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Tuesday May 1, 2018 -  Thursday May 31, 2018
     Book Club to Go  
    Contact: Goodyear Branch   330-784-7522   goodyear@akronlibrary.org
   

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

May THIS IS WHERE I LEAVE YOU by Jonathan Tropper

 

 

    Location: Goodyear

Tuesday May 29, 2018
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Garden Planting Day  
    Contact: Richfield Library   330-659-4343   dnagy@akronlibrary.org
   

Garden Planting Day

Tuesday, May 29, 10:30-11:30 am

Come ready to get dirty! Today is the day we will plant our library garden, and youngsters will also plant something to take home. 

    Location: Richfield
   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 Story Time  
    Contact: Kenmore Branch Library   330-745-6126   kenmore@akronlibrary.org
   

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

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

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

    Location: North Hill
   2:00 PM  -  2:30 PM VolunTEEN Training  
    Contact:    3306594343   
   

Students ages 11-18 interested in volunteering at the library this summer must attend one of the 1/2hr trainins sessions. Please call to register.

    Location: Richfield
   2:00 PM  -  3:30 PM 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 2016. Learn various editing features that allow you to effectively revise documents. Explore ways to quickly copy and move text. Practice prepating files using Word’s document templates to begin documents. Attendance at Basic Computer Skills is preferred.

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

Grades 6-12

Gaming, crafts, books, music, and more

    Location: Ellet
   4:00 PM Mini Canvas Art & Easel  
    Contact: Kenmore Branch Library   330-745-6126   kenmore@akronlibrary.org
   

We will be painting fun Spring designs on mini canvases. A little easel will be provided to display your work at home. The first 20 students at the door can participate. For grades 6-12.

    Location: Kenmore
   4:00 PM  -  4:30 PM SUMMER VOLUNTEER ORIENTATION  
    Contact: Norton Branch Library   330-825-7800   norton@akronlibrary.org
   

Calling all teens 13 and up. 

Looking for a fun volunteer opportunity for the summer? 

Join us as a Mind, Body & Sole summer reading volunteer. 

Attendance at either meeting is mandatory if you wish to be considered a volunteer. 

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

ADULT COLORING NIGHT

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

For adults and teens over the age of sixteen.  

    Location: Nordonia Hills
   6:00 PM  -  7:45 PM Grandmothers Sewing Series with Dolly Webb  
    Contact: Highland Square   330-376-2927   
   

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

Tuesdays, 6-7:45 pm

March 20, April 24, and May 29

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.

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

WELLNESS YOGA:  YOGA OFF THE MAT

Learn soothing stretches that you can incorporate into your daily life in this gentle yoga series with Diane Bielecki, who graduated from the Cleveland Clinic School of Yoga. No mat is needed – stretches are done standing or in a chair. Please dress in comfortable clothing and arrive 5-10 minutes early so that class may begin on time.

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

    Location: Nordonia Hills
   7:00 PM Summer Reading Student Volunteer Orientation  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Kids and Teens

Interested in helping out at the library this summer? Start here!

 
    Location: Green
   7:00 PM  -  7:30 PM VolunTEEN Training  
    Contact:    3306594343   
   

Students ages 11-18 interested in volunteering at the library this summer must attend one of the 1/2hr trainins sessions. Please call to register.

    Location: Richfield

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

Every Wednesday, 10:30 am

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

    Location: Main Library
   11:00 AM  -  11:30 AM VolunTEEN Training  
    Contact:    3306594343   
   

Students ages 11-18 interested in volunteering at the library this summer must attend one of the 1/2hr trainins sessions. Please call to register.

    Location: Richfield
   11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Story Time  
    Contact: Firestone Park Branch Library   330-724-2126   gbowen@akronlibrary.org
   

Join us for stories, music, movement and fun! Each session will be followed by play time or a fun activity. Best fro kids ages 2 to 6, but all ages are welcome. Stop in and join the fun. No registration required.

    Location: Firestone Park
   12:15 PM  -  1:00 PM Tai Chi with Nancy Gardner  
    Contact: Science & Technology   330-643-9075   stdiv@akronlibrary.org
   

Relax and re-energize with Tai Chi... the slow movements and mindful breathing make Tai Chi the perfect exercise for people of all ages and physical abilities, from the exercise novice to the professional athlete. Wear exercise shoes and comfortable clothes, and bring a water bottle.
Please register by calling Science and Technology at 330-643-9075 or by emailing stdiv@akronlibrary.org

Wednesdays, May 30, June 6, 13, 20

Library Park at the Corner of Main and Mill Streets (rain location, Meeting Room 2AB).

    Location: Main Library
   1:00 PM Memory Cafe  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   ellet@akronlibrary.org
   

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 Library   330-666-4888   
   

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

Registration begins Monday, April 23..

    Location: Fairlawn-Bath
   2:00 PM  -  3:30 PM 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.

 

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    Location: Portage Lakes
   3:00 PM  -  3:30 PM VolunTEEN Training  
    Contact:    3306594343   
   

Students ages 11-18 interested in volunteering at the library this summer must attend one of the 1/2hr trainins sessions. Please call to register.

    Location: Richfield
   3:15 PM  -  5:00 PM Family Movie Madness  
    Contact: Odom Branch   330-434-8726   
   

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

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

Grades 6-12

Gaming, crafts, books, music, and more

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

Relax with a movie, popcorn, and drinks. Bring the whole family and enjoy a night at the library.

    Location: Kenmore
   4:00 PM  -  4:30 PM SUMMER VOLUNTEER ORIENTATION  
    Contact: Norton Branch Library   330-825-7800   norton@akronlibrary.org
   

Calling all teens 13 and up. 

Looking for a fun volunteer opportunity for the summer? 

Join us as a Mind, Body & Sole summer reading volunteer. 

Attendance at either meeting is mandatory if you wish to be considered a volunteer. 

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

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

Registration begins Monday, April 23..

    Location: Fairlawn-Bath
   6:30 PM  -  7:15 PM Summer in the Garden with Musical Group The Chants  
    Contact: Norton Branch Library   330-825-7800   norton@akronlibrary.org
   

The Chants are a guitar-based pop band that will treat you to their original songs as well as play covers of The Who, The Raspberries and The Style Council.  Feel free to bring blankets or lawn chairs to relax on the lawn. Light refreshments provided. And in case of rain, no worries, join us in the meeting room.

    Location: Norton
   6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Your Questions Answered about Medicare  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   maplevalley@akronlibrary.org
   

Paul Bernier, Retirement Planning Specialist, from Bernier Financial Services will present this informative program about Medicare. If you have any questions, this is your opportunity to ask. Please call the branch to sign up.

    Location: Maple Valley

Thursday May 31, 2018
   10:30 AM Preschool Story Time  
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

Every Thursday, 10:30 am

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

    Location: Main Library
   11:00 AM  -  11:30 AM VolunTEEN Training  
    Contact:    3306594343   
   

Students ages 11-18 interested in volunteering at the library this summer must attend one of the 1/2hr trainins sessions. Please call to register.

    Location: Richfield
   12:15 PM  -  12:25 PM Lunchtime Bird Watching  
    Contact: Science & Technology Division   330-643-9075   stdiv@akronlibrary.org
   

Join us as we do our weekly count of bird species found in Downtown Akron. No previous bird watching experience necessary!

We meet in the Library Park on the corner of Main and Mill Streets.

    Location: Main Library
   2:00 PM  -  3:30 PM 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.  Also learn how Attendance at MS Word, Part 2 is preferred.

 

Please visit our website for more information:

 

    Location: Portage Lakes
   3:00 PM  -  3:30 PM VolunTEEN Training  
    Contact:    3306594343   
   

Students ages 11-18 interested in volunteering at the library this summer must attend one of the 1/2hr trainins sessions. Please call to register.

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

Grades 6-12

Gaming, crafts, books, music, and more

    Location: Ellet
   6:00 PM Cookbook Club  
    Contact: Mogadore Branch Library   330-628-9228   mogadore@akronlibrary.org
   

Thursday, May 31, 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 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: Microwave Meals

 

    Location: Mogadore
   6:30 PM Movies@Main: The Commuter  
    Contact: Culture & AV   330-643-9015   
   
Kung Fu Panda 3 movie poster
 

A businessman is unknowingly caught up in a murder plot during his daily commute home. Action thriller starring Liam Neeson, Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson and Sam Neill. Rated PG-13. 105 min

    Location: Main Library-Auditorium
   6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Reentry in Motion: The Reason for Recidivism  
    Contact: Business & Government   330-643-9020   
   

Reentry resources and handouts re provided in this program, as well as the viewing of the documentary Taking Personal Responsibility, which explains the primary reason for relapse and recidivism. The film also introduces the concept of good relationships, examines pain and abuse from the past, and explains why many people aren’t able to make relationships work. Outlines principles for developing positive relationships.  Location: Room 1.

    Location: Main Library

Friday June 1, 2018
     Read It  
    Contact: Goodyear Branch   330-784-7522   goodyear@akronlibrary.org
   

Book Club to Go

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.

June HILLBILLY ELEGY by J.D. Vance

 

    Location: Goodyear

Friday June 1, 2018 -  Saturday June 30, 2018
     Book Club on the Run  
    Contact:    330-724-2126   firestoneparkbranch@akronlibrary.org
   

BIG LITTLE LIES by Liane Moriarty

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

    Location: Firestone Park

Friday June 1, 2018 -  Saturday June 30, 2018
     Book Club on the Run  
    Contact:    330-724-2126   firestoneparkbranch@akronlibrary.org
   

June BIG LITTLE LIES by Liane Moriarty

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

    Location: Firestone Park

Friday June 1, 2018
   10:00 AM  -  8:00 PM Richfield Mysteries, An On-Your-Own Book Club  
    Contact: Richfield Branch Library   3306594343   mdaly@akronlibrary.org
   

Stop by the front desk and pick up this month’s title. No Pressure – No Discussion. Just read, enjoy, and tell us how you liked it. Extra copies of the book will be available at the front desk the last week of the previous month.

June's Title - ODD CHILD OUT by Gilly Macmillan

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    Location: Richfield
   12:00 PM  -  1:00 PM Richfield Friends Preview Book Sale  
    Contact: Richfield Library   3306594343   
   

Friends of the Richfield Library Preview Sale

    Location: Richfield
   1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Community Photo Scanning Days in Collaboration with the Portage Lakes Historical Society  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050    portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

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

    Location: Portage Lakes
   1:00 PM  -  5:00 PM Richfield Friends Book Sale  
    Contact: Richfield Library   3306594343   
   

Friends of the Richfield Library Book Sale

    Location: Richfield
   2:00 PM  -  3:30 PM Word 4  
    Contact: Electronic Services   330-643-9145   esdiv@akronlibrary.org
   

MS Word, Part 4

 

    Location: Portage Lakes

Saturday June 2, 2018
   8:30 AM  -  10:00 AM Friends of the Library Book Sale Preview  
    Contact: North Hill Branch Library   330.535.9423   northhill@akronlibrary.org
   

North Hill Freinds of the Library Book Sale Preview

Shop early for the best selection! You must be a member of the Friends of the Library to attend. Friends memberships will be available for purchase at the door.

 

 

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

North Hill Freinds of the Library Book Sale 

Great deals on books, movies, and music for the entire family. Stock up on beach reads for summer. Dealers welcome!

 

 

    Location: North Hill
   10:00 AM  -  3:00 PM Friends of the Library Book Sale  
    Contact: Odom Branch   330-434-8726   
   

Join the FOL volunteers at this sales event and discover your new favorite book.  Whle you are there, sign up and become a Friends of the Library member. 

    Location: Odom
   10:00 AM  -  3:00 PM Richfield Friends Book Sale  
    Contact: Richfield Library   3306594343   
   

Friends of the Richfield Library Book Sale

    Location: Richfield
   10:00 AM  -  4:00 PM Crafters' Corner  
    Contact: Nordonia Hills Branch Library   330-467-8595   nordoniahills@akronlibrary.org
   

CRAFTERS' CORNER

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

No experience necessary – all crafts welcome!

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

Paws for Reading

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

Saturday Story Time Sampler
The First and Third Saturdays of the month, 11 am Story time for preschool-primary children with an adult caregiver.

June 2: Geek Out on Stories as part of Geekfest

June 16: Story Time Rocks! Join us for stories about rocks.

July 7: Books with a Beat These rhyming books will put a beat in your feet and a “ta-tum” in your drum.

July 21: Beach Party! Dip your toes in the sand or ride the tide at our totally gnarly beach party.

August 4: Hervé Tullet Art Workshop  

August 18: I Scream for Ice Cream! - Join us for stories and songs about our favorite frozen treats, then make some homemade ice cream in a bag.

 

    Location: Main Library
   11:00 AM  -  1:00 PM Pop-tart or Donut Travel Pillow Make and take  
    Contact:    3306594343   
   

Travel pillow Make and Take. 

Ready yourself to travel comfy this summer. These yummy looking pillows are drool worthy! Please register as supplies are limited by calling: 330.659.4343

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

June 2, 11 am-6 pm, around the neighborhood. Summit StageFest is a one-day, free, outdoor theater festival featuring live, simultaneous performances on multiple stages located in Highland Square. The festival will also have street performers, art, craft and food vendors and children's activities. Local community theaters are collaborating in the festival. Check in at the library for related activities.

    Location: Highland Square
   12:00 PM  -  4:30 PM Geekfest 2018  
    Contact: Teen Area   330-643-9067   ysodiv@akronlibrary.org
   

Can’t make it to San Diego Comic-Con?  Come to our free mini-Comicon dressed as your favorite character. We’ll have cosplayers, cosplay contests, featured speakers, droids, fun activities, and much more!

    Location: Main Library
   2:00 PM  -  2:30 PM VolunTEEN Training  
    Contact:    330.659.4343   
   

Students ages 11-18 interested in volunteering at the library this summer must attend one of the 1/2 hr training sessions. Please call the library to register by calling 330.659.4343

   2:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Reading Rocks! Mind, Body & Sole Kick-off!  
    Contact: Springfield-Lakemore   330-643-4770   springfieldlakemore@akronlibrary.org
   

Reading Rocks! Mind, Body & Sole Kick-off!

Saturday, June 2, 2 - 4 pm

Register for the Library's summer reading program - Mind, Body & Sole - and help us make Reading Rocks!  Paint a rock with a book theme and hide it in the community for someone else to find.  If you find a rock, post it to Instagram using the hashtag #slrocks and see where your rock travels.

    Location: Springfield-Lakemore

Sunday June 3, 2018
   2:00 PM  -  2:30 PM Sunday Story Time Sampler  
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

Sunday Story Time Sampler
Every Sunday, 2 pm

A half-hour story time for preschool-primary children

    Location: Main Library

Monday June 4, 2018
     Create your own dragonfly cards  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Adult Program
June 4 - 9
This is a do-it-yourself craft.  We provide the materials, you glue and create at home!

    Location: Green
     Mind, Body & Sole - Take a Hike!  
    Contact: Springfield-Lakemore   330-643-4770   springfieldlakemore@akronlibrary.org
   

Mind, Body & Sole - Take a Hike!

Monday, June 4 through Saturday, July 28

Summer reading is here!  Explore the connections between movement, nature, and literature with a Hiking Pack!  Hiking Packs will be available for daily checkout from June 4 through July 28.  The packs include a map of the local trails, a field guide to one of the following: Ohio trees and flowers, Ohio birds, or Ohio Wildlife, a Ziploc bag for your found treasures, a composition book, colored pencils, and crayons to document your adventure.  Get some of those movement requirements in and grab a pack and go!

Hikers are encouraged to use the journal to document their adventures and express their creativity. You can leave your journal writings/drawings to inspire others, or take the pages with you.  Packs and the materials inside are to be returned to the library on the same day so others can check them out. Share your adventures by posting pictures to Instagram using the hashtag #slhikes.

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

North Hill Needle Crafters

If you love to knit, crochet, and help people, this is the group for you. Everything this talented group makes is donated to helping organizations in our community. If you are new to crafting, we will be glad to get you started. If you have yarn and supplies to donate, we will make good use of them. New members always welcome!

    Location: North Hill
   10:30 AM Music and Movement Mondays  
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

Music and Movement Mondays
Mondays, June 4-July 23, 10:30 am

Put on your dancing shoes and get ready to shake your sillies out!  For children ages 2 to 5 years and their caregiver.

    Location: Main Library
   10:30 AM Stories at the Park: Baby & Me  
    Contact: Highland Square   330-376-2927   kmockensturm@akronlibrary.org
   

Mondays in June at Hereford Park, 10:30 am

For babies and their grown-ups.

Join Miss KT at Hereford Park for an outdoor story time that will include simple songs, exercises, and a book to help give your child the tools needed to learn to read and better understand the world. Miss KT will leave the library at 10:10 am to walk the mile to the park. You may walk with her or meet at the park. If the weather does not permit outdoor play, story time will be held at the library.

*There are no public restrooms at Hereford Park.

    Location: Highland Square
   11:00 AM  -  11:30 AM VolunTEEN Training  
    Contact:    330.659.4343   
   

Students ages 11-18 interested in volunteering at the library this summer must attend one of the 1/2 hr training sessions. Please call the library to register by calling 330.659.4343

   1:00 PM Beach Glass Mosaics with Leona  
    Contact: Fairlawn-Bath Branch   330-666-4888   
   

You’ll create a summer-inspired mosaic using glass, shells, driftwood, and beach glass with instructor Leona Bowser of Don Drumm Studios and Gallery. See examples of her work on Facebook at GlassbyLeona.  Come join the fun and creativity!  Space is limited.  For Grades 4-12  Please stop by the library or call 330-666-4888 to register.

    Location: Fairlawn-Bath
   2:00 PM  -  2:30 PM VolunTEEN Training  
    Contact:    330.659.4343   
   

Students ages 11-18 interested in volunteering at the library this summer must attend one of the 1/2 hr training sessions. Please call the library to register by calling 330.659.4343

   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM MineCraft Monday  
    Contact:    3306594343   
   

Join us to mine and craft on our multi-plyaer server! No account necessary. Creepers welcome (ages 11 and up).

    Location: Richfield
   2:00 PM  -  3:30 PM Transfer Photos  
    Contact: Electronic Services   330-643-9145   esdiv@akronlibrary.org
   

Transfer Photos

Do you have digital photos stored on your camera, phone, flash drive or disc? Learn how to easily transfer those images to your computer so you can begin organizing, editing, printing and sharing.

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

Evening Book Discussion - THE NEST by Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney

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

    Location: North Hill

Tuesday June 5, 2018
     Create your own dragonfly cards  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Adult Program
June 4 - 9
This is a do-it-yourself craft.  We provide the materials, you glue and create at home!

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

Tuesdays in June and August, 10:30 am

For children and their grown-ups. You are your child’s first teacher. Discover songs, books and movement activities with your young learner that will help her 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 looks forward to seeing you.

    Location: Highland Square
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Story Time  
    Contact: Springfield-Lakemore   330-643-4770   springfieldlakemore@akronlibrary.org
   

 

Tuesday, June 5, 10:30 am

A happy blend of stories, rhymes, songs, and play for you and your child to enjoy together. Lots of music and movement included. All are welcome and celebrated.

Ages birth to five with a caregiver

 

    Location: Springfield-Lakemore
   11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Reentry in Motion: Staying Out of Prison  
    Contact: Business & Government Division   330-643-9020   srichard@akronlibrary.org
   

This reentry program highlights the film Parole: Getting Out and Staying Out, which follows paroled prisoners as they re-enter civilian life and face challenges both large and small. The individuals suddenly encounter critical decisions and dilemmas, choices that could put them back behind bars. An eye-opening look at the typical parolee’s struggle to find work, stay away from drugs and former friends, and maintain a positive attitude about the future. Reentry handouts provided. Room 1.

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

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

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

First Tuesday of each month, 12:30 pm

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

Large groups, please call ahead with the number of attendees, so we can ensure seating accommodations.

    Location: Goodyear
   1:00 PM MBS Kick-off  
    Contact: Fairlawn-Bath Branch   330-666-4888   
   

Join us for our annual MBS Kick-off extravaganza.  We will get our minds and bodies moving while we enjoy fun outdoor games and activities.

    Location: Fairlawn-Bath
   1:00 PM  -  2:30 PM Genealogy  
    Contact: Springfield-Lakemore   330-643-4770   springfieldlakemore@akronlibrary.org
   

Genealogy

Getting Started in Family History

Tuesday, June 5, 1-2:30 pm

Join the Special Collections Division for an introduction to genealogy for new family historians. This class includes an overview of genealogical sources available at the library, suggestions for getting started, and tips for organizing your research.  Registration requested 330-643-4770.

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

Totally Teen Tuesdays @ 2 pm!

For grades 5 and up. 

Please register in advance.

Snacks may be served at programs. Patrons with food allergy questions should contact the branch.

June 5 Design a Guitar Contest:  Rock and Roll the Teen Area with your designer Music Guitars. Customize a guitar cut-out using the creative materials and art supplies provided.  We will display your guitars in the Teen area allowing library patrons to vote for their favorite.  A winner will be selected at the end of summer by popular patron vote. 

    Location: Portage Lakes
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM ANNUAL ICE CREAM SOCIAL  
    Contact: Highland Square   330-376-2927   
   

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

    Location: Highland Square
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Homemade Pop Rock  
    Contact: Norton Branch Library   330-285-7800   norton@akronlibrary.org
   

Homemade Pop Rocks

Teens and tweens can help us recreate a candy favorite as we make our own fizzy, crackling, sweet pop rocks treat. 

    Location: Norton
   2:00 PM  -  3:30 PM Edit Photos  
    Contact: Electronic Services   330-643-9145   esdiv@akronlibrary.org
   

Photo Editing Tools

There are some excellent photo editing tools out there. Come watch a demonstration of some FREE photo editing recommendations and try some editing yourself

    Location: Green
   6:00 PM Sedona Bracelets  
    Contact:    330-724-2126   firestoneparkbranch@akronlibrary.org
   

Let Jennie Thewlis, owner of Beadtini Boutique, teach you how to create a Sedona Bracelet in this fun and easy jewelry making class. No tools needed and many color options are available. Please register for this program by calling us at 330-724-2126.

    Location: Firestone Park
   6:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Anne Trubek and Jason Segedy  
    Contact: Business & Government Division   330-643-9020   bgdiv@akronlibrary.org
   

Voices from the Rust Belt pulls together a distinct variety of voices from people who call the region home. Voices that emerge from familiar Rust Belt cities—Detroit, Cleveland, Akron, Flint, and Buffalo, among other places — observe, with grace and sensitivity, the changing economic and cultural realities for generations of Americans. Join us for readings by editor Anne Trubek and writer Jason Segedy. Meeting Room 2. No registration required.

“Timely . . . [the collection] paints intimate portraits of neglected places that are often used as political talking points. A good companion piece to J. D. Vance’s Hillbilly Elegy.”—Booklist

 

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

Kids and Teens

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

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

WELLNESS YOGA:  YOGA OFF THE MAT

Learn soothing stretches that you can incorporate into your daily life in this gentle yoga series with Diane Bielecki, who graduated from the Cleveland Clinic School of Yoga. No mat is needed – stretches are done standing or in a chair. Please dress in comfortable clothing and arrive 5-10 minutes early so that class may begin on time.

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

    Location: Nordonia Hills
   7:00 PM  -  7:30 PM VolunTEEN Training  
    Contact:    330.659.4343   
   

Students ages 11-18 interested in volunteering at the library this summer must attend one of the 1/2 hr training sessions. Please call the library to register by calling 330.659.4343


Wednesday June 6, 2018
     Create your own dragonfly cards  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Adult Program
June 4 - 9
This is a do-it-yourself craft.  We provide the materials, you glue and create at home!

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

Every Wednesday, 10:30 am, Closed July 4

A lap-sit 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.

July 11 and July 18: Join us for a special guest, Miss Marissa from Music Together.

    Location: Main Library
   11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Storytime  
    Contact: Gerri Bowen   330-724-2126   gbowen@akronlibrary.org
   

Join us for stories, music, movement and fun! After each session, we will head outside to visit our library garden. Best for ages 2-5 with a favorite adult. All ages welcome.

    Location: Firestone Park
   12:00 PM  -  12:30 PM VolunTEEN Training  
    Contact:    330.659.4343   
   

Students ages 11-18 interested in volunteering at the library this summer must attend one of the 1/2 hr training sessions. Please call the library to register by calling 330.659.4343

   12:15 PM  -  1:00 PM Tai Chi with Nancy Gardner  
    Contact: Science & Technology   330-643-9075   stdiv@akronlibrary.org
   

Relax and re-energize with Tai Chi... the slow movements and mindful breathing make Tai Chi the perfect exercise for people of all ages and physical abilities, from the exercise novice to the professional athlete. Wear exercise shoes and comfortable clothes, and bring a water bottle.
Please register by calling Science and Technology at 330-643-9075 or by emailing stdiv@akronlibrary.org

Wednesdays, May 30, June 6, 13, 20

Library Park at the Corner of Main and Mill Streets (rain location, Meeting Room 2AB).

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

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

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

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

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

Mind, Body and Sole Kicks off with Root Beer Floats  in the garden

Wednesday, June 6, 1-3 pm

Join us in the garden for Mind Body and Soul sign up and refreshing a root beer float.

Plan to hang out and have fun with Legos. Bricks 4 Kidz will be here from 1-2:30 with their Lego Fun camp. Have fun building and exploring with your friends and family.

    Location: Richfield
   1:30 PM  -  3:00 PM Book Discussion Club  
    Contact: Springfield-Lakemore   330-643-4770   springfieldlakemore@akronlibrary.org
   

Book Discussion Club

Wednesday, June 6, August 1, 1:30 pm

This meeting will be devoted to discussing genres and titles of interest to participants and to scheduling future meetings.  Come share your ideas and have a cuppa.

    Location: Springfield-Lakemore
   2:00 PM Mind, Body & Sole Weekly Programs  
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

Mind, Body & Sole Weekly Programs, Wednesdays, June 6 – July 25, 2 pm. Closed on July 4th

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

June 6: Outback Ray Learn about cool animals

June 13: Bubble Lady The wonderful world of bubbles

June 20: Magician Rick Smith, Jr. Cutting edge, breathtaking magic

June 27: Elec Simon Join us for a stomping, drumming good time!

July 11: David Anthony Don’t miss this unique magic show

July 18: Steel Drum Band Enjoy the cool sounds of the Steel Drum

July 25: Join us for a special Musical Summer Reading Party

 

    Location: Main Library
   2:00 PM Summer Reading Kick-Off Party  
    Contact: Northwest Akron Branch   3308361081   northwest@akronlibrary.org
   

Summer Reading Kick-Off Party

Wednesday, June 6, 2 pm

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

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

Bubble Lady - "Ooo and Aah" as fan favorite Bubble Lady makes small, medium,

and large bubbles dance through the air.

    Location: Norton
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Richfield Book Club  
    Contact: Richfield Branch Library   3306594343   mdaly@akronlibrary.org
   

Join our group for a lively discussion of these titles. Extra copies of the book will be available at the front desk the last week of the previous month.

June's Title - A FAREWELL TO ARMS by Ernest Hemingway

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    Location: Richfield
   2:00 PM  -  3:30 PM Curio Workshop: Make a Card  
    Contact: Electronic Services   330-643-9145   esdiv@akronlibrary.org
   

TechZone Workshop: Silhouette Curio | Make a Card

Did you know that the Library has a Silhouette Curio that you can use for free? It’s a crafters dream! Come to this hands-on workshop and learn how to create a file and color, etch and/or cut it out using this extremely versatile machine. Registration required. Call 330.643.9145.

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

Celebrate the beginning of summer with our Friends of the North Hill Branch Library who will treat everyone to ice cream sundaes. Also plan a fun photo op with Webster, the Rubber Duck's mascot. Sign up for Mind Body & Sole, this year's summer reading program.

 

    Location: North Hill
   6:00 PM  -  7:30 PM Movie Mania in June  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   maplevalley@akronlibrary.org
   

Movie Mania in June

Come to the library, eat popcorn and enjoy a movie.

June 6 JUSTICE LEAGUE Starring Ben Affleck

June 13 JUMANJI: WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE Starring Kevin Hart and Jack Black

June 20 BLACK PANTHER Starring Chadwick Boseman

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

Wednesday, June 6, 6:30 pm

YOUNG JANE YOUNG by Gabrielle Zevin

    Location: Mogadore
   7:00 PM Inspiration Book Club @ Firestone Park Community Center  
    Contact:    330-724-2126   firestoneparkbranch@akronlibrary.org
   

Join friends and neighbors at the Firestone Park Community Center for a monthly book club open to all in Firestone Park and surrounding neighborhoods. This book club reads a variety of genres, fiction, and non-fiction, and will meet the first Wednesday of every month. Newcomers are always welcome and no registration required.

    Location: Firestone Park

Thursday June 7, 2018
     Create your own dragonfly cards  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Adult Program
June 4 - 9
This is a do-it-yourself craft.  We provide the materials, you glue and create at home!

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

Thursdays, June 7 – July 26, 10:15 am

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

    Location: Goodyear
   10:30 AM Preschool Story Time  
    Contact: Northwest Akron Branch   3308361081   northwest@akronlibrary.org
   

Preschool Story Time

(2 to 5 year-olds with a caregiver)

Thursdays, June 7-28, July 12-26, 10:30 am

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

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

Every Thursday, 10:30 am

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

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

Melody Makers Story Time

For ages 2-6

Stories, music making and dance offs!

