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Introducing The Lucky Day Collections

If you love to check out new bestsellers and the latest DVD releases, but don’t love long waiting lists for those popular items, then it could be your lucky day!

We’re introducing “Lucky Day Collections”: the hottest books and movies, with shorter loan periods than the copies in the regular collection and no holds or renewals.

According to Director Stacey Richardson, this new collection will mean you have a better chance of finding high-demand items on the shelves, ready to check out.  “The books in this collection are chosen to match the community’s reading tastes for new and trending titles,” says Richardson.  “We think our patrons will enjoy the option of walking in and finding items they used to have to wait for weeks to read or watch.”

To help keep a supply of titles available for Kent Free Library visitors to check out and enjoy, this collection has a few special borrowing conditions: Lucky Day books and DVDs have a 7 day loan period and cannot be renewed.  Items must be returned to the Kent Free Library and not another library in the Portage Library Consortium.  Fines for late returns will accrue at the rate of $.50 per day.

Lucky Day copies cannot be placed on hold online or over the phone and cannot be held for pickup—first come, first served only.  Patrons may check out a maximum of 7 Lucky Day items at a time, and Kent Free Library staff may not borrow the items.

“This new collection has been one of our goals toward increasing and improving service to our community,” says Richardson.  “We anticipate that it will be very popular and are committed to making it a fun and hassle-free way for our patrons to enjoy their favorite titles.”

The library will continue to purchase these same titles for the regular collection, and those copies will still circulate for the regular loan period (14 days) and can be reserved or renewed if there are no holds on the title.

Look for the Lucky Day Collections on green carts with matching green signs and labels in the new book area.  You never know what will be waiting on the shelf each time you visit; it could be your lucky day!

Local Author Book Expo–Holiday Edition

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to meet authors who call Ohio home and maybe get some holiday shopping done! On Saturday, December 7 from 2:00 -3:30 pm, discover new books and talk one-on-one with local authors about what they’ve written. The Kent Free Library Foundation will be selling copies of each title, and the authors will be on hand to sign your selections. A signed book by a local author might make the perfect holiday gift!

Local authors in attendance will include:

 

G.T. Anders, author of the Vaulan Cycle Books The Tower of Babel and A Chair Between the Rails

Edwin Bixenstine, author the historical westerns Purgary Sands and Marshall Sands and Mrs. Molly

Contemporary romance writer Sharon Hunter, author of The Ranchers Wife and Love on the Ranch

Radford Lee, author of Starlight City, a techno future novel

Dianne Lenihan, author of the children’s fiction book about bullying called The Little Sombrero

Ronald Reed, author of Tallmadge Hill, a non-fiction pictorial account of the 1935 All American Soap Box Derby

No registration is required for this informal afternoon and light refreshments will be served.

Computer Lab Closed for Updates

New computers have been installed in the public lab, however the software is still being loaded and the lab will remain closed.  15-minute computers are available near the Main Street entrance and the wireless network is working for lap top users.

We apologize for the inconvenience.

Cooking the Books: Thanksgiving Recipe Preview

Do you need new recipes for Thanksgiving to wow your friends and family? Do you have a favorite recipe that’s too good not to share? Come to our Thanksgiving Recipe Preview on Monday, November 18 at 7 pm.

Prepare your favorite dish to share and bring a copy of the recipe. We’ll discuss tips and ideas to make your holiday festive and delicious. Also enjoy a demonstration on how to make an easy, no bake dessert!

This program is for adults; spaces are limited, registration is required and starts Monday October 21. Please call the Information Desk at 330.673.4414.

Need some inspiration?  Here are some Thanksgiving cookbooks in our collection.  Click on a cover to see availability.

Matt Watroba Presents: The Power of the Folk Song

Folk singer and radio host Matt Watroba will present a free lecture/concert, “The Power of the Folk Song” on Sunday, November 17 at 2 pm.

Watroba will combine his knowledge and talents to paint a musical landscape of the amazing stories and characters wrapped up in the music of the people. Expect to listen, laugh, and sing during this special music event.

Watroba is the Producer/Announcer at WKSU FolkAlley.com at Kent State University. For over 25 years, he has been learning about and sharing American folk music through his radio work, and through hundreds of performances in concerts, schools, libraries, church basements, senior centers–any place where folks gather in community.

All ages are welcome to attend this free program and no registration is required.

Student Pianists Sought for Concert

The 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, November 16 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 to register.

No registration is required to enjoy the concert as an audience member and all ages are invited.

Yang Zeng in Concert This Sunday

Accomplished violinist Yang Zeng performs a free concert on Sunday, October 27 at 2 pm.

We are thrilled to welcome back Zeng, a distinguished violinist from Kent State University. Zeng has participated in the Kent Blossom Music Festival and has also collaborated with the musicians of the Cleveland Orchestra. At Kent State he is a member of several chamber music ensembles which are coached by members of the Miami String Quartet. This year he performed Dvorak Violin Concerto and Beethoven triple concerto with the KSU Orchestra, and he was awarded the Leopold Sipe Memorial Award for Excellence in Music Performance.

Yang Zeng was born in Yunnan China where he began studying the violin at the age of 6. From August 1999 to July 2010, he studied at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music with Jiyang Zhao, Qinglin Zhu, Qing Zheng and Shisheng Zheng. He also studied viola with Hancheng Lan and Xidi Shen. He has performed at the Shanghai Concert Hall, Shanghai Oriental Art Center, and Shanghai Grand Theater, as well as the Solon Center for the Arts in Ohio.

