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Urban Homesteading is “one way to live closer to home, reanimate our relationship with nature & our evolving human culture, & practice a more adaptive way of living” (Urban Homesteading, 2022).

On Friday, June 4, spend a late night at Main Library to experience Urban Homesteading: An Akron Expo. From 4 – 7 pm learn about the basics of a sustainable lifestyle while enjoying live music by the Bluestones, refreshments for purchase from Stray Dog Café, and local guides on a range of topics in the art of living local – from apiculture (beekeeping) to zymurgy (the study of fermentation, as used in mead and beer) – there is much to enjoy!

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This event is in partnership with the re-launch of the Akron Art Walk – a celebration of the arts in downtown Akron. In addition to the sustainability expo, Main Library will stay open until 8 pm and feature items that are available in the Library of Things collection, including select pieces from the Art Lending Library, and demonstrations from some of the interactive services and equipment available in the TechZone.

To complete the Akron Art Walk experience, visit the other partners – Akron Art Museum, Summit Artspace, and the Nightlight Cinema – just a few steps away from Main Library.

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Further explore topics in urban homesteading with titles from our collection:

Beekeeping for Beginners: How to Raise Your First Bee Colonies by Amber Bradshaw

A is for apiculture. Apiculture is the care and maintenance of bee colonies. Beekeeping for Beginners takes starting apiculturists through their first beekeeping year and all associated considerations, from “What Type of Beekeeper Do You Want to Bee?” to “Which Bee is Best for You?” The humorous personal antidotes Bradshaw shares throughout made this book an enjoyable read.

The New Rules of Cheese: A Freewheeling and Informative Guide by Anne Saxelby

C is for caseiculture. Caseiculture is the craft of making cheese. Saxelby’s guide provides 52 cheese rules on everything from eating cheese to making cheese, like Rule 17.1 “What grows together goes together.” or Rule 43 “Cheddar is a verb and a noun.” The New Rules of Cheese is a little book filled with facts that are anything but cheesy.

Crafting with Herbs: Do-It-Yourself Botanical Décor, Beauty Products, Kitchen Essentials, and More by Debbie Wolfe

H is for horticulture. Horticulture is the art or practice of garden cultivation for consumption, decoration, and personal utilization. Wolfe’s book is filled with 30 simple, unique crafts, like compound butter and herbal balm. Step-by-step, full-color pictures make Crafting with Herbs perfect for beginners and experienced horticulturists alike.

Amish Canning & Preserving: How to Make Soups, Sauces, Pickles, Relishes, and More by Laura Anne Lapp

O is for olericulture and p is for pomiculture. Olericulture is the art of vegetable cultivation and pomiculture is the art of fruit and nut cultivation. Filled with 60 simple, classic recipes and 48 full-page, full-color pictures, Amish Canning and Preserving is the ideal book to reference when storing and processing your fresh vegetables and fruits.

Home Brew Beer: Master the Art of Brewing Your Own Beer by Greg Hughes

Z is for zymurgy. Zymurgy is the study of the process and use of fermentation, commonly applied to mead and beer. Hughes’s book is filled with over 100 recipes, from lagers to ales to a recipe on how to make your own recipe! With full-color pictures and easy-to-read graphs, Home Brew Beer is great for those looking to start or expand their home brewing craft.


By Ris Labib,
Adult Services Librarian, Business, Government & Science Division