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    OPENING SOON:
    AKRON ART LIBRARY

    Celebrate the opening on February 22 at 6:30 pm at Main Library, get the first look at the collection, and be among the first to reserve artwork for checkout!

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    AFRICAN-AMERICAN
    HISTORY & CULTURE

    A time to learn and to celebrate at a program near you!

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    2018 ALA
    YOUTH MEDIA AWARDS

    The American Library Association (ALA) Youth Media Awards have just been announced. Check out our collection of these award winning titles.

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    RECE LAB
    FOR TEACHERS

    Resources for Early Childhood Educators provides a Lab housed at Main Library and collections of teacher resources housed at all 17 branches and Main Library for teachers to borrow.

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    SHOWCASE APPLICATIONS
    NOW AVAILABLE

    To be considered for our upcoming Youth Arts Showcase on Saturday, April 28, 2018, applications must be received no later than 5 pm on March 10.

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    GET YOUR
    PASSPORT HERE

    We make it easier to plan your next trip! Passport Services (including passport photos) are available through the Library. Learn more about this convenient service.

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    GET STARTED PLANNING
    YOUR NEXT TRIP!

    With so much information available, planning your next adventure can be difficult. Check out this list of Library books to help make your decision today.

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    10 YEARS OF
    SUMMIT MEMORY

    Launched in November 2007, Summit Memory is celebrating 10 years of sharing Summit County history through promoting local history collections, digitally.

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NEW & NOTABLE

Browse bestsellers, movies, music and other titles just added to the library catalog! Formerly known as “Featured Item Lists”.

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DATABASES

Research? We have you covered! Select any of our web-based reference databases for all of your research needs.

Databases by Subject or Databases A-Z

DIGITAL MEDIA

Borrow free TV shows, movies, ebooks, audiobooks, comics, and music with your ASCPL library card.

Digital Media

Library News

IMAGE New Springfield-Lakemore Branch Library Will Open February 19; Community Invited To Preview
Article Published: February 05, 2018
The new Springfield-Lakemore Branch Library will officially open to the public Monday, February 19, at noon in the... Read More...
IMAGE 10 Years of Summit Memory
Article Published: January 23, 2018
Summit Memory has officially marked 10 years of sharing Summit County’s history, digitally. Since the beginning, Summit... Read More...
IMAGE 11th Annual Family Reading Festival
Article Published: January 12, 2018
Enjoy live music featuring Jim Gill; an amazing animal show with Outback Ray, the fascinating creations of the Bubble Lady,... Read More...

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Locations & Hours


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Main Library

60 South High Street, Akron, Ohio 44326
330.643.9000

Monday: 10 am - 8 pm
Tuesday: 10 am - 8 pm
Wednesday: 10 am - 8 pm
Thursday: 10 am - 8 pm
Friday: 10 am - 6 pm
Saturday: 10 am - 5 pm
Sunday: 1 pm - 5 pm

Drive-Up Window closes ten minutes before the building closes for the day

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Jazz at the Library Featuring Steinway Artist Joe Augustine

JoeAugustineSunday, February 11
Sunday, March 11
Sunday, April 8

2 pm Main Library Auditorium

Enjoy an afternoon of jazz performed by Steinway Artist Joe Augustine and his Trio. Classically trained, Augustine has been performing and teaching jazz piano nationally and abroad for over 40 years. Currently he is Full Time Faculty at the University of Akron’s Jazz Studies Program, and Artist in Residence at both the University and Lake Erie College.

Joe Augustine and his Trio will be playing a selection of jazz standards, original compositions, and classics from the Great American Songbook.

These concerts are free and open to the public. Auditorium doors will open at 1:30 pm. Call 330-643-9015 for more information.

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Calling all Foodies: Cooking Programs for the Whole Family!

