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Main Event: Many Voices

Sarah Eagle Heart, Tyler Merritt and Temple Grandin

2022-10-17 18:30:00 2022-10-17 20:00:00 America/New_York Main Event: Many Voices Our Main Event returns with an exciting range of voices. Join us for evenings with Sarah Eagle Heart (Oct. 3), Tyler Merritt (Oct. 17), and Temple Grandin (Oct. 24; sold out). Main Library - Auditorium

Monday, October 17
6:30pm - 8:00pm

Add to Calendar 2022-10-17 18:30:00 2022-10-17 20:00:00 America/New_York Main Event: Many Voices Our Main Event returns with an exciting range of voices. Join us for evenings with Sarah Eagle Heart (Oct. 3), Tyler Merritt (Oct. 17), and Temple Grandin (Oct. 24; sold out). Main Library - Auditorium

Main Library

Auditorium

Our Main Event returns with an exciting range of voices. Join us for evenings with Sarah Eagle Heart (Oct. 3), Tyler Merritt (Oct. 17), and Temple Grandin (Oct. 24; sold out).

Sarah Eagle Heart: Emmy award-winning storyteller focused on education and advocacy on behalf of Indigenous Peoples

October 3, 6:30 pm: Main Library Auditorium

What is Mitakuye Oyasin? Mitakuye Oyasin is the Lakota amen. It means we are all related; we are all connected… to the two-legged, four-legged, winged, and Mother Earth. This knowledge is inherent from the time you are born; you are constantly reminded that the world is bigger than yourself. Sarah is a strong advocate on behalf of Indigenous Peoples whose deep perspective is rooted in her life story as an Oglala Lakota activist raised on Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. Sarah is currently Co - CEO of Return to the Heart Foundation, an Indigenous women-led organization, focused on resourcing innovative Indigenous women-led initiatives in the ecosystems of narrative change, healing, climate justice, civic engagement, and restorative and regenerative development. Join us as we learn Indigenous worldview and collectivity from Sarah Eagle Heart. Presented in partnership with the Portage Path Collaborative

Tyler Merritt: Actor, comedian, viral sensation, activist, & founder of The Tyler Merritt Project

October 17, 6:30 pm: Main Library Auditorium

In his memoir, "I Take My Coffee Black: Reflections on Tupac, Musical Theater, Faith, and Being Black in America," Tyler tells hilarious stories about his life as a black man in America. As a 6'2" dreadlocked black man living in the South, Merritt is well aware of stereotypes and their potentially dangerous consequences. In response, Merritt has devoted his creativity to bringing his ethos of "Love. Learn. Create." to life through his words and videos as part of The Tyler Merritt Project. Merritt takes his audiences along with him on a journey of contradictions: at turns both funny and sad, mysterious, and relatable, commonplace, and dangerous, he shines a light on "full-spectrum humanity" (The New York Times) that makes an impactful and relevant message. Merritt's emphasis on humility and connection provides an urgent roadmap during turbulent times, challenging audiences to see our differences as a unifying force for humankind.

Temple Grandin: World-Famous Animal Scientist & Autism Self-Advocate

October 24, 6:30 pm: Main Library Auditorium

**9/16/22 Update: This event is full. Registration is closed.**

Born in Boston, Massachusetts, with signs of severe autism, Temple Grandin spent many hours in speech therapy and intensive teaching, enabling her to learn speech. Life was hard growing up but inspired by her high school science teacher and aunt on her ranch in Arizona motivated Temple to study and pursue a career as a scientist and livestock equipment designer. Now, Temple is a professor of animal science at Colorado State University and she has been a pioneer in improving the handling and welfare of farm animals. Through many years of hard work, several published books, and international recognition Temple presents her latest book "Visual Thinking: The Hidden Gifts of People Who Think in Pictures, Patterns, and Abstractions." With her genius for demystifying science, Grandin draws on cutting-edge research to take us inside visual thinking, proposing new approaches to educating, parenting, employing, and collaborating with visual thinkers. In a highly competitive world, this important book helps us see that we need every mind on board.

Register online, in person, or by phone at 330.643.9015.

