Wednesday, March 9 at 7:00 pm: Akron Roller Derby

Members of the Akron Roller Derby, a skater-operated, flat track roller derby league and 501c3 nonprofit organization, will share the excitement of the sport. Learn more about the team, what it takes to be a skater, and how they come up with their awesome names. No registration required. For adults 18+.

Saturday, March 5 from 12:00 – 3:00: Papermaking Workshop

All ages (16 and under must have an adult with them) are invited to learn to make handmade sheets of paper with artist and Kent State University professor, J. Leigh Garcia, in this hands on drop-in workshop. No previous experience necessary. 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.

Thursday, Sept. 22: COVID Tests in Stock at Drive Through

Thank you for your patience as we help ODH distribute tests in our community.  We currently have Covid tests that are being distributed at the Drive Through window.  The one-way entrance is from Main Street. We will update this post when we are out of tests.
When does the library receive tests?

Tests are provided through Ohio Department of Health.  We order tests as our supplies run out, but do not get any delivery information; we never know when the next order will arrive until the tests actually show up.

How do I know when the library has tests available?

Go to and look for the first article under Library News below the slider image. The article heading will note if tests are in stock or out of stock. Due to the high volume of Covid-test related phone calls, we appreciate that you do not call.

If the library doesn’t have tests, who does?

Other libraries in the area, including Reed Memorial in Ravenna and the Stow-Munroe Falls Public Library also receive rapid tests, as do the Portage County Health District  and the Kent Health Department. These locations don’t always have tests in stock; when they receive a shipment, they are all distributed within hours. It is best to check their website or Facebook page for updates regarding availability.

While testing supply chains are challenged, over-the-counter rapid testing kits can still be purchased at many locations, such as pharmacies and grocery stores, and some insurance plans cover the cost, including Medicare and Medicaid. You can request free tests to be shipped to your home from the United States Postal Service.  Testing is also available at many urgent care locations, community health centers, retail locations, and pop-up sites. The ODH website features a searchable map of testing locations.

When tests are available, how do I pick them up?

Tests may only be picked up at the drive-through window. Tests may not be reserved.  Please wear a mask when picking up tests. Do not come into the library. 

How many tests can I get?

The ODH has instructed locations to limit to no more than two tests at a time; each OTC kit includes 2 tests, so you will receive one box.

How do I take the test? 

The tests currently available are un-proctored/over-the-counter (OTC) tests.  OTC tests:

  1. Do not require a telehealth session; they are conducted at home and are for personal use.
  2. Do not produce a documented result that can be used for travel, to return or stay in school, or be released from quarantine in Ohio.
  3. May include TWO tests per test kit.

Who can help me if I have questions?

Library staff are not trained medical professionals and not permitted to assist with medical procedures or give medical advice, and so are not able to assist with these tests.  The test kit contains directions. For further questions about COVID testing, contact your doctor or pharmacy.

The expiration date on my test has passed–is it still good?

The manufacturer has extended the expiration date of BinaxNOW Home Tests by an additional 90 days. Using the lot number on the outside of the box the test comes in, you can find the new extended expiration date here.

How do I get a vaccine or a booster?

COVID-19 vaccines are widely available throughout the state. Many providers offer walk-in appointments, or Ohioans can schedule a vaccination appointment at Ohioans who want to learn more about the safety, efficacy, and side effects of COVID-19 vaccines should talk to their doctor, nurse, or pharmacist, or visit to learn more.

Saturday, Feb. 26, 2:00 pm: Music of the Revolution: Small Town, Big Music: The Outsized Influence of Kent, Ohio, on the History of Rock and Roll

Author and librarian Jason Prufer presents highlights from his book about Kent’s role in rock history. Hear first-hand stories of big-name musicians traveling through Kent, as well as the local music scene where Joe Walsh, Patrick Carney, Chrissie Hynde, and DEVO refined their crafts. No registration required. For adults 18+.

Saturday, Feb. 26 and Sunday, Feb. 27: Friends of Kent Free Library AV Sale

Adult and Juvenile music CDs, books on CD, and DVDs will be for sale at the Friends of KFL AV Sale February 26 – 27.  Items have been withdrawn from the library’s collection or donated by community members.
Saturday sale hours are 10 am – 4 pm.  Sunday sale hours are 1:30 – 4:00 pm.

Prices as marked.  Cash or Check only.  All sales are final.  All proceeds support the services of the Kent Free Library.

Tuesday, Feb. 8 from 6:00 – 8:45 pm: Seed Packaging Party

Help get the Seed Library ready for the growing season! Drop by the meeting room to package donated seeds. Come when you can and stay as long as you’d like. All ages welcome. 16 and under should be accompanied by a supervising adult. No registration required. The Seed Library will open on March 16.

Monday, Feb. 7 at 6:00 pm: Barefeet Dance Tribe Workshop

Barefeet Dance Tribe from Kent State University leads a dance workshop for students in grades 5 through 12 on Monday, February 7 at 6:00 pm. Uniquely combining traditional and modern African dance, Barefeet Dance Tribe will demonstrate their skills and instruct attendees on different African dance styles, while sharing the history of African dances. Masks are required for all program participants. Registration required. 

Sunday, Feb. 6 at 2:00 pm: Concert Series: The Politics of Sound with Erin Nicole Neal and the Chill Factors

February adult programs feature the theme Music of the Revolution. Often, music reflects and comments on the social and political situation of the times during which it is created. It is also a reflection of the community of the artist.  We’ll kick off this celebration of local music with a message with a concert by Erin Nicole Neal and the Chill Factors, a Blues, Rock, Pop, Soul and Jazz band based in Cleveland. 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.