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

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

Delicious! by Ruth Reichl    DELICIOUS! by Ruth Reichl

    Click on the book to place a copy on hold.

    Location: Goodyear

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

Baby Animal Contest

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

 

    Location: Portage Lakes

Friday March 24, 2017
   3:00 PM Northfield Elementary - One School, One Book  
    Contact: Nordonia Hills Branch Library   330-467-8595   nordoniahills@akronlibrary.org
   

ONE SCHOOL, ONE BOOK

One School, One Book is a program that promotes literacy by having families, schools, and communities reading the same book at the same time.  We will be doing some activities that relate to the 2017 book.

March 11th @ 3pm - We will read a chapter of the book and refreshments will be served

March 13-17 - Library Scavenger Hunt

March 20-24 - craft activity at the craft table

    Location: Nordonia Hills

Saturday March 25, 2017
     Kids Create  
    Contact: Fairlawn-Bath Branch   330-666-4888   
   

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

    Location: Fairlawn-Bath
   10:00 AM  -  1:00 PM ACT Practice Test and Review  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330.644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

Free ACT Practice Test and Review

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 by March 18.

    Location: Portage Lakes
   11:00 AM Elephant and Piggie Party  
    Contact: Northwest Akron Branch   3308361081   northwest@akronlibrary.org
   

Elephant and Piggie Party

Saturday, March 25, 11 am

Join us to celebrate Mo Willems’ Elephant and Piggie! We’ll have games, crafts, a story, and a snack. Families of all ages are welcome. Registration requested.

 

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

Patrons with food allergy questions should contact the branch.

    Location: Northwest Akron
   11:00 AM Line Dancing  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Adult Program

Presented by Lisa Kelleman-McClain from Build A Body Personal Training.  

Please register in advance.

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

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

    Location: Ellet
   12:00 PM  -  1:00 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 doggie pals.  

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

Our Paws for Reading dogs are waiting for you!

Held the last Saturday of the month at noon

    Location: Norton
   1:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Akron Crossword Puzzle Tournament  
    Contact: Culture & AV   330-643-9015   cadiv@akronlibrary.org
   
  • Compete to complete unpublished crosswords provided by "puzzlemaster" NYT Editor, Will Shortz!
  • Main Library Meeting Room 2AB.
  • Must be 18 years or older to participate.
  • Registration Requested.

 

 

    Location: Main Library
   1:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Virtual Reality & Videogames  
    Contact: Nordonia Hills Branch Library   330-467-8595   nordoniahills@akronlibrary.org
   

GET CREATIVE WITH VIRTUAL REALITY & VIDEOGAMES!

The world is your canvas with virtual reality!  With Google Tilt Brush on the HTC Vive, paint in 3D space as you experience the future of digital art.  Play other creative digital experiences while you wait:  build in Minecraft, make your own Super Mario levels, and play the orginal Nintendo's sound chip.

No registration is necessary.

 

    Location: Nordonia Hills
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Bricktastic! LEGOs  
    Contact: North Hill Branch Library   330-535-9423   northhill@akronlibrary.org
   

For grades 2 through 5. Join other Master Builders as you complete challenges and build for fun.

    Location: North Hill
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Builders' Club  
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

Open play with Legos, Duplos, and other building materials.  All ages welcome.

    Location: Main Library
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Family Fun Saturdays  
    Contact: Goodyear Branch Library   330-784-7522   goodyear@akronlibrary.org
   

Jr. Chef Day –  Put on your chef hat and apron. Today we are making Mini corn dog muffins, cheesy nachos, and apple fruit donuts.

Registration appreciated

    Location: Goodyear

Sunday March 26, 2017
   2:00 PM  -  2:30 PM Sunday Story Time Sampler  
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

Every Sunday, except April 16 (Closed for Easter)

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

    Location: Main Library

Monday March 27, 2017
     Drive-Thru Teen Book Club  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Youth & Teen

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

March THE FAULT IN OUR STARS by John Green

    Location: Green
   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.

Registration begins Monday, February 20.

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

North Hill Needle Crafters

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

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

Meet up with baby time and story time friends to relax and play together.

Ages birth - 5 years

Library toys provided for this quality play time.

    Location: Norton
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Tai Chi  
    Contact: Nordonia Hills Branch Library   330-467-8595   nordoniahills@akronlibrary.org
   

TAI CHI:  MOVING FOR BETTER BALANCE

Kim Mozzochi with the Area Agency on Aging conducts this FREE exercise series, geared toward older adults wanting to improve strength, flexibility and muscle tone.  The sessions meet twice per week for a 12-week period.

Registration is strongly encouraged, as space is limited.

 

    Location: Nordonia Hills
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 PM Yoga Fun  
    Contact: Richfield Branch Library   330-659-4343   dnagy@akronlibrayr.org
   

Yoga Fun

Monday, March 27, 10:30-11:30 am
Calling all boys and girls ages 4-11, join us for an hour of yoga fun, followed by a healthy snack. If you have access to a yoga mat or beach towel, please bring it. We will have a small supply of yoga mats available too.

 


 

 

    Location: Richfield
   11:00 AM Movers and Shakers  
    Contact: Highland Square   330-376-2927   
   

Ages 0-5 years and their grown-ups.

A music program for children and their adults to sing, dance, and play together! Presented by music educator Marissa Leonino Lange. Limited to 12 families per class. Families may enroll for individual sessions or all four. Call 330-376-2927 to register.

    Location: Highland Square
   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.

Registration begins Monday, , February 20.

    Location: Fairlawn-Bath
   3:00 PM  -  5:00 PM After School Homework Help  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   eramsay@akronlibrary.org
   
After School Homework Help
Mondays & Wednesdays 3-5 pm
January 9- May 24
Free homework help for students in grades K-6.
You’ll find everything you need to get your homework done here!
Stuck on a math question? We have someone to help you.
Can’t find a ruler? We have school supplies.
Need to type a paper? We have computers.
Drop in anytime you need help.
No registration required.
    Location: Maple Valley
   3:30 PM  -  4:30 PM School Age Children's Programs  
    Contact: Odom Blvd Branch Library   330-643-8726   OdomBlvdBranch@akronlibrary.org
   

School Age Children’s Programs

Grades K to grade 4 

Mondays at 3:30 pm

March 13: Pencil Topper Craft

March 20: LEGO challenges

March 27: Exploding Boomerangs

April 3: Celebrate Grilled Cheese month

April 10: Seed planting

April 24: Recycle craft

May 1: Tissue Flowers

May 8: Something for Mom.

May 15: Mystery program

    Location: Odom
   4:00 PM  -  5:00 PM Young Readers Book Club  
    Contact: Firestone Park Branch Library   330-724-2126   
   

Kids in grades K-3 are welcome to join us to read silly books, enjoy fun activities and munch on yummy snacks. 

PETE THE CAT  books

    Location: Firestone Park
   5:00 PM  -  6:00 PM Acting Adventures: Heroes and Villains  
    Contact: Highland Square   330-376-2927   
   

Ages 5-8 years.

Spider-man! Darth Vader! Rey! Elsa! Pikachu! These are just some of many heroes and villains that fascinate our children. Join us for this introduction to theatre class taught by Debora Totti where your children will explore popular culture characters through playful dramatic experiences, learn about facing and resolving conflicts and gain confidence. Students may enroll for individual sessions or all four. Call 330-376-2927 to register.

    Location: Highland Square
   5:30 PM Know Before You Go! America’s Boating Course  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

Upon completion and passing this course, you will be certified to operate a powerboat of 10hp or more in all 50 states.  For those who were born on or after January 1, 1982, certification is required to operate a powerboat in Ohio.  This free instruction is open to the public.  A student manual is available for $35.  For more information and registration contact Jan Holmes at 330-256-0267.  Sponsored by the Akron Sail and Power Squadron and the Akron-Summit County Public Library.

    Location: Portage Lakes
   6:00 PM  -  7:00 PM Needle crafting @ The Library  
    Contact: Firestone Park Branch Library   330-724-2126   
   

Enjoy discussion and share current knitting and crochet projects.

 

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

Basic Computer Skills

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

 

Please visit our website for more information:

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

Do you enjoy learning about new hobbies, crafts, or hands-on projects? Join us for a new adult friendly gathering of crafters, thinkers, hobbyists, artists, tech enthusiasts, students, and more. Bring your craft or hobby with you and work on it at the Library. Share your love with others and maybe learn something new.

No registration required – just come on in and use our space. 

    Location: Goodyear
   6:30 PM Babytime  
    Contact: Ellet Branch   330-784-2019   
   

Help your child develop skills needed to read and write by talking, reading, singing and playing with your child! We do ALL of these things in STORY TIME. We make learning FUN!

Ages 6-24 months and their caregiver. Join Miss Sarah for rhymes, music, books, bounces, and playtime. No registration necessary.

    Location: Ellet
   6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Gentle Yoga with Nia  
    Contact: Lisa Weiser   330.535.9423   northbranch@akronlibrary.org
   

Gentle Yoga with Nia

Be led in warm-up stretches and breathing exercises, move through yoga poses with the help of a chair, and end sessions with music and nature sounds. Wear comfortable clothing, bring a yoga mat or a beach towel, and a water bottle.

    Location: North Hill

Tuesday March 28, 2017
   10:05 AM Babytime  
    Contact: Ellet Branch   330-784-2019   
   

Help your child develop skills needed to read and write by talking, reading, singing and playing with your child! We do ALL of these things in STORY TIME. We make learning FUN!

Ages 6-24 months and their caregiver. Join Miss Sarah for rhymes, music, books, bounces, and playtime. No registration necessary.

    Location: Ellet
   10:30 AM Preschool Story Time  
    Contact: Miss Kim   3308361081   northwest@akronlibrary.org
   

Preschool Story Time

(2 to 5 year-olds with a caregiver)

Tuesdays, March 21 to April 25, 10:30 am

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

 

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

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

For children ages 2-5 with their favorite adults who are expected to join in the fun. Books, flannel board stories, rhyming activities, and puppets all help little ones to get ready to learn when they go to school.

 

    Location: North Hill
   10:30 AM Toddler and Preschool Story Time  
    Contact: Tallmadge   330.633.4345   
   

Book Bugs Story Time

For 3 - 6 year olds with a caregiver.
Enjoy stories, songs, rhymes, arts and crafting together.

    Location: Tallmadge
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Tai Chi  
    Contact: Nordonia Hills Branch Library   330-467-8595   nordoniahills@akronlibrary.org
   

TAI CHI:  MOVING FOR BETTER BALANCE

Kim Mozzochi with the Area Agency on Aging conducts this FREE exercise series, geared toward older adults wanting to improve strength, flexibility and muscle tone.  The sessions meet twice per week for a 12-week period.

Registration is strongly encouraged, as space is limited.

 

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

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

 

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

Help your child develop skills needed to read and write by talking, reading, singing and playing with your child! We do ALL of these things in STORY TIME. We make learning FUN!

Ages 2-3 and their caregiver. Join Miss Sarah for stories, songs, rhymes, crafts and playtime. No registration necessary.

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

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

    Location: Firestone Park
   11:30 AM  -  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 Providing Help, Creating Hope: An Art Therapy Workshop  
    Contact: Ellet Branch   330-784-2019   
   

Join us for an Art Therapy Session sponsored by the counseling program at Catholic Charities. Providing hope for more than fifty years, Catholic Charities supports families and individuals through transitions and challenges. 

    Location: Ellet
   1:00 PM Spring Break Family Movie  
    Contact: Tallmadge   330.633.4345   
   

School Age Program - for grades K - 5

Spring Break Family Movie: Beauty and the Beast
Rated G, 85 minutes, Classic Disney 1991 version
Snacks will be served at this program. Patrons with food allergy questions should contact the branch at 330-633-4345.

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

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

WHERE DID YOU GO BERNADETTE by Maria Semple

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

Tween Tuesdays for ages 10-18

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

We will not meet if school is not in session.

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

Tuesday, March 28, 3:30-5 pm

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

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

    Location: Ellet
   4:00 PM  -  5:00 PM TEEN ADVISORY BOARD  
    Contact: Norton Branch Library   3308257800   norton@akronlibrary.org
   

TAB-Meeting

The Norton Branch Library needs 6th-12th graders!

Join the Teen Advisory Board.

Help the library choose materials for teens.

Plan programs.  Earn volunteer hours.  Have fun!

    Location: Norton
   5:30 PM  -  8:00 PM Project Learn ESOL/GED Classes  
    Contact: North Hill   330.535.9423   northbranch@akronlibrary.org
   

Project Learn ESOL/GED Classes

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

    Location: North Hill
   6:00 PM Medicare 101 with Sharon Honroth  
    Contact: Ellet Branch   330-784-2019   
   

Are you new to Medicare or losing your retiree benefits? You're not alone! Sharon Honroth will help you understand what Medicare covers and what it doesn't. You will learn about Medicare Supplements, Advantage Plans and Part D Prescription Plans. 

    Location: Ellet
   6:00 PM  -  7:30 PM Teen Advisory Board Meeting  
    Contact: Teen Area   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
   6:00 PM  -  7:30 PM Windows 10 [DEMO]  
    Contact: Electronic Services   330-643-9145   esdiv@akronlibrary.org
   

Windows 10

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

 

Please visit our website for more information:

    Location: Kenmore
   6:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Adult Coloring Night  
    Contact: Nordonia Hills Branch Library   330-467-8595   nordoniahills@akronlibrary.org
   

ADULT COLORING NIGHT

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

For adults and teens over the age of sixteen.

    Location: Nordonia Hills

Wednesday March 29, 2017
   10:30 AM Baby Time  
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

Every Wednesday

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

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

Help your child develop skills needed to read and write by talking, reading, singing and playing with your child! We do ALL of these things in STORY TIME. We make learning FUN!

Ages 2-6 years and their caregiver. Join Miss Laurie for stories, music, puppets, crafts and playtime. No registration necessary.

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

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

    Location: Firestone Park
   11:00 AM  -  1:00 PM Kite Workshop  
    Contact: Richfield Branch Library   330-659-4343   dnagy@akronlibrayr.org
   

Kite Work Shop

Wednesday, March 29, 11 am- 1 pm
Kite Workshop
Join us for a morning of fun as we build our own kites. Bring your kite string so we can fly them.

 

 


 

 

    Location: Richfield
   12:30 PM  -  3:00 PM Adventures in Literature with Dr. Frank Henninger  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Adult Program

March 29  THE PLAGUE by Albert Camus

           Participants will be discussing eight Hawthorne short stories, one Mark Twain novel, and a  20th-century-fiction by Camus.  Dr. Frank Henninger has taught adult education courses for decades, chiefly at the University of Dayton. These seminars are always much enriched by the questions and suggestions of the participants.  This is a continuous course--discussions from one session may continue into the next.  Participants should read the works before the sessions, but anyone unable to do so will be welcome to join the conversation!  Feel free to bring your lunch.

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

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

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

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

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

 Registration begins Monday, February 20.

    Location: Fairlawn-Bath
   2:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Crafternoon!  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

Beat Spring Break boredom and get crafty! We’re cleaning out the craft closet so who knows what fun supplies will be available.  See how many unique art pieces you can create.

    Location: Portage Lakes
   3:00 PM  -  4:00 PM After School Fun Club  
    Contact: Firestone Park Branch Library   330-724-2126   
   

Grades K-5

NO SCHOOL, NO FUN CLUB

    Location: Firestone Park
   3:00 PM  -  5:00 PM After School Homework Help  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   eramsay@akronlibrary.org
   
After School Homework Help
Mondays & Wednesdays 3-5 pm
January 9- May 24
Free homework help for students in grades K-6.
You’ll find everything you need to get your homework done here!
Stuck on a math question? We have someone to help you.
Can’t find a ruler? We have school supplies.
Need to type a paper? We have computers.
Drop in anytime you need help.
No registration required.
    Location: Maple Valley
   3:00 PM  -  5:00 PM Volunteer Opportunities for Teens  
    Contact: Norton Branch Library   3308257800   norton@akronlibrary.org
   

Volunteen

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

Become a Volunteen! 

Those in 6th-12th grade can help us help others by participating in meaningful, short term projects at the Library that will benefit the greater community.

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

Wednesday, March 29, 3:30 pm

Stop in for an afternoon of classic games. 
We’ll have both board and card games provided. 
Feel free to bring any cards or games of your own to play with your library friends!
Grades K-5
    Location: Mogadore
   4:00 PM  -  5:00 PM After-School Crafts  
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

After-School Craft Program, Wednesdays, 4-5 pm, March-April, (except for April 19th)

Join us on Wednesdays and let your creative side shine!

Grades K-6

    Location: Main Library
   6:00 PM Beginning Bee Keeping  
    Contact: Tallmadge   330.633.4345   
   

Adult Program - Beginning Bee Keeping

Have you ever considered having your own bee hive? Do you want to know what is involved? Kristopher and Evona Gaughan from Gaughan Bee Dancin' in Medina will join us for an informative beekeeping program. The focus will be on beginning beekeeping and how to make money with your new hobby. Examine a complete hive with all the tools of the trade and discuss how it is assembled.

    Location: Tallmadge
   6:00 PM Ready, Set, Kindergarten!  
    Contact: Goodyear Branch Library   330-784-7522   goodyear@akronlibrary.org
   

Registration appreciated

Each week we will focus on different skills to help children get ready for kindergarten. Join us for a story time program with activities and learning. After the stories, there will be individual interaction stations set up for parents and children to make and take ideas home for further learning. This program is designed for children age 3 and up.

A is for Apple – J is for JUMP!  Move around the room learning letters and words.

    Location: Goodyear
   6:00 PM  -  7:30 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: Kenmore
   6:30 PM Author Talk: Scott Longert  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

No Money, No Beer, No Pennants: The Cleveland Indians and Baseball in the Great Depression
Author Talk: Scott Longert

Mr. Longert will share life in baseball at a particularly critical time for Cleveland as well as the country.  Copies of the book will be available for purchase.

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

YOGA OFF THE MAT

Learn soothing stretches that you can incorprate into your daily life in this gentle yoga series with Diane Bielecki, who graduated from the Cleveland Clinic school of Yoga.  No mat is needed - stretches are done standing or in a chair.  

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

    Location: Nordonia Hills
   6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Getting the Maximum Value for Your Small Business  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   maplevalley@akronlibrary.org
   

If you own or are thinking of owning a small business, don't miss this program. Financial Consultant and Retirement Planning Specialist Paul Bernier will give you ways to get the most out of your business while being an owner and in your life afterwards. Please call the branch to sign up.

    Location: Maple Valley

Thursday March 30, 2017
   10:15 AM Baby Time  
    Contact: Nordonia Hills Branch Library   330-467-8595   nordoniahills@akronlibrary.org
   

BABY TIME

Our programs feature stories, bounces and songs.

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

Please register in advance.

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

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

Story Time runs Thursdays, March 2 - May 18.

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

Every Thursday

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

    Location: Main Library
   10:30 AM Toddler and Preschool Story Time  
    Contact: Tallmadge   330.633.4345   
   

Wonderful Wiggle Worms Story Time

For 2 - 3 year olds with a caregiver.
Jump on over to a shorter story time for active little ones.
Story time is followed by a group playtime.

    Location: Tallmadge
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Preschool Pals  
    Contact: Norton Branch Library   330-825-7800   norton@akronlibrary.org
   

Preschool Nature Lab

Stories and Literacy Building Experiences

Join us for this fun eight week story time series for ages 2-5 year olds 

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

TODDLER STORY TIME

Short stories, rhymes, and more!

For children 2-3 years old.

Please register in advance.

    Location: Nordonia Hills
   11:30 AM  -  12:30 PM Pitter Patter Playgroup  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   eramsay@akronlibrary.org
   
Pitter Patter Playgroup
Thursdays, March 2-April 27, 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 Preschool Story Time  
    Contact: Nordonia Hills Branch Library   330-467-8595   nordoniahills@akronlibrary.org
   

PRESCHOOL STORY TIME

Short stories, rhymes, and more!

For children 3-5 years old, with two-year-olds accompanied by a parent or caregiver.

Please register in advance

    Location: Nordonia Hills
   3:30 PM  -  4:30 PM March Tween - Minute to Win it  
    Contact: Odom Branch Library   3304348726   odombranchlibrary@akronlibrary.org
   

March Tween Minute to Win it: March 30, 3:30-4:30pm

Don’t get caught up in all the madness of March! Tweens and Teens ages 10-18 are invited to challenge themselves and each other during our March Minute to Win it challenge. 

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

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

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

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

    Location: Ellet
   5:30 PM  -  8:00 PM Project Learn ESOL/GED Classes  
    Contact: North Hill   330.535.9423   northbranch@akronlibrary.org
   

Project Learn ESOL/GED Classes

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

    Location: North Hill
   6:00 PM Cookbook Club  
    Contact: Mogadore Branch Library   330-628-9228   mogadore@akronlibrary.org
   
Thursday, March 30, 6 pm
 
Do you love browsing through cookbooks and trying new recipes or cooking techniques?
Join fellow foodies for our Cookbook Club. You don’t have to be a gourmet chef to participate.
Each month we will get together to talk about a certain book, theme, or a celebrity chef. 
There will be food samples or activities at every meeting.
A selection of cookbooks will be available for members to borrow.
Browse our collection, try out some of the recipes, and join the
group to discuss your successes and mishaps. Snacks will be served at this program.
Patrons with food allergy questions should contact the branch.

Theme: Irish Cuisine

    Location: Mogadore
   6:00 PM  -  7:30 PM Office 2013 Essential Skills  
    Contact: Electronic Services   330-643-9145   esdiv@akronlibrary.org
   

Office 2013 Essential Skills

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

 

Please visit our website for more information:

    Location: Kenmore
   6:00 PM  -  7:30 PM Sistas Knit 2  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   twright@akronlibrary.org
   
Sistas Knit 2
Every Thursday at 6:30 pm
Socialize with other crafters while creating wonderful projects that can be given to family and friends.
This group does everything from knitting to crocheting, needlepoint to cross stitch and more… 
All crafters are welcome.
    Location: Maple Valley
   6:30 PM Story Time  
    Contact: Ellet Branch   330-784-2019   
   

Help your child develop skills needed to read and write by talking, reading, singing and playing with your child! We do ALL of these things in STORY TIME. We make learning FUN!

Ages 2-6 years and their caregiver. Join Miss Laurie for stories, music, puppets, crafts and playtime. No registration necessary.

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

After the sinister Bergens invade their village, two trolls set off on a quest to save their friends.  Delightful adventure/fable starring the voices of Justin Timberlake, Anna Kendrick, Zooey Deschanel, Russell Brand, Jeffrey Tambor & James Corden.  Rated PG.  93 min 

 

    Location: Main Library-Auditorium

Friday March 31, 2017
   11:00 AM  -  1:00 PM Afternoon Movie  
    Contact: Richfield Branch Library   330-659-4343   dnagy@akronlibrayr.org
   

Afternoon Movie

Friday, March 31, 1-3 pm
Afternoon matinee
FINDING DORY
Kick back and relax with this afternoon movie, snack will be provided.

 

 


 

 

    Location: Richfield
   3:00 PM Outdoor Play  
    Contact: Nordonia Hills Branch Library   330-467-8595   nordoniahills@akronlibrary.org
   

OUTDOOR PLAY

We will explore our outdoor surroundings, go on a nature scavenger hunt, paint some nature pictures, build with blocks, and more.  If it rains, the program will be indoors.

Please register in advance.

    Location: Nordonia Hills
   4:30 PM  -  5:30 PM T.G.I.F: Tweens Great Informal Fridays  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

Choose any book by the birthday authors of the month:

April 28:  Hans Christian Anderson, Anthony Horwitz, Gertrude Chandler Warner

Snack and chat with your friends and share some of your favorite reads with the group.

Miss Kelly will share a few books from authors whose birthdays coincide with the month.

Books will be displayed in the children’s area for check out. Snacks will be served at this program. Patrons with food allergy questions should contact the branch.

 

 

    Location: Portage Lakes

Saturday April 1, 2017
     Art Contest for Children  
    Contact: Goodyear Branch Library   330-784-7522   goodyear@akronlibrary.org
   

During the month of April you can pick up a form at the branch to enter our contest.  This month we ask children from kindergarten through 6th grade to create artwork that imagines a new kind of animal or creature along with its name.  Entries must be turned in by April 29.

    Location: Goodyear
     Make and Take Saturdays  
    Contact: Goodyear Branch Library   330-784-7522   goodyear@akronlibrary.org
   

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

Rainy Day Umbrella Art – Decorate a tiny paper umbrella to fold up and use with some rainy day art.

    Location: Goodyear

Saturday April 1, 2017 -  Sunday April 30, 2017
     Book Club to Go  
    Contact: Goodyear Branch Library   330-784-7522   goodyear@akronlibrary.org
   

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

THE ART FORGER by B. A. Shapiro    THE ART FORGER by B. A. Shapiro

    Click on the book to place a copy on hold.

    Location: Goodyear

Saturday April 1, 2017 -  Sunday April 30, 2017
     NatureConnect DIY2Go  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

DIY2Go Earth Day Craft 

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

 

    Location: Portage Lakes

Saturday April 1, 2017
   9:30 AM  -  4:00 PM Church and State: Genealogy Research in Religious and Government Records  
    Contact: Main - Special Collections Division   330-643-9030   speccollections@akronlibrary.org
   

Church and State: Genealogy Research in Religious and Government Records, Featuring Sunny McClellan and Chris Staats

The Special Collections Division is pleased to present this program featuring northeast Ohio genealogists Sunny McClellan Morton and Chris Staats.

Sunny McClellan Morton teaches genealogy for local, state, national and international audiences. She is Contributing Editor and Genealogy Insider columnist for Family Tree Magazine, as well as Editor of Ohio Genealogy News. She has been an instructor for Family Tree University and is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists and the International Society of Family History Writers & Editors.

Chris Staats regularly presents and writes on genealogical topics including methodology, resources, and technology. He has written articles for many publications including Family Tree Magazine and Association of Professional Genealogists Quarterly. He is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists and Seminar Chairperson for the Western Reserve Historical Society’s Genealogical Committee.

Program Schedule:

9:30 – 9:45      Introductions

9:45 – 10:45    Why We Care Where Grandma Went to Church (Sunny McClellan Morton)
U.S. church records can reveal ancestors’ vital events, family relationships and prior/subsequent residences (including overseas birthplaces!). Learn what various types of church records look like, how to identify an ancestral church, locate extant records and access them.

10:45 – 11:15   Break

11:15 – 12:15   They Once Were Lost but Now Are Found: Using U.S. Church Records to Solve Genealogical Mysteries (Sunny McClellan Morton)
When are church records worth your while? When you’re trying to answer specific kinds of questions. Lively case studies show how church records from various time periods, denominations and ethnic groups were located and used to address different research questions.

12:15 – 1:30    Lunch on your own

1:30 – 2:30     Order in the Court! A Brief History of Ohio Courts and the Records They Created (Chris Staats)
Ohio’s court system has undergone numerous revisions since its Northwest Territory days. This lecture will describe the evolution of different courts, their jurisdiction, and their records.

2:30 – 3:00     Break

3:00 – 4:00     Buried Treasure: Finding Your Ancestors in Ohio’s Local Government Records Collection (Chris Staats)
Ohio’s Local Government Record Program has preserved a wealth of records that can’t be found elsewhere. This lecture will cover what they are and how to access them.

All presentations will take place in the Auditorium, High Street Level, Main Library. The program is free and open to the public, and parking is free in the High-Market Parking Deck. 

