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Computer Lab Closed for Updates

New computers have been installed in the public lab, however the software is still being loaded and the lab will remain closed.  15-minute computers are available near the Main Street entrance and the wireless network is working for lap top users.

We apologize for the inconvenience.

Cooking the Books: Thanksgiving Recipe Preview

Do you need new recipes for Thanksgiving to wow your friends and family? Do you have a favorite recipe that’s too good not to share? Come to our Thanksgiving Recipe Preview on Monday, November 18 at 7 pm.

Prepare your favorite dish to share and bring a copy of the recipe. We’ll discuss tips and ideas to make your holiday festive and delicious. Also enjoy a demonstration on how to make an easy, no bake dessert!

This program is for adults; spaces are limited, registration is required and starts Monday October 21. Please call the Information Desk at 330.673.4414.

Need some inspiration?  Here are some Thanksgiving cookbooks in our collection.  Click on a cover to see availability.

Matt Watroba Presents: The Power of the Folk Song

Folk singer and radio host Matt Watroba will present a free lecture/concert, “The Power of the Folk Song” on Sunday, November 17 at 2 pm.

Watroba will combine his knowledge and talents to paint a musical landscape of the amazing stories and characters wrapped up in the music of the people. Expect to listen, laugh, and sing during this special music event.

Watroba is the Producer/Announcer at WKSU FolkAlley.com at Kent State University. For over 25 years, he has been learning about and sharing American folk music through his radio work, and through hundreds of performances in concerts, schools, libraries, church basements, senior centers–any place where folks gather in community.

All ages are welcome to attend this free program and no registration is required.

Student Pianists Sought for Concert

The Kent Free Library invites students, ages 17 and under, who are currently enrolled in music lessons, to play at the Open Piano Concert on Saturday, November 16 at 11 am.

Students should prepare one or two short pieces to play for an audience of friends and family in the library’s meeting room. All skill levels are encouraged to participate.

Registration is required and space is limited. Please call the Youth Services Department at 330.673.4414 to register.

No registration is required to enjoy the concert as an audience member and all ages are invited.

Yang Zeng in Concert This Sunday

Accomplished violinist Yang Zeng performs a free concert on Sunday, October 27 at 2 pm.

We are thrilled to welcome back Zeng, a distinguished violinist from Kent State University. Zeng has participated in the Kent Blossom Music Festival and has also collaborated with the musicians of the Cleveland Orchestra. At Kent State he is a member of several chamber music ensembles which are coached by members of the Miami String Quartet. This year he performed Dvorak Violin Concerto and Beethoven triple concerto with the KSU Orchestra, and he was awarded the Leopold Sipe Memorial Award for Excellence in Music Performance.

Yang Zeng was born in Yunnan China where he began studying the violin at the age of 6. From August 1999 to July 2010, he studied at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music with Jiyang Zhao, Qinglin Zhu, Qing Zheng and Shisheng Zheng. He also studied viola with Hancheng Lan and Xidi Shen. He has performed at the Shanghai Concert Hall, Shanghai Oriental Art Center, and Shanghai Grand Theater, as well as the Solon Center for the Arts in Ohio.

Yang has played with the Shanghai Conservatory Orchestra and the Shanghai Sinfonietta. He was part of the China-Germany Young Euro Classic Festival Orchestra in 2010, performing at the Nanjing Arts Institute Concert Hall and the Shanghai Concert Hall.

In August 2010, he came to Kent State University to pursue his undergraduate degree in Music Performance. He is currently a student of Cathy Meng Robinson and Jung-Min Amy Lee, and has also studied violin with Benny Kim while at Kent State.

In 2011, 2012, and 2013, Yang participated in the Kent Blossom Music Festival where he performed chamber music and also collaborated with the musicians of the Cleveland Orchestra.  At Kent State, he is a member of several chamber music ensembles which are coached by members of the Miami String Quartet.  Last February March,Yang performed the Dvorak Violin Concerto and the Beethoven Triple Concerto with the KSU Orchestra.

In 2013,Yang was awarded the Leopold Sipe Memorial Award for Excellence in Music Performance and he won the String Division of the Tuesday Musical Competition. Yang is currently a member of the Akron Symphony Orchestra, principle second violin of the Mansfield Symphony and the concertmaster of KSU Orchestra.

As an artist, he was awarded First Prize in the Chinese youth calligraphy and painting competition in 1997 and 1998.

More Book Clubs; More Chances to Win!

Photo of KindleWe’re celebrating National Reading Group Month with two special book discussions–especially for audiobook lovers and “real men who read”!  Attend either one, and you’ll be entered in a raffle to win a Kindle Paperwhite!

Join librarian and audiobook selector Rayna Shilling on Tuesday, October 22 at 7 pm for a discussion of the audiobook version of The Dinner by Herman Koch.

On Wednesday, October 23 at 7 pm, librarian and book lover James T. Freeman invites men to discuss Robert B. Parker’s classic Spencer novel The Godwulf Manuscript.

No registration is required for either book group and light refreshments will be served.  Stop by the Check Out Desk to pick up your copy.

