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Wednesday November 1, 2017 -  Thursday November 30, 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 the first of each month.  Discussion questions, read-alike lists and author information included with each book. 

November- GO SET A WATCHMAN by Harper Lee

    Location: Firestone Park

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

 

Book Club to Go

New books are available the first week of each month.

No meetings, no deadlines, just some GREAT reads! Discussion questions, read-alike lists, and author information are included with each book.

November THE GIRLS by Emma Cline

    Location: Goodyear

Wednesday November 1, 2017 -  Thursday November 30, 2017
     Tallmadge Tribe Book Club  
    Contact: Tallmadge   330.633.4345   
   

Tallmadge Tribe Book Club

A book club for the busy family. 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.

November - THE GIVER by Lois Lowery

Pick them up any time during the month listed.

    Location: Tallmadge

Wednesday November 1, 2017 -  Thursday November 30, 2017
     Test Your Knowledge  
    Contact: Tallmadge   330.633.4345   
   

Test Your Knowledge for Teen/School Age

For anyone who's ever pulled their hair out trying to figure out life's real questions. Come by and try your hand at our monthly quiz game and try to win a prize.

November - 90 degree challenge
Forget the Kylie Lip and Cinnamon Challenge. The 90 degree challenge is where it's at. Come by the library and see for yourself.
#TAChallenge

    Location: Tallmadge

Tuesday November 21, 2017
   4:00 AM Drum Lessons  
    Contact: Kenmore Branch Library   330-745-6126   kenmore@akronlibrary.org
   

6-12 grades

Tuesdays 4 pm, September 5,14, October 10, 24, November 7, 21

We are starting drum lessons where we will meet every other week to teach tweens and teens how to read and play music! Drum pads and sticks will be provided.

    Location: Kenmore
   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 Preschool Story Time  
    Contact: North Hill Branch Library   330-535-9423   northhill@akronlibrary.org
   

Join us for books, flannel board stories, music, rhymes, and other fun activities that will help these children get ready for school. Adult caregivers are welcome and expected to join in the fun!

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

Preschool Story Time ages 3-6

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

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

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

    Location: Richfield
   10:30 AM  -  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 session meets twice per week for 12 weeks.

Please register in advance, as space is limited.

 

    Location: Nordonia Hills
   11:00 AM Baby & Me Time  
    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 Family Story Time  
    Contact: Tallmadge   330.633.4345   
   

Family Story Time for All Ages

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

    Location: Tallmadge
   11:00 AM Preschool Story Time  
    Contact: Kenmore Branch Library   330-745-6126   kenmorelibrary@akronlibrary.org
   

Preschool Story Time

Ages 2-5 years

Tuesdays 11 am, September 5,12,19,26 November 7,14,21,28

Children will enjoy, rhymes, musice, crafts and a variety of other activities. Caretakers must remian with children throughout the program.

 

 

    Location: Kenmore
   11:00 AM Preschool Storytime  
    Contact: Kenmore Branch Library   330-745-6126   kenmore@akronlibrary.org
   

Children will enjoy stories, rhymes, music, crafts, and a variety of other activities. Caretakers must remain with children throughout the programs. Please call 330-745-6126 or email kenmore@akronlibrary.org to register.

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

Toddler Time

For ages 2-3 with a caregiver.

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

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

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

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

Books are available in advance at the circualtion desk.

November 21-The Boston Girl by Anita Diamant

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

Mail Merge

Learn how to create letters, labels, and envelopes for mass mailings. Learn how to create address lists to facilitate this process using Microsoft Excel. Ideal for Christmas cards, weddings, family reunion letters, and more! Microsoft Word 2013 will be demonstrated in class. Some experience with Microsoft Word and Excel is required.

 

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

Tuesday, November 21, 2:30 - 4:00 pm

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

Grades 6-12

    Location: Mogadore
   3:30 PM  -  5:00 PM Recycled Weaving for Teens  
    Contact:    330-643-4720   odomblvdbranch@akronlibrary.org
   

Need a stylish basket to help organize your room?  Come learn how to make one from recycled materials.  Make on for yourself or give one as a gift.  Let us know you'll be joining us by calling 330-434-8726 or by stopping at the Odom Branch.

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

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

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

We are starting drum lessons where we will meet every other week to teach tweens and teens how to read and play music! Drum pads and sticks will be provided.

    Location: Kenmore
   4:00 PM  -  5:00 PM Afterschool Adventures  
    Contact: Firestone Park Branch Library   330-724-2126   
   

Snapology

Animal lovers will create their own animal inspired robotic model in this Snapology Creature Creator Robotics class.  Learn about gear ratio, sensors, simple machines, and programming as you build your creation. Learning is enhanced through the use of laptops. Registration requested. For kids ages 7-12

    Location: Firestone Park
   4:00 PM  -  5:00 PM Tween STEAM  
    Contact: NORTON BRANCH LIBRARY   330-825-7800   norton@akronlibrary.org
   

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

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

Ages 8-13 perferred, registration is not neccessary.

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

Project Learn ESOL/GED Classes

These free, convenient, GED classes are designed for those for whom English is a second language. If you or someone you know would like to attend 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 November, we will discuss FATES AND FURIES by Lauren Groff.

    Location: Green
   6:00 PM Financial Peace of Mind: An Eight-Part Series  
    Contact: Fairlawn-Bath Branch    330-666-4888   
   

Part Seven: Tax Matters

Attorney Linda Ulinski guides you through the lifetime maze of tax reporting. Covered topics include personal income taxes (Form 1040), fiduciary income taxes (Form 1041), Federal estate taxes (Form 706), and gift taxes (Forms 709).

    Location: Fairlawn-Bath
   6:00 PM Meditation  
    Contact: Northwest Akron Branch Library   330.836.1081   northwest@akronlibrary.org
   

Meditation

Tuesday, November 21, 6 pm

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

Please call 330-836-1081 to register.

    Location: Northwest Akron
   6:00 PM Santa Cookie Plate Paint Party  
    Contact: Goodyear Branch Library   330-784-7522   goodyear@akronlibrary.org
   

Start the holiday season off right by crafting your own, one-of-a-kind, Santa cookie plate. Kimberly Henderson will guide you in designing your holiday masterpiece

Class size is limited to 15 adult participants, so registration is requested.

Registration begins on Tuesday, October 24.

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

GELATIN INK PRINTING

For students in grade 5 and up.  

Join us one Tuesday a month at 6:30pm to get together and create using a different medium each time.

    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 November, we will discuss THE GOLDEN COMPASS by Philip Pullman.

    Location: Green
   7:00 PM Cooking Club  
    Contact: Nordonia Hills Branch Library   330-467-8595   nordoniahills@akronlibrary.org
   

COOKBOOK CLUB

Like to try new recipes?  Want to spend an evening at the library meeting new friends and sharing culinary ideas?  This is an interactive group for discussing all things cooking, comparing recipes, and trying new eats!

Club meeting is held the third Tuesday of each month at 7pm.

    Location: Nordonia Hills

Wednesday November 22, 2017
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Baby Time  
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

Every Wednesday, 10:30 am

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

    Location: Main Library
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Movers & Shakers  
    Contact:    330-724-2126   
   

A music program for children and their adults to sing, dance, and play together! Presented by music educator Marissa Leonino Lange. Limited to 12 families per class. Families may enroll for individual sessions or all four. Ages 0-5 years and their grown-ups. Registration requested.

    Location: Firestone Park
   11:00 AM Family Story Time  
    Contact: Tallmadge   330.633.4345   
   

Family Story Time for All Ages

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

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

No Fun Club

Grades K-5

    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
September 11- December 13
Free homework help for students in grades K-6.
You’ll find everything you need to get your homework done here!
Stuck on a math question? We have someone to help you.
Can’t find a ruler? We have school supplies.
Need to type a paper? We have computers.
Drop in anytime you need help.
No registration required.
    Location: Maple Valley
   3:30 PM  -  5:00 PM Wednesday Movie Madness  
    Contact:    330-643-4720   odomblvdbranch@akronlibrary.org
   

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

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

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

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

Join us on Wednesdays and let your creative side shine!

For Grades K-6.

 

    Location: Main Library

Thursday November 23, 2017
   6:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Sistas Knit 2  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   maplevalley@akronlibrary.org
    Socialize with other crafters while creating wonderful projects that can be given to family and friends. This group does everything from knitting to crocheting, needlepoint to cross stitch and more… All crafters are welcome.
    Location: Maple Valley

Friday November 24, 2017
   2:00 PM Black Friday Ninja Day!  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

Dress in black and be ready to talk all things Ninja! Discover the NINJA LIBRARIANS series by Jen Swann Downey and make a Ninja Star craft.

    Location: Portage Lakes

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

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

    Location: Fairlawn-Bath
   11:00 AM  -  1:00 PM Teens Do Something!  
    Contact: Nordonia Hills Branch Library   330-467-8595   nordoniahills@akronlibrary.org
   

TEENS DO SOMETHING!

Need Volunteer Hours?  Join us one Saturday a month from 11:00am-1:00pm, drop in at any time or stay the entire time.  Some projects are:  making library decorations, cookies for the sheriff's office and cleaning library books and shelves.

Please see Miss Sue with any questions.

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

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

    Location: Ellet
   1:00 PM How the Grinch Stole Christmas  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   
   

The Illusion Factory presents How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Enjoy this two-person newly vamped holiday classic, performed with festive excitement!

    Location: Ellet
   2:00 PM  -  3:30 PM Wii Just Dance  
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

Show off your dance moves with our Wii Gaming System.

For Grades K-6.

    Location: Main Library

Sunday November 26, 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 November 27, 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, October 23

    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 will be glad to get you started. If you have yarn and supplies to donate, we will make good use of them.

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

Play A While for families with children ages five or younger

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

    Location: Norton
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM 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 session meets twice per week for 12 weeks.

Please register in advance, 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, October 23

    Location: Fairlawn-Bath
   2:00 PM  -  3:30 PM Word 1  
    Contact: Electronic Services   330-643-9145   esdiv@akronlibrary.org
   

MS Word, Part 1: Getting to know Word in Office 2016

Discover the interface of Word 2016 and the terms used in Word and other Office 2016 products.  In this class, you will learn about Ribbons, Quick Access Toolbar, and how to customize your tool bar.  Also learn the difference in Save vs Save As, compatibility mode and other important commands such as how to protect your document in Word 2016. Attendance at Microsoft Windows for Beginners is preferred.

 

Please visit our website for more information:

    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
September 11- December 13
Free homework help for students in grades K-6.
You’ll find everything you need to get your homework done here!
Stuck on a math question? We have someone to help you.
Can’t find a ruler? We have school supplies.
Need to type a paper? We have computers.
Drop in anytime you need help.
No registration required.
    Location: Maple Valley
   3:30 PM  -  5:00 PM Mondays Afterschool  
    Contact:    330-643-4720   odomblvdbranch@akronlibrary.org
   

Mondays Afterschool- Join us at 3:30 pm for a different activity each week.  Open to all school-aged.

    Location: Odom
   6:00 PM  -  7:00 PM Friends of Norton Library Annual Meeting & Historical Talk  
    Contact: Norton Branch Library   330-825-7800   norton@akronlibrary.org
   

Come and enjoy delicious refreshments provided by the Friends of the Norton Library Board, listen to the end of the year wrap-up meeting and vote on any issues.  Afterwards we invite you to stay and listen to a presentation by the Norton Historical Society as they present Norton Celebrates 200 Years of History.  Friends members and the community are invited!  

    Location: Norton
   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  -  8:00 PM Family Movie Monday  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   eramsay@akronlibrary.org
   
Family Movie Monday
Every third Monday of the month, 6 pm
Join us for a family friendly movie, snacks, and drinks!
 
November 27: Despicable Me 3 (PG) (96 min)
    Location: Maple Valley
   6:30 PM Family Night  
    Contact: Nordonia Hills Branch Library   330-467-8595   nordoniahills@akronlibrary.org
   

PENNY SPINNER

Create your own penny spinner!

Join our program for families of all ages!  Program is held one Monday per month at 6:30pm

    Location: Nordonia Hills
   6:30 PM Theodore Roosevelt  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Adult Program

Theodore Roosevelt

Presented in first person portrayal by Ted Dudra, Vice-President of the Green Historical Society.

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

Gentle Yoga With Nia

Have you always wanted to try yoga but were unsure if you could do it? Did you used to go to yoga class but have have drifted away? Be led in warm-up stretches and breathing exercises, move through yoga poses with the help of a chair, end sessions with music and nature sounds. Please bring a yoga mat or a beach towel and a water bottle.

    Location: North Hill

Tuesday November 28, 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 Preschool Story Time  
    Contact: North Hill Branch Library   330-535-9423   northhill@akronlibrary.org
   

Join us for books, flannel board stories, music, rhymes, and other fun activities that will help these children get ready for school. Adult caregivers are welcome and expected to join in the fun!

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

Preschool Story Time ages 3-6

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

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

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

    Location: Richfield
   10:30 AM  -  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 session meets twice per week for 12 weeks.

Please register in advance, as space is limited.

 

    Location: Nordonia Hills
   11:00 AM Baby & Me Time  
    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 Family Story Time  
    Contact: Tallmadge   330.633.4345   
   

Family Story Time for All Ages

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

    Location: Tallmadge
   11:00 AM Preschool Story Time  
    Contact: Kenmore Branch Library   330-745-6126   kenmorelibrary@akronlibrary.org
   

Preschool Story Time

Ages 2-5 years

Tuesdays 11 am, September 5,12,19,26 November 7,14,21,28

Children will enjoy, rhymes, musice, crafts and a variety of other activities. Caretakers must remian with children throughout the program.

 

 

    Location: Kenmore
   11:00 AM Preschool Storytime  
    Contact: Kenmore Branch Library   330-745-6126   kenmore@akronlibrary.org
   

Children will enjoy stories, rhymes, music, crafts, and a variety of other activities. Caretakers must remain with children throughout the programs. Please call 330-745-6126 or email kenmore@akronlibrary.org to register.

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

Toddler Time

For ages 2-3 with a caregiver.

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

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

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

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

 

MS Word, Part 2: Creating Documents/Formatting Text & Paragraphs

Discover how to create word processing documents using Microsoft Word 2016.

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. Explore ways to quickly copy and move text. Learn how to make Bullets and Numbered lists; insert hyperlinks and page breaks.  Attendance at MS Word, Part 1 is preferred.

 

Please visit our website for more information:

    Location: Portage Lakes
   3:30 PM Music Bingo  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330-864-5721   maplevalley@akronlibrary.org
   

   Listen up! Play bingo with a musical twist. Snacks and beverages provided. 

    Location: Maple Valley
   3:30 PM  -  5:00 PM Afterschool Teen Book Club  
    Contact:    330-643-4720   odomblvdbranch@akronlibrary.org
   

Afterschool Teen Book Club- Come ready to discuss our next book! 

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

Tuesdays, November 28, 3:30 - 5:00 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
   5:30 PM  -  8:00 PM Project Learn ESOL/GED Classes  
    Contact: North Hill Branch Library   330.535.9423   northhill@akronlibrary.org
   

Project Learn ESOL/GED Classes

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

 

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

ADULT COLORING NIGHT

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

For adults and teens over the age of sixteen.

    Location: Nordonia Hills
   6:00 PM Financial Peace of Mind: An Eight-Part Series  
    Contact: Fairlawn-Bath Branch    330-666-4888   
   

Part Eight: Guardianships for Adults

Attorney Linda Ulinski guides you through Guardianships and Conservatorships. Covered topics include necessity, timing, legal requirements, ongoing management, and termination of these legal arrangements.

    Location: Fairlawn-Bath
   6:00 PM Medicare 101  
    Contact: Nordonia Hills Branch Library   330-467-8595   nordoniahills@akronlibrary.org
   

MEDICARE 101

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 preiums.  Ohio Senior Insurance Information Program representatives are trained by the state, and do not sell or promote any insurance companies, policies, or agents.

Please register in advance.

 

    Location: Nordonia Hills
   6:00 PM Vinyl on Trial  
    Contact: Tallmadge   330.633.4345   
   

Vinyl on Trial

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

Join us every second and fourth Tuesday of the month.

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

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

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

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

Wednesday November 29, 2017
     NanoWriMo Write-In  
    Contact: Nordonia Hills Branch Library   330-467-8595   nordoniahills@akronlibrary.org
   

NanoWriMo Write-In

Taking on the NanoWriMo challenge to write 50,000 words of you novel in a month?  Come Write In here at the library in a quiet, distraction free enviroment.

Light refreshments will be served.

Saturday, November 4 from 11am-4pm

Tuesday, November 7 from 5pm-8pm

Tuesday, November 14 from 5pm-8pm

Wednesday, November 29 from 1pm-5pm

 

 

    Location: Nordonia Hills
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Baby Time  
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

Every Wednesday, 10:30 am

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

    Location: Main Library
   11:00 AM Family Story Time  
    Contact: Tallmadge   330.633.4345   
   

Family Story Time for All Ages

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

    Location: Tallmadge
   12:00 PM  -  1:00 PM Sportscaster & Cleveland Indians’ Sideline Reporter Andre Knott  
    Contact: Norton Branch Library   330-825-7800   norton@akronlibrary.org
   

You’ve heard him on WTAM, and seen him on SportsTime Ohio, now Akron native Andre Knott will be here sharing favorite stories from his experiences in sports broadcasting and giving insights into the Cleveland sports scene. Join us for what’s sure to be a fun event!

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

Memory Cafe offers a relaxing and comfortable way for people living in the early stages of memory loss to build a social network and connect with like inviduals  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 Pre-K Story Time  
    Contact: Fairlawn-Bath Branch   330-666-4888   
   

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

Registration begins Monday, October 23

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

MS Word, Part 3: Useful Editing and Reviewing Tools

Make your document stand out!. Learn how to insert Headers, Footers, and Page Numbers.  Learn how to check spelling and grammar and discover tools to insert comments, and track changes of your document, a useful function when you collaborate with others. You will also learn how to use Macros and various types of Tab Stops.  Also learn how Attendance at MS Word, Part 2 is preferred.

 

Please visit our website for more information:

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

Wonder: Choose Kind 

Grades K-5

    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
September 11- December 13
Free homework help for students in grades K-6.
You’ll find everything you need to get your homework done here!
Stuck on a math question? We have someone to help you.
Can’t find a ruler? We have school supplies.
Need to type a paper? We have computers.
Drop in anytime you need help.
No registration required.
    Location: Maple Valley
   3:30 PM Game Day  
    Contact: Mogadore Branch Library   330-628-9228   mogadore@akronlibrary.org
   

Wednesday, November 29, 3:30 pm

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

Grades K-5

    Location: Mogadore
   3:30 PM  -  5:00 PM Wednesday Movie Madness  
    Contact:    330-643-4720   odomblvdbranch@akronlibrary.org
   

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

    Location: Odom
   4:00 PM  -  5:00 PM After-School Craft Club  
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

Join us on Wednesdays and let your creative side shine!

For Grades K-6.

 

    Location: Main Library
   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: CIRCLING THE SUN by Paula McLain

 

 

 

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

Children age 2-5 with an adult caregiver are welcome to join Miss Pam for stories, songs, rhymes, and more! 

Registration begins Monday, October 23

    Location: Fairlawn-Bath
   6:00 PM  -  7:30 PM History of Jewelry Presentation 1680 through 1980  
    Contact: Highland Square   330-376-2927   kgerlach@akronlibrary.org
   

History of Jewelry Presentation 1680 through 1980 with Jason Adams

Join Jason Adams, a contemporary jeweler, art historian and collector, as he discusses and displays pieces of jewelry from the past 340 years. His personal collection includes a variety of designs and materials which range in value from diamonds to collectible classics.

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

    Location: Highland Square
   6:00 PM  -  7:30 PM Home Buying Workshops  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   maplevalley@akronlibrary.org
   

Gwen Kwee, Mortgage Manager from Civista Bank, along with Maria Grimm, Realtor from Russell Real Estates Services, and Angela Kurlich from Angel Insurance, will give three workshops on the best practices for purchasing a home. Please call the branch to register.

Home Buying 101 Wednesdays at 6 pm

Sept 27 and Oct. 25

Home Buying Process

Wednesday, Nov. 29, 6 pm

    Location: Maple Valley
   6:30 PM Holiday Angel Painting with instructor Marla Knapic-Derga  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Youth and Teen Program

Please sign up in advance.

