Current Programs

Upcoming Author Visits

Join us for these visits by local authors!


Bad Boys, Bad Times - Cleveland Indians & Baseball in the Prewar Years

Goodyear Branch Library - Community Room
Monday, April 15: 6:30pm - 7:45pm
Baseball historian Scott Longert will talk about his newest book and the exciting prewar years of baseball.

World War II Akron by Tim Carroll - Author Talk

Ellet Branch Library - Community Room
Tuesday, April 23: 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Local Author Tim Carroll will discuss his book World War II Akron which has many great pictures and stories including many from Summit County and the Goodyear blimps.

Off the Page Author Series - Scott Longert Author Visit

Firestone Park Branch Library - Community Room
Tuesday, April 23: 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Cleveland Indians historian Scott Longert visits the Firestone Park Branch Library to discuss his latest book Bad Times, Bad Boys, about the Indians in the prewar years, 1939-1944.

World War II Akron by Tim Carroll - Author Talk

Fairlawn-Bath Branch Library - McDowell Community Room
Thursday, May 02: 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Local author Tim Carroll talks about and signs copies of his new book World War II Akron.

Jennifer A. Nielsen Author Event

Northwest Akron Branch Library - Children's Alcove
Thursday, May 02: 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Author, Jennifer Nielsen will be speaking about formulating a novel idea to getting it published.

Local Author Talk - Wade Meyer

Tallmadge Branch Library - Community Room
Monday, May 06: 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Join Wade Meyer as he discusses his book "What Shall I Bring?"

World War II Akron by Tim Carroll - Author Talk

Portage Lakes Branch Library - Community Room
Saturday, May 11: 1:00pm - 2:00pm
World War II Akron tells the stories of the men who served from Summit County and includes over 100 rare photographs. Books available for purchase and author signing following the presentation.

Author Sharon Hatfield - Enchanted Ground: The Spirit Room of Jonathan Koons

Main Library - Meeting Room 2AB
Saturday, May 18: 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Award-winning journalist and nonfiction writer Sharon Hatfield shares the story of Jonathan Koons, a 19th century farmer-spiritualist from southern Ohio.

Mark J. Price “This Place, This Time” - A presentation on Summit County history

Richfield Branch Library - Community Room
Monday, May 20: 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Join Mark J. Price, feature writer for the Akron Beacon Journal for a presentation on Summit County history.

Nature Photography and the iNaturalist App

154 originalUse your smartphone's camera and the iNaturalist app to record the nature in your own neighborhood and be a citizen scientist. Photographer Joan Crookston teams up with librarian (and nature lover) Michele McNeal to teach you how to maximize your phone's camera and the nature-identifying app, iNaturalist, to be a contributing Citizen Scientist. Get ready to participate in the City Nature Challenge and the Akron-Summit County Public Library's fall Bioblitz, or just learn for fun. 

This upcoming program will be held at the following locations:


Nordonia Hills Branch Library*
Conference Room
Monday, April 15: 6:30pm - 8:00pm

Fairlawn-Bath Branch Library
McDowell Community Room
Wednesday, April 17: 6:30pm - 7:30pm

Mogadore Branch Library*
Community Room
Wednesday, April 24: 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Main Library*
Meeting Room 2AB
Monday, April 29: 6:30pm - 8:00pm

Portage Lakes Branch Library
Community Room
Wednesday, May 01: 6:00pm - 7:00pm

* registration is requested for this location

Teen Advisory Board (TAB)

Teen Advisory Board

Odom Boulevard Branch Library - Conference Room
Tuesday, March 12: 3:30pm - 5:00pm
We will meet at 3:30 pm to discuss plans for upcoming library programs and have a little fun.

Teen Advisory Board

Main Library - Teen Meeting Room
Tuesday, March 12: 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Need volunteer hours for school? Help the library improve services to teens.

Teen Advisory Board

Fairlawn-Bath Branch Library - McDowell Community Room
Monday, March 18: 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Help plan library programs, recommend library materials, and decorate the teen area. Hourly meetings count as volunteer hours.

Teen Advisory Board

Goodyear Branch Library - Teen Area
Tuesday, March 19: 5:00pm - 6:00pm
For ages 12-18. Join our advisory board. We will meet to brainstorm ideas and/or decorate the Teen/Tween Space.

Teen Advisory Board

Nordonia Hills Branch Library - Fenton Room
Saturday, March 23: 11:00am - 1:00pm
Join us one Saturday a month from 11:00 am until 1:00 pm. Some of the projects we’ll be making include library decorations, shelves, and toys for Akron Children’s Hospital.

Teen Advisory Board

Norton Branch Library - Community Room
Tuesday, March 26: 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Volunteer to help the Library. Last Tuesday of the month at 4 pm.

Teen Advisory Board

Main Library - Teen Meeting Room
Tuesday, March 26: 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Need volunteer hours for school? Help the library improve services to teens.

Teen Advisory Board

Springfield-Lakemore Branch Library - Meeting Room
Thursday, March 28: 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Try new things, talk about your interests, and be creative.

Upcoming Gardening Programs

Plant Talk Series: Planting for Pollinators - Attracting pollinators and other garden helpers

Nordonia Hills Branch Library - Fenton Room
Thursday, April 04: 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Mindy McCarty, a Summit County Master Gardener, will share tips and tricks for attracting pollinators and other beneficial insects to yards and gardens and living in harmony with them.

Terra Cotta Wind Chimes

Kenmore Branch Library - Community Room
Saturday, April 06: 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Age group:  Adults
Event type:   Art & Crafts
Join Cynthia Taylor to make lovely Terra Cotta wind chimes. Space is limited, so please register in person or by phone at 330-745-6126. Registration begins on March 9. 

Afterschool Program - Spring Flower Planting

Kenmore Branch Library - Community Room
Tuesday, April 09: 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Plant a flower bulb that you can take home to watch grow! Open to grades K-12.

NatureConnect - Egg Head Planters

Maple Valley Branch Library - Community Room
Friday, April 12: 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Age group:  School Age (Grades K-2), School Age (Grades 3-5), Family
Create and decorate silly egg head planters, then plant their hair and watch it grow!

Plant Talk Series: Nature Photography & the iNaturalist App - Use your phone to be a citizen scientist

Nordonia Hills Branch Library - Conference Room
Monday, April 15: 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Use your smartphone's camera and the iNaturalist app to record the nature in your own neighborhood and be a citizen scientist.

Afterschool Program - Seeds, Pots, and Plants

Odom Boulevard Branch Library - Community Room
Wednesday, April 17: 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Age group:  School Age (Grades K-2), School Age (Grades 3-5)
Get ready for planting with some growing activities with seeds, paper, and pots.

Nature Photography and the iNaturalist App - Use your phone to be a citizen scientist

Fairlawn-Bath Branch Library - McDowell Community Room
Wednesday, April 17: 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Use your smartphone's camera and the iNaturalist app to record the nature in your own neighborhood and be a citizen scientist.

Community Supported Agriculture: Local Food On Your Table

Mogadore Branch Library - Community Room
Thursday, April 18: 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Annie Preston will explain the importance of Community Supported Agriculture and give you details on how to join a local CSA. Annie will also discuss other local food suppliers and where to find them.