The Children's Library, located in downtown Akron on the second floor of the Akron-Summit County Public Library, is celebrating 100 years of serving children. An open house will be held Saturday Dec. 7, from 2 to 4 p.m. to celebrate its dedication to children and the importance of reading.
According to the library's blog, the Children's Library formed in 1912 after a local businessman Frank H. Mason donated $2000 to the library to pay for books and hire a librarian. Four women from the Akron area each contributed $250, which was used to purchase furniture and open the Children's Corner in 1913. Since this time, the Children's Library has grown significantly and has continued to increase literacy and interest in reading among children in the community said Trish Saylor, the manager of the Children's Library.
"It's finding the right book for the right child and helping him or her discover a love for reading," Saylor said. "People remember this, and they are still readers today because of the guidance that we gave them as they were growing up."
The Gay Community Endowment Fund of Akron Community Foundation is accepting grant applications for projects that support, enhance and educate the community regarding the 2014 Gay Games presented by the Cleveland Foundation. Coming to Cleveland and Akron in August 2014, the Gay Games is a world-renowned sports and culture festival that emphasizes inclusion and participation.
In October, the Gay Community Endowment Fund announced a $100,000 commitment to the 2014 Gay Games, making the fund the official host sponsor of 2014 Gay Games sports in Akron and Summit County. A portion of those funds will be used to award grants of up to $5,000 for projects that support the Gay Games, including arts and culture events, LGBT programming, and diversity projects.
Grants will not be made for the purchase of tickets to Gay Games activities, including the opening and closing ceremonies. All projects must be conducted in Summit County.