    Location: Norton
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Snack and play in the Garden  
    Contact: Richfield Library   330-659-4343   dnagy@akronlibrary.org
   

Snack and Play in the Garden

Thursdays: June 7 and 21, July 5 am 19, August 9, 10:30-11:30 am

Enjoy a relaxing morning playing in the garden. Snacks will be provided. Fun for all ages.

 

    Location: Richfield
   10:30 AM  -  12:30 PM VolunTeen Times  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

Looking for community service hours for school, church or Scouts?  The library needs your help on the following days to assist with summer reading activities.  Assignments will vary and may include stuffing bags for outreach events, cleaning library materials or helping set up and take down for programs.  Contact Miss Kelly at 330.644.7050 or portagelakes@akronlibrary.org to sign up to volunteer.

    Location: Portage Lakes
   11:00 AM Mind, Body & Sole Kickoff!  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

Thrilling Thursdays!

June 7 Mind, Body & Sole Kickoff!  Register for our Summer Reading Program, enjoy a frozen treat, and enjoy a visit with Fran Kitchen and her rescued animals. 

    Location: Portage Lakes
   11:00 AM Yoga for Kids  
    Contact: Nordonia Hills Branch Library   330-467-8595   nordoniahills@akronlibrary.org
   

YOGA FOR KIDS

Join Nirvana Yoga for yoga fun!  Program is for ages 2-7.

Please register in advance.

    Location: Nordonia Hills
   12:15 PM  -  12:25 PM Lunchtime Bird Watching  
    Contact: Science & Technology Division   330-643-9075   stdiv@akronlibrary.org
   

Join us as we do our weekly count of bird species found in downtown Akron. No previous bird watching experience necessary. We meet in the Library Park on the corner of Main and Mill streets.

    Location: Main Library
   1:00 PM Coloring Club  
    Contact:    330-724-2126   firestoneparkbranch@akronlibrary.org
   

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

 

    Location: Firestone Park
   1:00 PM Mosaic Art with Leona  
    Contact: Ellet Library   330-784-2019   ellet@akronlibrary.org
   

Grades 6-12. 

Teen favorite Leona Drumm is back for her ninth summer to teach a glass on glass mosaic piece with a beach theme, shells included! Registration requested beginning June 1! Limit of 20 participants.

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

Come enjoy an hour of animal fun!

    Location: Kenmore
   1:30 PM Summer Movies: Sing!  
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

Summer Movies
Thursdays, June 7-Aug 16, 1:30 pm in the Auditorium

Chill in our Auditorium and enjoy these movies!  Groups welcome

June 7: Sing!-Rated PG, 105 min.

June 14: Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Long Haul-Rated PG, 91 min.

June 21: Beauty and the Beast-Rated G, 85 min.

June 28: Coco-Rated PG, 105 min.

July 5: Lion King–Rated G, 88 min.

July 12: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory –Rated G, 100 min.

July 19: Incredibles–Rated PG, 115 min.

July 26: Mulan- Rated G, 100 min.

August. 2: Despicable Me 3–Rated PG, 90 min.

Aug 9: Aladdin–Rated G, 91 min.

Aug. 16: Lego Batman–Rated PG, 104 min.

 

    Location: Main Library-Auditorium
   1:30 PM  -  3:00 PM Thrilling Thursdays: Popcorn Pop-in Party  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   maplevalley@akronlibrary.org
   
Thrilling Thursdays
Join us every Thursday, 1:30 pm
For all ages; children under the age of 5 should be accompanied by a caregiver.
No registration required.
 
June 7: Popcorn Pop-in Party with the Illusion Factory
Join us for some delicious popcorn, an exciting show, and a craft or two as we kick off the Summer Reading Program! We will also have a visit from our special friend Webster, so be sure to bring a camera.
 
    Location: Maple Valley
   2:00 PM Teen Mini Makerspace  
    Contact: Nordonia Hills Branch Library   330-467-8595   nordoniahills@akronlibrary.org
   

Program is for students going into 5th grade and up.

  • June 7 We are using wool to create a felted emoji keyring.
  • June 14 Come & do some sandpaper printing.
  • June 21 Adam Pate associate will demonstrate and teach us how to do Caricatures
  • June 28 6th Annual Paper Airplane Races! Come race your designs against other worthy opponents.
  • July 5 Create a beach chair to hold your phone.
  • July 12 We’re constructing a duct tape pencil case.
  • July 19 Duct tape is the medium again. Come and make a geometric planter.
  • July 26 How good is your memory? Come play book cover memory.
    Location: Nordonia Hills
   2:00 PM  -  3:30 PM Shutterfly  
    Contact: Electronic Services   330-643-9145   esdiv@akronlibrary.org
   

Shutterfly

Take a tour of Shutterfly and learn how to upload photos, create photo books, personalize photo cards & stationary.  

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

Test your gaming skills with friends! For school-age kids and teens.

    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  -  8:00 PM Family History First Thursdays  
    Contact: Richfield Branch Library   3306594343   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.

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    Location: Richfield
   6:30 PM Creating Delicious Dog Treats  
    Contact: Fairlawn-Bath Branch   330-666-4888   
   

For the love of pooches!  Come and join in the fun as we make simple and yummy dog treats for that special pooch in your life. You can take them home for your own pooch or give them to your local dog shelter to share with pooches looking for a forever home.  We'll take care of all the supplies needed to make the treats, just bring yourself and your friends!  Please stop by the library or call 330-666-4888 to register.  Registration begins Monday, May 14.

    Location: Fairlawn-Bath
   6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Sistas Knit 2  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   maplevalley@akronlibrary.org
   

Socialize with other crafters while creating wonderful projects that can be given to family and friends. This group does everything from knitting to crocheting, needlepoint to cross stitch and more… All crafters are welcome.

    Location: Maple Valley
   6:30 PM  -  8:30 PM Movies@Main: Ocean's Eleven  
    Contact: Culture & AV   330-643-9015   
   
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Danny Ocean and his partners-in-crime plan to rob three Las Vegas casinos at the same time. Memorable heist caper starring George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Don Cheadle, Bernie Mac, Carl Reiner and Julia Roberts. Rated PG-13. 117 min

    Location: Main Library-Auditorium
   7:00 PM Surf's Up  
    Contact: Nordonia Hills Branch Library   330.467.8595   nordoniahills@akronlibrary.org
   

SURF'S UP - BEACH MUSIC OF THE 60s

Bill Brauning presents a special summer multimedia program highlighting the instrumental surf music of the 1960's, plus the vocal music of the Beach Boys, Jan & Dean, and many others.

Please register in advance.

    Location: Nordonia Hills

Friday June 8, 2018
     Create your own dragonfly cards  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Adult Program
June 4 - 9
This is a do-it-yourself craft.  We provide the materials, you glue and create at home!

    Location: Green
   2:00 PM  -  3:30 PM Open Lab  
    Contact: Electronic Services   330-643-9145   esdiv@akronlibrary.org
   

Open Lab

Come with your questions! Come to practice what you’ve learned in class! Open lab time is an opportunity to work on computers in the lab with an instructor present to answer any questions you may have.

    Location: Green
   3:00 PM  -  6:00 PM Friday Classic Movie Matinee  
    Contact: Richfield Branch Library   3306594343   mdaly@akronlibrary.org
   

June's Movie - Bringing Up Baby with Cary Grant and Katherine Hepburn

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    Location: Richfield
   4:00 PM Teen Volunteer Orientation  
    Contact:    3306434703   
   

Teen Volunteer Orientation

(Ages 13 – 17)

Friday, June 8, 4 pm

Looking for a fun volunteer opportunity for the summer?  Join us as a Mind, Body & Sole summer reading volunteer.  Attendance is mandatory if you wish to be considered a volunteer at Northwest Akron Branch Library this summer.  Pick up an application at the desk or call Teen Librarian Kelly Chaplin at 330-643-4703 for more information.  

    Location: Northwest Akron

Saturday June 9, 2018
     Create your own dragonfly cards  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Adult Program
June 4 - 9
This is a do-it-yourself craft.  We provide the materials, you glue and create at home!

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

Painted Mini Canvas Banners

June 9, 10:30 am

Decorate 2 small banners to display on your front door or mailbox celebrating the arrival of summer.  Class size is limited.  Please register in advance beginning May 19.  Ages 16 and up preferred.

    Location: Portage Lakes
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Lego Open Build  
    Contact: Fairlawn-Bath Branch   330-666-4888   
   

Bring your imagination and engineering skill. We will provide the Legos. For children kindergarten – 4th grade.

    Location: Fairlawn-Bath
   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. Join a librarian from the Special Collections Division to learn some of the many features of Ancestry Library Edition and how to do efficient and effective searches. When possible, time for practice searching is also provided. Because electronic resources are used, basic computer skills are recommended.

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

To register, please contact the Special Collections Division.

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

Paws for Reading
The Second Saturday of each month, (June 9, July 14, Aug 11) 11 am

Share a book with a certified therapy dog.

    Location: Main Library
   11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Upcycled T-Shirts  
    Contact: Springfield-Lakemore   330-643-4770   springfieldlakemore@akronlibrary.org
   

Upcycled T-Shirts

Saturday, June 9, 11 am

Turn your old t-shirts into bracelets, bags, scarves, hairbands, or no-sew pillows. We’ll use tye-dye, fabric paint, Sharpies and a lot of slicing and dicing to give your t-shirts a new look. Some t-shirts will be provided for those without.

    Location: Springfield-Lakemore
   1:00 PM Cool Summer Concerts  
    Contact: Ellet Library   330-784-2019   ellet@akronlibrary.org
   

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

June 9- David Loy and the Ramrods

 

    Location: Ellet

Sunday June 10, 2018
   2:00 PM  -  2:30 PM Sunday Story Time Sampler  
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

Sunday Story Time Sampler
Every Sunday, 2 pm

A half-hour story time for preschool-primary children

    Location: Main Library

Monday June 11, 2018
     Book Club on the Go  
    Contact: Kenmore Branch Library   330-745-6126   kenmore@akronlibrary.org
   

Pick up new selections on the second Monday of each month. No meetings, no deadlines, just great books! Discussion questions, read-alike lists, and author information are included with each book.

June's selection: Legacy by Danielle Steel.

    Location: Kenmore

Monday June 11, 2018 -  Saturday June 16, 2018
   10:00 AM  -  8:00 PM Nature to Go: Garden in a Glove  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   maplevalley@akronlibrary.org
   
Nature to Go: Garden in a Glove
June 11- June 16
Stop at the desk to get everything you need for creating a Garden in a Glove. Using the provided supplies and instructions you will be able to start your very own vegetable garden. Be sure to examine the seeds before planting, you never know what you might find! 
    Location: Maple Valley

Monday June 11, 2018
   10:15 AM  -  12:00 PM North Hill Needle Crafters  
    Contact: North Hill   330.535.9423   northhill@akronlibrary.org
   

North Hill Needle Crafters

If you love to knit, crochet, and help people, this is the group for you. Everything this talented group makes is donated to helping organizations in our community. If you are new to crafting, we will be glad to get you started. If you have yarn and supplies to donate, we will make good use of them. New members always welcome!

    Location: North Hill
   10:30 AM Music and Movement Mondays  
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

Music and Movement Mondays
Mondays, June 4-July 23, 10:30 am

Put on your dancing shoes and get ready to shake your sillies out!  For children ages 2 to 5 years and their caregiver.

    Location: Main Library
   10:30 AM Stories at the Park: Baby & Me  
    Contact: Highland Square   330-376-2927   kmockensturm@akronlibrary.org
   

Mondays in June at Hereford Park, 10:30 am

For babies and their grown-ups.

Join Miss KT at Hereford Park for an outdoor story time that will include simple songs, exercises, and a book to help give your child the tools needed to learn to read and better understand the world. Miss KT will leave the library at 10:10 am to walk the mile to the park. You may walk with her or meet at the park. If the weather does not permit outdoor play, story time will be held at the library.

*There are no public restrooms at Hereford Park.

    Location: Highland Square
   11:00 AM Outback Ray  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   ellet@akronlibrary.org
   

Join us for Outback Ray and his amazing animals.

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

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

    Location: Portage Lakes
   12:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Summer Exercise Course  
    Contact: Richfield Library   330-659-4343   dnagy@akronlibrary.org
   

Summer Exercise Course

Mondays June 11- July 30, 12-2 pm

Stay fit this summer with our fun on your own garden exercise program. This summer we will set up different exercise activities out in our reading garden. Fun for the whole family. Can’t make it on Monday’s no problem ask at the desk and we will be happy to set it for you.

    Location: Richfield
   1:00 PM Mind, Body, and Sole Summer Reading Kickoff Party  
    Contact:    330-724-2126   firestoneparkbranch@akronlibrary.org
   

Mind, Body, Sole Summer Reading Kickoff Party

Monday, June 11, 1pm

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

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

All ages welcome. Groups, please register in advance for each movie due to limited seating.

WONDER (PG) (113 minutes)

 A 10-year-old boy with a facial deformity attends school for the first time when he begins the fifth grade.  With the support of his parents, he learns how to make friends and adjust to his new environment.

 

    Location: Goodyear
   1:30 PM A Different Kind of Book Club  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

NEW TIME!  Have you 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?  No one has to read the same book.  It’s basically one big book report meeting and no books are off-limits.  Classics, Self-Help, Biographies, Cozy Mysteries, Travel, Sci-Fi, anything goes!

    Location: Portage Lakes
   2:00 PM Marvelous Mondays!  
    Contact: Highland Square   330-376-2927   
   

Children of All Ages, Mondays at 2 pm

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

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

READER'S CHOICE

Celebrate our 12th year of fun light reads!  This month is reader's choice - read a book of your choice and share the highlights with the group.

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

 

    Location: Nordonia Hills
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM LEGO-licious Mondays  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   maplevalley@akronlibrary.org
   
LEGO-licious Mondays
June 11,  2 pm
Grades K-6
Love Legos? So do we! Join us for an afternoon of fun, creativity, and building!
No registration required.
    Location: Maple Valley
   2:00 PM  -  3:30 PM Pinterest  
    Contact: Electronic Services   330-643-9145   esdiv@akronlibrary.org
   

Pinterest

Pinterest is a free website that requires registration to use. Users can upload, save, sort, and manage images – known as pins – and other media content (e.g., videos and images) through collections known as Pinboards. Users can browse the contents of others on the main page. Users can then save individual pins to one of their own boards using the “Pin it” button, with Pinboards typically organized by a central topic or theme. Users can personalize their experience with Pinterest by pinning items, creating boards, and interacting with other members.

 

    Location: Green
   2:00 PM  -  3:30 PM Teens Do Something!  
    Contact: Nordonia Hills Branch Library   330-467-8595   nordoniahills@akronlibrary.org
   

TEENS DO SOMETHING!

This is a great way for students going into 5th through 12th grades to volunteer. We will meet twice a month on Monday from 2:00 to 3:30 pm to do a different type of project. Some of the project we will work on - making busy bags for Akron Children’s Hospital, cards for shut-ins, and jobs around the library.

Please see Miss Sue for more details.

    Location: Nordonia Hills
   4:00 PM Paws for Reading  
    Contact: Goodyear   330-784-7522   goodyear@gmail.com
   

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

Paws is the second Monday of each month.

    Location: Goodyear
   6:00 PM Needle Crafting  
    Contact:    330-724-2126   firestoneparkbranch@akronlibrary.org
   

Second and Fourth Monday evenings of the month, 6pm

Enjoy discussion and share knit and crochet projects.

    Location: Firestone Park
   6:00 PM  -  7:30 PM Streaming TV [Demo]  
    Contact: Electronic Services   330-643-9145   esdiv@akronlibrary.org
   

Streaming TV: Or How to Turn Your “Dumb” TV Into a Smart TV [Demo]

Cord cutting refers to canceling traditional cable subscriptions and opting for streaming options instead. Learn about what those streaming options are and how to cut the cord.

    Location: Goodyear
   6:00 PM  -  7:30 PM Streaming TV: Or How to Turn Your “Dumb” TV into a Smart TV  
    Contact: Goodyear Branch   330-784-7522   goodyear@akronlibrary.org
   

Monday, June 11, 6-7:30 pm

Cord cutting refers to canceling traditional cable subscriptions and opting for streaming options instead. Come learn about what those streaming options are and how to cut the cord.

This is a demonstration-style class.

Please register in advance beginning Monday, May 14.

    Location: Goodyear
   6:30 PM Campfire Story Time  
    Contact: Northwest Akron Branch   3308361081   northwest@akronlibrary.org
   

Campfire Story Time

2nd Mondays, June 11, July 9, 6:30 pm

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

 

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

All ages are welcome.

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

FLOATING BALL

Join Miss Sue and create a floating ball.

Families of all ages, join us for some great crafts.

 

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

Family Program

Calling all Pokemon enthusiasts ages 6 and up! Join fellow Pokemon fanatics to talk, battle, trade (with parent’s permission), or to show off your collection. 

This is a child led program.

    Location: Green
   6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM The Beatles in Cleveland  
    Contact: North Hill Branch Library   330.535.9423   northhill@akronlibrary.org
   

The Beatles in Cleveland presented by Dave Schwensen

Relive the excitement of Beatlemania as John, Paul, George, and Ringo visit Cleveland for two of the wildest, out of control concerts in Beatles - and rock-n-roll - history. Author Dave Schwensen will take you behind the scenes and on stage with the Fab Four through insider stories, rare concert films, never before publish photos and memorabelia. The evening's highlights will include films of the Beatles riotous concerts at Cleveland Public Auditorium in 1964 and Municiple Stadium in 1966. A splendid time is guaranteed for all!

    Location: North Hill
   6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM VolunTeen Times  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

Looking for community service hours for school, church or Scouts?  The library needs your help on the following days to assist with summer reading activities.  Assignments will vary and may include stuffing bags for outreach events, cleaning library materials or helping set up and take down for programs.  Contact Miss Kelly at 330.644.7050 or portagelakes@akronlibrary.org to sign up to volunteer.

    Location: Portage Lakes

Tuesday June 12, 2018
   10:05 AM Baby Time  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   ellet@akronlibrary.org
   

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

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

Tuesdays in June and August, 10:30 am

For children and their grown-ups. You are your child’s first teacher. Discover songs, books and movement activities with your young learner that will help her 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 looks forward to seeing you.

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

Tuesday, June 12, 10:30 am

Ages 3 and up
Join Miss Kim for stories, songs, games and crafts.

(There will not be a program on July 24)

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

A Time to Play

Second Tuesday of each month, 10:30-11:30 am Children learn through play, and we like to play in the Children's Library!  This summer we will celebrate how “Libraries Rock!” Hands-on, age-appropriate, creative play, STEAM experiences and materials will be available for young children and their families.  Come explore, make friends, share stories, create and play with us.      

June 12: We Will Rock You! “Rock out” and learn through music this month. Participate in music and movement activities from Bach to Rock. 

July 10: Rock On! Preschoolers love collecting rocks and learning about them. This month we will combine science, math, literacy and art as we explore and study rocks, and tell stone stories.  

August 14: School of Rock Get ready for school and learning success at this month’s playtime. We’ll focus on readiness skills such as rhyming, pre-math games, and social development strategies. 

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

Family Story Time ages 6 months- 6 years

Tuesdays, June 12- July 31, 10:30- 11:30 am

Children bring your favorite caregiver and join us for stories, music, rhymes, gardening, and more. No registration required. Please note we will have a variety of outdoor activities during story time please lather up with sun screen and be ready to get dirty, messy and potentially wet. 

    Location: Richfield
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Story Time  
    Contact: Springfield-Lakemore   330-643-4770   springfieldlakemore@akronlibrary.org
   

Tuesday, June 12, 10:30 am

A happy blend of stories, rhymes, songs, and play for you and your child to enjoy together. Lots of music and movement included. All are welcome and celebrated.

Ages birth to five with a caregiver

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

Join us for a family-friendly story time with stories, songs, finger plays, art and lots of fun! All ages welcome. No registration necessary.

    Location: Portage Lakes
   11:00 AM Outback Ray  
    Contact: Fairlawn-Bath Branch   330-666-4888   
   

Outback Ray brings his exciting and engaging animal show back to our branch!  Space is limited. Pick up a free ticket up to 30 minutes before each performance.

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

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

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

When Rocky visits, children have an opportunity to practice their literacy skills by reading aloud with him. Drop in to read with him and his owner.

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

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

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

Afternoon Book Discussion

Join us for our monthly afternoon book discussion. For June, we will discuss THE UNLIKELY PILGRIMAGE OF HAROLD FRY by Rachel Joyce.

    Location: Green
   1:00 PM Bubble Lady Children's Show  
    Contact: Goodyear Branch   330-784-7522   goodyear@gmail.com
   

 

See bubbles that multiply, do acrobatic feats, square bubbles, and you won’t believe your eyes when you see a person inside a bubble!

Groups, please schedule ahead with the children’s librarian to make a reservation for all shows due to limited space.

    Location: Goodyear
   1:00 PM Outback Ray  
    Contact: Fairlawn-Bath Branch   330-666-4888   
   

Outback Ray brings his esciting and engaging animal show back to our branch!

    Location: Fairlawn-Bath
   1:00 PM Terrific Tuesdays  
    Contact:    330-724-2126   gbowen@akronlibrary.org
   

Terrific Tuesdays 

Registration Requested.

June 12  Dr. U R Awesome presents fun with science, 1pm

June 19  Outback Ray brings his hands-on education animal show. Two shows, 11 am OR 1pm

June 26  Magician David Anthony, 1pm

July 10  Glow Dance Party with One T Entertainment, 1pm

July 17  The Bubble Lady makes bubbles of all shapes and sizes, 1pm

July 24  Bricks 4 Kidz Lego building fun for everyone, 1pm

    Location: Firestone Park
   2:00 PM Family Movie  
    Contact: Kenmore Branch Library   330-745-6126   kenmore@akronlibrary.org
   

Relax with a movie, popcorn, and drinks. Bring the whole family and enjoy an afternoon at the library!

    Location: Kenmore
   2:00 PM Guitar Pick Jewelry  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330-864-5721   maplevalley@akronlibrary.org
   

Make a cool necklace or bracelet using guitar picks.

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

Program is for students in Kindergarten - 5th grade.

June 12- Cartoonist Jeff Nicholas will share his drawing talents and show us how he draws some of his cartoons.

June 19 – Lindsay Bonilla – Interactive storyteller from World of Difference will share some wonderful stories.

June 26 – Outback Ray will bring some of his amazing animal friends.

July 3-  Bingo

July 10- The magic of David Anthony.     

July 17- Juggler Matt Jergens.

July 24 – Music by a D.J. from One T Entertainment

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

Totally Teen Tuesdays @ 2 pm!

For grades 5 and up. 

Please register in advance.

Snacks may be served at programs. Patrons with food allergy questions should contact the branch.

June 12 Montage of Art Projects:  Rock out some cool craft creations as we piece together a mosaic poster to display in the library! Create a one-of-a kind rock star button, a guitar pick necklace or a vinyl record work of art! 

    Location: Portage Lakes
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Escape Room  
    Contact: Norton Branch Library   330-285-7800   norton@akronlibrary.org
   

Love those Lyrics

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?

    Location: Norton
   2:00 PM  -  3:30 PM Laser Engraver Workshop: Engrave Wood  
    Contact: Electronic Services   330-643-9145   esdiv@akronlibrary.org
   

TechZone Workshop: Laser Engraver | Engrave Wood

Did you know that the Library has a laser engraver that you can use for free? You can use the laser engraver to customize anything – wood, glass, acrylic, canvas, leather, and so much more. Come to this hands-on workshop and learn how to create a file and engrave it into wood. Registration required. Call 330.643.9145.

    Location: Main Library
   3:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Album Pixel Art  
    Contact: Teen Area   330-643-9067   ysodiv@akronlibrary.org
   

Create a pixelated version of your favorite album cover using Perler beads! Feel free to bring an image of your favorite album, or browse our CD collection to find inspiration.

    Location: Main Library
   3:30 PM  -  5:00 PM Needle Arts for All  
    Contact: Springfield-Lakemore   330-643-4770   springfieldlakemore@akronlibrary.org
   

Needle Arts for All

Second and Fourth Tuesday of each month, 3:30 – 5 pm

June 12 and 26, July 10 and 24, August 14 and 28

Do you love to knit, crochet, or enjoy other needle arts?  Then this group is for you!  Bring your work in progress and desire to share your knowledge with others.  Curious Newbies are welcome as well!  Come see what others are making and get help starting a project.  Stash donations always welcome and put to good use. 

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

Tuesday, June 12, 3:30-5 pm

Knit and crochet to help the needy! 
If you can make just one 7” or 9” rectangle you can help keep the needy in the Akron area warm. 
To date, this chapter has supplied over 8,000 afghans.
    Location: Mogadore
   6:00 PM Introduction to Islam: A Woman’s Perspective  
    Contact: Northwest Akron Branch   3308361081   northwest@akronlibrary.org
   

Introduction to Islam: A Woman’s Perspective

Tuesday, June 12, 6 pm

Toqa Hassan, a researcher of Hijab and its influences on Muslim women, will be speaking about the basic tenets of Islam, the Islamic dress code, and the meaning of Hijab from a woman's perspective. Toqa is the Youth Director at Akron Masjid, a local mosque that serves the diverse and growing community of Muslims and Non-Muslims in and around Akron. 

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

STITCH CLIQUE

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

Refreshments will be served.

    Location: Nordonia Hills
   6:30 PM Campfire Outdoor Story Time  
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

Campfire Outdoor Story Time
Second Tuesday night of each month, 6:30 pm
June 12, July 10, August 14

Meet in the Children's Library

Enjoy a special family story time in the library amphitheater on Main St. with stories, songs, a craft, and a snack. Bring a blanket or towel to sit on. Program will be held in the Children’s Program Room in cases of inclement weather.

    Location: Main Library
   6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM How to Grow Terrific Tomatoes  
    Contact: Highland Square   330-376-2927   
   

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

Learn about tomatoes, including the right varieties for your garden, how to correctly plant your tomatoes, suggestions on staking your plants, some ideas on starting your plants from seed, how to avoid insect damage, and ways to protect your tomatoes against disease.  Find out about the history of the tomato, how to get the most out of your garden, and saving your tomato seeds for the next growing season.  This program is presented by Summit County Master Gardener Lee Paulson.

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

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

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

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

    Location: Main Library

Wednesday June 13, 2018
   10:30 AM Baby Time  
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

Every Wednesday, 10:30 am, Closed July 4

A lap-sit 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.

July 11 and July 18: Join us for a special guest, Miss Marissa from Music Together.

    Location: Main Library
   10:30 AM Boogie Woogie Books  
    Contact: Northwest Akron Branch   3308361081   northwest@akronlibrary.org
   

Boogie Woogie Books

(Ages 5 and under with a caregiver)

Wednesdays, June 13, July 11, 10:30 am

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

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

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

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

    Location: Ellet
   11:00 AM SUMMER SPECIAL EVENT SERIES  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

SUMMER SPECIAL EVENT SERIES for All Ages

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

June 13 Science with Dr. U.R. Awesome

    Location: Green
   11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Storytime  
    Contact: Gerri Bowen   330-724-2126   gbowen@akronlibrary.org
   

Join us for stories, music, movement and fun! After each session, we will head outside to visit our library garden. Best for ages 2-5 with a favorite adult. All ages welcome.

    Location: Firestone Park
   12:00 PM  -  12:30 PM VolunTEEN Training  
    Contact:    330.659.4343   
   

Students ages 11-18 interested in volunteering at the library this summer must attend one of the 1/2 hr training sessions. Please call the library to register by calling 330.659.4343

   12:15 PM  -  1:00 PM Tai Chi with Nancy Gardner  
    Contact: Science & Technology   330-643-9075   stdiv@akronlibrary.org
   

Relax and re-energize with Tai Chi... the slow movements and mindful breathing make Tai Chi the perfect exercise for people of all ages and physical abilities, from the exercise novice to the professional athlete. Wear exercise shoes and comfortable clothes, and bring a water bottle.
Please register by calling Science and Technology at 330-643-9075 or by emailing stdiv@akronlibrary.org

Wednesdays, May 30, June 6, 13, 20

Library Park at the Corner of Main and Mill Streets (rain location, Meeting Room 2AB).

    Location: Main Library
   12:30 PM  -  2:00 PM Fun Club: Ice Cream Social  
    Contact: Mogadore Branch Library   330-628-9228   mogadore@akronlibrary.org
   

Wednesday, June 13, 12:30-2 pm

Calling all ages! Find out why Libraries Rock and start off your summer right by visiting the Mogadore Branch Library. 
Register for Mind, Body and Sole, our summer reading program. Socialize with friends, neighbors, and library lovers while enjoying some ice cream.
We will also have a special visit from Splat the Cat!
    Location: Mogadore
   1:00 PM Painting Class @ Firestone Park Community Center  
    Contact:    330-724-2126   firestoneparkbranch@akronlibrary.org
   

Create your own beautiful, summer paintings with friends at the Firestone Park Community Center. All supplies are included! Space is limited, please register for this program by calling us at 330-724-2126.

    Location: Firestone Park
   1:00 PM SUMMER SPECIAL EVENT SERIES  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

SUMMER SPECIAL EVENT SERIES for All Ages

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

June 13 Science with Dr. U.R. Awesome

    Location: Green
   1:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Outback Ray  
    Contact: Odom Branch   330-434-8726   
   

Touch and experience some exotic animals while learning about these amazing creatures.

