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Main Event: Many Voices

Sarah Eagle Heart, Tyler Merritt and Temple Grandin

2022-10-03 18:30:00 2022-10-03 20:00:00 America/New_York Main Event: Many Voices Our Main Event returns with an exciting range of voices. Join us for evenings with Sarah Eagle Heart (Oct. 3), Tyler Merritt (Oct. 17), and Temple Grandin (Oct. 24; sold out). Main Library - Auditorium

Monday, October 03
6:30pm - 8:00pm

Add to Calendar 2022-10-03 18:30:00 2022-10-03 20:00:00 America/New_York Main Event: Many Voices Our Main Event returns with an exciting range of voices. Join us for evenings with Sarah Eagle Heart (Oct. 3), Tyler Merritt (Oct. 17), and Temple Grandin (Oct. 24; sold out). Main Library - Auditorium

Main Library

Auditorium

Our Main Event returns with an exciting range of voices. Join us for evenings with Sarah Eagle Heart (Oct. 3), Tyler Merritt (Oct. 17), and Temple Grandin (Oct. 24; sold out).

Sarah Eagle Heart: Emmy award-winning storyteller focused on education and advocacy on behalf of Indigenous Peoples

October 3, 6:30 pm: Main Library Auditorium

What is Mitakuye Oyasin? Mitakuye Oyasin is the Lakota amen. It means we are all related; we are all connected… to the two-legged, four-legged, winged, and Mother Earth. This knowledge is inherent from the time you are born; you are constantly reminded that the world is bigger than yourself. Sarah is a strong advocate on behalf of Indigenous Peoples whose deep perspective is rooted in her life story as an Oglala Lakota activist raised on Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. Sarah is currently Co - CEO of Return to the Heart Foundation, an Indigenous women-led organization, focused on resourcing innovative Indigenous women-led initiatives in the ecosystems of narrative change, healing, climate justice, civic engagement, and restorative and regenerative development. Join us as we learn Indigenous worldview and collectivity from Sarah Eagle Heart. Presented in partnership with the Portage Path Collaborative

Tyler Merritt: Actor, comedian, viral sensation, activist, & founder of The Tyler Merritt Project

October 17, 6:30 pm: Main Library Auditorium

In his memoir, "I Take My Coffee Black: Reflections on Tupac, Musical Theater, Faith, and Being Black in America," Tyler tells hilarious stories about his life as a black man in America. As a 6'2" dreadlocked black man living in the South, Merritt is well aware of stereotypes and their potentially dangerous consequences. In response, Merritt has devoted his creativity to bringing his ethos of "Love. Learn. Create." to life through his words and videos as part of The Tyler Merritt Project. Merritt takes his audiences along with him on a journey of contradictions: at turns both funny and sad, mysterious, and relatable, commonplace, and dangerous, he shines a light on "full-spectrum humanity" (The New York Times) that makes an impactful and relevant message. Merritt's emphasis on humility and connection provides an urgent roadmap during turbulent times, challenging audiences to see our differences as a unifying force for humankind.

Temple Grandin: World-Famous Animal Scientist & Autism Self-Advocate

October 24, 6:30 pm: Main Library Auditorium

**9/16/22 Update: This event is full. Registration is closed.**

Born in Boston, Massachusetts, with signs of severe autism, Temple Grandin spent many hours in speech therapy and intensive teaching, enabling her to learn speech. Life was hard growing up but inspired by her high school science teacher and aunt on her ranch in Arizona motivated Temple to study and pursue a career as a scientist and livestock equipment designer. Now, Temple is a professor of animal science at Colorado State University and she has been a pioneer in improving the handling and welfare of farm animals. Through many years of hard work, several published books, and international recognition Temple presents her latest book "Visual Thinking: The Hidden Gifts of People Who Think in Pictures, Patterns, and Abstractions." With her genius for demystifying science, Grandin draws on cutting-edge research to take us inside visual thinking, proposing new approaches to educating, parenting, employing, and collaborating with visual thinkers. In a highly competitive world, this important book helps us see that we need every mind on board.

Register online, in person, or by phone at 330.643.9015.

These programs are presented with generous support from the Friends of Main Library

Main Library

Phone: 330.643.9000
Branch manager
Michael Bianchi

Hours
Mon, Jun 17 10:00AM to 8:00PM
Tue, Jun 18 10:00AM to 8:00PM
Wed, Jun 19 10:00AM to 8:00PM
Thu, Jun 20 10:00AM to 8:00PM
Fri, Jun 21 10:00AM to 6:00PM
Sat, Jun 22 10:00AM to 5:00PM
Sun, Jun 23 1:00PM to 5:00PM

About the branch

Main Library, located in the heart of downtown Akron, combines compelling public space with meaningful and relevant public library services for all members of our community. Since opening in 2004, the downtown library welcomes more than one million visitors each year.

Subject divisions include: Business, Government & Science, Culture & AV, Magazines & Newspapers, Special Collections (local history & genealogy), TechZone@Main, Teen, and a 12,000 square feet Children's Library.

Special services available at Main Library include: a Patent & Trademark Resource Center; U.S. Passport and Notary services; a Microbusiness Center; a Maker Space; a resource lab for early childhood educators; and regularly scheduled computer training classes. Also available at Main Library are more than 125 public access computers, color photocopiers/printers, laminating, scanning, faxing, and free Wi-Fi.

