Tuesdays, June 14, June 21, June 28, July 5, July 12, July 19, and July 26 at 4:00 pm
Children entering grades Kindergarten through 2nd are invited to join us for a program filled with stories, games, activities, friends, and fun!
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.
Wednesdays, June 29 and July 27 at 6:00 pm
Children ages 8 to 12 are invited to come explore and develop their 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 last Wednesday of each month. All art materials will be provided by the library.
Registration is required and begins one week in advance of each session. Registration closes at 9 pm the Tuesday before each program. Space is limited.
Fridays, June 17, June 24, July 15, and July 29
Calling all Pokémon fans ages 4 through 14! You are invited to grab your cards and head to the library on select Fridays from 4:00pm – 5:00pm 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.
Fridays, June 10, June 24, July 8, and July 22 from 1:00 – 2:00 pm
All ages are invited to drop-into the Craft Room to create different fitness or sports related craft. Materials are available on a first come, first served basis.
No registration is required. Young children may need assistance.
Friday, July 22 at 2:00 pm: When two girls move to the country to be near their ailing mother, they have adventures with the wonderous forest spirits who live nearby.
No registration is required.
10th Annual Photo Contest
Get ready Shutterbugs! Our 10th annual photo contest for students entering grades 5 – 8 will begin on Monday, July 11. Pick up an entry form in the Children’s Room beginning June 1st, take pictures of your favorite things, people and places, and submit the photos via email to Leah Berger ([email protected]) by Thursday, July 7.
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 11 through July 25 for the public to view and vote on their favorites. Target gift cards will be award to the photographer whose photograph received the most votes he winners will be notified by August 1.
Contest rules will be available starting June 1 in the Children’s Room.
Saturday, June 11 at 12:00 pm
Children in preschool through 5th grade and their favorite grown up are invited to join us for 1-hour of fun fitness on Saturday, June 11 at 12:00 pm! This fun family class will be taught by Lisa J. Kelleman-McClain, certified personal trainer.
Registration is required and begins June 4. Space is limited.
Akron Zoo Zoomobile Visit
Saturday, June 25 11:00 am
Join us for some animal fun at the library! The Akron Zoo Mobile will bring animal ambassadors to visit the library.
For families with children of all ages. No registration is required. Please pick up a boarding pass (one per person) in the Children’s Room up to 30 minutes before each show. Space is limited and attendance is monitored at the request of the Akron Zoo for the comfort of the animals.
Interactive Family Movie Night
Wednesday, July 6 at 6:00 pm
Join us for an interactive 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.
The movie is a classic baseball comedy from 1994, where the team receives a little help from up above. All supplies will be provided by the library.
Families with children ages 12 and under are welcome. Registration is required and begins Wednesday, June 29. Space is limited.
Saturday, July 9 at 11:30 am
This summer “Coach” Lindsay will share with us some audience-participatory folktales that focus on the summer reading theme! After a few animal-inspired warm-ups, we’re ready to let the games begin! First, it’s off to Africa for a Tug of War between the Titans! While in Africa, we’ll also discover how the fastest animal on the planet, Cheetah, got his speed. Next it’s off to Brazil, home of the 2016 Summer Olympics, for a race between Rat and Beetle. Who will win and get the coveted prize? You’ll have to be at the finish line to find out!
Audience members will be involved kinesthetically, vocally and by taking on the roles of characters in the stories through the use of costumes and props!
For families with children ages 2 to 12 years old. 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.
Saturday, July 16 at 11:00 am
Prepare to get messy! Families with children entering kindergarten through 5th grade are invited to test their mettle with our own outdoor relay obstacle course. Obstacles may involve water or messy substances; please bring a towel. If there is inclement weather the program will be cancelled.
For families with children entering kindergarten through 5th grade. Registration is required and begins Saturday, July 9. Space is limited.
Sunday, July 17 from 1 to 4 pm
All ages are invited to play library mini golf! The library will be transformed into a spectacular indoor mini golf course. Bring the entire family for an afternoon of fun!
Registration is not required.
Saturday, July 23 at 11:00 am
Come compete in the Nursery Rhyme Olympics where every obstacle is based on a familiar Mother Goose rhyme. This program is a great Nursery Rhyme introduction for younger children and refresher for older children before they begin school for the first time! Please join us for some educational fun that your little ones are sure to love!
For families with children ages 3 through children entering Kindergarten in the fall. Registration is required and begins on Saturday, July 16. Space is limited.
Saturday, July 30 from 11 am to 2 pm
Everyone is invited to join us to celebrate the finale of the Summer Reading Program! There will be fun activities throughout the library for patrons to enjoy.
Registration is not required.
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 10
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.