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Friday December 1, 2017 -  Sunday December 31, 2017
     Book Club to Go  
    Contact: Goodyear Branch   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.

December THE CURIOUS CHARMS OF ARTHUR PEPPER by Phaedra Patrick

    Location: Goodyear

Friday December 1, 2017 -  Sunday December 31, 2017
   12:00 PM  -  5:00 PM Book Club To Go  
    Contact: odom branch   330-434-8726   
   

Drop by and grab one of our Book Club to Go books!  Let us know what you think!  

 

This month we will be reading Mrs. Fletcher by Tom Perrotta.

    Location: Odom

Sunday December 17, 2017
   2:00 PM  -  2:30 PM Sunday Story Time Sampler  
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

Every Sunday (except Dec 24), 2 pm

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

    Location: Main Library

Monday December 18, 2017
     On Your Own  
    Contact: Goodyear Branch   330-784-7522   goodyear@akronlibrary.org
   

 

Participate in 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.

Popcorn and Salt

Check out the NatureConnect table for a salty science experiment.

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

North Hill Needle Crafters

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

    Location: North Hill
   10:30 AM Early Bird Movie Matinee  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   ellet@akronlibrary.org
   

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

    Location: Ellet
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Play A While  
    Contact: Norton Branch Library   330 825-7800   norton@akronlibrary.org
   

Play A While for families with children ages five or younger

An open play session where we provide the toys and you watch your children play and make new friends.

    Location: Norton
   10:30 AM  -  12:00 PM Basic Computer Skills  
    Contact: Electronic Services   330-643-9145   esdiv@akronlibrary.org
   

Basic Computer Skills

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

 

Please visit our website for more information:

    Location: Fairlawn-Bath
   11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Baby & Me  
    Contact: Highland Square Branch Library   330-376-2927   kmockensturm@akronlibrary.org
   

For babies 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
   1:00 PM Watercolor Classes  
    Contact: Firestone Park Branch Library   330-724-2126   firestoneparkbranch@akronlibrary.org
   

Watercolor Classes

Monday, December 18, 1 pm

Monday, January 29, 6 pm

Monday, February 19, 1 pm

Explore techniques and compositions in a small, relaxing class. No drawing experience or artistic skill required. Please register for this program by calling us at 330-724-2126.

    Location: Firestone Park
   2:00 PM  -  3:30 PM Windows 10  
    Contact: Electronic Services   330-643-9145   esdiv@akronlibrary.org
   

Windows 10

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

 

Please visit our website for more information:

    Location: Fairlawn-Bath
   3:30 PM  -  5:00 PM Ellet Needle Crafters  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   ellet@akronlibrary.org
   

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

    Location: Ellet
   6:00 PM Family Game Nights  
    Contact: Kenmore Branch Library   330-745-6126   kenmore@akronlibrary.org
   

There's something for everyone at Family Game Night! We have board games, card games and toys for the tots! Feel free to bring in any of your family's favorites. 

    Location: Kenmore
   6:00 PM  -  7:30 PM Holiday Movies and Hot Cocoa  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   eramsay@akronlibrary.org
   
Holiday Movies and Hot Cocoa
Monday, December 18, 6 pm
Join us for delicious hot cocoa and cookies, while we watch some of our favorite holiday movie classics!
    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. 

    Location: Green

Tuesday December 19, 2017
   10:30 AM Art Explorers  
    Contact: Northwest Akron Branch   330.836.1081   northwest@akronlibrary.org
   

Art Explorers

(Ages 12 months to 4 years with a caregiver)

Tuesdays, December 19, January 16, February 13, 10:30 am

Get messy and experiment with a variety of materials in this artsy storytime!

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

    Location: Northwest Akron
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Preschool Story Time  
    Contact: Richfield Branch Library   33-659-4343   dnagy@akronlibrary.org
   

Preschool Story Time ages 3-6

Tuesdays, September 19- October 24, 10:30-11:30 am

Tuesdays, November 14- December 19, 10:30-11:30 am

Preschoolers bring your favorite caregiver and join us for stories, rhymes, songs and more.  No registration required.

    Location: Richfield
   10:30 AM  -  12:00 PM File Management  
    Contact: Electronic Services   330-643-9145   esdiv@akronlibrary.org
   

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.

 

Please visit our website for more information:

    Location: Fairlawn-Bath
   11:00 AM Preschool Story Hour  
    Contact: Kenmore Branch Library   330-745-6126   kenmore@akronlibrary.org
   

Preschool kids age 2-5 years will enjoy stories, rhymes, music, crafts and a variety of other activities. Caregivers must remain throughout the program.

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

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

    Location: North Hill
   1:00 PM Holiday Story Time  
    Contact: Tallmadge   330.633.4345   
   

Early Childhood Program
Holiday Story Time

For 2 - 5 year olds with a caregiver
Jingle all the way to the library for some festive tales, songs and a simple craft that will set the mood for the holidays.

    Location: Tallmadge
   1:30 PM Rabid Readers Book Discussion  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   ellet@akronlibrary.org
   

Books are available in advance at the circulation desk.

Dec 19-Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann

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    Location: Ellet
   2:00 PM  -  3:30 PM Typing  
    Contact: Electronic Services   330-643-9145   esdiv@akronlibrary.org
   

Typing

Are you a hunt and peck typist or would you just like to improve your typing speed? This class will teach you the basics of typing through a series of very basic exercises.  Proper keying position and technique will be stressed.  Participants must bring in a set of headphone (to follow auditory instructions from the computer) or buy an inexpensive set at the Circulation desk in the library.

 

Please visit our website for more information:

    Location: Fairlawn-Bath
   2:30 PM  -  4:00 PM Teen Lounge  
    Contact: Mogadore Branch Library   330-628-9228   mogadore@akronlibrary.org
   

Tuesday, December 19, 2:30-4 pm

Stop in to spend time with your friends, enjoy snacks,
try new activities, and play video games, in a place that just for teens.

Grades 6-12

    Location: Mogadore
   3:30 PM  -  4:30 PM Youth Video Gaming  
    Contact: Odom Boulevard Branch Library   330-434-8726   
   

Cheer on your friends and enjoy time spent with others while taking turns playing video games with other students.  Games played are rated T or below.  

    Location: Odom
   3:45 PM Afterschool Crowd  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   ellet@akronlibrary.org
   

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

    Location: Ellet
   4:00 PM Paint Fantastic  
    Contact: Kenmore Branch Library   330-745-6126   kenmore@akronlibrary.org
   

We will be working on the completion of the new Teen sign for our Teen area and there will be other creative painting ideas to explore!

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

Tween Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics

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

From robotics to science experiments, we'll spark your curiosity and show you learning is FUN!

    Location: Norton
   4:00 PM  -  5:00 PM After School Adventures  
    Contact: Gerri Bowen   330-724-2126   gbowen@akronlibrary.org
   

Create a holiday gift 

Kids in grades K-5 can make a holiday gift perfect to give someone special for the holidays. Sign up is requested.

    Location: Firestone Park
   4:30 PM  -  6:00 PM Teen/Tween Advisory Board  
    Contact: Goodyear Branch   3307847522   goodyear@akronlibrary.org
   

Third Tuesday of each month, 4:30-6 pm

Join our new advisory board just for teens and tweens, ages 9-18. At our first session, teens and tweens will meet together, then we’ll split into groups and brainstorm ideas. Come make your voice heard! Refreshments will be served.

    Location: Goodyear
   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 December, we will discuss your favorite Christmas classic.

    Location: Green

Wednesday December 20, 2017
   10:30 AM Baby Time  
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

Every Wednesday, 10:30 am

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   330.836.1081   northwest@akronlibrary.org
   

Mini Movers

(Ages 5 and under with a caregiver)

Wednesdays, December 20, January 17, February 21, 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
   11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Coloring Fun  
    Contact: Norton Branch Library   330-825-7800   norton@akronlibrary.org
   

Join us for a morning of coloring, relaxation, conversation and snacks.  Coloring sheets, markers, colored pencils, music and snacks are provided. Feel free to bring your own supplies or use ours.

    Location: Norton
   11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Play Group  
    Contact: Firestone Park Branch Library   330-724-2126   gbowen@akronlibrary.org
   

Playgroup

Wednesdays, December 6 and December 20, 11 am

We provide an open space with toys and art activities for children 6 and under with their caregivers. Come join the fun and meet new friends.

    Location: Firestone Park
   1:00 PM Mystery Book Discussion Group  
    Contact: Northwest Akron Branch   330.836.1081   northwest@akronlibrary.org
   

Mystery Book Discussion Group

3rd Wednesday, 1 pm

December 20 MISTLETOE MURDER AND OTHER STORIES by P.D. James

January 17 THE BLACK WIDOW by Daniel Silva

February 21 FIND HER by Lisa Gardner



Location: Northwest Akron

    Location: Northwest Akron
   3:00 PM After School Fun Club  
    Contact: Firestone Park Branch Library   330-724-2126   firestoneparkbranch@akronlibrary.org
   

After School Fun Club

Wednesdays, 3 pm

Grades K-5

December 20        No Fun Club

January 10            Puzzlemania

January 17            Snap Circuits

January 24            Bingo

January 31            Legos

February 7             Apptastic Afternoon

February 14          Zentangle

February 21          Board Games

February 28          Snap Circuits

    Location: Firestone Park
   3:30 PM  -  5:00 PM Wednesday Movie Madness  
    Contact: Odom Boulevard Branch Library   330-434-8726   
   

Join us each Wednesday after school for a different family friendly movie.  Stop in to the branch or call 330-434-8726 to see which movie we will be playing that week.

    Location: Odom
   3:45 PM Afterschool Crowd  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   ellet@akronlibrary.org
   

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

    Location: Ellet
   4:00 PM Christmas Party  
    Contact: Kenmore Branch Library   330-745-6126   kenmore@akronlibrary.org
   

Join us for fantastic make-it-and-take-it surprises and holiday snacks.

    Location: Kenmore
   6:00 PM  -  7:30 PM Family Night  
    Contact: Odom Boulevard Branch Library   330-434-8726   
   

Wednesday is Family Night at the library!  These programs are intended for families.  All ages are welcom, however a caregiver must be present with those below age 8. 

Bricks4kidz:  Legos and duplo blocks for all ages set up in stations around the room to invite exploration and building.  Something for all ages.

    Location: Odom
   7:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Grammy-Winner Curtis Taylor Concert  
    Contact: Nordonia Hills Branch Library   330.467.8595   nordoniahills@akronlibrary.org
   

Discover Jazz with Curtis Taylor

Grammy Award-winning trumpeter Curtis Taylor will discuss jazz music, the trumpet, and perform live as part of a jazz duo.

Questions and audience participation is encouraged. 

Registration suggested. Seating is first-come, first-seated.

Refreshments served.

    Location: Nordonia Hills

Thursday December 21, 2017
   10:15 AM  -  11:30 AM Stories and Play  
    Contact: Goodyear Branch   330-784-7522   goodyear@akronlibrary.org
   

Stories and Play

Thursdays, December 7-21, January 18 – February 22, 10:15 am

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

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

Every Thursday, 10:30 am

Watch as books come to life through stories, music and activities. For children 2 to 5 years old with an adult caregiver.

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

Little Folks Story Time ages 6-35 months

Thursdays, September 21- October 26, 10:30-11:30 am

Thursdays, November 16- December 21, 10:30-11:30 am

Little folks, bring your favorite caregiver and join us for stories, rhymes, songs and more.  No registration required. No Story hour on Thursday November 23.

    Location: Richfield
   3:30 PM  -  4:30 PM Kids Creative Space  
    Contact: Odom Boulevard Branch Library   330-434-8726   
   

Join us each Thursday after school for a chance to get creative, play games, and hang-out with your friends.  

    Location: Odom
   3:45 PM Afterschool Crowd  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   ellet@akronlibrary.org
   

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

    Location: Ellet
   4:00 PM PAWS for Reading  
    Contact: Northwest Akron Branch   330.836.1081   northwest@akronlibrary.org
   

PAWS for Reading

(All grades)

Thursdays, December 7, 21, January 4, 18, February 1, 15, 4 pm

3rd Saturdays, December 16, January 20, February 17, 2 pm

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

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

For school age kids and teens. Hang out with your friends and test your gaming skills!

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

Two kids have the adventure of a lifetime when they play a magical board game. Starring Robin Williams, Kirsten Dunst and Bonnie Hunt. Rated PG. 104 min

    Location: Main Library-Auditorium
   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  -  7:30 PM Family Winter Center Piece Making  
    Contact: Richfield Branch Library   330-659-4343   dnagy@akronlibray.org
   

Family Winter Center Piece Making

Thursday, December 21, 6:30 pm

Come and create a family center piece for your winter table. All supplies will be provided and the Richfield Garden Club will be on hand to provide their expertise in creating your masterpiece. One center piece per family, supplies are limited please sign up for this family program.

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

Meetings are usually the fourth Thursday of every month, at 6:45pm. New members are always welcome.

December 21                         THE NIGHT CIRCUS by Erin Morgenstern

January 25                             THE HUSBAND’S SECRET by Liane Moriarty

February 22                           CROWN OF DUST by Mary Volmer

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

    Location: Highland Square

Saturday December 23, 2017
   11:00 AM Saturday Story Time Sampler  
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

Saturday Story Time Sampler

First and Third Saturdays of the month, 11 am

Story time for preschool-primary children with an adult caregiver

Dec 2: Gingerbread Man – Run into the library as fast as you can for this gingerbread story time! Help us try to catch the pesky gingerbread man, decorate the library’s holiday cardboard house and more!

Dec 16: Holidays Around the World – Join us for fun stories and crafts from around the world

Jan 6: Penguin Party! Did you know that there are penguins that live in warm places?  Learn fun facts about penguins through penguin stories, rhymes and songs, and make your own edible penguin craft!

Jan 20: Ballet Excel presents The Magic Flute. Don’t miss this interactive program which includes dance, storytelling, and a meet-and-greet with the dancers. Bring your camera if you’d like to take pictures.

Feb 3: Instead of Story Time, join us for the Family Reading Festival, 10-3, featuring Jim Gill and Outback Ray!

Feb 17: Winter Fun. Snowy stories, activities and a craft to warm up with.

    Location: Main Library
   2:00 PM  -  3:30 PM Holiday Short Film Party  
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

Enjoy The Grinch Who Stole Christmas and Frosty the Snowman in the CL program room, with popcorn.

    Location: Main Library

Tuesday December 26, 2017 -  Saturday January 6, 2018
     Snowflake Scavenger Hunt  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   ellet@akronlibrary.org
   

Join the hunt anytime that the Ellet Library is open during Winter Break. Find the snowflakes and complete the puzzle for a small prize. All completed puzzles will also be entered into a grand prize drawing for an Amazon gift card.

    Location: Ellet

Tuesday December 26, 2017
   11:00 AM Preschool Story Hour  
    Contact: Kenmore Branch Library   330-745-6126   kenmore@akronlibrary.org
   

Preschool kids age 2-5 years will enjoy stories, rhymes, music, crafts and a variety of other activities. Caregivers must remain throughout the program.

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

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

    Location: North Hill
   1:30 PM Winter Break Family Film Matinees  
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

Winter Break Family Film Matinees at 1:30 pm in the Auditorium

Tuesday, Dec 26: Cars 3, G rating; 1 hr 42 min.
Wednesday, Dec 27: Princess and the Frog, G rating, 1 hr, 37 min.
Thursday, Dec 28: Aristocats, G rated; 1 hr 18 min.
Friday, Dec 29: Despicable Me 3, PG rating; 1 hr 30 min

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

Tuesday, December 26, 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

Wednesday December 27, 2017
   10:30 AM Baby Time  
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

Every Wednesday, 10:30 am

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
   1:30 PM Winter Break Family Film Matinees  
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

Winter Break Family Film Matinees at 1:30 pm in the Auditorium

Tuesday, Dec 26: Cars 3, G rating; 1 hr 42 min.
Wednesday, Dec 27: Princess and the Frog, G rating, 1 hr, 37 min.
Thursday, Dec 28: Aristocats, G rated; 1 hr 18 min.
Friday, Dec 29: Despicable Me 3, PG rating; 1 hr 30 min

    Location: Main Library-Auditorium
   2:00 PM Movie, Munchies and More  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

Beat the winter break blues!  Come out of the cold and enjoy a cup of hot chocolate and some munchies as we watch ARTHUR CHRISTMAS (PG).  Learn how Santa delivers all those presents in one night!   No registration necessary.

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

Wednesday, December 27 3:30 pm

Come in for an afternoon of classic games. 
We’ll provide both board and card games, and sometimes we’ll have Life-Size games to try out. 
Feel free to bring any cards or games of your own to play!

Grades K-5

    Location: Mogadore

Thursday December 28, 2017
   10:30 AM Preschool Story Time  
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

Every Thursday, 10:30 am

Watch as books come to life through stories, music and activities. For children 2 to 5 years old with an adult caregiver.

    Location: Main Library
   1:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Make Your Own Fidget Spinner  
    Contact: Richfield Branch Library   330-659-4343   dnagy@akronlibrary.org
   

Make your own Fidget Spinner

Thursday, December 28, 1 pm

Come an enjoy an afternoon of making your own fidget spinners. Supplies are limited so first come first served. This program is geared toward children in grades 1-5.

 

    Location: Richfield
   1:30 PM Winter Break Family Film Matinees  
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

Winter Break Family Film Matinees at 1:30 pm in the Auditorium

Tuesday, Dec 26: Cars 3, G rating; 1 hr 42 min.
Wednesday, Dec 27: Princess and the Frog, G rating, 1 hr, 37 min.
Thursday, Dec 28: Aristocats, G rated; 1 hr 18 min.
Friday, Dec 29: Despicable Me 3, PG rating; 1 hr 30 min

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

For school age kids and teens. Hang out with your friends and test your gaming skills!

    Location: Kenmore
   6:00 PM Winter Break Movie  
    Contact: Tallmadge   330.633.4345   
   

Early Childhood / School Age Program
Winter Break Movie Night: FROZEN

Watch FROZEN and enjoy some popcorn with your library friends.

    Location: Tallmadge
   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
   6:30 PM  -  8:00 PM Movies@Main: Despicable Me 3  
    Contact: Culture & AV   330-643-9015   
   
Kung Fu Panda 3 movie poster
 

Gru meets his long-lost twin brother who wants to join forces for one last criminal heist. Wonderful animated fun with the voices of Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig and Trey Parker. Rated PG. 90 min

    Location: Main Library-Auditorium

Friday December 29, 2017
   10:30 AM  -  11:45 AM T.G.I.F. Tweens Great Informal Fridays  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

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

December 29 My Weird School Series:  Celebrate your favorite characters from the MY WEIRD SCHOOL SERIES by Dan Gutman.   Enjoy snacks, games and other activities. Check out the book display in our Children’s area to learn more about the kooky characters from this series.

Grades 3 - 6

    Location: Portage Lakes
   12:00 PM  -  6:00 PM New Year's Eve Extravaganza  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330-864-5721   maplevalley@akronlibrary.org
   

 Make crafts, get a snack and sparkling cider, and get ready to ring in 2018! Ask for supplies at the front desk.   

    Location: Maple Valley
   12:30 PM  -  2:00 PM STEM with Sylvan  
    Contact: Fairlawn-Bath Branch   330-666-4888   
   

Sylvan of Fairlawn is excited to announce that this December, students in grades 1-4 will be able to sign up for a Sylvan STEM Class at Fairlawn-Bath Library over break!  STEM@Sylvan offers students an exciting chance to learn hands on robotics, math, engineering, and science through a hands-on exploration from design to implementation and testing. Please call 330-666-4888 or stop by the library to register.

    Location: Fairlawn-Bath
   1:30 PM Winter Break Family Film Matinees  
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

Winter Break Family Film Matinees at 1:30 pm in the Auditorium

Tuesday, Dec 26: Cars 3, G rating; 1 hr 42 min.
Wednesday, Dec 27: Princess and the Frog, G rating, 1 hr, 37 min.
Thursday, Dec 28: Aristocats, G rated; 1 hr 18 min.
Friday, Dec 29: Despicable Me 3, PG rating; 1 hr 30 min

    Location: Main Library-Auditorium
   2:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Life-Size Candy Land  
    Contact: Norton Branch Library   330-825-7800   norton@akronlibrary.org
   

Life-Size Candy Land

December 29, Friday, 2-4 pm

Walk and Play a larger than life size version of Candy Land the popular board game.

Candy Land will be set up in the Children’s Area!


Saturday December 30, 2017
   11:00 AM Countdown to Noon Year's Eve  
    Contact: Kenmore Branch Library   330-745-6126   kenmore@akronlibrary.org
   

It's a celebration that you won't sleep through! Crafts, balloons, songs, and dancing will make this a Noon Year's Eve to remember.

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

Saturday Story Time Sampler

First and Third Saturdays of the month, 11 am

Story time for preschool-primary children with an adult caregiver

Dec 2: Gingerbread Man – Run into the library as fast as you can for this gingerbread story time! Help us try to catch the pesky gingerbread man, decorate the library’s holiday cardboard house and more!

Dec 16: Holidays Around the World – Join us for fun stories and crafts from around the world

Jan 6: Penguin Party! Did you know that there are penguins that live in warm places?  Learn fun facts about penguins through penguin stories, rhymes and songs, and make your own edible penguin craft!

Jan 20: Ballet Excel presents The Magic Flute. Don’t miss this interactive program which includes dance, storytelling, and a meet-and-greet with the dancers. Bring your camera if you’d like to take pictures.

Feb 3: Instead of Story Time, join us for the Family Reading Festival, 10-3, featuring Jim Gill and Outback Ray!

Feb 17: Winter Fun. Snowy stories, activities and a craft to warm up with.

    Location: Main Library
   12:00 PM  -  1:00 PM Paws For Reading  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   ellet@akronlibrary.org
   

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

    Location: Ellet
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Builders’ Club  
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

Open play with Lego’s, Duplo’s and other building materials.

    Location: Main Library
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Do you want to Build a Snowman?  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   eramsay@akronlibrary.org
   
Do you want to Build a Snowman?
Saturday, December 30, 2 pm
Stop in to experience a snowy, fun filled afternoon with Ms. Erica!
We will be making snowmen outside, so be sure to dress warmly and prepare to get messy. 
    Location: Maple Valley

Sunday December 31, 2017
   2:00 PM  -  2:30 PM Sunday Story Time Sampler  
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

Every Sunday (except Dec 24), 2 pm

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

    Location: Main Library

Monday January 1, 2018
     Check-Out and Win @ the Goodyear Branch Library  
    Contact: Goodyear Branch   330-784-7522   goodyear@akronlibrary.org
   

Visit the Goodyear Branch Library between December 1, 2017 – February 28, 2018, and earn tickets for checking out items from our shelves. We will have one drawing each month. The contest is open to all ages.

How the contest works:

  1. Checkout any 5 materials and receive 1 ticket.
  2. Checkout 6-10 items and receive 2 tickets.
  3. Checkout 11-15 items and receive 3 tickets.
  4. Checkout 16+ items and receive 5 tickets.
  5. Place your ticket with name and phone number in the drawing box for a chance to win that month’s prize.
    Location: Goodyear

Monday January 1, 2018 -  Wednesday January 31, 2018
     Book Club to Go  
    Contact: Goodyear Branch   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.

January A MAN CALLED OVE by Fredrik Backman

 

 

 

    Location: Goodyear

Monday January 1, 2018 -  Wednesday January 31, 2018
   10:00 AM  -  8:00 PM Adopt a Book Buddy Month at Maple Valley  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   eramsay@akronlibrary.org
   
Adopt a Book Buddy Month at Maple Valley
January 1-31
For ages 12 and under.
During the month of January, check out three or more children’s books to adopt a Book Buddy.
Children can select an adorable stuffed friend to take home as a library keepsake and reading pal to cozy up with their newly selected books.
Prize can only be claimed once. 
    Location: Maple Valley

Tuesday January 2, 2018
     Teen Lucky 13 Drawing  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Kids and Teen

January 2 - 13

For grades 6-12.  

2018 could be your lucky year! Tell us what you are most looking forward to this year and enter to win a prize.

Prizes will be drawn on Monday, January 15.

 
    Location: Green
   10:00 AM  -  8:00 PM Richfield Mysteries, An On-Your-Own Book Club  
    Contact: Richfield Branch Library   330-659-4343   mdaly@akronlibrary.org
   

Stop by the front desk and pick up this month’s title. No Pressure – No Discussion. Just read, enjoy, and tell us how you liked it. Titles are available the last week of prior month.

January's Title - A BRILLIANT DEATH by Robin Yocum

    Location: Richfield

Tuesday January 2, 2018 -  Wednesday January 31, 2018
   10:00 AM  -  8:00 PM Book Club To Go  
    Contact: odom branch   330-434-8726   
   

Drop by and grab one of our Book Club to Go books!  Let us know what you think!  

 

This month we will be reading The Heart by Maylis de Kerangal.

    Location: Odom

Tuesday January 2, 2018
   11:00 AM Preschool Story Hour  
    Contact: Kenmore Branch Library   330-745-6126   kenmore@akronlibrary.org
   

Preschool kids age 2-5 years will enjoy stories, rhymes, music, crafts and a variety of other activities. Caregivers must remain throughout the program.

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

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

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

First Tuesday of each month, 12:30 pm

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

    Location: Goodyear
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Winter Break Warm Ups  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   eramsay@akronlibrary.org
   
Winter Break Warm Ups
January 2- January 4, 2 pm
Grades K-6
 
Tuesday: Movie and Popcorn
Wednesday: Legos
Thursday: Video Game Day
    Location: Maple Valley
   2:00 PM  -  3:30 PM Basic Computer Skills  
    Contact: Electronic Services   330-643-9145   esdiv@akronlibrary.org
   

Basic Computer Skills

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

 

Please visit our website for more information:

    Location: Tallmadge
   4:00 PM Play-Doh Contest  
    Contact: Kenmore Branch Library   330-745-6126   kenmore@akronlibrary.org
   

Design anything Play-Doh and vote for the most creative creation. Winner receives a prize! Play-Doh will be provided.

    Location: Kenmore
   6:30 PM Teen Writers Club  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Kids and Teens

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

 
    Location: Green

Wednesday January 3, 2018
     Teen Lucky 13 Drawing  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Kids and Teen

January 2 - 13

For grades 6-12.  

2018 could be your lucky year! Tell us what you are most looking forward to this year and enter to win a prize.

Prizes will be drawn on Monday, January 15.

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

Every Wednesday, 10:30 am

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
   12:30 PM Open Gaming @ Firestone Park Community Center  
    Contact: Firestone Park Branch Library   330-724-2126   firestoneparkbranch@akronlibrary.org
   

Open Gaming @ Firestone Park Community Center

Wednesday afternoons, January 3, February 7, 12:30 pm

Join friends and neighbors at the Firestone Park Community Center and enjoy games of all kinds. If you are looking to play cards or board games with someone, this program is for you. No registration required. 

    Location: Firestone Park
   1:00 PM Coffee and Coloring  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   ellet@akronlibrary.org
   

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 specifically for adults as well as colroing utensils and refreshments will be provided.

    Location: Ellet
   1:00 PM Pre-K 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, and more! 

Registration begins Monday, December 18

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

Join us as we discuss STILL LIFE (MYST) by Louise Penny. Light refreshments provided.

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

Join our group for a lively discussion of these titles. Extra copies of the book are available at the front desk a moth prior to the discussion.

January's Title - THE NEST by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney

    Location: Richfield
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Winter Break Warm Ups  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   eramsay@akronlibrary.org
   
Winter Break Warm Ups
January 2- January 4, 2 pm
Grades K-6
 
Tuesday: Movie and Popcorn
Wednesday: Legos
Thursday: Video Game Day
    Location: Maple Valley
   2:00 PM  -  3:30 PM Windows 10  
    Contact: Electronic Services   330-643-9145   esdiv@akronlibrary.org
   

Windows 10

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

 

Please visit our website for more information:

 

    Location: Tallmadge
   4:00 PM  -  5:00 PM Paws for Reading  
    Contact: Norton Branch Library   330-825-7800   norton@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 Evening Story Time  
    Contact: Fairlawn-Bath Branch   330-666-4888   
   

Children age 0-5 with an adult caregiver are welcome to join Miss Pam for stories, songs, rhymes, and more! 