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

WELLNESS YOGA:  YOGA OFF THE MAT

Learn soothing stretches that you can 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.  

Please dress in comfortable clothing and arrive 5-10 miuntes early so that class may begin on time.

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

    Location: Nordonia Hills

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

 

Thursdays, September 7 – November 30, 10:15 am (No story time November 23)

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 afterward with toys and a chance for parents to chat. Play helps young children learn skills needed for reading and writing.

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

Family Storytime

For all ages.

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

    Location: Green
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Baby Time  
    Contact: Norton Branch Library   330-825-7800   norton@akronlibrary.org
   

Rock and stroll to Mother Goose rhymes, musical ditties and flannelboard fun. 

Social play time to follow.

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

Little Folks Story Time ages 6-35 months

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

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

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

    Location: Richfield
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Preschool Story Time  
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

Every Thursday, 10:30 am

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

    Location: Main Library
   11:30 AM  -  12:30 PM Pitter Patter Playgroup  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   eramsay@akronlibrary.org
   
Pitter Patter Playgroup
Thursdays, October 5-November 30, 11:30 am
(Excluding October 19 and November 23)
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
   2:00 PM  -  3:30 PM Word 4  
    Contact: Electronic Services   330-643-9145   esdiv@akronlibrary.org
   

MS Word, Part 4: More Useful Enhancing Tools

Discover how to use more useful tools to enhance your documents with pictures, text boxes and cool shapes.  Learn how to draw Diagram/Organization Charts by using SmartArt in 2016.  We will also learn how to insert tables and more.  Attendance at MS Word, Part 3 is preferred.

 

Please visit our website for more information:

    Location: Portage Lakes
   3:30 PM Edible Architecture  
    Contact: North Hill Branch   330-535-9423   northhill@akronlibrary.org
   

Replicate famous buildings or create your own using frosting, cookies, pretzels, abd ither edible building materials. Grades 4-12

    Location: North Hill
   3:30 PM  -  5:00 PM Kids Creative Space  
    Contact:    330-643-4720   odomblvdbranch@akronlibrary.org
   

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

    Location: Odom
   4:00 PM  -  5:00 PM Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow  
    Contact: Goodyear Branch   330-784-7522   
   

 

Come chill at the library and make snow themed crafts and enjoy hot chocolate.

For ages 11-18. Please register in advance for each program.

    Location: Goodyear
   4:00 PM  -  5:00 PM Tech Time: Robotics and Coding  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   eramsay@akronlibrary.org
   
Tech Time: Robotics and Coding
Thursday, November 30, 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 Branch Library   330.535.9423   northhill@akronlibrary.org
   

Project Learn ESOL/GED Classes

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

 

    Location: North Hill
   6:00 PM Eating Locally and Seasonally Year-Round  
    Contact: Mogadore Branch Library   330-628-9228   mogadore@akronlibrary.org
   

Thursday, November 30, 6 pm

Erin Molnar, Countryside Conservancy’s farmers’ market manager, will share information on how to incorporate local and seasonal foods into meals throughout the year. She also will share some of the benefits of local and seasonal eating

(This program is being held in lieu of Cookbook Club)

    Location: Mogadore
   6:00 PM Movies@Main: War for the Planet of the Apes  
    Contact: Culture & AV   330-643-9015   
   
Kung Fu Panda 3 movie poster
 

The battle continues as Caesar and his apes are forced into a deadly encounter with an army of humans for control of Earth. Starring Andy Serkis, Woody Harrelson and Steve Zahn. Rated PG-13. 140 min

    Location: Main Library-Auditorium
   6:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Sistas Knit 2  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   maplevalley@akronlibrary.org
    Socialize with other crafters while creating wonderful projects that can be given to family and friends. This group does everything from knitting to crocheting, needlepoint to cross stitch and more… All crafters are welcome.
    Location: Maple Valley
   6:30 PM Mystery Book Club  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

Read one, read all, your choice.

DAUGHTER OF SHERLOCK HOLMES by Leonard Goldberg

STRANGE CASE OF THE ALCHEMIST’S DAUGHTER by Theodora Goss

TALENT FOR MURDER: A NOVEL by Andrew Wilson

 

    Location: Portage Lakes
   6:30 PM Sedona Bracelet Craft  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Adult Program

Sedona Bracelet Craft

Let Jennie Thewlis, owner of Beadtini Boutique, teach you how to create a Sedona Bracelet.  

Please register in advance for this program.

 
    Location: Green
   7:00 PM The Triple Dog Dare  
    Contact: Nordonia Hills Branch Library   330-467-8595   nordoniahills@akronlibrary.org
   

THE TRIPLE DOG DARE:  AUTHOR JOANNA WILSON

Every year since 1997, TBS has aired 24 hours of A Christmas Story.  But no one watches all 24 hours, right?  Author and Christmas TV expert Joanna Wilson discusses the 24-hour marathon of A Christmas Story to find out what really happens when you watch all 12 screenings of the classic movie non-stop, commericals and all.  Along the way, she discusses the traditions of Christmas on TV, the nuances of Bob Clark's filmmaking, the ongoing appeal of the movie and its relation to the multilayered, literary storytelling of Jean Shephard.

Please register in advance.

    Location: Nordonia Hills

Friday December 1, 2017
     Check-Out and Win @ the Goodyear Branch Library  
    Contact: Goodyear Branch   330-784-7522   goodyear@akronlibrary.org
   

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

How the contest works:

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

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

 

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

December THE CURIOUS CHARMS OF ARTHUR PEPPER by Phaedra Patrick

    Location: Goodyear

Friday December 1, 2017
   10:00 AM  -  8:00 PM Richfield Mysteries, An On-Your-Own Book Club  
    Contact: Richfield Branch   330-659-4343   mdaly@akronlibrary.org
   

Stop by the front desk and pick up this month’s title. No Pressure – No Discussion. Just read, enjoy, and tell us how you liked it. December's tilte: Blue Monday by Nicci French

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    Location: Richfield

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

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

 

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

    Location: Odom

Saturday December 2, 2017
     Take it and Make it Saturdays  
    Contact: Goodyear Branch   330-784-7522   goodyear@akronlibrary.org
   

 

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

Foil Art

Create miniature artwork with foil and markers. Display it, turn it into a necklace, or give it as a gift.

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

First Saturday of the Month, 10 am-4 pm

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

    Location: Goodyear
   10:00 AM  -  5:00 PM Customer Appreciation Day  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Adult Program


Enjoy a snack and a warm cup of cocoa or coffee on us, to thank you for your support all year long.  

Check out any item, and be entered into our basket give-away.  

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

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

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

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

Paws for Reading

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

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

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

    Location: Richfield
   10:30 AM  -  11:45 AM Teen Time-Holiday Edition  
    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.  Spend time chilling, crafting, and chatting about our favorite foods, books, movies and more.  Snacks will be served at this program. Patrons with food allergy questions should contact the branch.

Create a festive jelly jar craft perfect for holiday gift giving.  

Grades 5 and up

    Location: Portage Lakes
   10:30 AM  -  12:30 PM Identifying Your Family Photographs  
    Contact: Main - Special Collections Division   330-643-9030   speccollections@akronlibrary.org
   

Identifying Your Family Photographs

A picture may be worth a thousand words, but unlocking the stories of unidentified photographs requires some sleuthing. Join a librarian from the Special Collections Division for this class on the tips and techniques for identifying historic photographs. Learn to read clues, such as the type of photograph, clothing and hairstyles, and even whether or not subjects are smiling, to reveal the stories behind every photograph. This class will also take a look at how genealogy databases and local history resources can be used to identify your family photographs. 

Class will take place in Meeting Room 2AB, High Street Level, Main Library.

To register, please contact the Special Collections Division.

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

Saturday Story Time Sampler

First and Third Saturdays of the month, 11 am

Story time for preschool-primary children with an adult caregiver

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Location: Main Library
   11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Yummy Gingerbread Houses  
    Contact: Kathleen Mockensturm   330-376-2927   kmockensturm@akronlibrary.org
   

For children and families

Design and build your own delicious gingerbread house using graham crackers, frosting, and candies. Registration is requested, and we can accommodate drop-ins while supplies last. Patrons with food allergy questions should contact the Library at 330-376-2927.

    Location: Highland Square
   11:00 AM  -  1:00 PM Reentry in Motion: Broken Criminal Justice  
    Contact: Simone Richardson   330-643-9020   srichard@akronlibrary.org
   

View a documentary that tells the story of America’s broken criminal justice system through the eyes of those who created it, those who have suffered through it, and those who are fighting to change it. Reentry handouts provided. Room 1. 

    Location: Main Library
   11:00 AM  -  3:30 PM Holiday Open House  
    Contact: Highland Square   330-376-2927   
   

11 am-12 pm               Yummy Gingerbread Houses, For children and families.

                                     Design and build your own delicious gingerbread house using graham crackers, frosting,and candies.

                                     Registration is requested, and we can accommodate drop-ins while supplies last.

                                     Patrons with food allergy questions are asked to contact the branch prior to the event.


12-12:30 pm                Visit with Santa’s elf.

                                     Rumor has it the elf has candy canes and books, too!


12-1 pm                       Face Painting


12-1 pm                       Share treats and beverages generously supplied by the Highland Square Branch Library Friends of the Library.


12-2 pm                       Enjoy seasonal harp music presented by The King Strings.


2-3:30 pm                    Wreath Making Workshop.

                                     Celebrate the holiday season by making a beautiful wreath. All supplies are provided. This program is for adults only.

                                     Registration is requested by calling 330-376-2927 or visiting us at the Highland Square Branch Library.

    Location: Highland Square
   1:00 PM Special Holiday STEAM and Santa Visit  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

Come have fun with holiday activities and experiments using Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math!  Santa and his therapy dog companion will arrive at 2 pm, so bring your camera! All ages welcome.  No registration necessary.

    Location: Portage Lakes
   1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Family Star Wars Party  
    Contact: Fairlawn-Bath Branch   330-666-4888   
   

You do not have to travel to a galaxy far away to celebrate all things Star Wars.  Join us for a special cosmic gathering that includes a costume contest, snacks and crafts.  Keep your eyes out for intergalactic guests! This program is sponsored by the Friends of Fairlawn-Bath Library.

    Location: Fairlawn-Bath
   1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM First Saturday Afternoon Flick  
    Contact: Richfield Branch Library   330-659-4343   dnagy@akronlibrary.org
   

First Saturday Afternoon Flicks

Saturdays, 1-3 pm

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

December 2-  DR. SEUSS' HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS

 

    Location: Richfield

Sunday December 3, 2017
   2:00 PM  -  2:30 PM Sunday Story Time Sampler  
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

Every Sunday (except Dec 24), 2 pm

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

    Location: Main Library

Monday December 4, 2017
     On Your Own  
    Contact: Goodyear Branch   330-784-7522   goodyear@akronlibrary.org
   

 

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

Polar Bear Hunt

Search around the children’s areas to find all the polar bears.

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

North Hill Needle Crafters

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

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

Play A While for families with children ages five or younger

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

    Location: Norton
   10:30 AM  -  12:00 PM Excel 1  
    Contact: Electronic Services   330-643-9145   esdiv@akronlibrary.org
   

MS Excel, Part 1: Opening & Creating Workbooks

Learn how to create basic workbook files using Microsoft Excel 2013. Discover how to organize data more efficiently using spreadsheets. Attendance at MS Word, Part 1 is preferred.

 

Please visit our website for more information:

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

For babies and their grown-ups. You are your child’s first teacher. Discover simple songs and exercises to do with your young learner to give him his first tools needed to learn to read and better understand her world. Best of all, these experiences will bring fun and joy into your little one’s day! Dress for possible messy play experiences.

    Location: Highland Square
   3:00 PM  -  5:00 PM After School Homework Help  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   eramsay@akronlibrary.org
   
After School Homework Help
Mondays & Wednesdays 3-5 pm
September 11- December 13
Free homework help for students in grades K-6.
You’ll find everything you need to get your homework done here!
Stuck on a math question? We have someone to help you.
Can’t find a ruler? We have school supplies.
Need to type a paper? We have computers.
Drop in anytime you need help.
No registration required.
    Location: Maple Valley
   3:30 PM  -  5:00 PM Ellet Needle Crafters  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   ellet@akronlibrary.org
   

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

    Location: Ellet
   6:00 PM “Iron Chef”: Cookie Decorating  
    Contact: Fairlawn-Bath Branch   330-666-4888   
   

Show off your artistic icing skills in this epic cookie battle.  All entries will be photographed and the winner picked by popular vote.  Join us for competition and cookies!

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

    Location: Fairlawn-Bath
   6:00 PM  -  7:00 PM Author Talk  
    Contact: Odom Branch   330-843-8726   
   

Join author Lord Marcus Von Nicholson as he talks about his debut novel, Kingston and the Charming of Davistown.  Lord Marcus is a graduate of the University of Akron with a degree in English literature.  He also worked as an English teacher while working on this novel.  He currently has more titles in the works.  After the book talk, copies of his book will be available for signing by the author. 

    Location: Odom
   6:00 PM  -  7:00 PM Author Talk: Bob Adamov  
    Contact: Norton Branch Library   330-825-7800   norton@akronlibrary.org
   

Meet Norton alumnus and Put-in-Bay novelist Bob Adamov as he discusses his newest book, GOLDEN TORPEDO, and talks about his adventures in writing. Books from this award winning mystery adventure author will be available for purchase and signing.

    Location: Norton

Tuesday December 5, 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 Holiday Drive in Theater  
    Contact: Mogadore Branch Library   330-628-9228   mogadore@akronlibrary.org
   

Tuesday December 5, 10:30 am

Ages 3 and up

Join Miss Kim to create your car and settle in to watch a short holiday classic cartoon, complete with movie snacks.

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

Join us for books, flannel board stories, music, rhymes, and other fun activities that will help these children get ready for school. Adult caregivers are welcome and expected to join in the fun!

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

Preschool Story Time ages 3-6

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

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

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

    Location: Richfield
   11:00 AM Baby & Me Time  
    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 Family Story Time  
    Contact: Tallmadge   330.633.4345   
   

Family Story Time for All Ages

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

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

Toddler Time

For ages 2-3 with a caregiver.

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

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

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

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

First Tuesday of each month, 12:30 pm

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

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

Tuesday, December 5, 2:30-4 pm

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

Grades 6-12

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

WONDER WOMAN (PG-13)(141 MIN)

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

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

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

Gingerbread Houses

Build and decorate your own gingerbread house. For kids in grades K-5. Sign up requested. 

    Location: Firestone Park
   5:30 PM  -  8:00 PM Project Learn ESOL/GED Classes  
    Contact: North Hill Branch Library   330.535.9423   northhill@akronlibrary.org
   

Project Learn ESOL/GED Classes

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

 

    Location: North Hill
   6:00 PM The DIY Gift Giver 3  
    Contact: Goodyear Branch   330-784-7522   goodyear@akronlibrary.org
   

We’re back for a third year with some new affordable gift-giving ideas. This class will include some hands-on gift-making projects and a few that are demo style. Class size is strictly limited to 15 adult/teen (16 & over) participants.

Registration begins on Tuesday, November 21.

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

Grandmother’s Little Sewing Treasures

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

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

Tuesday, December 5, 6:30 pm

SUGARPLUM DEAD by Carolyn Hart

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

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

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

Please contact the Science & Technology Division to register.

    Location: Main Library

Wednesday December 6, 2017
   10:30 AM Baby Time  
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

Every Wednesday, 10:30 am

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

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

Join us for a special winter themed story time.

    Location: Ellet
   10:30 AM  -  12:00 PM Excel 2  
    Contact: Electronic Services   330-643-9145   esdiv@akronlibrary.org
   

MS Excel, Part 2: Formatting and Modifying Workbooks

Discover how to modify columns, rows, and format cells. Practice the different ways to duplicate, move, and edit data. Attendance at MS Excel, Part 1 is preferred.

 

Please visit our website for more information:

    Location: Green
   11:00 AM Family Story Time  
    Contact: Tallmadge   330.633.4345   
   

Family Story Time for All Ages

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

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

Playgroup

Wednesdays, December 6 and December 20, 11 am

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

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

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

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

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

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

Join us as we discuss STARS OVER SUNSET BOULEVARD by Susan Meissner. Light refreshments provided. 

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

Join our group for a lively discussion of these titles. Extra copies of the book are available at the front desk. December's title: The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton

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    Location: Richfield
   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
September 11- December 13
Free homework help for students in grades K-6.
You’ll find everything you need to get your homework done here!
Stuck on a math question? We have someone to help you.
Can’t find a ruler? We have school supplies.
Need to type a paper? We have computers.
Drop in anytime you need help.
No registration required.
    Location: Maple Valley
   3:30 PM  -  5:00 PM Wednesday Movie Madness  
    Contact: Odom Boulevard Branch Library   330-434-8726   
   

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rocky and her furry friends are waiting for you!

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

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

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

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

Wednesday, December 6, 6:30 pm

OLIVE KITTERIDGE by Elizabeth Strout

    Location: Mogadore
   6:30 PM  -  8:00 PM Christmas at Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens  
    Contact: Richfield Branch   330-659-4343   mdaly@akronlibrary.org
   

Join us for a behind the scenes tour of Akron’s iconic estate. Julie Fry, Stan Hywet’s Director of Museum Services and Curator, will show how the property will be illuminated inside and out with over 850,000 lights, and how the historic Manor House will be decorated. This year’s theme is Postcards from the Past. 

    Location: Richfield

Thursday December 7, 2017
   10:15 AM  -  11:30 AM Stories and Play  
    Contact: Goodyear Branch   330-784-7522   goodyear@akronlibrary.org
   

Stories and Play

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

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

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

Family Storytime

For all ages.

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

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

Thursday, December 7, 10:30 am

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

Ages birth – 3 ½

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

Every Thursday, 10:30 am

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

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

Little Folks Story Time ages 6-35 months

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

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

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

    Location: Richfield
   12:30 PM It's All About the Snow  
    Contact: Goodyear Branch   330-784-7522   goodyear@akronlibrary.org
   

Who says only kids can have fun in the winter? Adults are welcome to join us for a festive good time! We will have a snow-themed craft or two, games, puzzles, coloring sheets, seasonal music, cookies and cocoa. Program is limited to 30 adult participants.

Registration begins on Tuesday, November 21.

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

Thursday, December 7, 3:30 pm

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

Grades K-5

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

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

    Location: Odom
   5:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Holiday Open House  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   ellet@akronlibrary.org
   

Something for everyone! Enjoy cookies, music, crafts and of course, SANTA will be here for a free photo for each family! No registration necessary.

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

Project Learn ESOL/GED Classes

These free, convenient, GED classes are designed for those for whom English is a second language. If you or someone you know would like to attend 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
   6:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Sistas Knit 2  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   maplevalley@akronlibrary.org
    Socialize with other crafters while creating wonderful projects that can be given to family and friends. This group does everything from knitting to crocheting, needlepoint to cross stitch and more… All crafters are welcome.
    Location: Maple Valley
   6:30 PM The Holly and the Ivy: Christmas Customs and Traditions  
    Contact: Fairlawn-Bath Branch   330-666-4888   
   

Ever wonder why we kiss under the mistletoe? What do holly, ivy and evergreen trees have to do with Christmas? Who thought up Santa Claus? How did drinking, eating and partying become a big part of Christmas celebrations? You'll find the answers to these questions and more in this presentation. Actor/storyteller Sara Showman will take you on a journey that begins before the birth of Christ, when pagan nature worshipers planted the seeds of what would become beloved Christmas customs. Along the way, you'll hear folk tales, religious stories, and mythology, as well as Christmas songs. It's a show that combines history, stories, and songs that will add a new dimension to your Christmas celebrations!

 

    Location: Fairlawn-Bath
   6:30 PM  -  8:00 PM Movies@Main: The Little Giant  
    Contact: Culture & AV   330-643-9015   
   
Kung Fu Panda 3 movie poster
 

A Chicago gangster decides to crash high society in this pre-code classic. Starring Edward G. Robinson and Mary Astor. 76 min. Preceded by a Popeye cartoon. Introduction and discussion afterward.