    Location: Odom
   1:30 PM Memory Fitness Matters  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   ellet@akronlibrary.org
   

Spend a lot of time looking for misplaced items or trying to recall a person’s name? Forgot why you went into a room or have trouble thinking of a specific word?  Give your brain a workout!  Learn new strategies for building more effective memory and keeping your train of thought in this inspirational and informative program.  

    Location: Ellet
   2:00 PM Comedy Juggler Matt Jergens  
    Contact: Northwest Akron Branch   3308361081   northwest@akronlibrary.org
   

Mind, Body & Sole Summer Performers

Wednesdays, 2 pm

June 13:  Comedy Juggler Matt Jergens

June 20:  Origami Storyteller Christine Kallevig

June 27:  The Magic of David Anthony

July 11:  Outback Ray

July 18:  Bubble Lady

July 25:  Sogbety Diamonde 

    Location: Northwest Akron
   2:00 PM Cupcake Wars  
    Contact:    330-724-2126   firestoneparkbranch@akronlibrary.org
   

Grades 4 and up.

Frosting, sprinkles and treats provided for this yummy competition!

    Location: Firestone Park
   2:00 PM Mind, Body & Sole Children's Program  
    Contact: North Hill Branch Library   330-535-9423   northhill@akronlibrary.org
   

Spectacular drumming with Elec Simon!

    Location: North Hill
   2:00 PM Mind, Body & Sole Weekly Programs  
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

Mind, Body & Sole Weekly Programs, Wednesdays, June 6 – July 25, 2 pm. Closed on July 4th

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

June 6: Outback Ray Learn about cool animals

June 13: Bubble Lady The wonderful world of bubbles

June 20: Magician Rick Smith, Jr. Cutting edge, breathtaking magic

June 27: Elec Simon Join us for a stomping, drumming good time!

July 11: David Anthony Don’t miss this unique magic show

July 18: Steel Drum Band Enjoy the cool sounds of the Steel Drum

July 25: Join us for a special Musical Summer Reading Party

 

    Location: Main Library
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Family Frolics  
    Contact: Norton Branch Library   330-825-7800   norton@akronlibrary.org
   

Realm of the Reptile - Undulating Wonders! Meet reptiles up close with science educator, Marisa Dubina,

who will share what makes them special.

    Location: Norton
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Jeff Nicholas  
    Contact: Richfield Lirbrary   330-659-4343   dnagy@akronlibrary.org
   

Performer Line Up Family fun for all ages:

Wednesdays, 2-3 pm

June 13- Cartooning with Jeff Nicholas

    Location: Richfield
   2:00 PM  -  3:30 PM Laser Engraver Workshop: Engrave Glass  
    Contact: Electronic Services   330-643-9145   esdiv@akronlibrary.org
   

TechZone Workshop: Laser Engraver | Engrave Glass

Did you know that the Library has a laser engraver that you can use for free? You can use the laser engraver to customize anything – wood, glass, acrylic, canvas, leather, and so much more. Come to this hands-on workshop and learn how to create a file and engrave it into glass. Registration required. Call 330.643.9145

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

COOKIES & CONVERSATION

Talk about what’s going on your life, school, town or the world. We’ll discuss philosophy, current events or whatever is on the groups mind. And remember, we will have cookies! All ages welcome.

    Location: Nordonia Hills
   6:00 PM Hot Wheels Derby  
    Contact: Goodyear Branch   330-784-7522   goodyear@akronlibrary.org
   

Start your engines and race your cars on our derby track to see who is the fastest. Bring a car of your own or use one of ours.

This program is designed for children ages 4-9.  Registration is appreciated.

    Location: Goodyear
   6:00 PM  -  7:30 PM Movie Mania in June  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   maplevalley@akronlibrary.org
   

Movie Mania in June

Come to the library, eat popcorn and enjoy a movie.

June 6 JUSTICE LEAGUE Starring Ben Affleck

June 13 JUMANJI: WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE Starring Kevin Hart and Jack Black

June 20 BLACK PANTHER Starring Chadwick Boseman

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

Adult Program

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

 
    Location: Green
   6:30 PM  -  8:00 PM Socrates Cafe  
    Contact: Patrick Manning   330.467.8595   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 an open and friendly manner.

No registration necessary – No homework – No assigned reading.

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

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

    Location: Nordonia Hills

Thursday June 14, 2018
   10:15 AM Baby Time  
    Contact: Nordonia Hills Branch Library   330-467-8595   nordoniahills@akronlibrary.org
   

BABY TIME

Our programs feature bounces, songs, and stories.

For children 24 months and under with a parent or caregiver

Please register in advance.

 

    Location: Nordonia Hills
   10:15 AM Early Bird Movie Matinee  
    Contact: Ellet Library   330-784-2019   ellet@akronlibrary,org
   

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

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

Thursdays, June 7 – July 26, 10:15 am

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

    Location: Goodyear
   10:15 AM  -  11:15 AM Preschool Fun Story time  
    Contact: Odom Branch   330-434-8726   
   

For ages 3-5 with a caretaker.

Each week we will share stories, song, movement and a special activity in an hour of fun

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

Thursday, June 14, 10:30 am

Ages birth – 3 ½
Join Miss Kim for songs, stories and group playtime with our library friends.

(There will not be a program on July 19)

    Location: Mogadore
   10:30 AM Preschool Story Time  
    Contact: Northwest Akron Branch   3308361081   northwest@akronlibrary.org
   

Preschool Story Time

(2 to 5 year-olds with a caregiver)

Thursdays, June 7-28, July 12-26, 10:30 am

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

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

Every Thursday, 10:30 am

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

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

Melody Makers Story Time

For ages 2-6

Stories, music making and dance offs!

    Location: Norton
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Paint and Play in the Garden  
    Contact: Richfield Library   330-659-4343   dnagy@akronlibrary.org
   

Paint and Play in the Garden

Thursdays: June 14, July 26, and August 16 10:30-11:30

Come and enjoy a morning of messy fun. At each session we will explore different techniques for painting. We will paint with different tools, hands, fingers, and feet too. Please dress to get messy, weather permitting our paint activities will take place out in the garden. Fun for all ages.

 

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

June 14 Outback Ray is back and bringing some amazing animal friends!

    Location: Portage Lakes
   11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Rick Smith Jr., Magician  
    Contact: Springfield-Lakemore   330-643-4770   springfieldlakemore@akronlibrary.org
   

Reading Rocks!  Mind, Body & Sole Summer Performers.

The following special event will be held at the Springfield Township Lakefront Park Pavilion:

June 14, 11 am, Rick Smith Jr., the magician and world record holder will perform an entertaining magic show for all ages.

Sign up for a library card at these special events.

    Location: Springfield-Lakemore
   11:30 AM Story Time  
    Contact: Nordonia Hills Branch Library   330-467-8595   nordoniahills@akronlibrary.org
   

STORY TIME

Short stories, rhymes and more!

For children 2-5 years old, with two-year-olds accompanied by a parent or caregiver. 

Please register in advance.

    Location: Nordonia Hills
   12:15 PM  -  12:25 PM Lunchtime Bird Watching  
    Contact: Science & Technology Division   330-643-9075   stdiv@akronlibrary.org
   

Join us as we do our weekly count of bird species found in downtown Akron. No previous bird watching necessary! We meet in the Library Park on the corner of Main and Mill streets.

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

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

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

Large groups, please call ahead with the number of attendees, so we can ensure seating accommodations.

    Location: Goodyear
   1:00 PM Name That Tune  
    Contact: Ellet Library   330-784-2019   ellet@akronlibrary.org
   

Grades 6-12. 

Can you identify the songs in this fast-paced trivia game?

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

Come listen to the magic of the drums as Sogbety Diomande entertains us.

    Location: Kenmore
   1:00 PM Speed Dating with a Book  
    Contact: Fairlawn-Bath Branch   330-666-4888   
   

Do you need to get to know a book before reading it?  How about “double dating” a book with a friend and sharing all the exciting parts? Would you like a blind date with a surprise book? Find your next book crush here!  Light refreshments and book prizes provided.  For Grades 4-12 

    Location: Fairlawn-Bath
   1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Thursday Matinees  
    Contact: Richfield Library   330-659-4343   dnagy@akronlibrary.org
   

Thursday Matinees

1-3 pm

Kick back and relax with our family friendly movies. For your enjoyment we’ll also provide popcorn and juice.

 

June 14- TADTHE LOST EXPLORER AND THE SECRET OF KING MIDAS

    Location: Richfield
   1:30 PM Summer Movies: Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Long Haul  
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

Summer Movies
Thursdays, June 7-Aug 16, 1:30 pm in the Auditorium

Chill in our Auditorium and enjoy these movies!  Groups welcome

June 7: Sing!-Rated PG, 105 min.

June 14: Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Long Haul-Rated PG, 91 min.

June 21: Beauty and the Beast-Rated G, 85 min.

June 28: Coco-Rated PG, 105 min.

July 5: Lion King–Rated G, 88 min.

July 12: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory –Rated G, 100 min.

July 19: Incredibles–Rated PG, 115 min.

July 26: Mulan- Rated G, 100 min.

August. 2: Despicable Me 3–Rated PG, 90 min.

Aug 9: Aladdin–Rated G, 91 min.

Aug. 16: Lego Batman–Rated PG, 104 min.

 

    Location: Main Library-Auditorium
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Thrilling Thursdays: The Bubble Lady  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   maplevalley@akronlibrary.org
   
Thrilling Thursdays
Join us every Thursday, 1:30 pm
For all ages; children under the age of 5 should be accompanied by a caregiver.
No registration required.
 
June 14: The Bubble Lady and the Wonderful World of Bubbles
 
    Location: Maple Valley
   2:00 PM Coffee & Conversation Book Discussion  
    Contact: Nordonia Hills Branch Library   330-467-8595   nordoniahills@akronlibrary.org
   

DREAMLAND by Sam Quinones

Title: Dreamland: The True Tale of America's Opiate Epidemic, Author: Sam Quinones

Read, discuss, and explore with our Coffee & Converation 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 2pm.

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

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

Program is for students going into 5th grade and up.

  • June 7 We are using wool to create a felted emoji keyring.
  • June 14 Come & do some sandpaper printing.
  • June 21 Adam Pate associate will demonstrate and teach us how to do Caricatures
  • June 28 6th Annual Paper Airplane Races! Come race your designs against other worthy opponents.
  • July 5 Create a beach chair to hold your phone.
  • July 12 We’re constructing a duct tape pencil case.
  • July 19 Duct tape is the medium again. Come and make a geometric planter.
  • July 26 How good is your memory? Come play book cover memory.
    Location: Nordonia Hills
   2:00 PM Teen Trivia: Music  
    Contact: Northwest Akron Branch   3308361081   northwest@akronlibrary.org
   

Teen Trivia: Music

(7th- 12th graders)

Thursday, June 14, 2 pm

If you’re a music buff, come to the library for our first teen trivia. Questions will be from various genres of music. 

    Location: Northwest Akron
   2:00 PM  -  3:30 PM Make Buttons  
    Contact: Electronic Services   330-643-9145   esdiv@akronlibrary.org
   

Button Maker

Use the button maker to create buttons or magnets to promote your business, a student athlete or band member, etc. We offer 2.25 or 3 inch buttons and magnets for $0.30 and $0.40 per item.

    Location: Green
   2:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Spring Mist Farms  
    Contact: North Hill Branch   330-535-9423   northhill@akronlibrary.org
   

Spring Mist Farms will bring traditional farm animals to the library for all to see.  Pet a cow, a sheep, a goat, and even some chickens and geese.  All animals will be in the Reading Garden behind the library, weather permitting.  All ages welcome.

    Location: North Hill
   3:00 PM Tween Scene  
    Contact: Goodyear Branch   330-784-7522   goodyear@akronlibrary.org
   

Second Thursday of each month, 3 pm

For ages 9-13. Registration is requested for each date.  Refreshments will be served.

Luau - June 14

A Luau is a Hawaiian party or feast. Join us as we celebrate the end of the school year with a library luau. We will listen to Hawaiian music, play limbo, hula hoop and taste tropical jelly beans. We will even have a display of books for you to choose from to kick off your summer reading adventure!

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

Come test your gaming skills with friends! For school-age kids and teens.

    Location: Kenmore
   6:00 PM The Mystery Experience  
    Contact: Mogadore Branch Library   330-628-9228   mogadore@akronlibrary.org
   
Thursday, June 14, 6 pm

We’ve received a mysterious package in the mail with a compelling mystery inside.
Using objects, clues, puzzles and the power of observation we must make sense of what is in front of us.
Put your detective skills to the test as we may find additional clues using websites to research character profiles, locations and much more.
Part story, part game, all interactive- join us for a night of fun! Refreshments will be provided.
Please call 330-628-9228 to register.
 
    Location: Mogadore
   6:00 PM  -  7:00 PM African United Front Book Discussion  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   maplevalley@akronlibrary.org
    The Akron African United Front book discussion group offers you the opportunity to share your opinions on how history affects our world views in today’s society. Read and analyze books that are rich in African American culture and history. Discuss important heartfelt issues with your peers.
    Location: Maple Valley
   6:00 PM  -  7:30 PM Akron Inventors Club  
    Contact: Science & Technology Division   330-643-9075   stdiv@akronlibrary.org
   

This month's meeting of the Akron Inventos Club will feature speaker Elyse Ball. Elyse is a registered patent attorney with The University of Akron Research Foundation. She will talk about UARF as well as her experience working with start up companies. She will also speak about the importance of Intellectual Propertry to inventors and how to be prepared as inventors, to get to the next level in the invention process. An informative Q & A session will follow her presentation. 

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

    Location: Main Library
   6:00 PM  -  7:30 PM Art @ the Speed of Life  
    Contact: Springfield-Lakemore   330-643-4770   springfieldlakemore@akronlibrary.org
   

Art @ the Speed of Life

Second Thursday of the month, 6 pm

June 14, July 12

Too busy to do art?  Let us plan the project and you can come and enjoy.  Join us for a variety of art and craft activities.  We will explore the entire spectrum of activities from paper arts to fine arts and everything in between.  Class size is limited. Ages 16 and up preferred.  Registration requested at 330-643-4770.

    Location: Springfield-Lakemore
   6:30 PM Eyes on the Skies  
    Contact: Fairlawn-Bath Branch   330-666-4888   
   

John Shulan from the Summit County Astronomy Club gives a presentation on basic astronomy and discusses the new Fairlawn Rotary Observatory located in the Bath Nature Preserve.  Come learn about the wonders of our universe and the brand new five-telescope observatory right here in Akron!  

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

The biggest hit of the year! T’Challa returns home as king of Wakanda, but finds his rule challenged by a new rival. Starring Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Martin Freeman, Angela Bassett, Danai Gurira and Forest Whitaker. Rated PG-13. 134 min

    Location: Main Library-Auditorium
   6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Sistas Knit 2  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   maplevalley@akronlibrary.org
   

Socialize with other crafters while creating wonderful projects that can be given to family and friends. This group does everything from knitting to crocheting, needlepoint to cross stitch and more… All crafters are welcome.

    Location: Maple Valley

Friday June 15, 2018
   6:30 PM  -  8:30 PM Rockin’ the Stacks  
    Contact: Goodyear Branch   330-784-7522   goodyear@akronlibrary.org
   

Friday, June 15, 6:30-8:30 pm

Join us for a semi-unplugged show featuring “STR Trio”.  This group of musicians play a broad range of styles including:  Collective Soul, Foo Fighters, Journey, Night Ranger, Bryan Adams, Bon Jovi, Pink Floyd, Matchbox 20, Van Morrison, Poison, Train, Foreigner, Live, Jimmy Buffet, Black Crowes, and many more.

Refreshments, including mocktails, will be provided courtesy of the Friends of the Goodyear Branch Library.

No tickets or reservations are required for this adult after-hours Library event.

Just come on in and enjoy our rockin’ show.

    Location: Goodyear

Saturday June 16, 2018
   8:00 AM  -  11:00 AM Sensory Storytime on the Road (OFFSITE)  
    Contact: Northwest Akron Branch   3306434702   northwest@akronlibrary.org
   

Sensory Storytime on the Road

Saturday, June 16, 8am – 11 am

Visit our table at the Autism Society of Greater Akron’s Akron Autism 5K Run and Walk at Lock 3 and engage in some sensory elements incorporated in our monthly Sensory Storytime held at Northwest Akron Branch.

    Location: Northwest Akron
   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 Doughnuts for Dudes!  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

Saturday, June 16, 10:30 am

Calling all gentlemen both young and old! Celebrate Father’s Day in a special way by decorating a doughnut and crafting a picture frame with that special person in your life.  Bring your cameras to get your picture with our special guest Webster from the Akron Rubber Ducks!  Please register in advance.  All ages welcome.

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

Paws for Reading

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

Saturday Story Time Sampler
The First and Third Saturdays of the month, 11 am Story time for preschool-primary children with an adult caregiver.

June 2: Geek Out on Stories as part of Geekfest

June 16: Story Time Rocks! Join us for stories about rocks.

July 7: Books with a Beat These rhyming books will put a beat in your feet and a “ta-tum” in your drum.

July 21: Beach Party! Dip your toes in the sand or ride the tide at our totally gnarly beach party.

August 4: Hervé Tullet Art Workshop  

August 18: I Scream for Ice Cream! - Join us for stories and songs about our favorite frozen treats, then make some homemade ice cream in a bag.

 

    Location: Main Library
   11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM PAWS for Reading  
    Contact: Springfield-Lakemore   330-643-4770   springfieldlakemore@akronlibrary.org
   

PAWS for Reading

Third Saturday of each month, June 16, July 21, August 18, 11 am

Share a book with a certified therapy dog, practice your reading skills and make new friends, too!

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

PAWS for Reading

Saturdays, June 16, July 21, August 18, 2 pm

All grades welcome to practice reading skills and build reading confidence of beginning or struggling readers by reading to our Therapy Dogs International dog friends.  

    Location: Northwest Akron
   2:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Meditation with Simone  
    Contact: Richfield Branch Library   3306594343   mdaly@akronlibrary.org
   

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

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    Location: Richfield
   3:00 PM  -  5:00 PM In the Park: Plein Air Painting  
    Contact: Fairlawn-Bath Branch   330-666-4888   
   

Artist Josh Koppen will lead this special landscape painting class for adults and teens.  Josh studied painting in college at the Cleveland Institute of Art. He is an avid gardener who has returned to painting en plein air (painting outdoors) to combine his love of nature and art. All skill levels welcome. We will use acrylic paints and discuss the basics of the painting process, observation, color, and composition. Bath Nature Preserve will serve as our inspiration.

Meet at the Martin Field Station within Bath Nature Preserve at 4240 Ira Rd.  Space is limited.  Please stop by the library or call 330-666-4888 to register.

    Location: Fairlawn-Bath

Sunday June 17, 2018
   2:00 PM  -  2:30 PM Sunday Story Time Sampler  
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

Sunday Story Time Sampler
Every Sunday, 2 pm

A half-hour story time for preschool-primary children

    Location: Main Library

Monday June 18, 2018
   10:15 AM  -  12:00 PM North Hill Needle Crafters  
    Contact: North Hill   330.535.9423   northhill@akronlibrary.org
   

North Hill Needle Crafters

If you love to knit, crochet, and help people, this is the group for you. Everything this talented group makes is donated to helping organizations in our community. If you are new to crafting, we will be glad to get you started. If you have yarn and supplies to donate, we will make good use of them. New members always welcome!

    Location: North Hill
   10:30 AM Music and Movement Mondays  
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

Music and Movement Mondays
Mondays, June 4-July 23, 10:30 am

Put on your dancing shoes and get ready to shake your sillies out!  For children ages 2 to 5 years and their caregiver.

    Location: Main Library
   10:30 AM Stories at the Park: Baby & Me  
    Contact: Highland Square   330-376-2927   kmockensturm@akronlibrary.org
   

Mondays in June at Hereford Park, 10:30 am

For babies and their grown-ups.

Join Miss KT at Hereford Park for an outdoor story time that will include simple songs, exercises, and a book to help give your child the tools needed to learn to read and better understand the world. Miss KT will leave the library at 10:10 am to walk the mile to the park. You may walk with her or meet at the park. If the weather does not permit outdoor play, story time will be held at the library.

*There are no public restrooms at Hereford Park.

    Location: Highland Square
   11:00 AM Sogbety Diomande: African Drumming  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   ellet@akronlibrary.org
   

Through drumming and dancing children will experience the rhythms, and songs of West Africa.

    Location: Ellet
   12:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Summer Exercise Course  
    Contact: Richfield Library   330-659-4343   dnagy@akronlibrary.org
   

Summer Exercise Course

Mondays June 11- July 30, 12-2 pm

Stay fit this summer with our fun on your own garden exercise program. This summer we will set up different exercise activities out in our reading garden. Fun for the whole family. Can’t make it on Monday’s no problem ask at the desk and we will be happy to set it for you.

    Location: Richfield
   1:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Summer Fun Days  
    Contact: Gerri Bowen   330-724-2126   gbowen@akronlibrary.org
   

Summer Fun Days

Mondays at 1pm

Grades K - 5 

Registration Requested.

June 18  Fun in the garden...help water and tend the library garden and plant a lovely plant to take home with you.

June 25  Create cool decorations to brighten up your yard, front porch or garden.

July 2  Build it! Join us for building fun with Legos, Citiblocks and more.

July 9  Design a mini terrarium to take home.

July 16  Join us for a summer movie matinee. Watch Coco (PG) on our big screen and munch on snacks.

    Location: Firestone Park
   2:00 PM Disney Day  
    Contact: Northwest Akron Branch   3308361081   northwest@akronlibrary.org
   

Disney Day

(4th – 6th graders)

Monday, June 18, 2 pm

Celebrate all things Disney by making crafts, answering trivia, and participating in a Disney lip-sync battle.

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

    Location: Northwest Akron
   2:00 PM Marvelous Mondays!  
    Contact: Highland Square   330-376-2927   
   

Children of All Ages, Mondays at 2 pm

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

    Location: Highland Square
   2:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Chalk on the Wild Side  
    Contact: Richfield Branch Library   330-659-4343   dnagy@akronlibrary.org
   

Chalk on the Wild Side

Monday, June 18, 2-4 pm

Join us for an afternoon of messy fun. We will make our own sidewalk chalk and paint. We will also have fun chalking our library sidewalks with colorful art work. 

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

Grades 6-12.   Help plan Fairlawn-Bath Branch Library Teen programs and help design the Teen Area.  Whether you want to work on cool projects or just need volunteer hours for school, the Teen Advisory Board is the place to be.  It looks great on a resume, too.

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

Join us to make an easy and fun craft.

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

BOUNCING BALL PAINTING

Join us for some messy fun! (remember to wear some old clothes, you may get messy)

 

    Location: Nordonia Hills
   6:00 PM  -  7:30 PM Painting Rocks  
    Contact: Odom Branch   330-434-8726   
   

Make a painted rock to beautify your garden or your home.  Rock painting is fun and easy and adds a beautiful element but requires little or no maintenance.  Please register in advance by calling 330-434-8726 or by stopping at the branch.  

    Location: Odom
   6:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Family Movie Monday  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   maplevalley@akronlibrary.org
   
Family Movie Monday
Every third Monday of the month, 6 pm
Join us for a family friendly movie, popcorn, and drinks!
 
 June 18: Paddington 2 (PG)
 
    Location: Maple Valley
   6:30 PM Hollywood Legend Jack Nicholson  
    Contact: Goodyear Branch   330-784-7522   goodyear@akronlibrary.org
   

Monday, June 18, 6:30 p

Ohio author Scott Edwards will speak about his book, QUINTESSENTIAL JACK: THE ART OF JACK NICHOLSON ON SCREEN. Drawing on years of research and dozens of interviews with his associates, this critical study examines each of Nicholson’s film roles, as well as his screenwriting and directorial efforts.

A Q&A with the author will follow the program. Edwards will also have books to sell and sign after the program.

Refreshments will be served courtesy of the Friends of the Goodyear Branch Library.

Please register in advance, beginning Monday, May 21.

    Location: Goodyear
   6:30 PM How to Make Your Phone Your Travel Agent  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

Whether you are traveling across the globe or exploring your own city, you can utilize digital apps to make your trip more convenient, informational and fun! Learn about apps that can easily translate languages and text for you even if you don’t know a single word in another language, easily create a jam-packed and informative itinerary that you can use without any internet access, find and book hotels, flights and events inexpensively and knowledgeably and much more. Take your trip with confidence knowing you practically have a travel agent in your pocket.  Presented by Brian Burch and Jane Scott. No registration necessary.

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

LEGO Club

3rd Mondays, June 18, July 16, 6:30 pm

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

 

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

All ages are welcome.

    Location: Northwest Akron
   6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Steaming TV  
    Contact: North Hill Branch Library   330.535.9423   northhill@akronlibrary.org
   

Streaming TV : Or How to Turn Your "Dumb" TV into a Smart TV - presented by Brett Neff

Cord cutting refers to the canceling traditional cable subscriptions and opting for streaming options instead. Come learn about what those streaming options are and how to cut the cord. Note: This is a demonstration class.

 

    Location: North Hill
   6:30 PM  -  8:00 PM Streaming TV [Demo]  
    Contact: Electronic Services   330-643-9145   esdiv@akronlibrary.org
   

Streaming TV: Or How to Turn Your “Dumb” TV Into a Smart TV [Demo]

Cord cutting refers to canceling traditional cable subscriptions and opting for streaming options instead. Learn about what those streaming options are and how to cut the cord.

    Location: Norton

Tuesday June 19, 2018
   10:05 AM Baby Time  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   ellet@akronlibrary.org
   

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

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

Adult caregivers are welcome and expected to join in the fun. We'll read books, sing songs, experiment with puppets, learn rhymes, and make music as we learn to play with one another and make new friends.

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

Tuesdays in June and August, 10:30 am

For children and their grown-ups. You are your child’s first teacher. Discover songs, books and movement activities with your young learner that will help her 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 looks forward to seeing you.

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

Tuesday, June 19, 10:30 am

Ages 3 and up
Join Miss Kim for stories, songs, games and crafts.

(There will not be a program on July 24)

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

Family Story Time ages 6 months- 6 years

Tuesdays, June 12- July 31, 10:30- 11:30 am

Children bring your favorite caregiver and join us for stories, music, rhymes, gardening, and more. No registration required. Please note we will have a variety of outdoor activities during story time please lather up with sun screen and be ready to get dirty, messy and potentially wet. 

    Location: Richfield
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Story Time  
    Contact: Springfield-Lakemore   330-643-4770   springfieldlakemore@akronlibrary.org
   

Tuesday, June 19, 10:30 am

A happy blend of stories, rhymes, songs, and play for you and your child to enjoy together. Lots of music and movement included. All are welcome and celebrated.

Ages birth to five with a caregiver

    Location: Springfield-Lakemore
   10:30 AM  -  12:00 PM Curio Workshop: Make a T-Shirt  
    Contact: Electronic Services   330-643-9145   esdiv@akronlibrary.org
   

TechZone Workshop: Silhouette Curio | Make a Tshirt

Did you know that the Library has a Silhouette Curio that you can use for free? It’s a crafters dream! Come to this hands-on workshop and learn how to create a file and color, etch and/or cut it out using this extremely versatile machine. Registration required. Call 330.643.9145.

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

Join us for a family-friendly story time with stories, songs, finger plays, art and lots of fun! All ages welcome. No registration necessary.

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

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

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

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

    Location: North Hill
   1:00 PM Elec Simon and Friends Children's Show  
    Contact: Goodyear Branch   330-784-7522   goodyear@gmail.com
   

 

Enjoy a drumming performance with some audience participation.

Groups, please schedule ahead with the children’s librarian to make a reservation for all shows due to limited space.

    Location: Goodyear
   1:00 PM Paint the Walk  
    Contact: Northwest Akron Branch   3308361081   northwest@akronlibrary.org
   

Paint the Walk

Tuesday, June 19, 1 pm

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

 

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

All ages are welcome

    Location: Northwest Akron
   1:00 PM Sogbety Diomande  
    Contact: Fairlawn-Bath Branch   330-666-4888   
   

Sogbety Diomande transports us to West Africa with a high energy performance of rhythms, dances, and songs.   Pick up a free ticket up to 30 minutes before each performance.

    Location: Fairlawn-Bath
   1:00 PM Terrific Tuesdays  
    Contact:    330-724-2126   gbowen@akronlibrary.org
   

Terrific Tuesdays 

Registration Requested.

June 12  Dr. U R Awesome presents fun with science, 1pm

June 19  Outback Ray brings his hands-on education animal show. Two shows, 11 am OR 1pm

June 26  Magician David Anthony, 1pm

July 10  Glow Dance Party with One T Entertainment, 1pm

July 17  The Bubble Lady makes bubbles of all shapes and sizes, 1pm

July 24  Bricks 4 Kidz Lego building fun for everyone, 1pm

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

Books are available in advance at the circulation desk. 

June 19- The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin

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    Location: Ellet
   2:00 PM Karaoke and Board Games  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330-864-5721   maplevalley@akronlibrary.org
   

Sing your favorite songs and/or play music-themed board games! 

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

Program is for students in Kindergarten - 5th grade.

June 12- Cartoonist Jeff Nicholas will share his drawing talents and show us how he draws some of his cartoons.

June 19 – Lindsay Bonilla – Interactive storyteller from World of Difference will share some wonderful stories.

June 26 – Outback Ray will bring some of his amazing animal friends.

July 3-  Bingo

July 10- The magic of David Anthony.     

July 17- Juggler Matt Jergens.

