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    HOW WILL YOU
    CELEBRATE

    The Akron-Summit County Public Library invites you to celebrate Black History Month with these free programs across our branch locations.

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    HAPPY
    ANNIVERSARY

    Help celebrate Springfield-Lakemore Branch Library's first anniversary on Saturday, February 16 from 2:00pm - 4:00pm.

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    DISCOVER
    BLACK HISTORY

    The Library has vast resources about Black History Month and the role of African Americans in U.S. History. Celebrate this rich history with these materials.

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    HERE'S LOOKING
    AT YOU, KID

    The Fortunato Film School presents Casablanca on Sunday, February 17 at 2:00 pm in the Main Library Auditorium. Join Akron native Joe Fortunato for a post-screening discussion.

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    EXERCISE &
    HEALTH

    Start the year fresh with new health & exercise goals. From yoga to Tai Chi and meditation, let the library help with these upcoming programs.

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    ACT
    PRACTICE TESTS

    A new year means getting ready for new endeavors – including college! Find exam prep resources here to help you for the next step in education.

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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”.

New & Notable

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

New Akron Library Mobile App
Article Published: December 26, 2018
Take the Library with you anywhere you go with the updated Akron Library mobile app Akron-Summit County Public Library is... Read More...
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Lecture
Article Published: January 02, 2019
Sunday, January 20, 2019 at 2 pm in Main Library Auditorium   Read More...
Fortunato Film School Presents It’s A Wonderful Life
Article Published: November 26, 2018
The Fortunato Film School Presents It’s A Wonderful Life on Wednesday, December 5 at 6:30 pm in the Main Library... 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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View the Solar Eclipse at Main Library, Highland Square and Goodyear branches

On Monday, August 21, 2017, all of North American will be treated to an eclipse of the sun, the first in the continental US in 38 years. Akron will experience about 85% of the sun being covered, or “eclipsed,” by the moon in the middle of the day!

Join the fun with your friends and neighbors at special eclipse viewing events at Main Library and at Highland Square and Goodyear branches. We’ll have eclipse glasses available to event-goers who want to safely look at the sun during the eclipse. (Unfortunately, we do not have glasses to give out beforehand.)

UPDATE:

Due to the overwhelming interest in this program we are no longing taking registrations and cannot guarantee anyone who is not registered will receive eclipse-viewing glasses.

However, we will have pin-hole viewers, a telescope (courtesy of the Akron Astronomy Club) and other experiments and ways for you to interact with this rare event. We can't wait!

Member of the Astronomy Club of Akron will be at Main Library with special telescopes to safely view the eclipse. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Eclipse safety

Being outdoors during an eclipse is no more dangerous than being outdoors at any other time – you would not look directly at the sun any time, so you will not look directly at the sun as it is being eclipsed. NASA has lots of great eclipse safety tips to check out before you go to view the eclipse.

There are lots of fake eclipse viewing glasses for sale, so The American Astronomical Society created this sheet to determine if your eclipse viewing glasses will provide enough eye protection. One way to tell if the solar filter or eclipse glasses you plan to use will be safe, according to the AAS is

“…you shouldn't be able to see anything through a safe solar filter except the Sun itself or something comparably bright, such as the Sun reflected in a mirror, … a bright halogen light bulb, a bright-white LED flashlight (including the one on your smartphone), or an arc-welder's torch. All such sources should appear quite dim through a solar viewer. If you can see lights of more ordinary brightness through your eclipse glasses or handheld viewer … it’s no good.”

No glasses? No problem

Locating a reputable seller of eclipse glasses may be difficult by now. Many places are sold out. You can still enjoy the phenomenal astronomical event of the solar eclipse event without glasses – try making a pinhole viewer, or check out some of these other ideas from the Exploratorium.

Schedule

12-1 pm - Eclipse information, safety discussion, and eclipse glasses distribution (Main Library only).

1:07 pm - Eclipse begins.

2:31 pm - Eclipse reaches maximum coverage.

3:52 pm - Eclipse ends.

Event Flyer

Click the image below and download the event flyer PDF.

Eclipse Flyer