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

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

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

    Click on the book to place a copy on hold.

    Location: Goodyear

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

DIY2Go Earth Day Craft 

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

 

    Location: Portage Lakes

Monday April 24, 2017
     Drive-Thru Teen Book Club  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Youth & Teen

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

April THE HERO AND THE CROWN by Robin McKinley

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

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

Ladybug Land – Watch the ladybug larvae grow into ladybugs.

    Location: Goodyear
   9:00 AM  -  10:30 AM Education Today for Retirement Tomorrow (OPERS)  
    Contact: Business & Government Division   330-643-9020   bgdiv@akronlibrary.org
   

A representative of the Ohio Public Employees Retirement System (OPERS) will present information to help you take an active role in planning for your retirement. Free and open to the publicNo registration necessary.

 

    Location: Main Library-Auditorium
   10:00 AM  -  3:00 PM Friends of the Fairlawn-Bath Branch Bag Sale  
    Contact: Fairlawn-Bath Branch   330-666-4888   
   

Fill a bag and pay one low price at The Friends of the Fairlawn-Bath Branch Bag Sale.

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

North Hill Needle Crafters

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

    Location: North Hill
   10:30 AM Celebrate The Week of the Young Child  
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

Celebrate The Week of the Young Child with the Children's Library and the Akron Art Museum April 24-29 
The National Association for the Education of Young Children’s annual event

Monday, April 24, 10:30 am Musical Monday: Music Yoga for 3-5 year olds

Tuesday, April 25, 10:30 am - 3 pm Tasty Tuesday: Come Play Life-Sized Candy Land with family and friends

Wednesday, April 26, 10:30 am Work Together Wednesday Baby Time for birth to 2 years old

Thursday, April 27, 10:30 am Artsy Thursday Preschool Story Time for 2-5 year olds

Friday, April 28, 10:30 am Family Friday: The Bubble Lady

Saturday, April 29, 1-4 pm, At the Akron Art Museum:  Families Make Art - Open Studio plus a Milk and Cookies Music Café, 2-3 pm The Children’s librarians from Akron-Summit County Public Library and Akron Art Museum educators team up for a day of memory-making, music and storytelling. Free museum admission and activities. No registration required. For more information, go to www.AkronArtMuseum.org/calendar or call 330.376.9186.

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

Mondays in April, 10:30 am

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

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

TAI CHI:  MOVING FOR BETTER BALANCE

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

Registration is strongly encouraged, as space is limited.

 

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

Ages 0-18 months and their grown-ups.

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

    Location: Highland Square
   1:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Social Security Benefits  
    Contact: Business & Government Division   330-643-9020   bgdiv@akronlibrary.org
   

Robert Fenn II, Public Affairs Specialist, Social Security Administration, will answer the following questions: What is the quickest way to benefits? Can you work and still receive benefits? Do you have to file for Medicare? What age should you file? Can you file on a previous spouse’s earnings if you are divorced? No registration necessary.  Meeting Room 2 A/B

    Location: Main Library
   2:00 PM  -  3:30 PM Internet 1  
    Contact: Electronic Services   330-643-9145   esdiv@akronlibrary.org
   

Internet, Part 1: An Introduction

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

 

Please visit our website for more information:

 

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

School Age Children’s Programs

Grades K to grade  4 are welcome.

Mondays at 3:30 pm

March 13: Pencil Topper Craft

March 20: LEGO challenges

March 27: Exploding Boomerangs

April 3: Celebrate Grilled Cheese month

April 10: Seed planting

April 24: Recycle craft

May 1: Tissue Flowers

May 8: Something for Mom.

May 15: Mystery program

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

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

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

Enjoy discussion and share current knitting and crochet projects.

 

    Location: Firestone Park
   6:00 PM  -  7:30 PM Family Movie Monday  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   eramsay@akronlibrary.org
   
Family Movie Monday
Every third Monday of the month, 6 pm
Join us for a family friendly movie, snacks, and drinks!
 
April 24: Moana (PG) (103 min)

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Gentle Yoga with Nia

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

    Location: North Hill

Tuesday April 25, 2017
   10:05 AM Babytime  
    Contact: Ellet Branch   330-784-2019   
   

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

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

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

Young children and adult caregivers will read books, learn rhymes, sing, have fun together, and finish with bubbles!

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

Preschool Story Time

(2 to 5 year-olds with a caregiver)

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

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

 

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

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

Tuesday, April 25, 10:30 am

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

Ages 1-5 and their grown-ups.

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

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

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

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

Preschool Story Time ages 3-6
Tuesdays, April 4- May 9, 10:30-11:30 am

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

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

TAI CHI:  MOVING FOR BETTER BALANCE

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

Registration is strongly encouraged, as space is limited.

 

    Location: Nordonia Hills
   10:30 AM  -  3:00 PM Celebrate The Week of the Young Child  
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

Celebrate The Week of the Young Child with the Children's Library and the Akron Art Museum April 24-29 
The National Association for the Education of Young Children’s annual event

Monday, April 24, 10:30 am Musical Monday: Music Yoga for 3-5 year olds

Tuesday, April 25, 10:30 am - 3 pm Tasty Tuesday: Come Play Life-Sized Candy Land with family and friends

Wednesday, April 26, 10:30 am Work Together Wednesday Baby Time for birth to 2 years old

Thursday, April 27, 10:30 am Artsy Thursday Preschool Story Time for 2-5 year olds

Friday, April 28, 10:30 am Family Friday: The Bubble Lady

Saturday, April 29, 1-4 pm, At the Akron Art Museum:  Families Make Art - Open Studio plus a Milk and Cookies Music Café, 2-3 pm The Children’s librarians from Akron-Summit County Public Library and Akron Art Museum educators team up for a day of memory-making, music and storytelling. Free museum admission and activities. No registration required. For more information, go to www.AkronArtMuseum.org/calendar or call 330.376.9186.

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

    Location: North Hill
   1:00 PM Coping with Stress as a Caregiver  
    Contact: Ellet Branch   330-784-2019   
   

Caregivers who receive encouragement and guidance to bolster their own mental well-being increases the likelihood for successful care of their loved one at home. Join us for a discussion on understanding stress often associated with being a caregiver, it's impact, and techniques to manage it. Sponsored by Catholic Charities Summit Adult Day Services, in operation since 1977, the first of its kind in the Akron area.

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

Internet, Part 2: Searching, Printing, and Favorites

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

 

Please visit our website for more information:

    Location: Nordonia Hills
   3:00 PM Paws for Reading  
    Contact: North Hill Branch Library   330-535-9423   northhill@akronlibrary.org
   

Practice your reading skills by reading aloud to our doggie pals. Bring a book from home or read one of ours! Not reading yet? Our dogs' human pals will read to you.

This is a great way for children to practice their literacy skills and gain more confidence in reading aloud. Children of all ages are welcome. No registration needed.

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

For Grades 4-12. Play mini games, make mini crafts, and eat mini pizzas! 

    Location: Maple Valley
   3:30 PM  -  4:30 PM Babysitting 101  
    Contact: Firestone Park Branch Library   330-724-2126   
   

Grades 6-12

Do you want to babysit to earn money? Learn basic safety tips and create a grab bag of ideas to keep kids busy and happy while in your care. 

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

Tween Tuesdays for ages 10-18

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

We will not meet if school is not in session.

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

Tuesday, April 25, 3:30-5 pm

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

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

    Location: Ellet
   4:00 PM Cupcake Wars: Spring Edition!  
    Contact: Kenmore Branch Library   330-745-6126   kenmore@akronlibrary.org
   

Get your culinary creativity flowing! You must be ON TIME to attend this program since there is judging involved and a time limit. Registration requested as there is limited space. 

    Location: Kenmore
   4:00 PM Japanese Paper Lantern Painting  
   

We will be painting on delicate paper lanterns that you can use to decorate your room. Registration requested as there is limited space; please call 330-745-6126 or email kenmore@akronlibrary.org to register.

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

TAB-Meeting

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

Join the Teen Advisory Board.

Help the library choose materials for teens.

Plan programs.  Earn volunteer hours.  Have fun!

    Location: Norton
   6:00 PM  -  7:00 PM A Return to One's Roots: An Exploration of Root Vegetables  
    Contact: Highland Square   330-376-2927   kgerlach@akronlibrary.org
   

Presented by Gabriel Riazi of the Mustard Seed Market. This exploration of root vegetables will inspire your creative palette, draw from your garden and support ecological and ethical responsibility. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

ADULT COLORING NIGHT

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

For adults and teens over the age of sixteen.

    Location: Nordonia Hills
   6:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Honorable Capitalism? (film)  
    Contact: Business & Government Division   330-643-9020   bgdiv@akronlibrary.org
   

Writer and producer Connie Collins will present her documentary-style film, "Honorable Capitalism?" Through interviews, Collins explored why some prosper while others either remain or become disadvantaged in our capitalistic system. Question and answer session will follow. No registration necessary.

    Location: Main Library-Auditorium
   6:30 PM Cashing Out:Your Guide to Maximizing the Value of Your Business  
    Contact: Ellet Branch   330-784-2019   
   

Retirement Planning Specialist Paul Bernier addresses the unique challenges and opportunities small business owners face as they plan for retirement. Business owners within 10 years of retirement will find this program to be full of useful information and directions.

    Location: Ellet
   6:30 PM Recycled CD Coasters  
    Contact: Goodyear Branch Library   330-784-7522   goodyear@akronlibrary.org
   

Learn how to turn old CDs into colorful, long lasting coasters. We are upcycling old CDs with some colorful fabric to add to your home décor.

Class size is strictly limited to 15 adult/teen (16 & over) participants.

Please register in advance. 

    Location: Goodyear

Wednesday April 26, 2017
   10:30 AM Baby Time  
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

Every Wednesday

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

    Location: Main Library
   10:30 AM Celebrate The Week of the Young Child  
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

Celebrate The Week of the Young Child with the Children's Library and the Akron Art Museum April 24-29 
The National Association for the Education of Young Children’s annual event

Monday, April 24, 10:30 am Musical Monday: Music Yoga for 3-5 year olds

Tuesday, April 25, 10:30 am - 3 pm Tasty Tuesday: Come Play Life-Sized Candy Land with family and friends

Wednesday, April 26, 10:30 am Work Together Wednesday Baby Time for birth to 2 years old

Thursday, April 27, 10:30 am Artsy Thursday Preschool Story Time for 2-5 year olds

Friday, April 28, 10:30 am Family Friday: The Bubble Lady

Saturday, April 29, 1-4 pm, At the Akron Art Museum:  Families Make Art - Open Studio plus a Milk and Cookies Music Café, 2-3 pm The Children’s librarians from Akron-Summit County Public Library and Akron Art Museum educators team up for a day of memory-making, music and storytelling. Free museum admission and activities. No registration required. For more information, go to www.AkronArtMuseum.org/calendar or call 330.376.9186.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

April 26, Mature Muscles Yoga Class

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

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

    Location: Portage Lakes
   2:00 PM  -  3:30 PM Email 1  
    Contact: Electronic Services   330-643-9145   esdiv@akronlibrary.org
   

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

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

 

Please visit our website for more information:

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

Grades K-5

Snap Circuits

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

Volunteen

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

Become a Volunteen! 

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

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

Wednesday, April 26, 3:30 pm

Stop in for an afternoon of classic games. 
We’ll have both board and card games provided. 
Feel free to bring any cards or games of your own to play with your library friends!
Grades K-5
    Location: Mogadore
   3:45 PM Afterschool Crowd  
    Contact: Ellet Branch   330-784-2019   
   

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

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

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

Join us on Wednesdays and let your creative side shine!

Grades K-6

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

Registration appreciated

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

Numbers All Around – Which is bigger? Which is more or less? Join us for some math time fun.

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

Join us once a month to explore Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math! Each session will feature experiments and activities for all ages.  No registration necessary.

 

    Location: Portage Lakes
   6:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Paint Night  
    Contact: Nordonia Hills Branch Library   330-467-8595   nordoniahills@akronlibrary.org
   

PAINT NIGHT

Paint your own masterpiece and discover your creativity!  Each artist will have a finished painting to take home at the end of the night.  Sign-ups are limited to two spots per person.  Both nights will feature the same painting, so sign-ups per person are limited to one night each.

Age 16 and over.

All supplies are provided.

    Location: Nordonia Hills
   6:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Your Family Matters  
    Contact: Business & Government Division   330-643-9020   bgdiv@akronlibrary.org
   

Judge Elinore Marsh Stormer and Magistrate Nicole Walker of Summit County Probate Court will provide you with answers to questions about deeds, probate court, guardianship, and more. No registration necessary.

    Location: Main Library-Auditorium
   6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM How to Protect Yourself from a Psychopath  
    Contact: Lisa Weiser   330.535.9423   northbranch@akronlibrary.org
   

How to Protect Yourself form a Psychopath - Presented by Winifred Rule

Winifred Rule is the author of BORN TO DESTROY, the first instructional work on the female psychopath.

    Location: North Hill
   6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Investing 101  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   maplevalley@akronlibrary.org
    Have you always wanted to know how to invest your money? Please join us for this informative seminar. Financial Consultant Paul Bernier will provide you with the basic tools to get started. Please call the branch to sign up.
    Location: Maple Valley
   7:00 PM Mystery Book Lovers  
    Contact: Nordonia Hills Branch Library   330-467-8595   nordoniahills@akronlibrary.org
   

CHAOS by Patricia Cornwell

Title: Chaos (Kay Scarpetta Series #24), Author: Patricia Cornwell

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

Third Wednesday of each month at 7:00pm.

    Location: Nordonia Hills

Thursday April 27, 2017
   10:15 AM Stories and Play  
    Contact: Goodyear Branch Library   330-784-7522   goodyear@akronlibrary.org
   

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

Story Time runs Thursdays, March 2 - May 18.

    Location: Goodyear
   10:30 AM Celebrate The Week of the Young Child  
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

Celebrate The Week of the Young Child with the Children's Library and the Akron Art Museum April 24-29 
The National Association for the Education of Young Children’s annual event

Monday, April 24, 10:30 am Musical Monday: Music Yoga for 3-5 year olds

Tuesday, April 25, 10:30 am - 3 pm Tasty Tuesday: Come Play Life-Sized Candy Land with family and friends

Wednesday, April 26, 10:30 am Work Together Wednesday Baby Time for birth to 2 years old

Thursday, April 27, 10:30 am Artsy Thursday Preschool Story Time for 2-5 year olds

Friday, April 28, 10:30 am Family Friday: The Bubble Lady

Saturday, April 29, 1-4 pm, At the Akron Art Museum:  Families Make Art - Open Studio plus a Milk and Cookies Music Café, 2-3 pm The Children’s librarians from Akron-Summit County Public Library and Akron Art Museum educators team up for a day of memory-making, music and storytelling. Free museum admission and activities. No registration required. For more information, go to www.AkronArtMuseum.org/calendar or call 330.376.9186.

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

Thursday, April 27, 10:30 am

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

Every Thursday

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

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

Little Folks Story Time ages 6-35 months
Thursdays, April 6- May 18, 10:30-11:30 am
Little folks, bring your favorite caregiver and join us for stories, rhymes, songs and more.  No registration required.
 

    Location: Richfield
   11:30 AM  -  12:30 PM Pitter Patter Playgroup  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   eramsay@akronlibrary.org
   
Pitter Patter Playgroup
Thursdays, March 2-April 27, 11:30 am
Ages 5 and under.
Bring your little ones to enjoy our puzzles, games, and toys!
Both children and caregivers can join in the fun!
No registration required… just come and play! 
    Location: Maple Valley
   1:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Needle crafting @ The Library  
    Contact: Firestone Park Branch Library   330-724-2126   
   

Enjoy discussion and share current knitting and crochet projects.

 

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

E-mail Basics, Part 2: Message Management

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

 

Please visit our website for more information:

    Location: Nordonia Hills
   3:30 PM Teen Basketball Party  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330-864-5721   ecoontz@akronlibrary.org
   

For Grades 4-12. Join us for games, crafts, contests, and other fun hoops-related activities. 

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

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

    Location: Ellet
   4:00 PM School-Age STEAM (Grades K to 5)  
    Contact: Northwest Akron Branch   3308361081   northwest@akronlibrary.org
   

School-Age STEAM (Grades K to 5)

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

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

 

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

Patrons with food allergy questions should contact the branch.

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

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

    Location: Kenmore
   4:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Spring Book Sale - Friend's Preview  
    Contact: Tallmadge   330.633.4345   
   

Spring Book Sale Preview

Friends of the Library members are invited to the presale on Thursday, April 27 from 4 - 8 pm.
Memberships will be available at the door.

    Location: Tallmadge
   6:00 PM Cookbook Club  
    Contact: Mogadore Branch Library   330-628-9228   mogadore@akronlibrary.org
   
Thursday, April 27, 6 pm
 
Do you love browsing through cookbooks and trying new recipes or cooking techniques?
Join fellow foodies for our Cookbook Club. You don’t have to be a gourmet chef to participate.
Each month we will get together to talk about a certain book, theme, or a celebrity chef. 
There will be food samples or activities at every meeting.
A selection of cookbooks will be available for members to borrow.
Browse our collection, try out some of the recipes, and join the
group to discuss your successes and mishaps. Snacks will be served at this program.
Patrons with food allergy questions should contact the branch.

Theme: Veggies Galore

    Location: Mogadore
   6:00 PM  -  7:00 PM Getting Ready for School Begins Early: “You Have What It Takes to Build Your Child’s Brain”  
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

Getting Ready for School Begins Early: “You Have What It Takes to Build Your Child’s Brain”
Thursday, April 27, 6-7 pm

There are 2,000 days from the day a child is born until they go to Kindergarten. Every day counts. Join Kandi Novak, Child Care-Connection and Laura McFalls, Akron Summit County Public Library, to find out how to make everyday moments with your child into brain building moments.   You and your child will have fun visiting stations where they will get to experience rhyming, reading, math, talking about feelings and more! Sharing these moments with your child will help shape their growing mind. 

Please contact Children Services at 330-379-2090 to register for this special parent training and family event.

    Location: Main Library
   6:00 PM  -  7:00 PM Getting Ready for School Begins Early: “You Have What It Takes to Build Your Child’s Brain”  
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

Getting Ready for School Begins Early: “You Have What It Takes to Build Your Child’s Brain”
Thursday, April 27, 6-7 pm

There are 2,000 days from the day a child is born until they go to Kindergarten. Every day counts. Join Kandi Novak, Child Care-Connection and Laura McFalls, Akron Summit County Public Library, to find out how to make everyday moments with your child into brain building moments.   You and your child will have fun visiting stations where they will get to experience rhyming, reading, math, talking about feelings and more! Sharing these moments with your child will help shape their growing mind. 

Please contact Children Services at 330-379-2090 to register for this special parent training and family event.

    Location: Main Library
   6:00 PM  -  7:00 PM The Akron African United Front Book Discussion Group  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   twright@akronlibrary.org
   
The Akron African United Front Book Discussion Group
Every second and fourth Thursday at 6 pm
The Akron African United Front book discussion group offers you the opportunity
to share your opinions on how history affects our world views in today’s society. 
Read and analyze books that are rich in African American culture and history. 
Discuss important heartfelt issues with your peers.
    Location: Maple Valley
   6:00 PM  -  7:30 PM Sistas Knit 2  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   twright@akronlibrary.org
   
Sistas Knit 2
Every Thursday at 6:30 pm
Socialize with other crafters while creating wonderful projects that can be given to family and friends.
This group does everything from knitting to crocheting, needlepoint to cross stitch and more… 
All crafters are welcome.
    Location: Maple Valley
   6:30 PM Beginning Beekeeping  
    Contact: Fairlawn-Bath Branch   330-666-4888   
   

Where do I find bees?  How do I get them settled into their new home? How do I care and provide for my queen and her court?  What equipment and tools are used to house the bees and conduct inspections?  Join beekeeping expert Evona Gaughan to get the answers to these questions and many more.

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

Kinsey Milhone vs. Stephanie Plum

Both Sue Grafton and Janet Evanovich are celebrating birthdays this week!  Read any book featuring their two popular characters.   We will compare similarities and differences between the authors writing styles and their female investigators.

 

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

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

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

    Location: Ellet
   6:30 PM  -  8:00 PM Cashing Out: Your Guide to Maximizing the Value of Your Business  
    Contact: Richfield Branch Library   330-659-4343   mdaly@akronlibrary.org
   

This program is designed to address the unique challenges and opportunities small business owners face as they plan for retirement. Business owners within 10 years of retirement will find this program to be full of useful information and direction.

    Location: Richfield
   7:00 PM No Beer, No Money, No Pennants  
    Contact: Nordonia Hills Branch Library   330-467-8595   nordoniahills@akronlibrary.org
   

NO BEER, NO MONEY, NO PENNANTS

Author Scott Longert traces the progress of the Cleveland Indians in the Great depression years from 1927 to 1936.  It was a time for change when radio came into play along with a huge new stadium in Cleveland despite the fact that most fans did not have the money to buy a ticket.  Prohibition ended and beer flowed freely in the ballpark.

Please register in advance.

    Location: Nordonia Hills

Friday April 28, 2017
   10:00 AM  -  5:00 PM Spring Book Sale  
    Contact: Tallmadge   330.633.4345   
   

The Friends of Tallmadge Branch Library will be hosting their Spring Book Sale on April 28 and 29. 
Gently used books, paperbacks, audio materials and more available at bargain prices.
Proceeds benefit the Tallmadge Branch Library.

 

    Location: Tallmadge
   10:30 AM Celebrate The Week of the Young Child  
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

Celebrate The Week of the Young Child with the Children's Library and the Akron Art Museum April 24-29 
The National Association for the Education of Young Children’s annual event

Monday, April 24, 10:30 am Musical Monday: Music Yoga for 3-5 year olds

Tuesday, April 25, 10:30 am - 3 pm Tasty Tuesday: Come Play Life-Sized Candy Land with family and friends

Wednesday, April 26, 10:30 am Work Together Wednesday Baby Time for birth to 2 years old

Thursday, April 27, 10:30 am Artsy Thursday Preschool Story Time for 2-5 year olds

Friday, April 28, 10:30 am Family Friday: The Bubble Lady

Saturday, April 29, 1-4 pm, At the Akron Art Museum:  Families Make Art - Open Studio plus a Milk and Cookies Music Café, 2-3 pm The Children’s librarians from Akron-Summit County Public Library and Akron Art Museum educators team up for a day of memory-making, music and storytelling. Free museum admission and activities. No registration required. For more information, go to www.AkronArtMuseum.org/calendar or call 330.376.9186.

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

Choose any book by the birthday authors of the month:

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

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

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

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

 

 

    Location: Portage Lakes
   4:30 PM  -  5:45 PM Friends of Norton Library Preview Sale  
    Contact: Norton Branch Library   330-825-7800   norton@akronlibrary.org
   

All Friends of the Library Members may shop the Preview Sale!  Current membership cards from any Akron-Summit County Public Library branch or Main Library must be presented.  Memberships will be available at the door.

    Location: Norton
   4:30 PM  -  5:45 PM NORTON FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY PREVIEW BOOK SALE  
    Contact: Norton Branch Library   330-825-7800   norton@akronlibrary.org
   

Members of all Akron-Summit County Public Library Friends of the Library are welcome to attend the Norton Friends of the Library Preview Book Sale on Friday, April 28, 2017 from 4:30-5:45 pm. Memberships will be available for purchase at that time.

