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AdultCraftHourSaturday Adult Craft Hour

Get crafty at your library! Adults 18+ are invited to join us on select Saturdays for an hour as we create a free and easy craft. All supplies provided. This program is for adults and registration is requested. Spaces are limited; please visit or contact the Information Desk to register. Registration begins 4 weeks ahead of each event.

Saturday, May 16 2:30-4:00 pm: Envelope Books. Registration is underway.

pinterestingMake it Pinteresting

Calling all Pinterest fans! This winter adults 18+ are invited to the library to create interesting projects we’ve found on Pinterest. All supplies are provided. This program is for adults and registration is requested. Spaces are limited; please visit or contact the Information Desk to register. Registration begins 4 weeks ahead of each event.

Wednesday, April 29, 7:00 -8:00 pm: Make Your Own Seed Starters: Registration is underway.

Wednesday, May 27, 7:00 -8:00 pm: T-Shirt Tote Bags–Please bring a t-shirt to repurpose into a tote bag.  Registration begins April 29.

Cultured Purls

Every first Thursday from 6:30 – 7:30 pm

Grab your double points, a hank of yarn, and join your fellow knitters for informal discussion and to share current projects. All skill levels welcome.

No registration necessary.

Community Job Club with Diana Miller

2nd Thursdays of Each Month

The Community Job Club (CJC)  is open to job seekers and career changers, as well as professionals who wish to offer advice and support to job seekers.   CJC’s goal is to improve the job search experience of professionals in the NEO area by providing resources, connections, and motivation.

CJC’s Professional Networking and Job Search Assistance provides members with the information, support, and tools they need to take charge of their careers, find jobs they love, and earn what they deserve.

Photo of Diana MillerJoin Diana Miller on the 2nd Thursday of the month for exciting programs and opportunities to network.  Please contact the library to register or register through the CJC Meetup Page.

Thursday, May 14, 4:30 – 7.  Registration is underway

Thursday, June 11, 4:30 – 7.  Registration begins May 11

Easy Lazy Food Gardening with Kent Food Not Lawns

Wednesday, April 22 , 7:00 pm

Photo of Don Abbott

Don Abbott, “The Snarky Gardener,” using his broadfork “Big Blue.”

The Kent Free Library begins a series of monthly programs focusing on backyard gardening with a presentation by Don Abbott of Kent Food Not Lawns on Wednesday, April 22 at 7 p.m.

Abbott, a gardener, educator, and blogger, says that the biggest complaint most people have about gardening is that it’s too much work. He will suggest useful strategies you can start using this summer to have a productive food garden without all the hassle year after year.

All participants will receive free seed packets.

Registration is requested and is underway. Please visit or contact the Information Desk to register.

Regina Brett Presentation and Book Signing

Thursday, April 23, 7:00 pm
Cosponsored by Logos Bookstore in Kent

ReginaBestselling author and popular Cleveland Plain Dealer columnist Regina Brett will discuss her latest book of essays, God Is Always Hiring: 50 Lessons for Finding Fulfilling Work.   In this inspiring collection, Brett focuses on how we relate to our work, or lack of work.  She encourages readers to seek something deeper and more meaningful in their career and life.

Learn how through Brett’s vision of life experiences, tales of discouragement turn into hope, and persistence pays big dividends. Those facing challenges in their jobs or job search will find solace and advice.

Come experience Brett’s special brand of uplifting, yet practical advice to find fulfillment in your work . . . and to deal with unexpected challenges.

Brett will sign copies of her book following the presentation and copies may be purchased that evening through the Kent Free Library Foundation.

No registration is required, but space will be limited.  Please stop by the Information Desk after 6:30 for a pass.

Stopper Quartet in Concert

Sunday, April 26 at 2:00 pm

Kent State University’s Stopper Quartet performs a free, all-ages concert of classical music in the library’s meeting room. The accomplished members of this group are Mingyuan Song, Wong Tak-Kin, Man Wing-Sun, and Vincent Leung.

Violinist Mingyuan Song studied at Tianjin Conservatory of Music and Bowling Green State University.  He is continuing his graduate studies at KSU with Cathy Meng Robinson and Amy Lee.

