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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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Scary and Not Scary Seasonal Programs

Art @ the Speed of Life: Ghoulie Spoolies

Thursday, October 10: 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Springfield-Lakemore Branch Library - 
Meeting Room
What do you get when you cross a wooden spool with some darling, vintage Halloween images?  A Ghoulie Spoolie!  And an adorable Halloween decoration. Registration requested at 330-643-4770 or online.

Richfield Crafters: Halloween Crafts

Thursday, October 10: 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Richfield Branch Library - Community Room
Join the Richfield Crafters for this month’s unique craft program.

After Hours: Zombie Survival for Teens

Friday, October 11: 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Northwest Akron Branch Library - Community Room
After the library closes, teens will partake in many activities, including a zombie survival game and zombie wound contest. Permission slips signed by parents are required.

Surprise Saturdays: Munchkin Masquerade

Saturday, October 12: 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Portage Lakes Branch Library - Community Room
Join the fun! Games, snacks, and a craft to make! Costumes are welcome but not required. All ages welcome. No registration needed. Stay after for a visit with the dogs of Tails & Tales at 2 pm!

Mix It Up Monday: Monster Madness

Monday, October 14: 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Ellet Branch Library - Community Room
Children in Kindergarten - Grade 5 are invited to join us for a different STEAM activity each month. 2nd Monday of the Month, 3:45-4:45 pm, registration requested.

Tarot Cards: A History of the Tarot

Monday, October 14: 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Odom Boulevard Branch Library - Community Room
William Richardson will give a brief overview of the history of Tarot, a breakdown of how a reading works, and offer resources! He will do up to 10 readings as time permits.

Toddler Halloween Ball

Monday, October 21: 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Ellet Branch Library - Community Room
Children through age 4 are invited to join us for a Halloween Ball with stories, dancing, and a photo. Come in costume! Monday October 21 6-7pm or Friday October 25 12:15–1:15pm.

Spooky Stories to Tell in the Dark

Monday, October 21: 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Green Branch Library - Community Room
Dress in your spooky costumes to hear Halloween stories, rattle your bones to music, and make a haunted treat.

Needlework: Pumpkin Coasters

Tuesday, October 22: 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Springfield-Lakemore Branch Library - Meeting Room
Do you love to knit, crochet, or enjoy other needle arts?  Then this group is for you!  Bring your work in progress or complete a small crochet project each month while learning some basic stitches. 

Game Days: The Lost Mummy Escape Adventure

Tuesday, October 22: 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Portage Lakes Branch Library - Community Room
Can you escape the ancient Egyptian mummy's tomb in only 45 minutes? Given clues and hidden messages can you solve the mysterious puzzles before time runs out? This is a family fun mummy escape kit.

Tween Scene: Fall Fest

Thursday, October 24: 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Goodyear Branch Library - Community Room
For ages 9-12. Join us for a variety of fall activities. We'll taste apples, paint pumpkins, and snack on Autumn goodies.

The Vampire Talk with Mark Dawidziak

Thursday, October 24: 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Fairlawn-Bath Branch Library - McDowell Community Room
Local journalist and author Mark Dawidziak discusses the history of vampires in folklore, mythology, books, film, and television.

Spooky Storytelling for Adults

Thursday, October 24: 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Nordonia Hills Branch Library - Fenton Room
Storytelling isn't just for children. Listen to the WRAPPS storytellers weave their traditional tales or personal encounters of creatures from beyond the grave.

Movies@Main: Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein

Thursday, October 24: 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Main Library - Auditorium
Jeepers! The creepers are after Bud and Lou!

Toddler Halloween Ball

Friday, October 25: 12:15pm - 1:15pm
Ellet Branch Library - Community Room
Children through age 4 are invited to join us for a Halloween Ball with stories, dancing, and a photo. Come in costume! Monday October 21 6-7pm or Friday October 25 12:15–1:15pm. Please register.

Paint Your Gourd

Friday, October 25: 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Highland Square Branch Library - Conference Room
Late October is pumpkin decorating season. Participants will use paint and other materials to decorate a small pumpkin. All materials provided.

Halloween Dance Party

Friday, October 25: 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Mogadore Branch Library - Community Room
Join us in your Halloween costume to dance, dance, dance!