    Location: Norton
   7:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Managing Your Non-Profit  
    Contact: Business & Government Division   330-643-9020   bgdiv@akronlibrary.org
   

Do you have what it takes to start a nonprofit? Carol Topp, CPA, has helped over 100 small nonprofits get started and she will guide you through the steps to form a nonprofit board, draft the correct documents, create a funding profile, and apply for tax exempt status. No registration necessary.  Meeting Room 2 A/B.

    Location: Main Library

Saturday April 29, 2017
   9:00 AM  -  3:00 PM Spring Book Sale  
    Contact: Tallmadge   330.633.4345   
   

Spring Book Sale

Looking for a special deal? We will have an all day bag sale on Saturday for only $5 a bag.
We tested it out and you can get 18 hardback books per bag, or 36 - 40 paperback books (depending on size). What a deal!

    Location: Tallmadge
   10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Mogadore Friends of the Library Perennial Plant Exchange  
    Contact: Mogadore Branch Library   330-628-9228   mogadore@akronlibrary.org
   

Saturday, April 29, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Join us for our annual plant swap!  Add to your garden and have fun socializing with
your neighbors!  Spring is a great time to thin out your beds and add to them with
    Location: Mogadore
   10:00 AM  -  2:00 PM Friends Of Norton Library Spring Book Sale  
    Contact: Norton Branch Library   330-825-7800   norton@akronlibrary
   

Shop for the best deals in town!  Gently used materials for every age!

    Location: Norton
   10:00 AM  -  2:00 PM NORTON FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY BOOK SALE  
    Contact: Norton Branch Library   330-825-7800   norton@akronlibrary.org
   

Don't miss out on the best bargains in town!  Visit the Norton Branch Library for our Annual Friends of the Library Spring Book sale from 10 am-2 pm!  

    Location: Norton
   10:00 AM  -  4:00 PM Friends of Green Branch Library Booksale  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Friends of Green Branch Library Booksale

    Location: Green
   10:30 AM Friends of the Highland Square Branch Library Annual Brunch  
    Contact: Highland Square   330-376-2927   
   

Beginning at 10:30 am, enjoy brunch and beverages and socialize with our community.  At 11 am, our Friends of the Library will introduce our guest speaker, Rich Heldenfels.   Once the  television critic and popular culture writer for the Beacon Journal from 1994 until his retirement in 2016, he is a former president of the Television Critics Association, author of the book Television’s Greatest Year:  1954 and co-author of Ghoulardi:  Inside Cleveland TV’s Wildest Ride.  When he is not teaching freshman composition at the University of Akron or attending UA sports events, you can find him watching too much television and attending too many movies. He lives in Mogadore with his wife, Connie.
 

    Location: Highland Square
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Financial Literacy  
    Contact: Business & Government Division   330-643-9020   bgdiv@akronlibrary.org
   

Kathleen Seminatore, Investigator, Summit County Office of Consumer Affairs, will discuss how to improve your credit score, lower your bills, set up a monthly budget, apply for PIPP and HEAP, and avoid scams. No registration necessary.  Meeting Room 1.

    Location: Main Library
   11:00 AM Kite Making Workshop  
    Contact: Northwest Akron Branch   3308361081   northwest@akronlibrary.org
   

Kite Making Workshop

Saturday, April 29, 11 am

Make a kite with us then, weather permitting, test it out on our front lawn. Families of all ages are welcome. Registration requested.

For all ages

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

Patrons with food allergy questions should contact the branch.

    Location: Northwest Akron
   11:00 AM  -  12:30 PM Micro Business for Teens  
    Contact: Business & Government Division   330-643-9020   bgdiv@akronlibrary.org
   

From babysitting to lawn care to Internet security, consultant Carol Topp will show motivated teens how to start and run a profitable business.

    Location: Main Library-Auditorium
   11:00 AM  -  1:00 PM Shred It!  
    Contact: Business & Government Division   330-643-9020   bgdiv@akronlibrary.org
   

Use this free on-site paper shredding event to purge financial clutter and other documents and help deter identity theft. Outside Main Library on High Street. Limit:  10 copy paper size boxes or 10 kitchen size trash bags. Sponsored by Brouse McDowell LPA.

 

    Location: Main Library
   12:00 PM  -  1:00 PM Paws for Reading  
    Contact: Norton Branch Library   330-825-7800   norton@akronlibrary.org
   

Children of all ages can practice their literacy skills by reading aloud to our doggie pals.  

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

Our Paws for Reading dogs are waiting for you!

Held the last Saturday of the month at noon

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

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

    Location: Ellet
   1:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Benefits of Energy Efficiency  
    Contact: Business & Government Division   330-643-9020   bgdiv@akronlibrary.org
   

Zachary Hoffman, Public Information Officer, Public Utilities Commission of Ohio, will offer tips to help you save money, protect the environment, and feel more comfortable in your home or business. Meeting Room 1.

    Location: Main Library
   1:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Celebrate The Week of the Young Child  
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

Celebrate The Week of the Young Child with the Children's Library and the Akron Art Museum April 24-29 
The National Association for the Education of Young Children’s annual event

Monday, April 24, 10:30 am Musical Monday: Music Yoga for 3-5 year olds

Tuesday, April 25, 10:30 am - 3 pm Tasty Tuesday: Come Play Life-Sized Candy Land with family and friends

Wednesday, April 26, 10:30 am Work Together Wednesday Baby Time for birth to 2 years old

Thursday, April 27, 10:30 am Artsy Thursday Preschool Story Time for 2-5 year olds

Friday, April 28, 10:30 am Family Friday: The Bubble Lady

Saturday, April 29, 1-4 pm, At the Akron Art Museum:  Families Make Art - Open Studio plus a Milk and Cookies Music Café, 2-3 pm The Children’s librarians from Akron-Summit County Public Library and Akron Art Museum educators team up for a day of memory-making, music and storytelling. Free museum admission and activities. No registration required. For more information, go to www.AkronArtMuseum.org/calendar or call 330.376.9186. At the Akron Art Museum across the street

 

   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Harriet Tubman, the Woman and Soldier of Freedom  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   maplevalley@akronlibrary.org
    Jewell Jones, historian and ardent admirer of Harriet Tubman, has visited Tubman's home in Auburn, New York. She will share with you stories and photos that her husband took when they made their visit.
    Location: Maple Valley
   2:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Practical Advice on Getting Your Childre's Picture Book Published  
    Contact: Richfield Branch Library   330-659-4343   mdaly@akronlibrary.org
   

Children’s book authors’ Allison and Wayne Marks share their experiences about breaking into the traditional publishing industry. Their newest book, A Gefilte Fishy Tale (Reviewed 11/27/16 in The Akron Beacon Journal), will be available for purchase.

    Location: Richfield

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

Every Sunday, except April 16 (Closed for Easter)

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

    Location: Main Library

Monday May 1, 2017
     Book Club on the Run  
    Contact: Firestone Park Branch Library   330-724-2126   
   

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

CANE RIVER by Lalita Tademy

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

Youth & Teen

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

May I KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER by Lois Duncan

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

Take It and Make It for grades K - 5

Stop by the library anytime this week to pick up a kit to make a beaded heart necklace at home for someone special.

    Location: Tallmadge

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

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

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

    Click on the book to place a copy on hold.

    Location: Goodyear

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

DIY2Go Secret Seed Envelopes:

1. Pick up a mystery seed package,

2. Take home and plant,

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

4.  Let us decorate our windows with your photos!  

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

 

    Location: Portage Lakes

Monday May 1, 2017
   10:15 AM Tiny Tales Baby Time  
    Contact: Fairlawn-Bath Branch   330-666-4888   
   

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

Registration begins Monday, April 17.

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

TAI CHI:  MOVING FOR BETTER BALANCE

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

Registration is strongly encouraged, as space is limited.

 

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

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

Registration begins Monday, April 17.

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

School Age Children’s Programs

Grades K to grade  4 are welcome.

Mondays at 3:30 pm

March 13: Pencil Topper Craft

March 20: LEGO challenges

March 27: Exploding Boomerangs

April 3: Celebrate Grilled Cheese month

April 10: Seed planting

April 24: Recycle craft

May 1: Tissue Flowers

May 8: Something for Mom.

May 15: Mystery program

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

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

 

    Location: Ellet
   6:00 PM  -  7:30 PM Microsoft Office Word 1  
    Contact: Electronic Services   330-643-9145   esdiv@akronlibrary.org
   

MS Word, Part 1: Creating/Editing Documents

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

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

 

Please visit our website for more information:

    Location: Norton
   6:30 PM How to Grow Terrific Tomatoes  
    Contact: Goodyear Branch Library   330-784-7522   goodyear@akronlibrary.org
   

Master Gardener Lee Paulson will teach you how to grow terrific-tasting tomatoes in your backyard garden. The basics, including site selection, soils and fertilizer, and which plants do best in gardens will be covered.

The program includes a slideshow, handouts, Q&A, and a few tomato plants will be raffled off at the end.

Please register in advance. 

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

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

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

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

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

Evening Book Discussion

We will be discussing THE READERS OF BROKEN WHEEL RECOMMEND by Katarina Bivald.  Books are available for check out one month before the discussion.  New members are always welcome!

    Location: North Hill

Tuesday May 2, 2017
     Take It and Make It  
    Contact: Tallmadge   330.633.4345   
   

Take It and Make It for grades K - 5

Stop by the library anytime this week to pick up a kit to make a beaded heart necklace at home for someone special.

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

Young children and adult caregivers will read books, learn rhymes, sing, have fun together, and finish with bubbles!

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

Tuesday, May 2, 10:30 am

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

Preschool Story Time ages 3-6
Tuesdays, April 4- May 9, 10:30-11:30 am

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

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

TAI CHI:  MOVING FOR BETTER BALANCE

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

Registration is strongly encouraged, as space is limited.

 

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

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

 

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

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

No registration necessary.

    Location: Goodyear
   2:30 PM No School Library Party  
    Contact: Nordonia Hills Branch   330-467-8595   nordoniahills@akronlibrary.org
   

TAPE BALL

See how many pieces of candy the tape ball will give up.

Bring your friends and have some fun on your day off school.

For students in grades 5 and up.  Please register in advance.

    Location: Nordonia Hills
   3:00 PM Wii Game Days  
    Contact: Mogadore Branch Library   330-628-9228   mogadore@akronlibrary.org
   

Tuesday, May 2, 3 pm

Challenge your friends in friendly Wii competition. 
Play our games or bring some of your own (all games must be rated E).
Grades 5-12
    Location: Mogadore
   3:45 PM Afterschool Crowd  
    Contact: Ellet Branch   330-784-2019   
   

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

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

Book Club

Graphic novels? Fantasy? Science Fiction? History?

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

Call the Library for this months selection.

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

Project Learn ESOL/GED Classes

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

    Location: North Hill
   6:00 PM Akron Anthology Reading and Book Signing  
    Contact: Northwest Akron Branch   3308361081   northwest@akronlibrary.org
   

Tuesday, May 2, 6 pm

Akron Anthology Reading and Book Signing

The Akron Anthology is a collection of Akron-centric essays written by current and former residents of the city. According to Bob Dyer of The Akron Beacon Journal, “The collection of 22 essays is a must-read for anyone who cares about this city.” Join us for a reading, Q&A, and book signing. 

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

COOKING CLUB

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

Club meeting held the first Tuesday of each month.

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

How to Navigate the Medicare Maze

Turning 65 can be an exciting - and confusing - time in your life, especially when it comes to Medicare and the critical choices you need to make.  Receiving Medicare benefits but don't quite understand the system?  This presentation guides you through the maze, answers your questions, and explains options regarding Medicare benefits.

Please register in advance.

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

Teen Writers Club

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

 
    Location: Green
   6:00 PM  -  7:00 PM Second Century Story Circle: Envisioning a Common Future  
    Contact: Firestone Park Branch Library   330-724-2126   
   

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

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

MS Word, Part 2: Formatting Text & Paragraphs

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

 

Please visit our website for more information:

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

Rage Against the Dying

Tuesday, May 2, 6:30 pm

RAGE AGAINST THE DYING by Becky Masterman

    Location: Mogadore
   6:30 PM Odd Ball Ohio  
    Contact: Ellet Branch   330-784-2019   
   

Bill Brauning will share some peculiar but fascinating facts about the great state of Ohio. He will also share ideas on one-day trips that you can enjoy by yourself or with your family.

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

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

No registration necessary.

    Location: Goodyear

Wednesday May 3, 2017
     Take It and Make It  
    Contact: Tallmadge   330.633.4345   
   

Take It and Make It for grades K - 5

Stop by the library anytime this week to pick up a kit to make a beaded heart necklace at home for someone special.

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

Play Date
Wednesday, April 5 and 19, 10 am- 12 pm
Wednesday, May 3 and 17, 10 am- 12 pm

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

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

Every Wednesday

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

    Location: Main Library
   1:00 PM Coffee & Coloring  
    Contact: Ellet Branch   330-784-2019   
   

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

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

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

 Registration begins Monday, April 17.

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

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

In May, we will discuss A LITTLE LIFE by Hanya Yanagihara

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

Join us for a book discussion of Middlemarch, By George Eliot

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

Grades K-5

Bingo

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

Volunteen

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

Become a Volunteen! 

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

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

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

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

PAWS FOR READING

Children of all ages can practice their literacy skills by reading aloud to our doggie pals.  

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

Our Paws for Reading dogs are waiting for you!

First and Third Wednesdays, 4-5 pm

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

Registration appreciated

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

All by Myself – What can you do? Lots of things! How do you feel? Ready for Kindergarten!

    Location: Goodyear
   6:00 PM  -  7:30 PM Microsoft Office Word 3  
    Contact: Electronic Services   330-643-9145   esdiv@akronlibrary.org
   

MS Word, Part 3: More Useful Formatting Tools

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

 

Please visit our website for more information:

    Location: Norton
   6:30 PM Escape Room Program  
    Contact: Nordonia Hills Branch Library   330-467-8595   nordoniahills@akronlibrary.org
   

SOLVING THE MUSEUM OF DR. JONES:  AN ESCAPE ROOM PROGRAM

8 to 10 participants use their puzzle-solving talents, logic, communication skills, and ingenuity to escape the 4 challenging rooms of the Nordonia Museum within a one-hour time limit.

Please register in advance.

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

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

Wednesday, May 3, 6:30 pm

HOMEGOING by Yaa Gyasi

    Location: Mogadore

Thursday May 4, 2017
     Take It and Make It  
    Contact: Tallmadge   330.633.4345   
   

Take It and Make It for grades K - 5

Stop by the library anytime this week to pick up a kit to make a beaded heart necklace at home for someone special.

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

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

Story Time runs Thursdays, March 2 - May 18.

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

Thursday, May 4, 10:30 am

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

Every Thursday

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

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

Little Folks Story Time ages 6-35 months
Thursdays, April 6- May 18, 10:30-11:30 am
Little folks, bring your favorite caregiver and join us for stories, rhymes, songs and more.  No registration required.
 

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

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

    Location: Firestone Park
   3:00 PM  -  4:30 PM Knit & Crochet Club  
    Contact: Tallmadge   330.633.4345   
   

Knit and Crochet Club

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

    Location: Tallmadge
   3:30 PM Escape Room Program  
    Contact: Nordonia Hills Branch Library   330-467-8595   nordoniahills@akronlibrary.org
   

SOLVING THE MUSEUM OF DR. JONES:  AN ESCAPE ROOM PROGRAM

8 to 10 participants use their puzzle-solving talents, logic, communication skills, and ingenuity to escape the 4 challenging rooms of the Nordonia Museum within a one-hour time limit.

Please register in advance.

    Location: Nordonia Hills
   3:30 PM Star Wars Party  
    Contact: Mogadore Branch Library   330-628-9228   mogadore@akronlibrary.org
   

Thursday, May 4, 3:30 pm

May the 4th be with you as we celebrate all things Star Wars.
Use the Force in our Jedi games and make your own lightsaber. 
Enjoy intergalactic treats and wear your favorite Star Wars gear.
Grades K-5
    Location: Mogadore
   3:30 PM  -  4:30 PM Teen Advisory Group  
    Contact: Odom Branch Library   3304348726   odombranchlibrary@akronlibrary.org
   

Teen Advisory Group: 3:30-4:30pm

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

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

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

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

PAWS for Reading

(All grades)

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

3rd Saturdays, March 18, April 15, May 20, 2 pm

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

    Location: Northwest Akron
   4:00 PM  -  5:00 PM May the Fourth Be With You Star Party - For Teens  
    Contact: Goodyear Branch Library   330-784-7522   goodyear@akronlibrary.org
   

For ages 11-18

Please register in advance for this program.

Have a stellar time at the star party. Come explore the galaxy, make a craft and munch on Wookie cookies!  Be there you must!

    Location: Goodyear
   5:30 PM Master-Inspired Art Workshop: Gauguin’s “Tahitian Sunset”  
    Contact: Fairlawn-Bath Branch   330-666-4888   
   

Felicia Zavarella Stadelman presents an interactive art program in which you will not only learn about the featured classic artist, but also create art inspired by their work. Space for this program is very limited, so please register.

Registration begins April 20.

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

Project Learn ESOL/GED Classes

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

    Location: North Hill
   6:00 PM Movies@Main: Hidden Figures  
    Contact: Culture & AV   330-643-9015   
   
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The inspirational true story about three African-American female mathematicians who provided a crucial role in NASA during the early years of the US space program. Starring Octavia Spencer, Taraji P. Henson, Janelle Monáe, Kevin Costner, Kirsten Dunst and Jim Parsons. Rated PG. 127 min

    Location: Main Library-Auditorium
   6:00 PM  -  7:00 PM Family History First Thursdays  
    Contact: Richfield Branch Library   330-659-4343   mdaly@akronlibrary.org
   
 

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

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

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

 

    Location: Portage Lakes

Friday May 5, 2017
     Take It and Make It  
    Contact: Tallmadge   330.633.4345   
   

Take It and Make It for grades K - 5

Stop by the library anytime this week to pick up a kit to make a beaded heart necklace at home for someone special.

    Location: Tallmadge
   11:00 AM The People in Your Neighborhood—Behind the Scenes Tour of Acme Fresh Market  
    Contact: Fairlawn-Bath Branch   330-666-4888   
   

Register for one time and then join us as we tour Acme Fresh Market in Montrose. During our 40-minute tour, the dietician, Julie, will share with us what happens in each department. We will also get to sample some foods, too! For children ages 2-5 and their adult caregivers.  Each tour is limited to 15 children. 

Registration begins monday, April 17.

    Location: Fairlawn-Bath
   12:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Friends of the Library Presale  
    Contact: Ellet Branch   330-784-2019   
   

Open to Friends Members. If you are not a member you may join at the door. Also open to Friends members from other Akron-Summit County Public Libraries.

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

Community Photo Scanning Day

In Collaboration with the Portage Lakes Historical Society

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

 

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

Friends of the Library Presale

    Location: Highland Square

Saturday May 6, 2017
     Make and Take Saturdays  
    Contact: Goodyear Branch Library   330-784-7522   goodyear@akronlibrary.org
   

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

Ribbon Dancing Wand – Decorate your wand with some long ribbons you can dance and swirl about with.

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

Take It and Make It for grades K - 5

Stop by the library anytime this week to pick up a kit to make a beaded heart necklace at home for someone special.

    Location: Tallmadge
   10:00 AM  -  3:00 PM Book Sale  
    Contact: Highland Square   330-376-2927   
    Location: Highland Square
   10:00 AM  -  3:00 PM Friends of the Library Book Sale  
    Contact: Ellet Branch   330-784-2019   
   

Open to the Public.Come and choose from a wide array of fantastic titles at great prices!

    Location: Ellet
   10:00 AM  -  3:00 PM Kenmore Friends of the Library Book Sale  
    Contact: Kenmore Branch Library   330-745-6126   kenmore@akronlibrary.org
    Location: Kenmore
   10:00 AM  -  4:00 PM Geeks Who Game @ the Library  
    Contact: Goodyear Branch Library   330-784-7522   goodyear@akronlibrary.org
   

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

No registration required.

    Location: Goodyear
   10:00 AM  -  5:00 PM Free Comic Book Day (All Ages)  
    Contact: Northwest Akron Branch   3308361081   northwest@akronlibrary.org
   

Free Comic Book Day (All Ages)

Saturday, May 6, All Day

Drop by between 10 am – 5 pm to receive a free comic book or two, courtesy of JC Comics and Cards in Cuyahoga Falls!

    Location: Northwest Akron
   10:00 AM  -  5:30 PM Youth Arts Showcase  
    Contact: Teen Department   330-643-9032   ysodiv@akronlibrary.org
   

You won't believe your eyes! You won't believe your ears! Join us and celebrate the up and coming talents of Summit County! Enjoy performances and visual arts by musicians, dancers, singers and artists in grades 4 through 12.

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

Children of all ages can practice their literacy skills by reading aloud to our doggie pals. This is a great way for children to build their reading fluency and read-aloud confidence.  Children not yet reading are welcome to come.  The doggie’s human pal will read to the child. 

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

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

    Location: Richfield
   10:30 AM  -  12:30 PM Using Ancestry in Your Genealogy Research  
    Contact: Main - Special Collections Division   330-643-9030   speccollections@akronlibrary.org
   

Using Ancestry in Your Genealogy Research

With more than 10,000 record collections, Ancestry is the premier online genealogy resource--and it’s available to you for free within any ASCPL location. A librarian from the Special Collections Division will introduce you to the many features of Ancestry Library Edition and show you how to do efficient and effective searches. When possible, time for practice searching is also provided. Because electronic resources are used, basic computer skills are recommended.

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

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

    Location: Main Library
   11:00 AM Escape Room Program  
    Contact: Nordonia Hills Branch Library   330-467-8595   nordoniahills@akronlibrary.org
   

SOLVING THE MUSEUM OF DR. JONES:  AN ESCAPE ROOM PROGRAM

8 to 10 participants use their puzzle-solving talents, logic, communication skills, and ingenuity to escape the 4 challenging rooms of the Nordonia Museum within a one-hour time limit.

Please register in advance.

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


The First and Third Saturdays of the month, 11 am

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

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

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

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

 

    Location: Portage Lakes
   2:00 PM Escape Room Program  
    Contact: Nordonia Hills Branch Library   330-467-8595   nordoniahills@akronlibrary.org
   

SOLVING THE MUSEUM OF DR. JONES:  AN ESCAPE ROOM PROGRAM

8 to 10 participants use their puzzle-solving talents, logic, communication skills, and ingenuity to escape the 4 challenging rooms of the Nordonia Museum within a one-hour time limit.

Please register in advance.

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

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

    Location: Portage Lakes
   2:00 PM Teen Marvelous May Craft  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330-864-5721   ecoontz@akronlibrary.org
   

For Grades 4-12. Join crafter Cynthia Taylor and make a special piece just in time for Mother’s Day. Registration is requested.

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

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

    Location: North Hill
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Nature Connect  
    Contact: Odom Blvd Branch Library   3304348726   OdomBlvdBranch@akronlibrary.org
   

Saturday, May 6, 2017  2-3 pm Plant Exchange and Pay It Forward: Bring plant cuttings, divisions, seedlings, extras from your purchases and choose from plants others in our gardening community have offered. Door prizes, refreshments and a chance to share gardening stories.  

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

Volunteen

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

Become a Volunteen! 

