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Upcoming Events

Winter Reading Road TripWinter Reading Road Trip

January 2 – March 2

Children in grades 5 and under can pick up a Winter Reading Road Trip Map any time on or after January 2. Every state is represented by a picture book or a chapter book. For each state, you may choose to read the book listed or one of the following: another book that takes place in that state; a book written by an author from that state; or a non-fiction book about that state. See a librarian for a list of book suggestions. Check off each state you complete on the back of your map. After you complete your first five states, visit the Youth Services desk for a free children’s beverage coupon from Tree City and an entry to win one of our grand prizes! For every five states you complete after that, you may receive an extra grand prize entry. Boards must be returned by March 2 to be eligible for prizes and grand prize entries.


 Puzzle PiecesPuzzle Club

Fridays, January 12, February 9, and March 9 at 4:00 pm

Children ages 4-14 are invited to Puzzle Club! Work together to complete puzzles of various sizes and difficulties. Participants can work on as many puzzles as they like.  After each puzzle is completed, it will be displayed with the names of each child who worked on it.

No registration is required.


Colorful plastic building blocks, fair use image from https://pixabay.com/en/lego-blocks-duplo-lego-colorful-2458575/Builders Club

Fridays, January 19, February 16, and March 16 at 4:00 pm

Children ages 4-14 are invited to the Lego and K’Nex Club! Build creations with your preferred material following the prompts for each session. Participants can bring their own materials or use the ones available at the library. Participants may also leave their creations to display at the library between meetings.

No registration is required.


 

Pokemon LogoPokémon Club: Wednesdays and Fridays!

Wednesdays, December 20, January 17, February 21, and March 21 from 6:00 to 7:00 pm

Fridays, January 5, February 2, and March 2 from 4:00 to 5:00 pm

The Kent Free Library Pokémon Club will be meeting one Wednesday and one Friday per month!  Kids are welcome to join us for both meetings or just one – it’s totally up to them!  Don’t forget to bring your cards and decks for some fierce battling and trading!

Registration is not required. This is a drop-in program.


Astronaut School

Wednesdays, January 10 through February 28 at 4:00 pm

Space cadets ages 6-12 are invited to join us for Astronaut School on the following . Learn about the planets, moons, stars, and more that make up our solar system and galaxy!

Registration is required an begins one week in advance of each program date.


Read Together Book Group

Tuesdays, January 9, February 6 and March 6 at 7:00 pm

Readers in grades 3 through 5, and an adult, are invited to join the Read Together book group!   The goal of this reading group is to encourage reading and child/caregiver interaction.  Participants will read one book per month, then meet to discuss the book and choose the next title.

Registration is required and begins one week in advance of each meeting. Registration closes at 9 pm the Monday before each program. Space is limited.


Tales & Treats

Tuesdays, January 2 through March 27 at 4:00 pm

Children in grades K – 2 are invited to join us Tuesdays at 4 pm for a winter session of Tales and Treats! During the winter months we will be reading chapters from Mr. Popper’s Penguins by Richard Atwater. Following the readings each week, we will a variety of activities and a snack!

Registration is required and begins one week in advance of each meeting. Registration closes at 9 pm the Monday before each program. Space is limited.


Cookies and Crafts

Mondays, January 22, February 19, March 19, April 16 from 4:00 – 4:45 pm

Children ages 3 to 12 years old are invited to drop in to create their own craft using library supplies. Enjoy a cookie treat while you create your masterpiece!

Registration is not required.


Books and Cooks

Mondays, January 29, February 26 and March 26 at 4:00 pm

Junior chefs ages 7 through 12 are invited to join us for a story followed by cooking a simple recipe.

Registration is required and begins one week in advance of each session. Registration closes at 5 pm the Sunday before each program.


Ready, Set, Draw!

Wednesdays, January 31, February 28 and March 28 at 6:00 pm

Are you a serious artist?  Maybe you have never picked up a drawing pencil.  Either way, come explore and develop your artistic talents at the library.  Each one-hour session will begin with a prompt and end with a masterpiece.  Ages 8 through 12.  All art materials will be provided by the library.

Registration is required and begins a week in advance of each program. Registration closes at 9 pm the Tuesday before each meeting. Space is limited.


Sensory TubHoliday Toddler Sensory Play

Tuesday, December 19 at 11:15 am

Families with children ages 2 to 4 years old are invited to join us for messy and creative holiday fun!

Registration is required and begins on December 12. Registration closes at 9 pm the Monday before the program.


Elf SchoolElf School

Tuesday, December 19 at 4:00 pm

Children in Kindergarten through 2nd grade are invited to visit the library to see if they have what it takes to be an elf! We will read holiday books, play reindeer games and make crafts and treats.  Each week we will have different activities.

You must register for each program weekly. Registration is required and begins a week in advance of each program date.


 

Movie TicketInteractive Family Movie Night

Thursday, December 21st at 6:30 pm

This is a special kind of movie where you are involved in almost every scene. Families will be provided with all the props they need to participate with the movie as it progresses! A librarian will watch the movie with you and let you know which props to use and what to do with them. Enjoy this timeless classic as Charlie and his friends discover the true meaning of Christmas.

Registration is required and begins on December 14. Space is limited.

E-Media Help

Tuesday, January 2 between 2:00 pm and 4:00 pm

Wednesday, January 3 from 6:00  to 7:00 pm

Did you or your child recently get an e-reader over the holidays?  Are you interested in learning how to access the Library’s digital collection? Children in preschool through grade 12 are invited to stop in the Youth Services Department on Tuesday, January 2 between 2:00 pm and 4:00 pm OR Wednesday, January 3 from 6:00  to 7:00 pm to learn how to download Kent Free Library’s ebooks, music, tv shows/movies, graphic novels and magazines for free. Please bring your electronic device, library card, and active email information (address and password) with you.

