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“Study Hall” for KSU Students

KSU logoThe Library will transform the 2nd floor meeting room into a “study hall” for Kent State University Students from May 1 – May 6.

For KSU students using the study hall, the library will provide free coffee and tea (please bring your own cup) plus a stress relief station. During a study break each day from 2 – 3 pm, students can enjoy additional free activities and treats, including chair massages, visits from therapy dogs, and snacks from area businesses.

In addition to the study hall in the meeting room, there are many other comfortable places to study, including two 2-hour, first-come-first-served study rooms for 1 or 2 people and a small conference room for groups of 3 – 12 that can be reserved up to a week in advance.

The library offers ample free parking and is a short walk from the Main and Water St. stop on the Circulator. Free wifi is available throughout the library.

No registration is required to use the study hall or enjoy free coffee and study breaks, but students must bring their FLASHcard to verify that they are KSU students.

Study hall hours are:
Thursday, May 1, 9:30 am – 6 pm
Friday, May 2, 9:30 am – 6 pm
Saturday, May 3, 9:30 am – 5 pm
Sunday, May 4, 1:30 pm – 5 pm
Monday, May 5, 9:30 am – 6 pm
Tuesday, May 6, 9:30 am – 6 pm
Wednesday, May 7, 9:30 am – 6 pm

For more information, please contact Adult Services at 330.673.4414 or [email protected]

Dale Galgozy and Sam Rettman in Concert

DaleDale Galgozy and Sam Rettman will present a free concert of original country-blues songs on Sunday, May 18 at 2:00 pm.  This guitar/harmonica duo will perform everything from the uplifting country ballad “In The Right Way” to the twisting sounds of “Lone Star Blues” and everything in between.
Sam Rettman is a master on the harmonica, from traditional blues to Appalachian fiddle tunes. Sam has been playing for over 40 years in a variety of bands: Chicago blues bands, Zydeco bands, off-Broadway in the pit band. His influences are varied, but no doubt the music of  Sonny Terry and Brownie McGee was the spark that got Sam to play the harmonica.
Dale Galgozy is a songwriter, guitar teacher, and music documentary filmmaker.  Influenced by his family–his mother was winning awards at age 7 for her accordion playing and his father was playing Standbaugh Auditorium at age 16–Dale began playing guitar and writing songs at age 13 and his first live performance was at 16.  As a young adult he was in demand by local songwriters for his guitar playing.  Doing session work in the 1980s led to Clive Davis auditioning his band’s demo in New York City.  Galgozy has been Artist in Residence at Western Reserve Academy and the Ohio Arts Council.

Pizza and Pages

lostheroTeens in grades 6-9 are invited to join enjoy pizza and a book discussion on Wednesday, April 30 at 6 pm.  We’ll discuss The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan, plus have a trivia contests and make a craft based on the book.

Registration is required; please contact Youth Services at 330.673.4414.

Teen Volunteer Meeting

Photo of teensTeens in grades 9-12 are invited to attend an informational meeting on Wednesday, April 23 from 6:00-7:00 pm about volunteering at the Kent Free Library this summer.

Pizza and drinks will be provided. Registration is required and is underway.  Stop by or call Youth Services at 330.673.4414.

Growing Cities Screening: Who’s Your Mama Earth Day Festival

Growing Cities LogoAs part of the Who’s Your Mama Earth Day Festival, the library will host a screening of Growing Cities on Tuesday, April 22 at 6:30 pm.

Growing Cities is a documentary film that examines the role of urban farming in America and asks how much power it has to revitalize our cities and change the way we eat. The film follows two friends on their road trip across the country as they meet the people who are challenging the way this country grows and distributes its food—from those growing food in backyards to make ends meet; to educators with the goal of teaching kids to eat better; to activists seeking a meaningful alternative to the industrial food system, and more.

