Libraries Stack Up on Activities for Children and Families

Thanks to a robust program offering at all ASCPL locations, local children and their families may discover a sense of community, while also developing a love for learning. According to Barb White, ASCPL’s neighborhood services manager, the library’s role in the community is to help kids learn. Contrary to the appearance of traditional libraries from the past, this support expands beyond providing books for children and families to check out on myriad of topics. READ MORE»

Library Introduces Live, Online Tutoring for Students of All Ages

Just in time for the start of a new school year, Akron-Summit County Public Library is pleased to announce the launch of, which offers students of all ages live, one-to-one help from professional tutors online. The new service is available to anyone with an Akron-Summit County Public Library card. Users can access the new service from the Library or from home on any computer or mobile device connected to the Internet. READ MORE»

Join Us to Discuss the Every Student Succeeds Act

Philanthropy Ohio, in partnership with the Ohio Department of Education, is hosting a series of regional conversations across the state where educators, funders, parents, students and community members can share thoughts and perspectives on the state’s plan to implement the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Akron's meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 7. READ MORE»

Lighting the SPARK for Education

Kindergarten readiness is important – beyond the first day of school. That’s why several teachers in Summit County chose to serve students during the Get Ready for School program this summer. Get Ready for School is a program of Supporting Partnerships to Assure Ready Kids (SPARK) – a free, family-focused kindergarten readiness program to help 3- and 4-year-old children get ready for kindergarten. Learn more in this post. READ MORE»

This City Votes Contest Encourages Students to Speak Up

The Akron Beacon Journal, the Jefferson Center and Summit Education Initiative are working together on the project in an effort to highlight voting and politics in a positive light. They’re enlisting kids to submit humorous, insightful and creative videos to accomplish that goal. Read more about a #ThisCityVotes16 video contest in this post. READ MORE»