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16th Annual Family Reading Festival

Celebrating the Week of the Young Child

2023-04-22 10:00:00 2023-04-22 15:00:00 America/New_York 16th Annual Family Reading Festival Fun for the entire family! Hands-on activities, free books, balloon twisting, Outback Ray, and of course, musician Jim Gill! Performers are sponsored by the Lucy & Emily Beasley Charitable Trust. Main Library -

Saturday, April 22
10:00am - 3:00pm

Add to Calendar 2023-04-22 10:00:00 2023-04-22 15:00:00 America/New_York 16th Annual Family Reading Festival Fun for the entire family! Hands-on activities, free books, balloon twisting, Outback Ray, and of course, musician Jim Gill! Performers are sponsored by the Lucy & Emily Beasley Charitable Trust. Main Library -

Fun for the entire family! Hands-on activities, free books, balloon twisting, Outback Ray, and of course, musician Jim Gill! Performers are sponsored by the Lucy & Emily Beasley Charitable Trust.

Get ready to sing, clap, dance and spin along during this visit by award-winning musician and author Jim Gill.

Jim Gill’s distinctive music play creates the spirit of a family room in the concert hall and is an invitation to children, parents and grandparents to sing and play together!

Jim Gill is a musician and author with unique credentials among children's artists. Jim is a child development specialist, completing his graduate studies in child development at the Erikson Institute of Chicago with a special emphasis on the study of play. For this reason, each of Jim's recordings and books is created as an opportunity for playful interactions between a child and a caring adult. Anyone who has experienced one of Jim's family concerts knows that rather than performing for the children and parents, Jim leads them to sing and play together.

Jim has released ten award-winning CDs of music play for young children that are favorites in family rooms, classrooms and playrooms. Jim is also the author of two children's books, "A Soup Opera" and "May There Always Be Sunshine."

Performers are sponsored by the Lucy & Emily Beasley Charitable Trust.

10:45 am - He's Back! Musician Jim Gill's Sing-a-thon of Celebrated Songs

11:45 am - Outback Ray and his amazing animal friends. See captive-born exotic animals up close and personal!

1:00 pm - Jim Gill - afternoon matinee performance

Local community organizations will share hands-on activities and information about services for families.

Each child in attendance will take home a free book sponsored in part by Children & Books.



Week of the Young Child: Join us for a fun-filled week, April 17-21, celebrating early learning, young children, their teachers, families, and communities. Visit our online calendar to discover more events and activities encouraging movement and healthy lifestyles through music, food, and art.

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