    Location: Main Library-Auditorium

Friday December 8, 2017
   2:00 PM  -  3:30 PM Excel 3  
    Contact: Electronic Services   330-643-9145   esdiv@akronlibrary.org
   

MS Excel, Part 3: More on Formatting Cells and Worksheet Basics 

Learn how to format text and numbers in cells and learn the worksheet basics – setting print area, inserting headers/footers, page margins, etc. Attendance at MS Excel, Part 2 is preferred.

 

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

December's Movie: The Searchers with John Wayne and Jeffrey Hunter

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    Location: Richfield

Saturday December 9, 2017
   10:00 AM  -  11:00 AM Book Buddies  
    Contact: Highland Square Branch Library   330-376-2927   kmockensturm@akronlibrary.org
   

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

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

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

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

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

    Location: Main Library
   10:30 AM  -  12:00 PM Excel Practical Application  
    Contact: Electronic Services   330-643-9145   esdiv@akronlibrary.org
   

MS Excel, Practical Application Project 1-3

Let’s practice what we have learned in Excel levels 1-3 by creating a workbook that would require to use most of the functions taught in Excel 1-3 classes. Attendance at MS Excel, Part 1-3 is preferred.

 

Please visit our website for more information:

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

Saturday Story Time Sampler

First and Third Saturdays of the month, 11 am

Story time for preschool-primary children with an adult caregiver

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Share a book with a certified therapy dog.

    Location: Main Library
   11:00 AM  -  2:00 PM Holiday Open House  
    Contact: Portage Lake Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

Join us for a fun-filled day of entertainment and crafts!

11 am – 1 pm Smile!  Take home a free holiday photo strip from Great Grins Photo Booth.

11 am- 2 pm Family Crafts, Holiday Games and Cookie Decorating (preschool-middle school).

12:30-1:30 pm Back by popular demand, Twister Girl Balloon Company returns to create one-of-a-kind balloon creations

    Location: Portage Lakes
   1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Saturday Family Programs  
    Contact: Odom Branch   330-434-8726   
   

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

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

    Location: Odom
   2:00 PM YA Café  
    Contact: Goodyear Branch   330-784-7522   goodyear@akronlibrary.org
   

Second Saturday of each month.

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

Mini-Movie Marathon-December 9

Come and watch seasonal movies, while enjoying snacks and socializing with friends. Watch one, or watch them all.

    Location: Goodyear
   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 December 10, 2017
   2:00 PM  -  2:30 PM Sunday Story Time Sampler  
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

Every Sunday (except Dec 24), 2 pm

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

    Location: Main Library

Monday December 11, 2017
   10:15 AM  -  12:00 PM North Hill Needle Crafters  
    Contact: North Hill Branch Library   330.535.9423   northhill@akronlibrary.org
   

North Hill Needle Crafters

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

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

Play A While for families with children ages five or younger

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

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

Free, open playtime! Play with your child and help your little one discover a whole new world through play!  We provide a variety of activities and toys for preschoolers to explore and even create a little art. Intended for ages 1-4 with a caregiver. No registration necessary.

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

For babies and their grown-ups. You are your child’s first teacher. Discover simple songs and exercises to do with your young learner to give him his first tools needed to learn to read and better understand her world. Best of all, these experiences will bring fun and joy into your little one’s day! Dress for possible messy play experiences.

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

Join us the second Monday of each month, 1 pm

December 11:  FATES AND FURIES by Lauren Groff

    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
September 11- December 13
Free homework help for students in grades K-6.
You’ll find everything you need to get your homework done here!
Stuck on a math question? We have someone to help you.
Can’t find a ruler? We have school supplies.
Need to type a paper? We have computers.
Drop in anytime you need help.
No registration required.
    Location: Maple Valley
   4:00 PM  -  5:00 PM Paws for Reading  
    Contact: Goodyear Branch   330-784-7522   goodyear@akronlibrary.org
   

 

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

    Location: Goodyear
   6:00 PM Geometric Paintings  
    Contact: Fairlawn-Bath Branch   330-666-4888   
   

DIY painting for the non-artist.  Create a fabulous and colorful canvas to take home or gift to others.

For grades 2-5.  Please call 330-666-4888 or stop by the library to register

    Location: Fairlawn-Bath
   6:00 PM  -  7:30 PM Excel 4  
    Contact: Electronic Services   330-643-9145   esdiv@akronlibrary.org
   

MS Excel, Part 4: Introduction to Formulas & Excel Functions

Let Excel do the math for you!  Practice creating and applying formulas to your worksheets and learn how Excel Functions work.  Learn how to maximize your data with these helpful tools. Attendance at MS Excel, Part 3 is preferred.

 

Please visit our website for more information:

    Location: Green
   6:00 PM  -  7:30 PM Stories, Crafts & Cookies  
    Contact: Goodyear Branch   330-784-7522   goodyear@akronlibrary.org
   

It’s cold outside, but not in here, so gather around for cocoa, cookies, craft and cheer! Join Wandering Aesthetics Storyteller Kyle Jozsa as he entertains children of ALL ages with sing-alongs and wintertime stories to warm your heart. Librarians, Ariel and June, will also have a festive hands-on craft available.

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

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

 

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

Gentle Yoga with Nia

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

    Location: North Hill

Tuesday December 12, 2017
   10:00 AM Music Together Summit Holiday Sing-Along  
    Contact: Fairlawn-Bath Branch   330-666-4888   
   

Children ages 0-5 with their adult caregiver are welcome to join David Palomo of Music Together Summit for a holiday sing-along! There will be music, dancing and fun!

Registration is not required. 

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

Join us for a special winter themed story time.

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

Baby Time

For babies 6-24 months and a caregiver.

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

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

Tuesday, December 12, 10:30 am

Join Miss Kim to hear a short holiday story and then venture over to the Historical Society
to see and hear about their train displays. 
We will be walking outside for this event so please dress appropriately.
 
Ages 3 and up
    Location: Mogadore
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM A Time To Play  
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

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

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

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

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

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

Preschool Story Time ages 3-6

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

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

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

    Location: Richfield
   11:00 AM Music Together Summit Holiday Sing-Along  
    Contact: Fairlawn-Bath Branch   330-666-4888   
   

Children ages 0-5 with their adult caregiver are welcome to join David Palomo of Music Together Summit for a holiday sing-along! There will be music, dancing and fun!

Registration is not required. 

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

Join us for a special winter themed story time.

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

Toddler Time

For ages 2-3 with a caregiver.

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

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

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

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

Afternoon Book Discussion

Join us for our monthly afternoon book discussion. For December, we will discuss THIS IS WHERE I LEAVE YOU by Jonathan Tropper.

    Location: Green
   3:30 PM Mason Jar Art  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330-864-5721   maplevalley@akronlibrary.org
   

Create a holiday craft with a mason jar. Registration is requested for this program. Space is limited.  

    Location: Maple Valley
   3:30 PM  -  5:00 PM Afterschool Book Club  
    Contact: Odom Branch   330-434-8726   
   

Join us afterschool to discuss the book for the month and enjoy a snack.  

The Giver by Lois Lowry

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

Tuesday, December 12, 3:30-5 pm

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

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

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

Project Learn ESOL/GED Classes

These free, convenient, GED classes are designed for those for whom English is a second language. If you or someone you know would like to attend 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 Excel 5  
    Contact: Electronic Services   330-643-9145   esdiv@akronlibrary.org
   

MS Excel, Part 5: Sorting, Filtering Data, Creating Custom Lists and More 

Experience the more advanced features associated with Excel. Learn how to sort and filter your data and create customized list for your workbooks. Attendance at MS Excel, Part 4 is preferred.

 

Please visit our website for more information:

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

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

    Location: Main Library

Wednesday December 13, 2017
   10:30 AM Baby Time  
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

Every Wednesday, 10:30 am

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

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

The Alzheimer's Association of Greater East Ohio Area Chapter and the Akron Summit County Public Library are partnering to offer a social engagement program for those experiencing memory loss. Memory Cafe focuses on having fun and learning about different entertaining topics each month. Each month we have an engaging and interesting presentation followed by tine for coffee and socialization. Upcoming topics include a holiday celebration, Akron's Marble History and more!

Advance registration is requested. To register please contact the Alzheimer's Association at 1-800-272-3900 or geoachl@alz.org.

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

Home School Readers

October 11, November 8, December 13, 1-3 pm

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

 

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

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

    Location: Odom
   2:00 PM  -  3:30 PM Excel 6  
    Contact: Electronic Services   330-643-9145   esdiv@akronlibrary.org
   

MS Excel, Part 6: Charts & Advanced Custom Tools for Worksheets

Experience the more advanced features associated with Excel. Learn how to draw a chart for your data, how to track changes, and finalize your workbook. Attendance at MS Excel, Part 4&5 is preferred.

 

Please visit our website for more information:

    Location: Green
   3:00 PM  -  3:45 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 pal, Rocky.
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: North Hill
   3:00 PM  -  5:00 PM After School Homework Help  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   eramsay@akronlibrary.org
   
After School Homework Help
Mondays & Wednesdays 3-5 pm
September 11- December 13
Free homework help for students in grades K-6.
You’ll find everything you need to get your homework done here!
Stuck on a math question? We have someone to help you.
Can’t find a ruler? We have school supplies.
Need to type a paper? We have computers.
Drop in anytime you need help.
No registration required.
    Location: Maple Valley
   3:30 PM  -  5:00 PM Wednesday Movie Madness  
    Contact: Odom Boulevard Branch Library   330-434-8726   
   

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

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

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

    Location: Ellet
   6:00 PM  -  7:00 PM Blow Painting  
    Contact: Goodyear Branch   330-784-7522   goodyear@akronlibrary.org
   

 

Create a unique art piece by dropping paint on your paper and blowing it through a straw.  Registration appreciated.

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

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

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

    Location: Odom
   6:30 PM  -  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 December 14, 2017
   10:15 AM  -  11:30 AM Stories and Play  
    Contact: Goodyear Branch   330-784-7522   goodyear@akronlibrary.org
   

Stories and Play

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

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

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

Family Storytime

For all ages.

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

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

Thursday, December 14, 10:30 am

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

Ages birth – 3 ½

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

Every Thursday, 10:30 am

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

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

Little Folks Story Time ages 6-35 months

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Location: Goodyear
   1:00 PM Adult Play Day: Coloring and Coffee  
    Contact: Fairlawn-Bath Branch   330-666-4888   
   

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

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

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

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

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

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

Second Thursday of each month, 4 pm

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

Lounge – December 14

Winter break is here, finally! Almost… Come hang out, sit by the fireplace, read, listen to music, play a game, chat with friends…you get the idea. Refreshments will be served.

    Location: Goodyear
   4:00 PM  -  5:30 PM Got Snow?  
    Contact: Teen Area   330.643.9067   ysodiv@akronlibrary.org
   

Come to the library where everyone is chillin’ and make an adorable stuffed snowman and other snow themed crafts.  We’ll sip some hot chocolate too! For Ages 11 to 18.

    Location: Main Library
   4:30 PM  -  6:00 PM Kwanzaa Celebration  
    Contact: Odom Branch   330-434-8726   
   

Set aside an evening for family to learn about the practices and history of Kwanzaa.

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

Project Learn ESOL/GED Classes

These free, convenient, GED classes are designed for those for whom English is a second language. If you or someone you know would like to attend 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, December 14, 6 pm
Do you love browsing through cookbooks and trying new recipes or cooking techniques? Join fellow foodies for our Cookbook Club. You don’t have to be a gourmet chef to participate. Each month we will get together to talk about a certain book, theme, or a celebrity chef.  There will be food samples or activities at every meeting. A selection of cookbooks will be available for members to borrow. Browse our collection, try out some of the recipes, and join the group to discuss your successes and mishaps. 

Theme: Holiday Food Gifts

    Location: Mogadore
   6:00 PM Movies@Main: It's a Wonderful Life  
    Contact: Culture & AV   330-643-9015   
   
Kung Fu Panda 3 movie poster
 

George Bailey’s life is in serious trouble until he meets an angel named Clarence. Unforgettable holiday treasure starring James Stewart, Donna Reed and Lionel Barrymore. 129 min

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

The Akron African United Front book discussion group offers you the opportunity to share your opinions on how history affects our world views in today’s society. Read and analyze books that are rich in African American culture and history. Discuss important heartfelt issues with your peers.

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

MS Excel, Practical Application Project 4-6

Let’s practice what we have learned in Excel levels 4-6 by creating a workbook that would require to use most of the functions taught in Excel 4-6 classes. Attendance at MS Excel, Part 4-6 is preferred.

 

Please visit our website for more information:

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

Join the Richfield Crafters. There is limited space for these programs – Please register at the front desk. Sign up sheet is now available. December's Craft: Christmas Candles.

    Location: Richfield
   6:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Sistas Knit 2  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   maplevalley@akronlibrary.org
    Socialize with other crafters while creating wonderful projects that can be given to family and friends. This group does everything from knitting to crocheting, needlepoint to cross stitch and more… All crafters are welcome.
    Location: Maple Valley

Friday December 15, 2017
   1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Christmas Movie Matinee  
    Contact: Norton Branch Library   330-825-7800   norton@akronlibrary.org
   

Join us for popcorn and the classic film WHITE CHRISTMAS!  

    Location: Norton

Saturday December 16, 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  -  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: Norton Branch Library   330-825-7800   norton@akronlibrary.org
   

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

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

Rocky and her furry friends are waiting for you!

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

Paws for Reading

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

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

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

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

Saturday Story Time Sampler

First and Third Saturdays of the month, 11 am

Story time for preschool-primary children with an adult caregiver

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Location: Main Library
   11:00 AM  -  1:00 PM Reentry in Motion: Life Without Parole  
    Contact: Simone Richardson   330-643-9020   srichard@akronlibrary.org
   

The U.S. is the only country in the world that sentences youth to Life Without Parole. This sentence not only affects the incarcerated individual and victim, but the whole community. The choice to allow youth to receive the harshest available sentence is not shared among all states. Thirty states allow the sentence; Ohio is one of them. This program presents a film that challenges inequalities in the U.S. juvenile justice system by depicting, through documentation and reenactment, the stories of five individuals who were sentenced to Life Without Parole as youth. Reentry material and handouts provided. Room 2AB. 

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

Grades 6-12. Anime, crafts, and snacks

    Location: Ellet
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM DIY Holiday Craft: Holiday Wreath  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   maplevalley@akronlibrary.org
   

Join us for a fun, simple and beautiful craft the you will make yourself. The library provides all the materials. Please call the branch to sign up.

    Location: Maple Valley

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

Every Sunday (except Dec 24), 2 pm

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

    Location: Main Library

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

 

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

Popcorn and Salt

Check out the NatureConnect table for a salty science experiment.

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

North Hill Needle Crafters

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

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

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

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

Play A While for families with children ages five or younger

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

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

Basic Computer Skills

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

 

Please visit our website for more information:

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

For babies and their grown-ups. You are your child’s first teacher. Discover simple songs and exercises to do with your young learner to give him his first tools needed to learn to read and better understand her world. Best of all, these experiences will bring fun and joy into your little one’s day! Dress for possible messy play experiences.

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

Windows 10

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

 

Please visit our website for more information:

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

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

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

Family Program

Calling all Pokemon enthusiasts ages 7 and up! Come join fellow Pokemon fanatics to talk, battle, trade (with parent’s permission), or to show off your collection.

This is a student led program. 

    Location: Green

Tuesday December 19, 2017
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Preschool Story Time  
    Contact: Richfield Branch Library   33-659-4343   dnagy@akronlibrary.org
   

Preschool Story Time ages 3-6

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

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

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

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

File Management

Learn to use Windows Explorer, your computer’s filing cabinet, to organize and manage your files and folders. During class, you will practice copying, moving, and deleting items as well as using your recycle bin. Attendance at Windows for Beginners is preferred.

 

Please visit our website for more information:

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

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

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

Books are available in advance at the circulation desk.

Dec 19-Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann

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

Typing

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

 

Please visit our website for more information:

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

Tuesday, December 19, 2:30-4 pm

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

Grades 6-12

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

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

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

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

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

Create a holiday gift 

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

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

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

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

    Location: Goodyear

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

Every Wednesday, 10:30 am

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

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

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

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

Playgroup

Wednesdays, December 6 and December 20, 11 am

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Location: Odom

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

Stories and Play

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

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

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

Every Thursday, 10:30 am

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

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

Little Folks Story Time ages 6-35 months

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Location: Main Library-Auditorium
   6:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Sistas Knit 2  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   maplevalley@akronlibrary.org
    Socialize with other crafters while creating wonderful projects that can be given to family and friends. This group does everything from knitting to crocheting, needlepoint to cross stitch and more… All crafters are welcome.
    Location: Maple Valley
   6:45 PM Book Discussion Group  
    Contact: Highland Square   330-376-2927   kgerlach@akronlibrary.org
   

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

December 21                         THE NIGHT CIRCUS by Erin Morgenstern

January 25                             THE HUSBAND’S SECRET by Liane Moriarty

February 22                           CROWN OF DUST by Mary Volmer

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

    Location: Highland Square

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

Saturday Story Time Sampler

First and Third Saturdays of the month, 11 am

Story time for preschool-primary children with an adult caregiver

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Location: Main Library

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

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

    Location: Ellet

Tuesday December 26, 2017
   11:30 AM  -  12:30 PM Preschool Playgroup  
    Contact: North Hill Branch Library   330-535-9423   northhill@akronlibrary.org
   

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

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, December 26, 3:30-5 pm

Knit and crochet to help the needy!  If you can make just one 7” or 9” rectangle
you can help keep the needy in the Akron area warm. 
To date, this chapter has supplied over 8,000 afghans.
    Location: Mogadore

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

Every Wednesday, 10:30 am

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wednesday, December 27 3:30 pm

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

Grades K-5

    Location: Mogadore

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

Every Thursday, 10:30 am

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

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

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

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

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

The Akron African United Front book discussion group offers you the opportunity to share your opinions on how history affects our world views in today’s society. Read and analyze books that are rich in African American culture and history. Discuss important heartfelt issues with your peers.

    Location: Maple Valley
   6:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Sistas Knit 2  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   maplevalley@akronlibrary.org
    Socialize with other crafters while creating wonderful projects that can be given to family and friends. This group does everything from knitting to crocheting, needlepoint to cross stitch and more… All crafters are welcome.
    Location: Maple Valley
   6:30 PM  -  8:00 PM Movies@Main: Despicable Me 3  
    Contact: Culture & AV   330-643-9015   
   
Kung Fu Panda 3 movie poster
 

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

    Location: Main Library-Auditorium

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

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

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

Grades 3 - 6

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Location: Main Library-Auditorium

Saturday December 30, 2017
   11:00 AM Saturday Story Time Sampler  
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

Saturday Story Time Sampler

First and Third Saturdays of the month, 11 am

Story time for preschool-primary children with an adult caregiver

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Location: Main Library

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

Every Sunday (except Dec 24), 2 pm

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

    Location: Main Library

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

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

How the contest works:

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

Monday January 1, 2018 -  Wednesday January 31, 2018
     Book Club to Go  
    Contact: Goodyear Branch   330-784-7522   goodyear@akronlibrary.org
   

 

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

January A MAN CALLED OVE by Fredrik Backman

 

 

 

    Location: Goodyear

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

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

 

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

    Location: Odom

Tuesday January 2, 2018
   11:30 AM  -  12:30 PM Preschool Playgroup  
    Contact: North Hill Branch Library   330-535-9423   northhill@akronlibrary.org
   

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

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

First Tuesday of each month, 12:30 pm

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

    Location: Goodyear
   2:00 PM  -  3:30 PM Basic Computer Skills  
    Contact: Electronic Services   330-643-9145   esdiv@akronlibrary.org
   

Basic Computer Skills

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

 

Please visit our website for more information:

    Location: Tallmadge

Wednesday January 3, 2018
   10:30 AM Baby Time  
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

Every Wednesday, 10:30 am

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

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

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

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

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

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

Windows 10

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wednesday, January 3, 6:30 pm

THE CHRISTMAS MYSTERY by James Patterson

    Location: Mogadore

Thursday January 4, 2018
   10:30 AM Preschool Story Time  
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

Every Thursday, 10:30 am

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

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

File Management

Learn to use Windows Explorer, your computer’s filing cabinet, to organize and manage your files and folders. During class, you will practice copying, moving, and deleting items as well as using your recycle bin. Attendance at Windows for Beginners is preferred.

