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Glauser String Quartet Performs Free Concert

glauserEnjoy a free concert by Kent State University’s Glauser String Quartet on Sunday, July 27, 2:00 pm in the library’s meeting room.

The ensemble will be performing Haydn String Quartet No. 63 in B flat Major, Op. 76, No.4;Bartok String Quartet No. 2 Op. 17, Sz 67; and Mendelssohn String Quartet No. 3 in D Major, Op. 44, No. 1.

No registration is required for this all-ages program; however space is limited.  Passes will be available at the 2nd floor Information Desk beginning at 1:30 pm the day of the concert.

Read more about the Glauser String Quartet

Volunteer Meeting Scheduled for July 22

RFID-TagThe Kent Free Library is seeking adult volunteers to assist with a project to re-RFID every item in the collection.  New RFID tags will improve the efficiency of checking out materials.

Those interested in volunteering are invited to an orientation meeting on Tuesday, July 22 at 7:00 pm in the library’s meeting room.  Volunteers should also complete a Volunteer Application.

The project will begin in early August and last for at least 3 months.  Shifts will be 2 or 3 hours during regular library hours on Mondays and Tuesdays.  Volunteers should be able to lift, bend, and stretch, and to walk or stand for most of their shift.

For more information about the project, please contact Community and Special Services Manager Kristen Pool at [email protected] or 330.673.4414.

Still Available Spots in NEOMED Brain Health Talk Monday

brainNeuroscientists Jeff Mellot, Ph.D. and Dana Peterson, Ph.D. will present a program on Monday, July 14 at 7:00 pm on Recent News in Brain Health.  Agatha Christie’s Hercule Poirot once said, “You should employ your little grey cells”; and this program will provide tips for keeping your mind as agile as a brilliant investigator!

Anyone who wishes to get hands on experience will have the opportunity to put on gloves and eye wear and touch or hold a real human brain!

This in the first in a series of programs for which the Kent Free Library is partnering with the Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED) to provide the community with current health information.

Registration is requested; please call the Information Desk at 330.673.4414.

More KFL Reader Reviews

create&discover(1)This summer, KFL readers are sharing their reviews of books they read for our Summer Reading Program, Create & Discover!  Maybe someone in the community will recommend your next favorite book!

And for every review, readers earn an entry for weekly raffles to win (what else?) more books.  All reviews are also entered into the grand prize drawing at the end of the summer for an iPad mini!

You can sign up for Create & Discover today, start earning prize entries, and get your reviews published on our website!  Just stop by the Information Desk!

Click on the rotating cover below to read this week’s reviews:

Kent Master Gardeners Offer Program on Backyard Birds

goldfinchJoin the Kent Master Gardeners for a free program at the Kent Free Library on Tuesday, July 9 at 7:00 pm on attracting birds to your backyard. Presenters will discuss the importance of a biodiverse (wildlife friendly) landscape and how you can help your feathered friends, no matter what size your lot is or where you live.

Learn how even a small city lot can play an important role in wildlife conservation, when you landscape to provide food, water, shelter, and nesting areas.
Registration requested; please contact the library Information Desk at 330.673.4414.

A Summer Reading Program–for Everyone

FIZZ_BOOM_READ_logo PrimaryRegistration for Fizz, Boom, READ!, a summer reading program for students entering kindergarten through 5th grade, begins on Saturday, June 7 in the DuBois Children’s Reading Room. Students record the time they spend reading, either independently or with a favorite grown up, and earn prizes for every 5 hours spent reading.  Students who complete 20 hours of reading may receive a yard sign to display at home announcing that a Super Reader lives there!  Read more about the children’s program.

The Teen Summer Reading Program for grades 6 – 12 also begins on June 7.  For every two books teens read, they earn a scratch off ticket for a chance to win a book, a dollar off library fines, free food and more.  Each ticket is also an entry for the Grand Prize!  Read more . . .

Adults can register for Create & Discover @ Your Library, beginning June 2.  Then when they experience everything the library can offer–reading and reviewing books and attending events–they can also win prizes and be entered to win a weekly prize or the grand prize: an iPad Mini!  Check out all the events we’ll offer.

New Book Club Meets at Farmers’ Market

marketbookCelebrate summer by reading 3 great books on the themes of gardening, farming, local food, and seasonal cooking, then joining a group of like-minded readers on the 2nd Saturday of each month for an interesting discussion at a favorite place for local food enthusiasts, the Haymaker Farmer’s Market.

The first discussion will be held on Saturday, June 14 from 12 – 1 p.m.  Enjoy a discussion of Turn Here, Sweet Corn by Atina Diffley, an organic farmer in Minnesota who reflects on her relationships—with the earth, plants, animals, families, and communities—in this memoir about making these essential relationships work in the face of challenges as natural as weather and as unnatural as corporate politics.

July 12’s selection is The $64 Tomato by William Alexander and on August 9, the selection is Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver.

Check out a copy of each month’s selection at the Kent Free Library. No registration is required to attend the discussion at the market, which is located on Franklin Avenue in Kent, north of Summit St. Please bring a lawn chair if you’d like a seat.

For more information, please visit or call the Library’s Information Desk at 330.673.4414 or stop by the Market Table at the Haymaker
Farmers’ Market.

Story Time at Tree City Cafe

Tree City Coffee LogoThis summer, Tree City Coffee and Pastry, 135 E Erie St. in Kent, will host 3 special story times, the first being Friday, June 13 at 10:30 am, with a special invitation to dads to share the experience with their kids.

No registration is required, but space is limited.

Library Closes for Memorial Day

American flag at half mastIn honor of Memorial Day, the library will be closed on Monday, May 26.  The drive through return and the return to the left of the parking lot doors will be available.  As always when the library is closed, no fines will be assessed on overdue materials.

The library will reopen for regular hours on Tuesday, May 27 at 9:00 am.

Tao: The Way of Harmony with Pilar Farnsworth

Photo of PilarOn Monday, May 19 at 7:00 pm, Pilar Farnsworth will be here to teach you the origins and philosophy of Tao Te Ching, and then lead you in standing Qi Gong Form. Qi Gong is an ancient spiritual healing practice over six thousand years old. Be sure to wear loose clothing and flat shoes to help you as you practice the Qi Gong movements.

No registration required.

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