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Upcoming Events

Summer Reading Program: Libraries Rock!

Through Saturday, August 4

Register now for our 2018 Summer Reading Program “Libraries Rock” 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.

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!

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.  Check out the Care for a Critter posters in the children’s room this summer to see which animal is in the lead!

12th Annual Photo Contest

Get ready Shutterbugs! Our 12th annual photo contest for students entering grades 5 – 8 will begin on Monday, July 9. Pick up an entry form in the children’s room, take pictures of your favorite things, people and places, and submit the photos via email to Leah Berger: [email protected] by Thursday, July 5. Each photographer may submit two entries. Please include the following information in the email along with your photograph: Student’s Name, Parent/Guardian’s Name, Grade Entering, Phone Number, and Title of Photograph.

Photos will be on display in the children’s room from July 9 through July 23 for the public to view and vote on their favorite.  A Target gift card will be awarded to the photographer whose photograph receives the most votes.  The winner will be notified by August 1, 2018.

Puzzle PiecesPuzzle Club

Fridays, July 13, and August 10 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.  This is a drop in program

Colorful plastic building blocks, fair use image from Club

Fridays, July 20, and August 17 at 4:00 pm

Children ages 4—14 are invited to join us for creative construction featuring different types of building toys—Legos, Duplos, K’Nex, Lincoln Logs, Tinker Toys, and more! Display your creations at the library between meetings for everyone to enjoy!

No registration is required.  This is a drop in program.

Pokemon LogoPokémon Club: Wednesdays and Fridays!

Wednesdays, June 20, July 18, and August 15 from 6:00 to 7:00 pm

Fridays, July 6, and August 3 from 4:00 to 5:00 pm

Get your summer on at the Kent Free Library Pokémon Club!  Bring your trading cards and decks for fierce battling and trading!  Trainers ages 4 – 14 are welcome!

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

Read Together Book Group

Tuesday, August 7 at 7:00 pm: TBA

Children in grades 3 – 5 with an adult are invited to join us for our book group that celebrates reading together!  Encourage reading and interaction with titles that we’ll choose and discuss together.  At each meeting we’ll discuss our current book of the month, share a snack, choose a new book for next month, and do a craft or activity.

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.

Cover of How to Eat Fried Worms

Tales & Treats

Tuesdays, through July 24 at 4:00 pm

Would you eat fifteen worms for $50.00?  Billy’s friend has bet him that he cannot do it, and Billy has accepted the challenge!  Children entering grades K–2 are invited to join Tales and Treats this summer to read and discuss How to Eat Fried Worms by Thomas Rockwell.  Find out if Billy can swallow all fifteen wigglers!  At each one-hour session, we will read part of the story, have a snack, play games and/or do a craft.

Registration is required for each program and begins one week in advance of every program.  Registration closes at 9:00 pm on Monday each week.

Toddler Art Zone

Tuesdays, through July 24  at 11:15 am

Families with children ages 2–4 are invited to join us for Toddler Art Zone on Tuesdays at 11:15. Come explore different art materials and create masterpieces to cherish forever!

Registration is not required.

Ready, Set, Draw!

Wednesdays, June 27, July 25, and August 29 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.

Geology School

Wednesdays, through July 1 at 4:00 pm

Children ages 6-13 can explore oceans, rocks, minerals, crystals, fossils and more!

Registration is required and begins one week in advance of each session. Registration closes at 9:00 p.m. on Tuesday each week. Space is limited.

Beats and Treats

Mondays, July 2, July 16, and July 30 at 4:00 pm

Children ages 7-12 can join us for music and food fun! We will listen to music from a specific decade, learn about that decade and then enjoy a snack from that decade, too! Participants are encouraged to dress for the era we will be learning about.

Registration is required and begins one week in advance of each session. Registration closes at 5:00 pm on Sunday each week. Space is limited.

Make It Monday: Earthquakes

Monday, July 9 at 4:00 pm

Children ages 5-10 and their favorite adult are invited to join us on .: to learn about earthquakes and create a structure to see if it will withstand an earthquake.

Registration is required and begins July 2. Registration closes at 5:00 pm on Sunday, July 8. Space is limited.

Little Steamer Rock Stars!

Thursdays, June 21 and July 19 at 10:30 am

Young ones ages 6 months to 3 years are welcome to join us for Little Steamers this summer!  Each session will offer hands on STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, mathematics) play for children.  Activities will encourage learning through play, and will be fun for parents and children!

Registration is required and begins one week in advance of each session. Registration closes at 9:00 p.m. the Wednesday before each program. Space is limited.

Pet Rocks!

Saturday, June 23, 2018 at 2:00 pm

It’s pet adoption day at the library – pet ROCK adoption! Come select your very own pet rock, give them a name, sign an official certificate of adoption and more!  Don’t let this awesome opportunity pass you by – there is no easier pet to care for than a pet ROCK!

Registration is required and begins one week in advance on June 16. Registration closes at 6:00 pm the Friday before the program. Space is limited.

Cocoro Playhouse Building

Saturday, July 7 at 11:00 am
Families with children ages 5—11  can use premade cardboard materials to design and make a model of a playhouse, then work together on a large playhouse when Norio Kids visits!
Registration is required and begins on April 2. Space is limited.

Bubble Lady

Saturday, July 14 at 11:00 am

Families with children of all ages are invited to join us for an afternoon of bubble fun! The Bubble Lady will be here sharing her wonderful world of bubbles.

Registration is not required. Boarding passes will be passed out 30 minutes prior to the show. Space is limited.

American Girl Spotlight: Josefina

Saturday, July 21 at 11:00 am

American Girl fans in grades K—6 are invited to join us for a celebration of all things Josefina! Bring your doll and learn more about Josefina’s time period with fun games and activities that Josefina 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 Josefina specifically—however, doll-sized crafts will be sized for dolls around 18” tall.

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

Pokémon Gym Retreat

Monday, August 13 from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm

Calling all Pokémon enthusiasts! If one hour of trading and battling is never enough, then this retreat is for you! Enjoy three hours with other Poké-friends at the library, where we will trade, battle, watch, and create all things Pokémon. A pizza lunch will be provided to all attendees.

Registration is required and begins August 6.

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
[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