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

    Location: Norton

Sunday May 7, 2017
   2:00 PM  -  2:30 PM Sunday Story Time Sampler  
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

Every Sunday, except April 16 (Closed for Easter)

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

    Location: Main Library

Monday May 8, 2017
     DIY2Go! Candy Kiss Roses for Mom  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Youth and Teen

No time to make something? No worries! Pick up a craft kit and make it on the go.

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

Youth & Teen

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

May I KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER by Lois Duncan

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

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

Flower Scavenger Hunt – Find the colorful flowers in the children’s area.

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

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

Registration begins Monday, April 17.

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

North Hill Needle Crafters

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

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

TAI CHI:  MOVING FOR BETTER BALANCE

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

Registration is strongly encouraged, as space is limited.

 

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

A special themed playtime as we discover different kinds of fun we can have with simple parachutes. For Ages 1-4. No registration necessary. 

 

    Location: Portage Lakes
   11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Gymnastics and Story Time presented by Learning Ladder  
    Contact: Firestone Park Branch Library   330-724-2126   
   

Children ages 2-5

Your child will learn basic gymnastics skills on miniature gymnastics equipment that is designed specifically for young children. All of the stories, games and the craft relate to a fun theme. You don’t want to miss this fun and educational event!  You must sign up for this program in advance due to limited space.

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

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

Registration begins Monday, April 17.

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

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

STILL LIFE by Louise Penny

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

THE GIRLS by Emma Cline

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

THAT DARKNESS by Lisa Black

Title: That Darkness, Author: Lisa Black

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

In this month's selection  Maggie Gardiner notices a connection between the battered body of a young girl left in a cemetery and a career criminal shot in an alley, she must follow a trail no one else wants to see, picking up crumbs of evidence that no one else notices.
 
Jack Renner is accustomed to being the hunter, not the hunted. He kills to make the world a safer place—even if that makes it a more dangerous one for Maggie. He will not let her stop him.
 
One body at a time, Maggie circles in on a killer. But it’s what she find inside herself that will bring the terrible truth to light . . .

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

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

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

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

School Age Children’s Programs

Grades K to grade  4 are welcome.

Mondays at 3:30 pm

March 13: Pencil Topper Craft

March 20: LEGO challenges

March 27: Exploding Boomerangs

April 3: Celebrate Grilled Cheese month

April 10: Seed planting

April 24: Recycle craft

May 1: Tissue Flowers

May 8: Something for Mom.

May 15: Mystery program

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

27 MAGIC WORDS by Sharelle Byars Moranville

27 Magic Words

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

For children in 3rd-4th grades.

Please register in advance.

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

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

No registration is needed.

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

Enjoy discussion and share current knitting and crochet projects.

 

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

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

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

    Location: Goodyear
   6:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Ask a Patent Attorney  
    Contact: Science & Technology Division   330-643-9075   stdiv@akronlibrary.org
   

Inventors and entrepreneurs, sign up for a free one on one 20-minute session with a registered patent attoreney. Get answers to Intellectual Property-related questions such as "Do I need to sign a licensing agreement to produce my invention?" or "Should I apply for trademark protection or a design patent?" or "How much of my invention will a utility patent protect?"

Appointment times are limited and must be scheduled in advance. Sign-ups begin 30 days before event. Contact the Science & Technology Division to make your appointment for this unique opportunity. Please note: come to the Science & Technology Divison to begin your session.

    Location: Main Library
   6:30 PM God’s Sandbox: The Colorado Plateau  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

God’s Sandbox: The Colorado Plateau  

Presented by Karen Eckart.  Some of the most beautiful sites in the US are found on the Colorado Plateau. The layering of various types of rock, running water and erosion have sculpted this area into a landscape that is totally different from what we find in Ohio. Come and see a variety of formations: canyons, amphitheaters, hoodoos, fins, mesas, buttes and more in all their colorful beauty.

Monday, May 8, 6:30 Part 1: Petrified Forest, Grand Canyon, Glen Canyon Recreational Area (Lake Powell), Monument Valley, Antelope Canyon and more.

Monday, May 15, 6:30 Part 2: Zion Canyon, Bryce Canyon, Capitol Reef, Arches, Canyonlands, Dead Horse Point and more.

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

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

 

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

Gentle Yoga with Nia

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

    Location: North Hill

Tuesday May 9, 2017
     DIY2Go! Candy Kiss Roses for Mom  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Youth and Teen

No time to make something? No worries! Pick up a craft kit and make it on the go.

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

Baby Time

For babies 6-24 months and a caregiver. 

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

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

Young children and adult caregivers will read books, learn rhymes, sing, have fun together, and finish with bubbles!

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

Tuesday, May 9, 10:30 am

Ages 3 and up
Join Miss Kim for stories, songs, games and crafts.
    Location: Mogadore
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM A Time To Play  
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

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

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

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

Preschool Story Time ages 3-6
Tuesdays, April 4- May 9, 10:30-11:30 am

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

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

TAI CHI:  MOVING FOR BETTER BALANCE

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

Registration is strongly encouraged, as space is limited.

 

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

Toddler Time

For ages 2-3 with a caregiver. 

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

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

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

 

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

Afternoon Book Discussion

Join us for our monthly afternoon book discussion. For May, we will discuss THE SHIP OF BRIDES by Jojo Moyes.

    Location: Green
   1:00 PM The People in Your Neighborhood—Behind the Scenes Tour of Acme Fresh Market  
    Contact: Fairlawn-Bath Branch   330-666-4888   
   

Register for one time and then join us as we tour Acme Fresh Market in Montrose. During our 40-minute tour, the dietician, Julie, will share with us what happens in each department. We will also get to sample some foods, too! For children ages 2-5 and their adult caregivers.  Each tour is limited to 15 children. 

Registration begins monday, April 17.

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

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

THE SHORT DROP by Matthew Fitzsimmons

    Location: Firestone Park
   3:00 PM Paws for Reading  
    Contact: North Hill Branch Library   330-535-9423   northhill@akronlibrary.org
   

Practice your reading skills by reading aloud to our doggie pals. Bring a book from home or read one of ours! Not reading yet? Our dogs' human pals will read to you.

This is a great way for children to practice their literacy skills and gain more confidence in reading aloud. Children of all ages are welcome. No registration needed.

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

For Grades 4-12. Chill out and play games on the Xbox with your friends! 

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

Tween Tuesdays for ages 10-18

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

We will not meet if school is not in session.

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

Tuesday, May 9, 3:30-5 pm

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

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

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

Create a picture using buttons as the primary medium! Please call 330-745-6126 or email kenmore@akronlibrary.org to register.

    Location: Kenmore
   4:00 PM  -  5:00 PM Teen Tuesdays  
    Contact: Norton Branch Library   3308257800   norton@akronlibrary.org
   

Make Your Mom an Awesome Present

Make your mom a special gift and card for Mother’s Day! 

All supplies provided by the Library.

For teens in grades 6-12.

Registration is requested.

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

Project Learn ESOL/GED Classes

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

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

Book Buzz Discussion Group

2nd Tuesday, 6 pm at Nervous Dog Coffee Bar

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

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

April 11 THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD by Colson Whitehead

May 9 THE GIRLS by Emma Cline 

    Location: Northwest Akron
   6:00 PM Energize Your Day with Nancy Gardner  
    Contact: Ellet Branch   330-784-2019   
   

For those who sit at a computer for hours at a time and for those who are on their feet all day, several de-stressing, healing an re-energizing applications are taught. This program incorporates movements from martial arts, Yoga, Qigong and Polarity Therapy as well as self-massage, acupressure and eye care. Seminar includes handouts of the exercises covered.

    Location: Ellet
   6:00 PM Salmon P. Chase  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

Historian Michael Kovacevich takes us into the life of the former Governor of Ohio, Secretary of the Treasury and Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.  

    Location: Portage Lakes
   6:00 PM  -  6:45 PM Book Bits and Bites  
    Contact: Highland Square   330-376-2927   
   

Grades 3 and 4.

Learn about a few great fiction chapter books while eating dinner provided by Chipotle. Miss KT will read aloud a sample of each text to entice your literary taste buds. Copies of the books will be available for the participants to check out after the meeting. Supplies are limited to 10 students. Call 330-376-2927 to register.

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

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

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

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

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

Family Program

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

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

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

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

Please contact the Science & Technology Division to register.

    Location: Main Library
   6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Social Security -- How to Get the Most Out of Your Social Security Benefits.  
    Contact: Highland Square   330-376-2927   kgerlach@akronlibrary.org
   

Join Paul Bernier, an investment advisor representative for AXA Advisors, LLC, and learn about Social Security Benefits. This program is for anyone in or nearing retirement and interested in making informed decisions about the foundation of their retirement income plan.

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

    Location: Highland Square

Wednesday May 10, 2017
     DIY2Go! Candy Kiss Roses for Mom  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Youth and Teen

No time to make something? No worries! Pick up a craft kit and make it on the go.

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

Every Wednesday

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

    Location: Main Library
   11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Little Jar Keeper Craft Program  
    Contact: Highland Square   330-376-2927   kgerlach@akronlibrary.org
   

Join the community to decorate a canning jar; presented by Dolly Webb. People attending can decide whether to embroider or color their decoration. All supplies are provided.

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

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

Food for Thought Book Talks

2nd Wednesday, 1 pm

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

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

April 12 National Poetry Month Celebration

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

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

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

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

 Registration begins Monday, April 17.

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

Grades K-5

Mother’s Day Make and Take 

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

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

Dont's forget we'll have cookies!

 

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

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

    Location: Ellet
   4:15 PM  -  5:00 PM CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS PARTY  
    Contact: Norton Branch Library   330-825-7800   norton@akronlibrary.org
   

Captain Underpants Party

Grades K-3

Enjoy games and nonsense with your favorite silly hero.

Registration is requested.

    Location: Norton
   6:00 PM Live Naturally: Introduction to Essential Oils  
    Contact: Tallmadge   330.633.4345   
   

Adult Program - Live Naturally: Introduction to Essential Oils

Join Lana Kearns as she explores the world of essential oils and explains their benefits.

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

Cookbook Club

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

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

SOCRATES CAFÉ

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

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

A student working to improve reasoning and thinking skills? 

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

If so, join us at the Socrates Café!

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

No registration necessary – No homework – No assigned reading.

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

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

 

    Location: Nordonia Hills

Thursday May 11, 2017
     DIY2Go! Candy Kiss Roses for Mom  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Youth and Teen

No time to make something? No worries! Pick up a craft kit and make it on the go.

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

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

Story Time runs Thursdays, March 2 - May 18.

    Location: Goodyear
   10:30 AM Baby Play  
   

Baby Play

(Up to age 24 months with a caregiver)

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

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

 

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

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

Family Story Time

For all ages.

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

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

Thursday, May 11, 10:30 am

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

Every Thursday

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

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

Little Folks Story Time ages 6-35 months
Thursdays, April 6- May 18, 10:30-11:30 am
Little folks, bring your favorite caregiver and join us for stories, rhymes, songs and more.  No registration required.
 

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

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

Refreshments will be served.

No registration necessary.

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

Enjoy discussion and share current knitting and crochet projects.

 

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

ATLANTIC or PACIFIC both by Simon Winchester

Atlantic: Great Sea Battles, Heroic Discoveries, Titanic Storms, and a Vast Ocean of a Million StoriesPacific: Silicon Chips and Surfboards, Coral Reefs and Atom Bombs, Brutal Dictators and Fading Empires

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

Second Thursday of each month at 2:00pm.

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

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

Registration requested.

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

Beginner -& Intermediate-Friendly.  

 

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

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

    Location: North Hill
   3:30 PM  -  5:00 PM Teen Gaming  
    Contact: Odom Branch Library   3304348726   odombranchlibrary@akronlibrary.org
   

Teen Gaming: 3:30-5:00pm

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

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

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

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

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

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

Project Learn ESOL/GED Classes

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

    Location: North Hill
   6:00 PM Medicare 101  
    Contact: Fairlawn-Bath Branch   330-666-4888   
   

Are you new to Medicare or find it confusing? You’re not alone! This program will help you understand Medicare, what it covers and what it does not. You will learn about Medicare Supplements, Advantage Plans and Part D Prescription Plans. This program is presented by Sharon Honroth.

    Location: Fairlawn-Bath
   6:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Richfield Crafters  
    Contact: Richfield Branch Library   330-659-4343   mdaly@akronlibrary.org
   

Spring Wreaths. Please register for this program. Space is limited.

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

Coffee and Conversation will resume in the fall.

 

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

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

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

A group of animals enter a singing competition created by a koala bear eager to save his theater. Delightful animated comedy starring the voices of Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Seth MacFarlane, Scarlett Johansson and John C. Reilly. Rated PG. 108 min

    Location: Main Library-Auditorium
   6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Local Author Robert J. Roman presents his book OHIO STATE FOOTBALL: THE FORGOTTEN DAWN  
    Contact: Highland Square   330-376-2927   kgerlach@akronlibrary.org
   

Author Robert J. Roman draws on extensive archival research to tell the untold story of the early days of football at Ohio's flagship public university. Eleven men played both sides of the ball, quarterbacks were often the smallest man on the team, and coaches were not allowed to communicate with the players during a game. Eager to establish their school as the equal of older, wealthier, and more strictly religious colleges, Ohio State students saw intercollegiate athletics as their path to respectability. Learn about the history of this incredible team. This presentation will be followed by a book signing.

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

    Location: Highland Square

Friday May 12, 2017
     DIY2Go! Candy Kiss Roses for Mom  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Youth and Teen

No time to make something? No worries! Pick up a craft kit and make it on the go.

    Location: Green
     Richfield Classic Movie Matinee  
    Contact: Richfield Branch Library   330-659-4343   mdaly@akronlibrary.org
   

Roman Holiday with Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn

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

May – Tea Party!  It’s High Tea Time so bring your favorite finger sandwich, scone or pastry to share.

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

 

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

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

 

    Location: Portage Lakes

Saturday May 13, 2017
     DIY2Go! Candy Kiss Roses for Mom  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Youth and Teen

No time to make something? No worries! Pick up a craft kit and make it on the go.

    Location: Green
   10:15 AM  -  12:00 PM Introduction to Patents & Patent Searching  
    Contact: Science & Technology Division   330-643-9075   stdiv@akronlibrary.org
   

Have a great idea for an invention? Learn what a patent is, what it can do for you, and the hows and whys of searching for existing patents. You will learn how to do a preliminary patent search using the United States Patent & Trademark website.

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

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

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

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

Choose any book by the authors of the month:

May 13:  Kiera Cass, Lauren Myracle, Scott Westerfeld

    Location: Portage Lakes
   11:00 AM Mom’s Our Superhero!  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Family Program

All ages are welcome.

Superheroes Assemble! Enjoy crafts and refreshments with mom, grandma, or whomever you would like to bring!  

Please register in advance.

    Location: Green
   11:00 AM Muffins with Mom  
    Contact: Nordonia Hills Branch Library   330-467-8595   nordoniahills@akronlibrary.org
   

MUFFINS WITH MOM

Mother's Day is Sunday.  Come and share a muffin with your Mom, Grandma, or other special lady in your life!

 

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

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

May 13: Mosaic Art – Using a variety of seeds, design a unique mosaic piece while enjoying a chocolate treat

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

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

Share a book with a certified therapy dog.

    Location: Main Library
   11:00 AM  -  3:00 PM ACT practice test  
    Contact: Northwest Akron Branch   3308361081   northwest@akronlibrary.org
   

ACT practice test

Saturday, May 13, 11 am–3 pm

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

    Location: Northwest Akron
   12:00 PM Paws for Reading  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Paws for Reading

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

Children of all ages are welcome.

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

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

    Location: Firestone Park
   1:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Chalk the Walk  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   eramsay@akronlibrary.org
   
Chalk the Walk
Saturday, May 13, 1 pm
Unleash your inner artist! Bring the entire family and help us decorate the outside walkway of the library.
All materials will be provided for you, just bring along your creativity!
No registration required. 
    Location: Maple Valley
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Family Fun Saturdays  
    Contact: Goodyear Branch Library   330-784-7522   goodyear@akronlibrary.org
   

Garden Day – Learn how to make a newspaper pot, plant some seeds for our garden and some to take home. Help us prepare our garden for the summer planting season.

Registration appreciated

    Location: Goodyear
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Paws for Reading  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   eramsay@akronlibrary.org
   
PAWS for Reading
Saturdays, May 13, 2 pm
Practice your reading skills by reading aloud to our doggie pal, Kivrin.
Bring a book from home or read one of ours!
Not reading yet? Our dogs’ human pal will read to you.
This is a great way for children to practice their literacy skills and gain more confidence in reading aloud.
Children of all ages are welcome. 
    Location: Maple Valley
   2:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Random Acts of Creativity  
    Contact: Teen Area   330-643-9067   ysodiv@akronlibrary.org
   

Practice Random Acts of Creativity and discover just how easy being artistic really is.  Join us to create a no fail watercolor painting.  Turn your favorite photo into a stencil and create an awesome work of art to keep or give to your mom or someone special for Mother’s Day.   For Ages 11 to 18. Registration is appreciated. Please call 330.643.9076 for information.

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

 

 

    Location: Main Library

Sunday May 14, 2017
   2:00 PM  -  2:30 PM Sunday Story Time Sampler  
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

Every Sunday, 2 pm

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

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

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

    Location: Main Library

Monday May 15, 2017
     Drive-Thru Teen Book Club  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Youth & Teen

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

May I KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER by Lois Duncan

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

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

Registration begins Monday, April 17.

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

North Hill Needle Crafters

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

    Location: North Hill
   10:30 AM Stories at the Park  
    Contact: Highland Square   330-376-2927   
   

Birth-5 years.

Join Miss Brooke and Miss KT at Hereford Park for a fun-filled outdoor story time. We will leave the library at 10:10 am if you are interested in walking to the park with us. After a mixture of stories, songs, rhymes, finger plays, and movement activities, enjoy play time at the park! Please feel free to bring picnic snacks or lunch. If the weather does not permit outdoor play, story time will be held at the library. Siblings are welcome. 

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

TAI CHI:  MOVING FOR BETTER BALANCE

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

Registration is strongly encouraged, as space is limited.

 

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

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

Registration begins Monday, April 17.

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

School Age Children’s Programs

Grades K to grade  4 are welcome.

Mondays at 3:30 pm

March 13: Pencil Topper Craft

March 20: LEGO challenges

March 27: Exploding Boomerangs

April 3: Celebrate Grilled Cheese month

April 10: Seed planting

April 24: Recycle craft

May 1: Tissue Flowers

May 8: Something for Mom.

May 15: Mystery program

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

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

 

    Location: Ellet
   6:00 PM Acorn Marble Necklaces  
    Contact: Kenmore Branch Library   330-745-6126   kenmore@akronlibrary.org
   

Get crafty, and make your very own Acorn Marble Necklace! Please call 330-745-6126 or email kenmore@akronlibrary.org to register.

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

SECRET MESSAGE WATERCOLOR PAINTING

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

Please register in advance

    Location: Nordonia Hills
   6:00 PM Teen Iron Chef  
    Contact: Fairlawn-Bath Branch   330-666-4888   
   

Can your team transform local produce into a dish that can tempt even a vegetable hater?  In our latest installment of Iron Chef, the best vegetarian dish will win.  It will be an evening of food, fun and competition.

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

    Location: Fairlawn-Bath
   6:30 PM God’s Sandbox: The Colorado Plateau  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

God’s Sandbox: The Colorado Plateau  

Presented by Karen Eckart.  Some of the most beautiful sites in the US are found on the Colorado Plateau. The layering of various types of rock, running water and erosion have sculpted this area into a landscape that is totally different from what we find in Ohio. Come and see a variety of formations: canyons, amphitheaters, hoodoos, fins, mesas, buttes and more in all their colorful beauty.

Monday, May 8, 6:30 Part 1: Petrified Forest, Grand Canyon, Glen Canyon Recreational Area (Lake Powell), Monument Valley, Antelope Canyon and more.

Monday, May 15, 6:30 Part 2: Zion Canyon, Bryce Canyon, Capitol Reef, Arches, Canyonlands, Dead Horse Point and more.

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

LEGO Club

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

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

    Location: Northwest Akron

Tuesday May 16, 2017
   9:30 AM  -  10:30 AM Preshool Story Time  
    Contact: Richfield Branch Library   330-659-4343   dnagy@akronlibrary.org
   

Multigenerational Story Time 
Tuesday, May 9, 9:30-10:30 am

Special Family Story Hour hosted by residents and staff of Regina Health Center located at 5232 Broadview Rd, Richfield Ohio. We are pleased to share with you an opportunity for a unique multigenerational story time. This event will have an abbreviated version of our typical library story hour, allowing plenty of time for activities with the residents. For more information about Regina Health center check out their website  http://www.reginahealthcenter.org/ .

  No registration required.
 

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

Baby Time

For babies 6-24 months and a caregiver. 

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

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

Young children and adult caregivers will read books, learn rhymes, sing, have fun together, and finish with bubbles!

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

TAI CHI:  MOVING FOR BETTER BALANCE

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

Registration is strongly encouraged, as space is limited.

 

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

Toddler Time

For ages 2-3 with a caregiver. 

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

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

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

 

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

Books are available in advance at the circulation desk.

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

    Location: Ellet
   3:00 PM Teen Summit Metro Parks  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330-864-5721   ecoontz@akronlibrary.org
   

For Grades 4-12. Join the Summit Metro Parks to discuss coyotes and learn about park careers! 

    Location: Maple Valley
   3:30 PM VolunTeen Meeting  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330-864-5721   ecoontz@akronlibrary.org
   

For Grades 6-12. Are you interested in being a volunteer at the library this summer? Come to this informational meeting to find out more! For students going into grades 6-12 this fall. 

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

Tween Tuesdays for ages 10-18

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

We will not meet if school is not in session.

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

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

    Location: Ellet
   4:00 PM Summer Volunteer Orientation  
    Contact: Mogadore Branch Library   330-628-9228   mogadore@akronlibrary.org
   

Tuesday, May 16, 4 pm

Help the library out this summer by being a volunteer.
All volunteers must have completed the 6th grade, be between the ages of 12 and 18,
and must attend orientation to participate.
Grades 5-12
    Location: Mogadore
   4:00 PM  -  5:00 PM Tween Time  
    Contact: Norton Branch Library   3308257800   norton@akronlibrary.org
   

Tween STEAM

For ages 8-13.

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

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

    Location: Norton
   4:30 PM Mini-makers  
    Contact: Tallmadge   330.633.4345   
   

Mini-makers: Guitar Pick Jewelry
For grades 6 - 12

Learn how to use the guitar pick maker to design guitar picks to use or turn into jewelry.

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

Project Learn ESOL/GED Classes

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

    Location: North Hill
   6:00 PM Evening Book Discussion  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Evening Book Discussion

Join us for our monthly evening book discussion. For May, we will discuss A HOLOGRAM FOR THE KING by Dave Eggers.

    Location: Green
   6:00 PM Practical Advice on Getting Your Children’s Picture Book Published  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

Local authors Allison and Wayne Marks share personal insights on what it takes to break into the children’s picture book market.  Topics include targeting specific publishers, researching the market, editing techniques, preparing your manuscript for submission and what to expect once your work has been accepted. No registration necessary.

