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 pinterestingMake it Pinteresting

Calling all Pinterest fans! This summer 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, September 30, 7:00 – 8:00 pm: Beaded Wire Wrapped Bracelets.  Registration begins September 2.
Wednesday, October 28 , 7:00 – 8:00: Mason Jar Ring Pumpkins.  Registration begins September 30.


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, September 3, 6:45 -7:45 pm
Thursday, October 1, 6:45 -7:45 pm
Thursday, November 5, 6:45 -7:45 pm


Photo of an adult coloringAdult Coloring Party

Saturday, November 14, 3:00-4:00 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.

Each month this fall, your family is invited to Kent Free Library to learn exciting new skills! Registration is required and begins four weeks before each event.

Photo of Jen ShopeReiki and Healing Meditation with Jen Shope

Wednesday, September 2, 6:30-8:00 pm

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 led by 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.


Woman hugging 2 dogsAnimal Communication with Judith Wade

Monday, September 21, 6:30-7:30 pm

This presentation will explain the details of animal communication and its benefits to our pets. You will learn insight to their inner thoughts and memories. Judith Wade has over 8 years of experience in animal communication and teaching pet parents how to enhance their connection to their fur babies.

Spaces are limited; registration is underway.


Oriental Dance from the Middle East Presented by Elianae

Kids BellydanceSaturday, September 26 at 3:00 pm

Blue 1Join Elianae, a professional dancer trained in Raqs Orientale, or Bellydance, for this fun, family-friendly demonstration.  Elianae will talk about the history of bellydance, and offer up exciting objects for attendees to view and touch such as finger cymbals, veils, coin scarves and more!

After learning about this exciting and beautiful cultural art form, all ages can enjoy a movement demonstration and try out a few moves with Elianae themselves!

Spaces are limited; registration is requested and begins August 29.


Photo of Joe the Coupon GuyCouponing with Joe the Coupon Guy®

Monday, October 5, 7:00-8:00 pm

Joe the Coupon Guy® has taught thousands of people across Ohio how to save money. Learn how to consistently save 70% and more grocery shopping and 90% and more on toiletry shopping. Find out how to save money on utilities, travel, restaurants, gas, cell phones, prescriptions, and much more. Learn the secrets of extreme couponers, and find out new ways to save money. Reduce your financial anxiety by finding ways to psychologically change your spending habits and get your financial health back in order. Joe has been featured on Good Morning Cleveland and heard on WELW 1330 AM radio. He’s also appeared on NBC, CBS, FOX, WTAM, many radio programs, and has been featured in many newspaper articles.

Spaces are limited; registration is requested and begins September 6.


Photo of Paul SweeneyRetirement Has Changed: What’s Your Next Move? with Paul D. Sweeney II

Tuesday, October 6, 6:00-7:00 pm

Financial adviser and independent insurance broker Paul D. Sweeney II  will teach you about retirement planning.  Paul will review the 4 parts of Medicare and what it does and does not cover, as well as the different Medicare related insurance choices and how each one works.  He will also discuss the prescription drug plans and how they work.

In addition, Paul will talk about defining retirement goals and creating a strategy to meet them in today’s times. The talk includes scenarios to show how variables such as investing more, choosing the right investments, and waiting to retire will impact savings.  Paul will also be available to answer questions.

Spaces are limited; registration is requested and begins September 8.


Jen Shope doing yogaGentle Yoga with Jen Shope

Wednesday, October 7, 6:30-8:00 pm

Treat yourself to a gentle yoga practice focused on stretching and gentle strengthening with a healthy dose of relaxation.  Jen Shope leads a “once up, once down” class, beginning with reclined and seated poses followed by a few standing poses, then back to the floor. Perfect for beginners and beneficial for all levels of practitioners!  No experience necessary.  Please bring a yoga mat.

Spaces are limited; registration is requested and begins September 9.


Photo of Bent Tree Coffee ShopHome Coffee Roasting Basics with Bent Tree Coffee Roasters

Monday, November 2, 7:00-8:00 pm

Home coffee roasting is fun and easy. The experts at Bent Tree Coffee Roasters will be here to show you the needed equipment, along with the basics to get you started roasting green coffee beans.

Spaces are limited; registration is requested and begins October 5.


Photo of body showing mindfullness zonesMindfulness for a Happier Life with Jen Shope

Wednesday, November 4, 6:30-8:00 pm

Mindfulness is the practice of shifting your perspective; a level of awareness that can manifest more peace in your daily life.  Studies show that mindfulness can help relieve stress and depression, improve memory and focus, and promote happiness.  Jen Shope will provide guided meditations and information on integrating mindfulness into your life.  No meditation experience necessary.

Spaces are limited; registration is requested and begins October 7.


Photo of cheese plate with Lucky Penny logoEasy Cheesy Appetizers for Holiday Entertaining with Lucky Penny Farm

Sunday, November 22, 2:00-3:30 pm

Local cheese makers from Lucky Penny Farm will show you how to create delicious and beautiful cheese appetizers for your holiday entertaining. Samples of select cheeses will be provided.

Spaces are limited; registration is requested and begins October 25.

Photo of Beverly LewisKent Free Library and Logos Bookstore of Kent Present:  New York Times Bestselling Author Beverly Lewis

Friday, September 11 at 11:00 am

Noted author Beverly Lewis will visit the library for a book talk and signing of her newest title The Photograph. Copies of this and other titles by Lewis will be provided by Logos Bookstore and available for sale through the Kent Free Library Foundation. Cash or check only.

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.