 

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

Thursday, January 4, 3:30 pm

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

Grades K-5

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

Tired of completing the same jigsaw puzzle over and over again?  Ready for a challenge?  Join us once a month as we work together to complete new puzzles with friends.  No registration necessary.

 

    Location: Portage Lakes
   6:00 PM  -  7:30 PM Typing  
    Contact: Electronic Services   330-643-9145   esdiv@akronlibrary.org
   

Typing

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

 

Please visit our website for more information:

    Location: Tallmadge

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

 

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

Paper Bag Stem Challenge

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

 

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

First Saturday of the Month, 10 am-4 pm

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

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

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

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

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

Saturday Story Time Sampler

First and Third Saturdays of the month, 11 am

Story time for preschool-primary children with an adult caregiver

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Like to create fun projects? Join the fun as each month we have new art experiences to try! Preschool through grade 4 recommended. Finished with your masterpieces? Stay to visit with and read to the dogs of Tails & Tales at 2 pm.

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

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

    Location: Portage Lakes

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

Every Sunday (except Dec 24), 2 pm

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

    Location: Main Library

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

 

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

Winter Tree Hunt

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

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

North Hill Needle Crafters

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

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

Free, open playtime! Play with your child and help your little one discover a whole new world through play!  We provide a variety of activities and toys for preschoolers to explore and even create a little art. Intended for ages 1-4 with a caregiver. No registration necessary.

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

Join us the second Monday of each month, 1 pm

January 8:  THE ART OF CRASH LANDING by Melissa DeCarlo

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

    Location: Portage Lakes
   6:30 PM Babytime  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   ellet@akronlibrary.org
   

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

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

Evening Book Discussion - RADIUM GIRLS by Kate Moore

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

    Location: North Hill

Tuesday January 9, 2018
   10:05 AM Babytime  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   ellet@akronlibrary.org
   

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Location: Ellet
   11:30 AM  -  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 The Book Was Better  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330-864-5721   maplevalley@akronlibrary.org
   

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

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

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

How to knit a scarf without needles.

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

Tuesday, January 9, 3:30-5 pm

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

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

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

Project Learn ESOL/GED Classes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Location: Main Library

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

Every Wednesday, 10:30 am

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

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

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

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

Story Time

Wednesdays, January 10 – February 28, 11 am

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

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

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

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Location: Odom
   6:30 PM  -  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 January 11, 2018
   10:30 AM Preschool Story Time  
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

Every Thursday, 10:30 am

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Second Thursday of each month, 4 pm

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

FunTech Lab – January 11

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

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

Project Learn ESOL/GED Classes

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

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

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

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

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

    Location: Ellet

Friday January 12, 2018
   1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM No School! Family Movie Day  
    Contact: Odom Branch   330-434-8726   
   

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

    Location: Odom

Saturday January 13, 2018
   10:00 AM  -  11:00 AM Book Buddies  
    Contact: Highland Square Branch Library   330-376-2927   kmockensturm@akronlibrary.org
   

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

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

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

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

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

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

Saturday Story Time Sampler

First and Third Saturdays of the month, 11 am

Story time for preschool-primary children with an adult caregiver

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ninja Party

Saturday, January 13, 11 am

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

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

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

Share a book with a certified therapy dog.

    Location: Main Library
   1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Saturday Family Programs  
    Contact: Odom Branch   330-434-8726   
   

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

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

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

Second Saturday of each month, 2 pm

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

Microwave Mug Meals - January 13

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

    Location: Goodyear
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Spend an Afternoon with author Carmen Williams  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   maplevalley@akronlibrary.org
    If you want to start the new year off right you must join us for a special visit with Carmen Williams author of Fit Over It: Discovering Ways to Live and Maintain a Healthy Lifestyle. Ms. Williams will help you discover ways to live and maintain a healthy lifestyle. You’ll learn how to broaden your awareness to become successful. Ms. Williams provides strategies to help you win the battle. She’ll explain way for you to envision purpose and clarity to your life. Please call the branch to sign up.
    Location: Maple Valley

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

Every Sunday (except Dec 24), 2 pm

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

    Location: Main Library

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

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

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

Tuesday, January 16, 10:30 am

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

Ages 3 and up

*There will be no program on February 27, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Books are available in advance at the circulation desk.

Jan 16- FLIGHT OF THE SPARROW by Amy Belding Brown

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

Tuesday, January 16, 2:30-4 pm

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

Grades 6-12

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For children ages 4-10

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

    Location: Highland Square
   5:30 PM  -  8:00 PM Project Learn ESOL/GED  
    Contact: North Hill Branch   330.535.9423   northhill@akronlibrary.org
   

Project Learn ESOL/GED Classes

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

    Location: North Hill

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

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

Registration begins on Tuesday, December 19.

    Location: Goodyear

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

Tuesday, January 16, 6:30 pm

Financial advisor Vince Rosnack will be discussing timely market topics
and potential solutions to help you stay on track. 
Registration is requested; please call 330.628.9228.
    Location: Mogadore

Wednesday January 17, 2018
   10:30 AM Baby Time  
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

Every Wednesday, 10:30 am

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

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

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

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

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

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

Story Time

Wednesdays, January 10 – February 28, 11 am

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

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

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

Wednesday, January 17, 2 pm

HOUSE OF NAMES by Colm Toibin

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

    Location: Odom

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday, January 18, 10:30 am

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

Ages birth – 3 ½

*There will be no program on March 1, 2018

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

Every Thursday, 10:30 am

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday, January 18, 3:30 pm

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

Grades K-5

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Grades 5 and up

    Location: Portage Lakes
   5:30 PM  -  8:00 PM Project Learn ESOL/GED  
    Contact: North Hill Branch   330.535.9423   northhill@akronlibrary.org
   

Project Learn ESOL/GED Classes

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

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

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

    Location: Ellet

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

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

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

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

    Location: Odom

Saturday January 20, 2018
   10:00 AM  -  5:00 PM NH Game Time  
    Contact: Nordonia Hills Branch   330.467.8595   nordoniahills@akronlibrary.org
   

NORDONIA HILLS GAME TIME

We welcome library patrons to a regular monthly event – a place to meet up with fellow game players of all ages.

The room is open to players of chess, role-playing games, board games, Euro games, standard cards, mah-jongg, war games, and trading/collectible card games.

Bring your own games, or try a game from our collection already on hand. No registration required! Refreshments are served.

Third Saturday of each month.

This event is also open to regular card groups and other game clubs looking for a venue.

Come on out to meet fellow local players – Learn new games – Sharpen your intellect – and enjoy the social aspects of games.

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

Ohio Tote Bag

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

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

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

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

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

Saturday Story Time Sampler

First and Third Saturdays of the month, 11 am

Story time for preschool-primary children with an adult caregiver

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Grades 6-12. Anime, crafts, and snacks

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

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

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

    Location: Maple Valley

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

Every Sunday (except Dec 24), 2 pm

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

    Location: Main Library

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

 

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

Growing Crystal Snowflakes

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

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

North Hill Needle Crafters

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Registration begins on Tuesday, December 26.

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

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

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

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

    Location: Norton
   6:30 PM Babytime  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   ellet@akronlibrary.org
   

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

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

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

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

Gentle Yoga with Nia

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

    Location: North Hill

Tuesday January 23, 2018
   10:05 AM Babytime  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   ellet@akronlibrary.org
   

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

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

Tuesday, January 23, 10:30 am

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

Ages 3 and up

*There will be no program on February 27, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, January 23, 3:30-5 pm

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

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

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

Art Lab for kids in grades K-5

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

 

    Location: Firestone Park
   5:30 PM  -  8:00 PM Project Learn ESOL/GED  
    Contact: North Hill Branch   330.535.9423   northhill@akronlibrary.org
   

Project Learn ESOL/GED Classes

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

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

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

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

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

Registration begins on Tuesday, December 26.

    Location: Goodyear

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

Every Wednesday, 10:30 am

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

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

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

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

Story Time

Wednesdays, January 10 – February 28, 11 am

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

First Time Home Buyers Workshop presented by Courtney Gagnon

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

    Location: North Hill

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

 

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

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

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

Thursday, January 25, 10:30 am

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

Ages birth – 3 ½

*There will be no program on March 1, 2018

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

Every Thursday, 10:30 am

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Project Learn ESOL/GED Classes

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

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

Thursday, January 25, 6 pm
Do you love browsing through cookbooks and trying new recipes or cooking techniques? Join fellow foodies for our Cookbook Club. You don’t have to be a gourmet chef to participate. Each month we will get together to talk about a certain book, theme, or a celebrity chef.  There will be food samples or activities at every meeting. A selection of cookbooks will be available for members to borrow. Browse our collection, try out some of the recipes, and join the group to discuss your successes and mishaps. 

Theme: Literary Recipes

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

Grab your passport and choose your destination!  We are traveling to South America, South Africa and Southeast Asia as all three mysteries take place abroad this month. Read one, read all, your choice.

A HEAD IN CAMBODIA: A JENNA MURPHY MYSTERY by Nancy Tingley

DEATH ON THE PATAGONIAN EXPRESS by Hy Conrad

RECIPES FOR LOVE AND MURDER by Sally Andrew

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

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

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

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

December 21                         THE NIGHT CIRCUS by Erin Morgenstern

January 25                             THE HUSBAND’S SECRET by Liane Moriarty

February 22                           CROWN OF DUST by Mary Volmer

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

    Location: Highland Square

Friday January 26, 2018
   10:30 AM  -  11:45 AM T.G.I.F. Tweens Great Informal Fridays  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

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

January 26 Nancy Drew vs. Hardy Boys:  Be a super sleuth for a day as we as we vote on who is the best detective:  Nancy Drew or the Hardy Boys?  Be ready to solve a few mysteries too.

Grades 3 - 6

    Location: Portage Lakes

Saturday January 27, 2018
   11:00 AM Saturday Story Time Sampler  
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

Saturday Story Time Sampler

First and Third Saturdays of the month, 11 am

Story time for preschool-primary children with an adult caregiver

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Location: Ellet
   1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Valentine's Day Wreaths Program  
    Contact: Highland Square   330-376-2927   kgerlach@akronlibrary.org
   

Make a beaded Valentine’s Wreath for or with a special loved one. No experience necessary.

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

    Location: Highland Square
   2:00 PM History and Sampling of African-American Soul Food with Keon Reed  
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

History and Sampling of African-American Soul Food with Keon Reed

Please pre-register.

    Location: Main Library
   3:00 PM  -  4:30 PM Super Sandwich Showdown!  
    Contact: Teen Area   330.643.9067   ysodiv@akronlibrary.org
   

Get ready for the Super Bowl with a sandwich competition! Compete against other teens to see who can make the best sandwich using a variety of ingredients, and then enjoy a snack. For ages 11 to 18. Registration is appreciated. Please call 330-643-9067.

    Location: Main Library

Sunday January 28, 2018
   2:00 PM  -  2:30 PM Sunday Story Time Sampler  
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

Every Sunday (except Dec 24), 2 pm

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

    Location: Main Library

Monday January 29, 2018
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Sensory Story Time  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   ellet@akronlibrary.org
   

This program offers educational, literacy and social opportunities for all ages with differing abilities, their siblings, parent/caregivers and their typically developing peers through the use of story, music, and movement to engage participants.

Sensory Story Time includes a schedule board, a consistent program plan and sensory opportunities; such as crafts, building and play.

    Location: Ellet
   2:00 PM  -  3:30 PM Free Computer Classes @ North Hill  
    Contact: North Hill Branch   330.535.9423   northhill@akronlibrary.org
   

Free Computer Classes @ North Hill - BASIC COMPUTER SKILLS

These free, hands-on classes are available on a first come, first serve basis and are limited to 15 participants. We recommend arriving at least one-half hour early to get an entry ticket. 

    Location: North Hill
   6:30 PM Babytime  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   ellet@akronlibrary.org
   

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

    Location: Ellet
   6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Introduction to Meditation  
    Contact: North Hill Branch   330.535.9423   northhill@akronlibrary.org
   

Introduction to Meditation presented by the Center for Health, Happiness, and Chan

Too much stress in life? Want to spend a little quality time with yourself? Just want to learn how meditation can work for you? This four week Introduction to Meditation course offers and opportunity to practice and discuss several popular forms of meditation. We begin with basic breathing meditation and add other practices each week. No previous meditation experience is necessary and all practices are offered in a non-religious manner - all faith traditions (or none at all) are welcome. 

    Location: North Hill

Tuesday January 30, 2018
   10:05 AM Baby Time  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   ellet@akronlibrary.org
   

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

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

Tuesday, January 30, 10:30 am

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

Ages 3 and up

*There will be no program on February 27, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Location: North Hill
   2:00 PM  -  3:30 PM Free Computer Classes @ North Hill  
    Contact: North Hill Branch   330.535.9423   northhill@akronlibrary.org
   

Free Computer Classes @ North Hill - WINDOWS 10

These free, hands-on classes are available on a first come, first serve basis and are limited to 15 participants. We recommend arriving at least one-half hour early to get an entry ticket. 

    Location: North Hill
   3:30 PM Super Bowl Party  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330-864-5721   maplevalley@akronlibrary.org
   

Play Madden with your friends! Registration is requested for this program. Space is limited.

    Location: Maple Valley
   3:30 PM  -  5:00 PM Afterschool Book Club  
    Contact: Odom Branch   330-434-8726   
   

Join us afterschool to discuss the book for the month and enjoy a snack.  

The Giver by Lois Lowry

    Location: Odom
   5:30 PM  -  8:00 PM Project Learn ESOL/GED  
    Contact: North Hill Branch   330.535.9423   northhill@akronlibrary.org
   

Project Learn ESOL/GED Classes

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

    Location: North Hill

Wednesday January 31, 2018
   10:30 AM Baby Time  
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

Every Wednesday, 10:30 am

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

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

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

    Location: Ellet
   11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Relieve Stress with Adult Coloring  
    Contact: Highland Square   330-376-2927   kgerlach@akronlibrary.org
   

Listen to relaxing music and color with friends, family, or our community. All supplies are provided.

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

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

Story Time

Wednesdays, January 10 – February 28, 11 am

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

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

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

The Alzheimer's Association of Greater East Ohio Area Chapter and the Akron Summit County Public Library are partnering to offer a social engagement program for those experiencing memory loss. Memory Cafe focuses on having fun and learning about different entertaining topics each month. Each month we have an engaging and interesting presentation followed by tine for coffee and socialization. Upcoming topics include a holiday celebration, Akron's Marble History and more!

Advance registration is requested. To register please contact the Alzheimer's Association at 1-800-272-3900 or geoachl@alz.org.

    Location: Ellet
   2:00 PM  -  3:30 PM Free Computer Classes @ North Hill  
    Contact: North Hill Branch   330.535.9423   northhill@akronlibrary.org
   

Free Computer Classes @ North Hill - FILE MANAGEMENT

These free, hands-on classes are available on a first come, first serve basis and are limited to 15 participants. We recommend arriving at least one-half hour early to get an entry ticket. 

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

Wednesday, January 31 3:30 pm

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

Grades K-5

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

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

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

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

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

    Location: Odom

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

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

How the contest works:

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

Thursday February 1, 2018 -  Wednesday February 28, 2018
     Book Club to Go  
    Contact: Goodyear Branch   330-784-7522   goodyear@akronlibrary.org
   

 

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

February A NOVEL BOOKSTORE by Laurence Cosse

 

 

 

    Location: Goodyear

Thursday February 1, 2018 -  Wednesday February 28, 2018
   10:00 AM  -  8:00 PM Book Club To Go  
    Contact: odom branch   330-434-8726   
   

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

 

This month we will be reading The Nest by Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney.

    Location: Odom

Thursday February 1, 2018
   10:15 AM  -  11:30 AM Stories and Play  
    Contact: Goodyear Branch   330-784-7522   goodyear@akronlibrary.org
   

 

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

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

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

Thursday, February 1, 10:30 am

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

Ages birth – 3 ½

*There will be no program on March 1, 2018

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

Every Thursday, 10:30 am

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

    Location: Main Library
   11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Reentry in Motion: Mass Incarceration  
    Contact: Business & Government Division   330-643-9020   srichard@akronlibrary.org
   

This Reentry in Motion program showcases a documentary that not only looks at the overcrowding of the jail system in Philadelphia, but centers on Michelle Alexander’s theory in her groundbreaking book, The New Jim Crow, through the rise of the drug war and “tough on crime” policies. The film also dissects the rise of incarceration in the U.S., illustrates how the emerging Occupy Movement offers hope for change, and explores possible reforms and solutions to end mass incarceration. Reentry material and handouts provided. Room 2AB. 

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

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

    Location: Ellet
   2:00 PM  -  3:30 PM Free Computer Classes @ North Hill  
    Contact: North Hill Branch   330.535.9423   northhill@akronlibrary.org
   

Free Computer Classes @ North Hill - TYPING

These free, hands-on classes are available on a first come, first serve basis and are limited to 15 participants. We recommend arriving at least one-half hour early to get an entry ticket. 

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

Thursday, February 1, 3:30 pm

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

Grades K-5

    Location: Mogadore
   3:30 PM  -  4:30 PM Kids Creative Space  
    Contact: Odom Boulevard Branch Library   330-434-8726   
   

Join us each Thursday after school for a chance to get creative, play games, and hang-out with your friends.  

    Location: Odom
   3:45 PM Afterschool Crowd  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   ellet@akronlibrary.org
   

Grades 6-12. Gaming, crafts, books, music and more.

    Location: Ellet
   6:00 PM Rock & Roll Bingo  
    Contact: Mogadore Branch Library   330-628-9228   mogadore@akronlibrary.org
   
Thursday, February 1, 6 pm
 
Unleash your inner rock star and join us for a fun night of music and prizes.
Rock & Roll Bingo is similar to a standard game, but instead of numbers on the board,
the spots will be filled with the names of classic Rock favorites. 
Come sing-along, enjoy some light refreshments and hopefully take home a prize.
    Location: Mogadore
   6:00 PM  -  7:30 PM Puzzled at the Library  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

Tired of completing the same jigsaw puzzle over and over again?  Ready for a challenge?  Join us once a month as we work together to complete new puzzles with friends.  No registration necessary.

 

    Location: Portage Lakes
   6:30 PM Story Time  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   ellet@akronlibrary.org
   

For ages 2-6 years. Ms. Laurie will use books, flannel boards, puppets, props, and songs to engage children in stories. Your children will be active participants in Story Time. Each session will conclude with a craft and playtime. No registration necessary.

    Location: Ellet

Saturday February 3, 2018
     Take it and Make it Saturdays  
    Contact: Goodyear Branch   330-784-7522   goodyear@akronlibrary.org
   

 

Stop in the library on the first Saturday of the month, pick up one of our simple kid’s activity kits, make it here or take it home with you for a fun family activity! (While supplies last)

Science Challenge Bag

Can you pick up tissue paper with a balloon? What else can you pick up? Test your skill with this take-home kit.

    Location: Goodyear
   10:00 AM  -  3:00 PM Family Reading Festival  
    Contact: Youth Services Office   330.643.9185   cburrier@akronlibrary.org
   

Featuring Jim Gill and Outback Ray!  Watch for more details.

    Location: Main Library
   10:00 AM  -  4:00 PM Geeks Who Game @ the Library  
    Contact: Goodyear Library   330-784-7522   goodyear@akronlibrary.org
   

First Saturday of the Month, 10 am-4 pm

Tabletop gamers unite! Millennials, young professionals, and those who want to find games for your next get-together, let your inner geek out and join us to discover new, and revisit some favorite, tabletop games. Gamers are welcome to bring in their own games. No registration required.

    Location: Goodyear
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Paws for Reading  
    Contact: Fairlawn-Bath Branch   330-666-4888   
   

Children of all ages can practice their literacy skills by reading aloud to our doggie pals.   This is a great way for children to build their reading fluency and read-aloud confidence.

Children not yet reading are welcome to come.  The doggie’s human pal will read to the child.  

    Location: Fairlawn-Bath
   11:00 AM Saturday Story Time Sampler  
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

Saturday Story Time Sampler

First and Third Saturdays of the month, 11 am

Story time for preschool-primary children with an adult caregiver

Dec 2: Gingerbread Man – Run into the library as fast as you can for this gingerbread story time! Help us try to catch the pesky gingerbread man, decorate the library’s holiday cardboard house and more!

