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Seed Library Opens

The Seed Library at the Kent Free Library is now open for community members to “check out” seed packets.  Now in its third year, the Seed Library has over 1,500 packets of vegetable, herb, and flower seeds available.

Seed Library card catalog

About 40 varieties of seeds were donated by backyard gardeners in Kent, Brimfield, Ravenna, and other nearby towns.  Some donors included stories to go along with their seeds, like a farmer in Freedom Township who donated “Hobbs Goose Beans,” a soup bean purportedly discovered by a family member of late KSU Biology professor Clinton Hobbs.

These donations are supplemented with donations from High Mowing Seeds, an organic seed company in Vermont and the non-profit Seed Savers Exchange in Iowa.  Some types of seeds have a lot of different varieties available; for instance, there are 29 different varieties of tomatoes in the collection, including favorites like Rutgers, Paul Robeson, and Brandywine and some unique varieties, like Cherokee Purple, Aunt Ruby’s German Green, and Peach Blow Button.

Seed Library Packaging party

To check out seeds, visit the Seed Library on the first floor and browse the drawers or the ‘Grower’s Guide’ for varieties.  Pick out up to 20 seeds packets, then fill out a Check Out Form and return it to the Information Desk.  No library card is needed and all ages are welcome.

 

Growers who have a successful crop are encouraged to bri ng back saved seeds in the fall to help replenish the collection for the next year.  The Growers Guide indicates which plants are appropriate for beginning seed savers and which require more experience and skill,

Seed Library Packaging party

 for instance those that must be isolated from other varieties or that need to be overwintered to produce seed to harvest.

 

 

The Seed Library is made possible with help from Haymaker Farmers’ Market, Kent Food Not Lawns, and Portage Master Gardeners.  Members of these organizations and other volunteers helped sort and package seeds and are available to give advice to gardeners about saving seeds.

For more information, please call Community and Special Services at 330.673.4414 or visit www.kentfreelibrary.org.

Saturday, May 5 at 11:00 am: Celebrate American Girl Felicity

American Girl fans in grades K-6 are invited to celebrate all things Felicity! Bring your Felicity, other American Girl, or any other doll and learn more about Felicity’s time period.

Enjoy fun games and activities that Felicity herself would have enjoyed, including human- and doll-sized crafts (for dolls around 18” tall).
Call the Youth Services Department at 330.673.4414 to register.

Wednesday, April 24 at 7:00 pm: Joe the Coupon Guy®-Cut the Cable Cord

Joe Daugirdas, aka The Coupon Guy®, will give a free presentation on how to save money by cutting cable subscriptions. Learn about cost effective alternatives like streaming services.

Please register by calling the Information Desk at 330.673.4414.

Daugirdas has been honing his shopping skills in the Northeast Ohio area for many years. He also teaches the “Savvy Shopper” class at Lakeland Community College, along with “Choosing Cell Phones”, a class designed to help people find the best cell phone deals. He has also taught classes on how to save money on gasoline/natural gas, weddings, travel, and a class for teenagers.

Daugirdas has been featured on TV, including CBS, ABC, FOX, and NBC News. He has been on several radio shows including NPR, Family Matters with Caroline and Jacquie, and WTAM 1100 AM radio. He can be heard on WINT 1330 AM every Wednesday at 7:18 AM.

Saturday, April 21 at 11:00 am: Camp Caterpillar

Eric Carle's CaterpillarFamilies with children ages 3 -12 are invited for a morning filled with crafts, snacks, and games based on Eric Carle’s famous picture books, including The Very Hungry Caterpillar. To register, contact Youth Services at 330.673.4414.

April 19 – 21: Friends of KFL Book Sale

The Friends of Kent Free Library will hold their spring books sale April 19 – 21 on the first floor of the library. For sale will be books, audiobooks, magazines, music CDs, and DVDs for adults and children that have been donated by community and that have been withdrawn from the library’s collection.

Friends of KFL members are invited to a preview sale on Thursday, April 19 from 5 – 8 p.m. Memberships may be purchased at the door and are $5 for individuals and $3 for students or seniors. Regular sale hours are Friday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Cash or check are accepted. All proceeds go to the Friends of KFL and support library programs and services. This year, Friends have donated $6,000 to the library, including support for the monthly music program, craft supplies and equipment for adult programs, a train table and a magnetic table for the Children’ Room, and a tablet for use in children’s programs. They will also provide support for the Summer Reading Program.

Sunday, April 15 at 2:00 pm: Free Concert with The Gospel Wonders

The Gospel WondersEnjoy a free all-ages concert with the Gospel Wonders. The Gospel Wonders is a men’s group with members from various area churches. They have been performed all around Northeastern Ohio for over 25 years. They have released a CD and have also opened for national recording artists such as Lee Williams and the Highway QC’s, The Gospel Keynotes, Dottie Peoples, Pilgrim Jubilees, Luther Barnes and the Sunset Jubilees and Howard Hewitt.

No registration is required, but since space is limited, audience members should pick up a pass at the 2nd floor Information Desk starting at 1:30 the day of the concert.

Tuesday, April 10 at 6:30 pm: Sustainable Film Screening

New Zealand Landscape

Enjoy a free screening of an environmental film followed by a discussion.  The evening is cosponsored by the City of Kent Sustainability Commission and Standing Rock Cultural Arts.

April’s film is by Young Blood Productions and chronicles the experiences of American journalist, Katie Young, who leaves her job to search for a more promising future by traveling to New Zealand to learn about Permaculture. Watch Young navigate through a foreign country, while conflicting with her ideals and American standard of living, trying to combine modern convenience with sustainability. (Due to licensing restrictions, the library cannot publish the titles of the movies that will be shown.)

No Registration is required.

Monday, April 9 at 6:00 pm: Cocoro

Ages 5 to 11 and their grown-ups can enjoy building fun on Monday, April 9 at 6 pm when Norio Kids visits the library for Cocoro. Use premade cardboard materials to make a model of a playhouse and then work together to create a large playhouse. For more information about Norio Kids and Cocoro, visit their website at www.noriokids.com.

Registration is required for each program by calling the Youth Services Department at 330.673.4414.

Tuesday, April 2 at 6:30 pm: How-To Get Free Digital Content from KFL

ereaderIn addition to all the books, magazines, movies, and music you can browse in the library, there are huge collections you can browse through the library’s digital services, Ohio Digital Library, Freegal, Hoopla, and RB Digital!  Learn how to access all of your library, no matter where you are!

This program is for adults and registration is requested. Spaces are limited; registration begins March 6.

Thursday, March 29: Happy Birthday to Everyone Dance Parties

Enjoy a birthday-themed dance party! Celebrate everyone’s birthday with dancing in the meeting room, decorated with streamers and balloons. Families with children ages 2 – 4 dance at 10:30 am and children Kindergarten through 3rd grade dance at 4 pm.

On Saturday, March 31 at 11 am, the library will host an Un-Birthday Tea Party for families with children ages 3 – 12. Enjoy crafts, snacks and silly games based on Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

Register for these programs by calling Youth Services at 330.673.4414. Space is limited.

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