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Saturday, January 13 at 11:00 am: Ballet Excel Ohio Performs

Ballet Excel Ohio dancingMembers of Ballet Excel Ohio, an all youth dance group, provide a sneak peak of “The Magic Flute,” an original ballet choreographed by Erich Yetter based on the opera by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, for children of all ages at the Kent Free Library on Saturday, January 13 at 11:00 am.

“The Magic Flute” shares the adventures of Prince Tamino and Princess Pamina, along with their crafty companions, Papageno and Papagena. Together they must survive trials, romantic complications, and the scheming Queen of the Night.

Ballet Excel will perform the full ballet at the Akron Civic Theater in March.

No registration is required, but space is limited, so boarding passes will be passed out in the DuBois Children’s Reading Room starting at 10:30 a.m. For more information, please call Youth Services at 330.673.4414.

Tuesday, January 9 at 6:30 pm: How To Play Board Games

Board Game on Table

The library offers “How-To Tuesdays” this winter. Learn a fun new hobby, a life skill, or some health tips. The first on Tuesday, January 9 at 6:30 pm is How To Play Board games, led by members of the Kent Board Gaming Club.

Learn what games work best for adult gamers and how you can plan an amazing game night with your friends and family.

This program is for adults. To register, please call the Information Desk at 330.673.4414.

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.

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