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Upcoming Events

 Puzzle PiecesPuzzle Club

Fridays, May 11, June 8, 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 https://pixabay.com/en/lego-blocks-duplo-lego-colorful-2458575/Builders Club

Fridays, May 18, June 15, 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, May 16, June 20, July 18, and August 15 from 6:00 to 7:00 pm

Fridays, May 4, June 1, 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, May 1 at 7:00 pm: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J. K. Rowling

Tuesday, June 5 at 7:00 pm: TBA

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.


Page from Dory FantasmagoryTales & Treats

Tuesdays, through May 1 at 4:00 pm

In the spring session of Tales and Treats, children in grades K – 2 will read chapters from  Dory Fantasmagory by Abby Hanlo. Following the readings each week, enjoy a variety of activities and a snack!

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.


Kid cookingBooks and Cooks

Mondays, April 23 at 4:00 pm

Junior chefs ages 7 through 12 are invited to join us for a story followed by cooking a simple recipe.

Registration is required and begins one week in advance of each session. Registration closes at 5 pm the Sunday before each program.


Ready, Set, Draw!

Wednesdays, April 25, May 30, 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.


Bing

Lupin

Paws to Read

With Bing on Saturdays, April 28 and May 19 at 11:00 am

With Lupin on Sunday, April 22 at 2:00 pm and Monday, May 14 at 6:00 pm

Children in Kindergarten through 5th grade are invited to sign up for a 15 minute time slot to read to one our volunteer certified therapy dogs.

Registration is required and begins one week prior to each visit. Space is limited.


Kindermusik

Saturday, May 12

10:30 to 11:00 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. An instructor from Kindermusik will lead us through music and movement activities.

11:15 to 11:45 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. Children attend this class independently.

Eric Carle's CaterpillarCamp Caterpillar

Saturday, April 21 at 11:00 am

Families with children ages 3-12 are invited to join us for a morning filled with crafts, snacks, and games based on Eric Carle’s famous picture books.

Registration is required and begins April 14.  Space is limited.


American Girl Spotlight: Felicity

Saturday, May 5 at 11:00 am

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

Registration is required and begins on April 28.  Space is limited.


Rock & Roll Dance Party

Thursday, June 7 at 10:30 am – Families with toddlers through age 5

Thursday, June 7 at 4:00 pm – Children in kindergarten through grade 3

Are you ready to ROCK at the library?  Come with your dancing shoes on for a Rock & Roll dance party, where we will listen and move to new and old rock songs.  Each dance party will last 45 minutes.

Registration is required and begins on May 31.


Stevens Puppets presents: The Wizard of Oz

Tuesday, June 12 at 2:00 pm

Lions and Tigers and Puppets, oh my! In this classic heart-warming tale, beautifully adapted for marionettes by Martin Stevens and Dan Raynor, children of all ages will watch with bated breath as a Kansas cyclone whisks Dorothy off to Oz where she befriends the Scarecrow, who wants brains, the Tin Woodman, who wants a heart, and the Cowardly Lion, who wants courage.  Stevens Puppets bring this tale to life with artfully hand-carved wooden marionettes and a musical score you are sure to be humming all the way home.

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