Thursday, February 16 at 6:00 pm: Seed Packaging Party

Join volunteers from Kent Food Not Lawns and the Portage County Master Gardeners at the Kent Free Library on Thursday, February 16 from 6:30-8:30 pm for a ‘Seed Packaging Party’ to replentish the Seed Library.

Local gardeners have donated seeds from last summer’s harvest, and seed companies such as High Mowing Organic Seeds have also donated. Volunteers will repackage seeds into smaller quantities and prepare the packets for labeling. Seeds will be ready for ‘check out’ from the Seed Library by March 15.

All ages are welcome to attend the packaging party and no registration is required; drop in any time and stay as long as you’d like. Learn more about the Seed Library.


Monday, February 13 at 6:30 pm: Meditation with Jen Shope

Photo of Jen ShopeEnjoy a free introduction to meditation with Jen Shope on Monday, February 13 at 6:30 pm.

Meditation not only reduces stress and promotes relaxation and peace, it also lowers blood pressure, boosts your immune system and improves memory and concentration. Regular meditation also improves emotional health, easing the symptoms of depression and anxiety. There are many ways to meditate, but the basis of the practice is about pausing and coming into stillness, connecting with the present moment.

In this class with Jen Shope of Zen Path Healing Arts, attendees will be guided through a variety of simple meditation techniques.

This program is for adults and no experience with meditation is necessary. Space is limited; register by calling the Information Desk at 330.673.4414.


Tuesday, February 7 at 6:00 pm: Caring for Winter Birds

Children ages 5 to 12 can how to care for their flying friends in the winter on Tuesday, February 7 at 6:00 pm.  A bird-loving librarian will talk about what you can do to help the bird community in your own backyard, then you can visit several activity stations to make different bird feeders to put outside when you get home! All materials will be provided by the library.

Registration is required and space is limited. Please call the Youth Services Department at 330.673.4414 to register.


Thursday, August 17: Kindermusik

Families with babies to 2-year-old children are invited to join us for a 30-minute Kindermusik class from 9:30 – 10:00 am. An instructor from Kindermusik will lead us through music and movement activities. An instructor from Kindermusik will lead us through music and movement activities.

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


Thursday, February 2: Groundhog Day Movie Marathon

Snarling GroundhogCelebrate Ground Hog Day at the Kent Free Library on Thursday, February 2 by stopping by the meeting room any time from 10:00 am to 9:00 pm to watch a modern classic film about an arrogant weatherman covering Punxsutawney Phil, who finds himself inexplicably living the same day over and over (due to licensing restrictions, the library cannot publish the title of the film).

You can feel the same way as Phil Connors, since we’ll run the film over and over in the meeting room all day long! Bring the whole family, and watch it all day—or just watch it once.

No registration is required; however because space is limited, audience members must pick up a pass at the 2nd floor information desk.


Saturday, January 28 at 11:00 am: Ballet Excel Ohio Performance

Members from Ballet Excel Ohio, and all youth dance group, provide a sneak peak of the ballets The Little Mermaid and USO (a 1942 Patriotic Radio Show) for children of all ages at the Kent Free Library on Saturday, January 28 at 11:00 am.

Members of the ballet will come in costume to read stories and lead the audience in a dance. They will perform the full ballet at the Akron Civic Theater in March.

No registration is required, but space is limited, so boarding passes will be passed out in the Children’s Reading Room starting at 10:30 am.  For more information, please call Youth Services at 330.673.4414.


Thursday, January 26 at 10:30 and 5:30: Glow-in-the-Dark Dance Parties

We’re taking our popular dance parties to the next level by making them glow-in-the-dark on Thursday, January 26. Families with toddlers through age 5 will dance at 10:30; children in Kindergarten through 3rd grade are invited to a 5:30 party.

Each participant will receive a glow necklace and bracelet to use during the party. Feel free to dress in glow-in-the-dark attire or in anything that lights-up! Each dance party will last 45 minutes.

Registration is required and space is limited. Stop by the Dubois Children’s Reading Room or call Youth Services at 330.673.4414.


Saturday, January 21 at 11:00 am: Character Candidate Election Celebration!

Pigeon and Piggie with a question markThe wait is over! You voted, and now it’s time for the BIG reveal party in the winner’s honor! Will the winner be the Pigeon or Piggie? Come to the party to find out! We have secretly decorated the meeting room and set up crafts, games, and a snack! Join us Saturday, January 21, at 11:00 am to see the doors open and the winner revealed!

Families with children ages 3 – 12 are welcome. Registration is required and begins January 14. Space is limited.


Wednesday, January 18 at 6:30 pm: UFOs: Fact or Fiction?

UFO in the skyJoin Thomas Wertman, Ohio’s Chief Field Investigator for the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) as he discusses the subject of ufology.  He will present both classic and recent cases, discuss then investigation process, and offer a forum for individuals to discuss their experiences.

This is a family friendly event.  Spaces are limited; registration is requested and begins December 20.


Winter Reading Program Underway

Children in grades 5 and under can pick up a Winter Reading Game Board any time on or after January 3. Once children complete their game boards, they can bring them to the Children’s Room desk and enter for a chance to win one of the grand prizes. Children have until March 3 to complete and turn in their game boards. Prize winners will be notified on Monday, March 6.