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

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

Tabletop gamers unite! Millennials, young professionals, and those who want to find games for your next get-together, let your inner geek out and join us to discover new, and revisit some favorite, tabletop games.

No registration required.

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

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

THE INVENTION OF WINGS by Sue Monk Kidd

    Location: Firestone Park
   10:30 AM Saturday Morning Craft Club  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

3D Paper Flowers

Create colorful, fun flowers to brighten up any décor.  Please register in advance.

    Location: Portage Lakes
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Paws For Reading  
    Contact: Richfield Branch Library   330-659-4343   dnagy@arkonlibrary.org
   

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

    Location: Richfield
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Paws for Reading  
    Contact: 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   
   


The First and Third Saturdays of the month, 11 am

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

March 4: Dr. Seuss Join us for a special Dr. Seuss Celebration with stories, songs and crafts
March 18: Beautiful Stuff Start with stories using the collage technique, and then use found materials and loose parts to create “Beautiful Stuff” together
April 1: April Fools! It’s Backwards Day!
April 15: Hop on over for a special Bunny Story Time
May 6: What is Your Talent? Song, Music, Art, Silliness?
May 20: Sunny Days Join us as we celebrate the return of warmer days by sharing “sunny” reads.
 

    Location: Main Library
   11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Puppet Show  
    Contact: Firestone Park Branch Library   330-724-2126   
   

Join puppeteer David Weyrick for this fun performance of puppetry, music and mayhem.  Children of all ages will enjoy this exciting event.

    Location: Firestone Park
   1:00 PM Foolin’ Around Day  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

Celebrate April Fool’s Day with some silliness! Wear your clothes backwards, bring a joke to share, get ready to sing silly songs and listen to silly stories on this mixed-up library day!  Stay for a visit from the dogs of Tails & Tales at 2 pm. Open to all ages, no registration necessary.

    Location: Portage Lakes
   1:00 PM Spring Fairy Tea Party  
    Contact: Fairlawn-Bath Branch   330-666-4888   
   

Join Miss Jessica and Miss Theresa for an enchanted afternoon of stories, crafts, and sweet treats for children in grades K-3.  Costumes are optional.  Space is limited. Please call 330-666-4888 to register

    Location: Fairlawn-Bath
   1:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Paws for Reading  
    Contact: Tallmadge   330.633.4345   
   

Paws for Reading

Every first and third Saturday of the month, 1 - 2 pm
Look for therapy dogs in the Children's area and improve your reading skills by reading a book to a furry friend. Bring along a book you are reading or choose one from our shelves.

    Location: Tallmadge
   1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Afternoon Movie  
    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.
April 1- STORKS
 

    Location: Richfield
   2:00 PM Tails & Tales  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

Visit with our furr-iest friends and practice your reading skills! These gentle friends just love to hear great stories! Children not yet reading are welcome to share a favorite picture book. All ages welcome. No registration necessary.

    Location: Portage Lakes
   2:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Volunteer Opportunities for Teens  
    Contact: Norton Branch Library   3308257800   norton@akronlibrary.org
   

Volunteen

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

Become a Volunteen! 

Those in 6th-12th grade can help us help others by participating in meaningful, short term projects at the Library that will benefit the greater community.

    Location: Norton

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

Every Sunday, except April 16 (Closed for Easter)

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

    Location: Main Library

Monday April 3, 2017
     Drive-Thru Teen Book Club  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Youth & Teen

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

April THE HERO AND THE CROWN by Robin McKinley

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

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

Poetry Creation Station – Cut and paste some words to make your own poem.

    Location: Goodyear
     Take It and Make It  
    Contact: Tallmadge   330.633.4345   
   

Take It and Make It for grades K - 5

Stop by the library anytime this week to pick up an exploding boomerang kit to build at home.

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

    Location: North Hill
   10:30 AM Yoga Play for 3-5 year olds  
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

Mondays in April, 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 Story Time Play Group  
    Contact: Norton Branch Library   330-825-7800   norton@akronlibrary.org
   

Meet up with baby time and story time friends to relax and play together.

Ages birth - 5 years

Library toys provided for this quality play time.

    Location: Norton
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Tai Chi  
    Contact: Nordonia Hills Branch Library   330-467-8595   nordoniahills@akronlibrary.org
   

TAI CHI:  MOVING FOR BETTER BALANCE

Kim Mozzochi with the Area Agency on Aging conducts this FREE exercise series, geared toward older adults wanting to improve strength, flexibility and muscle tone.  The sessions meet twice per week for a 12-week period.

Registration is strongly encouraged, as space is limited.

 

    Location: Nordonia Hills
   11:00 AM Baby & Me  
    Contact: Highland Square   330-376-2927   
   

Ages 0-18 months and their grown-ups.

You are your child’s first teacher. Spark early neuron connections and feed your baby’s hunger for natural sensory experiences related to color, texture, light, and sound. Discover simple songs and exercises to do with your young learner to give him his first tools needed to learn to read and better understand her world. Best of all, these experiences will bring fun and joy into your little one’s day! Bring a blanket or yoga mat. Dress for messy play experiences. Miss KT also recommends having in your diaper bag an extra outfit for baby to change into afterward if needed.

    Location: Highland Square
   2:00 PM Mosaic Flower Pots  
    Contact: Fairlawn-Bath Branch   330-666-4888   
   

Mosaics are works of art created by using glass or ceramic tiles and grout to make a picture. In this 2-part series, you will first create and glue a glass pattern onto your flower pot. on the second day you will grout the pot.

Part 1 Monday, April 3, 2 pm

Part 2 Tuesday, April 4, 2 pm

For grades  4-12.  Please register at the library or by calling 330-666-4888

    Location: Fairlawn-Bath
   3:00 PM  -  5:00 PM After School Homework Help  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   eramsay@akronlibrary.org
   
After School Homework Help
Mondays & Wednesdays 3-5 pm
January 9- May 24
Free homework help for students in grades K-6.
You’ll find everything you need to get your homework done here!
Stuck on a math question? We have someone to help you.
Can’t find a ruler? We have school supplies.
Need to type a paper? We have computers.
Drop in anytime you need help.
No registration required.
    Location: Maple Valley
   3:30 PM  -  4:30 PM School Age Children's Programs  
    Contact: Odom Blvd Branch Library   3304348726   OdomBlvdBranch@akronlibrary.org
   

School Age Children’s Programs

Grades K to grade  4 are welcome.

Mondays at 3:30 pm

March 13: Pencil Topper Craft

March 20: LEGO challenges

March 27: Exploding Boomerangs

April 3: Celebrate Grilled Cheese month

April 10: Seed planting

April 24: Recycle craft

May 1: Tissue Flowers

May 8: Something for Mom.

May 15: Mystery program

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

THE SOUND OF SILENCE by Katrine Goldsaito

Title: The Sound of Silence, Author: Katrina Goldsaito

One Monday each month at 4pm we will read a different chapter book and then come in and talk about it with others over a drink and a snack.

For children in 3rd-4th grades.

Please register in advance.

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

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

 

    Location: Ellet
   5:30 PM Know Before You Go! America’s Boating Course  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

Upon completion and passing this course, you will be certified to operate a powerboat of 10hp or more in all 50 states.  For those who were born on or after January 1, 1982, certification is required to operate a powerboat in Ohio.  This free instruction is open to the public.  A student manual is available for $35.  For more information and registration contact Jan Holmes at 330-256-0267.  Sponsored by the Akron Sail and Power Squadron and the Akron-Summit County Public Library.

    Location: Portage Lakes
   6:00 PM Internet, Part 1: An Introduction  
    Contact: Kenmore Branch Library   330-745-6126   kenmore@akronlibrary.org
   

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

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

Help your child develop skills needed to read and write by talking, reading, singing and playing with your child! We do ALL of these things in STORY TIME. We make learning FUN!

Ages 6-24 months and their caregiver. Join Miss Sarah for rhymes, music, books, bounces, and playtime. No registration necessary.

    Location: Ellet
   6:30 PM Green Cleaning 101  
    Contact: Goodyear Branch Library   330-784-7522   goodyear@akronlibrary.org
   

Are you interested in using safer, nontoxic cleaners? Join us for this demo-style class and learn to make your own green and thrifty cleaning products. Samples made during this class will be randomly raffled to attendees.

Please register in advance, as space is limited. 

    Location: Goodyear
   6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Anime Club  
    Contact: Teen Area   330-643-9067   ysodiv@akronlibrary.org
   

Anime and manga enthusiasts unite! Join us the first Monday of the month to watch anime, make a snack, do activities, and make crafts based off of your favorite manga and anime series. Please call 330-643-9067 for information.

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

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

    Location: Firestone Park
   6:30 PM  -  8:00 PM Evening Book Discussion  
    Contact: North Hill   330.535.9423   northbranch@akronlibrary.org
   

Evening Book Discussion

We will be discussing GIRL WAITS WITH GUN by Amy Stewart.  Books are available for check out one month before the discussion.  New members are always welcome!

    Location: North Hill

Tuesday April 4, 2017
     Take It and Make It  
    Contact: Tallmadge   330.633.4345   
   

Take It and Make It for grades K - 5

Stop by the library anytime this week to pick up an exploding boomerang kit to build at home.

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

Help your child develop skills needed to read and write by talking, reading, singing and playing with your child! We do ALL of these things in STORY TIME. We make learning FUN!

Ages 6-24 months and their caregiver. Join Miss Sarah for rhymes, music, books, bounces, and playtime. No registration necessary.

    Location: Ellet
   10:30 AM Preschool Story Time  
    Contact: Miss Kim   3308361081   northwest@akronlibrary.org
   

Preschool Story Time

(2 to 5 year-olds with a caregiver)

Tuesdays, March 21 to April 25, 10:30 am

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

 

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

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

For children ages 2-5 with their favorite adults who are expected to join in the fun. Books, flannel board stories, rhyming activities, and puppets all help little ones to get ready to learn when they go to school.

 

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

Tuesday, April 4, 10:30 am

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

Ages 1-5 and their grown-ups.

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

    Location: Highland Square
   10:30 AM Toddler and Preschool Story Time  
    Contact: Tallmadge   330.633.4345   
   

Book Bugs Story Time

For 3 - 6 year olds with a caregiver.
Enjoy stories, songs, rhymes, arts and crafting together.

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

Preschool Story Time ages 3-6
Tuesdays, April 4- May 9, 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  -  11:30 AM Tai Chi  
    Contact: Nordonia Hills Branch Library   330-467-8595   nordoniahills@akronlibrary.org
   

TAI CHI:  MOVING FOR BETTER BALANCE

Kim Mozzochi with the Area Agency on Aging conducts this FREE exercise series, geared toward older adults wanting to improve strength, flexibility and muscle tone.  The sessions meet twice per week for a 12-week period.

Registration is strongly encouraged, as space is limited.

 

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

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

 

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

Help your child develop skills needed to read and write by talking, reading, singing and playing with your child! We do ALL of these things in STORY TIME. We make learning FUN!

Ages 2-3 and their caregiver. Join Miss Sarah for stories, songs, rhymes, crafts and playtime. No registration necessary.

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

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

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

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

 

    Location: North Hill
   12:30 PM  -  1:30 PM Color It So  
    Contact: Goodyear Branch Library   330-784-7522   goodyear@akronlibrary.org
   

Join the craze that has grown-ups acting like kids again. Spend a relaxing time coloring with us. We'll provide coloring sheets designed specifically for adults, plus colored pencils and crayons. Blank paper will be available to those who like to craft their own drawings.

No registration necessary.

    Location: Goodyear
   2:00 PM Mosaic Flower Pots  
    Contact: Fairlawn-Bath Branch   330-666-4888   
   

Mosaics are works of art created by using glass or ceramic tiles and grout to make a picture. In this 2-part series, you will first create and glue a glass pattern onto your flower pot. on the second day you will grout the pot.

Part 1 Monday, April 3, 2 pm

Part 2 Tuesday, April 4, 2 pm

For grades  4-12.  Please register at the library or by calling 330-666-4888

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

Tween Tuesdays for ages 10-18

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

We will not meet if school is not in session.

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

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

    Location: Ellet
   4:00 PM  -  5:00 PM Elementary Art Surprise  
    Contact: Kenmore Branch Library   330-745-6126   kenmore@akronlibrary.org
   

Come have fun being creative after school! Art project to be announced later.

For children in grades 1-6.

    Location: Kenmore
   4:00 PM  -  6:00 PM HOOKED ON BOOKS  
    Contact: Norton Branch Library   3308257800   norton@akronlibrary.org
   

Book Club

Graphic novels? Fantasy? Science Fiction? History?

This book club is open to all tweens ages 8-13 interested in sharing and discussing their favorite books.  

Call the Library for this months selection.

    Location: Norton
   5:30 PM  -  8:00 PM Project Learn ESOL/GED Classes  
    Contact: North Hill   330.535.9423   northbranch@akronlibrary.org
   

Project Learn ESOL/GED Classes

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

    Location: North Hill
   6:00 PM Cooking Club  
    Contact: Nordonia Hills Branch Library   330-467-8595   nordoniahills@akronlibrary.org
   

COOKING CLUB

A new interactive group for discussing all things cooking, comparing recipes, and trying new eats.

Club meeting held the first Tuesday of each month.

    Location: Nordonia Hills
   6:00 PM Internet, Part 2: Searching, Printing, and Favorites  
    Contact: Kenmore Branch Library   330-745-6126   kenmore@akronlibrary.org
   

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

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

Teen Writers Club

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

 
    Location: Green
   6:00 PM  -  7:00 PM Second Century Story Circle: Understanding the Present  
    Contact: Firestone Park Branch Library   330-724-2126   
   

Katie Beck of Gum-Dip Theatre is hosting three nights of story circles focused on group sharing and personal connection. The Second Century Arts Series aims to collaborate with community members from Firestone Park and South Akron on community-based art projects as the Park enters its second century.  If you have a story you would like to share but have a bit of stage fright, fear not, no performance is necessary. People of all ages are invited to come.  Please register for this program by calling us at 330-724-2126.

    Location: Firestone Park
   6:30 PM Doodling for Stress Relief  
    Contact: Ellet Branch   330-784-2019   
   

Unwind, draw and learn tips and techniques for extemporaneous pattern doodling. Turn "mistakes" into a design you love! Leave with a framed work of art. Please register beginning Monday March 20th as space and supplies for this program are limited. 

    Location: Ellet
   6:30 PM Mysterious Tuesdays  
    Contact: Mogadore Branch Library   330-628-9228   mogadore@akronlibrary.org
   

Murder and Moonshine by Carol Miller

Tuesday, April 4, 6:30 pm

MURDER AND MOONSHINE by Carol Miller

    Location: Mogadore
   6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Color It So  
    Contact: Goodyear Branch Library   330-784-7522   goodyear@akronlibrary.org
   

Join the craze that has grown-ups acting like kids again. Spend a relaxing time coloring with us. We'll provide coloring sheets designed specifically for adults, plus colored pencils and crayons. Blank paper will be available to those who like to craft their own drawings.

No registration necessary.

    Location: Goodyear
   6:30 PM  -  7:45 PM How to Spot a Scam & Identity Theft  
    Contact: Norton Branch Library   330-825-7800   norton@akronlibrary.org
   

The Office of Consumer Affairs will offer this one-hour presentation that covers popular scams that victimize consumers and how to identify these scams and avoid losing money. Handouts are provided to attendees that detail the various scams.  Related topics also covered are identity theft and personal credit. Time is allowed for questions and answers.  

    Location: Norton
   7:00 PM  -  10:00 PM Party Games  
    Contact: Nordonia Hills Branch Library   330-467-8595   nordoniahills@akronlibrary.org
   

NIGHT OUT NORDONIA:  LEARN PARTY GAMES WITH THE MALTED MEEPLE

Game experts from the Malted Meeple teach/demonstrate some fun interactive games great for your next party or get-together.  From new offerings to edgier fare, meet some new friends and enjoy a social evening out.

Please register in advance.

    Location: Nordonia Hills

Wednesday April 5, 2017
     Take It and Make It  
    Contact: Tallmadge   330.633.4345   
   

Take It and Make It for grades K - 5

Stop by the library anytime this week to pick up an exploding boomerang kit to build at home.

    Location: Tallmadge
   10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Play Date  
    Contact: Richfield Branch Library   330-659-4343   dnagy@akronlibrary.org
   

Play Date
Wednesday, April 5 and 19, 10 am- 12 pm
Wednesday, May 3 and 17, 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. Weather permitting, we will also have some outside activities available.

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

Every Wednesday

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

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

Help your child develop skills needed to read and write by talking, reading, singing and playing with your child! We do ALL of these things in STORY TIME. We make learning FUN!

Ages 2-6 years and their caregiver. Join Miss Laurie for stories, music, puppets, crafts and playtime. No registration necessary.

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

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

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

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

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

Join us the first Wednesday of each month at 1 pm for good books, light snacks and great discussions!  Stop at the circulation desk for the current month's title.

In April, we will discuss THE LITTLE PARIS BOOKSHOP by Nina George

    Location: Norton
   2:00 PM Legos at the Library  
    Contact: Fairlawn-Bath Branch   330-666-4888   
   

With our Lego Blocks and your imagination, you can build houses, cars or even a space station! Join us for afternoon of building fun and develop STEM skills while you play.

For grades 1-6.  Please register at the library or by calling 330-666-4888

    Location: Fairlawn-Bath
   2:00 PM Move it or Lose it  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

April 5, Mature Muscles Strength and Balance Class

Presented by Lisa Kelleman-McClain, Build A Body Personal Training

Participants should wear comfortable clothing (sweatpants, t-shirt, tennis shoes) and bring a towel and water bottle.  Class size is limited.  Please register in advance.

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

Join us for a book discussion of  Boys In The Boat, by Daniel James Brown

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    Location: Richfield
   3:00 PM  -  4:00 PM After School Fun Club  
    Contact: Firestone Park Branch Library   330-724-2126   
   

Grades K-5

Apptastic Afternoon

    Location: Firestone Park
   3:00 PM  -  5:00 PM After School Homework Help  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   eramsay@akronlibrary.org
   
After School Homework Help
Mondays & Wednesdays 3-5 pm
January 9- May 24
Free homework help for students in grades K-6.
You’ll find everything you need to get your homework done here!
Stuck on a math question? We have someone to help you.
Can’t find a ruler? We have school supplies.
Need to type a paper? We have computers.
Drop in anytime you need help.
No registration required.
    Location: Maple Valley
   3:00 PM  -  5:00 PM Volunteer Opportunities for Teens  
    Contact: Norton Branch Library   3308257800   norton@akronlibrary.org
   

Volunteen

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

Become a Volunteen! 

Those in 6th-12th grade can help us help others by participating in meaningful, short term projects at the Library that will benefit the greater community.

    Location: Norton
   3:00 PM  -  5:00 PM Volunteer Opportunities for Teens  
    Contact: Norton Branch Library   3308257800   norton@akronlibrary.org
   

Volunteen

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

Become a Volunteen! 

Those in 6th-12th grade can help us help others by participating in meaningful, short term projects at the Library that will benefit the greater community.

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

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

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

After-School Craft Program, Wednesdays, 4-5 pm, March-April, (except for April 19th)

Join us on Wednesdays and let your creative side shine!

Grades K-6

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

PAWS FOR READING

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.

Our Paws for Reading dogs are waiting for you!

First and Third Wednesdays, 4-5 pm

    Location: Norton
   6:00 PM E-Mail Basics, Part 1: Read, Respond, Write and Print  
    Contact: Kenmore Branch Library   330-745-6126   kenmore@akronlibrary.org
   

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

    Location: Kenmore
   6:00 PM Ready, Set, Kindergarten!  
    Contact: Goodyear Branch Library   330-784-7522   goodyear@akronlibrary.org
   

Registration appreciated

Each week we will focus on different skills to help children get ready for kindergarten. Join us for a story time program with activities and learning. After the stories, there will be individual interaction stations set up for parents and children to make and take ideas home for further learning. This program is designed for children age 3 and up.

Draw Me a Picture – Chalk, markers, pencils…there are many ways to write and draw.

    Location: Goodyear
   6:00 PM THE BIG BIG MESS Poetry Reading  
    Contact: Northwest Akron Branch   3308361081   northwest@akronlibrary.org
   

Wednesday, April 5, 6 pm

THE BIG BIG MESS Poetry Reading

In celebration of National Poetry Month, join THE BIG BIG MESS for a reading by local poets Holly Brown, Caryl Pagel and Catherine Wing. THE BIG BIG MESS is a contemporary poetry, fiction, and nonfiction reading series based in Akron, featuring national and local poets and writers.  

    Location: Northwest Akron
   6:30 PM Evening Story Times  
    Contact: Tallmadge   330.633.4345   
   

Evening Story Time

For children aged 2 - 6 and their famillies.

Enjoy some milk and cookies and a few stories.
Then, choose some more books to read together at home.

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

Everyone Brave is Forgiven by Chris Cleave

Wednesday, April 5, 6:30 pm

EVERYONE BRAVE IS FORGIVEN by Chris Cleave

    Location: Mogadore
   6:30 PM Teen Art Studio: Spring Painting Workshop  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Teen Art Studio: Spring Painting Workshop

Instructor Marla Knapic-Derga will show us how! Supplies will be provided.

Space is limited.

Please register for this program.

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

YOGA OFF THE MAT

Learn soothing stretches that you can incorprate into your daily life in this gentle yoga series with Diane Bielecki, who graduated from the Cleveland Clinic school of Yoga.  No mat is needed - stretches are done standing or in a chair.  

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

    Location: Nordonia Hills

Thursday April 6, 2017
     Take It and Make It  
    Contact: Tallmadge   330.633.4345   
   

Take It and Make It for grades K - 5

Stop by the library anytime this week to pick up an exploding boomerang kit to build at home.

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

BABY TIME

Our programs feature stories, bounces and songs.

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

Please register in advance.

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

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

Story Time runs Thursdays, March 2 - May 18.

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

Thursday, April 6, 10:30 am

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

Every Thursday

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

    Location: Main Library
   10:30 AM Toddler and Preschool Story Time  
    Contact: Tallmadge   330.633.4345   
   

Wonderful Wiggle Worms Story Time

For 2 - 3 year olds with a caregiver.
Jump on over to a shorter story time for active little ones.
Story time is followed by a group playtime.

    Location: Tallmadge
   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, April 6- May 18, 10:30-11:30 am
Little folks, bring your favorite caregiver and join us for stories, rhymes, songs and more.  No registration required.
 

    Location: Richfield
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Preschool Pals  
    Contact: Norton Branch Library   330-825-7800   norton@akronlibrary.org
   

Rock Painting!

Stories and Literacy Building Experiences

Join us for this fun eight week story time series for ages 2-5 year olds 

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

TODDLER STORY TIME

Short stories, rhymes, and more!

For children 2-3 years old.

Please register in advance.

    Location: Nordonia Hills
   11:30 AM  -  12:30 PM Pitter Patter Playgroup  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   eramsay@akronlibrary.org
   
Pitter Patter Playgroup
Thursdays, March 2-April 27, 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 Preschool Story Time  
    Contact: Nordonia Hills Branch Library   330-467-8595   nordoniahills@akronlibrary.org
   

PRESCHOOL STORY TIME

Short stories, rhymes, and more!

For children 3-5 years old, with two-year-olds accompanied by a parent or caregiver.

Please register in advance

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

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

    Location: Firestone Park
   2:00 PM Adult Play Day: Puzzles, Coloring and Coffee.  
    Contact: Fairlawn-Bath Branch   330-666-4888   
   

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

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

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

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

Knit and Crochet Club

Do you love to knit or crochet? Join us as we create projects to be donated to charity, or work on one of your own.

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

Thursday, April 6, 3:30 pm

Join us for an afternoon of imaginative Lego creation. 
All supplies provided.
Grades K-5
    Location: Mogadore
   3:45 PM Afterschool Crowd  
    Contact: Ellet Branch   330-784-2019   
   

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

    Location: Ellet
   4:00 PM PAWS for Reading  
    Contact: Northwest Akron Branch   3308361081   northwest@akronlibrary.org
   

PAWS for Reading

(All grades)

Thursdays, March 2, 16, April 6, 20, May 4, 18, 4 pm

3rd Saturdays, March 18, April 15, May 20, 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  -  5:00 PM Lego Club  
    Contact: Ellet Branch   330-784-2019   
   

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

    Location: Ellet
   4:00 PM  -  5:00 PM Peep-A-Palooza  
    Contact: Goodyear Branch Library   330-784-7522   goodyear@akronlibrary.org
   

For ages 11-18

Please register in advance for this program.

Join us for an afternoon all about peeps- peep science, peep sushi, peep prints! Test, eat, and create with the marshmallow goodness that is the peep.

    Location: Goodyear
   5:30 PM  -  8:00 PM Project Learn ESOL/GED Classes  
    Contact: North Hill   330.535.9423   northbranch@akronlibrary.org
   

Project Learn ESOL/GED Classes

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

    Location: North Hill
   6:00 PM Adult Play Day: Puzzles, Coloring and Coffee.  
    Contact: Fairlawn-Bath Branch   330-666-4888   
   

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

    Location: Fairlawn-Bath
   6:00 PM E-Mail Basics, Part 2: Message Management  
    Contact: Kenmore Branch Library   330-745-6126   kenmore@akronlibrary.org
   

Learn how to attach files to outgoing messages and open incoming attachments. Organize your list of contacts using an Address Book. Learn how to create folders for filing messages. Experience using an e-mail account or attendance at E-mail Basics, Part 1 is required. Yahoo! Mail will be demonstrated in class.

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

 

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

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

    Location: Richfield
   6:30 PM Spring Adult Craft  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Spring Adult Craft: Rice Bunny
 
Make an adorable sock bunny out of rice.  

Please register in advance for this program.

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

Help your child develop skills needed to read and write by talking, reading, singing and playing with your child! We do ALL of these things in STORY TIME. We make learning FUN!

Ages 2-6 years and their caregiver. Join Miss Laurie for stories, music, puppets, crafts and playtime. No registration necessary.

    Location: Ellet
   7:00 PM  -  9:00 PM Main Event Speaker Series Presents Author George Saunders  
    Contact: Culture & AV   330-643-9015   cadiv@akronlibrary.org
   

One of the most acclaimed writers of our time (TENTH OF DECEMBER: STORIES; IN PERSUASION NATION) Saunders will read from and discuss his work, including his highly anticipated new novel LINCOLN IN THE BARDO. There will be a Q&A after the presentation, and a book signing. Sponsored by Friends of Main Library. Free and open to the public.

    Location: Main Library-Auditorium

Friday April 7, 2017
     Take It and Make It  
    Contact: Tallmadge   330.633.4345   
   

Take It and Make It for grades K - 5

Stop by the library anytime this week to pick up an exploding boomerang kit to build at home.

    Location: Tallmadge
   1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Community Photo Scanning Day  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

Community Photo Scanning Day

In Collaboration with the Portage Lakes Historical Society

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

 

    Location: Portage Lakes

Saturday April 8, 2017
     Take It and Make It  
    Contact: Tallmadge   330.633.4345   
   

Take It and Make It for grades K - 5

Stop by the library anytime this week to pick up an exploding boomerang kit to build at home.

