your child’s first teacher. Discover songs, books, prop stories 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!

    Location: Highland Square
   10:30 AM Story Time Programs  
    Contact: Mogadore Branch Library   330-628-9228   mogadorebranch@akronlibrary.org
   

Tuesday, June 13, 10:30 am

Join Miss Kim for stories, songs, games and crafts.

Ages 3 and up

    Location: Mogadore
   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.  

June 13: STEAM Playtime: Building the foundations for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, & Math learning for the young child.

July 11:  Sing, Dance, Celebrate & Learn: Through music and movement, children develop math, science, social, and early literacy skills.

August 8: Team Work Tuesday: Think, collaborate, problem solve, create and build together.

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

Family Story Time ages 6 months- 6 years
Tuesdays, June 13- July 25, 10:30- 11:30 am
Children bring your favorite caregiver and join us for stories, music, rhymes, gardening, and more. No registration required. Please note we will have a variety of outdoor activities during story time please lather up with sun screen and be ready to get dirty, messy and potentially wet.

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

Join us for a family-friendly story time with stories, songs, finger-plays, art and lots of fun! All ages welcome.  (No program July 4th)

 

 

    Location: Portage Lakes
   11:00 AM Toddler Story Play Group  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   
   

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

    Location: Ellet
   11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Reentry in Motion: Meet the Reentry Providers  
    Contact: Business & Government   330-643-9020   srichard@akronlibrary.org
   

Reentry providers in Summit County assist citizens returning from incarceration in the following areas: mental and spiritual health; medical assistance; transitional housing; job training; and much more. Meet some of the organizations devoted to help individuals make a smooth transition back into the community. Location: Room 2AB.

    Location: Main Library
   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
   12:00 PM  -  1:00 PM Terrific Tuesdays  
    Contact: Firestone Park Branch Library   330-724-2126   
   

Bubble Lady 

    Location: Firestone Park
   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 June, we will discuss EMPTY MANSIONS: THE MYSTERIOUS LIFE OF HUGUETTE CLARK AND THE SPENDING OF A GREAT AMERICAN FORTUNE by Bill Dedman.

    Location: Green
   1:00 PM Family Shows  
    Contact: Goodyear   330-784-7522   goodyear@akronlibrary.org
   

Tuesdays, 1 pm

We have performers to amaze and entertain you this summer. Come enjoy the shows and check out some books! Large groups please schedule ahead with the children’s librarian to make a reservation for all shows due to limited space.

World of Difference - June 13

Join us with this theatrical storytelling company that uses the interactive performance of stories to inspire the imagination, spark creativity and promote the love for learning.

 

    Location: Goodyear
   1:00 PM Outback Ray  
    Contact: Fairlawn-Bath Branch Library   330-666-4888   fairlawnbath@akronlibrary.org
   

Outback Ray is back by popular demand with his exciting and engaging animal show!

    Location: Fairlawn-Bath
   1:30 PM Master-Inspired Art Workshop: Klimt's Tree of Life  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   
   

Art Historian Felicia Zavarella Stadelman presents an interactive art program in which you will not only learn about the featured classic artist, but also create art inspired by their work. We will gain insight into the artist's inspiration and appreciate even more the value of his work. Space for this program is very limited, so please register beginning May 22. 

 

    Location: Ellet
   2:00 PM School Age Fun  
    Contact: Nordonia Hills Branch Library   330-467-8595   nordoniahills@akronlibrary.org
   

REPTILES

Realm of the Reptile - see some awesome reptiles and learn some interesting information.

Program is for students in Kindergarten-5th grade.

Please register in advance.

    Location: Nordonia Hills
   2:00 PM Teen Beach Read Bash  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330-864-5721   maplevalley@akronlibrary.org
   

For Grades 4-12. Check out our awesome collection of books to read this summer! Snacks and beverages provided. 

    Location: Maple Valley
   2:00 PM Teen Tuesdays  
    Contact: Tallmadge   330.633.4345   
   

Teen Tuesdays
For grades 5 - 12

Call the branch for details, 330-633-4345

    Location: Tallmadge
   2:00 PM Totally Teen Tuesdays @ 2 pm!  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

Yoga for You

Wear comfy clothes; bring a water bottle and yoga mat or towel, as Ms. Colleen Hohl will teach us some cool new ways to move this summer.

    Location: Portage Lakes
   2:00 PM Wild Rock Art  
    Contact: Kenmore Branch Library   330-745-6126   kenmore@akronlibrary.org
   

Come in and creatively paint a rock with which to decorate your room.

    Location: Kenmore
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Annual Ice Cream Social  
    Contact: Highland Square   330-376-2927   
   

Kick start your summer with free ice cream and sundae toppings (provided by the Friends of the Highland Square Branch Library) outside in the square. While you visit the library, you’ll also have a chance to sign up for the summer reading program. You don’t want to miss this fun event!

    Location: Highland Square
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Build a Colorful World  
    Contact: Odom Branch Library   330-643-8726   odomblvdbranch@akronlibrary.org
   

Join us and others for a relaxing coloring experience making the world a bit more colorful. Bring your friends or make new ones. We supply the coloring pages or bring your own coloring book.  Activity for adults and teens over the age of sixteen. Refreshments will be provided.

    Location: Odom
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM TEEN TUESDAYS @ 2  
    Contact: Norton Branch Library   330-825-7800   norton@akronlibrary.org
   

Turn a T-shirt into a Tote

Bring a t-shirt to recycle into a useful tote without ever sewing a stitch.

YOU bring the t-shirt and we'll provide everything else.  No registration required.

    Location: Norton
   3:30 PM  -  5:00 PM Warm Up Akron  
    Contact: Mogadore Branch Library   330-628-9228   mogadorebranch@akronlibrary.org
   

Tuesday, June 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
   6:00 PM Book Buzz Discussion Group- OFFSITE  
    Contact: Northwest Akron Branch   3308361081   northwest@akronlibrary.org
   

Book Buzz Discussion Group

2nd Tuesday, 6 pm at Nervous Dog Coffee Bar

This discussion group for book lovers in their 20s and 30s meets monthly to talk novels and nonfiction over drinks crafted by the baristas at Nervous Dog Coffee Bar. Copies of each title will be available at the Northwest Akron Branch Library a month prior to its discussion date. Attendees will be responsible for the purchase of their own drinks, but purchase is not required. Nervous Dog Coffee Bar is located at 1530 W Market St, Akron, OH 44313.

June 13 A LITTLE LIFE by Hanya Yanagihara

July 11 EUPHORIA by Lily King  

August 8 HERE I AM by Jonathan Safran Foer 

    Location: Northwest Akron
   6:00 PM River of Faith with Beverly Shaw  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   
   

Beverly Shaw's book RIVER OF FAITH was written as a chapter book primarily for children, but is also a great book for families to read together and for adults "encouraging them to be more child-like in their faith."

    Location: Ellet
   6:00 PM  -  7:00 PM Vinyl Revival Listening Group  
    Contact: Firestone Park Branch Library   330-724-2126   
   

Are you a music lover? This club could be 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 metting. 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: Green
   6:30 PM The Novel in You  
    Contact: Nordonia Hills Branch Library   330-467-8595   nordoniahills@akronlibrary.org
   

THE NOVEL IN YOU: INTRODUCTION TO NOVEL WRITING

In this six-part writing workshop, each session will provide an in-depth look at a different part of writing,  including how to create realistic characters, dialogue and plot, and the tools necessary for brining out the best of the writer's work.

Please register in advance.

    Location: Nordonia Hills

Wednesday June 14, 2017
   10:30 AM Baby Time  
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

Every Wednesday

An active story time for children from birth to 2 years old with an adult caregiver. We combine music, story and play to engage our youngest learners.

    Location: Main Library
   10:30 AM Mini Movers  
    Contact: Northwest Akron Branch Library   330.836.1081   northwest@akronlibrary.org
   

Mini Movers

(Ages 5 and under with a caregiver)

Wednesdays, June 14, July 12, August 9, 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 Preschool Story Play Group  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   
   

Ages 2-6 years and their caregiver. Stories, music and puppets followed by crafts and group playtime. No registration necessary.

    Location: Ellet
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Story Time for Ages 2-5  
    Contact: Norton Branch Library   330-825-7800   nortonbranch@akronlibrary.org
   

Story Time for Ages 2-5: Join us for stories, music, movement and crafts.

June 14 is Mo Willlems Appreciation Day!

    Location: Norton
   10:30 AM  -  4:30 PM Volunteer Wednesdays  
    Contact: Goodyear Library   3307847522   goodyear@akronlibrary.org
   

Volunteer Wednesdays

Wednesdays, June 14, July 12, August 9, 10:30 am – 4:30 pm

Calling all teens ages 12 and up! Looking for some fun work this summer? Need volunteer hours? We need you! Summer Reading Program Volunteers can be responsible for a wide variety of tasks including program set up and assistance, decorations, and many other projects around the Library.

    Location: Goodyear
   11:00 AM NatureConnect Create!  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

Make Wednesday mornings a day of exploration!    Dress for mess and outdoor weather as we engage in a variety of nature activities around our property. Create a nature-inspired craft to take home.   

    Location: Portage Lakes
   11:00 AM Summer Special Events Series  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Family Events

Wednesdays, 11 am OR 1 pm (Choose the time that is best for your family)

June 14 Card tricks and illusions by Guinness record holder Rick Smith Jr.

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

All ages

Join us for stories, music, movement and fun! Each session will be followed by a play time or fun activity. 

    Location: Firestone Park
   11:30 AM Fun Club  
    Contact: Mogadore Branch Library   330-628-9228   mogadorebranch@akronlibrary.org
   

Wednesday, June 14, 11:30 am

Make Wednesdays your Family Fun days! Join the Mogadore Branch Library for some summer fun and entertainment.
Performances are at 11:30 am and 2 pm unless specified.  No need to register-just come and have FUN!
 
Outback Ray and his amazing animal show

 

    Location: Mogadore
   11:30 AM  -  12:00 PM Family Story Time  
    Contact: Firestone Park Branch Library   330-724-2126   
   

All ages

Join us for stories, music, movement and fun! Each session will be followed by a play time or fun activity. 

    Location: Firestone Park
   11:30 AM  -  12:30 PM Pitter Patter Playgroup  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   eramsay@akronlibrary.org
   
Pitter Patter Playgroup
Wednesdays, June 7-July 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
   12:30 PM  -  2:00 PM Lunch Bunch  
    Contact: Nordonia Hills Branch Library   330-467-8595   nordoniahills@akronlibrary.org
   

LUNCH BUNCH

Students going into Kindergarten through 4th grade are invited to join Miss Sue for a story and a craft.  Bring your lunch and your listening ear!

Dessert and beverages will be provided.

Please register in advance.

    Location: Nordonia Hills
   1:00 PM Summer Special Events Series  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Family Events

Wednesdays, 11 am OR 1 pm (Choose the time that is best for your family)

June 14 Card tricks and illusions by Guinness record holder Rick Smith Jr.

    Location: Green
   1:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Wednesday Summer Reading Performers  
    Contact: Odom Blvd Branch Library   330-643-8726   odomblvdbranch@akronlibrary.org
   

Summer Reading Performers:

June 14 - Hula Hoop with Meryl Hornyak - Learn some new moves.

June 21 - OUtback Ray - Meet some exotic animals in this interactive program.

June 28 - Rick Smith, Jr. - Interactive magic show with one of the best in the world.

July 12 - Elec Simon - African dummer performer.

July 19 - Build a Body - Families get fit togther in this fun workout.

July 26 - Lindsay Bonilla - Storytelling around the theme of Peace Building.

    Location: Odom
   2:00 PM Fun Club  
    Contact: Mogadore Branch Library   330-628-9228   mogadorebranch@akronlibrary.org
   

Wednesday, June 14, 2 pm

Make Wednesdays your Family Fun days! Join the Mogadore Branch Library for some summer fun and entertainment.
Performances are at 11:30 am and 2 pm unless specified.  No need to register-just come and have FUN!
 
Outback Ray and his amazing animal show

 

    Location: Mogadore
   2:00 PM Sogbety Diomande, Drummer: Summer Reading Weekly Events  
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

Weekly Programs, WEDNESDAYS, June 14 – July 26, 2 pm
Groups of ten or more, please call ahead to register.

June 14: Sogbety Diomande Drumming and dance Ivory Coast style

June 21: Magician Rick Smith, Jr. Cutting edge, breathtaking magic

June 28: Bubble Lady The wonderful world of bubbles

July 5: Mad Science An entertaining and funny way to look at science

July 12: Storigami with Christina Kallevig Origami and stories together!

July 19: Songs and “Tails” from the Woods Musicians Sam Sapp and Sarah Matheny   

July 26: Celebrate Summer Reading Party!

    Location: Main Library
   2:00 PM Wonderful Wednesdays!  
    Contact: North Hill Branch Library   330-535-9423   northhill@akronlibrary.org
   

Mind, Body & Sole - Build a Better World - Children's Program

Try your hand at cartooning with our special guest, Jeff Nichols!

    Location: North Hill
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Bubble Lady  
    Contact: Richfield Library   330-659-4343   dnagy@akronlibrary
   

Performer Line Up Family fun for all ages:
Wednesdays, 2-3 pm
June 14- The Bubble Lady will provide us with some soapy fun
 

    Location: Richfield
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Meryl Hornyak and the Hip Hop Hoop Troop  
    Contact: Norton Branch Library   330-825-7800   nortonbranch@akronlibrary.org
   

Meryl Hornyak and the Hip Hop Hoop Troop demonstrate Hula Hoop creativity. 

Hula Hoops will be provided, but you can bring your own, too!

    Location: Norton
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Teen Time  
    Contact: Firestone Park Branch Library   330-724-2126   
   

Apptastic Afternoon: Minecraft Edition

    Location: Firestone Park
   3:30 PM Cookies and Conversation  
    Contact: Nordonia Hills Branch Library   330-467-8595   nordoniahills@akronlibrary.org
   

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 or whatever is on the groups' mind.

Don't forget we'll have cookies!

    Location: Nordonia Hills
   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  -  7:30 PM Egyptian Tomb Excavation Series  
    Contact: Highland Square   330-376-2927   kgerlach@akronlibrary.org
   

First Tomb found in the Valley of the Kings Since Tutankhamun's in 1922: KV63, 2005-2006, (Part I)

Learn about the discovery and excavation of this tomb.

Professor Emeritus Earl Ertman, from the University of Akron, shares his experiences excavating tomb KV63.  An art history professor, Ertman shifted his emphasis to ancient art and, after winning a Smithsonian Research and Development Grant in 1971 with a colleague, began working in tombs in Egypt. 

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  -  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 June 15, 2017
   10:15 AM Baby Time  
    Contact: Nordonia Hills Branch Library   330-467-8595   nordoniahills@akronlibrary.org
   

BABY TIME

Our programs feature stories, songs and bounces!

For children 24 months and under with a parent or caregiver.

Please register in advance.

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

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.

Story Time runs Thursdays, June 8 – July 27.

    Location: Goodyear
   10:30 AM Library Babies and Tots  
    Contact: Mogadore Branch Library   330-628-9228   mogadorebranch@akronlibrary.org
   

Thursday, June 15, 10:30 am

Join Miss Kim for songs, stories and group playtime with our library friends.

Ages birth – 3 ½

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

Every Thursday

Stories, music, and activities for children 2 to 5 years old with an adult caregiver.

    Location: Main Library
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Preschool Fun - Story Time Thursdays  
    Contact: Odom Branch Library    330-643-4720   odomblvdbranch@akronlibrary.org
   

Preschool Fun - Story Time Thursdays

For ages 3 - 5 (a caretaker must be present)

Each week we will share stories, songs, and movement as well as a special activity.

Come join us for an hour of fun!

 

 

    Location: Odom
   11:00 AM Thrilling Thursdays!  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

Join us for eight weeks of family fun programs! No registration required.

Magician Rick Smith Jr. will dazzle us with amazing tricks!

    Location: Portage Lakes
   11:15 AM Toddler Story Time  
    Contact: Nordonia Hills Branch Library   330-467-8595   nordoniahills@akronlibrary.org
   

TODDLER STORY TIME

Our programs feature short stories, songs and rhymes!

For children 2-3 years old, with two-year olds accompanied by a  parent or caregiver.

Please register in advance.

    Location: Nordonia Hills
   12:30 PM Preschool Story Time  
    Contact: Nordonia Hills Branch Library   330-467-8595   nordoniahills@akronlibrary.org
   

PRESCHOOL STORY TIME

Our programs feature stories, songs, rhymes and more!

For children 3-5 years old, not yet in Kindergarten. 

Please register in advance.

    Location: Nordonia Hills
   1:00 PM Fabulous Family Fun  
    Contact: Tallmadge   330.633.4345   
   

The Bubble Lady

Entertainment and creative fun for all ages.
Our shows are limited to the first 110 people.
 

    Location: Tallmadge
   1:00 PM Life-Sized Monopoly  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   
   

Grades 6-12. We will play outside weather permitting.

    Location: Ellet
   1:00 PM Paint like a Master  
    Contact: Fairlawn-Bath Branch Library   330-666-4888   fairlawnbath@akronlibrary.org
   

Come and join in as we work through the eyes of one of the Master Artists of all time, Henri Matisse! He was said to 'draw with scissors' and was known as the 'Master of Color'! Experience, firsthand, what that means as you create your own masterpiece using his style!  This workshop presented by Carolina Martin is easy & lots of fun!  Please wear clothing suitable for painting.  Space is limited.  Register at the library or by calling 330-666-4888.

For grades 4-12

    Location: Fairlawn-Bath
   1:00 PM Zootopia  
    Contact: Kenmore Branch Library   330-745-6126   kenmore@akronlibrary.org
   

Come watch a movie on our big screen and enjoy popcorn.

    Location: Kenmore
   1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Thursday Matinees  
    Contact: Richfield Library   330-659-4343   dnagy@akornlibrary.org
   

Thursday Matinees
1-3 pm
Kick back and relax with our family friendly movies. For your enjoyment we’ll also provide popcorn and juice.

June 15- PETE’S DRAGON

    Location: Richfield
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Thrilling Thursdays: Jungle Bob's Animal Show  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   eramsay@akronlibrary.org
   
Thrilling Thursdays
Join us every Thursday, 1:30 pm
For all ages; children under the age of 5 should be accompanied by a caregiver.
No registration required.
 
June 15: Jungle Bob’s Animal Show
June 22: Magician Rick Smith, Jr
June 29: The Hilarious Ventriloquist, Mr. Puppet
July 6: Storigami Storyteller, Christine Kallevig
July 13: The Famed and Inspirational Percussionist, Elec Simon
July 20: The Magic of David Anthony
July 27: Outback Ray’s Amazing Animal Show
    Location: Maple Valley
   2:00 PM Mind, Body & Soul: Outback Ray  
    Contact: Northwest Akron Branch   330.83   northwest@akronlibrary.org
   

Mind, Body & Sole Summer Performers

Thursdays, 2 pm

June 15:  Outback Ray

June 22:  Bubble Lady

June 29:  Mad Science

July 13:   Rick Smith, Jr.

July 20:  Rockin’ Robots

July 27:  Sogbety Diomande 

    Location: Northwest Akron
   2:00 PM Summer Movies  
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

Summer Movies
Thursdays, 2 pm June 8 to August 24

Chill in our Auditorium and enjoy these movies!  Groups welcome.

June 8: The Secret Life of Pets-Rated G, 87 min.

June 15: Zootopia-Rated PG, 111 min.

June 22: Finding Nemo-Rated G, 100 min.

June 29: Finding Dory-Rated PG, 95 min.

July 6: Inside Out-Rated PG, 95 min.

July 13: Sing-Rated PG, 108 min.

July 20: Moana-Rated PG, 107 min.

July 27:  The Angry Birds Movie-Rated PG, 97 min.

August 3: The BFG-Rated PG, 117 min.

August 10:  James and the Giant Peach-Rated PG, 79 min.

August 17: Lego Movie-Rated PG, 100 min.

August 24: Lego Batman-Rated PG, 104 min.

    Location: Main Library-Auditorium
   2:00 PM Teen Cafe  
    Contact: Nordonia Hills Branch Library   330-467-8595   nordoniahills@akronlibrary.org
   

CARTOONS

Jeff Nicholas is back to draw cartoons with us.

For students in grades 5 and up.

Please register in adavance.

    Location: Nordonia Hills
   2:00 PM Totally Teen Thursdays: Beginning Yoga  
    Contact: Mogadore Branch Library   330-628-9228   mogadorebranch@akronlibrary.org
   

Thursday, June 15, 2 pm

Learn the basics of yoga with Lisa Kelleman-McClain of Build a Body Personal Training. 
Be sure to wear yoga appropriate or loose fitting clothing.
 

Ages 11-18

 

 

    Location: Mogadore
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Canvas Bag Design  
    Contact: North Hill Branch Library   330-535-9423   northhill@akronlibrary.org
   

For grades 4 through 12. Come to the library and design your own one-of-a-kind canvas tote bag, just in time for Summer Reading! All supplies provided.

    Location: North Hill
   3:00 PM Lego Building Challenge  
    Contact: Goodyear Library   3307847522   Goodyear@akronlibrary.org
   

Lego Building Challenge – June 15

Pick a challenge card and build it.  How fast can you build?

For ages 11 - 18

 

    Location: Goodyear
   4:00 PM Wii U 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  -  5:30 PM Pickle Ball  
    Contact: Firestone Park Branch Library   330-724-2126   
   

What is Pickle Ball? Pickle Ball is a racquet sport that combines elements of badminton, tennis, and table tennis. If you like Ping Pong, or you enjoy Tennis, you will enjoy Pickle Ball. Join us at the Firestone Park Community Center to see if you have what it takes to play Pickle Ball. 

Please register for this program by calling us at 330-724-2126.

    Location: Firestone Park
   6:00 PM Buying Your First Car  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

Looking at getting your first car but have a lot of questions? Ed Brown from Team Mindy State Farm will be conducting the presentation "Your First Car" and answering questions about shopping for your car, financing it, and insuring it.

