DOVER — The Dover Public Library will host author Tim Carroll at 6:30 p.m. June 20 in the library’s community room as part of its Meet the Author series. Carroll is the author of, World War II Akron.

When World War II engulfed the nation, the men and women of Akron dutifully played their part in the epic struggle. Keyes Beech ducked grenades as marines raised the American flag at on Iwo Jima. Newspaper magnate John S. Knight watched the Japanese surrender on the USS Missouri just five months after his son was killed in Germany. On the homefront, Goodyear manufactured blimps used to hunt down Nazi submarines, and noted Beacon Journal cartoonist Web Brown pledged his talent and his pen to boosting morale at home and abroad. Replete with more than one hundred images, including many of Brown’s wartime drawings, this thrilling account by local author Tim Carroll recalls all that Akron gave for freedom.

"The war effort in this part of Ohio was huge," says Jim Gill, library director. "So many of us had loved ones or friends who have connections to the Akron World War II story. This fascinating program will remind and inspire us what a significant time the World War II era was for our country and our region."

Born and raised in Akron,Carroll attended Case Elementary, Litchfield Middle School and Firestone High School before obtaining a history degree from the University of Akron. Both of his grandfathers, John M. Carroll and John F. Ward, were drafted before Pearl Harbor and served overseas in the Pacific during World War II. A book signing will follow the program, which is free and open to all. For more information or to register, call the library at 330-343-6123. The Dover Public Library is located at 525 N. Walnut St.