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Upcoming Events

pinterestingMake it Pinteresting Adult Crafting Hour

Calling all Pinterest fans! This fall 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, July 27, 6:30pm: Thimble Brooches
Registration begins June 29.

Wednesday, September 28, 6:30pm: Paper Pumpkins
Registration begins August 31.

Wednesday, October 26, 6:30pm: Coiled Clay Votives
Registration begins September 28.


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 Bumphrey conference room. No registration is required and all ages are welcome!

Thursday, August 4, 6:45-7:45 pm
Thursday, September 1, 6:45-7:45 pm
Thursday, October 6, 6:45-7:45 pm
Thursday, November 3, 6:45pm-7:45 pm

ExerciseYourMindExercise Your Mind: Read!

The 2016 Adult Summer Reading Program

Wednesday, June 1-July 30

Readers 18+ are invited to participate in our adult summer reading program. For every book read, participants will fill out a book review, which doubles as an entry slip for prize drawings. Read lots and enter often for a chance at weekly prize drawings, and the grand prize drawing at the end of July!

Visit the Information Desk to register.


Summer Reading Finale!

Saturday, July 30 from 11:00 am-2:00 pm

To celebrate the end of a successful Summer Reading Program, we invite all ages to have a ball with a variety of free family friendly events and activities based on the themes “On Your Mark, Get Set, Read!” and “Exercise Your Mind: Read!” which will be held throughout the library.

Enjoy a drop in craft, sports-themed games, and a photobooth in the Dubois Children’s Reading Room. Illustrator Dan Gorman will inspire budding artists to “Chalk the Walk” under the Main Street portico, and a face painter will be on hand.  And the Cleveland Indians’ Mascot, Slider, will be coming from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm  to meet with kids and their families–get your photo taken with Slider!

Music will be provided by steel drum band Friendly Dog, and adults can exercise their minds with a trivia contest at 1 p.m. in the meeting room.

 No registration required.


lizzieLizzie Borden–Did She or Didn’t She? With Laura Loew

Saturday, August 6 at 2:00 pm

The most famous American murder case of the Victorian era took place on August 4, 1892. 124 years later her crime still fascinates. Build your own theory of ‘whodunit’ while we explore the cultural implications of an upper-class Victorian woman accused of a grisly double murder. Laura Loew of Lost in the Past returns with this fascinating look into the life of Lizzie Borden; this is a do not miss event for all true crime fans!

All ages are welcome and spaces are limited; registration is underway. Spaces are limited; please visit or contact the Information Desk to register.


giulia1Back to School Lunches and Snacks with Chef Giulia

Sunday, August 14 at 2:00 pm

Have you committed to packing healthful lunches your family will eat? Do you need new ideas for snacks that are lower in sugar and simple to make? This program will present ideas for portable and make-ahead foods that can be customized to individual tastes.

Helpful resources will be provided and samples of health-providing foods will be available for tasting. No food preparation will be done during the program.

All ages are welcome and spaces are limited; registration is underway.


adultcoloringColoring for Grown-Ups

Saturday, August 20 at 2:00 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 can help to promote overall wellness. Coloring pages from books designed especially for adults as well as colored pencils, markers, and crayons will be provided.

 This program is for adults and spaces are limited; registration is requested and begins July 23.


Kent Free Library 10th Anniversary Celebration

Saturday, September 24, 2:00-4:00 pm


Drawing of the TitanicTitanic: Tragedy of Errors

Saturday, October 1, 11:00 am

Written and performed by Tom Phoolery, this educational and entertaining presentation with special effects reveals the incidents, events and errors that caused the great maritime disaster. Mr. Phoolery is a family entertainer who has been delighting audiences throughout Northeast Ohio and Western Pennsylvania for decades; presenting nearly 300 shows a year.

This is a family friendly event. Spaces are limited; registration is requested and begins September 3.


Photograph of ghostly figureOhio Spirits with Jim Kleefeld

Tuesday, October 11, 6:30 pm

Ohio Spirits is a collection of stories and legends taken from non-fiction accounts of ghostly investigations and haunted happenings. Jim Kleefeld tells tales of spirits who supposedly haunt the Mansfield Reformatory, Franklin Castle, Concord Cemetery and more. Ohio Spirits is a presentation teens and adults will love. Jim brings a collection of ghostly and unusual artifacts and will try to initiate contact with spirits. Come see strange artifacts, learn about spiritualist powers and hear stories of maddeningly scary events!

