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Toddler Explorers

Toddlers Interacting During Playtime In A Nursery Setting

Families with toddlers and babies are invited to the Kent Free Library on Saturday, February 13 from 11:00 am – 12:00 pm for Toddler Explorers.

The Youth Services Department will set up the meeting room with a variety of toddler and baby friendly activities and stations for families to visit. Be sure to wear clothing that can get messy.

Registration is required for this free program. Please call the Dubois Children’s Reading Room at 330.673.4414.

Show Us Your Books!

ShowUsYourBooks!Bring your receipt to the Information Desk, and for every 5 adult books you take home, get a prize entry slip.

During February, along with the prize slips you also receive a strand of Mardi Gras beads! The more books you take home, the more chances you have to win!

Teen Writers Group to Meet

writersgroupStudents in grades 6 through 12 are invited to join a creative writing group that meets next on Tuesday, February 9 from 7:00 – 8:00 pm.  This group is for creative writers who want to challenge their imaginations and share their work. Each session starts with a prompt to help you create an idea.
Registration is required and begins on Tuesday, February 2. Registration closes at 9:00 pm on the Monday night before the program.

February Book Clubs

BookClubNo matter what you like to read, the Kent Free Library has a book club for you!

Monday Morning Book Group: B.Y.O.C. (Bring Your Own Cup)

Nothing goes better with coffee than a book group! This book group will meet the first Monday morning of every month at 11:00 am. Bring your own cup; we’ll supply the coffee!  No registration is required.  Find copies of each month’s title at the Check Out Desk or click on the link to the right to read a sample and check for availability of an ebook copy through the Ohio Digital Library.

Monday, February 1: The Book of Speculation by Erika Swyler

Read the Classics Book Club

For nearly 8 years, this all-ages group has been meeting to discuss classic and award-winning novels, nonfiction, and plays, such as A Tale of Two Cities, Their Eyes Were Watching God, Charlotte’s Web, and Midsummer Night’s Dream. Join this energetic group on the third Tuesday of each month at 7:00 pm in the 2nd Floor Meeting Room. Stop by the Check Out Desk to sign out each month’s selection or click on the link to the right to read a sample and check for availability of an ebook copy

Tuesday, February 16: Emma by Jane Austen

Last Monday Book Group

Meet with us the last Monday of the month at 6:30 pm to discuss a variety of fiction titles in a fun, laid-back setting. This is an “anything goes” book club and our books will be diverse in their range. No registration is required.  Find copies of each month’s title at the Check Out Desk or click on the link to the right to read a sample and check for availability of an ebook copy through the Ohio Digital Library.

Monday, February 29: After the Parade by Lori Ostlund




Artists Display Work at KFL

Train Going Down the TracksPhotographs by Kathy Cameron drawings and prints by Susan Covey are now on display at the Kent Free Library.

An Ohio native and Kent State University almuna, most of Cameron’s photos on display are landscapes taken in Columbus, western states, and Nova Scotia, where she used to live. A large, eye-catching photo of Amtrak rails disappearing into a line of mountains is among viewers’ favorites.

1 Cameron River of Trees“When I take a photograph, I focus on the center of the image and build my perspective from that point,” says Cameron, who only uses standard photo editing techniques. “My goal is to retain the image as it was viewed.” Cameron has exhibited her photos in galleries in Nova Scotia and in Hudson, OH, and she currently has an exhibit at the Akron-Canton Regional Airport.

Covey’s pen and ink drawings feature trees, flowers, shorelines, and rocks. She says that she often uses simple black and white, “to help people fill in the color in their minds and experience space with vitality.”

Nepenthe by Susan CoveyA licensed auctioneer, freelance writer, and musician, Covey was one of the creators of a public art project in Akron supported by the Downtown Akron Partnership that installed pianos around the city that people could play and share the experience at #playmeakron.

The artwork will be on display through mid-March.

Artists interested in displaying their work at the library can find information at or can stop by the Information Desk for an

Library Friends Group Holds Organizational Meeting

KFL_Icon_CMYKAnyone interested in becoming a member of the Friends of the Kent Free Library is invited to an Organizational Meeting in the library’s 2nd floor meeting room on Monday, January 25 at 7:00 pm.

The Steering Committee for the new group will present the group’s mission and bylaws, vote on officers, and begin discussing projects the group will work on this year.

Ballet Excel Ohio Performs

Ballet-Excel-Ohio-07Families with children of all ages are invited to the library on Saturday, January 23 at 11:00 am as members from Ballet Excel Ohio read the story of Pinocchio and offer a sneak peak of the ballet. Children will meet costumed characters, including Pinocchio, and participate in a dance.

No registration is required, but space is limited. Get a Boarding Pass in the Dubois Children’s Reading Room starting 30 minutes before the program.

Craft Supply Closet Clean Out

craftclosetWe’re cleaning out the craft supply closets to make room for new programs in the new year!

On Wednesday, January 20, families with children in grades 8 and under are invited to visit the craft room any time between 4:00 – 7:00 pm to create their own masterpiece! Supplies are available on a first come first served basis.

Adults can bring their creativity to a Crafting Free for All on Wednesday, January 27 at 7:00 pm. Find innovate ways to use leftover supplies to create a unique craft.  Registration is required for the adult program; please call the Information Desk at

The Fashions of Downton Abbey

laura loewPopular historical speaker Laura Loew from Lost in the Past returns on Saturday, January 16 at 2:00 pm with a brand new presentation, showcasing the fashions of the 1920s as captured on the latest season of the PBS show Downton Abbey.

Loew will describe the changes in style and the role of women, while spotlighting everyone’s favorite characters and their onscreen fashions. She will also display real antiques from the time period including gowns, hats, parasols, shoes, gloves, purses, and antique paper ephemera.

To register for this free program, call the Information Desk at 330.673.4414.

Kent Shindig All Stars Perform Free Concert

ShindigsOn Sunday, January 10 at 2:00 pm, tap your feet as the Kent Shindig All-Stars bring the infectious sounds of the Appalachian Mountains to the library. The performance will feature fiddles, banjos, guitars, mandolins, dulcimers, and washtub bass along with the dancing feet of legendary clogger Dancin’ Dennis Copley of Mogadore.

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