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Upcoming Events

Creative Crafters

Wednesday, August 29 at 7:00 pm:  Decoupage Vases (Registration begins 8/15)
Wednesday, September 26 at 7:00 pm:  Dream Catchers (Registration begins 9/12)
Wednesday, October 31 at 7:00 pm:  Mini Pumpkin Decorating (Registration begins 10/17)
Wednesday, November 28 at 7:00 pm:  Beaded Silverware (Registration begins 11/14)
Wednesday, December 19 at 7:00 pm: Wooden Ornaments (Registration begins 12/5)

Create a fun project each month!  All supplies are provided.

Registration is required for each event and begins two weeks in advance at the Information Desk or by calling 330.673.4414.  Space is limited.

Mocktails and Masterpieces

Monday, September 10 at 7:00 pm (Registration begins 8/27)
Monday, October 8 at 7:00 pm (Registration begins 9/24)
Monday, November 12 at 7:00 pm (Registration begins 10/29)

Enjoy refreshing, non-alcoholic mocktails while painting your own artistic masterpiece to take home.  All supplies are included.

Registration is required for each event and begins two weeks in advance at the Information Desk or by calling 330.673.4414. Space is limited.

Researcher filling test tubesFrankenEthics: An Exploration of Scientific Creation

Presented by Erin Lamb, Professor of Biomedical Humanities at Hiram College

Thursday, October 4 at 7:00 pm

An exploration of Frankenstein’s legacy in contemporary ethical debates about biomedicine and biotechnology by Hiram College professor Erin Lamb.

No registration required. Please pick up a ticket at the Information Desk beginning at 6:30 pm.

Laura LynMeet the Psychic

Presented by Laura Lyn

Wednesday, October 10 at 7:00 pm

Renowned psychic medium, paranormal investigator, teacher and author Laura Lyn shares her experiences with and ideas about tapping into spiritual and emotional energy.

No registration required. Please pick up a ticket at the Information Desk beginning at 6:30 pm.

Tarot CardsTarot Card Basics

Presented by William Richardson

Monday, October 22 at 7:00 pm

A reader since 2007, William Richardson will give a brief overview of the history of Tarot, the basic breakdown of the deck, how a reading works, and resources for those interested in further study!

No registration required. Please pick up a ticket at the Information Desk beginning at 6:30 pm.

Enjoy a free concert with the whole family, anywhere in the library. Musicians perform on the 2nd Floor balcony so music can be enjoyed throughout the building. Limited seating is available on the balcony.  Concerts are generously sponsored by the Friends of Kent Free Library.

No registration required for music concert events.  

Celtic RushCeltic Rush

Sunday, September 9 at 2:00 pm

Enjoy a free, all-ages concert with Celtic Rush, a traditional Irish band with a non-traditional twist.

They are a group of friends who have enjoyed performing throughout Northeast Ohio and surrounding states. Blending fiddles, guitars, tin whistle, upright bass, mandolin, and Irish drum (bodhran), their music repertoire includes Irish and Scottish jigs, reels, hornpipes, waltzes and polkas, and even some unexpected non-traditional favorites.

Effarus String QuartetEfferus String Quartet

Sunday, October 21 at 2:00 pm

Enjoy a free all-ages classical concert with the Efferus String Quartet.

Created in March 2014, the Efferus String Quartet brings together four young professional musicians who share a deep interest in chamber music. Shortly after its foundation, the Efferus Quartet was selected by the Bogota Philharmonic Orchestra and the Teatro Libre of Bogota to participate in the 2nd Chamber Music Festival of the Teatro Libre.

In 2014 they premiered the work “Dynamics of a Meteoritre” by the young Colombian composer James Diaz, later recorded, edited and published by the National University of Colombia. In 2014 and 2016 they attended Festiqartetos Festival where they were coached by the Miami String Quartet and the Avalon String Quartet. In 2015 and 2016 they were selected by audition to study with the Arianna String Quartet at FEMUSC in Brazil.

Recently they won a scholarship of the Master Class program of the XI International Music Festival of Cartagena to work with the Latinoamericano Quartet during the festival.

Efferus is currently its first year of master’s studies in chamber music at Kent State University with Keith Robinson and Cathy Meng-Robinson.


Sunday, November 4 at 2:00 pm

Enjoy a free, all-ages concert with IN2ATIVE.

Although classically trained at the Cleveland Institute of Music,  IN2ATIVE’s vibe strays from the traditional flute and cello stereotype.  This avant-garde duo, consisting of Kimberly Zaleski (flute) and Trevor Kazarian (cello) specializes in a fusion of musical genres, combining the street rhythms of beat-box with classical, rock, and electronic music, creating its own unique genre. All of their pieces are original compositions, inspired by events and experiences, both past and present.