    Location: Tallmadge
   9:15 AM Teen Practice ACT  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330-864-5721   ecoontz@akronlibrary.org
   

For Grades 10-12. 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  -  12:00 PM School Age Craft Club  
    Contact: Richfield Branch Library   330-659-4343   dnagy@akronlibrayr.org
   

School Age Craft Club
All supplies are provided, just come and have a good time.
Saturday, April 8, 10 am
Join us for a morning of egg crafts
 

 

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

Take a break from your busy schedule and join us for an early morning snack while we talk about books from authors whose birthdays are in that month.  Can’t join us for the book discussion, you can share your thoughts with Miss Kelly at kwilson@akronlibrary.org.  Books will be displayed in the Teen area. Grades 6 and up. Snacks will be served at this program. Patrons with food allergy questions should contact the branch.

Choose any book by the authors of the month:

April 8:  Maya Angelou, Lois Duncan, Sara Shepard

    Location: Portage Lakes
   11:00 AM Chess Exhibition with National Champion Kristopher Meekins  
    Contact: Ellet Branch   330-784-2019   
   

This event will start with a lesson for beginners on the basics of chess and practical tips on how to gain an advantage on your opponent. Afterward, put your skills to the test and take part in a simultaneous exhibition against Kristopher Meekins, a National Chess Master who is ranked in the top 1% of the nation's players. Any winners will receive a free lesson with him at a later date.

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

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

April 8: Celebrate Poetry Month by creating a Blackout Poetry Poster.

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

The Second Saturday of each month, (March 11, April 8, May 13) 11 am

Share a book with a certified therapy dog.

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

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

    Location: Firestone Park
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Family Fun Saturdays  
    Contact: Goodyear Branch Library   330-784-7522   goodyear@akronlibrary.org
   

Tea Party –  Join us for our annual children’s tea party.  Drink some hot tea in a real teacup that you can take home. Try it with lemon, sugar, or milk. Eat some cookies and test your knowledge with a round of trivia. Make a fascinator hat or crown and some paper flowers.

Registration appreciated

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

For grades 5 through 8. Unleash your inner Dr. Frankenstein each month as we explore scientific FUN-damentals through hands-on experimentation. Registration requested; space is limited.

    Location: North Hill
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Paws for Reading  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   eramsay@akronlibrary.org
   
PAWS for Reading
Saturdays, April 8, May 13, 2 pm
Practice your reading skills by reading aloud to our doggie pal, Kivrin.
Bring a book from home or read one of ours!
Not reading yet? Our dogs’ human pal will read to you.
This is a great way for children to practice their literacy skills and gain more confidence in reading aloud.
Children of all ages are welcome. 
    Location: Maple Valley
   3:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Poetry Hour  
    Contact: Culture & AV   330-643-9015   cadiv@akronlibrary.org
   
  • Read and share your original poems for a 5 minute interval.
  • Poetry lovers are welcome to attend and enjoy the words of our local poets.
  • Poems read at Poetry Hour should not be overtly explicit in language or subject matter.
  • Registration is requested. Adults age 18 and over. Meeting Room 1.

 

 

    Location: Main Library

Sunday April 9, 2017 -  Saturday April 15, 2017
     National Library Week  
    Contact: Goodyear Branch Library   330-784-7522   goodyear@akronlibrary.org
   

Use your library card this week and get entered into our drawing to win a library gift basket.

    Location: Goodyear

Sunday April 9, 2017
   2:00 PM  -  2:30 PM Sunday Story Time Sampler  
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

Every Sunday, except April 16 (Closed for Easter)

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

    Location: Main Library
   3:00 PM  -  4:30 PM Teen Writers' Workshop  
    Contact: Teen Area   330-643-9067   ysodiv@akronlibrary.org
   

Wild about Wattpad? Passionate about poetry? Whatever your writing interests are, the Teen Writers’ Workshop is for you! Join us on the second Sunday of the month to meet other teen writers, share story ideas, and practice your craft. For ages 11 to 18.

    Location: Main Library

Monday April 10, 2017
     Contest for Teens  
    Contact: Tallmadge   330.633.4345   
   

National Library Week, April 9 - 15

Book in a Jar Guessing Game
For teens, grades 6 - 12

Stop by the teen area and take a guess at the title of the shredded teen book in the jar for a chance to win a prize basket.

    Location: Tallmadge
     Drive-Thru Teen Book Club  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Youth & Teen

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

April THE HERO AND THE CROWN by Robin McKinley

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

    Location: North Hill
   10:30 AM Yoga Play for 3-5 year olds  
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

Mondays in April, 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 Story Time Play Group  
    Contact: Norton Branch Library   330-825-7800   norton@akronlibrary.org
   

Meet up with baby time and story time friends to relax and play together.

Ages birth - 5 years

Library toys provided for this quality play time.

    Location: Norton
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Tai Chi  
    Contact: Nordonia Hills Branch Library   330-467-8595   nordoniahills@akronlibrary.org
   

TAI CHI:  MOVING FOR BETTER BALANCE

Kim Mozzochi with the Area Agency on Aging conducts this FREE exercise series, geared toward older adults wanting to improve strength, flexibility and muscle tone.  The sessions meet twice per week for a 12-week period.

Registration is strongly encouraged, as space is limited.

 

    Location: Nordonia Hills
   10:30 AM  -  12:00 PM Microsoft Office Word 1  
    Contact: Electronic Services   330-643-9145   esdiv@akronlibrary.org
   

 

MS Word, Part 1: Creating/Editing Documents

Discover how to create word processing documents using Microsoft Word 2013.

Learn various editing features that allow you to effectively revise documents. Explore ways to quickly copy and move text. Practice preparing files using Word's document templates to begin documents. Attendance at Microsoft Windows for Beginners is preferred.

 

Please visit our website for more information:

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

Ages 0-18 months and their grown-ups.

You are your child’s first teacher. Spark early neuron connections and feed your baby’s hunger for natural sensory experiences related to color, texture, light, and sound. Discover simple songs and exercises to do with your young learner to give him his first tools needed to learn to read and better understand her world. Best of all, these experiences will bring fun and joy into your little one’s day! Bring a blanket or yoga mat. Dress for messy play experiences. Miss KT also recommends having in your diaper bag an extra outfit for baby to change into afterward if needed.

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

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

 

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

Join us the second Monday of each month, 1 pm.

THE BOSTON GIRL by Anita Diamant

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

THE BOOK THIEF by Markus Zusak

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

A MAN CALLED OVE by Fredrik Backman

Title: A Man Called Ove, Author: Fredrik Backman

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

In this month's selection, Sweden’s most successful authors, a grumpy yet loveable man finds his solitary world turned on its head when a boisterous young family moves in next door.

Meet Ove. He’s a curmudgeon—the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedroom window. He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. People call him “the bitter neighbor from hell.” But must Ove be bitter just because he doesn’t walk around with a smile plastered to his face all the time?

Behind the cranky exterior there is a story and a sadness. So when one November morning a chatty young couple with two chatty young daughters move in next door and accidentally flatten Ove’s mailbox, it is the lead-in to a comical and heartwarming tale of unkempt cats, unexpected friendship, and the ancient art of backing up a U-Haul. All of which will change one cranky old man and a local residents’ association to their very foundations.

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

    Location: Nordonia Hills
   3:00 PM  -  5:00 PM After School Homework Help  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   eramsay@akronlibrary.org
   
After School Homework Help
Mondays & Wednesdays 3-5 pm
January 9- May 24
Free homework help for students in grades K-6.
You’ll find everything you need to get your homework done here!
Stuck on a math question? We have someone to help you.
Can’t find a ruler? We have school supplies.
Need to type a paper? We have computers.
Drop in anytime you need help.
No registration required.
    Location: Maple Valley
   3:30 PM  -  4:00 PM Teen Voice (TV) Advisory Board  
    Contact: Kenmore Branch Library   330-745-6126   kenmore@akronlibrary.org
   

We will meet briefly to discuss what new ideas you have for your Teen area and future Teen Programming. 

    Location: Kenmore
   3:30 PM  -  4:30 PM School Age Children's Programs  
    Contact: Odom Blvd Branch Library   3304348726   OdomBlvdBranch@akronlibrary.org
   

School Age Children’s Programs

Grades K to grade  4 are welcome.

Mondays at 3:30 pm

March 13: Pencil Topper Craft

March 20: LEGO challenges

March 27: Exploding Boomerangs

April 3: Celebrate Grilled Cheese month

April 10: Seed planting

April 24: Recycle craft

May 1: Tissue Flowers

May 8: Something for Mom.

May 15: Mystery program

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

Practice your reading skills by reading aloud to our doggie pals. Bring a book from home or read one of ours! Not reading yet? Our dogs’ human pals will read to you. This is a great way for children to practice their literacy skills and gain more confidence in reading aloud. Children of all ages are welcome.

No registration is needed.

    Location: Goodyear
   4:00 PM  -  5:00 PM Young Readers Book Club  
    Contact: Firestone Park Branch Library   330-724-2126   
   

Kids in grades K-3 are welcome to join us to read silly books, enjoy fun activities and munch on yummy snacks. 

RHYMING DUST BUNNIES by Jan Thomas 

    Location: Firestone Park
   5:30 PM Know Before You Go! America’s Boating Course  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

Upon completion and passing this course, you will be certified to operate a powerboat of 10hp or more in all 50 states.  For those who were born on or after January 1, 1982, certification is required to operate a powerboat in Ohio.  This free instruction is open to the public.  A student manual is available for $35.  For more information and registration contact Jan Holmes at 330-256-0267.  Sponsored by the Akron Sail and Power Squadron and the Akron-Summit County Public Library.

    Location: Portage Lakes
   6:00 PM Easter Bunny Treat Jars  
    Contact: Kenmore Branch Library   330-745-6126   kenmore@akronlibrary.org
   

Make your very own Easter Bunny Jar to store your Easter goodies! Please call 330-745-6126 or email kenmore@akronlibrary.org to register.

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

KIDS PAINTING:  NO PAINTBRUSHES ALLOWED!

Join us for some messy fun!  Program is held one Monday each month at 6pm for families!  Don't forget to wear some old clothes, you may get messy!

Please register in advance

    Location: Nordonia Hills
   6:00 PM  -  7:00 PM Easter Crafts for Adults  
    Contact: Odom Branch Library   3304348726   odombranchlibrary@akronlibrary.org
   

Join crafter Cynthia as she guides you through the steps of making an Easter craft for your home.  We’ll provide the materials for this fun social craft event. 

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

Enjoy discussion and share current knitting and crochet projects.

 

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

Do you enjoy learning about new hobbies, crafts, or hands-on projects? Join us for a new adult friendly gathering of crafters, thinkers, hobbyists, artists, tech enthusiasts, students, and more. Bring your craft or hobby with you and work on it at the Library. Share your love with others and maybe learn something new.

No registration required – just come on in and use our space. 

    Location: Goodyear
   6:30 PM Babytime  
    Contact: Ellet Branch   330-784-2019   
   

Help your child develop skills needed to read and write by talking, reading, singing and playing with your child! We do ALL of these things in STORY TIME. We make learning FUN!

Ages 6-24 months and their caregiver. Join Miss Sarah for rhymes, music, books, bounces, and playtime. No registration necessary.

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

Jammie Time

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

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

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

 

    Location: Portage Lakes
   6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Gentle Yoga with Nia  
    Contact: North Hill   330.535.9423   northbranch@akronlibrary.org
   

Gentle Yoga with Nia

Be led in warm-up stretches and breathing exercises, move through yoga poses with the help of a chair, and end sessions with music and nature sounds. Wear comfortable clothing, bring a yoga mat or a beach towel, and a water bottle.

    Location: North Hill

Tuesday April 11, 2017
     Contest for Teens  
    Contact: Tallmadge   330.633.4345   
   

National Library Week, April 9 - 15

Book in a Jar Guessing Game
For teens, grades 6 - 12

Stop by the teen area and take a guess at the title of the shredded teen book in the jar for a chance to win a prize basket.

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

Help your child develop skills needed to read and write by talking, reading, singing and playing with your child! We do ALL of these things in STORY TIME. We make learning FUN!

Ages 6-24 months and their caregiver. Join Miss Sarah for rhymes, music, books, bounces, and playtime. No registration necessary.

    Location: Ellet
   10:30 AM Preschool Story Time  
    Contact: Miss Kim   3308361081   northwest@akronlibrary.org
   

Preschool Story Time

(2 to 5 year-olds with a caregiver)

Tuesdays, March 21 to April 25, 10:30 am

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

 

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

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

Tuesday, April 11, 10:30 am

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

Ages 1-5 and their grown-ups.

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

    Location: Highland Square
   10:30 AM Toddler and Preschool Story Time  
    Contact: Tallmadge   330.633.4345   
   

Book Bugs Story Time

For 3 - 6 year olds with a caregiver.
Enjoy stories, songs, rhymes, arts and crafting together.

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

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

Children learn through play, and we like to play in the Children's Library!  Hands-on, age-appropriate, creative play experiences and materials will be available for young children and their caregivers. Come explore, make friends, share stories, create and play with us.
                                                                                           
March 14: Beautiful Stuff Use found materials and loose parts to create “Beautiful Stuff” together. 
April 11You Are my Sunshine Celebrate the arrival of spring, and “Child and Family Awareness Month” with hands-on arts and science activities. Explore rain, clouds, rainbows and sunshine. 
May 9: Things that GO!  Experience transportation activities this month with wheels, track making, hauling, ice, ramps and mazes.   

    Location: Main Library
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Preschool Story Time  
    Contact: Kenmore Branch Library   330-745-6126   kenmore@akronlibrary.org
   

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

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

Preschool Story Time ages 3-6
Tuesdays, April 4- May 9, 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  -  11:30 AM Tai Chi  
    Contact: Nordonia Hills Branch Library   330-467-8595   nordoniahills@akronlibrary.org
   

TAI CHI:  MOVING FOR BETTER BALANCE

Kim Mozzochi with the Area Agency on Aging conducts this FREE exercise series, geared toward older adults wanting to improve strength, flexibility and muscle tone.  The sessions meet twice per week for a 12-week period.

Registration is strongly encouraged, as space is limited.

 

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

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

 

    Location: Portage Lakes
   11:00 AM Preschool Drive-in Movie  
    Contact: Fairlawn-Bath Branch   330-666-4888   
   

Join us for a family friendly “drive-in” movie inside the library! Children ages 2-5 with an adult caregiver will have a chance to create a cardboard car and then drive on up to watch “Don’t let the Pigeon Drive the Bus”. Preregister to guarantee a car!

Registration begins monday, February 20.

    Location: Fairlawn-Bath
   11:00 AM Toddler Time  
    Contact: Ellet Branch   330-784-2019   
   

Help your child develop skills needed to read and write by talking, reading, singing and playing with your child! We do ALL of these things in STORY TIME. We make learning FUN!

Ages 2-3 and their caregiver. Join Miss Sarah for stories, songs, rhymes, crafts and playtime. No registration necessary.

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

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

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

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

 

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

Afternoon Book Discussion

Join us for our monthly afternoon book discussion. For April, we will discuss FLIGHT OF DREAMS by Ariel Lawhon.

    Location: Green
   3:00 PM Paws for Reading  
    Contact: North Hill Branch Library   330-535-9423   northhill@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 needed.

    Location: North Hill
   3:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Decorate Eggs for Spring!  
    Contact: North Hill Branch Library   330-535-9423   northhill@akronlibrary.org
   

Anyone in the family can stop in this afternoon and try your hand at coloring hard cooked eggs. Choose your favorite colors for several eggs to take home.

    Location: North Hill
   3:30 PM Teen Novel Necklace  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330-864-5721   ecoontz@akronlibrary.org
   

For Grades 4-12. Make a YA book-inspired necklace for National Library Week. 

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

Tween Tuesdays for ages 10-18

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

We will not meet if school is not in session.

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

Tuesday, April 11, 3:30-5 pm

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

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

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

Escape Room

Can you make it out in time? You will have a limited amount of time to solve a series of riddles, decipher the clues, and find the key to escape!

Do you have the brainpower and the skills needed to win?

For teens in 6th-12th grade.

    Location: Norton
   5:00 PM  -  6:30 PM Tinker Tuesday - A Maker Mixer  
    Contact: Science & Technology Division   330-643-9075   stdiv@akronlibrary.org
   

Inventors, Crafters, Tinkerers, and Makers, mix, meet, and mingle at Tinker Tuesday, Akron-Summit County Public Library's Maker Mixer. Investigate our MicroBusiness Center, TechZone, and Science & Technology Division all on the First Floor of Main Library. 

  • Explore partnerships with other area Makers
  • See library resources to use in your projects (mostly for FREE!)
  • Plan something amazing
  • Have some fun

Sign up with EventBrite or call Science & Technology. 

    Location: Main Library
   5:30 PM  -  8:00 PM Project Learn ESOL/GED Classes  
    Contact: North Hill   330.535.9423   northbranch@akronlibrary.org
   

Project Learn ESOL/GED Classes

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

    Location: North Hill
   6:00 PM Book Buzz at Nervous Dog Coffee Bar  
    Contact: Northwest Akron Branch   3308361081   northwest@akronlibrary.org
   

Book Buzz Discussion Group

2nd Tuesday, 6 pm at Nervous Dog Coffee Bar

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

Nervous Dog Coffee Bar is located at 1530 W Market St, Akron, OH 44313.

April 11 THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD by Colson Whitehead

May 9 THE GIRLS by Emma Cline 

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

Are you a music lover?  This could be the club for you. Take the time to enjoy full-length albums front to back, and share your thoughts with other vinyl addicts from the area.  Bring an open mind and new suggestions for our next meeting. Please register for this program by calling us at 330-724-2126.

    Location: Firestone Park
   6:00 PM  -  7:30 PM Teen Advisory Board Meeting  
    Contact: Teen Area   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
   6:00 PM  -  7:45 PM Grandmother's Little Sewing Treasures  
    Contact: Highland Square   330-376-2927   kgerlach@akronlibrary.org
   

Dolly Webb is returning to teach her sewing series. Not so long ago in the “Sewing Times World” ladies made little sewing keepsakes for themselves or to give as remembrances. Money was tight, so these inexpensively made treasures that held pins, scissors, thread and other sewing items were kept in a sewing basket. Come and make these treasures for yourself or as a gift. Beginners are welcome, and all supplies are provided.

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

Dolly Webb also moderates the Redwork Embroidery Group which meets the second Monday of every month from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm, here at the Highland Square Branch Library.  The group would love to welcome new members who do embroidery and love the color red! They love other colors as well. Each month the members receive new patterns to add to their portfolio of ideas. Come share work to encourage each other. If you don't know how to do embroidery there are members who would love to help you get started.

    Location: Highland Square
   6:30 PM Adults with Aging Parent Drivers  
    Contact: Ellet Branch   330-784-2019   
   

Matt Gurwell, Founder and CEO of Keeping Us Safe LLC, shows how you can help  when a loved one's ability to drive safely as a result of the natural aging process becomes a concern. A roadmap will be provided so families can address the issue with tact, compassion and empathy so the the older driver's dignity and independence are never unnecessarily jeopardized.

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

Family Program

Bring the kids in for some relaxing, unstructured play time. There will be a variety of supplies: stones cloths, big blocks, tubes, a glockenspiel and much more to explore and create with.

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

Wednesday April 12, 2017
     Contest for Teens  
    Contact: Tallmadge   330.633.4345   
   

National Library Week, April 9 - 15

Book in a Jar Guessing Game
For teens, grades 6 - 12

Stop by the teen area and take a guess at the title of the shredded teen book in the jar for a chance to win a prize basket.

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

Every Wednesday

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

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

Help your child develop skills needed to read and write by talking, reading, singing and playing with your child! We do ALL of these things in STORY TIME. We make learning FUN!

Ages 2-6 years and their caregiver. Join Miss Laurie for stories, music, puppets, crafts and playtime. No registration necessary.

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

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

    Location: Firestone Park
   1:00 PM Food For Thought Book Talks with Marvin Phillips  
    Contact: Northwest Akron Branch   3308361081   northwest@akronlibrary.org
   

Food for Thought Book Talks

2nd Wednesday, 1 pm

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

March 8 THE BOOK OF JOY: LASTING HAPPINESS IN A CHANGING WORLD by Dalai Lama, Desmond Tutu, Douglas Carlton Abrams

April 12 National Poetry Month Celebration

Marvin Phillips will read selected poems aloud and discuss with the group. Attendees are encouraged to bring a favorite or original poem to read aloud.

May 10 TRAVELS WITH CHARLEY: IN SEARCH OF AMERICA by John Steinbeck

    Location: Northwest Akron
   1:00 PM Preschool Drive-in Movie  
    Contact: Fairlawn-Bath Branch   330-666-4888   
   

Join us for a family friendly “drive-in” movie inside the library! Children ages 2-5 with an adult caregiver will have a chance to create a cardboard car and then drive on up to watch “Don’t let the Pigeon Drive the Bus”. Preregister to guarantee a car!

Registration begins monday, February 20.

    Location: Fairlawn-Bath
   1:30 PM Harriet Tubman the Woman-Real Stories from the Life of Araminta Ross Tubman Davis  
    Contact: Ellet Branch   330-784-2019   
   

Harriet Tubman's extraordinary accomplishments have created a "mythological" image of a woman about whose real life we know very little. Jewell Jones will share some of the "human interest" stories from Tubman's life and share photographs from her experience visiting Tubman's home in Auburn, New York.

    Location: Ellet
   2:00 PM Move it or Lose it  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

April 12, Mature Muscles Movement Class

Presented by Lisa Kelleman-McClain, Build A Body Personal Training

Participants should wear comfortable clothing (sweatpants, t-shirt, tennis shoes) and bring a towel and water bottle.  Class size is limited.  Please register in advance.

    Location: Portage Lakes
   3:00 PM  -  4:00 PM After School Fun Club  
    Contact: Firestone Park Branch Library   330-724-2126   
   

Grades K-5

Recycled Art

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

The second Wednesday of each month at 3:30pm we will meet to talk about what's going on in your life, school, town or the world.  We'll discuss philosophy or whatever is on the groups' mind.

Dont's forget we'll have cookies!

 

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

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

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

After-School Craft Program, Wednesdays, 4-5 pm, March-April, (except for April 19th)

Join us on Wednesdays and let your creative side shine!

Grades K-6

    Location: Main Library
   4:15 PM  -  5:00 PM LEGO CLUB  
    Contact: Norton Branch Library   330-825-7800   norton@akronlibrary.org
   

LEGO CLUB Grades K-3

Join up with fellow LEGO enthusiasts of age K-3 grade level for monthly LEGO challenges and free building time.

Legos provided. 

 

    Location: Norton
   6:00 PM Ready, Set, Kindergarten!  
    Contact: Goodyear Branch Library   330-784-7522   goodyear@akronlibrary.org
   

Registration appreciated

Each week we will focus on different skills to help children get ready for kindergarten. Join us for a story time program with activities and learning. After the stories, there will be individual interaction stations set up for parents and children to make and take ideas home for further learning. This program is designed for children age 3 and up.

Play time – Play is a child’s work so tonight we will work our imagination and play together.

    Location: Goodyear
   6:00 PM  -  7:30 PM Microsoft Office Word 2  
    Contact: Electronic Services   330-643-9145   esdiv@akronlibrary.org
   

MS Word, Part 2: Formatting Text & Paragraphs

Make your document stand out! Explore the different ways to change how text looks. Learn how to change the style and effect of text. Discover additional formatting techniques that can be applied to document paragraphs. Attendance at MS Word, Part 1 is preferred.

 

Please visit our website for more information:

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

Cookbook Club

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

 
    Location: Green
   6:30 PM  -  8:00 PM Socrates Cafe  
    Contact: Nordonia Hills Branch   330.467.8585   nordoniahills@akronlibrary.org
   

SOCRATES CAFÉ

Are you a parent looking for more opportunities to talk with other adults? 

A senior seeking ways to keep your mind active and engaged?  

A student working to improve reasoning and thinking skills? 

A person wanting to meet some of your neighbors in an informal, yet thoughtful setting?

If so, join us at the Socrates Café!

An ongoing, regular discussion for patrons 16 and over - A place to discuss life with other adults – We explore questions we all ask ourselves in a open and friendly manner.

No registration necessary – No homework – No assigned reading.

Based on the book by CHRISTOPHER PHILLIPS, the Cafe opens the second Wednesday of each month. New cafe-goers are always welcome, age 16 and over.

 Come and take part, or just listen to the discussion!

 

    Location: Nordonia Hills

Thursday April 13, 2017
     Contest for Teens  
    Contact: Tallmadge   330.633.4345   
   

National Library Week, April 9 - 15

Book in a Jar Guessing Game
For teens, grades 6 - 12

Stop by the teen area and take a guess at the title of the shredded teen book in the jar for a chance to win a prize basket.

    Location: Tallmadge
   10:00 AM  -  3:00 PM Social Security Disability  
    Contact: Business & Government Division   330-643-9020   
   

Social Security is a part of everyone's life. There are many who may not be able to work until their retirement age due to a disabling condition, and Social Security information and speakers are a welcomed resource. Social Security's online services for disability applicants and advocates provide a wealth of knowledge that will help any organization and individual.  For this year's forum, Social Security has prepared a layered presentation which includes understanding the disability program, the process once an application is received, and how work is evaluated before and after receiving benefits.  The Social Security representatives will be joined by representatives from the Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities. Location: Auditorium.

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

BABY TIME

Our programs feature stories, bounces and songs.

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

Please register in advance.

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

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

Story Time runs Thursdays, March 2 - May 18.

    Location: Goodyear
   10:30 AM Baby Play  
   

Baby Play

(Up to age 24 months with a caregiver)

Thursdays, March 16, April 13, May 11, 10:30 am

Join us once a month for a very special play time for you and your baby. Each session will have a different activity.

 

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

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

Thursday, April 13, 10:30 am

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

Every Thursday

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

    Location: Main Library
   10:30 AM Toddler and Preschool Story Time  
    Contact: Tallmadge   330.633.4345   
   

Wonderful Wiggle Worms Story Time

For 2 - 3 year olds with a caregiver.
Jump on over to a shorter story time for active little ones.
Story time is followed by a group playtime.

    Location: Tallmadge
   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, April 6- May 18, 10:30-11:30 am
Little folks, bring your favorite caregiver and join us for stories, rhymes, songs and more.  No registration required.
 

    Location: Richfield
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Preschool Pals  
    Contact: Norton Branch Library   330-825-7800   norton@akronlibrary.org
   

Bunnies!

Stories and Literacy Building Experiences

Join us for this fun eight week story time series for ages 2-5 year olds 

    Location: Norton
   10:30 AM  -  12:00 PM Microsoft Office Word 3  
    Contact: Electronic Services   330-643-9145   esdiv@akronlibrary.org
   

MS Word, Part 3: More Useful Formatting Tools

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

 

Please visit our website for more information:

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

TODDLER STORY TIME

Short stories, rhymes, and more!

For children 2-3 years old.

Please register in advance.

    Location: Nordonia Hills
   11:30 AM  -  12:30 PM Pitter Patter Playgroup  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   eramsay@akronlibrary.org
   
Pitter Patter Playgroup
Thursdays, March 2-April 27, 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 Preschool Story Time  
    Contact: Nordonia Hills Branch Library   330-467-8595   nordoniahills@akronlibrary.org
   

PRESCHOOL STORY TIME

Short stories, rhymes, and more!

For children 3-5 years old, with two-year-olds accompanied by a parent or caregiver.

Please register in advance

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

Do you like solving puzzles? If you like word searches, crossword puzzles, Sudoku, jigsaw puzzles, brain-teasers, logic puzzles, etc. then stop on in. We will have a variety of puzzles on hand, or feel free to bring your own.

Refreshments will be served.

No registration necessary.

    Location: Goodyear
   1:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Needle crafting @ The Library  
    Contact: Firestone Park Branch Library   330-724-2126   
   

Enjoy discussion and share current knitting and crochet projects.

