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Sunday April 1, 2018 -  Monday April 30, 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.

April THE RINGMASTER’S WIFE by Kristy Cambron

 

 

    Location: Goodyear

Tuesday April 24, 2018
   10:30 AM Baby/Toddler Story Time  
    Contact: North Hill Branch   330-535-9423   northhill@akronlibrary.org
   

Adult caregivers are invited to bring in our youngest patrons to enjoy books, rhymes, puppets, bubbles, and play time fun.

    Location: North Hill
   10:30 AM Story Time  
    Contact: Highland Square   330-376-2927   bvanderlin@akronlibrary.org
   

Tuesdays in April, 10:30 am 

For children and their grown-ups. You are your child’s first teacher. Discover songs, books and movement activities with your young learner that will help her to learn to read and better understand her world. Best of all, these experiences will bring fun and joy into your child’s day! Miss Brooke looks forward to seeing you.

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

Tuesday, April 24, 10:30 am

Ages 3 and up

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

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

Preschool Story Time ages 3-6

Tuesdays, April 3- May 15, 10:30-11:30 am

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

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

TAI CHI:  MOVING FOR BETTER BALANCE

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

Registration is strongly encouraged, as space is limited

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

MS Word, Part 2: Formatting Text & Paragraphs

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

 

Please visit our website for more information:

    Location: Norton
   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 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 Watercolor Tile Coasters  
    Contact: Goodyear Branch   330-784-7522   Goodyear@akronlibrary.org
   

Tuesday, April 24, 12:30 pm

Craft a unique coaster using Sharpies and alcohol to dress up your drab coffee table.

Class size is limited to 25 adult participants for each session. Register for only one session.

Registration begins on Tuesday, March 27.

    Location: Goodyear
   1:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Social Security Benefits  
    Contact: Business & Government   330-643-9020   
   

Robert Fenn II, Public Affairs Specialist, Social Security Administration, will answer the following questions: What is the quickest way to file benefits? Can you work and still receive benefits? Do you have to file for Medicare? What age can you file? Can you file on a previous spouse’s record? This program is part of Business & Government’s Money Smart Week. Location: Room 2AB.

    Location: Main Library
   1:30 PM Jewell Jones Poetry Program  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   ellet@akronlibrary.org
   

In recognition of National Poetry Month, Jewell Jones will be presenting a poetry recital.  The presentation will be eclectic, sharing poetry that is whimsical, serious and historical.  Some poems will be original works by Jewell as well as some works by a few of her favorite poets.

    Location: Ellet
   3:00 PM  -  4:30 PM Protect Yourself Online  
    Contact: Business & Government Division   330-643-9020   bgdiv@akronlibrary.org
   

Terry Supancic of AARP will discuss AARP’s Fraud Watch Network. Discover what you should never do on public WiFi, how, why and when to get a security freeze on your credit file, and other tips for protecting yourself from fraud and scams in the cyber world. Meeting Room 2AB.

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

JUSTICE LEAGUE (PG-13)(120 MIN)

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

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

RUNAWAYS:  PRIDE AND JOY by Brian K. Vaughan

    Location: Odom
   3:30 PM  -  5:00 PM After School Teen Book Club  
    Contact: Odom Branch   330-434-8726   
   

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

CINDER by Marissa Meyer

    Location: Odom
   3:30 PM  -  5:00 PM Needle Arts for All  
    Contact: Springfield-Lakemore Branch   330-643-4770   
   

Second and Fourth Tuesday of each month.

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

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

Tuesday,  April 24, 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  -  4:45 PM Tween S.T.E.A.M.  
    Contact: Norton Branch Library   330-825-7800   norton@akronlibrary.org
   

Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Mathematics

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

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

    Location: Norton
   4:00 PM  -  5:00 PM Kids STEAM Ahead  
    Contact: Norton Branch Library   330-825-7800   norton@akronlibrary.org
   

A joint program for children in grades K-5 to explore Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math in fun, engaging ways.

 

    Location: Norton
   4:30 PM  -  6:00 PM Teen 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.

April 24: Earth Day Craft:  Create a one of a kind planter using recycled materials.

Grades 5 and up

    Location: Portage Lakes
   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 College Funding Workshop  
    Contact: Nordonia Hills Branch Library   330-467-8595   nordoniahills@akronlibrary.org
   

COLLEGE FUNDING WORKSHOP

The cost of a college education has skyrocketed and, as a result, many parents feel completely overwhelmed, with little to no guidance on how they can minimize the cost of college.  College Funding Educators of America was formed to provide comprehensive education to parents so that they can maximize financial aid and understand various college funding strategies that will help reduce their family’s out-of-pocket expenses.

Please register in advance.

    Location: Nordonia Hills
   6:00 PM  -  7:30 PM Teen Advisory Board  
    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 is the place to be! You’ll plan Teen programs and decorate the Teen Area. It looks great on a resume too.

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

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

Tuesdays, 6-7:45 pm

March 20, April 24, and May 29

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

    Location: Highland Square
   6:30 PM Watercolor Tile Coasters  
    Contact: Goodyear Branch   330-784-7522   Goodyear@akronlibrary.org
   

Tuesday, April 24, 6:30 pm

Craft a unique coaster using Sharpies and alcohol to dress up your drab coffee table.

Class size is limited to 25 adult participants for each session. Register for only one session.

Registration begins on Tuesday, March 27.

    Location: Goodyear

Wednesday April 25, 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 Boogie Woogie Books  
    Contact: Northwest Akron Branch   330.836.1081   northwest@akronlibrary.org
   

Boogie Woogie Books

(Ages 5 and under with a caregiver)

Wednesdays, March 28, April 25, 10:30 am

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

 

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

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

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

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

MS Word, Part 3: More Useful Formatting Tools

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

 

Please visit our website for more information:

 

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

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

    Location: Firestone Park
   11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Tai Chi: Moving for Better Balance  
    Contact: Goodyear Branch   330-784-7522   goodyear@akronlibrary.org
   

Wednesdays, March 7 – May 2, 11 am - Noon

Kim Mozzochi with the Area Agency on Aging conducts this FREE exercise series, geared toward older adults (age 60+) wanting to improve strength, flexibility and muscle tone.

Sessions meet one time per week for an 8-week period. (*No class on April 18)

This series may be cancelled due to low attendance.

Space is limited, so please register in advance beginning Wednesday, February 14.

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

    Location: North Hill
   3:00 PM  -  4:00 PM After School Fun Club  
    Contact:    330-724-2126   firestoneparkbranch@akronlibrary.org
   

After School Fun Club

Wednesdays, 3pm

Grades K-5

March 7     Apptastic Afternoon

March 14   Legomania

March 21   Bingo

March 28   Snap Circuits

April 4        Wii Gaming

April 11      Spring Break, no Fun Club

April 18      Apptastic Afternoon

April 25      Board Games

May 2        Puzzle-riffic

May 9        Snap Circuits

May 16      Legomania

May 23      Apptastic Afternoon

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

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

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

Grades 6-12

Gaming, crafts, books, music, and more

    Location: Ellet
   4:00 PM After School Club  
    Contact: Nordonia Hills Branch Library   330-467-8595   nordoniahills@akronlibrary.org
   

MAKE A MARBLE MAZE

Club meets one Wednesday each month at 4pm.

For children in Kindergarten-4th grade.

    Location: Nordonia Hills
   4:00 PM  -  5:00 PM After-School STEAM for Grades K-6  
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

Wednesdays, February through April (except April 11), 4-5 pm

Join us as we explore Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math

In February: Valentine Science, Toy Physics, Candy Science, and more…

In March: Explore Wind Energy, Clouds, Jelly Bean Science, and enjoy Pie Day (3/14)

In April: Slime Time, Water Fun, and so much more!

    Location: Main Library
   6:00 PM Get Started: A Crash Course in College Planning  
    Contact: Mogadore Branch Library   330-628-9228   mogadore@akronlibrary.org
   

Wednesday, April 25 at 6 pm

Planning for college can seem overwhelming and many high school students don’t know where to begin.

Paul Wells of Kent State University will discuss how to choose a college, college visits, comparing schools,

choosing a major, how to apply for admission, and overcoming financial constraints and “sticker shock.”

We will talk openly about common fears students have when choosing a college. 

 

Parents are asked to attend with their teens.  

Registration requested.

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

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

    Location: Maple Valley
   7:00 PM Mystery Book Discussion Group  
    Contact: Nordonia Hills Branch Library   330-467-8595   nordoniahills@akronlibrary.org
   

READERS CHOICE of an G. K. Chesterton Book

Title: Orthodoxy, Author: G. K. ChestertonTitle: The Everlasting Man, Author: G. K. Chesterton

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

Group meets the third Wednesday of each month at 7pm.

No sign-up is required.  Refreshments are served.  Join us for some crime solving with other mysery lovers!

    Location: Nordonia Hills

Thursday April 26, 2018
   10:15 AM Baby Time  
    Contact: Nordonia Hills Branch Library   330-467-8595   nordoniahills@akronlibrary.org
   

BABY TIME

Our programs feature bounces, songs, and stories.

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

Please register in advance.                                                                                                                                

    Location: Nordonia Hills
   10:15 AM  -  11:30 AM Stories and Play  
    Contact: Goodyear Branch   330-784-7522   goodyear@akronlibrary.org
   

 

Thursdays, March 1 – May 24, 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, April 26, 10:30 am

Ages birth – 3 ½

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

    Location: Mogadore
   10:30 AM Preschool Story Time  
    Contact: Northwest Akron Branch Library   330.836.1081   northwest@akronlibrary.org
   

Preschool Story Time

(2 to 5 year-olds with a caregiver)

Thursdays, March 1 to April 26, 10:30 am

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

 

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

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

Every Thursday, 10:30 am

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

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

Toddler Programs

Little Folks Story Time ages 6-35 months

Thursdays, April 5- May 17, 10:30-11:30 am

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

    Location: Richfield
   10:30 AM  -  12:00 PM Library Apps [Demo]  
    Contact: Electronic Services   330-643-9145   esdiv@akronlibrary.org
   

Library Apps [Demo]

Learn about free apps from the library that get you free movies, music, e-books, and magazines on your tablet or smart phone. No device? No problem! With the web version of these apps you can get these items materials using a computer as well. Everything is free – only requirements are a library card and an email address.

    Location: Odom
   10:30 AM  -  12:00 PM Word 4  
    Contact: Electronic Services   330-643-9145   esdiv@akronlibrary.org
   

 

 

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

STORY TIME

Our programs feature bounces, songs, and stories.

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

Please register in advance.

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

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

    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
   3:15 PM  -  5:00 PM Learn to Sew Thursdays  
    Contact: Odom Branch   330-434-8726   
   

Learn simple sewing techniques that will be useful your entire life.

Embroider to express yourself.

    Location: Odom
   3:30 PM TTHO ('Tween/Teen Hangout)  
    Contact: Springfield-Lakemore Branch Library   330-643-4770   springfieldlakemore@akronlibrary.org
   

Thursday, April 26, 3:30 pm

Looking for a place to chill after school? Hang out at the library! We’ve got snacks, movies, games, and cool crafts at our house.

  • April 26: Blackout Poetry & Ransom Note Poetry
  • May 3: iPad Explore
    Location: Springfield-Lakemore
   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 Tech Time: Robotics, Engineering, and Coding  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   maplevalley@akronlibrary.org
   
Tech Time: Robotics, Engineering, and Coding
Grades K-6
Try something new afterschool with Sylvan Edge and the Maple Valley Branch Library!
Children will have fun creating and animating robotic arms, engineering bridge super structures, and coding. 
    Location: Maple Valley
   4:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Spring Book Sale  
    Contact: Tallmadge   330.633.4345   
   

Spring Book Sale Preview for Friends of the Library members

Friends of the Library members are invited to the presale on Thursday, April 26 from 4 - 8 pm.
Memberships will be available at the door.
Proceeds benefit the Tallmadge Branch Library.

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

Thursday, April 26, 6 pm


Do you love browsing through cookbooks and trying new recipes or cooking techniques?

Join fellow foodies for our Cookbook Club. You don’t have to be a gourmet chef to participate.

Each month we will get together to talk about a certain book, theme, or celebrity chef. 

There will be food samples or activities at every meeting. A selection of cookbooks will be available for members to borrow.

Browse our collection, try out some of the recipes, and join the group to discuss your successes and mishaps. 

Snacks will be served at this program. Patrons with food allergy questions should contact the branch.

 

Theme: Chinese Cuisine

 

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

Inspired by the true story of legendary showman P.T. Barnum and his famous attractions. Starring Hugh Jackman, Michelle Williams, Zac Efron, Zendaya and Rebecca Ferguson. Rated PG. 105 min. Introduction and discussion afterward.

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

Apparently eating too much chocolate can be bad for your health!  Quick, easy, fun reads this month.  Read one, read all, your choice!

 

DEATH BY CHOCOLATE: A SAVANNAH REID MYSTERY by G. A. McKevett

DEATH BY CHOCOLATE CHERRY CHEESECAKE by Sarah Graves

DEATH IS LIKE A BOX OF CHOCOLATE by Kathy Aarons

    Location: Portage Lakes
   6:30 PM Sea Shells  
    Contact: Nordonia Hills Branch Library   330-467-8595   nordoniahills@akronlibrary.org
   

SEA SHELLS

Karen Eckart presents a lively look at the fascinating world of seas shells: collecting, identifying, and more.  Bring your own shells for identification. Examples will be passed around, plus a treasure hunt for kids. Each person will get a shark's tooth, a shell, and handouts to take home.

All ages welcome.

Please register in advance.

 

    Location: Nordonia Hills
   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   
   

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

Join us to discuss a diverse selection of titles. New members are always welcome.

March 22         THE AGE OF MIRACLES, Karen Thompson Walker

April 26           BEFORE I GO TO SLEEP, S. J. Watson

May 24            JOHN ADAMS, David McCullough

    Location: Highland Square

Friday April 27, 2018
   10:00 AM  -  5:00 PM Spring Book Sale  
    Contact: Tallmadge   330.633.4345   
   

Spring Book Sale

The Friends of Tallmadge Branch Library will be hosting their Spring Book Sale on April 27 and 28.
Gently used books, paperbacks, audio materials and more available at bargain prices.
Proceeds benefit the Tallmadge Branch Library

    Location: Tallmadge
   12:05 PM Baby Story Play Group  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-384-2019   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
   4:30 PM  -  5:30 PM 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.

April 27 Joke Books:  April is National Humor Month; come celebrate as we laugh- out- loud with silly stories and hilarious jokes

Grades 3 - 6

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

Must be member to attend preview sale.  Memberships available night of preview sale.

    Location: Norton

Saturday April 28, 2018
   9:00 AM  -  10:00 AM Friends Members Only Preview Sale  
    Contact: Northwest Akron Branch   330.836.1081   northwest@akronlibrary.org
   

Saturday, April 28

9-10 am Friends Preview;

10 am – 3 pm Sale

Support our branch and Friends group by visiting our annual spring book sale.  New members encouraged to join on the day of sale.

    Location: Northwest Akron
   9:00 AM  -  3:00 PM Spring Book Sale  
    Contact: Tallmadge   330.633.4345   
   

Friends of the Tallmadge Branch Library Spring Book Sale

Looking for a special deal? The Friends of Tallmadge Branch Library will have an all-day bag sale on Saturday for only $5 a bag. They tested it out and you can get 18 hardback books per bag, or 36 - 40 paperback books (depending on size). What a deal!
Proceeds benefit the Tallmadge Branch Library

    Location: Tallmadge
   10:00 AM  -  2:00 PM Friends of the Norton Branch Library Book Sale  
    Contact: Norton Branch Library   330-825-7800   norton@akronlibrary.org
   

The Friends of the Norton Branch Library will hold their Spring Book Sale from 10 am - 2 pm on Saturday April 28th. 

Open to the public.
    Location: Norton
   10:00 AM  -  3:00 PM Friends Book Sale  
    Contact: Northwest Akron Branch   330.836.1081   northwest@akronlibrary.org
   

Saturday, April 28

9-10 am Friends Preview;

10 am – 3 pm Sale

Support our branch and Friends group by visiting our annual spring book sale.  New members encouraged to join on the day of sale.

    Location: Northwest Akron
   10:00 AM  -  3:00 PM Friends of the Library Book Sale  
    Contact: Kenmore Branch Library   330-745-6126   kenmore@akronlibrary.org
    Location: Kenmore
   10:00 AM  -  4:00 PM Book Sale  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Friends of Green Branch Library Book Sale
Saturday, April 28, 10 am - 4 pm

    Location: Green
   10:00 AM  -  4:00 PM Youth Arts Showcase  
    Contact: Teen Area   330-643-9067   ysodiv@akronlibrary.org
   

You won't believe your eyes! You won't believe your ears! Enjoy performances and visal arts by musicians, dancers, singers, and artists in grades 4 through 12. Applications are due by March 10, 2018. Call the Teen Department for more information. 

 

Main Library Auditorium

    Location: Main Library
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Paws for Reading  
    Contact: Norton Branch Library   330-825-7800   norton@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.  Children of all ages are welcome.

No registration is needed

    Location: Norton
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Paws for Reading  
    Contact: Norton Branch Library   330-825-7800   norton@akronlibrary.org
   

Practice your rerading 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 to practice their literacy skills and

gain more confidence in reading aloud.  Children of all ages welcome. No registration is needed.

January 27; February 24; March 24; April 28, 10:30 am

    Location: Norton
   11:00 AM  -  1:00 PM Seed Swap Saturday  
    Contact:    3306594343   
   

A collaboration between the Library, Richfield Park and Recreation, Richfield Garden Club and Richfield Sustainability.  Seek inspiration and encouragement to start your own garden, no matter in a plot or pot. Taste samples of what you can grow.  Kids craft. A variety of seed samples will be on hand for your to take, such as vegetables, herbs and flowers. 

    Location: Richfield
   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 am until 1 pm; drop in any time. Some of the projects we will be doing are: making library decorations, toys for Children’s Hospital, and cleaning library books and shelves.

Any questions please ask Miss Sue

    Location: Nordonia Hills
   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
   12:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Mogadore Friends of the Library Perennial Plant Exchange  
    Contact: Mogadore Branch Library   330-628-9228   mogadore@akronlibary.org
   

 

Saturday, April 28, 12-2 pm

Join us for our annual plant swap! Add to your garden and have fun socializing with your neighbors!

