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.
The library will be closed all day on Saturday, Dec. 24 and Sunday, Dec. 25. We will reopen at 9 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 26.
The library will be closed all day on Sunday, Jan. 1. We will reopen at 9 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 2.
Spend a little extra time this year in the kitchen to make your holiday memorable. Join licensed personal chef, Sarah Mentzer of Home for Dinner, as she presents Holiday Cooking on Tuesday, Dec. 6 at 5 p.m. To register, visit www.smfpl.org or call 330-688-3295 ext. 4. Please call if you need to cancel your reservation. This free program is cosponsored by the Stow-Munroe Falls Public Library and the Friends of the Library.
Star Wars Day
The Force is strong at the Stow-Munroe Falls Public Library. Get ready for the premiere of the new Star Wars movie by joining us for a drop-in event on Dec. 10 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. This event, fun for the entire family, includes games, crafts,contests and activities for kids and grown-ups. You may even meet a Jedi and a Sith Lord or two. Come in costume for a chance to win prizes.
Life-Size Candy Land
Our annual family event, Life-Size Candy Land, will be Dec. 3 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Say "hello" to King Candy and Queen Frostine as you make your way through the Gumdrop Mountain, Peppermint Forest, and more. Collect treats along the way. Visit the Storytime Room when your game is done for an ice cream sundae! No registration required but families do need to check in at the Children's Information Desk the day of the event to get a number to play.
Looking for a special gift for the holidays? Don't miss the fantastic bargains at the Friends of the Library Puzzle Sale. The sale will be Dec. 3 from 10 a.m. 5 p.m. and Dec. 4 from 1 4 p.m. These puzzles are in beautiful condition, ready to present as gifts complete with ribbons and bows.
This sale is free and open to the public. Cosponsored by the Friends and the Stow-Munroe Falls Public Library.
Red Cross Blood Drive
The American Red Cross Blood Drive will be in the Stow-Munroe Falls Room on Dec. 21 from 1 7 p.m. Thank you for donating.
Join other fans for a range of anime and manga-related activities on Dec. 17 at 1:30 p.m. Watch episodes of new and classic shows. Cosplay welcome. Snacks provided. No registration necessary. For ages 12 to 18 only.
New Thursday Evening Book Discussion
Join us for Thursday Evening Book Discussion on Dec. 15. This group meets at 7 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month. The book to be discussed is "Where'd You Go, Bernadette?" by Maria Semple. Questions? Call 330-688-3295 ext. 4 or ask a librarian.
Toothpaste Drive for Bulldog Bags
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.
Join us for cards and conversation on Dec. 12. Players should arrive at 12:45 and Bridge will begin promptly at 1 p.m. in the Stow Room at the library. There is no fee to join the club, but a small collection will be taken for refreshments. We will play as many hands as possible and finish by approximately 3:30 p.m. As a courtesy to all the players, do not plan to leave early. For more information or to register, contact Cheryl Nelson at 330-688-3295, ext. 102.
Early Bird Passport
We offer Early Bird Passport Service to accept passport applications from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m., Monday through Thursday. Appointments for this special service are required and only two applications can be processed during this time. For appointments and information about what to bring, contact the Adult Information Department at 330-688-3295 ext. 4.
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 Tuesday of each month from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Questions? Call 330-688-3295 ext. 4.
K-6th grade kids can read to our therapy dogs on Sunday, Dec. 4 at 1:30 p.m. This helps children build confidence in their reading ability with this impartial audience. No registration required. Sign up for a 15-minute time slot when you arrive. Bring your favorite book or choose one of ours.
Join us for popcorn and a movie on the big screen as we present films on Wednesdays at 1 p.m. December dates are Dec. 7 and 14. Due to the terms of our license, we can't advertise the title of the movie here.
Call the library at 330-688-3295 ext. 4 to find out what's playing.
For youths ages 5 to 17, who are familiar with the basic rules of chess, on the third Monday of the month. No signup necessary. Teaching is from 6:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Game play begins at 7 p.m. The next session is Monday, Dec. 12. Parents of children under 12 years old must remain in the library.
Print and eBooks:Working Together
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 October, library patrons downloaded 5,525 eBooks, eAudiobooks, eMusic and eVideos. Library patrons also downloaded 989 items from hoopla, 172 magazines from Zinio, and 2,9188 songs from Freegal. 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.
The Library offers free coffee and tea to patrons Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Join us in the reference area behind the Information Desk for a hot beverage. Look for a special flavor on Wednesdays.