July 24 – Music by a D.J. from One T Entertainment

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

Totally Teen Tuesdays @ 2 pm!

For grades 5 and up. 

Please register in advance.

Snacks may be served at programs. Patrons with food allergy questions should contact the branch.

June 19 Joy of Painting with Miss Kelly and Bob Ross:  Listening only to one of Bob Ross’s JOY OF PAINTING videos, paint a happy little landscape.  All supplies are provided but space is limited.

    Location: Portage Lakes
   2:00 PM Wings & Things Craft and Selfie  
    Contact: Kenmore Branch Library   330-745-6126   kenmore@akronlibrary.org
   

We will be working together to create 2 massive angel wings to take fun selfies with our friends! Come help create this display that will hang in the library! Bring your phone! For grades 6-12.

    Location: Kenmore
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Hardcore Rock Star Jewelry  
    Contact: Norton Branch Library   330-285-7800   norton@akronlibrary.org
   

Hardcore Rock Star Jewelry- Create an awesome guitar pick necklace or keychain. 

    Location: Norton
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Rockin' Teen Jewelry  
    Contact: Odom Branch   330-434-8726   
   

Make a guitar pick and then turn it into a cool piece of jewelry! Teens can take turns playing Guitar Hero once they are properly accessorized.  Please register in advance by calling 330-434-8726 or by stopping at the branch.  This program is intended for teens ages 12-18. 

    Location: Odom
   3:00 PM  -  4:00 PM I Love the 70's  
    Contact: Teen Area   330-643-9067   ysodiv@akronlibrary.org
   

Come and make a pet rock, a lava lamp, a record album bowl and enjoy some fondue as we pay tribute to the funkadelic ‘70s. Groovy!

    Location: Main Library
   4:30 PM  -  6:00 PM Teen/Tween Advisory Board  
    Contact: Goodyear Branch   330-784-7522   goodyear@akronlibrary.org
   

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

Join our advisory board just for teens and tweens, ages 9-18. We will meet to brainstorm ideas and/or decorate the Teen/Tween Space. Come make your voice heard! Refreshments will be served.

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

Book Buzz Discussion Group

3rd Tuesday, 6 pm at Nervous Dog Coffee Bar

This discussion group for all ages meets monthly to discuss nonfiction titles 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 a purchase is not required. Nervous Dog Coffee Bar is located at 1530 W Market St, Akron, OH 44313.

June 19 DUST BOWL GIRLS: THE INSPIRING STORY OF THE TEAM THAT BARNSTORMED ITS WAY TO BASKETBALL GLORY by Lydia Reeder

July 17 THE RADIUM GIRLS: THE DARK STORY OF AMERICA’S SHINING WOMEN by Kate Moore 

August 21 KILLERS OF THE FLOWER MOON: THE OSAGE MURDERS AND THE BIRTH OF THE FBI by David Grann 

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

WELLNESS YOGA:  YOGA OFF THE MAT

Learn soothing stretches that you can incorporate into your daily life in this gentle yoga series with Diane Bielecki, who graduated from the Cleveland Clinic School of Yoga. No mat is needed – stretches are done standing or in a chair. Please dress in comfortable clothing and arrive 5-10 minutes early so that class may begin on time.

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

    Location: Nordonia Hills
   6:30 PM  -  8:00 PM Yoga Classes  
    Contact: Richfield Branch Library   3306594343   mdaly@akronlibrary.org
   

Yoga Classes

Join us for low impact yoga classes to soothe your mind, body and soul. Presented by Nirvana Yoga of Richfield.

Tuesday, June 19, 6:30 pm

“Mindful Movement”

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    Location: Richfield
   7:00 PM Classic Book and Film Discussion  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Dessert and Discussion for Teens and Adults

Was the book or the movie better?  And why is it a classic anyway?  Find out as we discuss it over dessert.  Didn't like the book?  Sometimes it's even more fun to discuss that way.

For the month of June, we will discuss IN COLD BLOOD by Truman Capote.

    Location: Green

Wednesday June 20, 2018
   10:30 AM Baby Time  
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

Every Wednesday, 10:30 am, Closed July 4

A lap-sit 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.

July 11 and July 18: Join us for a special guest, Miss Marissa from Music Together.

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

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

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

Join us Wednesday mornings to spend some time outside, listen to a story, discover what is blooming in our reading garden and create a family friendly craft.  No registration necessary. 

    Location: Portage Lakes
   11:00 AM SUMMER SPECIAL EVENT SERIES  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

SUMMER SPECIAL EVENT SERIES for All Ages

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

June 20 Outback Ray and his animals

    Location: Green
   11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Storytime  
    Contact: Gerri Bowen   330-724-2126   gbowen@akronlibrary.org
   

Join us for stories, music, movement and fun! After each session, we will head outside to visit our library garden. Best for ages 2-5 with a favorite adult. All ages welcome.

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

Wednesday, June 20, 11:30 am

Make Wednesdays your Family Fun days! Join us for some summer fun and entertainment.
Performances are at 11:30 am and 2 pm unless specified.
No need to register-just come and have fun!
    Location: Mogadore
   12:15 PM  -  1:00 PM Tai Chi with Nancy Gardner  
    Contact: Science & Technology   330-643-9075   stdiv@akronlibrary.org
   

Relax and re-energize with Tai Chi... the slow movements and mindful breathing make Tai Chi the perfect exercise for people of all ages and physical abilities, from the exercise novice to the professional athlete. Wear exercise shoes and comfortable clothes, and bring a water bottle.
Please register by calling Science and Technology at 330-643-9075 or by emailing stdiv@akronlibrary.org

Wednesdays, May 30, June 6, 13, 20

Library Park at the Corner of Main and Mill Streets (rain location, Meeting Room 2AB).

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

Mystery Book Discussion Group

3rd Wednesdays, 1 pm

June 20 KILLERS OF THE FLOWER MOON: THE OSAGE MURDERS AND THE BIRTH OF THE FBI by David Grann

July 18 THE BLESSING WAY by Tony Hillerman

August 15 THE FIX by David Baldacci 

    Location: Northwest Akron
   1:00 PM SUMMER SPECIAL EVENT SERIES  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

SUMMER SPECIAL EVENT SERIES for All Ages

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

June 20 Outback Ray and his animals

    Location: Green
   1:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Sogbety Diomande  
    Contact: Odom Branch   330-434-8726   
   

Experience West Africa through rhythms, dances and song.

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

Wednesday, June 20, 2:00 pm

Make Wednesdays your Family Fun days! Join us for some summer fun and entertainment.
Performances are at 11:30 am and 2 pm unless specified.
No need to register-just come and have fun!
    Location: Mogadore
   2:00 PM Mind, Body & Sole Children's Program  
    Contact: North Hill Branch Library   330-535-9423   northhill@akronlibrary.org
   

Intriguing animals from the Realm of the Reptile!

    Location: North Hill
   2:00 PM Mind, Body & Sole Weekly Programs  
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

Mind, Body & Sole Weekly Programs, Wednesdays, June 6 – July 25, 2 pm. Closed on July 4th

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

June 6: Outback Ray Learn about cool animals

June 13: Bubble Lady The wonderful world of bubbles

June 20: Magician Rick Smith, Jr. Cutting edge, breathtaking magic

June 27: Elec Simon Join us for a stomping, drumming good time!

July 11: David Anthony Don’t miss this unique magic show

July 18: Steel Drum Band Enjoy the cool sounds of the Steel Drum

July 25: Join us for a special Musical Summer Reading Party

 

    Location: Main Library
   2:00 PM Origami Storyteller Christine Kallevig  
    Contact: Northwest Akron Branch   3308361081   northwest@akronlibrary.org
   

Mind, Body & Sole Summer Performers

Wednesdays, 2 pm

June 13:  Comedy Juggler Matt Jergens

June 20:  Origami Storyteller Christine Kallevig

June 27:  The Magic of David Anthony

July 11:  Outback Ray

July 18:  Bubble Lady

July 25:  Sogbety Diamonde 

    Location: Northwest Akron
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Elec Simon  
    Contact: Richfield Lirbrary   330-659-4343   dnagy@akronlibrary.org
   

Performer Line Up Family fun for all ages:

Wednesdays, 2-3 pm

June 20- Drumming with Elec Simon

    Location: Richfield
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Family Frolics  
    Contact: Norton Branch Library   330-825-7800   norton@akronlibrary.org
   

David Anthony - Magic and creative juggling tricks perfect for the little ones in your family.

    Location: Norton
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Watercolor Bookmarks and Edible Books- Make and Take  
    Contact:    3306594343   
   

Kick off your summer reading with supplies and fortification. Weather permitting, we will be outside. 

    Location: Richfield
   3:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Builder's Club  
    Contact: Springfield-Lakemore   330-643-4770   springfieldlakemore@akronlibrary.org
   

Builder’s Club

Wednesdays, June 20 & July 18, 3 pm

We provide blocks, Legos, and other building supplies, you bring your imagination.

    Location: Springfield-Lakemore
   6:00 PM Evening Book Discussion  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Evening Book Discussion

Join us for our monthly evening book discussion. For June, we will discuss DO NOT BECOME ALARMED by Maile Meloy.

    Location: Green
   6:00 PM Rock and Roll Story Time  
    Contact: Goodyear Branch   330-784-7522   goodyear@akronlibrary.org
   

Enjoy this active program of stories, songs, music, and movement as we shake, rattle, and roll. Children will create their own rhythm instruments to take home

This program is designed for children ages 4-9. Registration is appreciated.

    Location: Goodyear
   6:00 PM  -  7:30 PM Movie Mania in June  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   maplevalley@akronlibrary.org
   

Movie Mania in June

Come to the library, eat popcorn and enjoy a movie.

June 6 JUSTICE LEAGUE Starring Ben Affleck

June 13 JUMANJI: WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE Starring Kevin Hart and Jack Black

June 20 BLACK PANTHER Starring Chadwick Boseman

    Location: Maple Valley
   6:00 PM  -  7:30 PM Pinterest  
    Contact: Electronic Services   330-643-9145   esdiv@akronlibrary.org
   

Pinterest

Pinterest is a free website that requires registration to use. Users can upload, save, sort, and manage images – known as pins – and other media content (e.g., videos and images) through collections known as Pinboards. Users can browse the contents of others on the main page. Users can then save individual pins to one of their own boards using the “Pin it” button, with Pinboards typically organized by a central topic or theme. Users can personalize their experience with Pinterest by pinning items, creating boards, and interacting with other members.

    Location: Richfield
   6:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Crafting with Technology Series  
    Contact: Richfield Branch Library   3306594343   mdaly@akronlibrary.org
   

Join members of the Library’s Electronic Services Division as they present two programs teaching users the ins and outs of Pinterest. Participants will design their own crafts in the first session, and make them come to life in the second, using the Curio Silhouette, or button maker machines from the Main Library’s TECHZONE@MAIN. There is limited space for these programs.  Please call or register at the front desk.

 

    Location: Richfield
   6:30 PM Living Mindfully  
    Contact: Nordonia Hills Branch Library   330.467.8595   nordoniahills@akronlibrary.org
   

LIVING MINDFULLY:  AN INTRODUCTION TO MEDITATION AND MINDFULNESS

In a world that can feel increasingly chaotic and divisive, meditation provides a path home to your true peaceful and compassionate self. This presentation includes an introduction to the concepts and practices related to meditation and mindfulness, a discussion of the benefits of developing a personal practice, and a brief guided meditation to introduce participants to the experience of meditating.

Please register in advance.

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

WRITERS GUILD OF NORDONIA HILLS

Writers wanted! New writers and old hands welcome, fiction, nonfiction, and everything in between. Have your work critiqued and give feedback to others in a fun and friendly environment.

Please bring a sample of your work to share.

    Location: Nordonia Hills

Thursday June 21, 2018
   10:15 AM Baby Time  
    Contact: Nordonia Hills Branch Library   330-467-8595   nordoniahills@akronlibrary.org
   

BABY TIME

Our programs feature bounces, songs, and stories.

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   330-784-7522   goodyear@akronlibrary.org
   

Thursdays, June 7 – July 26, 10:15 am

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

    Location: Goodyear
   10:15 AM  -  11:15 AM Preschool Fun Story time  
    Contact: Odom Branch   330-434-8726   
   

For ages 3-5 with a caretaker.

Each week we will share stories, song, movement and a special activity in an hour of fun

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

Thursday, June 21, 10:30 am

Ages birth – 3 ½
Join Miss Kim for songs, stories and group playtime with our library friends.

(There will not be a program on July 19)

    Location: Mogadore
   10:30 AM Preschool Story Time  
    Contact: Northwest Akron Branch   3308361081   northwest@akronlibrary.org
   

Preschool Story Time

(2 to 5 year-olds with a caregiver)

Thursdays, June 7-28, July 12-26, 10:30 am

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

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

Every Thursday, 10:30 am

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

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

Melody Makers Story Time

For ages 2-6

Stories, music making and dance offs!

    Location: Norton
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Snack and play in the Garden  
    Contact: Richfield Library   330-659-4343   dnagy@akronlibrary.org
   

Snack and Play in the Garden

Thursdays: June 7 and 21, July 5 am 19, August 9, 10:30-11:30 am

Enjoy a relaxing morning playing in the garden. Snacks will be provided. Fun for all ages.

 

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

June 21 David Anthony returns to amaze and mystify you with his magic tricks.

    Location: Portage Lakes
   11:30 AM Story Time  
    Contact: Nordonia Hills Branch Library   330-467-8595   nordoniahills@akronlibrary.org
   

STORY TIME

Short stories, rhymes and more!

For children 2-5 years old, with two-year-olds accompanied by a parent or caregiver. 

Please register in advance.

    Location: Nordonia Hills
   12:15 PM  -  12:25 PM Lunchtime Bird Watching  
    Contact: Science & Technology Division   330-643-9075   stdiv@akronlibrary.org
   

Join us as we do our weekly count of bird species found in downtown Akron. No previous bird watching experience necessary! We meet in the Library Park on the corner of Main and Mill streets.

    Location: Main Library
   1:00 PM Adult Coloring  
    Contact: Fairlawn-Bath Branch   330-666-4888   
   

Take a break from your busy day and visit the library to relax and de-stress.  Coloring pages, colored pencils, and refreshments will be provided.  These programs are sponsored by the Friends of the Fairlawn-Bath Branch Library.

    Location: Fairlawn-Bath
   1:00 PM Iron Chef: Sandwich Edition  
    Contact: Ellet Library   330-784-2019   ellet@akronlibrary.org
   

Grades 6-12. 

How creative can you get with the variety of sandwich building food provided? Our hungry judges will determine who will wear the winner's chef hat this summer!

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

Come out of the summer heat and learn about our scaly friends!

    Location: Kenmore
   1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Color Me Happy!  
    Contact: Springfield-Lakemore   330-643-4770   springfieldlakemore@akronlibrary.org
   

Color Me Happy!

Thursdays, June 21, July 26 and August 23, 1 pm

Anyone can color!  Adult coloring is all the rage and it’s a great, fun way to combat stress, promote mindfulness and express your creativity.  Join us to experience this relaxing pastime.  Coloring pages, colored pencils and refreshments provided. 

    Location: Springfield-Lakemore
   1:30 PM Summer Movies: Beauty and the Beast  
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

Summer Movies
Thursdays, June 7-Aug 16, 1:30 pm in the Auditorium

Chill in our Auditorium and enjoy these movies!  Groups welcome

June 7: Sing!-Rated PG, 105 min.

June 14: Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Long Haul-Rated PG, 91 min.

June 21: Beauty and the Beast-Rated G, 85 min.

June 28: Coco-Rated PG, 105 min.

July 5: Lion King–Rated G, 88 min.

July 12: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory –Rated G, 100 min.

July 19: Incredibles–Rated PG, 115 min.

July 26: Mulan- Rated G, 100 min.

August. 2: Despicable Me 3–Rated PG, 90 min.

Aug 9: Aladdin–Rated G, 91 min.

Aug. 16: Lego Batman–Rated PG, 104 min.

 

    Location: Main Library-Auditorium
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Thrilling Thursdays: African Drummer Sogbety Diomande  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   maplevalley@akronlibrary.org
   
Thrilling Thursdays
Join us every Thursday, 1:30 pm
For all ages; children under the age of 5 should be accompanied by a caregiver.
No registration required.
 
June 21: African Drummer Sogbety Diomande
 
    Location: Maple Valley
   2:00 PM MakerSpace Part 1: Tech Toy Box  
    Contact: Mogadore Branch Library   330-628-9228   mogadore@akronlibrary.org
   
Tech Toy Box
Thursday, June 21, 2 pm
Ever played a keyboard made of bananas? Program squishy circuits? Have robots battle each other? 
Teach Ozobots to run through Mazes?  Try all these and more at our Tech Toy Box!

Teen Program
Ages 8-18

 

    Location: Mogadore
   2:00 PM Teen Mini Makerspace  
    Contact: Nordonia Hills Branch Library   330-467-8595   nordoniahills@akronlibrary.org
   

Program is for students going into 5th grade and up.

  • June 7 We are using wool to create a felted emoji keyring.
  • June 14 Come & do some sandpaper printing.
  • June 21 Adam Pate associate will demonstrate and teach us how to do Caricatures
  • June 28 6th Annual Paper Airplane Races! Come race your designs against other worthy opponents.
  • July 5 Create a beach chair to hold your phone.
  • July 12 We’re constructing a duct tape pencil case.
  • July 19 Duct tape is the medium again. Come and make a geometric planter.
  • July 26 How good is your memory? Come play book cover memory.
    Location: Nordonia Hills
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Create Your Own Button  
    Contact: North Hill Branch   330-535-9423   northhill@akronlibrary.org
   

Join us as we create our very own and unique buttons.  Design your own or use a premade design.  Supplies provided.  For kids entering grades 4-12.  

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

Come test your gaming skills with friends! For school-age kids and teens.

    Location: Kenmore
   5:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Crafting with Technology Series  
    Contact: Richfield Branch Library   3306594343   mdaly@akronlibrary.org
   

Join members of the Library’s Electronic Services Division as they present two programs teaching users the ins and outs of Pinterest. Participants will design their own crafts in the first session, and make them come to life in the second, using the Curio Silhouette, or button maker machines from the Main Library’s TECHZONE@MAIN. There is limited space for these programs.  Please call or register at the front desk.

 

    Location: Richfield
   6:00 PM Rock & Roll Bingo  
    Contact: Mogadore Branch Library   330-628-9228   mogadore@akronlibrary.org
   

Thursday, June 21, 6 pm

Unleash your inner rock star and join us for a fun night of music and prizes.
Rock & Roll Bingo is similar to a standard game, but instead of numbers on the board, the spots will be filled with the names of classic Rock favorites. 
Come sing along, enjoy some light refreshments and hopefully take home a prize.
    Location: Mogadore
   6:00 PM  -  7:30 PM Crafting/Maker Workshop  
    Contact: Electronic Services   330-643-9145   esdiv@akronlibrary.org
   

TechZone Workshop: Crafting with Technology Series

Join members of the Library’s Electronic Services Division as they present two programs teaching users the ins and outs of Pinterest. Participants will design their own crafts in the first session, and make them come to life in the second, using the Silhouette or button maker machines from the Main Library’s TECHZONE@MAIN.

    Location: Richfield
   6:30 PM Invest in Your Child’s Future  
    Contact: Fairlawn-Bath Branch   330-666-4888   
   

JCollege graduates earn 68% more than high school graduates, while experiencing lower unemployment. This program will compare the different ways to pay for college that could save you money.  Learn about 529, Coverdale and UTMA Plans, tax-deferred growth, estate planning, tax-free withdrawals, gifting, and account owner control.

    Location: Fairlawn-Bath
   6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Sistas Knit 2  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   maplevalley@akronlibrary.org
   

Socialize with other crafters while creating wonderful projects that can be given to family and friends. This group does everything from knitting to crocheting, needlepoint to cross stitch and more… All crafters are welcome.

    Location: Maple Valley
   6:30 PM  -  8:00 PM Movies@Main: The Awful Truth  
    Contact: Culture & AV   330-643-9015   
   
Kung Fu Panda 3 movie poster
 

Cary Grant and Irene Dunne star in this classic comedy about a married couple and their romantic entanglements. Also starring Ralph Bellamy and Skippy (a.k.a. Asta) as Mr. Smith. 91 min. Introduction and discussion afterward.

    Location: Main Library-Auditorium
   7:00 PM I'll Take Game Shows for $500  
    Contact: Nordonia Hills Branch Library   330.467.8595   nordoniahills@akronlibrary.org
   

I'LL TAKE GAME SHOWS FOR $500

David Harding discusses the long and fascinating history of television game shows, highlighting the interesting hosts and the many types of games broadcast over the years.

Please register in advance.

    Location: Nordonia Hills

Friday June 22, 2018
   12:30 PM  -  1:30 PM Rockin' Book Club  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   ellet@akronlibrary.org
   

Grades K-3. Join us as we stop that summer slide by reading a book together each week. Have fun with games and crafts related to each book too.

    Location: Ellet

Saturday June 23, 2018
     Kids Create  
    Contact: Fairlawn-Bath Branch   330-666-4888   
   

Make it take it crafts the fourth Saturday each month.  Pick up a craft all day while supplies last.

    Location: Fairlawn-Bath
   10:00 AM  -  5:00 PM Game Time  
    Contact: Patrick Manning   330.467.8595   nordoniahills@akronlibrary.org
   

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 board games, Euro games, role-playing games, standard cards, mah-jongg, war games, chess, 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.

Usually meets the third Saturday of each month. (This month meeting is 4th Saturday due to Origins game convention).

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

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

    Location: Nordonia Hills
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Science Cafe with Marcy Grande  
    Contact: Science & Technology Division   330-643-9075   stdiv@akronlibrary.org
   

Join the Ohio Bluebird Scociety's Summit County Contact, Marcy Grande as she discusses the Eastern Bluebirds, how to attract them to your backyard and  the conservation efforts being made to increase their populations. She will also discuss the importance of location as well as the wonderful world of cavity nesting birds.

Science Cafe welcomes people who might not normally get involved in scientific discussions. It is a casual and interactive conversation. We meet in the Science & Technology Division on the first floor of Main Library.

    Location: Main Library
   10:30 AM  -  1:00 PM Online Resources for Genealogy and Local History with Carla Cegielski  
    Contact: Main - Special Collections Division   330-643-9030   speccollections@akronlibrary.org
   

Online Resources for Genealogy and Local History with Carla Cegielski

The Special Collections Division of the Akron-Summit County Public Library and the Summit County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society are pleased to present this program with Carla Cegielski. Carla is frequent speaker at genealogical societies, libraries and conferences. She is a full-time family history researcher specializing in Ohio, Western Pennsylvania and West Virginia research, and has provided professional research services to attorneys, historians, genealogists, and hobbyists since 2007. She is past president of both of the Great Lakes Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists and the Lake County (Ohio) Genealogical Society.

10:30 am "Digital Ohio: Buckeye Gems"
Small local history and genealogy collections are often unrecognized and underutilized. But in the Buckeye state, many colleges, public libraries and genealogical societies are working together to get these valuable collections online. Learn how to find and access these unique online resources.

11:45 am "Treasures of the Internet Archive"
The Internet Archive contains audio items, movies, software, texts, and the Wayback Machine. Learn how to access this amazing repository and the genealogical treasures it holds.

The program will take place in Meeting Room 2AB on the High Street Level of Main Library and is free and open to the public. Parking is free in the High-Market Parking Deck. 

To register or for more information, contact the Special Collections Division.

    Location: Main Library
   12:00 PM PAWS for Reading  
    Contact:    330-724-2126   gbowen@akronlibrary.org
   

PAWS for Reading

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

    Location: Firestone Park
   1:00 PM Cool Summer Concerts  
    Contact: Ellet Library   330-784-2019   ellet@akronlibrary.org
   

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

June 23- Librarians with Hickeys (An alternative rock band)

 

    Location: Ellet
   1:00 PM Seashell Wind Chimes  
    Contact: Kenmore Branch Library   330-745-6126   kenmore@akronlibrary.org
   

Join Bea Richardson to make a beautiful wind chime from seashells. Space is limited, so please call 330-745-6126 to register. Registration begins June 1st.

    Location: Kenmore
   2:00 PM Paint the Walk  
    Contact: Northwest Akron Branch   3308361081   northwest@akronlibrary.org
   

Music Petting Zoo

Saturday, June 23, 2 pm

The library will be crawling with music instruments in this “petting zoo.” Try a variety of instruments, including piano, guitar, and drums, among many others.

 

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

All ages are welcome.

    Location: Northwest Akron
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Beginners Knitting with Linda  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   maplevalley@akronlibrary.org
   

If you've always wanted to learn or need to brush up on knitting, you don't want to miss this program. Linda Curry has taught classes at craft stores and at libraries. She will teach the basics steps to knitting in two instructional classes. Please call the branch to register.

    Location: Maple Valley
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Builders' Club  
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

Saturdays, June 23 and August 25, 2 pm

Build and create with a variety of building materials including Lego’s and CitiBlocs.

    Location: Main Library
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM PAWS for Reading  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   maplevalley@akronlibrary.org
   

PAWS for Reading

Saturday, June 23, 2 pm

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

    Location: Maple Valley

Sunday June 24, 2018
   2:00 PM  -  2:30 PM Sunday Story Time Sampler  
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

Sunday Story Time Sampler
Every Sunday, 2 pm

A half-hour story time for preschool-primary children

    Location: Main Library

Monday June 25, 2018
   10:15 AM  -  12:00 PM North Hill Needle Crafters  
    Contact: North Hill   330.535.9423   northhill@akronlibrary.org
   

North Hill Needle Crafters

If you love to knit, crochet, and help people, this is the group for you. Everything this talented group makes is donated to helping organizations in our community. If you are new to crafting, we will be glad to get you started. If you have yarn and supplies to donate, we will make good use of them. New members always welcome!

    Location: North Hill
   10:30 AM Music and Movement Mondays  
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

Music and Movement Mondays
Mondays, June 4-July 23, 10:30 am

Put on your dancing shoes and get ready to shake your sillies out!  For children ages 2 to 5 years and their caregiver.

    Location: Main Library
   10:30 AM Stories at the Park: Baby & Me  
    Contact: Highland Square   330-376-2927   kmockensturm@akronlibrary.org
   

Mondays in June at Hereford Park, 10:30 am

For babies and their grown-ups.

Join Miss KT at Hereford Park for an outdoor story time that will include simple songs, exercises, and a book to help give your child the tools needed to learn to read and better understand the world. Miss KT will leave the library at 10:10 am to walk the mile to the park. You may walk with her or meet at the park. If the weather does not permit outdoor play, story time will be held at the library.

*There are no public restrooms at Hereford Park.

    Location: Highland Square
   11:00 AM Mr. Molecule's Science  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   ellet@akronlibrary.org
   

Mr. Molecule's science experiments will have your kids erupting with laughter and exploding with curiousity. 

    Location: Ellet
   12:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Summer Exercise Course  
    Contact: Richfield Library   330-659-4343   dnagy@akronlibrary.org
   

Summer Exercise Course

Mondays June 11- July 30, 12-2 pm

Stay fit this summer with our fun on your own garden exercise program. This summer we will set up different exercise activities out in our reading garden. Fun for the whole family. Can’t make it on Monday’s no problem ask at the desk and we will be happy to set it for you.

    Location: Richfield
   12:30 PM  -  2:00 PM Special Program: Touch-A-Truck  
    Contact: Mogadore Branch Library   330-628-9228   mogadore@akronlibrary.org
   

Touch-A-Truck

Monday, June 25, 12:30-2 pm

Bring the entire family to the Library anytime between 12:30-2 pm.
Special guests from our community will display their trucks in the Mogadore High School parking lot.
Explore a bookmobile, fire truck, school bus, and other vehicles while learning how they are used in our community.
Rain or shine, come to the library, check out some books, and touch-a-truck!
A big thank you to the Library’s Mobile Services Department, Mogadore Junior High/High School, the Village of Mogadore, Mogadore Fire and Police,
Two Men and a Truck Moving Company, and Summa Health Systems for providing vehicles and their time.
 
    Location: Mogadore
   1:00 PM Movie Matinee Mondays  
    Contact: Goodyear Branch   330-784-7522   goodyear@akronlibrary.org
   

All ages welcome. Groups, please register in advance for each movie due to limited seating.

COCO (PG) (109 minutes)

A boy's journey into the Land of the Dead to seek forgiveness from his ancestors and lift a curse.

    Location: Goodyear
   1:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Summer Fun Days  
    Contact: Gerri Bowen   330-724-2126   gbowen@akronlibrary.org
   

Summer Fun Days

Mondays at 1pm

Grades K - 5 

Registration Requested.

June 18  Fun in the garden...help water and tend the library garden and plant a lovely plant to take home with you.

June 25  Create cool decorations to brighten up your yard, front porch or garden.

July 2  Build it! Join us for building fun with Legos, Citiblocks and more.

July 9  Design a mini terrarium to take home.

July 16  Join us for a summer movie matinee. Watch Coco (PG) on our big screen and munch on snacks.

    Location: Firestone Park
   1:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Yoga with Yoga Squirrel Studio  
    Contact: Richfield Library   330-659-4343   dnagy@akronlibrary.org
   

Yoga Fun Mondays

Yoga with Yoga Squirrel

June 25, July 2, and July 9, 1:00 pm

 

Calling all boys and girls ages 4 and up, 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. No registration required.  Parents are welcome to participate in our yoga practice too.

