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NLWsliderHaving a baby? Starting a diet? Planning a wedding? Looking for a job? Going on a trip? Planting a garden?

When your life changes, take the first step by heading to the Kent Free Library or visiting us online. Get the information, ideas, and resources you need–all for free!

Author Talk: Scott H. Longert, The Best They Could Be

Cover of the Best They Could BeEnjoy a presentation by Scott H. Longert, author of The Best They Could be: How the Cleveland Indians Became the Kings of Baseball, 1916-1920 on Monday, April 14 at 7:00 pm.

In the early twentieth century, the Cleveland Indians brought the world championship to their city of passionate fans in a spectacular style that has yet to be replicated. The Best They Could Be recaps the compelling story of the ballplayers and team owner who resurrected this proud but struggling franchise. Longert’s entertaining and poignant narrative traces the rise, fall, and rebirth of one of America’s most beloved baseball teams.

Longert is the author of Addie Joss: King of the Pitchers and has written numerous articles on baseball history for the Cleveland Plain Dealer Sunday Magazine, TimeLine, The Baseball Research Journal, and The National Pastime.

Read more about Scott Longert.

Glauser String Quartet Performs

Glauser String QuartetKent State University’s Glauser String Quartet will perform a free concert on Sunday, April 13 at 2 pm. The accomplished members of this group are Yang Zeng, Jeff Millen, Haojian Wang, and Samuel Huang.

Zeng is a member of the Akron Symphony Orchestra, principle second violin of the Mansfield Symphony Orchestra, and concertmaster of the KSU Orchestra. He is the 2013 recipient of the Leopold Sipe Memorial Award for Excellence in Music Performance.

Millen began playing cello at 11 years old. He is pursuing a master’s degree in cello performance at KSU.

Wang is from Yantai, China. Last fall, he played in the Canton Symphony Orchestra. He is a graduate student at KSU studying viola and chamber music.

Huang is a graduate assistant at Kent State University where he is studying violin performance. He is a concertmaster of the KSU Orchestra and a member of the Akron Symphony Orchestra.

No registration is required for this free all-ages event; however because space is limited, audience members must pick up a pass at the 2nd floor information desk beginning ½ hour before the concert.

For more information, contact the Information Desk at [email protected] or 330.673.4414.

Seeking Music Students for Concert

Boy playing pianoThe Kent Free Library invites students, ages 17 and under, who are currently enrolled in music lessons, to play at the Open Piano Concert on Saturday, April 12 at 11 am.

Students should prepare one or two short pieces to play for an audience of friends and family in the library’s meeting room. All skill levels are encouraged to participate.

Registration is required and space is limited. Please call the Youth Services Department at 330.673.4414 beginning April 5 to register.

No registration is required to enjoy the concert as an audience member and all ages are invited.
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Family Story Time at Tree City Coffee

Tree City Coffee logoLooking for things to do with the kids over Spring Break?  Come to a special family story time at Tree City Coffee and Pastry on Thursday, March 27 at 10:00 am!  The kids will love seeing their favorite children’s librarians outside the library (who knew we could leave?), and you can enjoy a fantastic cup of coffee and a pastry!

No registration is necessary.

School’s Out Movie!

ticketsKent City Schools are closed on Friday, March 28, so we’re showing a feature film in the meeting room at 3:00 pm.  We can’t tell you the title (because of licensing restrictions), but maybe you can guess from this clue: In this sequel, Gru is recruited by the Anti-Villain League to help deal with a powerful new super criminal. Of course he brings along his adorable girls, hilarious Minions, and a host of new and outrageously funny characters.

No registration is required.

Natural Detoxing with Alyssa D’Amico–FULL

AlyssaAlyssa D’Amico explains the basics of a Real Food detox on Monday, March 24 at 7 p.m. This class will include different methods of detoxifying the body, how to prepare your body before a detox, common foods and herbs that can be used, and traditional practices that have been used for hundreds of years.

D’Amico is a graduate of the Nutritional Therapy Association. Through her business, Niche Wellness, she helps individuals balance their body, connect to real food, and become educated consumers.

Space is limited and registration is required; stop by or call the Information Desk at 330.673.4414.

“Divergent” Party for Teens

DivergentHey Teens: If you’re like us, you’ve read the book and are just waiting for the ‘Divergent’ movie to finally come out this month! Get ready for the big release by coming to a party at the library on Wednesday, March 19 at 7 p.m.

We’ll play Divergent Jeopardy, make some crafts, and have other activities to celebrate this latest teen series turned blockbuster. Teens in grades 6 – 12 are invited, and need to register  on or after Wednesday, March 12.

Odd Artists: Drama, Passion, Obsession and Tragedy

Headshot of FeliciaOn Tuesday, March 11 at 7:00 pm, Art Historian Felicia Z. Stadelman presents a fascinating look into the hidden lives of our greatest artists.  Learn some of the most outrageous tales about some of our most famous artists–all the good stuff our art history books left out!

According to Stadelman, “many of the best artists lived on the edge of chaos –where all great art is born.”  She warns that you will never view art the same way again!

No registration is required.

Topher Starzyk in Concert

Photo of TopherLocal musician Topher Starzyk returns to Kent Free Library on Sunday, March 2 at 2 pm.  Starzck began his studies at age 7, and is now a successful musician who frequently performs in Northeast Ohio and throughout the Midwest. Known as a “ragtime and classical guitarist,” Starzyck pleases audiences with a diverse repertoire, including pieces by Vivaldi and Bach as well as Gershwin and Joplin.

No registration is required for this free all-ages event and space is limited.  Please arrive a few minutes before 2 pm to get a ticket.

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