    Location: Portage Lakes
   6:00 PM Hand Quilting for Beginners  
    Contact: Mogadore Branch Library   330-628-9228   mogadorebranch@akronlibrary.org
   

Thursday, June 15, 6 pm

Sandy Barstow will be teaching a beginner’s class on hand quilting.
You will learn how to cut out and hand stitch a square in class.
You can then use the materials and methods taught in class to finish the squares for your small quilt at home.
If there is enough interest, Sandy will return on July 26 at 6 pm to give instructions on how to turn your blocks into a complete quilt.
Space is limited so please call 330-628-9228 to register. 
    Location: Mogadore
   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.

 

Please visit our website for more information:

    Location: Green
   6:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Sistas Knit 2  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   maplevalley@akronlibrary.org
    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: The Lego Batman Movie  
    Contact: Culture & AV   330-643-9015   
   
Kung Fu Panda 3 movie poster
 

Batman must save Gotham City from the Joker and other supervillains. Dazzlingly inventive animated comedy starring the voices of Will Arnett, Zach Galifianakis and Michael Cera. Rated PG. 104 min

    Location: Main Library-Auditorium

Friday June 16, 2017
   2:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Cork Planters  
    Contact: Highland Square   330-376-2927   
   

These tiny planters can liven up any odd place a magnet can hold them.

    Location: Highland Square

Saturday June 17, 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
   10:30 AM Saturday Morning Craft Club  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

Sand Dollar Wall Hanging

Bring the beach inside!  Using fishing line, beads, sand dollars and driftwood, create a small wall hanging to display indoors or outside.  Class size is limited.  Please register in advance.  Ages 16 and up preferred.

    Location: Portage Lakes
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Paws for Reading  
    Contact: Fairlawn-Bath Branch Library   330-666-4888   fairlawnbath@akronlibrary.org
   

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: Norton Branch Library   330-825-7800   nortonbranch@akronlibrary.org
   

Children of all ages can practice their literacy skills by reading aloud to our certified therapy dogs.  

This is a great way for children to build their reading fluency and read-aloud confidence.

Rocky and her furry friends are waiting for you!

    Location: Norton
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Paws for Reading  
    Contact: Richfield Library   330-659-4343   dnagy@akronlibary.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 Word 1-3 Practical Application  
    Contact: Electronic Services   330-643-9145   esdiv@akronlibrary.org
   

Word 1-3 Practical Application

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

 

Please visit our website for more information:

 

    Location: Green
   11:00 AM Saturday Story Time Sampler  
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

The First and Third Saturdays of the month, 11 am

Stories and activities for preschool-primary children with an adult caregiver.

    Location: Main Library
   11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Build a Better Body Personal Traning  
    Contact: Odom Branch Library   330-643-8726   odomblvdbranch@akronlibrary.org
   

Join us for yoga as we build a better body and mind and become more Zen. The class will be led by a member of the Build a Better Body Personal Training team from Green, OH. Bring your own yoga mat or grab one provided. Activity for all fitness levels and adults and teens over the age of sixteen.

   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 one of ours. Not reading yet? Our dog's human pal will read to you. Children of all ages are welcome.   

    Location: Firestone Park
   2:00 PM PAWS for Reading  
    Contact: Northwest Akron Branch Library   330.836.1081   northwest@akronlibrary.org
   

PAWS for Reading

Saturdays, June 17, July 15, August 19, 2 pm

All grades welcome to practice reading skills and build reading confidence of beginning or struggling readers by reading to our Therapy Dogs International dog friends.
Please call 330-836-1081 to register for these programs.

    Location: Northwest Akron
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Building Things-Lego Freestyle  
    Contact: Norton Branch Library   330-825-7800   nortonbranch@akronlibrary.org
   

Go crazy building with friends, family and fellow LEGO lovers.  

LEGO bricks, base plates and mats provided.  

    Location: Norton
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Dudes, Duct Tape, and Donuts  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   eramsay@akronlibrary.org
   
Dudes, Duct Tape, and Donuts
Saturday, June 17, 2 pm
What better way to celebrate Father’s Day than by making something out of duct tape and eating donuts with your favorite dude?
Registration is requested. 
    Location: Maple Valley
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Paws for Reading  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   eramsay@akronlibrary.org
   
PAWS for Reading
Saturdays, June 17, July 15, August 12, 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  -  4:00 PM Meditation Program  
    Contact: Richfield Branch Library   330-643-4343   mdaly@akronlibrary.org
   

Presented by Simone R. Richardson, Akron-Summit County Public Library

Stimulate your parasympathetic nervous system through sitting meditation (zazen), walking meditation (kinhin), and stress reduction meditation (visualization). The parasympathetic nervous system controls the “rest and digest” response in the body which is a system that slows the heart and breathing rate, and causes blood vessels to dilate thus improving blood flow. For those planning to attend this session, Wearing loose or stretchy clothing is recommended.

    Location: Richfield
   2:30 PM Science Saturday  
    Contact: Nordonia Hills Branch Library   330-467-8595   nordoniahills!akronlibrary.org
   

SCIENCE SATURDAY

Dr. UR Awesome is the current Guinness world Record holder in both indoor and outdoor bubbles.  He is also a skilled bubbleologist!

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

Please register in advance.

    Location: Nordonia Hills
   3:00 PM Family Fitness  
    Contact: Northwest Akron Branch   330.836.1081   northwest@akronlibrary.org
   

Family Fitness

Saturday, June 17, 3 pm

A Build a Body Personal Training instructor will motivate the entire family during this all ages fitness class.  Bring a water bottle and wear comfortable clothing.

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

All ages are welcome.

    Location: Northwest Akron

Sunday June 18, 2017
   2:00 PM  -  2:30 PM Sunday Story Time Sampler  
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

Every Sunday

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

    Location: Main Library

Monday June 19, 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.

Day at the Beach – June 19 Look in the NatureConnect window and observe the things found at the beach.

    Location: Goodyear
   10:15 AM  -  12:00 PM North Hill Needle Crafters  
    Contact: North Hill Branch Library   330.535.9423   northbranch@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 will be glad to get you started.  If you have yarn and supplies to donate, we will make god use of them.

    Location: North Hill
   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: Fairlawn-Bath
   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. 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! Dress for possible messy play experiences.

    Location: Highland Square
   11:00 AM Mr. Puppet  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   
   

Mr. Puppet will make you laugh out loud with his ventriloquism and puppet shows.

    Location: Ellet
   1:00 PM Movie Matinee Mondays  
    Contact: Goodyear Branch Library   330-784-7522   goodyear@akronlibrary.org
   

Mondays, 1 pm

Large groups please schedule ahead with the teen librarian to make a reservation for all movies due to limited space.

THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS (PG) (90 minutes) - June 19

What do our pets do all day when we are not at home?  Whatever they want!  A terrier named Max regularly invites his friends to hang out at his place while his owner is gone.

    Location: Goodyear
   2:00 PM Mr. Puppet  
    Contact: Highland Square   330-376-2927   
   

Tons of laughs and puppets are the ingredients for a show from Mr. Puppet. Vaudeville is alive and well, so sit back, relax, and bring your funny bone to the show ‘cause you're going to need it.

    Location: Highland Square
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM LEGO-licious Mondays  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   eramsay@akronlibrary.org
   
LEGO-licious Mondays
June 19, July 10 & 17, August 14 & 21, 2 pm
Grades K-6
Love Legos? So do we! Join us for an afternoon of fun, creativity, and building!
No registration required.
    Location: Maple Valley
   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: Fairlawn-Bath
   3:30 PM  -  5:00 PM Ellet Needle Crafters  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   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  -  7:30 PM VolunTeen Nights  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

Looking for community service hours for school, church or Scouts?  Join us as we engage in different activities to support a variety of organizations.   Activities may include writing letters of support for Operation Gratitude or local shut-ins, creating centerpieces and door hangings to donate to St. Luke Lutheran Community.  Come make a difference in your community by donating a few hours to help brighten another’s day.  

Monday, June 19, 5:30 pm -7:30 pm July Fourth Crafts and letter making for St. Luke’s residents

    Location: Portage Lakes
   6:00 PM Summer Citrus-Inspired Paint Party  
    Contact: Goodyear Branch Library   330-784-7522   goodyear@akronlibrary.org
   

Tap into your creative side with a night of summer painting. Kimberly Henderson will guide you as you create your own, one-of-a-kind, citrus-themed masterpiece to keep for your wall décor.  Class size is limited to 15 adult participants. Registration begins on Monday, May 22.

    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, popcorn, and drinks!
 
June 19: Sing (PG) (110 min)
 July 17: Rock Dog (PG) (80 min)
 August 21: The Lego Batman Movie (PG) (90 min)
    Location: Maple Valley
   6:30 PM Campfire Story Time  
    Contact: Northwest Akron Branch   330.836.1081   northwest@akronlibrary.org
   

Campfire Story Time

Mondays, June 19, July 24, 6:30 pm

Families, join us outside for a special storytime with stories, songs, and activities. No registration is necessary. Please bring a blanket or towel to sit on.

    Location: Northwest Akron
   6:30 PM Garage Organization  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Adult Program

Presented by Lynne Poulton,LSW Certified Professional Organizer with Wholly Organized!®LLC.  Ms. Poulton will discuss the best practices on organizing your garage space.

 
    Location: Green
   6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Sedona Bracelets  
    Contact: North Hill Branch Library   330.535.9423   northbranch@akronlibrary.org
   

Sedona Bracelets with Jennie Thewlis

Jennie Thewlis of Beadtini Boutique Designs will teach you how to make a Sedona bracelet. Limited to 15 participants. Please call the branch to register beginning Monday, June 5.

    Location: North Hill
   6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Stories in the Garden  
    Contact: Firestone Park Branch Library   330-724-2126   
   

Ages 2-6

Join us outside in our NatureConnect space for this hands on story time. We will tend the garden, enjoy stories, rhymes, songs and end with a creative activity. 

 

    Location: Firestone Park

Tuesday June 20, 2017
   10:05 AM Baby Story Play Group  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   
   

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

    Location: Ellet
   10:30 AM Preschool Story Time  
    Contact: Northwest Akron Branch   330.836.1081   northwest@akronlibrary.org
   

Preschool Story Time

(2 to 5 year-olds with a caregiver)

Tuesdays, June 6 to July 25, 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: Tallmadge   330.633.4345   
   

PRESCHOOL TALES

For 2 - 6 year olds and their families

    Location: Tallmadge
   10:30 AM Story Time  
    Contact: Highland Square   330-376-2927   
   

Ages 18 months – 5 years old and their grown ups

You are your child’s first teacher. Discover songs, books, prop stories 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!

    Location: Highland Square
   10:30 AM Story Time Programs  
    Contact: Mogadore Branch Library   330-628-9228   mogadorebranch@akronlibrary.org
   

Tuesday, June 20, 10:30 am

Join Miss Kim for stories, songs, games and crafts.

Ages 3 and up

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

Family Story Time ages 6 months- 6 years
Tuesdays, June 13- July 25, 10:30- 11:30 am
Children bring your favorite caregiver and join us for stories, music, rhymes, gardening, and more. No registration required. Please note we will have a variety of outdoor activities during story time please lather up with sun screen and be ready to get dirty, messy and potentially wet.

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

Join us for a family-friendly story time with stories, songs, finger-plays, art and lots of fun! All ages welcome.  (No program July 4th)

 

 

    Location: Portage Lakes
   11:00 AM Toddler Story Play Group  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   
   

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

    Location: Ellet
   11:30 AM  -  12:15 PM Paws for Reading  
    Contact: North Hill Branch Library   330-535-9423   northhill@akronlibrary.org
   

Practice your reading skills by reading aloud to Rocky, our special doggie visitor. Bring a book from home, or read one of ours! Not reading yet? Our dog's owner will read with you!

    Location: North Hill
   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  -  1:30 PM Terrific Tuesdays  
    Contact: Firestone Park Branch Library   330-724-2126   
   

Outback Ray

    Location: Firestone Park
   1:00 PM Elec Simon  
    Contact: Fairlawn-Bath Branch Library   330-666-4888   fairlawnbath@akronlibrary.org
   

Percussionist, Elec Simon will get your feet tapping with his musical talent and positive message of love, tolerance and understanding.  A great show for all ages.

    Location: Fairlawn-Bath
   1:00 PM Family Shows  
    Contact: Goodyear   330-784-7522   goodyear@akronlibrary.org
   

Tuesdays, 1 pm

We have performers to amaze and entertain you this summer. Come enjoy the shows and check out some books! Large groups please schedule ahead with the children’s librarian to make a reservation for all shows due to limited space.

Mr. Puppet - June 20

His business is laughter so get ready to laugh and enjoy the hilarious Mr. Puppet.

    Location: Goodyear
   1:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Building Challenge  
    Contact: Odom Blvd Branch Library   330-643-8726   odomblvdbranch@akronlibrary.org
   

Teens are invited to challenge each other and themselves while trying to build the tallest and strongest structures. Are you up to the challenge? Please register in advance for this program. 

    Location: Odom
   1:30 PM Rabid Readers Book Discussion  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   
   

Books are available in advance at the circulation desk.

June 20- At the Water's Edge by Sara Gruen

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    Location: Ellet
   2:00 PM Family Movie Afternoon  
    Contact: Northwest Akron Branch   330.836.1081   northwest@akronlibrary.org
   

Family Movie Afternoon

Tuesdays, June 20, July 18, 2 pm

Come out of the sun and into the library to enjoy popcorn and a movie.

    Location: Northwest Akron
   2:00 PM School Age Fun  
    Contact: Nordonia Hills Branch Library   330-467-8595   nordoniahills@akronlibrary.org
   

BUBBLE LADY

Witness some amazing bubbles!  You won't believe your eyes!

Program is for students in Kindergarten-5th grade.

Please register in advance.

    Location: Nordonia Hills
   2:00 PM Teen Build a Better Meal Challenge  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330-864-5721   maplevalley@akronlibrary.org
   

For Grades 4-12. Test your culinary skills against your competitors and see if you have what it takes to make the best appetizer and dessert with the ingredients provided. Registration is requested.  

    Location: Maple Valley
   2:00 PM Teen Tuesdays  
    Contact: Tallmadge   330.633.4345   
   

Teen Tuesdays
For grades 5 - 12

Call the branch for details, 330-633-4345

    Location: Tallmadge
   2:00 PM Totally Teen Tuesdays @ 2 pm!  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

Draw or Doodle?  

Cartoonist and Graphic Artist Donald Peoples shares some tips to improve your drawing skills.

    Location: Portage Lakes
   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.

BORN TO RUN by Bruce Springsteen

    Location: Firestone Park
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM TEEN TUESDAYS @ 2  
    Contact: Norton Branch Library   330-825-7800   norton@akronlibrary.org
   

Summer STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Math)

It’s hot outside, so come to the Library to check out these cool experiments.

Everything will be provided and no registration required.

    Location: Norton
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Terrific Tuesdays  
    Contact: Firestone Park Branch Library   330-724-2126   
   

Outback Ray

    Location: Firestone Park
   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 June, we will discuss THE CURIOUS CHARMS OF ARTHUR PEPPER by Phaedra Patrick.

    Location: Green
   6:30 PM Cool Summer Concerts  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   
   

Spread out on the front lawn and enjoy free concerts from some of the best local bands around! If weather is unfavorable, the concert will be moved inside. 

June 6-The Chants

 

    Location: Ellet
   6:30 PM Investment Perspectives  
    Contact: Mogadore Branch Library   330-628-9228   mogadorebranch@akronlibrary.org
   

Tuesday, June 20, 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 Local Author: Ginny Bache  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Adult Program
Author Ginny Bache will give a summary about her new book, WAKE UP AMERICA: OUR HEALTHCARE IS BEING USURPED.

 
    Location: Green
   6:30 PM The Novel in You  
    Contact: Nordonia Hills Branch Library   330-467-8595   nordoniahills@akronlibrary.org
   

THE NOVEL IN YOU: INTRODUCTION TO NOVEL WRITING

In this six-part writing workshop, each session will provide an in-depth look at a different part of writing,  including how to create realistic characters, dialogue and plot, and the tools necessary for brining out the best of the writer's work.

Please register in advance.

    Location: Nordonia Hills
   6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Essential Oils Presentation  
    Contact: Highland Square   330-376-2927   kgerlach@akronlibrary.org
   

Learn what essential oils are, where they come from, and how they can support health from wellness advocate Lana Kearns.  The three major ways to use essential oils will be explained, and samples will be available for participants to smell. 

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  -  7:45 PM Summer Evening in the Garden  
    Contact: Norton Branch Library   330-825-7800   nortonbranch@akronlibrary.org
   

Summer Evening in the Garden with Musical Group "Librarians with Hickeys." 

Join us in the our beautiful NatureConnect Readin Garden for an early evening summer concert.

Garden benches are available but you may want to bring a blanket or lawn chairs and relax on the lawn.

We will make use of our meeting room should it rain.  Light summer snacks will be provided.

 

    Location: Norton
   6:30 PM  -  7:45 PM The Sights and Sounds of Summer  
    Contact: Norton Branch Library   330-825-7800   nortonbranch@akronlibrary.org
   

The Sights and Sounds of Summer - Relax to the sounds of the hammered dulcimer. View summer butterflies and gardens and plenty of flowers.

Birds fill the air as clouds float by; dazzling fireworks light the evening sky. Experience the peace and beauty of a moonlit night.

You won't want to miss Mary Lou Jubin as she returns to Norton Library for another popular hammered dulcimer program.

 

    Location: Norton
   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 June, we will discuss I KNOW WHY THE CAGED BIRD SINGS by Maya Angelou.

    Location: Green

Wednesday June 21, 2017
   10:30 AM Baby Time  
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

Every Wednesday

An active story time for children from birth to 2 years old with an adult caregiver. We combine music, story and play to engage our youngest learners.

    Location: Main Library
   10:30 AM Preschool Story Play Group  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   
   

Ages 2-6 years and their caregiver. Stories, music and puppets followed by crafts and group playtime. No registration necessary.

    Location: Ellet
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Story Time for Ages 2-5  
    Contact: Norton Branch Library   330-825-7800   nortonbranch@akronlibrary.org
   

Story Time for Ages 2-5: Join us for stories, music, movement and crafts.

June 21 is the fun theme of Busy Bees!

    Location: Norton
   11:00 AM Summer Special Events Series  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Family Events

Wednesdays, 11 am OR 1 pm (Choose the time that is best for your family)

June 21 A wild visit from the Akron Zoo

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

All ages

Join us for stories, music, movement and fun! Each session will be followed by a play time or fun activity. 

    Location: Firestone Park
   11:30 AM Fun Club  
    Contact: Mogadore Branch Library   330-628-9228   mogadorebranch@akronlibrary.org
   

Wednesday, June 21, 11:30 am

Make Wednesdays your Family Fun days! Join the Mogadore Branch Library for some summer fun and entertainment.
Performances are at 11:30 am and 2 pm unless specified.  No need to register-just come and have FUN!
 
The Bubble Lady

 

    Location: Mogadore
   11:30 AM  -  12:00 PM Family Story Time  
    Contact: Firestone Park Branch Library   330-724-2126   
   

All ages

Join us for stories, music, movement and fun! Each session will be followed by a play time or fun activity. 

    Location: Firestone Park
   11:30 AM  -  12:30 PM Pitter Patter Playgroup  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   eramsay@akronlibrary.org
   
Pitter Patter Playgroup
Wednesdays, June 7-July 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
   12:30 PM  -  2:00 PM Lunch Bunch  
    Contact: Nordonia Hills Branch Library   330-467-8595   nordoniahills@akronlibrary.org
   

LUNCH BUNCH

Students going into Kindergarten through 4th grade are invited to join Miss Sue for a story and a craft.  Bring your lunch and your listening ear!

Dessert and beverages will be provided.

Please register in advance.

    Location: Nordonia Hills
   1:00 PM Mystery Book Discussion Group  
    Contact: Northwest Akron Branch   3308361081   northwest@akronlibrary.org
   

Mystery Book Discussion Group

3rd Wednesdays, 1 pm

June 21 HOME by Harlan Coben

July 19 THE WOMAN IN CABIN 10 by Ruth Ware

August 16 LIAR, TEMPTRESS, SOLDIER, SPY: FOUR WOMEN UNDERCOVER IN THE CIVIL WAR by Karen Abbott 

    Location: Northwest Akron
   1:00 PM Summer Special Events Series  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Family Events

Wednesdays, 11 am OR 1 pm (Choose the time that is best for your family)

June 21 A wild visit from the Akron Zoo

    Location: Green
   1:00 PM The People in Your Neighborhood—Fairlawn Police Department  
    Contact: Fairlawn-Bath Branch Library   330-666-4888   fairlawnbath@akronlibrary.org
   

Join us as we visit the Fairlawn Police Department, located at 3487 S. Smith Rd. We will tour the entire department, learning about a police officer’s role in our community and then get up close to see the police cars. For children ages 3-6 and their adult caregivers.  The tour is limited to 20 children. 

Registration begins Monday, June 12.

    Location: Fairlawn-Bath
   1:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Wednesday Summer Reading Performers  
    Contact: Odom Blvd Branch Library   330-643-8726   odomblvdbranch@akronlibrary.org
   

Summer Reading Performers:

June 14 - Hula Hoop with Meryl Hornyak - Learn some new moves.

June 21 - OUtback Ray - Meet some exotic animals in this interactive program.

June 28 - Rick Smith, Jr. - Interactive magic show with one of the best in the world.

July 12 - Elec Simon - African dummer performer.

July 19 - Build a Body - Families get fit togther in this fun workout.

July 26 - Lindsay Bonilla - Storytelling around the theme of Peace Building.

    Location: Odom
   1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Paint the Walk  
    Contact: Northwest Akron Branch   330.836.1081   northwest@akronlibrary.org
   

Paint the Walk

Wednesday, June 21, 1 pm – 3 pm

In collaboration with the Northwest Family Recreation Center, we will beautify our landscape by painting the walkways in front of our building.  Bring the whole family for this fun and creative activity!

    Location: Northwest Akron
   1:30 PM  -  3:30 PM Afternoon Movies  
    Contact: Maple Valley Library   330.864.5721   maplevalley@akronlibrary.org
   

HIDDEN FIGURES starring Taraji P. Henson and Octavia Spencer

    Location: Maple Valley
   2:00 PM Fun Club  
    Contact: Mogadore Branch Library   330-628-9228   mogadorebranch@akronlibrary.org
   

Wednesday, June 21, 2 pm

Make Wednesdays your Family Fun days! Join the Mogadore Branch Library for some summer fun and entertainment.
Performances are at 11:30 am and 2 pm unless specified.  No need to register-just come and have FUN!
 
