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All-Ages Pre-Oscar Party!

Red carpet and Oscar statueFamilies are invited to get ready for the 87th Annual Academy Awards by coming to a Pre-Oscar party at the library on Sunday, February 22 at 1:30 pm.

When you arrive, walk the red carpet, have your picture taken in the paparazzi photo-booth, and enjoy movie-themed games and free refreshments.

At 2 pm, sit down for a screening of an Oscar-nominated movie projected on the meeting room’s oversized screen. Because of licensing restrictions, the library cannot publish the title of the movie, but it’s about Hiccup and Toothless discovering an ice cave that is home to hundreds of new wild dragons and the mysterious Dragon Rider, and finding themselves at the center of a battle to protect the peace.

No registration is required for this free event. Stop at the second floor Information Desk 30 minutes prior to the event for a pass. Hurray for Hollywood!

Changes to Tax Form Distribution

TaxesWhile in previous years, the IRS has used many libraries as distribution centers for tax publications and forms, this year it is drastically reducing the variety and number of publications and forms that the IRS distributes in printed form.  The library will make all forms that the IRS sends available in the Copy Center near the Check Out Desk on the first floor.

Other publications may be ordered from the IRS or printed out from the IRS website, and we have created a web page in order to help our community find additional publications.

Below is the message the library received from the IRS regarding the distribution of forms:

While we had committed to waiting until next year to making changes to the Tax Forms Outlet Program, the situation has changed.  As you may be aware, IRS appropriations were significantly cut in the 2015 Omnibus Appropriations bill recently passed by Congress.

Unfortunately this puts us in a position where we have very few options.  We want to honor our commitment to you by providing some key products, but we cannot deliver nearly what we have in the past.

Because Form 1040EZ was not on this year’s order form, we will send you 75% of your Form 1040 A order quantity. For example, if you ordered 3000 Form 1040 A, we will send you 2250 Form 1040EZ.  It is not necessary for you to place an order for Form 1040EZ; we will automatically ship Form 1040EZ to you once the form becomes available.

Unfortunately, we are unable to offer Instructions for Forms 1040, 1040A and 1040EZ

Free Concert by Muszikat-Shalom

musicdoveThe Kent Free Library is pleased to welcome Muszikat-Shalom for a free, all-ages concert called “Sing for Freedom” on Saturday, February 7 at 2:00 pm.

To celebrate Black History Month, Muszikat-Shalom, which translates to Music for Peace, will perform music of the Civil Rights Movement. Hear the history of songs such as “We Shall Not Be Moved,” “Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Round,” “Buses Are a Comin,” and “This Little Light of Mine,” and how these songs provided the soundtrack for the Montgomery Bus Boycott, the Freedom Riders Movement and the Greensboro sit-ins.

Muszikat-Shalom was formed in 2006 and features Drene Ivy on piano and Nancy Bernstein on vocals.

No registration is required for this free, all-ages concert in the meeting room. Stop at the second floor Information Desk 30 minutes prior to the concert for an event pass. For more information, contact Adult Services at 330.673.4414.

Cleveland Museum of Art Presents 2nd “Art To Go” Program

cmaThe Kent Free Library is pleased to announce that three programs in the Cleveland Museum of Art’s popular “Art to Go” series will be presented this winter. The second, “Early America: Artistry of a Young Nation,” will be held on Wednesday, February 4 at 6:30 pm.  1 more program is scheduled in March.

Museum staff will visit the Library, bringing genuine art objects from the museum’s collection. These engaging, interactive sessions offer a unique hands-on experience and lively discussion about diverse cultures, time periods, materials, and techniques.

Registration is requested and spaces are limited. Please visit or contact the Information Desk at 330.673.4414 to register for the February 4 program.

KFL Offers Health and Wellness Series

Man and nurse fist bumpingThe Kent Free Library is pleased to welcome Board Certified Diabetes Educator, Asthma Educator, and Clinical Pharmacist Sarah Kwon, Pharm.D., CDE, AE-C, for a series of wellness programs this winter.

At the first program on Saturday, January 24 at 3:00 pm, the topic will be diabetes & pre-diabetes.

Registration is requested and spaces are limited. Please visit or contact the Information Desk at 330.673.4414 to register.

Upcoming Programs:

Saturday, February 28 at 3:00 pm: Diabetes Management. Registration begins January 31

Saturday, April 25 at 3:00 pm: Asthma. Registration begins March 28

Historic Puppet Troop Visits KFL

Photo of scene from Sleeping Beauty from http://stevenspuppets.com/shows/sleeping-beauty/Stevens Puppets will perform the fairy tale classic ‘Sleeping Beauty’ for children of all ages at the library on Saturday, January 24 at 11:00 am.

