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Tuesday, April 2 at 6:30 pm: How-To Get Free Digital Content from KFL

ereaderIn addition to all the books, magazines, movies, and music you can browse in the library, there are huge collections you can browse through the library’s digital services, Ohio Digital Library, Freegal, Hoopla, and RB Digital!  Learn how to access all of your library, no matter where you are!

This program is for adults and registration is requested. Spaces are limited; registration begins March 6.

Thursday, March 29: Happy Birthday to Everyone Dance Parties

Enjoy a birthday-themed dance party! Celebrate everyone’s birthday with dancing in the meeting room, decorated with streamers and balloons. Families with children ages 2 – 4 dance at 10:30 am and children Kindergarten through 3rd grade dance at 4 pm.

On Saturday, March 31 at 11 am, the library will host an Un-Birthday Tea Party for families with children ages 3 – 12. Enjoy crafts, snacks and silly games based on Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

Register for these programs by calling Youth Services at 330.673.4414. Space is limited.

Seed Library Opens

The Seed Library at the Kent Free Library is now open for community members to “check out” seed packets.  Now in its third year, the Seed Library has over 1,500 packets of vegetable, herb, and flower seeds available.

Seed Library card catalog

About 40 varieties of seeds were donated by backyard gardeners in Kent, Brimfield, Ravenna, and other nearby towns.  Some donors included stories to go along with their seeds, like a farmer in Freedom Township who donated “Hobbs Goose Beans,” a soup bean purportedly discovered by a family member of late KSU Biology professor Clinton Hobbs.

These donations are supplemented with donations from High Mowing Seeds, an organic seed company in Vermont and the non-profit Seed Savers Exchange in Iowa.  Some types of seeds have a lot of different varieties available; for instance, there are 29 different varieties of tomatoes in the collection, including favorites like Rutgers, Paul Robeson, and Brandywine and some unique varieties, like Cherokee Purple, Aunt Ruby’s German Green, and Peach Blow Button.

Seed Library Packaging party

To check out seeds, visit the Seed Library on the first floor and browse the drawers or the ‘Grower’s Guide’ for varieties.  Pick out up to 20 seeds packets, then fill out a Check Out Form and return it to the Information Desk.  No library card is needed and all ages are welcome.

Growers who have a successful crop are encouraged to bri ng back saved seeds in the fall to help replenish the collection for the next year.  The Growers Guide indicates which plants are appropriate for beginning seed savers and which require more experience and skill,

Seed Library Packaging party

for instance those that must be isolated from other varieties or that need to be overwintered to produce seed to harvest.

The Seed Library is made possible with help from Haymaker Farmers’ Market, Kent Food Not Lawns, and Portage Master Gardeners.  Members of these organizations and other volunteers helped sort and package seeds and are available to give advice to gardeners about saving seeds.

For more information, please call Community and Special Services at 330.673.4414 or visit

Sunday, March 25 at 2:00 pm: Free Concert by Tree City Winds

Tree City QuintetEnjoy a free family-friendly concert by The Tree City Winds,  a woodwind quintet composed of graduate students from Kent State University. These five players study with the members of the Black Squirrel Winds, Kent State University’s faculty woodwind quintet, and include Sarah Yeates on flute, Melissa Wallace on oboe, Christopher Jones on clarinet, Joshua Thomas on horn, and Zach Elmore on bassoon.

No registration is required; however because space is limited, audience members must pick up a pass at the 2nd floor Information desk beginning 30 minutes before the event.

Music concerts at the Kent Free Library are supported by the Friends of Kent Free Library. Learn more about membership before and after the concert.

Monday, March 19 at 6:30 pm: Free Sustainable Film Screening

Monarch Butterfly

Enjoy a free screening of an environmental film followed by a discussion.  The evening is cosponsored by the City of Kent Sustainability Commission and Standing Rock Cultural Arts.

March’s film is about Vico Gutierrez, a Mexican film maker and pilot of a light aircraft glider, named Papalotzin (which means royal butterfly in the Nahuatl language) who, with the help of his crew of four, followed the monarch butterflies on their migration from Canada to Mexico in the Fall of 2005. His trip was sponsored by World Wildlife Fund/Mexico, the State of Michoacan Government, and Telcel, Mexico, along with the help of many butterfly friends all along the route. (Due to licensing restrictions, the library cannot publish the titles of the movies that will be shown.)

No Registration is required.

Saturday, March 10 at 11:00 am: Baby and Toddler Play Date

Families with babies and toddlers, ages 2 months to three years old, are invited to a big, unstructured play date at the Kent Free Library on Saturday, March 10 at 11 am.

Activities and toys from the library’s Kent Rotary Early Literacy Center will be available to encourage early learning experiences, socialization, and imaginative play.

To register, please call the Youth Services Department at 330.673.4414.

Friday, March 2 at 4:00 pm: Pokemon Club

Bring your cards and decks for some fierce battling and trading!

Registration is not required. This is a drop-in program.

Monday, February 26 at 6:30 pm: Sustainable Film Screening

Enjoy a free screening of an environmental film followed by a discussion at the Kent Free Library on Monday, February 26 at 6:30 pm. The evening is cosponsored by the City of Kent Sustainability Commission and Standing Rock Cultural Arts.

The evening’s film is an update to a 2006 documentary featuring Al Gore about climate change, and shows just how close we are to a real energy revolution (due to licensing restrictions, the library cannot publish the titles of movies that are shown).

No Registration is required.

Saturday, February 24 at 2:00 pm: Miyazaki Film Club

Hayao Miyazaki fans of all ages are invited to a new club. Each month, the club will watch and discuss a feature film that he’s written and directed. Attendees will receive a collectible pin at each meeting.

In order to find out the title of each month’s movie, as well as the movie’s rating and intended audience, please call the Youth Services Department at 330.673.4414.

No registration is required, but space is limited, so boarding passes will be passed out in the DuBois Children’s Reading Room starting at 1:30 p.m.

Monday, Feburary 19 at 7:00 pm: Friends of KFL Annual Meeting

All supporters of the Kent Free Library are invited to the Friends of KFL Annual Meeting.  Learn how the Friends have supported the library in the past year and find out how you can get involved in their 2018 plans.  The Friends offer a variety of volunteer opportunities.

Membership is required to vote during the Annual Meeting, so arrive early for refreshments and to pay your dues–$5 for individuals and $3 for seniors and students.

No registration is required.

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