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, April 18, 2:30-4:00 pm: Mini Spool Necklaces. Registration is underway
Saturday, May 16 2:30-4:00 pm: Envelope Books. Registration begins April 18.
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, March 25, 7:00 pm: Pallet Coasters. Registration is underway
Wednesday, April 29, 7:00 -8:00 pm: Make Your Own Seed Starters: Registration begins April 1.
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.
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.
Resume Workshops with Mick Rogers M.Ed. of Goodwill Industries of Akron
Kent Free Library is partnering with Goodwill to offer classes on resume writing and online job searching. Patrons will have three opportunities to attend these 4-day, 1 hour each workshops taught by Mick Rogers, Community Relations Specialist of Goodwill Industries of Akron. The courses will be taught Monday-Thursday during the last week of January, February, and March from 5:00 -6:00 pm in our computer lab. The workshop includes the following:
Monday: Introduction to Resume Basics
Tuesday: Writing a Resume Using Microsoft Word
Wednesday: Using the Ohio Means Jobs Website
Thursday: Uploading Your Resume & Resume Tweaks
Registration is requested and begins four weeks ahead of each workshop session; spaces are limited. Please visit or contact the Information Desk to register.
Session 3: Monday, March 23-Thursday, March 26. Registration is underway
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.
Join 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.
Family Friendly Special Events
The Tao of Qi with Pilar Farnsworth
Pilar Farnsworth returns to the library to offer patrons an experiential workshop. “The Tao of Qi” is inspired by philosophical underpinnings of ancient Chinese wisdom and is choreographed in artistic ways of imagery, movement, voice and breath. It is suggested that participants wear loose comfortable clothing.
Registration is requested and begins is underway. Please visit or contact the Information Desk to register.
Spelling to Recovery: Tony Suschil’s Journey from Stroke to the National Spelling Bee Competition
Friday, April 10 at 1:00 pm
Cosponsored by the Kent Area Orthography Society (KAOS)
After having what was described as a “massive” stroke in July of 2010, Tony Suschil spent six months in a series of local hospitals before coming home in February of 2011. Suschil had won the Northeast Ohio Senior Spelling Bee in 2008 and had gone on to compete in the National Senior Spelling Bee in Cheyenne, WY that year, placing 14th. He had also competed in 2009.
After his stroke, Suschil faced more than a year of physical, occupational, and speech therapy. He then set himself a goal of returning to the National Senior Bee, if only to prove to himself that he had regained his abilities. He started on a study program with a series of word lists, which even included reading through the entire 11th edition of the Merriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary. In 2013, he competed again and placed 7th. In 2014, he tied for 10th place.
The Kent Free Library and the Kent Area Orthography Society (KAOS) invite the public to hear Suschil’s inspiring story of how his Bee preparation and participation helped him come back from the effects of his stroke. Learn how he believes spelling and spelling competition can help you and your loved ones recover from major illnesses and stave off age and medical related decline.
Registration is requested and is underway; spaces are limited. Please visit or contact the Information Desk to register.
Easy Lazy Food Gardening with Kent Food Not Lawns
Wednesday, April 22 , 7:00 pm
The biggest complaint people have about gardening is that it’s too much work. Come find out how you can have a productive food garden without all the hassle year after year. Free seed packets will be given to all participants. Visit Kent Food Not Lawns for other workshops in the area.
Registration is requested and is underway. Please visit or contact the Information Desk to register.
Health & Wellness Series with Sarah Kwon, Pharm.D., CDE, AE-C
Kent Free Library is here to help in your resolution to be healthier in 2015. Board certified Diabetes Educator, Asthma Educator, and Clinical Pharmacist Sarah Kwon will be at your library on select Saturdays to educate patrons on the following topics.
Registration is requested and begins four weeks ahead of each presentation; spaces are limited. Please visit or contact the Information Desk to register.
Saturday, April 25 at 3:00 pm: Asthma. Registration begins March 28
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.
The Light of Home: Women in Victorian Society with Laura Loew
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 many aspects of Victorian fashion from hats to needlework to mourning customs including hair work jewelry, and will bring along samples to view in person.
Registration is requested and begins April 6; spaces are limited. Please visit or contact the Information Desk to register.
Planning Your Small Space Vegetable Garden
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 begins April 8. Please visit or contact the Information Desk to register.
Cleveland Museum of Art Presents: Art to Go
A 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.
Art Gallery Exhibit
Artists wishing to exhibit original, two-dimensional works of art may submit an application to the library’s Program Committee.