    Location: Portage Lakes
   6:00 PM  -  7:45 PM Grandmother's Little Sewing Treasures  
    Contact: Highland Square   330-376-2927   kgerlach@akronlibrary.org
   

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

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

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

    Location: Highland Square
   6:30 PM Investment Perspectives  
    Contact: Mogadore Branch Library   330-628-9228   mogadore@akronlibrary.org
   

Tuesday, May 16, 6:30 pm

Financial advisor Vince Rosnack will be discussing timely
market topics and potential solutions to help you stay on track. 
Please call 330.628.9228 to register.
    Location: Mogadore
   6:30 PM Rubber City Shakespeare Company Presents a Community Reading Project of Macbeth  
    Contact: Goodyear Branch Library   330-784-7522   goodyear@akronlibrary.org
   

Rubber City Shakespeare Company's Community Reading project is comprised of five professional actors who perform an hour-long performance of Macbeth. Community members are invited to take on small roles and perform with them! Scripts in hand, our actors will take you on a journey through this bloody tragedy!

Refreshments will be served.

Please register in advance. 

    Location: Goodyear
   6:30 PM Social Security  
    Contact: Nordonia Hills Branch Library   330-467-8595   nordoniahills@akronlibrary.org
   

SOCIAL SECURITY:  HOW TO GET THE MOST OUT OF YOUR SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFITS

Paul Bernier, Retirement Planning Specialist, presents a program for anyone in or nearing retirement and interested in making informed decisions about the foundation of their retirement income plan.

Please register in advance.

    Location: Nordonia Hills
   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 May, we will discuss Choose any title by George Eliot.

    Location: Green

Wednesday May 17, 2017
   9:30 AM  -  11:00 AM Introduction to Project Budgets  
    Contact: Business & Government   330 643 9020   
   
Learn the basic elements of how to draft a project budget with confidence!
 
Are you ready to start fundraising for your project or idea, but don’t know what and how much to ask for? 
 
If preparing a budget for your foundation grant is holding you back, this class will provide you with step-by-step instructions on how to generate a standard project budget for a foundation proposal.  We will discuss: 
  • The basic components of a project budget including income and expenses
  • How to estimate the realistic cost of a project
  • What other financial documents you may also need to submit with your proposal

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

Meeting Room AB

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

Play Date
Wednesday, April 5 and 19, 10 am- 12 pm
Wednesday, May 3 and 17, 10 am- 12 pm

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

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

Every Wednesday

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

    Location: Main Library
   10:30 AM Mini Movers  
    Contact: Miss Kim   3308361081   northwest@akronlibrary.org
   

Mini Movers

(Ages 5 and under with a caregiver)

Wednesdays, March 15, April 19, May 17, 10:30 am

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

 

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

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

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

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

Mystery Book Discussion Group

3rd Wednesday, 1 pm

March 15 A GREAT RECKONING by Louise Penny

April 19 GIRL WAITS WITH GUN by Amy Stewart

May 17 BEFORE THE FALL by Noah Hawley

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

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

 Registration begins Monday, April 17.

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

THE DAY THE FALLS STOOD STILL by Cathy Marie Buchanan

Wednesday, May 17, 2 pm

THE DAY THE FALLS STOOD STILL by Cathy Marie Buchanan

    Location: Mogadore
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Color Your World  
    Contact: Odom Branch Library   3304348726   odombranchlibrary@akronlibrary.org
   

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

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

Volunteen

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

Become a Volunteen! 

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

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

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

    Location: Ellet
   4:00 PM Teen Food Games  
    Contact: Northwest Akron Branch   3308361081   northwest@akronlibrary.org
   

Food Games

Wednesday, May 17, 4 pm

Compete and eat during this fun program!

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

For ages 11 to 18

Patrons with food allergy questions should contact the branch.

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

PAWS FOR READING

Children of all ages can practice their literacy skills by reading aloud to our doggie pals.  

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

Our Paws for Reading dogs are waiting for you!

First and Third Wednesdays, 4-5 pm

    Location: Norton
   6:00 PM  -  8:00 PM MEDICARE 101  
    Contact: Richfield Branch Library   330-659-4343   mdaly@akronlibrary.org
   

Viktoria Jurkovic with the Ohio Department of Insurance's OSHIIP division will provide an overview of Medicare Part A and Part B benefits, the prescription drug benefit (Part D), Medicare Advantage plans, and Medicare supplement insurance.  Whether you are new or currently on Medicare, attendees can learn more about recent Medicare plan changes and financial assistance programs, which may help pay prescription drug costs and part B premiums. Ohio Senior Health Insurance Information Program representatives are trained by the state, and do not sell or promote any insurance companies, policies, or agents.

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

YOGA OFF THE MAT

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

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

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

WRITERS' GUILD OF NORDONIA HILLS

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

Light snacks provided.  The group meets the third Wednesday of each month at 6:30pm.

    Location: Nordonia Hills

Thursday May 18, 2017
   10:15 AM Stories and Play  
    Contact: Goodyear Branch Library   330-784-7522   goodyear@akronlibrary.org
   

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

Story Time runs Thursdays, March 2 - May 18.

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

Family Story Time

For all ages.

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

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

Every Thursday

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

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

Little Folks Story Time ages 6-35 months
Thursdays, April 6- May 18, 10:30-11:30 am
Little folks, bring your favorite caregiver and join us for stories, rhymes, songs and more.  No registration required.
 

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

Thursday, May 18, 3:30 pm

Join us for an afternoon of imaginative Lego creation. 
All supplies provided.
Grades K-5
    Location: Mogadore
   3:30 PM  -  4:30 PM Teen Anime Club  
    Contact: Odom Branch Library   3304348726   odombranchlibrary@akronlibrary.org
   

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

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

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

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

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

PAWS for Reading

(All grades)

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

3rd Saturdays, March 18, April 15, May 20, 2 pm

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

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

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

    Location: Kenmore
   4:00 PM  -  5:00 PM Teen Stacking Challenge  
    Contact: Goodyear Branch Library   330-784-7522   goodyear@akronlibrary.org
   

For ages 11-18

Test your skill and see how fast can you stack our giant stacking cups.

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

Project Learn ESOL/GED Classes

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

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

Spine-tingling psychological thriller directed by M. Night Shyamalan. Starring James McAvoy, Anya Taylor-Joy and Betty Buckley. Rated PG-13. 117 min

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

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

 

    Location: Portage Lakes
   7:00 PM Geauga Lake  
    Contact: Nordonia Hills Branch Library   330-467-8595   nordoniahills@akronlibrary.org
   

GEAUGA LAKE:  SUNRISE TO SUNSET

Author Tom Smolko tells the story of the local amusement park from its beginnings in the 1870's through its heyday and eventual closing.

Please register in advance.

    Location: Nordonia Hills

Friday May 19, 2017
   3:00 PM Survival Strap Bracelets  
    Contact: Highland Square   330-376-2927   
   

These bracelets are the height of first-responder fashion, and also a handy way of stashing several feet of rescue-grade nylon para-cord for all those times you get stranded in the wilderness.

    Location: Highland Square

Saturday May 20, 2017
   10:00 AM  -  5:00 PM NH Game Time  
    Contact: Nordonia Hills Branch   330.467.8595   nordoniahills@akronlibrary.org
   

NORDONIA HILLS GAME TIME

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

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

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

Third Saturday of each month.

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

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

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

Patriotic Wreath

Using red, white and blue yarn create a 10-inch wreath ready to display for Memorial Day. 

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

    Location: Portage Lakes
   10:30 AM Sensory Storytime  
    Contact: Northwest Akron Branch Library   330-643-4702   northwest@akronlibrary.org
   

Sensory Storytime

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

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

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

Children of all ages can practice their literacy skills by reading aloud to our doggie pals. This is a great way for children to build their reading fluency and read-aloud confidence.  Children not yet reading are welcome to come.  The doggie’s human pal will read to the child. 

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

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

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


The First and Third Saturdays of the month, 11 am

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

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

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

Sensory Storytime

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

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

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

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

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

PAWS for Reading

(All grades)

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

3rd Saturdays, March 18, April 15, May 20, 2 pm

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

    Location: Northwest Akron

Sunday May 21, 2017
   2:00 PM  -  2:30 PM Sunday Story Time Sampler  
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

Every Sunday, 2 pm

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

    Location: Main Library

Monday May 22, 2017
     Drive-Thru Teen Book Club  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Youth & Teen

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

May I KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER by Lois Duncan

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

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

Roots and Vegetables – Check out the view of these vegetables in the NatureConnect window and tell us what you see.

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

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

Registration begins Monday, April 17.

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

North Hill Needle Crafters

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

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

TAI CHI:  MOVING FOR BETTER BALANCE

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

Registration is strongly encouraged, as space is limited.

 

    Location: Nordonia Hills
   11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Yoga Play  
    Contact: Firestone Park Branch Library   330-724-2126   
   

Children ages 2-5

Join us for this special story time session where we combine yoga, stories and fun.

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

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

Registration begins Monday, April 17.

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

May 22 – Smoothies!  Get ready for summer by trying new combinations of fruits and vegetables for a refreshing treat.

Perfect for Homeschoolers, Grandparents & Grandchildren!  Join fellow foodie families as we spend some time investigating, learning about and tasting new foods.

 

    Location: Portage Lakes
   12:30 PM  -  1:30 PM NEW Family Lunch Bunch – Smoothies!  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

Get ready for summer by trying new combinations of fruits and vegetables for a refreshing treat.

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

 

    Location: Portage Lakes
   3:00 PM  -  5:00 PM After School Homework Help  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   eramsay@akronlibrary.org
   
After School Homework Help
Mondays & Wednesdays 3-5 pm
January 9- May 24
Free homework help for students in grades K-6.
You’ll find everything you need to get your homework done here!
Stuck on a math question? We have someone to help you.
Can’t find a ruler? We have school supplies.
Need to type a paper? We have computers.
Drop in anytime you need help.
No registration required.
    Location: Maple Valley
   5:30 PM Fairy Houses  
    Contact: Fairlawn-Bath Branch   330-666-4888   
   

Look at the world from a fairy’s point of view and discover wonder around you. We’ll be using nature’s materials to build magical houses to welcome the little people.  Dr. Lara Roketenetz, from the

Bath Nature Preserve, will join us for this special design program. 

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

    Location: Fairlawn-Bath
   6:00 PM Heirloom Seeds? Yes, Please!  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

Learn how to plan your garden to both maximize your harvest and your seed-saving ability.  Heirloom seeds are open-pollinated varieties which will breed true and can be saved from one harvest for the next year’s planting.    Hear about the Seed Sharing Library available at the Science & Technology Division at Main Library and get a chance to select some seeds donated by local gardeners to get your garden started!

**The mini-sized Seed Sharing Library To Go will be available at Portage Lakes Branch from mid-May through the end of June.

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

Enjoy discussion and share current knitting and crochet projects.

 

    Location: Firestone Park
   6:00 PM  -  7:30 PM Family Movie Monday  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   eramsay@akronlibrary.org
   
Family Movie Monday
Every third Monday of the month, 6 pm
Join us for a family friendly movie, snacks, and drinks!
 
May 22: Trolls (PG) (90 min)

 

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

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

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

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

FAIRIES

Do your fairies need a new home?  Come in and create one any fairy would love!

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

Please register in advance.

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

Jammie Time

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

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

Gentle Yoga with Nia

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

    Location: North Hill

Tuesday May 23, 2017
   10:15 AM Baby Time  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Baby Time

For babies 6-24 months and a caregiver. 

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

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

TAI CHI:  MOVING FOR BETTER BALANCE

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

Registration is strongly encouraged, as space is limited.

 

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

Toddler Time

For ages 2-3 with a caregiver. 

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

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

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

 

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

Practice your reading skills by reading aloud to our doggie pals. Bring a book from home or read one of ours! Not reading yet? Our dogs' human pals will read to you.

This is a great way for children to practice their literacy skills and gain more confidence in reading aloud. Children of all ages are welcome. No registration needed.

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

Tween Tuesdays for ages 10-18

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

We will not meet if school is not in session.

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

Tuesday, May 23, 3:30-5 pm

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

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

    Location: Ellet
   4:00 PM Spring Fashion Wars  
    Contact: Kenmore Branch Library   330-745-6126   kenmore@akronlibrary.org
   

Get ready to walk the fashion runway with your very own fashion creation. Everyone will get a small cardboard mannequin to create their own couture! There will be judging for prizes at the end of the program. You must be ON TIME to participate. Please call 330-745-6126 or email kenmore@akronlibrary.org to register.

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

STYROFOAM

Come and explore with Styrofoam.

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

For students in grades 5 and up.

Please register in advance.

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

TAB-Meeting

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

Join the Teen Advisory Board.

Help the library choose materials for teens.

Plan programs.  Earn volunteer hours.  Have fun!

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

Project Learn ESOL/GED Classes

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

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

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

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

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

    Location: Main Library
   6:30 PM Cashing Out  
    Contact: Nordonia Hills Branch Library   330-467-8595   nordoniahills@akronlibrary.org
   

CASHING OUT:  YOUR GUIDE TO MAXIMIZING THE VALUE OF YOUR BUSINESS

This program is designed to address the unique challenges and opportunities small business oweners face as they plan for retirement.  Business owners within 10 years of retirement will find this program especially useful.  Presented by Paul Bernier, Retirement Planning Specialist.

Please register in advance.

    Location: Nordonia Hills
   6:30 PM Summer Reading Student Volunteer Orientation  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Youth and Teen

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

 
    Location: Green
   6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Navigating the Medicare Maze by Sharon Honroth  
    Contact: Highland Square   330-376-2927   kgerlach@akronlibrary.org
   

Are you turning 65 or coming off a company plan? Just confused about the different parts of Medicare what is covered and what isn’t? Don’t navigate the Medicare maze alone! Sharon Honroth will explain Advantage Plans, Medicare Supplements and Part D Prescription Plans at this educational seminar.

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

    Location: Highland Square

Wednesday May 24, 2017
   10:30 AM Baby Time  
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

Every Wednesday

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

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

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

 Registration begins Monday, April 17.

    Location: Fairlawn-Bath
   3:00 PM  -  5:00 PM After School Homework Help  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   eramsay@akronlibrary.org
   
After School Homework Help
Mondays & Wednesdays 3-5 pm
January 9- May 24
Free homework help for students in grades K-6.
You’ll find everything you need to get your homework done here!
Stuck on a math question? We have someone to help you.
Can’t find a ruler? We have school supplies.
Need to type a paper? We have computers.
Drop in anytime you need help.
No registration required.
    Location: Maple Valley
   3:30 PM  -  4:30 PM NBA2K17 Video Gaming  
    Contact: Firestone Park Branch Library   330-724-2126   
   

Grades 6-12

Bring the Cavs some good luck for another championship! Are you ALL IN?

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

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

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

BEADED FIREFLIES AND DRAGONFLIES

Program is held one Wednesday of each month at 4pm.

For children in Kindergarten - 4th grade.

Please register in advance.

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

Join us once a month to explore Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math! Each session will feature experiments and activities for all ages.  No registration necessary.

 

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

YOGA OFF THE MAT

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

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

    Location: Nordonia Hills
   7:00 PM Mystery Book Lovers  
    Contact: Nordonia Hills Branch Library   330-467-8595   nordoniahills@akronlibrary.org
   

THE BOOK OF LOST FRAGRANCES by M. J. Rose

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

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

Third Wednesday of each month at 7:00pm.

    Location: Nordonia Hills

Thursday May 25, 2017
   10:30 AM Family Story Time  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Family Story Time

For all ages.

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

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

Every Thursday

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

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

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

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

Enjoy discussion and share current knitting and crochet projects.

 

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

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

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

Enjoy pizza while discussing our monthly book pick.

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

GHOST by Jason Reynolds

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

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

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

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

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

    Location: Ellet
   4:00 PM School-Age STEAM (Grades K to 5)  
    Contact: Northwest Akron Branch   3308361081   northwest@akronlibrary.org
   

School-Age STEAM (Grades K to 5)

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

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

 

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

Patrons with food allergy questions should contact the branch.

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

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

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

Project Learn ESOL/GED Classes

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

    Location: North Hill
   6:00 PM Cookbook Club  
    Contact: Mogadore Branch Library   330-628-9228   mogadore@akronlibrary.org
   
Thursday, May 25, 6 pm
 
Do you love browsing through cookbooks and trying new recipes or cooking techniques?
Join fellow foodies for our Cookbook Club. You don’t have to be a gourmet chef to participate.
Each month we will get together to talk about a certain book, theme, or a celebrity chef. 
There will be food samples or activities at every meeting.
A selection of cookbooks will be available for members to borrow.
Browse our collection, try out some of the recipes, and join the
group to discuss your successes and mishaps. Snacks will be served at this program.
Patrons with food allergy questions should contact the branch.

Theme: Mexican Fiesta Foods

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

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

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

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

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

CAIRO CODE: A THRILLER by Glen Meade

HIDDEN CHILD by Camilla Lackberg

SECRET OF RAVEN POINT by Jennifer Vanderbes

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

Read one, read all, your choice!

 

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

The Library’s Special Collections Division will present an introduction to genealogy for new family historians. This class includes an overview of genealogical sources available at the Library, suggestions for getting started, and tips for organizing your research.

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

Join us to discuss a diverse selection of titles. New members are always welcome. Stop by to visit us at the Higland Square Branch library to see what book we are reading next.

    Location: Highland Square

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

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

    Location: Portage Lakes

Saturday May 27, 2017
     Kids Create  
    Contact: Fairlawn-Bath Branch   330-666-4888   
   

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

    Location: Fairlawn-Bath
   11:00 AM Butterfly Storytime  
    Contact: Northwest Akron Branch   3308361081   northwest@akronlibrary.org
   

Butterfly Storytime

Saturday, May 27, 11 am

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

For all ages

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

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

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

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

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

    Location: Ellet
   12:00 PM  -  1:00 PM Paws for Reading  
    Contact: Norton Branch Library   330-825-7800   norton@akronlibrary.org
   

Children of all ages can practice their literacy skills by reading aloud to our doggie pals.  

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

Our Paws for Reading dogs are waiting for you!

Held the last Saturday of the month at noon

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

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

    Location: Ellet

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

Every Sunday, 2 pm

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

    Location: Main Library

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

Youth & Teen

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

May I KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER by Lois Duncan

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

Baby Time

For babies 6-24 months and a caregiver. 

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

    Location: Green
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Garden Planting  
    Contact: Richfield Branch Library   330-659-4343   dnagy@akronlibrayr.org
   

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

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

Toddler Time

For ages 2-3 with a caregiver. 

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

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

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

 

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

Tween Tuesdays for ages 10-18

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

We will not meet if school is not in session.

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

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

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

Project Learn ESOL/GED Classes

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

    Location: North Hill
   6:00 PM  -  7:00 PM Creative Container Gardening with Cathy Morgan  
    Contact: Highland Square   330-376-2927   kgerlach@akronlibrary.org
   

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

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

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

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

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

ADULT COLORING NIGHT

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

For adults and teens over the age of sixteen.

    Location: Nordonia Hills

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

Every Wednesday

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

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

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

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

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

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

 Registration begins Monday, April 17.

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

Wednesday, May 31, 3:30 pm

Stop in for an afternoon of classic games. 
We’ll have both board and card games provided. 
Feel free to bring any cards or games of your own to play with your library friends!
Grades K-5
    Location: Mogadore
   3:45 PM Afterschool Crowd  
    Contact: Ellet Branch   330-784-2019   
   

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

    Location: Ellet
   5:30 PM  -  6:30 PM Firestone Park Book Club @ Firestone Park Community Center  
    Contact: Firestone Park Branch Library   330-724-2126   
   

This book club is for everyone in the Firestone Park community who is 18 and up.  Join your neighbors as we discuss: BILLY LYNN’S LONG HALFTIME WALK by Ben Fountain

    Location: Firestone Park
   6:30 PM Devil’s Triangle  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

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

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

Adult Program - Oddball Ohio

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

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

YOGA OFF THE MAT

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

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

    Location: Nordonia Hills

Thursday June 1, 2017
   10:30 AM Family Story Time  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Family Story Time

For all ages.

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

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

Project Learn ESOL/GED Classes

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

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

Tired of completing the same jigsaw puzzle over and over again?  Ready for a challenge?  Join us once a month as we work together to complete new puzzles with friends.  No registration necessary.

 

    Location: Portage Lakes

Friday June 2, 2017
   1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Community Photo Scanning Day  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

Community Photo Scanning Day

In Collaboration with the Portage Lakes Historical Society

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

 

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

Adult Program

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

 
    Location: Green

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

North Hill Friends of the Library Book Sale Preview

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

    Location: North Hill
   10:00 AM  -  3:00 PM Friends of Oom Branch Library Book Sale  
    Contact: Odom Branch Library   330-843-4726   
   

Come and browse our wide selection of fiction and non-fiction books, audiobooks, movies, and magazines. 

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

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

    Location: Richfield
   10:30 AM  -  12:30 PM Researching Your Immigrant Ancestors Before 1820  
    Contact: Main - Special Collections Division   330-643-9030   speccollections@akronlibrary.org
   

Researching Your Immigrant Ancestors Before 1820

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

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

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

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

North Hill Friends of the Library Book Sale 

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

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

Summer Gardening Series

Butterfly and Hummingbird Garden Planting Day

Saturday, June 3, 2 pm

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

    Location: Northwest Akron

Monday June 5, 2017
   10:15 AM  -  12:00 PM North Hill Needle Crafters  
    Contact: North Hill Branch Library   330.535.9423   northbranch@akronlibrary.org
   

North Hill Needle Crafters

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

    Location: North Hill

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

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

    Location: Ellet

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

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

    Location: Ellet

Monday June 5, 2017
   3:30 PM  -  5:00 PM Ellet Needle Crafters  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   
   

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

 

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

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

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

Monday, June 5, 6:30 pm  

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

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

Evening Book Discussion

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

    Location: North Hill

Tuesday June 6, 2017
   10:30 AM Preschool Story Time  
    Contact: Tallmadge   330.633.4345   
   

PRESCHOOL TALES

For 2 - 6 year olds and their families

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Project Learn ESOL/GED Classes

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

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

Teen Writers Club

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

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

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

June 6-The Chants

 

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

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

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

Please contact the Science & Technology Division to register.

    Location: Main Library

Wednesday June 7, 2017
   11:00 AM Summer Special Events Series  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Family Events

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

June 7  Magician David Anthony

    Location: Green
   1:00 PM Coffee and Coloring  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   
   

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

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

Family Events

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

June 7  Magician David Anthony

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

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

    Location: North Hill

Thursday June 8, 2017
   11:00 AM Thrilling Thursdays!  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

Mind, Body & Sole Kickoff!  

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

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

    Location: Portage Lakes
   1:00 PM Fabulous Family Fun  
    Contact: Tallmadge   330.633.4345   
   

Outback Ray

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

 

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

Project Learn ESOL/GED Classes

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

    Location: North Hill
   6:00 PM Mind, Body & Sole Adult Fitness: Yoga  
    Contact: Northwest Akron Branch   3308361081   northwest@akronlibrary.org
   

Mind, Body & Sole Adult Fitness Series

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

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

Thursday, June 8, 6 pm

Yoga

Please bring a mat, water bottle and towel.

 

    Location: Northwest Akron
   6:30 PM Jar Craft  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Adult Program

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

Registration begins Monday, May 22.

 
    Location: Green

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

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

June 9 LIFE OF PI

June 23 HE NAMED ME MALALA

July 7 THE HUNDRED- FOOT JOURNEY

July 21 HIDDEN FIGURES

    Location: Odom

Saturday June 10, 2017
   10:15 AM  -  12:00 PM Introduction to Patents & Patent Searching  
    Contact: Science & Technology Division   330-643-9075   stdiv@akronlibrary.org
   

Have a great idea for an invention? Learn what a patent is, what it can do for you, and the hows and whys of searching for existing patents. You will learn how to do a preliminary patent search using the United States Patent & Trademark website.