Currently, IN2ATIVE is part of the Musicians-in Residency Program at the Cleveland Clinic, an honor garnered from their consistent outreach initiative through both the Clinic and University Hospitals.  They are Performing and Teaching Artists on the roster of the Center for Arts-Inspired Learning Agency (CAL).  Through CAL, they have programmed both performances and workshops for children ranging in age from pre-school through high school.  IN2ATIVE enjoys inspiring music students and has been a recurring Guest Artist, along with Cleveland Orchestra members, at the Western Reserve Chamber Music Festival and has worked with college level music students at Arizona State University and Penn State University.
IN2ATIVE has performed at a variety of venues in Ohio including Nighttown, The Bop Stop at the Music Settlement, Lakewood Public Library, Ingenuity FEST, Heights Music Hop, LAURELIVE Music Fest, Larchmere Porchfest, Wildwood Cultural Center, Lorain County Community College, to name a few.  A proponent of interdisciplinary artistic collaborations, IN2ATIVE  has worked alongside the Dancing Wheels Company & School,  in a joint production entitled, “Bloom” where their music was channeled through dance.  This past year, they collaborated with renowned dance company, Verbs Ballets in a program which premiered at the Cleveland Public Theatre.  Fun fact- they were invited to perform for the Executive Producers of the acclaimed television show, “America’s Got Talent.”
IN2ATIVE was the first prize winner for the 2014 Young Artist Initiative Competition as part of the Ohio Arts Presenters Network Conference.
Quoted by Jim Walker, former principal flute of the LA Philharmonic: “[IN2ATIVE] is one of the freshest concepts in today’s music scene.  The musicians are first rate and their music is only innovative, but appealing to all listeners.”
IN2ATIVE has also been reviewed in CMUSE music news by Andrea Caccese: “The music created by avant-garde, flute and cello duo, [IN2ATIVE]  offers a great example of how two apparently different musical cultures can come together and create something truly astonishing.”

Escape Room

Tuesday, September 4 at 6:30 pm

Using objects, clues, puzzles and the power of observation, put your detective skills to the test.  Part story, part game, all interactive-join us for an evening of fun and mystery!

Registration is required and begins Tuesday, August 21 at the Information Desk or by calling 330.673.4414. Space is limited.

Mary Shelley Movie

Thursday, October 11 at 6:30 pm

This new feature film directed by Haifaa Al-Mansour and starring Elle Fanning tells the story of Mary Shelley and her fiery, tempestuous relationship with romantic poet Percy Bysshe Shelley. At Lord Byron’s house party on Lake Geneva, guests engage in telling ghost stories, and Shelley creates an incredible character, which impacts literature and popular culture for centuries to come. (PG-13) *Due to licensing restrictions, titles of feature films may not be published.

No registration required. Please pick up a ticket at the Information Desk beginning at 6:00 pm.

Frankenstein's Creature portrayed by Boris KarloffStory Slam: I Am Not a Monster!

Thursday, October 30 at 7:00 pm

“Was I, then, a monster, a blot upon the earth, from which all men fled and whom all men disowned?”
The Creature, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein

Have you ever been misunderstood? Your motives misinterpreted? Have you been judged? Or have you been the one whose perception of another was way off? Maybe you were even responsible for someone’s behavior or very being, although you couldn’t quite recognize the person they’d become.

Come prepared to share a true, personal story, 5 – 10 minutes long on the theme of I Am Not a Monster!  Stories and language should be appropriate for a general audience.  As many story tellers as time allows will get to tell their story.  Listeners are welcome.

No registration required. Please pick up a ticket at the Information Desk beginning at 6:30 pm.

3D PrinterExperience 3D Printing

Thursday, August 16 from 6:00 – 7:00 pm
Saturday, August 25 from 10:00 – 11:30 am
Thursday, September 13 from 6:00 – 7:00 pm
Saturday, September 22 from 10:00 – 11:30 am
Thursday, October 18 from 6:00 – 7:00 pm
Saturday, October 27 from 10:00 – 11:30 am

See the library’s new 3D printers in action and learn more about the 3D printing process.  Drop by to watch a demonstration and discuss 3D printing with library staff and learn about public printing of 3D projects coming soon.

No registration is required for this drop in activity.

 3D Printing Lab

Tuesday, August 14 at 7:00 pm: Planters  (Registration begins 7/31)
Tuesday, September 11 at 7:00 pm: Coasters (Registration begins 8/28)
Tuesday, October 9 at 7:00 pm: Halloween Cookie Cutter (Registration begins 9/25)

Are you interested in learning to print 3D projects? Join us to select or create a special 3D project to print and take home. All supplies are included. Printing times vary and projects may require pick up at a later date.

Registration is required and begins two weeks in advance for each event. Sessions will meet in the Bumphrey Room. Must have basic computer and mouse skills. Space is limited.

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Kent Free Library
312 West Main Street
Kent, OH 44240
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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