The Bubble Lady

 

    Location: Mogadore
   2:00 PM Magician Rick Smith, Jr.: Summer Reading Weekly Events  
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

Weekly Programs, WEDNESDAYS, June 14 – July 26, 2 pm
Groups of ten or more, please call ahead to register.

June 14: Sogbety Diomande Drumming and dance Ivory Coast style

June 21: Magician Rick Smith, Jr. Cutting edge, breathtaking magic

June 28: Bubble Lady The wonderful world of bubbles

July 5: Mad Science An entertaining and funny way to look at science

July 12: Storigami with Christina Kallevig Origami and stories together!

July 19: Songs and “Tails” from the Woods Musicians Sam Sapp and Sarah Matheny   

July 26: Celebrate Summer Reading Party!

    Location: Main Library
   2:00 PM Wonderful Wednesdays!  
    Contact: North Hill Branch Library   330-535-9423   northhill@akronlibrary.org
   

Mind, Body & Sole - Build a Better World - Children's Program

Enjoy the music and stories of Sam Sapp!

    Location: North Hill
   2:00 PM Wonderful Wednesdays!  
    Contact: North Hill Branch    330-535-9423   northhill@akronlibrary.org
   

Mind, Body & Sole - Build a Better World - Children's Program!

Enjoy the music and stories of Sam Sapp!

    Location: North Hill
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Lindsay Bonilla  
    Contact: Richfield Library   330-659-4343   dnagy@akronlibrary
   

Performer Line Up Family fun for all ages:
Wednesdays, 2-3 pm
June 21-  Story teller Lindsay Bonilla from World of Difference will get our imaginations running.
 

    Location: Richfield
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Teen Time  
    Contact: Firestone Park Branch Library   330-724-2126   
   

Zen Spa Day

    Location: Firestone Park
   4:00 PM  -  5:00 PM Paws for Reading  
    Contact: Norton Branch Library   330-825-7800   nortonbranch@akronlibrary.org
   

Children of all ages can practice their literacy skills by reading aloud to our certified therapy dogs.  

This is a great way for children to build their reading fluency and read-aloud confidence.

Rocky and her furry friends are waiting for you!

    Location: Norton
   6:00 PM WRHS Presents Euclid Beach Park – Cleveland’s Most Beloved Amusement Park  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   3306447050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

Western Reserve Historical Society Presents:

Euclid Beach Park – Cleveland’s Most Beloved Amusement Park

Do you remember the food, rides, and attractions?  What makes Euclid Beach Park so memorable?  Learn about its early beginnings in 1895 and reminisce about its heyday until the final days in 1969. Light refreshments served.

    Location: Portage Lakes
   6:30 PM How To Spot And Stop A Scam  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Adult Program

Joseph McCovey, Summit County Office of Consumer Affairs, will talk to you about what to look for and how to prevent becoming a victim of scams.

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

YOGA OFF THE MAT

Learn soothing stretches that you can incorprate 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.  

This class is limited to twenty participants and registration is strongly suggested.

    Location: Nordonia Hills
   6:30 PM Writers Guild of Nordonia Hills  
    Contact: Nordonia Hills Branch Library   330-467-8595   nordoniahills@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 enviroment.

Please bring a sample of your work to share.

 

    Location: Nordonia Hills
   6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Egyptian Tomb Excavation Series  
    Contact: Highland Square   330-376-2927   kgerlach@akronlibrary.org
   

KV-63:  What the Objects Tell Us, and Nefertiti: Sorting Myth From Reality (Part II) 

Learn about dates, uses and importance of the items found.

Professor Emeritus Earl Ertman, from the University of Akron, shares his experiences excavating tomb KV63.  An art history professor, Ertman shifted his emphasis to ancient art and, after winning a Smithsonian Research and Development Grant in 1971 with a colleague, began working in tombs in Egypt. 

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

    Location: Highland Square

Thursday June 22, 2017
   6:30 AM Tai Chi  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Summer Fitness With Instructor Nancy Gardner

Tai Chi  

Tai Chi is an "internal" Chinese martial art, most often practiced for its many health benefits and mind/body connections. The slow movements and mindful breathing make Tai Chi the perfect exercise for people of all ages and physical abilities.

 
    Location: Green
   10:15 AM Baby Time  
    Contact: Nordonia Hills Branch Library   330-467-8595   nordoniahills@akronlibrary.org
   

BABY TIME

Our programs feature stories, songs and bounces!

For children 24 months and under with a parent or caregiver.

Please register in advance.

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

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.

Story Time runs Thursdays, June 8 – July 27.

    Location: Goodyear
   10:30 AM Early Bird Movie Matinee  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   
   

Enjoy popcorn and a fun family-friendly movie on the big screen!

 

    Location: Ellet
   10:30 AM Library Babies and Tots  
    Contact: Mogadore Branch Library   330-628-9228   mogadorebranch@akronlibrary.org
   

Thursday, June 22, 10:30 am

Join Miss Kim for songs, stories and group playtime with our library friends.

Ages birth – 3 ½

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

Every Thursday

Stories, music, and activities for children 2 to 5 years old with an adult caregiver.

    Location: Main Library
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Preschool Fun - Story Time Thursdays  
    Contact: Odom Branch Library    330-643-4720   odomblvdbranch@akronlibrary.org
   

Preschool Fun - Story Time Thursdays

For ages 3 - 5 (a caretaker must be present)

Each week we will share stories, songs, and movement as well as a special activity.

Come join us for an hour of fun!

 

 

    Location: Odom
   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.

 

Please visit our website for more information:

    Location: Fairlawn-Bath
   11:00 AM Thrilling Thursdays!  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

Join us for eight weeks of family fun programs! No registration required.

Outback Ray is back with his astounding animal friends.

    Location: Portage Lakes
   11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Coloring Fun  
    Contact: Norton Branch Library   330-825-7800   nortonbranch@akronlibrary.org
   

Join us for a morning of coloring, relaxation, conversation and snacks.  

Coloring sheets, markers, colored pencils, music and snacks provided.

Feel free to bring your own supplies or use ours.

    Location: Norton
   11:15 AM Toddler Story Time  
    Contact: Nordonia Hills Branch Library   330-467-8595   nordoniahills@akronlibrary.org
   

TODDLER STORY TIME

Our programs feature short stories, songs and rhymes!

For children 2-3 years old, with two-year olds accompanied by a  parent or caregiver.

Please register in advance.

    Location: Nordonia Hills
   12:30 PM Preschool Story Time  
    Contact: Nordonia Hills Branch Library   330-467-8595   nordoniahills@akronlibrary.org
   

PRESCHOOL STORY TIME

Our programs feature stories, songs, rhymes and more!

For children 3-5 years old, not yet in Kindergarten. 

Please register in advance.

    Location: Nordonia Hills
   1:00 PM Fabulous Family Fun  
    Contact: Tallmadge   330.633.4345   
   

Musician, Sam Sapp

Entertainment and creative fun for all ages.
Our shows are limited to the first 110 people.

    Location: Tallmadge
   1:00 PM Heirloom seeds? Yes, please!  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Adult Program

Join staff from our Science & Technology Division for this program on planning your garden both to maximize your harvest and your seed-saving ability. Heirloom seeds are open-pollinated varieties which will breed true and can be saved from one harvest for the next year’s planting.  The Akron-Summit County Public Library has a Seed Sharing Library in the Science & Technology Division at Main Library which is available whenever the library is open.

 
    Location: Green
   1:00 PM Mr. Puppet Show  
    Contact: Kenmore Branch Library   330-745-6126   kenmore@akronlibrary.org
   

Come and see Mr. Puppet and his friends in a zany show!

    Location: Kenmore
   1:00 PM Project Runway  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   
   

Grades 6-12. Sign up to be a designer or model in our fourth Project Runway event. Designers will have an hour and a half to design an outfit with materials provided by the library. Models will have hair and makeup done and will wear the designer's outfits for judging. Registration requested beginning June 1. Limit of 10 designers and 10 models.

    Location: Ellet
   1:00 PM  -  2:00 PM COLORING AND COFFEE  
    Contact: Firestone Park Branch Library   330-724-2126   
   

Learn new techniques and the joy of adult coloring. This program is great for any skill level. Come and share in the fun. 

Please register for this program by calling us at 330-724-2126.

    Location: Firestone Park
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Thrilling Thursdays: Magician Rick Smith, Jr  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   eramsay@akronlibrary.org
   
Thrilling Thursdays
Join us every Thursday, 1:30 pm
For all ages; children under the age of 5 should be accompanied by a caregiver.
No registration required.
 
June 22: Magician Rick Smith, Jr
June 29: The Hilarious Ventriloquist, Mr. Puppet
July 6: Storigami Storyteller, Christine Kallevig
July 13: The Famed and Inspirational Percussionist, Elec Simon
July 20: The Magic of David Anthony
July 27: Outback Ray’s Amazing Animal Show
    Location: Maple Valley
   2:00 PM Mind, Body & Soul: Bubble Lady  
    Contact: Northwest Akron Branch   330.83   northwest@akronlibrary.org
   

Mind, Body & Sole Summer Performers

Thursdays, 2 pm

 

June 22:  Bubble Lady

June 29:  Mad Science

July 13:   Rick Smith, Jr.

July 20:  Rockin’ Robots

July 27:  Sogbety Diomande 

    Location: Northwest Akron
   2:00 PM Summer Movies  
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

Summer Movies
Thursdays, 2 pm June 8 to August 24

Chill in our Auditorium and enjoy these movies!  Groups welcome.

June 8: The Secret Life of Pets-Rated G, 87 min.

June 15: Zootopia-Rated PG, 111 min.

June 22: Finding Nemo-Rated G, 100 min.

June 29: Finding Dory-Rated PG, 95 min.

July 6: Inside Out-Rated PG, 95 min.

July 13: Sing-Rated PG, 108 min.

July 20: Moana-Rated PG, 107 min.

July 27:  The Angry Birds Movie-Rated PG, 97 min.

August 3: The BFG-Rated PG, 117 min.

August 10:  James and the Giant Peach-Rated PG, 79 min.

August 17: Lego Movie-Rated PG, 100 min.

August 24: Lego Batman-Rated PG, 104 min.

    Location: Main Library-Auditorium
   2:00 PM Teen Cafe  
    Contact: Nordonia Hills Branch Library   330-467-8595   nordoniahills@akronlibrary.org
   

GLOW IN THE DARK

Join Miss Sue for Glow in the Dark Fun and Games.

For students in grades 5 and up.

Please register in adavance.

    Location: Nordonia Hills
   2:00 PM Totally Teen Thursdays: Calm Coloring  
    Contact: Mogadore Branch Library   330-628-9228   mogadorebranch@akronlibrary.org
   

Thursday, June 22, 2 pm

Relax and color intricate patterns and designs while listening to music.  
 

Ages 11-18

 

    Location: Mogadore
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM David Anthony Magic and Illusion Show  
    Contact: Norton Branch Library   330-825-7800   nortonbranch@akronlibrary.org
   

David Anthony Magic and Illusion Show.  

    Location: Norton
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Jammin' Jumpers  
    Contact: North Hill Branch Library   330-535-9423   northhill@akronlibrary.org
   

For grades 4 through 12. Join members of Ohio's Jammin' Jumpers Jump Rope Team in this exhilarating workshop and see if you have what it takes to be a competitive jumper. Jumpers should come wear comfortable shoes; no flip flops or sandals, please. Jump ropes will be provided.

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

Microsoft Office Excel 1-3 Practical Application

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

 

Please visit our website for more information:

 

    Location: Fairlawn-Bath
   4:00 PM Wii U 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
   6:00 PM Antique Appraisal Fair  
    Contact: Tallmadge   330.633.4345   
   

Bring your favorite antique to the library and have it appraised by Jason Adams.
Limit two items per person (no swords or firearms). For large items, you can bring a photograph.

Program size is limited so please call 330-633-4345 to register.
Please call if you need to cancel your reservation.

Spectators are welcome and do not need to register.

    Location: Tallmadge
   6:00 PM Movies@Main: La La Land  
    Contact: Culture & AV   330-643-9015   
   
Kung Fu Panda 3 movie poster
 

A jazz pianist and an aspiring actress meet and fall in love in Los Angeles. Critically acclaimed musical and winner of six (almost seven) Oscars. Starring Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone and John Legend. Rated PG-13. 127 min

    Location: Main Library-Auditorium
   6:00 PM Patriotic Crafts  
    Contact: Mogadore Branch Library   330-628-9228   mogadorebranch@akronlibrary.org
   
Thursday, June 22, 6 pm  
 
Come get creative at this patriotic craft free-for-all. You will have a variety of
yarn-wrapped flag projects to choose from, including wreaths, vases and flower pots.
Supply options will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Please call 330-628-9228 to register. 

 

 

    Location: Mogadore
   6:00 PM The Gardens at Stan Hywet Hall - Author Talk  
    Contact: Northwest Akron Branch   3308361081   northwest@akronlibrary.org
   

The Gardens at Stan Hywet Hall – Author Talk and Book Signing

Thursday, June 22, 6 pm

Join Julie Frey, Director of Museum Services and Curator at Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens, as she uncovers the hidden history of The Gardens at Stan Hywet Hall. The book, to be published in May 2017, explores the history and evolution of Stan Hywet Hall’s landscape design. Frey highlights the landscape design and garden spaces using information from original Seiberling correspondence, as well as photographs taken during the early years of the estate. The book also touches on the restoration efforts undertaken by the Stan Hywet Hall Foundation since it assumed ownership of the property in 1957.  Copies of The Gardens at Stan Hywet Hall will be available for purchase and signing following the talk. 

    Location: Northwest Akron
   6:00 PM  -  7:30 PM Akron African United Front  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   maplevalley@akronlibrary.org
   

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  -  8:00 PM Sistas Knit 2  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   maplevalley@akronlibrary.org
    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
   6:45 PM  -  7:45 PM Book Discussion Group  
    Contact: Highland Square   330-376-2927   kgerlach@akronlibrary.org
   

Come and enjoy a diverse selection of titles.  New members are always welcome.

Please call 330-376-2927 for more information.

    Location: Highland Square

Friday June 23, 2017
   1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Friday Summer Movies - Build a Better Mind  
    Contact: Odom Blvd. Branch Library   330-643-8726   odomblvdbranch@akronlibrary.org
   

Join us for a Friday afternoon movie that uplifts and inspires building a better mind.  Movies for Adults and teens over the age of sixteen.

June 23 HE NAMED ME MALALA

July 7 THE HUNDRED- FOOT JOURNEY

July 21 HIDDEN FIGURES

    Location: Odom

Saturday June 24, 2017
     Kids Create Take-it Make-it Crafts  
    Contact: Fairlawn-Bath Branch Library   330-666-4888   fairlawnbath@akronlibrary.org
   

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

    Location: Fairlawn-Bath
   10:00 AM  -  5:00 PM Nordonia Hills Game Time  
    Contact: Nordonia Hills Branch Library   330-467-8595   nordoniahills@akronlibrary.org
   

NH GAME TIME

Meet and join in with players of various games including chess, board and Euro games, role-playing games, mah-jongg, war games, and regular and trading card games.

All ages welcome.

No registration is necessary.

    Location: Nordonia Hills
   10:30 AM  -  2:00 PM What's On the Menu?  
    Contact: Science & Technology Division   330-643-9075   stdiv@akronlibrary.org
   

Introduce fun eats into your heart and home. Join us for a day of cooking demonstrations! 

10:30-Join Abbe Turner from Lucky Penny Farm as she demonstrates how to make homemade ricotta cheese

11:45-Meet cookbook author Carla Snyder. She'll experiment with vegetarian delights

1:00-Explore Arabic cuisine with Alia Almashni and learn about Middle Eastern dishes 

Meeting Room 2AB

 

    Location: Main Library
   12:00 PM  -  1:00 PM Paws for Reading  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   
   

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

    Location: Ellet
   1:00 PM Zentangle Fun  
    Contact: Kenmore Branch Library   330-745-6126   kenmore@akronlibrary.org
   

Join Carol Bailey Floyd to learn the fun and stress-relieving art of Zentangle.  Kit will be provided.  Space is limited, so please register at 330-745-6126.

    Location: Kenmore
   1:30 PM  -  3:00 PM Sign Language Series with Paula Wray  
    Contact: Highland Square   330-376-2927   kgerlach@akronlibrary.org
   

Interested in learning how to sign?  Come to these sessions of lessons, games, and songs, and learn more.  No prior knowledge of sign language is necessary!  This class is for adults.  Children over 10 may come if accompanied by an adult.

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  -  3:00 PM Builders’ Club  
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

Builders’ Club
Saturdays, June 24 and August 26, 2 pm

Build and create with a variety of building materials.

    Location: Main Library
   2:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Buckeye Martinfest  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

Buckeye Martinfest

North Reservoir

Saturday, June 24, 2-4 pm

Stop by our table for crafts and giveaways as we celebrate Portage Lakes being the Purple Martin Capital of Ohio!  We love participating in this annual event sponsored by the Portage Lakes Purple Martin Association.

    Location: Portage Lakes
   2:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Drawing from Life  
    Contact: Maple Valley Library   330.864.5721   maplevalley@akronlibrary.org
   

Drawing from life is a skill that anyone can acquire once they've learned a few tricks! This class is an introduction to the fundamental ways artists translate what they see from the three-dimensional world onto a two-dimensional surface. We will do exercises which will challenge you to "see" like an artist and help to demystify the process of drawing the infinitely complex world. Join artist Claire Marks as she presents this informative and exciting class. Please call the branch to sign up.

    Location: Maple Valley

Sunday June 25, 2017
   2:00 PM  -  2:30 PM Sunday Story Time Sampler  
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

Every Sunday

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

    Location: Main Library

Monday June 26, 2017
   10:15 AM  -  12:00 PM North Hill Needle Crafters  
    Contact: North Hill Branch Library   330.535.9423   northbranch@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 will be glad to get you started.  If you have yarn and supplies to donate, we will make god use of them.

    Location: North Hill
   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: Fairlawn-Bath
   11:00 AM Build a Body  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   
   

Build a body presents a family fitness program that will get your blood pumping.

    Location: Ellet
   12:30 PM  -  2:00 PM Special Program: Touch-A-Truck  
    Contact: Mogadore Branch Library   330-628-9228   mogadorebranch@akronlibrary.org
   
Monday, June 26, 12:30-2 pm
 
 
Bring the entire family to the Library anytime between 12:30-2 pm.
Special guests from our community will display their trucks in the Mogadore High School parking lot. 
Explore a bookmobile, fire truck, school bus, and other vehicles while learning how they are used in our community. 
Rain or shine, come to the library, check out some books, and touch-a-truck! 
 
A big thank you to the Library’s Mobile Services Department, Mogadore High School,
Adorni’s Service Center, Mogadore Post Office,  Mock Pond Shop and Two Men and a Truck for providing vehicles and their time.
 
    Location: Mogadore
   1:00 PM Life Skills: Financial Fitness  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Adult and Teen Event      

Learn how to balance a checkbook, and how to use credit cards.  What does a credit score mean?  Learn these financial life skills, presented by Aaron Curry of Key Bank.

    Location: Green
   2:00 PM Outback Ray's Amazing Animal Show  
    Contact: Highland Square   330-376-2927   
   

Outback Ray’s Amazing Animal Show is fun, exciting and very educational. This hands-on show is extremely entertaining for kids of all ages. Outback Ray will bring 10–15 captive born, exotic animals. The animals are trained and handled daily to ensure the safety of the audience as well of the animals.

    Location: Highland Square
   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: Fairlawn-Bath
   6:00 PM The Hower House  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

The Hower House

Located on the University of Akron campus, how much do you really know about this National Historic Landmark? Learn about the Hower family, the 28 room Victorian mansion, and the ongoing events that keep this one of the best preserved houses in the country.  Enjoy a cup of tea after.  Please register in advance.  Presented by Sherri Thompson and Lyn Benedict.

    Location: Portage Lakes
   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. 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   nordoniahills@akronlibrary.org
   

SUN CATCHER

Join Miss Sue and make a sun catcher wind chime.

This program is for families of all ages and is held one Monday each month.

Please register in advance.

    Location: Nordonia Hills
   6:30 PM Pokemon Club  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Family Program

Calling all Pokemon enthusiasts ages 7 and up! Come join fellow Pokemon fanatics to talk, battle, trade (with parent’s permission), or to show off your collection. This is a student led program. Snacks will be provided.

    Location: Green
   6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Jumping Off the Page: A Storytelling Festival with Wandering Aesthetics Theatre  
    Contact: North Hill Branch Library   330.535.9423   northbranch@akronlibrary.org
   

Jumping Off the Page: A Storytelling Festival with Wandering Aesthetics Theatre

Join stortellers Kyle Jozsa and Nici Romo from Wandering Aesthetics Theatre as they share stories and fables from around the world.  You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll have a fabulous time!  For all ages.

    Location: North Hill
   6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Stories in the Garden  
    Contact: Firestone Park Branch Library   330-724-2126   
   

Ages 2-6

Join us outside in our NatureConnect space for this hands on story time. We will tend the garden, enjoy stories, rhymes, songs and end with a creative activity. 

 

    Location: Firestone Park

Tuesday June 27, 2017
   10:05 AM Baby Story Play Group  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   
   

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

    Location: Ellet
   10:30 AM Preschool Story Time  
    Contact: North Hill Branch Library   330-535-9423   northhill@akronlibrary.org
   

This series of programs is designed for children ages 2-5 with their adults, who are expected to join in the fun! Books, flannel board stories, rhyming activities, and puppets all help little ones get ready to learn when they go to school.

    Location: North Hill
   10:30 AM Preschool Story Time  
    Contact: Northwest Akron Branch   330.836.1081   northwest@akronlibrary.org
   

Preschool Story Time

(2 to 5 year-olds with a caregiver)

Tuesdays, June 6 to July 25, 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: Tallmadge   330.633.4345   
   

PRESCHOOL TALES

For 2 - 6 year olds and their families

    Location: Tallmadge
   10:30 AM Story Time  
    Contact: Highland Square   330-376-2927   
   

Ages 18 months – 5 years old and their grown ups

You are your child’s first teacher. Discover songs, books, prop stories 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!