This is a family friendly. Spaces are limited; registration is requested and begins September 13.


Photograph of the Gospel WondersThe Gospel Wonders: Free Concert

Sunday, October 16, 2:00 pm

Local music group, The Gospel Wonders will visit the library to perform a selection of songs for patrons. This Gospel group is 11 members strong! Come to hear a selection of songs rooted in the Black oral tradition.

This is a family friendly event. 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.


TEDx logoTed X: What Are You Afraid Of?

Thursday, October 27, 6:30 pm

In the spirit of TED’s mission, “ideas worth spreading,” the TEDx program offers a license for TED-style events that will spark deep conversation and connections at the local level.  At TEDx Kent Free Library events,  we will screen 3 TED Talks videos.  Join us for our third TEDx event, “What Are You Afraid Of?” and enjoy TED Talks on how fear drives American politics, what fear can teach us, and how to overcome fear and learn anything. After the videos, we will have a moderated discussion.

This is a family friendly event. Spaces are limited; registration is requested and begins September 29.


adultcoloringColoring for Grown-Ups

Saturday, November 5, 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, gel pens, markers, and crayons will be provided.

This program is for adults. Spaces are limited; registration is requested and begins October 8.


BoxofSquirrelsBox of Squirrels: Free Concert

Sunday, November 6, 2:00 pm

Local band, Box of Squirrels infuses folk, Americana, indie, blues and rock music. Come listen as they put a squirrely spin on popular songs. Harmony vocals and acoustic instrumentation including banjo, mandolin, guitar, washboard, and upright bass combine to make the easy sound of this special band.

This is a family friendly event. 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.


Interested in exploring new interests and hobbies? The library invites families to attend a series of free programs this fall to learn exciting new skills! Registration is required and begins four weeks before each event.

September

Photograph of musical scoreHow-To: Read Music with Theresa Prezioso

Saturday, September 10, 2:00-3:30 pm

Have you ever looked at sheet music and wondered what those dots, lines, and symbols mean? Join Theresa Prezioso for this easy to understand tour of a musical score and explanation of these symbols. This program is for those with little or no music reading experience.

This is a family friendly event. Spaces are limited; registration is requested and begins August 13.


JenshopeyogaHow-To: Meditate with Jen Shope

Tuesday, September 20, 6:30 pm

Reiki Master, yoga teacher and Certified Body Wisdom™ Practitioner Jen Shope will guide you through a variety of simple meditation techniques. Meditation not only reduces stress and promotes relaxation and peace, it also lowers blood pressure, boosts your immune system and improves memory and concentration.  Regular meditation also improves emotional health, easing the symptoms of depression and anxiety.  There are many ways to meditate, but the basis of the practice is about pausing and coming into stillness, connecting with the present moment.   No experience necessary.

This program is for adults. Spaces are limited; registration is requested and begins August 23.


Photo of man writing in diaryHow-To: Bullet Journal

Wednesday, September 21, 6:30 pm

Grab a notebook as we teach you the basics of Bullet Journaling: the ‘analog’ method of keeping your life orderly. The Bullet Journal is a customizable organizational system set-up in any paper notebook that helps you quickly keep track of tasks, ideas, goals, and more. The Bullet Journal system is perfect for students, busy parents, planner addicts, or anyone who longs for a return to paper and pen.

This is a family friendly event. Spaces are limited; registration is requested and begins August 24. Attendees are asked to bring a notebook.


Photo of origami swanHow-To: Origami

Thursday, September 22, 7:00 pm

Try your hand at the traditional Japanese art of paper folding. During this program we will show you how to create simple Origami using basic folding techniques.

This is a family friendly event. Spaces are limited; registration is requested and begins August 25.


October

Glass of beerHow-To: Homebrewing Craft Beer with Morgan Chaney

Monday, October 3, 7:00 pm

Craft brewing is taking the country by storm, and the hobby of homebrewing is coming along for the ride!  It’s never been easier to brew your own beer at home, and during this one-hour session, homebrewer Morgan Chaney will demonstrate for you all of the steps that are involved in making a tasty ale of your own creation.  The session is intended for beginners, and will cover the process of brewing beer using dry or liquid malt extract. Morgan has been homebrewing regularly for more than three years, and he’s been enjoying craft beer for as long as he’s been legally allowed to do so!  He spends his days as a Ph.D. student studying biomedical science at Kent State.