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

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

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

Like to create fun projects? Join the fun as each month we have new art experiences to try! Preschool through grade 4 recommended. Finished with your masterpieces? Stay to visit with and read to the dogs of Tails & Tales at 2 pm.

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

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

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

 

 

    Location: Main Library

Monday June 12, 2017
   10:15 AM  -  12:00 PM North Hill Needle Crafters  
    Contact: North Hill Branch Library   330.535.9423   northbranch@akronlibrary.org
   

North Hill Needle Crafters

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

    Location: North Hill
   11:00 AM Outback Ray  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   
   

Join Outback Ray as he shows us his amazing animals.

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

Play with your child and help your little one discover a whole new world through play! We provide a variety of activities and toys for preschoolers to explore while making new friends. Ages 1-4 recommended, with a caregiver. 

 

    Location: Portage Lakes
   2:00 PM Book Discussion  
    Contact: Tallmadge   330.633.4345   
   

FLIGHT OF DREAMS by Ariel Lawhorn

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

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

 

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

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

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

Monday, June 12, 6:30 pm

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

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

Mosaic Glass Pictures with Leona Bowser

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

    Location: North Hill

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

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

    Location: Ellet
   10:30 AM Preschool Story Time  
    Contact: Tallmadge   330.633.4345   
   

PRESCHOOL TALES

For 2 - 6 year olds and their families

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

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

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

Afternoon Book Discussion

Join us for our monthly afternoon book discussion. For June, we will discuss EMPTY MANSIONS: THE MYSTERIOUS LIFE OF HUGUETTE CLARK AND THE SPENDING OF A GREAT AMERICAN FORTUNE by Bill Dedman.

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

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

 

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

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

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

Teen Tuesdays
For grades 5 - 12

Call the branch for details, 330-633-4345

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

Yoga for You

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

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

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

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

Book Buzz Discussion Group

2nd Tuesday, 6 pm at Nervous Dog Coffee Bar

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

June 13 A LITTLE LIFE by Hanya Yanagihara

July 11 EUPHORIA by Lily King  

August 8 HERE I AM by Jonathan Safran Foer 

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

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

    Location: Ellet

Wednesday June 14, 2017
   10:30 AM Preschool Story Play Group  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   
   

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

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

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

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

Family Events

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

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

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

Food for Thought Book Talks

Wednesdays, 1 pm

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

June 14

1776 by David McCullough

July 12

THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD by Colson Whitehead

August 9

ALEXANDER HAMILTON by Ron Chernow

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

Family Events

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

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

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

Summer Reading Performers:

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

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

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

July 12 - Elec Simon - African dummer performer.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cookbook Club

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

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

SOCRATES CAFÉ

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

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

A student working to improve reasoning and thinking skills? 

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

If so, join us at the Socrates Café!

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

No registration necessary – No homework – No assigned reading.

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

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

 

    Location: Nordonia Hills

Thursday June 15, 2017
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Preschool Fun - Story Time Thursdays  
    Contact: Odom Branch Library    330-643-4720   odomblvdbranch@akronlibrary.org
   

Preschool Fun - Story Time Thursdays

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

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

Come join us for an hour of fun!

 

 

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

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

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

    Location: Portage Lakes
   1:00 PM Fabulous Family Fun  
    Contact: Tallmadge   330.633.4345   
   

The Bubble Lady

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Location: Portage Lakes

Saturday June 17, 2017
   10:00 AM  -  5:00 PM NH Game Time  
    Contact: Nordonia Hills Branch   330.467.8595   nordoniahills@akronlibrary.org
   

NORDONIA HILLS GAME TIME

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

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

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

Third Saturday of each month.

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

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

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

Sand Dollar Wall Hanging

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

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

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

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

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


Monday June 19, 2017
   10:15 AM  -  12:00 PM North Hill Needle Crafters  
    Contact: North Hill Branch Library   330.535.9423   northbranch@akronlibrary.org
   

North Hill Needle Crafters

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

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

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

    Location: Ellet
   3:30 PM  -  5:00 PM Ellet Needle Crafters  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   
   

Do you like to share techniques, ideas and suggestions? All levels of expertise and all ages welcome.

 

    Location: Ellet
   5:30 PM  -  7:30 PM VolunTeen Nights  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

Looking for community service hours for school, church or Scouts?  Join us as we engage in different activities to support a variety of organizations.   Activities may include writing letters of support for Operation Gratitude or local shut-ins, creating centerpieces and door hangings to donate to St. Luke Lutheran Community.  Come make a difference in your community by donating a few hours to help brighten another’s day.  

Monday, June 19, 5:30 pm -7:30 pm July Fourth Crafts and letter making for St. Luke’s residents

    Location: Portage Lakes
   6:30 PM Garage Organization  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Adult Program

Presented by Lynne Poulton,LSW Certified Professional Organizer with Wholly Organized!®LLC.  Ms. Poulton will discuss the best practices on organizing your garage space.

 
    Location: Green
   6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Sedona Bracelets  
    Contact: North Hill Branch Library   330.535.9423   northbranch@akronlibrary.org
   

Sedona Bracelets with Jennie Thewlis

Jennie Thewlis of Beadtini Boutique Designs will teach you how to make a Sedona bracelet. Limited to 15 participants. Please call the branch to register beginning Monday, June 5.

    Location: North Hill

Tuesday June 20, 2017
   10:05 AM Baby Story Play Group  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   
   

Ages 6-24 months and their caregiver. Rhymes, music, books, and bounces followed by group playtime. No registration necessary.

    Location: Ellet
   10:30 AM Preschool Story Time  
    Contact: Tallmadge   330.633.4345   
   

PRESCHOOL TALES

For 2 - 6 year olds and their families

    Location: Tallmadge
   11:00 AM Family Story Times  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

Join us for a family-friendly story time with stories, songs, finger-plays, art and lots of fun! All ages welcome.  (No program July 4th)

 

 

    Location: Portage Lakes
   11:00 AM Toddler Story Play Group  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   
   

Ages 2-3 years and their caregiver. Stories, songs, and rhymes followed by crafts and group playtime. No registration necessary.

    Location: Ellet
   11:30 AM  -  12:15 PM Paws for Reading  
    Contact: North Hill Branch Library   330-535-9423   northhill@akronlibrary.org
   

Practice your reading skills by reading aloud to Rocky, our special doggie visitor. Bring a book from home, or read one of ours! Not reading yet? Our dog's owner will read with you!

    Location: North Hill
   11:30 AM  -  12:30 PM Preschool Playgroup  
    Contact: North Hill Branch Library   330-535-9423   northhill@akronlibrary.org
   

Play is important! Stop in for a few minutes, or the whole hour. Explore various age appropriate toys, blocks, cars, trucks and trains, dolls, puzzles, and other children. Run laps in the community room. Children and adults can both make new friends.

    Location: North Hill
   1:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Building Challenge  
    Contact: Odom Blvd Branch Library   330-643-8726   odomblvdbranch@akronlibrary.org
   

Teens are invited to challenge each other and themselves while trying to build the tallest and strongest structures. Are you up to the challenge? Please register in advance for this program. 

    Location: Odom
   1:30 PM Rabid Readers Book Discussion  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   
   

Books are available in advance at the circulation desk.

June 20- At the Water's Edge by Sara Gruen

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    Location: Ellet
   2:00 PM Teen Build a Better Meal Challenge  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330-864-5721   maplevalley@akronlibrary.org
   

For Grades 4-12. Test your culinary skills against your competitors and see if you have what it takes to make the best appetizer and dessert with the ingredients provided. Registration is requested.  

    Location: Maple Valley
   2:00 PM Teen Tuesdays  
    Contact: Tallmadge   330.633.4345   
   

Teen Tuesdays
For grades 5 - 12

Call the branch for details, 330-633-4345

    Location: Tallmadge
   2:00 PM Totally Teen Tuesdays @ 2 pm!  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

Draw or Doodle?  

Cartoonist and Graphic Artist Donald Peoples shares some tips to improve your drawing skills.

    Location: Portage Lakes
   6:00 PM Evening Book Discussion  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Evening Book Discussion

Join us for our monthly evening book discussion. For June, we will discuss THE CURIOUS CHARMS OF ARTHUR PEPPER by Phaedra Patrick.

    Location: Green
   7:00 PM Classic Book and Film Discussion  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Dessert and Discussion for Teens and Adults

Was the book or the movie better?  And why is it a classic anyway?  Find out as we discuss it over dessert.  Didn't like the book?  Sometimes it's even more fun to discuss that way.

For the month of June, we will discuss I KNOW WHY THE CAGED BIRD SINGS by Maya Angelou.

    Location: Green

Wednesday June 21, 2017
   10:30 AM Preschool Story Play Group  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   
   

Ages 2-6 years and their caregiver. Stories, music and puppets followed by crafts and group playtime. No registration necessary.

    Location: Ellet
   11:00 AM Summer Special Events Series  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Family Events

Wednesdays, 11 am OR 1 pm (Choose the time that is best for your family)

June 21 A wild visit from the Akron Zoo

    Location: Green
   1:00 PM Mystery Book Discussion Group  
    Contact: Northwest Akron Branch   3308361081   northwest@akronlibrary.org
   

Mystery Book Discussion Group

3rd Wednesdays, 1 pm

June 21 HOME by Harlan Coben

July 19 THE WOMAN IN CABIN 10 by Ruth Ware

August 16 LIAR, TEMPTRESS, SOLDIER, SPY: FOUR WOMEN UNDERCOVER IN THE CIVIL WAR by Karen Abbott 

    Location: Northwest Akron
   1:00 PM Summer Special Events Series  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Family Events

Wednesdays, 11 am OR 1 pm (Choose the time that is best for your family)

June 21 A wild visit from the Akron Zoo

    Location: Green
   1:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Wednesday Summer Reading Performers  
    Contact: Odom Blvd Branch Library   330-643-8726   odomblvdbranch@akronlibrary.org
   

Summer Reading Performers:

June 14 - Hula Hoop with Meryl Hornyak - Learn some new moves.

June 21 - OUtback Ray - Meet some exotic animals in this interactive program.

June 28 - Rick Smith, Jr. - Interactive magic show with one of the best in the world.

July 12 - Elec Simon - African dummer performer.

July 19 - Build a Body - Families get fit togther in this fun workout.

July 26 - Lindsay Bonilla - Storytelling around the theme of Peace Building.

    Location: Odom
   2:00 PM Wonderful Wednesdays!  
    Contact: North Hill Branch Library   330-535-9423   northhill@akronlibrary.org
   

Mind, Body & Sole - Build a Better World - Children's Program

Enjoy the music and stories of Sam Sapp!

    Location: North Hill
   2:00 PM Wonderful Wednesdays!  
    Contact: North Hill Branch    330-535-9423   northhill@akronlibrary.org
   

Mind, Body & Sole - Build a Better World - Children's Program!

Enjoy the music and stories of Sam Sapp!

    Location: North Hill
   6:00 PM WRHS Presents Euclid Beach Park – Cleveland’s Most Beloved Amusement Park  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   3306447050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

Western Reserve Historical Society Presents:

Euclid Beach Park – Cleveland’s Most Beloved Amusement Park

Do you remember the food, rides, and attractions?  What makes Euclid Beach Park so memorable?  Learn about its early beginnings in 1895 and reminisce about its heyday until the final days in 1969. Light refreshments served.

    Location: Portage Lakes
   6:30 PM How To Spot And Stop A Scam  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Adult Program

Joseph McCovey, Summit County Office of Consumer Affairs, will talk to you about what to look for and how to prevent becoming a victim of scams.

 
    Location: Green

Thursday June 22, 2017
   6:30 AM Tai Chi  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Summer Fitness With Instructor Nancy Gardner

Tai Chi  

Tai Chi is an "internal" Chinese martial art, most often practiced for its many health benefits and mind/body connections. The slow movements and mindful breathing make Tai Chi the perfect exercise for people of all ages and physical abilities.

 
    Location: Green
   10:30 AM Early Bird Movie Matinee  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   
   

Enjoy popcorn and a fun family-friendly movie on the big screen!

 

    Location: Ellet
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Preschool Fun - Story Time Thursdays  
    Contact: Odom Branch Library    330-643-4720   odomblvdbranch@akronlibrary.org
   

Preschool Fun - Story Time Thursdays

For ages 3 - 5 (a caretaker must be present)

Each week we will share stories, songs, and movement as well as a special activity.

Come join us for an hour of fun!

 

 

    Location: Odom
   11:00 AM Thrilling Thursdays!  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

Join us for eight weeks of family fun programs! No registration required.

Outback Ray is back with his astounding animal friends.

    Location: Portage Lakes
   1:00 PM Fabulous Family Fun  
    Contact: Tallmadge   330.633.4345   
   

Musician, Sam Sapp

Entertainment and creative fun for all ages.
Our shows are limited to the first 110 people.

    Location: Tallmadge
   1:00 PM Project Runway  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   
   

Grades 6-12. Sign up to be a designer or model in our fourth Project Runway event. Designers will have an hour and a half to design an outfit with materials provided by the library. Models will have hair and makeup done and will wear the designer's outfits for judging. Registration requested beginning June 1. Limit of 10 designers and 10 models.

    Location: Ellet
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Jammin' Jumpers  
    Contact: North Hill Branch Library   330-535-9423   northhill@akronlibrary.org
   

For grades 4 through 12. Join members of Ohio's Jammin' Jumpers Jump Rope Team in this exhilarating workshop and see if you have what it takes to be a competitive jumper. Jumpers should come wear comfortable shoes; no flip flops or sandals, please. Jump ropes will be provided.

    Location: North Hill
   6:00 PM Antique Appraisal Fair  
    Contact: Tallmadge   330.633.4345   
   

Bring your favorite antique to the library and have it appraised by Jason Adams.
Limit two items per person (no swords or firearms). For large items, you can bring a photograph.

Program size is limited so please call 330-633-4345 to register.
Please call if you need to cancel your reservation.

Spectators are welcome and do not need to register.

    Location: Tallmadge
   6:00 PM The Gardens at Stan Hywet Hall - Author Talk  
    Contact: Northwest Akron Branch   3308361081   northwest@akronlibrary.org
   

The Gardens at Stan Hywet Hall – Author Talk and Book Signing

Thursday, June 22, 6 pm

Join Julie Frey, Director of Museum Services and Curator at Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens, as she uncovers the hidden history of The Gardens at Stan Hywet Hall. The book, to be published in May 2017, explores the history and evolution of Stan Hywet Hall’s landscape design. Frey highlights the landscape design and garden spaces using information from original Seiberling correspondence, as well as photographs taken during the early years of the estate. The book also touches on the restoration efforts undertaken by the Stan Hywet Hall Foundation since it assumed ownership of the property in 1957.  Copies of The Gardens at Stan Hywet Hall will be available for purchase and signing following the talk. 

    Location: Northwest Akron

Friday June 23, 2017
   1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Friday Summer Movies - Build a Better Mind  
    Contact: Odom Blvd. Branch Library   330-643-8726   odomblvdbranch@akronlibrary.org
   

Join us for a Friday afternoon movie that uplifts and inspires building a better mind.  Movies for Adults and teens over the age of sixteen.

June 23 HE NAMED ME MALALA

July 7 THE HUNDRED- FOOT JOURNEY

July 21 HIDDEN FIGURES

    Location: Odom

Saturday June 24, 2017
   12:00 PM  -  1:00 PM Paws for Reading  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   
   

For all ages. No registration necessary. Snuggle up and read to a furry friend.

    Location: Ellet
   2:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Buckeye Martinfest  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

Buckeye Martinfest

North Reservoir

Saturday, June 24, 2-4 pm

Stop by our table for crafts and giveaways as we celebrate Portage Lakes being the Purple Martin Capital of Ohio!  We love participating in this annual event sponsored by the Portage Lakes Purple Martin Association.

    Location: Portage Lakes

Monday June 26, 2017
   10:15 AM  -  12:00 PM North Hill Needle Crafters  
    Contact: North Hill Branch Library   330.535.9423   northbranch@akronlibrary.org
   

North Hill Needle Crafters

If you love to knit, crochet, and help others, this is the group for you!  Everything this talented group makes is donated to helping agencies in our community.  Are you new to crafting?  We will be glad to get you started.  If you have yarn and supplies to donate, we will make god use of them.

    Location: North Hill
   11:00 AM Build a Body  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   
   

Build a body presents a family fitness program that will get your blood pumping.

    Location: Ellet
   1:00 PM Life Skills: Financial Fitness  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Adult and Teen Event      

Learn how to balance a checkbook, and how to use credit cards.  What does a credit score mean?  Learn these financial life skills, presented by Aaron Curry of Key Bank.

    Location: Green
   6:00 PM The Hower House  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

The Hower House

Located on the University of Akron campus, how much do you really know about this National Historic Landmark? Learn about the Hower family, the 28 room Victorian mansion, and the ongoing events that keep this one of the best preserved houses in the country.  Enjoy a cup of tea after.  Please register in advance.  Presented by Sherri Thompson and Lyn Benedict.

    Location: Portage Lakes
   6:30 PM Pokemon Club  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Family Program

Calling all Pokemon enthusiasts ages 7 and up! Come join fellow Pokemon fanatics to talk, battle, trade (with parent’s permission), or to show off your collection. This is a student led program. Snacks will be provided.

    Location: Green
   6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Jumping Off the Page: A Storytelling Festival with Wandering Aesthetics Theatre  
    Contact: North Hill Branch Library   330.535.9423   northbranch@akronlibrary.org
   

Jumping Off the Page: A Storytelling Festival with Wandering Aesthetics Theatre

Join stortellers Kyle Jozsa and Nici Romo from Wandering Aesthetics Theatre as they share stories and fables from around the world.  You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll have a fabulous time!  For all ages.

    Location: North Hill

Tuesday June 27, 2017
   10:05 AM Baby Story Play Group  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   
   

Ages 6-24 months and their caregiver. Rhymes, music, books, and bounces followed by group playtime. No registration necessary.

    Location: Ellet
   10:30 AM Preschool Story Time  
    Contact: North Hill Branch Library   330-535-9423   northhill@akronlibrary.org
   

This series of programs is designed for children ages 2-5 with their adults, who are expected to join in the fun! Books, flannel board stories, rhyming activities, and puppets all help little ones get ready to learn when they go to school.

    Location: North Hill
   10:30 AM Preschool Story Time  
    Contact: Tallmadge   330.633.4345   
   

PRESCHOOL TALES

For 2 - 6 year olds and their families

    Location: Tallmadge
   11:00 AM Family Story Times  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

Join us for a family-friendly story time with stories, songs, finger-plays, art and lots of fun! All ages welcome.  (No program July 4th)

 

 

    Location: Portage Lakes
   11:00 AM Toddler Story Play Group  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   
   

Ages 2-3 years and their caregiver. Stories, songs, and rhymes followed by crafts and group playtime. No registration necessary.

    Location: Ellet
   11:30 AM  -  12:30 PM Preschool Playgroup  
    Contact: North Hill Branch Library   330-535-9423   northhill@akronlibrary.org
   

Play is important! Stop in for a few minutes, or the whole hour. Explore various age appropriate toys, blocks, cars, trucks and trains, dolls, puzzles, and other children. Run laps in the community room. Children and adults can both make new friends.

    Location: North Hill
   2:00 PM Teen Tuesdays  
    Contact: Tallmadge   330.633.4345   
   

Teen Tuesdays
For grades 5 - 12

Call the branch for details, 330-633-4345

    Location: Tallmadge
   2:00 PM Totally Teen Tuesdays @ 2 pm!  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

Project Runway

With limited time, a selection of materials, and an abundance of creativity see what you can make!  Finished projects will be judged in various categories for prizes. Please pre-register.

    Location: Portage Lakes
   6:30 PM Annual Teen Cupcake Bake-off  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Teen Event

Bakers and tasters needed! 

To register for this program or for more information, ask at the front desk.

 
    Location: Green

Wednesday June 28, 2017
   10:30 AM Preschool Story Play Group  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   
   

Ages 2-6 years and their caregiver. Stories, music and puppets followed by crafts and group playtime. No registration necessary.

    Location: Ellet
   11:00 AM NatureConnect Create!  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

Make Wednesday mornings a day of exploration!    Dress for mess and outdoor weather as we engage in a variety of nature activities around our property. Create a nature-inspired craft to take home.   

    Location: Portage Lakes
   11:00 AM Summer Special Events Series  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Family Events

Wednesdays, 11 am OR 1 pm (Choose the time that is best for your family)

June 28 Bubbleologist Dr. UR Awesome

    Location: Green
   1:00 PM Summer Special Events Series  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Family Events

Wednesdays, 11 am OR 1 pm (Choose the time that is best for your family)

June 28 Bubbleologist Dr. UR Awesome

    Location: Green
   1:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Wednesday Summer Reading Performers  
    Contact: Odom Blvd Branch Library   330-643-8726   odomblvdbranch@akronlibrary.org
   

Summer Reading Performers:

June 14 - Hula Hoop with Meryl Hornyak - Learn some new moves.

June 21 - OUtback Ray - Meet some exotic animals in this interactive program.

June 28 - Rick Smith, Jr. - Interactive magic show with one of the best in the world.

July 12 - Elec Simon - African dummer performer.

July 19 - Build a Body - Families get fit togther in this fun workout.

July 26 - Lindsay Bonilla - Storytelling around the theme of Peace Building.

    Location: Odom
   2:00 PM Wonderful Wednesdays!  
    Contact: North Hill Branch    330-535-9423   northhill@akronlibrary.org
   

Mind, Body & Sole - Build a Better World - Children's Program!

Marissa Dubina will bring some of her favorite pets from the Realm of the Reptile!

    Location: North Hill

Thursday June 29, 2017
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Preschool Fun - Story Time Thursdays  
    Contact: Odom Branch Library    330-643-4720   odomblvdbranch@akronlibrary.org
   

Preschool Fun - Story Time Thursdays

For ages 3 - 5 (a caretaker must be present)

Each week we will share stories, songs, and movement as well as a special activity.

Come join us for an hour of fun!

 

 

    Location: Odom
   11:00 AM Thrilling Thursdays!  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

Join us for eight weeks of family fun programs! No registration required.

Build, Explore, Create!  Bricks 4 Kidz bring a mound full of Legos and other building activities so let your imagination go wild. 

    Location: Portage Lakes
   1:00 PM Fabulous Family Fun  
    Contact: Tallmadge   330.633.4345   
   

Family Fit Program, Build a Body Team

Entertainment and creative fun for all ages.
Our shows are limited to 110 people.

    Location: Tallmadge
   1:00 PM Mosaic Art with Leona from Don Drumm Studios  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   
   

Grades 6-12. Teen favorite Leona is back for her eighth summer to teach a glass on glass mosaic piece without grout. The theme of the artwork is beach or anything you wish. Two designs will be available from which particpants will create a 5x7 glass framed piece. Participants are welcome to create their own simple designs as well. Registration requested beginning June 1. Limit of 20 participants.

    Location: Ellet
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM DIY Jewelry and Keychains  
    Contact: North Hill Branch Library   330-535-9423   northhill@akronlibrary.org
   

For grades 4 through 12. Join us to learn about the jewelry arts in this hands-on workshop.