BalalaikaThe St. Nicholas Balalaika Orchestra in Concert

 Sunday, September 13, 2 – 3 pm

Enjoy a free concert from the St. Nicholas Balalaika Orchestra from Mogadore, under the direction of Mary Jane Malackany. Dressed in traditional Russian folk costumes with traditional Russian instruments, the orchestra will perform for you an extensive program ranging from poignant romances, adaptations of the musical classics and rousing folk dance music. You will be delighted with a number of favorites including Somewhere My Love (also known as Laraʼs Theme from the movie Dr. Zhivago) and Brightly Shines the Moon (Svetit Mesyats).

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.


mindmuscleBrain-Muscle Interfaces: New Technologies in Movement and Regeneration with Northeast Ohio Medical University Faculty

Tuesday, September 29, 6:30-8:30 pm

Come learn about recent advancements in implanted microchip stimulators that induce new muscle activity in cardiac, smooth and skeletal muscle cells. Harvested adult stem cells and laser-printer generated scaffolds that hold promise for creating entire new organs like a heart, will also be discussed. Preserved hearts, skeletal muscles and examples of smooth muscle harvested from the human gastrointestinal tract will be available for viewing and handling.

Spaces are limited; registration is requested and begins September 1.


Roger Patterson's photo of Bigfoot. Image by © Bettmann/CORBISBigfoot: Fact or Fiction? with Doug Waller of SOSBI

Sunday, October 18, 2:00 pm

Join author Doug Waller from the Southeastern Ohio Society for Bigfoot Investigations (SOSBI) for an afternoon discussion and slide show presentation including witness reports and evidence found during investigations. Q&A session following presentation if time permits. Share your own witness experience if you have one!

Spaces are limited; registration is requested and begins September 20.


Photo of Victorian woman with ectoplasmEctoplasm! Rise of Victorian Spiritualism with Laura Loew

Tuesday, October 27, 6:30-7:30pm

Laura Loew of her company Lost in the Past returns for this spooky seasonal presentation about Victorian culture. Learn about the Victorian Spiritualist movement, while viewing mourning artifacts and antique fortune telling cards. Laura’s continuing fascination with the Victorian era led her to collect and extensively research Victorian antiques, clothing, and accessories. Laura presents fun and informative programs that include historical and social contexts but are geared to modern audiences. This will be a do-not-miss event!

Spaces are limited; registration is requested and begins September 29.


Photo of an adult coloringAdult Coloring Party

Saturday, November 14, 3:00-4:00pm

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 begins October 17.


Duo Unitas - photo 1Duo Unitas Free Concert

Sunday, November 15, 2:00-3:00pm

Duo Unitas combines the talents of both guitarist Adam Sarata and woodwind player Tom Lempner.  They bring a flavorful arrangement of sambas, bossa novas, tangos, boleros, and Spanish music.  As their name implies, Duo Unitas’ objective is to perform this music together with unity of vision, character, musicianship, joy, and energy.

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.

Each month board certified Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Diabetes and Asthma educator Sarah Kwon, PharmD, CDE, AE-C, will be at our library to educate our community on important common health issues. Spaces are limited; please visit or contact the Information Desk to register. Registration begins 4 weeks ahead of each event.

Saturday, September 19, 3:00-4:00 pm:  Asthma Info
Spaces are limited; registration is requested and begins August 22.

Saturday, October 17, 3:00-4:00 pm: Diabetes Info
Spaces are limited; registration is requested and begins September 19.

Saturday, November 21, 3:00-4:00pm: Cholesterol and Lipid Control Info
Spaces are limited; registration is requested and begins October 24.


Introduction to Medicare

Monday, October 12 at 6:30 pm

Join Chris Boring, an independent health insurance agent, for an educational meeting about Medicare.  Boring will outline the various Medicare plans and explain how people can sign up.    The Medicare Annual Election Period (AEP) takes place from October 15 to December 7, so get informed before joining or switching plans.

BigReadThe Kent Free Library, along with the other public libraries in the county, are partnering with The Lindsay-Crane Center for Writing and Literature at Hiram College to present a community-wide reading program, or a “Big Read.”

Many programs and events will center on the book Into the Beautiful North by Luis Alberto Urrea in September and October thanks to a $15,000 Big Read grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), which is the third Hiram College has received.  Kent Free Library also participated in the previous 2 Big Reads.

Hiram College also received a grant from Hiram Community Trust that will provide free copies of Into the Beautiful North.  Copies will be available at the Kent Free Library.

Events at Kent Free Library:

Mexican painted mask of a bullMexican Folk Art Display

September 17 – October 17, library hours

Kent resident Amy Strainer shares her collection of Mexican art and folk crafts in the display case in the Information area of the library.


Cover of the book Growing SeasonGrowing Season: The Life of a Migrant Community

Thursday, September 24 at 7:00 pm

David Hassler, Director of the Kent State University Wick Poetry Center, and Gary Harwood, Kent State University Journalism Instructor and Photographer, give a multimedia presentation about their book, Growing Season: The Life of a Migrant Community, about Mexican and Mexican-American migrants who work the farms in Hartville, just south of Portage County.

Registration is requested and begins August 24.


HOLA Folkloric Dancers Performance

dancersSunday, September 27 at 2 pm

Enjoy a colorful performance of Mexican regional dances by the HOLA Folkloric Dancers of Painesville, Ohio.  Under the creative direction of Salome, the troupe of children and adult dancers has developed a repertoire that reflects the vast diversity within Mexican culture.  They have performed throughout northeast Ohio over the last 2 years.

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.


Book Discussion of Into the Beautiful North

Monday, September 28 at 6:30 pm

Join the library’s newest book club for a lively discussion of Into the Beautiful North with other readers in a book club settingA limited number of free copies of the book are available at the Check Out Desk.

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
330.673.4414
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www.kentfreelibrary.org

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

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