 

    Location: Richfield
   2:00 PM Interactive Musical Monday  
    Contact: Northwest Akron Branch   3308361081   northwest@akronlibrary.org
   

Interactive Musical Monday

Mondays, June 25, July 30, 2 pm

Enjoy the magic of musicals by not only watching the movie but interacting using props and prompts. Popcorn will be provided and singing along is encouraged.

 

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

All ages are welcome.

    Location: Northwest Akron
   2:00 PM Marvelous Mondays!  
    Contact: Highland Square   330-376-2927   
   

Children of All Ages, Mondays at 2 pm

Bricks 4 Kidz offers Lego-brick building activities designed by engineers and architects.

    Location: Highland Square
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM MineCraft Monday  
    Contact:    3306594343   
   

Join us to mine and craft on our multi-plyaer server! No account necessary. Creepers welcome (ages 11 and up).

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

Basic Computer Skills

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

 

Please visit our website for more information:

    Location: Tallmadge
   2:00 PM  -  3:30 PM Teens Do Something!  
    Contact: Nordonia Hills Branch Library   330-467-8595   nordoniahills@akronlibrary.org
   

TEENS DO SOMETHING!

This is a great way for students going into 5th through 12th grades to volunteer. We will meet twice a month on Monday from 2:00 to 3:30 pm to do a different type of project. Some of the project we will work on - making busy bags for Akron Children’s Hospital, cards for shut-ins, and jobs around the library.

Please see Miss Sue for more details.

    Location: Nordonia Hills
   6:00 PM George Custer and the Battle of the Little Bighorn  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Adult Program

On the one hundred forty-second anniversary of the Battle of the Little Bighorn, Cass Kuhl--American Civil War enthusiast--will discuss not just George Custer, but the other prominent individuals involved in this tragic event.

 
    Location: Green
   6:00 PM Needle Crafting  
    Contact:    330-724-2126   firestoneparkbranch@akronlibrary.org
   

Second and Fourth Monday evenings of the month, 6pm

Enjoy discussion and share knit and crochet projects.

    Location: Firestone Park
   6:30 PM Living Mindfully: An Introduction to Meditation and Mindfulness  
    Contact: Goodyear Branch   330-784-7522   Goodyear@akronlibrary.org
   

Monday, June 25, 6:30 pm

In a world that can feel increasingly chaotic and divisive, meditation provides a path home to your true peaceful and compassionate self. This presentation includes an introduction to the concepts and practices related to meditation and mindfulness, a discussion of the benefits of developing a personal practice, and a brief guided meditation to introduce participants to the experience of meditating.

Please register in advance beginning Monday, May 21.

    Location: Goodyear
   6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Under the Radar  
    Contact: North Hill Branch Library   330.535.9423   northhill@akronlibrary.org
   

Under the Radar presented by Ray Carmen

Music enthusiast Ray Carmen presents Under the Radar, an hour-long program featuring music and videos by artists who refuse to swim in the mainstream!

    Location: North Hill

Tuesday June 26, 2018
   10:05 AM Baby Time  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   ellet@akronlibrary.org
   

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

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

Adult caregivers are welcome and expected to join in the fun. We'll read books, sing songs, experiment with puppets, learn rhymes, and make music as we learn to play with one another and make new friends.

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

Tuesdays in June and August, 10:30 am

For children and their grown-ups. You are your child’s first teacher. Discover songs, books and movement activities with your young learner that will help her 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 looks forward to seeing you.

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

Tuesday, June 26, 10:30 am

Ages 3 and up
Join Miss Kim for stories, songs, games and crafts.

(There will not be a program on July 24)

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

Family Story Time ages 6 months- 6 years

Tuesdays, June 12- July 31, 10:30- 11:30 am

Children bring your favorite caregiver and join us for stories, music, rhymes, gardening, and more. No registration required. Please note we will have a variety of outdoor activities during story time please lather up with sun screen and be ready to get dirty, messy and potentially wet. 

    Location: Richfield
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Story Time  
    Contact: Springfield-Lakemore   330-643-4770   springfieldlakemore@akronlibrary.org
   

Tuesday, June 26, 10:30 am

A happy blend of stories, rhymes, songs, and play for you and your child to enjoy together. Lots of music and movement included. All are welcome and celebrated.

Ages birth to five with a caregiver

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

Join us for a family-friendly story time with stories, songs, finger plays, art and lots of fun! All ages welcome. No registration necessary.

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

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

    Location: Ellet
   11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Reentry in Motion: Success Following Release  
    Contact: Business & Government Division   330-643-9020   srichard@akronlibrary.org
   

Focusing on the key issues affecting success following release, in the film Preparing for Success, viewers watch returning citizens discuss their real feelings about their past, present, and future. Reentry material included. Room 1.

 

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

When Rocky visits, children have an opportunity to practice their literacy skills by reading aloud with him. Drop in to read with him and his owner.

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

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

    Location: North Hill
   12:00 PM  -  1:30 PM Lunch Bunch  
    Contact: Nordonia Hills Branch Library   330-467-8595   nordoniahills@akronlibrary.org
   

LUNCH BUNCH

Students going into Kindergarten through fourth grades are invited to join Miss Sue for a story and a craft.  Bring your lunch and your listening ears.  Dessert and beverages will be provided.

Please register in advance.

    Location: Nordonia Hills
   1:00 PM Jason Alan Magic  
    Contact: Fairlawn-Bath Branch   330-666-4888   
   

Jason Alan Magic will tickle your funny bone with his hilarious and engaging magic show. Space is limited.  Pick up a free ticket up to 30 minutes before each performance.

    Location: Fairlawn-Bath
   1:00 PM One T Entertainment Children's Dance  
    Contact: Goodyear Branch   330-784-7522   goodyear@gmail.com
   

 

Glow-in-the-Dark Disco Dance Party!  Bring your dancing shoes and get ready to cut loose and dance to the music.

Groups, please schedule ahead with the children’s librarian to make a reservation for all shows due to limited space.

    Location: Goodyear
   1:00 PM Terrific Tuesdays  
    Contact:    330-724-2126   gbowen@akronlibrary.org
   

Terrific Tuesdays 

Registration Requested.

June 12  Dr. U R Awesome presents fun with science, 1pm

June 19  Outback Ray brings his hands-on education animal show. Two shows, 11 am OR 1pm

June 26  Magician David Anthony, 1pm

July 10  Glow Dance Party with One T Entertainment, 1pm

July 17  The Bubble Lady makes bubbles of all shapes and sizes, 1pm

July 24  Bricks 4 Kidz Lego building fun for everyone, 1pm

    Location: Firestone Park
   1:00 PM We All Scream for Ice Cream!  
    Contact: Northwest Akron Branch   3308361081   northwest@akronlibrary.org
   

We All Scream for Ice Cream!

(Ages 5 and under with a caregiver)

Tuesday, June 26, 1 pm

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! Books, music, movement, and of course, ice cream for everyone! Registration requested. 

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

    Location: Northwest Akron
   2:00 PM Family Games  
    Contact: Kenmore Branch Library   330-745-6126   kenmore@akronlibrary.org
   

There is something for everyone at Family Games! We have board games, card games, and toys for the tots. Feel free to bring your family's favorites!

    Location: Kenmore
   2:00 PM Musical Instruments  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330-864-5721   maplevalley@akronlibrary.org
   

We’re getting the band back together! Make awesome musical instruments out of standard materials. Registration is requested.  

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

Program is for students in Kindergarten - 5th grade.

June 12- Cartoonist Jeff Nicholas will share his drawing talents and show us how he draws some of his cartoons.

June 19 – Lindsay Bonilla – Interactive storyteller from World of Difference will share some wonderful stories.

June 26 – Outback Ray will bring some of his amazing animal friends.

July 3-  Bingo

July 10- The magic of David Anthony.     

July 17- Juggler Matt Jergens.

July 24 – Music by a D.J. from One T Entertainment

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

Totally Teen Tuesdays @ 2 pm!

For grades 5 and up. 

Please register in advance.

Snacks may be served at programs. Patrons with food allergy questions should contact the branch.

June 26 Tie Dye 101:  Transform a white t-shirt, socks or bandana into new summer digs!  Learn how to tie dye and have a blast!  Bring your own washed shirt, socks, or a bandana you wish to dye.  Wear old clothes and come ready to create!

    Location: Portage Lakes
   2:00 PM  -  3:30 PM Minecraft Club  
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

Tuesdays, June 26, July 24 and August 7, 2pm

Grades 3 and up: join us to mine and craft on our multi-player server. Space is limited; registration requested.

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

Windows 10

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

 

Please visit our website for more information:

    Location: Tallmadge
   2:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Making Music  
    Contact: Norton Branch Library   330-285-7800   norton@akronlibrary.org
   

Making Music

Join local artist Sarah Gott to create a Musical Wall for our Reading Garden. 

Using recycled materials, various art techniques and supplies, together we can make our Library sing.

    Location: Norton
   3:00 PM YA Café  
    Contact: Goodyear Branch   330-784-7522   goodyear@akronlibrary.org
   

Fourth Tuesday of each month.

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

Escape from The Library - June 26, 3 pm

Up for a challenge? Join your friends, grab your magnifying glass, put on your deerstalker, and try your hand at detective work. Hear the story, look for clues, and solve the puzzle before time runs out. But you’d better hurry…the clock is ticking!!!

    Location: Goodyear
   3:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Anime Afternoons  
    Contact: Teen Area   330-643-9067   ysodiv@akronlibrary.org
   

Join us at the library and share your love of anime and manga! Watch anime while we make a craft and eat Japanese snacks.

    Location: Main Library
   3:30 PM  -  5:00 PM Needle Arts for All  
    Contact: Springfield-Lakemore   330-643-4770   springfieldlakemore@akronlibrary.org
   

Needle Arts for All

Second and Fourth Tuesday of each month, 3:30 – 5 pm

June 12 and 26, July 10 and 24, August 14 and 28

Do you love to knit, crochet, or enjoy other needle arts?  Then this group is for you!  Bring your work in progress and desire to share your knowledge with others.  Curious Newbies are welcome as well!  Come see what others are making and get help starting a project.  Stash donations always welcome and put to good use. 

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

Tuesday, June 26, 3:30-5 pm

Knit and crochet to help the needy! 
If you can make just one 7” or 9” rectangle you can help keep the needy in the Akron area warm. 
To date, this chapter has supplied over 8,000 afghans.
    Location: Mogadore
   6:00 PM Adult Coloring Night  
    Contact: Nordonia Hills Branch Library   330-467-8595   nordoniahills@akronlibrary.org
   

ADULT COLORING NIGHT

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

For adults and teens over the age of sixteen. 

    Location: Nordonia Hills
   6:00 PM Rock Star Drawing Lesson  
    Contact:    330-724-2126   firestoneparkbranch@akronlibrary.org
   

Join local artist Joel Jagger as he teaches a practical class where you will learn how to draw with pencil and paper. Complete a drawing of a famous rock star using concepts such as line, shape, light, and negative space. All supplies are provided. Please register for this program by calling us at 330-724-2126.

    Location: Firestone Park
   6:00 PM The Beatles in Cleveland: The Notorious 1964 & 1966 Concerts  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

Relive the excitement of Beatlemania!  Author Dave Schwensen will take you behind the scenes and on stage with The Fab Four through insider stories, rare concert films, never-before published photos and memorabilia.  Highlights include films of The Beatles riotous concerts at Cleveland Public Hall and Municipal Stadium.  Books will be available for purchase and author signing.  No registration necessary.

    Location: Portage Lakes
   6:30 PM Alcohol Ink Sampler  
    Contact: Goodyear Branch   330-784-7522   goodyear@akronlibrary.org
   

Tuesday, June 26, 6:30 pm

Join Amy and Kassy and learn how to make your own alcohol ink abstract art piece.

Class size is limited to 20 adult/teen (16 & over) participants.

Registration begins Tuesday, May 22.

    Location: Goodyear
   6:30 PM DIY: Marbled Paper  
    Contact: Nordonia Hills Branch Library   330-467-8595   nordoniahills@akronlibrary.org
   

MARBLED PAPER

Make beautiful marbled paper to use in card making, wrapping paper, and other crafts.

Registration is suggested, as this class is limited to fifteen participants.

 

    Location: Nordonia Hills
   6:30 PM Teen Painting Workshop with Marla Knapic-Derga  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Teen Program

Supplies and instruction provided.

Space is limited; please register beginning Monday, June 11.

 
    Location: Green
   6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Nature Yoga & Art  
    Contact: Highland Square   330-376-2927   
   

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

Join Lisa Meranti of OneTreeLove to explore your artistic nature. This class will provide a window into the world of nature art; mandala creation; and connecting to nature through yoga movement, music, and meditation. Elements from nature will be provided, but you are welcome to bring a small item with you.

    Location: Highland Square
   6:30 PM  -  8:00 PM Yoga Classes  
    Contact: Richfield Branch Library   3306594343   mdaly@akronlibrary.org
   

Yoga Classes

Join us for low impact yoga classes to soothe your mind, body and soul. Presented by Nirvana Yoga of Richfield.

Tuesday, June 26, 6:30 pm

“Meditation in Movement”

    Location: Richfield

Wednesday June 27, 2018
   10:30 AM Baby Time  
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

Every Wednesday, 10:30 am, Closed July 4

A lap-sit 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.

July 11 and July 18: Join us for a special guest, Miss Marissa from Music Together.

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

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

    Location: Ellet
   11:00 AM SUMMER SPECIAL EVENT SERIES  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

SUMMER SPECIAL EVENT SERIES for All Ages

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

June 27 Comedy Juggler Matt Jergens

    Location: Green
   11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Storytime  
    Contact: Gerri Bowen   330-724-2126   gbowen@akronlibrary.org
   

Join us for stories, music, movement and fun! After each session, we will head outside to visit our library garden. Best for ages 2-5 with a favorite adult. All ages welcome.

    Location: Firestone Park
   1:00 PM SUMMER SPECIAL EVENT SERIES  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

SUMMER SPECIAL EVENT SERIES for All Ages

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

June 27 Comedy Juggler Matt Jergens

    Location: Green
   1:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Storigami with Christine Kallavig  
    Contact: Odom Branch   330-434-8726   
   

Each fold of the giant paper represents and aspect of a story.  By the story's end, a surprise origami figure is made.  Language plus art equals fun.

    Location: Odom
   2:00 PM Mind, Body & Sole Children's Program  
    Contact: North Hill Branch Library   330-535-9423   northhill@akronlibrary.org
   

New ways to use bubbles with the Bubble Lady!

    Location: North Hill
   2:00 PM Mind, Body & Sole Weekly Programs  
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

Mind, Body & Sole Weekly Programs, Wednesdays, June 6 – July 25, 2 pm. Closed on July 4th

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

June 6: Outback Ray Learn about cool animals

June 13: Bubble Lady The wonderful world of bubbles

June 20: Magician Rick Smith, Jr. Cutting edge, breathtaking magic

June 27: Elec Simon Join us for a stomping, drumming good time!

July 11: David Anthony Don’t miss this unique magic show

July 18: Steel Drum Band Enjoy the cool sounds of the Steel Drum

July 25: Join us for a special Musical Summer Reading Party

 

    Location: Main Library
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Family Frolics  
    Contact: Norton Branch Library   330-825-7800   norton@akronlibrary.org
   

Sam Sapp - Songs and Tails from the Woods. Learn new songs and sing out loud!

Show us your sunglasses for a special prize drawing chance in honor of  

National Sunglasses Day.

    Location: Norton
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Outback Ray  
    Contact: Richfield Library   330-659-4343   dnagy@akronlibrary.org
   

Performer Line Up Family fun for all ages:

Wednesdays, 2-3 pm

June 27- Outback Ray and his wild friends will come and visit with us.

    Location: Richfield
   2:00 PM  -  3:30 PM Getting Started in Family History  
    Contact: Goodyear Branch   330-784-7522   goodyear@akronlibrary.org
   

Wednesday, June 27, 2-3:30 pm

Join the Special Collections Division for an introduction to genealogy for new family historians. This class includes an overview of genealogical sources available at the library, suggestions for getting started, and tips for organizing your research. (As we will be using electronic resources, basic computer skills are recommended.)

Space is limited to 15 participants, so please register in advance beginning Wednesday, May 30.

    Location: Goodyear
   2:00 PM  -  3:30 PM Organizing File Folders  
    Contact: Electronic Services   330-643-9145   esdiv@akronlibrary.org
   

Organizing File Folders

Learn to use Windows Explorer, your computer’s filing cabinet, to organize and manage your files and folders. During class, you will practice copying, moving, and deleting items as well as using your recycle bin. Attendance at Windows for Beginners is preferred.

 

Please visit our website for more information

    Location: Tallmadge
   5:30 PM  -  6:30 PM Modernize Your Resume  
    Contact: Business & Government   330-643-9020   bgdiv@akronlibrary.org
   

Rapid changes in technology have dramatically changed the way employers find candidates, and in turn, job seekers must now adapt their resume style to fit into this process.  In this session, learn the trends in creating a modern resume that will get you past the applicant tracking systems and noticed by hiring managers.  Attendees are encouraged to bring their laptops and resumes. Instructor will be available at the conclusion to give brief content review sessions to individuals.

Workshop will be held in Meeting Room 1.

Please register with the Business & Government Division (330-643-9020).

    Location: Main Library
   7:00 PM Mystery Book Group  
    Contact: Nordonia Hills Branch Library   330-467-8595   nordoniahills@akronlibrary.org
   

SCORCHED EGGS by Laura Childs

Scorched Eggs (Cackleberry Club Series #6)

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

Group meets the last Wednesday of each month at 7pm.

No sign-up is required.  Refreshments are served.  Join us for some crime solving with other mysery lovers!

    Location: Nordonia Hills

Thursday June 28, 2018
   10:15 AM Baby Time  
    Contact: Nordonia Hills Branch Library   330-467-8595   nordoniahills@akronlibrary.org
   

BABY TIME

Our programs feature bounces, songs, and stories.

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   330-784-7522   goodyear@akronlibrary.org
   

Thursdays, June 7 – July 26, 10:15 am

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

    Location: Goodyear
   10:15 AM  -  11:15 AM Preschool Fun Story time  
    Contact: Odom Branch   330-434-8726   
   

For ages 3-5 with a caretaker.

Each week we will share stories, song, movement and a special activity in an hour of fun

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

Thursday, June 28, 10:30 am

Ages birth – 3 ½
Join Miss Kim for songs, stories and group playtime with our library friends.

(There will not be a program on July 19)

    Location: Mogadore
   10:30 AM Preschool Story Time  
    Contact: Northwest Akron Branch   3308361081   northwest@akronlibrary.org
   

Preschool Story Time

(2 to 5 year-olds with a caregiver)

Thursdays, June 7-28, July 12-26, 10:30 am

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

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

Every Thursday, 10:30 am

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

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

Melody Makers Story Time

For ages 2-6

Stories, music making and dance offs!

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

June 28 One T Entertainment will rock us into the summer season. Bring your dancing shoes!

    Location: Portage Lakes
   11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Party Couture dance party  
    Contact: Springfield-Lakemore   330-643-4770   springfieldlakemore@akronlibrary.org
   

Reading Rocks!  Mind, Body & Sole Summer Performers.

The following special event will be held at the Springfield Township Lakefront Park Pavilion:

June 28, 11 am, Party Couture, your whole family will get up and move with this DJ and dance party

Sign up for a library card at these special events.

    Location: Springfield-Lakemore
   11:30 AM Story Time  
    Contact: Nordonia Hills Branch Library   330-467-8595   nordoniahills@akronlibrary.org
   

STORY TIME

Short stories, rhymes and more!

For children 2-5 years old, with two-year-olds accompanied by a parent or caregiver. 

Please register in advance.

    Location: Nordonia Hills
   12:15 PM  -  12:25 PM Lunchtime Bird Watching  
    Contact: Science & Technology Division   330-643-9075   stdiv@akronlibrary.org
   

Join us as we do our weekly count of bird species found in downtown Akron. No previous bird watching necessary. We meet in the Library Park on the corner of Main and Mill streets.

    Location: Main Library
   1:00 PM Bubble Lady  
    Contact: Kenmore Branch Library   330-745-6126   kenmore@akronlibrary.org
   

The Bubble Lady is back! She will be showing us all sorts of fascinating things that can be done with bubbles! You might even be able to step inside a large bubble!

    Location: Kenmore
   1:00 PM Vision Boards  
    Contact: Ellet Library   330-784-2019   ellet@akronlibrary.org
   

Grades 6-12. 

Focus on your goals as you create a visual aid to guide and encourage yourself as you pursue your dreams.

    Location: Ellet
   1:00 PM  -  3:30 PM Motors, Motion, and Movement with K'Nex: A Maker Space Program with Sylvan  
    Contact: Fairlawn-Bath Branch   330-666-4888   
   

In this exciting Maker Space event participants will work in teams to complete an engineering design challenge using K’Nex.  We will also skype with an engineer during the program! For grades 4-12

    Location: Fairlawn-Bath
   1:30 PM Summer Movies: Coco  
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

Summer Movies
Thursdays, June 7-Aug 16, 1:30 pm in the Auditorium

Chill in our Auditorium and enjoy these movies!  Groups welcome

June 7: Sing!-Rated PG, 105 min.

June 14: Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Long Haul-Rated PG, 91 min.

June 21: Beauty and the Beast-Rated G, 85 min.

June 28: Coco-Rated PG, 105 min.

July 5: Lion King–Rated G, 88 min.

July 12: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory –Rated G, 100 min.

July 19: Incredibles–Rated PG, 115 min.

July 26: Mulan- Rated G, 100 min.

August. 2: Despicable Me 3–Rated PG, 90 min.

Aug 9: Aladdin–Rated G, 91 min.

Aug. 16: Lego Batman–Rated PG, 104 min.

 

    Location: Main Library-Auditorium
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Thrilling Thursdays: Outback Ray  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   maplevalley@akronlibrary.org
   
Thrilling Thursdays
Join us every Thursday, 1:30 pm
For all ages; children under the age of 5 should be accompanied by a caregiver.
No registration required.
 
June 28: Outback Ray’s Amazing Animal Show
 
    Location: Maple Valley
   2:00 PM Apptastic Music  
    Contact:    330-724-2126   firestoneparkbranch@akronlibrary.org
   

Grades 4 and up.

Explore different apps to make music.

    Location: Firestone Park
   2:00 PM Teen Mini Makerspace  
    Contact: Nordonia Hills Branch Library   330-467-8595   nordoniahills@akronlibrary.org
   

Program is for students going into 5th grade and up.

  • June 7 We are using wool to create a felted emoji keyring.
  • June 14 Come & do some sandpaper printing.
  • June 21 Adam Pate associate will demonstrate and teach us how to do Caricatures
  • June 28 6th Annual Paper Airplane Races! Come race your designs against other worthy opponents.
  • July 5 Create a beach chair to hold your phone.
  • July 12 We’re constructing a duct tape pencil case.
  • July 19 Duct tape is the medium again. Come and make a geometric planter.
  • July 26 How good is your memory? Come play book cover memory.
    Location: Nordonia Hills
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Cupcake Wars  
    Contact: North Hill Branch   330-535-9423   northhill@akronlibrary.org
   

Test your culinary decorating skills and wow the judges as you decorate a cupcake.  Supplies provided.  Registration is required for this event and is limited to 12.  Registration begins June 6th.  For kids entering grades 4-12.

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

Typing

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

 

Please visit our website for more information:

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

Come test your gaming skills with friends! For school-age kids and teens.

    Location: Kenmore
   6:00 PM Cookbook Club  
    Contact: Mogadore Branch Library   330-628-9228   mogadore@akronlibrary.org
   

Thursday, June 28, 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.

BETTER HOMES AND GARDENS NEW COOKBOOK

    Location: Mogadore
   6:00 PM  -  7:00 PM African United Front Book Discussion  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   maplevalley@akronlibrary.org
    The Akron African United Front book discussion group offers you the opportunity to share your opinions on how history affects our world views in today’s society. Read and analyze books that are rich in African American culture and history. Discuss important heartfelt issues with your peers.
    Location: Maple Valley
   6:30 PM How to Spot and Stop a Scam  
    Contact: Fairlawn-Bath Branch   330-666-4888   
   

Daisha Dancy of the Summit County Office of Consumer Affairs talks about the various types of financial scams that people, especially seniors, often fall victim to.  She will provide information on how to avoid these scams, knowledge on what the scammers can and can’t say, and how to identify a scam.

    Location: Fairlawn-Bath
   6:30 PM Movies@Main: Paddington 2  
    Contact: Culture & AV   330-643-9015   
   
Kung Fu Panda 3 movie poster
 

Paddington the bear gets into a series of amazing adventures and makes everyone’s life better. This wonderful film received 100% positive reviews on Rotten Tomatoes! Starring Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Hugh Grant and Ben Whishaw. Rated PG. 103 min

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

What did you read this month?  It’s a mystery!  Share your new 2018 “grab bag” titles with the group.  

    Location: Portage Lakes
   6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Sistas Knit 2  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   maplevalley@akronlibrary.org
   

Socialize with other crafters while creating wonderful projects that can be given to family and friends. This group does everything from knitting to crocheting, needlepoint to cross stitch and more… All crafters are welcome.

    Location: Maple Valley
   6:45 PM Book Discussion Group  
    Contact: Highland Square   330-376-2927   
   

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

June 28                                        ORPHAN’S TALE by Pam Jenoff

July 26                                          ELIGIBLE, Curtis Sittenfeld

August 23                                     WOMEN IN THE CASTLE, Jessica Shattuck

    Location: Highland Square

Friday June 29, 2018
   12:30 PM  -  1:30 PM Rockin' Book Club  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   ellet@akronlibrary.org
   

Grades K-3. Join us as we stop that summer slide by reading a book together each week. Have fun with games and crafts related to each book too.

    Location: Ellet

Saturday June 30, 2018
   12:00 PM  -  1:00 PM Paws for Reading  
    Contact: Ellet Library   330-784-2019   ellet@akronlibrary.org
   

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

    Location: Ellet
   12:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Introduction to RPG (Role Playing Games)  
    Contact:    3306594343   
   

Introduction to RPG:

Are you ready to test your imaginiation and enter magical worlds filled with adventure?  If so, two experienced table top role playing masters will be on hand to lead us into 2 worlds (games). No experience is necessary. Novice and experts welcome. Ages 10 and up. Snack provided. 

    Location: Richfield
   2:00 PM Makey Makey Workshop  
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

Grades 3 and up can come and play around with our Makey Makey circuit kits, and discover all of the things it can do.
Space is limited; registration requested.

    Location: Main Library
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Beginners Knitting with Linda  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   maplevalley@akronlibrary.org
   

If you've always wanted to learn or need to brush up on knitting, you don't want to miss this program. Linda Curry has taught classes at craft stores and at libraries. She will teach the basics steps to knitting in two instructional classes. Please call the branch to register.

    Location: Maple Valley
   2:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Buckeye Martinfest at North Reservoir  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

Buckeye Martinfest at North Reservoir

Saturday, June 30, 2-4 pm

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

    Location: Portage Lakes

Sunday July 1, 2018
     Read It  
    Contact: Goodyear Branch   330-784-7522   goodyear@akronlibrary.org
   

 

Book Club to Go

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.

July THE WOMAN UPSTAIRS by Claire Messud

 

    Location: Goodyear

Sunday July 1, 2018 -  Tuesday July 31, 2018
     Book Club on the Run  
    Contact:    330-724-2126   firestoneparkbranch@akronlibrary.org
   

PETTY: THE BIOGRAPHY  by Warren Zanes

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

    Location: Firestone Park

Sunday July 1, 2018
   2:00 PM  -  2:30 PM Sunday Story Time Sampler  
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

Sunday Story Time Sampler
Every Sunday, 2 pm

A half-hour story time for preschool-primary children

    Location: Main Library

Monday July 2, 2018
   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, June 18.

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

North Hill Needle Crafters

If you love to knit, crochet, and help people, this is the group for you. Everything this talented group makes is donated to helping organizations in our community. If you are new to crafting, we will be glad to get you started. If you have yarn and supplies to donate, we will make good use of them. New members always welcome!

    Location: North Hill
   10:30 AM Music and Movement Mondays  
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

Music and Movement Mondays
Mondays, June 4-July 23, 10:30 am

Put on your dancing shoes and get ready to shake your sillies out!  For children ages 2 to 5 years and their caregiver.

    Location: Main Library
   11:00 AM David Anthony: Magician  
    Contact: Ellet Library   330-784-2019   ellet@akronlibrary.org
   

Award winning magic packed with laughter and audience participation. 

    Location: Ellet
   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, June 18.

    Location: Fairlawn-Bath
   12:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Summer Exercise Course  
    Contact: Richfield Library   330-659-4343   dnagy@akronlibrary.org
   

Summer Exercise Course

Mondays June 11- July 30, 12-2 pm

Stay fit this summer with our fun on your own garden exercise program. This summer we will set up different exercise activities out in our reading garden. Fun for the whole family. Can’t make it on Monday’s no problem ask at the desk and we will be happy to set it for you.

    Location: Richfield
   1:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Summer Fun Days  
    Contact: Gerri Bowen   330-724-2126   gbowen@akronlibrary.org
   

Summer Fun Days

Mondays at 1pm

Grades K - 5 

Registration Requested.

June 18  Fun in the garden...help water and tend the library garden and plant a lovely plant to take home with you.

June 25  Create cool decorations to brighten up your yard, front porch or garden.

July 2  Build it! Join us for building fun with Legos, Citiblocks and more.