 

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

THE BOOK OF LOST FRAGRANCES by M. J. Rose

Title: The Book of Lost Fragrances, Author: M. J. Rose

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

Second Thursday of each month at 2:00pm.

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

    Location: Nordonia Hills
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Afternoon Computer Mini-Clinics  
    Contact: Firestone Park Branch Library   330-724-2126   
   

Registration requested.

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

Beginner -& Intermediate-Friendly.  

 

    Location: Firestone Park
   3:30 PM  -  4:30 PM Book Bites Teen Book Club  
    Contact: Firestone Park Branch Library   330-724-2126   
   

Enjoy pizza while discussing our monthly book pick.

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

BOOKED by Kwame Alexander

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

Teen Anime Club: 3:30-4:30pm

Hang out and discuss your favorite Manga and Anime while watching different shows and movie clips. Clips and shows being watched are rated TV-14 or below. 

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

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

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

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

    Location: Kenmore
   4:00 PM  -  5:00 PM Tech Time: Robotics & Coding  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   eramsay@akronlibrary.org
   
Tech Time: Robotics and Coding
Thursdays, March 23, April 13, May 25, 4 pm
Grades K-6
Join Sylvan Learning Center & Maple Valley Library as we find our EDGE with STEM@Sylvan.
This program offers an exciting chance to learn hands on robotics while using Lego® WeDo Software. 
Children will have fun creating and animating robots, while also learning the basic concepts of design, programming, coding, and physics. 
    Location: Maple Valley
   5:30 PM  -  8:00 PM Project Learn ESOL/GED Classes  
    Contact: North Hill   330.535.9423   northbranch@akronlibrary.org
   

Project Learn ESOL/GED Classes

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

    Location: North Hill
   6:00 PM Andrew Johnson & Reconstruction- 1865 to 1869  
    Contact: Mogadore Branch Library   330-628-9228   mogadore@akronlibrary.org
   

Thursday, April 13, 6:00 pm  

Mike Kovacevich tells the story of the turbulent presidency of Andrew Johnson,
his dismissal as Secretary of War and his impeachment. He will also discuss
Johnson’s role in the Reconstruction Era following the Civil War. 
    Location: Mogadore
   6:00 PM  -  7:00 PM The Akron African United Front Book Discussion Group  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   twright@akronlibrary.org
   
The Akron African United Front Book Discussion Group
Every second and fourth Thursday at 6 pm
The Akron African United Front book discussion group offers you the opportunity
to share your opinions on how history affects our world views in today’s society. 
Read and analyze books that are rich in African American culture and history. 
Discuss important heartfelt issues with your peers.
    Location: Maple Valley
   6:00 PM  -  7:15 PM Introduction to Yoga  
    Contact: Highland Square   330-376-2927   kgerlach@akronlibrary.org
   

Certified yoga instructor Matthew DeRubertis will introduce you to “Conscious Yoga,” a simple, ancient series of postures done with a gentle, meditative flow that promotes a sense of deep calm and awareness. Participants should bring their own yoga mats and wear comfortable clothing.

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

    Location: Highland Square
   6:00 PM  -  7:30 PM Build it Club  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

Join us once a month for some building fun with our friends form Bricks 4 Kidz!  Build, play and explore with Legos of all shapes and sizes.  Follow a kit or free build on your own.  All ages welcome.  No registration required.

 

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

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

    Location: Richfield
   6:30 PM Coffee and Conversation-CANCELLED  
    Contact: Northwest Akron Branch   3308361081   northwest@akronlibrary.org
   

Coffee and Conversation will resume in the fall.

 

2nd Thursday, March 9, April 13, May 11, 6:30 pm

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

    Location: Northwest Akron
   6:30 PM Movies@Main: Life, Animated  
    Contact: Culture & AV   330-643-9015   
   
Kung Fu Panda 3 movie poster
 

Award-winning documentary about a boy and his family who overcame great challenges by turning animated movies into a language to express love, loss and friendship. Rated PG. 92 min. Shown in partnership with the Autism Society of Greater Akron in observance of National Autism Awareness Month. Introduction at 6:15, film starts at 6:30.

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

Help your child develop skills needed to read and write by talking, reading, singing and playing with your child! We do ALL of these things in STORY TIME. We make learning FUN!

Ages 2-6 years and their caregiver. Join Miss Laurie for stories, music, puppets, crafts and playtime. No registration necessary.

    Location: Ellet
   7:00 PM Twilight Zone  
    Contact: Nordonia Hills Branch Library   330-467-8595   nordoniahills@akronlibrary.org
   

EVERYTHING I KNOW I LEARNED IN THE TWILIGHT ZONE

A one-act presentation featuring Mark Dawidziak and Sara Showman of the Largely Literary Theater Company.  Based on Dawidziak's recently published book of the same title, this is a tribute to the enduring storytelling power of The Twilight Zone, featuring life lessons drawn from classic episodes of Rod Serling's beloved anthology series.  The performance will be followed by a Q&A session and book signing.

Please register in advance.

    Location: Nordonia Hills

Friday April 14, 2017
     Contest for Teens  
    Contact: Tallmadge   330.633.4345   
   

National Library Week, April 9 - 15

Book in a Jar Guessing Game
For teens, grades 6 - 12

Stop by the teen area and take a guess at the title of the shredded teen book in the jar for a chance to win a prize basket.

    Location: Tallmadge
   12:30 PM  -  1:25 PM Lunch Bunch Cookbook Club  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

April – Smoothies: get ready for summer by trying new combinations of fruits and vegetables for a refreshing treat.  Bring your favorite smoothie combination to share.

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

 

    Location: Portage Lakes
   2:00 PM School’s Out Movie – Moana (PG)  
    Contact: Northwest Akron Branch   3308361081   northwest@akronlibrary.org
   

School’s Out Movie – Moana (PG)

Friday, April 14, 2 pm

Drop by on your day off from school and watch a movie with us! Snacks will be provided. No registration is necessary. Families welcome!

    Location: Northwest Akron
   3:00 PM Paint Your Own Flower Pot  
    Contact: Highland Square   330-376-2927   
   

Get ready for spring by starting a flower in a pot you've painted.

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

Some Like It Hot, with Jack Lemmon, Tony Curtis, and Marilyn Monroe

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

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

 

    Location: Portage Lakes
   6:30 PM Live Music: Moustache Yourself  
    Contact: Northwest Akron Branch   3308361081   northwest@akronlibrary.org
   

Friday, April 14, 6:30 pm

Northwest After-Hours: A Concert with Moustache Yourself 

Join us for a special after-hours concert, right in the stacks, with Akron’s favorite hot club jazz band, Moustache Yourself.

Hot Club Jazz, Gypsy Jazz, or "Jazz Manouche," is a musical style made famous in the 1930s by guitarist Django Reinhardt. Moustache Yourself incorporates the history of this style into a mix of songs ranging from its beginning to present day. Clarinetist Brad Wagner, bassist Matthew DeRubertis, and guitarists Brent Hamker and Jeremy Jones have played with acts including The Cleveland Jazz Orchestra, Wesley Bright & The Honeytones, and Ernie Krivda's Big Band. Their infectious rhythm and exotic melodies will capture your soul and transport you to a different time and place.

Refreshments will be served. Music starts at 7 pm. 

    Location: Northwest Akron

Saturday April 15, 2017
     Contest for Teens  
    Contact: Tallmadge   330.633.4345   
   

National Library Week, April 9 - 15

Book in a Jar Guessing Game
For teens, grades 6 - 12

Stop by the teen area and take a guess at the title of the shredded teen book in the jar for a chance to win a prize basket.

    Location: Tallmadge
   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 Library   330-643-4702   northwest@akronlibrary.org
   

Sensory Storytime

3rd Saturdays monthly, March 18, April 15, May 20, 10:30 am and 11:30 am

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

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

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

    Location: Richfield
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Paws for Reading  
    Contact: 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  -  12:00 PM Word Practical Application Project  
    Contact: Electronic Services   330-643-9145   esdiv@akronlibrary.org
   

Word Practical Application Project

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

 

Please visit our website for more information:

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


The First and Third Saturdays of the month, 11 am

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

March 4: Dr. Seuss Join us for a special Dr. Seuss Celebration with stories, songs and crafts
March 18: Beautiful Stuff Start with stories using the collage technique, and then use found materials and loose parts to create “Beautiful Stuff” together
April 1: April Fools! It’s Backwards Day!
April 15: Hop on over for a special Bunny Story Time
May 6: What is Your Talent? Song, Music, Art, Silliness?
May 20: Sunny Days Join us as we celebrate the return of warmer days by sharing “sunny” reads.
 

    Location: Main Library
   11:30 AM Sensory Storytime  
    Contact: Northwest Akron Branch Library   330-643-4702   northwest@akronlibrary.org
   

Sensory Storytime

3rd Saturdays monthly, March 18, April 15, May 20, 10:30 am and 11:30 am

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

    Location: Northwest Akron
   12:30 PM Paws for Reading  
    Contact: Kenmore Branch Library   330-745-6126   kenmore@akronlibrary.org
   

This is an opportunity for children to read to a canine "Reading Buddy." The goal is to provide a non-judgmental atmosphere in which kids can read without correction or interruption and learn not just to read, but to love reading as well. The purpose of Paws for Reading is to make reading an enjoyable experience and to enhance children's literacy skills through reading buddies, one-on-one attention, opportunity and bonus programs. The Paws for Reading program embraces children with a canine spirit: kids will do better with a little extra love, patience and some quality time with a dog. 

    Location: Kenmore
   1:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Paws for Reading  
    Contact: Tallmadge   330.633.4345   
   

Paws for Reading

Every first and third Saturday of the month, 1 - 2 pm
Look for therapy dogs in the Children's area and improve your reading skills by reading a book to a furry friend. Bring along a book you are reading or choose one from our shelves.

    Location: Tallmadge
   2:00 PM PAWS for Reading  
    Contact: Northwest Akron Branch   3308361081   northwest@akronlibrary.org
   

PAWS for Reading

(All grades)

Thursdays, March 2, 16, April 6, 20, May 4, 18, 4 pm

3rd Saturdays, March 18, April 15, May 20, 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  -  3:30 PM Mosiac Glass Craft  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   maplevalley@akronlibrary.org
    Celebrate the end of tax season by doing a fun craft. Leona Bowser will be teaching a glass- on- glass mosaic class without grout. The theme of the artwork is Spring/Easter. Two designs will be available with which to create a 5x7 glass framed piece. Of course, your own simple design is welcome, so bring your imagination. Please call the branch to sign up.
    Location: Maple Valley
   2:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Beekeeping - A Honey of a Program  
    Contact: Richfield Branch Library   330-659-4343   mdaly@akronlibrary.org
   

Kris and Evona Gaughan of Gaughan Bee Dancin’, local beekeepers and chemical free farmers, share the secrets for the first year of caring for your bees, with a chance to sample honey and pollen.

    Location: Richfield
   3:00 PM  -  4:30 PM Peep-A-Palooza!  
    Contact: Teen Area   330-643-9067   ysodiv@akronlibrary.org
   

Join us for an afternoon all about peeps- peep science, peep sushi, peep prints! Test, eat, and create with the marshmallow goodness that is the peep. For ages 11 to 18. Please call 330-643-9067 to register.

    Location: Main Library

Monday April 17, 2017
     Drive-Thru Teen Book Club  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Youth & Teen

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

April THE HERO AND THE CROWN by Robin McKinley

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

    Location: North Hill
   10:30 AM Yoga Play for 3-5 year olds  
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

Mondays in April, 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 Tai Chi  
    Contact: Nordonia Hills Branch Library   330-467-8595   nordoniahills@akronlibrary.org
   

TAI CHI:  MOVING FOR BETTER BALANCE

Kim Mozzochi with the Area Agency on Aging conducts this FREE exercise series, geared toward older adults wanting to improve strength, flexibility and muscle tone.  The sessions meet twice per week for a 12-week period.

Registration is strongly encouraged, as space is limited.

 

    Location: Nordonia Hills
   11:00 AM Baby & Me  
    Contact: Highland Square   330-376-2927   
   

Ages 0-18 months and their grown-ups.

You are your child’s first teacher. Spark early neuron connections and feed your baby’s hunger for natural sensory experiences related to color, texture, light, and sound. Discover simple songs and exercises to do with your young learner to give him his first tools needed to learn to read and better understand her world. Best of all, these experiences will bring fun and joy into your little one’s day! Bring a blanket or yoga mat. Dress for messy play experiences. Miss KT also recommends having in your diaper bag an extra outfit for baby to change into afterward if needed.

    Location: Highland Square
   1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Spring Break Superhero Movie Marathon  
    Contact: Odom Blvd Branch Library   3304348726   OdomBlvdBranch@akronlibrary.org
   

Spring Break Superhero Movie Marathon: April 17-21

Children and Teens are invited to join us Monday through Friday at 1:00pm for a different superhero movie each day. 

Monday, April 17- Iron Man PG-13

Tuesday, April 18- The Incredible Hulk PG-13

Wednesday, April 19- Thor PG-13

Thursday, April 20- Captain American: The First Avenger PG-13

Friday, April 21- The Avengers PG-13

    Location: Odom
   2:00 PM Spring Break Fun  
    Contact: Children's Library   330-643-9050   
   

SPRING BREAK FUN

Monday, April 17 Legos Building Club: Open play with Legos and Duplos for all ages
Tuesday, April 18 Tech Lab Tuesday: Explore virtual reality, drive and code robots, play with makerspace toys, draw in 3D, fly a drone and so much more. Grades 3 & up. Registration requested.
Wednesday, April 19 Wii Wednesday
: Show off you dance moves with Wii Just Dance from 2-3:30 pm . Grades 1-6.
Thursday, April 20 Let’s Get Creative: Art Activities for all ages
 

    Location: Main Library
   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: Nordonia Hills
   3:00 PM Teen Shakespeare Movie Festival  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330-864-5721   ecoontz@akronlibrary.org
   

For Grades 6-12. In honor of Shakespeare’s birthday, we’ll be watching popular teen movies based on his works during Spring Break! Snacks and beverages provided.

 

Monday, April 17, 3 pm: SHE’S THE MAN (PG-13)(105 min)

Tuesday, April 18, 3 pm: GET OVER IT (PG-13)(87 min)

Wednesday, April 19, 3 pm: WARM BODIES (PG-13)(98 min)

Thursday, April 20, 3 pm: 10 THINGS I HATE ABOUT YOU (PG-13)(97 min)

    Location: Maple Valley
   3:00 PM  -  5:00 PM After School Homework Help  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   eramsay@akronlibrary.org
   
After School Homework Help
Mondays & Wednesdays 3-5 pm
January 9- May 24
Free homework help for students in grades K-6.
You’ll find everything you need to get your homework done here!
Stuck on a math question? We have someone to help you.
Can’t find a ruler? We have school supplies.
Need to type a paper? We have computers.
Drop in anytime you need help.
No registration required.
    Location: Maple Valley
   4:00 PM  -  5:30 PM Ellet Needle Crafters  
    Contact: Ellet Branch   330-784-2019   
   

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

 

    Location: Ellet
   5:30 PM Know Before You Go! America’s Boating Course  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

Upon completion and passing this course, you will be certified to operate a powerboat of 10hp or more in all 50 states.  For those who were born on or after January 1, 1982, certification is required to operate a powerboat in Ohio.  This free instruction is open to the public.  A student manual is available for $35.  For more information and registration contact Jan Holmes at 330-256-0267.  Sponsored by the Akron Sail and Power Squadron and the Akron-Summit County Public Library.

    Location: Portage Lakes
   6:30 PM Babytime  
    Contact: Ellet Branch   330-784-2019   
   

Help your child develop skills needed to read and write by talking, reading, singing and playing with your child! We do ALL of these things in STORY TIME. We make learning FUN!

Ages 6-24 months and their caregiver. Join Miss Sarah for rhymes, music, books, bounces, and playtime. No registration necessary.

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

CLACKER PUPPETS

Join Miss Sue and make clacker puppets!

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

Please register in advance.

    Location: Nordonia Hills
   6:30 PM LEGO Club  
    Contact: Northwest Akron Branch   3308361081   northwest@akronlibrary.org
   

LEGO Club

3rd Mondays, March 20, April 17, May 15, 6:30 pm

Drop in on the 3rd Monday or each month to build and show off your creations! LEGOs will be provided. No registration is necessary.

    Location: Northwest Akron
   6:30 PM Run Off, Pet Waste and Me  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Adult Program

Sandy Barbic from Summit Soil and Water District will remind us how these are all interrelated and how we can be better stewards of our water supply.

 
    Location: Green

Tuesday April 18, 2017
   10:05 AM Babytime  
    Contact: Ellet Branch   330-784-2019   
   

Help your child develop skills needed to read and write by talking, reading, singing and playing with your child! We do ALL of these things in STORY TIME. We make learning FUN!

Ages 6-24 months and their caregiver. Join Miss Sarah for rhymes, music, books, bounces, and playtime. No registration necessary.

    Location: Ellet
   10:30 AM Preschool Story Time  
    Contact: Miss Kim   3308361081   northwest@akronlibrary.org
   

Preschool Story Time

(2 to 5 year-olds with a caregiver)

Tuesdays, March 21 to April 25, 10:30 am

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

 

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

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

Tuesday, April 18, 10:30 am

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

Ages 1-5 and their grown-ups.

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

    Location: Highland Square
   10:30 AM Toddler and Preschool Story Time  
    Contact: Tallmadge   330.633.4345   
   

Book Bugs Story Time

For 3 - 6 year olds with a caregiver.
Enjoy stories, songs, rhymes, arts and crafting together.

    Location: Tallmadge
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Preschool Story Time  
    Contact: Kenmore Branch Library   330-745-6126   kenmore@akronlibrary.org
   

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

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

Preschool Story Time ages 3-6
Tuesdays, April 4- May 9, 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  -  11:30 AM Tai Chi  
    Contact: Nordonia Hills Branch Library   330-467-8595   nordoniahills@akronlibrary.org
   

TAI CHI:  MOVING FOR BETTER BALANCE

Kim Mozzochi with the Area Agency on Aging conducts this FREE exercise series, geared toward older adults wanting to improve strength, flexibility and muscle tone.  The sessions meet twice per week for a 12-week period.

Registration is strongly encouraged, as space is limited.

 

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

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

 

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

Help your child develop skills needed to read and write by talking, reading, singing and playing with your child! We do ALL of these things in STORY TIME. We make learning FUN!

Ages 2-3 and their caregiver. Join Miss Sarah for stories, songs, rhymes, crafts and playtime. No registration necessary.

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

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

    Location: Firestone Park
   11:30 AM  -  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  -  3:00 PM Spring Break Superhero Movie Marathon  
    Contact: Odom Blvd Branch Library   3304348726   OdomBlvdBranch@akronlibrary.org
   

Spring Break Superhero Movie Marathon: April 17-21

Children and Teens are invited to join us Monday through Friday at 1:00pm for a different superhero movie each day. 

Monday, April 17- Iron Man PG-13

Tuesday, April 18- The Incredible Hulk PG-13

Wednesday, April 19- Thor PG-13

Thursday, April 20- Captain American: The First Avenger PG-13

Friday, April 21- The Avengers PG-13

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

Books are available in advance at the circulation desk.

April 18th- THE RINGMASTER'S WIFE by Kristy Cambron

May 16th- MRS. LINCOLN'S DRESSMAKER by Jennifer Chiaverini

    Location: Ellet
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Spring Break Boredom Busters  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   eramsay@akronlibrary.org
   
Spring Break Boredom Busters
April 18-20, 1:30 pm
Stop in every afternoon over Spring Break for an exciting activity and snacks!
Grades K-6
 
Tuesday: CitiBlocs
Wednesday: Board Games
Thursday: Ozobots and Speed Stackers
    Location: Maple Valley
   2:00 PM Hip-Hop Coding (Grades 3 and Up)  
    Contact: Northwest Akron Branch   3308361081   northwest@akronlibrary.org
   

Hip-Hop Coding (Grades 3 and Up)

Tuesday, April 18, 2 pm

Code and share some hip-hop dance moves using Scratch! Spots limited, registration requested.

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

Patrons with food allergy questions should contact the branch.

    Location: Northwest Akron
   2:00 PM Tech Lab Tuesday: Spring Break Fun  
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

Tech Lab Tuesday: Spring Break Fun

Explore virtual reality, drive and code robots, play with makerspace toys, draw in 3D, fly a drone and so much more.

Grades 3 & up. Registration requested.

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

Windows 10

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

 

Please visit our website for more information:

    Location: Nordonia Hills
   2:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Movie BINGO  
    Contact: North Hill Branch Library   330-535-9423   northhill@akronlibrary.org
   

All ages. Round up your family and friends during Spring Break to compete for great prizes while playing a classic game of chance with a library twist.

    Location: North Hill
   3:00 PM Teen Iron Chef  
    Contact: Mogadore Branch Library   330-628-9228   mogadore@akronlibrary.org
   

Tuesday, April 18, 3 pm

Show off your culinary skills in our Annual Iron Chef contest!
Make the best dishes and you could win big. Please contact the branch to register.
Grades 5-12
    Location: Mogadore
   3:00 PM Teen Shakespeare Movie Festival  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330-864-5721   ecoontz@akronlibrary.org
   

For Grades 6-12. In honor of Shakespeare’s birthday, we’ll be watching popular teen movies based on his works during Spring Break! Snacks and beverages provided.

 

Monday, April 17, 3 pm: SHE’S THE MAN (PG-13)(105 min)

Tuesday, April 18, 3 pm: GET OVER IT (PG-13)(87 min)

Wednesday, April 19, 3 pm: WARM BODIES (PG-13)(98 min)

Thursday, April 20, 3 pm: 10 THINGS I HATE ABOUT YOU (PG-13)(97 min)

    Location: Maple Valley
   4:00 PM  -  5:00 PM Tween Time  
    Contact: Norton Branch Library   3308257800   norton@akronlibrary.org
   

Tween STEAM

For ages 8-13.

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

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

    Location: Norton
   4:30 PM Mini-makers  
    Contact: Tallmadge   330.633.4345   
   

Mini-makers: Button Art
For grades 6 - 12

Learn how to use the button maker to design your own buttons.

    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 April, we will discuss HOUSE OF THIEVES by Charles Belfoure.

    Location: Green
   6:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Paint Night  
    Contact: Nordonia Hills Branch Library   330-467-8595   nordoniahills@akronlibrary.org
   

PAINT NIGHT

Paint your own masterpiece and discover your creativity!  Each artist will have a finished painting to take home at the end of the night.  Sign-ups are limited to two spots per person.  Both nights will feature the same painting, so sign-ups per person are limited to one night each.

Age 16 and over.

All supplies are provided.

    Location: Nordonia Hills
   6:30 PM Investment Perspectives  
    Contact: Mogadore Branch Library   330-628-9228   mogadore@akronlibrary.org
   

Tuesday, April 18, 6:30 pm

Financial advisor Vince Rosnack will be discussing timely
market topics and potential solutions to help you stay on track. 
Please call 330.628.9228 to register.
    Location: Mogadore
   6:30 PM ROMEO AND JULIET with Rubber City Shakespeare Company  
    Contact: Ellet Branch   330-784-2019   
   

This program is part of the Rubber City Shakespeare Company's Community Reading Project. Learn about Willam Shakespeare's masterpiece and then watch the play come to life through an interactive dramatic reading where those who attend will have the opportunity to join the play. 

    Location: Ellet
   6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Adult Coloring Class  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   twright@akronlibrary.org
   
 Adult Coloring Class
Every second and third Tuesday of the month
You will enjoy this class.  Adult coloring is all the craze right now. 
It is a great relaxing way to be creative and to relieve stress. 
All supplies are provided by the library. 
Please stop by or call the branch to register.
    Location: Maple Valley
   6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Introduction to Intellectual Property  
    Contact: Science & Technology Division   330-643-9075   stdiv@akronlibrary.org
   

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

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

Please contact the Science & Technology Division to register.

    Location: Main Library
   6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Local Author Irv Korman Presents ANTUAN WAS “HEAR” (30 YEARS OF KIDS’ QUOTES)  
    Contact: Highland Square   330-376-2927   kgerlach@akronlibrary.org
   

During his 30 years as a speech pathologist for the Akron Public Schools, Irv Korman scribbled his students' quotes in his lesson plan books. Learn his process for taking these memories and creating his book and illustrations. This program will be followed by a book signing.

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

    Location: Highland Square
   7:00 PM Classic Book and Film Discussion  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Dessert and Discussion for Teens and Adults

Was the book or the movie better?  And why is it a classic anyway?  Find out as we discuss it over dessert.  Didn't like the book?  Sometimes it's even more fun to discuss that way.

For the month of April, we will discuss TRAVELS WITH MY AUNT by Graham Greene.

    Location: Green

Wednesday April 19, 2017
   10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Play Date  
    Contact: Richfield Branch Library   330-659-4343   dnagy@akronlibrary.org
   

Play Date
Wednesday, April 5 and 19, 10 am- 12 pm
Wednesday, May 3 and 17, 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. Weather permitting, we will also have some outside activities available.

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

Every Wednesday

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

    Location: Main Library
   10:30 AM Mini Movers  
    Contact: Miss Kim   3308361081   northwest@akronlibrary.org
   

Mini Movers

(Ages 5 and under with a caregiver)

Wednesdays, March 15, April 19, May 17, 10:30 am

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

 

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

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

Help your child develop skills needed to read and write by talking, reading, singing and playing with your child! We do ALL of these things in STORY TIME. We make learning FUN!

Ages 2-6 years and their caregiver. Join Miss Laurie for stories, music, puppets, crafts and playtime. No registration necessary.

    Location: Ellet
   11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Coloring Fun for Adults  
    Contact: Norton Branch Library   330-825-7800   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 Family Story Time for all ages  
    Contact: Firestone Park Branch Library   330-724-2126   
   

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

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

Mystery Book Discussion Group

3rd Wednesday, 1 pm

March 15 A GREAT RECKONING by Louise Penny

April 19 GIRL WAITS WITH GUN by Amy Stewart

May 17 BEFORE THE FALL by Noah Hawley

    Location: Northwest Akron
   1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Spring Break Superhero Movie Marathon  
    Contact: Odom Blvd Branch Library   3304348726   OdomBlvdBranch@akronlibrary.org
   

Spring Break Superhero Movie Marathon: April 17-21

Children and Teens are invited to join us Monday through Friday at 1:00pm for a different superhero movie each day. 

Monday, April 17- Iron Man PG-13

Tuesday, April 18- The Incredible Hulk PG-13

Wednesday, April 19- Thor PG-13

Thursday, April 20- Captain American: The First Avenger PG-13

Friday, April 21- The Avengers PG-13

    Location: Odom
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Spring Break Boredom Busters  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   eramsay@akronlibrary.org
   
Spring Break Boredom Busters
April 18-20, 1:30 pm
Stop in every afternoon over Spring Break for an exciting activity and snacks!
Grades K-6
 
Tuesday: CitiBlocs
Wednesday: Board Games
Thursday: Ozobots and Speed Stackers
    Location: Maple Valley
   2:00 PM Magazines Through the Ages  
    Contact: Tallmadge   330.633.4345   
   

Adult Program - Magazines Through the Ages

Librarian Francie Labriola recounts the history of magazines in the United States from the early 1800s to the present. Discover how early news and women's magazines have evolved to present day eMagazines. Learn about Zinio and how to access magazines electronically.