    Location: Highland Square
   10:30 AM Story Time Programs  
    Contact: Mogadore Branch Library   330-628-9228   mogadorebranch@akronlibrary.org
   

Tuesday, June 27, 10:30 am

Join Miss Kim for stories, songs, games and crafts.

Ages 3 and up

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

Family Story Time ages 6 months- 6 years
Tuesdays, June 13- July 25, 10:30- 11:30 am
Children bring your favorite caregiver and join us for stories, music, rhymes, gardening, and more. No registration required. Please note we will have a variety of outdoor activities during story time please lather up with sun screen and be ready to get dirty, messy and potentially wet.

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

Join us for a family-friendly story time with stories, songs, finger-plays, art and lots of fun! All ages welcome.  (No program July 4th)

 

 

    Location: Portage Lakes
   11:00 AM Toddler Story Play Group  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   
   

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

    Location: Ellet
   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
   12:00 PM  -  1:00 PM Terrific Tuesdays  
    Contact: Firestone Park Branch Library   330-724-2126   
   

Bricks 4 Kidz

    Location: Firestone Park
   1:00 PM Family Shows  
    Contact: Goodyear   330-784-7522   goodyear@akronlibrary.org
   

Tuesdays, 1 pm

We have performers to amaze and entertain you this summer. Come enjoy the shows and check out some books! Large groups please schedule ahead with the children’s librarian to make a reservation for all shows due to limited space.

Outback Ray - June 27

Exciting, fun, and educational!  Outback Ray brings exotic animals for us to see and learn about.

 

    Location: Goodyear
   1:00 PM Rick Smith Jr.  
    Contact: Fairlawn-Bath Branch Library   330-666-4888   fairlawnbath@akronlibrary.org
   

Rick Smith Jr., magician, illusionist, and world record holder returns with an exciting new show that will entertain kids of all ages.

    Location: Fairlawn-Bath
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Adult Coloring Class  
    Contact: Maple Valley Library   330.864.5721   maplevalley@akronlibrary.org
    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
   2:00 PM Mystery Make It and Take It Summer Treat  
    Contact: Kenmore Branch Library   330-745-6126   kenmore@akronlibrary.org
   

Pop in to create a yummy treat to eat or take with you.  The mystery yummy will be revealed that day.

    Location: Kenmore
   2:00 PM School Age Fun  
    Contact: Nordonia Hills Branch Library   330-467-8595   nordoniahills@akronlibrary.org
   

MAD SCIENCE

A science themed show that is designed to amaze and inspire.

Program is for students in Kindergarten-5th grade.

Please register in advance.

    Location: Nordonia Hills
   2:00 PM Teen Tuesdays  
    Contact: Tallmadge   330.633.4345   
   

Teen Tuesdays
For grades 5 - 12

Call the branch for details, 330-633-4345

    Location: Tallmadge
   2:00 PM Totally Teen Tuesdays @ 2 pm!  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

Project Runway

With limited time, a selection of materials, and an abundance of creativity see what you can make!  Finished projects will be judged in various categories for prizes. Please pre-register.

    Location: Portage Lakes
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM TEEN TUESDAYS @ 2  
    Contact: Norton Branch Library   330-825-7800   norton@akronlibrary.org
   

Messy Party

Dress for a mess and bring your sense of adventure too. 

Activities will include messy games, messy crafts and messy food. 

We’d bring a change of clothes if we were you!

Everthing will be provided and no registration is required.

    Location: Norton
   3:30 PM  -  5:00 PM Warm Up Akron  
    Contact: Mogadore Branch Library   330-628-9228   mogadorebranch@akronlibrary.org
   

Tuesday, June 27, 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
   6:00 PM Adult Coloring Night  
    Contact: Nordonia Hills Branch Library   330-467-8595   nordoniahills@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  -  7:00 PM Vinyl Revival Listening Group  
    Contact: Firestone Park Branch Library   330-724-2126   
   

Are you a music lover? This club could be 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 metting. Please register for this program by calling us at 330-724-2126.

    Location: Firestone Park
   6:30 PM Annual Teen Cupcake Bake-off  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Teen Event

Bakers and tasters needed! 

To register for this program or for more information, ask at the front desk.

 
    Location: Green
   6:30 PM The Novel in You  
    Contact: Nordonia Hills Branch Library   330-467-8595   nordoniahills@akronlibrary.org
   

THE NOVEL IN YOU: INTRODUCTION TO NOVEL WRITING

In this six-part writing workshop, each session will provide an in-depth look at a different part of writing,  including how to create realistic characters, dialogue and plot, and the tools necessary for brining out the best of the writer's work.

Please register in advance.

    Location: Nordonia Hills

Wednesday June 28, 2017
   10:30 AM Baby Time  
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

Every Wednesday

An active story time for children from birth to 2 years old with an adult caregiver. We combine music, story and play to engage our youngest learners.

    Location: Main Library
   10:30 AM Preschool Story Play Group  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   
   

Ages 2-6 years and their caregiver. Stories, music and puppets followed by crafts and group playtime. No registration necessary.

    Location: Ellet
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Story Time for Ages 2-5  
    Contact: Norton Branch Library   330-825-7800   nortonbranch@akronlibrary.org
   

Story Time for Ages 2-5: Join us for stories, music, movement and crafts.

June 28 - Get in the Construction Zone!

    Location: Norton
   11:00 AM NatureConnect Create!  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

Make Wednesday mornings a day of exploration!    Dress for mess and outdoor weather as we engage in a variety of nature activities around our property. Create a nature-inspired craft to take home.   

    Location: Portage Lakes
   11:00 AM Summer Special Events Series  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Family Events

Wednesdays, 11 am OR 1 pm (Choose the time that is best for your family)

June 28 Bubbleologist Dr. UR Awesome

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

All ages

Join us for stories, music, movement and fun! Each session will be followed by a play time or fun activity. 

    Location: Firestone Park
   11:30 AM  -  12:00 PM Family Story Time  
    Contact: Firestone Park Branch Library   330-724-2126   
   

All ages

Join us for stories, music, movement and fun! Each session will be followed by a play time or fun activity. 

    Location: Firestone Park
   11:30 AM  -  12:30 PM Pitter Patter Playgroup  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   eramsay@akronlibrary.org
   
Pitter Patter Playgroup
Wednesdays, June 7-July 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
   12:30 PM  -  2:00 PM Lunch Bunch  
    Contact: Nordonia Hills Branch Library   330-467-8595   nordoniahills@akronlibrary.org
   

LUNCH BUNCH

Students going into Kindergarten through 4th grade are invited to join Miss Sue for a story and a craft.  Bring your lunch and your listening ear!

Dessert and beverages will be provided.

Please register in advance.

    Location: Nordonia Hills
   1:00 PM Summer Special Events Series  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Family Events

Wednesdays, 11 am OR 1 pm (Choose the time that is best for your family)

June 28 Bubbleologist Dr. UR Awesome

    Location: Green
   1:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Wednesday Summer Reading Performers  
    Contact: Odom Blvd Branch Library   330-643-8726   odomblvdbranch@akronlibrary.org
   

Summer Reading Performers:

June 14 - Hula Hoop with Meryl Hornyak - Learn some new moves.

June 21 - OUtback Ray - Meet some exotic animals in this interactive program.

June 28 - Rick Smith, Jr. - Interactive magic show with one of the best in the world.

July 12 - Elec Simon - African dummer performer.

July 19 - Build a Body - Families get fit togther in this fun workout.

July 26 - Lindsay Bonilla - Storytelling around the theme of Peace Building.

    Location: Odom
   2:00 PM Bubble Lady: Summer Reading Weekly Events  
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

Weekly Programs, WEDNESDAYS, June 14 – July 26, 2 pm
Groups of ten or more, please call ahead to register.

June 14: Sogbety Diomande Drumming and dance Ivory Coast style

June 21: Magician Rick Smith, Jr. Cutting edge, breathtaking magic

June 28: Bubble Lady The wonderful world of bubbles

July 5: Mad Science An entertaining and funny way to look at science

July 12: Storigami with Christina Kallevig Origami and stories together!

July 19: Songs and “Tails” from the Woods Musicians Sam Sapp and Sarah Matheny   

July 26: Celebrate Summer Reading Party!

    Location: Main Library
   2:00 PM Wonderful Wednesdays!  
    Contact: North Hill Branch    330-535-9423   northhill@akronlibrary.org
   

Mind, Body & Sole - Build a Better World - Children's Program!

Marissa Dubina will bring some of her favorite pets from the Realm of the Reptile!

    Location: North Hill
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Outback Ray  
    Contact: Richfield Library   330-659-4343   dnagy@akronlibray.org
   

Performer Line Up Family fun for all ages:
Wednesdays, 2-3 pm
June 28- Outback Ray and his wild friends will come and visit with us.
 

    Location: Richfield
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Teen Time  
    Contact: Firestone Park Branch Library   330-724-2126   
   

Teen Trivia: Jeopardy style

    Location: Firestone Park
   3:00 PM Craft Mix-It-Up  
    Contact: Northwest Akron Branch Library   330.643.4702   northwest@akronlibrary.org
   

Craft Mix-It-Up

Wednesday, June 28, 3 pm

Use your creativity and a variety of materials to express yourself.

    Location: Northwest Akron
   6:00 PM Puppy Training  
    Contact: Nordonia Hills Branch Library   330-467-8595   nordoniahills@akronlibrary.org
   

PUPPY TRAINING

Start your puppy off right and learn the tips and tricks of training a well-behaved puppy from Drew & Michele Delgross of Pet State University.  This one-hour seminar will start you out with housetraining, basic commands, and more, but is for owners only - please do not bring your puppy.

Please register in advance.

    Location: Nordonia Hills
   6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Egyptian Tomb Excavation Series  
    Contact: Highland Square   330-376-2927   kgerlach@akronlibrary.org
   

Nefertiti: More Than a Wife and Queen/Tutankhamun’s Reign (includes New Research!)

Learn about Nefertiti, and some details of King Tutankhamun’s tomb.

Professor Emeritus Earl Ertman, from the University of Akron, shares his experiences excavating tomb KV63.  An art history professor, Ertman shifted his emphasis to ancient art and, after winning a Smithsonian Research and Development Grant in 1971 with a colleague, began working in tombs in Egypt. 

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

    Location: Highland Square
   7:00 PM Mystery Book Discussion Group  
    Contact: Nordonia Hills Branch Library   330-467-8595   nordoniahills@akronlibrary.org
   

READERS CHOICE of a Charles Finch Mystery

Title: A Burial at Sea (Charles Lenox Series #5), Author: Charles FinchTitle: A Stranger in Mayfair (Charles Lenox Series #4), Author: Charles FinchTitle: The Fleet Street Murders (Charles Lenox Series #3), Author: Charles Finch

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

Third Wednesday of each month at 7:00pm.

    Location: Nordonia Hills

Thursday June 29, 2017
   10:15 AM Stories and Play  
    Contact: Goodyear Branch Library   330-784-7522   goodyear@akronlibrary.org
   

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.

Story Time runs Thursdays, June 8 – July 27.

    Location: Goodyear
   10:30 AM Library Babies and Tots  
    Contact: Mogadore Branch Library   330-628-9228   mogadorebranch@akronlibrary.org
   

Thursday, June 29, 10:30 am

Join Miss Kim for songs, stories and group playtime with our library friends.

Ages birth – 3 ½

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

Every Thursday

Stories, music, and activities for children 2 to 5 years old with an adult caregiver.

    Location: Main Library
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Preschool Fun - Story Time Thursdays  
    Contact: Odom Branch Library    330-643-4720   odomblvdbranch@akronlibrary.org
   

Preschool Fun - Story Time Thursdays

For ages 3 - 5 (a caretaker must be present)

Each week we will share stories, songs, and movement as well as a special activity.

Come join us for an hour of fun!

 

 

    Location: Odom
   10:30 AM  -  12:00 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: Fairlawn-Bath
   11:00 AM Thrilling Thursdays!  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

Join us for eight weeks of family fun programs! No registration required.

Build, Explore, Create!  Bricks 4 Kidz bring a mound full of Legos and other building activities so let your imagination go wild. 

    Location: Portage Lakes
   1:00 PM Fabulous Family Fun  
    Contact: Tallmadge   330.633.4345   
   

Family Fit Program, Build a Body Team

Entertainment and creative fun for all ages.
Our shows are limited to 110 people.

    Location: Tallmadge
   1:00 PM Jungle Bob  
    Contact: Kenmore Branch Library   330-745-6126   kenmore@akronlibrary.org
   

Learn about some amazing animals with Jungle Bob!

    Location: Kenmore
   1:00 PM Mosaic Art with Leona from Don Drumm Studios  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   
   

Grades 6-12. Teen favorite Leona is back for her eighth summer to teach a glass on glass mosaic piece without grout. The theme of the artwork is beach or anything you wish. Two designs will be available from which particpants will create a 5x7 glass framed piece. Participants are welcome to create their own simple designs as well. Registration requested beginning June 1. Limit of 20 participants.

    Location: Ellet
   1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Thursday Matinees  
    Contact: Richfield Library   330-659-4343   dnagy@akornlibrary.org
   

Thursday Matinees
1-3 pm
Kick back and relax with our family friendly movies. For your enjoyment we’ll also provide popcorn and juice.

June 29 Moana

    Location: Richfield
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Thrilling Thursdays: Ventriloquist, Mr. Puppet  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   eramsay@akronlibrary.org
   
Thrilling Thursdays
Join us every Thursday, 1:30 pm
For all ages; children under the age of 5 should be accompanied by a caregiver.
No registration required.
 
June 29: The Hilarious Ventriloquist, Mr. Puppet
July 6: Storigami Storyteller, Christine Kallevig
July 13: The Famed and Inspirational Percussionist, Elec Simon
July 20: The Magic of David Anthony
July 27: Outback Ray’s Amazing Animal Show
    Location: Maple Valley
   2:00 PM Mind, Body & Soul: Mad Science  
    Contact: Northwest Akron Branch   330.83   northwest@akronlibrary.org
   

Mind, Body & Sole Summer Performers

Thursdays, 2 pm

June 29:  Mad Science

July 13:   Rick Smith, Jr.

July 20:  Rockin’ Robots

July 27:  Sogbety Diomande 

    Location: Northwest Akron
   2:00 PM Summer Movies  
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

Summer Movies
Thursdays, 2 pm June 8 to August 24

Chill in our Auditorium and enjoy these movies!  Groups welcome.

June 8: The Secret Life of Pets-Rated G, 87 min.

June 15: Zootopia-Rated PG, 111 min.

June 22: Finding Nemo-Rated G, 100 min.

June 29: Finding Dory-Rated PG, 95 min.

July 6: Inside Out-Rated PG, 95 min.

July 13: Sing-Rated PG, 108 min.

July 20: Moana-Rated PG, 107 min.

July 27:  The Angry Birds Movie-Rated PG, 97 min.

August 3: The BFG-Rated PG, 117 min.

August 10:  James and the Giant Peach-Rated PG, 79 min.

August 17: Lego Movie-Rated PG, 100 min.

August 24: Lego Batman-Rated PG, 104 min.

    Location: Main Library-Auditorium
   2:00 PM Teen Cafe  
    Contact: Nordonia Hills Branch Library   330-467-8595   nordoniahills@akronlibrary.org
   

AIRPLANE RACES

The 5th Annual Paper Airplane Races!  Come race your designs against other worthy oppo

For students in grades 5 and up.

Please register in adavance.

    Location: Nordonia Hills
   2:00 PM Totally Teen Thursdays: Teen MakerSpace  
    Contact: Mogadore Branch Library   330-628-9228   mogadorebranch@akronlibrary.org
   
Thursday, June 29, 2 pm 
 
Ever played a keyboard made of bananas? Want to create your own buttons?  
Program squishy circuits?  Make a stain glass jar?
Try all these and more at our Teen MakerSpace.
 
Ages 11-18
 

 

 

    Location: Mogadore
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM DIY Jewelry and Keychains  
    Contact: North Hill Branch Library   330-535-9423   northhill@akronlibrary.org
   

For grades 4 through 12. Join us to learn about the jewelry arts in this hands-on workshop.

    Location: North Hill
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Outback Ray's Amazing Animal Show  
    Contact: Norton Branch Library   330-825-7800   nortonbranch@akronlibrary.org
   

Outback Ray's Amazing Animal Show.  Up-close fun and knowledge building all about the animal friends of Outback Ray.

    Location: Norton
   2:00 PM  -  3:30 PM Excel 4-6 Practical Application  
    Contact: Electronic Services   330-643-9145   esdiv@akronlibrary.org
   

Microsoft Office Excel 4-6 Practical Application

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

 

Please visit our website for more information:

 

    Location: Fairlawn-Bath
   3:00 PM Edible Architecture  
    Contact: Goodyear Library   3307847522   Goodyear@akronlibrary.org
   

Edible Architecture - June 29

Recreate some famous buildings with edible bricks you can then devour.

For ages 11 - 18

    Location: Goodyear
   4:00 PM Wii U 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
   6:00 PM Cookbook Club  
    Contact: Mogadore Branch Library   330-628-9228   mogadorebranch@akronlibrary.org
   

Thursday, June 29, 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.  

Theme: Picnic in the Garden

    Location: Mogadore
   6:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Sistas Knit 2  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   maplevalley@akronlibrary.org
    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: China Seas  
    Contact: Culture & AV   330-643-9015   
   
Kung Fu Panda 3 movie poster
 

Clark Gable plays the captain of a ship battling modern-day pirates, a typhoon and two women vying for his attention. Also starring Jean Harlow, Rosalind Russell, Wallace Beery and Robert Benchley. 87 min. Introduction and discussion afterward.

    Location: Main Library-Auditorium
   6:30 PM Mystery Book Club  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

The following books were nominated for the 2017 Edgar Award for the best paperback original story.  Do you agree?  Read one, read all, your choice.

A BRILLIANT DEATH by Robin Yocum

HEART OF STONE by James W. Ziskin

THE 7TH CANON by Robert Dugoni

 

    Location: Portage Lakes
   6:30 PM Unknown Beatles  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Adult Program

Beatles enthusiast Ray Carmen presents little-known songs, videos, facts and trivia about the world's most famous band.

    Location: Green
   6:30 PM  -  8:00 PM Countryside Conservancy Program  
    Contact: Richfield Branch Library   330-659-4343   mdaly@akronlibrary.org
   

Presented by Brian Reitz, Developmental Director for The Countryside Conservancy.

Learn about The Farmers Markets, Food Swaps, and Cooking Classes offered by The Conservancy. The purpose of Countryside Conservancy is to connect people, food, and land by increasing public awareness of how food and farming impact personal, community, and environmental health, and by inspiring personal commitment to building a resilient, sustainable food culture. They pursue our purpose across Northeast Ohio through numerous regional collaborations and a unique partnership with Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

    Location: Richfield
   7:00 PM A Photographer's Guide to Ohio  
    Contact: Nordonia Hills Branch Library   330-467-8595   nordoniahills@akronlibrary.org
   

A PHOTOGRAPHER'S GUIDE TO OHIO

Photographer and author Ian Adams discusses his decades of work in the Buckeye State, presenting some of his work, and sharing thoughts on capturing the beauty of Ohio.

Please register in advance.

    Location: Nordonia Hills

Saturday July 1, 2017
     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. 

July- BLACK AND BLUE Anne Quindlen

    Location: Firestone Park

Saturday July 1, 2017 -  Monday July 31, 2017
     Book Club to Go  
    Contact: Goodyear Branch Library   330-784-7522   goodyear@akronlibrary.org
   

New books are available the first week of each month. No meetings, no deadlines, just some GREAT reads! Discussion questions, read-alike lists, and author information are included with each book.

The Blessing Way by Tony Hillerman; Desert scene strip in middle of cover with RV camper and plateaus in tan colors; Large Native American looking wolf head in the middle of scene strip   July THE BLESSING WAY by Tony Hillerman 

   Click on the book to place a copy on hold.

    Location: Goodyear

Saturday July 1, 2017
   10:00 AM  -  4:00 PM Geeks Who Game @ the Library  
    Contact: Goodyear Branch Library   330-784-7522   goodyear@akronlibrary.org
   

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
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Paws for Reading  
    Contact: Fairlawn-Bath Branch Library   330-666-4888   fairlawnbath@akronlibrary.org
   

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 Library   330-659-4343   dnagy@akronlibary.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
   11:00 AM Saturday Story Time Sampler  
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

The First and Third Saturdays of the month, 11 am

Stories and activities for preschool-primary children with an adult caregiver.

    Location: Main Library
   12:00 PM  -  12:00 PM Richfield Mysteries, An On-Your-Own Book Club  
    Contact: Richfield Branch Library   330-659-4343   mdaly@akronlibrary.org
   

July title - THE DAUGHTER OF TIME by Josephine Tey

Image result for the daughter of timeStop by the front desk and pick up this month’s title. No Pressure – No Discussion. Just read and enjoy and tell us how you liked it. 

    Location: Richfield
   2:00 PM  -  3:30 PM Doodling for Stress Relief  
    Contact: Richfield Branch Library   330-659-4343   mdaly@akronlibrary.org
   

Presented by Christina Turner, Akron-Summit County Public Library

Come unwind, draw, and learn tips and techniques for extemporaneous pattern doodling.  Turn “mistakes” into a design you love! Leave with a framed work of art.

 

    Location: Richfield

Sunday July 2, 2017
   2:00 PM  -  2:30 PM Sunday Story Time Sampler  
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

Every Sunday

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

    Location: Main Library

Monday July 3, 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.

Building Bricks Search – July 3 Look around the children’s area for the building blocks and write down the words you find.

    Location: Goodyear
   10:15 AM  -  12:00 PM North Hill Needle Crafters  
    Contact: North Hill Branch Library   330.535.9423   northbranch@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 will be glad to get you started.  If you have yarn and supplies to donate, we will make god use of them.

    Location: North Hill
   11:00 AM Build a Better World  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   
   

Connie from Art Break Experience will help you paint rocks to hide in the area to bring joy to others. You can also use your imagination and creativity to build with a variety of materials.