Spring is a great time to thin out your beds and add to them with interesting plants for free.

Bring them to swap and/or share.

    Location: Mogadore
   1:00 PM Marine Mania: Shells and Sea Life  
    Contact: Highland Square   330-376-2927   
   

This program is for adults and families, presented by Karen Eckart. Lovers of the ocean, see a real shark jaw and teeth. Bring your own shells for identification. See a display of shells from the Carolinas, Florida, and the Gulf Shore, including 100-plus shells, egg cases, and some loose shells attendees can handle. Enjoy a slide show that talks about the animals that create shells, along with information about sharks, sea stars, corals, crabs, and sea urchins. Each person attending will get a shark's tooth and a shell. Please call 330-376-2927 or stop in to visit us at the Highland Square Branch Library to register.

    Location: Highland Square
   2:00 PM 3D Printing Workshop  
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

Saturday, April 28, 2 pm
In the First Floor Computer Lab

Grades 4 and up will learn to use Tinkercad to create a design to print on our 3D printer. Space is limited; registration requested.

    Location: Main Library
   2:00 PM The Wolf: Fact vs Myth  
    Contact: Nordonia Hills Branch Library   330-467-8595   nordoniahills@akronlibrary.org
   

THE WOLF:  FACT VS MYTH

Learn about the family life of wolves and the importance they hold in the ecosystem. Facts vs. Myths are covered that reveal the truth about these misunderstood animals. Ask questions in a Q&A session and meet an ambassador wolf.

Please register in advance.

    Location: Nordonia Hills
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Travel Agent in Your Pocket  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library    330.864.5721   maplelvalley@akronlibrary.org
   

Whether you are traveling across the globe or exploring your own city, you can utilize digital apps to make your trip more convenient, informational and fun! Learn about apps that can easily translate languages and text without knowing a single word in another language, easily create a jam-packed and informative itinerary that you can use without any internet access, find and book hotels, flights and events inexpensively and knowledgeably and much more. Take your trip with confidence knowing you practically have a travel agent in your pocket!

    Location: Maple Valley

Sunday April 29, 2018
   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 April 30, 2018
     On Your Own  
    Contact: Goodyear Branch   330-784-7522   goodyear@akronlibary.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.

Find Your Flower Garden – April 30

Search around the children’s area and find the flowers.  Put them together to make a garden.

    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 Toddler Art Explorers  
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

Mondays April 9-30, 10:30 am

Get messy and experiment with a variety of materials in this artsy program!
For children ages 12 months to 3 years old with a caregiver.

    Location: Main Library
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM In the Park: Preschool Bird Watch and Hike  
    Contact: Fairlawn-Bath Branch Library   330-666-4888   
   

Children ages 2 - 5 years-old with an adult caregiver will join Miss Jessica and Dr. Lara Roketenetz for a lovely spring hike as we look for and learn about Ohio birds.  We’ll have a craft after our short hiking adventure.  Feel free to pack a picnic lunch for after the program.  The event is located at the University of Akron Field Station in Bath Nature Preserve at 4240 Ira Rd. Please call 330-666-4888 or stop by the library to register.

Registration begins Monday, April 2.

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

TAI CHI:  MOVING FOR BETTER BALANCE

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

Registration is strongly encouraged, as space is limited

    Location: Nordonia Hills
   11:00 AM Baby & Me  
    Contact: Highland Square   330-376-2927   kmockensturm@akronlibrary.org
   

Mondays in April, 11 am

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
   3:15 PM  -  4:15 PM After School Bored Room  
    Contact: Odom Branch   330-434-8726   
   

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

    Location: Odom
   4:00 PM Adulting 101: Personal Safety  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   ellet@akronlibrary.org
   

Ages 15-25. Whether at a party, online, or in a dark parking lot, personal safety can be at risk. Learn strategies for staying safe in various situations, along with basic self-defense techniques. Self-defense portion of the class is sponsored by the Summit County Prosecutor’s Office. Please wear comfortable clothing and shoes to participate. Registration requested.

 

    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
   6:00 PM  -  7:00 PM Acting Adventures: Super Heroes Around the World  
    Contact: Highland Square   330-376-2927   
   

Mondays in April, 6-7 pm

Ages 5-8 years. Join us for this introduction to theatre class taught by Debora Totti. Your children will explore popular heroic characters from other countries through playful dramatic experiences, learn about facing and resolving conflicts, and gain confidence. Students may enroll for individual sessions or all four. Call 330-376-2927 to register.

    Location: Highland Square
   6:00 PM  -  7:30 PM PowerPoint 1  
    Contact: Electronic Services   330-643-9145   esdiv@akronlibrary.org
   

MS PowerPoint, Part 1: The Basics

Learn how to create and present slideshow presentations for with PowerPoint 2013. Attendance at Windows for Beginners is preferred.

 

Please visit our website for more information:

    Location: Norton
   6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Introduction to Meditation  
    Contact: North Hill Branch Library   330.535.9423   northhill@akronlibrary.org
   

Introduction to Meditation 

Too much stress in life? Want to spend some quality time with yourself? Want to learn how meditation can work for you? This Introduction to Meditation course offers an opportunity to practice several popular forms of meditation. We begin with basic breathing meditation and add other practices each week. No previous meditation experience is necessary and all practices are offered in a non-religious manner. All faith traditions (or none at all) are welcome. The sessions will be led by members of the Center for Health, Happiness, and Chan, a local non-religious, non- profit organization.

    Location: North Hill

Tuesday May 1, 2018
     Book Club to Go  
    Contact: Odom Branch   330-434-8726   
   

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

MAY:  The Wangs VS the World by Jade Chang

    Location: Odom
     Check-Out and Win @ the Goodyear Branch Library  
    Contact: Goodyear Branch   330-784-7522   goodyear@akronlibrary.org
   

Visit the Goodyear Branch Library between March 1, 2018–  May 31, 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

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

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

May THIS IS WHERE I LEAVE YOU by Jonathan Tropper

 

 

    Location: Goodyear

Tuesday May 1, 2018
   10:00 AM  -  8:00 PM Norton Branch Library 30th Anniversary  
    Contact: Norton Branch Library   330-825-7800   norton@akronlibrary.org
   

Stop by for snacks and reminisce as you check out our historical display celebrating our 30 years at our current site! Snacks provided by the Friends of the Norton Branch Library.

    Location: Norton
   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.

May's Title: THE BEEKEEPER’S APPRENTICE by Laurie R. King

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

Baby Time

For babies 6-24 months and a caregiver.

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

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

Adult caregivers are invited to bring in our youngest patrons to enjoy books, rhymes, puppets, bubbles, and play time fun.

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

Tuesday, May 1, 10:30 am

Ages 3 and up

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

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

Preschool Story Time ages 3-6

Tuesdays, April 3- May 15, 10:30-11:30 am

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

    Location: Richfield
   11:00 AM Story Time  
    Contact: Kenmore Branch Library   330-745-6126   kenmore@akronlibrary.org
   

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

    Location: Kenmore
   11:30 AM 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.

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

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

Afternoon Book Discussion

Join us for our monthly afternoon book discussion. For May, we will discuss HILLBILLY ELEGY:  A MEMOIR OF A FAMILY AND CULTURE IN CRISIS by J.D. Vance.

    Location: Green
   2:30 PM  -  3:30 PM Teen Lounge  
    Contact: Mogadore Branch Library   330-628-9228   mogadore@akronlibrary.org
   

Tuesday, May 1, 2:30-3:30 pm

Stop in to spend time with your friends, enjoy snacks,

try new activities, and play video games, in a place just for teens.

    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
   5:00 PM Computer Mini-Clinic  
    Contact: Tallmadge   330.633.4345   
   

Computer Mini-Clinic
Come in and we'll try to help you with your computer questions.

Registration requested.

    Location: Tallmadge
   6:00 PM  -  7:30 PM PowerPoint 2  
    Contact: Electronic Services   330-643-9145   esdiv@akronlibrary.org
   

MS PowerPoint, Part 2: Notes, Links, & Graphics

Learn how to use PowerPoint’s advanced features to customize your presentations. Experience with using PowerPoint or attendance at PowerPoint, Part 1 is preferred.

 

Please visit our website for more information:

    Location: Norton
   6:00 PM  -  7:30 PM Tullet’s: Art Workshops for Children  
    Contact: Highland Square   330-376-2927   kmockensturm@akronlibrary.org
   

Tuesdays, 6-7:30 pm

March 6, April 10, and May 1

Children should dress for mess and be ready to participate in collaborative art games led by Miss KT and inspired by artist and author Herve’ Tullet. Still curious? Read Tullet’s new book Art Workshops for Children.

    Location: Highland Square
   6:30 PM Local Author  
    Contact: Tallmadge   330.633.4345   
   

Before Montgomery
A Portrait of Martin Luther King Jr. as a Young Man
Speaker: Patrick Parr

In this 40-minute talk, Patrick Parr will discuss the life of Martin Luther King before he became a national icon at the age of twenty-seven. Parr's book, THE SEMINARIAN: MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. COMES OF AGE, has been hailed by David J. Garrow as "the most important and original work about King in more than a quarter-century," while Kirkus called it "fearless...clear-eyed and honest." During the talk, Parr, who grew up in Cuyahoga Falls, will also introduce himself and describe his five-year research journey into the young life of Dr. King. At the end there will be a chance to ask questions and have your copy of THE SEMINARIAN signed by the author.

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

Kids and Teens

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

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

WELLNESS YOGA:  YOGA OFF THE MAT

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

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

    Location: Nordonia Hills

Wednesday May 2, 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 Story Time  
    Contact: Firestone Park Branch Library   330-724-2126   gbowen@akronlibrary.org
   

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

    Location: Firestone Park
   11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Tai Chi: Moving for Better Balance  
    Contact: Goodyear Branch   330-784-7522   goodyear@akronlibrary.org
   

Wednesdays, March 7 – May 2, 11 am - Noon

Kim Mozzochi with the Area Agency on Aging conducts this FREE exercise series, geared toward older adults (age 60+) wanting to improve strength, flexibility and muscle tone.

Sessions meet one time per week for an 8-week period. (*No class on April 18)

This series may be cancelled due to low attendance.

Space is limited, so please register in advance beginning Wednesday, February 14.

 

    Location: Goodyear
   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 especially for adults, as well as coloring utensils and refreshments, will be provided. 

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

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

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

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

Registration begins Monday, April 23..

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

Join us for conversation and light refreshments as we discuss STATION ELEVEN by Emily St. John Mandel.

    Location: Norton
   1:00 PM  -  2:30 PM Google Drive [Demo]  
    Contact: Electronic Services   330-643-9145   esdiv@akronlibrary.org
   

Google Drive [Demo]

Learn about the different features of Google Drive and cloud storage. Having some knowledge of internet usage before taking this class is recommended.

    Location: Northwest Akron
   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.

May's Title: THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD by Colson Whitehead

The Underground Railroad (Oprah's Book Club); Hardcover; Author - Colson Whitehead

    Location: Richfield
   3:00 PM  -  4:00 PM After School Fun Club  
    Contact:    330-724-2126   firestoneparkbranch@akronlibrary.org
   

After School Fun Club

Wednesdays, 3pm

Grades K-5

March 7     Apptastic Afternoon

March 14   Legomania

March 21   Bingo

March 28   Snap Circuits

April 4        Wii Gaming

April 11      Spring Break, no Fun Club

April 18      Apptastic Afternoon

April 25      Board Games

May 2        Puzzle-riffic

May 9        Snap Circuits

May 16      Legomania

May 23      Apptastic Afternoon

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

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

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

Grades 6-12

Gaming, crafts, books, music, and more

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

We will turn science upside down with spectacular hands-on experiments and fun activities. For grades K-5.

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

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

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

Rocky and her furry friends are waiting for you!

    Location: Norton
   4:00 PM  -  5:00 PM Paws for Reading  
    Contact: Norton Branch Library   330-825-7800   norton@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.  Children of all ages are welcome.

No registration is needed

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

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

Registration begins Monday, April 23..

    Location: Fairlawn-Bath
   6:00 PM  -  7:30 PM PowerPoint 3  
    Contact: Electronic Services   330-643-9145   esdiv@akronlibrary.org
   

MS PowerPoint, Part 3: Advanced Features

Advanced features covered include photo album shows, automation, animation, more with backgrounds, charts, and other miscellaneous items. Experience with using PowerPoint or attendance at PowerPoint, Part 2 is preferred.

 

Please visit our website for more information:

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

PAINT NIGHT

Paint your own masterpiece and discover your creativity! Each artist will have a finished painting to take home at the end of the night. Sign-ups are limited to two spots per person.

Both nights will feature the same painting, sign ups per person are limited to one night each.

Sixteen and over, please.

All supplies provided, and registration is strongly encouraged by calling 330-467-8595, or by stopping in the library.

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

Wednesdays, May 2, 6:30 pm

THE CURIOUS CHARMS OF ARTHUR PEPPER by Phaedra Patrick

 

 

    Location: Mogadore
   6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM DIY Craft Programs:Homemade Bath Salt and Sugar  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   maplevalley@akronlibrary.org
   

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

    Location: Maple Valley
   6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Finance Series: The Dangers of Debt  
    Contact: Highland Square   330-376-2927   
   

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

This series is presented by Robert Stark, Chief Relationship Officer of Watchguard Capital.

NASDAQ research recently found that average American household debt was $139,500!  When it comes to building wealth and achieving life goals, high amounts of debt are the number-one way to spin your wheels and not make any headway toward achieving these goals.  This class is designed to address the main types of debt people take on, identify which types of debt are the most destructive, provide information on how debt destroys wealth, and go through the paths you can take to immediately begin turning the corner on personal debt in your life.  

    Location: Highland Square
   6:30 PM  -  8:00 PM Author’s Presentation – D. M. Pulley  
    Contact: Richfield Branch   330-659-4343   mdaly@akronlibrary.org
   

Join celebrated mystery writer D.M. Pulley as she discusses her newest offering. Before becoming a full-time writer, D.M. Pulley worked as a Professional Engineer, rehabbing historic structures and conducting forensic investigations of building failures. Pulley’s structural survey of a vacant building in Cleveland inspired her debut novel, The Dead Key, the winner of the 2014 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award. The disappearance of a family member formed the basis for her second historical mystery, The Buried Book. Pulley’s latest novel, The Unclaimed Victim, delves into the dark history behind Cleveland's Torso Killer. She lives in northeast Ohio with her husband, her two children, and a dog named Hobo, and she is hard at work on her fourth book.  

 D. M. Pulley Image result for unclaimed victim

    Location: Richfield
   7:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Inspiration Book Club @ Firestone Park Community Center  
    Contact:    330-724-2126   firestoneparkbranch@akronlibrary.org
   

Inspiration Book Club @ Firestone Community Center 

Wednesday evenings, 7pm

March 7, April 4, May 2

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

    Location: Firestone Park

Thursday May 3, 2018
   10:15 AM Baby Time  
    Contact: Nordonia Hills Branch Library   330-467-8595   nordoniahills@akronlibrary.org
   

BABY TIME

Our programs feature bounces, songs, and stories.

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

Please register in advance.                                                                                                                                

    Location: Nordonia Hills
   10:15 AM  -  11:30 AM Stories and Play  
    Contact: Goodyear Branch   330-784-7522   goodyear@akronlibrary.org
   

 

Thursdays, March 1 – May 24, 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 Story Time  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Family Story Time

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, May 3, 10:30 am

Ages birth – 3 ½

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

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

Every Thursday, 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 Storytime  
    Contact: Richfield Library   330-659-4343   dnagy@akronlibrary.org
   

Toddler Programs

Little Folks Story Time ages 6-35 months

Thursdays, April 5- May 17, 10:30-11:30 am

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

    Location: Richfield
   11:00 AM  -  12:30 PM Reentry in Motion: Returning Home  
    Contact: Business & Government   330-643-9020   
   

This Reentry in Motion program showcases From Prison to Home, a film which traces the experiences of four African American returning citizens, focusing on their challenges with employment, housing, addiction, and reconnecting with family, as well as their participation in the African American Program for parolees. Richard, a 36-year-old crack addict, has spent 12 years in and out of the system. Arthur, 45, has been arrested 13 times. Calvin, 49, has served 18 months for drug possession and burglary. And 37-year-old Randy, emerging for the first time after a 16-year murder sentence, is intent on going to college. Includes interviews with their parole officers. Reentry resources and handouts provided.  Location: Room 1.

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

STORY TIME

Our programs feature bounces, songs, and stories.

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

Please register in advance.

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

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

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

MS Publisher:  The Basics

Create business cards, greeting cards, flyers, and more! Learn the basics of creating professional looking publications with Publisher 2013, Microsoft’s desktop publishing program.  Attendance at Windows for Beginners is preferred.

 

Please visit our website for more information:

    Location: Norton
   3:00 PM Knit and Crochet Club  
    Contact: Tallmadge   330.633.4345   
   

Do you love to knit or crochet? Join us for the sharing of ideas. Some basic supplies are provided.

    Location: Tallmadge
   3:15 PM  -  5:00 PM Art and Craft Fun Thursdays  
    Contact: Odom Branch   330-434-8726   
   

Art and Craft After School Thursdays!

Bricks4Kidz will bring thousands of legos, duplos, and perler beads so you can create.

    Location: Odom
   3:30 PM TTHO ('Tween/Teen Hangout)  
    Contact: Springfield-Lakemore Branch Library   330-643-4770   springfieldlakemore@akronlibrary.org
   

Thursday, May 3, 3:30 pm

Looking for a place to chill after school? Hang out at the library! We’ve got snacks, movies, games, and cool crafts at our house.

May 3: iPad Explore

    Location: Springfield-Lakemore
   3:30 PM  -  4:30 PM Lego Club  
    Contact: Mogadore Branch Library   330-628-9228   mogadore@akronlibrary.org
   

Thursday, May 3, 3:30-4:30 pm

Join us for an afternoon of imaginative Lego creation. 

All supplies provided.

