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Acme Community Cash Back Program Returns

acme-logoKent Free Library is proud to be participating in the Acme Community Cash Back Program again this year.  Now through December 31, drop your Acme receipts into the box on the Check Out Desk to help the library earn 5% back on your purchases of store brands!
Receipts must be dates August 11 through December 31, 2016.  Participating brands include: Food Club, TopCare, Full Circle, Valu Time, Simply Done, Wide Awake Coffee Co, Paws Premium, Cape Covelle, Domestix, Buckley Farms, Over the Top, @ease, and Nostimo.  You can tell if your receipt earned Community Cash Back by looking for the value at the bottom of your receipt.

If you have any questions about the program, please speak with a librarian at the Information Desk.  Thanks for supporting the Kent Free Library!

November 1 through 8: Youth Services Election Week

Election2016Children ages 3 and up are invited to the Dubois Children’s Reading Room to cast their vote in our voting booth for their favorite book character candidates! The winning character candidate will be announced at a celebration party in their honor on Saturday, January 21, 2017!

Be sure to stop by, vote, and get an official “I voted” sticker!  Character candidates will be announced November 1, 2016 on the Children’s Room bulletin board.

Thursday: October 28 at 6:30 pm: TEDx Talk, “What Are You Afraid Of?”

tedxThe Library’s next TEDx event, “What Are You Afraid Of,” will be held on Thursday, October 28 at 6:30 pm. Watch three engaging TED Talks on how fear drives American politics, what fear can teach us, and how to overcome fear in order to learn. After the screening, participate in a moderated discussion.

TED (Technology, Entertainment Design) Talks have become a popular way for people to learn about and share “ideas worth spreading.” The Kent Free Library is one of the few public libraries in Ohio that has received a TEDx program license to host TED-style events, designed to spark deep conversation and connections at the local level.

Spaces are limited for this free program. Please register by calling the library Information Desk at 330.673.4414.

Saturday, October 22 at 11:00 am: Cooking Caravan, Found Sounds

cooking-caravanFamilies with children ages 3 to 12 are invited to join The Cooking Caravan  on Saturday, October 22 at 11 am. for a highly interactive morning of fun!

The Cooking Caravan is a group of chefs, artists, actors and musicians devoted to enriching health and feeding artistic hunger. They will turn the audience into a percussion ensemble in order to explore sound and rhythm.

No registration required for this free program. Boarding passes can be picked up at the Youth Services desk up to 30 minutes prior to the program. For more information, please call 330.673.4414.

Sunday, October 16 at 2:00 pm: Free Concert with the Gospel Wonders

Gospel WondersLocal music group, The Gospel Wonders will visit the library to perform a selection of songs for patrons on Sunday, October 16 at 2:00 pm. This Gospel group is 11 members strong! Come to hear a selection of songs rooted in the Black oral tradition.

This is a family friendly event. No registration is required; however because space is limited, audience members must pick up a pass at the 2nd floor information desk beginning 30 minutes before the event.

Seat on Library Trustees Available

pablo-9Applications are available beginning on Friday, September 16 for residents interested in serving a 7 year term on the Board of Trustees. Pick up an application at the library’s Information Desk during regular library hours. Deadline to apply is October 14.

Fall ‘How To’ Festival Underway

The 2016 Kent Free LibraryThe Kent Free Library is again offering its fall ‘How To’ Festival, with more than a dozen programs about learning interesting skills, from bellydancing to home brewing, from chord progressions to animal communication.  Some programs are for all ages.

View the full schedule here!

Saturday, October 1 at 11:00 am: Titanic: Tragedy of Errors

titanic-313353_640All ages are invited to enjoy a presentation about the Titanic at the Kent Free Library on Saturday, October 1 at 11:00 am performed by local storyteller Tom Phoolery. Phoolery uses special effects to reveal the incidents, events, and errors that caused the great maritime disaster.

Phoolery is a family entertainer who has been delighting audiences throughout Northeast Ohio and Western Pennsylvania for decades, presenting nearly 300 shows a year.

Please call the Information Desk at 330.673.4414 to register.

October 6 – 8: Friends of Kent Free Library Book Sale

26580318620_d8cb62f42c_zThe Friends of Kent Free Library will hold a book sale in the Carnegie section of the library on October 6 – 8.

Fiction and all subjects of non-fiction books for children, teens, and adults will be sold, as well as CDs, DVDs, and audiobooks. Youth books are 50 cents, adult books are $1, and other media sells for $2. Purchases can be made with cash or check.

Friends Members can enjoy a preview sale on Thursday, October 6 from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm. Memberships may be purchased at the door, and are $3 for Seniors and Students, $5 for Individuals, and $10 for Households.

Regular sale hour are Thursday, October 6 from 4:00 – 8:00 pm; Friday, October 7 from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm; and Saturday, October 8 from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm.

Saturday, September 24, 2:00-4:00 pm: Kent Free Library 10th Anniversary Celebration

untitled-designYou are invited to a afternoon celebrating the first 10 years of the library’s new addition!  113 years after the original Carnegie library opened, we are glad to have a larger, more modern space to meet the needs of today’s patrons.

Stop by for all-ages activities, including free refreshments, behind-the-scenes tours, balloons, and face painting, and visits with Curious George and Clifford the Big Red Dog.  Guitarist Dale Galgozy will perform a free concert and Elianae and friends will perform bellydancing.

Visit the Friends of Kent Free Library booth, and be sure to enter the raffle for a KFL prize basket–lots of reading-related goodies and $75 worth of gift cards!

KFL Fall Newsletter Available

newsletterCheck out the online version of the library’s Fall Newsletter to learn about our new Hoopla service, the upcoming 10th Anniversary Celebration, fall activities and events for adults and children, and more!

The library’s newsletter is delivered to all residences in the Kent School District.

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