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Beatles Scholar Returns

beatles-511417_640Aaron Krerowicz, the only full-time professional Beatles scholar in America, returns on Sunday, August 16 at 2 p.m. to present ‘From the Shadow of JFK: The Rise of Beatlemania in America.’

According to Krerowicz, February 1964 was the single most important month of the Beatles’ entire career, firmly establishing Beatlemania in the United States with three performances on The Ed Sullivan Show.  Krerowicz’s multimedia program puts the Beatles’ first U.S. visit in historical context, with particular emphasis on the recent assassination of John F. Kennedy and how that tragedy actually helped Beatlemania flourish.

Please register by calling the Information Desk at 330.673.4414.

Library Starts Seed Library

SeedLibraryLogo2The Kent Free Library is starting a Seed Library, modeled after successful programs at Akron Summit County Public Library and the Cleveland Public Library. Interested participants are invited to a kick-off Seed Saving Workshop on Wednesday, August 12 at 7:00 pm, led by Don Abbott of Kent Foods Not Lawns.

“The Seed Library of Kent Free Library will encourage the tradition of seed saving, nurture locally-adapted plant varieties, and foster a community culture of sharing,” according to Community and Special Services Manager Kristen Pool, who coordinates the project.

“We will establish and grow a collection of seeds that will be available for free to our patrons, and also, through library materials and our volunteer partners in the project, we will provide information, instruction, and education about sustainable gardening,” says Pool. Gardeners who “check out” seeds from the library can then return a portion of seeds from the vegetables they grow.

Pool says the August 12 program will provide detailed information for new seed savers about the plants from which seeds may be gathered, the drying technique, and how to donate seeds to the library. Kent Free will begin collecting seeds in October.

Seed packets will be available for check out beginning in March next year. According to Pool, as the Seed Library gets established with donations from local seed savers, she will work with seed companies and the Cleveland Seed Bank to bolster the number and variety of seeds available.

Pool notes that this spring and summer, the library has offered a successful series of monthly programs about backyard gardening, with local speakers sharing their expertise. Many of these speakers, including some from Kent Food Not Lawns and the Portage County Masters Gardeners, will assist the library in maintaining the Seed Library and offering advice to gardeners who plan to save donate seeds.

Register for the August 12 Seed Saving Workshop by calling the Information Desk at 330.673.4414. Additional information about the Seed Library will be available on our website.

Mobile Tech Training Center Visits

mobiletechlabA high-tech bus will be parked at the library on Thursday, July 30 starting at 10 a.m., offering free training about using tablets and other electronic devices. Learn how you can access free digital materials including ebooks, digital audiobooks, magazines, music, and videos with your Kent Free Library card!

The Mobile Technology Training Center is a service of Serving Every Ohioan, part of the State Library of Ohio. The 35’ bus features the most popular mobile devices, updated desktop computers with touch screen monitors, and trainers to provide on-site instruction.

Sessions start on the hour from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Call the Information Desk at 330.673.4414 to register.

Summer Reading Program Finale

jasonalanWe’re celebrating the end of a fantastic Summer Reading Program with a magic show presented by Jason Alan at the Kent State Hotel and Conference Center!

Magician Jason Alan will perform amazing magical feats, mind reading and more! No registration is required. The Kent State Hotel and Conference Center is located at 215 S Depeyster St, Kent, OH 44240

Homeschooled Students Invited to Read Poetry

love poetryThe Kent Free Library invites homeschooled students of all ages to a Poetry Reading on Sunday, July 26 at 2 p.m. in the library’s 2nd floor meeting room.  Students may read poetry by a favorite or write their own.

To register, please call the Dubois Children’s Reading Room at 330.673.4414.

KFL Hosts Talk on Beekeeping

beeCome to a free presentation about honeybees and beekeeping on Saturday, July 25 at 2:00 pm by Michele Colopy, an Akron-area beekeeper and program director for the Pollinator Stewardship Council, a national nonprofit comprised of large and small-scale beekeepers.

Colopy will explain how beekeepers are working with Ohio businesses to create pollinator habitat in our communities.  Learn how you can help bees, no matter the size of your backyard, when you change your grassy desert into a healthy pollinator haven.

To register, please call the Information Desk at 330.673.4414.

Read the Classics Book Club

BookClubOn Tuesday, July 21 at 7:00 pm, Read the Classics Book Club will discuss Humboldt’s Gift by Saul Bellow. 

For nearly 5 years, this all-ages group has been meeting to discuss classic and award-winning novels, nonfiction, and plays, such as A Tale of Two Cities, Their Eyes Were Watching God, Charlotte’s Web, and Midsummer Night’s Dream.  Join this energetic group on the third Tuesday of each month at 7:00 pm in the 2nd Floor Meeting Room.  Stop by the Check Out Desk to sign out each month’s selection.

Heroes of the Wild West Party

Every Hero Burst copyPut on your boots and hat and scurry on down on Saturday, July 11 at 11 am for a rootin’ tootin’ good time! Families with children ages 3 – 12 can enjoy crafts, games, and activities all themed around the Wild West and the heroes who made it such an exciting place!

Registration is required and space is limited; please call 330.673.4414

Free Performance by Bubble Lady

Photo of Bubble LadyKids of all ages and their families are invited to the library on Thursday, July 9 at 2 p.m. to watch the Bubble Lady and her wonderful world of

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.

Cleveland Museum of Arts Brings Ancient Artworks

Art-To-Go06_1932-194_CThe Cleveland Museum of Art returns to the library on Wednesday, July 8 at 6:30, bringing a world of great art. See and touch amazing works of art up to 4,000 years old when museum staff visit, bringing genuine art objects from the museum’s collection of classical art of ancient Greece and Rome.

All ages are invited to this unique hands-on experience and lively discussion about ancient art’s cultural connections to modern Western culture. Genuine artifacts that will be passed around for viewing included ancient Greek pottery and sculpture, and Roman implements used in daily life activities.

Registration is requested and spaces are limited. Please call the Information Desk at 330.673.4414 to register. Enhance your experience by reviewing the museum’s resource packet before the presentation.

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