Library Line: Events planned for Stow Strong celebration

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Stow-Munroe Falls Public Library

Unless otherwise noted, all library programs are free, thanks to the generous support of the Friends of the Library.

Summer Reading Program: Tails & Tales

Summer Reading for all ages runs through Aug. 8. Readers of all ages can track books and activities to win prizes and earn chances to enter the grand prize drawings. If you registered for Summer Reading last year, simply log in and update your contact information. If this is your first time, create an account on the Beanstack app or at smfpl.beanstack.org. Need help signing up or logging books and activities? Stop by the library or call 330-688-3295. The library will hold various outdoor events this summer. Visit www.smfpl.org/summer2021 for the full schedule and how to register.

Stow Strong Week

The library is partnering with the city during Stow Strong Week and offering programs that focus on emotional, physical, and mental well-being. These free events will be held outdoors at the Stow City Center, 3760 Darrow Rd. Registration is required and space is limited. To register, visit www.smfpl.org or call (330) 688-3295 ext. 4. Please bring your own chair or blanket.

  • Turning Pain into Purpose – Monday, June 28 at 7 pm – After her husband lost his battle with depression and died by suicide, Loree Vick was determined to turn her pain into purpose. Hear Loree’s story as we focus on the importance of mental health. Learn about Loree’s discovery of LifeAct, an organization whose mission is to educate young people to recognize depression and prevent suicide.
  • Self-Defense – Tuesday, June 29 at 6 or 7 pm – Join Al Petrosino, owner of Petrosino Personal Protection Training Center, for a self-defense class. Learn different escape techniques, how to be aware of your surroundings, and how to evaluate certain situations. Through the Street Protect Principle, you will learn the skills and knowledge needed to protect yourself.
  • Yoga on the Lawn – Thursday, July 1 at 9 am for adults, and 10 am for families – Join us for yoga on the lawn at the Stow City Center. The first session will be for adults and second session for families with young children. Stow Strong programming is sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Mobile Pet Adoption

Come to the library and meet adoptable animals on Saturday, June 26 between 1 and 4 pm. The Humane Society of Summit County will bring their Mobile Adoption Center to the library’s parking lot. See some cats and dogs, and maybe even take one home with you! The Humane Society of Summit County will be accepting donations at this time. Please visit summithumane.org/Wish_List to view the shelter’s current needs.

Pet Show

Enter your pet in our virtual “Tails & Tales” Pet Show! Pet owners of all ages can enter this friendly competition. Email one or two photos of your pet to pets@smfpl.org between Monday, June 7, and Saturday, June 12. All entries will be posted on the library’s Facebook page on Monday, June 14. The photo that receives the most “likes” by 4 PM on Tuesday, June 15 will win the People’s Choice Award and a $50 Pet Supplies Plus gift card. Library staff members will award each pet a virtual certificate. All winners will be announced on social media in the afternoon on Wednesday, June 16. For the full list of contest rules, visit www.smfpl.org/petshow.

Spot Spike the Library Turtle

Every week, a cutout of Spike, our library's turtle, will be hiding at an area park or local business. Visit the library's Facebook page for clues, and log it as an activity on Beanstack when you find her! Questions? Give us a call at 330-688-3295 ext. 4 or 5.

Summer Birds of Northeast Ohio

Did you know that more than 50 species of birds travel hundreds, even thousands, of miles each spring just to raise a family in Northeast Ohio? Join Matt Valencic from the Audubon Society of Greater Cleveland on Tuesday, June 15 at 6:30 p.m. as he showcases 50 species of “Summer Visitors” with 180 photographs of adult birds, babies, nests and habitats. To register, call (330) 688-3295 ext. 4 or visit www.smfpl.org. A valid email address must be provided at the time of registration. Participants will receive an email invitation with the Zoom link prior to the program.

We’re Hiring

The library is seeking a full-time library associate for our Children’s Department. Position duties include working the service desk, outreach to local preschools and elementary schools, weekly story times, and other programming opportunities. For more information and how to apply, visit www.smfpl.org/library/joblist.

ToshoCon: Teen Anime Celebration

Join us for an online event celebrating anime for teens ages 12 – 17 on Friday, June 18 at 7 p.m. This virtual event will be held via Zoom and will consist of a variety of fun activities including breakout discussions, a cosplay contest, an art contest, and trivia. Win digital Amazon gift cards! Registration is required, including a valid email address at the time of registration. Participants will receive an email with their Zoom invitation link the day before the program. This program will not be recorded. To register, visit www.smfpl.org, call (330) 688-3295 ext. 4, email teenlibrarian@smfpl.org, or stop by the library. To enter the Anime Art contest, email your original digital art or a digital photo of your art (largest size resolution file possible) to the same address, by June 16.

Carry-Out Crafts for Kids

Stop by and pick up a craft to take home each Friday of the month. These craft kits can be picked up at the Drive-Up Window or Curbside while supplies last. Crafts are intended for ages 2 - 8. Additional household supplies, such as glue and markers, will be required to complete the crafts.

Tween Take & Make Craft

Stop by and pick up a craft to take home on the second and fourth Saturday of each month in June and July, while supplies last. Crafts are intended for ages 9 - 12. Additional household supplies, such as glue and markers, will be required to complete the crafts.