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

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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.

Sunday, December 2 at 2:00 pm: Free Concert with the Kent Roosevelt Orchestra

Kent Roosevelt OrchestraEnjoy the sounds of the season when the Kent Roosevelt Orchestra performs holiday classics and Christmas carols on the 2nd Floor balcony of the library on Sunday, December 2 at 2:00 pm. The Kent Roosevelt Orchestra is under the direction of Molly McCreary. Music lovers of all ages are welcome.

No registration is required. Concerts at the Kent Free Library are supported by the Friends of Kent Free Library.

December: Holiday Programs for Youth

Holiday Story Time and Craft

Monday, December 3 at 10:30 am

Tuesday, December 11 at 6:30 pm

Families with children of all ages are invited to join us for a morning full of holiday cheer. We will read holiday themed stories, sing holiday songs and end the evening with a craft.

No registration is required. Boarding passes will be passed out at the children’s room desk 30 minutes prior to each program.


Holiday Toddler Sensory Play

Tuesday, December 11 at 11:00 am

Families with children ages 2 to 4 years old are invited to join us for messy and creative holiday fun!

Registration is required and begins on December 12. Registration closes at 9 pm the Monday before the program. Space is limited.


Holiday Baby and Toddler Play Date

Saturday, December 15 at 11:00 am

Families with babies to 3 years old are invited to join us for a morning of holiday themed activities and crafts.

Registration is required and begins December 8. Registration closes at 5 pm the Friday before the program. Space is limited.


Elf School

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

Children in Kindergarten through 2nd grade are invited to visit the library to see if they have what it takes to be an elf! We will read holiday books, play reindeer games and make crafts and treats.

Each week we will have different activities.

You must register for each program separately. Registration is required and begins a week in advance of each program date. Space is limited.


Junior Elf School

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

Children ages 3 and 4 are invited to join us for Junior Elf School! We will read books, play games and enjoy a treat. Junior Elves can register for one or both of the dates.

Registration is required and begins one week in advance of each program.


Tween Zone

Thursdays through November 15  at 7:00 pm

Thursday, December 6 at 7:00 pm: 3D Printer Cookie Cutters

Thursday, December 13 at 7:00 pm: DIY Holiday Gifts

Tweens in grades 3, 4, 5 can enjoy science experiments, crafts, games and more!

Registration is required and begins one week in advance of each session. Registration closes at 9:00 pm the Wednesday before each program. Space is limited.


Interactive Family Movie Night

Monday, December 17 at 6:30 pm

Join us for a special kind of movie where you are involved in almost every scene. Families will be provided with all the props they need to participate with the movie as it progresses! A librarian will watch the movie with you and let you know which props to use and what to do with them. Enjoy this timeless classic about a very special snowman.

Registration is required and begins on December 10. Registration closes the Sunday before the event at 5 pm Space is limited.


Noon Year’s Eve Party

Saturday, December 29 at 11:00 am

Celebrate the new year a few days early with an afternoon party! Families with children ages 3 to 12 are invited to join us for a Noon Year’s bash. Enjoy games, crafts, snacks and celebrate with a ball drop at noon.

Registration is required and begins December 22. Registration closes the Friday before the event at 6 pm Space is limited.