    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 PAWS for Reading  
    Contact: Northwest Akron Library   330.836.1081   northwest@akronlibrary.org
   

PAWS for Reading

Thursdays, March 1, 15, April 5, 19, May 3, 17, 4 pm

3rd Saturdays, March 17, April 21, May 19, 2 pm

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

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

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

    Location: Kenmore
   6:00 PM Cookbook Club  
    Contact: Fairlawn-Bath Branch   330-666-4888   
   

Back by popular demand, the Cookbook Club returns!  This time we’ll be featuring the book Cooking for Jeffrey by Ina Garten, the Barefoot Contessa.  We’ll discuss the book and sample some of the recipes that you create.  Space is limited, so call 330-666-4888 or stop by the library to register and reserve a copy of the book.

    Location: Fairlawn-Bath
   6:00 PM Movies@Main: Star Wars: The Last Jedi  
    Contact: Culture & AV   330-643-9015   
   
Kung Fu Panda 3 movie poster
 

Rey seeks Jedi guidance from Luke Skywalker, in hopes of turning the tide in the battle against Kylo Ren and the First Order. Unforgettable epic starring Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Laura Dern and Domhnall Gleeson. Rated PG-13. 152 min

    Location: Main Library-Auditorium
   6:00 PM  -  7:00 PM Understanding the Medicare Maze  
    Contact: Norton Branch Library   330-825-7800   norton@akronlibrary.org
   

Join licensed insurance agent Sharon Honrath of the KAZ Company as she guides you to a better understanding of the Medicare maze.  Sharon will be explaining the difference between Medicare Supplements, Advantage Plans and Part D Prescription Plans.

    Location: Norton
   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 Qi Gong: Working with Your Life Force  
    Contact: Northwest Akron Branch   330.836.1081   northwest@akronlibrary.org
   

Thursday, May 3, 6:30 pm

Qi Gong: Working with Your Life Force

Qigong (pronounced "chee gung") focuses on movements and breathing that build and circulate Qi, the life-force energy that flows through us. Qigong can help you deal effectively with stress, keep your body relaxed and supple, and improve the quality and flow of your Qi.

    Location: Northwest Akron

Friday May 4, 2018
     DIY2Go Star Wars: May the 4th Be With You!  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Kids and Teens

May 4-5

Celebrate our favorite saga with games and crafts.

 
    Location: Green
   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
   3:00 PM  -  5:00 PM Friends of the Library Pre-Sale  
    Contact: Highland Square   330-376-2927   
   

The Friends of the Highland Square Branch Library is a volunteer group that supports our library by coordinating our booksales and other special events. Our Friends are looking for new volunteers! To get involved, please call 330-376-2927 or stop in at our booksale to meet our group.

    Location: Highland Square
   4:00 PM May the 4th Be with You  
    Contact: Nordonia Hills Brancg Library   330-467-8595   nordoniahills@akronlibrary.org
   

MAY THE 4TH BE WITH YOU!

Celebrate May 4 with Star Wars crafts, activities, and treats.

    Location: Nordonia Hills

Saturday May 5, 2018
     DIY2Go Star Wars: May the 4th Be With You!  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Kids and Teens

May 4-5

Celebrate our favorite saga with games and crafts.

 
    Location: Green
     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)

Bookworm Reading Pointer - May 5

Create a cute little bookworm that you can use as a reading pointer.

 

    Location: Goodyear
   10:00 AM  -  3:00 PM Book Sale  
    Contact: Highland Square   330-376-2927   
   

The Friends of the Highland Square Branch Library is a volunteer group that supports our library by coordinating our booksales and other special events. Our Friends are looking for new volunteers! To get involved, please call 330-376-2927 or stop in at our booksale to meet our group.

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

CRAFTERS' CORNER

Join your fellow crafters for daylong fun. Bring your own supplies. Come for an hour or the entire day. No experience necessary – all crafts welcome!

    Location: Nordonia Hills
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Paws for Reading  
    Contact: Fairlawn-Bath Branch Library   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 can read to the child.  

    Location: Fairlawn-Bath
   10:30 AM  -  1:00 PM Naturalization Records and Researching Jewish Genealogy with Kenneth Bravo  
    Contact: Main - Special Collections Division   330-643-9030   speccollections@akronlibrary.org
   

Naturalization Records and Researching Jewish Genealogy with Kenneth Bravo

The Special Collections Division of the Akron-Summit County Public Library and the Summit County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society are pleased to present this program with Kenneth Bravo. Ken is a frequent lecturer on several genealogical topics. He is currently president of the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies and past president of the Jewish Genealogy Society of Cleveland, as well as a member of the Ohio Genealogical Society and the Association of Professional Genealogists.

10:30 am "Locating and Using Your Ancestor’s Post-1906 Naturalization Record"
Naturalization records after 1906 contain a great deal of useful genealogical information. This presentation will assist the researcher in locating copies of these records and following up on results.

11:45 am "The Nuts and Bolts of Jewish Genealogy"
This presentation will help those who are new to Jewish genealogical research, as well as those who are more advanced, with practical tips on where and how to look for clues and data. Sources will include immigration and naturalization records, censuses, newspapers, records of burial societies, and many others.

The program will take place in Meeting Room 2AB on the High Street Level of Main Library and is free and open to the public. Parking is free in the High-Market Parking Deck. 

To register or for more information, contact the Special Collections Division.

    Location: Main Library
   11:00 AM ¡Fiesta!  
    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

May 5: ¡Fiesta! Celebrate the Latin culture with stories, songs, crafts, and activities.

May 19: Beautiful Butterflies Learn all about the butterfly life cycle with stories, games, crafts, and a sneak peek of our real-life caterpillars!

    Location: Main Library
   11:00 AM Bricks 4 Kidz  
    Contact: Tallmadge   330.633.4345   
   

Bricks 4 Kidz
Family Program

Calling all Master Builders for "Built It!", a great time of LEGO brick building and fun! Join Bricks for Kidz as we learn, we build, and we play with activities for the whole family. We'll have free building, speed challenges, crafts, motorized projects, board games, and more for you to enjoy!
Open to all ages and ability levels.

    Location: Tallmadge
   11:00 AM  -  11:50 AM Science Cafe with astrophysicist Kevin Manning  
    Contact: Science & Technology   330-643-9075   stdiv@akronlibrary.org
   

Have an informal chat with a scientist at the Akron Library Science Cafe.  Learn about Mars, deep space, and how to build a telescope.  

Bring your coffee mug and your curiosity to the Science & Technology division on the 1st floor of Main Library.

    Location: Main Library
   12:00 PM  -  1:00 PM Virtual Reality Space Voyage  
    Contact: Science & Technology   330-643-9075   stdiv@akronlibrary.org
   

Take a Google Expedition trip to the International Space Station or Mars with our virtual reality set.  Meet in Meeting Room 2AB across from the Auditorium.

Please contact Science & Technology to reserve your spot.

    Location: Main Library
   1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Curiosity: Mission to Mars  
    Contact: Science & Technology   330-643-9075   stdiv@akronlibrary.org
   

Astrophysicist Kevin Manning shares what scientists have learned from the NASA Curiosity rover mission, including amazing images and video footage of Mars and space.  

Weather permitting, view celestial objects via a powful telescope fitted with a solar filter.

Please contact Science & Technology to reserve your spot.

    Location: Main Library-Auditorium
   1:00 PM  -  4:00 PM FREE COMIC BOOK DAY  
    Contact: Norton Branch Library   330-825-7800   norton@akronlibrary.org
   

Bring the entire family and celebrate Free Comic Book Day with fun activities, popcorn and free comics. 

Come in costume and you might win a prize!    

    Location: Norton
   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

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 wine.  Neglect them, and life is a never-ending struggle.  Please call the branch to sign up.

    Location: Maple Valley
   2:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Diary of a Wimpy Kid  
    Contact: Goodyear Branch   330-784-7522   goodyear@akronlibrary.org
   

Saturday, May 5, 2 pm

Celebrate all things wimpy with some wacky games and activities at this program for children and families.  Check out your wimpy knowledge for a chance to win a poster.  Registration appreciated.

    Location: Goodyear

Sunday May 6, 2018
   2:00 PM  -  2:30 PM Sunday Story Time Sampler  
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

Every Sunday, 2 pm

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

    Location: Main Library

Monday May 7, 2018
     DIY2Go Make Something for Mom  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Kids and Teens

May 7-12

Fun for you, gift for Mom.

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

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

Registration begins Monday, April 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. 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 Baby and Me Time  
    Contact: Tallmadge   330.633.4345   
   

Baby & Me Time
For babies and toddlers, 6 months old to 24 months old with a caregiver.

20 minutes of rymes, songs, bounces and stories followed by group playtime.

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

TAI CHI:  MOVING FOR BETTER BALANCE

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

Registration is strongly encouraged, as space is limited

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

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

Registration begins Monday, April 23

    Location: Fairlawn-Bath
   12:15 PM  -  1:00 PM Finding Reliable Health Information on the Internet: Is Google Good Enough?  
    Contact: Science & Technology Division   330 643-9075   stdiv@akronlibrary.org
   

There has never been a time when health information was more readily available than today.  Online searching puts information right at your fingertips.  Unfortunately, just typing a topic into a search engine isn't going to get you results you can trust.  Let the librarians from the Science & Technology Division help you locate medical sources you can trust.

Join us for Health Info. 101.  Learn how to tell which websites offer scientifically based information that has been evaluated by medical experts.  Find out how to narrow your medical search so you aren't overwhelmed with misleading information.  Don't trust your health to what you read on the Internet!  Main Library First Floor Meeting Room

    Location: Main Library
   3:15 PM  -  4:15 PM After School Bored Room  
    Contact: Odom Branch   330-434-8726   
   

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

    Location: Odom
   4:00 PM  -  5:00 PM Mum's the Word  
    Contact: Kenmore Branch Library   330-745-6126   kenmore@akronlibrary.org
   

Show Mom you're thinking of her this Mother's Day with beautiful cards and crafts that she will love. For grades K-5.

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

MESSY MONDAY!

Cotton Ball Throw Painting

One Monday a month at 6 pm, join us for some messy fun. Don’t forget to wear some old clothes, you may get messy.

    Location: Nordonia Hills
   6:00 PM Paper Flowers  
    Contact: Fairlawn-Bath Branch Library   330-666-4888   
   

Learn how to make beautiful paper flowers.  With step-by-step instructions, you’ll create flowers so realistic that you might even fool a bee!

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 Get Crafty Mondays  
    Contact: Odom Branch   330-434-8726   
   

Mother's Day Craft-  Hair and Makeup Artist, Toray Green, will show how to make bath salts and other spa specialties to help you pamper your mom or yourself.  All supplies provided.  Make a DIY project alongside others who enjoy getting crafty at the library.

    Location: Odom
   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
   6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM ADULTING 101: A series for Teens and Adults, Ages 15-25  
    Contact:    330-724-2126   firestoneparkbranch@akronlibrary.org
   

Personal Safety

Whether at a party, online, or in a dark parking lot, personal safety can be at risk. Learn strategies for staying safe in various situations, along with basic self-defense techniques. Self-defense portion of class is sponsered by the Summit County Prosecutor's Office. Please wear comfortable clothing and shoes to participate.

Registration requested.

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

Evening Book Discussion - KILLERS OF THE FLOWER MOON: THE OSAGE MURDERS AND THE BIRTH OF THE FBI by David Grann

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

 

    Location: North Hill

Tuesday May 8, 2018
     DIY2Go Make Something for Mom  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Kids and Teens

May 7-12

Fun for you, gift for Mom.

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

Baby Time

For babies 6-24 months and a caregiver.

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

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

Adult caregivers are invited to bring in our youngest patrons to enjoy books, rhymes, puppets, bubbles, and play time fun.

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

Tuesday, May 8, 10:30 am

Ages 3 and up

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

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

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.      

March 13: Let’s Move!:  Physical activity helps to develop heathy brains that are ready for learning. Come join us for lots of gross motor, music, and movement at the library this month!

April 10: Spring Fling:  Awaken the 5 senses as we explore the signs that spring has sprung.  Come out of hibernation and engage in sensory, art, and hands–on science discoveries. 

May 8: Under Construction: This building lab invites children to develop spatial reasoning and engineering skills through block play.   Engage in architectural design, dress-up, books, tools, and assorted building materials to inspire your budding engineers. 


A Special Time to Play
Tuesday, April 17, 10:30 am
For the Week of the Young Child

 

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

Preschool Story Time ages 3-6

Tuesdays, April 3- May 15, 10:30-11:30 am

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

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

TAI CHI:  MOVING FOR BETTER BALANCE

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

Registration is strongly encouraged, as space is limited

    Location: Nordonia Hills
   10:30 AM  -  12:00 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: Main Library
   11:00 AM Story Time  
    Contact: Kenmore Branch Library   330-745-6126   kenmore@akronlibrary.org
   

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

    Location: Kenmore
   11:30 AM 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 Workshop: Silhouette Curio  
    Contact: Electronic Services   330-643-9145   esdiv@akronlibrary.org
   

Silhouette

Do you like to scrapbook or make homemade cards? Then let the silhouette help you cut out fun shapes, draw cool sayings, etc.

    Location: Main Library
   3:00 PM  -  5:00 PM After School Zen Zone  
    Contact: Tallmadge   330.633.4345   
   

After School Zen Zone for Teens

If you are looking for a place to do homework, share music, play games, or get a cup o joe, come by after school and see what is offered that day.

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

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

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

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

CINDER by Marissa Meyer

    Location: Odom
   3:30 PM  -  5:00 PM Needle Arts for All  
    Contact: Springfield-Lakemore Branch   330-643-4770   
   

Second and Fourth Tuesday of each month.

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

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

Tuesday,  May 8, 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 After School Game Club  
    Contact: Kenmore Branch Library   330-745-6126   kenmore@akronlibrary.org
   

Come hang out with friends and play games such as chess, checkers, Monopoly, and many others.

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

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

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

Do you like to help others?

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

Become a Volunteen! 

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

    Location: Norton
   6:00 PM Vinyl Revival  
    Contact: Tallmadge   330.633.4345   
   

Vinyl Revival for Teens and Adults

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 330.633.4345.

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

STITCH CLIQUE

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

 

    Location: Nordonia Hills
   6:30 PM Craft Night Out with Kathy Carmen  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   ellet@akronlibrary.org
   

Could you use a craft night out?  Create gift jars filled with pampering products and a no-sew rice heating pad just in time for Mother’s Day gifting! All supplies provided. Registration begins for this program on Monday, April 23.  Space is limited, so please call 330-784-2019 or stop by the front desk to register.

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

Family Time

Make Time for Play!

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

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

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

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

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

    Location: Main Library

Wednesday May 9, 2018
     DIY2Go Make Something for Mom  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Kids and Teens

May 7-12

Fun for you, gift for Mom.

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

Every Wednesday, 10:30 am

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

    Location: Main Library
   10:30 AM  -  12:00 PM Organizing File Folders  
    Contact: Electronic Services   330-643-9145   esdiv@akronlibrary.org
   

Organizing File Folders

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

 

Please visit our website for more information

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

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

    Location: Firestone Park
   12:30 PM  -  1:30 PM Open Gaming @ Firestone Park Community Center  
    Contact:    330-724-2126   firestoneparkbranch@akronlibrary.org
   

Open Gaming @ Fireston Park Community Center

Wednesday afternoons, 12:30pm

March 14, April 11, May 9

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

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

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

Registration begins Monday, April 23..

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

Gmail Basics, Part 2: Message Management

Learn how to attach files to outgoing messages and open incoming attachments. Organize your list of contacts using an Address Book. Learn how to create folders for filing messages. Experience using an e-mail account or attendance at Gmail Basics, Part 1 is required. 

 

Please visit our website for more information:

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

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

 

    Location: North Hill
   3:00 PM  -  4:00 PM After School Fun Club  
    Contact:    330-724-2126   firestoneparkbranch@akronlibrary.org
   

After School Fun Club

Wednesdays, 3pm

Grades K-5

March 7     Apptastic Afternoon

March 14   Legomania

March 21   Bingo

March 28   Snap Circuits

April 4        Wii Gaming

April 11      Spring Break, no Fun Club

April 18      Apptastic Afternoon

April 25      Board Games

May 2        Puzzle-riffic

May 9        Snap Circuits

May 16      Legomania

May 23      Apptastic Afternoon

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

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

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

COOKIES AND CONVERSATION

Talk about what’s going on your life, town, or the world. We’ll discuss philosophy, current events, or whatever is on the group’s mind. And don’t forget we will have cookies! 

All ages welcome.

 

    Location: Nordonia Hills
   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 LEGO League  
    Contact: Kenmore Branch Library   330-745-6126   kenmore@akronlibrary.org
   

Feeling creative? Stop in and build a masterpiece with other LEGO lovers! All ages welcome; caretaker assitance is appreciated for younger designers. LEGOS and other building materials will be provided. 

    Location: Kenmore
   4:00 PM Service Animal Demonstration  
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

Meet service dogs from Canine Companions for Independence and learn the different types of places where service dogs work and what these dogs do to help their partners.  The dogs will demonstrate their skills.

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

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

Registration begins Monday, April 23..

    Location: Fairlawn-Bath
   6:00 PM  -  7:30 PM Google Drive 1  
    Contact: Electronic Services   330-643-9145   esdiv@akronlibrary.org
   

Google Drive I

In this class you will sign-up for a Google account in order for you to begin using Google Drive.   There will be a discussion about the different features of Google Drive and cloud storage.  We will create a document in Google Docs, which is very similar to Microsoft Word, so that you may learn the different formatting commands.   Having some knowledge of MS Word, Excel, & PowerPoint before taking this class is recommended.

 

Please visit our website for more information:

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

Adult Program

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

 
    Location: Green
   6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Finance Series: Establishing a Budget  
    Contact: Highland Square   330-376-2927   
   

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

This series is presented by Robert Stark, Chief Relationship Officer of Watchguard Capital.

Every major business, organization, and charity in America keeps financial records that it uses to measure where it’s at, and achieve its goals. It’s impossible to know where you need to go financially if you don’t know where you currently are, and a budget helps you understand that.  Most people are amazed to learn that budgeting really isn’t as hard as they think it is, nor does it take a great deal of time.  In this class, we will talk about what a budget is and why it’s important, go through the steps to build one, and how you can use it. 

