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    FEATURING
    ART ON LOAN

    ASCPL and the Akron Art Museum have collaborated in a new program which lends works of art to Summit County residents with a library card.

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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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    WELCOMING
    POLLINATORS

    Get the latest buzz on pollinators at these upcoming Library programs.

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    GET
    MOVING

    Classes in yoga, Tai Chi or belly dance at a library branch near you! (even one for children!)

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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...

OnlineChat

Download the
Akron Library mobile app and take it with you wherever you go.

Apple Store

Google Play

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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

Visit the Main Library Page

Kits for Kids

Are you looking for an easy way to introduce your toddler or preschooler to early literacy skills through theme-based learning? Kits for Kids are a quick way to check out all five of the essential early literacy skills identified by researchers as most beneficial in preparing children to learn: Read, Write, Talk, Sing, and Play—all in one bag!

Kits for Kids are theme-based, early childhood learning resources that are selected by librarians and packaged in one convenient bag for easy checkout. These Kits are a great educational resource for toddlers and preschoolers along with their parents, caregivers, and teachers. Each Kit includes: six books centered on a topic or theme, a DVD or CD related to the same theme, a toy or puzzle on theme, and an activity sheet full of suggestions to extend your child’s learning.

Kits are available for check out in many library locations. If you cannot find the title you are looking for, ask a library staff member to place a hold on the title for you. The following Kits are available in various locations in our system. Please call the library at (330) 643-9050 or check the library's catalog for a complete Kits for Kids listings with locations and availability.

Kit Topics

  • ABC's
  • Adoption
  • Adventure
  • Alligators & Crocodiles
  • Apples
  • Art
  • Babies
  • Babysitters
  • Bears
  • Bedtime
  • Being Sick
  • Birthdays
  • Books are Fun
  • Bugs
  • Children of the World
  • Celebrate Girls
  • Circus
  • Clothes
  • Colors
  • Community Helpers
  • Concepts
  • Counting

  • Dance
  • Death
  • Dental Health
  • Dinosaurs
  • Divorce

  • Environment
  • Explore
  • Families
  • Farms
  • Fathers
  • Fears
  • Feelings
  • Food
  • Friends
  • Frogs
  • Growing Up
  • Gardens
  • Grandparents
  • I am African-American
  • I am Asian-American
  • I am Hispanic-American
  • I am Jewish-American
  • I Can
  • Imagination
  • Jungle
  • Machines
  • Manners
  • Mice
  • Mother Goose
  • Mothers
  • Moving
  • Music
  • My Body
  • Neighbors
  • New Baby
  • Old Favorites
  • Pets
  • Safety
  • School
  • Sea Life
  • Seasons
  • Self Esteem
  • Senses
  • Siblings
  • Silly Stuff
  • Sounds
  • Special Children
  • Sports
  • Step-families
  • Time
  • Toilet Training
  • Transportation
  • Trees & Plants
  • Trips
  • Urban Living
  • Water
  • Weather
  • Working Moms
  • Zoo

Toddler Kit Topics

  • Animals
  • Bedtime
  • Family
  • Food
  • Transportation