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Upcoming Events

TigerZookeeper School

Wednesdays through April 26 at 4:00 pm

Wild about animals?  Join us for Zookeeper School and become a connoisseur of creatures!

Registration is required for each session and begins one week in advance.  Registration closes at 9:00 pm on Tuesday evening or when the event is full.


Boy making a craftTales & Treats

Tuesdays at 4:00 pm

Children in grades Kindergarten through 2nd grade are invited to join us for a special spring session of Tales and Treats!

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


Students drawingDrawing Program – “Ready, Set, Draw!”

Wednesdays, April 26, May 31, June 28, July 26, and August 30 at 6:00 pm

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 meets on the last Wednesday of the month. All art materials are provided by the library.

For children ages 6 -12.  Registration is required and begins one week in advance of each session.  Registration closes at 9:00 pm the Tuesday before each program. Space is limited.


Pokemon LogoPokémon Club: Wednesdays and Fridays!

Wednesdays, May 24, June 21, July 19, and August 23 from 6:00 – 7:00 pm

Fridays, May 5, June 2, July 7, and August 4 from 4:00 – 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.


Kindermusik logoKindermusik

Thursday, May 18 from 9:30 – 10 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 a week in advance. You must register for each individual session. Space is limited.

Thursday, May 18 from 10:15 – 10:45 am

Families with children ages 3 – 5 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 a week in advance. You must register for each individual session. Space is limited.


Child's hand holding flowerFlower Hour

Saturday, May 6 at 11:00 am

For families with children ages 5-12

Make-and-take flowers for the whole family! Using all kinds of materials, families can create blooms that will never wilt. Give them as gifts, or use them as decorations for year-round cheer.

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


Open Music Concert

Saturday, May 13 at 11:00 am in the Meeting Room

Students, age 17 and under, currently enrolled in music lessons, may sign up to play a short piece in a public concert at the library. All skills levels are encouraged to participate. A piano will be available for student’s use.

Registration is required and begins on May 6.  Space is limited. Everyone is encouraged to attend this event as part of the audience.


 Snapology

Wednesday, June 7 from 6:00– 7:00 pm

Visit 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.


Gnome and Fairy Houses

Saturday, June 3 from 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Families with children of all ages are invited to celebrate these magical creatures by making gnome and fairy homes and other fantastical crafts.

Registration is required and begins Saturday, May 27. Space is limited.


Drop-in Gaming

Fridays, June 16 and June 30 from 2:00 – 3:30 pm

Spend an afternoon playing games at the library. Board games, card games, and Nintendo Wii will be set up for children of all ages and their families.

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


Build a Bubble Wand

Saturday, June 24 from 1:30 – 3:00 pm

Join fellow inventors to create bubble wands.  Families with children ages 4– 12 are welcome to learn how to make simple wands and then create their 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 and begins Saturday, June 17. Space is limited.


Hawaiian Luau Dance Party

Thursday, June 29, at 10:30 am – Families with toddlers through age 5

Thursday, June 29 at 5:30 pm – Children in kindergarten through grade 3

Music and movement, Luau style!  Each participant will be given a flower lei necklace to wear during the party.  Dress in island attire is encouraged. Dance parties will last 45 minutes.

Registration is required and begins Thursday, June 22. Space is limited.


Interactive Movie

Friday, July 21 at 2:00 pm

Everything is awesome in this action-packed building film, until things get really, permanently sticky!  Can a hero arise from the masses to save the world and rescue creativity?  You will have to join us for this hilarious movie to find out!  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.  Families with children ages 12 and younger are welcome.

Registration is required and begins Friday, July 14. Space is limited.


Potterfest at the Library

Saturday, July 29 2:00 pm and 3:30 pm

Learn about owls with the Ohio Bird Sanctuary. Visitors will have the opportunity to ask questions and take photos with live owls. Afterwards the library will stay open late to allow access to the Restricted Library for more Potter-themed activities. Check with the library prior to the event for a list of additional activities.

For owl presentations, please pick up a pass up to 30 minutes before the program. Space is limited.


Escape Room

Saturday, August 19 from 9:30 am to 4:00 pm

Families with children of all ages are invited to race against the clock. Can you figure out each of the puzzles and save yourselves before time runs out? Up to 10 people may sign up for a 30-minute time slot.

Registration is required and begins Sunday, August 12. Space is limited.


Hillbilly Silly Science Spectacular

Tuesday, June 27 at 2:00 pm

The Hillbilly Silly Science Spectacular is an amazing stage show like none other! The show combines clean, family humor with educational material – participants won’t even know they’re learning. Each show contains fast-paced antics, visual props, audience participation and amazing science experiments that will blow your mind!  Families with children ages 12 and younger are welcome.

No registration is required. Please pick up a boarding pass in the Children’s Room up to 30 minutes before the program. Space is limited.


Dr. Insecta

Saturday, July 15 at 11:00 am

Experience entomology magic as Dr. Insecta introduces you to some of the largest live insects on the planet!  Bug Lab is an interactive enrichment program that entertains, educates, and desensitizes fears about these incredible creatures that let us share their world. Families with children ages 12 and younger are welcome.

No registration is required. Please pick up a boarding pass in the Children’s Room up to 30 minutes before the program. Space is limited.


Get ready Shutterbugs! The 11th annual photo contest for students entering grades 5 – 8 will begin on Monday, July 10. Pick up an entry form in the Children’s Room beginning June 1, take pictures of your favorite things, people and places, and submit the photos via email to Youth Services Librarian, Leah Berger: [email protected] by Thursday, July 6. 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 10 through July 24 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, 2017.

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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