    Location: Ellet
   1:00 PM Movie Matinee Mondays  
    Contact: Goodyear Branch Library   330-784-7522   goodyear@akronlibrary.org
   

Movie Matinee Mondays

Mondays, 1 pm

Large groups please schedule ahead with the teen librarian to make a reservation for all movies due to limited space.

KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS (PG) (101 minutes) - July 3

After accidentally summoning an ancient spirit, a young Japanese boy named Kubo is separated from his mother and embarks on a journey to discover the truth about his missing father.

    Location: Goodyear
   3:30 PM  -  5:00 PM Ellet Needle Crafters  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   
   

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

 

    Location: Ellet
   6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM B4 Bed + Stories for Adults  
    Contact: Firestone Park Branch Library   330-724-2126   
   

Have you always wanted to start a good story only to realize you don't have the time? Or maybe you want to feel just like a kid again and have a good story read to you? Let your imagination wander as you join Storyteller Kyle Jozsa from Wandering Aesthetics as he shares a series of short stories - radio play style - for adults only. B4 BED: STORIES FOR ADULTS is all about that return trip to childhood. So sit back, relax and get away from the everyday as we read you enthralling episodes from modern and classic writers alike. *Participants should feel free to bring their sewing, knitting or crocheting projects, coloring books or other handheld fidget toys to enjoy as Kyle weaves these tales. Please register for this program by calling us at 330-724-2126 or stopping by to visit us at the Firestone Park Branch Library.

    Location: Firestone Park
   6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Gentle Yoga with Nia  
    Contact: North Hill Branch Library   330.535.9423   northbranch@akronlibrary.org
   

Gentle Yoga With Nia

Have you always wanted to try yoga?  Here's your chance!  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 bringa yoga mat or a beach towel and a water bottle.

    Location: North Hill

Tuesday July 4, 2017
   10:30 AM Preschool Story Time  
    Contact: Northwest Akron Branch   330.836.1081   northwest@akronlibrary.org
   

Preschool Story Time

(2 to 5 year-olds with a caregiver)

Tuesdays, June 6 to July 25, 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   330-628-9228   mogadorebranch@akronlibrary.org
   

Tuesday, July 4, 10:30 am

Join Miss Kim for stories, songs, games and crafts.

Ages 3 and up

    Location: Mogadore

Wednesday July 5, 2017
   10:30 AM Baby Time  
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

Every Wednesday

An active story time for children from birth to 2 years old with an adult caregiver. We combine music, story and play to engage our youngest learners.

    Location: Main Library
   10:30 AM Preschool Story Play Group  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   
   

Ages 2-6 years and their caregiver. Stories, music and puppets followed by crafts and group playtime. No registration necessary.

    Location: Ellet
   11:00 AM Summer Special Events Series  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Family Events

Wednesdays, 11 am OR 1 pm (Choose the time that is best for your family)

July 5  Play Bingo for fun and prizes

    Location: Green
   11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Nature Adventures  
    Contact: Firestone Park Branch Library   330-724-2126   
   

Grades K-3

Together we will explore and tend to our Nature Connect garden and then finish with a creative craft to take home.

Create your own stepping stone.

    Location: Firestone Park
   11:30 AM Fun Club  
    Contact: Mogadore Branch Library   330-628-9228   mogadorebranch@akronlibrary.org
   

Wednesday, July 5, 11:30 am

Make Wednesdays your Family Fun days! Join the Mogadore Branch Library for some summer fun and entertainment.
Performances are at 11:30 am and 2 pm unless specified.  No need to register-just come and have FUN!
 
Library Bingo

 

    Location: Mogadore
   11:30 AM  -  12:30 PM Pitter Patter Playgroup  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   eramsay@akronlibrary.org
   
Pitter Patter Playgroup
Wednesdays, June 7-July 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
   12:30 PM  -  2:00 PM Lunch Bunch  
    Contact: Nordonia Hills Branch Library   330-467-8595   nordoniahills@akronlibrary.org
   

LUNCH BUNCH

Students going into Kindergarten through 4th grade are invited to join Miss Sue for a story and a craft.  Bring your lunch and your listening ear!

Dessert and beverages will be provided.

Please register in advance.

    Location: Nordonia Hills
   12:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Book Discussion  
    Contact: Norton Branch Library   330-825-7800   nortonbranch@akronlibrary.org
   

Join us for a viewing of the film, The Martian, based on the 2011 science fiction novel by Andy Weir.

Lunch provided.

    Location: Norton
   1:00 PM Coffee and Coloring  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   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 especially for adults as well as coloring utensils and refreshments will be provided.

    Location: Ellet
   1:00 PM Summer Special Events Series  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Family Events

Wednesdays, 11 am OR 1 pm (Choose the time that is best for your family)

July 5  Play Bingo for fun and prizes

    Location: Green
   2:00 PM Fun Club  
    Contact: Mogadore Branch Library   330-628-9228   mogadorebranch@akronlibrary.org
   

Wednesday, July 5, 2 pm

Make Wednesdays your Family Fun days! Join the Mogadore Branch Library for some summer fun and entertainment.
Performances are at 11:30 am and 2 pm unless specified.  No need to register-just come and have FUN!
 
Library Bingo

 

    Location: Mogadore
   2:00 PM Mad Science: Summer Reading Weekly Events  
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

Weekly Programs, WEDNESDAYS, June 14 – July 26, 2 pm
Groups of ten or more, please call ahead to register.

June 14: Sogbety Diomande Drumming and dance Ivory Coast style

June 21: Magician Rick Smith, Jr. Cutting edge, breathtaking magic

June 28: Bubble Lady The wonderful world of bubbles

July 5: Mad Science An entertaining and funny way to look at science

July 12: Storigami with Christina Kallevig Origami and stories together!

July 19: Songs and “Tails” from the Woods Musicians Sam Sapp and Sarah Matheny   

July 26: Celebrate Summer Reading Party!

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

Join us for a discussion of EVE OF A HUNDRED MIDNIGHTS by Bill Lascher. Extra copies of the book are available at the front desk

Image result for eve of a hundred midnights

    Location: Richfield
   2:00 PM Wonderful Wednesdays!  
    Contact: North Hill Branch    330-535-9423   northhill@akronlibrary.org
   

Mind, Body & Sole - Build a Better World - Children's Program!

Annual Hot Wheels Derby - Bring your fastest car!

    Location: North Hill
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Dr. Insecta  
    Contact: Richfield Library   330-659-4343   dnagy@akronlibrary.org
   

Performer Line Up Family fun for all ages:
Wednesdays, 2-3 pm
July 5- Dr. Insecta, will show us how bugs build a better world, come and get “bugged”
 

    Location: Richfield
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Teen Time  
    Contact: Firestone Park Branch Library   330-724-2126   
   

Water Sports

    Location: Firestone Park
   6:00 PM  -  7:15 PM Building Workshop  
    Contact: Goodyear Branch Library   330-784-7522   goodyear@akronlibrary.org
   

Building Workshop

Build something to take home.  We have some wooden craft kits you can sand, hammer, and glue into a mini toolbox, helicopter, or birdbath/bird feeder.

Registration appreciated

    Location: Goodyear
   6:30 PM Reader’s Choice Book Discussion  
    Contact: Mogadore Branch Library   330-628-9228   mogadorebranch@akronlibrary.org
   

Wednesday, July 5, 6:30 pm

Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance

Hillbilly Elegy

    Location: Mogadore
   6:30 PM Wellness Yoga: Yoga off the Mat  
    Contact: Nordonia Hills Branch Library   330-467-8595   nordoniahills@akronlibrary.org
   

YOGA OFF THE MAT

Learn soothing stretches that you can incorprate 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.  

This class is limited to twenty participants and registration is strongly suggested.

    Location: Nordonia Hills

Thursday July 6, 2017
   10:15 AM Stories and Play  
    Contact: Goodyear Branch Library   330-784-7522   goodyear@akronlibrary.org
   

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.

Story Time runs Thursdays, June 8 – July 27.

    Location: Goodyear
   10:30 AM Library Babies and Tots  
    Contact: Mogadore Branch Library   330-628-9228   mogadorebranch@akronlibrary.org
   

Thursday, July 6, 10:30 am

Join Miss Kim for songs, stories and group playtime with our library friends.

Ages birth – 3 ½

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

Every Thursday

Stories, music, and activities for children 2 to 5 years old with an adult caregiver.

    Location: Main Library
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Preschool Fun - Story Time Thursdays  
    Contact: Odom Branch Library    330-643-4720   odomblvdbranch@akronlibrary.org
   

Preschool Fun - Story Time Thursdays

For ages 3 - 5 (a caretaker must be present)

Each week we will share stories, songs, and movement as well as a special activity.

Come join us for an hour of fun!

 

 

    Location: Odom
   11:00 AM Thrilling Thursdays!  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

Join us for eight weeks of family fun programs! No registration required.

More Magic with David Anthony!   First time performance at our library! 

    Location: Portage Lakes
   11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Stories in the Garden  
    Contact: Firestone Park Branch Library   330-724-2126   
   

Ages 2-6

Join us outside in our NatureConnect space for this hands on story time. We will tend the garden, enjoy stories, rhymes, songs and end with a creative activity. 

    Location: Firestone Park
   1:00 PM Circuits  
    Contact: Fairlawn-Bath Branch Library   330-666-4888   fairlawnbath@akronlibrary.org
   

Try your hand at Squishy Circuits, Snap Circuits or the card game Set.  Decide which activity interests you or make the round of science stations. 

For grades 4-12

    Location: Fairlawn-Bath
   1:00 PM Fabulous Family Fun  
    Contact: Tallmadge   330.633.4345   
   

High Five Fitness Dance Program, Art Sparks

Entertainment and creative fun for all ages.
Our shows are limited to the first 110 people.

    Location: Tallmadge
   1:00 PM Movie Bingo  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   
   

Grades 6-12. Movie Bingo featuring Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life. Snacks provided.

    Location: Ellet
   1:00 PM Secret Life of Pets  
    Contact: Kenmore Branch Library   330-745-6126   kenmore@akronlibrary.org
   

Come watch a movie on our big screen and enjoy popcorn.

    Location: Kenmore
   1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Thursday Matinees  
    Contact: Richfield Library   330-659-4343   dnagy@akornlibrary.org
   

Thursday Matinees
1-3 pm
Kick back and relax with our family friendly movies. For your enjoyment we’ll also provide popcorn and juice.

July6 THE LORAX

    Location: Richfield
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Thrilling Thursdays: Storigami Storyteller  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   eramsay@akronlibrary.org
   
Thrilling Thursdays
Join us every Thursday, 1:30 pm
For all ages; children under the age of 5 should be accompanied by a caregiver.
No registration required.
 
July 6: Storigami Storyteller, Christine Kallevig
July 13: The Famed and Inspirational Percussionist, Elec Simon
July 20: The Magic of David Anthony
July 27: Outback Ray’s Amazing Animal Show
    Location: Maple Valley
   2:00 PM Summer Movies  
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

Summer Movies
Thursdays, 2 pm June 8 to August 24

Chill in our Auditorium and enjoy these movies!  Groups welcome.

June 8: The Secret Life of Pets-Rated G, 87 min.

June 15: Zootopia-Rated PG, 111 min.

June 22: Finding Nemo-Rated G, 100 min.

June 29: Finding Dory-Rated PG, 95 min.

July 6: Inside Out-Rated PG, 95 min.

July 13: Sing-Rated PG, 108 min.

July 20: Moana-Rated PG, 107 min.

July 27:  The Angry Birds Movie-Rated PG, 97 min.

August 3: The BFG-Rated PG, 117 min.

August 10:  James and the Giant Peach-Rated PG, 79 min.

August 17: Lego Movie-Rated PG, 100 min.

August 24: Lego Batman-Rated PG, 104 min.

    Location: Main Library-Auditorium
   2:00 PM Teen Cafe  
    Contact: Nordonia Hills Branch Library   330-467-8595   nordoniahills@akronlibrary.org
   

EARBUD HOLDER

Come in and make an earbud holder.

For students in grades 5 and up.

Please register in adavance.

    Location: Nordonia Hills
   2:00 PM Totally Teen Thursdays: Water Sports  
    Contact: Mogadore Branch Library   330-628-9228   mogadorebranch@akronlibrary.org
   
Thursday, July 6, 2 pm 
 
From a water balloon toss to a sponge relay, we’ll have it all.  
Wear a bathing suit or old clothes and be prepared to get wet!
 
Ages 11-18
 
 

 

 

    Location: Mogadore
   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
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Upcycled Crafts  
    Contact: North Hill Branch Library   330-535-9423   northhill@akronlibrary.org
   

For grades 4 through 12. Take upcycling to the next level and make something old new again.

    Location: North Hill
   4:00 PM Wii U 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
   6:00 PM Carve! Print! Repeat! Relief Printmaking for Beginners  
    Contact: Fairlawn-Bath Branch Library   330-666-4888   fairlawnbath@akronlibrary.org
   

Relief printmaking is the oldest type of printmaking in the world, dating back to the Egyptians in 500 BCE. The process involves removing the "whites" of a drawing from a block of wood, a piece of linoleum, or some other material. The image left after carving is raised up "in relief." Apply ink to the surface of the block, and the image can be printed again and again. In this class, we will learn the basic process for making linocuts, relief prints from linoleum. Let's get printing! Registration begins June 6.

    Location: Fairlawn-Bath
   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?  Ready for a challenge?  Join us once a month as we work together to complete new puzzles with friends.  No registration necessary.

 

    Location: Portage Lakes
   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
   6:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Sistas Knit 2  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   maplevalley@akronlibrary.org
    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: Soap Box Derby: A Television Tribute  
    Contact: Culture & AV   330-643-9015   
   
Kung Fu Panda 3 movie poster
 

Celebrate Akron’s All-American Soap Box Derby with episodes from classic TV shows. 90 min

    Location: Main Library-Auditorium
   6:30 PM  -  8:00 PM Yoga & Meditation  
    Contact: Richfield Branch Library   330-659-4343   mdaly@akronlibrary.org
   

All levels yoga class focused on poses that prepare you for a comfortable seated meditation practice. The class concludes with meditation.

    Location: Richfield
   7:00 PM Gettysburg  
    Contact: Nordonia Hills Branch Library   330-467-8595   nordoniahills@akronlibrary.org
   

GETTSBURG:  THE LAST INVASION

It is Robert E. Lee's last attempt to invade the north and force the end of the war.  Find out what Robert E. Lee hoped to accomplish for his country and the cause by marching north.  The biggest battle of the war from the southern point of view.

Please register in advance.

    Location: Nordonia Hills

Friday July 7, 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
   1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Friday Summer Movies - Build a Better Mind  
    Contact: Odom Blvd. Branch Library   330-643-8726   odomblvdbranch@akronlibrary.org
   

Join us for a Friday afternoon movie that uplifts and inspires building a better mind.  Movies for Adults and teens over the age of sixteen.

July 7 THE HUNDRED- FOOT JOURNEY

July 21 HIDDEN FIGURES

    Location: Odom
   2:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Leather Bracelets  
    Contact: Highland Square   330-376-2927   
   

Use basic leather tools and stamps to create your own folksy leather bracelet.

    Location: Highland Square

Saturday July 8, 2017
   10:00 AM  -  3:00 PM Friends of the Fairlawn-Bath Branch Mini Book Sale  
    Contact: Fairlawn-Bath Branch Library   330-666-4888   fairlawnbath@akronlibrary.org
   

Find a bargain at the Friends of the Fairlawn-Bath Branch Mini Book Sale.

    Location: Fairlawn-Bath
   11:00 AM Drive-In Car Rally  
    Contact: Northwest Akron Branch   330.836.1081   northwest@akronlibrary.org
   

Drive-In Car Rally

Saturday, July 8, 11 am

Families can join us at the library drive-in to create their very own cardboard box cars, then enjoy some short movies! Snacks will be provided. Registration requested.

Please call 330-836-1081 to register. 

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

Share a book with a certified therapy dog!

    Location: Main Library
   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. Finished with your masterpieces? Stay to visit with and read to the dogs of Tails & Tales at 2 pm.

    Location: Portage Lakes
   1:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Watercolor Painting Class  
    Contact: Nordonia Hills Branch Library   330-467-8595   nordoniahills@akronlibrary.org
   

WATERCOLOR PAINTING CLASS

Oscar Velasquez teaches beginning watercolor painting, featuring landscapes.  All supplies are provided.

Please register in advance.

    Location: Nordonia Hills
   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
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Wild Water Sports  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   eramsay@akronlibrary.org
   
Wild Water Sports
Saturday, July 8, 2 pm
Grades K-6
Make a splash at Maple Valley! From a water balloon toss to a sponge relay, we’ll have it all.
Wear a bathing suit or old clothes and be prepared to get wet! No registration required.
    Location: Maple Valley
   2:30 PM Minecraft Club (Grades 3 and Up)  
    Contact: Northwest Akron Branch   330.836.1081   northwest@akronlibrary.org
   

Minecraft Club (Grades 3 and Up)

Saturdays, June 10, July 8, August 12, 2:30 pm

Join us to mine and craft on our multi-player server! No account is necessary. Space is limited, registration requested.
Please call 330-836-1081 to register for these programs.

Patrons with food allergy questions should contact the branch

    Location: Northwest Akron
   3:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Poetry Hour  
    Contact: Culture & AV   330-643-9015   cadiv@akronlibrary.org
   
  • Read and share your original poems for a 5 minute interval.
  • Poetry lovers are welcome to attend and enjoy the words of our local poets.
  • Poems read at Poetry Hour should not be overtly explicit in language or subject matter.
  • Registration is requested. Adults age 18 and over. Meeting Room 1.

 

 

    Location: Main Library

Sunday July 9, 2017
   2:00 PM  -  2:30 PM Sunday Story Time Sampler  
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

Every Sunday

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

    Location: Main Library

Monday July 10, 2017
   10:15 AM Tiny Tales Baby Time  
    Contact: Fairlawn-Bath Branch Library   330-666-4888   fairlawnbath@akronlibrary.org
   

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, June 26.

    Location: Fairlawn-Bath
   10:15 AM  -  12:00 PM North Hill Needle Crafters  
    Contact: North Hill Branch Library   330.535.9423   northbranch@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 will be glad to get you started.  If you have yarn and supplies to donate, we will make god use of them.

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

Basic Computer Skills

Get acquainted with computers and our training series! Discover the differences between hardware and software, learn about storage devices and other computer components, and explore the Windows operating system.

Attendance at Computer Mouse Skills for Beginners is preferred.

    Location: Firestone Park
   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. 

 

    Location: Portage Lakes
   11:00 AM Storytelling and Origami  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   
   

Storytelling and Origami together as one with Christina Kallevig.

    Location: Ellet
   11:30 AM Summer Toddler Story Time  
    Contact: Fairlawn-Bath Branch Library   330-666-4888   fairlawnbath@akronlibrary.org
   

For children ages 2-3 1/2years old.  Children must be accompanied by their favorite adult.  We will enjoy stories, songs, dancing & a craft each week with Miss Jessica.

Registration begins Monday, June 26.

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

THE READERS OF BROKEN WHEEL by Katarina Bivald

    Location: Tallmadge
   2:00 PM David Anthony  
    Contact: Highland Square   330-376-2927   
   

David Anthony will entertain with lots of magic, some juggling and a lot of audience participation.

    Location: Highland Square
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM LEGO-licious Mondays  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   eramsay@akronlibrary.org
   
LEGO-licious Mondays
July 10 & 17, August 14 & 21, 2 pm
Grades K-6
Love Legos? So do we! Join us for an afternoon of fun, creativity, and building!
No registration required.
    Location: Maple Valley
   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.

Paws is the second Monday of every month.

    Location: Goodyear
   6:00 PM Zentangle Rock Art  
    Contact: Kenmore Branch Library   330-745-6126   kenmore@akronlibrary.org
   

Use what you learned if you attended the Zentangle Fun workshop!  All you’ll need is a sharpie and a rock to create your very own Zentangle art.  Supplies will be provided.

    Location: Kenmore
   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. No registration required – just come on in and use our space. 

    Location: Goodyear
   6:30 PM 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 Beekeeping  
    Contact: Green Branch Library     
   

Adult Program

Presented by Summit County Beekeepers Association.  This will be an introduction to the joys of keeping bees.

    Location: Green
   6:30 PM LEGO Club  
    Contact: Northwest Akron Branch   330.836.1081   northwest@akronlibrary.org
   

LEGO Club

2nd Mondays, June 12, July 10, August 14, 6:30 pm

Drop in on the 2nd Monday of each month to build and show off your creations! LEGOs will be provided. No registration is necessary.

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

Evening Book Discussion

We will be discussing THE WANGS VS. THE WORLD by Jade Chang.  Books are available for check out at our service desk one month prior to the discussion.  New members are always welcome!

    Location: North Hill

Tuesday July 11, 2017
   10:05 AM Baby Story Play Group  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   
   

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

    Location: Ellet
   10:30 AM Preschool Story Time  
    Contact: North Hill Branch Library   330-535-9423   northhill@akronlibrary.org
   

Special Event:

Bring your fastest Hot Wheels car to race in a downhill derby. Or borrow one from the library.  

    Location: North Hill
   10:30 AM Preschool Story Time  
    Contact: Northwest Akron Branch   330.836.1081   northwest@akronlibrary.org
   

Preschool Story Time

(2 to 5 year-olds with a caregiver)

Tuesdays, June 6 to July 25, 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   330-628-9228   mogadorebranch@akronlibrary.org
   

Tuesday, July 11, 10:30 am

Join Miss Kim for stories, songs, games and crafts.

Ages 3 and up

    Location: Mogadore
   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.  

June 13: STEAM Playtime: Building the foundations for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, & Math learning for the young child.

July 11:  Sing, Dance, Celebrate & Learn: Through music and movement, children develop math, science, social, and early literacy skills.

August 8: Team Work Tuesday: Think, collaborate, problem solve, create and build together.

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

Family Story Time ages 6 months- 6 years
Tuesdays, June 13- July 25, 10:30- 11:30 am
Children bring your favorite caregiver and join us for stories, music, rhymes, gardening, and more. No registration required. Please note we will have a variety of outdoor activities during story time please lather up with sun screen and be ready to get dirty, messy and potentially wet.