Registration begins Monday, December 18

    Location: Fairlawn-Bath
   6:00 PM  -  7:00 PM Game Night Wednesdays  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   maplevalley@akronlibrary.org
   

If you’re looking for something to do on a Wednesday night, come to the library. Bring a friend or two or three and play board games that we know and love. All games are provided by the library. You are welcome to bring your own too! Please call the branch to sign up.

    Location: Maple Valley
   6:00 PM  -  7:30 PM Family Night  
    Contact: Odom Boulevard Branch Library   330-434-8726   
   

Wednesday is Family Night at the library!  These programs are intended for families.  All ages are welcom, however a caregiver must be present with those below age 8. 

Bricks4kidz:  Legos and duplo blocks for all ages set up in stations around the room to invite exploration and building.  Something for all ages.

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

Wednesday, January 3, 6:30 pm

THE CHRISTMAS MYSTERY by James Patterson

    Location: Mogadore

Thursday January 4, 2018
     Teen Lucky 13 Drawing  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Kids and Teen

January 2 - 13

For grades 6-12.  

2018 could be your lucky year! Tell us what you are most looking forward to this year and enter to win a prize.

Prizes will be drawn on Monday, January 15.

 
    Location: Green
   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)

Thursdays, January 4 to February 22, 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: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

Every Thursday, 10:30 am

Watch as books come to life through stories, music and activities. For children 2 to 5 years old with an adult caregiver.

    Location: Main Library
   10:30 AM  -  11:15 AM Toddler Smarts  
    Contact: Norton Branch Library   330-825-7800   norton@akronlibrary.org
   

Toddler Smarts

Thursdays, 10:30 am

Engage your child in first experiences at your local library.

January 4-Toddler STEM

January 11-Toddler Art

January 18-Toddler Stories

January 25 –Toddler Yoga

For children age 24-36 months 

   11:30 AM  -  12:30 PM Pitter Patter Playgroup  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   eramsay@akronlibrary.org
   
Pitter Patter Playgroup
Thursdays in January, 11:30 am
Ages 5 and under.
Bring your little ones to enjoy our puzzles, games, and toys!
Both children and caregivers can join in the fun!
No registration required… just come and play! 
    Location: Maple Valley
   1:00 PM Keep Calm and Color On  
    Contact: Firestone Park Branch Library   330-724-2126   firestoneparkbranch@akronlibrary.org
   

Keep Calm and Color On

Thursday afternoons, December 7, January 4, February 1, 1 pm

Relax, reduce stress, and leave feeling restored! Coloring books and supplies will be provided, but participants are welcome to bring their own materials from home. This program is great for any skill level.  Share in the fun! No registration required.    

    Location: Firestone Park
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Winter Break Warm Ups  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   eramsay@akronlibrary.org
   
Winter Break Warm Ups
January 2- January 4, 2 pm
Grades K-6
 
Tuesday: Movie and Popcorn
Wednesday: Legos
Thursday: Video Game Day
    Location: Maple Valley
   2:00 PM  -  3:30 PM File Management  
    Contact: Electronic Services   330-643-9145   esdiv@akronlibrary.org
   

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.

 

Please visit our website for more information:

    Location: Tallmadge
   3:00 PM  -  4:30 PM Knit and Crochet Club  
    Contact: Tallmadge   330.633.4345   
   

Porgram for Adults
Knit and Crochet Club

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

    Location: Tallmadge
   3:30 PM Lego Club  
    Contact: Mogadore Branch Library   330-628-9228   mogadore@akronlibrary.org
   

Thursday, January 4, 3:30 pm

Join us for an afternoon of imaginative Lego creation.  All supplies provided.

Grades K-5

    Location: Mogadore
   4:00 PM PAWS for Reading  
    Contact: Northwest Akron Branch   330.836.1081   northwest@akronlibrary.org
   

PAWS for Reading

(All grades)

Thursdays, December 7, 21, January 4, 18, February 1, 15, 4 pm

3rd Saturdays, December 16, January 20, February 17, 2 pm

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

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

For school age kids and teens. Hang out with your friends and test your gaming skills!

    Location: Kenmore
   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  -  7:30 PM Typing  
    Contact: Electronic Services   330-643-9145   esdiv@akronlibrary.org
   

Typing

Are you a hunt and peck typist or would you just like to improve your typing speed? This class will teach you the basics of typing through a series of very basic exercises.  Proper keying position and technique will be stressed.  Participants must bring in a set of headphone (to follow auditory instructions from the computer) or buy an inexpensive set at the Circulation desk in the library.

 

Please visit our website for more information:

    Location: Tallmadge

Friday January 5, 2018
     Teen Lucky 13 Drawing  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Kids and Teen

January 2 - 13

For grades 6-12.  

2018 could be your lucky year! Tell us what you are most looking forward to this year and enter to win a prize.

Prizes will be drawn on Monday, January 15.

 
    Location: Green

Saturday January 6, 2018
     Take it and Make it Saturdays  
    Contact: Goodyear Branch   330-784-7522   goodyear@akronlibrary.org
   

 

Stop in the library on the first Saturday of the month, pick up one of our simple kid’s activity kits, make it here or take it home with you for a fun family activity! (While supplies last)

Paper Bag Stem Challenge

Challenge yourself to build the tallest tower or the strongest structure.

 

    Location: Goodyear
     Teen Lucky 13 Drawing  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Kids and Teen

January 2 - 13

For grades 6-12.  

2018 could be your lucky year! Tell us what you are most looking forward to this year and enter to win a prize.

Prizes will be drawn on Monday, January 15.

 
    Location: Green
   1:00 AM  -  3:00 AM First Saturday Afternoon Flicks  
    Contact: Richfield Branch Library   330-659-4343   dnagy@akronlibrary.org
   

First Saturday Afternoon Flicks

Saturdays, 1-3 pm

Join us for an afternoon movie at the library. We’ll provide popcorn and juice while you kick back and enjoy the flick.

January 7- DECENDANTS 2

 

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

First Saturday of the Month, 10 am-4 pm

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

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

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

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

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

Paws for Reading

1st and 3rd Saturday of each month, 10:30-11:30 am

Children can practice their literacy skills by reading aloud to our doggie pals Kodak, Rudy, and Yuki. This is a great way for your child to build reading fluency and read-aloud confidence.

Children not yet reading are also welcome to come; stories will be read to the children by our doggie pals’ humans.

    Location: Richfield
   10:30 AM  -  1:45 PM Exploring CAM: Complementary and Alternative Medicine  
    Contact: Science & Technology Division   330-643-9075   stdiv@akronlibrary.org
   

It's more common than ever to see Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) included within mainstream healthcare services. Please join us for an informative overview of the uses of alternative remedies followed by practical advice from alternative practitioners from a variety of disciplines. Lead by Tara Scott, MD, Medical Director of Integrative Medicine at Summa Health, she will be joined by a Functional Dietician, a Pharmacist, a Chiropractor and a Music Therapist. 

Let our speakers help you discern the value of these therapies and what is best suited for particular conditions. This program will be held in Meeting Room 2AB. Please contact the Science & Technology Division to reserve your spot at 330-643-9075 or stdiv@akronlibrary.org.

Saturday, January 6, 2018, 10:30am-1:45pm

 

 

   11:00 AM Ballet Excel  
    Contact: Fairlawn-Bath Branch   330-666-4888   
   

North East Ohio’s renown children’s ballet company will make a special appearance at the library before their upcoming performance of the Magic Flute.  Hear the story, meet the cast and learn a few ballet moves.  This is a perfect introduction to ballet for young children and their families.

    Location: Fairlawn-Bath
   11:00 AM Saturday Story Time Sampler  
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

Saturday Story Time Sampler

First and Third Saturdays of the month, 11 am

Story time for preschool-primary children with an adult caregiver

Dec 2: Gingerbread Man – Run into the library as fast as you can for this gingerbread story time! Help us try to catch the pesky gingerbread man, decorate the library’s holiday cardboard house and more!

Dec 16: Holidays Around the World – Join us for fun stories and crafts from around the world

Jan 6: Penguin Party! Did you know that there are penguins that live in warm places?  Learn fun facts about penguins through penguin stories, rhymes and songs, and make your own edible penguin craft!

Jan 20: Ballet Excel presents The Magic Flute. Don’t miss this interactive program which includes dance, storytelling, and a meet-and-greet with the dancers. Bring your camera if you’d like to take pictures.

Feb 3: Instead of Story Time, join us for the Family Reading Festival, 10-3, featuring Jim Gill and Outback Ray!

Feb 17: Winter Fun. Snowy stories, activities and a craft to warm up with.

    Location: Main Library
   1:00 PM Kids Crafts 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
   

Reading doesn’t have to be “ruff”! Come practice with a furry friend! Our paw-some therapy dogs love to have stories read to them and meet new friends.  All ages welcome. No registration necessary.

    Location: Portage Lakes

Sunday January 7, 2018
   2:00 PM  -  2:30 PM Sunday Story Time Sampler  
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

Every Sunday (except Dec 24), 2 pm

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

    Location: Main Library

Monday January 8, 2018
     On Your Own  
    Contact: Goodyear Branch   330-784-7522   goodyear@akronlibrary.org
   

 

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

Winter Tree Hunt

Find all the winter trees in the children’s area.

    Location: Goodyear
     Teen Lucky 13 Drawing  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Kids and Teen

January 2 - 13

For grades 6-12.  

2018 could be your lucky year! Tell us what you are most looking forward to this year and enter to win a prize.

Prizes will be drawn on Monday, January 15.

 
    Location: Green
   10:05 AM Baby and Me Time  
    Contact: Tallmadge   330.633.4345   
   

Early Childhood Program
Baby and Me Time

For babies and toddlers birth - 24 months with a caregiver.
20 minutes of rhymes, songs, and stories, followed by group playtime.

No registration necessary.

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

Children ages 6-24 months with an adult caregiver are welcome to join Miss Jessica for stories, rhymes, music, instruments and playtime.  January 8th meeting will be an open playtime.  

Registration begins Monday, December 18

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

North Hill Needle Crafters

If you love to knit, crochet, and help others, this is the group for you. Are you new to crafting? We will be glad to get you started. If you have yarn or supplies to donate, we will make good use of them!

    Location: North Hill
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Play A While  
    Contact: Norton Branch Library   330 825-7800   norton@akronlibrary.org
   

Play A While for families with children ages five or younger

An open play session where we provide the toys and you watch your children play and make new friends.

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

Free, open playtime! 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 and even create a little art. Intended for ages 1-4 with a caregiver. No registration necessary.

    Location: Portage Lakes
   11:00 AM Preschool Story Time  
    Contact: Tallmadge   330.633.4345   
   

Early Childhood Program
Preschool Story Time

For 2 - 5 year olds with a caregiver.
Join us for books, flannel board stories, rhymes and music followed by group playtime.

No registration necessary.

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

For children ages 2-3 ½ years old with their favorite adult. We will enjoy stories, fingerplays, action rhymes, music, and a simple craft with Miss Jessica.  January 8th meeting will be an open playtime.

Registration begins Monday, December 18

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

Join us the second Monday of each month, 1 pm

January 8:  THE ART OF CRASH LANDING by Melissa DeCarlo

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

Program for Adults
Book Discussion

UNBROKEN by Laura Hillenbrand

    Location: Tallmadge
   3:00 PM  -  5:00 PM After School Homework Help  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   eramsay@akronlibrary.org
   
After School Homework Help
Mondays & Wednesdays 3-5 pm
Free homework help for students in grades K-6.
You’ll find everything you need to get your homework done here!
Stuck on a math question? We have someone to help you.
Can’t find a ruler? We have school supplies.
Need to type a paper? We have computers.
Drop in anytime you need help.
No registration required.
    Location: Maple Valley
   3:30 PM Chess Club  
    Contact: Kenmore Branch Library   330-745-6126   kenmore@akronlibrary.org
   

For grades 5-12. Test your skill at chess and checkers! sets for both are provided or you can bring your own.

    Location: Kenmore
   4:00 PM  -  5:00 PM Lego Club  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   ellet@akronlibrary.org
   

Builders ages 5-12 can join us on the 2nd and 4th Monday. We will provide the bricks and a challenge. Completed works will be displayed in our showcase until the next meeting.

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

 

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

    Location: Goodyear
   6:00 PM Game Night  
    Contact: Fairlawn-Bath Branch   330-666-4888   
   

Take a study break to play card and board games with old friends and new at the library.  Snacks provided for you to work on your strategy, learn a new card game, or share trivia for knowledge and laughs.

For grades 4-12.  Please call 330-666-4888 or stop by the library to register.

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

Join us to make mini easel paintings. Space is limited, so please call 330-745-6126 or email kenmore@akronlibrary.org to register.

    Location: Kenmore
   6:00 PM Needle Crafting @ The Library  
    Contact: Firestone Park Branch Library   330-724-2126   firestoneparkbranch@akronlibrary.org
   

Needle Crafting @ The Library

Second and fourth Monday evenings of the month, December 11, January 8, 22, February 12, 26, 6 pm

Enjoy discussion and share current knitting and crochet projects.

    Location: Firestone Park
   6:00 PM  -  7:00 PM Tarot Card  
    Contact: Norton Branch Library   330-825-7800   norton@akronlibrary.org
   

See what the year has in store for you!  Join William Richardson for an engaging night as he presents a short history of Tarot Cards, explains the anatomy of a Tarot deck, and offers brief readings to those interested.

    Location: Norton
   6:00 PM  -  7:30 PM Tarot Card  
    Contact: Norton Branch Library   330-825-7800   norton@akronlibrary.org
   

See what the year has in store for you!

Join William Richardson for an engaging night as he presents a short history of Tarot cards, explains the anatomy of a Tarot deck, and offers brief readings to those interested.

    Location: Norton
   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 Babytime  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   ellet@akronlibrary.org
   

For ages 6-24 months and their caregiver. Stories, songs, bounces, rhymes and activities geared for babies followed by group playtime. No registration necessary.

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

LEGO Club

Mondays, December 11, January 8, February 12, 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   330.535.9423   northhill@akronlibrary.org
   

Evening Book Discussion - RADIUM GIRLS by Kate Moore

Books will be available for check out at our service desk one month prior to the discussion. New members are always welcome!

    Location: North Hill

Tuesday January 9, 2018
     Teen Lucky 13 Drawing  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Kids and Teen

January 2 - 13

For grades 6-12.  

2018 could be your lucky year! Tell us what you are most looking forward to this year and enter to win a prize.

Prizes will be drawn on Monday, January 15.

 
    Location: Green
   10:05 AM Babytime  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   ellet@akronlibrary.org
   

For ages 6-24 months and their caregiver. Stories, songs, bounces, rhymes and activities geared for babies followed by group playtime. No registration necessary.

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

Baby Time

For babies 6-24 months and a caregiver.

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

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

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, STEAM experiences and materials will be available for young children and their caregivers. Come explore, make friends, share stories, create and play with us.      

December 12 Petite Chefs:  Celebrate the season! Stimulate your child’s senses through hand-on “baking” activities.  Scoop, pour, mix, measure, stir and taste.

January 9 The Snowy Day: Delight in snowy activities inspired by Ezra Jack Keats magical story, “The Snowy Day.” 

February 13 Love Bugs:  Enjoy the month of February with your love bugs! Celebrate those you love with card making, stamping, letter writing, post office dramatic play and sensory experiences.

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

Have story fun with Ms. Elaine! Includes stories, songs, finger-plays, art and lots of fun each week! All ages are welcome. No registration necessary.

    Location: Portage Lakes
   11:00 AM Preschool Story Hour  
    Contact: Kenmore Branch Library   330-745-6126   kenmore@akronlibrary.org
   

Preschool kids age 2-5 years will enjoy stories, rhymes, music, crafts and a variety of other activities. Caregivers must remain throughout the program.

    Location: Kenmore
   11:00 AM Toddler Time  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   ellet@akronlibrary.org
   

For ages 2-3 years and their caregiver. Toddler appropriate books, songs, rhymes and activities. Wiggly toddlers are welcome. Toddler Time is followed by a simple craft and group playtime. No registration necessary.

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

Toddler Time

For ages 2-3 with a caregiver.

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

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

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

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

Afternoon Book Discussion

Join us for our monthly afternoon book discussion. For January, we will discuss THE READERS OF THE BROKEN WHEEL RECOMMEND by Katarina Bivald.

    Location: Green
   3:30 PM The Book Was Better  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330-864-5721   maplevalley@akronlibrary.org
   

Check out our collection of YA books and movie adaptations and discuss upcoming books and movies. Snacks and beverages provided. 

    Location: Maple Valley
   3:30 PM  -  4:30 PM Teen Life Hacks  
    Contact: Odom Boulevard Branch Library   330434-8726   
   

Want to learn some useful life skills?  Join us to get some hands on practice learning skill you can use for the rest of your life. 

How to knit a scarf without needles.

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

Tuesday, January 9, 3:30-5 pm

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

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

    Location: Ellet
   4:00 PM Paper Quilling  
    Contact: Kenmore Branch Library   330-745-6126   kenmore@akronlibrary.org
   

Are you looking for something interesting to learn? Learn to make beautiful images using bright paper curls!

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

Do you like to help others?

Do you need to earn volunteer hours for graduation, church or another organization?

Become a Volunteen!

Any interested teen or tween can help us help others by participating in meaningful, short term projects at the Library that will benefit the greater community. 

    Location: Norton
   5:30 PM  -  8:00 PM Project Learn ESOL/GED  
    Contact: North Hill Branch   330.535.9423   northhill@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, please contact PRoject LEarn at 330-434-9461 to arrange for testing and orientation.

    Location: North Hill
   6:00 PM Vinyl on Trial  
    Contact: Tallmadge   330.633.4345   
   

Teen / Adult Program
Vinyl on Trial

Today's digital world has all of us searching for more. This could be the club for you. Take the time to enjoy full-length albums front to back, and share your thoughts with other vinyl addicts from the area. Bring an open mind and new suggestions for our next meeting. Join us every second and fourth Tuesday of the month.

Please register for this program by calling us at 330-633-4345

    Location: Tallmadge
   6:00 PM  -  7:30 PM Teen Advisory Board Meeting  
    Contact: Teen Department   330.643.9067   ysodiv@akronlibrary.org
   

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

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

Family Time

Make time to unwind with your kids. Bring them in for free play time. We will have a light box, blocks, music, tunnels, tubes and more. Come explore and create together. 

There will be NO play time in December.

 
    Location: Green
   6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Introduction to Intellectual Property  
    Contact: Science & Technology Division   330-643-9075   stdiv@akronlibrary.org
   

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

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

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

    Location: Main Library

Wednesday January 10, 2018
     Teen Lucky 13 Drawing  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Kids and Teen

January 2 - 13

For grades 6-12.  

2018 could be your lucky year! Tell us what you are most looking forward to this year and enter to win a prize.

Prizes will be drawn on Monday, January 15.

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

Every Wednesday, 10:30 am

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 Story Time  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   ellet@akronlibrary.org
   

For ages 2-6 years. Ms. Laurie will use books, flannel boards, puppets, props, and songs to engage children in stories. Your children will be active participants in Story Time. Each session will conclude with a craft and playtime. No registration necessary.

    Location: Ellet
   11:00 AM  -  11:00 PM Story Time  
    Contact: Firestone Park Branch Library   330-724-2126   gbowen@akronlibrary.org
   

Story Time

Wednesdays, January 10 – February 28, 11 am

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

Best for ages 2 to 6,  with all ages welcome. No registration required.

    Location: Firestone Park
   12:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Coloring with Culture & AV  
    Contact: Culture & AV   330-643-9015   cadiv@akronlibrary.org
   
  • Color with us.
  • Bring your own coloring book and supplies or choose from provided coloring pages, crayons and colored pencils.
  • Adults age 18 and over. Meeting Room 2AB.

 

 

    Location: Main Library
   1:00 PM Craft Sampler  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

We’ve got a little bit of this and a little bit of that… put your imagination to the test and see what take-home projects you can create with a wide variety of materials!  Each month will feature a different theme to get you started.  Please register in advance.  All ages welcome.

    Location: Portage Lakes
   1:00 PM Pre-K 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, and more! 

Registration begins Monday, December 18

    Location: Fairlawn-Bath
   1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Home School Readers  
    Contact: Richfield Branch Library   330-659-4343   dnagy@akronlibrary.org
   

Home School Readers

January 10, February 14, 1-3 pm

Join us for an afternoon of reading fun. Different activities will be available at each session. This is a new program and will evolve to meet the needs of our homeschooling community.

 

    Location: Richfield
   3:00 PM After School Fun Club  
    Contact: Firestone Park Branch Library   330-724-2126   firestoneparkbranch@akronlibrary.org
   

After School Fun Club

Wednesdays, 3 pm

Grades K-5

January 10            Puzzlemania

January 17            Snap Circuits

January 24            Bingo

January 31            Legos

February 7             Apptastic Afternoon

February 14          Zentangle

February 21          Board Games

February 28          Snap Circuits

    Location: Firestone Park
   3:00 PM  -  5:00 PM After School Homework Help  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   eramsay@akronlibrary.org
   
After School Homework Help
Mondays & Wednesdays 3-5 pm
Free homework help for students in grades K-6.
You’ll find everything you need to get your homework done here!
Stuck on a math question? We have someone to help you.
Can’t find a ruler? We have school supplies.
Need to type a paper? We have computers.
Drop in anytime you need help.
No registration required.
    Location: Maple Valley
   3:30 PM  -  5:00 PM Wednesday Movie Madness  
    Contact: Odom Boulevard Branch Library   330-434-8726   
   

Join us each Wednesday after school for a different family friendly movie.  Stop in to the branch or call 330-434-8726 to see which movie we will be playing that week.

    Location: Odom
   3:45 PM Afterschool Crowd  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   ellet@akronlibrary.org
   

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

    Location: Ellet
   4:00 PM Teen Career Snapshots  
    Contact: Northwest Akron Branch   330.836.1081   northwest@akronlibrary.org
   

Teen Career Snapshots

Wednesdays, 4 pm

January 10:  Akron Fire Department

January 17:  NASA

February 7:  Summit County Metroparks

February 21:  Akron Police Department Forensics

Think you know what people do at their jobs based on their job title?  Maybe, maybe not!  Learn more about careers through visits by different professionals throughout winter session.

    Location: Northwest Akron
   4:00 PM  -  5:00 PM Lego League  
    Contact: Kenmore Branch Library   330-745-6126   kenmore@akronlibrary.org
   

Feeling creative? Stop in to build a masterpiece with other Lego lovers! All ages welcome; caregiver assistance is appreciated for younger designers. Legos and other building materials are provided.

    Location: Kenmore
   4:15 PM  -  5:00 PM Crazy 8's Math Club  
    Contact: Norton Branch Library   330-825-7800   norton@akronlibrary.org
   

Bedtime Math’s Crazy 8s Club Session 2

Wednesdays, January 10-February 7; February 21-March 7, 4:15-5 pm

Build stuff, run and jump, make music, make a mess…it’s a totally new kind of math club.

Open to children grades K-2

Registration for the eight-week session is requested due to limited 

supplies on hand for this program series.

 

   6:00 PM Evening Story Time  
    Contact: Fairlawn-Bath Branch   330-666-4888   
   

Children age 0-5 with an adult caregiver are welcome to join Miss Pam for stories, songs, rhymes, and more! 

Registration begins Monday, December 18

    Location: Fairlawn-Bath
   6:00 PM  -  7:00 PM Game Night Wednesdays  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   maplevalley@akronlibrary.org
   

If you’re looking for something to do on a Wednesday night, come to the library. Bring a friend or two or three and play board games that we know and love. All games are provided by the library. You are welcome to bring your own too! Please call the branch to sign up.

    Location: Maple Valley
   6:00 PM  -  7:30 PM Family Night  
    Contact: Odom Boulevard Branch Library   330-434-8726   
   

Wednesday is Family Night at the library!  These programs are intended for families.  All ages are welcom, however a caregiver must be present with those below age 8. 

Bricks4kidz:  Legos and duplo blocks for all ages set up in stations around the room to invite exploration and building.  Something for all ages.

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

Adult Program

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
   6:30 PM  -  8:00 PM The Elusive Jim Kirby  
    Contact: Richfield Branch   330-659-4343   mdaly@akronlibrary.org
   

Join local historian Lynn Richardson for a presentation about the founder of Kirby’s Mill. Mr. Kirby was a whimsical genius and famous inventor who did more than anyone else to shape the land now known as Richfield Heritage Preserve.  But during his lifetime he kept a low profile and left few personal records.  Here is as much of his story as we know to date and the story of how we tracked his elusive footprints through history. Presented by The Friends of Crowell-Hilaka.

    Location: Richfield

Thursday January 11, 2018
     Teen Lucky 13 Drawing  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Kids and Teen

January 2 - 13

For grades 6-12.  

2018 could be your lucky year! Tell us what you are most looking forward to this year and enter to win a prize.

Prizes will be drawn on Monday, January 15.

 
    Location: Green
   10:30 AM Family Storytime  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Family Storytime

For all ages.

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

    Location: Green
   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)

Thursdays, January 4 to February 22, 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: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

Every Thursday, 10:30 am

Watch as books come to life through stories, music and activities. For children 2 to 5 years old with an adult caregiver.

    Location: Main Library
   10:30 AM  -  11:15 AM Toddler Smarts  
    Contact: Norton Branch Library   330-825-7800   norton@akronlibrary.org
   

Toddler Smarts

Thursdays, 10:30 am

Engage your child in first experiences at your local library.

January 4-Toddler STEM

January 11-Toddler Art

January 18-Toddler Stories

January 25 –Toddler Yoga

For children age 24-36 months 

   11:30 AM  -  12:30 PM Pitter Patter Playgroup  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   eramsay@akronlibrary.org
   
Pitter Patter Playgroup
Thursdays in January, 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 Puzzle Pizzazz Time  
    Contact: Goodyear Branch   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 required. 

    Location: Goodyear
   1:00 PM Story Time  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   ellet@akronlibrary.org
   

For ages 2-6 years. Ms. Laurie will use books, flannel boards, puppets, props, and songs to engage children in stories. Your children will be active participants in Story Time. Each session will conclude with a craft and playtime. No registration necessary.

    Location: Ellet
   3:30 PM  -  4:30 PM Kids Creative Space  
    Contact: Odom Boulevard Branch Library   330-434-8726   
   

Join us each Thursday after school for a chance to get creative, play games, and hang-out with your friends.  

    Location: Odom
   3:45 PM Afterschool Crowd  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   ellet@akronlibrary.org
   

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

    Location: Ellet
   4:00 PM Tween Scene  
    Contact: Goodyear Branch   3307847522   goodyear@akronlibrary.org
   

Second Thursday of each month, 4 pm

For ages 9-13. Registration is requested for each date.

FunTech Lab – January 11

Come explore, and discover what you can do with Ozobots, Minecraft, MiPs, and Virtual Reality.

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

For school age kids and teens. Hang out with your friends and test your gaming skills!

    Location: Kenmore
   5:30 PM  -  8:00 PM Project Learn ESOL/GED  
    Contact: North Hill Branch   330.535.9423   northhill@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, please contact PRoject LEarn at 330-434-9461 to arrange for testing and orientation.

    Location: North Hill
   6:00 PM Brain Games  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

Is your New Year’s Resolution to get fit this year? Come exercise your brain!  Explore the Library’s free online training site, BrainHQ.  BrainHQ has more than two dozen brain-training exercises available.  Bring your favorite electronic device and your library card and get ready to play!  A limited number of library laptops will be available for use. No registration necessary.

    Location: Portage Lakes
   6:00 PM Movies@Main: Battle of the Sexes  
    Contact: Culture & AV   330-643-9015   
   
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The compelling true story of one of the legendary sports events of all time, women’s tennis champion Billie Jean King faces off against ex-men’s champ Bobby Riggs. Starring Emma Stone, Steve Carell, Sarah Silverman, Bill Pullman and Alan Cumming. Rated PG-13. 121 min

    Location: Main Library-Auditorium
   6:30 PM Behind the Scenes with the Akron Symphony  
    Contact: Fairlawn-Bath Branch   330-666-4888   
   

Executive Director Paul Jarrett will share the inner workings of the Akron Symphony Orchestra, with specific focus on meaningful collaborations designed to address many of the social service needs of the community. Audience input and interaction is greatly encouraged.

 

    Location: Fairlawn-Bath
   6:30 PM Story Time  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   ellet@akronlibrary.org
   

For ages 2-6 years. Ms. Laurie will use books, flannel boards, puppets, props, and songs to engage children in stories. Your children will be active participants in Story Time. Each session will conclude with a craft and playtime. No registration necessary.