July 9  Design a mini terrarium to take home.

July 16  Join us for a summer movie matinee. Watch Coco (PG) on our big screen and munch on snacks.

    Location: Firestone Park
   1:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Yoga with Yoga Squirrel Studio  
    Contact: Richfield Library   330-659-4343   dnagy@akronlibrary.org
   

Yoga Fun Mondays

Yoga with Yoga Squirrel

June 25, July 2, and July 9, 1:00 pm

 

Calling all boys and girls ages 4 and up, 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. No registration required.  Parents are welcome to participate in our yoga practice too.

 

    Location: Richfield
   2:00 PM Marvelous Mondays!  
    Contact: Highland Square   330-376-2927   
   

Children of All Ages, Mondays at 2 pm

Music and storytelling combine as storyteller Lindsay Bonilla teams up with Amy Glick, a violinist with the Akron Symphony Orchestra, to bring to life her humorous tale of Peter, a prince who dreams of being a frog. Audience members of all ages will laugh along as Peter stops at nothing to realize his dream.

 

    Location: Highland Square
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM MineCraft Monday  
    Contact:    3306594343   
   

Join us to mine and craft on our multi-plyaer server! No account necessary. Creepers welcome (ages 11 and up).

    Location: Richfield
   6:00 PM  -  7:30 PM Mobile Maker from the TechZone@Main  
    Contact: Goodyear Branch   330-784-7522   goodyear@akronlibrary.org
   

Monday, July 2, 6-7:30 pm

Learn about the many new and exciting gadgets available in the TechZone@Main Library – 3D Printer, Recording Studios, Button Maker, Embroidery Machine, Heat Press, Laser Engraver, and Vinyl Printer just to name a few.

Join one of our Technology Trainers as they explain the different types of equipment available for use and share examples of what these machines can do. TechZone is a perfect place to create unique birthday and graduation gifts!

All attendees can make a free button to take home. A family-friendly event!

Please register in advance, beginning Monday, June 4.

    Location: Goodyear

Tuesday July 3, 2018
   10:05 AM Baby Time  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   ellet@akronlibrary.org
   

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

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

Adult caregivers are welcome and expected to join in the fun. We'll read books, sing songs, experiment with puppets, learn rhymes, and make music as we learn to play with one another and make new friends.

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

Tuesday, July 3, 10:30 am

Ages 3 and up
Join Miss Kim for stories, songs, games and crafts.

(There will not be a program on July 24)

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

Family Story Time ages 6 months- 6 years

Tuesdays, June 12- July 31, 10:30- 11:30 am

Children bring your favorite caregiver and join us for stories, music, rhymes, gardening, and more. No registration required. Please note we will have a variety of outdoor activities during story time please lather up with sun screen and be ready to get dirty, messy and potentially wet. 

    Location: Richfield
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Story Time  
    Contact: Springfield-Lakemore   330-643-4770   springfieldlakemore@akronlibrary.org
   

Tuesdays, July 3 - July 31, 10:30 am

A happy blend of stories, rhymes, songs, and play for you and your child to enjoy together. Lots of music and movement included. All are welcome and celebrated.

Ages birth to five with a caregiver

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

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

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

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

    Location: North Hill
   12:00 PM  -  1:30 PM Lunch Bunch  
    Contact: Nordonia Hills Branch Library   330-467-8595   nordoniahills@akronlibrary.org
   

LUNCH BUNCH

Students going into Kindergarten through fourth grades are invited to join Miss Sue for a story and a craft.  Bring your lunch and your listening ears.  Dessert and beverages will be provided.

Please register in advance.

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

First Tuesday of each month, 12:30 pm

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

Large groups, please call ahead with the number of attendees, so we can ensure seating accommodations. 

    Location: Goodyear
   1:00 PM One T Entertainment  
    Contact: Fairlawn-Bath Branch   330-666-4888   
   

One T Entertainment Slip on your dancing shoes as we will get down and boogie at the library!  Space is limited. Pick up a free ticket up to 30 minutes before each performance.

    Location: Fairlawn-Bath
   1:00 PM World of Difference Children's Show  
    Contact: Goodyear Branch   330-784-7522   goodyear@gmail.com
   

 

Enjoy theatrical storytelling with Lindsay Bonilla as she uses the interactive performance of stories to inspire the imagination, spark creativity, and promote the love for learning.

Large groups, please schedule ahead with the children’s librarian to make a reservation for all shows due to limited space.

    Location: Goodyear
   2:00 PM Flip Flop Art  
    Contact: Kenmore Branch Library   330-745-6126   kenmore@akronlibrary.org
   

Do you have a pair of flip flops that need to be jazzed up? Bring your own flip flops and decorate them with our provided embellishments! For grades 6-12. 

    Location: Kenmore
   2:00 PM Music Bingo  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330-864-5721   maplevalley@akronlibrary.org
   

See you much you know about early rock and roll and rap and current music as well. You may win a prize! Snacks and beverages provided.

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

Program is for students in Kindergarten - 5th grade.

June 12- Cartoonist Jeff Nicholas will share his drawing talents and show us how he draws some of his cartoons.

June 19 – Lindsay Bonilla – Interactive storyteller from World of Difference will share some wonderful stories.

June 26 – Outback Ray will bring some of his amazing animal friends.

July 3-  Bingo

July 10- The magic of David Anthony.     

July 17- Juggler Matt Jergens.

July 24 – Music by a D.J. from One T Entertainment

    Location: Nordonia Hills
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Summer Reading Teen Book Discussion  
    Contact: Odom Branch   330-434-8726   
   

Not sure what books to read this summer?  Need suggestions for your summer reading assignments?  Join us to learn about some of our favorite books for middle and high school students and to discuss your favorite books with others. 

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

Kids and Teens

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

    Location: Green

Thursday July 5, 2018
   10:15 AM Baby Time  
    Contact: Nordonia Hills Branch Library   330-467-8595   nordoniahills@akronlibrary.org
   

BABY TIME

Our programs feature bounces, songs, and stories.

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   330-784-7522   goodyear@akronlibrary.org
   

Thursdays, June 7 – July 26, 10:15 am

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

    Location: Goodyear
   10:15 AM  -  11:15 AM Preschool Fun Story time  
    Contact: Odom Branch   330-434-8726   
   

For ages 3-5 with a caretaker.

Each week we will share stories, song, movement and a special activity in an hour of fun

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

Thursday, July 5, 10:30 am

Ages birth – 3 ½
Join Miss Kim for songs, stories and group playtime with our library friends.

(There will not be a program on July 19)

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

Every Thursday, 10:30 am

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

    Location: Main Library
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Snack and play in the Garden  
    Contact: Richfield Library   330-659-4343   dnagy@akronlibrary.org
   

Snack and Play in the Garden

Thursdays: June 7 and 21, July 5 am 19, August 9, 10:30-11:30 am

Enjoy a relaxing morning playing in the garden. Snacks will be provided. Fun for all ages.

 

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

July 5 Lindsay Bonilla A storyteller who makes you a part of the story!

    Location: Portage Lakes
   11:30 AM Story Time  
    Contact: Nordonia Hills Branch Library   330-467-8595   nordoniahills@akronlibrary.org
   

STORY TIME

Short stories, rhymes and more!

For children 2-5 years old, with two-year-olds accompanied by a parent or caregiver. 

Please register in advance.

    Location: Nordonia Hills
   1:00 PM Crooked River Comedy  
    Contact: Kenmore Branch Library   330-745-6126   kenmore@akronlibrary.org
   

Cool off and enjoy an afternoon of comedy fun!

    Location: Kenmore
   1:00 PM Dance Dance Dance  
    Contact: Ellet Library   330-784-2019   ellet@akronlibrary.org
   

Grades 6-12. 

Spend the afternoon dancing along to your favorite dance games including Just Dance, Dance Central, Dance Paradise and Michael Jackson Experience on our gaming systems.

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

Thursday Matinees

1-3 pm

Kick back and relax with our family friendly movies. For your enjoyment we’ll also provide popcorn and juice.

July 5- Wonder

 

    Location: Richfield
   1:30 PM Summer Movies: Lion King  
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

Summer Movies
Thursdays, June 7-Aug 16, 1:30 pm in the Auditorium

Chill in our Auditorium and enjoy these movies!  Groups welcome

June 7: Sing!-Rated PG, 105 min.

June 14: Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Long Haul-Rated PG, 91 min.

June 21: Beauty and the Beast-Rated G, 85 min.

June 28: Coco-Rated PG, 105 min.

July 5: Lion King–Rated G, 88 min.

July 12: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory –Rated G, 100 min.

July 19: Incredibles–Rated PG, 115 min.

July 26: Mulan- Rated G, 100 min.

August. 2: Despicable Me 3–Rated PG, 90 min.

Aug 9: Aladdin–Rated G, 91 min.

Aug. 16: Lego Batman–Rated PG, 104 min.

 

    Location: Main Library-Auditorium
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Thrilling Thursdays: Dance Party  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   maplevalley@akronlibrary.org
   
Thrilling Thursdays
Join us every Thursday, 1:30 pm
For all ages; children under the age of 5 should be accompanied by a caregiver.
No registration required.
 
July 5: Dance Party with a DJ from One T Entertainment
 
    Location: Maple Valley
   2:00 PM Teen Mini Makerspace  
    Contact: Nordonia Hills Branch Library   330-467-8595   nordoniahills@akronlibrary.org
   

Program is for students going into 5th grade and up.

  • June 7 We are using wool to create a felted emoji keyring.
  • June 14 Come & do some sandpaper printing.
  • June 21 Adam Pate associate will demonstrate and teach us how to do Caricatures
  • June 28 6th Annual Paper Airplane Races! Come race your designs against other worthy opponents.
  • July 5 Create a beach chair to hold your phone.
  • July 12 We’re constructing a duct tape pencil case.
  • July 19 Duct tape is the medium again. Come and make a geometric planter.
  • July 26 How good is your memory? Come play book cover memory.
    Location: Nordonia Hills
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Art Unscrewed  
    Contact: North Hill Branch   330-535-9423   northhill@akronlibrary.org
   

Follow along as you are guided through painting a scene on canvas while sipping on pop!  Snacks will be provided.  Wear clothing that you don't mind getting paint on.  Registration is required for this event and is limited to 15.  Registration begins June 6th.  For kids entering grades 4-12.

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

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

    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
   6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Sistas Knit 2  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   maplevalley@akronlibrary.org
   

Socialize with other crafters while creating wonderful projects that can be given to family and friends. This group does everything from knitting to crocheting, needlepoint to cross stitch and more… All crafters are welcome.

    Location: Maple Valley

Friday July 6, 2018
   12:30 PM  -  1:30 PM Rockin' Book Club  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   ellet@akronlibrary.org
   

Grades K-3. Join us as we stop that summer slide by reading a book together each week. Have fun with games and crafts related to each book too.

    Location: Ellet
   1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Community Photo Scanning Days in Collaboration with the Portage Lakes Historical Society  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050    portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

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 July 7, 2018
   2:00 AM  -  4:00 AM Creative Painting with Tissue Paper  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   maplevalley@akronlibrary.org
    There is no paint involved in this craft. Using tissue paper, you will create a piece of art to hang on your wall. All supplies are provided by the library. Please call the branch to register.
    Location: Maple Valley
   10:00 AM  -  4:00 PM Crafters' Corner  
    Contact: Nordonia Hills Branch Library   330-467-8595   nordoniahills@akronlibrary.org
   

CRAFTERS' CORNER

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

No experience necessary – all crafts welcome!

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

Paws for Reading

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

    Location: Fairlawn-Bath
   10:30 AM  -  12:00 PM VolunTeen Times  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

Looking for community service hours for school, church or Scouts?  The library needs your help on the following days to assist with summer reading activities.  Assignments will vary and may include stuffing bags for outreach events, cleaning library materials or helping set up and take down for programs.  Contact Miss Kelly at 330.644.7050 or portagelakes@akronlibrary.org to sign up to volunteer.

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

Saturday Story Time Sampler
The First and Third Saturdays of the month, 11 am Story time for preschool-primary children with an adult caregiver.

June 2: Geek Out on Stories as part of Geekfest

June 16: Story Time Rocks! Join us for stories about rocks.

July 7: Books with a Beat These rhyming books will put a beat in your feet and a “ta-tum” in your drum.

July 21: Beach Party! Dip your toes in the sand or ride the tide at our totally gnarly beach party.

August 4: Hervé Tullet Art Workshop  

August 18: I Scream for Ice Cream! - Join us for stories and songs about our favorite frozen treats, then make some homemade ice cream in a bag.

 

    Location: Main Library
   11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM PVC Stomp Rockets and Marshmallow Launchers  
    Contact: Springfield-Lakemore   330-643-4770   springfieldlakemore@akronlibrary.org
   

PVC Stomp Rockets and Marshmallow Launchers

Saturday, July 7, 11 am

Ready, aim, build. We will use PVC pipe to construct our own stomp rockets and marshmallow launchers. We’ll compete to see whose marshmallows and rockets travel the fastest and go the farthest, and prizes will be awarded!

    Location: Springfield-Lakemore
   12:00 PM PAWS for Reading  
    Contact:    330-724-2126   gbowen@akronlibrary.org
   

PAWS for Reading

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

    Location: Firestone Park
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM PAWS for Reading  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   maplevalley@akronlibrary.org
   

PAWS for Reading

Saturday, July 7,  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 Exploring Color: Painting with Gouache  
    Contact: Richfield Branch   330-659-4343   mdaly@akronlibrary.org
   

Learn about color mixing by attempting to replicate modern masterpieces using the opaque watercolor medium gouache, a favorite among artists and designers for its boldness and brightness. Paint and supplies will be provided. Instructor: Christina Turner, Richfield Branch Library. There is limited space for this programs – Please call or register at the front desk.

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    Location: Richfield
   6:00 PM  -  7:00 PM DIY Cardboard Craft  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   maplevalley@akronlibrary.org
    This is not the craft from elementary school. Using cardboard tubes, you will make an elegant piece of art that you will be proud of. The piece could be framed or used as a free-style wall hanging. Come and see what treasure you will create. Please call the branch to register.
    Location: Maple Valley

Sunday July 8, 2018
   2:00 PM  -  2:30 PM Sunday Story Time Sampler  
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

Sunday Story Time Sampler
Every Sunday, 2 pm

A half-hour story time for preschool-primary children

    Location: Main Library

Monday July 9, 2018
     Book Club on the Go  
    Contact: Kenmore Branch Library   330-745-6126   kenmore@akronlibrary.org
   

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

July's selection: The Lost Crown by Sarah Miller

    Location: Kenmore
   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, June 18.

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

North Hill Needle Crafters

If you love to knit, crochet, and help people, this is the group for you. Everything this talented group makes is donated to helping organizations in our community. If you are new to crafting, we will be glad to get you started. If you have yarn and supplies to donate, we will make good use of them. New members always welcome!

    Location: North Hill
   10:30 AM Music and Movement Mondays  
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

Music and Movement Mondays
Mondays, June 4-July 23, 10:30 am

Put on your dancing shoes and get ready to shake your sillies out!  For children ages 2 to 5 years and their caregiver.

    Location: Main Library
   10:30 AM  -  12:00 PM Hands-On Computer Classes  
    Contact:    330-724-2126   firestoneparkbranch@akronlibrary.org
   

Microsoft Word 1 

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

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

    Location: Portage Lakes
   11:00 AM The Great Kaplan  
    Contact: Ellet Library   330-784-2019   ellet@akronlibrary.org
   

Illusion, music, juggling, and comedy collide in this vaudevillesque spectacle. 

    Location: Ellet
   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, June 18.

    Location: Fairlawn-Bath
   12:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Summer Exercise Course  
    Contact: Richfield Library   330-659-4343   dnagy@akronlibrary.org
   

Summer Exercise Course

Mondays June 11- July 30, 12-2 pm

Stay fit this summer with our fun on your own garden exercise program. This summer we will set up different exercise activities out in our reading garden. Fun for the whole family. Can’t make it on Monday’s no problem ask at the desk and we will be happy to set it for you.

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

All ages welcome. Groups, please register in advance for each movie due to limited seating.

ROCK DOG (PG) (90 minutes)

A Tibetan mastiff living in a remote mountain community dreams of being a rock star.  But when he heads to the big city to seek his fortune, his unprotected flock of sheep are preyed upon by a hungry wolf.

    Location: Goodyear
   1:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Summer Fun Days  
    Contact: Gerri Bowen   330-724-2126   gbowen@akronlibrary.org
   

Summer Fun Days

Mondays at 1pm

Grades K - 5 

Registration Requested.

June 18  Fun in the garden...help water and tend the library garden and plant a lovely plant to take home with you.

June 25  Create cool decorations to brighten up your yard, front porch or garden.

July 2  Build it! Join us for building fun with Legos, Citiblocks and more.

July 9  Design a mini terrarium to take home.

July 16  Join us for a summer movie matinee. Watch Coco (PG) on our big screen and munch on snacks.

    Location: Firestone Park
   1:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Yoga with Yoga Squirrel Studio  
    Contact: Richfield Library   330-659-4343   dnagy@akronlibrary.org
   

Yoga Fun Mondays

Yoga with Yoga Squirrel

June 25, July 2, and July 9, 1:00 pm

 

Calling all boys and girls ages 4 and up, 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. No registration required.  Parents are welcome to participate in our yoga practice too.

 

    Location: Richfield
   1:30 PM A Different Kind of Book Club  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

NEW TIME!  Have you 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?  No one has to read the same book.  It’s basically one big book report meeting and no books are off-limits.  Classics, Self-Help, Biographies, Cozy Mysteries, Travel, Sci-Fi, anything goes!

    Location: Portage Lakes
   2:00 PM Marvelous Mondays!  
    Contact: Highland Square   330-376-2927   
   

Children of All Ages, Mondays at 2 pm

Great Kaplan presents illusion, music, juggling and deadpan comedy in this Vaudeville-esque spectacle.

    Location: Highland Square
   2:00 PM Painting with Music  
    Contact: Northwest Akron Branch   3308361081   northwest@akronlibrary.org
   

Painting with Music 

(4th -6th graders)

Monday, July 9, 2 pm

There are many ways to express yourself, through music, through art. Why not combine the two? The library is hosting a painting with music event. Listen to a variety of musical genres and paint what you feel.  

 

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

    Location: Northwest Akron
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM LEGO-licious Mondays  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   maplevalley@akronlibrary.org
   
LEGO-licious Mondays
July 9,  2 pm
Grades K-6
Love Legos? So do we! Join us for an afternoon of fun, creativity, and building!
No registration required.
    Location: Maple Valley
   2:00 PM  -  3:30 PM Teens Do Something!  
    Contact: Nordonia Hills Branch Library   330-467-8595   nordoniahills@akronlibrary.org
   

TEENS DO SOMETHING!

This is a great way for students going into 5th through 12th grades to volunteer. We will meet twice a month on Monday from 2:00 to 3:30 pm to do a different type of project. Some of the project we will work on - making busy bags for Akron Children’s Hospital, cards for shut-ins, and jobs around the library.

Please see Miss Sue for more details.

    Location: Nordonia Hills
   4:00 PM Paws for Reading  
    Contact: Goodyear   330-784-7522   goodyear@gmail.com
   

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

Paws is the second Monday of each month.

    Location: Goodyear
   6:00 PM DIY Summer Sign  
    Contact: Goodyear Branch   330-784-7522   goodyear@akronlibrary.org
   

Monday, July 9, 6 pm

Come out and paint your very own faux wood summer sign! Perfect for your wall or porch. Join Kimmy Henderson of Makikisart as she guides you to create your own work of art. You get to choose the design, colors, and words to make your sign original.

Class size is limited to 15 adult participants.

Registration begins Monday, June 11.

    Location: Goodyear
   6:00 PM Needle Crafting  
    Contact:    330-724-2126   firestoneparkbranch@akronlibrary.org
   

Second and Fourth Monday evenings of the month, 6pm

Enjoy discussion and share knit and crochet projects.

    Location: Firestone Park
   6:30 PM An Evening with Sports Columnist Terry Pluto  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Adult Program

Join Terry Pluto, author and sports columnist for the Cleveland Plain Dealer, in a discussion that will cover all Cleveland sports.

 
    Location: Green
   6:30 PM Campfire Story Time  
    Contact: Northwest Akron Branch   3308361081   northwest@akronlibrary.org
   

Campfire Story Time

2nd Mondays, June 11, July 9, 6:30 pm

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

 

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

All ages are welcome.

    Location: Northwest Akron
   6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Transferring Photos  
    Contact: North Hill Branch Library   330.535.9423   northhill@akronlibrary.org
   

Transferring Photos - presented by Brett Neff

Do you have digital photos stored on your camera, phone, flash drive, or disc? Learn how to easily transfer those images to your computer so you can begin organizing, editing, printing, and sharing.

 

    Location: North Hill

Tuesday July 10, 2018
   6:30 AM Introduction to Creative Lettering with Larry Gabler  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

For Teens and Adults

Learn techniques that you will use to create your own custom design bookmark.

Please register beginning Monday, June 25.

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

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

    Location: Ellet
   10:30 AM Preschool Story Time - Hot Wheels Derby  
    Contact: North Hill Branch Library   3305359423   northhill@akronlibrary.org
   

Race your fastest car in the Hot Wheels Derby! This event is for anyone younger than six.

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

Tuesday, July 10, 10:30 am

Ages 3 and up
Join Miss Kim for stories, songs, games and crafts.

(There will not be a program on July 24)

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

A Time to Play

Second Tuesday of each month, 10:30-11:30 am Children learn through play, and we like to play in the Children's Library!  This summer we will celebrate how “Libraries Rock!” Hands-on, age-appropriate, creative play, STEAM experiences and materials will be available for young children and their families.  Come explore, make friends, share stories, create and play with us.      

June 12: We Will Rock You! “Rock out” and learn through music this month. Participate in music and movement activities from Bach to Rock. 

July 10: Rock On! Preschoolers love collecting rocks and learning about them. This month we will combine science, math, literacy and art as we explore and study rocks, and tell stone stories.  

August 14: School of Rock Get ready for school and learning success at this month’s playtime. We’ll focus on readiness skills such as rhyming, pre-math games, and social development strategies. 

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

Family Story Time ages 6 months- 6 years

Tuesdays, June 12- July 31, 10:30- 11:30 am

Children bring your favorite caregiver and join us for stories, music, rhymes, gardening, and more. No registration required. Please note we will have a variety of outdoor activities during story time please lather up with sun screen and be ready to get dirty, messy and potentially wet. 

    Location: Richfield
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Story Time  
    Contact: Springfield-Lakemore   330-643-4770   springfieldlakemore@akronlibrary.org
   

Tuesdays, July 3 - July 31, 10:30 am

A happy blend of stories, rhymes, songs, and play for you and your child to enjoy together. Lots of music and movement included. All are welcome and celebrated.

Ages birth to five with a caregiver

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

Join us for a family-friendly story time with stories, songs, finger plays, art and lots of fun! All ages welcome. No registration necessary.

    Location: Portage Lakes
   11:00 AM Rick Smith Jr.  
    Contact: Fairlawn-Bath Branch   330-666-4888   
   

Rick Smith Jr., popular magician, world record holder, and illusionist will knock everyone’s socks off with his exciting show! Space is limited. Pick up a free ticket up to 30 minutes before each performance.

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

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

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

When Rocky visits, children have an opportunity to practice their literacy skills by reading aloud with him. Drop in to read with him and his owner.

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

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

    Location: North Hill
   12:00 PM  -  1:30 PM Lunch Bunch  
    Contact: Nordonia Hills Branch Library   330-467-8595   nordoniahills@akronlibrary.org
   

LUNCH BUNCH

Students going into Kindergarten through fourth grades are invited to join Miss Sue for a story and a craft.  Bring your lunch and your listening ears.  Dessert and beverages will be provided.

Please register in advance.

    Location: Nordonia Hills
   1:00 PM Afternoon Book Discussion  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Afternoon Book Discussion

Join us for our monthly afternoon book discussion. For July, we will discuss your favorite book.

    Location: Green
   1:00 PM Matt Jergens Children's Show  
    Contact: Goodyear Branch   330-784-7522   goodyear@gmail.com
   

 

This comedy juggler will have you laughing and cheering as he uses a variety of props to defy gravity in a way never before seen!

Large groups, please schedule ahead with the children’s librarian to make a reservation for all shows due to limited space.

    Location: Goodyear
   1:00 PM Terrific Tuesdays  
    Contact:    330-724-2126   gbowen@akronlibrary.org
   

Terrific Tuesdays 

Registration Requested.

June 12  Dr. U R Awesome presents fun with science, 1pm

June 19  Outback Ray brings his hands-on education animal show. Two shows, 11 am OR 1pm

June 26  Magician David Anthony, 1pm

July 10  Glow Dance Party with One T Entertainment, 1pm

July 17  The Bubble Lady makes bubbles of all shapes and sizes, 1pm

July 24  Bricks 4 Kidz Lego building fun for everyone, 1pm

    Location: Firestone Park
   1:00 PM Vegetable Rock Band  
    Contact: Northwest Akron Branch   3308361081   northwest@akronlibrary.org
   

Vegetable Rock Band

Tuesday, July 10, 1 pm

Music like you’ve never seen before! Come see a delicious demonstration of instruments made from vegetables and other interesting material. Registration requested.  

 

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

All ages are welcome.

    Location: Northwest Akron
   2:00 PM Family Movie  
    Contact: Kenmore Branch Library   330-745-6126   kenmore@akronlibrary.org
   

Relax with a movie, popcorn, and drinks. Bring the whole family and enjoy an afternoon at the library!

    Location: Kenmore
   2:00 PM Rick Smith Jr.  
    Contact: Fairlawn-Bath Branch   330-666-4888   
   

Rick Smith Jr., popular magician, world record holder, and illusionist will knock everyone’s socks off with his exciting show! Space is limited. Pick up a free ticket up to 30 minutes before each performance.

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

Program is for students in Kindergarten - 5th grade.

June 12- Cartoonist Jeff Nicholas will share his drawing talents and show us how he draws some of his cartoons.

June 19 – Lindsay Bonilla – Interactive storyteller from World of Difference will share some wonderful stories.

June 26 – Outback Ray will bring some of his amazing animal friends.

July 3-  Bingo

July 10- The magic of David Anthony.     

July 17- Juggler Matt Jergens.

July 24 – Music by a D.J. from One T Entertainment

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

Totally Teen Tuesdays @ 2 pm!

For grades 5 and up. 

Please register in advance.

Snacks may be served at programs. Patrons with food allergy questions should contact the branch.

July 10 Name that Tune:  Snacks, music and prizes, oh my! Test your musical knowledge, fill a bingo card and win a prize! We’ll have a rock ‘n good time!

    Location: Portage Lakes
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Giant Game Day  
    Contact: Norton Branch Library   330-285-7800   norton@akronlibrary.org
   

Giant Game Day- Join us for some BIG fun and play giant Jenga, oversize UNO, colossal checkers, ginormous Yahtzee, and croquet kickball.  

    Location: Norton
   3:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Cake, Rattle and Roll  
    Contact: Teen Area   330-643-9067   ysodiv@akronlibrary.org
   

Join us to make mug cakes and flex your music trivia knowledge! Build your own mug cake with fun mix-ins, then decorate to your heart’s content with frosting, sprinkles, and more! While our cakes bake, we’ll play Name That Tune and quiz you with music themed trivia.

    Location: Main Library
   3:30 PM  -  5:00 PM Needle Arts for All  
    Contact: Springfield-Lakemore   330-643-4770   springfieldlakemore@akronlibrary.org
   

Needle Arts for All

Second and Fourth Tuesday of each month, 3:30 – 5 pm

June 12 and 26, July 10 and 24, August 14 and 28

Do you love to knit, crochet, or enjoy other needle arts?  Then this group is for you!  Bring your work in progress and desire to share your knowledge with others.  Curious Newbies are welcome as well!  Come see what others are making and get help starting a project.  Stash donations always welcome and put to good use. 

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

Tuesday, July 10, 3:30-5 pm

Knit and crochet to help the needy! 
If you can make just one 7” or 9” rectangle you can help keep the needy in the Akron area warm. 
To date, this chapter has supplied over 8,000 afghans.
    Location: Mogadore
   6:00 PM Author Visit: Chuck and Beth Hewett  
    Contact: Northwest Akron Branch   3308361081   northwest@akronlibrary.org
   

Author Visit: Chuck and Beth Hewett

Tuesday, July 10, 6 pm

Authors of Wandering Ohio:  A Buckeye Trail Thru-Hike share their experiences of their 76-day adventure hiking the 1,444-mile trail that offers a variety of natural wonders right here in Ohio.

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

STITCH CLIQUE

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

Refreshments will be served.

    Location: Nordonia Hills
   6:30 PM Campfire Outdoor Story Time  
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

Campfire Outdoor Story Time
Second Tuesday night of each month, 6:30 pm
June 12, July 10, August 14

Meet in the Children's Library

Enjoy a special family story time in the library amphitheater on Main St. with stories, songs, a craft, and a snack. Bring a blanket or towel to sit on. Program will be held in the Children’s Program Room in cases of inclement weather.

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

WELLNESS YOGA:  YOGA OFF THE MAT

Learn soothing stretches that you can incorporate into your daily life in this gentle yoga series with Diane Bielecki, who graduated from the Cleveland Clinic School of Yoga. No mat is needed – stretches are done standing or in a chair. Please dress in comfortable clothing and arrive 5-10 minutes early so that class may begin on time.

