Tuesday, June 12 at 2:00 pm: The Wizard of Oz by Stevens Puppets

Children of all ages are invited to the Kent Free Library on Tuesday, June 12 at 2 p.m. for a classic, heart-warming tale, beautifully adapted for marionettes by Martin Stevens and Dan Raynor of Stevens Puppets.

Watch with bated breath as a Kansas cyclone whisks Dorothy off to Oz, where she befriends the Scarecrow, the Tin Woodman, and the Cowardly Lion. Stevens Puppets brings this tale to life with artfully hand-carved wooden marionettes and a fun musical.

Registration is not required. Boarding passes will be passed out 30 minutes prior to the show. Space is limited. For more information, call Youth Services at 330.673.4414.


Thursday, June 7: Rock and Roll Dance Party

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.

Families with toddlers through age 5 dance at 10:30 am.

Children in kindergarten through grade 3 dance at 4:00 pm

Registration is required and begins on May 31.


Summer Story Time Session Underway

The Kent Free Library’s 9-week Summer Story Time Session begins Tuesday, May 29. Eight different story times will be offered for babies, preschoolers, and toddlers, and several story times are geared for all ages. Story Times are led by professional librarians, all of whom have been trained in early childhood literacy.
No pre-registration is necessary for Story Times; arrive a few minutes early to pick up a “boarding pass.” Some sessions have limited space.

Children and young adults can also participate in the library’s Summer Reading Program, with the theme of “Libraries Rock!”

Additional programs, including puzzles, crafts, building and STEAM focused programs, Pokemon clubs, and reading clubs are offered through the week for children, tweens, and teens. Find the schedule and descriptions of these and other programs at www.kentfreelibrary.org or stop by the children’s room or the Benedik Teen Area for a flier. For more information, call Youth Services at 330.673.4414.


Saturday, August 4: Summer Reading Program Wraps Up

Be sure to stop by in by Saturday, August 4 to record the hours you’ve read this summer!

For children, reading time is recorded in 15-minute increments, and participants earn prizes for every five hours of reading they finish. Reading can be completed independently or with others. Please note that time spent reading prior to May 24, 2018 is not eligible.

This year, participants who finish the Summer Reading Program (20 hours of reading) will receive a book of their choosing! “Reading Rock Star” bookplates will be placed inside each book to commemorate the receiver’s status as a 2018 Kent Free Library Reading Rock Star! Books will be available on a first-come, first-served basis until they are gone. Can you achieve Rock Star status in 2018? Back by popular demand are summer challenges, which children, teens, and adults can complete to earn buttons to pin on a Kent Free Library lanyard!  Each completed challenge earns a new and different button!

We will be holding our annual competition to see which grade sends us the most summer readers. In 2017, for the third year in a row, second graders had the most readers! Which grade will send us the most summer readers this year? Watch the back windows of the DuBois Children’s Reading Room to see which grade is winning!

Teens can win cool prizes just for reading this summer in our Teen Summer Reading Program! New this year, spin our prize wheel to earn your prizes. After every two books you read you earn a chance to spin the wheel and win great prizes like gift cards for local businesses, KSU gear, free books, and more! After each spin you’ll also be given a Grand Prize entry that you can use to try to win one of our exciting Teen Grand Prizes! Past Grand Prizes include Rubber Ducks Tickets, Off the Wagon gift cards, and Midway Drive-In passes.  You get one spin for every two books you read. The last day to spin the wheel and enter for the Grand Prize drawing is Saturday, August 4, 2018.

But why should the kids have all the fun?  Adults can sign up too!  Complete and submit brief reviews of the books you read to be entered into drawings for gifts cards!  In addition, pick up a bookmark with “challenges” to complete around town.  For every challenge you complete, you’ll receive a button!


Sunday, May 20 at 2:00 pm: Free Concert with Dog Friendly

Dog FriendlyFamily favorite Dog Friendly returns again this year to help us celebrate National Pet Month!  Don’t miss Erynn and Wilbur Krebs, a local steel drum and guitar duo, with lively music that will make you want to dance!

This is a family friendly event. No registration is required; however because space is limited, audience members must pick up a pass at the 2nd floor Information desk beginning 30 minutes before the event.


May is National Pet Month

May is National Pet Month, and the Kent Free Library is honoring four-legged family members.  All month, drop off supplies at the Information Desk for the Portage Animal Protective League, which is dedicated to the care and welfare of abused, abandoned, sick, and injured animals.  Check out the wish list for the shelter.

The library will hold weekly programs on making toys and treats for your fur babies—visit www.kentfreelibrary.org for the schedule and information about registration.  Also, enter a pet-themed contest at the Check Out.

On Sunday, May 20 at 2 pm, local steel drum duo Dog Friendly will perform a free all-ages concert.

In addition, bring your dog along when you use the drive through book drop or pick up window to get a treat and to have your photo taken for the library’s Facebook page!


Saturday, May 12: Kindermusik

An instructor from Kindermusik will lead us through a 30-minute class with music and movement activities.
Families with babies to 2-year-old children are invited from 10:30am – 11:00 am
Families with children ages 3 – 5 are invited from 11:15am – 11:45 am. Children attend this class independently.

Friday, May 11 at 4:00 pm: Puzzle Club

Children ages 4-14 can 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.


Saturday, May 5 at 11:00 am: Celebrate American Girl Felicity

American Girl fans in grades K-6 are invited to celebrate all things Felicity! Bring your Felicity, other American Girl, or any other doll and learn more about Felicity’s time period.

Enjoy fun games and activities that Felicity herself would have enjoyed, including human- and doll-sized crafts (for dolls around 18” tall).
Call the Youth Services Department at 330.673.4414 to register.


Wednesday, April 24 at 7:00 pm: Joe the Coupon Guy®-Cut the Cable Cord

Joe Daugirdas, aka The Coupon Guy®, will give a free presentation on how to save money by cutting cable subscriptions. Learn about cost effective alternatives like streaming services.

Please register by calling the Information Desk at 330.673.4414.

Daugirdas has been honing his shopping skills in the Northeast Ohio area for many years. He also teaches the “Savvy Shopper” class at Lakeland Community College, along with “Choosing Cell Phones”, a class designed to help people find the best cell phone deals. He has also taught classes on how to save money on gasoline/natural gas, weddings, travel, and a class for teenagers.

Daugirdas has been featured on TV, including CBS, ABC, FOX, and NBC News. He has been on several radio shows including NPR, Family Matters with Caroline and Jacquie, and WTAM 1100 AM radio. He can be heard on WINT 1330 AM every Wednesday at 7:18 AM.