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Artists Display Work at KFL

Train Going Down the TracksPhotographs by Kathy Cameron drawings and prints by Susan Covey 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.

Covey’s pen and ink drawings feature trees, flowers, shorelines, and rocks. She says that she often uses simple black and white, “to help people fill in the color in their minds and experience space with vitality.”

Nepenthe by Susan CoveyA licensed auctioneer, freelance writer, and musician, Covey was one of the creators of a public art project in Akron supported by the Downtown Akron Partnership that installed pianos around the city that people could play and share the experience at #playmeakron.

The artwork will be on display through mid-March.

Artists interested in displaying their work at the library can find information at or can stop by the Information Desk for an

Library Friends Group Holds Organizational Meeting

KFL_Icon_CMYKAnyone interested in becoming a member of the Friends of the Kent Free Library is invited to an Organizational Meeting in the library’s 2nd floor meeting room on Monday, January 25 at 7:00 pm.

The Steering Committee for the new group will present the group’s mission and bylaws, vote on officers, and begin discussing projects the group will work on this year.

Ballet Excel Ohio Performs

Ballet-Excel-Ohio-07Families with children of all ages are invited to the library on Saturday, January 23 at 11:00 am as members from Ballet Excel Ohio read the story of Pinocchio and offer a sneak peak of the ballet. Children will meet costumed characters, including Pinocchio, and participate in a dance.

No registration is required, but space is limited. Get a Boarding Pass in the Dubois Children’s Reading Room starting 30 minutes before the program.

Craft Supply Closet Clean Out

craftclosetWe’re cleaning out the craft supply closets to make room for new programs in the new year!

On Wednesday, January 20, families with children in grades 8 and under are invited to visit the craft room any time between 4:00 – 7:00 pm to create their own masterpiece! Supplies are available on a first come first served basis.

Adults can bring their creativity to a Crafting Free for All on Wednesday, January 27 at 7:00 pm. Find innovate ways to use leftover supplies to create a unique craft.  Registration is required for the adult program; please call the Information Desk at

The Fashions of Downton Abbey

laura loewPopular historical speaker Laura Loew from Lost in the Past returns on Saturday, January 16 at 2:00 pm with a brand new presentation, showcasing the fashions of the 1920s as captured on the latest season of the PBS show Downton Abbey.

Loew will describe the changes in style and the role of women, while spotlighting everyone’s favorite characters and their onscreen fashions. She will also display real antiques from the time period including gowns, hats, parasols, shoes, gloves, purses, and antique paper ephemera.

To register for this free program, call the Information Desk at 330.673.4414.

Kent Shindig All Stars Perform Free Concert

ShindigsOn Sunday, January 10 at 2:00 pm, tap your feet as the Kent Shindig All-Stars bring the infectious sounds of the Appalachian Mountains to the library. The performance will feature fiddles, banjos, guitars, mandolins, dulcimers, and washtub bass along with the dancing feet of legendary clogger Dancin’ Dennis Copley of Mogadore.

Join a Book Club in 2016!

BookClubResolve to read more in 2016 by joining one of the library’s book clubs!  With 3 choices for adults, we have a club to fit any taste!

Monday Morning Book Group: B.Y.O.C. (Bring Your Own Cup)

Nothing goes better with coffee than a book group! This book group will meet the first Monday morning of every month at 11:00 am. Bring your own cup; we’ll supply the coffee!  No registration is required.  Find copies of each month’s title at the Check Out Desk or click on the link to the right to read a sample and check for availability of an ebook copy through the Ohio Digital Library.

Monday, January 4:The Truth According to Us by Annie Barrows

Read the Classics Book Club

For nearly 8 years, this all-ages group has been meeting to discuss classic and award-winning novels, nonfiction, and plays, such as A Tale of Two Cities, Their Eyes Were Watching God, Charlotte’s Web, and Midsummer Night’s Dream. Join this energetic group on the third Tuesday of each month at 7:00 pm in the 2nd Floor Meeting Room. Stop by the Check Out Desk to sign out each month’s selection or click on the link to the right to read a sample and check for availability of an ebook copy

Tuesday, January 19:  The Original Folk and Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm (Jack Zipes edition, 2014)

Last Monday Book Group

Meet with us the last Monday of the month at 6:30 pm to discuss a variety of fiction titles in a fun, laid-back setting. This is an “anything goes” book club and our books will be diverse in their range. No registration is required.  Find copies of each month’s title at the Check Out Desk or click on the link to the right to read a sample and check for availability of an ebook copy through the Ohio Digital Library.

Monday, January 25: Girl Waits With Gun by Amy Stewart




One-on-One eReader Assistance

Young woman using digital tabletIf you received an ereader this holiday season, your Kent Free Library card adds value to that gift!  Your library card gives you access to the Ohio Digital Library, a statewide, shared collection of over 77,000 ebooks, digital audiobooks, magazines, and videos.

Titles are in all genres, all reading levels, and 38 different languages.  You can check out 10 titles at one time and place holds on popular items.  The catalog is easy to use, and gives options for searching for titles that are available for immediate checkout, making it easy to find something to read in a hurry.

Need help figuring out how to use that new ereader?  Let our knowledgeable librarians walk you through it.  Bring your device and your questions on the following dates and times:

Monday, January 4, 6:30 – 8:00 pm
Tuesday, January 5, 6:30 – 8:00 pm
Wednesday, January 6, 2:30 – 4:00 pm
Thursday, January 7, 2:30 – 4:00 pm
Monday, January 11, 2:30 – 4:00 pm
Tuesday, January 12, 2:30 – 4:00 pm
Wednesday, January 13, 6:30 – 8:00 pm
Thursday, January 14, 6:30 – 8:00 pm

Registration is requested. Walk-in help will be also be available during these sessions.

Stopper Quartet Performs Free Concert

StopperQuartetEnjoy a free, all ages concert by Kent State University’s Stopper String Quartet on Sunday, December 13 at 2:00 pm.

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, 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.  For more information, call 330.673.4414.

Variety of Holiday Events Planned

HolidayProgramsNoLogoThere’s something to help everyone get a little more into the holiday spirit this season!

Story Time with Mr. Jim

December 14 at 7 pm

Join Mr. Jim in the Meeting Room for an all ages story time featuring seasonal stories and songs.

No registration is required. Pick up a boarding pass at the Children’s Desk 30 minutes before the program. Space is limited.


December 14, 4:00 – 5:30 pm

Families with children in grades 5 and under are invited to join us for a drop in craft. Younger children may need assistance. Supplies are available on a first come first served basis.

No registration is required.

snowflakesSnowflake Spectacular

Saturday, December 12th at 11:00 am

Join us for some snowflake fun! Families will enjoy a variety of snowflake themed crafts, games and snacks.

For families with children ages 3-12.  Registration is required and begins a week in advance. Space is limited.

Holiday Ornament Make & Take

Saturday, December 12, 2:30 – 4:00 pm

Adults, join us as we create a variety of festive ornaments and get into the holiday spirit. All supplies will be provided.

This program is for adults. Spaces are limited; registration is requested and begins November 14.

ElfSchool_2008Elf School

December 15, December 16 and December 17 at 4:00 pm

Children in Kindergarten through 2nd grade are invited to visit the library to see if they have what it takes to be an elf! We will read holiday books, play reindeer games and make crafts and treats.  Each day there will be different activities.

Registration is required and beings a week in advance of each program date.

believeFamily Movie Night

Tuesday, December 22 at 6:00 pm

Families are invited to wear their pajamas and get cozy for movie night at the library on ! We will be showing a holiday favorite about a boy who boards a train headed to the North Pole.

Registration is not required.

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