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Signups Underway for Antique Appraisal Program

Jeff Byce With Antique

Auctioneer Jeff Byce

Find out whether your family heirloom actually is worth a fortune when auctioneer and appraiser Jeff Byce visits the Kent Free Library on Tuesday, September 23 at 5:30 pm.

Register now by calling the Information Desk at 330.673.4414 to be among the limited number of antique owners invited to bring up to 3 of your treasures to find out what they’re worth. Objects for appraisal must be small enough for one person to carry without difficulty.

On the day of the program, antique owners will be admitted and given numbers starting at 5:00 pm and the program will officially commence at 5:30.
Please contact the Information Desk at 330.673.4414 to register.

Songwriters Perform Free Concert

Mick Promo 1Throughout July, seven local songwriters have been meeting and working weekly with teacher and musician Mick Rogers at the Kent Free Library. On Sunday, August 10 at 2 p.m., the public is invited to the library to hear the original pieces composed during this workshop.

According to Rogers, the participants had various levels of writing and performing experience, from beginners to those with music degrees. The songs developed over the course of the workshop have also been varied, from humorous and whimsical to heavy, and just lyrics or just the music.

The concert will feature the debut of these original compositions, performed on guitar and keyboard.

“It’s been a very positive experience,” says Rogers. He continues that he finds value and surprises in working with people who pay special attention to music and speak a common language about it.

No registration is required for the all-ages concert. For more information, please contact the Information Desk at 330.673.4414.

Art of Living Well: Hospice Cares

hospiceDo you have questions or are interested in learning more about what hospice care can provide to your family? On Monday, August 11 at 7:00 pm, come to a free informational program.

Bernadette Thomas, Coordinator of Robinson Memorial Hospital’s Hospice Volunteer Services, and Leigh Herington, former State Senator and Hospice Volunteer, will provide a history of hospice, the services it provides to individuals and families, and information for those interested in volunteering.

Registration requested for this free program. Please contact the Information Desk at 330.673.4414.

Glauser String Quartet Performs Free Concert

glauserEnjoy a free concert by Kent State University’s Glauser String Quartet on Sunday, July 27, 2:00 pm in the library’s meeting room.

The ensemble will be performing Haydn String Quartet No. 63 in B flat Major, Op. 76, No.4;Bartok String Quartet No. 2 Op. 17, Sz 67; and Mendelssohn String Quartet No. 3 in D Major, Op. 44, No. 1.

No registration is required for this all-ages program; however space is limited.  Passes will be available at the 2nd floor Information Desk beginning at 1:30 pm the day of the concert.

Read more about the Glauser String Quartet

Volunteer Meeting Scheduled for July 22

RFID-TagThe Kent Free Library is seeking adult volunteers to assist with a project to re-RFID every item in the collection.  New RFID tags will improve the efficiency of checking out materials.

Those interested in volunteering are invited to an orientation meeting on Tuesday, July 22 at 7:00 pm in the library’s meeting room.  Volunteers should also complete a Volunteer Application.

The project will begin in early August and last for at least 3 months.  Shifts will be 2 or 3 hours during regular library hours on Mondays and Tuesdays.  Volunteers should be able to lift, bend, and stretch, and to walk or stand for most of their shift.

For more information about the project, please contact Community and Special Services Manager Kristen Pool at [email protected] or 330.673.4414.

Still Available Spots in NEOMED Brain Health Talk Monday

brainNeuroscientists Jeff Mellot, Ph.D. and Dana Peterson, Ph.D. will present a program on Monday, July 14 at 7:00 pm on Recent News in Brain Health.  Agatha Christie’s Hercule Poirot once said, “You should employ your little grey cells”; and this program will provide tips for keeping your mind as agile as a brilliant investigator!

Anyone who wishes to get hands on experience will have the opportunity to put on gloves and eye wear and touch or hold a real human brain!

This in the first in a series of programs for which the Kent Free Library is partnering with the Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED) to provide the community with current health information.

Registration is requested; please call the Information Desk at 330.673.4414.

More KFL Reader Reviews

create&discover(1)This summer, KFL readers are sharing their reviews of books they read for our Summer Reading Program, Create & Discover!  Maybe someone in the community will recommend your next favorite book!

And for every review, readers earn an entry for weekly raffles to win (what else?) more books.  All reviews are also entered into the grand prize drawing at the end of the summer for an iPad mini!

You can sign up for Create & Discover today, start earning prize entries, and get your reviews published on our website!  Just stop by the Information Desk!

Click on the rotating cover below to read this week’s reviews:

Kent Master Gardeners Offer Program on Backyard Birds

goldfinchJoin the Kent Master Gardeners for a free program at the Kent Free Library on Tuesday, July 9 at 7:00 pm on attracting birds to your backyard. Presenters will discuss the importance of a biodiverse (wildlife friendly) landscape and how you can help your feathered friends, no matter what size your lot is or where you live.

Learn how even a small city lot can play an important role in wildlife conservation, when you landscape to provide food, water, shelter, and nesting areas.
Registration requested; please contact the library Information Desk at 330.673.4414.

A Summer Reading Program–for Everyone

FIZZ_BOOM_READ_logo PrimaryRegistration for Fizz, Boom, READ!, a summer reading program for students entering kindergarten through 5th grade, begins on Saturday, June 7 in the DuBois Children’s Reading Room. Students record the time they spend reading, either independently or with a favorite grown up, and earn prizes for every 5 hours spent reading.  Students who complete 20 hours of reading may receive a yard sign to display at home announcing that a Super Reader lives there!  Read more about the children’s program.

The Teen Summer Reading Program for grades 6 – 12 also begins on June 7.  For every two books teens read, they earn a scratch off ticket for a chance to win a book, a dollar off library fines, free food and more.  Each ticket is also an entry for the Grand Prize!  Read more . . .

Adults can register for Create & Discover @ Your Library, beginning June 2.  Then when they experience everything the library can offer–reading and reviewing books and attending events–they can also win prizes and be entered to win a weekly prize or the grand prize: an iPad Mini!  Check out all the events we’ll offer.

New Book Club Meets at Farmers’ Market

marketbookCelebrate summer by reading 3 great books on the themes of gardening, farming, local food, and seasonal cooking, then joining a group of like-minded readers on the 2nd Saturday of each month for an interesting discussion at a favorite place for local food enthusiasts, the Haymaker Farmer’s Market.

The first discussion will be held on Saturday, June 14 from 12 – 1 p.m.  Enjoy a discussion of Turn Here, Sweet Corn by Atina Diffley, an organic farmer in Minnesota who reflects on her relationships—with the earth, plants, animals, families, and communities—in this memoir about making these essential relationships work in the face of challenges as natural as weather and as unnatural as corporate politics.

July 12’s selection is The $64 Tomato by William Alexander and on August 9, the selection is Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver.

Check out a copy of each month’s selection at the Kent Free Library. No registration is required to attend the discussion at the market, which is located on Franklin Avenue in Kent, north of Summit St. Please bring a lawn chair if you’d like a seat.

For more information, please visit or call the Library’s Information Desk at 330.673.4414 or stop by the Market Table at the Haymaker
Farmers’ Market.

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