Unless otherwise noted, all library programs are free, thanks to the support of the Friends of the Library. The library is located at 3512 Darrow Road, Stow.

Immigrants of Northeast Ohio

Join Elaine Woloshyn, Executive Director of The International Institute of Akron, as she presents Immigrants of Northeast Ohio on July 27 at 7 p.m. Elaine will reflect on her own family's immigration story and the stories of immigrants and refugees who are coming to Northeast Ohio today. Who are they, where are they coming from, and what contribution can we expect them to make in building a stronger economy in Northeast Ohio? There will be a Q&A after the presentation. Registration begins June 26 at 9 a.m. To register, call 330-688-3295 ext. 4 or visit www.smfpl.org. This free program is cosponsored by the Stow-Munroe Falls Public Library and the Friends of the Library.

About the Speaker: Elaine Woloshyn joined The International Institute of Akron in 2012 and has over 30 years of executive experience in local government and nonprofit management. She is a native of Youngstown, a graduate of Thiel College in Greenville, PA and received her Master's Degree in Public Administration from Syracuse University. Elaine lives in Stow with her husband and a houseful of rescued animals.


Join us for cards and conversation on July 10. Players should arrive at 12:45 and bridge will begin at 1 p.m. in the Stow Room at the library. There is no fee, but a small collection will be taken for refreshments. We will play as many hands as possible and finish by 3:30 p.m. As a courtesy do not plan to leave early.


The American Red Cross will hold a Blood Drive in the Stow-Munroe Falls Room on Wednesday, June 28 from 1 to 7 p.m. Thank you for donating.


Come meet our local celebrities and heroes in person on Thursday, July 13 at 1 p.m. Children of all ages and their caregivers can meet the mayor, a firefighter, a police officer and numerous community helpers from our area. We will start with stories and songs about community helpers, and then kids will get to meet and take pictures with our guests. No registration required.


Seniors are welcome to join speaker Mitch Crawford on Thursday, July 6 at 7 p.m. as he focuses on the basic elements of photo composition. Learn how to set up a photo so that the end result is a stunning memory. There will be a Q&A after the presentation. The workshop is geared toward those 50+. To register, call 330-688-3295 ext. 4 or visit www.smfpl.org.

About the Speaker: Mitch taught for 20 years at St. John's Jesuit High School in Toledo, specializing in computers and digital photography.


Put your puzzle-solving skills to the test on Tuesday, July 11 at 7 p.m. Will you and your team find all the clues and escape the room before time runs out? For teens who have completed grades 6 through 12. To register, call 330-688-3295 ext. 4 or visit www.smfpl.org.


Showcase your photography skills during our upcoming Amateur Photography Contest. Photos may be submitted to the Adult and Teen Information Desk anytime on Wednesday, July 12 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Winners will be announced and all photos unveiled in a special awards reception on Tuesday, July 18 at 7 p.m. All entrants are invited to the Awards Reception. Photos will be on display in the library through July 31. Winning photographers will be contacted about submitting a digital copy of their photo for display on the library's website and online Flickr photo stream. Photographs remain property of the entrants and must be picked up at the Information Desk beginning Aug. 2. Any photos not picked up by Aug. 15 will be discarded. Entry forms are available at the Information Desk and on the library's website. For more details and contest rules, visit our website at www.smfpl.org.


Don't miss the fantastic bargains at the Friends of the Library's Summer Book Sale on Tuesday, June 27 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. All hours of this summer sale are free and open to the public. There will be a presale on Monday, June 26 from 5 to 8 p.m. This sale is cosponsored by the Friends and the Stow-Munroe Falls Public Library.


Come celebrate Pride in Your Library Day on Thursday, June 29. Our event schedule is as follows:

Jazz Concert, 10 a.m. Enjoy the blues from another era as the Community Jazz Band begins our celebration of Pride in Your Library Day. No registration necessary.

Stow Corners Walking Tour, 10 a.m. Curious about what our city of Stow looked like years ago? Join our Local History Librarian, Beth Daugherty, as she gives a walking tour of the area immediately surrounding the library.

Morning Star Bluegrass & Americana, noon. Morning Star will present a mix of Bluegrass, Folk, Country, Gospel, and Americana. No registration necessary.

Handel's Ice Cream, 12:30 p.m. Cool down with free Handel's ice cream!

Beginning Beekeeping, 2 p.m. Learn about honeybee behavior, the role of the queen, and proper brood patterns. Discover where propolis, flower pollen, and royal jelly come from and the medicinal benefits we can reap from the honeybee byproducts. Honey will be available for tasting and purchasing. Registration begins at 9 a.m. on May 30.

Petting Zoo, 6 p.m. Hands-on interaction with adorable farm animals from Spring Mist Farms. The petting zoo will not come in the event of rain, but we will still have farm stories and farm activities inside. For families and children of all ages. No registration necessary.