    Location: Highland Square
   6:30 PM  -  8:00 PM Socrates Cafe  
    Contact: Patrick Manning   330.467.8595   nordoniahills@akronlibrary.org
   

SOCRATES CAFÉ

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

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

A student working to improve reasoning and thinking skills? 

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

If so, join us at the Socrates Café!

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

No registration necessary – No homework – No assigned reading.

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

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

    Location: Nordonia Hills

Thursday May 10, 2018
     Coffee & Conversation Book Discussion  
    Contact: Nordonia Hills Branch Library   330-467-8595   nordoniahills@akronlibrary.org
   

THE GIRLS OF ATOMIC CITY by Denise Kiernan

Title: The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America's Shining Women, Author: Kate MooreTitle: The Girls of Atomic City: The Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win World War II, Author: Denise Kiernan

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

Second Thursday of each month at 2pm, refreshments are served.

    Location: Nordonia Hills
     DIY2Go Make Something for Mom  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Kids and Teens

May 7-12

Fun for you, gift for Mom.

 
    Location: Green
   10:15 AM  -  11:30 AM Stories and Play  
    Contact: Goodyear Branch   330-784-7522   goodyear@akronlibrary.org
   

 

Thursdays, March 1 – May 24, 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 Story Time  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Family Story Time

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, May 10, 10:30 am

Ages birth – 3 ½

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

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

Every Thursday, 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 Storytime  
    Contact: Richfield Library   330-659-4343   dnagy@akronlibrary.org
   

Toddler Programs

Little Folks Story Time ages 6-35 months

Thursdays, April 5- May 17, 10:30-11:30 am

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

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

What's growing out there? Join us for sensory experiences and tiny tales. 

For families with children ages 2-5.

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

Typing

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

 

Please visit our website for more information:

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

PARACHUTE PLAY

Toddler parachute play is for ages 2-5.  We will use music and movement to play parachute games.

Please register in advance.

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Location: Fairlawn-Bath
   1:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Coloring Club  
    Contact:    330-724-2126   firestoneparkbranch@akronlibrary.org
   

Coloring Club

Thursday afternoons, 1pm

March 8, April 12, May 10

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

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

Google Drive II

 

This course builds on content learned in Google I.  In this class we will explore Google Spreadsheets and Google Slides.  Both of these applications are very similar to Microsoft Excel and PowerPoint.  Having some knowledge of MS Excel & PowerPoint before taking this class is recommended.

 

Please visit our website for more information:

    Location: Mogadore
   3:15 PM  -  5:00 PM Art and Craft Fun Thursdays  
    Contact: Odom Branch   330-434-8726   
   

Art and Craft After School Thursdays!

Nature Craft

    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.

Afterschool Matinee- May 10

Take a load (or your bookbag) off your back, and relax as we watch a movie. 

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

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

    Location: Kenmore
   6:00 PM DIY Spa Treatments  
    Contact: Mogadore Branch Library   330-628-9228   mogadore@akronlibrary.org
   

Thursday, May 10, 6 pm

Mothers and daughters, sisters and sisters, best buds and best buds - this day is for you.

Sign up with the special woman in your life to create fun spa treatments you can use at home, just in time for Mother’s Day.

All supplies are provided.

Registration requested.

    Location: Mogadore
   6:00 PM Game Days  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

Spend an hour playing board and card games with new friends!

We’ll provide the games, but feel free to bring one of your favorites to teach us how to play.

No registration necessary.  For grades K- 8.

    Location: Portage Lakes
   6:00 PM Movies@Main: Akron Art Library: Film & Discussion  
    Contact: Culture & AV   330-643-9015   
   
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Award-winning documentary revealing the lives of two of the most unusual post-1960s art collectors. Presented in partnership with the Akron Art Museum, with an introduction and discussion. After the film learn about the new Akron Art Library collection located in Culture & AV. 87 min

    Location: Main Library-Auditorium
   6:00 PM  -  7:30 PM Akron Inventors Club  
    Contact: Science & Technology Division   330-643-9075   stdiv@akronlibrary.org
   

This month's speaker at the Akron Inventors Club will be Bill Cushwa, inventor of the "Bearacade". With the rash of recent school and workplace shootings, Bill Cushwa and Dave Soulsby formed National School Control Systems and patented an item called the "Bearacade". The "Bearacade" is a new barricading device for doors, giving the most vulnerable a better chance during emergency situations. Come hear his story of how he developed, patented and produced his product.

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

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

Art @ the Speed of Life

Second Thursday of each month, 6 pm

March 8, April 12, May 10

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

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

May Flowers Totes - Join the Richfield Crafters for this month’s unique craft program. There is limited space for this program: please call or register at the front desk. Registration begins one month before the program date. 

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    Location: Richfield
   7:00 PM Home Organizing  
    Contact: Nordonia Hills Branch Library   330-467-8595   nordoniahills@akronlibrary.org
   

HOME ORGANIZING

Feeling the urge to purge?  Declutter your home and organize your life!  NAPO (North Coast Ohio Professional Organizers) experts Jennifer Klingbeil and Saundra Wright share simple, effective tips to help you discover more time, more calm and less clutter!

Please register in advance.

    Location: Nordonia Hills

Friday May 11, 2018
     DIY2Go Make Something for Mom  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Kids and Teens

May 7-12

Fun for you, gift for Mom.

 
    Location: Green
   10:30 AM  -  12:00 PM Workshop: Laser Engraver  
    Contact: Electronic Services   330-643-9145   esdiv@akronlibrary.org
   

Laser Engraver

Use the laser engraver to create advertising material for your business, something for yourself, etc. Engrave on wood, acrylic, and more.

    Location: Main Library
   3:00 PM  -  6:00 PM Friday Classic Movie Matinee  
    Contact: Richfield Branch   330-659-4343   mdaly@akronlibrary.org
   

May's Movie: The Great Race with Jack Lemmon, Tony Curtis, and Natalie Wood

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    Location: Richfield

Saturday May 12, 2018
     DIY2Go Make Something for Mom  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Kids and Teens

May 7-12

Fun for you, gift for Mom.

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

Saturdays, 10-11 am

March 10, April 14, and May 12

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. Email: kmockensturm@akronlibrary.org.

    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 Saturday Morning Craft Club  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

Sedona Bracelet

Need that last minute Mother’s Day gift?  Join jewelry instructor Jennie Thewlis from Beadtini Boutique Designs as she leads us step by step to create a beautiful beaded bracelet.  Unfortunately, at this time, the class is full.

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

Bring your imagination and engineering skills. We will provide the Legos. For children in grades K-4. 

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

Using Historical Newspapers in Your Genealogy Research

Historical newspapers should be a "primary" source for anyone doing genealogy research. From births to obituaries, estate notices to news stories, newspapers can fill in important details and help to paint a fuller picture of our ancestors' lives. Join a librarian from the Special Collections Division to take a look at accessing newspaper content through a variety of resources. 

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

To register, please contact the Special Collections Division.

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

The Second Saturday of each month, (March 10, April 14, May 12) 11 am

Share a book with a certified therapy dog.

    Location: Main Library
   11:00 AM  -  1:00 PM Seed Bomb Gifts  
    Contact:    3306594343   
   

Create a gift that is 100% recyclable and adds a bit of beauty wherever they land. Opt to leave some  tobeautify our NatureConnet Reading Garden. Supplies provided, though limited. 

    Location: Richfield
   11:00 AM  -  3:00 PM ACT Practice Test  
    Contact: Northwest Akron Branch Library   330.836.1081   northwest@akronlibrary.org
   

ACT Practice Test

Saturday, May 12, 11 am – 3 pm

Take a practice test under realistic testing conditions, get a feel for the endurance you’ll need and receive score reports highlighting your strengths and weaknesses.  Register for this free test through Princeton Review: https://www.princetonreview.com/product/offerings?id=400003&z=43221?exid=5f03cfac-df38-439e-8f9d-f5a795485f33

    Location: Northwest Akron
   12:00 PM  -  1:00 PM PAWS for Reading  
    Contact: Gerri Bowen   330-724-2126   gbowen@akronlibrary.org
   

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

    Location: Firestone Park
   1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM In the Park: Acrylic Pour Painting  
    Contact: Fairlawn-Bath Branch   330-666-4888   
   

Satellite images of earth are our inspiration for this painting program co-sponsored by Dr. Lara Roketenetz.  Instead of brushes or sponges, we’ll use gravity to move paint across the canvas.  Picture lava flows, rivers, and wetlands.  Meet at the Martin Center for Field Studies and Environmental Education at 4240 Ira Road, Akron, 44333.  

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

    Location: Fairlawn-Bath
   1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Plant Exchange and Tea with door prizes  
    Contact: Odom Branch   330-434-8726   
   

Join us for our 4th annual Plant Exchange and Tea.  This is a great way to share your garden experiences, acquire new perennials, seedlings or house plants.  Bring plants to share with the community and go home with plants others have brought.  Drink tea, eat cookies, maybe win a prize.  Make some new friends.  Tell your neighbors, bring a friend, children are definitely welcome.

    Location: Odom
   1:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Megagame  
    Contact: Nordonia Hills Branch Library   330-467-8595   nordoniahills@akronlibrary.org
   

MEGAGAME:  NIGHT FALLS

Under cover of darkness, vampires clash with the villagers who hunt them. Do you have the strength of will and negotiating savvy when night falls? This is an exciting new interactive mix of board game, role-playing, tactical thinking, and model UN. Come alone or bring some friends. The more players, the better! Teams will be formed at the event. No prior experience necessary.

This event will have snacks and prizes!

Please register in advance.

    Location: Nordonia Hills
   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
   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.

Make a Scene– May 12

Places! Places! Find your spot in this one-day theatre workshop designed to hone your performance skills. Guided by Wandering Aesthetics’ Performer Kyle Jozsa, students will work together to improvise and rehearse a scene from a popular play. They will craft characters, focus on the role of repetition in the rehearsal process, and tackle any challenges head on.

    Location: Goodyear
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM PAWS for Reading  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   maplevalley@akronlibrary.org
   
PAWS for Reading
Practice your reading skills by reading aloud to our doggie pal, Kivrin.
Bring a book from home or read one of ours!
Not reading yet? Our dogs’ human pal will read to you.
This is a great way for children to practice their literacy skills and gain more confidence in reading aloud.
Children of all ages are welcome. 
    Location: Maple Valley
   2:00 PM  -  3:30 PM Writing Workshop: More Than Just the Facts. Making Nonfiction FUN!  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Adult Program

Saturday, May 12, 2-3:30 pm

Award-winning children’s author, magazine editor, and science writer Conrad J. Storad provides his unique perspective on writing and presenting nonfiction material to students ages 5 to 12.  The session is a beginner’s guide for teachers, writers, and those who work with young writers and readers, both the enthusiastic and reluctant variety.  The session offers tips for writers of all ages.  It is NOT a session on how to get a book published.  Attendees are requested to bring their own paper and writing utensils.

 
    Location: Green
   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.
  • Registration is requested. Adults age 18 and over. Meeting Room 1.
 
    Location: Main Library

Sunday May 13, 2018
   2:00 PM  -  2:30 PM Sunday Story Time Sampler  
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

Every Sunday, 2 pm

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

    Location: Main Library

Monday May 14, 2018
     Book Club on the Go  
    Contact: Kenmore Branch Library   330-745-6126   kenmore@akronlibrary.org
   

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

May's selection: "Where the Light Falls" by Allison Pataki and Owen Pataki

    Location: Kenmore
     On Your Own  
    Contact: Goodyear Branch   330-784-7522   goodyear@akronlibary.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.

Worm Farm – May 14

Observe the live worms living on the NatureConnect table.

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

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

Registration begins Monday, April 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. 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 Baby and Me Time  
    Contact: Tallmadge   330.633.4345   
   

Baby & Me Time
For babies and toddlers, 6 months old to 24 months old with a caregiver.

20 minutes of rymes, songs, bounces and stories followed by group playtime.

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

TAI CHI:  MOVING FOR BETTER BALANCE

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

Registration is strongly encouraged, as space is limited

    Location: Nordonia Hills
   10:30 AM  -  12:00 PM [Demo] Android Phone/Tablet  
    Contact: Electronic Services   330-643-9145   esdiv@akronlibrary.org
   

Android Phone/Tablet [Demo]

Get a front row seat for a tour of the Android operating system. Learn about Settings, Play Store, the camera, and more. Bring some questions of your own too.

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

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

Registration begins Monday, April 23

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

Join us the second Monday of each month, 1 pm

May 14: THE GERMAN GIRL by Armando Lucas Correa

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

NEW TIME!  Have you read a good book and want to tell others about it?  Are you looking for your next book to read and would like a recommendation from others?  No one has to read the same book.  It’s basically one big book report meeting and no books are off-limits.  Classics, Self-Help, Biographies, Cozy Mysteries, Travel, Sci-Fi, anything goes!

    Location: Portage Lakes
   2:00 PM Book Discussion Club  
    Contact: Tallmadge   330.633.4345   
   

THE LIGHT BETWEEN OCEANS by M.L. Stedman

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

STILL LIFE by Louise Penny

Title: The Inn at Rose Harbor (Rose Harbor Series #1), Author: Debbie MacomberTitle: Still Life (Chief Inspector Gamache Series #1), Author: Louise Penny

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

In this month's selection: Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the Surêté du Québec and his team of investigators are called in to the scene of a suspicious death in a rural village south of Montreal. Jane Neal, a local fixture in the tiny hamlet of Three Pines, just north of the U.S. border, has been found dead in the woods. The locals are certain it's a tragic hunting accident and nothing more, but Gamache smells something foul in these remote woods, and is soon certain that Jane Neal died at the hands of someone much more sinister than a careless bowhunter. 

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

    Location: Nordonia Hills
   3:15 PM  -  4:15 PM After School Bored Room  
    Contact: Odom Branch   330-434-8726   
   

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

    Location: Odom
   3:30 PM  -  4:30 PM InbeTWEEN Book Club  
    Contact:    330-724-2126   firestoneparkbranch@akronlibrary.org
   

InbeTWEEN Book Club

Grades 4 and up

Come for book discussion and pizza!

BUD, NOT BUDDY by Christopher Paul Curtis

Books will be available at our front desk one month before meetings. 

    Location: Firestone Park
   4:00 PM Adulting 101: Networking, Interviewing, and Job Searchin  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   ellet@akronlibrary.org
   

Ages 15-25. Learn appropriate resources and techniques for networking both in person and online, best practices for the job interview and resume and cover letter techniques.  

 

    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.?

Paws for Reading is the second Monday of every month.

    Location: Goodyear
   5:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Don't Judge a Book by its Movie: Book to Film Monday  
    Contact: Odom Branch   330-434-8726   
   

Join us the second Monday of each month to view a film and discuss the book it was based on to debate their similarities, differences, and merits Read the book first or wait until after the movie, your choice!

SAFE HAVEN by Nicholas Sparks/ Film directed by Lasse Hallstrom

    Location: Odom
   6:00 PM An Afternoon with the Howers  
    Contact: Highland Square   330-376-2927   
   

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

Welcome to 1871, when John Henry Hower moved his family from Doylestown to Akron and become one of Akron's fathers of industry. Hower House is an elegant 28-room second empire Italianate mansion filled with unique treasures and furniture collected by the Hower Family during the Victorian Era. Be introduced to the influence of the Hower family and Hower House Museum, explore the history of family members and their legacy in Akron, enjoy Victorian-style refreshments, and discover volunteer opportunities at the museum. This program is presented by Members of the Hower House Museum Guild.

    Location: Highland Square
   6:00 PM  -  7:00 PM Needle Crafting  
    Contact:    330-724-2126   firestoneparkbranch@akronlibrary.org
   

Needle Crafting 

Second and Fourth Monday evenings of the month, 6pm

March 12, 26, April 9, 23, May 14

Enjoy discussion and share knit and crochet projects.

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

COFFEE FILTER FLOWERS

Come and create coffee filter flowers!

Join our program for families of all ages! One Monday a month at 6:30 pm we’ll get together for some great crafts.

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

Family Program

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

This is a child led program.

    Location: Green
   6:30 PM What’s Cookin’ – 5 Ingredient Dishes  
    Contact: Goodyear Branch   330-784-7522   goodyear@akronlibrary.org
   

Monday, May 14, 6:30 pm

Less is more! Join Tonya and Nathan and try some flavorful and easy to prepare recipes using five ingredients. These recipes are sure to make weeknight dinners stress-free and delicious.

Class size is limited to 25 adult/teen (16 & over) participants.

Registration begins on Monday, April 16.

    Location: Goodyear
   6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Introduction to Meditation  
    Contact: North Hill Branch Library   330.535.9423   northhill@akronlibrary.org
   

Introduction to Meditation 

Too much stress in life? Want to spend some quality time with yourself? Want to learn how meditation can work for you? This Introduction to Meditation course offers an opportunity to practice several popular forms of meditation. We begin with basic breathing meditation and add other practices each week. No previous meditation experience is necessary and all practices are offered in a non-religious manner. All faith traditions (or none at all) are welcome. The sessions will be led by members of the Center for Health, Happiness, and Chan, a local non-religious, non- profit organization.

    Location: North Hill

Tuesday May 15, 2018
   10:15 AM Baby Time  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Baby Time

For babies 6-24 months and a caregiver.

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

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

Tuesday, May 15, 10:30 am

Ages 3 and up

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

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

Preschool Story Time ages 3-6

Tuesdays, April 3- May 15, 10:30-11:30 am

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

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

TAI CHI:  MOVING FOR BETTER BALANCE

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

Registration is strongly encouraged, as space is limited

    Location: Nordonia Hills
   10:30 AM  -  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: Fairlawn-Bath
   11:00 AM Story Time  
    Contact: Kenmore Branch Library   330-745-6126   kenmore@akronlibrary.org
   

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

    Location: Kenmore
   11:30 AM 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  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   ellet@akronlibrary.org
   

Books are available in advance at the circualtion desk.

May 15-The Girls by Emma Cline

 

    Location: Ellet
   2:00 PM  -  3:30 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: Fairlawn-Bath
   3:30 PM Tween Tuesdays  
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

Third Tuesday of each month, 3:30 pm

Grades 4 to 6: Join us once a month to hang out, play, make and more!

