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Library News

Monday, July 9: Photography Contest Begins

Girl taking photographVisit the Dubois Children’s Reading Room from Monday, July 9 through Monday, July 23 to view the submissions to our 12th Annual Photo Contest!  View the photos and vote for your favorite to help a promising photographer win a Target gift card!

Saturday, July 7 at 11:00 am: Cocoro Playhouse Building

Families with children ages 5—11 can build with Norio Kids for Cocoro on Saturday, July 7 at 11:00 am! Use premade cardboard materials to design and make a model of a playhouse, then work together on a large playhouse.

Cocoro sparks imagination, builds problem solving skills, and encourages teamwork and collaboration.

To register, call the Youth Services Department at 330.673.4414.

Wednesday, July 4: Library Closes for Independence Day

In honor of the Independence Day holiday, the library will be closed on Wednesday, July 4.  The library will resume regular hours on Thursday, July 5 at 9:00 am.

As always when the library is closed, no items are due and no fines are assessed on overdue items.  For your convenience, materials may be returned either through the drive through or in the drops to the left of the parking lot entrance.

Happy 4th of July!

Saturday, June 30: Library Closes for Heritage Fest

The library will be closed on Saturday, June 30 during Kent’s Heritage Festival.  Instead, please visit our booth at the festival!  Learn about library services and upcoming programs and spin our Prize Wheel for a chance to win!

The library will resume regular hours on Sunday, July 1 at 1:00 pm.

As always when the library is closed, no items are due and no fines are assessed on overdue items.  For your convenience, materials may be returned either through the drive through or in the drops to the left of the parking lot entrance.

Saturday, June 23 at 2:00 pm: Pet Rocks!


The Kent Free Library’s Summer Reading Program theme is “Libraries Rock!” and children ages 4 – 12 can create their own pet rock!

Select your very own pet rock, give them a name, sign an official certificate of adoption, and more! Don’t let this awesome opportunity pass you by – there is no easier pet to care for than a pet rock!

To register, contact Youth Services at 330.673.4414. Space is limited.

Thursday, June 21 at 10:30 am: Little STEAMers

Young ones ages 6 months to 3 years can enjoy offer hands on STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, mathematics) play.  Activities will encourage learning through play, and will be fun for parents and children!

Registration is required and begins one week in advance of each session. Registration closes at 9:00 p.m.the Wednesday before each program. Space is limited.

Sunday, June 17 at 2:00 pm: Free Concert with Hot Potatoes

Hot Potatoes LogoEnjoy a free, all-ages concert with Hot Potatoes, a local band that plays a wild mix of blues, swing and originals, with a touch of New Orleans for spice. Kerry Kean, Bobby Patetta, Dale Taylor and Eric Varndell blend vocals, guitars, fiddle, harmonica, upright bass and drums for a unique sound.

The Hot Potatoes can go from Chicago blues to a Cajun fiddle tune, from a field shout to a sophisticated swing tune in less time than it takes to say it. Beyond the high level of musicianship, the one constant in their performances is the sense of enjoyment in what they do – these guys have a lot of fun playing!

No registration is required for this free program, but space is limited. Stop by the 2nd Floor Information Desk up to 1/2 hour before the show for a ticket.

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 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.

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Kent Free Library
312 West Main Street
Kent, OH 44240
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Library Hours:

Monday 9:00-9:00
Tuesday 9:00-9:00
Wednesday 9:00-9:00
Thursday 9:00-9:00
Fridays 9:00-6:00
Saturday 9:00-5:00
Sundays 1:00-5:00