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Tuesday, January 2: Children’s Story Times, Winter Reading Program Begin

The library’s 13-week Winter Story Time Session begins January 2. Nine different story times will be offered for babies, preschoolers, and toddlers, and several story times are geared for all ages. Story Times are led by professional librarians, all of whom have been trained in early childhood literacy.

No pre-registration is necessary for Story Times; arrive a few minutes early to pick up a “boarding pass.” Some sessions have limited space.

Children in grades 5 and under can play the library’s Winter Reading Road Trip. Visit the Dubois Children’s Reading Room to pick up a map, then read books about or by authors from different states. Earn a coupon for a free children’s beverage from Tree City and a grand prize entry after reading 5 books. Read additional books before March 2 for more grand prize entries.

Additional programs are offered through the week for children, tweens, and teens.

Holiday Closings

The library will be closed on Sunday, December 31 and Monday, January 1.  The library will reopen with regular hours on Tuesday, January 2 at 9:00 am.

As always when the library is closed, no items will be due and no fines will be assessed on overdue materials.  Materials may still be returned either in the drops to the left of the parking lot doors or in the drive through.

Special December Programs

Get into the holiday spirit with special programs offered by the Youth Services Department!

Holiday Toddler Sensory Play

Tuesday, December 19 at 11:15 am

Families with children ages 2 to 4 years old are invited to join us for messy and creative holiday fun!

Registration is required and begins on December 12. Registration closes at 9 pm the Monday before the program.

Elf School

Tuesday, December 19 and 4:00 pm

Children in Kindergarten through 2nd grade are invited to visit the library to see if they have what it takes to be an elf! We will read holiday books, play reindeer games and make crafts and treats.  Each week we will have different activities.

You must register for each program weekly. Registration is required and begins a week in advance of each program date.

Interactive Family Movie Night

Thursday, December 21st at 6:30 pm

This is a special kind of 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. Enjoy this timeless classic as Charlie and his friends discover the true meaning of Christmas.

Registration is required and begins on December 14. Space is limited. No registration is required.

Dewey, KFL’s Elf on a Shelf, Returns!

Back by popular demand, Dewey, KFL’s mischievous Elf on a Shelf, will return in December.  Be sure to Like the library’s Facebook Page to enjoy Dewey’s antics as he helps bring fun to the holiday season!

Monday December 11 at 6:30 pm: The Magic of a 1950s Christmas

Remember aluminum trees, bubble lights, and decked-out department stores? Hosted by Laura Loew, this presentation will have you reliving great memories of retro holiday celebrations.
This program is family friendly and registration is requested. Spaces are limited; registration is underway.

Library Closes for Thanksgiving

The library will close at 6:00 pm on Wednesday, November 22 and will remain closed for the Thanksgiving Holiday on Thursday, November 23.  The library will reopen with regular hours on Friday, November 24 at 9:00 am.

As always when the library is closed, no items will be due and no late fees will be assessed on overdue materials.  For your convenience, materials may be returned through the drive through or in the return bin to the left of the parking lot entrance.

Monday, November 20 at 7:00: Friends of KFL Meeting

Supporters of the library are invited to the monthly Friends of Kent Free Library meeting on Monday, November 20.  Hear an update on the most recent book sale and learn how you can get involved with the Friends, including volunteer opportunities.

No registration is required.  For more information, contact [email protected]

Saturday, November 11 at 11:00 am: Open Music Concert


Piano students may sign up to play in the library’s open piano concert on November 11 at 11:00 am.  All skill levels are encouraged to participate and all ages are welcome to attend as we fill the library with music. Students may play up to two pieces.

For Students ages 17 and under Registration is required and begins November 4.  Space is limited.

Thursday, November 9 at 6:30 pm: Ohio State Football Talk

Author Robert J. Roman explores the forgotten history of a little 19th century football team and the birth of a football dynasty.

How did the football team at The Ohio State University steal the hearts of the entire state? How did the humble team ultimately develop into the dominance and pageantry known today as “Ohio State football”? In the 19th century OSU was not the largest school in Ohio. Its students were not the first to form a local college team; but what set the students apart was an underdog complex, a chip on their shoulders, and the drive to prove themselves.

This program is family friendly and registration is requested. Spaces are limited; registration begins October 12. Copies of Roman’s book will be available for purchase from the Kent Free Library Foundation by cash or check.

Sunday, October 29 at 2:00 pm: Free Concert with the KSU Woodwind Ensemble

Enjoy a free concert with the Kent State University Woodwind Ensemble.

This program is family friendly. No registration is required; however because space is limited, audience members must pick up

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