March 20 – Slime Science

April 17 – Recycled Poetry

May 15 – Ozobots

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

Cheer on your friends and enjoy time spent with others while taking turns playing video games and board 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 Project Runway: Full Scale Edition!  
    Contact: Kenmore Branch Library   330-745-6126   kenmore@akronlibrary.org
   

Come compete for a prize! Participants will be divided into teams. A full-scale model dress form will be issued to each team who will have a set amount of time to create a paper prom dress with a variety of products. Space is limited to the first 15 students at the door. This is a TIMED program so you must be on time in order to participate! For grades 6-12.

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

Tuesday, May 15, 4 pm

Help the library out this summer by being a volunteer. All volunteers must have completed the 5th grade,

be between the ages of 11 and 18, and must attend orientation to participate.

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

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

For teens and tweens.

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

Squishy Science

Grades K-5

Get messy as we learn about polymers and make slime and other squishy science concoctions. Registration requested.

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, May 15, 6:30 pm

Financial advisor Vince Rosnack will be discussing timely market topics and potential solutions to help you stay on track. 

Registration is requested; please call 330.628.9228 to register.

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

WELLNESS YOGA:  YOGA OFF THE MAT

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

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

    Location: Nordonia Hills
   6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Navigating the Medicare Maze by Sharon Honroth  
    Contact: Highland Square   330-376-2927   
   

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

Are you turning 65 or coming off a company plan? Just confused about the different parts of Medicare, what is covered, and what isn’t? Don’t navigate the Medicare maze alone! Sharon Honroth will explain Advantage Plans, Medicare Supplements, and Part D Prescription Plans at this educational seminar.

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

Dessert and Discussion for Teens and Adults

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

For the month of May, we will discuss THE PRIME OF MISS JEAN BRODIE by Muriel Spark.

    Location: Green

Wednesday May 16, 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  -  12:00 PM Story Time  
    Contact: Firestone Park Branch Library   330-724-2126   gbowen@akronlibrary.org
   

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

    Location: Firestone Park
   12:30 PM  -  1:30 PM Painting Class @ Firestone Park Community Center  
    Contact:    330-724-2126   firestoneparkbranch@akronlibrary.org
   

Painting Class @ Firestone Park Community Center

Wednesday, May 16, 12:30pm

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

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

Mystery Book Discussion Group

3rd Wednesday, 1 pm

March 21: ACCEPTABLE LOSS by Anne Perry

April 18: THE TRUTH ABOUT THE HARRY QUEBERT AFFAIR by Joel Dicker

May 16: AND THEN THERE WERE NONE BY Agatha Christie

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

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

Registration begins Monday, April 23..

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

Wednesday, May 16, 2 pm

THE TEA GIRL OF HUMMINGBIRD LANE by Lisa See

    Location: Mogadore
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM De-Stress Wednesday  
    Contact: Odom Branch   330-434-8726   
   

Doodling- Join us for a relaxing fun way to create beautiful images by drawing pictures.

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

Laser Engraver

Use the laser engraver to create advertising material for your business, something for yourself, etc. Engrave on wood, acrylic, and more.

    Location: Main Library
   3:00 PM  -  4:00 PM After School Fun Club  
    Contact:    330-724-2126   firestoneparkbranch@akronlibrary.org
   

After School Fun Club

Wednesdays, 3pm

Grades K-5

March 7     Apptastic Afternoon

March 14   Legomania

March 21   Bingo

March 28   Snap Circuits

April 4        Wii Gaming

April 11      Spring Break, no Fun Club

April 18      Apptastic Afternoon

April 25      Board Games

May 2        Puzzle-riffic

May 9        Snap Circuits

May 16      Legomania

May 23      Apptastic Afternoon

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

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

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

Grades 6-12

Gaming, crafts, books, music, and more

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

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

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

Rocky and her furry friends are waiting for you!

    Location: Norton
   4:00 PM  -  5:00 PM Paws for Reading  
    Contact: Norton Branch Library   330-825-7800   norton@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.  Children of all ages are welcome.

No registration is needed

    Location: Norton
   6:00 PM Behind the Scenes with the Akron Symphony  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

Executive Director Paul Jarett will share the inner workings of the Akron Symphony Orchestra, and its commitment to meaningful community collaborations, and engage in an open dialogue as to how the Orchestra can contribute to the quality of life in Akron.  Audience input and sharing of ideas is greatly encouraged.  Attendees will receive a voucher for an upcoming concert.  Please register in advance.  

    Location: Portage Lakes
   6:00 PM Evening Book Discussion  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Evening Book Discussion

Join us for our monthly evening book discussion. For May, we will discuss IT’S ALWAYS THE HUSBAND by Michele Campbell

 

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

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

Registration begins Monday, April 23..

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

WRITERS GUILD OF NORDONIA HILLS

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

    Location: Nordonia Hills
   6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Finance Series: The Importance of Personal Savings  
    Contact: Highland Square   330-376-2927   
   

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

This series is presented by Robert Stark, Chief Relationship Officer of Watchguard Capital.

Going through life with little to no personal savings is like walking on the edge of a cliff; eventually you’re going to fall.  Falling in the financial world leads to personal debt, foreclosure, and bankruptcy.  In this class, we will talk about the importance of personal savings, the different types of savings, and how we can establish our own. This class goes far beyond a mere call to save money, and gets into the details on how to accomplish this.

    Location: Highland Square

Thursday May 17, 2018
   10:15 AM  -  11:30 AM Stories and Play  
    Contact: Goodyear Branch   330-784-7522   goodyear@akronlibrary.org
   

 

Thursdays, March 1 – May 24, 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 Story Time  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Family Story Time

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, May 17, 10:30 am

Ages birth – 3 ½

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

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

Every Thursday, 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 Story Time Sprouts  
    Contact: Norton Branch Library   330-825-7800   norton@akronlibrary.org
   

What's growing out there? Join us for sensory experiences and tiny tales. 

For families with children ages 2-5.

    Location: Norton
   10:30 AM  -  12:00 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.

 

Please visit our website for more information:

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

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

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

    Location: Main Library
   1:30 PM Color Me Happy  
    Contact: Springfield-Lakemore   330-643-4770   mfragge@akronlibrary.org
   

Color Me Happy

Thursdays, March 22, April 26, May 24, 1 pm

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

    Location: Springfield-Lakemore
   2:00 PM  -  3:30 PM Excel 1-3 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: Fairlawn-Bath
   3:15 PM  -  5:00 PM Food Fun Thursdays  
    Contact: Odom Branch   330-434-8726   
   

Enjoy the food we make and play board games with your friends.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Day

    Location: Odom
   3:30 PM  -  4:30 PM Lego Club  
    Contact: Mogadore Branch Library   330-628-9228   mogadore@akronlibrary.org
   

Thursday, May 17, 3:30-4:30 pm

Join us for an afternoon of imaginative Lego creation. 

All supplies provided.

**This session we’ll be joined by a special guest, Snapology of Kent.**

    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 PAWS for Reading  
    Contact: Northwest Akron Library   330.836.1081   northwest@akronlibrary.org
   

PAWS for Reading

Thursdays, March 1, 15, April 5, 19, May 3, 17, 4 pm

3rd Saturdays, March 17, April 21, May 19, 2 pm

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

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

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

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

Licensed insurance agent Sharon Honroth will help you better understand Medicare, what it covers, and what it does not.  You will learn about Medicare Supplements, Advantage Plans, and Part D Prescription Plans. 

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

Join us once a month for some building fun with our friends from Bricks 4 Kidz! Build, play, and explore with Legos. All ages welcome. No registration necessary.

    Location: Portage Lakes
   6:30 PM Movies@Main: Peter Rabbit  
    Contact: Culture & AV   330-643-9015   
   
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Peter Rabbit and Mr. McGregor compete for the affections of the warm-hearted animal lover who lives next door. Inspired from the stories by Beatrix Potter. Starring James Corden, Rose Byrne and Domhnall Gleeson. Rated PG. 95 min

    Location: Main Library-Auditorium
   6:30 PM  -  7:45 PM Reentry in Motion: Surviving On the Outside  
    Contact: Business & Government   330-643-9020   
   

This program includes the video In Your Hands: Life After Prison, which is a highlights two case studies which show that the end of incarceration means not only a fresh start, but a new phase of hardship, hard-luck, and hard-won dignity. Features both a female and male returning citizens trying to survive on the outside as they face issues of race, poverty, and substance abuse. Location: Room 1.

    Location: Main Library

Friday May 18, 2018
   10:30 AM  -  12:00 PM Workshop: Silhouette Curio  
    Contact: Electronic Services   330-643-9145   esdiv@akronlibrary.org
   

Silhouette

Do you like to scrapbook or make homemade cards? Then let the silhouette help you cut out fun shapes, draw cool sayings, etc.

    Location: Main Library

Saturday May 19, 2018
   10:00 AM  -  3:00 PM Friends of the Maple Valley Branch Library Book Sale  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   mapelvalley@akronlibrary.org
   

There a lots of great items for sale! If you are looking for best sellers, children’s books, CDs and DVDs, paperbacks don’t miss this book sale. Friends Preview Sale 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.

    Location: Maple Valley
   10:00 AM  -  5:00 PM Game Time  
    Contact: Patrick Manning   330.467.8595   nordoniahills@akronlibrary.org
   

GAME TIME

We welcome library patrons to a regular monthly event – a place to meet up with fellow game players of all ages.

The room is open to players of board games, Euro games, role-playing games, standard cards, mah-jongg, war games, chess, and trading/collectible card games.

Bring your own games, or try a game from our collection already on hand. No registration required! Refreshments are served.

Usually meets the third Saturday of each month.

This event is also open to regular card groups and other game clubs looking for a venue.

Come on out to meet fellow local players – Learn new games – Sharpen your intellect – and enjoy the social aspects of games.

    Location: Nordonia Hills
   10:30 AM Very Hungry Caterpillar Story Time  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Family Story Time

Enjoy books and crafts inspired by author Eric Carle.

All ages are welcome.

 
    Location: Green
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Paws for Reading  
    Contact: Fairlawn-Bath Branch Library   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 can read to the child.  

    Location: Fairlawn-Bath
   11:00 AM Beautiful Butterflies  
    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

May 19: Beautiful Butterflies Learn all about the butterfly life cycle with stories, games, crafts, and a sneak peek of our real-life caterpillars!

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

Saturday, May 19, 11 am

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

    Location: Springfield-Lakemore
   11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Book Party  
    Contact: norton branch library   330-825-7800   norton@akronlibrary.org
   

4 Pups and a Worm by Eric Seltzer is our all-time, beginning reader, winner.  Help us celebrate everything 

that makes this funny story the highest circulating reader ever!  Trivia, games and cake!

Open to children, grades K to 2.

 

    Location: Norton
   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 am until 1 pm; drop in any time. Some of the projects we will be doing are: making library decorations, toys for Children’s Hospital, and cleaning library books and shelves.

Any questions please ask Miss Sue

    Location: Nordonia Hills
   11:30 AM Sensory Story Time  
    Contact: Northwest Akron Branch Library   330-643-4702   tbohanon@akronlibrary.org
   

Sensory Story Time

3rd Saturdays, April 21, May 19, 10:30 am & 11:30 am

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

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

Family Program

Saturdays, 12 pm

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.

 
    Location: Green
   1:00 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
   2:00 PM Anime Afternoon  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   ellet@akronlibrary.org
   

For Grades 6-12. Anime, crafts and snacks.

    Location: Ellet
   2:00 PM Hannibal Hamlin  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Adult Program

Presented by Michael Kovacevich, American Civil War historian and reenactor.  Mr. Kovacevich will discuss Abraham Lincoln’s first Vice-President (1861-1865).  During his career, he was a state representative, U.S. Congressman, U.S. Senator, and Vice-President.

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

PAWS for Reading

Thursdays, March 1, 15, April 5, 19, May 3, 17, 4 pm

3rd Saturdays, March 17, April 21, May 19, 2 pm

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

    Location: Northwest Akron
   3:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Summer Fun!  
    Contact: Teen Area   330-643-9067   ysodiv@akronlibrary.org
   

Join us as we prepare for Summer with an afternoon of crafting! Enjoy snacks and lemonade, then make tie-dye t-shirts and decorate sunglasses. All materials are provided.

    Location: Main Library

Sunday May 20, 2018
   2:00 PM  -  2:30 PM Sunday Story Time Sampler  
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

Every Sunday, 2 pm

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

    Location: Main Library

Monday May 21, 2018
   10:15 AM Tiny Tales Baby Time  
    Contact: Fairlawn-Bath Branch Library   330-666-4888   
   

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

Registration begins Monday, April 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. 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, parents/caregivers and their typically developing peers through the use of story, music and movement to engage the 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  -  11:30 AM Tai Chi  
    Contact: Nordonia Hills Branch Library   330-467-8595   nordoniahills@akronlibrary.org
   

TAI CHI:  MOVING FOR BETTER BALANCE

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

Registration is strongly encouraged, as space is limited

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

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

Registration begins Monday, April 23

    Location: Fairlawn-Bath
   3:15 PM  -  4:15 PM After School Bored Room  
    Contact: Odom Branch   330-434-8726   
   

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

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

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

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

Join us to make simple but lovely creations.

    Location: Kenmore
   6:00 PM Rogue’s Hollow  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

How much do you really know about our neighbors to the West?  Mary Mertic from the Chippewa-Rogue’s Hollow Historical Society will share photographs, mining history, folklore, preservation efforts at Chidester’s Mill and more.  Copies of ROGUES’ HOLLOW HISTORY & LEGENDS will be available for purchase. No registration necessary.

    Location: Portage Lakes
   6:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Family Movie Monday  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   maplevalley@akronlibrary.org
   
Family Movie Monday
Every third Monday of the month, 6 pm
Join us for a family friendly movie, snacks, and drinks!
 
May 21: Ferdinand (PG) 

 

    Location: Maple Valley
   6:30 PM Gentle Yoga with Nia  
    Contact: North Hill Branch Library   330-535-9423   northhill@akronlibrary.org
   

Be led in warm-up stretches and breathing exercises, move through yoga poses with the help of a chair, end sessions with nature sounds and music. Please bring a yoga mat or a beach towel and a water bottle. New members are always welcome!

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

TEEN MINI MAKERSPACE

One Monday a month at 6:30 pm we will get together and create using a different medium each time.

May 21 – Design your own book mark. 

For students in grade 5 and up

    Location: Nordonia Hills

Tuesday May 22, 2018
   10:15 AM Baby Time  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Baby Time

For babies 6-24 months and a caregiver.

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

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

TAI CHI:  MOVING FOR BETTER BALANCE

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

Registration is strongly encouraged, as space is limited

    Location: Nordonia Hills
   10:30 AM  -  12:00 PM 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: Fairlawn-Bath
   11:00 AM Story Time  
    Contact: Kenmore Branch Library   330-745-6126   kenmore@akronlibrary.org
   

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

    Location: Kenmore
   11:30 AM 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 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: Fairlawn-Bath
   3:00 PM  -  5:00 PM After School Zen Zone  
    Contact: Tallmadge   330.633.4345   
   

After School Zen Zone for Teens

If you are looking for a place to do homework, share music, play games, or get a cup o joe, come by after school and see what is offered that day.

    Location: Tallmadge
   3:30 PM  -  5:00 PM After School Teen Book Club  
    Contact: Odom Branch   330-434-8726   
   

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

OUT OF MY MIND by Sharon M. Draper

    Location: Odom
   3:30 PM  -  5:00 PM After School Teen Book Club  
    Contact: Odom Branch   330-434-8726   
   

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

CINDER by Marissa Meyer

    Location: Odom
   3:30 PM  -  5:00 PM Needle Arts for All  
    Contact: Springfield-Lakemore Branch   330-643-4770   
   

Second and Fourth Tuesday of each month.

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

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

Tuesday, May 22, 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 After School Game Club  
    Contact: Kenmore Branch Library   330-745-6126   kenmore@akronlibrary.org
   

Come hang out with friends and play games such as chess, checkers, Monopoly, and many others.

    Location: Kenmore
   4:00 PM  -  4:45 PM Tween S.T.E.A.M.  
    Contact: Norton Branch Library   330-825-7800   norton@akronlibrary.org
   

Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Mathematics

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

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

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

Planting time is here. Help plant edible seeds in our NatureConnect garden.

    Location: Norton
   4:30 PM  -  6:00 PM Teen 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.

May 22:  Movie night   EMOJI MOVIE (2017, PG) Spend the afternoon learning about the secret city of Textopolis were emojis liveJ

Grades 5 and up

    Location: Portage Lakes
   6:00 PM Vinyl Revival  
    Contact: Tallmadge   330.633.4345   
   

Vinyl Revival for Teens and Adults

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 330.633.4345.

    Location: Tallmadge
   6:00 PM  -  7:45 PM Spring Art Series with Claire Marks  
    Contact: Northwest Akron Branch   330.836.1081   northwest@akronlibrary.org
   

Spring Art Series with Claire Marks

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

Tuesdays, 6 pm

April 3: Carve! Print! Repeat!

Relief printmaking is the oldest type of printmaking in the world, dating back to the Egyptians in 500 BCE. The process involves removing the "whites" of a drawing from a block of wood, a piece of linoleum, or some other material. The image left after carving is raised up "in relief." Apply ink to the surface of the block, and the image can be printed again and again. In this class, we will learn the basic process for making linocuts, relief prints from linoleum. Let's get printing!

May 22:  Drawing 101

Drawing realistically from life is a skill that anyone can acquire once they’ve learned a few tricks! This class is an introduction to the fundamental ways artists translate what they see from the three-dimensional world onto a two-dimensional surface. We will do exercises which will challenge you to “see” like an artist and help to demystify the process of drawing the infinitely complex world. 

    Location: Northwest Akron
   6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Beginning Beekeeping  
    Contact: Goodyear Branch   330-784-7522   goodyear@akronlibrary.org
   

Tuesday, May 22, 6-7:30 pm & Q&A to follow.

Have you considered having a beehive and wondered what is involved? Gaughan Bee Dancin' will present information about local ordinances, beehive placement, installing a package of bees, feeding and conducting hive inspections. A beehive and tools used to care for the bees will be demonstrated.

Please register in advance, beginning Tuesday, April 24.

