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KFL Offers Health and Wellness Series

Man and nurse fist bumpingThe Kent Free Library is pleased to welcome Board Certified Diabetes Educator, Asthma Educator, and Clinical Pharmacist Sarah Kwon, Pharm.D., CDE, AE-C, for a series of wellness programs this winter.

At the first program on Saturday, January 24 at 3:00 pm, the topic will be diabetes & pre-diabetes.

Registration is requested and spaces are limited. Please visit or contact the Information Desk at 330.673.4414 to register.

Upcoming Programs:

Saturday, February 28 at 3:00 pm: Diabetes Management. Registration begins January 31

Saturday, April 25 at 3:00 pm: Asthma. Registration begins March 28

Historic Puppet Troop Visits KFL

Photo of scene from Sleeping Beauty from Puppets will perform the fairy tale classic ‘Sleeping Beauty’ for children of all ages at the library on Saturday, January 24 at 11:00 am.

Founded in 1933, Stevens Puppets brings fully-staged productions, featuring hand-carved wooden marionettes in front of colorfully hand-painted scenery. The charming puppets come alive in their miniature worlds, transporting their audiences through magical journeys of endearing stories, raucous laughter, and artistic beauty.

Registration is not required but space is limited. Tickets will be passed out 30 minutes before the program in the Dubois Children’s Reading Room. For more information, contact Youth Services at 330.673.4414.

Take the 2015 Reading Challenge!

readingchallengeWant to read more this year, and need some ideas about what to read? Take the KFL Reading Challenge!  Stop by any desk for a copy of our list of suggestions for books to read–ideas like “A book written by someone under 30,” “A humorous work of nonfiction,” “A book with a one-word title,” or “A book over 100 years old”–and check them off.  You can also print the list yourself.

Like our Facebook Page for inspiration, sharing what you’ve read, and getting recommendations and ideas from librarians and other patrons.

Cleveland Museum of Art Presents “Art To Go” Series

cmaThe Kent Free Library is pleased to announce that three programs in the Cleveland Museum of Art’s popular “Art to Go” series will be presented this winter. The first, “Artists of Our Region,” will be held on Wednesday, January 14 at 6:30 pm.  2 more programs are scheduled in February and March.

Museum staff will visit the Library, bringing genuine art objects from the museum’s collection. These engaging, interactive sessions offer a unique hands-on experience and lively discussion about diverse cultures, time periods, materials, and techniques.

Registration is requested and spaces are limited. Please visit or contact the Information Desk at 330.673.4414 to register for the January 14 program.

The Bluestones Live in Concert

Photo of the BluestonesEnjoy a free concert by the Bluestones on Sunday, January 11 at 2:00 pm.

Playing in Northeast Ohio for over fifteen years, The Bluestones are a four-piece band from Kent. They play a variety of music styles: oldies, classic rock, blues, and country. The Bluestones have performed at dozens of major local events including the Blues and Brews Festival at Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens, the Akron Art Museum’s Downtown at Dusk Summer Concert Series, Kent Heritage Festival, and The NBA All-Star post game celebration.

The Bluestones, who served at the house band for Fat Fish Blue in Cleveland for a number of years, and have opened for national acts such as Shamekia Copeland, Koko Taylor, and Robert Lockwood Jr.

No registration required. Stop at the second floor Information Desk 30 minutes prior to the concert for an event pass.

Book a Librarian in January

Photo of two people working on a tablet from Getty ImagesWhether you received a new gadget for the holidays or want to get going on your New Year’s resolution to improve your computer skills, the KFL librarians are ready to help you!

In January, we will be offering even more Book a Librarian appointments–sit down with a professional librarian to work one-on-one on personal technology training or your research questions.
Stop in or call for an hour-long appointment on Monday through Thursday between 1 – 3 pm and 5:30 – 7:30 pm.

What We Can Help You With:*

  • Setting up an email account
  • Research beyond simple Google searches
  • Using databases and online research tools, including finding articles and        genealogy
  • Using your mobile device to access our digital library services including Freegal, Zinio, Axis360, or the Ohio Digital Library
  • Using the library’s website or catalog
  • Microsoft Office programs including Word, Excel, Publisher, and PowerPoint
  • Setting up an account on Facebook, Pinterest, LinkedIn, or other social        networking sites
  • File management
  • Creating a resume or searching online job listing sites

When Appointments Are Available:

In January, we are offering additional appointments.  Feel free to come in and learn how to use that new device you got for the holidays to download free ebooks, digital audiobooks, music, videos, and magazines!

