Wednesday, October 27 at 7:00 pm: Creative Crafters: Native American Art Forms

Learn about Native American quilting and jewelry making at this special presentation of Creative Crafters. First, hear from Nell Orndorf as she presents the history and symbolism of the Star Quilt. Then, hear from Pam Allen as she shares about Native American jewelry traditions and her jewelry making process. This program is part of the NEA Big Read Northeast Ohio.  The NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.

Tuesday, October 26 at 7:00 pm: Game Night: Native American Trivia

Show how much you know about North America’s first inhabitants and win fun prizes! Play as a team or compete as an individual. No registration required.  For adults ages 18+. This program is part of the NEA Big Read Northeast Ohio. The NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.

Monday, October 11 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm: Teen Pride at the Library

Teens in grades 9-12 are invited to celebrate LGBTQIA+ History Month at the Library! Make new friends, take home a rainbow cookie and listen to music! This event will be held in the large meeting room.  Registration is required and begins one week in advance. Registration required, and begins October 4.
Fall programing attendance will be limited to allow for more space between participants. Masks are required during all Youth Services Department programming for attendees ages 2 and up.  

Sunday, October 10 at 2:00 pm: Concert Series: Dale Galgozy

Dale GalgozyMusician Dale Galgozy is a contemporary guitarist and songwriter. He is a regular performer at First Night Akron and has toured with sponsorship from the Ohio Arts Council. Enjoy listening to Dale present a selection of original guitar arrangements – some American standards, folk songs, classic country blues, and a few original pieces. No registration required. All ages are welcome. The concert will be held on the second floor balcony.

The Concert Series is generously supported by The Friends of Kent Free Library.

Sunday, September 19 at 2:00 pm: Concert Series: Traditional Klezmer Music

GreenmanEnjoy a free concert of traditional East European and Jewish music. Violinist Steven Greenman and accordion player Walt Mahovlich are known for their passionate performances of folk music combined with virtuoso flair and technical precision.

No Registration required for this all-ages program.

Greenman is a multi-talented musician well-versed in a multitude of musical styles and genres, and is recognized internationally as one of the finest practitioners, composers and teachers of traditional East European Jewish Klezmer violin music in the world today.

Mahovlich has played extensively at traditional events throughout the US and Canada and has made tours of Europe. His career has included performances at the Smithsonian’s Festival of American Folklife, Jimmy Carter’s Inaugural, and the Rededication of Ellis Island, and has played in Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center.

Concerts at the library are generously supported by the Friends of Kent Free Library.

Monday, September 20 at 7:00 pm: Film Series on Van Gogh

Continue your journey through the fascinating life of Vincent Van Gogh at a showing of the 2017 Good Deed Entertainment Studios film, Loving Vincent. Light refreshments provided during the film. No registration required. For adults ages 18+.

Before the film, check out our “paint by sticker” poster in the cafe featuring Van Gogh’s sunflowers and help us create a masterpiece!

Wednesday, September 8: Craft Supply Swap

Has your craft table disappeared under an avalanche leftover craft supplies? Let your cast-offs become someone else’s treasure! As part of the Adult Services celebration of Art in September, stop by the meeting room anytime between 6:00 and 8:00 pm to donate your unwanted, gently used craft supplies and take home new treasures! Take home up to one bag full of supplies, whether you donated supplies or not. All items left at the end of the day will be donated to the Kent Free Library and Goodwill. No registration required. For adults ages 18+.

Tuesday, September 7: Youth Fall Programs Begin

Look for an exciting line up of fall programs for children of all ages, tweens, and teens starting Tuesday, September 7.  The library will offer a variety of story times, plus book clubs, STEAM activities, and crafts.  Get ready for some new programs, too!

Thursday, September 2 at 7:00 pm: Totally Rad

As part of the Adult Services celebration of Art in September, we invite you to meet Jeff Katzin, Assistant Curator at the Akron Art Museum, to learn about the artwork, inspirations, and behind-the-scenes preparations that shaped the Museum’s current exhibitions celebrating rad and radical creativity from the 1980s.

No registration required. For adults ages 18+