"Building a Community of Readers" is the theme of the 2017 Adult Summer Reading Program which runs through Saturday, July 29. Adults and teens in grades 7-12 are eligible to play. Nine posters are on display at the front of the library.The posters will show characters from famous books. Adults will guess the book title by looking at the character, looking at the "building" or buildings in the poster, and by reading the clues. Adults will enter their guess on the game sheet and drop it off at the Information Desk. Sheets with correct answers will be entered in the grand prize drawing for a $50 gift card, courtesy of the Friends of the Library. In addition to guessing the posters, adults can also fill out a form for each book listened to or read this summer and place it in the box located in the Adult Summer Reading display by the library entrance.All entries are due by Saturday, July 29 and the grand prize drawing will be on July 31. Prizes have been donated The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, The Akron Racers, The Akron RubberDucks, The Western Reserve Historical Society, Akron Art Museum, Cleveland Orchestra at Blossom, Porthouse Theatre, The Akron Symphony Orchestra, Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens, MAPS Air Museum, and more.



Register for the Children Summer Reading program, "Building a Community of Readers," online at smfpl.beanstack.orgor in person at the Children's Department. Children will keep track of the time they've read and win prizes. Visit the library any time beforeSaturday, July 29to claim prizes and enter one of our grand prize drawings. This program is open to children, ranging from newborns up through those who will finish 5th grade in May, 2017. If you participated in online registration last year, log in to check your password, update your phone number and email address, and join this year's program.



Teens entering grades 7-12 can enter the Teen Summer Reading program, "Building a Community of Readers,",through Saturday, July 29. Visit smfpl.beanstack.org to earn virtual "badges". Teens can log their readingand complete various summer experiences and the badges will make them eligible to win weekly prizes. Teens can win prizes for readingbooks, magazines, graphic novels, or listening to audiobooks. Experiences include attending library events, going to museumsor sporting events, reviewing books, creating a YouTube channel, hiking, biking, and more.Prizes include new books, flash drives, and gift cards for Amazon, iTunes, GameStop, and Chipotle. One lucky teen reader will win the grand prize of a $100.00 Amazon gift card. The more you read and do this summer, the more chances you have to win prizes, including the grand prize. Earn at least 4 badges to attend the Murder Mystery Party on Aug. 5. The grand prize winner will be announced at that event. All prizes courtesy of the Friends of the Library.


We are looking for artists to exhibit in our new Art Gallery, located by the Conference Room on the first floor of the library. Artists interested in exhibiting their artwork should submit 5 electronic files to cnelson@smfpl.org. Please visit www.smfpl.org to view requirements. Anyone wishing to display will be given consideration; however, the Public Relations Department will make final decisions based on variety and quality. Scheduling is done as much as one year prior to display and artwork will be displayed on a monthly basis. Artists are encouraged to hang and arrange their own displays. We will do whatever we can to ensure the artwork is protected; however, we cannot guarantee the safety of any items.



Feeling a little bit rusty on your Spanish-speaking skills? Come join Maria Brett, a native speaker, to brush up on your espaol on June 30 at 3 p.m. This is a great opportunity to meet new people and to converse in a comfortable, relaxed environment. This class is held in our first-floor Conference Room. No registration necessary.


Chess Club is for youths ages 5 to 17, who are familiar with the basic rules of chess. The next session is Julu 17. No signup necessary. Teaching is from 6:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Game play begins at 7 p.m. Parents of children under 12 years old must remain in the library.




Support the Stow-Munroe Falls Public Library Foundation as you enjoy breakfast, lunch, or dinner at Bob Evans on the first Monday of the month. Bob Evans, located at 3489 Hudson Drive in Stow, will be hosting a community fundraiser to benefit the Library Foundation.

From 6 a.m. until 10 p.m. on these particular Mondays, Bob Evans will donate 15 percent of sales from your meals to the Library Foundation through their Dine to Make a Difference Community Fundraiser program. Participants must present a special flier to the cashier at checkout. Fliers are available at the library. The Library Foundation is grateful for your donation.



Bulldog Bags Inc. is a community, non-profit organization that provides elementary school children in the Stow-Munroe Falls School District who are on the Federal Free and Reduced Meal program, or otherwise qualified, with a "bridge of nutrition."

This is a cooperative effort between the community and the schools, funded through donations from the community. Interested in participating? Look for the Bulldog Bin in the lobby and drop off medium (approximately 2.7 oz.) tubes of toothpaste to the library.



First come, first served assistance in setting up and familiarizing yourself with your mobile device and learning how to download free books, audiobooks, movies, magazines and more from the library's digital collection.

This one-on-one service takes place every Tuesday and Thursday from 1 to 5 p.m., as well as the first and third Tuesday and second and fourth Thursday of each month from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Questions? Call 330-688-3295 ext. 4.


In addition to lending out physical copies of books, magazines, CDs, DVDs and so on, your library provides a host of electronic materials for free download.

In May, library patrons downloaded 6,248 eBooks, eAudiobooks, eMusic and eVideos. Library patrons also downloaded 1,046 items from hoopla, and 3,075 songs Have you tried downloading electronic materials yet?

If you're not sure how to get started, stop by one of our Tech Tuesday or Tech Thursday sessions and let one of our librarians assist you.

These appointments are first-come, first-served.

You can also just click the Digital Downloads and Streaming link on our homepage to start. All you need is your card number and PIN, which is usually the last four digits of your phone number. Get started.