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Summer Reading

May 24 – August 4

Registration for our 2018 Summer Reading Program “Libraries Rock” begins Thursday, May 24 in the children’s room. Upon registering for the program, participants will receive an official reading record to use to track the reading they complete throughout the summer. Reading time is recorded in 15-minute increments, and participants will earn prizes for every five hours of reading they finish. Reading can be completed independently or with others. Please note that time spent reading prior to May 24, 2018 is not eligible. The program ends Saturday, August 4.

This year, participants who finish the Summer Reading Program (20 hours of reading) will receive a book of their choosing! “Reading Rock Star” bookplates will be placed inside each book to commemorate the receiver’s status as a 2018 Kent Free Library Reading Rock Star! Books will be available on a first-come, first-served basis until they are gone. Can you achieve Rock Star status in 2018? Back by popular demand are summer challenges, which children, teens, and adults can complete to earn buttons to pin on a Kent Free Library lanyard!  Each completed challenge earns a new and different button!

We will be holding our annual competition to see which grade sends us the most summer readers. In 2017, for the third year in a row, second graders had the most readers! Which grade will send us the most summer readers this year? Watch the back windows of the DuBois Children’s Reading Room to see which grade is winning!

Beginning Thursday, May 24 and ending Saturday, August 4

Care for a Critter

The Care for a Critter Contest returns for a ninth year! Participants of the Summer Reading Program will once again be able to vote for the Akron Zoo animal they want the library to sponsor at the end of the summer. Readers will earn one vote for each hour of reading they complete. Watch for a Kent Free Library Youth Services Librarian to reveal photos of each animal when they visit all of the Kent elementary schools this May, and make sure to check out the Care for a Critter posters in the children’s room this summer!

Teen Summer Reading Program

Win cool prizes just for reading this summer in our Teen Sumer Reading Program! New this year, spin our prize wheel to earn your prizes. After every two books you read you earn a chance to spin the wheel and win great prizes like gift cards for local businesses, KSU gear, free books, and more! After each spin you’ll also be given a Grand Prize entry that you can use to try to win one of our exciting Teen Grand Prizes! Past Grand Prizes include Rubber Ducks Tickets, Off the Wagon gift cards, and Midway Drive-In passes.

Here’s how it works: Registration for the program begins May 24. Registration is required—just come to the children’s room desk on the second floor and sign up! You get one spin for every two books you read. The last day to spin the wheel and enter for the Grand Prize drawing is Saturday, August 4, 2018.

Find Us:

Kent Free Library
312 West Main Street
Kent, OH 44240
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Library Hours:

Monday 9:00-9:00
Tuesday 9:00-9:00
Wednesday 9:00-9:00
Thursday 9:00-9:00
Fridays 9:00-6:00
Saturday 9:00-5:00
Sundays 1:00-5:00