Appointments are available in January on Monday through Thursday at 1:30 pm, 2:30 pm, 5:30 pm, and 6:30 pm.
How Long are Appointments:
Each appointment may last up to one hour. Additional appointments may be requested with a maximum of two per month per patron.
How to Make an Appointment:
Stop by the Information Desk or call us at 330.673.4414 starting the Monday of the week before. Appointments must be made at least 24 hours in advance. We will ask you to briefly explain what you would like assistance with.
Who Will Assist You:
We will consider your appointment request and determine the best librarian to work with you based on expertise and availability.  Specific librarians may not be requested.Where You Will Meet Your Librarian:Meet the librarian at the 2nd floor Information Desk by the Computer Lab.

Cancelling Appointments:

Please call as soon as possible to cancel an appointment you cannot make. Repeated cancellations and/or no-shows may result in future appointments being denied.

Appointments may be cancelled if the registrant is more than 15 minutes late.

*What We Cannot Help With:

  • Applications or forms involving personal information, such as your social security number
  • Medical, legal, or investment advice
  • Making online purchases or paying bills
  • Filing out tax forms
  • Troubleshooting or maintenance help with your personal computer or other device
  • Typing or editing documents

Library Holiday Hours

booktreeThe library will be closed on Wednesday, December 31 and Thursday, January 1.

As always when the library is closed, book drops will be available at the drive through and to the left of the parking lot entrance.  In addition, no materials are due on those days and no fines on overdue materials will be assessed.

Meet Dewey, the Official KFL Elf on a Shelf!

Photo of Elf on a ShelfFor the last week, Dewey has been having lots of fun here at the library–checking out library services, getting into places he shouldn’t, and even taking a ride on the book return conveyor belt.

Follow the library’s page on Facebook to see what else he gets up to!

December Youth Services Programs Announced

Get into the holiday spirit with our great line up of holiday programs for kids!

christmasguitarMusic With Mr. Jim

Tuesdays December 9 and 16 at 10:30 am

For children of all ages with an adult. Pick up your boarding pass at the Children’s Desk 30 minutes before the program and enjoy seasonal stories and songs with Mr. Jim in the Meeting Room.

ornamentsTween Zone

This evening program is for students in grades 3-5. Every week students will make a fun craft or perform a science experiment.

December 11:  Santa’s Science Lab

Registration is required and begins one week in advance of each program. Registration closes at 9:00 pm on Wednesday of each week.  Programs are subject to change.


Monday, December 8 at 4:00 pm

Kids in grades 5 and under may drop in the Craft Room to make glitter snow.

No registration is required but supplies are limited.

teencraftTeen Scene

Teens in grades 6-12 join us to make a craft on the following Tuesday evenings at 6:00 pm in the Craft Room.

December 9: DIY Ornaments: Celebrate the holiday season and create your own ornaments!

Registration is required, and begins one week in advance of each program. Registration closes at 9 pm on Monday of each week.

pjsNorth Pole Pajama Party

Saturday, December 13 at 11:00 am

Kids preschool through fifth grade may join us for holiday crafts, games and treats.

Registration is required and begins December 6. Space is limited.

elfElf School

Tuesday, December 16 at 4:00 pm
Wednesday, December 17 at 4:00 pm
Thursday, December 18 at 4:00 pm

For Kids in grades K-2. Come see if you have what it takes to be an elf…we will read holiday books, play reindeer games and make crafts and treats. Registration is required and begins December 9.

santa-readingHoliday Story Time at Tree City

December 17 at 10:30 am

Children of all ages are invited to join a Kent Free Library Youth Services Librarian for a special holiday themed storytime at Tree City Coffee and Pastry!

School’s Out Movie

Friday, December 26 3:00 pm

Drop in the Meeting Room to watch a seasonal movie. No registration required.

The Bubble Lady Visits!

bubble ladyKids of all ages are invited to the library on Saturday, November 22 at 11:00 am to watch the Bubble Lady and her wonderful world of bubbles.

No registration is required for this free program, but space is limited. Stop by the desk in the DuBois Children’s Reading Room 30 minutes before the show to pick up boarding passes. For more information, call the Youth Services Department at 330.673.4414.

Find Us:

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