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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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2017 Creative Writing Contest

Do you think you’re the next Suzanne Collins or John Green? Would you like a chance to share your original story or poem with the world? If so, you should enter the Akron-Summit County Public Library’s Creative Writing Contest! Five winners will receive a $25 gift card to Barnes and Noble, and all authors who submit acceptable entries will get to see their writing in print in the Akron-Summit County Public Library Creative Writing Contest Collection.

Rules

  1. All entries must be the original work of the submitter.
  2. Submitters must be entering grades 6-12 in the 2017-2018 school year.
  3. There is a limit of three entries per submitter.
  4. Entries are due by June 30, 2017
  5. Entries should be no longer than 20 pages.
  6. All works longer than two pages must be typed in a Microsoft Word or Google document and submitted electronically (by email).
  7. All handwritten entries must be printed and legible.
  8. All entries will be included in the Akron-Summit County Public Library Creative Writing Contest Collection at the discretion of library staff; each submitter with an acceptable entry or entries will receive a complimentary copy mailed to their home address. Entries will not be returned, so make a copy!
  9. Five entries will be selected as “Judges’ Choice” award winners. These authors will receive a $25 Barnes and Noble Gift Card.
  10. Whether you are submitting a paper entry or an electronic version, all submissions must contain the information on the submission form below.

* It usually takes several months for all of the entries to be typed, edited and put into the collection.

Entry Submission

Download and fill out the submission form below and return it via one of the following options listed below:

  • By email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • By mail to:
    Akron-Summit County Public Library
    Susan Russ, Youth Services Office
    60 S. High St.
    Akron OH 44326
  • Or turn it in at any branch location or the Teen Department at the Main Library

If you have questions, please contact the Main Library Teen Department at 330.643.9067 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Submission Form

Click the image below and download the submission form PDF.

Creative Writing Contest 2017

 

Youth Arts Showcase

You won’t believe your eyes! You won’t believe your ears!

Join us for the 2018 Youth Arts Showcase and celebrate the artistic talents of the children and teens in our community!

Youth Arts Showcase ImageThe event will take place on Saturday, April 28, 2018. Artists, musicians, singers, and dancers in grades 4 through 12 are invited to apply to participate. Those selected will have the opportunity to perform in the library’s auditorium in front of an audience. Visual artists will be invited to attend a reception to be recognized and their work will be on display in the Main Library.

Applications will be available to pick up at the Akron-Summit County Public Library Main Library or any of the branches. You can also download and print an application.

Applications can be submitted:

  • Via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Mailed to Akron-Summit County Public Library c/o Sarah Deisler YSO, 60 S. High St., Akron, OH 44326
  • Dropped off at Main Library or any of the branches

Applications must be received or postmarked by 5:00 pm on Saturday, March 10, 2018 to be considered.

Studios, teachers, directors, schools, and instructors are encouraged to submit groups of students to perform at the event.

Studios and schools may submit up to three groups. There will be a maximum of three selections per group not exceeding a total of 15 minutes on stage. Visual artists may submit up to three pieces. All performances and visual art entries must be suitable and appropriate for all ages.

 

Teen

Address:
3rd Floor
60 South High Street
Akron, Ohio 44326

Phone: 330.643.9067

Email:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Hours:
Monday - Thursday: 10 am - 8:00 pm
Friday: 10 am - 6 pm
Saturday: 10 am - 5 pm
Sunday: 1 pm - 5 pm

Youth Services Coordinator:
Carolyn Burrier
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About the Division

The Akron Main Library Teen Department consists of thousands of resources for both school and fun all housed in a welcoming space where teens can do homework, socialize, or just hang out. It's the place to find all your favorite teen fiction, graphic novels, manga series, magazines, DVDs, and music CDs.

If you're looking to be successful in school, check out our non-fiction collection, databases, school reading list section, and study guides. Our 14 teen-only computers have all the programs you need whether you're writing a report or just checking Twitter.

Of course, the Teen department welcomes patrons of all ages – we even have items for parents, teachers, and book clubs, including sets of books. Our teen librarians are always happy to help you pick out a good book, answer a question, or tell you about our fun upcoming teen programs.