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

    Location: Nordonia Hills

Wednesday July 11, 2018
   2:00 AM Water Sports  
    Contact:    330-724-2126   firestoneparkbranch@akronlibrary.org
   

Grades 4 and up.

It's July, it's hot - time for water balloons and bucket brigades!

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

Every Wednesday, 10:30 am, Closed July 4

A lap-sit 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.

July 11 and July 18: Join us for a special guest, Miss Marissa from Music Together.

    Location: Main Library
   10:30 AM Boogie Woogie Books  
    Contact: Northwest Akron Branch   3308361081   northwest@akronlibrary.org
   

Boogie Woogie Books

(Ages 5 and under with a caregiver)

Wednesdays, June 13, July 11, 10:30 am

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

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

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

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

    Location: Ellet
   11:00 AM SUMMER SPECIAL EVENT SERIES  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

SUMMER SPECIAL EVENT SERIES for All Ages

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

July 11 Magician and Illusionist Rick Smith Jr.

    Location: Green
   11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Storytime  
    Contact: Gerri Bowen   330-724-2126   gbowen@akronlibrary.org
   

Join us for stories, music, movement and fun! After each session, we will head outside to visit our library garden. Best for ages 2-5 with a favorite adult. All ages welcome.

    Location: Firestone Park
   11:30 AM Fun Club: Mr. Molecule’s Bing Bang Boom Science Show  
    Contact: Mogadore Branch Library   330-628-9228   mogadore@akronlibrary.org
   

Mr. Molecule’s Bing Bang Boom Science Show

Wednesday, July 11, 11:30 am

Make Wednesdays your Family Fun days! Join us for some summer fun and entertainment.
Performances are at 11:30 am and 2 pm unless specified.
No need to register-just come and have fun!
    Location: Mogadore
   11:30 AM  -  12:30 PM Pitter Patter Playgroup  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   maplevalley@akronlibrary.org
   
Pitter Patter Playgroup
Wednesdays in July, 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 Craft Sampler  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

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

    Location: Portage Lakes
   1:00 PM Painting Class @ Firestone Park Community Center  
    Contact:    330-724-2126   firestoneparkbranch@akronlibrary.org
   

Create your own beautiful, summer paintings with friends at the Firestone Park Community Center. All supplies are included! Space is limited, please register for this program by calling us at 330-724-2126.

    Location: Firestone Park
   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, June 18.

    Location: Fairlawn-Bath
   1:00 PM SUMMER SPECIAL EVENT SERIES  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

SUMMER SPECIAL EVENT SERIES for All Ages

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

July 11 Magician and Illusionist Rick Smith Jr.

    Location: Green
   1:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Bubble Lady  
    Contact: Odom Branch   330-434-8726   
   

The magic of bubbles. They multiply, do acrobats, and you may find yourself inside a giant bubble.

    Location: Odom
   2:00 PM Fun Club: Mr. Molecule’s Bing Bang Boom Science Show  
    Contact: Mogadore Branch Library   330-628-9228   mogadore@akronlibrary.org
   

Mr. Molecule’s Bing Bang Boom Science Show

Wednesday, July 11, 2:00 pm

Make Wednesdays your Family Fun days! Join us for some summer fun and entertainment.
Performances are at 11:30 am and 2 pm unless specified.
No need to register-just come and have fun!
    Location: Mogadore
   2:00 PM Mind, Body & Sole Children's program  
    Contact: North Hill Branch Library   3305359423   northhill@akronlibrary.org
   

Annual Hot Wheels Derby! Bring your fastest car!

    Location: North Hill
   2:00 PM Mind, Body & Sole Weekly Programs  
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

Mind, Body & Sole Weekly Programs, Wednesdays, June 6 – July 25, 2 pm. Closed on July 4th

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

June 6: Outback Ray Learn about cool animals

June 13: Bubble Lady The wonderful world of bubbles

June 20: Magician Rick Smith, Jr. Cutting edge, breathtaking magic

June 27: Elec Simon Join us for a stomping, drumming good time!

July 11: David Anthony Don’t miss this unique magic show

July 18: Steel Drum Band Enjoy the cool sounds of the Steel Drum

July 25: Join us for a special Musical Summer Reading Party

 

    Location: Main Library
   2:00 PM Outback Ray  
    Contact: Northwest Akron Branch   3308361081   northwest@akronlibrary.org
   

Mind, Body & Sole Summer Performers

Wednesdays, 2 pm

June 13:  Comedy Juggler Matt Jergens

June 20:  Origami Storyteller Christine Kallevig

June 27:  The Magic of David Anthony

July 11:  Outback Ray

July 18:  Bubble Lady

July 25:  Sogbety Diamonde 

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

Take Me Out to the Yard Games! 

Join us at the lawn beyond the reading garden for fun yard games.

Rain? Join us inside for Musical Bingo. 

    Location: Norton
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Rocking Robots  
    Contact: Richfield Library   330-659-4343   dnagy@akronlibrary.org
   

Performer Line Up Family fun for all ages:

Wednesdays, 2-3 pm

July 11- Rock out with the Rocking Robots

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

COOKIES & CONVERSATION

Talk about what’s going on your life, school, town or the world. We’ll discuss philosophy, current events or whatever is on the groups mind. And remember, we will have cookies! All ages welcome.

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

Children age 0-5 with an adult caregiver are welcome to join Miss Pam for stories, songs, rhymes and more!  Registration begins Monday, June 18.

    Location: Fairlawn-Bath
   6:00 PM Let’s Make Music  
    Contact: Goodyear Branch   330-784-7522   goodyear@akronlibrary.org
   

Participate in a story with musical sound effects, experiment with some home-made musical instruments and create one of your own to take home

This program is designed for children ages 4-9. Registration is appreciated.

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

Adult Program

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

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

Wednesday, July 11, 6:30 pm

THE WOMEN IN THE CASTLE by Jessica Shattuck

    Location: Mogadore
   6:30 PM  -  8:00 PM Socrates Cafe  
    Contact: Patrick Manning   330.467.8595   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 an open and friendly manner.

No registration necessary – No homework – No assigned reading.

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

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

    Location: Nordonia Hills

Thursday July 12, 2018
   10:15 AM Baby Time  
    Contact: Nordonia Hills Branch Library   330-467-8595   nordoniahills@akronlibrary.org
   

BABY TIME

Our programs feature bounces, songs, and stories.

For children 24 months and under with a parent or caregiver

Please register in advance.

 

    Location: Nordonia Hills
   10:15 AM Early Bird Movie Matinee  
    Contact: Ellet Library   330-784-2019   ellet@akronlibrary,org
   

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

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

Thursdays, June 7 – July 26, 10:15 am

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

    Location: Goodyear
   10:15 AM  -  11:15 AM Preschool Fun Story time  
    Contact: Odom Branch   330-434-8726   
   

For ages 3-5 with a caretaker.

Each week we will share stories, song, movement and a special activity in an hour of fun

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

Family Storytime

For all ages.

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

With luck we’ll be able to play in the reading garden.

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

Thursday, July 12, 10:30 am

Ages birth – 3 ½
Join Miss Kim for songs, stories and group playtime with our library friends.

(There will not be a program on July 19)

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

Every Thursday, 10:30 am

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

    Location: Main Library
   10:30 AM Preschool Story Time  
    Contact: Northwest Akron Branch   3308361081   northwest@akronlibrary.org
   

Preschool Story Time

(2 to 5 year-olds with a caregiver)

Thursdays, June 7-28, July 12-26, 10:30 am

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

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

July 12 Sing a Song Sing-Along with Sam Sapp from Sammytunes.

    Location: Portage Lakes
   11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Elec Simon, percussionist  
    Contact: Springfield-Lakemore   330-643-4770   springfieldlakemore@akronlibrary.org
   

Reading Rocks!  Mind, Body & Sole Summer Performers.

The following special event will be held at the Springfield Township Lakefront Park Pavilion:

July 12, 11 am, Elec Simon, catch the beat and drum along with this nationally recognized percussionist.

Sign up for a library card at these special events.

    Location: Springfield-Lakemore
   11:30 AM Story Time  
    Contact: Nordonia Hills Branch Library   330-467-8595   nordoniahills@akronlibrary.org
   

STORY TIME

Short stories, rhymes and more!

For children 2-5 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   330-784-7522   goodyear@akronlibrary.org
   

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

Do you like solving puzzles? If you like word searches, dot-to-dots, 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.

Large groups, please call ahead with the number of attendees, so we can ensure seating accommodations. 

    Location: Goodyear
   1:00 PM Coloring Club  
    Contact:    330-724-2126   firestoneparkbranch@akronlibrary.org
   

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

 

    Location: Firestone Park
   1:00 PM Painting with Connie  
    Contact: Ellet Library   330-784-2019   ellet@akronlibrary.org
   

Grades 6-12. 

Join Connie from Art Break Experience as you paint a masterpiece on canvas with high quality acrylic paint and brushes. Friendly step by step instuction and opportunities to give the painting your own creative flair. Registration requested beginning July 1. Limit of 25 participants. 

    Location: Ellet
   1:00 PM Rick Smith Jr.  
    Contact: Kenmore Branch Library   330-745-6126   kenmore@akronlibrary.org
   

Rick Smith Jr. is back to show us magic and card throwing!

    Location: Kenmore
   1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Digital Studio  
    Contact: Fairlawn-Bath Branch   330-666-4888   
   

Make a music video or create epic “vacation” pictures when we transform our meeting room into your studio.  We will have iPads with iMovie and Green Screen from Do Ink apps. Experiment. Create. Enjoy. For grades 4- 12.  This program is sponsored by the Friends of Fairlawn-Bath Library.

 

    Location: Fairlawn-Bath
   1:30 PM Summer Movies: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory  
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

Summer Movies
Thursdays, June 7-Aug 16, 1:30 pm in the Auditorium

Chill in our Auditorium and enjoy these movies!  Groups welcome

June 7: Sing!-Rated PG, 105 min.

June 14: Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Long Haul-Rated PG, 91 min.

June 21: Beauty and the Beast-Rated G, 85 min.

June 28: Coco-Rated PG, 105 min.

July 5: Lion King–Rated G, 88 min.

July 12: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory –Rated G, 100 min.

July 19: Incredibles–Rated PG, 115 min.

July 26: Mulan- Rated G, 100 min.

August. 2: Despicable Me 3–Rated PG, 90 min.

Aug 9: Aladdin–Rated G, 91 min.

Aug. 16: Lego Batman–Rated PG, 104 min.

 

    Location: Main Library-Auditorium
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Thrilling Thursdays: Rockin’ Robots  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   maplevalley@akronlibrary.org
   
Thrilling Thursdays
Join us every Thursday, 1:30 pm
For all ages; children under the age of 5 should be accompanied by a caregiver.
No registration required.
 
July 12: Rockin’ Robots
 
    Location: Maple Valley
   2:00 PM Coffee & Conversation Book Discussion  
    Contact: Nordonia Hills Branch Library   330-467-8595   nordoniahills@akronlibrary.org
   

SWAMPLANDIA by Karen Russell

Title: Swamplandia!, Author: Karen Russell

Read, discuss, and explore with our Coffee & Converation 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 2pm.

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

    Location: Nordonia Hills
   2:00 PM Painting with Music  
    Contact: Northwest Akron Branch   3308361081   northwest@akronlibrary.org
   

Painting with Music 

(7th – 12th graders)

Thursday, July 12, 2 pm

There are many ways to express yourself, through music, through art. Why not combine the two? The library is hosting a painting with music event. Listen to a variety of musical genres and paint what you feel. 

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

Program is for students going into 5th grade and up.

  • June 7 We are using wool to create a felted emoji keyring.
  • June 14 Come & do some sandpaper printing.
  • June 21 Adam Pate associate will demonstrate and teach us how to do Caricatures
  • June 28 6th Annual Paper Airplane Races! Come race your designs against other worthy opponents.
  • July 5 Create a beach chair to hold your phone.
  • July 12 We’re constructing a duct tape pencil case.
  • July 19 Duct tape is the medium again. Come and make a geometric planter.
  • July 26 How good is your memory? Come play book cover memory.
    Location: Nordonia Hills
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Virtual Escape Room  
    Contact: North Hill Branch   330-535-9423   northhill@akronlibrary.org
   

With the use of an iPad, work as a group to escape various rooms and their challenges. For kids entering grades 4-12.

    Location: North Hill
   3:00 PM Tween Scene  
    Contact: Goodyear Branch   330-784-7522   goodyear@akronlibrary.org
   

Second Thursday of each month, 3 pm

For ages 9-13. Registration is requested for each date.  Refreshments will be served.

Sheet Music Doodles - July 12

Come view examples of beautiful sheet music art by Alexei Lyapunov and Lena Ehrlich, then create your own sheet music masterpiece using watercolors, drawing pencils and pens.

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

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

    Location: Kenmore
   6:00 PM Hiking the Buckeye Trail  
    Contact: Fairlawn-Bath Branch   330-666-4888   
   

Chuck and Beth Hewett discuss their book Wandering Ohio:  A Buckeye Trail Thru-Hike.  Their 76-day, 1400-mile trek included canals, Native American ceremonial grounds, museums, and interesting Bed and Breakfasts.  The book will be available for purchase and a book signing will follow the presentation.

    Location: Fairlawn-Bath
   6:00 PM  -  7:00 PM African United Front Book Discussion  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   maplevalley@akronlibrary.org
    The Akron African United Front book discussion group offers you the opportunity to share your opinions on how history affects our world views in today’s society. Read and analyze books that are rich in African American culture and history. Discuss important heartfelt issues with your peers.
    Location: Maple Valley
   6:00 PM  -  7:30 PM Art @ the Speed of Life  
    Contact: Springfield-Lakemore   330-643-4770   springfieldlakemore@akronlibrary.org
   

Art @ the Speed of Life

Second Thursday of the month, 6 pm

June 14, July 12

Too busy to do art?  Let us plan the project and you can come and enjoy.  Join us for a variety of art and craft activities.  We will explore the entire spectrum of activities from paper arts to fine arts and everything in between.  Class size is limited. Ages 16 and up preferred.  Registration requested at 330-643-4770.

    Location: Springfield-Lakemore
   6:30 PM Books You Might Have Missed 2017  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050    portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

Sit back with a beverage and a treat while we tell you about 60+ titles, both fiction and nonfiction (don’t worry – we give you a book list so you can mark the ones that sound interesting). Take an intriguing look at the year past, and find some new titles you may love!  Presented by Patrick Manning.  No registration necessary. 

    Location: Portage Lakes
   6:30 PM Dangerous Apps  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Dangerous Apps--Everything You Need to Know About Social Media

Adult Program

Summit County Deputy Mike Beers will be offering an informative session on social media apps and trends that parents and grandparents should be aware of. All members of the community are welcome and encouraged to come and learn more about the ever changing world of social media. Feel free to bring an ipad, chromebook, iphone or similar electronic device.

 
    Location: Green
   6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Sistas Knit 2  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   maplevalley@akronlibrary.org
   

Socialize with other crafters while creating wonderful projects that can be given to family and friends. This group does everything from knitting to crocheting, needlepoint to cross stitch and more… All crafters are welcome.

    Location: Maple Valley

Friday July 13, 2018
   12:30 PM  -  1:30 PM Rockin' Book Club  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   ellet@akronlibrary.org
   

Grades K-3. Join us as we stop that summer slide by reading a book together each week. Have fun with games and crafts related to each book too.

    Location: Ellet

Saturday July 14, 2018
   10:00 AM  -  3:00 PM Friends of the Fairlawn-Bath Branch Library Book Sale  
    Contact: Fairlawn-Bath Branch   330-666-4888   
   

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

Paws for Reading
The Second Saturday of each month, (June 9, July 14, Aug 11) 11 am

Share a book with a certified therapy dog.

    Location: Main Library
   11:00 AM  -  3:00 PM Portage Lakes Kiwanis Pirate Days  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

Portage Lakes Kiwanis Pirate Days

Portage Lakes State Park

Saturday, July 14, 11 am – 3pm

Visit our table and say “Ahoy Matey” to our friendly library pirates!  Participate in a pirate craft and see what other treasures we may have.  

    Location: Portage Lakes
   1:00 PM Cool Summer Concerts  
    Contact: Ellet Library   330-784-2019   ellet@akronlibrary.org
   

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

July 14- Celtic Rush

 

    Location: Ellet
   2:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Spend an Afternoon with Carmen Williams  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   maplevalley@akronlibrary.org
   

Join us for a special visit with Carmen Williams, author of Fit Over It: Discovering Ways to Live and Maintain a Healthy Lifestyle. Ms. Williams will help you discover way to live and maintain a healthy lifestyle. You’ll learn how to broaden your awareness to become successful. Ms. Williams provides strategies to help you win the battle. She’ll explain way for you to envision purpose and clarity to your life. Please call the branch to register.

    Location: Maple Valley
   2:30 PM Raptors Up Close  
    Contact: Nordonia Hills Branch Library   330-467-8595   nordoniahills@akronlibrary.org
   

RAPTORS UP CLOSE

Join the Ohio Bird Sanctuary for an educational, up close, live bird of prey presentation!

All ages welcome.

Registration is suggested.

    Location: Nordonia Hills
   3:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Reentry in Motion: Making Changes  
    Contact: Business & Government Division   330-643-9020   srichard@akronlibrary.org
   

Release and Beyond: Lifestyle Changes, is a film which reveals what returning citizens should expect on the day of release and the actions they can take to increase their chances of making a successful transition. Encourages individuals to evaluate their behavior and persevere in spite of rejections. Reentry information available. Room 1.

    Location: Main Library

Sunday July 15, 2018
   2:00 PM  -  2:30 PM Sunday Story Time Sampler  
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

Sunday Story Time Sampler
Every Sunday, 2 pm

A half-hour story time for preschool-primary children

    Location: Main Library

Monday July 16, 2018
   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, June 18.

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

North Hill Needle Crafters

If you love to knit, crochet, and help people, this is the group for you. Everything this talented group makes is donated to helping organizations in our community. If you are new to crafting, we will be glad to get you started. If you have yarn and supplies to donate, we will make good use of them. New members always welcome!

    Location: North Hill
   10:30 AM Music and Movement Mondays  
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

Music and Movement Mondays
Mondays, June 4-July 23, 10:30 am

Put on your dancing shoes and get ready to shake your sillies out!  For children ages 2 to 5 years and their caregiver.

    Location: Main Library
   11:00 AM Elec Simon  
    Contact: Ellet Library   330-784-2019   ellet@akronlibrary.org
   

Enjoy drumming in an all new way with this artist seen the stage show Stomp and at Cavs games!

    Location: Ellet
   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, June 18.

    Location: Fairlawn-Bath
   12:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Summer Exercise Course  
    Contact: Richfield Library   330-659-4343   dnagy@akronlibrary.org
   

Summer Exercise Course

Mondays June 11- July 30, 12-2 pm

Stay fit this summer with our fun on your own garden exercise program. This summer we will set up different exercise activities out in our reading garden. Fun for the whole family. Can’t make it on Monday’s no problem ask at the desk and we will be happy to set it for you.

    Location: Richfield
   1:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Summer Fun Days  
    Contact: Gerri Bowen   330-724-2126   gbowen@akronlibrary.org
   

Summer Fun Days

Mondays at 1pm

Grades K - 5 

Registration Requested.

June 18  Fun in the garden...help water and tend the library garden and plant a lovely plant to take home with you.

June 25  Create cool decorations to brighten up your yard, front porch or garden.

July 2  Build it! Join us for building fun with Legos, Citiblocks and more.

July 9  Design a mini terrarium to take home.

July 16  Join us for a summer movie matinee. Watch Coco (PG) on our big screen and munch on snacks.

    Location: Firestone Park
   1:30 PM Cord Cutting: Or How to Turn Your “Dumb” TV Into a Smart TV  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   ellet@akronlibrary.org
   

Cord cutting refers to canceling traditional cable subscriptions and opting for streaming options instead. Come learn about what those streaming options are and how to cut the cord.

    Location: Ellet
   2:00 PM Marvelous Mondays!  
    Contact: Highland Square   330-376-2927   
   

Children of All Ages, Mondays at 2 pm

Artsparks presents High Five Fitness, a dance class in which participants explore the five pillars of good fitness. Two professional dance teachers and a live musician work at a brisk pace to demonstrate that fitness can be healthful and joyful. Students learn the basic compositional elements of choreography and music and master them while learning how dance can be both a vehicle for artistic expression and wellness.

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

Grades 6-12.   Help plan Fairlawn-Bath Branch Library Teen programs and help design the Teen Area.  Whether you want to work on cool projects or just need volunteer hours for school, the Teen Advisory Board is the place to be.  It looks great on a resume, too.

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

BUBBLE WRAP STOMP PAINTING

Join us for some messy fun! (remember to wear some old clothes, you may get messy)

    Location: Nordonia Hills
   6:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Family Movie Monday  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   maplevalley@akronlibrary.org
   
Family Movie Monday
Every third Monday of the month, 6 pm
Join us for a family friendly movie, popcorn, and drinks!
 
 July 16: Peter Rabbit (PG)
 
 
    Location: Maple Valley
   6:30 PM LEGO Club  
    Contact: Northwest Akron Branch   3308361081   northwest@akronlibrary.org
   

LEGO Club

3rd Mondays, June 18, July 16, 6:30 pm

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

 

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

All ages are welcome.

    Location: Northwest Akron
   6:30 PM Pokemon Club  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Family Program

Calling all Pokemon enthusiasts ages 6 and up! Join fellow Pokemon fanatics to talk, battle, trade (with parent’s permission), or to show off your collection. 

This is a child led program.

    Location: Green
   6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Introduction to Meditation  
    Contact: North Hill Branch Library   330.535.9423   northhill@akronlibrary.org
   

Introduction to Meditation 

Too much stress in life? Want to spend some quality time with yourself? Want to learn how meditation can work for you? This Introduction to Meditation course offers an opportunity to practice several popular forms of meditation. We begin with basic breathing meditation and add other practices each week. No previous meditation experience is necessary and all practices are offered in a non-religious manner. All faith traditions (or none at all) are welcome. The sessions will be led by members of the Center for Health, Happiness, and Chan, a local non-religious, non- profit organization.

    Location: North Hill

Tuesday July 17, 2018
   10:05 AM Baby Time  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   ellet@akronlibrary.org
   

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

    Location: Ellet
   10:30 AM Preschool Story Time with Akron Zoo Guests  
    Contact: North Hill Branch Library   3305359423   northhill@akronlibrary.org
   

Learn about animals with our special guests from the Akron Zoo!

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

Tuesday, July 17, 10:30 am

Ages 3 and up
Join Miss Kim for stories, songs, games and crafts.

(There will not be a program on July 24)

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

Family Story Time ages 6 months- 6 years

Tuesdays, June 12- July 31, 10:30- 11:30 am

Children bring your favorite caregiver and join us for stories, music, rhymes, gardening, and more. No registration required. Please note we will have a variety of outdoor activities during story time please lather up with sun screen and be ready to get dirty, messy and potentially wet. 

    Location: Richfield
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Story Time  
    Contact: Springfield-Lakemore   330-643-4770   springfieldlakemore@akronlibrary.org
   

Tuesdays, July 3 - July 31, 10:30 am

A happy blend of stories, rhymes, songs, and play for you and your child to enjoy together. Lots of music and movement included. All are welcome and celebrated.

Ages birth to five with a caregiver

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

Join us for a family-friendly story time with stories, songs, finger plays, art and lots of fun! All ages welcome. No registration necessary.

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

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

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

This program showcases the video Release and Beyond: Relapse Triggers, which takes returning citizens, step-by-step, through the transition process—from incarceration to community reintegration. The film includes candid interviews, with professionals and returning people, on what to expect as released individuals transition to the free world. Release and Beyond also highlights the actions the formerly incarcerated must take to prevent relapse. Reentry resources included. Room 1.

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

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

    Location: North Hill
   12:00 PM  -  1:30 PM Lunch Bunch  
    Contact: Nordonia Hills Branch Library   330-467-8595   nordoniahills@akronlibrary.org
   

LUNCH BUNCH

Students going into Kindergarten through fourth grades are invited to join Miss Sue for a story and a craft.  Bring your lunch and your listening ears.  Dessert and beverages will be provided.

Please register in advance.

    Location: Nordonia Hills
   1:00 PM Crooked River Comedy  
    Contact: Fairlawn-Bath Branch   330-666-4888   
   

Crooked River Comedy join us for some hands on and kid focused comedic improv with this local premier group.  Space is limited. Pick up a free ticket up to 30 minutes before each performance.

    Location: Fairlawn-Bath
   1:00 PM Outback Ray Children's Show  
    Contact: Goodyear Branch   330-784-7522   goodyear@gmail.com
   

 

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

Large groups, please schedule ahead with the children’s librarian to make a reservation for all shows due to limited space.

    Location: Goodyear
   1:00 PM Terrific Tuesdays  
    Contact:    330-724-2126   gbowen@akronlibrary.org
   

Terrific Tuesdays 

Registration Requested.

June 12  Dr. U R Awesome presents fun with science, 1pm

June 19  Outback Ray brings his hands-on education animal show. Two shows, 11 am OR 1pm

June 26  Magician David Anthony, 1pm

July 10  Glow Dance Party with One T Entertainment, 1pm

July 17  The Bubble Lady makes bubbles of all shapes and sizes, 1pm

July 24  Bricks 4 Kidz Lego building fun for everyone, 1pm

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

Books are available in advance at the circulation desk. 

July 17- Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

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    Location: Ellet
   2:00 PM Egg Drop Challenge  
    Contact: Kenmore Branch Library   330-745-6126   kenmore@akronlibrary.org
   

How creative are you? Come create a contraption to save a raw egg from certain destruction! Prizes will be awarded to the person whose egg survives best! Supplies and eggs will be provided. For grades 6-12.

    Location: Kenmore
   2:00 PM Family Movie: LEAP  
    Contact: Northwest Akron Branch   3308361081   northwest@akronlibrary.org
   

Family Movie Afternoon

Tuesday, July 17, 2 pm

Come out of the sun and into the library to enjoy popcorn and a movie. A short dance demonstration will be followed by the movie Leap!

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

Program is for students in Kindergarten - 5th grade.

June 12- Cartoonist Jeff Nicholas will share his drawing talents and show us how he draws some of his cartoons.

June 19 – Lindsay Bonilla – Interactive storyteller from World of Difference will share some wonderful stories.

June 26 – Outback Ray will bring some of his amazing animal friends.

July 3-  Bingo

July 10- The magic of David Anthony.     

July 17- Juggler Matt Jergens.

July 24 – Music by a D.J. from One T Entertainment

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

Totally Teen Tuesdays @ 2 pm!

For grades 5 and up. 

Please register in advance.

Snacks may be served at programs. Patrons with food allergy questions should contact the branch.

July 17 Yoga with Colleen Hohl:  Wear comfortable clothes and bring a mat or towel as we chill and learn a few new Yoga Poses.  

    Location: Portage Lakes
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Be a Rock Star  
    Contact: Norton Branch Library   330-285-7800   norton@akronlibrary.org
   

Rock It- Be a rockstar!  

Decorate sunglasses, fashion a mosaic picture frame from old cds, make rockstar buttons, and enjoy rockstar treats.

    Location: Norton
   2:00 PM  -  3:30 PM Computer Lab  
    Contact: Highland Square   330-376-2927   
   

No registration is required.  15 tickets will be distributed thirty minutes prior to class start.

Tuesday, July 17, 2 -3:30 pm.  Basic Computer Skills

    Location: Highland Square
   3:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Rockin' Art  
    Contact: Teen Department   330-643-9067   ysodiv@akronlibrary.org
   

Stop by and make a cool sheet music candle holder and paint some rocks to decorate your room or share with a friend or two. Registration is appreciated.

    Location: Main Library
   4:30 PM  -  6:00 PM Teen/Tween Advisory Board  
    Contact: Goodyear Branch   330-784-7522   goodyear@akronlibrary.org
   

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

Join our advisory board just for teens and tweens, ages 9-18. We will meet to brainstorm ideas and/or decorate the Teen/Tween Space. Come make your voice heard! Refreshments will be served.

    Location: Goodyear
   5:00 PM Enchanted Art – Alphonse Mucha with Felicia Z. Stadelman  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   ellet@akronlibrary.org
   

Le Style Mucha, as it’s known, epitomizes the Art Nouveau Movement, and yet Mucha’s name is barely known. His unforgettable images of enchanted women, streaming hair, and flowing fabrics were the result of his interpretation of art as a “mysterious and irresistible force propelling me through life” compelling his vision that “the universe is benevolent, happiness is within our reach if only we know how to grasp it.”  Learn about the life of Alphonse Mucha and recreate artwork in his style.  Please register for this program starting June 25 as space and supplies are limited.

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

Book Buzz Discussion Group

3rd Tuesday, 6 pm at Nervous Dog Coffee Bar

This discussion group for all ages meets monthly to discuss nonfiction titles 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 a purchase is not required. Nervous Dog Coffee Bar is located at 1530 W Market St, Akron, OH 44313.

June 19 DUST BOWL GIRLS: THE INSPIRING STORY OF THE TEAM THAT BARNSTORMED ITS WAY TO BASKETBALL GLORY by Lydia Reeder

July 17 THE RADIUM GIRLS: THE DARK STORY OF AMERICA’S SHINING WOMEN by Kate Moore 

August 21 KILLERS OF THE FLOWER MOON: THE OSAGE MURDERS AND THE BIRTH OF THE FBI by David Grann 

    Location: Northwest Akron
   6:00 PM  -  7:00 PM Remembering 1968  
    Contact: Odom Branch    330-434-8726   
   

Remembering 1968 When Akron's History of Race Relations Went into the Streets:  The Wooster Avenue Disturbances.

