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Monday, July 10 at 6:30 pm: Kitchen Scrap Gardening

In keeping with the Kent Free Library’s Adult Summer Reading Program theme of “Build a Better World,” members of the community are invited to try something new this summer.

Two upcoming programs introduce ways to build a better world, starting at your own home. On Monday, July 10 at 6:30 p.m., learn how to regrow fruits and vegetables from kitchen scraps.

Saturday, July 8 at 11:00 am: Hamilton Extravaganza

Teens entering grades 9–12 are invited to celebrate Lin Manuel-Miranda’s musical masterpiece, ‘Hamilton’ on Saturday, July 8 at 11:00  am.

Test your skills in rap battles and lyrics trivia and share your love with custom-made t-shirts decorated with your favorite quotes! Attendees must provide their own t-shirts.

To register, call the Youth Services Department at 330.673.4414. Space is limited.

Red Wolf Keeps Early Lead in ‘Care for a Critter’ Contest

After week three weeks of the Care for a Critter Contest, there is a clear front runner: The Red Wolf has 701 votes!  After every hour read, preschool through 5th grade students may vote for the animal the library will sponsor at the Akron Zoo!

Friday, June 30 at 2:00 pm: Drop in Board Gaming

Spend an afternoon playing games at the library! From 2 to 3:30 pm, board games, card games, and Nintendo Wii will be set up for children of all ages and their families to drop in and play. Registration is not required.

Thursday, June 29: Hawaiian Luau Dance Party

Enjoy music and movement, Hawaiian style at a Luau Dance Party on Thursday, June 29!  Come dressed in island attire, and receive a flower lei necklace to wear during the party.

Families with toddlers through age 5 dance from 10:30 to 11:15 am and Children in kindergarten through grade 3 dance from 5:30 to 6:15 pm.  Call the Youth Services Department at 330.673.4414 to register.

Tuesday, June 27 at 2:00 pm: Hillbilly Silly Science Spectacular

Families with children ages 12 and younger are invited to the Hillbilly Silly Science Spectacular!

This amazing stage show combines clean, family humor with educational material—participants won’t even know that they’re learning! Enjoy fast-paced antics, visual props, audience participation and amazing science experiments that will blow your mind!

No registration is required for this free program, but space is limited. Please pick up a boarding pass in the Dubois Children’s Reading Room up to 30 minutes before the program.

Saturday, June 24 at 1:30 pm: Create a Bubble Wand

Families with children ages 4 – 12 are invited to create bubble wands!

Join fellow inventors to learn how to make simple wands, and then create your own designs. Plenty of bubble solution for testing each wand will be available and all building materials are supplied by the library.

Registration is required for this free program and space is limited. Contact Youth Services at 330.673.4414.

Wednesday, June 21 at 5:45 pm: Hidden in Plain Sight

Hidden in Plain Sight LogoBuild a better world through proactive parenting.

Looks can be deceiving. That’s the message behind a unique traveling exhibit called “Hidden in Plain Sight” created by the Bath and Copley Township Police Departments.

The departments will construct the bedroom of a typical teenager. But amidst the clutter of clothing scattered on the floor, school supplies on a desk, and personal care products on a vanity are more than 150 items that can actually be signals that a young person could be involved in risky, dangerous, and even illegal activity.

The audience is encouraged to explore and interact with items in the display which may be indicative that a teenager is involved in substance abuse, underage drinking, eating disorders, sexual activity, and more.

Doors to the exhibit in the library’s 2nd floor meeting room open for browsing at 5:45 pm. A presentation will begin at 6:15 pm. The exhibit is open to adults only. There is no charge for admittance. Attendees are welcome to drop in during the program if they cannot be there from the start.
Participants will be enlightened, educated and astonished.

Registration is requested and begins May 24. Please call the library’s Information Desk at 330.673.4414. Spaces are limited.

Wednesday, June 14 at 6:30 pm: The Food Not Lawns Movement

Armful of vegetablesBuild a better world by learning to produce your own food.

The library will host a presentation by Don Abbott of Kent Food Not Lawns on Wednesday, June 14 at 6:30 pm.

Kent Food Not Lawns is dedicated to encouraging individuals to produce food for themselves, their families, and others by providing information, education, support, seed swaps, and much more. Hear how this movement is helping typical backyard and community gardeners grow hundreds of pounds of food each year.

All ages are invited to this free event. Please register by calling the Information Desk at 330.673.4414.

Wednesday, June 7 at 6:00 pm: Snapology

Lego CrocodileVisit the library to help save the planet with Snapology. Each participant will select a mini-figure superhero and develop a machine for the hero to use. Will your machine reduce pollution? Recycle materials? Fix the planet’s climate? The possibilities are endless! If you’re brave enough join us for the brick-building fun! This program is for children ages 5–10.

For children ages 5 – 10.  Registration is required and begins Wednesday, May 31. Space is limited.

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