    Location: Ellet

Friday January 12, 2018
     Teen Lucky 13 Drawing  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Kids and Teen

January 2 - 13

For grades 6-12.  

2018 could be your lucky year! Tell us what you are most looking forward to this year and enter to win a prize.

Prizes will be drawn on Monday, January 15.

 
    Location: Green
   1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM No School! Family Movie Day  
    Contact: Odom Branch   330-434-8726   
   

Snack and a movie.  Titles will be announced later.  Call the branch at 330-434-8726 for information or stop by.

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

January's Movie - The Graduate with Dustin Hoffman and Anne Bancroft

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    Location: Richfield

Saturday January 13, 2018
     Teen Lucky 13 Drawing  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Kids and Teen

January 2 - 13

For grades 6-12.  

2018 could be your lucky year! Tell us what you are most looking forward to this year and enter to win a prize.

Prizes will be drawn on Monday, January 15.

 
    Location: Green
   10:00 AM  -  11:00 AM Book Buddies  
    Contact: Highland Square Branch Library   330-376-2927   kmockensturm@akronlibrary.org
   

Drop-in with your child, and a teen will be here to read to him or her. Bring your child’s favorite books or let your child choose from books we provide for you. Teens and Tweens, let us know if you want to be a Book Buddies volunteer.

    Location: Highland Square
   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
   10:30 AM Winter Wonderland Painting  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Family Program

Learn to do a step-by-step silhouette painting on canvas with Miss Brandie.

For children 7 and up.

Please register in advance.

 
    Location: Green
   11:00 AM Family Story Time  
   

Kids of all ages, with their caregiver, are welcome to join us for stories, songs, crafts, snacks and more!

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

Saturday Story Time Sampler

First and Third Saturdays of the month, 11 am

Story time for preschool-primary children with an adult caregiver

Dec 2: Gingerbread Man – Run into the library as fast as you can for this gingerbread story time! Help us try to catch the pesky gingerbread man, decorate the library’s holiday cardboard house and more!

Dec 16: Holidays Around the World – Join us for fun stories and crafts from around the world

Jan 6: Penguin Party! Did you know that there are penguins that live in warm places?  Learn fun facts about penguins through penguin stories, rhymes and songs, and make your own edible penguin craft!

Jan 20: Ballet Excel presents The Magic Flute. Don’t miss this interactive program which includes dance, storytelling, and a meet-and-greet with the dancers. Bring your camera if you’d like to take pictures.

Feb 3: Instead of Story Time, join us for the Family Reading Festival, 10-3, featuring Jim Gill and Outback Ray!

Feb 17: Winter Fun. Snowy stories, activities and a craft to warm up with.

    Location: Main Library
   11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Ninja Party  
    Contact: Firestone Park Branch Library   330-724-2126   gbowen@akronlibrary.org
   

Ninja Party

Saturday, January 13, 11 am

Do you have what it takes to be a ninja? Find out by joining us for a fun morning of ninja-themed crafts, snacks, activities and fun! For ages 4 & up. Registration requested. 

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

The Second Saturday of each month, (Dec 9, Jan 13, Feb 10) 11 am

Share a book with a certified therapy dog.

    Location: Main Library
   12:00 PM PAWS for Reading  
    Contact: Firestone Park Branch Library   330-724-2126   firestoneparkbranch@akronlibrary.org
   

PAWS for Reading

Saturdays, December 16, January 13, February 10, 12 pm

Practice your reading skills by reading aloud to our doggie pal. Bring a book to read 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
   1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Saturday Family Programs  
    Contact: Odom Branch   330-434-8726   
   

For all ages but those under 8 years must be accompanied by a caregiver.

Made from your heart.  Work with our fabric and craft supplies to make keepsakes for the special people in your life, or to brighten your own world. 

    Location: Odom
   2:00 PM Snapology Creature Creator Robotics (Ages 7 to 14)  
    Contact: Northwest Akron Branch   330.836.1081   northwest@akronlibrary.org
   

Snapology Creature Creator Robotics (Ages 7 to 14)

Saturday, January 13, 2 pm

In Snapology's Creature Creator Robotics class, your animal lover will create their own animal-inspired robotic model. Students will learn about gear ratio, sensors, simple machines, and

programming as they build a dolphin. Your child is sure to have a wild time as they build, learn, and play. Space is limited, registration requested.

    Location: Northwest Akron
   2:00 PM YA Café  
    Contact: Goodyear Branch   3307847522   goodyear@akronlibrary.org
   

Second Saturday of each month, 2 pm

For ages 14-18. Registration is requested for each date. Refreshments will be served.

Microwave Mug Meals - January 13

Microwaves aren’t just for popcorn and mugs aren’t just for coffee and tea! Learn how to make quick and tasty meals in a mug.

    Location: Goodyear
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM PAWS for Reading  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   eramsay@akronlibrary.org
   
PAWS for Reading
Saturdays, January 13, February 10, 2 pm
Practice your reading skills by reading aloud to our doggie pal, Kivrin. Bring a book from home or read one of ours! Not reading yet? Our dogs’ human pal will read to you. This is a great way for children to practice their literacy skills and gain more confidence in reading aloud. Children of all ages are welcome. 
    Location: Maple Valley
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Spend an Afternoon with author Carmen Williams  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   maplevalley@akronlibrary.org
    If you want to start the new year off right you must join us for a special visit with Carmen Williams author of Fit Over It: Discovering Ways to Live and Maintain a Healthy Lifestyle. Ms. Williams will help you discover ways to live and maintain a healthy lifestyle. You’ll learn how to broaden your awareness to become successful. Ms. Williams provides strategies to help you win the battle. She’ll explain way for you to envision purpose and clarity to your life. Please call the branch to sign up.
    Location: Maple Valley
   2:00 PM  -  3:30 PM Writing Workshop  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Adult Program

Writing Workshop:  More Than Just The Facts. Making Nonfiction FUN!

Award-winning children’s author, magazine editor, and science writer Conrad J. Storad provides his unique perspective on writing and presenting nonfiction material to students ages 5 to 12. The session is a beginner’s guide for teachers, writers, and those who work with young writers and readers, both the enthusiastic and reluctant variety. The session offers tips for writers of all ages.

It is NOT a session on how to get a book published.  

Attendees are requested to bring their own paper and writing utensils.  

 
    Location: Green

Sunday January 14, 2018
   2:00 PM  -  2:30 PM Sunday Story Time Sampler  
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

Every Sunday (except Dec 24), 2 pm

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

    Location: Main Library

Monday January 15, 2018
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Play A While  
    Contact: Norton Branch Library   330 825-7800   norton@akronlibrary.org
   

Play A While for families with children ages five or younger

An open play session where we provide the toys and you watch your children play and make new friends.

    Location: Norton

Tuesday January 16, 2018
   10:05 AM Babytime  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   ellet@akronlibrary.org
   

For ages 6-24 months and their caregiver. Stories, songs, bounces, rhymes and activities geared for babies followed by group playtime. No registration necessary.

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

Baby Time

For babies 6-24 months and a caregiver.

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

 
    Location: Green
   10:30 AM Art Explorers  
    Contact: Northwest Akron Branch   330.836.1081   northwest@akronlibrary.org
   

Art Explorers

(Ages 12 months to 4 years with a caregiver)

Tuesdays, December 19, January 16, February 13, 10:30 am

Get messy and experiment with a variety of materials in this artsy storytime!

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

    Location: Northwest Akron
   10:30 AM Story Time  
    Contact: Mogadore Branch Library   330-628-9228   mogadore@akronlibrary.org
   

Tuesday, January 16, 10:30 am

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

Ages 3 and up

*There will be no program on February 27, 2018

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

Preschool Story Time ages 3-6

Tuesdays, January 16- March 6, 10:30-11:30 am

Preschoolers bring your favorite caregiver and join us for stories, rhymes, songs and more.  No registration required.

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

Have story fun with Ms. Elaine! Includes stories, songs, finger-plays, art and lots of fun each week! All ages are welcome. No registration necessary.

    Location: Portage Lakes
   11:00 AM Preschool Story Hour  
    Contact: Kenmore Branch Library   330-745-6126   kenmore@akronlibrary.org
   

Preschool kids age 2-5 years will enjoy stories, rhymes, music, crafts and a variety of other activities. Caregivers must remain throughout the program.

    Location: Kenmore
   11:00 AM Toddler Time  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   ellet@akronlibrary.org
   

For ages 2-3 years and their caregiver. Toddler appropriate books, songs, rhymes and activities. Wiggly toddlers are welcome. Toddler Time is followed by a simple craft and group playtime. No registration necessary.

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

Toddler Time

For ages 2-3 with a caregiver.

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

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

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

    Location: North Hill
   1:30 PM Rabid Readers Book Discussion  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   ellet@akronlibrary.org
   

Books are available in advance at the circulation desk.

Jan 16- FLIGHT OF THE SPARROW by Amy Belding Brown

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    Location: Ellet
   2:30 PM  -  4:00 PM Teen Lounge  
    Contact: Mogadore Branch Library   330-628-9228   mogadore@akronlibrary.org
   

Tuesday, January 16, 2:30-4 pm

Stop in to spend time with your friends, enjoy snacks,
try new activities, and play video games, in a place that just for teens.

Grades 6-12

    Location: Mogadore
   3:30 PM Marshmallow Sculpture Challenge  
    Contact: Northwest Akron Branch   330.836.1081   northwest@akronlibrary.org
   

Tuesday, January 16 at 3:30 pm

Marshmallow Sculpture Challenge

Compete with other teams to build the best sculpture using marshmallows and toothpicks! 

    Location: Northwest Akron
   3:30 PM Movie Matinee  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330-864-5721   maplevalley@akronlibrary.org
   

SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING(PG-13)(133 MIN) 

    Location: Maple Valley
   3:30 PM  -  4:30 PM Youth Video Gaming  
    Contact: Odom Boulevard Branch Library   330-434-8726   
   

Cheer on your friends and enjoy time spent with others while taking turns playing video games with other students.  Games played are rated T or below.  

    Location: Odom
   3:45 PM Afterschool Crowd  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   ellet@akronlibrary.org
   

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

    Location: Ellet
   4:00 PM Family Movies  
    Contact: Kenmore Branch Library   330-745-6126   kenmore@akronlibrary.org
   

Relax with a movie, popcorn, and drinks! Bring the whole family and enjoy a night out.

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

NatureConnect for Teens and Tweens

Join us as we explore and experience nature in a variety of interesting and engaging ways.

    Location: Norton
   4:30 PM  -  6:00 PM Teen/Tween Advisory Board  
    Contact: Goodyear Branch   3307847522   goodyear@akronlibrary.org
   

Third Tuesday of each month, 4:30-6 pm

Join our new advisory board just for teens and tweens, ages 9-18. First, teens and tweens will meet together, then we’ll split into groups and brainstorm ideas. Come make your voice heard! Refreshments will be served.

    Location: Goodyear
   4:30 PM  -  6:30 PM STEAM Scene  
    Contact: Kathleen Mockensturm   330-376-2927   kmockensturm@akronlibrary.org
   

For children ages 4-10

Children will playfully explore, with the support of teen volunteers, materials that inspire science, technology, engineering, art, and/or mathematics. Teens, let us know if you want to be a STEAM Scene volunteer.

    Location: Highland Square
   5:30 PM  -  8:00 PM Project Learn ESOL/GED  
    Contact: North Hill Branch   330.535.9423   northhill@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, please contact PRoject LEarn at 330-434-9461 to arrange for testing and orientation.

    Location: North Hill
   6:00 PM Andrew Johnson & Reconstruction, 1865-1869  
    Contact: Tallmadge   330.633.4345   
   

Programs for Adults
Andrew Johnson & Reconstruction, 1865-1869

Mike Kovacevich tells the story of the turbulent presidency of Andrew Johnson. After he dismissed his Scretary of War, Edwin M. Stanton, he was impeached in 1868 and tried by the Senate.

    Location: Tallmadge

Tuesday January 16, 2018 -  Thursday February 8, 2018
   6:00 PM Scarf-Tying Class  
    Contact: Goodyear Branch   330-784-7522   goodyear@akronlibrary.org
   

Join the ladies from Best Bib and Tucker for a fun night out at the library. With over 20 different ways to tie a scarf on the agenda, you're sure to learn something new. From oversized blanket scarves and infinity loops to simple rectangles and silk squares, we'll have a tie for each! Bring a scarf or two to practice with (we'll have a few available too). Class size is limited to 45 adult/teen (16 & over) participants.

Registration begins on Tuesday, December 19.

    Location: Goodyear

Tuesday January 16, 2018
   6:30 PM Investment Perspectives  
    Contact: Mogadore Branch Library   330-628-9228   mogadore@akronlibrary.org
   

Tuesday, January 16, 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
   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 January, we will discuss THE HANDMAID'S TALE by Margaret Atwood.

    Location: Green
   7:00 PM  -  8:30 PM Books You May Have Missed 2017  
    Contact: Patrick Manning   330.467.8595   nordoniahills@akronlibrary.org
   

The Friends of Nordonia Hills Branch Library - Annual Meeting & Book Talk

Patrons are encouraged to attend the Friends of the Library annual meeting, an open get-together to celebrate the previous year’s highlights, plus a look ahead to 2018. 

Following the 15-minute general meeting, librarian Patrick Manning presents a book talk, “Books You Might Have Missed – 2018.” Pick up over sixty great reading ideas, both fiction and nonfiction. A list of titles is provided to mark your notables.

All are welcome - no registration necessary.

Coffee and tea served, plus some goodies.

    Location: Nordonia Hills

Wednesday January 17, 2018
   10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Plat Date  
    Contact: Richfield Branch Library   330-659-4343   dnagy@akronlibrary.org
   

Play Date

Wednesdays, January 17, February 21, 10 am-12 pm

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

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

Every Wednesday, 10:30 am

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   330.836.1081   northwest@akronlibrary.org
   

Mini Movers

(Ages 5 and under with a caregiver)

Wednesdays, December 20, January 17, February 21, 10:30 am

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

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

    Location: Northwest Akron
   10:30 AM Story Time  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   ellet@akronlibrary.org
   

For ages 2-6 years. Ms. Laurie will use books, flannel boards, puppets, props, and songs to engage children in stories. Your children will be active participants in Story Time. Each session will conclude with a craft and playtime. No registration necessary.

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

Join us for a morning of coloring, relaxation, conversation and snacks.  Coloring sheets, markers, colored pencils, music and snacks are provided. Feel free to bring your own supplies or use ours.

    Location: Norton
   11:00 AM  -  11:00 PM Story Time  
    Contact: Firestone Park Branch Library   330-724-2126   gbowen@akronlibrary.org
   

Story Time

Wednesdays, January 10 – February 28, 11 am

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

Best for ages 2 to 6,  with all ages welcome. No registration required.

    Location: Firestone Park
   1:00 PM Mystery Book Discussion Group  
    Contact: Northwest Akron Branch Library   330.836.1081   northwest@akronlibrary.org
   

Mystery Book Discussion Group

3rd Wednesday, 1 pm

December 20 MISTLETOE MURDER AND OTHER STORIES by P.D. James

January 17 THE BLACK WIDOW by Daniel Silva

February 21 FIND HER by Lisa Gardner

    Location: Northwest Akron
   1:00 PM Pre-K 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, and more! 

Registration begins Monday, December 18

    Location: Fairlawn-Bath
   2:00 PM Past Times Book Club  
    Contact: Mogadore Branch Library   330-628-9228   mogadore@akronlibrary.org
   

Wednesday, January 17, 2 pm

HOUSE OF NAMES by Colm Toibin

    Location: Mogadore
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Color Your World  
    Contact: Odom Branch   330-434-8726   
   

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

    Location: Odom
   3:00 PM After School Fun Club  
    Contact: Firestone Park Branch Library   330-724-2126   firestoneparkbranch@akronlibrary.org
   

After School Fun Club

Wednesdays, 3 pm

Grades K-5

January 17            Snap Circuits

January 24            Bingo

January 31            Legos

February 7             Apptastic Afternoon

February 14          Zentangle

February 21          Board Games

February 28          Snap Circuits

    Location: Firestone Park
   3:00 PM  -  5:00 PM After School Homework Help  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   eramsay@akronlibrary.org
   
After School Homework Help
Mondays & Wednesdays 3-5 pm
Free homework help for students in grades K-6.
You’ll find everything you need to get your homework done here!
Stuck on a math question? We have someone to help you.
Can’t find a ruler? We have school supplies.
Need to type a paper? We have computers.
Drop in anytime you need help.
No registration required.
    Location: Maple Valley
   3:30 PM  -  5:00 PM Wednesday Movie Madness  
    Contact: Odom Boulevard Branch Library   330-434-8726   
   

Join us each Wednesday after school for a different family friendly movie.  Stop in to the branch or call 330-434-8726 to see which movie we will be playing that week.

    Location: Odom
   3:45 PM Afterschool Crowd  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   ellet@akronlibrary.org
   

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

    Location: Ellet
   4:00 PM Teen Career Snapshots  
    Contact: Northwest Akron Branch   330.836.1081   northwest@akronlibrary.org
   

Teen Career Snapshots

Wednesdays, 4 pm

January 10:  Akron Fire Department

January 17:  NASA

February 7:  Summit County Metroparks

February 21:  Akron Police Department Forensics

Think you know what people do at their jobs based on their job title?  Maybe, maybe not!  Learn more about careers through visits by different professionals throughout winter session.

    Location: Northwest Akron
   4:00 PM  -  5:00 PM Paws for Reading  
    Contact: Norton Branch Library   330-825-7800   norton@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
   4:15 PM  -  5:00 PM Crazy 8's Math Club  
    Contact: Norton Branch Library   330-825-7800   norton@akronlibrary.org
   

Bedtime Math’s Crazy 8s Club Session 2

Wednesdays, January 10-February 7; February 21-March 7, 4:15-5 pm

Build stuff, run and jump, make music, make a mess…it’s a totally new kind of math club.

Open to children grades K-2

Registration for the eight-week session is requested due to limited 

supplies on hand for this program series.

 

   6:00 PM College Planning Workshop  
    Contact: Tallmadge   330.633.4345   
   

Program for Adults
College Planning Workshop

Parents, learn how to choose schools offering the best financial aid, why an expensive private college can actually cost less out of pocket than a state college, and how families can save for college without being penalized on their financial aid.

    Location: Tallmadge
   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 January, we will discuss A PIECE OF THE WORLD by Christina Kline.

    Location: Green
   6:00 PM Evening Story Time  
    Contact: Fairlawn-Bath Branch   330-666-4888   
   

Children age 0-5 with an adult caregiver are welcome to join Miss Pam for stories, songs, rhymes, and more! 

Registration begins Monday, December 18

    Location: Fairlawn-Bath
   6:00 PM  -  7:00 PM Game Night Wednesdays  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   maplevalley@akronlibrary.org
   

If you’re looking for something to do on a Wednesday night, come to the library. Bring a friend or two or three and play board games that we know and love. All games are provided by the library. You are welcome to bring your own too! Please call the branch to sign up.

    Location: Maple Valley
   6:00 PM  -  7:00 PM Kitchen Scientist  
    Contact: Goodyear Branch   330-784-7522   goodyear@akronlibrary.org
   

 

Concoct some simple, fun experiments with everyday materials. Learn to think like a scientist with lots of hands-on, interactive, science fun with ideas to take home. Registration appreciated

    Location: Goodyear
   6:00 PM  -  7:30 PM Family Night  
    Contact: Odom Boulevard Branch Library   330-434-8726   
   

Wednesday is Family Night at the library!  These programs are intended for families.  All ages are welcom, however a caregiver must be present with those below age 8. 

Bricks4kidz:  Legos and duplo blocks for all ages set up in stations around the room to invite exploration and building.  Something for all ages.

    Location: Odom
   6:30 PM Medicare Basics  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Adult Program

Medicare Basics - Are You Receiving All the Benefits You are Entitled To?

Presented by Donald Ebner from Sherpa Insurance.  Do you understand your Medicare choices?  Are you beginning the journey of those new to Medicare?  When are Enrollment Periods?  Tips on managing your Medicare will be discussed.  Everyone is unique--and so are Your Medicare plans.  Keeping costs down on prescriptions will also be discussed.

 
    Location: Green

Thursday January 18, 2018
   10:15 AM  -  11:30 AM Stories and Play  
    Contact: Goodyear Branch   330-784-7522   goodyear@akronlibrary.org
   

 

Thursdays, December 7-21, January 18 – February 22, 10:15 am

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

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

Family Storytime

For all ages.

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

    Location: Green
   10:30 AM Getting Started with Family History  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   ellet@akronlibrary.org
   

A staff member from our spectacular Special Collections division will give an introduction to genealogy for new family historians. This class includes an overview of genealogical sources available at the library, suggestions for getting started and tips for organizing your research.

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

Thursday, January 18, 10:30 am

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

Ages birth – 3 ½

*There will be no program on March 1, 2018

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

Every Thursday, 10:30 am

Watch as books come to life through stories, music and activities. For children 2 to 5 years old with an adult caregiver.

    Location: Main Library
   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)

Thursdays, January 4 to February 22, 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  -  11:15 AM Toddler Smarts  
    Contact: Norton Branch Library   330-825-7800   norton@akronlibrary.org
   

Toddler Smarts

Thursdays, 10:30 am

Engage your child in first experiences at your local library.

January 4-Toddler STEM

January 11-Toddler Art

January 18-Toddler Stories

January 25 –Toddler Yoga

For children age 24-36 months 

   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Little Folks Story Hour  
    Contact: Richfield Branch Library   330-659-4343   dnagy@akronlibrary.org
   

Little Folks Story Time ages 6-35 months

Thursdays, January 18- March 8, 10:30-11:30 am

Little folks, bring your favorite caregiver and join us for stories, rhymes, songs and more.  No registration required.

    Location: Richfield
   11:30 AM  -  12:30 PM Pitter Patter Playgroup  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   eramsay@akronlibrary.org
   
Pitter Patter Playgroup
Thursdays in January, 11:30 am
Ages 5 and under.
Bring your little ones to enjoy our puzzles, games, and toys!
Both children and caregivers can join in the fun!
No registration required… just come and play! 
    Location: Maple Valley
   1:00 PM Adult Play Day: Coloring and Coffee  
    Contact: Fairlawn-Bath Branch   330-666-4888   
   

Experience the latest trend in relaxation, adult coloring books! Coloring pages designated especially for adults, colored pencils, and refreshments will be provided. This program is sponsored by the Friends of Fairlawn-Bath Library.

    Location: Fairlawn-Bath
   1:00 PM Story Time  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   ellet@akronlibrary.org
   

For ages 2-6 years. Ms. Laurie will use books, flannel boards, puppets, props, and songs to engage children in stories. Your children will be active participants in Story Time. Each session will conclude with a craft and playtime. No registration necessary.

    Location: Ellet
   3:30 PM Lego Club  
    Contact: Mogadore Branch Library   330-628-9228   mogadore@akronlibrary.org
   

Thursday, January 18, 3:30 pm

Join us for an afternoon of imaginative Lego creation.  All supplies provided.

Grades K-5

    Location: Mogadore
   3:30 PM Young Writer’s Workshop  
    Contact: Firestone Park Branch Library   330-724-2126   firestoneparkbranch@akronlibrary.org
   

Young Writer’s Workshop

Thursdays, January 18, February 22, 3:30 pm

Grades 4-8. Our certified teacher librarian will give simple writing strategies for young writers, and provide prompts for responses.

    Location: Firestone Park
   3:30 PM  -  4:30 PM Kids Creative Space  
    Contact: Odom Boulevard Branch Library   330-434-8726   
   

Join us each Thursday after school for a chance to get creative, play games, and hang-out with your friends.  

    Location: Odom
   3:45 PM Afterschool Crowd  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   ellet@akronlibrary.org
   

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

    Location: Ellet
   4:00 PM PAWS for Reading  
    Contact: Northwest Akron Branch   330.836.1081   northwest@akronlibrary.org
   

PAWS for Reading

(All grades)

Thursdays, December 7, 21, January 4, 18, February 1, 15, 4 pm

3rd Saturdays, December 16, January 20, February 17, 2 pm

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

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

For school age kids and teens. Hang out with your friends and test your gaming skills!

    Location: Kenmore
   4:30 PM  -  6:00 PM Teen Time NEW DAY AND TIME!  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

Take a break from your busy schedule and spend some time chilling, crafting, and chatting about your favorite foods, books, movies and more. Snacks will be served at this program.  Patrons with food allergy questions should contact the branch.

January 30: Wii Gaming Day:   Work off your winter blues as we play Wii.  Play the library’s games or bring your own games to play. All Wii games must be T rated or lower.

Grades 5 and up

    Location: Portage Lakes
   5:30 PM  -  8:00 PM Project Learn ESOL/GED  
    Contact: North Hill Branch   330.535.9423   northhill@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, please contact PRoject LEarn at 330-434-9461 to arrange for testing and orientation.

    Location: North Hill
   6:00 PM Movies@Main: Victoria & Abdul  
    Contact: Culture & AV   330-643-9015   
   
Kung Fu Panda 3 movie poster
 

A portrayal of the fascinating relationship between Queen Victoria and her Indian Muslim servant Abdul Karim. Starring Judi Dench, Ali Fazal, Eddie Izzard and Michael Gambon. Rated PG-13. 112 min

    Location: Main Library-Auditorium
   6:30 PM 529 College Plans  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Adult Program

Presented by Bob Ruggeri from Primerica.  

Please register in advance for this program.

 
    Location: Green
   6:30 PM Story Time  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   ellet@akronlibrary.org
   

For ages 2-6 years. Ms. Laurie will use books, flannel boards, puppets, props, and songs to engage children in stories. Your children will be active participants in Story Time. Each session will conclude with a craft and playtime. No registration necessary.

    Location: Ellet

Friday January 19, 2018
   1:00 PM Family Magic Show  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   ellet@akronlibrary.org
   

Enjoy a day off of school with magnificent magic, hilarious audience participation and mentalism by The Alans Magic.

    Location: Ellet
   1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM No School! Family Movie Day  
    Contact: Odom Branch   330-434-8726   
   

Snack and a movie.  Titles will be announced later.  Call the branch at 330-434-8726 for information or stop by.

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

Minecraft Club (Grades 3 and Up)

Fridays, December 15, January 19, 3:30 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. 

    Location: Northwest Akron

Saturday January 20, 2018
   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
   

Ohio Tote Bag

Using material provided, cut out the shape of Ohio and customize your own small tote bag to show off your Ohio pride.  Class size is limited.  Please register in advance.  Ages 16 and up preferred.

    Location: Portage Lakes
   10:30 AM Sensory Storytime  
    Contact: Northwest Akron Branch   330.836.1081   northwest@akronlibrary.org
   

Sensory Storytime

3rd Saturdays, December 16, January 20, February 17, 10:30 am & 11:30 am

Join us for this adapted storytime where children with varying learning styles and abilities learn together in a supportive environment with respect and appreciation for differences.

    Location: Northwest Akron
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Paws For Reading  
    Contact: Richfield Branch Library   330-659-4343   dnagy@akronlibrary.org
   

Paws for Reading

1st and 3rd Saturday of each month, 10:30-11:30 am

Children can practice their literacy skills by reading aloud to our doggie pals Kodak, Rudy, and Yuki. This is a great way for your child to build reading fluency and read-aloud confidence.

Children not yet reading are also welcome to come; stories will be read to the children by our doggie pals’ humans.

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

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

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

    Location: Fairlawn-Bath
   11:00 AM Saturday Story Time Sampler  
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

Saturday Story Time Sampler

First and Third Saturdays of the month, 11 am

Story time for preschool-primary children with an adult caregiver

Dec 2: Gingerbread Man – Run into the library as fast as you can for this gingerbread story time! Help us try to catch the pesky gingerbread man, decorate the library’s holiday cardboard house and more!

Dec 16: Holidays Around the World – Join us for fun stories and crafts from around the world

Jan 6: Penguin Party! Did you know that there are penguins that live in warm places?  Learn fun facts about penguins through penguin stories, rhymes and songs, and make your own edible penguin craft!

Jan 20: Ballet Excel presents The Magic Flute. Don’t miss this interactive program which includes dance, storytelling, and a meet-and-greet with the dancers. Bring your camera if you’d like to take pictures.

Feb 3: Instead of Story Time, join us for the Family Reading Festival, 10-3, featuring Jim Gill and Outback Ray!

Feb 17: Winter Fun. Snowy stories, activities and a craft to warm up with.