These programs are presented with generous support from the Friends of Main Library

Main Library

Phone: 330.643.9000

Hours
Mon, Nov 28 10:00AM to 8:00PM
Tue, Nov 29 10:00AM to 8:00PM
Wed, Nov 30 10:00AM to 8:00PM
Thu, Dec 01 10:00AM to 8:00PM
Fri, Dec 02 10:00AM to 6:00PM
Sat, Dec 03 10:00AM to 5:00PM
Sun, Dec 04 1:00PM to 5:00PM

About the branch

Main Library, located in the heart of downtown Akron, combines compelling public space with meaningful and relevant public library services for all members of our community. Since opening in 2004, the downtown library welcomes more than one million visitors each year.

Subject divisions include: Business, Government & Science, Culture & AV, Magazines & Newspapers, Special Collections (local history & genealogy), TechZone@Main, Teen, and a 12,000 square feet Children's Library.

Special services available at Main Library include: a Patent & Trademark Resource Center; U.S. Passport and Notary services; a Microbusiness Center; a Maker Space; a resource lab for early childhood educators; and regularly scheduled computer training classes. Also available at Main Library are more than 125 public access computers, color photocopiers/printers, laminating, scanning, faxing, and free Wi-Fi.

Specialized spaces include a 425-seat auditorium, public meeting rooms, and a used bookstore. An interior glass block walkway leads to a 600-space parking garage owned by the City of Akron. An outdoor amphitheater and landscaped park complete the complex.

Upcoming Events

Tue, Nov 29, 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Meeting Room 1

Wed, Nov 30, 10:30am - 11:00am
Children's Library Programming Room
This event is full

Wed, Nov 30, 7:00pm - 7:30pm

Thu, Dec 01, All day
Culture & AV

Thu, Dec 01, 10:30am - 11:00am
Children's Library Programming Room

Thu, Dec 01, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Computer Lab 1

Thu, Dec 01, 1:00pm - 7:00pm
Microbusiness Center

Thu, Dec 01, 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Teen Meeting Room

Thu, Dec 01, 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Auditorium

Sat, Dec 03, 10:15am - 3:00pm

Sat, Dec 03, 11:30am - 4:00pm
Children's Library Programming Room,Children's Library RECE Lab

Sun, Dec 04, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Auditorium

Mon, Dec 05, 10:30am - 11:30am
Children's Library Programming Room
This event is full

Tue, Dec 06, 11:30am - 1:00pm

Tue, Dec 06, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Computer Lab 1
This event is full

Wed, Dec 07, 10:30am - 11:00am
Children's Library Programming Room
This event is full

Wed, Dec 07, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Computer Lab 1

Wed, Dec 07, 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Via Zoom

Thu, Dec 08, 10:30am - 11:00am
Children's Library Programming Room

Thu, Dec 08, 1:00pm - 7:00pm
Microbusiness Center

Thu, Dec 08, 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Teen Meeting Room

Thu, Dec 08, 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Auditorium

Fri, Dec 09, 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Teen Meeting Room

Fri, Dec 09, 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Auditorium

Sat, Dec 10, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Children's Library Programming Room

Sun, Dec 11, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Auditorium

Mon, Dec 12, 10:30am - 11:30am
Children's Library Programming Room

Mon, Dec 12, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Computer Lab 1

Tue, Dec 13, 10:30am - 11:30am
Children's Library Programming Room

Tue, Dec 13, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Computer Lab 1

Wed, Dec 14, 10:30am - 11:00am
Children's Library Programming Room
This event is full

Wed, Dec 14, 5:00pm - 7:00pm

Wed, Dec 14, 6:00pm - 7:30pm
TechZone
This event is full

Thu, Dec 15, 10:30am - 11:00am
Children's Library Programming Room

Thu, Dec 15, 1:00pm - 7:00pm
Microbusiness Center

Thu, Dec 15, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Teen Meeting Room

Thu, Dec 15, 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Auditorium

Sun, Dec 18, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Auditorium

Mon, Dec 19, 10:30am - 11:30am
Children's Library Programming Room

Tue, Dec 20, 6:30pm - 8:00pm

Wed, Dec 21, 10:30am - 11:00am
Children's Library Programming Room
This event is full

Thu, Dec 22, 10:30am - 11:00am
Children's Library Programming Room

Thu, Dec 22, 1:00pm - 7:00pm
Microbusiness Center

Thu, Dec 22, 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Auditorium

Wed, Dec 28, 11:00am - 2:00pm
Children's Library Programming Room

Thu, Dec 29, 1:00pm - 7:00pm
Microbusiness Center

Thu, Dec 29, 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Meeting Room 2AB

Thu, Dec 29, 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Auditorium