Request a Speaker


Request a Speaker
Change it up by having a Library program at your next organization’s meeting or event! The Library is more than happy to provide a speaker to give presentations, talk about new books, explain library services/digital assets, and more! Contact the Library at 330-745-1194 to learn more!

Children’s Department Speakers
Request a children’s librarian to visit your school, daycare, youth group, or other for a program or storytime! Our children’s librarians can also discuss early literacy and lifelong learning. These programs must be scheduled one month or more in advance. To contact the Children’s Department, call 330-745-1194 ext. 1423.

Reference Department Speakers
The Library’s teen librarian will visit your class to discuss new books/authors, library services/programs, digital assets and more! The Library’s reference librarians can also discuss these topics or host a program for your group! Library programs range from 20-45 minutes and can be tailored to the needs of your group and time allotted. These programs are free of charge, but must be scheduled one month or more in advance. To contact the Reference Department, call 330-745-1194 ext 1418.

Local History Presentations
The Library’s Local History Librarian can give a presentation about a number of Barberton-related topics. Local History programs range from 20-45 minutes and can be tailored to the needs of your group and time allotted. These programs are free of charge, but must be scheduled one month or more in advance. To contact our Local History Department, call 330-745-1194 ext. 1439. See the table below to see specific presentation topics. 

Anna Dean Farm and MansionHistory of the 3,500 acre farm and opulent mansion built by town founder Ohio C. Barber. Program includes photographs of the farm buildings and the interior of the mansion that stood in Barberton until 1965.
O.C. Barber MansionA look at O.C. Barber's lavish 50,000 square foot mansion that once stood overlooking Barberton. Program includes photographs and information about the mansion from the time of its construction to its demolition in 1965
​Barberton MemoriesTake a walk down memory lane and remember Barberton during these very monumental decades
    Barberton Memories: The 1950s
    Barberton Memories: The 1960s
    Barberton Memories: The 1970s
​Barberton's Railroad EraHistory of the impact of railroads in Ohio and the importance of this transportation network to the success of Barberton. Program includes photographs and information from the first arrival of railroads to the area to the eventual removal of many of the tracks throughout the city and surrounding area.
Barberton ChurchesA look at the historic churches of Barberton from the time before the city's founding to present day. Program includes photographs and postcards of the churches, as well as historical information about more than 25 Barberton congregations. 
​Barberton IndustryThe history of some of Barberton's most notable industries and the way in which these companies helped shape the Magic City.

Barberton Business: 

The Early Years

The story of Barberton's early businesses and the entrepreneurs who helped shape the first 25 years of the city's history.
Chief Hopocan and the Ohio TribesPresentation on Ohio's Native American heritage and the tribes that once populated the region. Includes information about the life of Chief Hopocan and the Delaware people who settled in the area that became New Portage, the north end of present day Barberton.
Barberton's Melting PotA look at Barberton's ethnic diversity from 1891 to present, with particular emphasis on Eastern European immigrants to the Magic City.
The Underground Railroad in OhioProgram on Ohio as a key passage state of the Underground Railroad and the role of the state in thousands of runaway slaves reaching freedom. Also includes information about some of the state's most influential abolitionists.
Influenza Epidemic of 1918An overview of the deadly outbreak of influenza that left millions dead worldwide and caused panic throughout the nation. Presentation includes detailed information about the disease's impact on Barberton.  
Fighting Fire in the Magic CityThe history of the Barberton Fire Department from the founding of the city to modern day, including a look at the fires and explosions that threatened the Magic City over the years.
Fighting Crime in the Magic CityA look at crime fighting in Barberton from a time when one constable walked the village beat to our modern day police force. This program includes the stories of some of the more notable nonviolent crimes to capture the city's attention over the years.
What's in a Name?The stories behind some of Barberton's notable place names.
World War II on the Barberton Home FrontWorld War II on the Barberton Home Front
A look at life in Barberton during World War II. This program tells of the changes the city endured during the War, and the role industries, Rosies, victory gardens and other local civil defense initiatives played in the war effort at home.