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

Join us for a family-friendly story time with stories, songs, finger-plays, art and lots of fun! All ages welcome.  (No program July 4th)

 

 

    Location: Portage Lakes
   11:00 AM Toddler Story Play Group  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   
   

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

    Location: Ellet
   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
   12:00 PM  -  1:00 PM Terrific Tuesdays  
    Contact: Firestone Park Branch Library   330-724-2126   
   

Mad Science

    Location: Firestone Park
   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 July, we will discuss CIRCLING THE SUN by Paula McLain.

    Location: Green
   1:00 PM Family Shows  
    Contact: Goodyear   330-784-7522   goodyear@akronlibrary.org
   

Tuesdays, 1 pm

We have performers to amaze and entertain you this summer. Come enjoy the shows and check out some books! Large groups please schedule ahead with the children’s librarian to make a reservation for all shows due to limited space.

Rockin Robots - July 11

These robot dance performers create a show that will take you on a trip beyond reality.

 

    Location: Goodyear
   1:00 PM Mind, Body & Sole Adult Fitness: Tai Chi  
    Contact: Northwest Akron Branch   3308361081   northwest@akronlibrary.org
   

Mind, Body & Sole Adult Fitness Series

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

Instructors from Build a Body Personal Training will teach these all-levels classes. Beginners are welcome!

Tuesday, July 11, 1 pm

Tai Chi

 

    Location: Northwest Akron
   1:00 PM Party Couture featuring TKO Entertainment  
    Contact: Fairlawn-Bath Branch Library   330-666-4888   fairlawnbath@akronlibrary.org
   

Party Couture featuring TKO Entertainment are bringing the disco to the library.  Lights, music and a fabulous DJ will turn on meeting room into a disco dance party!  Mark your calendar for this one of a kind event.

    Location: Fairlawn-Bath
   1:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Build an Upcycled Dreamcatcher  
    Contact: Odom Blvd Branch Library   330-643-8726   odomblvdbranch@akronlibrary.org
   

Build your own dreamcatcher using leftover and recycled materials. You'll get a nifty handmade item for yourself while also doing your part to keep materials out of a landfill. Please register in advance for this program. 

    Location: Odom
   2:00 PM Fabulous Flip Flop Art  
    Contact: Kenmore Branch Library   330-745-6126   kenmore@akronlibrary.org
   

Bring your own flip flops to decorate for the summer.

    Location: Kenmore
   2:00 PM Magic  
    Contact: Nordonia Hills Branch Library   330-467-8595   nordoniahills@akronlibrary.org
   

RICK SMITH JR

Rick Smith Jr, Guinness world record holder, actor, and magician will entertain us with his magic and illusions.

Program is for students in Kindergarten-5th grade.

Please register in advance.

    Location: Nordonia Hills
   2:00 PM Teen Art in a Jar/Cityscapes  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330-864-5721   maplevalley@akronlibrary.org
   

For Grades 4-12. Decorate jars with famous paintings and produce a city skyline using paint chips. Registration is requested.

    Location: Maple Valley
   2:00 PM Teen Tuesdays  
    Contact: Tallmadge   330.633.4345   
   

Teen Tuesdays
For grades 5 - 12

Call the branch for details, 330-633-4345

    Location: Tallmadge
   2:00 PM Totally Teen Tuesdays @ 2 pm!  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

House of Cards Competition

Test your skill and dexterity as we build with cards.  Who will be our summer champ and take home a prize? 

    Location: Portage Lakes
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM TEEN TUESDAYS @ 2  
    Contact: Norton Branch Library   330-825-7800   norton@akronlibrary.org
   

DIY Upcycle Inventor’s Box

What can you do with a box of someone else’s discarded trash? 

Turn it into a treasure, of course! 

Come see what you can create.

Everthing will be provided and registration is not required.

    Location: Norton
   3:30 PM  -  5:00 PM Warm Up Akron  
    Contact: Mogadore Branch Library   330-628-9228   mogadorebranch@akronlibrary.org
   

Tuesday, July 11, 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
   6:00 PM Book Buzz Discussion Group- OFFSITE  
    Contact: Northwest Akron Branch   3308361081   northwest@akronlibrary.org
   

Book Buzz Discussion Group

2nd Tuesday, 6 pm at Nervous Dog Coffee Bar

This discussion group for book lovers in their 20s and 30s meets monthly to talk novels and nonfiction over drinks crafted by the baristas at Nervous Dog Coffee Bar. Copies of each title will be available at the Northwest Akron Branch Library a month prior to its discussion date. Attendees will be responsible for the purchase of their own drinks, but purchase is not required. Nervous Dog Coffee Bar is located at 1530 W Market St, Akron, OH 44313.

June 13 A LITTLE LIFE by Hanya Yanagihara

July 11 EUPHORIA by Lily King  

August 8 HERE I AM by Jonathan Safran Foer 

    Location: Northwest Akron
   6:00 PM Social Security Program  
    Contact: Tallmadge   330.633.4345   
   

Social Security: How to Get the Most Out of Your Social Security Benefits

Retirement planning specialist Paul Berner's presentation will help all who are in or nearing retirement and are interested in making informed decisions about the foundation of their retirement income plan.

    Location: Tallmadge
   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
   6:00 PM The Mystery Experience  
    Contact: Mogadore Branch Library   330-628-9228   mogadorebranch@akronlibrary.org
   
Tuesday, July 11, 6 pm 
 
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 detective 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!
 
Refreshments will be provided. Please call 330-628-9228 to register. 
 
 
 

 

 

    Location: Mogadore
   6:00 PM  -  7:00 PM Vinyl Revival Listening Group  
    Contact: Firestone Park Branch Library   330-724-2126   
   

Are you a music lover? This club could be 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 metting. Please register for this program by calling us at 330-724-2126.

    Location: Firestone Park
   6:30 PM The Novel in You  
    Contact: Nordonia Hills Branch Library   330-467-8595   nordoniahills@akronlibrary.org
   

THE NOVEL IN YOU: INTRODUCTION TO NOVEL WRITING

In this six-part writing workshop, each session will provide an in-depth look at a different part of writing,  including how to create realistic characters, dialogue and plot, and the tools necessary for brining out the best of the writer's work.

Please register in advance.

    Location: Nordonia Hills
   6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Cooking Series with Chef Sarah  
    Contact: Highland Square   330-376-2927   kgerlach@akronlibrary.org
   

Morocco- With local ingredients like figs, olives and dates, recipes like Moroccan lamb and poultry stews come to life with flavor.  Join us and learn traditional Moroccan cuisine!

    Location: Highland Square

Wednesday July 12, 2017
   10:30 AM Baby Time  
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

Every Wednesday

An active story time for children from birth to 2 years old with an adult caregiver. We combine music, story and play to engage our youngest learners.

    Location: Main Library
   10:30 AM Mini Movers  
    Contact: Northwest Akron Branch Library   330.836.1081   northwest@akronlibrary.org
   

Mini Movers

(Ages 5 and under with a caregiver)

Wednesdays, June 14, July 12, August 9, 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 Preschool Story Play Group  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   
   

Ages 2-6 years and their caregiver. Stories, music and puppets followed by crafts and group playtime. No registration necessary.

    Location: Ellet
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Story Time for Ages 2-5  
    Contact: Norton Branch Library   330-825-7800   nortonbranch@akronlibrary.org
   

Story Time for Ages 2-5: Join us for stories, music, movement and crafts.

July 12 is Mix and Match Building day!

    Location: Norton
   10:30 AM  -  4:30 PM Volunteer Wednesdays  
    Contact: Goodyear Library   3307847522   goodyear@akronlibrary.org
   

Volunteer Wednesdays

Wednesdays, June 14, July 12, August 9, 10:30 am – 4:30 pm

Calling all teens ages 12 and up! Looking for some fun work this summer? Need volunteer hours? We need you! Summer Reading Program Volunteers can be responsible for a wide variety of tasks including program set up and assistance, decorations, and many other projects around the Library.

    Location: Goodyear
   11:00 AM NatureConnect Create!  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

Make Wednesday mornings a day of exploration!    Dress for mess and outdoor weather as we engage in a variety of nature activities around our property. Create a nature-inspired craft to take home.   

    Location: Portage Lakes
   11:00 AM Summer Special Events Series  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Family Events

Wednesdays, 11 am OR 1 pm (Choose the time that is best for your family)

July 12 Outback Ray and his animals

    Location: Green
   11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Exploring the Pilates Method  
    Contact: Highland Square   330-376-2927   kgerlach@akronlibrary.org
   

Learn about this system of exercises designed to improve physical strength, flexibility, and posture, and enhance mental awareness.  This two-part series will explore a brief history of the method founded by Joseph Pilates, familiarize participants with essential key poses, and provide a check list of what to do, and what not to do to prevent injuries.  Bring a mat and a bottle of water and wear comfortable clothes.

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 Nature Adventures  
    Contact: Firestone Park Branch Library   330-724-2126   
   

Grades K-3

Together we will explore and tend to our Nature Connect garden and then finish with a creative craft to take home.

Decorate a colorful garden stake.

    Location: Firestone Park
   11:30 AM Fun Club  
    Contact: Mogadore Branch Library   330-628-9228   mogadorebranch@akronlibrary.org
   

Wednesday, July 12, 11:30 am

Make Wednesdays your Family Fun days! Join the Mogadore Branch Library for some summer fun and entertainment.
Performances are at 11:30 am and 2 pm unless specified.  No need to register-just come and have FUN!
 
Magician Rick Smith Jr.

 

    Location: Mogadore
   11:30 AM  -  12:30 PM Pitter Patter Playgroup  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   eramsay@akronlibrary.org
   
Pitter Patter Playgroup
Wednesdays, June 7-July 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
   12:30 PM  -  2:00 PM Lunch Bunch  
    Contact: Nordonia Hills Branch Library   330-467-8595   nordoniahills@akronlibrary.org
   

LUNCH BUNCH

Students going into Kindergarten through 4th grade are invited to join Miss Sue for a story and a craft.  Bring your lunch and your listening ear!

Dessert and beverages will be provided.

Please register in advance.

    Location: Nordonia Hills
   1:00 PM Preschool Story Time  
    Contact: Fairlawn-Bath Branch Library   330-666-4888   fairlawnbath@akronlibrary.org
   

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

Registration begins Monday, June 26.

    Location: Fairlawn-Bath
   1:00 PM Summer Special Events Series  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Family Events

Wednesdays, 11 am OR 1 pm (Choose the time that is best for your family)

July 12 Outback Ray and his animals

    Location: Green
   1:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Wednesday Summer Reading Performers  
    Contact: Odom Blvd Branch Library   330-643-8726   odomblvdbranch@akronlibrary.org
   

Summer Reading Performers:

June 14 - Hula Hoop with Meryl Hornyak - Learn some new moves.

June 21 - OUtback Ray - Meet some exotic animals in this interactive program.

June 28 - Rick Smith, Jr. - Interactive magic show with one of the best in the world.

July 12 - Elec Simon - African dummer performer.

July 19 - Build a Body - Families get fit togther in this fun workout.

July 26 - Lindsay Bonilla - Storytelling around the theme of Peace Building.

    Location: Odom
   2:00 PM Fun Club  
    Contact: Mogadore Branch Library   330-628-9228   mogadorebranch@akronlibrary.org
   

Wednesday, July 12, 2 pm

Make Wednesdays your Family Fun days! Join the Mogadore Branch Library for some summer fun and entertainment.
Performances are at 11:30 am and 2 pm unless specified.  No need to register-just come and have FUN!
 
Magician Rick Smith Jr.

 

    Location: Mogadore
   2:00 PM Storigami with Christina Kallevig: Summer Reading Weekly Events  
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

Weekly Programs, WEDNESDAYS, June 14 – July 26, 2 pm
Groups of ten or more, please call ahead to register.

June 14: Sogbety Diomande Drumming and dance Ivory Coast style

June 21: Magician Rick Smith, Jr. Cutting edge, breathtaking magic

June 28: Bubble Lady The wonderful world of bubbles

July 5: Mad Science An entertaining and funny way to look at science

July 12: Storigami with Christina Kallevig Origami and stories together!

July 19: Songs and “Tails” from the Woods Musicians Sam Sapp and Sarah Matheny   

July 26: Celebrate Summer Reading Party!

    Location: Main Library
   2:00 PM Wonderful Wednesdays!  
    Contact: North Hill Branch    330-535-9423   northhill@akronlibrary.org
   

Mind, Body & Sole - Build a Better World - Children's Program!

Magician David Anthony will show his intriguing illusions!

    Location: North Hill
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Dance Party  
    Contact: Richfield Library   330-639-4343   dnagy@akronlibrary.org
   

Performer Line Up Family fun for all ages:
Wednesdays, 2-3 pm
July 12- Get your dance on with Party Couture featuring TKO Entertainment.
 

    Location: Richfield
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Teen Time  
    Contact: Firestone Park Branch Library   330-724-2126   
   

Construction Zone

    Location: Firestone Park
   3:30 PM Cookies and Conversation  
    Contact: Nordonia Hills Branch Library   330-467-8595   nordoniahills@akronlibrary.org
   

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 or whatever is on the groups' mind.

Don't forget we'll have cookies!

    Location: Nordonia Hills
   6:00 PM  -  7:00 PM Hands-On Computer Classes  
    Contact: Firestone Park Branch Library   330-724-2126   
   

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.

 

    Location: Firestone Park
   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  -  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 July 13, 2017
   10:15 AM Stories and Play  
    Contact: Goodyear Branch Library   330-784-7522   goodyear@akronlibrary.org
   

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.

Story Time runs Thursdays, June 8 – July 27.

    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 and movement activities. With luck we’ll be able to play in the Reading Garden!

    Location: Green
   10:30 AM Library Babies and Tots  
    Contact: Mogadore Branch Library   330-628-9228   mogadorebranch@akronlibrary.org
   

Thursday, July 13, 10:30 am

Join Miss Kim for songs, stories and group playtime with our library friends.

Ages birth – 3 ½

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

Every Thursday

Stories, music, and activities for children 2 to 5 years old with an adult caregiver.

    Location: Main Library
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Preschool Fun - Story Time Thursdays  
    Contact: Odom Branch Library    330-643-4720   odomblvdbranch@akronlibrary.org
   

Preschool Fun - Story Time Thursdays

For ages 3 - 5 (a caretaker must be present)

Each week we will share stories, songs, and movement as well as a special activity.

Come join us for an hour of fun!

 

 

    Location: Odom
   11:00 AM Thrilling Thursdays!  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

Join us for eight weeks of family fun programs! No registration required.

Storigami! You’ve never experienced storytelling like this before!  Presented by Christina Kallevig.

    Location: Portage Lakes
   11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Coloring Fun  
    Contact: Norton Branch Library   330-825-7800   nortonbranch@akronlibrary.org
   

Join us for a morning of coloring, relaxation, conversation and snacks.  

Coloring sheets, markers, colored pencils, music and snacks provided.

Feel free to bring your own supplies or use ours.

    Location: Norton
   11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Reentry in Motion: Valor Court  
    Contact: Business & Government   330-643-9020   srichard@akronlibrary.org
   

The Summit County Valor Court, established in 2013, was developed due to the recognition that many of our veterans return to the community with serious trauma, both mental and physical, which may lead to their incarceration. Valor court provides access to programs, treatment, and interaction with mentors in a collaborative way to enhance a veteran’s chances of success. Location: Room 2AB.

    Location: Main Library
   11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Stories in the Garden  
    Contact: Firestone Park Branch Library   330-724-2126   
   

Ages 2-6

Join us outside in our NatureConnect space for this hands on story time. We will tend the garden, enjoy stories, rhymes, songs and end with a creative activity. 

    Location: Firestone Park
   12:30 PM  -  2:00 PM Puzzle Pizzazz Time  
    Contact: Goodyear Branch Library   330-784-7522   goodyear@akronlibrary.org
   

Second Thursday of each month, 12:30-2 pm

Do you like solving puzzles? If you like word searches, crossword puzzles, Sudoku, jigsaw puzzles, brain-teasers, logic puzzles, etc. then stop on in. We will have a variety of puzzles on hand, or feel free to bring your own. Refreshments will be served. No registration necessary.

    Location: Goodyear
   1:00 PM Akron Zoo Animals!  
    Contact: Kenmore Branch Library   330-745-6126   kenmore@akronlibrary.org
   

Come cool off from the afternoon sun and see the animals brought by the Akron Zoo.

    Location: Kenmore
   1:00 PM Fabulous Family Fun  
    Contact: Tallmadge   330.633.4345   
   

Magician, David Anthony

Entertainment and creative fun for all ages.
Our shows are limited to the first 110 people.

    Location: Tallmadge
   1:00 PM Melted Crayon Art  
    Contact: Fairlawn-Bath Branch Library   330-666-4888   fairlawnbath@akronlibrary.org
   

These crayon masterpieces are not for kids.  We’ll apply heat and paint canvas in rivers of melted color.  Space is limited.  Register at the library or by calling 330-666-4888.

For grades 4-12

    Location: Fairlawn-Bath
   1:00 PM Painting with Connie  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   
   

Grades 6-12. Join Connie from Art Break Experience as you paint a masterpiece on canvas with high quality acrylic paint and brushes. Friendly step-by-step instruction and opportunities to give the painting your own creative flair. Registration requested beginning July 1. Limit of 25 participants.

    Location: Ellet
   1:00 PM  -  2:00 PM COLORING AND COFFEE  
    Contact: Firestone Park Branch Library   330-724-2126   
   

Learn new techniques and the joy of adult coloring. This program is great for any skill level. Come and share in the fun. 

Please register for this program by calling us at 330-724-2126.

    Location: Firestone Park
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Thrilling Thursdays: Percussionist, Elec Simon  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   eramsay@akronlibrary.org
   
Thrilling Thursdays
Join us every Thursday, 1:30 pm
For all ages; children under the age of 5 should be accompanied by a caregiver.
No registration required.
 
July 13: The Famed and Inspirational Percussionist, Elec Simon
July 20: The Magic of David Anthony
July 27: Outback Ray’s Amazing Animal Show
    Location: Maple Valley
   2:00 PM Mind, Body & Soul: Rick Smith, Jr.  
    Contact: Northwest Akron Branch   330.83   northwest@akronlibrary.org
   

Mind, Body & Sole Summer Performers

Thursdays, 2 pm

July 13:   Rick Smith, Jr.

July 20:  Rockin’ Robots

July 27:  Sogbety Diomande 

    Location: Northwest Akron
   2:00 PM Summer Movies  
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

Summer Movies
Thursdays, 2 pm June 8 to August 24

Chill in our Auditorium and enjoy these movies!  Groups welcome.

June 8: The Secret Life of Pets-Rated G, 87 min.

June 15: Zootopia-Rated PG, 111 min.

June 22: Finding Nemo-Rated G, 100 min.

June 29: Finding Dory-Rated PG, 95 min.

July 6: Inside Out-Rated PG, 95 min.

July 13: Sing-Rated PG, 108 min.

July 20: Moana-Rated PG, 107 min.

July 27:  The Angry Birds Movie-Rated PG, 97 min.

August 3: The BFG-Rated PG, 117 min.

August 10:  James and the Giant Peach-Rated PG, 79 min.

August 17: Lego Movie-Rated PG, 100 min.

August 24: Lego Batman-Rated PG, 104 min.

    Location: Main Library-Auditorium
   2:00 PM Teen Cafe  
    Contact: Nordonia Hills Branch Library   330-467-8595   nordoniahills@akronlibrary.org
   

WIRE RING

Create a wire ring for yourself or a friend.

For students in grades 5 and up.

Please register in adavance.

    Location: Nordonia Hills
   2:00 PM Totally Teen Thursdays: Indoor Games  
    Contact: Mogadore Branch Library   330-628-9228   mogadorebranch@akronlibrary.org
   
Thursday, July 13, 2 pm
 
We’re ending our summer programming with updated indoor versions of classic rainy day games!  
Try toilet paper bowling, supersized emoji memory, and balloon ping pong.  
 
Prizes will be awarded to the winners.
 
 
 
 

 

 

    Location: Mogadore
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Build a Body  
    Contact: Norton Branch Library   330-825-7800   nortonbranch@akronlibrary.org
   

Get fit with "Build a Body" fitness trainers!

    Location: Norton
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Hip Hop Hoop Troop  
    Contact: North Hill Branch Library   330-535-9423   northhill@akronlibrary.org
   

For grades 4 through 12. Join members from Kent's Hip Hop Hoop Troop as they show participants how to manipulate a hula hoop with their waists, arms, hands, legs, and feet. Participants should wear comfortable shoes; no flip flops or sandals, please. Hula hoops will be provided.

    Location: North Hill
   3:00 PM T-Shirt Tote Bag  
    Contact: Goodyear Library   3307847522   Goodyear@akronlibrary.org
   

T-Shirt Tote Bag – July 13

Take an old shirt and turn it into a handy tote with no sewing at all.

For ages 11 - 18

    Location: Goodyear
   4:00 PM Wii U 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
   6:00 PM Buying Your First Home  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

Buying your first home can be frightening and complicated. Ed Brown from Team Mindy State Farm will be conducting the presentation "Your First Home" and answering questions about shopping for your home, financing it, and insuring it.

    Location: Portage Lakes
   6:00 PM Mind, Body & Sole Adult Fitness: Mat Pilates  
    Contact: Northwest Akron Branch   3308361081   northwest@akronlibrary.org
   

Mind, Body & Sole Adult Fitness Series

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

Instructors from Build a Body Personal Training will teach these all-levels classes. Beginners are welcome!

 

Thursday, July 13, 6 pm

Mat Pilates

Please bring a mat, water bottle and towel. 

    Location: Northwest Akron
   6:00 PM Movies@Main: Planet of the Apes  
    Contact: Culture & AV   330-643-9015   
   
Kung Fu Panda 3 movie poster
 

The one that started it all! An astronaut crew crash-lands on a strange planet in the distant future where intelligent talking apes are the ruling species. Take your stinking paws off me! Starring Charlton Heston, Roddy McDowall and Kim Hunter. Rated G. 112 min

    Location: Main Library-Auditorium
   6:00 PM  -  7:30 PM Akron African United Front  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   maplevalley@akronlibrary.org
   

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  -  8:00 PM Sistas Knit 2  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   maplevalley@akronlibrary.org
    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 July 14, 2017
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Hands-On Computer Classes  
    Contact: Firestone Park Branch Library   330-724-2126   
   

File Management 

Learn to use Windows Explorer, your computer's filing cabinet, to organize and manage your files and folders. During class, you will practice copying, moving and deleting items as well as using your recycle bin. 

