Sunday, January 13 at 2:00 pm: Free Concert with the St. Nicholas Balalaika Orchestra


Enjoy a free all-ages concert with Mogadore’s St. Nicholas Balalaika Orchestra on Sunday, January 13 at 2:00 pm. Appearing in traditional Russian folk costumes, the Orchestra will perform an extensive program ranging from holiday favorites, to poignant romances, to rousing folk dance music.

This all volunteer group of dedicated amateur and professional musicians has strived to preserve and perpetuate the rich heritage and cultural legacy of Russian and Eastern European music on traditional folk instruments for the last 30 years.

No registration is required; however, because space is limited, audience members must pick up a pass at the 2nd floor Information Desk.

Tuesday, January 8 at 6:30 pm: Pop Culture Trivia Night

Play trivia in a fun and relaxed environment. Bring a team or sign up on your own and connect with others. Participants compete for prizes by answering a range of questions on pop culture. Light refreshments will be provided.

Registration is underway.  This program is for ages 18+.

Winter Reading Programs Begin

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Winter Reading for children is back this year with a new twist! Sign up for Winter Reading starting January 7 and earn points for reading, completing challenges, and attending library programs. We’ll keep track of your point total, which you can use to spend on all kinds of cool prizes!

Different prizes cost different point amounts, so you can save your points up for big grand prize entries, or use them on lots of smaller prizes – it’s up to you! You can also use your points to collect Challenges Pins or vote for the theme of our Spring Break Fest: Star Wars, Minecraft, Pinkalicious, or Daniel Tiger.

The last day to earn a redeem points is Friday, March 1. Ask a Youth Services Librarian for more information. Supplies are limited.

The library has brewed a great program for adults this winter too! Pick up a Read-a-Latte bookmark to record the titles of books you read and rate each book “hot” to “cold.” Once you have read 5 books, turn in your record to collect a special library mug. Complete more bookmarks to be entered for a chance to earn more prizes. Drawings will be held on Friday, March 1. No registration is required; simply pick up a bookmark to participate. The Winter Reading Program is sponsored by the Kent Free Library Foundation.

Wednesday, January 2: Winter Story Session Begins

The Kent Free Library’s 13-week Winter Story Time Session begins Wednesday, January 2. Nine different story times will be offered for babies, preschoolers, and toddlers, and several story times are geared for all ages. New this winter is a monthly Sunday Family Story Time for children of all ages with a favorite adult, starting Sunday, January 27 at 2 pm.

Story Times are led by professional librarians, all of whom have been trained in early childhood literacy.

No pre-registration is necessary for Story Times; arrive a few minutes early to pick up a “boarding pass.” Some sessions have limited space.
Additional programs, including puzzles, crafts, cooking, building and STEAM focused programs, Pokémon clubs, reading clubs, and themed parties are offered through the week for children, tweens, and teens.

View the schedule and descriptions of these and other programs or stop by the children’s room or the Benedik Teen Area for a flier. For more information, call Youth Services at 330.673.4414.

The Kent Free Library serves the residents of the Kent City School District and the surrounding area by providing educational and entertainment materials, interesting programs for children, teens, and adults, and a comfortable space for studying, relaxing, or meeting.
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Saturday, December 29 at 11:00 am: Noon Year’s Eve Party


Families with children ages 3 to 12 are invited to celebrate the new year a few days—and a few hours—early with a party on Saturday, December 29 at 11:00 am. Enjoy games, crafts, and snacks and ring in the new year with a ball drop at noon.

Register by calling Youth Services at 330.673.4414. Space is limited.

Holiday Closings

The library will be closed on Monday, December 31 and Tuesday, January 1.  The library will resume regular hours on Wednesday, January 2.

As always when the library is closed, no items will be due and no fines will be assessed on overdue items.  

For your convenience, items may be returned either in the drops to the left of the parking lot entrance or using the drive through.

Tuesdays in December: Elf School and Junior Elf School

Do you have what it takes to be an elf?  Find out at Elf School!  We will read holiday books, play reindeer games and make crafts and treats.  Register by calling Youth Services one week before each event.

Elf School

Tuesdays, December 11 and December 18 at 4:00 pm

For children in Kindergarten through 2nd grade.

Junior Elf School

Tuesdays, December 4  and  December 18 at 1:30 pm

For children ages 3 and 4.