Adobe Security Breach May Effect eBook Users

Adobe LogoSome of you may have heard in the news recently that Adobe has had a security breach. This may affect patrons who use the Ohio eBook Project, since Overdrive relies on Adobe IDs to authenticate users through the Overdrive Media Console App as well as Adobe Digital Editions.

Since Adobe does not collect credit card information to register for an Adobe ID, the risk is minimal.  However, you may be contacted by Adobe to reset your Adobe ID Adobe is encouraging affected users to reset their passwords on other services/applications if they’ve used the same user ID and password as they use with Adobe.

In a press release, Adobe announced:

  • As a precaution, we are resetting relevant customer passwords to help prevent unauthorized access to Adobe ID accounts. If your user ID and password were involved, you will receive an email notification from us with information on how to change your password. We also recommend that you change your passwords on any website where you may have used the same user ID and password.
  • We are in the process of notifying customers whose credit or debit card information we believe to be involved in the incident. If your information was involved, you will receive a notification letter from us with additional information on steps you can take to help protect yourself against potential misuse of personal information about you. Adobe is also offering customers, whose credit or debit card information was involved, the option of enrolling in a one-year complimentary credit monitoring membership where available.
  • We have notified the banks processing customer payments for Adobe, so that they can work with the payment card companies and card-issuing banks to help protect customers’ accounts.
  • We have contacted federal law enforcement and are assisting in their investigation.

Here are a few important things to be aware of (from Overdrive):

  • Re-activation of previously authorized Adobe Digital Editions (ADE) and OverDrive Media Console (OMC) will NOT be required in order to maintain access to DRM protected Adobe eBooks or to download new ones, even if users have since changed the password on their Adobe ID.
  • New activations of ADE and OMC will not be possible until the user has reset their password with Adobe (so they can use a known good password to authenticate) since Adobe has reset everyone’s existing password.
  • Users can choose to de-authorize ADE or OMC and re-authorize with their new password; however, that is not necessary or recommended.
  • Users who have changed their Adobe ID password and wish to also update their passwords on OMC should be able to do this. Changing passwords periodically and using different passwords for different accounts are good security practices.
  • Overdrive does not store emails or passwords for the Adobe ID, but does use emails that have been registered for an OverDrive ONE account. Users can reset their OverDrive ONE password by using the ‘forgot password’ link or by logging in and using the “Settings” panel. Users that have registered for OverDrive ONE using their Facebook account will have to re-authenticate OverDrive ONE in OMC if they have also updated their Facebook email or password.

Here’s how to contact Adobe:

Adobe Live Chat: http://www.adobe.com/support/chat/ivrchat.html

Adobe Contact Page: http://helpx.adobe.com/contact/

Here’s more information about Adobe’s security breach:

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/04/technology/adobe-announces-security-breach.html?_r=0

http://articles.washingtonpost.com/2013-10-04/business/42692197_1_data-breach-adobe-products-security-breach

Affordable Care Act Resources Page

Health Insurance DocumentLooking for timely, authoritative information to learn more or make choices about insurance?  Our librarians have created an Affordable Care Act Resources page with links to various national and local organizations to help you find answers to your questions!

Find more information here.

 

Win a Kindle by Attending October Book Clubs

October is National Reading Group Month, so it’s the perfect time for you to explore our book groups! We have several groups to meet all kinds of reading tastes.

And to celebrate this holiday for book lovers, all attendees of our book groups during October will be entered in a raffle to win a Kindle Paperwhite!

No registration is required to attend a book club.  Copies of each group’s selection may be found at the Check Out Desk–just ask for the book or the group that interests you.

See our Book Clubs and their October selections.


The Big (Fancy) Library Read!

KFL is part of the Big Library Read program!  Our card holders can borrow and enjoy the eBook or audiobook version of Nancy Clancy, Super Sleuth by Jane O’Connor through September 30th by visiting The Ohio eBook Project–no placing a hold, no waiting!

Big Library Read is an international program that provides unlimited simultaneous access to a popular title for a two-week period, creating a virtual, global book club.  Interested patrons can borrow Book 1 in the Nancy Clancy series with their valid library card, and enjoy it on all major computers and devices, including iPhone®, iPad®, Nook®, Android™ phones and tablets, and Kindle® without worrying about wait lists or holds.  The title will automatically expire at the end of the lending period.  There are no late fees!

Fancy Nancy author, Jane O’Connor, will even host a live 30-minute chat with readers on Tuesday, September 24 at 9:00 pm.  At that time just visit OverDrive’s Facebook Page.

The Big Library Read program is made possible through a partnership between OverDrive, the leading supplier of eBooks and more to libraries, and HarperCollins, publisher of the best-selling Fancy Nancy series of children’s titles.

OverDrive is a leading multichannel digital distributor of eBooks, digital audiobooks, music and video.  They supply a secure lending platform for 22,000 libraries, schools and retailers worldwide with support for all major computers and devices.  Founded in 1986, OverDrive is based in Cleveland.

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