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Tuesday, June 27 at 2:00 pm: Hillbilly Silly Science Spectacular

Families with children ages 12 and younger are invited to the Hillbilly Silly Science Spectacular!

This amazing stage show combines clean, family humor with educational material—participants won’t even know that they’re learning! Enjoy fast-paced antics, visual props, audience participation and amazing science experiments that will blow your mind!

No registration is required for this free program, but space is limited. Please pick up a boarding pass in the Dubois Children’s Reading Room up to 30 minutes before the program.

Saturday, June 24 at 1:30 pm: Create a Bubble Wand

Families with children ages 4 – 12 are invited to create bubble wands!

Join fellow inventors to learn how to make simple wands, and then create your own designs. Plenty of bubble solution for testing each wand will be available and all building materials are supplied by the library.

Registration is required for this free program and space is limited. Contact Youth Services at 330.673.4414.

Wednesday, June 21 at 5:45 pm: Hidden in Plain Sight

Hidden in Plain Sight LogoBuild a better world through proactive parenting.

Looks can be deceiving. That’s the message behind a unique traveling exhibit called “Hidden in Plain Sight” created by the Bath and Copley Township Police Departments.

The departments will construct the bedroom of a typical teenager. But amidst the clutter of clothing scattered on the floor, school supplies on a desk, and personal care products on a vanity are more than 150 items that can actually be signals that a young person could be involved in risky, dangerous, and even illegal activity.

The audience is encouraged to explore and interact with items in the display which may be indicative that a teenager is involved in substance abuse, underage drinking, eating disorders, sexual activity, and more.

Doors to the exhibit in the library’s 2nd floor meeting room open for browsing at 5:45 pm. A presentation will begin at 6:15 pm. The exhibit is open to adults only. There is no charge for admittance. Attendees are welcome to drop in during the program if they cannot be there from the start.
Participants will be enlightened, educated and astonished.

Registration is requested and begins May 24. Please call the library’s Information Desk at 330.673.4414. Spaces are limited.

Wednesday, June 14 at 6:30 pm: The Food Not Lawns Movement

Armful of vegetablesBuild a better world by learning to produce your own food.

The library will host a presentation by Don Abbott of Kent Food Not Lawns on Wednesday, June 14 at 6:30 pm.

Kent Food Not Lawns is dedicated to encouraging individuals to produce food for themselves, their families, and others by providing information, education, support, seed swaps, and much more. Hear how this movement is helping typical backyard and community gardeners grow hundreds of pounds of food each year.

All ages are invited to this free event. Please register by calling the Information Desk at 330.673.4414.

Wednesday, June 7 at 6:00 pm: Snapology

Lego CrocodileVisit the library to help save the planet with Snapology. Each participant will select a mini-figure superhero and develop a machine for the hero to use. Will your machine reduce pollution? Recycle materials? Fix the planet’s climate? The possibilities are endless! If you’re brave enough join us for the brick-building fun! This program is for children ages 5–10.

For children ages 5 – 10.  Registration is required and begins Wednesday, May 31. Space is limited.

Saturday, June 3 at 11:00 am: Gnome and Fairy Houses

GnomeBring magic into your backyard by making gnome and fairy homes and other fantastical crafts on Saturday, June 3 at 11:00 am.  This craft is for families with children of all ages.

To register, call the Youth Services Department at 330.673.4414.

Thursday, June 1: Summer Reading Programs Begin

Summer Reading Programs for children, teens, and adults begin on Thursday, June 1. This year’s theme is Build a Better World.

Participating children will receive an official record to track their reading throughout the summer, and can earn prizes for every five hours of reading. Super Readers who read 20 or more hours will receive a book of their choosing from Scholastic with a commemorative bookplate. Incentives are generously sponsored by Kent Kiwanis, Kent Free Library Foundation’s Cecil Bumphrey Fund, and the ACME Community Cashback program.  More.

Teens and tweens can win scratch-off tickets for books they read–each ticket is a chance to win great prizes like gift cards to local businesses, KSU gear, free books, and more. Readers will also be entered in a Grand Prize raffle.

Adults who submit reviews of the books they read will be entered into prize drawings.

New this year for all ages, complete challenges to earn buttons to pin on a lanyard.

In addition, the library has scheduled dozens of programs related to the Build a Better World theme.  Visit the Youth Services Upcoming Events Page or the Adult Services Upcoming Events Page.

Sunday, May 21 at 2:00 pm: Free Concert with Dog Friendly

Along with our other events for National Pet Month, we’ve invited Dog Friendly, a steel drum duo, to perform a family friendly concert!

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.

Saturday, May 13 at 11:00 am: Open Music Concert

Students, age 17 and under, currently enrolled in music lessons, may sign up to play a short piece in a public concert at the library. All skills levels are encouraged to participate. A piano will be available for student’s use.

Registration is required and begins on May 6. Space is limited. Everyone is encouraged to attend this event as part of the audience.

Pet Supply Drive for Portage APL

Portage APL LogoMay is National Pet Month and we are honoring our four-legged family members. Join us all month long for the festivities!

All month we are collecting much needed supplies for the Portage APL. The Portage Animal Protective League is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, dedicated to the care and welfare of the abused, abandoned, sick and injured animals that come through their doors. All of their efforts are funded through donations.

Check out the APL’s Shelter Wish List or pick up a copy at the Information Desk.

Check out the Adult Services page for weekly programs, and don’t miss a free concert on Sunday, May 21 at 2:00 pm with Dog Friendly, a steel drum duo!

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