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Copali Plays Free Concert

Copali Main PhotoAll ages are invited to an afternoon of hands-on fun at the Kent Free Library on Sunday, April 10 at 2 p.m., when local instrumental group Copali presents a free concert with steel drums, clarinet, saxophone, guitar, bass, and percussion. Copali performs a wide variety of styles including funk, jazz, fusion, classical, Latin, rock, and more!

Copali’s musicians will give a brief history of all of their instruments and demonstrate creative ways to combine styles and instruments. They’ll also explain their exciting improvisation style, and the audience will get to join in (instruments provided)!

Copali will also be performing original music from their debut album. Do not miss your chance to hear one of Northeast Ohio’s best rising musical groups!

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.

Baseball Bonanza

baseballFamilies with children ages 3-12 years old are invited to join us on Saturday, April 2 at 11:00 am as we celebrate the start of baseball season! We will have baseball themed crafts, games, snacks and more.

Registration is required and begins one week in advance on March 26. To register call or visit the Youth Services Department.

Seed Library Launches

SeedLibraryLogo2Start checking out seeds from The Seed Library of the Kent Free Library on Tuesday, March 15!  Thanks to donations from community members and the seed companies listed below, we will have hundreds of packets of seeds that you can “check out,” grow, and if you are successful, harvest seeds from and return to restock our 2017 collection!

For more information, visit the Seed Library website.

Special thanks to our partners, Kent Food Not Lawns and the Portage County Master Gardeners.  Thanks also to these businesses and organizations that donated seeds to get us started:

Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds

Cleveland Seed Bank

High Mowing Organic Seeds

Mustard Seed Market

Seed Savers Exchange

Free Family Concert of West African Music

sean-gaskell-kora-380x570Families are invited to a unique concert of West African music at the Kent Free Library on Saturday, March 19 at 2 p.m. Local musician Sean Gaskell will play traditional songs on the Kora, a 21 string harp that he learned how to play throughout the course of multiple visits to Gambia, West Africa.

Gaskell has been featured at a number of music festivals in the US, Gambia, and Senegal.

At interactive program, kids may clap and sing along with Sean as he performs.

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.

Big Hero 6 Party

Big-Hero-6-FeaturedChildren in preschool through grade 5 are invited to the Kent Free Library on Saturday, March 12 at 11 a.m. for a Big Hero 6 party! Come enjoy games, crafts, snacks and more featuring Hiro and the rest of the superheroes from the popular film. Make a marshmallow Baymax, throw discs with Go Go, and do chemistry experiments with Honey Lemon!

Registration is required; please call the Dubois Children’s Reading Room at 330.673.4414. Space is limited.

Kids Science Program

Science-Experiments-and-Kids2Families with children ages 12 and under are invited to the library on Saturday, March 5 at 11:00 am for some chilly science experiments!  Eva Frank, former employee of COSI, will share a variety of winter themed science experiments us.

Registration is not required. Boarding passes will be passed out 30 minutes prior to the event.

2nd Annual Seed Swap

seedsGardeners are invited to Kent Food Not Lawns 2nd annual seed swap to be held at the Kent Free Library on Saturday, March 5 at 2:30 pm.

Bring seeds that you have saved and leftover purchased seeds to trade. Enjoy meeting other gardeners in the community and making new friends. Donated seeds will be available for those without seeds to trade.

Don Abbott of Kent Food Not Lawns will give a short presentation about seed saving and will talk about his group’s involvement with the Seed Library of the Kent Free Library.

No registration is required; however, because space is limited, attendees must pick up a pass at the 2nd floor information desk beginning 30 minutes before the event. For more information, please call 330.673.4414.

Author of Books on Aging, Mitchell, To Speak

ShirleyGlowingB1Enjoy an afternoon at the Kent Free Library with acclaimed author Shirley W. Mitchell, who will discuss her work and autograph copies of her books on Friday, March 4 at 3:00 pm. Logos Bookstore partnered with the library to bring this inspirational author to Kent.

Mitchell writes books with tremendous insight into the physical, emotional, and spiritual changes and the amazing possibilities for aging Baby Boomers. She is the author of 10 Books including Fabulous after 50 and Sensational after 60, and is the Co-Author of 5 books including Love Notes for Mom, Love Notes for Dad, 101 Great Ways to Improve Your Life, and Love Like God.

Shirley also writes the Fabulous after Fifty column, and is the Radio Talk Show Host of the Syndicated program Aging Outside the Box.

No registration is required for this free program, but space is limited. Please pick up an event ticket after 2:30 that day. Books by Mitchell will be available for purchase through the Kent Free Library Foundation.

Winter Carnival Fun

snowflakesFamilies with children ages 3 – 12 are invited to a Winter Carnival on Saturday, February 27 at 11:00 am.

Whether it’s clear, cloudy, blustery, frosty, frozen, or powdery outside, the library will be warm and filled with wintertime fun games, crafts, face painting, and more!

Registration is required for this free program; please call the Dubois Children’s Reading Room at 330.673.4414.

Seed Library Packaging Party

SeedLibraryLogo2Join volunteers from Kent Food Not Lawns on Thursday, February 25 from 6:30 – 8:30 pm at a seed packaging party to organize the seeds that have been donated. Drop in any time and stay as long as you’d like.  Seeds will be ready for checkout by March 15.


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