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Free Concert by Duende in February

duendeduoEnjoy a free concert by Duende on Sunday, February 9 at 2:00 pm.

Duende is an exciting duo which combines the sounds of the classical guitar and saxophone.  A collaboration between guitarist Krystin O’Mara and saxophonist Ethan Miller, Duende represents a fresh new direction in contemporary classical music.

Enjoy a mixture of traditional classical repertoire, Spanish and Flamenco influences, Jazz, Brazilian, World Music, and contemporary compositions.  You can look forward to a highly entertaining, dynamic performance.

No registration is required for this free, all-ages concert, but space is limited.  For more information, please contact the library’s Information Desk at 330.673.4414.

Learn more about Duende


Gear up for the Olympics!

olympicsChildren ages 5 and up are invited to gear up for the Winter Olympics on Saturday, February 1, at 11:00 am.  Play games to get into the Olympic spirit, make a craft, and enjoy a snack.

Registration is required and begins Saturday, January 25. Please stop by or call the Youth Services Department at 330.673.4414.

Chinese New Year Concert, Jan. 19

Cleveland Chinese Music Ensemble 3The Kent Free Library will host the Cleveland Chinese Music Ensemble for a free concert celebrating the Chinese New Year on Sunday, January 19 at 2:30 p.m.

The Ensemble will present a program of graceful and festive music, including several pieces about horses, as this is the Year of the Horse, interspersed with historical Chinese stories and poems about horses.

Formed in the fall of 2008, the Ensemble plays on an assortment of traditional Chinese musical instruments, including bamboo flutes, mouth organs, fiddles, lutes, gongs, drums, cymbals, and other percussion. They even invite audience members to try out some instruments on a few numbers.

No registration is required for this all-ages program. For more information, please contact the Information Desk at 330-673-4414.

Cleveland Chinese Music Ensemble 1

Cleveland Chinese Music Ensemble 2

2 Upcoming Programs on Affordable Care Act

ACA_logoDo you have questions about how the Affordable Care Act will effect you?  We’re offering 2 programs in the next 2 weeks by experts who can provide some answers.

Affordable Care Act Presentation

Tuesday, January 7, 7:00 pm

Ryan Allen, franchise owner of Liberty Tax in Kent will be here to discuss the Affordable Care Act’s effect on your taxes. He will also discuss recent changes to tax laws and how social security effects your taxes.

No registration required.

Healthcare Reform and the Insurance Marketplace

Monday, January 13, 7:00
Martin P. Hauser, Chief Executive Officer of SummaCare Inc. and Chief Government Relations Officer for Summa Health System, will discuss the state and local impact of the Affordable Care Act. Hauser will cover the insurance marketplaces that opened to consumers this fall, post-reform strategies for employers, and the essential health benefits covered under the law. He’ll also answer the important question, “What happens next?”
No registration required.

Winter Reading Program Starts Jan 4

Winter Reading Program LogoThe Library’s fourth annual winter reading program begins Saturday, January 4 and runs through March 1.

Kids in preschool through grade 5 can collect snowflakes for attending library programs, checking out library materials, or filling out book reviews. Each snowflake earned is a raffle entry for a chance to win prizes, including popular books, DVDs, and a rainbow loom.

Teens in grades 6-12 can earn a Bingo card for reading and attending library programs and also have the chance to win prizes.

Find more information and view the prizes in the Dubois Children’s Room.

Beatles Scholar Returns

Beatles scholar, blogger, and teacher Aaron Krerowicz returns on Saturday, January 4 at 2 pm with another fascinating presentation about the Beatles.

Krerowicz’s presentation will use audio excerpts of early drafts and discarded takes to bring to life the history and development of the album “Strawberry Fields Forever,” considered one of the Beatles’ greatest musical and artistic accomplishments, which established the Fab Four as a studio band rather than a concert band.

No registration is required for this free program.

Lifesize Candyland Game

On Saturday, January 4, we’ll transform the Dubois Children’s Reading Room into a life-sized Candyland Game. Kids of all ages are invited to drop in any time between 11 – 1 p.m. to play the game and to make a craft.

No registration is required; just stop by the Youth Services Desk to pick up playing cards when you arrive.

