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Interactive Family Movie Night

movie-ticketJoin us for an interactive 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.

The movie is a classic baseball comedy from 1994, where the team receives a little help from up above. All supplies will be provided by the library.

Library Closes for Heritage Fest, 4th of July

flag2The library will be closed on Saturday, July 2 because of the Heritage Fest going on downtown.  The library will be open on Sunday, July 3 from 1:00 – 5:00.

The library will also be closed in observance of the 4th of July Independence Day holiday on Monday, July 4, and will reopen on Tuesday, July 5 at 9:00 am with regular hours.

As always when the library is closed, no items are due and no fines will be assessed on late materials.  For convenient returns, visit the drop box to the right of the parking lot entrance or use the drive through return.

Akron Zoo Mobile Visits Library!

akron-zooFamilies with children of all ages are invited to the Kent Free Library on Saturday, June 25 at 11:00 am for some animal fun with the Akron Zoo.  Visit up close with the zoo’s animal ambassadors.

No registration is required for this free program, but space is limited at the request of the zoo for the comfort of the animals. Please pick up a boarding pass in the Dubois Children’s Reading Room starting at 10:30 a.m.

For more information, please contact the Youth Services Department at 330.673.4414.

Free Family Movie

movie-ticketEnjoy a free family movie on Friday, June 24 at 2:00 pm in the Kent Free Library’s air-conditioned Meeting Room! The movie is about an urbane fox who cannot resist returning to his farm raiding ways and then must help his community survive the farmer’s retaliation (due to licensing restrictions, we may not publish titles of feature films–but maybe you can guess from that clue!).

Beginning Bellydance with Elianae

elianaeJoin Elianae, a professional bellydancer, for a fun, all-ages class on Saturday, June 18 at 2:00 pm Lean basic bellydance moves that you can do for fun and to get fit!

No experience is required for this family-friendly class. To register, please call the Information Desk at 330.673.4414.

Be in the Know about Our Benevolent Bats

batJamey Emmert from the ODNR Division of Wildlife offers a free all-ages presentation on the fascinating creatures of the night  on Wednesday, June 8 at 6:30 pm.

Bats are remarkable critters that need us as much as we need them. The 11 bat species in Ohio eat thousands of irritating insects each night, which helps keep us more comfortable and farmers happy with healthy crops. The only mammals that can fly, bats are crucial to the health of Planet Earth; but some species’ populations are declining.

Spaces are limited and registration is required by calling the Information Desk at 330.673.4414.

Mindfulness for a Happier Life

Photo of Jen ShopeJoin reiki master and yoga teacher Jen Shope for guided meditations and information on integrating mindfulness into your life in a free program on Tuesday, June 7 at 6:30 pm.

Mindfulness is the practice of shifting your perspective and creating a level of awareness that can manifest more peace in your daily life. Studies show that mindfulness can help relieve stress and depression, improve memory and focus, and promote happiness.

No meditation experience is necessary. Adults 18+ only. Spaces are limited and registration is required by calling the Information Desk at 330.673.4414.

Summer Reading Programs for All Ages

Registration for the Kent Free Library’s 2016 Summer Reading Program ends on Saturday, July 30. The library offers programs for children, teens, and adults.

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Students entering preschool through 5th grade receive an official reading record to record the time they spend reading, either independently or with a favorite grown up. Prizes are earned for every 5 hours spent reading and students who complete 20 hours of reading may receive a Kent Free Library felt pennant and have their photo taken and displayed in the Children’s Room on the wall of Kent’s Strongest Readers.  More Information

Other returning programs for kids include the annual Care for a Critter Contest—readers earn votes for which animal the library will sponsor at the Akron Zoo at the end of the summer.

A 9-week Story Time session with the library’s early literacy-trained professional librarians begins May 31. The library offers 10 different weekly stories times for babies through preschool, with several sessions geared toward children of all ages.  More Information

The library will also host its 10th annual Photo Contest for students entering 5th through 8th grade. Starting Monday, June 1, pick up an entry form in the Dubois Children’s Reading Room. Submit photos by Thursday, July 7. Photos will be displayed in the Children’s Room for the public to vote on. The photographer with the most votes wins a Target gift card.

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The library’s Teen Summer Reading Program lets teens earn scratch-off tickets for reading—each ticket is a chance to win great prizes like gift cards for local businesses, KSU gear, free books, and more! Each ticket is also a Grand Prize entry that you can use to try to win one of our exciting Teen Grand Prizes!  More Information

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Adults readers can join the fun too—readers who fill out a book review are entered in weekly prize drawings and a chance to win a grand prize.  More Information

A Day at the Seaside with Laura Loew

victorianbathingPopular presenter Laura Loew of Lost in the Past returns to the Kent Free Library on Sunday, May 15 at 2:00 with a new program about Victorians and their fascination with the beach.

In the 1800s, Victorians took to the waters with abandon at seaside resorts. Loew will describe those golden days of ‘bathing’ and promenading and will display antique bathing suits, seaside souvenirs, and other beach accessories from her collection.

Loew’s fun and informative program is free and open to all ages. Spaces are limited and registration is required by contacting the Information Desk at 330.673.4414.

Library’s May Newsletter Available

MayNewsletter.jpgRead the May edition of the library’s newsletter online!  Learn about the Summer Reading Program as well as featured summer events.

The newsletter is mailed to residential postal customers in the Kent City School District.

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