Yang has played with the Shanghai Conservatory Orchestra and the Shanghai Sinfonietta. He was part of the China-Germany Young Euro Classic Festival Orchestra in 2010, performing at the Nanjing Arts Institute Concert Hall and the Shanghai Concert Hall.

In August 2010, he came to Kent State University to pursue his undergraduate degree in Music Performance. He is currently a student of Cathy Meng Robinson and Jung-Min Amy Lee, and has also studied violin with Benny Kim while at Kent State.

In 2011, 2012, and 2013, Yang participated in the Kent Blossom Music Festival where he performed chamber music and also collaborated with the musicians of the Cleveland Orchestra.  At Kent State, he is a member of several chamber music ensembles which are coached by members of the Miami String Quartet.  Last February March,Yang performed the Dvorak Violin Concerto and the Beethoven Triple Concerto with the KSU Orchestra.

In 2013,Yang was awarded the Leopold Sipe Memorial Award for Excellence in Music Performance and he won the String Division of the Tuesday Musical Competition. Yang is currently a member of the Akron Symphony Orchestra, principle second violin of the Mansfield Symphony and the concertmaster of KSU Orchestra.

As an artist, he was awarded First Prize in the Chinese youth calligraphy and painting competition in 1997 and 1998.

The Big (Fancy) Library Read!

KFL is part of the Big Library Read program!  Our card holders can borrow and enjoy the eBook or audiobook version of Nancy Clancy, Super Sleuth by Jane O’Connor through September 30th by visiting The Ohio eBook Project–no placing a hold, no waiting!

Big Library Read is an international program that provides unlimited simultaneous access to a popular title for a two-week period, creating a virtual, global book club.  Interested patrons can borrow Book 1 in the Nancy Clancy series with their valid library card, and enjoy it on all major computers and devices, including iPhone®, iPad®, Nook®, Android™ phones and tablets, and Kindle® without worrying about wait lists or holds.  The title will automatically expire at the end of the lending period.  There are no late fees!

Fancy Nancy author, Jane O’Connor, will even host a live 30-minute chat with readers on Tuesday, September 24 at 9:00 pm.  At that time just visit OverDrive’s Facebook Page.

The Big Library Read program is made possible through a partnership between OverDrive, the leading supplier of eBooks and more to libraries, and HarperCollins, publisher of the best-selling Fancy Nancy series of children’s titles.

OverDrive is a leading multichannel digital distributor of eBooks, digital audiobooks, music and video.  They supply a secure lending platform for 22,000 libraries, schools and retailers worldwide with support for all major computers and devices.  Founded in 1986, OverDrive is based in Cleveland.

Student Showcase Concert

The library is a venue for the Kent State ‘Round Town Music Festival!  Enjoy a free Student Showcase concert on Friday, September 20 at 3:30 pm.

Under the instruction of Dale Galgozy, student musicians Libby Etherton, Aaron Leclerc, Iris Murphy, Dominic Sanzone, and Katherine Billock will fill the library with music.

All ages are welcome and no registration is required.

Dominic Sanzone

Dominic is 13 years old and is an 8th grader at Stanton Middle School. Dom has been taking guitar lessons for four years. He enjoys playing various types of music but his favorites include Rock n’ Roll and Blues. He has also played some Classical guitar music.

Dominic participates in Woodsy’s Rock School and has been the lead guitar for several of his bands. He participated in Folk Festival in 2012 and was honored to be asked to return in 2013.

Dom also rides a dirt bike and enjoys spending time with his Dad doing both track and trail riding. Dominic hopes to turn his love for guitar and music into a career in the future.

Libby Etherton

Libby is an exciting 14 year old singer and multi-instrumentalist with an amazing performance history for a young entertainer. Since the age of eleven she has performed as a soloist more than seventy times at schools, churches and outdoor events. She performs a wide variety of material encompassing contemporary pop and country along with some timeless classics.

In the last year she performed as a finalist in the 2013 Canton Idol Competition, at the 2013 Teens Rock Akron Concert, Canton Rib Burn Off, the Columbiana County fair, Louisville’s Constitution days and at many First Friday Art walk venues in Canton. In addition to singing and playing piano, guitar and ukulele, Libby is an aspiring photographer specializing in landscape and floral photos.

A motivated student beginning Lake High School this year, Libby also enjoys volunteering at Adventure Place childcare and the support crew for Habitat for Humanity.

View Libby’s website.

Katherine Billock

Katherine is a student at Rootstown Middle School and has been playing guitar for almost 2 years. She loves music and singing as well. Katherine most enjoys reading books, drawing, and playing with her younger sister when she’s not singing and playing her guitar. Overall, Katherine seeks the best in people and in living every day. She has found that music is a great way for her to express that to everyone around her.

Sign Up Now for Appalachian Trail Talk

Bob Grau, author of Five Million Steps on a Journey of Hope: Thru-Hiking the Appalachian Trail, will give a discussion on his experience hiking the Appalachian Trail on Monday, September 16 at 7:00 pm.

A non-hiker, Grau began his journey in 2011, and completed the 2,181 mile hike in 170 days. Learn about Grau’s unusual personal story, the history of the trail, and the equipment and gear he used to make the journey. He will show photos taken along the trail, and take questions from the audience. Copies of his book will be available for purchase from the Kent Free Library Foundation.

Registration is requested for this event, and is underway. Please visit or contact the Information Desk to register.

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