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Saturday, August 20 at 2:00 pm: Adult Coloring Party

adultcoloringAdults are invited to experience the latest trend in relaxation, adult coloring books, on Saturday, May 14 at 2:00 pm. Studies show coloring can have a calming effect on the adult mind and can help to promote overall wellness.

Coloring pages from books designed especially for adults as well as colored pencils, markers, and crayons will be provided.

Space is limited and registration is required by contacting the Information Desk at 330.673.4414.
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Monday, August 15: Fall Story Times Begin

Fall Story TimesOur 15-week Fall  Story Time Session begins the week of August 15. Nine different story times will be offered for babies, preschoolers, and toddlers, and several story times are geared for all ages. Story Times are led by professional librarians, all of whom have been trained in early childhood literacy.

No pre-registration is necessary for Story Times; arrive a few minutes early to pick up a “boarding pass.” Some sessions have limited space.

Additional programs are offered for children and for tweens and teens.

Sunday, August 14 at 2:00 pm: Healthy Back to School Lunches and Snacks with Chef Giulia

giulia1Have you committed to packing healthy lunches that your family will actually eat this year? Do you need new ideas for snacks that are lower in sugar and simple to make? Join Chef Giulia on Sunday, August 14 at 2 p.m. for ideas for making portable lunches and make-ahead snacks that can be customized to individual tastes.

Helpful resources will be provided and samples of health-providing foods will be available for tasting. No food preparation will be done during the program.

All ages are welcome and spaces are limited; registration is underway.

Saturday, August 6 at 2pm: Lizzie Borden: Did She or Didn’t She?

Photo of Lizzie BordenThe most famous American murder case of the Victorian era took place on August 4, 1892. 124 years later, her crime still fascinates.

Join historian and engaging speaker Laura Loew of Lost in the Past on Saturday, August 6 at 2 pm for a fascinating look into the life of Lizzie Borden.

Build your own theory of ‘whodunit’ while exploring the cultural implications of an upper-class Victorian woman accused of a grisly double murder. This is a do not miss event for all true crime fans!

All ages are welcome and spaces are limited; to register, please contact the Information Desk at 330.673.4414.

Summer Reading Program Finale

Chld Bikes copyTo celebrate the end of a successful Summer Reading Program, we invite all ages to have a ball with a variety of free family friendly events and activities based on the themes “On Your Mark, Get Set, Read!” and “Exercise Your Mind: Read!” which will be held throughout the library on Saturday, July 20 from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm.

Enjoy a drop in craft, sports-themed games, and a photobooth in the Dubois Children’s Reading Room. Illustrator Dan Gorman will inspire budding artists to “Chalk the Walk” under the Main Street portico, and a face painter will be on hand.  And the Cleveland Indians’ Mascot, Slider, will be coming from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm  to meet with kids and their families–get your photo taken with Slider!

Music will be provided by steel drum band Friendly Dog, and adults can exercise their minds with a trivia contest at 1 p.m. in the meeting room.

 No registration required.

Free Movie!

movie-ticketFriday Family movies continue on Friday, July 22 at 2:00 pm with a screening of a family friendly feature film in the air-conditioned meeting room.

Due to licensing restrictions, the library cannot published the title of the film, but it is about two girls who move to the country to be near their ailing mother, who have adventures with the wondrous forest spirits who live nearby.

No registration is required.

Mini Golf at the Library Returns

bertTee off between the bookshelves on Sunday, July 17 from 1 – 4 pm when we transform the library into a spectacular 9-hole mini golf course. Golfers of all ages and abilities are invited to drop in and play a round. Registration is not required—just stop in and pick up a scorecard.

Each hole will have a theme, such as Caddyshack, Disney, the Hungry Caterpillar, and the Jungle. The library’s teen volunteers will create a special Harry Potter-themed hole. The library will also hold a raffle for participating golfers to win a $25 gift card to Five Below.

The Birdie Shack in Ravenna is graciously lending putters to the library for the event.

For more information, please contact Youth Services at 330.673.4414.

Family Relay Frenzy

Chld Runners Boy copyAs part of the our sports-themed Summer Reading Program,  we invite families with children entering kindergarten through 5th grade to test their mettle with an outdoor relay obstacle course on Saturday, July 16 at 11:00 am.

Obstacles may involve water or messy substances; prepare to get messy and please bring a towel. If there is inclement weather, the program will be cancelled.

To register for this free program, please call the Youth Services Department at 330.673.4414.

TEDx Event: Exercise Your Mind

tedxThe next TEDx event, “Exercise Your Mind,” will be held on Wednesday, July 13 at 6:30 p.m. Watch three engaging TED Talks on creativity, how we overcome our biases, and how we make our choices. 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.

Eating in Season with Chef Giulia

giulia2On Tuesday, July 12 at 6:30, Chef Giulia offers a program providing ideas for preparing locally-available seasonal produce for immediate meals, as well as simple ways to preserve the bounty for eating later. Learn how to use the familiar and not to familiar fresh fruits and vegetables available at Kent’s own Haymaker Farmers’ Market to create healthy and delicious meals.

Helpful resources will be provided and samples of health-providing foods will be available for tasting. No food preparation will be done during the program.  Please call the Information Desk at 330.673.4414 to register.

Chef Giulia is a Vegetarian/Vegan Personal Chef, Cooking Instructor, and Food Coach based in Stow. Her focus is on inspiring others to prepare meals in their own kitchens in order to eat more healthfully.

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