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Upcoming Events

Photo of boy making a craftTales & Treats

Tuesdays from August 16 to November 22 at 4:00 pm

Children in grades K – 2 are invited to join us for stories, games, crafts, and snacks. Tales and Treats will meet at 4:00 pm every Tuesday from August 16 to November 22.

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

Elementary students drawing in classroomReady, Set, Draw!

Wednesdays, July 27, August 31, September 28, October 26, and November 30 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.  This class will meet on the following Wednesdays at 6:00 pm:  All art materials will be provided by the library.

For ages 8 through 12.  Registration is required and begins a week in advance.

Pokemon-logoPokémon Card Club

Wednesdays, August 24, September 21, October 19, November 16 and December 21 from 6:00 – 7:00 pm

Fridays, July 29, August 12, September 9, October 7, November 4 and December 9 from 4:00 – 5:00 pm

Calling all Pokémon fans ages 4 through 14! You are invited to grab your cards and head to the library for Pokémon Card Club. You will be able to meet other enthusiasts, battle Pokémon decks, trade cards, and more!

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

Spy Training

Wednesdays, September 7 through October 26 at 4:00 pm

Does the world of international espionage capture your imagination? Come to the library and learn all the skills you’ll need to become a top secret agent. Together we’ll communicate using secret codes, become masters of disguise, and learn how to survive in the wild (which is handy if your spy friends leave you high and dry). At the end of the 8-week course, we’ll have a contest that only our most elite spy can win!

For children and teens ages 7 to 14 years old.  Registration is required and begins one week in advance of each session. Registration closes at 9 pm the Tuesday before each program.

On Your Mark_EL purple01Summer Reading Finale for Children, Teens and Adults

Saturday, July 30 from 11 am to 2 pm

To celebrate the end of a successful Summer Reading Program, we invite all ages to have a ball with a variety of free family friendly events and activities based on the themes “On Your Mark, Get Set, Read!” and “Exercise Your Mind: Read!” which will be held throughout the library.

Enjoy a drop in craft, sports-themed games, and a photobooth in the Dubois Children’s Reading Room. Illustrator Dan Gorman will inspire budding artists to “Chalk the Walk” under the Main Street portico, and a face painter will be on hand.  And the Cleveland Indians’ Mascot, Slider, will be coming from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm  to meet with kids and their families–get your photo taken with Slider!

Music will be provided by steel drum band Friendly Dog, and adults can exercise their minds with a trivia contest at 1 p.m. in the meeting room.

 No registration required.

jim 2Farewell Story Time with Mr. Jim

Join us for stories, songs and fun with Mr. Jim on Monday, August 22 at 7:00 pm. We will be celebrating Mr. Jim’s 30 year career at the Kent Free Library and wishing him well as he retires.

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

kindermusikKindermusik for Babies and Toddlers

Thursday, September 15 at 9:30 am, October 20 at 9:30 am, November 17 at 9:30 am

Families with babies to 2-year-old children are invited to join us for a 30-minute Kindermusik class. An instructor from Kindermusik will lead us through music and movement activities. These activities have proven developmental benefits such as boosting language abilities, social-emotional skills, and cognitive development

Registration is required and begins September 8 and October 13 and November 10.You must register for each individual session. Space is limited.

Kindermusik for Preschoolers

Thursday, September 15 at 10:15 am, October 20 at 10:15 am and November 17 at 10:15 am

Children ages 3 to 5 years old are invited to join a Kindermusik instructor for fun music and movement activities.

Registration is required and begins September 8 and October 13 and November 10.You must register for each individual session. Space is limited.

Fall Festival

Saturday, September 3 at 11:00 am

Let’s welcome fall with a festival at the library! Families with children ages 2 to 12 years old are invited to join us for games, crafts and an autumn-themed snack.

For families with children ages 2 to 12.  Registration is required and begins a week in advance.  Space is limited.

Kid’s Maker Festival

Saturday, September 17 – Sunday, September 18

Do you have a passion for crafting? Are you a master builder or maker?  Display your work for our library patrons to see! All original projects are eligible! See a Youth Services Librarian for more details or to sign up.

For students entering Kindergarten—Grade 12. All applications must be received by August 15. Participants will be notified of their acceptance by August 19.

Cooking Caravan: Found Sounds

Saturday, October 22 at 11:00 am

Families with children ages 3 to 12 are invited to join The Cooking Caravan at the Kent Free Library for a highly interactive morning of fun! The Cooking Caravan will turn the audience into a percussion ensemble and explore sound.

No registration required. Boarding passes can be picked up at the Youth Services desk up to 30 minutes prior to the program.

Haunted Gingerbread Houses

October 29th at 11:00 am and 12:00 pm in the Meeting Room

Families are invited to assemble and decorate a Haunted Gingerbread House together. A donation of one bag of candy would be appreciated. There will be a limit of one house per family.

For families with children in grades 5 and under.  Registration is required and begins a week in advance. Space is limited to 18 families per session.

KFL Youth Services Department Election Week

November 1 through 8

It is election week in the Kent Free Library Youth Services Department! All week long children ages 3 and up can cast their vote in our voting booth for their favorite book character candidates! The winning character candidate will be announced at a celebration party in their honor on Saturday, January 21, 2017! Be sure to stop by, vote, and get an official “I voted” sticker! Character candidates will be announced November 1, 2016 on the Children’s Room bulletin board.

Birds of Winter: Caring for Our Outdoor Friends

Saturday, November 5 at 11:00 am

Have you ever wondered how to care for our flying friends in the winter? Spend an hour with a bird-loving librarian and learn about what you can do to help the bird community in your own backyard! The program will include a short information session and several activity stations where participants can make different bird feeders to put outside when they get home! All materials will be provided by the library.

For children ages 6 to 12 years oldRegistration is required and begins a week in advance.  Space is limited.

Open Music Concert

Saturday, November 12 at 11:00 am

Piano students ages 17 and under may sign up to play in the library’s open piano concert. All skill levels are encouraged to participate and all ages are welcome to attend as we fill the library with music. Students may play up to two pieces.

Registration is required and begins a week in advance.  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 begins August 15.

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
[email protected]

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