    Location: North Hill
   6:30 PM Mystery Book Club  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

The following books were nominated for the 2017 Edgar Award for the best paperback original story.  Do you agree?  Read one, read all, your choice.

A BRILLIANT DEATH by Robin Yocum

HEART OF STONE by James W. Ziskin

THE 7TH CANON by Robert Dugoni

 

    Location: Portage Lakes
   6:30 PM Unknown Beatles  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Adult Program

Beatles enthusiast Ray Carmen presents little-known songs, videos, facts and trivia about the world's most famous band.

    Location: Green

Monday July 3, 2017
   10:15 AM  -  12:00 PM North Hill Needle Crafters  
    Contact: North Hill Branch Library   330.535.9423   northbranch@akronlibrary.org
   

North Hill Needle Crafters

If you love to knit, crochet, and help others, this is the group for you!  Everything this talented group makes is donated to helping agencies in our community.  Are you new to crafting?  We will be glad to get you started.  If you have yarn and supplies to donate, we will make god use of them.

    Location: North Hill
   11:00 AM Build a Better World  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   
   

Connie from Art Break Experience will help you paint rocks to hide in the area to bring joy to others. You can also use your imagination and creativity to build with a variety of materials.

    Location: Ellet
   3:30 PM  -  5:00 PM Ellet Needle Crafters  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   
   

Do you like to share techniques, ideas and suggestions? All levels of expertise and all ages welcome.

 

    Location: Ellet
   6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Gentle Yoga with Nia  
    Contact: North Hill Branch Library   330.535.9423   northbranch@akronlibrary.org
   

Gentle Yoga With Nia

Have you always wanted to try yoga?  Here's your chance!  Be led in warm-up stretches and breathing exercises, move through yoga poses with the help of a chair, and end sessions with music and nature sounds.  Please bringa yoga mat or a beach towel and a water bottle.

    Location: North Hill

Wednesday July 5, 2017
   10:30 AM Preschool Story Play Group  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   
   

Ages 2-6 years and their caregiver. Stories, music and puppets followed by crafts and group playtime. No registration necessary.

    Location: Ellet
   11:00 AM Summer Special Events Series  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Family Events

Wednesdays, 11 am OR 1 pm (Choose the time that is best for your family)

July 5  Play Bingo for fun and prizes

    Location: Green
   1:00 PM Coffee and Coloring  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   
   

Stop the world and embrace your inner child! Studies show coloring can have a calming effect on the adult mind and help promote overall wellness. Coloring pages designed especially for adults as well as coloring utensils and refreshments will be provided.

    Location: Ellet
   1:00 PM Summer Special Events Series  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Family Events

Wednesdays, 11 am OR 1 pm (Choose the time that is best for your family)

July 5  Play Bingo for fun and prizes

    Location: Green
   2:00 PM Wonderful Wednesdays!  
    Contact: North Hill Branch    330-535-9423   northhill@akronlibrary.org
   

Mind, Body & Sole - Build a Better World - Children's Program!

Annual Hot Wheels Derby - Bring your fastest car!

    Location: North Hill

Thursday July 6, 2017
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Preschool Fun - Story Time Thursdays  
    Contact: Odom Branch Library    330-643-4720   odomblvdbranch@akronlibrary.org
   

Preschool Fun - Story Time Thursdays

For ages 3 - 5 (a caretaker must be present)

Each week we will share stories, songs, and movement as well as a special activity.

Come join us for an hour of fun!

 

 

    Location: Odom
   11:00 AM Thrilling Thursdays!  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

Join us for eight weeks of family fun programs! No registration required.

More Magic with David Anthony!   First time performance at our library! 

    Location: Portage Lakes
   1:00 PM Fabulous Family Fun  
    Contact: Tallmadge   330.633.4345   
   

High Five Fitness Dance Program, Art Sparks

Entertainment and creative fun for all ages.
Our shows are limited to the first 110 people.

    Location: Tallmadge
   1:00 PM Movie Bingo  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   
   

Grades 6-12. Movie Bingo featuring Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life. Snacks provided.

    Location: Ellet
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Upcycled Crafts  
    Contact: North Hill Branch Library   330-535-9423   northhill@akronlibrary.org
   

For grades 4 through 12. Take upcycling to the next level and make something old new again.

    Location: North Hill
   6:00 PM  -  7:30 PM Puzzled at the Library  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

Tired of completing the same jigsaw puzzle over and over again?  Ready for a challenge?  Join us once a month as we work together to complete new puzzles with friends.  No registration necessary.

 

    Location: Portage Lakes

Friday July 7, 2017
   1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Community Photo Scanning Day  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

Community Photo Scanning Day

In Collaboration with the Portage Lakes Historical Society

Do you have interesting old photos we can share with the public?  Bring your original photo or slide from the Portage Lakes area to be scanned and digitally saved for our digital community archive, www.summitmemory.org.  Please register in advance for an appointment time. 

 

    Location: Portage Lakes
   1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Friday Summer Movies - Build a Better Mind  
    Contact: Odom Blvd. Branch Library   330-643-8726   odomblvdbranch@akronlibrary.org
   

Join us for a Friday afternoon movie that uplifts and inspires building a better mind.  Movies for Adults and teens over the age of sixteen.

July 7 THE HUNDRED- FOOT JOURNEY

July 21 HIDDEN FIGURES

    Location: Odom

Saturday July 8, 2017
   1:00 PM Saturday Craft Club  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

Like to create fun projects? Join the fun as each month we have new art experiences to try! Preschool through grade 4 recommended. Finished with your masterpieces? Stay to visit with and read to the dogs of Tails & Tales at 2 pm.

    Location: Portage Lakes
   2:00 PM Tails & Tales  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

Visit with our furr-iest friends and practice your reading skills! These gentle friends just love to hear great stories! Children not yet reading are welcome to share a favorite picture book. All ages welcome. No registration necessary.

    Location: Portage Lakes
   3:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Poetry Hour  
    Contact: Culture & AV   330-643-9015   cadiv@akronlibrary.org
   
  • Read and share your original poems for a 5 minute interval.
  • Poetry lovers are welcome to attend and enjoy the words of our local poets.
  • Poems read at Poetry Hour should not be overtly explicit in language or subject matter.
  • Registration is requested. Adults age 18 and over. Meeting Room 1.

 

 

    Location: Main Library

Monday July 10, 2017
   10:15 AM  -  12:00 PM North Hill Needle Crafters  
    Contact: North Hill Branch Library   330.535.9423   northbranch@akronlibrary.org
   

North Hill Needle Crafters

If you love to knit, crochet, and help others, this is the group for you!  Everything this talented group makes is donated to helping agencies in our community.  Are you new to crafting?  We will be glad to get you started.  If you have yarn and supplies to donate, we will make god use of them.

    Location: North Hill
   11:00 AM Preschool Playroom  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

Play with your child and help your little one discover a whole new world through play! We provide a variety of activities and toys for preschoolers to explore while making new friends. Ages 1-4 recommended, with a caregiver. 

 

    Location: Portage Lakes
   11:00 AM Storytelling and Origami  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   
   

Storytelling and Origami together as one with Christina Kallevig.

    Location: Ellet
   2:00 PM Book Discussion  
    Contact: Tallmadge   330.633.4345   
   

THE READERS OF BROKEN WHEEL by Katarina Bivald

    Location: Tallmadge
   6:30 PM A Different Kind of Book Club  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

Have you just read a good book and want to tell others about it? Are you looking for your next book to read and would like a recommendation from others? Join us as we eat, drink and share.   No one has to read the same book.  It's basically one big book report meeting and no books are off limit. Classics, Self-help, Biographies, Cozy Mysteries, Travel, Sci-Fi, anything goes!

 

    Location: Portage Lakes
   6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Evening Book Discussion  
    Contact: North Hill Branch Library   330.535.9423   northbranch@akronlibrary.org
   

Evening Book Discussion

We will be discussing THE WANGS VS. THE WORLD by Jade Chang.  Books are available for check out at our service desk one month prior to the discussion.  New members are always welcome!

    Location: North Hill

Tuesday July 11, 2017
   10:05 AM Baby Story Play Group  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   
   

Ages 6-24 months and their caregiver. Rhymes, music, books, and bounces followed by group playtime. No registration necessary.

    Location: Ellet
   10:30 AM Preschool Story Time  
    Contact: North Hill Branch Library   330-535-9423   northhill@akronlibrary.org
   

Special Event:

Bring your fastest Hot Wheels car to race in a downhill derby. Or borrow one from the library.  

    Location: North Hill
   11:00 AM Family Story Times  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

Join us for a family-friendly story time with stories, songs, finger-plays, art and lots of fun! All ages welcome.  (No program July 4th)

 

 

    Location: Portage Lakes
   11:00 AM Toddler Story Play Group  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   
   

Ages 2-3 years and their caregiver. Stories, songs, and rhymes followed by crafts and group playtime. No registration necessary.

    Location: Ellet
   11:30 AM  -  12:30 PM Preschool Playgroup  
    Contact: North Hill Branch Library   330-535-9423   northhill@akronlibrary.org
   

Play is important! Stop in for a few minutes, or the whole hour. Explore various age appropriate toys, blocks, cars, trucks and trains, dolls, puzzles, and other children. Run laps in the community room. Children and adults can both make new friends.

    Location: North Hill
   1:00 PM Afternoon Book Discussion  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Afternoon Book Discussion

Join us for our monthly afternoon book discussion. For July, we will discuss CIRCLING THE SUN by Paula McLain.

    Location: Green
   1:00 PM Mind, Body & Sole Adult Fitness: Tai Chi  
    Contact: Northwest Akron Branch   3308361081   northwest@akronlibrary.org
   

Mind, Body & Sole Adult Fitness Series

Please call 330-836-1081 to register for these programs.

Instructors from Build a Body Personal Training will teach these all-levels classes. Beginners are welcome!

Tuesday, July 11, 1 pm

Tai Chi

 

    Location: Northwest Akron
   1:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Build an Upcycled Dreamcatcher  
    Contact: Odom Blvd Branch Library   330-643-8726   odomblvdbranch@akronlibrary.org
   

Build your own dreamcatcher using leftover and recycled materials. You'll get a nifty handmade item for yourself while also doing your part to keep materials out of a landfill. Please register in advance for this program. 

    Location: Odom
   2:00 PM Teen Art in a Jar/Cityscapes  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330-864-5721   maplevalley@akronlibrary.org
   

For Grades 4-12. Decorate jars with famous paintings and produce a city skyline using paint chips. Registration is requested.

    Location: Maple Valley
   2:00 PM Teen Tuesdays  
    Contact: Tallmadge   330.633.4345   
   

Teen Tuesdays
For grades 5 - 12

Call the branch for details, 330-633-4345

    Location: Tallmadge
   2:00 PM Totally Teen Tuesdays @ 2 pm!  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

House of Cards Competition

Test your skill and dexterity as we build with cards.  Who will be our summer champ and take home a prize? 

    Location: Portage Lakes
   6:00 PM Book Buzz Discussion Group- OFFSITE  
    Contact: Northwest Akron Branch   3308361081   northwest@akronlibrary.org
   

Book Buzz Discussion Group

2nd Tuesday, 6 pm at Nervous Dog Coffee Bar

This discussion group for book lovers in their 20s and 30s meets monthly to talk novels and nonfiction over drinks crafted by the baristas at Nervous Dog Coffee Bar. Copies of each title will be available at the Northwest Akron Branch Library a month prior to its discussion date. Attendees will be responsible for the purchase of their own drinks, but purchase is not required. Nervous Dog Coffee Bar is located at 1530 W Market St, Akron, OH 44313.

June 13 A LITTLE LIFE by Hanya Yanagihara

July 11 EUPHORIA by Lily King  

August 8 HERE I AM by Jonathan Safran Foer 

    Location: Northwest Akron
   6:00 PM Social Security Program  
    Contact: Tallmadge   330.633.4345   
   

Social Security: How to Get the Most Out of Your Social Security Benefits

Retirement planning specialist Paul Berner's presentation will help all who are in or nearing retirement and are interested in making informed decisions about the foundation of their retirement income plan.

    Location: Tallmadge
   6:00 PM Teen Writers Club  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Teen Writers Club

We eat junk food and talk writing. No stress, just support and sharing the writing experience.

 
    Location: Green

Wednesday July 12, 2017
   10:30 AM Preschool Story Play Group  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   
   

Ages 2-6 years and their caregiver. Stories, music and puppets followed by crafts and group playtime. No registration necessary.

    Location: Ellet
   11:00 AM NatureConnect Create!  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

Make Wednesday mornings a day of exploration!    Dress for mess and outdoor weather as we engage in a variety of nature activities around our property. Create a nature-inspired craft to take home.   

    Location: Portage Lakes
   11:00 AM Summer Special Events Series  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Family Events

Wednesdays, 11 am OR 1 pm (Choose the time that is best for your family)

July 12 Outback Ray and his animals

    Location: Green
   1:00 PM Food For Thought Book Talks with Marvin Phillips  
    Contact: Northwest Akron Branch   3308361081   northwest@akronlibrary.org
   

Food for Thought Book Talks

Wednesdays, 1 pm

Marvin Phillips presents ideas from popular works of fiction and nonfiction each month. Topics range from entertainment to history and politics.

June 14

1776 by David McCullough

July 12

THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD by Colson Whitehead

August 9

ALEXANDER HAMILTON by Ron Chernow

    Location: Northwest Akron
   1:00 PM Summer Special Events Series  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Family Events

Wednesdays, 11 am OR 1 pm (Choose the time that is best for your family)

July 12 Outback Ray and his animals

    Location: Green
   1:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Wednesday Summer Reading Performers  
    Contact: Odom Blvd Branch Library   330-643-8726   odomblvdbranch@akronlibrary.org
   

Summer Reading Performers:

June 14 - Hula Hoop with Meryl Hornyak - Learn some new moves.

June 21 - OUtback Ray - Meet some exotic animals in this interactive program.

June 28 - Rick Smith, Jr. - Interactive magic show with one of the best in the world.

July 12 - Elec Simon - African dummer performer.

July 19 - Build a Body - Families get fit togther in this fun workout.

July 26 - Lindsay Bonilla - Storytelling around the theme of Peace Building.

    Location: Odom
   2:00 PM Wonderful Wednesdays!  
    Contact: North Hill Branch    330-535-9423   northhill@akronlibrary.org
   

Mind, Body & Sole - Build a Better World - Children's Program!

Magician David Anthony will show his intriguing illusions!

    Location: North Hill
   6:30 PM Cookbook Club  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Cookbook Club

Love reading cookbooks and sampling recipes? Then join us each month as we pick a theme and prepare dishes to share. Check out our library display for each month’s theme and cookbooks, or use your own recipes. Enjoy some good food, discussion and fun.

 
    Location: Green
   6:30 PM  -  8:00 PM Socrates Cafe  
    Contact: Nordonia Hills Branch   330.467.8585   nordoniahills@akronlibrary.org
   

SOCRATES CAFÉ

Are you a parent looking for more opportunities to talk with other adults? 

A senior seeking ways to keep your mind active and engaged?  

A student working to improve reasoning and thinking skills? 

A person wanting to meet some of your neighbors in an informal, yet thoughtful setting?

If so, join us at the Socrates Café!

An ongoing, regular discussion for patrons 16 and over - A place to discuss life with other adults – We explore questions we all ask ourselves in a open and friendly manner.

No registration necessary – No homework – No assigned reading.

Based on the book by CHRISTOPHER PHILLIPS, the Cafe opens the second Wednesday of each month. New cafe-goers are always welcome, age 16 and over.

Come and take part, or just listen to the discussion!

 

    Location: Nordonia Hills

Thursday July 13, 2017
   10:30 AM Family Story Time  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Family Story Time

For all ages.

Children will enjoy stories, songs, rhythm and movement activities. With luck we’ll be able to play in the Reading Garden!

    Location: Green
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Preschool Fun - Story Time Thursdays  
    Contact: Odom Branch Library    330-643-4720   odomblvdbranch@akronlibrary.org
   

Preschool Fun - Story Time Thursdays

For ages 3 - 5 (a caretaker must be present)

Each week we will share stories, songs, and movement as well as a special activity.

Come join us for an hour of fun!

 

 

    Location: Odom
   11:00 AM Thrilling Thursdays!  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

Join us for eight weeks of family fun programs! No registration required.

Storigami! You’ve never experienced storytelling like this before!  Presented by Christina Kallevig.

    Location: Portage Lakes
   1:00 PM Fabulous Family Fun  
    Contact: Tallmadge   330.633.4345   
   

Magician, David Anthony

Entertainment and creative fun for all ages.
Our shows are limited to the first 110 people.

    Location: Tallmadge
   1:00 PM Painting with Connie  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   
   

Grades 6-12. Join Connie from Art Break Experience as you paint a masterpiece on canvas with high quality acrylic paint and brushes. Friendly step-by-step instruction and opportunities to give the painting your own creative flair. Registration requested beginning July 1. Limit of 25 participants.

    Location: Ellet
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Hip Hop Hoop Troop  
    Contact: North Hill Branch Library   330-535-9423   northhill@akronlibrary.org
   

For grades 4 through 12. Join members from Kent's Hip Hop Hoop Troop as they show participants how to manipulate a hula hoop with their waists, arms, hands, legs, and feet. Participants should wear comfortable shoes; no flip flops or sandals, please. Hula hoops will be provided.

    Location: North Hill
   6:00 PM Buying Your First Home  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

Buying your first home can be frightening and complicated. Ed Brown from Team Mindy State Farm will be conducting the presentation "Your First Home" and answering questions about shopping for your home, financing it, and insuring it.

    Location: Portage Lakes
   6:00 PM Mind, Body & Sole Adult Fitness: Mat Pilates  
    Contact: Northwest Akron Branch   3308361081   northwest@akronlibrary.org
   

Mind, Body & Sole Adult Fitness Series

Please call 330-836-1081 to register for these programs.

Instructors from Build a Body Personal Training will teach these all-levels classes. Beginners are welcome!

 

Thursday, July 13, 6 pm

Mat Pilates

Please bring a mat, water bottle and towel. 

    Location: Northwest Akron

Saturday July 15, 2017
   10:00 AM  -  5:00 PM NH Game Time  
    Contact: Nordonia Hills Branch   330.467.8595   nordoniahills@akronlibrary.org
   

NORDONIA HILLS GAME TIME

We welcome library patrons to a regular monthly event – a place to meet up with fellow game players of all ages.

The room is open to players of chess, role-playing games, board games, Euro games, standard cards, mah-jongg, war games, and trading/collectible card games.

Bring your own games, or try a game from our collection already on hand. No registration required! Refreshments are served.

Third Saturday of each month.

This event is also open to regular card groups and other game clubs looking for a venue.

Come on out to meet fellow local players – Learn new games – Sharpen your intellect – and enjoy the social aspects of games.

    Location: Nordonia Hills
   11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Build a Better Body Personal Traning  
    Contact: Odom Branch Library   330-643-8726   odomblvdbranch@akronlibrary.org
   

Join us for yoga as we build a better body and mind and become more Zen. The class will be led by a member of the Build a Better Body Personal Training team from Green, OH. Bring your own yoga mat or grab one provided. Activity for all fitness levels and adults and teens over the age of sixteen.

    Location: Odom
   11:00 AM  -  3:00 PM Portage Lakes Kiwanis Pirate Days  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

Portage Lakes Kiwanis Pirate Days

Portage Lakes State Park

Stop by our table and say “Ahoy Matey” to our friendly pirates!  Participate in pirate crafts and see what other treasures we may have.  We love participating in this annual event sponsored by the Portage Lakes Kiwanis.

    Location: Portage Lakes

Monday July 17, 2017
   10:15 AM  -  12:00 PM North Hill Needle Crafters  
    Contact: North Hill Branch Library   330.535.9423   northbranch@akronlibrary.org
   

North Hill Needle Crafters

If you love to knit, crochet, and help others, this is the group for you!  Everything this talented group makes is donated to helping agencies in our community.  Are you new to crafting?  We will be glad to get you started.  If you have yarn and supplies to donate, we will make god use of them.

    Location: North Hill
   11:00 AM Juggling with Matt Jergens  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   
   

Juggling that will thrill and captivate by Matt Jergens, a gold medal winning juggler.

    Location: Ellet
   3:30 PM  -  5:00 PM Ellet Needle Crafters  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   
   

Do you like to share techniques, ideas and suggestions? All levels of expertise and all ages welcome.

 

    Location: Ellet
   5:30 PM  -  7:30 PM VolunTeen Nights  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

Looking for community service hours for school, church or Scouts?  Join us as we engage in different activities to support a variety of organizations.   Activities may include writing letters of support for Operation Gratitude or local shut-ins, creating centerpieces and door hangings to donate to St. Luke Lutheran Community.  Come make a difference in your community by donating a few hours to help brighten another’s day.  

Monday, July 17, 5:30 – 7:30 pm   Creating pet toys for local shelters

    Location: Portage Lakes
   6:30 PM Pokemon Club  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Family Program

Calling all Pokemon enthusiasts ages 7 and up! Come join fellow Pokemon fanatics to talk, battle, trade (with parent’s permission), or to show off your collection. This is a student led program. Snacks will be provided.

    Location: Green
   6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Gentle Yoga with Nia  
    Contact: North Hill Branch Library   330.535.9423   northbranch@akronlibrary.org
   

Gentle Yoga With Nia

Have you always wanted to try yoga?  Here's your chance!  Be led in warm-up stretches and breathing exercises, move through yoga poses with the help of a chair, and end sessions with music and nature sounds.  Please bringa yoga mat or a beach towel and a water bottle.

    Location: North Hill

Tuesday July 18, 2017
   10:05 AM Baby Story Play Group  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   
   

Ages 6-24 months and their caregiver. Rhymes, music, books, and bounces followed by group playtime. No registration necessary.

    Location: Ellet
   10:30 AM Preschool Story Time  
    Contact: North Hill Branch Library   330-535-9423   northhill@akronlibrary.org
   

Special Event: Learn about animals with our special guest, Outback Ray. He'll bring animals to share with us.

    Location: North Hill
   11:00 AM Family Story Times  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

Join us for a family-friendly story time with stories, songs, finger-plays, art and lots of fun! All ages welcome.  (No program July 4th)

 

 

    Location: Portage Lakes
   11:00 AM Toddler Story Play Group  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   
   

Ages 2-3 years and their caregiver. Stories, songs, and rhymes followed by crafts and group playtime. No registration necessary.

    Location: Ellet
   11:30 AM  -  12:15 PM Paws for Reading  
    Contact: North Hill Branch Library   330-535-9423   northhill@akronlibrary.org
   

Practice your reading skills by reading aloud to Rocky, our special doggie visitor. Bring a book from home, or read one of ours! Not reading yet? Our dog's owner will read with you!

    Location: North Hill
   11:30 AM  -  12:30 PM Preschool Playgroup  
    Contact: North Hill Branch Library   330-535-9423   northhill@akronlibrary.org
   

Play is important! Stop in for a few minutes, or the whole hour. Explore various age appropriate toys, blocks, cars, trucks and trains, dolls, puzzles, and other children. Run laps in the community room. Children and adults can both make new friends.

    Location: North Hill
   1:30 PM Rabid Readers Book Discussion  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   
   

Books are available in advance at the circulation desk.

