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Upcoming Events

Tales & Treats: The Borrowers by Mary Norton

Tuesdays through July 25 at 4:00 pm

Beneath the kitchen floor is the world of the Borrowers – Pod and Homily Clock and their daughter, Arrietty.  In their tiny home, matchboxes double as roomy dressers and postage stamps hang on the walls like paintings.  Whatever the Clocks need they simply “borrow” from the “human beans” who live above them.  It’s a comfortable life.  Comfortable – but boring if you’re a kid.  Only Pod is allowed to venture into the house above, because the danger of being seen by a human is too great.  Borrowers who are seen by humans are never seen again.  Yet Arrietty won’t listen.  There is a human boy up there, and Arrietty is desperate for a friend…. Join us to find out what happens!

For children entering grades K-2.  Registration is required for each program and begins one week in advance.  Registration closes at 9:00 pm on Monday each week.


Toddler Art Zone

Tuesdays through July 25 at 11:15 am

Join us after Music Story Time to explore different art materials and create masterpieces to cherish forever.

Children ages 2 & 3 with their favorite grown up(s).  Registration is required for each program and begins one week in advance.  Attendance at Music Story Time is not required to participate.  Registration closes at 9:00 pm on Monday each week.


Architect School

Wednesdays, through July 26 at 4:00 pm

Do you dream of sky-high towers and ocean-spanning bridges? Children ages 8– 14 are invited to join us for Architect School Wednesdays at 4:00 pm to test their ingenuity with building challenges using a variety of materials.

For children ages 8 – 14.  Registration is required and begins one week in advance of each session. Registration closes at 9:00 pm on Tuesday each week. Space is limited.


Kids Create

Mondays, through July 24 at 4:00 pm

Join us for themed construction in the Children’s Craft Room. Each session will feature a different building, construction type or architectural theme. Program will last one hour and all building materials are provided by the library.

Children ages 4 – 7.  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.


Little Steamers

Thursdays, June 22, July 6, and July 20 at 10:30 am

Hands on STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, mathematics) play for young children.  Activities will encourage learning through play, and will be fun for both parent and child.

For children ages 6 months – 3 years Registration is required and begins one week in advance of each session. Registration closes at 9:00 pm the Wednesday before each program. Space is limited.


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

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

Fridays, 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.


Friday Family Movies

Friday, June 23 at 2:00 pm: A 12-year-old boy searches for the one thing that will enable him to win the affection of the girl of his dreams. To find it he must discover the story of the Lorax, the grumpy yet charming creature who fights to protect his world.  (Due to licensing restrictions, the library cannot publish the title of feature films, although we can provide a hint!)

Friday, July 14 at 2:00 pm: Title TBA

Friday, July 28 at 2:00 pm: Title TBA

Enjoy a family-friendly movie at the library.  All movies will be shown in our air-conditioned Meeting Room, for families to beat the heat.

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


 

Game boardDrop-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.


Girl blowing bubblesBuild 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 leisHawaiian 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.


Movie ticketInteractive 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.


Snowy owl on a perchPotterfest 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.


Clues in an escape roomEscape 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 scientistsHillbilly 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 holding a tarantulaDr. 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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