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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!

Thursday, December 22 at 6:30 pm: Interactive Family Movie Night

ticketsJoin us for a special kind of movie where you are involved in almost every scene! Families will be provided with all the props they need to participate with the movie as it progresses! A librarian will watch the movie with you and let you know which props to use and what to do with them. Take a trip to Who-ville and visit Cindy Lou Who and the Grinch!

Registration is required and begins on December 15. Space is limited.

Saturday, December 17 at 11:00 am: Ornament Extravaganza!

cropped-FunHolidayCrafts-LogoFamilies with children ages 5 to 12 years old are invited to join us for a morning full of ornament creation!  We will make a variety of ornaments for you to take home!
Registration is required and begins December 10. Space is limited.

Elf School Returns in December!


Do you have what it takes to be an elf?   Children in Kindergarten through 2nd grade are invited for special program.  We will read holiday books, play reindeer games and make crafts and treats. Each week we will have different activities.

Tuesdays, December 6, December 13 and December 20 at 4:00 pm

Children ages 3 and 4 are invited to join us for Junior Elf School!

Monday, December 12 at 6:00 pm OR Tuesday, December 13 at 1:30 pm

We will read books, play games and enjoy a treat.

Registration is required and begins a week in advance of each program date.

Sunday, December 4 at 2:00 pm: Free Concert with the St. Nicholas Balalaika Orchestra

BalalaikaEnjoy a free all-ages concert with Mogadore’s St. Nicholas Blalaika Orchestra on Sunday, December 4 at 2:00 pm.  Appearing in traditional Russian folk costumes, the St. Nicholas Balalaika Orchestra will perform an extensive program ranging from holiday favorites, poignant romances, to rousing folk dance music.

This all volunteer group of dedicated amateur and professional musicians has strived to preserve and perpetuate the rich heritage and cultural legacy of Russian and Eastern European music on traditional folk instruments for the last 30 years.

No registration is required; however because space is limited, audience members must pick up a pass at

Thanksgiving Hours

Turkey Reading a bookThe Kent Free Library will close at 6:00 pm on Wednesday, November 23 and will remain closed through Thursday, November 24 for the Thanksgiving holiday.  The library will reopen on Friday, November 25 at 9:00 am.

As always when the library is closed, no items will be due and no late fees will be assessed on overdue items.  Items may be returned to the library through the drive through book drop or in the book drop to the left of the parking lot entrances.

Happy Thanksgiving from the Kent Free Library staff!

Tuesday, Nov. 15 & Saturday, Nov. 19: ACT Strategies and Practice Test

actHigh school students who plan on taking the ACT test are invited to visit the Kent Free Library on Tuesday, November 15 from 6:30 to 8:00 pm.   A Princeton Review expert will go over test content, walk you through some sample questions and show you score-raising strategies to use on test day. Registration is required. Register online with ACT Test Strategies Registration or visit the Youth Services Department and we can assist you with registration.

High School students can also take a practice ACT test are on Saturday, November 19 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.  Register online with ACT Practice Test Registration  or visit the Youth Services Department and we can assist you with registration.

Wednesday, Nov. 16 & Thursday, Nov. 17: Indoor Gardening and Sourdough Breadmaking Wrap up “How To” Festival

The 2016 Kent Free LibraryOur “How To” Festival is coming to an end!  Many attendees have learned how to enjoy new activities, from bellydancing to beermaking!  Two more programs remain.

Many gardeners lament the end of summer, because they think it means the end of garden-fresh food, or they stopped gardening when they moved into an apartment or condo without access to a yard. Join Don Abbott of Kent Food Not Lawns on Wednesday, November 16 at 6:30 p.m. at the Kent Free Library for a free demonstration on how to grow food indoors, year round. All ages are welcome, and attendees will receive free seed packets.

On Thursday, November 17 at 6:30 p.m., which happens to be National Homemade Bread Day, learn how to start and keep a sourdough bread starter for baking your own healthful breads. Learn about the health aspects of gluten and bread. This program is for adults only; attendees will receive a free rye and wheat starter to take home and samples of bread will be provided.

Library Seeks Student Pianists for Open Concert

pianoPiano students ages 17 and under may sign up to play in the library’s open piano concert on Saturday, November 12 at 2 pm. All skill levels are encouraged to participate and all ages are welcome to attend as we fill the library with music. Students may play up to two pieces.

Registration is required and begins a week in advance. Space is limited.

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.

Sunday, November 6 at 2 pm: Free Concert with Box of Squirrels

BoxofSquirrelsLocal band, Box of Squirrels infuses folk, Americana, indie, blues and rock music. Come listen as they put a squirrely spin on popular songs. Harmony vocals and acoustic instrumentation including banjo, mandolin, guitar, washboard, and upright bass combine to make the easy sound of this special band.
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.
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