    Location: Main Library
   11:00 AM  -  1:00 PM Reentry in Motion: Prison Industrial Complex  
    Contact: Business & Government Division   330-643-9020   srichard@akronlibrary.org
   

A film which examines the Prison Industrial Complex using interviews by civil rights crusader Angela Davis, and other prison reformers, is presented. The documentary also highlights the work of Susan Burton, former incarcerated mother who established A New Way of Life, which is a group of transitional homes for women coming home from incarceration. Scholars of an idea called the Prison Abolition Movement, will discuss the movement and analyze the racial and gender violence in prison. Reentry material and handouts provided. Room 1. 

    Location: Main Library
   11:00 AM  -  2:00 PM Snowflake Festival  
    Contact: Richfield Branch Library   330-659-4343   dnagy@akronlibrary.org
   

Snowflake Festival Kicking off 5 years of StoryWalk®

Saturday, January 20, 11 am- 2pm- TRACKS IN THE SNOW- Wong Herbert Yee

Come and join the fun as we celebrate snow. Enjoy an ice carving demonstration, snacks, crafts, and more.  We will kick the year off with Jen’s pick. Please dress for the weather as many actives will be held outside. 

    Location: Richfield
   11:30 AM Sensory Storytime  
    Contact: Northwest Akron Branch   330.836.1081   northwest@akronlibrary.org
   

Sensory Storytime

3rd Saturdays, December 16, January 20, February 17, 10:30 am & 11:30 am

Join us for this adapted storytime where children with varying learning styles and abilities learn together in a supportive environment with respect and appreciation for differences.

    Location: Northwest Akron
   1:00 PM Henna Tattoos  
    Contact: Kenmore Branch Library   330-745-6126   kenmore@akronlibrary.org
   

Learn about the art of henna tattooing from Luna Hart and receive a tattoo of your choice! Space is limited, so please call 330-745-6126 or email kenmore@akronlibrary.org to register.

    Location: Kenmore
   1:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Mystery Experience  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

We’ve received a mysterious package in the mail with a compelling mystery inside.  Using objects, clues, puzzles and the power of observation we must make sense of what is in front of us.  Working in teams, put your deduction skills to the test.  Part story, part game, all interactive-join us for an afternoon of fun! Bring a snack to share if you wish.  Recommended for ages 16 and up.

    Location: Portage Lakes
   2:00 PM Anime Afternoon  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   ellet@akronlibrary.org
   

Grades 6-12. Anime, crafts, and snacks

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

PAWS for Reading

(All grades)

Thursdays, December 7, 21, January 4, 18, February 1, 15, 4 pm

3rd Saturdays, December 16, January 20, February 17, 2 pm

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

    Location: Northwest Akron
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM LEGO Saturdays  
    Contact: Norton Branch Library   330-825-7800   norton@akronlibrary.org
   

LEGO Saturdays

Saturdays 2-3 pm

December 16- Create a LEGO inspired Christmas tree ornament with our PERLER Beading kit.

January 20- Play creative games using LEGO brick pieces.

LEGO bricks and other supplies to be provided

   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Let's Talk About It Book Discussion  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   maplevalley@akronlibrary.org
   

High Performance Habits: How Extraordinary People Become that Way by Brendon Burchard

We welcome you to a lively and engaging book discussion. The featured book will be High Performance Habits by Brendon Burchard. After extensive original research and a decade as the world’s highest-paid performance coach, Brendon Burchard finally reveals the most effective habits for reaching long-term success. Based on one of the largest surveys ever conducted on high performers, it turns out that just six habits move the needle the most in helping you succeed. Adopt these six habits, and you win. Neglect them, and life is a never-ending struggle. (Amazon) Please call the branch to sign up.

    Location: Maple Valley

Sunday January 21, 2018
   2:00 PM  -  2:30 PM Sunday Story Time Sampler  
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

Every Sunday (except Dec 24), 2 pm

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

    Location: Main Library

Monday January 22, 2018
     On Your Own  
    Contact: Goodyear Branch   330-784-7522   goodyear@akronlibrary.org
   

 

Participate in 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.

Growing Crystal Snowflakes

Explore the science crystals with this experiment on the NatureConnect table.

    Location: Goodyear
   10:05 AM Baby and Me Time  
    Contact: Tallmadge   330.633.4345   
   

Early Childhood Program
Baby and Me Time

For babies and toddlers birth - 24 months with a caregiver.
20 minutes of rhymes, songs, and stories, followed by group playtime.

No registration necessary.

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

Children ages 6-24 months with an adult caregiver are welcome to join Miss Jessica for stories, rhymes, music, instruments and playtime.  January 8th meeting will be an open playtime.  

Registration begins Monday, December 18

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

North Hill Needle Crafters

If you love to knit, crochet, and help others, this is the group for you. Are you new to crafting? We will be glad to get you started. If you have yarn or supplies to donate, we will make good use of them!

    Location: North Hill
   10:30 AM Early Bird Movie Matinee  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   ellet@akronlibrary.org
   

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

    Location: Ellet
   11:00 AM Preschool Story Time  
    Contact: Tallmadge   330.633.4345   
   

Early Childhood Program
Preschool Story Time

For 2 - 5 year olds with a caregiver.
Join us for books, flannel board stories, rhymes and music followed by group playtime.

No registration necessary.

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

For children ages 2-3 ½ years old with their favorite adult. We will enjoy stories, fingerplays, action rhymes, music, and a simple craft with Miss Jessica.  January 8th meeting will be an open playtime.

Registration begins Monday, December 18

    Location: Fairlawn-Bath
   2:00 PM  -  3:30 PM Computer Lab  
    Contact: Highland Square   330-376-2927   kgerlach@akronlibrary.org
   

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

    Location: Highland Square
   3:00 PM  -  5:00 PM After School Homework Help  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   eramsay@akronlibrary.org
   
After School Homework Help
Mondays & Wednesdays 3-5 pm
Free homework help for students in grades K-6.
You’ll find everything you need to get your homework done here!
Stuck on a math question? We have someone to help you.
Can’t find a ruler? We have school supplies.
Need to type a paper? We have computers.
Drop in anytime you need help.
No registration required.
    Location: Maple Valley
   3:30 PM Chess Club  
    Contact: Kenmore Branch Library   330-745-6126   kenmore@akronlibrary.org
   

For grades 5-12. Test your skill at chess and checkers! sets for both are provided or you can bring your own.

    Location: Kenmore
   4:00 PM  -  5:00 PM Lego Club  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   ellet@akronlibrary.org
   

Builders ages 5-12 can join us on the 2nd and 4th Monday. We will provide the bricks and a challenge. Completed works will be displayed in our showcase until the next meeting.

    Location: Ellet
   5:00 PM Teen Advisory Board Meetings  
    Contact: Fairlawn-Bath Branch   330-666-4888   
   

Whether you want to work on cool projects or just need volunteer hours for school, the Teen Advisory Board is the place to be.  Help plan Fairlawn-Bath Teen programs and decorate the Teen Area. It looks great on a resume too.

 

    Location: Fairlawn-Bath
   6:00 PM Family Game Nights  
    Contact: Kenmore Branch Library   330-745-6126   kenmore@akronlibrary.org
   

There's something for everyone at Family Game Night! We have board games, card games and toys for the tots! Feel free to bring in any of your family's favorites. 

    Location: Kenmore
   6:00 PM Free Women’s Self-Defense Class  
    Contact: Goodyear Branch   330-784-7522   goodyear@akronlibrary.org
   

Learn simple techniques that could save your life! This two-hour class is designed to offer women both verbal and physical techniques including: screaming; wrist breakaway; freeing oneself from a chokehold; escaping if pinned to the ground; and kick and slaps. Sponsored by John Galonski, Chief Assistant Prosecutor, and Sherri Bevan Walsh, Summit County Prosecutor. Class size is limited to 40 adult participants.

Registration begins on Tuesday, December 26.

    Location: Goodyear
   6:00 PM Needle Crafting @ The Library  
    Contact: Firestone Park Branch Library   330-724-2126   firestoneparkbranch@akronlibrary.org
   

Needle Crafting @ The Library

Second and fourth Monday evenings of the month, December 11, January 8, 22, February 12, 26, 6 pm

Enjoy discussion and share current knitting and crochet projects.

    Location: Firestone Park
   6:00 PM  -  7:00 PM Henna  
    Contact: Odom Branch   330-434-8726   
   

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

    Location: Odom
   6:00 PM  -  7:00 PM Man Hunt: The John Wilkes Booth Trail  
    Contact: Norton Branch Library   330-825-7800   norton@akronlibrary.org
   

Paul Goebbel portrays a newspaper reporter for the New York Herald reporting in first person about the twelve-day chase for Booth. 

    Location: Norton
   6:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Family Movie Monday  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   eramsay@akronlibrary.org
   
Family Movie Monday
Every third Monday of the month, 6 pm
Join us for a family friendly movie, snacks, and drinks!
 
January 22: Despicable Me 3 (PG) (96 min)
    Location: Maple Valley
   6:30 PM Babytime  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   ellet@akronlibrary.org
   

For ages 6-24 months and their caregiver. Stories, songs, bounces, rhymes and activities geared for babies followed by group playtime. No registration necessary.

    Location: Ellet
   6:30 PM Friends of the Portage Lakes Branch Library Present: Pitcairn Island  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

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

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

Family Program

Calling all Pokemon enthusiasts ages 6 and up!

Join fellow Pokemon fanatics to talk, battle, trade (with parent’s permission), or to show off your collection.

This is a child led program.

 

 

    Location: Green
   6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Gentle Yoga With Nia  
    Contact: North Hill Branch Library   330.535.9423   northhill@akronlibrary.org
   

Gentle Yoga with Nia

Help maintain a healthy lifestyle through the holiday and to start your year off right with these free yoga classes. Be lled in warm-up stretches and breathing exercises, move through yoga poses with the help of a chair, end sessions with nature sounds and music. Please bring a yoga mat or a beach towel and a water bottle. New members are always welcome!

    Location: North Hill

Tuesday January 23, 2018
   6:00 AM Mindfulness  
    Contact: Northwest Akron Branch   330.836.1081   northwest@akronlibrary.org
   

Tuesday, January 23, 6 pm

Mindfulness
Join Nancy Holland, E-RYT (Director, Blue Hen Yoga and Free Akron Yoga), for a comprehensive Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation. Participants can expect to learn the background and benefits of meditation and mindful living, basic meditation technique, and tips, tools and resources to support a mindfulness meditation practice. This will be a seated lecture and practice, best suited for older teens and adults.  No special equipment is necessary. 

    Location: Northwest Akron
   10:05 AM Babytime  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   ellet@akronlibrary.org
   

For ages 6-24 months and their caregiver. Stories, songs, bounces, rhymes and activities geared for babies followed by group playtime. No registration necessary.

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

Baby Time

For babies 6-24 months and a caregiver.

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

 
    Location: Green
   10:30 AM Story Time  
    Contact: Mogadore Branch Library   330-628-9228   mogadore@akronlibrary.org
   

Tuesday, January 23, 10:30 am

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

Ages 3 and up

*There will be no program on February 27, 2018

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

Preschool Story Time ages 3-6

Tuesdays, January 16- March 6, 10:30-11:30 am

Preschoolers bring your favorite caregiver and join us for stories, rhymes, songs and more.  No registration required.

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

Have story fun with Ms. Elaine! Includes stories, songs, finger-plays, art and lots of fun each week! All ages are welcome. No registration necessary.

    Location: Portage Lakes
   11:00 AM Preschool Story Hour  
    Contact: Kenmore Branch Library   330-745-6126   kenmore@akronlibrary.org
   

Preschool kids age 2-5 years will enjoy stories, rhymes, music, crafts and a variety of other activities. Caregivers must remain throughout the program.

    Location: Kenmore
   11:00 AM Toddler Time  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   ellet@akronlibrary.org
   

For ages 2-3 years and their caregiver. Toddler appropriate books, songs, rhymes and activities. Wiggly toddlers are welcome. Toddler Time is followed by a simple craft and group playtime. No registration necessary.

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

Toddler Time

For ages 2-3 with a caregiver.

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

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

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

    Location: North Hill
   2:00 PM Busy Persons Book Club  
    Contact: Firestone Park Branch Library   330-724-2126   firestoneparkbranch@akronlibrary.org
   

Busy Persons Book Club

Tuesdays, 2 pm

This book club will meet every 6 weeks at A Walk in the Park Café (no food or beverage purchase necessary) located across the street from the Firestone Park Branch Library. Stop in the library to pick up our next book.

December 5 DASHING THROUGH THE SNOW by Debbie Macomber

January 23 THE COUPLE NEXT DOOR: A NOVEL by Shari Lapena

    Location: Firestone Park
   2:00 PM  -  3:30 PM Computer Lab  
    Contact: Highland Square   330-376-2927   kgerlach@akronlibrary.org
   

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

    Location: Highland Square
   3:30 PM  -  5:00 PM Teen Cupcake Wars  
    Contact: Odom Branch   330-434-8726   
   

Compete against your friends to decorate creative cupcakes based on the mystery theme.  We'll provide the supplies and the creation is left up to you!  Please register in advance by calling 330-434-8726 or by stopping at the branch.  

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

Tuesday, January 23, 3:30-5 pm

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

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

    Location: Ellet
   4:00 PM Dripped and Dipped Pretzel Creations  
    Contact: Kenmore Branch Library   330-745-6126   kenmore@akronlibrary.org
   

Join us for an hour of yummy creative fun! We will be candy coating pretzel rods in all sorts and shades of chocolate. Yes, I said chocolate!

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

Tween Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics

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

From robotics to science experiments, we'll spark your curiosity and show you learning is FUN!

    Location: Norton
   4:00 PM  -  5:00 PM After School Adventures  
    Contact: Firestone Park Branch Library   330-724-2126   gbowen@akronlibrary.org
   

Art Lab for kids in grades K-5

Create works of art based on the Akron Art Museum's current exhibits. Sign ups are requested.

 

    Location: Firestone Park
   4:15 PM  -  5:00 PM NatureConnect  
    Contact: Norton Branch Library   330-825-7800   norton@akronlibrary.org
   

NatureConnect 

for Children Grades K-2

Tuesdays, 4:15 pm – 5 pm

Jan. 23 - Fine Feathered Friends - Help us provide food and shelter for birds visiting the library garden 

Feb. 27 - Ice, Ice, Baby - Have fun with cold experiments like Fish for Ice and Blubber Science. 

   5:30 PM  -  8:00 PM Project Learn ESOL/GED  
    Contact: North Hill Branch   330.535.9423   northhill@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, please contact PRoject LEarn at 330-434-9461 to arrange for testing and orientation.

    Location: North Hill
   6:00 PM Vinyl on Trial  
    Contact: Tallmadge   330.633.4345   
   

Teen / Adult Program
Vinyl on Trial

Today's digital world has all of us searching for more. This could be the club for you. Take the time to enjoy full-length albums front to back, and share your thoughts with other vinyl addicts from the area. Bring an open mind and new suggestions for our next meeting. Join us every second and fourth Tuesday of the month.

Please register for this program by calling us at 330-633-4345

    Location: Tallmadge
   6:00 PM  -  7:30 PM Teen Advisory Board Meeting  
    Contact: Teen Department   330.643.9067   ysodiv@akronlibrary.org
   

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

    Location: Main Library
   6:30 PM What’s Cookin’ – Appetizers Even Guys Will Love  
    Contact: Goodyear Branch   330-784-7522   goodyear@akronlibrary.org
   

Join Tonya to sample and learn some great appetizer recipes that appeal to guys and gals alike. Class size is limited to 25 adult/teen (16 & over) participants.

Registration begins on Tuesday, December 26.

    Location: Goodyear

Wednesday January 24, 2018
   10:30 AM Baby Time  
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

Every Wednesday, 10:30 am

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 Story Time  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   ellet@akronlibrary.org
   

For ages 2-6 years. Ms. Laurie will use books, flannel boards, puppets, props, and songs to engage children in stories. Your children will be active participants in Story Time. Each session will conclude with a craft and playtime. No registration necessary.

    Location: Ellet
   11:00 AM  -  11:00 PM Story Time  
    Contact: Firestone Park Branch Library   330-724-2126   gbowen@akronlibrary.org
   

Story Time

Wednesdays, January 10 – February 28, 11 am

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

Best for ages 2 to 6,  with all ages welcome. No registration required.

    Location: Firestone Park
   12:30 PM Mosaic Vases @ Firestone Park Community Center  
    Contact: Firestone Park Branch Library   330-724-2126   firestoneparkbranch@akronlibrary.org
   

Mosaic Vases @ Firestone Park Community Center

Wednesday, January 24, 12:30 pm

Create a sparkly mosaic vase with friends and neighbors at the Firestone Park Community Center. Supplies will be provided. Please register for this program by calling us at 330-724-2126.

    Location: Firestone Park
   1:00 PM Pre-K 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, and more! 

Registration begins Monday, December 18

    Location: Fairlawn-Bath
   2:00 PM  -  3:30 PM Computer Lab  
    Contact: Highland Square   330-376-2927   kgerlach@akronlibrary.org
   

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

    Location: Highland Square
   3:00 PM After School Fun Club  
    Contact: Firestone Park Branch Library   330-724-2126   firestoneparkbranch@akronlibrary.org
   

After School Fun Club

Wednesdays, 3 pm

Grades K-5

January 24            Bingo

January 31            Legos

February 7             Apptastic Afternoon

February 14          Zentangle

February 21          Board Games

February 28          Snap Circuits

    Location: Firestone Park
   3:00 PM  -  5:00 PM After School Homework Help  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   eramsay@akronlibrary.org
   
After School Homework Help
Mondays & Wednesdays 3-5 pm
Free homework help for students in grades K-6.
You’ll find everything you need to get your homework done here!
Stuck on a math question? We have someone to help you.
Can’t find a ruler? We have school supplies.
Need to type a paper? We have computers.
Drop in anytime you need help.
No registration required.
    Location: Maple Valley
   3:30 PM  -  5:00 PM Wednesday Movie Madness  
    Contact: Odom Boulevard Branch Library   330-434-8726   
   

Join us each Wednesday after school for a different family friendly movie.  Stop in to the branch or call 330-434-8726 to see which movie we will be playing that week.

    Location: Odom
   3:45 PM Afterschool Crowd  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   ellet@akronlibrary.org
   

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

    Location: Ellet
   4:00 PM Marshmallow Engineering  
    Contact: Kenmore Branch Library   330-745-6126   kenmore@akronlibrary.org
   

For grades 4-8. Love to build and create? Join us to create your own amazing structures out of toothpicks and mini marshmallows. Prizes for the best structure will be awarded!

    Location: Kenmore
   4:15 PM  -  5:00 PM Crazy 8's Math Club  
    Contact: Norton Branch Library   330-825-7800   norton@akronlibrary.org
   

Bedtime Math’s Crazy 8s Club Session 2

Wednesdays, January 10-February 7; February 21-March 7, 4:15-5 pm

Build stuff, run and jump, make music, make a mess…it’s a totally new kind of math club.

Open to children grades K-2

Registration for the eight-week session is requested due to limited 

supplies on hand for this program series.

 

   6:00 PM Evening Story Time  
    Contact: Fairlawn-Bath Branch   330-666-4888   
   

Children age 0-5 with an adult caregiver are welcome to join Miss Pam for stories, songs, rhymes, and more! 

Registration begins Monday, December 18

    Location: Fairlawn-Bath
   6:00 PM  -  7:00 PM Game Night Wednesdays  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   maplevalley@akronlibrary.org
   

If you’re looking for something to do on a Wednesday night, come to the library. Bring a friend or two or three and play board games that we know and love. All games are provided by the library. You are welcome to bring your own too! Please call the branch to sign up.

    Location: Maple Valley
   6:00 PM  -  7:30 PM Family Night  
    Contact: Odom Boulevard Branch Library   330-434-8726   
   

Wednesday is Family Night at the library!  These programs are intended for families.  All ages are welcom, however a caregiver must be present with those below age 8. 

Bricks4kidz:  Legos and duplo blocks for all ages set up in stations around the room to invite exploration and building.  Something for all ages.

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

Explore Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math with fun games, easy experiments and activities for all ages.  No registration necessary.

 

 

    Location: Portage Lakes
   6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM First Time Home Buyers Workshop  
    Contact: North Hill Branch   330.535.9423   northhill@akronlibrary.org
   

First Time Home Buyers Workshop presented by Courtney Gagnon

Have you been checking out the online real estate listings, watching House Hunters, and dreaming of your first home? Feeling excited and nervous all at the same time? Windering what you really need to do to get ready to obtain a mortgage and conduct a successful house hunt? Courtney Gagnon of Howard Hanna Realty will answer all those questions and more so you will feel confident you are ready to purchase your first home.

    Location: North Hill

Thursday January 25, 2018
   10:15 AM  -  11:30 AM Stories and Play  
    Contact: Goodyear Branch   330-784-7522   goodyear@akronlibrary.org
   

 

Thursdays, December 7-21, January 18 – February 22, 10:15 am

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

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

Family Storytime

For all ages.

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

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

Thursday, January 25, 10:30 am

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

Ages birth – 3 ½

*There will be no program on March 1, 2018

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

Every Thursday, 10:30 am

Watch as books come to life through stories, music and activities. For children 2 to 5 years old with an adult caregiver.

    Location: Main Library
   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)

Thursdays, January 4 to February 22, 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  -  11:15 AM Toddler Smarts  
    Contact: Norton Branch Library   330-825-7800   norton@akronlibrary.org
   

Toddler Smarts

Thursdays, 10:30 am

Engage your child in first experiences at your local library.

January 4-Toddler STEM

January 11-Toddler Art

January 18-Toddler Stories

January 25 –Toddler Yoga

For children age 24-36 months 

   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Little Folks Story Hour  
    Contact: Richfield Branch Library   330-659-4343   dnagy@akronlibrary.org
   

Little Folks Story Time ages 6-35 months

Thursdays, January 18- March 8, 10:30-11:30 am

Little folks, bring your favorite caregiver and join us for stories, rhymes, songs and more.  No registration required.

    Location: Richfield
   11:30 AM  -  12:30 PM Pitter Patter Playgroup  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   eramsay@akronlibrary.org
   
Pitter Patter Playgroup
Thursdays in January, 11:30 am
Ages 5 and under.
Bring your little ones to enjoy our puzzles, games, and toys!
Both children and caregivers can join in the fun!
No registration required… just come and play! 
    Location: Maple Valley
   1:00 PM Story Time  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   ellet@akronlibrary.org
   

For ages 2-6 years. Ms. Laurie will use books, flannel boards, puppets, props, and songs to engage children in stories. Your children will be active participants in Story Time. Each session will conclude with a craft and playtime. No registration necessary.

    Location: Ellet
   2:00 PM  -  3:30 PM Computer Lab  
    Contact: Highland Square   330-376-2927   kgerlach@akronlibrary.org
   

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

    Location: Highland Square
   3:30 PM  -  4:30 PM Kids Creative Space  
    Contact: Odom Boulevard Branch Library   330-434-8726   
   

Join us each Thursday after school for a chance to get creative, play games, and hang-out with your friends.  

    Location: Odom
   3:45 PM Afterschool Crowd  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   ellet@akronlibrary.org
   

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

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

For school age kids and teens. Hang out with your friends and test your gaming skills!

    Location: Kenmore
   4:00 PM  -  5:00 PM Tech Time: Robotics, Engineering, and Coding  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   eramsay@akronlibrary.org
   
Tech Time: Robotics, Engineering, and Coding
Thursdays, January 25, February 22, 4 pm
Grades K-6
Try something new afterschool with Sylvan Edge and the Maple Valley Branch Library!
Children will have fun creating and animating robotic arms, engineering bridge super structures, and coding Ozobots. 
    Location: Maple Valley
   5:30 PM  -  8:00 PM Project Learn ESOL/GED  
    Contact: North Hill Branch   330.535.9423   northhill@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, please contact PRoject LEarn at 330-434-9461 to arrange for testing and orientation.

    Location: North Hill
   6:00 PM Ankle Biters Improv  
    Contact: Tallmadge   330.633.4345   
   

Early Childhood Program
Ankle Biters Improv by Crooked River Comedy

Ankle Biters is an interactive, family-friendly improv show performed by Northeast Ohio's premier improv troupe. Each show is completely made up on the spot based on your child's ideas. Your cihld will have a chance to take the stage and be part of the fun. After the show, there will be a 45-minute workshop on improv theater.

    Location: Tallmadge
   6:00 PM Cookbook Club  
    Contact: Mogadore Branch Library   330-628-9228   mogadore@akronlibrary.org
   

Thursday, January 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. 

Theme: Literary Recipes

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

Epic depiction of the historic and heroic Dunkirk evacuation during World War II. Starring Kenneth Branagh, Mark Rylance, Cillian Murphy and Tom Hardy. Rated PG-13. 106 min

    Location: Main Library-Auditorium
   6:00 PM  -  7:30 PM Teen Open Mic @ the Library  
    Contact: Norton Branch Library   330-825-7800   norton@akronlibrary.org
   

It's your time to shine at the Library!

Recite a poem, read a short story or play a song.  Show off something you've been working on or share an old favorite.

The sign-up sheet will be posted from Wednesday afternoon until Thursday 5:45 pm.

First come, first served.

    Location: Norton
   6:30 PM Identifying Your Family Photographs: A Genealogy Program  
    Contact: Fairlawn-Bath Branch   330-666-4888   
   

A picture may be worth a thousand words, but unlocking the stories of unidentified photographs requires some sleuthing. This class includes tips and techniques for identifying historic photographs. Learn to read clues, such as the type of photograph, clothing and hairstyles, and even whether or not subjects are smiling, to reveal the stories behind every photograph. This workshop will also take a look at how genealogy databases and local history resources can be used to identify your family photographs.

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

Grab your passport and choose your destination!  We are traveling to South America, South Africa and Southeast Asia as all three mysteries take place abroad this month. Read one, read all, your choice.

A HEAD IN CAMBODIA: A JENNA MURPHY MYSTERY by Nancy Tingley

DEATH ON THE PATAGONIAN EXPRESS by Hy Conrad

RECIPES FOR LOVE AND MURDER by Sally Andrew

    Location: Portage Lakes
   6:30 PM Story Time  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   ellet@akronlibrary.org
   

For ages 2-6 years. Ms. Laurie will use books, flannel boards, puppets, props, and songs to engage children in stories. Your children will be active participants in Story Time. Each session will conclude with a craft and playtime. No registration necessary.

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

Meetings are usually the fourth Thursday of every month, at 6:45pm. New members are always welcome.

December 21                         THE NIGHT CIRCUS by Erin Morgenstern

January 25                             THE HUSBAND’S SECRET by Liane Moriarty

February 22                           CROWN OF DUST by Mary Volmer

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

    Location: Highland Square

Friday January 26, 2018
   10:30 AM  -  11:45 AM T.G.I.F. Tweens Great Informal Fridays  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

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

January 26 Nancy Drew vs. Hardy Boys:  Be a super sleuth for a day as we as we vote on who is the best detective:  Nancy Drew or the Hardy Boys?  Be ready to solve a few mysteries too.

Grades 3 - 6

    Location: Portage Lakes

Saturday January 27, 2018
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Science Cafe-Biomimicry  
    Contact: Science & Technology Division   330-643-9075   stdiv@akronlibrary.org
   

Science Cafe's welcome people who might not normally get involved in scientific discussions. This open event is not a boring lecture, it's a casual and interactive converstion with scientist Carol Thaler from Great Lakes Biomimicry. She will discuss mimicry in nature's patterns and how these stratatgies can solve complex human problems. 

No advanced knowledge is necessary to participate, but for the curious, contact the Science & Technology Division to receive a list of recommended readings selected by Ms Thaler. This program will take place on the first floor of Main Library in the Science & Technology Division.

Saturday, January 27, 2018, 10:30am-11:30am

 

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

Saturday Story Time Sampler

First and Third Saturdays of the month, 11 am

Story time for preschool-primary children with an adult caregiver

Dec 2: Gingerbread Man – Run into the library as fast as you can for this gingerbread story time! Help us try to catch the pesky gingerbread man, decorate the library’s holiday cardboard house and more!

Dec 16: Holidays Around the World – Join us for fun stories and crafts from around the world

Jan 6: Penguin Party! Did you know that there are penguins that live in warm places?  Learn fun facts about penguins through penguin stories, rhymes and songs, and make your own edible penguin craft!