Wong Tak-Kin is a violinist with a Bachelors Degree in Music from The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts who is earning his Masters in Performance at KSU under Cathy Meng Robinson, Amy Lee, and Ivan Chan.  Wong toured internationally with the Asian Youth Orchestra, and has been the concertmaster of the Blossom Music Festival Orchestra and the KSU Orchestra.

Violist Man Wing-Sun received his Bachelors Degree in Music Performance at The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, and is now pursuing a Masters Degree in Music performance at KSU.  An active chamber music player, Man has trained with several famous quartets, including the Miami Quartet, the Chilingirian Quartet and the The Penderecki quartet.

Cellist Vincent Leung is pursuing the Master of Performance Degree in Kent State University under Keith Robinson. He also studied at The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and has received several scholarships.  An active chamber musician, he has performed internationally and has worked under several renowned conductors, including Lorin Maazel.

No registration is required; however because space is limited, audience members must pick up a pass at the 2nd floor information desk beginning ½ hour before the concert.

Free Comic Book Day

fcbd2015Saturday, May 2 from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm

Kent Free Library has joined forces with Off the Wagon to host an all-ages Free Comic Book Day program!  On Free Comic Book Day, participating comic book shops around the world give away comic books!

Get your free comic book (while supplies last), and enjoy a wide variety of activities.  All attendees who come in costume will receive a treat.  We’ll show vintage Batman on the big screen and will have crafts for adults and kids, like making buttons from recycled comic books, making a mask, and a slime demo.  Take your photo with a life-sized hero or villain.  We’ll also have games for kids, like the Spiderman Web Course and Superhero Bowling.  And we’ll have super snacks and drinks that everyone will enjoy.

The fun will continue afterwards at Off the Wagon’s costume contest (find information about their events on their Facebook page).

Registration is required and space is limited.  Please call the Information Desk to sign up adults and children.

Light of the HomeThe Light of Home: Women in Victorian Society

Monday, May 4, 6:30 pm

A woman’s work was never done. Learn about family life, social customs, fashions and more from guest speaker Laura Loew.  Ms. Loew presents programs on all aspects of Victorian life and will be bringing antique artifacts to view in person.

Registration is requested and is underway; spaces are limited. Please visit or contact the Information Desk to register.

Planning Your Small Space Vegetable Garden

lynnWednesday, May 6 at 7:00 pm

You don’t need acres of land to have a productive vegetable garden. Lynn Gregor will be here to show you how to plan a vegetable garden perfect for small yards or apartments.

Lynn Gregor has nearly twenty-five years of experience in horticulture, specializing in urban agriculture and organic garden education.  Currently, she is the Farm-to-School project consultant with the Akron Public Schools and runs Green Sprout Gardens, helping others to grow food for themselves.  She also created and serves as the volunteer coordinator of the Holden Garden Project.  Lynn is also co-author of A Place to Grow: Voices and Images of Urban Gardeners.

Registration is requested and is underway. Please visit or contact the Information Desk to register.

Cleveland Museum of Art Presents: Art to Go

CMAA world of great art comes to you! See and touch amazing works of art up to 4,000 years old when museum staff and trained volunteers visit the library with genuine art objects from the museum’s collection. These engaging, interactive sessions offer a unique hands-on experience and lively discussion about diverse cultures, time periods, materials, and techniques. All ages are welcome to attend.

Wednesday, June 3 at 6:30 pm: Cool Knights: Armor from the European Middle Ages and Renaissance.  Enhance your experience by reviewing the museum’s resource packet before the presentation.
Wednesday, July 8, 2015, 6:30pm:  Classical Art: Ancient Greece and Rome.  Enhance your experience by reviewing the museum’s resource packet before the presentation.

Registration is requested and spaces are limited. Please visit or contact the Information Desk at 330.673.4414 to register.

Artists wishing to exhibit original, two-dimensional works of art may submit an application to the library’s Program Committee.

Art Exhibit Application

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Kent Free Library
312 West Main Street
Kent, OH 44240

Library Hours:

Monday 9:00-9:00
Tuesday 9:00-9:00
Wednesday 9:00-9:00
Thursday 9:00-9:00
Fridays 9:00-6:00
Saturday 9:00-5:00
Sundays 1:00-5:00