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Author of Books on Aging, Mitchell, To Speak

ShirleyGlowingB1Enjoy an afternoon at the Kent Free Library with acclaimed author Shirley W. Mitchell, who will discuss her work and autograph copies of her books on Friday, March 4 at 3:00 pm. Logos Bookstore partnered with the library to bring this inspirational author to Kent.

Mitchell writes books with tremendous insight into the physical, emotional, and spiritual changes and the amazing possibilities for aging Baby Boomers. She is the author of 10 Books including Fabulous after 50 and Sensational after 60, and is the Co-Author of 5 books including Love Notes for Mom, Love Notes for Dad, 101 Great Ways to Improve Your Life, and Love Like God.

Shirley also writes the Fabulous after Fifty column, and is the Radio Talk Show Host of the Syndicated program Aging Outside the Box.

No registration is required for this free program, but space is limited. Please pick up an event ticket after 2:30 that day. Books by Mitchell will be available for purchase through the Kent Free Library Foundation.

Winter Carnival Fun

snowflakesFamilies with children ages 3 – 12 are invited to a Winter Carnival on Saturday, February 27 at 11:00 am.

Whether it’s clear, cloudy, blustery, frosty, frozen, or powdery outside, the library will be warm and filled with wintertime fun games, crafts, face painting, and more!

Registration is required for this free program; please call the Dubois Children’s Reading Room at 330.673.4414.

Seed Library Packaging Party

SeedLibraryLogo2Join volunteers from Kent Food Not Lawns on Thursday, February 25 from 6:30 – 8:30 pm at a seed packaging party to organize the seeds that have been donated. Drop in any time and stay as long as you’d like.  Seeds will be ready for checkout by March 15.


Learn about Ohio’s Underground Railroad

underground-railroad-hero-ABIn honor of Black History Month, the Kent Free Library will host a presentation by historian Paul Goebbel on Sunday, February 21 at 2:00 pm featuring stories about the brave men and women who helped slaves along Ohio’s underground railroad. He will also highlight an Ohio connection to the passage of the 13th amendment to the US Constitution.

Goebbel was co-owner of a manufacturing firm and a gift and home accessory salesmen. He has also been an auctioneer, job coach for disabled adults, and substitute teacher for special needs students. Goebbel currently writes historic study units for home school, tutors, and small museums; gives historic
presentations; reenacts; and is a judge in the Ohio History Day competition.

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

Family Fitness with Personal Trainer

Kids-exercisingChildren in preschool through 5th grade and their favorite grown up are invited to the Kent Free Library for an hour of fun fitness on Saturday, February 20 at 11:00, led by Lisa J. Kelleman-McClain, a certified personal trainer.

To register, please call the Dubois Children’s Reading Room at 330.673.4414.

Toddler Explorers

Toddlers Interacting During Playtime In A Nursery Setting

Families with toddlers and babies are invited to the Kent Free Library on Saturday, February 13 from 11:00 am – 12:00 pm for Toddler Explorers.

The Youth Services Department will set up the meeting room with a variety of toddler and baby friendly activities and stations for families to visit. Be sure to wear clothing that can get messy.

Registration is required for this free program. Please call the Dubois Children’s Reading Room at 330.673.4414.

Show Us Your Books!

ShowUsYourBooks!Bring your receipt to the Information Desk, and for every 5 adult books you take home, get a prize entry slip.

During February, along with the prize slips you also receive a strand of Mardi Gras beads! The more books you take home, the more chances you have to win!

Teen Writers Group to Meet

writersgroupStudents in grades 6 through 12 are invited to join a creative writing group that meets next on Tuesday, February 9 from 7:00 – 8:00 pm.  This group is for creative writers who want to challenge their imaginations and share their work. Each session starts with a prompt to help you create an idea.
Registration is required and begins on Tuesday, February 2. Registration closes at 9:00 pm on the Monday night before the program.

February Book Clubs

BookClubNo matter what you like to read, the Kent Free Library has a book club for you!

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, February 1: The Book of Speculation by Erika Swyler

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, February 16: Emma by Jane Austen

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, February 29: After the Parade by Lori Ostlund




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

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