Jan 20: Ballet Excel presents The Magic Flute. Don’t miss this interactive program which includes dance, storytelling, and a meet-and-greet with the dancers. Bring your camera if you’d like to take pictures.

Feb 3: Instead of Story Time, join us for the Family Reading Festival, 10-3, featuring Jim Gill and Outback Ray!

Feb 17: Winter Fun. Snowy stories, activities and a craft to warm up with.

    Location: Main Library
   12:00 PM  -  1:00 PM Paws For Reading  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   ellet@akronlibrary.org
   

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

    Location: Ellet
   1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Valentine's Day Wreaths Program  
    Contact: Highland Square   330-376-2927   kgerlach@akronlibrary.org
   

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

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

    Location: Highland Square
   2:00 PM History and Sampling of African-American Soul Food with Keon Reed  
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

History and Sampling of African-American Soul Food with Keon Reed

Please pre-register.

    Location: Main Library
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Read to Me, Play with Me  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   eramsay@akronlibrary.org
   
Read to Me, Play with Me
Saturday, January 27, 2 pm
For ages birth-4 years; no registration required.
Please join us for a short storytime followed by open play.
We will have stations set up with a variety of sensory activities, toys, and of course, books!
    Location: Maple Valley
   2:00 PM  -  4:00 PM “A Celebration of Animation”  
    Contact: Richfield Branch Library   330-659-4343   mdaly@akronlibrary.org
   

Author and pop culture historian Marty Gitlin will bring his book to life at the library. His new offering is the first to rank in book form the funniest, coolest and most influential cartoon characters ever to appear on the small screen. Join us as Marty shares his love of classic animation.

    Location: Richfield
   3:00 PM  -  4:30 PM Super Sandwich Showdown!  
    Contact: Teen Area   330.643.9067   ysodiv@akronlibrary.org
   

Get ready for the Super Bowl with a sandwich competition! Compete against other teens to see who can make the best sandwich using a variety of ingredients, and then enjoy a snack. For ages 11 to 18. Registration is appreciated. Please call 330-643-9067.

    Location: Main Library

Sunday January 28, 2018
   2:00 PM  -  2:30 PM Sunday Story Time Sampler  
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

Every Sunday (except Dec 24), 2 pm

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

    Location: Main Library

Monday January 29, 2018
   10:05 AM Baby and Me Time  
    Contact: Tallmadge   330.633.4345   
   

Early Childhood Program
Baby and Me Time

For babies and toddlers birth - 24 months with a caregiver.
20 minutes of rhymes, songs, and stories, followed by group playtime.

No registration necessary.

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

Children ages 6-24 months with an adult caregiver are welcome to join Miss Jessica for stories, rhymes, music, instruments and playtime.  January 8th meeting will be an open playtime.  

Registration begins Monday, December 18

    Location: Fairlawn-Bath
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Play A While  
    Contact: Norton Branch Library   330 825-7800   norton@akronlibrary.org
   

Play A While for families with children ages five or younger

An open play session where we provide the toys and you watch your children play and make new friends.

    Location: Norton
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Sensory Story Time  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   ellet@akronlibrary.org
   

This program offers educational, literacy and social opportunities for all ages with differing abilities, their siblings, parent/caregivers and their typically developing peers through the use of story, music, and movement to engage participants.

Sensory Story Time includes a schedule board, a consistent program plan and sensory opportunities; such as crafts, building and play.

    Location: Ellet
   11:00 AM Preschool Story Time  
    Contact: Tallmadge   330.633.4345   
   

Early Childhood Program
Preschool Story Time

For 2 - 5 year olds with a caregiver.
Join us for books, flannel board stories, rhymes and music followed by group playtime.

No registration necessary.

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

For children ages 2-3 ½ years old with their favorite adult. We will enjoy stories, fingerplays, action rhymes, music, and a simple craft with Miss Jessica.  January 8th meeting will be an open playtime.

Registration begins Monday, December 18

    Location: Fairlawn-Bath
   2:00 PM  -  3:30 PM Free Computer Classes @ North Hill  
    Contact: North Hill Branch   330.535.9423   northhill@akronlibrary.org
   

Free Computer Classes @ North Hill - BASIC COMPUTER SKILLS

These free, hands-on classes are available on a first come, first serve basis and are limited to 15 participants. We recommend arriving at least one-half hour early to get an entry ticket. 

    Location: North Hill
   3:00 PM  -  5:00 PM After School Homework Help  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   eramsay@akronlibrary.org
   
After School Homework Help
Mondays & Wednesdays 3-5 pm
Free homework help for students in grades K-6.
You’ll find everything you need to get your homework done here!
Stuck on a math question? We have someone to help you.
Can’t find a ruler? We have school supplies.
Need to type a paper? We have computers.
Drop in anytime you need help.
No registration required.
    Location: Maple Valley
   3:30 PM Chess Club  
    Contact: Kenmore Branch Library   330-745-6126   kenmore@akronlibrary.org
   

For grades 5-12. Test your skill at chess and checkers! sets for both are provided or you can bring your own.

    Location: Kenmore
   3:30 PM Madden Madness Super Bowl Gaming  
    Contact: Firestone Park Branch Library   330-724-2126   firestoneparkbranch@akronlibrary.org
   

Madden Madness Super Bowl Gaming

Monday, January 29, 3:30 pm

Grades 4 and up. Super Bowl fun and munchies.

    Location: Firestone Park
   6:00 PM Upcycled Art  
    Contact: Fairlawn-Bath Branch   330-666-4888   
   

We’ll empty the recycle bin to transform water bottles and old CDs into lava lamps and sun catchers.

For grades 2-5.  Please call 330-666-4888 or stop by the library to register

    Location: Fairlawn-Bath
   6:00 PM Watercolor Classes  
    Contact: Firestone Park Branch Library   330-724-2126   firestoneparkbranch@akronlibrary.org
   

Watercolor Classes

Monday, January 29, 6 pm

Monday, February 19, 1 pm

Explore techniques and compositions in a small, relaxing class. No drawing experience or artistic skill required. Please register for this program by calling us at 330-724-2126.

    Location: Firestone Park
   6:30 PM Babytime  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   ellet@akronlibrary.org
   

For ages 6-24 months and their caregiver. Stories, songs, bounces, rhymes and activities geared for babies followed by group playtime. No registration necessary.

    Location: Ellet
   6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Introduction to Meditation  
    Contact: North Hill Branch   330.535.9423   northhill@akronlibrary.org
   

Introduction to Meditation presented by the Center for Health, Happiness, and Chan

Too much stress in life? Want to spend a little quality time with yourself? Just want to learn how meditation can work for you? This four week Introduction to Meditation course offers and opportunity to practice and discuss several popular forms of meditation. We begin with basic breathing meditation and add other practices each week. No previous meditation experience is necessary and all practices are offered in a non-religious manner - all faith traditions (or none at all) are welcome. 

    Location: North Hill

Tuesday January 30, 2018
   10:05 AM Baby Time  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   ellet@akronlibrary.org
   

For ages 6-24 months and their caregiver. Stories, songs, bounces, rhymes and activities geared for babies followed by group playtime. No registration necessary.

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

Baby Time

For babies 6-24 months and a caregiver.

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

 
    Location: Green
   10:30 AM Story Time  
    Contact: Mogadore Branch Library   330-628-9228   mogadore@akronlibrary.org
   

Tuesday, January 30, 10:30 am

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

Ages 3 and up

*There will be no program on February 27, 2018

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

Preschool Story Time ages 3-6

Tuesdays, January 16- March 6, 10:30-11:30 am

Preschoolers bring your favorite caregiver and join us for stories, rhymes, songs and more.  No registration required.

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

Have story fun with Ms. Elaine! Includes stories, songs, finger-plays, art and lots of fun each week! All ages are welcome. No registration necessary.

    Location: Portage Lakes
   11:00 AM Preschool Story Hour  
    Contact: Kenmore Branch Library   330-745-6126   kenmore@akronlibrary.org
   

Preschool kids age 2-5 years will enjoy stories, rhymes, music, crafts and a variety of other activities. Caregivers must remain throughout the program.

    Location: Kenmore
   11:00 AM Toddler Time  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   ellet@akronlibrary.org
   

For ages 2-3 years and their caregiver. Toddler appropriate books, songs, rhymes and activities. Wiggly toddlers are welcome. Toddler Time is followed by a simple craft and group playtime. No registration necessary.

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

Toddler Time

For ages 2-3 with a caregiver.

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

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

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

    Location: North Hill
   2:00 PM  -  3:30 PM Free Computer Classes @ North Hill  
    Contact: North Hill Branch   330.535.9423   northhill@akronlibrary.org
   

Free Computer Classes @ North Hill - WINDOWS 10

These free, hands-on classes are available on a first come, first serve basis and are limited to 15 participants. We recommend arriving at least one-half hour early to get an entry ticket. 

    Location: North Hill
   3:30 PM Super Bowl Party  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330-864-5721   maplevalley@akronlibrary.org
   

Play Madden with your friends! Registration is requested for this program. Space is limited.

    Location: Maple Valley
   3:30 PM  -  5:00 PM Afterschool Book Club  
    Contact: Odom Branch   330-434-8726   
   

Join us afterschool to discuss the book for the month and enjoy a snack.  

The Giver by Lois Lowry

    Location: Odom
   4:00 PM Do-It-Yourself Day  
    Contact: Kenmore Branch Library   330-745-6126   kenmore@akronlibrary.org
   

Join us at the library and make a fun craft or two! Check out the activity stations that will be set up and chose your project. Stations will include Jewelry Making, Picture Frame Design, and DIY Pop Bottle Fire.

    Location: Kenmore
   5:30 PM  -  8:00 PM Project Learn ESOL/GED  
    Contact: North Hill Branch   330.535.9423   northhill@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, please contact PRoject LEarn at 330-434-9461 to arrange for testing and orientation.

    Location: North Hill
   6:00 PM Escape from the Library  
    Contact: Tallmadge   330.633.4345   
   

Teen / School Age Program
Escape from the Library

Are you someone who enjoys a challenge? Join your friends and try your hand at our escape room. Hear the story, look for clues, and solve the puzzle. Can you make it out? Time will tell.

Call to reserve your spot at 330-633-4345

    Location: Tallmadge

Wednesday January 31, 2018
   10:30 AM Baby Time  
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

Every Wednesday, 10:30 am

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 Story Time  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   ellet@akronlibrary.org
   

For ages 2-6 years. Ms. Laurie will use books, flannel boards, puppets, props, and songs to engage children in stories. Your children will be active participants in Story Time. Each session will conclude with a craft and playtime. No registration necessary.

    Location: Ellet
   11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Relieve Stress with Adult Coloring  
    Contact: Highland Square   330-376-2927   kgerlach@akronlibrary.org
   

Listen to relaxing music and color with friends, family, or our community. All supplies are provided.

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

    Location: Highland Square
   11:00 AM  -  11:00 PM Story Time  
    Contact: Firestone Park Branch Library   330-724-2126   gbowen@akronlibrary.org
   

Story Time

Wednesdays, January 10 – February 28, 11 am

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

Best for ages 2 to 6,  with all ages welcome. No registration required.

    Location: Firestone Park
   1:00 PM Cord Cutting  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Adult Program

Cord Cutting: Or How to Turn your “Dumb” TV into a Smart TV

Cord cutting refers to canceling traditional cable subscriptions and opting for streaming options instead. Come learn about what those streaming options are and how to cut the cord.

Note: this is a demonstration and not a hands-on computer class.

 
    Location: Green
   1:00 PM Memory Cafe  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   ellet@akronlibrary.org
   

The Alzheimer's Association of Greater East Ohio Area Chapter and the Akron Summit County Public Library are partnering to offer a social engagement program for those experiencing memory loss. Memory Cafe focuses on having fun and learning about different entertaining topics each month. Each month we have an engaging and interesting presentation followed by tine for coffee and socialization. Upcoming topics include a holiday celebration, Akron's Marble History and more!

Advance registration is requested. To register please contact the Alzheimer's Association at 1-800-272-3900 or geoachl@alz.org.

    Location: Ellet
   1:00 PM Pre-K 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, and more! 

Registration begins Monday, December 18

    Location: Fairlawn-Bath
   2:00 PM  -  3:30 PM Free Computer Classes @ North Hill  
    Contact: North Hill Branch   330.535.9423   northhill@akronlibrary.org
   

Free Computer Classes @ North Hill - FILE MANAGEMENT

These free, hands-on classes are available on a first come, first serve basis and are limited to 15 participants. We recommend arriving at least one-half hour early to get an entry ticket. 

    Location: North Hill
   3:00 PM After School Fun Club  
    Contact: Firestone Park Branch Library   330-724-2126   firestoneparkbranch@akronlibrary.org
   

After School Fun Club

Wednesdays, 3 pm

Grades K-5

January 31            Legos

February 7             Apptastic Afternoon

February 14          Zentangle

February 21          Board Games

February 28          Snap Circuits

    Location: Firestone Park
   3:00 PM  -  5:00 PM After School Homework Help  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   eramsay@akronlibrary.org
   
After School Homework Help
Mondays & Wednesdays 3-5 pm
Free homework help for students in grades K-6.
You’ll find everything you need to get your homework done here!
Stuck on a math question? We have someone to help you.
Can’t find a ruler? We have school supplies.
Need to type a paper? We have computers.
Drop in anytime you need help.
No registration required.
    Location: Maple Valley
   3:30 PM Game Day  
    Contact: Mogadore Branch Library   330-628-9228   mogadore@akronlibrary.org
   

Wednesday, January 31 3:30 pm

Come in for an afternoon of classic games. 
We’ll provide both board and card games, and sometimes we’ll have Life-Size games to try out. 
Feel free to bring any cards or games of your own to play!

Grades K-5

    Location: Mogadore
   3:30 PM  -  5:00 PM Wednesday Movie Madness  
    Contact: Odom Boulevard Branch Library   330-434-8726   
   

Join us each Wednesday after school for a different family friendly movie.  Stop in to the branch or call 330-434-8726 to see which movie we will be playing that week.

    Location: Odom
   4:00 PM TV (An Advisory Board)  
    Contact: Kenmore Branch Library   330-745-6126   kenmore@akronlibrary.org
   

For grades 6-12. At our quarterly meeting, we will brainstorm and talk about ideas for future programs while creating a snack on which to nosh!

    Location: Kenmore
   4:15 PM  -  5:00 PM Crazy 8's Math Club  
    Contact: Norton Branch Library   330-825-7800   norton@akronlibrary.org
   

Bedtime Math’s Crazy 8s Club Session 2

Wednesdays, January 10-February 7; February 21-March 7, 4:15-5 pm

Build stuff, run and jump, make music, make a mess…it’s a totally new kind of math club.

Open to children grades K-2

Registration for the eight-week session is requested due to limited 

supplies on hand for this program series.

 

   6:00 PM Evening Story Time  
    Contact: Fairlawn-Bath Branch   330-666-4888   
   

Children age 0-5 with an adult caregiver are welcome to join Miss Pam for stories, songs, rhymes, and more! 

Registration begins Monday, December 18

    Location: Fairlawn-Bath
   6:00 PM  -  7:30 PM Family Night  
    Contact: Odom Boulevard Branch Library   330-434-8726   
   

Wednesday is Family Night at the library!  These programs are intended for families.  All ages are welcom, however a caregiver must be present with those below age 8. 

Bricks4kidz:  Legos and duplo blocks for all ages set up in stations around the room to invite exploration and building.  Something for all ages.

    Location: Odom

Thursday February 1, 2018
     Check-Out and Win @ the Goodyear Branch Library  
    Contact: Goodyear Branch   330-784-7522   goodyear@akronlibrary.org
   

Visit the Goodyear Branch Library between December 1, 2017 – February 28, 2018, and earn tickets for checking out items from our shelves. We will have one drawing each month. The contest is open to all ages.

How the contest works:

  1. Checkout any 5 materials and receive 1 ticket.
  2. Checkout 6-10 items and receive 2 tickets.
  3. Checkout 11-15 items and receive 3 tickets.
  4. Checkout 16+ items and receive 5 tickets.
  5. Place your ticket with name and phone number in the drawing box for a chance to win that month’s prize.
    Location: Goodyear

Thursday February 1, 2018 -  Wednesday February 28, 2018
     Book Club to Go  
    Contact: Goodyear Branch   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.

February A NOVEL BOOKSTORE by Laurence Cosse

 

 

 

    Location: Goodyear

Thursday February 1, 2018 -  Wednesday February 28, 2018
     February is Library Lovers Month  
    Contact: Firestone Park Branch Library   330-724-2126   firestoneparkbranch@akronlibrary.org
   

February is Library Lovers Month

Tell us why you love your library for a chance to win a gift card!

    Location: Firestone Park

Thursday February 1, 2018 -  Wednesday February 28, 2018
   10:00 AM  -  8:00 PM Book Club To Go  
    Contact: odom branch   330-434-8726   
   

Drop by and grab one of our Book Club to Go books!  Let us know what you think!  

 

This month we will be reading The Nest by Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney.

    Location: Odom

Thursday February 1, 2018
   10:15 AM  -  11:30 AM Stories and Play  
    Contact: Goodyear Branch   330-784-7522   goodyear@akronlibrary.org
   

 

Thursdays, December 7-21, January 18 – February 22, 10:15 am

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

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

Family Storytime

For all ages.

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

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

Thursday, February 1, 10:30 am

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

Ages birth – 3 ½

*There will be no program on March 1, 2018

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

Every Thursday, 10:30 am

Watch as books come to life through stories, music and activities. For children 2 to 5 years old with an adult caregiver.

    Location: Main Library
   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)

Thursdays, January 4 to February 22, 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  -  11:30 AM Little Folks Story Hour  
    Contact: Richfield Branch Library   330-659-4343   dnagy@akronlibrary.org
   

Little Folks Story Time ages 6-35 months

Thursdays, January 18- March 8, 10:30-11:30 am

Little folks, bring your favorite caregiver and join us for stories, rhymes, songs and more.  No registration required.

    Location: Richfield
   11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Reentry in Motion: Mass Incarceration  
    Contact: Business & Government Division   330-643-9020   srichard@akronlibrary.org
   

This Reentry in Motion program showcases a documentary that not only looks at the overcrowding of the jail system in Philadelphia, but centers on Michelle Alexander’s theory in her groundbreaking book, The New Jim Crow, through the rise of the drug war and “tough on crime” policies. The film also dissects the rise of incarceration in the U.S., illustrates how the emerging Occupy Movement offers hope for change, and explores possible reforms and solutions to end mass incarceration. Reentry material and handouts provided. Room 2AB. 

    Location: Main Library
   11:30 AM  -  12:30 PM Preschool Story Time  
    Contact: Maple Valley Library   330.864.5721   eramsay@akronlibrary.org
   
Preschool Story Time
Thursdays in February, 11:30 am
Join Miss Erica for stories, music, and more!
For children ages 2-5 with an adult caregiver.
Younger children are welcome. 
    Location: Maple Valley
   1:00 PM Keep Calm and Color On  
    Contact: Firestone Park Branch Library   330-724-2126   firestoneparkbranch@akronlibrary.org
   

Keep Calm and Color On

Thursday afternoons, December 7, January 4, February 1, 1 pm

Relax, reduce stress, and leave feeling restored! Coloring books and supplies will be provided, but participants are welcome to bring their own materials from home. This program is great for any skill level.  Share in the fun! No registration required.    

    Location: Firestone Park
   1:00 PM Story Time  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   ellet@akronlibrary.org
   

For ages 2-6 years. Ms. Laurie will use books, flannel boards, puppets, props, and songs to engage children in stories. Your children will be active participants in Story Time. Each session will conclude with a craft and playtime. No registration necessary.

    Location: Ellet
   2:00 PM  -  3:30 PM Free Computer Classes @ North Hill  
    Contact: North Hill Branch   330.535.9423   northhill@akronlibrary.org
   

Free Computer Classes @ North Hill - TYPING

These free, hands-on classes are available on a first come, first serve basis and are limited to 15 participants. We recommend arriving at least one-half hour early to get an entry ticket. 

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

Porgram for Adults
Knit and Crochet Club

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

    Location: Tallmadge
   3:30 PM Lego Club  
    Contact: Mogadore Branch Library   330-628-9228   mogadore@akronlibrary.org
   

Thursday, February 1, 3:30 pm

Join us for an afternoon of imaginative Lego creation.  All supplies provided.

Grades K-5

    Location: Mogadore
   3:30 PM  -  4:30 PM Kids Creative Space  
    Contact: Odom Boulevard Branch Library   330-434-8726   
   

Join us each Thursday after school for a chance to get creative, play games, and hang-out with your friends.  

    Location: Odom
   3:45 PM Afterschool Crowd  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   ellet@akronlibrary.org
   

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

    Location: Ellet
   4:00 PM PAWS for Reading  
    Contact: Northwest Akron Branch   330.836.1081   northwest@akronlibrary.org
   

PAWS for Reading

(All grades)

Thursdays, December 7, 21, January 4, 18, February 1, 15, 4 pm

3rd Saturdays, December 16, January 20, February 17, 2 pm

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

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

For school age kids and teens. Hang out with your friends and test your gaming skills!

    Location: Kenmore
   6:00 PM Rock & Roll Bingo  
    Contact: Mogadore Branch Library   330-628-9228   mogadore@akronlibrary.org
   
Thursday, February 1, 6 pm
 
Unleash your inner rock star and join us for a fun night of music and prizes.
Rock & Roll Bingo is similar to a standard game, but instead of numbers on the board,
the spots will be filled with the names of classic Rock favorites. 
Come sing-along, enjoy some light refreshments and hopefully take home a prize.
    Location: Mogadore
   6:00 PM  -  7:30 PM 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
   6:30 PM An Introduction to Akron AM Toastmasters  
    Contact: Fairlawn-Bath Branch   330-666-4888   
   

Have you ever wished you could perfect your speaking skills?  Have you ever wished you could present and negotiate better?  Have you ever wondered what Toastmasters is all about?  Come join us to learn about Akron AM Toastmasters!  Everyone is welcome!

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

A teenage ninja and his friends attempt to save their island home from destruction! Starring the voices of Dave Franco, Michael Pena, Zach Woods, Jackie Chan and Fred Armisen. Rated PG. 101 min

    Location: Main Library-Auditorium
   6:30 PM Story Time  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   ellet@akronlibrary.org
   

For ages 2-6 years. Ms. Laurie will use books, flannel boards, puppets, props, and songs to engage children in stories. Your children will be active participants in Story Time. Each session will conclude with a craft and playtime. No registration necessary.

    Location: Ellet
   6:30 PM Valentine Candy Centerpiece Craft  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Adult Program

Create a Valentine’s Day Sundae Centerpiece using candy.  All supplies provided.  

Please register in advance for this program.

 
    Location: Green

Saturday February 3, 2018
     Take it and Make it Saturdays  
    Contact: Goodyear Branch   330-784-7522   goodyear@akronlibrary.org
   

 

Stop in the library on the first Saturday of the month, pick up one of our simple kid’s activity kits, make it here or take it home with you for a fun family activity! (While supplies last)

Science Challenge Bag

Can you pick up tissue paper with a balloon? What else can you pick up? Test your skill with this take-home kit.

    Location: Goodyear
   1:00 AM  -  3:00 AM First Saturday Afternoon Flicks  
    Contact: Richfield Branch Library   330-659-4343   dnagy@akronlibrary.org
   

First Saturday Afternoon Flicks

Saturdays, 1-3 pm

Join us for an afternoon movie at the library. We’ll provide popcorn and juice while you kick back and enjoy the flick.

February 3-  BEAUTY AND THE BEAST

 

 

    Location: Richfield
   10:00 AM  -  3:00 PM Family Reading Festival  
    Contact: Youth Services Office   330.643.9185   cburrier@akronlibrary.org
   

Featuring Jim Gill and Outback Ray!  Watch for more details.

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

First Saturday of the Month, 10 am-4 pm

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

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

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

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

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

Paws for Reading

1st and 3rd Saturday of each month, 10:30-11:30 am

Children can practice their literacy skills by reading aloud to our doggie pals Kodak, Rudy, and Yuki. This is a great way for your child to build reading fluency and read-aloud confidence.

Children not yet reading are also welcome to come; stories will be read to the children by our doggie pals’ humans.

    Location: Richfield
   11:00 AM Andre Knott  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Adult Program

This radio and television personality will be on hand to talk sports.

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

Saturday Story Time Sampler

First and Third Saturdays of the month, 11 am

Story time for preschool-primary children with an adult caregiver

Dec 2: Gingerbread Man – Run into the library as fast as you can for this gingerbread story time! Help us try to catch the pesky gingerbread man, decorate the library’s holiday cardboard house and more!

Dec 16: Holidays Around the World – Join us for fun stories and crafts from around the world

Jan 6: Penguin Party! Did you know that there are penguins that live in warm places?  Learn fun facts about penguins through penguin stories, rhymes and songs, and make your own edible penguin craft!

Jan 20: Ballet Excel presents The Magic Flute. Don’t miss this interactive program which includes dance, storytelling, and a meet-and-greet with the dancers. Bring your camera if you’d like to take pictures.

Feb 3: Instead of Story Time, join us for the Family Reading Festival, 10-3, featuring Jim Gill and Outback Ray!

Feb 17: Winter Fun. Snowy stories, activities and a craft to warm up with.

    Location: Main Library
   11:00 AM Summit County Metroparks  
    Contact: Northwest Akron Branch   330.836.1081   northwest@akronlibrary.org
   

Summit County Metroparks

Saturday, February 3, 11 am

The entire family will have fun learning about our local natural resources and wildlife with a Summit County Metroparks ranger.

    Location: Northwest Akron
   1:00 PM Black History Month Presentation  
    Contact: Kenmore Branch Library   330-745-6126   kenmore@akronlibrary.org
   

Join us for a story telling performance celebrating Black History Month.

    Location: Kenmore
   1:00 PM Kids Crafts 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
   

Reading doesn’t have to be “ruff”! Come practice with a furry friend! Our paw-some therapy dogs love to have stories read to them and meet new friends.  All ages welcome. No registration necessary.

    Location: Portage Lakes

Sunday February 4, 2018
   2:00 PM  -  2:30 PM Sunday Story Time Sampler  
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

Every Sunday (except Dec 24), 2 pm

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

    Location: Main Library

Monday February 5, 2018
     On Your Own  
    Contact: Goodyear Branch   330-784-7522   goodyear@akronlibrary.org
   

 

Participate in 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.

Matching Hearts

Find the pairs of matching hearts hidden around the children’s area.

    Location: Goodyear
     Teen DIY2Go: Chocolate Pretzel Bark  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Kids and Teens

February 5-10

Make something sweet for your sweetheart or yourself. Pick up a packet with supplies and instructions to make at home.

 
    Location: Green
   10:05 AM Baby and Me Time  
    Contact: Tallmadge   330.633.4345   
   

Early Childhood Program
Baby and Me Time

For babies and toddlers birth - 24 months with a caregiver.
20 minutes of rhymes, songs, and stories, followed by group playtime.

No registration necessary.

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

North Hill Needle Crafters

If you love to knit, crochet, and help others, this is the group for you. Are you new to crafting? We will be glad to get you started. If you have yarn or supplies to donate, we will make good use of them!

    Location: North Hill
   10:30 AM Yoga Play for 3-5 year olds  
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

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

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

    Location: Main Library
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Play A While  
    Contact: Norton Branch Library   330 825-7800   norton@akronlibrary.org
   

Play A While for families with children ages five or younger

An open play session where we provide the toys and you watch your children play and make new friends.

    Location: Norton
   11:00 AM Preschool Story Time  
    Contact: Tallmadge   330.633.4345   
   

Early Childhood Program
Preschool Story Time

For 2 - 5 year olds with a caregiver.
Join us for books, flannel board stories, rhymes and music followed by group playtime.

No registration necessary.

    Location: Tallmadge
   11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Baby & Me  
    Contact: Highland Square Branch Library   330-376-2927   kmockensturm@akronlibrary.org
   

For babies 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
   2:00 PM  -  3:30 PM Free Computer Classes @ North Hill  
    Contact: North Hill Branch   330.535.9423   northhill@akronlibrary.org
   

Free Computer Classes @ North Hill - INTERNET 1

These free, hands-on classes are available on a first come, first serve basis and are limited to 15 participants. We recommend arriving at least one-half hour early to get an entry ticket. 

