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Though the library's history goes back to the 19th Century, the current main branch was erected in 1969. Akron-Summit County Public Library underwent a major renovation in 2004 to keep up with the pace of modern times. It also hosts movie screenings, poetry slams, craft workshops and story times. Besides a children's library, the facility covers various zones such as Culture & AV, Special Collections, Business & Government, Magazines & Newspapers, and Science & Technology. The three-level library also features a 425-seat theater, meeting spaces, a used book-store, an outdoor amphitheater, Microbusiness Center, U.S. Passport and Notary services, study rooms, computer labs, a recording studio and cafe.
The Akron Children's Museum is a gem for the little ones and features exciting and interactive exhibits that perfectly combine fun with learning. The fitness station, produce area, monster shop, and workshop areas are great for inculcating new skills and are sure to keep your children occupied for hours. The staff is friendly and attentive and the admission costs are extremely reasonable making this place a must visit when in downtown Akron.
Unlike most of the auditoriums that are open to a limited genres of events, the Main Library Auditorium entertains its visitors by opening up to various art forms. Its dynamic list of events features concerts, storytelling events, literary events, lectures, film screenings and dramas, all of which are held throughout the year. The auditorium is among the latest additions to the library, which was heavily refurbished in 2004. So you can expect a modern setup that is accentuated by advanced sound and light technologies.
The St. Bernard Catholic Church is serving the Akron region since 1861, and continues to do so. This church building perfectly exemplifies the German-Romanesque style combined with Baroque designs. It was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places in 1989.
Established in 1922, the Akron Art Museum showcases a fine selection of contemporary and modern works of art. The museum structure consists of glass and steel frames spread across the entire gallery. The collections in the art gallery range from 1850 till the most recent times showcasing more than 5000 pieces of work from local, national and international locations. There is a Bud & Susie Rogers Garden that is utilized to showcase special exhibits or to conduct experimental learning. Live events and concerts also take place at this venue.