    Location: Goodyear
   6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Local Author Kate Birdsall presents mystery book THE FLATS  
    Contact: Highland Square   330-376-2927   
   

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

Kate Birdsall will share excerpts from her book and discuss her process of writing, followed by audience questions. Born in the heart of the Rust Belt and harboring a hesitant affinity for its grit, Birdsall is an existentialist who writes both short and long fiction, and plays a variety of loud instruments. She lives in Lansing, MI, with her partner and at least one too many four-legged creatures.

    Location: Highland Square

Wednesday May 23, 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 Cooking 101: Tips for Home Cooks!  
    Contact: Highland Square   330-376-2927   
   

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

Let Chef Sarah show you some easy tricks to make cooking and prepping meals easier!  Learn new ideas, basic recipes, and simple skills to become a chef in your own kitchen!

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

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

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

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

Registration begins Monday, April 23..

    Location: Fairlawn-Bath
   2:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Summer’s Almost Here Movie Matinee  
    Contact: Norton Branch Library   330-825-7800   norton@akronlibrary.org
   

Join us for popcorn and the classic comedy THE GREAT OUTDOORS.

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

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

 

    Location: North Hill
   3:00 PM  -  4:00 PM After School Fun Club  
    Contact:    330-724-2126   firestoneparkbranch@akronlibrary.org
   

After School Fun Club

Wednesdays, 3pm

Grades K-5

March 7     Apptastic Afternoon

March 14   Legomania

March 21   Bingo

March 28   Snap Circuits

April 4        Wii Gaming

April 11      Spring Break, no Fun Club

April 18      Apptastic Afternoon

April 25      Board Games

May 2        Puzzle-riffic

May 9        Snap Circuits

May 16      Legomania

May 23      Apptastic Afternoon

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

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

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

Grades 6-12

Gaming, crafts, books, music, and more

    Location: Ellet
   4:00 PM After School Club  
    Contact: Nordonia Hills Branch Library   330-467-8595   nordoniahills@akronlibrary.org
   

KANSINSKY CIRCLE ART

Club meets one Wednesday each month at 4pm.

For children in Kindergarten-4th grade.

    Location: Nordonia Hills
   4:00 PM Game Night  
    Contact: Kenmore Branch Library   330-745-6126   kenmore@akronlibrary.org
   

There's something for everyone at Family Game Night! We have board games, card games, and toys for the tots. Games will be provided but you can bring any of your family favorites as well.

    Location: Kenmore
   5:00 PM  -  7:45 PM How Does Our Garden Grow?  
    Contact: Goodyear Branch   330-784-7522   goodyear@akronlibrary.org
   

Wednesday, May 23, 5 pm

Help us get the Goodyear garden started by planting some seeds at this program for children and families.  If the weather permits, we will also go outside and prepare the dirt in our reading garden.  Registration appreciated.

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

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

Registration begins Monday, April 23..

    Location: Fairlawn-Bath
   7:00 PM Mystery Book Discussion Group  
    Contact: Nordonia Hills Branch Library   330-467-8595   nordoniahills@akronlibrary.org
   

AMERICAN GODS by Neil Gaiman

Title: American Gods: A Novel, Author: Neil Gaiman

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

Group meets the third Wednesday of each month at 7pm.

No sign-up is required.  Refreshments are served.  Join us for some crime solving with other mysery lovers!

 

    Location: Nordonia Hills

Thursday May 24, 2018
   10:15 AM  -  11:30 AM Stories and Play  
    Contact: Goodyear Branch   330-784-7522   goodyear@akronlibrary.org
   

 

Thursdays, March 1 – May 24, 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 Story Time  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Family Story Time

For all ages.

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

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

Every Thursday, 10:30 am

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

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

What's growing out there? Join us for sensory experiences and tiny tales. 

For families with children ages 2-5.

    Location: Norton
   10:30 AM  -  12:00 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: Fairlawn-Bath
   12:15 PM  -  12:25 PM Lunchtime Bird Watching  
    Contact: Science & Technology Division   330-643-9075   stdiv@akronlibrary.org
   

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

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

    Location: Main Library
   2:00 PM  -  3:30 PM Excel 4-6 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: Fairlawn-Bath
   3:15 PM  -  5:00 PM Learn to Sew Thursdays  
    Contact: Odom Branch   330-434-8726   
   

Learn simple sewing techniques that will be useful your entire life.

Knot so easy:  master different knots that you will use in your life.  Make a rope tug toy to donate to the animal shelter One of a Kind Pets.

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

Grades 6-12

Gaming, crafts, books, music, and more

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

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

    Location: Kenmore
   4:00 PM  -  5:00 PM Tech Time: Robotics, Engineering, and Coding  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   maplevalley@akronlibrary.org
   
Tech Time: Robotics, Engineering, and Coding
Grades K-6
Try something new afterschool with Sylvan Edge and the Maple Valley Branch Library!
Children will have fun creating and animating robotic arms, engineering bridge super structures, and coding. 
    Location: Maple Valley
   5:00 PM  -  7:30 PM Puzzle Palooza and Tournament  
    Contact: Mogadore Branch Library   330-628-9228   mogadore@akronlibrary.org
   

Thursday, May 24, 5-7:30 pm

Are you a puzzle master? Prove your skills and enter our puzzle tournament.

Registered participants will compete against each other as individuals in small groups to see who is the fastest at completing a jigsaw puzzle.

Prizes will be awarded for first, second and third place. 

 

During the competition, there will also be a puzzle swap where anyone can bring a puzzle and trade it for another to keep.

Word and number puzzles will be available in the room for people to enjoy throughout the evening.

Registration begins April 2 and competitors will be asked to pick a time slot in which to compete.

Please call 330.628.9228 or stop by the branch to register.

 

    Location: Mogadore
   6:00 PM The Beatles in Cleveland  
    Contact: Tallmadge   330.633.4345   
   

The Beatles in Cleveland
An examination of instrumental pop in the rock era, 1950 - 1980
Tuesday, May 24, 6 pm

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 memoriabilia. 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: Tallmadge
   6:00 PM  -  7:30 PM TEEN OPEN MIC @ THE LIBRARY  
    Contact: Norton Branch Library   330-825-7800   norton@akronlibrary.org
   

It's your time to shine at the Library!  Recite a poem, short story, or song.  

Show off something you've been working on or share an old favorite. 

The sign-up sheet will be posted from Wednesday afternoon until Thursday 5:45 p.m.

First-come, first-served. 

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

Our nation’s capital has always been a center for controversy and mysterious circumstances.  Travel back in time as we feature three historical mysteries that take place in Washington, D.C.  Read one, read all, your choice!

 

BEYOND ALL DREAMS by Elizabeth Camden

CITY OF LIES by Victoria Thompson

MURDER IN THE LINCOLN WHITE HOUSE by C. M Gleason

    Location: Portage Lakes
   6:30 PM  -  8:30 PM Movies@Main: The Post  
    Contact: Culture & AV   330-643-9015   
   
Kung Fu Panda 3 movie poster
 

Reporters at The Washington Post attempt to publish top secret documents detailing a 30-year cover-up that spanned four U.S. Presidents. Starring Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks, Sarah Paulson, Bob Odenkirk and Carrie Coon. Rated PG-13. 116 min

    Location: Main Library-Auditorium
   6:45 PM Book Discussion Group  
    Contact: Highland Square   330-376-2927   
   

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

Join us to discuss a diverse selection of titles. New members are always welcome.

March 22         THE AGE OF MIRACLES, Karen Thompson Walker

April 26           BEFORE I GO TO SLEEP, S. J. Watson

May 24            JOHN ADAMS, David McCullough

    Location: Highland Square

Friday May 25, 2018
   4:30 PM  -  5:30 PM 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.

May 25 Star Wars Books:  Awaken the force within you, join us for out-of- this -world fun!  Come in costume or as you are as we talk all about Star Wars trivia.  Test your knowledge for a chance to win a prize.

Grades 3 - 6

    Location: Portage Lakes

Saturday May 26, 2018
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM VolunTeen Time  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

Saturday, May 26, 10:30 am – 11:30 am and 2 pm – 3pm

Ages 12 and up

Looking for community service hours for school, church or Scouts?  Help us get ready for our Summer Reading Program.    Look for more dates to volunteer over the summer.  

    Location: Portage Lakes
   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   
   

Saturdays, March 31 and May 26, 2 pm

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

    Location: Main Library
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM VolunTeen Time  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

Saturday, May 26, 10:30 am – 11:30 am and 2 pm – 3pm

Ages 12 and up

Looking for community service hours for school, church or Scouts?  Help us get ready for our Summer Reading Program.    Look for more dates to volunteer over the summer.  

    Location: Portage Lakes

Sunday May 27, 2018
   2:00 PM  -  2:30 PM Sunday Story Time Sampler  
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

Every Sunday, 2 pm

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

    Location: Main Library

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

Garden Planting Day

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

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

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

TAI CHI:  MOVING FOR BETTER BALANCE

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

Registration is strongly encouraged, as space is limited

    Location: Nordonia Hills
   11:00 AM Story Time  
    Contact: Kenmore Branch Library   330-745-6126   kenmore@akronlibrary.org
   

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

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

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

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

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

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

MS Word, Part 1: Creating/Editing Documents

Discover how to create word processing documents using Microsoft Word 2016. Learn various editing features that allow you to effectively revise documents. Explore ways to quickly copy and move text. Practice prepating files using Word’s document templates to begin documents. Attendance at Basic Computer Skills is preferred.

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

Grades 6-12

Gaming, crafts, books, music, and more

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

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

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

Calling all teens 13 and up. 

Looking for a fun volunteer opportunity for the summer? 

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

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

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

ADULT COLORING NIGHT

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

For adults and teens over the age of sixteen.  

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

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

Tuesdays, 6-7:45 pm

March 20, April 24, and May 29

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

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

WELLNESS YOGA:  YOGA OFF THE MAT

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

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

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

Kids and Teens

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

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

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

    Location: Richfield

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

Every Wednesday, 10:30 am

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

Registration begins Monday, April 23..

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

MS Word, Part 2: Formatting Text & Paragraphs

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

 

Please visit our website for more information:

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

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

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

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

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

Grades 6-12

Gaming, crafts, books, music, and more

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

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

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

Calling all teens 13 and up. 

Looking for a fun volunteer opportunity for the summer? 

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

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

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

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

Registration begins Monday, April 23..

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

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

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

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

    Location: Maple Valley

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

Every Thursday, 10:30 am

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

MS Word, Part 3: More Useful Formatting Tools

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

 

Please visit our website for more information:

 

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

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

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

Grades 6-12

Gaming, crafts, books, music, and more

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

Thursday, May 31, 6 pm


Do you love browsing through cookbooks and trying new recipes or cooking techniques?

Join fellow foodies for our Cookbook Club. You don’t have to be a gourmet chef to participate.

Each month we will get together to talk about a certain book, theme, or celebrity chef. 

There will be food samples or activities at every meeting. A selection of cookbooks will be available for members to borrow.

Browse our collection, try out some of the recipes, and join the group to discuss your successes and mishaps. 

Snacks will be served at this program. Patrons with food allergy questions should contact the branch.

 

Theme: Microwave Meals

 

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

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

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

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

    Location: Main Library

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

Book Club to Go

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

June HILLBILLY ELEGY by J.D. Vance

 

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

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

June's Title - ODD CHILD OUT by Gilly Macmillan

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

Friends of the Richfield Library Preview Sale

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

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

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

Friends of the Richfield Library Book Sale

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

MS Word, Part 4

 

    Location: Portage Lakes

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

North Hill Freinds of the Library Book Sale Preview

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

 

 

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

North Hill Freinds of the Library Book Sale 

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

 

 

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

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

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

Odom Friends of the Library Book Sale!  10am-3pm

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

Friends of the Richfield Library Book Sale

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

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

June 2: Geek Out on Stories as part of Geekfest

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

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

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

August 4: Hervé Tullet Art Workshop  

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

 

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

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

Saturday, June 2, 2 - 4 pm

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

    Location: Springfield-Lakemore

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

Sunday Story Time Sampler
Every Sunday, 2 pm

A half-hour story time for preschool-primary children

    Location: Main Library

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

Adult Program
June 4 - June 30
This is a do-it-yourself craft.  We provide the materials, you glue and create at home!

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

Mind, Body & Sole - Take a Hike!

Monday, June 4 through Saturday, July 28

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

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

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

North Hill Needle Crafters

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Location: North Hill

Tuesday June 5, 2018
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Story Time  
    Contact: Springfield-Lakemore   330-643-4770   springfieldlakemore@akronlibrary.org
   

 

Tuesday, June 5, 10:30 am

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

Ages birth to five with a caregiver

 

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

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

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

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

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

First Tuesday of each month, 12:30 pm

Join the craze that has grown-ups acting like kids again. Spend a relaxing time coloring with us. We'll provide coloring sheets designed specifically for adults, plus colored pencils, markers, and crayons. Blank paper will be available to those who like to craft their own drawings. Large groups, please call ahead with the number of attendees, so we can ensure seating accommodations. 

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

Genealogy

Getting Started in Family History

Tuesday, June 5, 1-2:30 pm

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

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

Totally Teen Tuesdays @ 2 pm!

For grades 5 and up. 

Please register in advance.

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

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

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

Kids and Teens

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

    Location: Green

Wednesday June 6, 2018
   10:30 AM Baby Time  
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

Every Wednesday, 10:30 am, Closed July 4

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Book Discussion Club

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

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

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

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

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

June 6: Outback Ray Learn about cool animals

June 13: Bubble Lady The wonderful world of bubbles

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

Summer Reading Kick-Off Party

Wednesday, June 6, 2 pm

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

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

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

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

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    Location: Richfield

Thursday June 7, 2018
   10:15 AM Stories and Play  
    Contact: Goodyear Branch   330-784-7522   goodyear@akronlibrary.org
   

Thursdays, June 7 – July 26, 10:15 am

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

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

Preschool Story Time

(2 to 5 year-olds with a caregiver)

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

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

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

Every Thursday, 10:30 am

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

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

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

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

Thrilling Thursdays!

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

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

Grades 6-12. 

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

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

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

Chill in our Auditorium and enjoy these movies!  Groups welcome

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

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

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

June 28: Coco-Rated PG, 105 min.

July 5: Lion King–Rated G, 88 min.

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

July 19: Incredibles–Rated PG, 115 min.

July 26: Mulan- Rated G, 100 min.

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

Aug 9: Aladdin–Rated G, 91 min.

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

 

    Location: Main Library-Auditorium
   1:30 PM  -  3:00 PM Thrilling Thursdays: Popcorn Pop-in Party  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   maplevalley@akronlibrary.org
   
Thrilling Thursdays
Join us every Thursday, 1:30 pm
For all ages; children under the age of 5 should be accompanied by a caregiver.
No registration required.
 
June 7: Popcorn Pop-in Party with the Illusion Factory
Join us for some delicious popcorn, an exciting show, and a craft or two as we kick off the Summer Reading Program! We will also have a visit from our special friend Webster, so be sure to bring a camera.
 
    Location: Maple Valley
   6:00 PM  -  7:30 PM Puzzled at the Library  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

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

 

    Location: Portage Lakes
   6:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Family History First Thursdays  
    Contact: Richfield Branch Library   3306594343   mdaly@akronlibrary.org
   

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

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

    Location: Main Library-Auditorium

Friday June 8, 2018
   3:00 PM  -  6:00 PM Friday Classic Movie Matinee  
    Contact: Richfield Branch Library   3306594343   mdaly@akronlibrary.org
   

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

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

Teen Volunteer Orientation

(Ages 13 – 17)

Friday, June 8, 4 pm

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

    Location: Northwest Akron

Saturday June 9, 2018
   10:30 AM Saturday Morning Craft Club  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

Painted Mini Canvas Banners

June 9, 10:30 am

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

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

Using Ancestry in Your Genealogy Research

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

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

To register, please contact the Special Collections Division.

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

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

Share a book with a certified therapy dog.

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

Upcycled T-Shirts

Saturday, June 9, 11 am

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

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

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

June 9- David Loy and the Ramrods

 

    Location: Ellet

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

Sunday Story Time Sampler
Every Sunday, 2 pm

A half-hour story time for preschool-primary children

    Location: Main Library

Monday June 11, 2018
     Create your own dragonfly cards  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Adult Program
June 4 - June 30
This is a do-it-yourself craft.  We provide the materials, you glue and create at home!

    Location: Green

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

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

North Hill Needle Crafters

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

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

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

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

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

Join us for Outback Ray and his amazing animals.

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

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

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

Mind, Body, Sole Summer Reading Kickoff Party

Monday, June 11, 1pm

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

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

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

WONDER (PG) (113 minutes)

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

 

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

NEW TIME!  Have you read a good book and want to tell others about it?  Are you looking for your next book to read and would like a recommendation from others?  No one has to read the same book.  It’s basically one big book report meeting and no books are off-limits.  Classics, Self-Help, Biographies, Cozy Mysteries, Travel, Sci-Fi, anything goes!

    Location: Portage Lakes
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM LEGO-licious Mondays  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   maplevalley@akronlibrary.org
   
LEGO-licious Mondays
June 11,  2 pm
Grades K-6
Love Legos? So do we! Join us for an afternoon of fun, creativity, and building!
No registration required.
    Location: Maple Valley
   4:00 PM Paws for Reading  
    Contact: Goodyear   330-784-7522   goodyear@gmail.com
   

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

Paws is the second Monday of each month.

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

Monday, June 11, 6-7:30 pm Cord cutting refers to canceling traditional cable subscriptions and opting for streaming options instead. Come learn about what those streaming options are and how to cut the cord. This is a demonstration-style class. Please register in advance beginning Monday, May 14.

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

Campfire Story Time

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

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

 

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

All ages are welcome.

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

Family Program

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

This is a child led program.

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

The Beatles in Cleveland presented by Dave Schwensen

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

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

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

    Location: Portage Lakes

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

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

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

A Time to Play

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

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, June 12, 10:30 am

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

Ages birth to five with a caregiver

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Afternoon Book Discussion

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

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

Family Show

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

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

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

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

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

Terrific Tuesdays 

Registration Requested.

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

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

June 26  Magician David Anthony, 1pm

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

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

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

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

Make a cool necklace or bracelet using guitar picks.

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

Totally Teen Tuesdays @ 2 pm!