Attendance at Windows for Beginners is preferred.

    Location: Firestone Park
   3:00 PM  -  5:00 PM Friday Classic Movie Matinee  
    Contact: Richfield Branch Library   330-659-4343   mdaly@akronlibrary.org
   

Pat and Mike with Spencer Tracy and Katherine Hepburn

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    Location: Richfield
   4:00 PM Build It!  
    Contact: Nordonia Hills Branch Library   330-467-8595   nordoniahills!akronlibrary.org
   

BUILD IT!

Whether you build by yourself or with a friend, use your imagination to build something with blocks or Legos.

Please register in advance.

    Location: Nordonia Hills

Saturday July 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
   10:00 AM  -  5:00 PM Nordonia Hills Game Time  
    Contact: Nordonia Hills Branch Library   330-467-8595   nordoniahills@akronlibrary.org
   

NH GAME TIME

Meet and join in with players of various games including chess, board and Euro games, role-playing games, mah-jongg, war games, and regular and trading card games.

All ages welcome.

No registration is necessary.

    Location: Nordonia Hills
   10:30 AM Sensory Story Time  
    Contact: Northwest Akron Branch Library   330.643.4702   tbohanon@akronlibrary.org
   

Sensory Story Time

3rd Saturdays, July 15, August 19, 10:30 am & 11:30 am

Join us for this adapted story time where children with varying learning styles and abilities learn together in a supportive environment with respect and appreciation for differences. Please call Tricia Bohanon at 330-643-4702 with questions and to register.

    Location: Northwest Akron
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Paws for Reading  
    Contact: Fairlawn-Bath Branch Library   330-666-4888   fairlawnbath@akronlibrary.org
   

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: Norton Branch Library   330-825-7800   nortonbranch@akronlibrary.org
   

Children of all ages can practice their literacy skills by reading aloud to our certified therapy dogs.  

This is a great way for children to build their reading fluency and read-aloud confidence.

Rocky and her furry friends are waiting for you!

    Location: Norton
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Paws for Reading  
    Contact: Richfield Library   330-659-4343   dnagy@akronlibary.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
   11:00 AM Saturday Story Time Sampler  
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

The First and Third Saturdays of the month, 11 am

Stories and activities for preschool-primary children with an adult caregiver.

    Location: Main Library
   11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Build a Better Body Personal Traning  
    Contact: Odom Branch Library   330-643-8726   odomblvdbranch@akronlibrary.org
   

Join us for yoga as we build a better body and mind and become more Zen. The class will be led by a member of the Build a Better Body Personal Training team from Green, OH. Bring your own yoga mat or grab one provided. Activity for all fitness levels and adults and teens over the age of sixteen.

    Location: Odom
   11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Reentry in Motion: Mental Health Court  
    Contact: Business & Government   330-643-9020   srichard@akronlibrary.org
   

The Akron Municipal Mental Health Court is the first of its kind in Ohio and one of a handful in the United States. The Mental Health Court was formed, in part, as a response to the overwhelming numbers of mentally ill offenders being seen by the Akron Municipal Court. This program is a collaborative effort between the Summit County ADM Board, Community Support Services, and the Akron Municipal Court. Honorable Judge Annalisa S. Williams, will provide more information about this program. Location: Room 2AB.

    Location: Main Library
   11:00 AM  -  3:00 PM Portage Lakes Kiwanis Pirate Days  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

Portage Lakes Kiwanis Pirate Days

Portage Lakes State Park

Stop by our table and say “Ahoy Matey” to our friendly pirates!  Participate in pirate crafts and see what other treasures we may have.  We love participating in this annual event sponsored by the Portage Lakes Kiwanis.

    Location: Portage Lakes
   11:30 AM Sensory Story Time  
    Contact: Northwest Akron Branch Library   330.643.4702   tbohanon@akronlibrary.org
   

Sensory Story Time

3rd Saturdays, July 15, August 19, 10:30 am & 11:30 am

Join us for this adapted story time where children with varying learning styles and abilities learn together in a supportive environment with respect and appreciation for differences. Please call Tricia Bohanon at 330-643-4702 with questions and to register.

    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 one of ours. Not reading yet? Our dog's human pal will read to you. Children of all ages are welcome.   

    Location: Firestone Park
   12:30 PM Paws for Reading  
    Contact: Kenmore Branch Library   330-745-6126   kenmore@akronlibrary.org
   

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

    Location: Kenmore
   2:00 PM PAWS for Reading  
    Contact: Northwest Akron Branch Library   330.836.1081   northwest@akronlibrary.org
   

PAWS for Reading

Saturdays, June 17, July 15, August 19, 2 pm

All grades welcome to practice reading skills and build reading confidence of beginning or struggling readers by reading to our Therapy Dogs International dog friends.
Please call 330-836-1081 to register for these programs.

    Location: Northwest Akron
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Building Things-Lego Freestyle  
    Contact: Norton Branch Library   330-825-7800   nortonbranch@akronlibrary.org
   

Go crazy building with friends, family and fellow LEGO lovers.  

LEGO bricks, base plates and mats provided.  

    Location: Norton
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Paws for Reading  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   eramsay@akronlibrary.org
   
PAWS for Reading
Saturdays, July 15, August 12, 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
   3:00 PM Zumba for Kids  
    Contact: Northwest Akron Branch   330.836.1081   northwest@akronlibrary.org
   

Zumba for Kids

Saturday, July 15, 3 pm

It’s time to dance and move it with fun Zumba instruction courtesy of Build A Body Personal Training.  Bring a water bottle and wear comfortable clothing.

Please call 330-836-1081 to register.

All ages are welcome

    Location: Northwest Akron

Sunday July 16, 2017
   2:00 PM  -  2:30 PM Sunday Story Time Sampler  
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

Every Sunday

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

    Location: Main Library

Monday July 17, 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.

Butterfly Tree - July 17 Create your own beautiful butterfly to add to our tree in the NatureConnect window.

    Location: Goodyear
   10:15 AM Tiny Tales Baby Time  
    Contact: Fairlawn-Bath Branch Library   330-666-4888   fairlawnbath@akronlibrary.org
   

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, June 26.

    Location: Fairlawn-Bath
   10:15 AM  -  12:00 PM North Hill Needle Crafters  
    Contact: North Hill Branch Library   330.535.9423   northbranch@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 will be glad to get you started.  If you have yarn and supplies to donate, we will make god use of them.

    Location: North Hill
   11:00 AM Juggling with Matt Jergens  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   
   

Juggling that will thrill and captivate by Matt Jergens, a gold medal winning juggler.

    Location: Ellet
   11:30 AM Summer Toddler Story Time  
    Contact: Fairlawn-Bath Branch Library   330-666-4888   fairlawnbath@akronlibrary.org
   

For children ages 2-3 1/2years old.  Children must be accompanied by their favorite adult.  We will enjoy stories, songs, dancing & a craft each week with Miss Jessica.

Registration begins Monday, June 26.

    Location: Fairlawn-Bath
   1:00 PM Movie Matinee Mondays  
    Contact: Goodyear Branch Library   330-784-7522   goodyear@akronlibrary.org
   

Mondays, 1 pm

Large groups please schedule ahead with the teen librarian to make a reservation for all movies due to limited space.

FINDING DORY (PG) (103 minutes) - July 17

Dory decides to go off in search of her long-lost parents.  With the help of Nemo and his dad Marlin, Dory head for California and the Monterey Marine Life Institute.

    Location: Goodyear
   2:00 PM Storigami  
    Contact: Highland Square   330-376-2927   
   

Author, novelist, and professional storyteller Christine Petrell Kallevig has been captivating audiences since 1991 with the special storytelling technique she calls Storigami.

    Location: Highland Square
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM LEGO-licious Mondays  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   eramsay@akronlibrary.org
   
LEGO-licious Mondays
July 17, August 14 & 21, 2 pm
Grades K-6
Love Legos? So do we! Join us for an afternoon of fun, creativity, and building!
No registration required.
    Location: Maple Valley
   3:30 PM  -  5:00 PM Ellet Needle Crafters  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   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  -  7:30 PM VolunTeen Nights  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

Looking for community service hours for school, church or Scouts?  Join us as we engage in different activities to support a variety of organizations.   Activities may include writing letters of support for Operation Gratitude or local shut-ins, creating centerpieces and door hangings to donate to St. Luke Lutheran Community.  Come make a difference in your community by donating a few hours to help brighten another’s day.  

Monday, July 17, 5:30 – 7:30 pm   Creating pet toys for local shelters

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

CHALK PAINTING

Join us for some messy fun!  Program is held one Monday each month at 6pm for families!  Don't forget to wear some old clothes, you may get messy!

Please register in advance

    Location: Nordonia Hills
   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, popcorn, and drinks!
 
 July 17: Rock Dog (PG) (80 min)
 August 21: The Lego Batman Movie (PG) (90 min)
    Location: Maple Valley
   6:30 PM Pokemon Club  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Family Program

Calling all Pokemon enthusiasts ages 7 and up! Come join fellow Pokemon fanatics to talk, battle, trade (with parent’s permission), or to show off your collection. This is a student led program. Snacks will be provided.

    Location: Green
   6:30 PM What’s Cookin’ – Summer Side Dishes  
    Contact: Goodyear Branch Library   330-784-7522   goodyear@akronlibrary.org
   

Summer is all about simple, easy, and fresh meals, and this goes for side dishes, too. Join Tonya to sample and learn to make some easy summer sides. Class size is limited to 25 adult/teen (16 & over) participants. Registration begins on Monday, June 19.

    Location: Goodyear
   6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Gentle Yoga with Nia  
    Contact: North Hill Branch Library   330.535.9423   northbranch@akronlibrary.org
   

Gentle Yoga With Nia

Have you always wanted to try yoga?  Here's your chance!  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 bringa yoga mat or a beach towel and a water bottle.

    Location: North Hill

Tuesday July 18, 2017
   10:05 AM Baby Story Play Group  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   
   

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

    Location: Ellet
   10:30 AM Preschool Story Time  
    Contact: North Hill Branch Library   330-535-9423   northhill@akronlibrary.org
   

Special Event: Learn about animals with our special guest, Outback Ray. He'll bring animals to share with us.

    Location: North Hill
   10:30 AM Preschool Story Time  
    Contact: Northwest Akron Branch   330.836.1081   northwest@akronlibrary.org
   

Preschool Story Time

(2 to 5 year-olds with a caregiver)

Tuesdays, June 6 to July 25, 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   330-628-9228   mogadorebranch@akronlibrary.org
   

Tuesday, July 18, 10:30 am

Join Miss Kim for stories, songs, games and crafts.

Ages 3 and up

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

Family Story Time ages 6 months- 6 years
Tuesdays, June 13- July 25, 10:30- 11:30 am
Children bring your favorite caregiver and join us for stories, music, rhymes, gardening, and more. No registration required. Please note we will have a variety of outdoor activities during story time please lather up with sun screen and be ready to get dirty, messy and potentially wet.

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

Join us for a family-friendly story time with stories, songs, finger-plays, art and lots of fun! All ages welcome.  (No program July 4th)

 

 

    Location: Portage Lakes
   11:00 AM Toddler Story Play Group  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   
   

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

    Location: Ellet
   11:30 AM  -  12:15 PM Paws for Reading  
    Contact: North Hill Branch Library   330-535-9423   northhill@akronlibrary.org
   

Practice your reading skills by reading aloud to Rocky, our special doggie visitor. Bring a book from home, or read one of ours! Not reading yet? Our dog's owner will read with you!

    Location: North Hill
   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
   12:00 PM  -  1:00 PM Terrific Tuesdays  
    Contact: Firestone Park Branch Library   330-724-2126   
   

Mad Science

    Location: Firestone Park
   1:00 PM Family Shows  
    Contact: Goodyear   330-784-7522   goodyear@akronlibrary.org
   

Tuesdays, 1 pm

We have performers to amaze and entertain you this summer. Come enjoy the shows and check out some books! Large groups please schedule ahead with the children’s librarian to make a reservation for all shows due to limited space.

Mark Wood Fun Show - July 18

Cowboy magician Mark Wood uses magic, comedy, juggling and audience participation to put on a wonderful show!

    Location: Goodyear
   1:00 PM Mad Science  
    Contact: Fairlawn-Bath Branch Library   330-666-4888   fairlawnbath@akronlibrary.org
   

Mad Science will bring their fun and interactive twist to all things science.

    Location: Fairlawn-Bath
   1:30 PM Rabid Readers Book Discussion  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   
   

Books are available in advance at the circulation desk.

July 18- The Ship of Brides by JoJo Moyes

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    Location: Ellet
   2:00 PM Family Movie Afternoon  
    Contact: Northwest Akron Branch   330.836.1081   northwest@akronlibrary.org
   

Family Movie Afternoon

Tuesdays, June 20, July 18, 2 pm

Come out of the sun and into the library to enjoy popcorn and a movie.

    Location: Northwest Akron
   2:00 PM School Age Fun  
    Contact: Nordonia Hills Branch Library   330-467-8595   nordoniahills@akronlibrary.org
   

ROCKIN' ROBOTS

Let's rock with some musical robots!

Program is for students in Kindergarten-5th grade.

Please register in advance.

    Location: Nordonia Hills
   2:00 PM Teen Musical Instruments  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330-864-5721   maplevalley@akronlibrary.org
   

For Grades 4-12. We’re getting the band back together! Make awesome musical instruments with the help of Maple Valley staff member Sherilyn Gray-Leas. Registration is requested.  

    Location: Maple Valley
   2:00 PM Teen Tuesdays  
    Contact: Tallmadge   330.633.4345   
   

Teen Tuesdays
For grades 5 - 12

Call the branch for details, 330-633-4345

    Location: Tallmadge
   2:00 PM Totally Teen Tuesdays @ 2 pm!  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

Wii Bit of Fun this Summer!

Come hang out, play Wii games and rock out as we paint positive rocks to share around town and see how far they travel.  You may play our games or bring your own (games must be rated E). 

    Location: Portage Lakes
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Build a Colorful World  
    Contact: Odom Branch Library   330-643-8726   odomblvdbranch@akronlibrary.org
   

Join us and others for a relaxing coloring experience making the world a bit more colorful. Bring your friends or make new ones. We supply the coloring pages or bring your own coloring book.  Activity for adults and teens over the age of sixteen. Refreshments will be provided.

    Location: Odom
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM TEEN TUESDAYS @ 2  
    Contact: Norton Branch Library   330-825-7800   norton@akronlibrary.org
   

Escape Room

Can you make it out in time?

You will have a limited amount of time to solve a series of riddles, decipher the clues, and find the key to escape!

Do you have the brainpower and the skills needed to win?

Everthing will be provided and registration is not required.

    Location: Norton
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM TEEN TUESDAYS @ 2  
    Contact: Norton Branch Library   330-825-7800   norton@akronlibrary.org
   

Master Chef- Sweet Treat Challenge

Combine delicious treats with scrumptious toppings to make a culinary wonder. 

Put your signature spin on the challenge to wow the judge and you could be crowned champion.

Everthing will be provided.  Please register as supplies may be limited.

    Location: Norton
   6:00 PM Antique Appraisals with Jason Adams  
    Contact: Goodyear Branch Library   330-784-7522   goodyear@akronlibrary.org
   

Bring your favorite antique to the library and have it appraised by Jason Adams. Limit two items per person (no swords or firearms). For large items, you can bring a photograph.

For those wanting their items appraised, please register in advance beginning Tuesday, June 20. Space is limited to 25 individual registrants for appraisals.

Spectators are welcome and do not need to register.

    Location: Goodyear
   6:00 PM Bee-Friendly Gardening  
    Contact: Northwest Akron Branch   3308361081   northwest@akronlibrary.org
   

Bee-Friendly Gardening

Tuesday, July 18, 6 pm

Have you always wondered how to attract and support pollinators with your home garden? Summit County Master Gardener Peggy Cartwright will give tips and tricks for creating a bee-friendly environment in your own backyard.

    Location: Northwest Akron
   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 July, we will discuss AMERICANAH by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

    Location: Green
   6:30 PM Investment Perspectives  
    Contact: Mogadore Branch Library   330-628-9228   mogadorebranch@akronlibrary.org
   

Tuesday, July 18, 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 The Novel in You  
    Contact: Nordonia Hills Branch Library   330-467-8595   nordoniahills@akronlibrary.org
   

THE NOVEL IN YOU: INTRODUCTION TO NOVEL WRITING

In this six-part writing workshop, each session will provide an in-depth look at a different part of writing,  including how to create realistic characters, dialogue and plot, and the tools necessary for brining out the best of the writer's work.

Please register in advance.

    Location: Nordonia Hills
   6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Shade Gardening with Hostas  
    Contact: Highland Square   330-376-2927   kgerlach@akronlibrary.org
   

Learn all about hostas from Barrie Kridler of Kridler Gardens, who specialize in hostas and rare perennials.  This presentation will include a slide show and examples of varying types of hostas for participants to examine.

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

    Location: Highland Square
   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 July, we will discuss ONE HUNDRED YEARS OF SOLITUDE by Gabriel Garcia Marquez.

    Location: Green

Wednesday July 19, 2017
   10:30 AM Baby Time  
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

Every Wednesday

An active story time for children from birth to 2 years old with an adult caregiver. We combine music, story and play to engage our youngest learners.

    Location: Main Library
   10:30 AM Preschool Story Play Group  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   
   

Ages 2-6 years and their caregiver. Stories, music and puppets followed by crafts and group playtime. No registration necessary.

    Location: Ellet
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Story Time for Ages 2-5  
    Contact: Norton Branch Library   330-825-7800   nortonbranch@akronlibrary.org
   

Story Time for Ages 2-5: Join us for stories, music, movement and crafts.

July 19 - We build up and break down the story of the three little pigs.

    Location: Norton
   11:00 AM Summer Special Events Series  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Family Events

Wednesdays, 11 am OR 1 pm (Choose the time that is best for your family)

July 19 Mad Science

    Location: Green
   11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Exploring the Pilates Method  
    Contact: Highland Square   330-376-2927   kgerlach@akronlibrary.org
   

Learn about this system of exercises designed to improve physical strength, flexibility, and posture, and enhance mental awareness.  This two-part series will explore a brief history of the method founded by Joseph Pilates, familiarize participants with essential key poses, and provide a check list of what to do, and what not to do to prevent injuries.  Bring a mat and a bottle of water and wear comfortable clothes.

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

    Location: Highland Square
   11:30 AM Fun Club  
    Contact: Mogadore Branch Library   330-628-9228   mogadorebranch@akronlibrary.org
   

Wednesday, July 19, 11:30 am

Make Wednesdays your Family Fun days! Join the Mogadore Branch Library for some summer fun and entertainment.
Performances are at 11:30 am and 2 pm unless specified.  No need to register-just come and have FUN!
 
Rockin' Robots

 

    Location: Mogadore
   11:30 AM  -  12:30 PM Pitter Patter Playgroup  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   eramsay@akronlibrary.org
   
Pitter Patter Playgroup
Wednesdays, June 7-July 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
   12:15 PM  -  1:00 PM Meditation with Simone  
    Contact: Science & Technology   330-643-9075   stdiv@akronlibrary.org
   

Stimulate your parasympathetic nervous system through sitting meditation (zazen), walking meditation (kinhin), and stress reduction meditation (visualization). The parasympathetic nervous system controls the “rest and digest” response in the body which is a system that slows the heart and breathing rate, and causes blood vessels to dilate thus improving blood flow. For those planning to attend this session, wearing loose or stretchy clothing is recommended. Instructor: Simone Richardson, Librarian, Business & Government Division. Location: Room 2AB.

    Location: Main Library
   1:00 PM Mystery Book Discussion Group  
    Contact: Northwest Akron Branch   3308361081   northwest@akronlibrary.org
   

Mystery Book Discussion Group

3rd Wednesdays, 1 pm

June 21 HOME by Harlan Coben

July 19 THE WOMAN IN CABIN 10 by Ruth Ware

August 16 LIAR, TEMPTRESS, SOLDIER, SPY: FOUR WOMEN UNDERCOVER IN THE CIVIL WAR by Karen Abbott 

    Location: Northwest Akron
   1:00 PM Preschool Story Time  
    Contact: Fairlawn-Bath Branch Library   330-666-4888   fairlawnbath@akronlibrary.org
   

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

Registration begins Monday, June 26.

    Location: Fairlawn-Bath
   1:00 PM Summer Special Events Series  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Family Events

Wednesdays, 11 am OR 1 pm (Choose the time that is best for your family)

July 19 Mad Science

    Location: Green
   1:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Wednesday Summer Reading Performers  
    Contact: Odom Blvd Branch Library   330-643-8726   odomblvdbranch@akronlibrary.org
   

Summer Reading Performers:

June 14 - Hula Hoop with Meryl Hornyak - Learn some new moves.

June 21 - OUtback Ray - Meet some exotic animals in this interactive program.

June 28 - Rick Smith, Jr. - Interactive magic show with one of the best in the world.

July 12 - Elec Simon - African dummer performer.

July 19 - Build a Body - Families get fit togther in this fun workout.

July 26 - Lindsay Bonilla - Storytelling around the theme of Peace Building.

    Location: Odom
   1:30 PM  -  3:30 PM Afternoon Movies  
    Contact: Maple Valley Library   330.864.5721   maplevalley@akronlibrary.org
   

FENCES starring Denzel Washington and Viola Davis

    Location: Maple Valley
   2:00 PM Fun Club  
    Contact: Mogadore Branch Library   330-628-9228   mogadorebranch@akronlibrary.org
   

Wednesday, July 19, 2 pm

Make Wednesdays your Family Fun days! Join the Mogadore Branch Library for some summer fun and entertainment.
Performances are at 11:30 am and 2 pm unless specified.  No need to register-just come and have FUN!
 
