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.

Library Closed

The library will be closed all day on Tuesday, July 4. We will reopen on Wednesday, July 5 at 9 a.m.

Make It & Take It: Beaded Bracelets

Make a unique beaded bracelet during this free Make It & Take It craft class instructed by Leila Griffiths on Tuesday, Aug. 1 at 6 p.m. Registration begins July 3 at 9 a.m. To register, call 330-688-3295 ext. 4 or visit www.smfpl.org. Space is limited; please call if you need to cancel. This free program is cosponsored by the Stow-Munroe Falls Public Library and the Friends of the Library.

BRIDGE CLUB

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.

A COMMUNITY

OF READERS

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.

PHOTOGRAPHY FOR SENIORS

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.

ESCAPE ROOM

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.

AMATEUR PHOTOGRAPHY CONTEST

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.

SUMMER READING

FOR ADULTS

"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.

SUMMER READING

FOR CHILDREN

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.

SUMMER READING

FOR TEENS

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.