Dec 16: Holidays Around the World – Join us for fun stories and crafts from around the world

Jan 6: Penguin Party! Did you know that there are penguins that live in warm places?  Learn fun facts about penguins through penguin stories, rhymes and songs, and make your own edible penguin craft!

Jan 20: Ballet Excel presents The Magic Flute. Don’t miss this interactive program which includes dance, storytelling, and a meet-and-greet with the dancers. Bring your camera if you’d like to take pictures.

Feb 3: Instead of Story Time, join us for the Family Reading Festival, 10-3, featuring Jim Gill and Outback Ray!

Feb 17: Winter Fun. Snowy stories, activities and a craft to warm up with.

    Location: Main Library
   1:00 PM Kids Crafts Club  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

Like to create fun projects? Join the fun as each month we have new art experiences to try! Preschool through grade 4 recommended. Finished with your masterpieces? Stay to visit with and read to the dogs of Tails & Tales at 2 pm.

    Location: Portage Lakes
   2:00 PM Tails & Tales  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

Reading doesn’t have to be “ruff”! Come practice with a furry friend! Our paw-some therapy dogs love to have stories read to them and meet new friends.  All ages welcome. No registration necessary.

    Location: Portage Lakes

Sunday February 4, 2018
   2:00 PM  -  2:30 PM Sunday Story Time Sampler  
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

Every Sunday (except Dec 24), 2 pm

A half-hour story time for preschool-primary children with an adult caregiver.

    Location: Main Library

Monday February 5, 2018
     On Your Own  
    Contact: Goodyear Branch   330-784-7522   goodyear@akronlibrary.org
   

 

Participate in these activities on your own at the library. They will each be available for two weeks. Bring them to the desk for a small reward.

Matching Hearts

Find the pairs of matching hearts hidden around the children’s area.

    Location: Goodyear
   10:15 AM  -  12:00 PM North Hill Needle Crafters  
    Contact: North Hill Branch Library   330.535.9423   northhill@akronlibrary.org
   

North Hill Needle Crafters

If you love to knit, crochet, and help others, this is the group for you. Are you new to crafting? We will be glad to get you started. If you have yarn or supplies to donate, we will make good use of them!

    Location: North Hill
   10:30 AM Yoga Play for 3-5 year olds  
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

Yoga Play for 3-5 year olds, Mondays in February, 10:30 am

Join us for a multi-sensory yoga experience. We add play and learning to create an inspiring adventure.

    Location: Main Library
   11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Baby & Me  
    Contact: Highland Square Branch Library   330-376-2927   kmockensturm@akronlibrary.org
   

For babies and their grown-ups. You are your child’s first teacher. Discover simple songs and exercises to do with your young learner to give him his first tools needed to learn to read and better understand her world. Best of all, these experiences will bring fun and joy into your little one’s day! Dress for possible messy play experiences.

    Location: Highland Square
   2:00 PM  -  3:30 PM Free Computer Classes @ North Hill  
    Contact: North Hill Branch   330.535.9423   northhill@akronlibrary.org
   

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These free, hands-on classes are available on a first come, first serve basis and are limited to 15 participants. We recommend arriving at least one-half hour early to get an entry ticket. 

    Location: North Hill
   3:30 PM  -  5:00 PM Ellet Needle Crafters  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   ellet@akronlibrary.org
   

Do you like to share techniques, ideas, and suggestions? All levels of expertise and all ages welcome.

    Location: Ellet
   6:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Ask a Patent Attorney  
    Contact: Science & Technology Division   330-643-9075   stdiv@akronlibrary.org
   

Inventors and entrepreneurs, sign up for a free one on one 20-minute session with a registered patent attorney. Get answers to Intellectual Property-related questions such as "Do I need to sign a licensing agreement to produce my invention?" or "How much of my invention will a utility patent protect?"

Appointment times are limited and must be scheduled in advance. Sign-ups begin 30 days before event. Contact the Science & Technology Division to make your appointment for this unique opportunity. Please note: come to the Science & Technology Division on the first floor to begin your session.

    Location: Main Library
   6:30 PM Babytime  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   ellet@akronlibrary.org
   

For ages 6-24 months and their caregiver. Stories, songs, bounces, rhymes and activities geared for babies followed by group playtime. No registration necessary.

    Location: Ellet
   6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Evening Book Discussion  
    Contact: North Hill Branch   330.535.9423   northhill@akronlibrary.org
   

Evening Book Discussion - AMERICA'S FIRST DAUGHTER by Stephanie Dray

Books will be available for check out at our service desk one month prior to the discussion. New members are always welcome!

    Location: North Hill
   6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Gentle Yoga With Nia  
    Contact: North Hill Branch Library   330.535.9423   northhill@akronlibrary.org
   

Gentle Yoga with Nia

Help maintain a healthy lifestyle through the holiday and to start your year off right with these free yoga classes. Be lled in warm-up stretches and breathing exercises, move through yoga poses with the help of a chair, end sessions with nature sounds and music. Please bring a yoga mat or a beach towel and a water bottle. New members are always welcome!

    Location: North Hill

Tuesday February 6, 2018
   10:05 AM Babytime  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   ellet@akronlibrary.org
   

For ages 6-24 months and their caregiver. Stories, songs, bounces, rhymes and activities geared for babies followed by group playtime. No registration necessary.

    Location: Ellet
   10:30 AM Story Time  
    Contact: Mogadore Branch Library   330-628-9228   mogadore@akronlibrary.org
   

Tuesday, February 6, 10:30 am

 Join Miss Kim for stories, songs, games and crafts.

Ages 3 and up

*There will be no program on February 27, 2018

    Location: Mogadore
   11:00 AM Baby & Me Time  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

Stories, songs and finger plays for those littlest learners!  Recommended for babies and toddlers age 2 and under with a caregiver. No registration necessary.

 

 

    Location: Portage Lakes
   11:00 AM Toddler Time  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   ellet@akronlibrary.org
   

For ages 2-3 years and their caregiver. Toddler appropriate books, songs, rhymes and activities. Wiggly toddlers are welcome. Toddler Time is followed by a simple craft and group playtime. No registration necessary.

    Location: Ellet
   11:30 AM  -  12:30 PM Preschool Playgroup  
    Contact: North Hill Branch Library   330-535-9423   northhill@akronlibrary.org
   

Play is important! Stop in for a few minutes, or the whole hour. Explore various age appropriate toys, blocks, cars, trucks and trains, dolls, puzzles, and other children. Run laps in the community room. Children and adults can both make new friends.

    Location: North Hill
   12:30 PM Color It So  
    Contact: Goodyear Branch   330-784-7522   goodyear@akronlibrary.org
   

First Tuesday of each month, 12:30 pm

Join the craze that has grown-ups acting like kids again. Spend a relaxing time coloring with us. We'll provide coloring sheets designed specifically for adults, plus colored pencils, markers and crayons. Blank paper will be available to those who like to craft their own drawings. No registration necessary.

    Location: Goodyear
   2:00 PM  -  3:30 PM Free Computer Classes @ North Hill  
    Contact: North Hill Branch   330.535.9423   northhill@akronlibrary.org
   

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These free, hands-on classes are available on a first come, first serve basis and are limited to 15 participants. We recommend arriving at least one-half hour early to get an entry ticket. 

    Location: North Hill
   2:30 PM  -  4:00 PM Teen Lounge  
    Contact: Mogadore Branch Library   330-628-9228   mogadore@akronlibrary.org
   

Tuesday, February 6, 2:30-4 pm

Stop in to spend time with your friends, enjoy snacks,
try new activities, and play video games, in a place that just for teens.

Grades 6-12

    Location: Mogadore
   3:30 PM  -  4:30 PM Teen Life Hacks  
    Contact: Odom Boulevard Branch Library   330434-8726   
   

Want to learn some useful life skills?  Join us to get some hands on practice learning skill you can use for the rest of your life. 

How to knit a scarf without needles.

    Location: Odom
   3:45 PM Afterschool Crowd  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   ellet@akronlibrary.org
   

Grades 6-12. Gaming, crafts, books, music and more.

    Location: Ellet
   5:30 PM  -  8:00 PM Project Learn ESOL/GED  
    Contact: North Hill Branch   330.535.9423   northhill@akronlibrary.org
   

Project Learn ESOL/GED Classes

These free, convenient, GED classes are designed for those for whom English is a second language. If you or someone you know would like to attend, please contact PRoject LEarn at 330-434-9461 to arrange for testing and orientation.

    Location: North Hill
   6:30 PM The Underground Railroad in Ohio  
    Contact: Goodyear Branch   330-784-7522   goodyear@akronlibrary.org
   

This program features stories about the Underground Railroad in the four corners and center of the state. It also highlights an Ohio connection to the passage of the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

Please register in advance.

    Location: Goodyear
   6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Introduction to Intellectual Property  
    Contact: Science & Technology Division   330-643-9075   stdiv@akronlibrary.org
   

Learn the differences among the various types of intellectual property, and how best to protect your creative work.

This class will meet in Meeting Room 1 on the High Street Level across from the Auditorium.

Class size is limited. Contact the Science & Technology Division to register.

    Location: Main Library

Wednesday February 7, 2018
   10:30 AM Baby Time  
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

Every Wednesday, 10:30 am

An active story time for children from birth to 2 years old with an adult caregiver. We combine music, story and play to engage our youngest learners.

    Location: Main Library
   10:30 AM Story Time  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   ellet@akronlibrary.org
   

For ages 2-6 years. Ms. Laurie will use books, flannel boards, puppets, props, and songs to engage children in stories. Your children will be active participants in Story Time. Each session will conclude with a craft and playtime. No registration necessary.

    Location: Ellet
   11:00 AM  -  11:00 PM Story Time  
    Contact: Firestone Park Branch Library   330-724-2126   gbowen@akronlibrary.org
   

Story Time

Wednesdays, January 10 – February 28, 11 am

Join us for stories, music, movement and fun! Each session will be followed by play time or a fun activity.

Best for ages 2 to 6,  with all ages welcome. No registration required.

    Location: Firestone Park
   1:00 PM  -  1:00 PM Book Discussion  
    Contact: Norton Branch Library   330-825-7800   norton@akronlibrary.org
   

Join us to discuss OF MICE AND MEN by John Steinbeck. Light refreshments provided.

    Location: Norton
   1:00 PM Coffee and Coloring  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   ellet@akronlibrary.org
   

Stop the world and embrace your inner child! Studies show coloring can have a calming effect on the adult mind and help promote overall wellness. Coloring pages designed specifically for adults as well as colroing utensils and refreshments will be provided.

    Location: Ellet
   1:00 PM Craft Sampler  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

We’ve got a little bit of this and a little bit of that… put your imagination to the test and see what take-home projects you can create with a wide variety of materials!  Each month will feature a different theme to get you started.  Please register in advance.  All ages welcome.

    Location: Portage Lakes
   2:00 PM  -  3:30 PM Free Computer Classes @ North Hill  
    Contact: North Hill Branch   330.535.9423   northhill@akronlibrary.org
   

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These free, hands-on classes are available on a first come, first serve basis and are limited to 15 participants. We recommend arriving at least one-half hour early to get an entry ticket. 

    Location: North Hill
   3:30 PM  -  5:00 PM Wednesday Movie Madness  
    Contact: Odom Boulevard Branch Library   330-434-8726   
   

Join us each Wednesday after school for a different family friendly movie.  Stop in to the branch or call 330-434-8726 to see which movie we will be playing that week.

    Location: Odom
   3:45 PM Afterschool Crowd  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   ellet@akronlibrary.org
   

Grades 6-12. Gaming, crafts, books, music and more.

    Location: Ellet
   6:00 PM  -  7:30 PM Family Night  
    Contact: Odom Boulevard Branch Library   330-434-8726   
   

Wednesday is Family Night at the library!  These programs are intended for families.  All ages are welcom, however a caregiver must be present with those below age 8. 

Bricks4kidz:  Legos and duplo blocks for all ages set up in stations around the room to invite exploration and building.  Something for all ages.

    Location: Odom
   6:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Cinema Night at Your Branch Library  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   maplevalley@akronlibrary.org
   

The IMMORTAL LIFE OF HENRIETTA LACKS starring Oprah Winfery

    Location: Maple Valley
   6:30 PM Reader’s Choice Book Discussion  
    Contact: Mogadore Branch Library   330-628-9228   mogadore@akronlibrary.org
   

Wednesday, February 7, 6:30 pm

WHEN BREATH BECOMES AIR by Paul Kalanithi

    Location: Mogadore

Thursday February 8, 2018
   10:15 AM  -  11:30 AM Stories and Play  
    Contact: Goodyear Branch   330-784-7522   goodyear@akronlibrary.org
   

 

Thursdays, December 7-21, January 18 – February 22, 10:15 am

Enjoy stories, movement, and song. Storytime is early learning fun for young children to help develop the skills to succeed in school. Stay and play afterward with toys and a chance for parents to chat. Play helps young children learn skills needed for reading and writing.

    Location: Goodyear
   10:30 AM Library Babies and Tots  
    Contact: Mogadore Branch Library   330-628-9228   mogadore@akronlibrary.org
   

Thursday, February 8, 10:30 am

Join Miss Kim for songs, stories and group playtime with our library friends.

Ages birth – 3 ½

*There will be no program on March 1, 2018

    Location: Mogadore
   10:30 AM Preschool Story Time  
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

Every Thursday, 10:30 am

Watch as books come to life through stories, music and activities. For children 2 to 5 years old with an adult caregiver.

    Location: Main Library
   12:30 PM  -  2:00 PM Puzzle Pizzazz Time  
    Contact: Goodyear Branch   330-784-7522   goodyear@akronlibrary.org
   

Second Thursday of each month, 12:30-2 pm

Do you like solving puzzles? If you like word searches, crossword puzzles, Sudoku, jigsaw puzzles, brain-teasers, logic puzzles, etc., then stop on in. We will have a variety of puzzles on hand, or feel free to bring your own. Refreshments will be served. No registration required. 

    Location: Goodyear
   1:00 PM Story Time  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   ellet@akronlibrary.org
   

For ages 2-6 years. Ms. Laurie will use books, flannel boards, puppets, props, and songs to engage children in stories. Your children will be active participants in Story Time. Each session will conclude with a craft and playtime. No registration necessary.

    Location: Ellet
   2:00 PM  -  3:30 PM Free Computer Classes @ North Hill  
    Contact: North Hill Branch   330.535.9423   northhill@akronlibrary.org
   

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These free, hands-on classes are available on a first come, first serve basis and are limited to 15 participants. We recommend arriving at least one-half hour early to get an entry ticket. 

    Location: North Hill
   3:30 PM  -  4:30 PM Kids Creative Space  
    Contact: Odom Boulevard Branch Library   330-434-8726   
   

Join us each Thursday after school for a chance to get creative, play games, and hang-out with your friends.  

    Location: Odom
   3:45 PM Afterschool Crowd  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   ellet@akronlibrary.org
   

Grades 6-12. Gaming, crafts, books, music and more.

    Location: Ellet
   4:00 PM Tween Scene  
    Contact: Goodyear Branch   3307847522   goodyear@akronlibrary.org
   

Second Thursday of each month, 4 pm

For ages 9-13. Registration is requested for each date.

Game Day - February 8

Are you waiting for warmer weather so you can play outdoor sports?  Come join us and play outdoor sports designed to be played indoors.  We will also play some fun indoor games. Refreshments will be served.

    Location: Goodyear
   5:30 PM  -  8:00 PM Project Learn ESOL/GED  
    Contact: North Hill Branch   330.535.9423   northhill@akronlibrary.org
   

Project Learn ESOL/GED Classes

These free, convenient, GED classes are designed for those for whom English is a second language. If you or someone you know would like to attend, please contact PRoject LEarn at 330-434-9461 to arrange for testing and orientation.

    Location: North Hill
   6:00 PM Free Test Prep  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

Getting ready to take the ACT or SAT?  Working toward your GED or Nursing Degree? With the use of your library card and your favorite electronic device learn about our free online services, LEARNING EXPREES LIBRARY and Tutor.com.   Access free practice tests and tutorial courses to help students and adult learners succeed on all types of academic and licensing tests.  No registration necessary.

    Location: Portage Lakes
   6:30 PM Story Time  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   ellet@akronlibrary.org
   

For ages 2-6 years. Ms. Laurie will use books, flannel boards, puppets, props, and songs to engage children in stories. Your children will be active participants in Story Time. Each session will conclude with a craft and playtime. No registration necessary.

    Location: Ellet

Saturday February 10, 2018
   10:00 AM  -  11:00 AM Book Buddies  
    Contact: Highland Square Branch Library   330-376-2927   kmockensturm@akronlibrary.org
   

Drop-in with your child, and a teen will be here to read to him or her. Bring your child’s favorite books or let your child choose from books we provide for you. Teens and Tweens, let us know if you want to be a Book Buddies volunteer.

    Location: Highland Square
   10:15 AM  -  12:00 PM Introduction to Patents & Patent Searching  
    Contact: Science & Technology Division   330-643-9075   stdiv@akronlibrary.org
   

Have a great idea for an invention? Learn what a patent is, what it can do for you, and the hows and whys of searching for existing patents. You will learn how to do a preliminary patent search using the United States Patent & Trademark website.

This class will meet in Meeting Room 1 on the High Street Level across from the auditorium.

Class size is limited. Contact the Science & Technology Division to register.

    Location: Main Library
   11:00 AM Saturday Story Time Sampler  
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

Saturday Story Time Sampler

First and Third Saturdays of the month, 11 am

Story time for preschool-primary children with an adult caregiver

Dec 2: Gingerbread Man – Run into the library as fast as you can for this gingerbread story time! Help us try to catch the pesky gingerbread man, decorate the library’s holiday cardboard house and more!

Dec 16: Holidays Around the World – Join us for fun stories and crafts from around the world

Jan 6: Penguin Party! Did you know that there are penguins that live in warm places?  Learn fun facts about penguins through penguin stories, rhymes and songs, and make your own edible penguin craft!

Jan 20: Ballet Excel presents The Magic Flute. Don’t miss this interactive program which includes dance, storytelling, and a meet-and-greet with the dancers. Bring your camera if you’d like to take pictures.

Feb 3: Instead of Story Time, join us for the Family Reading Festival, 10-3, featuring Jim Gill and Outback Ray!

Feb 17: Winter Fun. Snowy stories, activities and a craft to warm up with.

    Location: Main Library
   11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Paws For Reading  
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

The Second Saturday of each month, (Dec 9, Jan 13, Feb 10) 11 am

Share a book with a certified therapy dog.

    Location: Main Library
   1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Saturday Family Programs  
    Contact: Odom Branch   330-434-8726   
   

For all ages but those under 8 years must be accompanied by a caregiver.

Made from your heart.  Work with our fabric and craft supplies to make keepsakes for the special people in your life, or to brighten your own world. 

    Location: Odom
   2:00 PM YA Café  
    Contact: Goodyear Branch   3307847522   goodyear@akronlibrary.org
   

Second Saturday of each month, 2 pm

For ages 14-18. Registration is requested for each date. Refreshments will be served.

Teen Talk – February 10

School? Friendships? Careers? Life? Join us for an informal talk about current topics from a teen’s perspective. Come and share your thoughts.

    Location: Goodyear

Sunday February 11, 2018
   2:00 PM  -  2:30 PM Sunday Story Time Sampler  
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

Every Sunday (except Dec 24), 2 pm

A half-hour story time for preschool-primary children with an adult caregiver.

    Location: Main Library

Monday February 12, 2018
   10:15 AM  -  12:00 PM North Hill Needle Crafters  
    Contact: North Hill Branch Library   330.535.9423   northhill@akronlibrary.org
   

North Hill Needle Crafters

If you love to knit, crochet, and help others, this is the group for you. Are you new to crafting? We will be glad to get you started. If you have yarn or supplies to donate, we will make good use of them!

    Location: North Hill
   10:30 AM Early Bird Movie Matinee  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   ellet@akronlibrary.org
   

Enjoy a fun family-friendly movie on the big screen!

    Location: Ellet
   10:30 AM Yoga Play for 3-5 year olds  
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

Yoga Play for 3-5 year olds, Mondays in February, 10:30 am

Join us for a multi-sensory yoga experience. We add play and learning to create an inspiring adventure.