This lecture features Board Chair of the Summit County Historical Society, Dave Lieberth, as he talks about the race riot in 1968.  We invite you to stay for discussion afterward and to share your memories of this symbolic event that happened 50 years ago in our community. 

    Location: Odom
   6:00 PM  -  9:00 PM Concert & Ice Cream Social  
    Contact: Northwest Akron Branch   3308361081   northwest@akronlibrary.org
   

Northwest Akron Branch Library and Recreation Center Anniversary Concert & Ice Cream Social

Tuesday, August 7, 6 pm – 9 pm

Join us for our annual celebration at the Northwest Akron Recreation Center with the AKRON BIG BAND for the 15th anniversary of our building.  This is also the National Night Out Against Crime and will include activities supporting that initiative in collaboration with the City of Akron.

    Location: Northwest Akron
   6:30 PM Investment Perspectives  
    Contact: Mogadore Branch Library   330-628-9228   mogadore@akronlibrary.org
   

Tuesday, July 17, 6:30 pm

Financial advisor Vince Rosnack will be discussing timely market topics and potential solutions to help you stay on track. 
Registration is requested; please call 330.628.9228 to register.
    Location: Mogadore
   7:00 PM Classic Book and Film Discussion  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Dessert and Discussion for Teens and Adults

Was the book or the movie better?  And why is it a classic anyway?  Find out as we discuss it over dessert.  Didn't like the book?  Sometimes it's even more fun to discuss that way.

For the month of July, we will discuss THE GOOD EARTH by Pearl S. Buck.

    Location: Green

Wednesday July 18, 2018
   2:00 AM DIY Phone Speakers  
    Contact:    330-724-2126   firestoneparkbranch@akronlibrary.org
   

Grades 4 and up.

Bring your own phone and we will make speakers you can take home.

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

Every Wednesday, 10:30 am, Closed July 4

A lap-sit 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.

July 11 and July 18: Join us for a special guest, Miss Marissa from Music Together.

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

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

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

Join us Wednesday mornings to spend some time outside, listen to a story, discover what is blooming in our reading garden and create a family friendly craft.  No registration necessary. 

    Location: Portage Lakes
   11:00 AM SUMMER SPECIAL EVENT SERIES  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

SUMMER SPECIAL EVENT SERIES for All Ages

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

July 18 Sogbety Diomande and his African drums

    Location: Green
   11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Storytime  
    Contact: Gerri Bowen   330-724-2126   gbowen@akronlibrary.org
   

Join us for stories, music, movement and fun! After each session, we will head outside to visit our library garden. Best for ages 2-5 with a favorite adult. All ages welcome.

    Location: Firestone Park
   11:30 AM Fun Club: Outback Ray and his amazing animals  
    Contact: Mogadore Branch Library   330-628-9228   mogadore@akronlibrary.org
   
Outback Ray and his amazing animals
Wednesday, July 18, 11:30 am
 
Make Wednesdays your Family Fun days! Join us for some summer fun and entertainment.
Performances are at 11:30 am and 2 pm unless specified.
No need to register-just come and have fun!
    Location: Mogadore
   11:30 AM  -  12:30 PM Pitter Patter Playgroup  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   maplevalley@akronlibrary.org
   
Pitter Patter Playgroup
Wednesdays in July, 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 Mystery Book Discussion Group  
    Contact: Northwest Akron Branch   3308361081   northwest@akronlibrary.org
   

Mystery Book Discussion Group

3rd Wednesdays, 1 pm

June 20 KILLERS OF THE FLOWER MOON: THE OSAGE MURDERS AND THE BIRTH OF THE FBI by David Grann

July 18 THE BLESSING WAY by Tony Hillerman

August 15 THE FIX by David Baldacci 

    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, June 18.

    Location: Fairlawn-Bath
   1:00 PM SUMMER SPECIAL EVENT SERIES  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

SUMMER SPECIAL EVENT SERIES for All Ages

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

July 18 Sogbety Diomande and his African drums

    Location: Green
   1:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Bricks4Kidz  
    Contact: Odom Branch   330-434-8726   
   

Lego, duplos, perler beads, STEM actitivities.  Choose from a room full of activities.

    Location: Odom
   2:00 PM Bubble Lady  
    Contact: Northwest Akron Branch   3308361081   northwest@akronlibrary.org
   

Mind, Body & Sole Summer Performers

Wednesdays, 2 pm

June 13:  Comedy Juggler Matt Jergens

June 20:  Origami Storyteller Christine Kallevig

June 27:  The Magic of David Anthony

July 11:  Outback Ray

July 18:  Bubble Lady

July 25:  Sogbety Diamonde 

    Location: Northwest Akron
   2:00 PM Fun Club: Outback Ray and his amazing animals  
    Contact: Mogadore Branch Library   330-628-9228   mogadore@akronlibrary.org
   
Outback Ray and his amazing animals
Wednesday, July 18, 2:00 pm
 
Make Wednesdays your Family Fun days! Join us for some summer fun and entertainment.
Performances are at 11:30 am and 2 pm unless specified.
No need to register-just come and have fun!
    Location: Mogadore
   2:00 PM Mind, Body & Sole Children's Program  
    Contact: North Hill Branch Library   330-535-9423   northhill@akronlibrary.org
   

Learn about juggling with Matt Jergens!

    Location: North Hill
   2:00 PM Mind, Body & Sole Weekly Programs  
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

Mind, Body & Sole Weekly Programs, Wednesdays, June 6 – July 25, 2 pm. Closed on July 4th

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

June 6: Outback Ray Learn about cool animals

June 13: Bubble Lady The wonderful world of bubbles

June 20: Magician Rick Smith, Jr. Cutting edge, breathtaking magic

June 27: Elec Simon Join us for a stomping, drumming good time!

July 11: David Anthony Don’t miss this unique magic show

July 18: Steel Drum Band Enjoy the cool sounds of the Steel Drum

July 25: Join us for a special Musical Summer Reading Party

 

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

Wednesday, July 18, 2 pm

THESE SHALLOW GRAVES by Jennifer Donnelly

    Location: Mogadore
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM David Anthony  
    Contact: Richfield Library   330-659-4343   dnagy@akronlibrary.org
   

Performer Line Up Family fun for all ages:

Wednesdays, 2-3 pm

July 18- Be amazed with the magic of David Anthony.

    Location: Richfield
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Family Frolics  
    Contact: Norton Branch Library   330-825-7800   norton@akronlibrary.org
   

National touring performer, Rick Smith Jr., will perform Entertaining Magic and Dazzling Illusions fun for the whole family 

    Location: Norton
   2:00 PM  -  3:30 PM Computer Lab  
    Contact: Highland Square   330-376-2927   
   

No registration is required.  15 tickets will be distributed thirty minutes prior to class start.

Wednesday, July 18, 2 – 3:30 pm.  Windows 10

    Location: Highland Square
   3:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Builder's Club  
    Contact: Springfield-Lakemore   330-643-4770   springfieldlakemore@akronlibrary.org
   

Builder’s Club

Wednesdays, June 20 & July 18, 3 pm

We provide blocks, Legos, and other building supplies, you bring your imagination.

    Location: Springfield-Lakemore
   6:00 PM Couponing 101  
    Contact: Nordonia Hills Branch Library   330-467-8595   nordoniahills@akronlibrary.org
   

COUPONING 101

Join couponing expert and blogger, Rachel Krych, as she presents Couponing 101. This fun and interactive class is great for beginners as well as those who have been couponing for a few years. This class covers many different topics such as where to get coupons, how to organize them, where and how to stack coupons, and how to save money at stores such as Giant Eagle.

Please register in advance.

    Location: Nordonia Hills
   6:00 PM Cutting the Cord: Or How to Turn your Dumb TV into a Smart TV  
    Contact: Mogadore Branch Library   330-628-9228   mogadore@akronlibrary.org
   
Wednesday, July 18, 6 pm
 
Cord cutting refers to canceling traditional cable subscriptions and opting for streaming options instead.
Come learn about what those streaming options are and how to cut the cord. 

 

    Location: Mogadore
   6:00 PM Evening Book Discussion  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Evening Book Discussion

Join us for our monthly evening book discussion. For July, we will discuss GOODBYE, VITAMIN by Rachel Khong.

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

Children age 0-5 with an adult caregiver are welcome to join Miss Pam for stories, songs, rhymes and more!  Registration begins Monday, June 18.

    Location: Fairlawn-Bath
   6:00 PM Silly Dancing Story Time  
    Contact: Goodyear Branch   330-784-7522   goodyear@akronlibrary.org
   

Dance and move through this fast-paced storytime. Children will create their own dancing ribbon wand to take home.

This program is designed for ages 2-8. Registration is appreciated.

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

WRITERS GUILD OF NORDONIA HILLS

Writers wanted! New writers and old hands welcome, fiction, nonfiction, and everything in between. Have your work critiqued and give feedback to others in a fun and friendly environment.

Please bring a sample of your work to share.

    Location: Nordonia Hills
   6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Mindfulness Meditation for Your Health  
    Contact: Highland Square   330-376-2927   
   

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

Meditation with Andy Davis, professional clinical counselor. This workshop is an introduction to mindfulness meditation and its current implications for health, stress, and brain function.

    Location: Highland Square

Thursday July 19, 2018
   10:15 AM Stories and Play  
    Contact: Goodyear Branch   330-784-7522   goodyear@akronlibrary.org
   

Thursdays, June 7 – July 26, 10:15 am

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

    Location: Goodyear
   10:15 AM  -  11:15 AM Preschool Fun Story time  
    Contact: Odom Branch   330-434-8726   
   

For ages 3-5 with a caretaker.

Each week we will share stories, song, movement and a special activity in an hour of fun

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

Family Storytime

For all ages.

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

With luck we’ll be able to play in the reading garden.

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

Every Thursday, 10:30 am

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

    Location: Main Library
   10:30 AM Preschool Story Time  
    Contact: Northwest Akron Branch   3308361081   northwest@akronlibrary.org
   

Preschool Story Time

(2 to 5 year-olds with a caregiver)

Thursdays, June 7-28, July 12-26, 10:30 am

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

    Location: Northwest Akron
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Snack and play in the Garden  
    Contact: Richfield Library   330-659-4343   dnagy@akronlibrary.org
   

Snack and Play in the Garden

Thursdays: June 7 and 21, July 5 am 19, August 9, 10:30-11:30 am

Enjoy a relaxing morning playing in the garden. Snacks will be provided. Fun for all ages.

 

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

July 19 Mr. Molecule's BIG, BANG, BOOM! Science Show A  Zany, high-energy show that makes science fun!

    Location: Portage Lakes
   11:00 AM Yoga for Kids  
    Contact: Nordonia Hills Branch Library   330-467-8595   nordoniahills@akronlibrary.org
   

YOGA FOR KIDS

Join Nirvana Yoga for yoga fun!  Program is for ages 2-7.

Please register in advance.

    Location: Nordonia Hills
   1:00 PM Adult Coloring  
    Contact: Fairlawn-Bath Branch   330-666-4888   
   

Take a break from your busy day and visit the library to relax and de-stress.  Coloring pages, colored pencils, and refreshments will be provided.  These programs are sponsored by the Friends of the Fairlawn-Bath Branch Library.

    Location: Fairlawn-Bath
   1:00 PM Musical Freeze Tag  
    Contact: Ellet Library   330-784-2019   ellet@akronlibrary.org
   

Grades 6-12. 

Outside, weather permitting.

    Location: Ellet
   1:30 PM Summer Movies: Incredibles  
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

Summer Movies
Thursdays, June 7-Aug 16, 1:30 pm in the Auditorium

Chill in our Auditorium and enjoy these movies!  Groups welcome

June 7: Sing!-Rated PG, 105 min.

June 14: Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Long Haul-Rated PG, 91 min.

June 21: Beauty and the Beast-Rated G, 85 min.

June 28: Coco-Rated PG, 105 min.

July 5: Lion King–Rated G, 88 min.

July 12: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory –Rated G, 100 min.

July 19: Incredibles–Rated PG, 115 min.

July 26: Mulan- Rated G, 100 min.

August. 2: Despicable Me 3–Rated PG, 90 min.

Aug 9: Aladdin–Rated G, 91 min.

Aug. 16: Lego Batman–Rated PG, 104 min.

 

    Location: Main Library-Auditorium
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Thrilling Thursdays: Magician Rick Smith, Jr  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   maplevalley@akronlibrary.org
   
Thrilling Thursdays
Join us every Thursday, 1:30 pm
For all ages; children under the age of 5 should be accompanied by a caregiver.
No registration required.
 
July 19: Magician Rick Smith, Jr
 
    Location: Maple Valley
   2:00 PM MakerSpace Part 2: Demolish Old Tech  
    Contact: Mogadore Branch Library   330-628-9228   mogadore@akronlibrary.org
   
Demolish Old Tech
Thursday, July 19, 2pm
 
Ever wonder what’s inside the tech that powers your life? 
Take apart monitors, speakers, hard drives, keyboards and more, and reassemble it into a work of art. 
All supplies provided.
 
Teen Program
Ages 8-18

 

    Location: Mogadore
   2:00 PM Movie for Everyone  
    Contact: Kenmore Branch Library   330-745-6126   kenmore@akronlibrary.org
   

Come cool off in the Community Room and watch a movie and eat popcorn! The movie will be announced at the beginning of the week on our whiteboard.

    Location: Kenmore
   2:00 PM Musical Bingo  
    Contact:    330-724-2126   firestoneparkbranch@akronlibrary.org
   

A fun new twist on the classic game, Musical Bingo uses popular bands and musicians in place of numbers. Join us for a fun night of music and prizes! Please register for this program by calling us at 330-724-2126.

    Location: Firestone Park
   2:00 PM Teen Mini Makerspace  
    Contact: Nordonia Hills Branch Library   330-467-8595   nordoniahills@akronlibrary.org
   

Program is for students going into 5th grade and up.

  • June 7 We are using wool to create a felted emoji keyring.
  • June 14 Come & do some sandpaper printing.
  • June 21 Adam Pate associate will demonstrate and teach us how to do Caricatures
  • June 28 6th Annual Paper Airplane Races! Come race your designs against other worthy opponents.
  • July 5 Create a beach chair to hold your phone.
  • July 12 We’re constructing a duct tape pencil case.
  • July 19 Duct tape is the medium again. Come and make a geometric planter.
  • July 26 How good is your memory? Come play book cover memory.
    Location: Nordonia Hills
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Water Balloon Extravaganza  
    Contact: North Hill Branch   330-535-9423   northhill@akronlibrary.org
   

Cool off as we close out the summer by playing with water balloons.  Practice your aim with water balloon target practice, test your baseball skills as we play water balloon baseball, and see if you can avoid getting wet! Games will be played in the Reading Garden behind the library.  For kids entering grades 4-12.

    Location: North Hill
   2:00 PM  -  3:30 PM Computer Lab  
    Contact: Highland Square   330-376-2927   
   

No registration is required.  15 tickets will be distributed thirty minutes prior to class start.

Thursday, July 19, 2 – 3:30 pm.  File Management

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

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

    Location: Kenmore
   6:00 PM Apple Phone/Tablet – Demo  
    Contact: Fairlawn-Bath Branch   330-666-4888   
   

Get a front row seat for a tour of the Apple operating system.  Learn about Settings, App Store, the camera, and more.  Bring some questions of your own, too.

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

Join us for some building fun with our friends from Bricks 4 Kidz! Build, play and explore with Legos and other fun activities. No registration necessary.

    Location: Portage Lakes
   6:00 PM  -  7:30 PM Identifying Your Family Photographs  
    Contact: Springfield-Lakemore   330-643-4770   springfieldlakemore@akronlibrary.org
   

Identifying Your Family Photographs

Thursday, July 19, 6-7:30 pm

A picture may be worth a thousand words, but unlocking the stories of unidentified photographs requires some sleuthing. Learn to read clues, such as the type of photograph, clothing and hairstyles, and even whether or not subjects are smiling, to reveal the stories behind every photograph. Also learn how databases and local history resources can be used to identify your family photographs.  Registration requested 330-643-4770.

    Location: Springfield-Lakemore
   6:30 PM All Hands on Deck: Lifesaving Lessons—Hands-Only CPR Training  
    Contact: Highland Square   330-376-2927   
   

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

Almost 610,000 people are killed every year by heart attacks.  Be prepared and learn how to help someone who may be experiencing cardiac arrest at this hands-only CPR training class.  Adults and youth over 10 years old may attend.  This workshop is presented by the Summit County Go Red For Women-Passion Committee and supported by the American Heart Association. 

    Location: Highland Square
   6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Sistas Knit 2  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   maplevalley@akronlibrary.org
   

Socialize with other crafters while creating wonderful projects that can be given to family and friends. This group does everything from knitting to crocheting, needlepoint to cross stitch and more… All crafters are welcome.

    Location: Maple Valley

Friday July 20, 2018
   12:30 PM  -  1:30 PM Rockin' Book Club  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   ellet@akronlibrary.org
   

Grades K-3. Join us as we stop that summer slide by reading a book together each week. Have fun with games and crafts related to each book too.

    Location: Ellet
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM A History of R&B: Parts I and II  
    Contact: Odom Branch   330-434-8726   
   

Join Bill Brauning, local Pop Culture lecturer, as he presents a history of R&B in two parts.

Part 1:  The Unsung Heroes fo R&B, going back inot the 1940's with early R&B performers like Bessie Smith, Roy Brown, Etta James, Big Momma Thornton and many others.

    Location: Odom
   2:00 PM  -  3:30 PM Computer Lab  
    Contact: Highland Square   330-376-2927   
   

No registration is required.  15 tickets will be distributed thirty minutes prior to class start.

Friday, July 20, 2 – 3:30 pm.  Typing

    Location: Highland Square
   4:00 PM Build It!  
    Contact: Nordonia Hills Branch Library   330-467-8595   nordoniahills@akronlibrary.org
   

BUILD IT!

Whether you build by yourself or with a friend, use your imagination to build something with blocks or Legos.

 

    Location: Nordonia Hills
   6:30 PM  -  8:00 PM After Hours: Stranger Things (TEEN)  
    Contact: Northwest Akron Branch   3308361081   northwest@akronlibrary.org
   

After Hours: Stranger Things

(6th – 12th graders)

Friday, July 20, 6:30-8 pm

After the library closes, teens will partake in many 80s themed activities. Permission slips signed by parents and registration are required. Activities include a waffle decorating competition, a Demogorgon survival game, and more. 

    Location: Northwest Akron

Saturday July 21, 2018
   10:00 AM  -  5:00 PM Game Time  
    Contact: Patrick Manning   330.467.8595   nordoniahills@akronlibrary.org
   

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 board games, Euro games, role-playing games, standard cards, mah-jongg, war games, chess, 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.

Usually meets the third Saturday of each month.

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

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

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

3D Butterfly

July 21, 10:30 am

Create butterflies by folding and embellishing decorative paper and gluing it to a small canvas creating a 3D piece of art.  Class size is limited.  Please register in advance beginning June 30.  Ages 16 and up preferred.

    Location: Portage Lakes
   10:30 AM Sensory Storytime  
    Contact:    3306434702   tbohanon@akronlibrary.org
   

Sensory Storytime

3rd Saturdays, July 21, August 18, 10:30 am & 11:30 am

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

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

Paws for Reading

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

Saturday Story Time Sampler
The First and Third Saturdays of the month, 11 am Story time for preschool-primary children with an adult caregiver.

June 2: Geek Out on Stories as part of Geekfest

June 16: Story Time Rocks! Join us for stories about rocks.

July 7: Books with a Beat These rhyming books will put a beat in your feet and a “ta-tum” in your drum.

July 21: Beach Party! Dip your toes in the sand or ride the tide at our totally gnarly beach party.

August 4: Hervé Tullet Art Workshop  

August 18: I Scream for Ice Cream! - Join us for stories and songs about our favorite frozen treats, then make some homemade ice cream in a bag.

 

    Location: Main Library
   11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Outdoor Lawn Games  
    Contact: Springfield-Lakemore   330-643-4770   springfieldlakemore@akronlibrary.org
   

Outdoor Lawn Games

Saturday, July 21, 11 am

Meet us at the Lakemore Recreation Park on Lakeside Drive for giant lawn games like Frisbee Tic-Tac-Toe, giant Twister and Kerplunk.

    Location: Springfield-Lakemore
   11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM PAWS for Reading  
    Contact: Springfield-Lakemore   330-643-4770   springfieldlakemore@akronlibrary.org
   

PAWS for Reading

Third Saturday of each month, June 16, July 21, August 18, 11 am

Share a book with a certified therapy dog, practice your reading skills and make new friends, too!

    Location: Springfield-Lakemore
   11:30 AM Sensory Storytime  
    Contact:    3306434702   tbohanon@akronlibrary.org
   

Sensory Storytime

3rd Saturdays, July 21, August 18, 10:30 am & 11:30 am

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

    Location: Northwest Akron
   1:00 PM  -  4:00 PM The Lost City Mystery Experience  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

We’ve received a mysterious package in the mail with a compelling Mayan mystery inside.  Using objects, clues, puzzles and the power of observation we must make sense of what is in front of us.  Working in teams, put your deduction skills to the test.  Part story, part game, all interactive-join us for an afternoon of fun! Bring a snack to share if you wish.  Recommended for ages 16 and up. No registration required.

    Location: Portage Lakes
   1:30 PM  -  3:30 PM Sedona Bracelet Class  
    Contact: Highland Square   330-376-2927   
   

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

Come make a Sedona bracelet, which is easy to create and fun to wear.  This technique requires no tools, and many colors will be available to choose from. All materials are provided, along with a handout. 

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

PAWS for Reading

Saturdays, June 16, July 21, August 18, 2 pm

All grades welcome to practice reading skills and build reading confidence of beginning or struggling readers by reading to our Therapy Dogs International dog friends.  

    Location: Northwest Akron
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Make and Take Potter Potions  
    Contact:    3306594343   
   

Happy Birthday Harry! Select and make 2 potions. Choices are: Felix Feticus, Wolfsbane, Skela-Gro, Polyjuice, and Veritaserum. Potter wear welcome.

    Location: Richfield
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Make and Take Potter Potions  
    Contact:    3306594343   
   

Happy Birthday Harry! Select and make 2 potions. Choices are: Felix Feticus, Wolfsbane, Skela-Gro, Polyjuice, and Veritaserum. Potter wear welcome.

    Location: Richfield

Sunday July 22, 2018
   2:00 PM  -  2:30 PM Sunday Story Time Sampler  
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

Sunday Story Time Sampler
Every Sunday, 2 pm

A half-hour story time for preschool-primary children

    Location: Main Library

Monday July 23, 2018
   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, June 18.

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

North Hill Needle Crafters

If you love to knit, crochet, and help people, this is the group for you. Everything this talented group makes is donated to helping organizations in our community. If you are new to crafting, we will be glad to get you started. If you have yarn and supplies to donate, we will make good use of them. New members always welcome!

    Location: North Hill
   10:30 AM Music and Movement Mondays  
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

Music and Movement Mondays
Mondays, June 4-July 23, 10:30 am

Put on your dancing shoes and get ready to shake your sillies out!  For children ages 2 to 5 years and their caregiver.

    Location: Main Library
   11:00 AM Jungle Bob  
    Contact: Ellet Library   330-784-2019   ellet@akronlibrary.org
   

Join us for Jungle Bob and MORE amazing animals.

    Location: Ellet
   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, June 18.

    Location: Fairlawn-Bath
   12:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Summer Exercise Course  
    Contact: Richfield Library   330-659-4343   dnagy@akronlibrary.org
   

Summer Exercise Course

Mondays June 11- July 30, 12-2 pm

Stay fit this summer with our fun on your own garden exercise program. This summer we will set up different exercise activities out in our reading garden. Fun for the whole family. Can’t make it on Monday’s no problem ask at the desk and we will be happy to set it for you.

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

All ages welcome. Groups, please register in advance for each movie due to limited seating.

THE LEGO NINJAGO MOVIE (PG) (90 minutes)

High school students moonlight as ninjas, and fight to defend their island of Ninjago.

    Location: Goodyear
   1:30 PM Transfer Digital Photos  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   ellet@akronlibrary.org
   

Do you have digital photos stored on your camera, phone, flash drive or disc? Learn how to easily transfer those images to your computer so you can begin organizing, editing, printing and sharing.

    Location: Ellet
   2:00 PM Marvelous Mondays!  
    Contact: Highland Square   330-376-2927   
   

Children of All Ages, Mondays at 2 pm

Ankle Biters is an interactive, family-friendly improv show performed by Crooked River Comedy, Northeast Ohio’s premier improv troupe. Each show is completely made up on the spot based on your child’s ideas. Best of all, your child will have a chance to take the stage and be part of the fun! Recommended for children ages 4-94 (and beyond).

    Location: Highland Square
   2:00 PM Musical Movie Week  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330-864-5721   maplevalley@akronlibrary.org
   

Monday, July 23, 2 pm: GREASE (PG-13)(110 min)

Tuesday, July 24, 2 pm: WEST SIDE STORY (PG-13)(136 min)

Wednesday, July 25, 2 pm: ANNIE (PG)(127 min)

Friday, July 27, 2 pm: THE WIZ (G)(134 min)

Saturday, July 28, 2 pm: HAIRSPRAY (PG)(117 min)

    Location: Maple Valley
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM MineCraft Monday  
    Contact:    3306594343   
   

Join us to mine and craft on our multi-plyaer server! No account necessary. Creepers welcome (ages 11 and up).

    Location: Richfield
   2:00 PM  -  3:30 PM Teens Do Something!  
    Contact: Nordonia Hills Branch Library   330-467-8595   nordoniahills@akronlibrary.org
   

TEENS DO SOMETHING!

This is a great way for students going into 5th through 12th grades to volunteer. We will meet twice a month on Monday from 2:00 to 3:30 pm to do a different type of project. Some of the project we will work on - making busy bags for Akron Children’s Hospital, cards for shut-ins, and jobs around the library.

Please see Miss Sue for more details.

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

Join us to make an easy and fun craft.

    Location: Kenmore
   6:00 PM Needle Crafting  
    Contact:    330-724-2126   firestoneparkbranch@akronlibrary.org
   

Second and Fourth Monday evenings of the month, 6pm

Enjoy discussion and share knit and crochet projects.

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

PICTURE FRAME

We're going to make a cloud id picture frame.

Families of all ages, join us for some great crafts.

    Location: Nordonia Hills
   6:30 PM Ohio First Ladies  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Adult Program
 

The State of Ohio is home to seven First Ladies who have made significant contributions to society and the making of a President.  Florence Kling Harding will share interesting and some little-known facts about the ladies who lived in the White House. Come meet Florence and learn about these ladies whose husbands were elected as President of the United States.  Sharon Rae Snowden, Presenter, Women in History.

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

Gentle Yoga With Nia

Be led in warm-up stretches and breathing exercises, move through yoga poses with the help of a chair, end sessions with nature sounds and music. Please bring a yoga mat or a beach towel and a water bottle. New members are always welcome!

    Location: North Hill

Tuesday July 24, 2018
   10:05 AM Baby Time  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   ellet@akronlibrary.org
   

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

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

Adult caregivers are welcome and expected to join in the fun. We'll read books, sing songs, experiment with puppets, learn rhymes, and make music as we learn to play with one another and make new friends.

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

Family Story Time ages 6 months- 6 years

Tuesdays, June 12- July 31, 10:30- 11:30 am

Children bring your favorite caregiver and join us for stories, music, rhymes, gardening, and more. No registration required. Please note we will have a variety of outdoor activities during story time please lather up with sun screen and be ready to get dirty, messy and potentially wet. 

    Location: Richfield
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Story Time  
    Contact: Springfield-Lakemore   330-643-4770   springfieldlakemore@akronlibrary.org
   

Tuesdays, July 3 - July 31, 10:30 am

A happy blend of stories, rhymes, songs, and play for you and your child to enjoy together. Lots of music and movement included. All are welcome and celebrated.

Ages birth to five with a caregiver

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

Join us for a family-friendly story time with stories, songs, finger plays, art and lots of fun! All ages welcome. No registration necessary.

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

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

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

When Rocky visits, children have an opportunity to practice their literacy skills by reading aloud with him. Drop in to read with him and his owner.

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

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

    Location: North Hill
   12:00 PM  -  1:30 PM Lunch Bunch  
    Contact: Nordonia Hills Branch Library   330-467-8595   nordoniahills@akronlibrary.org
   

LUNCH BUNCH

Students going into Kindergarten through fourth grades are invited to join Miss Sue for a story and a craft.  Bring your lunch and your listening ears.  Dessert and beverages will be provided.

Please register in advance.

    Location: Nordonia Hills
   1:00 PM Jason Alan Children's Show  
    Contact: Goodyear Branch   330-784-7522   goodyear@gmail.com
   

 

Be amazed at this high energy magic show featuring eye-popping tricks and audience interaction.

Large groups, please schedule ahead with the children’s librarian to make a reservation for all shows due to limited space.

    Location: Goodyear
   1:00 PM Molecule’s Bing, Bang, Boom Science Show  
    Contact: Fairlawn-Bath Branch   330-666-4888   
   

Mr. Molecule’s Bing, Bang, Boom Science Show will help us end a summer of library fun with his exciting and zany show.

 

    Location: Fairlawn-Bath
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