For grades 5 and up. 

Please register in advance.

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

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

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

Needle Arts for All

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

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

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

    Location: Springfield-Lakemore
   6:00 PM Introduction to Islam: A Woman’s Perspective  
    Contact: Northwest Akron Branch   3308361081   northwest@akronlibrary.org
   

Introduction to Islam: A Woman’s Perspective

Tuesday, June 12, 6 pm

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

    Location: Northwest Akron
   6:30 PM Campfire Outdoor Story Time  
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

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

Meet in the Children's Library

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

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

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

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

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

    Location: Main Library

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

Every Wednesday, 10:30 am, Closed July 4

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

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

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

Boogie Woogie Books

(Ages 5 and under with a caregiver)

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

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

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

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

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

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

SUMMER SPECIAL EVENT SERIES for All Ages

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

June 13 Science with Dr. U.R. Awesome

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

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

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

SUMMER SPECIAL EVENT SERIES for All Ages

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

June 13 Science with Dr. U.R. Awesome

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

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

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

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

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

Mind, Body & Sole Summer Performers

Wednesdays, 2 pm

June 13:  Comedy Juggler Matt Jergens

June 20:  Origami Storyteller Christine Kallevig

June 27:  The Magic of David Anthony

July 11:  Outback Ray

July 18:  Bubble Lady

July 25:  Sogbety Diamonde 

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

Grades 4 and up.

Frosting, sprinkles and treats provided for this yummy competition!

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

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

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

June 6: Outback Ray Learn about cool animals

June 13: Bubble Lady The wonderful world of bubbles

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

Adult Program

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

 
    Location: Green
   6:30 PM  -  8:00 PM Socrates Cafe  
    Contact: Patrick Manning   330.467.8595   nordoniahills@akronlibrary.org
   

SOCRATES CAFÉ

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

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

A student working to improve reasoning and thinking skills? 

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

If so, join us at the Socrates Café!

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

No registration necessary – No homework – No assigned reading.

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

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

    Location: Nordonia Hills

Thursday June 14, 2018
   10:15 AM Early Bird Movie Matinee  
    Contact: Ellet Library   330-784-2019   ellet@akronlibrary,org
   

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

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

Thursdays, June 7 – July 26, 10:15 am

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

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

For ages 3-5 with a caretaker.

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

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

Every Thursday, 10:30 am

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

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

Preschool Story Time

(2 to 5 year-olds with a caregiver)

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

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

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

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

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

Reading Rocks!  Mind, Body & Sole Summer Performers.

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

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

?Sign up for a library card at these special events.

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

Reading Rocks!  Mind, Body & Sole Summer Performers.

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

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

?Sign up for a library card at these special events.

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

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

Do you like solving puzzles? If you like word searches, dot-to-dots, crossword puzzles, Sudoku, jigsaw puzzles, brain-teasers, logic puzzles, etc., then stop on in. We will have a variety of puzzles on hand, or feel free to bring your own. Refreshments will be served. Large groups, please call ahead with the number of attendees, so we can ensure seating accommodations. 

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

Grades 6-12. 

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

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

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

Chill in our Auditorium and enjoy these movies!  Groups welcome

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

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

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

June 28: Coco-Rated PG, 105 min.

July 5: Lion King–Rated G, 88 min.

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

July 19: Incredibles–Rated PG, 115 min.

July 26: Mulan- Rated G, 100 min.

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

Aug 9: Aladdin–Rated G, 91 min.

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

 

    Location: Main Library-Auditorium
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Thrilling Thursdays: The Bubble Lady  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   maplevalley@akronlibrary.org
   
Thrilling Thursdays
Join us every Thursday, 1:30 pm
For all ages; children under the age of 5 should be accompanied by a caregiver.
No registration required.
 
June 14: The Bubble Lady and the Wonderful World of Bubbles
 
    Location: Maple Valley
   2:00 PM Teen Trivia: Music  
    Contact: Northwest Akron Branch   3308361081   northwest@akronlibrary.org
   

Teen Trivia: Music

(7th- 12th graders)

Thursday, June 14, 2 pm

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

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

Second Thursday of each month, 3 pm

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

Luau - June 14

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

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

Art @ the Speed of Life

Second Thursday of the month, 6 pm

June 14, July 12

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

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

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

    Location: Main Library-Auditorium

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

Friday, June 15, 6:30-8:30 pm Join us for a semi-unplugged show featuring “STR Trio”.  This group of musicians play a broad range of styles including:  Collective Soul, Foo Fighters, Journey, Night Ranger, Bryan Adams, Bon Jovi, Pink Floyd, Matchbox 20, Van Morrison, Poison, Train, Foreigner, Live, Jimmy Buffet, Black Crowes, and many more. Refreshments, including mocktails, will be provided courtesy of the Friends of the Goodyear Branch Library. No tickets or reservations are required for this adult after-hours Library event. Just come on in and enjoy our rockin’ show.

    Location: Goodyear

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

Sensory Storytime on the Road

Saturday, June 16, 8am – 11 am

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

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

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

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

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

    Location: Main Library
   10:30 AM Doughnuts for Dudes!  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

Saturday, June 16, 10:30 am

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

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

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

June 2: Geek Out on Stories as part of Geekfest

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

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

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

August 4: Hervé Tullet Art Workshop  

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

 

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

PAWS for Reading

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

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

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

PAWS for Reading

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

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

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

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

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    Location: Richfield

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

Sunday Story Time Sampler
Every Sunday, 2 pm

A half-hour story time for preschool-primary children

    Location: Main Library

Monday June 18, 2018
     Create your own dragonfly cards  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Adult Program
June 4 - June 30
This is a do-it-yourself craft.  We provide the materials, you glue and create at home!

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

North Hill Needle Crafters

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Summer Fun Days

Mondays at 1pm

Grades K - 5 

Registration Requested.

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

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

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

July 9  Design a mini terrarium to take home.

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

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

Disney Day

(4th – 6th graders)

Monday, June 18, 2 pm

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

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

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

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

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

Monday, June 18, 6:30 pm Ohio author Scott Edwards will speak about his book, QUINTESSENTIAL JACK: THE ART OF JACK NICHOLSON ON SCREEN. Drawing on years of research and dozens of interviews with his associates, this critical study examines each of Nicholson’s film roles, as well as his screenwriting and directorial efforts.  A Q&A with the author will follow the program. Edwards will also have books to sell and sign after the program. Refreshments will be served courtesy of the Friends of the Goodyear Branch Library. Please register in advance, beginning Monday, May 21.

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

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

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

LEGO Club

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

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

 

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

All ages are welcome.

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

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

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

 

    Location: North Hill

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

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

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

Tuesday, June 5, 10:30 am

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

Ages birth to five with a caregiver

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Family Show

Enjoy a drumming performance with some audience participation.

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

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

Paint the Walk

Tuesday, June 19, 1 pm

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

 

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

All ages are welcome

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

Terrific Tuesdays 

Registration Requested.

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

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

June 26  Magician David Anthony, 1pm

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

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

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

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

Books are available in advance at the circulation desk. 

June 19- The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin

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

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

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

Totally Teen Tuesdays @ 2 pm!

For grades 5 and up. 

Please register in advance.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Book Buzz Discussion Group

3rd Tuesday, 6 pm at Nervous Dog Coffee Bar

This discussion group for all ages meets monthly to discuss nonfiction titles over drinks crafted by the baristas at Nervous Dog Coffee Bar. Copies of each title will be available at the Northwest Akron Branch Library a month prior to its discussion date. Attendees will be responsible for the purchase of their own drinks, but a purchase is not required. Nervous Dog Coffee Bar is located at 1530 W Market St, Akron, OH 44313.

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

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

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

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

Yoga Classes

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

Tuesday, June 19, 6:30 pm

“Mindful Movement”

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

Dessert and Discussion for Teens and Adults

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

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

    Location: Green

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

Every Wednesday, 10:30 am, Closed July 4

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SUMMER SPECIAL EVENT SERIES for All Ages

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

June 20 Outback Ray and his animals

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

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

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

Mystery Book Discussion Group

3rd Wednesdays, 1 pm

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

July 18 THE BLESSING WAY by Tony Hillerman

August 15 THE FIX by David Baldacci 

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

SUMMER SPECIAL EVENT SERIES for All Ages

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

June 20 Outback Ray and his animals

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

Experience West Africa through rhythms, dances and song.

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

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

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

June 6: Outback Ray Learn about cool animals

June 13: Bubble Lady The wonderful world of bubbles

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

Mind, Body & Sole Summer Performers

Wednesdays, 2 pm

June 13:  Comedy Juggler Matt Jergens

June 20:  Origami Storyteller Christine Kallevig

June 27:  The Magic of David Anthony

July 11:  Outback Ray

July 18:  Bubble Lady

July 25:  Sogbety Diamonde 

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

Builder’s Club

Wednesdays, June 20 & July 18, 3 pm

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

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

Evening Book Discussion

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

    Location: Richfield

Thursday June 21, 2018
   10:15 AM Stories and Play  
    Contact: Goodyear Branch   330-784-7522   goodyear@akronlibrary.org
   

Thursdays, June 7 – July 26, 10:15 am

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

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

For ages 3-5 with a caretaker.

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

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

Every Thursday, 10:30 am

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

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

Preschool Story Time

(2 to 5 year-olds with a caregiver)

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

Action rhymes, music, books, and other activities are chosen with you and your child in mind.

    Location: Northwest Akron
   11:00 AM Thrilling Thursdays!  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

June 21 David Anthony returns to amaze and mystify you with his magic tricks.

    Location: Portage Lakes
   1:00 PM Iron Chef: Sandwich Edition  
    Contact: Ellet Library   330-784-2019   ellet@akronlibrary.org
   

Grades 6-12. 

How creative can you get with the variety of sandwich building food provided? Our hungry judges will determine who will wear the winner's chef hat this summer!

    Location: Ellet
   1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Color Me Happy!  
    Contact: Springfield-Lakemore   330-643-4770   springfieldlakemore@akronlibrary.org
   

Color Me Happy!

Thursdays, June 21, July 26 and August 23, 1 pm

Anyone can color!  Adult coloring is all the rage and it’s a great, fun way to combat stress, promote mindfulness and express your creativity.  Join us to experience this relaxing pastime.  Coloring pages, colored pencils and refreshments provided. 

    Location: Springfield-Lakemore
   1:30 PM Summer Movies: Beauty and the Beast  
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

Summer Movies
Thursdays, June 7-Aug 16, 1:30 pm in the Auditorium

Chill in our Auditorium and enjoy these movies!  Groups welcome

June 7: Sing!-Rated PG, 105 min.

June 14: Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Long Haul-Rated PG, 91 min.

June 21: Beauty and the Beast-Rated G, 85 min.

June 28: Coco-Rated PG, 105 min.

July 5: Lion King–Rated G, 88 min.

July 12: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory –Rated G, 100 min.

July 19: Incredibles–Rated PG, 115 min.

July 26: Mulan- Rated G, 100 min.

August. 2: Despicable Me 3–Rated PG, 90 min.

Aug 9: Aladdin–Rated G, 91 min.

Aug. 16: Lego Batman–Rated PG, 104 min.

 

    Location: Main Library-Auditorium
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Thrilling Thursdays: African Drummer Sogbety Diomande  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   maplevalley@akronlibrary.org
   
Thrilling Thursdays
Join us every Thursday, 1:30 pm
For all ages; children under the age of 5 should be accompanied by a caregiver.
No registration required.
 
June 21: African Drummer Sogbety Diomande
 
    Location: Maple Valley
   5:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Crafting with Technology Series  
    Contact: Richfield Branch Library   3306594343   mdaly@akronlibrary.org
   

Join members of the Library’s Electronic Services Division as they present two programs teaching users the ins and outs of Pinterest. Participants will design their own crafts in the first session, and make them come to life in the second, using the Curio Silhouette, or button maker machines from the Main Library’s TECHZONE@MAIN. There is limited space for these programs.  Please call or register at the front desk.

 

    Location: Richfield
   6:30 PM  -  8:00 PM Movies@Main: The Awful Truth  
    Contact: Culture & AV   330-643-9015   
   
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Cary Grant and Irene Dunne star in this classic comedy about a married couple and their romantic entanglements. Also starring Ralph Bellamy and Skippy (a.k.a. Asta) as Mr. Smith. 91 min. Introduction and discussion afterward.

    Location: Main Library-Auditorium

Friday June 22, 2018
   12:30 PM  -  1:30 PM Rockin' Book Club  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   ellet@akronlibrary.org
   

Grades K-3. Join us as we stop that summer slide by reading a book together each week. Have fun with games and crafts related to each book too.

    Location: Ellet

Saturday June 23, 2018
   10:00 AM  -  5:00 PM Game Time  
    Contact: Patrick Manning   330.467.8595   nordoniahills@akronlibrary.org
   

GAME TIME

We welcome library patrons to a regular monthly event – a place to meet up with fellow game players of all ages.

The room is open to players of board games, Euro games, role-playing games, standard cards, mah-jongg, war games, chess, and trading/collectible card games.

Bring your own games, or try a game from our collection already on hand. No registration required! Refreshments are served.

Usually meets the third Saturday of each month. (This month meeting is 4th Saturday due to Origins game convention).

This event is also open to regular card groups and other game clubs looking for a venue.

Come on out to meet fellow local players – Learn new games – Sharpen your intellect – and enjoy the social aspects of games.

    Location: Nordonia Hills
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Science Cafe with Marcy Grande  
    Contact: Science & Technology Division   330-643-9075   stdiv@akronlibrary.org
   

Join the Ohio Bluebird Scociety's Summit County Contact, Marcy Grande as she discusses the Eastern Bluebirds, how to attract them to your backyard and  the conservation efforts being made to increase their populations. She will also discuss the importance of location as well as the wonderful world of cavity nesting birds.

Science Cafe welcomes people who might not normally get involved in scientific discussions. It is a casual and interactive conversation. We meet in the Science & Technology Division on the first floor of Main Library.

    Location: Main Library
   10:30 AM  -  1:00 PM Online Resources for Genealogy and Local History with Carla Cegielski  
    Contact: Main - Special Collections Division   330-643-9030   speccollections@akronlibrary.org
   

Online Resources for Genealogy and Local History with Carla Cegielski

The Special Collections Division of the Akron-Summit County Public Library and the Summit County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society are pleased to present this program with Carla Cegielski. Carla is frequent speaker at genealogical societies, libraries and conferences. She is a full-time family history researcher specializing in Ohio, Western Pennsylvania and West Virginia research, and has provided professional research services to attorneys, historians, genealogists, and hobbyists since 2007. She is past president of both of the Great Lakes Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists and the Lake County (Ohio) Genealogical Society.

10:30 am "Digital Ohio: Buckeye Gems"
Small local history and genealogy collections are often unrecognized and underutilized. But in the Buckeye state, many colleges, public libraries and genealogical societies are working together to get these valuable collections online. Learn how to find and access these unique online resources.

11:45 am "Treasures of the Internet Archive"
The Internet Archive contains audio items, movies, software, texts, and the Wayback Machine. Learn how to access this amazing repository and the genealogical treasures it holds.

The program will take place in Meeting Room 2AB on the High Street Level of Main Library and is free and open to the public. Parking is free in the High-Market Parking Deck. 

To register or for more information, contact the Special Collections Division.

    Location: Main Library
   12:00 PM PAWS for Reading  
    Contact:    330-724-2126   gbowen@akronlibrary.org
   

PAWS for Reading

Practice your reading skills by reading aloud to our doggie pal. Bring a book from home or read one of ours. Not reading yet? Our dog's human pal will read to you. Children of all ages are welcome.

    Location: Firestone Park
   1:00 PM Cool Summer Concerts  
    Contact: Ellet Library   330-784-2019   ellet@akronlibrary.org
   

Spread out on the front lawn and enjoy free concerts from some of the best local bands around! If weather is unfavorable, concert will be moved inside.

June 23- Librarians with Hickeys (An alternative rock band)

 

    Location: Ellet
   2:00 PM Paint the Walk  
    Contact: Northwest Akron Branch   3308361081   northwest@akronlibrary.org
   

Music Petting Zoo

Saturday, June 23, 2 pm

The library will be crawling with music instruments in this “petting zoo.” Try a variety of instruments, including piano, guitar, and drums, among many others.

 

Please call 330-836-1081 to register for these programs.

All ages are welcome.

    Location: Northwest Akron
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Builders' Club  
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

Saturdays, June 23 and August 25, 2 pm

Build and create with a variety of building materials including Lego’s and CitiBlocs.

    Location: Main Library
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM PAWS for Reading  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   maplevalley@akronlibrary.org
   

PAWS for Reading

Saturday, June 23, 2 pm

Practice your reading skills by reading aloud to our doggie pal, Kivrin. Bring a book from home or read one of ours! Not reading yet? Our dogs’ human pal will read to you. This is a great way for children to practice their literacy skills and gain more confidence in reading aloud. Children of all ages are welcome. 

    Location: Maple Valley

Sunday June 24, 2018
   2:00 PM  -  2:30 PM Sunday Story Time Sampler  
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

Sunday Story Time Sampler
Every Sunday, 2 pm

A half-hour story time for preschool-primary children

    Location: Main Library

Monday June 25, 2018
     Create your own dragonfly cards  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Adult Program
June 4 - June 30
This is a do-it-yourself craft.  We provide the materials, you glue and create at home!

    Location: Green
   10:15 AM  -  12:00 PM North Hill Needle Crafters  
    Contact: North Hill   330.535.9423   northhill@akronlibrary.org
   

North Hill Needle Crafters

If you love to knit, crochet, and help people, this is the group for you. Everything this talented group makes is donated to helping organizations in our community. If you are new to crafting, we will be glad to get you started. If you have yarn and supplies to donate, we will make good use of them. New members always welcome!

    Location: North Hill
   10:30 AM Music and Movement Mondays  
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

Music and Movement Mondays
Mondays, June 4-July 23, 10:30 am

Put on your dancing shoes and get ready to shake your sillies out!  For children ages 2 to 5 years and their caregiver.

    Location: Main Library
   11:00 AM Mr. Molecule's Science  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   ellet@akronlibrary.org
   

Mr. Molecule's science experiments will have your kids erupting with laughter and exploding with curiousity. 

