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adultcoloringAdult Coloring Party

Saturday, February 20, 2:00 – 3:00 pm

Come and experience the latest trend in relaxation: adult coloring books! Studies show coloring can have a calming effect on the adult mind and help to promote overall wellness. Coloring pages from books designed especially for adults as well as colored pencils, markers, and crayons will be provided.

Spaces are limited; registration is requested and is underway

Photo of handmade lid magnetsMake it Pinteresting Craft: Lid Magnets

Wednesday, February 24, 7:00 – 8:00 pm

Calling all Pinterest fans! This month 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. Spaces are limited; registration is requested and is underway.

Cultured PurlsThe Cultured Purls Knitting Group

Join fellow knitters for informal discussion and to share current projects. This group meets the first Thursday of every month at 6:45pm in our meeting room. No registration is required and all ages are welcome!

Thursday, March 3, 6:45 – 7:45 pm

JenshopeyogaReiki and Healing Meditation with Jen Shope of Zen Path Yoga and Healing Arts

Wednesday, February 3, 6:30pm

We all have life force energy flowing through us. This energy is known as chi, prana, or ki. Unfortunately,  we often also carry energy that no longer serves us, or even belongs to us. This energy may manifest negatively in our lives. Reiki strengthens our light and restores balance so we can feel better, enjoy life more, and thrive.

In this class with Jen Shope, you will receive Reiki during a guided meditation focused on healing at the deepest level.  You may want to bring a notebook or journal.  No meditation experience necessary.

Spaces are limited; registration is underway.

Painting of slaves on the Underground RailroadPaul Goebbel Presents: The Underground Railroad in Ohio

Sunday, February 21, 2:00pm

In honor of Black History Month, historical presenter Paul Goebbel will feature stories about the brave men and women who helped free slaves along the underground railroad in the four corners and center of our state. He will also highlight an Ohio connection to the passage of the 13th amendment to the US Constitution.

Goebbel was co-owner of a manufacturing firm and a gift and home accessory salesmen. He has also been an auctioneer, job coach for disabled adults, and substitute teacher for special needs students.  Goebbel currently writes historic study units for home school, tutors, and small museums; gives historic presentations; reenacts; and is a judge in the Ohio History Day competition.

Spaces are limited; registration is requested and is underway.

ShirleyGlowingB1Shirley W. Mitchell Author Visit and Book Signing

Friday, March 4, 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Enjoy an afternoon with acclaimed author Shirley W. Mitchell, who will discuss her work and autograph copies of her books.

Mitchell writes books with tremendous insight into the physical, emotional, and spiritual changes and the amazing possibilities for aging Baby Boomers. She is the author of 10 Books including Fabulous after 50 and Sensational after 60, and is the Co-Author of 5 books including Love Notes For Mom, Love Notes For Dad, 101 Great Ways To Improve Your Life, and Love Like God.

Shirley also writes the Fabulous after Fifty column, and hosts the Radio Talk Show Host of the Syndicated Aging Outside the Box.

No registration is required for this free program, but space is limited. Please pick up an event ticket after 2:30 that day.

Books by Mitchell will be available for purchase through the Kent Free Library Foundation. This program is made possible through a partnership with Logos Bookstore.

Copali Main PhotoCopali in Concert

Sunday, April 10, 2:00 pm
All ages are invited to an afternoon of hands-on fun when local instrumental group Copali presents a free concert with steel drums, clarinet, saxophone, guitar, bass, and percussion. Copali performs a wide variety of styles including funk, jazz, fusion, classical, Latin, rock, and more!
They will give a brief history of all of their instruments and demonstrate creative ways to combine styles and instruments. They they’ll explain how to create an exciting improvisation, and the audience will get to join in (instruments provided)!
Copali will also be performing original music from their debut album. Do not miss your chance to hear one of Northeast Ohio’s best rising musical groups!

Photographs by Kathy Cameron drawings and prints by Susan Covey are now on display at the Kent Free Library.

An Ohio native and Kent State University almuna, most of Cameron’s photos on display are landscapes taken in Columbus, western states, and Nova Scotia, where she used to live. A large, eye-catching photo of Amtrak rails disappearing into a line of mountains is among viewers’ favorites.

1 Cameron River of Trees“When I take a photograph, I focus on the center of the image and build my perspective from that point,” says Cameron, who only uses standard photo editing techniques. “My goal is to retain the image as it was viewed.” Cameron has exhibited her photos in galleries in Nova Scotia and in Hudson, OH, and she currently has an exhibit at the Akron-Canton Regional Airport.

Covey’s pen and ink drawings feature trees, flowers, shorelines, and rocks. She says that she often uses simple black and white, “to help people fill in the color in their minds and experience space with vitality.”

Nepenthe by Susan CoveyA licensed auctioneer, freelance writer, and musician, Covey was one of the creators of a public art project in Akron supported by the Downtown Akron Partnership that installed pianos around the city that people could play and share the experience at #playmeakron.

The artwork will be on display through mid-March.

Artists interested in displaying their work should submit and Art Exhibit Application.

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Monday 9:00-9:00
Tuesday 9:00-9:00
Wednesday 9:00-9:00
Thursday 9:00-9:00
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Sundays 1:00-5:00