    Location: North Hill
   3:00 PM  -  5:00 PM After School Homework Help  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   eramsay@akronlibrary.org
   
After School Homework Help
Mondays & Wednesdays 3-5 pm
Free homework help for students in grades K-6.
You’ll find everything you need to get your homework done here!
Stuck on a math question? We have someone to help you.
Can’t find a ruler? We have school supplies.
Need to type a paper? We have computers.
Drop in anytime you need help.
No registration required.
    Location: Maple Valley
   3:30 PM Chess Club  
    Contact: Kenmore Branch Library   330-745-6126   kenmore@akronlibrary.org
   

For grades 5-12. Test your skill at chess and checkers! sets for both are provided or you can bring your own.

    Location: Kenmore
   3:30 PM InbeTWEEN Book Club  
    Contact: Firestone Park Branch Library   330-724-2126   firestoneparkbranch@akronlibrary.org
   

InbeTWEEN Book Club

Monday, February 5, 3:30 pm

Grades 4 and up. PATINA by Jason Reynolds.

    Location: Firestone Park
   3:30 PM  -  5:00 PM Ellet Needle Crafters  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   ellet@akronlibrary.org
   

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

    Location: Ellet
   6:00 PM Chinese New Year Celebration  
    Contact: Fairlawn-Bath Branch   330-666-4888   
   

Greet the Year of the Dog at the library with Chinese food samples, paper lantern making and a chopstick challenge competition.

For grades 4-12.  Please call 330-666-4888 or stop by the library to register.

    Location: Fairlawn-Bath
   6:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Ask a Patent Attorney  
    Contact: Science & Technology Division   330-643-9075   stdiv@akronlibrary.org
   

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

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

    Location: Main Library
   6:30 PM Babytime  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   ellet@akronlibrary.org
   

For ages 6-24 months and their caregiver. Stories, songs, bounces, rhymes and activities geared for babies followed by group playtime. No registration necessary.

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

Evening Book Discussion - AMERICA'S FIRST DAUGHTER by Stephanie Dray

Books will be 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 Gentle Yoga With Nia  
    Contact: North Hill Branch Library   330.535.9423   northhill@akronlibrary.org
   

Gentle Yoga with Nia

Help maintain a healthy lifestyle through the holiday and to start your year off right with these free yoga classes. Be lled in warm-up stretches and breathing exercises, move through yoga poses with the help of a chair, end sessions with nature sounds and music. Please bring a yoga mat or a beach towel and a water bottle. New members are always welcome!

    Location: North Hill

Tuesday February 6, 2018
     Teen DIY2Go: Chocolate Pretzel Bark  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Kids and Teens

February 5-10

Make something sweet for your sweetheart or yourself. Pick up a packet with supplies and instructions to make at home.

 
    Location: Green
   6:00 AM Mindfulness  
    Contact: Northwest Akron Branch   330.836.1081   northwest@akronlibrary.org
   

Tuesday, February 6, 6 pm

Understanding Islam

Ahmed Hussein, board member of Akron Masjid, which serves the diverse and growing community of Muslims & Non-Muslims in and around Akron, will explain the basic tenets of Islamic faith and address some popular cultural misconceptions about Islam. 

    Location: Northwest Akron
   10:05 AM Babytime  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   ellet@akronlibrary.org
   

For ages 6-24 months and their caregiver. Stories, songs, bounces, rhymes and activities geared for babies followed by group playtime. No registration necessary.

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

Baby Time

For babies 6-24 months and a caregiver.

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

 
    Location: Green
   10:30 AM Story Time  
    Contact: Mogadore Branch Library   330-628-9228   mogadore@akronlibrary.org
   

Tuesday, February 6, 10:30 am

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

Ages 3 and up

*There will be no program on February 27, 2018

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

Preschool Story Time ages 3-6

Tuesdays, January 16- March 6, 10:30-11:30 am

Preschoolers bring your favorite caregiver and join us for stories, rhymes, songs and more.  No registration required.

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

Stories, songs and finger plays for those littlest learners!  Recommended for babies and toddlers age 2 and under with a caregiver. No registration necessary.

 

 

    Location: Portage Lakes
   11:00 AM Toddler Time  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   ellet@akronlibrary.org
   

For ages 2-3 years and their caregiver. Toddler appropriate books, songs, rhymes and activities. Wiggly toddlers are welcome. Toddler Time is followed by a simple craft and group playtime. No registration necessary.

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

Toddler Time

For ages 2-3 with a caregiver.

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

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

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

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

First Tuesday of each month, 12:30 pm

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

    Location: Goodyear
   2:00 PM  -  3:30 PM Free Computer Classes @ North Hill  
    Contact: North Hill Branch   330.535.9423   northhill@akronlibrary.org
   

Free Computer Classes @ North Hill - INTERNET 2

These free, hands-on classes are available on a first come, first serve basis and are limited to 15 participants. We recommend arriving at least one-half hour early to get an entry ticket. 

    Location: North Hill
   2:30 PM  -  4:00 PM Teen Lounge  
    Contact: Mogadore Branch Library   330-628-9228   mogadore@akronlibrary.org
   

Tuesday, February 6, 2:30-4 pm

Stop in to spend time with your friends, enjoy snacks,
try new activities, and play video games, in a place that just for teens.

Grades 6-12

    Location: Mogadore
   3:30 PM  -  4:30 PM Teen Life Hacks  
    Contact: Odom Boulevard Branch Library   330434-8726   
   

Want to learn some useful life skills?  Join us to get some hands on practice learning skill you can use for the rest of your life. 

How to knit a scarf without needles.

    Location: Odom
   3:45 PM Afterschool Crowd  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   ellet@akronlibrary.org
   

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

    Location: Ellet
   4:00 PM  -  4:45 PM Volunteen  
    Contact: Norton Branch Library   330-825-7800   norton@akronlibrary.org
   

Do you like to help others?

Do you need to earn volunteer hours for graduation, church or another organization?

Become a Volunteen!

Any interested teen or tween can help us help others by participating in meaningful, short term projects at the Library that will benefit the greater community. 

    Location: Norton
   5:30 PM  -  8:00 PM Project Learn ESOL/GED  
    Contact: North Hill Branch   330.535.9423   northhill@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, please contact PRoject LEarn at 330-434-9461 to arrange for testing and orientation.

    Location: North Hill
   6:00 PM College Planning Workshop  
    Contact: Tallmadge   330.633.4345   
   

Program for Adults
College Planning Workshop

Parents, learn how to choose schools offering the best financial aid, why an expensive private college can actually cost less out of pocket than a state college, and how families can save for college without being penalized on their financial aid.

    Location: Tallmadge
   6:30 PM Teen Writers Club  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Kids and Teens

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

 
    Location: Green
   6:30 PM The Underground Railroad in Ohio  
    Contact: Goodyear Branch   330-784-7522   goodyear@akronlibrary.org
   

This program features stories about the Underground Railroad in the four corners and center of the state. It also highlights an Ohio connection to the passage of the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

Please register in advance.

    Location: Goodyear
   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.

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

    Location: Main Library

Wednesday February 7, 2018
     Teen DIY2Go: Chocolate Pretzel Bark  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Kids and Teens

February 5-10

Make something sweet for your sweetheart or yourself. Pick up a packet with supplies and instructions to make at home.

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

Every Wednesday, 10:30 am

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 Story Time  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   ellet@akronlibrary.org
   

For ages 2-6 years. Ms. Laurie will use books, flannel boards, puppets, props, and songs to engage children in stories. Your children will be active participants in Story Time. Each session will conclude with a craft and playtime. No registration necessary.

    Location: Ellet
   11:00 AM  -  11:00 PM Story Time  
    Contact: Firestone Park Branch Library   330-724-2126   gbowen@akronlibrary.org
   

Story Time

Wednesdays, January 10 – February 28, 11 am

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

Best for ages 2 to 6,  with all ages welcome. No registration required.

    Location: Firestone Park
   12:30 PM Open Gaming @ Firestone Park Community Center  
    Contact: Firestone Park Branch Library   330-724-2126   firestoneparkbranch@akronlibrary.org
   

Open Gaming @ Firestone Park Community Center

Wednesday afternoons, January 3, February 7, 12:30 pm

Join friends and neighbors at the Firestone Park Community Center and enjoy games of all kinds. If you are looking to play cards or board games with someone, this program is for you. No registration required. 

    Location: Firestone Park
   1:00 PM  -  1:00 PM Book Discussion  
    Contact: Norton Branch Library   330-825-7800   norton@akronlibrary.org
   

Join us to discuss OF MICE AND MEN by John Steinbeck. Light refreshments provided.

    Location: Norton
   1:00 PM Coffee and Coloring  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   ellet@akronlibrary.org
   

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 specifically for adults as well as colroing utensils and refreshments will be provided.

    Location: Ellet
   1:00 PM Craft Sampler  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

We’ve got a little bit of this and a little bit of that… put your imagination to the test and see what take-home projects you can create with a wide variety of materials!  Each month will feature a different theme to get you started.  Please register in advance.  All ages welcome.

    Location: Portage Lakes
   1:00 PM Introduction to Pinterest  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Adult Program

Pinterest is a free website that requires registration to use. Users can upload, save, sort, and manage images—known as pins—and other media content (e.g., videos and images) through collections known as pinboards. Users can browse the content of others on the main page. Users can then save individual pins to one of their own boards using the "Pin It" button, with Pinboards typically organized by a central topic or theme. Users can personalize their experience with Pinterest by pinning items, creating boards, and interacting with other members.

Note: this is a demonstration and not a hands-on computer class.

 
    Location: Green
   1:00 PM Pre-K Nature Themed Story Time Yoga  
    Contact: Fairlawn-Bath Branch   330-666-4888   
   

Children age 3-5 with an adult caregiver are welcome to join Tracy Rhinehart of OneTreeLove Yoga for stories, stretching and practicing mindfulness. Caregivers are welcome to participate. Space is limited. Yoga mats will be provided. 

Registration begins Monday, December 18

    Location: Fairlawn-Bath
   2:00 PM  -  3:30 PM Free Computer Classes @ North Hill  
    Contact: North Hill Branch   330.535.9423   northhill@akronlibrary.org
   

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These free, hands-on classes are available on a first come, first serve basis and are limited to 15 participants. We recommend arriving at least one-half hour early to get an entry ticket. 

    Location: North Hill
   3:00 PM After School Fun Club  
    Contact: Firestone Park Branch Library   330-724-2126   firestoneparkbranch@akronlibrary.org
   

After School Fun Club

Wednesdays, 3 pm

Grades K-5

February 7             Apptastic Afternoon

February 14          Zentangle

February 21          Board Games

February 28          Snap Circuits

    Location: Firestone Park
   3:00 PM  -  5:00 PM After School Homework Help  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   eramsay@akronlibrary.org
   
After School Homework Help
Mondays & Wednesdays 3-5 pm
Free homework help for students in grades K-6.
You’ll find everything you need to get your homework done here!
Stuck on a math question? We have someone to help you.
Can’t find a ruler? We have school supplies.
Need to type a paper? We have computers.
Drop in anytime you need help.
No registration required.
    Location: Maple Valley
   3:30 PM  -  5:00 PM Wednesday Movie Madness  
    Contact: Odom Boulevard Branch Library   330-434-8726   
   

Join us each Wednesday after school for a different family friendly movie.  Stop in to the branch or call 330-434-8726 to see which movie we will be playing that week.

    Location: Odom
   3:45 PM Afterschool Crowd  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   ellet@akronlibrary.org
   

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

    Location: Ellet
   4:00 PM Teen Career Snapshots  
    Contact: Northwest Akron Branch   330.836.1081   northwest@akronlibrary.org
   

Teen Career Snapshots

Wednesdays, 4 pm

January 10:  Akron Fire Department

January 17:  NASA

February 7:  Summit County Metroparks

February 21:  Akron Police Department Forensics

Think you know what people do at their jobs based on their job title?  Maybe, maybe not!  Learn more about careers through visits by different professionals throughout winter session.

    Location: Northwest Akron
   4:00 PM  -  5:00 PM Lego League  
    Contact: Kenmore Branch Library   330-745-6126   kenmore@akronlibrary.org
   

Feeling creative? Stop in to build a masterpiece with other Lego lovers! All ages welcome; caregiver assistance is appreciated for younger designers. Legos and other building materials are provided.

    Location: Kenmore
   4:00 PM  -  5:00 PM Paws for Reading  
    Contact: Norton Branch Library   330-825-7800   norton@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
   4:15 PM  -  5:00 PM Crazy 8's Math Club  
    Contact: Norton Branch Library   330-825-7800   norton@akronlibrary.org
   

Bedtime Math’s Crazy 8s Club Session 2

Wednesdays, January 10-February 7; February 21-March 7, 4:15-5 pm

Build stuff, run and jump, make music, make a mess…it’s a totally new kind of math club.

Open to children grades K-2

Registration for the eight-week session is requested due to limited 

supplies on hand for this program series.

 

   6:00 PM  -  7:30 PM Family Night  
    Contact: Odom Boulevard Branch Library   330-434-8726   
   

Wednesday is Family Night at the library!  These programs are intended for families.  All ages are welcom, however a caregiver must be present with those below age 8. 

Bricks4kidz:  Legos and duplo blocks for all ages set up in stations around the room to invite exploration and building.  Something for all ages.

    Location: Odom
   6:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Cinema Night at Your Branch Library  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   maplevalley@akronlibrary.org
   

The IMMORTAL LIFE OF HENRIETTA LACKS starring Oprah Winfery

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

Wednesday, February 7, 6:30 pm

WHEN BREATH BECOMES AIR by Paul Kalanithi

    Location: Mogadore

Thursday February 8, 2018
     Teen DIY2Go: Chocolate Pretzel Bark  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Kids and Teens

February 5-10

Make something sweet for your sweetheart or yourself. Pick up a packet with supplies and instructions to make at home.

 
    Location: Green
   10:15 AM  -  11:30 AM Stories and Play  
    Contact: Goodyear Branch   330-784-7522   goodyear@akronlibrary.org
   

 

Thursdays, December 7-21, January 18 – February 22, 10:15 am

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

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

Family Storytime

For all ages.

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

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

Thursday, February 8, 10:30 am

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

Ages birth – 3 ½

*There will be no program on March 1, 2018

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

Every Thursday, 10:30 am

Watch as books come to life through stories, music and activities. For children 2 to 5 years old with an adult caregiver.

    Location: Main Library
   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)

Thursdays, January 4 to February 22, 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  -  11:30 AM Little Folks Story Hour  
    Contact: Richfield Branch Library   330-659-4343   dnagy@akronlibrary.org
   

Little Folks Story Time ages 6-35 months

Thursdays, January 18- March 8, 10:30-11:30 am

Little folks, bring your favorite caregiver and join us for stories, rhymes, songs and more.  No registration required.

    Location: Richfield
   11:30 AM  -  12:30 PM Preschool Story Time  
    Contact: Maple Valley Library   330.864.5721   eramsay@akronlibrary.org
   
Preschool Story Time
Thursdays in February, 11:30 am
Join Miss Erica for stories, music, and more!
For children ages 2-5 with an adult caregiver.
Younger children are welcome. 
    Location: Maple Valley
   12:30 PM  -  2:00 PM Puzzle Pizzazz Time  
    Contact: Goodyear Branch   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 required. 

    Location: Goodyear
   1:00 PM Story Time  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   ellet@akronlibrary.org
   

For ages 2-6 years. Ms. Laurie will use books, flannel boards, puppets, props, and songs to engage children in stories. Your children will be active participants in Story Time. Each session will conclude with a craft and playtime. No registration necessary.

    Location: Ellet
   2:00 PM  -  3:30 PM Free Computer Classes @ North Hill  
    Contact: North Hill Branch   330.535.9423   northhill@akronlibrary.org
   

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These free, hands-on classes are available on a first come, first serve basis and are limited to 15 participants. We recommend arriving at least one-half hour early to get an entry ticket. 

    Location: North Hill
   3:30 PM  -  4:30 PM Kids Creative Space  
    Contact: Odom Boulevard Branch Library   330-434-8726   
   

Join us each Thursday after school for a chance to get creative, play games, and hang-out with your friends.  

    Location: Odom
   3:45 PM Afterschool Crowd  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   ellet@akronlibrary.org
   

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

    Location: Ellet
   4:00 PM Tween Scene  
    Contact: Goodyear Branch   3307847522   goodyear@akronlibrary.org
   

Second Thursday of each month, 4 pm

For ages 9-13. Registration is requested for each date.

Game Day - February 8

Are you waiting for warmer weather so you can play outdoor sports?  Come join us and play outdoor sports designed to be played indoors.  We will also play some fun indoor games. Refreshments will be served.

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

For school age kids and teens. Hang out with your friends and test your gaming skills!

    Location: Kenmore
   5:30 PM  -  8:00 PM Project Learn ESOL/GED  
    Contact: North Hill Branch   330.535.9423   northhill@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, please contact PRoject LEarn at 330-434-9461 to arrange for testing and orientation.

    Location: North Hill
   6:00 PM Family Fitness  
    Contact: Tallmadge   330.633.4345   
   

Early Childhood Program
Family Fitness

Get in shape with your child! This fitness program will be put on by Build-a-Body Fitness and is for children or for children with their parents. Each class will consist of a warm-up, stretches, dance moves, games, obstacle courses, contests, and a "mimic me" section.

    Location: Tallmadge
   6:00 PM Free Test Prep  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

Getting ready to take the ACT or SAT?  Working toward your GED or Nursing Degree? With the use of your library card and your favorite electronic device learn about our free online services, LEARNING EXPREES LIBRARY and Tutor.com.   Access free practice tests and tutorial courses to help students and adult learners succeed on all types of academic and licensing tests.  No registration necessary.

    Location: Portage Lakes
   6:00 PM Movies@Main: Marshall  
    Contact: Culture & AV   330-643-9015   
   
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Young attorney (and future U.S. Supreme Court Justice) Thurgood Marshall battles through one of his career-defining cases in this powerful courtroom drama. Starring Chadwick Boseman, Josh Gad, Kate Hudson, Dan Stevens and James Cromwell. Rated PG-13. 118 min

    Location: Main Library-Auditorium
   6:30 PM Long-Term Care Insurance  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Adult Program

Presented by Primerica representatives.

Please register in advance for this program.

 
    Location: Green
   6:30 PM Story Time  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   ellet@akronlibrary.org
   

For ages 2-6 years. Ms. Laurie will use books, flannel boards, puppets, props, and songs to engage children in stories. Your children will be active participants in Story Time. Each session will conclude with a craft and playtime. No registration necessary.

    Location: Ellet

Friday February 9, 2018
     Teen DIY2Go: Chocolate Pretzel Bark  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Kids and Teens

February 5-10

Make something sweet for your sweetheart or yourself. Pick up a packet with supplies and instructions to make at home.

 
    Location: Green

Saturday February 10, 2018
     Teen DIY2Go: Chocolate Pretzel Bark  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Kids and Teens

February 5-10

Make something sweet for your sweetheart or yourself. Pick up a packet with supplies and instructions to make at home.

 
    Location: Green
   10:00 AM  -  11:00 AM Book Buddies  
    Contact: Highland Square Branch Library   330-376-2927   kmockensturm@akronlibrary.org
   

Drop-in with your child, and a teen will be here to read to him or her. Bring your child’s favorite books or let your child choose from books we provide for you. Teens and Tweens, let us know if you want to be a Book Buddies volunteer.

    Location: Highland Square
   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 Story Time  
   

Kids of all ages, with their caregiver, are welcome to join us for stories, songs, crafts, snacks and more!

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

Saturday Story Time Sampler

First and Third Saturdays of the month, 11 am

Story time for preschool-primary children with an adult caregiver

Dec 2: Gingerbread Man – Run into the library as fast as you can for this gingerbread story time! Help us try to catch the pesky gingerbread man, decorate the library’s holiday cardboard house and more!

Dec 16: Holidays Around the World – Join us for fun stories and crafts from around the world

Jan 6: Penguin Party! Did you know that there are penguins that live in warm places?  Learn fun facts about penguins through penguin stories, rhymes and songs, and make your own edible penguin craft!

Jan 20: Ballet Excel presents The Magic Flute. Don’t miss this interactive program which includes dance, storytelling, and a meet-and-greet with the dancers. Bring your camera if you’d like to take pictures.

Feb 3: Instead of Story Time, join us for the Family Reading Festival, 10-3, featuring Jim Gill and Outback Ray!

Feb 17: Winter Fun. Snowy stories, activities and a craft to warm up with.

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

The Second Saturday of each month, (Dec 9, Jan 13, Feb 10) 11 am

Share a book with a certified therapy dog.

    Location: Main Library
   12:00 PM PAWS for Reading  
    Contact: Firestone Park Branch Library   330-724-2126   firestoneparkbranch@akronlibrary.org
   

PAWS for Reading

Saturdays, December 16, January 13, February 10, 12 pm

Practice your reading skills by reading aloud to our doggie pal. Bring a book to read 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
   1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Saturday Family Programs  
    Contact: Odom Branch   330-434-8726   
   

For all ages but those under 8 years must be accompanied by a caregiver.

Made from your heart.  Work with our fabric and craft supplies to make keepsakes for the special people in your life, or to brighten your own world. 

    Location: Odom
   2:00 PM YA Café  
    Contact: Goodyear Branch   3307847522   goodyear@akronlibrary.org
   

Second Saturday of each month, 2 pm

For ages 14-18. Registration is requested for each date. Refreshments will be served.

Teen Talk – February 10

School? Friendships? Careers? Life? Join us for an informal talk about current topics from a teen’s perspective. Come and share your thoughts.

    Location: Goodyear
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Must Love Dogs  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   eramsay@akronlibrary.org
   
Must Love Dogs
Saturday, February 10, 2 pm
For ages 3-7; no registration required.
We will be sharing dog stories, making a dog craft, and mixing up a tasty treat called Puppy Chow.
There will even be a special visit from our furry friend, Kivrin!
    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
Saturday, February 10, 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 For the Love of Chocolate  
    Contact: Norton Branch Library   330-825-7800   norton@akronlibrary.org
   

Enjoy some treats from the chocolate fountain while we watch Willy Wonka and play Hershey Kiss Bingo.

Teens and Tweens welcome.

    Location: Norton

Sunday February 11, 2018
   2:00 PM  -  2:30 PM Sunday Story Time Sampler  
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

Every Sunday (except Dec 24), 2 pm

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

    Location: Main Library

Monday February 12, 2018
   10:05 AM Baby and Me Time  
    Contact: Tallmadge   330.633.4345   
   

Early Childhood Program
Baby and Me Time

For babies and toddlers birth - 24 months with a caregiver.
20 minutes of rhymes, songs, and stories, followed by group playtime.

No registration necessary.

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

North Hill Needle Crafters

If you love to knit, crochet, and help others, this is the group for you. Are you new to crafting? We will be glad to get you started. If you have yarn or supplies to donate, we will make good use of them!

    Location: North Hill
   10:30 AM Early Bird Movie Matinee  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   ellet@akronlibrary.org
   

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

    Location: Ellet
   10:30 AM Yoga Play for 3-5 year olds  
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

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

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

    Location: Main Library
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Play A While  
    Contact: Norton Branch Library   330 825-7800   norton@akronlibrary.org
   

Play A While for families with children ages five or younger

An open play session where we provide the toys and you watch your children play and make new friends.

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

Free, open playtime! 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 and even create a little art. Intended for ages 1-4 with a caregiver. No registration necessary.

    Location: Portage Lakes
   11:00 AM Preschool Story Time  
    Contact: Tallmadge   330.633.4345   
   

Early Childhood Program
Preschool Story Time

For 2 - 5 year olds with a caregiver.
Join us for books, flannel board stories, rhymes and music followed by group playtime.

No registration necessary.

    Location: Tallmadge
   11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Baby & Me  
    Contact: Highland Square Branch Library   330-376-2927   kmockensturm@akronlibrary.org
   

For babies 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
   1:00 PM Anything Goes Book Discussion  
    Contact: Fairlawn-Bath Branch   330-666-4888   
   

Join us the second Monday of each month, 1 pm

February 12: THE BLESSING WAY by Tony Hillerman

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

Program for Adults
 Book Discussion

CIRCLING THE SUN by Paula McLain

    Location: Tallmadge
   3:00 PM  -  5:00 PM After School Homework Help  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   eramsay@akronlibrary.org
   
After School Homework Help
Mondays & Wednesdays 3-5 pm
Free homework help for students in grades K-6.
You’ll find everything you need to get your homework done here!
Stuck on a math question? We have someone to help you.
Can’t find a ruler? We have school supplies.
Need to type a paper? We have computers.
Drop in anytime you need help.
No registration required.
    Location: Maple Valley
   4:00 PM  -  5:00 PM Lego Club  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   ellet@akronlibrary.org
   

Builders ages 5-12 can join us on the 2nd and 4th Monday. We will provide the bricks and a challenge. Completed works will be displayed in our showcase until the next meeting.

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

 

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

    Location: Goodyear
   6:00 PM Crazy Chocolate Pretzels  
    Contact: Fairlawn-Bath Branch   330-666-4888   
   

Turn pretzel sticks into delicious chocolate treats to enjoy and share.

For grades 2-5.  Please call 330-666-4888 or stop by the library to register

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

Join us to make glass bead candle holders. Space is limited, so please call 330-745-6126 or email kenmore@akronlibrary.org to register.

    Location: Kenmore
   6:00 PM Memory Wire Bead Bracelet  
    Contact: Goodyear Branch   330-784-7522   goodyear@akronlibrary.org
   

Join Leila Griffiths with Elkaysthings and create a unique beaded bracelet. Participants will take their new creation home in an elegant organza jewelry bag, so it's perfect as a gift, or to keep as your own. Class size is limited to 20 adult/teen (16 & over) participants.

Registration begins on Tuesday, January 16.

    Location: Goodyear
   6:00 PM Needle Crafting @ The Library  
    Contact: Firestone Park Branch Library   330-724-2126   firestoneparkbranch@akronlibrary.org
   

Needle Crafting @ The Library

Second and fourth Monday evenings of the month, December 11, January 8, 22, February 12, 26, 6 pm

Enjoy discussion and share current knitting and crochet projects.

    Location: Firestone Park
   6:00 PM  -  7:00 PM Holiday Card- Block Printing Program  
    Contact: Odom Branch   330-434-8726   
   

Join Claire Marks as we decorate holiday cards using the oldest type of printmaking in the world, dating back to the Egyptians in 500 BCE.  Bring a favorite design or create one with us.  Let's get printing. 

    Location: Odom
   6:00 PM  -  7:00 PM The Beatles in Cleveland: The Notorious 1964 & 1966 Concerts  
    Contact: Norton Branch Library   330-825-7800   norton@akronlibrary.org
   

Relive the excitement of Beatlemania as John, Paul, George and Ringo visit Cleveland for two of the wildest, out of control concerts in Beatles – and rock ‘n’ roll – history. Author Dave Schwensen will take you behind the scenes and on stage with The Fab Four through insider stories, rare concert films, never-before published photos and memorabilia.  The evening’s highlights will include films of The Beatles riotous concerts at Cleveland Public Hall in 1964 and Municipal Stadium in 1966.  Books will be available for purchase and author signing at a special library discount price following the program.

    Location: Norton
   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 Babytime  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   ellet@akronlibrary.org
   

For ages 6-24 months and their caregiver. Stories, songs, bounces, rhymes and activities geared for babies followed by group playtime. No registration necessary.

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

LEGO Club

Mondays, December 11, January 8, February 12, 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 Pokemon Club  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Family Program

Calling all Pokemon enthusiasts ages 6 and up!

Join fellow Pokemon fanatics to talk, battle, trade (with parent’s permission), or to show off your collection.

This is a child led program.

 

 

    Location: Green
   6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Introduction to Meditation  
    Contact: North Hill Branch   330.535.9423   northhill@akronlibrary.org
   

Introduction to Meditation presented by the Center for Health, Happiness, and Chan

Too much stress in life? Want to spend a little quality time with yourself? Just want to learn how meditation can work for you? This four week Introduction to Meditation course offers and opportunity to practice and discuss several popular forms of meditation. We begin with basic breathing meditation and add other practices each week. No previous meditation experience is necessary and all practices are offered in a non-religious manner - all faith traditions (or none at all) are welcome. 

    Location: North Hill

Tuesday February 13, 2018
   10:05 AM Babytime  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   ellet@akronlibrary.org
   

For ages 6-24 months and their caregiver. Stories, songs, bounces, rhymes and activities geared for babies followed by group playtime. No registration necessary.

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

Baby Time

For babies 6-24 months and a caregiver.