Special Holiday Programs for Kids

The Kent Free Library will offer several programs in December to help kids get into the holiday spirit!

Music Times

Tuesdays, December 3, 10 & 17, 10:30 am
Join Mr. Jim for an all ages story time.

Pick up a Boarding Pass up to 30 minutes before each program.  Space is limited.


Mondays, December 9 & 16, 4:00-5:00 pm

Children are invited to drop in anytime to make a craft.  Young children may need adult assistance.   Supplies are available on a first-come,  first-served basis.

No registration is required.

Holiday Music Time

Monday, December 16, 7:00 pm
Join us for an all ages event and special holiday story time featuring seasonal songs with Mr. Jim.

Pick up a Boarding Pass at the Children’s Desk up to 30 min before the program.  Space is limited.

Elf School

December 17, 18, & 19  at 4:00 pm
See  if you have what it takes to be an elf.  Read holiday books, play reindeer games, make crafts and enjoy delicious treats.

For children in grades K-2.  Registration is required and begins December 10.

Candy Cane Corner

Saturday, December 21, 11:00 am
Join us for holiday crafts, games and treats.

Children 3-6 year olds.  Registration is required and begins one week in advance.  Space is limited.

Introducing Zinio Digital Magazines

The library is pleased to offer Zinio for Libraries.  Zinio, billed as “the world’s largest newsstand,” provides instant digital access to popular magazines.

Director Stacey Richardson notes that Zinio is an important addition to the library’s current digital collections.  “Our patrons have had access to ebooks through the Ohio Digital Library and Axis360, and to free music downloads from Freegal,” says Richardson, who adds that the use of those services has increased 45% in the last year.  “Now patrons will also be able to access their favorite magazines digitally,” Richardson says.

Through Zinio, digital magazines can easily be viewed on most Internet-enabled devices inside or outside of the library.  Zinio digitally recreates a magazine page for page, including full color pictures, and can be “flipped through” or searched easily.

According to Richardson, magazines will be available on their release date, and there will be no waiting lists.  “Any number of patrons can look at a magazine at the same time,” Richardson explains.  “Also, the magazines download to the patron’s computer or device, so there’s no ‘checkout period’ to worry about and no late fees,” she continues.

There are currently 84 magazines available, including Bicycling, Cosmo, Esquire, Men’s Health, Rolling Stone, Us, and Women’s Day, to name just a few.

Zinio is available through the library’s website,  Librarians are glad to show you how to access the service—drop by the Information Desk or call 330.673.4414 for assistance.

Zinio for Library is a service provided by RBdigital from Recorded Books

Introducing The Lucky Day Collections

If you love to check out new bestsellers and the latest DVD releases, but don’t love long waiting lists for those popular items, then it could be your lucky day!

We’re introducing “Lucky Day Collections”: the hottest books and movies, with shorter loan periods than the copies in the regular collection and no holds or renewals.

According to Director Stacey Richardson, this new collection will mean you have a better chance of finding high-demand items on the shelves, ready to check out.  “The books in this collection are chosen to match the community’s reading tastes for new and trending titles,” says Richardson.  “We think our patrons will enjoy the option of walking in and finding items they used to have to wait for weeks to read or watch.”

To help keep a supply of titles available for Kent Free Library visitors to check out and enjoy, this collection has a few special borrowing conditions: Lucky Day books and DVDs have a 7 day loan period and cannot be renewed.  Items must be returned to the Kent Free Library and not another library in the Portage Library Consortium.  Fines for late returns will accrue at the rate of $.50 per day.

Lucky Day copies cannot be placed on hold online or over the phone and cannot be held for pickup—first come, first served only.  Patrons may check out a maximum of 7 Lucky Day items at a time, and Kent Free Library staff may not borrow the items.

“This new collection has been one of our goals toward increasing and improving service to our community,” says Richardson.  “We anticipate that it will be very popular and are committed to making it a fun and hassle-free way for our patrons to enjoy their favorite titles.”

The library will continue to purchase these same titles for the regular collection, and those copies will still circulate for the regular loan period (14 days) and can be reserved or renewed if there are no holds on the title.

Look for the Lucky Day Collections on green carts with matching green signs and labels in the new book area.  You never know what will be waiting on the shelf each time you visit; it could be your lucky day!

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