This program is for adults. Spaces are limited; registration is requested and begins September 4.


Old family photos in preservation boxesHow-To: Preserve Your Family History

Tuesday, October 4, 6:30 pm

Help make your treasured family photographs, letters, and other memories on paper last by learning the basic how-tos of preservation and storage.  Trained archivist and conservator Kristen Pool will discuss ways to repair damage, slow down aging, and properly display your historic documents by using the appropriate tools and materials.  Feel free to bring a document with you for conservation advice.

This is a family friendly event. Spaces are limited; registration is requested and begins September 6.


Photo of ElianaeHow-To: Bellydance with Elianae

Saturday, October 8, 2:00 pm

Join Elianae for a fun bellydance lesson. The class will consist of simple low-impact bellydance moves, and is a fantastic way to get exercise and have fun doing it. Practice your moves to live drumming by guest artist Steve Popernack, and enjoy a live performance by Elianae herself!

This is a family friendly event. Spaces are limited; registration is requested and begins September 10.


Playing chords on a guitarHow-To: Chord Progressions Demystified-Music Theory for the Rest of Us with Kerry Kean

Saturday, October 15, 2:00-4:00 pm

This is a basic workshop for non-music majors, led my musician and piano tuner Kerry Kean. It’s aimed at anyone interested in learning how simple music theory, in particular how chord progressions work in popular and traditional songs, can help make learning songs easier, and songwriting and improvisation make sense. In this workshop, we’ll learn what the major scale is, how it’s used to create chords and how those chords are used to create simple progressions, the building blocks of western music harmony. We’ll use this knowledge to analyze a song’s harmony and discuss how that understanding can be applied to songwriting and also to instrumental improvisation.

This free workshop is presented in partnership with Folknet. Folknet is a not-for-profit educational organization that exists to nurture the development and expansion of a vibrant folk and traditional arts community of performers, organizations and advocates throughout Northeast Ohio.

This is a family friendly event. Spaces are limited; registration is requested and begins September 24.


November

Photo of vegetarian side dishesHow-To: Vegetarian Side Dishes with Chef Giulia

Wednesday, November 2, 6:30pm

Are you getting bored with the same side dishes prepared the same way? Do you need some new ideas for making your accompaniments more exciting? This program will provide inspiration for delicious and healthful plant-based side dishes you can make in your kitchen. Helpful resources will be provided and samples of health-providing foods will be available for tasting. No food preparation will be done during the program.

Chef Giulia is a Vegetarian/Vegan Personal Chef, Cooking Instructor, and Food Coach based in Stow. Her focus is on inspiring others to prepare meals in their own kitchens in order to eat more healthfully.

This program is for adults. Spaces are limited; registration is requested and begins October 5.


Girl playing with catHow-To: Animal Communication with Judith Wade

Tuesday, November 7, 6:30pm

This presentation will explain the details of animal communication and its benefits to our pets. You will learn insight to your pet’s inner thoughts and memories. Judith Wade has over 9 years of experience in animal communication and teaching pet parents how to enhance their connection to their fur babies.

This is a family friendly event. Spaces are limited; registration is requested and begins October 10.


Indoor garden in potsHow-To: Indoor Gardening with Don Abbott

Wednesday, November 16, 6:30 pm

One of the biggest gardening complaints from people is that they can’t garden because they live in an apartment or condo. Don Abbot of Kent Food Not Lawns will show you how you can grow food indoors. Free seed packets will be given to all participants!

This is a family friendly event. Spaces are limited; registration is requested and begins October 19.


Sour dough bread on cutting boardHow-To: Homemade Sourdough Bread

Thursday, November 17, 6:30pm

Are you confused about the gluten controversy?  Come to discuss the health aspects of gluten and bread, and learn how to start and keep a sourdough starter for baking your own healthful breads.  Participants will receive a rye and wheat starter to take home, and samples of bread will be provided. Join us for this yummy event on National Homemade Bread Day!

This program is for adults. Spaces are limited; registration is requested and begins October 20.

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Kent, OH 44240
330.673.4414
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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
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