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

 
    Location: Green
   10:30 AM Art Explorers  
    Contact: Northwest Akron Branch   330.836.1081   northwest@akronlibrary.org
   

Art Explorers

(Ages 12 months to 4 years with a caregiver)

Tuesdays, December 19, January 16, February 13, 10:30 am

Get messy and experiment with a variety of materials in this artsy storytime!

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

    Location: Northwest Akron
   10:30 AM Story Time  
    Contact: Mogadore Branch Library   330-628-9228   mogadore@akronlibrary.org
   

Tuesday, February 13, 10:30 am

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

Ages 3 and up

*There will be no program on February 27, 2018

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

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, STEAM experiences and materials will be available for young children and their caregivers. Come explore, make friends, share stories, create and play with us.      

December 12 Petite Chefs:  Celebrate the season! Stimulate your child’s senses through hand-on “baking” activities.  Scoop, pour, mix, measure, stir and taste.

January 9 The Snowy Day: Delight in snowy activities inspired by Ezra Jack Keats magical story, “The Snowy Day.” 

February 13 Love Bugs:  Enjoy the month of February with your love bugs! Celebrate those you love with card making, stamping, letter writing, post office dramatic play and sensory experiences.

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

Preschool Story Time ages 3-6

Tuesdays, January 16- March 6, 10:30-11:30 am

Preschoolers bring your favorite caregiver and join us for stories, rhymes, songs and more.  No registration required.

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

Stories, songs and finger plays for those littlest learners!  Recommended for babies and toddlers age 2 and under with a caregiver. No registration necessary.

 

 

    Location: Portage Lakes
   11:00 AM Toddler Time  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   ellet@akronlibrary.org
   

For ages 2-3 years and their caregiver. Toddler appropriate books, songs, rhymes and activities. Wiggly toddlers are welcome. Toddler Time is followed by a simple craft and group playtime. No registration necessary.

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

Toddler Time

For ages 2-3 with a caregiver.

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

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

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

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

Afternoon Book Discussion

Join us for our monthly afternoon book discussion. For February, we will discuss a Presidential biography of your choice.

    Location: Green
   3:30 PM Cookies, Craft, and a Movie  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330-864-5721   maplevalley@akronlibrary.org
   

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with cookies, crafts, and a movie (movie TBA).  

    Location: Maple Valley
   3:30 PM Ready, Set, Game! (TEEN)  
    Contact: Northwest Akron Branch   330.836.1081   northwest@akronlibrary.org
   

Tuesday, February 13 at 3:30 pm

Ready, Set, Game!

Join us for an afternoon of playing video games and board games. Snacks will be included. 

    Location: Northwest Akron
   3:30 PM  -  5:00 PM Teen Anti-Valentine's Day Celebration  
    Contact: Odom Branch   330-434-8726   
   

Celebrate the holiday by bashing it!  We'll be listening to cheesy love songs, making bling rings, duct tape roses, and trying out different love potions.  We request that you register in advance by calling 330-434-8726 or by stoppin at the branch. 

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

Tuesday, February 13, 3:30-5 pm

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

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

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

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Join us for some satirical humor as we poke a little fun at Cupid! Snacks will be provided.

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

NatureConnect for Teens and Tweens

Join us as we explore and experience nature in a variety of interesting and engaging ways.

    Location: Norton
   5:30 PM  -  8:00 PM Project Learn ESOL/GED  
    Contact: North Hill Branch   330.535.9423   northhill@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, please contact PRoject LEarn at 330-434-9461 to arrange for testing and orientation.

    Location: North Hill
   6:00 PM Ballroom Dancing  
    Contact: Firestone Park Branch Library   330-724-2126   firestoneparkbranch@akronlibrary.org
   

Ballroom Dancing

Tuesday, February 13, 6 pm

Join Coral Abel from Dance Abel Studios to learn basic ballroom dance moves. Perfect for a date night, this event is fun, easy and self-rewarding. Please register for this program by calling us at 330-724-2126.

    Location: Firestone Park
   6:00 PM Vinyl on Trial  
    Contact: Tallmadge   330.633.4345   
   

Teen / Adult Program
Vinyl on Trial

Today's digital world has all of us searching for more. This could be the club for you. Take the time to enjoy full-length albums front to back, and share your thoughts with other vinyl addicts from the area. Bring an open mind and new suggestions for our next meeting. Join us every second and fourth Tuesday of the month.

Please register for this program by calling us at 330-633-4345

    Location: Tallmadge
   6:00 PM  -  7:30 PM Teen Advisory Board Meeting  
    Contact: Teen Department   330.643.9067   ysodiv@akronlibrary.org
   

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

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

Family Time

Make time to unwind with your kids. Bring them in for free play time. We will have a light box, blocks, music, tunnels, tubes and more. Come explore and create together. 

There will be NO play time in December.

 
    Location: Green
   6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Reentry in Motion: Resumes, Cover Letters, and Interviewing with a Background  
    Contact: Business & Government Division   330-643-9020   srichard@akronlibrary.org
   

The program highlights two films which reveal what to include and what not to include in a resume, as well as the different types of resumes, such as chronological and functional. In addition, the following will be covered: the importance of a good cover letter, the preparation for the interview, and what to do and what not to do when interviewing. Handouts provided. Room 2AB.

    Location: Main Library

Wednesday February 14, 2018
   10:30 AM Baby Time  
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

Every Wednesday, 10:30 am

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  -  11:00 PM Story Time  
    Contact: Firestone Park Branch Library   330-724-2126   gbowen@akronlibrary.org
   

Story Time

Wednesdays, January 10 – February 28, 11 am

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

Best for ages 2 to 6,  with all ages welcome. No registration required.

    Location: Firestone Park
   12:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Coloring with Culture & AV  
    Contact: Culture & AV   330-643-9015   cadiv@akronlibrary.org
   
  • Color with us.
  • Bring your own coloring book and supplies or choose from provided coloring pages, crayons and colored pencils.
  • Adults age 18 and over. Meeting Room 2AB.

 

 

    Location: Main Library
   1:00 PM Pre-K Nature Themed Story Time Yoga  
    Contact: Fairlawn-Bath Branch   330-666-4888   
   

Children age 3-5 with an adult caregiver are welcome to join Tracy Rhinehart of OneTreeLove Yoga for stories, stretching and practicing mindfulness. Caregivers are welcome to participate. Space is limited. Yoga mats will be provided. 

Registration begins Monday, December 18

    Location: Fairlawn-Bath
   1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Home School Readers  
    Contact: Richfield Branch Library   330-659-4343   dnagy@akronlibrary.org
   

Home School Readers

January 10, February 14, 1-3 pm

Join us for an afternoon of reading fun. Different activities will be available at each session. This is a new program and will evolve to meet the needs of our homeschooling community.

 

    Location: Richfield
   3:00 PM After School Fun Club  
    Contact: Firestone Park Branch Library   330-724-2126   firestoneparkbranch@akronlibrary.org
   

After School Fun Club

Wednesdays, 3 pm

Grades K-5

February 14          Zentangle

February 21          Board Games

February 28          Snap Circuits

    Location: Firestone Park
   3:00 PM  -  5:00 PM After School Homework Help  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   eramsay@akronlibrary.org
   
After School Homework Help
Mondays & Wednesdays 3-5 pm
Free homework help for students in grades K-6.
You’ll find everything you need to get your homework done here!
Stuck on a math question? We have someone to help you.
Can’t find a ruler? We have school supplies.
Need to type a paper? We have computers.
Drop in anytime you need help.
No registration required.
    Location: Maple Valley
   3:30 PM Euchre 101  
    Contact: Mogadore Branch Library   330-628-9228   mogadore@akronlibrary.org
   

Wednesday, February 14, 3:30 pm

Learn how to play euchre, a basic skill everyone planning on
attending college should know for your downtime. 
We will go over the basics, play a few hands, and get the hang of the game. 
Registration requested.

Grades 6-12

    Location: Mogadore
   3:30 PM  -  5:00 PM Wednesday Movie Madness  
    Contact: Odom Boulevard Branch Library   330-434-8726   
   

Join us each Wednesday after school for a different family friendly movie.  Stop in to the branch or call 330-434-8726 to see which movie we will be playing that week.

    Location: Odom
   3:45 PM Afterschool Crowd  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   ellet@akronlibrary.org
   

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

    Location: Ellet
   4:00 PM Conversation Heart-A-Palooza  
    Contact: Kenmore Branch Library   330-745-6126   kenmore@akronlibrary.org
   

For grades K-5. Join us for a festive Valentine's Day party that's all about conversation hearts! We will be playing conversation heart bingo and serving conversation heart treats!

    Location: Kenmore
   6:00 PM  -  7:00 PM Valentine Stories  
    Contact: Goodyear Branch   330-784-7522   goodyear@akronlibrary.org
   

 

We will read some sweet stories about friendship, have some sweet treats, and make some heart crafts to share with your friends and family.  Registration appreciated

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

Adult Program

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 February 15, 2018
   10:15 AM  -  11:30 AM Stories and Play  
    Contact: Goodyear Branch   330-784-7522   goodyear@akronlibrary.org
   

 

Thursdays, December 7-21, January 18 – February 22, 10:15 am

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

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

Family Storytime

For all ages.

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

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

Thursday, February 15, 10:30 am

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

Ages birth – 3 ½

*There will be no program on March 1, 2018

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

Every Thursday, 10:30 am

Watch as books come to life through stories, music and activities. For children 2 to 5 years old with an adult caregiver.

    Location: Main Library
   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)

Thursdays, January 4 to February 22, 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  -  11:30 AM Little Folks Story Hour  
    Contact: Richfield Branch Library   330-659-4343   dnagy@akronlibrary.org
   

Little Folks Story Time ages 6-35 months

Thursdays, January 18- March 8, 10:30-11:30 am

Little folks, bring your favorite caregiver and join us for stories, rhymes, songs and more.  No registration required.

    Location: Richfield
   11:30 AM  -  12:30 PM Preschool Story Time  
    Contact: Maple Valley Library   330.864.5721   eramsay@akronlibrary.org
   
Preschool Story Time
Thursdays in February, 11:30 am
Join Miss Erica for stories, music, and more!
For children ages 2-5 with an adult caregiver.
Younger children are welcome. 
    Location: Maple Valley
   1:00 PM Adult Play Day: Coloring and Coffee  
    Contact: Fairlawn-Bath Branch   330-666-4888   
   

Experience the latest trend in relaxation, adult coloring books! Coloring pages designated especially for adults, colored pencils, and refreshments will be provided. This program is sponsored by the Friends of Fairlawn-Bath Library.

    Location: Fairlawn-Bath
   1:00 PM Story Time  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   ellet@akronlibrary.org
   

For ages 2-6 years. Ms. Laurie will use books, flannel boards, puppets, props, and songs to engage children in stories. Your children will be active participants in Story Time. Each session will conclude with a craft and playtime. No registration necessary.

    Location: Ellet
   3:30 PM Lego Club  
    Contact: Mogadore Branch Library   330-628-9228   mogadore@akronlibrary.org
   

Thursday, February 15, 3:30 pm

Join us for an afternoon of imaginative Lego creation.  All supplies provided.

Grades K-5

    Location: Mogadore
   3:30 PM  -  4:30 PM Kids Creative Space  
    Contact: Odom Boulevard Branch Library   330-434-8726   
   

Join us each Thursday after school for a chance to get creative, play games, and hang-out with your friends.  

    Location: Odom
   3:45 PM Afterschool Crowd  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   ellet@akronlibrary.org
   

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

    Location: Ellet
   4:00 PM PAWS for Reading  
    Contact: Northwest Akron Branch   330.836.1081   northwest@akronlibrary.org
   

PAWS for Reading

(All grades)

Thursdays, December 7, 21, January 4, 18, February 1, 15, 4 pm

3rd Saturdays, December 16, January 20, February 17, 2 pm

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

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

For school age kids and teens. Hang out with your friends and test your gaming skills!

    Location: Kenmore
   5:30 PM  -  8:00 PM Project Learn ESOL/GED  
    Contact: North Hill Branch   330.535.9423   northhill@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, please contact PRoject LEarn at 330-434-9461 to arrange for testing and orientation.

    Location: North Hill
   6:00 PM Accordion Paper Wreaths  
    Contact: Mogadore Branch Library   330-628-9228   mogadore@akronlibrary.org
   

Thursday, February 15, 6 pm

Learn how to accordion-fold scrapbook paper into a colorful wreath in preparation for spring.
Please register for this program by calling 330.628.9228.
    Location: Mogadore
   6:00 PM Family Fitness  
    Contact: Tallmadge   330.633.4345   
   

Early Childhood Program
Family Fitness

Get in shape with your child! This fitness program will be put on by Build-a-Body Fitness and is for children or for children with their parents. Each class will consist of a warm-up, stretches, dance moves, games, obstacle courses, contests, and a "mimic me" section.

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

The triumphs and tragedies of an elite crew of firefighters who risk everything to protect a town from a raging wildfire. Starring Josh Brolin, Miles Teller, Jeff Bridges and Jennifer Connelly. Rated PG-13. 133 min

    Location: Main Library-Auditorium
   6:30 PM Story Time  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   ellet@akronlibrary.org
   

For ages 2-6 years. Ms. Laurie will use books, flannel boards, puppets, props, and songs to engage children in stories. Your children will be active participants in Story Time. Each session will conclude with a craft and playtime. No registration necessary.

    Location: Ellet

Friday February 16, 2018
   12:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Art Free For All  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   ellet@akronlibrary.org
   

Stop in the library any time between 12 and 4 to let your crafting imagination run wild. We will have craft supplies of all sorts for you to experiment with and crate a masterpiece.

    Location: Ellet
   1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM No School! Family Movie Day  
    Contact: Odom Branch   330-434-8726   
   

Snack and a movie.  Titles will be announced later.  Call the branch at 330-434-8726 for information or stop by.

    Location: Odom

Saturday February 17, 2018
   9:15 AM Practice ACT  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330-864-5721   maplevalley@akronlibrary.org
   

 Want to get the best score on your ACT? Sylvan Learning Center is offering a free practice exam to prepare you for the real test. Please plan on this program lasting at least three hours. Registration is requested at least a week in advance.  

    Location: Maple Valley
   10:00 AM Practice ACT Exam  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   ellet@akronlibrary.org
   

Want to get the best score on your ACT? Sylvan Learning Center is offering a free practice exam to prepare you for the real test. This practice test will last at least three hours. Please register in advance.

    Location: Ellet
   10:00 AM  -  5:00 PM NH Game Time  
    Contact: Nordonia Hills Branch   330.467.8595   nordoniahills@akronlibrary.org
   

NORDONIA HILLS GAME TIME

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

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

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

Third Saturday of each month.

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

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

    Location: Nordonia Hills
   10:30 AM Sensory Storytime  
    Contact: Northwest Akron Branch   330.836.1081   northwest@akronlibrary.org
   

Sensory Storytime

3rd Saturdays, December 16, January 20, February 17, 10:30 am & 11:30 am

Join us for this adapted storytime where children with varying learning styles and abilities learn together in a supportive environment with respect and appreciation for differences.

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

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

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

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

Paws for Reading

1st and 3rd Saturday of each month, 10:30-11:30 am

Children can practice their literacy skills by reading aloud to our doggie pals Kodak, Rudy, and Yuki. This is a great way for your child to build reading fluency and read-aloud confidence.

Children not yet reading are also welcome to come; stories will be read to the children by our doggie pals’ humans.

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

Saturday Story Time Sampler

First and Third Saturdays of the month, 11 am

Story time for preschool-primary children with an adult caregiver

Dec 2: Gingerbread Man – Run into the library as fast as you can for this gingerbread story time! Help us try to catch the pesky gingerbread man, decorate the library’s holiday cardboard house and more!

Dec 16: Holidays Around the World – Join us for fun stories and crafts from around the world

Jan 6: Penguin Party! Did you know that there are penguins that live in warm places?  Learn fun facts about penguins through penguin stories, rhymes and songs, and make your own edible penguin craft!

Jan 20: Ballet Excel presents The Magic Flute. Don’t miss this interactive program which includes dance, storytelling, and a meet-and-greet with the dancers. Bring your camera if you’d like to take pictures.

Feb 3: Instead of Story Time, join us for the Family Reading Festival, 10-3, featuring Jim Gill and Outback Ray!

Feb 17: Winter Fun. Snowy stories, activities and a craft to warm up with.

    Location: Main Library
   11:30 AM Sensory Storytime  
    Contact: Northwest Akron Branch   330.836.1081   northwest@akronlibrary.org
   

Sensory Storytime

3rd Saturdays, December 16, January 20, February 17, 10:30 am & 11:30 am

Join us for this adapted storytime where children with varying learning styles and abilities learn together in a supportive environment with respect and appreciation for differences.

    Location: Northwest Akron
   1:00 PM Glass Wave Mosaic  
    Contact: Kenmore Branch Library   330-745-6126   kenmore@akronlibrary.org
   

Join Leona Bowser from Don Drumm Studio to create a stunning glass-on-glass beach mosaic. Space is limited, so please call 330-745-6126 or email kenmore@akronlibrary.org to register.

    Location: Kenmore
   2:00 PM Anime Afternoon  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   ellet@akronlibrary.org
   

Grades 6-12. Anime, crafts, and snacks

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

PAWS for Reading

(All grades)

Thursdays, December 7, 21, January 4, 18, February 1, 15, 4 pm

3rd Saturdays, December 16, January 20, February 17, 2 pm

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

    Location: Northwest Akron
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Let's Talk About It Book Discussion  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   maplevalley@akronlibrary.org
   

JUMP: Take the Leap of Faith to Achieve Your Life of Abundance by Steve Harvey

JUMP explores seven vulnerable “seasons” in the Emmy Award-winner life: being homeless and living out of his car, flunking out of college, enduring the emotional turmoil of a second failed marriage, risking stability to pursue his dream of television stardom, overcoming the Miss Universe mishap, blending his family, and owing the Internal Revenue Service $20 million. Steve uses these uncomfortable moments to explain his core principles and teach you what it means to JUMP. (Amazon)

    Location: Maple Valley
   2:00 PM  -  4:00 PM TECHZONE Tour  
    Contact: Richfield branch library   330-659-4343   mdaly@akronlibrary.org
   

Join Brett Neff, Manager of Electronic Services at ASCPL, as he takes you on a tour of the library’s TECHZONE@MAIN. The TECHZONE has many cool and exciting gadgets from a 3D printer to a laser engraver available to the public at minimal charges. Need a vinyl banner for you next outing – we can do it! Need to convert your old VHS tapes or cassettes to digital – we’ll show you how.

 

    Location: Richfield

Sunday February 18, 2018
   2:00 PM  -  2:30 PM Sunday Story Time Sampler  
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

Every Sunday (except Dec 24), 2 pm

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

    Location: Main Library

Monday February 19, 2018
     On Your Own  
    Contact: Goodyear Branch   330-784-7522   goodyear@akronlibrary.org
   

 

Participate in 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.

Evergreens and Pine Cones

Look at the various parts of trees on the NatureConnect table and observe the differences.

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

North Hill Needle Crafters

If you love to knit, crochet, and help others, this is the group for you. Are you new to crafting? We will be glad to get you started. If you have yarn or supplies to donate, we will make good use of them!

    Location: North Hill
   10:30 AM Yoga Play for 3-5 year olds  
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

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

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

    Location: Main Library
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Kids Yoga Fun  
    Contact: Richfield Branch Library   330-659-4343   dnagy@akronlibrary.org
   

Yoga fun

Monday, February 19, 10:30- 11:30 am

Calling all boys and girls ages 4-11, join us for an hour of yoga fun, followed by a healthy snack. If you have access to a yoga mat or beach towel, please bring it. We will have a small supply of yoga mats available too.

    Location: Richfield
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Play A While  
    Contact: Norton Branch Library   330 825-7800   norton@akronlibrary.org
   

Play A While for families with children ages five or younger

An open play session where we provide the toys and you watch your children play and make new friends.

    Location: Norton
   11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Baby & Me  
    Contact: Highland Square Branch Library   330-376-2927   kmockensturm@akronlibrary.org
   

For babies 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
   1:00 PM ACT Practice Exam  
    Contact: Fairlawn-Bath Branch   330-666-4888   
   

Want to get the best score on your ACT? Sylvan Learning Center is offering a free

practice exam to prepare you for the real test. Sign up today to for a practice test to see how you might score on the big day! Afterwards, you will receive personalized evaluation of your performance along with suggestions on ways you can improve your score. 

For grades 9-12.  Please call 330-666-4888 or stop by the library to register.

    Location: Fairlawn-Bath
   1:00 PM Watercolor Classes  
    Contact: Firestone Park Branch Library   330-724-2126   firestoneparkbranch@akronlibrary.org
   

Watercolor Classes

Monday, February 19, 1 pm

Explore techniques and compositions in a small, relaxing class. No drawing experience or artistic skill required. Please register for this program by calling us at 330-724-2126.

    Location: Firestone Park
   1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM No School! Family Movie Day  
    Contact: Odom Branch   330-434-8726   
   

Snack and a movie.  Titles will be announced later.  Call the branch at 330-434-8726 for information or stop by.

    Location: Odom
   3:00 PM  -  5:00 PM After School Homework Help  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   eramsay@akronlibrary.org
   
After School Homework Help
Mondays & Wednesdays 3-5 pm
Free homework help for students in grades K-6.
You’ll find everything you need to get your homework done here!
Stuck on a math question? We have someone to help you.
Can’t find a ruler? We have school supplies.
Need to type a paper? We have computers.
Drop in anytime you need help.
No registration required.
    Location: Maple Valley
   3:30 PM  -  5:00 PM Ellet Needle Crafters  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   ellet@akronlibrary.org
   

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

    Location: Ellet
   6:00 PM Family Game Nights  
    Contact: Kenmore Branch Library   330-745-6126   kenmore@akronlibrary.org
   

There's something for everyone at Family Game Night! We have board games, card games and toys for the tots! Feel free to bring in any of your family's favorites. 

    Location: Kenmore
   6:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Family Movie Monday  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   eramsay@akronlibrary.org
   
Family Movie Monday
Every third Monday of the month, 6 pm
Join us for a family friendly movie, snacks, and drinks!
 
February 19: Emoji Movie (PG) (91 min)
    Location: Maple Valley
   6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Gentle Yoga With Nia  
    Contact: North Hill Branch Library   330.535.9423   northhill@akronlibrary.org
   

Gentle Yoga with Nia

Help maintain a healthy lifestyle through the holiday and to start your year off right with these free yoga classes. Be lled in warm-up stretches and breathing exercises, move through yoga poses with the help of a chair, end sessions with nature sounds and music. Please bring a yoga mat or a beach towel and a water bottle. New members are always welcome!

    Location: North Hill

Tuesday February 20, 2018
   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 Story Time  
    Contact: Mogadore Branch Library   330-628-9228   mogadore@akronlibrary.org
   

Tuesday, February 20, 10:30 am

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

Ages 3 and up

*There will be no program on February 27, 2018

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

Preschool Story Time ages 3-6

Tuesdays, January 16- March 6, 10:30-11:30 am

Preschoolers bring your favorite caregiver and join us for stories, rhymes, songs and more.  No registration required.

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

Stories, songs and finger plays for those littlest learners!  Recommended for babies and toddlers age 2 and under with a caregiver. No registration necessary.

 

 

    Location: Portage Lakes
   11:30 AM Toddler Time  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Toddler Time

For ages 2-3 with a caregiver.

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

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

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

    Location: North Hill
   1:30 PM Rabid Readers Book Discussion  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   ellet@akronlibrary.org
   

Books are available in advance at the circulation desk.

Feb 20-YOUNG JANE YOUNG by Gabrielle Zevin

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    Location: Ellet
   2:30 PM  -  4:00 PM Teen Lounge  
    Contact: Mogadore Branch Library   330-628-9228   mogadore@akronlibrary.org
   

Tuesday, February 20, 2:30-4 pm

Stop in to spend time with your friends, enjoy snacks,
try new activities, and play video games, in a place that just for teens.

Grades 6-12

    Location: Mogadore
   3:30 PM  -  4:30 PM Youth Video Gaming  
    Contact: Odom Boulevard Branch Library   330-434-8726   
   

Cheer on your friends and enjoy time spent with others while taking turns playing video games with other students.  Games played are rated T or below.  

    Location: Odom
   3:45 PM Afterschool Crowd  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   ellet@akronlibrary.org
   

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

    Location: Ellet
   4:00 PM Family Movies  
    Contact: Kenmore Branch Library   330-745-6126   kenmore@akronlibrary.org
   

Relax with a movie, popcorn, and drinks! Bring the whole family and enjoy a night out.

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

Tween Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics

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

From robotics to science experiments, we'll spark your curiosity and show you learning is FUN!

    Location: Norton
   4:00 PM  -  5:00 PM After School Adventures  
    Contact: Firestone Park Branch Library   330-724-2126   gbowen@akronlibrary.org
   

Steam Lab for kids in grades K-5

Build a candy catapult. Sign ups requested.

 

    Location: Firestone Park
   4:30 PM  -  6:00 PM Teen/Tween Advisory Board  
    Contact: Goodyear Branch   3307847522   goodyear@akronlibrary.org
   

Third Tuesday of each month, 4:30-6 pm

Join our new advisory board just for teens and tweens, ages 9-18. First, teens and tweens will meet together, then we’ll split into groups and brainstorm ideas. Come make your voice heard! Refreshments will be served.

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

Tuesday, February 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 John Brown's America  
    Contact: Tallmadge   330.633.4345   
   

Program for Adults
John Brown's America

John Brown's America traces John Brown and America's journey to Harper's Ferry. Many people do not understand the man and his time.

    Location: Tallmadge
   6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Heart Health Presentation  
    Contact: Highland Square   330-376-2927   kgerlach@akronlibrary.org
   

February is Heart Health Month. Learn how to live a healthier lifestyle, and improve your understanding of the risk factors of heart and stroke. Then find out how to administer hands-only CPR. This program is presented by the Summit County Go Red For Women Passion Committee.

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

    Location: Highland Square
   6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Reentry in Motion: Finding a Job with a Background  
    Contact: Business & Government Division   330-643-9020   srichard@akronlibrary.org
   

Job searching is a stressful endeavor, especially for someone with a troubled background. This program showcases a film which will help job seekers understand the pitfalls and secrets of finding a job with a criminal past. Handouts provided. Room 2AB.

    Location: Main Library
   7:00 PM Classic Book and Film Discussion  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Dessert and Discussion for Teens and Adults

Was the book or the movie better?  And why is it a classic anyway?  Find out as we discuss it over dessert.  Didn't like the book?  Sometimes it's even more fun to discuss that way.

For the month of February, we will discuss THE CATCHER IN THE RYE by J.D. Salinger.

    Location: Green

Wednesday February 21, 2018
   10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Plat Date  
    Contact: Richfield Branch Library   330-659-4343   dnagy@akronlibrary.org
   

Play Date

Wednesdays, January 17, February 21, 10 am-12 pm

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

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

Every Wednesday, 10:30 am

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   330.836.1081   northwest@akronlibrary.org
   

Mini Movers

(Ages 5 and under with a caregiver)

Wednesdays, December 20, January 17, February 21, 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
   11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Coloring Fun  
    Contact: Norton Branch Library   330-825-7800   norton@akronlibrary.org
   

Join us for a morning of coloring, relaxation, conversation and snacks.  Coloring sheets, markers, colored pencils, music and snacks are provided. Feel free to bring your own supplies or use ours.

    Location: Norton
   11:00 AM  -  11:00 PM Story Time  
    Contact: Firestone Park Branch Library   330-724-2126   gbowen@akronlibrary.org
   

Story Time

Wednesdays, January 10 – February 28, 11 am

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

Best for ages 2 to 6,  with all ages welcome. No registration required.

