Current Programs

Join The Club!

You likely wouldn’t be surprised to see a book discussion club/group meeting at the library, but did you know there are so many more opportunities to be a club/group participant at your Akron-Summit County Public Library?

Ellet Branch Library

Needlework: Ellet Needlecrafters
Next Meeting: Monday, January 6, 3:30 pm

Firestone Park Branch Library

Needlework: “Close-Knit” Crochet Group
Next Meeting: Monday, January 13, 6 pm

Green Branch Library

Cookbook Club
Next Meeting: Tuesday, January 28, 6:30 pm

Main Library

Akron Inventors Club
Next Meeting: Thursday, January 9, 6 pm

Needlework: Yarn Lovers @ the Library
Next Meeting: Wednesday, January 15, Noon

Maple Valley Branch Library

Sistas Knit 2
Next Meeting: Thursday, January 2, 6:30 pm

Mogadore Branch Library

Cookbook Club
Next Meeting: Thursday, January 30, 6 pm

Needlework: Warm Up Akron
Next Meeting: Tuesday, January 14, 3:30 pm

Nordonia Hills Branch Library

Crafter’s Corner
Next Meeting: Saturday, January 4, 10 am

Needlework: Stitch Clique
Next Meeting: Tuesday, January 14, 6 pm

Nordonia Hills Game Time
Next Meeting: Saturday, January 18, 10 am

Socrates Café
Next Meeting: Wednesday, January 8, 6:30 pm

Writers Guild
Next Meeting: Wednesday, January 15, 6:30 pm

North Hill Branch Library

North Hill Needle Crafters
Next Meeting: Monday, January 6, 10:15 am

Northwest Akron Branch Library

Adult Dungeons & Dragons: Northwest Adventurers Guild
Next Meeting: Saturday, January 18, 2 pm

Movie Discussion: Keeping It Reel Movie Club
Next Meeting: Thursday, January 16, 6 pm

Needlework: Embroidery Group
Next Meeting: Wednesday, January 15, 6 pm

Norton Branch Library

Cookbook Club
Next Meeting: Monday, January 13, 6 pm

Portage Lakes Branch Library

Play Mahjong
Next Meeting: Friday, January 10, 1 pm

Puzzle Club
Next Meeting: Thursday, January 2, 6 pm

Richfield Branch Library

Board Game Day
Next Meeting: Saturday, January 11, 10 am

Springfield-Lakemore Branch Library

Needle Arts for All
Next Meeting: Tuesday, January 7, 3:30 pm

Tallmadge Branch Library

Knit & Crochet Club
Next Meeting: Thursday, January 2, 3 pm

Vinyl Revival
Next Meeting: Tuesday, January 14, 6 pm

Historical-Themed Programs

Family History First Thursdays - Genealogy

Thursday, January 02: 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Richfield Branch Library
Local genealogist and Richfield resident Rhonda Abrams will help anyone interested in discovering their past. Access to Ancestry.com is free at the Library.

Book Buzz: Nonfiction Book Discussion

Monday, January 13: 11:00am - 12:00pm
Tuesday, January 14: 6:00 – 7:00pm
Northwest Akron Branch Library - Community Room
Discuss a nonfiction book! The Radium Girls.

DNA Genetic Genealogy Interest Group

Monday, January 13: 6:15pm - 7:45pm
Main Library - Computer Lab 2
Explore topics in DNA and genetic genealogy. This group is open to all skill levels and is designed as a forum to help all of us navigate our way through this new science. Registration required.

Web Brown's Political Cartoons of World War II - with Tim Carroll

Thursday, January 23: 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Fairlawn-Bath Branch Library - McDowell Community Room
Local author & historian Tim Carroll presents a visual display of WWII-era political cartoons drawn by Web Brown of the Akron Beacon Journal.

Crowell-Hilaka Richfield Heritage Preserve - Yesterday and Today

Monday, January 27: 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Richfield Branch Library - Community Room
Local historian Lynn Richardson discusses the history of the Crowell-Hilaka Heritage Preserve. ​

Book Discussion: A Book Club to Go

Saturday, February 01: 10:00am - 5:00pm
Goodyear Branch Library
No meetings, no deadlines, just some GREAT reads! Discussion questions, read-alike lists, and author information are included with each book. February’s book is The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead.

Black History Month Read-a-thon

Monday, February 03: All day
Odom Boulevard Branch Library
Celebrate Black History Month by participating in our month-long Read-a-thon. Stop into the library for the read-a-thon prompts and further details!

Mr. Lincoln's Big White House - Abraham Lincoln's life and legacy

Monday, February 03: 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Tallmadge Branch Library - Community Room
Paul Goebbel discusses Lincoln's residency in Washington D.C. from his inauguration to his assassination in 1865. Learn how Lincoln lived, waged war, and worked to build a government of, by, and for the people.

Reader's Choice Book Discussion

Wednesday, February 05: 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Mogadore Branch Library - Community Room
Join us as we discuss The Pioneers: The Heroic Story of the Settlers Who Brought the American Ideal West by David McCullough.

Ohio's Romantic Tragedies

Wednesday, February 05: 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Nordonia Hills Branch Library - Fenton Room
Historian and performer Jim Kleefeld’s Ohio-centric stories of love from the 1920s to 50s have it all – courtship, marriage, heartbreak, death, rekindling, and despair. Registration required.

