Sunday, Apr. 10 at 2:00 pm: Concert Series: Gabo String Quartet

Enjoy listening to the Gabo String Quartet from Kent State University’s Glauser School of Music. The Gabo String Quartet is comprised of Jose Ramirez, David Mendieta, Valentina Pulido, and Alexander Numpaque. No registration required. All ages are welcome. The concert will be held on the second floor balcony.

The Concert Series is generously supported by the Friends of Kent Free Library.

Tuesday, Apr. 5 at 4:00 pm: Stitch and Binge

Beginners and experienced cross stitchers in grades 3 through 8 are invited to join us to stitch cute, tiny backpack charms as we watch cartoons! Cross stitching is a fun and easy craft – if you’ve never tried it before, you’ll love it! The library will provide everything you need, including a librarian’s instruction, to make a project you can take home at the end of the five-week session.

Thursday, March 24 at 6:30 pm: Author David Lee Morgan: The Marion Motley Story

Join us at 6:30 pm for a showing of the 30 minute documentary Lines Broken: The Story of Marion Motley then meet the film’s co-producer, author David Lee Morgan, Jr., for a discussion of Canton’s own Marion Motley. Motley was the African American Cleveland Browns football player who helped integrate the NFL in 1946, a year before Jackie Robinson did the same with baseball. David Lee Morgan, Jr. is the author of an upcoming book on Marion Motley.

No registration required.  For adults 18+.

Monday, March 21 at 7:00 pm: From the Spiders to Indians to Guardians: Celebrate Cleveland Baseball

Take a fun and enlightening journey through Cleveland baseball history with Marty Gitlin, the author of the Ultimate Cleveland Indians Time Machine Book. This presentation features videos and photographs of the greatest and most fascinating players, teams, events and moments in franchise history. The program also includes trivia questions for patrons to ponder and covers it all from the fascinating 1899 Spiders, whose 20-134 record remains the worst in major league history, to the brilliance of Bob Feller and championship team of 1948 to the miseries of the 1960s and beyond to the pennant winners of the 1990s and 2016 to the death of Chief Wahoo and the team nickname. The event concludes with a question-and-answer period. Author Martin Gitlin will have autographed and personalized copies of his book available following the program.  No registration is required.  Adults 18+.

Wednesday, March 16: Seed Library Opens

Gardeners can check out up to 20 packets of free seeds this season! If you have a good harvest, bring seeds back to help replenish the collection for next year!  Browse the packets in the card catalog near the Information Desk or browse the Growing Guide.
Supplies of seeds are limited and first come-first served.  Not all varieties may be available throughout the planting season.
The Seed Library is generously supported by High Mowing Organic Seeds, Hudson Valley Seeds, Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds, and Seed Savers Exchange.

Monday, March 14 from 3:00 – 6:00 pm: Bookmaking for All Ages and Abilities

Kent State Associate Professor of Art Education Dr. Linda Hoeptner-Poling teaches simple bookmaking and reflective activism. Construct a beautiful book with simple materials inspired by Joy Harjo’s An American Sunrise. We can be the change we envision, no matter our age or ability. In the books, participants will have the option to illustrate and write responses to provided prompts that empower us to envision an inclusive future. All supplies will be provided. No registration required.

This program is part of the NEA Big Read Northeast Ohio. The NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.