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First TEDx Event this Wednesday

tedxTED (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.

The library’s first TEDx event, Love Your Mother—Earth Day,” will be held on Wednesday, April 20 from 6:30pm – 8:30pm. Watch three engaging TED Talks on bees, bats, and seed saving. After the screening, participate in a moderated discussion.

The discussion will also highlight the Kent Free Library’s own Seed Library, a free service for community members.

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

Be a Winner during National Library Week

transformHelp celebrate National Library Week from April 10 – 16!  This year’s theme is Libraries Transform, and we will be highlighting the ways libraries are not just about what we have for people, but what we do for and with people.

Increasingly, libraries are places of creativity where people of all ages can meet to share a hobby–crafting, music, reading, gardening–or can use the computer lab to create documents, presentations, and websites, or can meet new friends through volunteering. Libraries offer access to the tools and technology and training essential to the economic and cultural lives of our communities.

becauseShare what you have to say about the Kent Free Library by filling out a “speech bubble” at the display near the Information Desk.

And visit the library often this week, because we’ll be randomly choosing a Library Patron of Day who will be showered with applause and gifts!

The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln

president-391128_960_720Families are invited to the Kent Free Library on Wednesday, April 13 at 6:30 for a presentation by popular historian Paul Goebbel on the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. Goebbel will appear dressed in period attire, as he chronicles all the attempts made on Lincoln’s life up to and including John Wilkes Booth’s dramatic and successful effort.

Space is limited for this free, all-ages program. Please call the Information Desk at 330.673.4414 for reservations.

First Ever Friends of KFL Book Sale

booksCome to the Friends of the Kent Free Library’s first ever book sale on Friday, April 29 from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm and Saturday, April 30 10:00 am – 4:00 pm!  At this inaugural “mini-sale,” the Friends will be selling withdrawn library books, including Cookbooks, Gardening Books, Juvenile Picture Books, Juvenile and Young Adult Fiction, and Adult Fiction, Mystery, and Science Fiction.  The sale will be held in the Bumphrey Room in the old Carnegie Section of the library.

All proceeds go to supporting Friends programs and activities.  Cash or check only.

Show your support for the library and become a Friend!  Fill out the application and return it to the library.  The Friends meet the third Monday of each month at 7:00 pm in the library’s 2nd floor meeting room.

Copali Plays Free Concert

Copali Main PhotoAll ages are invited to an afternoon of hands-on fun at the Kent Free Library on Sunday, April 10 at 2 p.m., when local instrumental group Copali presents a free concert with steel drums, clarinet, saxophone, guitar, bass, and percussion. Copali performs a wide variety of styles including funk, jazz, fusion, classical, Latin, rock, and more!

Copali’s musicians will give a brief history of all of their instruments and demonstrate creative ways to combine styles and instruments. They’ll also explain their exciting improvisation style, and the audience will get to join in (instruments provided)!

Copali will also be performing original music from their debut album. Do not miss your chance to hear one of Northeast Ohio’s best rising musical groups!

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.

Baseball Bonanza

baseballFamilies with children ages 3-12 years old are invited to join us on Saturday, April 2 at 11:00 am as we celebrate the start of baseball season! We will have baseball themed crafts, games, snacks and more.

Registration is required and begins one week in advance on March 26. To register call or visit the Youth Services Department.

Seed Library Launches

SeedLibraryLogo2Start checking out seeds from The Seed Library of the Kent Free Library on Tuesday, March 15!  Thanks to donations from community members and the seed companies listed below, we will have hundreds of packets of seeds that you can “check out,” grow, and if you are successful, harvest seeds from and return to restock our 2017 collection!

For more information, visit the Seed Library website.

Special thanks to our partners, Kent Food Not Lawns and the Portage County Master Gardeners.  Thanks also to these businesses and organizations that donated seeds to get us started:

Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds

Cleveland Seed Bank

High Mowing Organic Seeds

Mustard Seed Market

Seed Savers Exchange

Free Family Concert of West African Music

sean-gaskell-kora-380x570Families are invited to a unique concert of West African music at the Kent Free Library on Saturday, March 19 at 2 p.m. Local musician Sean Gaskell will play traditional songs on the Kora, a 21 string harp that he learned how to play throughout the course of multiple visits to Gambia, West Africa.

Gaskell has been featured at a number of music festivals in the US, Gambia, and Senegal.

At interactive program, kids may clap and sing along with Sean as he performs.

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.

Big Hero 6 Party

Big-Hero-6-FeaturedChildren in preschool through grade 5 are invited to the Kent Free Library on Saturday, March 12 at 11 a.m. for a Big Hero 6 party! Come enjoy games, crafts, snacks and more featuring Hiro and the rest of the superheroes from the popular film. Make a marshmallow Baymax, throw discs with Go Go, and do chemistry experiments with Honey Lemon!

Registration is required; please call the Dubois Children’s Reading Room at 330.673.4414. Space is limited.

Kids Science Program

Science-Experiments-and-Kids2Families with children ages 12 and under are invited to the library on Saturday, March 5 at 11:00 am for some chilly science experiments!  Eva Frank, former employee of COSI, will share a variety of winter themed science experiments us.

Registration is not required. Boarding passes will be passed out 30 minutes prior to the event.

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