Love Letters from the Marine Wolf - Author Talk with Michele Makros

Thursday, February 06: 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Fairlawn-Bath Branch Library - McDowell Community Room
Author Michele Makros discusses her book based on letters her father, USAT Marine Wolf Michael Makros Jr, wrote to her mother during WWII, describing the human experience of a wartime ship at sea.

Experience the Underground Railroad

Thursday, February 06: 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Kenmore Branch Library - Community Room
Join CVNP rangers and costumed characters to explore the dangerous realities, heartbreak, and hope of the Underground Railroad. We will explore the question, “What would you be willing to fight for?”

New Year's Resolutions

Career Preparation Day

Saturday, January 4: 12:00pm - 4:00pm
Kenmore Branch Library - Community Room
Make a resolution to improve your career prospects. Get help with resumes, applications, interviews, and library resources. Bring a resume if you have one. Register to ensure one-on-one assistance.

Career Day - Improve your interview skills!

Saturday, January 4: 12:00pm - 4:00pm
Kenmore Branch Library - Conference Room|
Mock Interviews will be held in Conference Room. Part of our Career Preparation Day activities.

Adulting 101: Money Smarts - Pay Yourself First

Tuesday, January 7: 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Portage Lakes Branch Library - Conference Room
Aimee Steele from USBank explains why it's important to save, recognize your investment options, how to plan for retirement and other large expense goals. Coffee and light refreshments served.

Women's Circle: Make A Vision Board

Wednesday, January 8: 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Maple Valley Branch Library - Community Room
How do you visualize yourself in the new year? The circle will begin with a discussion followed by an activity. We will make a vision board to give us direction. Registration required.

Start the New Year Right! - Make a personalized planner

Saturday, January 11: 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Maple Valley Branch Library - Community Room
Get organized! Make your own inspirational planner.

Introduction to Meditation

Monday, January 13: 6:30pm - 7:30pm
North Hill Branch Library - Community Room
This four-week course offers a chance to practice and discuss several popular forms of meditation. Presented by the Center for Health, Happiness, & Chan, a non-religious, non-profit, organization.

Protect Your Assets and Preserve Your Estate

Monday, January 13: 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Tallmadge Branch Library - Community Room
Explore how a well-crafted estate plan can serve your family for generations. Learn about wills, trusts, powers of attorney, probate, and guardianship.

Have a Healthy New Year

Tuesday, January 14: 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Firestone Park Branch Library - Community Room
Want to learn about proper portion sizes, good food choices, and substitute ingredients to make recipes healthier? This is the presentation for you! Learn tips for successful weight loss.

Writer's Guild - Writing Group for Aspiring Writers

Wednesday, January 15: 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Nordonia Hills Branch Library - Fenton Room
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.

Kick the Sugar! - Healthier Eating with Emily Morgan

Thursday, January 16: 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Fairlawn-Bath Branch Library - McDowell Community Room
Health coach and food relationship expert Emily Morgan explains why we crave sugary foods, how sugar sabotages a healthier mind and body, and why emotions are the driving force of our eating habits.

Silver Sneakers: Older Adult Fitness - Chair Yoga

Wednesday, January 22: 11:30am - 12:30pm
Goodyear Branch Library - Community Room
Stretch and strengthen muscles while performing modified yoga vinyasas and movements. Targeted age is 50+. Register by phone, in person, or online.

Women's Circle: The Power of Journaling - How to Visualize Yourself in 2020

Wednesday, January 22: 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Maple Valley Branch Library - Community Room
Arnita Williams, a certified yoga instructor, will discuss how journaling can make a difference with the outlook and outcomes of life. Registration opens Dec. 20.

Saturday Morning Craft: Positive Thought Blocks

Saturday, January 25: 10:30am - 12:00pm
Portage Lakes Branch Library - Community Room
Cover four paper blocks with decorative letters to create positive affirmations to start the new year! Register by phone, in person, or online beginning January 7.

Low Impact Movement

Monday, January 27: 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Green Branch Library - Community Room
Lisa Kelleman-McClain from Build A Body Personal Training will provide tips and tricks to keep you moving. Register by phone, in person, or online beginning January 6.

Financial Wellness Series: Outsmart the Scammers

Wednesday, January 29: 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Nordonia Hills Branch Library - Fenton Room
Fraud is on the rise and scammers’ tactics are becoming more complex. This presentation will provide the information you need to outsmart the scammers. Register by phone, in person, or online.

Let's Play at the Library

Games and puzzles and trivia…oh my!

Ellet Branch Library

Chess World
For Teens, Adults, and Families
Saturday, December 14, 10:30 am

Goodyear Branch Library

Adult Recess: Playtime for Adults
Monday, December 9, 12:30 pm

Puzzle Pizzazz Time
For Adults
Thursday, December 12, 12:30 pm

Green Branch Library

Christmas Carol Bingo
For Adults and Families
Wednesday, December 4, 6 pm

Nordonia Hills Branch Library

Game Time
For Tweens, Teens, and Adults
Saturday, December 21, 10 am

Northwest Akron Branch Library

Adult Dungeons and Dragons: Northwest Adventurers Guild
Saturday, December 7, 2 pm

Portage Lakes Branch Library

Holiday Music Trivia
For Adults
Tuesday, December 3, 6:30 pm

Puzzle Club
For Adults
Thursday, December 5, 6 pm

Play Mahjong
For Adults
Fridays, December 13 and 27, 1 pm

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