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Cover of The Best They Could BeThe Best They Could Be: Author Scott H. Longert

Monday, April 14, 7:00 pm

Enjoy a presentation by Scott H. Longert, author of The Best They Could be: How the Cleveland Indians Became the Kings of Baseball, 1916-1920.

In the early twentieth century, the Cleveland Indians brought the world championship to their city of passionate fans in a spectacular style that has yet to be replicated. The Best They Could Be recaps the compelling story of the ballplayers and team owner who resurrected this proud but struggling franchise. Longert’s entertaining and poignant narrative traces the rise, fall, and rebirth of one of America’s most beloved baseball teams.

Longert is the author of Addie Joss: King of the Pitchers and has written numerous articles on baseball history for the Cleveland Plain Dealer Sunday Magazine, TimeLine, The Baseball Research Journal, and The National Pastime.

Read more about Scott Longert.

Five Million Steps: Thru-Hiking the Appalachian Trail

Monday, April 21, 7:00 pmAT055

Bob Grau returns to share his exciting experiences hiking the Appalachian Trail.

Bob (Buckeye Flash) Grau had no hiking experience or gear, when he decided to attempt to thru-hike the entire length of the Appalachian Trail (AT), a distance of 2,181 miles. He began his thru-hike in Georgia in March 2011 and completed it in Maine in September. On his 170-day hike, he traversed 14 states and climbed 270 mountains. Although the AT is described as “a footpath for those who seek fellowship with the wilderness,” it is often steep, rocky, extremely demanding, and it looks nothing like a path. Less than 25% of aspiring thru-hikers are actually successful in completing the challenging nearly 2,200-mile trip. During the last 380 miles of very treacherous terrain in the White Mountains of New Hampshire and in Maine, Bob was not deterred as he hiked with a broken ankle. After you hear his story of determination, you’ll have a real appreciation of his remarkable effort on his journey of hope!

Copies of his book will be available for purchase from the Kent Free Library Foundation.  No registration required.

GrowingCitiesLogoGrowing Cities Screening: Who’s Your Mama Earth Day Festival

Tuesday, April 22, 7:00 pm

As part of the Who’s Your Mama Earth Day Festival, the library will host a screening of Growing Cities.

Growing Cities is a documentary film that examines the role of urban farming in America and asks how much power it has to revitalize our cities and change the way we eat. The film follows two friends on their road trip across the country as they meet the people who are challenging the way this country grows and distributes its food—from those growing food in backyards to make ends meet; to educators with the goal of teaching kids to eat better; to activists seeking a meaningful alternative to the industrial food system, and more.

By showcasing innovative ways urban dwellers are producing food, the film will inspire people to engage more deeply with their food system—whether that means growing tomatoes in a windowsill or getting a flock of backyard chickens. At its core, the film asks viewers to re-imagine what’s possible in urban settings and shows how everyone can be a producer in a society driven by consumption.

Following the film, there will be a panel discussion afterward with members of Edible Kent to discuss ideas.

Read more about the documentary Growing Cities.

Photo of FarnsworthTao: The Way of Harmony with Pilar Farnsworth

Monday, May 19, 7:00 pm

Pilar Farnsworth will be here to teach you the origins and philosophy of Tao Te Ching, and then lead you in standing Qi Gong Form. Qi Gong is an ancient spiritual healing practice over six thousand years old. Be sure to wear loose clothing and flat shoes to help you as you practice the Qi Gong movements.

No registration required.

Come and enjoy free concerts in your library. All ages are welcome to attend, and no registration is required.

Photo of Glauser String Quartet The Glauser String Quartet

Sunday, April 13, 2:00 pm

Enjoy a free concert with Kent State University’s Glauser String Quartet.  The accomplished members of this group are Yang Zeng, Jeff Millen, Haojian Wang, and Samuel Huang.

Zeng is a member of the Akron Symphony Orchestra, principle second violin of the Mansfield Symphony Orchestra, and concertmaster of the KSU Orchestra.  He is the 2013 recipient of the Leopold Sipe Memorial Award for Excellence in Music Performance.

Millen began playing cello at 11 years old.  He is pursuing a master’s degree in cello performance at KSU.

Wang is from Yantai, China.  Last fall, he played in the Canton Symphony Orchestra.  He is a graduate student at KSU studying viola and chamber music.

Huang is a graduate assistant at Kent State University where he is studying violin performance.  He is a concertmaster of the KSU Orchestra and a member of the Akron Symphony Orchestra.

Photo of DuoDale Galgozy and Sam Rettman in Concert

Sunday, May 18, 2:00 pm
Dale Galgozy and Sam Rettman will present a free concert of original country-blues songs.  This guitar/harmonica duo will perform everything from the uplifting country ballad “In The Right Way” to the twisting sounds of “Lone Star Blues” and everything in between.
Sam Rettman is a master on the harmonica, from traditional blues to Appalachian fiddle tunes. Sam has been playing for over 40 years in a variety of bands: Chicago blues bands, Zydeco bands, off-Broadway in the pit band. His influences are varied, but no doubt the music of  Sonny Terry and Brownie McGee was the spark that got Sam to play the harmonica.
Dale Galgozy is a songwriter, guitar teacher, and music documentary filmmaker.  Influenced by his family–his mother was winning awards at age 7 for her accordion playing and his father was playing Standbaugh Auditorium at age 16–Dale began playing guitar and writing songs at age 13 and his first live performance was at 16.  As a young adult he was in demand by local songwriters for his guitar playing.  Doing session work in the 1980s led to Clive Davis auditioning his band’s demo in New York City.  Galgozy has been Artist in Residence at Western Reserve Academy and the Ohio Arts Council.

Make it Pinteresting

Calling all Pinterest fans! This fall come to your library to create interesting projects we’ve found on Pinterest. All supplies provided, except where noted. This program is for adults; registration is requested.  Spaces are limited; please visit or contact the Information Desk to register.

Wednesday, April 30,  7:00 pm: Paint Sample Calendars.  Registration is underway.

Wednesday, May 28,   7:00 pm: Washer Necklaces.  Registration begins April 30.

Cultured Purls

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.

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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