Rockin' Robots

 

    Location: Mogadore
   2:00 PM Past Times Book Club  
    Contact: Mogadore Branch Library   330-628-9228   mogadorebranch@akronlibrary.org
   

Wednesday, July 19, 2 pm

Rebel Queen by Michelle Moran

Rebel Queen

 

    Location: Mogadore
   2:00 PM Songs and “Tails” from the Woods: Summer Reading Weekly Events  
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

Weekly Programs, WEDNESDAYS, June 14 – July 26, 2 pm
Groups of ten or more, please call ahead to register.

June 14: Sogbety Diomande Drumming and dance Ivory Coast style

June 21: Magician Rick Smith, Jr. Cutting edge, breathtaking magic

June 28: Bubble Lady The wonderful world of bubbles

July 5: Mad Science An entertaining and funny way to look at science

July 12: Storigami with Christina Kallevig Origami and stories together!

July 19: Songs and “Tails” from the Woods Musicians Sam Sapp and Sarah Matheny   

July 26: Celebrate Summer Reading Party!

    Location: Main Library
   2:00 PM Wonderful Wednesdays!  
    Contact: North Hill Branch    330-535-9423   northhill@akronlibrary.org
   

Mind, Body & Sole - Build a Better World - Children's Program!

Listen to drums and stories with Sogbety Diamonde!

    Location: North Hill
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Rick Smith Jr  
    Contact: Richfield Branch   330-659-4343   dnagy@akronlibray.org
   

Performer Line Up Family fun for all ages:
Wednesdays, 2-3 pm
July 19- Rick Smith Jr will dazzle us with his magic.
 

    Location: Richfield
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Teen Time  
    Contact: Firestone Park Branch Library   330-724-2126   
   

Apptastic Afternoon: Escape Room Edition

    Location: Firestone Park
   3:00 PM Yoga Fun  
    Contact: Nordonia Hills Branch Library   330-467-8595   nordoniahills@akronlibrary.org
   

YOGA FUN!

Join Nirvana Yoga for some yoga fun!

This program is for children in grades K-4.

Please register in advance.

    Location: Nordonia Hills
   4:00 PM  -  5:00 PM Paws for Reading  
    Contact: Norton Branch Library   330-825-7800   nortonbranch@akronlibrary.org
   

Children of all ages can practice their literacy skills by reading aloud to our certified therapy dogs.  

This is a great way for children to build their reading fluency and read-aloud confidence.

Rocky and her furry friends are waiting for you!

    Location: Norton
   6:00 PM WRHS Presents Vehicles of the Western Reserve  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   3306447050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

Western Reserve Historical Society Presents:

Vehicles of the Western Reserve

At one time, Cleveland was the automobile capital of the world.  Take a ride through the Western Reserve at the turn of the 20th century and discover a treasure of Cleveland-made vehicles.  Light refreshments served.

    Location: Portage Lakes
   6:30 PM Wellness Yoga: Yoga off the Mat  
    Contact: Nordonia Hills Branch Library   330-467-8595   nordoniahills@akronlibrary.org
   

YOGA OFF THE MAT

Learn soothing stretches that you can incorprate 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.  

This class is limited to twenty participants and registration is strongly suggested.

    Location: Nordonia Hills
   6:30 PM Writers Guild of Nordonia Hills  
    Contact: Nordonia Hills Branch Library   330-467-8595   nordoniahills@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 enviroment.

Please bring a sample of your work to share.

 

    Location: Nordonia Hills

Thursday July 20, 2017
   10:15 AM Stories and Play  
    Contact: Goodyear Branch Library   330-784-7522   goodyear@akronlibrary.org
   

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.

Story Time runs Thursdays, June 8 – July 27.

    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 and movement activities. With luck we’ll be able to play in the Reading Garden!

    Location: Green
   10:30 AM Library Babies and Tots  
    Contact: Mogadore Branch Library   330-628-9228   mogadorebranch@akronlibrary.org
   

Thursday, July 20, 10:30 am

Join Miss Kim for songs, stories and group playtime with our library friends.

Ages birth – 3 ½

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

Every Thursday

Stories, music, and activities for children 2 to 5 years old with an adult caregiver.

    Location: Main Library
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Preschool Fun - Story Time Thursdays  
    Contact: Odom Branch Library    330-643-4720   odomblvdbranch@akronlibrary.org
   

Preschool Fun - Story Time Thursdays

For ages 3 - 5 (a caretaker must be present)

Each week we will share stories, songs, and movement as well as a special activity.

Come join us for an hour of fun!

 

 

    Location: Odom
   11:00 AM Thrilling Thursdays!  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

Join us for eight weeks of family fun programs! No registration required.

Stretch, Breath and Lunge into summer fun!  Nancy Gardner leads a family-fun workout for the whole family.

    Location: Portage Lakes
   1:00 PM Book Dominoes  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   
   

Grades 6-12. How many books can we stack in a domino line in our community meeting room? Stop by to help us set them up, then knock them down.

    Location: Ellet
   1:00 PM Fabulous Family Fun  
    Contact: Tallmadge   330.633.4345   
   

Akron Zoo

Entertainment and creative fun for all ages.
Our shows are limited to the first 110 people.

    Location: Tallmadge
   1:00 PM Sogbety Diomande  
    Contact: Kenmore Branch Library   330-745-6126   kenmore@akronlibrary.org
   

This show features traditional West African drumming on djembe drums.

    Location: Kenmore
   1:00 PM Sunprints  
    Contact: Fairlawn-Bath Branch Library   330-666-4888   fairlawnbath@akronlibrary.org
   

We’ll arrange compositions of natural or manmade items on sun sensitive paper and use sunlight to create graphic art.

For grades 4-12

    Location: Fairlawn-Bath
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Thrilling Thursdays: The Magic of David Anthony  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   eramsay@akronlibrary.org
   
Thrilling Thursdays
Join us every Thursday, 1:30 pm
For all ages; children under the age of 5 should be accompanied by a caregiver.
No registration required.
 
July 20: The Magic of David Anthony
July 27: Outback Ray’s Amazing Animal Show
    Location: Maple Valley
   2:00 PM Mind, Body & Soul: Rockin’ Robots  
    Contact: Northwest Akron Branch   330.83   northwest@akronlibrary.org
   

Mind, Body & Sole Summer Performers

Thursdays, 2 pm

July 20:  Rockin’ Robots

July 27:  Sogbety Diomande 

    Location: Northwest Akron
   2:00 PM Summer Movies  
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

Summer Movies
Thursdays, 2 pm June 8 to August 24

Chill in our Auditorium and enjoy these movies!  Groups welcome.

June 8: The Secret Life of Pets-Rated G, 87 min.

June 15: Zootopia-Rated PG, 111 min.

June 22: Finding Nemo-Rated G, 100 min.

June 29: Finding Dory-Rated PG, 95 min.

July 6: Inside Out-Rated PG, 95 min.

July 13: Sing-Rated PG, 108 min.

July 20: Moana-Rated PG, 107 min.

July 27:  The Angry Birds Movie-Rated PG, 97 min.

August 3: The BFG-Rated PG, 117 min.

August 10:  James and the Giant Peach-Rated PG, 79 min.

August 17: Lego Movie-Rated PG, 100 min.

August 24: Lego Batman-Rated PG, 104 min.

    Location: Main Library-Auditorium
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Create Your Own Buttons  
    Contact: North Hill Branch Library   330-535-9423   northhill@akronlibrary.org
   

For grades 4 through 12. Express yourself by creating your own 3-inch buttons using our button maker and old magazines and comics.

    Location: North Hill
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Tower Power  
    Contact: Norton Branch Library   330-825-7800   nortonbranch@akronlibrary.org
   

Tower Power - building games and fun challenges.

    Location: Norton
   4:00 PM Wii U 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  -  5:30 PM Pickle Ball  
    Contact: Firestone Park Branch Library   330-724-2126   
   

What is Pickle Ball? Pickle Ball is a racquet sport that combines elements of badminton, tennis, and table tennis. If you like Ping Pong, or you enjoy Tennis, you will enjoy Pickle Ball. Join us at the Firestone Park Community Center to see if you have what it takes to play Pickle Ball. 

Please register for this program by calling us at 330-724-2126.

    Location: Firestone Park
   6:00 PM Cookbook Club  
    Contact: Mogadore Branch Library   330-628-9228   mogadorebranch@akronlibrary.org
   

Thursday, July 20, 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.  

Theme: Salads

    Location: Mogadore
   6:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Sistas Knit 2  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   maplevalley@akronlibrary.org
    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: The Palm Beach Story  
    Contact: Culture & AV   330-643-9015   
   
Kung Fu Panda 3 movie poster
 

Mix a delightful script by Preston Sturges with sparkling acting by Claudette Colbert, Joel McCrea and Mary Astor and you end up with a screwball comedy masterpiece! 88 min. Introduction and discussion afterward.

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

Come and enjoy a diverse selection of titles.  New members are always welcome.

Please call 330-376-2927 for more information.

    Location: Highland Square
   7:00 PM The Music of Mark Twain  
    Contact: Nordonia Hills Branch Library   330-467-8595   nordoniahills@akronlibrary.org
   

THE MUSIC OF MARK TWAIN

This program looks at the life and times of one of America's greatest writers---through a musical lens!  Mr. Clemens' childhood years on the banks of the Mississippi, his travels, literary work, and lifelong love of music.  Includes performances of period songs on instruments of the day:  Fiddle, Banjo, Guitar, Piano, Harmonica, and Pennywhistle.

Please register in advance.

    Location: Nordonia Hills

Friday July 21, 2017
   1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Friday Summer Movies - Build a Better Mind  
    Contact: Odom Blvd. Branch Library   330-643-8726   odomblvdbranch@akronlibrary.org
   

Join us for a Friday afternoon movie that uplifts and inspires building a better mind.  Movies for Adults and teens over the age of sixteen.

July 21 HIDDEN FIGURES

    Location: Odom
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Planning for Your Great Escape--Retirement  
    Contact: Maple Valley Library   330.864.5721   maplevalley@akronlibrary.org
    With increased market volatility, economic uncertainty, longer lifetimes and rising household expenses, achieving a great retirement seems harder all the time. This seminar realistically discusses the challenges ahead and provides time-tested solutions audience members can start implementing right away. It shows how to make the most of your asset building years, including getting retirement saving tax break you’re entitled to. It also discusses maximizing the Social Security and Medicare benefits, as well as passing on more to heirs. Financial Adviser Angela Byers will answer your questions. Please call the branch to register.
    Location: Maple Valley

Saturday July 22, 2017
     Kids Create Take-it Make-it Crafts  
    Contact: Fairlawn-Bath Branch Library   330-666-4888   fairlawnbath@akronlibrary.org
   

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

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

Experimenting with Watercolor

Experiment and learn about watercolors and multiple resist techniques with Vicki O’Dell.   Create two 8x10 pieces suitable for framing.  Please wear “play clothes”; you may get messy. Class size is limited to 15 participants. Please register in advance.  Ages 16 and up preferred.

    Location: Portage Lakes
   1:00 PM Marvelous Memory Wire  
    Contact: Kenmore Branch Library   330-745-6126   kenmore@akronlibrary.org
   

Join Judy Fitzgerald to create a beautiful memory wire bracelet.  Supplies will be provided.  Space is limited, so call 330-745-6126 to register.

    Location: Kenmore
   1:30 PM  -  3:00 PM Sign Language Series with Paula Wray  
    Contact: Highland Square   330-376-2927   kgerlach@akronlibrary.org
   

Interested in learning how to sign?  Come to these sessions of lessons, games, and songs, and learn more.  No prior knowledge of sign language is necessary!  This class is for adults.  Children over 10 may come if accompanied by an adult.

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 for grades 4-12  
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

Do you love to draw and talk about comics? Join us for our quarterly meeting.

Grades 4-12

    Location: Main Library
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Recycling Rhythm: A DIY Instrument Workshop  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   eramsay@akronlibrary.org
   
Recycling Rhythm: A DIY Instrument Workshop
Saturday, July 22, 2 pm
Grades K-6
Let’s help to build a better world with music!
Create your own musical instruments from recycled materials,
give new life to discarded objects, and discover a new world of sound.
Registration is requested.
    Location: Maple Valley
   2:30 PM Science Saturday  
    Contact: Nordonia Hills Branch Library   330-467-8595   nordoniahills@akronlibrary.org
   

SCIENCE SATURDAY

What is the only food that doesn't spoil?  Honey!  Come and learn more amazing bee facts from Kristopher & Evona Gaughan.

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

Please register in advance.

    Location: Nordonia Hills

Sunday July 23, 2017
   2:00 PM  -  2:30 PM Sunday Story Time Sampler  
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

Every Sunday

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

    Location: Main Library

Monday July 24, 2017
   10:15 AM Tiny Tales Baby Time  
    Contact: Fairlawn-Bath Branch Library   330-666-4888   fairlawnbath@akronlibrary.org
   

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, June 26.

    Location: Fairlawn-Bath
   10:15 AM  -  12:00 PM North Hill Needle Crafters  
    Contact: North Hill Branch Library   330.535.9423   northbranch@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 will be glad to get you started.  If you have yarn and supplies to donate, we will make god use of them.

    Location: North Hill
   11:00 AM Dr. U R Awesome  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   
   

Dr. U R Awesome, a Guinness Book of World Records holder, will blow up some fun with his bubble show.

    Location: Ellet
   11:30 AM Summer Toddler Story Time  
    Contact: Fairlawn-Bath Branch Library   330-666-4888   fairlawnbath@akronlibrary.org
   

For children ages 2-3 1/2years old.  Children must be accompanied by their favorite adult.  We will enjoy stories, songs, dancing & a craft each week with Miss Jessica.

Registration begins Monday, June 26.

    Location: Fairlawn-Bath
   2:00 PM Cooking Caravan  
    Contact: Highland Square   330-376-2927   
   

Cooking Caravan comes to our library for a Chef Battle!

    Location: Highland Square
   5:00 PM Building Recipes  
    Contact: Goodyear Branch Library   330-784-7522   goodyear@akronlibrary.org
   

Building Recipes

Special guests Cooking Caravan will square off in a Chef Battle that features audience members as sous chefs and judges.

Registration appreciated

    Location: Goodyear
   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. No registration required – just come on in and use our space. 

    Location: Goodyear
   6:30 PM Campfire Story Time  
    Contact: Northwest Akron Branch   330.836.1081   northwest@akronlibrary.org
   

Campfire Story Time

Mondays, June 19, July 24, 6:30 pm

Families, join us outside for a special storytime with stories, songs, and activities. No registration is necessary. Please bring a blanket or towel to sit on.

    Location: Northwest Akron
   6:30 PM Stephen King: America’s Boogeyman  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Adult Program

In honor of King’s 70th birthday, we will take a look at his works, adaptations, and influence on American pop culture. Those who avoid Mr. King’s books may gain a better insight into his works, and ideas on where to begin reading. And long-time King fans may learn something about the author they didn’t know before.  Presented by Patrick Manning.

 
    Location: Green
   6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Fun with the Pre-Fab Four: Micky, Mike, Davy & Peter of the Monkees  
    Contact: North Hill Branch Library   330.535.9423   northbranch@akronlibrary.org
   

Fun with the Pre-Fab Four: Micky, Mike, Davy, & Peter of the Monkees

Spend an hour with music enthusiast Ray Carmen as he presents rarely seen videos and plays little-known songs from everyone's favorite manufactured pop band that went on to become a genuine recording and performing entity.

    Location: North Hill

Tuesday July 25, 2017
   10:05 AM Baby Story Play Group  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   
   

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

    Location: Ellet
   10:30 AM Preschool Story Time  
    Contact: North Hill Branch Library   330-535-9423   northhill@akronlibrary.org
   

This series of programs is designed for children ages 2-5. Adults caregivers are welcome and expected to join in the fun! Books, flannel board stories, rhyming activities, and puppets all help little ones get ready to learn when they go to school.

    Location: North Hill
   10:30 AM Preschool Story Time  
    Contact: Northwest Akron Branch   330.836.1081   northwest@akronlibrary.org
   

Preschool Story Time

(2 to 5 year-olds with a caregiver)

Tuesdays, June 6 to July 25, 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   330-628-9228   mogadorebranch@akronlibrary.org
   

Tuesday, July 25, 10:30 am

Join Miss Kim for stories, songs, games and crafts.

Ages 3 and up

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

Family Story Time ages 6 months- 6 years
Tuesdays, June 13- July 25, 10:30- 11:30 am
Children bring your favorite caregiver and join us for stories, music, rhymes, gardening, and more. No registration required. Please note we will have a variety of outdoor activities during story time please lather up with sun screen and be ready to get dirty, messy and potentially wet.

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

Join us for a family-friendly story time with stories, songs, finger-plays, art and lots of fun! All ages welcome.  (No program July 4th)

 

 

    Location: Portage Lakes
   11:00 AM Toddler Story Play Group  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   
   

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

    Location: Ellet
   11:30 AM  -  12:30 PM Family Story Hour Picnic  
    Contact: Richfield Library   330-659-4343   dnagy@akronlibrary.org
   

Family Story Hour Picnic
Tuesday July 25, immediately following Story Hour
Please consider staying after story hour for a picnic. Please bring your own sandwiches and a picnic blanket. We will provide Lemonade, fruit, and munchies. This is a fun and relaxing way to wrap up a summer of fun. In the event of rain, we will enjoy an indoor picnic instead.

 

    Location: Richfield
   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
   12:00 PM  -  1:00 PM Terrific Tuesdays  
    Contact: Firestone Park Branch Library   330-724-2126   
   

Poof Daddy's Comedy Magic Show

    Location: Firestone Park
   1:00 PM Family Shows  
    Contact: Goodyear   330-784-7522   goodyear@akronlibrary.org
   

Tuesdays, 1 pm

We have performers to amaze and entertain you this summer. Come enjoy the shows and check out some books! Large groups please schedule ahead with the children’s librarian to make a reservation for all shows due to limited space.

Party Couture - July 25

Disco Dance Party featuring TKO Entertainment!  Bring your dancing shoes and get ready to cut loose, and dance to the music.

 

    Location: Goodyear
   1:00 PM Jason Alan Magic  
    Contact: Fairlawn-Bath Branch Library   330-666-4888   fairlawnbath@akronlibrary.org
   

Jason Alan Magic presents a thrilling & hilarious magic show will keep the audience on the edge of their seats.  You’ll want to catch this Fairlawn-Bath Library debut performance.

 

    Location: Fairlawn-Bath
   1:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Build a LEGO Maze  
    Contact: Odom Blvd Branch Library   330-643-4720   odomblvdbranch@akronlibrary.org
   

Work together with your friends and other teens to build a maze out of Lego's. Build a more traditional maze for others to work their way through or try your hand at building a more complicated Rube Goldberg Machine. Please register in advance for this program.

 

    Location: Odom
   2:00 PM Egg Drop-a-thon!  
    Contact: Kenmore Branch Library   330-745-6126   kenmore@akronlibrary.org
   

To participate in this program, you must be on time.  We will be working in teams to engineer a contraption to keep a raw egg from breaking when being dropped from the roof of the library.  Prizes will be given for the best contraptions.  Eggs will be provided.

    Location: Kenmore
   2:00 PM School Age Fun  
    Contact: Nordonia Hills Branch Library   330-467-8595   nordoniahills@akronlibrary.org
   

LINDSAY BONILLA

Interactive storyteller from World of Difference will share some wonderful stories!

Program is for students in Kindergarten-5th grade.

Please register in advance.

    Location: Nordonia Hills
   2:00 PM Teen Tuesdays  
    Contact: Tallmadge   330.633.4345   
   

Teen Tuesdays
For grades 5 - 12

Call the branch for details, 330-633-4345

    Location: Tallmadge
   2:00 PM Totally Teen Tuesdays @ 2 pm!  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

Cupcake Wars!  Given an allotted time and designated supplies decorate a prize-winning cupcake.  Please pre-register.

    Location: Portage Lakes
   3:30 PM  -  5:00 PM Warm Up Akron  
    Contact: Mogadore Branch Library   330-628-9228   mogadorebranch@akronlibrary.org
   

Tuesday, July 25, 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
   6:00 PM Adult Coloring Night  
    Contact: Nordonia Hills Branch Library   330-467-8595   nordoniahills@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  -  7:00 PM Vinyl Revival Listening Group  
    Contact: Firestone Park Branch Library   330-724-2126   
   

Are you a music lover? This club could be 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 metting. Please register for this program by calling us at 330-724-2126.

    Location: Firestone Park
   6:30 PM Cool Summer Concerts  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   
   

Spread out on the front lawn and enjoy free concerts from some of the best local bands around! If weather is unfavorable, the concert will be moved inside. 

July 25- Missle Toe

 

    Location: Ellet
   6:30 PM The Novel in You  
    Contact: Nordonia Hills Branch Library   330-467-8595   nordoniahills@akronlibrary.org
   

THE NOVEL IN YOU: INTRODUCTION TO NOVEL WRITING

In this six-part writing workshop, each session will provide an in-depth look at a different part of writing,  including how to create realistic characters, dialogue and plot, and the tools necessary for brining out the best of the writer's work.

Please register in advance.

    Location: Nordonia Hills

Wednesday July 26, 2017
   10:30 AM Baby Time  
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

Every Wednesday

An active story time for children from birth to 2 years old with an adult caregiver. We combine music, story and play to engage our youngest learners.

    Location: Main Library
   10:30 AM Preschool Story Play Group  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   
   

Ages 2-6 years and their caregiver. Stories, music and puppets followed by crafts and group playtime. No registration necessary.

    Location: Ellet
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Story Time for Ages 2-5  
    Contact: Norton Branch Library   330-825-7800   nortonbranch@akronlibrary.org
   

Story Time for Ages 2-5: Join us for stories, music, movement and crafts.

July 26 We learn about Nature Diggers and try to do what they do.

    Location: Norton
   11:00 AM NatureConnect Create!  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

Make Wednesday mornings a day of exploration!    Dress for mess and outdoor weather as we engage in a variety of nature activities around our property. Create a nature-inspired craft to take home.   

    Location: Portage Lakes
   11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Nature Adventures  
    Contact: Firestone Park Branch Library   330-724-2126   
   

Grades K-3

Together we will explore and tend to our Nature Connect garden and then finish with a creative craft to take home.

Design your own kite to fly on windy summer days.