Authors & Speakers

Our library presents a diverse and ongoing calendar of speakers, including notable local authors and engaging specialists for every audience. Check out one or more of these speakers this winter!

MLK Lecture: Historian Carl Westmoreland - From the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center

Main Library - Auditorium
Sunday, January 20: 2 pm – 3 pm
The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Lecture is sponsored by Akron-Summit County Public Library and the Eta Tau Lambda Chapter of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
This program is free.

Writer's Workshop

Odom Boulevard Branch
Monday, January 28: 6 pm – 7 pm
Join writer Ava “Blu” Wilson author of “Crunky McBunky” as she guides you through a writing workshop to develop your skills followed by Q&A with the author.

12th Annual Family Reading Festival - Featuring Jim Gill12th Annual Family Reading Festival - Featuring Jim Gill

Main Library - Auditorium
Saturday, February 02: 10 am – 3 pm
Our annual Family Reading Festival is once again headlined by Jim Gill.

Rally 'Round Cleveland: The Franchise-Saving 1974 Indians - Author Jim Clark

Ellet Branch
Tuesday, February 12: 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Author Jim Clark, radio broadcaster of the Akron Rubber Ducks for 26 years, will talk about his book on the Cleveland Indians. Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing.

Author Talk: Dr. Bernard E. Powers, Jr. - We Are Charleston: Tragedy and Triumph at Mother Emanuel

Main Library - Auditorium
Saturday, February 16: 2 pm – 5 pm
Join us for a discussion of We Are Charleston: Tragedy and Triumph at Mother Emanuel. Presented by Dr. Bernard E. Powers, Jr., Professor Emeritus of History at the College of Charleston in South Carolina.

Author Jonathan Knight: The Making of Major League - A Juuuust a Bit Inside Look at the Classic Baseball Comedy

Norton Branch Library - Community Room
Monday, February 25: 6 pm – 7 pm
Jonathan Knight discusses his book about the making of the movie Major League.

To learn more about programs like this, please visit our online calendar.

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