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Dewey, KFL’s Elf on a Shelf, Returns!

Back by popular demand, Dewey, KFL’s mischievous Elf on a Shelf, will return in December.  Be sure to Like the library’s Facebook Page to enjoy Dewey’s antics as he helps bring fun to the holiday season!

Monday December 11 at 6:30 pm: The Magic of a 1950s Christmas

Remember aluminum trees, bubble lights, and decked-out department stores? Hosted by Laura Loew, this presentation will have you reliving great memories of retro holiday celebrations.
This program is family friendly and registration is requested. Spaces are limited; registration is underway.

Library Closes for Thanksgiving

The library will close at 6:00 pm on Wednesday, November 22 and will remain closed for the Thanksgiving Holiday on Thursday, November 23.  The library will reopen with regular hours on Friday, November 24 at 9:00 am.

As always when the library is closed, no items will be due and no late fees will be assessed on overdue materials.  For your convenience, materials may be returned through the drive through or in the return bin to the left of the parking lot entrance.

Monday, November 20 at 7:00: Friends of KFL Meeting

Supporters of the library are invited to the monthly Friends of Kent Free Library meeting on Monday, November 20.  Hear an update on the most recent book sale and learn how you can get involved with the Friends, including volunteer opportunities.

No registration is required.  For more information, contact [email protected]

Saturday, November 11 at 11:00 am: Open Music Concert


Piano students may sign up to play in the library’s open piano concert on November 11 at 11:00 am.  All skill levels are encouraged to participate and all ages are welcome to attend as we fill the library with music. Students may play up to two pieces.

For Students ages 17 and under Registration is required and begins November 4.  Space is limited.

Thursday, November 9 at 6:30 pm: Ohio State Football Talk

Author Robert J. Roman explores the forgotten history of a little 19th century football team and the birth of a football dynasty.

How did the football team at The Ohio State University steal the hearts of the entire state? How did the humble team ultimately develop into the dominance and pageantry known today as “Ohio State football”? In the 19th century OSU was not the largest school in Ohio. Its students were not the first to form a local college team; but what set the students apart was an underdog complex, a chip on their shoulders, and the drive to prove themselves.

This program is family friendly and registration is requested. Spaces are limited; registration begins October 12. Copies of Roman’s book will be available for purchase from the Kent Free Library Foundation by cash or check.

Sunday, October 29 at 2:00 pm: Free Concert with the KSU Woodwind Ensemble

Enjoy a free concert with the Kent State University Woodwind Ensemble.

This program is family friendly. No registration is required; however because space is limited, audience members must pick up

October 19 – 21: Friends of KFL Book Sale

The Friends of Kent Free Library will hold their fall book sale on Thursday, October 19 through Saturday, October 21.  Adult and juvenile fiction and nonfiction books, audiobooks, music CDs, and DVDs will be sold, with proceeds supporting the library’s programs and services.  Materials are either withdrawn from the library’s collection or donated by community members.

Members of the Friends of KFL are invited to a preview sale on Thursday, October 19 from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm.  Memberships may be purchased at the door for $5 for Individuals, $3 for Students or Seniors, and $10 for Households

The sale will open to the general public at 2:00 pm on Thursday, October 19 and close that day at 8:00 pm.  The sale also runs Friday, October 20 from 10:00 – 5:00 pm and Saturday, October 21 from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm.

Cash and checks are accepted.

Wednesday, October 18 at 6:30 pm: Victorian Phrenology Presented by Laura Loew

What does your skull reveal about you? Learn about the lost ‘art’ of divining personality types from historical presenter Laura Loew on Wednesday, October 18 from 6:30 – 7:30 pm.  Phrenology is a process that involves observing or feeling the skull to determine an individual’s psychological attributes. Laura Loew presents fun and informative programs that include historical and social contexts but are geared to modern audiences!

This program is family friendly and registration is requested. Spaces are limited; registration begins September 20.I’ll Read Your Head Now: Victorian Phrenology Presented by Laura Loew

Board of Trustees Position Open

Applications are now being accepted by the Kent Board of Education from people interested in being considered for appointment on the Kent Free Library Board of Trustees.

The Board of Education makes one appointment annually to the seven-member library board.  Kent residents interested in the non-paying position may obtain an application at the Kent Free Library Information Desk during regular library hours.  The term now filled by Karen Beck expires on December 31, 2017.

Application should be returned to the Kent Free Library no later than 12:00 noon on Friday, October 13, 2017.

The Board of Trustees serves as a supervisory body overseeing the general operations and budget of the library.

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