Saturday, May 28 – Monday, May 30: Parking Lot, Drivethrough, Book Drops Closed

The library parking lot and driveways will be resealed and restriped this weekend. Starting at 5:00 pm on Saturday, there will be no access to the lot, driving or walking. The drivethrough and the book drop will be inaccessible. As always when the library is closed, no items are due and no fines will be assessed on overdue materials. Please help us keep tar off the sidewalks by not visiting the library, even on foot, while the cones a

Sunday, July 31: 2022 Summer Read Ends!

June 1 – July 31, 2022

There’s still time to participate in the Summer Read! Simply read for at least 20 minutes a day for 30 days between June 1 and July 31. All ages may participate. Pick up a reading record at any Information Desk to get started. Track your reading to earn rewards and raffle tickets for grand prizes along the way. Visit the library to get a stamp for every 6 days of reading and to collect your rewards. Rewards and grand prizes are:

YOUTH  (Ages 17 and under)

Day 6: Ocean sticker + 2 grand prize tickets

Day 12: Cleveland Monsters hockey ticket, Cleveland Charge Basketball ticket + 4 grand prize tickets

Day 18: Enamel pin + 6 grand prize tickets

Day 24: Narwhal squeeze toy + 8 grand prize tickets

Day 30: Book + 10 grand prize tickets

Use raffle tickets to enter to win grand prizes. Prizes include: Pokémon trainer boxes, Hydro Flask and sea turtle tracking bracelet, Bath toys set, ocean books with finger puppets, Target gift card and puzzle, Off the Wagon gift card and Lego set, Narwhal and Jelly graphic novels set, movie night prize pack, beach day prize pack, manga prize pack, artist prize pack, and the chance to be a Librarian for a Day.

ADULTS (Ages 18+) 

Day 6: Summer Read Post It Notes + 2 grand prize tickets

Day 12: A Care for Critter Vote + 4 grand prize tickets

Day 18: Seashell Shaped soap + 6 grand prize tickets

Day 24: Choice of a beach read + 8 grand prize tickets

Day 30: Fahlo track a sea creature wrist band + 10 tickets

Use raffle tickets to enter to win grand prizes. Prizes include your choice of: A Burning River Kayaking Package, a Float the River Package, a One year membership for 2 adults to the Greater Cleveland Aquarium, a Morning at the Beach Package, or a $100 Donation to an ocean-related charity.

Be sure to celebrate your reading success by joining us for the Summer Read Finale on Friday, July 29 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM. This afterhours event will include live music, Pav’s Creamery ice cream food truck, lawn games, balloon artist, live music by the University of Akron Steel Drum Band, and more.

The Summer Read is generously supported by Kent Free Library Foundation and Friends of Kent Free Library. 

Prizes are available while supplies last.

Thursday, May 26, 7:00 pm: KSU Astrophysics Expert, Veronica Dexheimer

Neutron stars are the remnants of the explosion of massive stars so dense that a single teaspoon of their content would weigh a billion tons. Dr. Veronica Dexheimer, Associate Professor and Director of the Center for Nuclear Research at Kent State University, will share expert knowledge of this extreme and exotic astronomical phenomena.  No registration required.  Adults 18+.

Monday, May 23 at 7:00 pm: Astronomy Apps

Learn about some of the most popular astronomy apps that can be downloaded to your phone or tablet, including which ones are free and which ones have a cost. Share your experiences with astronomy apps. No registration required. For adults 18+.

Sunday, May 22 at 2:00 pm: Concert Series: It’s About Time Duo

Enjoy a free all-ages concert with It’s About Time, a musical duo with Pat Lavoie and James Knight.  Their specialty is ’60s and ’70s music as well as American folk music, including works by Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, Bob Dylan, Peter Paul & Mary, and more. No registration required.  The concert will be held on the second floor balcony.

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

Thursday, May 12 at 7:00 pm: Ohio UFOs

Thomas Wertman of the Mutual UFO Network in Ohio will talk about some of the most notable UFO sightings in the Northeast Ohio area. Learn tips for spotting UFOs and how you can report them. No registration required. For adults 18+.

Monday, May 9 at 7:00 pm: A Journey Through the Night Sky

Did you know you can see a galaxy 2.5 million light years away with your unaided eye? Craters on the Moon with binoculars? The red glow of stars forming from their birth clouds? Countless wonders await you any clear night. The first step towards being an astronomer is to simply look up and ask, “What is that?” Ray Garner III, NASA Solar System Ambassador, leads an exploration the night sky.  Learn how to get you started on your own journey through the night sky.  For adults 18+.  No registration required.