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Library News

Outback Ray Returns March 1

large_snakeChildren of all ages and their families are are invited to see Outback Ray and his amazing animal show on Saturday March 1 at 11 am.  It will be a fun and educational morning as he brings the Outback to us!

Registration is not required. Stop by the Children’s Desk 30 minutes before the show to get boarding passes. Space is limited.

Programs for Teens!

Photo of PizzaTeens!  Get an active voice in what the library offers you!  Teens in grades 9-12 who are interested in becoming involved are invited to the next Teen Advisory Group (T.A.G.) on Sunday, February 16 from 2 – 3 pm.  Members of T.A.G. help librarians create programs, volunteer at events, organize community service projects, and provide input on how our library can better serve them.  Registration is required–call the Youth Services Department if interested.

That Wednesday at 6 pm, teens in grades 6-9 who enjoy discussing new and popular youth adult titles are invited to the teen book club, Pizza and Pages.  We’ll discuss the graphic novel Drama by Raina Telgemeier, while enjoying a pizza supper.  Registration is also required for this program. To register or request a copy of the book, please call the Youth Services Department at 330.673.4414.



Winter Wonderland Carnival

Image of a snowflakeOn  Saturday, February 15 at 11:00 am, we’ll transform the library’s Meeting Room into a winter wonderland!  Children of all ages an their families are invited to enjoy for a morning filled with carnival games, crafts and snacks.  Registration is required and begins February 8.  Please stop by or call the Youth Services Department at 330.673.4414.  Space is limited.

Free Concert by Duende in February

duendeduoEnjoy a free concert by Duende on Sunday, February 9 at 2:00 pm.

Duende is an exciting duo which combines the sounds of the classical guitar and saxophone.  A collaboration between guitarist Krystin O’Mara and saxophonist Ethan Miller, Duende represents a fresh new direction in contemporary classical music.

Enjoy a mixture of traditional classical repertoire, Spanish and Flamenco influences, Jazz, Brazilian, World Music, and contemporary compositions.  You can look forward to a highly entertaining, dynamic performance.

No registration is required for this free, all-ages concert, but space is limited.  For more information, please contact the library’s Information Desk at 330.673.4414.

Learn more about Duende


Gear up for the Olympics!

olympicsChildren ages 5 and up are invited to gear up for the Winter Olympics on Saturday, February 1, at 11:00 am.  Play games to get into the Olympic spirit, make a craft, and enjoy a snack.

Registration is required and begins Saturday, January 25. Please stop by or call the Youth Services Department at 330.673.4414.

Chinese New Year Concert, Jan. 19

Cleveland Chinese Music Ensemble 3The Kent Free Library will host the Cleveland Chinese Music Ensemble for a free concert celebrating the Chinese New Year on Sunday, January 19 at 2:30 p.m.

The Ensemble will present a program of graceful and festive music, including several pieces about horses, as this is the Year of the Horse, interspersed with historical Chinese stories and poems about horses.

Formed in the fall of 2008, the Ensemble plays on an assortment of traditional Chinese musical instruments, including bamboo flutes, mouth organs, fiddles, lutes, gongs, drums, cymbals, and other percussion. They even invite audience members to try out some instruments on a few numbers.

No registration is required for this all-ages program. For more information, please contact the Information Desk at 330-673-4414.

Cleveland Chinese Music Ensemble 1

Cleveland Chinese Music Ensemble 2

2 Upcoming Programs on Affordable Care Act

ACA_logoDo you have questions about how the Affordable Care Act will effect you?  We’re offering 2 programs in the next 2 weeks by experts who can provide some answers.

Affordable Care Act Presentation

Tuesday, January 7, 7:00 pm

Ryan Allen, franchise owner of Liberty Tax in Kent will be here to discuss the Affordable Care Act’s effect on your taxes. He will also discuss recent changes to tax laws and how social security effects your taxes.

No registration required.

Healthcare Reform and the Insurance Marketplace

Monday, January 13, 7:00
Martin P. Hauser, Chief Executive Officer of SummaCare Inc. and Chief Government Relations Officer for Summa Health System, will discuss the state and local impact of the Affordable Care Act. Hauser will cover the insurance marketplaces that opened to consumers this fall, post-reform strategies for employers, and the essential health benefits covered under the law. He’ll also answer the important question, “What happens next?”
No registration required.

Winter Reading Program Starts Jan 4

Winter Reading Program LogoThe Library’s fourth annual winter reading program begins Saturday, January 4 and runs through March 1.

Kids in preschool through grade 5 can collect snowflakes for attending library programs, checking out library materials, or filling out book reviews. Each snowflake earned is a raffle entry for a chance to win prizes, including popular books, DVDs, and a rainbow loom.

Teens in grades 6-12 can earn a Bingo card for reading and attending library programs and also have the chance to win prizes.

Find more information and view the prizes in the Dubois Children’s Room.

Beatles Scholar Returns

Beatles scholar, blogger, and teacher Aaron Krerowicz returns on Saturday, January 4 at 2 pm with another fascinating presentation about the Beatles.

Krerowicz’s presentation will use audio excerpts of early drafts and discarded takes to bring to life the history and development of the album “Strawberry Fields Forever,” considered one of the Beatles’ greatest musical and artistic accomplishments, which established the Fab Four as a studio band rather than a concert band.

No registration is required for this free program.

Lifesize Candyland Game

On Saturday, January 4, we’ll transform the Dubois Children’s Reading Room into a life-sized Candyland Game. Kids of all ages are invited to drop in any time between 11 – 1 p.m. to play the game and to make a craft.

No registration is required; just stop by the Youth Services Desk to pick up playing cards when you arrive.

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