No registration is required.  Drop-in any time between 2:00 pm and 4:00 pm on January 2nd, and between 6:00 pm and 7:00 pm on January 3rd.


Ballet Excel Ohio Performance

Saturday, January 13 at 11:00 am

Ballet Excel Ohio’s “The Magic Flute” is an original ballet choreographed by Erich Yetter based on the opera by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. “The Magic Flute” shares the adventures of Prince Tamino and Princess Pamina, along with their crafty companions, Papageno and Papagena. Together they must survive three trials – silence, water, and fire, romantic complications, and the scheming Queen of the Night. As always, Ballet Excel Ohio performances are original works for children, by children.


Teddy Bear Tea

Saturday, January 20 at 2:00 pm

Children ages 4 through 10 and their favorite teddy bears are invited to an afternoon tea at the library!  We will provide all the tea, snacks, and smashing activities you need to fill your afternoon with delight.  If you feel inclined to put on your finest, please do not hesitate to come in style!  And, don’t forget about your teddy – they are more than welcome to dress-up as well.  Dolls or other stuffed animals may be substituted in place of teddy bears.

Registration is required and begins on January 13. Space is limited.


Miyazaki Movie Club

Saturdays, January 13 and February 24 at 2:00 pm

Hayao Miyazaki fans of all ages are invited to enjoy the works of this visionary film maker. We’ll explore his filmography with a chronological review of the feature films that he’s written and directed. In order to find out the title of each month’s movie, as well as the movie’s rating and intended audience please call the Youth Services Department. Join us after the movie for a brief discussion and receive a collectible pin!

Registration is not required. Pick up a boarding pass in the Youth Services Department  30 minutes in advance of the program.


Winter Wonderland Dance Party

Thursday, January 25 at 10:30 am– Families with children ages 2 through 4

Thursday, January 25 at 4:00  pm – Children in Kindergarten through 3rd grade

Join us for a snowy dance party. Get out of the cold and warm up with high energy dancing for all.   Each dance party will last approximately 45 minutes.

Registration is required and begins January 4. Space is limited.


American Girl Spotlight: Addy

Saturday, February 3 at 11:00 am

American Girl fans in grades K-6 are invited to join us for a celebration of all things Addy on ! Bring your doll and learn more about Addy’s time period with fun games and activities that Addy herself would have enjoyed, including human- and doll-sized crafts! Children are welcome to bring any doll with them – she does not need to be an American Girl doll or Addy specifically – however, doll-sized crafts will be sized for dolls around 18-inches tall.

Registration is required and begins one week in advance.


Baby and Toddler Play Date

Saturday, February 17 and March 10 at 11:00 am

Play is a great way to help your babies and toddlers learn! Families with babies and toddlers, ages 2 months to three years old are invited to join us in the Meeting Room for a big, unstructured play date.

Registration is required and begins one week in advance. Space is limited.


Snapology

Tuesday, March 27 at 6:00 pm

Children ages 5 to 12 are invited to join us for Snapology’s Creature Creator Robotics class on Your animal lover will create their own animal inspired robotic model. Students will learn about gear ratio, sensors, simple machines, and programming as they build a dolphin. Your child is sure to have a wild time as they build, learn, and play.

Registration is required and begins one week in advance. Registration closes at 9 pm the on March 26. Space is limited.


Happy Birthday to All Dance Party

Thursday, March 29 at 10:30 am – Families with children ages 2 through 4

Thursday, March 29 at 4:00 pm – Children in Kindergarten through 3rd grade

Let’s celebrate everyone’s birthday! Join us as we have a dance party featuring balloons, streamers and plenty of fun! Each dance party will last approximately 45 minutes.

Registration is required and begins March 22. To register call or visit the Youth Services Department. Space is limited.


Un-Birthday Tea Party

Saturday, March 31 at 11:00 am

Don’t be late for this very important date! Families with children ages 3 to 12 are invited to join us for a morning  with crafts, snacks and silly games based on Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland on

Registration is required and begins one week in advance of the event. Registration closes at 6 pm the Friday before the event.  Space is limited.


Cocoro: Playhouse Building

Monday, April 9 at 6:00 pm

Children with families ages 5 to 11 are invited to join us for building fun on Monday, April 9 at 6 pm! Join us as Norio Kids visits the library for Cocoro. Children and their grown-ups can use premade cardboard materials to make a model of a playhouse and then work together to create a large playhouse. For more information about Norio Kids and Cocoro, visit their website at www.noriokids.com.

Registration is required and begins one week in advance of the event. Registration closes at 5 pm the Sunday before the event. Space is limited.

Do you collect something? We’d love to show your collection in the Children’s Department display cases! Reservations forms and more information are available at the Children’s Desk. Registration for Kids Collect is underway.

Sponsored by the Kent Rotary, the story time room is transformed in the middle of the week once story times have concluded to provide early learning experiences, socialization and imaginative play for young children through a rotating collection of educational toys. Hours are as follows:

Wednesdays 2:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Thursdays 9:00 am – 8:30 pm
Fridays 9:00 am – 5:30 pm
Saturdays 9:00 am – 4:30 pm
Sundays 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm

The Early Literacy Center is for children ages 5 and under with an adult.  Please sign in at the desk in the DuBois Children’s Reading Room upon arrival.

Find Us:

Kent Free Library
312 West Main Street
Kent, OH 44240
330.673.4414
[email protected]
www.kentfreelibrary.org

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

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