    Location: Tallmadge
   2:00 PM Move it or Lose it  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

April 19, Mature Muscles Strength and Balance Class

Presented by Lisa Kelleman-McClain, Build A Body Personal Training

Participants should wear comfortable clothing (sweatpants, t-shirt, tennis shoes) and bring a towel and water bottle.  Class size is limited.  Please register in advance.

    Location: Portage Lakes
   2:00 PM  -  2:30 PM Wii Wednesday: Spring Break Fun  
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

Wii Wednesday: Spring Break Fun

Show off your dance moves with Wii Just Dance.

Grades 1-6.

    Location: Main Library
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Color Your World  
    Contact: Odom Branch Library   3304348726   odombranchlibrary@akronlibrary.org
   

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

    Location: Odom
   3:00 PM Teen Gaming Day  
    Contact: Northwest Akron Branch   3308361081   northwest@akronlibrary.org
   

Gaming Day

Wednesday, April 19, 3 pm

Board games, video games, we have it all covered!  Bring your friends and enjoy the fun.

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

For ages 11 to 18

Patrons with food allergy questions should contact the branch.

    Location: Northwest Akron
   3:00 PM Teen Shakespeare Movie Festival  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330-864-5721   ecoontz@akronlibrary.org
   

For Grades 6-12. In honor of Shakespeare’s birthday, we’ll be watching popular teen movies based on his works during Spring Break! Snacks and beverages provided.

 

Monday, April 17, 3 pm: SHE’S THE MAN (PG-13)(105 min)

Tuesday, April 18, 3 pm: GET OVER IT (PG-13)(87 min)

Wednesday, April 19, 3 pm: WARM BODIES (PG-13)(98 min)

Thursday, April 20, 3 pm: 10 THINGS I HATE ABOUT YOU (PG-13)(97 min)

    Location: Maple Valley
   3:00 PM  -  4:00 PM After School Fun Club  
    Contact: Firestone Park Branch Library   330-724-2126   
   

Grades K-5

NO SCHOOL, NO FUN CLUB

    Location: Firestone Park
   3:00 PM  -  5:00 PM After School Homework Help  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   eramsay@akronlibrary.org
   
After School Homework Help
Mondays & Wednesdays 3-5 pm
January 9- May 24
Free homework help for students in grades K-6.
You’ll find everything you need to get your homework done here!
Stuck on a math question? We have someone to help you.
Can’t find a ruler? We have school supplies.
Need to type a paper? We have computers.
Drop in anytime you need help.
No registration required.
    Location: Maple Valley
   3:00 PM  -  5:00 PM Volunteer Opportunities for Teens  
    Contact: Norton Branch Library   3308257800   norton@akronlibrary.org
   

Volunteen

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

Become a Volunteen! 

Those in 6th-12th grade can help us help others by participating in meaningful, short term projects at the Library that will benefit the greater community.

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

BUTTERFLY SUN CATCHERS

Program is held one Wednesday of each month at 4pm.

For children in Kindergarten - 4th grade.

Please register in advance.

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

PAWS FOR READING

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.

Our Paws for Reading dogs are waiting for you!

First and Third Wednesdays, 4-5 pm

    Location: Norton
   6:00 PM  -  7:30 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: Nordonia Hills
   6:30 PM Writers' Guild  
    Contact: Nordonia Hills Branch Library   330-467-8595   nordoniahills@akronlibrary.org
   

WRITERS' GUILD OF NORDONIA HILLS

Writers wanted!  New writers and old hands welcome:  fiction, nonfiction, and everything in between.  Have your work critiqued and give feedback to others in a fun and friendly environment.  Please bring a sample of your work to share.

Light snacks provided.  The group meets the third Wednesday of each month at 6:30pm.

    Location: Nordonia Hills

Thursday April 20, 2017
   10:30 AM Family Yoga/ Week of the Young Child  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Family Program

Join us in celebrating the Week of the Young Child. A yoga instructor from Nirvana Yoga Studio in Richfield will guide us through a variety of exercises geared for the family, from adults to toddlers. Bring a yoga mat or beach towel if you have one; we will have a few mats available.

Please register in advance.

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

Thursday, April 20, 10:30 am

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

Every Thursday

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

    Location: Main Library
   10:30 AM Stories In the Library  
    Contact: Goodyear Branch Library   330-784-7522   goodyear@akronlibrary.org
   

Join us in the children’s area for a special family story time about books.  After stories we will play some games.

Story Time runs Thursdays, March 2 - May 18, 10:15.

    Location: Goodyear
   10:30 AM Toddler and Preschool Story Time  
    Contact: Tallmadge   330.633.4345   
   

Wonderful Wiggle Worms Story Time

For 2 - 3 year olds with a caregiver.
Jump on over to a shorter story time for active little ones.
Story time is followed by a group playtime.

    Location: Tallmadge
   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, April 6- May 18, 10:30-11:30 am
Little folks, bring your favorite caregiver and join us for stories, rhymes, songs and more.  No registration required.
 

    Location: Richfield
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Preschool Pals  
    Contact: Norton Branch Library   330-825-7800   norton@akronlibrary.org
   

Hippos!

Stories and Literacy Building Experiences

Join us for this fun eight week story time series for ages 2-5 year olds 

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

TODDLER PARACHUTE PLAY

We will use music and movement to play parachute games.  

Toddler parachute play is for children ages 2-5.

Please register in advance.

    Location: Nordonia Hills
   11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Reentry in Motion: Cognitive Therapy  
    Contact: Business & Government Division   330-643-9020   
   

Cognitive Therapy is a type of psychotherapy in which negative patterns of thought about the self and the world are challenged in order to alter unwanted behavior patterns or treat mood disorders such as depression. Learn how this technique is used to help people change thinking and solve problems. Room 2AB.

 

    Location: Main Library
   11:30 AM  -  12:30 PM Pitter Patter Playgroup  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   eramsay@akronlibrary.org
   
Pitter Patter Playgroup
Thursdays, March 2-April 27, 11:30 am
Ages 5 and under.
Bring your little ones to enjoy our puzzles, games, and toys!
Both children and caregivers can join in the fun!
No registration required… just come and play! 
    Location: Maple Valley
   1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Spring Break Superhero Movie Marathon  
    Contact: Odom Blvd Branch Library   3304348726   OdomBlvdBranch@akronlibrary.org
   

Spring Break Superhero Movie Marathon: April 17-21

Children and Teens are invited to join us Monday through Friday at 1:00pm for a different superhero movie each day. 

Monday, April 17- Iron Man PG-13

Tuesday, April 18- The Incredible Hulk PG-13

Wednesday, April 19- Thor PG-13

Thursday, April 20- Captain American: The First Avenger PG-13

Friday, April 21- The Avengers PG-13

    Location: Odom
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Spring Break Boredom Busters  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   eramsay@akronlibrary.org
   
Spring Break Boredom Busters
April 18-20, 1:30 pm
Stop in every afternoon over Spring Break for an exciting activity and snacks!
Grades K-6
 
Tuesday: CitiBlocs
Wednesday: Board Games
Thursday: Ozobots and Speed Stackers
    Location: Maple Valley
   2:00 PM Spring Break Fun  
    Contact: Children's Library   330-643-9050   
   

SPRING BREAK FUN

Monday, April 17 Legos Building Club: Open play with Legos and Duplos for all ages
Tuesday, April 18 Tech Lab Tuesday: Explore virtual reality, drive and code robots, play with makerspace toys, draw in 3D, fly a drone and so much more. Grades 3 & up. Registration requested.
Wednesday, April 19 Wii Wednesday
: Show off you dance moves with Wii Just Dance from 2-3:30 pm . Grades 1-6.
Thursday, April 20 Let’s Get Creative: Art Activities for all ages
 

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

Office 2013 Essential Skills

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

 

Please visit our website for more information:

    Location: Nordonia Hills
   2:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Get in the Game--Spring Break Edition  
    Contact: North Hill Branch Library   330-535-9423   northhill@akronlibrary.org
   

For grades 3 through 8. Spend a few hours at the library this Spring break and enjoy some snacks while playing video games on our Xbox.

    Location: North Hill
   3:00 PM Teen Shakespeare Movie Festival  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330-864-5721   ecoontz@akronlibrary.org
   

For Grades 6-12. In honor of Shakespeare’s birthday, we’ll be watching popular teen movies based on his works during Spring Break! Snacks and beverages provided.

 

Monday, April 17, 3 pm: SHE’S THE MAN (PG-13)(105 min)

Tuesday, April 18, 3 pm: GET OVER IT (PG-13)(87 min)

Wednesday, April 19, 3 pm: WARM BODIES (PG-13)(98 min)

Thursday, April 20, 3 pm: 10 THINGS I HATE ABOUT YOU (PG-13)(97 min)

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

Thursday, April 20, 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   3308361081   northwest@akronlibrary.org
   

PAWS for Reading

(All grades)

Thursdays, March 2, 16, April 6, 20, May 4, 18, 4 pm

3rd Saturdays, March 18, April 15, May 20, 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 Day  
    Contact: Kenmore Branch Library   330-745-6126   kenmore@akronlibrary.org
   

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

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

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

    Location: Ellet
   4:00 PM  -  5:00 PM Teen DIY Bulletin Board  
    Contact: Goodyear Branch Library   330-784-7522   goodyear@akronlibrary.org
   

For ages 11-18

Stop by the teen area of the library and create your own small unique bulletin board to hang up in your room.

    Location: Goodyear
   6:00 PM Antique Appraisal  
    Contact: Mogadore Branch Library   330-628-9228   mogadore@akronlibrary.org
   

Thursday, April 20, 6 pm

Bring your favorite antique to the library and have it appraised by Jason Adams.
Limit two items per person (no swords or firearms). For large items, you can bring a photograph.
Spectators are welcome and do not need to register.
Program size is limited so please call 330.628.9228 to register. 
    Location: Mogadore
   6:00 PM Movies@Main: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story  
    Contact: Culture & AV   330-643-9015   
   
Kung Fu Panda 3 movie poster
 

The Rebel Alliance sets out on a desperate mission to steal the plans for the Death Star. Unforgettable adventure starring Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn and Forest Whitaker. Rated PG-13. 133 min

    Location: Main Library-Auditorium
   6:00 PM  -  7:30 PM Sistas Knit 2  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   twright@akronlibrary.org
   
Sistas Knit 2
Every Thursday at 6:30 pm
Socialize with other crafters while creating wonderful projects that can be given to family and friends.
This group does everything from knitting to crocheting, needlepoint to cross stitch and more… 
All crafters are welcome.
    Location: Maple Valley
   6:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Friends of the Goodyear Branch Library Preview Sale  
    Contact: Goodyear Branch Library   330-784-7522   goodyear@akronlibrary.org
   

The Friends of the Goodyear Branch Library "Member Only Spring Book Sale Preview" is Thursday, April 20, from 6-8 pm.

You must be a member to attend - memberships may be purchased at the door.

Gently used books, magazines, audiobooks, DVDs, music CDs, and more are available at bargain prices.

Proceeds benefit the Goodyear Branch Library.

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

Help your child develop skills needed to read and write by talking, reading, singing and playing with your child! We do ALL of these things in STORY TIME. We make learning FUN!

Ages 2-6 years and their caregiver. Join Miss Laurie for stories, music, puppets, crafts and playtime. No registration necessary.

    Location: Ellet
   6:30 PM  -  8:00 PM Social Security: How to Get the Most Out of Your Social Security Benefits  
    Contact: Richfield Branch Library   330-659-4343   mdaly@akronlibrary.org
   

This program is for anyone in or nearing retirement and interested in making informed decisions about the foundation of their retirement income plan.

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

Join us to discuss a diverse selection of titles. New members are always welcome. Stop by to visit us at the Higland Square Branch library to see what book we are reading next.

    Location: Highland Square
   7:00 PM The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln  
    Contact: Nordonia Hills Branch Library   330-467-8595   nordoniahills@akronlibrary.org
   

ABRAHAM LINCOLN

Historian Paul Goebbel discusses the threats on Lincoln's life starting with his election, through his administration and his ultimate end.

Please register in advance.

    Location: Nordonia Hills

Friday April 21, 2017
   12:00 PM  -  6:00 PM Friends of the Goodyear Branch Library Book Sale  
    Contact: Goodyear Branch Library   330-784-7522   goodyear@akronlibrary.org
   

The Friends of the Goodyear Branch Library will be hosting their Spring Book Sale on Friday, April 21, from 12-6 pm.

Open to the public!

Gently used books, magazines, audiobooks, DVDs, music CDs, and more are available at bargain prices.

Proceeds will benefit the Goodyear Branch Library.

    Location: Goodyear
   1:00 PM  -  2:30 PM Essential Oils 101  
    Contact: Nordonia Hills Branch Library   330-467-8595   nordoniahills@akronlibrary.org
   

ESSENTIAL OILS 101

Learn the basics of essential oils with Sharon Hamad.

Please register in advance.

 

    Location: Nordonia Hills
   1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Spring Break Superhero Movie Marathon  
    Contact: Odom Blvd Branch Library   3304348726   OdomBlvdBranch@akronlibrary.org
   

Spring Break Superhero Movie Marathon: April 17-21

Children and Teens are invited to join us Monday through Friday at 1:00pm for a different superhero movie each day. 

Monday, April 17- Iron Man PG-13

Tuesday, April 18- The Incredible Hulk PG-13

Wednesday, April 19- Thor PG-13

Thursday, April 20- Captain American: The First Avenger PG-13

Friday, April 21- The Avengers PG-13

    Location: Odom
   3:00 PM  -  5:00 PM Friends of the Portage Lakes Branch Library Preview Sale  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

The Friends of the Portage Lakes Branch Library "Member Only Spring Book Sale Preview".

You must be a member to attend - memberships may be purchased at the door.

Gently used books, magazines, audiobooks, DVDs, music CDs, and more are available at bargain prices.

Proceeds benefit the Portage Lakes Branch Library.

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

WIRE

Come and explore with Wire.

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

For students in grades 5 and up.

Please register in advance.

    Location: Nordonia Hills

Saturday April 22, 2017
     Kids Create  
    Contact: Fairlawn-Bath Branch   330-666-4888   
   

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

    Location: Fairlawn-Bath
   9:00 AM  -  10:00 AM Friends of the Library Members Pre-Sale  
    Contact: Northwest Akron Branch   3308361081   northwest@akronlibrary.org
   

Friends of the Library Members-only pre-sale.
9am-10am.

Open to Friends Members. If you are not a member you may join at the door. 

 

    Location: Northwest Akron
   10:00 AM Practice ACT Test  
    Contact: Ellet Branch   330-784-2019   
   

Grab your calculator and sharpen your pencils to take a free ACT practice test and get a head start on preparing for college. Please register in advance.

    Location: Ellet
   10:00 AM  -  11:15 AM Juice and Canvas for Mother's Day  
    Contact: Highland Square   330-376-2927   
   

Ages 4-10.

Miss KT will lead the children in an exploration of painting with acrylics on canvas. Each student will produce an art piece to take home to share for Mother’s Day with a special person in his/her life. Adults are welcome to join for the program. Juice and coffee will be served. Supplies are provided by the Friends of the Highland Square Branch Library. Limit one canvas per student and 20 students per class. Call 330-376-2927 to register for one of the two classes.

    Location: Highland Square
   10:00 AM  -  3:00 PM Friends of the Goodyear Branch Library Bag Sale  
    Contact: Goodyear Branch Library   330-784-7522   goodyear@akronlibrary.org
   

The Friends of the Goodyear Branch Library will hold a Bag Sale on Saturday, April 22, from 10 am - 3 pm.

The bag sale is $5.00 per bag and will be sold at the event.

Open to the public!

Proceeds benefit the Goodyear Branch Library.

    Location: Goodyear
   10:00 AM  -  3:00 PM Friends of the Library Book Sale  
    Contact: Northwest Akron Branch   3308361081   northwest@akronlibrary.org
   

Friends of the Library Members-only pre-sale.
9am-10am.

Open to Friends Members. If you are not a member you may join at the door. 

 

    Location: Northwest Akron
   10:00 AM  -  3:00 PM Friends of the Portage Lakes Branch Library Book Sale  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

The Friends of the Portage Lakes Branch Library will be hosting their Spring Book Sale on Saturday, April 22, from 10-3 pm.

Open to the public!

Gently used books, magazines, audiobooks, DVDs, music CDs, and more are available at bargain prices.

Proceeds will benefit the Portage Lakes Branch Library.

    Location: Portage Lakes
   10:15 AM  -  12:00 PM Introduction to Patents & Patent Searching  
    Contact: Science & Technology Division   330-643-9075   stdiv@akronlibrary.org
   

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

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

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

    Location: Main Library
   11:00 AM Earthy Crafts  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Family Program

All ages are welcome.

Enjoy Earth Day by making some cool and fun crafts. 

 
    Location: Green
   11:00 AM  -  2:00 PM Free Shredding Event  
    Contact: Nordonia Hills Branch Library   330-467-8595   nordoniahills@akronlibrary.org
   

FREE SHREDDING EVENT

The Friends of Nordonia Hills Branch Library are sponsoring a free shredding event for the Nordonia Hills Community.  The shredding service will be provided by Neoshred.

 

    Location: Nordonia Hills
   12:00 PM Paws for Reading  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Paws for Reading

Practice your reading skills by reading aloud to our doggie pals.  Bring a book from home or read one of ours! Not reading yet? Our dogs’ human pals will read to you. This is a great way for children to practice their literacy skills and gain more confidence in reading aloud.  

Children of all ages are welcome.

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

Comic Book Club: Connect, Create, Collect!
Saturday, April 22, 2 pm

Superhero fans unite! It’s Superhero Saturday! Join us to draw, talk, and explore the world of superheroes.

For Grades 4+ .

    Location: Main Library
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Earth Day Celebration  
    Contact: North Hill Branch Library   330-535-9423   northhill@akronlibrary.org
   

All ages. Join us in our Reading Garden for kid-friendly Earth Day crafts and activities.

    Location: North Hill
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Grow A Memory  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   eramsay@akronlibrary.org
   
Grow A Memory
Saturday, April 22, 2 pm
Celebrate Earth Day with a gift that will keep on growing!
Create a mini garden keepsake filled with soil and wildflower seeds.
Scatter your garden-to-go in the backyard or put in a soil-filled container,
water frequently, and watch flowers bloom through the summer.
    Location: Maple Valley
   2:00 PM  -  3:30 PM Comic Book Club  
    Contact: Teen Area   330-643-9067   ysodiv@akronlibrary.org
   

Superhero fans unite! It’s Superhero Saturday! Join us to draw, talk, and explore the world of superheroes. For grades 4+ in the Children’s Library.  

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

SCIENCE SATURDAY

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

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

Please register in advance.

    Location: Nordonia Hills
   6:00 PM Spectacular Spring Door Wreaths  
    Contact: Kenmore Branch Library   330-745-6126   kenmore@akronlibrary.org
   

Join Cynthia Taylor to create a beautiful Spring wreathe for your door!

Registration is requested as space is limited. Please call 330-745-6126 or email kenmore@akronlibrary.org to register.

    Location: Kenmore

Sunday April 23, 2017
   2:00 PM  -  2:30 PM Sunday Story Time Sampler  
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

Every Sunday, except April 16 (Closed for Easter)

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

    Location: Main Library

Monday April 24, 2017
     Drive-Thru Teen Book Club  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Youth & Teen

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

April THE HERO AND THE CROWN by Robin McKinley

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

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

Ladybug Land – Watch the ladybug larvae grow into ladybugs.

    Location: Goodyear
   9:00 AM  -  10:30 AM Education Today for Retirement Tomorrow (OPERS)  
    Contact: Business & Government Division   330-643-9020   bgdiv@akronlibrary.org
   

A representative of the Ohio Public Employees Retirement System (OPERS) will present information to help you take an active role in planning for your retirement. Free and open to the publicNo registration necessary.

 

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

North Hill Needle Crafters

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

    Location: North Hill
   10:30 AM Celebrate The Week of the Young Child  
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

Celebrate The Week of the Young Child with the Children's Library and the Akron Art Museum April 24-29 
The National Association for the Education of Young Children’s annual event

Monday, April 24, 10:30 am Musical Monday: Music Yoga for 3-5 year olds

Tuesday, April 25, 10:30 am - 3 pm Tasty Tuesday: Come Play Life-Sized Candy Land with family and friends

Wednesday, April 26, 10:30 am Work Together Wednesday Baby Time for birth to 2 years old

Thursday, April 27, 10:30 am Artsy Thursday Preschool Story Time for 2-5 year olds

Friday, April 28, 10:30 am Family Friday: The Bubble Lady

Saturday, April 29, 1-4 pm, At the Akron Art Museum:  Families Make Art - Open Studio plus a Milk and Cookies Music Café, 2-3 pm The Children’s librarians from Akron-Summit County Public Library and Akron Art Museum educators team up for a day of memory-making, music and storytelling. Free museum admission and activities. No registration required. For more information, go to www.AkronArtMuseum.org/calendar or call 330.376.9186.

    Location: Main Library
   10:30 AM Yoga Play for 3-5 year olds  
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

Mondays in April, 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 Tai Chi  
    Contact: Nordonia Hills Branch Library   330-467-8595   nordoniahills@akronlibrary.org
   

TAI CHI:  MOVING FOR BETTER BALANCE

Kim Mozzochi with the Area Agency on Aging conducts this FREE exercise series, geared toward older adults wanting to improve strength, flexibility and muscle tone.  The sessions meet twice per week for a 12-week period.

Registration is strongly encouraged, as space is limited.

 

    Location: Nordonia Hills
   11:00 AM Baby & Me  
    Contact: Highland Square   330-376-2927   
   

Ages 0-18 months and their grown-ups.

You are your child’s first teacher. Spark early neuron connections and feed your baby’s hunger for natural sensory experiences related to color, texture, light, and sound. Discover simple songs and exercises to do with your young learner to give him his first tools needed to learn to read and better understand her world. Best of all, these experiences will bring fun and joy into your little one’s day! Bring a blanket or yoga mat. Dress for messy play experiences. Miss KT also recommends having in your diaper bag an extra outfit for baby to change into afterward if needed.

    Location: Highland Square
   1:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Social Security Benefits  
    Contact: Business & Government Division   330-643-9020   bgdiv@akronlibrary.org
   

Robert Fenn II, Public Affairs Specialist, Social Security Administration, will answer the following questions: What is the quickest way to benefits? Can you work and still receive benefits? Do you have to file for Medicare? What age should you file? Can you file on a previous spouse’s earnings if you are divorced? No registration necessary.  Meeting Room 2 A/B

    Location: Main Library
   2:00 PM  -  3:30 PM Internet 1  
    Contact: Electronic Services   330-643-9145   esdiv@akronlibrary.org
   

Internet, Part 1: An Introduction

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

 

Please visit our website for more information:

 

    Location: Nordonia Hills
   3:00 PM  -  5:00 PM After School Homework Help  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   eramsay@akronlibrary.org
   
After School Homework Help
Mondays & Wednesdays 3-5 pm
January 9- May 24
Free homework help for students in grades K-6.
You’ll find everything you need to get your homework done here!
Stuck on a math question? We have someone to help you.
Can’t find a ruler? We have school supplies.
Need to type a paper? We have computers.
Drop in anytime you need help.
No registration required.
    Location: Maple Valley
   3:30 PM  -  4:30 PM School Age Children's Programs  
    Contact: Odom Blvd Branch Library   3304348726   OdomBlvdBranch@akronlibrary.org
   

School Age Children’s Programs

Grades K to grade  4 are welcome.

Mondays at 3:30 pm

March 13: Pencil Topper Craft

March 20: LEGO challenges

March 27: Exploding Boomerangs

April 3: Celebrate Grilled Cheese month

April 10: Seed planting

April 24: Recycle craft

May 1: Tissue Flowers

May 8: Something for Mom.

May 15: Mystery program

    Location: Odom
   5:30 PM Know Before You Go! America’s Boating Course  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

Upon completion and passing this course, you will be certified to operate a powerboat of 10hp or more in all 50 states.  For those who were born on or after January 1, 1982, certification is required to operate a powerboat in Ohio.  This free instruction is open to the public.  A student manual is available for $35.  For more information and registration contact Jan Holmes at 330-256-0267.  Sponsored by the Akron Sail and Power Squadron and the Akron-Summit County Public Library.

    Location: Portage Lakes
   6:00 PM  -  7:00 PM Needle crafting @ The Library  
    Contact: Firestone Park Branch Library   330-724-2126   
   

Enjoy discussion and share current knitting and crochet projects.

 

    Location: Firestone Park
   6:00 PM  -  7:30 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!
 
April 24: Moana (PG) (103 min)

 

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

Do you enjoy learning about new hobbies, crafts, or hands-on projects? Join us for a new adult friendly gathering of crafters, thinkers, hobbyists, artists, tech enthusiasts, students, and more. Bring your craft or hobby with you and work on it at the Library. Share your love with others and maybe learn something new.

No registration required – just come on in and use our space. 

    Location: Goodyear
   6:30 PM Babytime  
    Contact: Ellet Branch   330-784-2019   
   

Help your child develop skills needed to read and write by talking, reading, singing and playing with your child! We do ALL of these things in STORY TIME. We make learning FUN!

Ages 6-24 months and their caregiver. Join Miss Sarah for rhymes, music, books, bounces, and playtime. No registration necessary.

    Location: Ellet
   6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Gentle Yoga with Nia  
    Contact: North Hill   330.535.9423   northbranch@akronlibrary.org
   

Gentle Yoga with Nia

Be led in warm-up stretches and breathing exercises, move through yoga poses with the help of a chair, and end sessions with music and nature sounds. Wear comfortable clothing, bring a yoga mat or a beach towel, and a water bottle.

    Location: North Hill

Tuesday April 25, 2017
   10:05 AM Babytime  
    Contact: Ellet Branch   330-784-2019   
   

Help your child develop skills needed to read and write by talking, reading, singing and playing with your child! We do ALL of these things in STORY TIME. We make learning FUN!

Ages 6-24 months and their caregiver. Join Miss Sarah for rhymes, music, books, bounces, and playtime. No registration necessary.

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

Young children and adult caregivers will read books, learn rhymes, sing, have fun together, and finish with bubbles!

    Location: North Hill
   10:30 AM Preschool Story Time  
    Contact: Miss Kim   3308361081   northwest@akronlibrary.org
   

Preschool Story Time

(2 to 5 year-olds with a caregiver)

Tuesdays, March 21 to April 25, 10:30 am

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

 

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

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

Tuesday, April 25, 10:30 am

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

Ages 1-5 and their grown-ups.

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

    Location: Highland Square
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Preschool Story Time  
    Contact: Kenmore Branch Library   330-745-6126   kenmore@akronlibrary.org
   

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

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

Preschool Story Time ages 3-6
Tuesdays, April 4- May 9, 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  -  11:30 AM Tai Chi  
    Contact: Nordonia Hills Branch Library   330-467-8595   nordoniahills@akronlibrary.org
   

TAI CHI:  MOVING FOR BETTER BALANCE

Kim Mozzochi with the Area Agency on Aging conducts this FREE exercise series, geared toward older adults wanting to improve strength, flexibility and muscle tone.  The sessions meet twice per week for a 12-week period.

Registration is strongly encouraged, as space is limited.

