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Shade Gardening with Kent Food Not Lawns

vegetablesJust because you have a shady yard doesn’t mean you can’t grow food. Come to a presentation on Wednesday, June 10 at 7:00 pm by Kent Food Not Lawns to learn about fruits and vegetables that are perfect for a shady bed.  Free seed packets will be given to all who participate.

To register, please call the library at 330.673.4414; spaces are limited.

Cleveland Museum of Art “Art To Go” Series Continues

armorOn Wednesday, June 3 at 6:30, see real pieces of armor used by Medieval knights and Renaissance noblemen, right here at the library!  Staff and trained volunteers from the Cleveland Museum of Art will bring genuine art objects from the museum’s collection that can be touched and sometimes tried on, including a breastplate, a gauntlet, a piece of chain mail, a vambrace and a close helmet!

All ages are invited to this exciting event.  Registration is required and begins May 6–contact the Information Desk.

Enhance your experience by reviewing the museum’s resource packet before the presentation.

Summer Reading Program Underway

BamPowReadThe Kent Free Library’s Summer Reading Program is underway, with reading incentives, contests, and events for all ages. In keeping with this year’s theme of Every Hero Has a Story, programs will feature local heroes like the Kent Kiwanis and the Ben Curtis Family Foundation, as well individuals in the community.

Children entering grades K – 5 sign up in the Dubois Children’s Reading Room to receive their reading record.  Time spent reading earns prizes, and Super Readers earn a static cling sticker, a place on the Super Reader Hall of Fame, and a free book.  Kids also earn votes in the 6th annual Care for a Critter Contest, to choose which animal the library will sponsor at the Akron Zoo.

“The support we’ve received from the Kent Kiwanis has enabled us to reward kids who participate this summer in some special ways,” says Youth Services Manager Shelley Hall. In addition to earning cling stickers and free books, thanks to sponsorship from the Kent Kiwanis, kids can attend a spectacular finale at the Kent State University Hotel and Conference Center, featuring magician Jason Alan.

The library also offers a program for teen readers, for which they earn a scratch off ticket for every 2 books they read, with a chance to win coupons from local businesses.  Each ticket is also an entry in a grand prize drawing at the end of the summer.

ASDSRP2Adults can register for their own program at the Information Desk, and earn entries into drawings for amazing prizes when they read books or attend programs.

Many activities and events are scheduled, including the annual kids’ photo contest; crafts for kids, teens, and adults; story times, including 2 new family story times. Heroes in the community will lead one of the new story times.

Adult Services Manager Melissa Ziminsky says that this summer’s program provides many opportunities to have fun, learn, and give back to the community.

“Adults can participate by reading and coming to programs, but also by giving back to the community,” says Ziminsky. “We’re partnering with the Ben Curtis Family Foundation for our ‘Be a Hero: Donate!’ program.” Bring sample-sized toiletries to the Information Desk, and through the Ben Curtis Family Foundation, they will be given to children in need in our community.

For more information about the Summer Reading Program or to view the complete schedule of events, visit or stop by the library for a flier.

Visit the Summer Reading Program page for more information and watch Children’s Upcoming Events or Adult Upcoming Events for details about our many programs.

Family Fitness Program

Family-fit-campChildren in preschool through 5th grade and their favorite grown up are invited to join us for 1-hour of fun fitness in the meeting room on Saturday, May 30, starting at 2:00 pm!
This fun family class will be taught by Lisa J. Kelleman-McClain, certified personal trainer. Registration is required and begins one week in advance. Space is limited.

Magic Tree House Party

mth_website1Families with children ages 3 to 12 are invited to a Magic Tree House Party on Saturday, May 23 at 11:00 am.  Travel back in time with Jack and Annie with games, crafts, and more!

Registration is required and begins on May 16. Please call the Dubois Children’s Reading Room at 330.673.4414.

Elephant and Piggie Party

elephant-piggie_6135Families with children ages 12 and under who love children’s author Mo Willem’s Elephant and Piggie books are invited to a party on Saturday, May 16 at 11 am.

There will be snacks, crafts and themed games, celebrating everyone’s favorite best friends.

Registration is required. Please call the Dubois Children’s Reading Room at 330.673.4414.

Planning Your Small Space Vegetable Garden

Photo of Lynn GregorYou don’t need acres of land to have a productive vegetable garden!  On Wednesday, May 6 at 7:00 pm, Lynn Gregor will be here to show you how to plan a vegetable garden perfect for small yards or apartments.

Lynn Gregor has nearly twenty-five years of experience in horticulture, specializing in urban agriculture and organic garden education. Currently, she is the Farm-to-School project consultant with the Akron Public Schools and runs Green Sprout Gardens, helping others to grow food for themselves. She also created and serves as the volunteer coordinator of the Holden Garden Project. Lynn is also co-author of A Place to Grow: Voices and Images of Urban Gardeners.

Registration is requested and is underway. Please visit or contact the Information Desk to register.

The Light of Home: Women in Victorian Society

Light of the HomeOn Monday, May 4 at 6:30 pm join Laura Loew from Lost in the Past for a fascinating program at the Kent Free Library about the life of Victorian women.

A Victorian woman’s work was never done. Learn about family life, social customs, fashions and more. Loew will also bring antique artifacts to view.

Registration is required and space is limited. Please call the Information Desk at 330.673.4414.

Free Comic Book Day

freecomicKent Free Library joins forces with Off the Wagon to host an all-ages Free Comic Book Day program on Saturday, May 2 from 11 – 12 pm!  On Free Comic Book Day, participating comic book shops around the world give away comic books!

Get your free comic book (while supplies last), and enjoy a wide variety of activities.  All attendees who come in costume will receive a treat.

We’ll show vintage Batman on the big screen and will have crafts for adults and kids, like making buttons from recycled comic books, making a mask, and a slime demo.  Take your photo with a life-sized hero or villain.

We’ll also have games for kids, like the Spiderman Web Course and Superhero Bowling.  And we’ll have super snacks and drinks that everyone will enjoy.

The fun will continue afterwards at Off the Wagon’s costume contest (find information about their events on their Facebook page).

Registration is required and space is limited.  Please call the Information Desk to sign up adults and children.

Library Seeks Teen Volunteers for Summer

teensThe library has summer volunteer positions available for teens who will be entering grades 9 to 12 next fall. An informational meeting will be held Tuesday, April 28 at 7:00 pm.

Teen volunteers will assist with the Summer Reading Program by registering participants, checking reading records, preparing materials for crafts, and setting up for programs.

Teens are invited to come to Teen Scene at 6 p.m. before the meeting to play a game of ‘Giant Blokus.’

Please call the Youth Services Department at 330.673.4414 for more information and to register for either program.

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