Posted on November 24th, 2015 by speccollections
All Library locations will close at 5 pm Wednesday, November 25 Thanksgiving Eve.
All Library locations will be closed Thursday, November 26 Thanksgiving Day. Online access and the catalog are available 24/7.
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Posted on November 20th, 2015 by speccollections
At this time each year, the national oral history project, StoryCorps encourages citizens to record the stories of their family and friends. This year, they are reaching out to teachers and have created a toolkit to help them incorporate this project into their curriculum. Also new is a free app that allows anyone to record an interview and download and share it instantly. Not a teacher or student? Anyone can participate! For more information, visit the StoryCorps website.
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Posted on November 2nd, 2015 by speccollections
All library locations will be closed Wednesday, November 11 for Staff Development Day. There will be no bookmobile or library delivery services. Fines will not be assessed and no library items will be due that day. The mobile app, online website and resources, and the library catalog are available for use.
Library service will resume and all locations will reopen Thursday, November 12 during regular business hours.
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Posted on September 29th, 2015 by speccollections
The Autumn issue of Past Pursuits features articles about our Summit County restaurant display, Akron Beacon Journal reporter Helen Waterhouse, online resources for Maryland genealogy, the Freedmen’s Bureau indexing project, and much more. Don’t miss our New Books list, published quarterly at the same time as Past Pursuits, keeping you up to date on recently arrived genealogy resources.
If you would like to subscribe to Past Pursuits by email, please contact us at 330-643-9030 or email@example.com.
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Posted on September 26th, 2015 by speccollections
Join Special Collections and the Summit County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society for Late Night at the Library, an evening of genealogy research at Main Library. On Friday, October 23, the Main Library will close at its regular time of 6 pm, and reopen for genealogists from 6:30 to 10:30 pm. Mingle with fellow researchers as you uncover the details of your ancestry. Refreshments and door prizes will be provided, and representatives of the Cuyahoga Portage Chapter DAR and William Wetmore Daughters of 1812 will be here for consultation. Parking in the High–Market deck adjacent to the library is free after 6:00 pm. For additional information contact the Special Collections Division by phone: 330.643.9030 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Posted on September 22nd, 2015 by speccollections
Main Library will open at NOON instead of 10 am Saturday, September 26. The late opening will help library customers avoid traffic disruptions near Main Library that are anticipated with the Akron Marathon.
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Posted on September 14th, 2015 by speccollections
In collaboration with the Akron Public Schools and the Akron-Summit County Public Library, Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens are engaging APS 5th graders in the study of history. Its Meet the Staff program teaches students about the immigrant experience through the examination of primary sources. They are first introduced to primary sources during a classroom visit from a Special Collections Division librarian followed by a visit to Stan Hywet for a hands-on lesson using sources that tell the story of the estate’s household staff, most of whom were immigrants. The visit culminates in a tour of the manor house led by first-person interpretive tour guides who portray Stan Hywet staff employed by the Seiberlings. Click HERE to watch a short video about this exciting and innovative program.
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Posted on September 2nd, 2015 by speccollections
Visit our Classes and Events page to learn about our January through June genealogy classes, including our new series, Dig Into Databases which will explore Access NewspaperArchive, HeritageQuest, Fold3, and My Heritage/World Vital Records. Join us to learn more about these great resources, including what they contain, how to access them, and how to do effective searches. In addition, we are offering a new class on immigrant research, Researching Your Immigrant Ancestors, 1820-1892. Registration is required for our classes.
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Posted on August 7th, 2015 by speccollections
In conjunction with our upcoming display featuring Akron restaurant photos and memorabilia, local historian, Sharon Myers, is scheduled to present programs on this fascinating topic at two of our branch libraries: Green Branch: Monday, August 10, 6:30 pm and Highland Square Branch: Tuesday, August 18, 6:30 pm.
Learn about the days of Themely’s, Yanko’s, The Embers, Marcel’s, Iacomini’s and more!
Be sure to see our display which will be installed from September 20 – December 31.
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Posted on July 15th, 2015 by speccollections
On Saturday, August 22, Special Collections, in collaboration with the Summit County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society, will present genealogist James Beidler and Discovering Your German Ancestors. This all-day program will include sessions on German migration, church records, online research, tips for understanding the German language, and how to discover your ancestor’s home village. We hope you will join us for this FREE program. For session descriptions, click HERE. If you’re interested in registering, please call the Special Collections Division: 330-643-9030 or email us: email@example.com
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