Specialized spaces include a 425-seat auditorium, public meeting rooms, and a used bookstore. An interior glass block walkway leads to a 600-space parking garage owned by the City of Akron. An outdoor amphitheater and landscaped park complete the complex.

Upcoming Events

Wed, Jun 19, 10:30am - 11:00am
Children's Library Programming Room
This event is full

Wed, Jun 19, 2:00pm - 2:30pm
Children's Library Programming Room
This event is full

Wed, Jun 19, 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Computer Lab 1

Thu, Jun 20, 10:30am - 11:00am
Children's Library Programming Room

Thu, Jun 20, 10:30am - 12:00pm
Computer Lab 1

Canceled
Thu, Jun 20, 1:00pm - 7:00pm

Thu, Jun 20, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Children's Library Programming Room,Children's Library Educators Lab

Thu, Jun 20, 6:15pm - 8:00pm
Auditorium

Sat, Jun 22, 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Teen Meeting Room
This event is full

Sat, Jun 22, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Children's Library Programming Room,Children's Library Educators Lab

Mon, Jun 24, 10:30am - 11:00am
Children's Library Programming Room

Mon, Jun 24, 1:30pm - 4:00pm
Auditorium

Tue, Jun 25, 10:30am - 12:00pm
Computer Lab 1

Tue, Jun 25, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Teen Meeting Room

Tue, Jun 25, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Microbusiness Center

Wed, Jun 26, 10:30am - 11:00am
Children's Library Programming Room
This event is full

Wed, Jun 26, 11:00am - 12:30pm

Wed, Jun 26, 2:00pm - 2:30pm
Children's Library Programming Room
This event is full

Wed, Jun 26, 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Computer Lab 1

Thu, Jun 27, 10:30am - 11:00am
Children's Library Programming Room

Thu, Jun 27, 11:30am - 1:00pm
Meeting Room 1

Thu, Jun 27, 12:00pm - 4:00pm
Quiet Study Room 1

Thu, Jun 27, 1:00pm - 7:00pm
Microbusiness Center

Thu, Jun 27, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Children's Library Programming Room,Children's Library Educators Lab

Thu, Jun 27, 6:15pm - 8:00pm
Auditorium

Mon, Jul 01, All day
Culture & AV

Mon, Jul 01, 10:30am - 11:30am
Children's Library Programming Room
This event is full

Mon, Jul 01, 1:30pm - 4:00pm
Auditorium

Tue, Jul 02, 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Computer Lab 1

Wed, Jul 03, 10:30am - 11:00am
Children's Library Programming Room
This event is full

Wed, Jul 03, 2:00pm - 2:30pm
Children's Library Programming Room
This event is full

Mon, Jul 08, 10:30am - 11:30am
Children's Library Programming Room
This event is full

Mon, Jul 08, 1:30pm - 4:00pm
Auditorium

Tue, Jul 09, 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Computer Lab 1

Tue, Jul 09, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Microbusiness Center

Tue, Jul 09, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Teen Meeting Room

Wed, Jul 10, 10:30am - 11:00am
Children's Library Programming Room
This event is full

Wed, Jul 10, 2:00pm - 2:30pm
Children's Library Programming Room
This event is full

Wed, Jul 10, 6:00pm - 7:30pm
TechZone

Thu, Jul 11, 10:30am - 11:00am
Children's Library Programming Room

Thu, Jul 11, 11:30am - 1:00pm
Meeting Room 1

Thu, Jul 11, 12:00pm - 4:00pm
Quiet Study Room 1

Thu, Jul 11, 1:00pm - 7:00pm
Microbusiness Center

Thu, Jul 11, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Children's Library Programming Room,Children's Library Educators Lab

Thu, Jul 11, 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Computer Lab 1

Thu, Jul 11, 6:15pm - 8:00pm
Auditorium

Sat, Jul 13, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Children's Library Programming Room

Mon, Jul 15, 10:30am - 11:30am
Children's Library Programming Room

Mon, Jul 15, 10:30am - 12:00pm
Computer Lab 1
Registration opens Monday, June 24 2024 at 12:00am

Mon, Jul 15, 1:30pm - 4:00pm
Auditorium

Mon, Jul 15, 2:30pm - 4:00pm
TechZone
Registration opens Monday, June 24 2024 at 9:00am

Tue, Jul 16, 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Computer Lab 1

Tue, Jul 16, 2:30pm - 4:00pm
TechZone
Registration opens Monday, June 24 2024 at 9:00am

Wed, Jul 17, 10:30am - 11:30am
Children's Library Programming Room,Children's Library Educators Lab

Wed, Jul 17, 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Wed, Jul 17, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Children's Library Programming Room,Children's Library Educators Lab

Rescheduled
Wed, Jul 17, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
New date Wednesday, July 31, 6:30pm - 7:30pm

Thu, Jul 18, 10:30am - 11:00am
Children's Library Programming Room

Thu, Jul 18, 1:00pm - 7:00pm
Microbusiness Center

Thu, Jul 18, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Children's Library Programming Room,Children's Library Educators Lab

Thu, Jul 18, 2:30pm - 4:00pm
TechZone
Registration opens Monday, June 24 2024 at 9:00am

Thu, Jul 18, 6:15pm - 8:00pm
Auditorium