    Location: Ellet
   1:00 PM Movie Matinee Mondays  
    Contact: Goodyear Branch   330-784-7522   goodyear@akronlibrary.org
   

All ages welcome. Groups, please register in advance for each movie due to limited seating.

COCO (PG) (109 minutes)

A boy's journey into the Land of the Dead to seek forgiveness from his ancestors and lift a curse.

    Location: Goodyear
   1:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Summer Fun Days  
    Contact: Gerri Bowen   330-724-2126   gbowen@akronlibrary.org
   

Summer Fun Days

Mondays at 1pm

Grades K - 5 

Registration Requested.

June 18  Fun in the garden...help water and tend the library garden and plant a lovely plant to take home with you.

June 25  Create cool decorations to brighten up your yard, front porch or garden.

July 2  Build it! Join us for building fun with Legos, Citiblocks and more.

July 9  Design a mini terrarium to take home.

July 16  Join us for a summer movie matinee. Watch Coco (PG) on our big screen and munch on snacks.

    Location: Firestone Park
   2:00 PM Interactive Musical Monday  
    Contact: Northwest Akron Branch   3308361081   northwest@akronlibrary.org
   

Interactive Musical Monday

Mondays, June 25, July 30, 2 pm

Enjoy the magic of musicals by not only watching the movie but interacting using props and prompts. Popcorn will be provided and singing along is encouraged.

 

Please call 330-836-1081 to register for these programs.

All ages are welcome.

    Location: Northwest Akron
   6:00 PM George Custer and the Battle of the Little Bighorn  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Adult Program

On the one hundred forty-second anniversary of the Battle of the Little Bighorn, Cass Kuhl--American Civil War enthusiast--will discuss not just George Custer, but the other prominent individuals involved in this tragic event.

 
    Location: Green
   6:30 PM Living Mindfully: An Introduction to Meditation and Mindfulness  
    Contact: Goodyear Branch   330-784-7522   Goodyear@akronlibrary.org
   

Monday, June 25, 6:30 pm In a world that can feel increasingly chaotic and divisive, meditation provides a path home to your true peaceful and compassionate self. This presentation includes an introduction to the concepts and practices related to meditation and mindfulness, a discussion of the benefits of developing a personal practice, and a brief guided meditation to introduce participants to the experience of meditating. Please register in advance beginning Monday, May 21.

    Location: Goodyear
   6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Under the Radar  
    Contact: North Hill Branch Library   330.535.9423   northhill@akronlibrary.org
   

Under the Radar presented by Ray Carmen

Music enthusiast Ray Carmen presents Under the Radar, an hour-long program featuring music and videos by artists who refuse to swim in the mainstream!

    Location: North Hill

Tuesday June 26, 2018
   10:05 AM Baby Time  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   ellet@akronlibrary.org
   

Ages 6-24 months and their caregiver. Rhymes, music, books, and bounces followed by group playtime. No registration necessary. 

    Location: Ellet
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Story Time  
    Contact: Springfield-Lakemore   330-643-4770   springfieldlakemore@akronlibrary.org
   

Tuesday, June 5, 10:30 am

A happy blend of stories, rhymes, songs, and play for you and your child to enjoy together. Lots of music and movement included. All are welcome and celebrated.

Ages birth to five with a caregiver

    Location: Springfield-Lakemore
   11:00 AM Family Story Times  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch    330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

Join us for a family-friendly story time with stories, songs, finger plays, art and lots of fun! All ages welcome. No registration necessary.

    Location: Portage Lakes
   11:00 AM Toddler Time  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   ellet@akronlibrary.org
   

Ages 2-3 years and their caregiver. Stories, songs, and rhymes followed by a craft and group playtime. No registration necessary. 

    Location: Ellet
   11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Reentry in Motion: Success Following Release  
    Contact: Business & Government Division   330-643-9020   srichard@akronlibrary.org
   

Focusing on the key issues affecting success following release, in the film Preparing for Success, viewers watch returning citizens discuss their real feelings about their past, present, and future. Reentry material included. Room 1.

 

    Location: Main Library
   11:30 AM  -  12:30 PM 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 One T Entertainment  
    Contact: Goodyear Branch   330-784-7522   goodyear@gmail.com
   

Family Show

Glow-in-the-Dark Disco Dance Party!  Bring your dancing shoes and get ready to cut loose and dance to the music.

Large groups, please schedule ahead with the children’s librarian to make a reservation for all shows due to limited space.

    Location: Goodyear
   1:00 PM Terrific Tuesdays  
    Contact:    330-724-2126   gbowen@akronlibrary.org
   

Terrific Tuesdays 

Registration Requested.

June 12  Dr. U R Awesome presents fun with science, 1pm

June 19  Outback Ray brings his hands-on education animal show. Two shows, 11 am OR 1pm

June 26  Magician David Anthony, 1pm

July 10  Glow Dance Party with One T Entertainment, 1pm

July 17  The Bubble Lady makes bubbles of all shapes and sizes, 1pm

July 24  Bricks 4 Kidz Lego building fun for everyone, 1pm

    Location: Firestone Park
   1:00 PM We All Scream for Ice Cream!  
    Contact: Northwest Akron Branch   3308361081   northwest@akronlibrary.org
   

We All Scream for Ice Cream!

(Ages 5 and under with a caregiver)

Tuesday, June 26, 1 pm

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! Books, music, movement, and of course, ice cream for everyone! Registration requested. 

Please call 330-836-1081 to register for these programs

    Location: Northwest Akron
   2:00 PM Musical Instruments  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330-864-5721   maplevalley@akronlibrary.org
   

We’re getting the band back together! Make awesome musical instruments out of standard materials. Registration is requested.  

    Location: Maple Valley
   2:00 PM Totally Teen Tuesdays @ 2 pm!  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

Totally Teen Tuesdays @ 2 pm!

For grades 5 and up. 

Please register in advance.

Snacks may be served at programs. Patrons with food allergy questions should contact the branch.

June 26 Tie Dye 101:  Transform a white t-shirt, socks or bandana into new summer digs!  Learn how to tie dye and have a blast!  Bring your own washed shirt, socks, or a bandana you wish to dye.  Wear old clothes and come ready to create!

    Location: Portage Lakes
   2:00 PM  -  3:30 PM Minecraft Club  
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

Tuesdays, June 26, July 24 and August 7, 2pm

Grades 3 and up: join us to mine and craft on our multi-player server. Space is limited; registration requested.

    Location: Main Library
   3:00 PM YA Café  
    Contact: Goodyear Branch   330-784-7522   goodyear@akronlibrary.org
   

Fourth Tuesday of each month.

For ages 14-18. Registration is requested for each date. Refreshments will be served.

Escape from The Library - June 26, 3 pm

Up for a challenge? Join your friends, grab your magnifying glass, put on your deerstalker, and try your hand at detective work. Hear the story, look for clues, and solve the puzzle before time runs out. But you’d better hurry…the clock is ticking!!!

    Location: Goodyear
   3:30 PM  -  5:00 PM Needle Arts for All  
    Contact: Springfield-Lakemore   330-643-4770   springfieldlakemore@akronlibrary.org
   

Needle Arts for All

Second and Fourth Tuesday of each month, 3:30 – 5 pm

June 12 and 26, July 10 and 24, August 14 and 28

Do you love to knit, crochet, or enjoy other needle arts?  Then this group is for you!  Bring your work in progress and desire to share your knowledge with others.  Curious Newbies are welcome as well!  Come see what others are making and get help starting a project.  Stash donations always welcome and put to good use. 

    Location: Springfield-Lakemore
   6:00 PM The Beatles in Cleveland: The Notorious 1964 & 1966 Concerts  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

Relive the excitement of Beatlemania!  Author Dave Schwensen will take you behind the scenes and on stage with The Fab Four through insider stories, rare concert films, never-before published photos and memorabilia.  Highlights include films of The Beatles riotous concerts at Cleveland Public Hall and Municipal Stadium.  Books will be available for purchase and author signing.  No registration necessary.

    Location: Portage Lakes
   6:30 PM Alcohol Ink Sampler  
    Contact: Goodyear Branch   330-784-7522   goodyear@akronlibrary.org
   

Tuesday, June 26, 6:30 pm Join Amy and Kassy and learn how to make your own alcohol ink abstract art piece. Class size is limited to 20 adult/teen (16 & over) participants. Registration begins Tuesday, May 22.

    Location: Goodyear
   6:30 PM Teen Painting Workshop with Marla Knapic-Derga  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Teen Program

Supplies and instruction provided.

Space is limited; please register.

 
    Location: Green
   6:30 PM  -  8:00 PM Yoga Classes  
    Contact: Richfield Branch Library   3306594343   mdaly@akronlibrary.org
   

Yoga Classes

Join us for low impact yoga classes to soothe your mind, body and soul. Presented by Nirvana Yoga of Richfield.

Tuesday, June 26, 6:30 pm

“Meditation in Movement”

    Location: Richfield

Wednesday June 27, 2018
   10:30 AM Baby Time  
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

Every Wednesday, 10:30 am, Closed July 4

A lap-sit story time for children from birth to 2 years old with an adult caregiver. We combine music, story and play to engage our youngest learners.

July 11 and July 18: Join us for a special guest, Miss Marissa from Music Together.

    Location: Main Library
   10:30 AM Story Time  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   ellet@akronlibrary.org
   

For ages 2-6 years and their caregiver. Stories, music, and puppets followed by crafts and group playtime. No registration necessary.

    Location: Ellet
   11:00 AM SUMMER SPECIAL EVENT SERIES  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

SUMMER SPECIAL EVENT SERIES for All Ages

Wednesdays, 11 am AND 1 pm (Choose the time that is best for your family)

June 27 Comedy Juggler Matt Jergens

    Location: Green
   11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Storytime  
    Contact: Gerri Bowen   330-724-2126   gbowen@akronlibrary.org
   

Join us for stories, music, movement and fun! After each session, we will head outside to visit our library garden. Best for ages 2-5 with a favorite adult. All ages welcome.

    Location: Firestone Park
   1:00 PM SUMMER SPECIAL EVENT SERIES  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

SUMMER SPECIAL EVENT SERIES for All Ages

Wednesdays, 11 am AND 1 pm (Choose the time that is best for your family)

June 27 Comedy Juggler Matt Jergens

    Location: Green
   1:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Storigami with Christine Kallavig  
    Contact: Odom Branch   330-434-8726   
   

Each fold of the giant paper represents and aspect of a story.  By the story's end, a surprise origami figure is made.  Language plus art equals fun.

    Location: Odom
   2:00 PM Mind, Body & Sole Weekly Programs  
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

Mind, Body & Sole Weekly Programs, Wednesdays, June 6 – July 25, 2 pm. Closed on July 4th

Groups of ten or more, please call ahead to register. 
 

June 6: Outback Ray Learn about cool animals

June 13: Bubble Lady The wonderful world of bubbles

June 20: Magician Rick Smith, Jr. Cutting edge, breathtaking magic

June 27: Elec Simon Join us for a stomping, drumming good time!

July 11: David Anthony Don’t miss this unique magic show

July 18: Steel Drum Band Enjoy the cool sounds of the Steel Drum

July 25: Join us for a special Musical Summer Reading Party

 

    Location: Main Library
   2:00 PM  -  3:30 PM Discover Your Family History @ the Library  
    Contact: Goodyear Branch   330-784-7522   goodyear@akronlibrary.org
   

Fourth Wednesday of each month, 2-3:30 pm Each session is limited to 15 participants, so please register in advance for each class, beginning Wednesday, May 30. (As we will be using electronic resources, basic computer skills are recommended.)

June 27 – Getting Started in Family History – Join the Special Collections Division for an introduction to genealogy for new family historians. This class includes an overview of genealogical sources available at the library, suggestions for getting started, and tips for organizing your research.

    Location: Goodyear

Thursday June 28, 2018
   10:15 AM Stories and Play  
    Contact: Goodyear Branch   330-784-7522   goodyear@akronlibrary.org
   

Thursdays, June 7 – July 26, 10:15 am

Enjoy stories, movement, and song. Storytime is early learning fun for young children to help develop the skills to succeed in school. Stay and play afterward with toys and a chance for parents to chat. Play helps young children learn skills needed for reading and writing.

    Location: Goodyear
   10:15 AM  -  11:15 AM Preschool Fun Story time  
    Contact: Odom Branch   330-434-8726   
   

For ages 3-5 with a caretaker.

Each week we will share stories, song, movement and a special activity in an hour of fun

    Location: Odom
   10:30 AM Preschool Story Time  
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

Every Thursday, 10:30 am

Watch as books come to life through stories, music and activities. For children 2 to 5 years old with an adult caregiver.

    Location: Main Library
   10:30 AM Preschool Story Time  
    Contact: Northwest Akron Branch   3308361081   northwest@akronlibrary.org
   

Preschool Story Time

(2 to 5 year-olds with a caregiver)

Thursdays, June 7-28, July 12-26, 10:30 am

Action rhymes, music, books, and other activities are chosen with you and your child in mind.

    Location: Northwest Akron
   11:00 AM Thrilling Thursdays!  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

June 28 One T Entertainment will rock us into the summer season. Bring your dancing shoes!

    Location: Portage Lakes
   11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Party Couture dance party  
    Contact: Springfield-Lakemore   330-643-4770   springfieldlakemore@akronlibrary.org
   

Reading Rocks!  Mind, Body & Sole Summer Performers.

The following special event will be held at the Springfield Township Lakefront Park Pavilion:

June 28, 11 am, Party Couture, your whole family will get up and move with this DJ and dance party

Sign up for a library card at these special events.

    Location: Springfield-Lakemore
   1:00 PM Vision Boards  
    Contact: Ellet Library   330-784-2019   ellet@akronlibrary.org
   

Grades 6-12. 

Focus on your goals as you create a visual aid to guide and encourage yourself as you pursue your dreams.

    Location: Ellet
   1:30 PM Summer Movies: Coco  
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

Summer Movies
Thursdays, June 7-Aug 16, 1:30 pm in the Auditorium

Chill in our Auditorium and enjoy these movies!  Groups welcome

June 7: Sing!-Rated PG, 105 min.

June 14: Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Long Haul-Rated PG, 91 min.

June 21: Beauty and the Beast-Rated G, 85 min.

June 28: Coco-Rated PG, 105 min.

July 5: Lion King–Rated G, 88 min.

July 12: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory –Rated G, 100 min.

July 19: Incredibles–Rated PG, 115 min.

July 26: Mulan- Rated G, 100 min.

August. 2: Despicable Me 3–Rated PG, 90 min.

Aug 9: Aladdin–Rated G, 91 min.

Aug. 16: Lego Batman–Rated PG, 104 min.

 

    Location: Main Library-Auditorium
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Thrilling Thursdays: Outback Ray  
    Contact: Maple Valley Branch Library   330.864.5721   maplevalley@akronlibrary.org
   
Thrilling Thursdays
Join us every Thursday, 1:30 pm
For all ages; children under the age of 5 should be accompanied by a caregiver.
No registration required.
 
June 28: Outback Ray’s Amazing Animal Show
 
    Location: Maple Valley
   2:00 PM Apptastic Music  
    Contact:    330-724-2126   firestoneparkbranch@akronlibrary.org
   

Grades 4 and up.

Explore different apps to make music.

    Location: Firestone Park
   6:30 PM Movies@Main: Paddington 2  
    Contact: Culture & AV   330-643-9015   
   
Kung Fu Panda 3 movie poster
 

Paddington the bear gets into a series of amazing adventures and makes everyone’s life better. This wonderful film received 100% positive reviews on Rotten Tomatoes! Starring Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Hugh Grant and Ben Whishaw. Rated PG. 103 min

    Location: Main Library-Auditorium
   6:30 PM Mystery Book Club  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

What did you read this month?  It’s a mystery!  Share your new 2018 “grab bag” titles with the group.  

    Location: Portage Lakes

Friday June 29, 2018
   12:30 PM  -  1:30 PM Rockin' Book Club  
    Contact: Ellet Branch Library   330-784-2019   ellet@akronlibrary.org
   

Grades K-3. Join us as we stop that summer slide by reading a book together each week. Have fun with games and crafts related to each book too.

    Location: Ellet

Saturday June 30, 2018
     Create your own dragonfly cards  
    Contact: Green Branch Library   330.896.9074   
   

Adult Program
June 4 - June 30
This is a do-it-yourself craft.  We provide the materials, you glue and create at home!

    Location: Green
   12:00 PM  -  1:00 PM Paws for Reading  
    Contact: Ellet Library   330-784-2019   ellet@akronlibrary.org
   

For all ages. No registration necessary. Snuggle up and read to a furry friend.

    Location: Ellet
   2:00 PM Makey Makey Workshop  
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

Grades 3 and up can come and play around with our Makey Makey circuit kits, and discover all of the things it can do.
Space is limited; registration requested.

    Location: Main Library
   2:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Buckeye Martinfest at North Reservoir  
    Contact: Portage Lakes Branch   330-644-7050   portagelakes@akronlibrary.org
   

Buckeye Martinfest at North Reservoir

Saturday, June 30, 2-4 pm

Stop by our table for crafts and giveaways as we celebrate Portage Lakes being the Purple Martin Capital of Ohio!  We love participating in this annual event sponsored by the Portage Lakes Purple Martin Association.

    Location: Portage Lakes

Sunday July 1, 2018
     Read It  
    Contact: Goodyear Branch   330-784-7522   goodyear@akronlibrary.org
   

 

Book Club to Go

New books are available the first week of each month. No meetings, no deadlines, just some GREAT reads! Discussion questions, read-alike lists, and author information are included with each book.

July THE WOMAN UPSTAIRS by Claire Messud

 

    Location: Goodyear
   2:00 PM  -  2:30 PM Sunday Story Time Sampler  
    Contact: Children's Library   330.643.9050   
   

Sunday Story Time Sampler
Every Sunday, 2 pm

A half-hour story time for preschool-primary children

    Location: Main Library

Monday July 2, 2018
   10:15 AM  -  12:00 PM North Hill Needle Crafters  
    Contact: North Hill   330.535.9423   northhill@akronlibrary.org
   

North Hill Needle Crafters

If you love to knit, crochet, and help people, this is the group for you. Everything this talented group makes is donated to helping organizations in our community. If you are new to crafting, we will