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January 23

Odom Boulevard Branch Library: Teen Cupcake Wars!
Compete against your friends to decorate creative cupcakes based on the mystery theme. We'll provide the supplies and the creation is left up to you! Please register in advance by calling 330-434-8726 or by stopping at the branch.
3:30 to 5 pm

Goodyear Brach Library: What’s Cookin’ – Appetizers Even Guys Will Love!
Join Tonya to sample and learn some great appetizer recipes that appeal to guys and gals alike. Class size is limited to 25 adult/teen (16 & over) participants. Register by calling or emailing: 330-784-7522 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
6:30 pm

January 25

Mogadore Branch Library: Cookbook Club
Do you love browsing through cookbooks and trying new recipes or cooking techniques? join fellow foodies for our cookbook club. This month, we are talking about literary themed books and recipes! there will be food samples/activities! browse our collection, try out some of the recipes, and join the group to discuss your successes and mishaps.
6 pm

January 27

Main Library, Children’s: History And Sampling Of African-American Soul Food
with Keon Reed; please pre-register by calling 330.643.9050.
2 pm

February 5

Fairlawn-Bath Library: Chinese New Year Celebration!
Greet the year of the dog at the library with chinese food samples, paper lantern making and a chopstick challenge competition. For grades 4-12. Please call 330-666-4888 or stop by the library to register.
6 pm

February 14

Green Branch Library: Cookbook Club
Love reading cookbooks and sampling recipes? then join us each month as we pick a theme and prepare dishes to share. Check out our library display for each month’s theme and cookbooks, or use your own recipes. Enjoy some good food, discussion and fun.
6:30 pm

February 22

Mogadore Branch Library: Cookbook Club
Do you love browsing through cookbooks and trying new recipes or cooking techniques? join fellow foodies for our cookbook club. This month, we are talking about bread books and recipes! there will be food samples/activities! browse our collection, try out some of the recipes, and join the group to discuss your successes and mishaps.
6 pm

February 24

Maple Valley Branch Library: Jr. Chef!
Grades K-6 put on your chef hat and apron and prepare to cook up some delicious treats! we will be making mini corn dog muffins, cheesy nachos, and an eiffel tower cookie sundae. Registration is required.
2 to 3 pm

Science Café

Science Café welcomes people who might not normally get involved in scientific discussions. This open event is not an ordinary lecture, it’s a casual and interactive conversation with a scientist on a particular topic.

Saturday, January 27, 10:30 am

Biomimicry-Carol Thaler from Great Lakes Biomimicry, will examine how emulating nature’s patterns and strategies can solve complex human problems.

Saturday, March 3, 10:30 am

The Importance of Pollinators in our Backyards-Paige Reeher is a research assistant at the University of Akron studying under the Ohio Bee Team. Please join us for a lively discussion on the importance of pollinators in Ohio’s ecosystem, and how you can help.

Saturday, May 5, 11 am

Journey to Mars-Astrophysicist Kevin Manning will lead us on a discussion about the on-going search for life and sustainability, beyond our Earth.


Contact the Science & Technology Division at 330-643-9075 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to reserve your spot and receive a list of recommended readings selected by our guest scientists.

Science Café will meet in the Science & Technology Division on the first floor of Main Library.

Honoring African-American History and Culture

Please join us for a program near you…

For Families:

Kenmore Branch Library
Storytelling Performance
Saturday, February 3, 1 pm

Main Library
History and Sampling of African-American Soul Food with Keon Reed
Saturday, January 27, 2 pm (Children’s Library)

For Adults:

Goodyear Branch Library
The Underground Railroad in Ohio
Tuesday, February 6, 6:30 pm

Green Branch Library
Harriet Tubman, The Woman and Soldier of Freedom
Wednesday, February 28, 2 pm

Main Library
Rising from the Rails (a documentary)
Saturday, February 24, 2 pm (Auditorium)

Maple Valley Branch Library
Movie Nights at the Library
Wednesdays, February 7 (The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks) and 21 (Marshall), 6 pm

Tallmadge Branch Library
John Brown’s America
Tuesday, February 20, 6:30 pm

Find out more about these programs, and Maple Valley Branch Library’s bi-weekly Akron African United Front Book Discussion Group, by visiting our Events calendar today.