    Location: Main Library
   11:00 AM Preschool Playroom  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

Free, open playtime! Play with your child and help your little one discover a whole new world through play!  We provide a variety of activities and toys for preschoolers to explore and even create a little art. Intended for ages 1-4 with a caregiver. No registration necessary.

    Location: Portage Lakes
   11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Baby & Me  
    Contact: Highland Square Branch Library   330-376-2927   kmockensturm@akronlibrary.org
   

For babies and their grown-ups. You are your child’s first teacher. Discover simple songs and exercises to do with your young learner to give him his first tools needed to learn to read and better understand her world. Best of all, these experiences will bring fun and joy into your little one’s day! Dress for possible messy play experiences.

    Location: Highland Square
   1:00 PM Anything Goes Book Discussion  
    Contact: Fairlawn-Bath Branch   330-666-4888   
   

Join us the second Monday of each month, 1 pm

February 12: THE BLESSING WAY by Tony Hillerman

    Location: Fairlawn-Bath
   4:00 PM  -  5:00 PM Lego Club  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   ellet@akronlibrary.org
   

Builders ages 5-12 can join us on the 2nd and 4th Monday. We will provide the bricks and a challenge. Completed works will be displayed in our showcase until the next meeting.

    Location: Ellet
   4:00 PM  -  5:00 PM Paws for Reading  
    Contact: Goodyear Branch   330-784-7522   goodyear@akronlibrary.org
   

 

Practice your reading skills by reading aloud to our doggie pals. Bring a book from home or read one of ours! Not reading yet? Our dogs’ human pals will read to you. This is a great way for children to practice their literacy skills and gain more confidence in reading aloud. Children of all ages are welcome. No registration is needed.

    Location: Goodyear
   6:00 PM Memory Wire Bead Bracelet  
    Contact: Goodyear Branch   330-784-7522   goodyear@akronlibrary.org
   

Join Leila Griffiths with Elkaysthings and create a unique beaded bracelet. Participants will take their new creation home in an elegant organza jewelry bag, so it's perfect as a gift, or to keep as your own. Class size is limited to 20 adult/teen (16 & over) participants.

Registration begins on Tuesday, January 16.

    Location: Goodyear
   6:00 PM  -  7:00 PM Holiday Card- Block Printing Program  
    Contact: Odom Branch   330-434-8726   
   

Join Claire Marks as we decorate holiday cards using the oldest type of printmaking in the world, dating back to the Egyptians in 500 BCE.  Bring a favorite design or create one with us.  Let's get printing. 

    Location: Odom
   6:00 PM  -  7:00 PM The Beatles in Cleveland: The Notorious 1964 & 1966 Concerts  
    Contact: Norton Branch Library   330-825-7800   norton@akronlibrary.org
   

Relive the excitement of Beatlemania as John, Paul, George and Ringo visit Cleveland for two of the wildest, out of control concerts in Beatles – and rock ‘n’ roll – history. Author Dave Schwensen will take you behind the scenes and on stage with The Fab Four through insider stories, rare concert films, never-before published photos and memorabilia.  The evening’s highlights will include films of The Beatles riotous concerts at Cleveland Public Hall in 1964 and Municipal Stadium in 1966.  Books will be available for purchase and author signing at a special library discount price following the program.

    Location: Norton
   6:30 PM A Different Kind of Book Club  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

Have you just read a good book and want to tell others about it? Are you looking for your next book to read and would like a recommendation from others? Join us as we eat, drink and share.   No one has to read the same book.  It's basically one big book report meeting and no books are off limit. Classics, Self-help, Biographies, Cozy Mysteries, Travel, Sci-Fi, anything goes!

 

    Location: Portage Lakes
   6:30 PM Babytime  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   ellet@akronlibrary.org
   

For ages 6-24 months and their caregiver. Stories, songs, bounces, rhymes and activities geared for babies followed by group playtime. No registration necessary.

    Location: Ellet
   6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Introduction to Meditation  
    Contact: North Hill Branch   330.535.9423   northhill@akronlibrary.org
   

Introduction to Meditation presented by the Center for Health, Happiness, and Chan

Too much stress in life? Want to spend a little quality time with yourself? Just want to learn how meditation can work for you? This four week Introduction to Meditation course offers and opportunity to practice and discuss several popular forms of meditation. We begin with basic breathing meditation and add other practices each week. No previous meditation experience is necessary and all practices are offered in a non-religious manner - all faith traditions (or none at all) are welcome. 

    Location: North Hill

Tuesday February 13, 2018
   10:05 AM Babytime  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   ellet@akronlibrary.org
   

For ages 6-24 months and their caregiver. Stories, songs, bounces, rhymes and activities geared for babies followed by group playtime. No registration necessary.

    Location: Ellet
   10:30 AM Story Time  
    Contact: Mogadore Branch Library   330-628-9228   mogadore@akronlibrary.org
   

Tuesday, February 13, 10:30 am

 Join Miss Kim for stories, songs, games and crafts.

Ages 3 and up

*There will be no program on February 27, 2018

    Location: Mogadore
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM A Time To Play  
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

Second Tuesday of each month, 10:30-11:30 am Children learn through play, and we like to play in the Children's Library! Hands-on, age-appropriate, creative play, STEAM experiences and materials will be available for young children and their caregivers. Come explore, make friends, share stories, create and play with us.      

December 12 Petite Chefs:  Celebrate the season! Stimulate your child’s senses through hand-on “baking” activities.  Scoop, pour, mix, measure, stir and taste.

January 9 The Snowy Day: Delight in snowy activities inspired by Ezra Jack Keats magical story, “The Snowy Day.” 

February 13 Love Bugs:  Enjoy the month of February with your love bugs! Celebrate those you love with card making, stamping, letter writing, post office dramatic play and sensory experiences.

    Location: Main Library
   11:00 AM Baby & Me Time  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

Stories, songs and finger plays for those littlest learners!  Recommended for babies and toddlers age 2 and under with a caregiver. No registration necessary.

 

 

    Location: Portage Lakes
   11:00 AM Toddler Time  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   ellet@akronlibrary.org
   

For ages 2-3 years and their caregiver. Toddler appropriate books, songs, rhymes and activities. Wiggly toddlers are welcome. Toddler Time is followed by a simple craft and group playtime. No registration necessary.

    Location: Ellet
   11:30 AM  -  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 Cookies, Craft, and a Movie  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330-864-5721   maplevalley@akronlibrary.org
   

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with cookies, crafts, and a movie (movie TBA).  

    Location: Maple Valley
   3:30 PM  -  5:00 PM Teen Anti-Valentine's Day Celebration  
    Contact: Odom Branch   330-434-8726   
   

Celebrate the holiday by bashing it!  We'll be listening to cheesy love songs, making bling rings, duct tape roses, and trying out different love potions.  We request that you register in advance by calling 330-434-8726 or by stoppin at the branch. 

    Location: Odom
   3:30 PM  -  5:00 PM Warm Up Akron  
    Contact: Mogadore Branch Library   330-628-9228   mogadore@akronlibrary.org
   

Tuesday, February 13, 3:30-5 pm

Knit and crochet to help the needy!  If you can make just one 7” or 9” rectangle
you can help keep the needy in the Akron area warm. 
To date, this chapter has supplied over 8,000 afghans.
    Location: Mogadore
   3:45 PM Afterschool Crowd  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   ellet@akronlibrary.org
   

Grades 6-12. Gaming, crafts, books, music and more.

    Location: Ellet
   5:30 PM  -  8:00 PM Project Learn ESOL/GED  
    Contact: North Hill Branch   330.535.9423   northhill@akronlibrary.org
   

Project Learn ESOL/GED Classes

These free, convenient, GED classes are designed for those for whom English is a second language. If you or someone you know would like to attend, please contact PRoject LEarn at 330-434-9461 to arrange for testing and orientation.

    Location: North Hill
   6:00 PM  -  7:30 PM Teen Advisory Board Meeting  
    Contact: Teen Department   330.643.9067   ysodiv@akronlibrary.org
   

Whether you're looking to get volunteer hours for school or just like to work on cool projects, eat and have fun, the Teen Advisory Board in the place to be! You'll help plan Teen programs and decorate the Teen Area. It looks great on a resume too. For ages 11 to 18. Please call 330-643-9067 for information.

    Location: Main Library
   6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Reentry in Motion: Resumes, Cover Letters, and Interviewing with a Background  
    Contact: Business & Government Division   330-643-9020   srichard@akronlibrary.org
   

The program highlights two films which reveal what to include and what not to include in a resume, as well as the different types of resumes, such as chronological and functional. In addition, the following will be covered: the importance of a good cover letter, the preparation for the interview, and what to do and what not to do when interviewing. Handouts provided. Room 2AB.

    Location: Main Library

Wednesday February 14, 2018
   10:30 AM Baby Time  
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

Every Wednesday, 10:30 am

An active story time for children from birth to 2 years old with an adult caregiver. We combine music, story and play to engage our youngest learners.

    Location: Main Library
   11:00 AM  -  11:00 PM Story Time  
    Contact: Firestone Park Branch Library   330-724-2126   gbowen@akronlibrary.org
   

Story Time

Wednesdays, January 10 – February 28, 11 am

Join us for stories, music, movement and fun! Each session will be followed by play time or a fun activity.

Best for ages 2 to 6,  with all ages welcome. No registration required.

    Location: Firestone Park
   12:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Coloring with Culture & AV  
    Contact: Culture & AV   330-643-9015   cadiv@akronlibrary.org
   
  • Color with us.
  • Bring your own coloring book and supplies or choose from provided coloring pages, crayons and colored pencils.
  • Adults age 18 and over. Meeting Room 2AB.

 

 

    Location: Main Library
   3:30 PM Euchre 101  
    Contact: Mogadore Branch Library   330-628-9228   mogadore@akronlibrary.org
   

Wednesday, February 14, 3:30 pm

Learn how to play euchre, a basic skill everyone planning on
attending college should know for your downtime. 
We will go over the basics, play a few hands, and get the hang of the game. 
Registration requested.

Grades 6-12

    Location: Mogadore
   3:30 PM  -  5:00 PM Wednesday Movie Madness  
    Contact: Odom Boulevard Branch Library   330-434-8726   
   

Join us each Wednesday after school for a different family friendly movie.  Stop in to the branch or call 330-434-8726 to see which movie we will be playing that week.

    Location: Odom
   3:45 PM Afterschool Crowd  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   ellet@akronlibrary.org
   

Grades 6-12. Gaming, crafts, books, music and more.

    Location: Ellet
   6:00 PM  -  7:00 PM Valentine Stories  
    Contact: Goodyear Branch   330-784-7522   goodyear@akronlibrary.org
   

 

We will read some sweet stories about friendship, have some sweet treats, and make some heart crafts to share with your friends and family.  Registration appreciated

    Location: Goodyear
   6:30 PM  -  8:00 PM Socrates Cafe  
    Contact: Nordonia Hills Branch   330.467.8585   nordoniahills@akronlibrary.org
   

SOCRATES CAFÉ

Are you a parent looking for more opportunities to talk with other adults? 

A senior seeking ways to keep your mind active and engaged?  

A student working to improve reasoning and thinking skills? 

A person wanting to meet some of your neighbors in an informal, yet thoughtful setting?

If so, join us at the Socrates Café!

An ongoing, regular discussion for patrons 16 and over - A place to discuss life with other adults – We explore questions we all ask ourselves in a open and friendly manner.

No registration necessary – No homework – No assigned reading.

Based on the book by CHRISTOPHER PHILLIPS, the Cafe opens the second Wednesday of each month. New cafe-goers are always welcome, age 16 and over.

Come and take part, or just listen to the discussion!

 

    Location: Nordonia Hills

Thursday February 15, 2018
   10:15 AM  -  11:30 AM Stories and Play  
    Contact: Goodyear Branch   330-784-7522   goodyear@akronlibrary.org
   

 

Thursdays, December 7-21, January 18 – February 22, 10:15 am

Enjoy stories, movement, and song. Storytime is early learning fun for young children to help develop the skills to succeed in school. Stay and play afterward with toys and a chance for parents to chat. Play helps young children learn skills needed for reading and writing.

    Location: Goodyear
   10:30 AM Library Babies and Tots  
    Contact: Mogadore Branch Library   330-628-9228   mogadore@akronlibrary.org
   

Thursday, February 15, 10:30 am

Join Miss Kim for songs, stories and group playtime with our library friends.

Ages birth – 3 ½

*There will be no program on March 1, 2018

    Location: Mogadore
   10:30 AM Preschool Story Time  
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

Every Thursday, 10:30 am

Watch as books come to life through stories, music and activities. For children 2 to 5 years old with an adult caregiver.

    Location: Main Library
   1:00 PM Adult Play Day: Coloring and Coffee  
    Contact: Fairlawn-Bath Branch   330-666-4888   
   

Experience the latest trend in relaxation, adult coloring books! Coloring pages designated especially for adults, colored pencils, and refreshments will be provided. This program is sponsored by the Friends of Fairlawn-Bath Library.

    Location: Fairlawn-Bath
   1:00 PM Story Time  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   ellet@akronlibrary.org
   

For ages 2-6 years. Ms. Laurie will use books, flannel boards, puppets, props, and songs to engage children in stories. Your children will be active participants in Story Time. Each session will conclude with a craft and playtime. No registration necessary.

    Location: Ellet
   3:30 PM Lego Club  
    Contact: Mogadore Branch Library   330-628-9228   mogadore@akronlibrary.org
   

Thursday, February 15, 3:30 pm

Join us for an afternoon of imaginative Lego creation.  All supplies provided.

Grades K-5

    Location: Mogadore
   3:30 PM  -  4:30 PM Kids Creative Space  
    Contact: Odom Boulevard Branch Library   330-434-8726   
   

Join us each Thursday after school for a chance to get creative, play games, and hang-out with your friends.  

    Location: Odom
   3:45 PM Afterschool Crowd  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   ellet@akronlibrary.org
   

Grades 6-12. Gaming, crafts, books, music and more.

    Location: Ellet
   5:30 PM  -  8:00 PM Project Learn ESOL/GED  
    Contact: North Hill Branch   330.535.9423   northhill@akronlibrary.org
   

Project Learn ESOL/GED Classes

These free, convenient, GED classes are designed for those for whom English is a second language. If you or someone you know would like to attend, please contact PRoject LEarn at 330-434-9461 to arrange for testing and orientation.

    Location: North Hill
   6:00 PM Accordion Paper Wreaths  
    Contact: Mogadore Branch Library   330-628-9228   mogadore@akronlibrary.org
   

Thursday, February 15, 6 pm

Learn how to accordion-fold scrapbook paper into a colorful wreath in preparation for spring.
Please register for this program by calling 330.628.9228.
    Location: Mogadore
   6:30 PM Story Time  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   ellet@akronlibrary.org
   

For ages 2-6 years. Ms. Laurie will use books, flannel boards, puppets, props, and songs to engage children in stories. Your children will be active participants in Story Time. Each session will conclude with a craft and playtime. No registration necessary.

    Location: Ellet

Friday February 16, 2018
   12:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Art Free For All  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   ellet@akronlibrary.org
   

Stop in the library any time between 12 and 4 to let your crafting imagination run wild. We will have craft supplies of all sorts for you to experiment with and crate a masterpiece.

    Location: Ellet
   1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM No School! Family Movie Day  
    Contact: Odom Branch   330-434-8726   
   

Snack and a movie.  Titles will be announced later.  Call the branch at 330-434-8726 for information or stop by.

    Location: Odom

Saturday February 17, 2018
   9:15 AM Practice ACT  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330-864-5721   maplevalley@akronlibrary.org
   

 Want to get the best score on your ACT? Sylvan Learning Center is offering a free practice exam to prepare you for the real test. Please plan on this program lasting at least three hours. Registration is requested at least a week in advance.  

    Location: Maple Valley
   10:00 AM Practice ACT Exam  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   ellet@akronlibrary.org
   

Want to get the best score on your ACT? Sylvan Learning Center is offering a free practice exam to prepare you for the real test. This practice test will last at least three hours. Please register in advance.

    Location: Ellet
   10:00 AM  -  5:00 PM NH Game Time  
    Contact: Nordonia Hills Branch   330.467.8595   nordoniahills@akronlibrary.org
   

NORDONIA HILLS GAME TIME

We welcome library patrons to a regular monthly event – a place to meet up with fellow game players of all ages.

The room is open to players of chess, role-playing games, board games, Euro games, standard cards, mah-jongg, war games, and trading/collectible card games.

Bring your own games, or try a game from our collection already on hand. No registration required! Refreshments are served.

Third Saturday of each month.

This event is also open to regular card groups and other game clubs looking for a venue.

Come on out to meet fellow local players – Learn new games – Sharpen your intellect – and enjoy the social aspects of games.

    Location: Nordonia Hills
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Paws for Reading  
    Contact: Fairlawn-Bath Branch   330-666-4888   
   

Children of all ages can practice their literacy skills by reading aloud to our doggie pals.   This is a great way for children to build their reading fluency and read-aloud confidence.

Children not yet reading are welcome to come.  The doggie’s human pal will read to the child.  

    Location: Fairlawn-Bath
   11:00 AM Saturday Story Time Sampler  
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

Saturday Story Time Sampler

First and Third Saturdays of the month, 11 am

Story time for preschool-primary children with an adult caregiver

Dec 2: Gingerbread Man – Run into the library as fast as you can for this gingerbread story time! Help us try to catch the pesky gingerbread man, decorate the library’s holiday cardboard house and more!

Dec 16: Holidays Around the World – Join us for fun stories and crafts from around the world

Jan 6: Penguin Party! Did you know that there are penguins that live in warm places?  Learn fun facts about penguins through penguin stories, rhymes and songs, and make your own edible penguin craft!

Jan 20: Ballet Excel presents The Magic Flute. Don’t miss this interactive program which includes dance, storytelling, and a meet-and-greet with the dancers. Bring your camera if you’d like to take pictures.

Feb 3: Instead of Story Time, join us for the Family Reading Festival, 10-3, featuring Jim Gill and Outback Ray!

Feb 17: Winter Fun. Snowy stories, activities and a craft to warm up with.

    Location: Main Library
   2:00 PM Anime Afternoon  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   ellet@akronlibrary.org
   

Grades 6-12. Anime, crafts, and snacks

    Location: Ellet
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Let's Talk About It Book Discussion  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   maplevalley@akronlibrary.org
   

JUMP: Take the Leap of Faith to Achieve Your Life of Abundance by Steve Harvey

JUMP explores seven vulnerable “seasons” in the Emmy Award-winner life: being homeless and living out of his car, flunking out of college, enduring the emotional turmoil of a second failed marriage, risking stability to pursue his dream of television stardom, overcoming the Miss Universe mishap, blending his family, and owing the Internal Revenue Service $20 million. Steve uses these uncomfortable moments to explain his core principles and teach you what it means to JUMP. (Amazon)

    Location: Maple Valley

Sunday February 18, 2018
   2:00 PM  -  2:30 PM Sunday Story Time Sampler  
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

Every Sunday (except Dec 24), 2 pm

A half-hour story time for preschool-primary children with an adult caregiver.

    Location: Main Library

Monday February 19, 2018
     On Your Own  
    Contact: Goodyear Branch   330-784-7522   goodyear@akronlibrary.org
   

 

Participate in these activities on your own at the library. They will each be available for two weeks. Bring them to the desk for a small reward.

Evergreens and Pine Cones

Look at the various parts of trees on the NatureConnect table and observe the differences.

    Location: Goodyear
   10:15 AM  -  12:00 PM North Hill Needle Crafters  
    Contact: North Hill Branch Library   330.535.9423   northhill@akronlibrary.org
   

North Hill Needle Crafters

If you love to knit, crochet, and help others, this is the group for you. Are you new to crafting? We will be glad to get you started. If you have yarn or supplies to donate, we will make good use of them!

    Location: North Hill
   10:30 AM Yoga Play for 3-5 year olds  
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

Yoga Play for 3-5 year olds, Mondays in February, 10:30 am

Join us for a multi-sensory yoga experience. We add play and learning to create an inspiring adventure.