July 18- The Ship of Brides by JoJo Moyes

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    Location: Ellet
   2:00 PM Teen Musical Instruments  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330-864-5721   maplevalley@akronlibrary.org
   

For Grades 4-12. We’re getting the band back together! Make awesome musical instruments with the help of Maple Valley staff member Sherilyn Gray-Leas. Registration is requested.  

    Location: Maple Valley
   2:00 PM Teen Tuesdays  
    Contact: Tallmadge   330.633.4345   
   

Teen Tuesdays
For grades 5 - 12

Call the branch for details, 330-633-4345

    Location: Tallmadge
   2:00 PM Totally Teen Tuesdays @ 2 pm!  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

Wii Bit of Fun this Summer!

Come hang out, play Wii games and rock out as we paint positive rocks to share around town and see how far they travel.  You may play our games or bring your own (games must be rated E). 

    Location: Portage Lakes
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Build a Colorful World  
    Contact: Odom Branch Library   330-643-8726   odomblvdbranch@akronlibrary.org
   

Join us and others for a relaxing coloring experience making the world a bit more colorful. Bring your friends or make new ones. We supply the coloring pages or bring your own coloring book.  Activity for adults and teens over the age of sixteen. Refreshments will be provided.

    Location: Odom
   6:00 PM Bee-Friendly Gardening  
    Contact: Northwest Akron Branch   3308361081   northwest@akronlibrary.org
   

Bee-Friendly Gardening

Tuesday, July 18, 6 pm

Have you always wondered how to attract and support pollinators with your home garden? Summit County Master Gardener Peggy Cartwright will give tips and tricks for creating a bee-friendly environment in your own backyard.

    Location: Northwest Akron
   6:00 PM Evening Book Discussion  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Evening Book Discussion

Join us for our monthly evening book discussion. For July, we will discuss AMERICANAH by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

    Location: Green
   7:00 PM Classic Book and Film Discussion  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Dessert and Discussion for Teens and Adults

Was the book or the movie better?  And why is it a classic anyway?  Find out as we discuss it over dessert.  Didn't like the book?  Sometimes it's even more fun to discuss that way.

For the month of July, we will discuss ONE HUNDRED YEARS OF SOLITUDE by Gabriel Garcia Marquez.

    Location: Green

Wednesday July 19, 2017
   10:30 AM Preschool Story Play Group  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   
   

Ages 2-6 years and their caregiver. Stories, music and puppets followed by crafts and group playtime. No registration necessary.

    Location: Ellet
   11:00 AM Summer Special Events Series  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Family Events

Wednesdays, 11 am OR 1 pm (Choose the time that is best for your family)

July 19 Mad Science

    Location: Green
   1:00 PM Mystery Book Discussion Group  
    Contact: Northwest Akron Branch   3308361081   northwest@akronlibrary.org
   

Mystery Book Discussion Group

3rd Wednesdays, 1 pm

June 21 HOME by Harlan Coben

July 19 THE WOMAN IN CABIN 10 by Ruth Ware

August 16 LIAR, TEMPTRESS, SOLDIER, SPY: FOUR WOMEN UNDERCOVER IN THE CIVIL WAR by Karen Abbott 

    Location: Northwest Akron
   1:00 PM Summer Special Events Series  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Family Events

Wednesdays, 11 am OR 1 pm (Choose the time that is best for your family)

July 19 Mad Science

    Location: Green
   1:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Wednesday Summer Reading Performers  
    Contact: Odom Blvd Branch Library   330-643-8726   odomblvdbranch@akronlibrary.org
   

Summer Reading Performers:

June 14 - Hula Hoop with Meryl Hornyak - Learn some new moves.

June 21 - OUtback Ray - Meet some exotic animals in this interactive program.

June 28 - Rick Smith, Jr. - Interactive magic show with one of the best in the world.

July 12 - Elec Simon - African dummer performer.

July 19 - Build a Body - Families get fit togther in this fun workout.

July 26 - Lindsay Bonilla - Storytelling around the theme of Peace Building.

    Location: Odom
   2:00 PM Wonderful Wednesdays!  
    Contact: North Hill Branch    330-535-9423   northhill@akronlibrary.org
   

Mind, Body & Sole - Build a Better World - Children's Program!

Listen to drums and stories with Sogbety Diamonde!

    Location: North Hill
   6:00 PM WRHS Presents Vehicles of the Western Reserve  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   3306447050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

Western Reserve Historical Society Presents:

Vehicles of the Western Reserve

At one time, Cleveland was the automobile capital of the world.  Take a ride through the Western Reserve at the turn of the 20th century and discover a treasure of Cleveland-made vehicles.  Light refreshments served.

    Location: Portage Lakes

Thursday July 20, 2017
   10:30 AM Family Story Time  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Family Story Time

For all ages.

Children will enjoy stories, songs, rhythm and movement activities. With luck we’ll be able to play in the Reading Garden!

    Location: Green
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Preschool Fun - Story Time Thursdays  
    Contact: Odom Branch Library    330-643-4720   odomblvdbranch@akronlibrary.org
   

Preschool Fun - Story Time Thursdays

For ages 3 - 5 (a caretaker must be present)

Each week we will share stories, songs, and movement as well as a special activity.

Come join us for an hour of fun!

 

 

    Location: Odom
   11:00 AM Thrilling Thursdays!  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

Join us for eight weeks of family fun programs! No registration required.

Stretch, Breath and Lunge into summer fun!  Nancy Gardner leads a family-fun workout for the whole family.

    Location: Portage Lakes
   1:00 PM Book Dominoes  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   
   

Grades 6-12. How many books can we stack in a domino line in our community meeting room? Stop by to help us set them up, then knock them down.

    Location: Ellet
   1:00 PM Fabulous Family Fun  
    Contact: Tallmadge   330.633.4345   
   

Akron Zoo

Entertainment and creative fun for all ages.
Our shows are limited to the first 110 people.

    Location: Tallmadge
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Create Your Own Buttons  
    Contact: North Hill Branch Library   330-535-9423   northhill@akronlibrary.org
   

For grades 4 through 12. Express yourself by creating your own 3-inch buttons using our button maker and old magazines and comics.

    Location: North Hill

Friday July 21, 2017
   1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Friday Summer Movies - Build a Better Mind  
    Contact: Odom Blvd. Branch Library   330-643-8726   odomblvdbranch@akronlibrary.org
   

Join us for a Friday afternoon movie that uplifts and inspires building a better mind.  Movies for Adults and teens over the age of sixteen.

July 21 HIDDEN FIGURES

    Location: Odom

Saturday July 22, 2017
   10:30 AM Saturday Morning Craft Club  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

Experimenting with Watercolor

Experiment and learn about watercolors and multiple resist techniques with Vicki O’Dell.   Create two 8x10 pieces suitable for framing.  Please wear “play clothes”; you may get messy. Class size is limited to 15 participants. Please register in advance.  Ages 16 and up preferred.

    Location: Portage Lakes

Monday July 24, 2017
   10:15 AM  -  12:00 PM North Hill Needle Crafters  
    Contact: North Hill Branch Library   330.535.9423   northbranch@akronlibrary.org
   

North Hill Needle Crafters

If you love to knit, crochet, and help others, this is the group for you!  Everything this talented group makes is donated to helping agencies in our community.  Are you new to crafting?  We will be glad to get you started.  If you have yarn and supplies to donate, we will make god use of them.

    Location: North Hill
   11:00 AM Dr. U R Awesome  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   
   

Dr. U R Awesome, a Guinness Book of World Records holder, will blow up some fun with his bubble show.

    Location: Ellet
   6:30 PM Stephen King: America’s Boogeyman  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Adult Program

In honor of King’s 70th birthday, we will take a look at his works, adaptations, and influence on American pop culture. Those who avoid Mr. King’s books may gain a better insight into his works, and ideas on where to begin reading. And long-time King fans may learn something about the author they didn’t know before.  Presented by Patrick Manning.

 
    Location: Green
   6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Fun with the Pre-Fab Four: Micky, Mike, Davy & Peter of the Monkees  
    Contact: North Hill Branch Library   330.535.9423   northbranch@akronlibrary.org
   

Fun with the Pre-Fab Four: Micky, Mike, Davy, & Peter of the Monkees

Spend an hour with music enthusiast Ray Carmen as he presents rarely seen videos and plays little-known songs from everyone's favorite manufactured pop band that went on to become a genuine recording and performing entity.

    Location: North Hill

Tuesday July 25, 2017
   10:05 AM Baby Story Play Group  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   
   

Ages 6-24 months and their caregiver. Rhymes, music, books, and bounces followed by group playtime. No registration necessary.

    Location: Ellet
   10:30 AM Preschool Story Time  
    Contact: North Hill Branch Library   330-535-9423   northhill@akronlibrary.org
   

This series of programs is designed for children ages 2-5. Adults caregivers are welcome and expected to join in the fun! Books, flannel board stories, rhyming activities, and puppets all help little ones get ready to learn when they go to school.

    Location: North Hill
   11:00 AM Family Story Times  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

Join us for a family-friendly story time with stories, songs, finger-plays, art and lots of fun! All ages welcome.  (No program July 4th)

 

 

    Location: Portage Lakes
   11:00 AM Toddler Story Play Group  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   
   

Ages 2-3 years and their caregiver. Stories, songs, and rhymes followed by crafts and group playtime. No registration necessary.

    Location: Ellet
   11:30 AM  -  12:30 PM Preschool Playgroup  
    Contact: North Hill Branch Library   330-535-9423   northhill@akronlibrary.org
   

Play is important! Stop in for a few minutes, or the whole hour. Explore various age appropriate toys, blocks, cars, trucks and trains, dolls, puzzles, and other children. Run laps in the community room. Children and adults can both make new friends.

    Location: North Hill
   1:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Build a LEGO Maze  
    Contact: Odom Blvd Branch Library   330-643-4720   odomblvdbranch@akronlibrary.org
   

Work together with your friends and other teens to build a maze out of Lego's. Build a more traditional maze for others to work their way through or try your hand at building a more complicated Rube Goldberg Machine. Please register in advance for this program.

 

    Location: Odom
   2:00 PM Teen Tuesdays  
    Contact: Tallmadge   330.633.4345   
   

Teen Tuesdays
For grades 5 - 12

Call the branch for details, 330-633-4345

    Location: Tallmadge
   2:00 PM Totally Teen Tuesdays @ 2 pm!  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

Cupcake Wars!  Given an allotted time and designated supplies decorate a prize-winning cupcake.  Please pre-register.

    Location: Portage Lakes
   6:30 PM Cool Summer Concerts  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   
   

Spread out on the front lawn and enjoy free concerts from some of the best local bands around! If weather is unfavorable, the concert will be moved inside. 

July 25- Missle Toe

 

    Location: Ellet

Wednesday July 26, 2017
   10:30 AM Preschool Story Play Group  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   
   

Ages 2-6 years and their caregiver. Stories, music and puppets followed by crafts and group playtime. No registration necessary.

    Location: Ellet
   11:00 AM NatureConnect Create!  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

Make Wednesday mornings a day of exploration!    Dress for mess and outdoor weather as we engage in a variety of nature activities around our property. Create a nature-inspired craft to take home.   

    Location: Portage Lakes
   1:00 PM Memory Cafe:An Early Stage Dementia Program  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   
   

Memory Cafe offers a relaxing and comfortable way for people living in the early stages of memory loss to build a social network and connect with like individuals in their own community. Meaningful social and educational activities promote social interaction, companionship, and learning.

The Memory Cafe is a collaboration between The Alzheimer's Association Greater East Ohio Area Chapter and the Akron-Summit County Public Library. Advance registration is requested. To register, please contact the Alzheimer's Association at 1-800-272-3900. 

    Location: Ellet
   1:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Wednesday Summer Reading Performers  
    Contact: Odom Blvd Branch Library   330-643-8726   odomblvdbranch@akronlibrary.org
   

Summer Reading Performers:

June 14 - Hula Hoop with Meryl Hornyak - Learn some new moves.

June 21 - OUtback Ray - Meet some exotic animals in this interactive program.

June 28 - Rick Smith, Jr. - Interactive magic show with one of the best in the world.

July 12 - Elec Simon - African dummer performer.

July 19 - Build a Body - Families get fit togther in this fun workout.

July 26 - Lindsay Bonilla - Storytelling around the theme of Peace Building.

    Location: Odom
   2:00 PM Wonderful Wednesdays!  
    Contact: North Hill Branch    330-535-9423   northhill@akronlibrary.org
   

Mind, Body & Sole - Build a Better World - Children's Program!

Wonder about Jason Allen's Magic!

    Location: North Hill
   6:00 PM Fly Girls: World War II Women Pilots  
    Contact: Tallmadge   330.633.4345   
   

Local historian, Ray Hoffman, will discuss female pilots during WWII. Numbering more than 1,000, they flew over 60 million miles in every type of military aircraft. Thirty-eight female fliers lost their lives while serving during the war, all in accidents.

    Location: Tallmadge

Thursday July 27, 2017
   10:30 AM Early Bird Movie Matinee  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   
   

Enjoy popcorn and a fun family-friendly movie on the big screen!

 

    Location: Ellet
   10:30 AM Family Story Time  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Family Story Time

For all ages.

Children will enjoy stories, songs, rhythm and movement activities. With luck we’ll be able to play in the Reading Garden!

    Location: Green
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Preschool Fun - Story Time Thursdays  
    Contact: Odom Branch Library    330-643-4720   odomblvdbranch@akronlibrary.org
   

Preschool Fun - Story Time Thursdays

For ages 3 - 5 (a caretaker must be present)

Each week we will share stories, songs, and movement as well as a special activity.

Come join us for an hour of fun!

 

 

    Location: Odom
   11:00 AM Thrilling Thursdays!  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

Join us for eight weeks of family fun programs! No registration required.

Sing a Song Sing-Along with musician Sam Sapp from Sammytunes.

    Location: Portage Lakes
   1:00 PM Fabulous Family Fun  
    Contact: Tallmadge   330.633.4345   
   

Jungle Safari Show, Katie Bee Entertainment

Entertainment and creative fun for all ages.
Our shows are limited to the first 110 people.

    Location: Tallmadge
   1:00 PM Glass Painting  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   
   

Grades 6-12. Drinking glasses and glass mugs make great blank canvases for painting. Create something beautiful and useful for yourself or to give as a gift.

    Location: Ellet
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Minute-to-Win-It  
    Contact: North Hill Branch Library   330-535-9423   northhill@akronlibrary.org
   

For grades 4 through 12. Do you have what it takes to complete the tasks in under a minute? Test your skills against others for a chance to win some cool prizes. Snacks will be provided.

    Location: North Hill
   6:00 PM NEW! The Mystery Experience  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

We’ve received a mysterious package in the mail with a compelling mystery inside. Using objects, clues, puzzles and the power of observation we must make sense of what is in front of us.  Working in teams, put your deduction skills to the test as you 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!  Which team will finish first?  Bring a snack to share.  Please register in advance.

 

    Location: Portage Lakes

Saturday July 29, 2017
   12:00 PM  -  1:00 PM Paws for Reading  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   
   

For all ages. No registration necessary. Snuggle up and read to a furry friend.

    Location: Ellet

Monday July 31, 2017
   10:00 AM VolunTEEN  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   
   

Grades 6-12. Have fun and earn service hours for school helping with our summer reading program carnival. Certificates will be awarded at the end of the program. Registration requested beginning June 1. 

    Location: Ellet
   10:15 AM  -  12:00 PM North Hill Needle Crafters  
    Contact: North Hill Branch Library   330.535.9423   northbranch@akronlibrary.org
   

North Hill Needle Crafters

If you love to knit, crochet, and help others, this is the group for you!  Everything this talented group makes is donated to helping agencies in our community.  Are you new to crafting?  We will be glad to get you started.  If you have yarn and supplies to donate, we will make god use of them.

    Location: North Hill
   11:00 AM Carnival  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   
   

Carnival with games, crafts, and a sweet treat.

    Location: Ellet
   2:00 PM  -  3:30 PM Free Computer Classes @ North HIll  
    Contact: North Hill Branch Library   330.535.9423   northbranch@akronlibrary.org
   

MS Excel, part 1: Opening and Creating Workbooks

These free, hands-on classes are available on a first come, first serve basis and are limited to 15 participants.  We recommend arriving at least one-half hour early to obtain an entry ticket.

    Location: North Hill
   6:30 PM Civil War Technology That Changed the World  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Adult Program

Presented by Paul Goebbel, Civil War historian.  This presentation covers weapons, communication, transportation, and other things that not only changed war, but also the new United States.  Many things we take for granted today had their start during the Civil War.  

 
    Location: Green

Tuesday August 1, 2017
   11:30 AM  -  12:15 PM Paws for Reading  
    Contact: North Hill Branch Library   330-535-9423   northhill@akronlibrary.org
   

Practice your reading skills by reading aloud to Rocky, our special doggie visitor. Bring a book from home, or read one of ours! Not reading yet? Our dog's owner will read with you!

    Location: North Hill
   11:30 AM  -  12:30 PM Preschool Playgroup  
    Contact: North Hill Branch Library   330-535-9423   northhill@akronlibrary.org
   

Play is important! Stop in for a few minutes, or the whole hour. Explore various age appropriate toys, blocks, cars, trucks and trains, dolls, puzzles, and other children. Run laps in the community room. Children and adults can both make new friends.

    Location: North Hill
   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 August, we will discuss THE SHADOW OF THE WIND by Carlos Ruiz Zafon.

    Location: Green
   2:00 PM Seed Sharing To Go  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   
   

Learn about how to participate in the library's Seed Sharing Library To Go program from our Science and Technology Division at Main Library. Seeds will be available at the Ellet Branch Library in August and September while supplies last.

    Location: Ellet
   2:00 PM  -  3:30 PM Free Computer Classes @ North HIll  
    Contact: North Hill Branch Library   330.535.9423   northbranch@akronlibrary.org
   

MS Excel, part 2: Formatting and Modifying Workbooks

These free, hands-on classes are available on a first come, first serve basis and are limited to 15 participants.  We recommend arriving at least one-half hour early to obtain an entry ticket.

    Location: North Hill
   6:00 PM Teen Writers Club  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Teen Writers Club

We eat junk food and talk writing. No stress, just support and sharing the writing experience.

 
    Location: Green

Wednesday August 2, 2017
   1:00 PM Coffee and Coloring  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   
   

Stop the world and embrace your inner child! Studies show coloring can have a calming effect on the adult mind and help promote overall wellness. Coloring pages designed especially for adults as well as coloring utensils and refreshments will be provided.

    Location: Ellet
   2:00 PM  -  3:30 PM Babysitting Basics Workshop  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Youth and Teen Event

Wednesday, August 2 AND Thursday, August 3, 2-3:30 pm

This two-session class covers babysitting basics and how to get started.

Not affiliated with the Red Cross.

Please register in advance. Space is limited.

 
    Location: Green
   2:00 PM  -  3:30 PM Free Computer Classes @ North HIll  
    Contact: North Hill Branch Library   330.535.9423   northbranch@akronlibrary.org
   

MS Excel, part 3: More on Formatting Cells

These free, hands-on classes are available on a first come, first serve basis and are limited to 15 participants.  We recommend arriving at least one-half hour early to obtain an entry ticket.

    Location: North Hill

Thursday August 3, 2017
   10:30 AM Family Story Time  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Family Story Time

For all ages.

Children will enjoy stories, songs, rhythm and movement activities. With luck we’ll be able to play in the Reading Garden!

    Location: Green
   2:00 PM  -  3:30 PM Babysitting Basics Workshop  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Youth and Teen Event

Wednesday, August 2 AND Thursday, August 3, 2-3:30 pm

This two-session class covers babysitting basics and how to get started.

Not affiliated with the Red Cross.

Please register in advance. Space is limited.

 
    Location: Green
   2:00 PM  -  3:30 PM Free Computer Classes @ North HIll  
    Contact: North Hill Branch Library   330.535.9423   northbranch@akronlibrary.org
   

MS Excel - Practical Application Project

These free, hands-on classes are available on a first come, first serve basis and are limited to 15 participants.  We recommend arriving at least one-half hour early to obtain an entry ticket.

    Location: North Hill
   6:00 PM  -  7:30 PM Puzzled at the Library  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

Tired of completing the same jigsaw puzzle over and over again?  Ready for a challenge?  Join us once a month as we work together to complete new puzzles with friends.  No registration necessary.

 

    Location: Portage Lakes
   6:30 PM Qigong  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Summer Fitness With Instructor Nancy Gardner

Qigong  

Qigong (pronounced "chee gung") focuses on movements and breathing that build and circulate Qi, the life-force energy that flows through us. Qigong can help you deal effectively with stress, keep your body relaxed and supple, and improve the quality and flow of your Qi.

 
    Location: Green

Friday August 4, 2017
   1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Community Photo Scanning Day  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

Community Photo Scanning Day

In Collaboration with the Portage Lakes Historical Society

Do you have interesting old photos we can share with the public?  Bring your original photo or slide from the Portage Lakes area to be scanned and digitally saved for our digital community archive, www.summitmemory.org.  Please register in advance for an appointment time. 

 

    Location: Portage Lakes

Saturday August 5, 2017
   1:00 PM Saturday Craft Club  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

Like to create fun projects? Join the fun as each month we have new art experiences to try! Preschool through grade 4 recommended. Finished with your masterpieces? Stay to visit with and read to the dogs of Tails & Tales at 2 pm.

    Location: Portage Lakes
   2:00 PM Tails & Tales  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

Visit with our furr-iest friends and practice your reading skills! These gentle friends just love to hear great stories! Children not yet reading are welcome to share a favorite picture book. All ages welcome. No registration necessary.

    Location: Portage Lakes

Monday August 7, 2017
   10:15 AM  -  12:00 PM North Hill Needle Crafters  
    Contact: North Hill Branch Library   330.535.9423   northbranch@akronlibrary.org
   

North Hill Needle Crafters

If you love to knit, crochet, and help others, this is the group for you!  Everything this talented group makes is donated to helping agencies in our community.  Are you new to crafting?  We will be glad to get you started.  If you have yarn and supplies to donate, we will make god use of them.

    Location: North Hill
   10:30 AM Story Time for Babies  
    Contact: Tallmadge   330.633.4345   
   

BOUNCING BABY RHYME TIME

For babies up to age 24 months with a caregiver
20 minutes of rhymes, songs and stories followed by a 20 minute group playtime.

    Location: Tallmadge
   2:00 PM  -  3:30 PM Free Computer Classes @ North HIll  
    Contact: North Hill Branch Library   330.535.9423   northbranch@akronlibrary.org
   

MS Excel, part 4 - Introduction to Formulas and Excel Functions

These free, hands-on classes are available on a first come, first serve basis and are limited to 15 participants.  We recommend arriving at least one-half hour early to obtain an entry ticket.

    Location: North Hill
   3:30 PM  -  5:00 PM Ellet Needle Crafters  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   
   

Do you like to share techniques, ideas and suggestions? All levels of expertise and all ages welcome.

 

    Location: Ellet
   5:30 PM  -  8:00 PM Evening Book Discussion Move & Pizza Night  
    Contact: North Hill Branch Library   330.535.9423   northbranch@akronlibrary.org
   

Evening Book Discussion Movie and Pizza Night!

We will be reading THE LIGHT BETWEEN OCEANS by M.L. Stedman and watching the movie.  Books are available for check out at our service desk one month prior to the discussion.  Please call the branch to register for the program beginning Monday, July 10.