    Location: Firestone Park
   1:00 PM Mystery Book Discussion Group  
    Contact: Northwest Akron Branch Library   330.836.1081   northwest@akronlibrary.org
   

Mystery Book Discussion Group

3rd Wednesday, 1 pm

December 20 MISTLETOE MURDER AND OTHER STORIES by P.D. James

January 17 THE BLACK WIDOW by Daniel Silva

February 21 FIND HER by Lisa Gardner

    Location: Northwest Akron
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Color Your World  
    Contact: Odom Branch   330-434-8726   
   

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

    Location: Odom
   3:00 PM After School Fun Club  
    Contact: Firestone Park Branch Library   330-724-2126   firestoneparkbranch@akronlibrary.org
   

After School Fun Club

Wednesdays, 3 pm

Grades K-5

February 21          Board Games

February 28          Snap Circuits

    Location: Firestone Park
   3:00 PM  -  5:00 PM After School Homework Help  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   eramsay@akronlibrary.org
   
After School Homework Help
Mondays & Wednesdays 3-5 pm
Free homework help for students in grades K-6.
You’ll find everything you need to get your homework done here!
Stuck on a math question? We have someone to help you.
Can’t find a ruler? We have school supplies.
Need to type a paper? We have computers.
Drop in anytime you need help.
No registration required.
    Location: Maple Valley
   3:30 PM Euchre Tournament  
    Contact: Mogadore Branch Library   330-628-9228   mogadore@akronlibrary.org
   

Wednesday, February 21, 3:30 pm

Use your newly acquired skill to compete against your friends.  
Prizes will be awarded. 
To be eligible to compete in the tournament you need to attend the Euchre 101 program.

Grades 6-12

    Location: Mogadore
   3:30 PM  -  5:00 PM Wednesday Movie Madness  
    Contact: Odom Boulevard Branch Library   330-434-8726   
   

Join us each Wednesday after school for a different family friendly movie.  Stop in to the branch or call 330-434-8726 to see which movie we will be playing that week.

    Location: Odom
   3:45 PM Afterschool Crowd  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   ellet@akronlibrary.org
   

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

    Location: Ellet
   4:00 PM Teen Career Snapshots  
    Contact: Northwest Akron Branch   330.836.1081   northwest@akronlibrary.org
   

Teen Career Snapshots

Wednesdays, 4 pm

January 10:  Akron Fire Department

January 17:  NASA

February 7:  Summit County Metroparks

February 21:  Akron Police Department Forensics

Think you know what people do at their jobs based on their job title?  Maybe, maybe not!  Learn more about careers through visits by different professionals throughout winter session.

    Location: Northwest Akron
   4:00 PM  -  5:00 PM Paws for Reading  
    Contact: Norton Branch Library   330-825-7800   norton@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
   4:15 PM  -  5:00 PM Crazy 8's Math Club  
    Contact: Norton Branch Library   330-825-7800   norton@akronlibrary.org
   

Bedtime Math’s Crazy 8s Club Session 2

Wednesdays, January 10-February 7; February 21-March 7, 4:15-5 pm

Build stuff, run and jump, make music, make a mess…it’s a totally new kind of math club.

Open to children grades K-2

Registration for the eight-week session is requested due to limited 

supplies on hand for this program series.

 

   6:00 PM Evening Book Discussion  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Evening Book Discussion

Join us for our monthly evening book discussion. For February, we will discuss ELIGIBLE by Curtis Sittenfield.

    Location: Green
   6:00 PM Yoga Class  
    Contact: Firestone Park Branch Library   330-724-2126   firestoneparkbranch@akronlibrary.org
   

Yoga Class

Wednesday, February 21, 6 pm

Join Lisa Meranti from OneTreeLove for an hour of yoga stretches and meditation. This class is for beginners, experienced yogis, and those interested in a gentle, mindful practice. Please wear comfortable clothing. Register for this program by calling us at 330-724-2126.

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

Explore Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math with fun games, easy experiments and activities for all ages.  No registration necessary.

 

 

    Location: Portage Lakes
   6:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Cinema Night at Your Branch Library  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   maplevalley@akronlibrary.org
   

MARSHALL starring Chadwick Boseman

    Location: Maple Valley
   6:30 PM Medicare Basics  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Adult Program

Medicare Basics - Are You Receiving All the Benefits You are Entitled To?

Presented by Donald Ebner from Sherpa Insurance.  Do you understand your Medicare choices?  Are you beginning the journey of those new to Medicare?  When are Enrollment Periods?  Tips on managing your Medicare will be discussed.  Everyone is unique--and so are Your Medicare plans.  Keeping costs down on prescriptions will also be discussed.

 
    Location: Green

Thursday February 22, 2018
   10:15 AM  -  11:30 AM Stories and Play  
    Contact: Goodyear Branch   330-784-7522   goodyear@akronlibrary.org
   

 

Thursdays, December 7-21, January 18 – February 22, 10:15 am

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

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

Family Storytime

For all ages.

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

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

Thursday, February 22, 10:30 am

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

Ages birth – 3 ½

*There will be no program on March 1, 2018

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

Every Thursday, 10:30 am

Watch as books come to life through stories, music and activities. For children 2 to 5 years old with an adult caregiver.

    Location: Main Library
   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)

Thursdays, January 4 to February 22, 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  -  11:30 AM Little Folks Story Hour  
    Contact: Richfield Branch Library   330-659-4343   dnagy@akronlibrary.org
   

Little Folks Story Time ages 6-35 months

Thursdays, January 18- March 8, 10:30-11:30 am

Little folks, bring your favorite caregiver and join us for stories, rhymes, songs and more.  No registration required.

    Location: Richfield
   11:30 AM  -  12:30 PM Preschool Story Time  
    Contact: Maple Valley Library   330.864.5721   eramsay@akronlibrary.org
   
Preschool Story Time
Thursdays in February, 11:30 am
Join Miss Erica for stories, music, and more!
For children ages 2-5 with an adult caregiver.
Younger children are welcome. 
    Location: Maple Valley
   3:30 PM Young Writer’s Workshop  
    Contact: Firestone Park Branch Library   330-724-2126   firestoneparkbranch@akronlibrary.org
   

Young Writer’s Workshop

Thursdays, January 18, February 22, 3:30 pm

Grades 4-8. Our certified teacher librarian will give simple writing strategies for young writers, and provide prompts for responses.

    Location: Firestone Park
   3:30 PM  -  4:30 PM Kids Creative Space  
    Contact: Odom Boulevard Branch Library   330-434-8726   
   

Join us each Thursday after school for a chance to get creative, play games, and hang-out with your friends.  

    Location: Odom
   3:45 PM Afterschool Crowd  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   ellet@akronlibrary.org
   

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

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

For school age kids and teens. Hang out with your friends and test your gaming skills!

    Location: Kenmore
   4:00 PM  -  5:00 PM Tech Time: Robotics, Engineering, and Coding  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   eramsay@akronlibrary.org
   
Tech Time: Robotics, Engineering, and Coding
Thursday,  February 22, 4 pm
Grades K-6
Try something new afterschool with Sylvan Edge and the Maple Valley Branch Library!
Children will have fun creating and animating robotic arms, engineering bridge super structures, and coding Ozobots. 
    Location: Maple Valley
   6:00 PM Cookbook Club  
    Contact: Mogadore Branch Library   330-628-9228   mogadore@akronlibrary.org
   

Thursday, February 22, 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: Breads

    Location: Mogadore
   6:00 PM Family Fitness  
    Contact: Tallmadge   330.633.4345   
   

Early Childhood Program
Family Fitness

Get in shape with your child! This fitness program will be put on by Build-a-Body Fitness and is for children or for children with their parents. Each class will consist of a warm-up, stretches, dance moves, games, obstacle courses, contests, and a "mimic me" section.

    Location: Tallmadge
   6:00 PM  -  7:30 PM Teen Open Mic @ the Library  
    Contact: Norton Branch Library   330-825-7800   norton@akronlibrary.org
   

It's your time to shine at the Library!

Recite a poem, read a short story or play a song.  Show off something you've been working on or share an old favorite.

The sign-up sheet will be posted from Wednesday afternoon until Thursday 5:45 pm.

First come, first served.

    Location: Norton
   6:30 PM Movies@Main: Edge of the City  
    Contact: Culture & AV   330-643-9015   
   
Kung Fu Panda 3 movie poster
 

The friendship of two dock workers is threatened by a ruthless racketeer. Classic drama starring Sidney Poitier, John Cassavetes, Jack Warden and Ruby Dee. 85 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
   

February is the month of love and romance, but what happens when the man you love is also living a secret life?  Tales of deception, lies and, of course, murder ensue.

I LOVE YOU MORE by Jennifer Murphy

MARRIAGE LIE by Kimberly Belle

SECRETS YOU KEEP by Kate White

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

Meetings are usually the fourth Thursday of every month, at 6:45pm. New members are always welcome.

December 21                         THE NIGHT CIRCUS by Erin Morgenstern

January 25                             THE HUSBAND’S SECRET by Liane Moriarty

February 22                           CROWN OF DUST by Mary Volmer

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

    Location: Highland Square

Friday February 23, 2018
   10:30 AM  -  11:45 AM T.G.I.F. Tweens Great Informal Fridays  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

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

February 24 Captain Underpants and Ricky Ricotta books:    It’s a Captain Underpants Party! Did you see the movie?  Now enjoy the rest of the book series or try the Mighty Robot books.

Grades 3 - 6

    Location: Portage Lakes

Saturday February 24, 2018
   10:30 AM Saturday Morning Craft Club  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

3D Magazine Heart

Fold and cut an old magazine into a unique 3D heart shape.  Attach to a canvas for a wall hanging or add decorative ribbon for an ornament.  Class size is limited.  Please register in advance.  Ages 16 and up preferred.

    Location: Portage Lakes
   11:00 AM Family Art Day  
    Contact: Northwest Akron Branch   330.836.1081   northwest@akronlibrary.org
   

Family Art Day

Saturday, February 24, 11 am

Families can drop in anytime between 11 am and 1 pm to experience a variety of art materials together. All supplies will be provided – bring your creativity and dress to get messy!

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

Saturday Story Time Sampler

First and Third Saturdays of the month, 11 am

Story time for preschool-primary children with an adult caregiver

Dec 2: Gingerbread Man – Run into the library as fast as you can for this gingerbread story time! Help us try to catch the pesky gingerbread man, decorate the library’s holiday cardboard house and more!

Dec 16: Holidays Around the World – Join us for fun stories and crafts from around the world

Jan 6: Penguin Party! Did you know that there are penguins that live in warm places?  Learn fun facts about penguins through penguin stories, rhymes and songs, and make your own edible penguin craft!

Jan 20: Ballet Excel presents The Magic Flute. Don’t miss this interactive program which includes dance, storytelling, and a meet-and-greet with the dancers. Bring your camera if you’d like to take pictures.

Feb 3: Instead of Story Time, join us for the Family Reading Festival, 10-3, featuring Jim Gill and Outback Ray!

Feb 17: Winter Fun. Snowy stories, activities and a craft to warm up with.

    Location: Main Library
   11:00 AM Winter Luau  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Family Program

Dress in your luau garb and surf right past winter for a day!

There will be island music, crafts, and snacks.

All ages are welcome.

 
    Location: Green
   12:00 PM  -  1:00 PM Paws For Reading  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   ellet@akronlibrary.org
   

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

    Location: Ellet
   2:00 PM A Celebration of Animation: The 100 Greatest Cartoon Characters in Television History  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

The only author to ever rank the greatest cartoon characters of all time hosts this fun presentation! Marty Gitlin will entertain you with cartoon snippets while discussing such legends as Bugs Bunny, Homer Simpson and SpongeBob SquarePants. He provides insight into the characters from a historical context, tests your cartoon trivia, and explains the criteria he used to rank the best of the best.  Copies of A CELEBRATION OF ANIMATION will be available for purchase and author signings.

    Location: Portage Lakes
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Ed Emberley Drawing Workshop  
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

Love the Ed Emberley exhibit at the art museum?  Love Ed Emberley’s drawing books?  Just Love drawing?  We’ll practice drawing step by step in this fun workshop, and we’ll create some fun fingerprint animals too!

For Grades K-6.

    Location: Main Library
   2:00 PM  -  3:30 PM Jr. Chef  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   eramsay@akronlibrary.org
   
Jr. Chef
Saturday, February 24, 2 pm
Grades K-6
Put on your chef hat and apron and prepare to cook up some delicious treats!
We will be making mini corn dog muffins, cheesy nachos, and an Eiffel Tower cookie sundae.
Registration is required. 
    Location: Maple Valley

Sunday February 25, 2018
   2:00 PM  -  2:30 PM Sunday Story Time Sampler  
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

Every Sunday (except Dec 24), 2 pm

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

    Location: Main Library

Monday February 26, 2018
     Celebrity Baby Picture Challenge  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Adult Program

Get ready for the Oscars by matching the celebrity to their baby picture.

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

North Hill Needle Crafters

If you love to knit, crochet, and help others, this is the group for you. Are you new to crafting? We will be glad to get you started. If you have yarn or supplies to donate, we will make good use of them!

    Location: North Hill
   10:30 AM Google Drive  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Adult Program

Learn about Google Drive - Google’s free cloud service. With a free Google account, you can use Google Docs (similar to MS Word), Google Sheets (similar to MS Excel), etc. totally free.  You can create docs, share with others, and do collaborative editing on the web. You can save photos and files up to 15GB free.

Note: this is a demonstration and not a hands-on computer class.

 
    Location: Green
   10:30 AM Yoga Play for 3-5 year olds  
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

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

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

    Location: Main Library
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Play A While  
    Contact: Norton Branch Library   330 825-7800   norton@akronlibrary.org
   

Play A While for families with children ages five or younger

An open play session where we provide the toys and you watch your children play and make new friends.

    Location: Norton
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Sensory Story Time  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   ellet@akronlibrary.org
   

This program offers educational, literacy and social opportunities for all ages with differing abilities, their siblings, parent/caregivers and their typically developing peers through the use of story, music, and movement to engage participants.

Sensory Story Time includes a schedule board, a consistent program plan and sensory opportunities; such as crafts, building and play.

    Location: Ellet
   11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Baby & Me  
    Contact: Highland Square Branch Library   330-376-2927   kmockensturm@akronlibrary.org
   

For babies 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
   3:00 PM  -  5:00 PM After School Homework Help  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   eramsay@akronlibrary.org
   
After School Homework Help
Mondays & Wednesdays 3-5 pm
Free homework help for students in grades K-6.
You’ll find everything you need to get your homework done here!
Stuck on a math question? We have someone to help you.
Can’t find a ruler? We have school supplies.
Need to type a paper? We have computers.
Drop in anytime you need help.
No registration required.
    Location: Maple Valley
   3:30 PM Chess Club  
    Contact: Kenmore Branch Library   330-745-6126   kenmore@akronlibrary.org
   

For grades 5-12. Test your skill at chess and checkers! sets for both are provided or you can bring your own.

    Location: Kenmore
   4:00 PM  -  5:00 PM Lego Club  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   ellet@akronlibrary.org
   

Builders ages 5-12 can join us on the 2nd and 4th Monday. We will provide the bricks and a challenge. Completed works will be displayed in our showcase until the next meeting.

    Location: Ellet
   5:00 PM Teen Advisory Board Meetings  
    Contact: Fairlawn-Bath Branch   330-666-4888   
   

Whether you want to work on cool projects or just need volunteer hours for school, the Teen Advisory Board is the place to be.  Help plan Fairlawn-Bath Teen programs and decorate the Teen Area. It looks great on a resume too.

 

    Location: Fairlawn-Bath
   6:00 PM Needle Crafting @ The Library  
    Contact: Firestone Park Branch Library   330-724-2126   firestoneparkbranch@akronlibrary.org
   

Needle Crafting @ The Library

Second and fourth Monday evenings of the month, December 11, January 8, 22, February 12, 26, 6 pm

Enjoy discussion and share current knitting and crochet projects.

    Location: Firestone Park
   6:00 PM  -  7:00 PM Human Trafficking  
    Contact: Norton Branch Library   330-825-7800   norton@akronlibrary.org
   

Agent Patricia Csuhta of the Ohio Department of Public Safety will be speaking on the problem of Human Trafficking and explaining what it is, where it is found, and how you can spot it.  

    Location: Norton
   6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Introduction to Meditation  
    Contact: North Hill Branch   330.535.9423   northhill@akronlibrary.org
   

Introduction to Meditation presented by the Center for Health, Happiness, and Chan

Too much stress in life? Want to spend a little quality time with yourself? Just want to learn how meditation can work for you? This four week Introduction to Meditation course offers and opportunity to practice and discuss several popular forms of meditation. We begin with basic breathing meditation and add other practices each week. No previous meditation experience is necessary and all practices are offered in a non-religious manner - all faith traditions (or none at all) are welcome. 

    Location: North Hill

Tuesday February 27, 2018
     Celebrity Baby Picture Challenge  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Adult Program

Get ready for the Oscars by matching the celebrity to their baby picture.

    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 Preschool Story Time  
    Contact: Richfield Branch Library   330-659-4343   dnagy@akronlibrary.org
   

Preschool Story Time ages 3-6

Tuesdays, January 16- March 6, 10:30-11:30 am

Preschoolers bring your favorite caregiver and join us for stories, rhymes, songs and more.  No registration required.

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

Stories, songs and finger plays for those littlest learners!  Recommended for babies and toddlers age 2 and under with a caregiver. No registration necessary.

 

 

    Location: Portage Lakes
   11:30 AM Toddler Time  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Toddler Time

For ages 2-3 with a caregiver.

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

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

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

    Location: North Hill
   3:30 PM  -  5:00 PM Afterschool Book Club  
    Contact: Odom Branch   330-434-8726   
   

Join us afterschool to discuss the book for the month and enjoy a snack.  

The Giver by Lois Lowry

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

Tuesday, February 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
   3:45 PM Afterschool Crowd  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   ellet@akronlibrary.org
   

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

    Location: Ellet
   4:00 PM Teen Book and Media Share with Cupcake Creations  
    Contact: Kenmore Branch Library   330-745-6126   kenmore@akronlibrary.org
   

Share something you read lately or talk about an app, game or YouTube video that you have seen and then create a cupcake to eat!

    Location: Kenmore
   4:15 PM  -  5:00 PM NatureConnect  
    Contact: Norton Branch Library   330-825-7800   norton@akronlibrary.org
   

NatureConnect 

for Children Grades K-2

Tuesdays, 4:15 pm – 5 pm

Jan. 23 - Fine Feathered Friends - Help us provide food and shelter for birds visiting the library garden 

Feb. 27 - Ice, Ice, Baby - Have fun with cold experiments like Fish for Ice and Blubber Science. 

   4:30 PM  -  6:00 PM Teen Time NEW DAY AND TIME!  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

Take a break from your busy schedule and spend some time chilling, crafting, and chatting about your favorite foods, books, movies and more. Snacks will be served at this program.  Patrons with food allergy questions should contact the branch.

February 27:  Spa Day:  Come chill out and pamper yourself!  Learn how to make homemade face and foot scrubs to enjoy.

Grades 5 and up

    Location: Portage Lakes
   5:30 PM  -  8:00 PM Project Learn ESOL/GED  
    Contact: North Hill Branch   330.535.9423   northhill@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, please contact PRoject LEarn at 330-434-9461 to arrange for testing and orientation.

    Location: North Hill
   6:00 PM Retro Video Game Night  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   ellet@akronlibrary.org
   

Want to relive the awesome memories of playing the addictive games from your childhood? Here's your chance! Come and play games from Atari, Nintendo, Super Nintendo and others while learning some fun facts about these beloved classics.

    Location: Ellet
   6:00 PM Vinyl on Trial  
    Contact: Tallmadge   330.633.4345   
   

Teen / Adult Program
Vinyl on Trial

Today's digital world has all of us searching for more. This could be the club for you. Take the time to enjoy full-length albums front to back, and share your thoughts with other vinyl addicts from the area. Bring an open mind and new suggestions for our next meeting. Join us every second and fourth Tuesday of the month.

Please register for this program by calling us at 330-633-4345

    Location: Tallmadge
   6:00 PM  -  7:30 PM Teen Advisory Board Meeting  
    Contact: Teen Department   330.643.9067   ysodiv@akronlibrary.org
   

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

    Location: Main Library
   6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Maximizing Social Security  
    Contact: Highland Square   330-376-2927   kgerlach@akronlibrary.org
   

Please join us to discuss simple planning decisions you can make to get the most out of your Social Security benefits. This program is presented by Paul Bernier, an investment advisor representative for AXA Advisors, LLC.

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

    Location: Highland Square

Wednesday February 28, 2018
     Celebrity Baby Picture Challenge  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Adult Program

Get ready for the Oscars by matching the celebrity to their baby picture.

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

Every Wednesday, 10:30 am

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  -  11:00 PM Story Time  
    Contact: Firestone Park Branch Library   330-724-2126   gbowen@akronlibrary.org
   

Story Time

Wednesdays, January 10 – February 28, 11 am

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

Best for ages 2 to 6,  with all ages welcome. No registration required.

    Location: Firestone Park
   1:00 PM Memory Cafe  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   ellet@akronlibrary.org
   

The Alzheimer's Association of Greater East Ohio Area Chapter and the Akron Summit County Public Library are partnering to offer a social engagement program for those experiencing memory loss. Memory Cafe focuses on having fun and learning about different entertaining topics each month. Each month we have an engaging and interesting presentation followed by tine for coffee and socialization. Upcoming topics include a holiday celebration, Akron's Marble History and more!

Advance registration is requested. To register please contact the Alzheimer's Association at 1-800-272-3900 or geoachl@alz.org.

    Location: Ellet
   2:00 PM Harriet Tubman  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Adult Program

Harriet Tubman, The Woman and Soldier of Freedom    

Jewell Jones, historian and ardent admirer of Harriet Tubman, has visited Tubman’s home in Auburn, New York.  Stories will be shared, along with photos taken by Jewell’s husband when they made their visit.

 
    Location: Green
   3:00 PM After School Fun Club  
    Contact: Firestone Park Branch Library   330-724-2126   firestoneparkbranch@akronlibrary.org
   

After School Fun Club

Wednesdays, 3 pm

Grades K-5

February 28          Snap Circuits

    Location: Firestone Park
   3:00 PM  -  5:00 PM After School Homework Help  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   eramsay@akronlibrary.org
   
After School Homework Help
Mondays & Wednesdays 3-5 pm
Free homework help for students in grades K-6.
You’ll find everything you need to get your homework done here!
Stuck on a math question? We have someone to help you.
Can’t find a ruler? We have school supplies.
Need to type a paper? We have computers.
Drop in anytime you need help.
No registration required.
    Location: Maple Valley
   3:30 PM  -  5:00 PM Wednesday Movie Madness  
    Contact: Odom Boulevard Branch Library   330-434-8726   
   

Join us each Wednesday after school for a different family friendly movie.  Stop in to the branch or call 330-434-8726 to see which movie we will be playing that week.

    Location: Odom
   3:45 PM Afterschool Crowd  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   ellet@akronlibrary.org
   

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

    Location: Ellet
   4:15 PM  -  5:00 PM Crazy 8's Math Club  
    Contact: Norton Branch Library   330-825-7800   norton@akronlibrary.org
   

Bedtime Math’s Crazy 8s Club Session 2

Wednesdays, January 10-February 7; February 21-March 7, 4:15-5 pm

Build stuff, run and jump, make music, make a mess…it’s a totally new kind of math club.

Open to children grades K-2

Registration for the eight-week session is requested due to limited 

supplies on hand for this program series.

 

   6:00 PM Firestone Park Book Club  
    Contact: Firestone Park Branch Library   330-724-2126   firestoneparkbranch@akronlibrary.org
   

Firestone Park Book Club

Wednesday, February 28, 6 pm @ The Firestone Park Community Center

This book club is for everyone in the Firestone Park community who is 18 and older. Join your neighbors as we discuss: SUNDAYS AT TIFFANY’S by James Patterson

    Location: Firestone Park

Thursday March 1, 2018
     Celebrity Baby Picture Challenge  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Adult Program

Get ready for the Oscars by matching the celebrity to their baby picture.

    Location: Green

Thursday March 1, 2018 -  Saturday March 31, 2018
   10:00 AM  -  5:00 PM Book Club To Go  
    Contact: odom branch   330-434-8726   
   

Drop by and grab one of our Book Club to Go books!  Let us know what you think!  

 

This month we will be reading Young Jane Young by Gabrielle Zevin.

    Location: Odom

Thursday March 1, 2018
   10:30 AM Family Storytime  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Family Storytime

For all ages.

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

    Location: Green
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Little Folks Story Hour  
    Contact: Richfield Branch Library   330-659-4343   dnagy@akronlibrary.org
   

Little Folks Story Time ages 6-35 months

Thursdays, January 18- March 8, 10:30-11:30 am

Little folks, bring your favorite caregiver and join us for stories, rhymes, songs and more.  No registration required.

    Location: Richfield
   3:30 PM  -  4:30 PM Kids Creative Space  
    Contact: Odom Boulevard Branch Library   330-434-8726   
   

Join us each Thursday after school for a chance to get creative, play games, and hang-out with your friends.  

    Location: Odom

Friday March 2, 2018
     Celebrity Baby Picture Challenge  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Adult Program

Get ready for the Oscars by matching the celebrity to their baby picture.

    Location: Green

Saturday March 3, 2018
     Celebrity Baby Picture Challenge  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Adult Program

Get ready for the Oscars by matching the celebrity to their baby picture.

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

Paws for Reading

1st and 3rd Saturday of each month, 10:30-11:30 am

Children can practice their literacy skills by reading aloud to our doggie pals Kodak, Rudy, and Yuki. This is a great way for your child to build reading fluency and read-aloud confidence.

Children not yet reading are also welcome to come; stories will be read to the children by our doggie pals’ humans.

    Location: Richfield

Monday March 5, 2018
   10:15 AM  -  12:00 PM North Hill Needle Crafters  
    Contact: North Hill Branch Library   330.535.9423   northhill@akronlibrary.org
   

North Hill Needle Crafters

If you love to knit, crochet, and help others, this is the group for you. Are you new to crafting? We will be glad to get you started. If you have yarn or supplies to donate, we will make good use of them!

    Location: North Hill

Tuesday March 6, 2018
   10:30 AM Story Time  
    Contact: Mogadore Branch Library   330-628-9228   mogadore@akronlibrary.org
   

Tuesday, March 6, 10:30 am

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

Ages 3 and up

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

Preschool Story Time ages 3-6

Tuesdays, January 16- March 6, 10:30-11:30 am

Preschoolers bring your favorite caregiver and join us for stories, rhymes, songs and more.  No registration required.

    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
   5:30 PM  -  8:00 PM Project Learn ESOL/GED  
    Contact: North Hill Branch   330.535.9423   northhill@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, please contact PRoject LEarn at 330-434-9461 to arrange for testing and orientation.

    Location: North Hill
   6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Introduction to Intellectual Property  
    Contact: Science & Technology Division   330-643-9075   stdiv@akronlibrary.org
   

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

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

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

    Location: Main Library

Wednesday March 7, 2018
   4:00 PM  -  5:00 PM Paws for Reading  
    Contact: Norton Branch Library   330-825-7800   norton@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
   4:15 PM  -  5:00 PM Crazy 8's Math Club  
    Contact: Norton Branch Library   330-825-7800   norton@akronlibrary.org
   

Bedtime Math’s Crazy 8s Club Session 2

Wednesdays, January 10-February 7; February 21-March 7, 4:15-5 pm

Build stuff, run and jump, make music, make a mess…it’s a totally new kind of math club.

Open to children grades K-2

Registration for the eight-week session is requested due to limited 

supplies on hand for this program series.

 


Thursday March 8, 2018
   10:30 AM Family Storytime  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Family Storytime

For all ages.

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

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

Thursday, March 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  -  11:30 AM Little Folks Story Hour  
    Contact: Richfield Branch Library   330-659-4343   dnagy@akronlibrary.org
   

Little Folks Story Time ages 6-35 months

Thursdays, January 18- March 8, 10:30-11:30 am

Little folks, bring your favorite caregiver and join us for stories, rhymes, songs and more.  No registration required.

    Location: Richfield
   5:30 PM  -  8:00 PM Project Learn ESOL/GED  
    Contact: North Hill Branch   330.535.9423   northhill@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, please contact PRoject LEarn at 330-434-9461 to arrange for testing and orientation.

    Location: North Hill

Saturday March 10, 2018
   10:15 AM  -  12:00 PM Introduction to Patents & Patent Searching  
    Contact: Science & Technology Division   330-643-9075   stdiv@akronlibrary.org
   

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

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

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

    Location: Main Library

Monday March 12, 2018
   10:15 AM  -  12:00 PM North Hill Needle Crafters  
    Contact: North Hill Branch Library   330.535.9423   northhill@akronlibrary.org
   

North Hill Needle Crafters

If you love to knit, crochet, and help others, this is the group for you. Are you new to crafting? We will be glad to get you started. If you have yarn or supplies to donate, we will make good use of them!

    Location: North Hill

Tuesday March 13, 2018
   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

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