    Location: Main Library
   10:30 AM  -  12:00 PM Computer Training  
    Contact: Odom Branch   330-434-8726   
   

Computer classes are hands-on and last an hour and a half.  They are on a first come basis.  Limitied tickets for each class will be handed out 30 minutes before the class is scheduled to begin.  

Basic Computer Skills

    Location: Odom
   11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Baby & Me  
    Contact: Highland Square Branch Library   330-376-2927   kmockensturm@akronlibrary.org
   

For babies and their grown-ups. You are your child’s first teacher. Discover simple songs and exercises to do with your young learner to give him his first tools needed to learn to read and better understand her world. Best of all, these experiences will bring fun and joy into your little one’s day! Dress for possible messy play experiences.

    Location: Highland Square
   1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM No School! Family Movie Day  
    Contact: Odom Branch   330-434-8726   
   

Snack and a movie.  Titles will be announced later.  Call the branch at 330-434-8726 for information or stop by.

    Location: Odom
   3:30 PM  -  5:00 PM Ellet Needle Crafters  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   ellet@akronlibrary.org
   

Do you like to share techniques, ideas, and suggestions? All levels of expertise and all ages welcome.

    Location: Ellet
   6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Gentle Yoga With Nia  
    Contact: North Hill Branch Library   330.535.9423   northhill@akronlibrary.org
   

Gentle Yoga with Nia

Help maintain a healthy lifestyle through the holiday and to start your year off right with these free yoga classes. Be lled in warm-up stretches and breathing exercises, move through yoga poses with the help of a chair, end sessions with nature sounds and music. Please bring a yoga mat or a beach towel and a water bottle. New members are always welcome!

    Location: North Hill

Tuesday February 20, 2018
   10:30 AM Story Time  
    Contact: Mogadore Branch Library   330-628-9228   mogadore@akronlibrary.org
   

Tuesday, February 20, 10:30 am

 Join Miss Kim for stories, songs, games and crafts.

Ages 3 and up

*There will be no program on February 27, 2018

    Location: Mogadore
   10:30 AM  -  12:00 PM Computer Training  
    Contact: Odom Branch   330-434-8726   
   

Computer classes are hands-on and last an hour and a half.  They are on a first come basis.  Limitied tickets for each class will be handed out 30 minutes before the class is scheduled to begin.  

Windows 10

    Location: Odom
   11:00 AM Baby & Me Time  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

Stories, songs and finger plays for those littlest learners!  Recommended for babies and toddlers age 2 and under with a caregiver. No registration necessary.

 

 

    Location: Portage Lakes
   11:30 AM  -  12:30 PM Preschool Playgroup  
    Contact: North Hill Branch Library   330-535-9423   northhill@akronlibrary.org
   

Play is important! Stop in for a few minutes, or the whole hour. Explore various age appropriate toys, blocks, cars, trucks and trains, dolls, puzzles, and other children. Run laps in the community room. Children and adults can both make new friends.

    Location: North Hill
   1:30 PM Rabid Readers Book Discussion  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   ellet@akronlibrary.org
   

Books are available in advance at the circulation desk.

Feb 20-YOUNG JANE YOUNG by Gabrielle Zevin

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    Location: Ellet
   2:30 PM  -  4:00 PM Teen Lounge  
    Contact: Mogadore Branch Library   330-628-9228   mogadore@akronlibrary.org
   

Tuesday, February 20, 2:30-4 pm

Stop in to spend time with your friends, enjoy snacks,
try new activities, and play video games, in a place that just for teens.

Grades 6-12

    Location: Mogadore
   3:30 PM  -  4:30 PM Youth Video Gaming  
    Contact: Odom Boulevard Branch Library   330-434-8726   
   

Cheer on your friends and enjoy time spent with others while taking turns playing video games with other students.  Games played are rated T or below.  

    Location: Odom
   3:45 PM Afterschool Crowd  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   ellet@akronlibrary.org
   

Grades 6-12. Gaming, crafts, books, music and more.

    Location: Ellet
   4:00 PM  -  5:00 PM After School Adventures  
    Contact: Firestone Park Branch Library   330-724-2126   gbowen@akronlibrary.org
   

Steam Lab for kids in grades K-5

Build a candy catapult. Sign ups requested.

 

    Location: Firestone Park
   4:30 PM  -  6:00 PM Teen/Tween Advisory Board  
    Contact: Goodyear Branch   3307847522   goodyear@akronlibrary.org
   

Third Tuesday of each month, 4:30-6 pm

Join our new advisory board just for teens and tweens, ages 9-18. First, teens and tweens will meet together, then we’ll split into groups and brainstorm ideas. Come make your voice heard! Refreshments will be served.

    Location: Goodyear
   6:30 PM Investment Perspectives  
    Contact: Mogadore Branch Library   330-628-9228   mogadore@akronlibrary.org
   

Tuesday, February 20, 6:30 pm

Financial advisor Vince Rosnack will be discussing timely market topics
and potential solutions to help you stay on track. 
Registration is requested; please call 330.628.9228.
    Location: Mogadore
   6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Heart Health Presentation  
    Contact: Highland Square   330-376-2927   kgerlach@akronlibrary.org
   

February is Heart Health Month. Learn how to live a healthier lifestyle, and improve your understanding of the risk factors of heart and stroke. Then find out how to administer hands-only CPR. This program is presented by the Summit County Go Red For Women Passion Committee.

Please call 330-376-2927 or stop in to visit us at the Highland Square Branch Library to register for all adult programs.

    Location: Highland Square
   6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Reentry in Motion: Finding a Job with a Background  
    Contact: Business & Government Division   330-643-9020   srichard@akronlibrary.org
   

Job searching is a stressful endeavor, especially for someone with a troubled background. This program showcases a film which will help job seekers understand the pitfalls and secrets of finding a job with a criminal past. Handouts provided. Room 2AB.

    Location: Main Library

Wednesday February 21, 2018
   10:30 AM Baby Time  
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

Every Wednesday, 10:30 am

An active story time for children from birth to 2 years old with an adult caregiver. We combine music, story and play to engage our youngest learners.

    Location: Main Library
   11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Coloring Fun  
    Contact: Norton Branch Library   330-825-7800   norton@akronlibrary.org
   

Join us for a morning of coloring, relaxation, conversation and snacks.  Coloring sheets, markers, colored pencils, music and snacks are provided. Feel free to bring your own supplies or use ours.

    Location: Norton
   11:00 AM  -  11:00 PM Story Time  
    Contact: Firestone Park Branch Library   330-724-2126   gbowen@akronlibrary.org
   

Story Time

Wednesdays, January 10 – February 28, 11 am

Join us for stories, music, movement and fun! Each session will be followed by play time or a fun activity.

Best for ages 2 to 6,  with all ages welcome. No registration required.

    Location: Firestone Park
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Color Your World  
    Contact: Odom Branch   330-434-8726   
   

Set aside an afternoon for adult  coloring to relax and relieve stress.  Drop in to do some coloring with provided sheets and coloring materials or bring your own materials to work with.  Refreshments provided.  

    Location: Odom
   3:30 PM Euchre Tournament  
    Contact: Mogadore Branch Library   330-628-9228   mogadore@akronlibrary.org
   

Wednesday, February 21, 3:30 pm

Use your newly acquired skill to compete against your friends.  
Prizes will be awarded. 
To be eligible to compete in the tournament you need to attend the Euchre 101 program.

Grades 6-12

    Location: Mogadore
   3:30 PM  -  5:00 PM Wednesday Movie Madness  
    Contact: Odom Boulevard Branch Library   330-434-8726   
   

Join us each Wednesday after school for a different family friendly movie.  Stop in to the branch or call 330-434-8726 to see which movie we will be playing that week.

    Location: Odom
   3:45 PM Afterschool Crowd  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   ellet@akronlibrary.org
   

Grades 6-12. Gaming, crafts, books, music and more.

    Location: Ellet
   6:00 PM  -  7:30 PM Computer Training  
    Contact: Odom Brach   330-434-8726   
   

Computer classes are hands-on and last an hour and a half.  They are on a first come basis.  Limited tickets for each class will be handed out 30 minutes before the class is scheduled to begin.  

File Management

    Location: Odom
   6:00 PM  -  7:30 PM Family STEAM Nights  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

Explore Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math with fun games, easy experiments and activities for all ages.  No registration necessary.

 

 

    Location: Portage Lakes
   6:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Cinema Night at Your Branch Library  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   maplevalley@akronlibrary.org
   

MARSHALL starring Chadwick Boseman

    Location: Maple Valley

Thursday February 22, 2018
   10:15 AM  -  11:30 AM Stories and Play  
    Contact: Goodyear Branch   330-784-7522   goodyear@akronlibrary.org
   

 

Thursdays, December 7-21, January 18 – February 22, 10:15 am

Enjoy stories, movement, and song. Storytime is early learning fun for young children to help develop the skills to succeed in school. Stay and play afterward with toys and a chance for parents to chat. Play helps young children learn skills needed for reading and writing.

    Location: Goodyear
   10:30 AM Library Babies and Tots  
    Contact: Mogadore Branch Library   330-628-9228   mogadore@akronlibrary.org
   

Thursday, February 22, 10:30 am

Join Miss Kim for songs, stories and group playtime with our library friends.

Ages birth – 3 ½

*There will be no program on March 1, 2018

    Location: Mogadore
   10:30 AM Preschool Story Time  
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

Every Thursday, 10:30 am

Watch as books come to life through stories, music and activities. For children 2 to 5 years old with an adult caregiver.

    Location: Main Library
   3:30 PM  -  4:30 PM Kids Creative Space  
    Contact: Odom Boulevard Branch Library   330-434-8726   
   

Join us each Thursday after school for a chance to get creative, play games, and hang-out with your friends.  

    Location: Odom
   3:45 PM Afterschool Crowd  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   ellet@akronlibrary.org
   

Grades 6-12. Gaming, crafts, books, music and more.

    Location: Ellet
   6:00 PM Cookbook Club  
    Contact: Mogadore Branch Library   330-628-9228   mogadore@akronlibrary.org
   

Thursday, February 22, 6 pm
Do you love browsing through cookbooks and trying new recipes or cooking techniques? Join fellow foodies for our Cookbook Club. You don’t have to be a gourmet chef to participate. Each month we will get together to talk about a certain book, theme, or a celebrity chef.  There will be food samples or activities at every meeting. A selection of cookbooks will be available for members to borrow. Browse our collection, try out some of the recipes, and join the group to discuss your successes and mishaps. 

Theme: Breads

    Location: Mogadore
   6:00 PM  -  7:30 PM Computer Training  
    Contact: Odom Brach   330-434-8726   
   

Computer classes are hands-on and last an hour and a half.  They are on a first come basis.  Limited tickets for each class will be handed out 30 minutes before the class is scheduled to begin.  

Typing

    Location: Odom
   6:30 PM Mystery Book Club  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

February is the month of love and romance, but what happens when the man you love is also living a secret life?  Tales of deception, lies and, of course, murder ensue.

I LOVE YOU MORE by Jennifer Murphy

MARRIAGE LIE by Kimberly Belle

SECRETS YOU KEEP by Kate White

    Location: Portage Lakes
   6:45 PM Book Discussion Group  
    Contact: Highland Square   330-376-2927   kgerlach@akronlibrary.org
   

Meetings are usually the fourth Thursday of every month, at 6:45pm. New members are always welcome.

December 21                         THE NIGHT CIRCUS by Erin Morgenstern

January 25                             THE HUSBAND’S SECRET by Liane Moriarty

February 22                           CROWN OF DUST by Mary Volmer

Please call 330-376-2927 or stop in to visit us at the Highland Square Branch Library to register for all adult programs.

    Location: Highland Square

Friday February 23, 2018
   10:30 AM  -  11:45 AM T.G.I.F. Tweens Great Informal Fridays  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

Hang out snacking and chatting about your favorite reads.  Books with each month’s theme will be on display in the Children’s area.  Check out the featured books and bring your favorite book to share.  Snacks will be served at this program. Patrons with food allergy questions should contact the branch.

February 24 Captain Underpants and Ricky Ricotta books:    It’s a Captain Underpants Party! Did you see the movie?  Now enjoy the rest of the book series or try the Mighty Robot books.

Grades 3 - 6

    Location: Portage Lakes

Saturday February 24, 2018
   10:30 AM Saturday Morning Craft Club  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

3D Magazine Heart

Fold and cut an old magazine into a unique 3D heart shape.  Attach to a canvas for a wall hanging or add decorative ribbon for an ornament.  Class size is limited.  Please register in advance.  Ages 16 and up preferred.

    Location: Portage Lakes
   11:00 AM Saturday Story Time Sampler  
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

Saturday Story Time Sampler

First and Third Saturdays of the month, 11 am

Story time for preschool-primary children with an adult caregiver

Dec 2: Gingerbread Man – Run into the library as fast as you can for this gingerbread story time! Help us try to catch the pesky gingerbread man, decorate the library’s holiday cardboard house and more!

Dec 16: Holidays Around the World – Join us for fun stories and crafts from around the world

Jan 6: Penguin Party! Did you know that there are penguins that live in warm places?  Learn fun facts about penguins through penguin stories, rhymes and songs, and make your own edible penguin craft!

Jan 20: Ballet Excel presents The Magic Flute. Don’t miss this interactive program which includes dance, storytelling, and a meet-and-greet with the dancers. Bring your camera if you’d like to take pictures.

Feb 3: Instead of Story Time, join us for the Family Reading Festival, 10-3, featuring Jim Gill and Outback Ray!

Feb 17: Winter Fun. Snowy stories, activities and a craft to warm up with.

    Location: Main Library
   12:00 PM  -  1:00 PM Paws For Reading  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   ellet@akronlibrary.org
   

For all ages. No registration necessary. Snuggle up and read to a furry friend.

    Location: Ellet
   2:00 PM A Celebration of Animation: The 100 Greatest Cartoon Characters in Television History  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

The only author to ever rank the greatest cartoon characters of all time hosts this fun presentation! Marty Gitlin will entertain you with cartoon snippets while discussing such legends as Bugs Bunny, Homer Simpson and SpongeBob SquarePants. He provides insight into the characters from a historical context, tests your cartoon trivia, and explains the criteria he used to rank the best of the best.  Copies of A CELEBRATION OF ANIMATION will be available for purchase and author signings.

    Location: Portage Lakes
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Ed Emberley Drawing Workshop  
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

Love the Ed Emberley exhibit at the art museum?  Love Ed Emberley’s drawing books?  Just Love drawing?  We’ll practice drawing step by step in this fun workshop, and we’ll create some fun fingerprint animals too!

For Grades K-6.

    Location: Main Library

Sunday February 25, 2018
   2:00 PM  -  2:30 PM Sunday Story Time Sampler  
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

Every Sunday (except Dec 24), 2 pm

A half-hour story time for preschool-primary children with an adult caregiver.

    Location: Main Library

Monday February 26, 2018
   10:15 AM  -  12:00 PM North Hill Needle Crafters  
    Contact: North Hill Branch Library   330.535.9423   northhill@akronlibrary.org
   

North Hill Needle Crafters

If you love to knit, crochet, and help others, this is the group for you. Are you new to crafting? We will be glad to get you started. If you have yarn or supplies to donate, we will make good use of them!

    Location: North Hill
   10:30 AM Yoga Play for 3-5 year olds  
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

Yoga Play for 3-5 year olds, Mondays in February, 10:30 am

Join us for a multi-sensory yoga experience. We add play and learning to create an inspiring adventure.

    Location: Main Library
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Sensory Story Time  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   ellet@akronlibrary.org
   

This program offers educational, literacy and social opportunities for all ages with differing abilities, their siblings, parent/caregivers and their typically developing peers through the use of story, music, and movement to engage participants.

Sensory Story Time includes a schedule board, a consistent program plan and sensory opportunities; such as crafts, building and play.

    Location: Ellet
   10:30 AM  -  12:00 PM Computer Training  
    Contact: Odom Branch   330-434-8726   
   

Computer classes are hands-on and last an hour and a half.  They are on a first come basis.  Limitied tickets for each class will be handed out 30 minutes before the class is scheduled to begin.  

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    Location: Odom
   11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Baby & Me  
    Contact: Highland Square Branch Library   330-376-2927   kmockensturm@akronlibrary.org
   

For babies and their grown-ups. You are your child’s first teacher. Discover simple songs and exercises to do with your young learner to give him his first tools needed to learn to read and better understand her world. Best of all, these experiences will bring fun and joy into your little one’s day! Dress for possible messy play experiences.

    Location: Highland Square
   4:00 PM  -  5:00 PM Lego Club  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   ellet@akronlibrary.org
   

Builders ages 5-12 can join us on the 2nd and 4th Monday. We will provide the bricks and a challenge. Completed works will be displayed in our showcase until the next meeting.

    Location: Ellet
   6:00 PM  -  7:00 PM Human Trafficking  
    Contact: Norton Branch Library   330-825-7800   norton@akronlibrary.org
   

Agent Patricia Csuhta of the Ohio Department of Public Safety will be speaking on the problem of Human Trafficking and explaining what it is, where it is found, and how you can spot it.  

    Location: Norton
   6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Introduction to Meditation  
    Contact: North Hill Branch   330.535.9423   northhill@akronlibrary.org
   

Introduction to Meditation presented by the Center for Health, Happiness, and Chan

Too much stress in life? Want to spend a little quality time with yourself? Just want to learn how meditation can work for you? This four week Introduction to Meditation course offers and opportunity to practice and discuss several popular forms of meditation. We begin with basic breathing meditation and add other practices each week. No previous meditation experience is necessary and all practices are offered in a non-religious manner - all faith traditions (or none at all) are welcome. 

    Location: North Hill

Tuesday February 27, 2018
   10:30 AM  -  12:00 PM Computer Training  
    Contact: Odom Branch   330-434-8726   
   

Computer classes are hands-on and last an hour and a half.  They are on a first come basis.  Limitied tickets for each class will be handed out 30 minutes before the class is scheduled to begin.  

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    Location: Odom
   11:00 AM Baby & Me Time  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

Stories, songs and finger plays for those littlest learners!  Recommended for babies and toddlers age 2 and under with a caregiver. No registration necessary.

 

 

    Location: Portage Lakes
   11:30 AM  -  12:30 PM Preschool Playgroup  
    Contact: North Hill Branch Library   330-535-9423   northhill@akronlibrary.org
   

Play is important! Stop in for a few minutes, or the whole hour. Explore various age appropriate toys, blocks, cars, trucks and trains, dolls, puzzles, and other children. Run laps in the community room. Children and adults can both make new friends.

    Location: North Hill
   3:30 PM  -  5:00 PM Afterschool Book Club  
    Contact: Odom Branch   330-434-8726   
   

Join us afterschool to discuss the book for the month and enjoy a snack.  

The Giver by Lois Lowry

    Location: Odom
   3:30 PM  -  5:00 PM Warm Up Akron  
    Contact: Mogadore Branch Library   330-628-9228   mogadore@akronlibrary.org
   

Tuesday, February 27, 3:30-5 pm

Knit and crochet to help the needy!  If you can make just one 7” or 9” rectangle
you can help keep the needy in the Akron area warm. 
To date, this chapter has supplied over 8,000 afghans.
    Location: Mogadore
   3:45 PM Afterschool Crowd  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   ellet@akronlibrary.org
   

Grades 6-12. Gaming, crafts, books, music and more.

    Location: Ellet
   4:30 PM  -  6:00 PM Teen Time NEW DAY AND TIME!  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

Take a break from your busy schedule and spend some time chilling, crafting, and chatting about your favorite foods, books, movies and more. Snacks will be served at this program.  Patrons with food allergy questions should contact the branch.

February 27:  Spa Day:  Come chill out and pamper yourself!  Learn how to make homemade face and foot scrubs to enjoy.

Grades 5 and up

    Location: Portage Lakes
   5:30 PM  -  8:00 PM Project Learn ESOL/GED  
    Contact: North Hill Branch   330.535.9423   northhill@akronlibrary.org
   

Project Learn ESOL/GED Classes

These free, convenient, GED classes are designed for those for whom English is a second language. If you or someone you know would like to attend, please contact PRoject LEarn at 330-434-9461 to arrange for testing and orientation.

    Location: North Hill
   6:00 PM Retro Video Game Night  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   ellet@akronlibrary.org
   

Want to relive the awesome memories of playing the addictive games from your childhood? Here's your chance! Come and play games from Atari, Nintendo, Super Nintendo and others while learning some fun facts about these beloved classics.