Founded in 1933, Stevens Puppets brings fully-staged productions, featuring hand-carved wooden marionettes in front of colorfully hand-painted scenery. The charming puppets come alive in their miniature worlds, transporting their audiences through magical journeys of endearing stories, raucous laughter, and artistic beauty.

Registration is not required but space is limited. Tickets will be passed out 30 minutes before the program in the Dubois Children’s Reading Room. For more information, contact Youth Services at 330.673.4414.

Take the 2015 Reading Challenge!

readingchallengeWant to read more this year, and need some ideas about what to read? Take the KFL Reading Challenge!  Stop by any desk for a copy of our list of suggestions for books to read–ideas like “A book written by someone under 30,” “A humorous work of nonfiction,” “A book with a one-word title,” or “A book over 100 years old”–and check them off.  You can also print the list yourself.

Like our Facebook Page for inspiration, sharing what you’ve read, and getting recommendations and ideas from librarians and other patrons.

Cleveland Museum of Art Presents “Art To Go” Series

cmaThe Kent Free Library is pleased to announce that three programs in the Cleveland Museum of Art’s popular “Art to Go” series will be presented this winter. The first, “Artists of Our Region,” will be held on Wednesday, January 14 at 6:30 pm.  2 more programs are scheduled in February and March.

Museum staff will visit the Library, bringing genuine art objects from the museum’s collection. These engaging, interactive sessions offer a unique hands-on experience and lively discussion about diverse cultures, time periods, materials, and techniques.

Registration is requested and spaces are limited. Please visit or contact the Information Desk at 330.673.4414 to register for the January 14 program.

The Bluestones Live in Concert

Photo of the BluestonesEnjoy a free concert by the Bluestones on Sunday, January 11 at 2:00 pm.

Playing in Northeast Ohio for over fifteen years, The Bluestones are a four-piece band from Kent. They play a variety of music styles: oldies, classic rock, blues, and country. The Bluestones have performed at dozens of major local events including the Blues and Brews Festival at Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens, the Akron Art Museum’s Downtown at Dusk Summer Concert Series, Kent Heritage Festival, and The NBA All-Star post game celebration.

The Bluestones, who served at the house band for Fat Fish Blue in Cleveland for a number of years, and have opened for national acts such as Shamekia Copeland, Koko Taylor, and Robert Lockwood Jr.

No registration required. Stop at the second floor Information Desk 30 minutes prior to the concert for an event pass.

Book a Librarian in January

Photo of two people working on a tablet from Getty ImagesWhether you received a new gadget for the holidays or want to get going on your New Year’s resolution to improve your computer skills, the KFL librarians are ready to help you!

In January, we will be offering even more Book a Librarian appointments–sit down with a professional librarian to work one-on-one on personal technology training or your research questions.
Stop in or call for an hour-long appointment on Monday through Thursday between 1 – 3 pm and 5:30 – 7:30 pm.

What We Can Help You With:*

  • Setting up an email account
  • Research beyond simple Google searches
  • Using databases and online research tools, including finding articles and        genealogy
  • Using your mobile device to access our digital library services including Freegal, Zinio, Axis360, or the Ohio Digital Library
  • Using the library’s website or catalog
  • Microsoft Office programs including Word, Excel, Publisher, and PowerPoint
  • Setting up an account on Facebook, Pinterest, LinkedIn, or other social        networking sites
  • File management
  • Creating a resume or searching online job listing sites

When Appointments Are Available:

In January, we are offering additional appointments.  Feel free to come in and learn how to use that new device you got for the holidays to download free ebooks, digital audiobooks, music, videos, and magazines!

Appointments are available in January on Monday through Thursday at 1:30 pm, 2:30 pm, 5:30 pm, and 6:30 pm.
How Long are Appointments:
Each appointment may last up to one hour. Additional appointments may be requested with a maximum of two per month per patron.
How to Make an Appointment:
Stop by the Information Desk or call us at 330.673.4414 starting the Monday of the week before. Appointments must be made at least 24 hours in advance. We will ask you to briefly explain what you would like assistance with.
Who Will Assist You:
We will consider your appointment request and determine the best librarian to work with you based on expertise and availability.  Specific librarians may not be requested.Where You Will Meet Your Librarian:Meet the librarian at the 2nd floor Information Desk by the Computer Lab.

Cancelling Appointments:

Please call as soon as possible to cancel an appointment you cannot make. Repeated cancellations and/or no-shows may result in future appointments being denied.

Appointments may be cancelled if the registrant is more than 15 minutes late.

*What We Cannot Help With:

  • Applications or forms involving personal information, such as your social security number
  • Medical, legal, or investment advice
  • Making online purchases or paying bills
  • Filing out tax forms
  • Troubleshooting or maintenance help with your personal computer or other device
  • Typing or editing documents
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