Outreach

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Our definition of service extends into the community.

It is the Library’s mission to provide services to everyone in the community. Please take a moment to learn about the different types of outreach the Library can bring to you and others. As a companion to our outreach efforts, we are happy to provide library programs at your organization’s meeting or event. Our Children’s Department is happy to visit schools, preschools and daycare located within our service area. Teachers are invited to request our teen librarian to speak to their class about new books and authors, library services, programs, downloadable eMedia or other resources. Our librarians can also give presentations on local history, book talks, early literacy, library services or lifelong learning.

Contact Julianne Bedel (julianne.bedel@barbertonlibrary.org) to schedule a speaker for your event.

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Home Deliveries
Reading and listening materials can be a lifeline to the outside world for people of all ages who are unable to visit the Library. If you find that regular visits to the Library are impossible, and you live in the Barberton City School District either in your own home, in an apartment, or in a nursing facility, we can deliver books, music, DVDs, magazines, and more to your door! We are also happy to help your caregiver or family member make selections for you. For more information, call Customer Services Manager Mary Eritano, at 330-745-1194 x 1413 or submit an online request for service.
Many of our home delivery patrons enjoy reading large print books and/or listening to audiobooks.
View a list of popular large print/audio books.

 

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Active Adult Center
The Silver Readers book club meets once a month to discuss a book that has been chosen ahead of time. We meet at the Active Adult Center and you don't have to be a member of the Center to join. There is no commitment, read a book, come any month and feel free to take a pass on months when you are busy or out of town. 

Librarians are also teaching computer classes at the Active Adult Center. Call 330-745-1194 x 1419 to ask about the class schedule. 

 

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Decker Head Start
The Barberton Public Library, in partnership with Akron Summit Community Action, Inc., provides full library services weekly to children and teachers at Barberton Head Start. Students are able to check out books each time they visit they library. The library at Head Start includes a wide selection of picture books and easy reading non-fiction books for students to choose from. While visiting the library, students also participate in an interactive storytime presentation. Teachers are able to make teacher loan requests while visiting the library.
 

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Books for Babies
Outreach begins the moment a child enters the world, through a program called Books for Babies. When a baby is born at Summa Barberton Hospital, the family receives a free book bag containing a board book, bookmark, information about the Library and literature that stresses the importance of reading to children from birth. Over 300 book bags are delivered each year to newborns and their parents.
 

 

Teen & Tween
The teen services librarian facilitates a monthly, lunch time book club at Barberton Middle School for 8th grade students. The Children's Department is responsible for holding lunch book clubs for students in 5th, 6th and 7th grade. There are two after school programs offered at Barberton High School: a monthly book club and a writing group. These programs are free for students to attend. Teachers are invited to request our teen librarian to speak to their class about new books and authors, library services, programs, downloadable eMedia or other resources. Visit the teen page for more programs.