Library's centennial celebration commemorates children's services
Written by Zachary Gage
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 Taylor, 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," Taylor said. "People remember this, and they are still readers today because of the guidance that we gave them as they were growing up."
East Akron Neighborhood Development Corp. celebrates 27-family development with groundbreaking
For the past 30 years, the East Akron Neighborhood Development Corporation (EANDC) has been bringing revitalization home to Summit County. On Sept. 25, 2013, EANDC broke ground on Robinson Homes East, a 27 single-family-home, development which will be central to the East Akron Neighborhood Revitalization Plan that will include housing rehabilitation efforts and vacant lot reuse.
"Since 1982, EANDC has worked successfully to strengthen the Akron-area by rebuilding neighborhoods, protecting property values and allowing residents to achieve the American dream," said EANDC Executive Director, Grady Appleton. "The Robinson Homes East is our latest effort to strengthen this community by adding new, high quality housing options."
The 27 unit infill housing project is for the Robinson School area, constructed on 11 different streets in the East Akron neighborhood. It will feature 19, 4-bedroom and 8, 3-bedroom homes. The homes will have four different floor plans and five homes will be single story ADA homes.
As part of Keep Akron Beautiful's Clean Up Akron Week, a number of young people met in East Akron to clean up the streets. Click through for a few photos from the group, led in part by Ameer Williamson (aka A Minus), who also mentors young people through the A New Way hip-hop program.
City hosts ribbon-cutting to celebrate the Village at New Seasons
The site at the corner of Vernon Odom Boulevard and Hawkins Avenue sat vacant for years, collecting trash and graffiti. Now, the space houses the Village at New Seasons, a new $11.4 million complex with senior living apartments, retail space and a health center.
The city recently hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the official opening of the development.
The more than 115,000-square-foot facility was developed through the combined efforts of the House of the Lord, who owns the land; the East Akron Neighborhood Development Corporation; Testa Companies; and Summa Health System, among other investors.
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