Beautiful Libraries


Take a tour of these GORGEOUS libraries from around the world and don’t forget to visit your local library today!

The 25 Most Beautiful Public Libraries in the World


Famous Libraries of the World


 The 10 Most Beautiful Libraries in the United States



25 of the Most Beautiful College Libraries in the World




Cool New Series Books for Kids


Check out our cool new series books!

Click on any picture to take you to the Akron-Summit County Library webpage. You can order any of these books and have them sent to your favorite branch to check out for 2 weeks!















Explore the Great Outdoors


It’s not too late to get your kids outside, and the Akron Summit County Public Library has some great books to inspire you!  Don’t forget you can earn a special t-shirt by exercising this summer, and choose a prize when you have completed Ellet Library’s “Book Bingo”!

(Clicking on the picture takes you the Akron-Summit County Public Library Catalog)
























JK Rowling Writes Again


JK Rowling Posts New Story About Harry Potter, Age 34, on ‘Pottermore’ Blog

By on July 10, 2014

JKRowling JK Rowling Posts New Story About Harry Potter, Age 34, on Pottermore Blog

Author JK Rowling posted an entry on July 8 about a grown up Harry Potter visiting the World Quidditch Cup Finals with his family in Patagonia on her “Pottermore” website. Image courtesy of Scholastic.

JK Rowling is at it again, with a new post on her “Pottermore” website—an online expansion of the world of Harry Potter after the seven book series ended—according to a post on on July 8—that revealed her latest entry on Harry Potter.

Rowling’s post, written as an observation-driven gossip column by the familiar reporter Rita Skeeter, who plagued Harry in the book series, ties into the real-life World Cup Fever going on. However, in Pottermore-world it’s World Quidditch Cup Fever taking place in the Patagonia region of South America with Harry as a silver-streaked 34-year-old married to Ginny Weasley, a reporter at the Daily Prophet, with two kids, James and Albus. Harry, still known as “The Chosen One,” is now an auror in the Ministry of Magic and sports a new scar on his cheek that conjures speculation. And still intact is Harry’s trademark round wire frame glasses from when he was 12.

Rowling has been posting entries about the World Quidditch Cup Final since March 2014, and this latest snapshot of Harry Potter shows him and many of his familiar wizard cohorts from the series as “no longer the fresh-faced teenagers they were in their heyday, but nevertheless recognizable”—Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger, now married, also have two kids. Weasley, who quit working at the Ministry of Magic, now runs the enormously successful joke emporium for wizards with his brother, George, and Hermione is the deputy head of the Department of Magical Law Enforcement.

Pottermore resize JK Rowling Posts New Story About Harry Potter, Age 34, on Pottermore Blog

The “Pottermore” website is an extension of the “Harry Potter” series.

Rowling touches upon the post-scripts of other familiar characters, like Neville Longbottom and Fleur Delacour, and provides a  who-married-who run down, like a high school reunion. The old gang from Dumbledore’s Army are still an object of fascination in Rita Skeeter’s eyes, but not necessarily the eyes of actor Daniel Radcliff, who when asked about Rowling’s latest 1,500 word Pottermore post and if it would lead to further film work for him, was quoted as saying in the July 9 UK Guardian:

“My inclination is to say ‘no’ because I don’t think it’s even a hypothetical at the moment. What she’s written—and I haven’t read it yet but I will—I understand it’s a very short piece. And he’s 10 years older than I am now.”

Radcliffe, now age 24 and currently in the BBC series “A Young Doctor’s Notebook” and the Broadway play The Cripple of Inishmaan, says, “We can’t be doing these characters when we’re 40. So there has to be a line drawn.”

Rowling’s last novel, Casual Vacancy (U.S. publisher: Little, Brown, 2013), was her first published adult novel about an unexpected council seat vacancy in an idyllic English countryside town and the class war and disruption that ensues. Returning to the bosom of YA fantasy, the author has scripted the new fantasy film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (Warner Brothers), featuring the swashbuckling character Newt Scamander, to be released in November 2016.

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Early Literacy Resources


Resources are available in both English AND Spanish. Get a jump on the upcoming school year and give your child a head start!

Early Literacy Resources, click here.


Keep Your Kids Reading All Summer Long


Keep those kids reading all summer long!  Teachers will tell you that children lose some of the reading skills that they gained during the school year over the summer.  Prevent the “Summer Slide” by reading at least 30 minutes a day.

Joining the Mind, Body and Sole Summer Reading Program at the Ellet Library, will encourage your whole family to read and exercise this summer.  It’s easy!  Just log when you read and exercise, and you could win prizes.


