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Ken Gessford Photographs Highlight Kent’s Changes

Currently on display at the Kent Free Library is a photographic tribute by Ken Gessford titled “Processes of Transformation in Kent.”  Gessford’s 36 digital photograph images show the progress of the development of the downtown area from 2009 through earlier this summer.

Gessford, a Stow resident who taught art at Kent Roosevelt High School for 30 years before retiring in 2000, wrote in his artist’s statement that he intended to “Raise people’s awareness . . . to the fast and furious changes that have taken place in Kent, OH over a short period of 5 years.”

Photographs highlight the both the tearing down and rebuilding processes that have changed the face of Acorn Alley, South Water St., the Crain Avenue Bridge, the Franklin Hotel and the PARTA Garage.

Gessford was granted unusual access to work areas, frequently donning a hard hat to take photos alongside workers.  “They were so cooperative and professional,” says Gessford.  “They get the job done like magic—they’re magicians.”

His fascination with the artistry of the workers is obvious in several of his photos.  One titled “Elegant Worth Ethic with Pirouette Le Dance” shows a worker balanced on scaffolding with his arms raised above his head, as he works on a ceiling.

While most photos portray the energy and anticipation of the new construction, some photos also convey a bit of melancholy for the structures waiting to be torn down.  A photo of the red door of a house on Erie St. with a bulldozer just visible in the foreground is titled, “The Red Scream of I Don’t Wanna Go!”

The photographs on display are a very small sample of the more than 35,000 photos Gessford has taken over the last 5 years, and he continues to document the ongoing construction.  He anticipates that his project will take another year to complete.  He is interested in displaying a large number photographs as a more comprehensive exhibit some day.

The exhibit at the library will be up through August and can be seen any time the library is open.

Sign Up Now for Coupon Guy

Spots are quickly filling up for the free program by Joe “the Coupon Guy” Daugirdas on Wednesday, July 24 at 7:00 pm.

The Coupon Guy has taught thousands of people across Ohio on how to save money. Learn how to consistently save 70% and more grocery shopping and 90% and more on toiletry shopping. Find out how to save money on utlilities, travel, restaurants, gas, cell phones, prescriptions, and much more. Learn the secrets of extreme couponers. Find out new ways to save money. Reduce your financial anxiety by finding ways to psychologically change your spending habits and getting your financial health back in order.

Joe can be seen on Good Morning Cleveland on Channel 5 ABC every Saturday and heard on WELW 1330 AM radio every Wednesday going over the deals of the week. He’s also appeared on NBC, CBS, FOX, WTAM, many radio programs, and featured in many newspaper articles. His web-site can be found at http://www.joethecouponguy.com/.

Stop by the Information Desk or call to reserve your spot for this hot program!

Burrowing Owl Takes the Lead in Care for a Critter

Summer Reading Program participants have cast the most votes for the burrowing owl in the library’s Care for a Critter Contest!  If the owl maintains the lead for the rest of the summer, the library will adopt it from Akron Zoo.  Are you a fan of the gila monster or the coyote?  Then keep reading to earn votes to cast for your favorite!

KFL Readers Share Book Recommendations

Looking for a great book to read this summer?  Check out what other people in the community are reading!  We’re publishing reader reviews on our Book Recommendations page.

Each adult patron who signs up for our Summer Reading Program, then reads and reviews books earns entry slips for a drawing for great prizes!  Plus they can share their favorites with others!

Friday Movies Continue

ticketsWe’re showing family friendly movies in our air-conditioned Meeting Room this summer on Fridays!  June 21 at 3 pm, we’ll show a movie bout a timid clownfish who sets out on a journey to find and bring home his son, who was captured in the Great Barrier Reef and taken to Sydney (due to licensing restrictions, the library can’t publish the titles of feature films, but is permitted to give a description–can you guess?).

Camp KFL

On Saturday, June 22 from 11 to 12, the Kent Free Library will become “Camp KFL.” All ages are invited to celebrate summer at the library by participating in a variety of outside games and activities.

Registration is required for this free program and begins June 15 and closes on Friday, June 21 at 6:00 pm. Space is limited. Stop by or contact the Youth Services Department at 330.673.4414.

Sarata & Lempner Duo in Concert

Enjoy a free concert by the Sarata & Lempner Duo on Sunday, June 23, from 2 – 3.   Adam Sarata on guitar and Tom Lempner on saxophone delight audiences with a mix of swing, bossa, jazz standards, and even classical compositions.

Adam is a guitar instructor at the University of Mount Union, Ashland University, and the Community Music School of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. He has released three classical guitar recordings, Guitar

Tom serves on the music faculty at Cleveland State University, Kent State University (Geauga campus), Western Reserve Academy, and Lorain County Community College. He is also a full-time Music Therapist working at both a center for autism and a day treatment center. at Akron, Cavata, and Sul Tasto, as he has also written articles published in Soundboard Magazine and Basically Bohlen.

No registration is required. For more information, contact the Information Desk at 330.673.4414.

Youth Photo Contest Underway

We’re hosting our 7th annual summer photo contest for students entering grades 5 – 8. Participants should pick up contest rules and entry forms in the Children’s Room. Prints of photos may be submitted at any time until Saturday, July 13. Each photographer may submit two entries.

All photos submitted will be on display in the Children’s Room from July 15 through July 31 for the public to view and vote for their favorites. The photographers of the top vote-getting photographs will each receive Target Gift Cards.

For more information, contact the Youth Services Department at 330.673.4414.

Sign Up for Gnome and Fairy Houses

Bring some magic into your summer by making a gnome or fairy house on June 15 at 11:00 am. There is no cost, and all materials and instructions will be provided.

Space is limited and registration is required. Sign up starting Saturday by stopping by or calling the Youth Services Department. Registration closes at 6 p.m. June 14.

Roosevelt Seniors Display Photographs

Photographs by three Kent Roosevelt High School Seniors will be on display at the Library through the end of May. Anika Aberegg, Libby Bradford, and Audrey Coyne are students in Mike McClure’s Photography 3 class.

Coyne says that her collection shows off her best work, but also places to which she has a strong connection: her own backyard, downtown Kent, and Italy, where she traveled a year ago. Coyne will study photojournalism at the E. W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University this fall.

A trip to Nicaragua inspired Aberegg’s collection. She says that she was particularly interested in taking photos of the people she met while on a teaching trip there, and she hopes that her audience will be able to relate to the faces in the photos. Aberegg will attend Ursuline College this fall and study special and elementary education.

Bradford also chose her best work for her collection, and notes that it reflects her love of nature and the outdoors. She approaches her subjects from unusual or unexpected angles in order to provide a unique perspective. Bradford will also attend the Scripps School of Journalism at OU this fall.  More photos.


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