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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

Library Holiday Hours

booktreeThe library will be closed on Wednesday, December 31 and Thursday, January 1.

As always when the library is closed, book drops will be available at the drive through and to the left of the parking lot entrance.  In addition, no materials are due on those days and no fines on overdue materials will be assessed.

Meet Dewey, the Official KFL Elf on a Shelf!

Photo of Elf on a ShelfFor the last week, Dewey has been having lots of fun here at the library–checking out library services, getting into places he shouldn’t, and even taking a ride on the book return conveyor belt.

Follow the library’s page on Facebook to see what else he gets up to!

December Youth Services Programs Announced

Get into the holiday spirit with our great line up of holiday programs for kids!

christmasguitarMusic With Mr. Jim

Tuesdays December 9 and 16 at 10:30 am

For children of all ages with an adult. Pick up your boarding pass at the Children’s Desk 30 minutes before the program and enjoy seasonal stories and songs with Mr. Jim in the Meeting Room.

ornamentsTween Zone

This evening program is for students in grades 3-5. Every week students will make a fun craft or perform a science experiment.

December 11:  Santa’s Science Lab

Registration is required and begins one week in advance of each program. Registration closes at 9:00 pm on Wednesday of each week.  Programs are subject to change.


Monday, December 8 at 4:00 pm

Kids in grades 5 and under may drop in the Craft Room to make glitter snow.

No registration is required but supplies are limited.

teencraftTeen Scene

Teens in grades 6-12 join us to make a craft on the following Tuesday evenings at 6:00 pm in the Craft Room.

December 9: DIY Ornaments: Celebrate the holiday season and create your own ornaments!

Registration is required, and begins one week in advance of each program. Registration closes at 9 pm on Monday of each week.

pjsNorth Pole Pajama Party

Saturday, December 13 at 11:00 am

Kids preschool through fifth grade may join us for holiday crafts, games and treats.

Registration is required and begins December 6. Space is limited.

elfElf School

Tuesday, December 16 at 4:00 pm
Wednesday, December 17 at 4:00 pm
Thursday, December 18 at 4:00 pm

For Kids in grades K-2. Come see if you have what it takes to be an elf…we will read holiday books, play reindeer games and make crafts and treats. Registration is required and begins December 9.

santa-readingHoliday Story Time at Tree City

December 17 at 10:30 am

Children of all ages are invited to join a Kent Free Library Youth Services Librarian for a special holiday themed storytime at Tree City Coffee and Pastry!

School’s Out Movie

Friday, December 26 3:00 pm

Drop in the Meeting Room to watch a seasonal movie. No registration required.

The Bubble Lady Visits!

bubble ladyKids of all ages are invited to the library on Saturday, November 22 at 11:00 am to watch the Bubble Lady and her wonderful world of bubbles.

No registration is required for this free program, but space is limited. Stop by the desk in the DuBois Children’s Reading Room 30 minutes before the show to pick up boarding passes. For more information, call the Youth Services Department at 330.673.4414.

Free Celtic Holiday Concert by Akron Ceili Band

Photo of Akron Ceili BandOn Sunday, December 7 at 2 pm at the Kent Free Library, bring the family for enjoy a free all-ages concert by the Akron Ceili Band.

These local musicians perform Celtic renditions of holiday songs and traditional Irish tunes with a unique and lively sound that is all their own. Enjoy a variety of traditional instruments including fiddles, guitars, tin whistle, bass and bodhran (Irish drum).

Free Concert by Guitarist Philip Logan

David Hansen 3Enjoy a free concert on Sunday, November 16, 2:00 pm by guitarist and University of Akron music student Philip Logan.  Logan was born and raised in Jacksonville, Florida where he began his musical studies at a young age. He was accepted to Douglas Anderson School of the Arts, named by the Grammy Foundation as the top performing arts high school in the nation.  After high school, Philip received a scholarship to attend Stetson University, under the direction of Dr. Stephen Robinson.  While there, he was able to refine his skills and learn a great deal about the interpretation of music on the guitar.

After receiving a Bachelor’s of Music, Philip became an instructor at University High School in Orange City, Florida. There he directed the guitar program, which he created from the ground up. Outside of teaching, Philip performed professionally (guitar and voice) around Central Florida in various groups and styles of music, including Rock, Pop, and Jazz.  Since then, he has been awarded a full scholarship to the University of Akron as a Teaching Assistant, and is currently working towards his Master’s under the tutelage of Stephen Aron. Philip has performed many times for the School of Music, including their annual collaborative event, “Collage”. He has has played a number of feature concerts and has played in masterclasses with David Russell, Andrew York, Dusan Bogdanovic, Roland Dyens, Michael Chapdelaine, and many other great artists.  Recent performances include the Investiture for the new president of The University of Akron.

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

What’s Adoption All About? FAQ Drop In

kidsFamily Adoption Consultants, an adoption agency with offices in Kent, will have representatives available to answer your questions about adoption on Monday, November 10 from 4:00 – 8:00 pm at the Kent Free Library.  In Ohio alone, there are over 2500 children without a family to call their own. Stop by to learn more about the many options available to support these children or to build your family through adoption.

Have you ever thought about becoming parents through adoption? Have you ever wanted to talk with someone about what would be involved in placing your child with an adoptive family? This is your opportunity to stop, ask, and inquire. Contact Family Adoption Consultants for further information at (330)-296-2757, or

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