 

    Location: Nordonia Hills
   10:30 AM  -  3:00 PM Celebrate The Week of the Young Child  
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

Celebrate The Week of the Young Child with the Children's Library and the Akron Art Museum April 24-29 
The National Association for the Education of Young Children’s annual event

Monday, April 24, 10:30 am Musical Monday: Music Yoga for 3-5 year olds

Tuesday, April 25, 10:30 am - 3 pm Tasty Tuesday: Come Play Life-Sized Candy Land with family and friends

Wednesday, April 26, 10:30 am Work Together Wednesday Baby Time for birth to 2 years old

Thursday, April 27, 10:30 am Artsy Thursday Preschool Story Time for 2-5 year olds

Friday, April 28, 10:30 am Family Friday: The Bubble Lady

Saturday, April 29, 1-4 pm, At the Akron Art Museum:  Families Make Art - Open Studio plus a Milk and Cookies Music Café, 2-3 pm The Children’s librarians from Akron-Summit County Public Library and Akron Art Museum educators team up for a day of memory-making, music and storytelling. Free museum admission and activities. No registration required. For more information, go to www.AkronArtMuseum.org/calendar or call 330.376.9186.

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

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

 

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

Help your child develop skills needed to read and write by talking, reading, singing and playing with your child! We do ALL of these things in STORY TIME. We make learning FUN!

Ages 2-3 and their caregiver. Join Miss Sarah for stories, songs, rhymes, crafts and playtime. No registration necessary.

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

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

    Location: Firestone Park
   11:30 AM  -  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 Coping with Stress as a Caregiver  
    Contact: Ellet Branch   330-784-2019   
   

Caregivers who receive encouragement and guidance to bolster their own mental well-being increases the likelihood for successful care of their loved one at home. Join us for a discussion on understanding stress often associated with being a caregiver, it's impact, and techniques to manage it. Sponsored by Catholic Charities Summit Adult Day Services, in operation since 1977, the first of its kind in the Akron area.

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

Internet, Part 2: Searching, Printing, and Favorites

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

 

Please visit our website for more information:

    Location: Nordonia Hills
   3:00 PM Paws for Reading  
    Contact: North Hill Branch Library   330-535-9423   northhill@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 needed.

    Location: North Hill
   3:30 PM Teen Make It Mini  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330-864-5721   ecoontz@akronlibrary.org
   

For Grades 4-12. Play mini games, make mini crafts, and eat mini pizzas! 

    Location: Maple Valley
   3:30 PM  -  4:30 PM Babysitting 101  
    Contact: Firestone Park Branch Library   330-724-2126   
   

Grades 6-12

Do you want to babysit to earn money? Learn basic safety tips and create a grab bag of ideas to keep kids busy and happy while in your care. 

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

Tween Tuesdays for ages 10-18

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

We will not meet if school is not in session.

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

Tuesday, April 25, 3:30-5 pm

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

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

    Location: Ellet
   4:00 PM Cupcake Wars: Spring Edition!  
    Contact: Kenmore Branch Library   330-745-6126   kenmore@akronlibrary.org
   

Get your culinary creativity flowing! You must be ON TIME to attend this program since there is judging involved and a time limit. Registration requested as there is limited space. 

    Location: Kenmore
   4:00 PM Japanese Paper Lantern Painting  
   

We will be painting on delicate paper lanterns that you can use to decorate your room. Registration requested as there is limited space; please call 330-745-6126 or email kenmore@akronlibrary.org to register.

    Location: Kenmore
   4:00 PM  -  5:00 PM TEEN ADVISORY BOARD  
    Contact: Norton Branch Library   3308257800   norton@akronlibrary.org
   

TAB-Meeting

The Norton Branch Library needs 6th-12th graders!

Join the Teen Advisory Board.

Help the library choose materials for teens.

Plan programs.  Earn volunteer hours.  Have fun!

    Location: Norton
   6:00 PM  -  7:00 PM A Return to One's Roots: An Exploration of Root Vegetables  
    Contact: Highland Square   330-376-2927   kgerlach@akronlibrary.org
   

Presented by Gabriel Riazi of the Mustard Seed Market. This exploration of root vegetables will inspire your creative palette, draw from your garden and support ecological and ethical responsibility. 

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

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

Are you a music lover?  This could be the club for you. Take the time to enjoy full-length albums front to back, and share your thoughts with other vinyl addicts from the area.  Bring an open mind and new suggestions for our next meeting. Please register for this program by calling us at 330-724-2126.

    Location: Firestone Park
   6:00 PM  -  7:30 PM Teen Advisory Board Meeting  
    Contact: Teen Area   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
   6:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Adult Coloring Night  
    Contact: Nordonia Hills Branch Library   330-467-8595   nordoniahills@akronlibrary.org
   

ADULT COLORING NIGHT

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

For adults and teens over the age of sixteen.

    Location: Nordonia Hills
   6:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Honorable Capitalism? (film)  
    Contact: Business & Government Division   330-643-9020   bgdiv@akronlibrary.org
   

Writer and producer Connie Collins will present her documentary-style film, "Honorable Capitalism?" Through interviews, Collins explored why some prosper while others either remain or become disadvantaged in our capitalistic system. Question and answer session will follow. No registration necessary.

    Location: Main Library-Auditorium
   6:30 PM Cashing Out:Your Guide to Maximizing the Value of Your Business  
    Contact: Ellet Branch   330-784-2019   
   

Retirement Planning Specialist Paul Bernier addresses the unique challenges and opportunities small business owners face as they plan for retirement. Business owners within 10 years of retirement will find this program to be full of useful information and directions.

    Location: Ellet
   6:30 PM Recycled CD Coasters  
    Contact: Goodyear Branch Library   330-784-7522   goodyear@akronlibrary.org
   

Learn how to turn old CDs into colorful, long lasting coasters. We are upcycling old CDs with some colorful fabric to add to your home décor.

Class size is strictly limited to 15 adult/teen (16 & over) participants.

Please register in advance. 

    Location: Goodyear

Wednesday April 26, 2017
   10:30 AM Baby Time  
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

Every Wednesday

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

    Location: Main Library
   10:30 AM Celebrate The Week of the Young Child  
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

Celebrate The Week of the Young Child with the Children's Library and the Akron Art Museum April 24-29 
The National Association for the Education of Young Children’s annual event

Monday, April 24, 10:30 am Musical Monday: Music Yoga for 3-5 year olds

Tuesday, April 25, 10:30 am - 3 pm Tasty Tuesday: Come Play Life-Sized Candy Land with family and friends

Wednesday, April 26, 10:30 am Work Together Wednesday Baby Time for birth to 2 years old

Thursday, April 27, 10:30 am Artsy Thursday Preschool Story Time for 2-5 year olds

Friday, April 28, 10:30 am Family Friday: The Bubble Lady

Saturday, April 29, 1-4 pm, At the Akron Art Museum:  Families Make Art - Open Studio plus a Milk and Cookies Music Café, 2-3 pm The Children’s librarians from Akron-Summit County Public Library and Akron Art Museum educators team up for a day of memory-making, music and storytelling. Free museum admission and activities. No registration required. For more information, go to www.AkronArtMuseum.org/calendar or call 330.376.9186.

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

Help your child develop skills needed to read and write by talking, reading, singing and playing with your child! We do ALL of these things in STORY TIME. We make learning FUN!

Ages 2-6 years and their caregiver. Join Miss Laurie for stories, music, puppets, crafts and playtime. No registration necessary.

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

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

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

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

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

    Location: Ellet
   2:00 PM Move it or Lose it  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

April 26, Mature Muscles Yoga Class

Presented by Lisa Kelleman-McClain, Build A Body Personal Training

Participants should wear comfortable clothing (sweatpants, t-shirt, tennis shoes) and bring a towel and water bottle.  Class size is limited.  Please register in advance.

    Location: Portage Lakes
   2:00 PM  -  3:30 PM Email 1  
    Contact: Electronic Services   330-643-9145   esdiv@akronlibrary.org
   

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

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

 

Please visit our website for more information:

    Location: Nordonia Hills
   3:00 PM  -  4:00 PM After School Fun Club  
    Contact: Firestone Park Branch Library   330-724-2126   
   

Grades K-5

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
January 9- May 24
Free homework help for students in grades K-6.
You’ll find everything you need to get your homework done here!
Stuck on a math question? We have someone to help you.
Can’t find a ruler? We have school supplies.
Need to type a paper? We have computers.
Drop in anytime you need help.
No registration required.
    Location: Maple Valley
   3:00 PM  -  5:00 PM Volunteer Opportunities for Teens  
    Contact: Norton Branch Library   3308257800   norton@akronlibrary.org
   

Volunteen

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

Become a Volunteen! 

Those in 6th-12th grade can help us help others by participating in meaningful, short term projects at the Library that will benefit the greater community.

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

Wednesday, April 26, 3:30 pm

Stop in for an afternoon of classic games. 
We’ll have both board and card games provided. 
Feel free to bring any cards or games of your own to play with your library friends!
Grades K-5
    Location: Mogadore
   3:45 PM Afterschool Crowd  
    Contact: Ellet Branch   330-784-2019   
   

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

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

After-School Craft Program, Wednesdays, 4-5 pm, March-April, (except for April 19th)

Join us on Wednesdays and let your creative side shine!

Grades K-6

    Location: Main Library
   6:00 PM Ready, Set, Kindergarten!  
    Contact: Goodyear Branch Library   330-784-7522   goodyear@akronlibrary.org
   

Registration appreciated

Each week we will focus on different skills to help children get ready for kindergarten. Join us for a story time program with activities and learning. After the stories, there will be individual interaction stations set up for parents and children to make and take ideas home for further learning. This program is designed for children age 3 and up.

Numbers All Around – Which is bigger? Which is more or less? Join us for some math time fun.

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

Join us once a month to explore Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math! Each session will feature experiments and activities for all ages.  No registration necessary.

 

    Location: Portage Lakes
   6:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Paint Night  
    Contact: Nordonia Hills Branch Library   330-467-8595   nordoniahills@akronlibrary.org
   

PAINT NIGHT

Paint your own masterpiece and discover your creativity!  Each artist will have a finished painting to take home at the end of the night.  Sign-ups are limited to two spots per person.  Both nights will feature the same painting, so sign-ups per person are limited to one night each.

Age 16 and over.

All supplies are provided.

    Location: Nordonia Hills
   6:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Your Family Matters  
    Contact: Business & Government Division   330-643-9020   bgdiv@akronlibrary.org
   

Judge Elinore Marsh Stormer and Magistrate Nicole Walker of Summit County Probate Court will provide you with answers to questions about deeds, probate court, guardianship, and more. No registration necessary.

    Location: Main Library-Auditorium
   6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM How to Protect Yourself from a Psychopath  
    Contact: Lisa Weiser   330.535.9423   northbranch@akronlibrary.org
   

How to Protect Yourself form a Psychopath - Presented by Winifred Rule

Winifred Rule is the author of BORN TO DESTROY, the first instructional work on the female psychopath.

    Location: North Hill
   6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Investing 101  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   maplevalley@akronlibrary.org
    Have you always wanted to know how to invest your money? Please join us for this informative seminar. Financial Consultant Paul Bernier will provide you with the basic tools to get started. Please call the branch to sign up.
    Location: Maple Valley
   7:00 PM Mystery Book Lovers  
    Contact: Nordonia Hills Branch Library   330-467-8595   nordoniahills@akronlibrary.org
   

CHAOS by Patricia Cornwell

Title: Chaos (Kay Scarpetta Series #24), Author: Patricia Cornwell

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

Third Wednesday of each month at 7:00pm.

    Location: Nordonia Hills

Thursday April 27, 2017
   10:15 AM Stories and Play  
    Contact: Goodyear Branch Library   330-784-7522   goodyear@akronlibrary.org
   

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

Story Time runs Thursdays, March 2 - May 18.

    Location: Goodyear
   10:30 AM Celebrate The Week of the Young Child  
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

Celebrate The Week of the Young Child with the Children's Library and the Akron Art Museum April 24-29 
The National Association for the Education of Young Children’s annual event

Monday, April 24, 10:30 am Musical Monday: Music Yoga for 3-5 year olds

Tuesday, April 25, 10:30 am - 3 pm Tasty Tuesday: Come Play Life-Sized Candy Land with family and friends

Wednesday, April 26, 10:30 am Work Together Wednesday Baby Time for birth to 2 years old

Thursday, April 27, 10:30 am Artsy Thursday Preschool Story Time for 2-5 year olds

Friday, April 28, 10:30 am Family Friday: The Bubble Lady

Saturday, April 29, 1-4 pm, At the Akron Art Museum:  Families Make Art - Open Studio plus a Milk and Cookies Music Café, 2-3 pm The Children’s librarians from Akron-Summit County Public Library and Akron Art Museum educators team up for a day of memory-making, music and storytelling. Free museum admission and activities. No registration required. For more information, go to www.AkronArtMuseum.org/calendar or call 330.376.9186.

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

Thursday, April 27, 10:30 am

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

Every Thursday

Stories 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, April 6- May 18, 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, March 2-April 27, 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  -  2:00 PM Needle crafting @ The Library  
    Contact: Firestone Park Branch Library   330-724-2126   
   

Enjoy discussion and share current knitting and crochet projects.

 

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

E-mail Basics, Part 2: Message Management

Learn how to attach files to outgoing messages and open incoming attachments. Organize your list of contacts using an Address Book. Learn how to create folders for filing messages. Experience using an e-mail account or attendance at E-mail Basics, Part 1 is required. Yahoo! Mail will be demonstrated in class.

 

Please visit our website for more information:

    Location: Nordonia Hills
   3:30 PM Teen Basketball Party  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330-864-5721   ecoontz@akronlibrary.org
   

For Grades 4-12. Join us for games, crafts, contests, and other fun hoops-related activities. 

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

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

    Location: Ellet
   4:00 PM School-Age STEAM (Grades K to 5)  
    Contact: Northwest Akron Branch   3308361081   northwest@akronlibrary.org
   

School-Age STEAM (Grades K to 5)

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

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

 

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

Patrons with food allergy questions should contact the branch.

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

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

    Location: Kenmore
   4:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Spring Book Sale - Friend's Preview  
    Contact: Tallmadge   330.633.4345   
   

Spring Book Sale Preview

Friends of the Library members are invited to the presale on Thursday, April 27 from 4 - 8 pm.
Memberships will be available at the door.

    Location: Tallmadge
   6:00 PM Cookbook Club  
    Contact: Mogadore Branch Library   330-628-9228   mogadore@akronlibrary.org
   
Thursday, April 27, 6 pm
 
Do you love browsing through cookbooks and trying new recipes or cooking techniques?
Join fellow foodies for our Cookbook Club. You don’t have to be a gourmet chef to participate.
Each month we will get together to talk about a certain book, theme, or a celebrity chef. 
There will be food samples or activities at every meeting.
A selection of cookbooks will be available for members to borrow.
Browse our collection, try out some of the recipes, and join the
group to discuss your successes and mishaps. Snacks will be served at this program.
Patrons with food allergy questions should contact the branch.

Theme: Veggies Galore

    Location: Mogadore
   6:00 PM  -  7:00 PM Getting Ready for School Begins Early: “You Have What It Takes to Build Your Child’s Brain”  
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

Getting Ready for School Begins Early: “You Have What It Takes to Build Your Child’s Brain”
Thursday, April 27, 6-7 pm

There are 2,000 days from the day a child is born until they go to Kindergarten. Every day counts. Join Kandi Novak, Child Care-Connection and Laura McFalls, Akron Summit County Public Library, to find out how to make everyday moments with your child into brain building moments.   You and your child will have fun visiting stations where they will get to experience rhyming, reading, math, talking about feelings and more! Sharing these moments with your child will help shape their growing mind. 

Please contact Children Services at 330-379-2090 to register for this special parent training and family event.

    Location: Main Library
   6:00 PM  -  7:00 PM Getting Ready for School Begins Early: “You Have What It Takes to Build Your Child’s Brain”  
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

Getting Ready for School Begins Early: “You Have What It Takes to Build Your Child’s Brain”
Thursday, April 27, 6-7 pm

There are 2,000 days from the day a child is born until they go to Kindergarten. Every day counts. Join Kandi Novak, Child Care-Connection and Laura McFalls, Akron Summit County Public Library, to find out how to make everyday moments with your child into brain building moments.   You and your child will have fun visiting stations where they will get to experience rhyming, reading, math, talking about feelings and more! Sharing these moments with your child will help shape their growing mind. 

Please contact Children Services at 330-379-2090 to register for this special parent training and family event.

    Location: Main Library
   6:00 PM  -  7:00 PM The Akron African United Front Book Discussion Group  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   twright@akronlibrary.org
   
The Akron African United Front Book Discussion Group
Every second and fourth Thursday at 6 pm
The Akron African United Front book discussion group offers you the opportunity
to share your opinions on how history affects our world views in today’s society. 
Read and analyze books that are rich in African American culture and history. 
Discuss important heartfelt issues with your peers.
    Location: Maple Valley
   6:00 PM  -  7:30 PM Sistas Knit 2  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   twright@akronlibrary.org
   
Sistas Knit 2
Every Thursday at 6:30 pm
Socialize with other crafters while creating wonderful projects that can be given to family and friends.
This group does everything from knitting to crocheting, needlepoint to cross stitch and more… 
All crafters are welcome.
    Location: Maple Valley
   6:30 PM Beginning Beekeeping  
    Contact: Fairlawn-Bath Branch   330-666-4888   
   

Where do I find bees?  How do I get them settled into their new home? How do I care and provide for my queen and her court?  What equipment and tools are used to house the bees and conduct inspections?  Join beekeeping expert Evona Gaughan to get the answers to these questions and many more.

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

Kinsey Milhone vs. Stephanie Plum

Both Sue Grafton and Janet Evanovich are celebrating birthdays this week!  Read any book featuring their two popular characters.   We will compare similarities and differences between the authors writing styles and their female investigators.

 

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

Help your child develop skills needed to read and write by talking, reading, singing and playing with your child! We do ALL of these things in STORY TIME. We make learning FUN!

Ages 2-6 years and their caregiver. Join Miss Laurie for stories, music, puppets, crafts and playtime. No registration necessary.

    Location: Ellet
   6:30 PM  -  8:00 PM Cashing Out: Your Guide to Maximizing the Value of Your Business  
    Contact: Richfield Branch Library   330-659-4343   mdaly@akronlibrary.org
   

This program is designed to address the unique challenges and opportunities small business owners face as they plan for retirement. Business owners within 10 years of retirement will find this program to be full of useful information and direction.

    Location: Richfield
   7:00 PM No Beer, No Money, No Pennants  
    Contact: Nordonia Hills Branch Library   330-467-8595   nordoniahills@akronlibrary.org
   

NO BEER, NO MONEY, NO PENNANTS

Author Scott Longert traces the progress of the Cleveland Indians in the Great depression years from 1927 to 1936.  It was a time for change when radio came into play along with a huge new stadium in Cleveland despite the fact that most fans did not have the money to buy a ticket.  Prohibition ended and beer flowed freely in the ballpark.

Please register in advance.

    Location: Nordonia Hills

Friday April 28, 2017
   10:00 AM  -  5:00 PM Spring Book Sale  
    Contact: Tallmadge   330.633.4345   
   

The Friends of Tallmadge Branch Library will be hosting their Spring Book Sale on April 28 and 29. 
Gently used books, paperbacks, audio materials and more available at bargain prices.
Proceeds benefit the Tallmadge Branch Library.

 

    Location: Tallmadge
   10:30 AM Celebrate The Week of the Young Child  
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

Celebrate The Week of the Young Child with the Children's Library and the Akron Art Museum April 24-29 
The National Association for the Education of Young Children’s annual event

Monday, April 24, 10:30 am Musical Monday: Music Yoga for 3-5 year olds

Tuesday, April 25, 10:30 am - 3 pm Tasty Tuesday: Come Play Life-Sized Candy Land with family and friends

Wednesday, April 26, 10:30 am Work Together Wednesday Baby Time for birth to 2 years old

Thursday, April 27, 10:30 am Artsy Thursday Preschool Story Time for 2-5 year olds

Friday, April 28, 10:30 am Family Friday: The Bubble Lady

Saturday, April 29, 1-4 pm, At the Akron Art Museum:  Families Make Art - Open Studio plus a Milk and Cookies Music Café, 2-3 pm The Children’s librarians from Akron-Summit County Public Library and Akron Art Museum educators team up for a day of memory-making, music and storytelling. Free museum admission and activities. No registration required. For more information, go to www.AkronArtMuseum.org/calendar or call 330.376.9186.

    Location: Main Library
   4:30 PM  -  5:30 PM T.G.I.F: Tweens Great Informal Fridays  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

Choose any book by the birthday authors of the month:

April 28:  Hans Christian Anderson, Anthony Horwitz, Gertrude Chandler Warner

Snack and chat with your friends and share some of your favorite reads with the group.

Miss Kelly will share a few books from authors whose birthdays coincide with the month.

Books will be displayed in the children’s area for check out. Snacks will be served at this program. Patrons with food allergy questions should contact the branch.

 

 

    Location: Portage Lakes
   4:30 PM  -  5:45 PM Friends of Norton Library Preview Sale  
    Contact: Norton Branch Library   330-825-7800   norton@akronlibrary.org
   

All Friends of the Library Members may shop the Preview Sale!  Current membership cards from any Akron-Summit County Public Library branch or Main Library must be presented.  Memberships will be available at the door.

    Location: Norton
   4:30 PM  -  5:45 PM NORTON FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY PREVIEW BOOK SALE  
    Contact: Norton Branch Library   330-825-7800   norton@akronlibrary.org
   

Members of all Akron-Summit County Public Library Friends of the Library are welcome to attend the Norton Friends of the Library Preview Book Sale on Friday, April 28, 2017 from 4:30-5:45 pm. Memberships will be available for purchase at that time.

    Location: Norton
   7:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Managing Your Non-Profit  
    Contact: Business & Government Division   330-643-9020   bgdiv@akronlibrary.org
   

Do you have what it takes to start a nonprofit? Carol Topp, CPA, has helped over 100 small nonprofits get started and she will guide you through the steps to form a nonprofit board, draft the correct documents, create a funding profile, and apply for tax exempt status. No registration necessary.  Meeting Room 2 A/B.

    Location: Main Library

Saturday April 29, 2017
   9:00 AM  -  3:00 PM Spring Book Sale  
    Contact: Tallmadge   330.633.4345   
   

Spring Book Sale

Looking for a special deal? We will have an all day bag sale on Saturday for only $5 a bag.
We tested it out and you can get 18 hardback books per bag, or 36 - 40 paperback books (depending on size). What a deal!

    Location: Tallmadge
   10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Mogadore Friends of the Library Perennial Plant Exchange  
    Contact: Mogadore Branch Library   330-628-9228   mogadore@akronlibrary.org
   

Saturday, April 29, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Join us for our annual plant swap!  Add to your garden and have fun socializing with
your neighbors!  Spring is a great time to thin out your beds and add to them with
    Location: Mogadore
   10:00 AM  -  2:00 PM Friends Of Norton Library Spring Book Sale  
    Contact: Norton Branch Library   330-825-7800   norton@akronlibrary
   

Shop for the best deals in town!  Gently used materials for every age!

    Location: Norton
   10:00 AM  -  2:00 PM NORTON FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY BOOK SALE  
    Contact: Norton Branch Library   330-825-7800   norton@akronlibrary.org
   

Don't miss out on the best bargains in town!  Visit the Norton Branch Library for our Annual Friends of the Library Spring Book sale from 10 am-2 pm!  

    Location: Norton
   10:00 AM  -  4:00 PM Friends of Green Branch Library Booksale  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Friends of Green Branch Library Booksale

    Location: Green
   10:30 AM Friends of the Highland Square Branch Library Annual Brunch  
    Contact: Highland Square   330-376-2927   
   

Beginning at 10:30 am, enjoy brunch and beverages and socialize with our community.  At 11 am, our Friends of the Library will introduce our guest speaker, Rich Heldenfels.   Once the  television critic and popular culture writer for the Beacon Journal from 1994 until his retirement in 2016, he is a former president of the Television Critics Association, author of the book Television’s Greatest Year:  1954 and co-author of Ghoulardi:  Inside Cleveland TV’s Wildest Ride.  When he is not teaching freshman composition at the University of Akron or attending UA sports events, you can find him watching too much television and attending too many movies. He lives in Mogadore with his wife, Connie.
 

    Location: Highland Square
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Financial Literacy  
    Contact: Business & Government Division   330-643-9020   bgdiv@akronlibrary.org
   

Kathleen Seminatore, Investigator, Summit County Office of Consumer Affairs, will discuss how to improve your credit score, lower your bills, set up a monthly budget, apply for PIPP and HEAP, and avoid scams. No registration necessary.  Meeting Room 1.

    Location: Main Library
   11:00 AM Kite Making Workshop  
    Contact: Northwest Akron Branch   3308361081   northwest@akronlibrary.org
   

Kite Making Workshop

Saturday, April 29, 11 am

Make a kite with us then, weather permitting, test it out on our front lawn. Families of all ages are welcome. Registration requested.

For all ages

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

Patrons with food allergy questions should contact the branch.

    Location: Northwest Akron
   11:00 AM  -  12:30 PM Micro Business for Teens  
    Contact: Business & Government Division   330-643-9020   bgdiv@akronlibrary.org
   

From babysitting to lawn care to Internet security, consultant Carol Topp will show motivated teens how to start and run a profitable business.

    Location: Main Library-Auditorium
   11:00 AM  -  1:00 PM Shred It!  
    Contact: Business & Government Division   330-643-9020   bgdiv@akronlibrary.org
   

Use this free on-site paper shredding event to purge financial clutter and other documents and help deter identity theft. Outside Main Library on High Street. Limit:  10 copy paper size boxes or 10 kitchen size trash bags. Sponsored by Brouse McDowell LPA.

 

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

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

    Location: Ellet
   1:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Benefits of Energy Efficiency  
    Contact: Business & Government Division   330-643-9020   bgdiv@akronlibrary.org
   

Zachary Hoffman, Public Information Officer, Public Utilities Commission of Ohio, will offer tips to help you save money, protect the environment, and feel more comfortable in your home or business. Meeting Room 1.

    Location: Main Library
   1:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Celebrate The Week of the Young Child  
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

Celebrate The Week of the Young Child with the Children's Library and the Akron Art Museum April 24-29 
The National Association for the Education of Young Children’s annual event

Monday, April 24, 10:30 am Musical Monday: Music Yoga for 3-5 year olds

Tuesday, April 25, 10:30 am - 3 pm Tasty Tuesday: Come Play Life-Sized Candy Land with family and friends

Wednesday, April 26, 10:30 am Work Together Wednesday Baby Time for birth to 2 years old

Thursday, April 27, 10:30 am Artsy Thursday Preschool Story Time for 2-5 year olds

Friday, April 28, 10:30 am Family Friday: The Bubble Lady

Saturday, April 29, 1-4 pm, At the Akron Art Museum:  Families Make Art - Open Studio plus a Milk and Cookies Music Café, 2-3 pm The Children’s librarians from Akron-Summit County Public Library and Akron Art Museum educators team up for a day of memory-making, music and storytelling. Free museum admission and activities. No registration required. For more information, go to www.AkronArtMuseum.org/calendar or call 330.376.9186. At the Akron Art Museum across the street

 

   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Harriet Tubman, the Woman and Soldier of Freedom  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   maplevalley@akronlibrary.org
    Jewell Jones, historian and ardent admirer of Harriet Tubman, has visited Tubman's home in Auburn, New York. She will share with you stories and photos that her husband took when they made their visit.
    Location: Maple Valley
   2:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Practical Advice on Getting Your Childre's Picture Book Published  
    Contact: Richfield Branch Library   330-659-4343   m
   

Children’s book authors’ Allison and Wayne Marks share their experiences about breaking into the traditional publishing industry. Their newest book, A Gefilte Fishy Tale (Reviewed 11/27/16 in The Akron Beacon Journal), will be available for purchase.