Here are some great websites to find cool reads this summer:

(Clicking on the pictures will take you directly to the websites)


From the Akron Summit County Public Library –lists recommended by librarians

 From the Association for Library Service to Children–lists of books recommended by librarians

From the International Reading Association–lists of books recommended by children, teens and teachers


Children’s Choices               Teacher’s Choices                    Young Adult Choices

 From Scholastic’s Parent and Child magazine–list compiled by the editors of Parent and Child magazine

From the New York Public Library–lists are recommended by librarians.  Last updated in 2013.

From Goodreads –lists voted on by book lovers

From TeachersFirst–lists recommended by teachers and educators.  Features lesson plans and book ideas to use in the classroom.





YA reDo: Book Cover Art Contest


YA reDo: Book Cover Art Contest

HeyTeens! Think you can create a better book cover for one of our popular teen titles?

Choose one of the following titles, create a cover no larger than 8.5 x 11 inches, and include your name, age, and phone number on the back and

Deadline for entries is August 1.

Choose from:

The Fault in Our Stars

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

 The Book Thief.


Kids and Teens Eat FREE




For many Ohio students summer break also means a break from regular school meals that they rely on as part of their daily nutrition. Through the Ohio Summer Food Service Program anyone age 1-18 (and individuals age 19-21 with a disability) can eat free healthy food at safe locations throughout Ohio such as pools, parks, churches or schools. All families are welcome, and there is no sign up necessary. Many locations offer fun activities so kids and teens can stay active and spend time with friends.

To find out if there are summer meal sites in your area, go to the ODE Summer Meal Locator website:




Ray’s Surface Noise: Lost and Found Sound, Volume One


I have a weird obsession with audio ephemera, such as old home made lacquer recordings made in the 1940s and 50s found in antique shops, mysterious shortwave radio broadcasts of numbers stations, bootleg recordings of unreleased songs and session tapes from artists I like, broadcasts of time and frequency stations, phone phreak recordings from the 1970s, and radio and TV continuity announcements.  So when I came across a cassette copy of excerpts of NPR’s now-defunct Lost And Found Sound program at a dollar store a few years ago, I snatched it up.  Looking for something similar in the ASCPL catalog, I was happy to discover that the Main Library’s audio visual department has the two disc set Lost And Found Sound Vol. One.  

Produced by The Kitchen Sisters (Davia Nelson & Kikki Silva) for NPR, Lost And Found Sound was—to paraphrase the 2-cd set’s back cover–an eclectic collection of radio stories and sonic landscapes that chronicled how recorded sound captured and shaped American life.  Starting off with Music In Marble Halls, a highly evocative 1962 location recording of an improvisation of clarinet and high heels by Jimmy Giuffre, Lost And Found Sound, Vol. One is 2-1/2 hours of fascinating historical audio.  Segments include Tony Schwartz, a man who has made more than 30,000 recordings of the streets, delis, cabs, playgrounds and stoops of his mid-town Manhattan neighborhood since 1945; William A. Rathvon who made a lacquer recording in 1938 recalling his boyhood in 1863 when he witnessed Abraham Lincoln delivering the Gettysburg Address; Steve McGreevy’s recordings of the “sounds” made by the Northern Lights in Canada, and much more.

Some of the segments are pretty funny.  In 1964 the navy was experimenting with deep sea diving.  Former astronaut Scott Carpenter had just set a world record—he had spent 30 days in the ocean at a depth of 220 feet.  After he resurfaced, he received a congratulatory call from then-president Lyndon B. Johnson.  The problem was he was in a decompression chamber, where nitrogen has been replaced with helium, which is harmless, but it distorts the voice.  So, Scott Carpenter spent the phone call talking to LBJ sounding like Alvin from the Chipmunks.   Here’s an audio link (you will need Real Player to listen):   Alllvvvinnnnn!!!

A couple of the segments are rather poignant.  Laurie Baker’s father made a recording of her 6 year old sister singing “All Things Bright And Beautiful” in 1951 on a paper disc.  Her sister died at age 11 in 1958 on Laurie’s third birthday.  NPR took the record to Steve Smolian of Frederick, Maryland, who restored the audio.  It is incredibly moving to hear Laurie’s sister sing again.

ASCPL’s Main Library has a copy of Lost And Found Sound, Vol. One available for circulation.  If you’re tired of mainstream music and the endless arguments on talk radio programs, listening to Lost And Found Sound, Vol. One will feel like going on a vacation and visiting fascinating places you never knew existed.

And, don’t forget to check out Lost And Found Sound online at:


Teen Sandwich Iron Chef Program at Ellet


Teen Sandwich Iron Chef – July 8 @ 1 pm

Use a variety of meats, cheeses, and condiments to create a spectacular sandwich that will impress our judges.

Register now! Call the Ellet Branch library at 330-784-2019