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 Sunday, Jan. 1. We will reopen at 9 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 2.
Meet the Author: Terry Pluto
Meet award-winning journalist, sports columnist, and author Terry Pluto on Feb. 7 at 7 p.m. Books will be available for purchase and signing after the presentation.Registration begins Jan. 9 at 9 a.m. To register, call 330-688-3295 ext. 4 or visit www.smfpl.org. This free program will bein the Stow-Munroe Falls Room and is cosponsored by the Stow-Munroe Falls Public Library and the Friends of the Library.
Family Pet Movie
Come see a just-released animated film about pets on Jan. 3 at 1 p.m. Popcorn and refreshments will be served. No registration necessary.
Ticket to Read Party
Did you complete your reading passport? Congratulations! Celebrate with us on Jan. 7 at 2 p.m. with music, crafts, games, and more. No registration required. Please bring your Ticket to Read passport. Questions? Call the Children's Department at 330-688-3295 ext. 5.
Tuesday Musical is bringing the Imani Winds to the library to perform and talk about their dynamic work on Jan. 24 at 7 p.m. Extolled by the Washington Postas "exuding a sultry sophistication during performances," Imani Winds has established itself as one of the most successful chamber music ensembles in the United States. Since 1997, the Grammy-nominated quintet has taken a unique path, carving out a distinct presence in the classical music world with dynamic playing, culturally poignant programming, adventurous collaborations, and inspirational outreach programs. With two member composers and a deep commitment to commissioning new work, the group is enriching the traditional wind quintet repertoire while meaningfully bridging European, American, African and Latin American traditions. Registration begins Jan. 2 at 9 a.m. To register, call 330-688-3295 ext. 4 or visit www.smfpl.org. This free program is cosponsored by the Tuesday Musical Association and the Stow-Munroe Falls Public Library.
A Cook and A Book
A Cook & A Book is a culinary and literary adventure, featuring librarian and quasi-chef Ron Block. Join him on Jan. 10 at 7 p.m. as he describes this unique and popular approach to book clubs. The connections between fiction and food are all there between the pages! Ron will talk about several recommended books, authors and share some fun adventures and recipes created to accompany them. Samples will be provided. To register, call 330-688-3295 ext. 4 or visit www.smfpl.org. Space is limited. 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.
Reiki & Healing Meditation
Join Reiki Master Jennifer Shope on Jan. 31 at 7 p.m. to experience the relaxation of Reiki and meditation focused on healing at a deep level. Reiki, which is a Japanese technique for deep relaxation and energy healing, strengthens our spirit and restores our balance so we can feel better, enjoy life more, and thrive.We all have energy flowing through us known as chi, prana, or ki, but we often also carry energy that no longer serves us, which can be toxic. This energy can manifest negatively in our lives as pain, illness, depression, anxiety, or even just feeling "stuck" in our lives. Please bring a journal or notebook.No experience necessary. 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.
The Summit County TaxAide Program has informed us that we will no longer be a site for the upcoming Tax Program. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. For assistance with taxes, please contact the following Tax Program sites to schedule an appointment: Akron Main Library, Akron University, Firestone Park Library, Green Branch Library, Maple Valley Branch Library, Northwest Branch Library, Norton Library, Portage Lakes Branch Library, Quirk Cultural Center (walk-ins on Saturdays), and Twinsburg Library. Thank you for understanding.
Join us for a session of jazz on the first Wednesday of the month. This month's concert is Jan. 4 at 6:30 p.m. The Community Jazz Band has provided free concerts at our library for the past 34 years! All members of the band graciously donate their time and talents entertaining listeners of all ages. No registration necessary. This concert is held in the Stow-Munroe Falls Room.
Coffee with the Stow Sentry Editor
Join us for coffee and doughnuts with the Editor of the Stow Sentry, Marsha McKenna, on Jan. 4 at 9:30 a.m. in the Stow Room at the library.
Share your story ideas and community concerns, or just come to hear the local buzz in this congenial setting.
Thursday Evening Book Discussion
Join us for Thursday Evening Book Discussion on Jan. 19. This group meets at 7 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month. The book to be discussed is "Prague Winter" by Madeleine Albright. 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.
Bob Evans Fundraiser for Library Foundation
Support the Stow-Munroe Falls Public Library Foundation as you enjoy breakfast, lunch, or dinner at Bob Evans on Jan. 2. Bob Evans, located at 3489 Hudson Drive in Stow, hosts a community fundraiser to benefit the Library Foundation. From 6:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m. on the first Monday of every month, 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 flyer to the cashier at checkout. Flyers are available at the circulation desk and on the library's website. The Library Foundation is grateful for your donation.
Bow Wow Book Buddies
K-6th grade kids can read to our therapy dogs on Jan. 8 and 22 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 cards and conversation on Jan. 9. 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.
Tech Tuesday and Thursday
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.
Wednesday Movies in January
Join us for popcorn and a movie on the big screen as we present films on Wednesdays at 1 p.m. January dates are Jan. 4, 18 and 25. 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. The next session is Jan. 23. 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.
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 November, library patrons downloaded 5,578 eBooks, eAudiobooks, eMusic and eVideos. Library patrons also downloaded 974 items from hoopla, 100 magazines from Zinio, and 2,264 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.