    Location: Richfield
   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 doggie pals.  

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

Our Paws for Reading dogs are waiting for you!

Held the last Saturday of the month at noon

    Location: Norton

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

Every Sunday, except April 16 (Closed for Easter)

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

    Location: Main Library

Monday May 1, 2017
     Book Club on the Run  
    Contact: Firestone Park Branch Library   330-724-2126   
   

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

CANE RIVER by Lalita Tademy

    Location: Firestone Park
     Drive-Thru Teen Book Club  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Youth & Teen

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

May I KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER by Lois Duncan

    Location: Green
     Take It and Make It  
    Contact: Tallmadge   330.633.4345   
   

Take It and Make It for grades K - 5

Stop by the library anytime this week to pick up a kit to make a beaded heart necklace at home for someone special.

    Location: Tallmadge

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

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

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

    Click on the book to place a copy on hold.

    Location: Goodyear

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

DIY2Go Secret Seed Envelopes:

1. Pick up a mystery seed package,

2. Take home and plant,

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

4.  Let us decorate our windows with your photos!  

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

 

    Location: Portage Lakes

Monday May 1, 2017
   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.

Registration begins Monday, April 17.

    Location: Fairlawn-Bath
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Tai Chi  
    Contact: Nordonia Hills Branch Library   330-467-8595   nordoniahills@akronlibrary.org
   

TAI CHI:  MOVING FOR BETTER BALANCE

Kim Mozzochi with the Area Agency on Aging conducts this FREE exercise series, geared toward older adults wanting to improve strength, flexibility and muscle tone.  The sessions meet twice per week for a 12-week period.

Registration is strongly encouraged, as space is limited.

 

    Location: Nordonia Hills
   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.

Registration begins Monday, April 17.

    Location: Fairlawn-Bath
   3:00 PM  -  5:00 PM After School Homework Help  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   eramsay@akronlibrary.org
   
After School Homework Help
Mondays & Wednesdays 3-5 pm
January 9- May 24
Free homework help for students in grades K-6.
You’ll find everything you need to get your homework done here!
Stuck on a math question? We have someone to help you.
Can’t find a ruler? We have school supplies.
Need to type a paper? We have computers.
Drop in anytime you need help.
No registration required.
    Location: Maple Valley
   3:30 PM  -  4:30 PM School Age Children's Programs  
    Contact: Odom Blvd Branch Library   3304348726   OdomBlvdBranch@akronlibrary.org
   

School Age Children’s Programs

Grades K to grade  4 are welcome.

Mondays at 3:30 pm

March 13: Pencil Topper Craft

March 20: LEGO challenges

March 27: Exploding Boomerangs

April 3: Celebrate Grilled Cheese month

April 10: Seed planting

April 24: Recycle craft

May 1: Tissue Flowers

May 8: Something for Mom.

May 15: Mystery program

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

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

 

    Location: Ellet
   6:30 PM How to Grow Terrific Tomatoes  
    Contact: Goodyear Branch Library   330-784-7522   goodyear@akronlibrary.org
   

Master Gardener Lee Paulson will teach you how to grow terrific-tasting tomatoes in your backyard garden. The basics, including site selection, soils and fertilizer, and which plants do best in gardens will be covered.

The program includes a slideshow, handouts, Q&A, and a few tomato plants will be raffled off at the end.

Please register in advance. 

    Location: Goodyear
   6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Anime Club  
    Contact: Teen Area   330-643-9067   ysodiv@akronlibrary.org
   

Anime and manga enthusiasts unite! Join us the first Monday of the month to watch anime, make a snack, do activities, and make crafts based off of your favorite manga and anime series. Please call 330-643-9067 for information.

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

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

    Location: Firestone Park
   6:30 PM  -  8:00 PM Evening Book Discussion  
    Contact: North Hill   330.535.9423   northbranch@akronlibrary.org
   

Evening Book Discussion

We will be discussing THE READERS OF BROKEN WHEEL RECOMMEND by Katarina Bivald.  Books are available for check out one month before the discussion.  New members are always welcome!

    Location: North Hill

Tuesday May 2, 2017
     Take It and Make It  
    Contact: Tallmadge   330.633.4345   
   

Take It and Make It for grades K - 5

Stop by the library anytime this week to pick up a kit to make a beaded heart necklace at home for someone special.

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

Young children and adult caregivers will read books, learn rhymes, sing, have fun together, and finish with bubbles!

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

Tuesday, May 2, 10:30 am

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

Preschool Story Time ages 3-6
Tuesdays, April 4- May 9, 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  -  11:30 AM Tai Chi  
    Contact: Nordonia Hills Branch Library   330-467-8595   nordoniahills@akronlibrary.org
   

TAI CHI:  MOVING FOR BETTER BALANCE

Kim Mozzochi with the Area Agency on Aging conducts this FREE exercise series, geared toward older adults wanting to improve strength, flexibility and muscle tone.  The sessions meet twice per week for a 12-week period.

Registration is strongly encouraged, as space is limited.

 

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

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

 

    Location: North Hill
   12:30 PM  -  1:30 PM Color It So  
    Contact: Goodyear Branch Library   330-784-7522   goodyear@akronlibrary.org
   

Join the craze that has grown-ups acting like kids again. Spend a relaxing time coloring with us. We'll provide coloring sheets designed specifically for adults, plus colored pencils and crayons. Blank paper will be available to those who like to craft their own drawings.

No registration necessary.

    Location: Goodyear
   2:30 PM No School Library Party  
    Contact: Nordonia Hills Branch   330-467-8595   nordoniahills@akronlibrary.org
   

TAPE BALL

See how many pieces of candy the tape ball will give up.

Bring your friends and have some fun on your day off school.

For students in grades 5 and up.  Please register in advance.

    Location: Nordonia Hills
   3:00 PM Wii Game Days  
    Contact: Mogadore Branch Library   330-628-9228   mogadore@akronlibrary.org
   

Tuesday, May 2, 3 pm

Challenge your friends in friendly Wii competition. 
Play our games or bring some of your own (all games must be rated E).
Grades 5-12
    Location: Mogadore
   3:45 PM Afterschool Crowd  
    Contact: Ellet Branch   330-784-2019   
   

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

    Location: Ellet
   4:00 PM  -  6:00 PM HOOKED ON BOOKS  
    Contact: Norton Branch Library   3308257800   norton@akronlibrary.org
   

Book Club

Graphic novels? Fantasy? Science Fiction? History?

This book club is open to all tweens ages 8-13 interested in sharing and discussing their favorite books.  

Call the Library for this months selection.

    Location: Norton
   5:30 PM  -  8:00 PM Project Learn ESOL/GED Classes  
    Contact: North Hill   330.535.9423   northbranch@akronlibrary.org
   

Project Learn ESOL/GED Classes

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

    Location: North Hill
   6:00 PM Akron Anthology Reading and Book Signing  
    Contact: Northwest Akron Branch   3308361081   northwest@akronlibrary.org
   

Tuesday, May 2, 6 pm

Akron Anthology Reading and Book Signing

The Akron Anthology is a collection of Akron-centric essays written by current and former residents of the city. According to Bob Dyer of The Akron Beacon Journal, “The collection of 22 essays is a must-read for anyone who cares about this city.” Join us for a reading, Q&A, and book signing. 

    Location: Northwest Akron
   6:00 PM Cooking Club  
    Contact: Nordonia Hills Branch Library   330-467-8595   nordoniahills@akronlibrary.org
   

COOKING CLUB

A new interactive group for discussing all things cooking, comparing recipes, and trying new eats.

Club meeting held the first Tuesday of each month.

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

How to Navigate the Medicare Maze

Turning 65 can be an exciting - and confusing - time in your life, especially when it comes to Medicare and the critical choices you need to make.  Receiving Medicare benefits but don't quite understand the system?  This presentation guides you through the maze, answers your questions, and explains options regarding Medicare benefits.

Please register in advance.

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

Teen Writers Club

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

 
    Location: Green
   6:00 PM  -  7:00 PM Second Century Story Circle: Envisioning a Common Future  
    Contact: Firestone Park Branch Library   330-724-2126   
   

Katie Beck of Gum-Dip Theatre is hosting three nights of story circles focused on group sharing and personal connection. The Second Century Arts Series aims to collaborate with community members from Firestone Park and South Akron on community-based art projects as the Park enters its second century.  If you have a story you would like to share but have a bit of stage fright, fear not, no performance is necessary. People of all ages are invited to come.  Please register for this program by calling us at 330-724-2126.

    Location: Firestone Park
   6:30 PM Mysterious Tuesdays  
    Contact: Mogadore Branch Library   330-628-9228   mogadore@akronlibrary.org
   

Rage Against the Dying

Tuesday, May 2, 6:30 pm

RAGE AGAINST THE DYING by Becky Masterman

    Location: Mogadore
   6:30 PM Odd Ball Ohio  
    Contact: Ellet Branch   330-784-2019   
   

Bill Brauning will share some peculiar but fascinating facts about the great state of Ohio. He will also share ideas on one-day trips that you can enjoy by yourself or with your family.

    Location: Ellet
   6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Color It So  
    Contact: Goodyear Branch Library   330-784-7522   goodyear@akronlibrary.org
   

Join the craze that has grown-ups acting like kids again. Spend a relaxing time coloring with us. We'll provide coloring sheets designed specifically for adults, plus colored pencils and crayons. Blank paper will be available to those who like to craft their own drawings.

No registration necessary.

    Location: Goodyear

Wednesday May 3, 2017
     Take It and Make It  
    Contact: Tallmadge   330.633.4345   
   

Take It and Make It for grades K - 5

Stop by the library anytime this week to pick up a kit to make a beaded heart necklace at home for someone special.

    Location: Tallmadge
   10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Play Date  
    Contact: Richfield Branch Library   330-659-4343   dnagy@akronlibrary.org
   

Play Date
Wednesday, April 5 and 19, 10 am- 12 pm
Wednesday, May 3 and 17, 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. Weather permitting, we will also have some outside activities available.

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

Every Wednesday

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

    Location: Main Library
   1:00 PM Coffee & Coloring  
    Contact: Ellet Branch   330-784-2019   
   

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

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

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

 Registration begins Monday, April 17.

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

Join us the first Wednesday of each month at 1 pm for good books, light snacks and great discussions!  Stop at the circulation desk for the current month's title.

In May, we will discuss A LITTLE LIFE by Hanya Yanagihara

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

Join us for a book discussion of Middlemarch, By George Eliot

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    Location: Richfield
   3:00 PM  -  4:00 PM After School Fun Club  
    Contact: Firestone Park Branch Library   330-724-2126   
   

Grades K-5

Bingo

    Location: Firestone Park
   3:00 PM  -  5:00 PM After School Homework Help  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   eramsay@akronlibrary.org
   
After School Homework Help
Mondays & Wednesdays 3-5 pm
January 9- May 24
Free homework help for students in grades K-6.
You’ll find everything you need to get your homework done here!
Stuck on a math question? We have someone to help you.
Can’t find a ruler? We have school supplies.
Need to type a paper? We have computers.
Drop in anytime you need help.
No registration required.
    Location: Maple Valley
   3:00 PM  -  5:00 PM Volunteer Opportunities for Teens  
    Contact: Norton Branch Library   3308257800   norton@akronlibrary.org
   

Volunteen

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

Become a Volunteen! 

Those in 6th-12th grade can help us help others by participating in meaningful, short term projects at the Library that will benefit the greater community.

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

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

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

PAWS FOR READING

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.

Our Paws for Reading dogs are waiting for you!

First and Third Wednesdays, 4-5 pm

    Location: Norton
   6:00 PM Ready, Set, Kindergarten!  
    Contact: Goodyear Branch Library   330-784-7522   goodyear@akronlibrary.org
   

Registration appreciated

Each week we will focus on different skills to help children get ready for kindergarten. Join us for a story time program with activities and learning. After the stories, there will be individual interaction stations set up for parents and children to make and take ideas home for further learning. This program is designed for children age 3 and up.

All by Myself – What can you do? Lots of things! How do you feel? Ready for Kindergarten!

    Location: Goodyear
   6:30 PM Escape Room Program  
    Contact: Nordonia Hills Branch Library   330-467-8595   nordoniahills@akronlibrary.org
   

SOLVING THE MUSEUM OF DR. JONES:  AN ESCAPE ROOM PROGRAM

8 to 10 participants use their puzzle-solving talents, logic, communication skills, and ingenuity to escape the 4 challenging rooms of the Nordonia Museum within a one-hour time limit.

Please register in advance.

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

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

Wednesday, May 3, 6:30 pm

HOMEGOING by Yaa Gyasi

    Location: Mogadore

Thursday May 4, 2017
     Take It and Make It  
    Contact: Tallmadge   330.633.4345   
   

Take It and Make It for grades K - 5

Stop by the library anytime this week to pick up a kit to make a beaded heart necklace at home for someone special.

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

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

Story Time runs Thursdays, March 2 - May 18.

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

Thursday, May 4, 10:30 am

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

Every Thursday

Stories 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, April 6- May 18, 10:30-11:30 am
Little folks, bring your favorite caregiver and join us for stories, rhymes, songs and more.  No registration required.
 

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

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

    Location: Firestone Park
   3:00 PM  -  4:30 PM Knit & Crochet Club  
    Contact: Tallmadge   330.633.4345   
   

Knit and Crochet Club

Do you love to knit or crochet? Join us as we create projects to be donated to charity, or work on one of your own.

    Location: Tallmadge
   3:30 PM Escape Room Program  
    Contact: Nordonia Hills Branch Library   330-467-8595   nordoniahills@akronlibrary.org
   

SOLVING THE MUSEUM OF DR. JONES:  AN ESCAPE ROOM PROGRAM

8 to 10 participants use their puzzle-solving talents, logic, communication skills, and ingenuity to escape the 4 challenging rooms of the Nordonia Museum within a one-hour time limit.

Please register in advance.

    Location: Nordonia Hills
   3:30 PM Star Wars Party  
    Contact: Mogadore Branch Library   330-628-9228   mogadore@akronlibrary.org
   

Thursday, May 4, 3:30 pm

May the 4th be with you as we celebrate all things Star Wars.
Use the Force in our Jedi games and make your own lightsaber. 
Enjoy intergalactic treats and wear your favorite Star Wars gear.
Grades K-5
    Location: Mogadore
   3:30 PM  -  4:30 PM Teen Advisory Group  
    Contact: Odom Branch Library   3304348726   odombranchlibrary@akronlibrary.org
   

Teen Advisory Group: 3:30-4:30pm

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

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

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

    Location: Ellet
   4:00 PM PAWS for Reading  
    Contact: Northwest Akron Branch   3308361081   northwest@akronlibrary.org
   

PAWS for Reading

(All grades)

Thursdays, March 2, 16, April 6, 20, May 4, 18, 4 pm

3rd Saturdays, March 18, April 15, May 20, 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  -  5:00 PM May the Fourth Be With You Star Party - For Teens  
    Contact: Goodyear Branch Library   330-784-7522   goodyear@akronlibrary.org
   

For ages 11-18

Please register in advance for this program.

Have a stellar time at the star party. Come explore the galaxy, make a craft and munch on Wookie cookies!  Be there you must!

    Location: Goodyear
   5:30 PM Master-Inspired Art Workshop: Gauguin’s “Tahitian Sunset”  
    Contact: Fairlawn-Bath Branch   330-666-4888   
   

Felicia Zavarella Stadelman presents an interactive art program in which you will not only learn about the featured classic artist, but also create art inspired by their work. Space for this program is very limited, so please register.

Registration begins April 20.

    Location: Fairlawn-Bath
   5:30 PM  -  8:00 PM Project Learn ESOL/GED Classes  
    Contact: North Hill   330.535.9423   northbranch@akronlibrary.org
   

Project Learn ESOL/GED Classes

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

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

The inspirational true story about three African-American female mathematicians who provided a crucial role in NASA during the early years of the US space program. Starring Octavia Spencer, Taraji P. Henson, Janelle Monáe, Kevin Costner, Kirsten Dunst and Jim Parsons. Rated PG. 127 min

    Location: Main Library-Auditorium
   6:00 PM  -  7:00 PM Family History First Thursdays  
    Contact: Richfield Branch Library   330-659-4343   mdaly@akronlibrary.org
   
 

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

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

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

 

    Location: Portage Lakes

Friday May 5, 2017
     Take It and Make It  
    Contact: Tallmadge   330.633.4345   
   

Take It and Make It for grades K - 5

Stop by the library anytime this week to pick up a kit to make a beaded heart necklace at home for someone special.

    Location: Tallmadge
   11:00 AM The People in Your Neighborhood—Behind the Scenes Tour of Acme Fresh Market  
    Contact: Fairlawn-Bath Branch   330-666-4888   
   

Register for one time and then join us as we tour Acme Fresh Market in Montrose. During our 40-minute tour, the dietician, Julie, will share with us what happens in each department. We will also get to sample some foods, too! For children ages 2-5 and their adult caregivers.  Each tour is limited to 15 children. 

Registration begins monday, April 17.

    Location: Fairlawn-Bath
   12:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Friends of the Library Presale  
    Contact: Ellet Branch   330-784-2019   
   

Open to Friends Members. If you are not a member you may join at the door. Also open to Friends members from other Akron-Summit County Public Libraries.

    Location: Ellet
   1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Community Photo Scanning Day  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

Community Photo Scanning Day

In Collaboration with the Portage Lakes Historical Society

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

 

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

Friends of the Library Presale

    Location: Highland Square

Saturday May 6, 2017
     Make and Take Saturdays  
    Contact: Goodyear Branch Library   330-784-7522   goodyear@akronlibrary.org
   

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

Ribbon Dancing Wand – Decorate your wand with some long ribbons you can dance and swirl about with.

    Location: Goodyear
     Take It and Make It  
    Contact: Tallmadge   330.633.4345   
   

Take It and Make It for grades K - 5

Stop by the library anytime this week to pick up a kit to make a beaded heart necklace at home for someone special.

    Location: Tallmadge
   10:00 AM  -  3:00 PM Book Sale  
    Contact: Highland Square   330-376-2927   
    Location: Highland Square
   10:00 AM  -  3:00 PM Friends of the Library Book Sale  
    Contact: Ellet Branch   330-784-2019   
   

Open to the Public.Come and choose from a wide array of fantastic titles at great prices!

    Location: Ellet
   10:00 AM  -  3:00 PM Kenmore Friends of the Library Book Sale  
    Contact: Kenmore Branch Library   330-745-6126   kenmore@akronlibrary.org
    Location: Kenmore
   10:00 AM  -  4:00 PM Geeks Who Game @ the Library  
    Contact: Goodyear Branch Library   330-784-7522   goodyear@akronlibrary.org
   

Tabletop gamers unite! Millennials, young professionals, and those who want to find games for your next get-together, let your inner geek out and join us to discover new, and revisit some favorite, tabletop games.

No registration required.

    Location: Goodyear
   10:00 AM  -  5:00 PM Free Comic Book Day (All Ages)  
    Contact: Northwest Akron Branch   3308361081   northwest@akronlibrary.org
   

Free Comic Book Day (All Ages)

Saturday, May 6, All Day

Drop by between 10 am – 5 pm to receive a free comic book or two, courtesy of JC Comics and Cards in Cuyahoga Falls!

    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@arkonlibrary.org
   

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

    Location: Richfield
   10:30 AM  -  12:30 PM Using Ancestry in Your Genealogy Research  
    Contact: Main - Special Collections Division   330-643-9030   speccollections@akronlibrary.org
   

Using Ancestry in Your Genealogy Research

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

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

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

    Location: Main Library
   11:00 AM Escape Room Program  
    Contact: Nordonia Hills Branch Library   330-467-8595   nordoniahills@akronlibrary.org
   

SOLVING THE MUSEUM OF DR. JONES:  AN ESCAPE ROOM PROGRAM

8 to 10 participants use their puzzle-solving talents, logic, communication skills, and ingenuity to escape the 4 challenging rooms of the Nordonia Museum within a one-hour time limit.

Please register in advance.

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


The First and Third Saturdays of the month, 11 am

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

March 4: Dr. Seuss Join us for a special Dr. Seuss Celebration with stories, songs and crafts
March 18: Beautiful Stuff Start with stories using the collage technique, and then use found materials and loose parts to create “Beautiful Stuff” together
April 1: April Fools! It’s Backwards Day!
April 15: Hop on over for a special Bunny Story Time
May 6: What is Your Talent? Song, Music, Art, Silliness?
May 20: Sunny Days Join us as we celebrate the return of warmer days by sharing “sunny” reads.
 

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

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

 

    Location: Portage Lakes
   2:00 PM Escape Room Program  
    Contact: Nordonia Hills Branch Library   330-467-8595   nordoniahills@akronlibrary.org
   

SOLVING THE MUSEUM OF DR. JONES:  AN ESCAPE ROOM PROGRAM

8 to 10 participants use their puzzle-solving talents, logic, communication skills, and ingenuity to escape the 4 challenging rooms of the Nordonia Museum within a one-hour time limit.

Please register in advance.

    Location: Nordonia Hills
   2:00 PM Tails & Tales  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

Visit with our furr-iest friends and practice your reading skills! These gentle friends just love to hear great stories! Children not yet reading are welcome to share a favorite picture book. All ages welcome. No registration necessary.

    Location: Portage Lakes
   2:00 PM Teen Marvelous May Craft  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330-864-5721   ecoontz@akronlibrary.org
   

For Grades 4-12. Join crafter Cynthia Taylor and make a special piece just in time for Mother’s Day. Registration is requested.

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

For grades 5 through 8. Unleash your inner Dr. Frankenstein each month as we explore scientific FUN-damentals through hands-on experimentation. Registration requested; space is limited.

    Location: North Hill
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Nature Connect  
    Contact: Odom Blvd Branch Library   3304348726   OdomBlvdBranch@akronlibrary.org
   

Saturday, May 6, 2017  2-3 pm Plant Exchange and Pay It Forward: Bring plant cuttings, divisions, seedlings, extras from your purchases and choose from plants others in our gardening community have offered. Door prizes, refreshments and a chance to share gardening stories.  

    Location: Odom
   2:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Volunteer Opportunities for Teens  
    Contact: Norton Branch Library   3308257800   norton@akronlibrary.org
   

Volunteen

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

Become a Volunteen! 

Those in 6th-12th grade can help us help others by participating in meaningful, short term projects at the Library that will benefit the greater community.

    Location: Norton

Sunday May 7, 2017
   2:00 PM  -  2:30 PM Sunday Story Time Sampler  
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

Every Sunday, except April 16 (Closed for Easter)

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

    Location: Main Library

Monday May 8, 2017
     DIY2Go! Candy Kiss Roses for Mom  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Youth and Teen

No time to make something? No worries! Pick up a craft kit and make it on the go.

    Location: Green
     Drive-Thru Teen Book Club  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Youth & Teen

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

May I KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER by Lois Duncan

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

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

Flower Scavenger Hunt – Find the colorful flowers in the children’s area.

    Location: Goodyear
   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.

Registration begins Monday, April 17.

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

North Hill Needle Crafters

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

    Location: North Hill
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Tai Chi  
    Contact: Nordonia Hills Branch Library   330-467-8595   nordoniahills@akronlibrary.org
   

TAI CHI:  MOVING FOR BETTER BALANCE

Kim Mozzochi with the Area Agency on Aging conducts this FREE exercise series, geared toward older adults wanting to improve strength, flexibility and muscle tone.  The sessions meet twice per week for a 12-week period.

Registration is strongly encouraged, as space is limited.

 

    Location: Nordonia Hills
   11:00 AM Parachute Playtime  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

A special themed playtime as we discover different kinds of fun we can have with simple parachutes. For Ages 1-4. No registration necessary. 

 

    Location: Portage Lakes
   11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Gymnastics and Story Time presented by Learning Ladder  
    Contact: Firestone Park Branch Library   330-724-2126   
   

Children ages 2-5

Your child will learn basic gymnastics skills on miniature gymnastics equipment that is designed specifically for young children. All of the stories, games and the craft relate to a fun theme. You don’t want to miss this fun and educational event!  You must sign up for this program in advance due to limited space.

    Location: Firestone Park
   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.

Registration begins Monday, April 17.

    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.

STILL LIFE by Louise Penny

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

THE GIRLS by Emma Cline

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

THAT DARKNESS by Lisa Black

Title: That Darkness, Author: Lisa Black

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

In this month's selection  Maggie Gardiner notices a connection between the battered body of a young girl left in a cemetery and a career criminal shot in an alley, she must follow a trail no one else wants to see, picking up crumbs of evidence that no one else notices.
 
Jack Renner is accustomed to being the hunter, not the hunted. He kills to make the world a safer place—even if that makes it a more dangerous one for Maggie. He will not let her stop him.
 
One body at a time, Maggie circles in on a killer. But it’s what she find inside herself that will bring the terrible truth to light . . .

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

    Location: Nordonia Hills
   3:00 PM  -  5:00 PM After School Homework Help  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   eramsay@akronlibrary.org
   
After School Homework Help
Mondays & Wednesdays 3-5 pm
January 9- May 24
Free homework help for students in grades K-6.
You’ll find everything you need to get your homework done here!
Stuck on a math question? We have someone to help you.
Can’t find a ruler? We have school supplies.
Need to type a paper? We have computers.
Drop in anytime you need help.
No registration required.
    Location: Maple Valley
   3:30 PM  -  4:00 PM Teen Voice (TV) Advisory Board  
    Contact: Kenmore Branch Library   330-745-6126   kenmore@akronlibrary.org
   

We will meet briefly to discuss what new ideas you have for your Teen area and future Teen Programming. 

    Location: Kenmore
   3:30 PM  -  4:30 PM School Age Children's Programs  
    Contact: Odom Blvd Branch Library   3304348726   OdomBlvdBranch@akronlibrary.org
   

School Age Children’s Programs

Grades K to grade  4 are welcome.

Mondays at 3:30 pm

March 13: Pencil Topper Craft

March 20: LEGO challenges

March 27: Exploding Boomerangs

April 3: Celebrate Grilled Cheese month

April 10: Seed planting

April 24: Recycle craft

May 1: Tissue Flowers

May 8: Something for Mom.

May 15: Mystery program

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

27 MAGIC WORDS by Sharelle Byars Moranville

27 Magic Words

One Monday each month at 4pm we will read a different chapter book and then come in and talk about it with others over a drink and a snack.

For children in 3rd-4th grades.

Please register in advance.

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

Practice your reading skills by reading aloud to our doggie pals. Bring a book from home or read one of ours! Not reading yet? Our dogs’ human pals will read to you. This is a great way for children to practice their literacy skills and gain more confidence in reading aloud. Children of all ages are welcome.

No registration is needed.

    Location: Goodyear
   6:00 PM  -  7:00 PM Needle crafting @ The Library  
    Contact: Firestone Park Branch Library   330-724-2126   
   

Enjoy discussion and share current knitting and crochet projects.

 

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

Do you enjoy learning about new hobbies, crafts, or hands-on projects? Join us for a new adult friendly gathering of crafters, thinkers, hobbyists, artists, tech enthusiasts, students, and more. Bring your craft or hobby with you and work on it at the Library. Share your love with others and maybe learn something new.

No registration required – just come on in and use our space. 