Saturday Morning Craft: Candy Corn Vases

Saturday, October 26: 10:30am - 12:00pm
Portage Lakes Branch Library - Community Room
Paint a trio of glass vases in candy corn colors for your fall display. Space is limited. Ages 16 and up preferred. Please register by phone, in person, or online beginning Thursday, October 3.

Science Cafe: "Spooky" Science

Saturday, October 26: 10:30am - 11:30am
Main Library - Science & Technology
Science cafe welcomes people who don't normally get involved with science. Join us for this fun-not-scary science program for the whole family, presented by ACESS.

Story Time and Trick or Treat

Saturday, October 26: 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Firestone Park Branch Library - Community Room
Share some not-so-spooky stories with Miss Sylvia, then go trick or treating inside the Firestone Park Branch.

Choose Your Own Spooky Adventure

Saturday, October 26: 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Northwest Akron Branch Library - Community Room
You're the hero in this adventure. Navigate the thrilling challenges scattered throughout the haunted library. You may choose to walk the difficult or easy path but just remember to choose wisely.

Monster Mash

Monday, October 28: 10:30am - 12:00pm
Tallmadge Branch Library - Community Room
Drop-in for a morning of fun Halloween activities and crafts. Arrive dressed in your costume for a treat!

Mystery Experience Fortune - Solve the serial murders of fortune tellers around the city

Monday, October 28: 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Portage Lakes Branch Library - Community Room
We've received a mysterious package in the mail with a mystery inside. Using objects, clues, puzzles, and observation we must deduct what is in front of us. Part story, part game, all interactive.

Halloween Party

Monday, October 28: 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Fairlawn-Bath Branch Library - McDowell Community Room
Kids in grades 2-5, come in costume for a school-age Halloween party. We’ll celebrate with a costume contest, crafts, and treats. Register in person, by phone, or online.

Preschool Halloween Story Time

Tuesday, October 29: 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Fairlawn-Bath Branch Library - McDowell Community Room
Children ages 0-5 are welcome to join Miss Jessica and Miss Pam for Halloween stories, music, and a costume parade around the library!

Frankentoys

Tuesday, October 29: 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Mogadore Branch Library - Community Room
Craft a creepy creature made from the bodies of old toys. Prizes will be awarded for the scariest and most creative creations.

After School Fun Club: Monster Slime

Wednesday, October 30: 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Firestone Park Branch Library - Community Room
Join us for an afternoon of monster slime creation!

Pumpkin Painting

Wednesday, October 30: 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Kenmore Branch Library - Community Room
Celebrate the holiday season by painting a pumpkin for your home! All ages welcome.

Tech Toy Sampler: Halloween Fun with Tech Devices

Wednesday, October 30: 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Main Library - Atrium
Have some hands-on fun exploring new tech devices while helping our librarians develop new programs. Presented in cooperation with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's (MIT) PLIX initiative.

Golden Ticket Challenge

Thursday, October 31: All Day
Richfield Branch Library|
Golden Tickets have been hidden in 10 Teen Books. If you happen to find one AND check out the book, then you win a Golden Ticket Prize. Tickets will be re-hidden. Game runs October 1-31.

Zombie Scavenger Hunt

Thursday, October 31: All Day
Richfield Branch Library

Hunt down all the Zombies hidden in the Teen Area. Of course, there is a prize! Game sheets located in the Teen Area. The game will be up from October 1-31.

Boo Bash

Thursday, October 31: 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Springfield-Lakemore Branch Library - Meeting Room
Join us for games, crafts, entertainment, and trick-or-treating at participating plaza locations. Wear your costume and bring a bag.

Halloween Story Time

Thursday, October 31: 6:00pm - 6:45pm
Highland Square Branch Library - Community Room
Join Miss Jill for spooky stories, rhymes, songs, and movement to celebrate Halloween. Geared to ages 3-5. Wear a costume if you like!

Cookbook Club: Happy Halloween

Thursday, October 31: 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Mogadore Branch Library - Community Room
Do you love browsing through cookbooks and trying new recipes or cooking techniques? Join fellow foodies for our Cookbook Club to talk about our theme, enjoy food samples and activities.

Movies@Main: The Ghost and Mr. Chicken

Thursday, October 31: 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Main Library - Auditorium
A Don Knotts comedy classic!