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Upcoming Events

Make it Pinteresting Adult Crafting Hour

Calling all Pinterest fans!  Adults 18+ are invited to the library to create interesting projects we’ve found on Pinterest. All supplies are provided.  Spaces are limited; please visit or contact the Information Desk to register.

Cork-keychains
Wednesday, April 27, 7:00 – 8:00 pm: Cork Keychains
Registration is underway.

Wednesday, May 25, 6:30 pm: Sponged Lace Paintings
Registration begins April 27.

Wednesday, June 29, 6:30pm: American Flag Paint Stick Project
Registration begins June 1.

Wednesday, July 27, 6:30pm: Thimble Brooches
Registration begins June 29.


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, May 5, 6:45-7:45 pm
Thursday, June 2, 6:45-7:45 pm
Thursday, July 7, 6:45-7:45 pm


adultcoloringColoring for Grown-Ups

Saturday, May 14 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. Registration is requested and begins April 16. Spaces are limited; please visit or contact the Information Desk to register.

StopperQuartetThe Stopper Quartet in Concert

Saturday, April 30 at 2:00 pm

Enjoy a free, all ages concert by Kent State University’s Stopper String Quartet.The quartet was founded in 2014 by Tak-Kin Wong (violin), Ming-yuan Song (violin), Wing-Sun Man (viola), and Vincent Leung (cello), all of whom are pursuing their Master of Performance at KSU.  They are coached by current and former members of the Miami String Quartet, including Cathy Meng Robinson, Keith Robinson and Yu Jin.

Members of the Stopper String Quartet participated in numerous music festivals throughout America including Texas Music Festival, Cincinnati Young Artists Chamber Music Festival, Kent/Blossom Music Festival, and Heartland Chamber Music Festival.

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.


victorianbathingA Day at the Seaside with Laura Loew

Sunday, May 15 at 2:00 pm

In the 1800s, Victorians took to the waters with abandon at seaside resorts.  Join us to learn more about those golden days of ‘bathing’, souvenirs, and summer promenades. Presenter, Laura Loew will bring antique bathing suits, seaside souvenirs, and other beach accessories for participants to see.

A continuing fascination with the Victorian era led Laura Loew of Medina 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 program is for all ages. Registration is underway.  Spaces are limited; please visit or contact the Information Desk to register.


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 starting Wednesday, June 1.


Photo of Jen ShopeMindfulness for a Happier life with Jen Shope of Zen Path Healing Arts

Tuesday, June 7 at 6:30pm

Mindfulness is the practice of shifting your perspective and creating 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. At this program, Jen Shope will provide guided meditations and information on integrating mindfulness into your life. No meditation experience necessary.

This program is for adults. Registration is requested and begins May 10. Spaces are limited; please visit or contact the Information Desk to register.


batBe in the Know About Our Benevolent Bats! With Jamey Emmert

Wednesday, June 8 at 6:30pm

Bats are remarkable critters that need us as much as we need them. The only mammals that can fly, bats are crucial to the health of Planet Earth but some species’ populations are declining. Did you know that all 11 bat species in Ohio eat only insects and therefore are of very little threat to humans? They actually eat thousands of irritating insects each night, which helps keep us more comfortable and farmers happy with healthy crops.  Join Jamey Emmert from the ODNR Division of Wildlife to learn more about these fascinating creatures of the night.

This program is for all ages. Registration is requested and begins May 11. Spaces are limited; please visit or contact the Information Desk to register.


giulia1Transitioning to a Plant-Based Diet with Chef Giulia

Wednesday, June 15 at6:30 pm

Are you interested in exploring the plant-based food trend in your own kitchen but not sure how to begin? Have you already begun eating more healthfully but need additional ideas? This program will help you transition to incorporate more plant-based foods into your eating.

You will learn about the wide variety of foods available, ideas for swapping plant-based foods into your current diet, and tips for setting goals and checking progress. 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. Registration is requested and begins May 18. Spaces are limited; please visit or contact the Information Desk to register.


elianaeBellydance – Fun and Fitness with Elianae

Saturday, June 18, 2:00pm

Join Elianae, professional bellydancer, for a fun, all-ages class! Learn bellydance moves, have fun, and get fit! No experience required for this family friendly class.

This program is for all ages. Registration is requested and begins May 21. Spaces are limited; please visit or contact the Information Desk to register.


giulia2Eating in Season at the Farmers Market with Chef Giulia

Tuesday, July 12 at 6:30pm

Are you interested in trying new fruits and vegetables but not sure how to prepare the unfamiliar items found at our local farmers markets? Do you occasionally buy larger quantities than you can eat in a few days? This program will provide ideas for preparing locally-available seasonal produce for immediate meals, as well as simple ways to conserve the bounty for eating later.

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. Registration is requested and begins June 14. Spaces are limited; please visit or contact the Information Desk to register.


tedxTedX: Exercise Your Mind

Wednesday, July 13 at 6:30pm

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 second TEDx event, “Exercise Your Mind” and enjoy TED Talks on lessons in creativity, how we overcome our biases, and how we make our choices. After the videos, we will have a moderated discussion.

This program is for all ages. Spaces are limited; registration is requested and begins July 15.


bertMini Golf

Sunday, July 17 from 1:00-4:00pm

Join us as we transform the library into a spectacular indoor mini golf course. All ages are invited so bring the entire family for an afternoon of fun!

No registration required.


Summer Reading Finale!

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

All ages are invited to join us to celebrate the finale of the Summer Reading Programs. There will be family friendly activities throughout the library for patrons to enjoy.

 No registration required.

 

Photographs by Kathy Cameron are now on display at the Kent Free Library.

An Ohio native and Kent State University almuna, most of Cameron’s photos on display are landscapes taken in Columbus, western states, and Nova Scotia, where she used to live. A large, eye-catching photo of Amtrak rails disappearing into a line of mountains is among viewers’ favorites.

1 Cameron River of Trees“When I take a photograph, I focus on the center of the image and build my perspective from that point,” says Cameron, who only uses standard photo editing techniques. “My goal is to retain the image as it was viewed.” Cameron has exhibited her photos in galleries in Nova Scotia and in Hudson, OH, and she currently has an exhibit at the Akron-Canton Regional Airport.

Artists interested in displaying their work should submit and Art Exhibit Application.

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