By showcasing innovative ways urban dwellers are producing food, the film will inspire people to engage more deeply with their food system—whether that means growing tomatoes in a windowsill or getting a flock of backyard chickens. At its core, the film asks viewers to re-imagine what’s possible in urban settings and shows how everyone can be a producer in a society driven by consumption.

Following the film, there will be a panel discussion afterward with members of Edible Kent to discuss ideas.

Read more about the documentary Growing Cities.

Five Million Steps: Thru-Hiking the Appalachian Trail

Bob Grau on ATBob Grau returns to the Kent Free Library on Monday, April 21 at 7:00 p.m. to share his exciting experiences hiking the Appalachian Trail.

Less than 25% of aspiring thru-hikers are actually successful in completing the often steep, rocky, extremely demanding trail, which actually looks nothing like a path; and Grau had no hiking experience or gear when he took on the nearly 2,200 challenge.

Grau’s hike took 170 days, and during the last 380 miles of very treacherous terrain in the White Mountains of New Hampshire and in Maine, he was not deterred, even as he hiked with a broken ankle.

Come hear his story of determination and remarkable effort on this journey of hope!

Copies of his book will be available for purchase from the Kent Free Library Foundation. No registration required.

National Library Week

NLWsliderHaving a baby? Starting a diet? Planning a wedding? Looking for a job? Going on a trip? Planting a garden?

When your life changes, take the first step by heading to the Kent Free Library or visiting us online. Get the information, ideas, and resources you need–all for free!

Author Talk: Scott H. Longert, The Best They Could Be

Cover of the Best They Could BeEnjoy a presentation by Scott H. Longert, author of The Best They Could be: How the Cleveland Indians Became the Kings of Baseball, 1916-1920 on Monday, April 14 at 7:00 pm.

In the early twentieth century, the Cleveland Indians brought the world championship to their city of passionate fans in a spectacular style that has yet to be replicated. The Best They Could Be recaps the compelling story of the ballplayers and team owner who resurrected this proud but struggling franchise. Longert’s entertaining and poignant narrative traces the rise, fall, and rebirth of one of America’s most beloved baseball teams.

Longert is the author of Addie Joss: King of the Pitchers and has written numerous articles on baseball history for the Cleveland Plain Dealer Sunday Magazine, TimeLine, The Baseball Research Journal, and The National Pastime.

Read more about Scott Longert.

Glauser String Quartet Performs

Glauser String QuartetKent State University’s Glauser String Quartet will perform a free concert on Sunday, April 13 at 2 pm. The accomplished members of this group are Yang Zeng, Jeff Millen, Haojian Wang, and Samuel Huang.

Zeng is a member of the Akron Symphony Orchestra, principle second violin of the Mansfield Symphony Orchestra, and concertmaster of the KSU Orchestra. He is the 2013 recipient of the Leopold Sipe Memorial Award for Excellence in Music Performance.

Millen began playing cello at 11 years old. He is pursuing a master’s degree in cello performance at KSU.

Wang is from Yantai, China. Last fall, he played in the Canton Symphony Orchestra. He is a graduate student at KSU studying viola and chamber music.

Huang is a graduate assistant at Kent State University where he is studying violin performance. He is a concertmaster of the KSU Orchestra and a member of the Akron Symphony Orchestra.

No registration is required for this free all-ages event; however because space is limited, audience members must pick up a pass at the 2nd floor information desk beginning ½ hour before the concert.

For more information, contact the Information Desk at [email protected] or 330.673.4414.

Seeking Music Students for Concert

Boy playing pianoThe Kent Free Library invites students, ages 17 and under, who are currently enrolled in music lessons, to play at the Open Piano Concert on Saturday, April 12 at 11 am.

Students should prepare one or two short pieces to play for an audience of friends and family in the library’s meeting room. All skill levels are encouraged to participate.

Registration is required and space is limited. Please call the Youth Services Department at 330.673.4414 beginning April 5 to register.

No registration is required to enjoy the concert as an audience member and all ages are invited.
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