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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.

Free Celtic Holiday Concert by Akron Ceili Band

Photo of Akron Ceili BandOn Sunday, December 7 at 2 pm at the Kent Free Library, bring the family for enjoy a free all-ages concert by the Akron Ceili Band.

These local musicians perform Celtic renditions of holiday songs and traditional Irish tunes with a unique and lively sound that is all their own. Enjoy a variety of traditional instruments including fiddles, guitars, tin whistle, bass and bodhran (Irish drum).

Free Concert by Guitarist Philip Logan

David Hansen 3Enjoy a free concert on Sunday, November 16, 2:00 pm by guitarist and University of Akron music student Philip Logan.  Logan was born and raised in Jacksonville, Florida where he began his musical studies at a young age. He was accepted to Douglas Anderson School of the Arts, named by the Grammy Foundation as the top performing arts high school in the nation.  After high school, Philip received a scholarship to attend Stetson University, under the direction of Dr. Stephen Robinson.  While there, he was able to refine his skills and learn a great deal about the interpretation of music on the guitar.

After receiving a Bachelor’s of Music, Philip became an instructor at University High School in Orange City, Florida. There he directed the guitar program, which he created from the ground up. Outside of teaching, Philip performed professionally (guitar and voice) around Central Florida in various groups and styles of music, including Rock, Pop, and Jazz.  Since then, he has been awarded a full scholarship to the University of Akron as a Teaching Assistant, and is currently working towards his Master’s under the tutelage of Stephen Aron. Philip has performed many times for the School of Music, including their annual collaborative event, “Collage”. He has has played a number of feature concerts and has played in masterclasses with David Russell, Andrew York, Dusan Bogdanovic, Roland Dyens, Michael Chapdelaine, and many other great artists.  Recent performances include the Investiture for the new president of The University of Akron.

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

What’s Adoption All About? FAQ Drop In

kidsFamily Adoption Consultants, an adoption agency with offices in Kent, will have representatives available to answer your questions about adoption on Monday, November 10 from 4:00 – 8:00 pm at the Kent Free Library.  In Ohio alone, there are over 2500 children without a family to call their own. Stop by to learn more about the many options available to support these children or to build your family through adoption.

Have you ever thought about becoming parents through adoption? Have you ever wanted to talk with someone about what would be involved in placing your child with an adoptive family? This is your opportunity to stop, ask, and inquire. Contact Family Adoption Consultants for further information at (330)-296-2757, or

Healing Power of Our Voice with Pilar Farnsworth

pilarJoin Pilar Farnsworth on Tuesday, November 4, at 7:00 for a meditative class that will explore using your voice to connect to your inner sounds.  Practice breath-work, movement, guided imagery, chanting, toning exercises, and mantra.

Farnsworth will also explore brain synchronization and chakra attunements through the use of the solfeggio tuning forks, Tibetan bells, and singing bowls and the dream piper (a musical instrument).

Registration is requested and begins October 7; spaces are limited. Please visit or contact the Information Desk to register.

Free Concert of Klezmer Music

waltEnjoy a free concert of traditional East European and Jewish music on Sunday, November 2 at 2:30 p.m. Violinist Steven Greenman and accordian player Walt Mahovlich are known for their passionate performances of folk music combined with virtuoso flair and technical precision.

No Registration required for this all-ages program. Stop at the second floor Information Desk 30 minutes prior to the concert for an event pass.

GreenmanGreenman is a multi-talented musician well-versed in a multitude of musical styles and genres, and is recognized internationally as one of the finest practitioners, composers and teachers of traditional East European Jewish Klezmer violin music in the world today.

Mahovlich has played extensively at traditional events throughout the US and Canada and has made tours of Europe. His career has included performances at the Smithsonian’s Festival of American Folklife, Jimmy Carter’s Inaugural, and the Rededication of Ellis Island, and has played in Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center.

New Afternoon Book Club Meets This Month

roomsCome check out our newest book club on Wednesday, October 29 at 3:00 pm and discuss Rooms by Lauren Oliver.  Led by Adult Services Librarian Jane Whitehurst, the aptly named Last Wednesday Book Club will meet the last Wednesday of each month at 3:00 pm to discuss a variety of fiction titles in a fun, laid-back setting.  This is an “anything goes” book club and the selections will be diverse.  If you’ve been looking for a book club, this is it!

You can pick up a copy of each month’s title at the Check Out Desk.  No registration is required.


Free Concert by Mustache Yourself!

moustacheAll ages are welcome to attend a free concert by local gypsy jazz quartet Moustache Yourself! on Sunday, October 19 at 2 p.m. at the Kent Free Library. Enjoy an afternoon with this returning favorite’s unique, energetic, highly infectious mix of jazz with “Gypsy” flavor.

No Registration required. Stop at the second floor Information Desk 30 minutes prior to the concert for an event pass. For more information, please call the Information Desk at 330.673.4414.

The Kent Free Library serves the residents of the Kent City School District and the surrounding area by providing educational and entertainment materials, interesting programs for children, teens, and

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