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.


“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!