    Location: Goodyear
   6:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Ask a Patent Attorney  
    Contact: Science & Technology Division   330-643-9075   stdiv@akronlibrary.org
   

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

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

    Location: Main Library
   6:30 PM God’s Sandbox: The Colorado Plateau  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

God’s Sandbox: The Colorado Plateau  

Presented by Karen Eckart.  Some of the most beautiful sites in the US are found on the Colorado Plateau. The layering of various types of rock, running water and erosion have sculpted this area into a landscape that is totally different from what we find in Ohio. Come and see a variety of formations: canyons, amphitheaters, hoodoos, fins, mesas, buttes and more in all their colorful beauty.

Monday, May 8, 6:30 Part 1: Petrified Forest, Grand Canyon, Glen Canyon Recreational Area (Lake Powell), Monument Valley, Antelope Canyon and more.

Monday, May 15, 6:30 Part 2: Zion Canyon, Bryce Canyon, Capitol Reef, Arches, Canyonlands, Dead Horse Point and more.

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

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

 

    Location: Portage Lakes
   6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Gentle Yoga with Nia  
    Contact: North Hill   330.535.9423   northbranch@akronlibrary.org
   

Gentle Yoga with Nia

Be led in warm-up stretches and breathing exercises, move through yoga poses with the help of a chair, and end sessions with music and nature sounds. Wear comfortable clothing, bring a yoga mat or a beach towel, and a water bottle.

    Location: North Hill

Tuesday May 9, 2017
     DIY2Go! Candy Kiss Roses for Mom  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Youth and Teen

No time to make something? No worries! Pick up a craft kit and make it on the go.

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

Young children and adult caregivers will read books, learn rhymes, sing, have fun together, and finish with bubbles!

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

Tuesday, May 9, 10:30 am

Ages 3 and up
Join Miss Kim for stories, songs, games and crafts.
    Location: Mogadore
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM A Time To Play  
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

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

Children learn through play, and we like to play in the Children's Library!  Hands-on, age-appropriate, creative play experiences and materials will be available for young children and their caregivers. Come explore, make friends, share stories, create and play with us.
                                                                                           
March 14: Beautiful Stuff Use found materials and loose parts to create “Beautiful Stuff” together. 
April 11You Are my Sunshine Celebrate the arrival of spring, and “Child and Family Awareness Month” with hands-on arts and science activities. Explore rain, clouds, rainbows and sunshine. 
May 9: Things that GO!  Experience transportation activities this month with wheels, track making, hauling, ice, ramps and mazes.   

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

Preschool Story Time ages 3-6
Tuesdays, April 4- May 9, 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  -  11:30 AM Tai Chi  
    Contact: Nordonia Hills Branch Library   330-467-8595   nordoniahills@akronlibrary.org
   

TAI CHI:  MOVING FOR BETTER BALANCE

Kim Mozzochi with the Area Agency on Aging conducts this FREE exercise series, geared toward older adults wanting to improve strength, flexibility and muscle tone.  The sessions meet twice per week for a 12-week period.

Registration is strongly encouraged, as space is limited.

 

    Location: Nordonia Hills
   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 May, we will discuss THE SHIP OF BRIDES by Jojo Moyes.

    Location: Green
   1:00 PM The People in Your Neighborhood—Behind the Scenes Tour of Acme Fresh Market  
    Contact: Fairlawn-Bath Branch   330-666-4888   
   

Register for one time and then join us as we tour Acme Fresh Market in Montrose. During our 40-minute tour, the dietician, Julie, will share with us what happens in each department. We will also get to sample some foods, too! For children ages 2-5 and their adult caregivers.  Each tour is limited to 15 children. 

Registration begins monday, April 17.

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

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

THE SHORT DROP by Matthew Fitzsimmons

    Location: Firestone Park
   3:00 PM Paws for Reading  
    Contact: North Hill Branch Library   330-535-9423   northhill@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 needed.

    Location: North Hill
   3:30 PM Teen Xbox Game Day  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330-864-5721   ecoontz@akronlibrary.org
   

For Grades 4-12. Chill out and play games on the Xbox with your friends! 

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

Tween Tuesdays for ages 10-18

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

We will not meet if school is not in session.

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

Tuesday, May 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   330-784-2019   
   

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

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

Create a picture using buttons as the primary medium! Please call 330-745-6126 or email kenmore@akronlibrary.org to register.

    Location: Kenmore
   4:00 PM  -  5:00 PM Teen Tuesdays  
    Contact: Norton Branch Library   3308257800   norton@akronlibrary.org
   

Make Your Mom an Awesome Present

Make your mom a special gift and card for Mother’s Day! 

All supplies provided by the Library.

For teens in grades 6-12.

Registration is requested.

    Location: Norton
   5:30 PM  -  8:00 PM Project Learn ESOL/GED Classes  
    Contact: North Hill   330.535.9423   northbranch@akronlibrary.org
   

Project Learn ESOL/GED Classes

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

    Location: North Hill
   6:00 PM Book Buzz at Nervous Dog Coffee Bar  
    Contact: Northwest Akron Branch   3308361081   northwest@akronlibrary.org
   

Book Buzz Discussion Group

2nd Tuesday, 6 pm at Nervous Dog Coffee Bar

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

Nervous Dog Coffee Bar is located at 1530 W Market St, Akron, OH 44313.

April 11 THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD by Colson Whitehead

May 9 THE GIRLS by Emma Cline 

    Location: Northwest Akron
   6:00 PM Energize Your Day with Nancy Gardner  
    Contact: Ellet Branch   330-784-2019   
   

For those who sit at a computer for hours at a time and for those who are on their feet all day, several de-stressing, healing an re-energizing applications are taught. This program incorporates movements from martial arts, Yoga, Qigong and Polarity Therapy as well as self-massage, acupressure and eye care. Seminar includes handouts of the exercises covered.

    Location: Ellet
   6:00 PM Salmon P. Chase  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

Historian Michael Kovacevich takes us into the life of the former Governor of Ohio, Secretary of the Treasury and Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.  

    Location: Portage Lakes
   6:00 PM  -  6:45 PM Book Bits and Bites  
    Contact: Highland Square   330-376-2927   
   

Grades 3 and 4.

Learn about a few great fiction chapter books while eating dinner provided by Chipotle. Miss KT will read aloud a sample of each text to entice your literary taste buds. Copies of the books will be available for the participants to check out after the meeting. Supplies are limited to 10 students. Call 330-376-2927 to register.

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

Are you a music lover?  This could be the club for you. Take the time to enjoy full-length albums front to back, and share your thoughts with other vinyl addicts from the area.  Bring an open mind and new suggestions for our next meeting. Please register for this program by calling us at 330-724-2126.

    Location: Firestone Park
   6:00 PM  -  7:30 PM Teen Advisory Board Meeting  
    Contact: Teen Area   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 Program

Bring the kids in for some relaxing, unstructured play time. There will be a variety of supplies: stones cloths, big blocks, tubes, a glockenspiel and much more to explore and create with.

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

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

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

Please contact the Science & Technology Division to register.

    Location: Main Library
   6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Social Security -- How to Get the Most Out of Your Social Security Benefits.  
    Contact: Highland Square   330-376-2927   kgerlach@akronlibrary.org
   

Join Paul Bernier, an investment advisor representative for AXA Advisors, LLC, and learn about Social Security Benefits. This program is for anyone in or nearing retirement and interested in making informed decisions about the foundation of their retirement income plan.

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

    Location: Highland Square

Wednesday May 10, 2017
     DIY2Go! Candy Kiss Roses for Mom  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Youth and Teen

No time to make something? No worries! Pick up a craft kit and make it on the go.

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

Every Wednesday

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

    Location: Main Library
   11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Little Jar Keeper Craft Program  
    Contact: Highland Square   330-376-2927   kgerlach@akronlibrary.org
   

Join the community to decorate a canning jar; presented by Dolly Webb. People attending can decide whether to embroider or color their decoration. All supplies are provided.

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

    Location: Highland Square
   1:00 PM Food For Thought Book Talks with Marvin Phillips  
    Contact: Northwest Akron Branch   3308361081   northwest@akronlibrary.org
   

Food for Thought Book Talks

2nd Wednesday, 1 pm

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

March 8 THE BOOK OF JOY: LASTING HAPPINESS IN A CHANGING WORLD by Dalai Lama, Desmond Tutu, Douglas Carlton Abrams

April 12 National Poetry Month Celebration

Marvin Phillips will read selected poems aloud and discuss with the group. Attendees are encouraged to bring a favorite or original poem to read aloud.

May 10 TRAVELS WITH CHARLEY: IN SEARCH OF AMERICA by John Steinbeck

    Location: Northwest Akron
   1:00 PM Preschool Story Time  
    Contact: Fairlawn-Bath Branch   330-666-4888   
   

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

 Registration begins Monday, April 17.

    Location: Fairlawn-Bath
   3:00 PM  -  4:00 PM After School Fun Club  
    Contact: Firestone Park Branch Library   330-724-2126   
   

Grades K-5

Mother’s Day Make and Take 

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

The second Wednesday of each month at 3:30pm we will meet to talk about what's going on in your life, school, town or the world.  We'll discuss philosophy or whatever is on the groups' mind.

Dont's forget we'll have cookies!

 

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

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

    Location: Ellet
   4:15 PM  -  5:00 PM CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS PARTY  
    Contact: Norton Branch Library   330-825-7800   norton@akronlibrary.org
   

Captain Underpants Party

Grades K-3

Enjoy games and nonsense with your favorite silly hero.

Registration is requested.

    Location: Norton
   6:00 PM Live Naturally: Introduction to Essential Oils  
    Contact: Tallmadge   330.633.4345   
   

Adult Program - Live Naturally: Introduction to Essential Oils

Join Lana Kearns as she explores the world of essential oils and explains their benefits.

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

Cookbook Club

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

 
    Location: Green
   6:30 PM  -  8:00 PM Socrates Cafe  
    Contact: Nordonia Hills Branch   330.467.8585   nordoniahills@akronlibrary.org
   

SOCRATES CAFÉ

Are you a parent looking for more opportunities to talk with other adults? 

A senior seeking ways to keep your mind active and engaged?  

A student working to improve reasoning and thinking skills? 

A person wanting to meet some of your neighbors in an informal, yet thoughtful setting?

If so, join us at the Socrates Café!

An ongoing, regular discussion for patrons 16 and over - A place to discuss life with other adults – We explore questions we all ask ourselves in a open and friendly manner.

No registration necessary – No homework – No assigned reading.

Based on the book by CHRISTOPHER PHILLIPS, the Cafe opens the second Wednesday of each month. New cafe-goers are always welcome, age 16 and over.

Come and take part, or just listen to the discussion!

 

    Location: Nordonia Hills

Thursday May 11, 2017
     DIY2Go! Candy Kiss Roses for Mom  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Youth and Teen

No time to make something? No worries! Pick up a craft kit and make it on the go.

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

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

Story Time runs Thursdays, March 2 - May 18.

    Location: Goodyear
   10:30 AM Baby Play  
   

Baby Play

(Up to age 24 months with a caregiver)

Thursdays, March 16, April 13, May 11, 10:30 am

Join us once a month for a very special play time for you and your baby. Each session will have a different activity.

 

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

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

Family Story Time

For all ages.

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

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

Thursday, May 11, 10:30 am

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

Every Thursday

Stories 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, April 6- May 18, 10:30-11:30 am
Little folks, bring your favorite caregiver and join us for stories, rhymes, songs and more.  No registration required.
 

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

Do you like solving puzzles? If you like word searches, crossword puzzles, Sudoku, jigsaw puzzles, brain-teasers, logic puzzles, etc. then stop on in. We will have a variety of puzzles on hand, or feel free to bring your own.

Refreshments will be served.

No registration necessary.

    Location: Goodyear
   1:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Needle crafting @ The Library  
    Contact: Firestone Park Branch Library   330-724-2126   
   

Enjoy discussion and share current knitting and crochet projects.

 

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

ATLANTIC or PACIFIC both by Simon Winchester

Atlantic: Great Sea Battles, Heroic Discoveries, Titanic Storms, and a Vast Ocean of a Million StoriesPacific: Silicon Chips and Surfboards, Coral Reefs and Atom Bombs, Brutal Dictators and Fading Empires

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

Second Thursday of each month at 2:00pm.

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

    Location: Nordonia Hills
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Afternoon Computer Mini-Clinics  
    Contact: Firestone Park Branch Library   330-724-2126   
   

Registration requested.

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

Beginner -& Intermediate-Friendly.  

 

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

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

    Location: North Hill
   3:30 PM  -  5:00 PM Teen Gaming  
    Contact: Odom Branch Library   3304348726   odombranchlibrary@akronlibrary.org
   

Teen Gaming: 3:30-5:00pm

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

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

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

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

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

    Location: Kenmore
   5:30 PM  -  8:00 PM Project Learn ESOL/GED Classes  
    Contact: North Hill   330.535.9423   northbranch@akronlibrary.org
   

Project Learn ESOL/GED Classes

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

    Location: North Hill
   6:00 PM Medicare 101  
    Contact: Fairlawn-Bath Branch   330-666-4888   
   

Are you new to Medicare or find it confusing? You’re not alone! This program will help you understand Medicare, what it covers and what it does not. You will learn about Medicare Supplements, Advantage Plans and Part D Prescription Plans. This program is presented by Sharon Honroth.

    Location: Fairlawn-Bath
   6:30 PM Coffee and Conversation-CANCELLED  
    Contact: Northwest Akron Branch   3308361081   northwest@akronlibrary.org
   

Coffee and Conversation will resume in the fall.

 

2nd Thursday, March 9, April 13, May 11, 6:30 pm

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

    Location: Northwest Akron
   6:30 PM Movies@Main: Sing  
    Contact: Culture & AV   330-643-9015   
   
Kung Fu Panda 3 movie poster
 

A group of animals enter a singing competition created by a koala bear eager to save his theater. Delightful animated comedy starring the voices of Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Seth MacFarlane, Scarlett Johansson and John C. Reilly. Rated PG. 108 min

    Location: Main Library-Auditorium
   6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Local Author Robert J. Roman presents his book OHIO STATE FOOTBALL: THE FORGOTTEN DAWN  
    Contact: Highland Square   330-376-2927   kgerlach@akronlibrary.org
   

Author Robert J. Roman draws on extensive archival research to tell the untold story of the early days of football at Ohio's flagship public university. Eleven men played both sides of the ball, quarterbacks were often the smallest man on the team, and coaches were not allowed to communicate with the players during a game. Eager to establish their school as the equal of older, wealthier, and more strictly religious colleges, Ohio State students saw intercollegiate athletics as their path to respectability. Learn about the history of this incredible team. This presentation will be followed by a book signing.

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

    Location: Highland Square

Friday May 12, 2017
     DIY2Go! Candy Kiss Roses for Mom  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Youth and Teen

No time to make something? No worries! Pick up a craft kit and make it on the go.

    Location: Green
     Richfield Classic Movie Matinee  
    Contact: Richfield Branch Library   330-659-4343   mdaly@akronlibrary.org
   

Roman Holiday with Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn

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    Location: Richfield
   12:30 PM  -  1:25 PM Lunch Bunch Cookbook Club  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

May – Tea Party!  It’s High Tea Time so bring your favorite finger sandwich, scone or pastry to share.

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

 

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

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

 

    Location: Portage Lakes

Saturday May 13, 2017
     DIY2Go! Candy Kiss Roses for Mom  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Youth and Teen

No time to make something? No worries! Pick up a craft kit and make it on the go.

    Location: Green
   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 Teen Book Break-fast  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

Take a break from your busy schedule and join us for an early morning snack while we talk about books from authors whose birthdays are in that month.  Can’t join us for the book discussion, you can share your thoughts with Miss Kelly at kwilson@akronlibrary.org.  Books will be displayed in the Teen area. Grades 6 and up. Snacks will be served at this program. Patrons with food allergy questions should contact the branch.

Choose any book by the authors of the month:

May 13:  Kiera Cass, Lauren Myracle, Scott Westerfeld

    Location: Portage Lakes
   11:00 AM Mom’s Our Superhero!  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Family Program

All ages are welcome.

Superheroes Assemble! Enjoy crafts and refreshments with mom, grandma, or whomever you would like to bring!  

Please register in advance.

    Location: Green
   11:00 AM Muffins with Mom  
    Contact: Nordonia Hills Branch Library   330-467-8595   nordoniahills@akronlibrary.org
   

MUFFINS WITH MOM

Mother's Day is Sunday.  Come and share a muffin with your Mom, Grandma, or other special lady in your life!

 

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

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

May 13: Mosaic Art – Using a variety of seeds, design a unique mosaic piece while enjoying a chocolate treat

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

The Second Saturday of each month, (March 11, April 8, May 13) 11 am

Share a book with a certified therapy dog.

    Location: Main Library
   11:00 AM  -  3:00 PM ACT practice test  
    Contact: Northwest Akron Branch   3308361081   northwest@akronlibrary.org
   

ACT practice test

Saturday, May 13, 11 am–3 pm

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

    Location: Northwest Akron
   12:00 PM Paws for Reading  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Paws for Reading

Practice your reading skills by reading aloud to our doggie pals.  Bring a book from home or read one of ours! Not reading yet? Our dogs’ human pals will read to you. This is a great way for children to practice their literacy skills and gain more confidence in reading aloud.  

Children of all ages are welcome.

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

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

    Location: Firestone Park
   1:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Chalk the Walk  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   eramsay@akronlibrary.org
   
Chalk the Walk
Saturday, May 13, 1 pm
Unleash your inner artist! Bring the entire family and help us decorate the outside walkway of the library.
All materials will be provided for you, just bring along your creativity!
No registration required. 
    Location: Maple Valley
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Family Fun Saturdays  
    Contact: Goodyear Branch Library   330-784-7522   goodyear@akronlibrary.org
   

Garden Day – Learn how to make a newspaper pot, plant some seeds for our garden and some to take home. Help us prepare our garden for the summer planting season.

Registration appreciated

    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, May 13, 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 Random Acts of Creativity  
    Contact: Teen Area   330-643-9067   ysodiv@akronlibrary.org
   

Practice Random Acts of Creativity and discover just how easy being artistic really is.  Join us to create a no fail watercolor painting.  Turn your favorite photo into a stencil and create an awesome work of art to keep or give to your mom or someone special for Mother’s Day.   For Ages 11 to 18. Registration is appreciated. Please call 330.643.9076 for information.

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

 

 

    Location: Main Library

Sunday May 14, 2017
   2:00 PM  -  2:30 PM Sunday Story Time Sampler  
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

Every Sunday, 2 pm

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

    Location: Main Library
   3:00 PM  -  4:30 PM Teen Writers' Workshop  
    Contact: Teen Area   330-643-9067   ysodiv@akronlibrary.org
   

Wild about Wattpad? Passionate about poetry? Whatever your writing interests are, the Teen Writers’ Workshop is for you! Join us on the second Sunday of the month to meet other teen writers, share story ideas, and practice your craft. For ages 11 to 18.

    Location: Main Library

Monday May 15, 2017
     Drive-Thru Teen Book Club  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Youth & Teen

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

May I KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER by Lois Duncan

    Location: Green
   10:15 AM 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.

Registration begins Monday, April 17.

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

North Hill Needle Crafters

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

    Location: North Hill
   10:30 AM Stories at the Park  
    Contact: Highland Square   330-376-2927   
   

Birth-5 years.

Join Miss Brooke and Miss KT at Hereford Park for a fun-filled outdoor story time. We will leave the library at 10:10 am if you are interested in walking to the park with us. After a mixture of stories, songs, rhymes, finger plays, and movement activities, enjoy play time at the park! Please feel free to bring picnic snacks or lunch. If the weather does not permit outdoor play, story time will be held at the library. Siblings are welcome. 

    Location: Highland Square
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Tai Chi  
    Contact: Nordonia Hills Branch Library   330-467-8595   nordoniahills@akronlibrary.org
   

TAI CHI:  MOVING FOR BETTER BALANCE

Kim Mozzochi with the Area Agency on Aging conducts this FREE exercise series, geared toward older adults wanting to improve strength, flexibility and muscle tone.  The sessions meet twice per week for a 12-week period.

Registration is strongly encouraged, as space is limited.

 

    Location: Nordonia Hills
   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.

Registration begins Monday, April 17.

    Location: Fairlawn-Bath
   3:00 PM  -  5:00 PM After School Homework Help  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   eramsay@akronlibrary.org
   
After School Homework Help
Mondays & Wednesdays 3-5 pm
January 9- May 24
Free homework help for students in grades K-6.
You’ll find everything you need to get your homework done here!
Stuck on a math question? We have someone to help you.
Can’t find a ruler? We have school supplies.
Need to type a paper? We have computers.
Drop in anytime you need help.
No registration required.
    Location: Maple Valley
   3:30 PM  -  4:30 PM School Age Children's Programs  
    Contact: Odom Blvd Branch Library   3304348726   OdomBlvdBranch@akronlibrary.org
   

School Age Children’s Programs

Grades K to grade  4 are welcome.

Mondays at 3:30 pm

March 13: Pencil Topper Craft

March 20: LEGO challenges

March 27: Exploding Boomerangs

April 3: Celebrate Grilled Cheese month

April 10: Seed planting

April 24: Recycle craft

May 1: Tissue Flowers

May 8: Something for Mom.

May 15: Mystery program

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

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

 

    Location: Ellet
   6:00 PM Acorn Marble Necklaces  
    Contact: Kenmore Branch Library   330-745-6126   kenmore@akronlibrary.org
   

Get crafty, and make your very own Acorn Marble Necklace! Please call 330-745-6126 or email kenmore@akronlibrary.org to register.

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

SECRET MESSAGE WATERCOLOR PAINTING

Join us for some messy fun!  Program is held one Monday each month at 6pm for families!  Don't forget to wear some old clothes, you may get messy!

Please register in advance

    Location: Nordonia Hills
   6:00 PM Teen Iron Chef  
    Contact: Fairlawn-Bath Branch   330-666-4888   
   

Can your team transform local produce into a dish that can tempt even a vegetable hater?  In our latest installment of Iron Chef, the best vegetarian dish will win.  It will be an evening of food, fun and competition.

For grades  4-12.  Please register at the library or by calling 330-666-4888

    Location: Fairlawn-Bath
   6:30 PM God’s Sandbox: The Colorado Plateau  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

God’s Sandbox: The Colorado Plateau  

Presented by Karen Eckart.  Some of the most beautiful sites in the US are found on the Colorado Plateau. The layering of various types of rock, running water and erosion have sculpted this area into a landscape that is totally different from what we find in Ohio. Come and see a variety of formations: canyons, amphitheaters, hoodoos, fins, mesas, buttes and more in all their colorful beauty.

Monday, May 8, 6:30 Part 1: Petrified Forest, Grand Canyon, Glen Canyon Recreational Area (Lake Powell), Monument Valley, Antelope Canyon and more.

Monday, May 15, 6:30 Part 2: Zion Canyon, Bryce Canyon, Capitol Reef, Arches, Canyonlands, Dead Horse Point and more.

 
    Location: Green
   6:30 PM LEGO Club  
    Contact: Northwest Akron Branch   3308361081   northwest@akronlibrary.org
   

LEGO Club

3rd Mondays, March 20, April 17, May 15, 6:30 pm

Drop in on the 3rd Monday or each month to build and show off your creations! LEGOs will be provided. No registration is necessary.

    Location: Northwest Akron

Tuesday May 16, 2017
   9:30 AM  -  10:30 AM Preshool Story Time  
    Contact: Richfield Branch Library   330-659-4343   dnagy@akronlibrary.org
   

Multigenerational Story Time 
Tuesday, May 9, 9:30-10:30 am

Special Family Story Hour hosted by residents and staff of Regina Health Center located at 5232 Broadview Rd, Richfield Ohio. We are pleased to share with you an opportunity for a unique multigenerational story time. This event will have an abbreviated version of our typical library story hour, allowing plenty of time for activities with the residents. For more information about Regina Health center check out their website  http://www.reginahealthcenter.org/ .

  No registration required.
 

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

Baby Time

For babies 6-24 months and a caregiver. 

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

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

Young children and adult caregivers will read books, learn rhymes, sing, have fun together, and finish with bubbles!

    Location: North Hill
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Tai Chi  
    Contact: Nordonia Hills Branch Library   330-467-8595   nordoniahills@akronlibrary.org
   

TAI CHI:  MOVING FOR BETTER BALANCE

Kim Mozzochi with the Area Agency on Aging conducts this FREE exercise series, geared toward older adults wanting to improve strength, flexibility and muscle tone.  The sessions meet twice per week for a 12-week period.

Registration is strongly encouraged, as space is limited.

 

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

Toddler Time

For ages 2-3 with a caregiver. 

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

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

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

 

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

Books are available in advance at the circulation desk.

May 16th- MRS. LINCOLN'S DRESSMAKER by Jennifer Chiaverini

    Location: Ellet
   3:00 PM Teen Summit Metro Parks  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330-864-5721   ecoontz@akronlibrary.org
   

For Grades 4-12. Join the Summit Metro Parks to discuss coyotes and learn about park careers! 

    Location: Maple Valley
   3:30 PM VolunTeen Meeting  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330-864-5721   ecoontz@akronlibrary.org
   

For Grades 6-12. Are you interested in being a volunteer at the library this summer? Come to this informational meeting to find out more! For students going into grades 6-12 this fall. 

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

Tween Tuesdays for ages 10-18

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

We will not meet if school is not in session.

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

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

    Location: Ellet
   4:00 PM Summer Volunteer Orientation  
    Contact: Mogadore Branch Library   330-628-9228   mogadore@akronlibrary.org
   

Tuesday, May 16, 4 pm

Help the library out this summer by being a volunteer.
All volunteers must have completed the 6th grade, be between the ages of 12 and 18,
and must attend orientation to participate.
Grades 5-12
    Location: Mogadore
   4:00 PM  -  5:00 PM Tween Time  
    Contact: Norton Branch Library   3308257800   norton@akronlibrary.org
   

Tween STEAM

For ages 8-13.

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

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

    Location: Norton
   4:30 PM Mini-makers  
    Contact: Tallmadge   330.633.4345   
   

Mini-makers: Guitar Pick Jewelry
For grades 6 - 12

Learn how to use the guitar pick maker to design guitar picks to use or turn into jewelry.

    Location: Tallmadge
   5:30 PM  -  8:00 PM Project Learn ESOL/GED Classes  
    Contact: North Hill   330.535.9423   northbranch@akronlibrary.org
   

Project Learn ESOL/GED Classes

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

    Location: North Hill
   6:00 PM Evening Book Discussion  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Evening Book Discussion

Join us for our monthly evening book discussion. For May, we will discuss A HOLOGRAM FOR THE KING by Dave Eggers.

    Location: Green
   6:00 PM Practical Advice on Getting Your Children’s Picture Book Published  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

Local authors Allison and Wayne Marks share personal insights on what it takes to break into the children’s picture book market.  Topics include targeting specific publishers, researching the market, editing techniques, preparing your manuscript for submission and what to expect once your work has been accepted. No registration necessary.

    Location: Portage Lakes
   6:00 PM  -  7:45 PM Grandmother's Little Sewing Treasures  
    Contact: Highland Square   330-376-2927   kgerlach@akronlibrary.org
   

Dolly Webb is returning to teach her sewing series. Not so long ago in the “Sewing Times World” ladies made little sewing keepsakes for themselves or to give as remembrances. Money was tight, so these inexpensively made treasures that held pins, scissors, thread and other sewing items were kept in a sewing basket. Come and make these treasures for yourself or as a gift. Beginners are welcome, and all supplies are provided.

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

Dolly We