    Location: Ellet
   6:00 PM  -  7:30 PM Teen Advisory Board Meeting  
    Contact: Teen Department   330.643.9067   ysodiv@akronlibrary.org
   

Whether you're looking to get volunteer hours for school or just like to work on cool projects, eat and have fun, the Teen Advisory Board in the place to be! You'll help plan Teen programs and decorate the Teen Area. It looks great on a resume too. For ages 11 to 18. Please call 330-643-9067 for information.

    Location: Main Library
   6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Maximizing Social Security  
    Contact: Highland Square   330-376-2927   kgerlach@akronlibrary.org
   

Please join us to discuss simple planning decisions you can make to get the most out of your Social Security benefits. This program is presented by Paul Bernier, an investment advisor representative for AXA Advisors, LLC.

Please call 330-376-2927 or stop in to visit us at the Highland Square Branch Library to register for all adult programs.

    Location: Highland Square

Wednesday February 28, 2018
   10:30 AM Baby Time  
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

Every Wednesday, 10:30 am

An active story time for children from birth to 2 years old with an adult caregiver. We combine music, story and play to engage our youngest learners.

    Location: Main Library
   11:00 AM  -  11:00 PM Story Time  
    Contact: Firestone Park Branch Library   330-724-2126   gbowen@akronlibrary.org
   

Story Time

Wednesdays, January 10 – February 28, 11 am

Join us for stories, music, movement and fun! Each session will be followed by play time or a fun activity.

Best for ages 2 to 6,  with all ages welcome. No registration required.

    Location: Firestone Park
   1:00 PM Memory Cafe  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   ellet@akronlibrary.org
   

The Alzheimer's Association of Greater East Ohio Area Chapter and the Akron Summit County Public Library are partnering to offer a social engagement program for those experiencing memory loss. Memory Cafe focuses on having fun and learning about different entertaining topics each month. Each month we have an engaging and interesting presentation followed by tine for coffee and socialization. Upcoming topics include a holiday celebration, Akron's Marble History and more!

Advance registration is requested. To register please contact the Alzheimer's Association at 1-800-272-3900 or geoachl@alz.org.

    Location: Ellet
   3:30 PM  -  5:00 PM Wednesday Movie Madness  
    Contact: Odom Boulevard Branch Library   330-434-8726   
   

Join us each Wednesday after school for a different family friendly movie.  Stop in to the branch or call 330-434-8726 to see which movie we will be playing that week.

    Location: Odom
   3:45 PM Afterschool Crowd  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   ellet@akronlibrary.org
   

Grades 6-12. Gaming, crafts, books, music and more.

    Location: Ellet
   6:00 PM  -  7:30 PM Computer Training  
    Contact: Odom Brach   330-434-8726   
   

Computer classes are hands-on and last an hour and a half.  They are on a first come basis.  Limited tickets for each class will be handed out 30 minutes before the class is scheduled to begin.  

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    Location: Odom

Thursday March 1, 2018 -  Saturday March 31, 2018
   10:00 AM  -  5:00 PM Book Club To Go  
    Contact: odom branch   330-434-8726   
   

Drop by and grab one of our Book Club to Go books!  Let us know what you think!  

 

This month we will be reading Young Jane Young by Gabrielle Zevin.

    Location: Odom

Thursday March 1, 2018
   3:30 PM  -  4:30 PM Kids Creative Space  
    Contact: Odom Boulevard Branch Library   330-434-8726   
   

Join us each Thursday after school for a chance to get creative, play games, and hang-out with your friends.  

    Location: Odom
   6:00 PM  -  7:30 PM Computer Training  
    Contact: Odom Brach   330-434-8726   
   

Computer classes are hands-on and last an hour and a half.  They are on a first come basis.  Limited tickets for each class will be handed out 30 minutes before the class is scheduled to begin.  

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    Location: Odom

Monday March 5, 2018
   10:15 AM  -  12:00 PM North Hill Needle Crafters  
    Contact: North Hill Branch Library   330.535.9423   northhill@akronlibrary.org
   

North Hill Needle Crafters

If you love to knit, crochet, and help others, this is the group for you. Are you new to crafting? We will be glad to get you started. If you have yarn or supplies to donate, we will make good use of them!

    Location: North Hill

Tuesday March 6, 2018
   10:30 AM Story Time  
    Contact: Mogadore Branch Library   330-628-9228   mogadore@akronlibrary.org
   

Tuesday, March 6, 10:30 am

Join Miss Kim for stories, songs, games and crafts.

Ages 3 and up

    Location: Mogadore
   11:30 AM  -  12:30 PM Preschool Playgroup  
    Contact: North Hill Branch Library   330-535-9423   northhill@akronlibrary.org
   

Play is important! Stop in for a few minutes, or the whole hour. Explore various age appropriate toys, blocks, cars, trucks and trains, dolls, puzzles, and other children. Run laps in the community room. Children and adults can both make new friends.

    Location: North Hill
   5:30 PM  -  8:00 PM Project Learn ESOL/GED  
    Contact: North Hill Branch   330.535.9423   northhill@akronlibrary.org
   

Project Learn ESOL/GED Classes

These free, convenient, GED classes are designed for those for whom English is a second language. If you or someone you know would like to attend, please contact PRoject LEarn at 330-434-9461 to arrange for testing and orientation.

    Location: North Hill
   6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Introduction to Intellectual Property  
    Contact: Science & Technology Division   330-643-9075   stdiv@akronlibrary.org
   

Learn the differences among the various types of intellectual property, and how best to protect your creative work.

This class will meet in Meeting Room 1 on the High Street Level across from the Auditorium.

Class size is limited. Contact the Science & Technology Division to register.

    Location: Main Library

Thursday March 8, 2018
   10:30 AM Library Babies and Tots  
    Contact: Mogadore Branch Library   330-628-9228   mogadore@akronlibrary.org
   

Thursday, March 8, 10:30 am

Join Miss Kim for songs, stories and group playtime with our library friends.

Ages birth – 3 ½

 

    Location: Mogadore
   5:30 PM  -  8:00 PM Project Learn ESOL/GED  
    Contact: North Hill Branch   330.535.9423   northhill@akronlibrary.org
   

Project Learn ESOL/GED Classes

These free, convenient, GED classes are designed for those for whom English is a second language. If you or someone you know would like to attend, please contact PRoject LEarn at 330-434-9461 to arrange for testing and orientation.

    Location: North Hill

Saturday March 10, 2018
   10:15 AM  -  12:00 PM Introduction to Patents & Patent Searching  
    Contact: Science & Technology Division   330-643-9075   stdiv@akronlibrary.org
   

Have a great idea for an invention? Learn what a patent is, what it can do for you, and the hows and whys of searching for existing patents. You will learn how to do a preliminary patent search using the United States Patent & Trademark website.

This class will meet in Meeting Room 1 on the High Street Level across from the auditorium.

Class size is limited. Contact the Science & Technology Division to register.

    Location: Main Library

Monday March 12, 2018
   10:15 AM  -  12:00 PM North Hill Needle Crafters  
    Contact: North Hill Branch Library   330.535.9423   northhill@akronlibrary.org
   

North Hill Needle Crafters

If you love to knit, crochet, and help others, this is the group for you. Are you new to crafting? We will be glad to get you started. If you have yarn or supplies to donate, we will make good use of them!

    Location: North Hill

Tuesday March 13, 2018
   10:30 AM Story Time  
    Contact: Mogadore Branch Library   330-628-9228   mogadore@akronlibrary.org
   

Tuesday, March 13, 10:30 am

Join Miss Kim for stories, songs, games and crafts.

Ages 3 and up

    Location: Mogadore
   5:30 PM  -  8:00 PM Project Learn ESOL/GED  
    Contact: North Hill Branch   330.535.9423   northhill@akronlibrary.org
   

Project Learn ESOL/GED Classes

These free, convenient, GED classes are designed for those for whom English is a second language. If you or someone you know would like to attend, please contact PRoject LEarn at 330-434-9461 to arrange for testing and orientation.

    Location: North Hill

Wednesday March 14, 2018
   12:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Coloring with Culture & AV  
    Contact: Culture & AV   330-643-9015   cadiv@akronlibrary.org
   
  • Color with us.
  • Bring your own coloring book and supplies or choose from provided coloring pages, crayons and colored pencils.
  • Adults age 18 and over. Meeting Room 2AB.

 

 

    Location: Main Library

Thursday March 15, 2018
   10:30 AM Library Babies and Tots  
    Contact: Mogadore Branch Library   330-628-9228   mogadore@akronlibrary.org
   

Thursday, March 15, 10:30 am

Join Miss Kim for songs, stories and group playtime with our library friends.

Ages birth – 3 ½

 

    Location: Mogadore
   5:30 PM  -  8:00 PM Project Learn ESOL/GED  
    Contact: North Hill Branch   330.535.9423   northhill@akronlibrary.org
   

Project Learn ESOL/GED Classes

These free, convenient, GED classes are designed for those for whom English is a second language. If you or someone you know would like to attend, please contact PRoject LEarn at 330-434-9461 to arrange for testing and orientation.

    Location: North Hill

Monday March 19, 2018
   10:15 AM  -  12:00 PM North Hill Needle Crafters  
    Contact: North Hill Branch Library   330.535.9423   northhill@akronlibrary.org
   

North Hill Needle Crafters

If you love to knit, crochet, and help others, this is the group for you. Are you new to crafting? We will be glad to get you started. If you have yarn or supplies to donate, we will make good use of them!

    Location: North Hill
   5:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Mark your Calendar: Know Before You Go! American’s Boating Course  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

Mark your Calendar: Know Before You Go!  American’s Boating Course begins March 19.

Mondays, March 19 – April 30, 5:30 – 7:30 pm

For more information and registration contact Jan Holmes at 330-256-0267.  Sponsored by the Akron Sail and Power Squadron and the Akron-Summit County Public Library.

 

    Location: Portage Lakes
   6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Introduction to Meditation  
    Contact: North Hill Branch   330.535.9423   northhill@akronlibrary.org
   

Introduction to Meditation presented by the Center for Health, Happiness, and Chan

Too much stress in life? Want to spend a little quality time with yourself? Just want to learn how meditation can work for you? This four week Introduction to Meditation course offers and opportunity to practice and discuss several popular forms of meditation. We begin with basic breathing meditation and add other practices each week. No previous meditation experience is necessary and all practices are offered in a non-religious manner - all faith traditions (or none at all) are welcome. 

    Location: North Hill

Tuesday March 20, 2018
   10:30 AM Story Time  
    Contact: Mogadore Branch Library   330-628-9228   mogadore@akronlibrary.org
   

Tuesday, March 20, 10:30 am

Join Miss Kim for stories, songs, games and crafts.

Ages 3 and up

    Location: Mogadore
   5:30 PM  -  8:00 PM Project Learn ESOL/GED  
    Contact: North Hill Branch   330.535.9423   northhill@akronlibrary.org
   

Project Learn ESOL/GED Classes

These free, convenient, GED classes are designed for those for whom English is a second language. If you or someone you know would like to attend, please contact PRoject LEarn at 330-434-9461 to arrange for testing and orientation.

    Location: North Hill

Thursday March 22, 2018
   10:30 AM Library Babies and Tots  
    Contact: Mogadore Branch Library   330-628-9228   mogadore@akronlibrary.org
   

Thursday, March 22, 10:30 am

Join Miss Kim for songs, stories and group playtime with our library friends.

Ages birth – 3 ½

 

    Location: Mogadore
   5:30 PM  -  8:00 PM Project Learn ESOL/GED  
    Contact: North Hill Branch   330.535.9423   northhill@akronlibrary.org
   

Project Learn ESOL/GED Classes

These free, convenient, GED classes are designed for those for whom English is a second language. If you or someone you know would like to attend, please contact PRoject LEarn at 330-434-9461 to arrange for testing and orientation.

    Location: North Hill

Monday March 26, 2018
   10:15 AM  -  12:00 PM North Hill Needle Crafters  
    Contact: North Hill Branch Library   330.535.9423   northhill@akronlibrary.org
   

North Hill Needle Crafters

If you love to knit, crochet, and help others, this is the group for you. Are you new to crafting? We will be glad to get you started. If you have yarn or supplies to donate, we will make good use of them!

    Location: North Hill
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Sensory Story Time  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   ellet@akronlibrary.org
   

This program offers educational, literacy and social opportunities for all ages with differing abilities, their siblings, parent/caregivers and their typically developing peers through the use of story, music, and movement to engage participants.

Sensory Story Time includes a schedule board, a consistent program plan and sensory opportunities; such as crafts, building and play.

    Location: Ellet
   5:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Mark your Calendar: Know Before You Go! American’s Boating Course  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

Mark your Calendar: Know Before You Go!  American’s Boating Course begins March 19.

Mondays, March 19 – April 30, 5:30 – 7:30 pm

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

Tuesday March 27, 2018
   5:30 PM  -  8:00 PM Project Learn ESOL/GED  
    Contact: North Hill Branch   330.535.9423   northhill@akronlibrary.org
   

Project Learn ESOL/GED Classes

These free, convenient, GED classes are designed for those for whom English is a second language. If you or someone you know would like to attend, please contact PRoject LEarn at 330-434-9461 to arrange for testing and orientation.

    Location: North Hill

Thursday March 29, 2018
   5:30 PM  -  8:00 PM Project Learn ESOL/GED  
    Contact: North Hill Branch   330.535.9423   northhill@akronlibrary.org
   

Project Learn ESOL/GED Classes

These free, convenient, GED classes are designed for those for whom English is a second language. If you or someone you know would like to attend, please contact PRoject LEarn at 330-434-9461 to arrange for testing and orientation.

    Location: North Hill

Saturday March 31, 2018
   12:00 PM  -  1:00 PM Paws For Reading  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   ellet@akronlibrary.org
   

For all ages. No registration necessary. Snuggle up and read to a furry friend.

    Location: Ellet

Monday April 2, 2018
   5:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Mark your Calendar: Know Before You Go! American’s Boating Course  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

Mark your Calendar: Know Before You Go!  American’s Boating Course begins March 19.

Mondays, March 19 – April 30, 5:30 – 7:30 pm

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

Monday April 9, 2018
   5:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Mark your Calendar: Know Before You Go! American’s Boating Course  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

Mark your Calendar: Know Before You Go!  American’s Boating Course begins March 19.

Mondays, March 19 – April 30, 5:30 – 7:30 pm

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

Tuesday April 10, 2018
   6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Introduction to Intellectual Property  
    Contact: Science & Technology Division   330-643-9075   stdiv@akronlibrary.org
   

Learn the differences among the various types of intellectual property, and how best to protect your creative work.

This class will meet in Meeting Room 1 on the High Street Level across from the Auditorium.

Class size is limited. Contact the Science & Technology Division to register.

    Location: Main Library

Saturday April 14, 2018
   10:15 AM  -  12:00 PM Introduction to Patents & Patent Searching  
    Contact: Science & Technology Division   330-643-9075   stdiv@akronlibrary.org
   

Have a great idea for an invention? Learn what a patent is, what it can do for you, and the hows and whys of searching for existing patents. You will learn how to do a preliminary patent search using the United States Patent & Trademark website.

This class will meet in Meeting Room 1 on the High Street Level across from the auditorium.

Class size is limited. Contact the Science & Technology Division to register.

    Location: Main Library

Monday April 16, 2018
   5:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Mark your Calendar: Know Before You Go! American’s Boating Course  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

Mark your Calendar: Know Before You Go!  American’s Boating Course begins March 19.

Mondays, March 19 – April 30, 5:30 – 7:30 pm

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

Monday April 23, 2018
   5:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Mark your Calendar: Know Before You Go! American’s Boating Course  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

Mark your Calendar: Know Before You Go!  American’s Boating Course begins March 19.

Mondays, March 19 – April 30, 5:30 – 7:30 pm

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

Monday April 30, 2018
   5:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Mark your Calendar: Know Before You Go! American’s Boating Course  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

Mark your Calendar: Know Before You Go!  American’s Boating Course begins March 19.

Mondays, March 19 – April 30, 5:30 – 7:30 pm

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

Friday May 4, 2018
   12:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Friends of the Library Presale  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   ellet@akronlibrary.org
   

Friends of the library presale. Must be a member of the friends to get in. Not a member? Sign up at the door for $5!

    Location: Ellet

Saturday May 5, 2018
   10:00 AM  -  3:00 PM Friends of the Library Book Sale  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   ellet@akronlibrary.org
   

Open to the public.

    Location: Ellet

Monday May 7, 2018
   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 on the first floor to begin your session.

    Location: Main Library

Tuesday May 8, 2018
   6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Introduction to Intellectual Property  
    Contact: Science & Technology Division   330-643-9075   stdiv@akronlibrary.org
   

Learn the differences among the various types of intellectual property, and how best to protect your creative work.

This class will meet in Meeting Room 1 on the High Street level across from the Auditorium.

Class size is limited. Contact the Science & Technology Division to register.

    Location: Main Library

Saturday May 12, 2018
   10:15 AM  -  12:00 PM Introduction to Patents & Patent Searching  
    Contact: Science & Technology Division   330-643-9075   stdiv@akronlibrary.org
   

Have a great idea for an invention? Learn what a patent is, what it can do for you, and the hows and whys of searching for existing patents. You will learn how to do a preliminary patent search using the United States Patent & Trademark website.

This class will meet in Meeting Room 1 on the High Street Level across from the auditorium.

Class size is limited. Contact the Science & Technology Division to register.

    Location: Main Library

Tuesday June 12, 2018
   6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Introduction to Intellectual Property  
    Contact: Science & Technology Division   330-643-9075   stdiv@akronlibrary.org
   

Learn the differences among the various types of intellectual property, and how best to protect your creative work.

This class will meet in Meeting Room 1 on the High Street level across from the Auditorium.

Class size is limited. Contact the Science & Technology Division to register.

    Location: Main Library

Saturday June 16, 2018
   10:15 AM  -  12:00 PM Introduction to Patents & Patent Searching  
    Contact: Science & Technology Division   330-643-9075   stdiv@akronlibrary.org
   

Have a great idea for an invention? Learn what a patent is, what it can do for you, and the hows and whys of searching for existing patents. You will learn how to do a preliminary patent search using the United States Patent & Trademark website.

This class will meet in Meeting Room 1 on the High Street Level across from the auditorium.

Class size is limited. Contact the Science & Technology Division to register.

    Location: Main Library

Monday August 6, 2018
   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 7, 2018
   6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Introduction to Intellectual Property  
    Contact: Science & Technology Division   330-643-9075   stdiv@akronlibrary.org
   

Learn the differences among the various types of intellectual property, and how best to protect your creative work.

This class will meet in Meeting Room 1 on the High Street level across from the auditorium.

Class size is limited. Contact the Science & Technology Division to register.

    Location: Main Library

Saturday August 11, 2018
   10:15 AM  -  12:00 PM Introduction to Patents & Patent Searching  
    Contact: Science & Technology Division   330-643-9075   stdiv@akronlibrary.org
   

Have a great idea for an invention? Learn what a patent is, what it can do for you, and the hows and whys of searching for existing patents. You will learn how to do a preliminary patent search using the United States Patent & Trademark website.

This class will meet in Meeting Room 1 on the High Street Level across from the auditorium.

Class size is limited. Contact the Science & Technology Division to register.

    Location: Main Library

Tuesday September 11, 2018
   6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Introduction to Intellectual Property  
    Contact: Science & Technology Division   330-643-9075   stdiv@akronlibrary.org
   

Learn the differences among the various types of intellectual property, and how best to protect your creative work.

This class will meet in Meeting Room 1 on the High Street Level across from the Auditorium.

Class size is limited. Contact the Science & Technology Division to register.

    Location: Main Library

Saturday September 15, 2018
   10:15 AM  -  12:00 PM Introduction to Patents & Patent Searching  
    Contact: Science & Technology Division   330-643-9075   stdiv@akronlibrary.org
   

Have a great idea for an invention? Learn what a patent is, what it can do for you, and the hows and whys of searching for existing patents. You will learn how to do a preliminary patent search using the United States Patent & Trademark website.

This class will meet in Meeting Room 1 on the High Street Level across from the auditorium.

Class size is limited. Contact the Science & Technology Division to register.

    Location: Main Library

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