Wednesday, Aug. 14 from 2:00 – 7:00 pm: American Red Cross Blood Drive

Please help us make our first ever blood drive successful! Whether you’re a regular donor or a first timer, give in the convenient and comfortable library!  Donors will be eligible to receive a free $5 voucher for Amazon in their email!

The Red Cross has an Emergency Need for all blood types.

To schedule, please either go to RedCrossBlood.org; use the Red Cross Blood Donor App on your mobile device and enter Sponsor Code Kent; or call 1.800.RED.CROSS (1.800.733.2767). Walkins are welcome, although scheduling is encouraged.

Thursday, August 8 at 7:00 pm: Meet Author Elizabeth Mowers

MowersTo celebration national “Read a Romance” month, local romance author and Kent State University alum, Elizabeth Mowers, will speak about her new book, A Promise Remembered.  Mowers will describe the challenges of writing while in the being a mother, her journey to getting published, and her upcoming projects.

Copies of her book will be available for purchase and signing. No registration is required. This program is for adults ages 18+.

For more information, contact Adult Services at 330.673.4414.

Sunday, August 4 at 2:00 pm: Free Concert with Greenman-Roberts Duo

Greenman Playing ViolinEnjoy a free, all-ages concert of eclectic music with the Greenman-Roberts Duo! Concerts are performed on the 2nd floor balcony, so music may be enjoyed throughout the library. Limited seating is available on the balcony.

The Greenman-Roberts Duo is Steven Greenman on violin and Tom Roberts on piano. Their diverse repertoire includes brilliant violin showpieces by the famed concert violinist David Rubinoff; passionate Gypsy violin music; tantalizing tangos; original klezmer compositions by Steven Greenman; evocative Jewish chamber works by the early 20th century composers of the Society for Jewish Folk Music; and more.

No registration is required. Concerts are generously supported by the Friends of Kent Free Library.

Thursday, August 1 at 7:00 pm: Seed Saving Workshop

Whether you started your garden with the intention of saving seeds or not, there is still time to harvest seeds.  Learn which of your vegetables, herbs, and flowers you can save seeds from, and how to successfully harvest, clean, and get them ready to use again next year. Also learn how to plan now to overwinter some plants so you can harvest seeds in the spring. Donating seeds to the library’s Seed Library will also be discussed.

This program is for all ages, but children 16 and under must be accompanied by an adult. No registration is required. For more information, contact Adult Services at 330.673.4414.

Thursday, July 25 at 7:00 pm: Explore the Moon and Stars

Footprint on moonCelebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing! Watch video footage of the famous first step on the big screen and explore the universe virtually using a variety of fun and educational apps and devices.

This program is for adults 18 and up. No registration required. For more information, contact Adult Services at 330.673.4414.

Thursday, July 25: Out of This World Dance Party

Cartoon of child in spaceBreak out your dance moves at our Out of This World Dance Party! Enjoy space-themed decorations, activities, and tunes as you bust-a-move in this 45-minute dance party!

Families with toddlers to children age 5 dance at 10:30 am.  Children entering Kindergarten through 3rd grade dance at 4:00 pm.

Please register online or by contacting Youth Services at 330.673.4414.

Tuesday, July 23 at 6:30 pm: Cookbook Club

Salad with FigsReaders who also love cooking are invited to the Cookbook Club!  July’s theme is “It’s Too Hot To Eat Anything But Salad.”

Select a salad recipe from a cookbook in the library’s collection or make a salad from a recipe in one of your own cookbooks (no Internet recipes, please). Bring your dish to share along with a copy of the recipe.

This program is for adults ages 18 and up. Please register online or contact Adult Services at 330.673.4414.

Tuesday, July 16 at 7:00 pm: Practical Astrology

Horoscope SignLocal Astrologer Luna Hart will share her insights on astrology at a free program at the Kent Free Library on Tuesday, July 16 at 7:00 pm.

Learn how astrology can help you make choices in your life. A limited number of free moon journals will be given away to program attendees.

This program is for adults ages 18 and up. No registration required.  For more information, contact Adult Services at 330.673.4414.

Monday, July 15 at 7:00 pm: Water, Life, Mars, Earth

As part of our Summer Reading Program theme, “A Universe of Stories,” the library will offer a program on the search for water on Mars . Water is essential for life on Earth, which is why NASA’s motto in its hunt for extraterrestrial life has been “follow the water.” Learn why water is so essential for human life and the implications for life on Mars if scientists do—or don’t—find water on the planet. Participants will design their own water bottles.

For adults 18 and up. Register online or by calling Adult Services at 330.673.4414.