    Location: North Hill
   6:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Ask a Patent Attorney  
    Contact: Science & Technology Division   330-643-9075   stdiv@akronlibrary.org
   

Inventors and entrepreneurs, sign up for a free one on one 20-minute session with a registered patent attorney. Get answers to Intellectual Property-related questions such as "Do I need to sign a licensing agreement to produce my invention?" or "Should I apply for trademark protection or a design patent?" or "How much of my invention will a utility patent protect?"

Appointment times are limited and must be scheduled in advance. Sign-ups begin 30 days before event. Contact the Science & Technology Division to make your appointment for this unique opportunity. Please note: come to the Science & Technology Division to begin your session.

    Location: Main Library

Tuesday August 8, 2017
   11:30 AM  -  12:30 PM Preschool Playgroup  
    Contact: North Hill Branch Library   330-535-9423   northhill@akronlibrary.org
   

Play is important! Stop in for a few minutes, or the whole hour. Explore various age appropriate toys, blocks, cars, trucks and trains, dolls, puzzles, and other children. Run laps in the community room. Children and adults can both make new friends.

    Location: North Hill
   6:00 PM Book Buzz Discussion Group- OFFSITE  
    Contact: Northwest Akron Branch   3308361081   northwest@akronlibrary.org
   

Book Buzz Discussion Group

2nd Tuesday, 6 pm at Nervous Dog Coffee Bar

This discussion group for book lovers in their 20s and 30s meets monthly to talk novels and nonfiction over drinks crafted by the baristas at Nervous Dog Coffee Bar. Copies of each title will be available at the Northwest Akron Branch Library a month prior to its discussion date. Attendees will be responsible for the purchase of their own drinks, but purchase is not required. Nervous Dog Coffee Bar is located at 1530 W Market St, Akron, OH 44313.

June 13 A LITTLE LIFE by Hanya Yanagihara

July 11 EUPHORIA by Lily King  

August 8 HERE I AM by Jonathan Safran Foer 

    Location: Northwest Akron

Wednesday August 9, 2017
   11:00 AM NatureConnect Create!  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

Make Wednesday mornings a day of exploration!    Dress for mess and outdoor weather as we engage in a variety of nature activities around our property. Create a nature-inspired craft to take home.   

    Location: Portage Lakes
   1:00 PM Food For Thought Book Talks with Marvin Phillips  
    Contact: Northwest Akron Branch   3308361081   northwest@akronlibrary.org
   

Food for Thought Book Talks

Wednesdays, 1 pm

Marvin Phillips presents ideas from popular works of fiction and nonfiction each month. Topics range from entertainment to history and politics.

June 14

1776 by David McCullough

July 12

THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD by Colson Whitehead

August 9

ALEXANDER HAMILTON by Ron Chernow

    Location: Northwest Akron
   6:30 PM Cookbook Club  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Cookbook Club

Love reading cookbooks and sampling recipes? Then join us each month as we pick a theme and prepare dishes to share. Check out our library display for each month’s theme and cookbooks, or use your own recipes. Enjoy some good food, discussion and fun.

 
    Location: Green
   6:30 PM  -  8:00 PM Socrates Cafe  
    Contact: Nordonia Hills Branch   330.467.8585   nordoniahills@akronlibrary.org
   

SOCRATES CAFÉ

Are you a parent looking for more opportunities to talk with other adults? 

A senior seeking ways to keep your mind active and engaged?  

A student working to improve reasoning and thinking skills? 

A person wanting to meet some of your neighbors in an informal, yet thoughtful setting?

If so, join us at the Socrates Café!

An ongoing, regular discussion for patrons 16 and over - A place to discuss life with other adults – We explore questions we all ask ourselves in a open and friendly manner.

No registration necessary – No homework – No assigned reading.

Based on the book by CHRISTOPHER PHILLIPS, the Cafe opens the second Wednesday of each month. New cafe-goers are always welcome, age 16 and over.

Come and take part, or just listen to the discussion!

 

    Location: Nordonia Hills

Thursday August 10, 2017
   10:30 AM Early Bird Movie Matinee  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   
   

Enjoy popcorn and a fun family-friendly movie on the big screen!

 

    Location: Ellet
   6:00 PM Adults with Aging Parent Drivers  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

Are you concerned about a loved-one’s ability to drive safely as they age?  Keeping Us Safe, LLC, provides a roadmap to help families address driving concerns with tact, compassion, and empathy, so an older driver’s dignity and independence is never unnecessarily jeopardized. 

    Location: Portage Lakes
   6:30 PM Crafting with Marla  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Adult Program
 

Join us for a fall-inspired craft, with local artist Marla Knapic-Derga.

Please register in advance for this program.

 
    Location: Green

Saturday August 12, 2017
   1:00 PM Cool Summer Concerts  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   
   

Spread out on the front lawn and enjoy free concerts from some of the best local bands around! If weather is unfavorable, the concert will be moved inside. 

August 12- Frigid Touch

 

    Location: Ellet
   3:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Poetry Hour  
    Contact: Culture & AV   330-643-9015   cadiv@akronlibrary.org
   
  • Read and share your original poems for a 5 minute interval.
  • Poetry lovers are welcome to attend and enjoy the words of our local poets.
  • Poems read at Poetry Hour should not be overtly explicit in language or subject matter.
  • Registration is requested. Adults age 18 and over. Meeting Room 1.

 

 

    Location: Main Library

Monday August 14, 2017
   10:15 AM  -  12:00 PM North Hill Needle Crafters  
    Contact: North Hill Branch Library   330.535.9423   northbranch@akronlibrary.org
   

North Hill Needle Crafters

If you love to knit, crochet, and help others, this is the group for you!  Everything this talented group makes is donated to helping agencies in our community.  Are you new to crafting?  We will be glad to get you started.  If you have yarn and supplies to donate, we will make god use of them.

    Location: North Hill
   10:30 AM Story Time for Babies  
    Contact: Tallmadge   330.633.4345   
   

BOUNCING BABY RHYME TIME

For babies up to age 24 months with a caregiver
20 minutes of rhymes, songs and stories followed by a 20 minute group playtime.

    Location: Tallmadge
   11:00 AM Preschool Playroom  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

Play with your child and help your little one discover a whole new world through play! We provide a variety of activities and toys for preschoolers to explore while making new friends. Ages 1-4 recommended, with a caregiver. 

 

    Location: Portage Lakes
   2:00 PM Book Discussion  
    Contact: Tallmadge   330.633.4345   
   

A MAN CALLED OVE by Fredrik Backman

    Location: Tallmadge
   6:00 PM Antique Appraisal  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Adult Program

Bring your favorite antique to the library and have it appraised by Jason Adams. Limit two items per person (no swords or firearms). For large items, you can bring a photograph. Spectators are welcome and do not need to register.

Program size is limited so please register in advance.

 
    Location: Green
   6:30 PM A Different Kind of Book Club  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

Have you just read a good book and want to tell others about it? Are you looking for your next book to read and would like a recommendation from others? Join us as we eat, drink and share.   No one has to read the same book.  It's basically one big book report meeting and no books are off limit. Classics, Self-help, Biographies, Cozy Mysteries, Travel, Sci-Fi, anything goes!

 

    Location: Portage Lakes
   6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Gentle Yoga with Nia  
    Contact: North Hill Branch Library   330.535.9423   northbranch@akronlibrary.org
   

Gentle Yoga With Nia

Have you always wanted to try yoga?  Here's your chance!  Be led in warm-up stretches and breathing exercises, move through yoga poses with the help of a chair, and end sessions with music and nature sounds.  Please bringa yoga mat or a beach towel and a water bottle.

    Location: North Hill

Tuesday August 15, 2017
   11:30 AM  -  12:15 PM Paws for Reading  
    Contact: North Hill Branch Library   330-535-9423   northhill@akronlibrary.org
   

Practice your reading skills by reading aloud to Rocky, our special doggie visitor. Bring a book from home, or read one of ours! Not reading yet? Our dog's owner will read with you!

    Location: North Hill
   11:30 AM  -  12:30 PM Preschool Playgroup  
    Contact: North Hill Branch Library   330-535-9423   northhill@akronlibrary.org
   

Play is important! Stop in for a few minutes, or the whole hour. Explore various age appropriate toys, blocks, cars, trucks and trains, dolls, puzzles, and other children. Run laps in the community room. Children and adults can both make new friends.

    Location: North Hill
   1:30 PM Rabid Readers Book Discussion  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   
   

Books are available in advance at the circulation desk.

August 15- Stars Over Sunset Boulevard

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    Location: Ellet
   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 August, we will discuss CUTTING FOR STONE by Abraham Verghese.

    Location: Green
   6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Introduction to Intellectual Property  
    Contact: Science & Technology Division   330-643-9075   stdiv@akronlibrary.org
   

Learn the differences among the various types of intellectual property and how best to protect your creative work.

This class will meet in Meeting Room 1 on the High Street Level across from the Auditorium.

Please contact the Science & Technology Division to register.

    Location: Main Library
   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 August, we will discuss THE INVISIBLE MAN by H.G. Wells.

    Location: Green

Wednesday August 16, 2017
   1:00 PM Mystery Book Discussion Group  
    Contact: Northwest Akron Branch   3308361081   northwest@akronlibrary.org
   

Mystery Book Discussion Group

3rd Wednesdays, 1 pm

June 21 HOME by Harlan Coben

July 19 THE WOMAN IN CABIN 10 by Ruth Ware

August 16 LIAR, TEMPTRESS, SOLDIER, SPY: FOUR WOMEN UNDERCOVER IN THE CIVIL WAR by Karen Abbott 

    Location: Northwest Akron
   6:30 PM Energize Your Day  
    Contact: Tallmadge   330.633.4345   
   

Do you have any stress in your life? Tight muscles or achy joints? Could you use a little more energy? If so, then "Energize Your Day" is for you! This program incorporates movements from Tai Chi, Qigong and Yoga, self-massage, breathing practices and energy exercises. Most of these take less than a minute to do and when practiced daily, produce profound, long-lasting results!

    Location: Tallmadge
   6:30 PM Vintage Postcards of Portage Lakes  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

Be the first to view the new book published by the Portage Lakes Historical Society featuring life as it was many years ago.  Long, Nesmith, Cottage Grove, Rex & Turkeyfoot lakes, New/North Reservoir, Little/West Reservoir, Big/East Reservoir, State Mill, Summit and Springfield lakes are all featured.  Coventry Township residents George Beckham and Carol Eubank share postcard buying & collecting tips and how the book Vintage Postcards of Portage Lakes came to be published.  Light refreshments will be served and books will be available for purchase.

    Location: Portage Lakes

Saturday August 19, 2017
   10:00 AM  -  5:00 PM NH Game Time  
    Contact: Nordonia Hills Branch   330.467.8595   nordoniahills@akronlibrary.org
   

NORDONIA HILLS GAME TIME

We welcome library patrons to a regular monthly event – a place to meet up with fellow game players of all ages.

The room is open to players of chess, role-playing games, board games, Euro games, standard cards, mah-jongg, war games, and trading/collectible card games.

Bring your own games, or try a game from our collection already on hand. No registration required! Refreshments are served.

Third Saturday of each month.

This event is also open to regular card groups and other game clubs looking for a venue.

Come on out to meet fellow local players – Learn new games – Sharpen your intellect – and enjoy the social aspects of games.

    Location: Nordonia Hills
   10:15 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 Saturday Morning Craft Club  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

Recycled CD Coasters

We are upcycling old CD’s with some colorful fabric to add to your home décor.  Fabric provided, but if you have a favorite pattern, feel free to bring your own.

Class size is limited.  Please register in advance.  Ages 16 and up preferred.

    Location: Portage Lakes

Monday August 21, 2017
   10:15 AM  -  12:00 PM North Hill Needle Crafters  
    Contact: North Hill Branch Library   330.535.9423   northbranch@akronlibrary.org
   

North Hill Needle Crafters

If you love to knit, crochet, and help others, this is the group for you!  Everything this talented group makes is donated to helping agencies in our community.  Are you new to crafting?  We will be glad to get you started.  If you have yarn and supplies to donate, we will make god use of them.

    Location: North Hill
   10:30 AM Story Time for Babies  
    Contact: Tallmadge   330.633.4345   
   

BOUNCING BABY RHYME TIME

For babies up to age 24 months with a caregiver
20 minutes of rhymes, songs and stories followed by a 20 minute group playtime.

    Location: Tallmadge
   2:00 PM Teen Back to School Movie Week  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330-864-5721   maplevalley@akronlibrary.org
   

For Grades 6-12. Watch your favorite school movies on the big screen! Snacks and beverages provided.

Monday, August 21, 2 pm: MIDDLE SCHOOL: THE WORST YEARS OF MY LIFE (PG)(92 min)

Tuesday, August 22, 2 pm: COACH CARTER (PG-13)(136 min)

Wednesday, August 23, 2 pm: FREEDOM WRITERS (PG-13)(123 min)

Thursday, August 24, 2 pm: THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER (PG-13)(102 min)

Friday, August 25, 2 pm: LEAN ON ME (PG-13)(108 min)

    Location: Maple Valley
   3:30 PM  -  5:00 PM Ellet Needle Crafters  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   
   

Do you like to share techniques, ideas and suggestions? All levels of expertise and all ages welcome.

 

    Location: Ellet
   6:30 PM Pokemon Club  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Family Program

Calling all Pokemon enthusiasts ages 7 and up! Come join fellow Pokemon fanatics to talk, battle, trade (with parent’s permission), or to show off your collection. This is a student led program. Snacks will be provided.

    Location: Green

Tuesday August 22, 2017
   11:30 AM  -  12:30 PM Preschool Playgroup  
    Contact: North Hill Branch Library   330-535-9423   northhill@akronlibrary.org
   

Play is important! Stop in for a few minutes, or the whole hour. Explore various age appropriate toys, blocks, cars, trucks and trains, dolls, puzzles, and other children. Run laps in the community room. Children and adults can both make new friends.

    Location: North Hill
   2:00 PM Teen Back to School Movie Week  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330-864-5721   maplevalley@akronlibrary.org
   

For Grades 6-12. Watch your favorite school movies on the big screen! Snacks and beverages provided.

Monday, August 21, 2 pm: MIDDLE SCHOOL: THE WORST YEARS OF MY LIFE (PG)(92 min)

Tuesday, August 22, 2 pm: COACH CARTER (PG-13)(136 min)

Wednesday, August 23, 2 pm: FREEDOM WRITERS (PG-13)(123 min)

Thursday, August 24, 2 pm: THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER (PG-13)(102 min)

Friday, August 25, 2 pm: LEAN ON ME (PG-13)(108 min)

    Location: Maple Valley

Wednesday August 23, 2017
   2:00 PM Teen Back to School Movie Week  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330-864-5721   maplevalley@akronlibrary.org
   

For Grades 6-12. Watch your favorite school movies on the big screen! Snacks and beverages provided.

Monday, August 21, 2 pm: MIDDLE SCHOOL: THE WORST YEARS OF MY LIFE (PG)(92 min)

Tuesday, August 22, 2 pm: COACH CARTER (PG-13)(136 min)

Wednesday, August 23, 2 pm: FREEDOM WRITERS (PG-13)(123 min)

Thursday, August 24, 2 pm: THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER (PG-13)(102 min)

Friday, August 25, 2 pm: LEAN ON ME (PG-13)(108 min)

    Location: Maple Valley

Thursday August 24, 2017
   2:00 PM Teen Back to School Movie Week  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330-864-5721   maplevalley@akronlibrary.org
   

For Grades 6-12. Watch your favorite school movies on the big screen! Snacks and beverages provided.

Monday, August 21, 2 pm: MIDDLE SCHOOL: THE WORST YEARS OF MY LIFE (PG)(92 min)

Tuesday, August 22, 2 pm: COACH CARTER (PG-13)(136 min)

Wednesday, August 23, 2 pm: FREEDOM WRITERS (PG-13)(123 min)

Thursday, August 24, 2 pm: THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER (PG-13)(102 min)

Friday, August 25, 2 pm: LEAN ON ME (PG-13)(108 min)

    Location: Maple Valley

Friday August 25, 2017
   2:00 PM Teen Back to School Movie Week  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330-864-5721   maplevalley@akronlibrary.org
   

For Grades 6-12. Watch your favorite school movies on the big screen! Snacks and beverages provided.

Monday, August 21, 2 pm: MIDDLE SCHOOL: THE WORST YEARS OF MY LIFE (PG)(92 min)

Tuesday, August 22, 2 pm: COACH CARTER (PG-13)(136 min)

Wednesday, August 23, 2 pm: FREEDOM WRITERS (PG-13)(123 min)

Thursday, August 24, 2 pm: THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER (PG-13)(102 min)

Friday, August 25, 2 pm: LEAN ON ME (PG-13)(108 min)

    Location: Maple Valley

Saturday August 26, 2017
   12:00 PM  -  1:00 PM Paws for Reading  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   
   

For all ages. No registration necessary. Snuggle up and read to a furry friend.

    Location: Ellet

Monday August 28, 2017
   10:15 AM  -  12:00 PM North Hill Needle Crafters  
    Contact: North Hill Branch Library   330.535.9423   northbranch@akronlibrary.org
   

North Hill Needle Crafters

If you love to knit, crochet, and help others, this is the group for you!  Everything this talented group makes is donated to helping agencies in our community.  Are you new to crafting?  We will be glad to get you started.  If you have yarn and supplies to donate, we will make god use of them.

    Location: North Hill
   10:30 AM Story Time for Babies  
    Contact: Tallmadge   330.633.4345   
   

BOUNCING BABY RHYME TIME

For babies up to age 24 months with a caregiver
20 minutes of rhymes, songs and stories followed by a 20 minute group playtime.

    Location: Tallmadge
   6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Gentle Yoga with Nia  
    Contact: North Hill Branch Library   330.535.9423   northbranch@akronlibrary.org
   

Gentle Yoga With Nia

Have you always wanted to try yoga?  Here's your chance!  Be led in warm-up stretches and breathing exercises, move through yoga poses with the help of a chair, and end sessions with music and nature sounds.  Please bringa yoga mat or a beach towel and a water bottle.

    Location: North Hill

Tuesday August 29, 2017
   11:30 AM  -  12:30 PM Preschool Playgroup  
    Contact: North Hill Branch Library   330-535-9423   northhill@akronlibrary.org
   

Play is important! Stop in for a few minutes, or the whole hour. Explore various age appropriate toys, blocks, cars, trucks and trains, dolls, puzzles, and other children. Run laps in the community room. Children and adults can both make new friends.

    Location: North Hill
   3:30 PM  -  4:30 PM Back to School Party  
    Contact: Odom Blvd Branch Library   330-643-4720   odomblvdbranch@akronlibrary.org
   

Celebrate the start of a new school year by decorating school supplies and enjoying a snack.

 

    Location: Odom

Wednesday August 30, 2017
   1:00 PM Memory Cafe:An Early Stage Dementia Program  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   
   

Memory Cafe offers a relaxing and comfortable way for people living in the early stages of memory loss to build a social network and connect with like individuals in their own community. Meaningful social and educational activities promote social interaction, companionship, and learning.

The Memory Cafe is a collaboration between The Alzheimer's Association Greater East Ohio Area Chapter and the Akron-Summit County Public Library. Advance registration is requested. To register, please contact the Alzheimer's Association at 1-800-272-3900. 

    Location: Ellet
   6:00 PM WRHS Presents 150 years of Cleveland Style  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   3306447050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

Western Reserve Historical Society Presents:

150 years of Cleveland Style

Clevelanders have always used fashion to stand out in a crowd.  Learn about the city’s trendsetters, who they were, and where they shopped celebrating 150 years of bold clothes. Light refreshments served.

    Location: Portage Lakes

Thursday August 31, 2017
   6:30 PM Mystery Book Club  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

School is back in session, and its that time of the year we enjoy some favorite Teen Mysteries.  Read one, read all, your choice.

A STUDY IN CHARLOTTE by Brittany Cavallo

GIRL I USED TO BE by April Henry

LAST SEEN LEAVING by Caleb Roehrig

THREE TRUTHS AND A LIE by Brent Hartinger

 

    Location: Portage Lakes

Tuesday September 5, 2017
   11:30 AM  -  12:30 PM Preschool Playgroup  
    Contact: North Hill Branch Library   330-535-9423   northhill@akronlibrary.org
   

Play is important! Stop in for a few minutes, or the whole hour. Explore various age appropriate toys, blocks, cars, trucks and trains, dolls, puzzles, and other children. Run laps in the community room. Children and adults can both make new friends.

    Location: North Hill
   1:00 PM Afternoon Book Discussion  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Afternoon Book Discussion

Join us for our monthly afternoon book discussion. For September, we will discuss MR. PENUMBRA’S 24-HOUR BOOKSTORE by Robin Sloan.

    Location: Green

Friday September 8, 2017
   12:30 PM  -  6:00 PM Book Sale  
    Contact: Nordonia Hills Branch   330.467.8595   nordoniahills@akronlibrary.org
   

Friends of the Library Book Sale

The Friends of Nordonia Hills Branch Library will hold their Spring Book Sale Friday, September 8, from 3 pm to 6 pm AND Saturday, September 9, from 10 am to 4 pm  

A $4.00 bag sale begins at 2 pm Saturday.

The preview sale for Friends members is Friday, March 3, from 12:30 to 3 pm.  Memberships starting at $5.00 may be purchased at the door.  You must be a member to attend.

    Location: Nordonia Hills

Saturday September 9, 2017
   12:30 PM  -  6:00 PM Book Sale  
    Contact: Nordonia Hills Branch   330.467.8595   nordoniahills@akronlibrary.org
   

Friends of the Library Book Sale

The Friends of Nordonia Hills Branch Library will hold their Spring Book Sale on Saturday, September 9, from 10 am to 4 pm  

A $4.00 bag sale begins at 2 pm Saturday.

    Location: Nordonia Hills
   3:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Poetry Hour  
    Contact: Culture & AV   330-643-9015   cadiv@akronlibrary.org
   
  • Read and share your original poems for a 5 minute interval.
  • Poetry lovers are welcome to attend and enjoy the words of our local poets.
  • Poems read at Poetry Hour should not be overtly explicit in language or subject matter.
  • Registration is requested. Adults age 18 and over. Meeting Room 1.

 

 

    Location: Main Library

Tuesday September 12, 2017
   6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Introduction to Intellectual Property  
    Contact: Science & Technology Division   330-643-9075   stdiv@akronlibrary.org
   

Learn the differences among the various types of intellectual property and how best to protect your creative work.

This class will meet in Meeting Room 1 on the High Street Level across from the Auditorium.

Please contact the Science & Technology Division to register.

    Location: Main Library

Wednesday September 13, 2017
   6:30 PM  -  8:00 PM Socrates Cafe  
    Contact: Nordonia Hills Branch   330.467.8585   nordoniahills@akronlibrary.org
   

SOCRATES CAFÉ

Are you a parent looking for more opportunities to talk with other adults? 

A senior seeking ways to keep your mind active and engaged?  

A student working to improve reasoning and thinking skills? 

A person wanting to meet some of your neighbors in an informal, yet thoughtful setting?

If so, join us at the Socrates Café!

An ongoing, regular discussion for patrons 16 and over - A place to discuss life with other adults – We explore questions we all ask ourselves in a open and friendly manner.

No registration necessary – No homework – No assigned reading.

Based on the book by CHRISTOPHER PHILLIPS, the Cafe opens the second Wednesday of each month. New cafe-goers are always welcome, age 16 and over.

Come and take part, or just listen