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Saturday Adult Craft Hour

Photo of Craft Supply ClosetGet 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, January 17 at 3:00 pm: Winter Craft Free For All.  We’re cleaning out our craft supply closet so it’s an anything goes crafting day. Bring your creativity as the projects will require some innovation.  Registration requested and begins December 20

Saturday, February 21 at 3:00 pm: Thumb Tack Art.  Registration requested and begins January 24

Saturday, March 21 at 3:00 pm: Watercolor Napkins.  Registration requested and begins February 21


scarfMake it Pinteresting

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, January 28, 7:00 pm: Knotted Fleece Scarves.  Registration begins December 30

Wednesday, February 25, 7:00 pm: Mini Chalkboards.  Registration begins January 28

Wednesday, March 25, 7:00 pm: Pallet Coasters.  Registration begins February 25


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.

Downton-Abbey-PSThe Fashions of Downton Abbey with KSU Museum Curator Sara Hume

Thursday, January 22 at 6:30 pm

Join Sara Hume, Assistant professor and Curator of Kent State University Museum as she discusses the timeline of fashions featured in the popular PBS series Downton Abbey. This talk will explore the changes in women’s lives during the first quarter of the 20th century, through a careful look at how they dressed featuring pieces from the Kent State University Museum collection.

Registration is requested and begins December 26; spaces are limited. Please visit or contact the Information Desk to register.


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 resumeMarch 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 1: Monday, January 26-Thursday, January 29. Registration begins on December 29

Session 2: Monday, February 23-Thursday, February 26. Registration begins on January 26

Session 3: Monday, March 23-Thursday, March 26. Registration begins on February 23


cmaThe 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 you with genuine art objects from the museum’s collection. Interactive sessions offer a unique hands-on experience, engaging learners of all ages in exciting exploration and lively discussion about diverse cultures, time periods, materials, and techniques.

Registration is requested and begins four weeks ahead of each presentation; spaces are limited. Please visit or contact the Information Desk to register.

Wednesday, January 14 at 6:30 pm: Artists of Our Region. Registration begins December 17

Wednesday, February 4 at 6:30 pm: Early America-Artistry of a Young Nation. Registration begins January 7

Wednesday, March 11 at 6:30 pm: Native North American Art. Registration begins February 11


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.

diabetesRegistration is requested and begins four weeks ahead of each presentation; spaces are limited. Please visit or contact the Information Desk to register.

Saturday, January 24 at 3:00 pm: Diabetes & Pre-Diabetes. Registration begins December 27

Saturday, February 28 at 3:00 pm: Diabetes Management. Registration begins January 31

Saturday, April 25 at 3:00 pm: Asthma. Registration begins March 28


tiffanyThe History of Clara Wolcott Driscoll and the Tiffany Glass Studio with Linda D. Alexander

Wednesday, March 4 at 6:30pm

AlexanderDid you know that a Tallmadge-based artist was responsible for designing many of the famous lamp shades produced by the Tiffany Glass Studio? Her name was Clara Wolcott Driscoll and the story of her work with Tiffany Studios and the infamous ‘Tiffany Girls’ from 1888-1909 is fascinating. We invite you to join historian and fourth cousin of the artist, Linda D. Alexander, as she shares the history and beautiful art of Clara Wolcott Driscoll.

Registration is requested and begins February 4; spaces are limited. Please visit or contact the Information Desk to register.


teaJapanese Tea Ceremony with Tensetsu-do-Snowflake Tearoom

Sunday, March 8 at 2:00 pm

The mission of Tensetsu-do is to educate people on the Japanese Tea Ceremony and to share their love of Japanese Tea and culture. Join us for this unique and memorable experience. Come and experience this traditional art that has been passed down throughout the ages.

Registration is requested and begins February 8; spaces are limited. 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 p.m.

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.

Come and 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.

gospelwondersThe Gospel Wonders Live in Concert

Sunday, February 1 at 2:00 pm

The Gospel Wonders of Akron 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.

No registration required. Stop at the second floor Information Desk 30 minutes prior to the concert for an event pass.


Muszikat-Shalom (Music for Peace):  Sing For Freedom

Saturday, February 7 at 2:00 pm

Music has always been integral to the African American struggle for freedom.  The music of the Civil Rights Movement was shaped by those who participated in the rallies; the marches, those who went to jail, those who marched to the courthouse to register to vote; as they marched, they sang.  “Sing For Freedom” was designed to expose the community to the enriching aspects of the protest traditions of African American freedom songs.

“We Shall Not Be Moved”, “Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Round”, “Buses Are a Comin”, and “This Little Light of Mine” are a few of the songs that framed the Civil Rights Movement history lesson and provided a message of hope.  This interactive program will discuss events of the Civil Rights Movement including the Montgomery Bus Boycott, the Freedom Riders Movement and the Greensboro sit-ins and will present a wide range of music from the movement.

Muszikat-Shalom (Music of Peace), formed in 2006 and featuring Drene Ivy on piano and Nancy Bernstein, vocals, expresses universal peace and love through diverse musical genres including, among others, Jazz, Blues, Gospel, Broadway, Judaic, Children’s Songs and more.

No registration required. Stop at the second floor Information Desk 30 minutes prior to the concert for an event pass.

The Bluestones Live in Concert

Sunday, January 11 at 2:00 pm

Playing in Northeast Ohio for over fifteen years, The Bluestones are a four-piece band from Kent. They play a variety of music styles: oldies, classic rock, blues, and country. The Bluestones have performed at dozens of major local events including the Blues and Brews Festival at Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens, the Akron Art Museum’s Downtown at Dusk Summer Concert Series, Kent Heritage Festival, and The NBA All-Star post game celebration.

The Bluestones, who served at the house band for Fat Fish Blue in Cleveland for a number of years, and have opened for national acts such as Shamekia Copeland, Koko Taylor, and Robert Lockwood Jr.

No registration required. Stop at the second floor Information Desk 30 minutes prior to the concert for an event pass.


oscarPre-Oscar Party

Sunday, February 22 at 1:30 pm

Hurray for Hollywood! Join us for this family friendly party before the 87th Annual Academy Awards. Walk the red carpet, and have your picture taken in our paparazzi photo-booth. There will be games, a showing of an Oscar nominated film appropriate from all ages at 2:00 pm, and free refreshments.

No registration required. Stop at the second floor Information Desk 30 minutes prior to the concert for an event pass.


chinesemusicensCleveland Chinese Music Ensemble Live in Concert

Sunday, March 15 at 2:00 pm

Formed in the fall of 2008, the Cleveland Chinese Music Ensemble performs a wide variety of Chinese music on traditional string, wind, and percussion instruments. The Ensemble will perform a brand new show featuring solo and ensemble pieces from a variety of regions in China. This critically acclaimed music ensemble has previously performed at the Akron Civic Theatre, The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, the Kent State Folk Festival and the Cleveland Asian Festival.

No registration required. Stop at the second floor Information Desk 30 minutes prior to the concert for an event pass..

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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312 West Main Street
Kent, OH 44240
330.673.4414
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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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