Wednesday, December 21 from 6:00 – 7:00 pm
Friday, 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.
Tuesday, December 13 at 6:30 pm
Wednesday, December 14 at 10:30 am
Families with children of all ages are invited to join us for an evening full of holiday cheer. We will read holiday themed stories and sing holiday songs.
Saturday, January 14 from 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Children in kindergarten through 5th grade are invited to sign up for a 15 minute time slot between 11 am and 12 pm to read to Bing, a certified therapy dog.
Registration is required and begins a week in advance of each program.
Tuesdays, December 13 and December 20 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.
Monday, December 12 at 6:00 pm
Tuesday, December 13 at 1:30 pm
Children ages 3 and 4 are invited to join us for Junior Elf School! We will read books, play games and enjoy a treat.
Registration is required and begins one week in advance of each program.
Tuesday, December 22 at 6:30 pm
Join us for an interactive movie! 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. Take a trip to Who-ville and visit Cindy Lou Who and the Grinch!
Registration is required and begins on December 15. Space is limited.
Saturday, January 28 at 11:00 am
Members from Ballet Excel Ohio provide a sneak peak of the ballets The Little Mermaid and USO (a 1942 Patriotic Radio Show), which they will be performing at the Akron Civic Theater in March. Members of the ballet will come in costume to read stories and lead the audience in a dance.
No registration is required. Boarding passes will be passed out at the children’s room desk 30 minutes prior to each program.
Saturday, January 21 at 11:00 am
The wait is over! You voted, and now it’s time for the BIG reveal party in the winner’s honor! Will the winner be the Pigeon or Piggie? Come to the party to find out! We have secretly decorated the meeting room and set up crafts, games, and a snack! Join us Saturday, January 21, at 11:00 am to see the doors open and the winner revealed! Families with children ages 3 – 12 are welcome.
Registration is required and begins January 14. Space is limited.
Thursday, January 26, at 10:30 am – Families with toddlers through age 5
Thursday, January 26 at 5:30 pm – Children in Kindergarten through 3rd grade
We are taking our dance parties to the next level and making them GLOW-IN-THE-DARK! You are invited to join us for some music and movement with a light-up twist! Each participant will be given a glow necklace and bracelet to use during the party. Please feel free to dress in glow-in-the-dark attire or in anything that lights-up! Each dance party will last 45 minutes.
Registration is required and begins January 19. To register call or visit the Youth Services Department. Space is limited.
Winter Reading Game Boards
Children in grades 5 and under can pick up a Winter Reading Game Board any time on or after January 3. Once children complete their game boards, they can bring them to the Children’s Room desk and enter for a chance to win one of the grand prizes. Children have until March 3rd to complete and turn in their game boards. Prize winners will be notified on Monday, March 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.
Kent Rotary Early Literacy Center
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.